Bath Director of Rugby, Sir Ian McGeechan, commented “Danny is one of the most respected players in the game today, and will remain so even after his retirement. He has reached the highest level a player can, and should be very proud of his lengthy career. His hard work, dedication, and commitment to the game, both on and off the field, serve as a great example to any young player, and I look forward to working with him at Bath in his new capacity.”Head Coach, Steve Meehan, added “Danny has been a pleasure to work with over the last five seasons at Bath as he has always worked hard on improving his game and represents the complete professional. He has always given his all, whether it is during a game, in training or in other activities away from the pitch where he is representing the Club. Those are qualities that every player should have and I have no doubt that he will go on to be as successful in his new role with the Club as he has been throughout his playing career.” Despite calling time on a ten year playing career with Bath, Danny will stay at the Club in a mentoring capacity, focusing particularly on working with the young players coming through our schools and into the Bath Rugby Academy. As a cornerstone of the Club for so long on the playing side, he will play a key role in getting the foundations and culture right for the next generation of Bath Rugby players.Speaking about the decision, Danny said “I have been incredibly lucky to play for such a long time at such a great Club. I have enjoyed every minute of it, and have been very fortunate to have been given the opportunity to stay involved throughout. I’m really looking forward to working with the young players at the Club, and helping them to progress with their careers.” Bath Rugby can confirm that Danny Grewcock will be retiring at the end of this season.The Bath, England and British and Irish Lions legend will call time on a professional career that started in Coventry, and has spanned 15 years.One of the most respected players of the professional game, Danny joined Bath from Saracens in 2001, and the imposing lock has gone on to make 226 appearances in the Blue, Black and White, scoring 12 tries in that time.Formidable in the line-out and at scrum time, Danny made his England debut in 1997. He went on to receive 69 caps in total, and was part of the 2003 Six Nations Grand Slam and World Cup winning squads. He later received an MBE for his part in the World Cup victory.He was also a member of the 2001 and 2005 British and Irish Lions touring sides that played in Australia and New Zealand, and featured in all three tests against the Wallabies. TAGS: Bath Rugby LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS
Leicester City vs. Burnley Venue: King Power Stadium Kick off: 7PMBurnley get their 2020-21 Premier League campaign off to a belated start when they face Leicester City at the King Power Stadium this evening. The Foxes opened their season up with a comfortable victory at West Bromwich Albion, whereas Burnley have been forced to wait to get underway after their opening-day showdown with Manchester United was postponed.Leicester fans would have had reason to be cautious heading into their opening-day clash at West Brom following such a poor end to the 2019-20 season, which ultimately cost them a Champions League spot.However, the Foxes got straight back to winning ways and, while they were forced to wait for the breakthrough, they eventually ran out comfortable winners courtesy of a header from debutant Timothy Castagne and two penalties from Jamie Vardy.Leicester have not won back-to-back Premier League games since New Year’s Day and will see this first home match of the campaign as a good chance to do that and take a big step towards proving that the second half of last season is now behind them.History appears to be in their favour: they have only lost their opening home outing of a top-flight campaign once in the last 13 seasons, and that came 19 years ago. However, they have also only won their opening two games of a Premier League season twice before – most recently in their title-winning campaign – so Brendan Rodgers will know the significance of doing so this time around.Victory would set them up nicely for a difficult week ahead which sees them face Arsenal in the EFL Cup and then Manchester City away in the Premier League, the first major test of whether they can threaten the Champions League places again this season.Burnley will also be hopeful of a repeat of last term as they prepare to get their campaign underway, although the relationship between manager Sean Dyche and chairman Mike Garlick is unlikely to have improved over another quiet summer which has seen the already-small squad further depleted.Dyche appears capable of getting results from this set of players regardless, though, amid uncertainty over his future.Burnley lost just two of their last 16 games in 2019-20 to secure a top-half finish. Indeed, Manchester City is the only home team to beat a visiting Burnley in the league since Chelsea did so on January 11.The Clarets finished the season with 15 league wins – their best tally in the top flight for 45 years – and 15 clean sheets – their best total in 66 years – so they will represent a stiff challenge for Leicester even if they are marginally behind them in terms of match fitness.Dyche’s side have developed a welcome habit of starting well too, winning two and losing none of their last three opening fixtures, and if they can continue that run at the King Power then it would be an early indication that perhaps they are capable of another top-half finish.Burnley were in EFL Cup action on Thursday night as they progressed past Sheffield United via a penalty shootout, but their only outing other than that since the final day of last season was a goalless friendly draw with Preston North End at the beginning of the month.RelatedPosts EPL: Underdogs tackle Leicester City EPL: Newcastle hammer West Ham away Castagne signs Leicester City deal Incidentally, a home victory would give Brendan Rodgers his 100th Premier League win in his 210th game as a manager – Sir Alex Ferguson, Sir Kenny Dalglish and Kevin Keegan are the only British managers to have reached the milestone quicker.Leicester City possible XI: Schmeichel, Castagne, Morgan, Soyuncu, Justin, Ayoze, Tielemans, Ndidi, Maddison, Barnes, Vardy. Burnley possible XI: Pope, Bardsley, Tarkowski, Long, Taylor, Brady, Brownhill, Westwood, McNeil, Wood, Rodriguez.Tags: BurnleyKing Power StadiumLeicester City
