Kung Fu Debuts Funky New Original ‘Scorpion’ In Buffalo [Watch]

first_img@Buffalo_FM #brandnew Kung Fu 31m in! Penned by @beausasser #Scorpion only here on #Twitter and linked accounts! Lol!— Kung Fu (@KungFuTunes) June 1, 2016 Last night, funk warriors Kung Fu and The New Mastersounds hit the Buffalo Iron Works in Buffalo, NY for the first of a short run of shows together. The two bands are staples in the live funk scene; their fusion only made this show even more exciting.One of the many highlights from the performance was a brand new song debuted by Kung Fu. Titled “Scorpion,” the funky new groove was written by new keyboardist Beau Sasser. Thankfully, with Buffalo.FM live streaming the entire show, we can tune in and catch the new song!“Scorpion” kicks in around the 31-minute mark! Check out the new song and the full show, with sets from both Kung Fu and The New Mastersounds, below.last_img read more

JJ Grey & Mofro Announce Summer 2018 Tour Dates

first_imgJJ Grey & Mofro have recently detailed their 2018 summer touring plans, announcing over a dozen new performances this summer. These new tour dates come in addition to a handful of previously announced festival sets as well as their highly anticipated performance at the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre this summer supporting String Cheese Incident.JJ Grey & Mofro’s upcoming summer tour starts over Memorial Day Weekend, with performances scheduled at two music festivals, Rooster Walk and Summer Camp, in addition to a show at Pelham, TN’s The Caverns on May 26th. To close out May, the band will perform in Rochester, NY, on May 30th and Kent, OH, on May 31st, then continue on to Kalamazoo, MI, and Jackson, MS, on June 1st and 2nd, respectively. After two performances in Delaware on June 17th and 20th, the band’s summer tour truly picks up mid-June as the group heads southward.JJ Grey & Mofro’s southern leg of tour will see the band hit Charlotte, NC; Savannah, GA; Isle of Palms, SC; Atlanta, GA; and Birmingham, AL across June 24th to June 30th. From there, the group heads to the Midwest, with shows in Alta, WY; Sandpoint, ID; Boise, ID; and Salt Lake City, UT. To cap off the band’s summer tour, the band will make its triumphant return to Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO, for their show supporting String Cheese Incident. The band also has festival appearances scheduled in September at Las Vegas’ Big Blues Bender and Colorado’s Telluride Blues & Brews Festival.You can check out the full tour dates below. Head to JJ Grey & Mofro’s website for more information.JJ Grey & Mofro Upcoming 2018 Tour DatesMay 26 – The Caverns – Pelham, TNMay 30 – Funk ‘n Waffles Rochester – Rochester, NYMay 31 – The Kent Stage – Kent, OHJun 1 – Bell’s Eccentric Café – Kalamazoo, MIJun 2 – Cathead Jam – Jackson, MSJun 17 – The Queen – Wilmington, DEJun 20 – Bottle & Cork – Dewey Beach, DEJun 24 – NoDa Brewing Company – Charlotte, NCJun 27 – The Stage On Bay – Savannah, GAJun 28 – The Windjammer – Isle Of Palms, SCJun 29 – Atlanta Botanical Garden – Atlanta, GAJun 30 – Avondale Brewing Company – Birmingham, ALJul 14 – Targhee Fest – Alta, WYJul 17 – The Hive – Sandpoint, IDJul 18 – Knitting Factory – Boise, IDJul 19 – The Depot – Salt Lake City, UTJul 20 – Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre – Morrison, COView All Tour Dateslast_img read more

