Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Richard Crane, left, and Philip MazzolaTwo 21-year-old men have been accused of committing a string of home burglaries and attempted home burglaries in Patchogue and East Patchogue over the past month.Suffolk County police officers arrested Philip Mazzola of Patchogue at 1 p.m. Thursday after stopping his Nissan Altima that matched the description of a car seen on Corbin Avenue at the time 911 callers reported a suspicious man in a backyard, authorities said.Officers also arrested Richard Crane of Bellport while he was walking around the neighborhood a block away, police said.Crane and Mazzola tried to burglarize another home on Shady Tree Lane in East Patchogue earlier the same day, police said. They also allegedly burglarized a home on North Summit Street in Patchogue on Dec. 20 and two other houses in East Patchogue on Knot Street and Denise Drive on Jan. 8.Crane and Mazzola were charged with three counts of burglary and two counts of attempted burglary. They will be arraigned Friday at First District Court in Central Islip.Fifth Squad detectives believe the two men, who were knocking on neighborhood doors looking for unoccupied homes, might be responsible for other burglaries in the area in the same timeframe. The investigation is continuing.Police ask anyone with information is asked to call anonymously to Crimes Stopper at 1-800-220-TIPS. All Calls will be kept confidential.
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Act now to reduce changes to climate Did you ever worry about nuclear war destroying civilization? Well, that may or may not happen, but global warming is happening right now, and as such, just going about our daily lives as usual is leading to catastrophic warming that will increase temperatures 3.6 degrees F. by 2036, and possibly by 10.8 degrees F. by century’s end. This presents a “clear and present danger to civilization,” according to Naomi Klein in “This Changes Everything.”According to Bill McKibben, there are 2,795 gigatons of carbon in reserves in the ground. In order to keep temperatures under a 3.6-degree F. rise, we can burn only 565 gigatons. The fossil fuel industry wants to use it all, and to this effect, they spend $400,000 per day lobbying (bribing) Congress and our government officials. Again, Naomi Klein in “This Changes Everything.”What do we need to do? We need to elect people who know how grave the danger is to civilization as we know it, and maybe even to our existence at all. In short, we need to get rid of the fossil fuel oligarchy that runs our government and go back to a real democracy. Then, we need to phase out fossil fuels, the faster the better, and replace them with clean electricity.Meanwhile, please conserve like crazy, and give up methane-causing beef. Do it for your children and grandchildren, as they will inherit our mess.Jahnn Swanker-GibsonJohnstown Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionMore taxes make people want to leaveGov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to ban “single use” plastic bags is short on details. It’s ironic in that a suggested deterrence mechanism involves a tax. Charge a fee per bag, thus adding a disincentive to their use. There is within this proposal an admission of understanding of the axiom, “Should you want something to happen less, tax it.”Why isn’t this simple principle applied to the overall tax burden shouldered by the property-owning citizen? Population exodus from New York state is at a crisis level because of the confiscatory tax policies enacted by our elected officials. We are being incentivized to leave, just as we will be incentivized to cease using “single use” plastic bags.John P. SummersSchenectady To stop the wall, play to Trump’s vanityFor years, I have preached that the best you can ever be is the worst you have ever been.Perhaps this gives you an idea of how little I think for our failed president. He’s an inveterate liar, and a poor one at that; a real estate shell game operator; draft dodger; adulterer and I’m pretty sure a tax evader. Let’s not dwell on fraudulent foundations and his university. What drives this portly robber baron-looking child?It’s vanity. It’s here we have the answer to dealing with his much-needed wall.Want to stop his demands? It’s this simple. Approve the funding with the condition his wall cannot now or in perpetuity bear his name.He will lose interest in the project even faster than he would attempt to cheat the contractors out of their payments.Rev. Nikolas KaiserSchenectady However, the court rejected the notion that there is an absolute right to abort. The government, in the court’s opinion, had two different legitimate interests regarding the issue of abortion. First was the government’s concern for protecting the woman’s health. Second was the government’s interest “in potential life,” that is, the fetus.The Reproductive Health Act, made into law in this state, eradicates all concern for the fetus and focuses solely on the mother. An abortion can occur at any time to protect the life or the health of the mother. This is true whether or not the fetus could live outside the mother. The court in Roe v. Wade made clear that as medical science improved, and the age at which a fetus could survive outside the mother got younger, there was “a compelling interest” on the part of the state to protect the fetus. In this New York legislation, no one’s charged with considering the life or health of the viable child. We know that Norma McCorvey (Roe in Roe v. Wade) later in life was very sorry she had an abortion. Does the New York law call for professional counseling for women before they abort?The legislation stipulates how safe abortions are for the mother. While this is well and good, what harm are we doing to ourselves, and the fabric of our culture, by legalizing abortion on demand?Richard A. EvansBurnt HillsMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusCuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccineEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists State law expands Roe v. Wade ruling In Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court held that women have a fundamental right to abort their child.
