Limerick bookie thief jailed for four years

first_imgBilly Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Linkedin Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live WhatsApp Facebook TAGSbetting officebookieLadbrokeslimericklimerick circuit courtthiefTom O’DonnellWillie O’Dwyer Twitter Previous articleLimerick TDs urged to oppose green bin waste chargesNext articleLimerick driver gets licence back after 15 year ban over fatal crash Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie NewsLimerick bookie thief jailed for four yearsBy Staff Reporter – May 20, 2016 961 Ladbrokes in LimerickA CAREER criminal who was found lying on a bed with hundreds of euro in cash he had just robbed from a bookies, has been jailed for four years at Limerick Circuit Court.Willie O’Dwyer (28), was found in a room of a supported living hostel in Limerick with a bag of cash spread on a bed as he changed his clothes minutes after fleeing the Cecil Street betting shop he had just robbed.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up At a sentencing hearing before Judge Tom O’Donnell, the 28-year-old with 98 previous convictions was jailed for four years for what was described as an attack on a “vulnerable and easy target and with producing a knife”.In his evidence, Garda Enda Clifford told the court that O’Dwyer entered the Limerick betting shop at 6:30pm and as he approached the counter demanded that the staff members open the till.He pulled a makeshift knife from his pocket and jumped the counter.In fear, the staff retreated to a back room and locked themselves in leaving O’Dwyer to steal €810 cash from the till.As Gardaí were alerted, O’Dwyer fled the scene cycling through laneways of Limerick city towards the hostel he was staying in on Alphonsus Street.Garda Clifford was the first garda on scene and the court heard that he followed a “hunch” and went to McGarry House where he found the accused in his room changing his clothes with a bag of cash emptied on the bed.Ladbrokes dockets were also found on the bed in amongst the cash.CCTV footage showed the incident but the court heard that ultimately the “quick thinking” of Garda Clifford was credited for the apprehension leading to the prosecution.In his judgement, Judge Tom O’Donnell said that the 28-year-old was a “career criminal with a chronic drug problem” and imposed a five year jail term but reduced it to a four year jail term given the early plea of guilty.The sentence was backdated to April 17, 2015 last.center_img Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Print Advertisement Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Email Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads last_img read more

Presidential Candidates Urged to Address Housing Crisis on Campaign Trail

first_imgHome / Daily Dose / Presidential Candidates Urged to Address Housing Crisis on Campaign Trail  Print This Post A former U.S. Senator and a former U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary combined to urge 2016 presidential candidates to address the issues of a lingering American housing crisis.In a piece published as a Fox News Opinion earlier this week, Scott Brown, a Republican Senator for Massachusetts from 2010 to 2013 and Henry Cisneros, a Democrat who served as HUD Secretary from 1993 to 1997 during the Clinton Administration, urged those campaigning for next year’s presidential election speak about the housing industry’s most pressing issues in their campaigns and address what they call a “silent” housing crisis, since it is “largely overlooked by the media and strangely underestimated by our nation’s political leaders.”Both Brown and Cisneros currently serve on the executive committee of the J. Ronald Terwilliger Foundation for Housing America’s Families, which officially launched on June 9.  Terwilliger, one of the most successful real estate developers, has long been an advocate for housing policy changes.Candidates talking about the housing crisis on the presidential campaign trail, the authors said, is an excellent way to raise national public awareness and is a step toward finding solutions to the problems surrounding the housing industry, which include rising rents and diminished access to homeownership. Those problems, the authors said, have the nation “mired” in a housing crisis even six years following the official end of the great recession.”We believe those candidates who credibly address housing on the campaign trail will benefit at the ballot box,” Cisneros and Brown said. “After all, there are few issues as fundamentally important to the average voter and that hit closer to home. We urge each of the candidates – Republicans, Democrats, and independents – to make housing central to their campaigns and speak to the twin issues of rental affordability and home ownership access.”The authors point out that the nation’s homeownership rate is at its lowest point since the early 1990s and the rate for younger households has fallen to levels it has never seen