When do classes start again?Online classes will begin March 23. As of now, classes will be remote and online through April 13. Are there any reported cases on the Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s or Holy Cross campuses?No. According to the institutions’ coronavirus websites, there are no cases on campus.What about in the county and state?There is one confirmed positive case in St. Joseph County. There are 30 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the state, according to the Indiana State Department of Health. Are residential halls open?All residential halls at Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s and Holy Cross close Tuesday, except to select number of students. The students eligible for an exemption were contacted by Friday. Students can return to retrieve belongings before Tuesday, but are discouraged from doing so.Will there be refunds for room and board?Notre Dame will announce if there are adjustments to room and board when they determine whether to resume in-person classes.Saint Mary’s will announce potential room and board refunds upon clarification from the federal government that could impact financial aid.Holy Cross has not announced plans in regards to reimbursements for room and board.(Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this story included information about Saint Mary’s College of California and College of the Holy Cross in Massachusetts rather than the institutions in Notre Dame, Indiana. The Observer has corrected and regrets these errors.)How can I get my books?If you would like the University to mail your course materials to you at home, you can fill out this form.Saint Mary’s students are encouraged to contact Linda Timm, the interim vice president for student affairs, at email@example.com if they cannot retrieve their belongings before Tuesday at noon. Timm will approve campus visits on a case-by-case basis.Holy Cross students will not be able to return to their rooms after noon Tuesday and should contact dean of students Andrew Polaniecki at firstname.lastname@example.org if they have any questions.What if I need assistance with housing or food?Students have offered housing, food and other resources in a spreadsheet. Notre Dame students are also encouraged to reach out to the Office of Student Enrichment with concerns at email@example.com Are dining halls open for students remaining on campus?Notre Dame’s North Dining Hall will be offering to-go meals only for lunch and dinner, and menu items will be limited. Campus Dining advises visitors to practice social distancing at a minimum of 6 feet and touch as few surfaces as possible while in the dining hall. The Huddle in LaFortune Student Center will also be open and offering to-go meals only.Noble Family Dining Hall at Saint Mary’s will be open for limited hours while all other dining options will be closed.Siegfried Dining Hall will be closed during the Holy Cross’ campus closure. Students who are permitted to stay on campus have access to North Dining Hall.What about health services?University Health Services and the University Counseling Center remain open on campus at Notre Dame. All students, on and off campus, can call either service for a consultation or resources.The Health and Counseling Center at Saint Mary’s will remain open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. during weekdays.Counseling sessions at Holy Cross will be available virtually during the counselors’ usual hours. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact a counselor directly to inquire about a phone or video call during this time.Are any extracurricular activities going on?All extracurricular activities have been canceled through April 13. Any event with more than 100 attendees is also canceled, including sports games, through April 13. What is happening to study abroad programs?All study abroad programs have been suspended, and students have returned home. Students at the Notre Dame Washington Program in Washington, D.C., also returned home because the University of California elected to close its housing facility there, where the students resided.All Saint Mary’s study abroad students have been greatly encouraged to return to the U.S. no matter their location of study as all programs have been canceled. Will commencement happen?Commencement is still scheduled for the weekend of May 15.CancellationsNotre DameIDEA Week — canceled, including Trevor Noah and OneRepublicThe Snite Museum of Art — closed until at least April 13Blue-Gold Game — canceled, and all football-related activities are suspended for the foreseeable futureNCAA spring and winter seasons — canceledStorm the Stadium — canceledAdmitted Students Days — canceledBlack Man’s Think Tank — canceledEvents at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center — canceled until at least April 13Grad Fair — canceledPublic Masses in the Basilica — canceledSaint Mary’sAthletic events — canceledMeet Me at the Avenue — postponed to April 19Junior Mom’s Weekend — canceled, registration fees will be refundedGraduate Admitted Student Day — canceledHoly CrossAll student extracurricular activities have been canceled through April 13.Loading…This story will be updated as more information becomes available to the tri-campus community.Tags: coronavirus, COVID-19, Idea Week, OneRepublic, study abroad, Trevor Noah Academic semesters around the world have been upended with the spread of the novel coronavirus. 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10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr We have all heard the saying “time is money,” but more Americans like never before apparently believe their time is extremely valuable.New numbers from online advisor Personal Finance show U.S. adults — especially young adults — are willing to spend more for convenience, often increasing simple costs of day-to-day living. This is despite the fact that 60% say they haven’t taken any precautionary steps for a potential economic downturn.Just in analyzing simple day-to-day activities, the report revealed adults between 20 years old and 30 years old spend 60% of their food budget on eating out, and people in general eat out for dinner roughly 14 times per month. American between 20 and 60 years old also spend on average $17.73 a month for their daily coffee fill up at Starbucks. continue reading »
