France coronavirus death toll rises to six, 92 new cases: official

first_imgPresident Emmanuel Macron was meeting Thursday with top researchers leading the efforts to fight an outbreak that has seen authorities close around 150 schools.Government spokeswoman Sibeth Ndiaye said Wednesday that officials would probably have to raise the country’s epidemic alert to the maximum of level three, potentially leading to travel restrictions and clampdowns on public activities.”Slowing the spread will dampen the impact on the population when we go to level three, and limit the epidemic’s peak,” the health ministry said.On Thursday, Paris metro operator RATP reported that a station agent had tested positive for the virus, and had worked for several days before being hospitalized.A RATP union official said the woman had taken part in an evangelical rally last month in the eastern city of Mulhouse, where officials have said several other participants had come down with the disease. Topics : The French health ministry reported Thursday two more deaths from coronavirus infections, bringing the country’s total to six, and 92 new cases since Wednesday.It was the biggest one-day jump in the number of French cases since the outbreak began, raising the total to 377.One 73-year-old victim was in the Oise department north of Paris where a cluster of cases has been reported, the other a 64-year-old from the nearby Aisne department, the ministry said.last_img read more

Tailoring investment strategies ‘can benefit members’, says Dutch regulator

first_imgDNB’s head office in AmsterdamAt the time, Wouter Koolmees, the minister for social affairs, said that a tailored investment approach would offer older members increased certainty, whereas younger members would carry the risk required for achieving returns for their future pension.Investments ‘made to measure’ would also help to reduce tensions between the generations, DNB said.The current Dutch pensions system does not take into account differences in the risk profiles of different age cohorts, as pension funds deploy a single and uniform investment policy for all age groups.New models for the Dutch systemThe DNB researchers examined both the current pension contract comprising collective accrual of pension rights, the envisaged new contract, and a contract with individual pensions accrual.In the wake of the agreement between the government and the social partners, a steering group is currently developing two new models for the Dutch pension system.One of these pension arrangements is to focus on a collective defined contribution accrual method without financial buffers or nominal guarantees. The DNB researchers said that an age-dependent investment approach to this variant would generate an additional pension value of up to 3%.The other alternative being considered by the steering group is based on individual pensions accrual combined with a collective benefits phase – the option favoured by the Dutch government.Combined with individual pensions accrual, a tailor-made approach would increase pension outcomes by up to 6%, according to the study.DNB attributed the benefits to a more efficient allocation of both equity and interest rate risk, which would reduce the exposure of the pensions of older participants to interest rate changes. DNB said that the study’s outcome confirmed the importance of bespoke investment strategies, as was referenced in the pensions agreement reached between the Dutch government and the social partners in June. Pension fund participants would benefit from investment strategies tailored to their age and risk capacity, a study by Dutch regulator De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) has concluded.An age-based, bespoke approach would deliver a higher and/or more stable pension for all participants under all available pension arrangements, DNB’s study found.Pension outcomes could be boosted by up to 6%, according to the regulator.The study – available here, in Dutch – was carried out by Damiaan Chen, Maurice Doll and Annick van Ool, and looked at age cohorts within pension fund populations.last_img read more

Sexually transmitted Zika case confirmed in US

first_img Share HealthInternationalLifestylePrint Sexually transmitted Zika case confirmed in US by: Associated Press – February 3, 2016 Tweet Share Sharing is caring!center_img Share TEXAS, United States (AP) — Health officials say a patient in Texas has acquired the Zika virus through sexual transmission.Dallas County Health and Human Services said Tuesday it received confirmation from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The patient was infected after having sexual contact with an ill person who returned from a country where Zika was present.The Zika virus is usually spread through mosquito bites. Investigators have been exploring the possibility the virus also can be spread through sex. It was found in one man’s semen in Tahiti, and there was report of a Colorado researcher who caught the virus overseas and apparently spread it to his wife back home in 2008.Health officials note there are no reports of Zika being transmitted by mosquitoes in Dallas County. 273 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Franklin County experiencing highest COVID positives in one month

first_imgBrookville, IN — Franklin County has had 60 new positive cases of COVID-19 in the month of July, and there are still two days left.  During the months of  April, May, and June of this year (when the bulk of the state and county was shut down), the county total for new positive cases was 77. Angie Ruther, the Nursing Supervisor of the Franklin County Health Department warns, “This is the biggest spike ever! It is more important than ever to social distance, wash your hands, disinfect frequently, and wear your mask while in public.” In a break down of positive cases per zip code since the beginning of March 2020:Franklin County:47024- 18 cases47030- 22 cases47012-68 casesData is unavailable for 47016, 47036, and 47010Batesville (includes both Franklin and Ripley Counties):47006-79 caseslast_img read more

