The sub-six pack

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US convention season set to begin, with (virtual) spotlight on Biden

first_imgAs Democrats on Monday open an unprecedented virtual convention, the party’s disparate factions are projecting a united front behind Joe Biden, brought together by their common determination to oust Donald Trump in November’s election.”It is absolutely imperative that Donald Trump be defeated,” Bernie Sanders, a former Biden rival and a keynote speaker on the event’s opening night, said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.” Adding to the drama, the four-day convention — originally planned for the Midwestern city of Milwaukee but forced online by the COVID-19 pandemic — takes place amid a furor over Trump’s efforts to limit mail-in voting.The president, insisting without proof that mail-in voting fosters fraud, has threatened to block extra funding that Democrats say is urgently needed to allow the US Postal Service to process millions of ballots.In normal election years, nominating conventions are a raucous scene, attended by tens of thousands of party faithful and designed to inspire the party’s base and lure independents and the undecided.Democrats had picked Milwaukee for its location in the important swing state of Wisconsin. The city had spent millions in preparation. But planners have been struggling to find virtual replacements for the usual roaring applause, circus-like atmosphere and balloon drops.Viewers are expected to be treated to live feeds from several Democratic “watch parties,” some even live-streamed from drive-in theaters or featuring erstwhile Biden rivals like Senator Amy Klobuchar.The experimental format will allow speakers to address American voters unfiltered — largely shorn of the usual overwrought stagecraft and screaming delegates.Or, some fear, it could make for a more boring show.Biden enters the convention with significant but tightening poll leads over Trump and amid signs that his history-making pick of Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate — the first woman of color on a major party’s presidential ticket — is widely popular among Democrats.Harris, a former prosecutor and the daughter of Indian and Jamaican immigrants, has been promoted by Biden as the “American Dream” incarnate. At 55, she brings relatively youthful energy to bolster the 77-year-old Biden.Democrats hope keynote speakers across four evenings will draw viewers to the prime-time slot that networks have committed to airing.Monday’s top speakers will be Sanders, a leader of the party’s progressive wing, and widely admired former first lady Michelle Obama. Tuesday will see former president Bill Clinton and Jill Biden, the nominee’s wife.On Wednesday, former president Barack Obama will speak, and Harris will have her moment in the spotlight before the convention culminates Thursday when Biden formally accepts the Democratic nomination and delivers his acceptance speech — via videolink from his home state of Delaware.”If I’m elected president, I will always choose to unite rather than divide. I’ll take responsibility instead of blaming others,” Biden tweeted Sunday.The convention has been overshadowed by a coronavirus pandemic that has now killed 170,019 Americans.Another event that threatens to steal the show is a last-minute Trump campaign tour.The incumbent president kicks off his cross-country tour Monday in the battleground states of Wisconsin and Minnesota and ends on Thursday, the biggest moment in Biden’s political life, with a speech next to Scranton, Pennsylvania — the blue collar town where Biden grew up and which he still refers to as his spiritual home.With the nation’s economy shedding millions of jobs, Biden will tout his $700 billion “Build Back Better” plan to invest in new technologies and create some five million jobs, an aggressive challenge to Trump.In a move to soothe raw feelings over a rough Democratic primary season, progressives were given considerable voice in drafting the platform.And in a nod to inclusivity, former Ohio governor John Kasich — a moderate Republican — has been given a speaking spot Monday.What remains a mystery is how Americans will react to the most unconventional of political conventions.”I think it will inspire people,” Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez told MSNBC Sunday, highlighting the “ordinary Americans” who will also take the virtual stage — including a frontline paramedic in Florida — and present a contrast to Trump’s divisive politics.”This is not simply a convention for Democrats. This is a convention for everyone who craves human decency, who craves competence,” Perez added.Judging by history, Democrats will get at least a slight bounce from the convention — and Republicans can expect the same after their virtual event, beginning next Monday.But whether history is an accurate guide is unclear.”We really don’t know whether this sort of ‘non-convention,’ or virtual convention plus a speech, will have anything like the kind of short-term impacts that we’ve seen in previous elections,” said Charles Franklin, a Marquette University professor and pollster.Topics :last_img read more

Interest hedge wipes out 2013 return at Ahold pension fund

first_imgThe Ahold Pensioenfonds said it was also hit by underperforming emerging market government bonds, which it introduced last year as a tactical position of 5% at the expense of global credit.Its asset managers Pimco and Stone Harbor lost 14.6% and 16%, respectively, on these investments, it said.The pension fund reported a 14.3% return on its 23% equity portfolio, with returns from investments in Europe, North America and the Pacific varying between 13.2% and 24.7%.Property (6%) and private equity (3.6%) delivered returns of -1.1% and 11.9%, while commodities (2.1%) produced a loss of 12.7%.Last year, the Ahold scheme replaced its actively managed European listed property portfolio with a passively managed global property mandate, switching from Cohen & Steers to Northern Trust in the process.The pension fund also said the ratio between fixed income and equity in its portfolio would now depend on its coverage ratio.If its funding is more than 130%, it will raise its investment risk through increased investments in securities, it said.This is in contrast with the policy of the €22.5bn Dutch pension fund of Shell, which decided to reduce its equity exposure in favour of fixed income, following a funding increase to 131%.The Ahold Pensioenfonds is to grant a full indexation for the first time in five years, after meeting less than 50% of inflation in 2013.The scheme has 35,130 active participants, 11,600 pensioners and 36,560 deferred members. The €3.2bn pension fund of supermarket chain Ahold saw its 0.7% return on investments last year offset by a 4% loss on its interest hedge, leading to an overall return of -1%.Following a new and dynamic policy for its interest hedge, the scheme had already reduced its interest cover from 75% to 55%, which prevented an additional loss of 0.8%, according to its 2013 annual report.By contrast, the pension fund’s 80% hedge of the main currencies contributed to a positive return of 2.3%, it said.The interest rate increase from 2.53% to 2.84% boosted the scheme’s coverage ratio – which improved from 114.3% to 116% – but had a negative effect on its 64% fixed income holdings, causing a 3.5% loss.last_img read more

