Trump ‘much better’ but doctor says ‘not yet out of the woods’

first_imgTopics : Appearing relaxed in an open-collar shirt and blue suit jacket, Trump acknowledged that there was uncertainty about the course of the disease, which can hit recovering patients hard with no warning.”I’m starting to feel good. You don’t know over the next period of a few days, I guess that’s the real test, so we’ll be seeing what happens over those next couple of days.”Late Saturday, White House doctor Sean Conley said Trump was “not yet out of the woods,” but that the medical team is “cautiously optimistic.”The report from Conley came after a source familiar with the president’s health — later named in US media as White House chief of staff Mark Meadows — gave a much more worrying assessment. “The president’s vitals over the last 24 hours were very concerning and the next 48 hours will be critical in terms of his care,” he said. “We’re still not on a clear path to a full recovery.”The White House has not commented officially and Meadows had asked to speak off-the-record before his name appeared as the source in The New York Times and other US outlets.In his latest update, Conley said Trump had “made substantial progress since diagnosis, and remained “fever-free and off supplemental oxygen.” Trump, 74, had completed a second dose of therapeutic drug remdesivir and had spent “most of the afternoon conducting business,” Conley added.A second doctor, Sean Dooley, said earlier in the day that the president’s cardiac, kidney and liver functions were “normal.”Conley was evasive when asked earlier whether the president had received supplementary oxygen at any point since falling ill, only confirming that he hadn’t received any at the hospital or on Thursday — the day of his positive test.Several US media outlets said Trump was on oxygen at the White House on Friday before being admitted to Walter Reed.center_img US President Donald Trump posted a video Saturday from the hospital where he is battling Covid-19, saying he was improving and would be “back soon” — but acknowledged that the crucial coming days would be “the real test.””I came here, wasn’t feeling so well. I feel much better now,” Trump said from his business suite at the Walter Reed military medical center near Washington.”We’re working hard to get me all the way back… I think I’ll be back soon and I look forward to finishing up the campaign the way it was started.”pic.twitter.com/gvIPuYtTZG— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 3, 2020last_img read more

Ship Finance Adding Three Boxships with Long Term Charters

first_imgShip Finance International Limited has reached an agreement to acquire three large container vessels in combination with long term time charters.The company informed that the vessels in question are modern eco-design built in 2015 with 10,600 TEU carrying capacity. The units are expected to join their new owner in the near term.Ship Finance International did not reveal the purchase price for the trio.The charters will run for a period of minimum 6 years, with options for the charterer to extend the charters up to 10 years. There is also a purchase option with profit split at the end of the initial period.Ship Finance International’s fixed rate charter backlog will increase by USD 260 million, increasing to USD 430 million if the charter extension options are exercised. The EBITDA contribution from the vessels is estimated to USD 35.5 million per year.“We have received an offer for a USD 200 million intermediary bank financing to part-finance the acquisition of these vessels. The balance will be funded by cash at hand. The company expects to arrange a long term financing in due course,” Ship Finance International said.“Over the last five months we have added more than USD 800 million to our charter backlog and expect to continue increasing our fleet of vessels and charter backlog in 2018,” Ole B. Hjertaker, CEO of Ship Finance Management AS, concluded.last_img read more

Robert “Moe” Homola

first_imgRobert “Moe” Homola 70, of Aurora passed away Wednesday August 9, 2017 at Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg. Moe was born Saturday February 1, 1947 in Lawrenceburg, the son of John R. and Pearly Frances (Lewis) Homola.He was a member of Dillsboro American Legion, Aurora Eagles and Aurora Moose. Moe liked to collect classic cars such as his 1920 Chevy Coupe and his 1957 Chevy Belaire. He liked to play cards being outside and spending time with his family.Moe is survived by daughters: Amy Homola of Aurora; Dawn (Luther) Harris of Hebron, KY; brother: Dennis (Pat) Homola of Hebron, Ky; Great-Aunt: Mary Perez of New Jersey. 3 Grandchildren: Austin Homola, Alexis Harris, Luke Harris. Dog, Summer. He was preceded in death by parents and one sister: Donna Cuneo; dogs: Rudy and Molly.Visitation will be 5-8PM Monday August 14, 2017 at Filter-DeVries-Moore Funeral Home 12887 Lenover Street Dillsboro. Military rites will be conducted by the Dillsboro American Legion at the funeral home at 8PM Memorials may be made to Heart Foundation. Go to www.filterdevriesmoore.com to leave an online condolence message for the family. Filter-DeVries-Moore Funeral Home, Dillsboro entrusted with arrangements. (812) 432-5480. Box 146 Dillsboro, In 47018.last_img read more

