On the Blogs: ‘Coal Isn’t Dying Because There’s a War on It’

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Barry Ritholtz for Bloomberg View:I never cease to be amazed how people with an agenda massage facts, or omit them, in order to support their cause.It comes up in the investing world, where these agendas often lead to money-losing decisions. Being able to detect this sort of nonsense is good over the long run for your investment portfolio.I was reminded of this recently when I read a report from the American Action Forum. The report says that just five year ago the market value of the four biggest coal companies was more than $35 billion. Since then, that has plunged 99 percent and some of the biggest producers have filed for bankruptcy.What is to blame for this stunning loss? The report sums it up in word: Regulation. The “War on Coal,” the report says, has imposed “$312 billion in costs and more than 30 million paperwork burden hours” on the industry.Such a nice, neat explanation. But there’s more to it than regulation designed mainly to limit how much pollution the industry spews into the air. Let’s take a closer look at what factors might be behind the demise of the coal companies:Cheap natural gas: Coal-fired plants have been the workhorses of U.S. electrical generation for the better part of a century. But many utilities are switching from coal to natural gas as an energy source. It isn’t only greener, it’s cheaper, partly because it costs less to move gas through a pipeline than it costs to transport coal by ship, rail or truck. Also helping to lower prices is the boom in fracking, which opened up vast new sources of natural gas.It now appears that natural gas overtook coal as the top U.S. power source last year. That trend is likely to accelerate: as of 2015, about 20 percent of the country’s coal-fired power plants were facing retirement. Expect those to be replaced or retrofitted to burn natural gas. This matters because the electric-power generation used 92.8 percent of the total U.S. coal supply as of 2014. Coal accounts for 29 percent of electrical generation.It obviously isn’t good for your business when your largest customers are abandoning your product for something cheaper.Debt: Peabody Coal, the nation’s largest coal producer with 19 percent of the market, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization earlier this year. The bankruptcy affects about $8.4 billion in loan and bond debt. It didn’t help that Peabody spent $5.1 billion for Australia’s MacArthur Coal in 2012 as coal prices plunged.Arch Coal, the No. 2 U.S. coal producer with 13.6 percent of the market, also filed for Chapter 11. The company had $4.5 billion in debt, most of which it ran up amid a series of ill-timed acquisitions in 2011, just before the price of coal collapsed.Other top coal producers that filed for bankruptcy include Patriot Coal, Alpha Coal, Walter Energy and James River Coal.Clean Energy: Coal is a dirty energy source. It fouls the air and leaves behind abandoned mines that double as hazardous waste sites that need to be cleaned up, often at taxpayer expense. These are what economists call externalities, meaning someone other than the coal companies bears the cost of the pollution they cause.So while much of the political rhetoric is aimed at White House plans for renewable energy, you may have missed where the action is: at the state level, where regulators are requiring the utilities they oversee to cut coal use.As Slate’s Dan Gross notes, 29 states have so-called renewable portfolio standards. These mandate a rising percentage of clean-energy use, and that usually means something other than coal. New state air-quality standards also rule out coal as an energy source for new or refurbished electrical-generation plants. Furthermore, nine states on the East Coast have started a regional greenhouse gas initiative to limit emissions. That means more natural gas and green energy, less coal.The decline of the American coal industry has been driven by many forces. Yes, the regulatory burden has increased, but it is hardly the main factor — and it’s well justified, based on the harm coal does to the environment and human health. The reality is that coal is the victim of competition from cheaper natural gas, from green-energy sources like solar and wind, and too much debt taken on to pay for costly and ill-timed acquisitions.Having an agenda only gets in the way of understanding this.Full item: Coal Isn’t Dying Because There’s a War on It On the Blogs: ‘Coal Isn’t Dying Because There’s a War on It’last_img read more

