If Garoppolo does have a girlfriend, he has been able to keep her out of the spotlight.Garoppolo was linked to Boston-based model Alexandra King in 2018, but he told Bleacher Report they were never an item.King posted an Instagram photo with Garoppolo on Valentine’s Day and was also spotted with him at Disneyland.San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo spent the day with his girlfriend Alexandra King over the weekend! Check out the pics of the hot young couple: https://t.co/97TDdLKLS7— JustJared.com (@JustJared) July 1, 2018RELATIONSHIP TIMELINE: Aaron Rodgers and Danica PatrickKing made headlines when she wrote the word “karma” on her now-deleted Instagram account after the quarterback sustained a season-ending ACL injury in 2018.According to several reports, the ex-girlfriend was celebrating his injury after he broke things off with her to go on a date with adult film star Kiara Mia.King also removed all photos of Garoppolo from her Instagram following his date.“Jimmy and I had an amazing dinner, and he treated me with so much respect, and class. Honestly, we’re friends,” Mia told TMZ. When you’re an NFL quarterback, it’s hard to keep your love life private. However, it appears 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo has been able to do just that.Very little is known about the 28-year-old’s dating history. Garrapolo, who didn’t seem to realize the media frenzy his date with Mia would create, called the outing a learning lesson.“Life is different now,” he told reporters. “My life, off the field — I’ve never really been big on being very public with things even on social media. I’m not on there a ton.”But my life’s looked at differently. I’m under a microscope. It’s like (49ers hcoach Kyle Shanahan) said, it is a good learning experience. Just have to take it in stride. It is what it is.”
Now a two-man booth after analyst Darrell Waltrip’s retirement, Mike Joy and Jeff Gordon are returning to call Fox’s Cup Series races this season. They’ll be complimented again by Larry McReynolds’ insight from Fox’s studio in Charlotte, and Matt Yocum, Jamie little, Vince Welch and Regan Smith will deliver reports from pit road.Adam Alexander again will be the lead play-by-play voice for Fox’s Xfinity Series race broadcasts in 2020, with Michael Waltrip and a rotation of driver analysts yet to be announced. Welch and Waltrip will call Truck Series races.As for Saturday night’s ARCA race on FS1, Dave Reiff and Phil Parsons will be on the call with Katie Osborne reporting from pit road. The Daytona 500 arrives each year as the first race of the NASCAR Cup Series season, but it’s the finale of stock car racing’s best week of the year.Daytona International Speedway is once again the center of the racing universe as NASCAR Cup, Xfinity, Truck and ARCA Series teams descend upon the 2.5-mile oval for their respective season-openers. From Friday, Feb. 7 through Sunday, Feb. 16, the track will be buzzing with action from all four series. MORE: A complete Daytona 500 TV scheduleWith the exceptions of Daytona 500 qualifying and the race itself (Fox), plus the first of two Truck Series practice sessions Thursday (FS2), all Daytona Speedweeks practices, qualifying sessions and races will broadcast live on FS1. Additionally, all Fox presentations of Daytona Speedweeks events can be streamed live on Fox Sports Go.Below is the full schedule for Daytona Speedweeks in 2020, including how to watch each event.Daytona Speedweeks schedule 2020Friday, Feb. 7TimeEventSeriesTV channel1:30 – 2:30 p.m. ETLucas Oil 