Indiana Supreme Court responds to Holcomb request regarding Hill status

first_img Pinterest WhatsApp By Tommie Lee – May 18, 2020 1 352 Indiana Supreme Court responds to Holcomb request regarding Hill status Twitter Facebook Google+ WhatsApp IndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market (Photo supplied/Indiana A.G. Curtis Hill) Indiana’s Supreme Court has responded to the governor’s request regarding the status of Attorney General Curtis Hill.The Court denied Governor Holcomb’s request to determine whether Curtis Hill can remain the state’s Attorney General.If the Court had clarified the vacancy question, it would have allowed Holcomb to name a new person to the post.In their summary the Court ruled that they should not offer up advisory opinions and said it would be inappropriate for them to rule on the status of the current vacancy in the office.It seems likely that Hill return to the office after his suspension expires. Pinterest Twitter Google+ Facebook Previous articlePortage woman arrested after allegedly throwing joint at officerNext articleNotre Dame classes to resume in August Tommie Leelast_img read more

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Detailed guide: Local COVID alert level: very high (Greater Manchester)

first_imgNorth East South West Yorkshire and The Humber North West replaced by National lockdown – Stay at Home,Decisions on which area goes into which tier are primarily based on 5 key epidemiological indicators: Cumbria Greater Manchester Lancashire, Blackburn with Darwen, and Blackpool Warrington and Cheshire Region Herefordshire Shropshire, and Telford and Wrekin Worcestershire Bath and North East Somerset Bristol Cornwall Devon, Plymouth and Torbay Dorset North Somerset South Gloucestershire Wiltshire City of York and North Yorkshire The Humber: East Riding of Yorkshire, Kingston upon Hull/Hull, North East Lincolnshire and North Lincolnshire South Yorkshire (Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotheram, Sheffield) West Yorkshire (Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds, Wakefield) West Midlands East of England Derby and Derbyshire Leicester City and Leicestershire Lincolnshire Northamptonshire Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Liverpool City Region Tier 4: Stay at HomeEast Midlands Rutland North Westcenter_img West Midlands North East Combined Authority (this area includes the local authorities of County Durham, Gateshead, South Tyneside and Sunderland) North of Tyne Combined Authority (this area includes the local authorities of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, North Tyneside and Northumberland) Tees Valley Combined Authority (this area includes the local authorities of Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland, and Stockton-on-Tees) London case detection rates in all age groups case detection rates in the over-60s the rate at which cases are rising or falling positivity rate (the number of positive cases detected as a percentage of tests taken) pressure on the NHS Berkshire Brighton and Hove, East Sussex and West Sussex Buckinghamshire Hampshire, Southampton and Portsmouth Isle of Wight Kent and Medway Oxfordshire Surrey Bedford, Central Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Cambridgeshire Essex, Southend-on-Sea and Thurrock Hertfordshire Norfolk Peterborough Suffolk All 32 London boroughs plus City of London Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Gloucestershire (Cheltenham, Cotswold, Forest of Dean, Gloucester City, Stroud and Tewkesbury) Somerset (Mendip, Sedgemoor, Somerset West and Taunton, and South Somerset) Swindon South East Tier 2: High alertNo areas are currently in Tier 2.Tier 3: Very High alertEast Midlands Isles of Scilly South West Birmingham, Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton Coventry Solihull Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Warwickshire The indicators are designed to provide a full picture of what is happening with the virus in any area so that suitable action can be taken.Each bullet point on this list constitutes an ‘area’ for the purposes of guidance.Find out more information on tiers, including what you can and cannot do in each tier.Tier 1: Medium alertSouth Westlast_img read more

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Theater Reimagined – Innovation at Harvard

first_imgUnder the leadership of Artistic Director Diane Paulus, the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) is seeking new ways to redefine and reimagine theater for the Harvard community and beyond. As professor of the practice of theatre in the Faculty of Arts and Science’s Department of English, she pursues a goal of giving every Harvard student a truly transformative experience of theater.last_img

