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(CDHD Release) - It is with deep sadness that Central District Health Department (CDHD) reports a COVID-19-related death of a hospitalized woman with underlying health issues in her 60s in Hall County. This is the third lab-confirmed case of COVID-19 and the first death reported in the Central District.

All identified close contacts will be notified, asked to self-quarantine (stay home) and be actively monitored twice daily by CDHD for fever and respiratory symptoms.

“We have community spread of the COVID-19 virus at this time,” states Anderson. “CDHD is in communication with state officials in regard to issuing a state Directed Health Measure.”

Typical symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough, sore throat and shortness of breath. People who are concerned they may have COVID-19 should self-isolate (have no contact with other people) and call ahead to their primary care provider to be screened over the phone. The provider can evaluate and determine if testing is necessary.

It is very important for our community to protect themselves and others from COVID-19 infection by:

·         Avoiding close contact with sick people and staying home if you are sick.

·         Avoiding non-essential travel and staying at home as much as possible.

·         Avoiding gatherings of more than 10 people.

·         Keeping space of 6 feet or more between yourself and others.

·         Washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water aren't available, use an alcohol-based sanitizer.

·         Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

·         Covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze then throw the tissue in the trash, or cough in your sleeve.

·         Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces.

There is a statewide coronavirus (COVID-19) information line to help answer general questions and share the latest information and resources with Nebraskans to help keep them informed: (402) 552-6645; hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. CST, 7 days a week. CDHD’s Covid line (308)385-5175 will be operational 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. over the weekend.

CDHD encourages residents to stay informed by checking CDHD’s website  eveningwww.cdhd.ne.gov for local information and updates, as well as links to the state and national websites.

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The Nebraska State Fair has voted (7-3) in favor to have Lori Cox move from her role of executive director to a  senior consultant until the end of her contract in 2021. This is a mutual agreement with the State Fair & Cox. Jamie Parr has been named interim State Fair Director.

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Two lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 were reported to Central District Health Department (CDHD) on Thursday evening, March 26. One individual is a female in her 60s who is currently hospitalized and in isolation in Hall County. The other individual is a female in her 50s who is isolated at home in Hall County.

CDHD has initiated a contact investigation to identify people who may have been exposed so that they can take next steps and prevent further spread.

 All identified close contacts will be notified, asked to self-quarantine (stay home) and be actively monitored twice daily by CDHD for fever and respiratory symptoms.

 

Typical symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough, sore throat and shortness of breath. People who are concerned they may have COVID-19 should self-isolate (have no contact with other people) and call ahead to their primary care provider to be screened over the phone. The provider can evaluate and determine if testing is necessary.

 

People can help protect themselves and others from COVID-19 and other respiratory infections by:

 

·         Avoiding close contact with sick people and staying home if you are sick.

·         Avoiding non-essential travel and staying at home as much as possible.

·         Avoiding gatherings of more than 10 people.

·         Keeping space of 6 feet or more between yourself and others.

·         Washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water aren't available, use an alcohol-based sanitizer.

·         Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

·         Covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze then throw the tissue in the trash, or cough in your sleeve.

·         Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces.

There is a statewide coronavirus (COVID-19) information line to help answer general questions and share the latest information and resources with Nebraskans to help keep them informed: (402) 552-6645; hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. CST, 7 days a week. CDHD’s Covid line (3-8)285-5175 will be operational 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. over the weekend

 

CDHD encourages residents to stay informed by checking CDHD’s website  eveningwww.cdhd.ne.gov for local information and updates, as well as links to the state and national websites.

 


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US Labor Department - In the week ending March 21, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 3,283,000, an increase of 3,001,000 from the previous week's revised level. This marks the highest level of seasonally adjusted initial claims in the history of the seasonally adjusted series. The previous high was 695,000 in October of 1982. The previous week's level was revised up by 1,000 from 281,000 to 282,000. The 4-week moving average was 998,250, an increase of 765,750 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 250 from 232,250 to 232,500. 