Soldiers Get Set for U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials

first_img Several Soldiers in the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program recently posted strong performances in preparation for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Track and Field Team Trials, scheduled for June 22 through July 1, in Eugene, Oregon. The results provide a preview of what they could achieve in Eugene, where they will vie for spots on Team USA, which is headed to the London Olympic Games. Maj. Michael Mai won the hammer throw with a hurl of 69.55 meters at the Jim Bush Southern California Championships in Los Angeles, June 2. A week later, he launched second-place throws of 74.83 and 75.43 meters at the Ashland Open Track & Field Meet in Ashland, Ohio, on June 7 and 9 respectively. Mai, 34, of Mountain View, Calif., won the hammer at the West Point Open at the United States Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., with a throw of 74.01 meters on May 19. With a lifetime best of 76.28 meters, he still pursues the Olympic A standard of 78.50 meters. He has hit the 77-meter mark in practice. If athletes attain the Olympic Trials A standard for their event, they automatically are qualified to compete at the Olympic Trials. The only sure-fire way to secure a berth in the London Olympic Games is to attain the higher Olympic Games A standard and finish among the top three in Eugene. The hammer throw will be the only event contested at the Nike World Headquarters near Portland. The rest are set for historic Hayward Field on the University of Oregon campus. Mai finished second at the 2011 Outdoor USA Track and Field Championships with a throw of 74.69 meters. He hopes to punch a ticket to London in Portland. “I kind of left with a sour taste in my mouth in 2008,” said Mai, who finished fifth with a throw of 71.75 meters in the 2008 U.S. Olympic Track and Field Team Trials in Eugene. “I got injured a little bit before the trials and I just didn’t put it together like I wanted to. You don’t ever want to leave the sport feeling like that, like there’s more I can do.” Still, Mai said, he feels he has been more successful in the last three years than he has been in the rest of his career. He has competed in nine U.S. outdoor and seven indoor national championships. “I made the last two world championship teams, went to the Pan Am Games this year and got the silver medal,” Mai said. “It hasn’t all been everything I’ve wanted, and even though I haven’t set a new [personal record] with the hammer, it’s always been my goal to go to the Olympics. You don’t want to leave knowing you have the ability to do it, and you didn’t at least make a run.” WCAP distance runner Spc. Joseph Chirlee crushed the Olympic A standard with a fourth-place finish in the 10,000 meters at the Tartletos Loopgala in Wageningen, Netherlands, May 30, with a time of 27 minutes, 43.96 seconds. Ali Hassan Mahboob of Bahrain won the race in 27:21.40. Chirlee, 32, a naturalized citizen from Marakwet, Kenya, lowered his personal best by 33 seconds and became one of nine U.S. runners to attain the Olympic A standard of 27:45.00. The Olympic Trials 10,000-meter men’s final is scheduled for June 22, in Eugene. The top three finishers with the A standard will compete for Team USA in London. Spc. Augustus Maiyo met the Olympic A standard with a second-place finish and time of 8:29.37 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the Music City Distance Carnival in Nashville, Tenn., on June 2. Spc. Kyle Heath finished 10th in the same race with a time of 8:50.15. Maiyo, 28, of Fort Carson, Colo., was twice named to the NCAA All-America Team in cross country at the University of Alabama. He finished third in the 2011 Army Ten-Miler at the Pentagon. The Olympic Trails men’s qualification heat of the 3,000-meter steeplechase is set for June 25. The final is scheduled for June 28. Staff Sgt. John Nunn, who already punched his ticket to England by winning the crown for the men’s 50 km race walk, will attempt to double in London with a berth in the 20 km race walk, scheduled for June 30, in Eugene. Several other Soldiers hope to compete at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Team Trials. Spc. Robert Cheseret, who finished second in the 2011 Army Ten-Miler, is running the 5,000 and 10,000 meters. He finished 14th in the 5,000 meters with a time of 13:37.02 at the Oxy High Performance Meet in Los Angeles on May 18. Also at that meet, Spc. Jackson Langat finished fifth in section four of the 800 meters in 1:48.70. Capt. John Mickowski finished 12th in the third section of the 1,500 meters in 3:49.07. Mickowski won the 1,500 with a time of 3:40.60 at the Portland Track Festival at Lewis and Clark College on June 9. Capt. Kelly Calway finished 16th in the women’s 10,000 meters with a time of 33:55.20. By Dialogo June 19, 2012last_img read more

US Donates Armored Vehicles to Brazilian Army

first_imgBy Andréa Barretto/Diálogo January 09, 2019 About 20 years ago, the Brazilian Army (EB, in Portuguese) began operations with its first M109 howitzer version A3. The U.S.-made howitzers are artillery weapons that provide firing support. In 2018, EB began replacing its M109A3 fleet, dated from the early 2000s, with the M109A5. In March 2018, they received the first four units of the 60 scheduled. In October, a U.S. ship arrived to Paranaguá Port with 56 more units, after a 16-day trip from Florida. “We are still waiting for 32 upgraded vehicles, the M109A5+, which should arrive in the first half of 2019,” said Colonel Rubens Ribeiro Guimarães Junior, doctrine and international affairs section assistant of EB’s 4th Subdivision of the General Staff. The vehicles are at the Maintenance Park of EB’s 5th Military Region, in Curitiba, Paraná. There, technicians service parts such as engines and the electrical systems, while paying special attention to the weapons system, the howitzer’s main component. Differences between the A5 and the A5+ When maintenance work comes to an end in early 2019, the M109A5 vehicles will go to the 15th, 27th, and 29th Self-Propelled Artillery groups (GAC AP, in Portuguese). The other 32 howitzers M109A5+, scheduled for a 2019 delivery, will go to the Southern Military Command’s 3rd and 5th GAC AP. The main differences between the A5 and the A5+ models lie in their technological features. “This includes the projectile launching speed gauge, which increases shooting accuracy,” said EB Colonel Sanzio Ricardo Rocha Gusmão, head of the General Staff’s Artillery Division of EB’s 5th Division. This instrument, which only exists in the A5+ version, is a sensor that can determine the speed at which a projectile is launched. The information is crucial for calculations to adjust the aim. Another feature that contributes to the A5+’s aim is the fire control and direction system. The automated system calculates the different variables to determine which elevation and angle to use. These calculations are done manually on the A5 version. The A5+ vehicles will also have a positioning and navigation system equipped with GPS and other navigation features independent of satellites. “However, the A5 does not have these tools. Should the logistics crew require geo-located navigation, they must carry additional equipment in the vehicle,” Col. Guimarães Jr. said. BAE Systems, the original howitzer manufacturer, is upgrading the A5 to the A5+ in the United States. The upgrades are being made at EB’s request. “The acquisition of the A5+ model is a first step toward acquiring new technology in the future,” said Col. Sanzio. Field artillery ammunition support vehicles The U.S. cargo ship also carried 40 M992A2 Field Artillery Ammunition Support Vehicles. The armored vehicles serve to resupply the M109 during an operation and are used jointly. The 40 Field Artillery Ammunition Support Vehicles will also be serviced for maintenance. “These vehicles are in good working condition, but they will have their systems checked (loading, cooling, engine, transmission, bearings, etc.), the oil changed, and damaged components replaced,” said Col. Guimarães Jr. Both vehicle models are part of the military equipment the U.S. military donated through the Foreign Military Sales program.last_img read more