200 practiceARCA Menard’sN/A3 – 4 p.m. ETLucas Oil 200 final practiceARCA Menard’sN/ASaturday, Feb. 8TimeEventSeriesTV channel11:35 a.m. – 12:35 p.m. ETClash final practiceCup SeriesFS112:30 p.m. ETLucas Oil 200 qualifyingARCA Menard’sN/A1:35 – 2:25 p.m. ETDaytona 500 practiceCup SeriesFS13 – 3:50 p.m. ETDaytona 500 practiceCup SeriesFS14:45 p.m. ETLucas Oil 200ARCA Menard’sFS1Sunday, Feb. 9TimeEventSeriesTV channel12 – 1 p.m. ETDaytona 500 qualifyingCup SeriesFox3 p.m. ETBusch Clash at DaytonaCup SeriesFS1Thursday, Feb. 13TimeEventSeriesTV channel4:05 – 4:55 p.m. ETNextEra Energy 250 practiceTruck SeriesFS25:30 – 5:55 p.m. ETNextEra Energy 250 final practiceTruck SeriesFS17 p.m. ETBluegreen Vacations Duel No. 1Cup SeriesFS18:45 p.m. ETBluegreen Vacations Duel No. 2Cup SeriesFS1Friday, Feb. 14TimeEventSeriesTV channel2:05 – 2:55 p.m. ETNASCAR Racing Experience 300 practiceXfinity SeriesFS13:10 p.m. ETNextEra Energy 250 qualifyingTruck SeriesFS14:32 – 4:57 p.m. ETNASCAR Racing Experience 300 final practiceXfinity SeriesFS15:05 – 5:55 p.m. ETDaytona 500 practiceCup SeriesFS17:30 p.m. ETNextEra Energy 250Truck SeriesFS1Saturday, Feb. 15TimeEventSeriesTV channel11 a.m. ETNASCAR Racing Experience 300 qualifyingXfinity SeriesFS112:30 – 1:30 p.m. ETDaytona 500 final practiceCup SeriesFS12:30 p.m. ETNASCAR Racing Experience 300Xfinity SeriesFS1Sunday, Feb. 16TimeEventSeriesTV channel2:30 p.m. ETDaytona 500Cup SeriesFoxFox’s Daytona Speedweeks coverage marks the beginning of its 20th season covering NASCAR. The network in 2020 will broadcast 11 Cup Series races, 14 Xfinity Series races and the entirety of the Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series schedule. Fox also will present eight ARCA Menards Series races this season.
Projected Nos. 13-16 seedsProjected No. 13 seeds: North Texas (C-USA), Stephen F. Austin (Southland), Akron (MAC), Vermont (America East)Projected No. 14 seeds: Wright State (Horizon), UC Irvine (Big West), Colgate (Patriot), New Mexico State (WAC)Projected No. 15 seeds: South Dakota State (Summit), Hofstra (Colonial), Murray State (Ohio Valley), Winthrop (Big South)Projected No. 16 seeds: Montana (Big Sky), Little Rock (Sun Belt), *Siena (MAAC), *Prairie View A&M (SWAC), *Merrimack (Northeast), *Norfolk State (MEAC)*First Four teamsOn the bubble (alphabetically)Alabama (14-11): NET/Pom/KPI: 35/47/45. vs. Q1: 2-6. vs. Q2: 4-4. vs. Q3/4: 8-1Cincinnati (17-8): NET/Pom/KPI: 48/38/24. vs. Q1: 2-5. vs. Q2: 6-0. vs. Q3/4: 8-3Connecticut (14-11): NET/Pom/KPI: 73/63/91. vs. Q1: 0-6. vs. Q2: 3-3. vs. Q3/4: 10-2Memphis (17-8): NET/Pom/KPI: 60/68/49. vs. Q1: 1-3. vs. Q2: 5-2. vs. Q3/4: 11-2Minnesota (12-12): NET/Pom/KPI: 40/31/52. vs. Q1: 4-9. vs. Q2: 2-2. vs. Q3/4: 6-0Mississippi State (16-9): NET/Pom/KPI: 52/48/46. vs. Q1: 2-6. vs. Q2: 3-1. vs. Q3/4: 11-2N.C. State (16-9): NET/Pom/KPI: 61/56/42. vs. Q1: 4-2. vs. Q2: 3-4. vs. Q3/4: 9-2Richmond (19-6): NET/Pom/KPI: 47/52/41. vs. Q1: 2-4. vs. Q2: 2-1. vs. Q3/4: 15-1SMU (18-6): NET/Pom/KPI: 66/75/62. vs. Q1: 2-2. vs. Q2: 2-3. vs. Q3/4: 14-1South Carolina (16-9): NET/Pom/KPI: 64/74/54. vs. Q1: 3-5. vs. Q2: 4-2. vs. Q3/4: 9-2UNCG (19-6): NET/Pom/KPI: 64/52/59. vs. Q1: 2-2. vs. Q2: 2-2. vs. Q3/4: 15-2Utah State (19-7): NET/Pom/KPI: 42/39/60. vs. Q1: 2-4. vs. Q2: 2-2. vs. Q3/4: 15-1VCU (17-8): NET/Pom/KPI: 53/53/57. vs. Q1: 1-5. vs. Q2: 1-2. vs. Q3/4: 15-1 March is a few weeks away and the college basketball madness is percolating, folks. I’ve done NCAA Tournament bracket projections for Sporting News — we call them the Field of 68 — for