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IOM assesses reuse of masks in flu pandemic

first_img The IOM release says it is not known whether flu viruses “disperse as aerosolized particles released in the breath of infected people, spread on larger droplets projected through coughing and sneezing, or are contracted through physical contact with contaminated people and surfaces.” Apr 28, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – There is no practical way to clean disposable medical masks and N95 respirators to allow them to safely be reused if supplies run short in an influenza pandemic, a panel of experts at the Institute of Medicine (IOM) has concluded. Further, the panel couldn’t identify any simple changes in the devices that would permit reuse, or any changes that would eliminate the need to test the fit of respirators to ensure that they work, the IOM said. However, that doesn’t mean a mask or respirator can’t be used more than once by the same person, provided it’s still in reasonable condition, the committee said. At the same time, the panel cautioned that little is known about the effectiveness of the devices or about how flu viruses spread. Table of contents for IOM report “Reusability of Facemasks During an Influenza Pandemic: Facing the Flu”http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=11637 As for masks, manufacturers told the committee that several models can be used repeatedly by the same person until they become damaged, moist, dirty, or hard to breathe through, the report says. It says this is acceptable for infected patients in particular, since reuse is unlikely to increase their risk of contamination. Medical masks fit loosely over the nose and mouth and are mainly meant for use by healthcare workers and patients to prevent them from spreading pathogens by sneezing and coughing, the IOM noted in a news release about the report. Apr 27 IOM news release The IOM says that little is known about the effectiveness of masks and respirators or even about how flu viruses spread. A person who wants to reuse an N95 respirator should wear a medical mask or a clear plastic face shield over it to protect it from surface contamination, the committee said. The user should store the respirator carefully between uses and should wash his or her hands before and after handling it and the device used to shield it. The committee stressed that neither type of device has been tested for its ability to protect people from flu viruses. But that doesn’t necessarily rule out reuse of a respirator or mask by the same person, the report says. N95 respirators, in contrast, are used in both medical and industrial settings to protect wearers from inhaling harmful microscopic particles, the IOM said. They are designed to fit snugly around the mouth and nose. When properly fitted, they should filter out 95% of aerosol particles. The IOM said the committee found disposable masks and respirators “do not lend themselves to reuse because they work by trapping harmful particles inside the mesh of fibers of which they are made. This hazardous buildup cannot be cleaned out or disinfected without damaging the fibers or other components of the device such as the straps or nose clip.” On the assumption that supplies may run short in a flu pandemic, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) asked the IOM in January to assess the possibility of reuse of disposable masks and N95 respirators. The committee calls for HHS to sponsor research on how well masks, respirators, and other filtering materials protect against flu viruses. In addition, methods should be developed to decontaminate masks and respirators without damaging them, the IOM says. See also: “Even the best respirator or surgical mask will do little to protect a person who uses it incorrectly, and we know relatively little about how effective these devices will be against flu even when they are used correctly,” said Donald S. Burke, professor of international health and epidemiology at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and co-chair of the IOM committee. The report also notes that there are respirators with replaceable filter cartridges, and these can be reused by one or more wearers. Though they cost more than disposable respirators, they are worth considering as an alternative, in the panel’s judgment.last_img read more

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Welcome New York’s ban on e-cigarettes

first_imgThere are close to 500 brands and 7,700 different flavors of electronic cigarettes for sale on the market. None of these have been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), according to the American Lung Association.As noted in the article, 20 percent of children have tried these products without knowing the possible consequences. It’s concerning that there are children being exposed to e-cigarettes when they haven’t been evaluated. The new ban will prevent the possibility of potentially harmful second-hand emissions inhaled in public places.I’m aware that electronic cigarettes have been viewed as a way for people to quit traditional smoking, although this isn’t the case. The FDA has not yet found any e-cigarette to be safe and effective in helping smokers quit.The ban on electronic cigarettes is a positive one. The product that many people believe is aiding them in becoming healthier is the very one that could continue to cause harm to themselves, and potentially to others. Remember when they used to say regular cigarettes were safe?Danielle EptingAlbanyMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFeds: Albany man sentenced for role in romance scam Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion After reading the Oct. 24 article, “New York bans vaping anywhere cigarettes are prohibited,” I’m pleased to see action being taken against electronic cigarettes. These kinds of cigarettes have been advertised as a healthier option, but the harmful effects of these products have not been reviewed.last_img read more

