Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionHow will solar panels affect town aquifer?Chances are, if you are reading this letter, you are part of the 150,000-plus residents that enjoy the water from the sole source aquifer in the town of Rotterdam.Currently, there is a project in progress to install solar panels right in the middle of Rotterdam Junction directly over the wellheads, in a Zone 1 protected area, and right on top of our valued water supply.I have been trying to get detailed information on the type of solar panels and what materials are used in the manufacturing.This is a potential hazard and a high risk to our water supply that appears to have been rubber-stamped through our town and county elected officials.I find it ironic that they would let this project go through and then turn around on their re-election literature and state they are protecting our aquifer.My requests for information on this project and panels have all gone unanswered. Something is not right, and this needs to be pursued by anyone concerned about water quality. Town and county officials are elected to act in the best interest of their citizens. In my opinion, they are falling woefully short of their responsibilities.Steve GrandstaffRotterdam Junction Examine the reasons for hatred of TrumpIt makes you wonder, this deep-seated political hatred for the American president. From where does it come? Is it because he, this non-lawyer, this non-politico, overstepped his limitations by challenging a chosen one in a national election? How dare he. Is it because he realized that the media and its minions were so totally indebted to one political party and its seemingly anti-American rant? Nah, couldn’t be. Is all this never-ending criticism of the chief of state taking place because of the president’s skin color? Nah, couldn’t be. But he is a white male, and for some, that is enough to indict. What is the reason for a three-year vendetta against this president, members of his family, Supreme Court members and their families?Global warming? Have outside temperatures somehow altered the brains of certain members of Congress who were clearly ensconced in the camp of a woman who still might be indicted for high crimes and misdemeanors?What causes members of Congress to incite social injustice against the president and members of his administration? Who knows? Partisan politics?You know, maybe a little more time should be spent in solving the problems of homelessness, failing infrastructure and illegal border crossings. It might also be a good idea if our media, yes, all of them, would just report the news instead of altering it. Might it be time to impeach … Congress?Allen R. RemaleySaratoga SpringsMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation Gazette makes effort at political balanceI take issue with Mr. Eplite, and then some, in his Oct. 4 letter “Paper has shifted too far to the left.”I have enormous respect for The Gazette policy regarding the selection of nationally recognized journalists. I read two to three newspapers every day and keep extremely current on the national news.In my opinion, The Gazette makes a reasonable effort to provide a balanced perspective in matters political.Does Mr. Eplite read George Will’s column which appears nearly every Sunday? Mr. Will has long been recognized as one of the most respected purveyors of conservative opinion.I could cite several other conservative thinkers, several of whom appear in The Gazette with some frequency. I’m thinking of David Brooks, Bret Stephens, Peggy Noonan, Bill Kristol, David Frum, Jennifer Rubin, Michelle Malkin and Hugh Hewitt.What appears to upset Mr. Eplite is that only a scant few of these demonstrate any respect for President Trump. That’s because there’s a virtual consensus among respected liberal and conservative pundits that Trump is a chronic liar, unbridled narcissist, corrupt businessman and con man who poses a grave threat to our country.At this point, the principal dispute I see among pundits is how best to rid ourselves of this guy before something really dangerous occurs.Robert K. CorlissSchenectady Kids are doing what’s expected of citizensSometimes kids can’t win. So often they are criticized for being unconcerned, preferring to sit on the couch playing video games rather than being engaged in civic duty.However, when informed young people marched in the student climate strike and spoke passionately about the issue of their generation, many adults were quick to criticize and made ridiculous claims that these young advocates were being manipulated by those with a leftist agenda.The student climate strike is a good example of what is essential to keep our republic healthy: Stay informed and advocate for what you believe to be true.Today’s young people are reminding us that we live in a democracy. Elected officials are in office to serve their constituents, and it’s up to us to hold them accountable.Upon leaving the Constitutional Convention more than 230 years ago, Ben Franklin was asked what government the delegates had settled on. He famously responded, “A Republic, if you can keep it.”He understood an informed, active citizenry would keep this new “experimental” government alive.If old Ben was around today, I’m guessing he would have applauded the students on that climate strike for pounding the pavement to wake the adults up.Bill BrooksGlenville Write in the people who are deservingYes, it’s getting close to Election Day (Tuesday, Nov. 5). The election signs are already cluttering