I’d never seen him do that before. He stood stock-still, as though he were defending something.Dad has never broadcast his military service, but around that time he confessed – in a long conversation on Interstate 20 toward New Orleans – that he felt people like him were “under-appreciated,” that they were being “pushed out,” their service to the nation taken for granted.We were on the way to meet up with my brother for a father-son fishing trip. Dad was driving a black Hyundai with peach-colored Georgia plates mounted in a frame that read “Vietnam Veteran.” That was new. My dad has never asked to be thought of as a hero, but somewhere in that burgeoning period of conspicuous militarism, he found the room to do something he’d never done before: publicly identify himself as a veteran, and bear on his license plate and on his person the sometimes wordless emblems of military service.When I was a boy, Dad’s Army service uniform hung in a closet in my brother’s room, along with his combat boots and black felt cavalry hat with the captain’s bars pinned on the front. Categories: Editorial, OpinionWhen I attended my first college football game in Athens, Georgia, in 1981, it was a relatively spartan affair by today’s standards.As I remember it, there were few or none of the militaristic flourishes that accompany sporting events nowadays.We sang the national anthem to ordinary fanfare, palm to left breast, but there were no F-15 flyovers, no surprise halftime reunions between returning soldiers and their gobsmacked children, no public-service announcements reminding us to support our troops. A few years ago, I returned to Athens with two of my boys and my father.When the national anthem began playing over the PA, my father turned toward the gigantic high-definition flag on the enormous new video display and stood at full attention, his right hand up to his eyebrow, saluting in the way he’d been taught. I never touched the dress uniform, but I used the hat for dress-up and possibly for one of the “Son of Rambo” home videos my brother and I shot on the VHS handheld.Dad seemed indifferent to the existence of the mementos of his Army service.If he wasn’t, he never said anything.But we didn’t bother to find out, either, because the subject of Vietnam was a no-fly zone.Dad simply didn’t talk about it, and he must have had his reasons. My father volunteered for a controversial war; he served a one-year tour because he chose to.Whenever I meet an Army solider or veteran, I tell them that my dad was a Huey helicopter pilot in the 1st Air Cavalry Division in Vietnam in 1966 and 1967. I watch as their jaws slacken and their eyebrows pinch slightly. They often say the same thing. “Whoa.” I had heard from my brother rumors that Dad had walked out of “Apocalypse Now,” but I have never heard why or if it’s even true.Maybe he saw in Robert Duvall’s character – like my father, an officer in the First Cav, in the same felt hat that sat in my brother’s closet – too much of himself, or too little.We saw “Platoon” together when it played in Atlanta, but we didn’t talk about it after it was over. Once, at a dinner with my wife, my parents, and my brother and sister-in-law, Dad volunteered a story about a training flight on a Huey while he was an instructor at flight school at Fort Rucker in Alabama.The engine blew a hole in the side of the combustion chamber, and Dad managed to land the Huey in a peanut field.While I don’t recall the details with the precision I wish I did, I remember it for one reason: My brother gently hushed the conversation at our end of the table. Dad was telling a story from his Army days, and that never happened.Dad volunteered for Vietnam, but he has never once volunteered to talk about it. The Fort Rucker story is as close as I think I’ve ever come to hearing one. The whole experience is like a blacked-out, redacted portion of my father’s personal history as it has been handed down to us.My father didn’t take a single hit during his year in Vietnam, but on either side are tales of wreckage: the damaged Huey in Alabama, and the story about how his helicopter, piloted by someone else, was shot down while Dad was on R&R not long before he returned to the United States to marry Mom. When Mom texted me a couple of months ago to tell me about the new Ken Burns documentary on the Vietnam War, I was attempting, unsuccessfully, to put one of my children to sleep. “It’s on now,” she said. Watching it then was out of the question, a casualty of multiple-child-induced bedtime fatigue. “Worth a watch,” she followed up. “Makes you realize what your Dad went through.”I told her that I would watch it as soon as I had the chance. But what I meant was, I wish he would tell me about it himself.And when the boys were finally asleep, the dust of my mind blown away like the circle of ground beneath a landing Huey, I realized what I actually meant but did not have the guts to say: I wish I had the courage to ask. More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census It makes me proud that my dad is considered a badass by active-duty soldiers who have seen hells of their own – maybe even a slightly crazy kind of badass, who put his life in the line of fire flying into hot zones in Southeast Asia.It’s a vicarious pride, and I take it with some measure of guilt:It’s not my own, and at 46 I know that I will never have to fight in a war the way my dad chose to do.Maybe I tell that to soldiers to establish a tenuous connection with people who have given their lives over to demands that will never be made of me.Maybe I tell it to make myself seem more courageous than I really am, as if somehow some of my father’s courage passed down to me.But at times I feel as if I have as much business telling that story as I did putting on Dad’s flight jacket for a home movie, bearing the accoutrements of courage and military service that I did not earn.It may also be an attempt to solicit from strangers some iota of information on a subject about which my father has chosen to remain mostly silent.
