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Mikel Arteta provides update on Bukayo Saka contract talks

first_imgMikel Arteta provides update on Bukayo Saka contract talks Comment Advertisement Saka has burst onto the scene for Arsenal this season (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta said the club will ‘do the right thing’ in ensuring the future of their young players, including starlet Bukayo Saka.The 18-year-old’s contract has been the subject of speculation given his current deal is due to expire in the summer of 2021.Saka is reportedly earning around £3,000-per-week, prompting fellow Premier League rivals Liverpool and Manchester to monitor his situation, according to the Daily Mail.Speaking ahead of Sunday’s Premier League game against Newcastle, Arteta said: ‘I’m really happy with how they [the young players] are developing.ADVERTISEMENT‘Part of their development is to improve their contract and tie them to the club but I have to follow a natural process.’AdvertisementAdvertisement The Spaniard failed to provide a time frame on the negotiations, with the responsibility over contract talks falling to the club’s executives.He added: ‘We have Raul [Sanllehi], we have Edu [Gaspar], Vinai [Venkatesham] and Huss [Fahmy] who are in charge of that and I’m sure we will do the right thing when players deserve improved contracts.’Although naturally a winger, Saka has had to fill in at left-back with injuries to Kieran Tierney and Sead Kolasinac, putting in some hard-working and unselfish displays.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalThose attacking instincts have come in to play even when in defence, providing three assists in all competitions for the north London club.Tricky wide player Saka may have a tough time featuring in his natural position with the emergence of wonderkid Gabriel Martinelli.The 18-year-old has scored 10 goals in 23 appearances for the Gunners since joining from Brazilian club Ituano in the summer.MORE: Arsenal set date for potential Pablo Mari debutMORE: Santi Cazorla in contact with Arsenal over two possible transfer targetscenter_img 2️⃣2️⃣ Passes🔟 Outfield playersBukayo Saka finishes off a brilliant Arsenal move. 👊Is Mikel Arteta bringing Wengerball back to the Gunners? pic.twitter.com/vOta4736JM— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) January 28, 2020 Mike StavrouFriday 14 Feb 2020 2:49 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link7.1kShares Advertisementlast_img read more