WATCH SpaceX-NASA Manned Falcon 9 Rocket Launch LIVE

first_imgIf the launch goes off as planned around 4:30 this afternoon, the pair will be headed to the International Space Station. We will carry the launch live on air and on line if and when it happens.It will be the first space crew to launch from the U.S. since 2011.It’s also the first time NASA is pairing with a private company to send astronauts into space.Dragon Dawn pic.twitter.com/mz1EzU5GSO— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 26, 2020 Two astronauts are ready launch into space from the Kennedy Space Center for the first time in nearly a decade this afternoon.Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley will blast off from Cape Canaveral to the International Space Station.President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence will be at Kennedy Space Center to view the launch set for 4:33 p.m. Eastern Time.But with all the new equipment safety is a concern because SpaceX has lost a Falcon 9 in 2015 and 2016.And just over a year ago, an explosion destroyed a SpaceX Dragon capsule, like the one scheduled to launch today.NASA putting the odds of catastrophic failure at 1 in 270.Targeting 4:33 p.m. EDT today for Falcon 9’s launch of Crew Dragon with @NASA astronauts on board. Teams are closely monitoring launch and downrange weather → https://t.co/bJFjLCilmc pic.twitter.com/XyyT9YgESB— SpaceX (@SpaceX) May 27, 2020last_img read more

MMA volleyball team wins conference title; men’s soccer ousted in semis

first_imgCASTINE — The Maine Maritime Academy volleyball team continued its strong 2018 season over the weekend by capturing the North Athletic Conference title at the school’s Smith Gymnasium.On Friday, the No. 1 Mariners took on fourth-ranked Husson University in the semifinals. MMA defeated the Eagles (5-19) 25-14, 25-13, 25-17 to advance to the conference title game for the 12th consecutive season.MMA then took on No. 2 SUNY Canton on Saturday. The Mariners earned a 25-13, 25-23, 25-9 sweep of Canton (14-13) to improve to 22-6 on the season and advance to the NCAA Tournament.The Mariners will take on Springfield College (23-7) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, in Providence, R.I. With a win, the team would play Kean College (Union, N.J.) or Wesleyan University (Middletown, Conn.) in the second round.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textIn men’s soccer, MMA saw its season come to an end Saturday with a 2-1 conference tournament loss to Canton. The No. 1 Mariners (8-7-1) received a goal from Ellsworth High School graduate Colby Clarke in the loss to No. 4 Canton, which fell to 9-10-2 with a loss to No. 2 Thomas College (14-4-1) in Sunday’s championship game.last_img read more

Cricket News Hardik Pandya issues apology for ‘misogynistic’, ‘racist’ comments on Koffee With Karan