No ‘new normal’ for now | IATF: All areas in PH to stay under…

first_imgThe MGCQ was previously touted as the transition point to the “new normal” or the full easing of virus restrictions but it was removed from the community quarantine system for now, Roque said. MANILA – Philippines will largely remain under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) beyond June 30 after the country’s pandemic task force temporarily removed the “new normal” classification. Roque added that the IATF-EID will still use the case doubling time and critical care utilization rate of different areas in community quarantine classifications. Areas found to be at high-risk of coronavirus disease 2019 local transmission will be placed under community quarantine (ECQ) or modified ECQ. Those with moderate-risk of local transmission of the virus will be classified either as general community quarantine areas or MGCQ areas. People fall in line to buy goods at a public market in Mandaluyong. The government has temporarily removed the “new normal” in the community quarantine phases as the country remained largely under relaxed lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease. ABS-CBN NEWS “The changes in the community quarantine system are only temporary and subject to change,” Roque said.center_img Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of the Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF-EID) has recalibrated its community quarantine system in its Resolution no. 48. For MECQ and MGCQ areas, the IATF will consider the following indicators: social, economic, and security factors, clustering of cases, health system capacity and continuous increasing or decreasing new cases, case doubling time and critical care utilization rate./PN Instead of transitioning to the “new normal,” areas with low-risk of COVID-19 local transmission will remain under MGCQ. “Sa ngayon po wala munang new normal. Ibig sabihin lahat ng lugar po sa Pilipinas meron pa rin community quarantine,” Roque said in a virtual press conference on Tuesday.last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_img— The Patriots have promoted kicker Nick Folk and cornerback Myles Bryant from the practice squad to the 53-man roster. Folk handled kicking duties in their win over Miami, but was sent back down after the game. — Bills starting linebackers Matt Milano and Tremaine Edmunds missed practice, and their availability is uncertain for Buffalo’s game at the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. Coach Sean McDermott wouldn’t provide an update on the players’ status other than to say they were receiving treatment after getting hurt in a season-opening 27-17 win against the New York Jets. NBA NEWSLeBron James makes All-NBA team for record 16th timeLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — LeBron James now stands alone in All-NBA recognition history, getting there unanimously. James was revealed Wednesday as an All-NBA player for a record 16th time, breaking the mark he shared with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan. He was a first-team pick on all 100 ballots, joining Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo as the only unanimous first-team selections this season. Joining them on the first team: Houston guard James Harden, Lakers forward Anthony Davis and Dallas guard Luka Doncic, who got the nod in just his second season in the NBA. Washington coach Ron Rivera, Reid’s former coach in Carolina, gave him a strong endorsement Wednesday, describing him as “a heck of a teammate.” Rivera says his team is set at the position, otherwise he’d call Reid. And he hasn’t received any calls from other coaches or general managers inquiring about Reid.A first-round pick by San Francisco in 2013, Reid went to the Pro Bowl his rookie season. He joined with Kaepernick in 2016 when the former star quarterback took a knee during the national anthem to protest against police violence, racism and social injustice. Reid has also been a vocal opponent of the NFL’s new collective bargaining agreement.In other NFL news:— Peyton Manning and Charles Woodson are among 14 first-year eligible candidates for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Joining the two-time Super Bowl champion quarterback and the star cornerback/safety on the ballot are receivers Calvin Johnson, Wes Welker and Roddy White; running back Steven Jackson; tight end Heath Miller; offensive linemen D’Brickashaw Ferguson and Logan Mankins; defensive linemen Jared Allen, Justin Tuck and Kevin Williams; linebacker Jerod Mayo; and defensive back Charles Tillman. In all, there are 130 nominees for five modern-era spots. Enshrinement at the hall in Canton, Ohio, will take place next August.In other NFL news: — The New York Giants have reached a multi-year arrangement with DraftKings that makes the Boston-based company the official sports betting, i-gaming and daily fantasy operator of the NFL team. The deal grants DraftKings access to official Giants marks and logos. There will also be a first of its kind virtual SportsLounge open on Giants’ game days, providing attendees access to all DraftKings platforms. The value of the deal wasn’t disclosed.— The Denver Broncos have placed injured linebacker Von Miller on injured reserve following his operation to repair a dislodged tendon in his left ankle. Miller was injured during a practice and is expected to miss the season, although there’s a chance he could return in December if his recovery is faster than anticipated. The Broncos promoted cornerback De’Vante Bausby from their practice squad with starter A.J. Bouye expected to miss a couple of weeks after injuring a shoulder in the opener against Tennessee. — San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman will miss at least the next three games after injuring his calf in the season opener. A person familiar with the injury says Sherman will be placed on injured reserve and won’t be eligible to return until after missing the next three weeks. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team hasn’t made an announcement. Sherman is the latest key player on the defending NFC champions to be hampered by an injury so far this season. — Star receiver Allen Robinson said he expects to remain with the Chicago Bears the rest of the season, though he wouldn’t say if he requested a trade. Robinson is in the final season of his three-year, $42 million contract and is seeking an extension. He deleted references to the Bears from his social media accounts on Tuesday, and the Chicago Tribune reported he asked to be traded if they can’t agree to a new deal. He said Wednesday he is “not gonna get into that detail.” — Zach Banner’s season is over. The Steelers placed the right tackle on injured reserve two days after he tore the ACL in his right knee in a win over the New York Giants. Banner edged Chukwuma Okorafor during an extended training camp battle to earn the starting job. His season ended in the fourth quarter against the Giants when his knee appeared to give out while dropping back in pass protection. Okorafor, a third-round pick in the 2018 draft, figures to get the start when the Steelers host Denver in their home opener. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-SCHEDULEDodgers 1st team to clinch playoff spot, beat Padres 7-5UNDATED (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers are the first team to clinch a playoff spot in the pandemic-shortened season. NHL NEWSSabres acquire Eric Staal in sending Johansson to WildBUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Sabres acquired veteran center Eric Staal in a trade that sent forward Marcus Johansson to the Minnesota Wild. The trade was the first completed by newly hired Sabres general manager Kevyn Adams, who took over after Jason Botterill was fired in June. Adams is very familiar with Staal, as they were teammates in Carolina and members of the Hurricanes team that won 2006 Stanley Cup. Big Ten changes course, will play fall football after allUNDATED (AP) — The Big Ten is going to give fall football a shot after all. Less than five weeks after pushing football and other fall sports to the spring in the name of player safety during the pandemic, the conference changed course and said Wednesday that it plans to begin its season the Oct. 23-24 weekend. Each team will play eight games in eight weeks and the conference championship game will be held Dec. 19 — if all goes well. That should give the Big Ten an opportunity to compete for the national championship.The Big Ten said its Council of Presidents and Chancellors voted unanimously Tuesday to restart sports. The vote last month was 11-3 to postpone, with Ohio State, Iowa and Nebraska voting against.The decision to play came after sharp pressure from coaches, players, parents and even President Donald Trump, all of them pushing for a Big Ten football season. The conference is home to a number of battleground states in the November election, and Trump swiftly applauded the move in a tweet. Nine-time Rome champion Rafael Nadal is set to make his return to competition after a seven-month absence against Pablo Carreño Busta. Other winners included Matteo Berrettini and Marin Cilic (CHIHL’-ihch).LUGE-WORLD CUP-LAKE PLACIDCoronavirus fears cancel Lake Placid’s luge World Cup stopLAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) — Lake Placid won’t play host to any major international sliding events this winter, after the International Luge Federation said Wednesday it will not hold a World Cup competition there because of concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. The upstate New York village was supposed to host a luge World Cup in mid-January. It will now be held in Oberhof, Germany, meaning the entire sliding-sports season will be held in Europe and Asia — skipping North America entirely. — Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano each hit a two-run homer, and the Minnesota Twins denied the Chicago White Sox a chance to clinch their first playoff berth in 12 years with a 5-1 victory. Eddie Rosario also went deep and Minnesota pitchers retired their final 18 batters against the AL Central leaders. Chicago had won six straight and nine of 10. The second-place Twins moved within two games of Chicago in the division standings.— Rookie Luis García hit a two-run homer in the 10th inning and the Washington Nationals beat the AL East-leading Tampa Bay Rays 4-2. With Carter Kieboom on second base to start extra innings, the 20-year-old García hit a leadoff shot on the first pitch from Nick Anderson. Tampa Bay completed a stretch of eight consecutive games against last-place teams at 3-5. — Kyle Higashioka hit a career-high three home runs, DJ LeMahieu connected twice and the resurgent New York Yankees hit a season-best seven home runs in another Bronx air show, thumping the Toronto Blue Jays 13-2 to back another overpowering start by ace Gerrit Cole. Luke Voit lofted a three-run drive for his major league-leading 19th homer and Clint Frazier added a solo shot as the Yankees won their seventh straight game following a 5-15 slide. New York moved 1 1/2 games ahead of Toronto for second place in the AL East, with the top two teams ensured spots in the expanded postseason that begins in less than two weeks. — Javier Báez’s RBI single in the 10th inning lifted the Chicago Cubs to their fourth straight win, 3-2 over the Cleveland Indians. Automatic runner Ian Happ advanced to third when Kris Bryant greeted Phil Maton with a groundball single to open the 10th. After an intentional walk and two strikeouts, Báez’s liner to left scored Happ and sent the Indians to their eighth straight loss, their longest slide since June 2013. The Cubs won their fourth straight and strengthened their grip on first place in the NL Central.— Brent Suter and three relievers combined on a two-hitter and Ryan Braun hit his 350th career homer, leading the Milwaukee Brewers over the St. Louis Cardinals 6-0 for a doubleheader split. The Cardinals took the opener 4-2 behind Adam Wainwright’s four-hitter. Cardinals manager Mike Shildt ran the team in the opener. He missed the nightcap while serving a one-game suspension, imposed by Major League Baseball after tempers flared during the Brewers’ 18-3 romp Tuesday night. Umpires warned both teams after Braun was hit by a pitch in the fifth inning. He was at the center of the trouble the previous night when he hit Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina in the wrist during a swing. Another factor in triggering the re-vote was the emergence of daily rapid-response COVID-19 testing, which wasn’t available when university presidents and chancellors decided to pull the plug on the season. The Big Ten said it will begin daily antigen testing of its athletes, coaches and staff on Sept. 30.The Big Ten’s plan to play also includes the establishment of a cardiac registry to study the effects COVID-19 has on athletes’ hearts. Dr. Leslie Cooper chairs the cardiovascular department at the Mayo Clinic in Florida. He says the registry can potentially close a gap in research when it comes to the new coronavirus.VIRUS OUTBREAK-PAC 12Pac-12 football plans remain in holding patternUNDATED (AP) — Any plans for the Pac-12 to join the Big Ten in returning to football are on hold due to health policies in two states within the conference. The Big Ten changed course and said it will begin an eight-game football schedule on Oct. 23. The Pac-12 has also reconsidered starting its football season this fall, but does not have approval from state and local health officials in California and Oregon to start contact practices. The Pac-12 has announced a partnership that would give the conference’s schools the capacity to perform daily, rapid COVID-19 tests on athletes. They beat the San Diego Padres 7-5 behind Dustin May’s gutty effort out of the bullpen and home runs from AJ Pollock and Chris Taylor. Will Smith drove in three runs for the seven-time defending NL West champion Dodgers, who opened a 3 1/2-game lead in the division by winning two of three in the matchup of the NL’s two best teams. San Diego is closing in on its first playoff berth since winning the division in 2006. It has lost two straight for the first time since mid-August.In other action:— Brandon Belt, Brandon Crawford and Evan Longoria homered for San Francisco, and the visiting Giants playing at home beat the Seattle Mariners 9-3 in a game moved to the Bay Area because of smoky, dangerous air in Western Washington. Donovan Solano and Mauricio Dubon hit early RBI singles as the Giants snapped a three-game losing streak with a “road” victory at Oracle Park. One encouraging development: A familiar mist hovered over the outfield late in the game, not smoke.