CDC says new virus spreading beyond travelers

first_imgApr 28, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – As the official count of US swine influenza cases rose to 64 today, top federal health officials said it’s becoming increasingly clear that the virus is spreading beyond people who recently traveled to Mexico, the epicenter of the outbreak.”The information we’re seeing from states and locals . . . is that this appears to be acting like a normal flu virus, which has a fairly high rate of transmission in families,” Dr. Richard Besser, acting director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said at a news briefing this afternoon. He said investigators are finding respiratory and flu-like illnesses in family members of case-patients.Besser said the only confirmed case of person-to-person transmission in the United States so far is in the two Kansas cases, which officials have said involved a husband and wife. But he said that probably only reflects the limited extent of testing, adding, “I expect we are seeing transmission within families.”Later he commented that while travel history is an important diagnostic clue in people who have a flu-like illness, “I wouldn’t limit it to that, because it’s really [in] a minority of cases to date that we’ve identified that travel history.”The signs of ongoing transmission seem to fit with the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) move yesterday to raise the pandemic alert level to phase 4, which means a new flu virus can spread efficiently enough to cause sustained community outbreaks.This morning the CDC raised its case count to 64, from 40 as of yesterday, including 45 cases in New York, 10 in California, 6 in Texas, 2 in Kansas, and 1 in Ohio. Besser said five patients have been hospitalized—three in California and two in New York—but provided no details on their illnesses.The Associated Press reported this afternoon that “several hundred” students who attend a New York City Catholic school that has been hit by swine flu are sick.Besser reported that the latest illness onset date in a confirmed swine flu case is Apr 24, but that doesn’t mean there has been no transmission since then.”We’re asking that if you are a confirmed case not only that you stay home, but that the rest of your family stay home as well,” to limit the virus’s spread, he said.States all want suppliesIn other comments, Besser reported that all states have now requested their shares of antiviral drugs and personal protective equipment from the Strategic National Stockpile, and the CDC is working to fulfill the requests. He called the requests “a forward-leaning step,” since most states don’t have any cases yet.In response to a question, he said the CDC has not yet identified anything that distinguishes swine flu from seasonal flu, aside from the possible clue of a travel history. He said it was an advantage that the new virus did not emerge in the middle of the regular flu season.”If this outbreak had occurred in January or February it would’ve been very difficult to detect because of all the flu activity going on,” he said.On vaccine issues, Besser called the possibility of adding a swine flu antigen to the seasonal flu vaccine “an attractive approach” in that one vaccine could protect against seasonal and swine flu infections. “We do know that seasonal flu vaccine production is moving forward, and we don’t want to delay that, but that is under consideration,” he added.The other possibility is to make a monovalent vaccine, containing just the swine flu strain, he noted.The CDC previously said it was developing a seed strain of swine flu virus for companies to use in making a vaccine. Besser said the seed strain has not yet been sent to the manufacturers.He also reported that the incubation period in US swine flu cases appears to range from 2 to 7 days, which he termed typical for flu.Earlier in the day, Dr. Keiji Fukuda of the WHO emphasized—as he did yesterday—that the swine flu represents “a serious situation” but that a pandemic is not yet inevitable. “We really are in a period in which countries should take this opportunity to really prepare themselves for the possibility of a pandemic,” especially countries not yet dealing with cases, he said.He said that as of today the WHO officially counted 79 cases, including 40 in the United States (the number reported yesterday), 26 in Mexico, 6 in Canada, 3 in New Zealand, 2 in Spain, and 2 in the United Kingdom.Later today, the WHO in an online statement reported that Israel has confirmed 2 cases. The numbers are confirmed cases reported by governments.Fukuda, the WHO’s assistant director-general for health security and the environment, stressed how much remains unknown about the new virus, including where it originated and why severe cases seem to be