Gold Coast real estate market in for a blooming spring

first_img Harcourts Coastal Broadbeach director Dane Atherton say soaring trading in winter will lead to a continuation of an already extremely active market through spring. Photo: Jerad Williams“This is a highly unusual market we’re in at the moment as traditionally in terms of turnover, May, June and July is the lowest quarter for Gold Coast property,” Mr Atherton said.“Agents would be hanging out for that September spring selling season but what’s been amazing is that spring has almost been brought forward.“We’ve experienced soaring trading in winter and what’s going to happen now is a continuation of an already extremely active market.” Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:37Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:37 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenSpring selling predictions for 202002:37THE Gold Coast property market is in for a blooming spring despite the COVID-19 pandemic impacting real estate across the country, according to leading property experts.Cashed-up interstate buyers are lining up for virtual property tours, while locals are hot on their heels in the hunt for their prized new home. The Gold Coast property market is in for a blooming spring, according to agents. MORE NEWS: Homesick expats crave a dose of green and gold Buyers are expected to flock to the Coast this spring. Picture: Jerad WilliamsHe predicted an influx of local buyers as well as house hunters from Brisbane.“I can’t see any reason why this spring won’t be a good spring for the property market on the Gold Coast,” he said. New research from realestate.com.au revealed Queensland property seekers are the most confident in Australia with the Gold Coast suburb of Tugun rated the top suburb for buyers in the state.Harcourts Coastal Broadbeach director Dane Atherton predicted one of the best spring selling seasons in Gold Coast history. Ray White Real Estate Runaway Bay Group principal Ali Mian says the run of sales throughout winter had created a “frenzied market” going into spring.Ali Mian, Ray White Runaway Bay Group principal, shared a similar view.He said the run of sales throughout winter had created a “frenzied market” going into spring.“The market got a good head start that we don’t normally see,” Mr Mian said.“Usually winter is quieter for the property market but this year winter has produced some good numbers for us.“The reason behind that was March and April were quiet so the whole cycle moved.“A lot of those sellers who sold in winter are now wanting to buy something. It’s almost like a domino effect.” Luxury living hits new heights with garages in the sky Lucy Cole, of her self-titled agency, says the local market will come to the forefront this spring. Photo by Richard GoslingMore from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa7 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day agoLucy Cole, of her self-titled agency, also predicted a rush of local buyers to the market.“This pandemic has brought to the forefront people who realise they want a sea-change or a country change,” Ms Cole said.“There’s definitely a change in the spectrum of real estate.“The interstate market has always been interested in the Gold Coast but I think the local market will really come to the forefront this spring.“People still want to be here and the southeast Queensland market and in particular the Gold Coast is thriving.” REIQ Gold Coast zone chair Andrew Henderson says property stock levels were expected to finally increase with a rush of sellers. Picture: Jerad WilliamsREIQ Gold Coast zone chair Andrew Henderson predicted sellers would take advantage of the spring selling season.“Historically, a lot of people see springtime as a good time to go to market,” Mr Henderson said.“For us it’s probably more of a southern influence as the Gold Coast has got great weather all year round. “We don’t have that dreary winter weather that prevents people getting out there to buy a property.”Property stock levels were expected to finally increase with a rush of sellers, he said.“I think you will see a spike as there hasn’t been a lot of choice for buyers,” Mr Henderson said.last_img read more

Dutch open first ‘poop bank’ to treat gut diseases

first_imgPhoto credit: www.livescience.comTHE HAGUE, Netherlands (AFP) — After blood and sperm banks, Dutch researchers have now opened the country’s first “poop bank” in a rare and cutting-edge branch of medicine to treat people with chronic gut infections.“Our poop bank will help give doctors and hospitals access to transplants of faecal matter,” Ed Kuijper, professor of microbiology at Leiden University, told AFP.The Netherlands Donor Faeces Bank (NDFB) will collect, store and distribute the stools necessary to help with such transplants.Often this is the “only solution for people suffering from chronic intestinal infections, and in particular ‘Clostridium difficile (CD)’,” a bacteria which can develop in patients particularly after lengthy and heavy courses of antibiotics, Kuijper said.“Certain antibiotics destroy intestinal flora which allows bacteria to develop and spread,” he explained.“Transplants of faecal matter allow healthy bacteria to be put back into the body, which then spread in the intestines and recreate healthy flora in the gut.”There are about 3,000 people diagnosed with CD annually in the Netherlands, and about five per cent of cases become chronic. About three to four transplants of faecal material are carried out in the country every month.In some cases, such infections can be fatal after triggering severe diarrhoea, inflammation of the colon and even intestinal perforations.Donors must be “in good health, neither too overweight nor too skinny and must have good intestinal flora”, said Kuijper.Unlike in the United States, where the first two poop banks were opened last year, donors are not paid. Donations are collected at home, and the donor remains anonymous.The donated stools are taken to the bank in western city of Leiden and then transformed into a product which can be transplanted either through a nasal endoscopy or implanted directly via a colonoscopy.It is hoped the “poop bank” will also aid research into other illnesses and may be adapted for other conditions such as the debilitating Crohn’s disease.“Stool donations are not as accepted yet as blood donations,” Kuipjer acknowledged.“But I think it’s a question of what people are used to, and donors are offering the possibility of a safe treatment to patients suffering from what is a difficult illness.” 119 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Share Tweetcenter_img HealthInternationalLifestylePrint Dutch open first ‘poop bank’ to treat gut diseases by: Associated Free Press – February 17, 2016 Share Sharelast_img read more

