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‘Joni 75: A Birthday Celebration’ Live Album Set To Feature James Taylor, Emmylou Harris, Los Lobos & More

first_imgA new live tribute album honoring Joni Mitchell’s 75th birthday, Joni 75: A Birthday Celebration, is set to be released on Friday, March 8th. The live album is compiled of cuts from a pair of sold-out tribute shows at Los Angeles, CA’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion last November.The star-studded concerts included appearances by James Taylor, Emmylou Harris, Brandi Carlile, Chaka Khan, Norah Jones, Graham Nash, Kris Kristofferson, Los Lobos, Seal, and Rufus Wainwright, just to name a few. The two concerts were professionally filmed and will be screened in movie theaters across the country for one night only on Thursday, February 7th. Percussionist Brian Blade, who recorded three studio albums and toured extensively with Mitchell, served as the evening’s co-musical director alongside Jon Cowherd.Mitchell has kept out of the public eye almost completely (with exception of special events like this) since suffering a brain aneurysm in the spring of 2015. She’s since been in the process of recovery and has been doing well with her health progress in the years since, according to her close friends. Although unable to perform, she was able to take the stage to blow out birthday candles during a full-cast finale on the evening the new live album was recorded.Check out the tracklisting for the forthcoming Joni 75: A Birthday Celebration record below.Tickets for the March 7th film screening are on sale now here.Joni 75: A Birthday Celebration Tracklisting:1. “Dreamland” – Los Lobos with La Marisoul, Xochi Flores and Cesar Castro2. “Help Me” – Chaka Khan3. “Amelia” – Diana Krall4. “All I Want” – Rufus Wainwright5. “Coyote” – Glen Hansard6. “River” – James Taylor7. “Both Sides Now” – Seal8. “Our House” – Graham Nash9. “A Case of You” – Kris Kristofferson and Brandi Carlile10. “Down to You” – Brandi Carlile11. “Blue” – Rufus Wainwright12. “Court And Spark” – Norah Jones13. “Nothing Can Be Done” – Los Lobos with La Marisoul, Xochi Flores and Cesar Castro14. “The Magdalene Laundries” – Emmylou Harris15. “Woodstock” – James Taylor16. “Big Yellow Taxi” – La Marisoul, James Taylor, Chaka Khan and Brandi CarlileView Tracklisting[H/T Rolling Stone]last_img read more

3 named to National Academy of Inventors

first_imgThree Harvard professors and scientists have been named fellows of the National Academy of Inventors.They are Donald E. Ingber, Jennifer A. Lewis, and Guillermo J. Tearney.The award goes to academic inventors who have demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and the welfare of society.Ingber is the founding director of the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University, the Judah Folkman Professor of Vascular Biology at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital, and professor of bioengineering at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.Lewis is the Hansjörg Wyss Professor of Biologically Inspired Engineering at the Harvard Paulson School and is a core faculty member at the Wyss Institute.Tearney is professor of pathology at Harvard Medical School, Mike and Sue Hazard Family MGH Research Scholar, and an affiliated faculty member of the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology. He heads his lab at the Wellman Center for Photomedicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital.The 168 fellows named today bring the total number to 582, representing more than 190 prestigious research universities and governmental and non-profit research institutions. The 2015 fellows account for more than 5,300 issued U.S. patents, bringing the collective patents held by all academy fellows to more than 20,000. These academic luminaries have made a significant impact to the economy through innovative discoveries, creating startup companies, and enhancing the culture of academic invention.Included among the fellows are more than 80 presidents and senior leaders of research universities and non-profit research institutes, 310 members of the other national academies, 27 inductees of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, 32 recipients of the U.S. National Medal of Technology and Innovation and U.S. National Medal of Science, 27 Nobel Laureates, 14 Lemelson-MIT prize recipients, 170 fellows in the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and 98 fellows in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.last_img read more