Rafael Nadal returns to competition after a six-month enforced break while Novak Djokovic is looking to make up for his US Open disqualification as the short clay-court season got underway in Rome on Monday without spectators.The tournament at Rome’s Foro Italico normally takes place in May but was pushed back after the coronavirus pandemic which turned the calendar upside down.”Obviously, it’s not the same thing. There is no public, we are in a bubble, we cannot enjoy the city,” said Nadal, who will play his first competitive match since his win in Acapulco at the end of February. “But at least we have a tennis tournament.”Nadal, 34, is the second seed behind world number one Djokovic in the tune-up for the final Grand Slam of the season at the French Open on Sept.27.”Excited to be back. Circumstances have been, you know, heavy for everyone, tough ones,” said Nadal who is targeting a tenth title in the Roman capital. Professional tennis was shut down from March until early August. And the world number two opted out of the US hard court tour because of coronavirus concerns and citing the “madness” of the new calendar. “Without regret,” he insisted before his second round tie midweek against 27th-ranked compatriot Pablo Carreno Busta, who reached the semi-finals of the US Open.”I am similar to always, maybe a little bit worse because I didn’t compete for the last six months.”But here I am. I arrived with plenty of time to try to have the right practices. That’s what I am doing. I know I have a tough match against Pablo. He’s playing great.” “It’s going to be a good test. I’m excited about going back to the competition without big expectations.”But third seed Stefanos Tsitsipas does not believe the lack of competition will have an impact on two-time defending champion Nadal who has a 61-6 record in the tournament.”I don’t think Rafa will be struggling much playing here,” said Tsitsipas. “Regardless of how he feels, I’m sure he’ll find a way. He always finds a way every single year.”Four-time Rome winner Djokovic, who has reached nine finals in the Italian capital, wants to turn the page on his dramatic disqualification in the round of 16 at the US Open, after throwing the ball involuntarily at a lines judge. “It’s great that I have a tournament right after that happened, because I feel like the earlier I get back in a competition mode, the faster I’ll overcome that memory and kind of reprogram it,” the Serb told reporters in the Italian capital.”When you hit a ball like I did, you have a chance to hit someone on the court. The rules are clear, I accepted that. “I’m going to take this in, you know, as profound as possible for me as a big lesson.”Djokovic had been unbeaten this year before his US Open exit and is targeting a title he last won in 2015.”Rafa obviously decided to stay on clay and practice, surely that gives him more advantage, but even if he didn’t practice for that long on clay, he would still be the number one favorite in Roland Garros or any other clay tournament because he’s Rafa, you know,” he added. “And playing on clay he’s the ultimate challenge.”It’s going to be adjustment challenge, you know, how quickly can we adapt, how quickly can we adjust to this new surface.”The women’s tournament will be without Australian world number one Ashleigh Barty, who will not compete again this season because of coronavirus concerns.Serena Williams, suffering from an Achilles tendon problem, and US Open champion Naomi Osaka will also skip the Rome event.World number two Simona Halep, absent in the United States, will be the top seed.Czech Karolina Pliskova, seeded third, is the defending champion in Rome. Topics :
More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus9 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market9 hours agoVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58 This property at 652 London Rd, Chandler, is for sale. Picture: Realestate.com.au.REMINISCENT of a classic romantic film set, this palatial mansion fit for a movie star wouldn’t be out of place in the Hollywood Hills. Yet, here it is in suburban Brisbane. This stunner in Chandler shows the coronavirus crisis isn’t stopping some sellers from putting their homes on the market.Imagine landing your helicopter here.One of Brisbane’s most extravagant estates — 652 London Road — has just been listed for sale after receiving a $1 million makeover by its movie producer owner.The house is expected to attract expats taking advantage of the weak Australian dollar.The Georgian-inspired residence has seven bedrooms and six bathrooms, complete with a helipad, marble statues and staircases, a pond with a custom dolphin fountain, a porte cochere and a state-of-the-art security system — all on 1ha of acreage just 13km south of the CBD.The property features baroque marble statues, staircases and flooring.