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Hong Kong police swoop on postponed poll protests

first_imgLive images showed three prominent pro-democracy politicians — Leung Kwok-hung, Figo Chan and Raphael Wong — were among those held. The protests came hours after the police’s newly formed national security unit arrested Tam Tak-chi, another democracy activist and radio DJ, for “uttering seditious words”.Tam is the latest in a long line of government critics to find themselves facing prosecution in recent months for their involvement in protests.When they announced the arrest on Sunday morning, police did not explain what Tam may have said that was considered seditious.  Beijing has initiated a widespread crackdown against its critics in Hong Kong after the financial hub was rocked by seven straight months of huge and often violent pro-democracy protests last year.Rallies have been all but outlawed this year with authorities citing both security concerns and wielding emergency anti-coronavirus laws to ban public gatherings.In late June, Beijing also imposed its new security law, which bans anything authorities perceive to be secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces.At least 22 people have been arrested under the new law since it came into effect, sending a chill through the city.On Friday, UN rights experts warned the broadly worded provisions in the legislation posed a serious threat to political freedoms and the right to protest.Under a deal agreed with Britain ahead of the 1997 handover, authoritarian China agreed to let Hong Kong keep certain liberties and autonomy for 50 years.Critics say that deal has been demolished by the security law and the increasingly intense crackdown on the city’s democracy supporters.Beijing denies freedoms are being eroded and portrays the anti-government protests as a western backed plot to destabilize the mainland. Topics : More than 30 people were arrested by Hong Kong police on Sunday as riot officers swooped on democracy protesters opposed to the postponement of local elections.Sunday was meant to be voting day for the city’s partially elected legislature, one of the few instances where Hong Kongers get to cast ballots.But the city’s pro-Beijing leader Carrie Lam suspended the polls for a year citing the coronavirus, angering the pro-democracy opposition who had been hoping to capitalize on seething anti-government sentiment.  Hundreds of riot police flooded the district of Kowloon in a bid to thwart online calls for flash mob protests to mark the suspended vote.Throughout the afternoon police were heckled by people shouting slogans such as “Give me back my vote!” and “Corrupt cops!” as officers conducted multiple stop and searches and ordered crowds to disperse.In a Facebook statement, police said at least 30 people were arrested, mostly for unlawful assembly.One woman was detained under a new security law Beijing imposed on the city for chanting independence slogans, the force added.last_img read more

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Slay try suspect falls

first_imgHe was detained in the lockup cell of the Tubunga police station. The 74-year-old resident Johnny Tacuban was caught around 9:45 a.m. on May 18, police said.Tacuban’s arrest was staged on the strength of an arrest warrant issued by Judge Nelson Badtolome of the Regional Trial Court 6th Judicial Region. ILOILO City – Charged with attempted murder, a man was nabbed in Barangay Ingay, Tubungan, Iloilo.center_img The court recommended a P120,000 bail bond for the suspect’s temporary liberty./PNlast_img read more

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Ron Little Memorial winner adds Stuart to favorites list

