Comment: build or lose out

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Arsenal board overrule Mikel Arteta after disagreement over Ainsley Maitland-Niles

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Advertisement Arsenal board overrule Mikel Arteta after disagreement over Ainsley Maitland-Niles Maitland-Niles is valued at £20m by Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Arteta, wary to start the summer on a bad footing, accepted his board’s decision as he understands their need to balance the books.Everton and Brighton are both said to be interested in Maitland-Niles, who would ideally like to revert to his favoured position in central midfield if he leaves the club this summer.The 22-year-old is unlikely to be the only high profile name leaving the club this summer, with the Gunners putting the likes of Sead Kolasinac, Rob Holding, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Mesut Ozil, Matteo Guendouzi, Lucas Torreira and Shkodran Mustafi in a desperate bid to raise cash. More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityArsenal announced a £27m loss in March, before the coronavirus pandemic forced the Premier League into suspension.With the Gunners failing to finish in the Champions League for a fourth successive season,the club announced 55 redundancies to staff yesterday.The decision has been roudnly criticised, particularly given outcast Mesut Ozil earns £350,000-a-week and didn’t feature in a single match after the restart.Arsenal are also confident of agreeing a new £300,000-a-week deal with star striker Pierre-Emerick AUbameyang but reports claim some players will speak to the club about the redundancies. MORE: Arsenal right-back Hector Bellerin open to a new challenge as Mikel Arteta plots summer sales Ainsley Maitland-Niles is set to leave Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Ainsley Maitland-Niles is set to leave Arsenal this summer after the Gunners’ board overruled Mikel Arteta’s plea to keep the versatile youngster. The 22-year-old is a product of the club’s Hale End academy and is keen to continue his development with the Gunners, despite falling out of favour under Arteta.The Spaniard had appeared to deem Maitland-Niles surplus to requirements but the defender’s end-of-season form, where he starred in the FA Cup semi-final win against Manchester City, convinced Arteta that he had a future at the Emirates.Arteta made this point to his board but the club are under pressure to raise cash this summer and have overruled the Spaniard’s decision by putting Maitland-Niles up for sale, report the Telegraph.AdvertisementAdvertisementArteta is believed to have made the case that Maitland-Niles could prove crucial next season given Arsenal will be competing in the Europa League and he will therefore need a bigger squad to deal with the congested fixture list.ADVERTISEMENTHowever, the Gunners’ board think they can raise as much as £20m from selling the defender and they fear that his value will plummet if he stays for another 12 months. Metro Sport ReporterThursday 6 Aug 2020 8:24 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.1kShareslast_img read more

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PNO Media scheme credits alts, active management for investment gains

first_imgThe non-mandatory industry-wide scheme had hedged three quarters of its listed securities denominated in US and Hong Kong dollars, sterling and yen. It also fully hedged its fixed income investments in developed markets and US dollar-denominated emerging market debt. PNO Media, the Dutch pension fund for the creative sector, gained 2% last year after its alternatives holdings and allocations to European and US large cap equities outperformed.In its annual report for 2018, the €6.3bn scheme said the return exceeded its benchmark by 0.5 percentage points.However, the result was fully offset by a 2% loss incurred on its currency hedge, as the US dollar appreciated 4.8% relative to the euro.The scheme’s overall result of 0.1% was due to a 32% interest rate hedging position, PNO said. PNO Media caters for people working in the Dutch media and creative sectorsSeveral other Dutch schemes have recently revealed the negative impacts of their currency hedge positions over the course of 2018, including medical consultants’ scheme SPMS, Achmea’s company scheme, construction sector fund BpfBouw and corporate scheme Philips Pensioenfonds.Mixed equity performancePNO Media reported a 3.9% loss on its equity portfolio, but this amounted to an outperformance of 2.8 percentage points.The pension fund credited the result in particular to actively managed long-term investments in European and US large caps, which returned 2.2%.It added that the large caps portfolio had consistently outperformed its benchmark by approximately 2 percentage points since its inception in 2005.In contrast, the pension fund lost 17.6% on European small caps, in stark contrast to the allocation’s 23.4% gain in 2017.Alternatives holdings gained 14.3%, with infrastructure and non-listed real estate producing 13.4% and 13.6%, respectively.Private equity delivered 15.7%, the scheme reported, adding that the asset class had outperformed listed equity by 6.7 percentage points on average over the past 10 years.The scheme’s annual report showed that its fixed income portfolio generated a profit of 2.4%, largely due to long-duration euro-denominated government bonds, which improved by 6.1%.European investment grade credit lost 1.2%, while Dutch residential mortgages gained 1.2%.Separately, PNO Media said it had introduced a new defined contribution lifecycle plan, following its ambition to keep on growing in order to remain healthy and independent.It said its aim was for participants to purchase a pension from PNO at retirement, which would enable the scheme to invest in listed markets for longer during the accrual phase, increasing the chances of higher benefits.However, the new pension arrangements were a major contributor to an increase in pension provision costs by €70 to €306 per participant.PNO Media said it spent 71 bps on asset management and transactions combined. At June-end, the pension fund’s coverage ratio stood at 103.5%.last_img read more