— Kole Calhoun hit his third homer in two games against his former Angels teammates, and David Peralta homered and drove in two runs in the Arizona Diamondbacks’ 9-6 victory over Los Angeles. Nick Ahmed had a two-run single during Arizona’s four-run second inning against Dylan Bundy, who had the worst start of his strong season for the Angels. Max Stassi, Jared Walsh and Justin Upton homered for the Angels, who have lost two straight at home after an 8-3 surge briefly invited hopes of playoff contention. — Mike Fiers threw six sharp innings before turning it over to a lights-out bullpen and the Oakland Athletics snapped a six-game skid against the Colorado Rockies with a 3-1 win. Next up, a well-earned day off for the Athletics, who have played 16 games in 13 days. They finished the stretch 9-7. The Rockies were 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position against the 35-year-old Fiers. — Brady Singer was stellar for a second straight start, allowing two hits in six innings, and the Kansas City Royals blanked the Detroit Tigers 4-0. The rookie right-hander struck out the first five Detroit hitters and retired the first 10. Salvador Perez homered and drove in three runs for the Royals, who have won seven of eight. MLB NEWSAP sources: MLB umpire tests positive for virus, crews shiftNEW YORK (AP) — Several people familiar with the situation tell The Associated Press that a Major League Baseball umpire has tested positive for the coronavirus, prompting a late shift in crew assignments in Florida this week. VIRUS OUTBREAK-COLLEGE BASKETBALLNCAA basketball season set to open day before ThanksgivingUNDATED (AP) — The NCAA men’s and women’s basketball seasons will begin Nov. 25, the day before Thanksgiving. The Division I Council voted to push the start date back from the originally scheduled Nov. 10 as one of several precautions against the spread of coronavirus. The later start date coincides with the decision most schools made to send students home from Thanksgiving until January out of concern about a potential late-fall and early-winter flareup of COVID-19. Closed campuses could serve as a quasi bubble for players and provide a window for nonconference games. The maximum number of regular-season games has been reduced from 31 to 27. The minimum number of games for consideration for the NCAA Tournament was cut from 25 to 13. September 17, 2020 NFL NEWSEric Reid still hasn’t received an offer or workout inviteUNDATED (AP) — Despite setting two defensive franchise records for the Carolina Panthers last season, Eric Reid remains unsigned, like his close friend: Colin Kaepernick.Reid tells The Associated Press he has not received any offers nor been invited for a visit by any team since the Carolina Panthers released him in March. The 28-year-old safety had 130 tackles, four sacks, six passes defended, two fumble recoveries and a forced fumble in 2019. The tackles and sacks are a franchise record for Carolina. The 170-kilometer (105.4-mile) trek’s grinding final ascent to the Méribel ski station was the high point of this year’s race at 2,304 meters. CYCLING-TOUR DE FRANCERoglic extends overall Tour lead; Lopez wins toughest stageMERIBEL, France (AP) — Colombian rider Miguel Angel Lopez has won the toughest mountain stage of this year’s Tour de France while race leader Primož Roglic added a few crucial seconds to his advantage over rival Tadej Pogacar. Roglic finished 15 seconds behind Lopez in second place and Pogacar trudged over the line 30 seconds behind Lopez in third. Roglic is 57 seconds ahead of Pogacar with four stages remaining while Lopez overtook Rigoberto Urán to move up to third place. Update on the latest sports Both players are in the final year of their contracts, with the cost-conscious Sabres saving $1.25 million in space under the salary cap. Buffalo, however, takes on a 35-year-old Staal, who is six years older than Johansson.TENNIS-ITALIAN OPENDjokovic behaves better in 1st match since US Open defaultROME (AP) — Novak Djokovic behaved better in his first match since being defaulted from the U.S. Open. The top-ranked Serb was mostly courteous with the chair umpire during a 6-3, 6-2 win Wednesday over local wild-card entry Salvatore Caruso in his opening match at the Italian Open. The performance came in sharp contrast to the scene in New York 10 days ago, when Djokovic was disqualified for unintentionally hitting a line judge in the throat with a ball. Djokovic said earlier this week that the incident taught him “a big lesson.” Associated Press — Kyle Gibson threw a four-hitter and Joey Gallo hit a ground-rule RBI double with two outs in the ninth inning to lift the Texas Rangers over the Houston Astros 1-0. It was the first career shutout for the 32-year-old Gibson and third complete game. The victory snapped a seven-game road skid for the Rangers, who are 5-18 away from home this season. — Cole Hamels finally got on the mound in an Atlanta uniform, allowing three runs to the Baltimore Orioles before reaching his predetermined pitch count in the fourth inning, and the Braves struggled offensively in a 5-1 loss Wednesday night. Rookie Keegan Akin struck out nine over five scoreless inning to earn his first big league victory and help the Orioles win the deciding matchup of a three-game set against the NL East leaders. — Jorge Alfaro homered twice before he took a foul ball to his helmet and the Miami Marlins beat the Boston Red Sox 8-4. Garrett Cooper also homered and scored twice for Miami, which moved within 2 1/2 games of first-place Atlanta in the NL East. — Jacob deGrom left after two innings with a right hamstring spasm, but the New York Mets rallied from four runs down to beat the Philadelphia Phillies 5-4. Phillies reliever Hector Neris dropped the ball on the mound for a balk that moved the go-ahead run to second base in the ninth. Rookie infielder Andres Gimenez hit an RBI single to put the Mets ahead. — Luis Castillo threw seven shutout innings, Shogo Akiyama drove in the Reds only run and Cincinnati completed a four-game sweep of Pittsburgh with a 1-0 win that keeps the Reds in the postseason picture. Castillo (3-5), coming off his first career complete game, retired nine of the last 10 batters he faced and gave up only three hits and a walk with 10 strikeouts. The affected umpire wasn’t identified. He was not on the field when the result was learned. MLB medical experts didn’t believe the positive test represented a threat of infection or presented a risk to other personnel, according to those familiar with the matter. The people spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because there was no official announcement.Elsewhere around the majors:— The Colorado Rockies have shut down right-hander Jon Gray for the season due to a sore shoulder. The 28-year-old last pitched Sept. 1 before going on the injured list with what was described as inflammation in his shoulder. Gray finished the season 2-4 with a 6.69 ERA. Gray has a 45-37 career mark with a 4.59 ERA. His 692 career strikeouts are fifth-most in team history. — Umpires hastily cleared the field during a game between the Cleveland Indians and Chicago Cubs when a small drone flew into Wrigley Field over the bleachers and landed on the grass in deep left center. As Willson Contreras came to bat with two outs in the bottom of the fifth and the game tied at 2, the device was spotted over the left-center stands. Before the drone landed, umpires rushed players into their dugouts. The blinking drone took off, hovered at about 100 feet, then pulled away and vanished past the vintage center-field scoreboard.VIRUS OUTBREAK-BIG TENlast_img read more

