MORE: Everything you need to know about the NBA’s bubbleKeeping the campus safe for all involved will be a major challenge. It’s fair to be skeptical of any league’s appraoch, but the NBA has taken several measures to ensure departing players will not jeopardize the health of others and derail the season. How often will NBA players be tested for the coronavirus?As part of its 100-plus page health and safety document (via ESPN’s Tim Bontemps and Brian Windhorst), the NBA says players will be tested for COVID-19 “regularly,” but it did not specify exactly how many times players will be tested on a daily or weekly basis. Players could be tested daily under certain circumstances.What happens if an NBA player tests positive for coronavirus?If a player tests positive for COVID-19, that player will be isolated, then retested to verify the initial test didn’t produce a false positive. If additional testing confirms the original result, that player will be out for at least 14 days. The player would also have to pass a cardiac screening in order to be cleared to play.In that scenario, anybody who had been in close contact with the player for at least 15 minutes or had direct contact with the player will be tested.When is an NBA player allowed to leave the bubble?A player can leave at any time, but if the absence is unexcused, that player would be forced to quarantine for 10-14 days upon return.Some examples of excused absences:Receiving team-directed medical care off campusBirth of a childIllness/death in familyPreviously scheduled family weddingWhat happens when an NBA player re-enters the bubble?If a player is returning from an unexcused absence, that player will be subject to enhanced testing (deep nasal swab) and the 10- to 14-day quarantine. That player would also face a reduction in salary for any games missed during the absence and/or quarantine.An excused absence would force a player to quarantine for only four days as long as that player tests negative for COVID-19 each day the player is outside of the Orlando campus.From the NBA’s health and safety document (via ESPN’s Bobby Marks):Enhanced testing: Testing will include nasopharyngeal swab testing.Quarantine: Tens days of quarantine in a hotel room or other campus property (which may be extended up to a total of 14 days, as directed by a consulting infectious disease physician designated by the NBA for the case). If, however, a player leaves the campus for extenuating circumstances with prior league approval (e.g., need to receive team-directed medical care off-campus, birth of a child, documented severe illness or death in family, or previously scheduled family wedding), and (a) during each day off-campus undergoes a daily PCR test and returns negative test results each time, or (b) if the players leaves for an extended absence but undergoes a daily PCR test and returns a negative test result for at least the seven days preceding his return to campus, then the player’s quarantine on the campus will be four days (subject to extension by a consulting infectious disease physician designated by the NBA for the case). The player must undergo his final PCR test prior to exiting quarantine via a nasopharyngeal swab.Could a coronavirus outbreak end the NBA season?NBA commissioner Adam Silver has admitted the league’s season could be suspended or canceled if there is a large COVID-19 outbreak. While there is plenty of excitement ahead of the NBA’s season restart, there is also plenty of uneasiness amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.The league’s “bubble” idea sounds great in theory, but the presence of the coronavirus can’t be completely eliminated as teams attempt to finish the 2019-20 season at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla. Players have already left and re-entered the “bubble,” including Clippers guard Lou Williams, who was forced into quarantine after grabbing dinner from an Atlanta strip club during an excused absence. “Never ‘full steam ahead, no matter what,'” Silver said in June. “One thing we are learning about this virus is [that] much [is] unpredictable, and we and our players, together with their union, look at the data on a daily basis. If there were something to change that was outside of the scope of what we are playing for, [then] certainly we would revisit our plans.”It is unclear how many positive tests it would take in order for the NBA to consider a suspension of play.”The occurrence of a small or otherwise expected number of COVID-19 cases will not require a decision to suspend or cancel the resumption” of the season, the health and safety document states.
CLEAR LAKE — A Minnesota man is in jail after a rollover accident just outside of Clear Lake late Sunday night.The Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Department says deputies responded to a single-vehicle rollover with injuries just after 10:00 PM at the intersection of 255th Street and Jonquil Avenue. After investigating, deputies say 26-year-old Luis Rodriguez of Worthington Minnesota had intentionally drove head-on into an oncoming vehicle. Both drivers swerved to avoid a collision, with Rodriguez losing control of his vehicle, rolling into the north ditch before the vehicle came to rest on its top.Rodriguez was taken to the Cerro Gordo County Jail and was charged with OWI-second offense, reckless driving and failure to maintain control. He’s being held on a total of $2000 bond.