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York With this weekend unofficially marking the end of summer—fall technically starts Sept. 22—Labor Day festivities are the last chance for Long Islanders to revel in peak beach season.What better way to celebrate a holiday—held the first Monday of every September—that honors the achievements of American workers then by spending the last weekend of summer relaxing?We’ve compiled this list of ideas to do just that. Instead of running out the clock on summer BBQ hopping as usual, mix it up with something different this Labor Day, like any one of these local events.44th Mother Cabrini FeastSuffolk County Community College, Michael J. Grant Campus, Brentwood. mothercabrinifestival.org 4 p.m. September 2-7.69th Shinnecock Annual PowwowShinnecock Indian Nation, 1 Little Church Street, Southampton 12:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Friday Sept 4-7.The Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival: Aziz Ansari & Amy SchumerNikon at Jones Beach Theater, 1000 Ocean Pkwy, Wantagh. jonesbeach.com $45. 5:15 p.m. September 4.Westhampton Beach 7th Annual Festival of the ArtsWesthampton Great Lawn Great Lawn, Main Street, Westhampton Beach. paragonartevents.com/westhamptom. Free. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. September 5-6.Seaford FestivalLong Island Rail Road station, Sunrise Hwy., Seaford. 11 a.m-6 p.m. September 5-7Huntington Lighthouse Music Festival5 Barclay St, Huntington Station, Huntington. lighthousemusicfest.com 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. September 5.Eisenhower Park Craft & Gift ShowEisenhower Park, 1899 Hempstead Turnpike, East Meadow. September 5-6.Long Island Sound ChampionshipParchment Yacht Club, Babylon. September 6-7Cold Spring Harbor Car ShowMain Street (Route 25A) coldspringharborvillage.org 10 a.m- 4 p.m. September 6.Chabad’s Famous Backyard BBQ13 Woods Lane, East Hampton. chabadofthehamptons.com $30 adults/$15 children. 5 p.m-8 p.m. September 6Garden City Country Club-Labor Day BBQ206 Stewart Ave, Garden City. gardencitycountryclub.org September 6.Long Beach Labor Day McAvoy RunRiverside Boulevard, Long Beach. 8 a.m. September 7America’s Love Affair with the MotorcycleThe Ward Melville Heritage Organization, 97P Main Street, Stony Brook. stonybrookvillage.com $5, $3 for children under 12. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., through Sept. 7.Labor Day BBQ Manhasset Bay Yacht Club455 Main Street, Port Washington, NY 11050 manhassetbayyc.org 4:30 p.m. September 7.
Local or foreign? The floodgates openRecently, Netflix raised its subscription fee in Indonesia to account for the VAT. Now its prices range from Rp 54,000 to Rp 186,000 monthly, making it arguably more expensive than local streaming services.Local streaming services such as video-on-demand platform Vidio and GoPlay have also gained popularity as they carry more local content and have lower subscription fees.Vidio, which was established in 2014 and has more than 60 million active users, offers a subscription to its Premier Platinum package for Rp 42,000 a month.Disney Plus, the streaming service of entertainment giant The Walt Disney Company, is expected to be available in the country soon.“The video on-demand business will grow rapidly in the future as other services enter Indonesia,” said Nailul. “The rise of Indonesia’s middle class and consumers’ shift to online activities during COVID-19 are some of the push factors for this trend.”Topics : Cashing in during the pandemicThe COVID-19 pandemic has caused a significant economic slowdown in the country. As of May, tax collection had fallen 10.8 percent year-on-year to Rp 444.6 trillion as revenue in almost every economic sector declined.The government expects the state budget deficit to reach 6.34 percent of GDP this year as it allots Rp 695.2 trillion for COVID-19 relief spending while revenue dwindles.In an effort to make up for the lost revenue, the government announced in late March that it would impose a 10 percent value-added tax (VAT) on certain intangible goods and services, including video and music streaming services.The government pressed on with the tax even after an announcement by the United States Trade Representative (USTR) Office that it would investigate the policy amid concerns that it targeted US digital companies unfairly.“Indonesia’s tax base will move toward digital taxation as online transactions have been growing significantly, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said at the time.A survey from the Mobile Marketing Association (MMA) showed that 25 percent of Indonesian respondents had tried digital entertainment, such as streaming or online gaming, for the first time during the pandemic.