up our roads. The campaign commercials are already ruining our television watching.I respectfully suggest that this year, you make your votes actually worth something. I suggest you do this by writing your votes in instead of filling out ovals for them. Write in someone you admire for every position you vote for. Doing that gets that your favorite person’s name into the consciousness of the general public, because someone has to read all the names that have been written in during each election.I myself will be writing in Jesus, as anyone who knows me or has read my letters to the editor would easily guess. If you don’t want to write in Jesus, then let me suggest that you write in Mollie Collins, who actually has election signs around here asking us to write her in. Thank you. Maybe someone should put up some election signs for Jesus.Joel NelsonSchenectady
Troicki, 34, entered Janko Tipsarevic’s Eastern European Championship tournament which started in Belgrade last Monday and pulled out after learning that he and his wife tested positive.”My wife took the test on Friday and I took it on Sunday after she tested positive,” Troicki told Serbia’s Telegraf website. “Our daughter tested negative.”The ATP wished players and staff who tested positive at the event a speedy recovery and urged “strict adherence to responsible social distancing” to limit the spread of the virus.The governing body added that it will implement a variety of precautions and protocols that would be adjusted as and when dictated by the latest medical information to ensure safety at events when the tour resumes on Aug. 14.The WTA did not respond to a request for comment. Organizers of the Adria Tour could not be reached for comment.Bulgarian Dimitrov flew in to play in Djokovic’s event in Belgrade and the second leg, as did other top names like Dominic Thiem of Austria and Germany’s Alexander Zverev.Organizers of other sports looking to resume from the coronavirus shutdown will be watching developments with some trepidation as they try to find the safest way of getting competition back under way.No social distancingThe tournament witnessed packed stands during the opening leg in Belgrade, players hugging at the net, playing basketball, posing for pictures and attending press conferences together.Djokovic organized nights out in Belgrade for the players and pictures and videos of him dancing with the other participants at his event were posted on social media.With both Serbia and Croatia easing lockdown measures weeks before the event, players were not obliged to observe social distancing rules in either country.”It is recommended that anyone who has been in close contact for more than 10 minutes with the tennis player be advised to self-isolate for 14 days and to contact their doctor,” the event organizers said in a statement on Monday.With international tennis suspended, Djokovic organized the Adria Tour as a charity event to be contested over four legs across the former Yugoslavia.Djokovic’s fitness coach Marco Panichi also tested positive, Serbian daily Sportski Zurnal reported, quoting Croatia’s health institute.The men’s world number one took the test on Monday after returning to Belgrade in the morning and his test results will be announced on Tuesday, after which he is set to address the public, Serbian media reported.Zverev, Croatia’s Marin Cilic and Russian Andrey Rublev – who all played at the Adria Tour – said they tested negative for the virus but will follow self-isolation guidelines.”Boneheaded decision to go ahead with the ‘exhibition’ speedy recovery fellas, but that’s what happens when you disregard all protocols. This IS NOT A JOKE,” Australian player Nick Kyrgios said in a scathing social media post.American tennis great Chris Evert also criticized the organizers for the lack of social-distancing, saying “… total physical contact, no face masks, even the fans were without masks.. I don’t get it.”Thiem, the men’s number three, is currently playing in France in the Ultimate Tennis Showdown (UTS), which is co-owned by Serena Williams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou.Organisers of the UTS, which also features men’s top-10 players like Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas and Italian Matteo Berrettini, posted pictures on Friday of Thiem undergoing a test after arriving at the Mouratoglou academy in Nice. Topics : Those plans, however, could need to be redrawn after three players who had featured in the Adria Tour event tested positive for the coronavirus. On Sunday Grigor Dimitrov said he had contracted the novel coronavirus.While the players did not break any Serbian or Croatian government protocols, as neither country required the athletes to maintain any social distancing, the fact that three players and some support staff caught the virus highlights the risks of athletes from different countries being in close proximity to each other.”I want to make sure anyone who has been in contact with me during the last few days gets tested,” Coric, ranked No.33 in the world, said on Twitter. “I am really sorry for any harm I might have caused. I’m feeling well and don’t have any symptoms.”Troicki played in the first leg staged at Djokovic’s tennis complex in central Belgrade from June 13-14, before Dimitrov and Coric tested positive at the second leg in Zadar held from June 20-21. Borna Coric and Viktor Troicki tested positive for COVID-19 after playing in Novak Djokovic’s Adria Tour exhibition event, raising serious concerns for tennis governing bodies in their bid to restart the sport after a lengthy shutdown.The professional circuit was halted in early March as nations closed borders and imposed lockdowns to contain the spread of the virus.Last week the men’s ATP and the WTA, which runs women’s events, issued revised calendars for the resumption of the circuit from August while organizers of the US Open said the Grand Slam will be staged without fans as scheduled from Aug. 31 to Sept. 13 in New York.
