The Office of the Vice Provost for Research is pleased to announce the opening of applications to the Lemann Brazil Research Fund. Applications are due by Jan. 25, 2021 and must be submitted via the Harvard University Funding Portal.Established in 2016 with a gift from the Lemann Foundation, the Fund is intended to foster collaboration between scholars and to support research projects focused on current issues facing Brazil. Proposals are sought for research projects that address education management and administration; social science and its applications; public administration and policy; technological advances in education; and evidence-based research. Consideration will also be given to projects that propose collaboration between Harvard faculty and Brazilian academics in the life sciences, physical sciences and engineering, and basic and applied sciences.Given the challenges of this year, special consideration will be given to applicants in any field proposing work related to the COVID-19 pandemic.Applications are invited from researchers across disciplines proposing research projects relating to Brazil. Proposed projects must meet at least one of the following three criteria: 1) include collaboration with Brazilian academics; 2) be undertaken in Brazil in whole or in part; 3) focus on Brazil. Proposals are evaluated on the basis of academic merit, feasibility, and their anticipated advancement of the objectives of the Fund. Applicants may request up to $150,000 payable over one or two years.The Office of the Vice Provost for Research administers the Fund together with the Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs, in collaboration with the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies and the Brazil Studies Program. Since its inception, the Fund has supported 33 research projects from eight Harvard schools.
University of Georgia revealed its latest research on cotton, soybeans, corn and other southeast Georgia crops at the annual Southeast Georgia Research and Education Center Field Day held in Midville Aug. 14. “Our main objective is to serve the east Georgia need. Conditions are different here. Our soil series is very comparable to Tifton but there are different environmental factors: climate, location, those kinds of thing,” said the Midville center’s superintendent, Anthony Black. “We’ve got a lot of agriculture over here. We have that local area need to show growers what we’re doing on this side of the state.”The 700-acre UGA research center located in Burke County allows scientists from UGA’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences to conduct various research projects on many commodities, including wheat and small grains. This year’s field day consisted of talks from several UGA-Tifton faculty members, including Extension cotton agronomist Guy Collins, entomologist Phillip Roberts and peanut agronomist Scott Tubbs. An estimated 150 farmers and agricultural consultants attended the morning session.“I want folks who come here to take away knowledge of what we do here,” Black said. “Our biggest advertisement is how we serve the local farmer as well as the state and the nation. A lot of our research is funded through grower checkoffs. I want to make everybody understand that they’re getting their money’s worth, so to speak.”UGA Extension peanut agronomist John Beasley noted that the southeast center is a vital part of the research process, especially when comparing different environments and soils crops are grown in.For example, Beasley remembers that back in the 90s, one peanut cultivar developed by Bill Branch never performed well at the Southeast Georgia Research and Education Center. “We couldn’t explain why, it just never was near the top,” Beasley said. “That same cultivar in Plains and Tifton did very well. It does show you that there are some genotypes or cultivars that may not perform as well in other environments.”Joe West, assistant dean on the UGA-Tifton campus, oversees the Southeast Georgia Research and Education Center. He credits Black and his staff for revitalizing a facility that “was essentially mothballed for several years.”“I have to give a lot of credit to Anthony Black and his staff. The farm is well maintained and the crops always look excellent,” West said. “The research that they support is the same way; high quality with good results.”Black started in Midville in January, 2008, the year the facility re-opened its doors to UGA research.“All of our research and education centers are strategically located around the state to address agricultural issues in the conditions and environment of that region,” West said. “The Southeast Research and Education Center at Midville is very important to the region, and is located so that it is accessible to the growers and county agents in the area. It is very important to the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and is a key component of our major missions, which are research, extension and education.”West also credits UGA Cooperative Extension county agents with the farm’s resurgence.“The agents showed a lot of leadership by conducting demonstration research for their farmers in the absence of the research scientists. Since reopening, the agents have stayed involved with activities at the farm and they are a great asset to the farm and another reason for its success,” West said.
