18 Oct

Arsenal ready to bid £25m to sign Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney

first_img Comment Kieran Tierney is on Arsenal’s radar (Getty Images)Arsenal are planning a £25 million bid to sign Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney, according to reports.The Gunners are in the market for a long-term replacement for Nacho Monreal, who has entered the final year of his contract.Reports last month claimed that Arsenal have activated a clause within Monreal’s contract to extend his deal until the end of next season.But Arsenal have been scouting potential replacements and Tierney has been on their radar for the last two seasons.ADVERTISEMENTAccording to The Sun, Arsenal are prepared to meet Celtic’s £25m valuation of the 21-year-old and are preparing a move ahead of the summer transfer window.AdvertisementAdvertisementReports elsewhere have also claimed that new Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers, who left Celtic on Tuesday, is keen on signing Tierney in the summer. Arsenal ready to bid £25m to sign Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 27 Feb 2019 10:53 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Advertisement Brendan Rodgers is reportedly targeting Tierney for Leicester City (Getty Images)Meanwhile, Unai Emery has refused to confirmed whether Arsenal will take up their option to permanently sign Denis Suarez from Barcelona at the end of the season.The midfielder is yet to start for the Gunners since joining on loan.‘For me, it’s so far away,’ said Emery.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘The football, each match, each week, can change a lot. We are in every match, we are doing a test on everybody.‘My test like a coach is tomorrow and the players are the same.‘Our demands are very big demands. To work hard, to be with focus for each match to show us and show you, the players, the coaches, that we can improve and we can be better every day.‘For me the summer is so far away.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisementlast_img read more

18 Oct

Willian ‘wooed’ by Mikel Arteta’s plan for Arsenal

first_imgAdvertisement Willian was impressed by Mikel Arteta’s proposal at Arsenal (Getty Images)Willian was ‘wooed’ by Mikel Arteta’s future plans for Arsenal, according to the Brazilian’s agent Kia Joorabchian.The 32-year-old turned down Chelsea’s offer of a two-year contract this summer and instead made the move to the Gunners.Frank Lampard was keen to keep Willian at Chelsea following his impressive final season at Stamford Bridge.But Joorabchian has revealed how Arteta and Edu, Arsenal’s technical director, played a role in convincing Willian to join them in north London.ADVERTISEMENT‘With Willian, there’s no secret he wanted a three-year contract, but the Mikel Arteta project was just incredible,’ Joorabchian told talkSPORT.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘He was very much wooed by Mikel and Edu, and what Mikel presented to him and the way he wants to play football and the way he wants to continue and the success he wants to bring to Arsenal, made the difference. Comment Willian ‘wooed’ by Mikel Arteta’s plan for Arsenal Advertisement Willian turned down Chelsea’s offer before joining Arsenal (Getty Images)‘That’s what he said and that’s exactly what it was.’Meanwhile, Arteta has admitted he was impressed by Willian’s character during his first meeting with the Brazilian.‘I want players who are optimistic and willing and they want to win for our club,’ said the Arsenal manager.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘That is the feeling I got from the first day I met Willian.‘He is not satisfied with what he has done in his career, which is a lot, and he is going to bring some special qualities for our team.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 8 Sep 2020 4:15 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link18.4kShareslast_img read more

28 Sep

Marseille Fos to Cut Port Dues for Eco-Friendly Ships

first_imgFrench port Marseille Fos is set to reduce port dues for ships performing better than required under air pollution regulations as it joined the World Ports Climate Initiative (WPCI).Namely, from July 1 this year the incentive will apply to eligible ships among the 236 container carriers and cruise vessels that call at the port, representing a 60/40% split. The port said that other sectors will be added in 2018.The WPCI features the Environmental Ship Index (ESI), which scores atmospheric pollution on a zero to 100 scale. Currently only around 50 ports worldwide offer reduced call charges based on the ESI. Marseille Fos reductions will apply from a score of 35 – the level attributed to ships equipped for the so-called ‘cold ironing’ facility to take shoreside electrical power at berth instead of using onboard diesel generators.Port Marseille Fos said that it was the first in France and the Mediterranean to announce such a facility following an agreement with Corsica and Sardinia ferry operator La Meridionale. The company’s three ships have been equipped since January. For each vessel, CO2 and particle emissions have been cut by the equivalent of more than 3,000 vehicles per day on the 64 km route from Marseille to Aix, while NOx emissions are down by the equivalent of 65,000 vehicles per day.In a further green initiative, Marseille Fos has reinforced its cooperation with AirPACA, the air quality monitoring association for the Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur region. The port joined in 2004, making it the longest-serving transport infrastructure member. Since 2015 it has been supplying annual maritime traffic statistics to support air quality analysis.last_img read more