first_imgKelly Shryock took the $2,000 IMCA Modified checkers at Stuart Speedway’s Ron Little Memorial Saturday night. (Photo by Jim Zimmerline) STUART, Iowa (Sept. 23) – While he’s known to prefer bigger tracks, Kelly Shryock has added quarter-mile Stuart Speedway to his list of favorites.Shryock held off Richie Gustin in winning Saturday’s Ron Little Memorial IMCA Modified main event, earning $2,000 and a Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot berth.“My dad raced here but this was this first time I’d raced at Stuart myself,” Shryock said following his 15th win of the season and IMCA career 81st checkers. “I came out of hot laps thinking it was fast. Stuart is a racy, fun little track.”He’d swapped the lead in traffic with Nick Roberts a couple times before Gustin, the champion at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s, came calling.“There were a number of yellows and we were kind of saving our tires. We didn’t know how hard we’d been on them,” said Shryock. “I knew Richie was back there and thought oh boy, he’s been on a pretty good roll.”Shryock held on to win the 30-lapper ahead of Gustin, Shane DeMey, Cody Laney and Jeff James.“I raced with Ron back in the day,” he said afterwards. “It was a neat event to be part of and a neat race to win.”Hard charger Jason Murray raced from last starting in the field of 26 to seventh.Topping $500 to win features were Damon Murty in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Jeff Anderson in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Austin Luellen in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods.Murty won ahead of 10th starting Mike Nichols and Josh Daniels. Murty also won the Friday Fever Heat show at Stuart to earn a $500 bonus for his weekend sweep.Corey Madden and Eric Stanton completed the Hobby Stock three. Matt Webb was second and Colton Nelson third in the Northern SportMod feature.Feature ResultsModifeds – 1. Kelly Shryock; 2. Richie Gustin; 3. Shane DeMey; 4. Cody Laney; 5. Jeff James; 6. Ja­cob Murray; 7. Jason Murray; 8. Todd VanEaton; 9. Nick Roberts; 10. Josh Gilman; 11. Bob Daniels; 12. Sean Barragan; 13. Tony Hilgenberg; 14. T.J. Patterson; 15. Rob Rose; 16. Scott Bash; 17. Lloyd Henderson; 18. Matthew Meinecke; 19. Russ Dickerson; 20. Clint Luellen; 21. Jimmy Gustin; 22. Ricky Stephan; 23. Joe McBirnie; 24. Ryan Jenkins; 25. Todd Shute; 26. Bill Heinkel.Stock Cars – 1. Damon Murty; 2. Mike Nichols; 3. Josh Daniels; 4. Brandon Pruitt; 5. Chris Pruitt; 6. Ty Hill; 7. Brock Badger; 8. Corey Piffer; 9. Brad Herring; 10. Kellie Schmit; 11. Dusty Van Horn; 12. Jordan Riesberg; 13. Buck Schafroth; 14. Andrew Knode; 15. Marcus Fagan; 16. Rob­ert Stofer; 17. Rod Richards; 18. Chad LeGere; 19. Brian Blessington; 20. Bryan Snell; 21. Mat­thew West.Hobby Stocks – 1. Jeff Anderson; 2. Corey Madden; 3. Eric Stanton; 4. Jamie Schirm; 5. Mike Goldsberry; 6. Keith Burg; 7. Jamie Songer; 8. Dustin Graham; 9. Korbin Nourse; 10. Chuck Mad­den; 11. Brandon Cox; 12. J.R. Croy; 13. David McQuiston; 14. Raymond Fees; 15. Justin Mas­chke; 16. Colton Schaaf; 17. Jerry Richards; 18. Josh Monthei; 19. Marcus Kyle; 20. Matt Wahl; 21. David Kimmel; 22. Riley Songer; 23. Ross Marshall; 24. Anthony Goldsberry.Northern SportMods – 1. Austin Luellen; 2. Matt Webb; 3. Colton Nelson; 4. Jake McBirnie; 5. David Schwartz; 6. Chase Rudolf; 7. Brandon Patava; 8. Thomas Egenberger; 9. Kody Havens; 10. John Watson; 11. Kyle Bentley; 12. Ryan King; 13. Arie Schouten; 14. D.J. Robinson; 15. Hunter Weber; 16. Lynn Brockett; 17. Shawn Kralik; 18. Jerod Weston; 19. Josh Sink; 20. Mat­thew Munyon; 21. Kevin Gyles.last_img read more

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Humphries tops third Shenandoah show of season

first_imgBy Jim HainesSHENANDOAH, Va. (Aug. 8) – Tom Humphries was smooth from start to finish in showing the rest of the field the way to the finish line in Saturday’s Virginia Sprint Series main event at Shenandoah Speedway.Bill Rice and Charlie Ware paced the IMCA Eagle Motorsports RaceSaver Sprint Car field to green. Rice shot out to the lead and Jerald Harris followed to second.Humphries was on the gas and at lap five went around both cars and took the lead, bringing Harris along.Humphries and Harris went at it lap after lap but with the checkered flag waving Harris could only get close as Humphries was first at the line.Four series events have been held at Shenandoah Speedway this season and Humphries has won three of them.Feature results – 1. Tom Humphries; 2. Jerald Harris; 3. Anthony Linkenhoker; 4. French Grimes; 5. Tony Harris; 6. Bill Rice; 7. Andrew Wrotten; 8. Chris Ware; 9. Ron Moyers; 10. Charlie Ware.last_img read more