Five hall rectors leaving Notre Dame at end of academic year

first_imgResidents of Farley Hall are used to knocking on rector Sr. Carrine Etheridge’s door to ask for advice and to walk Etheridge’s dog, Farley. But after 19 years as rector of Farley Hall, Etheridge will take Farley the dog from her namesake hall when she returns to Virginia to be closer to her 91-year-old mother. In addition to Etheridge, the rectors of Breen-Philips Hall, Keenan Hall, Stanford Hall and Zahm House will leave Notre Dame at the end of the academic year.   Reflecting on her time in Farley, Etheridge said she values not only the character and history of her hall, but also the accomplishments of the women who have lived there.  “They come in as little high school girls, but they leave as young women who are ready to do amazing things,” Etheridge said. “[They] fly jet planes and do research. We’ve got people who work in Congress. We’ve got people who are doctors now. We’ve got women in the law. We’ve got one who’s been on the [University] board of trustees.” Etheridge said she remembers Sept. 11, 2001, as a particularly memorable day in Farley’s history due to the strong sense of community fostered between residents and across campus. “We had women here in the dorm who didn’t know whether their parents were safe or not,” she said. “That was really scary. I think the plane struck at 9 or 9:30 in the morning, and I think it was like [by] 2 o’clock or 3 o’clock we had a full orchestra, we had 10,000 chairs up. We had a couple hundred priests. It was amazing.” Etheridge said the most important lesson she has learned at Notre Dame is what it means to be a member of the Notre Dame family. “Every year I tell [graduating seniors], you never really leave Notre Dame,” she said. “It’s so true. Sooner or later, everybody gets back.” Fr. Tom Gaughan became rector of Stanford Hall in 1992 after serving as an assistant rector in Sorin College for five years.   Like Etheridge, Gaughan said seeing the Notre Dame community unite on Sept. 11 stands out as a special moment during his tenure on campus. He said he remembers his residents coming together, praying and wanting to give blood in order to help relief efforts. “What stands out about that day is the Notre Dame community coming together to support one another and to pray for each other and for the world,” Gaughan said. Above all, Gaughan said mentoring students has been the most fulfilling aspect of his role as rector. “I have always found and felt such an amazing privilege to be invited to walk with people in their lives,” he said. “That’s such a humbling and awesome privilege.” Gaughan, who completed his Doctor of Ministry in preaching in 2009, said he plans to turn his dissertation into a book when he leaves his position as rector. “I’m hoping to have a little sabbatical time, but then to return to this ministry, hopefully in residence in a hall,” Gaughan said. Rachel Kellogg has served as rector of Breen-Phillips Hall since 2005. During that time, she said, her conversations with students in the early hours of the morning became an important part of her Notre Dame experience. “By our front door, we have a table and a couple of chairs. People often end up starting conversations there,” Kellogg said. “Notre Dame students are so intelligent and so interesting, and for me, it’s really fun to talk to so many bright people who have so many ideas and enthusiasms.” Serving as a rector in a Notre Dame residence hall has reinforced the true meaning of Holy Cross and Catholic teaching, Kellogg said. “For me, being a rector has really brought home the Holy Cross charism of hospitality,” she said. “I’ve learned that hospitality of spirit is the most important thing, because if you show people that you are ready to listen to them, and that you care about them, that can really change people’s lives and it can change your life too, because you learn from other people.” Zahm rector Corry Colonna has led the hall since 2007, and he said his relationship with his residents has been the most rewarding part of his job. “The best part about being a rector is the opportunity to walk with people on an important part of their life’s journey,” Colonna said. During Colonna’s first year as rector the men of Zahm recreated the “Here Come the Irish” banner that hangs on the front façade of the hall during football weekends. “We rented out the Stepan Center, and probably 60 to 70 guys were involved from helping to lay it out and paint it to figure out how to hang it up,” Colonna said. Colonna said the most challenging aspects of his position are itseround-the-clock responsibilities and having to be prepared at a moment’s notice for anything. One such experience occurred when a Zahm resident’s mother was involved in a car accident in the middle of the night. “I had to wake [the student] up and talk to him about it, and actually then went with him to the hospital,” Colonna said. “You want to be there for your students, but it’s also hard to find some balance in your own life.”last_img read more

