Emmanuel Mutai and Mary Keitany completed a Kenyan double as they won the men’s and women’s races at the London Marathon on Sunday.Mutai raced to a London record of two hours four minutes and 39 seconds, while Keitany won in 2:19.19, the fourth fastest women’s marathon ever.In the men’s race Martin Lel sprinted to second place ahead of Patrick Makau as Kenyans filled the top three spots.Russian defending champion Liliya Shobukhova was the women’s runner-up.Mutai told BBC Sport: “My dreams have come true, the day has come for me. My aim was just to win the race, I was not focusing on the time.“I’m happy with the result, since I came to run in London, I was fourth twice and second once. It’s a fantastic achievement for me personally.” The 26-year-old beat the previous London Marathon record time by 30 seconds and recorded the fifth fastest time in history.Ethopian Aberu Kebede, last year’s winner of the men’s race, could only manage ninth.Lee Merrien was Britain’s highest placed athlete, coming in 14th in a time of 2:14.27, one place ahead of Andrew Lemoncello, who could not improve on last year’s eighth-placed finish as he struggled in the later stages.None of the British men were able to achieve the Olympic qualifying time of two hours and 12 minutes set by UK Athletics head coach Charles van Commenee.Keitany, running only her second marathon, controlled the latter part of the women’s race and the 29-year-old won by nearly a minute from Shobukhova. The Russian world number one was a strong favourite to retain her London Marathon title and led from the beginning, but Keitany pulled ahead of the pack at mile 15 and increased her pace all the way to the line.“I am happy because I won the race. I decided to go at my own pace at 21k. I think I surprised myself as I was with last year’s winner [Shobukhova],” said Keitany.“I was scared at first but as we continued to move I believed in myself.”Fellow Kenyan athlete Edna Kiplagat, 31, finished third on her London marathon debut.Great Britain’s Jo Pavey came through in a time of 2:28.24, the seventh fastest time by a British female athlete and inside the British Olympic and World Championship qualifying time. Team-mate Louise Damen, the second British athlete across the line, was also inside both qualifying times in 2:30.00.Pavey told BBC Sport: “The first half felt quite slow but the second half was awful really. I enjoyed it and I know I’ve got a lot to learn.“From here I need to think about longer sustained runs, I know what I’ve got to do and I need to go away and do them. All in all I’m very pleased.”The 37-year-old from Devon is yet to decide whether she will run at the World Championships in Daegu this summer. The team is selected on Monday.“I was so focused on today and not thinking about whether to run the World Championships or an autumn marathon,” she said. “I might have to make some decisions in the next 24 hours.”BBC pundit Brendan Foster said: “She’s run really well, I don’t think she’s in the best form ever, but I’m sure this now means Jo Pavey will firmly concentrate on the Olympic Games.”Damen told BBC Sport: “The crowd were phenomenal they carried me through the last few metres. I don’t think you can ever prepare enough for this event. It’s a massive learning curve for me. From here, I’d like to work on my shorter distances and get some speed back.”Britain’s Mara Yamauchi, who missed the race because of a hamstring injury, told BBC Sport: “In terms of the British girls, both got the World’s qualifying times, so that’s amazing.“If they do decide to run in the World’s I think they’ll do terrific. This was definitely the best race I’ve ever seen, the depth in the field is really sensational.” Keitany’s commanding performance will interest Britain’s world marathon record holder Paula Radcliffe, who is yet to begin her season after taking time out to give birth to her second child.Radcliffe aims to return to competition on 15 May for the 10k Great Manchester Run, which will mark the beginning of her 2012 Olympic preparations.On a mild day in the capital, over 35,000 registered runners took to London’s streets to raise money for charity.The line-up included former Olympic rowing gold medalists Sir Matthew Pinsent and James Cracknell, while ex-400m runners Iwan Thomas and Jamie Baulch also went head-to-head.Thomas joked before the race: “If I go under four hours I’ll buy myself a Harley-Davidson tomorrow.” The 37-year-old finished in 4:24.52. Source: BBC
At the root of that sacrifice are an estimated thousands of NBA employees, including players, coaches and staffers, who could be spending more than three months on the campus in Florida with heavily regulated access to the outside world. Nominally, players have the freedom to leave whenever they want, but the quarantine restrictions to return to the campus all but exclude the possibility of leaving the area. Family access will also be limited, with most family arriving midway through the playoffs after a mandated quarantine period.NBPA president and Oklahoma City guard Chris Paul said the union has tried to keep in communication with its members about concerns over the restart, which have come to the fore as some players such as the Lakers’ Avery Bradley have bowed out. But amid many factors that could roll against the NBA, the players are simply trying to follow instructions while bracing for the unknown.