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Update on the latest sports

first_imgJamal Murray scored 23 points, including the tying and go-ahead baskets in the Nuggets’ double-overtime win against the Jazz, 134-132. He sank a fallaway jumper for a 123-all tie and then beat the shot clock with a go-ahead 3-pointer. Murray had 12 rebounds and eight assists, just missing a triple-double in his first game since March 11. He missed the Nuggets’ first four games of the restart due to a tight hamstring.The Nuggets overcame Donovan Mitchell’s 35 points for Utah, including a 3-pointer with 4.2 seconds remaining in the second overtime.In other NBA action:— T.J. Warren poured in 39 points, including seven straight to put the Pacers ahead in the final two minutes of a 116-111 downing of the Lakers. LeBron James had 31 points, eight rebounds and seven assists after sitting out the first game since the Lakers clinched the top seed in the Western Conference. — Luka Doncic (DAHN’-chihch) posted his league-high 17th triple-double of the season by delivering 36 points, a career-high 19 assists and 14 rebounds for the Mavericks, in a 136-132 win over the Bucks. Giannis Antetokounmpo had 34 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks for the Bucks, who led by three before Dallas closed on a 7-0 run. — The Suns are 5-0 since the restart after Devin Booker scored 35 points and Jevon Carter added a season-high 20 in a 119-112 victory against the Heat. Carter made six of eight 3-pointers for Phoenix, which is two games behind Memphis for the final Western Conference playoff berth.— Rodney McGruder hit a 3-pointer with 26.5 seconds left to push the Clippers past the Trail Blazers, 122-120. Portland led much of the game, but Los Angeles closed on a 12-5 run to pull out the victory. The Clippers were without Kawhi (kah-WY’) Leonard and played the last five minutes without Paul George after he scored 21 points.NBA-NEWSSimmons needs knee surgeryLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Philadelphia 76ers will spend the rest of the NBA season and playoffs without Ben Simmons. Elsewhere around the majors:— Austin Slater had nine career home runs before going deep twice off Clayton Kershaw in the Giants’ 5-4 win versus the Dodgers. Kershaw also surrendered a home run to Mike Yastrzemski (ya-STREHM’-skee) while being reached for four runs and seven hits in just 4 1/3 innings.— Niko Goodrum, Miguel Cabrera, C.J. Cron and Jeimer (JAY’-mur) Candelario homered in the first inning to ignite the Tigers’ 11-5 win over the Pirates. JaCoby Jones added a sixth-inning blast and Cron capped the scoring with an RBI double in Detroit’s second straight win.— Frankie Montas pitched seven shutout innings and the Athletics picked up their eighth consecutive win by downing the Astros, 3-1. Marcus Semien homered in the first after hitting a walkoff single to end a 13-inning win on Friday.— Jake Arrieta picked up his first win in more than a year by tossing three-hit ball over six innings of the Phillies’ 5-0 shutout of the Braves. Jay Bruce smacked a three-run homer and J.T. Realmuto (ree-al-MOO’-toh) went deep for the third straight game. MLS to resume regular season UNDATED (AP) — Major League Soccer says it will resume its season once the MLS is Back tournament in Florida wraps up. The league’s 26 teams will each play 18 games, with the first between FC Dallas and Nashville set for Aug. 12. Dallas and Nashville are playing three additional games after withdrawing from the league’s tournament because of positive COVID-19 cases. A majority of games will be played without fans because of local regulations. Teams will be subjected to a rigorous testing protocol and will use charter flights to travel. MLS suspended the season on March 12 because of the pandemic after teams had played two games each. NFL-BROWNS-LANDRYLandry activated CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland Browns wide receiver Jarvis Landry has been activated from the physically unable to perform list, clearing the way for him to practice in training camp following off-season hip surgery.He underwent an extensive procedure to correct a issue that slowed him last season but didn’t keep him off the field. Landry hasn’t missed a game in six seasons and recorded 83 receptions for 1,174 yards and six touchdowns in 2019.NASCAR-MICHIGAN — Ryan Castellani combined with three relievers on a one-hitter as the Rockies downed the Mariners, 5-0. Chalie Blackmon opened the scoring with a three-run double in the fifth.— Starling Marte and Stephen Vogt (voht) hit solo homers in the sixth inning of the Diamondbacks’ 3-2 victory at San Diego. Merrill Kelly gave up one run over six frames to get the win.— Zach Plesac (PLEE’-sak) tossed six strong innings and the Indians erupted for six runs in the fourth inning of a 7-1 victory over the White Sox. The Indians had been blanked for 13 innings before Franmil (FRAHN’-meel) Reyes and Jordan Luplow each hit a two-run homer in the fourth. — Pat Valaika, Pedro Severino and Anthony Santander homered during a five-run eighth that gave the Orioles a 5-3 verdict over the Nationals. Baltimore went into eighth with just two hits and trailing 3-0 before rallying against Sean Doolittle and Daniel Hudson.