September 18

The Latest: Braves OF Markakis opts out of 2020 season

first_img Associated Press Counsell says both players are asymptomatic.This marks the second setback for Urias since the Brewers acquired him from San Diego in November. Urias, who is expected to compete with incumbent Orlando Arcia for the starting shortstop job, underwent surgery in January to repair a broken bone in his left hand.Major League Baseball and the players’ association announced Friday that 31 players and seven staff members tested positive for COVID-19 during intake for the resumption of training, a rate of 1.2%. Teams resumed workouts Friday for the first time since the coronavirus interrupted spring training on March 12, two weeks before the season was to start.___The Washington Nationals have canceled Monday morning’s team workout because of COVID-19 testing delays. The Fever will delay their travel by at least five days to self-quarantine in case any of them came into close contact with the infected players.The WNBA hopes to start training camp later this week, with the regular season set to begin around July 24.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Manager Brian Snitker plans to play Ozuna and Ronald Acuña Jr. every game, though Ozuna could be the designated hitter. Markakis, Ender Inciarte, Adam Duvall and others were competing other spots and were joined by rookies Cristian Pache and Drew Waters.Markakis hit .285 with nine homers and 62 RBIs in 2019, a year after he was an All-Star. He said he doesn’t know how opting out could affect his hopes for playing in 2021.___Count the Tennessee Titans among the NFL teams offering season-ticket holders the option of opting out of this season and putting that money toward 2021 or getting a refund.The Titans sent a letter to their season-ticket holders Monday. The team also posted a notice on its website. July 6, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Atlanta Braves outfielder Nick Markakis has opted out of the 2020 season. The Latest: Braves OF Markakis opts out of 2020 season The league says 23 of 396 players checked for COVID-19 at team facilities have tested positive since voluntary workouts began June 8, a 5% rate. In that same period of time, it is aware of 12 additional positive test results.The NHL and NHL Players’ Association on Sunday night agreed on protocols to start training camps and resume the season. That includes daily testing once games get under way for players, coaches and staff.Resuming is contingent on each side approving an extension of the collective bargaining agreement and the return to play agreement.___Milwaukee Brewers manager Craig Counsell says shortstop Luis Urias and pitcher Angel Perdomo tested positive for COVID-19 before the intake process. Tennessee told season-ticket holders the team suspended any payment plans July 1 for this season.Team officials will be working with state and local governments on how many fans will be allowed to attend games at Nissan Stadium, which seats approximately 69,143.But the Titans say the coronavirus pandemic makes it “increasingly likely” that NFL teams will be playing in front of fewer fans this season.___The National Hockey League says 35 total players have tested positive for the coronavirus over roughly the past month. Players and staff were tested Friday, and general manager Mike Rizzo says the team still hasn’t received its results. Rizzo said it’s not safe to continue holding camp without accurate and timely testing and that the workout was canceled to prevent putting players and staff at risk.Rizzo says: Major League Baseball “needs to work quickly to resolve issues with their process and their lab. Otherwise, summer camp and the 2020 season are at risk.”___Two players on the Indiana Fever were among the seven positive tests for the coronavirus across the WNBA, the team announced.The league and teams didn’t reveal who the players were. All 137 WNBA players were tested over the past week as the teams prepared to head to Florida on Monday for the upcoming season, which will be played at IMG Academy. The 36-year-old Markakis said he was uneasy about playing the season without fans and then was swayed by his telephone conversation with teammate Freddie Freeman, who has tested positive for COVID-19 and has fever and other symptoms.“Just hearing him, the way he sounded on the phone, it was tough,” Markakis said Monday. “It was kind of eye-opening. What everything that’s going on, not just with baseball but all over the world, it makes you open your eyes.”Markakis became the second Braves player to opt out. Over the weekend, pitcher Félix Hernández said he wouldn’t play this year.Dodgers pitcher David Price, Washington infielder Ryan Zimmerman and Colorado outfielder Ian Desmond are among the other players who have opted out.Following nine seasons with Baltimore, Markakis was entering his sixth season with Atlanta. He was competing for a spot in a crowded Braves outfield following the offseason signing of Marcel Ozuna.last_img read more

