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Posted by: | Posted on: September 25, 2020

DU30 to push through Boracay visit amid COVID-19 outbreak

first_imgDuterte added that he wants to beaccompanied by Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat in his visit to theisland. MANILA – Despite the rapid increase ofthe coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in the country, President RodrigoDuterte will still push through with his March 12 visit to the world-famousBoracay Island in Malay, Aklan, Duterte’s close aide Sen. Christopher “Bong” Goconfirmed this, saying the President is on a bid to show the world that thePhilippines is a safe place to visit despite the COVID-19 outbreak, among otheractivities. Duterte earlier admitted that it will behis first time to come to Boracay, dubbed as the top tourist destination of thecountry. Last week, Puyat confirmed Duterte’svisit to the well-famed island. Aside from lifting the public’s mood to travelaround the country despite the virus outbreak, he will also inspect therehabilitation of the island since it reopened to tourist in October 2018 andalso distribute certificate of land ownership awards to Aklan’s indigenouspeople. President Rodrigo Duterte announces that he will still push through with his March 12 visit to the world-famous Boracay Island in Malay, Aklan despite the rapid increase of the coronavirus disease 2019 in the country. PCOOcenter_img “If you look at the open sea, it’sendless. Mabubulag ka. But Bernawould sit beside me on a sunset, I will stay,” he added. “Yes, kasi wala ng tao. Ito kasingsi Berna (Bernadette) eh. Wala na magpunta. Sabi ko, ‘Sige, magpunta ako pero maligo tayo’,” Duterte said. “I gave it to the natives. Then furtherinside the island, pinasabi ko, ‘Ubusinmo. Ubusin mo ang Boracay sa mganatives. Ibigay mo sa kanila kasi lupa nila ‘yan’,” President Dutertesaid.last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: September 24, 2020

Janet M. Schantz

first_imgJanet M. Schantz, age 80 of Batesville, died Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at Aspen Place in Greensburg. Born August 23, 1935 in Batesville, she is the daughter of Gladys (Nee: Abplanalp) and Arnold Uphaus. She married Russell Schantz February 27, 1954 at St. Louis Church in Batesville. He preceded her in death on March 4, 1995. A member of St. Louis Church, Janet also worked as cook at Margaret Mary Health for 20 years before retiring in 1996.Janet loved watching and feeding her hummingbirds. With numerous feeders it wasn’t unusual to feed from 30 to 50 at a time. Other interests included mystery novels and mystery shows on T.V. such as Criminal Minds and NCIS. Apparently she had a bit of a sweet tooth with a weakness for butterscotch pies and long johns from the bakery. In later years Janet enjoyed taking bus trips with Croswell Tours, water aerobics at the “Y” (although she couldn’t swim) and some wine now and again was a good thing. According to her family, mom was a good cook who looked forward to the holidays and loved having family over to cook or grill out for them and while everything she made was good, her german potato salad will be missed. Depending on who you talk to, her mother’s cranberry salad recipe could also be missed…………..or not.She is survived by her daughters Rachel Wilson of Batesville, Jennifer Wesseler of Osgood; sons Tony of Batesville, Mark of Osgood, Lloyd of Napoleon, Steve of Batesville; sister Mary Ann Wilson of Napoleon; brother Bob Uphaus of Columbus, Indiana; eight grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren. In addition to her husband and parents, she is also preceded in death by sister Thelma Uphaus and brother Russell Uphaus.Visitation is Friday, April 22nd, from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home with a prayer service at 4 p.m. Funeral services are 10 a.m. Saturday, April 23rd, at St. Louis Church with Rev. Stan Pondo officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family requests memorials to the Alzheimer’s Association or Batesville E.M.S. 10.last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: September 24, 2020

