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Where every sport stands in the corona virus comeback planning



Where every sport stands in the corona virus comeback planning

Ryan Dunleavy from The Post provides a status report on how all the different sports handle their COVID-19 comeback planning:


Current Status: Suspended since March 12, when all teams had 11-14 matches in the regular season.

Restart the situation: The 24 team playoffs are agreed to be grouped in two hub cities, with the top four teams at each conference playing a round-robin game to determine seeding during their “bye”. The next eight in each conference play the best qualifying series of five (the fight is determined) to advance to the first round. The season is over for the bottom-seven team.

Location Status: Chicago, Columbus, Dallas, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, and Pittsburgh are just a few of the possibilities. Toronto, Vancouver and Edmonton also participated but will be discounted if Canada does not change its mandatory 14-day quarantine for anyone entering the country.

Schedule: The formal training camp will begin no sooner than July 1, encouraging the start of the tournament until the end of July or early August and delaying the start of the 2020-21 season.


Current Status: Suspended since March 12, with less than two weeks left in spring training. The regular season will start on March 26.

Restart the situation: MLB proposes an 82-match season and a sliding scale where the players earning the biggest income will lose the highest percentage of their salary. The player association strongly rejects proposals and is expected to reciprocate with more games and no further salary deductions beyond the previously agreed salary. The new schedule needs to be configured by emphasizing division play and limiting travel.

Location Status: For spring training, some teams will return to their normal headquarters in Florida and Arizona, while others will gather in their home gardens. For the regular season, the league hopes to play games in the home garden. In order for the Blue Jays to play at home, Canada must give up quarantine from 14 days. Chances are there will be fanless games – at least at the start.

Schedule: MLB hopes for the resumption of spring training in June – perhaps shortened to two weeks – with the regular season match taking place on the weekend of July 4 and the completion of the playoffs that are almost on time. If the game doesn’t start until August, it means a short schedule or rolling dice against the weather and extending the regular season to October and postseason to November.


Current Status: Business as usual. Free agency, schedule design and release all run without interruption.

Restart the situation: Facilities are open to certain employees in the state that are permitted by the government, but coaches and players who are not injured remain prohibited. The coach can return simultaneously next week in the entire league. The team is conducting virtual meetings / exercises for at least another two weeks.

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Location Status: The one or two city model does not function for the NFL given the nature of the once a week schedule. Maybe the team could move temporarily, especially for the training camp, if their country’s recovery metrics lag behind the others.

Schedule: The permanent training camp is scheduled to open at the end of July, the first preseason match is August 6 and the regular season opener is September 10. New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy did not rule out the possibility of fans in the stands at some point and the dolphins revealed plans (scolded by commissioner Roger Goodell) for limited capacity seating.


Current Status: The first league to suspend action – with several teams still on the field – on March 11, after Jazz star Rudy Gobert tested positive for the corona virus. Player salaries starting in May are reduced by 25 percent, with overall deductions still to be determined.

Restart the situation: Commissioner Adam Silver gave many options to the NBA Board of Governors. Voting on Silver’s preferred proposal can take place immediately next week, with July 31 as the target date to proceed. Most likely the rest of the regular season will be removed, with 20-24 teams returning.

Location Status: The league will be concentrated on housing, training and games in one city bubble, which is expected to be in the vast Disney Sports World complex in Orlando.

Schedule: Targeting July returns.

Current Status: Starting late to the regular season (May 15).

Restart the situation: The draft which was held April 17 set a 14-year high for viewers. Commissioner Cathy Engelbert hopes to play a regular season of 36 full matches and told the Washington Post, “We are getting closer to a plan that hasn’t changed much.”

Location Status: Not clear.

Schedule: It is not clear, although the WNBA mandated team cut the roster to 12 on Monday to start paying players. One potential conflict under a long delay is that many WNBA stars play overseas in high-paying leagues during the winter months.


Current Status: Suspended since March 12, two weeks into the regular season.

Restart the situation: Voluntary group training sessions are ongoing. Starting again in June at the training camp for three to four weeks followed by group stage games and knockout rounds reported on the table.

Location Status: The entire league is headquartered at Disney’s Wide World of Sports complex in Orlando.

Schedule: MLS hopes to squeeze the entire season into 10 weeks, according to ESPN.

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Current Status: Both played suspended March 12, after one round was completed at The PGA Players Championship.

