Letters to the Editor for Sunday, Jan. 19

first_imgUnion sports focuses on more than scoresIn our society, wins and losses are the norm in evaluating athletic performance.However, I gained a much deeper appreciation for Union College sports programs recently at an event hosted by men’s hockey coach Rick Bennett, women’s coach Josh Sciba and Athletic Director Jim McLaughlin, who shared their philosophies and approaches.Unlike many collegiate athletic programs across America, engaged in a single minded, “win at all cost” mentality, incubating athletes for professional levels, Union fosters a different approach. Instead, Union is focused on more holistic coaching of individual young men and women, who must prove and maintain their academics and a host of other character-building requirements in order to represent the college athletically.At Union, metrics such as graduation rate, academic performance and community service are among the norms. As public ambassadors of the college, all Union athletes are held to strict high standards.This comprehensive approach strives to make everyone, not only the best athlete, but more importantly the best person they can be.So, while Union’s teams may not always be ranked number one in the standings, the athletes are finishing on top in character and integrity.Keep up the great work, Union athletes and coaches.Michael DaviNiskayuna Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionTo get more priests, expand search poolI was born a Catholic, and I will always be a Catholic. My education is entirely Catholic. My teachers were nuns, priests, and brothers — nuns in grammar school, priests in high school and brothers in college.I have traveled the world and lived in Peru and Brazil.I have attended mass in Europe, the Far East, Mid-East, Africa, South America and all over the United States.A consistent Sunday homily theme is that we should pray for more young men to choose the priesthood vocation. Currently, there are not enough priests to practice the church’s teaching.I propose a fix for the priesthood shortage.First, allow the priests to marry and let already-married men become priests. These men will better understand what it is like to be the head of the family, what it takes to grow a family. They will be better shepherds of their flocks.Second, allow women to become priests. I have met many women that are more intelligent, courageous and pious than men.They would make outstanding priests. I often witness women taking leadership roles in my church.They perform tasks that no one else wants to do, and they do it with vigor and exceptionally well.Wake up, Vatican. It is time to stop complaining and time to take action.Rafael PoloNorthville Cuomo is creating a NY ‘State of Chaos’Let’s get serious here. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in his third term, has brought our state into a true “State of Chaos” — one of which a thriving state could never sustain. Yet here we are.Despite his State of the State rhetoric of grand accomplishments and initiatives, a $6 billion budget deficit remains. His vision of “E Pluribus Unum” has instead divided us. And ironically, as he claimed “ … to address the issues causing anxiety and frustration,” he has pushed the very issues (none of which were covered in his speech) that have produced record levels of anxiety.The dangers of a third term, as history has shown us, have now come to full realization. His previous controversial agendas, including Common Core and legalization of gambling, have affected families in harmful ways that he has yet to acknowledge.Who could possibly understand his end-game intentions, as he proceeds with the most personal and community-altering issues that impact all?With his recent push of bail reform, mandated HPV/flu vaccine, undocumented immigrant driver’s licenses, legalization of alcohol in theaters and the legalization of marijuana, one can only assume he is aiming for a total “State of Chaos.”These issues continue to affect us all in dangerous ways.This governor, and the state legislators supporting him in this chaos, need a reality check.Contact the governor’s office and your state legislators to address these life-altering issues that affect each of us. The time to act is now.Laura DieterichScotiaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

McDonald’s Sarinah fined Rp 10 million for attracting crowds during COVID-19 restrictions

first_imgThe company’s management later told The Jakarta Post that it did not expect that hundreds of fans would flock the restaurant building on Jl. MH Thamrin on Sunday night to bid farewell on its last day.Videos and pictures of the mass gathering went viral on social media, triggering criticism and concerns about the possibility of a new COVID-19 transmission cluster.The Jakarta Police, however, initially played down the situation, with spokesperson Comr. Yusri Yunus saying “It was just a spontaneous action to express their sadness.” Topics : “Both business stakeholders and the society are expected to abide by the rules of the PSBB in an effort to contain the COVID-19 virus transmission,” Arifin added.Read also: McDonald’s farewell gathering: The cost of COVID-19 ‘lies’McDonald’s Sarinah, the first branch of the fast-food chain in Indonesia, closed down after almost three decades in business on Sunday.McDonald’s Indonesia announced on social media that the closure of its flagship outlet in the shopping center would take place on Sunday at 10.05 p.m., triggering mass nostalgia and impromptu visits to the location.center_img The Jakarta administration has fined the management of the McDonald’s restaurant in the Sarinah shopping center in Central Jakarta Rp 10 million (US$670) for violating the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) by allowing a gathering of hundreds of people on the last day of its operation.“We summoned the management staff of the restaurant [on Thursday] and they cooperatively admitted their omission,” Jakarta Public Order Agency (Satpol PP) head Arifin said.The management had agreed to pay the administrative sanction as referred to in Article 7 of Gubernatorial Regulation No. 41/2020 on sanctions for PSBB violators.last_img read more