confined to Mexico.”We still do not have a good explanation for why the pattern of cases in other countries appears relatively mild while the pattern in Mexico appears to be much more severe,” he said. Besser said much the same in the CDC briefing.When asked about reports that the virus might have originated in Mexico’s Vera Cruz state, Fukuda said, “I think right now it’s not possible to really know where this virus originated.” He added that the swine flu isolates that have been analyzed have been very similar, suggesting that the virus emerged recently and has not been around long enough to branch into many variants.Fukuda cautioned that even if swine flu activity subsides sometime soon, it will be at least several months before experts can conclude that a pandemic won’t happen. “It’s very hard to know when something like this disappears. I don’t think we’ll be able to conclude that in the next few weeks.”He also warned not to forget how the great pandemic of 1918-19 unfolded. “It also started out as a relatively mild spread of illness that really wasn’t much noted in most places, but then it became a very severe pandemic in the fall,” he said.See also: CDC swine flu pagehttp://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/Apr 28 WHO updatehttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2009_04_28/en/index.htmlWHO swine flu pagehttp://www.who.int/csr/disease/swineflu/en/index.htmllast_img read more

Cricket News India vs New Zealand 4th ODI highlights: Hosts decimate Rohit Sharma’s side by eight wickets

first_img Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Here are the playing XIs of both sides as Matt Henry bowls the first over. Playing XIsNew Zealand: Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham(w), James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Colin de Grandhomme, Todd Astle, Matt Henry, Trent BoultIndia: Rohit Sharma(c), Shikhar Dhawan, Shubman Gill, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik(w), Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, K Khaleel Ahmed Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Another wicket for Colin de Grandhomme and India are reeling here. Good length ball and on the off stump line and moving away, Karthik pushes away from his body and Tom Latham takes the catch.  10:52 (IST) Rohit Sharma, India captain: One of our worst performances with the bat for a long time. Something we didn’t expect. You got to give credit to the NZ bowlers. It was a magnificent effort. Something to learn for us. At times, you need to apply pressure. We need to blame ourselves for it. 10:21 (IST) Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal are playing some attractive shots to frustrate the Kiwis. Can they help them go past 100? Taylor blasts two sixes off Yuzvendra Chahal, one a slog sweep to deep midwicket and other a pull into the grass banks in the same region. New Zealand need just another 14 runs for a win. Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 09:23 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Ross Taylor blasts a six and a four as New Zealand decimate India by eight wickets in Hamilton to earn a consolation win. They win with 212 balls to spare, which is the most-ever in an ODI against India. New Zealand have gotten the swagger back, one feels. 09:42 (IST) 10:44 (IST) 10:23 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 06:49 (IST) Trent Boult ends with figures of 10-4-21-5 and India are staring down the barrel here. Can they get to a total close to 100 or above? Henry Nicholls gets going with two boundaries off Khaleel Ahmed while Bhuvneshwar Kumar comes back strongly with a maiden over.  07:08 (IST) Henry Nicholls flicks Hardik Pandya to the deep backward square leg region for a six as New Zealand need less than 50. Bhuvneshwar might bowl through. Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 09:47 (IST) 08:39 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Colin de Grandhomme gets his third and India slide further. Full ball and it nips back in off the deck, Bhuvneshwar plays inside the line of the delivery and the ball crashes into the stumps. Onus on Hardik Pandya now. Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In GONE! The in-ducker from Boult, which had accounted for Rohit Sharma, now gets rid of Shubman Gill for 9. On a full length and it cuts back in, Shubman pushes at it and the bowler takes a simple catch. India are 33/5 and in massive trouble.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 10:35 (IST) 08:18 (IST) LBW! Trent Boult gets Shikhar Dhawan cheaply again. Full ball slanted in on middle and it nips back in to ping Dhawan in front of the crease, New Zealand appeal and the umpire gives it out. Enter Shubman Gill. The fifty is up for New Zealand and they need just 43 more to win. Taylor and Nicholls are doing it in style. Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 11:26 (IST) Superb catch by Boult and he gets his second. Full ball angled in on middle and it nips back in, Rohit chips the drive back to Boult who takes the catch. India are 23/2 in the eighth over. Shubman gets going with a boundary. Kane Williamson, New Zealand skipper: We didn’t expect the surface to behave like this. Nice to restrict them to a 90-odd total. It stood up a little bit and nipped a bit. It spun as well. One of those days, things went well. Credit to the areas guys bowled. We always wanted early wickets, to be able to that was a real step at the right direction. Martin Guptill gets going with a six and two fours off Bhuvneshwar Kumar but the bowler has the last laugh. Back of a length ball and it straightens, Guptill gets a leading edge to point and both the bowler and batsman exchange wry smiles. 11:19 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 09:16 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 08:21 (IST) 10:01 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked Incenter_img Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 08:07 (IST) 11:25 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 07:55 (IST) New Zealand have won the toss and they will bowl in Hamilton. Three changes for Kane Williamson’s side. Tim Southee, Colin Munro and Lockie Ferguson have been rested. For India, there are three changes as well. Shubman Gill replaces Virat Kohli and will make his debut while Khaleel Ahmed replaces Mohammed Shami. However, MS Dhoni is still not fit. Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 06:49 (IST) 09:39 (IST) 07:42 (IST) Kane Williamson and Henry Nicholls are going at a good pace and New Zealand need just 54 runs. India can only look to chip away and take wickets at regular intervals.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Trent Boult, Man of the Match: Nice to see the ball moving around, made the most of it. Nice to chase it down as well. It swung around nicely; pretty satisfying. To make most of it is another thing. It was good fun, nice to bowl them out cheaply. Ross Taylor gets a boundary off Yuzvendra Chahal and New Zealand are just 38 runs away from a solid win. This has been a sluggish pitch and it has required application from the batsmen. Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 10:48 (IST) Khaleel Ahmed is dropped on 0 by Ross Taylor and Chahal brings up his highest ODI score by slogging Todd Astle to deep midwicket for a boundary. Can India go past 100? Fourth for Boult. He is ripping the Indian batting line-up to shreds. Full ball angled across and it nips back in, Jadhav plays down the wrong line and is pinged in front. Jadhav goes for the review but the ball is hitting top of middle stump. They have lost the review and Rohit Sharma’s side are in dire straits. 11:06 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Poor shot from Rayudu and Colin de Grandhomme strikes in his first over. Full ball outside off and Rayudu goes for the drive but Guptill at shortish cover leaps and takes the catch. 10:32 (IST) 08:27 (IST) Shubman gets hit on the helmet by a short ball from Trent Boult and they immediately check him. He seems to be fine and is ready to resume his innings.  All over! James Neesham bowls a full and straight ball and Khaleel Ahmed is cleaned up. India have been bowled out for 92 and this should be easy for New Zealand. Poor shot from Williamson and his lean run continues. Full ball outside off and Williamson wafts at it, the edge is taken by Dinesh Karthik and Bhuvneshwar Kumar has his second. 11:19 (IST) 08:13 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 08:55 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In That is all from us here. Join us for the final ODI in Wellington on February 3. The match will be played at the Westpac Stadium or the Cake Tin. Dhawan slams a four and upper-cuts Matt Henry over third man for a six as he gets off to a great start 07:31 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Hardik Pandya smashes three boundaries off Boult and India are looking for some respectability. The partnership ends. Kuldeep slog sweeps Todd Astle to long leg and holes out. New Zealand close in on bowling India out cheaply. 10:09 (IST) New Delhi: New Zealand won the toss and chose to bowl in the Hamilton ODI against India. Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan got off to a decent start but they were hit by a lightning ‘Boult’. Most specifically, by Trent Boult. The left-hander picked up 5/21 and ran through the Indian battign line-up. His fifth five-wicket haul was well supported by Colin de Grandhomme who picked up three wickets. Hardik Pandya was the top-scorer with 16 and a solid stand between Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal frustrated New Zealand but Todd Astle and James Neesham got the remaining wickets to bowl India out for 92. In response, Bhuvneshwar got the wickets of Martin Guptill (14) and Kane Williamson (11) but Ross Taylor and Henry Nicholls sealed a comprehensive eight-wicket win to earn a consolation win. (SCORECARD) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 08:50 (IST) Hardik Pandya concedes an expensive over with Henry Nicholls slamming a boundary as New Zealand need just 30 runs to win. Hello and a warm welcome to the fourth ODI between New Zealand and India from Seddon Park Hamilton. The venue has good memories for India, having won a Test at the venue to break their 41-year jinx in New Zealand. However, it is a proud moment for one 19-year-old youngster. Shubman Gill is making his debut. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgThe drug test has prevented Lawson from competing for 19 months.OHIO STATE-TEAM DOCTOROhio State settling some suits over doc abuse; cost unclearCOLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State has reached an unspecified settlement with nearly half of the roughly 350 men who say they were sexually abused decades ago by a team doctor who was jokingly known among some athletes by nicknames like “Dr. Jelly Paws.”The settlement is the first for accusers of the late doctor, Richard Strauss, who they say groped and otherwise mistreated students for two decades while school officials who knew of concerns did little to stop him. Strauss died in 2005. Ohio State wouldn’t disclose the dollar amount. Yeshiva University tipped off against Worcester Polytechnic Institute Friday afternoon in an empty gym occupied only by players, employees and media members in the first-round game.Johns Hopkins said it was “prudent” to take this step after Maryland’s recently confirmed COVID-19 cases and CDC guidelines for large gatherings.In other sports news involving the virus:— The NHL has sent a memo to teams urging players to limit contact with fans because of the coronavirus outbreak. The move follows a similar directive this month by the NBA, which has told its players to stop high-fiving fans and strangers and avoid taking items for autographs.— Chicago State plans to send its men’s and women’s basketball teams to Las Vegas for the WAC Tournament next week after canceling regular-season games because of concerns about the spread of the virus. Qualifier leads at Newport BeachNEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Monday qualifier David Morland IV fired a 10-under 61 at Newport Beach Country Club to take a two-stroke lead in the PGA Tour Champions’ Hoag Classic.Morland had five birdies on each nine, closing with a birdie on the par-5 18th. He was a stroke off the course record set by Tom Purtzer in 2004 and matched by Nick Price in 2011 and Duffy Waldorf in 2015.Defending Charles Schwab Cup champion Scott McCarron and Ken Duke are tied for second.GOLF-PRESIDENTIAL MEDAL OF FREEDOM Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA-SCHEDULELakers win showdown with BucksUNDATED (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers have won a matchup of NBA conference leaders by getting a combined 67 points from LeBron James and Anthony Davis. — Chris Paul had 21 points and 12 assists as the Thunder hammered the Knicks, 126-103. Danilo Gallinari had a team-high 22 points for Oklahoma City, which outscored New York in each quarter and stayed 1 ½ games behind Utah for the fourth seed in the Western Conference.— Kristaps Porzingis (KRIHS’-tahps pohr-ZIHN’-gihs) had his fifth straight game with at least 20 points and 10 rebounds, providing 26 and 11 as the Mavericks clobbered the Grizzlies, 121-96. Luka Doncic (DAHN’-chihch) added 21 points for Dallas, which outscored Memphis, 34-16 in the third quarter and moved 14 games over .500 for the first time this season.— Domantas Sabonis (doh-MAHN’-tahs sah-BOH’-nihs) shot 11-for-14 while contributing 24 points and 12 rebounds to the Pacers’ 108-102 decision over the Bulls. Victor Oladipo (oh-lah-DEE’-poh) scored 16 in Indiana’s fifth win in six games after missing the previous two games because of a sore right knee.— Jrue (jroo) Holiday dropped in 20 points and Brandon Ingram missed 15 of his first 17 shots before scoring five points over the final 62 seconds of the Pelicans’ 110-104 victory against the Heat. New Orleans rookie Zion Williamson scored 17 points, ending his string of 20-point performances at 13.