INDIANOLA — Several Democratic presidential candidates were in Iowa over the weekend, including Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, who ended four-day swing through the state with a town hall in Indianola on Sunday.Sanders said his Medicare For All proposal will be better for middle class Americans than those of his Democratic competitors.“For all my critics who don’t want to take on the healthcare industry, you go tell your constituents that Bernie’s proposal will cost the average American worker $1,200 a year. Their proposal will cost $12,000 dollars a year,” Sanders says. “I think we got the better deal here.”Sanders spent much of the town hall taking questions from the audience. Natalie Harwood, of Windsor Heights, attended the event and says she and her spouse caucused for Sanders four years ago. While they started this year undecided, Harwood says they’ll support Sanders again in 2020.“Every issue that matters to me, other candidates equivocate on it, cave on it, walk comments back,” Harwood says. “Like, ‘Oh, I cosponsored Medicare For All but, just kidding, I don’t think it’s actually a priority.’ Or, ‘I think a public option is fine.’ It doesn’t really feel like they understand what people are facing.” Harwood says healthcare is one of her top issues in the presidential race. There are 56 days until the first-in-the-nation Iowa Caucuses.
Abidjan, Ivory Coast | AFP |Flying Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha looks set to make his Ivory Coast debut after he was named in their final 23-man squad for the Africa Cup of Nations on Wednesday.The 24-year-old is among several Premier League stars included by coach Michel Dussuyer for the January 14-February 5 tournament in Gabon, where the Ivory Coast are defending champions and among the favourites to retain their crown.Dussuyer last week named a 24-man provisional squad and it is forward Nicolas Pepe, who plays in France for Angers, who misses out.England manager Gareth Southgate had urged Zaha, who was born in Abidjan but appeared in two friendlies for England under former boss Roy Hodgson, to stick with the country where he grew up.But the former Manchester United man ignored that and now looks set to play a major part in Gabon after pledging his allegiance to the Ivory Coast in November.Missing for the Ivory Coast is captain Gervinho, who is out injured, but Dussuyer can still call upon an array of European-based players, among them defender Eric Bailly (Manchester United), Serge Aurier (PSG), Salomon Kalou (Hertha Berlin) and Wilfried Bony (on loan at Stoke City from Manchester City). Ivory Coast are playing Sweden in a friendly on Sunday and Uganda three days later.At the Nations Cup, Ivory Coast play Togo on January 16 in their opening match followed by Democratic Republic of Congo and Morocco.Ivory Coast squad:Goalkeepers: Sylvain Gbohouo (Mazembe/DRC), Mande Sayouba (Stabaek/NOR), Ali Badra Sangare (Tanda/CIV)Defenders: Eric Bailly (Manchester United/ENG), Serge Aurier (Paris SG/FRA), Simon Deli (Slavia Prague/CZE), Ousmane Viera (Adanaspor/TUR), Wilfried Kanon (The Hague/NED), Lamine Kone (Sunderland/ENG), Adama Traore (Basel/SUI), Bagayoko Mamadou (St-Truiden/BEL)Midfielders: Geoffroy Serey Die (Basel/SUI), Victorien Angban (Granada/ESP), Cheick Doukoure (Metz/FRA), Franck Kessie (Atalanta/ITA), Serge N’Guessan (Nancy/FRA), Jean-Michael Seri (Nice/FRA)Attackers: Wilfried Bony (Stoke City/ENG), Max Gradel (Bournemouth/ENG), Jonathan Kodjia (Aston Villa/ENG), Giovanni Sio (Rennes/FRA), Salomon Kalou (Hertha Berlin/GER), Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace/ENG)Share on: WhatsApp
– Firmino flick –The Senegalese forward, who started the game on the left, picked up the ball on the right and worked his way across the pitch before exchanging passes with Alberto Moreno.Moreno played the ball in to Emre Can, whose flick set up Mane for a precise finish.It was an incisive breakthrough, but the good work was almost immediately undone when Watford made their way too easily down the right-hand flank in the build-up to Doucoure’s goal.Doucoure was at the heart of the move, releasing Tom Cleverley, whose low cross was met with an attempted clearance by Trent Alexander-Arnold.But the ball ricocheted off team-mate Joel Matip’s back, allowing Doucoure to add the home side’s second.Once again Liverpool had been responsible for their own plight, although Watford’s positive approach was unsettling Klopp’s side.The visitors’ response in the second half confirmed the attacking strengths of this Liverpool side.Within 10 minutes of the restart, the Reds were back level after a superb flick by Firmino sent