The world’s biggest tourism group TUI said Wednesday it planned to slash 8,000 jobs in a bid to cut costs as the industry struggles to stay afloat with travel severely curtailed by the coronavirus pandemic.”We are targeting to permanently reduce our overhead cost base by 30 percent across the entire Group,” said TUI of the cuts affecting one in ten jobs. “This will have an impact on potentially 8,000 roles globally that will either not be recruited or reduced.” Highlighting the impact of the crisis, the group reported a net loss of 763.6 million euros for its second quarter to March.To halt transmission of the coronavirus, many countries have slammed borders shut and banned tourism, leaving planes grounded and cruise ships idle at ports while hotels are left empty.To survive the crisis, TUI had sought a lifeline from the government, signing a deal in early April for a 1.8 billion euros state-guaranteed loan to keep it afloat.It is one of the biggest examples of German companies making use of a huge government rescue package aimed at cushioning the impact of the pandemic on Europe’s top economy.The German government has promised “unlimited” credit to help companies weather the coronavirus storm.Topics :
When the Wisconsin women’s hockey team hits the ice this weekend against conference rival Minnesota-Duluth, all eyes will be on Badgers senior forward Sara Bauer. That’s because Bauer will in all likelihood reach the milestone of 200 career points, as she is just two points away from that plateau.There is really very little left to say about Bauer; all of her accomplishments have been written about and poured over a million times. Yet at the same time, it is difficult to not talk about her — she’s that good.That was evident this past weekend, when Wisconsin trounced Minnesota State. Riding a seven-game winning streak, the Mavericks weren’t supposed to go easy. But they did. The Badgers scored 13 goals in the series. The Mavericks scored none.Bauer starred in the Minnesota State dismantling, racking up eight points in the two games. She really shined in the second game when the Badgers scored eight goals. Bauer had two of them — including one that was completely unassisted — and added three assists for a five-point game.The eight-point series gave Bauer a season total of 52 points, good enough for best in both the conference and nation. Bauer leads the WCHA points race by a whopping 15 points over teammate Meghan Duggan. The best scorer in the WCHA who doesn’t wear a Wisconsin uniform is Ohio State junior forward Erin Keys, who has 35 points.The crazy thing is that this success is nothing new for Bauer. She became the Badgers’ all-time leading scorer when she passed former Badger Meghan Hunter earlier this season. As for the WCHA, she has led the conferences in scoring all season long and has been among the best each of the past two seasons. Just look at the numbers: Every season, she has improved. Between her freshman and sophomore years she jumped from 33 to 55 points. She followed that up with 58 points last season and currently holds an astronomical plus-97 rating over the past three seasons.”When you come in as a freshman, you don’t really know what to expect,” team captain Bobbi-Jo Slusar said. “That first year, she did very well, but after freshman year she knew what she could do and what role she played on the team.”Bauer was recognized as the nation’s best female player last season when she was awarded the Patty Kazmaier Award. At the rate she’s going, she very well could win it again this season. With six games remaining in the regular season, Bauer could easily surpass her season point record of 58 — she is averaging nearly two points per game.She’s even more impressive when you look at the fine print. Sophomore year: She became just the third Badger to ever record a 50-plus point season. Junior year: The Badgers did not lose a single game when she scored a goal, and lost only one game when she recorded a point. That makes for a 44-1-2 record when recorded a goal or assist. Not too shabby.Perhaps the most astonishing thing about Bauer’s success is how humble she is about it. Most players who are about to break the 200 career points mark would talk about how great they are. But not Sara Bauer. Bauer hates making a perceived spectacle of herself, shying away from media attention and passing the praise on to teammates. On the verge of becoming just the seventh player in NCAA history to score 200 points, she is modest as always.”Points was never something I paid attention to,” Bauer said. “I think the progress we’ve made over the past few years is important [because of] what we’ve done as a team and how we’ve been able to take a step forward every year. … I’ve played alongside some great players. I think any time you’re more of a playmaker than a goal scorer, your success is dependent on other people.” Bauer said it best; she is a playmaker. With 34 assists already this season, Bauer is a master at finding an opportunity and then exploiting it. She’s the one who makes the play happen, fire off a pretty pass, and have her linemates Duggan and Jinelle Zaugg finish the deal.And Bauer leaves no doubt that any individual accomplishments this year are secondary to team success.”That’s the goal every year. You want to go after the championship,” Bauer said. “That’s the whole idea — as a team you want to go after that as your biggest goal.”It’s that kind of drive that helps her be a leader for Wisconsin. While she might shy away from attention, that shouldn’t be confused with a lack of leadership. Her quiet lead-by-example attitude is why she is an assistant captain.”She’s not the faster skater or has the hardest shot,” Slusar said. “She just sees the ice better than anyone on this team or anyone in the league. … She’s just a well-rounded individual, both on the ice and off the ice. … She’s respected, and when she says something, everybody listens. “She’s very modest and she’s very skilled and she’s already accomplished a lot,” Slusar continued in what might be one of the biggest understatements of the year.With the Badgers searching for a repeat of last season’s national championship, fans will also have an eye on whether Bauer repeats as winner of the Kazmaier Award. Scoring her 200th point will be just another notch in her belt, as she goes about her business quietly, leading on the ice and avoiding reporters afterward.
