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Read also: Indonesia late to respond to COVID-19 pandemic, former VP Kalla saysRecently, the government mulled a plan to perform mass rapid tests in all laboratories across Indonesia in a bid to expedite the detection of the disease. The rapid tests are deemed more convenient and can promptly detect whether a specimen is positive for COVID-19 compared with the PCR test.Rapid tests only require blood serum as a sample, meaning the tests can be performed at all health laboratories across the country. Everyone, whether they have shown COVID-19 symptoms or not, can undergo the test.The testing method is easier to implement, as the regular tests have to be performed in level-two biosafety laboratories, since nasal fluids or larynx substances — in which the virus is contained — are used as the main specimens. Topics : The Health Ministry has said that people showing COVID-19 symptoms still need to undergo the regular polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test to determine their next medical treatment despite having previously taken rapid tests — which will be provided by the government in upcoming days.Health Ministry Disease Control and Prevention Director General Achmad Yurianto said that PCR tests were more accurate in detecting the disease since the tests thoroughly examined molecular reactions in samples. Such a feature, he said, was the main benefit of the tests even though the examination process could take some time.“The regular test is still mandatory for anyone who has tested positive but has shown mild symptoms of the disease. This is because the severity of the disease is supposed to be known after a person has performed the test,” Yurianto said in a press conference on Thursday. The government remains tight-lipped on when the tests will be available in the country.Read also: House urges COVID-19 rapid response team to work fasterHowever, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo instructed his subordinates to quickly perform rapid tests across the country during a limited meeting at the Presidential Palace in Jakarta on Thursday.While people showing symptoms of the disease should take two tests, people who test positive from the rapid tests but show no symptoms will be asked to self-isolate to stop the virus from spreading.Yurianto said the government would also publish guidelines on how to perform self-isolation at home since the purpose of the tests is to encourage people to self-isolate once they know they have been infected with the virus.“Not all people who have tested positive should be treated in hospitals after taking rapid tests,” he said. “The rapid test will act as a screening as to whether we should self-isolate ourselves or not,” Yurianto added. (glh)
Top officials in the Catholic Church have said that they are coming up with a protocol to protect minors and vulnerable adults, but they reiterated that physically and mentally able adult women who have sexual relations with clergymen – consensual or otherwise – will not be the beneficiary of the protocol.While admitting there were power dynamics and cases of power abuse between clergymen and laywomen or nuns, Father Sunu Hardiyanta, who has been working on a system to prevent and handle cases of sexual abuse at the Catholic Church since 2012, told The Jakarta Post and Tirto.id that the topic of handling cases involving adult women was different and required “a separate protocol”.“Adult relationships are more an ethical matter, code of conduct, a wrong behavior,” he said. “The most important thing here is correct authority, correct leadership.” Some people who know of cases in which an adult woman has been in a relationship with a clergyman refuse to go into semantics over what constitutes vulnerability. To them, women who are suffering need help from the Church to gain justice. But often times, these women do not get it from the Church and have to bear the brunt of any burdens that might arise from the relationship.Sister Chatarina Supatmiyati said in a public discussion held by independent Catholic media outlet Katolikana that “patriarchy in the Catholic Church” had led to refusal from the Church’s elites or officials to regard adult women as victims of sexual abuse. Most of them see the problem as a mere violation of the chastity oath.In a rare bold admission, however, Chatarina discussed the sufferings of women who got involved in relationships with priests. She has witnessed several cases in which a woman had to raise her children alone while being ostracized from society, while the priest who fathered the children continued on as respected figure in a different place.“Ordained priests that have high status in the society can easily ‘manipulate’ their target of lust,” said John Mansford Prior, an ordained member of the Society of the Divine Word. (JP/Hengky Wijaya)Human rights activists have called on the Church to help these women more. One of them is Iswanti, an activist with church lay group Mitra ImaDei. She argued that women could be in a “vulnerable condition” even if they were physically and mentally able, as they could face certain problems or mental health issues, such as depression.