The Lions issued a statement Friday night announcing they were made aware of an employee who has the coronavirus. The person, who has not been named, is currently at home in isolation. The team says the employee was last at club headquarters on March 13. The team remains in constant communication with doctors to determine the best course of action for ensuring the safety of other employees who have been in contact with the infected person.___The IIHF Council has confirmed that the 2020 Ice Hockey World Championship scheduled to take place in Zurich and Lausanne has been cancelled because of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.The decision to cancel the tournament didn’t come as a surprise after IIHF President René Fasel acknowledged the likelihood of that happening following an IIHF executive committee conference call Tuesday. A pair of smaller stakes — the Cutler Bay and the Sanibel Island — will be run for $100,000 each, down from the originally planned purse of $125,000. The Orchid and the Sand Springs were unchanged, both offering $100,000 purses.In all, Gulfstream’s stakes purses that day will be $1.55 million, down from $1.95 million as originally planned.Gulfstream was dark Friday while updating its safety protocols in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The track in Hallandale Beach, Florida resumed live racing on Saturday even while several top jockeys were choosing not to race because of health concerns.Gulfstream has closed live racing to all fans since March 13. It closed its casino on March 16.___ The total number of people on the trip was 52, including players, staff, media, guests and flight crew. Of those on the trip, 44 have shown no symptoms, eight have been tested, and two positive results were received. The team is awaiting more results from tests given over the past three days.Everyone on the California trip was instructed to self-quarantine on March 13. The team says it is actively monitoring the situation and following all appropriate and professional guidelines.___Gulfstream Park has dropped purses for its seven stakes races on Florida Derby day by 20.5%, saying the changes were necessitated by the loss of on-track handle and revenue from the track’s casino.The biggest hit went to the Florida Derby itself, which was to have a $1 million purse and now will be run next Saturday for $750,000. Purses for the Gulfstream Park Oaks and the Kitten’s Joy were trimmed by $50,000 apiece, now set to be run for $200,000. The USOPC leadership has been in agreement with the IOC, that it’s too soon to make any decisions regarding postponing the games.___Brazil’s Olympic Committee has called for the Tokyo Olympic Games to be postponed until 2021. The Brazilian body said in a statement published on Saturday that the decision is a necessity due to the seriousness of the pandemic and “the consequent difficulty for athletes to keep their best competitive level.”It also said that it continues to “trust in the International Olympic Committee.” Brazil organized the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro, the first in South America. Marseille President Frank McCourt wrote to reassure the French soccer club’s employees after they were put on temporary, technical layoffs.“I am taking a few minutes to make sure you and your families are well,” McCourt said. “We are going through this difficult time together and we’re seeing governments getting better and better organized.”Marseille and other top-tier clubs have started putting players on temporary, technical layoffs, which translates to a cut in pay of 16 percent with the state picking up a portion of that to a monthly maximum of 5,400 euros ($5,810). A player earning 40,000 euros ($43,000) net per month would receive 39,000 (about $42,000).Therefore its impact is greater on those on the highest salaries, in terms of lost revenue. A player earning 300,000 euros net per month will only get 252,000 euros from the club plus 5,400 euros from the state for a monthly loss of around 42,600 euros per month. If the suspension lasts a year, this would add up to about half a million euros per year.___The U.S. track federation added its name to a growing chorus of calls to postpone the Tokyo Games because of the coronavirus. In a letter to the CEO of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee, USA Track and Field CEO Max Siegel urged the federation to advocate for the postponement of the Games, which are to start July 24. USATF joins USA Swimming, which sent a similar letter to the USOPC on Thursday. Seb Coe, the president of World Athletics, said the Olympic world is managing the coronavirus day by day and “increasingly hour by hour.” With qualifying events being disrupted at a high rate, Coe says the level playing field is in jeopardy and if that’s lost, then so is the integrity of the competition. He says more meetings are set for next week to determine next steps.The Olympics are scheduled to run from July 24 to August 9.___ ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Sanz had been in intensive care since the beginning of the week while being treated for the virus.Sanz presided over Madrid from 1995 until 2000, leading the club to two European titles, a Spanish league title and a Spanish Super Cup title. Under Sanz, Madrid ended a 32-year drought in Europe by winning its seventh European trophy in 1998.