Whose Hat Is This? is an acid jazz collective featuring Tedeschi Trucks Band members bassist Tim Lefebvre (David Bowie), saxophonist Kebbi Williams (Outkast), and drummers JJ Johnson (John Mayer) and Tyler “Falcon” Greenwell (Col. Bruce Hampton). Today, it was announced that Whose Hat Is This? will be hitting the road this December for a six-show run across the East Coast in early December.Members of Tedeschi Trucks Band To Release Improvised Live Album On VinylStarting on December 4th, Whose Hat Is This? will open their mini-tour in New York City at Rockwood Music Hall. The following night, the group will hit Philadelphia followed by a night in Baltimore on the 6th. The band will then continue south, hitting Raleigh, North Carolina, and Charleston, South Carolina, on December 7th and 8th, respectively. To round out the string of dates, Whose Hat Is This? will finish things off with a tour-closing performance just outside of Atlanta at Roswell, Georgia’s Gate City Brewery.Tedeschi Trucks Band Teams With Craft For Causes To Create Special Brews Benefiting CharitySimilar to recent Tedeschi Trucks Band tours, this upcoming Whose Hat Is This? tour was booked in collaboration with Craft For Causes—a non-profit that brings together the live music and craft brewery communities for charity. This winter tour also comes on the heels of Whose Hat Is This?’s sold-out two-night October run in New York City at 55 Bar, as well as the release of their debut self-titled album released back in April.Upcoming Whose Hat Is This? Tour Dates:Dec 4 New York, NY @ Rockwood Music HallDec 5 Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’sDec 6 Baltimore, MD @ The 8×10Dec 7 Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln TheatreDec 8 Charleston, SC @ The Pour HouseDec 9 Roswell, GA (Near Atlanta) @ Gate City Brewery[Photo: Jesse Lauter from Beacon 2017 run]
Dave Matthews Band has announced a show at San Francisco’s newest major music venue, the Chase Center, on Tuesday, September 10th. The venue is set to open a few days prior on September 6th, highlighted by a special Metallica performance with the San Francisco Symphony.Dave Matthews Band’s headlining summer tour will kick off on April 30th in Pensacola, FL and includes two-night stands in Camden, NJ; Noblesville, IN; Elkhorn, WI; Saratoga Springs, NY; West Palm Beach, FL; and Denver, CO. The band will return to the Gorge Amphitheatre for its traditional three-night Labor Day run August 30th through September 1st, pushing its total number of performances at the scenic venue above 60. Dave Matthews Band will also perform at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on May 4th as part of the festival’s 50th anniversary celebration. The band will conclude its North American tour on September 22nd at the 2nd annual Sea.Hear.Now Festival in Asbury Park, NJAn online pre-sale is now open for members of the DMB Warehouse Fan Association for the newly announced San Francisco show here. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, April 5th, at 10 a.m. (PST).For a complete list of Dave Matthews Band’s tour dates and more information, head to the band’s website.Dave Matthews 2019 Summer Tour:4/30 Pensacola, FL Pensacola Bay Center5/01 Jacksonville, FL Veterans Memorial Arena5/04 New Orleans, LA New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival5/07 Pelham, AL Oak Mountain Amphitheatre5/11 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena5/14 Des Moines, IA Wells Fargo Center5/15 Maryland Heights, MO Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre5/17 The Woodlands, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion5/18 Dallas, TX Dos Equis Pavilion6/14 Camden, NJ BB&T Pavilion6/15 Camden, NJ BB&T Pavilion6/19 Bethel, NY Bethel Woods Center for the Arts6/21 Mansfield, MA Xfinity Center6/22 Hartford, CT Xfinity Theatre6/28 Noblesville, IN Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center6/29 Noblesville, IN Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center7/02 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center7/03 Tinley Park, IL Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre7/05 Elkhorn, WI Alpine Valley Music Theatre7/06 Elkhorn, WI Alpine Valley Music Theatre7/09 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Center7/10 Toronto, ON Budweiser Stage7/12 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center7/13 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center7/17 Wantagh, NY Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater7/19 Charlotte, NC PNC Music Pavilion7/20 