Thailand out of badminton showpiece as Ratchanok leads coronavirus withdrawals

Elwanda Tulloch

Thailand have withdrawn from badminton’s Thomas and Uber Cups after former world champion Ratchanok Intanon and other players pulled out over coronavirus fears, an official and her coach said.

Taiwan — the team of women’s world number one Tai Tzu-ying — and Australia are also skipping the tournaments, which will be played in a bio-secure ‘bubble’ in Denmark in October, the Badminton World Federation said.

The twice-postponed Thomas and Uber Cups, the men’s and women’s world team championships, will be the first international tournaments since the pandemic brought badminton to a halt in March.

Thailand had blamed its withdrawal on “special circumstances related to Covid-19 in addition to injuries to key players”, the BWF said in a statement.

Badminton Association of Thailand president Patama Leeswadtrakul said separately that the decision was triggered by the withdrawal of several players.

“Despite Denmark’s strict measures and procedures applied to players… it’s understandable for

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France retain Triathlon Mixed Relay World title in Hamburg

Elwanda Tulloch

France retained its title at the International Triathlon Union (ITU) 2020 Triathlon Mixed Relay Championships after a neck-and-neck final leg with the United States and Britain.

Dorian Coninx anchored home the quartet of Leonie Periault, Leo Bergere and Cassandre Beaugrand to finish top of a field of 19 teams in a time of 1 hour 18min 25sec.

The US were just eight seconds behind as they won silver while Britain ended the race 34 seconds behind the winners.

Britain’s Georgia Taylor-Brown showed the gulf in talent after the first leg, finishing 13 seconds ahead of a pack of chasers a day after her World Championship win in the women’s individual race.

In that group were the US, Belgium, Denmark, France, Norway and the Czech Republic with Brazil and The Netherlands close behind.

Barclay Izzard had the task of keeping Britain in front, but was caught on the swimming leg with

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Picking the best WSU basketball players of the 2010s

Elwanda Tulloch

Who are the best men’s basketball players in Wichita State history?

How about the best players from their respective eras? Instead of trying to rank all of the standout players spread across different eras, The Eagle examined players from the same era to select an all-decade team for each decade in the modern era of Shockers basketball.

Starting with the 1950s, we picked the best starting lineup — trying to adhere to a traditional lineup of two guards, two forwards and a center — complete with a bench of five players and a head coach.

You can view the previous all-decade teams here: 1950s and 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, and 1990s and 2000s.

The 2010s all-decade team

Fred VanVleet

6-0 guard (2012-16)

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Who else besides Steady Freddy? Before he became an NBA champion, he put together one of the greatest four-year careers in Wichita State history. VanVleet is

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Lack of Covid-19 testing in Football League concerns Newcastle boss Steve Bruce

Elwanda Tulloch

Steve Bruce has admitted his concern at the withdrawal of mandatory coronavirus testing for Football League clubs ahead of Newcastle’s Carabao Cup third round trip to Morecambe.

The Magpies, like all Premier League sides, have been operating in a bubble since their return in pre-season.

However after Sunday’s league clash with Brighton, will start preparations for their visit to Sky Bet League Two Morecambe with other top flight clubs having reportedly offered to pay for tests for their opponents following the relaxation of restrictions in the lower divisions.

Bruce, who was speaking on Friday hours after tougher rules were reintroduced in large parts of the north east, said: “Of course it’s a concern.

“It’s a concern for the whole of the north east at the moment. We always seem to get it tough up here, don’t we, more than anybody else? It’s something that the whole of the north east,

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Sports World React to Passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Elwanda Tulloch

Ruth Bader Ginsburg sitting on a stage in front of a curtain

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Friday evening, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away at age 87, following a battle with pancreatic cancer. Ginsburg had served on the Supreme Court since 1993.

Megan Rapinoe is among those in the sports world that have paid their condolences on social media to RBG:

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