26 Sep

Social Stigma Associated With COVID-19, DOs and DON’Ts

first_imgAmplify the voices, stories and images of local people who have experienced the new coronavirus (COVID-19) and have recovered or who have supported a loved one through recovery to emphasise that most people do recover from COVID-19. Also, implementing a “hero” campaign honouring caretakers and healthcare workers who may be stigmatized. Community volunteers also play a great role in reducing stigma in communities. 250 Views   no discussions DO YOUR PART:Governments, citizens, media, key influencers and communities have an important role to play in preventing and stopping stigma surrounding people from China and Asia in general. We all need to be intentional and thoughtful when communicating on social media and other communication platforms, showing supportive behaviors around the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19).Here are some examples and tips on possible actions to counter stigmatizing attitudes:Spreading the facts: Stigma can be heightened by insufficient knowledge about how the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is transmitted and treated, and how to prevent infection. In response, prioritise the collection, consolidation and dissemination of accurate country- and community-specific information about affected areas, individual and group vulnerability to COVID19, treatment options and where to access health care and information. Use simple language and avoid clinical terms. Social media is useful for reaching a large number of people with health information at relatively low cost.[3] Make sure you portray different ethnic groups. All materials should show diverse communities being impacted and working together to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Ensure that typeface, symbols and formats are neutral and don’t suggest any particular group. Tweet Share Sharing is caring! Social Stigma Associated With COVID-19A guide to preventing and addressing social stigma[1] Engaging social influencers [4] such as religious leaders on prompting reflection about people who are stigmatized and how to support them, or respected celebrities to amplify messages that reduce stigma. The information should be well targeted and the celebrities who are asked to communicate this information must be personally engaged, and geographically and culturally appropriate to the audiences they seek to influence. An example would be a mayor (or another key influencer) going live on social media and shaking hands with the leader of the Chinese community. Link up: There are a number of initiatives to address stigma and stereotyping. It is key to link up to these activities to create a movement and a positive environment that shows care and empathy for all.COMMUNICATION TIPS and MESSAGESAn “infodemic” of misinformation and rumours is spreading more quickly than the current outbreak of the new coronavirus (COVID-19). This contributes to negative effects including stigmatization and discrimination of people from areas affected by the outbreak. We need collective solidarity and clear, actionable information to support communities and people affected by this new outbreak.Misconceptions, rumours and misinformation are contributing to stigma and discrimination which hamper response efforts.Correct misconceptions, at the same time as acknowledging that people’s feelings and subsequent behaviour are very real, even if the underlying assumption is false.Promote the importance of prevention, lifesaving actions, early screening and treatment.Collective solidarity and global cooperation are needed to prevent further transmission and alleviate the concerns of communities.Share sympathetic narratives, or stories that humanize the experiences and struggles of individuals or groups affected by the new coronavirus (COVID-19)Communicate support and encouragement for those who are on the frontlines of response to this outbreak (health care workers, volunteers, community leaders etc).Facts, not fear will stop the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) – Share facts and accurate information about the disease.Challenge mythsand stereotypes.Choose words carefully. The way we communicate can affect the attitudes of others (see do’s and don’ts above).