Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSJason Day asks to be testedCROMWELL, Conn. (AP) — Jason Day has asked to be tested for COVID-19 just before the third round of the Travelers Championship in Connecticut. Officials have decided to have him play as a single Saturday as a precautionary measure. Two more players withdrew Friday because of the coronavirus, Denny McCarthy for a positive test, and Bud Cauley, who tested negative but decided to pull out after playing alongside McCarthy on Thursday. In all there have been seven COVID-19-related withdrawals from the tournament. Phil Mickelson had the lead heading into the weekend. Playing his first tournament since turning 50 this month, the five-time major champion shot a 7-under 63 yesterday to take a one-stroke lead. First-round leader Mackenzie Hughes followed an opening 60 with a 68 to drop into a second-place tie with 23-year-old Will Gordon.In other developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic:— Pocono Raceway is set to hold two NASCAR Cup Series races this weekend without any fans. One race is Saturday. The other is Sunday, and it comes with a twist: The field will be set by inverting the lead-lap finishers from race No. 1. Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick are 5-1 favorites on Saturday. Saturday’s race is set for 325 miles and Sunday goes off at 350 miles, sliced from the traditional 400.— Cleveland Indians president Chris Antonetti said a “couple” of staff members have chosen not to take part in the resumption of training camp due to COVID-19 concerns. Speaking on a Zoom call Friday, Antonetti did not identify the staffers who have opted out or specify their roles in the organization. He added that he’s unaware of any players declining to participate because of health reasons. Antonetti said the club has spoken to “every high-risk individual” about the risks of returning. The Indians are scheduled to reopen camp on July 1 in Cleveland. Associated Press Update on the latest sports June 27, 2020 — The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association have finalized terms of the deal that will allow the league to restart the season at the Disney World campus near Orlando, Florida next month. The league and the union made the announcement Friday. Many of the details were already known, such as how “stringent health and safety protocols” would be in place for the 22 teams that will be participating, that no fans will be present and that games will be held in three different arenas at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex.— The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association say 16 players tested positive for coronavirus in the first wave of mandatory tests done in preparation for the restart of the season. Those 16 players were part of a pool of 302 tested on Tuesday. Tests are continuing for all 22 teams that will be participating in the restart at the Disney campus.— The Carolina Hurricanes will begin “voluntary small-group training” at PNC Arena on Tuesday. The team says those sessions will be closed to the public and media. Sixteen players, divided into two groups, are expected to participate. Players and staff permitted inside the arena will be tested for COVID-19. The team says the arena has received “extensive cleaning” during the suspended NHL season and there will be “enhanced cleaning and sanitation efforts” going forward.— Morehouse College has canceled its football and cross-country seasons because of the coronavirus pandemic. President David A. Thomas said scholarships would be honored. The Historically Black College in Atlanta competes at the NCAA Division II in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. In a statement on the school’s website, Thomas wrote about the difficulty in safely travelling and hosting games and events while maintaining social distancing.— French soccer club Paris Saint-Germain says three players from its women’s teams have tested positive for the coronavirus. PSG said in a statement Saturday that one player from the main women’s team and two players from the under-19 side returned positive results. The women’s senior team is set to resume training on Monday. Earlier this week, PSG said three players from the men’s side and one member of staff were infected by the virus during the lockdown when they were not in contact with each other. PSG said they are no longer contagious and can train as normal. — The baseball Hall of Fame museum has reopened after being shut since March 15. The Cooperstown, New York, hall welcomed visitors on Friday. Face masks are required from all staff and guests. The shrine is selling tickets that permit visitors to reserve a specific date and time to enter, reducing congestion in the front lobby and throughout the museum. Some of the Hall’s bigger gathering spots will remain closed. The popular plaque gallery is open. The Hall announced earlier that this year’s Hall of Fame induction ceremonies had been canceled because of the virus outbreak. Derek Jeter, Marvin Miller, Ted Simmons and Larry Walker will be enshrined next year, on July 25, 2021.NHL-DRAFT LOTTERYPlay-in round team wins draft lottery, shot at LafreniereUNDATED (AP) — Presumptive top selection Alexis Lafreniere will have to wait a little bit longer to find out his NHL destination. Chaos reigned at the NHL draft lottery, with the No. 1 pick still up for grabs in a second lottery drawing. The eight teams that lose in the qualifying round of the playoffs have an equal chance of drafting first. The Kings got the second pick, the Senators the third thanks to 2018 trade with San Jose and the league-worst Red Wings dropped to fourth. Ottawa has the third and fifth picks and is the first team since 2000 with two selections in the top five. On Instagram, Hamilton called the comments “sad and disappointing” and said they “show us how far we as a society need to go before real equality can happen.”Ecclestone made his assertion when he was asked his opinion on Hamilton setting up a commission to increase diversity in motorsport. As part of the NHL’s 24-team playoff format if it resumes, 16 teams will play each other in best-of-five series to move on — and the losers of those matchups now have a major consolation prize looming: equal 12.5% odds of landing Lafreniere.F1-HAMILTON-ECCLESTONEHamilton saddened and hurt by Ecclestone’s racism commentsPARIS (AP) — Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton has criticized “ignorant and uneducated” comments by former F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone.Hamilton, a six-time world champion and the only Black driver in F1, was shocked by Ecclestone’s claim during an interview with broadcaster CNN on Friday that “in lots of cases, Black people are more racist” than white people.
