Your outdoor news bulletin for May 30, the day Mariner 9 launched on its mission to Mars in 1979, revealing the secrets of the Red Planet including dried riverbeds and huge mountains but sadly no hidden, underground, alien forged, mega oxygen producing machine. You’ve seen Total Recall right?Climbing and Rendezvous Report From the NewThe New River Rendezvous happened a couple of weeks ago and by all accounts was a huge success. After taking a hiatus in 2012, the ‘Vous came back in 2013 and was better than ever. Always a fun climbing festival and celebration of climbing in the New River Gorge, the ‘Vous also incorporates many, um, different types of events throughout the weekend. It’s all there in the wrap-up, so you may want to consider attending next year. One person who did attend and lived to tell the tale was pro climber and Mountain Hardwear athlete Matt Wilder. He gives and interesting take on climbing in the gorge and the New River Rendezvous on the Mountain Hardwear blog, along with some great photos.Check it out here.Pedaling Towards EquityA new report from the Sierra Club and the League of American Bicyclists is shedding some light on the current state of cycling in America and what the future holds. According to the report, titled “The New Majority: Pedaling Toward Equity,” biking boomed from 2001 to 2009, with the amount of trips by bike doubling from 1.7 billion to 4 billion. So who is driving this growth? Turns out, it’s women, youth, and people of color. Bicycling is fastest growing among African Americans, Hispanic, and Asian Americans. The report also delves into the issues of certain groups of people (poor, non-white) being marginalized by not having access to safe and accessible biking infrastructure. Very interesting stuff from this first-of-its-kind study.Read more about it here, on the Sierra Club Blog.Virus on A.T. Moving Toward PennsylvaniaThe norovirus outbreak among Appalachian Trail thru-hikers is spreading, and it’s no surprise. Moving north with the north-bounders, the outbreak has hiked from it’s starting point along the Tennessee/North Carolina border and has moved into Pennsylvania. There were a dozen cases reported in Shenandoah National Park a couple of weeks ago, but there is no confirmed number of cases in 2013. Norovirus is a stomach bug that can cause the usual gross stomach bug issues we need not mention, but can be transmitted three to 14 days after a victim has recovered. Also, the virus can only be killed with a bleach-and-water solution. They suggest avoiding certain campsites, washing hands with soap and water frequently, being generally clean, and treating all water. Because those things are so easy on a thru-hike.
To make Jaime, Howard traveled to Los Angeles to work with engineer Shawn Everett (Weezer, War on Drugs) and a core band that included keyboard ace Robert Glasper and her Shakes bandmate Zac Cockrell (bass). She came back to the South, though, to film the video for “Stay High,” a twinkling R&B gem that soundtracks footage of actor Terry Crews moving through a mundane day in Howard’s hometown of Athens, Ala. The song, written for Howard’s father, is a celebration of finding comfort in the familiar, and a revealing look at how an innovative artist needed a career detour to find her way back home. October 11-13 | Charlottesville, Va. But just as anticipation was starting to boil over for a third Shakes album, Howard dropped a surprise—her first solo effort, Jaime, which came out late last month. The album gets its name from Howard’s late sister, whom she lost to cancer as a teenager, and accordingly the record is full of personal introspection. Brittany Howard Pauses Popular Band to Release New Solo Record Lead single “History Repeats” is a retro room-shaker with industrial beats and angular guitar lines, but within the infectious groove Howard sings about her inevitable shortcomings as a flesh-and-blood human being. The slow-burning “He Loves Me” hits hard, too, with a lean, psychedelic arrangement that leaves room for Howard to ponder her relationship with God after an extended period in the spiritual wilderness. The Festy Blue Ridge Jam Jam-grass pranksters Leftover Salmon developed a high-octane string sound in their native Colorado, but for the fourth year in a row, the group will head to the mountains of western North Carolina to host the Blue Ridge Jam. Held on the outdoor stage at Pisgah Brewing Company, the one-day fest will also feature sets from Perpetual Groove, Acoustic Syndicate, and the Rev. Jeff Mosier. pisgahbrewing.com October 11-13 | Richmond, Va. Catch an array of sounds under the crisp autumn air at these regional events. “The title is in memoriam, and she definitely did