Youth Summer Series 2011 organized to strengthen family bonds

first_img Share EducationLocalNewsPrimarySecondary Youth Summer Series 2011 organized to strengthen family bonds by: – July 22, 2011 Sharing is caring! 51 Views   no discussions Tweetcenter_img Share Share Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Valda Henry.Chief Executive Officer of VF Incorporated, Dr. Valda Henry says the Youth Summer Series 2011 gears at strengthening family bonds. Dr. Henry told media reporters earlier this week that parents are encouraged to come to the sessions with their children, particularly on the hike of Segment II of the Waitukubuli National Trail.“We really want to encourage parents to come to that walk because I see that as a time for bonding with your children; those where the bonds are fractured for healing, those where the bonds are so fragile to build those bonds. Because on that walk, where you are walking hand in hand, helping your child along the way or your child helping you along the way I think can just create such great bonds for families and we really encourage parents to come. Our Youth Series is really meant at the young people but it is also meant for families, strengthening the bond,” Dr. Henry said.Dr. Henry also highlighted that the Youth Series focuses on the positive characteristics which they youths possess and help strengthening these areas.“At the Youth Series we don’t judge, there’s no judgment; there’s no student that’s too bad. We don’t focus on what you don’t have, we focus instead on the goodness in you and we ask you to strengthen and bring out more of that goodness” she said.Dr. Henry encourages persons to “speak positive words as they can make a difference even if it is to one person. Words are so powerful, and that’s why we really should speak positive words; that are what the Youth Series is all about,” Dr. Henry said.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Van hits motorcycle; 1 killed

first_imgILOILO City – The motorcycle he wasriding crashed against a delivery van in Barangay Macatol, Pototan, Iloilo. According to police investigators, thecrash happened around 11:30 a.m. on April 25.   The 63-year-old Rodrigo Velasco ofBarangay Ubang, Pototan died of head and body injuries, a police report showed. The eastbound motorcycle suddenlyswerved to the opposite lane with the driver not seeing the incoming van drivenby Marlon Andrada of Ivisan, Capiz.center_img Velasco was rushed to a nearby hospitalwhere the attending physician declared him “dead on arrival.” The suspect meanwhile was taken to the Pototanpolice station, facing charges./PNlast_img read more

US 52 re-opend after slide site repair

first_imgNEW TRENTON, Ind. — A slide site near the Franklin-Dearborn County line has been completed.The Indiana Department of Transportation has announced that US 52 has reopened near the Whitewater River, south of New Trenton.U.S. 52 had been closed since early March after runoff from heavy rains washed out a drainage structure.last_img

Update on the latest in sports:

