NEWS & SPORTS

April 2, 2020
Ashe County Schools Update for Thursday, April 2nd
    Thursday’s update.         Day 4 of required instruction.  As mentioned yesterday, please be patient as we figure out the appropriate amount of work for our students. This is only week one of a challenging transition. The transformation from traditional face to face to online instruction happened dramatically.  In stressful times, we do not want to create more stress. The basic plan is for students to have approximately 3.5 hours of total instruction per day with the instruction taking place when it works best for you and your family. That time includes a mix of video, practice, reading/writing, using programs and games.  This can be spread throughout the day. For younger children, they need breaks in between their learning time if possible. A normal day at school would allow for breaks throughout those 3.5 hours so that children don’t become overwhelmed.  I know that as the parent, you may feel overwhelmed too with your new role as “teacher”.  This along, with your daily job, is a lot of work—just know that teachers have the best interest of your child at heart.  If you have a concern after the first week or two, please contact them and respectfully have a conversation about your concerns.  Your students are accustomed to a daily routine at school. Just the change in this routine and the normal classroom environment is hard for them. Students are used to the face to face time, hugs, word of […]
April 2, 2020
Ashe Residents Asked to Donate Personal Protective Equipment and Other Needed Supplies
        Emergency services, health care facilities and first responders in Ashe County are asking for donations of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) from the community. Due to the global shortage of these supplies in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, Ashe County Emergency Management is asking for the community’s help in the form of donations of unused supplies of: –           Respirator masks (rated N95 or above), surgical masks or even dust masks –           medical-grade gloves –           Protective gowns or Tyvek suits and face shields –           Bottles of hand sanitizers –           Medical thermometers While local emergency services, health care facilities and first responders in Ashe County have not yet run out of these critical supplies, inventory is running low just due to a combination of routine use and a lack of reliable resupply shipments during this global health crisis. “You want to have those on the frontline of this crisis in the upcoming weeks not worrying about the PPE supply in the midst of caring for the citizens of our community,” said Chief Rick Swain, Safety Director, Ashe Memorial Hospital “If your household or business can spare only one mask, that’s one mask our first responders and healthcare workers didn’t have before. Just know, every little bit helps.” Residents are being asked to check their workshops, offices and homes for supplies, particularly of N95 respirators, that they are willing to donate to Ashe County Emergency Management to be issued […]
April 2, 2020
COVID-19 Testing Numbers for Alleghany, Ashe & Watauga County
Good Afternoon –   Below are testing numbers for Wednesday, April 2, 2020.   Alleghany County The number of COVID-19 tests collected today by AppHealthCare for Alleghany County is 0. To date, AppHealthCare has collected 5 tests for Alleghany County. The number of COVID-19 tests collected from outside agencies and reported to AppHealthCare to date is 17 for Alleghany County. At this time, there are two positive cases of COVID-19 for Alleghany County.   Ashe County The number of COVID-19 tests collected today by AppHealthCare for Ashe County is 0. To date, AppHealthCare has collected 5 tests for Ashe County. The number of COVID-19 tests collected from outside agencies and reported to AppHealthCare to date is 26 for Ashe County. At this time, there are no positive cases of COVID-19 for Ashe County.   Watauga County The number of COVID-19 tests collected today by AppHealthCare for Watauga County is 1. To date, AppHealthCare has collected 69 tests for Watauga County. The number of COVID-19 tests collected from outside agencies and reported to AppHealthCare to date is 153 for Watauga County. At this time, there are 7 positive cases of COVID-19 for Watauga County.   A positive case count will be updated on our website (www.AppHealthCare.com) and the public will be notified.   Thank you!   ​Melissa Bracey Director of Communications & Compliance   AppHealthCare Appalachian District Health Department -Serving Alleghany, Ashe and Watauga Counties Phone: (336) 374-0824 Email: melissa.bracey@apphealth.com   […]
April 2, 2020
FB: App State Heroes Day Set for November 14
    BOONE, N.C. — App State Football’s annual Heroes Day is set for the Nov. 14 home game against Georgia State. At one home football game each year, App State recognizes military personnel, first responders and veterans with free admission to the game. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s game will also feature free admission for healthcare workers. App State previously announced the dates for the Hall of Fame Weekend (Sept. 5 vs. Morgan State), Family Weekend (Sept. 26 vs. Massachusetts), Homecoming (Oct. 24 vs. Arkansas State) and Senior Day (Nov. 28 vs. Troy). The Mountaineers also host Louisiana on national TV (ESPN2) on Wednesday, Oct. 7, in a matchup of last year’s Sun Belt championship game participants. Fans interested in purchasing 2020 football season tickets and joining the Yosef Club can do so online by clicking HERE or by calling or emailing the ticket office staff between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday-Friday. The deadline to renew season tickets for the upcoming season is April 30. Last year, the App Family donated almost 600 tickets for Heroes Day, and App State will once again accept donations for this special program. Donations are $25 per ticket, and fans can donate by contacting Trevor Taylor (General Manager, App State IMG Ticket Sales) at 828-262-6574 or taylortw@appstate.edu. App State Athletics would like to thank all military personnel, first responders, veterans and healthcare workers for your many sacrifices!      