NZ Herald 5 Oct 2012About a quarter of the people who die from injury deaths could still be alive if alcohol use was removed from the combination of factors that caused the injuries, a Wellington conference on injury prevention and safety promotion was told.Otago University head of preventive and social medicine, Professor Jennie Connor, has told the conference the most effective strategies for reducing alcohol-attributable injuries in the population, based on international and New Zealand research.Her figures came from 2007 data where the total number of injury deaths was about 1500, and the alcohol-attributable deaths were about 350.Prof Connor said strategies to reduce those figures involved regulating the commercial marketplace for alcohol, by increasing alcohol prices, reducing accessibility and eliminating commercial promotion.They were the key strategies of the Global Strategy for the Reduction in the Harmful Use of Alcohol ratified by the World Health Organisation in 2010, but have not been included in the current Alcohol Reform Bill in New Zealand.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10838648
“The Council Coordination Committee agreed that it will be appropriate to grant relief for the use of a season of competition for student-athletes who have participated in spring sports. The committee recognizes that several issues need to be addressed related to providing the additional season of competition, including financial aid implications. The committee will also discuss issues related to seasons of competition for winter student-athletes,” the email read.___5:45 p.m.The Badminton World Federation has suspended all tournaments from Monday to April 12.The tournaments affected include the Swiss Open, India Open, Orléans Masters, Malaysia Open, and Singapore Open. ___11:50 a.m.NASCAR and IndyCar have each called off their races this weekend. NASCAR was scheduled to run Sunday at Atlanta Motor Speedway without spectators but said Friday it is calling off this weekend and next week’s race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.IndyCar was scheduled to open its season Sunday on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida, but suspended it’s season through the end of April. Four races are affected. ___ 2:10 p.m.The first Bundesliga game has been called off because of the coronavirus outbreak.Bremen senator for the interior Ulrich Mäurer says Werder Bremen’s home game against Bayer Leverkusen on Monday won’t be played as scheduled.The game was supposed to be played without any fans in the stadium, but Bremen mayor Andreas Bovenschulte says the decision was taken to call it off because of fears that several thousand fans would have gathered outside the stadium.Thousands of Paris Saint-Germain fans gathered outside the stadium on Wednesday during a Champions League game against Borussia Dortmund. U.S. Figure Skating and the International Skating Union made the announcement Friday, citing concerns over the spread of the virus and the United States’ ban on travel from Europe.The event had been scheduled for April 3-4 at Lake Placid, New York.The World Synchronized Skating Championships had been held every year since 2000, including four times previously in the United States.___6:20 p.m. ___12:50 p.m.National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman says players and staff have been told to stay away from the rink and self-isolate while the league is on a hiatus of uncertain length.Bettman said in a phone interview Friday with the Associated Press and the league’s website that, to his knowledge, no players or league employees have tested positive for the new coronavirus. But he added that he isn’t certain there isn’t someone who might not be feeling well and is awaiting test results.He told owners the first positive test result by any player would be a game-changer and that the decision to pause the season came after that happened in the NBA. ___11:10 a.m.The English Premier League has been suspended after three clubs put their entire playing squads in self-isolation because of coronavirus.The league had expected to continue with a full schedule this weekend with fans, but later decided to suspend all matches until April 3 “at the earliest.”The same suspension applies for the three lower divisions overseen by the English Football League and to England’s top two women’s divisions. Ballparks in Florida and Arizona were locked down Friday as the sport considered how to proceed following an outbreak that has brought the U.S. sports schedule to a standstill. Teams speculated the season might not start until sometime in May, necessitating a reduced schedule.The league and players’ association were discussing options Friday. Many teams said in the morning they planned to close for the weekend and re-open camps Monday. But a decision was made to encourage players to leave camp in the afternoon.The dispersal is not mandatory. In particular, many minor league players — especially from other countries — have been hoping to remain in camps, where they have usually access to housing, food and training facilities.