quite a long time now. How long? Well, when I started it was the Field of 65 and we were called The Sporting News. So, yeah. For a while now.This is our first Field of 68 for the 2019-20 season. I know, I know, most other places have been generating clicks on this topic for a couple months now, but I’m jumping back into the fray now, when there’s a decent amount of information to use for making educated guesses. As always, I’m doing my projections based on where I believe a team should be seeded based on how its resume compares to other teams this season if the season ended yesterday. Because we’re still a long way from Selection Sunday, I’m not as concerned with locations and such; if your team has an 8-seed resume, they’re on the 8-seed line, and it doesn’t matter to me (right now) if your team can play on a Sunday or not (BYU spoiler).MORE: WVU’s lofty seed in bracket preview suggest selection method needs tweakingMy goal is to give you a numbers snapshot for every team, and then maybe a note or two on each squad. And for this first Field of 68, I’m going to give you a little insight on what it was like to sort through this year’s group of tournament-caliber resumes — to try and figure out which teams belong, which ones don’t and how it all sorts out. I’ve been watching college hoops all season, of course, but there’s a big, big difference between just watching college hoops and actually analyzing and sorting 80-something resumes. It was, let’s say, interesting.As always, automatic bids (in parenthesis) go to the team with the fewest conference losses. In case of a tie, the bid is given to the team with the best NET rating.March Madness bracket predictions for 2020 NCAA TournamentProjected No. 1 seedsBaylor (Big 12), Gonzaga (WCC), Kansas, San Diego State (MWC)Baylor (23-1): NET/Pom/KPI: 2/5/2. vs. Q1: 9-0. vs. Q2: 5-1. vs. Q3/4: 9-0Kansas (21-3): NET/Pom/KPI: 4/1/1. vs. Q1: 10-3. vs. Q2: 6-0. vs. Q3/4: 5-0Gonzaga (26-1): NET/Pom/KPI: 3/3/16. vs. Q1: 5-1. vs. Q2: 3-0. vs. Q3/4: 18-0San Diego State (26-0): NET/Pom/KPI: 1/4/10. vs. Q1: 4-0. vs. Q2: 5-0. vs. Q3/4: 16-0Thoughts: These were the top four teams, in this order, when the Selection Committee released its sneak peek of the Top 16 teams on Feb. 8. And all four have done nothing but win since then. This is easy!Projected No. 2 seedsDuke (ACC), Dayton (A10), Maryland (Big Ten), Florida StateDuke (22-3): NET/Pom/KPI: 6/2/3. vs. Q1: 5-1. vs. Q2: 5-1. vs. Q3/4: 12-1Dayton (23-2): NET/Pom/KPI: 5/6/6. vs. Q1: 3-2. vs. Q2: 6-0. vs. Q3/4: 14-0Maryland (21-4): NET/Pom/KPI: 7/8/5. vs. Q1: 7-4. vs. Q2: 5-0. vs. Q3/4: 9-0Florida State (21-4): NET/Pom/KPI: 15/22/8. vs. Q1: 3-3. vs. Q2: 7-1. vs. Q3/4: 11-0Thoughts: The top two No. 2 seeds from the top 16 seeds reveal made their placement easy; neither Duke nor Dayton has lost. But the other two No. 2 seeds? Yikes. West Virginia, by God, has lost three in a row at Oklahoma and Baylor and vs. Kansas. Not bad losses — but still, three in a row. Louisville also fell at Georgia Tech and at Clemson, two ACC clubs floundering around .500. Maryland probably should have been a 2-seed over West Virginia in the reveal, so the Terps get the nod. Florida State jumps up too, despite the loss at Duke.Projected No. 3 seedsLouisville, Villanova, West Virginia, AuburnLouisville (21-5): NET/Pom/KPI: 9/12/12. vs. Q1: 4-3. vs. Q2: 3-2. vs. Q3/4: 14-0Villanova (19-6): NET/Pom/KPI: 16/24/9. vs. Q1: 6-6. vs. Q2: 6-0. vs. Q3/4: 7-0West Virginia (18-7): NET/Pom/KPI: 10/7/14. vs. Q1: 5-6. vs. Q2: 3-1. vs. Q3/4: 10-0Auburn (22-3): NET/Pom/KPI: 