Carol and Peter Iliffe are auctioning their family home at Highgate Hill after 17 years. Photo: Annette DewCarol and Peter Iliffe found a clever way to keep moving costs down when they bought 37 Prospect Terrace, Highgate Hill, 17 years ago — simply shift 30 metres from your current home.“We rented a house across the road and the lady who lived here became a friend,” Mrs Iliffe said.“When the owners wanted to sell, she didn’t want to buy it so we negotiated, bought it and moved.”The couple have raised three children in the five-bedroom home, but after almost two decades of love and laughter, the time to downsize was upon them.“The kids loved it here — the closeness of the city and the freedom it gave them,” Mrs Iliffe said. “Of course they’d often bring home lots of friends from State High (school) for a swim because it’s so close.”She said despite being moments from the CBD, their location had proved surprisingly quiet.“You really wouldn’t think you’re this close to the city even though you’re only a few streets back from South Bank,” she said.The Iliffes renovated the home in 2006 so, as the children grew up, the family could spread out and enjoy the space.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus1 day agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market1 day ago“We basically split the two levels so they could have their friends over and not impact on our area too much,” Mrs Iliffe said.When she and Mr Iliffe wanted to relax away from the kids, they enjoyed their great outdoors.“The back deck — we’ve got big mango trees around there and a retractable awning so you can still look up at the stars,” she said.The couple are keen to downsize but haven’t decided on their next move, so they’re set to rent for six months.“It’s going to be hard, but it’s time for us to have a change,” Mrs Iliffe said.The house at 37 Prospect Terrace, Highgate Hill, is being auctioned Saturday October 28 at midday by Will Bertelsen of Ray White Brisbane CBD.Follow Kieran Clair on Twitter at @kieranclair undefined
The manager of Norway’s sovereign wealth fund, the Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG), says the fragmentation and increased competition in the stock exchange sector has led to “worrying developments”, and that exchanges must adapt to new circumstances.In a research note on the role of exchanges in well-functioning markets, Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM), which manages the NOK7.2trn (€793bn) fund, said it wanted exchanges to consider changes, such as a return to local exchanges.NBIM said: “We view exchanges as critical to well-functioning markets, both in their function as listing venues, and as the final arbiter of the price discovery process. “However, if they are to re-assert their central role, they must adapt and innovate to enhance their attractiveness to institutional investors who have supplanted the many small retail investors that exchanges were originally designed to serve,” it said. Its main concerns were that stiffer competition between exchanges and alternative trading systems could lead to poorer regulation and governance and that the efforts by exchanges and dealers to keep up with the speed race could end up harming all market participants.“For-profit exchanges are now challenged to maintain their regulatory and corporate governance duties in this competitive landscape,” it said.As an example of how the push to increase speed of communications could be detrimental, NBIM cited the current speed race amongst providers of network infrastructure, so-called microwave data-link providers.These providers were able to earn increasingly “super-normal” profits, it believed, to the detriment of all financial market participants. “We support efforts to remove complexity that leads to this form of over-investment,” the manager said.”We view the current latency race as ultimately a dead-end,” it said.Efforts by exchanges to increase availability of liquidity in size would be welcome, it said.“Supporting the development of batch auctions and experimenting with size versus time priority models are all initiatives in the right direction, in our view,” it said.NBIM also said it was worried about the fall in the number of listings in the US and Europe in recent years.“We do not believe economies benefit when going public simply means cashing in, rather than raising capital,” it said.It added: “We encourage exchanges to develop new solutions in this area, be they in the form of new listing classes, or potentially even a return to local exchanges.”,WebsitesWe are not responsible for the content of external sitesLink to NBIM research note
BROOKVILLE, Ind. — A Laurel man accused of murder recently appeared before a judge and pleaded not guilty.Bertram Rayburn Jr., 61, is facing murder and criminal recklessness charges in connection to the death of Dwight Jones, 59, of Laurel.Franklin County deputies found Jones inside of a pickup truck suffering from a gunshot wound in the early morning hours of Tuesday, November 4. He was later flown to an Indianapolis hospital and was pronounced dead on November 5.Court documents obtained by the Brookville American-Democrat reveal it may have been a night of partying gone wrong as the victim, alleged shooters, and others were up all night drinking and possibly arguing.If convicted, Rayburn could serve up to six decades in prison.
