Ohio State Women’s Basketball Season-Opener Cancelled by CoVID

Ohio State Women’s Basketball was slated to open the 2020 season at home on Wednesday evening with a non-conference game against the Akron Zips, but the game has been cancelled. Here is the official statement from the Ohio State Athletic Department on the cancellation.

The Ohio State University Department of Athletics, in alignment with COVID-19 testing and protocols for non-conference opponents, has canceled the women’s basketball game against the University of Akron scheduled for tomorrow evening at 6 p.m. at the Jerome Schottenstein Center. The decision was made out of an abundance of caution and with the welfare of the student-athletes, coaches and event staff in mind after Akron shared results of its most recent testing. 

The decision does not affect the Ohio State men’s game at 2 p.m. tomorrow against Illinois State.

In a press conference on Monday, Chris Holtmann told media members that the Big Ten’s protocol for non-conference basketball games this year indicates that as little as one positive test from a visiting team would result in a game being cancelled. 

While this change impacts the women’s game and not the men’s game, the conference regulations are the same for both women’s and men’s teams when they schedule non-league games this winter.

The Buckeyes will now open the season on Sunday, Nov. 29 at home against Duquesne in the first ever basketball game played at the Covelli Center. The Covelli Center is Ohio State’s home for men’s and women’s volleyball and wrestling. It opened prior to the beginning of the 2019-2020 academic year.

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FIFA schedules 2020 Club World Cup for February with U20 and U17 Women’s World Cups cancelled

FIFA has confirmed that the Club World Cup, which pits top clubs from across the globe against each other to find an intercontinental champion, will now take place in February as world football’s calendar plays catch-up during the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, two women’s tournaments, the Under-20 and Under-17 World Cups, due to take place next summer have not been so lucky and will instead be cancelled in light of “the numerous obstacles to finalizing the continental qualification tournaments due to the pandemic.”

The men’s Club World Cup traditionally takes place at the end of the calendar year and was won by reigning European champions Liverpool in 2019. However the team that took their Champions League crown, Bayern Munich, are so far one of only two teams to have booked their place in the competition along with Qatari champions and host nation representatives Al-Duhail.

Across the rest of the planet, tournaments such as the Copa Libertadores and CAF Champions League have been significantly delayed and altered due to coronavirus. 

Africa, Asia, North America and South America have not yet crowned their continental champions – Oceania will not after cancelling their Champions League, leaving it up to FIFA to select a representative – but are due to have done so by late January, when the Copa Libertadores final is scheduled to take place in Rio De Janeiro.

That will allow the continental champions to gather between February 1 and 11 in Qatar. This was expected to be the final season in which the competition is staged in its current seven team format before FIFA introduced a new 24 team summer tournament that was to be every four years starting with 2021. No revised timetable has been confirmed for that event.

Meanwhile the U17 and U20 Women’s World Cups have been cancelled in their entirety. Both had previously been postponed from their original dates in 2020 but will now not take place at all.

Hosting rights for the events in 2022 have been given to the nations that were due to host the 2020 events, Costa Rica for the U17 World Cup India for the U20.

“Since the previous decision earlier this year to reschedule both tournaments to early 2021, FIFA has been consulting with all stakeholders – including the host member associations, participating member associations and confederations – to continuously monitor the situation in relation to the pandemic, in particular with regard to any potential impact on the overall welfare and safety of age-group players and participants,” world football’s governing body said in a statement.

“As part of this extensive consultation process and the ‘health and safety first’ approach FIFA has taken, further major concerns in several areas were also raised by stakeholders during this process in relation to the hosting of age-group tournaments scheduled for 2020.

“These concerns included, amongst others, challenges around preparation time for age-group teams, and the numerous obstacles to finalising the continental qualification tournaments due to the pandemic.