25/33/4. vs. Q1: 5-2. vs. Q2: 8-1. vs. Q3/4: 9-0Thoughts: I’m not sold on Villanova’s resume as a 3-seed as compared to the 3-seeds of most years, but the committee placed the Wildcats there and everyone else has lost, so they stay. Louisville and West Virginia don’t fall far because, well, remember what I just said about all the losses? Even Auburn, which had only dropped a pair of games all year, succumbed to the top-16 jinx and lost a surprising game at Missouri, which is under .500 despite now owning wins against four likely at-large teams. But Auburn’s loss was without Issac Okoro, so that badness is mitigated a bit.Projected No. 4 seedsPenn State, Seton Hall (Big East), Oregon, CreightonPenn State (20-5): NET/Pom/KPI: 17/11/17. vs. Q1: 7-3. vs. Q2: 5-2. vs. Q3/4: 8-0Seton Hall (18-7): NET/Pom/KPI: 14/15/7. vs. Q1: 9-6. vs. Q2: 4-1. vs. Q3/4: 5-0Oregon (20-6): NET/Pom/KPI: 22/25/13. vs. Q1: 6-4. vs. Q2: 4-2. vs. Q3/4: 10-0Creighton (19-6): NET/Pom/KPI: 13/18/11. vs. Q1: 7-6. vs. Q2: 5-0. vs. Q3/4: 7-0Thoughts: Penn State wasn’t one of the teams in the top 16 reveal, but all the aforementioned losing by everyone else — and the Nittany Lions winning a lot of games — is the only way to make up for their awful nonconference strength of schedule numbers. The Big East offers tons of Q1 opportunities, and winning more than half of those chances is why Seton Hall and Creighton are here this week.Projected No. 5 seedsButler, Kentucky (SEC), Colorado, Michigan StateButler (19-7): NET/Pom/KPI: 20/27/18. vs. Q1: 8-5. vs. Q2: 5-2. vs. Q3/4: 6-0Michigan State (17-9): NET/Pom/KPI: 12/10/32. vs. Q1: 5-8. vs. Q2: 4-1. vs. Q3/4: 8-0Kentucky (20-5): NET/Pom/KPI: 24/30/22. vs. Q1: 5-3. vs. Q2: 3-1. vs. Q3/4: 12-1Colorado (20-6): NET/Pom/KPI: 11/17/15. vs. Q1: 6-3. vs. Q2: 4-3. vs. Q3/4: 10-0Thoughts: OK, so we’re officially past where the selection committee ranked teams, but there are a couple struggling stragglers we’ll slot here, Michigan State and Butler. Kentucky has, y’know, that home loss to Evansville, but that was a long time ago and the Wildcats are atop the SEC. As you can see, the computers love Colorado.Projected No. 6 seedsIowa, Arizona (Pac-12), Marquette, Ohio StateIowa (18-8): NET/Pom/KPI: 28/22/33. vs. Q1: 7-6. vs. Q2: 4-1. vs. Q3/4: 7-1Arizona (18-7): NET/Pom/KPI: 8/13/21. vs. Q1: 3-5. vs. Q2: 4-1. vs. Q3/4: 11-1Marquette (17-7): NET/Pom/KPI: 19/23/19. vs. Q1: 5-6. vs. Q2: 6-1. vs. Q3/4: 6-0Ohio State (17-8): NET/Pom/KPI: 18/9/25. vs. Q1: 5-6. vs. Q2: 4-2. vs. Q3/4: 8-0Thoughts: We’ve reached the portion of this Field of 68 where I put about 15 flawed-but-not-awful resumes in a jar and started drawing at random. Boom. OK, not really. But that thing I said about the Big East and Q1 opportunities? Yeah, it goes for the Big Ten, too, so it’s not surprising to see one Big East and two Big Ten teams here, along with NET favorite Arizona.Projected No. 7 seedsMichigan, LSU, Houston (AAC), Texas TechMichigan (16-9): NET/Pom/KPI: 26/14/48. vs. Q1: 5-8. vs. Q2: 4-1. vs. Q3/4: 7-0LSU (18-7): NET/Pom/KPI: 29/34/20. vs. Q1: 2-5. vs. Q2: 8-1. vs. Q3/4: 8-1Houston (20-6): NET/Pom/KPI: 27/20/26. vs. Q1: 2-4. vs. Q2: 7-2. vs. Q3/4: 11-0Texas Tech (16-9): NET/Pom/KPI: 21/16/51. vs. Q1: 2-8. vs. Q2: 5-1. vs. Q3/4: 9-0Thoughts: Yeah, maybe this is a bit high for Michigan — but did you see what the Wolverines did to Indiana on Sunday? They had that extended rough patch, but they have nonconference wins against Gonzaga, Creighton and against North Carolina before things went awry for the Heels. Spoiler alert: From here