Bundesliga Soccer To Resume On May 16 In Empty Stadiums Across Germany

BERLIN — The Bundesliga soccer season will resume on May 16 in empty stadiums, picking up right where it left off two months ago amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“Everyone has to be clear. We’re playing on probation,” German soccer league managing director Christian Seifert said. “I expect everyone to live up to this responsibility. Our concept is designed to catch infections early.”

Seifert said the return of soccer was because of the success the country’s leaders and health officials have had in response to the outbreak.

Germany has had a high number of COVID-19 infections — nearly 170,000 by Thursday, according to Johns Hopkins University — with about 7,000 deaths, a lower number compared to elsewhere.

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The country’s relative success in combating the virus has been attributed to early testing, a robust health service and strict lockdown measures that are now being loosened.

“That we’re allowed to play again boils down to German politics for managing this crisis, and the health system in Germany,” Seifert said. “If I were to name the number of tests that I was asked about in teleconferences with other professional leagues, with American professional leagues, with clubs from the NFL, the NHL, Major League Baseball and others, and I tell them how many tests are possible in Germany, they generally check, or there’s silence, because it’s just unimaginable in the situation over there.”

Only about a third of Germany’s massive testing capacity of almost 1 million a week is being currently used, said Lars Schaade, the deputy head of the Robert Koch Institute.

Though the French league has already been canceled, the Bundesliga’s return has given hope to soccer officials in Spain, Italy and England that they may yet also finish their seasons.

“I am confident that Germany will provide a shining example to all of us in how to bring football — with all its excitement, emotion and unpredictability — back into our lives,” UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said.

Seifert said the season will restart with the 26th round of games, including the Ruhr derby between Borussia Dortmund and Schalke on the opening Saturday. That match will test local authorities who hope to keep groups of fans from gathering around the stadium or at bars to watch on television.

Pay-TV broadcaster Sky said it will show some games on the first two weekends for free in Germany.

Seifert, who was speaking in Frankfurt after a video conference with members from each club, warned that everyone involved will need to maintain strict hygiene measures to ensure another suspension will not be necessary.

The Bundesliga was suspended on March 13 with nine rounds remaining. Seifert said the last round is now planned for the weekend of June 27-28. He said the second division will also begin on May 16.

“The decision means economic survival for some clubs,” Seifert said.

Seifert said there have been 10 positive cases of COVID-19 in the first two waves of tests among the 36 professional clubs, with another two positive cases found in a third wave.

It was initially planned that teams would spend two weeks in quarantine before games could resume, but a compromise on shorter training camps in isolation for each team was reached because players have been undergoing regular tests.

Seifert said a decision on whether to temporarily allow five substitutions per match depends on FIFA rules. FIFA made the proposal to help players cope with game congestion but it is still subject to approval from the International Football Association Board, soccer’s law-making body.

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Amazon And NFL Renew ‘Thursday Night Football’ Streaming Deal — And Add One Saturday Game

A “Thursday Night Football” game as seen on Amazon Prime Video. (Amazon / NFL screen grab)

Sports fans missing baseball, basketball, hockey, soccer and just about anything else that should be in play right now are holding out hope for the return of football in the fall. And Amazon is right there with them, as the tech giant announced Wednesday that it will once again deliver the live digital stream for “Thursday Night Football.”

The National Football League and Amazon reached a multi-year agreement to renew their exclusive partnership, which brings 11 games broadcast by FOX on television to an audience watching on Prime Video and Twitch across a variety of sites, apps and devices.

Amazon said that makes the games available to 150 million paid Prime members in over 200 countries. The company took over streaming rights for “TNF” from Twitter in 2017.

The new deal brings with it the right to exclusively stream one regular season game globally on Prime Video and Twitch. That game will be played on a Saturday in the second half of the 2020 regular season — and will still be televised in the participating teams’ home markets.

“As our relationship has expanded, Amazon has become a trusted and valued partner of the NFL,” Brian Rolapp, chief media and business officer for the NFL, said in a news release. “Extending this partnership around ‘Thursday Night Football’ continues our critical mission of delivering NFL games to as many fans in as many ways as possible both in the United States and around the world.”

Amazon’s version of “TNF” on Prime Video and Twitch brings with it some unique interactive viewing features, such as X-Ray and Next Gen Stats powered by Amazon Web Services, which are intended to bring fans closer to the game.

AWS is the official cloud and machine learning provider for the Next Gen Stats platform, which provides real-time location data, speed, and acceleration for every player during every play. AWS also helped power the recent — and entirely remote — NFL Draft.

Members watching on Prime can choose to watch the FOX broadcast, the FOX Deportes Spanish language coverage, and multiple other audio options.

“We know Prime members and the Twitch community around the world love the NFL, and we remain committed to giving them the best and most customizable streaming experience possible, with a broad selection of premium content available at their fingertips,” said Marie Donoghue, vice president of Global Sports Video at Amazon.

The average audience for “TNF” in 2019 was 15.4 million viewers. Digital streaming across Prime Video, Twitch, NFL digital, FOX Sports digital and Verizon Media mobile properties surpassed an average minute audience of over 1 million — up 43 percent from 2018.

The NFL streaming deal is part of Amazon’s growing video arm that includes the company’s Prime video library; its Amazon Studios production unit; and other sports-related live streaming deals.

Season five of the Amazon Original documentary series “All or Nothing,” produced by NFL Films, premiered in February with “All or Nothing: The Philadelphia Eagles,” exclusively on Prime Video.