[1] This checklist includes recommendations from Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs, READY Network.[2] UNAIDS terminology guidelines: from ‘AIDS victim’ to ‘people living with HIV’; from ‘fight against AIDS’ to ‘response to AIDS’.[3] Nigeria successfully contained the 2014 Ebola outbreak that affected three other countries in West Africa partly through employing targeted social media campaigns to disseminate accurate information and correct hoax messages circulating on Twitter and Facebook. The intervention was particularly effective because international non-governmental organisations (NGOs), social media influencers, celebrities and bloggers used their broad platforms to forward and share information and opinions on the health communication shared. Fayoyin, A. 2016. Engaging social media for health communication in Africa: Approaches, results and lessons. Journal of Mass Communication and Journalism, 6(315).[4] The term “Angelina Jolie effect” was coined by public health communication researchers to account for increased Internet searches about breast cancer genetics and testing for several years after 2013 actress Angelina Jolie underwent a much-reported preventative double mastectomy.  The “effect” suggests that celebrity endorsements from trusted sources can be effective at influencing the public to seek health knowledge, their attitudes towards and uptake of healthcare services for Covid-19.center_img DOS and DON’TSBelow are some dos and don’ts on language when talking about the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Ethical journalism: Journalistic reporting which overly focuses on individual behaviour and patients’ responsibility for having and “spreading COVID-19” can increase stigma of people who may have the disease. Some media outlets have, for example, focused on speculating on the source of COVID-19, trying to identify “patient zero” in each country. Emphasizing efforts to find a vaccine and treatment can increase fear and give the impression that we are powerless to halt infections now. Instead, promote content around basic infection prevention practices, symptoms of COVID-19 and when to seek health care. Share DO – talk about “people who have COVID-19”, “people who are being treated for COVID-19”, “people who are recovering from COVID-19” or “people who died after contracting COVID19”Don’t – refer to people with the disease as “COVID-19 cases” or “victims”DO – talk about “people who may have COVID-19” or “people who are presumptive for COVID-19”Don’t – talk about “COVID-19 suspects” or “suspected cases”.DO – talk about people “acquiring” or “contracting” COVID-19Don’t talk about people “transmitting COVID-19” “infecting others” or “spreading the virus” as it implies intentional transmission and assigns blame.Using criminalising or dehumanising terminology creates the impression that those with the disease have somehow done something wrong or are less human than the rest of us, feeding stigma, undermining empathy, and potentially fuelling wider reluctance to seek treatment or attend screening, testing and quarantine.DO – speak accurately about the risk from COVID-19, based on scientific data and latest official health advice.Don’t – repeat or share unconfirmed rumours, and avoid using hyperbolic language designed to generate fear like “plague”, “apocalypse” etc.DO – talk positively and emphasise the effectiveness of prevention and treatment measures. For most people this is a disease they can overcome. There are simple steps we can all take to keep ourselves, our loved ones and the most vulnerable safe.Don’t – emphasise or dwell on the negative, or messages of threat. We need to work together to help keep those who are most vulnerable safe.DO – emphasise the effectiveness of adopting protective measures to prevent acquiring the new coronavirus, as well as early screening, testing and treatment. Share WHAT IS SOCIAL STIGMA? Social stigma in the context of health is the negative association