Braun, Donnelly square off

first_img(Darron Cummings, Pool/Associated Press)Westville, In. — (Associated Press) Democratic Indiana Sen. Joe Donnelly and Republican businessman Mike Braun don’t agree on much. But both conceded one point Monday night, during their first debate: they support President Donald Trump.“I go against my party all the time,” Donnelly said from the debate stage in Westville. “I’ve been with president 62 percent of the time. That’s what we’re supposed to do.”Unlike many Democratic campaigns across the U.S. that have been galvanized by Trump opposition, Donnelly touted his support for Trump’s priorities.That’s not entirely a surprise. The vulnerable incumbent is one of a handful of Democrats running for re-election in states Trump won. But Donnelly has cast several high-profile votes against Trump and in line with Democrats, including his “no” vote this weekend on Trump’s Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh and the GOP led tax cut bill.That gave Braun an opening to attack.“He never sticks his neck out,” Braun said. “He blows with the wind.”Donnelly entered the debate wanting to sow doubts about Braun’s trustworthiness, while raising concern that, as a Republican, he would try to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which is sometimes referred to as “Obamacare.”Braun, on the other hand, hoped to focus on his own record as a “job creator” and political “outsider” while going after Donnelly for being a “career politician” who voted for the health care law.But after years of Democrats running away from what had been a toxic issue at the polls, Donnelly boasted that he cast the “deciding vote” to save the health care law— the same wording the GOP formerly used in attack ads.“I stand here proudly before you and all the people of Indiana to tell you I was the deciding vote that saved coverage for pre-existing conditions,” Donnelly said, before attacking Braun for supporting a GOP-led lawsuit aimed at eliminating the law, including coverage for those with pre-existing conditions.“Mike, I can hardly believe that you can stand here and tell everybody you are for coverage of pre-existing conditions,” Donnelly said. “Stand here tonight and tell us you’ll denounce that lawsuit.”While the two clashed, Donnelly showed an uncharacteristic willingness to go on the attack. Still, both largely stuck to well-rehearsed talking points that have been echoed throughout the campaign.“It’s going to be an awfully long evening if we just simply listen to them repeat their commercials back and forth to each other,” joked Libertarian candidate Lucy Brenton, who was also at the debate.While Braun argues he’s a political outsider, that’s not entirely true. He served on a school board near his hometown of Jasper and was elected to two terms in the Indiana House of Representatives — where he voted to hike the state’s gas tax — before resigning to focus on his Senate campaign.But after several terms in Congress and six years in the Senate, he said it was Donnelly’s record that needs to be scrutinized.“He never speaks up. Doesn’t want to shake things up,” Braun said. “You got be willing to buck your party boss, (Senate Minority Leader) Chuck Schumer, who tells the senator what to do on all the important legislation.”last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: September 23, 2020

Off Road hosts Wednesday Don Weyrich Classic

first_imgBy Randy Pospishil Three of the feature winners started in the front row and won handily, among them the father and son combination of Jason (IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks) and Cameron Wilkinson (IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars) and Brian Osantoski (Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods) while Cory Dumpert checked out on his IMCA Sunoco Late Model foes. NORFOLK, Neb. (July 1) – There was plenty of action on the track during the Don Weyrich Classic on Wednesday night at Off Road Speedway, an event held to honor Norfolk’s long-time driver and member of the Nebraska Auto Racing Hall of Fame.  sports@norfolkdailynews.com Off Road Speedway will not hold races on Saturday, but will return to action on July 11.last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: September 22, 2020

Ighalo equals 95-year Man U record

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U EPL: Red Devils attack Palace Odion Ighalo entered the Manchester United record books on Saturday and became only the second player in the club’s history to score in each of his first four competitive starts following his strike in the 2-1 win against Norwich.The Nigerian forward has been a big hit since signing on loan from Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua in January, scoring five goals and creating one assist in all competitions. He has particularly impressed in the cup competitions, and his strikes in his four starts against Club Brugge, Derby, LASK and Norwich see him equal the record set by Jimmy Hanson in 1925, according to Opta.It means Ighalo could break the record in the next game he starts, which could be against Brighton on Tuesday, although he has yet to score in the Premier League.Swedish legend Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored in his first three starts against Leicester, Bournemouth and Southampton in the 2016-17 season, but then failed to score in the 1-0 win over Hull.United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was clearly delighted with Ighalo’s goal against Norwich, which set them on their way to a late victory in extra time.Speaking after the game, he said: “He’s a proven goalscorer and played his part in both goals. He is a great person to have around the dressing room too. “Odion knows how much we value him in and around the dressing room; he’s a goalscorer, a poacher, he’s strong, we can play the ball into him, he showed for the second and Paul [Pogba] found him.”United will discover their opponents for the semi-final of the competition on Sunday evening, and will no doubt fancy their chances of winning their first piece of silverware under Solskjaer given their fine recent form.Tags: Manchester UnitedNorwich CityOdion IghaloShenghai Shenhualast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: September 21, 2020

