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COVID-19 causing complex problems in the poultry industry

first_imgWhile many were watching the price of poultry plummet, workers in processing plants began testing positive for COVID-19, causing temporary shutdowns at more than 30 meat processing facilities across the nation, according to MEAT+POULTRY’s website, which has been mapping the cases at, that caused a complex problem for the poultry industry and for consumers.“Pricing has been gut-wrenching to watch over the past month,” said Todd Applegate, department head of poultry science, at the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “Currently, it has taken quite a nosedive, despite high demand. We are hoping that the experts are correct in their prediction that later this year we will see some decent price recovery.”On April 10, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) national composite weighted wholesale price was down 16.1 cents per pound from the previous week — to just 50.5 cents per pound. The same week in 2019 saw chicken fetching 96.3 cents per pound, March 2020 prices were 79.4 cents per pound and the three-year average was $1.02 per pound.The USDA composite price fell 33.2 cents per pound over the first two weeks of April. The price tumble was credited to the collapse of the food service industry following COVID-19 restrictions.The price drop caused slowing chick placement, which could diminish supply in the long-term.“Thus far, many processors have some positive cases among workers, but are closely following Occupational Safety and Health Administration and Centers for Disease Control guidelines to protect workers,” Applegate said. Interim guidelines from those agencies are available at“Generally, the processors are taking additional measures to protect employees, such as temperature checks on entry, separation of personnel as much as possible, additional sanitation steps, and if anyone has any symptoms — quarantine of people that would have had close contact,” he added. “Many also are paying at least an additional $1 per hour for essential worker pay.”MEAT+POULTRY’s latest map shows only one Georgia processing facility — Sanderson Farms in Moultrie, Georgia, as temporarily closed after about a dozen workers tested positive for COVID-19. The facility is due to reopen in another week. Yet some facilities across the country are reporting high absenteeism due to COVID fears among workers, despite the extra precautions.When the virus became a factor, “volume was up a few percentage points over this time last year,” Applegate explained. “So, depending on how diversified the product and customer mix is for each poultry company, they could be feeling the crunch now. Many are reducing the numbers of chicks sent to a grower in the short-term.”Companies that are primarily dependent on the food service sector, including restaurants and quick-serve restaurants, are hurting. But the resulting surplus isn’t showing up in volume or prices at the grocery store.“The loss of substantial business from the food service sector is causing quite a surplus into certain markets,” he said. “It isn’t as simple for companies to immediately insert a tray-pack line into their plants, if they don’t have the existing equipment, a supply side of retail packaging, and most importantly, contracts with the retail grocers. Some shifts are happening — but slowly, and it’s difficult to overcome prior hoarding activities, which now show some glimmers of slowing down.”Both the price and production of poultry continue to be highly volatile in the current market. And poultry markets have a significant impact on Georgia’s economy. Georgia is the leading poultry-producing state in the nation and one of the largest poultry-producing regions in the world. According to the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development, Georgia produced 32.4% of the U.S. broilers last year worth $4.5 billion. Egg production was valued at $948 million. The poultry sector brings in $24.6 billion to Georgia’s economy and employs 91,400 people.One more wrinkle in the chain was already a significant problem before the outbreak: transportation.“All the way around — even before COVID19 — truck drivers were in short supply. That has not helped the distribution chain for any food,” Applegate said.One bright spot in the poultry sector is the nation’s new surge in demand for eggs.“On the egg side, they have seen an amazing demand and pricing situation,” he said. “While we expect price bumps around Easter on most years, this is highly beyond the norm. Consumers are loving eggs and they’re flying off the shelves.”For more UGA poultry news, visit read more

Long Island Weather: Rain, Snow in Forecast

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Spring? Where? Long Island could see a mix of rain and snow Tuesday evening, with the white stuff potentially coating some areas with up to an inch of snow, forecasters said.The National Weather Service said rain will likely start falling late in the afternoon before transitioning to snow in the evening. The temperature, which is expected to be in the mid-40s around 4 p.m., will drop to a low of 31 by nightfall, forecasters said. There’s a 90 percent chance of precipitation in the evening, according to the weather service. The wet weather will give way to more pleasant conditions Wednesday. Expect temperatures in the mid-40s during the day, with mostly sunny skies. Thursday’s forecast appears to be even better. The weather service is predicting sunny skies and a high near 54 Thursday. It’s still early, but as it stands right now, forecasters are predicting decent weather for Easter Sunday, with temperatures pushing 50 degrees. Rain and snow arrive late today and this evening. Here is our latest snowfall forecast.Posted by US National Weather Service New York NY on Tuesday, March 31, 2015last_img read more