LD re-appoints Nordea, adds Nykredit in DKK20bn bond mandates award

first_imgPeter Kjærgaard, CIO at Danish mortgage bond specialist Nykredit Asset Management, said it was no secret the LD mandate win was very important to the firm and that the team had worked hard to get it.“LD has run a very professional process, and they’ve been good at giving us feedback,” he said.The reason Nykredit Asset Management won the contract was threefold, he said.“First of all, there is the well-documented investment process we have, secondly the experience of the team and thirdly, our risk management process – both within the investment team, but also the risk-management set-up that surrounds that within Nykredit Asset Management,” Kjærgaard said.Christian Hyldahl, head of investment at Nordea Investment Management, said the company was very happy to win its mandate.He said while the asset class the company had been re-hired to manage was very well defined, primarily involving Danish mortgage bonds, what was unique about Nordea Investment Management’s investment process was that it did not apply any macros or overlays.“We have a lot of focus on risk management, so we don’t have any large duration bets,” Hyldahl said. “The investment process is quantitative and risk-management-driven with focus on extracting alpha from securities selection.”LD also awarded a short-duration bond mandate of just under DKK2bn to HP Fondsmæglerselskab, which Christensen described as a specialist manager with a very experienced team, even through he said it was not so well-known.Foreign managers won the two global bond mandates, with Paris-headquartered AXA Investment Management taking on a portfolio of European investment-grade bonds of around DKK2.5bn.New York-based Fischer, Francis, Trees & Watts won the smallest mandate of around DKK700m for global indexed bonds.The contracts awarded all cover a four-year period starting as soon as possible, the pension fund said, adding that they could be extended for up to six years.The total volume of the mandates is between DKK20bn to DKK23bn, depending on allocation decisions and members’ withdrawal of funds.Christensen said that, for investment-grade bonds, it was important the manager have particularly strong skills in credit analysis and sector allocation.He added that competition on both quality and price in the award process had been stiff.“This led to changes in some of the appointments,” he said. “The tender was carried out according to EU rules, which only increased the competition.”Nykredit Asset Management is replacing Maj Invest, and HP Fondsmæglerselskab is taking over from Nordea Investment Management.Meanwhile, the mandate won by AXA Investment Management is a new one, replacing a fund investment.Christjansen stressed that LD had been very satisfied with the results generated by the managers that had worked for the pension fund up to now.In July and March this year, LD – which now outsources all investment management – awarded four equities mandates. Danish pension fund LD has awarded around DKK20bn (€2.7bn) of bond mandates, with existing manager Nordea Investment Management and newcomer Nykredit Asset Management taking on the lion’s share of the outsourced work.LD, which manages a non-contributory pension scheme for Danes based on cost-of-living allowances for workers granted in 1980, put the bond mandates out to tender earlier this year.Nordea Investment Management and Nykredit Asset Management have each won a large Danish and North European gilt-edged and mortgage bond mandate of around DKK9bn.Claus Buchwald Christjansen, head of investment at the DKK53bn pension fund, said: “The decisive factor was not just a deep knowledge of the Danish and Northern European bond markets. The Danish managers are also in the top class internationally within risk management.”last_img read more