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Match Poker Nations Cup Final To Be Contested Online Amid Pandemic

(Reuters) – The International Federation of Match Poker (IFMP) Nations Cup final on May 30 and 31 will be hosted online with most of the 14 participating countries still facing lockdowns due to the novel coronavirus outbreak, the governing body said on Thursday.

Players will participate from their homes and a gameplay software will enable each member of every team to see and communicate with all of their table competitors while sessions are on.

They will also be allowed to speak with their team mates, captains, managers and analysts during breaks in play, although some contestants will experience early morning play while others will be participating during the evening or night.

“All international sports federations are facing enormous challenges due to the pandemic but we are fortunate that, with our gameplay software, we are able to play a ‘live’ event but in individual home locations,” IFMP president Patrick Nally said in a statement.

“The social relationships developed through the hosting of our Match Poker events are important to us and we’re looking forward to getting back to live events as soon as practical.

“But we will continue to support our international competition schedule in this manner until such times as our ‘sporting family’ can be reunited.”

Teams include world champions Ukraine, European champions Spain and Asian champions India among others while an invitational ‘Digital Nation’ team and a president’s pick will also be part of the tournament.

“Pennsylvania’s gaming industry is navigating waters that are unprecedented anywhere,” said Dustin Gouker, lead analyst for PlayPennsylvania.Com. “It’s an industry that employs thousands in Pennsylvania and generates millions of dollars in tax revenue, and it is not designed to be closed. Growth in online casinos is helping, but it can’t entirely make up for the revenue lost from sports betting and land-based casinos being shut down.”

With the sports world largely shuttered after March 11, Pennsylvania’s handle slumped to just $131.3 million for the month, according to official data released Thursday. That is down 60.2% from $329.8 million in February, though up from $44.5 million in March 2019, before online sports betting launched.

Coronavirus-related closures have limited books to futures betting and some international sports. March Madness alone would have attracted $100 million in bets at Pennsylvania sportsbooks, according to PlayPennsylvania estimates.

“The timing of the coronavirus shutdowns was particularly damaging to Pennsylvania sportsbooks, costing the industry millions in basketball-related bets,” Gouker said. “The first weekend of March Madness is the second-biggest sports betting event in the U.S., behind only the Super Bowl, and its cancellation leaves no feasible way to make up that revenue. Obviously, there are dramatic health and economic concerns for everyone right now, but the loss of revenue will be felt by Pennsylvania’s gambling industry for quite some time.”

$118.3 million, or 90.1%, of March’s handle came from online betting. FanDuel Sportsbook/Valley Forge Casino led online sportsbooks with $53.7 million in March wagers, down from $138.5 million in February. That yielded $2.8 million in taxable revenue. Rivers-Philadelphia led the retail market with a $2.3 million handle, down from $7.2 million in February, and produced $146,281 in revenue.

“The bottom line is that Pennsylvania’s sportsbooks will not be healthy again until the sports world begins to reopen,” Gouker said. “No one yet knows for sure when that day will come. But sports leagues everywhere are trying to figure out ways to begin games again, so there is at least some reason for some optimism.”

Online casinos and poker

Online casino games and poker generated a record $24.3 million in revenue, easily surpassing the record $19.5 million in revenue set in February. March’s gains yielded $5.9 million in state taxes.

Poker tallied $3.1 million in revenue, all by Mount Airy/PokerStars. Before New Jersey broke it in March, the all-jurisdiction record for poker revenue in a month was $3.1 million, set in October 2016 by New Jersey. Online casinos boosted monthly revenue to $21.1 million on $871.6 million in wagers.

“Pennsylvania’s online product has been slow to develop, but the revenue the industry is generating now is vital to the gaming industry and the state budget,” Gouker said. “Ideally, Pennsylvania’s online casino industry would’ve had the opportunity to mature more quickly. But it is definitely better than if it didn’t exist at all, as is the case in most states.”

Rivers-Philadelphia led the market with $6.8 million in revenue on $293.2 million in wagers. That is up from $4.8 million in revenue on $194.7 million in wagers in February.

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Casino’s Partnership Adds Sports Betting, Online Gaming

The casino launched its Gun Lake Casino Sportsbook and online gaming site last week, courtesy of its partnership with the Pennsylvania-based Parx Casino.

The Gun Lake Casino Sportsbook will allow bets on sports such as football, basketball, baseball, golf, hockey, soccer, boxing, mixed martial arts, tennis and more.

Sports bets will be placed at the new betting counter inside Stage 131 or self-serve kiosks located throughout Gun Lake Casino. 

“We are motivated to offer our casino guests and all Michigan residents, the ultimate first-time experience with these new entertainment offerings,” said Jose Flores, vice president and general manager for Gun Lake Casino. “We have strategically crafted our partnership with Parx Casino to allow a flawless and unsurpassed plan for our guests interested in sports betting and online gaming.” 

Parx Casino has sports betting and online gaming operations in New Jersey, as well.

“Parx Casino is thrilled to partner with Gun Lake Casino to power their online and retail sports betting business as well as online casino products,” said Matthew Cullen, senior vice president of interactive gaming and sports for Parx. “We’re excited to bring our expertise in effective, profitable customer acquisition and online product operation to the vast Michigan customer base.” 

Also last week, Gun Lake announced it will be temporarily closing due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The casino closed at 3 a.M. Monday and will remain closed until 9 a.M. March 30. All events and promotions scheduled during this time are canceled.

“Protecting the health and safety of our guests and team members is of utmost importance and our main priority,” said Sal Semola, president and chief operating officer for Gun Lake Casino. “While there is no requirement to close, we believe in doing our part to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.”