Gov. Wolf Announces 10 More Testing Sites in Areas with Limited Access

first_img Press Release,  Public Health Governor Tom Wolf announced today that beginning Wednesday, June 17, nine more COVID-19 drive-thru testing sites will open in Walmart parking lots across the state, bringing the total to 19 sites at Walmart locations. Quest Diagnostics and Walmart are working with the department to provide no-cost testing for residents living in areas where there are fewer testing sites. Another testing site has also been added in Venango County, which previously had only one site, bringing the total of new testing sites to 10.“We continue to add testing sites in locations that are convenient for Pennsylvanians and increase the state’s testing capabilities,” Gov. Wolf said. “We do not want any Pennsylvanian in need of a test to have difficulty finding a location close to home for a free test.”“We appreciate the hard work done by health systems, pharmacies, Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), medical clinics and other entities that are providing testing for COVID-19 across Pennsylvania,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “When we established our testing strategy, we wanted testing to be accessible, available and adaptable and we are working to meet that challenge. Anyone who believes they have symptoms of COVID-19 can get tested today in Pennsylvania.”Beginning June 17 these sites will be open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. to test up to 50 registered patients daily. Registration is required one day in advance. There is no COVID-19 testing inside Walmart stores or Quest Diagnostics Patient Service Centers.The testing sites that will open on Wednesday include:Walmart Supercenter parking lot, 1887 Elmira St, Sayre, PAWalmart Supercenter parking lot, 1665 N Atherton St, State College, PAWalmart Supercenter parking lot, 108 Washington Towne Blvd N, Edinboro, PAWalmart Supercenter parking lot, 2501 W State St, New Castle, PAWalmart Supercenter parking lot, 1566 W Main Street Ext, Grove City, PAWalmart Supercenter parking lot, 9300 State Route 61, Coal Township, PAWalmart Supercenter parking lot, 980 N Susquehanna Trail, Selinsgrove, PAWalmart Supercenter parking lot, 120 AJK Blvd, Lewisburg, PAWalmart Supercenter parking lot, 1169 South Main St, Mansfield, PA“After testing, you are required to return home and self-isolate,” Dr. Levine said. “If symptoms develop or worsen while you are waiting for your test results, talk to your doctor. If you experience a medical emergency, please seek immediate care.”Registrants will be notified of a testing location within a 50-mile radius of them with available appointment times. Patients schedule an appointment time, print a voucher and bring the voucher to the location with them to their appointment. Patients will receive an email with their test results within 24-48 hours, and physicians will call any patient who has a positive test result.In addition to these testing sites, UPMC Northwest opened a COVID-19 testing site in Venango County, where there is currently only one other testing site. The new site is located at 1671 Allegheny Blvd, Reno, PA, and is open each week, Tuesday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. by appointment only. To schedule an appointment at this location, call 1-833-559-7680.Through the work of a number of entities, testing is accessible for Pennsylvanians. As Rite Aid, CVS, Patient First, Walmart and others offer testing for symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals, it has further allowed for Pennsylvanians to get tested close to home. Adding these locations to those already offered by hospitals, health systems, FQHCs, health clinics and other locations significantly expands the testing network in the state.More information about these testing sites and others, including a map of the sites available in Pennsylvania, are listed on the department’s website.The department’s testing plan has remained adaptable. This includes the efforts to ensure everyone in a long-term care facility can be tested, work to ensure counties that currently do not have testing locations can receive them, and other efforts based on the latest data and science surrounding COVID-19.Symptoms of COVID-19 can include:FeverCoughShortness of breath or difficulty breathingDiarrheaChillsRepeating shaking with chillsMuscle painHeadacheSore throatNew loss of taste or smell.Symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure. Reported illnesses have ranged from people with little to no symptoms to people being severely ill and dying.As of 12:00 a.m., June 14, there were 78,798 positive cases of COVID-19 statewide in 67 counties and 6,215 confirmed deaths. Most of the patients hospitalized are 65 or older, and most of the deaths have occurred in patients 65 and older. More data is available here.For the latest information for individuals, families, businesses and schools, visit “Responding to COVID-19” on pa.gov.The Wolf Administration stresses the role Pennsylvanians play in helping to reduce the spread of COVID-19:Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.Cover any coughs or sneezes with your elbow, not your hands.Clean surfaces frequently.Stay home to avoid spreading COVID-19, especially if you are unwell.If you must go out for a life-sustaining reason, please wear a mask.Updated Coronavirus Links: Press Releases, State Lab Photos, GraphicsDaily COVID-19 ReportPress releases regarding coronavirusLatest information on the coronavirusPhotos of the state’s lab in Exton (for download and use)Coronavirus and preparedness graphics (located at the bottom of the page)Community preparedness and procedures materialsMap with the number of COVID-19 casesAll Pennsylvania residents are encouraged to sign up for AlertPA, a text notification system for health, weather, and other important alerts like COVID-19 updates from commonwealth agencies. Residents can sign up online at www.ready.pa.gov/BeInformed/Signup-For-Alerts.Ver esta página en español. June 15, 2020 SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Gov. Wolf Announces 10 More Testing Sites in Areas with Limited Accesslast_img read more