shape me as a human being,” Howard explained in a statement on her new album. “But, the record is not about her. It’s about me. I’m pretty candid about myself and who I am and what I believe. Which is why I needed to do it on my own.” Richmond Folk Festival Brittany Howard will perform at the AfroPunk Festival in Atlanta on October 13. October 10-13 | Livingston, Ky. The Festy is rebooting for its 10th running, moving from the mountains of central Virginia into the city limits of Charlottesville. Bands performing on the stage of the event’s new downtown home at the IX Art Park include Dawes, Della Mae, Samantha Fish, and Robert Randolph & the Family Band. thefesty.com October 6 | Black Mountain, N.C. Eclectic roots artists from around the world converge on the RVA waterfront for this annual fest that turns 15 this year. A variety of genres and cultures will be represented at the always-free event; this year set to feature sets from Cajun stalwarts BeauSoleil, honky-tonk ace Dale Watson, Tuareg guitarist Bombino, Tuvan throat-singing group Huun-Huur-Tu, and a taste of home with Appalachian pickers Lonesome River Band. richmondfolkfestival.org Highlands Food and Wine Festival Moonshiner’s Ball For Brittany Howard, the safest bet would’ve been to make another Alabama Shakes record. As the frontwoman and guitarist of the soul-driven Southern garage-roots outfit, Howard found fast success earlier in the decade. The group’s 2012 debut Boys & Girls was a breakout hit that earned the band an immediate, fervent fanbase, and the 2016 follow-up Sound & Color was an experimental step forward that, including nods for the hard-hitting single “Don’t Wanna Fight,” notched three Grammy Awards. As the organizers of the Moonshiner’s Ball put it, this is “not a corporate mega-festival.” Instead expect a homegrown hoedown in the hills of Kentucky with a carefully curated line-up of roots artists, including Tauk, Rayland Baxter, Sinkane, Brass Against, Lilla Mae, and Ghost of Paul Revere. A mix of music, art, poetry, and yoga, the event takes place at Rockcastle Riverside, a scenic hideaway on the banks of the Rockcastle River. rockcastleriverside.com Shake It Up November 7-10 | Highlands, N.C. Five Fall Fests Roots music heroes and regional culinary innovators both take center stage at this increasingly popular festival in western North Carolina. While you’re enjoying dishes from some of the South’s best chefs, sounds will come from the Infamous Stringdusters, Anderson East, the Wood Brothers, and Nicole Atkins. highlandsfoodandwine.com
Embed from Getty Images Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Billy Joel will open the renovated Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum next spring, giving the “Piano Man” yet another high-profile gig at the arena where he holds the record for the most consecutive sold-out shows.Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano made Joel’s opener official in a statement Tuesday, declaring, “There’s no better performer suited to reopen the transformed” Coliseum.It was Joel, of course, who closed the original Coliseum in August 2015 before it was shuttered ahead of an ongoing $261-million renovation.The lifelong Long Island entertainer performed 32 shows at the 43-year-old Uniondale arena, and, in 1998, set the record for most consecutive sold-out shows in one year with nine.His much-anticipated performance inside the new building is slated for April 5, 2017, officials said.Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. this Friday, officials said. American Express members get an exclusive opportunity to claim seats for the gig on Thursday, between 10 a.m. through 10 p.m.When Joel bid farewell to the Coliseum more than a year ago, he played before several dignitaries, including Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Brett Yormark, CEO of Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment, which will operate the refurbished Nassau Coliseum, said the building is in the final phase of construction and “will soon be ready to rock again.”“April 5 is a celebration for Long Island, and it’s spectacular venue, which will revive the area as a vibrant entertainment market,” Yormark said in a statement.Unlike the original Coliseum, which opened in 1972, the renovated version will not have a professional sports team as an anchor. The New York Islanders have since moved to Brooklyn’s Barclays Center after several failed attempts by the organization to build a new arena and transform the surrounding area.Once re-opened, the revived Coliseum will boast 13,000 seats for preseason Islanders games, 13,500 for an NBA development league associated with the Brooklyn Nets, and 14,500 for concerts.