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England Retains 4 Champions League Spots Despite City Ban

LONDON (AP) — England is still due to retain four Champions League participants next season regardless of Manchester City’s ban.

City is second in the Premier League but the Abu Dhabi-owned club was barred from European competition for two seasons by UEFA on Friday for masking money flows in an attempt to comply with Financial Fair Play rules.

The Premier League’s top four finishers are guaranteed automatic qualification places for the Champions League group stage that begins in September.

But City being banned does not prevent England taking up its full allocation of places for the elite competition. A country only loses a European spot when it is rejected by an eligible team.

“If a club refuses to enter the competition, having qualified for it on sporting merit and obtained a licence from the competent national body, no other club from the same association may be entered in its place,” the UEFA regulations state.

But if a club is either excluded or not allowed into the competition by UEFA, then the place goes to the next in line from that country.

That is what happened in Italy this season after AC Milan’s decision to voluntarily remove itself from the Europa League to pay for UEFA FFP breaches.

Milan finished fifth in Serie A last season, missing out on the Champions League places by one point.

It opened the way for Roma to enter the group phase of the Europa League after finishing sixth in Serie A, rather than having to go through qualifying. Torino, which finished seventh, took Roma’s spot in the qualifying rounds.

City is still hoping to overturn its Champions League ban, announcing plans Friday to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Matteo Scarpellini attended his first Atalanta game when he was only 10 months old. Carried by an uncle who wanted to “baptise” him in the club’s traditions, he was part of a crowd that saw them defeat Catanzaro 1-0 on the opening day of the 1975-76 Serie B season. He has followed the club devotedly ever since.

“If you’re born in Bergamo, you have to be Atalantino,” Scarpellini tells Bleacher Report. 

“My family is Atalanta, every one of the family. We live in an area where there are a lot of Inter and AC Milan fans, because Milan is pretty close. Also Juventus. But we teach the kids when they’re born to follow Atalanta. You have no choice—you have to be an Atalanta fan.”

They start them young in Bergamo, the northern Italian city that Atalanta call home. In an initiative launched by president Antonio Percassi following his return to the club in 2010, every infant born in the Lombardy city is sent a mini Atalanta replica kit along with two bottles of locally produced baby milk.

Hailing from a city with a population of only 122,000, Atalanta prides itself on being a family club, but it is also welcoming to outsiders, as the legion of overseas supporters who have fallen for the rustic charms of the Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia over the years can testify.

“We have a really good network of international fans,” says Nigel Mannering, an Atalanta fan from Portsmouth in southern England. “There’s all the Italians and the guys in Bergamo, but we have fans in Norway, we have fans in Poland, in Ireland, there’s French fans, there’s a couple of Germans, there’s Dutch. We’ve all kind of mingled and got to know each other.”

Conor Clancy, an Irish football journalist and Atalanta supporter who lives in Parma, recalls seeing his bewildered father being embraced by a couple of jubilant locals on the Curva Nord following a late winner against Inter Milan in October 2016.

“It’s one of those experiences that sticks with you,” Clancy says. “There’s a real family feel.”

Since Gian Piero Gasperini took over as head coach in the summer of 2016, Atalanta’s homely charms have given way to something altogether more spectacular. Despite operating on a shoestring budget compared to Serie A’s biggest clubs, La Dea (“The Goddess”) qualified for the UEFA Champions League last season for the first time in the club’s history, having previously ended a 27-year wait for European football by making it into the UEFA Europa League in 2017.

In their maiden Champions League campaign, they became the first team since Newcastle United in 2002-03 to progress from the competition’s group phase after losing their first three matches. Gasperini’s free-scoring side face Valencia in the first leg of their last 16 tie on Wednesday, and for supporters raised on a steady diet of relegation scraps and early cup exits, it is all taking a bit of getting used to.

“It is really hard to explain just how much this run means,” says Clancy. “With every game, the fans are pinching themselves and going, ‘Is this really happening?’ The way they managed to go through just adds to the dream-like nature of it. It doesn’t quite seem real and it hasn’t seemed real for the last three or four years.”

Atalanta secured their place in this season’s competition with a 3-1 win over Sassuolo on the final day of last season. For a club that has been relegated to Serie B and promoted back three times in the 21st century, it was a scarcely believable achievement. For Scarpellini, it had even deeper meaning.

“I have a very strong memory, even a bit sad, because it was the last time I saw my close friend Tito,” he says. “Eleven days later, he died of a heart attack aged 53. I remember hugging him after the game. We were crying—almost everyone was crying. It was a dream come true. I was hugging him and saying, ‘We’re in the Champions League, Tito! I can’t believe it!’

“That feeling, supporters of the top teams can’t realise how beautiful it is. Because they are used to it. When you are a supporter of a small club and for some reason you achieve something big like this, you lose yourself. If you support a small club, all the terraces become your friends. More than friends—they’re family.”

Matchday 1: Dinamo Zagreb 4-0 Atalanta

Drawn alongside Manchester City, Shakhtar Donetsk and Dinamo Zagreb, Atalanta were the only team in Group C not to have won their national championship the previous season. Few teams relish a visit to Dinamo’s intimidating Stadion Maksimir, but none of the Atalanta fans who made the trip to the Croatian capital for their team’s first-ever Champions League game could have anticipated quite how uncomfortable an evening it would prove to be.DAMIR SENCAR/Getty Images

The visitors were 3-0 down at half-time and conceded a fourth goal when Mislav Orsic tucked away his hat-trick goal in the 68th minute. After the dizzy highs of the previous three years, their maiden Champions League campaign began with a brutal reality check.