Inner-city exodus fuels housing boom in southeast QLD suburbs

first_imgMORE: Cattle station sold for massive $35m via online auctionHomeowners could save thousands switching to better mortgages nowAuction set for epic Gold Coast mansion once listed for $45mAVID Property Group’s Chambers Ridge masterplanned community in Park Ridge, Logan. Image supplied.Record-low interest rates, the rise of remote working, first-home buyer government incentives and the impact of COVID-19 on buyer preferences has also driven an 84 per cent surge in demand for homes in Park Ridge, and a 78 per cent increase in Upper Caboolture.The research is based on the number of visits to a listing, listing interactions, saving the property, sharing the property and/or making an inquiry with the agent via phone or email.Realestate.com.au chief economist Nerida Conisbee said the demand was being driven by first-home buyers, affordability and buyers craving space.“If we have a look at the same time last year, there wouldn’t have been many projects out there, so there has been quite a change in the type of housing available,” Ms Conisbee said.“More broadly we’re seeing very strong interest in house and land off the back of HomeBuilder.”REA Group chief economist Nerida Conisbee.A 300 per cent increase in sales has been recorded by AVID Property Group at its three main southeast Queensland residential communities since the HomeBuilder grant was announced in June, compared with the two months prior.More than 90 per cent of sales have been to first-home buyers.The developer’s general manager Bruce Harper said land sales and demand for house and land packages had “gone crazy”.“There is definitely a preference (since COVID-19) for larger lots,” Mr Harper said.“We’re seeing people who otherwise may have bought a unit or townhouse, or a very small block of land, now preferring to have a slightly larger parcel of land.”Houses in a street in the Chambers Ridge estate in Park Ridge.Mr Harper said the Federal Government’s HomeBuilder scheme had encouraged a swathe of first home buyers to take advantage of the $25,000 grant.“Sales were good at the beginning of the year, then they dropped off from COVID in March and April and a lot of people who’d signed contracts withdrew,” he said.“When HomeBuilder came out on June 4, a lot of those people whose contracts had been let go had more confidence and came back into the market.“It also then brought forward a lot of people who were thinking about building, but might not have been quite ready yet.”Mr Harper said that even homes ineligible for the incentives were attracting strong sales.“In some areas with strong demand, such as Lawnton and Logan, the fact people can’t get HomeBuilder has not deterred them,” he said.This house at 58-60 Dickman Rd, Forestdale, is for sale.Housing Industry of Australia (HIA) data revealed that the number of loans to owner-occupiers to buy residential land in July increased by 145 per cent in Queensland — the largest increase of all the states.HIA chief economist Tim Reardon said there had been an increase in the number of loans for the construction of a new home, but also a rise in the purchase of new and established homes.“There has been a tangible improvement in sentiment and confidence in the housing market,” Mr Reardon said.This house at 51 Admiralty Circuit, Lawnton, is for sale.Land sales in southeast Queensland jumped more than 400 per cent in June — the strongest monthly sales result in more than five years, according to data compiled by Oliver Hume Research.After dropping to just 273 sales across the southeast in April, as lockdowns closed sales offices and dented economic confidence, the market rebounded to 1,110 sales in June.The data analysed nearly 2000 transactions from more than 150 projects across Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Logan, Ipswich, Moreton Bay and Redland local government areas.Oliver Hume national head of research George Bougias said despite the COVID-19 shutdowns and their economic impact, there were still plenty of buyers with stable incomes ready to take advantage of the grants and incentives available.“These are the right incentives at the right time and will keep thousands of tradies in jobs ashomes begin to spring up on these blocks in the next few months.”This property at 6 Serenity St, South Ripley, is on the market.But Mr Bougias said that while sales had been boosted by the incentives, there was also an underlying increase in demand.“The first half of 2019 was a tough time for the southeast Queensland land market, but there was a solid recovery under way towards the end of the year and right up until the lockdowns commenced in the final two weeks of March,” he said.The $25,000 HomeBuilder grant combined with $15,000 first home buyer grant from the Queensland government means eligible buyers can access $40,000 to help them get on the property ladder.Other incentives, including the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme can save buyers thousands more on top of the grants.Moreton Bay recorded the highest share of sales at 26 per cent, followed by Logan and Ipswich.The federal government’s HomeBuilder scheme has encouraged first home buyers back into the market.Oliver Hume chief executive Julian Coppini said the underlying fundamentals of the southeast market remained strong and included affordability, liveability, a large and growing population and good economic prospects.“While there are still many uncertainties around the national and global economies and theongoing level of income support and government incentives, the Queensland land market is well placed to absorb any further shocks,” he said.Buyers searching for a cheap patch of dirt in Queensland are also being enticed by a new land offering in the South Burnett region.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58The McGill Group is advertising one acre, flat blocks of land from $59,000 in Fork Hill Estate in Moffatdale, an emerging wine region north of Kingaroy and west of Gympie.So far, 70 per cent of inquiries for the blocks are from potential buyers in Victoria.The McGill Group founder Mark McGill said: “Such an opportunity in the current climate offers a sanctuary for families and is a great investment. With fishing, canoeing, waterskiing and boating at Bjelke Peterson Dam nearby — it’s a great spot to escape and to really prosper in the property market.”SUBURBS WITH THE BIGGEST GROWTH IN DEMAND FOR HOUSESRanking Suburb Demand year-on-year1. Forestdale 96.8%2. Lawnton 95.1%3. South Ripley 85.5%4. Park Ridge 83.9%5. Upper Caboolture 78.3%6. Belmont 75.1%7. Bahrs Scrub 70.7%8. Northgate 70.3%9. Inala 69.8%10. East Ipswich 66.4%11. Chermside West 65.4%More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus8 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market8 hours ago12. Mount Ommaney 64.9%13. Bald Hills 64.5%14. Logan Reserve 64.2%15. Everton Park 64.1%16. Camp Hill 61.7%17. East Brisbane 61.1%18. Gumdale 56.4%19. Pullenvale 56.3%20. Moorooka 54.3%(Source: Realestate.com.au)SUBURBS WITH THE BIGGEST GROWTH IN DEMAND FOR UNITSRanking Suburb Demand year-on-year1. Cannon Hill 112.1%2. Bethania 94.7%3. Griffin 82.0%4. Albion 79.8%5. Wynnum West 74.1%6. Brendale 70.1%7. Ascot 68.5%8. Bridgeman Downs 63.6%9. Lutwyche 60.5%10. Scarborough 54.5%11. Alderley 54.2%12. Carseldine 50.4%13. Sherwood 49.9%14. Carina 49.3%15. Clayfield 48.7%16. Morayfield 47.9%17. Everton Park 47.5%18. Wooloowin 46.9%19. Windsor 45.4%20. Springwood 45.1%(Source: Realestate.com.au) First home buyers Ray Zhou and Lucy Liu, with their three children, Irina, 6, Iris, 9, Ivan, 3, at the house they have bought in the masterplanned community, Chambers Ridge, in Park Ridge. Photographer: Liam Kidston.An inner-city exodus is driving a property boom in southeast Queensland’s masterplanned communities and outer suburbs, where COVID-weary buyers are seeking space and affordability.Forget Brisbane’s blue-chip postcodes, the hottest new markets are in the ’burbs, where house and land packages in Ipswich, Logan and the Moreton Bay regions are going gangbusters.Exclusive data from property listings site Realestate.com.au shows a jump of up to 97 per cent in serious buyer activity over the past 12 months in suburbs such as Forestdale, Lawnton and South Ripley.last_img read more