first_imgUpdate on the latest in sports: February 11, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA-SCHEDULERaptors win againUNDATED (AP) — The Toronto Raptors have run their franchise-record winning streak to 15 games by outscoring the Minnesota Timberwolves. — The Diamondbacks have avoided salary arbitration with Nick Ahmed by working out a four-year, $32.5 million contract with the two-time Gold Glove shortstop. Ahmed hit a career-high .254 last season with 19 homers and 82 RBIs in 158 games. He won his Gold Gloves in each of the past two seasons.— Athletics right-hander Daniel Mengden has undergone surgery on his pitching elbow. The A’s say Mengden had arthroscopic surgery to shave a small spur off his elbow. Mengden was 5-2 with a save and a 4.83 ERA in 13 games over three stints with Oakland last year.— Former major league pitcher Mike Bolsinger is suing the Astros for unspecified damages. He contends that the Astros’ sign-stealing scheme contributed to a poor relief appearance in August 2017 that essentially ended his big-league career. He’s also asking the Astros forfeit their nearly $31 million in postseason shares from their 2017 World Series title and donate the money to children’s charities in Los Angeles and a fund for needy retired players.NHL-SCHEDULEIsles blank Ovi, beat Caps Meanwhile, the Angels say their proposed trade with the Dodgers is off.Angels general manager Billy Eppler confirmed he won’t be making a widely reported trade, although he didn’t specify the deal or the players involved.Multiple media outlets reported the Angels nearly acquired Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson and right-hander Ross Stripling last week in a deal that would have sent infielder Luis Rengifo (rehn-HEE’-foh) to the Dodgers. The deal apparently fell apart as a side effect of the Dodgers’ lengthy attempts to get outfielder Mookie Betts from the Boston Red Sox in a blockbuster trade.In other baseball news:— MLB is considering expanding the playoffs to nearly half the 30 teams and allowing higher-seeded wild-card teams to choose opponents. The playoffs would grow from 10 clubs to 14 under the plan, first reported Monday by the New York Post. There would be four wild cards in each league, up from two. — Rajon Rondo (RAH’-zhahn RAHN’-doh) provided 15 of his season-high 23 points in the second quarter of the Lakers’ 125-100 thumping of the Suns. Anthony Davis added 25 points and 10 rebounds as Los Angeles cruised to its fourth victory in five games.— Jamal Murray scored 14 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter to help the Nuggets rally from 23 down in a 127-120 verdict over the Spurs. Paul Millsap had 22 off the bench to help spark the comeback on his 35th birthday.— Jimmy Butler had 21 points and 10 rebounds for the Heat in a 113-101 victory at Golden State. Butler was crisp after sitting out the previous two games with a right shoulder strain, delivering 13 points in the first half and shooting 9 of 15 overall as Miami stopped a three-game skid.— Jordan Clarkson scored 25 points before fouling out in Utah’s 123-119 victory against the Mavericks. Rudy Gobert (goh-BEHR’) finished with 17 points and 16 boards, shooting 7-for-7 after making all eight attempts in Utah’s home victory over Dallas last month.— Spencer Dinwiddie capped his 21-point performance by nailing a 21-foot jumper with 5 seconds left to give the Nets a 106-105 victory over the Pacers. The lead changed hands three times in the final 27 seconds and wasn’t decided until Malcolm Brogdon’s 3-pointer at the buzzer came up short, sealing Indiana’s sixth consecutive loss. Alameda County sheriff’s deputy Alan Strickland claims in a federal lawsuit filed Friday that he stopped Masai Ujiri because he didn’t provide the proper credential, leading to a shoving match that was partially captured on video. Strickland alleged Ujiri hit him “in the face and chest with both fists,” tried to go around the deputy and repeatedly ignored orders to stop.In other NBA news:— The Suns have waived veteran guard Tyler Johnson, who is averaging a career-high 5.7 points in 31 games this season. The 27-year-old Johnson averaged 11.1 points per game last season after coming to the Suns from Miami. He was in the final season of a four-year deal that pays about $19 million this year.T25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULEDuke downs FSU Associated Press — Nikita Kucherov (KOO’-cheh-rahv) scored his second goal of the night at 31 seconds of overtime to send the Lightning to their seventh consecutive victory, 2-1 at Columbus. Elvis Merzlikins (murz-LEE’-kihnz) stopped 31 shots to help Tampa Bay climb within three points of Boston for the Atlantic Division lead.— The Flyers are 6-1-1 in their last eight games after James van Riemsdyk (REEMZ’-dyk) had a goal and assist to lead their 4-1 victory over the Panthers. Travis Sanheim, Ivan Provorov and Claude Giroux also tallied to support Carter Hart, who stopped 30 shots in his return from injury.— Elias (eh-LEE’-uhs) Pettersson and J.T. Miller had a goal and an assist apiece to back Jacob Markstrom’s 36-save effort in the Canucks’ 6-2 win over the Predators. Quinn Hughes had three assists to take over the lead in the rookie scoring race with 44 points.— Milan Lucic (LOO’-cheech) and Tobias Rieder (REE’-dur) scored in a span of 34 seconds early in the first period before Matthew Tkachuk (kuh-CHUHK’) added a highlight-reel tally in the third as part of the Flames’ 6-2 romp over the Sharks. Zac Rinaldo, Mark Jankowski and Mikael Backlund also scored as Calgary earned its second straight win following a three-game losing streak.— Jakob Chychrun (CHIHK’-rihn) scored a power-play goal with one minute left to complete the Coyotes comeback in a 3-2 victory at Montreal. Derek Stepan and Taylor Hall also scored for the Coyotes after the Canadiens took a 2-0 lead. The team says Rivers will enter free agency and not return for the upcoming season, ending his 16-year run with the franchise. The fourth player taken in the 2004 NFL draft owns 30 franchise records and has thrown for over 4,000 yards in 11 of his last 12 seasons. Rivers has completed 64.7% of his passes for 59,271 yards, 397 touchdowns and 198 interceptions.His 224 consecutive regular-season starts are second-most among quarterbacks in NFL history and his 123 wins are ninth.In other NFL news:— Ravens safety Chuck Clark has agreed to a three-year contract extension after starting a career-high 12 games and finishing with a team-best 68 tackles. Clark was taken in the sixth round of the 2017 draft and spent his first two NFL seasons playing on special teams, serving as backup on defense before enjoying a breakthrough year.— A person familiar with the meeting says suspended Browns defensive end Myles Garrett has spoken with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell about being reinstated. Garrett was banned indefinitely in November for pulling Pittsburgh quarterback Mason Rudolph’s helmet off and striking him over the head with it during a game. OG Anunoby (an-oo-NAH’-bee) scored a career-high 25 points and matched his career high with 12 rebounds as the Raptors topped the Wolves, 137-126. Kyle Lowry provided 27 points and 11 assists after missing Saturday’s win over Brooklyn because of whiplash.Pascal Siakam (see-A’-kam) scored 14 of his 34 points in the fourth quarter to help Toronto close out the victory. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson had a season-high 21 and Fred VanVleet added 16 as the Raptors won their 16th straight home meeting with Minnesota.D’Angelo Russell scored 22 points in his Minnesota debut, and Karl-Anthony Towns had 23 points to go with 10 rebounds.Checking out Monday’s other NBA action:— Khris Middleton and Eric Bledsoe scored 28 points apiece to lead the Bucks past the Kings, 123-111. Milwaukee won its fifth in a row and improved to a league-best 46-7 despite playing without Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh), who was home following the birth of his son.center_img — The Magic knocked off the Hawks, 137-126 behind Nikola Vucevic (VOO’-seh-vihch), who had 24 points, nine rebounds and nine assists. Aaron Gordon finished with 26 points, Evan Fournier added 22 and Terrence Ross had 21 while Orlando was shooting 52.6% from the field, including a season-high 18 3-pointers.— Miles Bridges contributed 18 points and the Hornets ended a five-game losing streak with an 87-76 victory over the Pistons. Malik Monk added 16 points for the Hornets, while Devonte’ Graham had 14 points and 11 assists to help Charlotte overcome 37% shooting.NBA-NEWSRaptors president sued over scuffleUNDATED (AP) — A law enforcement officer in California is suing the president of the Toronto Raptors over a scuffle following the team’s NBA Finals victory over the Golden State Warriors last June. — The Penguins have acquired veteran forward Jason Zucker from the Wild for forward Alex Galchenyuk (gal-CHEHN’-yuhk), defenseman prospect Calen Addison and a conditional 2020 first-round draft pick. The 28-year-old Zucker has 14 goals and 15 assists this season for Minnesota. Galchenyuk struggled to find a niche in Pittsburgh, managing just five goals and 12 assists in 45 games.— Oilers defenseman Darnell Nurse has signed a two-year extension through the 2021-22 seasons. Nurse has been with the Edmonton organization since being taken seventh overall in the 2013 draft. He has four goals and 24 points with 44 penalty minutes in 55 games this season.— The league remains reluctant to reverse course and compete at the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing. This despite new assurances from Olympic officials to lift various major stumbling blocks, which also have the backing of the league’s players. NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly significantly tamped down hopes of the world’s best players returning to the Olympics for the first time since 2014. Daly described the talks as being “very preliminary” and says the NHL continues to believe the negatives outweigh the positives.NCAA-LOBBYINGAP Exclusive: NCAA, allies spend nearly $1M on Capitol Hill The Bears received 48 of 64 first-place votes from a media panel to stay at No. 1 for the fourth straight week. No. 2 Gonzaga had 15 first-place votes and No. 3 Kansas one. San Diego State and Louisville round out the top five and are followed by Dayton, Duke, Florida State, Maryland and Seton Hall. The Pirates are the lone newcomer in the top-10 after holding the No. 12 spot last week.Preseason No. 1 Michigan State dropped out of the rankings from No. 16 following a three-game losing streak.NFL NEWSChargers, Rivers part companyUNDATED (AP) — Philip Rivers has played his final down for the Los Angeles Chargers. MaCio Teague scored 11 points and Devonte Bandoo added 10 as the top-ranked Bears defeated Texas, 52-45. Baylor improved to 22-1 overall and 11-0 in the Big 12, wresting control with a 13-0 push that put the Bears ahead 42-27 with 9:28 remaining.The Bears’ winning streak is one short of the conference record set by Kansas in 1997.AP TOP 25 MEN’S BASKETBALL POLLBaylor still No. 1; Michigan St. outUNDATED (AP) — Baylor remains atop The Associated Press men’s college basketball poll in a largely static week among in the top 10. MLB NEWSDodgers complete Bosox deal as Angels swap falls throughUNDATED (AP) — Mookie Betts and David Price officially are members of the Los Angeles Dodgers.The Red Sox and Dodgers have finalized the on-again, off-again deal that will send the AL MVP and AL Cy Young winner to the West Coast. The Red Sox will receive outfielder Alex Verdugo (vur-DOO’-goh) and two prospects: infielder Jeter Downs and catcher Connor Wong. According to a person with knowledge of the deal, Boston will send cash to the Dodgers, reportedly half of the $96 million owed to Price for the next three seasons.The swap allows the Red Sox to drop more than $70 million in salary to get under baseball’s collective bargaining tax threshold for 2020. UNDATED (AP) — Duke is 21-3 overall and 11-2 in the ACC after winning a top-10 matchup.Tre Jones scored 13 points and the seventh-ranked Blue Devils overcame 21 turnovers to beat No. 8 Florida State, 70-65. Duke shot 45% from the field and was 7 of 17 from 3-point range in pulling within one game of Louisville for the conference lead.Freshman Matthew Hurt also had a couple of big moments in the final seconds, going 4 for 4 at the line in the final 11.7 seconds to help the Blue Devils clinch the victory.Trent Forrest finished with 18 points, nine rebounds and eight steals to lead the Seminoles, who shot just 38% in falling to 20-4.Meanwhile, Baylor ran its winning streak to 21 games. NHL-NEWSJackets lose JonesUNDATED (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets’ playoff push has taken a hit.Jackets star defenseman Seth Jones has been sidelined indefinitely with an ankle injury. The team says Jones was injured in Saturday night’s game loss to Colorado. The three-time All-Star has six goals and 24 assists this season while leading the club in ice time. Gabriel Carlsson was recalled from Cleveland of the AHL to take Jones’ place.In other NHL news: WASHINGTON (AP) — As Congress considers whether to allow college athletes to receive endorsement money, the NCAA and its allies spent nearly $1 million last year lobbying lawmakers to shape any reforms to the organization’s liking.The NCAA last fall said it would allow athletes to “benefit from the use of their name, image and likeness” and is crafting rules to put in place for its 1,100 member schools in coming months. But the organization has turned to Congress to step in as more and more states follow the lead of California, where a law set to take effect in 2023 clears the way for athletes to earn endorsement money.The NCAA’s pressure campaign comes as the Senate prepares for a committee hearing Tuesday on player compensation. The head of the National College Players Association says the NCAA is fighting to maintain the status quo. UNDATED (AP) — The New York Islanders kept Alex Ovechkin (oh-VEHCH’-kihn) off the scoresheet while pulling within seven points of the first-place Washington Capitals in the NHL’s Metropolitan Division.The Isles earned a split of their four-game season series as Anthony Beauvillier (boh-VIH’-lee-ay) scored the first two goals in their 5-3 victory at Washington. Josh Bailey and Brock Nelson each had three assists for the Isles, who also got goals from Jordan Eberle, Leo Komarov and Jonathan Toews (tayvz).The Islanders also left Ovechkin two goals shy of 700 for his career.The Capitals have dropped two straight and four of their last six.Elsewhere on NHL ice:last_img read more

