Your news needs your supportSince the early stages of the COVID-19 crisis, The Japan Times has been providing free access to crucial news on the impact of the novel coronavirus as well as practical information about how to cope with the pandemic. Please consider subscribing today so we can continue offering you up-to-date, in-depth news about Japan. RELATED PHOTOS As Japan’s sports teams prepare for a cautious return to action after hiatuses caused by COVID-19, a company has developed an app that allows fans to cheer remotely as their teams play in empty stadiums.Nippon Professional Baseball is scheduled to resume on July 19 and the J. League is expected to start a couple of weeks later, but no fans will be allowed into stadiums amid fears of new coronavirus infections. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES Scotland and Russia compete during a Rugby World Cup match at Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa on Oct. 9, 2019, in Fukuroi, Shizuoka Prefecture. | REUTERS The Remote Cheerer system lets fans watching matches on television in their living rooms cheer, or boo, the players on the pitch via their smartphones, sending either a pre-recorded shoutout or their own personal message.The voices they send will reverberate around the stadium in real time, transmitted by giant loudspeakers.Yamaha Corporation, which has developed the app, recently tested the system at the 50,000 capacity Shizuoka Stadium ECOPA, which is mainly used for soccer, with two J. League clubs, Jubilo Iwata and Shimizu S-Pulse, taking part in the trial.Fans watching on television were able to send their support through 58 speakers around the ground. Viewers can decide which speaker will broadcast their cheer.“At one point during the system field test, I closed my eyes and it felt like the cheering fans were right there in the stadium with me,” said Keisuke Matsubayashi, an official with the stadium company. KEYWORDS covid-19, covid-19 in Japan, the new normal IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5
Lee Johnson addresses the media ahead of his side’s Carabao Cup semi-final first leg clash with Manchester City.
Previewing the college women’s basketball season.1. Connecticut2014-15: 38-1, 18-0Three-time Final Four Most Outstanding Player Breanna Stewart is back, and only two seniors from last season’s championship team have graduated, so there’s no reason the Huskies can’t win a fourth consecutive title and send Stewart out with a perfect college career. A 2016 title would be coach Geno Auriemma’s 11th, moving him past John Wooden’s NCAA record of 10 championships with UCLA. TOP 25: Women’s preseason poll2. South Carolina2014-15: 34-3, 15-1Before graduating from Virginia in May, Sarah Imovbioh, last season’s leading rebounder in the ACC, signed to play her final season of eligibility for coach Dawn Staley, who led South Carolina to its first Final Four in 2015. Imovbioh will team with Tiffany Mitchell, one of the Southeastern Conference’s best scorers and a two-time SEC player of the year.3. Notre Dame2014-15: 36-3, 15-1Jewell Loyd, the second-best scorer in the Atlantic Coast Conference, left for the WNBA after her junior season, but the Irish have plenty of players left from last year’s run to the tournament final. Sophomore Brianna Turner and juniors Lindsay Allen and Taya Reimer lead a relatively young team, which will play Connecticut on Dec. 5 in a rematch of the title game.4. Tennessee2014-15: 30-6, 15-1The Lady Vols graduated their three top scorers, but that’s no reason to worry. Coach Holly Warlick has an experienced roster loaded with players who expect to take on leadership roles. Former North Carolina guard Diamond DeShields is eligible to play after sitting out the mandatory season.5. Baylor2014-15: 33-4, 16-2Baylor might have more talent than it had last season, even with second-leading scorer Imani Wright transferring to Florida State. Baylor returns the remainder of its top five scorers and adds two McDonald’s All-Americans in 6-5 Kalani Brown and 6-4 Beatrice Mompremier. Plus, Duke transfer Alexis Jones is eligible to play this season. Senior Niya Johnson, the nation’s assists leader, returns.6. Maryland2014-15: 34-3, 18-0The good news for Maryland is junior center Brionna Jones is still around to help the Big Ten champion Terrapins on the boards and try to lead the team to a third consecutive Final Four appearance. But getting that far in the tournament appears to be more difficult than it has in years. Starting point