Laudrup: Being manager is harder

first_img It seems the demands of a top-level career on the pitch are minimal to those he has experienced off it. Although his reputation is blossoming, he lasted only seven months at Spartak Moscow, and left Mallorca after a fall-out with the club’s director of football. So, whilst more productive spells at Brondby, Getafe and, last season, Swansea, have led to Laudrup becoming one of the most sought-after coaches in Europe, the suggestion life is a breeze just brings a wry smile. “It is much more difficult to be a manager than a player,” he said. Michael Laudrup does not believe the stresses he endured in his playing days come close to comparing with those he has to deal with on a daily basis as a manager. “The two jobs are obviously completely different. As a footballer you are one of 25. As a manager you are on your own. “You do have the group to work with, but in the end, you are alone. You have to take the decisions and be responsible for everything.” At Swansea that means having the final say on transfers, which this summer look certain to include deciding whether Ashley Williams will be allowed to leave amid apparent interest from Arsenal. It is a brutal fact of life for clubs of Swansea’s size that they are always at risk of losing key men to wealthier rivals. The balancing act is always whether the sale of a star player can help fund an overall strengthening of a squad to make it more durable and able to cope with the strains of life in the world’s most lucrative league. And for Laudrup this remains the truth despite steering Swansea to the calm waters of ninth in the table, their highest finish since 1982, in addition to the glory of winning the Capital One Cup and in the process securing a place in next season’s Europa League. “Unless we find a couple of hundred million pounds I think last season we achieved nearly the maximum we can in terms of the table,” he said. “There are always things you can improve but there are not many higher positions we can look at. Even consolidating is going to be very difficult.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: September 21, 2020

No moments of doubt for Wenger

first_img “I don’t see any sign of us signing Loic Remy. I hope he’s paid for his ticket! I have not invited him.” Confirming loan midfielder Kim Kallstrom will return to parent club Spartak Moscow in the summer, Wenger said he will do everything in his power to retain coveted duo Sagna and Fabianski. Wenger will aim to use supporter acclaim surrounding full-back Sagna to try to keep him in north London. “I want Sagna to stay and I hope the reception from the fans convinces him that we love him here,” Wenger said. “We have two players at the end of their contracts – Sagna and Fabianski. If it’s down to me, they both stay.” After slipping up 3-0 to Aston Villa on the season’s opening day, Arsenal completed the rest of their home fixture run without further defeat. Wenger admitted Arsenal’s failure to sustain a title challenge revolved around a goal shortage, but refused to lament not recruiting an extra striker. “I would just say, to be brutal in our first analysis, we missed a few goals, compared to the teams who scored the most goals, and we missed some big away games by conceding too many,” Wenger said. “The regret is not there (for not signing another striker), because we missed offensive players (through injury) at an important part of the season. “The solution is not always outside. The solution is as well inside your club where the disadvantage of having many injuries is you always have to play the same players. “Then, of course, they score less goals because they are a bit jaded. ” West Brom boss Pepe Mel acknowledged the Baggies will be forced to rebuild their squad this summer, with 13 players out of contract. The Spanish manager said he would be “extremely happy” to remain in charge next season, despite looming contract talks with the club’s board. “There are 13 players who are going to be out of contract, so it’s pretty much like making up a new team, so West Brom has got a lot of work to do,” Mel said. “After the Stoke City match, we will have a meeting and then we will decide whether or not I’ll be at West Brom next season. “Right now we still need one more point to ensure that we’re safe, and, after seeing what Sunderland have done in the last month, absolutely anything’s possible. “What we’re aiming to do is keep West Brom in the Premier League, and I can tell you now I would be extremely happy to be at West Brom next season.” Wenger moved to reassure supporters he will sign a new contract, as pledged, once the season is complete, after leading his team on a lap of honour following their 1-0 Barclays Premier League victory over West Brom in their final home match. The Frenchman also ruled out a move for Loic Remy, despite the QPR striker attending Arsenal’s routine triumph – secured by Olivier Giroud’s first-half header. “Don’t worry, don’t be too impatient, my last time will come, you’ll get rid of me one day, don’t worry!” Wenger said, reiterating his intention to sign a new contract. “I’ve said many times my word is my word. I’m from a period where you didn’t need a pen to commit. “Look at me, look at me. You will see me again. “It’s not linked to the FA Cup final. It was important, of course, to be in the Champions League – that’s for sure. “No. I’ve had no moments of doubt. If I had moments of doubt it would have been a few years ago when I had to say no to many offers and commit to this club and I was under a lot of pressure.” Wenger said he did not invite Newcastle loan forward Remy to the Emirates Stadium, joking he hoped the France hitman had paid for his ticket. The Gunners chief also admitted he will fight to keep out-of-contract stars Bacary Sagna and Lukasz Fabianski at the club next term. “Honestly, I’ve just been informed that Loic Remy was here – I didn’t know,” Wenger said. Press Association Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger claims he has never doubted he will remain at the Emirates Stadium helm beyond the summer. last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: September 20, 2020