____3:02 p.m. USA Diving is immediately suspending all of its activities for 30 days because of the coronavirus outbreak.That includes camps, conferences and any travel to gatherings.The sport’s governing body is also recommending all sanctioned activities be suspended for the same amount of time. Its board of directors will meet Sunday to discuss plans for international competitions.___2:55 p.m. Associated Press The first three stages of this year’s Giro d’Italia cycling race in May will no longer be held in Hungary.Writing in a Facebook post, government commissioner Mariusz Revesz says the decision came because of the coronavirus crisis in Italy and Hungary’s declaration this week to ban large outdoor sporting events.Revesz says Hungarian and Italian race organizers would seek contract modifications so the Giro can start in Hungary some other time.___1:20 p.m. Events with more than 1,000 participants were already banned in a bid to contain the virus outbreak.The rest of the Bundesliga’s 26th round was due to be played without fans present.___1:45 p.m.The Bahrain and Vietnam Grand Prix races have been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak. 2:50 p.m.Sliding season in the U.S. is over.USA Bobsled and Skeleton said Friday that it is canceling its national championships, which were to take place later this month in Lake Placid, New York. New USA Bobsled and Skeleton CEO Aron McGuire says “we must exercise caution when it comes to the safety of the athletes” amid the coronavirus pandemic.Also Friday, USA Luge said all of its remaining on-ice programs for the season in Lake Placid — including training sessions, youth screening camps, fantasy camps and the Masters championships — are off as well. USA Luge also is delaying its open house for the team’s new indoor refrigerated training center. It was to have been unveiled April 4.USA Luge CEO Jim Leahy says “out of an abundance of caution … we felt it necessary to terminate the season at this point.” 12:25 p.m.The Real Madrid basketball player who tested positive for the coronavirus was American forward Trey Thompkins.The positive result prompted Madrid’s basketball and soccer teams to enter quarantine because they share some facilities at the club’s training center.Thompkins wrote on Twitter he was “feeling great and just waiting for the virus to pass.”Spain has declared a state of emergency for two weeks to try to contain the virus. ___3:35 p.m.The Board of Control for Cricket in India has decided to delay the start of the Indian Premier League T20 tournament by two weeks because of the coronavirus outbreak.The tournament will now start on April 15 instead of March 29.___ The Welsh Rugby Union had earlier insisted its match against Scotland on Saturday in Cardiff would go ahead, but changed its mind by mid-afternoon.It’s the fourth match in the championship to be postponed and means the entire final round, scheduled for Saturday, is off.The Six Nations says “we have decided that it is in the best interests of supporters, players and staff to fall in line with recent measures taken across the U.K. and global sports industries.”It’s the first time the championship hasn’t been completed on schedule since 2001, when Ireland was hit by an outbreak of foot and mouth disease.___ 2:50 p.m.The Giro d’Italia cycling race has been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.The first three stages of the Italian race were scheduled to take place in Hungary in May but the country has banned large outdoor sporting events. Race organizer RCS Sport says the entire race was postponed after they were informed by the organizing committee of the Hungarian stages that those three legs could not be held on the scheduled dates.RCS Sport says “all parties have agreed that they are determined to work together to enable the Giro d’Italia to depart from Hungary at a later time.”___ Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, leading to the cancellation of the match against Brighton on Saturday. Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi also had a positive test on Thursday, while Everton said Friday that a player had reported symptoms consistent with coronavirus and said its squad was self-isolating.Two more clubs said some players or staff would isolate. Bournemouth said Friday that reserve goalkeeper Artur Boruc and four members of staff had symptoms consistent with the virus. Leicester said Thursday that three players had “extremely mild illness” and would self-isolate as a precaution.___10:30 a.m.The England cricket team’s test series in Sri Lanka has been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak. Sampdoria has announced that four more of its players have tested positive for COVID-19 as well as a club doctor.The club says after forward Manolo Gabbiadini tested positive on Thursday, it carried out tests on defender Omar Colley, midfielder Albin Ekdal, forward Antonino La Gumina, and midfielder Morten Thorsby, who all had light symptoms, and they also tested positive.Sampdoria says they are all in good condition in their own homes in Genoa. The same applies for club doctor Amedeo Baldari.The rest of the team, as well as the staff and directors, are also in self-isolation at home. The club’s offices and training facilities have been closed and all sporting activity has been suspended. ___ The England and Wales Cricket board says it made the decision for the players to return home after discussions with Sri Lanka Cricket.England was set to play