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Pro-democracy media tycoon freed on bail amid Hong Kong crackdown

first_imgThe moves have provoked outrage in the West and fear for millions who last year took to the streets to protest communist China’s tightening grip on the semi-autonomous city.In one of the most dramatic days of the crackdown, Lai was among 10 people detained under the new law on Monday as around 200 police officers searched the newsroom of his tabloid, which is unapologetically critical of Beijing.Lai did not address the crowd upon his release, but he flashed a thumbs up as he was bundled into a car that inched away through the crowd.In a display of solidarity for Lai, people in the city rushed to buy Tuesday’s Apple Daily, with the newspaper saying it had upped its print run to 550,000 from the normal circulation of 70,000. ‘Barbarous’ sanctions Critics believe the security law has ended the key liberties and autonomy that Beijing promised Hong Kong could keep after its 1997 handover by Britain. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo described Lai’s arrest as “further proof” that Chinese authorities had “eviscerated Hong Kong’s freedoms and eroded the rights of its people”.”We’re going to respond in real ways,” Pompeo later promised in an interview with Newsmax.The United States has already imposed sanctions on a group of Chinese and Hong Kong officials — including city leader Carrie Lam — in response to the crackdown.Hong Kong’s police said those arrested were part of a group that had previously lobbied for foreign sanctions.In response to objections made by Hong Kong’s Foreign Correspondents’ Club to the arrests, the Chinese foreign ministry warned that “eagerly justifying Jimmy Lai is nothing short of siding with the forces sowing trouble in Hong Kong and China at large”.”We call on the FCC, Hong Kong to respect the facts, distinguish right from wrong, and stop smearing under the pretext of press freedom the implementation of the National Security Law,” it said. One restaurant owner bought 50 copies at a newsstand in the commercial district of Mong Kok and said he planned to give them away free of charge.”Since the government doesn’t allow Apple Daily to survive, then we as Hong Kongers have to save it ourselves,” the man, who gave his surname as Ng, told AFP, as dozens of people lined up around the city from the early hours.The newspaper’s front page showed a picture of Lai being led away in handcuffs, with the headline “Apple will fight on”.Lai’s arrest sparked a buying spree in shares of his media group, and between Monday morning and closing time on Tuesday its stock value had risen by more than 1,100 percent. Topics :center_img Hong Kong pro-democracy media mogul Jimmy Lai walked free on bail Wednesday, over 40 hours after he and other critics of China were rounded up by police as part of a widening crackdown on dissent.When Lai left a police station he was swarmed by a crowd of journalists and cheering supporters, some of whom waved copies of his Apple Daily in a show of their backing.A clampdown has gathered pace in Hong Kong since China imposed a sweeping security law in June, with opposition politicians disqualified and activists arrested for social media posts. ‘Eviscerated’ Hong Kong’s new national security law criminalizes secession, subversion, terrorism and colluding with foreign forces.The most serious crimes under the law — which was introduced on June 30 and is not supposed to be retroactive — carry up to life in jail.Its broadly worded provisions criminalized certain political speech overnight, such as advocating sanctions, and greater autonomy or independence for Hong Kong.Similar laws are used on the authoritarian mainland to snuff out opposition.Lai, 71, was held on charges including colluding with foreign forces and fraud. The operation was hailed by Beijing, quick to declare him an “anti-China rabble-rouser” who conspired with foreigners to “stir up chaos”.Among the others arrested were two of Lai’s sons, young pro-democracy activist Agnes Chow and Wilson Li, a former activist who works as a freelancer for Britain’s ITV News.Chow was released on bail late Tuesday.”It’s very obvious that the regime and the government are using the national security law to suppress political dissidents,” she told reporters after her release.last_img read more

