first_imgTopics : Skip kissing and consider wearing a mask when having sex to protect yourself from catching the coronavirus, Canada’s chief medical officer said on Wednesday, adding that going solo remains the lowest risk sexual option in a pandemic.Dr Theresa Tam said in a statement there is little chance of catching COVID-19 from semen or vaginal fluid, but sexual activity with new partners does increase the risk of contracting the virus, particularly if there is close contact like kissing.”Like other activities during COVID-19 that involve physical closeness, there are some things you can do to minimize the risk of getting infected and spreading the virus,” she said. Skip kissing, avoid face-to-face closeness, wear a mask that covers your mouth and nose, and monitor yourself and your partner for symptoms ahead of any sexual activity, Tam said.”The lowest risk sexual activity during COVID-19 involves yourself alone,” she added.Sexual health is an important part of overall health, Tam said, and by taking precautions, “Canadians can find ways to enjoy physical intimacy while safeguarding the progress we have all made containing COVID-19.”Canada has reported 129,425 cases of COVID-19 and 9,132 deaths, as of Sept 1. New daily cases are far below peak volumes, but there has been a recent uptick, driven by more infections in certain western Canadian provinces. last_img read more

first_img Education,  Press Release,  Veterans Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced $400,000 in federal funds will provide support to veterans transitioning from military service to careers in education. The Troops to Teachers grant program, managed by the Defense Activity for Nontraditional Education Support (DANTES), will create a robust network of teacher preparation programs around the commonwealth supporting veterans as they earn their teaching certifications.“It is critical to ensure Pennsylvania’s veterans have the opportunity to pursue fulfilling new careers and that systems are in place to support them as they transition,” said Governor Wolf. “Additionally, by assisting veterans in their journey to become educators while partnering with high-need schools, the Troops to Teachers program will benefit not only our veterans, but also our schools, classrooms, and students.”The Troops to Teachers grant program, in partnership with high-poverty and/or high-minority schools across the state, will enable veterans to gain critical skills and experience in the classroom, and help them with everything from navigating the certification process to securing a job in the field. The program will also provide targeted, intensive support during grantees’ first year by pairing them with teacher mentors and a Pennsylvania Department of Education certification staff point of contact. Under the program, certification costs will also be discounted, and application processing will be expedited.“This federal grant funding will provide Pennsylvania’s veterans with the tools they need to move from the military to the classroom, and will allow us to place more high-quality educators in schools,” said Education Secretary Pedro. A. Rivera. “It’s a comprehensive program that will offer preparation, support, and special consideration to these deserving, skilled individuals.”For more information about Pennsylvania’s education policies and programs, or to read PDE Secretary Rivera’s budget testimony, visit the Department of Education’s website at or follow PDE on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter May 16, 2017center_img Governor Wolf Announces ‘Troops to Teachers’ Grant Programlast_img read more

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — Officials from the South Carolina Education Lottery say one ticket has matched the six winning numbers for an estimated jackpot of $1.6 billion.The winning numbers are: 05-28-62-65-70, Mega Ball: 5, Megaplier: 3.The Mega Millions website says the final nationwide results are still being tabulated as of 3:45 a.m. Wednesday, October 24.last_img

first_imgIMCA will boost the point fund for the winged division $18,150 beginning in 2020. That amount includes $5,000 for the national champion with $300 paid to the 20th place driver.  “New sanctions and solid car counts gave RaceSaver Sprint Car drivers new opportunities to race more often and to compete in even bigger feature fields,” Root said. “That’s a trend I see continuing in the future.”  VINTON, Iowa – Bigger numbers on the track at IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car events will translate into bigger numbers on point fund checks mailed at the end of the season.  IMCA RaceSaver sanctioned Sprint Car events in 17 states in 2019 and drivers from six of those states finished in the national top 20 standings. “We are investing in the RaceSaver Sprint Car division,” noted IMCA President Brett Root, “and want the national top 20 point fund to reflect both the membership support and the number of sanc­tions involved.” center_img “IMCA has a long history with Sprint Cars,” he continued. “We’ve seen a huge resurgence in member­ship and sanction numbers during our seven-year association with RaceSaver. Both the growth we have already seen in the division and its potential more than justify the increased point fund.”  The 2020 national champion receives a helmet, ring and jacket during the IMCA awards banquet in November.  More information about the increased point fund, as well as the divisional contingency awards program, is to be announced.last_img read more

