The Cyprus Football Association (CFA) is still trying to sort out details of a deal that Turkish Cypriot football clubs reportedly unanimously in Zurich that could see the reunification of football on the island.Forty-two clubs approved the deal, with the chairman of the Turkish Cypriot association saying it was only the beginning, the Cyprus Mail said. “There is a long way to go,” Hasan Sertoglu said.But CFA officials said they weren’t sure that the Turkish Cypriots had approved the deal, further adding to the confusion. Turkish clubs playing on the side of the island unlawfully occupied by Turkey since a 1974 invasion want to have the right to play elsewhere and get European recognition.It was suggested that instead of approving the deal, the Turkish Cypriot clubs authorized Sertoglu to try and change the provisions of the agreement. Reports said the CFA will not agree to any amendments.The landmark agreement would see the Cyprus Turkish FA become a member of the CFA as an association in accordance with CFA rules.The CFA will continue being a member of FIFA and UEFA. It will also remain the governing body responsible for organizing, servicing and administering football in Cyprus as well as any international football activities in the country.Both parties agreed on the setting up of a steering committee to work towards implementing the agreement, the Mail said.TweetPinShare0 Shares
BOSTON (AP) — LeBron James is tired. The young Boston Celtics seem to be getting stronger.Rookie Jayson Tatum scored 24 points — his ninth 20-point game of the postseason — and Boston beat Cleveland 96-83 on Wednesday night to take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference finals.The Celtics held James to two fourth-quarter points, earning their 10th straight victory in Boston to remain perfect at home this postseason and move within one win of their first trip to the NBA Finals since 2010.“I just enjoy playing in the big moments, in the big games. That’s when I have the most fun,” said Tatum, who needs one more 20-point game to tie Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s rookie record of 10 in a postseason.“I can’t say it enough: We’re one win away from being in the finals,” Tatum said. “The playoffs bring the best out of people.”Game 6 is in Cleveland on Friday night, with the decisive seventh game back in Boston on Sunday if necessary. The home team has won every game so far in the series, and none has been closer than nine points.“We’re looking forward to having an opportunity to force a Game 7,” said James, who had 26 points and 10 rebounds but also had six turnovers. “It’s up to us to see if we can come back here for one more.”Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart (36) celebrates near the end Game 5 against the Boston Celtics in the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals Wednesday, May 23, 2018, in Boston. The Celtics won 96-83. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)Al Horford had 15 points and 12 rebounds, and 21-year-old Jaylen Brown had 17 points for Boston. Tatum added seven rebounds, four assists and four steals one day after finishing a single vote shy of a unanimous selection to the NBA’s All-Rookie team.“The sky’s the limit” for Tatum , Brown said. “He’s going to continue to get better. He’s my workout partner. I expect it in myself and I expect it in him.”Kevin Love scored 14 points for the Cavaliers, who are trying to reach the finals for the fourth consecutive season. James has played to the end in seven straight seasons.To extend that streak, he’ll need to win two in a row.One of them will be in Boston.“Our focus — LeBron’s focus — is to win,” Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue said. “That’s the only thing that matters.”The Celtics opened a double-digit lead in the first quarter and nursed it the rest of the way, holding on through a four-minute scoring drought that saw Cleveland score nine straight points to cut the deficit to 83-71. But Terry Rozier hit Horford with an alley-oop to snap the skid, and that was as close as the Cavs would get.Reserves Marcus Morris and Marcus Smart each scored 13.FADING STARJames had one basket on four shots in the fourth quarter, and afterward conceded that he was worn down. He finished 1 for 6 from 3-point range in the game; the Cavaliers made just 9 of 34 attempts from beyond the arc and shot just 42 percent overall.Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) puts his jersey on as he watches from the bench area near the end of Game 5 of the team’s NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals against the Boston Celtics, Wednesday, May 23, 2018, in Boston. The Celtics won 96-83. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)“I had my moments, but I think everybody at this point is tired, worn down whatever the case may be,” he said. “I was still trying to make plays, put our team in position to win.”GOONING IT UPBoston went on a 15-3 run in the first quarter to turn a three-point deficit into a nine-point lead. The Celtics scored nine in a row at the end of the first quarter and into the second to take a 36-19 lead, their biggest of the game.That’s when the Cavaliers fought back .After a hard defensive play by Morris sent Larry Nance Jr. into the first row of seats, Morris appeared to wander over and say something. Nance to jump up and body checked him; Morris responded with a one-handed shove to the face.Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) goes to the basket over Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) during the fourth quarter of Game 5 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals Wednesday, May 23, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)Aron Baynes and Brown came in to break it up, and Terry Rozier put a body on Nance. After a review, the referees called technicals on Rozier, Nance and Morris. Kyle Korver made the foul shot to make it 36-20 and Cleveland went on a 9-0 run to cut the deficit to eight points, 36-28.But Morris made a long 3-pointer to stop the scoring drought, and soon hit another to cap an 8-2 run that made it a double-digit lead.Smart said the Celtics wanted to more aggressive at home.“At their place, they were the aggressor,” he said. “That showed and they came up with the victory. We just wanted to be that team tonight.”TIP-INSTeams that win Game 5 to take a 3-2 lead in a best-of-seven series win 83 percent of the time. … James had 16 points, four rebounds and three assists at the half. Tatum had 13 points, and Horford had 10 points and seven boards at the break. … Baynes made his first start of the series, subbing for Morris. … It took until midway through the third quarter for a Cavs starter other than James or Love to make a basket. J.R. Smith sank a floater to make it 63-50, and George Hill followed with a jumper of his own. … The Celtics were 10-0 in the playoffs at home in 1986. … Horford had his 7th double-double of the postseason, matching a career high he set in 2015.—By JIMMY GOLEN , AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shares
OUTER COVE, N.L. – Residents of a small eastern Newfoundland town are breathing a little easier after the rotting remains of a massive humpback whale were finally removed from their shoreline.John Kennedy, mayor of Logy Bay-Middle Cove-Outer Cove, said Thursday that equipment lifted the whale’s floppy carcass from the water and into a waiting dump truck that took it to a landfill in Sunnyside for disposal.“I am very pleased that this is finally over,” he said in an email. “The whale was removed last night around 8 p.m. following a 12-hour operation to net it and remove it from the water.”Kennedy said the dead whale washed in on May 22 and had been hemmed in near the shore of Outer Cove by a slab of ice, preventing it from floating back out to sea and fouling the air around the picturesque cove.Kennedy said the 20,000-pound animal is estimated to have died a month before its unwelcome arrival in his town. Spectators flocked to see the approximately six-week-old decomposing humpback, with one person putting his dog on the carcass for a photo.A local lab conducted recent testing on the beach in the area, and found no harmful pathogens outside the norm.Federal Fisheries Department boats helped in the removal of the large whale, which Kennedy said earlier had been stalled by bureaucratic red tape. Kennedy complained that it had taken days of wrangling to arrange for the disposal of the partially submerged corpse.Federal agencies resisted taking responsibility for the bloated mess, he said, adding that the town of 20,000 people doesn’t have to resources to get rid of the remains on its own.The carcass had washed over the beach, giving it an oily sheen, Kennedy said earlier, forcing him to consider declaring a state of emergency due to health concerns.