Spafford And The Magic Beans Are Teaming Up For A Two-Night, Post-Phish New Year’s Run In NYC

first_imgBoth Colorado’s The Magic Beans and Arizona’s Spafford have quickly ascended the ranks of the scene to stake their claim as two of the best rising jam bands touring today. Each brings their own unique, tightly crafted sound with fearless exploration to soaring heights night in and night out on the road. Today they have announced a special two night post-Phish NYE run around the corner from MSG at jam friendly American Beauty. A true Co-Bill, the two acts will switch off headlining nights with Spafford taking the honors on 12/30 and The Magic Beans playing last on NYE. Both bands will start AFTER Phish’s performance each night.A fourpiece improvisational beast, Brian Moss (Guitar), Jordan Fairless (Bass), Red Johnson (Keys), and Nick Tkachyk (Drums) need to be heard to be understood. Building sonic explorations one piece at a time, Spafford takes their listeners on a ride that typically floats on a deep groove and finishes with a blistering peak. Having just recently completed their breakout tour which saw the band come East of Colorado for the first time, this will mark the bands debut performances in NYC. As a clear buzz surrounds the band, Spafford will look to continue their rise during this special 2 night run.Getting To Know Spafford, The Best Jam Band You Haven’t Heard YetListen: Spafford Cabin Cabin Jam 2 12/7/15 Secret Hideout – Colorado:With a thoroughly established reputation in their home state of Colorado, including their own quickly growing Beanstalk Music Festival, The Magic Beans have been hitting the road hard for a couple of years now, making a name for themselves all over with their unique genre-blending sound and exciting shows. Scott Hachey (Guitars/Vocals), Chris Duffy (Bass/Vocals), Casey Russell (Keys/Vocals), and Jason Kincaid (Drums) creatively invoke hints of your favorite live acts while managing to come across with a sound that is distinctly their own. At the core, Beans’ shows are a dance party, with an emphasis on original songwriting and extended segments of improvisation.Watch: The Magic Beans “Who’s Crazy?” live at Schmiggitys in Steamboat Springs CO, 1/28/16:These are going to be two late-night shows that you will not want to miss post-Phish. A limited allotment of early bird tickets are currently on sale, with a general on sale scheduled for Friday, October 7th at 12pm EDT.General Admission tickets for 12/30 can be found here. (On sale 10/7 at 12 PM EDT)General Admission tickets for 12/31 can be found here. (On sale 10/7 at 12 PM EDT)last_img read more

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As China tensions soar, US embraces Taiwan with visit, but cautiously

