first_imgThis large ferry will be capable of carrying 1610 passengers, and will have space for 450 cars or 617 lane metres for trucks plus 257 cars. It will have an operating service speed of close to 37 knots. The technology group Wärtsilä has won an order to provide propulsion solutions for a new 115 metres long high-speed ferry. The Wärtsilä equipment will be delivered to the yard commencing in July 2021, and the ferry is scheduled for delivery in the first quarter of 2022. Image credit Wartsila Wärtsilä will also supply its ProTouch bridge controls system as part of the contract, secured in May this year. “This combination of the Wärtsilä 31 engine and WXJ waterjets is unique for fast ferries, delivering exceptional fuel efficiency, reliability, quality and performance. This is an exciting project, and we are honoured to have been selected to provide the level of propulsion demanded,” says Stefan Nysjö, Marine Power Solutions, Wärtsilä Marine. The vessel is being built by Austal at the Australian shipbuilder’s yard in the Philippines for Danish operator Molslinjen. It will operate on the Molslinjen Bornholm route between Ystad and Rønne in Denmark. It will feature four Wärtsilä 31 engines, recognised by Guinness World Records as being the world’s most efficient 4-stroke diesel engine, and four high-performance Wärtsilä WXJ1500SRI waterjets. This is the first time the WXJ waterjets and the Wärtsilä 31 engine have been used in combination for a fast ferry, the company said. “It will be, by volume, the largest ferry ever built in our shipyards, and it will offer a powerful, yet economical and environmentally-friendly solution,” says Wayne Murray, President Austal Philippines.last_img read more

first_imgStuff 9 July 2010The first question I’d like to ask Labour list MP Steve Chadwick is: “Why now?” What’s convinced her that the time is right to reopen the abortion debate? What ill-omened denizen of the current political environment has told her that this is the moment to introduce a members bill permitting abortion-on-demand up to the 24th week of pregnancy?I would really, really like to know who it was. Because, try as I may, I’m finding it really difficult to make the cost/benefit analysis come out in Ms Chadwick’s, her party’s, or even her gender’s favour.Her decision might, of course, be driven entirely by ideological considerations – by an unwavering conviction that every woman has an incontestable right to do whatever she pleases with, and to, her own body. That would make a sort of sense – providing, of course, she’s willing to accept the consequences of making ideology the battleground upon which this issue is decided. What’s sauce for the ideological goose must also be sauce for the ideological gander.Clearly, Ms Chadwick’s proposed bill has got me perplexed. I simply cannot see what difference – in practical terms – changing the present legislation would make.According to statistics supplied by the Abortion Supervisory Committee, there were 18,382 abortions carried out in New Zealand in 2007. That’s 12,437 more than in 1980 – barely two years after the Contraception, Sterilisation and Abortion Act came into force on April 1, 1978. read more

first_imgSipalay is known for its white-sandbeaches and crystal-clear waters, attracting both foreign and local touristsseeking a tranquil getaway. Its kite festival, an award-winning tourism event,is one of the biggest in Western Visayas. The 8th Burangoy Tourism Kite Festivalhas been moved from March 26 to 31 to April although the final dates have yetto be announced. Lizares cited the Department of Healthadvisory issued by Secretary Francisco Duque III which strongly urged thepublic to avoid attending, participating and organizing events that draw a hugenumber of attendees. However, the events were rescheduledtogether with the 23rd Babaylan Festival on March 8 to 14. “The Sipalay City Governmentunderstands that the 19th Charter Anniversary and the 8th Burangoy Tourism KiteFestival draws a large audience and sees this as a risk in contractingCOVID-19,” the executive order said. “The Sipalay City Culture and ArtsCouncil has recommended to prioritize the safety of Sipalaynons,” it added. BACOLOD City – The  City of Sipalay in southern Negros Occidentalcanceled big events and mass gatherings for its 19th Charter Anniversary onMarch 26 to 31 due to the threat of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-2019). In the north, Sagay City canceled itsannual Sinigayan Festival slated from March 14 to 19 also