“It definitely has LA vibes,” marketing agent Joseph Lordi of McGrath Estate Agents said.“You could see it on a hilltop somewhere in Hollywood. “There are only so many homes in Brisbane where you walk in and go; ‘Wow’.”Inside the property at 652 London Rd, Chandler, which is for sale.Expats eager to take advantage of the weak Australian dollar are already lining up to get their cheque books out.“It could definitely be a celebrity or an expat wanting to keep their money in Australia with what’s going on with COVID-19,” Mr Lordi said.“With the dollar being so low, we’re expecting expat buyers to come and see the property, and a strong Chinese market should also have interest, based on the style of property.” But Mr Lordi said he had also received interest from local buyers.Records show the property last sold for $3.85 million in October 2018, but the current owner has since given the home a makeover worth more than $1 million. “It was supposed to be a long-term residence, but now he needs to move back overseas,” Mr Lordi said. The bar and sitting area inside the home.Other features of the property include formal and informal lounge and dining areas, a theatre, a dance room, an office, a games room, self-contained caretaker’s accommodation, a gymnasium, multiple courtyards and alfresco entertaining areas, garaging for four vehicles, a 20m lap pool, manicured grounds and eight water tanks.The property is for sale without a price guide.There are even chandeliers in the bathrooms.
The Age (Australia) 20 July 2012Getting married any time soon? If you are a Victorian woman, chances are you’ll be changing your surname to your husband’s. Planning on having a baby? Chances are the child will take on dad’s name, too. For the first time, new research on last names has been collected – helping to shed light on the way contemporary heterosexual and same-sex parents choose their last names. Inspired partly by a controversial opinion piece in 2007 by then Age columnist Catherine Deveny, Swinburne University of Technology senior lecturer in sociology Deborah Dempsey set out to track trends in this barely touched area of research. Her paper, to be presented at an Australian Institute of Family Studies conference next week, found that sharing the husband’s surname after marriage was the norm. As part of their research Dr Dempsey and co-author Jo Lindsay, of Monash University, used records from the Victorian Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages between 2005 and 2010. They also conducted an anonymous online survey of 908 Australian parents.While Dr Dempsey could not get official numbers on exactly how many Victorians changed their surname after marriage (there is no requirement to register a new married name), the survey found more than half of married women assumed their partner’s surname. As the survey was from a highly educated sample (overseas research suggests educated women are less likely to change their surnames), Dr Dempsey believes the overall figure to be closer to Norway and the United States, where between 80 and 95 per cent of women assume their husband’s name. The study also revealed that men rarely change their surnames (about 97 per cent of men surveyed kept their last name after marriage). It found that 55 per cent of Victorian children have parents with the same surname, and according to Dr Dempsey’s research, this surname is likely to be the dad’s name in most cases. An additional 35 per cent of children have their father’s surname when their mother’s surname is different to his.….Only 3 per cent of children with a named father have their mother’s surname.…Giving children hyphenated or double-barrelled surnames was less popular (only 2.4 per cent of children).http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/most-women-say-i-do-to-husbands-name-20120719-22d5c.html
Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Ryan Tekulve. St. Louis 5th Grade Boys basketball finished their season Wednesday night against Greendale Middle School. Greendale started out on fire and took a commanding lead, ending the first quarter ahead 19-4. The St. Louis boys refused to give up and outscored Greendale 15-4 in the second quarter, Greendale was still winning at halftime 23-19. The Cardinals outscored the Tigers again in the third quarter, but Greendale held on to the lead 29-28. The Cardinals came out strong in the fourth quarter and quickly gained the lead. The St. Louis defense held Greendale to only 3 points and St. Louis won with a final score of 37-32.Jaiden Kuria lead the Cards in scoring with 16 points, Ben Greiwe and Caleb Mohr each had 8 points, Tyler Reder had 4 points and Jack Freeland had 1 point. Aiden Greiwe, Brady Wonnell, Vincent Meneses, Leo Canessa and Sam Richardson played outstanding defense. It was great to see the Cardinals end the season with a win. This group of boys played great together and should be extremely proud, their record was 10 wins 5 losses. Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Tim Reder.The 6th Grade St. Louis Cardinals took on Greendale on Wednesday, December 12th. The Cardinals ended up losing the game by a score of 37-11. The boys were led in scoring by Ben Miller with 7 points, followed by Ryan Duerstock and Sully Hill each with 2 points. Max Amberger and Ryan Duerstock led the team in rebounds with 5 each followed by Adam Meer with 4, Santiago Schutte with 3, Sam Laloge with 3, Sully Hill with 3, Christian Mack with 2, and Marc Meneses and Max Richardson with 1. Mack led the team in steals with 3. Henry Wanstrath, Zavier Tekulve, and Max Amberger each pitched in with 1 assist a piece. The Cardinals finished their season with 4 wins and 13 losses, but definitely showed improvement as the year went on.
In other baseball news:— An emotional Chicago Cubs pitching coach Tommy Hottovy is recovering from a severe case of COVID-19 that quarantined him for 30 days. The former major leaguer learned he had the virus on the third day he felt ill following a nasal test. Hottovy tested negative about two weeks ago and still gets winded easily. Hottovy isolated in a spare bedroom with a relentless fever, difficulty breathing, dehydration and an increased heart rate. It was particularly bad at night, making sleep just about impossible.— The Kansas City Royals have launched what they are calling a “Fanbassador” program in which up to 500 fans may purchase a plastic cutout of their likeness for $40 apiece that will be displayed in a seat at Kauffman Stadium during the abbreviated 2020 season. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Royals Respond Fund.— Catcher Patrick Bailey has agreed to a minor league contract with the San Francisco Giants that includes a $3.8 million signing bonus. He was selected 13th overall in last month’s amateur draft, The 21-year-old hit .296 with six homers, including three grand slams, and 20 RBIs in 17 games in the pandemic-shortened season as a junior at North Carolina State. He earned the Johnny Bench award as the top Division I catcher, an honor also won the Giants’ Buster Posey in 2008 and Joey Bart in 2018.— The baseball organization that presents the annual MVP awards will consider whether the name of former commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis should be pulled from future plaques. A longtime official of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America says the issue will be put up for discussion. Former NL Most Valuable Players Barry Larkin, Mike Schmidt and Terry Pendleton say they would favor removing Landis’ name because of concerns over his handling of Black players. Landis was hired in 1920 as MLB’s first commissioner and no Blacks played in the majors during his quarter-century tenure. Update on the latest sports The hearing came as three states have signed athlete-compensation bills into law, with Florida’s set to take effect next summer. Sankey said there’s a risk of states “one-upping each other” with their own versions without a federal law.In other NCAA news:— The NCAA’s infractions case against the University of Kansas men’s basketball program has been accepted into a newly created independent investigation process that was created to handle especially complex cases. It is the first step in a process that was created in August 2018 to deal with select cases and minimize perceived conflicts of interest. Kansas has been accused by the NCAA of committing five Level I violations, which are considered the most egregious, as part of the fallout of an FBI investigation into college basketball corruption. The case hinges on whether representatives of apparel company Adidas were acting as boosters when two of them arrange payments to prospective recruits.COLLEGE FOOTBALL-SCALLEYUtah defensive coordinator Scalley to keep job after review — For the first time in almost a century, Mexico has cancelled its professional baseball season. It’s the first time in 95 years