Car camp on the New River Gorge National RiverDepending on your age, late August can be a time of joyful celebration, moderate melancholy, or abject terror. Parents rejoice, older kids resign to the fact they have to get back in the classroom, and younger kids – especially those entering a new school – are frightened to death of having an agenda each day and facing their peers following a summer where anything could have, and probably did, happen. But the dying days of summer also mean waking up to cool temperatures and not sizzling from noon to four everyday. Take advantage of these last fleeting moments by going on an adventure, albeit a mild one: car camping.If you are lucky enough to have not started school yet, now is the time to take your kids’ mind off the coming nine months of math, science, and social studies by exploring the great outdoors in style. Camping by car allows you to bring everything you could possibly need –and then some – without having to carry it all. Choose the right plot in the right location and you can spend the entire weekend hiking, biking, and swimming to your heart’s content. Think of it as a last ditch effort at summer camp for the whole family. If you have already started school, think of it as brief pause to absorb that first week’s worth of new knowledge. Either way, everybody wins.Head for the New River Gorge National River. This skinny piece of public land follows the New River in West Virginia from Bluestone Lake in the South to just past Fayetteville in the North. Pitch a tent on the river at Glade Creek Campground and fish for brook trout on Glade or smallmouth bass on the New. Bring your bike to explore the new Arrowhead Trail system just to the north or trek the more than 80 miles of hiking trails in the area. The Endless Wall trail parallels the some of the best climbing walls in West Virginia and is not to be missed.View Larger Map
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The FBI and Boston Police Department have confirmed that the second suspect wanted for Monday’s dual bombing of the Boston Marathon has been arrested.The news came at about 8:45 p.m. Friday following a standoff in a Watertown, Mass. backyard, where 19-year-old Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev had been hiding in a covered boat. His apprehension followed an extensive manhunt by local, state and federal law enforcement that had began Thursday evening following the slaying of 26-year-old Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Police Officer Sean Collier.Tsarnaev’s older brother Tamerlan, 26, died in an ensuing firefight with police late Thursday night in Watertown.Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s apprehension comes four days after three people were killed and nearly 200 injured when dual bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon April 15. An intense investigation ensued, with the Federal Bureau of Investigation taking the lead, and the news that whoever had committed the attack had used pressure cookers packed with shrapnel delivered in backpacks.The FBI released photos and video of suspects in the bombing Thursday and had asked for the public’s help in identifying them. VIEW THE PHOTOS AND VIDEO HERE.Police said the crucial tip came from a Watertown man who had peered into the boat, seen blood and a body inside, and notified authorities. A police helicopter equipped with an infrared device then verified the discovery and directed tactical teams to the boat. Tsarnaev had lost of a lot of blood, said police, and was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment following his arrest.President Barack Obama had visited Boston on Wednesday.“We’ve closed an important chapter in this tragedy,” he said from the White House shortly after 10 p.m. Friday. “There are still many unanswered questions.”Obama also acknowledged those who lost their lives in a tremendous fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas April 17.“They have not been forgotten,” he said. “Our thoughts, our prayers, are with the people of West, Texas.”News of Tsarnaev’s arrest Friday evening sent waves of resounding applause and cheers throughout Watertown.“We’re so grateful to bring justice and closure to this case,” said Massachusetts State Police Col. Timothy Alben at a 9:30 p.m. press conference where he was flanked by several other local, state and federal officials. “We’re exhausted folks, but we have a victory here tonight.”“Thank you, thank you, thank you,” Boston Mayor Thomas Menino told the throngs of reporters and media outlets that had converged on the neighborhood. “I’m so happy.”“It’s a night where I think we’re all going to rest easy,” said Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick.“Justice is being served for the the victims of these terrible crimes,” declared FBI Special Agent in Charge Richard DesLauriers.
CoreLogic says the trend was for the most expensive suburbs to slow first.HOME values in the middle market — which makes up half Brisbane’s housing — were rising faster than both the city’s most expensive and its cheapest properties, latest figures show.It also found that the most expensive end of town was seeing growth slow the fastest.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours agoCoreLogic research analyst Cameron Kusher said the slowdown in growth at the top end of town was also the case in other recent housing market slowdowns.“Annual growth has been quite moderate however, the middle valued suburbs recorded the strongest growth (1.1 per cent) followed by fairly similar growth rates across the most affordable suburbs (0.9 per cent) and the most expensive suburbs (0.8 per cent)”.The situation was reversed in regional Queensland though where “the most expensive suburbs were the only ones in which values increased over the past year (2.4 per cent), with values lower over the middle (-0.8 per cent) and affordable (-3.5 per cent) market segments.”The figures come off the stratified hedonic home value index which looks at changes across three broad value-based segments of the housing market — the most affordable 25 per cent of properties, the middle 50 per cent and the most expensive 25 per cent.It said housing markets that saw the strongest value growth in recent years (Sydney and Melbourne) were seeing their premium housing sector slow more rapidly than the other sectors.“This mirrors the experience in other recent housing market slowdowns/downturns whereby it is the most expensive suburbs which slow first and have experienced the larger downturns.”