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Drewry: US sanctions bump LNG shipping rates

first_imgIllustration purposes only (Image courtesy of DSME)Tight vessel supply and seasonal firmness in demand have pushed LNG shipping rates to $130,000/day from $80,000/day at the end of September. Furthermore, the upward momentum in rates is expected to be maintained in the fourth quarter of 2019 due to a reduction in the availability of vessels in the spot market, driven by several factors including US sanctions on COSCO-linked LNG vessels, a rise in LNG demand, vessels being used for floating storage and typhoons causing delays in China and Japan, the shipping consultancy Drewry said.The LNG shipping market, which had been reeling under a long spell of low charter rates in the first three quarters of 2019, finally came to life when a combination of factors worked in tandem to squeeze the vessel supply, Drewry said.First, the US sanctions on COSCO-linked LNG vessels forced charterers to find replacement vessels from the spot market, reducing the prompt availability of vessels.Moreover, the ongoing contango in LNG prices has resulted in a sudden jump in floating storage levels in Asia, further reducing the vessel supply in the market. In addition, typhoons in China and Japan have affected vessel offloading in the region.Adding fuel to the fire, high LNG inventories in Europe have caused LNG vessels to either slow steam or delay deliveries, absorbing more vessels from an already tight fleet.On 25 September 2019, the US imposed sanctions on Chinese shipping companies – COSCO Shipping Tanker (Dalian) and COSCO Shipping Tanker (Dalian) Seaman and Ship Management for allegedly transporting Iranian oil on their tankers despite the sanctions on Iran. In the same line, 12 COSCO-linked LNG carriers were also blocked from trading. The resultant reduction in vessels has triggered LNG charter rates over the last two weeks, Drewry said.Among the 12 vessels, six Arc-7 class LNG carriers (with a combined LNG-carrying capacity of 1 million cbm) under the 50-50 Yamal LNG joint venture between Teekay LNG and China LNG Shipping (50 percent owned by COSCO) were blocked. This lead to a setback to the Russian LNG exports which are dependent on the ice-breaking capability of these vessels during winter.The remaining six LNG carriers linked to COSCO were on charter with China National Offshore Oil and Gas Company (CNOOC), which is now seeking to replace the carriers on an immediate basis, which will further deplete the prompt vessel availability, causing a surge in rates.As a measure to weather the storm, Novatek’s Yamal LNG project is seeking to use Norway or Murmansk as transshipment hubs to fulfill its contractual obligations.Furthermore, ongoing weather delays caused by typhoon Hagibis in China and Japan have resulted in a Chinese-receiving terminal being shut down and causing offloading delays in Japan and limiting vessel availability.The market is facing scarcity of prompt vessels at a time when LNG trading has started to rise ahead of peak winter heating demand. Drewry expects many Asian countries to increase their LNG imports in the fourth quarter of 2019, with expectations for a colder winter this year.Increased demand expectations have also spurred forward LNG prices, leading to a rise in the use of LNG carriers as floating storage. Higher LNG forward prices have also given an incentive for LNG carriers to take longer voyages and diversions to avoid quick deliveries, further contracting vessel supply.In addition, upcoming liquefaction capacity through Elba LNG T1-5 (1.5 mtpa) in the US, Vysotsk T2 (0.6 mtpa) and Yamal LNG T4 (1.2 mtpa) in Russia will further provide an impetus to keep shipping rates high in the fourth quarter of 2019.LNG shipping rates have gradually increased on the BLNG1 Index (the Gladstone-Tokyo route) to stand at $132,900/day on October 11 from $61,100/day on September 24 (before the sanctions), up by 117 percent.In the near term, vessel availability is unlikely to increase. Therefore, Drewry projects TFDE rates for a 170,000 cbm vessel to breach the $200,000/day mark in the short term, while steam turbine rates will cross the $100,000/day mark.Overall, we expect high demand and tight vessel availability to keep shipping rates high in the range of $150,000/day – $200,000/day in the fourth quarter 2019.last_img read more