Bayern, Leipzig players back for Germany duty in Nations League

first_imgThey will not feature in Wednesday’s friendly against Turkey with Loew taking into consideration the busy season they have ahead of them for both club and country.Loew had rested them in September following the clubs’ runs in the Champions League with Bayern clinching the title in August and Leipzig reaching the semi-finals.The Germans play Turkey on Oct. 7 in a friendly before travelling to Ukraine three days later and then hosting the Swiss in their two Nations League group matches.Borussia Dortmund’s Mahmoud Dahoud and Borussia Moenchengladbach’s Jonas Hofmann earned their first callups in Loew’s enlarged squad.Germany are still without a win in League A Group 4, sitting in third place on two points from two games, one point behind Ukraine and two off leaders Spain.Topics : Bayern Munich and RB Leipzig players, who were rested for Germany’s previous set of international matches last month, were called up on Friday for their upcoming Nations League games with coach Joachim Loew naming a 29-man squad.Among those returning are Bayern’s Manuel Neuer, Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka and Serge Gnabry as well as Leipzig’s Marcel Halstenberg and Lukas Klostermann.These players along with Real Madrid’s Toni Kroos will only play in their two Nations League qualifiers against Ukraine on Oct. 10 and Switzerland three days later.last_img read more

CMA CGM Confirms Order for 22,000 TEU Giants

first_imgFrench container shipping major CMA CGM has confirmed the order for nine 22,000 TEU containerships while releasing results for the second quarter of 2017.“In order to keep pace with market growth and the group’s needs, the Board of Directors of CMA CGM has approved the order for 9 container ships of 22,000 twenty-foot equivalent (TEU). This order, of which the first ships will come into service from the end of 2019, will further reduce unit transport costs, particularly on the Asia-Europe routes,” the company said.The announcement comes a month after market rumors on the order emerged.The contract is estimated to be worth USD 1.2 bn.To remind, CMA CGM was reported to have signed a letter of intent (LOI) with two Chinese yards on the construction of nine 22,000 TEU megaships, which once completed, will become the world’s largest containerships by TEU capacity.As stipulated in the LOI, CSSC Hudong-Zhonghua would be in charge of constructing five ships from the batch, while Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding (SWS) would be entrusted with building the remaining four units.However, the company did not provide further details on the ships and their future builders.For the second quarter, CMA CGM saw positive net income of USD 219 million, a major comeback from USD 129 million loss from the corresponding period last year.During the period, volumes carried grew by 33.3% in comparison to Q2 2016, which CMA CGM ascribed to the integration of APL, the launch of Ocean Alliance and the industry dynamism.Furthermore, the increase in freight rates on most of the group’s lines led to a 12.5% increase in average revenues per container in the second quarter of 2017.This led to a rise by +56.8% in consolidated revenues in comparison with Q2 2016, reaching USD 5.55 billion.”Once again, CMA CGM outperforms the industry and demonstrates the excellence of its operational management as well as the relevance of its strategy. During the quarter, we also continued to support the group’s growth with the planned acquisition of Mercosul, opening up the Brazilian domestic market. “The group is also preparing for the future with the order of 9 container ships of 22,000 TEUs which will enable us to continue our development and maintain our competitiveness,” Rodolphe Saadé, the CEO of CMA CGM, said.At the beginning of July, CMA CGM issued a new bond issue for an amount of EUR 650 million, in order to refinance other bonds maturities. On this occasion, the group also concluded an agreement with its core banking partners for a new revolving credit facility of USD 205 million.In terms of the outlook, the container carrier said that given the recent trend in freight rates, and excluding a significant change in fuel prices and exchange rates, it expects to continue to improve its operating results in the second semester.last_img read more