— Anthony DeSclafani allowed two singles over six scoreless innings to pitch the Reds past the Brewers, 4-1. Eugenio Suarez hit a three-run homer in the first to put the Reds on top to stay. Samardjiza on ILUNDATED (AP) — Giants hurler Jeff Samardjiza (sah-MAHR’-jah) has been placed on the 10-day injured list due to right shoulder impingement. Manager Gabe Kapler said the right-hander told trainers and the coaching staff that he felt like he wasn’t able to get the arm loose during Friday’s game. Samardjiza went four-plus innings and allowed six runs on seven hits in a 7-2 loss to the Dodgers. In other big league news Saturday: Johnson’s only major victory was the 2016 U.S. Open.Eleven other players will be three shots back heading into Sunday’s round. Scottie Scheffler also fired a 65 that leaves him tied with Cameron Champ at 8 under. Two shots back are Brooks Koepka (KEHP’-kuh), Paul Carey and Collin Morikawa, who fired a 65.NBA-SCHEDULEMurray returns to lead NuggetsLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Denver Nuggets welcomed back one of their stars on Saturday and solidified their hold on third place in the NBA’s Western Conference. Knights take top seed with OT win over AvsEDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The Las Vegas Golden Knights and Philadelphia Flyers have grabbed the top seeds in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Golden Knights captured the No. 1 seed in the West by taking a winner-take-all with Colorado before the Flyers knocked off Tampa Bay to claim the top seed in the East.Alex Tuch (tuhk) scored with 16 seconds remaining on the clock in overtime to give the Knights a 4-3 victory over the Avalanche. Vegas took a 3-2 lead on a penalty shot by Jonathan Marchessault (MAHR’-sheh-soh) early in the third period, but the Avs forced OT when J.T. Compher beat Robin Lehner with 62 seconds left in regulation.Marchesault tallied twice and Lehner finished with 32 saves for the Knights, who will take on the Blackhawks in the first round.The Avs and Coyotes will square off in another first-round series. — The Rangers picked up a 2-0 win on Joey Gallo’s two-run homer. Six Texas pitchers combined on a four-hitter as Kolby Allard worked five innings before Edinson Volquez worked the sixth for his first major league win since 2017.— The Mets were 8-4 winners against the Marlins as Michael Conforto and Pete Alonso slammed two-run homers before J.D. Davis broke it open with a three-run blast. Rookie David Peterson allowed two runs over five innings to help New York end Miami’s six-game winning streak.— Jorge Soler homered in back-to-back innings, the second of which came in a six-run fourth that propelled the Royals past the Twins, 9-6. Nicky Lopez hit a two-run shot and Salvador Perez also went deep as the first seven Royals reached base in the fourth.— Five Blue Jays pitchers combined on a four-hitter in a 2-1 win at Boston. Bo Bichette had two hits and an RBI to help Toronto halt a two-game skid.MLB-NEWS In Toronto, Nicolas Aube-Kubel (oh-BAY’ koo-BEHL’) scored twice in the first period and Carter Hart finished with 23 saves as the Flyers downed Tampa Bay, 4-1. Joel Farabee set up the game-winner and added a second-period goal that put the Flyers ahead 3-1.The Flyers went 3-0 in round-robin play after winning nine of their last 10 regular-season games. Philadelphia’s reward is a meeting with the Montreal Canadiens.Tyler Johnson had a power-play goal for the Lightning, who will take on either Toronto or Columbus in the first round.MLB-SCHEDULECole just misses 20th straight Associated Press Harvick wins again at MISBROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) — Kevin Harvick raced to his fifth NASCAR Cup Series victory of the season by outlasting Brad Keselowski in overtime in the opener of a weekend doubleheader at Michigan International Speedway.Harvick won for the fourth time at MIS — and three of those victories have been in the last three years.Ford has now won five straight Cup races at Michigan and swept the top two spots Saturday with Harvick and Keselowski. Martin Truex Jr. was third, followed by Ryan Blaney and Kyle Busch.Busch remains winless on the year with five races left in the regular season. Update on the latest sports UNDATED (AP) — Gerrit Cole came within one out of winning his 20th consecutive decision despite another power display by the New York Yankees. Homers by Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton and Mike Ford powered the Yankees to an 8-4 win over the Rays in Game 1 of a twinbill. Cole had a 5-0 lead as he entered the fifth inning, but he had to be pulled one strike shy of qualifying for the victory. Jose Martinez belted a two-run homer that made it 5-3 and ended Cole’s outing.Cole was bidding to tie Roger Clemens, Jake Arrieta and Rube Marquard for the third-longest