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Hostas

first_imgVersatile and hardy, hostas are quickly becoming one of the most popular perennial plants grown in Georgia landscapes. Sometimes referred to as plantain lilies, hostas can thrive in both shade and partial sun. Besides having wonderful foliage, many cultivars produce fragrant flowers from early summer to fall. Available in several leaf and flower colorsHosta’s flowers are trumpet-like in shape and may be white, lavender, light blue or bicolored. Host’s foliage can also be colorful, ranging from shades of yellow, green, gold to white. Some even have a blueish tint to their leaves. Variegated forms also exist. There are hundreds of hosta varieties available to homeowners today, and more varieties become available each year. Diversity in leaf color, plant shape and form make hostas excellent candidates for a wide variety of landscape situations. Their size can range from a few inches in diameter to several feet across. They grow and spread using underground stems called rhizomes. They prefer well-drained soils amended with organic matter, such as compost or manure, and do best in raised beds. They will not tolerate soggy conditions, especially during the winter months. To plant hostas, dig a hole as deep as the root ball and at least twice as wide as its diameter. Then backfill and water well. Space hosta plants according to their spread at maturity. Divide in the springMarch and early spring, when a hosta’s new leaves start to emerge, are the perfect times to divide hostas, transplant them or add new hostas to your landscape. Dividing can be done either by cutting away a section of a clump with a sharp shovel or by lifting the root mass and separating it by hand. Separate the plant so that an “eye” is present in each division. Very small divisions tend to establish slowly. Most hostas can be divided in four to five years, depending on the vigor of the clumps. Hostas are known for thriving jn the shade, but it is important to know the specific needs of each hosta variety selected. Some need more sun, while others experience leaf discoloration or leaf scorching when they don’t have enough shade. Hostas respond best to light fertilization. Soil testing will help determine lime and fertilizer requirements. Without the benefit of a soil test, apply one-half pound of 10-10-10 fertilizer per 100 sq. ft. at planting or when growth emerges in the spring. Slow release fertilizers can also be used to meet nutrition needs throughout the growing season. Gardeners should place mulch around hostas to help conserve moisture. Keep them moist but not wet by applying supplemental irrigation only when necessary. Hot summer days may require additional irrigation. Avoid planting hostas in areas that receive direct afternoon sun. Pests include slugs, snails and deerHostas are tough plants and are otherwise healthy. Insects and diseases are seldom a problem. However, slugs and snails will devour hostas if given the opportunity. Organic controls or applications of registered insecticides are sometimes needed to control slugs and snails. In many areas, deer may be a problem. Deer often eat hosta foliage when other food is scarce. Deer repellants may give temporary control, however, fencing or the watchful eye of the pet dog may be the only sure way to keep deer away. For more information on growing hostas, see the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension publication “Growing Hostas” at www.caes.uga.edu/publications.last_img read more

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Big Beasts of the Blue Ridge