first_imgBatesville, In. — The Batesville High School Bulldogs will play the Princeton Community High School Tigers in regional tournament basketball at Southridge High School on Saturday at 11 a.m. The winner of that game moves on the face either Evansville Memorial or the tournament favorite, Silver Creek for the regional title.Head coach Aaron Garret says this team is a good mix of seniors and underclassmen who have played unselfishly. Garret goes on to say that team members had to face mistakes during team meetings and pull together in order to win.The Bulldogs shipwrecked the Pirates in Sectional play 69 to 56. Robert Raver led all Bulldog scorers with 22 points. The Pirates entered the contest with only one loss to class 4A Indianapolis Cathedral.The public is invited to an Autograph Night at Izzy’s at Hillcrest Thursday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. While supplies last, Sectional Championship T-shirts will be available for $15.The team is expected to leave for Huntingburg, Indiana at 1:30 p.m. on Friday.For fans that plan to travel Southridge High School is about 165 miles or 3-hours away from Batesville. Click here for a map. Or the radio broadcast on Country 103.9 WRBI will begin shortly after 10 a.m.last_img read more

first_img…..Wilson shines for President’s CollegeAZIM Mohamed’s century and a four wicket haul led Parika Salem to victory over Vergenoegen Secondary in the East Bank Essequibo Zone final in the 2016 edition of the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) National Secondary School Cricket League (NSSCL).Playing at Tuschen ground, Parika Salem was asked to take first strike by Vergenoegen who won the toss. Azim Mohamed’s 103 laid the platform for an imposing total of 209 for eight wickets in just 24 overs.Mohamed’s century included 12 fours and a solitary six as he was the main scorer for his team. Wazim Mohamed had impressive figures of 5/20 bowling for the Vergenoegen boys.Vergenoegen, who won their two previous matches comfortably while chasing would have fancied their chances chasing again. However, the Parika Salem bowlers had other ideas as they quickly wrapped up the Vergenoegen batsmen for just 63 runs in 11.4 overs. Azim Mohamed return with the ball to take 4/31 to be the leading bowler for Parika Salem.In an East Coast Demerara Zone fixture, President’s College cruised to a five wicket victory over Hope Secondary at the Enterprise ground.Hope Secondary batted first and were restricted to 148/8 in 25 overs. Cordel Martins top scored with an unbeaten 47 while Rovin Ramsarup contributed 21. Bowling for President’s College, David Wilson took 3/22.In reply, President’s College got to their target with relative ease in the 22nd over losing five wickets in the process.David Wilson capped off an impressive all round game by top scoring with 72. Refal Whittington supported well with 29. Bowling for Hope Secondary, Rovin Ramsarup had 3/33.last_img read more

first_imgUpdate on the latest in sports: NHL extends quarantine guidelines for players and staffUNDATED (AP) — The NHL is extending its self-quarantine recommendation for players and staff to April 15.Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly confirmed the extension in an email to The Associated Press. The league had previously sent out a memo recommending self-quarantining until April 4.So far, four NHL players have tested positive for COVID-19. The league and teams are hoping to get players together to skate in small groups once the isolation period is over. State, provincial and local lockdown regulations across the U.S. and Canada could push back the opening of team facilities.In other sports-virus outbreak news: Associated Press During a conference call to discuss league business after the annual meetings were canceled because of the new coronavirus pandemic, the owners also awarded one of those extra games to CBS and one to NBC.Only the teams with the best record in the AFC and NFC will get a bye under the new format; the top two teams skipped wild-card weekend in the past. In other NFL news:— The Chicago Bears have finalized a trade with the Jacksonville Jaguars for 2018 Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles. The Bears are banking on the quarterback to bounce back from an injury-riddled season with Jacksonville. The Jaguars parted with the 31-year-old Foles just over a year after signing him to a four-year contract. He broke his left collarbone in the season opener, missed the next eight games and got benched in his third game back. Foles helped Philadelphia win a Super Bowl.