before. Homeownership rates for minorities have also fallen substantially, “wiping out virtually all of the gains achieved over the past two decades.”Millions of homeowners transitioned from owning to renting after losing their homes to foreclosure since 2008 but now find homeownership out of reach due to a combination of tighter lending standards and years of stagnant incomes, according to Brown and Cisneros. Also, demand for rental housing is growing, causing the price of rents to rise, meaning many Americans are paying unsustainable portions of their incomes on rent and forcing them to forego necessities such as medical care and other essentials. It also makes it impossible for them to save for a down payment for a home, according to the authors. Not only that, but the supply of affordable housing is inadequate to meet the current and anticipated demand in that area.The housing crisis affects much of America’s population and not just the poor, the authors said. Many parents of millennials are concerned with how their sons and daughters who have thousands of dollars in student loan debt will be able to find a place to live amid rising rents and limited access to homeownership.”While these issues are deeply personal, they also have profound national implications,” they said. “Broad access to stable, safe, and affordable housing is a crucial part of the formula for upward mobility and essential for America’s future prosperity. Ensuring such access must be an urgent national priority. As members of different political parties, we believe there is plenty of common ground that can serve as the basis for a bipartisan policy response. But developing this response requires us to start talking first. We hope to see this conversation begin soon in communities throughout Iowa, New Hampshire, and the early primary states.” Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago About Author: Brian Honea Previous: Negative Equity Rate Falling, But 4 Million Borrowers May Be Trapped Underwater Next: Freddie Mac’s STACR Program Receives Prestigious RMBS Award Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago June 12, 2015 1,139 Views Related Articles Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days agocenter_img 2016 Presidential Race Henry Cisneros Housing Market Scott Brown 2015-06-12 Brian Honea The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Tagged with: 2016 Presidential Race Henry Cisneros Housing Market Scott Brown Share Save Presidential Candidates Urged to Address Housing Crisis on Campaign Trail in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Subscribelast_img read more

Camp Bisco 2018: Bridging The Gap With The Disco Biscuits [Video/Photo]

first_imgThe Disco Biscuits first created Camp Bisco in 1999. The band wanted to bridge the gap between music festivals and raves, combining the energy and elements of electronic music with their brand of improvisational rock. Originally serving as an intimate gathering for friends and fans, the festival steadily grew as the Biscuits added acts like STS9 and Umphrey’s McGee.After outgrowing the original venue, the Biscuits went on the hunt for the perfect venue to throw Camp Bisco in a safe and professional manner. They moved from one venue to the next until finding Indian Lookout Country Club in Mariaville, New York, in 2007. By 2008, the festival had taken on a life of its own. That year included Snoop Dogg, DJ Shadow, Cut Chemist, and Lotus among many other artists. One year after another, the Disco Biscuits created balanced lineups with all types of music. Some people loved jam bands, and some people loved electronic music—the Biscuits loved both, and they had one thing in mind: bridging the gap.Fast forward eleven years, and that same formula is being used on a much larger scale. Besides the Disco Biscuits, this year’s lineup included Bassnectar, STS9, Tipper, Lotus, and Ghostface Killah, along with a wide array of smaller bands and DJs. Since the beginning, Camp Bisco has always been about showcasing smaller acts and introducing new music to their fans—if you go to Camp Bisco with an open mind, you’re almost guaranteed to discover music that you enjoy. The reverse proves true frequently as well; many people originally attend Camp Bisco for the festival’s extensive lineup of DJs and leave with a massive interest in the Disco Biscuits.Space Bacon kicked the weekend off on Thursday at the Office Stage. The jamtronica four-piece from Brooklyn has steadily been climbing the ranks, and their hard work is definitely paying off. In the blistering heat, old and new fans showed up and got down to Bacon’s brand of improvisational rock ‘n’ roll. The band was pleasantly surprised by the turnout and ruled the set a success—everybody in attendance felt the same way. If you’re into bands like the Disco Biscuits and Lotus, keep your eyes peeled for Space Bacon, as they’ll be coming to a city near you sometime in the not-so-distant future.Right after Space Bacon, Lettuce hit the main stage, and