The 2020 NFL season will kick off in one month with its Thursday night opener featuring the Chiefs and Texans. That means there’s no better time than the present to make picks and predictions for all the games of Week 1.As teams prepare for the action in training camp without any preseason games, the point spreads for the initial matchups that count are surprising in many cases. There is some uncertainty about teams that underwent a lot of offseason changes, making some established powers stronger favorites. Let’s dive right in to navigate those odds and hopefully lean toward the better bets as Sporting News launches its professional pigskin prognostications for another fun year. For now, the spreads come from Vegas Insider’s consensus sportsbook odds:MORE: Get the latest NFL Week 1 odds & betting advice from Sports InsiderNFL picks against the spread for Week 1Game of the Week: Buccaneers at Saints (-4, 49.5 o/u)Sunday 4:25 p.m. ET, FoxDrew Brees and Tom Brady meet right away as new NFC South rivals after interesting offseasons for both venerable future Hall of Fame all-time greats. Brees might be starting his last season and wants to prove he still has it as a leader and passer after an injury-marred 2019. Brady will have a chip on his shoulder in trying to show New England made a mistake in letting him get to Tampa Bay. That should lead to a high-scoring duel as expected in the Superdome with both QBs deploying their myriad weapons for big plays. The Saints have the comfort of home, a tough place for visitors even without fans. They also are a little more established as a division power with the more reliable all-around defense.Pick: Saints win 34-27 and cover the spread.Game of Midweek: Texans at Chiefs (-10, 55 o/u)Thursday 8:20 p.m. ET, NBCThe first game of the season is the AFC game of the week. With Houston losing DeAndre Hopkins offensively and having a few more defensive issues, it is expected to slide from true AFC title contention this season, especially after two other teams in the division, Indianapolis and Tennessee, went further in the playoffs the past two years. Kansas City avoided a free-agent exodus and took care of both Patrick Mahomes and Chris Jones. There will be extra energy in Arrowhead (even without the typical crowd noise) with the Chiefs feted as Super Bowl champions and eager to repeat as considerable favorites to do so. There will be no big comeback necessary this time as Mahomes picks up where he left off and puts Deshaun Watson in futile catchup mode.Pick: Chiefs win 42-24 and cover the spread.Lock of the Week: Eagles (-6, 45 0o/u) over WashingtonSunday 1 p.m. ET, FoxThis was an easy standout. Philadelphia isn’t getting enough love after further upgrading its defense with Javon Hargrave and Darius Slay and looking to be more explosive shape offensively around Carson Wentz. Meanwhile, Ron Rivera is trying to clean up a mess as the new coach of the Washington Football Team. The Ohio State first-round combination of Dwayne Haskins and Chase Young should show promise as the season progresses, but for now, this is a rebuilding team getting used to new offensive and defensive schemes. The short division road trip hasn’t been a problem for the Eagles in the past and they are Super Bowl contenders in contrast to Washington being in play for the league’s worst record.Pick: Eagles win 31-14 and cover the spread.Upset of the Week: Bengals over Chargers (-3.5, 44 o/u)Sunday 4:05 p.m. ET, CBSJoe Burrow isn’t used to losing or playing poorly. He also will be ready to go in Week 1 as Cincinnati’s unquestioned starter and can immediately bring his new offense to life with a better line, healthier receiving corps and deep backfield. This is a long road trip for AFC’s L.A. team post-Hard Knocks and its first game in a long time without Philip Rivers will have mixed results with Tyrod Taylor and the defense. Burrow provides a hint of what’s to come by helping the Bengals steal this one late.Pick: Bengals win 23-20. (Getty Images) (Getty Images) Cardinals at 49ers (-7.5, 46 o/u)Sunday 4:25 p.m. ET, FoxThe Cardinals have some great vibes with Kyler Murray getting help from Hopkins and Chander Jones getting help from Isaiah Simmons. Kliff Kingsbury is a young offensive-minded coach to watch the way Sean McVay and Kyle Shanahan once were