German football boss hopeful of fans soon returning to games
German football chief Friedrich Curtius believes fans could return to stadiums relatively soon as the country continues to progress in fighting the coronavirus outbreak."That will be one of the challenges raised for the new season, solving this question fairly and confirming to the clubs who is allowed in the stadium," the German football federation (DFB) president told the Sportbuzzer portal on Friday.There is no exact blueprint for a return of fans. "Humility and flexibility is still demanded and we need a high acceptance in society for these solutions," he said.The starting date of the next...
Kansas Speedway makes the call: No fans for July NASCAR races due to COVID concerns
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — NASCAR is coming to Kansas City in two weeks, and you can catch the action live … on TV.After holding out hope of accommodating spectators at Kansas Speedway’s July 23-25 NASCAR races, track officials made the call Wednesday: bringing fans through the gates just won’t be possible because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.“Over the past month, we have worked closely with public health officials, medical experts as well as state and federal officials to determine if we could run our rescheduled July NASCAR weekend with fans in attendance,” Kansas Speedway president Pat Warren s...
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Jamie Lee Curtis reassures fans delayed Halloween film is 'worth the wait'
The film, which was initially set to open on 16 October (20), will debut in cinemas next autumn (21) due to the coronavirus pandemic, but Curtis, who reprises her role as Laurie Strode in the latest instalment of the horror franchise, insists there will be a pay-off when audiences finally get to experience director David Corden Green's movie."I am as disappointed as you are," she tweeted on Wednesday (08Jul20). "Mostly because the movie David has created from the characters that John (Carpenter) and Debra (Hill) created is a masterpiece. Prescient and powerful. I promise you it will be worth t...
Baseball: NPB releases guidelines for admitting fans from Friday
Nippon Professional Baseball released updated guidelines on Wednesday outlining measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus when its two leagues begin admitting fans to games this Friday.The new guidelines include refusing admission to spectators with temperatures of 37.5 C or higher and prohibiting fans from bringing noise makers or musical instruments into the stadium that could be used for cheer songs.The league is also reserving the right to bar fans exhibiting symptoms such as coughing or having difficulty breathing, or if a certain period of time has not passed since they tested po...
Kasabian are 'heartbroken' after Tom Meighan misled fans over his assault charge
Kasabian are "completely heartbroken" after former frontman Tom Meighan misled their fans with his statement regarding his exit from the group. The singer was sentenced to 200 hours of unpaid work after pleading guilty to assaulting his former fiancee this week. The 39-year-old music star admitted at Leicester Magistrates' Court to attacking Vikki Ager on April 9, with the court being told that a child had witnessed the incident and had reported the assault to the police. The court was also told that Tom "smelt heavily of intoxicants" during the assault. Tom initially denied the charge of assa...
Charlie Daniels fans set to gather for tribute outside funeral home
The Devil Went Down to Georgia hitmaker passed away on Monday (06Jul20) and his private family funeral will reportedly take place at World Outreach Church in Murfreesboro, Tennessee on Friday.But before that fans will be able to pay their respects as part of a "patriotic-themed service" outside of Sellars Funeral Home in Mount Juliet, Tennessee, featuring Trace Adkins and Tracy Lawrence, among others, according to reports."The family would like to dedicate a special thank you to the men and women of the United States Military, law enforcement and first responders, as well as the loyal and dedi...
Double winners Bayern honoured at city hall - but without fans
German double winners Bayern Munich were honoured at Munich city hall on Sunday but they did not appear on the balcony and there were very few fans in the square outside because of coronavirus regulations.Bayern wrapped up a 13th double with Saturday's 4-2 German Cup final win over Bayer Leverkusen in Berlin.The players were not in traditional Bavarian costume as in previous years but instead wore club tracksuits or shorts. Coach Hansi Flick donned a "Dou13le" T-shirt.In Marienplatz outside, where 15,000 spectators had celebrated the double winners' return a year ago, there was only a smatteri...
Sideline Chatter: NBA fans might wonder why games aren't broadcast until an hour after tip-off
Commissioner Adam Silver says he’s considering tape-delayed telecasts when NBA games resume so that any inappropriate words — bound to be picked up by courtside microphones now that there will be no crowd noise from the stands to muffle them — can be dubbed out.Or, he could just go with the flow, have game cards printed up and let the folks watching at home play Curse Word Bingo.———Just say neighThe University of Massachusetts Dartmouth cut women’s equestrian and seven other varsity programs in a cost-cutting move.Six horses immediately jumped into the transfer portal.———Show of handsSunday’s ...
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German league, ministry working on bringing fans back into stadiums
The German Football League (DFL) is working together with the nation's Health Ministry in an effort to re-admit fans to football matches, DFL chief Christian Seifert has said.Seifert told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung paper that "establishing normal operations will be the next big challenge" after the 2019-20 season has been all but completed with a strict hygiene protocol and without fans owing to the coronavirus crisis.Mass gatherings remain banned in Germany until October 31, unless every person attending can be traced. Based on this, Seifert said, efforts are made to bring bac...
Japan gets football rolling but with no fans in stands
Tokyo (AFP) - Top-flight Japanese football kicked off again on Saturday, but without spectators, following a four-month break because of coronavirus.The restart to Japan's J-league comes after professional baseball began its virus-delayed season behind closed doors on June 19 and the country gradually rolls back its anti-virus measures.No spectators were allowed into stadiums for the nine games on Saturday, while players and coaches tested negative before taking part.Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta, playing with Vissel Kobe, said he hopes to bring joy to as many people as possible at a time wh...