“Even when the women are not having problems, they are still in a vulnerable situation due to the power dynamics,” Iswanti said, explaining how such dynamics could occur in “a very subtle way” such as through deception or manipulation, with the person in power abusing their authority toward unethical ends.Another activist, Mike Verawati Tangka, who on several occasions has helped victims of sexual abuse by clergymen, said that power relations played a significant role in special relationships between religious leaders and adult women.“[These relationships] would have never happened in the first place if the clergymen, who are the powerful parties, did not start them,” Mike said.“People always say it’s the woman’s mistake for being willing to enter a relationship with a religious leader, while in fact these women are the vulnerable ones.”Activist Damairia Pakpahan further underlined that the presence of an authority figure in these cases had prevented women from achieving a “fair solution” to the sexual abuse they experienced.‘He doesn’t deserve respect’In some cases, victims who report abuse to Church leaders or institutions are silenced, with the accused priest only facing mild punishment, such as the transfer to another parish. “It is not a solution. It is merely a means of transferring a problem to another place,” said Damairia.One woman, who has chosen to go by the alias Dea to protect her privacy, has sought justice over a relationship with a Catholic priest at Santo Aloysius Gonzaga Church in East Jakarta in 2008. She has called for the priest to be stripped of his religious title because she believes that “he does not deserve such respect anymore”.When contacted for clarification over the issue on July 23, the priest did not respond.About two weeks after Dea was introduced to the priest, identified only as Father M, he went to her new restaurant with three young Catholic activists. “Kiss me,” he is alleged to have said to Dea when no one was listening. Dea just smiled and ignored him. In the following days, the priest allegedly continued to pursue a sexual relationship with Dea by playing footsie, tugging her arm, attempting to hug her, asking for kisses and engaging in verbal sexual coercion. He promised marriage despite Dea’s reminder that he took a chastity oath.Dea said she was manipulated by Father M to engage in sexual intercourse with him as he offered to marry her only within a month after the priest was appointed the new head of the parish. But the priest later denied his words when she asked him about marriage.The news eventually reached the ears of the priest’s order leader at the Redemptorist Congregation in Indonesia (CSsR), who later visited Dea and asked for an explanation of the allegations. Dea later made a written testimony in 2008 and she reported her case to several authorities, including an official at the Jakarta Archdiocese.“They, however, did not provide me with any solution,” she said.Not long after, the priest was transferred to Indonesia CSsR’s headquarters in Sumba, East Nusa Tenggara, Dea said. She hoped that he would be dismissed as an ordained priest but, as of today, Father M is still a priest, although, to Dea’s knowledge, he does not have any duties at the Church.The Post and Tirto.id did not receive a response after contacting CSsR leader Wilhelmus Ngongo Palla for comment.An ordained member of the Society of the Divine Word, John Mansford Prior, who has worked as an educator for almost 40 years, has criticized the common practice of transferring “priests in trouble” to other places, and therefore urged the Church to uncover and settle all cases of alleged abuse.“The practice of hiding such cases to protect the Church’s reputation will only exacerbate this scandal,” Prior said.He said in an email sent to the Post and Tirto.id on July 20 that based on his observations as an educator in many places – including Singapore, Malaysia, Australia and numerous locations in Indonesia – only around 50 percent of ordained priests “never got entangled in [cases of] sexual harassment or intimate relationships that violated their calling”.Prior has worked in eastern Indonesia since 1973 and is currently a lecturer at the Ledalero’s School of Theology and Philosophy in Flores, East Nusa Tenggara.He said even though relationships between priests and adult women were different than those involving minors or vulnerable adults, he insisted that unequal power relations in patriarchal society rendered these adult women victims and the priests perpetrators.