“Atalanta got stage fright,” says Eirik Stangnes, an Atalanta fan from northern Norway who has come to consider Bergamo his “second home”. “They weren’t prepared for it. They got absolutely battered.”

Matchday 2: Atalanta 1-2 Shakhtar Donetsk

Obliged to play their home games at San Siro because of renovation work at their own stadium, Atalanta scored their first Champions League goal courtesy of Duvan Zapata’s 28th-minute header, only for things to fall apart again.

Junior Moraes equalised for Shakhtar before half-time and then, with Atalanta flooding forward in search of a winner, Gasperini’s men were hit with a sucker punch in the fifth minute of stoppage time when Dodo played in fellow substitute Manor Solomon to smuggle home the winner.VINCENZO PINTO/Getty Images

“It was an absolute sickener,” recalls English fan Mannering. “Given the way the first game had gone, then you concede a goal with literally the last kick of the game to lose the second game. Knowing that we’d got Man City home and away to come after that, I basically felt that was it. We were out.”

Matchday 3: Manchester City 5-1 Atalanta

Ruslan Malinovskyi’s 28th-minute penalty fleetingly nourished hope of an upset among the Atalanta supporters at the Etihad Stadium, but a quickfire Sergio Aguero brace allowed the home side go in 2-1 up at half-time, and Raheem Sterling’s second-half hat-trick put the game to bed in emphatic fashion.Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images

At the halfway stage in the group, Atalanta were rock bottom with no points from their first three matches, only two goals scored and no fewer than 11 conceded. Since the Champions League’s second group phase was scrapped in 2003, no team had ever progressed to the knockout phase after losing their first three matches. But the remarkable durability that Atalanta have displayed under Gasperini meant that not all of their supporters were prepared to abandon hope just yet.

“Given what’s happened in the last few years, there’s never the feeling that anything’s dead with this team,” says Clancy. “You can never write them off.”

Matchday 4: Atalanta 1-1 Manchester City

With 42 minutes on the clock in Atalanta’s return fixture against City, their Champions League goose looked well and truly cooked. Sterling had given City an early lead and after Josip Ilicic was penalised for handball, Gabriel Jesus stood poised to double the visitors’ lead from the penalty spot.MIGUEL MEDINA/Getty Images

But the Brazilian fluffed his lines, hopelessly scuffing his spot-kick wide of the left-hand post, and four minutes into the second half, Mario Pasalic headed in an equaliser from Papu Gomez’s cross. With Shakhtar scoring twice in stoppage time to snatch a 3-3 draw at Dinamo in the other group game, it gave Atalanta a fighting chance of squeezing into the last 16.

“When Gabriel Jesus missed the penalty was a very important moment,” says Andrea Mastrovito, a Bergamo-born artist and Atalanta die-hard who regularly flies in from New York to watch his team’s matches. “Maybe the most important moment. The whole stadium felt that we could do it. Everything changed in that moment.”

Matchday 5: Atalanta 2-0 Dinamo Zagreb

Atalanta had to beat Dinamo in their penultimate match and hope Shakhtar failed to win at City to stand any chance of going through to the knockout phase. They claimed their first Champions League victory thanks to goals in each half from Luis Muriel and Gomez, while Shakhtar came away from the Etihad with a 1-1 draw. Against all probability, it was still on.MIGUEL MEDINA/Getty Images

“With the 2-0 win against Dinamo Zagreb, it was like Europe was really seeing what Atalanta were about,” says Clancy. “They had big momentum going away to Ukraine for the last game. That’s when the belief really took off.”

Matchday 6: Shakhtar Donetsk 0-3 Atalanta

Half an hour from the end of their final group game in Kharkiv, with the score goalless, Atalanta were heading out and Shakhtar were going through. The fates seemed to be conspiring against the away side when Timothy Castagne’s close-range effort in the 66th minute was ruled out for offside, but a millimetric VAR review overturned the decision, sparking delirium among the visiting supporters.SERGEI SUPINSKY/Getty Images

After Dodo was sent off for catching Remo Freuler in the face with his hand, Atalanta rubberstamped their wholly improbable passage to the last 16 with late goals from Pasalic and Robin Gosens. Back home in Bergamo, thousands of fans streamed to the airport to await their returning heroes.

“Everybody who was in Bergamo went to the airport to wait for the players to come back,” says Scarpellini. “You can imagine: fireworks everywhere, smoke. It was amazing. It was a night you had to be there.”

Having travelled to Ukraine to watch the match among Atalanta’s ultras, Mastrovito arrived back in Bergamo a couple of hours after the squad had passed through the airport.

“We arrived in Bergamo at five in the morning,” he says. “I also had jet lag, so I didn’t want to go to sleep. I was so excited. I waited for the newspaper store to open and I bought all of the newspapers. I had a very big, beautiful breakfast in the most beautiful bar in town and then I went to bed at 10 in the morning. I put all of the newspapers on the floor in my room so that when I woke up, I’d understand that it hadn’t just been a dream.”

Round of 16: Atalanta v Valencia

The draw for the round of 16 could have provided Atalanta with more glamorous opposition than a hit-and-miss Valencia side, but the feeling among the club’s fans is that it offered their team the best possible chance of continuing their Champions League adventure. “Valencia are a very good side, but we can do something,” says Scarpellini.

Yet while Gasperini and his players can harbour realistic ambitions of reaching the quarter-finals, there seems little danger of anybody within their fanbase losing perspective.

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What’s Next For Patriots With 2019 NFL Season Now Officially Over?