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 1.2 percent for the week ending March 14, unchanged from the previous week's unrevised rate. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending March 14 was 1,803,000, an increase of 101,000 from the previous week's revised level. 

This is the highest level for insured unemployment since April 14, 2018 when it was 1,824,000. The previous week's level was revised up 1,000 from 1,701,000 to 1,702,000. The 4-week moving average was 1,731,000, an increase of 27,500 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 250 from 1,703,250 to 1,703,500.  


FoodBank Mobile Pantry will be in North Platte on April 14, 2020 from 1pm until the food is gone to help meet your family's needs.

McKinley Education Center at 3010 West F Street in North Platte.

HASTINGS, Neb. (AP) — The state game and parks commission has banned both alcohol possession and consumption at Lake McConaughy and neighboring Lake Ogallala in western Nebraska. The commission voted Friday at its meeting in Hastings for the proposal, which affects only state-controlled areas. It's among several agreements the state worked out with local leaders to avert drastic cuts in access. The commission had been considering access restrictions following complaints about overcrowding and rowdy behavior last Fourth of July. But the commission delayed action in January after hundreds of people showed up for a hearing on the proposed rules.

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Gothenburg, Ne - (Gothenburg Health Press Release 3/22/2020)

Gothenburg Health has confirmed a positive case for COVID-19.

This is a travel-related case, NOT due to community spread; the individual has been requested to be in self-isolation. Out of an abundance of caution, Gothenburg Health is quarantining all exposed staff for the full 14 days since exposure (CDC guideline). Gothenburg Health is financially taking care of all staff forced to quarantine.

Gothenburg Health has and will continue rigorous cleaning routines in the facility to help protect the health and safety of all employees and patients. We are actively working to cancel all non-essential visits to our facility and have created a workflow to protect suspect patients from healthy patients.

We urge the community to remain vigilant in practicing strict social distancing:

• Stay at least 6 feet apart from others at all times.

• Keep group interaction to 10 people or fewer (and highly consider the necessity of the group interaction).

• Eliminate discretionary social visits.

• Work from home if possible; businesses continuing to operate should reduce unnecessary human to human interaction.

• Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, and refrain from touching your face.

Anyone experiencing a cough, sore throat, fever or shortness of breath should stay home and isolate themselves. Please contact Gothenburg Health at 308-537-3661 if you suspect you are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 BEFORE coming to the facility.

 


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(Release from Two Rivers Public Health Department) 

Holdrege, NE --- One additional case of COVID-19 has been reported to Two Rivers Public Health Department. This individual is a Buffalo County male in his 50s who has minor symptoms and is currently self-isolated at home. Two Rivers Public Health Department
staff are actively monitoring this situation. This person is a family member of the first case.
“We expected to see this case since he reported similar symptoms and had been in prolonged, close contact with the first case,”
states Glenda Fraber, Assistant Director. These two cases had limited contact with other individuals in the community based on
information gathered during Two Rivers Public Health Department’s investigation.
People who are concerned they may have COVID-19 should self-isolate and call ahead to their primary care provider to be screened
over the phone. The provider can evaluate and determine if testing is necessary.
Certain people are at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19, including older adults and people who have serious chronic
medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease, according to the CDC. The people in the higher risk groups should:
• Stock up on supplies, including extra necessary medications
• Take everyday precautions to keep space between yourself and others
• When you go out in public, keep away from others who are sick, limit close contact, and wash your hands often.
• Avoid crowds as much as possible.
• Avoid cruise travel, and nonessential travel.
• If there is a COVID-19 outbreak in the community, stay home as much as possible to further reduce your risk of being
exposed.
There is a statewide COVID-19 information line to help answer general questions and share the latest information and resources
with Nebraskans to help keep them informed: 402-552-6645; hours of operation are 8 a.m.- 8 p.m. 7 days a week. For more
information call Two Rivers Public Health Department at (888) 669-7154 or visit www.trphd.org.
Follow TRPHD on Facebook and Twitter (@2RPHD)
Two Rivers Public Health Department engages collaborative partners, community leaders, and the public to promote
healthy lifestyles, provide preventative education, assure environmental quality, and create more healthy and safe
communities for all who live within the district.