first_imgThe 8 Toughest Ultras in the SouthAt one time, ultramarathons were a niche sport. They were ridiculously long distance races that only the craziest endurance athletes were willing to attempt.Today, several hundred ultramarathons occur around the United States every year. Although an ultramarathon is technically anything longer that 26.2 miles, the most extreme races push the boundaries of humans can endure.Karl Meltzer, former holder of the fastest known time on the Appalachian Trail, has completed more than 100 ultramarathons since 1996. For him, these long-distance races are less cutthroat than other sports and are about more than the physical challenge.“The mental part is can I actually suck it up for 20 hours, 30 hours, 40 hours, or whatever,” he said. “That’s the fun part—well sort of the fun part—when you cross the finish line.  It doesn’t even matter what your time is. It’s just a matter of you got it done. That’s the real addiction.”Southern Appalachia is home to some of the country’s toughest ultras. If you’re looking to test your mettle, these events will take you to the edge.Pinhoti 100 (Ala.)November 2-3, 2019Starting from Pine Glen Campground, runners have to contend with rocky trails and more than 28,000 feet of elevation change over this 100-mile course. Through the Talladega National Forest in Alabama, competitors climb and descend Mount Cheaha, the highest point in the state.Meltzer, a three-time Pinhoti winner, lives in the mountains of Utah but said he enjoys running the trails back east among the trees.“I like to run in the woods,” he said. “Having done the A.T. three times, that’s a pretty good example of what I like to do. So Pinhoti was really a great fit. The beauty is being actually in the woods and being away from everything else.”Over the years, more races have begun using lotteries for race entries as they become more popular. In most cases, the trail can only handle so many runners meaning race directors are limited in how much they can grow. That’s why Meltzer enjoys the lesser known races that still challenge his endurance.“I don’t care who is there, how competitive it is, I really just want a good course where I enjoy myself instead of doing what other people think I should do or trying to run the Western States as fast as I can,” he said. “I mean those races are great too, don’t get me wrong, but there’s so much hype and media around a few certain races. I think the low-key race, like Pinhoti, is what I like the best.”Mount Mitchell Challenge (N.C.)February 23, 2019Jay Curwen won the first Mount Mitchell Challenge in 1999, a 40-mile race to the top of the highest peak on the East Coast and back to the town of Black Mountain. Two decades later, Curwen has taken over for his father as race director of the challenge and accompanying marathon.“At the end of the day, you only run one hill,” Guido Ferrari said. “But it’s one hill that is 20 miles long. There are not that many races that can claim that kind of consistent ascent. Then you have to come all the way down.”Ferrari was friends with Curwen’s father and was the first one to sign up for the original marathon. He has now run the challenge every single year since.“It has become a streak,” he said. “Once you run the first 10 in a row, even if you’re not winning, you’re supposed to go back to keep the streak alive. It’s a good measurement of how I age, slowly.”In addition to all the elevation change, runners have to contend with mountainous weather conditions at the end of February.“We have had sub 10 degrees and blizzards and we have had 65 degrees and sun,” Curwen said. “Depending on how deep the snow is or how tough the winter is, we’ve had to modify the scope and a couple of different things. Every year we have to let the fire rescue and support teams dictate to us where we can go and how they comfortable they feel to be able to cover the runners and make everybody safe.”Over the years, the challenge has become a staple event in the town.“We’ve sold it out every year for 21 years,” Curwen said. “We’ll have anywhere from 1,500 to as many as 2,500 or so trying to get in for only 200 spots.”Ferrari says Mount Mitchell is the one race he’ll run until he can’t move his legs.“It’s one of those things that, at this point it becomes, okay it’s February, I need to go up to the top of Mount Mitchell,” he said.West Virginia Trilogy (W. Va.)October 11-13, 2019runners at the West Virginia trilogy / photo by Lars LehmannThree days, three different events, back to back to back. The West Virginia Trilogy consists of a 50K on Friday, a 50 miler on Saturday, and a half marathon on Sunday. Most runners choose to spend each night at the basecamp before hitting the trails again the following day.Adam Casseday, one of the race directors and founders of the event, originally wanted to put together a 100-mile race in West Virginia. But he couldn’t find a location worthy of an event of that magnitude and the logistics of putting on that kind of event were intimidating.“We wanted to create an event that was as much about the camaraderie and the challenge as it was the pure race,” he said. “It’s not truly as much about competition as much as the fellowship of runners enjoying nature and the outdoors together instead of trying to outrun your competitors. By Saturday, you lose a lot of the type A, stressful runner aura. It’s more a brotherhood and sisterhood. People trying to help each other out, running together rather than trying to beat each other.”The course takes runners through the West Virginia Mountains during peak fall foliage season, including a summit of Spruce Knob during the 50 miler.