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Over 28K ‘lockdown’ babies expected in WV this year

first_imgHe added that since March, health centers saw a 50-percent drop in people using their services, mostly due to lack of public transport, limited clinical staff and reduced clinic hours. Harold Alfred Marshall, director of the Commission on Population (POPCOM) Region 6, said that over 28,000 babies are expected to be born by December this year in the region or nine months after the beginning of community quarantine.  The national lockdown started on March 16. This estimate, according to Marshall, was based on the 2010 to 2015 census of the Philippine Statistics Authority. He noted that the regular number of births in Western Visayas was 14,408 in a two-month period, citing the census. These commodities include pills, injectables, intrauterine device, and progestin subdermal implants. He said the quarantines imposed in various provinces and cities made it harder for married women of reproductive age to go to health centers where contraceptives are available. “We are looking twice the risk at 28,860 births pero these are just projections. We will see additional births kon tanan nga married couples nga na-lockdown will have unprotected sex,” Marshall said. ILOILO City – The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic will not just cause deaths in Western Visayas but will also lead to the birth of more babies.center_img “Amo ina ang estimated birth rate nga wala lockdown, ano pa gid ayhan kon may ara,” Marshall pointed out. Last March – when lockdown measures were still relatively new – POPCOM-6 urged couples to avail themselves family planning commodities at their health centers may it be a temporary, permanent, or natural modern scientific method. Apart from impeded family planning services, POPCOM-6, according to Marshall, is also looking into adolescent pregnancies and incest as contributing factors in the projected spike in the region’s population. “Possible ang family planning programs kon wala nag-untat, basi naghina kay nahadlok ang aton health providers mag-provide family planning kay may direct face-to-face contact. Ang iban nga health providers ginlain ang ila assignment; imbes nga mag-distribute sang family planning commodities, nag-distribute sang relief packs,” Marshall said. The pandemic also disrupted family planning services offered by local government units (LGUs).   Marshall, once again, appealed to couples in the region: “Indi gid kita mag-untat demand sang serbisyo particular sang family planning sa aton local government kay inyo ini sia deretso.”  He also urged LGUs to remain committed to their advocacy in ensuring uninterrupted rollout and access of reproductive rights, particularly on family planning services, despite the ongoing health crisis. “Kinahanglan padayun ang paghatag sang serbisyo sa family planning sa mga kababainhan kag kalalakinhan nga nagapangita sang sining serbisyo,” Marshall said./PNlast_img read more

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Twisters Swim Teams Place 3rd At South Dearborn

first_imgSouth Dearborn Invitational  (12-14)OA Girls Swimming-3rd  out of 8 teams with 189 points.Meet highlights:   50 Free – Meredith Maier – 2nd,  Madelyn Maier – 4th;  200 Individual Medley – Caroline Storms – 5th;  100 Fly – Erica Geers 4th;  100 Free – Meredith Maier – 4th;  500 Free – Caroline Storms – 3rd;  200 Free Relay – 4th (Meredith Maier, Erica Geers, Madelyn Maier, Caroline Storms);  100 Breast – Mikaela Fangman 2nd;  400 Free Relay – 4th (Madelyn Maier, Huntyr Rose, Elaine Welage, Mikaela Fangman).OA Boys Swimming-3rd  out of 8 teams with 139 points.Meet highlights:  200 Medley Relay – 3rd (Chris Nurrenberg, John Pelzel, Ben Wanstrath, Liam Mungcal);  100 Fly – John Pelzel 2nd; 200 Free Relay 3rd (Ben Wanstrath, Jeremy Kelnhofer, Liam Mungcal, John Pelzel);  100 Breast – John Pelzel 1st;  400 Free Relay 4th (Jeremy Kelnhofer, Chris Nurrenberg, Eric Frey, Nathan Hurm).OA Combined   Boys and Girls-2nd place with 328 points.Submitted by OA Coach Shawwn Storms.last_img read more

