Brazil’s Bolsonaro tests negative for coronavirus

first_img“Don’t believe in the fake news media!” he wrote.Media reports said earlier that Bolsonaro had tested positive for coronavirus and was awaiting the results of a second test to confirm.Bolsonaro, who had previously called coronavirus fears “overblown,” was left in a delicate position Thursday by news that his communications chief, Fabio Wajngarten, had tested positive for COVID-19.The test result came after a trip to the United States during which both Bolsonaro and Wajngarten met Saturday with Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and a slate of other top US officials. Topics : Wearing a face mask, Bolsonaro said in a video address Thursday night that he would know “in the next few hours” whether or not he was infected with the virus that has caused a global pandemic.He cancelled a scheduled trip to northeastern Brazil on Thursday and had no events on his agenda Friday.He took his test result as a personal victory.The image he chose to accompany his Facebook post neatly summed up the provocative persona of a president, who has been dubbed the “Tropical Trump.”Bolsonaro, a former army captain who is openly nostalgic for Brazil’s military dictatorship (1964-1985), has repeatedly made the arm gesture — widely known as an “F-U,” “Italian salute,” “Iberian slap,” “bras d’honneur” or, in Brazil, “banana” — at journalists, accusing the media of being biased against him.center_img Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said Friday he had tested negative for the new coronavirus, after a scare over a trip on which at least one infected member of his staff rubbed shoulders with Donald Trump.”The Armed Forces Hospital and [diagnostic laboratory] Sabin have returned a negative test result for COVID-19 for the President of the Republic Jair Bolsonaro,” said a post on the far-right leader’s Facebook page.It was accompanied by a picture of Bolsonaro flashing an obscene arm gesture at the press.last_img read more

UW loses to Hoosiers in 4, swept by Nittany Lions

first_imgThe Wisconsin volleyball team played two very different matches over the weekend, but both of them ended with the same result.The Badgers were swept by Indiana and No. 1 Penn State at the Field House, dropping their record in the Big Ten to 4-6 at the halfway point of the season.The Hoosiers didn’t play the prettiest match Sunday, but a slew of UW errors allowed them to leave with the win.“I think it starts with ball control all the time, and attitude,” head coach Pete Waite said. “I don’t think we had either tonight. It was just unacceptable the way they approached the match, and the way they approached every point. They have to find some fire within them as a group. Occasionally, we have individuals here or there that have it, but it is so spotty that it is hard to get momentum.”The Badgers appeared in control after the first set, downing IU 25-22, despite only hitting .065 for the set. The Hoosiers seized momentum for the rest of the match, however, and finished off the Badgers 25-21, 25-23 and 25-20.“In this sport, half the time the ball is on your side of the net and the other team can’t bother you at all,” Waite said. “You just need to play ball. So, if you handle the ball well, and control the ball well, you have great chances to score all the time. But we are creating so many unforced errors on our side — we are just handing points over.”Senior captain Audra Jeffers provided the only consistent threat for the Badgers, finishing the match with 10 kills and a .296 hitting percentage.“I am just kind of disappointed on the way things went,” Jeffers said. “I am just extra-motivated to get in there and try and find some way to fire the team up. It is like Coach said, it is just about attitude. We are trying to bring that out, but it just can’t be a few people, it has to be everyone.”The Badgers went to their bench several times in the second set, and Waite substituted often throughout the match, trying to find a winning combination. Most notably, Waite took out sophomore hitter Allison Wack for junior Caty DuPont.“If someone is struggling, we have to search for someone that is going to come in and help,” Waite said. “We were trying to shore things up a bit. I thought Allison [Wack] was struggling a bit early; we made the change, and I think it did some OK things, but that also forces us into some situations that are not the same as we have done.”Wisconsin currently holds a four-match losing streak, but they are not making any excuses for their inconsistent play.“At times, we have had two freshman starters out there, but there are a lot of other upperclassmen that are there,” Waite said. “At this point in the season, I would expect us to be flowing better together and be more consistent with our play.”The Nittany Lions came to the Field House with a perfect 20-0 record Friday, and the Badgers fell to PSU in three straight sets. Despite the sweep, however, the Badgers felt they competed well against the nation’s top-ranked team.“That’s a very good team,” Waite said. “They only lost one starter from last year’s national championship team and they’re more athletic, more mature. They make [fewer] errors, and there’s such a small margin of error on our side of the net. You just cannot make an error because they’re not going to make any.”The Nittany Lions won the three sets 25-20, 25-16 and 25-21. PSU recorded nine total blocks to UW’s five, and out-hit the Badgers .340 to .133.“I thought we battled pretty well, but they’re hitting at such high angles — you can’t even train that, and you don’t even play most teams on your schedule with balls coming at you at that height over the top of your block,” Waite said. “Some of them have great reaches. They don’t just reach and hit it down where your block is — they hit it, reach high and hit deep in the court, which is a great shot and very tough to defend.”last_img read more