a whole season had been cancelled. The season was scheduled to start Aug. 7, but the 16 team owners decided that they could not guarantee the safety of fans and players. -If basketball icon LeBron James gets his way, NBA arenas and other sports venues around the country will be mega polling sites for the November general election. The Atlanta Hawks and the Detroit Pistons have already made deals with local elections officials in their cities. The effort will advise sports franchises around the country on how to follow suit.NCAA-COMPENSATING ATHLETESSankey: federal NIL law needed to ensure fair competitionUNDATED (AP) — Southeastern Conference commissioner Greg Sankey has told a U.S. Senate committee that there needs to be a uniform federal law to regulate the compensation of college athletes instead of a series of state-level versions with different requirements. Elsewhere in the NHL:— Carolina Hurricanes president and general manager Don Waddell says executive Rick Dudley won’t return. The 71-year-old Dudley had worked as the Hurricanes senior vice president of hockey operations since 2018, part of nearly five decades in professional hockey. Waddell says the Hurricanes are still in talks with longtime TV play-by-play announcer John Forslund on a new deal.SPORTS-VIRUS OUTBREAKUNDATED (AP) — Novak Djokovic says he and his wife have now tested negative for the coronavirus. The top-ranked player tested positive for the virus after playing in an exhibition series he organized in Serbia and Croatia with zero social distancing amid the pandemic. His media team says “Novak Djokovic and his wife Jelena are negative for COVID-19.” The statement says both had no symptoms and that they were in self-isolation in the Serbian capital since testing positive 10 days ago. Djokovic was the fourth player to come down with the virus after participating in matches held in Belgrade and Zadar, Croatia.In other coronavirus related sports news: NBA NEWSLakers add veteran J.R. Smith for Orlando championship pushLOS ANGELES (AP) — J.R. Smith has joined LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers for their championship push.The Lakers announced their long-anticipated signing of Smith as a substitute player. Smith is the Lakers’ replacement for Avery Bradley, who cited family reasons for his decision not to finish the season with the Lakers in Orlando.The 34-year-old Smith hasn’t played in the league since November 2018, but the 2013 Sixth Man of the Year is a longtime trusted teammate of James. They won the NBA title together with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016 and reached four consecutive NBA Finals. In other NBA news: — Houston’s Thabo Sefolosha is opting out of the NBA’s restart in Orlando. The person spoke to the AP on the condition of anonymity Wednesday because the decision hasn’t been announced. Sefolosha is in his first season with the Rockets. The 36-year-old is a 15-year NBA veteran who has also played for Utah, Atlanta, Oklahoma City and Chicago. The Rockets are schedule to resume the season on July 31 against the Dallas Mavericks.— Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers says Lou Williams is expected to join the team for the NBA’s restart in Florida. Williams has described himself as “50-50” on whether he would finish out the pandemic-interrupted season. Rivers says he doesn’t think any of the Clippers are opting out from resuming the season. The team heads to Orlando next week.— Philadelphia 76ers coach Brett Brown says All-Stars Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid are healthy for the NBA restart. Brown says Simmons is “good to go” following a lengthy layoff with a back injury. Embiid was recovering from surgery on his left hand and had just returned after missing five games with a sprained left shoulder at the time of the shutdown. Brown says he expects Embiid to return to play in the best shape of his professional career. – The Dallas Mavericks have signed guard Trey Burke as a replacement after center Willie Cauley-Stein decided not to rejoin the team for the planned resumption of the season. — The Brooklyn Nets don’t look ready for a restart, but general manager Sean Marks says there was no discussion of the team not traveling to Florida for the resumption of the NBA season. DeAndre Jordan and Wilson Chandler aren’t going, and Spencer Dinwiddie’s status is uncertain after both he and Jordan tested positive for the coronavirus. Marks also says neither Kevin Durant nor Kyrie Irving will return from injuries to rejoin the Nets this season. The GM says he will support