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live7/23 Alpharetta, GA Ameris Bank Amphitheatre7/24 Tampa, FL MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre7/26 West Palm Beach, FL Coral Sky Amphitheatre7/27 West Palm Beach, FL Coral Sky Amphitheatre8/23 Greenwood Village, CO Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre8/24 Greenwood Village, CO Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre8/27 West Valley City, UT USANA Amphitheatre8/30 Quincy, WA Gorge Amphitheatre8/31 Quincy, WA Gorge Amphitheatre9/01 Quincy, WA Gorge Amphitheatre9/04 Ridgefield, WA Sunlight Supply Amphitheater9/06 Stateline, NV Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys9/07 Sacramento, CA Golden 1 Center9/10 San Francisco, CA Chase Center9/13 Phoenix, AZ Ak-Chin Pavilion9/22 Asbury Park, NJ Sea.Hear.Now FestivalView Tour Dates
If you thought gas prices could not get any cheaper, just wait until 2016.Right before Christmas, the U.S. average for a gallon of gas dropped south of $2 for the first time in close to seven years, showing just how far pump prices have fallen in most regions of the country. More than half of all states are below the $2 milestone, based on GasBuddy.com data, and two-thirds of gas stations across America are selling regular gas for $1.99 a gallon or less.Road-trippers can expect more savings to come. The U.S. Energy Information Administration believes retail prices are on pace to average $2.43 a gallon this year and will slip a little further to an annual average of $2.36 in 2016, which is a buck less than the average price of gas in 2014.Diesel is also poised for another year of cheaper prices, as the EIA’s outlook calls for a 2016 average of $2.67, or about four cents below the current year. continue reading » 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Both of Long Island’s groundhogs saw their shadows, predicting six more weeks of winter Monday—but even more inauspiciously, Brookhaven town officials cancelled their official Groundhog Day event due to the winter storm.The prognostication from Malverne Mel and Holtsville Hal was a departure from last year when they both didn’t see their shadows, effectively forecasting an early spring. This Groundhog Day, Malverne Mal was the first out of the gate, so to speak, to prognosticate, while Hal’s handlers said plowing the roads trumped the furry friend’s long-term forecasting festivities at the Brookhaven Wildlife and Ecology Center, where the rodent call his hole his home. In the end, however, Hal’s appearance concurred with his fellow species celebrity on Long Island.“Unfortunately, Hal did see his shadow and is reporting there will be six more weeks of winter,” said Highway Superintendent Daniel Losquadro, whose workers were on hand to record the observation. “While this is certainly not the prediction we were hoping for, the Brookhaven Highway Department will be out in force continuing our tireless efforts to address whatever Mother Nature brings our way this winter.”This year, Mel and Hal agreed with the nation’s most famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil. Staten Island Chuck in New York City didn’t see his shadow, predicting an early spring. Hal and Mel both saw their shadows two years ago.Both the National Weather Service and the Old Farmer’s Almanac previously forecasted above-average snowfall this winter, but—besides some days of flurries—few flakes had fallen until the first blizzard of 2015 hit last week, dumping 30 inches of snow on the North Fork.NWS forecasters said a mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain falling on LI Monday was expected to freeze after sundown, making for icy roadways during the Monday evening rush hour commute.—With Spencer Rumsey
The mission includes a Mars orbiter, a lander and a rover that will study the planet’s soil.”As a first try for China, I don’t expect it to do anything significant beyond what the US has already done,” said Jonathan McDowell, an astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.The United States has already sent four rovers to Mars since the late 1990s.The next one, Perseverance, is an SUV-sized vehicle that will look for signs of ancient microbial life, and gather rock and soil samples with the goal of bringing them back to Earth on another mission in 2031.The Chinese mission is similar to NASA’s Viking missions in 1975-1976, in that it has both an orbiter and a lander, McDowell said.Tianwen-1 is “broadly comparable to Viking in its scope and ambition,” he added.After watching the United States and the Soviet Union lead the