“Ultimately, it’s for governments to decide the rules on taxes, and in every country in which we operate, Netflix respects those rules,” a Netflix spokesperson stated previously. “Taxation is an important and much-debated issue in Indonesia, and we’ve had conversations over the last few months with the tax authorities.”Heru Sutadi of the ICT Institute encouraged the government to urge Netflix to establish a business entity in Indonesia so that income tax could be collected from the company. Chummy with the governmentDuring President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s second term, his Cabinet changed.Jokowi appointed Nadiem Makarim, the founder of Indonesian multi-service app company Gojek, education and culture minister, while Johnny G. Plate succeeded Rudiantara as communications and information minister.No stranger to digital business, in January 2020, Nadiem announced a $1 million partnership between the Education and Culture Ministry and Netflix to hold scriptwriting workshops and a short film competition, among other initiatives.“We will partner with local companies and policymakers to support digital skills growth,” said Netflix Asia-Pacific managing director Kuek Yu-Chuang, adding that the programs would be helpful for the Indonesian film and television industry.In June, the ministry announced a second partnership with Netflix to air some of the streaming service’s documentaries on state-owned television network TVRI. The program sought to assist at-home educational efforts during the pandemic, especially for students, teachers and parents with limited internet access.Minister Johnny G. Plate, on the other hand, stirred public controversy with a comment about Netflix in January.“We ask for Netflix originals not to be in Indonesia. Just utilize Indonesian people’s creativity, if possible,” he said.He later clarified that he meant that he wanted Netflix to stream more films made by Indonesians.INDEF researcher Nailul said that Nadiem’s decision to partner with Netflix was likely a way to gain public sympathy as a government appointee who supported the platform.”It gained Pak Nadiem a lot of sympathy, especially from fellow millennials,” he said. Indonesia’s digital economy is a hotbed for foreign companies like Netflix, and the sector is expected to be worth $130 billion by 2025, according to the e-Conomy SEA 2019 report by Google, Temasek and Bain & Company.However, Netflix has arguably the most complicated relationship with Indonesia of all of its rivals.Since it entered the country four years ago, Neflix has experienced a changing regulatory and political landscape, from the bumpy beginning of a state-owned enterprise access ban to a million-dollar deal with a ministry more recently. US-based streaming platform Netflix is one of the most recent tech giants to have become subject to taxes in Indonesia, as its popularity increases during the pandemic and the government hunts for untapped sources of revenue.While the streaming service has not disclosed its Indonesian subscription numbers, the company has met a threshold for taxation stipulated by a Finance Ministerial Regulation. The regulation holds that nonresident foreign firms selling digital products and services in Indonesia worth more than Rp 600 million (US$41,345) a year or generating yearly traffic of more than 12,000 users are subject to a 10 percent value-added tax (VAT).According to Netflix’s second-quarter report, the company has 193 million paid memberships worldwide, having grown by 10.1 million from the same period last year as a greater number of people seek home entertainment during the health crisis. Telkom comes aroundAfter five years of barring Netflix from its platforms, Telkom announced in early June that it would allow its users to access the streaming service.Arif Prabowo, the company’s vice president of corporate communications, said the decision was made after Netflix committed not to air “prohibited content that includes child pornography and terrorism” and agreed to respond to customer complaints within 24 hours.Nailul from INDEF viewed the opening as a business decision.“Telkom prioritized other OTTs that already had a partnership with them. But during the pandemic, Netflix’s users rose, and it became an attractive partner for them,” he said. Censorship and sensibility When Netflix became available in Indonesia in January 2016, the streaming service was quickly blocked by state-owned telecommunications company Telkom Group.The giant banned access to Netflix on all of its platforms, namely IndiHome, Telkomsel and WiFi.id. It cited a permit issue and unfiltered content, including some displaying violence and adult situations, according to Telkom’s then-director of consumer relations, Dian Rachmawan.He urged Netflix to cooperate with internet providers in the country so its content could be censored according to Indonesian regulations.Then-communications and information minister Rudiantara said Telkom’s move did not represent the government’s stance, calling it a “purely corporate decision”, despite Telkom being a state-owned enterprise.However, he mentioned that the streaming service’s presence might affect the country’s entertainment industry and other online businesses.Institute for Development of Economics and Finance (Indef) researcher Nailul Huda echoed Rudiantara’s sentiment.”If that were the case [that the government was opposed to Netflix], it should have been blocked from all internet providers, not just Telkom,” he told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday.Telkom ended up partnering with now-defunct Singapore-based over-the-top (OTT) video streaming service HOOQ as well as Malaysia’s iFlix, which expanded its operation in Indonesia in 2016.The public was largely in favor of Netflix’s expansion into Indonesia. Some argued that the service had an age restriction mechanism that would prevent children from seeing adult content.“Foreign platforms coming to Indonesia often think that they don’t need Indonesian companies, so there is a sense of defeat. Netflix was pressured so that we could have a better standing in the negotiation,” Indonesia ICT Institute executive director Heru Sutadi told the Post on Thursday.
