— Atlanta Dream center Kalani Brown tested positive for the coronavirus on July 9 and remains under — More than two dozen Division I conferences want the NCAA Board of Governors to avoid making any decisions about fall championships until a majority of the leagues determine whether to hold regular-season competition. A letter from College Commissioners Association President Beth DeBauche was sent to the board. — A leading British government adviser says the pandemic will make it “very difficult” for Premier League matches to be staged with full crowds for at least another year and capacities face being capped at 25% when stadiums eventually re-open. The Premier League season ends on Sunday and Calder urged players to avoid going on holiday to COVID-19 hotspots, singling out the United States. NFL-NEWSVikings extend Zimmer’s deal UNDATED (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have signed head coach Mike Zimmer to a three-year contract extension through the 2023 season. UNDATED (AP) — The NFL has offered opt-out guidelines to players who don’t want to participate in the upcoming season due to the coronavirus, according to people with knowledge of the offer. The people tell The Associated Press that players who decide they want to opt out would have until Aug. 3 to do so, and they would receive a stipend from the owners. The amount of the stipend wasn’t specified. One person said the players’ union negotiators have agreed to the plan, but the 32 team player representatives must vote on it. Should the plan be approved, it would eliminate one major obstacle to a full opening of training camps next week. In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic: — The Chicago Bears have canceled season ticket packages because they’re not sure how many fans — if any — will be allowed at Soldier Field due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Team President Ted Phillips cited “a need to reduce the seating capacity to build a plan that allows for social distancing” in a letter to season ticket holders. — Marlins catcher Jorge Alfaro went on the injured list before their season opener at Philadelphia. The Marlins didn’t give a reason but said they expected Alfaro to return this season. Alfaro batted .262 with 18 homers and 57 RBIs last year in his first season with the Marlins.— The Chicago Cubs have finalized minor-league deals with infielder Derek Dietrich and outfielder Ryan LaMarre. Dietrich and LaMarre will report to the team’s camp in South Bend, Indiana. — A record 109 players from the Dominican Republic were on opening-day major league rosters, boosted by an expanded pool following the layoff caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Major League Baseball said Friday that 288 of 1,026 players on opening-day rosters were born outside the 50 states, which comes to 28.1%. NBA-TIMBERWOLVES SALE AP Sources: Afflalo headlines group bidding to buy Wolves MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Two people with knowledge of the situation tell The Associated Press that an ownership group led by longtime NBA player Arron Afflalo (uh-FLAH’-loh) is putting together a bid to buy the Minnesota Timberwolves. Zimmer has a 57-38-1 record over six years and owns a .599 winning percentage, the third-best of the nine head coaches in team history. Only Bud Grant and Dennis Green have a better mark. Zimmer’s also seventh in winning percentage among active NFL head coaches with a minimum of 50 games. Also around the NFL:— Washington quarterback Alex Smith needs to pass his physical with a team doctor Monday before being cleared for football activities, according to a team spokesman. ESPN had reported Smith was already cleared after the 36-year-old said that during an interview while filming a documentary for the network. Smith hasn’t played since November 2018 when he broke the tibia and fibula in his right leg. He underwent multiple surgeries in the aftermath of the injury and has since worked to get back to game action.PGA-3M OPEN Thompson, Werenski top leaderboard Associated Press — Kyle Kendricks became the first Cubs hurler in 46 years to toss an opening-day shutout, scattering three hits in a 3-0 win over the Brewers. Ian Happ opened the scoring in the third inning with a two-run blast. Anthony Rizzo added an eighth-inning blast. — The Reds were 7-1 winners over the Tigers as Mike Moustakas (moos-TAH’-kahs) supplied a two-run homer and four RBIs in his Cincinnati debut. Sonny Gray fanned nine and gave up three hits in six innings, including C.J. Cron’s homer. Japanese product Shogo Akiyama singled home a run as a pinch hitter in his first big league game.— Jesus Aguilar (AG’-ee-ahr) hit a two-run homer off Aaron Nola and Sandy Alcantara (al-KAN’-tah-rah) pitched neatly into the seventh inning of the Marlins’ 5-2 verdict over the Phillies. Alcantara gave up one earned run and three hits, striking out seven in 6 2/3 innings. Didi Gregorius (greh-GOHR’-ee-uhs) lined a solo shot in his first game since signing a $14 million, one-year deal with the Phillies.. MLB-NEWS July 24, 2020 Yoenis Cespedes (yoh-EH’-nehs SEHS’-peh-dehs) belted a seventh-inning homer and four Mets combined in a three-hitter in a 1-0 downing of the Atlanta Braves. The blast came two years and four days after Cespedes last played a major league game. Numerous leg injuries have kept him sidelined and caused him to accept a renegotiated contract last winter.Jacob deGrom was in vintage form as the two-time NL Cy Young winner held the Braves to one hit while striking out eighth over five innings. Seth Lugo worked two innings for the victory