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‘Football can wait’: Italy coach Mancini ready to play Euros in 2021

first_imgItaly coach Roberto Mancini said Sunday he was ready for the European Championship to be postponed until 2021 amid the coronavirus pandemic. Roberto Mancini has revived Italy after they failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup finals “We would have won the European Championship this summer, we can also win it in 2021,” Mancini told Italian television station Rai Sport. “Let’s wait to see what UEFA decides, but I adapt to everything, right now the priority is to save lives.” European football’s governing body meet on Tuesday to discuss all domestic and European competitions, as well as Euro 2020, which is due to take place from June 12 to July 12. Italy are set to host the opening match in Rome on June 12, in a tournament which will be played in 12 countries across the continent. All sport in Italy has been suspended until April 3 with the nation’s 60 million inhabitants in lockdown to avoid the spread of the virus which has killed 1,809 and infected over 24,000. “The fact is that the problems we are having now other nations will have shortly,” continued the former Manchester City and Inter Milan coach. Read Also: NBA referee Kirkland tests negative for coronavirus: report “First of all we need to protect people’s health, we have to wait for the peak, then when this situation begins to ease off we could start talking and decide everything later. “When we return to our normal life, to football, we will be happier, we’ll find freedom, be able to go back to matches at the stadium, have fun,” added the 55-year-old. “These dramatic situations can make you become better. I hope so.” Italy won all 10 of their Euro 2020 qualifying matches as they roared back under Mancini’s guidance having failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. They approach Euro 2020 searching for just their second European title after winning in 1968. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… center_img Promoted Content18 Cities With Neverending Tourist-FlowThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black Holes7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black HolesWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Here Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them10 Of The Best Places Around The World To Go StargazingThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreThe Most Exciting Cities In The World To VisitCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?last_img read more


2020 T20 World Cup prospects fade, as alternatives sought

first_img(ESPNCricinfo) – As the prospects of the men’s T20 World Cup proceeding on schedule in Australia this October recede by the day, the ICC board will consider alternative scenarios today.An official decision may not come after the board meeting – ICC issued a statement to say that reports of a postponement were “inaccurate” – but according to one official familiar with the contingency planning, a tournament this year would be “too big a risk” in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The official said the logistics of arranging a global tournament would be “impossible to manage,” and that the “safe option” would be to not have it this year.Alternative options as to when the tournament can take place were drawn up in a meeting of the Finance & Commercial Affairs (F&CA) Committee, an influential sub-committee within the ICC, on May 22.Although it is looking increasingly likely that international cricket will resume soon enough, the challenges of bringing together 16 teams from across the world into one country and creating a bio-secure bubble for them is of a different scale altogether.The ICC has to take into account multiple travel restriction policies, different quarantine measures in different countries and the loss of revenue from a tournament played behind closed doors (not to mention the additional costs of playing matches in a bio-secure environment).It is possible that the ICC Board does not make the decision official tomorrow – the ICC pointed to a “number of contingency plans” in its statement – and instead waits till its annual conference scheduled for mid-July.But one official said leaving the final decision late would hurt all stakeholders. “If there is uncertainty too close to the actual event itself then stakeholders like the broadcaster will not like it.”The four main scenarios for when the tournament can be postponed to in chronological sequence are:Scenario 1: February-March 2021. Venue: AustraliaTo move the T20 World Cup to February-March next year, though, ICC will have to reschedule the 2021 women’s ODI World Cup – currently scheduled between February 6 and March 7 in New Zealand – to start mid-January.The proximity of the events shouldn’t be an issue, ICC having held back-to-back world events in 2017 with the men’s Champions Trophy and the women’s ODI World Cup in England. Another key advantage is that keeping it in Australia ensures continuity to plans already in place.Questions: Will there be an appetite among the game’s commercial and broadcast stakeholders to have two men’s T20 World Cups in the same year (and three major ICC events overall) considering India are scheduled to host the 2021 men’s T20 World Cup in October-November?And don’t forget the year might include a de facto global event in the IPL as well. Also, will the pandemic have eased enough to make this viable?Scenario 2: October-November, 2021. Venue: AustraliaPostpone the event by a year without changing the venue. Australia can then play host to a big summer of cricket, which also involves the 2021 Ashes, scheduled from November through January 2022.Questions: India is already down as the host for the 2021 edition of the men’s T20 World Cup (tax exemptions notwithstanding). This would mean India hosting the event in October-November 2022, but one senior BCCI official has indicated the board would not be in favour as the 2023 World Cup is also scheduled to be held in India in February-March 2023: two global events would take a significant chunk out of the BCCI’s bilateral home season.It could also impact broadcast and commercial revenues to hold back-to-back global tournaments.Scenario 3: February-March, 2022. Venue: AustraliaAustralia hosts the tournament 14 months later subject to all other teams adjusting their international schedules.Questions: The predicament of two T20 World Cups within the space of five months remains, if India hosts the 2021 edition. Also would Australia want to play a global tournament on the back of five-Test Ashes which could leave some of their key players exhausted?Scenario 4: October-November, 2022. Venue: AustraliaAustralia hosts the tournament two years down the line. The tournament still gets played in the Australian summer and by then crowds could be back and gate money and merchandising are key revenue streams for Australia.Questions: Again, would the ICC, as well as the broadcaster, want two world events in the space of five months (with the men’s ODI World Cup in early 2023)? That World Cup is, as of now, the only ICC event scheduled in 2023 so potentially that could be pushed to October-November later that year.last_img read more