Category: tmmswymppfqmnruh Syracuse hopes to avoid effects of short week on Senior Day against Rutgers
This year’s Orange, led by its senior class, is more team-oriented than most. There’s no player that can score six or seven points on a consistent basis and, outside of Brian Megill, there’s no defender that can completely shut down an opposing offense on his own.“I think this team, more than even a lot of Syracuse teams, is we have to rely on the team,” SU head coach John Desko said. “It’s got to be team defense, it’s got to be team offense.”It may not matter on Saturday at 1 p.m. in the Carrier Dome against a Rutgers (2-10, 0-4 Big East) team that No. 7 Syracuse should overpower. But it shouldn’t have mattered on March 23 when SU fell to one-win Villanova. Then, just like the Orange (8-2, 2-1 Big East) will on Saturday, SU played its third game in a week.So when Syracuse hosts the Scarlet Knights it will look to use its by-committee approach to conquer Senior Day emotions and raw fatigue.For one of the last times in a regular season game, Megill will run onto Ernie Davis Legends Field before the same coaches, teammates and teammates’ parents he’s seen at most every game in the past four years. He’ll have mixed emotions looking back on what he called the best four years of his life, he said, but emotionally, he and his teammates can simply flip a switch.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“When you’re in pregame it’s all about Rutgers. When you’re walking on the field with your parents it’s all about that time,” the SU defender said. “As soon as it’s over you let it go. It’s right in the past, and I think all the guys on the team know they all got to have that same mentality.”Desko said this group of seniors has fulfilled its potential. They, and the team they lead, make impossible matchups for opposition, especially on offense.The Orange is No. 3 in the country in assists per game, through games played last weekend. No Syracuse player has scored five goals in a single game this season. And while a member of the Orange has hit four goals on three different occasions, each time it’s been a different player – first Derek Maltz, then Henry Schoonmaker and finally Luke Cometti on Wednesday.Even when Scott Loy hobbled out of the Cornell game on Wednesday with about six minutes left in the second quarter, Syracuse had a replacement. It firmed up Schoonmaker’s place in the first attacking midfield rotation, and the midfielder went on to score SU’s go-ahead goal with 6:15 left in the game.“It’s just the way we’ve been playing, it makes you hard to cover too,” Desko said. “It’s one thing to focus on one guy and double-team that guy or shut him off or throw a zone against him. But if you look at our scoring, you got to cover everybody.”Rutgers will likely struggle to contain Syracuse’s cavalry of goal scorers, but with SU playing its third game in a week, Desko is worried about getting them the ball. It’s the same kind of schedule that led to a crushing road loss to Villanova.The Orange offense was ruthlessly efficient that night, scoring on nearly half of its shots. But SU lost 22-of-24 faceoffs and hardly had the ball. When Chris Daddio, Brendan Conroy or Megill did manage to win the initial draw from the Wildcats’ Thomas Croonquist, the Orange’s wings were routinely beaten to the ball, giving possession back to Villanova.It’s why Desko has been quick to put the speedy Schoonmaker on the left faceoff wing since then. But Schoonmaker’s double-shifted in the last two games and Rutgers’ faceoff specialist Joseph Nardella beat Croonquist on 13-of-18 draws when the Scarlet Knights and Wildcats met earlier this season.“What makes it scary is Rutgers’ faceoff guy dominated the Villanova guy,” Desko said. “So that’s not a good statistic for us because Villanova I think basically won the game because of number of possessions that they had.”Crucially, though, SU remembers.Desko, Megill and JoJo Marasco stood at a frigid midfield rattling off the remaining home games while Daddio took questions about Villanova’s domination at the faceoff X.“We just got a lot of work, we’re coming back to where we were last year with this game in faceoffs,” Daddio said after the loss.Working through the remaining Dome schedule, the two seniors and Desko fast-forwarded to Saturday and realized aloud, “Senior Day.”On the bus ride back to Syracuse after the loss to Villanova, there was no talking, Megill said. Like Saturday’s Rutgers game, it was one the Orange should’ve won.“I think you got to bring it up,” Megill said. “You got to tell the guys, you can’t have another trap game like that. You saw what happened, you know how it felt.” Comments Published on April 12, 2013 at 10:12 pm Contact Jacob: firstname.lastname@example.org | @Jacob_Klinger_ Facebook Twitter Google+