and Edwin Diaz got the final three outs to notch the save. The Mets are 39-12 in season openers since dropping their first eight. Their 39-20 mark on opening day is the best in major league history. In other major league finals:— Shane Bieber was fantastic in the Indians’ 2-0 shutout of the Royals, striking out 14 while surrendering four hits in six innings. It was the most strikeouts by a Cleveland pitcher on opening day and the most for any hurler in an opener since Randy Johnson fanned 14 in 1996. Cleveland did its scoring in the sixth inning on Oscar Mercado’s RBI single and a double by Cesar Hernandez. Update on the latest sports UNDATED (AP) — The displaced Toronto Blue Jays will play in Buffalo this year amid the pandemic. The Blue Jays said in a statement Friday that the greater part of their home schedule will be played at Sahlen (SAY’-len) Field in Buffalo, home of the club’s Triple-A affiliate Buffalo Bisons. The team looked for a major league stadium after the Canadian government declined to allow them to play in Toronto but was unsuccessful in securing a site. Toronto opens the season at Tampa Bay on Friday. In other MLB news — Four baseball players and two staff tested positive for COVID-19 in the past week. There have been 99 new positive tests since intake screening began June 27. That represents 0.3% of 32,640 samples and includes 84 players and 15 staff. — The Braves were without their top two catchers, Tyler Flowers and Travis d’Arnaud (dahr-NOH’), for Friday’s opening game at New York Mets after both players showed symptoms of the coronavirus. Manager Brian Snitker says Flowers and d’Arnaud have tested negative for the coronavirus but did not travel with the team because they had symptoms. — The Indians elected to wear their blue road jerseys on opening day with “Cleveland” on the front as a unified statement of solidarity for minorities as the team contemplates a name change. Owner Paul Dolan recently announced the franchise is considering changing its name from Indians, which has been the club’s moniker since 1915. Typically, the team wears white jerseys with “Indians” across the chest at home. WASHINGTON (AP) — Former U.S. Olympic long-distance runner and congressman Jim Ryun has received the Presidential Medal of Freedom at the White House. Ryun was the first U.S. high schooler to run a mile in under 4 minutes. He was the 1968 Olympic silver medalist in the 1,500-meter run and a three-time Olympian. Ryun went on to serve as a member of the House representing a Kansas congressional district from 1996 to 2006. The White House described Ryun as one of the most accomplished American runners in history.OLYMPICS-OBIT-JIPCHO BLAINE, Minn. (AP) — Michael Thompson and Richy Werenski will carry a share of the lead into the third round of the 3M Open. The scores crept up after Werenski led the first-round pack with an 8-under 63. The 24-year-old followed that with a 67 as he seeks his first PGA victory. Thompson fired a 66 Friday to grab a piece of the lead at 12 under, one shot ahead of Tony Finau (FEE’-now) and Talor Gooch. RYUN-MEDAL OF FREEDOM Trump honors former track phenom and Kansas congressman Ryun Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-SCHEDULE Mets get another opening win UNDATED (AP) — The New York Mets picked up another season-opening victory with help from their returning slugger. UNDATED (AP) — The Atlantic Coast Conference and Notre Dame are considering whether the Fighting Irish will give up their treasured football independence for the 2020 season play as a member of the league. Two people involved in the ACC’s discussions say the league is looking at an 11-game schedule that would include 10 conference games. It would start Sept. 12. Notre Dame would play a full 10-game ACC schedule. Whether those games would count in the standings and the Irish would be eligible to participate in the ACC championship game for a slot in the Orange Bowl is still to be determined. VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTS AP sources: NFL owners offer opt-out guidelines for players The people spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the deal is still in the process of being submitted. They say the ownership group will consist of two to five individuals with a net worth of more than $10 billion. Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor, who bought the club in 1994 to keep it from moving to New Orleans, has put the franchise up for sale on the condition it remain in Minnesota. In other NBA news: — Missouri basketball players Xavier Pinson, Mitchell Smith and Jeremiah Tilmon Jr. have withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return to the Tigers for the upcoming season. Tigers coach Cuonzo Martin’s roster will have 11 players that are juniors or seniors. That is the most in the Southeastern Conference and third-most among all Power Five programs. ACC-NOTRE DAME AP sources: ACC, Notre Dame eye 2020 football membership Ben Jipcho, the ‘rabbit’ who helped Keino beat Ryun, dies UNDATED (AP) — Kenyan runner Ben Jipcho has died at the age off 77. Jipcho was famous for sacrificing his own hopes of winning an Olympic medal to help teammate Kip Keino beat American rival Jim Ryun to the gold in the 1,500 meters at the 1968 Mexico City Games. Jipcho played the role of the “rabbit’ by setting a relentless pace for the first half of the race in the high altitude. The tactic worked perfectly as Keino went on to win gold and became a pioneer for Kenyan track and field. Jipcho won a silver medal in the 3,000-meter steeplechase four years later at the 1972 Munich Olympics.