way during the Cold War, China has poured billions of dollars into its military-led space program.”China joining [the Mars race] will change the situation dominated by the US for half a century,” said Chen Lan, an independent analyst at GoTaikonauts.com, which specializes in China’s space program.China has made huge strides in the past decade, sending a human into space in 2003.The Asian powerhouse has laid the groundwork to assemble a space station by 2022 and gain a permanent foothold in Earth orbit.China has already sent two rovers to the Moon. With the second, China became the first country to make a successful soft landing on the far side.The Moon missions gave China experience in operating spacecraft beyond Earth orbit, but Mars is another story.The much greater distance means “a bigger light travel time, so you have to do things more slowly as the radio signal round trip time is large,” said McDowell.It also means “you need a more sensitive ground station on Earth because the signals will be much fainter,” he added, noting that there is a greater risk of failure.China has upgraded its monitoring stations in the far-western Xinjiang region and northeastern Heilongjiang province to meet the Mars mission requirements, state news agency Xinhua reported last week.The majority of the dozens of missions sent by the US, Russia, Europe, Japan and India to Mars since 1960 ended in failure.Tianwen-1 is not China’s first attempt to go to Mars.A previous mission with Russia in 2011 ended prematurely as the launch failed.Now, Beijing is trying on its own.”As long as [Tianwen] safely lands on the Martian surface and sends back the first image, the mission will… be a big success,” Chen said. But the race to watch is between the United States and China, which has worked furiously to try and match Washington’s supremacy in space.The Chinese mission has been named Tianwen-1 (“Questions to Heaven”) in a nod to a classical poem that has verses about the cosmos.It is expected to launch on a Long March 5 — China’s biggest space rocket — from the southern island of Hainan on Thursday, depending on the weather.Tianwen-1 is expected to arrive in February 2021 after a seven-month, 55-million-kilometer voyage. China aims to launch a rover to Mars on Thursday on a journey coinciding with a similar US mission as the powers take their rivalry into deep space.The two countries are taking advantage of a period when Earth and Mars are closest to send their probes, with China’s mission due to lift off by Saturday and the US spacecraft on July 30.It will be a crowded field. The United Arab Emirates launched a probe on Monday that will orbit Mars once it reaches the Red Planet. Topics :
Amundi is joining forces with the French alternative and atomic energy commission (CEA) to create an independent asset management company focused on private equity financing of technical innovation projects in France.The new company, Supernova Invest, will take over funds currently managed by CEA Investissement, a subsidiary of the energy commission (Le Commissariat à l’énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives), but is also intended to create and manage new “capital innovation” funds for third parties.Those involved said they expected Supernova to have more than €200m in assets under management by June. It is aiming to reach €1bn by 2020, according to a statement from Amundi and CEA.CEA Investissement and Amundi Private Equity Funds (PEF) will each have a 40% stake in the new company, and the CEA Investissement team will own the remaining 20%. Funds managed by Supernova are intended to provide capital for companies at different stages of development, from start-ups to mature companies, the statement said. Financing is to support two major types of technical innovation: “breakthrough innovation”, based on intensive development of disruptive technologies, and “innovation through use”, based more on mature technologies in the digital economy.One of the company’s first clients is Crédit Agricole, which has entrusted Supernova with the management of a new fund, for which it has raised €50m so far. Christophe Gégout, deputy managing director of the CEA and chairman of CEA Investissement, said: “The creation of Supernova Invest represents the alliance of the CEA’s credibility in technological innovation and the best in private equity management with an experienced, highly successful investment team, that of CEA Investissement.”The creation of Supernova Invest is not the first time Amundi has joined forces with outside industry for an investment