“Ordained priests that have high status in society can easily ‘manipulate’ their target of lust,” Prior said.Topics : Sunu’s statement is in line with Ignatius Cardinal Suharyo’s statement in December: “[The Pope] is very strict toward priests who have sexually abused minors and adults with disabilities. Women are not included on the list. That’s because cases of abuse among adults are different,” Suharyo, who is also the Archbishop of Jakarta, said.The Vatican’s definition of vulnerable adults has been the subject of heated debate globally. It defines a vulnerable adult in the context of abuse cases as anyone who is “in an infirm state, of physical or mental deficiency, or deprivation of personal freedom, that in fact, even occasionally, limits their capacity to intend or to want or in any way to resist the offense”. The definition was issued in March last year.Father Sunu said an adult woman who was having a temporary psychological problem (undergoing a serious problem at home, for example) and involved in a sexual relationship with a priest to which she sought help when she was down did not fall into the category of “vulnerable adult”.‘Patriarchy in the Catholic Church’
Wessex Archaeology has unearthed numerous archaeological remains in Lincolnshire, UK, and the surrounding area as part of the onshore construction works for Ørsted’s Hornsea Project One offshore wind farm.Post-excavation assessment and reporting are currently in process, with over 27,827 artifacts recovered weighing 569kg in total, along with approximately 8,000 liters of soil.Key finds from the scheme include two human burials (medieval and Roman), animal bone, metalwork, quernstones, recovery of Bronze Age pottery, further Romano-British settlement activity, as well as two medieval/ early post-medieval salt production sites.“Most people wouldn’t associate renewable energy sources with historical artefacts, but it just goes to show the variety of activities needed to build an offshore wind farm,” Bronagh Byrne, Environment and Consents Manager from Ørsted, said.The archaeological excavation has been completed before cable installation. Archaeological monitoring during the excavation of the cable trench is ongoing and further monitoring will be carried out during reinstatement works in key areas, with monitoring fieldwork scheduled to be completed this year.The results of the excavations will be published in due course providing an insight into how the landscape of this part of Lincolnshire has been utilized and transformed from prehistory through to the present day.The Wessex Archaeology team has been working with Ørsted since August 2015, alongside staff from consultants Royal Haskoning DHV and contractors J. Murphy & Sons Limited. The work has included trial trenching, excavation, watching brief, earthwork survey and historic building recording during pre-construction and construction phases of the project.The works have been monitored for three local planning authorities by archaeologists from North Lincolnshire Council, North East Lincolnshire Council and Lincolnshire County Council, as part of planning conditions.“Large linear schemes like this can be challenging; we’ve had seventy people working on the scheme over two years with some pretty inclement weather at times,” Richard O’Neill, Project Manager from Wessex Archaeology, said.Images: Wessex Archaeology
The youngest case in the last 24 hours is a 7-month-old child while the oldest is an 80-year-old.Get breaking news on your Mobile as-it-happens. SMS ‘NEWS’ to 20153 Distribution of the cases by counties is as follows, Nairobi 54 cases, Kisumu 26, Mombasa 20, Kericho 11, Nakuru 10, Kisii 7, Machakos 6, Meru 5, Turkana 5, Lamu 3, Nyeri 3, Siaya 3, Kiambu 2, Kajiado 2, Busia 2, Homabay 2, Kilifi 2, Samburu 2, Kakamega 1 and Embu 1.Also Read Cardinal Njue condemns conduct of leaders in the countryIn terms of sub-county distribution, the 54 cases in Nairobi are from Starehe and Westlands 10 cases each, Kibra 6, Embakassi East 5, Dagoretti North and Lang’ata 4 each, Roysambu 3, Dagoretti South, Embakasi North, Embakasi West, Kamukunji, Kasarani and Madaraka 1 case each.Also Read COVID-19: Kenya records 98 new cases, 62 recoveries, 2 deathsIn Kisumu, the 26 cases are from Kisumu East 20, Kisumu Central 5, and Nyando 1 while in Mombasa the 20 cases are from Kisauni 10, Jomvu 6, Changamwe, Likoni, Mvita and Nyali 1 case each.The CAS on a positive note said that a total of 82 people had recovered from the virus, 33 from home-based care, while 49 were from various health facilities bringing the cumulative number of recoveries to 23, 611.Also Read Women leaders welcome CJ’s decision to dissolve ParliamentIn the last 24 hours, Kenya has recorded 5 deaths bringing the cumulative number of fatalities in the country to 642.Mwanganagi during the brief also said that since the onset of the pandemic, at least 945 healthcare workers have been infected with the virus with 16 having succumbed across 35 counties in the country. Kenya has Thursday confirmed 183 new COVID-19 cases out of a sample size of 4,188 bringing the cumulative number of positive cases in the country to 36,576.Out of the 183 new cases, 169 are Kenyans while 14 are foreigners.Speaking during the daily COVID-19 briefing at Afya House, CAS Mercy Mwanganagi said males continue to lead in the daily positivity rate at 131 while females stand at 52.