due to the Covid-19threat. (PNA) Mayor Gina Montilla-Lizares issued anexecutive order dated March 5 cancelling four events during the charteranniversary and the postponement of the 8th Burangoy Tourism Kite Festival to“ensure the safety of Sipalaynons and guests.” Suspended events included the 10thBarongoy Fishtival, opening ceremony, “Banda Diri, Banda Didto” drum and lyrecompetition, and all sports events and competitions such as boxing,skimboarding, volleyball, beach volleyball, and motocross. Although the celebration willcontinue, the city government has opted to hold fewer events and focus onsmaller gatherings. The City of Bago initially canceledits 54th Charter Anniversary celebration set from Feb. 11 to 19. Last month, Sipalay’s neighboring townHinoba-an, the southernmost town of Negros Occidental, suspended barangayfiestas, cockfights, and other public events in February and March due to theCOVID-19 scare.last_img read more

first_imgWITH 2019 almost near its end, Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) will be honouring its top performers of the year, when the annual Awards Ceremony gets underway tonight.In keeping with yearly customs and traditions, the GCB recognises all its players, administrators, stakeholders, media, sponsors and clubs who have been among the top-performers throughout the calendar year of 2019.The ceremony has been transformed over the years as a number of new awards and accolades were introduced to the event. The number of awardees has also increased as the GCB over recent years has gone to great lengths to properly recognise its players.Last year was no different, as a number of medals both group and individual, were presented to members of the fraternity. Wicketkeeper Anthony Bramble, who has been a key man for Guyana in 4-Day cricket over the years, emerged as the Senior Regional Cricketer-of-the-Year.His fellow countryman, Berbice and Guyana Youth all-rounder Kevin Sinclair was named Junior Cricketer-of-the-Year. Ryan Hercules, Essequibo and Jaguars Academy coach, was adjudged Coach-of-the-Year while Albert Das won Curator-of-the-Year for his outstanding work on the local grounds last year.This year’s event could see a number of new faces being placed into the spotlight as a number of players, including Romario Shepherd, Ashmead Nedd, Kevlon Anderson, Shabika Gajnabi to name a few, have made huge steps both regionally and internationally this year.Also, Rose Hall Town, Albion, Demerara Cricket Club (DCC) and others will be front-runners for Clubs-of-the-Year, following their great respective runs this year.CWI vice-president Dr Kishore Shallow is expected to deliver the feature address at this evening’s ceremony, which gets underway at the Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC) pavilion from 19:00hrs.last_img read more

first_imgWhile James White started strong for the Badgers, star tailback Montee Ball finished stronger, gaining 93 yards and scoring two touchdowns in the fourth quarter.[/media-credit]For the ninth season in a row, Paul Bunyan’s Axe will call Madison, Wis., home.Wisconsin (6-2, 3-1 Big Ten) leaned on the combined 341 rushing yards and five touchdowns of standout tailbacks Montee Ball and James White to run past border rival Minnesota (4-3, 0-3) 38-13 at Camp Randall Saturday afternoon.Just a week removed from hanging the second-highest offensive output in school history on Purdue, Wisconsin’s offensive line again dominated the trenches Saturday, buoying the team to 337 yards on the ground behind Ball’s 166 yards and White’s 175 yards.“We’re taking little steps,” redshirt junior center Travis Frederick said. “The offensive line is playing a lot better, and everybody’s playing a lot better … and finally that’s starting to break things open for the running backs. They’re doing as great a job as they’ve ever been. To have a 1-2 punch like that and Melvin (Gordon) in there, it’s phenomenal for us.”In the 122nd installment of college football’s longest-played rivalry, the Badgers used a not-so-historic formation to bring a bit of spice on offense.Using what Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema called in his postgame press conference the “barge” formation, the Badgers used a package that featured White at quarterback with Ball in the backfield. The formation also utilized the team’s strength, size and depth on the offensive line with seven offensive linemen and two tight ends on the line of scrimmage.