Exclusive: What Buhari Told Sunday Dare

first_img” …Sunday are you asleep?’Sunday? Was anyone pranking me? Then.“No sir, just finished watching the on going World Athletics Championship.”“The VP, sorry, Kyari said you are not doing well.”“Em…not really sir. The boys have not done well but I hope our girls will do better..,”“They had better. Everyone says you would use Sports to help my government to become popular and accepted. So far not much has been seen to that effect. The revolution man who was there before you made too much noise but did little….” A pause, …followed by a cough.Was I dreaming or did I just manage to stumble on a conversation between our President and his Minister of Sports? My heart was pounding and I feared I was going to get into a fit. Should I cut off or continue to scoop a story?“… the man was fighting everybody. Even that man that wants to put my name in the Guinness Book of boxing records..em em’“Bash Alli sir?’“Yes. Five times I wanted to sack him but I always forget. And when I remember, he would send delegations to come and beg me. They say you are better, that you will help me to be popular again using sports. But somehow I am worried.”“Your Excellency, I will do my best sir. I will…”“But this World Athletics Championships in Doha that I was watching. I see even India but Nigeria nothing, I know Amaechi says I don’t care but he is not correct. Sunday, you must not disappoint me. Anyway Kyari has helped me to prepare a brief on Sport you will get it tomorrow but because I want you to start now let me give you the highlights, Wait.” Some rustlings, indistinct background sounds.“Yes, I have it. This Doha thing is gone and I wonder why you can’t prepare enough bouncers to represent Nigeria at the Rugby World Cup. But Olympics next year must be different. I want at least 10 gold medals. You must make sure we continue to do well and even better in football. We must win the next AFCON, we must dominate Basketball, Athletics, Boxing Wrestling and Weightlifting. Kyari will make special arrangements for funds for you. If in one year you have…”Then another voice took over.“Daddy, you are snoring! Are you okay?”I was startled. No, confused is more like it. Guess perplexed would suit my state of suspended animation.” I will call you back” I managed to mutter.Was I dreaming or did I just eavesdrop on a telephone conversation between our President and his Sports Minister? Both scenarios appear possible except that I can’t imagine Buhari being awake at that time. And he sort of sounded different. I couldn’t feel the dialectical intrusion associated with his speech. And the sequence and pattern of his speech was unlike him. I could rationalize I was dreaming but …Whatever, I believe our Minister, who I have come to like (never disliked him except that I am not comfortable with his being a Jagaban man) is gradually finding his feet in the very murky waters of sport administration. One of the things I think he must learn to do is to try to cross check information he is given. I am not sure they told him that at Doha2019 we would have done well if we get into any finals of the events. This is because we have not created any atmosphere for a medal winning performance in Doha. Success in sports is 80% preparation 20% luck.I am certain we can win 10 gold medals at the Olympics. But this would only happen if we give more attention and support to Wrestling, Weightlifting and other combat sports. We can be more respectable in athletics if AFN is encouraged to sit down and work. And yes we can win the gold in football if we are determined to make things work for the team as soon as we qualify.I wish Sunday Dare becomes the first minister to supervise our nation win 10 gold medals at the Olympics. I am pained that we could not get into the men and women’s 100metres finals. More pained that official ineptitude was going to deny us the services of two of our best athletes -Blessing Okagbare and Divine Oduduru until IAAF accepted our appeal to allow them run the longer Sprint. By now our not so new Minister would have known his terrain a little more. Our expectations are that he would lead us to greatness in sports. We have been too long away from glory. I have a gut feeling Sunday Dare can make it happen for our country.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram By Tayo BalogunIt was one of those nights that I wished I had remembered to switch on my phones before allowing myself to drift into my sleep mode. But this particular Sunday was different. I was expecting two calls, one from a place that was nine-hour time zone away and the other has a time difference of five hours. I was determined not to fall asleep. Mercifully, the first of the two calls was prompt. And brief. Do I think government was right about Omoyele Sowore? Was Arsenal going to beat Man United at Old Trafford? How was I coping? These questions were quickly and briefly answered. Then the byes were said. Just one more call then I would drift to sleep and wake up to do some writing…Oh the phone was ringing!!!last_img read more