RelatedPosts Mike Tyson comeback fight postponed WBA Champion Charr to hold Ruiz Jr talks Mike Tyson beats up seven prostitutes Mike Tyson has promised to return to boxing with the “spirit of Chairman Mao” in a video showing off his impressive hand speed.The 53-year-old made shockwaves with a video showing off his training for an unlikely comeback and he has added more fuel to the fire in a by announcing his return to the Chinese social media platform Weibo. While nothing has been made official yet, longtime rival Evander Holyfield is also flirting with a return to boxing as is ex-heavyweight slugger Shannon Briggs.In the video, a topless Tyson says: “Hey I’m Mike Tyson, I’m on Weibo now, I’ll let you know there’s a possibility I might come back, but if I do I’m going to fight with the spirit of Mao.”He then flexes his right arm, where he has a tattoo of the former Chinese dictator, before throwing a series of his trademark power punches with impressive speed.His pugnacious display is cut short when a fluffy white dog jumps up at him next to a swimming pool and he bursts into a smile before asking the person recording how the clip looked.Weibo users were quick to comment on the boxer’s clip, which has received over 1.4 million views, with Xibeiqu Keke writing: “‘I’ll fight with the spirit of Mao.’ Mike Tyson has a portrait of Chairman Mao on his right shoulder.” Mike Tyson should take note of Baishui Yangtou-young’s writing: “He may have gained a few years, but he looks a lot kinder than before.”Liu Zhuang Beijing added: “Forever boxing king. Idol.”Tyson now has 1.4 million followers on the platform, which he was previously a member of in 2013 before his account was deleted.His profile picture on the platform features a cartoon version of his face with an ear in his mouth, a reference to him biting off a chunk of Holyfield’s ear in their infamous 1997 rematch.UFC President Dana White is concerned that Tyson might be making a mistake by donning his gloves once again. “I love Mike Tyson, I’m begging him not to go fight,” White told Sportsnet. “I said ‘you look awesome, you’re still explosive, you’re obviously still powerful, you’re one of the all-time greats.“But Mike, you’re 53, please don’t do it, please.’ Bottom line is I don’t want Mike to fight. If it comes down to where he is about to do something crazy, I might have to jump in and figure out something for him not to do it.”Tags: BOXINGComebackmike tyson
Six priests are listed on search warrants connected with police raids at multiple Dallas Catholic Diocese offices.A police spokesperson says Wednesday’s raids are connected with sex abuse allegations against Father Edmundo Paredes but declined to release the names of the other priests.Police say the new allegations against the priests were made after the case against Paredes was made public. No arrests have been made.The Catholic Diocese says they are cooperating despite today’s raids, while police say the raids were wholly appropriate.
THE Flying Stars Cycle Club (FSCC) will stage a 25-lap cycle road race around the outer circuit of the National Park on Sunday, in memory of five of its past executives who have all passed away.According to the club’s treasurer William Howard, the event is in memory of the FSCC’s former executives Charles Chichester, Donald Robinson, Oswald Taitt, Cecil Anderson and Stanley Boyce.The event will cater for five category of cyclists and will commence at 09:00hrs from outside the National Park entrance on Carifesta Avenue.The categories that will be involved are Open/seniors, Juniors, Veterans Under-45 years of age and Over-45 years as well as Mountain bikers.Howard disclosed that the activity is being sponsored by former national cyclists in the Diaspora including former national champions Neville Hunte, Victor Rutherford, Monty Davis, Randolph Toussaint and M. Rogers.Chichester once served as the club’s vice-president and was also a vice-president of the Guyana Cycling Federation (GCF). He was also the Sunday Editor of the Guyana Graphic (now Guyana Chronicle).Robinson who acted as president of the Guyana Olympic Association for a short time was the club’s president and also served as second vice-president of the GCF.Taitt was once a vice-president of the club and was racing secretary of the GCF as was Anderson who served in both capacities. Boyce, on the other hand, was an ordinary club member.