Category: tmmswymppfqmnruh Zambia 1-1 Ethiopia in opening AFCON Group C encounter
Defending Champions, Zambia were held 1-1 by Walya Antelopes of Ethiopia in an entertaining Group C match at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit.The Ethiopians fought from a goal down and a man down to draw level, a result that will surprise the Chipolopolo side who were the overwhelming favourites to win the match.Collins Mbesuma shot Zambia into the lead on the stroke of half time after a sublime play.Ethiopia fluffed many begging opportunities including, a penalty and were to rue the missed opportunities later in the game.The Walya Antelopes, who are making their first appearance after 31 years had their goal keeper sent off for dangerous tackle.Ethiopia secured the crucial equaliser and it came in spectacular fashion. Skipper of the side was set up and his perfectly taken low shot took a ricochet of the goal post before entering the net.The Ethiopians look the better side despite a man down and have wasted some chances as well.1-1 it all ended in Nespruit, a shaky start for the defending champions.The Group’s other game will be between Nigeria and Burkina Faso
Category: tmmswymppfqmnruh Monday decider for Premier League seekers
The first promotion slot for the 2013-14 Premier League will be determined on Monday when the final Zone 3 play-off matches are played.Out of the four competing sides, it’s technically a race between Inter Allies, Danbort FC and Okwawu United depending on the final day results as Nania FC are completely out of contention.Inter Allies – on 6 points, need just one point to qualify – and Danbort clash in the final match at the Len Clay Stadium for qualification. Danbort, who are on three points, trail Inter Allies by the same number of points.But in the event of a Danbort win and an Okwawu – also on 3 points – victory over Nania – winless after two matches – at the Baba Yara Stadium, then the permutations will change. All three sides, including Inter Allies will finish the competition on six points apiece.The head-to-head rule will be used to determine which side goes to through to the elite division.The side finishes the competition on top the standings after three rounds of matches will gain promotion to the Premier League. Match-day-3 – June 10Nania FC v Okwawu United – Baba Yara StadiumDanbort FC v Inter Allies – Len Clay Stadium
Category: tmmswymppfqmnruh Michael Irvin thinks Cowboys need Ezekiel Elliott to win another Super Bowl
Cowboys need to pay Ezekiel Elliott because ‘they’re running him to death,’ Eric Dickerson says “Our goal is to get deals done,” executive vice president Stephen Jones said on 105.3 The Fan earlier this week. “Our problem is we have a distribution dilemma. It’s our job to manage the (salary) cap, and we’re trying to divide the pie.”Other offensive stars including quarterback Dak Prescott and receiver Amari Cooper are in the final year of their rookie contracts, which has caused talks to shift from focusing on Elliott.”The money’s going out the door, it just depends on who gets what,” Stephen Jones said. Ezekiel Elliott contract: Cowboys star’s no deal-no play ultimatum ‘news to us,’ COO says Irvin acknowledged the team could still do well without the league’s leading rusher, but the former Cowboys wide receiver, who helped the team to three of its five Super Bowl wins, doesn’t think Dallas will see that glory again without the star in the backfield.“You may win games. You may sell tickets. And, you may make some money,” Irvin said. “But that nectar, you will not drink without Ezekiel Elliott.”Elliott earned his second rushing title in three years with 1,434 yards on a league-high 304 carries with six touchdowns last season, while adding 77 receptions for 567 yards with three touchdowns.He has been working out to stay in shape in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, according to multiple reports, but will not return to the team without a new deal, ESPN noted, citing a source close to the situation.But, the same report added, Elliott holding out into the regular season is not likely at this time. Dallas opens its season Sept. 8 against the Giants. Dak Prescott talks Ezekiel Elliott holdout: ‘Business is business’ Jerry Jones doesn’t seem to think the Cowboys need Ezekiel Elliott to win a Super Bowl, but one Dallas legend thinks otherwise.Michael Irvin recently voiced his opinion on Elliott’s holdout, which has stretched to the first week of the preseason, and Jones’ stance that Dallas can make it to and even win the Super Bowl without the two-time Pro Bowl running back. “I know for a fact before Jerry Jones leaves time and go to eternity, he wants to drink the sweet nectar of a championship again,” Irvin said, via TMZ Sports. “And, that nectar he will not partake in without Ezekiel Elliott.”Jones recently said “you don’t have to have a rushing champion to win a Super Bowl” as questions surrounding Dallas’ intentions to work out a new deal with Elliott heighten. Related News