___The leader of track’s international federation says there’s no need to hold the Tokyo Olympics at any cost and a decision about the future of the games “may become very obvious very quickly in the coming days and weeks.” Fasel cited numerous challenges facing officials, ranging from health directives in place limiting attendance to travel bans making it difficult for nations to send their teams. Another issue was players lacking practice time, with most of world’s hockey leagues having either indefinitely suspended or canceled their seasons.On Monday, the NHL announced it will wait 45 days before it can provide guidance on when teams can potential reopen practice.“It’s really scary,” said Fasel, who lives in Switzerland. “Europe is just collapsed. It’s really a strange feeling. Our neighbors yesterday, the federal counsel decided to close all the restaurants and everything. It’s like war.”___The owners of the Boston Bruins say they have established a $1.5 million fund for employees of the team and TD Garden who have lost work because of the suspension of the NHL season. AC Milan great Paolo Maldini has tested positive for COVID-19.Milan says that the 51-year-old Maldini, who is the Italian club’s technical director, “became aware of contact with a person who subsequently tested positive for coronavirus and began to display symptoms of the virus himself.”Milan adds that Maldini was “administered with a swab test” on Friday and the result came back positive.Paolo Maldini retired from playing in 2009 after helping Milan to five European Cup and Champions League titles and seven Serie A championships.The club says that Maldini’s 18-year-old son, Daniel, who recently made his Serie A debut for Milan, also tested positive. In an address to the nation Sunday prime minister Scott Morrison called on Australians to forego all interstate or long-distance travel except for work, essential services or compassionate reasons.Morrison said the National Rugby League (NRL), soccer’s A-League and Australian Rules’ Australian Football League (AFL) could continue at this stage.While the five-nation Super Rugby tournament, involving four Australian teams, has been suspended the NRL, AFL and A-League are continuing to play in closed stadiums. Any outright ban on interstate travel would force those leagues also to suspend play.___Former Real Madrid president Lorenzo Sanz died Saturday from the new coronavirus, his family said. He was 76. Matches in both competitions are currently suspended because of the coronavirus outbreak.“If we want to save the (French) league we must absolutely finish before June 30,” Aulas told RTL radio. “You have to make choices, be brave. Drop the Champions League, the (domestic) cup finals and international matches. Concentrate only on the (French) league.”Aulas added: “I want the league to finish. Even in empty stadiums.”Lyon leads Italian champion Juventus 1-0 from the first leg of their last-16 match in the Champions League on Feb. 26. The return leg in Turin has not been played because of the outbreak.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effect of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Australia’s main football leagues will attempt to continue their seasons despite a government recommendation against all “non-essential” travel. Dybala tweets that both he and his girlfriend Oriana Sabatini both tested positive but that “luckily we are in perfect conditions.”Juventus previously announced that defender Daniele Rugani and midfielder Blaise Matuidi tested positive for the coronavirus.___A second Ottawa Senators player has tested positive for COVID-19. The player was part of the recent road trip that included NHL games in San Jose, Anaheim and Los Angeles. The Bruins were the last team in the league to commit to taking care of part-time and game-day employees.According to a statement from the team, the Jacobs family would help workers “who will be financially burdened if the six remaining regular season Bruins games are not played.”The NHL suspended its season on March 12 in response to the coronavirus pandemic.___Even though his side could potentially reach the Champions League quarterfinals, Lyon President Jean-Michel Aulas wants the French league to take priority. Associated Press The president of Mexico’s Liga MX soccer league has tested positive for coronavirus. League President Enrique Bonilla said in a statement Friday that he doesn’t have serious symptoms but will remain in isolation and keep up with the situation of Mexican first-division soccer. League matches were suspended this week until further notice to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. Mexico has yet to declare legal bans on public gatherings but has encouraged citizens to maintain a healthy distance in crowded places.