People Are Choosing Kidney Dialysis at H

first_imgCome January, there may be many more people like Mary Prochaska.Ms. Prochaska, 73, a retired social worker in Chapel Hill, N.C., has advanced chronic kidney disease and relies on dialysis to filter waste from her blood while she awaits a kidney transplant, her second. But she no longer visits a dialysis center three times a week, the standard treatment. There, nurses and technicians monitored her for four hours while a machine cleansed her blood.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – So far, her only unpleasant side effect is fatigue, sometimes requiring afternoon rests. A company called TruBlu Logistics delivers the cases of solution, tubes and other supplies, and Medicare covers the costs, which are considerably lower than for in-center dialysis.In 2017, according to the United States Renal Data System, 14.5 percent of Medicare beneficiaries had chronic kidney disease, rising sharply with age from 10.5 percent of people 65 to 74 to almost a quarter of those over 85. Nearly half of dialysis patients were older than 65.For decades, health advocates and many nephrologists have encouraged more patients to consider home dialysis. But that year, of 124,500 patients with newly diagnosed advanced kidney disease (also called end-stage renal disease), only 10 percent began peritoneal dialysis like Ms. Prochaska did.- Advertisement – Another 2 percent turned to at-home hemodialysis, removing wastes with machines adapted from those used in centers.Everyone else starting dialysis went to a dialysis center, probably owned by one of the two corporations that dominate the industry, DaVita or Fresenius. The first couple of months were difficult, Mr. Moreira said, as he learned the manual technique, dialyzing four times a day. Then, like Ms. Prochaska, he graduated to a cycler machine and now exchanges fluids overnight. It’s simpler, he said, and suits his active life; he walks and mountain bikes and serves as a pastor.“I have more time for myself, my family, my business,” he said. “I have more strength. I sleep very well. I feel good.”[Like the Science Times page on Facebook. | Sign up for the Science Times newsletter.] Instead, she has opted for dialysis at home. “It’s easier on your body and better for your health,” she said. “And far better than exposing yourself to whatever you might get from being in a group of people” at a center during a pandemic.With her husband’s help, Ms. Prochaska performs peritoneal dialysis; after a surgeon implanted a tube in her side, her abdominal lining acts as the filter. After getting training for a couple of weeks, she began using a home machine called a cycler to remove excess fluid and impurities.“It automatically does the pumping in and pumping out, five times a night, while you sleep,” she said. “When you get up, you’re done. It’s like having a normal life.” This fall, however, Medicare announced a mandatory program intended to transform that system, covering about 30 percent of beneficiaries with advanced chronic kidney disease, close to 400,000 people. Starting Jan. 1, it will use payment bonuses — and later, penalties — to try to increase the proportion of patients using home dialysis and receiving transplants.Even experts with no love for the outgoing administration have called this approach the biggest change for kidney patients since 1972, when Richard M. Nixon signed legislation providing Medicare coverage for those in kidney failure, regardless of age.“This is bold,” said Richard Knight, a transplant recipient and president of the American Association of Kidney Patients. “There are a lot of incentives for providers to do things they have not traditionally done.”“I think it’s going to have a really profound impact on kidney care,” said Dr. Abhijit Kshirsagar, a nephrologist and the director of the dialysis program at the University of North Carolina.Studies have found that home dialysis patients report a greater sense of independence and autonomy, with more flexible schedules that make it easier to work or travel. They experience better quality of life. So why do so few choose it? Moreover, not all older kidney patients can or want to dialyze at home. “They may have some degree of cognitive impairment” or be too frail to lift bags of solution, said Dr. Gerald Hladik, chief of nephrology at the University of North Carolina. They need room to store supplies and a clean, private dialysis space.Even with ample discussion and education, it’s unclear what proportion might eventually choose home dialysis. Perhaps 25 to 50 percent, Dr. Watnick suggested — “but we don’t know.”Although the new Medicare model excludes nursing home residents and people with dementia, the choice will otherwise rest with patients. Especially during a pandemic, “we’re in favor of patients having the choice to go home,” Mr. Knight said. “But not in favor of pushing people to go home.”Some older people with multiple illnesses may decide to forgo dialysis altogether. Wherever performed, it’s physically and psychologically onerous, and survival decreases at older ages.Dr. Hladik’s 75-year-old father, for instance, wanted