April 2, 2020
Recommended Guidelines from the Town of West Jefferson
  The Mayor of West Jefferson is recommending new guidelines designed to fight the spread of coronavirus. These measures regulate behavior in public environments, particularly retail stores.   Only one individual per family should enter a retail store to shop A child should not accompany a parent into a retail store if there is a person of suitable  age available to supervise the child elsewhere Social distancing must be maintained at all times inside a retail store or parking lot Shoppers must follow signs and directions posted by stores to enable social distancing Shoppers must wait for preceding customers to check out before placing their items on the check-out counter or conveyor   These latest measures are being put into place to limit the opportunities for transmission of the virus in public spaces where spread could occur, and to prevent additional cases being introduced from outside the region.   These guidelines are recommended through April 30, 2020.   Tom Hartman, Mayor
April 2, 2020
State Health Plan to Waive Costs Associated with Treatment of COVID-19
  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 2, 2020 Contact: press@nctreasurer.com  (919) 814-3820   State Health Plan to Waive Costs Associated with Treatment of COVID-19 Coronavirus Waiver also Includes Screening-Related Costs   (Raleigh, N.C.) – State Treasurer Dale R. Folwell, CPA, and the State Health Plan (Plan) today announced that the Plan is waiving the cost of treatment for members diagnosed with COVID-19, including associated deductibles, copayments, and coinsurance. The Plan previously announced that it was also covering the cost associated with the testing of COVID-19. The member cost-share waiver for COVID-19 related treatments is effective immediately through June 1, 2020, at which time the Plan will continue to re-evaluate this and other measures. The Plan is taking this action to help ensure that members receive the COVID-19 testing and treatment they need when they need it. This coverage is in addition to the following changes to medical and pharmacy benefits for Plan members in the 80/20 Plan, 70/30 Plan and High Deductible Health Plan: Expanded virtual access to providers. Visits to providers who previously required a face-to-face encounter can now be performed virtually so long as they are a medical necessity and meet criteria. This will further encourage the use of virtual visits and allow doctors to monitor members at home, minimizing the spread of infection and easing the burden on emergency rooms. Waived prior authorizations for covered services related to COVID-19 that are ordered by a physician, medically necessary, and […]
April 2, 2020
AP Scorecard
    Here are the latest scores from today’s sports events:   — NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION Golden State at Houston 8 p.m. (Postponed) L.A. Clippers at Sacramento 10 p.m. (Postponed) Utah at Portland 10:30 p.m. (Postponed) INTERLEAGUE Baltimore 0 St. Louis 0 (postponed)   — AMERICAN LEAGUE Toronto 0 N.Y. Yankees 0 (postponed) Cleveland 0 Detroit 0 (postponed) Chicago White Sox 0 Boston 0 (postponed) Seattle 0 Kansas City 0 (postponed) Oakland 0 Minnesota 0 (postponed) L.A. Angels 0 Texas 0 (postponed)   — NATIONAL LEAGUE N.Y. Mets 0 Washington 0 (postponed) Cincinnati 0 Pittsburgh 0 (postponed) Milwaukee 0 Philadelphia 0 (postponed)   — NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE Buffalo at New Jersey 7 p.m. (Postponed) Chicago at N-Y Islanders 7 p.m. (Postponed) Detroit at Toronto 7 p.m. (Postponed) Minnesota at Washington 7 p.m. (Postponed) N-Y Rangers at Pittsburgh 7 p.m. (Postponed) Nashville at Philadelphia 7 p.m. (Postponed) Ottawa at Florida 7 p.m. (Postponed) Tampa Bay at Columbus 7 p.m. (Postponed) Boston at St. Louis 8 p.m. (Postponed) Vegas at Calgary 9 p.m. (Postponed) Winnipeg at Colorado 9 p.m. (Postponed) Dallas at San Jose 10:30 p.m. (Postponed) Vancouver at Arizona 10:30 p.m. (Postponed)     AP-WF-04-02-20 1755GMT
April 2, 2020
AP-NC Newswatch
    Latest North Carolina news, sports, business and entertainment at 11:20 a.m. EDT     VIRUS OUTBREAK-NORTH CAROLINA Legislative cafeteria worker tests positive for COVID-19 RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The COVID-19 outbreak has reached into North Carolina’s Legislative Building, where a cafeteria employee tested positive for the virus. Legislative Services Officer Paul Coble wrote to legislative staff that the unidentified worker was sent home March 26 after showing symptoms and received the positive test result on Wednesday. The cafeteria closed Wednesday indefinitely for cleaning. Employees working with the person have been asked to self-quarantine. Coble said snack bars at the building and at an adjoining office building were being cleaned and expected to reopen Thursday for takeout only.      AP-NC-INTERNET SPEEDS Internet speeds dropped, then rebounded, in some cities RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – As more people work from home because of the coronavirus pandemic, internet speeds slowed down last month across the state of North Carolina. But the Raleigh News & Observer reported Wednesday that speeds are rebounding in some cities. For example, Charlotte and Raleigh saw median download speeds drop at least 20%. Winston-Salem experienced one of the largest drops in the nation. Its median speed fell 41%. But in the past week, some of North Carolina’s cities have begun to see speeds increase. Raleigh resumed its normal range of speeds. And Winston-Salem saw one of the largest improvements in the country with a nearly 40% jump. […]