The ECB has outlined a slew of proposals for play in both red ball and limited-overs cricket. They include opening up all grounds or using regional grouping for matches. Matches could yet be played before a limited number of supporters.England is looking to play international cricket from July.___The European Tour plans to resume its season in July starting with a six-week stretch of golf tournaments in Britain and running through to the World Tour Championship in Dubai in December.The tour says its events initially will be held without spectators and will be subject to strict testing protocols amid the coronavirus pandemic. The video shows Gesicki lobbing a football over a multi-story beach house, running through the garage and making the catch on the other side on the run as he heads into the street.“I was honestly just super bored, and I was at my girlfriend’s beach house, pretty close to where I live, and we were just kind of hanging out,” Gesicki says . “We saw something similar to that on the internet and we were like, ‘Hey, I might try that,’ and ended up taking a couple tries. It was fun.”Gesicki had a breakout 2019 in his second NFL season. He capped it by making the winning touchdown catch in the finale at New England.___Live horse racing is slated to resume in Maryland this weekend with a three-day session at Laurel Park, which will remain closed to the general public. Associated Press A medical protocol for matches was approved by a technical scientific committee earlier.Spadafora says Serie A will restart on June 20 but the Italian Cup semifinals and the final could be played on June 13 and 17.Serie A has been suspended since March 9, when the government ordered a nationwide lockdown because of the coronavirus pandemic.There are 12 rounds remaining in Serie A, plus four matches that were postponed from the 25th round.___ 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 Malcolm Jenkins, who this offseason left the Eagles to sign with the New Orleans Saints as a free agent, will be the keynote speaker at Philadelphia’s virtual graduation on June 9.Jenkins starred for the Eagles for the last six seasons and the safety won an NFL championship in 2017. He also has been a leader of several off-field initiatives, and his foundation has a mission to promote positive change in the lives of underserved youth in New Jersey, where he grew up; Ohio, where he went to college at Ohio State; Pennsylvania and Louisiana, homes of his pro teams.“Malcolm was selected not for his greatness on the field and his two Super Bowl rings, but because of his compassion and advocacy around social justice,” said Donna Frisby-Greenwood, CEO of the Fund for the School District of Philadelphia and co-chair of the commencement planning committee. “Malcolm’s foundation focuses on youth leadership development and skill building, and we think that that makes him a perfect speaker for us.”The hour-long graduation will be streamed on several platforms, including the school district’s website. Frisby-Greenwood said that several companies and organizations are involved with planning and serving as sponsors. The Philadelphia Orchestra has recorded “Pomp and Circumstance” for the ceremony. And the city’s Free Library will host the live stream of the event on its platform.Individual high schools will be distributing caps and gowns to the students to wear during the festivities. The Latest: Georgia Tech looks to reopen athletic facilities Squads were only allowed to restart practice sessions in small groups last week but contact and tackling is now allowed between players.___The head of English cricket says “unorthodox” measures could be explored to ensure at least part of the domestic season is played this year.The England and Wales Cricket Board says there will be no professional domestic cricket before Aug. 1 because of the coronavirus pandemic.The governing body says its ambition remains to stage domestic competitions some time over the upcoming summer and that talks will continue with the government and health experts. Three players from English soccer clubs Blackburn and Fulham have tested positive for the coronavirus.Blackburn says captain Elliott Bennett was found to be infected with COVID-19 after testing negative last Friday.Bennett says he doesn’t “feel unwell” and doesn’t have any symptoms.Fulham says two players tested positive but did not name them.The positive cases at the second-division clubs came after tests on 1,030 players and staff from Monday to Wednesday. Athletes will not be required to wear masks but the guidelines encourage them to be worn on the sidelines. The order does not address college sports events.___Major League Soccer teams can begin voluntary outdoor small group training sessions.Holding the small group sessions must not conflict with local public health or government restrictions, but is the next step in the league’s hopes of returning to action. A maximum of six players may be assigned to a single group. The three players will have to self-isolate for seven days before returning to training ahead of a potential resumption of the competition.___The Dutch Grand Prix has become the fourth Formula One race to be canceled this season.Organizers of the first Dutch GP in 35 years preferred to wait until next year in hope fans will be able to attend, rather than hold the race without them this time.The race in Zandvoort was set for May 3 and initially postponed. Teams must submit club-specific plans for the small group sessions to the league. The league said teams may split full fields into two equal halves and teams may define up to six zones per half field, spaced at least 10 feet apart. Only one player may be in each zone at any time to maintain physical distancing. Players may switch zones but two players cannot occupy the same zone.Players may pass and shoot on goal, but all training exercises must allow for 10 feet of distance.The league says all health and safety measures required when teams began individual training must be maintained. Players will be screened, including temperature checks, before being allowed on training fields. All equipment must be cleaned after use.The league-wide moratorium on full team training remains in effect through June 1.