During the Court’s session convened via video link, Mr Karuri opposed the law maker’s release on bond on grounds that the current situation in Uasin Gishu County was volatile.Get breaking news on your Mobile as-it-happens. SMS ‘NEWS’ to 20153 Kapseret Member of Parliament Oscar Sudi will spend two more nights in police custody awaiting his bail ruling on Wednesday.The vocal MP was presented before Nakuru Chief Magistrate Josephat Kalo after he was arrested on Sunday over alleged hate speech and incitement.Nakuru Chief Magistrate Joseph Kyalo deferred the ruling on the bond application after a defence team led by the MP’s lawyer Collins Kiprono and Uasin Gishu Women Representative Gladys Shollei and prosecution conducted by state counsel Daniel Karuri presented their submissions over the matter.Also Read KUPPET calls on parents to prepare for early reopening According to the prosecution, Sudi will face five counts including hate speech contrary to section 139(1) (a) of the NCIC Act no 12 of 2008, assaulting a police officer contrary to section 103 (a) of the National Police Act 2011, offensive conduct contrary to section 94(1) of the penal code, resisting arrest and being illegal possession of a firearm.Also Read 2/3rd gender headache: Maraga calls for dissolution of ParliamentThe prosecution further wants the Kapseret MP to surrender a Ceska pistol loaded with 11 rounds of ammunition that was found in a car inside his compound.Also Read President Kenyatta hails peace progress in S.SudanSudi is accused of making inciteful remarks that border on hate speech and use of abusive language directed at President Uhuru Kenyatta and his mother former First Lady Mama Ngina Kenyatta.The video attracted countrywide outrage with a section of women leaders demanding an apology.
Mrs. Theresa “Kay” (Earls) Marlman, age 67, of Bennington, Indiana, entered this life on January 25, 1952 in Madison, Indiana. She was the loving daughter of the late Charles A. and Erma R. (Dilts) Earls. She was raised in Switzerland County, Indiana and was a 1970 graduate of Switzerland County High School. Kay was united in marriage on June 19, 1970 in Switzerland County, Indiana, to Barry Wayne Marlman. This happy union was blessed with two daughters, Angela and Jenny. Kay and Barry shared nearly 47 years of marriage together until he passed away on March 24, 2017. Kay was employed as a dealer and floor supervisor for Belterra Casino & Resort in Florence, Indiana for 13 years. She was a member of the Vevay American Legion Post #185 Ladies Auxiliary. Kay attended the Bennington United Methodist Church in Bennington, Indiana and was a lifelong resident of the Switzerland County community. Kay enjoyed gardening, doing her nails, gambling and her dogs. She also enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and watching Matthew dirt track race. Kay passed away at 5:45 p.m., Friday, January 17, 2020, at her residence.Kay will be lovingly remembered by her daughters, Angela Craddock and her husband, Shawn of Ghent, KY and Jenny Hankins and her husband, John of Vevay, IN; her grandchildren, Emily and Matthew Craddock and Maci and Miranda Hankins; her sisters, Connie Knotts of Madison, IN and Sharrie Earls of Madison, IN; her brother, Walter “Bubby” Earls and his wife, Joyce of Aberdeen, IN and her several nieces and nephews.She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles A. Earls, died January 9, 1998 and Erma R. (Dilts) Earls, died April 18, 2000; her husband, Barry Wayne Marlman, died March 24, 2017 and her sister, Charlene A. Earls, died December 22, 1949.Friends may call from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Thursday, January 23, 2020, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana 47043.Vevay American Legion Post #185 Ladies Auxiliary will conduct services at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, January 23, 2020 at the funeral home.Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m., Friday, January 24, 2020, by Rev. Mike Jones, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana 47043.Interment will follow in the Vevay Cemetery, Vevay, Indiana.Memorial contributions may be made to the Charity of the Donor’s Choice. Cards are available at the funeral home or online at www.haskellandmorrison.com
The 21-year-old graduate of Barcelona’s famed La Masia academy spent the 2013-14 campaign on loan as the side finished seven points behind fourth-placed Arsenal. They had a dip last season after combining domestic duties with European football but there will be no such distractions over the next few months and Deulofeu is aiming high. Press Association New Everton signing Gerard Deulofeu is targeting Champions League qualification having helped get the club so close in his last spell at Goodison Park. “Last time I was here two years ago we finished fifth so this time it would be great to finish fourth and go into the Champions League,” said the Catalan forward, who singled out manager Roberto Martinez as a major factor in him returning on a permanent deal. “He played a very big role but it was my decision. I wanted to come back to Everton – it was great that he wanted me to come back as much as I did.” Deulofeu, after spending last season on loan at Sevilla, added on evertontv: “I am a more mature player now. “When I first came to Everton I came from the Spanish second division. “I learnt a lot at Sevilla last season, even though I didn’t play that much. “I am going to carry on learning throughout my career but, yes, I agree, I am a better footballer now than I was then.”