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John P. Neff

first_imgJohn F. Neff, 79, of Aurora, Indiana, passed away December 2, 2017 in Dillsboro, Indiana.He was born April 20, 1938 in Aurora, IN, son of the late Frank Neff and Dorothy (Bennett) Neff. John was born and raised in Aurora in the family home, where he lived until he moved to Ross Manor in Dillsboro. At Ross Manor he received great care, and made many friends. He worked at Seagram’s Distillery, retiring after over 33 years. Prior to that, John worked various jobs throughout his life, such as, at his father’s shoe store “Neff’s Shoe Store, and did many home improvement jobs, like painting houses and other repairs.He was a member of Moores Hill Church of Christ. John loved to hunt and fish. He was an animal lover. He also loved to joke and pull pranks on anyone that he could, just like his dad. John loved to spend time with his family, especially with his grandchildren. He will be sadly missed by family and friends.Surviving are his wife, Roberta “Bert” Neff of Aurora, IN; siblings, Jane (Gene) Fahey, Danny (Janice) Neff, and David (Judy) Neff; children, Sheila Maybrier, Danny (Michelle) Seaver, Paul Fix, Lisa Neff, Kevin Fix, Johnny (Anita) Neff, Teresa (Bob) Sharp, Tony Neff, and Bridget Neff.He was preceded in death by Father, Frank Neff, Mother, Dorothy (Bennett) Neff, and children, Butch Seaver and Mike Fix.Friends will be received Thursday, December 7, 2017, 11:30 am – 2:30 pm at the Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, 219 Mechanic Street, Aurora, Indiana.Services will be held at the Funeral Home, Thursday at 2:30 pm, following visitation, with Pastor Tito Pel, officiating.Interment will follow in the River View Cemetery, Aurora, Indiana. Contributions may be made to PAWS. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more

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Franklin County location selected for Duke Energy ‘Site Readiness Program’

first_imgSt. Leon, In. — Duke Energy has selected six Indiana locations to participate in the company’s 2018 Site Readiness Program, including one in Franklin County. Proposed developments are set to be released later this year.The locations include:An 80-acre site along State Road 1 near the Interstate 74 interchange at St. Leon (Franklin County)A 66-acre site near Creek Way and 106th Street in Zionsville (Boone County)A 175-acre site in the River Ridge Commerce Center in Jeffersonville (Clark County)A 200-acre site at the Indianapolis Metropolitan Airport in Fishers (Hamilton County)A 143-acre site along East County Road 400 South near the interchange of State Road 3 and Interstate 70 (Henry County)A 500-acre site inside the Vermillion Rise Mega Park (Vermillion County)The Site Readiness Program identifies, evaluates and improves sites in the company’s service territory for potential industrial development.“Duke Energy is honored to select these communities for participation in the 2018 Site Readiness Program,” said Erin Schneider, director of economic development for Duke Energy Indiana. “We are eager to contribute resources to help promote economic development, jobs and quality of life for these regions.”A national site consulting firm will evaluate five of the six sites, while Banning Engineering will produce conceptual drawings and site plans.The Franklin County site will participate in a first-time Site Readiness Light Program, which includes the same treatment as the other five sites, but without the evaluation from McCallum Sweeney Consulting. This will then qualify the site to participate in the full Site Readiness Program as early as next year.Duke Energy will present its findings for each site – including a detailed report and conceptual drawings – to city and county officials when the studies are completed later this year. Economic development organizations in each location will also receive a check for $10,000 from Duke Energy to help implement the recommendations.After each site’s state of readiness has advanced, Duke Energy’s business development team will strategically market those sites nationwide to companies looking to expand or relocate their operations.Ideal properties for Duke Energy’s Site Readiness Program are typically 40 acres or larger, served by the utility, or a vacant industrial building of at least 20,000 square feet identified to support renewed industrial growth and sustainable development in a community.Duke Energy Indiana’s overall economic development program has been consistently named by Site Selection magazine as one of the nation’s “Top 10 Utility Economic Development Programs.” Since 2008, the company has participated in the creation of nearly 20,000 jobs with a total capital investment of approximately $4.5 billion.For more information about economic development efforts by Duke Energy click here.last_img read more