___A member of the Canadian Football League’s B.C. Lions operations department has tested positive for COVID-19. March 21, 2020 Milan says that Paolo and Daniel Maldini “are both well and have already completed two weeks at home without contact with others. They will now remain in quarantine until clinically recovered, as per the medical protocols outlined by the health authorities.”More than a dozen Serie A players have tested positive.___Paulo Dybala is the third Juventus player to test positive for COVID-19.Juventus says that the Argentina soccer playmaker is in “voluntary home isolation (in Italy) and he is asymptomatic and fine.” ___Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton says he has been self-isolating for more than a week after meeting people who later tested positive for the new coronavirus.Hamilton was at a charity event in London on March 4 also attended by actor Idris Elba and Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, the wife of the Canadian prime minister. Both were later found to have the virus.In a message on social media, Hamilton says he’s shown “zero symptoms” but has been isolating himself from other people ever since March 13, when the Australian Grand Prix was called off.Hamilton said that “I did speak to my doctor and double checked if I needed to take a test but, the truth is there is a limited amount of tests available and there are people who need it more than I do.” The Latest: Australia’s football leagues to continue read more
The streak has reached six.Senior outside hitter Alex Jupiter led the No. 5 USC women’s volleyball team in sweeps against Pac-12 foes Colorado (25-21, 25-21, 25-18) and Utah (25-13, 25-14, 25-19) over the weekend, pushing the squad’s win streak to a season-high six matches. All have come in the aftermath of USC’s straight-set loss to UCLA at home Sept. 9.“We’ve handled things pretty well this weekend,” USC coach Mick Haley said. “It’s good when you can beat teams like [we did] at their own place.”Stat stuffer · Senior outside hitter Alex Jupiter recorded 29 kills and 18 digs over the weekend in leading USC to sweeps over Colorado and Utah. – Carlo Acenas | Daily TrojanJupiter led the Women of Troy (11-3, 6-1) in kills in both victories with 14 against the Buffaloes (5-10, 0-7) and 15 against the Utes (6-10, 1-5), but she was far from the only USC player to stuff the stat sheet over the weekend.Junior outside hitter Katie Fuller recorded a double-double against the Utes with 12 kills and 13 digs, and Lauren Williams chipped in 10 kills while hitting .529.“The great thing about our team is that we have interchangeable parts,” Fuller said. “Everyone on the bench can come in and contribute.”USC hit an efficient .400 (45-9-90) as a team in its road contest at Utah, holding its opponents to a .100 (29-19-100) hitting percentage.“Our first ball kill was extremely good,” Haley said. “[Utah] couldn’t defend worth anything against that.”Haley credited Jupiter for setting the tone in the first set, when five of her kills accounted for the team’s first 17 points.USC strung together run after run against the Utes, who never managed to score more than two points in a row.“We were pretty good in every area,” Haley said. “That let us get more opportunities for other kids to play, which is important.”The Women of Troy weren’t quite as offensively dominant on Friday night at Colorado, but the defense picked up enough of the slack to pick up the road win.Senior setter Kendall Bateman and sophomore outside hitter Sara Shaw both set career-highs with 12 digs, while freshman middle blocker Hannah Schraer added a career-high 11 kills.Schraer posted a kill to break a 14-14 tie in the first set, sparking the Women of Troy to a 9-3 run that enabled them to close out the opening set.Down 18-24 in the second set, Colorado scored three points in a row before Bateman set up Schraer for another crucial termination.The Women of Troy staked out a 6-1 lead in the final set that the Buffaloes would never get within three points of, as USC clinched the victory.“[Schraer] is a great, great freshman,” Haley said. “She keeps performing, she keeps learning, and she works hard… She’s just doing a great job.”Schraer has been a fixture in the starting lineup all season, but could lose some playing time in the coming weeks due to the return of sophomore Alexis Olgard, who was back on the court this weekend for the first time this season after undergoing offseason knee surgery.“We’re just starting to get healthy,” Haley said. “You’re going to start seeing competitions for positions again.”Schraer and Olgard will battle it out with senior Lauren Williams for the two starting spots in the middle, but don’t expect there to be any animosity between the trio.“It’ll just be a healthy competition,” Schraer said. “We’re always competing in practice, so it will help our team get stronger in so many different ways.”The Women of Troy take another road trip next weekend as they will look to extend their streak of six sweeps in a row against the Arizona schools.They play Arizona on Friday at 7 p.m. in Tucson, Ariz., before traveling to nearby Tempe, Ariz., to face Arizona State on Saturday for another 7 p.m. match. read more
Scrum half Conor Murray says there’s a buzz in the camp.The tournament kicks off this evening as England take on Fiji in the opening match of Pool A. Kick off at Twickenham is at 8.