first_imgBut Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, a hawk who rarely misses a chance to denounce China or declare Trump to be the toughest president ever, was uncharacteristically circumspect when asked about Azar’s trip, which has been denounced by Beijing.”Cabinet members have traveled to Taiwan previously. This is consistent with policies of previous times,” Pompeo told reporters.”He’ll go there and talk to them about public health issues” including the quest for a vaccine, Pompeo said.Experts say that even the Trump administration is aware of the real risks if tensions escalate over Taiwan, one of the most sensitive issues for Beijing’s communist leadership. Eager to find a foil for China, US President Donald Trump’s administration is stepping up support for Taiwan, although a high-level visit to the island shows it is still treading carefully on an especially explosive issue.Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar is heading to Taiwan to showcase the island’s stunningly successful COVID-19 response as Trump, facing a tough re-election with pandemic deaths climbing at home, casts China as the culprit for the disease.The American Institute in Taiwan, the de facto US embassy in Taipei, highlighted that Azar will be the highest-level US official to visit, based on presidential order of succession, since the United States severed relations and recognized Beijing in 1979. China considers Taiwan, where the mainland’s defeated nationalists fled in 1949, to be a province awaiting reunification, by force if necessary.Douglas Paal, who headed the American Institute in Taiwan during George W. Bush’s presidency, said that the Trump administration was still paying heed to China’s red line — that no US official handling national security visit Taiwan.Throughout the 1990s, the United States sent trade officials to Taiwan with regularity, Paal noted.The difference this time, he said, is the context — with Azar traveling at a time that relations between Washington and Beijing have hit a new bottom.”Sending him to Taiwan shows respect for the old framework while putting a finger in China’s eye at the same time,” Paal said.”The fact that they didn’t choose to send a national security advisor or someone else suggests they are trying to come as close as possible to China’s red line but don’t want to cross it.”The Trump administration has taken an increasingly hawkish turn on China, with Pompeo in a recent speech saying that the four-decade policy of engaging Beijing had failed.In recent days, Trump has ordered sweeping restrictions on popular Chinese apps TikTok and WeChat, and the Treasury Department slapped sanctions on Hong Kong’s leader over a tough law that curbs dissent.Paal said it was possible that hawks in the Trump administration would push more dramatic action on China before the November 3 election as Trump trails in the polls.”I’m very clearly reading the Chinese as seeing that as a possibility and they are trying to avoid being drawn into that trip,” he said.Taiwan has built broad, bipartisan support in Washington. President Tsai Ing-wen has been hailed not only for her decisive coronavirus response but also, among US Democrats, for her progressive views including advocacy of gay rights, unusual for an Asian leader.An act of Congress requires the United States to sell weapons to Taiwan to ensure its self-defense against Beijing’s vastly larger armed forces.In one of the biggest sales in years, the Trump administration last year approved an $8 billion fighter jet deal to replace Taiwan’s aging fleet.The United States has also been more assertive in calling for Taiwan’s inclusion in international institutions, especially the World Health Organization.Gerrit van der Wees, a former Dutch diplomat who teaches the history of Taiwan at George Mason University, said that Trump had initially seemed hesitant, delaying the plane sale as he sought a trade pact with China.But recent actions including China’s clampdown in Hong Kong, its mass detention of Uighur Muslims and its military moves at sea have changed perceptions, he said.Now the Trump administration “primarily sees it as an opportunity to push the envelope in terms of strengthening and deepening support for a Taiwan that has built a dynamic democracy and is a ‘force for good in the world,'” he said, using a frequent phrase of US officials.Topics :last_img read more

Sustainable home earns praise

first_imgArchitect Chloe Naughton who designed the award winning Inverdon House in Bowen.Despite not being successful in winning the award, Ms Naughton said she was proud of the house crediting Tim, Jack, Mark, Robbie, Woppa and Scottie from J D Lowcock and Co Builders, along with subcontractors, for building the house, and Clifford Stanyon for the engineering. The house had won the individual home $651,000-$750,000 category at the Master Builders Mackay and Whitsunday Housing and Construction Awards this year.Ms Naughton said there were a number of  considerations she made when creating her plans.“Along with understanding the climate, it was deeply important to dissect the lives of the clients in order to provide them with a space that responded to their daily rituals while offering a model for living which essentially simplified their lives,” she said“The brief called for the house to be low-maintenance, floodproof, cyclone-proof and easy to live in with provision for a future live-in-carer. Inverdon House AIDA category nomineeA SUSTAINABLE home designed by a former Bowen woman has been recognised as one of the year’s best at the 2017 Houses Awards.Inverdon House, designed by architect Chloe Naughton for her parents, was the only North Queensland finalist at the awards held in Melbourne this month.Ms Naughton said that while the recognition for the house was wonderful, the most important reception is that of her clients. BCM EMBARGOED MARCH 31 Inverdon House AIDA category nominee“Buildings are places people inhabit for the majority of their lives so to be able to influence one’s experience in life through their built environment is a very powerful role,” she said.Ms Naughton said her parents said “they love living in their forever home”.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020The awards were presented at the National Gallery of Victoria with Brisbane’s Auchenflower House by Vokes and Peters taking out the Australian House of the Year.The Inverdon project was a finalist in two categories, being recognised for Sustainability and New House over 200sq m categories.center_img J D Lowcock & Co won the Individual Home from $651,000-$750,000 category at this year’s Master Builders Mackay & Whitsunday Housing & Construction Awards for its work on Inverdon house — the permanent residence for a soon to be retired couple. Picture: ZESTY PHOTOGRAPHY“This house was designed for my parents who went from living in a house with a single door, no cross-ventilation or outdoor living space and a year-round reliance on airconditioning to now a house which completely opens up to nature. “It has changed the way they live.”last_img read more