in the division. They gave the 49ers two close, high-scoring games last season. But San Francisco remains strong and won’t let down in its first game at home after losing the Super Bowl. The 49ers might not have a healthy Deebo Samuel to start and the defense will need to adjust without Buckner, but they can still get it done here with their running game and greater depth of playmakers on both sides.Pick: 49ers win 27-24 but fail to cover the spread.Cowboys (-2.5, 50 o/u) at RamsSunday 8:20 p.m. ET, NBCThe Cowboys won’t be traveling to Southern California to train in Oxnard ahead of this season so they will want to make amends for missing out on their L.A.-area fans. Dak Prescott doesn’t have his long-term contract, but he will still be focused and motivated to have another big year with an extra elite weapon in rookie wideout CeeDee Lamb. Mike McCarthy will leave a strong first impression with his offense and defense pumped for the new coach. McVay saw his team further gutted talent-wise and Prescott will easily outduel Jared Goff as Aaron Donald and Jalen Ramsey can do only so much against Dallas.Pick: Cowboys win 31-24 and cover the spread.Steelers (-3.5, 47.5 o/u) at GiantsMonday 7:15 p.m. ET, ESPNThis is a rough season for the Giants schedule-wise. They face an elite defense at home right away in the Monday night opener and an offense that will go back to work with a healthy Ben Roethlisberger. Daniel Jones will take lumps against Pittsburgh’s pass rush after Saquon Barkley is contained, as T.J. Watt leads the charge against rookie tackle Andrew Thomas without Nate Solder to help. The Steelers also should wake up plenty in the passing game with Juju Smith-Schuster and Dionate Johnson.Pick: Steelers win 24-14 and cover the spread. Bill Belichick https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/32/2c/bill-belichick-010509-getty-ftr_m66b04x273go1ozonoyf2441o.jpg?t=1982002607&w=500&quality=80 Titans at Broncos (-2, 42 o/u)Monday 10:10 p.m. ET, ESPNThe Titans had their chance at the Chiefs and getting to the Super Bowl instead of the eventual champions. They remain in their run-heavy identity to set up the downfield passing game, now with Derrick Henry and Ryan Tannehill both getting their lucrative long-term contracts. The Broncos, however, are a buzzworthy team because of Vic Fangio getting more out of Von Miller and the defense in Year 2 and Pat Shurmur ready to help Drew Lock make a big jump with Melvin Gordon, Jerry Jeudy and K.J. Hamler all adding to the weaponry. Denver matches that early vibe while Tennessee starts experiencing the expected letdown.Pick: Broncos win 23-20 and cover the spread. Raiders (-1, 47 o/u) at PanthersSunday 1 p.m. ET, CBSViva the Las Vegas Raiders. They are excited about their new identity and finished the final season in Oakland on the brink of the playoffs. Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock have upgraded wide receiver and tight end for Derek Carr, and the defense has two major additions at linebacker in Cory Littleton and Nick Kwiatkoski. The new-look Panthers are a very team with Rivera, Newton, Luke Kuechly, Greg Olsen and others gone, now led by Matt Rhule and Teddy Bridgewater. This is a tricky opening trip for the Raiders, but they are the better overall team with more known quantities.Pick: Raiders win 27-20 and cover the spread.Jets at Bills (-6, 43.5 o/u)Sunday 1 p.m. ET, CBSThe Jets keep doing weird things with Adam Gase in control. Their defense seems more depleted and their offense seems to have the same old questions, with Breshad Perriman replacing Robby Anderson and Frank Gore backing Le’Veon Bell. There has been little buzz about Sam Darnold. The Bills have heard plenty around Josh Allen, who now can also throw to Diggs. Their defense remains solid for Sean McDermott minus Star Lotulelei and Jordan Phillips. They are the returning playoff team. The Jets are the returning mess of a team.Pick: Bills win 24-13 and cover the spread.Browns at Ravens (-8.5, 48.5 o/u)Sunday 1 p.m. ET, CBSThe Ravens got stronger offensively around Lamar Jackson with rookie back J.K. Dobbins and younger, speedier wide receivers. They will recover well from the loss of Marshal Yanda to keep putting up prolific run-heavy numbers. The Browns figure to be far more efficient, balanced and explosive