St Kitts-Nevis issues biometric passports

first_img Share 70 Views   no discussions NewsRegional St Kitts-Nevis issues biometric passports by: – January 5, 2012 Sharing is caring! Photo credit: sknvibes.comBASSETERRE, St Kitts (CUOPM) — St Kitts and Nevis begins issuing new E- (biometric) passports from January 5, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Homeland Security, Labour and Social Security has announced.The ministry said in a news release that the new passports, with several improved security features, are being introduced as part of government’s ongoing efforts to prevent fraud and identity theft consistent with its regional and international commitments.The Passport Office will issue the new E- (biometric) passports to citizens and residents, who are applying for the documents for the first time, or to those requesting replacements.Citizens and residents currently using the machine readable passports will continue doing so, once these are not expired, lost and or damaged.They will not, at this time, be required to change to the new E- (biometric) passports until the old document has expired.The ministry said that introduction of the new passport has become necessary given the regional and global efforts to improve security.The new document to be issued by the government of St Kitts and Nevis is more secure and designed with specific imbedded features intended to enhance the integrity of the new E-Passport and will facilitate more seamless travel by citizens and residents of the Federation. Caribbean News Nowcenter_img Share Tweet Sharelast_img read more

Man arrested for ‘illegal possession of firearm’

first_imgPolice responded to the area after receiving reports from a concernedcitizen who heard gunshots on Nov. 20, the report added.    An improvised shotgun was recovered from 54-year-old resident EdwardoSorolla, a police report showed. BACOLOD City – A man was arrested for illegal possession of firearm inBarangay San Jose, E.B. Magalona, Negros Occidental.center_img The suspect was detained in the lockup facility of the E.B. Magalonamunicipal police station, facing charges for violation of Republic Act 10591,or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act./PNlast_img read more

Norma Jean Craft

first_imgFriends may visit with the family on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at St. John Lutheran Church-Hubbell’s Corner.  Pastor Tom Frey will officiate the service at 1 p.m. and burial will follow in Evangelical Union Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be directed to the National Kidney Foundation or to the family.  To sign the online guestbook or to leave a personal condolence, please visit  The staff of Cook Rosenberger is honored to serve the family of Norma Jean Craft. Those surviving who will cherish Norma’s memory include; Donna (David) Hall of Dale Hollow, TN, Kenny (Kim) Craft, Jerry (Peggy) Craft and Sandy (Jesse) Davis, all of Sunman; 6 grandchildren, and 13 great grandchildren.  Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son, David M. Craft, and a brother, Irvin Hornberger.  center_img Norma Jean Craft, of Sunman, was born on June 25, 1932 in Batesville, the daughter of Raymond and Lydia Walter Hornberger.  She married Grover Craft on September 16, 1950 at St. John Lutheran Church-Hubbell’s Corner, and he preceded her in death.  Norma was a stay at home Mom and put all her efforts into her kids and family.  She was a member of St. John Lutheran Church-Hubbell’s Corner and the Dearborn Adult Center.  Norma loved bingo – but only if it was free bingo, and she enjoyed attending dances.  On Friday, March 10, 2017 at the age of 84, Norma passed away at Dearborn County Hospital.  last_img read more

Kompany retires as player to become manager

first_imgRelatedPosts Aguero could be out of action until November, Guardiola says David Silva recovers from COVID-19 Man City top players test positive for coronavirus Former Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has retired as a player to become manager of Anderlecht on a four-year deal.The four-time Premier League champion joined the Belgian side in a player-manager role in May 2019 and moved into a new position as co-manager to Franky Vercauteren, but has now announced his retirement as a player. Kompany, 34, left City at the end of the 2018/19 season after making 360 appearances across all competitions in order to return to his boyhood club.Arriving from Hamburg in 2008 for a fee of around £6 million, Kompany went on to win four top-flight titles as well as two FA Cups, four League Cups and two Community Shields in 11 years – becoming a City legend in the process.“I want to fully commit to my role as a coach and need 100 per cent of my time and focus for it,” Kompany told the Anderlecht club website. “That’s why I’m quitting as a football player. Our ambition and our hunger remains the same.“I want to stay with the club for at least four seasons and prove that Anderlecht can play a modern style of football, with results. I want to thank Franky (co-manager Frank Vercauteren) for all his help.”Anderlecht chief executive Karel Van Eetvelt added: “As everybody knows, this was always the plan. “It might have come a little sooner than expected, but Vincent committing himself for another four seasons to the club is great news for the club, our supporters and our players.”Tags: AnderlechtFranky VercauterenHamburgKarel Van EetveltKompanyManchester Citylast_img read more