the funk outfit wasted no time in kicking off their exceptional festival set. After parting ways with their close friends and bandmates Eric Krasno and Neal Evans, Lettuce has been moving in a new sonic direction. Their set at Camp Bisco was a prime example of the group’s steady evolution, with the performance perfectly balancing future funk and psychedelic trip-hop.Using improvisation to take their compositions to the next level, Lettuce’s chemistry is currently burning with passion. Adam Deitch and Jesus Coomes are an incredible core rhythm section to paint melodies over. It’s really special to see what a song like “Phyllis” has turned into, as a result of staying loose and using improvisation to their advantage. The band has been working on a new album, and it could end up being their most innovative and authentic body of work thus far. If their set at Camp Bisco was an indication of what’s to come, fans should be ecstatic.The Pavillion at Montage Mountain is one of the most complete main stages that a festival can have. One heavy hitter after another took the stage on Thursday, delivering fantastic sets and styles of music for the audience. Bonobo Live Band followed Lettuce with professionalism and poise. When it comes to DJs putting together live bands, Bonobo is as good as it gets—translating his fiery DJ set through the lens of a live band. He takes international dance music to new heights, and his set at Camp Bisco was phenomenal. He explored a multitude of genres and gave fans an experience that they won’t soon forget.STS9 is the definition of a Camp Bisco alumnus. They spearheaded the jamtronica movement with the Disco Biscuits for the past twenty years. The band has played a number of Camp Biscos and is almost always guaranteed to throw down an enjoyable set. Starting the set off with “Ramone & Emiglio”, fans buckled up for what was about to be a wild ride. Tribe has found a new life with bassist Alana Rocklin, and their energy has been on an upswing for the past few years. As always, drummer Zach Velmer was leading the charge, and the way he leads the band from the throne is incredible. Their set was ideal for people that love The Disco Biscuits and people that love Bassnectar, as the group is phenomenal at staying in the center and keeping the balance.For the first of six sets, the Disco Biscuits walked on stage to roaring applause. Their fan base is as passionate and tenacious as any band in the scene. There’s a sense of unique loyalty that has been fueling the band for the past twenty years. Starting off with “Feeling Twisted’ > “Spaga” > “Feeling Twisted”, the Biscuits eased their way into a weekend of high energy risk-taking.The segment contained one of the coolest teases of the weekend, with keyboard player Aron Magner subtly teasing “You’re All I Need” by Mary J. Blige and Method Man. The band shocked fans when they dropped into “High Speed Racer”, a song that had been shelved for nine years. “Crystal Ball’ > “House Dog Party Favor contained extensive improvisation that could be labeled as signature Disco Biscuits. The band wasted no time turning their energy up a few notches, with Jon “Barber” Gutwillig and Marc Brownstein jumping in unison as they slammed into the second jam of “House Dog Party Favor”. The band was locked in, and, at times, the jam was very reminiscent of some of the classic “House Dog” jams from the earlier years of the Biscuits. The band closed the set with a huge “Run Like Hell”; when it comes to covers that the band has made their own, “Run Like Hell” is as good as it gets.Disco Biscuits – Camp Bisco 2018 – Thursday[Video: The Disco Biscuits]Setlist: The Disco Biscuits | Camp Bisco | Montage Mountain | Scranton, PA | 7/12/2018Set I: Feeling Twisted-> Spaga-> Feeling Twisted, High Speed Racer, Crystal Ball-> House Dog Party Favor, Run Like HellThe Biscuits kicked off Friday with “Shem Rah Boo”. Staying patient, the band allowed the music to take shape on its own. Barber’s tone was impeccable on his custom Fender Stratocaster—it’s crazy how an instrument with so much nostalgia can increase the inspiration of a musician and act as a muse for improvisation. Drummer Allen Aucoin uploaded new effects to his Edrums, which add so much flavor to certain jams.“Pimp Blue Rikki” is one of the best songs when it comes to Barber shredding a pure, unadulterated rock ‘n’ roll solo. With the full spectrum of guitar, his current setup may be his best one-two punch yet: a Gibson hollow body and a custom Fender Strat dialed into an assortment of effects pedals is the perfect balance of classic craftsmanship and new world technology. Getting to see him shred the PBR solo on his Strat was a real treat for anybody that loves the tone and feel of the guitar. By the looks on the faces of his bandmates, it would appear that they felt the same way.Disco Biscuits – Camp Bisco 2018 – Friday, Set I[Video: The Disco Biscuits]Setlist: The Disco Biscuits | Camp Bisco | Montage Mountain | Scranton, PA | 7/13/2018Set I: Shem Rah