Meanwhile, the Celtics still have the 76ers’ number.Philadelphia lost to Boston 112-109. The Celtics didn’t have star point guard Kyrie Irving, so Al Horford took over the scoring load with 23 points. Gordon Hayward also chipped in 26 points off the bench.Joel Embiid recorded 23 points and 14 rebounds in the loss while Jimmy Butler added 22 points and nine rebounds.Studs of the NightNikola Vucevic recorded 25 points and 17 rebounds in the Magic’s dominant 118-88 win over the Pelicans.Avery Bradley scored a career-high 33 points as the Grizzlies lost to the Spurs 108-107.Kevin Durant totaled 28 points and seven assists in the Warriors’ 115-108 victory over Utah.Dud of the NightMarcus Smart scored eight points on 3-of-14 shooting for the Celtics.HighlightsJayson Tatum split the defense with a spin move and capped it off by punching home a dunk.JAYSON. TATUM. ANSWERS.📺: @NBAonTNT pic.twitter.com/R8e15hk0qb— NBA (@NBA) February 13, 2019Young dished out assists left and right in the Hawks’ win over the Lakers. LeBron James exploded for 28 points, 11 rebounds and 16 assists in the loss. He tied Wilt Chamberlain for fifth most triple-doubles in NBA history, but Atlanta’s young talent proved to be too much.LeBron James has tied Wilt Chamberlain for fifth most triple-doubles (78) in NBA history. pic.twitter.com/bjnpgIaA9Y— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) February 13, 2019Rookie guard Trae Young and second-year forward John Collins tallied 22 points apiece. Young also posted 14 assists on the night. Related News TRAE in transition!#LakeShow 69#TrueToAtlanta 65He’s up to 12 PTS, 5 REB & 8 AST at the half on NBALP. pic.twitter.com/JLAorHa1Zm— NBA (@NBA) February 13, 2019What’s Next?Kings (30-26) at Nuggets (38-18) 9 p.m. ET — Sacramento is trying to stay afloat in the Western Conference while Denver is toward the top of the standings. Both teams feature promising, athletic players that run the floor nonstop. This matchup should be an entertaining one as the All-Star break approaches. NBA trade rumors: Celtics F Jayson Tatum ‘wouldn’t mind’ being sent to Pelicans in Anthony Davis deal Hawks fans chant ‘Kobe’s better’ at Lakers star LeBron James There was plenty of exciting basketball to go around Tuesday.The Lakers are trying to work their way into a playoff spot, but fell short to the lowly Hawks 117-113.
Charles Barkley on Kevin Durant’s injury: ‘They shouldn’t have put that man out there’ “I was excited because he was doing so well and then when it happened I kinda just sunk,” Wanda said of watching her son get hurt. “I was just glued on him and glued on his eyes to see how he was doing.”(It was) hurtful to see the anguish in his eyes and he looked as though he felt somewhat dejected.”While the Warriors acknowledged it was an Achilles injury, it’s unclear how extreme it is. Wanda said she was able to talk to her son shortly after the injury happened when he was taken back to the locker room.”I talked to him about 5-10 minutes afterward and he told me not to cry. Because you know he just worked so hard to get back to play. He just told me not to worry, it’s going to be okay,” she said.Many have criticized the Warriors on putting Durant back in the game too soon. Wanda said there was no way Kevin would have been able to go play unless the doctors felt he was ready.”It’s still out right now, he felt that he was able to play and they said that he could play,” she said. “We still have to analyze that see if they made the right decision.” Kevin Durant’s No. 1 fan has opened up about how the Warriors star is dealing with the aftermath of his Achilles injury.Wanda Durant, Kevin’s mother, appeared on Good Morning America Wednesday morning to give an update on Kevin, who flew to New York Tuesday to have an MRI on his injured leg. “Emotionally, it’s a little tough for him. Physically, of course, you all saw he went down. He’s having a rough time right now,” she said.FULL INTERVIEW: @mamadurant opens up about son @KDTrey5’s dramatic injury during Game 5 of the #NBAFinals and his future in the NBA. pic.twitter.com/B1ZE5nDErl— Good Morning America (@GMA) June 12, 2019Wanda was at home watching Game 5 of the NBA Finals when she saw Kevin hobble off the Raptors’ court just 12 minutes into his return from a calf injury that sidelined him for a month. Related News Kevin Durant’s original injury involved Achilles, sports doctor speculates NBA Finals 2019: Warriors’ Kevon Looney ‘should be able to play’ in Game 6 vs. Raptors She added: “The doctors said that he was OK. Kevin couldn’t have gone on his own to say I’m gonna play without the advisement of the doctors.”Wanda then thanked all the fans and well-wishers who sent kind words her way over Kevin’s recovery.”To the fans all over the world who have sent us their prayers, who have contacted me over my social media, sent general responses, I’m just so grateful and our family is thankful,” she said. “And so for that, we have complete gratitude.”