for Baker Mayfield and have real rebound playoff promise under new coach Kevin Stefanski. Baltimore is bound to start faster out of the gate while Cleveland works on finding its more grounded footing.Pick: Ravens win 34-24 and cover the spread.Seahawks (-1, 49 o/u) at FalconsSunday 1 p.m. ET, FoxThe Seahawks, with their power running game loaded to set up Russell Wilson’s big-play passing game and a revamped secondary, have rediscovered their old Super Bowl identity under Pete Carroll on top of their consistent winning ways. They have no issues under Carroll on these kind of cross-country trips, especially in Week 1 with no games before it. Wilson should pick apart former Seattle defensive coordinator Dan Quinn’s unit, leaving Matt Ryan under duress in a pass-happy scheme against a secondary ready to make big plays on the ball.Pick: Seahawks win 27-20 and cover the spread. Dolphins at Patriots (-6.5, 43.5 o/u)Sunday 1 p.m. ET, CBSThe Dolphins should be sticking with Ryan Fitzpatrick with Tua Tagovailoa on track to start for them soon. The Patriots should see Cam Newton in their lineup, but there’s also a fair chance it could be Jarrett Stidham. With some QB unknowns, the running games, defenses and coaching will need to be the deciding factors. Bill Belichick has lost a lot, both in free agency to Miami and to opt outs. His protege, Brian Flores, has more optimism for Year 2. New England is in better position to grind this out while the visitors are breaking in a lot of new players and also have a new offensive scheme. Slow and steady does it for the Patriots in their first game in a long time without BradyPick: Patriots win 23-17 but fail to cover the spread.Packers at Vikings (-3.5, 46.5 o/u)Sunday 1 p.m. ET, FoxThe Packers won the division with a strong first season with Matt LaFleur. The Vikings weren’t far behind, as they also embraced a more quarterback-supportive approach with their running game and defense. Both ended up losing to the NFC champion 49ers in the playoffs. The Packers didn’t upgrade at wide receiver and the Vikings traded Stefon Diggs. Minnesota should remember being swept by Green Bay last season, including a home loss in September. Even with considerable change, the Vikings are a bit tighter defensively than the Packers and will dig deep with ball control to take the early division lead.Pick: Vikings win 20-17 but fail to cover the spread.Colts (-7, 46 o/u) at JaguarsSunday 1 p.m. ET, CBSThe Colts got Rivers to replace Jacoby Brissett in an attempt to better replace Andrew Luck passing-wise. But they are still a strong run-heavy team now with special rookie back Jonathan Taylor in the mix behind a mighty line. Another rookie, Michael Pittman Jr., is a key boost to the receiving corps. Indianapolis also is stronger in the defensive front seven with DeForest Buckner as the anchor. Jacksonville is rolling with more of Gardner Minshew, but the offense is in flux around him and the defense continues to lose more luster.Pick: Colts win 27-17 and cover the spread.Bears at Lions (-1, 44 o/u)Sunday 1 p.m. ET, FoxThe Bears have a heated but uninspiring quarterback competition between Mitchell Trubisky and Nick Foles in training camp to be the Week 1 starter. The Lions should be getting Matthew Stafford back fully healthy from the back injury that removed the second half of his career-best season. They will have an improved running game with line upgrades and rookie D’Andre Swift to ease Stafford’s burden. Chicago has its defense but there’s not much else to trust as Detroit also should be a little better on that side than it was last season.Pick: Lions win 20-17 and cover the spread. 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The spotlight now rests on the remainder of college football’s biggest power brokers: the ACC, Big 12 and SEC, though they are hardly the only conferences that have difficult choices to make regarding the 2020 season.It’s a complex situation, comprising several moving parts and differing opinions not just among the conferences, but also from team to team and individual to individual. With that, Sporting News breaks down the ever-evolving situation: How college football has reached the brink of cancellation, the potential ramifications for players, spring football and more.MORE: Latest updates, news on