Trump tests positive for Covid, upending US election

first_img The news detonated a political bombshell a month before election day.The first immediate consequence was cancellation of a Trump campaign rally meant to take place in Florida later Friday.Badly behind in the polls against Democratic challenger Joe Biden ahead of Nov.3, Trump has been using large rallies – where most people go without masks – to try to change the subject from his much criticized response to the coronavirus pandemic.Just Thursday he said in a speech to a New York charity event: “The end of the pandemic is in sight and next year will be one of the greatest years in the history of our country.” Topics : But now the leader who has repeatedly cast doubt on the seriousness of the virus – despite more than 200,000 Americans already dying – has become the world’s highest profile patient, proving that all the resources of the White House could not prevent the risk.Biden, who has made criticism of the Republican’s coronavirus response his key issue, made no immediate statement about the president’s health after the news broke.Technically obese and in his 70s, Trump is in a higher-risk category for coronavirus patients.Trump’s official physician, Sean Conley, said in a statement that the president and his wife “are both well at this time.””They plan to remain home at the White House during their convalescence,” he said. However, “I expect the president to continue carrying out his duties without disruption while recovering.”Trump’s positive test was more than a PR disaster for a president who has staked everything on trying to persuade Americans that fears of the virus are overblown.There were concrete, instant impacts to his campaign strategy, particularly throwing into doubt the future of his signature rallies.The events, which Trump says prove his true political strength better than the dismal opinion polls, bring together thousands of people, often without masks and sometimes in contravention of local rules.All that is now on hold, at least for the immediate future, and with the clock ticking rapidly down on the election.In addition to canceling the Florida trip, it looked certain that Trump would have to abandon a trip scheduled for this weekend in Wisconsin, another battleground. He had also been expected to travel frequently next week, including longer distances to western states.A second televised debate with Biden is scheduled for Oct.15.The news came right after one of Trump’s closest advisors, Hope Hicks, was reported Thursday to have come down with the virus.Hicks, 31, traveled with Trump to Cleveland for his first debate with Biden on Tuesday. She was with him again for a campaign rally in Minnesota on Wednesday.With Hicks sharing Trump’s Air Force One plane and the even more cramped confines of the Marine One helicopter, speculation immediately erupted that Trump and possibly many others in his close entourage were exposed.Despite Hicks’ diagnosis, Trump took another Air Force One trip on Thursday to meet with donors in New Jersey.It was only late Thursday that Trump confirmed media reports about Hicks while giving an interview to Fox News. He announced that he had been tested but did not say whether he had received the results.”You know I spend a lot of time with Hope, and so does the first lady,” Trump said.Hicks is the most senior White House aide announced to have contracted Covid-19.center_img President Donald Trump has tested positive for Covid-19, upending the already tense US election, but was described by his doctor on Friday as feeling “well” and able to perform his duties while quarantining.Trump, 74, first announced on Twitter that he and First Lady Melania Trump, 50, had tested positive.”We will get through this TOGETHER!” he wrote.last_img read more

These iconic female athletes are ready to ‘fight for the future of girls in sport’