Cool weather may not give enough heat for crops to mature before frost

first_imgAMES — The air conditioners are off and the windows are open as we’ve been enjoying mild temperatures in the last several weeks.Iowa State University extension crop specialist Joel DeJong  says things are great for people — but the crops need some more heat to get things growing. “If you go back to the first of May we were 133 growing-degree days behind. In the middle of summer on the best scenarios we are going to add about 25 a day,” according to DeJong. “So under the best scenario you’d say we were probably five to six days behind. If you take a look at average temperatures this time of year — we had a high of 75 and a low of 55 — we’d accumulate 15 per day. So, we’d be closer to ten days behind normal with that.”He says the soybeans are starting to mature. “We’re seeing pods really starting to fill right now in a lot of these fields. I put a lot of these fields well into the R-Five stage — which means in the top four nodes we’ve got a least one pod with beans at least more than an eighth of an inch long,” De Jong says. “In reality we’re starting to get some size to them and even in some of the later planted fields we are starting to see them get to the R-Six stage where there’s a pod up there with the beans filling the whole length of the pod.”But the overall progress of the beans has them nowhere near getting ready to turn color. “We’ve still got quite a ways to go on the soybeans, because some years that last week of August you can start to see some of those early varieties start to turn. And I don’t think we are close to seeing any of that in this stage of the game yet,” he says.DeJong says the forecast for cooler than normal temperatures won’t help. “That’s not what we want we want to be at average and maybe slightly above average as we enter the month of September,” DeJong says.DeJong says in his northwest Iowa area the corn needs more heat to get it to mature before the first hard freeze ends the growing season. “Corn will be okay with adequate water all the way up to 86 degrees high. We’d like to have some of that to kind of get it along and to speed the process — but we don’t see that in the cards,” DeJong says. “Normal frost date is about the 10th of October here. A lot of this corn is not going to be mature until we get to the first of October,” DeJong says.He says corn in other areas will really have a tough time beating the frost. “Near the Minnesota border, all that June-planted corn right now, a lot of that corn is still in the milk stage. Milk stage tells me it’s going to be well into October before it hits maturity — especially with the forecast,” DeJong says.DeJong says he expects to see mediocre yields in northwest Iowa for both corn and soybeans.last_img read more