streak ever. Hall of Famer Carl Hubbell leads the list with 24 in a row, followed by Roy Face with 22. The Rays salvaged a split of the doubleheader as Austin Meadows provided a tiebreaking, two-run single in a 5-3 decision over New York. The Rays used six pitchers during a bullpen day that ended when Judge flew out deep with a runner on base. — Padres first baseman Eric Hosmer was activated from the injured list after missing 11 of the first 14 games with gastritis. Hosmer said he never received a precise diagnosis of the ailment and plans to see specialists after the season.VIRUS OUTBREAK-COLLEGE SPORTSMAC cancels fall sports due to virusUNDATED (AP) — The Mid-American Conference has become the first league competing at college football’s highest level to cancel its fall season because of COVID-19 concerns.The MAC announced on Saturday that all fall sports have been canceled, although it is exploring the idea of making them up in the spring. The MAC’s 12 schools are facing a significant financial burden by trying to maintain costly coronavirus protocols. MAC schools rely heavily on revenue from playing road games against power conference teams. Most of those games were canceled when the Power Five went to exclusively or mostly conference games. A meeting of its presidents earlier in the week was expected to produce an agreement on how to go about a fall season. Instead, some schools pushed to not play. In other college sports news:— The Big Ten has told its schools that until further notice full contact football practices cannot begin. The conference announced all teams will remain in the first two days of what is known as the “acclimatization period” as teams work in just helmets. The Big Ten said all other fall sports will continue to work with team physicians and athletic trainers to adjust practices to the appropriate level of activity. — Pittsburgh junior defensive tackle Jaylen Twyman has opted out of the 2020 season to focus on next year’s NFL draft. Twyman was a second-team All-American in 2019 when he registered 10 1/2 sacks. The 6-foot-2, 290-pound Twyman said his decision is not about COVID-19, but rather about taking care of his family’s needs. The All-Star guard will have surgery on his left knee, damaging the Sixers’ hopes for a deep playoff run. There was no immediate timeframe for his return, and it’s likely that no firm timetable on his recovery will be set until after the surgery.Simmons left Wednesday’s game against Washington midway through the third quarter because of the injury.In other NBA news:— This season’s three NBA MVP finalists have won the award before. The trio announced Saturday is reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) of the Bucks, four-time MVP LeBron James of the Lakers and 2017-18 winner James Harden of the Rockets. James would join Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Michael Jordan and Bill Russell as the NBA’s only five-time MVPs. Antetokounmpo is bidding to become the 12th back-to-back winner of the award. NHL-SCHEDULE F1-70TH ANNIVERSARY GPBottas on pole for Silverstone GP ahead of teammate HamiltonSILVERSTONE, England (AP) — Valtteri Bottas edged out Mercedes teammate and championship leader Lewis Hamilton to claim the pole position for Formula One’s 70th Anniversary Grand Prix.Bottas clocked 1 minute, 25.154 seconds, 0.063 seconds ahead of the six-time world champion. It gave Bottas his first pole since the opening race of the pandemic-delayed season in Austria, which he went on to win. MLS-SEASON RESUMES August 9, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditGOLF-PGA CHAMPIONSHIPJohnson heads tight leaderboard at Harding ParkSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Dustin Johnson shot a 5-under 65 in the third round at TPC Harding Park to enter the final round as the PGA Championship leader at minus-9. He had eight birdies in the round, which helped him forget a bogey on No. 6 and a double three holes later. Both times, he birdied the next hole. HORSE RACING-TRAVERSTiz the Law wins againSARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — Belmont winner Tiz the Law has easily won the $1 million Travers Stakes at Saratoga and heads to Kentucky for next month’s Derby as the favorite.Ridden by Manny Franco, Tiz the Law ran 1 1/4 miles in 2:00.65 and paid $3, $2.40 and $2.10.The 3-year-old colt remains undefeated this year with four straight graded stakes victories. AUSTRALIA-MATCH STABBINGSPlayer, spectators stabbed in Sydney rugby league violence SYDNEY (AP) — Rugby league officials in Sydney and police say an under-20 match has ended in violence with a player allegedly stabbing a competitor and two spectators. Police say emergency services were called to the scene following reports of an assault after a community game. A police official says that as a result of a fight, one male who played for one of the teams was stabbed by another male who also played for the opposing team. 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Butler finds consistency on defensive end