DELTA, Utah (April 29) – The eighth annual EQ Cylinder Heads Wild West Tour opens this weekend at Millard County Raceway, with a pair of $1,000 to win features for IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds. Pit gates at Delta open at 3 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. Friday, May 2 and Saturday, May 3. Hot laps are at 5:45 p.m. with racing to follow. Both features are qualifying events for the 2014 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot and all applicable IMCA points will be awarded.Spectator admission is $10 for adults, $7 for seniors 60 and over, $5 for students ages 13-17 and free for kids 12 and under. Pit passes are $30 for drivers and $20 for crew members. More information is available by calling 801 414-8137 and at the www.millardcountyraceway.com website.Series winners last season at Delta were Ricky Alvarado of Delta, Colo., and Dustin Hansen of Myton.Alvarado became a three-time tour champion in 2013 and now leads all drivers with 31 WWMT career checkers.Half a dozen doubleheaders are on the series schedule this season. Sweetwater Speedway at Rock Springs, Wyo., hosts May 30 and 31 events.
With the England international likely to be sidelined by a broken toe well into next month, his Costa Rican deputy has made an instant impact in his two appearances. The 23-year-old last weekend marked only his second league start for the Toffees in 18 months with a goal in the 4-0 thrashing of Hull but then went one better in midweek with the strike which brought their first Premier League win at Old Trafford in 21 years. Press Association Speculation still persists that United manager David Moyes will return to his former club to sign Baines in January after a failed bid in the summer. And while Oviedo’s performances may have given Martinez confidence they can cope without Baines that does not mean he is willing to let his first-choice left-back leave. “Nothing changes. We are in the middle of the season, we have just gone 14 games and the only thing we are thinking about is finishing the season with the strongest squad possible,” said the Spaniard. “The last thing we want is to lose experienced players, players who mean a lot to Everton and who represent a lot in terms of what we want to achieve.” Nevertheless Oviedo is set for an extended run in the side and has found himself catapulted into the limelight. In scoring at Old Trafford, he not only became the club’s joint second-highest league scorer this season – alongside Baines, right-back Seamus Coleman and midfielder Ross Barkley – but won himself a new legion of fans. Martinez said the defender was gaining his reward for being patient and committed. “We had many phone calls from Costa Rica. The game was live there and his hero status has gone to a different level so it doesn’t surprise me how he is affecting people at the moment,” said the Toffees boss. “The assessment (of him) is exactly the same as I had in pre-season: I thought he came back ready for this campaign showing he was ready to cope with the physicality of the British league. “In pre-season he played in many games and showed he was ready but has had one of the toughest jobs you can have fighting for a position with someone like Leighton Baines, who is in the best moment of his career. “It has been probably frustrating for him at times but it is an incredible example of how you should behave as a footballer – just working hard, being ready and when you get the opportunity show you can help the team. “Everyone is delighted for Bryan because he is getting what he deserves, it is not an accident. “Now it is a great position for us to have such strong competitiveness for that position.” While the left-back area has been strengthened, Martinez is looking to strengthen other positions next month to cover long-term knee injuries to striker Arouna Kone and midfielder Darron Gibson. “We are going to use the window in January to try to help the team because we lost two players for the long term,” said the Spaniard. “Arouna and Darron are two very important players for us so we will try to see if we can identify one or two players that can help the group. “We have been working hard to identify who can help the group and that is what we are looking for in January.” Martinez admits his initial fears Kone would not recover from an operation to repair damaged cartilage in time to play a part in the remainder of the season have materialised. “Arouna started the first part of his recovery and it is going to be long-term, as expected,” he added. “I don’t think we are going to see Arouna this season. “If we can get him back for the final two months he will have done really well. “There was a big chunk of cartilage that had to be repaired in his knee. “We are very pleased in the way everything has been done but it will be difficult to see him this season. “In the same manner we are hoping we can see Darron Gibson before the season ends but clearly it is a long-term injury as well.” Manager Roberto Martinez is adamant new Everton hero Bryan Oviedo is competition and not a replacement for left-back Leighton Baines.