GSA girls out to defend state cross-country title

first_img Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at mmandell@ellsworthamerican.com. Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Bio Latest Posts Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020center_img BLUE HILL — Winning the first state championship in team history was a challenging feat for the George Stevens Academy girls’ cross-country team. Now that a banner commemorating it is hanging from the school gym, the Eagles are ready for what’s next.In 2016, the team spent the entire year battling injuries and fighting off other contenders. It wasn’t until the final week of the season — in the state championship meet no less — that it had its entire squad together, and the result was a historic title win.This year, everyone is healthy to enter the season, and with the first meet less than two weeks away, GSA is ready to carry over its success. With the exception of Bella Cimeno, the Eagles are returning each of their top athletes.“We’ve definitely caught lightning in the bottle with this group,” coach Erich Reed said. “These girls have battled through a lot, and having athletes with this mental toughness and talent come together at the same time is something you can’t take for granted.”This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThat group is now back as seniors rather than underclassmen. Mary Richardson, Eliza Broughton, Zeya Lorio, Tess Williamson and Mary Brenna Catus all enter their final years at GSA, and inexperience isn’t a concern — not that it ever was.George Stevens Academy’s Eliza Broughton runs during the Northern Maine regional cross-country championships Oct. 29 in Belfast. Broughton, who was one of GSA’s top-three runners last season, will return as a senior this year. FILE PHOTO“I don’t think we let the ‘young team’ stuff bother us [last year] because our team had still been running together a long time,” Broughton said. “What we did do was focus a lot on the things behind the scenes that people don’t see — looking at the mental aspect and not just the physical aspect.”Broughton, Richardson and Lorio frequently earned top-five finishes throughout the team’s historic 2016 campaign. Those runners had made a big impact for GSA in 2015 as well, but a change in the team’s approach prior to last season helped the trio achieve a new level of success.“We wanted to stay together in packs more at the beginning of races,” Richardson said. “People often think of cross-country as an individual sport, but when we stuck together on the course as a team early in those races, it paid off for us at the head of the pack over the long run.”The strategy worked. After a third-place finish at the Ellsworth Invitational to open the season, GSA posted a clean sweep of the top six at the Bucksport Invitational the following weekend.“The Bucksport meet was when people started to realize just how special this team was,” Richardson said. “We knew we were a tight-knit group and that we might have a big year, but that was the meet where it all came together.”As the year went on, GSA and Orono, another perennial contender, separated themselves from the rest of the field in Class C. At the conference championships, the Red Riots beat the Eagles on a tiebreaker when both finished with 32 points. Two weeks later, Broughton, Richardson and Lorio finished a respective second, third and fourth to give GSA a one-point win at the regional meet.That set up a showdown at the state championships Nov. 5. GSA’s star trio finished in the top five once again, and Eagles denied Orono’s bid at a fourth straight state championship with a nine-point win.“Orono is a big rival, and everyone in the state is always trying to beat them,” Richardson said. “Both teams had a lot of injuries and had to fight hard through them all year long, but we finally pulled it together and got healthy in time for the state meet.”The Red Riots will be a contender once again this year, and Mattanawcook Academy will also provide GSA with stiff competition. The former must replace top runners Hannah Steelman and Kassidy Dill, while the latter will return what is expected to be a strong junior class from last year’s squad.GSA will open its title defense Sept. 2 at the Ellsworth Invitational. Although the Eagles finished a respectable third at that meet last season, the team’s improvements over the course of the year has its runners thinking they can do even better this time around.“We did well [at the Ellsworth meet last year], but we did better in some of the other races,” Richardson said. “There’s definitely going to be another state championship on our minds, and that means we have to get off to a good start.” Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: September 19, 2020