Wenger hails two-goal Giroud

first_img Press Association “I am very pleased for Rosicky because today Bergkamp got a statue and I think Rosicky took the Bergkamp role well today. Certainly Dennis will have been pleased to have seen him play.” Bergkamp, who is coaching at Ajax, suggested he would like to return to Arsenal in the future. Wenger said: “I am not against it one day. He has the qualities, but you need to have the need as well because we have a big staff already. “He is now at two clubs that made Dennis Bergkamp. The first, and certainly the most important one, is Ajax. “He is at Ajax now and a coach there. The second club that is important in his life is Arsenal. Maybe that will be the next step.” Wenger left out club-record signing Mesut Ozil, who had missed an early penalty against Bayern, because of a thigh problem. “It was a kick. He should also be available next week. He is in the dressing room at the moment,” Wenger said. The Gunners boss also hopes both defenders Koscielny (back) and Nacho Monreal (foot) will recover from their knocks to be fit to face Stoke. Sunderland boss Gus Poyet, meanwhile, was less than impressed with his side’s capitulation which was far from ideal preparation for their upcoming Wembley date against Manchester City. “I am not accepting this defeat. We were poor in many ways and were second best in everything, Santiago (Vergini) was not the only one,” the Uruguayan said. Poyet continued: “Now no-one has put themselves on the teamsheet for next week, they all had a great chance to show me, but everything I had in mind went in 90 minutes. Now I have to start from zero “Arsenal proved again that they can beat anyone, but sometimes players pick the team for you, but now I have a few options for Wembley. “There are plenty of similarities between the way Arsenal and Manchester city play for me to ponder on.” Czech playmaker Tomas Rosicky converted a well-worked third ahead of the interval, before defender Laurent Koscielny headed in from a corner just before the hour. Sunderland – who take on Manchester City in the Capital One Cup final at Wembley next weekend – grabbed a consolation through a 25-yard drive from substitute Emanuele Giaccherini, but remain deep in relegation trouble. Giroud opened the scoring on five minutes, before then capitalising on a poor backpass by Santiago Vergini to effectively kill off the match as a contest inside 31 minutes. “I had no hesitation about his strength of character. Of course you want him to come back into the team and be successful, which he was today because he scored two goals,” said Wenger. “One great one at the end of great movement and the other a little bit of a gift from Sunderland, he got an assist as well so he did well.” Arsenal had earlier unveiled a bronze statue of former striker Dennis Bergkamp, who helped the club win seven major trophies, including the ‘Invincibles’ Premier League campaign of 2003/04. Wenger felt the Dutch forward, who received a hero’s welcome on the pitch at half-time, would have appreciated the team’s efforts. “We had a very demanding week physically and mentally and we gave the right response today. We did the job in the first half and I think we scored two great ‘Arsenal’ goals,” said Wenger. Giroud had been left on the bench for the last two matches following a dip in form and some unwanted headlines about his private life. However, the 6ft 4ins frontman delivered the perfect response with a first-half double as Arsenal put the midweek Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich behind them. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger hailed the mental strength of Olivier Giroud after the France striker marked his return to the side with a brace to help beat Sunderland 4-1 at the Emirates Stadium.last_img read more