“Most trails in West Virginia as a whole are pretty wild and rugged because we just don’t have the trail users that you see in Virginia and North Carolina,” Casseday said. “By default, these trails are more wet and rocky and rugged.”Kelly MacDonald kept hearing about how special the event was from runners at other events. She put it on her bucket list of races and got the chance to compete in 2018. She said being out on the trail wasn’t the most challenging part of the event. It was the downtime when her legs were tired, and she knew there were still more miles to run.“The most daunting part was each evening,” she said. “I’m in this big yurt eating my dinner and thinking about the distance I’d have to run the next day, not sure I could do it.”Georgia Death Race (Ga.)March 30-31, 2019With the Georgia Death Race, Sean Blanton’s goal is to discourage competitors from finishing. He’s even hired someone to play the grim reaper and heckle runners on the trail.“Sometimes I have people out there in the woods that are playing wild boar noises on CD players,” Blanton said. “We have signs out there that really just get into your head. The point of this race is to make people extremely uncomfortable in the sense of you’ve lost everything and the only thing you have left is just moving forward. This race is meant for you to question why do I run? Why did I sign up for this?”The 70ish mile race from Vogel State Park to Amicalola Falls State Park takes runners to the summit of Brasstown Bald, the highest point in Georgia.“You get within 100 feet of the finish line and then you have to go 1,100 feet upstairs, up the waterfall, and then come back down on a really shitty, technical trail,” Blanton said. “The end’s almost the worst part.”He also requires each entrant to complete eight hours of trail maintenance or other community service to give back to the trails. Blanton, who has run 150 ultramarathons around the world, has to turn away runners when the 400 spots fill up.“Why do people run these challenges? Why would somebody want to run one of these things?” he said. “When people ask why do you do that, I answer the same way every time. If you have to ask me that question, you will never understand the answer. Unless you go out there and are experiencing these things, it’s just going to be crazy.”Ozone Endurance Challenge (Tenn.)May 29- June 2, 2019The Ozone Endurance Challenge asks how long do you want to be on the trail? Runners choose to compete from six to 96 hours, attempting to complete as many loops of the two-mile track as possible before time is up.“It’s a way of testing yourself,” Laura Eriks said. “People say, ‘Well I can’t run any further than a marathon.’ You set those standards. But you get involved with these events and you can really see what your limits are and then push those back. It’s always exciting when you take those first few steps past any mileage that you’ve ever completed.”Eriks, who was coming off an injury when she ran the 96-hour event in 2018, said this was a way to start running again on a relatively flat course.“In ultrarunning, it’s not just putting one foot in front of the other,” she said. “There’s the mental aspect of keeping going, especially when you’re racing through the night or two nights or three nights. Trying to manage your food and different things like that. It’s a challenge but there’s such a community.”In running for such a long time, competitors have to strategize when they will sleep, what they will eat, and how to manage the Tennessee heat.“I went through probably six pairs of shoes and a dozen pairs of socks during the race, constantly changing socks and shoes,” said Jeff Woody.Woody ran the 48-hour event the first year the event was held in 2016. Race director Will Jorgensen added a longer option each year, with 72 hours in 2017 and 96 hours in 2018, to challenge how long runners would be willing to run around in a loop. Each year, Woody kept going for the longest time.“You have to disconnect, to some degree, from time,” he said. “You have to take yourself out and focus on what you’re doing there. The neat thing about it is, it’s not just about who is the youngest and the strongest. A lot of strategy comes into play.”Hellgate 100K (Va.)December 14, 2019The Hellgate 100K is a winter race so intense, it comes with its own medical condition.“The cold dry air, the wind blowing, and runners running at night a lot, they get Hellgate eyes,” said race director David Horton. “They need to wear glasses and keep blinking their eyes or put liquid in. It’s like seeing through cellophane or something.”Jordan Chang first ran the race as a sophomore in college and didn’t think he was going to finish that year. But he has now run the 66.6-mile race every year for the last twelve years and has avoided Hellgate eyes so far.“People react very differently to it,” he said. “Some people are like, well, it’s happening, and other people are freaking out.”The race starts at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday morning so that most runners are finished by sunset.“I just love how everyone runs the same amount of time at night,” Chang said. “It’s very unique in ultrarunning. Most of the time, the faster people will run less in the night than the slower people. But this, everyone runs the same amount. Everyone’s got seven hours of it no matter what.”In addition to the unusual start time, runners have to contend with the whims of Virginia in December.“I’ve done it where I finished without a shirt on because it was 80 degrees,” Chang said. “I’ve done it where there was snow and ice and temperatures in the negatives. You never know what’s going to happen until race day.”Although he’s only in his 30s, Chang said the sport of ultrarunning has exploded since he ran his first race in college.