Latapy warns players to let game do the talking

first_imgTRINIDAD and Tobago Under-15 coach Russell Latapy cautioned young national players to let their games do the talking following the recent controversy surrounding goalkeeper Jan-Michael Williams.Last Friday Williams was critical of the minister of sport Darryl Williams for not acknowledging the achievements of Central FC in claiming a second consecutive Pro League last year.Despite Williams seeming to back track on the comments over the weekend, Latapy, the former national player was far from amused.“For a long time I’ve stood by and listened to some of the younger players voice their opinions regarding the game of football.I would like to share my thoughts, especially, at this time when a player, namely, Jan-Michael Williams, in his lack of wisdom and understanding, can boldly make statements about the Honourable Minister of Sport and the Sports Ministry,” Latapy said.“Firstly, acknowledgement comes with achievement. The type of achievement required to be successful in football is playing at a high level, motivating other players, and building team spirit and camaraderie for your team and country while working tirelessly to be at the top of the CFU and CONCACAF. It is also taking responsibility for your actions and not blaming others,” he added.“Secondly, if you want acknowledgement you do not need to ask for it. Acknowledgement involves playing professionally for an extended period in a league that is considered a top professional league and not just for a few months.”“So kid, my advice to you is: talk less, defend more and I look forward to you being part of a successful national team.” (Sportsmax).last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: September 18, 2020