Pretty Faces Comes to Asheville

first_imgJoin powder hounds throughout the Southeast in unveiling the premier of Pretty Faces, a film conceived by professional big mountain skier and SheJumps co-founder, Lynsey Dyer. The objective of the film is to give women and girls, young and old, a source of inspiration through a unique look at what is possible when boundaries are broken, dreams are captured, and friendships are cultivated.Dyer says of the film that she, “…wanted to give young girls something positive to look up to…[and] to give them their Blizzard of Ahhs, Ski Movie or High Life, but done in a way that also shows the elegance, grace, community, and style that is unique to women in the mountains.”The film will be shown tomorrow, January 8, 2015, at The Millroom. Doors open at 6 PM and the screening starts at 7 PM. The film premiere is also fundraising money to benefit SheJumps and Girls on the Run of Western North Carolina by offering a raffle with prizes donated from Asheville Brewery Tours, Asheville Adventure Rentals, Lululemon, ENO, Astral, Cataloochee Ski Area, and many more.You can buy your tickets in advance here. Stay up-to-date on film showing happenings by joining the event’s Facebook page.Can’t decide if you want to see the flick? Check out the trailer below!You go girls!last_img read more

Costa Rica: Operation MARTILLO strikes narco-trafficking networks

first_imgBy Dialogo June 20, 2014 SAN JOSÉ, Costa Rica – Costa Rica’s Coast Guard Service and the Judicial Investigation Organization seized 4,143 kilograms of cocaine on June 11 in a joint operation with the U.S. Coast Guard, as part of Operation MARTILLO, according to the Ministry of Public Security. The drugs, which were hidden in three fishing vessels flying the Costa Rican flag, were ultimately heading to the United States and Europe, according to Minister of Public Security Celso Gamboa. “This was a joint action carried out with the United States, but using intelligence information provided by Costa Rican authorities, and this is important to highlight, as it demonstrates the quality of our police force,” he said. The Ministry of Public Security valued the shipment at about US$30 million. Operation MARTILLO is a multinational project aimed at dismantling international criminal organizations, limiting their capacity to use Central America as a transit area. Operation MARTILLO includes Canada, Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, France, Guatemala, Honduras, the Netherlands, Nicaragua, Panama, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States. On May 6, also as a part of Operation MARTILLO, authorities seized 1,900 kilograms of cocaine concealed in the hold of a fishing boat off Costa Rica’s southern Pacific coast. A month later, they interdicted another fishing boat with 885 kilograms of the drug. “The police have been working in different ways in the fight against drug trafficking, which has led to different results, such as the seven [metric] tons that have been confiscated in the last month,” Gamboa said. Last year, security agencies seized about 20 metric tons of cocaine. Additionally, intelligence work is being developed so authorities can better react to operational changes by narco-trafficking organizations, which are using the boats of young Costa Rican fishermen as maritime storage, according to the Ministry of Public Security. The operations carried out since May have resulted in the arrest of 18 Costa Ricans Ricans – all of them between the ages of 25 and 45 – who were transferred to the Public Ministry to face international drug-trafficking charges. “This is the result of an analysis about what’s going on inside the country. Drug traffickers are increasingly using the Pacific and also employing young and [non-suspicious] people,” Vice Minister of Security Gustavo Mata said. “We reached various conclusions, such as the fact that they are infiltrating our coastlines and that the pattern of using fishing boats is being repeated.” Paul Chaves, a narco-trafficking expert, said the participation of the Costa Rican fishing industry in drug trafficking is nothing new. “This started in the 1980s and has not stopped,” he said. “The traditional fishing sector in Costa Rica is bankrupt. The fishermen cannot earn a living and cover their needs by traditional fishing. What ends up happening is that drug trafficking finds an opening in the midst of this social-economic context.” Authorities are paying close attention to the amount of fuel used by fisherman, as it often is subsidized by the state. They also are trying to understand the ways in which drug cartels contact people who live along the coasts, according to Chaves. “What normally happens is that boats coming from South America don’t have the range to reach Mexico, so Costa Rican fishermen meet them on the high seas and supply them with fuel, or they store the drugs until another boat arrives,” he added. “The fishermen are paid with drugs and that is what they bring to Costa Rica.” Since January, the country’s security agencies have seized approximately 11 metric tons of cocaine after confiscating 4.6 metric tons during the same period in 2013. More than half of this total has been confiscated thanks to the joint work of local authorities and the United States Coast Guard as part of Operation MARTILLO. “Intelligence work used in operations have produced results for the country and this makes us worthy of the confidence of international authorities, who can provide us with sensitive information to carry out these seizures,” said Gamboa, adding Costa Rica is grateful for the United States’ assistance in joint patrols. The Ministry of Public Security is striving to increase the National Coast Guard Service’s response in instances of narco-trafficking, Gamboa added. This has been the driving force behind the increase of the fleet from 30 to 74 vessels and the installation of radar equipment to monitor the narco-trafficking routes in the Pacific. On June 12 the U.S. Embassy in San José donated high-tech equipment worth US$107,000 for the joint effort against maritime drug trafficking. “Drug trafficking demands an amount of resources that is beyond the capabilities of the state,” Chaves said. “Given the limited capacity of Costa Rica to protect its waters and airspace, international cooperation has to occur and is something truly important in the fight against drugs.”last_img read more