“I’ve been in this sport longer than most people and just seeing that change from this group of weirdos running in the woods to fairly mainstream,” he said. “Running 100 miles is not unheard of anymore.”The popularity of the Hellgate 100K has also exploded.“It’s really grown, not necessarily in size,” Chang said. “Dr. Horton’s kept it pretty small to keep it intimate. But there’s a lot of hype around it, a lot of people trying to get in… It’s a good thing. It’s very exciting to see this kind of energy around the sport and these kinds of races. Over the years, it’s gotten much more competitive and times are getting so much faster. Every year, people are throwing down times that just a year before we thought were impossible.”Ultimately, Chang said he enjoys trail running for more than the competition because it gives him the opportunity to see “stuff that you’ll never see unless you did it on foot. Being able to see nature on foot in places where you can’t take a bike, you can’t take a car, you can’t paddle to.”Big Backyard Ultra (Tenn.)October 19, 2019If you follow the ultrarunning world, chances are you have heard of the Barkley Marathon. Runners have 60 hours to complete the brutal 100-mile course designed by Gary “Lazarus Lake” Cantrell. Since 1986, only 15 runners have completed all five laps in the allotted time.The Barkley Fall Classic, a 50K, gives runners a taste of what the Barkley Marathon is like with winners automatically receiving a spot in the Big Barkley.“He’s [Cantrell] a really great person to have in the sport, coming up with all these ways to push us harder and farther than we’ve ever been,” ultrarunner Courtney Dauwalter said.In addition to the marathons, Cantrell puts on another, an equally challenging event where there is no time limit or distance limit. At the Big Backyard Ultra, runners simply run until they can’t run anymore.At 6:40 on Saturday morning, runners head out on the 4.166667-mile course. They have an hour to complete the route before they have to head out for another lap. This continues every hour until only one runner remains.Courtney Dauwalter, a dominant force in the ultrarunning community, ran 279.1 miles. After lap 67, she said she had nothing left in her. She plans to return to the backyard one day to see if she can push herself even further.“I think the atmosphere of it is really special,” she said. “When people drop out, they stick around and get basically incorporated into other people who are still in the race and their crew. So, you end up gaining friends and crew members and all this assistance throughout the race because people stay and are just a part of it.”(Read more about Dauwalter and the Big Backyard Ultra on page 18).War Hammer 100 (Ky.)June 8, 2019Look out for the War Hammer 100. In 2018, only a third of runners finished the 100-mile race in its inaugural year.“We created it to kind of be this big journey,” Mike Whisman said. “You start in one part of Kentucky and by the end of the weekend, you’ll be in a different part of the state. We pitched the race as true Kentucky, the good, the bad, and the ugly.”Whisman helps his wife, Brandy, put on a series of races in Kentucky. The pair wanted to create a longer event that highlighted many of the sights and sounds of the state. Since the race was new, runners weren’t quite sure what to expect from the course that starts at Red River Gorge.“There’s not a lot of climbing, it’s not technical,” Whisman said. “But these things that you don’t really anticipate really took a toll on people.”Unlike other trail races on the East Coast where trees provide a good bit of cover, the War Hammer twists along backcountry roads where runners find it hard to escape from the sun.“There are some long stretches of road, be it gravel road and even some paved road, in the middle of the race,” Whisman said. “So that means a lot of people were running through some pretty exposed areas with no shade in the middle of the afternoon in June. And they were just getting baked.”Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine Takes on RagnarApril 26-27, 2019The Ragnar Relay Series started 16 years ago as the Ragnar Wasatch Back in Utah. Today, there are more than 40 road and trail relay races in the series across the U.S. and internationally.In April, several members of the BRO family will take on the Ragnar Trail Relay at Pocahontas State Park in Richmond, Va. Over the course of the weekend, each person will run three loops for a total 15.4 miles.Rachel Fitzgerald, director of market development for Ragnar, said the majority of the Richmond course is mountain bike singletrack trails with some paved surfaces.“It is true trails,” she said. “A lot of events will be on some of the rail trails in the area, but these are true woodland, rocks and roots type trails.”In between loops, runners rest and hang out with friends at the centralized base camp before gearing up for another round.“It’s a challenging achievement and certainly something to brag about, but it is a really unique and special community that’s so welcoming of everyone,” Fitzgerald said.BRO Account Executive Hannah Cooper runs a half marathon and a few other races every year but said this trail race will be a new challenge since it’s longer than anything else she has done.“It’s a lot harder than a typical street race mentally and physically,” Cooper said. “On a street race, there are all these people around and support. It’s super easy to bail if you needed to. Whereas out on the trail, you’re out there alone. You have to be really focused on the footsteps, especially when we’re running through the night.”Check back in a few months to see how the BRO team fared out on the trail.last_img read more