Whicker: Lakers’ stale, hopeless saga gets a dose of Magic

first_imgFirst, the Lakers owe a major salute to Mitch Kupchak.Not the Kupchak who was shoehorned into the big chair with Jim Buss when the Lakers disastrously traded for Steve Nash and signed Dwight Howard and soared helplessly into space like Elton John’s Rocket Man.Not him. Rather, the Kupchak who hung the 2009 and 2010 title banners when he got Pau Gasol, and the one who got enough for Shaquille O’Neal to keep the Lakers presentable.He dipped into the lottery once and got Andrew Bynum, who, for all his warts, was one of the last of the useful post-up centers. He lived with the loss of his 15-year-old daughter. He was on the edge of the photo that was dominated by Jerry West and Phil Jackson, but he was a major keeper of the Lakers’ flame. If he wants to, he’ll run another team shortly. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersBut what Jeanie Buss did Tuesday was to leave bread crumbs to show the Lakers out of the wilderness.The Lakers are not a team in Los Angeles. They are a long-running series, with an arc and a plot and all sorts of conflicting characters. In some ways they’re the best ongoing saga we have. But now the plot had congealed, not just thickened. The Lakers weren’t interesting anymore. That won’t do. Time for the return of the king.Magic Johnson will play the crucial role of himself. His job is not to calculate the salary cap in his head. He will personify the Lakers, the way he once did, except this time he will be the beacon for free agents of the future, like maybe DeMarcus Cousins or Paul George.Such players have all the money they’ll ever need, They want to win. They couldn’t discern winning in the awkward tapestry of Kupchak and Jim Buss, or in the wavering game plans. They will see it now, because Magic’s words do not need interpretation. He is a leader, and when he says, “Come out here and win,” all of L.A.’s off-court charms will mean something again.Magic will also mean something to Brandon Ingram, Julius Randle, D’Angelo Russell and Larry Nance Jr. He will be with them in Oklahoma City for the first game after the break. He will be at their practices. No longer will they be wondering where all of this is going.And not all of them may go the distance. Magic lavishly praised Ingram and Nance and Jordan Clarkson on Monday and generally talked of “upside,” but it would behoove Russell to grow up quickly.Someone asked Johnson whether the Lakers should tank their way to the finish line. They have the third-worst record in the league. They will only hold their first-round pick in what could be a bountiful draft if they pick first, second or third. Johnson said he wanted to make sure his team competed, but he could have been more emphatic.It would almost be too perfect for the Lakers to wind up with UCLA’s Lonzo Ball, who isn’t exactly a Magic play-alike but has that mentality. And, no, Ball isn’t as good as Magic, in case that comes up. But if the Lakers get Ball, it might not matter whether they have a pick in 2018.Within hours, the Lakers agreed to trade Lou Williams to Houston for 30-year-old Corey Brewer and a first-round pick. Williams gives the Rockets one more basket-maker who should prosper on a spaced-out floor. He also leaves because his skills could have won too many games for the Lakers.Johnson also stood firmly with Luke Walton, the best Lakers coach since Jackson. Jesse Buss and Joey Buss and Ryan West will find more ears for their opinions. Kobe Bryant may be a significant part of the cabinet, too, especially if his agent, Rob Pelinka, becomes the general manager.On Jan. 22 the Lakers went to Dallas and suffered the most decisive loss in their history. They have lost 29 of their past 38 games. They wear the contracts of Luol Deng and Timofey Mosgov like iron lanyards. They haven’t won a playoff game since May 18, 2012.Despite all their “future is bright” sloganizing, the Lakers were facing the absence of real hope for the first time in memory, and even Jeanie Buss openly wondered why she didn’t act sooner. She finally called upon the one Laker who has won so much and yet lived his life as if there was nothing to lose.This is where Magic and the Lakers love to be, on Page 1, Chapter 1, pen in hand. The show, wherever it goes, goes on.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Johnson does the double in Berkhamsted Trophy