Boo-> Tribulations (LCD Soundsystem)-> Pimp Blue Rikki-> Shem Rah Boo, Strobelights & Martinis-> Rio (Duran Duran)For the second set on Friday, the Biscuits opened up with “Rivers”, which is a product of the group’s slow but sure re-introduction of songs from their legendary tour of 2009. Dropping into “Caterpillar”, the energy on stage was palpable. Barber and Brownstein were bubbling like a bottle of Dom Perignon on New Year’s Eve. As soon as they dropped into the jam, the lights went down, and everyone strapped in for what was about to be a trance-fusion throw down of epic proportion.The low-end melodies from Brownstein and Magner were inseparable. They took it even darker by jamming into “Voices Insane”, a song that makes even the most put together people feel scatter-brained. From there, they transitioned into “Sweating Bullets” with ferocious power. Most fans agree that it was, without a doubt, the best Sweating Bullets in recent years. The song exemplified how much energy can be generated from the stage when all four of them are on the same page. They jammed back into a triumphant “Caterpillar” ending and slammed the door on the final set of Friday. Listening back, the segment has minimal noodling and is filled with a memorable theme, making for a prime example of aggressive, get-your-body-moving Biscuits.Disco Biscuits – Camp Bisco 2018 – Friday, Set II [Video: The Disco Biscuits]Setlist: The Disco Biscuits | Camp Bisco | Montage Mountain | Scranton, PA | 7/13/2018Set II: Rivers, Caterpillar-> Voices Insane-> Sweating Bullets-> CaterpillarSaturday was the final day of Camp Bisco, and as tradition shows, the Biscuits were slated for three sets. They started off with the day set—another vital piece to Camp Bisco tradition—except this year was a little bit different. The band and their team brought out “The Wheel” for the first time since the New Year’s run in 2016. Some people look at it as a gimmick, but it’s actually a great tool to see how locked in and confident the band is.During each transition, a fan is invited on stage to spin the wheel, picking the next song that the band jams into. They decided to spice things up even more by adding a “Tractorbeam” versus “Perfume” theme, which includes different versions of their original compositions. For example, they’d take a jamtronica song like “Sound One” and play a honky-tonk rendition—it’s hilariously awesome. Highlights included a b-boy version of “Memphis” (picture Brownstein, Barber, and Magner as the Beastie Boys), and a shred-heavy, brain-shattering take on “Pilin’ It Higher”. All in all, the set was very creative, and fans were happy the Biscuits took a chance and executed with tenacity.Disco Biscuits – Camp Bisco 2018 – Saturday[Video: The Disco Biscuits]Setlist: The Disco Biscuits | Camp Bisco | Montage Mountain | Scranton, PA | 7/14/2018Set I: Honk Tonk Sound One, 1999-> Pilin’ it Higher, Beastie Boys M.E.M.P.H.I.S., Digital Buddha, Abraxas, Dub Dribble-> ConfrontationThe second set on Saturday was the second to last set of Camp Bisco, with the fans primed and the band was more than warmed up. The Disco Biscuits delivered on all fronts, giving fans a ridiculous four-song set that defines all things Bisco. Opening with “Hot Air Balloon”, the jewel and title of Gutwillig’s brilliant rock opera, resulted in the crowd cheering victoriously. The composition is classical and defined; Barber has always said that Mozart was his favorite because of the movement in his music, and it shines through in songs like “Hot Air Balloon”.Barber led the jam out of “Hot Air Balloon”, leaving the song unfinished. Once the band hit their stride, all chances of mistakes went out the window; they were so calm that it was scary, and the group had complete trust in their decisionmaking as well as their bandmates. The crowd was captivated, watching the band’s every move, as they stomped their way into “Gangster”, one of the most relentless songs in the Biscuits’ catalogue. “Gangster” > “We Like to Party” > “Helix” was near flawless when it comes to that style of Biscuits, making for an all-out trance-fusion assault on the body and mind. The group touched on every emotion, as synapses fired off like machine guns—this set showcased the Disco Biscuits at their best.Setlist: The Disco Biscuits | Camp Bisco | Montage Mountain | Scranton, PA | 7/14/2018Set II: Hot Air Balloon > Gangster > We Like To Party > HelicoptersThe final Biscuits set of the weekend was as complete as they come. Marc Brownstein did an exceptional job at writing the setlists for the weekend. Besides the fact that his musicianship continues to get better every run, his ear and vision are what makes him intangible. Opening with “Above the Waves” was a great choice, and the crowd responded in kind.Without missing a beat, they jammed into an inverted “Crickets”, which the band followed up with “Minions”—something that dreams are made of for a large portion of Biscuits heads. The band didn’t stop there though, mercilessly and unforgivingly marching into “Orch Theme”. Lightning and thunder echoed in the distance as torrential downpour led to flash-flooding under the tent at The Pavilion. To balance out the mayhem, the Biscuits transitioned into the second half of “Hot Air Balloon”, nailing the composition with focus and conviction and offering an astonishing “flight” section. For the final song of the weekend, a standalone “Basis for a Day” was perfect in every sense of the word. The confetti cannons erupted, and there were smiles for as far as the eye could see.Setlist: The Disco Biscuits | Camp Bisco | Montage Mountain | Scranton, PA | 7/14/2018Set III: Above the Waves-> Crickets (inverted)-> Minions-> Orch Theme-> Hot Air Balloon, Basis for a DayCamp Bisco has always been about one thing: bridging the gap. Whether it’s the counterculture that the Grateful Dead birthed so many years ago or the urban rave culture of the ’90s, the Disco Biscuits are inspired by both and hope to be the connection between the two. From Frank Zappa to Phish, Pink Floyd to LCD Soundsystem, and Beastie Boys to Duran Duran, the Disco Biscuits love music more than most and know how important it is to experience all genres and sounds.The legendary Wetlands made such a huge impact on them that it was engraved into the genetic makeup of the band. So, they used the model of combining genres and building a collective of music that everyone can enjoy to their benefit and to the benefit of their fans. They created Camp Bisco as an intimate gathering for their fan base, but it took on a life of its own. Now, it’s a living organism that is made up of people from all walks of life—and that’s exactly how the Disco Biscuits want it to be.Check out the full gallery below, courtesy of photographer Dave Vann.Camp Bisco | Montage Mountain | Scranton, PA | 7/12-14/2018 | Photo: Dave Vann Load remaining images Photo: Dave Vanncenter_img Photo: Dave Vann Photo: Dave Vannlast_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_img Associated Press VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSIOC chief invokes Trump in defense of Olympic decisionUNDATED (AP) — A day after postponing the Tokyo Olympics, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach is invoking comments by President Donald Trump to defend himself from criticism.Bach spoke to about 400 reporters on a conference call and was asked why it took so long to postpone the Tokyo Games amid growing concern among athletes about the coronavirus pandemic. He noted that many governments have imposed social limits only into next month or early May, and pointed to Trump’s hope of easing restrictions by mid-April.Bach said “we were in line with these developments” until World Health Organization leaders said Monday that the outbreak was accelerating. March 25, 2020 TRANSGENDER ATHLETES-HIGH SCHOOLUS Justice Department: Don’t treat trans athletes as girlsHARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department is getting involved in a federal civil rights lawsuit that seeks to block transgender athletes in Connecticut from competing as girls in interscholastic sports.Attorney General William Barr signed what is known as a statement of interest Tuesday, arguing against the policy of the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference, the board that oversees the state’s high school athletic competitions.The conference allows athletes to compete as the gender with which they identify, arguing it is following a state law that requires high school students be treated according to their gender identity. It also argues the policy is in accordance with Title IX, the federal law that allows girls equal educational opportunities, including in athletics. Update on the latest sports KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs have agreed to one-year deals with defensive tackle Mike Pennel and fullback Anthony Sherman, continuing their trend of keeping low-cost valuable contributors to their Super Bowl run on the roster.Sherman will be entering his 10th season in the league and his eighth in Kansas City, and has become a useful piece not only as a blocker and short-yardage back but also catching passes out of the backfield. Sherman also has been a key piece of a special teams group that has consistently ranked among the league’s best.Pennel signed with the Chiefs midway through last season when a rash of injuries to the interior defensive line left them in desperate need of depth. He wound up playing eight games — the Chiefs won all of them — with 24 tackles and a sack.COLLEGE FOOTBALL-WASHINGTON STATE-BEEKMANPolice: Washington State safety Bryce Beekman found dead — NASCAR says in a memo to teams that one of its employees at track at Atlanta Motor Speedway two weeks ago has tested positive for the coronavirus. The employee was not identified and NASCAR said the individual has been receiving medical care and all potentially exposed have been told to self-quarantine. NASCAR was scheduled to race at Atlanta March 15 without spectators. But two days prior to the race, NASCAR postponed Atlanta and last weekend’s race at Homestead-Miami Speedway, which instead was converted into a virtual iRacing event broadcast on Fox Sports 1 with 35 drivers. NASCAR has suspended its season through May 9 and will race at least five more iRaces, televised on Fox, during the stoppage.