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Winter Storm Warning For WRBI Area

first_imgA Winter Storm Warning for heavy snow and ice  has been issued by The National Weather Service for The WRBI Listening Area.It is in effect for Decatur County 7 PM Saturday Night through 7 AM Monday Morning and for Ripley, Franklin, and Dearborn Counties 1 AM Sunday through 1 PM Monday.Look for heavy snow, sleet, and freezing rain to occur.  Snow accumulations of up to 5-8 inches along with around a tenth of an inch of ice.A mix of snow, sleet, and freezing rain is expected for Saturday Night into Sunday before changing to all snow on Sunday Night.Significant amounts of snow and ice along with a layer of ice will result in hazardous roads and reduced visibilities. Travel for Saturday Night through Monday will be impacted.A Winter Storm Warning means that severe winter weather conditions are imminent or highly likely.  Be sure to listen to Country 103.9 WRBI and log onto www.wrbiradio.com for severe weather updates and for Closings, Cancellations, and Delays.Courtesy of The National Weather Service/NOAA.last_img read more

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Purdue faces tough test vs No. 18 Iowa

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditPurdue (15-14, 8-10) vs. No. 18 Iowa (20-9, 11-7)Carver-Hawkeye Arena, Iowa City, Iowa; Tuesday, 9 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: No. 18 Iowa presents a tough challenge for Purdue. Purdue has won four of its 10 games against ranked teams this season. Iowa is coming off a 77-68 win over Penn State on Saturday. Associated Press Purdue faces tough test vs No. 18 Iowa March 2, 2020center_img SUPER SENIORS: Iowa’s Luka Garza, Joe Wieskamp and Ryan Kriener have combined to account for 59 percent of the team’s scoring this season, including 64 percent of all Hawkeyes points over the last five games.GIFTED GARZA: Garza has connected on 35.6 percent of the 101 3-pointers he’s attempted and has gone 7 for 25 over his last five games. He’s also converted 64.1 percent of his free throws this season.UNDEFEATED WHEN: The Hawkeyes are 18-0 when holding opponents to 43.1 percent or worse from the field, and 2-9 when opponents shoot better than that. The Boilermakers are 5-0 when they make 11 or more 3-pointers and 10-14 when the team hits fewer than 11 from long range.THREAT FROM DEEP: Purdue’s Eric Hunter Jr. has attempted 110 3-pointers and connected on 37.3 percent of them, and is 4 for 17 over his last five games.DID YOU KNOW: The sturdy Purdue defense has held opponents to just 62.2 points per game, the 15th-lowest in Division I. Iowa has given up an average of 71.9 points through 29 games (ranked 218th, nationally).___ For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comlast_img read more