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The first shipment of five ventilators from a total of 33 units jointly procured by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) for Indonesia arrived in Jakarta on Monday.“The ventilators will be symbolically given to the BNPB [National Disaster Mitigation Agency],” communications head of UNDP Indonesia Tomi Soetjipto said in a press statement on Tuesday.“Ventilators are important devices that are greatly needed for COVID-19 patients,” he added. For severely ill COVID-19 patients whose lungs have been damaged by the coronavirus, a ventilator pushes oxygen-rich air into the lungs, helping the patient to breathe normally. The ventilator is expected to give the patient time to fight off the virus and recover. However, the survival rate for COVID-19 patients on ventilators is not yet clear. “Globally, there has been a high demand for essential equipment to treat COVID-19, so these ventilators will make a significant impact in providing critical care to those patients worst affected, across the country,” WHO Representative to Indonesia N. Paranietharan said in the statement.The joint effort of UN organizations to assist Indonesia will provide a total of 33 ventilators over the course of four weeks at an estimated cost of US$762,460. The WHO will provide a total of 27 ventilators supported through a partnership with the Japanese government, meanwhile, the IOM and the UNDP will provide three ventilators each.“In complement, the UNDP together with the rest of the United Nations development system will intensify its support to cushion the socioeconomic impact of the pandemic on the Indonesian people and prepare for a green sustainable recovery in close partnership with the government,” UNDP resident representative Christophe Bahuet said.Chief of mission of the IOM, Louis Hoffmann, added that the delivery of the ventilators was funded by the Australian government as part of a larger package of critical, life-saving supplies and equipment that the IOM will deliver to the country.Previously, Indonesia was set to receive the first delivery of ventilators from the United States in early June, as a result of a call between President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and US President Donald Trump in April.Domestically, the Research and Technology Ministry along with the National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN) had stated that Indonesia would start producing 100 to 300 ventilators starting in early June, with state-owned weapons manufacturer Pindad, hospital equipment maker PT Poly Jaya Medikal, electronics manufacturer PT LEN and automotive holding company Dharma Group among those involved in the manufacturing process.Topics :
Travel Tools Available for Residents, DNC Visitors By: Leslie Richards, Secretary of Transportation Read more blog posts on the Democratic National Convention.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf DNC, The Blog The Democratic National Convention, being held from July 25 to 28, will bring thousands of visitors, media and others to Philadelphia. Pennsylvania is excited to host this national event and PennDOT is working with national, state and local officials to ensure it’s a safe and smooth one.To help residents and visitors alike, we’ve set up 511pa.com/DNC, a travelers’ website dedicated to this event. There, you can find information on real-time traffic conditions in the Philadelphia region, along with street closures around the convention venue at the Wells Fargo Center in South Philadelphia. The site is responsive on mobile devices so you can check the site from just about anywhere!Even if you’re not attending the convention or plan to just pass through the region, I encourage you to check out the site in advance and also during the event so you can plan ahead and avoid any potential inconveniences as much as possible.We’re taking many measures to not only help maintain safety, but also to keep you moving.Road Restrictions, Closures, and DetoursAll interstate highways and expressways in the Philadelphia region will remain open to passenger vehicles throughout the convention. Commuters should allow additional time for travel on I-76, I-676 and Route 291 during this time because these highways will experience heavier traffic volumes due to commercial vehicles being diverted off I-95 (see “Commercial Drivers”). Citizens should consider using public transportation for travel into and out of Center City.The I-95 exit ramps at Broad Street (Route 611/Exit 17) in south Philadelphia also will be closed during convention week.The I-95 north exit ramp at Broad Street (Route 611/Exit 17) will be closed from Friday, July 22 at 8:00 PM until midday Friday, July 29.The southbound I-95 exit ramp at Broad Street (Route 611/Exit 17) will be open intermittently during convention week, but only for access to the Navy Yard. The southbound exit-ramp will be closed:Friday, July 22, at 8:00 PM to Saturday, July 23, at 6:00 AM;Monday, July 25, at 2:00 PM to Tuesday, July 26, at 