any other players who choose not to play. Brooklyn is currently in seventh place in the Eastern Conference. NFL-PRESEASONAP Source: NFL cutting preseason in half, pushing back startUNDATED (AP) — A person with knowledge of the decision tells The Associated Press that the NFL will cut the preseason in half and push the start of exhibition play back a week to give players more time to get in shape. Teams haven’t been able to gather together since last season because of the coronavirus pandemic. The league and the players association have been meeting to find ways to make sure they can have games in a safe environment. The exhibition slate will now begin Aug. 20 instead of Aug. 13. Teams will begin reporting to training camp July 28.In other NFL news: SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah defensive coordinator Morgan Scalley will remain on staff but will take a pay cut and must undergo diversity training after being suspended for using a racial slur in a 2013 text message. Utah announced Scalley will participate in diversity and inclusion education, and have his salary cut from $1.1 million to $525,000. His contract also was trimmed from a multiyear deal to a one-year deal, and he will no longer be the designated head coach in waiting. Scalley was suspended last month when his use of a racial slur in a text message was posted on social media.WNBA-MAYA MOORE-PRISONERMissouri man freed from prison with help from WNBA’s MooreJEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri man was freed from prison Wednesday after a county prosecutor declined to retry his case, punctuating years of work by WNBA star Maya Moore and other supporters who argued he was falsely convicted of burglary and assault charges.Moore was on hand when Jonathan Irons, 40, walked out of the Jefferson City Correctional Center. She clapped as Irons approached a group of people waiting for his release. She then dropped to her knees at one point before joining a group hug around Irons. SPORTS-VIRUS OUTBREAK-OKLAHOMAOklahoma athletics cutting $13.7M from budgetUNDATED (AP) — The Oklahoma athletics department is cutting $13.7 million from its budget, blaming those cuts on fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.Budget cuts include a 10% salary drop for any employee earning at least $1 million per year. Athletic director Joe Castiglione said the moves were the “first steps” in responding to the financial losses associated with virus outbreak. — Webb Simpson is competing on the PGA Tour again after his family had a coronavirus scare. One of Simpson’s daughters tested positive for the virus, leading to him withdrawing from last week’s tournament as a precaution. Simpson says the daughter, along with his wife and other kids, later tested negative. Webb leads the tour in FedEx Cup points and scoring average. He is attempting to become the PGA Tour’s first player with three victories during this pandemic-interrupted year. Chad Campbell has withdrawn from the Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit after becoming the sixth PGA Tour player to test positive for the coronavirus.— The Rocket Mortgage Classic’s latest policy change on the coronavirus means Cameron Champ can play the tour this week in Detroit. Champ tested positive for the virus last week when he arrived for the Travelers Championship. That meant he had to self-isolate for 10 days without showing symptoms. Champ was asymptomatic when he tested positive. The tour says he had three negative tests over the next three days. The tour consulted with the CDC on its policy change. Now, anyone who is asymptomatic and tests positive will be eligible to return with two negative tests at least 24 hours apart.— UConn women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma is asking for federal help to get foreign students that include athletes back to campus. U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut said he and other members of Congress plan to press the Department of Homeland Security to grant exemptions for the students, similar to ones given to professional athletes last month.— Coach Dawn Staley would be prepping the U.S. women’s basketball team for the Tokyo Olympics this week if not for the coronavirus pandemic. Instead, she’ll hold a Zoom conference call with players who are vying for a spot on the roster in 2021, if the postponed Olympics are held next year. Staley’s focus these days involves getting her South Carolina women’s team back on campus in a safe environment. Her team finished No. 1 in the last AP poll and won the SEC Tournament before the NCAA Tournament was canceled because of the coronavirus.