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Video: Joshua shows off scary power, smashes punching bag sitting down

first_imgPromoter Eddie Hearn says Joshua vs. Pulev could take place in a “quirky” location with Croatia offering a coliseum to stage the world title clash.“Other ideas we have are 1,000 people somewhere strange and quirky. I’ve got a few things up my sleeve. We’re talking about castles, plush hotels, maybe even on a boat,” he revealed.“Croatia have offered a coliseum – and that’s beautiful – and we’re still open to options and flexible.“These are all things thinking outside of the box – it just depends what’s allowed.” Loading… Read Also: La Liga: Spanish capital prepares for Real Madrid title paradeHowever, Hearn is looking at London’s O2 Arena which depends on whether the Government ease restrictions.“By November, can we go to 16,000 people at the O2? Right now, we’re handcuffed by the regulations,” he added.If victorious against Pulev, Joshua is slated to fight WBC title holder Tyson Fury in a monstrous two-fight ‘Battle of Britain’ deal in 2021. Promoted ContentSome Impressive And Almost Shocking Robots That ExistTop 10 Must-Know Facts About Ivanka TrumpThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoThe Origin Story Of The Best Chocolate Thing Ever Created20 Facts That’ll Change Your Perception Of “The Big Bang Theory”Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?This Is Hachi, And He’s The Happiest Dog On InstagramCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hoot14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now And ‘AJ’ looks in fine form as he wowed the online boxing community with his scary power while sitting down.The British star shared a clip of himself smashing a punching bag with powerful left-hooks from a seated position.Needless to say, Joshua’s training video sent social media wild.“This guy is sitting and still landing bombs,” one Twitter user wrote.A second tweeted: “Left hooks from HELL.”A third added: “Hardest hitter on the planet.” Anthony Joshua has left boxing fans stunned after showing off his punching power while sitting down in a recent training clip ahead of his Kubrat Pulev fight.Joshua, 30, is set to defend his world heavyweight titles against Pulev later this year after the original date was postponed due to COVID-19. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

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The Latest: Dodgers CF Pollock considered skipping season

