Barca title bid on rocks as Atletico upstage Messi’s 700th goal

first_imgBarcelona gave up more ground to Real Madrid in La Liga’s title race on Tuesday after being held to a 2-2 draw at home to third-placed Atletico Madrid as a late penalty from Saul Niguez cancelled out Lionel Messi’s 700th career goal.The draw meant the Catalans stayed second in the standings on 70 points and leaders Real Madrid, who have 71, will go four points clear at the top with five games left if they beat Getafe at home on Thursday.Barca went ahead at an empty Camp Nou in the 11th minute when Atletico striker Diego Costa knocked Messi’s delivery from a corner into his own net. Topics : The Catalans desperately needed to win after twice throwing away the lead to draw 2-2 with Celta Vigo on Saturday but history repeated itself as Quique Setien’s side failed to sparkle against a determined Atletico who are unbeaten since the season resumed.”It’s very hard to try and fight for the title when you drop points two matches in a row but we’ll keep going until the end,” said Barca midfielder Sergio Busquets.As well as defending with their usual steel, Diego Simeone’s side caused Barca plenty of problems down the wings due to the pace of Yannick Carrasco and their man-of-the-moment Marcos Llorente, who is enjoying a new lease of life as a forward.Belgian winger Carrasco won both penalties for Atletico, out-foxing Arturo Vidal in the first half and then proving too quick for Nelson Semedo.Saul had sent Ter Stegen the wrong way to score his first equalizer but the German guessed the right way in their second duel from the spot. The ball, however, squirmed through his hands and crept in off post.Barca coach Setien left former Atletico forward Antoine Griezmann out of his starting team for the second game in a row and turned to the 120-million-euro man in stoppage time, but the Frenchman had barely any time to provide the desired reaction. center_img Saul leveled soon after from the spot after the referee ordered a re-take when Costa’s initial penalty was saved by Marc-Andre ter Stegen who had strayed from his line.Barcelona then earned a penalty soon after the interval which Argentine Messi coolly converted for a remarkable 700th strike for club and country, only for Saul to strike again from the spot in the 62nd to earn a share of the points.”It’s a real shame and the league title is looking much harder for us with each game,” said Barca coach Quique Setien, whose side have drawn three of their six games since the campaign resumed after the coronavirus stoppage.”Dropping these points in reality pushes us further away from the title but we have to keep on working hard.”last_img read more