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The result may hold more importance for the R’s, who face local rivals Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday before welcoming reigning champions Manchester City to Loftus Road. And Green – who recovered from an illness to take his place in goal for QPR in time to replace Alex McCarthy (thigh strain) – feels he and his team-mates are now ready for the challenges ahead. “It is pleasing to get the win, I’m delighted for everyone,” he said. “It gives you that little bit of a lift going into two tough games. If we hadn’t won you’d be looking at the next two games with a bit more concern. “I think games at home in this respect are key so it is that bit more pleasing. It reinstalls the belief you’ve got. “Particularly at home, you play against teams and if you really give it a go and put it to teams then sometimes they can’t come up with answers. “We asked questions of Villa going forward quickly, hitting Bobby (Zamora) and stuff like that and it proved fruitful. “In that respect it is finding a way to win games, finding a way to cause problems and believing in our own ability as much as anything. A brace from Charlie Austin saw Rangers pick up their second win of the season and move off the bottom of the Barclays Premier League – moving to within three points of Villa in the process. In a game of little quality, it was former Burnley forward Austin who settled the game, but Green also played his part as QPR boss Harry Redknapp saw his side pick up just their second clean sheet of the campaign. Press Association “If it means killing games off after an hour then so be it that is the sort of thing you have to do.” High-profile summer signing Rio Ferdinand was again left on the bench as QPR kept Villa, the league’s lowest scorers with just four goals, at bay with Steven Caulker and ex-Villa defender Richard Dunne developing an understanding. Both scored unfortunate own goals in the 3-2 defeat to Liverpool but were kept at the heart of Redknapp’s defence on Monday night, with Green impressed by Dunne’s display. “Dunney is Dunney – he gives his all,” he added. “He’s great at what he’s great at and he’s a great player to play behind because you know what you’re going to get. “He is consistent in that respect. You look at something like the play-off final. He came off man of the match and proved his worth. “You could have signed him on a 10-year contract off the back of that game. I think Dunney was in fantastic form against his old club.” Despite Villa going for almost nine hours without a goal, it was at the back where manager Paul Lambert was critical. Skipper Ron Vlaar was partnered in defence with Ciaran Clark and the Holland international knows the Villains need to turn around their run of five straight defeats to start breeding more faith among the players. “It is frustrating to lose again,” he told AVTV. “We started quite well and conceded a goal – we have to do better that is for sure. “We have to start picking up points again, results give confidence and that is what we have to do. It is easier said than done but we have to work hard to achieve something and then build on that. “It is always easy to talk afterwards about what went wrong and what the problems are but there is only one thing we have to do and that is step up.” Goalkeeper Rob Green believes Monday night’s victory over Aston Villa will see the QPR squad regain their confidence ahead of the west London derby with Chelsea.