Cricket News Ravichandran Ashwin, Rohit Sharma ruled out of Perth Test against Australia

first_imgNew Delhi: Virat Kohli’s Indian cricket team has suffered a massive blow ahead of the second Test against Australia at the new Perth stadium with Ravichandran Ashwin and Rohit Sharma being ruled out of the match due to series. Ashwin, who toiled away for close to 70 overs in the Adelaide Test, including 52.4 overs in the second innings, has suffered a side strain while Rohit jarred his back while fielding in the second innings of the Adelaide Test. India won the match by 31 runs to secure a 1-0 lead in the four-match series. There was bad news for Prithvi Shaw as well. The youngster, who suffered an ankle injury in the Cricket Australia XI warm-up game in Sydney, is still undergoing treatment and could be fit for the Melbourne Test.A statement from the BCCI read, “The team management is closely monitoring these players and a call on their availability for the third Test will be taken at an appropriate time.” With all these injuries, Kohli’s side have included Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Hanuma Vihari and Ravindra Jadeja in the squad for the Perth Test. Vihari could take Rohit’s spot at number six in the playing XI. The final spot in the playing XI could be determined by the nature of the new Perth wicket.Read More | India’s current fast bowling group best ever: Bharat ArunWACA curator Brett Sipthorpe, who is also handling the wicket at the new Perth stadium, unveiled a green pitch and it could offer the Australian pace trio of Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc plenty of assistance.Read More | Cheteshwar Pujara breaks into the top five of latest ICC rankingsSpeaking to the official Cricket Australia website, Sipthorpe said the wicket would try to replicate the pace and bounce of the WACA wicket. “We’ve just been told make it fast, make it bouncy if you can and run with it. We’re just trying to produce the bounciest pitch we can,” Sipthorpe said. The new Perth stadium has hosted an ODI against England in 2018 while this will be the first Test played here.Read More | Adelaide, Johannesburg and Trent Bridge: India’s common gloryThe green and bouncy nature of the wicket could mean that Bhuvneshwar Kumar could slot in place of Ravichandran Ashwin and the Indian team might go for four pacers on this deck. This is not the first time that India would field such a bowling composition. On a difficult wicket in Johannesburg against South Africa, the likes of Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami tore through the South African batting line-up to register a consolation win in the series after they lost the Cape Town and Centurion Tests.Squad for the Perth Test: Virat Kohli, M Vijay, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