between a person or group of people who share certain characteristics and a specific disease. In an outbreak, this may mean people are labelled, stereotyped, discriminated against, treated separately, and/or experience loss of status because of a perceived link with a disease.Such treatment can negatively affect those with the disease, as well as their caregivers, family, friends and communities. People who don’t have the disease but share other characteristics with this group may also suffer from stigma.The current COVID-19 outbreak has provoked social stigma and discriminatory behaviours against people of certain ethnic backgrounds as well as anyone perceived to have been in contact with the virus.WHY IS COVID-19 CAUSING SO MUCH STIGMA? The level of stigma associated with COVID-19 is based on three main factors: 1) it is a disease that’s new and for which there are still many unknowns; 2) we are often afraid of the unknown; and 3) it is easy to associate that fear with ‘others’.It is understandable that there is confusion, anxiety, and fear among the public. Unfortunately, these factors are also fueling harmful stereotypes.WHAT IS THE IMPACT? Stigma can undermine social cohesion and prompt possible social isolation of groups, which might contribute to a situation where the virus is more, not less, likely to spread. This can result in more severe health problems and difficulties controlling a disease outbreak.Stigma can:Drive people to hide the illness to avoid discriminationPrevent people from seeking health care immediatelyDiscourage them from adopting healthy behavioursHOW TO ADDRESS SOCIAL STIGMAEvidence clearly shows that stigma and fear around communicable diseases hamper the response. What works is building trust in reliable health services and advice, showing empathy with those affected, understanding the disease itself, and adopting effective, practical measures so people can help keep themselves and their loved ones safe.How we communicate about COVID-19 is critical in supporting people to take effective action to help combat the disease and to avoid fuelling fear and stigma. An environment needs to be created in which the disease and its impact can be discussed and addressed openly, honestly and effectively. Here are some tips on how to address and avoid compounding, social stigma:Words matter: dos and don’ts when talking about the new coronavirus (COVID-19)Do your part: simple ideas to drive stigma awayCommunication tips and messages.WORDS MATTER: When talking about coronavirus disease, certain words (i.e suspect case, isolation…) and language may have a negative meaning for people and fuel stigmatizing attitudes. They can perpetuate existing negative stereotypes or assumptions, strengthen false associations between the disease and other factors, create widespread fear, or dehumanise those who have the disease.This can drive people away from getting screened, tested and quarantined. We recommend a ‘peoplefirst’ language that respects and empowers people in all communication channels, including the media. Words used in media are especially important, because these will shape the popular language and communication on the new coronavirus (COVID-19). Negative reporting has the potential to influence how people suspected to have the new coronavirus (COVID-19), patients and their families and affected communities are perceived and treated.There are many concrete examples of how the use of inclusive language and less stigmatizing terminology can help to in control epidemics and pandemics from the HIV, TB and H1N1 Flu.[2] DO – talk about the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19)Don’t – attach locations or ethnicity to the disease, this is not a “Wuhan Virus”, “Chinese Virus” or “Asian Virus”.The official name for the disease was deliberately chosen to avoid stigmatisation – the “co” stands for Corona, “vi” for virus and “d” for disease, 19 is because the disease emerged in 2019. AnnouncementsCommentaryCoronavirusEducationHealthInternationalLettersLifestyleLocalNewsRegional Social Stigma Associated With COVID-19, DOs and DON’Ts by: – April 16, 2020last_img read more