January 02, 2019 Criminal Justice Reform, Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf has been a steadfast supporter of criminal justice reforms that are fair, help our system work better and smarter, and save crucial taxpayer dollars. Today he pledged to continue his second term with more common-sense reforms.“Since I became Governor, I have worked hard to reform our system so that it leads to better outcomes and saves taxpayer dollars – while also leading to less crime and fewer victims,” Governor Wolf said. “These efforts are working, but we must continue towards building the criminal justice system we all want to see in Pennsylvania.”This afternoon, Gov. Wolf will join Community Legal Services, the Pennsylvania Bar Association, legislators, stakeholders and advocates, to announce an initiative to help Pennsylvanians navigate the Clean Slate law.“Clean Slate will help those who have committed low-level offenses and have paid their penalty get back on the path to a blemish-free record, removing potential roadblocks, including those to career success,” Gov. Wolf said. “This bill is the latest step in my administration’s efforts to make our commonwealth and our society safer by helping those who have offended put their lives back together.”In addition to today’s Clean Slate announcement, Gov. Wolf today pledged his continued support for criminal justice reforms, including to:Pass and implement the Justice Reinvestment Initiative, or JRI 2, to address the high cost of incarceration in the state, to strengthen support for county probation programs, and to fix inadequate sentencing guidelines.Reform the pre-trial system to make certain that those accused of a crime have access to competent legal counsel and a reasonable bail system.Reform the post-trial criminal justice system to ensure work towards rehabilitation of individuals and preparation to reenter society, rather than creating further risks for recidivism.Focus on probation reform to ensure the right individuals have the right level of supervision and technical probation violations do not mean an immediate return to incarceration. This works hand-in-hand with first ensuring sentences are commensurate with the severity of crimes committed.Governor Wolf’s efforts over the past four years, working in a bi-partisan manner with the General Assembly and numerous stakeholder and advocacy groups, have resulted in significant criminal justice reforms:Announced a Fair-Chance hiring policy for state agencies that removes the criminal conviction question, otherwise known as “banning the box,” from non-civil service employment applications for agencies under the governor’s jurisdiction.Signed Tierne’s Law, strengthening protections for victims of domestic violence. Tierne Ewing, a victim of domestic violence, was murdered by her estranged husband in 2016 after he had been arrested for domestic abuse, then released.Signed the Timothy J. Piazza Antihazing Law, which strengthens penalties for hazing and ensures that schools have safeguards to protect students. Timothy Piazza was a 19-year-old Penn State University student who died in February 2017 at a fraternity.Made it harder for domestic abusers to use firearms to kill, terrorize, and control their victims and others by signing Act 79 of 2018, which includes a reform long-sought by domestic violence and gun safety advocates.Signed the “Clean Slate” bill, the first of its kind in the nation, to help those who have committed low-level offenses and have paid their penalty get back on the path to a blemish-free record, removing potential roadblocks to jobs, housing, health care, and education.Signed Act 95 of 2018, eliminating driver’s license suspensions for non-driving infractions.Signed Act 130 of 2018, the “Safe Harbor” law, which shields children who are victims of human trafficking and sexual exploitation from prosecution for crimes their abusers forced them to commit, enhances law enforcement training, and establishes a new fund for victim services.Signed Act 146 of 2018, extending the time a convicted individual has to file a post-conviction relief action to one year, from what was 60 days under current law.Signed Act 147 of 2018, updating Pennsylvania’s DNA testing law to reflect significant advances in technology and the lessons learned by criminal justice professionals since 2002. The legislation removes the supervision requirement that only people serving a sentence can apply for DNA testing.Signed Act 148 of 2018, a victim protection bill regarding housing options and emergency transfers.While these reforms have been put in place, the state’s prison population continues to decline. In 2017, the total DOC inmate population dropped from 49,301 to 48,438, a decrease of 863 inmates or 1.8 percent over 2016.And in the fifth consecutive year, from 2017 to 2018, the population in the state’s 25 correctional facilities dropped from 48,438 to 47,527, a decrease of 911 inmates or 1.9 percent over 2017.“We need to focus on the work to make our criminal justice system fairer, more equitable and more focused on rehabilitation,” Governor Wolf said. “I am committed to continuing this important work in my second term.” SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf Pledges More Criminal Justice Reform in Second Term