No home turf advantage for Petrobras as Dutch court takes on shareholders case

first_imgA Dutch-based organization representing Petrobras’ shareholders who suffered losses as a result of the long-running bribery and fraud schemes the Brazilian has been engulfed in, has made a major breakthrough as a Dutch court has decided to take the case on.According to International Securities Associations & Foundations Management Company (ISAF), on Wednesday, the District Court in Rotterdam ruled in favor of Stichting Petrobras Compensation Foundation (SPCF or Foundation) regarding arguments to establish jurisdiction in the Netherlands for eligible Petrobras investors seeking compensation for losses related to the “Lava Jato” or “Operation Car Wash” scandal.Also, the Court ruled that the arbitration clause in Petrobras’ Articles cannot preclude the SPCF from bringing a claim against Petrobras on behalf of aggrieved Petrobras shareholders.ISAF congratulated SPCF on the “important legal decision,” reminding investors that losses from investments in primary shares of Petrobras traded in Brazil on the Brasil Bolsa Balcão S.A. or B3 – Brazil (formerly BM&FBOVESPA) and via linked markets in Europe and also Bonds bought outside the US, will not be compensated under the US $3 billion settlement in the US.ISAF was referring to a $2.95B settlement reached with U.S. investors and approved by the Federal District in Court in New York on June 22, 2018, as final.Robert Frome, Chairman of ISAF, commented: “The ruling affirms that Petrobras investors, who were caught by surprise when revelations of corruption and fraud emerged in 2014, will be heard in a legal forum in the Netherlands which has previously dealt with complex collective shareholder litigations.”Frome continued: “The ruling in Rotterdam should be encouraging to investors, who originally believed that their recovery options were limited to arbitration in Brazil, and were thus rightly discouraged by the probable unfavorable outcome for investors in a ‘home court’ jurisdiction for Petrobras.”In a statement responding to the news from the Netherlands, the Brazilian oil company said:” Petrobras denies all allegations presented by the Foundation and continues taking the necessary measures to defend its interests.”The Brazilian company sees itself as the victim. It said: “It is worth mentioning that the Brazilian authorities, including the Federal Supreme Court, recognize that Petrobras has been a victim of the acts revealed by Operation Lava Jato. As a victim, the company has already recovered about R $ 2.5 billion and will continue to seek all appropriate measures against companies and individuals that have caused damages.”last_img read more

Balotelli lists ex-Liverpool, Man City teammates in his best XI

first_imgMario Balotelli insists he “only has good memories of the Premier League” as he included two of the division’s all-time great midfielders in his ultimate XI. The Italian forward spent three years at Manchester City after joining from Inter Milan in 2010, and then after heading back to Italy with AC Milan he returned to England for a season with Liverpool in 2014. Brescia striker Mario Balotelli is a reported target for Turkish side Galatasaray His time in the Premier League may have been full of incident and intrigue off the pitch, but he did win the division with City in 2012, a year after he’d also lifted the FA Cup with them at Wembley. When asked to name his ultimate XI during a Puma Football Instagram chat with Thierry Henry, Balotelli picked his former City teammate Yaya Toure in his midfield along with his old Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard and Italy legend Andrea Pirlo. “Pirlo guarantees you 10 goals a year, Yaya can do it all,” he said. “That’s a good team I think, although I left you [Henry] out, I left Cristiano [Ronaldo] out.” Balotelli picked Gerrard in his XI Balotelli plumped for the former Brazil forward Ronaldo in attack with Lionel Messi and Antonio Cassano, with his defence carrying a strong Inter Milan and Italy influence. Balotelli also reflected on his time in England during the conversation with Arsenal great Henry. “I only have good memories of the Premier League,” he said. “The Premier League is the best. The French league is physical too, though.” In elaborating on the controversies in his career, he added: “I always say I was crazy, but I wasn’t even crazy, I was just young. Balotelli’s star-studded team Read Also: Blatter reveals why FIFA must not allow Qatar host 2022 World Cup “I was always respectful, but when you’re 16 or 17 you want to do things that 16 or 17 year olds do – going out to clubs, you know. “But when you are a footballer there is an expectation of you.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… center_img Promoted ContentCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks8 Fascinating Facts About CoffeeA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs7 Reasons Why You Don’t Get Your Work Done On Schedule10 Stargazing Locations To ‘Connect With Nature’Fantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Art2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her GrandsonBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Themlast_img read more