“It was something [White] did in high school at St. Thomas Aquinas (in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.),” Bielema said. “At Wisconsin, we have a lot of big people and that got quite a few of them out there. We cut all the pretty guys out, no wide receivers, no quarterbacks and we didn’t even put our fullback out there.”The formation led to UW’s first score, as White scampered for a 14-yard touchdown run two plays after a 42-yard completion from quarterback Joel Stave to wide receiver Jared Abbrederis.“It’s pretty cool,” White said. “It’s something I did in high school, so it’s not something that’s too new to me. It’s just another way to get me the ball and I just try to take advantage of it.”It was an offensive wrinkle Minnesota was entirely unprepared for.“When you haven’t seen [the package] on film or anything like that and they put five guys on one side and three on the other, that’s a good move on their part,” Minnesota head coach Jerry Kill said. “You get all those big guys on one side, and you get shifted over there and take care of that side, then they come back to the other side.”But Minnesota answered quickly. In a surprising late-week move, the Gophers removed freshman Philip Nelson’s redshirt to replace the struggling Max Shortell at quarterback. The young Nelson showed poise, leading his team on a seven-play, 65-yard drive capped by a 16-yard connection to wide receiver Brandon Green, bringing the score to 6-7 after the Gophers missed the extra point try.Nelson finished the day with 149 passing yards, 68 rushing yards and two touchdowns. But Badgers’ cornerback Devin Smith and linebacker Ethan Armstrong each recorded interceptions in the second half during which the team turned into 10 points.“We heard rumors last night he was going to start and we haven’t seen any film on him and know from what was presented he was a talented player,” Wisconsin linebacker Chris Borland said. “He ran well … he was pretty composed for a freshman. He didn’t make too many mistakes, his two interceptions were good plays by our guys.”But the efforts of Ball and White were just too much for Minnesota to combat. While Ball struggled out of the gates in the first half – just 39 yards on 10 carries – White was electric, rushing for 98 yards and two touchdowns on seven carries.But Ball, a 2011 Heisman finalist, could not be contained for four quarters.After Minnesota brought the score to 24-13 on a 14-yard pass from Nelson to A.J. Barker at the end of the third quarter, something clicked for Ball as he churned out touchdown runs of 14 and 44 yards in the first six minutes of the fourth quarter.“When [White] starts playing really, really well, it kind of sets a fire into me,” Ball said. “I told him I better get going and vice-versa, which is the healthy competition that we have. It betters the offense.”Ball’s 93 fourth quarter yards seemed to come all too easily for the Badgers as the offensive line wore down the Gophers’ front seven with 54 running plays throughout the game, compared to just 15 passing plays.It was the ninth straight time the Badgers have beaten the Gophers, tying the longest winning streak in the series’ history.“It’s an awesome feeling,” linebacker Mike Taylor said. “Growing up in the state of Wisconsin, that’s what you watch, the Badgers versus the Gophers, Paul Bunyan’s Axe. We get up for this one, us Wisconsin kids, that’s why we come to Wisconsin.”-Of Note: The game was the 21st consecutive home win for UW, the second-longest active streak behind LSU. The Badgers have scored at least 31 points against Minnesota in each of the last 13 games (dating back to 2000). White had the second-best rushing performance of his career, and his 175 yards on 15 carries gave him 100-plus yards for the second-consecutive game. With two touchdowns Saturday, Ball is only five touchdowns away from breaking the NCAA career touchdowns mark. Bielema has never lost to Minnesota in his career as head coach (7-0).Follow Nick on Twitterlast_img read more