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(Release from Two Rivers Public Health Department) 

Holdrege, NE --- Two Rivers Public Health Department has identified the first travel related case of COVID-19 in the district. This
individual is a Buffalo County female in her 40s who has minor symptoms and is currently self-isolated at home. Two Rivers Public
Health Department staff are actively monitoring this situation.
Local public health staff continue to work closely with Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services to identify individuals
who have been in contact with this individual. Two Rivers Public Health Department have interviewed family members to collect a
history of this patient to identify where this individual has spent time.
Symptoms of COVID-19 can appear 2-14 days after an individual is exposed. Symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of
breath. Older adults and individuals with chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease are at a higher risk
for getting this illness. “Please take every day precautions such as avoiding close contact with those who are ill, and preventative
actions like washing your hands,” urges Health Director, Jeremy Eschliman.
Performing good health habits can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory diseases in your community. Some
steps to take are:
• Stay home if you are sick
• Avoid close contact with those who are sick
• Wash your hands often, use hand sanitizer when soap and water aren’t available
• Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
There is a statewide COVID-19 information line to help answer general questions and share the latest information and resources
with Nebraskans to help keep them informed: 402-552-6645; hours of operation are 8 a.m.- 8 p.m. 7 days a week. For more
information call Two Rivers Public Health Department at (888) 669-7154 or visit www.trphd.org.
Follow TRPHD on Facebook and Twitter (@2RPHD)
Two Rivers Public Health Department engages collaborative partners, community leaders, and the public to promote
healthy lifestyles, provide preventative education, assure environmental quality, and create more healthy and safe
communities for all who live within the district.

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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (AP) — A Colorado man is accused of killing a woman whose body was found in a western Nebraska retention pound. Lincoln County Court records say 40-year-old William Stanback is charged with first-degree murder and two weapons counts. Authorities have said he fatally shot his fiancee, 42-year-old Kimberly Ermi. Her body was recovered from the North Platte pond on March 3. She lived in Greeley, Colorado, as does Stanback. He's being held in Lincoln County Jail on $5 million bail. The court records don't list the name of an attorney who could comment for Stanback.

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Volleyball standout Jordan Larson was announced as the second member of the 2020 University of Nebraska Athletic Hall of Fame class on Wednesday, April 1. Larson is the first of five student-athletes in the 2020 class to be recognized. Volleyball head coach Terry Pettit was announced as the first member of the 2020 Hall of Fame class on March 31.

A native of Hooper, Nebraska, Larson was a standout on some of the greatest teams in program history from 2005 to 2008. She helped Nebraska to a top-five NCAA Tournament finish in each of her four seasons. The Huskers went 127-8 during her career with four Big 12 Conference titles and three trips to the NCAA Semifinals, including the 2006 national title and a runner-up finish in 2005.

Individually, Larson was an All-American on the court and in the classroom. She was a three-time All-American and a two-time first-team All-American. At the conference level, Larson was a two-time Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year and the 2008 Big 12 Player of the Year. She was also an Academic All-American as a senior. Larson finished her Husker career with 1,600 kills, 1,410 digs and a school-record 186 aces. She is currently one of only two players in program history to rank among Nebraska’s all-time top 10 in both kills and digs.

Larson then went on to a decorated international career. She was a two-time Olympic medalist, helping Team USA to a silver medal in 2012 and a bronze medal in 2016. Larson helped Team USA win the gold medal at the 2014 world championships, the first-ever major tournament gold medal for the U.S. women’s national team. Larson was then named USA Volleyball’s Indoor Female Player of the Year in both 2015 and 2016.

The remaining four student-athletes in the 2020 Nebraska Athletic Hall of Fame Class will be announced over the next few weeks on the official Nebraska Athletics Twitter account (@Huskers) and on Huskers.com.