on out, most of the teams you’ll read about beat the teams they should beat and lose to the teams they should lose to, with an aberration or two on either side gumming up the resume-sorting. Aargh.Projected No. 8 seedsBYU, Wisconsin, Rutgers, IllinoisBYU (20-7): NET/Pom/KPI: 23/19/40. vs. Q1: 2-4. vs. Q2: 3-3. vs. Q3/4: 15-0Wisconsin (15-10): NET/Pom/KPI: 31/28/28. vs. Q1: 7-8. vs. Q2: 1-1. vs. Q3/4: 7-1Illinois (15-9): NET/Pom/KPI: 38/32/55. vs. Q1: 5-7. vs. Q2: 2-1. vs. Q3/4: 8-1Rutgers (17-8): NET/Pom/KPI: 30/29/44. vs. Q1: 2-6. vs. Q2: 5-1. vs. Q3/4: 10-1Thoughts: More Big Ten teams. Shocking, eh? Well, the Rutgers thing is kinda shocking. Who thought the New Jersey squad would be tied in the Big Ten standings with Michigan State — everybody’s preseason No. 1 — this late in the season? It has been a minute since BYU was in the tournament, but the Cougars look solid in Mark Pope’s first year.MORE: Big Ten teams facing unprecedented, unparalleled parity in conference playProjected No. 9 seedsOklahoma, Rhode Island, Saint Mary’s, FloridaOklahoma (16-9): NET/Pom/KPI: 47/35/36. vs. Q1: 2-8. vs. Q2: 7-1. vs. Q3/4: 7-0Rhode Island (19-6): NET/Pom/KPI: 32/43/23. vs. Q1: 1-4. vs. Q2: 5-1. vs. Q3/4: 13-1Saint Mary’s (20-6): NET/Pom/KPI: 34/36/39. vs. Q1: 3-3. vs. Q2: 3-1. vs. Q3/4: 14-2Florida (16-9): NET/Pom/KPI: 35/38/37. vs. Q1: 3-6. vs. Q2: 3-3. vs. Q3/4: 10-0Thoughts: Does anyone want to get an at-large spot? The four teams on this line have a combined nine Q1 wins in 30 opportunities and, well, the field has to be filled out, people, and OH NO I JUST REALIZED I’M ONLY ON THE NO. 9 SEED LINE.Projected No. 10 seedsUSC, Xavier, Virginia, Wichita StateUSC (19-7): NET/Pom/KPI: 49/54/30. vs. Q1: 2-6. vs. Q2: 6-0. vs. Q3/4: 11-1Xavier (16-9): NET/Pom/KPI: 39/42/31. vs. Q1: 2-8. vs. Q2: 6-1. vs. Q3/4: 8-0Virginia (17-7): NET/Pom/KPI: 55/52/35. vs. Q1: 3-3. vs. Q2: 4-3. vs. Q3/4: 10-1Wichita State (19-6): NET/Pom/KPI: 46/37/29. vs. Q1: 2-3. vs. Q2: 6-3. vs. Q3/4: 11-0Thoughts: Folks, I honestly don’t know at this point. I know most years past tournament success/failure doesn’t count, but this year it seems like maybe we should just let Virginia in because the Cavaliers are the reigning champs (I kid, I kid). Well, their numbers aren’t as bad as everyone seems to think. They’re not a top-seven seed, but good enough to get into this year’s field at the moment. It helps that they’ve won five of their past six.Projected No. 11 seedsNorthern Iowa (MVC), *Stanford, Indiana, *Arkansas, Arizona StateNorthern Iowa (20-4): NET/Pom/KPI: 40/41/43. vs. Q1: 1-1. vs. Q2: 3-1. vs. Q3/4: 18-2Arizona State (17-8): NET/Pom/KPI: 50/58/27. vs. Q1: 4-6. vs. Q2: 3-2. vs. Q3/4: 10-0Indiana (16-9): NET/Pom/KPI: 63/49/47. vs. Q1: 4-7. vs. Q2: 2-2. vs. Q3/4: 10-0*Arkansas (16-9): NET/Pom/KPI: 48/44/48. vs. Q1: 2-5. vs. Q2: 2-4. vs. Q3/4: 12-0*Stanford (16-9): NET/Pom/KPI: 37/45/58. vs. Q1: 2-5. vs. Q2: 2-3. vs. Q3/4: 12-1Thoughts: We’ll put two of the First Four teams here and two on the 12-seed line. That’s all I feel confident about right now.Projected No. 12 seeds*Purdue, *Georgetown, ETSU (Southern), Yale (Ivy), Liberty (Atlantic Sun)*Purdue (14-12): NET/Pom/KPI: 33/26/56. vs. Q1: 3-9. vs. Q2: 4-1. vs. Q3/4: 7-2*Georgetown (15-10): NET/Pom/KPI: 43/47/34. vs. Q1: 5-9. vs. Q2: 4-1. vs. Q3/4: 6-0Thoughts: I’ve seen Purdue as high as the 9-seed line, but I just don’t get it. They’re barely .500, AND they have a pair of Q3 losses. Oh, and they’re 1-8 away from home in Q1 contests. Georgetown just picked up its best win of the year, at Butler, and this is a good time to pick up best-win-of-the-year Ws.MORE: Ranking most compelling conference races in March towards Madness