#MaskUpHoosiers to keep IN safe

first_imgStatewide—Gov. Holcomb and Indiana State Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Kris Box, M.D., FACOG, announced a statewide initiative to encourage Hoosiers to wear masks to limit the spread of COVID-19.The #MaskUpHoosiers initiative is launching with videos and photos of state government leaders, celebrities, and Hoosiers from all walks of life sharing their heartfelt reasons for wearing a mask in public, which is one of the strongest steps possible to limit the spread of COVID-19, saving lives and allowing the state to continue its phased re-opening. As Hoosiers, we pride ourselves on our hospitality. But right now, the best way you can be a good neighbor is by wearing your mask when you’re in public. After all, we don’t wear our masks for ourselves. We wear them to keep others safe.Click here to learn more.last_img read more

Torres winner puts Chelsea second

first_img City’s constant movement – particularly the attacking triumvirate of Aguero, David Silva and Samir Nasri – continually troubled Chelsea. Frank Lampard was booked for fouling Fernandinho in the centre circle, thwarting another attack as Chelsea tried to get to grips with their opponents. The hosts were enjoying some space on the right between Silva and Clichy, with the rampaging Branislav Ivanovic and Ramires threatening. Ramires provided the cross from which Torres should have scored after breaching the City offside trap. The World Cup-winner chested the ball down and blasted over the bar. A more subtle touch would surely have beaten Hart. Mourinho’s reaction was one of disbelief after investing so much faith in Torres, who had one Premier League goal in 2013 entering the match, against Everton on the final day of last season. Torres atoned for the miss soon after when Ivanovic flicked the ball on from a goal kick. Torres surged around Gael Clichy down the Chelsea right and rushed to the byline where he crossed for Schurrle to score. Chelsea, and Torres in particular, were lifted and the striker smashed a shot on to the bar after another driving run which terrorised the City defence. Despite his team’s forward inroads, Petr Cech had to be on his guard and he saved well from Aguero after the Argentina striker had turned Terry. City made a fast start to the second half and, after Pablo Zabaleta shot over, were level when Nasri’s through ball caught Cahill flat-footed. Aguero ghosted in behind the defender and beat Cech at the near post with an early shot. Javi Garcia was unmarked when he had a header saved from Silva’s free-kick soon after. Chelsea appealed for a penalty when Eden Hazard went down under the challenge of Zabaleta, but the Belgium forward’s cause was not helped by a flamboyant fall which had referee Howard Webb unmoved. Torres had a header held by Hart and was then cynically blocked by Garcia in a move more at home in Sunday’s NFL contest at Wembley. Try as they might, still Chelsea could not subdue City and Cech saved with his feet from Silva before Mourinho turned to his bench. He replaced Schurrle with Willian and Lampard with John Obi Mikel, while Pellegrini opted for Jesus Navas in place of Nasri. The threat of Aguero was constant and he chipped narrowly wide after being found by Silva. Ramires shot over as an end-to-end contest entered the final 10 minutes and Mourinho made another change, throwing on Samuel Eto’o for Hazard. Then Torres settled matters in Chelsea’s favour. Willian’s lofted pass caused a mix-up between Matija Nastasic and Hart, whose latest high-profile error allowed Torres in to score ahead of the covering Demichelis. Mourinho leapt into the crowd amid the celebrations before Chelsea completed victory. Fernando Torres netted a 90th-minute winner as Chelsea claimed a dramatic 2-1 Barclays Premier League win in a pulsating contest with fellow title-contenders Manchester City at Stamford Bridge. Jose Mourinho celebrated the goal and the extension of his unbeaten Premier League run at Stamford Bridge to 65 games by leaping into the crowd, where he finished the prior home match with Cardiff following his touchline dismissal. Torres had missed a sitter earlier on and made amends by provided the cross for Andre Schurrle to tap in his first Chelsea goal. Torres then crashed a shot against the bar after terrorising the City defence with his pace for a second time. The Spain striker had designs on making the match about one man, but another former Atletico Madrid striker had other ideas and Sergio Aguero struck his ninth goal in seven games four minutes into the second half. Then Torres struck in a dramatic finale which Hart and City boss Manuel Pellegrini will not want to see again. Debutant Martin Demichelis – one of three changes to the City side which won at CSKA Moscow – conceded a third-minute corner when not under pressure and Gary Cahill squandered the opportunity to give Chelsea an early lead. City half cleared and Oscar’s cross was met by Cahill, who blasted over. John Terry had been standing in an offside position, but a flag was not raised and Cahill was left to rue the chance. One of the most eagerly awaited games of the season so far, pitting together squads lavishly assembled by Roman Abramovich and Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Mansour and two former managers of Real Madrid, was decided by a much-maligned £50million striker. In a thrilling match, a rush of blood saw Joe Hart try to reach a Willian through ball which allowed Torres in to net a crucial winner to extend Chelsea’s 100 per cent home start to the Premier League season. Press Associationlast_img read more