Mr. Hilbert “Hibbie” Scudder

first_imgMr. Hilbert “Hibbie” Scudder, Jr., age 80, of Vevay, Indiana, entered this life on May 29, 1937, in Bennington, Indiana, the son of the late, Hilbert Scudder, Sr. and Elsie Edith (Shadday) Scudder. He was raised in Switzerland County, Indiana where he was a 1956 graduate of the Vevay High School. Hibbie was united in marriage on August 24, 1957, at the Bennington United Methodist Church, to Roberta Woolums and to this union arrived a daughter, Leah to bless their home. Hibbie and Roberta shared 60 years of marriage together until his death. He was employed for Joseph E. Seagrams for 33 1/2 years and for Belterra Casino & Resort for five years. Hibbie was a faithful member of the Switzerland County Lion’s Club since 1986, Bennington United Methodist Church, Jeff Craig Volunteer Fire Department for 35 years and the Madison Moose Lodge No. 765 for 34 years. He served on the Vevay Town Council for seven years, Democrat Precinct Committeeman for 24 years and Jefferson Township Advisory for eight years. Hibbie and Roberta built many homes in the Switzerland County community. They owned and operated Scudder Department Store for 17 years, Bargain Furniture and the Hilbert Scudder Construction. He was always ready to lend a helping hand. He loved Switzerland County where he resided all of his life. If you would ask anyone if they knew Hibbie, they would say of course! Hibbie suffered from late illness in his life, including six strokes and many operations, but always had a good sense of humor. His daughter and his granddaughter were his pride and joy. He retired from Seagram’s when his granddaughter was born in 1992 so he could be near Lauren. Hibbie could be seen riding around in his truck with his granddaughter, Lauren beside him. He also enjoyed mowing, keeping a meticulous lawn, spending time with his dog Cheyenne and selling produce, mums and hanging baskets. Hibbie passed away at 12:50 pm, Thursday, October 5, 2017, at the St. Elizabeth Hospital in Fort Thomas, Kentucky. Hibbie will be deeply missed by his loving wife of 60 years, Roberta (Woolums) Scudder of Vevay, IN; his daughter, Leah Hon of Vevay, IN; his granddaughter, Lauren Hon of Vevay, IN and his sister, Wanda Christman of Vevay, IN. He was preceded in death by his parents, Hilbert Scudder, Sr., died April 22, 1975 and Elsie Edith (Shadday) Scudder, died July 31, 1969 and his sister, Muriel Blodget, died July 28, 1990.Friends may call 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Monday, October 9, 2017, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043. The Switzerland County Lion’s Club will be conducting services at 7:30 p.m., Monday, October 9, 2017, at the funeral home.Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday, October 10, 2017, at 11:00 am, by Pastor Patrick Lanman at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043. Interment will follow in the Vevay Cemetery, Vevay, Indiana. Memorial contributions may be made to the Switzerland County Lion’s Club. Cards are available at the funeral home.last_img read more

Villa clinch Traore deal

first_img Villa manager Tim Sherwood said: “I’ve known him for a couple of years. I tried to see if it was possible to bring him to Tottenham when I was there. “He is someone I have been tracking for a long time. He has played a lot of games for someone so young because he is physically a man. “He is a big powerful boy, very quick, dynamic, a maverick type player, you never know what’s going to come out next. Those players are very few and far between. “He is not the finished article by any means. He is certainly a player who can help us out now, but for the long term future he is magnificent “He is very dynamic. He stays wide, picks the ball up, runs at defenders and doesn’t give them a minute’s peace. “I wouldn’t like to compare him to any other player, hopefully he’ll make his own name for himself and they will want to be the new Adama Traore.” Adama made 63 appearances for Barcelona B and, after coming up through the youth ranks at the Nou Camp, made four appearances for the first team, scoring once. Sherwood travelled to Barcelona to convince the Spain Under-19 international to join Villa. “I went to Barcelona and spoke to the representatives. We made a huge effort to bring him to the club. We showed him this is a great stage for him,” Sherwood said, ahead of Villa’s opening Barclays Premier League home game of the season against Manchester United on Friday. “We recognise he needs developing and that I will give him as much development time as possible. We will give him a lot of work on the training field to improve what he already has.” Aston Villa have completed the signing of Adama Traore from Barcelona. The 19-year-old has penned a five-year deal, Villa announced in a statement, and the transfer fee could rise to from an initial 10 million euros (£7.1million) to 12 million euros (£8.6million) if certain clauses are met. Barcelona have a first refusal option on the winger and can buy him back during his first three years at Villa Park, the Spanish club have announced. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Rahane, Smith clinch thriller for Pune