The Latest: Harbaughs donate $100,000 to United Way

first_imgThe track originally planned to open last weekend but that was postponed because of the caronavirus pandemic.Historically run as an invitational, the 1 1/8-mile race will be contested as a stakes race this year, with nominations closing June 26. The $300,000 United Nations will be contested on the same card as the Haskell.“We continue to develop plans to ensure the safety of our staff, the horsemen and fans,” said Dennis Drazin, chief executive of Darby Development LLC, operators of the track. “These plans are fluid and will continuously be monitored and updated as necessary.”Drazin said the track will address racing with or without fans.“In the end, all plans are subject to the governor’s approval and we’ll continue to take our cues from his office,” Drazin said of Gov. Phil Murphy. May 4, 2020 SailGP also said co-founder Russell Coutts, a five-time America’s Cup winner, has temporarily forfeited his salary and remaining employees have voluntarily taken salary reductions through the end of the year. Contracted sailors will be compensated for more than 50 percent of the planned season.Two of the four canceled regattas have new dates for 2021: San Francisco on April 17-18 and New York on June 4-5. SailGP intends to return to England and Denmark during the rescheduled Season 2, replacing regattas previously planned for this August and September. The league wants to expand from five to at least seven regattas.___Monmouth Park plans to start its delayed thoroughbred season on July 3.The track near the New Jersey shore announced a trimmed-down stakes schedule Monday. The meet will run 37 days and feature 35 stakes worth more than $5 million. The highlight is the $1 million Haskell on July 18. Both clubs had petitioned to play the final only when fans were allowed back.The federation says the only condition is that it takes place before the 2020-21 final.This year’s final was originally scheduled to be played on April 18 in Seville.___French horseracing organizer France Galop says Paris police have given the green light for racing to resume next Monday, when France starts to ease its coronavirus lockdown in place since March 17. Cologne previously reported three positive cases, while second-division Stuttgart had reported one “inconclusive result” from a person.The tests were part of the DFL’s hygiene concept as it bids to restart the leagues some time in May. It says teams will also undertake a “a mandatory training camp under quarantine conditions before a possible continuation.”Testing will continue regardless of whether competitive games restart or not.Chancellor Angela Merkel and 16 state governors have postponed a decision until Wednesday on whether the Bundesliga could resume without fans present.German clubs had committed to finishing the season by the end of June. All sanctioned professional tennis tours are suspended at least until mid-July because of the COVID-19 outbreak.Some exhibitions have started popping up, with no fans in attendance.___The German soccer league says there were 10 positive tests for the new coronavirus among 36 clubs in the Bundesliga and second division.The DFL says that 1,724 tests for COVID-19 were carried out over two rounds among players and staff. Live racing will take place on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from July 3 through Sept. 27. The stable area at the track is set to open on June 1.___The Big Ten Conference has announced the formation of its Mental Health and Wellness Cabinet and that all athletes, coaches and full-time staff members of athletic departments and the conference office will receive free access to a popular mental fitness app.The cabinet will promote optimal mental health for athletes. It is made up of 31 individuals representing the 14 conference schools and affiliate members Johns Hopkins (women’s and men’s lacrosse) and Notre Dame (men’s hockey).The Calm app provides users with ways to experience lower stress, less anxiety, improved focus and more restful sleep. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the new coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh and his wife, Sarah, are donating $100,000 to United Way for Southeastern Michigan to support its COVID-19 community response fund. ___The Big Ten Conference has announced it will extend the suspension of organized team activities through June 1 and re-evaluate then.The conference previously announced a moratorium on all on- and off-campus recruiting activities. No date for that to end has been set.The Big Ten says it is continuing to consult with medical experts and school leaders to determine appropriate steps for dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.University of Iowa President Bruce Harreld said during a regents meeting last week it was hoped preparations for the 2020 football season could begin June 1. The Latest: Harbaughs donate $100,000 to United Way Amiens was in 19th place in the 20-team Ligue 1, above only Toulouse, when sport around the world was brought to a halt in March due to the pandemic. The French league season was canceled last week under orders from the government.Amiens had 10 games left to play and was four points behind 18th-place Nimes. The bottom two teams are automatically relegated in France.Amiens says the “fairest choice” would be to expand Ligue 1 and make it a 22-team division for the 2020-21 season.The club is asking “supporters from Amiens and lovers of football” to support its initiative, which “would make football and sport grow.”___ “We stand with families feeling the brunt of this crisis and encourage others to give or volunteer, if they are able,” Jim Harbaugh said.Darienne Hudson, president and CEO of United Way for Southeastern Michigan, says the Harbaughs’ gift is appreciated.“There are still so many families that need help, and that number is increasing every day,” Hudson said.