2020 Nebraska Athletic Hall of Fame Class

Terry Pettit, Volleyball Head Coach (1977-99)
Jordan Larson, Volleyball (2005-08)
Four more student-athletes to be announced
 
Jordan Larson, Volleyball (2005-08), Hooper, Nebraska

Jordan Larson led Nebraska to an outstanding four-year run on the volleyball court before continuing on to a stellar international career. The Huskers went 127-8 (.941) during Larson’s four-year career, winning the Big 12 Conference championship and posting a top-five NCAA finish in each of her four seasons. After an NCAA runner-up finish in her freshman year when she was the regional freshman of the year, Larson was a first-team All-American and the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year as a sophomore. That season, the Huskers won the 2006 NCAA title in Omaha in front of what was then the largest volleyball crowd in NCAA history. After earning third-team All-America honors as Nebraska made a regional final in 2007, Larson was a first-team All-American again in 2008. As a captain that season, Larson helped Nebraska advance to its third NCAA Semifinal in four years, where the Huskers lost a 3-2 thriller to Penn State, handing the Nittany Lions their only two set losses of the entire season. Larson was also the 2008 Big 12 Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year and a second-team Academic All-American. Larson finished her career with 1,600 kills, 1,410 digs and a school-record 186 aces. Following her time as a Husker, Larson represented the United States in both the 2012 and 2016 Olympics. She was a silver medalist in 2012 and bronze medalist in 2016, becoming the only Husker volleyball player to be a two-time Olympic medalist. Larson was named USA Volleyball’s Indoor Female Player of the Year in both 2015 and 2016. In 2014, she helped Team USA win the gold medal at the world championships, the first-ever major tournament gold medal for the U.S. women’s national team. Her No. 10 jersey is retired, and Larson graduated with a degree in communication studies from the University of Nebraska in 2008.




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UNDATED (AP) — NFL owners are continuing to plan for the 2020 season to begin on time. But they’ve adopted changes in how the season will end. They voted to modify the playoff format with two additional wild-card teams in the Super Bowl chase. The playoffs will be expanded by one team in each conference for a total of 14. The 16-game season and full playoffs would include the two stadiums still under construction in Las Vegas and Los Angeles, plus international games in England and Mexico.

LAKE FOREST, Ill (AP) — The Chicago Bears have finalized a trade with the Jacksonville Jaguars for 2018 Super Bowl MVP quarterback Nick Foles. The Bears are hoping Foles will return to form following an injury-riddled season with Jacksonville. Foles would give them another option if Mitchell Trubisky struggles again or gets hurt next year. The Jaguars parted with the 31-year-old Foles just over a year after signing him to a four-year contract. Foles helped Philadelphia win a Super Bowl.

SAN JOSE, Calif (AP) —San Jose Sharks President Jonathan Becher says the team made the best decision with the information at the time when it played three home games following a recommendation by the county against large gatherings in early March. Santa Clara County issued a recommendation on March 5 that mass gatherings should be postponed or canceled to control the spread of the new coronavirus.

UNDATED (AP) — The NCAA's popular decision to extend spring sports athletes' eligibility a year because of the coronavirus pandemic is causing consternation for baseball coaches. Baseball is the only spring sport with a roster limit. Teams can have no more than 35 players, though that rule will be relaxed in 2021. The problem comes in 2022. Looming roster logjams because of the extended eligibility could force coaches to sign smaller recruiting classes and nudge underperforming players to transfer or quit.

UNDATED (AP) — They can’t face off on the hardwood right now, so Kevin Durant and Trae Young will lead a 16-player field of NBA players in an NBA 2K20 tournament airing on ESPN. The NBA, the players’ association and 2K have announced the NBA 2K Players Tournament. Play begins Friday, and the winner of the week-long competition will receive a $100,000 donation to a coronavirus-related relief effort of their choice.




