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French ski resort a slippery slope to virus for Ukraine MPs: Report

first_imgSeveral Ukrainian political figures who holidayed at a French ski resort have caught the coronavirus, and passed it on to others, a magazine reported Friday.At least five deputies in the Ukrainian parliament, plus a judge, have caught the “Courchevel virus” according to the Novole Vremia weekly. One of the MPs who caught the disease, Serghi Shakhov, and judge Viktoria Djarty confirmed that they had visited the Courchevel resort in the French Alps, which is very popular with Ukrainians and Russians, around March 18 which is a holiday in Ukraine.Some fellow deputies caught the virus from Shakhov upon his return from France and had to be hospitalised and quarantined, according to the magazine.Andriy Bohdan, a former head of Ukraine’s  presidential administration, also took a holiday at Courchevel in March.He posted a photo of his COVID-19 test on Facebook, saying it was “negative”.Businessman Valery Khoroshkovsky, former head of the Ukraine secret service, was one of those hospitalised Ukraine authorities have cordoned off a wealthy Kiev suburb where 30 of the country’s 942 coronavirus cases have been recorded.In Russia, Moscow mayor Sergei Sobyanin has pointed to the Courchevel resort as a source of the virus.”Many” Muscovites have come back from the French ski resort, bringing the virus back in their suitcases,” he said in late March.Ski stations in Austria and the United States have also been hit by the virus, according to media reports. Topics :last_img read more