— Disgruntled Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue (yah-NEEK’ en-GAH’-kway) is making another public plea to be traded. This one comes on his 25th birthday. Ngakoue says in a Twitter post: “it’s obvious my time is up in my current situation. Let’s both move on.” The Jaguars placed the non-exclusive franchise tag on Ngakoue, which guarantees him nearly $18 million in 2020. — Prominent orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews has temporarily halted Tommy John operations at his Florida medical center in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Some have questioned whether a reconstructive elbow surgery for a ballplayer is an essential procedure at this time. Stars Chris Sale, Noah Syndergaard and Luis Severino are among the pitchers who have had Tommy John surgery since spring training started, performed by different doctors.TOKYO-FLAMEOlympic flame to stay a month in Fukushima; next stop unsureTOKYO (AP) — The Olympic flame will be on display until the end of April in Japan’s northeastern prefecture of Fukushima.Tokyo Olympic and prefecture officials held an official “handover ceremony” Wednesday at the J-Village National Training Center in Fukushima. — The Seattle Seahawks cleared a chunk of salary cap space by waiving safety Tedric Thompson and releasing veteran tight end Ed Dickson. Both moves were expected after each player seemed to fall out of favor with the Seahawks. The moves will clear more than $5 million worth of cap space for Seattle.— The Cincinnati Bengals have released starting cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick. It’s another move to overhaul the Bengals’ secondary after a 2-14 season. Kirkpatrick was a first-round pick in 2012 and started 67 games in eight seasons. He missed 10 games last season with a knee injury.— The Chicago Bears have re-signed safety DeAndre Houston-Carson to a one-year contract. Houston-Carson has played primarily on special teams since the Bears drafted him out of William & Mary in the sixth round in 2016.— A person familiar with the decision tells the AP the Cleveland Browns intend to sign free agent defensive end Adrian Clayborn to a two-year contract. Clayborn has agreed to a deal worth $6 million. He must pass a physical for the contract to be finalized. The 31-year-old had four sacks in 15 games last season with the Atlanta Falcons. He won a Super Bowl title with New England in 2018.SPORTS-VIRUS OUTBREAK The public will have limited access to view the flame, and organizers hope to limit the crowd size because of restrictions in place for the coronavirus.Olympic officials have postponed the Tokyo Games until next year with the opening now set for July 23, 2021.Officials have not said where the flame will go at the end of the month.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6center_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL-PLAYOFFSNFL owners vote to expand playoffs by one team per conferenceUNDATED (AP) — NFL team owners have voted to expand the playoffs by one team in each conference for next season. April 1, 2020 Veteran players to get $4,775 per dayUNDATED (AP) — Gerrit Cole, Mike Trout and other veteran major leaguers will receive $4,775 per day in advance pay for the first 60 days of the season during the stoppage caused by the coronavirus, a total of $286,500.That’s just 2.5% percent of the $193,548 the New York Yankees pitcher and Los Angeles Angels outfielder were scheduled to earn each day from their $36 million salaries, tied for the major league high.  The daily total was obtained by The Associated Press after it was confirmed by MLB and the players’ association following their agreement on how to proceed during the stoppage.In other MLB news: — Two-time mixed doubles champion Jamie Murray says he believes Wimbledon will be canceled. The All England Club board will hold an emergency meeting on Wednesday to discuss the fate of the 2020 tournament.— The Santa Anita Derby is off, for now. The West Coast’s major prep for the Kentucky Derby was to be run this weekend. However, it will be postponed until later in the season while Santa Anita remains closed for live racing during the coronavirus pandemic on orders of the Los Angeles County Health Department.— NASCAR star Joey Logano has established a $1 Million COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund.The fund is from the Joey Logano Foundation in partnership with Elevation Church. The money will be used to address a variety of needs, including educational equity and access, medical supplies, food distribution, and financial shortages throughout the greater Charlotte, North Carolina area and communities across the United States.