Latest Posts Bio Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at [email protected] OLD TOWN — With fall officially here, the 2019 high school football season is nearing the halfway mark. The standings are taking shape, and every yard, every point and every game means a little bit more.Week 3 of high school football took Hancock County teams all over the state, and the three matchups produced a variety of different results. As Mount Desert Island and Ellsworth/Sumner fell to tough road defeats, Bucksport wowed its home crowd with a performance that was the epitome of dominance.MDI hit the road Friday night for a Big 11 Conference clash with Old Town, and the Trojans experienced a swing of emotions early as a would-be touchdown run by Sam Mitchell was nullified due to a holding penalty. Yet on the very next play, Mitchell ran 64 yards to the 1-yard line to set up a touchdown plunge from Baylor Landsman and a successful 2-point conversion to put the Trojans ahead 8-0.MDI’s Sam Mitchell stiff-arms an Old Town defender during the second half of a high school football game Sept. 20 at Old Town High School. Mitchell led the Trojans in rushing yards with 79. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELL“[Sam] is our primary running back, and we knew coming into the season that he had the most backfield experience all out of the guys we had coming back from last year,” MDI head coach Mark Arnold said. “He’s really stepped up and matured even more this year.”This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textIn the second quarter, Old Town (1-2) kept a drive in MDI territory going with an unlikely conversion on fourth-and-12. The Coyotes then scored on a 4-yard screen pass from Sam Magoon to Tre Dorr to cut the lead to 8-6, and the hometown team would capitalize on the momentum with an interception and another touchdown drive to take a 12-8 lead into halftime.“We had [the quarterback] wrapped up in the backfield, and he slipped out and threw the ball down the field,” Arnold said of Old Town’s fourth-and-long conversion. “I think our guys hung their heads a little bit after that, and it cost us there later in the first half.”MDI started the second half on a high note as Porter Isaacs leaped into the air to intercept Dorr and give the Trojans the ball in the red zone. William Hodgdon came in to replace Landsman, who left the game after suffering an injury, and the senior backup proved his worth by capping off a short touchdown drive with a 4-yard run to put the Trojans up 14-12.Yet that would be the last touchdown MDI would score against an Old Town team that controlled the rest of the game on offense and defense. The Coyotes took the lead for good on a touchdown with 3 minutes, 46 seconds remaining in the third quarter and added one more with 5:05 left in the fourth for the game’s final score.MDI had 121 yards on the ground with Mitchell rushing for 79 yards, Hodgdon and Landsman each rushing for 15 yards, Gray rushing for 10 yards and Maddox Laurendeau rushing for 2. Mitchell, Hodgdon and Landsman combined for 54 passing yards on five completions.The Bucksport defense records a sack during a high school football game against Washington Academy on Sept. 20 at Bucksport High School. The Golden Bucks scored on each of their first five offensive plays in a 60-0 win. RICK MCHALE PHOTOBack in Hancock County, Bucksport (3-0) rolled to a 60-0 win over visiting Washington Academy (0-3). The win moved the Golden Bucks into first place in Class D North as Foxcroft fell to 42-19 defeat against Leavitt.Bucksport turned the game into a blowout from the beginning, scoring touchdowns on each of its first five offensive plays. Even as the junior varsity players entered, the Golden Bucks, who led 41-0 at the end of the first quarter, stayed in control.“I’ve never played in a game where we scored the first time the ball was in our hands five times in a row,” Bucksport senior David Gross said. “The JVs came in at the end and still held WA’s varsity scoreless for the last three quarters, which shows the work they put in and the talent they have.”Ellsworth/Sumner found itself on the wrong side of a lopsided affair Saturday afternoon as it fell to a 62-22 road loss against Mount Ararat (2-1). The 85-degree weather in Topsham took a toll on the Eagles (0-3), who were able to make a few big plays on offense but could not keep pace with one of the state’s top eight-man teams.“The heat was just horrid, and we had a revolving door of guys because we only had 10 kids available for practice during the week,” Ellsworth/Sumner head coach Duane Crawford said. “Our kids played hard, but it was a difficult spot for us to be in.”The Eagles will look to pick up their first win when they host Sacopee Valley (1-2) at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27. Bucksport and MDI will also play 7 p.m. home games tomorrow with the Golden Bucks hosting Mount View (0-3) and the Trojans hosting Dexter (2-1). Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020