___ Darlington Raceway is switching gears for its next event.Two weeks after hosting NASCAR’s return to racing, the track will hold graduation ceremonies for the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics. There will be 120 graduating seniors at Saturday’s event from the school in Hartsville, a few miles from NASCAR’s oldest superspeedway.Darlington Raceway President Kerry Tharp said the track was honored to help the high school seniors be recognized in a proper way.Traditional high school graduation ceremonies have been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The ceremony will take place at a parking lot on track property. Afterward, the graduates and their parents will have the chance to drive their vehicles for a lap around the 1.366-mile track and get their pictures taken on the start-finish line.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Georgia Tech will begin the first phase of a plan to reopen its athletic facilities on June 15. May 28, 2020 ___The Premier League’s official broadcasters say the competition will restart on June 17.The BBC and Sky Sports say there will be a doubleheader on that day with Manchester City playing Arsenal and Aston Villa hosting Sheffield United.Playing those make-up games on a Wednesday will ensure the 30th round can be contested the following weekend.The last match was played on March 9 before the competition was suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic. The season has been suspended since March 8. It will resume with the British Masters in northern England from July 22-25 before five further events in the “UK Swing” across England and Wales.Four Rolex Series events have been rescheduled for October to December. They are the Scottish Open, the BMW PGA Championship, the Nedbank Golf Challenge and then the season-ending World Tour Championship from Dec. 10-13.The tour says details of other tournaments from September to November will be announced later.European Tour chief executive Keith Pelley says the Ryder Cup is still on schedule for Sept. 25-27 at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin pending more discussions with the PGA Tour.___ The governor says NASCAR will race at Martinsville Speedway on June 10, and that other forms of auto racing and horse racing also are cleared to resume.“These events will not be open to the public and no spectators will be allowed, among other restrictions,” he says.NASCAR was originally scheduled to make its first of two stops at Martinsville in early May, but the event was postponed because of the coronavirus. It also will visit Richmond Raceway on Sept. 12 and conclude the season with a return to Martinsville on Nov. 1.___Miami Dolphins tight end Mike Gesicki says the recent pass-and-catch video he posted that went viral was inspired by boredom during the coronavirus lockdown. The plan is based on guidance from the school administration, the University System of Georgia, Gov. Brian Kemp’s office and public health officials.Under the initial reopening phase, athletes who live in the Atlanta area will be able to use campus weight rooms and athletic training facilities on a voluntary basis.In order to take part, students and staff must make an appointment to work out, complete a daily health check questionnaire, undergo temperature checks when they arrive at the facility, and limit groups to no more than 10 athletes and two staff members inside a facility at one time in order to maintain social distancing guidelines. Also, no locker rooms can be used and all workouts groups must remain the same throughout the first phase of the reopening.___Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam says racing will be allowed to resume in the state without spectators. Texas will soon allow outdoor pro sports events to have spectators, but their numbers will be strictly limited.Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has revised a decision to let pro sports leagues host events without fans starting in June as part of the states’ move to reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic.Abbott’s new order allows outdoor stadiums to host fans up to 25% of their normal capacity. Leagues will have to apply to state health officials to be allowed to have fans. Indoor events will still be without spectators.The PGA Tour plans to restart its season at Colonial in Texas on June 11-14 but has said it would not include fans.The state has set up several guidelines for leagues to follow, including a recommendation that spectators and employees keep at least 6 feet apart from anyone not from their household. If that is not feasible, other measures such as face coverings and sanitation protocols should be followed. Race director Jan Lammers says “we would like to celebrate this moment, the return of Formula 1 in Zandvoort, together with our racing fans in the Netherlands.”The other races canceled were the season-opening Australian GP on March 15; the Monaco GP on May 24; and the French GP on June 28.Another six remain postponed.F1 organizers still hope to reschedule those and hold 15-18 races this season, starting with back-to-back races at the Austrian GP in July.___ The Maryland Jockey Club says it has received approval from the Maryland Racing Commission to launch its Summer 2020 meet with live racing on Saturday, but fans are forbidden from entering the track until clearance is received from the state.All races on Saturday, Sunday and Monday will be streamed live on the Laurel Park website.___Italy’s top soccer league will resume on June 20.Sports Minister Vincenzo Spadafora gave Serie A the green light to resume after a meeting with Italian soccer authorities on Thursday.