— Pape Diouf, a former president of French soccer club Marseille, died Tuesday in Senegal after contracting the coronavirus. It was the West African country’s first COVID-19-related death, according to the health ministry. He was 68. Diouf, who was president of Marseille from 2005-09, had been treated since Saturday in intensive care in Dakar.MLB-NEWS — San Jose Sharks President Jonathan Becher says the team made the best decision with the information at the time when it played three home games following a recommendation by the county against large gatherings in early March. Becher says the team is continuing to pay full and part-time employees and anticipates a financial hit from the suspension of the season. He also says the team has delayed the Tuesday deadline for season-ticket holders to renew their packages.— Former Oakland Athletics infielder and current minor league manager Webster Garrison is hospitalized in Louisiana and on a ventilator with the coronavirus. His fiancee posted an update on social media that the 54-year-old Garrison still required a ventilator to fight COVID-19 but hadn’t declined in his battle. Garrison managed the Class A Stockton Ports last season and was expected to manage in the Arizona Fall League this year.— Goran Dragic of the Miami Heat says he is prepared to forgo his annual offseason move back to his native Slovenia if that is what the NBA schedule necessitates. Dragic, his wife and their two children are in Miami and have no plans to leave for Slovenia amid the global coronavirus pandemic. His parents recently left Miami to return home.— FIFA is looking to use its vast financial reserves to provide assistance to a soccer industry ravaged by the coronavirus pandemic wiping out games and creating unexpected economic hardship in the world’s biggest sport. Having amassed reserves it last reported to have swelled to $2.745 billion, FIFA has the resources to now provide much-needed financial help to the game at many levels.— Hungarian Olympic swimmer Boglarka Kapas says she has tested positive for COVID-19. The 26-year-old writes in an Instagram post that she had to submit to testing in order to return to training. She is staying in quarantine at home for two weeks.last_img read more

first_imgIncluded is a plan in which the 30 teams could be split into three regional divisions. Teams could be restricted to playing within their region.That idea, if used, would break up the traditional alignments of the American and National Leagues. It also would cut travel.In other virus-related baseball news:— The Pittsburgh Pirates are suspending retirement benefits for members of the team’s baseball operations staff in an effort to cope with the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. General manager Ben Cherington says the team has been searching for ways to find savings with the 2020 season on hold indefinitely with much of the country locked down in hopes of stemming the spread of the virus. The temporary suspension of retirement benefits is part of an effort to avoid any potential personnel cutbacks.— Major League Baseball has told teams they could decide their own ticket refund policies. Spring training was suspended on March 12 and the regular season was delayed from its scheduled March 26 start because of the new coronavirus pandemic.  A revised schedule has not been announced, and teams had treated the missed games as postponements and not announced refund policies. NASCAR, like other sports, has been shut down for weeks because of the coronavirus pandemic.In other virus-related developments:— The head of the IOC’s coordination commission for the Tokyo Olympics says he disagrees with suggestions by some scientists and doctors that a vaccine for COVID-19 is needed to hold the games. John Coates is an International Olympic Committee member from Australia and a lawyer. He says he has read the opinion but doesn’t agree. Coates says, “the advice we’re getting from (the World Health Organization) says we should continue to plan for this date and that is what we’re doing.” Coates offers no details on how athletes from around the world could safely enter and exit Japan without spreading the virus.— Athletes in track and field can apply for money from a $500,000 fund to help them get through the coronavirus pandemic. World Athletics and the International Athletics Foundation have launched the fund to help athletes who’ve lost income because competitions are suspended.— Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt says the school will cut nearly $7 million from the athletic budget in the upcoming school year, including eliminating performance bonuses for himself and Red Raiders coaches. Hocutt told A-J Media in Lubbock, Texas that deeper cuts may be needed if college football can’t play a full season. — The Pittsburgh Steelers have picked up the fifth-year option on All-Pro outside linebacker T.J. Watt. Watt, Pittsburgh’s first-round pick in the 2017 draft, is coming off a stellar 2019 in which he had 14 1/2 sacks and was selected to the Pro Bowl for the second time.— The Denver Broncos have agreed to terms with unrestricted free agent defensive lineman Christian Covington on a one-year contract. Covington played for the Dallas Cowboys last year after spending four seasons with the Houston Texans, who selected him in the sixth round of the 2015 NFL draft. Covington started a career-high six games for the Cowboys and had a personal-best 28 tackles.