guard and No. 2 scorer Lexie Brown transferred and coach Brenda Frese’s top two assistants left the program. Plus team leader Laurin Mincy won’t be around to score 13.5 points a game. Now Maryland’s hopes rest on redshirt senior guard Brene Moseley and junior Shatori Walker-Kimbrough.7. Florida State2014-15: 32-5, 14-2Florida State had perhaps the most impressive breakthrough story of 2014-15. After going 16-0 at home and ending the ACC tournament second to Notre Dame, the team earned a No. 2 NCAA tournament seed — highest in program history. The team lost only two seniors, so a group of ex-McDonald’s All-Americans and ACC-leading players remains.8. Louisville2014-15: 27-7, 12-4Louisville finished a respectable third in the ACC after switching from the American Athletic Conference at the end of the 2013-14 season, mainly because of excellent team play and a solid offense managed by guard Jude Schimmel. This year, coach Jeff Walz has to get five true freshmen to buy into his ball-sharing strategy, ideally by the time the Cardinals host Florida State on New Year’s Day.9. Oregon State2014-15: 27-5, 16-2Team leaders Jamie Weisner, Sydney Wiese and Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year Ruth Hamblin are back to take the Beavers through what should be a routine non-conference schedule (the biggest challenge is Tennessee in December). Wiese helped TeamUSA take home the gold medal this summer in the World University Games while Hamblin won silver with Canada.10. Ohio State2014-15: 24-11, 13-5Ohio State made it to the BigTen tournament final and was a No. 5 seed in the NCAA tournament despite a slim roster after a slew of early season injuries. Now, the Buckeyes are back in full form and return seven of the eight healthy players from that tournament team, including the nation’s leading scorer, Kelsey Mitchell. A few dynamic freshmen flesh out the roster, and Ohio State should have no problem challenging for the Big Ten title.11. Texas2014-15: 24-11, 9-9Texas didn’t find its rhythm until late last season. The largely underperforming team got it together to finish the regular season in second place in the Big12. In the Longhorns’ first trip to the regional semifinal since 2004, they lost to Connecticut in the Sweet 16. 6-7 center Imani Boyette (formerly McGee-Stafford) returns along with Big12 All-Freshman Ariel Atkins and second-leading scorer and team engine Kelsey Lang.12. Duke2014-15: 23-11, 11-5Sophomores Rebecca Greenwell and Azura Stevens will help facilitate another season of efficient offense at Duke, which bowed out of the NCAA tournament with a loss to Maryland in the regional semifinals. Maryland transfer Lexie Brown lends the team credibility, but she won’t be eligible to play this year.13. Mississippi State2014-15: 27-7, 11-5Mississippi State has the tools to back up a historic season in which the team broke school records with 27 overall and 11 in the SEC. Leading scorer Victoria Vivians returns for her sophomore season, as does Morgan William, the leader in forced turnovers. Junior forward and leading rebounder Breanna Richardson also is back, and the Bulldogs beefed up their non-conference schedule in hopes of impressing the tournament selection committee.14. Stanford2014-15: 26-10, 13-5The Cardinal will have to do a lot better than 26-10 to hold their own. The team suffered its most losses since 2000-01 and had worlds of trouble against top-10 teams, despite handing Connecticut its only loss. But Stanford is still Stanford, meaning it’s coming in with a strong recruiting class to balance out the team’s lone senior, guard Alex Green. Coach Tara VanDerveer could have a good bit of molding to do before she sees success.15. Arizona State2014-15: 29-6, 15-3The Sun Devils lost a heartbreaker last year to Florida State by one point in the NCAA Sweet 16, the team’s best result since a 2009 appearance in the Elite Eight. This season, they’ll have the chance to build on that success with four starters returning and four good athletes signed from the 2015 recruiting class. With 52 victories since their freshman year, juniors Sophie Brunner, Kelsey Moos and Quinn Dornstauder are a dependable winning trio.16. Texas A&M2015-15: 23-10, 10-6Texas A&M coach Gary Blair said at SEC media days his team trails South Carolina and Tennessee when it comes to sheer talent, but come conference play he might be pleasantly surprised. Standout seniors Courtney Walker, Courtney Williams and Jordan Jones (who tore her right ACL and meniscus last