The Latest: Sparks player’s positive test after Spain trip

first_imgThe Latest: Sparks player’s positive test after Spain trip Top-ranked tennis player Novak Djokovic, his wife and their foundation are donating 1 million euros (about $1.1 million) to help buy ventilators and other medical equipment for hospitals in Serbia.Djokovic says his foundation’s staff “will be monitoring everything” to get the equipment in place.His wife, Jelena, is the global director of the Novak Djokovic Foundation. She says ventilators needed to help COVID-19 patients range in price from 10,000 to 50,000 euros ($11,000 to $55,000).The 32-year-old Djokovic won the Australian Open in January for his 17th Grand Slam title. Among men, only Roger Federer, with 20, and Rafael Nadal, with 19, have won more.___ Turkish basketball team Fenerbahce says one of its players and three members of the technical and administrative personnel have tested positive for the coronavirus.Fenerbahce says none of the four have been hospitalized. They were being isolated and monitored at home.The player and three staff members were not named.___The Evian Masters women’s golf tournament has been moved to August because of the coronavirus outbreak. Associated Press The Diamond League says “the meeting organizers, the Wanda Diamond League and World Athletics remain committed to delivering a structured extensive season in 2020.”___Spanish soccer club Barcelona says it will reduce the salaries of its players amid the coronavirus pandemic.Barcelona says its executive board has decided to temporarily suspend player contracts. That produces a “proportional reduction of the remuneration provided for in the respective contracts.”The players’ contracts will remain intact during the job suspension. The team said in a post on Twitter that Kelly has been in self-quarantine at home since March 13.The Blues say they’re “thrilled to report” that Kelly is feeling strong again and and is symptom-free.___The home of Wales rugby, Principality Stadium in Cardiff, is being turned into a 2,000-bed field hospital to deal with the coronavirus outbreak.The Welsh Rugby Union offered the stadium this week to the government, and a revamp has started. With the season on hold, players have been told to self-isolate until at least April 4. To date, three NHL players have tested positive for the virus: two with Ottawa and the third with Colorado.___Good news for all those who have already qualified for the Tokyo Olympics: You’re in for 2021. Olympic officials have confirmed that the 6,200 or so athletes who had already punched their ticket for Tokyo will keep their spots for the rescheduled games next year. It resolves one of the key questions for marathoners, open-water swimmers and hundreds of other athletes whose qualifying process came early in the 2020 sports calendar, before the coronavirus started shutting down sports across the globe. Smart announced his diagnosis on March 19, seven days after Utah Jazz All-Stars Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell tested positive for COVID-19. Boston played the Utah Jazz on March 6.Celtics players and staff were also tested as a precaution and those tests have all come back negative.Stevens said he and team officials have been checking in with Smart and the rest of the team regularly via conference calls.“I’m proud of how he kind of took the initiative to tell people that he had it and that he felt good and that he got online, just continued to ask people to practice social distancing and self-isolation right now,” Stevens said. “It’s just, you know, it’s a really unique, unsettling time for everyone.”— Kyle Hightower reporting from Boston Jae Crowder of the Miami Heat has donated $15,000 to Boston-based custom slide sandal company ISlide. That money will go entirely to the company’s affected workers. Crowder is an ISlide investor and says he felt compelled to give because he knows workers there are in need. Crowder says “to see the potential negative business impact from this outbreak compelled me to help in any way I could.”___ Officials of the city, German federation and cycling governing body UCI will talk next week to try and set new dates.The UCI reiterated world championships have priority in a revised calendar.The worlds follow the postponement or cancellation of nine World Cups in the cross-country, downhill and eliminator disciplines.___Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens says guard Marcus Smart is doing well and remains in good spirits following his positive test for coronavirus last week. March 27, 2020 The International Ski Federation (FIS) has postponed its presidential election at a biennial congress for at least three months due to the coronavirus pandemic.Hosts for some world championships, including Alpine skiing in 2025, were also due to be voted on at May 17-23 meetings in Thailand.FIS says it hopes to reschedule “in the autumn (fall) of this year,” possibly at a different location.Candidates to succeed 22-year incumbent Gian Franco Kasper as president, and for seats on the FIS ruling council, must be declared 30 days before the rescheduled elections.The three candidates for Alpine worlds in 2025 are: Saalbach, Austria; Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany; Crans-Montana, Switzerland. Wiese wrote on Twitter that she was “feeling well — fortunate to only show mild symptoms, but I am capable of spreading it.” The Sparks say in a statement that Wiese is self-isolating at home in Phoenix. The WNBA team says it’s in direct communication with her and wishes her a speedy recovery.The 24-year-old Wiese has spent her career playing for the Sparks after getting drafted by Los Angeles in 2017. She starred at Oregon State, helping the Beavers reach the Final Four in 2016.