April 2, 2020
Financial News
    Stocks edge higher…Jobless claims double to 6.6 million…Nissan issues a Takata recall   NEW YORK (AP) – Stocks are up modestly in early trading on Wall Street despite a report showing a record number of Americans lost their jobs last week due to the coronavirus outbreak. News from the Labor Department that more than 6.6 million people applied for unemployment benefits erased an early rally, but the major indexes are heading higher. The U.S. and other large economies are widely believed to have sunk into severe recessions as businesses shut down around the world. The price of crude oil jumped 8% to $22 a barrel, which helped push the battered energy sector higher.   WASHINGTON (AP) – More than 6.6 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, far exceeding a record high set just last week, a sign that layoffs are accelerating in the midst of the coronavirus. The job cuts are mounting against the backdrop of economies in the United States and abroad that have almost certainly sunk into a severe recession as businesses close across the world. Last week’s figure is much higher than the previous record of 3.3 million reported for the previous week. The surging layoffs have led many economists to envision as many as 20 million lost jobs by the end of April.   WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump wants to spend $2 trillion on infrastructure projects to create jobs and […]
April 2, 2020
Caldwell Hospice Thanks Community for Continued Help
    Caldwell Hospice Thanks Community for Continued Help “We asked, and the community responded,” said Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care CEO Cathy Swanson. “We are grateful for the support and donations we—our organization, our staff and our patients and families—have received during this time. It has been a truly humbling experience for all of us.”   In late March, Caldwell Hospice sent out a call to request specific items needed to care for patients during the coronavirus pandemic. Businesses, schools, community groups and individuals responded with immediate support.   Despite the donations of many requested items, the need continues as the COVID-19 crisis continues and enhanced precautions remain necessary. There continues to be an immediate need for the following new, unopened items as Caldwell Hospice staff continues to serve patients and families in the community.   Medical grade surgical and procedure masks N95 respirator masks New thermometers Medical gloves, gowns, and shoe covers Face shields and goggles Hand sanitizer Disinfectant spray (Lysol) Disinfectant wipes (Lysol, Clorox, etc.)   Hospice remains committed to providing quality patient-centered care to patients in homes, long-term care facilities and the patient care units in Lenoir and Hudson through the current crisis. “We will continue to exercise precautions in accordance with guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to keep patients and staff safe,” adds Swanson.   Caldwell Hospice—the only community-owned, not-for-profit provider serving Ashe […]
April 2, 2020
AP Entertainment
    ENTERTAINMENT:   CHRIS CUOMO DESCRIBES ROCKY NIGHT WITH COVID-19 NEW YORK (AP) – Usually, CNN’s Chris Cuomo (KWOH’-moh) spends his night upstairs in his home with his wife and kids. But these days he sleeps alone in his basement – as he fights the effects of coronavirus. The host of “Prime Time” says his first night of sleep after testing positive for the virus Tuesday was “freaky.” He had a fever and chills and says he shivered so much, he chipped a tooth. On his show last night, Cuomo said he wishes he had gotten the virus a month ago – so he could use his show to tell the world the virus “is no joke.” He said having it sooner would make him hold President Donald Trump and other politicians to account for what he says was their failure to take the virus seriously.   N.Y. GOVERNOR LAMENTS BROTHER’S ILLNESS NEW YORK (AP) – New York’s governor says while he wields a lot of power, he’s upset because his brother has tested positive for COVID-19. Andrew Cuomo’s (KWOH’-mohz) younger brother is Chris Cuomo, host of CNN’s nightly “Prime Time” show. Speaking with reporters while displaying a screen shot of his TV star brother, the governor said he and his family are “scared” and “frightened” by the diagnosis. And he laments that despite having control of the state government, he – quote – “couldn’t protect my own brother.” […]
April 2, 2020
AP Scorecard
    Here are the scores from yesterday’s sports events:   — INTERLEAGUE Cincinnati 0 Toronto 0 (postponed)   — AMERICAN LEAGUE Boston 0 Baltimore 0 (postponed) Chicago White Sox 0 Cleveland 0 (postponed) Kansas City 0 Detroit 0 (postponed) N.Y. Yankees 0 Tampa Bay 0 (postponed) Houston 0 Oakland 0 (postponed) Minnesota 0 Seattle 0 (postponed) L.A. Angels 0 Texas 0 (postponed)   — NATIONAL LEAGUE Philadelphia 0 N.Y. Mets 0 (postponed) Washington 0 Miami 0 (postponed) St. Louis 0 Milwaukee 0 (postponed) Pittsburgh 0 Chicago Cubs 0 (postponed) Colorado 0 L.A. Dodgers 0 (postponed) Atlanta 0 San Diego 0 (postponed) San Francisco 0 Arizona 0 (postponed)   — NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION Charlotte at Orlando 7 p.m. (Postponed) New Orleans at Washington 7 p.m. (Postponed) Detroit at Brooklyn 7:30 p.m. (Postponed) Miami at Boston 7:30 p.m. (Postponed) Dallas at Minnesota 8 p.m. (Postponed) New York at Memphis 8 p.m. (Postponed) Phoenix at Oklahoma City 8 p.m. (Postponed) Cleveland at Utah 9 p.m. (Postponed) Toronto at Milwaukee 9 p.m. (Postponed) Indiana at L.A. Lakers 10:30 p.m. (Postponed)   — NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE Philadelphia at N-Y Rangers 7:30 p.m. (Postponed) Montreal at Nashville 8 p.m. (Postponed) Dallas at Anaheim 10 p.m. (Postponed)   — NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION Golden State at Houston 8 p.m. (Postponed) L.A. Clippers at Sacramento 10 p.m. (Postponed) Utah at Portland 10:30 p.m. (Postponed) TODAY’S SPORTS SCHEDULE   — INTERLEAGUE Baltimore 0 St. Louis 0 (postponed)   — […]