to spend his remaining days at home with his dog or at the beach. He chose conservative management to control his symptoms and lived comfortably for a year and a half without dialysis.But home dialysis has worked well for Jorge Moreira, 65, a bookkeeper in Burien, Was. As his kidney disease advanced four years ago, he began dialysis at a Northwest Kidney Centers’ clinic.He found it arduous to arrive at 5:30 a.m. three days a week so that he could finish by 9:30 and go to his office, and he suffered painful leg cramps. A technician suggested he look into peritoneal dialysis; his doctors agreed. Some patients begin dialysis when a health crisis sends them to an emergency room. With scant time to explore the decision or undergo the necessary training to dialyze at home, they wind up at centers. But many don’t seem to know they have alternatives. In a 2016 study, almost half the patients receiving in-center hemodialysis said it had not been their choice.“There are patients who don’t know they could do dialysis at home,” said Dr. Suzanne Watnick, chief medical officer of Northwest Kidney Centers in Seattle. “To me, that’s a travesty. Patients who’ve gotten education about the different modalities have a markedly higher rate of participation in home dialysis.”But the training that physicians receive may not emphasize that option. Moreover, once patients grow accustomed to a center, “where everything is done for you, you’re not likely to take on the responsibility of doing it at home,” Mr. Knight said. Home dialysis can seem daunting or frightening, and neither medical practices nor for-profit centers have had much motivation, at least financially, to promote it.Thirty percent of them soon will. Medicare will increase its monthly payments for each patient that receives home dialysis, starting at 3 percent the first year, decreasing thereafter. Practices and dialysis clinics will also have their reimbursements adjusted up or down depending on their total rates of home dialysis and transplantation.Several new voluntary programs will boost incentives, too. Starting in April, Medicare will pay providers a $15,000 bonus, over three years, when a patient receives a successful kidney transplant. Another measure provides greater support for living kidney donors.Whether such incentives will substantially increase home dialysis and transplants remains an open question.Some providers, noting that the penalties could outweigh the bonuses, aren’t pleased to fall into the 30 percent of covered practices or centers, randomly assigned by ZIP code. “The average nephrologist is going to have a pay cut,” Dr. Watnick said. – Advertisement –last_img read more

DEKA sparks £1bn dealfest

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Dutch gamble on ‘intelligent lockdown’ to beat coronavirus

first_img‘Difficult to stay home’ Her neighbor, bookstore owner Marijn de Koeijer, agreed. “I think it would be very difficult to stay at home all day. I’m very happy with the opportunities we have, even if they are limited,” he said among his bookshelves a few minutes walk from the central railway station in The Hague, the seat of the Dutch government.The government itself has won the “support of the population” with its measures as they are “easier to defend and explain to the people”, said de Koeijer.Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte — who came up with the phrase “intelligent lockdown” — has been clear on the policy.”We don’t work like that in the Netherlands, where the government says ‘you have to do this, you have to do that,” Rutte told a press conference at the end of March.The authorities have admonished the public when the country’s beaches have become too crowded, but while police have closed car parks to stop crowds flocking there at the weekends, they remain open.The Dutch position — very similar to Sweden’s — also reflects a wider philosophical split in both Europe and the world on how to balance the need to curb the disease against the catastrophic economic damage caused by harsh lockdowns.Rutte, for example, has previously said that it was important to build “herd immunity” and that much of the Dutch population would get the disease — a controversial concept that appeared to have been backed by the British government at one stage.Dutch policy has not always gone down well with its neighbors though, with Belgium — one of the worst affected countries — initially grumbling that the Netherlands was not strict enough. ‘Convince the population’ But the Dutch believe they have made the right choice compared to countries like Italy, Spain, France and Belgium as the lockdowns there drag on and governments struggle to work out how to ease the restrictions.So far, compared with the very heavy death toll and high number of infected in these countries, the Dutch approach seems to be working, with 4,711 lives lost and 38,802 cases reported for a population of just over 17 million.”Governments need to convince the population that these are good measures,” said Frits Rosendaal, a professor of clinical epidemiology at Leiden University.The number of coronavirus patients currently in hospital is falling, which shows the Dutch approach “has absolutely had an effect” and that its decision to observe less strict measures than other European countries was “responsible — medically and economically,” Rosendaal said.”The two aren’t exclusive. You can’t have a healthy economy if half the population is in hospital.” At his bookstore, Marijn de Koeijer says business is now