The Latest: Mets GM says multiple coronavirus cases for team

first_imgZaidi says Bishop got his test result on Friday and has mild symptoms.Bishop would have been on the club’s roster of 51 players announced Monday for the start of camp later this week. Zaidi says Bishop is in Arizona and wasn’t around any others from the organization.The 22-year-old Bishop is the team’s first-round draft pick from 2019, selected 10th overall out of Arizona State. The Giants are planning their first workout Friday.___Miami Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill says a player who was asymptomatic has tested positive for the coronavirus. The Latest: Mets GM says multiple coronavirus cases for team Van Wagenen did not identify any of the players on a video call with reporters, nor did he detail their conditions or reveal when they tested positive. He says the club is optimistic the player on the 40-man roster will be able to return to action early in training camp, which begins Friday at Citi Field.“He is recovering and we feel like he’s in a good position, but we’ll sort of wait and see once we get everybody here in camp,” Van Wagenen said.The GM said none of the positive tests occurred at the club’s regular spring training complex in Port St. Lucie, Florida.___The Chicago Bears are offering full refunds to season ticket holders because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Hoyer says no players have tested positive or opted out of this season because of concerns about the coronavirus, nor have any coaches.___The New York Jets are offering fans refunds or payment deferrals on season tickets this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.The team began emailing season ticket holders Monday to alert them about their options. The Jets also are deferring season ticket payments for July, as they have done each of the last three months.Jets season ticket holders will have the option to get a full refund on 2020 tickets or defer all payments toward the 2021 season. Season ticket holders who choose one of those options can also opt to keep their same seats in 2021. The Governors currently have 11 athletes who have tested positive. The FCS-level school in Clarksville, Tennessee, did not identify the sports involved.Austin Peay closed its facilities Saturday. Athletic director Gerald Harrison said in a statement Monday that the positive tests are regrettable but procedures put in place worked as expected. That includes isolating those who tested positive along with people at risk through contract tracing in self-quarantine.Austin Peay also is cleaning and disinfecting its facilities.Austin Peay won the Ohio Valley Conference football championship last season and lost in the FCS quarterfinals.___ Season ticket holders who choose that option will be able to renew their seats for the 2021 season, the team says. The Bears are not sure how many fans will be allowed at Soldier Field this season.Chicago is scheduled to open at Detroit on Sept. 13 and host the New York Giants a week later. The Bears also have home preseason games against Cleveland and San Francisco on Aug. 15 and 29.___Chicago Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer says two staff members have COVID-19 and were experiencing mild symptoms. Hoyer would not reveal their names. He says one was tested because “a friend of a friend had it and he’d been in contact with that person,” and the other was “out of an abundance of caution.” ___The National Hockey League says a total of 26 players have reported testing positive for the new coronavirus since voluntary workouts began June 8.Monday’s update includes four additional cases among those tested at team facilities, to go along with the 11 announced June 19. The league says it’s aware of 11 other players testing positive outside the voluntary workout protocol.The NHL said more than 250 players who worked out at team facilities were administered more than 1,450 COVID-19 tests.The league and players are in the final stages of agreeing to resume the season. Training camps can open as early as July 10 if an agreement on testing, health and safety protocols and “hub” cities to host the games can be reached. Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___New York Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen says one player on the team’s 40-man roster has tested positive for the coronavirus, in addition to multiple minor leaguers. The Carolina Hurricanes will help deliver meals to local healthcare workers to thank them for their work amid the coronavirus pandemic.The team announced a five-week program Monday to deliver 1,000 meals in partnership with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina. It begins Wednesday when Hurricanes coach Rod Brind’Amour assists with the first delivery, this one to the UNC Health Wakebrook behavioral health campus in Raleigh.More meals will be delivered each Wednesday through July.___San Francisco Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi says minor league center fielder Hunter Bishop has tested positive for the coronavirus.center_img ___NBA All-Stars Kemba Walker and Trae Young, and U.S. women’s Olympians Sue Bird and Breanna Stewart will be coaches for an online basketball camp set up in response to coronavirus restrictions.The camp for children of all ages was launched by former NBA player and longtime TNT basketball studio analyst Kenny Smith.Two-time NBA All-Star Victor Oladipo and WNBA star Brittney Griner are also set to work “The Jet Academy,” with more participants to be announced.The camps begin July 20 at www.jetacademycamp.com and can be streamed on any device. Schedule details and pricing are available on the website. ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Also, season ticket holders with personal seat licenses who opt for the deferred payment or refund on tickets will also be able to defer their PSL payment, which is due in November to November 2021.The team says those fans who make automatic payments on their season tickets will continue to have their payments made unless they opt for the deferral.The Jets have not made individual game tickets available as they continue to monitor the situation regarding government restrictions and regulations during the pandemic. NFL teams are scheduled to report for training camp on July 28.__Austin Peay has suspended voluntary workouts and closed its facilities after a cluster of positive tests for the coronavirus among its athletes. June 29, 2020 Zimmerman said in a statement his family situation factored into his decision. His mother is at high risk for complications from the coronavirus because she has multiple sclerosis, and he has three young children, including a newborn. He told The Associated Press last week he was still undecided on whether to play.As part of his announcement, the 35-year-old Zimmerman said he’s not retiring.Ross is a 27-year-old right-hander with five years of major league experience, all with Washington.___Harris English is the fifth PGA Tour player to test positive for the coronavirus. Smith has run a camp for 25 years in North Carolina, where he played collegiately. But camps have been limited or canceled in many locations because of rules limiting sizes of gatherings because of the virus.___NASCAR may be racing during the coronavirus pandemic. Celebrating in early December now is off the schedule.The motorsports series has canceled its Champion’s Week and Cup Series awards scheduled for early December in Nashville, citing the uncertainty from the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on the industry. NASCAR moved Champion’s Week to Nashville in 2019 from Las Vegas.NASCAR still plans to celebrate its champions from the Xfinity Series to the truck series and promises details to come. And NASCAR says the series looks forward to returning to Nashville in 2021. The positive test for English was part of the pre-tournament screening process at the Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit. English did not play last week at the Travelers Championship in Cromwell, Connecticut.Since its return to golf, the tour had no positive tests the opening week in Texas; one positive test in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina; and three positive tests — plus two positive tests for caddies — in Connecticut.English says in a statement he feels healthy and supports the tour’s additional policy of not letting anyone at Detroit Golf Club until the test results were back. Previously, a player could practice but not enter the clubhouse while waiting on the results.English started the season with limited status and has risen to No. 27 in the FedEx Cup. He must self-isolate for 10 days, meaning he will miss the next two tournaments. Hill didn’t identify the player, but said he “feels great” and will go through MLB protocol to join the team.Hill said he would be surprised if any Marlins players opt of the season because of health concerns.___Longtime Washington Nationals infielder Ryan Zimmerman and teammate Joe Ross have decided not to play this season.General manager Mike Rizzo said Zimmerman and Ross opted out “for the personal health and safety of themselves and their loved ones,” adding the team supports their decisions.last_img read more