2:00 AM;Tuesday, July 26, at 2:00 PM to Wednesday, July 27, at 2:00 AM;Wednesday, July 27, at 2:00 PM to Thursday, July 28, at 2:00 AM; andThursday, July 28, at 2:00 PM to midday Friday, July 29.The southbound I-95 off-ramp will be open to the Navy Yard only at all other times during convention week.The posted detours for motorists to follow during the closure of the I-95 exit ramps at Broad Street (Route 611/Exit 17) are:From I-95 North: Route 291 (Penrose Avenue) east, to Moyamensing Avenue, to Oregon Avenue to Broad Street (Route 611); andFrom I-95 South: Enterprise Avenue, to Island Avenue, to Route 291 (Penrose Avenue) east, to Moyamensing Avenue, to Oregon Avenue to Broad Street (Route 611).Commercial DriversDue to security at the convention, there will be some commercial vehicle restrictions in place during the event. Commercial vehicles weighing more than five tons will be prohibited from traveling on Interstate 95 between Exit 13 (Interstate 76 West/Route 291/Valley Forge) and Exit 22 (Interstate 676) in Philadelphia from Saturday, July 23 at 12:00 PM, until midday Friday, July 29.What commercial vehicles are restricted?Among the types of commercial vehicles to be restricted from traveling on this part of I-95 during the convention are delivery trucks, utility vehicles, parcel trucks, small dump trucks, buses, flatbed and stake trucks, refrigerated and box trucks, large delivery trucks, refuse trucks, cement mixers, buses, and all tractor trailer combinations including double trailers.In addition, motor homes and recreational trailers operated for personal use and weighing more than five tons will also be restricted from traveling on this section of I-95.Keeping You Informed and MovingWhen it comes to managing area roadways, PennDOT is working closely with regional transportation partners to coordinate travel-related messaging and the use of electronic message signs to inform commercial drivers and travelers of I-95 travel restrictions in Philadelphia during this special event. Messages will be posted on 109 permanent and portable electronic message signs beginning Saturday, July 16, and continuing throughout the week of the convention.PennDOT will not close travel lanes on the following interstate highways and expressways for construction and maintenance activities from Sunday night, July 24, to Friday morning, July 29: I-76; I-95 between I-676 and I-476: I-676; U.S. 202 between Route 29 and I-76; and U.S. 422 between U.S. 202 and Route 23.Expanded, Free Roadside AssistanceTo further help motorists and expedite the reopening of travel lanes resulting from breakdowns or incidents during the convention, PennDOT will operate its State Farm Safety Patrol tow truck service around-the-clock from Saturday, July 23, to Friday, July 29, on I-76; I-95 between Route 63 and the Delaware state line; I-476; I-676; U.S. 202 between Boot Road and I-76; and U.S. 422 between U.S. 202 and Route 29.Visit the City of Philadelphia website to learn more about the convention, receive alerts from the city, and much more. 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The formal living area at 41-43 Naomi Ct, Morayfield.“Joy is the gardener — she’s got the green thumb — I’m just the labourer,” Mr Tobler said. “Most of the gardens were here when we bought the place. We’ve just improved them, added a few more and added a concrete driveway.” Mr Tobler said as soon as the real estate agent turned into the driveway of the Morayfield property, he knew this would be the home his wife would want. The kitchen at 41-43 Naomi Ct, Morayfield.More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019“It’s a haven really,” he said.“If you want privacy and quiet, it’s unbelievable … We’re back off the road and we very rarely hear anything from the street.” The double brick home has formal lounge and dining rooms, a big country kitchen and an open-plan living and meals area. The home at 41-43 Naomi Ct, Morayfield.THIS family home is tucked away on a secluded 9804sq m block backing on to a creek. The three-bedroom home at 41-43 Naomi Court, Morayfield, includes a two-way fireplace, country kitchen, patio and outdoor entertaining area. Charlie and Joy Tobler bought the home in 2002 and have transformed the gardens into a beautiful retreat. The family room at 41-43 Naomi Ct, Morayfield.There is a two-way fireplace that heats both the formal and informal living spaces. The kitchen includes stained glass, dishwasher, plenty of cupboard and bench space, and big windows looking out the lush gardens. The master bedroom has a walk-in wardrobe and ensuite and the two remaining bedrooms have built-in robes. The outdoor entertaining area at 41-43 Naomi Ct, Morayfield.The two dining areas open to the big back patio, where there is plenty of room for the outdoor furniture and barbecue. There is also a powered triple-bay shed on the property along with an oversized carport, double-bay wood shed, water tanks and solar panels.The home is being marketed by Trevor Hall, of Richardson & Wrench Caboolture, for offers over $685,000.