— Caris LeVert recorded a triple-double of 27 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in sending the Nets to a 139-120 pounding of the Spurs. Brooklyn rang up 75 points in the first half, put eight players in double figures and led by as much as 33 in front of former Net Julius Erving, one of the greatest players in franchise history. Update on the latest sports TRACK AND FIELD-LAWSON CLEAREDLawson cleared for competitionUNDATED (AP)— American long jumper and sprinter Jarrion Lawson has been notified by the Court of Arbitration for Sport that he has been exonerated of a doping offense, according to his agent.The agent says details of the decision are expected to be released next week, adding that Lawson was awarded around $10,000 to help offset his legal fees.Lawson was notified in August 2018 that he tested positive for a substance frequently used in the U.S. to promote the growth of beef cattle. The agent said Lawson ate what they believe to be tainted beef at a Japanese restaurant in Arkansas before the drug test. Hatton fired a 3-under 39 and Kang shot a 68 that puts them 7 under through two rounds, one stroke ahead of Danny Lee.Matt Every ballooned to an 83 that allowed him to join the wrong list in PGA Tour annals by going from the 18-hole lead to the weekend off.Rory McIlroy is two strokes back following a 73, tying him with Harris English and Sungjae Im.Jason Day had to withdraw after five holes Friday because of back issues that have hampered him in recent years.PGA-PLAYERS-WOODS The West-leading Lakers are 48-13 after James delivered 37 points, eight rebounds and seven assists in a 113-103 victory against the Milwaukee Bucks. James had 14 points while the Lakers outscored the Bucks, 39-28 in the third quarter to take an 11-point lead.Davis had 30 points for Los Angeles, which won for the 10th time in its last 11 games and gained a split of the two-game season series.Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) had 32 points and 12 boards for the Bucks, whose league-best record dropped to 53-10.Checking out Friday’s other NBA action:— Mike Conley Jr. nailed six 3-pointers and dropped in 25 points to carry Utah past the Celtics, 99-94 in Boston. Jordan Clarkson finished with 17 points to help the Jazz overcome Marcus Smart’s 29 points. The Jazz handed the Celtics their third straight home loss and moved into sole possession of fourth place in the West, a half-game ahead of Houston. Vince Dunn and Jaden Schwartz scored for the Blues, whose winning streak began with a 3-0 victory over New Jersey on Feb. 18.Elsewhere on NHL ice:— Connor Hellebuyck (HEH’-leh-buhk) picked up his league-leading sixth shutout of the season by handling 29 shots in the Jets’ 4-0 win over the Golden Knights. Patrik Laine (LY’-nay) and Nikolaj Ehlers (NIH’-koh-ly EE’-lurz) each had a goal and an assist, while Kyle Connor added his team-high 36th goal to help Winnipeg prevent Vegas from padding its two-point lead over Edmonton in the Pacific Division.— The Avalanche remain two points behind the West-leading Blues after Zack MacEwen scored twice in the Canucks’ 6-3 win over Colorado. J.T. Miller and Antoine Roussel had a goal and an assist as Vancouver ended a four-game losing streak.Matthew Tkachuk (kah-CHUHK’) assisted on goals by Johnny Gaudreau, T.J. Brodie and Mikael Backlund in the Flames’ 3-2 win against the Coyotes. Calgary has gone 6-3-1 in its last 10 to move within three points of the Pacific Division-leading Knights. NHL-SCHEDULEDevils surprise BluesUNDATED (AP) — The St. Louis Blues’ eight-game winning streak has been stopped by an unlikely team.Dakota Mermis scored his first NHL goal and fellow defenseman Connor Carrick got his first of the season as the Devils doubled up the Blues, 4-2.Cory Schneider made 31 saves to help the worst team in the NHL’s Metropolitan Division end a 12-game skid against the defending Stanley Cup champions. Sorenstam, Player to be White House honoreesWASHINGTON (AP) — The White House has announced that World Golf Hall of Famers Annika Sörenstam and Gary Player will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom during a White House ceremony on March 23.Player won 24 PGA Tour events and 118 international tournaments. Sörenstam completed her LPGA career with 72 tournament victories.NHL-OBIT-HENRI RICHARDHabs great Henri Richard diescenter_img March 7, 2020 Associated Press T25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-SAN DIEGO STATE/BOISE STATEAztecs reach conference title game againLAS VEGAS (AP) — Fifth-ranked San Diego State is 30-1 after advancing to the Mountain West Tournament title game for the third straight year.Malachi Flynn had 22 points, five rebounds and five assists as part of the Aztecs’ 81-68 comeback win over Boise State. San Diego State trailed by 16 with about five minutes left in the first half before outscoring the Broncos, 64-31 the rest of the way.KJ Feagin added 21 points and six rebounds for the Aztecs, who made 15 3-pointers and shot 49.1% from the field. Manager Aaron Boone says he thought the star right fielder hurt himself making a diving catch late last season. Judge will rest two weeks while recovering from the stress fracture to his first right rib. He hasn’t played in any spring training games while dealing with soreness in his right pectoral muscle and shoulder.Since winning the 2017 AL Rookie of the Year award, Judge has been limited to 112 games in 2018 because of a broken right wrist and to 102 games last year due to a strained left oblique.In other MLB news:— Christian Yelich (YEH’-lihch) has finalized a $215 million, nine-year contract with the Milwaukee Brewers. His new deal adds seven years and $187.25 million to his current contract. Yelich won the NL batting title and MVP award in 2018 as the Brewers reached Game 7 of the NL Championship Series.— One day after signing with the Red Sox, pitcher Collin McHugh says he regrets he didn’t do more to stop the Astros from breaking sign stealing rules in 2017 and 2018. McHugh is worried about the impact of the Astros’ actions on young fans. He said pitchers were led to believe other teams were stealing the Astros’ signs. — Aron Baynes established career highs with nine 3-pointers and 37 points as the Suns beat the Trail Blazers, 127-117 to end a four-game losing streak. Baynes was 9 of 14 from long distance and 12 of 23 overall while also grabbing 16 rebounds.— The Magic rolled to a 132-118 win over the Timberwolves as Nikola Vucevic (VOO’-she-vihch) had 28 points and 12 rebounds to lead Orlando. Markelle Fultz added 24 points for Orlando, which played most of the second half without coach Steve Clifford due to illness.— Bradley Beal shot 7-for-10 from 3-point range while scoring 35 points for the Wizards in a 118-112 win against the Hawks. Davis Bertans added 17 points and Jerome Robinson had 14 for Washington, which was 15 of 31 from beyond the arc.NBA-NEWSNBA fines Cuban, sends teams memo on proper conduct UNDATED (AP) — The NBA has fined Dallas owner Mark Cuban $500,000 for “public criticism and detrimental conduct” regarding officiating.Cuban twice walked onto the court to challenge officiating calls during the Mavericks’ loss to Atlanta on Feb. 22. The league says Cuban spoke to reporters in the arena after the game and tweeted several times that night and into the next day with comments that were highly critical, personal and demeaning to the league and its officiating staff.The NBA announced that the Mavericks’ protest of that game was rejected Friday. The league also sent a memo to teams reminding them of rules that govern conduct of owners, coaches and other team personnel during games.In other NBA news:— The Lakers have signed guard Dion Waiters, who had been a free agent since Memphis waived him last month. He was let go by the Grizzlies three days after acquiring him from Miami in the three-team trade that landed Andre Iguodala (ih-goh-DAH’-lah) (ihg-ah-DAH’-lah) with the Heat. Waiters was suspended three times while playing only three games for Mami, but his 3-point shooting prowess could be valuable as the Lakers head to their first playoff appearance since 2013. — Carter Rowney and Adam Henrique (hen-REEK’) did the scoring for the Ducks as they sent the Maple Leafs to their third consecutive loss. 2-1. John Gibson made 26 saves before coming off with an apparent injury midway through the third period.— Tyler Bertuzzi and Robby Fabbri (FAB’-ree) scored to give the Red Wings a 2-0 lead in a 2-1 victory over the Blackhawks. Jonathan Bernier stopped 32 shots for Detroit, which has a league-low 37 points.MLB-NEWSYanks’ Judge has broken ribUNDATED (AP) — New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge has a broken rib that could require surgery, leaving doubt when he’ll be back in the lineup. UNDATED (AP) — Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler (EHK’-lur) has been rewarded with a four-year, $24.5 million contract that includes $15 million guaranteed.Ekeler had a breakout season while scoring 11 touchdowns for the Chargers last season, finishing seventh in the league and fourth in the AFC this season with 1,550 scrimmage yards. He has gone from an undrafted rookie in 2017 to special teams standout before becoming a featured part of the Los Angeles backfield.PGA-BAY HILLHatton, Kang share Palmer leadORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Tyrrell Hatton and Sung Kang are co-leaders at the midway point of the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill. MONTREAL (AP) — Former Montreal Canadiens star Henri Richard (ahn-REE’ ree-SHAHRD’) has died at 84 following a battle with Alzheimer’s disease.The speedy center won a record 11 Stanley Cups during a 20-year career spent entirely with the Canadiens from 1956-75. Richard played a team-record 1,256 regular-season games and is third in club history with 1,046 points.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSMore sporting events affected by spreading virusUNDATED (AP) — A Division III men’s basketball NCAA Tournament game at Baltimore’s Johns Hopkins University is believed to be the first U.S. sports event held without fans because of the new coronavirus. Tiger still not ready, will miss The Players ChampionshipORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Tiger Woods will miss The Players Championship for the first time when not recovering from any of his nine surgeries.His agent says Woods is still bothered by a back issue but adds that it’s not a long-term concern.Woods decided at the last minute not to play the World Golf Championships event in Mexico and has skipped last week’s Honda Classic and this week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill, where he has won a record eight times.PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS-HOAG CLASSIC — Amid widespread concern about the coronavirus, Cubs pitcher Yu Darvish decided to be extra careful after he developed a cough this week. The Japanese right-hander visited with at least two doctors and stayed away from the team for a day before throwing three innings in a simulated game. Darvish said he feels good now, but he’s still coughing a little bit.— Diamondbacks infielder Domingo Leyba has been suspended 80 games for a violation of baseball’s performance-enhancing drug program. The 24-year-old from the Dominican Republic played 21 games with the Diamondbacks last season, hitting .280 with five RBIs.— Tim Tebow has been reassigned to minor league camp by the Mets after going 2-for-13 in spring training, including his first extra-base hit in four years of exhibition play. The 32-year-old outfielder batted .163 in 77 games last season at Triple-A Syracuse in his second straight injury-shortened season.NFL-NEWSPay bump for Chargers’ Ekelerlast_img read more

Top athletes allowed to keep personal coaches: Goel

first_imgNew Delhi, Jun 1 (PTI) Top athletes have been allowed to keep personal coaches besides being provided assistance to procure personal equipment as part of the governments increased focus on preparing them, Sports Minister Vijay Goel said today. “If there is a need, top athletes are allowed to have a personal coach in addition to the existing national coach. Besides, liberal assistance was given to athletes to procure personal equipment,” said Goel at a press conference to highlight his ministrys three-year achievements and initiatives. “The coaches will be a major part of any delegation rather than the Federation officials. In selection of teams also, coaches will have a major say now for fair and transparent selection,” he added. The Minister said for the coaches development, National Sports Federations (NSFs) have been asked to enhance the expertise of existing coaches. “Recently boxing coaches were trained by bringing internationally accredited master coaches. Master trainers are being invited to upgrade coach development program. Foreign faculty is being engaged at NIS, Patiala and LNIPE, Gwalior.” Goel also said the SAI coaches performance will be reviewed and their contracts would be extended on the basis of their performances. “SAI coaches will be imparted induction training as well as phase-wise training during service as part of in-service capacity development program. Structured course modules have been framed and promotions will be linked with their trainings. “Regular coaches will be 50 per cent and rest will be on contract based as a flexi-mode and need based on gap analysis. Physical proficiency test has been devised for coaches so that they continue to perform at their highest level,” he said. Even the “athletes will be checked for injury before every major international event”, insisted Goel. Goel said the Ministry has also been sending coaches to foreign countries. “Sending coaches abroad for capacity enhancement is being implemented for strength and conditioning. 25 coaches have already undergone two weeks training at Birmingham.” Goel said the preparation for next three Olympics — 2020, 2024 and 2028 — has already started as directed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “The Task Force has been set up for the next 3 Olympic games and it has submitted report for 2020 Olympics which is being studied for implementation. Besides, sports talent search portal has been launched to make talent hunt process fair and transparent,” said Goel. He applauded a majority of the NSFs for implementing and following the sports code and said that the National Sports Development Code can soon be a bill. “A committee has been constituted and the recommendations made are under examination. The sports code can soon become a bill and when it is implemented it would be better than what one can think of,” he said. PTI CM PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more