The Whitecaps made the announcement Wednesday, adding that the club has made Major League Soccer aware of the incident and will remain in contact with the league office.Vancouver says Reyna’s quarantine was “ordered by club officials, in consultation with the team’s medical staff, after contravening club and league orders to abide by provincial physical distancing guidelines.”The 26-year-old from Peru, who joined the Whitecaps in January 2017, has apologized to his teammates, coaches and community for his actions.MLS suspended the season on March 12 because of the coronavirus pandemic, closing all team facilities but asking players to remain in market with their teams. A league-wide moratorium on group and team training remains in effect through May 15 and it’s unclear when the season might resume.Four American-based MLS teams took the first small step toward returning to play Wednesday by allowing players to use team training fields for individual workouts. ___The Spanish soccer federation is proposing an end to this season’s women’s league because of the coronavirus pandemic.The proposal is expected to be approved by the federation’s board on Thursday.Barcelona was leading the competition at the time it was suspended in March and will be declared champion.No teams will be relegated but the top two from the second division will be promoted. Juventus has announced that forward Paulo Dybala has recovered from the new coronavirus.Juventus issued a brief statement Wednesday saying that Dybala’s two latest tests came back negative for COVID-19. The club says Dybala has “therefore recovered and will no longer be subjected to the home isolation regime.”It was reported last week that Dybala was still positive for the disease after several weeks of tests.Juventus and most of the other Serie A clubs are resuming training this week on an individual basis before full team training restarts on May 18.___ The CFL’s proposal to the federal government involves $30 million now to manage the current impact the novel coronavirus outbreak has had on league business, and up to another $120 million if the 2020 season is canceled.___The Indiana High School Athletic Association has announced the resumption of prep sports around the state can tentatively begin July 1.All school-sponsored athletic activities were put on hold in March and later canceled because of school closures due to the new coronavirus. Those policies will remain in place through June.The resumption of prep sports remains contingent on the state’s ability to gradually reopen for business under the plan outlined last week by Gov. Eric Holcomb. The Belgian soccer league says it will respect the national security council’s decision. The league recommended last month ending its season with the current standings declared final.The league says “the working group’s proposals will be presented to the Pro League clubs at the general assembly on May 15.”Club Brugge stands to be awarded the title and qualify for next season’s Champions League if the advice is confirmed. Brugge is currently 15 points ahead of second-place Gent with one game to go before the season-ending playoffs.___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 6 The Latest: Thunderbirds help distribute PPE in Phoenix Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Thunderbirds, hosts of the Phoenix Open, have partnered with NextMed to purchase and distribute 100,000 PPE masks to the Phoenix community to combat the coronavirus pandemic. Associated Press The online media days will likely be held those same dates, though that was tentative.___Canadian Football League Commissioner Randy Ambrosie will testify at a House of Commons standing committee on finance Thursday.The appearance on a videoconference will come nine days after news broke that the CFL asked the Canadian government for up to $150 million Canadian in financial assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic.Ambrosie is part of a panel on arts, culture, sports and charitable organizations. There will be no relegation in the third and fourth divisions but the promoted clubs will come from the winners of playoff matches played without fans.___The head of the Australian Open says various contingency plans are being considered for the Grand Slam tournament scheduled for January 2021. They include scrapping it altogether because of the coronavirus pandemic or allowing just spectators from the host country.Tennis Australia CEO Craig Tiley tells the Australian Associated Press that the “worst-case scenario” is no tournament at all next year.Tiley is the Australian Open’s tournament director. He says organizers have “modeled everything” and tells AAP “our best-case scenario at this point is having an AO with players that we can get in here with quarantining techniques and Australian-only fans.” Speaking Wednesday on a teleconference call from his home in Peachtree City, Georgia, Smith said he doesn’t want to return until there’s no threat of contracting the new coronavirus.“There’s a definitely a concern about that,” Smith said. “We want to make sure it’s 100 percent safe. When they give us the go — if they do — to start back up again, we don’t want to contract that virus and then pass it around to others amongst ourselves and get other people sick and just continue that pandemic.“Whenever they give us the go, when it’s like a really safe time to go back, I think that would be the best opportunity.”Smith has been passing the time during the quarantine with his family, but he made time to participate in a video game challenge with other big leaguers. Playing MLB The Show 19, Smith went 19-10, finished fifth and was named Players League Best Manager.