McIlroy seeks Woods’ advice

first_img “I put it together at Greenbrier and hit it really good. [Instructor] Chris [Como] told me it was the first time I led the field in proximity to the hole with my iron game.” Woods admitted he would never risk playing tennis or a proper game of basketball during the week of a tournament, but would practise his shooting. ” You can’t live in a box,” he added in USA Today. “I’ve skied a lot. I like adrenaline. I like feeling that rush. That’s why I love spear fishing, free diving. It’s so peaceful down there. But there is inherent risk in all of that. But you can’t live in a box.” McIlroy suffered a ruptured ankle ligament while playing football with friends last Saturday and told Woods about it the same day, although the world number one waited until Monday to release the news on Instagram. “He sent me a photo the day he did it,” Woods told ESPN.com after practising at the Old Course on Saturday. ” We talked about it for a little bit. He said, ‘You’ve been through a lot of injuries over the years.’ So he picked my brain a little bit. We had a good talk. “He’s doing the right thing, taking care of his body first before he gets back out here. No doubt he’s frustrated that he’s not going to be able to play in the Open Championship, especially here at St Andrews, a nd how well he’s been playing of late, and this golf course really does set up well for him, too. “That’s the way it goes. We all get injured at one point in time. Sometimes it’s through the sport or sometimes it’s through fun activities. You just never know.” Woods arrived in Scotland on Saturday morning and admitted he was surprised by the condition of the course where he won the 2000 Open by eight shots and the 2005 Open by five. “I was shocked,” Woods added. “I had seen photos of it a month ago. It was bone dry. It looked like it was going to be one of those dust bowls again; hard, fast, like the years I’ve played St Andrews. It’s changed. They got big rain and a lot of sun. It’s totally changed. “We made ball marks on the greens. I don’t ever remember making ball marks around this place.” Former world number one Woods is currently ranked 226th after a nightmare season which has featured career-worst scores on the PGA Tour and in the US Open and a best finish of tied 17th in the Masters. However, the 14-time major winner did card three sub-par rounds to finish joint 32nd in the Greenbrier Classic in his last start, including a bogey-free closing 67. “I feel good,” the 39-year-old added: “Sunday at Greenbrier is probably the best I hit it in two years. That was fun. It sounds crazy when I told everyone at Greenbrier that I felt close, after the scores I shot at the Memorial (85) and the US Open (80). Press Association Rory McIlroy has “picked the brains” of Tiger Woods over the ankle injury which has prevented him defending his Open Championship title.last_img read more