Black Elk fined over fatal Gulf of Mexico platform explosion

first_imgChain of events  Houston-based oil company Black Elk Energy (BEE) has been convicted of worker safety and clean water act violations in connection with a fatal offshore platform explosion in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico and ordered to pay a $4.2 million fine. Black Elk was sentenced on Thursday on eight felony violations of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA) and one misdemeanor count of violating the Clean Water Act before the Honorable U.S. District Judge Jane Triche Milazzo.The charges stemmed from events causing an explosion in November 2012 on an offshore oil production platform that resulted in the deaths of three workers and injuries to several others. This case is also related to the recent conviction of Wood Group PSN in the Western District of Louisiana for their role in operations on the platform.In accordance with a plea agreement, the court ordered BEE to pay a $4.2 million monetary penalty. However, due to BEE’s bankruptcy, the $4.2 million agreed monetary penalty will be a general unsecured claim against BEE’s bankruptcy estate entitled to a pro rata distribution from the trust with other allowed unsecured claims against BEE.On Aug. 11, 2015, four of BEE’s creditors filed an involuntary chapter 7 bankruptcy case against BEE in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas. The case converted to a voluntary chapter 11 case shortly thereafter. Under a Chapter 11 plan of liquidation confirmed on July 13, 2016, BEE’s assets were transferred into two trusts, and a trustee will administer distributions to creditors from funds in one of the trusts. According to the court documents, beginning on Nov. 3, 2012, after pipeline repairs, BEE undertook platform repairs to include replacing equipment and installing a divert valve on the platform’s Lease Automatic Custody Transfer (LACT) unit and tying it into the sump line piping. The LACT system was the last point in the production process prior to the oil leaving West Delta 32 and entering the sales transmission pipeline.Some of the construction projects on West Delta 32 required “hot work,” or welding, grinding, and/or any other activity that may produce a spark. Hot work on an oil production facility is a hazardous activity capable of causing injury or death. Title 30 of the Code of Federal Regulations requires that written permission, commonly referred to as a “hot work permit,” be issued by the welding supervisor or designated person in charge (PIC) before any hot work on a production platform begin. At a maximum, a hot work permit is valid for 12 hours. Once a hot work permit expires, all the precautionary steps should be complete before a new hot work permit is issued.Starting on or about Nov. 8, 2012, Christopher Srubar, a co-defendant and Wood Group PSN employee and West Delta 32 PIC, issued hot work permits for the construction work related to the West Delta 32 projects. However, Srubar stopped issuing hot work permits and conducting all-hands safety meetings and instead delegated the permitting to the Wood Group PSN “C” operator. Neither Srubar nor the “C” operator conducted a daily pre-work inspection with the construction crew, staffed by Grand Isle Shipyards (GIS), nor did they designate a fire watch for the hot work areas.On or about Nov. 15, 2012, hot work started on the LACT unit with the knowledge of co-defendants Don Moss and Curtis Dantin. Moss and Dantin did not ask Srubar if he completed a safety check of the area. In addition, they did not complete a pre-work inspection or issue a warning to the GIS crews to step welding on the sump line piping. Instead, Dantin instructed some of the crew to begin the welding of the sump line piping for the LACT unit upgrade. The single hot work permit the “C” operator issued for Nov. 16 did not state that the LACT unit or sump line piping as areas that were safe for hot work.Workers started to make cuts to the sump line piping leading to the Wet Oil Tank, causing liquid to spill from the piping. At approximately 9:00 a.m., hydrocarbon vapors that escaped from the Wet Oil Tank ignited, causing a series of explosions in the three oil tanks on the platform. The fire and explosions resulted in the deaths of GIS employees Avelino Tajonera, Elroy Corporal, and Jerome Malagapo. Other workers were seriously burned and physically injured.BEE admitted that its employees and agents were negligent in the manner in which they planned and executed the hot work on West Delta 32 platform, and that the acts of their agents and employees violated regulations.Co-defendant GIS faces manslaughter charges, and Dantin, Srubar, and Moss face criminal violations of the Clean Water Act in the Eastern District of Louisiana. The OCSLA charges against GIS, Moss, Srubar, and Dantin, were dismissed by the district court and are pending an interlocutory appeal by the government to the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, argued on May 1, 2017.last_img read more

DepEd told to use TV, radio in student learning amid pandemic

first_imgGatchalian is also hoping that a vaccine against COVID-19 would be discovered by August 24 to finally put an end to the disease. “Itong inihain nating resolusyon ay para tignan natin nang mas malalim kung ano ang mga bagong patakaran at polisiya para mapangalagaan ang kalusugan at mag-ingat ang ating mga mag-aaral, magulang at guro sa darating na pasukan,” Gatchalian said in an interview with DZBB. As contained in his Senate resolution 391, Gatchalian said the health and safety of the students, as well as that of their parents and teachers should be prioritized. The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of the Emerging Infectious Disease has earlier approved the proposal to start the new school year for public schools on late August. Gatchalian said that with the expected limited time of school year (from August 2020 to April 2021) the subjects to be taught in the school could be lessened as well. MANILA – Television and radio could be used as learning resources for students under the so-called “new normal” environment in the wake of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis. “Sana ay tuluy-tuloy na itong paghupa at tuluy-tuloy nang mawala itong virus na ito. Sana rin by that time, meron na ring gamot na makikita – ‘yung vaccine o gamot na makikita para masugpo itong coronavirus,” he said./PN Private schools, meanwhile, could start as early as June but just via online learning with the face-to-face learning still starting on August 24. Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian, who chairs the Senate Committee on Education, made the proposal, citing that not all students have access to new forms of technology like the Internet. “Titignan rin natin ‘yung paggamit ng mga teknolohiya… Gusto rin nating gamitin ‘yung mga tradisyonal na teknolohiya tulad ng telebisyon at radio dahil ito ay mas malawak,” he added. “Kasabay nitong one or two times a week na pagpasok ay ang paggamit ng radyo at telebisyon sa pagtuturo. Bawasan na muna natin ‘yung subjects na tinuturo. For example, tanggalin na muna ‘yung P.E. (Physical Education), tanggalin na muna ‘yung Home Economics. Ituro natin ‘yung pinakamahalaga — Math, Science, English at Reading,” he said.last_img read more