— The Chicago Bears signed defensive tackle John Jenkins. Jenkins appeared in 16 games and made five starts for Miami last season, getting one sack. He has also played for New Orleans, Seattle, Chicago and the New York Giants since he entered the league in 2013.— The 2021 NFL draft will be held in Cleveland from April 29 to May 1. The dates were announced following the completion of a unique, stay-at-home draft that went smoothly despite logistical obstacles due to the COVID-19 pandemic. TV ratings soared over the weekend as fans soaked in every moment. The NFL officially awarded Cleveland the 2021 NFL draft last year. The Browns will be celebrating their 75th anniversary next year. Details are still being finalized, but the draft will be held at locations around FirstEnergy Stadium and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.NFL-OBIT-HARLAND SVARE April 29, 2020 — Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Bashaud Breeland has been arrested in South Carolina for resisting arrest and other offenses. Breeland, who is from Charlotte, was arrested in York County, just south of the North Carolina-South Carolina border. Breeland was also charged with driving with an open container of alcohol, possession of marijuana or hash and driving without a license. Breeland had seven tackles and an interception in the Chiefs’ 31-20 Super Bowl win over San Francisco two months ago. — Joe Staley says he has been taken aback by the tributes that have poured in from former 49ers teammates, coaches and competitors since he announced his retirement. The limelight in the NFL is usually reserved for players who catch, run or throw the ball, not the behind-the-scene workers who help make all that happen. But Staley is deserving of it after making six Pro Bowls, the NFL all-decade team and helping the 49ers reach the Super Bowl twice in his 13-year career.— The Kansas City Chiefs have released two-time Pro Bowl punter Dustin Colquitt. Colquitt’s 15-year career with the Chiefs allowed him to set numerous franchise records, including the most games played and most postseason appearances. Colquitt posted a farewell on Instagram late Monday in which he said that “all things come to an end, sometimes sooner than you hoped, prayed and pleaded for them to.” Colquitt stopped short of saying he was retiring. He turns 38 next month.— The Houston Texans have released veteran safety Tashuan Gipson just one year after signing him to a three-year, $22.5 million contract. Gipson started 14 games for Houston last season before landing on injured reserve because of a back injury. The 29-year-old Gipson had 55 tackles and three interceptions in his one season with the Texans.— A person familiar with the deal tells The Associated Press that free agent wide receiver Rashard Higgins has agreed to a one-year contract to stay with the Cleveland Browns. Higgins clashed with former Browns coach Freddie Kitchens last season. A fifth-round pick in 2016, Higgins had only four catches for 55 yards last season as he also dealt with a knee injury. In 2018, Higgins had 39 receptions for 572 yards and four touchdowns. — The maker of Louisville Slugger baseball bats is producing non-medical masks to help benefit food banks. Louisville-based Hillerich & Bradsby says in a release its Maskonic masks are reusable, water repellent and treated with a bactericide that lasts up to 10 washes. The mask was inspired by the company’s Bionic gloves line. Company president and CEO John Hillerich says it “was a natural progression, particularly in a time of global crisis” when personal protective equipment is needed to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Hillerich says the company has channeled its production and supply chain toward making masks for the public.VIRUS OUTBREAK-NASCARNASCAR race may take place in Charlotte without fansCHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The governor of North Carolina says NASCAR can hold the Coca-Cola 600 without fans at Charlotte Motor Speedway at the end of May if health conditions do not deteriorate in the state.Gov. Roy Cooper says he and state public health officials have had discussions with NASCAR and the speedway. Cooper says he believes the race can go forward on Memorial Day weekend for the 60th consecutive year. Former Giant Harland Svare, Rams, Chargers coach dies at 89EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Harland Svare, a starting linebacker on the Giants’ 1956 NFL championship team and later the team’s defensive coach, has died, He was 89. He died on April 4 at a nursing home in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. For many years, Svare also held the distinction of being the NFL’s youngest head coach at 31 years, 11 months. He was elevated from defensive line coach to head coach by the Los Angeles Rams midway through the 1962 season.MLB-ORIOLES-MANCINI CANCEROrioles 1B Mancini expects to miss season to treat cancerBALTIMORE (AP) — Orioles outfielder Trey Mancini is undergoing chemotherapy for stage 3 colon cancer and expects to miss the season if major leaguers return this summer. Associated Press Mancini had a malignant tumor removed shortly before turning 28 on March 18. Writing a first-person article for The Players Tribune, the 28-year-old says has been undergoing chemotherapy since April 13. He says the treatment will take six months and expects to make a full recovery.Mancini hit .291 with 35 homers and 97 RBIs for last-place Baltimore in 2019.VIRUS OUTBREAK-BASEBALLAP sources: MLB opening options include 3 regional divisionsNEW YORK (AP) — People familiar with the discussions tell The Associated Press that Major League Baseball is exploring various options that could allow the season to start if the medical situation permits. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL-NEWSSaints agree to terms with QB Winston on one-year contractUNDATED (AP) — Jameis (JAYM’-ihs) Winston has found a landing spot. The unrestricted free agent quarterback has agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the New Orleans Saints.Winston was the first overall pick in the 2015 draft and the starting QB for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He’ll serve as backup to Drew Brees in New Orleans.Winston is coming off a season in which he led the NFL with 5,109 yards passing and ranked second with 33 touchdown passes, but he also led the NFL in interceptions with 30. That made Winston the first QB in NFL history to have at least 30 TDs and 30 interceptions.In five seasons with the Buccaneers, he has passed for 19,737 yards and 121 touchdowns while throwing 88 interceptions. The Bucs went 28-42 in games Winston started.In other NFL developments: Update on the latest in sports: — The 2021 PGA Championship at Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course is delaying the start of ticket sales until August. Tickets were originally set to go on sale to those who registered online in May. Instead, PGA Championship tournament director Scott Reid said that with the world grappling with the coronavirus pandemic it was not appropriate to ask potential spectators to make purchasing decisions at this time.— The Atlantic Coast Conference will bring its men’s basketball tournament back to Greensboro, North Carolina in 2023 after this year’s tournament there was canceled near the midway point due to the coronavirus pandemic. The ACC is headquartered in Greensboro, which has hosted the tournament 27 times, the most of any location.,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

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___BATE Borisov has won the Belarusian Cup with thousands of fans watching in a rare case of a soccer trophy being decided during the coronavirus pandemic. ___Hull has announced it is the League Championship club with two personnel who have tested positive for COVID-19. A total of 1,014 players and staff from all 24 clubs in England’s second tier were tested for the coronavirus over the last 72 hours and the results reflect an almost identical ratio of positive results to that found in the Premier League’s second wave of testing.It had been announced that the two individuals were from the same club, without naming Hull.“Medical confidentiality means the names will not be disclosed, and the club asks for this to be respected,” Hull said in a statement. “The duo, who are both asymptomatic and feeling no ill effects, will now self-isolate for seven days — in line with the protocols set out in EFL guidelines — before being tested again at a later date.” The Latest: BATE Borisov wins Belarusian Cup The Belarus soccer federation said that 5,761 tickets were sold for the game.That was only a fraction of the stadium’s capacity so that fans would be spaced around the arena. However, many supporters ignored the seating arrangements to sit in groups and most did not wear masks.BATE beat Dynamo Brest 1-0 with a goal from defender Zakhar Volkov from a corner right at the end of extra time.It was the fourth occasion that BATE has won the cup. Some fan groups had earlier called on their members not to attend games during the coronavirus pandemic. Belarus has not stopped holding public gatherings with spectators.___ In the first round of tests of 748 people, there were six positives from three clubs. All are in seven days of self-isolation.In the second round, the number of tests available to each club was increased from 40 to 50.___More AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says teams in his state can return to their facilities for training after a pause of more than two months.“Starting today, all the New York professional sports leagues will be able to begin training camps,” the Democratic governor said during a news conference Sunday.The New York City area was one of the hardest-hit parts of the U.S. by the coronavirus pandemic, but COVID-19 deaths and new infections in the state have been trending downward.Major League Baseball, the NBA and the NHL are discussing the resumption of their seasons with their players’ unions.