The Latest: Report: Kentucky Derby postponed to September

first_imgThe same advice prompted the English Rugby Football Union to suspend all activities until April 14.The activities were at professional and community level, “including club training, league and cup matches plus rugby education courses,” the RFU said.___2:35 p.m.The Baseball Hall of Fame has canceled Hall of Fame Classic weekend because of the spread of the new coronavirus. The Super League includes teams from France and Canada. ___1:35 p.m.The Arizona Coyotes will pay all part-time arena and team employees through the end of the previously scheduled NHL season.Coyotes owner Alex Meruelo and his family have partnered with Gila River Arena to pay part-time and hourly arena employees scheduled to work the team’s final eight home games. All part-time and hourly team employees will be paid through April 4. Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred made the announcement following a conference call with executives of the 30 teams.“The clubs remain committed to playing as many games as possible when the season begins,” the commissioner’s office said in a statement.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended Sunday that gatherings of 50 people or more be canceled or postponed across the country for the next eight weeks.___1:50 p.m. 12:40 p.m.A staff member of Canucks Sports & Entertainment has tested positive for COVID-19.Trent Carroll, chief operating officer of the Vancouver Canucks’ parent company, said the diagnosed individual was in self-quarantine and feeling better. The organization closed its offices Monday and employees were preparing to work from home “wherever possible.”“We are receiving guidance from the health authorities on next steps,” Carroll said. The DeVos family that owns the Orlando Magic has unveiled plans for a $2 million fund to pay hourly workers who will miss time because of sports shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic.The $2 million will be earmarked to help about 1,800 workers who are employed at Magic games, Lakeland Magic G League games, Orlando Solar Bears minor-league hockey games and other Amway Center events.In addition, Magic players have told the organization that they want to provide even more money for those workers.Magic CEO Alex Martins says: “The DeVos Family has a history of stepping up during challenging times. Today is no different. If someone is losing a paycheck because we are not playing, they will be fairly compensated.”The Magic say the part-time employees will receive paychecks for missed games through what would have been the end of the regular season. American rowers training in the Bay Area for this summer’s Tokyo Olympics have suspended on-water workouts together and each athlete has been given an erg training machine to take home to continue their workouts solo. The U.S. men’s eight boat, which qualified last August for the 2020 Tokyo Games, had been training on the Oakland Estuary and nearby Briones Regional Park and will be proceeding this way for the near future. “We will be off the water now in compliance with CDC recommendations,” U.S. men’s national team coach Mike Teti said. “We gave each athlete an erg to take home and do workouts on their own. We will continue this until further notice. We want to make sure the guys stay healthy and indoors as to not catch or transmit the virus.”___7:15 p.m. WrestleMania in Tampa, Florida is down for the count.The WWE’s annual wrestling extravaganza — often called the Super Bowl of wrestling — will not be held at the home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Raymond James Stadium. WWE, however, said it will still hold its scheduled April 5 card on the closed set at WWE’s training facility in Orlando, Florida. WWE ran an empty arena edition of “Smackdown” last Friday and was set to run Monday’s “RAW” from the performance center.Brock Lesnar is set to defend the WWE championship against Drew McIntyre at WrestleMania. WrestleMania will be broadcast live on the WWE Network. It has been held annually in football stadiums in 2007 and usually draws some of the biggest crowds of the year for any sports entertainment event.___6:45 p.m. Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s effect on sports around the world (all times local):12:45 a.m.The Kentucky Derby is being postponed from May to September because of growing concern about the coronavirus pandemic, according to a published report. Watkins Glen International has postponed its opening weekend because of the spread of COVID-19.The traditional opening of the storied road course in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York was slated for April 4-5 and is an important fundraiser for charity.Members of the general public with a valid driver’s license can pay a fee and drive three controlled laps around the 2.45-mile layout used by NASCAR for its August races. Proceeds benefit the facility’s Racing and Community Enrichment (R.A.C.E.). Annual turnout is between 1,000 and 2,800 vehicles, track president Michael Printup said. No decision on a new opening date has been made.The International Motor Racing Research Center in Watkins Glen also announced it would close after business hours on Tuesday. It’s tentatively scheduled to reopen in mid-April.___ Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials say they are holding off on postponing the month of May activities that conclude with the Indianapolis 500 on Memorial Day weekend.The Indy 500 draws crowds in excess of 300,000.“We are aware of the CDC’s interim guidance suggesting the postponement of events involving more than 50 people over the next eight weeks,” the speedway said in a statement released before 6 a.m. local time.“Our priority is to do our part in protecting the public health while still conducting the 104th Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge as scheduled on May 24. This continues to be a dynamic situation which we are monitoring constantly in coordination with federal, state, local and public health officials.”