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first_imgThe ongoing threat of the novel coronavirus now raises questions about the timeline of the Tokyo Olympics, slated for July and August of this year. Indonesia has shown firm support for the games to proceed according to schedule.Indonesia’s National Olympic Committee (NOC) chief Raja Sapta “Okto” Oktohari said on Monday that his party had sent a letter to both Japanese and Chinese NOCs regarding the current situation of the coronavirus outbreak, which had affected both countries. In addition to offering sympathy, Okto said, his organization offered any support that Japan might need to overcome the difficulty of organizing the event amid the outbreak.“We are offering any assistance to and support for our friend Japan, which has been working hard to stage the Tokyo Olympics,” he said on the sidelines of Indonesia’s annual NOC meeting in Jakarta. As of Monday afternoon, Japan recorded 256 cases of the coronavirus and six deaths. The Tokyo Olympics is set to be held from July 24 to Aug. 9.Last week, International Olympic Committee (IOC) senior member Dick Pound said it was not impossible to reschedule the Olympics to next year but wanted athletes who were training for Tokyo to know the IOC was fully committed to having them at the opening ceremonies on July 24, Reuters reported.The World Health Organization has met the 2020 Olympics organizers to advise them on the coronavirus situation, and “no decision has been made to cancel the major sporting event in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak”, CNBC reported.Okto said Indonesia had displayed similar support for the Philippines SEA Games last December, which had been criticized over lack of readiness in organizing the multisport event. “We showed some support while others opted to criticize the organizers during the Philippines SEA Games,” he said.“And the result was positive as we got many services and positive feedback from the host, the Philippines.”Team Indonesia’s Tokyo Olympics chief of mission Rosan Roeslani said the current coronavirus outbreak had caused him to postpone his plan to visit Japan to conduct a survey before the games in Tokyo. The survey was previously scheduled for the third week of March.“Our preparation is still ongoing. We will keep communicating with the IOC,” he said.Earlier, Youth and Sports Minister Zainudin Amali said that his ministry would wait for the IOC or the decisions of other world authorities on the upcoming Tokyo Olympics. He said Indonesia would obey any final recommendation issued regarding the Olympics.This is similar to the minister’s gesture when facing the same crisis with the Philippines Para Games, which were eventually postponed indefinitely due to the coronavirus outbreak.Topics : Indonesia’s full support of Japan in staging the quadrennial event may also aim to aid the country’s mission to win its bid for the 2032 Olympics.The Indonesian NOC plans to use the Tokyo Games to showcase the country’s readiness to host the Olympics by establishing Rumah Indonesia (House of Indonesia) to promote the country and garner support from other Olympic participants.Rumah Indonesia is projected to cost Rp 200 billion (US$13.8 million). The house will be built in a strategic location inside the athletes’ villages in Tokyo.Indonesia will compete against Brisbane, Australia, and a joint bid by North and South Korea to host the 2032 Olympics.last_img read more

first_imgThe Chess Pro Tour will entering a crucial stage with the commencement of the Masters’ Series that is, (Battle of the Titans) event between FIDE Master Olufemi Balogun and International Master Oladapo Adu.The much-anticipated event comes up at Orchid Hotels and Event Centre Lekki on May 12, 2018.Chess pundits are already looking forward to the clash that is mostly seen as a clash between new order and the old horse and many are of the opinion that Balogun, who made his debut at the World Chess Olympiad in Istanbul 2012 looks set to upstage Adu in the match. FM Olufemi Balogun with a elo rating of 2255 FIDE rating is a Chess Pro Tour Card holder and highest ranked on the Pro Tour ranking is the only African or Nigerian to have play against a current World Chess champion, Magnus Carlson of Norway.Balogun lost the much