first_imgNew Delhi: Hardik Pandya, the Indian cricket team all-rounder, has issued a heartfelt apology for his comments on the show Koffee With Karan hosted by popular Bollywood director Karan Johar. Pandya took to his Twitter handle and issued the apology after his comments raised a massive controversy on social media, with several users labeling it ‘misogynistic’ and ‘racial’. The apology is related to a particular part where he passed some distasteful comments on women and his sexual activities on television. Along with Pandya, KL Rahul was the other Indian cricketer present on the show but his answers were proper and did not evoke any bit of controversy. Pandya missed out on the four-Test series against Australia due to a back injury which he sustained in the Asia Cup in September which sidelined him for close to three months. Pandya played in the Ranji Trophy match between Baroda and Mumbai and put in a solid all-round performance which saw him being picked in the India squad for the Melbourne and Sydney Tests. India achieved history by winning a Test series in Australia for the first time when the final Test was drawn and the series was won 2-1.India will now take on Australian in three ODIs before embarking on a tour to New Zealand which will involve five ODIs and three Twenty20 Internationals. Not only was Pandya trolled for these comments, he and Rahul were roasted on social media when asked as to who was the better batsman, Sachin Tendulkar or Virat Kohli. Both of them replied Kohli and this did not go down well with many fans on social media.However, Pandya’s comment might land him in bigger trouble, with the Board of Control for Cricket in India contemplating action. The BCCI, along with the Committee of Administrators, are planning to take a decision on this issue soon, according to several media reports. A BCCI official said strong action must be taken, “What Hardik has spoken at the show speaks poorly of the BCCI and Indian cricket. An apology is not enough and strong action should be taken so that right example can be set for the younger generation,” the unnamed official said. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. The situation came into light with this one conversation when Johar was asking questions about not asking women’s name in a night club and what do men talk about. To this, Pandya replied, “I like to watch and observe how they (women) move. I’m little from the black side so I need to see how they move.” Pandya also boasted about how he casually discussed his sex life with his parents. “When I lost my virginity, I came home and said, ‘Main karke aya hai aaj (I had sex today)’. At a party my parents asked me ‘acha tera wala (women) kaun sa hai [who is your interest here?] so I said yeh, yeh, yeh (pointing out women)’ and they were like ‘waah proud of you beta’,” Pandya replied with laughter.Read More | Kuldeep comes into World Cup mix big time, says Ravi ShastriDuring the time when the #MeToo movement is active and sexual harassment is a serious issue which needs to be tackled in all fields, the comments from Pandya did not go down well with Twitter users labeling his comments ‘gross’ and a ‘big disappointment’. In his apology, Pandya has admitted that he got ‘carried away’.Read More | Jasprit Bumrah rested from Australia ODIs, New Zealand tour While Pandya’s comments have drawn plenty of flak, it must be observed that Rahul, who was the other guest in the program, responded with straight answers and showed his dignity. When asked about a situation if both like the same woman , Rahul responded, “It is upto the woman.” Pandya, in turn, responded, “Nahi nahi aisa kuch nahi hai, talent pe hota hai. Jisko mila woh leke jao (No, no, it is nothing like that. It is all on talent. Whoever gets it, take her away). It is on talent.”Someone please tell Hardik Pandya that what he thinks is a ‘cool-idgaf-badboy’ image comes out as nothing but creepy and gross.— n. (@FeistyFangirlx) January 6, 2019last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA-SCHEDULENBA suspending season amid coronavirusUNDATED (AP) — The NBA season has been suspended until further notice over concerns about the virus outbreak. — The Columbus Blue Jackets have announced that Thursday’s game against Pittsburgh would be limited “to home and visiting club personnel, credentialed media and broadcast partners, essential club and arena staff and NHL officials.” The Blue Jackets are the first NHL team to say they’ll hold home games without fans in the stands.— The Ivy League has canceled all spring sports, as many of its schools told students not to return from spring break and prepare for classes to be taught online. The league already had canceled its men’s and women’s basketball tournaments.