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS — The unselfish style of Butler has led to unusual conversation all week.In descriptions of this team, the talk about any particular player has been subbed out for collective nouns.The Bulldogs have played the role of a selfless group quite well all season, but their 52-50 victory over Michigan State in a 2010 Final Four semifinal at Lucas Oil Stadium Saturday was all about two players – for a half.The second half saw a switch to defense, again making teamwork a necessity.“Our guys did a great job defending in the last 30 minutes of the game – really made it difficult,” Butler coach Brad Stevens said.The first half ended with a 28-28 tie. Shelvin Mack and Gordon Hayward, the Bulldogs’ two best players, scored 25 of those points for Butler, but scored a combined eight the rest of the game.Partly as a result of the duo’s second-half performance, the Bulldogs went 10 minutes without scoring in the second half and finished the game 15 of 49 from the field. No other Butler player scored more than six points.What would have been daunting for most teams wasn’t for the Bulldogs.Hayward said Butler was aware of the scoring drought, but focused in on the defensive end to compensate.“It did seem like it was a long time,” Hayward said of the scoring lapse. “But for us, as long as we guard we have a chance to win the game.”Butler didn’t seem like it would face such a challenge to begin the game.Hayward hit two 3-pointers in the first possessions of what was a quick game at the start. But the tempo soon slowed, and so did Butler. Ten minutes into the game, Hayward and Mack had combined for five points.The rest of the team only produced 19 points for the entire game, with physical difficulties and a solid Michigan State helping to limit Butler in the second half.Throughout the final 20 minutes, Michigan State forward Delvon Roe stayed with Hayward everywhere he went. Roe stepped above the 3-point line and cut him off on every drive, beating him to the desired spot.Mack spent much of the second half suspended between the bench and elevated court placed in the middle of Lucas Oil Stadium. He was taken in and out of the game because of muscle spasms caused by dehydration and didn’t play much after halftime.After being harassed throughout much of the second half, Hayward got his first clean look of the half with 4:33 remaining – an open 3-pointer. But the hassle Michigan State players put him through left Hayward tired, and his legs left the shot short.Stevens said he would have expected a loss if he were told in advance how his team would perform on offense.“Obviously, I didn’t think fifteen for forty-nine was a great way to approach this game,” he said. “And I never would have dreamed that we would have won if we shot fifteen for forty-nine.”With all these problems bubbling, there was one constant – defense.Michigan State shot only 18-of-42 and was held in check for most of the second half.When it came time for the Spartans to score in the final moments – like they have in so many of their other games in the tournament – Butler shut them down.Draymond Green had been the Michigan State player most adept at scoring late. With Butler leading 50-49 in the final 10 seconds, Hayward stopped him from hitting a shot similar to one he put in against Tennessee in the regional final.“I just tried to hold my ground a little bit,” Hayward said. “I’m not sure if I got a piece of the ball or a piece of his arm.”Butler guard Ronald Nored came out with the rebound.He was the player who made big plays for Butler late in the game, and converted two free throws in the closing seconds.“If we didn’t score again and they didn’t score again, we won the game,” he said.Norad and his team applied his philosophy on its final defensive possession. At 50-49 with 56 seconds left, Norad drove and saw a clean layup rattle out. It was on Butler to win or lose the game with defense.Norad said their was not any doubt in his team’s heart when faced with that task.“One thing about us is there’s never a sense of fear,” he said.Hayward said the game shook out the way Butler wanted, recalling countless moments when his team was forced to defend at the end of a contest.“I think it’s kind of fitting that on the last possession we had to get a stop,” Hayward said. “That’s what we’ve done all year, is try to guard people. So for us, I think it was fitting that we won the Butler way.”A team of Indiana University journalists is reporting for the Final Four Student News Bureau, a project between IU’s National Sports Journalism Center and the NCAA at the men’s tournament in Indianapolis.last_img read more