February) return to lead the guard-heavy team; the trio combined for 40.1 points per game last season. The seniors and Blair’s veteran know-how will combine to contend admirably in a loaded conference.17. Kentucky2014-15: 24-10, 10-6Kentucky retains most of its guard-oriented offense from last season and gets back a healthy Janee Thompson, who generated the bulk of the team’s ball movement before breaking a leg in January. Junior guards Makayla Epps, who averaged 14.9 points per game last season, and Linnae Harper (11.4 ppg) will be back to help the Wildcats through a fairly treacherous schedule.18. Oklahoma2014-15: 21-12, 13-5Another NCAA Tournament regular, Oklahoma will be in good shape this year after graduating only two seniors and retaining their two top scorers. Four-time Big 12 Coach of the Year Sherri Coale was inducted into the women’s basketball Hall of Fame this year, and with three Final Four appearances during her tenure at Oklahoma, she’ll have no trouble getting the Sooners at least a few rounds into the Big 12 Tournament.19. South Florida(25-8, 14-4 AAC)2014-15: 27-8, 15-3The Bulls graduated two seniors, meaning top scorers Courtney Williams and Alisia Jenkins are around to run the offense. Connecticut will always be in the way come championship time, but South Florida should have few AAC roadblocks this season.20. North Carolina2014-15: 26-9, 10-6Coach Sylvia Hatchell is feeling the ramifications of the NCAA’s investigation of the school before any penalties have been handed down. This summer, the remaining three members of Hatchell’s 2013 recruiting class transferred, including leading scorer Allisha Gray and all-ACC center Stephanie Mavunga. North Carolina also graduated four seniors. It’s left with No. 3 scorer Xylina McDaniel and a few solid rebounders. Because of Hatchell’s experience, the Tar Heels might hang around for a while, but it will be an uphill climb for the next few years.21. George Washington2014-15: 29-4, 15-1George Washington had a school-record 29 wins and finished atop the Atlantic 10 for the first time in seven years. This season could be better. The team’s two incoming freshmen make up the strongest recruiting class in the conference, and Jonquel Jones, one of the nation’s best rebounders, returns to the Colonials for her senior year. Only one active senior, Chakecia Miller, graduated.22. DePaul2014-15: 27-8, 15-3This year’s Blue Demon team likely won’t break the program’s 13-year streak of NCAA Tournament appearances, but they will have plenty of tests to pass in a tough non-conference schedule. Preseason All-Big East Team members Megan Podkowa and Chanise Jenkins, both seniors, are tasked with leading the two-time reining Big East champs against Connecticut, Texas A&M and in-state rival Northwestern in December before conference play starts.23. Iowa2014-15: 26-8, 14-4After making it to the Sweet 16 and nabbing second place in the Big Ten, Iowa graduated All-America point guard Samantha Logic, assists leader Melissa Dixon and center Bethany Doolittle. That means coach Lisa Bluder likely will look to junior guard Ally Disterhoft to help run the offense.No. 24 Northwestern2014-15: 23-9, 12-6Northwestern is in a good place to build on their impressive 2014-2015 campaign, which they finished with the program’s first appearance in the NCAA Tournament in 19 years and the most wins (23) in the program since the 1995-1996 season. The Wildcats return the core five of their seven-woman rotation, including leading scorer Nia Coffey, who averaged 15.5 points and 8.5 rebounds and earned a spot on the Coaches Preseason All-Big Ten Team. Maryland is obviously still their biggest challenge in the Big Ten, but experience with playing through late March will serve the team well.25. Princeton2014-15: 31-1, 14-0Princeton returns four of the five starters who helped the Tigers go undefeated in the regular season. They met an early demise against Maryland in the NCAA tournament’s second round, but Princeton has been leading the Ivy League pretty much since coach Courtney Banghart started in 2007. This season should be no different. The Tigers will have to replace point guard Blake Dietrick, the team’s scoring and assists leader, who graduated.GALLERY: PRESEASON TOP 25