first_imgONE over can often change the course of a T20 game and yesterday it seemed as if Ashok Dinda had bowled that over. It was the most expensive 20th over in all IPL matches. It cost Rising Pune Supergiants 30 runs.On another occasion, it could have cost them the match as well. On this occasion, however, Pune had already done just enough good work with the ball to keep Mumbai Indians, despite that 30-run over, down to a total of 184.On a good batting pitch that seemed to quicken up under lights, it tested Pune’s batting, but proved just short of a winning total. Ajinkya Rahane set the chase up with 60 at a strike rate of 176.47, and Steven Smith steered them home with an ice-cool, unbeaten 84 off 54 balls.The equation came down to 10 off three balls, but Smith wasn’t going to be beaten – he finished the match with successive sixes off Kieron Pollard.If there was one decisive factor that separated the two sides, it may have been the composition of the two bowling attacks. Pune went into the match with two leg-spinners in Imran Tahir and Adam Zampa and a purveyor of stump-to-stump slow-medium cutters in Rajat Bhatia.These three ended up with combined figures of 6 for 68 in 10 overs. In the other ten overs, Pune’s three faster bowlers – Dinda, Deepak Chahar and Ben Stokes – combined to take one wicket and concede 114.Tahir and Bhatia, in particular, had profited from the slightly two-paced nature of the pitch, where they got some balls to skid on and others to stop on the batsman. When the quicker bowlers bowled, however, the ball came on to the bat far more uniformly.Mumbai had an attack full of quicks and short on bowlers who could take the pace off the ball. They had left out Harbhajan Singh, their most capped player, and picked only one frontline spinner in Krunal Pandya.last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgMariners sign 3 draft picks, including top selection HancockSEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle Mariners signed three of their draft picks Thursday, including first-round selection Emerson Hancock. Along with Hancock, the Mariners signed second-round pick Zach DeLoach and fifth-rounder Taylor Dollard. Hancock, who was taken with the No. 6 overall pick, was one of the top collegiate pitchers in the country at Georgia. He was 8-3 with a 1.99 ERA during his sophomore season with the Bulldogs and made four starts during his abbreviated junior season. DeLoach, an outfielder from Texas A&M, led the Cape Cod League in hitting last summer with a .353 batting average. Dollard, a right-handed pitcher from Cal Poly, was 1-0 in four starts this season. As a sophomore last year, Dollard was 5-0 with a 2.89 ERA. Dollard never suffered a loss in 42 career appearance at Cal Poly. Associated Press His 22 seasons are the most in league history. He became the first NBA player to appear in four different decades. Carter started his career with Toronto, then played for New Jersey, Orlando, Phoenix, Dallas, Memphis, Sacramento and spent his final two seasons with Atlanta. Carter appeared in 1,541 NBA games, behind only Robert Parish (1,611) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1,560) on the league’s all-time list. He started his career with Toronto, then played for New Jersey, Orlando, Phoenix, Dallas, Memphis, Sacramento and spent his final two seasons with Atlanta.TWEET FALLOUTPro softball team suffers fallout after GM’s anthem tweetUNDATED (AP) — One of America’s top pro women’s softball teams is in an uproar after a tweet by their general manager regarding the national anthem.The now-deleted tweet by Connie May, general manager of the Houston-based Scrap Yard Dawgs, included the Twitter handle for President Donald Trump as it noted the team’s players were standing for the anthem and respecting the flag. Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick and other athletes have kneeled during the anthem to protest racial injustice, angering Trump. Mickelson learned earlier Thursday that he was granted an exemption into this year’s U.S. Open for being in the top 70 in the world on March 15, when golf was shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic.FIFA-2023 WOMEN’S WORLD CUPAustralia, New Zealand to co-host 2023 Women’s World CupGENEVA (AP) — Australia and New Zealand will co-host the 2023 Women’s World Cup.The island neighbors beat Colombia 22-13 in a vote Thursday by FIFA’s (FEE’-fuhz) ruling council, which judged them as having the best commercial prospects for women’s soccer. The vote was split along continental lines, with Europe joining South America in voting for Colombia. A third candidate, Japan, withdrew on Monday. The Aug. 6 exhibition game in Canton, Ohio, between the Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers is the first on-field event the league has canceled during the pandemic. It will now be played on Aug. 5, 2021. Enshrinements for 20 men scheduled for this year now will occur on Aug. 7, 2021. The 2021 inductees will go into the Pro Football Hall of Fame the next day. NFL owners are conducting a virtual meeting Thursday in which the preseason schedule will be discussed. It’s possible the league will reduce the number of exhibition games to two per team from the usual four. Dallas and Pittsburgh would have played five, including the game in