Out of those five, only Champ tested positive for COVID-19. The rest of the group is skipping the Travelers Championship “out of an abundance of caution” after coming into contact with others who have tested positive. (Caddies for Brooks Koepka and McDowell tested positive, and one of Simpson’s family members also tested positive.)”We need to use these developments as a stark reminder for everyone involved as we continue to learn from an operational standpoint; we are making several adjustments to our health and safety plan, as noted in the memo sent to players this morning, and we will continuously reinforce to all players, caddies, staff members and support personnel on property at PGA TOUR events to adhere to social distancing and other safety protocols that further minimize risk,” the PGA Tour said in a statement released Wednesday.Despite positive tests from Champ and multiple caddies, the Travelers Championship will still be held without fans in attendance. Here is everything you need to know about this year’s tournament.MORE: Watch the Travelers Championship live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)Watch the Travelers Championship 2020Dates: June 25-28, 2020TV channels: Golf Channel, CBSLive stream: fuboTV, NBCSports.com, CBS Sports appLive coverage of the 2020 Travelers Championship for Rounds 1 and 2 on Thursday and Friday can be seen on Golf Channel from 3 to 6 p.m ET and heard on PGA Tour Radio from noon to 6 p.m. ET. Rounds 3 and 4 can be seen on Golf Channel (1-3 p.m. ET) and CBS (3-6 p.m. ET) and heard on PGA Tour Radio from 1 to 6 p.m. ET.The event can be live-streamed via NBCSports.com and the CBS Sports app for the network’s portion of the coverage as well as fuboTV, which offers a free seven-day trial.DateTV timesTV channelThursday, June 253-6 p.m. ETGolf Channel, fuboTVFriday, June 263-6 p.m. ETGolf Channel, fuboTVSaturday, June 271-6 p.m. ETCBS, Golf Channel, fuboTVSunday, June 281-6 p.m. ETCBS, Golf Channel, fuboTVWho will be the replacements at the 2020 Travelers Championship?Here is the full list of replacements for the golfers who have withdrawn:Sebastian Cappelen in for ChampDavid Hearn in for McDowellTim Wilkinson in for Brooks KoepkaRobert Streb in for Chase KoepkaTyler McCumber in for SimpsonTravelers Championship tee times for 2020Here is the complete list of tee times for Friday’s Round 2 at the Travelers Championship:Round 2: Friday, June 26At Hole No. 1 …6:45 a.m. — Danny Lee, Bronson Burgoon, Scott Harrington6:55 a.m. — Richy Werenski, Roger Sloan, Matthew NeSmith7:05 a.m. — Brian Harm, Kevin, Streelman, Bo Van Pelt7:15 a.m. — Kevin Na, Hudson Swafford, Vijay Singh7:25 a.m. — Kevin Kisner, Jason Day, Kevin Chappell7:35 a.m. — Martin Trainer, Ted Potter Jr., Davis Love III7:45 a.m. — Kevin Tway, Russell Knox, Zach Johnson7:55 a.m. — J.T. Poston, Dylan Frittelli, Ian Poulter8:05 a.m. — Greg Chalmers, Luke Donald, Stewart Cink8:15 a.m. — Peter Malnati, Hunter Mahan, Kyoung-Hoon Lee8:25 a.m. — Ryan Moore, Joel Dahmen, Beau Hossler8:35 a.m. — Luke List, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Sam Burns8:45 a.m. — Rob Oppenheim, David Pastore, Peter Kuest12:00 p.m. — Matt Jones, Brian Gay, Byeong Hun An12:10 p.m. — Russell Henley, Michael Thompson, Sepp Straka12:20 p.m. — D.J. Trahan, Xinjun Zhang, Lucas Bjerregaard12:30 p.m. — Ryan Palmer, Brandt Snedeker, Abraham Ancer12:40 p.m. — Tyler McCumber, Chez Reavie, Jon Rahm12:50 p.m. — Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson, Bryson DeChambeau1 p.m. — Shane Lowry, Patrick Cantlay, Paul Casey1:10 p.m. — Patrick Reed, Lanto Griffin, Keegan Bradley1:20 p.m. — Marc Leishman, Max Homa, Adam