Restart the situation: The PGA will return June 11-14 for the Charles Charles Schwab non-challenge at the Colonial Country Club in Ft. Decent, Texas. LPGA will return July 23-26 for the Marathon Classic at Highland Meadows Golf Club in Sylvania, Ohio – but that can be canceled if fans are not permitted to attend.


Current Status: Scheduled to be the first league of professional American sports teams to continue, after delaying the start of the regular season from April 18.

Restart the situation: Individual training returned on May 6, small group training was returned this week and team training was in a few days, building until June 27, back in the 25 match tournament.

Location Status: Two sites in Utah.

Schedule: The nine teams will play four matches in the preliminary round and the top eight will advance to the knockout round which culminates in the July 26 final.


Current Status: Wimbledon was canceled for the first time in 75 years, the French Open will be contested September 20 to October 4, and US Open officials are working on a potential restart scenario, but no decision has yet been made about the US Open.

Restart the situation: All major tours were suspended until July 31, with more than 40 tournaments canceled from the men’s and women’s calendars combined. The exhibition was fought over in the United States and other parts of the world throughout May.


Current Status: The World Boxing Council advises promoters and commissioners to place their boxers and teams in 14 days of isolation before holding a fanless event. The judges will judge the fight by watching from home on television.

Restart the situation: Boxing Top Rank is scheduled to hold a series of fights at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, with the first five fight card set for June 9.


Restart the situation: Nevada ended its combat sports moratorium on Wednesday and the UFC immediately announced Fight Night for Saturday in Las Vegas, followed by the UFC250 on the same site June 6.

Racing car

Restart the situation: NASCAR returns to action May 17 in South Carolina and fanless match schedule in many states in the south through June 21. IndyCar returns June 6 at Texas Motor Speedway, while the Indianapolis 500 is rescheduled for August 23. Formula 1 is eyeing a July 5 return in Austria without fans and a multi-continent schedule until November. NHRA pushes back a tentative restart from June to August in hopes of welcoming fans at 18 drag-racing events through November.

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International soccer

The situation restarts: The English Premier League will hold a match on June 17 – more than three months after closing – between Manchester City and Arsenal, and Aston Villa and Sheffield United, before all teams resume the following weekend. All the remaining 92 matches will be fanless and some can be played on neutral sites to avoid groups of fans outside the door. The Bundesliga in Germany continues on May 16, while the Spanish La Liga starts June 11, Serie A in Italy on June 20 and the Champions League has been postponed. Euro 2020 and Copa America have been moved to 2021 (proposed date 11 June-11 July).

College Sports

Current Status: The NCAA extends the recruitment dead period (no face-to-face contact) in all sports until July 31 and allows soccer and male and female basketball athletes to return to campus starting Monday. The conference has handled athletes’ return to campus dates very differently. Neither the NCAA nor the conference will mandate an ordinary uniform start date, subject to state and local governments.

Football / basketball: Steps are underway towards starting on time, and Yahoo Sports reports that the NCAA football watchdog committee can recommend an expanded six-week preseason camp model for approval in mid-June. The main problem: Can athletes practice and play games when the campus is closed to academics? Several major California universities will hold virtual classes until the fall semester. Maybe football will be played in some schools and not in others, even in the same conference because of the spread of geography. Basketball training usually begins in mid-October and will follow in the footsteps of the autumn NCAA sports.


Situation restarts: Summer Olympics in Tokyo are postponed and scheduled to open July 23, 2021 and close on August 8.

Canadian Football League

Restart the situation: Several teams have reopened the facility and the rest are expected to follow in the next two weeks. The league announced it would not resume the match before September, if at all, and the Gray Cup championship match would be played at the home of a participant with a superior record.

Horse racing

Restart the situation: Belmont betting will be held June 20 without fans, as the first leg of the Triple Crown instead of the traditional last. Kentucky Derby for September 5 and Preakness Stakes for October 3. The songs are opened in several states and will reopen Monday in New York with Belmont starting on Wednesday. New Jersey officials have not yet said whether the track will open on time for Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park on July 18.

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Portuguese heritage at the Jewish cemetery in Hamburg



Portuguese heritage at the Jewish cemetery in Hamburg

The Jewish-Portuguese cemetery in Hamburg is an outstanding example of the Portuguese presence in the world, where history confirms the well-known ability of the Portuguese to adapt to the most unexpected contexts and situations.