— A Western Athletic Conference women’s basketball game between CSU Bakersfield and Grand Canyon has been postponed until Thursday after a player got sick and was taken to the hospital to be tested for coronavirus. The WAC said the player was never in the arena and the game was postponed out of caution, pending test results.— Italian soccer club Juventus says one of its players, defender Daniele Rugani, has tested positive for COVID-19. Rugani also plays for the Italian national team and is the first player in the country’s top soccer division to test positive for the disease.— NASCAR and IndyCar plan to race as scheduled this weekend, with IndyCar continuing to move ahead with its season-opening race through the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida. The three-day downtown street festival draws about 130,000 people. There will be additional hand-washing and sanitizing stations. — The Rangers have placed left-hander Yohander Méndez on the suspended list for violating his contract by seeking unauthorized outside medical care. Méndez has been held out of spring training game action with left shoulder inflammation. The 25-year-old Méndez appeared in just three big league games last year due to an elbow injury. He was expected to compete for a bullpen spot this spring.NFL-NEWS2-time Pro Bowler Reshad Jones to be released by DolphinsUNDATED (AP) — Two-time Pro Bowl safety Reshad Jones is joining the free agent market after 10 seasons with the Miami Dolphins.The team has decided to release Jones next Wednesday, the first day of NFL free agency. The move had been expected because Jones battled injuries in recent seasons and played in just four games in 2019 for new coach Brian Flores. MLB-NEWSElbow woes sideline GoldschmidtUNDATED (AP) — St. Louis first baseman Paul Goldschmidt will be out for several more games because of a sore right elbow. Goldschmidt’s throwing was limited by the Cardinals during the start of spring training, and he made his first two exhibition starts as a designated hitter. He has not played since Sunday. The six-time All-Star and four-time Gold Glove winner is hitting .300 with two homers in 20 spring training at-bats.In other MLB news:— Mets outfielder Michael Conforto would not speculate whether he could return for the March 26 opener against Washington due to an oblique strain. Conforto was injured Saturday against the Nationals and returned to New York on Monday night. VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSNo fans at NCAA men’s women’s hoops tournaments.UNDATED (AP) — March Madness is giving way to March Silence.NCAA President Mark Emmert says its Division I basketball tournament games will not be open to the general public because of concerns about the spread of coronavirus. Emmert said in a statement that he made the decision to conduct both the men’s and women’s tournaments with only essential staff and limited family in attendance.The decision comes after the NCAA’s COVID-19 advisory panel of medical experts recommended against playing sporting events open to the general public. MacKinnon was hurt during the second period in Monday’s game against the Kings in Los Angeles. The center ranks among the league’s top 10 with 35 goals, 58 assists and 93 points. MacKinnon has a career-high 29 multi-point games this season, the most by an Avalanche player since Peter Forsberg in 2002-03.COLLEGE FOOTBALL-MICHIGAN STATE-DANTONIOEx-Spartans football staffer suesDETROIT (AP) — A former Michigan State football staff member has filed a lawsuit in which he accused former coach Mark Dantonio of violating NCAA rules by contacting players at other schools to try to get them to transfer.Curtis Blackwell also suggested in his suit that Dantonio had another team’s practice recorded. Blake Wheeler and Patrik Laine also scored and Connor Hellebuyck made 36 saves as Winnipeg won its fourth in a row to take over the first Western Conference wild card.Tyler Ennis and Connor McDavid tallied in the Oilers’ second straight loss.Elsewhere on NHL ice:— Alex Pietrangelo (peh-TRAN’-jeh-loh) supplied two goals and Zach Sanford put the Blues ahead to stay late in the second period of a 4-2 downing of the Ducks. Jake Allen handled 26 shots in the Blues’ 10th win in 12 games. The Blues continue to lead the Central Division by two points over Colorado.