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NHL Plans Move To Small-Group Training As Phase 2 Of Return

TORONTO (AP) — The NHL hopes to have players back in team facilities soon — with plenty of precautions. The league, which paused its season on March 12 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, released a memo Monday saying it is targeting early next month as the start date for Phase 2 of its ...

Charity Events Wary In Time Of COVID-19

It wasn’t exactly the finish line Ali Riecke had in mind. The 27-year-old had envisioned something more tropical when she signed up to participate in her second “Run Across Haiti,” an ambitious eight-day, 200-mile tour of the impoverished Caribbean nation sponsored by the nonprofit ...

Tough Choices Ahead On Opening Public Pools

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — Public pools will look very different this summer if they open at all with the coronavirus threat still looming, as teenage lifeguards will be tasked with maintaining social distancing and spotting COVID-19 symptoms in addition to their primary responsibility of ...

No Fans, No Problem

CONCORD, N.C. — Chris “Pops” Bowyer sat in a lawn chair wearing a plain white T-shirt and drinking a beer alongside wife Jana and their friends outside of their motorhome a few hundred yards from Charlotte Motor Speedway. Bowyer knew he wasn’t getting into the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday ...

HOF Coach Sutton Dies At 84

Eddie Sutton waited so long to be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. He couldn’t hang on long enough to make it to the ceremony. The man who led three teams to the Final Four and was the first coach to take four schools to the NCAA Tournament, died Saturday. He ...

Public Youth Sports Concerned About Lasting COVID-19 Effect

CHICAGO — Growing up in a rough part of Chicago’s South Side, Saint Wilkins figured he was headed for a life on the streets. The 19-year-old Wilkins has another plan these days — attend college, study psychology and work with children and teenagers. Before he started playing basketball ...

Coalition Seeks Federal Aid

CHICAGO — It started when a handful of organizations got together to discuss the effect of the COVID-19 shutdown on youth sports. The small conversation quickly turned into 600-some groups. Then it cruised past 1,000 on its way to 3,000 organizations and individuals signing on for the PLAY ...

Postponed Indy 500 Puts Short-Track Drivers In Spotlight

GAS CITY, Ind. — The roaring engines and flying dirt pellets briefly brought Gas City I-69 Speedway back to life Sunday. It wasn’t the same. The grandstands were empty. Track organizers only allowed a few crew members per team to comply with Indiana’s social gatherings limit. Gabe ...

Spanish League Wants To Resume June 11

MADRID (AP) — The president of the Spanish soccer league said Sunday the competition could restart as early as June 11 with the Seville derby between Sevilla and Real Betis. Javier Tebas made the announcement a day after Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said that the league would be ...

Memorial Day Weekend Draws Crowds, Triggers Warnings

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Memorial Day weekend marking the unofficial start of summer in the U.S. meant big crowds at beaches and warnings from authorities Sunday about people disregarding the coronavirus social-distancing rules and risking a resurgence of the scourge that has killed nearly ...

Slowly, Surely, US Houses Of Worship Emerge From Lockdown

(AP) — For the first time in two months, there was clapping, singing and fellowship inside Stithton Baptist Church in Radcliff, Kentucky, as members of the congregation returned to the sanctuary for Sunday morning services. There also were masks, hand sanitizer and social distancing. On a ...

Guinean Singer Kante Dies At 70

CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — Guinean singer Mory Kante, an influential figure in African and world music, has died, his family said Friday. He was 70. Kante brought Guinean, and Mandingo, culture to the world. He was called an ambassador of Afro-Pop music. His song “Yeke Yeke,” released in ...

What If The Government Has It Wrong?

What if the government has it wrong — on the medicine and the law? What if face masks can’t stop the COVID-19 virus? What if quarantining the healthy makes no medical sense? What if staying at home for months reduces immunity? What if more people have been infected with the virus in their ...

We Lead The World In Decrepit Buildings

Many visiting Europeans are stunned by the huge number of derelict and otherwise empty buildings we have. They ain’t seen nuthin’ yet. Most of our cities show signs of manufacturing blight. Especially northern and rust-belt cities. In this state, a city does not qualify as a city unless ...

Man Has Nonchalant Attitude About Locking Up At Night

DEAR ABBY: My husband has a bad habit of forgetting to lock up our house at night when he’s the last one to come to bed. On nine occasions I have gone downstairs after he’s in bed or awakened in the morning to find our sliding patio door or a garage door unlocked. I cannot understand why ...

Being Stuck In A Cycle Can Feel Helpless

Dear Annie: My mom had a stroke a few months ago. My husband and I are building a house, so my brother suggested it would be easier if we stayed with her to help with her rehabilitation. But the biggest problem is that I’m out of my work right now for medical reasons and am not really able to ...

Horoscopes

The Cancer moon forms an auspicious angle to Mars for Memorial Day, stirring the emotional side of memory. Though facts can go foggy in the retrospective lens, the feelings of our experiences imprint on our hearts. Lighthearted connections and digital sharing go great with these last days of ...

As Nation Approaches 100,000 Dead, N.Y. Continues Downtrend

NEW YORK (AP) — The daily coronavirus death toll increased slightly though the trend continues down, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Sunday. On Saturday, 109 people died across the state from COVID-19, the Democrat said during his daily press conference. There were 84 deaths on Friday. The daily ...

White House Denies Entry, Imposes Coronavirus Travel Ban On Brazil

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Sunday further limited travel from the world’s coronavirus hotspots by denying entry to foreigners coming from Brazil, which is second to the U.S. in the number of confirmed cases. Trump had already banned certain travelers from China, Europe, the ...

Pandemic A Boom For The Bicycle As Thousands Snap Them Up

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Joel Johnson hadn’t owned a bicycle since he was 15, but the pandemic changed all that. Johnson first bought a multipurpose bike to avoid the germs on crowded buses and trains but then discovered a passion for pedaling around San Francisco, where some streets are now ...