“The tool truck arrived at the vehicle 19 seconds after it came to rest,” said Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer. “The fireman that you saw with the extinguisher was in that vehicle. One of the three trauma doctors assigned to the safety team for the race arrived at the car at the 33‑second mark, and a paramedic entered the vehicle at the 35‑second mark.Here is the final lap of the Daytona 500 in which Ryan Newman’s car was flipped at the line.We will continue to keep you updated on his status as we learn more. pic.twitter.com/qkEwQBpoP0— FOX: NASCAR (@NASCARONFOX) February 18, 2020“For the next 3 1/2 minutes, two doctors and paramedics attended to Ryan. At the 4:05 mark, the decision was then made to roll the car over while continuing to help aid the driver. At the 6:56 mark, the car was upright. The extrication team then began cutting the car, and a doctor continued to provide treatment.“The roof was removed at the 11:10 mark, and the extrication was completed at 15:40, and the driver was then moved to the ambulance for transport. During this entire time, doctors and paramedics were attending to Ryan, except at the moment of the car rollover.”Newman, who was taken directly to Halifax Medical Center and released from the hospital on Wednesday, may well have benefited from the so-called “Newman bar,” reinforcement for the roll cage that strengthened the roof and the windshield that was implemented after a wreck involving Newman in 2013.NEWMAN UPDATES: Driver released from hospital after crash”So when we look at the cars and look back at what we’ve been able to do with the cars as an industry, we’ve been able to make improvements,” said Dr. John Patalak, NASCAR’s senior director of safety engineering. “The one you’ve referenced in 2013 with the additional roll bars and the roof and the windshield area . . . we were also able to do things with the laminate windshield in 2013 and improved window net mounting in 2013.”All of those things really contribute and work together as an assembly to improve the overall outcomes to what we saw in Daytona.””I think, just to add to that, John and I were talking earlier about the fact that Ryan Newman was involved in this accident, with his engineering background, has been someone who we have turned to in many times talking about safety enhancements,” rejoined O’Donnell. LAS VEGAS — What seemed like an eternity was actually 19 seconds.After Ryan Newman’s battered race car came to rest last Monday at the end of the tri-oval in a brutal wreck at the finish of the Daytona 500, it took only 19 seconds for the first emergency vehicle to arrive, according to a chronology provided by NASCAR officials during a question-and-answer session with reporters on Saturday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. “One of the reasons you won’t hear as many details today is we still haven’t had the chance to go through this with Ryan and his team, with the other drivers in the garage, but Ryan’s feedback as we go through this will be key, and I think that’ll be a key component as it’s always been throughout the process when he’s been racing.”Both Newman’s car and the No. 32 of Corey LaJoie, which collided with Newman’s Ford as it flipped upside-down, were destroyed in the wreck, and both were taken to NASCAR’s R&D Center in Concord, N.C., for further inspection and evaluation.Reid Spencer writes for the NASCAR Wire Service.