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STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi State forward Reggie Perry has entered the NBA draft, saying it’s time to continue to the next level of basketball as a professional. The 6-foot-10 sophomore was selected as The Associated Press Co-Southeastern Conference player of the year after ranking in the top 10 of several conference categories. Perry led the SEC in rebounds last season with 10.1 per game, ranked sixth in scoring at 17.4 points and ninth in blocks with 1.2.

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona State junior point guard Remy Martin has declared for the NBA draft, saying he’s decided to take another step into making his dream a reality. Martin led the Sun Devils with 19.1 points. 4.1 assists and 3.1 rebounds in 2019-20, putting them on the cusp of a third straight NCAA Tournament appearance before the college basketball postseason was halted by the coronavirus. He was named first team all-Pac-12 by The Associated Press.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan forward Isaiah Livers is applying for early entry into the NBA draft, but the school said he is not hiring an agent and would work with the Wolverines coaching staff during the evaluation and pre-draft processes. Even if a player does use an agent during the evaluation process, he can return to school without losing eligibility if he ends the relationship with the agent. Livers averaged 12.9 points for the Wolverines this past season and was limited to 21 games due to injury problems.

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A woman who said she was sexually assaulted by a Michigan State basketball player is asking the Michigan attorney general's office to investigate, according to a published report. ESPN is reporting that Michigan State University police told prosecutors they had probable cause that sophomore guard Brock Washington raped the woman on Jan. 19 while she was too intoxicated to consent. Police referred the case to county prosecutors, who declined to file charges this month.

ENGLEWOOD, Colorado (AP) — Free-agent punter Sam Martin has become the third Detroit Lions player to sign with the Denver Broncos this month, accepting a three-year, $7 million contract. He joins former Detroit teammates Graham Glasgow and Jeff Driskel in Denver. Martin has averaged 46 yards per punt with a 40.9-yard net average, 38 touchbacks and 175 punts inside the 20-yard line during his seven NFL seasons.




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The GNAC conference would like to announce the following changes for the 2020/21 school year.  In October 2019, Columbus High School applied and was accepted to the Heartland Athletic Conference (HAC).  The following schools will remain in the Greater Nebraska Athletic Conference for the 2020/21 school year: Hastings, McCook, North Platte, Gering and Scottsbluff.  Due to the re-alignment of the conference, the tournament schedule will be reduced to the following tournaments: Boys’ Tennis, Girls’ Tennis, Boys’ Golf, Girls’ Golf, Swimming/Diving, and Track and Field.  






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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — DeMarcus Robinson has accepted a one-year deal with the Kansas City Chiefs, who are maintaining an aerial attack that includes receivers Tyreek Hill, Sammy Watkins and Mecole Hardman. Robinson grabbed 32 passes for 449 yards and four touchdowns last season, his fourth since being taken by the Chiefs in the fourth round of the 2016 draft. Although Watkins is signed through next season, he may be asked to restructure his hefty contract or take a pay cut in the coming days.

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions have agreed to terms with wide receiver Geronimo Allison. The 26-year-old Allison comes to Detroit from division rival Green Bay, where he caught 34 passes for 287 yards and two touchdowns last season. Allison played the past four seasons with the Packers and joins a team that includes receivers Kenny Golladay, Marvin Jones and Danny Amendola each of whom surpassed 60 catches and 600 yards receiving in 2019.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Timmy Hill won yesterday’s virtual race at Texas Motor Speedway, the second in an iRacing series thrown together after NASCAR's 36-race season was suspended four events into the year. Hill is considered among the top competitors in iRacing, a subscription-based gaming platform. His virtual victory was his 674th in the game. One highlight came when Daniel Suarez was parked by iRacing officials for intentionally trying but failing to crash Ty Dillon.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Georgetown sophomore guard Mac McClung has announced that he is declaring for the NBA draft after averaging 15.7 points and 2.4 assists for the Hoyas this past season. However, he is maintaining his college eligibility in case he decides to stay at Georgetown. McClung missed time because of a right foot injury this year and appeared in only 21 of Georgetown's 32 games. He averaged 13.1 points as a freshman.