Palliative care doctor warns of euthanasia ‘ripple effect’

first_imgOneNews 3 June 2015A leading palliative care doctor says a possible decision by a judge to allow euthanasia would have a ripple effect and would break her heart.The family of Wellington lawyer Lecretia Seales, who’s battling brain cancer and is paralysed, is waiting for a judge to rule on her last wish – for her doctor to be granted the right to take her life, if she chooses.The chair of the Australia and New Zealand Society of Palliative Medicine, Dr Amanda Landers, told Seven Sharp euthanasia presents too many grey areas.“How can we make sure that people aren’t being coerced – the most vulnerable sector of our society?”Dr Landers says euthanasia is not something palliative care professionals are trained to do.“It’s not in our medical curriculum,” she said.“I believe it will change the patient doctor relationship forever.” read more

NPA, LFS salute slain UPV student activist

first_imgBorn on June 9, 1999 Cruz was the youngest child in a family with sufficient means but according to the LFS, “hindi ito naging hadlang sa kanya upang mamulat sa tunay na kalagayan ng lipunang Pilipino.” “Siya ay parating nakikita sa mga tambayan, hallway at silid-aralan na nangunguna sa mga educational discussions. Kasama ng iba pa, ang laging sigaw at panawagan niya noon ay ‘Free Education for All’ at ‘Ibasura mga neoliberal na atake sa edukasyon’. Nang dahil sa kanyang walang pagod na pag-oorganisa, nakuha niya ang simpatya at puso ng mga estudyante o sin-o man na kanyang nakakasama. “Taas-kamaong pagpupugay at pinakamataas na parangal ang ipinapaabot ng League of Filipino Students (LFS) kay Malvin Christian V. Cruz na walang pag-iimbot na nag-alay ng kanyang buhay para sa masang api’t pinagsasamantalahan,” read part  of the statement. In an official statement, the NPA’s Mount Napulak Command spokesperson Lyka Sumulong said Malvin Christian Cruz was 21 years old. Here’s the rest of the LFS statement: The Philippine Army’s 61st Infantry Battalion (61IB) commander Lieutenant Colonel Joel Benedict Batara said Cruz was a squad team leader. ILOILO City – The New People’s Army (NPA) confirmed that the student  activist from the University of the Philippines Visayas (UPV) who died in an encounter with government troops in Barangay Dalije, Miag-ao, Iloilo on June 29 was a member. The LFS has issued a statement in Filipino praising Cruz’s ultimate sacrifice for the exploited masses. The rebels hailed Cruz’s bravery and sacrifice. “Isang inspirasyon at huwaran si Malvin sa marami pang kabataang Pilipino. Siya ang mukha ng isang tunay na Iskolar ng Bayan. Hindi nasayang ang kanyang buhay dahil tulad ng sinisimbolo ni Oble, inialay niya ito sa paglilingkod sa masang api’t pinagsasamantalahan. “Puspusang kumikilos si Malvin bilang education officer at walang araw na pinapalampas na hindi nito napaiintindi sa kapwa Isko at Iska ang kahalagahan ng pagtindig laban sa komersyalisasyon ng edukasyon. “Kalaunan, siya ay naging miyembro ng League of Filipino Students. Bilang isang intellectual na bihasa sa larangan ng debate, siya ay naging masikhay na propagandista. In the underground movement, Cruz was known as Ka Lean and Ka Lucas. Cruz enrolled at UPV in 2015 taking up Bachelor of Science in Statistics. “Sinigurado din ni Malvin na ang kanyang kaalaman ay hindi lamang makukulong sa apat na sulok ng silid-aralan. Sinikap niya na makisalamuha sa masa bilang isang lider aktibista. Pinag-aralan niya ng maigi ang sitwasyon ng mga manggagawa, magsasaka, urban poor, mga drayber at iba pa upang lubos na maunawaan ang ugat ng kahirapan at pagdurusa ng masang Pilipino. Sa kanyang patuloy na pakikisalamuha at pakikipamuhay sa masang api, napagtanto ni Malvin na hindi na sapat ang paglaban sa kalunsuran. Tinahak niya ang matapang na landas ng armadong pakikibaka sa kanayunan. Cruz was a resident of Barangay San Nicholas, Oton, Iloilo. At UPV, he became a member of the militant League of Filipino Students (LFS). “Hindi siya natakot na makibaka sa harap ng hirap at sakripisyo. At kailanman ay hindi naging makasarili sapagkat hanggang sa huling sandali ng kanyang buhay ay inialay niya para makamtan ang magandang bukas para sa Inang Bayan.”/PNlast_img read more