partnership. In 2014 the French asset manager teamed up with French energy group EDF to create a €1.5bn infrastructure joint venture.Investment industry at ‘existential crossroads’The CFA Institute has published a study, the “Future State of the Investment Profession”, which it said describes “an industry at an existential crossroads”.According to the institute, the study warns that investment industry leaders have to transform their business models as they may otherwise jeopardise the future of their companies.To help industry leaders it has developed a series of planning scenarios derived by combining megatrends affecting all industries with other forces specific to the investment industry.The study also includes findings from a survey of 1,145 industry leaders on topics such as leadership skills, investment trends, and business models.Findings include:73% of respondents expected environmental, social, and governance factors to become more influential;70% expected to see more assets going into passive investment vehicles;63% expected profit margins at asset management firms to remain flat or to contract; and57% expected institutional investors would look to reduce costs by insourcing more investment management activities.The report can be found here.Asset manager investor targets growthiM Square, a European investment and development platform targeting stakes in asset management companies, is in discussions with “several North American institutional investors” in relation to a second fundraising round, it said in a statement today.It is aiming to raise €200m before the end of June, it said, and to reach €400m in the next 2-3 years. iM Square said this would enable it to acquire stakes in 5-7 asset managers in the US and Europe.In 2016, it acquired a French asset management company, which led to the creation of iM Global Partner, the group’s first distribution platform. This has begun marketing funds, according to the statement.The company was launched in 2015, with Amundi, Eurazeo, and the Dassault Groupe/La Maison as joint founding shareholders.
The UK should consider introducing a form of Chapter 11 bankruptcy for pension funds to allow more companies to restructure their obligations, according to Cardano’s Kerrin Rosenberg.The consultancy firm’s chief executive was responding to today’s announcement of a restructuring of the British Steel Pension Scheme (BSPS).The Pensions Regulator has granted “initial approval” for a regulated apportionment agreement (RAA), involving a £550m cash injection and BSPS taking a 33% stake in Tata Steel UK, its sponsoring employer.A new scheme with “modified” benefits will be set up to replace the current BSPS and minimise the impact on the Pension Protection Fund (PPF). Rosenberg said the BSPS case had “made it clear that the normal PPF route won’t always lead to the best outcome for trustees and pension scheme members”.While TPR emphasised that RAAs remained a rare tool that it did not often approve, Rosenberg said recent cases involving Halcrow and BHS indicated that it was a solution for “significant” schemes.“What has historically been an exception to the rule is now becoming more common than the rule itself,” Rosenberg said. “Surely that is a clear sign that the rules need to change. Pension funds that are very unlikely to meet their promises need another option beyond insolvency.”He continued: “A more robust system would allow stressed pension funds to restructure and separate from sponsors who are unable to afford their costs any longer. What this delivers is a more realistic promise to scheme members, without the destruction of value that comes with the current PPF route.”Currently, pension scheme members who transfer to the PPF before their retirement date have their benefits capped at 90% of what they were initially promised. The PPF does not grant inflation-linked benefits.“If stressed pension funds were allowed to restructure in a more transparent way, a pension fund equivalent of Chapter 11, risk could be better shared between the company, the members and the PPF,” Rosenberg said. “Companies could be freed from pension obligations they simply cannot afford and members could get a better deal than entering the PPF.”In February the UK government launched a formal discussion paper regarding reforms to rules for defined benefit pension schemes – including potentially streamlining the RAA process.TPR has also floated the idea of allowing stressed pension schemes to be separated from the employer on the basis of scheme viability rather than the risk of employer insolvency.