Press Association Sport understands France international Debuchy has agreed personal terms with Arsenal and undergone a medical, but that the Gunners are yet to reach agreement with Newcastle. However, the sticking point is as much Alan Pardew’s need to find a replacement for the former Lille defender as it is over the financial aspects of the deal, and it is to that end that the club has made its move for Janmaat. The 24-year-old is still on World Cup duty in Brazil, where the Dutch face the hosts in Saturday’s third-fourth place play-off, but sources close to the player have indicated his willingness to listen to what the Magpies have to say. But such are the complexities of the summer transfer market that Mike Ashley’s recruitment team has identified a series of alternatives with Manchester City’s Micah Richards and Ivory Coast international Serge Aurier among their potential targets. Managing director Lee Charnley is the man charged with getting the deal done, and he is stepping up his activity after an early flurry of signings with Siem de Jong, Jack Colback and Ayoze Perez having already arrived at St James’ Park this summer. Pardew’s main priority is attacking flair with strikers Loic Remy and Luuk de Jong having returned to their parent clubs after loan spells last season, while Shola Ameobi’s contract has expired. Remy and former Newcastle frontman Demba Ba have been mentioned in dispatches in recent days with their respective futures still undecided. However, as well as the focus on Janmaat, the Magpies are locked in talks with Montpellier over long-term midfield target Remy Cabella, although they are yet to meet outspoken president Louis Nicollin’s valuation of the player, which amounts to around £12million. Press Association Reports from the Netherlands have suggested the Magpies have seen an initial bid for the Feyenoord full-back rejected, although it is understood talks are at an early stage. But having allowed midfielder Yohan Cabaye to join Paris St Germain in January without signing a man to fill his boots, the Tyneside club is refusing to be caught out for a second time. Newcastle are stepping up their efforts to find a replacement for Mathieu Debuchy after opening negotiations for Holland international Daryl Janmaat.
More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Miami defensive end Gregory Rousseau, who was second in the nation with 15.5 sacks last season, has opted out of this college football season.Hurricanes coach Manny Diaz said during a conference call that Rousseau would not play. He would have been a third-year sophomore and is eligible to enter the NFL draft next year.Rousseau is the fourth prominent player, joining Penn State linebacker Micah Parson earlier in the day, who has decided not to play in a season filled with uncertainty because of the pandemic. Virginia Tech cornerback Caleb Farley and Minnesota receiver Rashod Bateman, both expected to be high draft picks, have previously announced they are opting out.Rousseau played two games in 2018 as a freshman before breaking his ankle and taking a redshirt. He had a breakout season in 2019, finishing strong with 10.5 sacks in the second half.The 6-foot-6, 260-pounder is projected as a possible first-round draft pick. August 6, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Louisville has dismissed three men’s soccer players and suspended three others as discipline for their roles in an off-campus party last weekend that resulted in 29 positive tests for COVID-19 and four sports being paused. A release on Thursday did not mention the players disciplined but stated that the three dismissed were primarily responsible for organizing the party. All three had prior team violations, the release added. Men’s soccer coach John Michael Hayden that “They have demonstrated with their actions now and previously that they do not echo the culture of this program.” Louisville on Wednesday paused workouts for men’s and women’s soccer, field hockey and volleyball following the positive tests among members of those programs. Others that may have been exposed are quarantined due to contact tracing. Athletic director Vince Tyra had warned that dismissal was an option and said he supported Hayden’s decision. He added, “Ignoring the safety protocols issued by federal, state and local officials, as well as the athletic department, is unacceptable and dangerous.”___All-American receiver Rondale Moore of Purdue says he will opt out of this college football season and will prepare to enter next year’s NFL draft. In a letter to season ticket holders, Penn State provided options for this season, including refunds or making payments a donation to the school.