Long1:30 p.m. — Bud Cauley, Denny McCarthy, Matt Wallace1:40 p.m — Mackenzie Hughes, Fabian Gomez, Sam Ryder1:50 p.m. — Charley Hoffman, Tom Hoge, Wyndham Clark2 p.m. — Hank Lebioda, Joseph Bramlett, Robert StrebAt Hole No. 10 … The PGA Tour is moving forward with the 2020 Travelers Championship despite multiple golfers withdrawing from the event over concerns about positive coronavirus (COVID-19) tests.Brooks Koepka and Webb Simpson, who are both in the top five of the world rankings, will not participate in the Travelers Championship, bringing the total number of withdrawals to five. Cameron Champ, Graeme McDowell and Chase Koepka are also out of the tournament. 6:45 a.m. — Kyle Stanley, Vaughn Taylor, Mark Hubbard6:55 a.m. — Lucas Glover, Louis Oosthuizen, Adam Schenk7:05 a.m. — Scott Stallings, Cameron Tringale, Robby Shelton7:15 a.m. — Sung Kang, Bubba Watson, Wesley Bryan7:25 a.m. — Collin Morikawa, Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth7:35 a.m. — Justin Thomas, Tim Wilkinson, Xander Schauffele7:45 a.m. — Viktor Hovland, Justin Rose, Tony Finau7:55 a.m. — Cameron Smith, Corey Conners, Brendan Steele8:05 a.m. — Joaquin Niemann, Gary Woodland, Patton Kizzire8:15 a.m. — Aaron Baddeley, Jason Kokrak, Jamie Lovemark8:25 a.m. — Charl Schwartzel, J.J. Henry, Doc Redman8:35 a.m. — Braden Grace, Scott Brown, Harold Varner III8:45 a.m. — Bo Hoag, Sahith Threegala, Will GordonNoon — Matt Every, J.J. Spaun, Henrik Norlander12:10 p.m. — Talor Gooch, Cameron Davis, Harry Higgs12:20 p.m. — Jhonattan Vegas, James Hahn, Scottie Scheffler12:30 p.m. — Matthew Wolf, Aaron Wise, Grayson Murray12:40 p.m. — Troy Merritt, Bill Horschel, Brice Garnett12:50 p.m. — C.T. Pan, Austin Cook, Jim Furyk1 p.m. — Tyler Duncan, Ryan Armour, Danny Willett1:10 p.m. — Brendon Todd, David Hearn, Si Woo Kim1:20 p.m. — Sebastian Cappelen, Keith Mitchell, Michael Kim1:30 p.m. — Sungjae Im, Sebastian Munoz, Sergio Garcia1:40 p.m — Emiliano Grillo, Patrick Rodgers, Cameron Percy1:50 p.m. — Brian Stroud, Seung-Yul Noh, Carlos Ortiz2 p.m. — Chris Stroud, Rafa Cabrera Bello, Zac BlairTravelers Championship purseThe purse at the 2020 Travelers Championship is $7.4 million. The winner will pocket $1.332 million in prize money.Travelers Championship odds, picks for 2020Bryson DeChambeau (+1,100)Rory McIlroy (+1,100)Justin Thomas (+1,100)Jon Rahm (+1,600)Dustin Johnson (+2,000)DeChambeau, McIlroy and Thomas are the betting favorites (+1,100) to win the 2020 Travelers Championship. A $100 bet on one of those golfers would win $1,100. Travelers Championship past winnersSeven golfers have won the Travelers Championship more than once in the tournament’s history. With a victory this year, Bubba Watson would join Billy Casper as the only man to win the Travelers Championship four times.YearWinnerScore2019Chez Reavie-172018Bubba Watson-172017Jordan Spieth-122016Russell Knox-142015Bubba Watson-162014Kevin Streelman-152013Ken Duke-122012Marc Leishman-142011Fredrik Jacobson-202010Bubba Watson-14
By DAVID KOENIG=AP Airlines Writer= Airlines are slashing flights and freezing hiring as they experience a sharp drop in bookings and a rise in cancellations in the face of the spreading coronavirus. Delta said Tuesday that travel demand has fallen so badly in the past week that it expects one-third of seats to be empty this month on flights within the U.S. The drop in travel demand is across the board — business travelers are grounded as meetings and conferences are being canceled, and leisure travelers are avoiding unnecessary trips. Delta says fear of travel is felt most sharply among people over 55, and it’s worse on the West Coast than the East Coast.