Back at the Lakers facility with Team USA, Brook Lopez shakes off the past

first_img Portland star Damian Lillard (knee) to miss Game 5 vs. Lakers For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory While the comment may have been made with a hint of tongue-in-cheek, Team Serbia has good reason to be confident. Their roster includes at least four healthy NBA players, including Nikola Jokic and Bogdan Bogdanovic. While the U.S. roster is stocked with NBA players, it is lacking some of the star power it has had in the past, with players such as James Harden and Anthony Davis declining invites.Team USA coach Gregg Popovich said he heard about the comment, but called Djordjevic “a (heck) of a coach” and a “hero” of his as a player. He also called the Serbian group “a heck of a team.”“People will talk,” he said. “But that’s not usually something I respond to.” That’s all the past for Lopez now: His future is with the Bucks. But there has been an upshot to joining Team USA that’s related to his brief Lakers tenure: reconnecting with teammate Kyle Kuzma, who Lopez mentored during the 2017-18 season.Kuzma said he felt compelled to follow Lopez’s example of work ethic, noting that he was typically one of the first players back at the practice facility court the morning after a game.“Brook’s my guy,” Kuzma said. “He’s one of the guys that I always looked at when I was a rookie as being one of the best bigs in the league when he was Brooklyn. … He was great when I was a rookie, and having a chance to play with him now is great.”Lopez also noted that Kuzma struck him as a promising rookie. He got an inkling from their early interactions that the forward could make it in the NBA.“I remember the first time talking to him, and we were icing — just in the cold tub, talking,” he said. “He asked all the right questions. As a rookie, he was very active and just trying to learn whenever possible. And that’s big in this league.” Video: What LeBron James said about Jacob Blake … ‘Black people in America are scared’ Team USA sidesteps Serbian trash talkA notably star-deficient USA roster may be emboldening other nations: Serbian coach Sasha Djordjevic made a comment on national television last week that if Serbia and the U.S. meet in the FIBA World Cup in China next month, “may God help them.”Related Articlescenter_img On Mamba Night, the Lakers make short work of Blazers to take 3-1 series lead EL SEGUNDO — A North Hollywood native, Brook Lopez surely has plenty of old haunts in Los Angeles.Maybe one of the last you’d expect is the Lakers practice facility, given that the 31-year-old center has been with the Milwaukee Bucks for more than a year. But shooting 3-pointers — his late-career specialty — in the closing minutes of a Team USA practice on Tuesday night, Lopez didn’t appear to harbor any strange feelings about taking reps where his former team practices.“It’s honestly not that different,” he said. “It’s like coming back and getting work in. We had a great practice and great work ethic, and I had a lot of good times here. I enjoyed it.”There was probably a time when Lopez thought he might spend more than one season with the Lakers, but last summer wound up in Milwaukee on a one-year deal for just $3.4 million before being re-signed to a multi-year contract in July — a bit of a sore subject for Lakers fans who saw Splash Mountain play a pivotal role for the Eastern Conference finalists. Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook and other NBA stars pay tribute to Kobe Bryant Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Tomlin and Kidd join a select group with antics

