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first_img— Australia’s triathlon world champion Mirinda Carfrae has found virtual reality competitions created to sustain sport amid the coronavirus outbreak have unexpected hazards. The three-time world ironman champion was competing against Jocelyn McCauley of the United States, Canada’s Angela Naeth and Jeanni Seymour of South Africa in the inaugural Ironman VR Pro Challenge women’s race when disaster struck: Her husband tripped over the cord of her smart trainer, disconnecting it and putting her out of the race. The race was shown live on Facebook.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 April 5, 2020 Update on the latest sports Associated Press Dempsey set an NFL record that stood for 43 years when he kicked a 63-yard, game-winning field goal for the New Orleans Saints against Detroit on Nov. 8, 1970. It wasn’t until 2013 that Matt Prater of the Broncos broke that record with a 64-yarder in Denver.Dempsey was born in Milwaukee without four fingers on his right hand and without toes on his right foot. He kicked straight on with a flat-front shoe that drew protests from some who saw the specially made kicking shoe as an unfair advantage.Dempsey spent 11 seasons in the NFL. His first two seasons, 1969 and 1970, were with New Orleans. The next four were with Philadelphia, then two with the Los Angeles Rams, one with the Houston Oilers and the final two with Buffalo. He retired after the 1979 season and moved back to New Orleans.His daughter says Dempsey died late Saturday while struggling with complications from the coronavirus. Ashley Dempsey said Sunday that her father has resided in an assisted living home for several years after being diagnosed with dementia. She said he tested positive for COVID-19 a little more than a week ago.The Orleans Parish coroner has yet to release an official cause of death.center_img VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSTrump eager for sports to resumeUNDATED (AP) — President Donald Trump says he wants fans “back in the arenas” as soon as possible.At a White House briefing Saturday Trump said fans are eager, too. He said people want to see their sports and “go out onto the golf courses and breathe nice, clean, beautiful fresh air.”Pro sports commissioners who spoke with Trump in a Saturday conference call didn’t divulge what was discussed. But a person with direct knowledge of the call said Trump believes the NFL season will start on time on Sept. 10 with fans in seats. A second person with knowledge of the call said some commissioners stressed to Trump that they are working on season-resumption plans that nothing can move forward without clearance from public health officials.In other news related to the coronavirus pandemic:— Major League Soccer’s 25th season is on hold indefinitely because of the coronavirus outbreak, but league officials and coaches still hope the league will be able to get in a full season and with fans in attendance. The league had set a target date for re-starting on May 10, although that now seems unlikely. The anniversary of the first MLS match is Monday. On April 6, 1996, the San Jose Clash hosted D.C. United before 31,000 fans at Spartan Stadium. Eric Wynalda scored in the 87th minute, giving the Clash a 1-0 victory.— A Serbian soccer player has been sentenced to three months of home detention for flouting a curfew imposed to curb the spread of coronavirus. The 29-year-old striker (Aleksandar Prijovic) who plays for Saudi Arabian club Al-Ittihad pleaded guilty at a video link trial in Belgrade on Saturday. Police had arrested him and 19 others for gathering at a hotel lobby bar in Belgrade on Friday and violating the country’s 5 p.m. to 5 a.m. lockdown orders. He is the second Serbian soccer player to be caught violating the stay-at-home orders. Those who violate the restrictive measures could face up to three years in jail.— Scott McLaughlin was the winner of IndyCar’s second virtual race. The Australian V8 SuperCars champion was scheduled to make his IndyCar debut for Team Penske on the road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in May, but that’s been scrapped because of the suspension of sports. He is still able to compete virtually in the iRacing Series, and he beat Team Penske teammate and fellow Aussie Will Power in Saturday’s race from virtual Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL-OBIT-TOM DEMPSEYEx-NFL kicker, Saints hero Tom Dempsey dies at 73NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Former NFL kicker Tom Dempsey, who played despite being born without toes on his kicking foot, has died after testing positive for the coronavirus. He was 73.last_img read more