Lawmakers honor Chris Perdue

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — State lawmakers honored local Special Olympic gold medalist, Chris Perdue, with a House Concurrent resolution on Thursday (4/6) at the Statehouse.State Representative Randy Frye (R-Greensburg), State Representative Randy Lyness (R-West Harrison) and State Senator Chip Perfect (R-Lawrenceburg) led efforts to recognize Perdue for winning a gold medal in the snowboard advanced giant slalom and placing fifth in the Super G event.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Perdue is a student at South Ripley Junior-Senior High School and helps raise awareness and funds for the Ripley, Ohio, and Dearborn counties Special Olympics of Indiana.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.According to Frye, more than 3,000 athletes from 110 nations competed in nine Olympic-type sports at the 2017 World Winter Games of Special Olympics held in Schladming, Austria.“I feel very fortunate to have Chris as a member of our community,” Perfect said. “He is a wonderful example of what hard work and determination can accomplish. It’s not every day that you get to be in the company of someone who is the best in the world at what they do, and I was very grateful to have him join me before the Senate.”last_img read more

Underhill enters Decatur County Sheriff’s race

first_imgGreensburg, In. — Life-long Decatur County resident Rick Underhill has officially entered the race for sheriff. The 27 year veteran of the force has served as a detective and a lieutenant and will seek the Republican nomination.Underhill will take his message of “Experience, Dedication and Integrity” to the people. He plans to improve collaboration between agencies, maximize the current skills of officers and attack the substance abuse problem. Underhill also says an increased presence in small towns is needed.Underhill is a 1981 graduate of Greensburg Community High School and served in the U.S. Army as a military policeman. After working in a local grocery store he became a reserve deputy, served as the Westport town marshal and joined the sheriff’s department full-time in 1990. He is married and has an 11-year-old son.last_img read more

Captain’s Faith Gives Me A Lot Of Confidence: Jasprit Bumrah

first_imgSouthampton: Indian pace bowling spearhead Jasprit Bumrah was once again at his menacing best as he helped the Men in Blue beat Afghanistan in a tense World Cup match that went all the way down to the wire in Southampton.With 32 needed off the last four overs, Afghanistan had a very good chance of upsetting the Men in Blue and consigning India to their first defeat of the tournament on Saturday. However, Bumrah’s two fine overs, which saw the pacer hit the yorker length consistently, and Shami’s hat-trick when 12 were needed off the last five balls took India over the line.Bumrah was also key to India pulling the game back mid way through the innings when he came in the 29th over to remove two set players in Rahmat Shah and Hashmatullah Shahidi when Afghanistan were decently placed.For his figures of 2/39 off his 10 overs, the Mumbai pacer was adjudged the Player of the Match.Speaking at the post-match presentation, the 25-year-old pacer acknowledged captain Virat Kohli’s faith in him that helps in his execution and said: “It gives you a lot of confidence when the captain has so much trust on you. That gives me a lot of confidence to express myself and helps me keep a clear head in terms of how I want to execute.” IANSAlso Read: Jasprit Bumrah World’s Best Bowler At The Moment: Sachin Tendulkarlast_img read more

