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ANZ Premiership: Round Six preview | Netball News



Coverage starts on Friday at 8am, with the Mystics meeting the Stars live on Sky Sports Main Event and Mix

Last Updated: 16/07/20 11:29am

The Mystics will play back to back matches in Round Six

The Mystics will play back to back matches in Round Six

Round Six of the ANZ Premiership commences with the Mystics facing off against the Stars on Friday, as all teams continue on the road to Invercargill and the Final Series on August 23.

This is the penultimate round which will be played at Auckland’s Netball Centre because all franchises will be returning to home venues for Rounds Eight to Ten.

The Central Pulse are the only outfit to remain unbeaten and this weekend they will meet the team currently occuping second place in the table, the Northern Mystics.

Every match of Round Six, and the ANZ Premiership season, will be shown live on Sky Sports. Repeats will be shown later in the day due to the early morning start times.

ANZ Premiership Netball – Round Six [All live on Sky Sports]

Friday, July 17 Mystics vs Stars 8am (BST)
Saturday, July 18 Pulse vs Mystics 6am (BST)
Sunday, July 19 Pulse vs Tactix 6am (BST)
Sunday, July 19 Steel vs Magic 8am (BST)
Monday, July 20 Steel vs Tactix 8am (BST)

Mystics vs Stars – Friday at 8am (Live on Sky Sports Main Event and Mix)

The Stars go into this encounter off the back of two wins in the space of two days weekend and will enjoy the luxury of having just single-game to focus on in Round Six.

As ever, Maia Wilson was a rock in their shooting end and Oceane Maihi made her presence felt in defence off the bench; a sign that head coach Kiri Wills has options to play with moving forwards.

The Stars and Mystics haven’t met since the middle of March, when Round One took place at the Pulman Arena, so this encounter on Friday is eagerly anticipated, as are the match-ups in both shooting circles.

Pulse vs Mystics – Saturday at 6am (Live on Sky Sports Main Event and Mix)

The defending champions haven't dropped a match so far

The defending champions haven’t dropped a match so far

The Mystics’ second encounter of the weekend is against the only unbeaten side in the competition, the defending champions Central Pulse.

Once again in Round Five the Pulse were pushed hard, however they controlled the key moments and did enough to secure a 40-37 victory over the Steel.

When she’s introduced Tiana Metuarau continues to add greatly to their work and she’ll have good memories of facing the Mystics earlier in the season, having changed the game on that occasion.

The Pulse pride themselves on their fitness and they’ll look to do everything that they can to push the tempo, given that their opponents will be off the back of a 48-minute match the day prior.

Pulse vs Tactix – Sunday at 6am (Live on Sky Sports Mix)

The Tactix and the Pulse will be first onto court on Sunday and both outfits are packed with dynamic and exciting individuals.

The key for their pair will be the fluidity of their connections and in the Pulse’s case, mustering up enough energy to hit their high standards after what will have been a tough encounter on Saturday.

Aliyah Dunn and Ameliaranne Ekenasio testing themselves against Temalisi Fakahokotau and Jane Watson is always a joy to watch, as will be the duel in the middle between Kimiora Poi and Claire Kersten.

Steel vs Magic – Sunday at 8am (Live on Sky Sports Mix)

The shooter will miss the rest of the season due to a knee injury

The shooter will miss the rest of the season due to a knee injury

The Steel’s positive work in Round Five was tainted by the awful injury to Jennifer O’Connell in the final minute of their match against the Pulse.

It has now been confirmed that her season is over. The shooter, like Georgia Heffernan, suffered a horrific knee injury and has ruptured her ACL and torn her MCL.

It leaves the Steel ‘continuing to explore options’ before confirming replacement players in their shooting end. For their second game last weekend, after O’Connell’s injury, they had to play a training partner and Beko league player.

The Magic arrive off the back of their draw with the Tactix and despite sharing the spoils, captain Sam Winders was positive and is enjoying the netball they’re playing.