Built in 1611 with over 1,500 graves recorded, according to some sources, the cemetery was officially closed almost a century and a half ago and is today a heavily visited site and the oldest in the city and northern Europe. You pass the gate that protects it, and the visitor is immediately enveloped in tall and scattered trees, which give shade and freshness to the tombstones inscribed in Portuguese, others in Hebrew, many covered with a veil of soot and moss, some fallen vertically.

Fleeing from Portugal due to the Inquisition at the end of the 16th century, the new Christians were well received in Hamburg, where they found a place to live without hiding their religion and Jewish rituals. Located then in one of the most noble districts of the city, the name of the Königstraße, Rua dos Reisis a reflection of this.

The land was acquired by the Portuguese merchants André Falero, Rui Cardoso and Alvaro Dinis, who won the sovereign’s favor and thus managed to ensure that “the Portuguese people could bury their dead,” the Sephardic Jews, according to the little book. Stone Archive – 400th Anniversary of the Jewish Cemetery in Königstraße. Through their actions, they have left to posterity an extraordinary legacy in which to find part of the history of Portugal and Hamburg, which certainly contributed to the fact that this city is today the most Portuguese in Germany, with countless traces of our presence, starting with the “Portuguese Quarter”, crowded with restaurants , to the old school ship Sagres anchored in port, from the ubiquitous custard tarts to the only bust of Vasco da Gama to be found abroad.

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Later, the cemetery was expanded through the acquisition of adjacent land by Ashkenazi and German Jews, where members of illustrious families such as the poet Heinrich Heine or the philosopher Mendelssohn were buried.

The cemetery withstood the passage of time, wars and Nazi bombardments. Just as he resisted the theft and anti-Semitic vandalism that hit him several times, apparently on some of the tombstones, broken or damaged.

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Striker on loan to Corinthians must be agreed with Portuguese football; to know everything



Striker on loan to Corinthians must be agreed with Portuguese football;  to know everything

Forward Madson is close to an exchange with Portuguese football. Loaned to Portugal’s Estrela da Amadora last European season, the player is in talks with teams in the country and is set to be released by the board – Corinthians’ idea is to keep a percentage of the rights open for future negotiations.

Madson was promoted to the Corinthians professional team after excelling in the youth scene. Having failed to establish himself in the first team due to a manager change at the time, the young man was loaned out to Fortaleza and then to Santa Cruz before heading to Europe.

According to the club’s latest balance sheet, Madson owns 50% of the economic rights associated with Timao. That is, it is possible that there will be a free release and preservation of this percentage in order to increase the rating of the 22-year-old athlete.

The procedure is similar to what has been done with other names recently out of Timão, such as midfielders Sornoza, transferred to Independiente del Valle, and Araos, now in Necas, Mexico.

Madson should not even be reinstated, unlike the trio who are also returning from loan to other clubs. His contract with Corinthians runs until December 2023.

For more information see: Madson de Souza, Base Corinthians and Loan Players.

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Proud Pedro Carvalho: “Even though I’m in Brazil, I don’t miss the Portuguese public”



Proud Pedro Carvalho: "Even though I'm in Brazil, I don't miss the Portuguese public"

Exactly in 2016 Pedro Carvalho debuted in Brazilian fiction, in the soap opera “Escrava Mãe” on Record TV. This was followed by “O Outro Lado do Paraiso” and “A Dona do Pedaço” in 2017 and 2019 respectively on the “giant” TV Globo. However, the Portuguese public never lost sight of him.

“It was funny because the Portuguese audience really watches Brazilian soap operas. It’s very nice because despite the fact that I’m in Brazil, I don’t lose the Portuguese audience. In fact, I have gained more and I even realize that in terms of social networks. For me it is very important because I am Portuguese, I like to work in my country. No matter how much I travel, I always want our people to recognize me,” he began by saying Pedro Carvalhoin a conversation with SELFIE, in the Continente VIP area, on the second day of Rock in Rio Lisboa.

On returning to Portugal via SIC on the soap opera Amor Amor, the actor said: “I haven’t done anything in Portugal for a long time. The pandemic was terrible in every way, but it made me come back. you know, in TV Globo all projects were suspended at that time. It was good, I didn’t work in my country for some time. I worked and played with colleagues whom I love … “.

Finally, Pedro Carvalho assured us that he will return to Brazil “very soon” where he already has confirmed new projects.

Pedro Carvalho, at the rock in Rio Lisbon

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