___ The Latest: Report: Kentucky Derby postponed to September The Greek Olympic committee says the Olympic flame handover ceremony for the Tokyo Games will take place without spectators in an effort to contain the coronavirus outbreak.The committee says the accreditation cards that had been issued for Thursday’s ceremony at the stadium in Athens where the first modern Olympics were held in 1896 would not be valid.The body’s headquarters will also remain closed from Monday until further notice.The committee canceled the remainder of the Olympic torch relay last week after crowds gathered in southern Greece to watch part of the torch relay in Sparta, where the torch was carried by actor Gerard Butler.Greek health authorities have warned people to stay home, and have shut down everything from restaurants, bars and cafes to public organized beaches, ski resorts, hair salons and movie theaters, in an effort to curb the spread of the virus. USA Swimming has canceled next month’s TYR Pro Swim Series meet in Southern California and postponed the combined open water national and junior national championships in Florida.The TYR meet was to be held April 16-19 in Mission Viejo, California. It was set to replicate the Tokyo Olympics schedule, with finals in the morning and preliminaries in the evening.The open water nationals were to be April 24-26 in Fort Myers, Florida.The last meet of the TYR series set for May 5-9 in Indianapolis is still being evaluated. If the meet is held, it’s possible the schedule will be switched to morning finals and evening prelims.The U.S. Olympic trials are scheduled for June 21-28 in Omaha, Nebraska. The league is to meet Tuesday to discuss its response to the coronavirus outbreak. However, CSKA said it was no longer able to host Sunday’s game against Zenit after restrictions on mass gatherings in Moscow were tightened.CSKA says it will discuss potential rescheduling and refunds for spectators later.The Russian league was the largest European soccer competition still operational over the weekend, with more than 33,000 fans attending a game between Zenit and Ural Yekaterinburg on Saturday.One large banner at the match read: “We’re all infected with soccer and will die for Zenit.”___ The Coyotes also will pay part-time Tucson Roadrunners employees affected by the suspension of the American Hockey League.The NHL announced last week it would pause the 2019-20 season in response to the coronavirus pandemic.Coyotes defenseman Aaron Ness became the NHL’s first known player to be tested for COVID-19 after experiencing flu-like symptoms last week. His agent, Neil Sheehy, said Monday that Ness tested negative for the virus.___1:20 p.m. 10:10 a.m.A second team has withdrawn from the Kontinental Hockey League playoffs because of the coronavirus outbreak.The KHL is widely considered to be the strongest hockey league outside the NHL and is one of the few major sports organizations still operating in Europe.There are now six teams remaining in an eight-club conference semifinal bracket.Finnish club Jokerit withdrew Saturday citing concern for the health of its players and staff. Now Barys Astana says it is withdrawing after authorities in Kazakhstan banned sports events and restricted entry to the country. Canucks Sports & Entertainment, formerly known as Orca Bay Sports & Entertainment, owns the NHL Canucks and Rogers Arena, among other properties.___12:30 p.m.The international beach volleyball tour has postponed two more events, clearing the schedule of everything until May 6.The FIVB says a three-star event that was supposed to take place this week in Gold Coast, Australia, and a four-star tournament next week in Cancun, Mexico, have been postponed because of travel restrictions in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The events are crucial for athletes trying to qualify for the Summer Olympics, with more points available at the higher-rated tournaments. A person familiar with the discussions tells The Associated Press that the American Hockey League is allowing its players to return home while determining it won’t be able to resume its season until May at the earliest.The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Monday because the league has not announced the decisions reached by the AHL’s executive committee during a conference call.The move follows last week’s decision by the 31-team AHL to suspend its season until further notice. The decision coincides with the NHL placing a roster freeze on player movement, as well as pushing back the possibility of resuming its season for several weeks, if not more than a month.Previously, players were encouraged to remain with their teams.— Reporting by AP Hockey Writer John Wawrow March 16, 2020 Fourteen members of the team were also placed in quarantine for 14 days after coming into close contact with the person who tested positive for the virus. McLaren chief executive Zak Brown says they are in “good spirits.”McLaren says the rest of the team has returned to Britain but will not go to the team’s headquarters for two weeks as a precaution.With the first four races postponed, the F1 season will not resume until May at the earliest.___11 a.m. ___8:50 p.m.The Grand National Steeplechase, one of the iconic sporting events in Britain, has been canceled following the stringent measures put in place during the virus outbreak.The Jockey Club says the horse racing meeting at Aintree, Liverpool, from April 2-4 will not take place.The British government has said emergency services are being withdrawn from supporting mass gatherings in the country from Tuesday, so the Jockey Club “has decided that it is no longer appropriate to stage” the Grand National Festival. The Hall of Fame said advance purchases for the May 22-24 event in Cooperstown, New York, will be refunded.The Hall of Fame is closed to the public indefinitely.___2:30 p.m.Major League Baseball has pushed back opening day until mid-May at the earliest on Monday because of the new coronavirus after the federal government recommended restricting events of more than 50 people for the next eight weeks. Citing unidentified sources close to the race, the Courier-Journal of Louisville said Churchill Downs will postpone the Derby from May 2 to Sept. 5, making it the first time in 75 years that the race won’t be run on the first Saturday in May.A formal announcement will be made Tuesday.The last time the Derby wasn’t held on the first Saturday in May was in 1945, when the federal government issued a ban on horse racing because of World War II. The ban was lifted on May 8, and the Derby was held on June 9. The only other year the Derby wasn’t held in May was in 1901, when it was raced on April 29.