Salah clear.The winger was brought down by Heurelho Gomes as he attempted to round the goalkeeper and Firmino finished from the penalty spot.Three minutes later, Firmino again produced a moment of exceptional skill as he made up for his error on the opening goal.The striker brought down Moreno’s floated pass before lifting the ball over the advancing Gomes and Salah ensured the chance was not wasted by bundling home from close range.Liverpool’s victory looked assured, only for Britos to reward Watford’s persistence at the death.Share on: WhatsApp Miguel Britos celebrates with teammate after punishing Liverpool in dying minutes.Watford, United Kingdom | AFP | Miguel Britos added to Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp’s frustrations with an added-time equaliser that ensured Watford salvaged a point following a 3-3 draw at Vicarage Road on Saturday.Klopp had spent the previous 24 hours handling the fall-out from Philippe Countinho’s transfer request after the club rejected Barcelona’s £90 million ($117.1 million, 99 million euros) bid for the Brazil playmaker.Liverpool remain adamant Coutinho will not leave and it looked like Klopp might find relief from the saga when debutant Mohamed Salah gave the visitors the lead after they had twice come from behind.Sadio Mane’s 29th-minute effort had cancelled out Stefano Okaka’s eighth-minute header, only for Abdoulaye Doucoure to immediately restore the home side’s lead.Liverpool, who were without Coutinho, were back level in the 55th minute through Roberto Firmino’s penalty.But with Salah’s 57th-minute goal looking as though it would be decisive, Britos bundled the ball home deep in stoppage time after Simon Mignolet had pushed Richarlison’s shot against the bar.For all the close-season transfer dealings, both starting line-ups carried a familiar look, with Nathaniel Chalobah the home side’s only new face and Salah the lone Liverpool debutant.For Klopp’s side, it appeared to be a case of same old faces, same old problems, as they allowed Watford to twice take the initiative during the first half on the back of defensive errors.The opening goal was certainly one to frustrate Klopp as Okaka took full advantage of Liverpool’s lack of organisation as they failed to defend Jose Holebas’s corner.Roberto Pereyra had broken threateningly after being sent clear by Okaka and was unfortunate to see his shot deflected wide off Dejan Lovren following a twisting run that had opened up the visitors’ defence.Holebas swung in the resulting corner towards the near post, where it was headed home by Okaka, who had been allowed to advance unchecked, with Roberto Firmino in particular guilty of failing to react.It was the perfect start for Watford manager Marco Silva, but for Klopp it was an early reminder of the problems that need to be eradicated if Liverpool are to prove genuine title contenders.The other side of Liverpool was demonstrated 21 minutes later when Mane levelled in spectacular fashion.Match ends with draw (3-3) Watford vs @LFC with an equalizing header of Miguel Britos at 94th min in injury time pic.twitter.com/aCCKLRQwRM— Kicks&Tackles (@KNT_football) August 12, 2017
Atletico’s Antoine Griezmann,Madrid, Spain | AFP | Atletico Madrid reported Barcelona to football’s governing body FIFA over illegal contact made to star forward Antoine Griezmann, Atletico club sources confirmed on Tuesday.“The complaint has been presented for repeated contact between Barcelona, the player and his team,” an Atletico source told AFP.Griezmann renewed his contract until 2022 in June and Atletico consider contact made by Barcelona not only breaks FIFA’s rules, but could also affect the integrity of La Liga.Barcelona lead the league with Atletico their closest challengers six points behind in second.“He is a player under a long contract and this can’t happen. Moreover, the club considers that it could affect the competition where Barca are currently top and Atletico second,” added the Atletico source.Barca were slapped with a one-year transfer ban for the illegal recruitment of foreign minors by FIFA that was served in 2015.Should the Catalan giants be found guilty, they could be handed another ban on registering new players.