NCAA sets new schedule for early draft entrants to withdraw

first_imgNCAA sets new schedule for early draft entrants to withdraw Experts say the first leg on Feb. 19 in Milan was one of the biggest reasons why the virus was so deadly in Atalanta’s home city of Bergamo. The match has been dubbed “Game Zero” by Italian media.___Seven Arkansas State athletes have tested positive for COVID-19 and are self-isolating for 14 days.Chancellor Kelly Damphousse said the seven athletes are from three sports, and all were asymptomatic Thursday. They learned of the positive results Wednesday night.The athletes who tested positive and are living off campus will self-isolate there or at home for 14 days. Those living on campus will self-isolate in their residence hall or at home for 14 days. Schalke has been hit hard financially by the pandemic. Executive board member Alexander Jobst said in March the club faced an existential threat.The team has also struggled on the field and hasn’t won a league game since January.___More AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 “We’ve had a couple others that have had symptoms, without testing positive that we know of,” Kovan said.Michigan State athletes can begin returning to campus June 15 in preparation for voluntary workouts. Football, basketball and volleyball players will be the first to undergo testing.After testing, athletes will be instructed to self-isolate for a week, and those testing positive will be quarantined for 10 days. On June 22, athletes who initially tested negative will be given a second round of testing. Athletes who receive a second negative test will be cleared to begin voluntary workouts. They will be split into small workout groups based on people they live with.“The intent is that if we keep our volume, our number of athletes together in a small set, and their strength coach works with just that group when they work out, and somebody in that group is positive, then we can isolate that individual group as opposed to the whole team,” Kovan said.Common areas like locker rooms and lounges will remain closed. Athletes will be given masks and required to wear them while in facilities, except during workouts. Olympic operations director Pierre Ducrey says there is “an open discussion” between the IOC and insurance brokers “to try and find the right level of compensation to help us bear the cost of having to wait another year.”The IOC pays for insurance against the cancellation of an Olympics but it is unclear if its policy covers a one-year postponement.Cancellation policies detailed in IOC accounts cost $14.4 million for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics and $12.8 million for the 2018 Pyeongchang Games.The IOC said last month it set aside $650 million to cover potential extra costs for the postponement.Costs for organizers in Japan are expected to run to billions of dollars. NASCAR is set to run its All-Star race on a Wednesday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway and added one more weeknight Cup Series race as part of its latest revised schedule through July.NASCAR has revamped its schedule in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and announced even more changes on Thursday.NASCAR will keep its scheduled twinbill weekend later this month at Pocono Raceway. The track is still scheduled to hold a Truck Series and Cup Series race on June 27 and an Xfinity Series and Cup Series race on June 28. The compressed schedule because of the pandemic has forced NASCAR to run races from all three national series multiple days a week. NASCAR crammed five Cup races on the schedule from May 17 to May 31.The rest of the Cup schedule includes a July 5 race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, July 12 at Kentucky Speedway, the All-Star race on July 15 at Charlotte, July 19 at Texas Motor Speedway and July 23 at Kansas Speedway. The new schedule wraps Aug. 2 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.The All-Star race is usually held in May and New Hampshire was bumped from its July date. Pocono, Indy and Kentucky stayed the same. ___All referees in Italy’s top soccer league have tested negative for the coronavirus.The Serie A referees and some from the second division were tested at the Italian federation’s training headquarters on the outskirts of Florence.They will remain there until June 10 to have further tests and continue training and preparing for the resumption of Serie A on June 20.