SEATTLE (AP) — The University of Washington has announced that former Huskies football coach Jim Lambright has died at age 77. Lambright spent nearly four decades associated with the Washington program as a player, assistant coach and head coach. He was 44-25-1 as the Huskies head coach and never had a losing record but was fired following the 1998 season. Washington’s best season under Lambright came in 1995 when it shared the Pac-10 title but missed out on a trip to the Rose Bowl.




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Lincoln – The Nebraska men’s basketball program will resume one of its oldest rivalries beginning next season, as the Huskers and Kansas State have signed an agreement to begin a three-year series starting in 2020-21.

The series will begin on December 19, 2020, with a neutral-site matchup at the Sprint Center in Kansas City before shifting to campus sites the following two seasons. The Wildcats will make their first-ever appearance at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Dec. 18, 2021, while the Huskers will visit Bramlage Coliseum on Dec. 17, 2022, to conclude the series.

“We are excited to renew this series with Kansas State,” Nebraska Coach Fred Hoiberg. “There is more than a century of history between the two programs, and this is a matchup that our fans will look forward to over the next three seasons.  The series upgrades our non-conference schedule as we build our program. Playing in the Sprint Center this December should also be a fun experience for our fans and student-athletes because of the number of Husker alums in the Kansas City area and the ability to make it a weekend trip around the holidays.”

The series between the Huskers and Wildcats dates back to the 1905-06 season, as the schools were members of the Missouri Valley, Big Eight and Big 12 Conferences before the Huskers joined the Big Ten in 2011. The Wildcats lead the all-time series, 127-93, but the teams have not met since Feb. 23, 2011, a 61-57 Kansas State win in Lincoln. Nebraska’s last win in the series was a 73-51 win at the Devaney Center in 2009.

The Wildcats have won 20 or more games in three of the past four seasons under Bruce Weber, reaching the Elite Eight in the 2017-18 campaign.

Today's announcement is the second non-conference addition on the 2020-21 Nebraska men's basketball schedule, as ESPN announced last November that Nebraska will compete in the Myrtle Beach Invitational (Nov. 19-22).




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UNDATED (AP) — Players have agreed to a deal with Major League Baseball that would preserve service time in the event this season is canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. However, the two sides have left open details of what a configured schedule would look like. As part of the agreement approved by the union Thursday night, players agreed not to challenge giving up their salaries if no games are played, except for $170 million in payments that management will advance in two stages. Player salaries this year are expected to be in the $4 billion range.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indianapolis 500 has been postponed until August because of the coronavirus pandemic and won't run on Memorial Day weekend for the first time since 1946. The race will instead be held Aug. 23, three months later than its May 24 scheduled date. Penske Entertainment Corp. President and CEO Mark Miles says the series chose the August date to get away from extended delays caused by the coronavirus shutdown.

UNDATED (AP) — The NCAA will distribute $225 million to its Division I members in June. That is $375 million less than had been budgeted this year because the coronavirus outbreak forced the cancellation of the men's basketball tournament. The NCAA says $50 million will come from its reserve fund. A $270 million event cancellation insurance policy will help pay the rest. March Madness is among the biggest revenue producers for the NCAA and its schools. It was canceled March 19, a week before the first round was scheduled to begin.

UNDATED (AP) — Former President Barack Obama was among more than 50,000 viewers who logged onto a coronavirus discussion between Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry and Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. When Curry asked when it might be time to start thinking about sports again, Fauci responded, “when the country as a whole has turned that corner,” and the curve that shows how the virus is still spreading nationally starts coming down.

ATLANTA (AP) — Former Braves owner Bill Bartholomay has died at 91. Bartholomay moved the franchise from Milwaukee to Atlanta in 1966, making it the first Major League Baseball team in the South. He headed the group that sold the Braves to Ted Turner in 1976 but retained a partial interest and remained as the team's chairman until November 2003, when he assumed an emeritus role.