“We can confirm that we have received a complaint from Atletico de Madrid concerning the said matter,” a FIFA spokesperson told AFP.Barcelona-based sports daily Mundo Deportivo reported on Sunday that Barca’s president Josep Maria Bartomeu had recently met with Griezmann’s family.The Catalan giants are expected to be willing to pay the French international’s 100 million euro ($117.8 million) buyout clause at the end of the season to avoid negotiating with Atletico.Barca’s director of institutional relations Guillermo Amor turned down the opportunity to deny a meeting had taken place later on Sunday after Barca’s 4-0 thrashing of Deportivo la Coruna. “If the paper says it then it is possible it is like that,” Amor told Movistar TV. “There could have been a coming together.”Griezmann, 26, agreed to sign a new contract with Atletico in June after the club had an appeal against a transfer ban rejected.Top scorer at Euro 2016, Griezmann said it would have been “dirty” to walk out on the club when they couldn’t replace him until January.However, Atletico coach Diego Simeone accepted last week that Griezmann’s departure at some point in the future is inevitable.“Of course Griezmann will be able to leave at some point, as Diego Costa, Diego Ribas and Arda Turan have gone,” Simeone told French sports daily L’Equipe.“If a player comes to me and says, ‘coach, I have a chance of a lifetime and want to leave’, and if he’s left everything on the pitch for me like Griezmann, I’ll say, ‘no problem’.”Griezmann has scored 90 goals in 179 games for Atletico since joining from Real Sociedad in 2014 and led Los Rojiblancos to the 2016 Champions League final, scoring twice to eliminated Barca in the quarter-finals.However, he was also caught up in a Twitter storm on Sunday after posting a picture of himself blacked up and mimicking a Harlem Globetrotter basketball player from the 1980s.“I recognise that it was clumsy of me. If I have offended people, I apologise,” he wrote shortly after and deleted the photo after receiving a wave of criticism.Share on: WhatsApp
Cranes midfieler Juma Ibrahim Sadam has said Uganda Cranes will have a different approach in their second CHAN match on Thursday, even if they will play without injured Shaban Mohammed.“We are very positive. We have seen our mistakes from the Zambia game and we are looking forward to improving on that performance against Namibia,” Sadam said in a pre-match press conference.“The loss to Zambia has been put behind us and the coach has instilled a lot of confidence in us. The morale is high and we are looking forward to the game against Namibia.”New head coach Sebastien Desabre was also optimistic. “We have analysed our performance from the first game and tried to correct the mistakes because it is important for the second game.”He added that, “we have a project and my philosophy will be same for the second match against Namibia. We have a balanced team and have to stay with the same mind set and spirit to win the next game. We have no choice and we have to win with an offensive strategy. It is very important for us to score because my team needs that.”Zambia will play Ivory Coast in the earlier match at 7.30pm.Standings Group BZambia 1 1 0 0 3 1 3Namibia 1 1 0 0 1 0 3I. Coast 1 0 0 1 0 1 0Uganda 1 0 0 1 1 3 0Share on: WhatsApp THURS: Uganda vs Namibia 10.30pm | WED: Morocco 3 Guinea 1 & Sudan 1 Mauritania 0Casablanca, Morocco | AFP | Ayoub el Kaabi was the hat-trick star as hosts Morocco reached the African Nations Championship quarter-finals by defeating Guinea 3-1 in Casablanca on Wednesday.The 24-year-old is the leading scorer with five goals in the biennial tournament for home-based footballers after bagging a brace in a 4-0 rout of Mauritania last weekend.His Group A treble against the Guineans was only the third in 121 Championship matches, matching the feats of Zambian Given Singuluma and Nigeria Chisom Chikatara.El Kaabi needs one more goal to become the highest scorer in one edition of the competition — a record he currently shares with 2009 Nations Championship sharpshooter Singuluma.He has emerged as a surprise star with much of the pre-tournament attention on another Moroccan striker, Achraf Bencharki from 2017 African club champions Wydad Casablanca.But coach Jamal Sellami has opted to start with El Kaabi, introducing Bencharki as an impact player during the second half against Mauritania and Guinea.Adding to the joy of El Kaabi was the presence in a packed 65,000-seat Stade Mohamed V of Morocco World Cup coach Herve Renard.The Frenchman was studying the best Moroccan local talent as he prepares the “Atlas Lions” to face Iran, Portugal and Spain in Russia during June.El Kaabi scored on 27 minutes and after Saidouba Bissiri Camara levelled within a minute, struck twice in four minutes during the second half for an ultimately comfortable win.Sudan joined Morocco in the knockout stage after defeating Mauritania 1-0 in the second match of a double-header with 18-year-old Walaa Eldin Musa scoring on 30 minutes.*****