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IAAF maintains Russia suspension

first_imgThe IAAF decision comes ahead of a crucial International Olympic Committee (IOC) meeting on 5-7 December on whether Russia can compete at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.on Friday, the IOC annulled the titles that Russia’s Alexander Zubkov won in the two-man and four-man bobsleigh at the 2014 Russian-hosted Sochi Winter Olympics following hearings by its commission into state-sponsored doping.That followed punishments announced Wednesday for four Russian skeleton competitors.Russian sports officials responded to that decision by saying they were prepared to take legal action against the IOC.A rush of rulings this week means that, in total, the IOC has punished 14 Russian Olympians on the recommendation of a commission headed by Swiss sports official Denis Oswald set up to investigate evidence of doping with state involvement.Russia has lost nine medals, including four of its 13 golds, from the Sochi Games they hosted.Russia’s former world champion sprint hurdler Sergey Shubenkov was one of the Russian athletes who had to compete as a neutral at the athletics World Championships in London because of the ban on his country.He said there should not be a “blanket ban” for Russia’s Winter Olympians.“Everybody who is not involved in the scandal should be allowed to compete wearing their national colours,” he told the BBC.Share on: WhatsApp Rune Andersen, the head of IAAFMonaco, Principality of Monaco | AFP | The world governing body of athletics on Sunday maintained its suspension of Russia, saying the country still had not done enough to clamp down on doping.Rune Andersen, the head of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF)’s anti-doping Task Force, said “several key (milestones) remain outstanding” before the necessary conditions for Russia’s return could be met.Russia was banned from international athletics in November 2015 over claims of state-sponsored doping, preventing its athletes from competing at the 2016 Rio Olympics and this year’s World Championships in London.Andersen said that until the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) reinstated Russia’s domestic anti-doping agency RUSADA, the IAAF could not allow the country’s athletes back into international competition.WADA ruled in mid-November that Russia was still not compliant with international rules on doping.– ‘Still no acknowledgement’ –At a press conference during the IAAF Council in Monaco, Andersen said the “reinstatement of RUSADA as a fully independent and code-compliant” body was a key condition for Russian athletes to return to athletics.The Norwegian official added that Russian authorities were still reluctant to accept that they had covered up evidence of doping.“Unless there is an acknowledgement of what happened before, there can be no assurance that it will not happen again,” Rune added.IAAF President Sebastian Coe said he accepted Russia was not ready to return, despite expressing optimism in an interview with AFP in October that Russian authorities were moving in the right direction.“We have unanimously, on every occasion, endorsed the recommendations of the Task Force, and we will continue to do that,” Coe said.last_img read more

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Judge rules against Florida on felons paying fines to vote

first_imgU.S. District Court Judge Robert Hinkle ruled against a Florida law requiring felons to pay legal fees as part of their sentences before regaining the right to vote.The judge called the Florida rules a “pay to vote” system that are unconstitutional when applied to felons “who are otherwise eligible to vote but are genuinely unable to pay the required amount.”The 125-page ruling involves a state law to implement a 2016 ballot measure approved by voters to automatically restore the right to vote for many felons who have completed their sentence. The Republican-led Legislature stipulated that fines and legal fees must be paid as part of the sentence, in addition to serving any prison time.However, Hinkle said that he is unlikely to have the last word in the case, expecting the administration of Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis to launch an appeal.The 2018 ballot measure, known as Amendment 4, does not apply to convicted murderers and rapists, who are permanently barred from voting regardless of financial obligations.last_img read more

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Adopt-A-Pet Dog of the Week

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Adopt-A-Pet of SheltonMidas is a beautiful 2 year old lab/pit mix weighing about 67 pounds.  He is neutered and up to date on his shots.  This happy character is a super smart, sweet and active boy.We have many great dogs and always need volunteers.  To see all our current dogs, visit www.adoptapet-wa.org, our Facebook at “Adopt-A-Pet of Shelton Washington” or at the shelter on Jensen Road in Shelton.  Visit us online at www.adoptapet-wa.org or contact us at [email protected] or (360) 432-3091.last_img read more

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