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LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The International Olympic Committee now says it will consider the possibility of postponing the Tokyo Olympics. The IOC says it will hold four weeks of discussions with global sports officials and Japanese authorities to examine the options. It says “scenario planning” will include the possibility of changing the July 24 start date for the Games, but that “cancellation is not on the agenda.” The IOC has been insisting the Games would go on as scheduled, even as athlete training, qualifying events and preparations for the Games have been disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic.

TORONTO (AP) — The Canadian Olympic Committee has announced it will not send a team to the Tokyo Games unless they are postponed for a year. Canada is the first country to threaten such a move in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, but the committee says it was willing to help the IOC search for alternatives. However, it feels it was not safe for athletes, “their families and the broader Canadian community for athletes to continue training for these Games.”

UNDATED (AP) — Two-time Olympic gold medalist Seb Coe has sent a letter to IOC president Thomas Bach stating that holding the Summer Games this July “is neither feasible nor desirable” with the coronavirus impacting huge swaths of the globe. Coe is a two-time Olympic track champion in the men’s 1,500 and president of the International Association of Athletics Federations. He sent the letter after meeting with leaders from around the world in track, which is the biggest sport at the Olympics.

LONDON (AP) — Leading golf instructor Pete Cowen tells The Daily Telegraph in Britain he has all the symptoms of the new coronavirus. Cowen says he has told all his players to follow health and government guidelines on COVID-19. Cowen works with Henrik Stenson, Brooks Koepka (KEHP’-kuh), Gary Woodland and Graeme McDowell, among many others.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Racing barefoot, three-time Daytona 500 winner Denny Hamlin beat Dale Earnhardt Jr. off the final corner to win a NASCAR iRacing event at virtual Homestead-Miami Speedway. Damaged cars were repaired with the push of a button, among a few virtual signs that NASCAR backed quite an unreal race. NASCAR eased off the brake in the real sports world brought to a sudden halt by the coronavirus and introduced the country to iRacing with some of the sport’s biggest stars.




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Attached to this message are the 2019-2020 Republican Plains Activity Conference (RPAC) Girls & Boys Basketball All-Conference Team(s).  The teams were selected via electronic balloting this year due to school closures throughout the conference. 



MATSUSHIMA AIR BASE, Japan (AP) — The Olympic flame arrived in Japan on Friday from Greece in a scaled-down ceremony at an air base in northern Japan. The flame, carried in a special canister, touched down amid growing doubts if the Tokyo Games can open as scheduled on July 24 because of the coronavirus pandemic. Organizers and the International Olympic Committee say it will, but postponement or cancellation is viewed increasingly as a possible option.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton says he has tested positive for the coronavirus, is resting comfortably at home and is making his test result public in hopes he can motivate people to do more to fight the pandemic. Payton told ESPN he has not been admitted to a hospital and does not have a fever or cough.

UNDATED (AP) — The number of known coronavirus cases within the NBA doubled to 14 on Thursday, when Marcus Smart of the Boston Celtics pleaded with people to take social distancing more seriously. The Los Angeles Lakers said two of their players tested positive as well. The Philadelphia 76ers said three members of their organization tested positive and the Denver Nuggets said someone within their franchise was positive as well.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Rams have released Todd Gurley, their superstar running back with a massive contract and a troubling injury history. The Rams made the move Thursday, several minutes before $10.5 million in the three-time Pro Bowl selection's contract became fully guaranteed. The Rams also cut veteran linebacker Clay Matthews after just one season with his hometown club.

UNDATED (AP) — Some MLB teams are scheduling surgical procedures now that the baseball season has been put on hold by the virus outbreak. Boston Red Sox ace Chris Sale will have Tommy John surgery on his left elbow, an operation that would keep him out the entire 2020 baseball season. And San Francisco Giants right-hander Tyler Beede will undergo Tommy John elbow surgery Friday.




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