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The Latest: Triathlon circuit suspended

first_imgThe Olympic Games are scheduled to take place from July 24-Aug. 9, and the Paralympics Aug. 25-Sept. 6.Abe says the virus outbreak has not reached a point in Japan that requires him to declare a national emergency like the United States and parts of Europe.___1:40 p.m.Super Rugby organizers have decided to suspend the competition indefinitely after the weekend’s games because of the coronavirus pandemic. 12:45 p.m.The Edinburgh Marathon has been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.The race was due to take place on May 24, but organizers have announced it will be postponed.Race director Neil Kilgour said a new date for the marathon in the Scottish capital is expected to be announced on Monday, ___ The Latest: Triathlon circuit suspended Associated Press Major events postponed include the second world series event in Bermuda on April 18-19, and four World Cups in the United States, New Zealand, Brazil and Mexico.“World Triathlon will continue working during this time to try to reallocate the events after the 30th of April when possible, and will work with all stakeholders to undertake further actions if needed regarding the Olympic and Paralympic qualification rankings,” the ITU said.___3:50 pm.The Italian soccer players’ association says it is “saddened and outraged” that clubs are still calling on their players to attend training sessions. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditWhatsappLONDON (AP) — The Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s effect on sports around the world (all times local):5 p.m.The International Triathlon Union has suspended all of its competitions and activities from Monday to the end of April. 10:45 a.m.Two more Fiorentina players have tested positive for COVID-19 as well as a club physiotherapist.The top-tier Italian league soccer team tweets that defender and club captain Germán Pezzella, forward Patrick Cutrone and physiotherapist Stefano Dainelli “are in good health at their homes in Florence.” They were tested after “showing some symptoms.”The club had already announced on Friday that 20-year-old striker Dušan Vlahović tested positive.With Cutrone and Pezzella added to the list with Vlahović, there are now nine Serie A players who have tested positive. The others are Daniele Rugani of Juventus plus five Sampdoria players: Manolo Gabbiadini, Omar Colley, Albin Ekdal, Antonino La Gumina and Morten Thorsby.center_img ___3 p.m.Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says his country still intends to host the Olympic Games in Tokyo as planned.Abe says there were no discussions about postponing or canceling the games during talks with U.S. President Donald Trump, who suggested this week that Japan should consider postponing the Olympics because of the spread of the coronavirus. Abe says Japan is continuing to “coordinate well” with the International Olympic Committee, adding: “We have to overcome the spread of the infection and want to hold the Olympics and Paralympics as planned.” SANZAAR, the southern hemisphere rugby body that runs Super Rugby, says Saturday the tournament will be off for the “foreseeable future.” The decision was prompted by the New Zealand government’s directive that people entering from trips overseas, including returning New Zealand citizens, would have to self-isolate for 14 days from Monday.That would make Super Rugby untenable, with the tournament featuring teams from five nations, including five from New Zealand, and involving regular travel between countries. Teams from Australia, Japan, South Africa and Argentina also compete in the competition, which runs from January through to June. ___ In a statement, the players’ association notes that “some clubs” are bringing in players to train in small groups, “or, even worse, for daily checks of their temperature.”Italy is the European country hit worst by the virus, where the number of virus cases climbed to over nearly 20,000, with more than 1,000 deaths. The government in Rome has ordered an unprecedented lockdown, ordering businesses to close and restricting people’s movement.The lockdown has suspended all sports in the country through at least April 3.The players’ association says that forcing players to leave their homes “is a shamefully irresponsible act,” adding that if it’s being done just to receive a refusal by the players in order to cut salary payments “it means that we’re scraping the bottom of the barrel of dignity.”The players’ association has been at odds with clubs over the virus for weeks, first arguing for the games to be stopped before the government-issued suspension on Monday. March 14, 2020 Serie A is suspended until at least April 3 as part of a nationwide lockdown in Italy intended to contain the virus.Most people quickly recover from the global virus after experiencing only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