“It takes time, right?” he said. “We never pictured ourselves playing in a situation like this, and I almost think from the day after the league kind of shut down and stopped, we didn’t know.”Silver acknowledged that there is a point where proliferation of COVID within the closed campus could force the NBA to scrap its plan to restart in Orlando, but that the threshold had not yet “been precisely designed.”Florida reported nearly 9,000 new cases as of Friday, by far a single-day record for the state, and while the NBA personnel within the bubble might be more protected from COVID-19 through the protocols, they would still be reliant on Disney service staffers who live in the surrounding area currently experiencing a surge. Silver said the league is working with Disney to offer regular testing to a small subset of employees who would be more likely to be in contact with NBA players and staffers.The positive cases the league has caught by now are of less concern than cases that make it inside the campus. While players such as Denver’s Nikola Jokic, Milwaukee’s Malcolm Brogdon, and Sacramento’s Buddy Hield were among the confirmed cases, Silver said none of the 16 have shown serious symptoms yet, and they anticipate recovery by the time teams report to Orlando the week of July 7.The league also announced an intention to take a more active role in social justice issues championed by many of its players. Within its own ranks, Silver acknowledged that the NBA needs to do a better job of hiring Black workers in all sections of its business side, and that the league’s board of governors have already met on the subject.Related Articles Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed The NBA’s commitment to social justice had been a lingering question for a group of players who wanted to see more from the league’s governors, who include some of the wealthiest people in the world. While hard details were scant as of Friday, both sides expressed optimism that they are headed in the right direction.“There’s been great conversation,” Roberts said. “And we are continuing the conversation such that the players are working really hard to make sure that what we do in Orlando beyond the floor as the best basketball players on earth, is in fact, to engage in setting the conversation, solution finding, and this family is one that sometimes has to sit down and have a conversation.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersIn a conference call with media, commissioner Adam Silver acknowledged that the NBA’s plan was “far from perfect,” but that the meticulously thought-out protocols outlined in a 113-page health memo should give the NBA a chance to finish its season and potentially recoup hundreds of millions of dollars left on its broadcasting deals.Silver offered his vision of the league as an important unifier in a country stricken hard by the global pandemic and also reckoning with social and race issues, of which the NBA’s players have been eager participants. While ceding that the NBA’s plan was not risk-free and that he was concerned by a spike in COVID case growth, Silver said he believed that “we can’t outrun the virus and that this is what we’re going to be living with for the foreseeable future” as the plans continue to march forward.The NBA’s campus at the Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando next month will follow rigorously designed guidelines suggested by medical experts to reduce risk: a single campus with no fans; mandatory mask wearing except while playing; daily testing and contact tracing to root out COVID cases and isolate affected players and staff.Silver and other high-level NBA officials anticipate that even in conditions that will likely be safer than the outside world, the restart will be an unprecedented challenge.“It’s far from an ideal way to finish our season,” Silver said. “And it will require tremendous sacrifice from all involved.” Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years The morning began with an admission: The NBA acknowledged 16 of 302 players had positive COVID-19 tests this week, none of whom have yet exhibited serious symptoms.While even one case is a cause for concern, NBPA executive director Michele Roberts said, she couldn’t help but feel a bit of relief that there weren’t more — the league had braced for the possibility of an even higher ratio as it prepares for its July 30 restart at Disney World in Florida.“I’ve been holding my breath for the last few weeks, and maybe I should be less enthusiastic or optimistic,” Roberts said. “If nothing else, it’s told me that the great majority of our players have been doing exactly what they should have been doing, which is keeping safe.”Amid the looming cloud of COVID cases spiking in Florida and around the country, the NBA’s chief stakeholders held onto the silver lining as they advanced their plan to end the league’s hiatus in place since March 11. 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In Bosnian Podrinje Canton Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sports, contracts with sports club that achieved the right to be financed in this year have been signed, reports FENA.Before the adoption of the Plan of Allocation of funds for financing sports clubs, the competent ministry has went through all legal procedures for allocation of these funds, after which the government of BPK adopted the final plan of allocation and has approved the signing of the contract on overall value of 283 090 BAM.As some clubs did not fulfil the needed criteria to be financed from the budget in this year, competent minister Dževad Adžem said that the competent ministry, in attempt to support the work of large number of sports club has allocated a certain amount from reserve funds for the support of other sports clubs.It is primarily the athletic club ’Goražde’ which will participate in the organisation of the upcoming cantonal athletic competition of pupils of primary and high schools, and the plan of the Ministry is to support the work of Handball club ‘Radnički’.‘We will open another round of negotiations with representatives of all sports clubs. Some stances we might redefine and bring new decisions, but the intention of the Ministry in the next year will be ‘sports to schools’ and more significant investment in primary and high schools and competition, and of course, we’ll help clubs as well’, said Adžem.He noted that from a very small cantonal budget, a significant amount of money is being allocated for the support of sports club and sports in general in this canton.Financing from the budget will encompass 23 clubs from the area of Bosnian Podrinje Canton.