down by about half from normal, whereas at the start of the coronavirus crisis it was down by about 70 to 80 percent.”Every book we sell counts,” he says. Schools meanwhile start to reopen from May 11. “My friend in Belgium has to stay at home and is only allowed to go out to walk her dog in the street. I mean, come on, be serious,” says Bianca Kragten, who runs a bike shop in The Hague.Cheerfully ignoring the absence of the tourists who would normally be a major part of her business, Kragten hires out bikes in front of the shop, which she has decorated with little flags to “cheer up” people.”It was total panic for our business in the first few weeks. Then we realized that we were among the lucky ones who were allowed to remain open,” she said. The shops are open and families cycle along in the sunny spring weather in the Netherlands, which has opted for what it calls an “intelligent lockdown” to curb the coronavirus pandemic.In contrast to most other European countries where people are virtually housebound, the Dutch authorities have merely advised people to stay home and to keep 1.5 meters of social distance.While restaurants, bars, museums and its infamous sex clubs remain shut, and the famed cannabis ‘coffee shops’ are open for takeaway only, the outdoors-loving Dutch are otherwise allowed to leave home when they want. Topics :last_img read more

Germany readies tougher lockdowns to ward off second wave

first_imgGermany, which has been less affected by the pandemic than many of its neighbors, aims to respond to new clusters with hyper-local lockdowns and rapid contact tracing and testing, rather than blanket lockdowns of whole towns or districts.The need for clear rules was highlighted last month when a COVID-19 outbreak at a slaughterhouse in the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia led to Germany’s first renewed lockdowns, covering two neighboring districts.However a local court later ruled that the lockdown was too broad, and locals from the districts on holiday elsewhere in Germany complained about being turned away from their accommodation.Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday voiced support for travel bans in and out of coronavirus hotspots. She said that it was “better for citizens” to have certainty rather than being denied entry to a hotel upon arrival. Calling in the army The text agreed on Thursday states that a travel ban should be imposed “if the numbers continue to rise and there’s no certainty that the chain of infection has been broken” in the affected area.Anyone wanting to leave a localized lockdown for another state must be able to show a negative coronavirus test that is less than 48 hours old, the agreement said.Merkel’s chief of staff Helge Braun told the ZDF broadcaster that the goal was to fight the virus with “faster, smaller and more precise” curbs rather than the larger lockdowns that have caused such economic devastation.He said the military could even be called in to help ensure locals in an affected area get tested as quickly as possible.Germany’s Association of Towns and Municipalities (DStGB) welcomed the agreement, with CEO Gerd Landsberg calling local lockdowns “the right way forward”.”This also means that lockdowns are not drawn out over months or weeks, but ideally last only a few days,” he told the Funke media group.The new rules also come as Germany is anxiously eyeing the return of holidaymakers from abroad this summer, fearing they could be bringing the virus back with them.Video footage of German tourists partying in Spain’s Mallorca — without face masks or keeping the recommended 1.5 meters apart — has caused particular alarm. Germany’s federal and regional governments on Thursday agreed on tougher, more targeted lockdown measures to contain local outbreaks and ward off the threat of a second coronavirus wave.The new rules allow for a ban on travel “in and out of the affected areas” to limit the spread of the virus, according to an agreement adopted by federal and local authorities.It comes as countries across the world are reimposing curbs on public life in response to a surge in new infections.center_img Topics : ‘Reckless behavior’ Foreign Minister Heiko Maas warned Germans not to undo the progress made in combatting the virus.”Such behavior is not just dangerous, but inconsiderate towards all those who would like to enjoy their holiday safely,” he told the Funke group.”We’ve only just managed to open borders in Europe again. We must not jeopardize this with reckless behavior.”The Toennies slaughterhouse that was the source of the local outbreak in North Rhine-Westphalia reopened on Thursday after four weeks, prompting a protest from Greenpeace activists against mass meat production.Germany has recorded just over 200,000 coronavirus cases to date, and 9,078 deaths, according to the Robert Koch Institute for disease control.The country has credited early, widespread testing and its world-class healthcare system for keeping the fatality rate relatively low.Germans have also generally complied with rules on social distancing and wearing face masks. More than 15 million people have also downloaded Germany’s coronavirus warning app aimed at alerting people who’ve been in close proximity to an infected person.last_img read more

High court judge grants Clifton resident extension of time for payment of manslaughter fine