Steel vs Tactix – Monday at 8am [Live on Sky Sports Main Event and Mix]

The final match of the round will be a greater challenge for both the Steel and the Tactix; the Steel’s attack-end will need to front up against exceptionally dynamic defenders and the Tactix must keep their focus throughout.

Fakahokotau and Watson are an imposing duo and it will be up to Kalifa McCollin to show her international credentials and support those around her in the shooting circle.

The duel between Gina Crampton and Charlotte Elley should be electric and the fitness of both Shannon Saunders and Poi will make for a pacy exchange in mid court.

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Syracuse’s Carrier Dome Turns 40 Years Old, Gets New Look | Sports News




By JOHN KEKIS, AP Sports Writer

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Syracuse University’s Carrier Dome opened 40 years ago with an overflow crowd that set an attendance record that still stands.

Pete Sala remembers when the Dome was just an idea on paper.

It was the late 1970s, he was in high school, and the university had decided to replace aging Archbold Stadium with an indoor facility on the same spot featuring an air-supported roof. Sala’s dad, John, was director of the university’s physical plant, and brought home some of the drawings of the new building.

“I remember conversations at the kitchen table, my dad saying Jim (Boeheim, the basketball coach) was going kicking and screaming,” said Sala, now in charge of the Dome as vice president and chief campus facilities officer. “We had to drag Jim down here, and now look at this place. Who would have imagined that?”

Certainly not Boeheim, who had just become the coach in 1976 and was enjoying great success inside raucous Manley Field House, which seated just under 10,000.

“I remember. I was very skeptical,” Boeheim said. “I had a meeting with (vice chancellor) Cliff Winters. He ran the university. We were winning some 50 games in a row (at home), and I said, ‘Well, I really like where we are.’ And he explained to me, ‘We have this building and we can’t just play six football games in there. We can’t afford it. We’re going to be playing (basketball) in the Dome.’ I said, ‘OK.’ That was the end of that conversation.”

The Teflon-topped structure cost $26.85 million and was named after the Carrier Corporation, which paid $2.75 million for the naming rights in perpetuity, a financial mistake the school is trying to rectify. The first football game in the Carrier Dome was Sept. 20, 1980, and the place was an instant hit. The Orange beat Miami of Ohio 36-24 before 50,564 fans, still the attendance record.

Four decades later, the Dome has a just-completed new roof that’s not supported by air, part of a renovation pegged at $118 million. The project required 4,000 tons of steel and just under 3 acres of fabric for the new roof (the old roof was 6.5 acres), which is designed to hold 7,700 tons of snow.

Also included are a center-hung scoreboard that’s more than 62 feet wide and nearly 20 feet high with four equal sides. The lighting and sound have been enhanced.

The irony of having the Dome named after a company renowned for its air-conditioning products and not having that luxury inside for four decades finally will become an old joke. Air conditioning is part of the renovation.

From early rock concerts featuring U2 and Pink Floyd in a span of days — “I think we rolled well over 100 tractor trailers through the building those two weekends. It was insane,” Sala recalled — the Dome’s impact has been significant. More than 16 million people have attended basketball games.

Since the building opened, the Orange under Boeheim have ranked first or second nationally in attendance in all but five seasons. The formation of the Big East Conference in 1979 and the arrival of the top basketball recruit in the country, Pearl Washington, four years later spurred the success at the gate.

“We thought if we could get 15,000 people in there, it would be great,” Boeheim said. “When Pearl came, we went right to 25,000. Nobody saw that coming. Nobody could ever have envisioned that, that we could average over 20,000 people a game for what, now, 30 years, with (little) parking. Our fans are second to none just because of what they have to do to get to the game.”

The first event in the renovated building is a home football game on Saturday against Georgia Tech on national TV. For Sala, whose crews over the years have kept the building in remarkable condition despite harsh upstate New York winters, it will be a bittersweet moment with no fans because of the coronavirus pandemic.

“Yeah, it bothers me a little bit,” he said. “But we are going to simulate a game atmosphere. I think it’ll allow us to really showcase the place the way we should when we finally do open the doors, which I’m happy about.

