Sports Digest: Sports suspended in County of Oxford after “yellow” designation

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Sports in Oxford County schools are on hold after the Maine Department of Education on Friday classified the county as “yellow,” meaning there is a high risk of the spread of COVID-19.As part of the Maine Principals Association’s “Return to Competition for Competitive Activities in Maine” announced on September 10, schools in counties designated as yellow or red may not hold athletic training or participate in competitions. interschool.

York County is the only other county in Maine designated as yellow. Schools there have not been able to host practices so far this fall. The Department of Education updates its color-coded school consultation system every two weeks.

Public high schools in Oxford County affected by Friday’s announcement are Buckfield, Dirigo, Mountain Valley, Oxford Hills, Sacopee Valley and Telstar. The Fryeburg Academy, a private Oxford County school, announced Friday that it was suspending all extracurricular activities and athletics.

CYCLING

TOUR DE FRANCE: The yellow jersey of champion Tadej Pogacar was sold for 54,000 dollars on Friday at a charity auction organized by the Slovenian national public radio.

Pogacar’s jersey was bought by a Slovenian businessman. The organizers said the money will be used to support talented young athletes in Slovenia from disadvantaged families.

Pogacar, 22, became the youngest winner in the tour’s 116-year history on Sunday. He finished ahead of another Slovenian, Primoz Roglic. Slovenia, an Alpine nation of 2 million people, is known for its love of nature and its sport.

ROAD WORLDS: US cyclist Chloe Dygert is expected to make a full recovery after undergoing surgery on her left leg following an accident at the road cycling world championships on Thursday in Bologna, Italy.

“I will be back,” Dygert said in a tweet Friday.

Dygert was the favorite to defend her title in the time trial and led for almost half a minute at the intermediate checkpoint before losing control on a descent and crashing into a barrier along the road. Dygert, 23, described his reaction and posted a photo of his injuries, including a severe laceration to his left leg, on Twitter.

She wrote: “I remember thinking if I could get my bike, can I still win? The first thing I remember was asking @JimMiller_time (USA Cycling Sports Performance Manager Jim Miller) if I was done. Then I looked down and saw my leg.

“Thank you for all the good wishes. I’ll be back. ”

CAR RACE

FORMULA ONE: Valtteri Bottas was the fastest in the two test sessions for the Russian Grand Prix on Friday, while Mercedes again seemed to have an untouchable pace.

Bottas clocked the fastest time of the day with 1 minute, 33.519 seconds in the second session in Sochi, Russia, 0.267 ahead of teammate and championship leader Lewis Hamilton. The second fastest was Daniel Ricciardo for Renault, more than a second behind.

Hamilton will continue his 91st Formula 1 victory in Sunday’s race, which would equal the record held by Michael Schumacher. However, Hamilton had a rough start to the race weekend in Russia, when damaged tires and session interruptions left him just 19th fastest in the first session.

Mercedes drivers have won all six races so far in Sochi, with Hamilton claiming four of those victories, including the last two.

FIGURE SKATING

SKATE AMERICA: Skate America next month in Las Vegas will go without fans due to guidelines from the Nevada Gaming Control Board.

The event is the first of six events on the ISU Grand Prix calendar and will take place October 23-25 ​​at the Orleans Arena. For now, the ISU plans to lead all competitions, although it has already canceled the Junior Grand Prix series due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Skate Canada in Ottawa is also part of the series; Cup of China in Chongqing; Internationals of France in Grenoble; Rostelecom Cup in Moscow; and NHK Trophy in Osaka, Japan. The Grand Prix final is scheduled for Beijing in December.

No major ISU figure skating event has taken place since the World Championships in Montreal were canceled in March.

FOOTBALL

CYPRUS: Cyprus is stepping up coronavirus testing for football players and closing small stadium locker rooms following the emergence of large clusters of COVID-19 infections in two top division teams.

Officials from the Ministry of Health and the Cypriot Football Federation have decided to carry out random coronavirus tests on five people from each of the 20 teams from all divisions each week. 7.000 other tests will be carried out on players from all divisions except the first division.

All stadium locker rooms smaller than a certain size will be closed and health officials will begin to inspect all football stadiums and team facilities to ensure sanitary protocols are being followed. Any player who tests positive for COVID-19 is immediately placed in isolation according to existing protocols. Players who test negative within 24 hours of a confirmed case will be allowed to resume training and participate in scheduled matches.

Cypriot clubs Nea Salamina and Ethnikos Achnas recently saw a spike in coronavirus infections.


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