___10 p.m. The New York Racing Association said horse owners are not allowed access to Aqueduct.Belmont Park’s backstretch and its facilities remain open to horsemen and training is allowed. Owners won’t be allowed in the stable area until further notice.Also, The Jockey Club will close its offices in New York and Kentucky to outside visitors as of Tuesday while contiuning to provide services. All business-related travel has been suspended and some employees are working remotely. The Jockey Club is the breed registry for thoroughbred horses in North America.___4 p.m. ___6:40 p.m.The Super League — Europe’s top division in rugby league — has been suspended, initially until April.The league says the decision was taken following the British government’s updated advice on limiting social contact and mass gatherings.In a joint statement, Super League executive chairman Robert Elstone and Rugby Football League chief executive Ralph Rimmer said the suspension presents “significant financial and commercial implications for rugby league, which will be further considered during the period of suspension.” 12:10 a.m.The Kontinental Hockey League is taking a one-week pause in its playoffs to come up with a new format and schedule for the six remaining Russian teams. Finland-based Jokerit and Kazakhstan-based Barys Nur-Sultan pulled out of the playoffs amid the oronavirus pandemic.The American Hockey League, which has the NHL’s top minor league teams, announced that the indefinite suspension of its regular season won’t be lifted before May. The league also announced it is recommending its teams work on returning players to their primary residences, like the NHL is doing.___4:45 p.m. 12:45 p.m.The Penn Relays, one of the oldest and largest track meets in the nation, has been canceled in response to the coronavirus pandemic.The Penn Relays were scheduled for April 23-25 and had been held uninterrupted since 1895. The event celebrated its 125th consecutive running last year. The Philadelphia-based University of Pennsylvania says it will attempt to host a substitute track meet at a later date in late May or early June. The new event wouldn’t meet the standard Penn Relays format. The three-day event would shorten into a one-day event for youth, high school and open runners.The Penn Relays has adapted to worldwide conditions in the past. The meet was altered in 1917 and 1918 when several colleges, including most Ivy League institutions, curtailed their track programs during World War I. During World War II, travel restrictions reduced participation and spectator attendance while gas rationing was in effect in 1943 and 1944.___ British horse racing will take place without spectators and with restrictions on the number of attendees.The British Horseracing Authority says “the intention is for scheduled race meetings to take place wherever possible.” It adds that “decisions may have to be made to cancel meetings.”BHA chief executive Nick Rust says the racing industry is “following the government’s advice to strike a balance between protecting public health and maintaining business activity.”More than 250,000 people attended the four-day Cheltenham Festival last week.No decision has been made on whether the Grand National Steeplechase will go ahead at Aintree next month. More Britons bet on that race than any other. 11:25 a.m.The leader of the IOC’s coordination commission for the Tokyo Olympics says there is no May deadline to cancel the games and he remains confident the event will go ahead despite sports coming to a virtual standstill globally amid the coronavirus outbreak.John Coates, who will have to go into government-mandated self-isolation when he returns to Australia this week from Olympic business in Europe, told the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper: “It’s all proceeding to start on the 24th of July.”Former IOC vice president Dick Pound said in an interview with The Associated Press last month that the end of May loomed as a possible deadline for the IOC to make a call on the Tokyo Olympics.But Coates, an IOC vice president and head of the Australian Olympic Committee, told the Sydney paper in a telephone interview from Switzerland that the IOC didn’t recognize the deadline and he thought Pound had backed away from it, too. The FIVB says it is in contact with the IOC about “potentially revising the beach volleyball qualification system” for the Tokyo Olympics.As of Monday, four of the last nine points-rich four- and five-star events have been postponed or canceled.___12:20 p.m.NHL players have been told they can return home and self-isolate there until the end of March while hockey is on hold amid the coronavirus pandemic. This signals a significant update on the league’s potential timeline to resume the season. Commissioner Gary Bettman announced last week the season was on pause and did not provide more specifics on how long that would last.Players had previously been told to remain in their team’s city and await further direction. The new directive comes in the aftermath of the CDC’s recommendation the U.S. not hold gatherings of 50 or more people for the next eight weeks.___3:30 p.m.The Russian soccer league has taken a step closer to shutting down after CSKA Moscow canceled its upcoming game with Zenit St. Petersburg. Sandy Dudgeon, senior steward of the Jockey Club, says “we were working on a plan to stage the Grand National behind closed doors given its importance to the racing industry and beyond, but … this is not a viable option.” ___4:10 p.m.Live horse racing without fans will continue at Aqueduct during New York’s ban on public gatherings of more than 50 people.Fans were banned as of last Thursday. Racing resumes Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The winter meet ends March 29. Paderborn player Luca Kilian has tested positive for the coronavirus. Three players in the second division also have the virus.Germany was the last of Europe’s top five leagues to suspend games.The German soccer federation says that games in the top two women’s divisions and the women’s cup will be suspended through April 19.