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Orm Irian

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Well, some good has come of the collision between sport and lurgi. The Adelaide 500 is no more. It has ceased to be. It is not resting. It is not pining for the Fords, or stunned, or even stoned. Its metabolic processes are now a matter only of interest to historians. It has rung down the curtain and joined the Choir Invisible. It is a ex-car race!

Mad March will be a little quieter and less mad. It won't take over an hour to get from Payneham Road to North Terrace any more. There will be less air pollution right after the fire season and we won't need to turn the sound systems at Writers Week up till the knobs fall off so the writers can be heard over the roar of engines. Maybe - just maybe - the pandas in the Zoo will finally be able to produce a tiny panda, too!

In case you can't tell, I'm happy about this one. :)
 

misskarne

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Well, some good has come of the collision between sport and lurgi. The Adelaide 500 is no more. It has ceased to be.
No! This is utterly devastating. The Adelaide 500 was such a tradition. It always opened the season, and it was always so much fun. It's a classic race on the Supercar calendar and it was great for SA racing fans after the F1 went to Melbourne.

To me it marked the change of season. Summer was over when Adelaide was on - it was time for Autumn and the start of winter sports. I'm gutted.
 

Sylvia

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Tennis Australia (TA) will employ a 'hub' model by shifting all Australian Open lead-up events to the state of Victoria to ensure the strongest-possible field for the first major of 2021.
TA will transfer at least five events usually held in Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Canberra and Hobart to Melbourne and its surrounds in a blockbuster summer of action.
The unprecedented measure will see up to 550 players and their entourages flying into Melbourne from mid-December, where they will be allowed to play and train but be restricted to hotels or the tennis court until they have completed two weeks of quarantine.
They are then free to travel around the state for competition, with some of the tournaments set to be held at regional venues such as Bendigo and Traralgon, subject to approval.
Some events could be played after the Open in a re-worked calendar.
It remains unclear how many fans will attend the Open, which is scheduled from January 18-31.
Tiley wants at least 25 percent crowd capacity, which has been confirmed for cricket's Boxing Day Test against at the MCG.
Tiley compared confining the summer of tennis to Victoria to the AFL restricting much of its season to Queensland.
"But we have a very different construct to the AFL and cricket because we are bringing in a lot of international people and their entourage so we've got to ensure they stay on a very rigid, tough lockdown,'' he said.
 

Sylvia

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Olympic “participants” and fans arriving for next year’s postponed Tokyo Games will be encouraged to be vaccinated to protect the Japanese public, IOC President Thomas Bach said Monday.
Bach said it won’t be mandatory, but he left no doubt it will be strongly pushed.
Bach campaigned across Tokyo on Monday, his first visit to Japan since the Olympics were postponed almost eight months ago amid the coronav*rus p*ndemic. He met support at all stops; from Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike, former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and Yoshiro Mori, the head of the local organizing committee and also a former prime minister.
Some athletes and fans from abroad may oppose any suggestion to take the vaccine, which Bach has hinted previously could be key for Olympic “solidarity.”
Japan has held baseball games recently with near-capacity crowds of 30,000 fans at some stadiums. It has also held an exhibition gymnastics meet with 22 athletes entering from abroad, attended by several thousand fans.
Japan has been largely spared during the p*ndemic with about 1,900 deaths attributed to C0VID-19. It has also sealed off its borders until recently, and has almost 100% mask-wearing by the public.
Several polls have shown the Japanese public is ambivalent about the games, facing larger concerns like a slumping economy.
 

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The Canadian government has denied the Toronto Raptors to play in Toronto for the start of the NBA season. Possibly after the all star break.
 

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Djokovic was having a whinge a couple of weeks ago that the organisers needed to make sure the tennis players got special quarantine treatment. That went down about as well as you'd expect on social media here, but the person who referred to him as Novax Djocovid gets my prize.

Cricket is making things interesting. The Indians are here in Australia for a series of ODIs, T20s and Tests. They have been in a special quarantine bubble since they arrived with access to training facilities and so far that has gone very well. On the other hand, New Zealand has been hosting both the West Indies and Pakistan, and both teams had players breaching quarantine protocols! Pakistan had six players test positive, even though their whole squad tested negative on arrival in New Zealand, and, of course, those players are the ones who broke the bubble. The NZ Government is (rightly) furious and threatening to send them home. I can't believe two separate teams both thought that was acceptable behaviour!