Brisbane Bullets player Adam Gibson.ADAM Gibson is a professional basketball player for the Brisbane Bullets in the National Basketball League. The 31-year-old Olympian lives in Brisbane with his wife, Montana, and their two labradors, Ralph and Romeo.1. Where do you live and why?We live in Coorparoo. We bought a home there to renovate in, roughly, April, 2017.We chose Coorparoo because it’s a central location for both of us for work.2. What is the best thing about your suburb?The best thing about the suburb is that it’s a quiet, super friendly neighbourhood.It’s only 10 minutes to the city, and it’s growing, with developments like Coorparoo Square now complete. 3. What do you love about your home?I love that it’s now a home that we’ve created.With all the renovations, the house is completely different, so it’s cool to see our plans come to life. 7 . What was the best piece of property advice you were give? Or what was the biggest lesson you learned? If I could change anything about the home, it would be on a bigger block, and it would be a double story house. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus16 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market16 hours agoAdam Gibson of the Brisbane Bullets. Photo: Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images.4. What would you change about your home? Besides those things not really being options, we love that we’ve kept the character of the house. 5. Describe your dream home and location in Queensland?My dream home in Queensland would be somewhere right on the beach, either on the Gold Coast or in Noosa. Walking out the back door on to the beach would be amazing. 6. If money was no option, what would be your fantasy home anywhere in the world and where? My fantasy home anywhere in the world would be somewhere like the Amalfi Coast in Italy. The best lesson we’ve learned is that you always go over budget and over time with a renovation — just like everyone says!
SAM 7 January 2015Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM), the non-partisan marijuana policy group comprised of leading scientists from around the country, released Lessons After Two Years of Marijuana Legalization – Short Report today. The report outlines both what data we know – and what we need to know – to accurately evaluate the consequences and costs of marijuana legalization in Washington and Colorado. SAM is advised by a respected group of scientists and its Honorary Board includes former Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy and former speechwriter David Frum. See the report here.“Two years after legalization was voted on, we are still waiting for robust tracking mechanisms from the states of Colorado and Washington, and the federal government,” remarked Sabet. “We have 100 kinds of marijuana gummy bears out there, but no way to find out what the costs of such a policy are. It defies any definition of ‘experiment,’ which presumes a proper scientific evaluation.”Though it is too early to firm up final conclusions, there are concerns in 2015 we cannot ignore after two full years of legalized possession and one year of legalized retail sales. The report outlines these concerns, such as:· Past-year and past-month marijuana use by all ages exceeds the national average in both Washington State and Colorado. Marijuana use in both these states has risen significantly between 2011-2012 and 2012-2013.· The number of burn victims in Colorado from hash oil explosions has significantly increased since legalization.· Between 2008 and 2011, an average of 4 children (between the ages of 3 and 7) were sent to the ER for unintentional marijuana ingestion. In 2013, 8 children went to the Colorado Children’s hospital. As of the first half of 2014, at least 14 children have already been sent to the ER.· The number of marijuana citations given for public or underage use has skyrocketed in Denver and Aurora versus last year.· According to the Washington Poison Center, “the selling of cannabis for recreational purposes became legalized in the state of Washington on July 7th, 2014. As a direct result, the Washington Poison Center (WAPC) has encountered an increase in the number of human exposures related to accidental or excessive consumption/inhalation of marijuana and marijuana edibles, particularly among pediatrics.”· Contaminant testing in Washington finds that 13% of pot and THC-infused products contain mold, salmonella, and E. coli. Colorado has not begun such testing yet.