By Elizabeth WulfhorstLITTLE SILVER–Red Bank Regional High School (RBR) took a unique approach to its Week of Respect activities this year, focusing on the hot-button topic of gender identity.The New Jersey Department of Education requires that schools observe a Week of Respect in October of each year “by providing age-appropriate instruction focusing on preventing HIB (harassment, intimidation and bullying).”RBR partnered with Make it Better for Youth, a Monmouth County consortium for LGBT youth, to bring Samuel Killermann to the school for a presentation on gender. Killermann is an author, activist and social justice comedian who pens the popular blog “It’s Pronounced Metrosexual.”Killermann’s presentation was both funny and insightful, imparting important concepts to the students, including the complexity of gender identity. Killermann’s fascination with gender and gender identity began in college when a prospective girlfriend assumed he was homosexual. He is not. This misperception occurred often enough in college that he sought counsel at the college’s LGBTQ center. While Killermann admits he is not a “masculine guy,” he was told people were confusing his sexuality with the way he expressed his gender in dress and mannerisms.Killerman explained that “biological sex (male or female) is the physical make-up of our bodies” while a person’s gender is relative and personal to each individual. He went on to say there are many versions of gender and a variety of ways a person may self-describe their own gender beyond the traditional binary label of male or female – gender neutral, gender fluid, gender queer, transgender.He also cautioned the students to use these classifications as adjectives and not nouns when describing a person’s gender preference and to do everything in their power to ensure the people in their lives do not ever feel ashamed of who they are.Students from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School’s Gay Straight Alliance, as well as the Collier School were also invited to the presentation.“People need to be aware of the changes around them and advancements for LGBTQ students and society,” said Skylar (Kyle) Eber, the president of RBR’s active Gender & Sexuality Alliance (GSA). “I have heard from a lot of students praising his presentation and saying how good it was, how enjoyable it was.”Sophomore Tamia Waddy added, “It was amazing. Schools don’t usually do this. They push it into a closet. It is really important to be open-minded about this. I was really proud of my school.”More information about gender identity and ways to combat HIB can be found at makeitbetter4youth.org and samuelkillermann.com.
British Columbia’s natural gas development minister says the federal election and environmental approval are the only wild cards holding up a proposed $36-billion liquefied natural gas plant in the province.Rich Coleman says a false media report from Malaysia claims that slumping oil and gas prices have the country’s state-owned energy giant Petronas considering delaying its LNG project near Prince Rupert for up to nine years.He says meetings in Vancouver last week between the joint-venture project’s five financial backers, including Petronas, confirmed they are waiting for federal environmental approval after the election on Monday.- Advertisement -Petronas executive vice-president Wee Yiaw Hin issued a statement Thursday from Kuala Lumpur, after a series of analysts warned over the past six months that weak LNG prices in Asia and other issues could delay the project by months, if not years.“Petronas would like to reaffirm its commitment to deliver long-term LNG supply to its customers through the Pacific NorthWest LNG project in Canada, despite the current market volatility for oil and gas,” said Mr. Wee, who is also chairman of Pacific NorthWest LNG. “Together with its partners, Petronas is ready to proceed with the project on the condition that it receives the remaining regulatory approval from the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency [CEAA].”The B.C. government approved a project development deal last summer, when Petronas-backed Pacific NorthWest LNG officials said federal environmental approval would be the last hurdle.Advertisement The company recently said the B.C. project is going full steam ahead.
FONTANA – Strange, passionless race, this Sharp Aquos 500. Almost as if it didn’t matter. An exhibition in the middle of the Nextel Cup season. Not yet the Chase for the Cup. But the essential purpose of the season’s first 26 races – to determine the 12 drivers who get into the 10-race, championship-deciding Chase – hardly applied Sunday because the top dozen were all but locked up even before race No. 25 began. So hardly anyone was charging out there. The season’s top guys just wanted to stay out of trouble and get to the finish line and clinch their Chase spots. The also-rans had trouble taking advantage because, well, if they were serious contenders they wouldn’t have come here buried in the standings. So it wasn’t like J.J. Yeley or Dave Blaney were going to take control. Did fans pick up on that? The built-in lack of compelling story lines? They certainly didn’t turn out in numbers. If it wasn’t the smallest crowd for a Nextel Cup race in Fontana, it was depressingly close. Reporters estimated 72,000 at the track. Some 40,000 short of a sellout. Or about 18,000 fewer than USC drew the night before for a football game with Idaho. Ask folks who trekked to Fontana what they will remember about the day, and they likely will cite the heat, the blazing sun, the heat, the sunburn and the heat. It was 100-something degrees when the green flag dropped, and maybe 140 on the track. For the race, fans had to settle for subplots. Many of them involving Dale Earnhardt Jr., the most popular driver never to win a championship. Would he keep alive his longshot drive for the Chase? Could he win his first race of the season? Would he blurt out what number will adorn his car next season when he leaves the team his father founded and joins Hendrick Motorsports? The answers were yes, no and definitely not. Little E was one of the few guys on the starting grid with reason to drive like a maniac. He needed to cut into a deficit of 168 points