Mason Greenwood set Man Utd Premier League record as Ole Gunner Solskjaer outlines expectations for teenage striker

first_imgAdvertisement SPONSORED / Mason Greenwood starts his first Premier League game for Manchester United against Cardiff this afternoon (Picture: Getty)Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists Mason Greewood won’t be fazed as he becomes the youngest player in Manchester United’s history to start a Premier League game.The teenager made his first United appearance as a late substitute against Paris Saint-Germian in the Champions League back in March and also made a cameo appearance against Arsenal in the same week.Injuries have prevented the forward, who has been prolific at youth level, from forcing his way into Solskjear’s team up until now but has been handed a chance by his manager against already relegated Cardiff at Old Trafford.‘I think so we have been waiting to play Mason. Training with us now for the last three or four months, he has been really good, said Solskajer of the 17-year-old who has scored 30 goals in 29 appearances this season.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT ‘We’ve had a couple of injuries but in the end we’ve ended up with the team we’re starting with but hopefully we can see them on the pitch.‘[Antonio’s’] been a fantastic servant to the club. He’s been Player of the Year, he’s won so many trophies.‘I will do whatever we can to get him on the pitch andI am sure he will be sad, emotional, towards the end because he has had such a great time here.’More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors 1/1 Read More Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Skip Ad Video Settings 1 min. story About Connatix V67539 More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors‘I don’t think he will be fazed, he is not that type of player.’Ander Herrera, whose departure was confirmed yesterday, is in attendance but misses out through injury, while club captain Antonio Valencia is named as a substitute for his farewell game after a decade of service.Romelu Lukaku, Luke Shaw and Alexis Sanchez all miss out through injury, but Greenwood’s fellow academy graduates James Garner and Angel Gomes have been forced to make to with a place on the bench.‘Garner and Gomes? They were in contention to start as well,’ added Solskjaer. Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Read More Full Screen Advertisement Read More Read More Top articles Metro Sport ReporterSunday 12 May 2019 2:29 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link159Shares Read More Skip by Metro PLAY Comment Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Mason Greenwood set Man Utd Premier League record as Ole Gunner Solskjaer outlines expectations for teenage striker Coming Nextlast_img read more

Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center renews title sponsorship of IMCA Southern SportMods

first_imgLUBBOCK, Texas – The 2015 season is the third for Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center as title sponsor of IMCA’s Southern SportMod division.The Lubbock, Texas, distributor is one of the largest GM parts retailers and Chevrolet engine dealers in the country and provides a portion of the point fund to be paid to top 15 drivers in na­tional standings for the division.“The Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center logo will be required again this year not only on Southern SportMods, but Northern SportMods as well as a divisional title sponsor,” noted IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “Their interest and support of the IMCA SportMod racer has been tremendous and no matter where you live, their crate engine sales and service program is met with tremendous customer satisfaction.”Drivers are required to display two Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center decals on their race car to be eligible for point fund shares.Point fund checks will be presented during the national awards banquet in Novem­ber or mailed beginning the following week from the IMCA home office.More information is available by calling 800 456-0211 and at the website.last_img read more

London giants could face play-off

first_img Press Association That scenario could happen if the Gunners win 2-1 at Newcastle and Chelsea draw 0-0 at home to Everton. That would make the clubs joint third and Arsenal and Chelsea would have to face a play-off for the automatic Champions League qualification spot. Premier League chiefs are crossing their fingers that they are not presented with a major headache if Arsenal and Chelsea finish the season level on points, goal difference and goals scored.center_img The problem for the Premier League would be when to play such a match – Chelsea have an end-of-season tour to the USA to play friendlies against Manchester City next week, and then there are England friendlies on May 29 against the Republic of Ireland and then in Brazil on June 2. Neither club would want the season to stretch into June but the play-off regulation is part of Premier League rules. They state: “If at the end of the season… the question of qualification for other competitions cannot be determined because two or more clubs are equal on points, goal difference and goals scored, the clubs concerned shall play off one or more deciding league matches on neutral grounds, the format, timing and venue of which shall be determined by the board.” last_img read more