A tiny, time-released treatment

first_imgOmid Farokhzad’s vision of medicine’s future sounds a lot like science fiction.He sees medicine scaled down, with vanishingly small nanoparticles playing a big role, delivering drug doses measured in molecules directly to cancerous tumors.He sees “theranostic” particles that not only deliver nanotherapy, but also beam back diagnostic images of changing tumor cells. He sees “smart” nanoparticles that release tiny doses of drugs, such as insulin, in response to body conditions, like changing blood sugar levels.Farokhzad sees nanoparticle-based vaccines that can take the joy out of smoking and reverse allergies, and the development of therapeutic nanoparticles that can be taken orally instead of injected, opening whole new classes of medications, like cholesterol-lowering statins, to nanoparticle therapy.An associate professor of anesthesia at Harvard Medical School (HMS) and Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), Farokhzad sees these things because he’s helping bring them to reality. Of the seven targeted nanoparticle-based drug candidates currently in human trials, two are based on technologies developed in part in his lab.“I think the medicine my own kids will see in the next 30 to 40 years will be very different from what we practice today,” said Farokhzad, the director of the Brigham’s Laboratory of Nanomedicine and Biomaterials. “Targeted therapies will be the mainstay of treatment for almost all diseases.”Nanoparticles are molecular-scale capsules that can deliver tiny payloads, such as anti-cancer drugs, into the body. A common method uses fat molecules to create the particles, which release the drugs inside when the fat breaks down. Farokhzad, building on work by scientist Robert Langer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has developed controlled-release nanoparticles made of polymers instead of fat. These better resist breakdown and so release drugs over longer periods.If the disease doesn’t kill you …Using a controlled-release nanoparticle in therapy has several advantages over conventional drug delivery, Farokhzad said. Particles with molecules that bind to the outside of cancer cells can target a tumor cell and release drugs directly to the malignancy. In addition, the particles’ extended survival in the bloodstream extend the tumor cells’ exposure to the anti-cancer drug, delivering a greater cumulative dose to the tumor even while lowering the toxicity to the rest of the body.In traditional chemotherapy, for example, doctors blast a patient’s entire body with chemicals in an effort to kill tumor cells. Almost all of the drug, however — upwards of 99 percent, Farokhzad said — misses the tumor entirely. Instead, the highly toxic chemicals hit other organs and tissues, forcing physicians into a high-wire act balancing tumor-killing effectiveness and toxicity, which can lead to a range of side effects, and even kill the patient.In addition, Farokhzad said, the traditional chemo infusion results in a short-duration pulse during which the tumor sees most of the drug. Concentrations then typically fall quickly as the body clears away the chemical.In controlled-release therapy, the nanoparticle concentration is also highest in the blood immediately after infusion, but because the drug is released from the particles more slowly, its peak concentration — and its highest toxicity — is lower, blunting unwanted side effects.At the tumor site, the opposite happens. The nanoparticles’ ability to lock onto tumor cells delivers between five and 10 times the dose of traditional chemotherapy at any moment. And because particles circulate in the blood longer, the tumor’s exposure is also longer.“A tumor sees a materially increased drug concentration compared with the drug given in conventional form and the rest of the body sees about the same level of the drug,” Farokhzad said. “[But] it’s being delivered much more gently over time.”Two potential therapies based on work in Farokhzad’s lab are in human testing. The first, BIND-014, uses targeted nanotherapy for lung and prostate tumors. The drug candidate recently passed phase 1 trials, which are focused on a drug’s safety, and entered phase 2 trials, which measure the therapy’s effectiveness. Farokhzad said the molecular target on the prostate cancer cell is also found on the cells of tumor blood vessels, giving the therapy potentially broader cancer-fighting applications.Two potential therapies based on work in Farokhzad’s lab are in human testing. The first, BIND-014, uses targeted nanotherapy for lung and prostate tumors. The drug candidate recently passed phase 1 trials, which are focused on a drug’s safety, and entered phase 2 trials, which measure the therapy’s effectiveness. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerThe second therapy, which is in phase 1 trials, is a nicotine nanoparticle vaccine, meant to help smokers quit and prevent relapse for those who have done so. The vaccine works by sensitizing the immune system to nicotine, a small molecule that normally escapes the immune system on its way to the brain’s pleasure centers. The vaccine makes nicotine visible to the immune system, clearing it from the body and removing the pleasurable sensation it causes.The trials are being run by two of the three companies Farokhzad has founded since 2007. The first, Bind Therapeutics, was established to develop the early promise of targeted nanoparticles for cancer treatment. The second, Selecta Biosciences, was similarly founded to pursue nanoparticle-based vaccine development. The third company, Blend Therapeutics, is designing drug molecules that are optimized from the start to work with nanoparticles to target infectious diseases, inflammation, pain, and cancer.Passing the “who cares’’ testFarokhzad, who received his M.D. from Boston University, was drawn to nanoparticle research during his residency at BWH. In addition to his clinical duties, he was conducting research on the transcription factors that regulate the expression of genes involved in myeloid differentiation, but he was looking for a project that had a near-term potential to improve the lives of patients he was seeing in the clinic every day.“I was just stepping back … and looking at the big picture. If I did everything well and understood the transcriptional regulation of these genes, whose lives would it change? At the end of the day, does it pass the ‘who cares’ test?” Farokhzad said. “I wanted things that had a human application, a bench-side innovation that could go to the bedside.”Farokhzad heard about Langer, who runs the largest biomedical engineering lab in the world and has conducted pioneering work in tissue engineering and drug delivery systems, including long-lasting nanoparticles.  He contacted Langer, who agreed to take him on as a postdoc.Farokhzad explored creating nanoparticles with nucleic acids on their surface that bind to specific sites on cancer cells, like a key that fits a lock, as he described it. In 2004, he demonstrated that the technique worked on cells in a lab dish and, a year later, delivered a talk at an international cancer conference in Paris describing experiments showing that the technique worked in animals.“I thought if there was a way to spatially control which tissues saw more of the drug, it would be a paradigm shift,” Farokhzad said.The response was immediate. Conference organizers chose his work to be among the handful of findings they promoted out of the conference, and the media attention drew venture capitalists looking to finance the next big discovery.Farokhzad, who had left Langer’s lab in 2004 to start his own lab at the Brigham, turned to Langer, who he knew had started several companies. Together, the two co-founded Bind Therapeutics.“He totally took it to a huge new level,” Langer said of Farokhzad’s development of earlier nanoparticle research. “Omid is passionate about making discoveries into new products that can help people’s lives.”Farokhzad not only took from Langer’s lab an interest in nanoparticles, he also adopted Langer’s view that private industry is an essential partner in bringing discoveries to the patient.“My philosophy has been: ‘How do you get these things to the public?’ Our lab is a pretty good size and does pretty well in grants, but you can only go so far in what you expect students to do,” Langer said. “These companies provide a terrific vehicle for bringing these ideas from the lab to the clinic.”Tools to deliver needed drugsToday, Farokhzad’s lab takes up one entire floor plus part of another in the Brigham’s Medical Research Building in Boston’s Longwood Medical Area. Its 30 investigators, including fellows and students, explore ways to make nanoparticles with novel properties that might make them useful in therapy. One of his longtime fellows, Jinjun Shi, has received an appointment as an assistant professor of anesthesia and is moving upstairs to open his own lab.Nanoparticles, Farokhzad said, can be engineered to do more than just target specific cells. They can be used flexibly to answer any number of therapeutic challenges, eliminating the need to find compounds that by themselves are both effective therapies and effective delivery systems within the body.One recent thrust has been to develop a nanoparticle without using organic solvents because the solvents react with some types of therapeutic drugs, breaking them down before they can enter the bloodstream. Another effort, in collaboration with Langer and Richard Blumberg, a professor of medicine at HMS and the Brigham, has been to develop a particle that can be taken orally. The process mimics the natural process through which infants gain the antibodies that give them their initial protection on entering the world. The babies absorb the antibodies in their mother’s breast milk, and the antibodies cross the gut/blood barrier to give them immune protection. When nanoparticles are attached to antibodies, they can hitch a ride into the bloodstream through a barrier they couldn’t cross alone.“If oral delivery of biologics is so difficult, why do babies do it so effectively?” Farokhzad asked.last_img read more