Inside 65 Upper Brookfield Rd, Brookfield.The property features five bedrooms, four of which, have an ensuite, a designer kitchen, formal dining room complete with fireplace, manicured gardens, a large outdoor alfresco patio, in-ground swimming pool and of course, this incredible tennis court: The home at 65 Upper Brookfield Rd, Brookfield.There is also an additional building on the property designed to accommodate six cars and a boat. REAL ESTATE: 443 Formosa Rd, GumdaleThe main property has six bedrooms, five bathrooms, mudroom, multiple lounge rooms and a covered veranda. REAL ESTATE: 443 Formosa Rd, GumdaleThose who love a touch of the Hamptons will no doubt be impressed with 443 Formosa Rd in Gumdale.Arrive via the winding drive and be greeted by the homes stylish exterior including pond, fire pit and lush gardens. The home at 81 Longman Tce, Chelmer.Situated at a luxurious Chelmer riverfront address is the property at 81 Longman Tce. The home at 81 Longman Tce, Chelmer.There is also five bedrooms, four bathrooms and multiple formal living and dining areas plus a library. The home at 81 Longman Tce, Chelmer.The home, which is currently listed for $3.5m, sits across two titles, totaling 1610sq m of waterfront land and features an 8m long pontoon, in-ground pool, two-storey guest house and a half tennis court. The home at 64 Upper Brookfield Rd, BrookfieldIn Brookfield, this masterpiece home is going to market for the very first time.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus20 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market20 hours agoInside 65 Upper Brookfield Rd, BrookfieldSet across five acres of elevated land with sweeping views, the sandstone home at 65 Upper Brookfield Rd, Brookfield is listed as a “once in a lifetime opportunity” and comes with all the bells and whistles. Cintra House at 23 Boyd St, Bowen Hills.Practice your backhand from one of Brisbane’s best views at Cintra House in Bowen Hills. Cintra House at 23 Boyd St, Bowen Hills.WITH news that Serena Williams will be returning to the court as soon as next month following the birth of her first child, we’ve got tennis on the mind. So for any Roger Federer or Caroline Wozniacki wannabes chasing their dreams (and dream home), we’ve scoured the listings and served up the best Brisbane properties with smashing tennis courts. The home at 100 Oriel Rd, ClayfieldThe home also boasts an outdoor pavillion and patio, wine cellar and store, theatre, four bedrooms, three bathrooms and beautifully manicured gardens. The home at 100 Oriel Rd, ClayfieldThe floodlit champion-sized tennis court is positioned at the rear of the home, conveniently located behind the swimming pool, should a post-match swim be required. REAL ESTATE: Cintra HouseAlong with the six bedrooms and three bathrooms, the home includes marble fireplaces, 3.6m high ornate ceilings, a private gym, championship-sized tennis court and a swimming pool. The home at 100 Oriel Rd, ClayfieldSet on 2034sq m of land in Clayfield, the architecturally designed home at 100 Oriel Ave is worthy of hosting a Grand Slam final. REAL ESTATE: 443 Formosa Rd, GumdaleReferring to the champion-sized floodlit tennis court, saltwater pool and cabana, the listing describes the home as a “resort-like retreat”, complete with a self-contained flat that has its own private entrance. Cintra House at 23 Boyd St, Bowen Hills.Positioned on 3050sq m of hilltop land, the stunning 1860s residence at 23 Boyd St is one of Brisbane’s oldest standing homes, and boasts an impressive list of features.
Ambisyon 2040 was launched under theadministration of President Rodrigo Duterte to serve as a guide for theuninterrupted implementation of the policies and programs of government.(With a report from PNA/PN) Antique Gov. Rhodora Cadiao speaks before a full-council meeting of the Regional Development Council Western Visayas at a hotel in San Jose, Antique on Nov 22. PNA/ANNABEL CONSUELO J. PETINGLAY “A better plan and system make us beprepared for any eventualities,” she added. She encouraged all council members tobe guided by the whole-of-nation approach for a common vision. “The RDC serves as a forum where alllocal efforts are contributory and converge with the national developmentagenda,” Cadiao said on Friday, following her installation as chair of thehighest policymaking body in the region. Cadiao added the municipal orprovincial Comprehensive Development Plan, Comprehensive Land Use Plan and thelocal investment plan should be updated following their budget calendars. “Local government units should have toupdate their local plans,” she said, citing the result of the May 2019 localplanning assessment of the Department of the Interior and LocalGovernment. SAN JOSE, Antique – Gov. RhodoraCadiao urged members of the Regional Development Council (RDC) in WesternVisayas to work towards the attainment of Ambisyon 2040 – a long-term visionfor the Filipinos to enjoy a stable and comfortable life. She added almost all municipalitiesand provinces in the region were updating their municipal and provincialdevelopment and physical framework plan. In the fulfillment of the SustainableDevelopment Goals and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Management, Cadiaosaid the local government units need to strengthen their linkages.
