Staples Center arena workers to be paid during coronavirus cancellations

first_img Video: What LeBron James said about Jacob Blake … ‘Black people in America are scared’ Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook and other NBA stars pay tribute to Kobe Bryant The Lakers and Clippers have also told game-night employees that they will continue to compensate them through the NBA hiatus. This includes employees such as team statisticians, announcers and dance teams. Both franchises have asked employees to work from home if possible.On Friday afternoon, Staples Center donated 7,000 pounds of food that would have been wasted because of the lack of events. Donations were made to both The Midnight Mission and the L.A. Mission Men’s Center, both located in downtown Los Angeles.Related Articles On Mamba Night, the Lakers make short work of Blazers to take 3-1 series lead The busiest hub in Los Angeles pro sports won’t host any games for at least the next month. But its employees can expect a paycheck.The Lakers, Clippers, Kings and AEG are finalizing details of a plan that would compensate the hundreds of part-time and contract workers who staff Staples Center’s biggest events. It’s a measure that could help allay concerns that the most vulnerable workers will keep a steady income during NBA, NHL and event shutdowns due to the coronavirus outbreak.Two people with knowledge of the pending arrangement confirmed to Southern California News Group that an announcement was forthcoming. The Lakers, Clippers and Kings are tenants of the building, which is owned by AEG.It’s likely to cover event staff, such as ushers and security personnel who are well known at the arena for their red blazers.center_img For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Photos: Lakers defeat Trail Blazers in Game 4 of first-round playoff series Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Henry makes Ligue 1 return with freefalling Monaco

first_img0Shares0000Thierry Henry returns to Ligue 1 for the first time this weekend © AFP / Valery HACHEPARIS, France, Oct 18 – Thierry Henry returns to Ligue 1 for the first time in 19 years this weekend, tasked with dragging a crisis-hit Monaco away from the relegation zone after a miserable start to the season.The Arsenal great came through the youth system at the principality club in the 1990s, and is now mirroring the start of his playing career with his first job as a head coach, after a two-year spell as assistant to Roberto Martinez with the Belgian national side. The 41-year-old has a difficult job ahead of him, with Monaco occupying the relegation play-off spot and only above the bottom two on goal difference, and he knows that his immediate job is just to arrest the slide.“How do you define success? It’s difficult. At a big European club success is winning the Champions League,” said Henry ahead of his first game in charge at Strasbourg on Saturday.“At other clubs, it’s winning the league or helping players get better.“Long term, it’s really far away when I know the situation we’re in here and what we need to do.”Leonardo Jardim was sacked as Monaco boss last week after a hugely successful spell in charge which saw the club win the French title in 2017 and finish as runners-up to Paris Saint-Germain last season, but the constant changes of playing personnel eventually got the better of him.Monaco have gone 10 matches without a win since beating Nantes on the opening weekend of the Ligue 1 season, including home defeats by Angers and Rennes in recent weeks.Their fans will be desperately hoping that Henry, who scored over 400 goals in a glittering playing career, can coax the best out of under-performing youngsters like Youri Tielemans and Aleksandr Golovin.“For me, a coach is supposed to make people better first and foremost,” 1998 World Cup winner Henry said.“Improving players for me is already a success, but then you have different types of success.”– PSG eye perfect 10 –Mbappe scored four goals in 13 minutes in PSG’s last outing against Lyon © AFP/File / Anne-Christine POUJOULATPSG host Amiens on Saturday eyeing a record-extending 10th straight win to start the season after Kylian Mbappe’s four-goal heroics inspired a 5-0 thrashing of Lyon before the international break.The teenager ran riot at the Parc des Princes that day, saying that he “should have scored more”, and Amiens will be hoping Mbappe, Neymar and Edinson Cavani are distracted by Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Napoli.The French striker has already scored 10 goals in just seven matches for PSG this term, and even featured on the front cover of Time magazine earlier this month.The capital-city giants broke the 82-year-old record held by Olympique Lillois for most consecutive victories at the start of a French top-flight campaign, and coach Thomas Tuchel gave the players who were not on international duty the week off as reward.With the title already all but in the bag, it could be tempting for PSG to take their foot off the pedal and focus on European matters, but the runaway leaders have shown no signs of that so far, netting 32 times.With Lyon and Monaco both out of sorts, Lille have taken the early advantage in the race to qualify for the Champions League — Christophe Galtier’s men sit second, eight points adrift of PSG and three clear of Marseille.Player to watch: Florian ThauvinThauvin was replaced by Thomas Lemar after less than an hour of the friendly draw against Iceland © AFP/File / FRANCK FIFEThe 25-year-old winger has been in red-hot form since the start of last season, and his Marseille side make the short trip to take on Patrick Vieira’s Nice on Sunday. Thauvin, who has scored 44 league goals since returning to France in 2016 after an ill-fated spell at Newcastle, will be looking to make a point after an underwhelming display in France’s friendly draw with Iceland.Ligue 1 fixturesFridayLyon v Nimes (9:45pm)SaturdayParis Saint-Germain v Amiens (6pm), Caen v Guingamp, Dijon v Lille, Nantes v Toulouse, Reims v Angers, Strasbourg v Monaco (9pm)SundayMontpellier v Bordeaux (4pm), Saint-Etienne v Rennes (6pm0), Nice v Marseille (10pm)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more