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin softball team (27-5, 4-2 Big Ten) team swept the Penn State Nittany Lions (17-7, 2-4) in their second Big Ten series of the season.The first game of the series came Friday with Wisconsin pitcher Kaitlyn Menz in the circle.The scoring began with a Taylor Johnson three-run home run in the third inning. Johnson bats a .402 — an average that would lead most teams but leaves the Badgers in third — demonstrating just how consistent this Badger offense has been over the past couple of games.Softball: Badgers put on pitching clinic in home opener, prevail over Northern IowaThe University of Wisconsin Softball team swept Northern Iowa Tuesday in their home opener following stellar pitching and an overpowering Read…Wisconsin took a 3–0 lead in the third, only to extend that margin into the fourth.The Badgers scored eight runs in the fourth inning thanks to RBI base hits from Kelly Welsh, Kayla Konwent and Lauren Foster, a Johnson walk to bring in a run and a Stephanie Lombardo double to bring in three runs.Wisconsin went on to add two more in the fifth inning and run-rule Penn State in five innings with a final score of 13–0.Menz pitched 3.1 innings of the shutout, only allowing one hit and three strikeouts.Saturday’s game provided less offense with Haley Hestekin in the circle.Hestekin — coming off a near flawless performance against Northern Iowa — suffered the first Penn State run of the series on a Chelsea Bisi home run in the first inning.After the opening mistake, Hestekin gave a dominant performance with five strikeouts, only allowing three hits and two earned runs.Konwent drove the Badger offense, who leads the team in batting average at .490 and smashed her tenth home run of the season in the third inning of Saturday’s game.Wisconsin went on to win 3–2.In the series finale, it was more Wisconsin offense early on.Softball: Badgers start Big Ten play with hopes of finishing atop conferenceThe No. 23 University of Wisconsin Softball team is off to one of their best starts in program history after Read…The Badgers scored nine runs in the first inning, capitalizing on some Penn State weaknesses. The four opening Badger runs all came off of Penn State mistakes.An error by the Nittany Lion catcher, two sacrifice bunts without recording an out and a walk allowed the Badgers to score first.Konwent, Johnson and Foster scored the remaining runs as the Badgers were able to give Menz plenty of room to work with from the circle.Konwent later went on to crush her 11th home run of the season and Wisconsin cruised to an easy 12–3 victory to clinch the series sweep over the Nittany Lions.Because of her performance, Konwent was later named Big Ten Co-Player of the week. She had six runs, 12 hits and eight RBIs over a dominant weekend stretch.Wisconsin will be back in action this weekend versus Iowa at Goodman Diamond. Friday’s game starts at 5 p.m. and can be viewed on BTN+ or follow live stats at read more

first_imgJunior starting pitcher Solomon Bates had a great performance in a deciding game 3 against Washington State. Photo by Emily Smith | Daily TrojanSchool may be over, but the USC baseball team is still hard at work, having won two out of three games against Washington State this past weekend. April was a challenging month for USC, as the team went 6-10 and earned just one series victory (against Arizona State). The struggling Trojans looked poised for yet another season of losses. But recently the team has reversed its course, catching fire in the month of May. Two weeks ago, USC defeated Cal twice in a row to secure its third conference series of 2018. The Trojans followed up by defeating Washington State last Friday and Sunday, giving the team its first consecutive series wins of the 2018 campaign. Now, USC is back at .500 with a chance to notch its first winning record in three years. The keys to USC’s small-scale “resurgence” have been solid hitting and capitalizing with runners in scoring position — the latter being an area the team has struggled in all season (the team is ninth in the Pac-12 in runs batted in). In their two wins over now-29-19 Golden Bears, the Trojans converted 27 hits into 20 runs scored. Even when USC dropped a game 6-2, it still managed to record 10 hits against Cal, proving the team’s ability to notch hits against tough competition. USC carried over its hot-hitting streak into this weekend’s series against Washington State. On Friday, the Trojans defeated the Cougars 8-6, anchored by a three-hit, three-RBI performance from redshirt junior designated hitter Stephen Dubb. The Trojans would go on to lose to Washington State 8-4 on Saturday, preventing a much-needed sweep of the 15-27-1 Cougars. USC once again turned in a solid day at the plate, with 11 hits from nine different players. But pitching woes haunted USC early on, as junior starter Quenten Longrie (4-5) gave up 6 earned runs in the first three innings. USC’s batting order was unable to close the gap. A 4-run surge in the eighth and ninth innings proved to be insufficient, forcing a