April 2, 2020
AP-NC Newswatch
    Latest North Carolina news, sports, business and entertainment at 6:20 a.m. EDT     VIRUS OUTBREAK-NORTH CAROLINA North Carolina deputy dies during COVID-19 hospitalization RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A sheriff says that a North Carolina deputy has died while being treated in intensive care for coronavirus. Montgomery County Sheriff Chris Watkins said in a news release that the deputy died Tuesday night at a hospital in Pinehurst. The 43-year-old deputy had experienced what he thought were allergy symptoms but later tested positive for COVID-19 and was admitted Monday to the hospital. North Carolina state health officials reported nearly 1,600 positive COVID-19 cases as of Wednesday morning.     VIRUS OUTBREAK-CHARLOTTE-AFRICAN AMERICANS Data: Virus impact disproportionate for blacks in Charlotte CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Heath officials observing COVID-19 in North Carolina’s largest city say demographic data showed African Americans are being disproportionately affected. The Charlotte Observer reports that data from Mecklenburg County shows black residents accounted for 43.9% of 303 confirmed COVID-19 cases locally through Saturday. By comparison, the U.S. Census estimates from last July show African American residents make up only 32.9% of Mecklenburg County’s population. Mecklenburg County Commissioner Mark Jerrell said the numbers are alarming, and it’s something officials have to get under control immediately. As of Wednesday, Mecklenburg County reported 444 cases of coronavirus.     DRIVE-BY SHOOTING-CHILD HURT 3-year-old wounded in drive-by shooting in North Carolina KANNAPOLIS, N.C. (AP) – Police in North Carolina say […]
April 2, 2020
Financial News
    Major global stock markets up … Economists expect a surge in jobless claims … Macy’s removed from S&P 500   BEIJING (AP) – Major global stock markets and U.S. futures rose today following a rocky start to the day after a White House warning that as many as 240,000 Americans might die of the coronavirus sent Wall Street tumbling. London and Frankfurt opened higher. Shanghai gained 1.7%, Seoul added 2.3% and Hong Kong also rose after spending the day swinging between gains and losses. Tokyo sank 1.4% and Sydney also declined.   UNDATED (AP) – The hardest-hit U.S. stocks have included banks, utilities and other dividend payers. Economists expect the next batch of U.S. jobless claims, out today, to blow past last week’s total of nearly 3.3 million initial claims. That was quintuple the prior record. Mizuho Bank says in a report that “The number of unemployed is set to surge and 1H growth will be heavily affected.”   UNDATED (AP) – Department store icon Macy’s has lost 74% so far this year. So much of its stock value has vanished that it was removed from S&P 500 index of big U.S. companies on Monday. It is being moved to the small-stock index.   THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) – Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte (RUH’-tuh) has proposed a multibillion-euro European Union fund to help countries in the 27-nation bloc whose healthcare systems have been hardest-hit by the coronavirus […]
April 1, 2020
COVID-19 Testing Numbers for Alleghany, Ashe & Watauga County
Good Afternoon –   Below are testing numbers for Tuesday, April 1, 2020.   Alleghany County The number of COVID-19 tests collected today by AppHealthCare for Alleghany County is 0. To date, AppHealthCare has collected 5 tests for Alleghany County. The number of COVID-19 tests collected from outside agencies and reported to AppHealthCare to date is 17 for Alleghany County. At this time, there are two positive cases of COVID-19 for Alleghany County.   Ashe County The number of COVID-19 tests collected today by AppHealthCare for Ashe County is 0. To date, AppHealthCare has collected 5 tests for Ashe County. The number of COVID-19 tests collected from outside agencies and reported to AppHealthCare to date is 26 for Ashe County. At this time, there are no positive cases of COVID-19 for Ashe County.   Watauga County The number of COVID-19 tests collected today by AppHealthCare for Watauga County is 0. To date, AppHealthCare has collected 68 tests for Watauga County. The number of COVID-19 tests collected from outside agencies and reported to AppHealthCare to date is 153 for Watauga County. At this time, there are 7 positive cases of COVID-19 for Watauga County among residents of the County.   A positive case count will be updated on our website (www.AppHealthCare.com) and the public will be notified.   Thank you!   ​Melissa Bracey Director of Communications & Compliance
April 2, 2020
AP Sports