· A marijuana-focused private equity firm, Privateer Holdings in partnership with the descendants of Bob Marley, have created a multinational cannabis brand called Marley Natural. Investors have already raised $50 million to launch Marley Natural.The report also outlines what we do not know, and asks states to track both the consequences of legalization and the economic costs of legalization. The report was compiled by SAM and its scientific advisory board, which includes Hoover Adger, MD, Professor of Pediatrics and Director of Adolescent Medicine, Johns Hopkins University; Eden Evins, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School; Stuart Gitlow, MD, MPH, MBA, President, American Society of Addiction Medicine; Sion Harris, PhD, Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse Research, Children’s Hospital Boston; Sharon Levy, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School; Kimber Richter, MD, PhD, Professor of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, University of Kansas; Paula Riggs, MD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, University of Colorado at Denver; Christian Thurstone, MD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, University of Colorado; Kathryn Wells, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, University of Colorado at Denver.http://learnaboutsam.org/short-report-lessons-two-years-legalization/
Update on the latest sports Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA-NETS COACHNets hire Hall of Fame point guard Steve Nash as coachUNDATED (AP) — The Brooklyn Nets have hired Steve Nash as their coach, putting the Hall of Fame point guard in charge of the team that hopes to have Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving together next season. The 32-year-old Bulgarian is playing in the Open for the 12th time, but for the first time since 2016 after leaving the women’s tour to give birth to her son. She finished with an ace for her 22nd victory against a top-20 player.In other Thursday matches, reigning Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin advanced to the third round by beating unseeded Leylah Fernandez 6-4, 6-3. Amanda Anisimova won a matchup of American teenagers, rallying past wild card Katrina Scott 4-6, 6-4, 6-1.NASCAR-COVID CONCERNSNASCAR drivers cautious of COVID-19 as playoffs begin CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR has decided it will not grant COVID-19 relief during the playoffs, meaning a positive coronavirus test will end a driver’s championship bid. Islanders and Golden Knights try again to close out their seriesUNDATED (AP) — The New York Islanders and Vegas Golden Knights will try again Thursday to close out their respective playoff series and advance to the conference finals. The Islanders will be looking to bounce back from a 4-3 overtime loss to Philadelphia that cut their series lead to 3-2 when they face the Flyers in Game 6. Vegas also had a chance to eliminate Vancouver in Game 5 of that series, but the Canucks held on for a 2-1 win. Now, the Golden Knights will try to reach the conference finals for the second time in the franchise’s three-year history in Game 6.MLB-ATHLETICS-MENGDEN-VIRUS The playoffs begin Sunday at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina without a safety net for the 16 participants during the pandemic. It’s up to each driver to protect themselves from COVID-19, understanding there is no cushion for missing a race. NASCAR at its discretion grants waivers during its regular season for illness, emergency or personal reasons. The waiver maintains playoff eligibility, if the driver qualifies, but no points are awarded while sidelined. Jimmie Johnson and Austin Dillon both missed one race during the season following a positive COVID-19 test and earned zero points. Dillon won a race — worth an automatic berth in the playoffs — but the seven-time champion Johnson went winless and missed the cut by six points. NASCAR made no changes for the 10-race playoff series, so missing a race would effectively end a driver’s championship chances.RACIAL INJUSTICE-NHL — The Tennessee Titans have made a switch at kicker, agreeing to terms with veteran Stephen Gostkowski (gahst-KOW’-skee) and waiving Greg Joseph. The Titans announced the move Thursday morning. Gostkowski is a four-time Pro Bowl kicker who won three Super Bowls in his 14 seasons with the New England Patriots. He has made 87% of his field goals with the fifth-best field goal percentage in NFL history. Joseph was the Titans’ fifth kicker last season in the NFL’s worst field goal unit. Joseph had been missing kicks in training camp, so the Titans made a move to fix the position. — All NFL and NFL Players Association facilities will close on Election Day, and the league and union will televise a one-hour program next week for players to highlight work being done to advance social justice. The league and the players’ union said Thursday they want to “ensure that every member of the NFL family has an opportunity to exercise the precious right to vote” on Nov. 3. Both the league and union have launched get-out-the-vote initiatives as well. TENNIS-US OPENMaguruza upsetNEW YORK (AP) — An unranked player has pulled off an upset at the U.S. Open in her first tournament in more than three years. Tsvetana Pironkova beat No. 10-seeded Garbine Maguruza 7-5, 6-3 to reach the third round. September 3, 2020 NFL-NEWSBrowns acquire safety Harrison from Jaguars for draft pickUNDATED (AP) — The Cleveland Browns have acquired safety Ronnie Harrison in a trade with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Cleveland gave up a fifth-round pick for Harrison. The loss of rookie safety Grant Delpit for the season with a torn