The NRL is ploughing on with plans for next season to be a "proper" season, with the Warriors to play out of New Zealand again. As their season starts in March, I find it likely that this could succeed as long as things continue in both Australia and New Zealand the way they are.

I'll be interested to see what plans F1 has for its scheduled March return to Melbourne. That's going to be more difficult with drivers and teams based all over Europe.
 

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No Ohio State football yesterday because of an outbreak (including the head coach).

No University of Dayton basketball yesterday because of a positive cases on the Cedarville team.
 

Sylvia

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So yesterday I had NBC on in the afternoon and was watching slalom skiing. This is an international event going on right outside Zagreb Croatia currently. Most everyone here on FSU has said they feel the travel to World’s, not the actual event is the most dangerous. How are these other Olympic sports handling it? There were at least 4 American women I saw yesterday, and I can’t imagine any of them, except maybe Mikaela Shiffrin have the money for a private jet. I am not denying the fact that skiing is outside and therefore inherently more safe. But when reading discussions everyone is talking about airplane travel. But other Olympic sports (ie not big $$$ makers) continue to happen. How are they doing it?
Replying to @sk8nlizard here with these links:
International Ski Federation (FIS) C0VID-19 Information Hub: https://tinyurl.com/y9e6yecc
FIS C0vid-19 FAQ page: https://tinyurl.com/y88jfuh3
 

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Soccer star Alex Morgan says [on Twitter] her family has contracted the ********: https://apnews.com/article/womens-s...-alex-morgan-f38552d18c58d7bd643b80f64063a936
Morgan is married to fellow soccer player Servando Carrasco. They have a 7-month old daughter named Charlie.

“We are all in good spirits and recovering well,” Morgan said in a post Tuesday on Twitter. “After our isolation is completed, I will follow US Soccer’s return to play guidelines to ensure my body is fully recovered and I can join my teammates back on the field soon.”
 

Sylvia

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Latest on the Australian Open tennis tournament, now scheduled for February 8-21 in Melbourne:
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The Australian Open has avoided a potential problem surrounding its hotel arrangements, with organizers saying they have secured another location in response to complaints by local residents.
Tennis Australia and the Australian state government of Victoria have agreed upon quarantine requirements and other safety protocols in order to allow the tournament to be played. Various hotels across the city will be used by players and their teams during their stay in Melbourne, which includes a two-week quarantine upon arrival.
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"We have gone through the process of securing a new site," Victoria's police minister Lisa Neville told local press.
The minister also noted that they had adequate personnel for the quarantine, following concerns that the event would rely on private security guards.
"We’ve recruited 1,100 staff to do the Australian Open arrangements—the residential support officers, the health people, infection-prevention control and on top of that, there will be the police," she said.
According to the Melbourne Age, the cancellation could include Tennis Australia having to compensate the hotel, which would add to the AU$40 million cost of the player bubble.
Players can begin to arrive in Australia starting next week, though have yet to be notified of travel arrangements, according to reports. They are supposed to arrive January 15-17 for a two-week quarantine before competing in the Australian Open. Tennis Australia committed to organize travel for players as part of strict government requirements around the tournament being played.
 

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Major League Baseball conducts spring training in two states- Florida (the Grapefruit League) and Arizona (the Cactus League).

Mayors in all the cities of the Cactus League sent a letter today to Major League Baseball asking that spring training be delayed from the end of February to the middle of March, when they believe the current Arizona numbers will be better.

Leaders of all eight Cactus League cities have sent a letter to Major League Baseball saying it would be "wise" to delay the start of spring training due to the high rate of *********-19 infections in Arizona's Maricopa County.

"In view of the current state of the ********* in Maricopa County -- with one of the nation's highest infection rates -- we believe it is wise to delay the start of spring training to allow for the *********-19 situation here," reads the letter, first acquired by TV station KPNX in Phoenix. "This position is based on public data from University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, which projects a sharp decline in infections in Arizona by Mid-March."

The letter was signed by the executive director of the Cactus League, the city managers of Phoenix and Tempe, the mayors of Mesa, Scottsdale, Surprise, Glendale and Peoria, and the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community president
 

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MLB would like to postpone the start of spring training to late March and the start of the baseball season to late April and only play 154 games. The players union isn't likely to agree.