Trilogy Health Services CEO Randall Bufford transitions to chairman of the board

first_imgBatesville, IN—​​​​Randall Bufford, President & CEO of Trilogy Health Services, announced yesterday his transition to the role of Chairman of the Board, effective October 1, 2019. Leigh Ann Barney, Trilogy’s Chief Operating Officer, will be assuming the position of President & CEO at Trilogy.“I’ve been planning for this transition for over 10 years,” commented Bufford. “Now is the perfect time for me to take a step back from day-to-day operations at Trilogy. We’re checking off all the boxes – outstanding customer satisfaction, record employee engagement and retention rates, and our financial position has never been stronger. This is a good thing for Trilogy. I have absolute confidence not only in Leigh Ann and the rest of our leadership team, but in the people who work at every one of our communities. Trilogy’s success lies in our culture, and our culture is thriving within the hearts of the 15,000 employees who make up our family. We have built a company that cares for those who care for others (#C4U) and that cycle has led to an enormous amount of success, not only for Trilogy, but for our employees and our residents. I know that Leigh Ann will nurture this culture and carry on our tradition of continuous improvement. We’ve reached record highs, but we’re nowhere close to being satisfied. In my new role as Chairman of the Board, I look forward to mentoring Leigh Ann, and to helping Trilogy grow in the coming years. I know that under her leadership, our employees will continue to say what I am saying today: Trilogy is the Best Place I Ever Worked.”“I am truly humbled to be walking in the footsteps of such an incredible servant leader,” commented Leigh Ann Barney, Trilogy’s Chief Operating Officer. “His example has and will continue to inspire the entire senior leadership team here at Trilogy to keep striving for excellence, to keep investing in our employees, and to keep pursuing our goal of being the Best Healthcare Company in the Midwest (#BHCM). I have learned so much in my 19 years at Trilogy, and I continue to learn every time I round at our campuses. And although every lesson is different, they all drive home the same message: at Trilogy, we’re family. We love each other, we look out for each other, and we do what is right for one another, every day. It is the utmost honor to serve such an inspiring group of employees, and I promise to lead by the example Randy has set since day one. Our future is bright, and I look forward to celebrating our successes in the years to come.”Through his position as Chairman of the Board, Bufford will continue to be involved in strategic decisions regarding Trilogy. He will also be focusing much of his time on mentoring his successor to ensure that the transition goes smoothly for Trilogy’s employees, constituents, and partners. In a recent video to employees, Bufford emphasized that he is not going away and that he will always be part of the fabric of Trilogy.“We are building an enterprise that’s much bigger than Randy Bufford or Leigh Ann Barney,” Bufford continued. “It’s about all of our people. We’re investing in our future, so the great things we all know as Trilogy will continue olast_img read more

Bernard Moster – age 94, of Brookville

first_imgBernard A. Moster, of Brookville, was born on February 11, 1926 in Cedar Grove, a son to John and Emma Obermeyer Moster.  He served his country with the United States Navy during WWII and later married Mary Ann Volk on November 25, 1950 at Holy Guardian Angel Church.  Bernard was a farmer and a member of St. Michael Catholic Church.  He enjoyed playing cards, traveling and spending time with family.  On Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at the age of 94, he passed away at his residence.Those surviving who will cherish Bernard’s memory include his wife, Mary Ann Moster; children, Paul (Denise) Moster of Liberty, Joyce (Darryl) Smith of Fort Wayne, Greg (Julie) Moster of Dayton, and Eugene (Sara) Moster of Brookville; 22 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren; 2 brothers, Tony (Patricia) Moster of Morris and Leo (Joann) Moster of St. Peters; one sister, Bea Maloney of Kentucky; sister-in-law, Kathy Moster of Harrison, and several nieces and nephews.  Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Ann Marie Moster; 3 sisters, Ann Workman, Emma Maloney, and Catherine Frey, and three brothers, Albert, Walter, and Fr. Humbert Moster.Friends may visit with the family on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home, 929 Main Street, Brookville.  Father Vincent Lampert will officiate a Mass of Christian burial at St. Michael at 1:30 p.m.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.* All attending are encouraged to wear a mask and follow proper social distancing protocol.  If you are not feeling well, or if you have compromised immune system, you are encouraged to stay home.Memorial contributions can be directed to St. Michael’s Church Building Fund or St. Michael School at the funeral home or directly at St. Michael Church or St. Michael School, 145 E. St. Michaels Blvd, Brookville IN 47012.   To sign the online guestbook or to leave a personal condolence, please visit  The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to care for the family of Bernard Moster.last_img read more

