AFC to restart Champions League in September

first_imgAsia’s Champions League will resume in September with remaining group games played at centralised venues and a single-leg final in December, officials said Thursday following a six-month coronavirus hiatus. The continental club championship, featuring 32 teams stretching from Saudi Arabia in the west to Japan in the East, was suspended in March after just a handful of matches as travel restrictions kicked in across Asia to contain the pandemic. Chinese clubs Shanghai SIPG, Shanghai Shenhua and Guangzhou Evergrande are yet to play any group stage match after travel restrictions were imposed on teams from China, where the virus was first reported. But with the pandemic starting to ease in many countries, the AFC Thursday announced new dates for the competition. The four rounds of West Zone group stage matches for teams largely based in the Middle East will be crammed into 11 days from September 14 to 24 at a centralised venue still to be named. The East Zone has a greater match backlog and aim to complete their group fixtures from October 16 to November 1 also in a centralised venue yet to be named. The knockout phase will start immediately after the group stage is completed with matches reduced to one leg. The final be on December 5. Loading… Read Also: Guardiola praises ‘incredible’ Silva after Man City rout Newcastle But he added he was “delighted that we are seeing more encouraging progress on the return of many domestic leagues to the field,” paving the way for the resumption of AFC club tournaments. Football is gradually resuming around the world after closing down because of the virus. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 AFC general secretary Windsor John said it had been a “difficult and uncertain time in the history of our game”. Promoted ContentPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D Graffiti2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Top 10 TV Friends Who Used To Be Enemies10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?What Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?last_img read more

A&M looks to knock off No. 8 Kentucky

first_imgFEARLESS FRESHMEN: Kentucky’s Nick Richards, Ashton Hagans and Tyrese Maxey have collectively accounted for 53 percent of the team’s scoring this season and have scored 48 percent of all Wildcats points over the last five games.CREATING OFFENSE: Maxey has either made or assisted on 40 percent of all Kentucky field goals over the last three games. Maxey has 17 field goals and 14 assists in those games.STREAK SCORING: Kentucky has won its last three road games, scoring 78 points, while allowing 68 per game.ASSIST-TO-FG RATIO: The Aggies have recently used assists to create buckets more often than the Wildcats. Texas A&M has an assist on 44 of 75 field goals (58.7 percent) over its previous three outings while Kentucky has assists on 34 of 77 field goals (44.2 percent) during its past three games.GETTING DEFENSIVE: The disruptive Texas A&M defense has forced opponents to turn the ball over on 22.8 percent of all possessions, the 30th-best rate among Division I teams. Kentucky has a forced-turnover percentage of only 17.4 percent through 27 games (ranking the Wildcats 293rd). Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNo. 8 Kentucky (22-5, 12-2) vs. Texas A&M (14-12, 8-6)Reed Arena, College Station, Texas; Tuesday, 7 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: No. 8 Kentucky looks to give Texas A&M its eighth straight loss to ranked opponents. Texas A&M’s last win vs a ranked opponent came against the then-No. 10 North Carolina Tar Heels 86-65 on March 18, 2018. Kentucky has won its last six games against conference opponents. February 24, 2020center_img A&M looks to knock off No. 8 Kentucky ___For more AP college basketball coverage: and was generated by Automated Insights,, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comlast_img read more

Neymar nocturnal antics no worry to PSG coach as Celtic arrive

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp Paris, France | AFP | Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery insists he is not concerned about Neymar’s lifestyle after the Brazilian superstar was photographed at a Paris nightclub in the early hours of Sunday.“Outside of his work, his football, he can enjoy himself with his friends,” Emery said on Tuesday at a press conference ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League meeting with Celtic at the Parc des Princes.“In training he is great. He is young, and he also needs to go out, but he is still responsible.”Neymar was pictured at a nightclub in the Paris suburbs attending a private concert held by the American rapper Tyga. Earlier he had played 90 minutes in PSG’s 4-1 win over Nantes.The world’s most expensive footballer has suffered a dip in form and there have been concerns about his love of a party, which he documents on his Instagram feed with more than 84 million followers.But PSG’s Spanish coach added: “He has the responsibility to rest up on Sunday. He was back with us yesterday and for tomorrow he will be fine.”Neymar has scored in each of PSG’s four Champions League outings as the French club have taken maximum points and qualified for the last 16 with two games to spare.They top Group B with 17 goals scored and none conceded, and another victory against Celtic — who are already eliminated — could see PSG clinch top spot before they go to Bayern Munich next month.For Emery, that ensures there is no danger of PSG letting their concentration slip despite a crunch Ligue 1 clash with Monaco looming at the weekend.They will head to the principality on Sunday knowing a win will see them move nine points clear of the reigning French champions at the top of the table.“We want to demonstrate that we want to go very far in this competition. We did that when we went there,” added Emery, with reference to PSG’s 5-0 win in Glasgow when the sides met in September. “Celtic are still a good side, with international players who are used to winning, so this will be a difficult game.”– ‘Best of the best’ –Belgian full-back Thomas Meunier could return for Paris but Thiago Motta is out. The veteran midfielder has undergone surgery in the United States to clear up a knee problem.Kylian Mbappe, who scored in Glasgow, will hope to return to the Paris attack after being benched against Nantes with Angel Di Maria preferred to the teenage sensation in that game.Back-to-back defeats to Bayern confirmed that Celtic would go no further in the competition after the group stage, but the Scottish champions are still well placed to pip Anderlecht to a Europa League spot.This match raises the age-old question for the Hoops of how they bridge the gap between their utter dominance domestically and their struggles to compete with the best sides on the continent.Celtic are currently on a British record run of 64 domestic matches unbeaten and could lift more silverware at the weekend when they play Motherwell in the League Cup final.But their last meeting with PSG saw them suffer their biggest ever home defeat in Europe, and they have only ever won twice away in 29 attempts in the Champions League group stage.“If we can’t get a result it’s about taking pride in the performance so that’s something we hope we can achieve here,” manager Brendan Rodgers said.“The players are relaxed but focused. We are playing against a team that is arguably the best of the best. It is a huge challenge for everyone, not just ourselves, so it is a tough ask but for me there’s always optimism.”last_img read more