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — The Kansas City Chiefs’ dramatic Super Bowl LIV victory over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday officially closed the book on the 2019 NFL season.

As the league now shifts its sights to 2020, here’s a look ahead for the New England Patriots, who have been in offseason mode since their wild-card loss to the Tennessee Titans four weeks ago:

Feb. 23 to March 2: NFL Scouting CombineThanks to their unusually early playoff exit, the Patriots were able to send a large contingent of coaches to the 2020 Senior Bowl. The next tentpole event in the pre-draft process is the combine, which takes place later this month in Indianapolis. While there, Patriots coaches and personnel staff will have the opportunity to interview draft prospects while learning valuable information about their measurables and athletic profiles.

March 10: Deadline for teams to designate players for franchise or transition tagThe Patriots don’t have any obvious candidates for those tags this offseason

March 16: Free agent tampering period beginsImpending free agents are free to begin negotiating with other teams.

March 18: Free agency beginsEvery NFL player who is not under contract with his current team through the 2020 season will hit the open market at 4 p.M. ET on March 18, the first day of the new league year. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is the obvious headliner here, but he’s far from the only impending free agent the Patriots need to worry about. A total of 19 New England players are set to hit either unrestricted or restricted free agency, including key pieces like safety Devin McCourty, linebackers Kyle Van Noy and Jamie Collins, left guard Joe Thuney and special teamer Matthew Slater.

Here’s the full list:

QB Tom BradyDT Adam Butler (RFA)LB Shilique CalhounLB Jamie CollinsDE Keionta Davis (RFA)WR Phillip DorsettST Nate EbnerOL Jermaine Eluemunor (RFA)OL James FerentzK Nick FolkOL Ted KarrasS Devin McCourtyOT Marshall NewhouseLB Elandon RobertsDT Danny SheltonST Matthew SlaterG Joe ThuneyLB Kyle Van NoyTE Ben Watson

April 23 to 25: 2020 NFL DraftAnother silver lining from the Patriots’ disappointing postseason: They own the 23rd overall pick in this year’s draft, which, if they keep the pick, it would be their highest original (i.E. Not acquired via trade) selection since 2006.

New England is expected to have a total of 12 picks to work with this year — including four projected compensatory selections (two third-rounders, two sixth-rounders) — but currently owns just one in the top 86 after trading its second-rounder to the Atlanta Falcons for wide receiver Mohamed Sanu.

Don’t be surprised if Bill Belichick swings some sort of deal to close the gap between Nos. 23 and 87.

First round (23rd overall)Third round (87th overall)Third round (compensatory)Third round (compensatory)Fourth round (via Chicago)Sixth round (via Denver)Sixth round (via Houston)Sixth round (compensatory)Sixth round (compensatory)Seventh round (via Philadelphia)Seventh round (via Seattle)Seventh round (via Atlanta)

The Patriots’ draft needs will vary based on how they proceed in free agency and the trade market, but finding a promising young tight end should be near the top of their offseason priority list. Wide receiver, edge rusher, interior offensive line, safety, defensive line, linebacker and quarterback are among the team’s other potential needs.

Late May through mid-June: Organized team activities and mandatory minicampIf Brady does wind up re-signing with the Patriots, will he skip voluntary OTAs for the third consecutive spring? That move didn’t bite the Pats during their Super Bowl-winning 2018 campaign, but a lack of connection between Brady and any pass-catcher not named Julian Edelman or James White severely hamstrung New England’s offense this season.

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Liga Primer Inggris Mempekerjakan CEO Setelah Pencarian Kesalahan

LONDON (AP) – Jawaban untuk pencarian bergolak dan meluasnya kepala eksekutif Liga Premier Inggris berakhir di depan pintu mereka sendiri.

Richard Masters dipekerjakan pada hari Kamis sebagai penerus permanen Richard Scudamore, setelah menjabat dalam posisi tersebut untuk sementara waktu selama tahun lalu selama upaya yang salah untuk menemukan seseorang untuk menjalankan kompetisi sepakbola klub terkaya di dunia.

Dua orang berhenti sebelum mengambil salah satu peran utama dalam sepak bola dunia.

Eksekutif penyiaran Discovery Susanna Dinnage dipekerjakan sebelum berhenti pada Desember 2018 sebelum memulai liga.

Itu kemudian beralih ke David Pemsel, kepala eksekutif Grup Media Guardian, tetapi ia mengundurkan diri bulan lalu – sehari setelah sebuah surat kabar yang diterbitkan saling bertukar pesan teks pribadi dengan seorang wanita. Dia akan memulai paling lambat April 2020.

Masters pertama kali bergabung dengan Liga Premier pada tahun 2006 sebagai direktur penjualan dan pemasarannya. Dia menjadi direktur pelaksana pada Juli 2015. Dia sebelumnya bekerja untuk Liga Sepakbola Inggris – badan yang mengelola tiga liga di bawah Liga Premier – dan Dewan Kriket Inggris dan Wales.

Salah satu pekerjaan awal terbesarnya adalah mengawasi penjualan putaran berikutnya dari hak siar domestik dan luar negeri.

“Klub-klub percaya bahwa ini adalah penunjukan yang tepat sekarang untuk kepentingan jangka panjang Liga Premier,” kata ketua Chelsea Bruce Buck, yang juga mengetuai komite nominasi Liga Premier.

Buck menambahkan bahwa Masters telah menjabat sebagai CEO sementara “dengan penuh percaya diri dan keterampilan” selama setahun terakhir.

“Ini adalah salah satu pekerjaan paling luar biasa di dunia olahraga,” kata Masters, “dan saya sekarang berharap untuk memimpin liga dalam banyak peluang dan tantangan yang ada di depan.”