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___AJ Pollock says he considered not playing this season after enduring a bout with COVID-19 and the premature birth of his daughter. July 17, 2020 Arizona has performed 366 test encounters including PCR, antigen and antibody testing among the players already on campus before the school paused bringing additional student-athletes to campus earlier this month.None of the 28 staff members who have been on campus to support voluntary workouts have tested positive while on campus.___The Royals will use the stadium of the independent minor league Kansas City T-Bones, which is located across the state line in Kansas, as their secondary training site as the start of baseball’s abbreviated regular season approaches.The T-Bones are not playing this season due to the coronavirus pandemic. That made their small but modern stadium near Kansas Speedway in Wyandotte County the perfect choice for Royals players to work out when they are not with the team. Club executives are expected to meet later in the day to discuss whether other matches will go forward.Paraguay has done comparatively well in combating the virus. Only 27 people in the country of almost 7 million residents have died with the virus of about 3,300 infected.___Sporting events in England could be opened up to spectators starting in October.No fans have been allowed at stadiums since sports resumed in the country in June after a three-month shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Associated Press Formula One says two people tested positive for the coronavirus in the latest batch of tests carried out before the Hungarian Grand Prix.F1 said 4,997 tests for COVID-19 were carried out from July 10-16 ahead of Sunday’s race outside of Budapest. No further information was given about the two people who tested positive. They have been removed from the Hungaroring vicinity and isolated.F1 reported no positive cases from more than 8,000 tests carried out over the previous two races held in Austria at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg. Personnel attending the races are tested every five days with results made public every seven days. Budenholzer added that the Bucks will “prepare without him and welcome him with open arms when he does come.’’The coach’s comments came one day after multiple reports indicated that Bledsoe said he had tested positive, but was asymptomatic.___Kansas City Royals pitcher Brad Keller, who had been out the last two weeks after testing positive for COVID-19, returned to the club Friday following a pair of negative tests. He immediately hit the field for a 30-pitch bullpen session and had no issues. Coach Tom Allen said earlier this summer that he would mix up the workout groups in an attempt to prevent the spread of the illness. He wanted to keep roommates in the same groups while splitting up position groups to avoid losing too many players.School officials say the pause will not impact voluntary workouts for other teams on campus. Players in men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s soccer, volleyball and field hockey are all participating in voluntary workouts in Bloomington.___The University of Michigan and Michigan State have announced has positive COVID-19 tests.Michigan says 121 tests were conducted those days on athletes, coaches and staff with four positives. To date, the athletic department has reported 635 tests with eight positives. All the positive tests have been on athletes. World Triathlon says it was forced to scrap two World Cups and three Asian Cups in China scheduled for September and October after the country’s government last week canceled all international sports for the rest of the year.___The Atlantic 10 Conference is postponing its fall sports season, which includes soccer, cross country, field hockey and women’s volleyball. The conference announced it will try to play those sports in the spring semester, and has agreed to a “look-in” window during September to evaluate whether it is possible to conduct shortened, conference-only seasons in fall sports.___ The restart of the Paraguayan soccer league has been called off after three teams came down with cases of the coronavirus.The Paraguayan soccer association says Guarani, 12 de Octubre and San Lorenzo cannot play and train until another medical examination is held.The soccer association did not say how many players or club staff members have become infected.The league had been scheduled to resume later in the day after a four-month suspension caused by the pandemic. San Lorenzo was to play General Diaz.Guarani was scheduled to play Guaireña on Saturday and 12 de Octubre was to play Sol de America. ___The NHRA has revised its schedule yet again, postponing its next two stops until further notice while adding a fourth race in the Indianapolis area.Series officials announced that the events scheduled for Morrison. Colorado, on Aug. 7-9 and Brainerd, Minnesota, on Aug. 14-16 will not take place because of the COVID-19 pandemic.The Indianapolis event replaces Morrison on the schedule and will host its third consecutive event with limited spectators, from Aug. 6-9. Qualifying will be broadcast by FS1 with the final round of eliminations airing on FOX. Indy also is scheduled to hold the U.S. Nationals in early September.The family that owns Bandimere Speedway in Morrison issued a statement saying it was “dedicated” to finding a new date later this season. Brainerd International Speedway owner Kristi Copham offered similar sentiments in her statement. “We are disappointed that we have to postpone our event,” she said. “But we hope that, by working closely with state and local authorities and NHRA, we can find a way to put on a nationals race later this season, especially for our fans, who deserve to enjoy a great weekend of NHRA drag racing. We appreciate everyone’s patience – our fans, vendors, staff and race teams — as we try to work through the issues that would allow us to hold the event, and we’re continuing to work hard on it every day.”The rest of the current schedule will remain unchanged, NHRA President Glen Cromwell said.___Indiana University has put its voluntary football workouts on hold after six participants tested positive for COVID-19 this week.Athletic department protocols require each person with a positive test to self-isolate until further notice as contract tracing begins. Anyone deemed to be in close contact with someone who has tested positive also will be quarantined. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says “from October we intend to bring back audiences in stadia … in a COVID-secure way subject to the successful outcome of pilots.”