college footbal cancellationsWhy are decisions about the 2020 college football season coming now?The Big Ten on Tuesday became the first Power 5 conference to vote to cancel the 2020 fall sports season, including football& the Pac-12 followed shortly thereafter. The rush to put the issue to a vote is in response to the Mid-American Conference, which on Saturday set the precedent as the FBS conference to cancel its fall season.Per Brett McMurphy of Stadium, MAC presidents convened on Thursday not to vote on whether a 2020 fall season would take place, but to finalize the conference’s scheduling format. Those plans changed when Northern Illinois president Lisa Freeman, a former research scientist, informed her fellow presidents that NIU would not participate in college football in the fall.“The league didn’t like the look of NIU going out on their own and not playing,” a source told McMurphy. Thus, the vote to cancel the fall season.Power 5 commissioners held an “emergency meeting” on Sunday, per ESPN. The report, citing sources, claimed the majority of the Big Ten’s presidents, following their own meeting on Saturday, were ready to postpone the season; the conference did not vote at the time, though reports emerged that commissioner Kevin Warren preferred a spring football season. The conference merely released a mandate that essentially kept teams from proceeding to full-pad practices.The Big Ten reportedly used the Sunday commissioners’ meeting to gauge the other conferences’ thoughts and ask if they would follow their lead to cancel the season. The Big Ten presidents’ vote to cancel the fall season likely was not a unanimous choice.Dan Patrick reported on Monday that Iowa and Nebraska voted to maintain the fall season. Even so, several high-profile Big Ten coaches, including Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh and Ohio State’s Ryan Day, have publicly expressed a desire to play football in the fall. Nebraska’s Scott Frost even said the institution could look at “other options” to play if the Big Ten canceled its season. It was unclear if they would be able to break from the conference’s decision.The SEC and ACC are reportedly aligned in their desire to play in the fall: SEC commissioner Greg Sankey preached a wait-and-see approach on Monday while CBS Sports, citing a high-ranking ACC official, reported the conference “absolutely” plans to play this fall.Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby told the Austin (Texas) American-Statesman on Sunday that the conference has not yet made a decision regarding the 2020 season. Following the news of the Big Ten and Pac-12 cancellations on Tuesday, however, SEC sources said the Big 12 is paramount to a fall campaign. As it stands, reports from the conference suggest it is split on what to do:Sources tell @ByPatForde and I that the Big 12 – the linchpin in today’s events – is very much “split” on a decision.A small group wants to cancel, a small group wants to play, a larger group wants to delay.ADs meet today and then ADs & presidents meet jointly around 6 ET.— Ross Dellenger (@RossDellenger) August 11, 2020MORE: How Ohio State, Michigan impact the Big Ten’s final decision on 2020 football seasonWill players’ eligibility extend if the season is canceled or they opt out?The NCAA on Wednesday mandated that, among its various divisions, “all student-athletes must be allowed to opt out of participation due to concerns about contracting COVID-19. If a college athlete chooses to opt out, that individual’s athletics scholarship commitment must be honored by the college or university.”The NCAA also directed its divisions to “determine no later than Aug. 14 the eligibility accommodations that must be made for student-athletes who opt out of participating this fall or for those whose seasons are canceled or cut short due to COVID-19.” While the language of the mandate could technically allow institutions to consider a year of eligibility extinguished, the NCAA has already set a precedent for preserving athletes’ eligibility.That came on March 30, roughly two weeks after the organization canceled spring sports for the 2019-20 athletic year. Per an NCAA release, the group announced its Division I council “voted to allow schools to provide spring-sport student-athletes an additional