Atalanta dan Atletico Madrid mengkonfirmasi tempat mereka di babak sistem gugur Liga Champions yang berarti bahwa, untuk pertama kalinya, hanya liga Lima Besar Eropa yang akan diwakili di babak 16 besar.

Hanya ada dua masalah yang harus diselesaikan pada malam terakhir penyisihan grup. Atalanta, kendati kalah dalam tiga pertandingan pertamanya, lolos dengan kemenangan 3-0 saat tandang ke Shakhtar ketika tantangan Dinamo Zagreb berakhir dengan kekalahan kandang 4-1 dari Manchester City, di mana Gabriel Jesus mencetak hat-trick.

Atletico memastikan tempatnya dengan mengalahkan tim terbawah di grup, Lokomotiv Moscow, 2-0 di kandang. Ternyata, itu akan melewati bahkan dengan kekalahan sebagai Bayer Leverkusen kalah 2-0 di kandang dari Juventus.

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Dua tim teratas dalam dua grup lainnya sudah diselesaikan, satu-satunya yang berminat pada yang akan finis ketiga dan mengamankan kualifikasi Liga Europa. Club Brugge, meskipun kalah 3-1 di kandang dari Real Madrid, dan menempati posisi ketiga di Grup A ketika Galatasaray dipalu 5-0 saat tandang ke grup pemenang Paris Saint-Germain.

Penalti pada menit ke-87 dari Youssef El-Arabi memberi Olympiacos kemenangan 1-0 atas Red Star untuk menjadikan juara Serbia itu berada di urutan ketiga di Grup B. Bayern membuatnya menang enam dari enam – hanya tim ketujuh yang pernah mencapainya – dengan kemenangan 3-1 atas Tottenham.

Berikut adalah tiga pemikiran tentang pertandingan hari Rabu dan apa yang ada di depan saat kami memasuki babak sistem gugur turnamen.

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Permainan yang Membentuk Playoff Sepak Bola Universitas dan Seperti Apa Lapangan 8-tim

Ada saat selama jeda pertandingan permainan Sepuluh Besar pada hari Sabtu, dengan Wisconsin memimpin Ohio State dengan dua gol, di mana publik sepak bola perguruan tinggi mulai menerima wahyu yang menggelegar: Jika Wisconsin bertahan untuk kesal, permainan paling berpengaruh di tahun 2019-an. Balapan Playoff College Football mungkin menang di Illinois.

Sebuah Wisconsin 12-2, Big Ten pemenang mungkin tidak akan masuk ke playoff, tetapi tim 13-1 Badgers, tanpa kehilangan kesal terhadap Loini Smith’s Illini, hampir pasti akan melakukannya.

Sayangnya, itu bisa diperdebatkan. Negara Bagian Ohio mencapai akselerator pada kuartal ketiga dan meraih kemenangan 34-21. Tetap saja, itu membuat saya berpikir … Apa momen paling berpengaruh dari lomba tahun ini?

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Terkadang berguna untuk mundur dan menilai apa yang baru saja kita lihat. Menggunakan alat Allstate Playoff Predictor ESST Stats & Information (yang dipicu oleh FPI), inilah momen, atau kumpulan momen, yang paling banyak mengubah kalkulus CFP pada tahun 2019:

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Minggu 1-2: Michigan gagal melihat bagian itu. Ingat jalan kembali pada bulan Agustus, ketika kita berbicara tentang pelanggaran new-look Michigan dan bagaimana negara Ohio saingan memiliki QB baru dan pelatih kepala baru dan mungkin siap untuk langkah mundur? Ingat bagaimana kami berbicara tentang Wolverine yang memiliki pukulan CFP yang sangat baik?

Itu tidak berlangsung lama. Bahkan sebelum kalah dari Wisconsin di Minggu 3, Wolverine melihat peluang CFP mereka turun dari 41% di pramusim menjadi hanya 3% setelah kemenangan yang lebih dekat dari yang diperkirakan atas Negara Bagian Tennessee Tengah dan Angkatan Darat. Pada periode yang sama, kecemerlangan awal Negara Bagian Ohio meningkatkan peluang Buckeyes dari 6% pada pramusim menjadi 19% dalam dua minggu.

Minggu 3-5: Negara Bagian Ohio sangat, sangat kelihatan bagiannya. Meskipun kurang dalam pertarungan tenda sampai akhir tahun, Buckeyes jelas menegaskan diri mereka sendiri. Setelah mengalahkan Cincinnati, Indiana, Miami (Ohio) dan Nebraska dengan 217-22 gabungan dalam beberapa minggu berturut-turut, peluang mereka telah melonjak menjadi 72% pada akhir Minggu 5.

Minggu 7: South Carolina 20, Georgia 17. Hasil tahun pertama yang benar-benar tak terduga dan berdampak terjadi di Athens, Georgia. Jake Fromm Bulldogs hanya melemparkan lima intersepsi sepanjang musim, tetapi tiga di antaranya terjadi melalui tangan Mukuamu Israel. Pemain senior Gamecocks mengambil satu kembali untuk skor, dan tim Will Muschamp menjatuhkan peluang CFP UGA dari 46% menjadi 11%.