25 Sep

Five ‘Morales backers’ killed in Bolivia clashes

first_imgTear gas was used against the supporters of former president Evo Morales in Sacaba, Bolivia on Friday. REUTERS Bolivia – At least five people were reportedly killed in clashes betweensupporters of former president Evo Morales and the security forces here.    A doctor in the central city of Sacabasaid most of those killed and injured on Friday sustained bullet wounds,according to the Associated News agency.      Morales resigned last Sunday amidprotests following the presidential election. He has since fled to Mexico.(BBC)center_img Riot police on Friday also fired teargas to disperse protesters in La Paz, the country’s administrative center.  The country’s authorities did notreport any deaths in the city.     last_img read more

25 Sep

Barotac Viejo house raid nets gun, bullets

first_imgThe police conducted the raid on the strength of a search warrant around 6 a.m. on July 24. ILOILO City – Police raided a house in Barangay Vista Alegre, Barotac Viejo, Iloilo, leading to the recovery of a loose firearm. The suspect was detained in the lockup facility of the Barotac Viejo municipal police station, facing charges for violation of Republic Act 10591, or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act./PNcenter_img A .45-caliber pistol loaded with three live bullets was seized from 44-year-old resident Jimmy Amion, police said.last_img read more

24 Sep

November 27, 2018 Police Blotter

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19 Sep

ICC World Cup ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Joe Root slams 15th century to put England on course vs Pakistan

first_imghighlights For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Joe Root became the first centurion in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 as he and Jos Buttler, who is also nearing a century put England in the driver’s seat in the clash against Pakistan at Trent Bridge on Monday. Root, the Test skipper, played brilliantly and notched up his 15th century and seventh at home and shared a partnership of 130 with Buttler to put England on course to achieve the highest successful chase in the history of the World Cups. Root came to bat when Jason Roy had been trapped LBW by Shadab Khan for 8 and he started off with a bang by cutting the legspinner for a boundary to the third man fence.In the fifth over bowled by Mohammad Amir, Root edged a full ball and Babar Azam at slip put down a simple chance. At that time, Root was on 9 and he made Pakistan pay. Despite losing the aggressive Jonny Bairstow for 32, Root ensured he scored at a steady pace and his strike-rate was over 100 for most of the innings. The Yorkshire right-hander calmly notched up his fifty and despite losing Ben Stokes, Root found great company in Jos Buttler.With Buttler finding the boundary on a regular basis, Root found confidence by blasting a six off Shoaib Malik and the partnership with Buttler went past 100. Root neared his century when he pulled Hasan Ali to the deep square leg fence for a boundary and he quickly made progress through the nineties. Root reached his century in calm fashion by chopping Wahab Riaz to the off side and getting a single for his seventh century at home.The partnership with Buttler looked to take the game away from Pakistn but on 107, Root cut a quick and short delivery from Shadab Khan to be caught at backward point by Mohammad Hafeez. Earlier, Pakistan notched up 348/8, their second-highest score in World Cups thanks to a brilliant knock of 84 from Mohammad Hafeez and attacking fifties from Sarfaraz Ahmed and Babar Azam. England had won their earlier game against South Africa by 104 runs while Pakistan got their tournament off to a poor start by losing heavily to the West Indies. A win for England will put them in a great position while a victory for Pakistan will revive their campaign after a very tough match against the West Indies.center_img Joe Root smashed his 15th century in ODIs.Root and Jos Buttler shared a century partnership.Pakistan’s 348/8 is their second-highest score in World Cups.last_img read more

19 Sep

Ranked teams meet as No. 22 Virginia hosts No. 10 Louisville

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNo. 10 Louisville (24-6, 15-4) vs. No. 22 Virginia (22-7, 14-5)John Paul Jones Arena, Charlottesville, Virginia; Saturday, 4 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Two ranked teams battle as No. 10 Louisville visits No. 22 Virginia in a late season showdown. Louisville has two wins and three losses against ranked opponents this season, while Virginia has won three of its five games against ranked teams. Ranked teams meet as No. 22 Virginia hosts No. 10 Louisville SAVVY VETERANS: Senior leadership has been on display for both of these teams. Mamadi Diakite, Braxton Key and Jay Huff have combined to score 54 percent of Virginia’s points this season and 60 percent of the team’s points over its last five games. For Louisville, Jordan Nwora, Dwayne Sutton, Steven Enoch and Ryan McMahon have collectively accounted for 61 percent of all Louisville scoring, including 69 percent of the team’s points over its last five games.FUELING THE OFFENSE: Kihei Clark has either made or assisted on 43 percent of all Virginia field goals over the last five games. The sophomore guard has accounted for 20 field goals and 26 assists in those games.PERFECT WHEN: Louisville is a perfect 18-0 when it scores at least 71 points. The Cardinals are 6-6 when scoring any fewer than 71.STREAK STATS: Louisville has dropped its last three road games, scoring 62.3 points and allowing 74.3 points during those contests. Virginia has won its last five home games, scoring an average of 58.4 points while giving up 52.8.STINGY DEFENSE: Virginia has held opposing teams to 52.3 points per game this season, the lowest figure among all Division I teams. Associated Press center_img March 5, 2020 ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comlast_img read more