Category: tmmswymppfqmnruh Chanderpaul, Best, Edwards, Santokie for Masters League
ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, CMC- Four West Indies cricketers have been given permission to play in the inaugural Masters Champions League (MCL) T20 scheduled to start tomorrow in the United Arab Emirates. The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) announced yesterday that so far No Objection Certificates (NOCs) have been granted to Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Tino Best, Fidel Edwards and Krishmar Santokie. All four players have written to the WICB indicating that they have retired. The MCL is an approved tournament of the International Cricket Council for players who have retired from international cricket. However, the players are still eligible to compete for their respective Franchises in their member countries, regional tournaments and other worldwide leagues. The exception is Barbadian Edwards, who is a Kolpak player, having opted to play for Hampshire in the United Kingdom after giving up his right to play for his member country. West Indies batting legend Brian Lara, Sourav Ganguly, Virender Sehwag, Adam Gilchrist, Kumar Sangakkara, Jacques Kallis and Andrew Symonds are also among stars to feature in the MCL. The MCL, which will feature six franchises, is set to run from Thursday, January 28 to Saturday, February 13 in the United Arab Emirates. MCL T20 will showcase 18 matches including the semi final and the final at the Dubai International Stadium.
Category: tmmswymppfqmnruh GoL, UK Host Trade, Investment Forum
A forum intended to develop, coordinate and deliver a new trade and investment policy to promote United Kingdom’s business across the globe, took place recently in Monrovia.The one-day Liberia-UK Trade and Investment forum was held under the theme: “Investment Opportunities in Liberia: Towards Inclusive Growth and Economic Diversification” and was organized by the National Investment Commission in collaboration with the British Embassy in Monrovia through its Foreign Commonwealth Office. Developing Market Associates, a leading investment promotion firm for sovereign governments worldwide focused on developing and negotiating free trade agreements and market access with non-EU countries, negotiating bilateral trade agreements and providing operational support for exports.The forum highlighted the major business sectors of the Liberian economy: agriculture, energy and mining, health, infrastructure and tourism, and also provided an opportunity for investors and potential investors to gain an in-depth knowledge of the significant investment prospects available in Liberia.For international investors and business leaders, the forum offered them the chance to engage government ministers and other senior officials and private sector participants at a strategic level.With the country recovering from the twin shocks of Ebola and sharp decline in world commodity prices, which led to some business closures, massive job losses and reduction in revenues, the need for the Liberian government to re-engage investors and partners is imperative.With about 20-30 international investors attending, the forum sought to meet its objective of creating the platform for Liberia to lay-out its economic agenda and highlight opportunities for international investors.It also initiated vigorous, constructive dialogue between would-be investors and the governments, promote Liberia’s investment competitiveness on the international stage, enhance reinforcement of existing interest in Liberia prior to the Ebola outbreak, and ensure value addition to Liberia’s raw materials.British Ambassador to Liberia David Belgrove said the forum was indicative of Liberia’s desire to ensure that the business climate in the country is attractive.Ambassador Belgrove noted that through the forum, would-be investors received a clear understanding of the outlook of the investment climate in Liberia and the areas government wants to improve through foreign investments.He said the diversification in the investment focus of Liberia would likely benefit many people because it created opportunities including eight Liberians who had the opportunity of studying different fields of interests in the United Kingdom.He assured the gathering that the British Government would cooperate and collaborate with sub-Saharan African countries, including