“I believe that sports that can come back without having people in the stadium, without having people in the arena — do it! Do it!” Cuomo said. “Work out the economics, if you can. We want you up. We want people to be able to watch sports. To the extent people are still staying home, it gives people something to do. It’s a return to normalcy. So we are working and encouraging all sports teams to start their training camps as soon as possible. And we’ll work with them to make sure that can happen.” Hull, which is immediately above the relegation zone in the second tier of English football, did not say if any of the two are current players.__A Bournemouth player is one of two positive tests for COVID-19 to emerge from the Premier League’s second round of testing, the club said on Sunday.The team said “medical confidentiality means the player’s name will not be disclosed” and added that he will self-isolate for seven days before being tested again at a later date.The league tested 996 players and club staff on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Associated Press May 24, 2020last_img read more

first_imgSyracuse advanced to the Sweet 16 for the third time in four years after wins over UNC Asheville and Kansas State in the second and third rounds of the NCAA Tournament. The Orange will now battle No. 4 seed Wisconsin (26-9) at 7:15 p.m. Thursday at TD Garden in Boston.UW knocked off No. 13 seed Montana and No. 5 seed Vanderbilt to get to Boston. The Daily Orange spoke with Elliot Hughes, sports editor and Wisconsin basketball beat writer for UW’s student newspaper, The Badger Herald, about the Sweet 16 matchup.The Daily Orange: What was the lasting impression you got from Wisconsin’s first two wins of the tournament?Elliot Hughes: I think they’re on a rich stretch right now. These last two games have been as high of a performance as I’ve seen out of them. They’re shooting over 45 percent (sic) right now. They’re playing pretty tough basketball, which is saying something for Wisconsin in rebounding and hustle plays and that kind of thing. The last thing, it felt like (Mike) Bruesewitz and Ben Brust, two guys who were kind of in a funk recently, those guys stepped up. Josh Gasser played well. Apparently he had the flu the night before. The team is on a pretty nice roll right now.The team was in a slump in the middle of the season when it lost three in a row. What was the main cause of that?AdvertisementThis is placeholder textEH: I don’t think they shot the ball that well. I think they attempted over 20 3-pointers in all three of those games, and they didn’t hit many of them. That’s kind of their kryptonite. They take a bunch of shots from the perimeter every game, and they don’t always make them. They’re not always consistent really. When they do make them, they’re pretty difficult to beat. And I think during that period, the offense kind of sputtered a little bit. They missed Keaton Nankivil and Jon Leuer, two graduates, during that period. Taylor didn’t really have anyone to dish it out to or anything like that. I think the offense just sputtered a lot.Jordan Taylor’s had a down year from what expectations were. Has he figured things out now toward the end of the season?EH: He still doesn’t have guys like Leuer and Nankivil around him, so defenses are focusing on him more than they could afford to last year. He didn’t shoot particularly well in the last game, but he’s still as smart of a point guard as he used to be. He’s protecting the ball well, and he knows when and when not to shoot. Although sometimes he’s kind of forced into it because his teammates aren’t as aggressive as Taylor’s past teammates.Wisconsin has the best scoring defense in the country, but Syracuse has said the last couple of games it would much rather play against a man-to-man defense than a zone. How do you see that matchup going?EH: Syracuse likes to run a faster game, and whenever Wisconsin plays anyone, they’re always the one trying to slow the other team down. They’re used to that. The Badgers are one of the top teams with field-goal percentage defense, but the thing with Syracuse is they’re so athletic. They’re a lot more athletic than the Badgers are in my opinion. They probably have pretty good size on (Wisconsin), too. It’s going to be a pretty big challenge for (UW). They haven’t seen many athletic teams or teams as deep as Syracuse in the Big Ten. That’ll be a very interesting matchup.Is there an X-factor player or an X-factor stat where you can say, ‘If this happens or this player gets going, then Wisconsin likely will win this game?’EH: I think an important part of this game will be Wisconsin’s turnovers. Syracuse, they cause as many steals as anybody else in the country. They’re (No. 3) in the country, and Wisconsin is No. 2 in least amount of turnovers given up. When you consider that the Badgers might have some chances with offensive rebounds, if they can execute there and protect the ball, then the Badgers might be able to get by, even if they don’t shoot particularly well. I think turnovers will be pretty Comments Published on March 20, 2012 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more