first_img Share Share Sharing is caring! Share 19 Views   no discussionscenter_img LocalNews High court judge grants Clifton resident extension of time for payment of manslaughter fine by: – March 30, 2012 William Greenaway, a licensed contractor of Clifton who found guilty of manslaughter in 2010 and fined $15, 000.00 has been granted an extension of 51 months by Justice Birnie Stephenson-Brooks to pay that fine.It is the prosecution’s contention that in June of 2007, William Greenaway and Valmond Thomas were visiting villages in the north selling fish and on arrival in Penville, Greenaway gave two females a ride and asked Valmond to alight his vehicle. According to the prosecution, Valmond did not alight the vehicle and was “pulled off the vehicle” by Greenaway who then drove away. Valmond sustained severe injuries which paralyzed him. He remained at the Portsmouth hospital for six months and thereafter died.Greenaway was found guilty of manslaughter by a jury on the 15th of July, 2010 and sentenced by Justice Birnie Stephenson-Brooks to a five year prison sentence which was suspended for five years and to pay a fine of $15, 000.00 within 180 days or in default serve an imprisonment term of 24 months.Greenaway through his attorney Dawn Yearwood-Stewart appealed the sentence arguing that Justice Stephenson-Brooks did not investigate her client’s means to assess whether he could in fact pay the fine.The Court of Appeal at its last sitting in Dominica in November of 2011 granted the appeal; ordering that the judge conduct a “means test” to examine the defendant’s ability to pay the fine and reduced the suspended sentence to three years.That means test was conducted on Friday 30th March, 2012 where Greenaway’s attorney led evidence in Court to show that her client “cannot” afford to pay the fine. In mitigating on behalf of her client she told the court that her client is “unable” to pay the fine at this time and is hoping that the court will “give him less money to pay and a little more time to pay the debt”.Greenaway testified that he has not been able to find employment since the incident occurred in 2012 despite his several attempts. He said he works two days per week maintaining generators and the yard for Dr. Grell who owns 12 apartment buildings in Portsmouth. He told the Court that he has a 1 ½ acre farm on which he cultivates dasheens but has been having difficulty in selling the produce as they are in abundance at the market. Greenaway explained that he makes about $50.00 on average in dasheen sales, does a little fishing with his friend from time to time and earns in the range of $500.00 to $600.00 per month from little jobs.He explained that he has 6 children, brought copies of his commitments including; water and electricity bills to the Court as proof that he is going “through a tough time in his life”. He told the Court that he worked with a contractor for 2 months but he has not yet received the $4,500.00 payment and does not know when he will receive that payment because of some dispute between the owner and contractor. He has a Toyota van which he cannot maintain and has been trying to sell to pay some of his debts.Justice Stephenson-Brooks after questioning Greenaway as to his means told the defendant that she did not find him to be “a truthful witness”, as he told a social welfare report conducted 2 years ago that he was employed on a government housing project in Chance, Portsmouth but made no mention of it during his testimony on Friday. “I have great difficulty in accepting what you are saying. I find that the defendant is not being entirely truthful as to his earnings. I find his answers to be shifty”.She said further that the evidence was insufficient to “paint a proper picture as to the Defendant’s means or that they do not paint a truthful picture of his inability to pay the fine”.Stephenson-Brooks also said that while Greenaway may be experiencing a low point in his life, he has to be punished for the crime.“I am not moved to reduce the fine; I will extend the period. I am not convinced that he does not have the means. I find he needs to make a better attempt to increase his earnings as he is a young man. You owe a debt to the society, you owe a debt to the state; you cannot just not pay”She encouraged him to find an “additional” job which will go towards payment of the fine.Greenaway was ordered to pay the fine of %15, 000.00 within 51 months of 30th March, 2012 or in default will serve 24 months in prison.Dominica Vibes News Tweetlast_img read more

Bulldogs Results at EC 6-Way Wrestling Meet

first_imgThe Batesville High School Wrestling team traveled to East Central for their annual six-way. The six teams participating include: Batesville, Cambridge City, East Central, Lawrenceburg, Shanendoah, and Tri. The Bulldogs finished the day with one win and four losses but gained valuable experience during the matches. Neal Nobbe was the lone Bulldog with a perfect 5-0 record on the day earning him a champion medal for the 160 lb class.The Bulldogs opened the day against the Trojans of East Central. The teams split the eight contested matches with four wins and four losses each but the Trojans came out on top by a score of 36-27.Hunter Fetters, Nick Schneider, Chris Schene, and Drew McLeod all fell by pin to their opponents; while Neal Nobbe and Will Amberger earned victories after pinning their opponents. Xavier King was victorious after beating his opponent by a 7-3 decision and two Bulldogs, Dallas Lamping and Allen Hudepohl, received forfeits from the Trojans.The second match of the day for Batesville was against Shanendoah. Batesville fell for their second time on the day by a score 