Satisfaction with Medicaid expansion

first_imgEnrollees in Medicaid reported in a nationwide survey that they’re largely satisfied with the health care they receive under the program, according to researchers at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Most Medicaid enrollees said that they have good access to physicians, while few reported any barriers to accessing care due to their Medicaid insurance.The findings, just published online in JAMA Internal Medicine, come as some policymakers have argued that Medicaid is a broken program that doesn’t provide enrollees adequate access to medical care. By contrast, the new findings suggest that Medicaid is popular and meets the needs of the vast majority of enrollees.“The debate on the future of Medicaid has largely marginalized a crucial voice: the perspective of enrollees. Our findings confirm that Medicaid programs are fulfilling their mission to provide access to necessary medical care,” said Michael Barnett, assistant professor of health policy and management at Harvard Chan School. Benjamin Sommers, associate professor of health policy and economics, co-authored the study.Under the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid — a federally funded, state-administered health insurance program for low-income individuals — was expanded in 31 states and the District of Columbia, providing new coverage to millions.The researchers analyzed data from Medicaid’s first national Consumer Assessment of Health Providers and Systems survey, which was aimed at assessing people’s experiences with Medicaid. More than 270,000 people responded to the survey, which was administered by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services from December 2014 to July 2015 to Medicaid enrollees in 46 states, some of which expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, and some of which did not.The researchers produced nationally representative estimates of Medicaid enrollees’ satisfaction with the program. Findings included:On a zero to 10 scale, with zero representing “the worst health care possible” and 10 representing “the best health care possible,” respondents gave their overall health care an average rating of 7.9.Eighty-four percent of enrollees reported that they had been able to get all the care that they or their physician believed was necessary in the past six months.Eighty-three percent reported having a usual source of care.Only 3 percent reported not being able to get care because of waiting times or physicians not accepting their insurance.Satisfaction with Medicaid was high both in states that expanded Medicaid and in those that did not, as well as across all demographic groups, the authors found.last_img read more

Don’t Stop Believin’! Gwyneth Paltrow to Join Kristin Chenoweth & More in Glee’s 100th Episode

first_img The reunion is shaping up to a be a must-see event with creator Ryan Murphy inviting all the original cast members back. In addition to Paltrow, Chenoweth, Riley and Crawford, Murphy has revealed that Dianna Agron, Mark Salling, Harry Shum and Heather Morris are all on board for the celebration. After the special episode, Glee will then do several episodes set in New York City, centering on Rachel (Lea Michele), Blaine (Darren Criss), Kurt (Chris Colfer) and Sam (Chord Overstreet). Star Files Set to air March 18 and 25, the 100th episode will revolve around Emmy winner Jane Lynch’s principal Sue Sylvester, who after years of contempt for the New Directions and Matthew Morrison’s Will Schuester, finally succeeds in shutting down the glee club. In addition, the top 10 fan-selected Glee songs will be remixed and performed by the current members of New Directions as the hour focuses on McKinley High’s latest crop of seniors as they march toward graduation. Holly Holliday will strut down the halls of William McKinley High once again! According to The Hollywood Reporter, Gwyneth Paltrow will reprise her hilarious Emmy-winning role in the two-part 100th episode of FOX’s Glee. Paltrow is the latest Glee alum to head back to school and take part in the special episode, which will also see the return of Tony winner Kristin Chenoweth’s April Rhodes, DWTS champ Amber Riley’s Mercedes Jones and more. Additionally E! online reports that Gossip Girl star Chace Crawford is also set to appear. View Commentscenter_img Darren Criss Kristin Chenoweth Lea Michelelast_img read more

CMN Hospitals’ caregiving hits home for three credit union professionals

first_img 16SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Credit unions’ longtime financial support of Credit Unions for Kids enables Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals to serve thousands of patients annually, producing heartwarming stories that resonate throughout the movement.Sometimes, that connection transforms from professional to intensely personal.Such was the case for three credit union professionals who suddenly found themselves and their close family members on the receiving end of CMN Hospitals’ renowned caregiving.A ‘preemie’ success storyThe first five months of Melanie Stillwell’s second pregnancy in 1998 were uneventful—evoking relief for the CEO of Western Cooperative Credit Union in Williston, N.D., whose first baby had been stillborn.Left to right: Ryland Stillwell, Christopher and Joseph Gentile, and Raylen Rysdam have all flourished thanks to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, where they received specialized care at birth after difficult pregnancies for their mothers. continue reading »last_img read more