Update on the latest sports

first_imgIOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — An investigative report has found that the Iowa football program has suffered from racial bias against Black players and bullying by a small number of current and former coaches.University of Iowa President Bruce Harreld says the report from an outside law firm shows that the “climate and culture must and will change within our football program.” Coach Kirk Ferentz, the longest-tenured head coach in college football, is expected to keep his job. The report found that many players believe he has already made several positive changes.UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN-DOCTORFormer player: Schembechler knew of abuse at U of Michigan Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-SCHEDULENats make it 2 straight vs. JaysUNDATED (AP) — The defending World Series champs have picked up their second consecutive victory since a 1-4 start. Defensive backs Siran Neal and Dane Jackson both tested positive, upping the team’s total to five since rookies reported on July 21. The Bills did not provide a timeline as to how long rookies would continue working remotely.In other NFL news:— The New York Jets placed quarterback Joe Flacco, linebacker Avery Williamson and tight end Ryan Griffin on the physically unable to perform list. Flacco is recovering from a serious neck injury that sidelined him for half of last season with Denver. He was released by the Broncos in March, underwent surgery in April, and was signed to a one-year deal by the Jets in May. They hope he will be the backup to Sam Darnold.— The list of players placed on the NFL’s reserve/COVID-19 list now includes Browns punter Jamie Gillan, Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr, Raiders running back Devontae Booker and 49ers running back Jeff Wilson Jr. Meanwhile, rookie running back Malcolm Perry is among several Dolphins players who have donated convalescent plasma after recovering from COVID-19. NBA RESUMESSeason resumes with doubleheaderLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. —- The Utah Jazz were the team initially at the center of the coronavirus shutdown throughout sports. They have the duty of opening the NBA’s restart with a game against a New Orleans Pelicans team powered by Zion Williamson and chasing a playoff spot. LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers take on Kawhi (kah-WY’) Leonard and the Los Angeles Clippers in the second game of a doubleheader in the Disney bubble. There won’t be any fans in attendance, and health and safety protocols are in place that don’t even allow teams to shower in the arena after games. MLB-NEWSPhils-Jays weekend tilt called offUNDATED (AP) — Major League Baseball says this weekend’s three-game series between the Philadelphia Phillies and visiting Toronto Blue Jays has been postponed. The move is a precaution following a recent COVID-19 outbreak in the visiting clubhouse at Citizens Bank Park. Seventeen Miami Marlins players have tested positive since opening a three-game series in Philadelphia last weekend. The Phillies haven’t played since losing to the Marlins last Sunday.The Phillies said there were no positive results among players from Wednesday’s testing of their team. But there were two positives: One from a a member of the coaching staff and one from a member of the home clubhouse staff. Currently, as many as four team captains can participate in the coin toss. That has been reduced to one and only two officials will be allowed to participate.In soccer, the penalty for spitting at an opponent has been increased from an ejection and one-game suspension to an ejection and two-game suspension. In volleyball, teams will not switch benches during a match.In other news related to the coronavirus pandemic:— The SEC is the latest college conference to announce that it will play only league games in 2020. University presidents have agreed on a 10-game schedule that eliminates all nonconference opponents and is set to begin Sept. 26 and will conclude with the SEC title game on Dec. 19. The Big Ten and Pac-12 have already announced plans to play only conference games, while the ACC has announced a reworked 11-game schedule that left room for one non-conference game. — A total of 457 Division I football games have been canceled or postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. According to Associated Press research, 134 Football Bowl Subdivision games are off. That number is 383 for the Football Championship Subdivision. Kurt Suzuki lined a go-ahead, two-run double and Michael A. Taylor smacked a two-run homer as the Nationals downed the Blue Jays, 6-4. Starlin Castro was a sparkplug to the Nats’ 13-hit attack, going 4-for-5 and scoring twice.Teoscar Hernandez homered twice for Toronto, which was swept in what became a two-game set in which the Jays were the home team in Washington.Hyun-Jin Ryu’s ERA is 8.00 after he allowed five runs and nine hits in 4 1/3 innings. It was his second start under an $80 million, four-year deal he signed with the Blue Jays over the winter.Also on the MLB slate:— Rain caused the postponement of the Cubs-Reds game at Cincinnati. No makeup date was set in this virus-shortened season, although the Cubs are scheduled to return to Cincinnati for a three-game series Aug. 28-30. — Georgia Tech has moved this season’s home game against Notre Dame to its campus stadium, citing uncertainty over scheduling because of the coronavirus pandemic. Georgia Tech was set to play Notre Dame at Atlanta’s 75,000-seat Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Nov. 14. Uncertainty over the playing date prompted the school to move the contest to its regular home venue, 55,000-seat Bobby Dodd Stadium.— Top-ranked Ash Barty has withdrawn from the U.S. Open because she’s not comfortable with traveling during the coronavirus pandemic. The 24-year-old Australian is the highest-profile player so far to pull out of the Grand Slam tournament in New York because of the global health crisis. The U.S. Open is set to start Aug. 31. — The LPGA Tour’s return to golf has yielded two positive tests for the coronavirus out of the 466 given to players and caddies before they traveled and when they arrived in Ohio for the LPGA Drive On Championship. The LPGA says Marina Alex had no symptoms when she tested positive before leaving for Inverness, and she is expected to return to the tour next week following 10 days of quarantine. Gaby Lopez has the positive test result out of the 233 given to players and caddies at the tournament.