season of competition and an extension of their period of eligibility.”It’s unlikely the NCAA wouldn’t extend those same rights to fall sport athletes in the case of a canceled season. That said, if for some reason it did refuse to do so, it could potentially open itself up to myriad lawsuits from said athletes, an outcome the NCAA would presumably like to avoid.MORE: Harbaugh, Frost have a point — the football field might be safest for playersCan college football be played safely?The issue of playing college football this season ultimately comes down to this.While the NHL and NBA have proven that competition can take place without spreading COVID-19, it’s important to note those leagues are currently taking place in bubble atmospheres: the NHL in Edmonton and Toronto, the NBA in Orlando.But MLB — which, like college football, features squads traveling to and from stadiums across state and county lines — has experienced outbreaks among its teams. That includes the St. Louis Cardinals and Miami Marlins, which have forced the postponement of several games and series.While the travel requirements won’t be nearly as extensive for college football as it is in MLB, one potential issue for the former is proximity of players to fellow college students on campus. While the NCAA can mandate several steps be taken to ensure players’ safety (it has) the organization has no such governance over non-student-athletes, who likely will not be held to the same stringent policies.Moreover, college football has already seen significant coronavirus outbreaks among several FBS programs, including Clemson, West Virginia and Rutgers, among others.Yet many players and coaches have suggested that football players would be safer with the football team than if they were to remain at home: an opinion held by Harbaugh, Frost, Alabama’s Nick Saban and Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence. Several athletes among Ohio State’s football and basketball teams shared a statement lauding the safety infrastructure of the university’s return to play model.pic.twitter.com/baC2cZVrlN— Tuf Borland (@Tuf_Borland) August 7, 2020Ultimately, the most sensible course of action may be to wait as long as possible to make an informed decision. That, at least, is the public stance by SEC commissioner Greg Sankey:Best advice I’ve received since COVID-19: “Be patient. Take time when making decisions. This is all new & you’ll gain better information each day.” @SEC has been deliberate at each step since March…slowed return to practice…delayed 1st game to respect start of fall semester..— Greg Sankey (@GregSankey) August 10, 2020MORE:Donald Trump, GOP leaders call for 2020 college football season to be played as scheduledTimeline of 2020 college football decisionsBelow is a timeline of final decisions from FBS conferences and teams on whether football will be played football this fall.Pac-12 Conference: Canceled, Tuesday, Aug. 11Big Ten Conference: Canceled, Tuesday, Aug. 11Sun Belt Conference: Postponed season till Sept. 8 on Tuesday, Aug. 11UMass (independent): Canceled, Tuesday, Aug. 11Mountain West Conference: Canceled, Monday, Aug. 10Old Dominion (C-USA): Canceled, Monday, Aug. 10Mid-American Conference: Canceled, Saturday, Aug. 8UConn (independent): Canceled Wednesday, Aug. 5MORE: How a spring season could affect the 2021 NFL DraftWhat would a spring college football season look like?For many teams across the country, the prospect of a spring season is the only way college football will be played in the 2020-21 athletic year. But even that prospect creates several significant logistical hurdles, including …ScholarshipsIf college football does resume in the spring semester, the usual roster spots freed up by graduating seniors, transfers and early NFL Draft entrants could still be occupied by those players. That raises questions of whether incoming transfers and early enrollees would have a right to play in that season, or if they would have to wait till 2021-22.NFL prospectsThe growing list of NFL prospects opting out of the 2020 season presents an unavoidable truth about college football in 2020: It will be without some of college football’s greatest stars, including such players as Purdue’s Rondale Moore, Miami’s Gregory Rousseau and Penn State’s Micah Parsons.It remains unlikely