Analysts: Mortgage Rates Stay Low, Likely to Fall Further Debt crises and stimulus measures stole the mortgage-rates show as more investors flee to U.S. Treasury debt, with mortgage giant “”Freddie Mac””:http://www.freddiemac.com/ holding that rates dithered by a few percentage rates and finance Web site “”Bankrate.com””:http://www.bankrate.com/ finding a fifth-consecutive week for record lows. Homebuyers nonetheless remain on the sidelines despite all-time highs for affordability, reflecting a dearth in demand, confidence, and jobs.[IMAGE]Freddie Mac tallied up the latest in mortgage rates in the “”Primary Mortgage Market Survey””:http://www.freddiemac.com/pmms/, while Bankrate.com pulled from the nation’s top 10 banks and thrifts to publish a national mortgage survey. Both surveys are weekly.First up, Bankrate.com found the benchmark 30-year fixed-rate mortgage smashing new records, falling to 4.29 percent this week from 4.32 percent last week. Freddie disagreed by offering up a 4.09-percent average for the 30-year, unchanged from last week but far below 4.37 percent seen over the same time last year.For the 15-year loan, the GSE bore witness to a decline from 3.44 percent last week to 3.42 percent this week, a far cry from 3.82 percent seen in September 2010. The finance Web site saw a fall from 3.44 percent last week to 3.42 percent this week.Speaking with _MReport_, “”Greg McBride””:http://www.bankrate.com/blogs/federal-reserve/about-greg-mcbride-cfa.aspx, a senior financial analyst with Bankrate.com, says that “”mortgage rates have yet to hit bottom. After setting records for 5 weeks in a row, the Fed├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔÇ×┬ós introduction of Operation Twist promises to bring them still lower.””Both Freddie and Bankrate.com recorded approximately the same rates for 5-year Treasury-indexed adjustable-rate mortgages (ARMs). The former noted a 3.02-percent ARM, a few percentage points above 2.99 percent seen last week, albeit far below 3.54 percent observed in 2010. The latter noted a decline in 5-years to 3.05 percent this week from 3.07 percent last week.[COLUMN_BREAK]The GSE also acknowledged a 2.82-percent average for 1-year ARMs, up from 2.81 percent last week but more than a few percentage points below 3.46 percent seen over the same period in 2010.Commenting on the figures, Frank Nothaft, VP and chief economist for Freddie, said in a “”statement””:http://freddiemac.mediaroom.com/index.php?s=12329&item=64911 that a “”sluggish economy and investor concerns over the European debt markets”” largely left mortgage rates unscathed over this week.He drew a dismal portrait of mortgage markets and the economy at large, citing a Fed report that claimed approximately $150 billion in lost net worth for households, a 5-percent “”decline””:https://themreport.com/articles/after-irene-housing-starts-fall-5-from-july-2011-09-20 in annual rates for new housing starts, and shaky homebuilder confidence, as more recently reported by the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index.In a “”statement””:http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=61502&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=1609132&highlight, Bankrate.com shifted interest to the “”Federal Reserve””:http://www.federalreserve.gov/, which announced Wednesday that it plans to scoop up $400 billion in short-term Treasury debt and sell it to shore up long-term government bonds.””[T]o get the most economic impact out of low mortgage rates,”” the Web site wrote, “”the pool of prospective refinancers needs to be expanded.””Bankrate.com credited underwater mortgages, homeowners with second-liens loans and mortgage insurance, and lender liability worries as “”formidable impediments to refinancing”” that could sour the Fed buy-up and selloff.McBride adds that record lows for mortgage rates, while “”enhanc[ing] the appeal of refinancing,”” stays out-of-reach for homeowners with a “”lack of equity or… who own more than their homes are worth.””He affirms a “”past statement””:https://themreport.com/articles/industry-insiders-react-offer-alternatives-to-refi-proposal-2011-09-09 he made to _MReport_ about the Home Affordable Refinance Program, the loan-to-value thresholds for which he says federal officials should raise to allow more homeowners to take advantage of current rates.As for the Fed? McBride says that “”low rates can only do so much. People that are concerned about their job security won├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔÇ×┬ót buy houses regardless of low rates.””Speaking with _MReport_, Nothaft concurs, saying, “”Right now families are feeling a little bit uneasy about their financial wellbeing. They├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔÇ×┬óre worried about losing their job. “”In an environment like that, where the household sector as a whole is feeling very nervous and unsure, they├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔÇ×┬óre going to be reluctant to make any big purchases,”” he adds.His predictions for mortgage rates: Nothaft expects yields and rates to remain low over the “”next few months”” but pick up in 2012. in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing September 22, 2011 454 Views Adjustable-Rate Mortgage Agents & Brokers Federal Reserve First-Time Homebuyers Fixed-Rate Mortgage Freddie Mac Home Sales Housing Affordability Investment Investors Jobs Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Rates National Association of Home Builders Processing Service Providers Unemployment Wells Fargo 2011-09-22 Ryan Schuette Share read more