Opposition Leader calls for road repair money for Salisbury

first_img Share Tweet Sharing is caring! Share Opposition Leader Hon. Hector John. Opposition Leader Hector John wants government to allocate funds towards road repair works in his constituency among other projects. On Wednesday, Parliament approved a loan in the amount of EC$20 million dollars from the National Bank of Dominica required for financing of government expenditure.John told the debate on the matter that roads in his constituency have been in a deplorable state for far too long.“We have been seeking an audience with the minister on the matter, to see how we can dialogue and move forward in reference to repairs of the roads but he has disrespected us,” he told Parliament.John said some of that money should also be put towards repairs of the Coulibistrie Primary School.“The roof is in serious problems. We haven’t gotten any response from the minister. We want definite dates. How soon are you going to repair the roof of that school to make it safe for the children? That will go a long way in improving the lives of the children and the lives of the people living there,” he added.The Opposition leader also addressed the recent incident which occurred at the Dominica Grammar School where a student attacked a teacher.He said what happened at that learning institution should never repeat itself.According to John, proper security at the school should now be placed on the front burner of government.“Security at every school is important. I saw the fencing of the primary school in Salisbury and the Isaiah Thomas Secondary School in St Joseph. I must commend government for that but every school on the island must be secured,” he added.Dominica Vibes Newscenter_img LocalNews Opposition Leader calls for road repair money for Salisbury by: – February 23, 2012 Share 26 Views   one commentlast_img read more