— The Avalanche blew a lead in the final minute of regulation before defeating the Rangers, 3-2 on J.T Compher’s goal at 2:50 of overtime. Cale Makar (mah-KAHR’) had three assists in his return to the lineup from an upper-body injury that kept him out for five games. Checking out Wednesday’s other news from NBA courts:— Julius Randle scored 33 points and RJ Barrett added 26 as the Knicks downed the Hawks, 136-131 in overtime. Trae Young scored 27 of his 42 points in the fourth quarter to help Atlanta erase a 23-point deficit. And, after 22 years in the NBA, Vince Carter knew his playing days were numbered. Yet it was still a bit shocking to consider that “Vinsanity” might be done. Already planning to retire at the end of the season, Carter now faces the prospect that his final 15 games with the Atlanta Hawks won’t be played because of the coronavirus. At least he made his final shot before the NBA suspended the season. Carter went back in for the closing seconds of an overtime loss to the Knicks. Everyone backed away while he took an uncontested 3. Nothing but net.— Devonte’ Graham scored 30 points and the Hornets prevented the Heat from clinching a playoff berth by rallying past Miami, 109-98. Caleb Martin scored 19 and Charlotte shook off an early 20-point deficit before winning for the fifth time in its last seven road games.— Joel Embiid (ehm-BEED’) had 30 points and 14 rebounds in his return from a sprained left shoulder, leading the 76ers to a 124-106 romp over the Pistons. Philadelphia played its eighth straight game without guard Ben Simmons, who will be out three more weeks with nerve issues in his lower back.— Boban Marjanovic (BOH’-bahn mahr-YAH’-noh-vihch) delivered 31 points and 17 rebounds as the Mavericks whipped the Nuggets, 113-97 to end a two-game skid. Luka Doncic (DAHN’-chihch) added 28 points to the victory. The suit names Dantonio, former school President Lou Anna Simon, former athletic director Mark Hollis and current athletic director Bill Beekman as defendants.NCAA-LAWSUIT3 former track athletes suing NCAA, coach over alleged abuseANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Three former student-athletes who say they were sexually abused by a track coach are suing the NCAA, its board of governors and a coach. They allege the NCAA didn’t do enough to protect its athletes. Erin Aldrich, Londa Bevins and Jessica Johnson are seeking class action status for the federal lawsuit filed Wednesday in California. The women say they were sexually abused by John Rembao while he worked at the University of Texas and the University of Arizona. They want the suit to include any NCAA student-athlete at any member school since 1992 who say they were put at risk by the inaction of the NCAA.SOCCER-USNWT GOLF-HALL OF FAMETiger Woods elected to the World Golf Hall of FamePONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Already among the greatest on the golf course, Tiger Woods will join them in the World Golf Hall of Fame. Woods was elected Wednesday by a Hall of Fame selection committee. He will be part of the 2021 class that will be inducted next year at the home of the PGA Tour. The Hall of Fame criteria was changed recently to lower the minimum age to 45 when players are inducted. The selection was hardly a surprise. No one has more than his 82 PGA Tour victories, and his 15 majors are second only to Jack Nicklaus.VIRUS-SPORTS AROUND THE WORLDA look at sports around the world, seasons ending — Patrick Kane scored twice and Alex DeBrincat (deh-BRIHN’-kat) had three assists in leading the Blackhawks’ 6-2 pounding of the Sharks. Corey Crawford made 34 saves in his 10th straight start as Chicago sent San Jose to its ninth loss in 12 games.— The Kings extended their season-high winning streak to seven games by scoring twice in the third period to knock off the Senators, 3-2. Martin Frk (furk) broke a 2-2 tie with 4:41 left after Gabriel Vilardi tied it midway through the final period.NHL-NEWSAvs lose MacKinnonDENVER (AP) — The Colorado Avalanche will be without top scorer Nathan MacKinnon for at least a week after he suffered a lower body injury.center_img — The last races of the women’s Alpine skiing World Cup season have been canceled because of public health concerns related to the spread of the coronavirus. The decision hands Federica Brignone (feh-deh-REE’-kah breen-YOH’-nay) of Italy the overall title and denies Mikaela Shiffrin a return to racing this season.T25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-CREIGHTON-ZEGAROWSKICreighton hoping Zegarowski ready for NCAA TournamentOMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Creighton’s Marcus Zegarowski was scheduled to have knee surgery Wednesday and the Bluejays hope to have him available for the NCAA Tournament next week.Zegarowski injured the meniscus in his right knee late in the seventh-ranked Bluejays’ game against Seton Hall on Saturday. Emmert says canceling the two tournaments was considered.In other virus news:— Each of the Power Five basketball tournaments will proceed without fans beginning with Thursday’s games. ACC games will be played only with teams, player guests, limited school administrators and credentialed media present. Big 12 squads will be allowed 125 tickets on a game-by-game basis beginning with Thursday’s quarterfinals. Big Ten attendance will be limited to team personnel, conference staff, TV network partners, credentialed media and immediate family members of the participating teams. The SEC also says fans will be kept out of all regular-season events on its campuses and other league championships through at least March 30.