___The St. Louis Blues confirmed Friday that Fox Sports play-by-play announcer John Kelly has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. ___The LPGA Tour now has two majors that have been rescheduled because of the new coronavirus.With the Olympics postponed until 2021, the Evian Championship in France will be two weeks later on Aug. 6-9. That was supposed to be the week of women’s golf in the Olympics.Moving back the Evian will create a little room on the LPGA schedule when golf resumes. It also makes travel more practical for the players. The new date for the Evian Championship is one week before the Ladies Scottish Open east of Edinburgh, and two weeks before the Women’s British Open at Royal Troon.The LPGA previously rescheduled the ANA Inspiration in Rancho Mirage, California, from April 2-5 until Sept. 10-13. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Los Angeles Sparks say guard Sydney Wiese’s positive test for COVID-19 came after she returned from Spain, which has been hit hard by the pandemic. FIFPro says it’s “extremely concerned” that clubs in several countries “have begun to immediately lay off players or unilaterally reduce their salaries” because of the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic.The Netherlands-based union says many players worldwide earn at or below average domestic income “and would be severely affected by salary decreases.”One club in Switzerland, Sion, terminated the contracts of nine players including former Arsenal pair Johan Djourou and Alexandre Song, who declined to accept reduced wages in a federal unemployment insurance program.FIFPro, which represents 65,000 men’s and women’s players, urges “clubs with short-term financial difficulties to meet with national player unions to negotiate fair and proportionate arrangements.”___ At Augusta National, kids who qualified for this year’s Drive, Chip and Putt will get to compete on the Sunday before next year’s Masters. They will compete in the same age division for which they qualified. That means there won’t be any qualifying for new participants until next year.___Oilers captain Connor McDavid says he elected to stay put in Edmonton rather than risk traveling home to suburban Toronto.McDavid says he didn’t want to take the chance of going through crowded airports and contract the new coronavirus in fear of potentially spreading it to his parents and grandparents. He says the NHL being on hiatus also allows him to break in the new home he built, which also includes a gym.McDavid spoke on a league-hosted video conference call featuring Pacific Division players on Friday. She says “we studied all the consequences and agreed we should follow the order. And it was agreed with WADA. I wrote them a letter yesterday.”___The Diamond League has postponed three more track meets because of the coronavirus outbreak.The events in Stockholm on May 24, Naples and Rome on May 28, and Rabat, Morocco, on May 31 have all been postponed with no new dates set.The first six events of the year have been called off and only the Shanghai meet has been given a new date. The Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon, on June 7 is now the first scheduled event on the calendar. Employers in Spain are allowed to reduce labor costs while guaranteeing that workers will return to their jobs once conditions improve.The club says it has not decided by how much the salaries will be lowered.___A Russia-based basketball league with teams in five countries has abandoned its season without declaring a champion because of the coronavirus outbreak.VTB United League CEO Ilona Korstin says it’s not appropriate to continue the season “in the current situation when borders are closed, teams can’t train at basketball arenas and clubs have to allow foreign players to go home.” The event originally scheduled for July 23-26 will now be held on Aug. 6-9 at the Evian Resort Golf Club.Evian is one of the five majors on the women’s circuit.The decision was made by the LPGA Tour, the Ladies European Tour and Evian organizers.LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan says “this adjustment makes for easier travel for players and assists us as we look to reschedule previously postponed events.”The women’s British Open is scheduled to be held two weeks after Evian. “I sincerely hope we don’t need to use all of the capacity but it is far better to have developed plans based upon the scientific evidence and modelling of the experts,” Cardiff and Vale University Health Board CEO Len Richards said in a statement.“The facility will allow us to free up capacity at our other hospital sites so that we can continue to provide services to patients with other health conditions.”Nearby Swansea football club, of the second-tier Championship, has also offered Liberty Stadium to health care providers.___The Big Ten has extended the suspension of all organized team activities through May 4. The Hawks say the meal program, which began Friday, will continue four weeks and is expected to be expanded to possibly involve more restaurants.___English soccer should be braced for “difficult decisions” to try and ease the financial effects from the season suspended because of the coronavirus crisis.The Premier League released a statement after talks with the English Football League and Professional Footballers’ Association, saying they also “agreed to work together to arrive at shared solutions.”Last week, restarting the season was pushed back to April 30, and will resume “only when it is safe and conditions allow.” Still to be determined is how the Isports that make up the Olympics will allocate all the spots at the rescheduled games. Typically, the individual sports determine their qualifying procedures for Olympic events.World Athletics president Seb Coe confirmed that all sports have agreed to the IOC’s proposal that all athletes currently qualified for the Olympics will remain qualified for next year. In track, he said that accounts for about half the places. He said the important next step is to develop a fair process for the rest of the athletes, most of whom have seen their qualifying events postponed.