The Switzerland international completed his medical at the newly-promoted Premier League club and makes the move from Hamburg. A statement on Watford’s official club website said: “Watford FC is delighted to announce the signing of Switzerland international Valon Behrami on a three-year deal.” The 30-year-old, who was born in the former Yugoslavia, has previously played in the English top flight for West Ham between July 2008 and January 2011. Behrami has earned 59 caps for his country and has scored twice on the international stage. He has also previously played for Italian sides Genoa, Verona, Lazio, Napoli and Fiorentina. Watford have announced the signing of midfielder Valon Behrami on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee. Press Association
___Seven Arkansas State athletes have tested positive for COVID-19 and are self-isolating for 14 days.Chancellor Kelly Damphousse said the seven athletes are from three sports, and all were asymptomatic Thursday. They learned of the positive results Wednesday night.The athletes who tested positive and are living off campus will self-isolate there or at home for 14 days. Those living on campus will self-isolate in their residence hall or at home for 14 days.Damphousse said contact tracing has begun, and anyone who has been exposed to any of the seven athletes will be required to quarantine for 14 days. They will adopt the temporary law change when the league resumes on June 17 amid the coronavirus pandemic.There can still only be three pauses to bring on substitutes.Premier League clubs have also agreed to temporarily increase the number of substitute players from seven to nine.___The Italian soccer federation is launching a fund of nearly $25 million to help clubs and their members following the crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Valencia expressed “surprise” and a top health official in the Spanish region said Gasperini “lacked responsibility” for traveling to Spain with symptoms of the virus. He recently told Italian media he felt sick the day before the March 10 match in Valencia.Gasperini tells Sky Italia, “I know that I respected the protocols. I was in quarantine like everyone else until training resumed. I never had a test. It was only in May when (the entire team) had blood tests that I realized that I had had the virus.”Valencia said after the March 10 game that about 35% of its team had the virus.Gasperini adds, “Looking back, I think that was the period when I didn’t feel well. But I never had a fever or any sort of respiratory problems. When I left from Bergamo I felt fine. I had some problems that evening and the day after (the match).”Experts say the first leg on Feb. 19 in Milan was one of the biggest reasons why the virus was so deadly in Atalanta’s home city of Bergamo. The match has been dubbed “Game Zero” by Italian media. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___NASCAR is set to run its All-Star race on a Wednesday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway and added one more weeknight Cup Series race as part of its latest revised schedule through July. NASCAR has revamped its schedule in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and announced even more changes on Thursday.NASCAR will keep its scheduled twinbill weekend later this month at Pocono Raceway. The track is still scheduled to hold a Truck Series and Cup Series race on June 27 and an Xfinity Series and Cup Series race on June 28. The compressed schedule because of the pandemic has forced NASCAR to run races from all three national series multiple days a week. NASCAR crammed five Cup races on the schedule from May 17 to May 30.The rest of the Cup schedule includes a July 5 race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, July 12 at Kentucky Speedway, the All-Star race on July 15 at Charlotte, July 19 at Texas Motor Speedway and July 23 at Kansas Speedway. The new schedule wraps Aug. 2 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.The All-Star race is usually held in May and New Hampshire was bumped from its July date. Pocono, Indy and Kentucky stayed the same.NASCAR also scheduled five Truck races and six second-tier Xfinity races. The Cup Series races again Sunday at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The schedule for the rest of the season will be released at a later date.___A day after announcing a deal with its players’ association to resume the season with a tournament in Florida, Major League Soccer says teams may resume training.MLS says each player and staff member must complete two tests for the coronavirus 24 hours apart, 72 hours ahead of the start of training. Every player also must have a test for antibodies and a physical.Once training starts, players, coaches and some staff must be tested for the virus every other day. An individual who tests positive would be isolated, tested again at least 24 houts later, and all close contacts would be tested. High-risk individuals must be cleared to participate by the team’s chief medical officer in consultation with the MLS medical staff. Borussia Dortmund has defended a group of players who were accused of breaking Bundesliga hygiene rules while getting haircuts.German newspaper Bild reports that some of the players were pictured without face masks during appointments at home with a celebrity barber. Forward Jadon Sancho was among the players.League rules during the coronavirus pandemic say players should minimize contact with people from outside their household. They have to wear masks for large parts of game days unless actually on the field.Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc says he spoke with the players about their behavior and adds that they only removed their face masks to pose briefly for pictures. Zorc adds that the 20-year-old Sancho is still “very young.”___ The IOC pays for insurance against the cancellation of an Olympics but it is unclear if its policy covers a one-year postponement.Cancellation policies detailed in IOC accounts cost $14.4 million for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics and $12.8 million for the 2018 Pyeongchang Games.The IOC said last month it set aside $650 million to cover potential extra costs for the postponement.Costs for organizers in Japan are expected to run to billions of dollars.___ Michigan State athletes can begin returning to campus June 15 in preparation for voluntary workouts. Football, basketball and volleyball players will be the first to undergo testing.After testing, athletes will be instructed to self-isolate for a week, and those testing positive will be quarantined for 10 days. On June 22, athletes who initially tested negative will be given a second round of testing. Athletes who receive a second negative test will be cleared to begin voluntary workouts. They will be split into small workout groups based on people they live with.“The intent is that if we keep our volume, our number of athletes together in a small set, and their strength coach works with just that group when they work out, and somebody in that group is positive, then we can isolate that individual group as opposed to the whole team,” Kovan said.Common areas like locker rooms and lounges will remain closed. Athletes will be given masks and required to wear them while in facilities, except during workouts.___ A member of the Pittsburgh Penguins has tested positive for COVID-19.The team announced Thursday that an unidentified player has been diagnosed with the coronavirus. The team says the player was not in Pittsburgh at the time of test and has been at his home since first experiencing symptoms. The club said the player is “recovering and feeling well” and those who have been in close contact with him have been notified.The NHL’s season remains “on pause,” but the Penguins will participate in the approved playoff format whenever the season resumes.___Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini says the reaction from Champions League opponent Valencia after he acknowledged testing positive for the coronavirus is “really very offensive.” ___The European gymnastics championships have been moved to December after being postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.The men’s event will run from Dec. 9-13 and the women’s championships from Dec. 17-20 in Baku, Azerbaijan.Baku was originally supposed to host only the men’s championships but France couldn’t reschedule the women’s event after missing its planned dates in Paris in April and May.European Gymnastics president Farid Gayibov says the body will review the coronavirus situation and react accordingly “should the situation at a later date not be considered safe enough any more.” The Save Soccer Foundation will need definitive approval at a federation meeting on Monday.Federation president Gabriele Gravina says “it’s an initiative which doesn’t have precedents and represents a great assumption of responsibility which the (federation) is taking in favor of the whole soccer system.”The fund consists of 21,700,000 euros ($24,500,000). It will give up to 5 million euros ($5.6 million) to each of the two divisions below Serie A as well as the same amount to support clubs from the amateur soccer league.It will also give up to 3 million euros ($3.4 million) to soccer players and the same amount to coaches and their staff.The fund will also provide 700,000 euros ($800,000) to help women’s soccer clubs that are set to complete the season. There are also experiences such as training sessions and dinners with various athletes.Francis says “the true values of sport are particularly important to face this period of pandemic and especially the difficult restart.”The auctions will take place on the site Charitystars.com starting Monday for two months. There will be a new one every week and each auction will last 10 days.All funds raised will go to the Papa Giovanni XXIII hospital in Bergamo and Fondazione Poliambulanza in Brescia.___ All referees in Italy’s top soccer league have tested negative for the coronavirus.The Serie A referees and some from the second division were tested at the Italian federation’s training headquarters on the outskirts of Florence.They will remain there until June 10 to have further tests and continue training and preparing for the resumption of Serie A on June 20.___Premier League clubs have agreed to allow five substitutions in soccer matches. The team has also struggled on the field and hasn’t won a league game since January.___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 German soccer club Schalke has apologized to fans for asking them to justify their refunds for games played in empty stadiums because of the coronavirus pandemic.Schalke had asked for evidence of financial hardship if fans wanted tickets refunded this year rather than waiting until 2022.Schalke says it used “impersonal formulations lacking empathy” and fans will no longer be asked to submit documentary evidence of their personal finances. But the club says the approach was legal under German law.The Bundesliga was suspended in March because of the coronavirus outbreak and spectators have not been allowed to attend any of the games since the league restarted on May 16.Schalke has been hit hard financially by the pandemic. Executive board member Alexander Jobst said in March the club faced an existential threat. Testing for antibodies will take place every three months. Testing providers must be authorized by the FDA or Health Canada.Training rooms and gyms will be restricted to a maximum five people, and lockers should be spaced a minimum 10 feet apart. Doors should be left open.Food is restricted to individual, prepackaged meals and individually wrapped utensils, and 10 feet of distancing is necessary while eating.Staff is to use appropriate personal protective equipment.