Rays left-hander Blake Snell sees too much risk and not enough reward in playing this season if MLB players agree to what they believe is a pay cut from owners.In fact, Snell believes the physical danger of playing during the coronavirus outbreak is so great that he’s ready to sit out whatever amount of games is eventually played if his compensation is too low. “I love baseball to death. It’s just not worth it,” Snell said at the end of the clip.He’s also ready for people to come at him for wanting to get paid.”Y’all are going to be, like, ‘Bro, Blake, play for the love of the game, man. What’s wrong with you, bro? Money should not be a thing.’ Bro, I’m risking my life. What do you mean it should not be a thing? It 100 percent should be a thing,” he said to the person on the other end of the connection. “For me to take a pay cut is not happening because the risk is through the roof,” he said Wednesday during a Twitch gaming session (clip posted on Twitter by MLB Network staffer John Flanigan). “I’ve got to get my money. I’m not playing unless I get mine, OK? And that’s just the way it is for me.”FAGAN: A guide to MLB’s 82-game seasonHe expanded on his thoughts in a text exchange with Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, saying that he wouldn’t make the call to sit out on his own.”I honestly think I would see what my peers did and talk to my loved ones before I made a decision because I really do want to play baseball and be around the family we have built here in Tampa. It’s just a hard time with a lot going on to make it even harder,” Topkin quoted Snell as saying.Snell, 27, was scheduled to make $7 million this season in the second year of a five-year, $50 million contract, per Cot’s Baseball Contracts, but MLB players agreed this spring to be paid on a prorated basis for this season. Team owners are proposing an 82-game schedule after almost two months of postponements, so players, in theory, would receive about half their salaries.The owners, though, have now come back to the players seeking to replace the salary plan with a 50-50 split of revenues, citing the prospect of less money coming in because at least some games will be played behind closed doors. That’s where the “pay cut” thinking comes in.MORE: Mark Teixeira says union needs to ‘bend’ for once and take deal
MASON CITY — Police for the second time in a month are investigating an incident where shots were allegedly fired in Mason City. The Mason City Police Department says shortly before noon this past Saturday, officers responded to the alley east of the 300 block of North Monroe on the report of possible gunfire. None of the people involved in the shooting were at the scene when officers arrived. Officers did find shell casings from two different firearms in the alley. Police Lt. Rich Jensen says two search warrants have been served during the investigation but no arrests have been made. Jensen says the investigation is still active and anybody with information should contact the Police Department at 421-3636.
Mason City councilman Tom Thoma was our guest on “Ask the Mayor” on October 16, 2019. Listen back to the program and/or download it via the audio player below
DES MOINES, Iowa — A hearing has been set for tomorrow after a lawsuit was filed against Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds over the suspension of abortion procedures during the pandemic. Pro-choice groups say the decision will force women to carry pregnancies when they might not want to.The Republican governor said the move will conserve key medical equipment during the state’s response to the new coronavirus, while preventing its spread. But ACLU spokesperson Veronica Fowler said the personal protective gear in high demand right now isn’t used much in these procedures.She called the move a political distraction during a crisis.“Anybody who has been considering an abortion, or is scheduled for an abortion, is going to be concerned about this,” Fowler said. “When you’re pregnant, days matter. And any delays are just unforgivable.”Reynolds is an abortion opponent but has said her decision was not based on her personal beliefs. A statement issued Monday said she suspended all elective surgeries and procedures to preserve Iowa’s health care resources.But Fowler said forcing women to carry pregnancies will actually require more resources as there will be necessary doctor’s check-ups during the pregnancy, in addition to the medical support needed during labor and delivery. The lawsuit seeks an injunction against Reynolds’ order.Domestic-violence groups have said the pandemic will lead to an increase in instances of abuse and sexual assault. Fowler said that will result in unwanted pregnancies.“A lot of people are in relationships where they are going to get pregnant and they don’t want to be pregnant,” she said.She said the order takes away a woman’s right to end an unwanted pregnancy, whether it was forced upon them or not. Similar lawsuits have been filed in several other states that have made similar moves during the crisis. On Monday, a federal judge in Texas struck down that state’s temporary ban.