September 17

Mason: Lineman’s career as a blogger ends

first_imgWith Saturday’s 36-35 overtime victory over Cal Poly, the regular season for the Wisconsin Badgers is over.So, too, is the career of sophomore center John Moffitt.Well, his blogging career, that is.Since August, Moffitt has written a weekly blog on UWBadgers.com. The Athletic Communications office contacted him before the season began with the idea of writing a total of three blog entries. It started, he explained, as a way to keep fans up to speed with what was going on in the fall camp.But it turned into something much bigger.“It started to take off. I started throwing some funny stuff in there,” Moffitt said. “I think camp was getting a hold of my mind. I was going a little stir crazy. They liked it, so we kind of kept it going.”The blog quickly garnered a fan following, and soon even members of the media — I’m not the only guilty one, apparently — peppered Moffitt with questions about his newfound hobby.“People talk to me about the blog more than football stuff,” Moffitt said. “It’s crazy.”He even wrote a story on SI.com titled “An athlete’s guide to blogging,” in which he offered tips for other athletes to dipping their feet in the blogosphere.What did the other guys on his team thing about his writing?“Some guys say, ‘I like your blog.’ Other guys are like, ‘You’re blog’s awful,’” Moffitt said. “I don’t really care. I just do it. It’s fun. You don’t have to read it — it’s free.”For those who haven’t read Moffitt’s stuff, you should. The guy’s got a sense of humor, and it definitely comes through in the blog. In one post he made fun of coach Bielema’s “next man in” philosophy by pointing out some eerie similarities in the appearances of several teammates.In another, he laid out the “Ten Commandments of Offensive Linemen” — my favorites are “V: Thou shalt always be blamed… even if it’s the defense’s fault,” and X: Thou shalt only get pity dates or blind dates.”In his final blog, Moffitt actually got a little serious. He reflected on the senior offensive linemen — Kraig Urbik, Erik Vanden Heuvel and Andy Kemp — and how he’s going to miss them. He also discussed what he took away from the blog.One of those things he learned is just how tough it is to come up with original content week in and week out, especially with the monotony of practices.“Football — it’s scheduled. Everything is the same every week,” Moffitt said. “It’s hard to try to find things that stick out to you.”So his solution to the problem was to write about the subject he knows best: himself. In one entry, he told readers about his plans for his upcoming 22nd birthday — which involved eating half a sheet cake — and about why he’s so old for a sophomore.“I feel like if you make fun of yourself, no one’s going to get upset or offended. It’s what you can take,” Moffitt said. “I think that’s one of the safest bets. But I’ve got nothing left to say about myself. I’ve torn myself apart.”After talking with the 6-foot-4, 323-pound sociology major about his blogging, I had to ask him how a hack like him could get his writing published by Sports Illustrated when most sports writers — myself included — may never get that glory.“I don’t think I’m a great writer or anything like that,” Moffitt said. “I have no clue. Your guess is as good as mine.”As much as Moffitt has enjoyed the blog and everything that’s come with it, he said he’s pulling the plug on it all. One season was enough.“I’ve enjoyed it. I don’t even know if I can keep going with it because I don’t even know what to say anymore,” he said. “I’m not looking to be a blogger for the rest of my life. It really was fun while it lasted, but I think this is probably going to be the end of it.”Tyler is a senior majoring in journalism. Were you a frequent reader of John Moffitt’s blog? Share your thoughts on it with Tyler at tmason@badgerherald.com.last_img read more

August 31

Haiti to have increased access to small business loans

first_imgHaitians will have increased access to small business loans as the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Global Affairs Canada and Desjardins International (DID) of Canada have partnered to increase services for Micro and Small Enterprises (MPE) in the country.The project entitled “Support for the Establishment of a Specialized Micro and Small Business Financing Assessment Unit”, within the Le Levier Fédération (a network of savings and credit cooperatives)” will support the Federation in implementing place of a unit specializing in finance for MEPs. The project provides for an investment of US $3.04 million, which includes a $500,000 loan component for on-lending, to Le Levier’s first-rate credit and savings cooperatives, which use the Center’s model. affiliate for Financial Entrepreneurs (CFE) for the financing of MSEs.The remaining resources will be used to support the establishment and implementation of the CFE model in participating financial cooperatives.The CBD will focus specifically on underserved and unserved MSEs in Haiti, committing up to US$500,000 for funding activities related to the establishment of CFE in northern and southern Haitilast_img read more

August 31

Jamaica to sign new air service agreements

first_imgInformation Minister Ruel Reid The Jamaican government will be signing new  air-service agreements with the governments of Slovenia, the Kingdom of Morocco, The Bahamas and South Africa.Information Minister Ruel Reid, told reporters during Wednesday’s  post-Cabinet press briefing that these agreements follows approval by the Cabinet.He said Cabinet took special note of the outcome of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Air Services Agreement, which, since 2008, had provided states with an avenue to conduct air-services negotiations or consultations.“This is important in negotiating direct flights to Jamaica. Cabinet noted that Jamaica had participated in 16 air-service agreement negotiation sessions since 2008,” he said.last_img read more