Mourinho angered by Costa treatment

first_img “There is a real professionalism and respect in the league so you can understand why the players weren’t happy with that, in the same way of trying to buy free-kicks with the way he plays. “I will not fall in to that trap of being disrespectful.” Mourinho described Costa’s performance as “fantastic in every aspect”. “In the first half he was tackling Coleman on the edge of our box, he recovered balls, he held the ball up, went face to face with Howard two times and scored two goals – his movement, his quality was really good. “But we made defensive mistakes. It is difficult to believe Wednesday afternoon we trained one and half hours and did only two things: defensive corners and defensive free-kicks. “So imagine how happy I am with the result of our work. It was better Wednesday to give them free time, stay at home with my wife and kids rather than train when they come here and concede the second goal, which is ridiculous.” Branislav Ivanovic made it 2-0 inside three minutes after Costa’s opener and after Kevin Mirallas pulled one back on half-time Coleman’s own goal restored Chelsea’s cushion at the start of a mad 11-minute spell which also brought further goals for Steven Naismith, Nemanja Matic, Samuel Eto’o on debut, Ramires, and finally Costa. Press Association “The only thing I didn’t like in this game – apart from some of our defensive mistakes – was the way some Everton players were trying to create problems for him,” said the Portuguese. “I don’t think this is English football. There is a good tradition with Everton teams because everything is good, everything is positive: the manager, the quality of their football. “But to be chasing cards to a player who once more had good behaviour and was just here to play football is disappointing. “At the end of the story Diego is maybe the best player in the Premier League in the first three matches and he has two yellow cards; one against Burnley where he didn’t simulate – it was a penalty and today when everyone was chasing him to get him in trouble. That is disappointing.” Everton manager Roberto Martinez’s response was to suggest Costa’s behaviour showed he had yet to learn the standards associated with English football but refused to be drawn into a slanging match. “I am disappointed if a manager who has won a game away from home complains about the attitude of players,” said the Spaniard, who said his side showed fear when the ball came anywhere near their penalty area. “There are certain foreign players who come to the Premier League who need to understand the ethics and the culture as the behaviour in the British game is unique. “The last thing you want to see is disrespect from a player to another player and I am sure he will learn that very quickly. The Spain international scored in the first and last minutes but in between was booked for an altercation with Seamus Coleman, having previously upset his opponents by apparently goading the Republic of Ireland international for his own goal to make it 3-1 in the second half. Mourinho said he was disappointed with some of Everton’s attempts to aggravate his £32million signing from Atletico Madrid. Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho accused Everton’s players of trying to get striker Diego Costa into trouble during their manic 6-3 victory at Goodison Park. last_img read more

Premier League leaders Leicester looking for better than top four finish

first_img But when Morgan was asked whether he would take a fourth-place finish now he said: “I wouldn’t answer that. “Obviously fourth is a very good position and no one coming into the season thought we would be there. “At the moment we are just delighted where we are and want to keep that run going. “We still don’t want to get carried away, especially with us only being Leicester! “We will let you guys (the media) speculate, we will just try to stay grounded and who knows how far we can go. “There is a lot of speculation and talk of how far we can go, where can we finish, can we win the league, and stuff. “We listen to it all but don’t get carried away. We will just carry on playing, carry on winning and see how far we can go.” If the players are not getting carried away – manager Claudio Ranieri will not entertain talk of a title bid until April – then Leicester’s fans certainly are. Immediately after an ironic chant of ‘We’re staying up’ went out at Goodison Park (Leicester now have 38 points) it was followed by one of ‘We’re going to win the league’. No one can argue with the role the supporters have played in backing their team and Morgan accepts they can ride that wave of optimism. Next up is a visit to Anfield and the centre-back insists that holds no fear for them. “We get confidence from our performances,” he added. “We are in high spirits, because we have played most teams now, and know how good we are and we want to keep it going and prove how good we are to everyone. “We weren’t dreading them a year ago because we played well, we just weren’t getting the rub of the green. “Some mistakes cost us games. This season we have eradicated them and the results picked up. “We just want to stay solid and perform again and try and get the win.” Team spirit and attitude has been a big factor for Leicester this season and that was epitomised by Morgan who played at Goodison despite a stomach upset on the eve of the game. “I had a bad stomach the night before but I didn’t even tell the gaffer, I told the physio, took some Immodium tablets and rolled myself out there,” he said. “There’s a point where you think you might be too ill to play and might not be able to help the team but I don’t think I was at that point. Every player wants to play every week.” Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez, the Premier League’s two highest scorers with 15 and 13 goals apiece, have grabbed the headlines but that does not do justice to the work done by the likes of Morgan, midfielder Ngolo Kante and Robert Huth and Danny Drinkwater (suspended and injured respectively for the Everton game). Morgan insists they are happy for the flair players to steal the limelight. “A lot of players have probably gone under the radar this year – maybe rightly because Riyad and Vards have got the goals – but we are doing our jobs quietly – and we don’t mind not getting the limelight because they’re scoring the goals and winning us the games. “Someone’s got to get it and strikers usually do.” The 3-2 win at Everton ensured they will be top at Christmas – a situation from which five of the last six teams in the same position have gone on to become champions – exactly 12 months after they were rock-bottom and in danger of being relegated. Despite their sustained spell at the top most observers expect the Foxes’ form to tail off in the new year and believe the best they can hope for is a Champions League place. Leicester captain Wes Morgan would not admit it publicly but his club’s ambition now stretches beyond a top four finish. Press Associationlast_img read more