After predicting his team to place somewhere between fourth and sixth place in the NCAA Men’s Indoor Track and Field Championships, head coach Ed Nuttycombe isn’t complaining about bringing home the team’s third-place hardware after competing in Fayetteville, Ark., March 8 and 9.“It feels good to be wrong,” Nuttycombe said. “That was about as complete of a team effort at the highest level of collegiate track and field that you could have.”The team placed third behind the three-time champs, Florida, and the No. 1 Arkansas. The Badgers scored 33 total points and Florida and Arkansas racked up 59 and 74 points, respectively.“We wanted to get third really bad and everyone was able to execute. We performed very well, so it was a good day,” sophomore Zach Ziemek said.Ultimately, Nuttycombe knew it wasn’t likely Wisconsin would be able to beat teams like Arkansas and Florida due to the amount of athletes they had qualify. The Badgers sent just seven athletes.Nonetheless, they fought their way to the podium after six of the seven qualifying athletes scored points for the Badgers.“We took seven guys [and] six guys scored – that’s like sending seven people to the batter’s box and six of them get hits,” Nuttycombe said. “On top of that, they set four school records, tied an American record and did it all at the most important meet of the year.”These points came from sophomores Austin Mudd and Ziemek, juniors Japheth Cato and Danny Block and seniors Maverick Darling and Mohammed Ahmed.Nuttycombe said what really got the team’s energy going was Block’s third-place finish in the shot put. Block threw a massive 65 feet, 7.5 inches – the best throw of his career.“I don’t think you can dismiss how important something like that is at that point in the meet,” Nuttycombe said.From there, the records started breaking.Mudd found himself an automatic qualifier in the preliminary mile run after placing third with a time of 4:02.10. The next day in the finals, Mudd ran a new personal best and broke the school record with a time of 3:57.93.In the heptathlon, Cato finished with 6,165 points, just 10 points behind champion Kevin Lazas of Arkansas who scored 6,175 points. This was the closest finish in NCAA history. Cato’s score broke the school record, his personal best and was also the highest nonwinning score in NCAA history.Also in the heptathlon, Ziemek found himself finishing in fifth place after breaking three of his personal bests in day one. By day two, the sophomore tied the collegiate record in the pole vault with 17 feet, 8.5 inches. He also nearly broke the world record of 18 feet, 0.75 inches.“Hopefully I can match that again and maybe go a little bit higher,” Ziemek said.As for the 5,000 meter-run, Darling and Ahmed tag-teamed to place themselves in fourth and fifth place after going in ranked sixth and ninth, respectively. Ahmed finished in 13:41.84, while Darling finished in 13:25.38.“[Ahmed] and I, we’ve been doing this for years now, feeding off of each other. We kind of go back and forth; one race it’s him, one race it’s me. We just work together so well,” said Darling.Ahmed is redshirting in the outdoor season, making this his last race with Darling wearing the Wisconsin uniform. For Darling, it was bittersweet.“Of all the things we’ve been through and all the races we’ve done together, it was just really fantastic to go four and five,” said Darling.Senior Elliot Krause also raced in the 5,000-meter run and placed 12th overall.Darling also found himself competing in the 3,000-meter run, just a day after running in the 5,000.“I wish that race would have gone a little bit better,” Darling said. “At the end of the day, I went out there and gave it my all and tried picking up another team point. [I] just wasn’t able to do it.”Nuttycombe said that a multitude of athletes tried to come back the second day after competing in the 5,000 and did not fair nearly as well as they should have. He said both races were just extremely fast races, but Darling held on as much as he could.“He was doing everything he could because he really wanted to try to score a point or two for the team,” said Nuttycombe. “He came up short point-wise but didn’t come up short effort-wise.”The Badgers wound up finishing with six of seven athletes placing in the top five of their respective races, breaking school records and personal bests, tying collegiate records and nearly breaking world records.“We had a legitimate chance to go and get a trophy because each one of us was capable of scoring,” said Darling. “To take seven guys and be able to do that is pretty significant.”