    Update on the latest in sports:   VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTS British Open could be postponed UNDATED (AP) – British Open organizers say postponement is an option for this year’s tournament at Royal St. George’s.   The 149th edition of the Open Championship is scheduled to take place July 16-19. The last time the Open wasn’t played was in 1945 because of World War II.   The R&A released a short statement in response to media speculation about the staging of the event. Chief executive Martin Slumbers says the “process is taking some time to resolve” because of a range of external factors.   On Wednesday, Wimbledon was canceled for the first time since World War II. The All England Club announced Wednesday after an emergency meeting that the oldest Grand Slam tournament in tennis will not be held in 2020.   In other developments related to the pandemic: – The Senior PGA Championship in Michigan has been canceled. The PGA of America says it based its decision on Michigan’s stay-at-home order that was enacted March 23. The Senior PGA in Benton Harbor, Michigan, was to be played May 21-24. It will be held next year at Southern Hills in Tulsa, Oklahoma. It will return to Benton Harbor the following year.   – A survey of more than 100 athletic directors across the country finds deep concern for academics and athletic department finances amid the pandemic. Some 75 percent say […]
April 2, 2020
AP Sports
    Update on the latest in sports:   VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTS Wimbledon canceled, British Open may be, too UNDATED (AP) – Wimbledon has been canceled for the first time since World War II because of the coronavirus pandemic. The All England Club announced Wednesday after an emergency meeting that the oldest Grand Slam tournament in tennis will not be held in 2020.   And British Open organizers say postponement is an option for this year’s tournament at Royal St. George’s as well. The R&A released a short statement in response to media speculation about the staging of the event in July. Chief executive Martin Slumbers says the “process is taking some time to resolve” because of a range of external factors.   The 149th edition of the Open Championship is scheduled to take place July 16-19. The last time the Open wasn’t played was in 1945 because of World War II.   Wimbledon was scheduled to be played on the outskirts of London from June 29 to July 12. The last time Wimbledon was called off was 1945.   In other developments related to the pandemic: – The Senior PGA Championship in Michigan has been canceled. The PGA of America says it based its decision on Michigan’s stay-at-home order that was enacted March 23. The Senior PGA in Benton Harbor, Michigan, was to be played May 21-24. It will be held next year at Southern Hills in Tulsa, Oklahoma. It […]
April 1, 2020
AP Sports
    Update on the latest in sports:     NFL-PLAYOFFS NFL owners vote to expand playoffs by one team per conference UNDATED (AP) – NFL team owners have voted to expand the playoffs by one team in each conference for next season.   During a conference call to discuss league business after the annual meetings were canceled because of the new coronavirus pandemic, the owners also awarded one of those extra games to CBS and one to NBC.   Only the teams with the best record in the AFC and NFC will get a bye under the new format; the top two teams skipped wild-card weekend in the past.   In other NFL news: -The Chicago Bears have finalized a trade with the Jacksonville Jaguars for 2018 Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles. The Bears are banking on the quarterbackáto bounce back from an injury-riddled season with Jacksonville. The Jaguars parted with the 31-year-old Foles just over a year after signing him to a four-year contract. He broke his left collarbone in the season opener, missed the next eight games and got benched in his third game back. Foles helped Philadelphia win a Super Bowl.   -Disgruntled Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue (yah-NEEK’ en-GAH’-kway) is making another public plea to be traded. This one comes on his 25th birthday. Ngakoue says in a Twitter post: “it’s obvious my time is up in my current situation. Let’s both move on.” […]
March 31, 2020
AP Sports
    Update on the latest in sports:     TOKYO OLYMPICS Tokyo Olympics rescheduled UNDATED (AP) – Tokyo Olympics organizers have rescheduled the Summer Games that were postponed last week by the coronavirus.   Organizers say the opening ceremony will take place on July 23, 2021, almost one year to the day the games originally were due to begin. There had been talk of switching the Olympics to spring, a move that would coincide with the blooming of Japan’s famous cherry blossoms. But it would have clashed with European soccer and North American sports leagues.   The new Olympic dates conflict with the scheduled world championships in track and swimming, but those events are now expected to also be pushed back. All sports federations involved in the Olympics signed off on the new dates.   The governing body of track and field says it supports the new dates for the Tokyo Olympics and is working with organizers in Eugene, Oregon, to move its world championships to 2022.   In other Olympic news: – Tokyo Olympic Committee CEO Toshiro Muto is promising transparency in calculating the costs of rescheduling the Olympic Games. Katsuhiro Miyamoto, an emeritus professor of sports economics at Kansai University, puts the costs as high as $4 billion. That would cover the price of maintaining stadiums, refitting them, paying rentals, penalties and other expenses. Japan is officially spending $12.6 billion to organize the Olympics. However, an audit […]