Canton.In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic:— Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott says he is feeling “normal” after testing positive for the coronavirus earlier this month. Speaking on a Twitch chat this week, Elliott said he had shortness of breath and a cough for a couple of days. He said he now feels good but hasn’t resumed working out yet. He said he could have been re-tested this week, but decided that it wouldn’t hurt to wait and get more rest first. Elliott’s mother has said the running back had been around someone who had no symptoms, but then tested positive for the coronavirus three days later. — A person with knowledge of the situation says Miami Heat forward Derrick Jones Jr. has tested positive for the coronavirus, a result that came in shortly after the Heat and other NBA teams began mandatory testing in preparation for next month’s resumption of the season. Jones, the reigning NBA slam dunk contest champion, still plans to play when the Heat get back on the floor at the Disney complex near Orlando next month.— Some people in the Los Angeles Dodgers and Minnesota Twins organizations have tested positive for COVID-19. Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said on a video conference call that it’s “a delicate subject” and he declined to identify those with positive tests.Twins president of baseball operations Derek Falvey said Minnesota had “a few” players in the organization recently test positive. He said each player is “doing well” in self-isolation at home. NFL-TITANS-MOVESTitans lure Birch from NFL office, add 2 other executivesNASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans have lured Adolpho Birch away from the NFL office to join their front office and hired two other new executives. The Titans announced Thursday that Birch is their new senior vice president for business affairs and chief legal officer.Birch spent the past 24 years with the NFL with his last role senior vice president for labor policy and league affairs. He had been involved with labor negotiations, managing the NFL’s drug testing program, government relations, sports betting and the league’s critical response team. His late father was the first Black on the Tennessee Supreme Court, and Birch earned his law degree at Vanderbilt.The Titans also hired Surf Melendez for a new position as creative director, and Dan Werly is their new general counsel. Melendez has worked for the Miami Dolphins and Adidas. Werly had been general counsel for Nashville Soccer Club the past year.MLB-MARINERS-DRAFT PICKS Detroit desperately needs a boost after easily being the worst team in the league during the pandemic-shortened season that was put on ice in March.Lafreniere, an 18-year-old winger, is the consensus top prospect available and appears to be talented enough to potentially help next season and for years to come.The Red Wings and the rest the league will find out Friday night which team will be fortunate enough to have an opportunity to take him. Detroit has an 18.5% chance of having the No. 1 pick overall in the draft, on a day to be determined, after trailing every NHL team by at least 23 points and finishing 61 points behind the league-leading Boston Bruins.SOCCER-CHAMPION-LIVERPOOLLiverpool clinches league title, ends 30-year droughtLIVERPOOL, England (AP) — The 30-year wait is over. Liverpool is champion of England again. CROMWELL, Conn. (AP) — Mackenzie Hughes shot a career-low 60 to take the first-round at the Travelers Championship as the PGA Tour tried to switch its focus back to golf amid growing concerns about the coronavirus.Hughes, a 29-year-old Canadian, had a chance to shoot the 12th sub-60 round in PGA Tour history, but his 40-foot birdie attempt on his final hole came up short. Jim Furyk shot a 12-under 58 on the same TPC River Highlands course four years ago, the lowest score in a tour event.It was good enough for three-shot lead over Rory McIlroy, Xander Schauffele and Viktor Hovland, who each shot 63 on a day of low scoring.Phil Mickelson, paired with McIlroy in his first competitive round since turning 50, was one of six players to shoot 64. Bryson DeChambeau’s 65 was the worst score in the marquee threesome.There were 106 players who broke par. The record for a day at TPC River Highlands was in 2011, when 111 players were 1-under or better in the second round. Also:— First-round draft pick Pete Crow-Armstrong and the New York Mets have agreed to a minor league contract with a $3,359,000 signing bonus, the slot value for the 19th overall selection in the amateur draft. The 18-year-old center fielder from California hit .514 in 10 games for Harvard-Westlake High School before his senior season was stopped due to the coronavirus. Crow-Armstrong has elite defensive skills in center with Gold Glove potential, according to scouts and evaluators, and a top-of-the-order profile as a hitter. Both his parents are accomplished actors. His mother, Ashley Crow, played young Billy Heywood’s mom in the 1994 film “Little Big League.” The Mets also announced a deal with speedy outfielder Isaiah Greene, the 69th overall pick. NHL-DRAFT LOTTERYRed Wings have shot to win NHL lottery to draft LafreniereThe once-proud Detroit Red Wings hope to win the NHL draft lottery, giving them a shot to select Canadian Alexis Lafreniere. Liverpool clinched its first league title since 1990 on