DFA urges Filipinos to cancel travel to Iraq amid tensions

first_imgMANILA – The Department of ForeignAffairs (DFA) urged Filipinos to cancel any trips to Iraq amid the amid thecountry’s escalating tensions with the United States due to the killing of atop Iranian general. In an advisory on Friday evening, DFAsecretary Teodoro Locsin advised Filipinos in Iraq to coordinate with thePhilippine Embassy for possible mandatory evacuation. Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. urges all Filipinos to cancel any travel to Iraq, following a United States strike that killed a top Iranian commander in Baghdad’s international airport. ABS-CBN NEWS Situation has been tense after Iranvowed to retaliate against the US for top Iranian commanderQassim Suleimani in an attack said to be authorized byPresident Donald Trump. “The DFA urged Filipinos to cancel,until further notice, any travel to Iraq in view of the current situation inthe country,” it said. “Filipinos in Iraq are also strongly advised tocoordinate closely with the Philippine Embassy and their employers in the eventmandatory evacuation will be necessary.”center_img The embassy, it said, may be contactedat (+964) 781-606-6822; (+964) 751-616-7838; and (+964) 751-876-4665 or viaemail: baghdad.pe@dfa.gov.ph;and through its Facebook page: Philippine Embassy in Iraq. Suleimani, who led the Quds Force ofIran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, was killed by an American drone atBaghdad airport early Friday. He was also accused by the Pentagon of “activelydeveloping plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq andthroughout the region,” The Philippines is currently enforcingcrisis alert level 3 or voluntary repatriation for all areas in Iraq. There isalso an existing deployment ban of new workers and household workers to Iraq./PNlast_img read more

Performance Distributors gives awards in five IMCA divisions

first_imgMEMPHIS, Tenn. – Performance Distributors begins its second decade of IMCA sponsorship in 2017, continuing awards for drivers in five divisions.Top eligible drivers in each of the two IMCA Sunoco Stock Car and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock regions, and in national standings for Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMods receive DUI distribu­tors from the Memphis, Tenn., high performance parts manufacturer.Runners-up each get $100 product cer­tificates, with $75 given for third, $50 for fourth and $25 for fifth.The Mach-1 Sport Compact national champion and national rookie of the year both receive Dyna-Batt batteries. Se­cond through fifth place finishers in national standings for the 4-cylinder class all get $50 product certificates.In addition, Sport Compact state champions receive Screamin’ Demon ignition coils“We are proud to be an IMCA sponsor. IMCA racers are some of the most dedicated drivers in the world,” commented Performance Distributors President Steve Davis. “This is proven by the large turnouts and quality of the race cars.”Along with required distributor usage, Stock Car, Hobby Stock and SportMod drivers must also fill out and re­turn a sign-up sheet to the IMCA home office by Aug. 1. Sport Compact drivers must also display Dyna-Batt and Screamin’ Demon decals to be eligible.Performance Distributor awards will be presented during the national banquet in November or mailed beginning the following week from the IMCA home office.Information about Performance Distributors-manufactured products is available by calling 901 396-5782, on Facebook and at the www.performancedistributors.com website.“Performance Distributors is one of the first to renew their program annually and quick to pledge their support to IMCA racers,” said Kevin Yoder, director of marketing for IMCA. “We thank Steve and his team for a decade of support and look forward to another 10 years of great ignition products.”last_img read more