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AVB has ‘no problem’ with Mourinho texts

first_imgAndre Villas-Boas has dismissed suggestions his position as Chelsea manager is being undermined by members of his squad exchanging text messages with Jose Mourinho.Ex-Blues boss Mourinho, who was recently linked with a return to Stamford Bridge, keeps in touch with several of his former players.“I think it’s pretty normal for managers to have relationships with players they have managed before. I have no problem with it,” Villas-Boas insisted.AdChoices广告“I have an emotional attachment to people I managed at Academica and Porto. I text them and they text me back.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Badgers look to dominate FCS foe

first_imgBlake Sorenson and the Badgers will hope to shore up mistakes against Austin Peay Saturday.[/media-credit]The last time Austin Peay (2-1) played an FBS program, the Governors scored 33 points – and still lost by 23. That was Sept. 11 against Middle Tennessee, and this Saturday, Austin Peay will see if it can fare better against its first ever Big Ten opponent, the No. 11 Wisconsin Badgers (3-0).After escaping by virtue of a late blocked extra point against Arizona State last weekend, Wisconsin is looking for a far more impressive performance Saturday at Camp Randall. The Badgers took better care of the ball against the Sun Devils after turning the ball over four times in their first two games, but several huge special teams plays – including a 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown – by ASU dampened the effect of the win.“[We’re looking for] no mental mistakes,” strong safety Jay Valai said. “Just playing strong football, playing together as a team, going out there and giving a dominating performance. That’s what we really want to do.”Against Austin Peay, Wisconsin should be looking for a dominant performance on the ground. The Badgers’ starting offensive line averages 6-foot-6, 320 pounds, while the Governors’ defensive front comes in at only 6-foot-3, 281 pounds. Additionally, Austin Peay has given up an average of 219 yards per game so far this season, third worst in the Ohio Valley conference.“I know our guys can see on film that [Austin Peay plays] very, very hard,” head coach Bret Bielema said at his Monday press conference. “The game that they just won this past weekend was a four-quarter game that they won in the end, and it’s fun to watch teams compete and do that.”On offense, the Governors rely heavily on their top two running backs, senior Terrence Holt and junior Ryan White. Holt is Austin Peay’s first preseason Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Year after rushing for 793 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2009, and also returns kicks and punts. White, meanwhile, led the conference in rushing last year with 1,081 yards and 4 touchdowns, and is currently third in the conference with 290 yards and two touchdowns.At quarterback, Jake Ryan has struggled in the first three games, completing only 45 percent of his passes for 428 yards with three touchdowns and five interceptions. The Governors run a fairly traditional offensive system, but Ryan does check a lot of plays at the line of scrimmage.“You look around the country, a lot of FCS teams have upset some quality opponents,” linebacker Blake Sorensen said. “At the same time, we’ve got to get better every week, as a team, if we want to accomplish what we want at the end of the year. So we’re looking at it as a chance to get better and I think we did that this week.”Sorenson especially will be a player to watch this weekend, as he replaces linebacker Chris Borland in the starting lineup. Borland, the reigning Big Ten Freshman of the Year, was ruled out for the year by Bielema Tuesday after reinjuring his surgically repaired left shoulder against ASU.“He was a great pass rusher,” linebacker Culmer St. Jean said. “He was just a great teammate, he just made plays when they needed to be made. Just his presence on the field, is going to be missed, probably greatly, because we knew he was very accountable and you knew he was going to do something.”On offense, Wisconsin is looking to continue the offensive prowess displayed against ASU. Quarterback Scott Tolzien completed 19 of 25 passes for 246 yards and one touchdown, and the Badgers totaled 440 total yards. Perhaps the star of the game, though, was tight end Lance Kendricks. The 6-foot-4, 241 pound redshirt senior caught a career-high seven passes for 131 yards and a touchdown on a nice redzone play-action pass from Tolzien.“This is a real game,” St. Jean said. “This is the best team we’re going to face, because it’s the team we’re going to face this week. …They’re a great team, they run a traditional offense and they run a spread, so you get a little bit of both. It’s going to be a great game, we’re going to bring everything in our mentality and we hope they do the same.”last_img read more

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