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The NCAA has set a new schedule for early entrants to the NBA draft to withdraw and return to school. Once training starts, players, coaches and some staff must be tested for the virus every other day. An individual who tests positive would be isolated, tested again at least 24 houts later, and all close contacts would be tested. High-risk individuals must be cleared to participate by the team’s chief medical officer in consultation with the MLS medical staff.Testing for antibodies will take place every three months. Testing providers must be authorized by the FDA or Health Canada.Training rooms and gyms will be restricted to a maximum five people, and lockers should be spaced a minimum 10 feet apart. Doors should be left open.Food is restricted to individual, prepackaged meals and individually wrapped utensils, and 10 feet of distancing is necessary while eating.Staff is to use appropriate personal protective equipment. June 4, 2020 The Italian soccer federation is launching a fund of nearly $25 million to help clubs and their members following the crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic.The Save Soccer Foundation will need definitive approval at a federation meeting on Monday.Federation president Gabriele Gravina says “it’s an initiative which doesn’t have precedents and represents a great assumption of responsibility which the (federation) is taking in favor of the whole soccer system.”The fund consists of 21,700,000 euros ($24,500,000). It will give up to 5 million euros ($5.6 million) to each of the two divisions below Serie A as well as the same amount to support clubs from the amateur soccer league.It will also give up to 3 million euros ($3.4 million) to soccer players and the same amount to coaches and their staff. The suspended Australian Open can’t find new dates. The Hyderabad Open in August and Korea Masters in November were part of the revamped calendar announced last month but have now been put off.The Korea Open in September is still on.The world tour is scheduled to resume at the end of August in Lingshui, China.___The International Olympic Committee is in talks with insurers over compensation for the postponed 2020 Tokyo Games. Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini says the reaction from Champions League opponent Valencia after he acknowledged testing positive for the coronavirus is “really very offensive.”Valencia expressed “surprise” and a top health official in the Spanish region said Gasperini “lacked responsibility” for traveling to Spain with symptoms of the virus. He recently told Italian media he felt sick the day before the March 10 match in Valencia.Gasperini tells Sky Italia, “I know that I respected the protocols. I was in quarantine like everyone else until training resumed. I never had a test. It was only in May when (the entire team) had blood tests that I realized that I had had the virus.”Valencia said after the March 10 game that about 35% of its team had the virus.Gasperini adds, “Looking back, I think that was the period when I didn’t feel well. But I never had a fever or any sort of respiratory problems. When I left from Bergamo I felt fine. I had some problems that evening and the day after (the match).” The NCAA announced Thursday that it would give players until 10 days after the NBA scouting combine or Aug. 3, whichever comes earlier. This comes three weeks after the NCAA postponed its deadline, which was originally scheduled to fall on Wednesday.That June 3 deadline was set to come 10 days after the completion of the combine, but the NBA postponed the combine amid the coronavirus pandemic and has yet to announce a new date.In a statement, the NCAA said the Division I Men’s Basketball Oversight Committee worked with the National Association of Basketball Coaches on the new timeline and “believes this is the most equitable alternative available in these unprecedented circumstances.”“This provides the utmost flexibility to student-athletes testing the waters to make the most informed decision about their future during this uncertain time,” NCAA Senior Vice President for Basketball Dan Gavitt said in the statement.___center_img English soccer club Tottenham says it is expecting to lose more than $250 million in revenue with Premier League matches being played without fans and its stadium no longer being used for two NFL games this year.Tottenham’s stadium opened last year and can hold more than 60,000 people. It is unclear when spectators will be allowed into events again.Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy says “it is imperative that we now all work together … to find a safe way to bring spectators back to sport and entertainment venues.”___Badminton tournaments in Australia, India and South Korea have been canceled amid the coronavirus pandemic. Associated Press ___A member of the Pittsburgh Penguins has tested positive for COVID-19.The team announced Thursday that an unidentified player has been diagnosed with the coronavirus. The team says the player was not in Pittsburgh at the time of test and has been at his home since first experiencing symptoms. The club said the player is “recovering and feeling well” and those who have been in close contact with him have been notified.The NHL’s season remains “on pause,” but the Penguins will participate in the approved playoff format whenever the season resumes.___ European Gymnastics president Farid Gayibov says the body will review the coronavirus situation and react accordingly “should the situation at a later date not be considered safe enough any more.”The European championships for rhythmic gymnastics will stay in Kyiv, Ukraine, but are now set for Nov. 26-29. That is six months later than originally planned.All three championships were supposed to be tune-ups for the Tokyo Olympics but that event has been postponed to 2021.