Simon Mignolet has wanted an exit from Liverpool for some time, and already had disagreements with the club over his future. When Loris Karius arrived and took the starting spot, albeit losing it to Mignolet for a while, the Belgian looked towards the exit already.Then, when Jurgen Klopp brought in Alisson as undisputed number one, Mignolet and his agents were open about the desire to leave Anfield to try their luck elsewhere.But it was Karius who was allowed to leave and Klopp then hit out at Mignolet for comments about being denied a move, although it was easy to sympathise with the former Sunderland goalkeeper.Now it seems the Liverpool back-up has an attractive chance to leave.Het Belang van Limburg report that Nice are interested for the January window, and it’s presented as something Mignolet would be keen on.Patrick Vieira isn’t happy with his goalkeeping options and is said to have the Liverpool option ‘at the top of his wish-list’.Now Mignolet would need to tussle with Klopp to be allowed a January exit, and some winter sun in Nice.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameIf You Like to Play, this City-Building Game is a Must-Have. No Install.Forge of Empires – Free Online GameUndoRaid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadEven Non-Gamers Are Obsessed With This RPG Game (It’s Worth Installing!)Raid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadUndoKeto减肥1個簡單的妙招一夜「融化」腹部贅肉（今晚試試）Keto减肥UndoStanChart by CNBC CatalystWill Blockchain Reduce the Global Trade Finance Gap to Reach the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals?StanChart by CNBC CatalystUndoPerfect-Dating.comReveal Tung Chung As The Best City to Date for Love & RomancePerfect-Dating.comUndoDating.comTung Chung is actually full of single men. Check them out on this premium dating site!Dating.comUndoTheTopFiveVPNEnjoy Netflix Now Without Any RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPNUndo熱門話題小心會長過頭…網友推爆:「真的長得超誇張!」熱門話題UndoInstant Voice Translator43 Languages Instant Voice Translator Flying Off Shelves in Hong KongInstant Voice TranslatorUndo
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Enyimba have moved into the top five of the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) after they saw off 10-man Plateau United 1-0 at home in a Matchday 8 clash.Diminutive winger Stanley Dimgba was the hero for the hosts as he scored an 11th minute penalty to give his side the maximum points after Elijah Ogene was penalised for handball in the box.The victory was enough to take Paul Aigbogun’s men six places from 11th to 5th spot with 13 points from the 8 league games played while defending champions Plateau United (15 points) stay in second place and also fail in the bid to usurp current leaders Akwa United into top spot.RelatedNPFL Watch: Enyimba, Plateau Boost Top Three Pursuit With VictoriesMarch 29, 2018In “Nigeria”NPFL Review (Rescheduled Games): Champions Plateau United Secure Top Four Spot With Draw At Akwa As Enyimba, IfeanyiUbah Clash Ends In StalemateMay 10, 2018In “Nigeria”NPFL Matchday 18 Review (Monday): Rivers United, Plateau United Earn Valuable PointApril 24, 2018In “Nigeria”
Chris Jackson/Getty Images(SYDNEY) — While launching the 500-day countdown to the 2018 Invictus Games in Sydney Wednesday, Prince Harry said he felt “guilty” when he was evacuated out of Afghanistan in 2008 after an Australian magazine violated a news blackout and revealed his location in the country.“I could no longer stay with my soldiers as it would have put them at greater risk,” said Harry, 32. “It was a decision over which I had no control, but the guilt of having to leave my guys behind was something I felt hard to swallow as anyone who has served would understand.”Harry served two tours of duty in Afghanistan during his time in the British Army.He said in his Sydney speech he resolved on the flight home from Afghanistan to create an event that would ultimately change his life and create a lasting impact on other veterans and wounded service members and their families.“In these challenging times, we can all benefit from positive and inspiring stories from which to draw strength,” Harry said. “The Invictus Games shows us that it is possible to overcome adversity and that the impossible is possible, if you have the will.”Harry, who was a captain in the British Army, founded the Invictus Games in 2014 to raise awareness for wounded service members.The Paralympic-style sporting event, which will this fall be held in Toronto, is an annual opportunity for injured military personnel to compete internationally against other soldiers, including some they fought with side by side on the battlefield.Harry’s overseas trip began on a somber note after the terror attack in London Saturday that left eight people dead and dozens injured. Harry opened his remarks in Sydney by discussing the attack.