series-deciding game on Sunday afternoon. USC got out to an early advantage on Sunday thanks to location trouble from Cougars junior starting pitcher Parker McFadden. He walked four batters in the second inning alone, giving up 2 runs on walks with the bases loaded. McFadden was quickly replaced by sophomore reliever AJ Block. In the fourth inning, USC exploded with 4 runs including one off of a double by junior outfielder Lars Nootbaar. Nootbaar displayed his best hitting performance of the season, with a season-high four hits in five at-bats. “It was good to see [Nootbaar] get four hits,” said USC head coach Dan Hubbs in a video posted on the team’s Twitter page. The Trojans compounded their early lead with 3 runs in the final two innings, finishing off the series with a 9-3 victory. Junior starting pitcher Solomon Bates handled the Cougars’ batting order with aplomb. He pitched seven innings, gave up just 2 runs (on two home runs) and struck out seven batters. “Any time we get seven strong innings, you know we have a good shot,” said Nootbaar of Bates performance. “[Bates] did his job today and offensively we took care of business.” Later this week, USC will stay home for a series against No. 4 Oregon State. The 38-8-1 Beavers are coming off of a series loss to No. 2 Stanford.last_img read more

first_imgFormer Arsenal and Portsmouth player, Paul Merson says Harry Redknapp is a better tactician than Arsene Wenger.Merson featured prominently under the former Portsmouth manager, playing the best kind of football in the latter stages of his career.The 52-year-old pundit spent 12 years at Arsenal before being sold to relegated Middleborough in Arsene Wenger’s first season as manager of the North London club.He joined Pompey in 2002 and helped the Fratton Park club gain promotion to the Premier League after racking up 98 points under Redknapp in 2002-03 and was named in the First Division’s Team of the Year.“One hundred per cent, best man-manager I’ve ever worked under, by a million miles,” Merson told Sky Sports of Redknapp.“As a man-manager knowing what you want or what you need, you could tell him what you need, he wouldn’t tell you what you needed. I think that was a massive thing with him.“The thing with Harry, people think, ‘Oh, he’s a wheeler-dealer’… his knowledge of football is second to none.“I honestly think he’s tactically better than Arsene Wenger, in my opinion. I worked under both.“Tactically, if I know a manager who wants to set up, make sure we don’t lose a game and stop the other team playing… for me, Harry is the man.“He’s with George Graham, that sort of [level]. Arsene Wenger, he had some unbelievable players.“When you’ve got Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp, [Robert] Pires, [Patrick] Vieira, [Emmanuel] Petit, [Marc] Overmars and [Freddie] Ljungberg… if I’m the manager of Arsenal, I’m opening the football match up!“I want the game to expand, to go end-to-end because if it does, there’s only one winner. That’s Arsenal because of the players I just reeled off.“But when you’ve got a manager who hasn’t got that quality of player and you’ve got to set up, that’s why I think Harry is a phenomenal manager.“He put a team together, he pulled players into certain positions and it clicked. I played in a phenomenal football team.”Portsmouth’s promotion campaign was the only league title Redknapp won in his career, though he also lifted cups with Pompey, West Ham and Bournemouth, and was named Premier League Manager of the Season in 2009-10.Portsmouth’s promotion campaign was the only league title Redknapp won in his career, though he also lifted cups with Pompey, West Ham and Bournemouth, and was named Premier League Manager of the Season in 2009-10.last_img read more

first_imgThe Warriors have struggled with injuries as they make a run to defend their title in the NBA Finals, but there is a bit of good news for Golden State.Klay Thompson, who has been dealing with a strained hamstring, is expected to play in Game 4 after sitting out Wednesday’s 123-109 loss, coach Steve Kerr confirmed Thursday. However, Kevin Durant (strained calf) will continue to be sidelined for Friday’s game in Oakland. Draymond Green shrugs off Warriors’ Game 3 loss to Raptors: There are ‘fun times ahead’ NBA Finals 2019: 3 takeaways from the Raptors’ Game 3 road win over the Warriors “Hopefully he’ll be out there Friday.”