— Six players with FC Dallas have tested positive for COVID-19 and the entire team has been quarantined ahead of the MLS Is Back tournament. The team says the players tested positive upon arrival in Florida for a tournament that starts next week. All of the league’s 26 teams are sequestered in hotels in advance of the tournament played without fans at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex at Disney World. — The Green Bay Packers have signed each of their two top draft picks: Utah State quarterback Jordan Love and Boston College running back A.J. Dillon. Green Bay gave the Miami Dolphins a fourth-round draft choice to move up four spots in the first round and take Love with the 26th overall selection back in April. The Packers chose Dillon with the 62nd overall pick. Both selections were somewhat surprising because the Packers already have two-time MVP Aaron Rodgers at quarterback and Aaron Jones at running back.— Some NFL players are raising concerns about playing football amid the coronavirus pandemic while others are ignoring advice of medical experts by working out with teammates. JC Tretter, a center on the Cleveland Browns and president of the NFL Players Association, wrote an open letter to players saying they have to fight for “necessary COVID-19 protections.” New Orleans Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins said last week that “football is a nonessential business and so we don’t need to do it.” Pittsburgh Steelers defensive lineman Cameron Heyward has asthma so he wants to “take every precaution” if he plays.NHL-COYOTES-KESSELHealthy Kessel expected to give Coyotes a boost in returnRALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A healthy Phil Kessel should give the Arizona Coyotes a big lift when the NHL season resumes. Kessel labored during the first part of his inaugural season in the desert while battling injuries. The 32-year-old right wing suffered a groin injury early and didn’t have the same explosiveness he had in the past, scoring 14 goals with 24 assists in 70 games. The NHL’s shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic allowed Kessel to heal, giving the Coyotes hope of a deep playoff run. July 2, 2020 He had been serving a 50-year prison sentence stemming from the non-fatal shooting of a homeowner in the St. Louis area when Irons was 16. Moore and Irons became friends after meeting through prison ministry, according to the Times. The 31-year-old Moore, a Jefferson City, Missouri, native who starred at UConn before helping lead Minnesota to four WNBA titles, put her career on hold last season to help Irons.BOBSLED-WORLD CUPBobsled, skeleton still planning for full World Cup seasonLAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) — Bobsled and skeleton officials indicated Wednesday that they are still planning for a full World Cup season, releasing detailed schedules for eight races as well as the world championships that remain scheduled for February in Lake Placid, New York. Also still on the schedule: a season-finale at the new track built for the 2022 Beijing Olympics. The addition to the revised schedule released Wednesday was the addition of women’s monobob to the schedule for Lake Placid’s two weeks of world-title races. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-BASEBALL RETURNSMLB players begin reporting for tests as first workouts nearUNDATED (AP) — Baseball players began reporting to their teams Wednesday in the most significant step yet as MLB presses ahead with its plan for a 60-game sprint of a season. Most players underwent a battery of health checks, not only for COVID-19 but also for any other lingering ailments from spring training, ahead of planned workouts beginning Friday and Saturday. And one thing was clear: Despite rising numbers of positive tests and some players opting out, most players and executives are bullish about the season taking place in just a few weeks. Associated Press