Ivory products worth Ksh 10 million seized in Kajiado

first_imgPolice officers in Kajiado County have seized Ivory products worth over Ksh 10 million and arrested one person transporting ivory ornaments.The suspect, a 33-year-old Denis Maheli Alima was nabbed by a team comprising of the Kenya Wildlife Service officers and detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations seized Ivory products along the Isinya-Kajiado highway.“Following intelligence leads, a multi-agency team comprised of DCI detectives and KWS officers arrested 33-year-old Denis Maheli Alima, for being in possession of processed Ivory worth over Ksh. 10 million,” said the DCI.Also Read  Uhuru calls for rebuilding of the UN to better address emerging challenges “The motorcycle, registration number KMEW 993N and ivory ornaments were confiscated and kept as exhibits. Search for another suspect who was to receive the consignment is still ongoing.”Get breaking news on your Mobile as-it-happens. SMS ‘NEWS’ to 20153 KWS Director in charge of Kajiado County Lamuarte Leng’uro said the arrest signified the presence of a rampant black market involving elephant trophies in Kajiado.Also Read  SRC moves to address pay disparities  Kajiado County Criminal Investigative Officer (CCIO) Isaac Meme said the suspects have been exporting the finished products to China, Bangkok and Vietnam.He added that detectives are moving in earnest to arrest the two notorious civil servants said to be the racket masterminds.Also Read  Cardinal Njue condemns conduct of leaders in the countryThe suspect will be arraigned in court on Monday.Last week, two male suspected poachers were nabbed by detectives in possession of ivory valued at Ksh 500,000 at Kitengela town as police officers intercepted more than 300 kilograms of wild meat in a separate incident in Enkorika, Mashuru Sub-County.last_img read more

