Tokyo Olympics: IOC’s Bach ‘very confident’ fans will attend Games

first_imgJapan’s Tokyo 2020 chief executive Toshiro Muto said earlier this year they wanted to avoid the possibility of having no spectators at all at the Games, adding it was possible events might be held with a “limited” audience, while the number of staff and delegates from each country could also be reduced. – Advertisement –last_img

Pele improving, leaves intensive care, still in hospital

first_imgThe hospital said Pele was in a “good condition” in terms of blood pressure and the respiratory system, and continues to receive antibiotics intravenously.Pele has had only one kidney since his playing days, when one was removed after complications from a rib broken while playing. The hospital did not say when Pele could leave the hospital although his son, former player Edinho, said it could happen by the end of the week. He was hospitalised on November 24 after being diagnosed with a urinary tract infection that stemmed from a surgery to remove kidney stones. Recent tests have shown no signs of the infection.center_img Pele has been taken off intensive care as his condition continues to improve after the three-time World Cup winner was transferred to the hospital five days ago for kidney support treatment.The 74-year-old is now under “semi-intensive” care, the Albert Einstein Hospital said in a statement.”Pele is getting better,” he was “lucid, eating well” and has been “walking around” the room, the hospital added.last_img read more

Chiefs vs. Chargers odds, prediction, betting trends for ‘Monday Night Football’

first_imgLos Angeles just needs a win to stay in the wild card race at this point, because a 9-7 finish won’t cut it to make the tournament for a second consecutive season.Here’s everything to know about betting on Chiefs vs. Chargers in Week 11, including updated odds, trends and our expert’s prediction for “Monday Night Football.”MORE: Get the latest NFL odds & betting advice at Sportsbook ReviewChiefs vs. Chargers odds for ‘Monday Night Football’Spread:  Chiefs by 5Point total:  53.5Odds:   Chiefs -103, Chargers -107The Chiefs opened as 3.5-point favorites, but there was too much action on their side despite them losing to the Titans last week. The Chargers are coming off a road prime-time loss to the Raiders two Thursday nights ago.Chiefs vs. Chargers all-time seriesThe Chiefs hold a slim lead over their long-time rivals, 61-56-1. They lost the previous meeting at home last December, but they had won nine consecutive games in the series before that. The last home win for the Chargers in the series came in December 2013.Three trends to know— 62 percent of spread bettors like the Chiefs to win by a touchdown or more, but moneyline bettors are split 50-50 on the teams.— Only 52 percent of over/under betters like the point total to go over the high number.— The Chiefs are 5-5 against the spread this season. The total has gone over in 7 of their 10 games. The total has gone under in 7 of the Chargers’ 10 games.Three things to watchPatrick Mahomes healthyMahomes did all he could do to help the Chiefs beat the Titans, throwing for 446 yards and 3 TDs in his first game back from his knee injury. But the Chiefs’ run and end-game defense was terrible, leading to the last-gasp loss. He will need to be on point against a Chargers’ team whose strength is the edge pass rush and cornerback.Melvin and AustinThe Chiefs cannot stop the run. They also can’t cover backs in the passing game. Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler have been the lifeblood of the Chargers’ offense since the offensive coordinator change to Shane Steichen. The Chargers need to execute an excellent, effective ball-control game plan with Philip Rivers struggling.Andy vs. AnthonyAndy Reid and Anthony Lynn have struggled to put together winning game plans consistently this year after their Chiefs and Chargers both went 12-4 last season. This game will likely come down to which team finishes with the better offensive play-calling in the fourth quarter. Stat that mattersAzteca Stadium, the venue for the game, sits at an altitude of 7,200 feet. The teams are used to playing in Denver, which sits a Mile High above sea level at 5,280 feet. That should favor the team with better conditioning, better athletes and better depth, which overall is the Chiefs.Chiefs vs. Chargers predictionThe Chargers can make things interesting with their rushing offense and pass defense which lead to a ball-control attack that also limits the big plays for Mahomes and his receivers when he’s on the field. But it’s hard to trust Rivers in a big game against a team with an underrated pass rush and secondary. The Chiefs finish a few more drives in grinding fashion and win the turnover battle to win the game.Chiefs 34, Chargers 27 When the Chiefs (6-4) face the Chargers (4-6) in an AFC West matchup in Mexico City on ” Monday Night Football ” (8:15 p.m. ET, ESPN) to close the Week 11 NFL schedule, there are major playoff implications for both teams. With a win, Kansas City would stay a half-game ahead of Indianapolis for the conference’s No. 3 playoff seed behind New England and Baltimore. With a loss, Kansas City drops down to No. 8, with Oakland taking the division lead and Houston holding the last wild card because of a head-to-head tiebreaker.last_img read more

Neighbors’ dispute ends in death

first_imgVAL VERDE – Three woman stood Wednesday alongside a narrow road praying the rosary in Spanish, their eyes fixed on the large blood stain on the asphalt. When they were finished, they splashed holy water from a gallon plastic jug onto the spots that had trickled down the street. The death the night before of Hermilo Talamante, 34, marked the second fatal shooting in rural Val Verde in less than a week. “It’s sad, it’s so sad,” Prescilla de la Rosa said in Spanish, her granddaughter Jessica Garibay serving as interpreter. Talamante was the boyfriend of Garibay’s mother. Talamante and Clarence Pullum were neighbors on Arlington Street, and had been involved in a long-running dispute regarding family members, Sgt. Martin Rodriguez said. Talamante, who has two young daughters, was the second person shot to death in less than a week in quiet Val Verde, tucked in the hills northwest of Santa Clarita. Violent crime is rare in this hamlet, a diverse mix of races and income levels. Tiny bungalows sit on narrow roads next to two-story suburban-style homes, a sign of the evolution Val Verde, once a resort for blacks, has made over the decades. At 3:30 a.m. Saturday, a 25-year-old man was killed in a home-invasion robbery. Two masked men armed with guns broke into the unidentified victim’s Lexington Avenue home and ordered him and his roommate to the ground. The roommate struggled and got a gun away from one of the intruders, but the second victim was shot to death. Carrillo said the two cases are unrelated and not a cause for alarm. “I’ve worked homicide 24 1/2 years of my 36 years with the department and that’s the second time I’ve been in Val Verde,” he said. (661) 257-5251160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The shooting happened about 8 p.m. Tuesday after the two were involved in a fistfight, and both went home to retrieve handguns. Talamante was shot in the lower torso and pronounced dead a short time later at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital. Pullum, 38, was interviewed and released, and the case initially was deemed to be self-defense. However, it is still under investigation and will be reviewed by the District Attorney’s Office, sheriff’s Lt. Gil Carrillo said. “The alleged suspect has been released,” Carrillo said. “We believe the case at this point in time is one of … a man in defense of his life.” last_img read more