— Roger Federer and his wife Mirka say they have donated $1 million “for the most vulnerable families” in Switzerland. Federer writes on his social media accounts that “these are challenging times for everyone and nobody should be left behind.” The announcement was the first post on his Twitter and Instagram accounts in more than three weeks. Federer underwent surgery on his right knee five weeks ago and hoped to return for grass-court tournaments in June. The men’s tennis tour has since shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic. Federer says he and wife hope “others might join in supporting more families in need.”— Experts are pointing to a Feb. 19 soccer game as one of the biggest reasons why the Italian city of Bergamo (BEHR’-gah-moh) has become an epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic. On that day a third of the Italian city’s population made the short trip to Milan to watch their team play Spanish club Valencia. Nearly 2,500 fans from Spain also traveled to the match. Two days later, the region’s first case of locally transmitted COVID-19 was reported. More than a third of Valencia’s team eventually became infected following what some are calling “Game Zero.”NFL-CHIEFS-FREE AGENCYChiefs agree to 1-year deals with DT Pennel, FB Sherman — The Kontinental Hockey League has given up on trying to reschedule its playoffs and canceled the remainder of the season. The Russia-based KHL is widely considered to be the strongest league outside the NHL. It was due to play its conference semifinals when play was suspended because of the coronavirus outbreak. Teams from Finland and Kazakhstan withdrew because of travel and safety concerns, leaving the league with six teams in an eight-team bracket. The KHL tried to draw up a new playoff system and considered resuming in June and July but has now decided to focus on preparing for a 2020-21 season. It’s unclear how or even whether a champion will be declared. The league says the board will discuss how to allocate finishing positions.— Major League Soccer has extended its moratorium on team training through April 3 and still wants players to stay in their team’s local market. MLS has targeted May 10 as a potential return date. Team training facilities may be used only for physical therapy purposes at the direction of the team’s medical staff.— The All England Club says it is still evaluating whether to postpone or cancel Wimbledon because of the coronavirus pandemic and plans to make a decision next week. That’s when the club’s main board is scheduled to hold an emergency meeting. Main-draw play at Wimbledon is slated to start June 29 and preparations for the tournament are supposed to begin in late April. Playing without fans has been ruled out. Wimbledon hasn’t been canceled since World War II.— Chicago’s United Center is going to be turned into a logistics hub to help with Illinois’ response to the novel coronavirus. The arena that is home to the Bulls and the Blackhawks and the surrounding area will be used for front-line food distribution, first responder staging and collecting medical supplies.— Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns says his mother is hospitalized and in a medically-induced coma after contracting the new coronavirus. Towns talked about the condition of his mother, Jacqueline Cruz, early Wednesday on his Instagram page. He said both his parents went to the hospital recently and were tested for the disease. While his father was released and told to quarantine at home, his mother’s condition deteriorated to the point where she was put on a ventilator and placed in a coma. Towns urged his followers to take COVID-19 seriously and practice social distancing.center_img Bach and the IOC faced mounting criticism last week from athletes, including Olympic gold medalists, for continuing to publicly support holding the Tokyo Games as scheduled from July 24-Aug. 9. The Canadian Olympic committee said before the decision it would not send a team to Tokyo in 2020. Even Trump said on March 12 at the White House that the Olympics should be postponed for a year.The IOC board eventually decided on Tuesday, with Japanese government agreement, to delay until 2021. The postponement calls for the Tokyo Games to take place no later than next summer.In other developments news related to the pandemic:— NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has instructed the 32 teams to close their facilities to all but a select few employees by 6 p.m. Wednesday. In a memo to the teams, Goodell said the restrictions meant as a safeguard against the new coronavirus will be in force until at least April 8. Then the league will re-evaluate, using advice from medical experts and health authorities. The few exceptions include trainers and doctors treating players, security and technology personnel.