that the NFL will postpone its combine or draft, forcing NFL prospects into an uncomfortable choice: Play one final collegiate season, or focus entirely on preparing for a jump to the pros?Length of seasonFootball is an exceptionally grueling sport, even with its relatively short season. Even without nonconference games, would a 10- or 11-game regular season schedule, coupled with potential bowls and Playoff berths, leave enough time for players to recuperate for another season in 2021? The same question could be asked in relation to spring football practices.MORE: Notable college football players opting out of 2020 seasonWhy doesn’t the NCAA mandate whether college football can be played?Because the NCAA does not control the College Football Playoff or bowl system — the former of which is used to determine the national champion at college football’s highest level.Even if the NCAA did have control of the FBS and its postseason system, chances are the organization would have placed the onus of a decision on presidents, commissioners and athletic directors. That is, essentially, what it did with the FCS down through Divisions II and III.The NCAA Board of Governors on Wednesday mandated that its divisions “determine (the) status of fall championships positions no later than Aug. 21.” That same day, both the Division II and Division III presidents councils announced the outright cancellation of their respective fall sports, adding that a move to the spring football would not be possible in either division.The 13 FCS conferences, meanwhile, have not unanimously decided to cancel the fall season. That said, an overwhelming majority (nine of 13) have elected to postpone their season until the spring.What is the We Want To Play movement?There have been several player-driven movements related to college football and COVID-19, none of which is more prevalent than the #WeWantToPlay movement.#WeWantToPlay is a social media campaign shared by several college football players across the Power 5 that lists several goals in a united front — including the desire to create a college football players association. The campaign also includes the Pac-12 players’ #WeAreUnited movement.#WeWantToPlay pic.twitter.com/jvQhE7noGB— Trevor Lawrence (@Trevorlawrencee) August 10, 2020The social media campaign came together on Sunday when several players from across the Power 5 met in a Zoom meeting to come up with a unified message; the meeting consisted of Lawrence; Ohio State’s Justin Fields; Oklahoma State’s Chuba Hubbard; Alabama’s back Najee Harris; Oregon’s Penei Sewell, Johnny Johnson III, Jevon Holland and Kayvon Thibodeaux; Utah’s Nick Ford; Washington State’s Dallas Hobbs; and Michigan’s Hunter Reynolds.Several players began sharing the graphic on Sunday to kickstart the campaign. When was the last time college football was canceled?The sport of college football has only been canceled twice: Once during the 1918 season, and again in 1943.The first of those cancellations occurred due to the presence of influenza — colloquially called Spanish flu — in the country, coupled with the winding down of World War I. That resulted in the cancellation of 18 football teams’ seasons, per The Charleston (S.C.) Post and Courier. Many of the teams who were able to field players could not begin competition until October, nor could they complete full schedules. Michigan and Pittsburgh were both considered national champions by major selectors of the time.The second college football cancellation came in 1943, due to World War II. That season, 22 college football teams were unable to play, including such historic powers as Alabama, Florida, Tennessee, Stanford, Oregon Boston and Michigan State. Notre Dame was declared national champion by the Associated Press. College football must face the prospect of a rarely observed catastrophe ahead of the 2020 season: that there might not be a season at all.The spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in the U.S. has forced college football decision-makers into a previously unthinkable choice: Whether to play this fall, or postpone the season. Those looming choices have reached a fever pitch in recent days, with the Big Ten and Pac-12 announcing on Tuesday they would cancel their respective fall seasons in favor of a spring campaign.