“The thing that resonates in my mind is the footprint of the Carrier Dome actually takes up 20,000 less square feet and holds twice as many people as Archbold. That’s kind of a neat fact. It was kind of shoehorned into that location and look what it brought to the community.”

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The Latest: SEC to Use Devices to Aid With Contact Tracing | Sports News




The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:

The Southeastern Conference says it is providing its 14 schools wearable technology for football players intended to aid with COVID-19 contact tracing.

The SafeTags made by Kinexon can be worn like a wristband at team facilities or attached to equipment when used in games or practice. The conference says the devices already are being used by the NFL.

The SafeTags allow medical and athletic training staff to track how close those wearing the devices have been to each other and for how long. Current CDC guidelines, which are being used by the NCAA and Power Five conference schools, say a person who was within 6 feet for at least 15 minutes of a person who has tested positive for the coronavirus is considered to be at risk and must quarantine for 14 days.

Contact tracing and determining what is a high-risk contact is vital for stopping the spread of the virus and one of the most challenging aspects of trying to stage a football season for college programs. Several teams already have had to postpone games because of players being quarantined due to contact tracing.

Atlético Madrid says defender José María Giménez has tested positive for the coronavirus.

The club says Giménez was the only player infected after the squad underwent tests on Monday.

Atlético says Giménez was isolated at home and the club was following all COVID-19 protocols.

Players will practice individually in the team’s next training session. The morning session had already been canceled because the club had not received all test results in time.

Atlético will make its Spanish league debut on Sunday against Granada at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.

The British government has put on hold plans to allow the phased return of spectators into sporting venues in England from Oct. 1 because of a rise in coronavirus cases.

Pilot test events have been held across sports venues with capacity restricted at 1,000. The government hoped stadiums would be allowed to welcome more fans from the start of next month.

Senior medical officers have recommended Britain’s COVID-19 alert level be moved from three to four, meaning transmission is “high or rising exponentially,” and one below lockdown.

Conservative lawmaker Michael Gove says the government will “pause” the plan of a phased return of spectators because “we need to be cautious at the moment.”

Five players have been withdrawn from the European Masters snooker tournament as a result of positive tests for the coronavirus.

Daniel Wells and Gary Wilson were positive after arriving at the venue in Milton Keynes, England. Three players who came into contact with either of the pair — Elliot Slessor, David Lilley and Michael White — were also withdrawn from the event.

All five must self-isolate.

All players and officials have been tested at snooker events since the sport resumed in June with spectators after the coronavirus outbreak. The European Masters is the first ranking event of the season.

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Sky Sports News forced to come off air after fire alarm sees presenters evacuate with Sky News also affected




SKY Sports News came off air on Monday night after presenters had to evacuate the studios for a fire alarm.

Sister channel Sky News was also interrupted with live TV host Anna Botting forced to cut short her interview with politcal correspondent Jon Craig.

The Sky Sports studio was left empty when a fire alarm saw staff evacuate


The Sky Sports studio was left empty when a fire alarm saw staff evacuate

The evacuation of the studios in Osterley, London, took place at around 11.15pm.

A post put out on the Sky Sports News Twitter account read: “We apologise for the loss of service on Sky Sports News.

“We’ve had an emergency evacuation of our studio and will restore our programming as soon as possible.”

The loss of service prompted some tongue-in-cheek responses from viewers.

One wrote on Twitter: “I just cancelled my subscription, I’m taking my bags to BT sport, at least they don’t have any technical issues.”

And talkSPORT producer Rufus Gordon cheekily tweeted: “Give
@talkSPORT a listen in the meantime”, before adding a link to the station.

Channels that were covering live news were forced to put out pre-recorded transmission while the issue was dealt with.

Sky News journalist James Moyse tweeted: “Coverage of #SkyNews interrupted as @annabotting says that a #fire alarm has gone off in the building that controls programming.

“Studios in #Osterley are new, with regular fire alarm checks – so hopefully nothing too serious.

“Finger crossed all colleagues are safe!”

It is not known what caused the alarms to sound at the site in West London.

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