anticipated encounter in the double colour in a reversed fixture match during the 2017 FIDE World Cup IN AzerbaijanOn the other hand, IM Oladapo Adu, with a 2273 FIDE rating and former national champion and he is a proponent of famous Sicilian opening who became the Nigerian national champion in 1995. In 2015, Adu qualified for the Chess World Cup 2015, being knocked out in the first round by Veselin Topalov.The Pro Chess Tour is an elite program developed to transform chess into a professional sport in Africa especially Nigeria. The tour comprises of the following circuit of events; Q-SCHOOL, OPEN CHESS CLASSICS (OCC), Premiere League, Masters’ Series, Grand SlamShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

first_imgThe Nationals host the Brewers in the National League wild-card game on Tuesday (8:08 p.m. ET, TBS), with the winner advancing to the NLDS against the Dodgers, the team with the best record in the NL. Three-time Cy Young winner Max Scherzer, who had a 2.92 ERA and 7.36 K/BB ratio this year, will start for the Nationals, who finished 93-69. The Brewers, who were 89-73, will counter with Brandon Woodruff, who had a 3.62 ERA and 4.77 K/BB ratio in 2019.  Nationals vs. Brewers predictionThe Brewers survived their three-week stretch without Christian Yelich thanks mostly to an incredible performance by the pitching staff. That group of pitchers will be tested by the Nationals, who scored more runs in the second half of the season than any other NL team.Anthony Rendon, particularly, was incredible after the break, posting a .336 average and 1.023 OPS. With Max Scherzer on the mound for the Nationals, the margin for error will be slim.Nationals 5, Brewers 3 Here’s everything you need to know about betting on Nationals vs. Brewers, including updated odds, trends and our prediction for the NL wild card game. MORE: Get the latest MLB playoff odds at Sportsbook ReviewBetting odds for Nationals vs. BrewersSpread: Nationals by 1 1/2Run total: 7 1/2Odds: Brewers +164, Nationals -171Nationals vs. Brewers all-time seriesThe Brewers took the season series with the Nationals, winning four of the six head-to-head contests. Milwaukee swept a three-game set at home in early May, and the Nationals took two of three in D.C. in mid-August. The Brewers hold the edge in the all-time head-to-head competition, too, with an 80-72 mark (not that all-time record will have any impact on one playoff game in 2019, of course. Just an FYI.)Three trends to know— 56 percent of spread bettors like the Nationals to cover at home, and 60 percent of the moneyline bettors like the Nationals, too.— As a road underdog of +150 to +200, the Brewers are 3-0 this year. — The Nationals are the much healthier team. Not only is Christian Yelich out, but Lorenzo Cain sprained his ankle in Colorado and is questionable, and Ryan Braun has been battling a calf injury. MORE: Odds to win the World Series for every team in 2019Three things to watchMax effortThe idea of having a three-time Cy Young winner in your corner for a winner-take-all one-game postseason scenario has long been a comfort for Nationals fans who realized catching the Braves in the NL East probably wasn’t going to happen. Scherzer has made 13 career postseason starts. He’s allowed two or fewer earned runs in seven of those starts, including two of his three in a Nationals’ uniform. In his only start against the Brewers in 2010, Scherzer struck out 10 in six innings, allowing six hits and two runs (one earned). Bullpen vs. BullpenLook, anything can happen in a one-game scenario, but Brewers fans have to feel better about their bullpen than Nationals fans. That group played a huge role in the team’s push to the second wild card berth. Even though he gave up a game-tying homer in his final appearance in Colorado, lefty closer Josh Hader had 37 saves this year, including a 1.42 ERA and 32 strikeouts in his past 19 innings. Lefty Drew Pomeranz has a 1.33 ERA in his past 20 1/3 relief innings, with 36 strikeouts against only 11 hits and four walks allowed.Brent Suter, another lefty, came back from injury issues and didn’t allow a single run in his final eight appearances, covering 16 innings. And right-handed starter Jordan Lyles figures to be available out of the bullpen, too; he had a 1.91 ERA in his