New Zealand leaps out of coronavirus lockdown with bungee jumps, midnight haircuts

first_imgTopics : Traffic returned to the country’s roads and office towers filled up with employees returning after weeks of working from home. Schools only open next week but offices were allowed to start on Thursday.New Zealanders are allowed to travel between regions, students will be able to return to school from Monday, while bars will reopen from May 21. Social gatherings, including for weddings and other religions ceremonies, are to be limited to 10 people.Back in Queenstown, Boult embraced the prospect of now-permitted domestic tourism.”Enthusiasm for local travel will bring a much-needed boost to our local economy and the thousands of locals that will benefit from the return to work this will deliver,” said Boult. After seven weeks trussed up with some of the world’s toughest coronavirus curbs, New Zealanders like Jim Boult leapt at the chance to cheer the end of the country’s lockdown on Thursday – literally in his case, with a bungee jump.As the mayor of South Island adventure tourism resort Queenstown, Boult’s vault off Kawarau Bridge was as much a move for TV cameras to attract visitor attention as an act of sheer exuberance. But the sense of relief at the prospect of a return to some kind of normality was shared across the country.In Auckland, residents queued from midnight at barber shops and salons for their first chance of a professional hairdo in nearly two months, according to local media reports. In Wellington, families strolled along the waterfront, while others waited at stores set to reopen with safety measures in place.center_img “It’s been an onslaught of people booking in so we’re flat out for the next two three weeks,” Ali Kamaruddin, a barbershop owner in northern coastal city Tauranga, told state broadcaster TVNZ. “We’re expecting everything, long hair, home haircuts, big stuff.”While dramatically reducing the spread of the disease, some of the stricter social distancing restrictions worldwide delivered a big economic hit to New Zealand’s $200 billion economy, which is dependent on trade and tourism.The country had fewer than 1,497 confirmed cases and fewer than 90 people are still sick. It reported extensive testing and no new cases for the third consecutive day on Thursday, and only 21 people have died.Restrictions were eased by a notch in late April, but Thursday’s further easing to ‘level 2’ in the Pacific nation’s scale of alert allows for retail, restaurants and other public spaces including playgrounds to reopen.last_img read more

Referees negative for COVID-19

first_img They will remain at the Coverciano training camp until June 10 to get back up to full fitness. read also:90 percent of Spanish referees support Real Madrid – ex-official Once the games resume, the officials will be asked to social distance as much as possible on matchday, travelling to and from the stadium in their own cars. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Serie A and B referees and assistants all underwent COVID-19 tests and the results came back negative. It’s not just players and coaching staff who need regular coronavirus tests, but also the match officials who will participate in the Serie A and B games. A statement confirmed that the 22 Serie A officials and 15 for Serie B, along with their assistants, all had a full medical screening, including COVID-19 tests.Advertisementcenter_img Loading…last_img read more