36-29.Hunter Fetters, Dallas Lamping, Nick Schneider, and Chris Schene wrestled well but fell by pin during their matches. Allen Hudepohl won by pin while Will Amberger won by a tech fall decision of 17-1. Bulldog wrestlers receiving forfeits were: Xavier King, Drew McLeod, and Neal Nobbe.Batesville’s third match of the day came from the 5-0 Lawrenceburg Tigers. Both teams had many forfeits matching up only six live matches. The two teams split three wins and three losses each but the edge went to Lawrenceburg beating Batesville 40-33.Pins for the Bulldogs came from Hunter Fetters and Drew McLeod and Neal Nobbe avenged an earlier season loss by beating his opponent in a 4-1 decision. Allen Hudepohl was the lone Bulldog receiving a forfeit. Both Chris Schene and Xavier King fell by pin to their opponent and Will Amberger fell by a 20-6 decision to undefeated Mason Parris.The teams only win on the day was against Shanendoah by a score of 41-24. There were only five live matches out of the fourteen weight classes due to many forfeits by both teams. The Bulldogs were able to win three of the five matches.Dallas Lamping and Nick Scneider both wrestled well but fell by pin to their opponent. Nick earned his first career takedown during the match but could not hold on giving up a second period reversal that led to a pin. Chris Schene, Will Amberger, and Allen Hudepohl all came up big by pinning their opponents. Batesville wrestlers receiving forfeits were: Hunter Fetters, Xavier King, Drew McLeod, and Neal Nobbe.Batesville’s final match of the day was against Tri High school. Nine matches were wrestled and the Bulldogs came away with four wins falling short on five of them. Tri was victorious beating the Bulldogs 59-22.The Tri team came out strong winning five of the first six matches. Hunter Fetters, Nick Schneider, Chris Schene, and Drew McLeod all fell by pin. Dallas Lamping lost by a 17-1 decision. Xavier King won by a 8-0 decision and Neal Nobbe, Will Amberger, and Allen Hudepohl all finished the day with pins.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Chris Deal with Wendy Deal.last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgMichael Raffl had a goal and an assist while the Flyers scored three times in the second period of a 4-1 victory against the Boston Bruins in Toronto. Raffl opened the scoring 5:33 into the period and set up Nate Thompson about four minutes later. Phillipe Myers restored Philadelphia’s two-goal lead late in the period, eight seconds after Chris Wagner got the Bruins within 2-1.Scott Laughton also scored and Carter Hart turned back 34 shots in the Flyers’ 10th win in their last 11 games overall.In other NHL postseason action:— Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored the first of Arizona’s three first-period goals in a 4-3 verdict over Nashville in Game 1 of the qualifying series. Christian Dvorak, Clayton Keller and Michael Grabner also scored to support Darcy Kuemper’s (KEHM’-purz) 40-save performance. The Predators rallied behind two goals by Filip Forsberg, the second of which got Nashville within 4-3 midway through the third period.NHL DISCIPLINE Update on the latest sports — Mike Trout is expected to return to the Angels on Tuesday after taking the weekend to be with his wife and newborn son. Manager Joe Maddon said the three-time AL MVP is likely to play in Seattle at the start of a six-game road trip. Trout missed his fourth straight game Sunday after the birth of his first child, Beckham Aaron Trout, on Thursday. NBA-SCHEDULECeltics blow big lead before downing BlazersLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Boston Celtics are 1-1 since the NBA restart as they try to nail down the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.Jayson Tatum scored 34 points and Jaylen Brown added 30 as the Celtics got past the Trail Blazers, 128-124. Tatum rebounded from a terrible performance in a loss to Milwaukee on Friday when he scored just five points on 2-of-18 shooting. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-SCHEDULEKershaw sharp in season debutUNDATED (AP) — It was vintage Clayton Kershaw on the mound as he made his injury-delayed season debut for the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday. The three-time NL Cy Young Award winner struck out six while allowing just three hits over 5 2/3 innings of the Dodgers’ 3-0 shutout of the Diamondbacks. He threw 81 pitches and retired his first 10 batters.Kershaw was supposed to make his ninth opening day start on July 23, but was scratched hours before the game because of a back injury suffered in the weight room. NL MVP Cody Bellinger hit his first home run of the season to help Los Angeles beat the Diamondbacks for the third time in four days.Mookie Betts homered and doubled before leaving early because of an injury. Elsewhere in the majors: SILVERSTONE, England (AP) — Lewis Hamilton held on to win the British Grand Prix despite a puncture on the last lap. It’s his 87th career victory, four-behind Formula One all-time leader Michael Schumacher.The championship leader’s record-extending seventh Silverstone win saw him finish six seconds ahead of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.GOLF-TOURNAMENTSThomas wins FedEx St. Jude, becomes No. 1UNDATED (AP) — Justin Thomas has reclaimed the No. 1 ranking in men’s golf by capturing the FedEx St. Jude Invitational. — Caris LeVert scored 25 of his 34 points in the second half of the Nets’ 118-110 downing of the Wizards. Joe Harris scored a season-high 27 points