August 16

Alen Ramić in Split Tomorrow to Defend World Title in Jiu-Jitsu

first_imgThe B&H Jiu-Jitsu fighter Alen Ramić will defend in Split tomorrow the world title in the absolute category.The competition is being held under the auspices of the World Martial Arts Games 2013 from 14-18 August in the sports hall “Gripe”.“For such a competition I am intensely preparing and everyday for the last three months in my club “Bushido” from Sarajevo. I had two rehearsals in two competitions where I won the gold, and I would especially mention the gold medal that I won at the World Cup in Lisbon in June’’, said Ramić in an interview for Fena.“If I win the world championship, my goals for this year will have been completed’’, said Ramić.last_img read more

August 12

WATCH: Lake Worth Commissioner, Mayor Argue Over COVID-19 Response

first_imgA Lake Worth city commission meeting became heated last Thursday, as a commissioner and the mayor clashed over the city’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak.During the emergency meeting, city officials discussed a local utility company’s role and the issue of residents losing power for not paying their utility bills.Commissioner Omari Hardy says he requested the meeting and only one other commissioner agreed to it, while other city officials did not think the meeting was necessary.A video of the meeting shows Commissioner Hardy becoming upset when another commissioner “calls the question” over the utility company.“I’m sorry, that’s not how this works,” Commissioner Hardy says in the video. “We usually each have an opportunity to speak five minutes.”Mayor Pam Triolo then asks for a second call to the question, as Hardy continues to ask that the council allow him to speak.The two city officials then start arguing until Triolo calls for a recess.In a Facebook post, Hardy says he does not regret the heated exchange between him and the mayor.“Sometimes you have to get into trouble to stand up for what’s right,” the post reads.The city later announced in Facebook statement that utility services will not cut off during the corornavirus pandemic.Courtesy: City of Lake Worth/Facebooklast_img read more

August 12

Serena wins 3rd US Open in row, 18th Slam

first_imgSerena Williams, of the United States, hugs the championship trophy after defeating Caroline Wozniacki, of Denmark, during the championship match of the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)NEW YORK (AP) — Serena Williams ended a difficult-for-her Grand Slam season in the best way possible, winning her third consecutive U.S. Open championship and 18th major title overall.And like each of her matches at Flushing Meadows the past two weeks, the final wasn’t close at all — a 6-3, 6-3 victory over good friend Caroline Wozniacki that lasted only 75 minutes Sunday.Williams equaled Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova with 18 Grand Slam singles titles, the fourth-most in history. Williams also matched Evert’s total of six championships at the U.S. Open and became the first woman to win three in a row since Evert’s four-title run from 1975-78.Not only did Williams, ranked and seeded No. 1, win all 14 sets she played in the tournament, she never even dropped more than three games in any of them.When the final ended, Williams dropped to her back behind the baseline, covering her hands with her face. Her first major trophy also came in New York, in 1999, when she was 17.“It is a pleasure for me to win my first Grand Slam here and then this No. 18,” Williams said, her voice choking. “So I’m really emotional. I couldn’t ask to do it at a better place.”Williams earned $4 million, a record in tennis — $3 million for the title, plus a $1 million bonus for having had the best results during the North American summer hard-court circuit. Evert and Navratilova joined her on court during the trophy and check ceremony.Williams also has won five titles apiece at Wimbledon and the Australian Open, plus two at the French Open. Only three players have more Slams to their credit: Margaret Court with 24, Steffi Graf with 22, and Helen Wills Moody with 19.Until the U.S. Open, though, Williams had not been at her best on her sport’s biggest stages in 2014. She lost in the fourth round at the Australian Open, the second round at the French Open, and the third round at Wimbledon, where a disoriented Williams also struggled through an odd appearance in doubles that was attributed to a viral illness.Back at the top of her game, Williams broke Wozniacki’s serve five times and compiled a hard-to-believe 29-4 edge in winners.“You really deserved it today. You played better than me,” the 24-year-old Wozniacki said. “You’re an unbelievable champion and you’re an inspiration to me, both on and off the court. You’re an unbelievable friend — and you definitely owe drinks later.”Remarkably, until a cross-court backhand on the run in the final game that Williams applauded, the only winners registered by the 10th-seeded Wozniacki came on a trio of aces.That was, in part, a result of the Dane’s iffy play in only her second Grand Slam final — she lost to Kim Clijsters at the 2009 U.S. Open — but mainly due to Williams’ relentless pursuit of every ball.A few weeks shy of her 33rd birthday, making the American the oldest major champion since Navratilova was 33 at Wimbledon in 1990, Williams powered this way and that in her black-and-pink hightops. Wozniacki is the one training for the New York City Marathon, but she was tuckered out by the end.Wozniacki may as well have been an extra in this Williams highlight reel. Points were directed by Williams, via serves that reached 120 mph (194 kph), forceful returns that backed Wozniacki into a corner when not producing outright winners, unreachable groundstrokes or the occasional volley.Yes, this was all about Williams. At times, it felt as if Wozniacki were there because, well, someone needed to be on the opposite side of the net.They’ve been pals for years, and they hung out together in Miami — heading to the beach, watching an NBA playoff game — after both lost early at the French Open in May. Wozniacki says Williams helped her get over the end of her engagement to golf star Rory McIlroy.“We text almost every day. She’s such a great person, a nice friend,” Williams said, before turning to address Wozniacki.“I know you’re going to be winning very, very soon, maybe even Australia,” Williams said, referring to the next major tournament, in January, “so I got to go home and get fit again so I can be ready for you there.”The friendship between Williams and Wozniacki did not matter one bit, of course, while they played with so much at stake as early evening shadows moved across Arthur Ashe Stadium.As Williams put it beforehand, referring to her older sister, “If I can play Venus, I can play anybody.”Sure looked that way Sunday.___Follow Howard Fendrich on Twitter at http://twitter.com/HowardFendrichlast_img read more