Liberia, in support of the growth of their economies.The Chief Executive Officer of Developing Markets Associates, Atam Sandhu, said the forum is Liberia’s first ever international in-country forum aimed at building on the success of previous meetings that also reflected on the country’s growth in business in recent years.Mr. Sandhu indicated that Liberia “is known for its potential in areas such as extractive industries where the country has its wealth of natural resources.”He said the forum aimed at broadening economic partnerships with the international investment community as well as ties between Liberia and the United Kingdom in key economic sectors.For her part, NIC Chairperson Etmonia Tarpeh said the government will continue to support its economic policy with a plan to diversify investment opportunities that would focus on the agricultural sector. She assured the gathering that Liberia was now ready for business and as such, all those wishing to invest in the country should be assured that the National Investment Commission (NIC) is ready to support them.The forum was sponsored by ArcelorMittal Liberia, APM Terminals, Dawnus International, Humming Bird, Bollore, Equatorial Palm Oil, among others. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Category: tmmswymppfqmnruh Slo-Pitch Season Gets Underway
Something New! – This season, the FSJ Slo-Pitch Society will be selling advertising signage for the Surerus Ball Diamonds. Pictured is League President, Janet Prestley beside the first advertising sign formally put up on the Surerus Diamonds. On Monday, April 20th, the AGM was held at the FSJ Curling Rink. The League Executive were voted in for this season with Janey Prestley – President, Jason Atkinson – Vice President, Nicole Kelly – Treasurer, Janel McCallum – Secretary, and Byron Stewart – Director at Large. On Saturday, April 25th, the annual ball feild clean up and team registration took place at the Surerus Ball Diamonds. The league is proud to have a total of 44 teams register for the 2009 season and would like to thank all the persons that made it out for the clean up. For any further information, you can contact Janet Prestley – President during the day at 250-787-8153.- Advertisement – *SubmittedThe Fort St. John Mixed Slo-Pitch season has officially gotten back into the swing of things.
Category: tmmswymppfqmnruh Alonso ruins Spurs’ Wembley house-warming
0Shares0000Chelsea’s defender Marcos Alonso celebrates after he scored their second goal against Tottenham Hotspur on August 20, 2017© AFP Ben STANSALLLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 20 – Tottenham Hotspur made a losing start to life as Wembley’s full-time tenants after Marcos Alonso’s double earned Premier League champions Chelsea a 2-1 victory on Sunday.The Spaniard struck either side of a late Michy Batshuayi own goal to get Chelsea back to winning ways after their opening 3-2 loss at home to Burnley and end Spurs’ club-record run of 14 successive home wins. Spurs went unbeaten throughout their final league campaign at White Hart Lane, but struggled at Wembley in the Champions League and have now lost eight of the last 10 matches they have played there.Mauricio Pochettino’s men appeared to have avoided the worst when Batshuayi put through his own goal in the 82nd minute, only for Hugo Lloris’s feeble attempt at a save to gift Alonso the winner two minutes from time.For Spurs, who are playing at Wembley while White Hart Lane is rebuilt, it was a first home defeat in the league since a 2-1 loss to Southampton in May 2016.Having endured a deeply trying start to the season, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte will hope victory over the team his side pipped to the title last season will bring some much-needed positivity back to Stamford Bridge.The Italian celebrated Alonso’s winner with characteristic abandon on the touchline, thoughts of his side’s transfer window struggles and his long stand-off with want-away striker Diego Costa seemingly banished.Chelsea’s list of absentees — suspended pair Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas, injury victim Eden Hazard and the exiled Costa — moved Conte to adopt an unfamiliar 3-5-1-1 system, with David Luiz anchoring the midfield.He also gave a debut to £40 million ($51.5 million, 43.8 million euros) new signing Tiemoue Bakayoko, who produced a leggy 90-minute showing in his first appearance since arriving from French champions Monaco.