___The National Professional Soccer League has canceled its 2020 summer season because of the new coronavirus outbreak. ___ The Atlanta Hawks and State Farm are funding support for a new project to provide 4,000 meals each week to approximately 1,000 healthcare workers treating coronavirus patients at Atlanta hospitals. The project also will allow two Atlanta restaurants to rehire employees who had been laid off due to the pandemic.The project will deliver meals to six Emory Healthcare hospitals five times each week.The meals are being prepared by restaurants Forza Storico and Miller Union. Each restaurant, like many in Atlanta, had temporarily closed and laid off employees due to the coronavirus. ___Atlético Madrid has followed Barcelona’s lead and announced it will reduce its players’ and coaches’ salaries during the stoppage of competition due to the coronavirus crisis. A day after Barcelona had done the same, Atlético said Friday that it will reduce its payroll temporarily “to ensure the future” of the club. Neither Barcelona nor Atlético are saying how much they would slash salaries. The moves will not impact their players’ contracts.___ It’s the fourth race in triathlon’s premier series to be postponed. The leg in Yokohama, Japan, in May is still scheduled to go ahead. ___Full-time Minnesota Wild employees will continue to receive full pay and benefits through April.Owner Craig Leipold informed staff of the decision via e-mail on Friday. That includes employees of the Wild, the Xcel Energy Center arena, and their AHL affiliate, the Iowa Wild. Those with salaries above $150,000 are taking a 20% pay cut. The guideline does not pertain to Wild players.Like most teams around the NHL, the Wild also committed to paying game-day arena workers for the six home games that remained on the schedule when the season was halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “Further meetings will take place next week with a view to formulating a joint plan to deal with the difficult circumstances facing the leagues, their clubs, players, staff and fans.”Clubs are already feeling the pinch: Second-tier Championship club Birmingham was the first to ask some players to defer 50% of their salaries, while at Championship leader Leeds, the players, coaching staff and senior management volunteered to defer their salaries to try and put off redundancies at their club.___ ESPN NBA broadcaster Doris Burke, a Curt Gowdy Award recipient by the Basketball Hall of Fame for excellence in her field, has revealed that she tested positive for the coronavirus.Burke made the announcement Friday on an ESPN podcast hosted by NBA reporter Adrian Wojnarowski. Davis says he is teaming up with Lineage Logistics to match up to $250,000 in donations to an organization providing free meals to health care workers during the coronavirus pandemic. The initiative is a partnership with the World Food Kitchen, led by famed chef José Andrés.Davis and Lineage also announced an initiative to offer jobs with Lineage to Staples Center employees in the upcoming weeks and months while no sports are being played in the Lakers’ home arena, which they share with the Los Angeles Clippers and the NHL’s Kings. Lineage operates refrigerated warehouses in the Los Angeles area and around the world.Davis is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent this summer after his first season with the Lakers, but the Anthony Davis Family Foundation is already involved in numerous charitable ventures in the Los Angeles area. The seven-time NBA All-Star is widely expected to re-sign with the Lakers.___The mountain bike world championships in Albstadt, Germany, from June 25-28 have been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak. Considered a fourth-tier circuit in the U.S., the NPSL is affiliated with the United States Adult Soccer Association. The NPSL started play in 2003 and had planned to expand from 91 to 94 teams this season.The league was to have entered 14 teams in the U.S. Open Cup, which was suspended because of the pandemic.The NPSL summer season had been set to start in May and end in early August. The league said Friday that many of its venues would be unavailable after that because they are on college and school campuses.___Global players’ union FIFPro has called on soccer clubs to stop firing players or cutting their salaries before talks. Big Ten officials say this is an additional measure to the previously announced cancellation of all conference and non-league competitions through the end of the 2019-20 academic year, including spring sports that extend beyond the academic year.Big Ten officials said they would continue to work with medical experts and institutional leaders to determine their next steps in regard to the pandemic.___The world series triathlon in Montreal in June was postponed on Friday, a day after Canada closed its borders to June 30 to all foreigners except Americans.The Montreal elite races were scheduled for June 28. ___The Russian anti-doping agency is suspending all tests for 10 days in response to measures implemented by the government to fight the coronavirus.The move comes after President Vladimir Putin told Russians except those working in essential sectors to stay home next week.RUSADA deputy CEO Margarita Pahnotskaya tells The Associated Press the testing suspension covers a longer period because of the risk of staff being stranded away from home. Tests stopped Friday and will resume on April 6.Pakhnotskaya says the World Anti-Doping Agency has been notified. Burke says she started feeling extreme fatigue on March 11, the day the NBA was shut down once it was learned that Utah center Rudy Gobert tested positive. Burke was assigned the Denver-Dallas game on that date for ESPN and fought through her symptoms to work that night.She said she had a three-day period of such deep fatigue that she couldn’t remain out of bed for more than five minutes at a time. She was eventually tested and received the results on Wednesday — eight days after being swabbed.By then, she was feeling better and said on the podcast that she was appreciative of the health-care workers who saw her. “I’m so incredibly thankful to be feeling well,” Burke said.___Lakers superstar Anthony Davis is getting involved with a pair of community initiatives to help Los Angeles-area hospital employees and Staples Center workers. Korstin says the league will start preparing for the 2020-21 season.Russian club BC Khimki was leading the league with an 18-1 record when it was suspended.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more