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Live blog: Syracuse-Virginia battling in double-overtime

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Men’s basketball: Wisconsin to take on ‘heck of a 16-seed’ to begin NCAA tournament

first_imgIt’s no secret that a 16-seed has never beaten a No. 1 seed in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.And now that the Wisconsin men’s basketball team could be in that situation with the program’s first No. 1 seed in its history, it’s hoping to not be the first to fall victim to what could be one of the biggest upsets in all of sports.Wisconsin (31-3) earned the program’s first No. 1 seed after three wins in Chicago to win the Big Ten tournament title last weekend. The Badgers will take on Coastal Carolina (24-9) out of the Big South after the Chanticleers won their conference tournament as the No. 3 seed.This being their second straight trip to the tournament, Coastal Carolina is familiar with the NCAA tournament — and the No. 16 seed — and are a team that nearly pulled off the unthinkable last year.Against top-seeded Virginia last season, the Chanticleers kept the Cavaliers on the ropes the entire game, taking a 35-30 halftime lead. While Virginia came out on top in the end, Coastal Carolina returns four starters from the team that almost defeated the Cavaliers.This season, the Chanticleers played three major-conference opponents, losing by 13 to UCLA and by only three points to Ole Miss, but came back from a 12-point second half deficit to knock off Auburn on the road.Coastal Carolina is a team that is far better than its seed may indicate, Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan said.“If you could watch them, as I have here … that’s a heck of a 16-seed,” Ryan said. “I can remember seeing a lot of 16-seeds over the years, but what they did last year to prove how capable they are and to come back this year and for them to be in that spot, I think there’s a lot of people surprised.“I don’t know if anybody else has said anything, but after watching those games, if I’m [Coastal Carolina head coach] Cliff Ellis, I’m pretty confident with the squad that he has. They’re pretty good.”To knock off Wisconsin, Coastal Carolina will not only have to deal with Big Ten Player of the Year Frank Kaminsky and his 18.2 points, eight rebounds a game, but also a starting lineup that consists of three other players who can score in addition to all-Big Ten defensive player Josh Gasser.Contenders, pretenders, best players and more: What to look for in the West RegionalContenders Wisconsin The Badgers come into the tournament as Big Ten regular season and tournament champions. They also boast the Read…At the Big Ten tournament, Kaminsky scored 47 points over the course of three games, while junior forward Sam Dekker had 36, sophomore forward Nigel Hayes had 51 and sophomore guard Bronson Koenig added 49, spreading the scoring wealth among themselves each game.Koenig has been playing exceptionally well as of late, scoring in double figures in each of Wisconsin’s Big Ten tournament games. This included a new career-high of 19 points against Purdue in the semifinals and another 18 points in the championship game against Michigan State. He also dished out nine assists and hit four key 3-pointers.His ability to take over games and hit a clutch basket when his team needs him to is something Koenig has developed since taking over for the injured Traevon Jackson. He showcased that ability this past weekend in Chicago.“I think he’s become more and more comfortable with his role and where he’s at,” Wisconsin associate head coach Greg Gard said of Koenig. “Sixty days ago, or about that I guess, it’s been when he jumped into that role, I don’t think he would have had that comfort level. I think it’s been a process and obviously he took giant leaps this past weekend, and it was huge with how he played.”The Badgers could receive some added depth this weekend in the backcourt and as the tournament progresses, since Jackson, who has been out since Jan. 11 with a fractured foot, returned to practice Tuesday. Jackson has been medically cleared to play, but says that it will be up to him if he feels well enough to play and that it’s “50-50” whether he takes the court Friday or this weekend.“It’s just a matter of me now — just taking it one day at a time, just see how it feels,” Jackson said. “So I’m not going back fully until I feel like 100 percent.”But with or without Jackson, the Badgers can’t afford to look past the Chanticleers, who could put a devastating end to perhaps the best season in Wisconsin program history.“It’s not a thought at all in my mind,” Kaminsky said of why a 16-seed has never beaten a No. 1 seed. “Once you think it, it enters your mind and then it makes it real and it makes it a possibility, so I’m not even going to think about it.”Wisconsin and Coastal Carolina will tip off at approximately 8:20 p.m. from Omaha Friday night. The game will be televised on TBS.No. 1 Wisconsin (31-3)Last time out: Defeated Michigan State in overtime, 80-69, to win the Big Ten conference tournament.Probable Starters: G — Bronson Koening (6-4, 8.6 ppg), G — Josh Gasser (6-4, 6.9 ppg), F Sam Dekker (6-9, 13.0 ppg), F – Nigel Hayes (6-8, 12.4 ppg), F Frank Kaminsky (7-0, 18.2 ppg)Key Reserves: F — Duje Dukan (5.0 ppg), G – Zak Showalter (2.0 ppg), F – Vitto Brown (2.0 ppg), G – Traevon Jackson (12.4 ppg)No. 16 Coastal Carolina (24-9)Last time out: Defeated Winthrop 81-70 to win the Big South conference tournament.Probable Starters: G – Warren Ellis (6-3, 13.1 ppg), G – Josh Cameron (6-1, 12.9 ppg), G – Shivaughn Wiggins (5-11, 10.2 ppg), F – Badou Diagne (6-7, 9.6 ppg), F – Tristian Curtis (6-7, 4.6 ppg)Key Reserves: G – Elijah Wilson (11.1 ppg), F – Marcus Freeman (5.3 ppg), F – Michael Enanga (2.7 ppg)Game VitalsWho: No. 1 Wisconsin vs. No. 16 Coastal CarolinaWhen: Friday, March 20, 8:20 p.m.Where: CenturyLink Center (18,320); Omaha, NebraskaTV: TBS (Marv Albert, Len Elmore, Chris Webber)Update: Jackson said Thursday that he will not play this weekend in Omaha. 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