final seven starts of the season. For the Nationals, Daniel Hudson has been great (0.00 ERA in nine September appearances) and closer Sean Doolittle had a 2.25 ERA in the last month of the season, but several bullpen regulars struggled in September: Fernando Rodney (5.91 ERA), Hunter Strickland (7.45), Javy Guerra (4.91) and Erick Fedde (6.43). Going streaking!Both of these teams are playing with a lot of confidence right now. The Nationals finished their season on an eight-game winning streak, scoring at least six runs in eight of those games and allowing three or fewer runs in six of the contests. The Brewers won 18 of 20 games during their push to the wild-card spot, including 13 of 15 after MVP candidate Christian Yelich went down with a broken kneecap. They lost out on the NL Central in the final series of the season, though, when they were swept by the Rockies. Stat that mattersThis is the fifth time the Nationals have made the postseason since the franchise moved from Montreal to Washington. D.C. As any baseball fan could probably tell you, the Nationals have yet to win a playoff series in those previous four Octobers, often squandering away opportunities in dramatic fashion, even though they’ve had home-field advantage for every single series. In three of those four LDS losses, they lost win-or-go-home Game 5s at Nationals Park. The NL wild card game, of course, is another win-or-go-home contest in D.C. last_img read more

first_img49ers clinch playoff berth with:49ers win AND Rams loss or tie OR49ers tie AND Rams lossSeattle Seahawks(at Rams)Seahawks clinch playoff berth with:Seahawks win or tieAFC playoff pictureRavens (10-2)Patriots (10-2)Texans (10-2)Chiefs (8-4)Bills (9-3)Steelers (7-5)In the hunt: Titans (7-5), Raiders (6-6), Colts (6-6), Browns (5-7)NFC playoff pictureSaints (10-2)Seahawks (10-2)Packers (9-3)Cowboys (6-7)49ers (10-2)Vikings (8-4)In the hunt: Rams (7-5), Bears (7-6), Eagles (5-7), Buccaneers (5-7), Panthers (5-7) MORE: Full NFL playoff picture for Week 14There’s also a wacky scenario in which the Bills, not the Ravens, the Patriots or the Chiefs, would become the first AFC team to clinch a playoff spot. It’s an unlikely scenario that would have to begin with Buffalo upsetting Baltimore on Sunday, but it’s a possibility nonetheless.If Buffalo beats Baltimore, Tennessee beats Oakland, Denver beats or ties Houston and Tampa Bay beats or ties Indianapolis, then the Bills would clinch a playoff berth before the Patriots and Chiefs get their chances to do so in the late Sunday afternoon window. You never know.Here are all the Week 14 NFL playoff clinching scenarios for the Ravens, Bills, Chiefs, Patriots, 49ers and Seahawks.NFL playoff clinching scenarios for Week 14Baltimore Ravens(at Bills)Ravens clinch AFC North title with:Ravens win AND Steelers loss or tie ORRavens tie AND Steelers lossRavens clinch playoff berth with:Ravens win ORRavens tie AND Texans loss or tie ORRavens tie AND Titans loss or tie ORTexans loss AND Colts loss or tie AND Raiders-Titans tie(UPDATE: The Ravens clinched a playoff berth with their win over the Bills.)Buffalo Bills(vs. Ravens)Bills clinch playoff berth with:Bills win AND Raiders loss or tie AND Texans loss AND Colts loss or tieKansas City Chiefs(at Patriots)Chiefs clinch AFC West title with:Chiefs win AND Raiders loss(UPDATE: The Chiefs clinched the AFC West title with their win over the Patriots and the Raiders’ loss to the Titans.)New England Patriots(vs. Chiefs)Patriots clinch playoff berth with:Patriots win ORPatriots tie AND Steelers loss ORPatriots tie AND Texans loss or tie ORPatriots tie AND Titans loss or tie ORTexans loss AND Colts loss or tie AND Raiders-Titans tieSan Francisco 49ers(at Saints) NFL playoff clinching scenarios are growing in numbers as we near the end of the 2019 regular season, and in Week 14, six teams have chances to clinch either postseason berths or division titles.The Saints last week became the first team in the NFL to clinch a playoff spot when they beat the Falcons to win the NFC South title. This week, the Ravens and Chiefs are the only teams that can clinch their respective division titles. The Bills, Patriots, Seahawks and 49ers have scenarios in which they would clinch playoff berths but not the AFC East or NFC West.last_img read more