“As a result and after careful consideration of the

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Lotto jackpot winner helps bride who cancelled her dream wedding FOUR times

Lotto jackpot winner gives bride who cancelled her dream wedding FOUR times because of Covid a day she’ll never forget by picking her up in his flash Bentley as she finally ties the knot

  • Erika Witheridge-Towers, from Truro, decided to organise wedding in four days
  • 24-year-old thought she had to use her father’s Audi to take her to the venue
  • So was overjoyed when Peter Congdon turned up on the day in his Bentley  

A bride who had to cancel her wedding four times due to Covid enjoyed the day of a lifetime when a generous lottery winner arrived in a top of the range Bentley to take her to the ceremony.

Erika Witheridge-Towers, 24, from Truro, Cornwall, decided to organise her wedding in just four days after becoming fed up with postponements, and thought she would have to settle for her father’s old Audi.

So she was delighted to step out on her wedding day and find £13m Lotto jackpot winner Peter Congdon waiting in his red Bentley Continental Convertible to whisk her to the four-star Alverton Hotel.

Erika Witheridge-Towers, 24, (left) from Truro, Cornwall, was overjoyed when Lotto winner Peter Congdon (in the background) turned up to chauffeur her to her wedding

Erika Witheridge-Towers, 24, (left) from Truro, Cornwall, was overjoyed when Lotto winner Peter Congdon (in the background) turned up to chauffeur her to her wedding

A family friend had heard stories about Mr Congdon’s generosity to decided to contact him to see if he could help with the day.

Ms Witheridge-Towers told the Mirror: ‘I couldn’t believe my eyes when I stepped outside in my wedding dress to see Peter and his Bentley. It was such an incredible moment.

‘We drove to the venue through the centre of Truro with the roof down and people all along the way were stopping to clap and wish me well. Honestly, I felt like Kate Middleton!’

The salon manager had originally planned to wed her 25-year-old fiance, Aaron, in May 2020 but after several changes settled for May next year.

But when Boris Johnson announced that from September 28 the maximum number of guests at a wedding would drop to 15 to 30 she decided she couldn’t wait any longer and booked the event for September 27. 

Mr Congdon, who won £13m in May 2015, said he ‘jumped at the chance’ to help her out.

He said: ‘This year has been a difficult one for so many people, I’m glad I was able to help them celebrate while they could.’

The salon manager had originally planned to wed her 25-year-old fiance, Aaron, in May 2020 but after several changes settled for May next year. They are pictured with Mr Congdon's Bentley after the ceremony on September 27

The salon manager had originally planned to wed her 25-year-old fiance, Aaron, in May 2020 but after several changes settled for May next year. They are pictured with Mr Congdon’s Bentley after the ceremony on September 27 

The 73-year-old has a fleet of cars including three Range Rovers, two BMWs and two Bentleys.

His other generous gestures including driving children from a local estate to their school proms.

Mr Congton is a former local councillor who carried on living in his council house for years after

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Remaining Women’s Six Nations games cancelled, RWC qualifiers postponed

The three remaining matches in the Women’s Six Nations have been called off after tournament organisers took “the difficult decision to cancel”.

Scotland’s games in Italy and Wales will not take place and France v Ireland is also off as European measures to tackle Covid-19 continue.

England had already been confirmed as Grand Slam winners.

Meanwhile, Ireland and Scotland’s qualifiers for next year’s World Cup have been postponed.

Ireland, Scotland, Italy and the winner of the postponed Rugby Europe Women’s Championship are due to feature in the tournament, which was scheduled for three weekends in December.

New dates will be announced “in due course”, said an RWC spokesperson.

Ireland finish the Women’s Six Nations third with three wins from four matches, Italy fourth, Scotland fifth, and Wales bottom.

And Six Nations Rugby chief executive Ben Morel said: “This was an extremely tough decision that was only taken after we had explored every possible option to get these matches played.

“It is especially disappointing that these cancellations come at a time when there is such positive momentum around the women’s game and for the Women’s Six Nations in particular.

“We will now, with our unions, put our focus and energy toward the 2021 Championship.”