Press Association Welbeck, who was United’s goalscorer in the first leg, and preferred ahead of Wayne Rooney in the second leg of their Champions League defeat by Real Madrid, has made giant strides over the past month, proving that not all his best performances have been reserved for the international stage. Yet Robson accepts the 22-year-old still has work to do, and Robson said: “A few of the younger lads have progressed really well this season. But it was a measure of how well Danny has come on that the boss (Sir Alex Ferguson) put him in the team ahead of Wayne Rooney last week.” Bryan Robson wants Manchester United forward Danny Welbeck to add goals to his game in order to become a complete striker. After all, that header in the Bernabeu remains one of only two goals for Welbeck this season. That is fewer than Rafael, Jonny Evans and Patrice Evra, let alone top-scorer Robin van Persie, Javier Hernandez and Rooney, the latter two heading for the 20-goal barrier their Dutch team-mate has long since crashed through. And that is the area Robson believes Welbeck must improve if present progress is to continue. Speaking at the launch of the ‘Legends are Back’ game between Manchester United and Real Madrid, which will take place at Old Trafford on June 2, Robson added: “That (naming him ahead of Rooney) was such a big decision but Danny has all the attributes you need, apart from being a natural finisher. “The good thing about it is that is an area you can work on and improve. And I know Danny will do that because he is a keen lad with such a great mentality towards the game.” As England’s top scorer in 2012 and one of five players nominated for Three Lions’ player of the year, Welbeck, to an extent, left Rooney in the shade last year. Not in terms of personality, though. As the foremost player of his generation, Rooney has been the centre of attention, for good and bad, for over a decade now.
Gerry ClapperORONO — Gerry Clapper of Bucksport was one of six former athletes to be inducted into the University of Maine Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday.One of the top runners in Maine history, Clapper was a 12-time letter-winner in cross-country and track and field at UMaine.He was a two-year cross-country captain and won a Maine championship in 1981 and the EIAA Eastern title in 1982.In indoor track and field, Clapper won the EIAA Eastern championship in 1983 in the two-mile run.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textIn outdoor track, he won the Maine championship and the EIAA Eastern championship in 5,000 meters in 1983Upon graduation in 1983, Clapper held UMaine records in the mile, two-mile, 3,000-meter and 5,000-meter runs and the four-mile relay.He still holds the 10,000-meter school record with a time of 29:59.64 and the distance medley (440-880-1,320-mile) relay record at 11:18.7.
NoonThe International Fencing Federation has postponed all international events for the next five weeks, including four Olympic qualifying tournaments.The FIE made the decision after the coronavirus outbreak was declared a pandemic, and the U.S. banned travelers from 26 European countries starting on Friday.The events postponed included the Africa, Asia, Europe and Americas qualifiers next month. Also off is the Anaheim Grand Prix in California starting on Friday, and the junior world championships in Salt Lake City next month.Four World Cups in saber and epee next week were also called off. Rugani is the first player in the country’s top soccer division to test positive for the virus.___9:55 a.m.The season-ending men’s World Cup ski races were canceled Thursday to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, giving Norwegian skier Aleksander Aamodt Kilde his first overall title.Giant slalom and slalom races were scheduled for this weekend in Kranjska Gora, near Slovenia’s border with Italy. Associated Press ___11 a.m.South Korea’s professional baseball league says it will postpone the start of its season to mid-April because of the coronavirus outbreak.The Korea Baseball Organization says it still hopes to maintain a 144-game regular-season schedule but will consider banning spectators from some games when risks of infections are high.The KBO had already canceled its preseason. The cancellations mean Henrik Kristoffersen, another Norwegian, becomes the season champion in both disciplines by tiny margins.A four-race finals week in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, was canceled last week by the International Ski Federation.“The health and welfare of the athletes and all other participants, as well as the general public are in the forefront and the priority of FIS and all stakeholders,” the governing body said Thursday.Kilde’s runner-up finish in what proved to be the season-ending race — a downhill last Saturday in Kvitfjell, Norway — lifted him to the overall title above French rival Alexis Pinturault.Pinturault also finished runner-up to Kristoffersen in giant slalom. Another Frenchman, Clement Noel, was runner-up to Kristoffersen for the season-long slalom title by only two points, 552-550. 