— Reporting by David Ginsburg in Baltimore More than 30 sanctioned tennis tournaments have been postponed or canceled so far because of the COVID-19 outbreak. The French Open was moved from May to September and Wimbledon was called off entirely for the first time in 75 years.A decision on this year’s U.S. Open is expected in June.___German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the Bundesliga can resume this month amid the coronavirus pandemic.Merkel announced a loosening of a range of containment measures after meeting with the country’s 16 state governors. Pressure to relax the rules had been growing as the rate of daily infections in the country has dropped. The one-year postponement of the Tokyo Games because of the new coronavirus, and global restrictions on travel and large gatherings of people, have left video conferencing as the best option.The IOC says its executive board will discuss the Session agenda and a secure voting protocol. The board is due to meet remotely next week, on May 14.___North Carolina says it’s launching a crowdfunding campaign to allow fans to help provide financial assistance to school athletes facing “extreme hardships” amid the coronavirus pandemic.The school announced the creation of the Helping Heels Fund on Wednesday. It is designed to receive gifts to directly aid athletes and their families with expenses as permitted by NCAA rules. Those expenses could include groceries, medical bills and technology needs for online classes or remote learning. ___The Green Bay Packers are teaming with American Family Insurance to provide $20,000 worth of ready-made meals to northeast Wisconsin’s front-line workers in the fight against the new coronavirus. Packers officials said the meals will be delivered to hospitals May 6-12 for Nurse Appreciation Week and will go to police and fire stations May 10-16 as part of Police Appreciation Week.The Packers also have provided $1.5 million in grants through the Packers Give Back COVID-19 Community Relief Fund.___ Members of the public will compete along with rowers from each nation’s Olympic and Paralympic teams for individual awards in various age, weight and adaptive rowing categories, with international bragging rights also at stake for the country that records the furthest combined distance.Participants will be asked to log their scores on a live, real-time web platform, then share their results and nominate friends on social media using (hashtag) minutechallenge.British Rowing chief executive Andy Parkinson says: “In these uncertain times, we’re delighted to be able to join together in friendly competition and motivate indoor rowers across our four nations. This couldn’t have happened without fantastic collaboration between each of our governing bodies.”___Vancouver Whitecaps forward Yordy Reyna has started a 14-day quarantine after breaking physical distancing protocols. ___Cleveland Cavaliers coach J.B. Bickerstaff said the NBA team is going ahead with plans to open its training facility on Friday so players can individually work out.Bickerstaff said the team has been in contact with local and Ohio health officials to make sure it is following safety guidelines due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The team’s year-round facility in Independence, Ohio has been closed since mid-March.Bickerstaff, who took over the Cavs when John Beilein stepped down in February midway through his first season, said the league has advised that any player and coach remain 12 feet apart while on the floor together.He said coaches will be required to wear masks and gloves. Bickerstaff said the workouts are voluntary and “no one is being pressured to do anything.” The New Jersey Devils are donating 10,000 tickets for next season to health care workers with RWJBarnabas.The Devils also promised to donate two extra tickets for every season ticket member and plan holder who use credits they earned this year for next year.The NHL team plans to use social media to honor front-line workers fighting the COVID-19 pandemic in New Jersey and across the country. The tribute is called “Stick Taps at 7” and will be broadcast at 7 p.m. It will include videos of players, alumni, coaches, management, front office staff and others saluting doctors, nurses and health care workers.RJWBarnabas Health is a sponsor of the Devils.The owners of the team previously donated money and medical supplies to the RWJBarnabas Health Emergency Response Fund. Josh Harris and David Blitzer are the managing partners of the Devils. ___Torino has announced that a player has tested positive for COVID-19 after the first run of medical tests were carried out on the team as it begins the return to training.The club has not named the player but says he is asymptomatic and has been placed in quarantine.Most Serie A clubs are resuming training this week on an individual basis before full team training restarts on May 18.The teams have been allowed to do so under a strict set of guidelines, including testing players and staff. If the the guidelines are met, athletes would be able to work out with teammates and coaches through at least Aug. 1.The decision comes after Jennifer McCormick, Indiana’s superintendent of public instruction, clarified that June 30 will be the end of the traditionally defined school year. ___Arizona athletic director Dave Heeke and the school’s five highest-paid coaches will take