JACK Warner, the embattled former FIFA vice-president and Independent Liberal Party (ILP) political leader, announced Thursday night that he will be contesting the Trinidad and Tobago general election set for August 10.The ILP said the 77-year-old Warner will contest the Lopinot/Bon Air West seat. The controversial former football official, who is fighting extradition to the United States where he is expected to face corruption charges, is to host a media conference at 15:00hrs at his constituency office in Arouca today.Warner served as a Government Minister under the former People’s Partnership administration. He resigned as the Member of Parliament for Chaguanas West in April 2013.Warner had been a member of the FIFA Executive Committee since 1983 and CONCACAF president since 1990. He was re-elected for a new term in 2011.However, he was implicated in numerous corruption allegations dating back to the 1980s.In May 2011, Warner and Mohammed bin Hammam were provisionally suspended by the FIFA Ethics Committee pending the outcome of the investigation of corruption allegations against them.On June 20 2011, FIFA announced Warner’s resignation from all his positions in international football. (Sportsmax)
Related Articles Rahul Sood is the CEO at esports only bookmaker Unikrn. During a busy year to date which has seen Unikrn acquire tournament organiser LEET.gg and release its own cryptocurrency, unikoingold, on Ethereum, Sood caught up with SBC News ahead of his speaker slot at the Betting on Esports Conference in September. Sood will be discussing esports betting on the panel titled ‘Live alone or die together? Are purist esports betting platforms better equipped to thrive and how should they be designed?’.Rahul Sood, UnikrnJoining Sood will be Danske Spil’s Head of Esports Kasper Nemeth, Blinkpool CEO Suraj Gosai and PVP.ME CMO Mike Doyle. Sanjit Atwal, CEO of Dark Site and Co-Founder of Squawka, will moderate.SBC News: Why did you decide to speak at Betting on Esports 2017?Rahul Sood: Sam (Sam Cooke, Editor , Esports Insider) asked me to speak, and I said yes. When Sam asks you to speak, you speak! Besides that there are a ton of things happening in the esports betting space right now. In addition to the incredible growth, cryptocurrencies are a new area that betting operators should take a look at. Unikrn is at the cutting edge of both areas and I’d like to share some of my insights in this area.SBC: Unikrn has been making some interesting moves in the past six months. For instance, the acquisition of tournament host LEET.gg. Does esports offer European casinos the same opportunity as it does those in Vegas and North America?Rahul: Absolutely. We feel that Las Vegas is a good hub to start building insane casino experiences around esports. Vegas tends to be the standard by which others follow, as such it’s a good sandbox by which to experiment on what works and what doesn’t. LEET has done a great job helping to stand up the first esports friendly casino in Las Vegas, and we have much bigger plans for the future. SBC: How integral a part of the wider Unikrn business model do you anticipate the UnikoinGold (the firm’s cryptocurrency) becoming?Rahul: UnikoinGold will be the foundation to the future of our company. Since Unikrn has nearly two years of data on Unikoins we know exactly how to drive value to them. The great part about our cryptocurrency is our users can exchange them on any major exchange for any other cryptocurrency. We are also creating all new betting experiences around UnikoinGold. I recommend people who are interested visit the website at www.unikoingold.com.SBC: Where do you see the future of regulated esports betting going? Do you ever see the game publishers working with this industry; how important is this?Rahul: I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, much like traditional sports we should see more publishers get on board in working with the industry, starting with competitive integrity. I think the ESIC is a great start. In terms of the future of regulated esports, I think regulators need to accelerate their thinking on this as soon as possible. Between Esports, Gambling, and Crypto, we have a collision of three major industries going on, and people need to get smart fast. SBC: What can attendees expect to hear from your involvement in the ‘Live alone or Die Together’ panel?Rahul: Stay tuned, I’m sure people will want to hear about the journey from token to cryptocurrency. I’ll share some of the challenges we’ve faced dealing with competitors who choose to operate illegally, and also riding the bleeding edge of esports and crypto.__________________________Betting on Esports 2017 will take place as a part of Betting on Sports (September 13-15). There’ll be six esports panels, an esports betting exhibition zone, tournaments, ample networking opportunities and parties each evening. Click here to find out more. Submit Share GG.Bet scores ESL Counter-Strike & Dota 2 global partnerships July 15, 2020 Winning Post: UK racing must put its best foot forward … July 20, 2020 Luckbox: How the return of live sport has affected esports betting July 10, 2020 StumbleUpon Share