to give himself at least a ghost of a chance to snake the No. 12 spot at Richmond next weekend. And he did. Much to the delight of his legion of fans. He was in the top five most of the race, led six times for 15 laps, but at the end he just wasn’t as quick as Jimmie Johnson, Carl Edwards, Kyle Busch and Jeff Burton, the four guys who finished ahead of him. Junior’s Chase chances hang by a thread. He is 128 points behind Kevin Harvick for the 12th spot, and he’s out of championship contention, no matter what he does, if Harvick finishes 32nd or better at Richmond and 11th-place Kurt Busch finishes 36th or better. When he was done with nearly four hours behind the wheel of the Budweiser Chevrolet, Earnhardt was asked how he felt. “It’s hot,” he said. “I’m tired, real tired.” And left needing something approaching a NASCAR miracle to make his season meaningful past Richmond. “I don’t know much about the system,” he said. “I just go out and run as hard as I can. “It doesn’t look like we’re going to make it, but we’re not going to quit trying until they tell us we’re not.” And his number for next year? Keep guessing. It won’t be the familiar 8, of course. Evil stepmom Teresa, owner of Dale Earnhardt Inc., won’t let 8 go. It won’t be 38, either, though it would be so tidy, his late father’s No. 3 and his No. 8. But the Yates team has 38 and isn’t giving it up. So now 81 is the hot rumor. Well, everything was hot, Sunday. Weather was the prime topic all along, and the drivers looked as flushed and drained at the end of 500 miles as if they had run them. “That was a long 500,” Burton said. “It felt like a marathon.” The racing was less than compelling, as generally is the case here. Track officials trumpeted 30 lead changes involving 16 drivers, but Johnson or Kyle Busch led 181 of the 250 laps, so it wasn’t like it a dozen guys seemed capable of winning. And the lead changes seemed mostly a function of the 11 caution flags. A track record. It was a race that will be little noted nor long remembered – because it decided so little. Other than reaffirming that nobody is keen on watching cars drive in circles for four hours when it’s 100 degrees in the shade. Read my blog at www.sbsun.com/blogs/inthiscorner160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Next week marks the beginning of Enterprising Donegal Business Week 2015.It runs from Monday the 23rd until Friday the 27th of March and if you are in business or are planning on starting a business, there are a host of events throughout the week that can help anyone in any type of business.I will be presenting on Friday the 27th, along with Susan Hayes and Deirdre Mc Glone, and my talk will be about how your health is vital to your success in your business. Registration is at 9am and the presentations will run from 9:30 until 12pm. This week’s article and next week’s article will focus on how being healthy and active can help you in your business and help your bottom line.As business owners, we live in stressful times.Competition is everywhere, once you get set up and start to get established as a business, it seems as if 3 more similar companies have set up just around the corner from you.It’s no wonder that about half of all small businesses fail within the first four years, a statistic that generates a shudder of fear in even the most dauntless entrepreneur. Stress can cause all sorts of problems for small business owners.Sleepless nights, poor dietary choices, poor time management and poor decision making; not the sort of things you want happening when these things can severely hamper your business.Regular exercise is one of the best ways to stay healthy during times of stress.According to research from the Centre for Creative Leadership, executives who are physically fit are considered to be more effective leaders than those who aren’t.CCL performed a 10-year study comparing business executives who regularly exercise with those who don’t (or only hit the gym sporadically) and compared it with reviews of their work performance with their colleagues. “We found that the exercisers rated significantly higher than their non-exercising peers on overall leadership effectiveness,” writes Dr. Sharon McDowell-Larsen, co-author of the study. “They also scored higher on specific traits including: inspiring commitment, credibility, leading others, leading by example, energy, resilience and calmness.”Staying healthy during times of stress requires either reducing the strain or boosting one’s ability to weather its effects. The University of Iowa reports that regular exercise not only reduces stress, but also helps reduce anxiety, improve sleep and boost immunity from colds and flu. Exercise also helps to lower blood pressure and cholesterol.Exercise isn’t something that you have to spend 1-2 hours on each session.Whenever I have a client, especially a business owner, come in and they are in a time of stress, the last thing I am going to do to them is hammer them in the gym. If a client comes in already stressed, adding further stress to this can have ill effects and leave them more tired (and therefore more stressed), than when they came in. So I would reduce the training load, do something that feels like a workout, but won’t leave them destroyed and not able to function the next day.What can you do to get started with exercise when in business?Instead of 2-3 long workouts each week, do a short 30 min session each day, even if it’s only to break a sweat.Be more active throughout the day; walk, take the stairs, park further away from the building, walk while on the phone.If heading on business trips, book a hotel with a gym or pool, and use it.Set a time slot in your schedule for exercise. Make it a meeting that you don’t miss. Exercise is great for clearing your head and you may even have some inspiration while training!Finally, log your workouts. Keep track of them so you know what you are doing and whether you are making progress. This will also save you time when training.Next week, I will cover how your diet can keep you focused in your business.#TrainSmartTo keep up to date with fitness and nutrition tips, be sure to follow me through the link below. #TrainSmarthttps://www.facebook.com/pages/Rushe-Fitness/120518884715118EMMET RUSHE’S FITNESS COLUMN: BEING FIT FOR BUSINESS was last modified: March 15th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:being fitcolumnemmet rushefit for business