Achilles tendon sent the Browns shopping for a safety and they landed Harrison, who is in his third season from Alabama. The 6-foot-3, 214-pound Harrison made 22 starts for Jacksonville, which selected him in the third round of the 2018 NFL draft. He’s played in 28 games and made 103 tackles along with three interceptions.In other NFL news:— The Seattle Seahawks are bringing back Josh Gordon on a one-year deal as the talented wide receiver awaits reinstatement from the NFL after his latest suspension. Gordon’s signing was confirmed on Twitter by his agent David Canter, just two days before the Seahawks must cut their roster to 53 players. Gordon is the second veteran signed by the team in the past week, joining Paul Richardson. Gordon was suspended indefinitely by the NFL last December for violating the league’s drug policy. It was his eighth suspension either by the league or his team. Gordon applied for reinstatement by the NFL in June. A’s righty Daniel Mengden tests positive for coronavirusOAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Athletics right-hander Daniel Mengden has tested positive for the coronavirus and is quarantined at home in Houston, where he received the result that forced Oakland and Major League Baseball to postpone four games this week.A’s general manager David Forst said Thursday that Mengden is asymptomatic and was placed on the 10-day injured list. The A’s added new left-hander Mike Minor to the 40-man roster after acquiring him Monday in a trade with the Rangers.The team had its three-game series at Seattle this week postponed as well as last Sunday’s scheduled series finale at Houston, where the A’s learned late Saturday of the one positive test. Forst said the A’s left Houston in two groups, the second being those who had close contact — up to 15 minutes — with Mengden in the 48-hour window during which he tested positive.The A’s don’t know how Mengden contracted the coronavirus. There haven’t been additional positive tests within the traveling party. LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The defending NBA champion Toronto Raptors hope to avoid losing a third straight game to the Boston Celtics in their Eastern Conference semifinal series. They know that nobody has successfully escaped a 3-0 series hole in NBA history. The Celtics are 6-0 to start a postseason for the second time and are looking to match a franchise record with a seventh consecutive playoff win. The last teams to open a postseason run with seven straight wins were Cleveland and Golden State in 2017. In Thursday’ night’s other game, the second-seeded Los Angeles Clippers and third-seeded Denver Nuggets open their Western Conference semifinal series. Kawhi Leonard has scored at least 30 points for the Clippers in five straight games — and the two-time NBA Finals MVP finished with 29 in the only game he didn’t in the first round against Dallas.The Nuggets have their young stars Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic (NEE’-koh-lah YOH’-kich) ready to go. Murray matched an NBA record with two 50-point games in one series in the first round, part of a 142-point run from Games 4-6. And when he was finally slowed in Game 7, Jokic responded with 30 points, 14 rebounds and the tiebreaking basket with 27 seconds left in an 80-78 victory over Utah. That made Denver the 12th team to overcome a 3-1 deficit to win a series but left the No. 3 seed with just one day to recover.NHL-STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS Nash is a two-time MVP as the engineer of the high-scoring Phoenix Suns teams under Mike D’Antoni. He had been a player development consultant with Golden State, where he worked with Durant.The Nets finished the season under Jacque Vaughn, who will remain on staff as Nash’s lead assistant.The Nets reached the postseason despite having Irving for only 20 games and Durant for none, but the two stars who came to Brooklyn together last summer are expected to be ready for the 2020-21 season. That made the Nets vacancy an attractive position.NBA PLAYOFFSRaptors try to avoid falling into 3-0 hole Associated Press NHL, players unveil series of anti-racism initiativesEDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The NHL on Thursday unveiled a series of anti-racism initiatives more than eight months after Akim Aliu (ah-KEEM’ ah-LEE’-yoo) brought the topic to the forefront in the predominantly white sport.The league and NHL Players’ Association are planning mandatory inclusion and diversity training for all players at camp; partnering with the Hockey Diversity Alliance to launch a grassroots program for young players of color in the Toronto area; and working together on several inclusion committees aimed at encouraging diversity among executives, pro and youth players and fans.The moves come amid mounting pressure from current and former minority players for the league to take concrete steps to address systemic racism. Colorado’s Nazem Kadri, a founding member of the alliance that was formed earlier this summer, reviewed the initiatives before they were announced and believes they show progress.