— The Mariners are moving their first two series out of Seattle in an effort to slow the coronavirus outbreak. The Mariners and Major League Baseball have not announced where they will play the team’s season-opening, four-game series against the Texas Rangers scheduled for March 26-29.— The NHL says it is aware of the NBA’s decision to suspend its season and is continuing to consult with medical experts and evaluate options. The league says it expects to provide another update Thursday. Update on the latest sports March 12, 2020 U.S. Soccer apologizes for claims concerning women’s national teamUNDATED (AP) — U.S. Soccer has issued an apology for an assertion that drew widespread criticism.The federation made claims in court documents that women on its national team did not have the same responsibilities or physical abilities as their male counterparts. The USSF said the women claimed their ability level is the same as the men “by ignoring the materially higher level of speed and strength required to perform the job of an MNT player.” The statement from U.S. Soccer President Carlos Cordeiro came hours after Coca-Cola denounced the federation for its stance.The increasingly bitter dispute spilled onto the field when players wore their warm-up jerseys inside out in a protest before their 3-1 victory over Japan. Players filed a gender discrimination suit against the USSF last year, a case scheduled for trial starting May 5 in federal court in Los Angeles. The USSF submitted legal papers this week claiming that the women are less skilled and have less-demanding roles than the men on its national team.By wearing their jerseys inside out for the national anthems and team photo, players hid the USSF crest on the jerseys but allowed the four stars — one for each World Cup title — to be visible. Zegarowski has started 30 of 31 games and is second on the team in scoring at 16.1 points per game.NHL-SCHEDULEOilers fall to JetsUNDATED (AP) — The Vegas Golden Knights continue to lead the NHL’s Pacific Division by three points following a loss by the second-place Edmonton Oilers.Kyle Connor scored twice in the third period to push the Jets past the Oilers, 4-2. Connor broke a 2-2 deadlock 29 seconds into the period before sending his 38th goal of the season into an empty net. The first goal was his 200th career point. UNDATED (AP) — The Swiss hockey league has ended the season in the top two divisions before the playoffs because of the spreading coronavirus. The league’s decision comes less than two months before Switzerland is due to host the world championships in Zurich and Lausanne. The league says decisions on awarding titles will be decided at a special meeting on Friday. The Swiss soccer leagues have been suspended through March.The season-ending men’s World Cup ski races were canceled Thursday to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, giving Norwegian skier Aleksander Aamodt Kilde his first overall title. Associated Press The decision was announced after a Utah Jazz player tested positive Wednesday for the coronavirus, and only hours after the majority of the league’s owners were leaning toward playing games without fans in arenas. A person with knowledge of the situation said the player who tested positive was Jazz center Rudy Gobert (goh-BEHR’). The Jazz released a statement saying a player — they did not identify Gobert — tested negative Wednesday morning for flu, strep throat and an upper respiratory infection. That player’s symptoms diminished as the day went along, but the decision was made to test for COVID-19. That test came back with a preliminary positive result.The league says it will use the hiatus to determine next steps for moving forward regarding the pandemic.The test result was reported shortly before the scheduled tip-off of the Jazz-Thunder game in Oklahoma City. Players were on the floor for warmups and the opening tip was moments away when they were sent to their locker rooms. Fans were told about 30 minutes later that the game was postponed “due to unforeseen circumstances.”Wednesday’s Pelicans-Kings game also was postponed due to the virus. The league says the game was postponed “out of an abundance of caution because one of the referees assigned to work in the game also worked a Utah Jazz game earlier this week.”The NBA G League also has suspended its season.last_img read more