MASON CITY — The City Council in Mason City last night approved making a $300,000 financial allocation to the North Iowa Corridor Economic Development Corporation’s “Small Business Recovery & Continuity Fund”. The fund will help small, independently-owned businesses with less than 25 employees that are suffering during the public health emergency with grants up to $5000. About 250 businesses filed paperwork for the program’s pre-application process. North Iowa Corridor CEO Chad Schreck says those who have not received funding from state or federal programs will get first priority in the selection process. “One of the standards that we’re looking at on that front would be if somebody’s received $5,000 in grant-type funding or more from outside sources, they’ll obviously be second priority to those that have not been able to receive funding from outside the county. That’s one way that we’re going to kind of whittle that pool down a little bit and really try to hit those folks that have the highest level of need that haven’t been able to address it elsewhere.”Schreck says some businesses who filled out the pre-application have decided not to fill out the full application since they’ve already received some type of funding. “We have had some that have found out since they did the pre-application they did receive funding either from the state or from the federal level and have decided not to pursue our fund, which we certainly appreciate.” Councilman John Jaszewski says he’s pleased the city is involved in the program. “I think by the number of applications that we received, it’s obviously very evident that this was a much-needed program, and I’m just really pleased that we were able to do something for our local businesses that maybe some other way they could not get the funding. I’m really happy about this program and I think it’s a big plus for the whole community and the whole area.” The Clear Lake City Council on Monday night approved $100,000 for the program, while the Cerro Gordo County Board of Supervisors earlier this month also approved a $100,000 allocation. Other private donations to the fund are being accepted.
WASHINGTON (AP) — American consumers increased their spending by a sharp 8.2% in May, partly erasing record plunges the previous two months, against the backdrop of an economy that’s likely shrinking by its steepest pace on record this quarter.Last month’s rebound in consumer spending followed spending drops of 6.6% in March and 12.6% in April, when the viral pandemic shuttered businesses, forced millions of layoffs and sent the economy into a recession. Since then, many businesses have reopened, drawing consumers back into shops and restaurants and restoring some lost jobs.Friday’s Commerce Department report showed that Americans stepped up their spending in May despite a 4.2% decline in personal income, which had soared by 10.8% the previous month. Income had jumped in April on the strength of billions of dollars in support through government payments in the form of unemployment aid as well as one-time $1,200 stimulus checks. In May, those stimulus checks were no longer counted as income for most people.Besides whatever unemployment aid states are providing to the 30 million jobless Americans, the federal government is providing $600 a week in additional benefits. The federal money has pumped nearly $20 billion a week into the economy and enabled many of the unemployed to stay afloat. But the $600 a week in aid will expire after July, and Trump administration officials have said they oppose an extension.Without the stimulus checks or an extension of unemployment aid, it’s unclear whether consumers will keep spending freely. In testimony to Congress last week, Federal Reserve Jerome Powell said he thought Congress should consider providing some form of extended unemployment benefits beyond their typical six-month period, on the assumption that joblessness will likely still be quite high by year’s end.Last month’s rise in consumer spending also coincides with a sudden surge in coronavirus cases that’s forcing states and businesses to consider scaling back or even reversing the re-openings. If an escalation of the pandemic does force another round of widespread business shutdowns, fewer people would shop, travel, eat out or attend large events. That would reverse any rebound in spending and would further weaken the economy.Consumer spending is closely watched because it accounts for about 70% of economic activity. Despite the increased spending in May, economists have estimated that the economy, as measured by the gross domestic product, is contracting at a roughly 30% annual rate in the April-June quarter after shrinking at a 5% percent rate in the January-March period. That would be, by far, the worst U.S. quarterly contraction since record-keeping began in 1948.In February, the economy fell into a deep recession, according to the National Bureau of Economic Research, the association of economists that is the official arbiter of recessions in the United States. Most analysts expect the economy to rebound in the second half of this year before potentially regaining its pre-pandemic level in late 2021 at the earliest.The Trump administration is predicting a relatively fast and robust economic rebound starting this summer. Most private economists are far less optimistic. And they warn that if the pandemic intensifies and forces a second round of business closures, it would set the job market and the economy even further back. The damage could be dire.One hopeful sign, in the meantime, comes from data compiled from Chase Bank credit and debit cards. It shows that consumers have gradually but consistently increased their spending since the government distributed the stimulus checks in mid-April.