The Latest: Keeneland closing to non-essential guests

first_img March 15, 2020 Associated Press Professional soccer is shutting down in Mexico following Sunday’s matches, which were already being played with no fans present as a precaution due to the new coronavirus.The measure applies to the men’s top flight and second division as well as the fledgling women’s league. Soccer officials said in a statement that the suspension would remain in effect until it’s determined that it’s safe to restart play in coordination with Mexico’s Health Department.Mexico previously played soccer matches without fans for several weeks during the 2009 H1N1 influenza health emergency, an outbreak with Mexico as the epicenter.Federal health officials on Saturday night raised the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the country to 41, up from 26 the previous day and 11 the day before that. On Sunday at least two more were announced by state-level authorities. The Latest: Keeneland closing to non-essential guests The track will set up screening checkpoints to monitor those seeking access and everyone will have their temperature taken. Only people with a temperature less than 100.5 degrees and showing no symptoms of the COVID-19 virus will be admitted. The screening will continue indefinitely.___4:49 p.m.The Texas racetrack that hosts the Formula One U.S. Grand Prix and other motor racing series announced it is closing indefinitely after a series of cancellations because of concerns about the coronavirus.The Circuit of the Americas was supposed to host the MotoGP Grand Prix of the Americas on April 5 and the IndyCar Challenge on April 26. Both races have been canceled. The track is also home to the USL soccer team Austin Bold and the league season has been suspended. He adds, “We’ll propose to UEFA that they postpone the Euros.”Serie A is currently suspended until April 3, along with all other sports in Italy, the European epicenter of the virus outbreak.UEFA has a meeting planned on Tuesday to discuss the calendar. The virus outbreak has also tested the limits of soccer’s World Cup schedule.___ Soccer players at Brazilian club Gremio have staged a protest of their own by wearing face masks on the field before the start of their game against São José on Sunday. Gremio players and coaching staff arrived at the Rio Grande do Sul state championship game wearing the masks. Authorities in Brazil have not ordered the cancellation or postponement of sporting events because of the corona pandemic but recommended that games are held without fans. Grêmio beat tiny São José 3-2 with no fans present.___ ___4:05 p.m.NCAA vice president of men’s basketball Dan Gavitt says brackets won’t be created for the NCAA men’s and women’s basketball tournaments that were canceled due to coronavirus concerns. Gavit says he made the decision and it was supported by basketball committees.“There is not an authentic way to produce tournament fields and brackets at this point without speculating,” Gavitt said Sunday, the day the men’s NCAA Tournament field had been scheduled to be announced. “And, that isn’t fair to the teams that would be positively or negatively impacted by manufacturing March Madness. More importantly, in light of this global health crisis, I believe we need to keep college basketball in perspective.”College basketball’s showcase was canceled on Thursday, leading to suggestions from coaches and athletic directors to release brackets for the event even though it won’t happen this year. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s effect on sports around the world (all times local):6:24 p.m.Keeneland announced it will be closed to all non-essential guests starting Monday. Only essential employees, owners, trainers, veterinarians, blacksmiths and stable workers will be allowed into the track in Lexington, Kentucky. Major League Soccer has extended the moratorium on team training through Friday.MLS announced a 30-day suspension of match play on Thursday because of the new coronavirus.The league said Sunday that players should remain in the market of their team and exercise safe social distancing. MLS said it is working with its players’ association and other North American professional leagues on a protocol to allow players at training facilities for rehabilitation or individual training.___2:10 p.m. The tournaments affected include the men’s Brazilian Cup, the top two tiers of the women’s Brazilian championship, and junior tournaments.The men’s top-tier Brazilian championship is scheduled to begin in April. The decision does not affect state championships currently being played. Some matches were held without any fans this weekend in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. São Paulo, Rio and other state soccer bodies are set to decide Monday on their course of action.___2:50 p.m. The facility also has a concert amphitheater and hosts large concerts and other events. Austin city officials have banned gatherings of 250 people or more at least until May 1.The F1 US Grand Prix remains scheduled for Oct. 25 if the season resumes. Formula One has postponed all races until at least May. MotoGP has tentatively rescheduled its Texas race for Nov. 15.“The joy of creating memorable occasions has been replaced with the disappointing reality of a worldwide crisis,” track officials said in a statement. “We hope everyone stays healthy, heeds the caution advises by leaders and experts, and comes back to COTA when good times return.”__5 p.m. “Players and coaches want to see their school name on the bracket,” Gavitt acknowledges. “Members of the media want to dissect matchups. Bracketologists want to compare the work of the committees versus what they’ve predicted. Fans are curious for those same reasons. All of us want something to fill the void we’re feeling. However, anything less than a credible process is inconsistent with the tradition of the NCAA basketball championships. … There will always be an asterisk next to the 2020 NCAA men’s and women’s basketball championships regardless if brackets are released.”NCAA President Mark Emmert has said postponing the tournament indefinitely was not feasible.___4:45 p.m.Brazil’s soccer confederation has suspended all competitions under its control due to the coronavirus outbreak. 5:15 p.m.The Italian soccer federation is planning to ask UEFA to postpone the European Championship.Federation president Gabriele Gravina tells Mediaset TV that Italian officials want Serie A to be completed by June 30.The Stadio Olimpico in Rome is slated to host the opening match of Euro 2020 on June 12, plus three other games of the tournament.Gravina says, “The hope is to finish by June 30. … And we’ll need to insert the Champions League and Europa League also. The deadline is June 30, then we’ll eventually see if we need to exceed that.” 1:15 p.m.Valencia’s Argentine defender Ezequiel Garay says that he has tested positive for the coronavirus, making him the first Spanish league player to become infected. “I have tested positive for the coronavirus,” Garay wrote on a social media account Sunday. “I feel well and now the only thing to do is to follow the instructions of health officials to remain confined.”Valencia added in a statement that a total of five members of its staff and team have the new virus, without specifying if Garay is the only player. It says that all are in good health and confined at their homes.Garay, who is recovering from surgery after tearing a ligament in February, said in a message posted on Instagram that “it’s clear that 2020 is starting on the wrong foot.” The New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority says all of the ski areas and venues that it manages will suspend operation at the close of business Sunday. Closures include all Nordic and Alpine ski resorts including Mt. Van Hoevenberg in Lake Placid, Belleayre Mountain Ski Resort in the Catskills, Gore Mountain in North Creek and Whiteface Mountain in Wilmington, near Lake Placid. All Lake Placid Olympic sites will also be closing, including the Olympic Jumping Complex, Olympic Sports Complex, The Olympic Oval and the Olympic Center including its museum and retail shops.___6:45 p.m. On Saturday, fellow Spanish club Alavés said that two members of its coaching staff had the virus. It said they are in good health. The Spanish league has suspended play due to the pandemic. Most people quickly recover from the global virus after experiencing only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.___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 6last_img read more