and Jarrett Allen added 22 with 15 rebounds, helping Brooklyn move seven games ahead of ninth-place Washington for the final Eastern Conference playoff berth.NBA-HEAT-BUTLERButler misses Heat practice, teammate hints he’s isolatingLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Jimmy Butler was not with the Miami Heat for practice Sunday, and one of his teammates suggested that he was quarantining away from the team.The Heat said only that Butler had “an excused absence.” But Heat teammate Jae Crowder indicated that it wasn’t just a day off for Butler, saying “We want to talk to him as soon as he gets out of quarantine or whatever he’s in.” Crowder’s reference to “quarantine” suggests that there is a concern about the coronavirus. LOUDON, N.H. (AP) — Brad Keselowski has won at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, his third victory of the NASCAR season and 33rd of his career.Keselowski swapped stage wins with Denny Hamlin and took the checkered flag 1.647 seconds ahead of Hamlin. Martin Truex Jr. was third after working his way back from the rear of the field because of a penalty for a runaway tire in the pits. Joey Logano was fourth and Kevin Harvick fifth. F1-BRITISH GPHamilton wins British GP to close in on Schumacher’s record Blackhawks’ Caggiula suspended for Game 2 vs. OilersUNDATED (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks will be without forward Drake Caggiula for Game 2 of their qualifying round series against the Oilers.Caggiula received a one-game suspension from the NHL for an illegal check to the head of Edmonton’s Tyler Ennis during the second period of Saturday’s win against Edmonton. NFL-NEWSBrowns place Landry on PUP list AP Source: Marlins get 2nd straight day of no positive testsUNDATED (AP) — For the second day in a row, the Miami Marlins had no positive tests among their players and staff still in Philadelphia, according to a person familiar with the situation. The Philadelphia Phillies have received results of Saturday’s COVID-19 testing, and there were no new positives. The team was set to work out at Citizens Bank Park on Sunday in preparation for the resumption of games Monday.The Marlins haven’t played since July 26 in Philadelphia because of an outbreak within their traveling party. In other MLB news: — The Jets released right guard Brian Winters and will save $7.28 in salary cap room. The 29-year-old Winters was the Jets’ longest-tenured player and had been mostly a solid starter for New York, which drafted him in the third round out of Kent State in 2013.— The Jacksonville Jaguars have placed starting quarterback Gardner Minshew and four teammates, including two of his roommates, on the COVID-19 list. Running back Ryquell Armstead, tight end Charles Jones, receiver Michael Walker and safety Andrew Wingard also were placed on the list Sunday. Jones was activated from the COVID-19 list earlier in the day. The Jags are expected to hold their first training camp practice on Aug. 12.COLLEGE FOOTBALL-PAC-12 OPT-OUTPac-12 football players urge opt-out amid COVID-19 concernsUNDATED (AP) — A group of Pac-12 football players say they will not practice or play until their concerns about participating during the COVID-19 pandemic and other racial and economic issues in college sports are addressed. UNDATED (AP) — Cleveland Browns star wide receiver Jarvis Landry has been placed on the active/physically unable to perform list following offseason hip surgery.The team stressed that Landry remains on schedule to return this season, and he has said he expects to be back on the field sometime this month. The four-time Pro Bowl selection hasn’t missed a game during six NFL seasons with Miami and Cleveland. The 27-year-old had surgery in February. Landry played through a painful condition last season, when he finished with 83 receptions for 1,174 yards and six touchdowns.In other NFL news:— Receiver Marqise Lee and tight end Matt LaCosse joined a list of six other Patriots players who have already declared their intentions to sit out this season. Linebacker Dont’a Hightower, safety Patrick Chung, tackles Marcus Cannon and Najee Toran, running back Brandon Bolden and fullback Danny Vitale previously opted out. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra (spohl’-struh) said he didn’t know whether Butler would be available to play Monday when Miami faces the Toronto Raptors. Also Sunday, the NBA sent a memo to team executives, coaches and health officers reiterating the importance of wearing face masks and coverings on the Disney campus, as well as adhering to social-distancing guidelines. The memo also stressed that eating or drinking while walking on campus is now prohibited. A copy of the memo was obtained by The Associated Press.NHL-SCHEDULEFlyers stifle BruinsUNDATED (AP) — The Philadelphia Flyers have taken Game 1 of their NHL round-robin series that will determine seeding in the Stanley Cup playoffs. August 2, 2020 Boston led by as many has 24 in the second quarter, but the Trail Blazers chipped away and used a 15-4 run in the fourth quarter to take a 101-98 advantage.Damian Lillard had 30 points and 16 assists for Portland. Jusuf Nurkic (YOO’-suhf NUR’-kihch) added 30 points in his second official game back after breaking his leg in March 2019. The Trail Blazers are 2 1/2 games out of a Western Conference playoff berth.Also on the NBA schedule:— The Spurs pulled out a 108-106 win over the Grizzlies on DeMar DeRozan’s two free throws with a second to play. Dejounte Murray had 21 points and 10 