Gol lapangan pemenang pertandingan James McCourt memberi Illinois kemenangan besar atas Wisconsin, mengakhiri harapan Playoff Badgers ‘College Football. Patrick Gorski / USA TODAY Sports
Minggu 8: Illinois 24, Wisconsin 23. Seminggu sebelum pertarungan tenda melawan Ohio State, para Badgers lupa bagaimana cara mencetak gol. Delapan peluang mencetak hanya menghasilkan 23 poin, dan Illinois mengejutkan para Badgers dengan tujuan lapangan detik-detik terakhir. Peluang CFP Wisconsin turun dari 33% menjadi 3%.

Minggu 9: Kansas State 48, Oklahoma 41. Tiga minggu, tiga gangguan besar. Memang, OU mampu pulih dan masih membuat CFP, tetapi ketika comeback besar Sooners jatuh pendek – mereka tertinggal 48-23 dua menit memasuki kuarter keempat tetapi datang dalam upaya tendangan samping kontroversial memiliki bola dengan peluang untuk mengikat – peluang CFP mereka turun dari 49% menjadi 11%.

Minggu 11: LSU 46, Alabama 41 dan Minnesota 31, Penn State 26. LSU mengendarai gelombang akhir kuartal kedua untuk memimpin 20 poin, menyerahkan sebagian besar, dan bertahan di Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Ini terjadi setelah pada dasarnya hal yang sama terjadi di Minneapolis – yang disukai Penn State tidak bisa membuat defisit awal untuk Minnesota yang tak terkalahkan. Dalam hal efek bersih, ini mungkin akhir pekan yang paling berdampak musim ini. Peluang LSU melonjak dari 57% menjadi 87%, sementara Bama turun dari 71% menjadi 40%. Sementara itu, PSU turun dari 52% menjadi 11%, dan Minnesota sempat naik dengan 4% peluang.

Minggu 13: Arizona State 31, Oregon 28. Lupakan Illinois-Wisconsin – ini adalah permainan yang paling penting dari perlombaan CFP. Sebuah Oregon 12-1, dengan permainan gelar Pac-12 bermain-main di atas Utah, mungkin menarik unggulan keempat bukannya Oklahoma. Sebaliknya, peluang Oregon turun dari 28% menjadi 0,5% sebagai akibat dari gangguan ini. Sialan, Herm.

Minggu 14: Auburn 48, Alabama 45. Salah satu hasil yang paling tidak mungkin secara statistik musim ini – ukuran harapan menang pascaingame saya mengatakan bahwa, dengan statistik yang dihasilkan permainan ini, Alabama memenangkannya 94% dari waktu – secara resmi mengakhiri lima pertandingan Bama -tahun beruntun penampilan CFP. Penerima manfaat terbesar dari peluang pasang turun dari 46% menjadi 0,6%: Oklahoma. Peluang The Sooners naik dari 12% menjadi 37% berkat kemenangan Bedlam dan acara di Plains.

Pekan Kejuaraan: Oregon 37, Utah 15 dan Oklahoma 30, Baylor 23. Utah diperingkat di atas OU menuju akhir pekan, tetapi sementara kemenangan Oregon tidak membantu Bebek yang sudah tersingkir, itu memberi Sooners dorongan yang mereka butuhkan. Suatu kali mereka selamat dari Baylor dalam lembur.

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The Bernard Lee Poker Show 12-27: Ravi Raghavan, 2019 WSOP Cir Hammond Champ, Part 2

0:00 Welcome to The Bernard Lee Poker Show as this week’s guest is once again 2019 WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Hammond Main Event Champion, Ravi Raghavan as Bernard concludes his two-part interview this week. 0:38 Alexandros Kolonias from Greece became the latest WSOP Europe Main Event Champion, besting a field of 541 entries and earning €1,133,678 for his victory. The 2019 WSOP Main Event runner-up, Dario Sammartino, final tabled this Main Event as well, but this time ended up finishing up in 4th place. 2:05 Daniel Negreanu captures his third WSOP Player of the Year. 3:30 Bertrand Grospellier, aka ElkY, captured his second WSOP bracelet, winning the Colossus event over a massive field of 2,738 entries and taking home €190,375. 3:50 Michael Pearson captured the WSOP Circuit Lake Tahoe Main Event over a field of 424 entrants and took home $133,285. Also, former guest Adam Owen earned the stop’s Casino Champion. 4:55 Canadian Geoff Hum outlasted a star-studded final table at the WPT Montreal. Playing in a field of 1,109 entrants, Hum won CA$500,000 for his victory. 6:32 RunGood Gear Ad 7:16 Share My Pair Ad 7:48 Bernard welcomes Ravi Raghavan to the show. 8:22 Ravi joins the show. 10:19 Ravi recalls his great run during 2012-2013, including his breakout win in 2012 at the WPT Five Diamond, which had an incredible final table. 16:07 Ravi discusses if he plays in the WPT Champions event, where only former WPT Main Event champions can play. 18:04 Ravi remembers his 5th place finish at 2013 WSOP Europe Main Event, including Adrian Mateos’ first WSOP bracelet (he currently has three) at 19 years old. 22:15 OddsChecker Ad 23:14 Bernard continues his interview with Ravi Raghavan, the 2019 WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Hammond Main Event Champion. 23:53 Ravi discusses his latest win, 2019 WSOP Circuit Main Event, at his “home” casino, Horseshoe Hammond. 26:11 Ravi remembers Day 3 of the WSOP Circuit Main Event including chip distribution and slow elimination at the beginning of the day. Ravi also describes a couple of key hands at the final table. 34:11 Ravi describes how he felt after he won the WSOP Circuit Main Event at Horseshoe Hammond. “It was the best feeling of my poker career. #1!” 37:10 Ravi discusses earning a seat into the 2020 Global Casino Championship by winning the WSOP Circuit Main Event. 38:44 Ravi discusses the importance of winning a WSOP bracelet for his career and his summer schedule. “I can’t lie. I definitely want to win a bracelet. It’s definitely been on my mind for a long time.” 44:56 Ravi’s brother, Harish, who is a professional jazz musician, is releasing a new album, Call For Action, on November 8th. Go to iTunes to listen/purchase.