___ Associated Press The European championships for rhythmic gymnastics will stay in Kyiv, Ukraine, but are now set for Nov. 26-29. That is six months later than originally planned.All three championships were supposed to be tune-ups for the Tokyo Olympics but that event has been postponed to 2021.___Pope Francis is promoting a charity auction of sports items and experiences in support of two of the hospitals hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic in Italy.The “We Run Together” auction includes a personalized bicycle given to Francis by world champion Peter Sagan, a team jersey and captain’s armband signed by former Roma forward Francesco Totti and a swim suit and hat from Olympic champion Federica Pellegrini. “This is a day that we knew would come, not just at A-State, but for colleges and universities across America,” Damphousse said.An Arkansas State spokesman said he didn’t know how many athletes have been tested since they began returning to campus for voluntary workouts.Oklahoma State and Marshall have announced they’ve each had three athletes test positive.___English soccer club Tottenham says it is expecting to lose more than $250 million in revenue with Premier League matches being played without fans and its stadium no longer being used for two NFL games this year. Michigan State says a student-athlete’s father died of COVID-19 and the athlete tested positive but remained asymptomatic.Athletic director Bill Beekman was part of a video conference with reporters Thursday to discuss the school’s plans to have athletes back on campus. When asked if any athlete or athletic department personnel had tested positive in the past three months, Beekman said nobody that he was aware of — but that he might not necessarily have all the information.Dr. Jeffrey Kovan, the school’s director of sports medicine, was also part of the video conference. He quickly said that one student-athlete had tested positive, his father died, and his mother and sister also tested positive. Kovan said the athlete was asymptomatic and retested negative a few weeks later.The school did not disclose the athlete’s identity or his sport.“We’ve had a couple others that have had symptoms, without testing positive that we know of,” Kovan said. The Korea Open in September is still on.The world tour is scheduled to resume at the end of August in Lingshui, China.___The International Olympic Committee is in talks with insurers over compensation for the postponed 2020 Tokyo Games.Olympic operations director Pierre Ducrey says there is “an open discussion” between the IOC and insurance brokers “to try and find the right level of compensation to help us bear the cost of having to wait another year.” June 4, 2020 NASCAR updates schedule through Aug. 2 Tottenham’s stadium opened last year and can hold more than 60,000 people. It is unclear when spectators will be allowed into events again.Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy says “it is imperative that we now all work together … to find a safe way to bring spectators back to sport and entertainment venues.”___Badminton tournaments in Australia, India and South Korea have been canceled amid the coronavirus pandemic.The suspended Australian Open can’t find new dates. The Hyderabad Open in August and Korea Masters in November were part of the revamped calendar announced last month but have now been put off.
PALACE IMPLOSIONPistons’ onetime home, the Palace of Auburn Hills, torn downAUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — One of Michigan’s most beloved sports and entertainment venues was turned into rubble on Saturday with a series of controlled explosions. The shell and roof of the Palace of Auburn Hills, which was home to three championship Detroit Pistons teams and three Detroit Shock teams and played host to some of the world’s biggest musical acts during its nearly 30-year run, crumbled to the ground following a series explosive pops. The rest of the arena had already been removed.The Palace, which opened in 1988, held more than 22,000 people for NBA games and up to 23,000 for concerts and other shows, according to nba.com. Associated Press July 11, 2020 — German soccer club Union Berlin is offering free coronavirus tests for more than 20,000 fans as part of a plan to hold games in a full stadium in September. The Bundesliga (BOON’-dehsh-lee-guh) club will offer testing ahead of each game to fans and club staff. Each person must test negative for the virus within 24 hours of kickoff. Union wants to implement the plan in time for the first home league game of the new season, which could be as soon as Sept. 18. The club’s plan is more ambitious than those of other German clubs because it relies on mass testing instead of social distancing. The Berlin city government has a ban in place on mass gatherings until Oct. 24. NHL-PLAYERS OUTStars’ Polak, Canucks’ Baertschi won’t report to NHL campsUNDATED (AP) — Dallas defenseman Roman Polak and Vancouver forward Sven Baertschi have joined the list of players who won’t be reporting to training camp for the resumption of the NHL season. Polak is not on the Stars’ roster for the start of training camp Monday, and a team spokesman said the 34-year-old veteran won’t be attending at this time. Polak is a pending free agent who last month