The Latest: Bills GM Beane launches fundraising campaign

first_img___Bayern Munich players have returned to training in small groups despite restrictions in place because of the coronavirus pandemic.The decision by the German champions came after some rival clubs made similar moves. Borussia Dortmund and Wolfsburg have had players train in pairs or small groups.Bayern said Sunday that the training session would “be done in coordination with government policy and the relevant authorities.” The club added that “it goes without saying that all hygiene regulations will be strictly observed.”German league games have been suspended until at least April 30. Clubs and the league have discussed resuming the league without fans and with regular virus tests for players and staff. The Latest: Bills GM Beane launches fundraising campaign April 6, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Buffalo Bills general manager Brandon Beane has launched a fundraising campaign to support local charitable groups addressing critical needs stemming from the coronavirus pandemic. The move could be subject to a legal challenge. The Court of Arbitration for Sport has struck down similar national selection rules before if it deems they impose extra punishments on athletes who have served their doping bans. CAS overturned a British Olympic Association rule in 2012 that athletes previously banned for doping could not be selected for the Olympic team.The rules come as the Russian federation’s new management tries to mend its relationship with World Athletics. Russia has been suspended from international track competitions since 2015 for widespread doping.The federation last month formally admitted wrongdoing in a case where fake medical documents were used to give a Russian athlete an alibi for being unavailable for testing. It is facing a $10 million fine and a cap of 10 athletes for its track team at the next Olympics.___A doctor at French soccer club Reims has killed himself after getting infected with the coronavirus. Reims Mayor Arnaud Robinet told Le Parisien newspaper Bernard Gonzalez “is a collateral victim of COVID-19 because he had tested positive and was in isolation for 14 days. I know he had left a note to explain his decision.”Officials at the club say Gonzalez died Sunday. He was 60.Gonzalez had worked at the club for 23 years.Reims remembered Gonzalez as a man with the “soul of an artist” who was in love with the six-time champions.___ Beane is donating $20,000 to the community’s United Way chapter and providing incentives for Bills fans to get involved.Fans who make a donation to the Western New York COVID-19 Community Response Fund between Monday and April 17 will be eligible to win seven Bills-themed experiences or prizes.The prizes include joining Beane on the phone when the GM submits Buffalo’s first draft pick. Other prizes include a one-on-one Zoom interview with Beane, lunch with the GM, four tickets to Buffalo’s home opener, and a jersey autographed by quarterback Josh Allen.Proceeds will go to the community response fund. The fund aids area food banks and provides resources to health care providers and front-line responders.Beane praised the work being done by doctors, nurses, pharmacists, grocery-store workers and others for putting their health at risk to serve the community. Two more golf events on the European Tour have been called off because of the coronavirus pandemic.That ensures there will be no play until the end of June at the earliest.The Trophée Hassan II in Morocco from June 4-7 was postponed and the following week’s Scandinavian Mixed tournament in Stockholm was canceled and will now be played in 2021.Eleven tour events have been either postponed or canceled because of the virus outbreak.The next potential tournament is the BMW International Open in Germany from June 25-28. Celta Vigo forward Fedor Smolov has left his confinement in Spain to be closer to his family back home in Russia.Smolov says he informed the Spanish club of his plan and had its support. The club could not be immediately reached to confirm whether it had authorized the player’s departure.Spain is expected to remain in a nationwide lockdown because of the coronavirus pandemic until April 26. The country has more than 135,000 confirmed cases of the new virus with more than 13,000 deaths.Smolov wrote on Instagram that because of the closure of borders “I have found myself obligated to return to Russia to be closer to my family.”Smolov says he is “very grateful to Celta for its support and I want to emphasize that I informed the club about every step.” ___Dutch national team players, the country’s national soccer association and the sport’s main sponsor will contribute to an 11 million euro ($12 million) fund to support clubs in the Netherlands during the coronavirus pandemic.The Dutch soccer association says players on the men’s and women’s national teams are contributing to the fund to help amateur clubs that have been closed across the country.The country’s 3,000 soccer clubs have 1.2 million players but have seen income such as bar proceeds dry up amid the health crisis.___ Spanish media reported that the 30-year-old Smolov flew home on a private jet for the 18th birthday of Maria Yumasheva. She is the granddaughter of former Russian President Boris Yeltsin. Smolov published photos on Instagram in January showing him and Yumasheva together on vacation.Smolov says he is abiding by an “obligatory” quarantine and remains in constant contact with Celta’s coaching staff to follow team protocol. He says he will return “as soon as the club requires.”___The Russian track federation says it will no longer give national team places to some athletes with past doping bans.The federation said Sunday it won’t select athletes who were given bans since November 2015 for a range of doping and doping-related offenses, or who work with a coach who was banned since that date. Associated Press No German league games have been played since March 8.