the first test of its two-test series on Thursday, with the second test set for March 27.The ECB says “we look forward to returning to Sri Lanka in the very near future to fulfil this important Test series.”The decision was announced with England playing in a test warm-up match against the Sri Lanka Board President’s XI.England also has tests scheduled at home against West Indies in June and Pakistan in late July and August. Unlike NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, who said his league’s season would be suspended at least 30 days, Bettman would not put a timeframe on the NHL’s break. Bettman said several contingencies are being worked on about resuming the season and still awarding the Stanley Cup, but he would not give a definitive date on when that would have to happen or how long into the summer things could go.Bettman also said it is not the NHL’s independent call when to return to games and did not rule out the possibility of playing in empty arenas. He said games would only resume when the situation is safe.___12:30 p.m.The last remaining Six Nations rugby match was postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak. Binder says it is important to move quickly but also not to “simply react.”She says the WTA expects to make a decision “in the week ahead.”On Thursday, the men’s tennis tour suspended all ATP Tour and ATP Challenger Tour tournaments for six weeks, through April 26.Women’s events have been called off one by one through April 12.The next Grand Slam tournament, the French Open, is still scheduled to begin May 24 in Paris. 5:10 p.m.The London Marathon scheduled for April 26 has been postponed to Oct. 4.“We know how disappointing this news will be for so many — the runners who have trained for many months, the thousands of charities for which they are raising funds, and the millions who watch the race every year,” event director Hugh Brasher said.Previously, coronavirus fears have forced the Barcelona Marathon originally scheduled this Sunday, to be postponed to Oct. 25, and the Paris Marathon on April 5 to be shifted to Oct. 18.The Rome Marathon set for March 29 was canceled earlier. Florida Gulf Coast’s women’s basketball team was to play host to the ASUN Conference championship game at Alico Arena in Fort Myers, Florida on Sunday, before the tournament was called off because of the coronavirus pandemic.The Eagles got a celebration in anyway.The team gathered Friday at its home gym, with no fans present, to cut down the nets in celebration of winning the league title. FGCU was the league’s regular-season champion but did not have any elaborate on-court celebration when that title was clinched because it wanted to save the real party for an NCAA Tournament berth.FGCU associate head coach Chelsea Lyles tweeted Friday that the team didn’t celebrate the regular-season championship when it happened “because we knew we had bigger goals we wanted to accomplish. So today we danced, cried, cut down our net and celebrated our Regular Season Championship. A celebration of a fantastic year.”___ 10:45 a.m.India and South Africa have called off the two remaining one-day cricket internationals and decided to reschedule the series.The second ODI was scheduled to be played in Lucknow on Sunday and the third game in Kolkata on Wednesday. The first game was washed out by rain in Dharmsala earlier this week.___10:30 a.m. 11:20 a.m.The German soccer league has suspended its season, dropping a plan to play this weekend in empty stadiums.The league board says there is an increasing number of suspected coronavirus cases affecting German clubs.Three second-division players have tested positive for the virus. Bundesliga club Paderborn said its coach tested negative, hours before his team was due to play Fortuna Düsseldorf, and that it was waiting for test results from an unspecified number of players.___ The International Table Tennis Federation is suspending all activities — events, development and foundation — from Monday to the end of April.The ITTF executive committee will hold an emergency meeting on Monday.The Japan Open next month had already been postponed, but Friday’s decision also affects Olympic qualifiers for Asia, Europe and Oceania next month.An announcement will be made next week regarding the Hong Kong Open and China Open, both in May, the ITTF said.___ March 13, 2020 All of this weekend’s games are due to be played in empty stadiums.Borussia Mönchengladbach played Cologne on Wednesday and although there were no fans in the stadium, hundreds assembled outside.The league asked fans “not to gather in front of the stadiums and to do their part to protect the population.”Second-division club Hannover has put its players into self-isolation after two tested positive for the coronavirus. Hannover’s game against Dynamo Dresden on Sunday has been called off.___ Officials also suggested in a statement Friday that attendance be limited when there’s not enough time to stop ticket sales.Following the recommendations of the ministry, Brazil’s soccer confederation decided that matches of regional tournament in the cities of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro would be played without fans in the stands. The two cities have detected cases of local transmission of the virus.Brazil is one of the last countries in South America to take precautionary measures regarding sporting events. As of Friday, Brazil had 98 confirmed cases of COVID-19.