National Racing Club SweepstakesRainbow 6 JackpotStarts Race 9, Monday Jan. 4th 2016The National Racing Club Sweepstakes combines the rooting interest of National Racing Clubs with the exciting, fan friendly Rainbow 6 Jackpot wager guaranteed at $100,000!Highly competitive, action packed racing guaranteed.Starting on Monday Jan 4th and running for 6 weeks, the Rainbow 6 wager will be offered on the last 6 races of the Monday card.Should no single ticket take down the Jackpot, the prize pool will be forced out on Monday Feb 8th.Estimated Post Time of Race 9 and the start of the P-6 Sequence: 3:44 pm Pacific.Week 1 National Racing Club Sweepstakes to be run at 2 furlongs for Thoroughbreds.Participating jockeys are randomly assigned mounts and on top of the usual purse distributions, will earn points and compete for jockey day bonuses.All typical race pools to be offered plus the Rainbow 6 jackpot bet for the 6 race sequence.$0.10 base, $1 minimum40% to the single winner carryover pool22% takeout*ORC Rule OAR 462-200-0645 applies 1001 N. Schmeer Road, Portland, OR, 97217, United States 5032859144
The Ballyshannon/Bundoran Primary Care Team in collaboration with the Ballyshannon/Bundoran Community Health Forum and in conjunction with the Donegal Local Development Company are hosting a Health Screening Event.The event takes place on Sunday, August, 17th from 12 – 4pm at the Ballyshannon Agricultural show, on the Donegal Road, Ballyshannon.The event is funded by a National Lottery grant acquired by the Local Community Health Forum and is supported by the Donegal Local Development Company. The screening will measure for· High Blood Pressure· Obesity / Overweight· High blood sugars for Diabetes The screening will be undertaken by local HSE Professionals including public health nurses and a community dietician and will only take a few minutes of your time.Immediate results will be available and the screening is FREE of charge.Research has shown that men in particular are less likely to attend their GP for regular check ups. This event is encouraging both men and women to avail of this opportunistic screening free of charge.Early identification of risk factors for chronic disease can allow for appropriate lifestyle changes and medical management. Early identification can also result in delayed progression of number of diseases including diabetes and in some cases stroke and heart disease.A spokesperson for the group states ‘that by giving individuals specific information about the health risks that affect them personally, you give them a powerful incentive to take positive action – either to seek treatment or to make changes in the way they live’. This Sunday will give you the chance to take a positive step towards managing your health. DONEGAL PUBLIC TO GET A FREE MEDICAL ONCE-OVER! was last modified: August 11th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Ballyshannon Agricultural Showdonegalhealth check
CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile device ALAMEDA — Raiders star receiver Antonio Brown is reportedly facing a suspension from the team after threatening to hit general manager Mike Mayock on Wednesday.Mayock did not confirm an impending suspension when he spoke to reporters Thursday before the Raiders began practice. He issued the following statement, and then took no questions:“Antonio Brown is not in the building today. He won’t be practicing. I don’t …
A new record was set by a Caltech team using the Keck telescopes on Hawaii: they detected a galaxy nearly as old as the universe. The consensus age for the universe is 13.6 billion years. The light from this galaxy, they claim, is over 13 billion years old – “a mere 500 million years after the Big Bang” itself was supposed to have brought the universe into being. The discovery was reported by the BBC News based on a paper in the Astrophysical Journal.1 Some astronomers are questioning the accuracy of the report and its use of gravitational lensing to see the distorted light from the distant galaxy, but agree the work was done carefully. This exceeds the previous redshift record (z = 6.96) into the 8 to 10 range. The authors found six candidates and proposed that at least two of them are real, and may lie at redshifts close to or beyond z=10. They assumed metallicities of 1/20 solar abundance. This means that heavy elements (metals) would have had to be products of a prior generation of hydrogen stars. The authors also believed that their candidate galaxies were representative of a large abundance of similar low-luminosity galaxies that were present in that epoch.1Stark, Ellis et al, “A Keck Survey for Gravitationally Lensed Lyman-Alpha Emitters in the Redshift Range 8.5 < z < 10.4: New Constraints on the Contribution of Low-Luminosity Sources to Cosmic Reionization,” The Astrophysical Journal, 663:10-28, 2007 July 1.These measurements are indirect and tentative. Confirmation must await observations from the refurbished Hubble, the James Webb Space Telescope, and refinements of the gravitational lensing technique. There is also a fuzzy line between observation and theory in cases such as these. Even using their own assumptions, however, the situation is paralleled by that in biology: more maturity and complexity as far back as they can see.(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
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