March 30, 2020
AP Sports
    Update on the latest in sports:     TOKYO DATES Tokyo Olympics rescheduled for July 23-Aug. 8 in 2021 TOKYO (AP) – The Tokyo Olympics will open next year in the same time slot scheduled for this year’s games.   Tokyo organizers say the opening ceremony will take place on July 23, 2021 – almost exactly one year after the games were due to start this year. Last week, the IOC and Japanese organizers postponed the Olympics until 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic.   There had been talk of switching the Olympics to spring, a move that would coincide with the blooming of Japan’s famous cherry blossoms. But it would also have clashed with European soccer and North American sports leagues. The new Olympic dates conflict with the scheduled world championships in track and swimming, but those events are now expected to also be pushed back.   In other Olympic news: – Tokyo Olympic Committee CEO Toshiro Muto is promising transparency in calculating the costs of reschedule the Olympic Games. Katsuhiro Miyamoto, an emeritus professor of sports economics at Kansai University, puts the costs as high as $4 billion. That would cover the price of maintaining stadiums, refitting them, paying rentals, penalties and other expenses. Japan is officially spending $12.6 billion to organize the Olympics. However, an audit bureau of the Japanese government says the costs are twice that much. All of the spending is public money […]
March 30, 2020
AP Sports
    Update on the latest in sports:     VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTS Edmonds has pneumonia, awaiting coronavirus test results UNDATED (AP) – Four-time All-Star outfielder Jim Edmonds is being treated with pneumonia as he also awaits test results for the coronavirus. The 49-year-old Edmonds sent a video update Saturday night on his Instagram Story saying he was back home after testing positive for pneumonia for the first time in his life. He announced on his Instagram page that he went to the hospital to be tested for the coronavirus after displaying some symptoms. Edmonds ended his 17-year major league career in 2010 after earning eight Gold Gloves. He was a lifetime .284 hitter with 393 home runs, 1,199 RBIs and a .903 OPS.   In other news related to the coronavirus pandemic: – Two Chicago Cubs employees who attended an annual training session at Wrigley Field on March 8 have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. A team spokesman says one employee was hospitalized and the other was recovering at home. The spokesman also said there was “nothing definitive” indicating the session “contributed to exposure” since the test results weren’t received until March 23 and 24.   – Tokyo Olympic organizers expect to talk with IOC President Thomas Bach this week about potential dates for next year’s rescheduled games, with several reports suggesting they will be in the same July-August time slot. The International Olympic Committee and Japanese organizers last […]
March 27, 2020
AP Sports
    Update on the latest in sports:     VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTS Virus scrubs a Memorial Day weekend tradition UNDATED (AP) – The Indianapolis 500 is now a summer event. It’s been postponed until Aug. 23 because of the coronavirus pandemic and won’t run on Memorial Day weekend for the first time since 1945.   The crown jewel of IndyCar now shares the race weekend calendar with NASCAR’s Drydene 400. The Indy 500 will serve as the opening act for the NASCAR Cup race at Dover International Speedway, the track better known as the Monster Mile that has suffered with dwindling attendance and had its dates shuffled around the schedule.   A supersized shakeup of the schedule looms whenever NASCAR and IndyCar resume in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.   In other outbreak-related developments: – Players have agreed to a deal with Major League Baseball that would preserve service time in the event this season is canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. However, the two sides have left open details of what a configured schedule would look like. As part of the agreement approved by the union Thursday night, players agreed not to challenge giving up their salaries if no games are played, except for $170 million payment management will advance in two stages. Player salary this year is expected to be in the $4 billion range. Management was given the right to cut the amateur draft in both […]
March 27, 2020
AP Sports
    Update on the latest in sports:     VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTS Indy 500 moved to August UNDATED (AP) – The Brickyard will be silent Memorial Day weekend. The Indianapolis 500 scheduled for May 24 has been postponed until August because of the coronavirus pandemic.   It will be the first time since 1946 that the race won’t be run on Memorial Day weekend.   IndyCar initially said it would resume racing May 9 on the road course at Indianapolis. That race will now be run on July 4, a day before NASCAR races at The Brickyard. The Indy 500 will be moved to Aug. 23.   In other outbreak-related developments: – The company that manufactures uniforms for Major League Baseball has suspended production on jerseys and is instead using the polyester mesh fabric to make masks and gowns for hospitals in Pennsylvania and nearby states. Fanatics founder and executive chairman was watching TV last week when he was struck by the idea to turn the 360,000-square foot facility in Easton, Pennsylvania, into a factory for the COVID-19 virus fight. St. Luke’s Hospital in nearby Bethlehem reached out to Fanatics late last week about the possibility of the company manufacturing masks.   – Hockey equipment manufacturer Bauer has shifted from making visors for helmets to medical visors for those fighting the coronavirus pandemic. Bauer faced the possibility of closing its manufacturing plant in Blainville, Quebec, when hockey came to a […]