Hot shooting Hoosiers sink Badgers

first_imgBLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Badgers guard Kammron Taylor caught fire shooting the ball too little, too late in Wisconsin’s 71-66 loss to Indiana Wednesday night.Taylor, who had been struggling with his shot in recent games, hit some key shots late in the second half with the Badgers desperately needing a spark.Down by as many as 10 points, the Badgers made an 8-0 run with less than 10 minutes left to play. Then, with about five minutes left to play, Taylor found his shooting touch, hitting back-to-back 3-pointers to tie the game at 59-59.”Those were important for us in making our run back, in getting us back in the game,” said UW senior forward Alando Tucker of Taylor’s clutch 3-point shooting. “He stepped up, he hadn’t been hitting previous to that and he just caught fire.”In Wisconsin’s last two games — versus Michigan and at Iowa — Taylor shot a combined 2-for-11. Wednesday, Taylor came out looking to end his shooting woes and did so rather quickly, hitting the first 3-pointer of the game.”I’m not the type of person (that) if I’m not shooting well, I’m going to stop shooting, unless it’s hurting the team,” Taylor said. “I had to keep shooting to get out of it.”Taylor finished the first half with six points on 2-of-5 shooting — as well as four assists — but it was his clutch shooting that proved he might have snapped his recent shooting slump.After his back-to-back 3-pointers around the five-minute mark, Taylor hit another 3 with 1:30 remaining to pull the Badgers within two points at 68-66.However, it turned out Taylor found his shooting touch came just a little bit too late.”It kind of came too late,” Taylor said. “I got some good looks, and I just decided to take them. They were good for the time being, but it wasn’t enough.”While Taylor felt hot shooting the ball, his shot wasn’t perfect. Following the back-to-back 3-pointers, Taylor put up a quick 3-pointer on the next Wisconsin possession that clanked off the iron.”As soon as it left my hands, it didn’t feel as good as the other ones,” Taylor said. “I think I might have rushed it a little bit, but it was a good look for me.”Difference-makerTaylor said the difference in the game was plain and simple: “D.J. White, and their outside shooting.”White, Indiana’s leading scorer, got his points (16), but it was definitely the Hoosiers’ backcourt play that made the difference.IU reserve junior guard A.J. Ratliff shot lights out — connecting on 7-of-9 shots, 4-of-6 from 3-point range, en route to a team-high 20-point performance.”In the scouting report, we knew he was a scorer off the bench, but he just caught fire,” Taylor said. “We knew he could do it, it was just too bad he did it against us.”Like Taylor, Ratliff did his damage in the second half, making six of his seven field goals after halftime. Yet Ratliff gives all the credit to his second-half scoring barrage to Hoosiers point guard Earl Calloway, who had four assists on the night.”My teammates were looking for me more,” Ratliff said. “I have to give credit to Earl because he was looking for me after I hit my first shot.”All the credit goes to my teammates and I just shot it in.”Injury reportAfter falling to the floor on a traveling violation mid-way through the second half, Wisconsin’s Tucker left the game with a scrap on his left elbow. Tucker later returned with tape on it and played the remainder of the game.UW sophomore forward Joe Krabbenhoft, however, had a much more serious injury.After snatching up a loose rebound, Krabbenhoft came out of a Hoosiers’ pile with a bump and some blood on his head. The officials called an injury time-out and Krabbenhoft headed to the bench for treatment from trainer Henry Perez-Guerra.While Krabbenhoft later returned, his departure hurt the Badgers’ late run.”For him to leave at that moment was crucial for us because he was doing a lot for us — getting some key rebounds, key stops and making a couple of good shots for us down the stretch,” Tucker said of Krabbenhoft.Both Tucker and Krabbenhoft were fine after the game.last_img read more