___2:05 p.m. USA Swimming says its previous suspension of all events, camps, conferences or any occasion that requires people to travel and gather now extends through April 30.The governing body is asking its member clubs to limit practices and training sessions as recommended by their local health officials and the Centers for Disease Control.— Reporting by Beth Harris___6 p.m. 2:10 p.m.The German soccer league has extended its suspension through at least April 2.The extension covers the next round of games and the upcoming international break.League CEO Christian Seifert says “it doesn’t mean that we assume we can play from April 3.”Seifert adds that some clubs could face potential financial collapse and put “tens of thousands of jobs” at risk without funding from TV broadcasts and sponsors. ___1:55 p.m.The Hungarian soccer federation has temporarily suspended all of its competitions.Federation spokesman Jeno Sipos says clubs have been asked to forego training sessions and make it possible for players and staff members to stay home.Sipos says in a video posted on the federation’s Facebook page “we hope we are contributing to stopping the spread of the epidemic.” 5:40 p.m.The Sun Belt Conference has canceled all organized athletics and related activities, including practices, through the remainder of the academic year.In a written announcement the Sun Belt says the decision was made Monday in consultation with the league’s presidents, chancellors and athletic directors “to address growing concerns surrounding the spread of the coronavirus.”The Sun Belt is comprised of 12 institutions in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina and Texas.___ Keeneland race track in Kentucky has canceled its spring meet because of COVID-19. The meet was scheduled for April 2-24, with the $1 million Blue Grass Stakes awarding 170 points toward the Kentucky Derby, the highlight of the opening weekend. On Sunday the historic track announced it would be closed to non-essential guests and set up screening checkpoints for those seeking access.The track says no horses will be allowed at Keeneland and it recommended that horsemen not at the track remain where they are.Keeneland President and CEO Bill Thomason calls the decision to cancel “agonizing” and adds that the track had exhausted all avenues for safely conducting the meet.The Blue Grass is the second Derby prep to be canceled. The $700,000 Sunland Derby in New Mexico was canceled Sunday. It was set for March 22 and would have awarded 50 qualifying points for the Kentucky Derby.___ 1 p.m.USA Water Polo has canceled a key tournament set to begin in late April in Indianapolis because of the coronavirus pandemic.The U.S. men and women have already qualified for the Olympics. But the the 2020 FINA Men’s and Women’s Intercontinental Tournament would have been been one of their biggest warmups for the Tokyo Games. The cancellation also hurts USA Water Polo’s effort to growing the sport in the Midwest. The event was scheduled for April 28 to May 3.USA Water Polo also announced the cancellation of the inaugural Division III Women’s National Championship. It was scheduled for May 8-10 in Southern California. The NHRA drag racing series has suspended its season 30 days with the intention to resume events April 17-19 in Houston.An event at Las Vegas has been postponed with no new date announced.“We made this decision with heavy hearts as we see the effects this pandemic is having on the world,” NHRA said in a statement. “We are all in this complicated uncertain and rapidly changing situation together, and we encourage everyone to look out for each other.”Other motorsports such as NASCAR, IndyCar and Formula One already pulled the plug on racing.___ All six of the remaining teams are based in Russia, where various cities and regions have imposed their own restrictions. Spartak Moscow and Dynamo Moscow played in an empty arena on Wednesday.The KHL said Saturday it was “in consultation with clubs and all relevant authorities to diligently manage the impact” of the virus outbreak.The KHL has not commented on the withdrawals and its website still lists those teams as competing. The next scheduled games between teams which have not withdrawn are Wednesday.___9:55 a.m. The federation’s announcement was in line with a government decision to have sports matches played in empty stadiums and only if organizers took responsibility.Speaking Monday in parliament, famously soccer-mad Prime Minister Viktor Orban said it would be even better if matches were not played at all.___1:30 p.m.The women’s professional tennis tour has suspended all competition until May 2 because of the coronavirus outbreak. The WTA says it is calling off clay-court tournaments in Stuttgart, Istanbul and Prague, adding those to a list of events previously canceled.Each of those three tournaments was scheduled to begin in April.The tour says a decision will be made “in the week ahead” about the rest of the European clay-court circuit.The next Grand Slam tournament is the French Open, which is scheduled to begin in Paris on May 24.___ Coates says “it’s never been the IOC’s position. It was Dick’s idea. There is four months to go.”___11:10 a.m.McLaren says the team member who tested positive for coronavirus at the Australian Grand Prix “is recovering well” and that his “symptoms have gone.”The British team pulled out of the season-opening Formula One race on Thursday because of the positive test. The race was canceled on Friday. ___7:10 p.m.The European Champions Cup and Challenge Cup rugby quarterfinals scheduled for April 3-5 were postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.All eight matches and thus the European club season were suspended by governing body European Professional Club Rugby.The English Premiership was also suspended for five weeks, following government advice against mass gatherings. Greece currently has 331 confirmed cases and four deaths.___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