___The New York Giants are deferring the next payment for their season ticket holders until July 1.center_img France Galop President Edouard de Rothschild announced the decision in a tweet.He says: “It’s very good news and a real victory!”The first races will be held at the ParisLongchamp race track without spectators.The organizer has previously said that access to racecourses will be tightly controlled as racing resumes.It says horses trained abroad and foreign jockeys will not be allowed to participate in French races until the end of May at the earliest. “The cabinet will be instrumental for us both short and long term, as we pursue our goal of creating and maintaining the most comprehensive mental health and wellness platform in college athletics,” commissioner Kevin Warren said.___Albania’s soccer federation has asked the government to allow the resumption of league matches held without fans and following a strict medical protocol.The matches have been suspended since mid-March following the coronavirus outbreak and the country’s total lockdown.The federation has presented a sanitary protocol drafted in consultation with UEFA and FIFA and resembling the model to be followed by Germany. The search is on for a new host for the women’s European gymnastics championships.European Gymnastics, the continental governing body, says that France isn’t able to host the championships if they’re rescheduled to the fall of 2020, so the “call for a new host is open.”The championships were meant to take place in Paris from April 29 through May 3 as a tune-up ahead of the Olympics but were canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. European Gymnastics is still hoping to stage them on a new date.European Gymnastics says the men’s European championships will remain in host nation Azerbaijan on rescheduled dates later this year, and the rhythmic gymnastics championships will stay in Ukraine.It’s looking for a new host for the European trampoline championships to replace Sweden. That event has been moved from this month to spring 2021. Among other athletes participating are New York Yankees all-star outfielder Aaron Judge and Milwaukee Brewers slugger Christian Yelich (MLB), Utah Jazz point guard Donovan Mitchell (NBA), Arizona Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins and San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle (NFL), Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews and Hockey Hall of Famer Hayley Wickenheiser (NHL) as well as Los Angeles Galaxy forward Javier “Chicharito” Hernández, Toronto FC forward Jozy Altidore, and Orlando City SC forward Nani (MLS).Two-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Kyle Busch, U.S. soccer standout Alex Morgan, two-time WNBA all-star Breanna Stewart and Ashleigh Barty, the world’s top-ranked women’s tennis player, are also included. The leagues teamed up with creative agency 72andSunny and production company Hecho Studios for the campaign.___Amiens is asking the French soccer league to review its decision to relegate the club from the country’s top flight following the early termination of the season because of the coronavirus pandemic.The team from northern France has started a petition to “demand justice for this far-reaching decision which goes against fairness in sport.” Co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch emailed the change to the ticket holders on Monday.It marks the second time this year the Giants have pushed back the due date on ticket payments since the coronavirus pandemic caused many people to experience economic hardships. In mid-March, they deferred payments due that month and in April until May 13.The Giants have several options for paying for season tickets, including a four-month plan, a six-month plan and one-payment deal.___SailGP has called off the rest of its second season due to the coronavirus pandemic and will reschedule the regattas for 2021. The global league also voided the results of the only regatta that was sailed this year, a decisive victory by Britain’s Sir Ben Ainslie in Sydney in late February. The federation wants the government to first let the clubs resume training, strictly respecting the hygienic measures to contain the virus, and then hold the remaining 10 league matches starting from May 20.There has been no government response so far.___The Spanish soccer federation says the Copa del Rey final will only take place when fans are allowed back into stadiums in Spain.The federation says the final between Basque Country rivals Athletic Bilbao and Real Sociedad will be delayed until fans are allowed to attend it, even if that means playing the match next year. ___New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, Hockey Hall of Famer Wayne Gretzky and U.S. women’s soccer star Carli Lloyd are among the athletes who are participating in a project which will recognize and celebrate health care workers for their efforts during the coronavirus pandemic.“The Real Heroes Project” was announced on Monday. It is a collaborative initiative among 15 leagues, including Major League Baseball, the National Football League, National Basketball Association, National Hockey League and Major League Soccer.Participating athletes will share a personal thank you message on social media utilizing #TheRealHeroes from Monday. Athletes will cover their name on their jerseys or uniforms and replace it with the name of the health care worker they are honoring. Public service announcements will debut on Wednesday across league and team platforms. The other leagues participating are the ATP, NASCAR, NWSL, USGA, WNBA, WTA as well as the WWE and esports Overwatch League, Call of Duty League and Electronic Arts. ___World TeamTennis is in discussions with several cities in an attempt to find one to host the league’s full nine-team schedule in one venue without spectators amid the coronavirus pandemic.WTT still hopes to start play on July 12, as scheduled.But that could change, as could the length of the season. It normally lasts three weeks, with play at the various teams’ home sites.The league’s teams are based in Chicago; Las Vegas; New York; Orlando; Orange County; Philadelphia; San Diego; Springfield, Missouri; Washington. ___More AP sports: and,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 last_img read more