— Formula One driver Sergio Perez is out of Sunday’s British Grand Prix after testing positive for the coronavirus. The Racing Point driver, who is Mexican, will now go into isolation. The race on Sunday will be the fourth in the pandemic-affected season that should have begun in March.— Fans will attend soccer in Britain on Friday for the first time since the country’s coronavirus lockdown four months ago. In a pilot event for the planned widespread return of supporters, 500 will be allowed into the Irish Cup final at 18,500-capacity Windsor Park in Belfast. Northern Ireland is ahead of the rest of the U.K. July 30, 2020 Update on the latest sportscenter_img In other NBA news:— Milwaukee Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer says guards Eric Bledsoe and Pat Connaughton won’t play Friday against the Boston Celtics after both players arrived late to Florida following positive tests for the novel coronavirus. Budenholzer hasn’t announced a timeline for when either player could appear in a game. NFL-NEWSBills send rookies homeUNDATED (AP) — The Buffalo Bills are the first team in the NFL to send their rookies home and hold training camp remotely after two more players tested positive for COVID-19. — The NFL’s chief medical officer says it’s not surprising there have been positive tests for COVID-19 among players reporting to training camp. Dr. Allen Sills notes that the disease is cutting across football just as it has through societies around the world. Sills says the league wanted to examine the results of recent COVID-19 tests before releasing the number of positives. — The Carolina Panthers have decided to keep Joey Slye as their kicker and release veteran Graham Gano (guh-NOH’), who missed all of last season with a knee injury. Gano took over as the team’s kicker in 2012 and spent seven seasons handling field goals and kickoffs for the Panthers. — Titans general manager Jon Robinson says he has been in touch with Vic Beasley and that the linebacker knows his absence from training camp is unexcused. Robinson said in a statement Thursday that Beasley told him he will be reporting to camp in the “near future.” Beasley was the Titans’ big free agent signee in March. COLLEGE FOOTBALL-IOWA-RACIAL BIASInquiry finds racial bias, bullying in Iowa football program Associated Press NBA-NEWSKnicks bring Tom Thibodeau back to New York as new coachUNDATED (AP) — Tom Thibodeau (THIH’-buh-doh) is back in New York as the Knicks’ new coach.The 62-year-old Thibodeau is 352-246 in eight seasons coaching Chicago and Minnesota. He was the Coach of the Year in 2011 in his first season with the Bulls. He led Chicago to 50 wins in three of his five seasons. Thibodeau was an assistant to Jeff Van Gundy when the Knicks reached the 1999 NBA Finals. DETROIT (AP) — Dozens of more victims who said they were molested by a University of Michigan doctor have filed a lawsuit against the school. They include a former football player who claims he told legendary coach Bo Schembechler (SHEHM’-behk-lur) about the abuse in 1982. It’s the first time that a victim has said Schembechler, who died in 2006, was aware of allegations against the late Dr. Robert Anderson. Anderson worked at Michigan, especially with athletes, from the mid-1960s through 2003. The university believes Anderson assaulted male athletes during routine physicals and injury exams. VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSNCAA extends size of football sideline areaUNDATED (AP) — The NCAA playing rules oversight committee has announced alterations in football and other sports to accommodate for COVID-19 concerns this coming season.The sideline area college football teams use to congregate will be extended by 20 yards. In other MLB news:— Home plate umpire Joe West missed two innings of Thursday’s Nationals-Blue Jays game after getting bloodied when he was hit in the head by leadoff hitter Bo Bichette’s flying bat in the top of the first. The 67-year-old West is the senior umpire in Major League Baseball. He was struck near his left ear when Bichette lost hold of his bat while missing the first pitch thrown by Washington’s Erick Fedde (FEH’-dee). West returned in the middle of the third inning and began working at third base.— Major League Baseball is debating whether to play shorter doubleheaders this season. The players’ association is surveying its members and deciding whether to propose two seven-inning games, or one nine-inning game followed by one seven-inning contest. MLB is expected to decide by Saturday whether to go with shorter doubleheaders. Philadelphia and Toronto are scheduled to play a doubleheader that day.— Big league hitters have opened this 60-game sprint by stumbling out of the blocks. The league-wide batting average is .229, down from .252 last season. The number is stunning, considering the National League has adopted the designated hitter for this season. The all-time low for batting average is .237, set in 1968, “the year of the pitcher.” — Mike Foltynewicz (fohl-tih-NAY’-vihch) is getting another chance with the Braves. Foltynewicz has cleared waivers and was outrighted to the team’s alternate training site. He was designated for assignment by the Braves on Tuesday following an alarming drop in velocity in summer camp and in his 14-5 loss at Tampa Bay on Monday night. PGA-FEDEX ST. JUDEKoepka has lead through 18MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Defending champion Brooks Koepka (KEHP’-kuh) has matched his career best with an 8-under 62 to take a one-stroke lead over Rickie Fowler and Brendan Todd in the first round of the FedEx St. Jude Invitational. Koepka had nine birdies and a bogey on a windy day at TPC Southwind in the World Golf Championship event. The round comes a week after he missed the cut in Minnesota in the 3M Open.Sung Kang shot 65. Justin Thomas fired a 66 and was tied with Matt Kuchar (KOO’-chur), Chez Reavie (REH’-vee) and Max Homa. Thomas can reclaim the No. 1 ranking with a victory this weekend. FIFA-INFANTINO CASECriminal case opened against FIFA president Gianni InfantinoGENEVA (AP) — A criminal case against FIFA (FEE’-fuh) president Gianni Infantino has been opened by a Swiss special prosecutor. The case is connected to a meeting Infantino had with the Swiss attorney general. Special prosecutor Stefan Keller has uncovered “elements that make up reprehensible behavior,” according to a statement from the Swiss authority overseeing the federal prosecutors office. Keller opened a criminal case against Infantino as well as Valais prosecutor Rinaldo Arnold and has sought authorization to open a legal case against Lauber.last_img read more