— The NHL’s chief medical officer expects the coronavirus pandemic to get worse before it gets better in North America. Dr. Winne Meeuwisse says it is difficult to predict when cases of COVID-19 might peak or decrease. That uncertainty makes it unclear when players might be able to get back on the ice in small groups, let alone when games might resume. He says different regional or local health recommendations and lockdown protocols could affect how the league proceeds. Deputy commissioner Bill Daly believes it’s too early to know whether fans would be allowed in whenever hockey is back. Former Texas A&M basketball player David Edwards dead at 48COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Former Texas A&M basketball player David Edwards, whose single-season school record for assists has stood for more than 25 years, has died in his home state of New York. He was 48.The school said in a news release that Edwards died Monday. Former teammate Charles Henderson posted on social media that Edwards died of complications from the new coronavirus. The Associated Press couldn’t independently confirm Henderson’s account.Edwards, who was from New York City, played three seasons for the Aggies from 1991-94 after transferring from Georgetown. He is second to Alex Caruso on Texas A&M’s career list in assists (602) and steals (228). Edwards averaged 13.5 points per game.Edwards played 31 games at Georgetown in 1989-90, averaging 5.4 points and 4.8 assists in 20 minutes per game before transferring and sitting out a year. The Justice Department, in its filing, disagrees. Barr and the other department officials say the policy “deprives those women of the single-sex athletic competitions that are one of the marquee accomplishments of Title IX.”The lawsuit was filed in February by three female runners who say they have been deprived of wins, state titles and athletic opportunities by being forced to compete against transgender athletes.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Washington State senior defensive back Bryce Beekman has died.Police in Pullman, Washington, say the 22-year-old was found dead in his apartment by an officer who responded to a call for help involving “breathing problems.”Pullman Police Chief Gary Jenkins says there were no signs of foul play and that the Whitman County coroner will determine the cause of death.Beekman started all 13 games last season for Washington State after transferring from Arizona Western College. He finished fifth on the team with 60 tackles and one interception. He was expected to be part of an experienced Washington State secondary going into this season.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-OBIT-DAVID EDWARDS Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-NEWSMLB to air teams’ `greatest hits’ instead of opening day gamesUNDATED (AP) — Major League Baseball will air 30 games across its digital platforms on Thursday, giving fans plenty of hardball to choose from on an opening day postponed by the coronavirus pandemic. With its season delayed until at least mid-May, MLB will air one memorable game for each franchise on its YouTube, Twitter and Facebook pages. The list includes Dave Roberts’ series-shifting stolen base for the Boston Red Sox in Game 4 of the 2003 AL Championship Series, the Chicago Cubs ending their championship drought in Game 7 of the 2016 World Series, and perfect games by Félix Hernández and Mark Buehrle (BUR’-lee).MLB Network plans to broadcast classic opening day games throughout the day, including Derek Jeter’s debut in 1996, and SiriusXM also plans to carry memorable season openers. ESPN2 is airing a Home Run Derby marathon starting with Pete Alonso’s impressive show from last summer.In other baseball news:— Toronto Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins is pitching an idea to help big league teams squeeze in more games once the season resumes. Atkins is floating the prospect of playing seven-inning doubleheaders. Those have long been a staple of minor league baseball. Atkins says seven-inning twinbills could add more games in a condensed season without exhausting pitching staffs. Opening day has been postponed until at least mid-May because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Blue Jays were set to begin the 2020 season at home against the Boston Red Sox tomorrow afternoon.— Injured New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge still hasn’t resumed baseball activities. Judge didn’t play in any spring training games because of discomfort in his right pectoral muscle and shoulder that he felt when swinging. The Yankees said March 6 that the 2017 AL Rookie of the Year had a stress fracture to his first right rib, an injury likely dating from a diving catch late last season. Yankees manager Aaron Boone says Judge will be evaluated again in a few weeks.last_img