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New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints memimpin 10 tim terkuat NFL untuk musim 2019

USA TODAY Sports Diterbitkan 8:12 ET, 30 Oktober 2019

Apa yang Saya Dengar: Untuk sekali ini bukan pelanggaran Pats yang menjadi berita utama, datang dari kemenangan lain yang harus berterima kasih kepada Patriot! USA HARI INI

Kekuatan dalam sepak bola profesional dapat dikenakan banyak definisi.

Apakah itu waralaba NFL yang paling dihormati dan penting?

Apakah ini tim dengan permainan lari terkuat? Atau pertahanan yang paling mengesankan?

Atau tim yang mendapatkan kekuatannya dari kemenangan.

Ketika kita mencapai titik tengah musim 2019, USA TODAY Sports memilih untuk pergi dengan apa yang paling penting di atas segalanya – tim dengan peluang terbaik untuk menang. Bahkan dibebani dengan beberapa kerugian, beberapa tim hanya mengirim sinyal bahwa mereka harus diperhitungkan.

Two major reasons the New England Patriots are the most powerful team in the NFL: head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady, here after Sunday's win over the Browns.

Dua alasan utama New England Patriots adalah tim yang paling kuat di NFL: pelatih kepala Bill Belichick dan gelandang Tom Brady, di sini setelah kemenangan Minggu atas Browns. (Foto: Greg M. Cooper, USA TODAY Sports)

  1. New England (8-0)
    Patriots lawan berikutnya lima saat ini adalah 0,500 atau lebih baik. Bukannya New England tidak sah, tetapi Buffalo adalah satu-satunya tim semi-layak pada jadwal babak pertama. Tetapi dengan pertahanan liga yang paling kuat (No. 1 dalam pertahanan skor, pertahanan total No 2) dan Tom Brady yang memimpin pelanggaran, mungkin tidak masalah siapa yang ada dalam jadwal.
  2. New Orleans (7-1)
    Saints QB Drew Brees kembali dari cedera ibu jari dengan pembalasan. Jika berlari kembali, Alvin Kamara dapat melakukan hal yang sama di sisi lain bye, adakah yang akan menghentikan mereka … meskipun para pejabat?
  3. San Francisco (7-0)
    Anda mungkin bisa mulai memahat nama pemain bertahan Nick Bosa ke rookie defensif tahun ini … dan mungkin pemain bertahan tahun ini juga. 49ers pertama di pertahanan total dan kedua di pertahanan skor. Mereka bermain di Arizona pada hari Kamis sebelum pertandingan kandang di Monday Night Football melawan Seattle.
  4. Green Bay (7-1)
    Apa senjata ampuh berlari kembali Aaron Jones menjadi. No Pack kembali di era Super Bowl telah berhasil menerima 159 yard dalam permainan sampai ia melakukannya pada hari Minggu lalu. Dia juga memiliki delapan gol di lapangan musim ini.
  5. Minnesota (6-2)
    Pemain belakang Vikings, Danielle Hunter, berusia 25 tahun pada 29 Oktober. Kariernya yang 48 tahun merupakan rekor yang paling lama bagi pemain sebelum ulang tahunnya yang ke-25. Tandai 23 Desember di kalender Anda: Packers at the Vikings. Bisa jadi banyak di jalur di NFL Utara.
  6. Baltimore (5-2)
    Lamar Jackson adalah satu-satunya QB putaran pertama 2018 yang belum menghadapi New England (belum). Empat lainnya telah digabungkan untuk peringkat 30,0 pelintas. Kesempatannya datang hari Minggu ini di rumah.
  7. Indianapolis (5-2)
    Mereka Colts adalah di antara regu yang paling membingungkan dan menjengkelkan di liga. Namun Indy harus bergulir ke mahkota AFC Selatan. Baik? Tanpa J.J. Watt, 5-3 Houston tidak bisa menangkap mereka, kan?
  8. Houston (5-3)
    Bahkan setelah kepergian tepi rusher Jadeveon Clowney, Whitney Mercilus menyusun tahun terbaik dalam karirnya. Tapi bisakah dia mempertahankan momentum sekarang bahwa gelandang elit J.J. Watt keluar untuk musim dengan cedera?

9, Kansas City (5-3)
Sangat gila untuk berpikir bahwa Chiefs telah kehilangan tiga berturut-turut di Arrowhead Stadium; namun, semua hal dipertimbangkan, Anda harus mengatakan mereka berada di tempat yang layak tentang sekarang. QB Patrick Mahomes yang cedera harus segera kembali, tetapi tidak jelas apakah itu berarti waktunya untuk pertandingan minggu ini melawan Viking. Dia mungkin tidak akan kembali sampai minggu depan di Tennessee.

  1. Seattle (6-2)
    Cedera lutut yang berakhir musim ke pusat Justin Britt bisa menjadi pukulan besar bagi garis ofensif yang telah berjuang sedikit selama bertahun-tahun. Itu sama sekali bukan kabar baik bagi quarterback Russell Wilson, pemimpin awal liga MVP. Dia akan membutuhkan banyak perlindungan melawan lini depan 49ers dalam pertandingan Senin Malam 11 November. Tim-tim itu bertemu lagi di hari terakhir reguler

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