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Whanganui High School students’ fashion competition cancelled

Whanganui High School students showing off their designs. From left, Stephanie Waghorn, Haley Bardell, teacher Kirsty Fecteau, Riley Heka and Bianca Ross. Photo / Bevan Conley

After spending the year perfecting their designs, students at Whanganui High School wouldn’t let the cancellation of a prestigious fashion competition stop them showing off their designs.

With the postponement of the annual Hokonui Fashion Awards to next year, students in teacher Kirsty Fecteau’s fashion design class were left all dressed up with nowhere to go.

The group of students, ranging from Year 10 to Year 12, designed and built from scratch their outfits, many of which were upcycled, using recycled materials to form much of the design.

One Year 10 student, Riley Heka, designed an almost fully denim outfit, complete with jeans and square overalls.

“I literally just started ripping jeans and other things all together. Basically instead of buying new items, it’s about buying used materials and making new garments out of that.

“It didn’t turn out completely how I imagined it, but I’m really happy with it.”

Year 12 student Stephanie Waghorn created an entire ball gown, complete with exotic leaves and a pearl-covered base, which took “days” to complete.

“I wanted to do something to do with nature, ivy and make it flowy. The dress is kind of inspired by nature, fairy tales and organic architecture as well.”

The dress was designed for a “formal occasion”, with striking similarities to a wedding dress.

All of the outfits, alongside a portion of bookwork, are marked and go towards the students’ NCEA qualifications. Most of the garments received excellence grades.

Fecteau, who has been teaching the subject for two years, says about 125 students take fashion design as a subject at the school, and she is expecting it to rise next year.

“It’s a fantastic subject to teach.”

Fecteau says she was really inspired by her students’ work.

“They’re amazing. They’ve excelled beyond what I thought they could do.

“They should be really proud.”

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Scottish couple whose wedding was cancelled finally tie knot in McDonald’s

A couple who had to cancel their wedding due to the coronavirus pandemic finally tied the knot – with the McDonald’s meal of a lifetime to celebrate





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Melissa Russell, 27, and Shannon McKenna, 26, had been engaged for six years but had no plans to tie the knot until the coronavirus pandemic made them realise they wanted to get hitched.

They planned to have a marquee in their garden, but restrictions meant that would be difficult, and when they booked a hotel it was cancelled a week later.

McDonald’s worker Melissa spoke to her boss, Kate Walker, about the difficulties they were facing, and was astonished when she pulled out all the stops to give them a dream wedding reception in the fast food restaurant in Motherwell, North Lanarkshire.



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© Melissa Russell and Shannon McKenna at their wedding.


After being married by a humanist celebrant in Chatelherault Country House, in Hamilton, South Lanarkshire, they went to Melissa’s workplace where her colleagues pulled out the stops to give the 18 guests the best McDonald’s meal they had ever had.

Guests had a three course meal with the option of Mozzarella Dippers or Chicken Selects for starters, anything off the menu for a main course, and ice cream sundaes served in crystal glasses, or apple pie and ice cream.

The food was beautifully plated and the brides said it was the best party they could have imagined.

Melissa, who wore a white Grecian-style wedding gown, said: “It was an absolutely fabulous day.

“Kate is such a lovely, helpful person and she went above and beyond, she did so many things we didn’t expect, she got the tables decorated.

“We had a three course meal with cutlery, there was a choice of starters which were served on a bed of salad.

“I think the guests were more excited about having a sit-down meal at McDonald’s.

“My colleagues treated me like a princess, they waited on us hand and foot “It was the best McDonald’s I have ever had.”

Her father, Charlie Russell, 55, is ill which prompted Melissa and Shannon to think about getting the wedding organised.

Charlie was able to walk Melissa down the aisle, to give her away to Shannon, who was wearing a floor length black dress decorated with feathers.

The brides were miffed they could not have a proper first dance, but still had an informal one anyway.

They posed for pictures sharing a chip in the fast food restaurant where Melissa has worked for six years, and were delighted with how things worked out.

Shannon, who works as a dog groomer, said: “It was so out there and different, I really did appreciate everything about it.”

The couple made many of the decorations at home, but were thrilled by how they looked on the big day (Oct 31).