The Latest: Bears donating $2 million for virus relief

first_imgThe Latest: Bears donating $2 million for virus relief The Bangladesh-Australia series is the second in the world championship to be postponed. England returned home from Sri Lanka last month at the start of the outbreak.___Southampton has become the first Premier League club to announce its players will defer some of their salaries amid the coronavirus pandemic.The Premier League had wanted all squads to take a 30% pay cut but the move led to a standoff with the players’ union.The league has been indefinitely suspended. The WCF has adjusted its qualifying for the 2021 world championships and the 2022 Winter Olympics to compensate for the missing tournaments.Also Thursday, Curling Canada canceled all of its remaining championships for the 2019-20 season, which ends in the spring.___The International Tennis Federation is putting about half of its staff on furlough and cutting other employees’ salaries because of the coronavirus pandemic.The move includes a 30% pay drop in 2020 for ITF President David Haggerty and reductions of 10% or 20% for others. Associated Press The UCI says it is reimbursing all registration fees of canceled events to help organizers.The UCI will take a considerable financial hit from paying those fees and it also expects its Olympic revenue payment from the delayed Tokyo Games to be postponed and likely reduced.The UCI says its leadership has agreed to reduce salaries or allowances and furloughed all 130 employees of the UCI and the world cycling center.___Australia’s rugby league championship plans to restart on May 28. Indiana also has canceled the junior-senior all-star games on June 3 and the All-Star Shootout on June 6.“I am sad for the players and coaches who comprise this year’s All-Star teams,” Indiana game director Mike Broughton said in a statement. “This is a once in a lifetime experience for the seniors who made the team, but they do have the satisfaction that they are an Indiana All-Star for life.”The Indiana boys hold a 99-44 advantage in the seniors’ series while the Indiana girls lead 50-38.The move comes less than a month after the Indiana High School Athletic Association canceled the boys state tournament for the first time since its inception in 1911. ___ April 9, 2020 ___Australia’s two-test cricket tour of Bangladesh in June has been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.The first test was to start on June 11 in Chattogram. The second from June 19 in Dhaka.Both were part of the world test championship. The final of that tournament is scheduled for next June. Trying to find a new slot for the tests will be a challenge.Cricket Australia CEO Kevin Roberts says “the global cricket calendar is very busy but we will do everything we can to honor our commitment to Bangladesh and will continue to work with the BCB on an agreed date.” ___The Indiana-Kentucky boys and girls high school all-star games have been canceled for the first time since World War II.Officials from the two states cited measures taken by both state governments to battle the COVID-19 pandemic, including the closure of schools through the rest of academic year.The boys series began in 1940 but was not played in 1943 or 1944. The girls games were added in 1976 and have never previously been called off.The series pits the top seniors from each state and were scheduled to play June 5 in Georgetown, Kentucky, and June 6 in Indianapolis. The top juniors were scheduled to square off June 1 at Floyd Central High School near the Ohio River. Haggerty wrote in an email to the AP on Thursday that the ITF’s finance committee and board “looked at all areas where we felt we could make savings in the short term to be prepared for the return to tennis.”Haggerty also said that the group’s reserve funds are available to help individual countries’ tennis federations be prepared for tournaments and grassroots efforts once it’s deemed safe to return to competition.The ITF oversees the Fed Cup and Davis Cup, along with hundreds of lower-tier tournaments around the world.The Fed Cup finals this month have been postponed; the Davis Cup finals are scheduled for late November. All tournaments are on hold until at least mid-July.Haggerty wrote to the AP: “In these unprecedented times, it is hard to predict when we will return to tennis.”center_img Southampton says players will defer part of their salaries in April, May and June “to help protect the future of the club, the staff that work within it and the community we serve.”Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhüttl, his coaching staff and directors will also defer some pay over three months.Southampton says it has “put measures in place to ensure that all staff not deferring part of their salaries will continue to receive 100% of their pay, paid in the normal way until 30th June.”