___More AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgUpdate on the latest sports — Fans will be allowed to enter baseball stadiums Friday for games in Taiwan for the first time this season. It is part of a gradual easing of restrictions amid the pandemic. The China Professional Baseball League said up to 1,000 people would be permitted to enter ballparks after an agreement between the league and Taiwan’s Central Epidemic Command Center.— New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio doesn’t see games returning to Yankee Stadium or Citi Field very quickly, at least not with fans. De Blasio says bigger events are going to be one of the last things that will really fit the equation as the country restarts. He says the perfect time to reopen big events is when the new coronavirus has been “beaten back to next to nothing.”— One top-tier Italian soccer team is resisting moves to restart the season. Brescia’s (BREH’-shuhz) captain says his entire squad opposes resuming the soccer season amid the coronavirus pandemic. He tells an Italian newspaper that “we don’t feel safe.” Most clubs in the top Italian league are resuming training on an individual basis this week but last-place Brescia is one of the holdouts.— WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman expects professional boxing to return without spectators and with judges officiating by video from home. Sulaiman said the World Boxing Council has produced a protocol for fights during the coronavirus pandemic that limit, for instance, a four-fight card to about 40-50 people at a venue.— More than 30 workers have accepted voluntary severance packages from the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee. It’s part of the organization’s attempt to trim up to 20% of its expenses in response to shortfalls caused by COVID-19. Furloughs and involuntary layoffs are expected to begin next week. IndyCar to open delayed season in TexasUNDATED (AP) — IndyCar has gotten the green flag to finally start its season in Texas.The race will be run June 6 without spectators at Texas Motor Speedway. That was the next race on the series schedule that hadn’t been postponed or canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.IndyCar President Jay Frye says IndyCar worked closely with TMS President Eddie Gossage, his track and public health officials on a plan to “ensure the safety of our event participants.”The June season opener will be on a condensed schedule with practice, qualifying and the race taking place on the same day. There will be strict access guidelines limiting the number of personnel on site, with health screening system administered to all participants and personal protection equipment provided to everyone entering the facility. Social distancing protocols will be in place. In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic:— Sporting events in Oregon are likely to be without large crowds likely through at least the end of September because of the new coronavirus. Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced steps the state is taking in its reopening next week. Brown asked those planning large gatherings to cancel or significantly modify plans for anything scheduled in September. That’s likely to impact the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers, the Portland Timbers of the MLS, and Oregon and Oregon State college football. While the NBA and MLS have no firm plans of a restart, Oregon and Oregon State both have three home games scheduled.— The NFL has set protocols for reopening team facilities and has told the 32 teams to have them in place by May 15. Commissioner Roger Goodell mapped out several phases of protocols in a memo obtained by The Associated Press. The first phase to deal with the coronavirus pandemic would involve a limited number of non-player personnel. The individual clubs would decide which employees could return to the facility and when, once the buildings reopen. No players would be permitted in the facility except to continue therapy and rehabilitation for injuries that were underway when facilities were ordered closed in late March.— The Cleveland Cavaliers are one of a handful of NBA teams planning to reopen their training facilities Friday for individual player workouts. Coach J.B. Bickerstaff said the team has worked with health officials to ensure players and coaches are safe.— NBA teams have been asked to help the Mayo Clinic with a study that could help researchers come closer to finding a solution to the coronavirus problem. The NBA and its players are partnering with Mayo Clinic officials who need volunteers for a study largely centered around antibodies. Teams were told that the study would help doctors understand the prevalence of COVID-19 among infected individuals who were asymptomatic or experienced only mild symptoms. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL-NFL- SCHEDULEKicking off: Texans at Chiefs to open season Sept. 10UNDATAED (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs will open defense of their Super Bowl championship by hosting Houston on Sept. 10 in the NFL’s annual kickoff game — pending developments in the coronavirus pandemic, of course. — The New England Patriots have signed four members of their 2020 draft class. Llinebackers Josh Uche and Cassh Maluia, kicker Justin Rohrwasser and offensive lineman Justin Herron have all agreed to terms on rookie contracts. The Patriots entered last month’s draft with 12 picks and after making several trades over three days, wound up selecting 10 players.