Thursday, ending an agonizing title drought without the players even having to take the field. Instead, the Premier League crown was secured when Chelsea beat second-place Manchester City 2-1, a result that means City can no longer catch Liverpool with seven games remaining. For the city of Liverpool, this has been a party three decades in the making, but the ongoing restrictions caused by the coronavirus meant fans were unable to celebrate in large crowds. Only a few dozen fans were outside Anfield as the final whistle blew at Stamford Bridge, setting off fireworks and chanting. PARAPLEGIC ROWER DIES Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSNFL cancels Hall of Fame game, delays inductions for a yearUNDATED (AP) — The NFL has canceled the Hall of Fame game that traditionally opens the preseason and is delaying the 2020 induction ceremonies for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic. center_img Update on the latest sports The video ends with the message, “all lives can’t matter until Black lives matter.”’ Some commenters offered to “happily take” season tickets from anyone who was offended by the video. ACC-SWOFFORD RETIRINGACC Commissioner Swofford to retire in JuneUNDATED (AP) — Atlantic Coast Conference Commissioner John Swofford is retiring after the 2020-21 academic year, ending his tenure after 24 years.The 71-year-old Swofford has been commissioner of the ACC since 1997, the longest run in that position in the history of the 67-year-old conference. The former North Carolina athletic director took over as commissioner of a nine-team league. In the years that followed, Swofford directed the league through multiple waves of expansion that first turned the ACC into a 12-team league by 2005 and ultimately reach 15 teams by 2013. The conference also launched its own network last August. Paraplegic rower found dead during California-Hawaii voyageHONOLULU (AP) — The body of a paraplegic woman rowing from California to Hawaii was headed to Tahiti after she was found lifeless in the water over the weekend,The Coast Guard said a friend of Angela Madsen, 60, contacted the Coast Guard Sunday after not hearing from her for more than 24 hours. Madsen, who had been at sea for 59 days, was about 1,145 miles east of Hilo, Hawaii, when she was last heard from. The Coast Guard reached out to commercial vessels in the area of Madsen’s last known location and asked an Air National Guard flight crew headed from California to Hawaii to fly over the area. An air crew found her tethered to her vessel. The Polynesia, a ship in the area, retrieved her body. “Now they’re continuing on their scheduled course and they’re going to take the body to Tahiti, where the family will do whatever they need to do to get her home to California,” Muir said. — Churchill Downs says the rescheduled Kentucky Derby and Oaks will run this fall with spectators under strict guidelines to limit crowd density for the race that annually attracts more than 100,000. The 146th runnings of the Oaks for fillies and the Derby were postponed from May 1-2 to Sept. 4-5 because of the coronavirus pandemic. It marked the first time since 1945 that horse racing’s marquee event was not run on the first Saturday in May. Churchill Downs has run its delayed spring meet without spectators. — New Hampshire Motor Speedway will allow fans in the grandstands and suites for the Aug. 2 NASCAR Cup Series race. Fans will be subject to social distancing requirements and additional health and safety protocols. The race was originally scheduled for July 19.— The USGA has announced its exemption categories for a U.S. Open that won’t have open qualifying for the first time in nearly a century. That includes taking the top 70 in the world ranking from March 15, the last one before the ranking was frozen because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The U.S. Open usually takes the top 60. The exemption categories announced Thursday include a spot for Phil Mickelson, who was at No. 61 in March. The U.S. Open is the only major Mickelson hasn’t won. The U.S. Open is scheduled for Sept. 17-20 at Winged Foot, just north of New York City, the scene of Mickelson’s toughest loss in 2006.— World Team Tennis says Venus Williams has committed to play in its three-week season that starts July 12. Williams will be a member of the Washington Kastles. That is one of nine teams that will gather at a resort in West Virginia. Matches normally are played at various sites around the country. Up to 500 spectators will be allowed for each match at a 2,500-seat outdoor court.