Liverpool have won three of their last four Champions League knockout away games. (Agency Photo)FC Porto vs Liverpool (AGG: 0-2)Estadio Do Dragao, PortoWednesday, 17-04-2019 @10pmReferee: Danny Makkelie (Holland)Defender Dejan Lovren and midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain were both left out of Liverpool’s squad to face Porto after missing training on Tuesday. Joe Gomez is available after recovering from a leg fracture sustained in December and is expected to replace Lovren. Meanwhile, Jordan Henderson has travelled after being forced off in the win over Chelsea with an ankle problem.Porto will be boosted by the return of two players from suspension, with defender Pepe and midfielder Hector Herrera available again after sitting out at Anfield.Two of the three teams that lost their first leg by two or more goals in the last 16 of the Champions League this season managed to turn around the tie in the second leg; Manchester United knocked out Paris St-Germain and Juventus defeating Atletico Madrid. Liverpool have never lost a European match against Porto in seven previous encounters (W4 D3 L0), keeping three successive clean sheets against them. Porto suffered their heaviest home defeat in European competition against Liverpool in last season’s Champions League, with the Reds winning 5-0 in a last 16 tie.Porto have lost the first leg of a Champions League/European Cup knockout tie by two or more goals on six previous occasions, and on all six of those occasions they have been eliminated from the competition. They are the only remaining side in the Champions League to have won 100% of their home games in the competition this season (4/4). Indeed, Porto last won five or more straight home games in the competition between October 1998 and December 1999 (run of six). Moussa Marega has scored in all four of FC Porto’s home Champions League matches this season.Since the start of last season, Liverpool have won three of their four away Champions League knockout games, only losing to Roma in last season’s semi-final (4-2). Liverpool have progressed from all nine of their previous two-legged European ties under manager Jurgen Klopp (four in the 2015-16 Europa League, one 2017-18 Champions League play-off and four Champions League knockout stage ties since the start of last season). Sadio Mane scored a hat-trick for Liverpool against Porto in last season’s Champions League; only Luiz Adriano (against Bate Borisov) and Cristiano Ronaldo (against Atletico Madrid) have ever scored more than one hat-trick against an opponent in the Champions League, while no player has ever scored two away from home against one club. Since the start of the 2017-18 tournament, Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino has both scored and assisted in five different Champions League matches, more than any other player in this time.Man City vs Tottenham Hotspurs (AGG: 0-1)Etihad Stadium, ManchesterWednesday, 17-04-2019 @10pmReferee: Cuneyt Cakir (Turkey)Man City are trailing 0-1 from the first leg.City midfielder Fernandinho has trained after missing Sunday’s win over Crystal Palace with a muscle problem. Sergio Aguero was withdrawn late on at Palace but is fit, although Oleksandr Zinchenko (hamstring) is a doubt.Midfielder Dele Alli has been named in Tottenham’s squad for their Champions League quarter-final second leg but will be assessed before Spurs decide if he will play against Manchester City. Spurs forward Erik Lamela, who has not played since the last-16 second leg against Borussia Dortmund on 5 March because of a hamstring injury, has also trained and like Alli will be assessed after Tuesday’s training session. Serge Aurier (hamstring), Eric Dier (hip flexor) and Harry Winks (groin) are all out, as is striker Harry Kane after he suffered an ankle injury in the first leg.Tottenham have only won one of their last eight visits to Manchester City in all competitions (D1 L6), a 2-1 Premier League win in February 2016. The first leg of Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester City saw eight different English players in the two starting line-ups. The last Uefa Champions League game to see more Englishmen start was the 2008 Champions League final between Manchester United & Chelsea (10).Manchester City trail 1-0 after losing the first leg against Tottenham; of the 32 previous occasions of a side losing the first leg of a two-legged Champions League tie 1-0 away home, 10 went on to progress (31%). In European competition, Manchester City have lost all five of their previous matches against fellow English clubs, including all three in the Champions League. Manchester City have won 23 of their 25 home matches in all competitions this season (L2), although they have lost two of their last three home games in the Champions League knockout stages, winning the other 7-0 against Schalke in this season’s last 16. Manchester City’s Leroy Sane has been directly involved in seven goals in his last three home games in the Champions League (three goals, four assists), four more than he managed in his previous seven such games at the Etihad (one goal, two assists). Sergio Aguero scored 10 goals in his first seven appearances against Tottenham for Manchester City in all competitions but has since failed to score in each of his last seven games against them; missing a penalty in the first leg of this tie.Tottenham Hotspur from were eliminated the last time they won 1-0 in the first leg of a two-legged European tie at home, being knocked out by Kaiserslautern in the second round of the 1999-2000 Uefa Cup (2-1 on aggregate). Tottenham have won each of their last three Champions League matches; they have never won four in a row in the competition. Each of Tottenham’s last 10 goals scored in the Champions League have come in the second half of their matches; indeed, 93% of their goals in the competition this season have been netted in the second half (13/14).Tuesday’s Results:-Barcelona 3-0 Man United (AGG: 4-0)-Juventus 1-2 Ajax (AGG: 2-3)Comments Tags: champions leagueFC PortoliverpoolMan CitySpurstop