March 26, 2020
AP Sports
    Update on the latest in sports:     MLB-NEWS A quiet opening day UNDATED (AP) – Ballparks will be empty Thursday on what was supposed to be Major League Baseball’s opening day, with the start of the regular season on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic.   To help fill the void, MLB is offering fans some oldies but goodies. It will air one memorable game for each franchise Thursday on its YouTube, Twitter and Facebook pages. And the MLB Network plans to broadcast classic opening day games throughout the day.   If there is no baseball this year, Mookie Betts and all the players set to be free agents after the 2020 season would still get that chance. That’s part of a broad deal being negotiated by the commissioner’s office and the players’ association, according to a person familiar with the talks. The person told The Associated Press the agreement would credit major leaguers with the same service time this year that they earned in 2019 if there’s no season because of the new coronavirus.   The person said Major League Baseball and the union would agree to try to play as many regular season games as possible. They also would agree to explore one-time changes to the postseason, which would create the possibility of expanded playoffs this year.   Reds pitcher Trevor Bauer, Mets hurler Marcus Stroman, Astros outfielder George Springer and Phillies catcher JT Realmuto […]
March 26, 2020
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    Update on the latest in sports:     MLB-NEWS MLB Free agency could happen if season in postponed   UNDATED (AP) – Mookie Betts and all the players set to be free agents after the 2020 season would still get that chance if there is no baseball this year.   That’s part of a broad deal being negotiated by the commissioner’s office and the players’ association. A person familiar with the talks told The Associated Press the agreement would credit major leaguers with the same service time this year that they earned in 2019 if there’s no season because of the new coronavirus.   Major League Baseball and the union would agree to try to play as many regular season games as possible, the person said. They also would agree to explore one-time changes to the postseason, which would create the possibility of expanded playoffs this year.   Reds pitcher Trevor Bauer, Mets hurler Marcus Stroman, Astros outfielder George Springer and Phillies catcher JT Realmuto (ree-al-MOO’-toh) also would be eligible for free agency, even if the season is canceled.   In other baseball news: – Commissioner Rob Manfred says the investigation of the Red Sox’s alleged cheating is complete, telling ESPN a verdict will be announced before the start of the season. Manfred’s office looked into Boston’s potential involvement in sign stealing. The Red Sox parted ways with manager and former Astros bench coach Alex Cora in January […]
March 25, 2020
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    Update on the latest in sports:   VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTS IOC chief invokes Trump in defense of Olympic decision UNDATED (AP) – A day after postponing the Tokyo Olympics, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach is invoking comments by President Donald Trump to defend himself from criticism.   Bach spoke to about 400 reporters on a conference call and was asked why it took so long to postpone the Tokyo Games amid growing concern among athletes about the coronavirus pandemic. He noted that many governments have imposed social limits only into next month or early May, and pointed to Trump’s hope of easing restrictions by mid-April.   Bach said “we were in line with these developments” until World Health Organization leaders said Monday that the outbreak was accelerating.   Bach and the IOC faced mounting criticism last week from athletes, including Olympic gold medalists, for continuing to publicly support holding the Tokyo Games as scheduled from July 24-Aug. 9. The Canadian Olympic committee said before the decision it would not send a team to Tokyo in 2020.   Even Trump said on March 12 at the White House that the Olympics should be postponed for a year.   The IOC board eventually decided on Tuesday, with Japanese government agreement, to delay until 2021. The postponement calls for the Tokyo Games to take place no later than next summer.   In other developments news related to the pandemic: – NFL […]
March 25, 2020