___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The NRL has been suspended since March 23.The governing ARL Commission also says it intends to play a full three-game State of Origin series.Commissioner Wayne Pearce says they wanted to set a date and then work on finalizing a competition. It will depend on border restrictions in New South Wales and Victoria states and New Zealand opening up.Pearce says “a date is to give certainty to players and their schedules, clubs and thousands of people who are out of work through clubs and millions of fans.”He says “the situation is changing dramatically and we need to get moving. It is in the best interests of our clubs, our players, our stakeholders and importantly our fans that the competition resumes as quickly and as safely as possible.” The museum and ballfields are closed to the public, as mandated under Ontario’s declaration of emergency.___The NBA, the National Basketball Players Association and ESPN will stream a HORSE tournament on ESPN’s app.The NBA HORSE Challenge will have eight participants. The quarterfinals are to be shown Sunday and the semifinals and final on April 16.The quarterfinal matchups are Trae Young of the Atlanta Hawks against former NBA player and ESPN analyst Chauncey Billups; WNBA great and 2020 Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Tamika Catchings against Mike Conley Jr. of the Utah Jazz; Zach LaVine of the Chicago Bulls against NBA retiree and ESPN analyst Paul Pierce; and Chris Paul of the Oklahoma City Thunder against Allie Quigley of the WNBA’s Chicago Sky. The Bears gave $250,000 to the Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund on March 20, and they said they plan to donate $250,000 each to three other causes — the Advocate Charitable Foundation’s Relief Fund for Critical Care, Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund and the University of Chicago’s Community Support Programs.“We will be forever grateful to the healthcare providers, first responders, grocers, sanitation workers, janitors and everyone keeping our communities healthy and safe during this time,” Bears president Ted Phillips said. “Please continue to do your part and stay home so we can slow down the virus and save lives.”___The World Curling Federation has canceled its championships this year.The men’s, women’s, mixed doubles and senior championships will not be held in 2020. The events had already been indefinitely postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Canadian Olympic and Paralympic track and field trials for next year’s Tokyo Games will remain in Montreal.Athletics Canada announced Thursday that the trials will take place in 2021 at Montreal’s Complexe sportif Claude-Robillard. The event is expected to be held June 24-27.Montreal was scheduled to hold the trials this summer from June 25-28, but the event was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.The trials will serve as the final event to determine the athletes nominated to the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic teams competing in Tokyo.Montreal hosted the Canadian Track and Field Championships in 2019. The last Olympic trials held in Montreal were in 1996. Players must call their shots before the attempt and dunking is not allowed. The players will be isolated and competing on separate home courts.State Farm is the presenting sponsor and will offer a prize pool exceeding $200,000 to charities working on the coronavirus response. The event will be pre-taped.___The International Cycling Union says it can get through its greatest crisis since World War II with limited damage “as long as the situation does not last longer than current predictions.”The UCI has received more than 650 requests for postponements or cancellations from organizers because of the coronavirus pandemic. That represents 30% of its international calendar. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Chicago Bears say they are donating $2 million to COVID-19 relief efforts in Illinois. The Tokyo Games will take place July 23 to Aug. 8, 2021, after being postponed for a year due to the novel coronavirus. The Paralympic Games will run from Aug. 24 to Sept. 5.___The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony has been postponed indefinitely because of the COVID-19 pandemic.Former Toronto Blue Jays first baseman and two-time World Series champion John Olerud, 2006 American League MVP Justin Morneau, former Blue Jays pitcher Duane Ward, and Montreal sportscaster Jacques Doucet were scheduled to be enshrined in a ceremony in St. Marys, Ontario, on June 20.The hall of fame said in a release Thursday that the ceremony and related events are postponed until further notice.last_img read more