___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Michigan State announced it conducted testing on 38 athletes Monday, with three positives. None of the three people had taken part in workouts in the last two weeks. Three additional athletes will need to quarantine for 14 days, since they are roommates of the positive individuals. There were also 27 athletic department staff members who were tested July 13, with one person testing positive. The school said the staff member does not work with the programs back on campus and had no exposure to athletes.___Southeastern Conference schools will honor the scholarships of athletes who opt not to participate in fall competition because of concerns about COVID-19.The league announced the decision Friday, saying the athletes will remain in good standing with their team. SEC’s Presidents and Chancellors voted unanimously on the issue based on a recommendation of the league’s athletic directors.The SEC hasn’t announced plans for football and other fall sports yet. The league said it will determine later if the policy should be extended at least to the spring semester. Pollock is confident he’ll be ready for the season opener next week. He missed much of the first half of last season after surgery for an elbow infection.___Milwaukee Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer confirmed that Eric Bledsoe tested positive for COVID-19, and remains cautiously optimistic the veteran point guard will be ready for the restart of the season.“With the virus, you’re never sure,” Budenholzer said Friday. “There are certainly things that you have to kind of clear and cover, but the opener, if it’s two weeks away, then I think most medical, most things and research would say he is going to be available.’’The Bucks, who have an NBA-leading 53-12 record, face the Boston Celtics on July 31 in their first game since the pandemic-imposed hiatus began in mid-March. Keller was the Royals’ starter opening day last year. Danny Duffy will take the ball in next Friday night’s opener in Cleveland.“I’m feeling great now,” Keller said. “This morning I was cleared about 8:30, so that was probably one of the best phone calls I’ve had. I felt like I got called up to the big leagues or something. It was nuts.”Earlier in the day, Royals prospects Nick Dini and Daniel Tillo tested positive for the virus. They are now quarantined.___Arizona has three positive coronavirus tests among 83 football players still on campus for voluntary offseason workouts. Two were asymptomatic and all three entered department protocols for self isolation. The Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder was late arriving to summer camp after daughter Maddie arrived three months early, weighing 22 ounces.Pollock says he thinks he got the coronavirus while in the hospital with his daughter. He says he had two days of symptoms a month ago that included headache, body aches, congestion and loss of smell.“Getting coronavirus for me put it into perspective,” he said. “I was staying at home and being careful and got it.”Pollock had to stay away from his daughter for 14 days while in quarantine. The child is still hospitalized, but doing well. He says she never tested postive for the virus.“It’s been a wild ride,” he said. “It’s been very emotional, it’s been very frustrating, it’s been scary.” ___Ball State athletic department officials are looking to fill three open dates on the school’s football schedule after losing its third non-conference game.The Cardinals were scheduled to play host to Maine in the Sept. 3 season-opener — before the Black Bears and the Colonial Athletic Association announced they had suspended the fall sports season.Ball State’s road trips to Indiana and Michigan were canceled last week when the Big Ten opted to conduct a league-only schedule, a move that reportedly will cost the Mid-American Conference school almost $1.7 million in guaranteed money.If replacement teams cannot be lined up, the Cardinals would now open the season by hosting Wyoming on Sept. 26. Ball State still has eight league games on the schedule, too. There are two scheduled races at the British GP on Aug. 2 and Aug. 9.___The world triathlon championships will be staged this year but it’s unclear where and when.The worlds were originally scheduled to take place in August at the Edmonton world series grand final but they were canceled in April because of the coronavirus pandemic. The governing body of the sport now says a 2020 worlds can go ahead after recommendations from athletes and coaches and talks with national federations.World Triathlon also canceled three World Cups in Brazil and China. ___ Five more baseball players tested positive for COVID-19 in the past week, raising the total to 80 since testing started in late June.Major League Baseball and the players’ association said six of 10,548 samples were new positives in the week ending Thursday, a rate of 0.05%. In addition to players, one staff member tested positive.The week included a five-day span with no new positive tests. Including the initial intake screening that started in late June, 93 of of 21,701 samples have resulted in new positives, a rate of 0.4%. The positives included 80 players and 13 staff members. ___ The Royals also will use Kauffman Stadium as workout space when the team is playing on the road.___The NCAA Division II Great Northwest Athletic Conference has suspended all athletic competitions, including football, through Nov. 30.The league, which has teams in Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Montana and Alaska, said schools will be able to make individual decisions on organized practice activities, but no outside competition will be permitted.The GNAC said it intends to make a decision on competitions beyond Nov. 30 by mid-October. The league also said it’s exploring options for fall sports to have a season, including the possibility of playing in the spring. The Latest: Dodgers CF Pollock considered skipping season ___USA Diving has canceled the junior world trials after deciding not to send a team to the FINA world championships because of the COVID-19 pandemic.The organization cited four reasons for making its decision — the health and safety of coaches and athletes, the inability to adequately train because of closed facilities, international travel restrictions and other national federations already announcing they wouldn’t compete.“We understand that this decision will be disappointing to our athletes, coaches, and parents but it is our duty to always protect the safety of our membership and do our part to protect the safety of our international diving community,” USA Diving explained in a news release.The championships are scheduled for Nov. 29-Dec. 6 in Kiev, Ukrainelast_img read more

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