voluntary 20% pay cuts as the athletic department deals with a projected $7.5 million revenue shortfall due to the coronavirus pandemic.Football coach Kevin Sumlin, men’s basketball coach Sean Miller, and baseball coach Jay Johnson will all take cuts for the 2020-21 school year. Women’s basketball coach Adia Barnes and softball coach Mike Candrea also agreed to salary reductions. ___Two more international golf tournaments for amateurs have been canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.The International Golf Federation says the World Amateur Team Championships for men and women — scheduled over two weeks in October in Singapore — have been scratched. The tournament dates to 1958. It was moved in February from Hong Kong because of social unrest.The World Amateur Team is held every other year. The IGF decided not to postpone it until 2021 because of the effect it would create with scheduling problems. It next will be played in France in 2022.Also, the R&A says it has postponed until next year the inaugural Women’s Amateur Latin America Championship. It was scheduled for Sept. 3-6 in Buenos Aires. It now is scheduled for Sept. 2-5 in 2021. The fund is designed to supplement the school’s existing Student-Athlete Assistance Fund for the same issues. UNC has more than 800 student-athletes in 28 varsity sports.Athletics director Bubba Cunningham says many people have reached out seeking to help school athletes amid the pandemic that has shut down college sports while displacing athletes from campuses and team facilities. He says the new fund “is an opportunity to offer resources beyond what our department is currently able to provide.”The school’s compliance office will vet any funds provided and no money will go directly from a donor to an athlete.___Orioles outfielder Dwight Smith Jr. is eager to get back on the baseball diamond, though not until he can be sure it’s in a safe environment. Other Arizona coaches will take smaller salary cuts as part of a university plan to reduce projected losses of $250 million through the 2020-21 fiscal year.Heeke last month said the athletic department faces a roughly $7.5 million revenue shortfall in 2019-20 after the NCAA men’s basketball tournament and all spring sports were canceled due to the COVID-19 outbreak.___The International Olympic Committee will hold an annual meeting through video conferencing on July 17.The meeting of around 100 members, known as the IOC Session, had originally been scheduled to be held in Tokyo before the opening ceremony of the Summer Olympics. The Whitecaps said they are in close discussions with the public health officer, local health authorities, and infectious disease experts and hope to confirm “plans for individual player workouts in the coming days.”___The Big 12 has become the first Power Five conference to say it will hold its football media days virtually.Big 12 coaches and athletic directors made the decision Wednesday during a virtual spring meeting that replaced their annual gathering in Scottsdale, Arizona.About 500 media members are usually credentialed to attend Big 12 media days, which were scheduled to be held July 21-22 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, the home of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys and the site of the league’s championship game. Part of the NextMed Cares “Million Mask Project,” the masks will be distributed to Phoenix-area first responders, health care workers and charities with help from Innovation Care Partners.More than 17,000 masks have already been distributed, including to Phoenix Children’s Hospital and Ronald McDonald House of Phoenix on Wednesday. The remaining masks will be delivered this week to other health care workers and charities across the Valley of the Sun.___Virtual racing — at least the timed variety — is coming to international rowing.Rowing Australia says some of its coronavirus-idled athletes will take on those from Canada, Britain and New Zealand in the One Minute Challenge. It will start Friday and end next Tuesday and include anyone with a rowing machine at home to see how far they can row in one minute. May 6, 2020 Soccer in the country’s top two divisions will be able to resume without spectators and with a range of other conditions designed to prevent another outbreak. Players will be tested and teams will also have to spend time in quarantine before games can restart.The earliest the league can resume is May 16. The German soccer league is to hold a general meeting with the country’s 36 professional clubs in the top two divisions via video link on Thursday.The Bundesliga was suspended with nine rounds remaining on March 13. The clubs had committed to finishing the season by the end of June.___Belgian Prime Minister Sophie Wilmes says all sporting competitions in the country will remain suspended until July 31 because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Welcome to Year One. Not the cheesy 2009 Jack Black caveman flick, but the first season of USC basketball with new head coach Andy Enfield at the helm.Moving forward · After starting in the backcourt for two years, junior Byron Wesley will be relied upon as a leader this season. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanEight players do return from last season’s 14-18 squad, as well as a couple transfers, but gone are the squad’s senior point guard, most reliable scorer and best post defender. Jio Fontan and Eric Wise graduated, while Dewayne Dedmon declared for the NBA draft and went unselected before signing with the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday.Senior forwards Aaron Fuller, Renaldo Woolridge and 7-foot-1 center James Blasczyk are also gone, their eligibility used up.This year, a new set of leaders has to step up for the program. The obvious choice would seem to be junior guard Byron Wesley, who has started all of his 64 games in two seasons at USC. Wesley has been consistent throughout two tumultuous years, and being the only scholarship player on the roster with two years of experience at USC, he’ll be relied upon to lead whether he likes it or not.“I hope so,” Enfield said concerning Wesley becoming a leader. “When you’re a junior or senior, you need to step up and realize that your college career is going to end pretty soon, so what are you going to do about it?”A duo of seniors in center Omar Oraby and guard J.T. Terrell also return after both transfers from former head coach Kevin O’Neill’s tenure had up-and-down seasons in their first year at Troy.Enfield has recruited two transfers himself this offseason in junior guard Pe’Shon Howard (University of Maryland) and senior 7-foot center D.J. Haley (Virginia Commonwealth), who will be eligible to play immediately and are in contention to start. Even though both recorded underwhelming scoring numbers last year at their previous schools — Howard averaged 3.3 points in 22.8 minutes per game while Haley averaged 1.9 points in 8.0 minutes per game — both are athletic for their position and seem like good fits for Enfield’s fast-paced system.Sophomore point guard Chass Bryan, a walk-on who played significant minutes last season, is also in the running to start.Sophomore guard Brendyn Taylor and forward Strahinja Gavrilovic also return, but what they can do on the court in a true game situation is still up in the air. The same goes for the four incoming freshmen, guards Julian Jacobs and Kahlil Dukes and forwards Roschon Prince and Nikola Jovanovic.“They need a lot of development, but they’re talented enough to help us and we expect them to be contributors,” Enfield said.As last year’s campaign showed, change can be a good thing. After going a program-worst 6-26 in a 2011-12 campaign littered with devastating injuries and an overall dearth of talent, O’Neill was on thin ice heading into last season. That ice cracked after the Trojans started 7-10, and in came longtime assistant Bob Cantu as the interim head coach.The move was largely successful. After averaging 63.7 points per game in the 17 games of O’Neill, the squad averaged near 80 in Cantu’s first three games.Even though the team fizzled out down the stretch, losing its last three games to finish 14-18 overall and out of the postseason again, the change was palpable. Players seemed more emotionally invested on the court, big wins over UCLA and Arizona resulted in a small upswing of excitement at the Galen Center and memories of the 2006-07 squad that ran to the Sweet 16 were fleeting, if not actualized.O’Neill’s defense-based system never seemed to be fully embraced by his players or the fan base, but with Enfield, the book on change is still valid.“We want to average in mid-70s,” Enfield said.Cantu’s run-and-gun system was popular during his 7-8 run at the helm to close last year, but besides increased scoring, don’t expect Enfield to keep around much furniture from the previous regime.“No,” Special Assistant to the Head Coach Dieter Horton simply said when asked if Enfield’s new system is at all similar to Cantu’s. “Other than giving players some freedom with responsibility.”The mantra of change is also applicable to the coaching staff. Outside of Horton, who was an assistant coach on O’Neill’s staff, Enfield brought a slew of new assistants with him to USC.Hired from San Diego State, Tony Bland is the new head recruiter and noted for his prowess on the recruiting trail.“I’ve been in college basketball for over 20 years, and Tony has a real knack for his ability to relate to kids and sift through the process to find out who’s the decision-maker and who’s important in the recruiting process,” Horton said.Local legend Jason Hart played 10 years in the NBA before being hired from Pepperdine, while Kevin Norris was an assistant under Enfield at Florida Gulf Coast University last year.On the court, Enfield wants listeners to know that while dunking and “Lob City” are certainly part of his game plan, they’re a by-product rather than a strategy.“The misconception is that we don’t just roll the balls out and start running,” he said. “We have a very structured system. We have a lot of screening action, and our defense caused a lot of our offense.”Horton estimates that 95 percent of Enfield’s first four months at USC were focused on recruiting, and after spending 15 of 19 straight days on the road in July, Enfield didn’t disagree.There’s already been a fair amount of roster fluctuation in the last month with the additions of Haley and Howard and the loss of senior forward Ari Stewart due to academic ineligibility, so a lot could change between now and the start of practice on Sept. 27.The expectations during this transition year shouldn’t be sky-high, but for now, the optimism is.Follow Jacob on Twitter @Jacob_Freedman