— Third-ranked tennis player Dominic Thiem (teem) has apologized for taking part in an exhibition series hosted by Novak Djokovic (NOH’-vak JOH’-kuh-vich) where four players have tested positive for the coronavirus. Thiem says “our behaviour was a mistake” and adds he is “extremely sorry.” Thiem is an Austrian who lost to the top-ranked Djokovic in this year’s Australian Open final. SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Authorities in the Dominican Republic are opening an investigation into allegations Minnesota Twins slugger Miguel Sanó participated in the kidnapping and assault of a man. The Twins, however, said they were told Sanó was cleared of the accusations.Sanó, who signed a three-year, $30 million contract with the Twins in January, denies the allegations and has said he is being blackmailed. The player appeared Thursday at a hearing in the Prosecutor’s Office in his hometown of San Pedro de Macorís. The hearing was called so the sides could present their versions of events and seek a conciliation, but none was reached. No charges have been filed against Sanó. PGA-TRAVELERS CHAMPIONSHIPMackenzie Hughes shoots 60 to take first-round lead at Travelers The fallout has been swift. All 18 Scrap Yard players, including some members of the US national team, have walked out and say they won’t play for the team. The USSSA Pride, another independent team, said its games will be postponed until further notice in support of the Dawgs’ players.ALABAMA FOOTBALL-ANTIRACISM VIDEOAlabama players, Saban appear in anti-racism videoTUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — The University of Alabama football team released an emotional video on Thursday speaking out against racism and ending with the message that “all lives can’t matter until Black lives matter.” Head Coach Nick Saban (SAY’-bihn) and many prominent players, both Black and white, appear in the video that was written by Alabama left tackle Alex Leatherwood. The video begins with the players saying, “We are a team, Black, white, brown. Together, we are a family. We are brothers who represent ourselves, our families, our hometowns, our university and our country.” June 26, 2020 — The Phillie Phanatic, Mr. Met and Mariner Moose mascots are getting a reprieve. Major League Baseball has reversed a policy it issued last month that banned mascots from ballparks while trying to restrict access and limit contact exposure. MLB now says mascots are welcome, but they’re not permitted on the field. — Soccer’s governing body FIFA (FEE’-fuh) is using almost $900 million of its cash reserves to help member federations get through the coronavirus pandemic. All of FIFA’s 211 national members will each get a $1-million payment and $500,000 more to spend specifically on women’s soccer. Each of the six continental governing bodies gets $2 million from FIFA’s reserve fund, which held $2.7 billion after the 2018 World Cup in Russia. FIFA says a further $565 million is available for interest-free loans to federations of between $500,000 and $5 million, depending on their audited annual revenue. Continental confederations can access $4 million. — Panamanian boxer Roberto Durán has tested positive for the coronavirus but a son says the retired fighter has had only mild symptoms so far. Robin Durán said Thursday on Instagram that his 69-year-old father was tested after going to a private hospital with cold symptoms. He says his father still has only cold-like symptoms. Durán had the nickname “Hands of Stone” as a boxer from 1968 to 2001 and held world championship belts in four different weight classes during his career. He is remembered for his resounding victory over American boxing idol Sugar Ray Leonard in Montreal in 1980.— Former Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic (ee-van-EE’-seh-vihch) says he has tested positive for the coronavirus. The Croatian great is the coach of Novak Djokovic (NOH’-vak JOH’-kuh-vich) and says he tested positive after two negative tests in the last 10 days. Ivanisevic attended the Adria Tour exhibition series hosted by the top-ranked Djokovic in Serbia and Croatia. He says “I would like to inform everyone who has been in contact with me that I tested positive and ask them to take extra good care of themselves and their loved ones.” Ivanisevic won his only Grand Slam title at the All England Club in 2001.MLB-DOMINICAN-TWINS-SANO’ The expanded 32-team tournament — eight more than the 2019 edition in France — is expected to open in July 2023. The winning bid proposed 12 cities, with seven in Australia and five in New Zealand. It includes the main stadium used for the 2000 Sydney Olympics.The 2023 tournament will be the first time a World Cup for men or women will be shared across two continental bodies, and the first co-hosted women’s edition. Both Australia, the No. 7-ranked team in women’s soccer, and No. 23 New Zealand will qualify automatically for the tournament. NBA-HAWKS-CARTER RETIRESVince Carter, 43, retires after record 22 NBA seasonsUNDATED (AP) — Vince Carter made his retirement official by announcing on his podcast Thursday that his 22-year NBA career has come to an end. The announcement was largely a formality because the 43-year-old Carter had said many times over the course of the season that this would be his last in the NBA. last_img read more

Caster Semenya Losses Appeal on Testosterone Rules

first_imgCaster Semenya Caster Semenya has lost a landmark case against athletics’ governing body meaning it will be allowed to restrict testosterone levels in female runners.The Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) rejected the South African’s challenge against the IAAF’s new rules.But Cas said it had “serious concerns as to the future practical application” of the new rules. Semenya, 28, had said the regulations were “unfair” and that she wanted to “run naturally, the way I was born”.Now she – and other athletes with differences of sexual development (DSD) – must either take medication in order to compete in events from 400m to the mile, or change events. (BBC)Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img