FIFA and AFC agree to postpone Asian World Cup qualifiers

first_imgA further 32 games were scheduled to be played during the second international break on two match days on June 4 and 9.FIFA added that the matches could still go ahead if the member associations due to play each other mutually agree and safety standards are met, subject to prior approval from both FIFA and the AFC.It added that upcoming qualifiers for the Olympic Football Tournaments were likely to be played as scheduled, with the exception of thewomen’s Olympic qualifiers playoff between South Korea and China.The playoff will now take place during the June 1-10 international window.FIFA and the AFC also announced new dates for the AFC Futsal Championship Turkmenistan, which was scheduled for Feb. 26-March 8 and will now be held from August 5-16. Topics : FIFA and the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) have agreed to postpone the Asian World Cup qualifying matches in March and June due to the coronavirus outbreak, the world soccer body said on Monday.”Following consultation with Asia’s member associations, FIFA and the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) have agreed to postpone the upcoming Asian qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022,” FIFA said in a statement.China’s matches against Maldives at home and Guam away were already moved to Buriram, Thailand and were set to be played in an empty stadium, but more than two dozen other matches were scheduled around the continent on two match days on March 26 and 31.last_img read more

Dream riverside haven on market

first_img602/1 Gray St, New Farm.Want to enjoy the bustle of New Farm without compromising on privacy? This home in the sky could be just your thing.If you’re looking for a vast inner city retreat, this is the place for you. Just make sure you contact the agent before auction day and don’t be fashionably late.“It’s an invitation only auction for people who’ve been through before, who’ve inspected it and obviously people who’ve registered to bid. So it’s not like a standard, public auction,” Josephine Johnston-Rowell, director of Johnston Dixon Quality Property, says.Located in the Freshwater apartment complex, this three-bedroom, three-bathroom penthouse offers a mix privacy, views and space that’s rare to find in an inner-city abode.“It’s actually a double apartment that’s been converted into one (apartment) years ago.”The total floor area is 354sq m according to the listing details.“It’s totally private. When you’re sitting on the balcony or inside, nobody else can look in from other apartments so it is very unique from that perspective.”It’s this position that’s also helped naturally cool the space too.“You get a lovely breeze there. There’s been heatwave conditions the last two weekends and it’s been a pleasure to get there on a Saturday (open).”A very nice kitchen.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor8 hours agoThe enormous space allows for an open plan living/dining space, reading room, butler’s pantry, office and wine cellar.Open plan living with picture-postcard views.The master suite includes a huge walk-in-wardrobe and ensuite with double vanity stand-alone bath and heated towel racks.The main bedroom.Other features include privacy shutters and airconditioning, plus there’s also a three-car garage to house your pride and joy.Ms Johnson-Rowell says the apartment offers a total package for this location“To get an apartment this size with this aspect and the quality of the fitout inside is totally unique.”Just don’t forget to call ahead and let them know you’re coming.last_img read more