first_imgIn this photo taken on Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013, Brooklyn Nets head coach Jason Kidd, center right, watches as attendants clean up a spilled drink beside the Nets bench in the second half of an NBA basketball game at the Barclays Center in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)Mike Tomlin’s sideline stroll was an expensive one, costing him $100,000 and possibly costing the Pittsburgh Steelers even more.Jason Kidd had to dig into his wallet to pay $50,000 for spilling a soda, arguably the priciest spilled drink in sports history.It’s been 35 years since Woody Hayes punched a Clemson player in the Gator Bowl, and almost that long since Bobby Knight threw a chair across the court to protest a call that went against his Indiana team. One thing hasn’t changed in all those years: Coaches aren’t behaving any better than they once did.Chalk some of that up to a lack of self-control by people who generally top the category of control freaks. But sometimes it’s a simple matter of trying to gain an edge or intimidate an opponent.That was the case when Kidd tried to buy some time for his beleaguered Brooklyn Nets by bumping into reserve Tyshawn Taylor with 8.3 seconds left against the Lakers, causing his drink to spill. Watch a video of the play and it shows Kidd seeming to ask Taylor to “hit me” as he walked toward the bench.While workers cleaned up the mess, Kidd drew up a play for his team. It didn’t help, as the hapless Nets still lost.What Tomlin’s intentions were will be debated long after he and the Steelers part ways. He claimed he was “mesmerized” by watching on a giant stadium video screen as Baltimore’s Jacoby Jones returned a kickoff in his direction, swerving to avoid the coach in a move that possibly cost him a touchdown.NFL commissioner Roger Goodell didn’t buy that, levying the second biggest fine against an NFL coach ever (Bill Belichick got the biggest, a $500,000 hit for Spygate) and warning that the Steelers just might lose a draft pick, too.Tomlin apologized and said his actions were embarrassing to the Steelers, then said he didn’t plan to discuss it any more. With good reason, because while he’s a Super Bowl winning coach with a .630 winning percentage, his legacy may forever be tied through video to the two-step he did on the sideline with his back turned to the play.“What Tomlin did, that was just rude, let’s be honest. You stepped on the field. You’re lucky,” San Francisco 49ers offensive lineman Alex Boone said. “I was kind of hoping Jacoby would run right in the back of him and forearm him in the back of the head. Stuff like that, that’s uncalled for.”So was the punch thrown by Hayes, who won three national championships at Ohio State but is remembered more today in YouTube videos showing him hitting Clemson nose guard Charlie Bauman after he intercepted a pass to cinch a 17-15 win in the 1978 Gator Bowl. And as much as Knight would like to be remembered as the tough but fair coach who won 902 games and three national titles at Indiana, he will always be the out of control coach who threw a chair and later choked a player during a practice.They both also lost prime jobs because of their tempers, with Hayes getting fired the next day after the Gator Bowl and Knight lasting just a bit longer after a video surfaced of him choking a player in practice in 1997.“Just a two-second choke,” Knight said in a 2002 book, unrepentant to the end.One other thing the two coaches had in common was that cameras were rolling, and it’s hard to defend what is caught on tape.Rutgers coach Mike Rice found that out when his career at the university came to a sudden end after he was caught on video screaming homophobic slurs at players in practice and throwing basketballs at them. The video was so disturbing that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie called Rice an “animal” after viewing it, and he was quickly dismissed.The unrelenting pressure of being a head coach, of course, can take a toll. Fans, alumni, and boosters demand wins and anyone making millions of dollars a year is a big target.Sometimes, though, the moment in a game simply becomes too much, like when Barry Switzer became so enraged after a call in the 1995 NFC Championship game that he may have cost the Dallas Cowboys a third straight trip to the Super Bowl.The Cowboys were trailing San Francisco 38-28 midway through the fourth quarter when Deion Sanders clearly interfered with a deep throw to Michael Irvin and no flag was thrown. A livid Switzer decided a demonstration was in order and went up and threw his hip into the head linesman the way Sanders did to Irvin, drawing a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty that caused the drive to flounder.“I contributed to us getting beat — no question,” Switzer said afterward. “It’s damn frustrating.”And then there was the 2010 incident when cameras caught New York Jets strength and conditioning coach Sal Alosi tripping a Miami player on the sideline. Alosi was suspended by the Jets and eventually resigned after the season, while the team was fined $100,000.In Tomlin’s case, the coach claimed it was inadvertent, that he was lost in the moment with his back turned to the play and simply wandered too far. Indianapolis coach Chuck Pagano said that can happen to coaches immersed in what they’re hearing on headphones and concentrating more on the next play than the one that perhaps they should be watching.Pagano said most teams have a person designated to keep the coach off the field if he gets too close.“There’s a guy that has got the title of ‘get-back coach’ on the sideline,” Pagano said. “In college, when you wore the headset with the cords, they’d just pull you by the cord. Now you’re wireless so they grab you by the hoodie or the back of the belt.“It happens.”That can work, but sometimes the coaches don’t have headsets on at all. That happened in Detroit two years ago in a postgame handshake between two volatile coaches that almost turned into a brawl.San Francisco’s Jim Harbaugh seemed to push the Lions Jim Schwartz over the edge with something he did or said — or both. Harbaugh ran across the field after the game and lifted his shirt, exposing his belly to attempt a victory chest bump and handshake that the Detroit coach wanted no part of.A livid Schwartz charged after Harbaugh as the two teams left the field before the two were separated by their respective sides.“I was really revved up. That was on me a little, too hard a handshake there.” Harbaugh said in what was as close to an apology as Schwartz would get.Didn’t matter. The game was over.For once it was a case of no harm, no foul.__AP Sports Writers Janie McCauley, Michael Marot, Arnie Stapleton and Larry Lage contributed to this story.last_img read more