Out of the Park: ESPN’s draft coverage should be less reliant on tragedy

first_imgBut the network continued to come under fire, especially for the content it included in various player infographics. The graphic for former Clemson wide receiver Tee Higgins read, “Mom, Camillia, fought drug addiction for 16 years.” A screenshot of the graphic went viral on Twitter, as fans wondered why ESPN would choose to casually include such personal information on the screen alongside Higgins’ hometown and other collegiate scholarship offers. After receiving backlash from viewers about the broadcast’s overreliance on “sob stories” like Love’s, ESPN defended its tragedy-focused coverage as a way to provide insight into players’ lives off the field. “Our NFL Draft coverage analyzes the prospects on the field and introduces the human side of the players by telling their stories, including the obstacles their families have overcome as part of the journey to the NFL,” ESPN said in a statement to The Athletic Saturday. ESPN vice president of production Seth Markman apologized about the content of the Higgins graphic in a statement to the Washington Post Sunday but did not mention how any other players were depicted, including Cephus. With the toll that the coronavirus pandemic has taken on just about everything sports fans had to look forward to this spring, seeing the best day of many football players’ lives unfold on screen seemed like the perfect remedy.  Although Higgins tweeted that he had “no problem” with ESPN elucidating his mother’s battle with addiction because he is proud of how far she has come, I doubt all of the draftees were pleased with seeing their draft announcement and a little bit of game tape before reliving their biggest hardships via national broadcast.  Thanks to ESPN, however, the 2020 NFL Draft essentially became a highlight reel of the worst days of draftees’ lives, doing little to distract from the sadness people across the country are feeling with the pandemic and certainly not doing any favors for the draftees themselves. Fans were also confused when former Wisconsin wide receiver Quintez Cephus’ graphic detailed the legal trouble he faced in college. They couldn’t fathom that Cephus would have given the go-ahead for ESPN to broadcast this information to millions of viewers. Yes, disciplinary issues can be a concern for a player’s future in the NFL, but ESPN chose to lead with the fact that Cephus was accused and charged, rather than emphasizing his acquittal. Amanda Sturges is a sophomore writing about the impact of sports on society. She is also a features editor for the Daily Trojan. Her column, “Out of the Park,” typically runs every other Tuesday. Stories of players overcoming obstacles have always been a component of draft coverage, but this year, it seemed that the infographic for nearly every draftee referenced some sort of personal tragedy. And as if simply mentioning the player’s horrific circumstance wasn’t enough, the broadcasters often elaborated on these stories in great detail as somber piano music played in the background. The NFL Draft is one of the best celebrations in sports. Given that distinction, it doesn’t seem like it should be controversial to suggest that ESPN’s coverage should focus a lot more on the celebration, and a lot less on trauma porn.  “It was a mistake and we apologize for it,” Markman said. “We want our draft coverage to personalize players and, where appropriate, acknowledge the obstacles they’ve had to overcome on their journey to the NFL. This graphic lacked proper context.” These events seem too tragic to be true, and I can see why ESPN jumped at the chance to reveal what must have been formative parts of Gross-Matos’ life. But when so many people are feeling depressed over the apparent lack of control they have over their lives due to a global pandemic, Gross-Matos’ story — along with several others included in the broadcast — only served to underscore the notion that life can be devastatingly unpredictable. Ultimately, I started to feel like I was watching “American Idol” rather than a sporting event, because the players that stood out on the broadcast the most were often the ones with the most devastating backstories rather than those with the most impressive game tape.   When former Utah State quarterback Jordan Love was drafted in the first round by the Green Bay Packers, the discussion should have centered around the implications on franchise quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ future in Green Bay. Instead, after briefly comparing the circumstances of Love’s selection to those of Rodgers’ in 2005, ESPN spent a few minutes of airtime on the suicide of Love’s father, going into detail about what may have caused him to take his own life. While I understand that ESPN’s goal is for viewers to get to know the draftees, there is a time and place for certain types of stories, and the draft — which is supposed to be uplifting and a cause for celebration — is not the time to talk about criminal records and the deaths of parents a decade ago. If players like Higgins are open to sharing these stories with the world at a later date, then so be it. Include it in a short documentary or another broadcast, but let’s minimize such content in the draft. It’s more than possible for ESPN to cut down on the dramatic — in fact, there’s so much potential for other types of content in the draft. I would have loved for the announcers to spend more of the time between picks focusing on each team and how the draft was going for them, essentially showing the “winners and losers” of the draft. It also would have been interesting for the broadcast to incorporate interviews with draftees’ college coaches and get their reactions to their former players being selected. The coaches could have provided insight as to how each player has grown and can be an asset to their new NFL team, allowing ESPN to highlight a player’s development without desperately bringing up tragedy. With Gross-Matos’ permission, his story would make a compelling documentary for viewers who know what they’re getting into. But showing tragedy after tragedy on the broadcast is no way for players to celebrate achieving a lifelong goal or fans to celebrate one of the first major sporting events in a long while. It’s no way to make people feel good when they might not have a lot to feel good about otherwise. Perhaps the most striking story was that of former Penn State defensive end Yetur Gross-Matos, who lost his father and older brother in two separate tragedies. Gross-Matos’ father drowned trying to save 1-year-old Yetur when he fell overboard on a boating trip, and his older brother was fatally struck by lightning while playing baseball.  Even if every player had consented to ESPN revealing the darkest aspects of their past, it was also just not what fans needed from a broadcast that was supposed to be a reprieve from the devastation of the coronavirus pandemic. last_img read more