Gusau Gets IAAF Mention as AFN President

first_imgOthers members of the new board to be inaugurated include Fidelis Tafida Gadzama, a member of Nigeria’s gold medal-winning 4x400m relay team at the 2000 Sydney Olympics who has been tipped as the federation’s new Technical Committee Chairman, Olamide George, a member of the Ondo State House of Assembly and an ex-international who was elected as the federation’s vice-president as well as Ahmed Adio, a former vice-president of the federation who ran the first leg in Nigeria’s 4x100m team that finished seventh in the final at the 1980 Moscow Olympics.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) President-elect, Honourable Ibrahim Gusau, has been officially recognised as the de-acto head of track and field in Nigeria by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) following his election on June 13 in Abuja.In its latest Newsletter, the IAAF listed Gusau among the 11 new heads of national federations elected or re-elected as the case may be in the past one month.The information regarding Gusau’s election was supplied for publication in the newsletter by the IAAF governance, member and international relations department and represents member federation election results received since the last newsletter was published.Meanwhile, the Gusau-led board of the AFN will be inaugurated on Monday, July 10 by Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung in Abuja.last_img read more

Walker leads at USPGA Championship

first_imgThe American hit six birdies and a solitary bogey in an impressive 65 at Baltusrol and says that keeping his shots on the fairway were a key part of his performance.Walker is expected to tee off his second round after 6 o’clock Irish time today while Rory McIlroy and Padraig Harrington and are all down to start later this evening as well.Shane Lowry – who carded a 72 yesterday – is out on the course at the moment.last_img

Seniors Enjoy a Bus Trip to the Alpena Farmers Market

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisIt was a day of excitement, and anticipation as seniors were bused over to the farmers market for one unique trip. The day out allowed seniors to enjoy a bit of laughter, socializing, shopping, while learning unique ways to use their project fresh coupons.While shopping seniors also had a chance to have one on one discussion with farmers to learn more about foods they love. One unique feature that will go along with the use of the senior’s coupons is tokens.For those who didn’t get their chance to participate no worries, you’re still in luck. If you’re a senior who lives in Alpena County and are 60 years or older contact the center to sign up for project fresh coupons.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious What’s Trending for July 20Next Insights into Northeast Michigan: The Democratic Race for the 106th Districtlast_img read more