rebounds for San Antonio. The players posted a statement Sunday on The Players’ Tribune website and social media with the hashtag #WeAreUnited and sent out a press release. The release listed the names of 12 Pac-12 players from nine schools, including Oregon star safety Jevon Holland, and provided a statement from each one.It says hundreds of players throughout the Pac-12 are concerned about the risks of COVID-19 and that the conference and NCAA lack transparency, uniformity and adequate enforcement infrastructure.The Pac-12 on Friday released a revised football schedule that pushes the start of the season back three weeks to Sept. 26 and includes only 10 conference games. NASCAR-NEW HAMPSHIREKeselowski wins at Loudon Associated Press — The Mets say slugger Yoenis Céspedes (yoh-EHN’-ehs SEHS’-peh-dehs) has opted out of the remainder of the season due to concerns about the coronavirus. His whereabouts became a concern early Sunday after he didn’t report to the ballpark and didn’t reach out to management with any explanation for his absence. Céspedes went 0 for 4 during a 7-1 loss on Saturday, leaving him 5 for 31 with 15 strikeouts this season. — Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant was out of the lineup for a second straight game on Sunday, a day after reporting a stomach ailment. The Cubs says Bryant tested negative for the coronavirus on Friday and Saturday and is scheduled to be tested again on Monday. Manager David Ross said the team is taking the right precautions to keep everyone safe.— Reds first baseman Joey Votto (VAH’-toh) has been placed on the injured list. The team gave no reason for the move but specified the six-time All-Star is not on the 10-day injured list. The move made room to activate right-handed pitcher Anthony Desclafani from the 10-day injured list.— The Rockies may be without reliever Scott Oberg for the rest of the season after he developed blood clots in his right arm for a third time in his career. Manager Bud Black said Oberg felt some discomfort in his throwing hand during a throwing session yesterday. He was evaluated by vascular doctors, who discovered the clots. — Cleveland manager Terry Francona left the team before the game at Minnesota on Sunday, due to what the Indians said was a minor gastrointestinal condition not related to COVID-19. First base coach Sandy Alomar took over managing duty for the four-game series finale against the Twins. — Daniel Murphy, Ryan McMcMahon and Matt Kemp homered while the Rockies built a 9-1 lead in a 9-6 win against the Padres. Antonio Senzatela looked good in holding San Diego to a run and four hits over six innings.— Javier Báez singled through a drawn-in infield in the 11th inning to score David Bote (BOH’-tee) and give the Cubs a 2-1 triumph over the Pirates. Kyle Schwarber tied the game with a fifth-inning double before Chicago beat Pittsburgh for the 10th straight time at Wrigley Field.— The Athletics beat the Mariners, 3-2 as Ramon Laureano broke out of a slump with a three-run homer to help Chris Bassitt become the first Oakland starter to earn a victory this season. Bassitt struck out seven and allowed three hits with no walks in 5 2/3 innings.— Joey Gallo was 3-for-4 with a big three-run homer in the seventh inning that secured the Rangers’ win over the Giants, 9-5. Shin-Soo Choo slammed a two-run homer and Scott Hieneman hit a two-run double for Texas.MLB-NEWS — The Reds swept the first-ever seven-inning doubleheader in big league history. Shogo Akiyama hit an RBI single in the seventh that sent the Reds over the Tigers, 4-3. Cincinnati took the nightcap, 4-0 as Trevor Bauer struck out seven while allowing two hits over seven innings.— Kyle Wright and the Atlanta bullpen combined on a 10-hit shutout as the Braves downed the Mets, 4-0 to complete a three-game sweep. The Braves have won five in a row, while the Mets have dropped five straight.— Mitch Garver hit his first home run of the season and the Twins used their bullpen to string together a two-hitter in a 3-1 victory over the Indians. Max Kepler doubled in each of his first two at-bats and came around to score on RBI singles by Jorge Polando and Nelson Cruz.— White Sox prospect Nick Madrigal had the first four hits of his promising big league career, including two during a seven-run seventh that propelled Chicago to a 9-2 rout of the Royals. Yasmani Grandal (yahs-MAH’-nee grahn-DAHL’) added three RBIs and Nicky Delmonico two as the White Sox completed a three-game sweep.— The Orioles completed their first three-game sweep in almost two years as Hanser Alberto doubled home the tiebreaking run in the seventh inning of their 5-1 decision over the Rays. Renato Núñez and Pat Valaika homered to help Baltimore send Tampa Bay to its fifth consecutive loss. Thomas closed with a 5-under 66 to finish at 13-under 267 and take the $10.5 million winner’s check for his 13th PGA Tour title. He took the lead for good on the par-5 16th with his second straight birdie, while Koepka bogeyed the hole.Thomas is No. 1 for the first time since June 2018.Koepka finished in a second-place tie with Phil Mickelson, Daniel Berger and Tom Lewis at minus-10.In other golf action:— Danielle Kang fired a final-round 2-under 70 at Inverness Club to clinch the LPGA Drive On Championship, the tour’s first event in more than five months. Kang claimed the victory when Celine Boutier made a tentative stroke on a tricky putt at 18. The ball caught the left edge of the cup and spun away, allowing Kand to win with a 7-under total.last_img read more