___4:15 p.m. The Latest: Brazil recommends scrapping all sporting events 11:10 a.m.The Swiss hockey league will not have a champion this season.The league made the decision after canceling the season because of the coronavirus outbreak. It will be the first time since 1940 that no team will be declared champion.Games were suspended two weeks ago when the Swiss federal government prohibited large public events.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s effect on sports around the world (all times local):4:25 p.m.Brazil’s health ministry has recommended that that all sporting events be canceled or postponed due to the spread of the new coronavirus. 11 a.m.The French soccer league has suspended all matches indefinitely because of the coronavirus outbreak.Matches were scheduled to be held in empty stadiums but the French league made its decision in an emergency meeting a day after President Emmanuel Macron addressed the nation on television.No indication has yet been given as to when the league could resume. The league says it will next meet on Tuesday following a UEFA meeting.___ The Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Georgia, has been postponed until a later date. Augusta National did not indicate when the Masters would be played. That means there will be no golf at least for the next month. The Masters began in 1934 and only World War II has kept it from being played. This was the biggest shoe to drop for golf. The PGA Tour already canceled the next three events leading up to the Masters. Tiger Woods was to be going after his sixth green jacket.___ 10:25 a.m.Baylor University says it has told its entire baseball team and staff to self-quarantine after learning that three TSA agents in San Jose, California who tested positive for COVID-19 had “indirect contact” with the school’s travel party earlier this week. Baylor said the team will self-quarantine in Waco, Texas, or at their permanent residence. The school said no players, coaches or staff are showing any symptoms of the coronavirus. ___4:55 p.m. The Southeastern Conference has suspended all athletic activities at least through April 15 due to continuing developments related to the coronavirus.The events called off include competitions, team and individual practices, meetings and other organized gatherings.The SEC had previously announced that all competition was suspended until March 30. That suspension of competition has been extended through April 15 and now includes all organized team activities.SEC athletics programs will cease practices, individual and team workouts effective the end of the day Friday. Team meetings will conclude no later than 5 p.m. local time Monday.___ The Bahrain GP was scheduled to be held next week — at an empty track — and the inaugural Vietnamese GP was set to be held in Hanoi on April 5.The first four races of the Formula One season have all been called off. The season-opening Australian GP and the China GP were previously postponed.No new dates have been set for the races but governing body FIA says it expects to begin the F1 season in May when it reaches Europe with the Dutch GP.___1:25 p.m. ___2:45 p.m.A spokeswoman for the women’s professional tennis tour says the WTA is going to wait “a bit more time” to make decisions on whether any additional scheduling changes might be needed because of the coronavirus pandemic.Amy Binder writes in an email to The Associated Press on Friday that the WTA “has an obligation” to players and tournaments “to provide playing opportunities.”She adds that the WTA is communicating with upcoming European clay-court and grass-court tournaments. Skipper Terry Hutchinson of the New York Yacht Club’s American Magic, which recently finished winter training in Pensacola, Florida, thanked the Italian organizers “for making an incredibly difficult decision that prioritized the safety of teams, race officials and all organizing authorities. We know it was not easy and taking a leadership position was critical.”SailGP, co-founded by former America’s Cup champion Russell Coutts and tech tycoon Larry Ellison, canceled its regatta in San Francisco set for May 2-3.___3:59 p.m.Major League Baseball is encouraging players to go home a day after canceling spring training and postponing opening day by at least two weeks amid the novel coronavirus outbreak. 1:55 p.m.The Greek Olympic committee says it is suspending the rest of its torch relay because of the “unexpectedly large crowd” that gathered to watch despite repeated requests for the public to stay away to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.The Hellenic Olympic Committee says a large crowd had gathered to watch the flame for the Tokyo Olympics pass through the southern Greek town of Sparta. The flame was lit Thursday at the birthplace of the games in Ancient Olympia in a pared-down ceremony.The committee says it took “the difficult but essential decision to cancel the rest of the program of the flame relay on Greek territory.”It says the decision was taken in coordination with the health ministry and the International Olympic Committee. The handover of the Olympic Flame to the Tokyo organizing committee will go ahead as scheduled on March 19 at the stadium in Athens where the first modern Olympics were held in 1896.___11:50 a.m.Soccer in Scotland has been suspended following a similar move in England.The Scottish Football Association and Scottish Professional Football League say games are off until “further notice.” The suspension of the circuit comes into effect following the completion of the All England Open on Sunday in Birmingham.The decision severely impacts Olympic qualifying, which closes on April 30. The BWF previously said it will not change the qualifying window, but said on Friday it “will make a further announcement on regulations related to Olympic qualification points” later.