Dodgers can’t get right against lefties, fall to CC Sabathia, Yankees

first_imgThe lefties can be young or old, hard-throwers or remade soft-tossers like Sabathia at this point in his career. The Dodgers were also shut down by three left-handed relievers in Monday’s win and have gone 4 for 40 against left-handed pitching in the first two games of this series.“It’s every lefty. Once in awhile we’ll have a good day but it’s every lefty,” Gonzalez admitted.Roberts agreed, finding no commonality among the lefties that have troubled the Dodgers’ hitters – other than their ability to throw a baseball with their left arm.“It’s not a certain type,” he said. “If you look back, it’s been starters or relievers. (Cubs manager) Joe Maddon did it to us with (Trevor) Wood and their other lefty reliever. And the guys last night. So it’s not one particular type of lefty. It’s all of them.”Well, not all of them. The Dodgers have won all three games started by Giants ace Madison Bumgarner against them, batting .311 against his lefty slinging. Against every other left-hander they’ve faced, they have hit .208.“As we finish out the next 18 games, we’re going to see some left-handed pitching,” Roberts said. “And rightfully so.”It’s not just the next 18 games. The Dodgers’ potential playoff opponents – the Washington Nationals in the first round seem inevitable, the Chicago Cubs in the LCS a possibility – are no doubt scanning everything from the Class-A rosters in their systems to the concession stands for any able-bodied southpaw.“Well, we’ve got to win the games we need to win and if it comes down to it we’ve got to figure out a way to hit against them,” Gonzalez said. “I’m not going to look too much into it right now. But we’ve got to do a better job when it comes down to the playoffs.“We know we can do it. I just hope we do it when it counts.” NEW YORK >> Somewhere in Louisiana, Ron Guidry must be thinking about coming out of retirement.“Please, no,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said to that comic possibility, uncomfortable at the thought of even a 66-year-old left-hander facing his team right now.The Dodgers’ offensive struggles against left-handed pitching continued Tuesday night as CC Sabathia – 36, not 66, but still just a shadow (albeit, a large one) of his former Cy Young self – tamed the Dodgers, holding them scoreless into the seventh inning of a 3-0 New York Yankees victory.Scoreless for most of the night, the game was decided when Jacoby Ellsbury and Didi Gregorius hit back-to-back home runs off Dodgers reliever Ross Stripling in the bottom of the seventh. Or maybe it was really decided when the Yankees found a left-handed pitcher to start the game.“I don’t think you can. I mean, I just don’t think you can,” Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez said when asked to explain the Dodgers’ inability to hit left-handed pitching of almost any variety. “We just haven’t been good against them.”That might actually be understating how bad they have been against lefties. The Dodgers rank last in the majors in batting average, slugging percentage and OPS against left-handed pitching.Sabathia came into the game with a 1.36 WHIP overall and a 2-8 record with a 5.28 ERA in 13 starts at Yankee Stadium this season – a venue that favors left-handed hitters.“Every time we get a left-hander, we feel good about it and are optimistic,” Roberts said. “But it’s been a tough year against left-handers and the numbers, as they say – they don’t lie. I’ve got to look back at the video with CC but obviously it looked like he kept us at bay, off balance and we didn’t get many good swings against him. Regardless, we’ve got to find ways to produce baserunners and ultimately runs.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

U.S. Open 2019: Jack Nicklaus tabs Tiger Woods as his favorite to win at Pebble Beach

first_img U.S. Open 2019: 5 storylines to follow at Pebble Beach Victory for the 43-year-old would see him tie Nicklaus and three other players on a record four U.S. Open crowns.He is now only three overall majors adrift of Nicklaus, who thinks the gap could become two at the venue where Woods won the same tournament by 15 strokes back in 2000.  Related News U.S. Open 2019: 5 holes where Pebble Beach will be won … or lost Tiger Woods is the favorite to win this week’s U.S. Open, according to Jack Nicklaus.Golf’s third major of the year begins at Pebble Beach on Thursday, with Woods among the top contenders after winning the Masters in April, ending an 11-year major drought to claim his 15th.center_img “Pebble is not a long golf course,” added Nicklaus. “Length is not the big issue there, the issue is being smart and not putting yourself in a position where [you can have] a double-bogey, it happens real quickly at Pebble Beach.”You have to put yourself in a position to take advantage of a hole when you can. The greens are tough to make putts on, but the guys have played a lot there and understand a little bit about what goes on there.”If I had one round of golf to play that that’s where I’ve always said that where I would want to go, so obviously I love Pebble Beach too. I won the Amateur there and quite a few other things, so it has had a special place in my heart.”Woods finished in a tie for ninth at the Memorial Tournament in his last outing a week ago. “I would think Tiger [Woods],” Nicklaus told Sky Sports when asked who was the favorite this week. “Tiger won there by a million the last time he won and he grew up around that area.”He is smart, so knows how to play there, so I think Tiger will play well. But a lot of the guys are playing well too, so it will be a good tournament.”Oh hey… Remember a certain Sunday here 19 years ago?— U.S. Open (USGA) (@usopengolf) June 10, 2019Nicklaus warned all the players they would have to be on guard at a course where you can quickly find yourself in trouble, as Brooks Koepka looks to defend his 2018 title and add to his PGA Championship win last month.last_img read more