first_img‘It’s about loving what you do and really finding joy in it’ (Picture: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)‘You don’t even have to become anything with it, it’s not always about that. It’s about loving what you do and really finding joy in it. And if you have that – you can’t really ask for anything more.Bianca thinks it’s crucial to invest in sport at a grassroots level. She says sport, first and foremost needs to be about enrichment and enjoyment – every success story starts with that.‘Most things are built from a good foundation,’ she explains. ‘And I think it is the grassroots involvement that does help more people to get involved and grow people’s love for sport.’MORE: Anthony Joshua tells Deontay Wilder to get in touch if he’s serious about unification fightMORE: Arsenal board not interested in hiring Carlo Ancelotti as head coach ‘If I said I wanted to be a professional climber – people would just laugh at me’ (Picture: Toru Hanai/Getty Images)‘The more sports we can talk about in the mainstream, and the more different sporting stories we can show to the world, hopefully more people will find something that they’re passionate about, that they love. And they will realise there is a pathway and it is possible.’Bianca Walkden won bronze at the 2016 Olympics and is a is a triple World champion – but she says she still faced prejudice and disapproval at the start of her career because Taekwondo was perceived to be a ‘male sport’.‘At the end of the day, I’m beating people up and fighting. It’s definitely seen as a more “masculine” thing to do – and I think it’s that kind of perception that can put women off,’ Bianca tells Metro.co.uk.Advertisement‘Getting into sport and making it your profession is a hard thing to – especially in a male dominated sport like mine. But if we can help young girls to find what they love in it – that’s the best place to start. These iconic female athletes are ready to ‘fight for the future of girls in sport’ The icons came together at the adidas Future of Sport event in London (Picture: adidas Future of Sport)Women’s sport has continued to skyrocket in popularity over the last decade – and public enthusiasm is showing no signs of dwindling.This summer we saw record viewing figures for the FIFA Women’s World Cup in France, sell-out crowds at the Netball World Cup in Liverpool, and our home-grown female athletes have got used to standing on podiums – Dina Asher-Smith and Katarina Johnson-Thompson are both in the running for BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year.These women have the momentum; they have more media coverage, more hours on TV, more household names in their respective sports than ever before. But there is still work to be done.AdvertisementAdvertisementDespite the positive steps forward, there is pervasive gender inequality in the world of sport around the globe. Equal pay is a battle being fought on every sporting frontier, and female athletes are still pushing for better marketing, corporate investment and sponsorship deals.ADVERTISEMENTJessica Ennis-Hill was the golden girl of the 2012 Olympic Games in London, and she stepped into the limelight when women’s sport was just beginning to permeate mainstream consciousness.The adidas ambassador says it’s vital the conversation moves on from vague ideas about legacy. and focuses on the next generation. Jessica thinks the future of women’s sport lies with young girls – and the importance of making sport a realistic option for them.‘Lots of young girls want to get involved in sport, but then they get to an age – when they’re teenagers – and there are so many different variables and things that happen in their lives that can change their priorities,’ Jessica tells Metro.co.uk.‘It’s about connecting with girls at that time in their lives, and really gripping them and getting them hooked in such a fantastic way that they can see a future within sport. Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img ‘I want to fight for those little girls’ (Picture: Kate McShane/Getty Images)‘The main focus we have right now is to push on and make the situation better for the girls, so they’re actually able to focus on their sports – that’s what all the little girls want.‘When I play, I see girls in the crowd wearing little T-shirts with “Miedema” on the back and that really does something to me. I want to fight for those little girls, I want to fight for their future. I want them to have a better situation than what we have right now.’Vivianne says she’s still has to wrap her head around the crowds, the noise, the fans – every time she steps on to the pitch.‘I’m not used to it myself yet,’ she says. ‘We go and play in a stadium and we look out and there are 10,000 people standing there wearing shirts with our names on the back. That is something so special.‘It just makes you want to like want to fight for your sport so much. Especially for the young girls coming through. I want to be able to make sport as good as possible for them.’AdvertisementShauna Coxsey is Britain’s most successful climber. She won the IFSC Bouldering World Cup in 2016 and 2017.‘My sport, it used to be so male dominated, especially when I started over 20 years ago, which is kind of scary,’ says Shauna.‘When I started out in climbing, If I said I wanted to be a professional climber – people would just laugh at me. It just wasn’t a thing.‘No one before me has ever been a professional competitive climber. So to be able to sit here now and talk about that, and realise that dream, it is such an honor.’Shauna’s journey wasn’t easy. To be a pioneering figure in a sport that has historically had such little female involvement – that was never going to be a smooth road. But she wants to give the next generation of female climbers a foothold. Comment Natalie MorrisThursday 12 Dec 2019 12:35 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link ‘Young girls can be inspired by what other women in sport have achieved’ (Picture: Olivier Morin/AFP via Getty Images)‘Not even just seeing it as a hobby, they have to be able to see a clear pathway to being successful and making it a career.’We’re meeting at the launch of the new flagship adidas store on Oxford Street. Decked out head-to-toe in branded gear, the former athletics star tells us that the support and funding from big brands has been a crucial factor in her success.She’s flanked by an intimidatingly impressive bunch of co-ambassadors; Taekwondo star Bianca Walkden, climber Shauna Coxsey and Arsenal footballer Vivianne Miedema.‘Young girls can be inspired by what other women in sport have achieved – what the women sitting here with me have achieved,’ says Jessica.‘It goes back to the storytelling. People like us telling the story of where we started and the real journey of what it took to get us to where we are today.’Vivianne agrees. The Dutch national footballer says she can’t believe how far the women’s game has come since she started out.‘When I started playing football, I was like the tomboy – I was very much one of the boys,’ she tells Metro.co.uk.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘But now, we have this platform where you can really be part of the women’s sports movement. We’re lucky with football, it’s massive around the world. We’ve got men’s football and everyone knows what the sport is, but we obviously have still had to build up the national women’s team to the level it’s at now.’Vivianne explains that many of her teammates are in 40-hour-a-week jobs – working nine-five before training every single evening. She wants being an athlete to be less gruelling for the next generation.last_img read more