May 31

Southland Suspends Spring Sports Competition

first_imgEarlier today, the Southland cancelled its 2020 Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournaments. This includes all conference and non-conference contests for the Southland’s spring sports. Practices are still up to each institution, including spring football. Conference and campus administrators will convene in the coming weeks to determine exact return-to-competition arrangements and other issues. — Southland Strong —center_img KATY, TX – Taking precautions due to the coronavirus outbreak, the Southland Conference has announced it is suspending all spring sports competition effective immediately and through March 30.last_img read more

January 18

La Salle seals Final 4 bonus

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Kyle Negrito, who had 34 excellent sets on top of five aces for the Lady Tamaraws, said they won’t stop until they take the last available twice-to-beat bonus.“We will work very hard to win that game (against National University),” said Negrito.Kim Kiana Dy, Desiree Cheng and Majoy Baron turned in double-digit performances for the Lady Spikers, who got back at the Lady Falcons who dealt them a shocking 25-18, 15-25, 25-19, 25-22 defeat in the first round.ADVERTISEMENT Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLa Salle avenged its only loss in the UAAP women’s volleyball tournament by clipping Adamson on Thursday and sealed a twice-to-beat privilege in the Final Four while doing it.The in-form defending champion Lady Spikers needed four sets to down Adamson, 25-21, 25-15, 22-25, 25-18, to all but seal top ranking in the semifinals at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT Sato, Alba shock rivals, barge into q’finals Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina The win, the Lady Spikers’ seventh straight, also showed their readiness in scoring a repeat title run after rising to 11-2.It also gave struggling National University a free ride to the semifinals as it closed the doors on teams which can no longer notch seven wins, counting the Lady Falcons.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownAdamson bowed out with a 5-8 record.Far Eastern University strengthened its claim for the second twice-to-beat privilege by trouncing University of the East, 25-17, 25-15, 25-20, in the second game. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames View commentslast_img read more

January 17

Berbice power supply unimpeded

first_imgElectricity distribution in Berbice, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) is unhindered, despite the Vreed-en-Hoop power station’s sub-marine cable being damaged.Speaking to the Government Information Agency (GINA), acting Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Guyana Power and Light (GPL), Renford Homer said that there is still sufficient capacity within the Demerara/Berbice system even to meet the peak hours of consumption from 08:30 to 21:00h (9:00pm).Vreed-en-Hoop power stationHowever, in the event the engines break down, it would be a challenge for the power company to maintain proper electricity distribution: “We’ve not seen that happen which speaks well to the condition of our generator to date, and I’m just hoping that the generation holds well until we resolve the issue with the submarine cable.”The acting deputy head told GINA that the Demerara/Berbice interconnected system has made a significant difference in Berbice towards reducing the number of power outages, and high levels of voltage fluctuation.Homer explained that when GPL achieved the interconnection in 2014, it was applauded by Berbicians who were very relieved with the initiative. “The position as we speak still stands. The interconnection is still there, and we are still moving our power from Georgetown, in this case from Kingston and Garden of Eden where we have the bulk of our generation.”Additionally, the power supply to Berbice is also being supplemented through power from cogeneration from the Skeldon plant which produces both renewable, and fossil fuel generation.In the interim, the power company is in the process of acquiring the necessities to rectify the damaged submarine cable. Homer explained that GPL is currently negotiating with two suppliers who are skilled in this type of work.The submarine cable is expected to be back in operation by end November: “November that may sound like a long time, but this type of operation is delicate and intricate. It is one that requires specialised resources, and the equipment which is used to do the joining is sophisticated. It is not only joining conductors which carry electricity, we also have to join the fibre cable which is also encased in the submarine cable.”The Vreed-en-Hoop submarine cable was recently damaged leading to frequent power failures.last_img read more