2022 FIFA World Cup Hosts Qatar to kick off at Al Bayt Stadium

first_imgDOHA: Hosts Qatar will kick-off the 2022 World Cup at the Al Bayt Stadium on November 21, football’s world governing body FIFA announced on Wednesday.The match will kick off 15:30 (IST).The group stage will last for 12 days with four matches being played in a day. According to FIFA, this is being done to give the players ample rest before the knockout stage of the tournament.The first game will kick-off at 15:30 (IST) and the last game will kick off at 00:30 IST (the next day in India). However, the second and third matches will both be consumed by a prime time evening broadcast audience in India, given that they start at 18:30 IST and 21:30 IST respectively. “Khalifa International Stadium will be the setting for the play-off for third place on 17 December. The final will kick off one day later at 18:00 (local time) at Lusail Stadium in front of an 80,000 crowd,” it added. This is the second time the World Cup is being hosted by an Asian nation. The last time the showpiece event was held in the continent was in 2002 when Japan and South Korea hosted the tournament together. “The World Cup is always a festival of football, a real celebration for the fans who come on-site and watch. In Qatar, with the compact nature, this is going to be amplified even more with 32 teams and 32 sets of supporters all in and around Doha,” FIFA Chief Tournaments and Events Officer, Colin Smith was quoted as saying in the statement. Also, fans can witness more than one match in a day as none of the eight venues, in and around Qatar capital city, is more than an hour apart from each other, thanks to the newly constructed Doha Metro. “The tournament’s compact nature — with no air travel needed to move between the venues — will allow organisers, for the first time, to optimise specific match demands for the benefit and comfort of fans, teams and media,” the statement read further. “This will be achieved through the assignment of the group fixtures for each matchday to a stadium and kick-off time only after the final draw, currently planned for after the March 2022 international match calendar qualifying window. “Once the pairings are known, the possibility will be discussed of providing a more beneficial kick-off time for audiences at home, or indeed for fans in Qatar with regard to the stadium allocation.” (IANS) Also watch: Flood continues to Wreak Havoc in Dibrugarhlast_img read more

Asian Games Asian Games 2018: Young ‘guns’ of India hungry for medals but face stern challenge ahead