Belgium coach Martinez extends contract until 2022

first_img Loading… Roberto Martinez has extended his contract as Belgium coach until 2022 to take him up to the World Cup in Qatar, the Belgian football federation announced Wednesday. Roberto Martinez led Belgium to third place at the 2018 World Cup finals The 46-year-old former Everton manager took over as head coach of the Belgian national side in 2016, leading them to third in the 2018 World Cup. The Spaniard’s initial contract ran until Euro 2020, which has been postponed a year because of the coronavirus pandemic. He has overseen the Red Devils in 43 games in total, notching up 34 wins, six draws and just three defeats, leaving Belgium as FIFA’s number one ranked team.Advertisement Read Also: Tyson offers fans chance to train with him ahead of comeback Martinez kicked off his coaching career with Swansea in 2007 before moving on to Wigan in 2009, notably winning the 2013 FA Cup against Manchester City but also suffering relegation from the Premier League. He then coached Everton before signing up with Belgium, taking over from Marc Wilmots. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Promoted ContentRidiculously Expensive Things The Rock Spends His Money OnBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreWhy Do So Many Digital Assistants Have Feminine Names & Voices?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top6 TV Characters Whose Departures Have Made The Shows Betterlast_img read more

Ewing emerging as all-around fullback

first_imgStephanie Moebius/The Badger HeraldTuesday afternoon, the Wisconsin Badgers’ offense seemed to be rounding into shape. The shape, at least, expected as the end of spring practice approaches.On the second play of the first-team scrimmage, quarterback Jon Budmayr dropped back, faked a handoff to running back James White and let rip a high-arching balloon of a toss down the left sideline. Budmayr – known especially for his strong arm – would go on to overthrow a few balls this practice, and this one was no different.Yet, fullback Bradie Ewing kept pace with the ball, and just when it was within reach, he extended his left arm and hauled it in. The lefty, one-handed grab was the first of two impressive catches for Ewing Tuesday, and it was arguably the highlight of the entire practice.Now a senior, Ewing has made just that kind of impression as a Badger. He’s consistently there, doing his job – he played in 38 of a possible 39 games his first three years – but he might not be noticed during the process. That, as the history of football has proven, is typically the life of a fullback. Line up in front of the tail back and behind the quarterback, make your blocks and don’t mess up. If the ball’s thrown to you, catch it.Fortunately for the Badgers, Ewing has embraced the constantly ungrateful role.“I just kind of accepted it,” Ewing said. “I kind of score my touchdowns now by having that nice block to spring that runner, something like that. I am a fullback and I have bought into it. I get my success from the team and scoring touchdowns as an offense, more than anything. Just trying to win games.”Ewing has scored three touchdowns of his own – one on a one-yard run against Marshall in 2008, the second on a 7-yard run against Austin Peay last season and the third on a 3-yard reception later in that game. Yet, true to fullback form, Ewing’s most significant contributions stem from his blocking and his leadership.Last year, Wisconsin’s offense was a wrecking ball, a force to be reckoned with – every clich? imaginable was thrown around, and appropriately so. The Badgers ran for 3,194 yards last year (12th in the nation) and averaged 5.5 yards per attempt (seventh in the nation). Their 48 rushing touchdowns were second in the nation, and two running backs (White and John Clay) each eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark. Montee Ball, who missed one game, finished four yards shy with 996.Much of the credit rightfully went to the dominant offensive line, the left half of which has since departed for the National Football League (tackle Gabe Carimi and guard John Moffitt).But no matter how much credit went elsewhere – or how little he received himself – the Badgers give Ewing everything he’s due.