11:30 a.m.McLaren says it has withdrawn from the season-opening Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne after a team member tested positive for the coronavirus.The British-based team says the person was self-isolated as soon as they started to show symptoms and “will now enter a period of quarantine.”Team officials have taken the decision to pull out of Sunday’s race “based on a duty of care” for McLaren employees and the wider Formula One family.Qualifying was scheduled to start Friday. International Bandy Association president Boris Skrynnik says “we know that there are concerns in other countries when it comes to travel and spending time with larger groups.”The under-15 world championships in Arkhangelsk, Russia, at the end of the month will also be played at a later date.___10:15 a.m.Denmark’s top soccer leagues are shutting down for at least two weeks because of the spreading coronavirus. ___10:55 a.m.The Euroleague says it is suspending all games indefinitely because of the coronavirus outbreak.Europe’s main club basketball competition says it made the decision because of “the increased risks for participants in games, the vast amount of traveling disruptions causing the impossibility to reach certain destinations, and the different recommendations by the health authorities.”The league was scheduled to hold regular-season games in Moscow, Istanbul, Madrid and Tel Aviv on Thursday. The Latest: Wizards self-quarantining players The decision impacts the hugely popular IPL, due to start on March 29 and last seven weeks.It’s not yet been determined how it will affect the one-day international series between India and South Africa which began on Thursday in Dharamsala. The second ODI is in Lucknow on Sunday, and the third ODI in Kolkata next Wednesday.Foreign players are expected to face difficulties in traveling to India as the government on Wednesday suspended all visas, barring categories such as diplomatic and employment-related, until April 15 in an attempt to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.Unless the government makes an exception, foreign cricketers will not be given business visas with which they travel to play the IPL.___ After the NBA suspended its season, the Euroleague is considering doing the same.The league says it is consulting with clubs about a suspension, something which its players are demanding.“Euroleague and the participating clubs cannot ask from players to put their health and that of their families at risk,” the Euroleague Players Association said.The players’ union asked for the season to be suspended “until health, safety and freedom of movement can be guaranteed.”___ UEFA has called European soccer stakeholders to a meeting by video conference on Tuesday to deal with the effect on competitions of the coronavirus outbreak.UEFA says they will discuss “all domestic and European competitions.” That includes this year’s European Championship.The meetings will involve UEFA member federations and representatives of clubs, national leagues and player unions.There is no blanket suspension of soccer across the continent, but national leagues have been shut down by public authorities in some countries, including Italy and Spain.___ ___11:15 a.m.Real Madrid says its soccer and basketball teams have been put in quarantine after a basketball play for the club tested positive for the coronavirus.The Spanish club says the soccer team was also affected because it shares training facilities with the basketball team.___ ___10:30 a.m.The International Basketball Federation says it is suspending all competitions indefinitely from Friday.FIBA says the decision was made “in order to protect the health and safety of players, coaches, officials and fans.”The suspension includes games in the Basketball Champions League, which is a rival competition to the better known Euroleague, and the second-tier FIBA Europe Cup. The Champions League is part-way through its playoffs. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditLONDON (AP) — The Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s affect on sports around the globe (all times local):___2:05 p.m. Men’s qualification for the Tokyo Olympics is expected to resume in June with a series of qualifying tournaments overseen by FIBA. Women’s qualifying has already concluded.___10:25 a.m.The hockey-like game of bandy has postponed its world championships in Russia because of the spreading coronavirus.The Swedish Bandy Association says the tournament, scheduled to be played from March 29-April 5 in Irkutsk, has been postponed until October. Kristoffersen had an outside chance of winning the overall title if the final two races had gone ahead.Kilde succeeds Austrian great Marcel Hirscher, who won eight straight overall titles before retiring in the offseason.___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 Danish league made the move a day after the national government announced a lockdown. The small Scandinavian country has 514 cases of people testing positive.