___Pope Francis is promoting a charity auction of sports items and experiences in support of two of the hospitals hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic in Italy. ___Borussia Dortmund has defended a group of players who were accused of breaking Bundesliga hygiene rules while getting haircuts.German newspaper Bild reports that some of the players were pictured without face masks during appointments at home with a celebrity barber. Forward Jadon Sancho was among the players.League rules during the coronavirus pandemic say players should minimize contact with people from outside their household. They have to wear masks for large parts of game days unless actually on the field.Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc says he spoke with the players about their behavior and adds that they only removed their face masks to pose briefly for pictures. Zorc adds that the 20-year-old Sancho is still “very young.” Premier League clubs have agreed to allow five substitutions in soccer matches.They will adopt the temporary law change when the league resumes on June 17 amid the coronavirus pandemic.There can still only be three pauses to bring on substitutes.Premier League clubs have also agreed to temporarily increase the number of substitute players from seven to nine.___ ___Michigan State says a student-athlete’s father died of COVID-19 and the athlete tested positive but remained asymptomatic.Athletic director Bill Beekman was part of a video conference with reporters Thursday to discuss the school’s plans to have athletes back on campus. When asked if any athlete or athletic department personnel had tested positive in the past three months, Beekman said nobody that he was aware of — but that he might not necessarily have all the information.Dr. Jeffrey Kovan, the school’s director of sports medicine, was also part of the video conference. He quickly said that one student-athlete had tested positive, his father died, and his mother and sister also tested positive. Kovan said the athlete was asymptomatic and retested negative a few weeks later.The school did not disclose the athlete’s identity or his sport. The fund will also provide 700,000 euros ($800,000) to help women’s soccer clubs that are set to complete the season.___The European gymnastics championships have been moved to December after being postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.The men’s event will run from Dec. 9-13 and the women’s championships from Dec. 17-20 in Baku, Azerbaijan.Baku was originally supposed to host only the men’s championships but France couldn’t reschedule the women’s event after missing its planned dates in Paris in April and May. The “We Run Together” auction includes a personalized bicycle given to Francis by world champion Peter Sagan, a team jersey and captain’s armband signed by former Roma forward Francesco Totti and a swim suit and hat from Olympic champion Federica Pellegrini.There are also experiences such as training sessions and dinners with various athletes.Francis says “the true values of sport are particularly important to face this period of pandemic and especially the difficult restart.”The auctions will take place on the site starting Monday for two months. There will be a new one every week and each auction will last 10 days.All funds raised will go to the Papa Giovanni XXIII hospital in Bergamo and Fondazione Poliambulanza in Brescia. NASCAR also scheduled five Truck races and six second-tier Xfinity races. The Cup Series races again Sunday at Atlanta Motor Speedway.The schedule for the rest of the season will be released at a later date.___A day after announcing a deal with its players’ association to resume the season with a tournament in Florida, Major League Soccer says teams may resume training.MLS says each player and staff member must complete two tests for the coronavirus 24 hours apart, 72 hours ahead of the start of training. Every player also must have a test for antibodies and a physical. ___German soccer club Schalke has apologized to fans for asking them to justify their refunds for games played in empty stadiums because of the coronavirus pandemic.Schalke had asked for evidence of financial hardship if fans wanted tickets refunded this year rather than waiting until 2022.Schalke says it used “impersonal formulations lacking empathy” and fans will no longer be asked to submit documentary evidence of their personal finances. But the club says the approach was legal under German law.The Bundesliga was suspended in March because of the coronavirus outbreak and spectators have not been allowed to attend any of the games since the league restarted on May 16. Damphousse said contact tracing has begun, and anyone who has been exposed to any of the seven athletes will be required to quarantine for 14 days.“This is a day that we knew would come, not just at A-State, but for colleges and universities across America,” Damphousse said.An Arkansas State spokesman said he didn’t know how many athletes have been tested since they began returning to campus for voluntary workouts.Oklahoma State and Marshall have announced they’ve each had three athletes test positive.___last_img read more