And Kate had organised a piper to entertain guests as they walked from

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Raging Scots bride fumes at wedding venue who told guests big day was cancelled before she could

A frustrated Scots bride-to-be claims her wedding venue told her guests her big day had been cancelled before she got the chance to do so.

Jenna Campbell said she was furious when she found out staff at GG’s Yard in Dumfries and Galloway had emailed several of her friends and family to say her wedding to partner James Paterson, which was due to take place on September 27, was no longer happening and had been rescheduled for February 2021.

The 32-year-old said: “We should have been the ones to tell people.

“Plus we hadn’t even decided on a new date yet. We told them we needed to check with our other vendors before we agreed on it.

“It was so unprofessional for them to go ahead and send an email out.

“We had only just found it was definitely not happening as planned and we had certainly not made any new arrangements.

“I don’t know why they thought they would be the ones to break the news.”

Jenna and James are just one of the many couples whose weddings have been delayed to due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The couple, from East Kilbride, said they also feared they would be left out of pocket after paying the venue almost £9000.

Mum-of-one Jenna said: “At first I didn’t know what we were going to get back.

“They couldn’t give us a definite answer. When lockdown first struck in March I spoke with them about the situation but I was told by the manager that there was a good chance it would still go ahead.



a person standing in front of a mountain: Jenna and James with their son Macaulay


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Jenna and James with their son Macaulay

“They even told me I had to pay another £4000 in April or I would be breaching my contract.”

Dance teacher Jenna said she has been emailing the company back and forth for the last few months and claims she was originally told they were legally entitled to keep 37.2 per cent of the full contractual price of the wedding.

Jenna added: “When I got that email I couldn’t believe it. That would have meant they would have kept thousands of pounds of our money for nothing.

“We would have been devastated. I just felt like the manager showed absolutely no compassion for the situation and handled it so poorly. She wouldn’t even respond to my emails sometimes.

“It wasn’t until I said I was planning on posting what had happened on social media that I heard back.

“I totally understand these are difficult times for everyone right now and the position businesses are in but couples should not be left out of pocket either.”



a dining room table: GG's Yard is a luxury wedding venue in Dumfries and Galloway


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GG’s Yard is a luxury wedding venue in Dumfries and Galloway

Jenna received a call from Duncan McConchie, owner of GG’s Yard on Monday morning and was issued with a refund shortly after.

She added: “He said they would be keeping just under £700 for the work they had put into the wedding so far.

Jenna and

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Victoria Beckham’s despair over Brooklyn’s CANCELLED wedding



Victoria Beckham wearing glasses: Victoria Beckham, Brooklyn Beckham and Nicola Peltz


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Victoria Beckham, Brooklyn Beckham and Nicola Peltz


She’s been busy planning “the wedding of the century”, brainstorming a jaw-dropping list of events that will include two ceremonies, celebrations on either side of the Atlantic, a roll call of A-list guests…and, of course, Elton John as wedding singer. But Victoria Beckham’s hopes of giving eldest son Brooklyn and his fiancée Nicola Peltz the wedding of dreams are looking more and more out of reach, as covid looks likely to derail plans for some time to come. According to insiders, the family have had their hearts set on throwing two massive weddings – one here and one in the States – in summer 2021.


Victoria Beckham


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Victoria Beckham

But with no one knowing what next year will look like, Posh has been advised to either alter her plans and prepare a pared-down do, or else postpone. While the young couple are gutted, it’s mumzilla Victoria who’s really despairing.

“The pandemic is making wedding planning impossible,” says an insider close to the fashion designer, who’s reportedly designing her future daughter-in-law a show-stopping wedding dress.

“The family have their dream venues and plans – it’s a no expenses spared event with a wedding in the US, a wedding in the UK and then a third big party abroad too. But at this point, there’s just no way it won’t be affected by restrictions. Brooklyn and Nicola are worried and trying to decide how to handle it. As far as they’re concerned, they’re happy to do a smaller, intimate ceremony instead, or else wait until the following year, but Victoria is keen to press ahead.”



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