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    Update on the latest in sports:   TOKYO OLYMPICS POSTPONED Virus forces postponement of Summer Olympics TOKYO (AP) – The Tokyo Olympics have been postponed until 2021. The International Olympic Committee has decided that the Tokyo Games cannot go ahead as scheduled this year because of the coronavirus outbreak. The IOC says the games will be held “not later than summer 2021” but they will still be called the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.    The announcement was a nod to the reality that training and qualifying schedules have been ruptured beyond repair as the coronavirus spreads. Next up for the organizers is picking a date when it might be safe again to hold such a massive event. They’ll also have to rearrange the 2021 global sports calendar.   SPORTS-VIRUS OUTBREAK Track world championships could be delayed a year UNDATED (AP) – The track world championships in Eugene, Oregon, could be moved from 2021 to 2022 after the Olympics were postponed.   World Athletics says it is talking with organizers about “alternative dates, including dates in 2022.”   The championships in Eugene are due to run from Aug. 6-15, 2021. That would conflict with the Olympics if the same July-August slot as originally planned for 2020 is used next year.   In other news concerning the outbreak: – A Boston Red Sox minor league player has tested positive for the coronavirus, prompting the team to close down its training complex […]
March 24, 2020
AP Sports
    Update on the latest in sports:   TOKYO OLYMPICS POSTPONED Virus forces postponement of Summer Olympics TOKYO (AP) – The Tokyo Olympics have been postponed until 2021. The International Olympic Committee has decided that the Tokyo Games cannot go ahead as scheduled this year because of the coronavirus outbreak.   The IOC says the games will be held “not later than summer 2021” but they will still be called the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.    The announcement was a nod to the reality that training and qualifying schedules have been ruptured beyond repair as the coronavirus spreads. Next up for the organizers is picking a date when it might be safe again to hold such a massive event. They’ll also have to rearrange the 2021 global sports calendar.   TOKYO OLYMPICS POSTPONED-BACH IOC chief cites ‘alarming’ numbers on virus UNDATED (AP) – IOC president Thomas Bach says “alarming figures” in the past few days about the coronavirus were key to deciding the Tokyo Olympics must be postponed.   Bach cites the World Health Organization “saying in the last couple of hours that Africa has to prepare for the worst.”   The IOC has been advised by the WHO, which said Monday the pandemic is accelerating.   TOKYO OLYMPICS POSTPONED-CYCLING US cycling chief: Athletes agree with postponing games UNDATED (AP) – USA Cycling chief executive Rob DeMartini tells The Associated Press that athletes were surveyed over the weekend by the […]
March 24, 2020
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    Update on the latest in sports:   VIRUS OUTBREAK-TOKYO GAMES Prime minister says IOC chief agrees on postponing games TOKYO (AP) – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says IOC President Thomas Bach has agreed “100%” to his proposal of postponing the Tokyo Olympics for about one year until 2021 because of the coronavirus outbreak. Bach had previously said the IOC would make an announcement about postponing the 2020 Olympics in the next four weeks. The Games are set to open in July, but there has been growing pressure for a postponement.   In other Olympic developments: – USA Gymnastics says a majority of senior national team members have indicated in an anonymous survey that they were in favor of the games being pushed back from its scheduled July opening. USA Gymnastics President Li Li Leung says the organization would not specify how long of a delay it is asking for but added that most respondents were pushing for a year. USA Swimming and USA Track and Field also have called for a postponement to the games.   – Nearly seven in 10 U.S. Olympic hopefuls say they don’t think the Tokyo Games will be fair if they are held in July. The finding is prompting leaders of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee to conclude “it’s more clear than ever that the path toward postponement is the most promising.” USOPC sent a survey over the weekend to more […]
March 23, 2020
AP Sports
    Update on the latest in sports:   VIRUS OUTBREAK-TOKYO GAMES TOKYO (AP) – The Tokyo Olympics are probably going to happen, but almost surely in 2021 rather than in four months as planned. That seems clear after the International Olympic Committee said it was considering a postponement.   Major Olympic nations like Canada and Australia are adding pressure by making it clear they will not go if the games are staged this year.   IOC President Thomas Bach sent a letter to athletes explaining the decision and why it might take so long, while also acknowledging the extended timeline might not be popular. He said a final decision was likely to come in four weeks.   Meanwhile, a group representing track and field athletes has called for the Tokyo Olympics to be postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak. The Athletics Association’s statement comes a day after the International Olympic Committee set itself a four-week deadline to decide on a delay.   VIRUS OUTBREAK-RUSSIA Russia backs slow approach on Tokyo games MOSCOW (AP) – Russia has backed the International Olympic Committee’s approach of taking time to consider postponing the Tokyo Games and condemned the body’s critics.   The IOC says it will make a decision within four weeks and the Russian Olympic Committee endorsed that plan by calling for “complete support.”   The ROC says “we view as unacceptable any attempts to bring pressure on the organizations in charge […]

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