___1:45 p.m.The World Synchronized Skating Championships have been canceled because of the coronavirus outreak. Six first-division games were scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, including the Old Firm game between Glasgow rivals Rangers and Celtic.___12:40 p.m.The Paris-Nice cycling race won’t finish in Nice because of the coronavirus outbreak, and will instead be stopped one day early at the end of Stage 7 on Saturday.The final stage would have taken the race on a 113.5-kilometer (70.5-mile) loop north of Nice. Instead, the race will stop in Valdeblore la Colmiane. 2:30 p.m.The NCAA will extend the eligibility of athletes on spring sports teams one year to make up for the season lost to the new coronavirus.The decision comes after the NCAA announced Thursday that its winter and spring championships would be canceled as a precaution against the spread of the new coronavirus. Some but not all conferences have announced that their spring sports teams would not continue their regular seasons.An athletics official at an East Coast school told The Associated Press that the NCAA Division I Council Coordination Committee sent an email notifying schools of the eligibility decision. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to release the information.The official read the content of the email but declined to forward a copy because the official’s university monitors outgoing emails. 4:10 p.m.Two major regattas, including one on the Italian island of Sardinia that would have debuted the radical new boats that will be used in the 2021 America’s Cup, were called off Friday due to the coronavirus pandemic.With Italy at the epicenter of Europe’s outbreak, the Italian group that represents the three challenging teams postponed a warmup regatta set for April 23-26 in Cagliari. The group said it would ask the America’s Cup arbitration panel to set a new date. That would seem nearly impossible due to the logistical challenge of shipping the 75-foot foiling monohulls.The second America’s Cup World Series regatta is set for June 4-7 in Portsmouth, England, and will be organized by the defender, Emirates Team New Zealand.Part of the INEOS Team UK crew flew back to England on Thursday night, a team spokeswoman said. Team New Zealand’s race yacht is on a freighter in the middle of the Indian Ocean and a spokesman said the team is looking at transferring it to another ship to get it to England. ___11:15 a.m.UEFA has postponed all Champions League and Europa League games because of the coronavirus outbreak.The quarterfinal draws in both competitions, scheduled for next Friday, have also been postponed.The decision comes four days ahead of a meeting to decide the European soccer calendar, including the possible one-year postponement of the 2020 European Championship. 9:55 a.m.Everton has become the third Premier League soccer club to put its entire playing squad in quarantine after a player reported symptoms consistent with coronavirus.Arsenal and Chelsea announced similar measures on Thursday.Everton says the club is in regular contact with the player in question and is monitoring the wellbeing of all players and staff. Its training complex has been closed down along with its stadium, Goodison Park.Everton is scheduled to play Liverpool in the Merseyside derby on Monday. Russia is offering to host more European Championship games as UEFA considers whether the tournament can go ahead.Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernyshenko says Russia, which hosted the 2018 World Cup, could hold more than its scheduled three group games and one quarterfinal match in St. Petersburg.According to state news agency Tass, Chernyshenko says “we absolutely could expand the tournament program.”He adds that “Russia is ready for however the situation develops, we have plans.”___ German club Nuremberg says its whole team and coaching staff are going into quarantine for 14 days after defender Fabian Nürnberger tested positive for the coronavirus.The second-division club decided to conduct tests after two players from previous opponent Hannover tested positive for the virus.Nuremberg was due to play St. Pauli on Sunday but the club has asked the German soccer league to postpone the game.Hannover’s game against Dynamo Dresden on Sunday was called off after Hannover decided on Thursday to quarantine its players for 14 days.___ However, it is increasingly likely all Premier League matches will be suspended. League officials are holding an emergency meeting to discuss future steps.___10:40 a.m.The German soccer league says it will play this weekend’s games as planned without spectators but may suspend the league as of Tuesday.The league board says it will propose a suspension through April 2, to be voted on by member clubs on Monday. Also Friday, the U.S. Tennis Association said it is suspending all of its sanctioned events through April 20.That includes USTA Pro Circuit tournaments, along with adult, junior and wheelchair tournaments.The group hopes to eventually reschedule events where possible.___6:35 p.m. More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6