The Latest: Brewers players, Uecker give to worker fund

first_imgMiami women’s basketball coach Katie Meier revealed Monday that she was on a recruiting trip to Spain when the coronavirus scare began seriously gripping the globe last month, and immediately returned to South Florida for a two-week period of self-quarantine.Miami has an incoming freshman for next season from Spain, Paula Fraile Ruiz. And Europe has been a major part of Meier’s recruiting strategies for many years, so she went to Spain shortly after the Hurricanes were ousted from the ACC Tournament.Most of her meetings and visits were canceled. She left about a day after arriving, and one player she was in contact with was getting alerts on her phone about the severity of the pandemic during her meeting with Meier.“And I said, ‘OK, I need to go,’” Meier said. “I had two more visits planned, but I didn’t make them and got back.”Meier was planning to be in New York this weekend to support Miami’s Beatrice Mompremier at the WNBA draft, though that trip was canceled because of the pandemic, as well. The draft will be done remotely as planned. April 13, 2020 ___The Premier Lacrosse League has postponed the start of its 2020 season due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The season was scheduled to begin play on May 29 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. The PLL plans to announce an update in May on a new start date for the season. “The health of our players, coaches, fans and colleagues are of paramount importance to us as we go through this unprecedented time,” Mike Rabil, who founded the league with his brother Paul, said in a statement. “As a league, we will continue to adhere to guidelines administered by the CDC, respective state governments, and our hosting venues. This was a difficult decision for our league but a necessary measure to ensure the safety of all parties.” The league debuted last year with six teams traveling to different cities to play weekend games. One team was added for this season, which has 12 weekends of regular season action planned, including an all-star game, before its playoffs. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Six Milwaukee Brewers players and longtime team broadcaster Bob Uecker are contributing to a $1 million fund that the franchise has established to assist game-day workers at Miller Park who have lost wages due to the coronavirus pandemic. This is the second time in four years the Browns have changed uniforms. The new ones are expected to embrace concepts from previous versions. The team is not expected to make any major changes to its iconic orange logo-less helmet.___Premier League club Tottenham has reversed a decision to use government money to fund some staff salaries during the coronavirus pandemic.The north London club faced two weeks of criticism for deciding to use the government’s job retention scheme.Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy says “the criticism the club has received over the last week has been felt all the more keenly because of our track record of good works and our huge sense of responsibility to care for those that rely on us.” David Goffin, John Isner, Karen Khachanov, Eugenie Bouchard, Kristina Mladenovic and Kiki Bertens will also participate from their homes in the April 27-30 online competition that is expected to be broadcast live on TV and social media channels.Khachanov says “this initiative is interesting and it will bring back some competition in our sport. I’m looking forward to challenge my fellow players and show my skills to the tennis fans around the world.”There will be 150,000 euros ($164,000) distributed in prize money for each of the men’s and women’s events. The winners then decide how much they want to donate to tennis players who are having a hard time financially without any tournaments to play.Another 50,000 euros ($55,000) will be donated to reduce the social impact of the pandemic.Each draw is expected to have 16 players competing. The Latest: Brewers players, Uecker give to worker fund The National Lacrosse League last week canceled the last three weekends of its regular season. The league says returning for its playoffs will be determined “based on the COVID-19 circumstances.”___The Cleveland Browns will donate net proceeds from sales of their new jerseys to a fund aiding health care professionals, first responders and others who have selflessly served during the COVID-19 pandemic.The team launched the Hats Off to Our Heroes Fund on Monday, two days before it will reveal the new uniforms. The Browns said the team will commit 100 percent of the proceeds “for a significant period of time” to the fund.“When finalizing our uniform announcement, we realized we had an incredible opportunity to further our support of heroes battling COVID-19 on the front lines for our entire community,” executive vice president JW Johnson said. “We hope the excitement surrounding the new uniforms can help make a significant impact through the Hats Off to Our Heroes Fund, and we greatly appreciate the support from our fans, retail partners and team to make this special way to give back to those leaders possible.” center_img Associated Press Outfielder/first baseman Ryan Braun was the first to commit by providing a $100,000 pledge to the fund. Uecker followed with a $50,000 pledge. Outfielders Lorenzo Cain and Christian Yelich and pitchers Corey Knebel, Josh Lindblom and Brent Suter provided additional pledges to bring the total to $300,000.Braun and Yelich already had teamed with 3rd Street Market Hall to help provide thousands of meals to Milwaukee-area health care providers working with four major hospital networks during the pandemic.___The Spanish league says it will not attend upcoming meetings organized by the Spanish Football Federation to discuss the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.The league says the decision is a response to the federation’s release to the media of audios from a previous meeting to allegedly boost its own interests. The Madrid Open was one of more than 30 professional tournaments canceled or postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. It had been scheduled for May 1-10.___Spanish soccer club Real Sociedad is going back on its plan to resume practicing at the team’s training center during the coronavirus pandemic.The club says it made the decision after discussions with the Spanish government. It says it is “fully aware of its responsibility during the current pandemic” and “players will continue to train at home.”Real Sociedad had said it would give its players the option to start training individually at the team’s training center beginning on Tuesday. It would be the first Spanish club to return to practice during the pandemic. The league says it will take the necessary legal actions against the federation for having released the information without anybody else’s consent. Spain’s players’ association had already said it would sue the federation because of the audios that undermined its president.The federation admits it released the recordings but denies they were leaked. It says it was clear to everyone that the conversations would be recorded.The federation, the league, and the players’ association have been at odds over a variety of issues in recent years and the disputes have continued during the pandemic despite their own calls for unity. ___ Staff put on furlough during the pandemic receive 80% of their salaries up to a maximum of 2,500 pounds ($3,000) per month from the government. And Tottenham had said non-playing staff not being furloughed would have their pay cut 20%.But Levy now says “in the context of revised budgets and cost cutting” all non-playing staff will remain on full pay in April and May with only the board having salaries reduced.The Premier League season has been suspended for more than a month with no date set for its resumption.___Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray are among 12 players confirmed to play in the virtual Madrid Open tennis tournament this month. Spain is starting to loosen some of its lockdown measures this week by allowing non-essential workers to return to their activities while observing social-distancing guidelines. But group activities will remain prohibited and sports facilities won’t be allowed to reopen.Real Sociedad says players have been training at home for the last month. The club prepared individual training routines for players and sent them stationary bicycles and treadmills.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img read more