“Just knowing that we could count on him,” Ball answered when asked what’s best about Ewing. “Our dive plays, running right behind him – us running backs knew that we could cut right inside of him just about every time because he was going to finish his block. Knowing that you’re running behind someone that’s going to finish their block every time gives you that edge over the defense.”Ewing entered last season known as one of the nicest guys on a team and a dependable blocker. He left it with all those traits but also managed to build a mean streak and emerge as one of the unquestioned leaders on the team.Perhaps most impressive, though, was Ewing’s ability to withstand a challenge from one of his best friends on the team. Early in the season, Ryan Groy, a reserve offensive lineman, supplanted him on the fullback depth chart. Groy started the season-opener at UNLV, and from that early point on, Ewing was pushed to improve.“[Last year] was kind of up and down,” Ewing said. “I started off a little bit slow. They had Groy in there at fullback, and to be able to gain more confidence in myself, come out with a better mentality throughout the season and continue to work to get better, I was able to put myself in a position to help the offense toward the end of the season, the last half of the season. It was really rewarding, just be a part of that offense and part of the team’s success.”To his credit, Ewing never outwardly admitted taking offense at Groy grabbing his spot. The two remained good friends, as Groy said they went hunting a few times during the season.Still, Ewing recognized the challenge and adjusted his play accordingly. He developed a mean streak, eagerly seeking out defenders to block and finishing them off until the play ended. Occasionally, Ewing even took it farther.“There was a part even last season where you’d see him going to look at knocking the other guy out or finishing another guy off,” Groy said. “It was a point where I think he might have got called for a few, but it was to the point where it was just relentless effort and just relentless toughness.”Relentlessly indeed, Ewing morphed from a dependable blocker into a powerful, dependable force who never waited for opposing players to run into him. Rather, he ran into them, and the effect permeated Wisconsin’s offense attack.“It’s real nice running behind Bradie,” Ball said. “If you just watch a game or something, he just goes until he hears a whistle. That’s phenomenal. I’ve never seen a player actually do that before, I honestly haven’t. I tip my cap to him, because that’s incredible. I love running behind him because I know he’s going to get the job done.”As if running behind him wasn’t enough, the Badgers have come to rely on Ewing also as a pass-catcher. He’ll rarely be the first option on pass plays, but after not catching any passes his first two years, Ewing recorded eight for 82 yards and two touchdowns last season. One reception came in the Rose Bowl, where Ewing hauled in a pass from quarterback Scott Tolzien and ran 28 yards to Texas Christian University’s 1-yard line. On the next play, Clay hammered through the goal line and gave Wisconsin its first touchdown of the game.The Badgers ended up falling to the Horned Frogs, but Ewing’s early reception served as a capstone to his evolutionary junior year. Now, Ewing prepares for 2011 not just as a fullback. Instead, he’s a fullback that can block, run, catch and lead. With UW’s offense losing Carimi, Moffitt, Tolzien, Clay and tight end Lance Kendricks to the NFL, that last trait very well could prove to be most impactful for Ewing.“We’re workers, and we try to do our best to just pound people,” Ewing said. “Play after play, we’re going to bring it, and I think a fullback is a good position to start that off at. Hopefully, people are looking to me for that leadership, but I definitely got a long ways to go in the same account.”last_img read more

Premier League Action.

first_imgThat match kicks-off at 12:45.In this afternoon’s 3pm matches…Aston Villa begin life without Roy Keane with a trip to Turf Moor to face Burnley.West Ham manager Sam Allardyce will try to plot the defeat of his former club, Newcastle at Upton Park.Elsewhere, Man United host Hull City, QPR are at home to Leicester and Crystal Palace visit Swansea.Also at 3 o’clock, the pressure is on Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers as his mis-firing side play host to Stoke.After a poor run of results, Rodgers has suddenly emerged as the favourite to become the next Premier League manager to lose his job.But the Reds boss is taking it all in his stride… With Southampton facing Man City tomorrow, the Blues can go nine points clear at the top today with a win over Sunderland.That game at the Stadium of Light is the late kick-off this evening at half-past five.– But first-up today will be the clash at the Hawthorns as West Brom prepare to host an Arsenal side that will be hoping to follow-up on their Champions League win over Borussia Dortmund in mid-week.last_img read more