Among major projects, Doha is building or refurbishing eight stadiums, overseeing massive roadworks and the country’s first Metro system.Qatar is also building the $45 billion Lusail city, projected to be home for 250,000 people, which will host the World Cup’s opening and final games.Rumaihi said organisers were working in accordance with the world’s football body FIFA environmental standards.Earlier this week, FIFA president Gianni Infantino made an unannounced stop in Qatar where he inspected some of the stadiums and the metro project.He said the 2022 tournament would have “to be even better” than the hugely successful Russia World Cup held earlier this year.Share on: WhatsApp Doha, Qatar | AFP | Qatar’s football World Cup 2022 will be a “carbon-neutral” tournament with zero harmful emissions, the country’s environment minister told a sustainability conference on Wednesday.Mohammed bin Abdullah al-Rumaihi said strict standards in design and construction would offset the tournament’s carbon footprint, despite the huge number of infrastructure projects underway in the Gulf emirate.“The Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy has been working on planning and organising a carbon-neutral 2022 FIFA World Cup tournament,” Rumaihi said.Carbon neutrality is achieved by offsetting the amount of harmful carbon dioxide released to the atmosphere.Hydrocarbon-rich Qatar, which is spending $500 million a week on capital projects for the World Cup, is undergoing a huge transformation for football’s biggest tournament.
It was Madrid, however, who were the beneficiaries of a marginal decision this time as Alvaro Odriozola tumbled out of a tussle with Gerard Gumbau and Ramos made no mistake.Leganes had started brighter and could have been ahead had Martin Braithwaite been more precise with his finishing or quicker to a Gumbau pass across goal.Instead, Madrid doubled their lead in the second half when Karim Benzema latched onto an underhit backpass from Bustinza and teed up Vinicius. He slid in Vazquez to finish.Vinicius then got the goal his performance deserved as Odriozola floated a cross to the back post. Back-pedalling, the teenager adjusted his feet before swivelling into an acrobatic shot, the ball flying into left-hand corner.Earlier, Antoine Griezmann helped Atletico Madrid edge towards the last eight as they took a valuable away goal from a 1-1 draw with Girona.Griezmann’s early shot found its way in off both the crossbar and then goalkeeper Gorka Iraizoz but Girona hit back before half-time through Anthony Lozano.Neither side could find a winner at Montilivi but Atletico will be the happier, with the second leg at home still to come next week.Share on: WhatsApp Girona, Spain | AFP | Vinicius Junior starred and Real Madrid steadied the ship as a 3-0 win over Leganes on Wednesday put them on the brink of the Copa del Rey quarter-finals.Vinicius, the 18-year-old Brazilian signed by Madrid last summer, capped an electric display at the Santiago Bernabeu with a stunning volley, his third goal for the club and the team’s third of the night.By then, Sergio Ramos had converted a first-half penalty and Lucas Vazquez doubled the advantage to set Madrid on their way to a much-needed first victory of 2019.It will take a seismic comeback for Leganes to overturn the deficit in next week’s second leg but more important to coach Santiago Solari was the rhythm regained, following two La Liga games without a victory.The home crowd, who had whistled and waved white handkerchiefs on Sunday after the loss to Real Sociedad, were also treated to the sight of Brahim Diaz making his debut, the 19-year-old coming off the bench following his move from Manchester City.Vinicius was the shining light, however. The striker was alive to every ball in the final third and his finish, a sweet shot with his body off balance, was a triumph for technical talent.“He is taking big steps,” Solari said afterwards. “He has always had the ability but to develop it and show it in the Bernabeu, alongside so many great players, speaks of his confidence and his courage.”Vinicius had been at the centre of things last weekend too after being denied a controversial penalty during the second half of Real Sociedad’s shock win.
Two Florida police officers just found out that they are related bringing a whole new meaning to “joint task force.”Orange County Sheriff’s Deputy David Stull reached out to Boynton Beach Police Officer Eric Reynolds to let him know they are half-brothers.Stull was adopted as an infant, but recently submitted DNA to 23andMe to learn more about his family history.They both share the same father and both became law enforcement officers.The two central Florida men met for the first time in late July.