“Can I start by also sending my thoughts to those affected by Saturday’s attack in London Bridge,” Harry said. “Australians form an important and vibrant part of the fabric of life in London and we are reminded of that in good times and bad. Our hearts go out to the victims, their friends and families.”Harry also noted the role wounded warriors played in helping the survivors of the blast at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, last month that left 22 people dead.“This spirit, championed by the games, extends far beyond the competition; when a bomb left a number of people with life-changing injuries in Manchester last month, wounded veterans, including Invictus team members, immediately offered themselves up to provide advice and support to the victims through their recovery process,” he said. “The commitment to serve is ingrained in every member of the Armed Forces and is the embodiment of the Invictus spirit.”Harry began his goodwill tour over the weekend with a stop in Singapore, where he participated in a charity polo match to raise funds for his charity Sentebale.The charity was formed to honor his late mother, Princess Diana, a pioneer in the fight against AIDs. Harry and his brother, Prince William, have been involved in various activities this spring to commemorate the 20th anniversary of their mother’s death in Paris in August 1997.Harry has made it a point throughout the royal tour to honor the fallen.“Let peace and harmony prevail in communities all over the world,” Harry said.In Singapore, Harry joined young Muslim youth who were breaking their Ramadan fast in a bid to show communities of all faiths coming together as one in light of the tragedy.He also visited a children’s home which helps recovering addicts and the homeless.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Related
Sidney Crosby makes his entrance in Rimouski. Quite a scene. pic.twitter.com/EkY4m75lzs— Josh Yohe (@JoshYohe_PGH) September 27, 2019The Cole Harbour, N.S., native scored 303 career points in 121 games with Rimouski between 2003-05 after he was selected first overall in the 2003 QMJHL Draft. According to the league, he scored a hat trick in his first major junior game — just the start of a prolific career in both major juniors and the NHL. ‘Sid the Kid’ won two league MVP awards, won back-to-back CHL Player of the Year honors — the only player in history to do so — and led the Oceanic to a QMJHL championship in 2005.“Just how much I loved it here,” Crosby told reporters of his memories of Rimouski. “I think whether it was my teammates, people within the organization, the city itself… I think it’s just right from the start, just somewhere I loved to be. So happy to be here for two years, not only as a hockey player but spending time off the ice around here. Whether it’s billets or people you meet through the team, all those friendships and relationships that I made are still ones to this day that I still have.”Crosby also won silver with Team Canada at the 2004 World Junior Championships and earned gold the following year before the Penguins selected him in the 2005 NHL Draft. The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League announced Friday that as of next year, Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby’s number will be retired across the league.The announcement was made shortly after Crosby’s No. 87 was retired by his junior team, Rimouski Oceanic, before the team’s game against the Sherbrooke Phoenix. As Sidney Crosby is about to see his jersey retired in Rimouski, here’s a by the numbers look at how #87 impacted both the QMJHL and the @oceanicrimouski franchise.#QMJHLPride | #QMJHL | @penguins— QMJHL (@QMJHL) September 27, 2019Crosby was on hand for the ceremony and received a standing ovation that reportedly lasted longer than six minutes.“Seventeen years ago I had a decision to make: come to Rimouski or go to college,” Crosby told the crowd during his speech, via The Athletic’s Josh Yohe. “I was 15 years old… my parents decided they’d come for a visit. I remember the anticipation of that visit. The thoughts that went through my mind: what would they think of this place? What’s it like there in Rimouski, is this the right place for me?”“I remember my mom called me right after saying ‘Sidney, you’re going to love it here.’ That’s all I needed to hear. Mom, you were right.”
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