– Kane hits post –Chelsea’s striker Michy Batshuayi (2ndL) scores an own goal during an English Premier League football match against Tottenham Hotspur on August 20, 2017Alvaro Morata should have crowned his full Chelsea debut with an early goal, only to head wide from seven yards when Cesar Azpilicueta’s cross picked him out unmarked, but in the 24th minute his side did go ahead.Chelsea were awarded a free-kick after Dele Alli clipped Luiz and from a position 25 yards from goal, slightly to the right of centre, Alonso arced a magnificent shot into the top-right corner.Harry Kane, Alli and Mousa Dembele had all threatened for Spurs prior to Chelsea’s opener and after falling behind, they dominated the rest of the first half.Kane bent a shot against the base of the right-hand post after cutting inside Andreas Christensen from Alli’s pass, while Ben Davies saw a swerving effort from range clubbed away by the diving Thibaut Courtois.The hosts could count themselves unfortunate to be behind, but they were also a little lucky to keep 11 men on the field after Eric Dier and Jan Vertonghen escaped with yellow cards for ugly fouls on Luiz and Victor Moses.With Chelsea’s back three becoming more of a back five, they successfully held Spurs at bay in the second half and came close to adding a second goal when Willian’s low drive came skidding back off the post.Spurs thought they had rescued a point with eight minutes remaining when Batshuayi, who had only been on the pitch for four minutes, inadvertently headed Christian Eriksen’s free-kick into his own net.But six minutes later, Alonso picked up a loose ball in midfield and swapped passes with substitute Pedro before drilling a low shot beneath Lloris to give Chelsea victory.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Category: tmmswymppfqmnruh World Cup hosts Russia defend anti-racism chief in theft probe
0Shares0000Russia’s anti-racism inspector Alexei Smertin defended by World Cup hosts over embezzlement probe © AFP/File / Yuri KADOBNOVMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Apr 24 – Russian football bosses are rallying behind World Cup anti-racism inspector Alexei Smertin in an embezzlement probe unfolding less than two months before kickoff.The scandal surrounding Moscow police club Dynamo brings together two major problems facing Russia ahead of the June 14-July 15 final: monkey chants and corruption. A former Chelsea player, Smertin serves both as the World Cup’s chief anti-discrimination official and Dynamo’s executive director.His second job turned into a poisoned chalice when evidence came to light of 1.6 million euro ($2 million) being stolen from the team by former general director Yevgeny Muravyov.The sums involved are not large when compared to the money splashing around in the bigger European leagues.But they have added to organisers’ headaches as they race against the clock to put on the most expensive World Cup ever staged.Dynamo on Tuesday confirmed that it had submitted financial records linked to Smertin and Muravyov to the interior ministry.The RBK business news site said Muravyov is suspected of wiring the 1.6 million euros to his own shell companies using the cover of two fictitious business deals.Dynamo concedes that the documents authorising the money transfers were signed by Smertin — a charismatic former national team captain who played for English Premier League giants Chelsea in 2003-2006.But it argued on Tuesday that Smertin was forced into approving the transactions by Muravyov.“The information available to (the team) permits us to believe that Smertin was intentionally deceived by, and was carrying out the direct orders of, Dynamo’s former general director,” it said.A Russian football source familiar with the investigation told AFP that police also did not hold Smertin responsible for the wire transfers.The interior ministry has issued no comment and Muravyov has denied being aware of any wrongdoing at Dynamo.“I have no idea what people are talking about,” he told the Sport Express website on Monday.Smertin is responsible for raising awareness about racism in Russian football and cleaning up the domestic game.It is a high-profile role on which world governing body FIFA is placing special emphasis because of racial abuse at Russian matches in the past months.FIFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against Russia over monkey chants heard during a World Cup warm-up against France in Saint Petersburg in March.And Russian football chiefs on Wednesday will study video of abusive chanting directed at Cape Verdean midfielder Nuno Rocha during a domestic cup semi-final in Moscow.Dynamo are a storied club who were backed by the secret police in the Soviet era but have had financial difficulties in more recent years.They were relegated to Russia’s second division in 2016 and underwent a management overhaul in March.Smertin began his carrier playing for Dynamo’s northern Siberia squad in his native city of Barnaul.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)