L.A. Lakers’ Jeremy Lin makes first return to Houston since offseason trade

first_img“He’s played well,” Lakers coach Byron Scott said. “But I expect him to do better.”Lin has averaged double digits in six of the past seven games as the Lakers’ starting point guard. But he also played two other games this month where he did not make a field goal. Scott believes Lin picks up his dribble too much and hasn’t consistently defended.“He’s young and still learning,” Scott said.Lin has become accustomed handling unwanted circumstances.He lost his starting spot last season to Patrick Beverley because Rockets coach Kevin McHale preferred Beverley’s defense. Lin played off the ball with all-star guard James Harden, diminishing his playmaking abilities. The Rockets featured Lin’s No. 7 jersey on the likeness of Carmelo Anthony during their offseason’s unsuccessful free-agency pitch. Still, the Rockets praised Lin, who received a warm reception during a tribute video Wednesday midway through the first quarter. “Jeremy has been through so much thus far in his career,” Harden said. “He’s focused on himself and whatever team he is on, he’s done a great job playing his role to the best of his abilities.”Defending DwightThe video emerged for all to see.Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard tangled in a skirmish a month ago. It first started with Howard swinging his elbows toward Bryant’s jaw as he defended him. It continued with the two jawing back and forth, including Bryant calling Howard “soft.” More video went viral that showed Bryant addressing Howard with words not suitable for print, suggesting the strain of their relationship as former teammates two seasons ago still stands.Meanwhile, Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant addressed Howard in a recent game with a similar offending slur.“I don’t feel that way and I don’t think Kevin does either,” Bryant said Wednesday. “In moments of confrontation during a game you’ll say things during the heat of the moment. I know Dwight, I’m sure Kevin does. We don’t feel that way about him. It’s like when you get in an argument with somebody you’ll say things out of frustration or anger that you really don’t mean.”Is Bryant aware of that when it is happening in real time?“In the moment? No,” Bryant said. “In hindsight? Yes, especially now with social media. Everybody has a camera. You try to be conscious as possible in the fact that kids are watching.”Last wordPerhaps Nick Young is playfully exacting revenge for Scott imitating his voice last season as a studio analyst for Time Warner Cable SportsNet.Young ranked his top-five 3-point shooters of all time, an arbitrary list that included himself, Ray Allen, Reggie Miller, either Klay Thompson or Stephen Curry and Larry Bird. Young left Scott off the list.“Byron can shoot?” Young said, laughing. “I didn’t know that. I’m just playing.”Scott shot 37 percent from 3-point range during his 14-year NBA career. During the 1984-85 season, Scott also led the NBA in 3-point shooting with a 43.3 percent clip. “That’s Nick being funny,” said Scott, who was then asked if Young will be punished. “No extra sprints. I’ll give him a copy of the old classic NBA games. He’ll see.”Apparently Young already has. Young revealed he has participated in 3-point shooting contests with Scott.“It hasn’t been close. I’ll blame it on his hand,” said Scott, referring to Young’s right thumb injury that kept him out for six weeks. “We’ll see in about a week or two when he’s completely healthy.” Young offered a different version.“We’re going to keep that off the record because that’s my coach,” Young said. “I want to play. He destroyed me.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img HOUSTON >> His return here spawned reminders that Jeremy Lin’s expectations have not turned out as hoped. He signed a lucrative deal with the Houston Rockets two years ago, believing he could carry the “Linsanity” flame he lit in New York. Instead, disappointment ensued.After losing his starting position last season, Lin was traded along with a first- and second-round pick this offseason to the Lakers in a salary dump. Lin believed he could then write a new chapter in his NBA journey. But heading into the Lakers’ game on Wednesday against the Rockets at Toyota Center, Lin’s latest trail involves a few winding paths. last_img read more