18 Sep

The Latest: Poland to allow soccer fans starting on June 19

first_imgA new schedule will be announced on June 15. The lower level J-2 and J-3 leagues can begin play on June 27.___The reshaped English soccer season is set to end with the FA Cup final on Aug. 1.The Football Association has announced provisional dates for the remaining rounds of the competition a day after the Premier League said it planned to restart on June 17.The quarterfinals of the FA Cup are scheduled to take place over the weekend of June 27-28 and the semifinals on July 11-12. The Latest: Poland to allow soccer fans starting on June 19 May 29, 2020 Tebas says fans may also have the option of hearing pre-recorded crowd noise or stick with the live sound from the empty stadiums.Tebas says the Spanish league is expected to resume on June 11 and finish on July 19. The next season would start on Sept. 12. The European competitions are set to be played after the end of the domestic leagues.Tebas says he wants two or three league matches to be played every day until the end of the competition.___The Pan Pacific Swimming Championships won’t be held as planned in 2022 because of a crowded international sporting schedule brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. Canada was scheduled to host the quadrennial event in 2022 but instead will host in 2026.Swimming Canada says charter nations Australia, Canada, Japan and the United States “agreed to defer” the event.The Tokyo Olympics were postponed to 2021. That then led to the swimming world championships being pushed back to May 2022.The 2020 Junior Pan Pacific Championships were moved to August 2022 in Hawaii.___ The dates for the FA Cup semifinals have been changed to July 18-19.The Football Association originally announced dates of July 11-12 but a short time later decided to push them back.The FA Cup final is set for Aug. 1.___The Japanese soccer league will resume on July 4 in empty stadiums. Renault general director Clotilde Delbos made the announcement in a telephone conference call.Renault plans to cut 15,000 jobs as part of its financial restructuring but Delbos said the company’s presence in F1 will not be affected.___The Swiss soccer league will restart on June 20 in empty stadiums.The league says the 20 clubs in the top two divisions have voted 17-2 in favor of resuming. There was one abstention. J-League chairman Mitsuru Murai made the announcement in a online news conference.The J-League suspended play on Feb. 26 because of the coronavirus outbreak.Both soccer and baseball were able begin play after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe lifted a state of emergency earlier in the week.The soccer league says “matches will be held without spectators but the league will continue preparations to allow spectators into the stadiums in the future.”The league says all matches will be rescheduled with a priority given to scheduling teams from the same geographic region to limit travel. Fans will only be allowed to make up 25% of the stadium’s capacity and no away supporters will be allowed because of the coronavirus pandemic.The Polish league will resume on Friday in empty stadiums. No games have been played since March 9.The return of fans will be governed by special sanitary regulations worked out with the health ministry and sanitary authorities.___French car manufacturer Renault says it is staying in Formula One despite planning a large number of job cuts.center_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Poland will allow soccer fans to attend games in limited numbers starting on June 19. Fans will be in the stadiums when the Russian soccer league restarts next month.The Russian government’s coronavirus task force says spectators will be allowed if they don’t exceed 10% of the stadium’s capacity.The Russian league previously announced it will resume games on June 21.Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernyshenko says “both players and fans have missed the vivid emotions of a match and the noise from the stands. Soon all this will return.”The move could help clubs stem losses from refunding ticket holders. The league has been shut down since February because of the coronavirus pandemic. There are 13 rounds left in the top division and the league wants to complete the season on Aug. 2.St. Gallen leads defending champion Young Boys on goal difference. Third-place Basel trails by five points.Basel is also still in the Europa League. UEFA hopes to complete that competition in August after domestic seasons end.The league says a separate vote to increase the top division from 10 teams to 12 failed to pass.___ Associated Press Only neighboring Belarus is currently holding professional soccer games with fans in the stadium.___The top two divisions of the Swedish league have been given the go-ahead to start their seasons on June 14.There will be no spectators at matches.The season was scheduled to start on April 4 but was suspended because of the coronavirus outbreak. The semifinals and final are usually held at Wembley Stadium. The FA says further information on venues will be announced later.The FA says the match dates are dependent on safety measures being met as lockdown measures are gradually eased during the coronavirus pandemic.___The Spanish soccer league could use virtual crowds when the competition resumes in empty stadiums next month.Spanish league president Javier Tebas says the league is working with the possibility of giving fans different options on how to watch the matches on television. He says they may be able to choose either the original feed with no fans or an alternative one with crowds superimposed on the stands. ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more