Black Stars legend Osei Kofi argues that although Stephen Appiah is the best captain of his generation, the player shouldn’t be called ‘the best ever’.Appiah, 34, recently announced his retirement, bringing to an end a career which saw him rise through the ranks to become one of the most respected skippers on the continent.The former Juventus and Fenerbahçe midfielder led Ghana to its maiden World Cup in 2006 and followed it up by leading the team in 2010, too.These achievements, Osei Kofi said, makes the ‘Tornado’ the most successful Black Stars captain in his generation.“Stephen Appiah was one of the best in his generation, no doubt about that. But he is not the most successful captain for the Black Stars of all time. “I will choose Aggrey Fynn over him,” he said on Asempa FM’s Sports Avenue. The great professorEdward ‘Naabanyin’ Jonah Aggrey-Fynn, known by many aliases because of his varied talents, was a founding member of the Black Stars in 1958. Ohene Djan described Aggrey-Fynn as football’s “gentleman strategist” whilst the late Henry Plange Nyemitei labelled him the “master tactician”. As captain of the Black Stars on an European tour of 1961, Aggrey-Fynn excelled as a leader and remained in command of the Black Stars until they conquered Africa to become the winners of the 1963 Cup of Nations.He led the Black Stars to qualify for the first time to play in the Tokyo Olympics of 1964. Aggrey-Fynn died in 2005.On captaincy…In a related development, the former Kotoko legend – now a reverend minister – also rubbished suggestions by the 2014 World Cup Commission of Inquiry that Asamoah Gyan be given formal leadership training at a recognized institution.This comes on the back of the commission’s recommendation that the Ghana skipper is unfit to handle conflicts in the national team, because the fiasco during the last World Cup happened under his watch.“We are going too far in this country. The commissioners are not technical men so they don’t have technical eyes to tell somebody to go for leadership training before he can succeed”, Osei Kofi added. He also hinted that the Justice Dzamefe-led commission overreached in many of their recommendations.–Follow Gary on Twitter: @garyalsmith
“As is our process, we take appropriate action when we have evidence that a streamer has acted in violation of our Community Guidelines or Terms of Service,” Twitch says. “These apply to all streamers regardless of status or prominence in the community.”For his future, Dr Disrespect told PC Gamer he was at one point considering streaming independently on his personal website. But he also said he was considering options like YouTube and Facebook.”I’m more focused on just making sure whatever we do next, whether it’s a platform move or not, that it’s the right decision for the community and Champions Club that follows me,” he said. “And that makes sense to what I want to continue to accomplish with this character in terms of taking things to the next level, and whether it’s streaming or outside of streaming. So it’s just being conscientious of that decision.” MORE: What we know about why Dr Disrespect was banned from TwitchThe video appeared to be a parody of a news report on Dr Disrespect himself, poking fun at the mystery surrounding his absence. “When I say this is a developing story, I mean it’s a developing story because I am now receiving word: Dr Disrespect may return to streaming as soon as today,” the voice in the video says. “This is some big, big news from the two-time Streamer Of The Year. And thankfully here at BSM news, our sources are actually legit.”Since Dr Disrespect is permanently banned on Twitch, many took a look at his YouTube page for clues. That’s when people noticed he seemingly added a “Join” button to his page. Join allows YouTube subscribers to pay a monthly fee ($4.99 in this case) for exclusive features on his page. It’s essentially the same as Twitch subscription. Dr Disrespect https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/6/63/dr-disrespect-youtube_1ldw5nhepwmaq1bl5w0jpuc56q.png?t=-988826773&w=500&quality=80MORE: Ninja returns to Twitch, but is it for good?The $4.99 monthly fee allows fans to join the Champions Club, a term Dr Disrespect uses to describe his fan base.”Feel the Power,” the ad for the channel reads. “Join the most dominate digital society the world has ever seen!”Despite this, esports reporter Rod Breslau says there is no official deal between YouTube and Dr Disrespect.Dr Disrespect was permanently banned on Twitch on June 26 this year. After weeks of silence, aside from a lone tweet, he spoke out about his Twitch ban and what he planned to do in the future. He never provided details as to what caused his ban, but did talk briefly to PC Gamer about the mystery surrounding it.From PC Gamer:Interviewer: So are you able to confirm that legal action is taking place? You are taking legal action against Twitch?Dr Disrespect: We are considering taking legal action.Interviewer: When do you think you might if ever have a definitive answer as to the reason why you were banned?Dr Disrespect: Honestly, we just don’t know.Also from that interview, Dr Disrespect said he will never stream on Twitch again.As for Twitch’s side of things, the platform has not commented publicly on the ban. The streaming service has only released a general statement on the issue when pressed by media outlets. (YouTube) Is Dr Disrespect returning to streaming? A post on his Instagram Live suggests that’s the case.The popular video game streamer, who was banned on Twitch for unknown reasons, posted an interesting clip to his Instagram page Thursday afternoon. The video suggested a return to streaming as early as Thursday.