“We will look at exactly what this will mean for the running of the tournaments for the weeks to come,” said Danish league director Claus Thomsen, adding more information on what will happen with the postponed matches and the rest of the season will be announced later.___10:10 a.m.The Swiss hockey league has ended the season in the top two divisions before the playoffs because of the spreading coronavirus. March 12, 2020 “Full details regarding the rescheduling of competitions will be announced at a later date,” the FIE said. “Information regarding Olympic selection criteria will be made as schedules for the remainder of the season are finalized.”___11:40 a.m.The Indian Premier League Twenty20 tournament could be staged without spectators after a government decree related to the coronavirus outbreak.Indian sports minister Kiren Rijuju told all national sports federations to ban spectators at all events, but events can go on if they “can’t be avoided.” 10 a.m.The Juventus player who tested positive for the coronavirus says he’s “OK” and wants “to reassure everyone who is worrying about me.” Juventus announced late Wednesday that defender Daniele Rugani and “those who have had contact with him” are being isolated. It also said Rugani is not showing any symptoms of the disease.Rugani sent a post on Twitter overnight in Italian.“You’ll have read the news and that’s why I want to reassure everyone who is worrying about me. I’m OK. I want to remind everyone to respect the rules, because this virus doesn’t make distinctions! Let’s do it four ourselves, for those dear to us and for those around us,” he wrote. The league’s decision comes less than two months before Switzerland is due to host the world championships in Zurich and Lausanne.The league says decisions on awarding titles, and promotion and relegation places, will be decided at a special meeting on Friday.The Swiss soccer leagues have been suspended through March, and Basel is unable to host a Europa League game next week against Eintracht Frankfurt.___10:05 a.m. The Washington Wizards say players, coaches and basketball operations personnel are going to self-quarantine for the next three to four days.The Wizards played at the Utah Jazz — who have a player, Rudy Gobert, that tested positive for COVID-19 — on Feb. 29. Washington also played Tuesday against the New York Knicks, another recent opponent of the Jazz.The Wizards say players, coaches and basketball operations staff who have flu-like symptoms will be tested for coronavirus.___1:40 p.m. 11:05 a.m.German broadcaster Sky says it will show some Bundesliga soccer games on a free channel after spectators were barred from the stadiums.Sky will show four league games simultaneously on Saturday on its non-subscription news channel in a “conference” format, with the broadcast switching between each game to show the key action.That includes Borussia Dortmund’s game against Schalke, which is one of Germany’s most heated rivalries.There will be a similar procedure for some second-division games.
– ‘STUFF’ to present basketball sneakers to MVPSOME of the country’s top ‘ballers’ will converge on the Burnham Basketball Court tonight, when the two-day Rawle Toney/Mackeson 3X3 Classic bounces off.With $300,000 up for grabs for the winner, over 25 ‘3X3’ teams will take to the court in order to stake claim to the inaugural title. Second place will pocket $100,000 and third place $50,000. The Andrew Ifill MVP will also be up for grabs.Ansa McAl under their Mackeson brand is the tournament’s title sponsor, while the Guyana Lottery Company’s Let’s Bet Sports, FireSide Grill, JD Carn ICT Guyana Inc., Allegiance Corporations Inc., the National Sports Commission, Chung’s Global Enterprise and Trophy Stall are the other sponsors.According to Toney, over 25 teams have so far registered for the tournament that will also have a four-point shot, compliments of FireSide Grill.Toney said that the popular food establishment which is known for their creative and fresh seafood line and other exotic cuisines, will give $1,000 to every player who makes a basket from the spot on the court.The Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation (GABF) will also be hosting their National 3-point Shoot Out on Sunday. The winner will walk away with $25,000, one basketball and a year bragging rights as the country’s top marksman from beyond the arc.Meanwhile, Toney pointed out that the opening night of the tournament will be bitter-sweet, since a night of reflection and celebration on the life of former National Basketball Player Andrew Ifill will be held.The teams will play in a round-robin/knock out format, with the two finalists being outfitted by JD Carn ICT Guyana Inc.Meanwhile, former National basketball player Kester Gomes was the latest sponsor to come on board, offering a basketball sneakers to the player named Most Valuable at the conclusion at the two-day championship.Gomes, through his online sneakers store ‘STUFF’, made the presentation to Toney recently, while adding that it was his way of not only giving back to the sport, but also advertise his brand.