Today is Opening Day in Cincinnati! It is a unique experience for anyone who is able to go to this game. No other city in the United States treats Opening Day like Cincinnati.How many of you have been able to experience this? I was able to do so one time, because Opening Day and a school holiday coincided. I don’t actually remember why I was off, but I suspect it was Easter week. I remember the game well, because the Mets were the opponent with such players as Nolan Ryan and Tom Seaver sitting on the Bullpen bench. I was in the front row just behind them. That was the closest I ever came to these Hall of Famers.I did not see the parade, but I don’t think the final game of a World Series could have been any better than the atmosphere was that day. That is Opening Day in Cincinnati.
Osgood, Ind. — The Ripley County Chamber of Commerce welcomed several new members at their most recent meeting in Osgood.The list includes API Americas, Back 2 Basics Salon LLC, Bird in a Tree Boutique, Chosen Designs, DCH Physical Therapy, George’s Family Pharmacy, German American Bank, Loving Hearts Hospice & Palliative Care, Mac’s Auto Center, Margarita’s Mexican Grill, Monica’s Boutique, The Sherman and Thompson Outdoor Power.
Press Association Kevin Ball will send Sunderland into battle with Manchester United on Saturday looking to maintain an unlikely unbeaten run. The 48-year-old interim head coach took the Black Cats to Old Trafford in April 2006 during his previous spell as caretaker manager and emerged with a creditable 0-0 draw. However, the experience was soured by the fact that Sunderland, who were all but doomed when Mick McCarthy parted company with the club, were formally relegated that day. A repeat of that scoreline at the Stadium of Light this time around would represent a major boost to morale on Wearside with the club still looking for a first league win of the current campaign, although Ball knows just how difficult that will be despite the criticism United have had in the wake of defeats by Manchester City and West Brom. Asked if United boss David Moyes’ detractors were unreasonable in expecting instant success, he said: “From Manchester United’s point of view, they are probably entitled to do that. “But they have also got to understand when things change, it takes time to build some sort of momentum, and I have no doubt in time, that will happen there. “I just look at it as Manchester United. I know what quality of players they have got and know it’s going to be a very difficult game. “What’s gone on in previous games, I’ll look at, but it doesn’t really count because they have got a lot quality about them, they are a good team. “I am really hoping David Moyes is successful there.” There will be several familiar faces in the United squad from the side which ran out against the Black Cats all those years ago with Rio Ferdinand, Ryan Giggs and Wayne Rooney among those still going strong. Ball said: “I must admit, Giggs’ hair is grey now, isn’t it, like mine? It’s unbelievable, it’s absolutely fantastic. “Ryan Giggs, you look at him and what he’s done and everything about him in terms of his football is absolutely fabulous, and Ferdinand, Rooney – superb. “What I felt on the night was quite interesting as well. I can’t remember who it was when they came out, but they actually said ‘Well done’ to us on the night for the result. “I felt a great sense of humility from them as well, which is a fantastic attribute to have. “It was a great night. Ultimately what happened after the game didn’t sour it, but was a reflection.” Six and a half years on, Sunderland find themselves in another difficult situation having taken just a point from their opening six league games and engaged in yet another search for a manager. However, there were early signs of a recovery in last weekend’s 3-1 home defeat by Liverpool, in which the Black Cats fought hard to get back to 2-1 and were pushing for an equaliser when they were hit on the break at the death. Despite their position in the league table – they are currently bottom and four points adrift of 17th-placed West Ham – Ball is confident there are better things to come as long as the players roll up their sleeves and work for it. He said: “At times, you either go under or you fight harder. “What is important is that they keep their focus on that, they keep their focus on working hard in training, understanding there is an end aim, which is to do as well as they can possibly do. “We need to give them focus, keep things in perspective and keep things real.” Ball has no fresh injury concerns with striker Steven Fletcher back in training after dislocating his shoulder, although he will not be available until after the break for international matches, while fellow frontman Fabio Borini, who was ineligible last week, will return to the squad.
— 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.