The Latest: Auburn football had 34 positive COVID-19 tests The Southeastern Conference allows players to opt out of the season because of COVID-19 and remain on scholarship.Johnson started all 12 games last season, allowing only one sack. His father, David, was hospitalized this summer because of the virus.“I will be forever grateful for my time here at Ole Miss,” Johnson wrote Sunday night on Twitter. “God bless and Hotty Toddy.”___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Auburn football coach Gus Malzahn says his players have had 33 positive tests for COVID-19 this summer. Soccer’s U.S. Open Cup has been canceled this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.The 2020 tournament was suspended in early March shortly before it was supposed to kick off. The final was to be held on either Sept. 22 or 23.Officially called the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, it is the longest-running soccer tournament in the United States and gives amateur teams a chance to take on the pros, setting up the chance for an intriguing Cinderella team to advance far into the tournament. The winner earns a spot in the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football’s Champions League.The U.S. Soccer Federation announced Monday that the Open Cup couldn’t be staged this year because the pandemic affected teams’ ability to travel, limited or eliminated fans at games, and necessitated strict testing protocols.The teams that were invited to participate this year will be invited next year instead. Malzahn says one staff member also tested positive earlier this summer. The Tigers and other Southeastern Conference teams opened preseason camp Monday ahead of a season scheduled to start on Sept. 26.Malzahn says Auburn had no positive tests last week, but four players are still going through the testing protocols. He expects results back by the end of the week.He says the school has administered 863 tests among players, an average of more than seven times each. Staffers have had five tests each.Linebacker Chandler Wooten and backup defensive back Traivon Leonard have opted out playing this season.___ “We are absolutely committed to 2021, to the future of our league and the pursuit of our vision of a bigger, stronger, more global CFL.”Unlike other major leagues in North America, the CFL does not have the luxury of a billion-dollar television contract. While its deal with TSN has become more lucrative over the years, the CFL remains a gate-driven league — a major problem when fans aren’t allowed in the stands.___Mississippi starting center Eli Johnson says he won’t play football this season.Johnson announced on Twitter that he’ll sit out the season and focus on completing his master’s degree in criminal justice in December. Associated Press August 17, 2020 There is no decision yet on how to allocate the CONCACAF Champions League slot that typically goes to the tournament champion.___Kansas State will allow 25% capacity at its football stadium for games this season after getting approval Monday from the county commission. That means a maximum crowd of just under 15,000 fans.The Big 12 Conference is allowing schools to set their own attendance policies based on local jurisdictions.The Riley County Commission reviewed the rest of Kansas State’s return-to-play protocols, too. Fans will be required to wear face coverings where 6 feet of social distancing cannot be maintained. Tailgating will not be permitted in parking lots controlled by the school. There will be no reentry. There also will be hand sanitizing stations and other protective measures. Furman of the Division I Southern Conference is postponing all fall nonconference sports due to the coronavirus pandemic.Athletic director Jason Donnelly said Monday the decision came after last week’s announcement that the league was pushing all its fall conference athletic competition and championships to the spring. Furman plays football in the Championship Subdivision.Donnelly says the school in Greenville, South Carolina, made the decision to protect the health and safety of student-athletes, coaches and staff, and fans.___There will be no fans at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium for NFL and MLS games played in September. The Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United say the coronavirus pandemic forced the decision. The teams say they will continue to collaborate with local and national health officials before deciding on the possibility for fans in games after September.The Falcons will play at least two home games without fans — against Seattle on Sept. 13 and against Chicago on Sept. 27.“The health and safety of our fans is our top priority,” said Steve Cannon, CEO of the Falcons and Atlanta United owner Arthur Blank’s sports and entertainment group. Cannon said the decision was made “after thoughtful consideration and collaboration.”Atlanta United previously announced there would be no fans for three games: Aug. 22 against Nashville SC, Aug. 29 against Orlando City SC and Sept. 2 against Inter Miami CF.___ One plus for fans: With the elimination of tailgating and reentry, the school will allow beer and wine to be purchased in general seating sections for the first time. Alcohol sales had been limited to luxury suites.___The CFL has canceled its 2020 season because of the COVID-19 pandemic. It marks the first year the Grey Cup won’t be presented since 1919.The nine-team league announced the move Monday, dashing hopes of a shortened season in the hub city of Winnipeg, Manitoba. The decision comes after the CFL couldn’t solve a number of issues in an effort to try to salvage a season.“Our league governors decided today it is in the best long-term interests of the CFL to concentrate on the future,” Commissioner Randy Ambrosie said in a statement.