first_imgNew Delhi: In the upcoming 2018 Asian Games that is set to take place in Jakarta and Palembang cities of Indonesia, all eyes will be on Indian teenage superstars Manu Bhaker, Anish Bhanwala and Elavenil Valvarian, who are carrying India’s medal hopes in the shooting events that are set to kick off on August 19. However, they will have to overcome the mighty challenge of South Koreans and the Chinese.Bhanwala and Bhaker, who are 15 and 16 respectively, came to limelight after bagging a gold in the 25m rapid fire pistol and 10m air pistol events respectively at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.ALSO READ: Asian Games 2018: Day-wise schedule, time-table for AsiadsBut the Asian Games is a much tougher challenge for the young starlets than the CWG and it would be interesting how they take on the pressure.One interesting fact going into the 2018 Asian Games is that India has won the same amount of gold medals (7) as the country has managed to bag in the history of Asian Games and only four shooters have won the shining gold in the Asiad – Jaspal Rana, Jitu Rai, Randhir Singh, and Ronjan Sodhi.Jaspal Rana, one of the gold medal winners as a shooter is now a coach with the Indian team, is optimistic about their medal chances.Bhaker is set to kick off her 2018 Asian Games campaign alongside Abhishek Verma in the pistol mixed team event.The 16-year-old has tasted success at the highest level, winning two gold medals at the Guadalajara World Cup in March before stealing the spotlight at the Gold Coast games.ALSO READ: Asian Games 2018: Schedule, Timings, When and where to watchBhanwala, unlike his teammate, is yet to kick off his career at the senior level. But he had bagged gold in the Junior World Championships and now it is a perfect chance to steal the show at the Asian Games. However, that will be a massive challenge for him.While, Bhaker and Bhanwala is catching all the limelight ahead of the 2018 Asian Games, the 19-year-old Valarivan has quietly managed to focus on her business. She bagged the gold in the 10m rifle event at the Sydney Junior World Cup earlier in 2018 with a World Record score.And then there is the seasoned Sanjeev Rajput, who has his eye set for the top prize in the 50m rifle event after winning in the Gold Coast games. He, however, has extremely high expectations from the 19-year-old Valarivan.“She has been shooting really well. Unlike in the past, the youngsters are doing really well for India. There is a sizeable pool (both in rifle and pistol) which has been doing well. It was not the case earlier,” Rajput told news agency PTI.ALSO READ: England vs India 3rd Test: Visitors eye last-ditch comebackIn the 2018 Asian Games, in the absence of legends like Gagan Narang and Abhinav Bindra, there is a high probability of a star coming out in the shooting events.The youngsters will be guided by the seniors like Heena Sidhu, Manavjit Singh and Shreyasi Singh, who would be itching to leave their mark.With a gold, silver, and seven bronze – a total of 9 medals- India had finished eighth in the shooting events at Incheon, South Korea, four years back, and this time around the expectations are much higher.Four years ago, China topped the table with 50 medals (27 gold) are expected to be at the centre of attraction again, but all the Indian eyes would be on the ‘desi’ superstars.  For all the Latest Sports News News, Asian Games News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgUpdate on the latest sports April 11, 2020 — The Orlando Magic’s home arena will become a distribution center for medical equipment and supplies as part of the ongoing response to the coronavirus pandemic. The Amway Center will be a hub for equipment and supplies that will go to 50 hospitals in Central Florida as well as facilities in seven other states.— The American Hockey League’s Syracuse Crunch has loaned two sanitation machines to a local hospital to see if they could help clean personal protective equipment worn by hospital staff. The Crunch uses one of the machines in its locker room and the other to clean equipment but doesn’t need them right now with sports on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic. Turns out they’re a good fit at Upstate University Hospital.FIFA INVESTIGATION-BLATTERSwiss prosecutors intend to drop 1 FIFA case against BlatterGENEVA (AP) — Former FIFA (FEE’-fuh) president Sepp Blatter has won a legal victory in his fight since 2015 against Swiss allegations of criminal mismanagement. Federal prosecutors in Switzerland plan to drop one of two cases open against him. Associated Press The Swiss attorney general’s office on Saturday confirmed reports they intend to close an investigation into how Blatter and soccer governing body FIFA awarded World Cup broadcast rights in the Caribbean in 2005.The decision is the latest example in recent weeks of the Swiss FIFA cases stalling, while the separate and cooperating American investigation sparked back into life with new indictments and fresh allegations of World Cup bid bribery.The criminal proceeding against Blatter was opened 4 ½ years ago and helped remove him from the presidential office he held for more than 17 years. He is serving a six-year FIFA ban from soccer.The Swiss prosecution office says a second criminal proceeding against Blatter — for a $2 million payment he authorized to FIFA vice president Michel Platini in 2011 for uncontracted salary — remains open.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Rizzo says no players for the reigning World Series champions have shown any symptoms of COVID-19 at any point and so no one has been tested. He said the team’s medical staff checks in each day with every player and staff member.Rizzo said the ailing employee was at the team’s spring training facility in West Palm Beach, Florida, and now is home after his quarantine ended. Rizzo said the employee is fever-free and symptom-free.In other news related to the coronavirus pandemic:— The XFL has suspended operations and laid off its employees. Employees were told of the layoffs Friday during an in-house conference call. The upstart league backed by WWE canceled the remainder of its season last month because of the coronavirus pandemic, but promised to be back in 2021. The moves have left the league’s future in doubt. The XFL has eight franchises and played five games out of a planned 10-game schedule.— The Arizona Coyotes will furlough half of the organization’s employees with the NHL season on hold due to the coronavirus outbreak. The furloughs began Friday and will last through June 30. The Coyotes say all furloughed employees will continue to receive 100% of health benefits. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSNationals report 1 positive test, not a playerUNDATED (AP) — Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo says a non-playing team employee tested positive for the coronavirus and is “on the road to getting better.”last_img read more