agreed to a deal in his native Czech Republic next season and told reporters there he wasn’t planning on returning to the NHL if play resumed. Charlton was an uncompromising central defender who played alongside his brother, Bobby, in England’s World Cup-winning side in 1966 before enjoying coaching success with Ireland. Charlton was Footballer of the Year in England in 1967. He spent all his club career at Leeds from 1952-73, tying its all-time record of 773 appearances. He won every domestic honor, including the league title in 1969. His biggest achievement came with the England national team that beat Germany 4-2 after extra time in the 1966 World Cup final at Wembley Stadium. Charlton died at home on Friday in his native Northumberland in northeast England. He was 85.Premier League games will be preceded by a minute’s silence this weekend as a tribute to Charlton and players will wear black armbands.TENNIS-SUSPICIOUS MATCHESTennis Integrity Unit eyes suspicious exhibition matches In other developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic:— New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman has tested positive for the coronavirus and is experiencing mild symptoms. Manager Aaron Boone announced the diagnosis Saturday and said Chapman “overall is doing well” but “will not be here for the foreseeable future.” Chapman threw a bullpen session Tuesday and Boone wouldn’t comment on whether he had been at Yankee Stadium since. Boone said the team had gone through contact tracing protocols, and no other players or personnel would be forced to isolate because of Chapman’s positive test.— The Houston Astros canceled their workout Saturday after learning that a staff member could have been exposed to a person outside the organization with the coronavirus. It’s the second time this week the Astros have canceled a workout because of concerns about the pandemic. Houston also scrapped its Monday workout because of delays with testing results due to the holiday weekend, as did some other teams around the majors. — Texas Rangers outfielder Joey Gallo says he doesn’t know if he actually had the coronavirus despite two positive tests, since he never had any symptoms and also had multiple negative tests. Gallo said Saturday that he planned to have a more extensive antibody test to be sure after a finger-prick test didn’t indicate that he had COVID-19. The All-Star slugger missed the first week of the Rangers summer camp after two positive tests that sandwiched a negative result during intake testing. — Arizona Cardinals owner Michael Bidwill has tested positive for COVID-19. The team says after Bidwill developed symptoms, he tested positive and went to the hospital on the recommendation of his doctor. His condition has improved and he’s expected to be released this weekend. The team believes the 55-year-old Bidwill caught the virus while traveling and spending time on the East Coast for several weeks. He’s been working remotely since March and the team says he hasn’t had in-person contact coaches or players. Update on the latest sports Baertschi told the Canucks he’d be opting out of participating in the expanded 24-team playoffs.Calgary Flames defenseman Travis Hamonic on Friday became the first player to publicly choose not to play for family reasons. Hamonic’s daughter was hospitalized last year with respiratory issues, and he and his wife also have a baby boy.The Tampa Bay Lightning won’t have captain Steven Stamkos at 100% for the opening of camp because of a lower-body injury, but they’re optimistic he’ll be ready when games get under way in early August.The Minnesota Wild, who face the Canucks in the qualifying round, have ruled out defenseman Greg Pateryn indefinitely with an upper-body injury. NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said Saturday the league will be taking over injury and illness disclosure from teams as a way of protecting player privacy. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSNHL to resume season in Canada next monthUNDATED (AP) — Hockey is the latest sport to finalize a return to competition after NHL owners and players approved an agreement to resume the season. After the Pistons relocated in 2017 to downtown Detroit, the arena about 30 miles northwest of the city continued to host concerts and music events, the last in September 2017 by rocker Bob Seger.It also became the second suburban Detroit arena that found little real use after its main sports tenant took its games back to the city. The Detroit Lions played at the nearby Pontiac Silverdome from 1975-2001 before moving to Ford Field in Detroit. The Pistons also called the Silverdome home for a decade before The Palace opened. The Silverdome was taken down with a partial implosion in 2017.OBIT-JACK CHARLTONEngland World Cup winner Jack Charlton dies at 85UNDATED (AP) — England World Cup winner Jack Charlton has died. — The Pac-12 has become the second major conference to shift to a conference-only fall schedule amid growing concerns over the coronavirus pandemic. The decision covers football, women’s and women’s soccer and women’s volleyball. Conference-only schedules will be announced no later than July 31. The announcement came a day after the Big Ten opted to eliminate nonconference games for all fall sports. The Atlantic Coast, Big 12 and Southeastern conferences are still weighing options for fall sports. — Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott has tested positive for COVID-19. The 55-year-old tested positive late this week after experiencing flu-like symptoms and is self-quarantining at the direction of his doctor, according to a statement by the conference. Scott is continuing to carry on his duties as commissioner remotely.