The proposal concerns the MLBPA on multiple fronts, players and union sources told ESPN. With pitchers having ramped up to start spring training around Feb. 17, they are reticent to shut down and start again by the proposed March 22 spring training start for a season that would begin April 28, according to sources. Further, players believe language in the proposal would grant commissioner Rob Manfred power beyond what he currently has to cancel games and, accordingly, potentially cut into players' pay.

The league disagrees with that interpretation. While Manfred had the right under the March 26 deal struck by the sides in the wake of the *********'s early days last year to cancel games or shut down the sport -- something he considered amid early outbreaks -- he never did so once the season began. The proposal, league sources said, is intended to protect MLB from a worsening national situation, whether it's a *********-19 variant being resistant to the vaccine or an unexpected uptick in cases.

 

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Thank you, I will check those out! I wasn’t trying to be argumentative, just wondering how other sports that aren’t huge money makers are managing!
The ISU with the long track and short track seems to be coping okay with modified racing using the 'hub' method at least for Long track. Checking in with my friends who are still officials they were not aware of any outbreaks at all and have had several weeks of racing and training now. This may have positively influenced the thought of going ahead with figure skating worlds, also assume exemptions made for the athletes coming back and forth from Canada as we have full teams in the Netherlands. This would suggest logistically at least we could send a team to worlds?
 

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All competition at six Australian Open tuneup events scheduled for Thursday was called off after a person working at one of the tournaments' Melbourne quarantine hotels tested positive for *********-19.
Players preparing for the year's first Grand Slam [tennis] tournament, which is supposed to begin Monday, must isolate at their hotels until they test negative for the illness caused by the ********.
"We will work with everyone involved to facilitate testing as quickly as possible," Tennis Australia said in a statement announcing the postponement of all matches that were to be played Thursday at Melbourne Park.
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Any players, coaches or officials who quarantined at the Grand Hyatt hotel in Melbourne were deemed to be casual contacts of the 26-year-old infected man and are required to remain in their hotels until they test negative.
Everyone in the city will be required to wear masks while indoors.
 

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Was catching up on the nordic ski World Championships - the leader by far of the ski jumping World Cup, Halvord Egner Granerud tested positive after competing on the normal hill (individual and team) over the past week. :yikes:

Apparently he said the symptoms weren't too bad which is good, but sounds unlikely to have been a false positive. Team Norway will be very fortunate if no one else has to withdraw from the upcoming big hill competition.
 

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The second event in the 6 event curling bubble in Calgary starts Friday.

The Brier in the bubble

The women's event was the first, and no reports of cases from it.

There has been some discussion about also having Women's Worlds in the bubble as well at the end. It was supposed to be in Switzerland but the local health authority wouldn't permit it.
 

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The rugby league season in Australia starts tonight. The Warriors are playing out of Australia again until maybe June, just because of the bubble setbacks.

I will be going to see my team on Sunday with 20,000 other people - our stadium is allowed 100% capacity.
 

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HBO has a documentary on called The Day Sports Stood Still which follows the impact on sports last year (including so many events being cancelled or conducted without fans) as well as the intesection of athletes and social justice issues. The NBA's Chris Paul is one of the executive producers (so is Ron Howard) and a lot of athletes are interviewed including Laurie Hernandez, although most of the focus is on the NBA season.
 
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It ain't over 'til it's over.

The Washington Nationals' scheduled Opening Day game against the New York Mets on Thursday night has been postponed because of *********-19 issues, Major League Baseball announced.

MLB said that "out of abundance of caution" the game will also not be played on Friday, the buffer day built into the schedule for Opening Day postponements.

Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo had said Wednesday that his club would be down five players and a staff member for Opening Day after a player tested positive for *********-19.

There are concerns about at least one more positive *********-19 test with the Nationals after the positive test Wednesday, sources told ESPN's Jeff Passan.


This was the ESPN prime time game and the only MLB game scheduled for 7 PM Eastern on Opening Day.
 

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The 4th event in Calgary curling bubble starts tomorrow: The Mens World Curling Championships. This will be followed by two slam events and then Womens Worlds. There have been no cases reported yet. :cheer2:
 

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