first_img12 Apr 2015 Johnson does the double in Berkhamsted Trophy England international Luke Johnson has become only the second player to successfully defend the Berkhamsted Trophy. He retained the trophy in difficult, blustery conditions with 36-hole total of level par, which gave him a one-shot win over a group of three other players. “It was great to win again because there was a little bit more pressure defending – and because I didn’t feel I was in it! But I chipped in for birdie on the 12th and birdied 16 and 17 to win by one,” said Johnson, from King’s Lynn in Norfolk. He opened with a two-over 73 and was four shots off the halfway pace, set in spectacular style by Simon Richardson of Spalding. He had a hole in one with his first shot of the competition and followed up with 17 straight pars. However, in the afternoon Johnson shot two-under 69, while Richardson slipped back with 74, finishing on one-over, alongside Taylor Carter (Rochford Hundred) 73 70; and David Corben (Hindhead) 72 71. Johnson, 22, a member of the England Golf men’s squad, won in a play-off last year, having been eliminated in another play-off in 2013. The last time the trophy was won in successive years was 1978 and 79 when John Davies of Royal Mid Surrey did the double. Click here for the full scoreslast_img read more

Johnson strikes twice to lead Leafs past pesky Bruins

first_imgBy Bruce Fuhr,The Nelson Daily SportsIt’s something about third periods and the Grand Forks Border Bruins that keeps Leaf fans on the edge of their seats.For the second straight game the Bruins staged a third-period rally, only this time falling short in a 5-4 loss to the Nelson Leafs in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Wednesday night at the NDCC Arena.“I wasn’t here for that game (a 6-5, December 12 loss to the Bruins) but I heard about it,” said the game’s first star, Dustin Johnson, who finished the contest with three points for the home side.“Grand Forks, from what I saw playing them tonight, is a team that is not going to give up no matter what the score.”“So for us heading into playoffs we’ve got to focus on not giving up those leads,” Johnson added.It was obvious from the start most of the Nelson players still had nightmares from the pre-Christmas collapse.The Leafs took the play to the Bruins from the opening puck drop, firing 20 some shots at the Grand Forks net.Patrick Martens and Taylor O’Neil, on the power play, gave the Leafs a 2-0 lead after one period.In the second Johnson struck twice with one of the markers coming with the man advantage. Joel Stewart had the other marker to increase the Nelson lead to 5-2 after 40 minutes.However penalties, the key during the previous encounter in December, gave the momentum to Grand Forks. Cody Larsen, once on the power play, scored twice to cut the lead to 5-4.The Bruins pressed for the equalizer but Marcus Beesley made some huge saves to keep Nelson in front.The Leafs finished game out shooting the Bruins 51-24.Beesley, in goal while starter Darren Hogg rests his injured leg, registered his tenth win of the season.Next game for the Leafs is Friday, January 21 when the Kalona Chiefs pay a visit to the NDCC Arena.LEAF NOTES: Jeremy Mandoli backed up Beesley in the Leaf nets. . . . Blake Arcuri did not play as did Gavin Currie. . . .Dustin Johnson, who broke into the KIJHL with Summerland Sting in the 2006-07 season, has a five-game points streak. . . .Darren Hogg, injured during the recent road trip in Golden, lost his chance to play in the KIJHL Prospect’s Game. Alex Ross of Castlegar will replace Hogg. However, the news is better for Riley Henderson, who gets his shot during the KIJHL All Star contest after starter Darren Tarasoff was hurt. . . .Currie’s spot on the Kootenay team is taken by Ryan Aynsley of Castlegar. . . .Leaf coach and GM Chris Shaw traded winger Connor McLaughlin to the Fernie Ghostriders. It’s believed McLaughlin may not be avaliable to play again until the Riders play host to the Cyclone Taylor Cup in [email protected]last_img read more

Five teams vye for Kootenay Regional Men’s Curling crown

first_img“Usually we get two spots, but with this few entries (Kootenays) were only allocated one.”The Regional Playdowns open Friday at 5 p.m. with Nichol facing Ferguson and Nobert battling Firman.Buchy was awarded the bye and plays the Nobert/Firman winner at 9 p.m.The playdowns continue Saturday with draws at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.The first round of the Page Playoffs goes Saturday at 7 p.m.There’s a draw at 10 a.m. Sunday with the Final set for 2 p.m.The winner advances to the 2015 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championship ­ at the Vernon Curling Club February 3-8, 2015. Myron Nichol of Castlegar, fresh from winning the Nelson Open Cashspiel, is the early favourite entering the Kootenay Men’s Regionals this weekend at the Nelson Curling Club.Nichol defeated Ken McHargue of Sparwood to claim the top prize at the cashspiel.However, all bets are off as four other teams join the Castlegar skip in the search for the lone Kootenay berth beginning Friday at the Curling Club.Joining the Nichol rink is last year’s BC Finalist Tom Buchy of Kimberley, Rob Ferguson of Trail, Josh Firman of Creston and Castlegar’s Rob Nobert.“The zone format was discontinued a few years back in favour of this inter-regional competition,” said playdown organizer Garry Beaudry.last_img read more