— IndyCar has welcomed fans to its races for the first time this season. Josef Newgarden earned the pole position Saturday for the opening race of a weekend doubleheader at Road America in Wisconsin. Newgarden also earned the pole at Road America in 2018 and went on to win that race. Jack Harvey will start in the second position for the second straight race. Scott Dixon qualified ninth as he seeks his third straight victory.— The NHRA resumed its season Saturday in front of an expected crowd of 3,000 to 4,000 at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis. Fans were not allowed at Friday’s practice session but returned in a limited capacity for qualifying NHRA President Glen Cromwell said ticket sales were capped at about 10 to 15% of normal capacity. They also are expected to attend Sunday’s finals. Most fans wore face coverings on a hot, sun-drenched day, complying with county guidelines, and observed social distancing in the stands, pits and at concession areas. The weekend ends a 138-day hiatus for America’s top drag racing series.— Swiss top-tier soccer club Zurich said it had more cases of coronavirus Saturday among its players and staff who are now in home quarantine. Zurich did not specify how many new COVID-19 cases were reported after the initial announcement Friday that a player had tested positive. Zurich’s Swiss Super League games on Saturday against Sion, and on Tuesday at Basel, have been postponed during the 10-day quarantine period through to next Friday. Zurich has seven league games left and it is unclear how that program can be met ahead of UEFA’s Aug. 2 deadline to complete domestic seasons. The return-to-play plan, tentatively approved by the NHL and NHL Players’ Association on Monday, was ratified by the league’s board of governors and with majority approval from players following a three-day voting period that ended Friday. Along with it, the two sides also formally approved a four-year extension of the collective bargaining agreement.Games are scheduled to begin Aug. 1 in Toronto and Edmonton, Alberta. Coronavirus cases in the U.S. are pushing the league into Canada for the summer and fall until the Stanley Cup is awarded in late September or early October.NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said Saturday that coronavirus cases spiking in the Las Vegas area contributed to the NHL’s decision to complete its season in Canada. Las Vegas was long considered a front-runner.Daly also said one player testing positive when play starts isn’t expected to shut down the playoffs, but an outbreak would change the equation. He didn’t say what the league considered an outbreak.Training camps open across North America on Monday, which is also the deadline for players to opt out of participating with no penalty. LONDON (AP) — The Tennis Integrity Unit has raised concerns over 24 “suspicious matches” at exhibitions organized while the men’s and women’s tours are shut down amid the coronavirus pandemic. The TIU, which investigates match-fixing cases in the sport, said Friday it received reports of the matches at private tournaments staged between April and June.The reports are filed by gambling companies who track unusual betting patterns around matches. Suspicious betting patterns don’t necessarily mean a match was fixed. A similar effect can also happen if insider information about a player’s injury leaks. Private tennis exhibitions have proliferated after the ATP and WTA tours closed down in March. Some have little or no oversight. Besides a smattering of events with big-name players, there are many smaller events around the world with low-ranked players.
Associated Press September 17, 2020 Thomas Pieters stayed home for more than five months during the pandemic, skipped the PGA Championship and recently became a father.It hasn’t seemed to hurt his game at the U.S. Open.Taking advantage of ideal scoring conditions at Winged Foot, Pieters had five birdies to offset a bogey at the par-5 12th to shoot a 4-under 66. That puts him in a tie for second with Patrick Reed, one behind Justin Thomas.Pieters delayed his return to competitive golf after the coronavirus shutdown due to the birth of his first daughter, Florence. The Belgian returned to finished third at the Celtic Classic in Wales last month.4 p.m. ___7:30 a.m.Brandon Wu kicked off the 120th U.S. Open with a drive into the right side of the fairway at Winged Foot.That’s considered a great start.Hitting fairways is paramount at Winged Foot. For starters, it’s tough to advance the ball very far. But the greens are severe, and the bunkers are as much as 8 feet deep. That explains why only two players out of 750 who have started the previous five U.S. Opens at Winged Foot finished under par. Paul Waring holed out for a birdie from the fifth fairway after driving into the rough. Moments later, Patrick Reed made a hole-in-one on the seventh hole.Leading the way is an amateur, Davis Thompson of Georgia. He was at 3 under. Rory McIlroy wanted to get off to a good start for a change, and he was at 2 under.Tiger Woods was 1 over through seven holes.The course is forgiving enough that Jordan Spieth managed to recover from his tough start. With three birdies, he was back to even par.___ The Latest: Oosthuizen shoots 30 on front for 67 Will Zalatoris has the second ace at Winged Foot’s par-3 seventh hole.Patrick Reed had the first on the 165-yard hole early in the opening round of the U.S. Open. Zalaoris followed him into the cup on a 9-iron shot that landed in the middle of the green and trickled into the hole.Zalatoris, who led the 2020 Korn Ferry points list, moved back to even par with the ace after two early bogeys.The 24-year-old is competing in his second U.S. Open after a stellar junior career and playing at Wake Forest. Zalatoris won the 2014 U.S. Junior Amateur and played on the 2017 Walker Cup team. 2:35 p.m. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMAMARONECK, N.Y. (AP) — The Latest from the U.S. Open (all times EDT):6:40 p.m.Benign conditions at Winged Foot have led to some rare low scores at the difficult course. Thompson was an All-American at Georgia and a finalist for the Jack Nicklaus Award given to the top player in college golf. He qualified as the No. 3 player in the World Amateur Golf Rankings and is making his U.S. Open debut. No amateur has won the tournament since Johnny Goodman in 1933.10:20 a.m.For a U.S. Open course that’s one of the toughest, and with no spectators allowed, there’s been plenty of cheering in the opening round Thursday.The cheers have come from the smattering of volunteers. And they had reason. Phil Mickelson opened his return to Winged Foot with two birdies but gave both shots back over the next two holes.Mickelson blew a one-shot lead on the 18th hole in 2006 for the most painful of his six U.S. Open runner-up finishes.Through the first four holes, he hasn’t found a fairway. He hacked out of the rough on the first two to get within birdie range but couldn’t salvage par after finding trouble on 3 and 4.The 50-year-old wouldn’t have qualified for the field under normal circumstances, and had said he wouldn’t ask for a special exemption. But when the USGA reset the qualifying standards because of the pandemic, it took the top 70 players instead of the top 60. Mickelson made it based on being ranked 61st.___ 1:20 p.m.Justin Thomas is leading the U.S. Open at 5 under par through 18 holes. Thomas arrived at No. 18 tied with Patrick Reed, who had already finished a round that included a double bogey and a hole in one. But Thomas made a 25-foot putt for birdie on the last hole to move into the lead by himself. Thomas had one bogey and six birdies, including three in a row over Nos. 9, 10 and 11. He was playing with Tiger Woods, who also birdied three straight holes while making the turn but then finished up with three bogeys and a double in the last six holes.Reed salvaged his round after taking a double-bogey on the fifth hole. He rallied with a birdie on No. 6 and then one-hopped his tee shot into the cup for a hole in one on the seventh. Three more birdies on the back nine left him at minus-4. Thomas sank a 9-foot putt on No. 11 to pull ahead of amateur Davis Thompson, who had been out to the early lead. The University of Georgia All-American bogeyed No. 13 to fall to minus-3. No amateur has won the U.S. Open since Johnny Goodman in 1933.Thomas’ best finish in the U.S. Open was a tie for ninth in 2017. He won the PGA Championship that year for his only major victory.___Amateur Davis Thompson is leading the U.S. Open through 13 holes. Thompson birdied Nos. 6, 7, 8 and 11 to drop to 4-under at Winged Foot. That’s a one-stroke lead over Justin Thomas. Rory McIlroy is among a trio that are two strokes back at minus-2. Rory McIlroy was in third at minus-3.___11:40 a.m.Tiger Woods is at even par after a bogey on No. 13 stalled his his move up the leaderboard. Woods made the turn with three straight birdies on Nos. 9, 10 and 11 and was at 1 under par after lipping out on a 17-foot birdie putt on the 12th hole. But he dropped a stroke on the par-3 13th hole after putting his tee shot in the bunker and then two-putting from 19 feet. Louis Oosthuizen’s 5-under 30 on the front nine is evidence of that.Bouncing back from a shaky start, Oosthuizen had an eagle and three birdies to close out the front nine, finishing with a 3-under 67 in the first round of the U.S. Open.Starting his round on No. 10, the South African shot 37 on the back nine to turn in 2 over. He opened the front with a 5-foot birdie putt on No. 1 and holed out for eagle from 148 yards on the par-4 second.Oosthuizen is two back of leader Justin Thomas.5:57 p.m. Woods was playing with leader Justin Thomas, who also birdied Nos. 9, 10 and 11. Thomas was the leader at minus-4 through 13 holes.The final groups of the morning round have all made the turn, with the second half of the field preparing to tee off just after noon at Winged Foot in Westchester County in New York.___11:20 a.m.Justin Thomas has moved into the lead of the U.S. Open with three straight birdies while making the turn to drop to 4 under par. 9 a.m.Jordan Spieth already is facing an uphill battle after only two holes at the U.S. Open.He first made bogey from the fairway when his shot rolled down to the bottom of the green and he three putted. And then it got worse.Tiger Woods, Justin Thomas and Collin Morikawa were waiting on the second tee when Spieth in the group ahead arrived in a golf cart. His tee shot got caught in a tree and he had to return to the tee to play his third. He wound up with a double bogey and was 3 over after two holes.Spieth has not won in three years. He was eliminated after the first round of the FedEx Cup playoffs. And then he missed the cut last week in the Safeway Open. Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy will get an early start Thursday, though they begin on opposite ends of the West Course. The opening round began with cloud cover. The rest of the week is expected to feature plenty of sunshine and mild weather, unusual for a U.S. Open.Then again, it’s been 113 years since the U.S. Open was played in September. It was moved from its traditional June spot in the calendar when golf shut down for three months in America because of the COVID-19 pandemic.___More AP golf: https://apnews.com/apf-Golf and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports