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Prince Songs To Provide The Backdrop For New ‘Mamma Mia’-Style Jukebox Musical Film

first_imgPrince‘s music will help drive the narrative in an upcoming fictional film, similar to how the music of ABBA inspired the stage musical-turned-film, Mamma Mia. According to Variety, Universal Pictures acquired a number of songs from Prince’s catalog and is developing an original film inspired by the material. However, “insiders” stress that the film is not a biopic about Prince (which was loosely attempted in his 1984 film Purple Rain). Instead, his songs will help drive the narrative of a new original story.“Though the film isn’t a biopic,” Variety points out, “studios around town have been on the look for the next great musical after the success of Fox’s Bohemian Rhapsody“, which brought in $50 million on its opening weekend in North America, plus an additional $72 million internationally.The Prince estate has been shopping the idea of using Prince’s catalog in a film musical to various studios, and was met with agreement by Universal Pictures Chairman Donna Langley, who worked intensively to acquire the rights to the songs. Beyond that, Universal Pictures has only just begun having meetings with potential writers, producers, and executives about the storyline itself.According to Variety,Atom Factory’s Troy Carter, the entertainment advisor of Prince’s estate will executive produce alongside Jody Gerson, Chairman and CEO of Universal Music Publishing Group, the exclusive worldwide publishing administrator for Prince’s catalog. …President of Global Film Music and Publishing for Universal Pictures Mike Knobloch is playing a key role in the project for the studio. Universal’s Vice President of Production Sara Scott and Creative Executive Mika Pryce will oversee development on behalf of the studio.With Prince’s estate in the driving seat, we’re hopeful that this film is something to look forward to.last_img read more

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County Officials Release Monthly COVID-19 Statistics; One New Death Reported

first_imgMAYVILLE – Chautauqua County officials have released COVID-19 statistics for the month of October along with Friday’s daily update which includes one new COVID-19 related death.On Friday, Chautauqua County reported 22 new positive COVID-19 cases. Of those new cases, six were in Jamestown, four in Fredonia, three in Silver Creek, three in Dunkirk, two in Dewittville, two in Sinclairville, one in Ashville, and one in Sheridan. This brings the total number of confirmed cases to 1,060.142 cases remain active with four active cases among employees of Tanglewood Manor while 15 cases among residents remain active.County Health officials have identified at least 21 linked cases related to a wedding in the North County. Nine of those cases are currently active and there have been 12 recoveries. Officials have also identified 17 cases related to social clubs in the Dunkirk area. Six of those remain active and 11 have recovered. There currently remain seven active cases among employees of the Jamestown Fire Department.There are 22 people hospitalized in the county with one new COVID related death; a man in his 70’s with underling health conditions.Officials said with a total number of confirmed cases up to 1,060 since March, 0.8 percent of the counties population have tested positive for COVID-19.With schools and colleges back in session, businesses reopening, and colder weather approaching, residents are spending more time indoors and more time with other people. Spending time indoors with non-household contacts and without masks are key elements to the spread of COVID-19 officials said.“We’ve seen clusters related to a bridal dinner, a wedding, frequenting social clubs and bowling alleys. We’re seeing disease spread amongst households, group homes, health care facilities, co-workers and in places of business mainly because of activities that people partake in outside of work” said Christine Schuyler, Chautauqua County’s Public Health Director. “COVID-19 is here and everyone needs to take personal responsibility for not spreading it. Wear a mask, keep your distance, wash your hands, and stay home if you’re not feeling well.”Officials said unannounced inspections of bars, restaurants, clubs, and other venues throughout Chautauqua County will continue.  Owners, operators and patrons may be subject to fines up to $15,000 for violating public health orders and regulations.“Now is not the time to think you’re invincible or to ignore the rules,” said Schuyler. “We all want to get back to “normal” but that will not be possible until more measures are in place to control the spread of this virus.”From October 1 to October 30, 389 cases were reported, equating out to 37 percent of all cases to date since March. Free COVID-19 rapid testing clinics were held throughout this week in Jamestown and Dunkirk. From Monday to Thursday, 41 people tested positive for COVID-19 out of a total 908 tested; a 4.5 percent positivity rate. Results from the Friday testing will be available next week.County officials said these mass testing clinics have nearly exhausted available rapid testing supplies. There will be no free public testing events held by the County Health Department during the week of November 2 while officials wait for the delivery of additional testing supplies. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Cynthia Erivo Will Star in a Harriet Tubman Biopic

first_imgCynthia Erivo photographed at The Skylark(Photo: Caitlin McNaney) View Comments Tony Award winner Cynthia Erivo has been tapped to star in an upcoming Harriet Tubman biopic. Seith Mann will direct the film, which will feature a screenplay by Gregory Allen Howard, according to Deadline.The film, titled Harriet, will explore the life of the famed black abolitionist and humanitarian who escaped slavery in the South, became a spy for the Union and paved the way for several others to be freed through the Underground Railroad. Plans for the project were first announced in May 2016.Erivo received a Tony last year for her Broadway debut as Celie in The Color Purple, having first taken on the role at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory. Her additional stage credits include I Can’t Sing! and Sister Act in the U.K. She is also set to star opposite Viola Davis and Jitney’s André Holland in the Steve McQueen-helmed film Widows.In October, Erivo sang “The Battle Hymn of the Republic”—an anthem that was first written to encourage resilience in the Union during the Civil War—at Stronger Together, a benefit for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign featuring members of the Broadway community. Take a look at an all-too-brief clip below.last_img read more

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Philippines typhoon Haiyan: Chile and Mexico to send humanitarian aid

first_img The governments of Chile and Mexico have announced plans to send humanitarian aid to the Philippines, where an estimated 3,600 people were killed and about 300,000 were left homeless by typhoon Haiyan. The Chilean government announced plans to send aid to the Philippines after the typhoon struck on Nov. 8, 2013. Typhoon Haiyan was one of the strong storms ever recorded, with speeds up to 195 miles per hour. “Our embassy is getting in touch with Filipino authorities to find out what their needs are and how we can collaborate,” Chilean Foreign Minister Alfredo Moreno said at a press conference Nov. 11. The Filipinos “have faced a disaster of enormous dimensions and we Chileans know what it is to face natural disasters,” Moreno said. Humanitarian aid and solidarity Typhoon Haiyan directly affected a small number of Chileans in the Philippines. The Chilean Consul to the Philippines, María Fernanda Vila, said in a TV interview November 11 that eight of 13 Chilean nationals known to be in the areas worst-affected by Typhoon Haiyan are unhurt. “They are all safe and sound, but shaken,” Vila told CNN Chile. Vila said the Consulate was attempting to track down the remaining five Chilean nationals. Chilean President Sebastian Pinera also sent a personal note of condolence to the government of Philippines President Benigno Aquino III to express the Chilean people’s “deepest sorrow” over the tragedy, according to the Chilean government website. An international response Well, I disagree, as many do, regarding the expression “natural disaster”. For me a disaster is caused by those of us who are anti-nature, we the humans cause the disaster, a typhoon, an earthquake, a landslide, etc. are 98% caused by us….How many nuclear tests have been done in the subsoil? How much pollution have we caused in our air environment? How much logging and destruction of the geological environment have we caused? How many millions of people live in high-risk places? How much poverty is there? Chileans are familiar with the human toll natural disasters can exact. Over the past three decades, earthquakes, tsunamis, storms, floods and other natural disasters have killed almost 1,600 people in Chile, according to international disaster statistics. T he natural disaster which caused the most damage was an 8.8 magnitude earthquake that occurred off the coast of central Chile on Feb. 27, 2010. The earthquake caused a tsunami. The earthquake and the tsunami killed 535 people, left 25 people missing and left about nine percent of the country’s population homeless. Julieta Pelcastre contributed to this article. By Dialogo November 19, 2013 Chilean natural disasters Chileans in the Philippines The Mexican government announced it will be sending $1 million (USD) in humanitarian aid to the Philippines. The governments of Argentina, Ecuador, Brazil, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Mexico issued statements expressing “solidarity” with the people of the Philippines. In promising aid to the stricken Philippines, Chile and Mexico are part of a growing list of countries that have delivered or promised aid. For example, Australia announced a $9.3 million (USD) aid package, including medical personnel and non-food items such as tarpaulins, sleeping mats, mosquito nets, water containers and hygiene kits. “Given the degree of destruction caused by the typhoon in the Philippines, all international humanitarian aid is important,” said Luis Gomez, a security analyst at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. “The help that Chile and Mexico are providing right now is very important, to a country that desperately needs it.” New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Indonesia, the United Arab Emirates, the European Commission and other nations and international bodies have also promised millions of dollars in aid. The U.S., meanwhile, is providing $20 million in immediate humanitarian assistance and has sent a team of about 90 Marines and sailors as an initial assistance force. last_img read more

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Trident Force, El Salvador’s Beacon in the Pacific

first_imgBy Lorena Baires/Diálogo February 01, 2017 The Marines of Task Force Trident, an elite group of the Salvadoran Navy (FNES, per its Spanish acronym) stealthily navigate Pacific Ocean waters. The group is dedicated to dismantling drug trafficking structures that smuggle narcotics into the United States. These criminals are reinventing their drug-mobilization strategies, a challenge that Trident has handled thanks to the constant training it receives, its efficiency in coordinating with other elite naval groups in the region, and international support. For Captain René Merino, FNES chief of General Staff, the effectiveness of the “tridents” forces drug traffickers to find alternatives to achieve their goals. “Before, they would use large vessels to move large quantities of drugs. Now they use several small vessels and distribute the drugs among them. Our goal is to pursue all these vessels at the same time, to use more resources in a more efficient manner. This requires high concentration,” Capt. Merino said. Pacific routes have multiplied. Before Trident came into existence, FNES would identify routes that were very close to the coast. With the emergence of this elite corps in 2014, drug traffickers began to travel more towards the south. Using different specialized protective and attack equipment, Trident now pursues them at distances of over 250 nautical miles from the coast. “At one time, (drug traffickers) used the maritime border between El Salvador and Guatemala as a delivery and resupply point. But ever since we dismantled a small-scale fishing operation that served as a support network in the area, they have migrated to the maritime border between Guatemala and Mexico,” Capt. Merino said. The task force’s effectiveness has been evident since its creation. In 2014, they seized 922 kilos of cocaine, which at that point was the largest drug seizure made by a naval unit in El Salvador. One year later, they seized 2,851 kilos of drugs, three times the previous figure. In 2016, they seized 7,465 kilos of cocaine, an outstanding feat for an elite force with limited resources successfully confronting the challenges presented by the sea and drug traffickers. International cooperation The growing efficiency of Task Force Trident is to a large extent due to the constant training it receives from U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), and from the regional coordination of international agencies that support Central America in the fight against drug trafficking. “The tridents are our first line of defense and the tip of our sword when it comes to threats from organized crime and drug trafficking. They do a very big job so that people can be free,” said Captain Exón Ascencio, commander of La Unión Naval Base, headquarters of FNES. Task Force Trident is part of the Cuscatlán Joint Group (GCC, per its Spanish acronym), an interagency task force charged with combating the movement of large drug shipments and coordinating efforts to slow the passage of drug traffickers through Salvadoran territory. The United States supports FNES thanks to the letter of agreement signed in January 2009 on the Central American Regional Security Initiative, in which a coordination and communication channel was established between GCC and Joint Interagency Task Force-South (JIATF-S), located in Key West, Florida. “Our special force continues to increase its capacities thanks to shared knowledge. Stopping drugs from getting to black markets is the greatest success of their interdictions, as well as protecting our territory from this type of organized crime,” Capt. Ascencio added. GCC is part of Operation Martillo (Hammer), a JIATF-S effort to neutralize transnational criminal organizations and counteract their capacity to use Central America as a transit zone. New challenges Past achievement will not outshine future work, even as drug traffickers continue reinventing themselves in order to evade the authorities, who are also fighting to prevent money from these organized crime organizations reaching the MS13 and Barrio 18 gangs. Capt. Merino added that with these efforts “we are making sure that the gangs do not grow to the point where they become ‘narco-gangs.’ We are fighting so that drug trafficking stops being an additional source of funding for this type of crime.” Another entity that acknowledges the work of this team is the Specialized Counter-narcotics Trafficking Unit of the Salvadoran Attorney General’s Office (FGR, per its Spanish acronym), the civilian arm of Salvadoran criminal investigation. For Cecilia Rivera, chief of FGR, the elite troops “protect our people and the region, at the same time allowing us to capture and investigate those who are responsible for moving drugs through our territory. Stopping these networks is valuable work.” In accordance with El Salvador’s Penal Code, drug trafficking carries a sentence of up to 20 years in prison. FNES plans to add more specialized training for Trident’s 75 members in the next few months, and it hopes to have the continuous support and unconditional cooperation of partner nations to stop those who dare cross the Pacific with drug shipments, and to continue being an efficient aquatic force protecting the Salvadoran coastline.last_img read more

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Time for Congress to tackle credit unions’ runaway regulator

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Frank KeatingA tax exemption that has long outlived its usefulness is not the only arbitrary advantage credit unions enjoy over banks. They also benefit from a compliant federal regulator that often acts like a cheerleader for the industry it is supposed to be supervising.If there were any doubts about this advantage, they ought to be permanently banished by the National Credit Union Administration’s June proposal to gut limits on business lending by credit unions. The proposal is just the latest in a long string of actions by the credit union industry and its partisan regulator to make it easier for credit unions to expand their commercial portfolios.Expand they have. Credit unions have moved aggressively into business lending, with average annual growth of 14 percent since 2004. Business loans made by credit unions have more than doubled as a percentage of total assets during that same period. continue reading »last_img read more

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Fine win for Crawford

first_imgFine Rightly toughed it out for Davy Russell in an attritional Naas Directors Plate Novice Chase at Naas. “Fair play to Eddie and the lads as we actually thought this lad was no good at the start but they stuck with him,” said Russell. Gordon Elliott and Davy Condon combined to land the Network Ireland Kildare Branch Supporting International Women’s Day Maiden Hurdle Captain Von Trappe. The 7-2 chance moved sweetly to the lead before the home turn and found enough for pressure to hold off hot favourite Golden Boot by a length. Condon said: “He stays well and didn’t run too bad the last day. A good few winners came out of that race. He enjoys that three miles.” Pat Fahy and Katie Walsh teamed up take the bumper, with Tara Flow (10-1) flooring odds-on favourite Last Encounter. Fahy said of his debutant: “Maybe she could go to Aintree but that would depend on the ground, as it can get quick there. Fairyhouse or Punchestown are options as well.” It was hard work from the final fence in the testing conditions, but Fine Rightly had enough in the tank to hold off Rule The World by a length, with Azorian and Lots Of Memories both close up. Hot favourite Noble Emperor was an early casualty. Crawford said: “We always thought a lot of this horse. He did well in bumpers and over hurdles and is now doing well over fences. He’s still a bit careful over the fences. “He’s a big horse and a proper winter time horse. If the ground is soft at the Festivals he could go and take his chance but ground is the key to him. “His pedigree is all staying and hopefully one day there could be a real nice chase in him.” Russell swiftly completed a double aboard the Eddie Harty-trained Fletcher in the Naas Supporters Handicap Hurdle. The six-year-old was a smart winner at Leopardstown in January, but subsequently finished down the field at Clonmel before falling at Fairyhouse last month. A 20-1 shot for his latest test, Fletcher was played late by the former champion jockey and finished powerfully to get up and beat consistent mare Mrs Mac Veale by half a length. Stuart Crawford’s seven-year-old made it third time lucky in a handicap at Ayr in January and was a 6-1 shot stepped up to Grade Three level. Russell sent his mount to the lead heading out for the second circuit and had his opponents in trouble from the home turn. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Carver plans Newcastle clear-out

first_img Press Association John Carver has admitted there will be a clear-out at Newcastle this summer as the club prepares to address the deficiencies within the squad. As a result, he will attempt to mould together a team from a pool of only 13 fit senior outfield players, a challenge he admits is far from ideal against a Gunners side looking for a seventh successive league victory. He said: “I’ve never been in a position like this and I don’t think anybody I’ve ever worked with has ever had a situation like this. “I remember a couple of seasons ago we went down to Norwich and we had to play Danny Simpson and James Perch as centre-backs and they had the two big guys up front who gave us a problem. That was harsh, but not as harsh as this. Definitely not. “I’m missing my best players, and that’s how I look at it. With Cisse, it’s like Tottenham being without Harry Kane; with [Siem] de Jong, it’s like them being without Christian Eriksen.” Coloccini’s absence means Mike Williamson is Carver’s only available specialist central defender, and he will have little option but to play Holland international full-back Daryl Janmaat alongside him. He said: “He’s a great professional and he will deal with it. He understands the game. He is a full international. It’s another string to his bow. I think he’ll cope with it. “He’s been great around the place. He’s such a character. He’s larger than life and he’s quite funny, but he’s a good professional. “When we lost Mathieu Debuchy [to Arsenal], that was harsh, but we replaced him with a better all-round player.” He said: “They [the hierarchy] know there has to be a clear-out. It’s pretty obvious to the man in the street and to the professionals. It has to be done. “There are people out of contract, there are people who are not good enough – they know that, and I am telling you now, because I have been part of it in the last few weeks, there are things in place.” Carver admits there are players in the squad who are playing for their futures in the remaining weeks of the season, starting with Arsenal’s visit to Tyneside on Saturday. For that reason, he insists that no-one has downed tools and headed for the beach, a suggestion from Match of the Day pundit Phil Neville which clearly riled the 50-year-old. Carver said: “We all are [playing for futures], absolutely, and that’s why I was a bit astonished when people came out and talked about us being on the beach and wearing flip-flops. “How can players do that when they know that everybody is playing for their futures?” Carver’s own future remains highly uncertain with Newcastle having won only two of the 11 games they have played in all competitions under his charge, although there are mitigating factors. A lengthy injury list shows little sign of abating, in the short term at least, while skipper Fabricio Coloccini has joined striker Papiss Cisse in the Football Association’s bad books after failing in an appeal to have his red card at Everton last Sunday overturned. The Magpies have stalled since making a creditable start to the campaign with injuries and suspensions having exposed the lack of depth in a group of players assembled within the confines of owner Mike Ashley’s strict financial policy. Carver, who stepped into the head coach role at St James’ Park in the wake of Alan Pardew’s departure for Crystal Palace, has already been involved in discussions with managing director Lee Charnley designed to identify what is required, and he is expecting something of an exodus. last_img read more

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Starc reiterates players’ faith in ACA

first_imgMitchell Starc has said the Australian men’s team has not changed its position on the current MoU standoff, and will continue to back the Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA) to represent the players in negotiations with Cricket Australia (CA).The Australian team was briefed on the current situation by ACA chief executive Alistair Nicholson in Birmingham on Sunday, ahead of their final warm-up match, against Pakistan, before the Champions Trophy.The tournament is the final competition the men’s team will play before the current MoU runs out at the end of June, and negotiations are at a stalemate with CA refusing the ACA’s request for independent mediation.Instead, CA High Performance General Manager Pat Howard has, for the second time, sent direct emails to several senior Australian players, including Mitchell Starc, captain Steven Smith and David Warner, in an attempt to circumvent the players’ union and deal directly with the players.But Starc confirmed that, following the meeting with Nicholson, the players remain united in backing the ACA. “Our stance hasn’t changed,” Starc said. “Our full support is still behind the ACA to get the outcome that the players are after, it’s all about getting a fair share, we’re not asking for more.“The men and the women are on the same page, we’re sticking strong together and that was pretty much the conversation we had today.”Starc suggested Howard’s efforts to deal directly with senior players would continue to be unsuccessful in the remaining weeks before the June 30 deadline. “They’ve got four weeks to go on the MoU,” he said. “The players are leaving it all to the ACA from our side of things and it’s up to Cricket Australia to sort that out with the ACA at the moment.”Starc and his team-mates must now attempt to put the dispute to one side as they concentrate on their Champions Trophy campaign, which begins with a highly anticipated match at Edgbaston against New Zealand, the team they defeated to win the 2015 World Cup.Australia won their first warm-up match against Sri Lanka at The Oval and will face a Pakistan side that conjured a remarkable victory over Bangladesh at Edgbaston on Saturday.For Starc, the final warm-up match marks his return to the side since suffering a stress fracture to his right foot during Australia’s Test tour of India and gives him a chance to “blow the cobwebs out” and become reacquainted with English conditions before the tournament begins.“It has all been in the nets for me in the last few weeks,” he said. “I’ve been over here for a week in the nets, being in Brisbane in the lead up to getting over to England, so coming off the foot injury I’m just looking forward to playing a game of cricket out in the middle again.“There’s only so much you can get out of nets sessions and centre-wicket sessions. It’s all about match fitness for me and getting some time in the legs.“I guess I know my role pretty comfortably in this set-up. It’s about bowling with the new ball, trying to swing it – more than likely bowling at the death – and then a few overs in the middle, so just getting out there and performing my role again. Obviously it’s a great chance to do that in a warm-up game, where there’s a little bit less pressure. We still want to win these warm-up games, but come Friday it’s when we hit crunch time.”(ESPN Cricinfo).last_img read more

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Update on the latest in sports:

first_img June 18, 2020 — Michigan State’s athletic department says it conducted COVID-19 testing on 124 athletes, and one tested positive and will be isolated for 10 to 14 days. Michigan also disclosed results from its testing. A physician with the athletic department says the school has had two positive tests on athletes, out of 221 tests. Both schools said no athletic department staff members tested positive.— The Atlantic Coast Conference is moving its football media days online. That makes it the last of the 10 Football Bowl Subdivision leagues to announce it is going virtual because of concerns about COVID-19. The ACC Football Kickoff was originally scheduled to be held at The Westin in Charlotte, North Carolina. It has been rescheduled for July 21-23 with coverage on the ACC Network.The Minnesota Timberwolves and Minnesota Lynx are cutting pay and staff due to the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Both teams are owned by Glen Taylor. The organization said it has temporarily reduced salaries for employees earning $70,000 or more annually and laid off an unspecified amount of its full-time workforce. The virus outbreak prompted the NBA to halt play on March 11. The WNBA has yet to begin the 2020 season.SEC-MISSISSIPPI FLAGSoutheastern Conference pushing Mississippi to change flag Tennessee coach says RB Tim Jordan no longer with VolsKNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt says running back Tim Jordan is no longer on the team after he was arrested May 30 in Florida on gun and marijuana charges.Jordan would have been a senior for the Volunteers, and the native of Bartow, Florida, played in 12 games last season. He finished third with 428 yards rushing on 104 carries with one touchdown, and he also caught six passes for 46 yards.Asked about Jordan’s status on the Volunteers during a video conference call Thursday, Pruitt said only: “He is no longer on our team.”Jordan was released on $2,000 bail May 30 after being arrested during a traffic stop that morning in Lakeland near his hometown. He was charged with carrying a concealed firearm, possessing narcotic paraphernalia and having 20 grams or less of cannabis. Souzzi hit .414 with 14 runs and 16 RBIs and had a 14-game hitting streak in a season shortened to 15 games due to the coronavirus pandemic.Thomas Suozzi was elected to congress in November 2016. He is a former Nassau County executive and mayor of Glen Cove.In other MLB news:— Minnesota Twins slugger Miguel Sanó has told a Dominican Republic newspaper he’s being blackmailed, having been accused of kidnapping and assault.The Twins said Thursday they’re aware of the report in El Nuevo Diario and still trying to gather more information about the situation surrounding Sanó, who signed a three-year, $30 million contract in January. The Southeastern Conference is considering barring league championship events in Mississippi until the state changes its Confederate-based flag.Commissioner Greg Sankey said in a statement that “It is past time for change to be made to the flag of the State of Mississippi,” Sankey said “In the event there is no change, there will be consideration of precluding Southeastern Conference championship events from being conducted in the State of Mississippi until the flag is changed.”The NCAA already said it would not schedule postseason events in Mississippi because of the flag that features the Confederate Battle Flag in the upper left corner.Mississippi State University President Mark Keenum released a statement after Sankey’s comments.NFL-JETS ADAM TRADE Update on the latest in sports: —Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Cam Heyward is confident the club will present a united front if it opts to make a public stand against social injustice. The Steelers inadvertently caused a firestorm in 2017 when a miscommunication left tackle and Army veteran Al Villanueva on the field for the national anthem while his teammates waited in darkness in a tunnel. Heyward said the fallout from the mix-up still stings. He said the team will make any public stand together, pointing out players will have plenty of opportunities off the field to express their own personal impact in the change Heyward says is necessary.MLB-SUOZZIMets sign Joe Suozzi, son of Queens congressman, for $20,000CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. (AP) — Boston College outfielder Joe Suozzi, whose father is a congressman representing parts of Queens and Long Island, has agreed to a minor league contract with the New York Mets that includes a $20,000 signing bonus.The Eagles made the announcement. The Mets said they plan to announce all their amateur signings simultaneously at a later date. AP source: Jets star safety Jamal Adams requests tradeNEW YORK (AP) — A person with direct knowledge of the situation says All-Pro safety Jamal Adams has requested a trade from the New York Jets amid a contract dispute.The 24-year-old Adams has been seeking a contract extension, and the Jets have said they want the safety to remain a member of the team his entire career. But the conflict apparently is about the timing: Adams wants the extension now, while the team prefers to wait until next year, at the earliest.The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Thursday because neither Adams nor the team announced the player’s trade request. ESPN and the New York Daily News first reported Adams seeking a trade.In other NFL news: Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSPlayers counter MLB plan by proposing 70-game seasonUNDATED (AP) — Baseball players have proposed a 70-game regular-season schedule, leaving them and the teams 10 games and about $275 million apart on plans to start the coronavirus-delayed season. The top three players in the world are at Hilton Head — Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm and Justin Thomas — and none broke par on a day in which 66 players in the 151-man field shot in the 60sJordan Spieth made a triple-bogey 7 and then had a career-best six straight birdies on his back nine and finished with seven birdies over his last eight holes for a 66.Colonial winner Daniel Berger, Brooks Koepka, Ernie Els and that incredible bulk, Bryson DeChambeau, were in the large group at 67.GATOR BAIT CHANT-FLORIDAUniv. of Florida ends ‘gator bait’ cheer, cites racism PGA-RBC HERITAGEPoulter sets pace and Spieth turns it around at Hilton HeadHILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — The RBC Heritage began two month later than usual with a little rain, a little sunshine, a lot of birdies and the only fans were residents whose homes line the course.Ian Poulter holed a 30-foot birdie putt and followed with a 5-iron to 4 feet for a birdie that closed out his round of 7-under 64, giving him a share of the lead Thursday with Mark Hubbard at Hilton Head.The RBC Heritage, typically a week after the Masters in April, is the second tournament since the PGA Tour returned after 90 days from the COVID-19 pandemic. Associated Press ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The University of Florida is ending its “gator bait” cheer at football games and other sports events because of its racial connotations.President Kent Fuchs said in a letter to the university’s faculty, students and staff Thursday that the cheer has a “horrific historic racist imagery” involving African American people, especially children, being used as bait for alligators.The university’s sports teams in the Southeastern Conference are nicknamed the Gators. In the past, the school’s band would strike up a “gator bait” tune and fans would respond with their arms doing a chomping motion while shouting the slogan.The letter outlined other steps the university in Gainesville, Florida, is taking on racial issues following the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police. Floyd’s death has sparked nationwide protests focused on police brutality against African Americans.COLLEGE FOOTBALL-TENNESSEE-JORDAN As part of the union’s proposal Thursday, players would wear advertisement patches on their uniforms during all games for the first time in major league history. People with knowledge of the proposal said it included $1.73 billion in salaries, plus a $50 million postseason pool.On Wednesday, Major League Baseball said a framework for the season had emerged from discussions between Commissioner Rob Manfred and players’ association head Tony Clark. People familiar with the proposed framework said it called for a 60-game regular-season schedule that would have $1.48 billion in salaries plus a $25 million players’ postseason pool.Both MLB and the union proposed starting the season on July 19, and players said it should end Sept. 30, three days later than management.In other news related to the COVID-19 pandemic:— The University of Texas says 13 football players have tested positive for COVID-19 or are presumed positive, and contact tracing has 10 more in isolation. Texas started bringing football players back to campus for workouts on June 8. The school has also identified four other players who tested positive for the COVID-19 antibody. Elsewhere, Kansas State officials reported Wednesday night that eight Wildcats athletes have tested positive for COVID-19 out of 130 tested. NCAA-COMPENSATING ATHLETESRubio introduces NIL bill to push NCAA changesUNDATED (AP) — Sen. Marco Rubio is introducing a bill that would protect the NCAA from being challenged in court if the association changes its rules to allow athletes to earn money for endorsement deals and personal appearances.The Florida Republican’s bill comes six days after Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into a law a bill that allows college athletes to be compensated for their names, images and likenesses. That law goes into effect July 2021. The NCAA is seeking help from Congress as more states push forward their own bills.Earlier this week, the NCAA was hit with an antitrust lawsuit seeking damages for current and former athletes that could cost the association millions.last_img read more

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