- Steve Kerr gives an update on Klay Thompson#NBAFinals— NBA TV (@NBATV) June 6, 2019Kerr says Durant hasn’t experienced any setback; his calf just isn’t game-ready. “The hope would be that he could still make it back for the end of this series,” Kerr told reporters (via ESPN).center_img The Warriors coach confirmed Thursday that Durant would participate in 3-on-3 scrimmages later in the day and that he has been progressing well through his workouts. The star forward hasn’t played since straining his calf in Game 5 of Golden State’s second-round series against the Rockets.Kerr on KD: The training staff says he’s not ready to play. The Warriors were hopeful KD would participate in some scrimmages later today — Kerr says he’s not ready for that yet.— Nick Friedell (@NickFriedell) June 6, 2019″We probably won’t practice, practice as a team, (Thursday),” Kerr said late Wednesday. “It will be a film session and a walk-through. So if possible, we’ll get (Durant) together with some of our young guys, maybe a few of our coaches, and try to get him out on the floor. That would be the next step.”With Wednesday’s loss, the Warriors fell behind 2-1 in the series. Game 4 is set for Friday at 9 p.m. ET (ABC) at Oracle Arena. Steve Kerr says the Warriors expect Klay Thompson to play in Game 4. Kerr says Kevin Durant will not play in Game 4.— Nick Friedell (@NickFriedell) June 6, 2019Thompson was considered a game-time decision for Game 3. He initially suffered the injury early in the fourth quarter of Game 2 after he landed awkwardly while attempting a 3-pointer. The Warriors went on to win that matchup 109-104, evening the series at 1-1.”The whole point was to not risk a bigger injury that would keep him out of the rest of the series,” coach Steve Kerr told reporters after Wednesday’s loss. “So that was the decision we made, and I feel very comfortable with it. … So the good thing is, Klay has done well the last two days; now he has a couple more days to heal, and hopefully he’ll be out there on Friday.” Related Newslast_img read more

first_imgThat doesn’t mean we won’t miss them.MORE: List of athletes, sports figures who tested positive for COVID-19But because we at Sporting News write about sports, and because they sometimes take on a tribalistic nature, we wanted to find out exactly which sport we’ll miss the most. More accurately, you did — via SN’s social poll. And, since we’d normally be in the middle of 2020 NCAA Tournament, it only made sense to do this tournament-style.Because of the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, SN decided to limit events that either take place or start in June. So the 2020 Summer Olympics, which were set to start in late July but will be postponed, weren’t a part of our bracket.With that, let’s take a look at the regions, seeding for which was determined by SN’s panel of experts:Madness RegionalMarch Madness (canceled)Kentucky Derby (postponed until September)NFL OTAs/minicamps (postponed)XFL (canceled)Rundown: There’s no doubt March Madness takes the No. 1 overall seed in this tournament. This is the first time since the NCAA Tournament began in 1939 that it has been canceled, leaving a massive hole in the American sports conscience in its wake. But you can’t discount the popularity of the Kentucky Derby, which serves as the first leg of the Triple Crown and is as much a social event as a sporting one. It will take on the indefinitely postponed NFL OTAs and minicamps. While they’re not “events” per se, they provide fans a glimpse at new additions, such as Tom Brady with the Buccaneers or Darius Slay with the Eagles. The XFL rounds out the Madness region after it canceled its inaugural season with plenty of intrigue remaining in 2020.Swing Away RegionalThe Masters (postponed)Stanley Cup playoffs (suspended)College World Series (canceled)Major League Soccer (suspended 30 days)Rundown: A tradition unlike any other takes the No. 2 overall seed, but finds itself in much the same boat as every other sporting event. We’ll just have to wait to eat our pimento cheese sandwiches in Augusta. The 2-seed Stanley Cup playoffs have added intrigue, considering several ideas have been floated as to how the NHL’s postseason will take place with a truncated season. It will take on 3-seed College World Series, which has produced three-game championship series in five of the last six seasons in Omaha. MLS rounds out the “Swing Away” region as a regionally based underdog — but there’s no denying interest has increased in recent years.Nice Weather Preferred RegionalMLB Opening Day (suspended)NASCAR (postponed)French Open (postponed)College football spring games (canceled/suspended)Rundown: MLB’s is a long season, but its Opening Day is so prevalent in the U.S. sports lexicon that it claimed SN’s third No. 1 seed. The MLB opener will face off against canceled/suspended college football spring games, which are more interesting to fans of individual teams than sports fans in general. This region also introduces a compelling first-round matchup in NASCAR vs. the French Open. The former has suspended its usual operations, pivoting to iRacing in the meantime. The French Open, the second major of the ATP tennis tour, has been postponed till September. Spain’s Rafael Nadal has won the event each of the last three seasons.Euro Step RegionalNBA playoffs (postponed)Champions League (postponed)UEFA Euro 2020 (postponed till 2021)Boxing (multiple bouts postponed, canceled)Rundown: The NBA playoffs claim SN’s final No. 1 seed with a postseason that remains, at best, in the air. The NBA is hoping for a return to play in mid-to-late June, which is normally when the playoffs would be going strong. The playoffs will take on boxing, which has seen several bouts large and small postponed or outright canceled. Rounding out the first-round matchups is the 2020 Champions League vs. Euro 2020. The Champions League is particularly interesting, considering it was midway through the Round of 16 when COVID-19 forced its postponement. But Euro 2020 is a strong contender considering it’s played once every four years and won’t be played till 2021. We’ll get to see what fans are more loyal to: Their individual club, or the nation’s team.MISSING MARCH MADNESS: Playing out full schedule, scores for 2020 NCAA TournamentRound 1(Review voting recaps here).Madness RegionalMatchupWinner(1) March Madness vs. (4) XFLMarch Madness (92.9 percent)(2) Kentucky Derby vs. (3) NFL OTAsKentucky Derby (68.6 percent)Rundown: Football took a big loss in the first round of our bracket, particularly in the Madness Regional. It was too much to expect the rebooted XFL to take on the March Madness institution — the top overall seed won 92.9 percent of the vote, the highest total of any of our eight first-round matchups. The Derby was similarly dominant, winning in a runaway against NFL OTAs.Swing Away RegionalMatchupWinner(1) The Masters vs. (4) Major League SoccerThe Masters (83.6 percent)(2) Stanley Cup playoffs vs. (3) College World SeriesStanley Cup playoffs (61.9 percent)Rundown: Another case where national events beat down on sports with more niche audiences. There’s a reason the Masters is known as a tradition unlike any other, and it stands to reason MLS — which has neither the following nor the standing of its European counterparts — just couldn’t stand up to it. It also makes sense that the Stanley Cup playoffs, which features 16 of the NHL’s 31 teams, would draw more national attention than the College World Series, which fields just eight.Nice Weather Preferred RegionalMatchupWinner(1) MLB Opening Day vs. (4) College football spring gamesOpening Day (85.1 percent)(2) NASCAR vs. (3) French OpenFrench Open (59.6 percent)Rundown: And we have our first — and only — upset of the first round. The French Open upended NASCAR in what was the most closely contested matchup of the first round. NASCAR still has 34 events — not all of which are created equal — left on its Sprint Cup schedule through early November. Compared to the two-week frenzy that takes place at the Stade Roland-Garros in Paris, it’s understandable the French Open won. No surprise in the 1-4 matchup either: There was no way college football spring games were going to upend an event people regularly skip work and school to attend.Euro Step RegionalMatchupWinner(1) NBA playoffs vs. (4) BoxingNBA playoffs (89.5 percent)(2) Champions League vs. (3) Euro 2020Champions League (66.2 percent)Rundown: The first round of the Euro Step Regional might have produced a favorite to win our missed sports bracket: The NBA playoffs demolished boxing, winning by the second-highest first-round percentage (89.5) and garnering the most votes (230). The starpower behind players such as LeBron James, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Kawhi Leonhard — plus the potential return of Kevin Durant — is going to be difficult to overcome. But if any event can do it, it might be the Champions League, which represents the best of European football and claims a global viewership that dwarfs any other in sports.MORE: 15 things we miss most about baseball, rankedRegional finals(Review voting recaps here).Madness RegionalMatchupWinner(1) March Madness vs. (2) Kentucky DerbyMarch Madness (97.2 percent)Rundown: For the second straight round, March Madness came away with the highest voting percentage of any sporting event — 97.2, an increase of roughly four percentage points from its Round 1 win over XFL play. The NCAA Tournament is building momentum heading into what could be the most hotly contested matchup of our bracket.Swing Away RegionalMatchupWinner(1) The Masters vs. (2) Stanley Cup playoffsThe Masters (58.5 percent)Rundown: This was the most closely contested second-round matchup, but it was a tough ask for the Stanley Cup playoffs to upend the Masters, considering there’s still a good chance they’ll take place after if/when the NHL season resumes. But by the time golf’s most prestigious events takes place, it will have been a year-and-a-half since it was last played. What would a fall Masters look like, anyway?Nice Weather Preferred RegionalMatchupWinner(1) MLB Opening Day vs. (3) French OpenOpening Day (88.5 percent)Rundown: The more accessible MLB Opening Day scored a resounding win over the Paris-based major, earning the most votes in the regional finals. But there’s something to be said for the French Open scoring the only upset of the tournament so far — it’s the closest we’ll get to a Cinderella. With Opening Day and the NBA playoffs winning the “Nice Weather Preferred” and “Euro Step” regionals, respectively, we’re guaranteed an all-American final four.Euro Step RegionalMatchupWinner(1) NBA playoffs vs. (2) Champions LeagueNBA playoffs (75 percent)Rundown: So much for the Champions League’s global staying power — it couldn’t get enough help from its European constituency to even keep this close. What looked like it could be a captivating second-round contest turned into a rout, and we have to wonder at this point whether the NBA playoffs were underseeded. Regardless, that sets up an interesting all-basketball semifinal.SemifinalsWednesday, March 25(Review voting recaps here).MatchupWinner(1) March Madness vs. (4) NBA playoffsMarch Madness (86.4 percent)Rundown: The NBA playoffs after two rounds looked like a strong contender to challenge March Madness before getting blown out of the water by its amateur counterpart. There’s no denying the NBA’s baseline talent, level of play and starpower are all superior to college basketball, but its postseason structure and top-heavy teams allow for allow for fewer upsets. Did anyone think it would be anyone other than the Lakers or Clippers in the West or the Bucks in the East? Compare that to March Madness — built as it is off upsets, Cinderella runs and general chaos — and it’s no surprise the NCAA Tournament continued its dominant run into the final.Thursday, March 26(Review voting recaps here).MatchupWinner(2) The Masters vs. (3) MLB Opening DayMLB Opening Day (58.5 percent)Rundown: Opening Day became just the second lower seed to win in our canceled sports bracket, and it’s easy to see why: Our poll ran the same day MLB was supposed to start its 2020 season. Baseball fans are clearly in withdrawal, but it also shows how important Opening Day is in the American sports lexicon. The Masters is a tradition unlike any other, but baseball is Americana. That leaves only one, final matchup to see what the most-missed sporting event will be: FinalFriday, March 27(Review voting recaps here).MatchupWinner(1) March Madness vs. (3) MLB Opening DayMarch Madness (57.9 percent)Rundown: And there you have it — the month of March really does belong to college basketball. With this win, the NCAA Tournament outlasted the XFL and such American institutions as the Kentucky Derby, NBA playoffs and, now, Opening Day. Even fans who don’t consistently follow the sport can appreciate the Madness that is March, from filling out brackets to basking in upsets as the season culminates in one of the best postseason formats in organized sports. MLB Opening Day was able to knock out college football spring games, the French Open and the Masters, but not even America’s Pastime could outdo the universality of the NCAA Tournament.With that, we have our winner. The event we will mist most in this world without sports: March Madness. So, this is a world without sports.Myriad events have rightfully been canceled or postponed over recent weeks as several leagues chose to prioritize the safety of players, coaches and fans amid coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns. It’s a hard truth, but sporting events must take a back seat to public health.last_img read more