— The lawyer for the wife of Baltimore Ravens safety Earl Thomas said she is being subjected to an “unfounded ongoing investigation” by Texas police after she allegedly pointed a gun at her husband’s head upon finding him in bed with another woman last month. According to a police affidavit, Nina Thomas tracked down her husband at a short-term rental home in Austin in the early morning hours of April 13 and found him and his brother, Seth, in bed with two women.— Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh is pushing for a change that would allow football players to enter the NFL draft after their freshman or sophomore seasons in college. Currently, players are not eligible for the NFL draft until they have been out of high school for at least three years. It is a policy in the collective bargaining agreement that runs through the 2030 season.NCAA-COMPENSATING ATHLETESSenators send letters to NCAA leaders with NIL questions — The televised match involving Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and two of the NFL’s greatest quarterbacks is raising $10 million for COVID-19 relief. Turner Sports is producing the May 24 event that will be simulcast on its networks, including TNT and TBS. Woods and Peyton Manning will take on Mickelson and Tom Brady at Medalist Golf Club. The match is the second time live golf will be on TV since the coronavirus pandemic shut down the PGA Tour and other tours around the world. Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson are part of a charity match May 17 at nearby Seminole.CFL-COMMISSIONER-CANCELLATIONCFL commissioner: Canceling season most likely scenarioOTTAWA (AP) — Canadian Football League Commissioner Randy Ambrosie said the most likely scenario is to cancel the season because of the COVID-19 pandemic.Ambrosie made the admission for the first time while testifying Thursday to a House of Commons standing committee on finance. More than a dozen tweets popped up in Antetokounmpo’s feed in the span of about five minutes, and they appeared to clearly be the work of someone other than the reigning MVP. The tweets included racial slurs, profane attacks on other players and a claim that Antetokounmpo had the coronavirus.The tweets weren’t up for long before disappearing from Antetokounmpo’s account. The Bucks said in a statement that an investigation is underway.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6center_img The Texans won a regular-season game at Arrowhead Stadium in 2019, then blew a 24-0 lead in the divisional round of the playoffs.Another highlight of the opening weekend will have Tom Brady’s regular-season debut with Tampa Bay against Drew Brees at New Orleans on Sept. 13 — the first matchup of 40-plus quarterbacks in NFL history.The opening of SoFi Stadium in the Los Angeles area that Sunday night has the Rams hosting the Cowboys. Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas will debut on the Monday night, Sept. 21, with the Raiders facing Brady and the Buccaneers.The NFL schedule, not to mention offseason activities and the preseason, has to be considered tentative given the current prohibition on large gatherings.In other NFL news: Associated Press May 7, 2020 Ambrosie appeared via video during a panel on arts, culture, sports and charitable organizations after news broke last week that the CFL had requested up to $150 million Canadian in assistance from the federal government.During his testimony, Ambrosie said the league’s future is “very much in jeopardy.”KANSAS-NCAA INFRACTIONSNCAA calls alleged Kansas basketball violations “egregious”LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The NCAA struck back at the University of Kansas and its men’s basketball program Thursday, calling five Level I violations that are alleged to have occurred “egregious” and arguing that they undermine and threaten” college athletics. UNDATED (AP) — The chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee has sent a letter to NCAA leaders, conferences and schools requesting details about how college athletes can be compensated for their names, images and likenesses.Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., sent 20 questions to each Power Five conference, dozens of colleges and universities and committees at each of the NCAA’s three divisions.Wicker’s letter comes a day after Sens. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., and Cory Booker, D-N.J., released a letter to NCAA President Mark Emmert urging the association to take further action on name, image and likeness compensation for college athletes.Last week, the NCAA Board of Governors signed off on recommendations to allow college athletes that opportunity to make money from personal endorsement deals and for activities like autograph signings and personal appearances.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTS In the latest in a series of back-and-forth filings, the NCAA reiterated in a 92-page response its claim that Adidas representatives were acting as boosters when two of them — T.J. Gassnolo and Jim Gatto — helped to arrange payments to prospective recruits. Those transactions became a central point in a wide-ranging FBI probe into college basketball that has ensnared Kansas, Louisville and several other high-profile programs.Officials from Kansas have said they agree with the NCAA that Gassnola made payments to family members and handlers of two players, Billy Preston and Silvio De Sousa. But coach Bill Self and assistant Kurtis Townsend said they were unaware of the transactions, backing up a statement Gassnola made during sworn testimony.NBA-ANTETOKOUNMPO-ACCOUNTS HACKEDBucks, relatives say Antetokounmpo’s social media was hackedMILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo’s social media accounts were hacked on Thursday afternoon and several bizarre and offensive tweets were posted, according to the Milwaukee Bucks, Antetokounmpo’s brother and the player’s representatives.last_img read more