___BYU will play at Navy on Labor Day night in a matchup of teams that had openers against traditional rivals canceled as Power Five leagues rearranged their schedules.The Cougars were originally slated to open their season on Sept. 3 at Utah, but the Pac-12 has gone to a conference-only schedule to deal with potential disruptions from the coronavirus pandemic. Navy’s opener against longtime rival Notre Dame was at first scheduled to be played in Dublin, Ireland, on Aug. 29. The pandemic halted those plans and the game was rescheduled for the weekend of Sept. 5 at Annapolis, Maryland. Then Notre Dame joined the Atlantic Coast Conference for this season and the conference prohibited its teams from playing non-conference games outside their home state. Associated Press The Latest: Louisvile ___Middle Tennessee is making up for losing three games by scheduling a very rare for football home-and-home with Troy.Athletic director Chris Massaro announced the agreement Thursday.Under the deal, Troy will visit Middle Tennessee either Sept. 5 or Sept. 19, when the Blue Raiders would have either opened visiting Duke or hosting Virginia Tech, games that were canceled when the Atlantic Coast Conference decided to go to a league-only schedule this season. Middle Tennessee will visit Troy on Nov. 21. That’s the date the Blue Raiders would have visited UConn, which became the first FBS program to cancel its season Wednesday.Massaro says they anticipated this scenario. Contracts have not been signed yet, and Massaro says this agreement works for both of the former Sun Belt Conference rivals with no guarantees involved and bus trips for both teams. Middle Tennessee also will keep future schedules intact. Moore made the announcement with a farewell note posted on Twitter.The 5-foot-9, 180-pound junior became one of the most electrifying players in the country two years ago when he caught 114 passes for 1,254 yards and 12 touchdowns. He also had 21 carries for 213 yards and two more scores and helped the Boilermakers pull off a stunning upset of then top-ranked Ohio State. His reward — first team All-American honors as an all-purpose player.Moore entered last season billed as a potential Heisman Trophy candidate. But after being hobbled early that season with a hamstring injury, he hurt it again in the Boilermakers fourth game and missed the rest of the season. It turned out to be his final appearance in a Purdue uniform.Moore wrote that is on course to graduate in December.____ The Notre Dame-Navy game was canceled. The teams had played every season since 1927.BYU, which lost a total of six games against Power Five teams, will play Navy for just the third time and first since 1989. The game will be televised by ESPN.___NASCAR driver Spencer Davis says he has tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss Friday night’s Truck Series race at Michigan International Speedway. Davis said he tested positive Thursday and his team’s entry has pulled out of the Michigan race. “I support the protocols in place by the CDC and NASCAR and plan on taking the correct steps to come back to the track,” Davis said. Davis is 18th in the Truck Series standings after nine races. His best finish this season was 12th at Las Vegas in February.Davis is the second full-time NASCAR driver in the sport’s top-three national divisions to receive a positive coronavirus test. Seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson tested positive in July and missed one race, at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. NASCAR does not test for COVID-19. Davis got the test on his own.___ —Penn State says it is not expecting to have fans at home football games this season, a decision forced by the pandemic that will cost the schools millions in revenue.Athletic director Sandy Barbour said during a conference call she has taken a 15% pay cut on her salary.Penn State has one of the largest stadiums in the country, holding more than 107,000 fans for big games. Students typically camp out in “Nittanyville” around the stadium leading into football Saturdays.Statewide policies are limiting gatherings in Pennsylvania to fewer than 500 people. Barbour said if the policies change, plans for fans might as well.
QPR manager Mark Hughes believes having a settled back four could be the key to his side’s Premier League survival.Injuries and suspensions have hit Rangers hard and Hughes is convinced that constant changes to the defence have been a major factor in their struggle to stay up.He said: “Our back four hasn’t been settled during my time and probably before that as well.AdChoices广告“It’s not been easy. Ideally you’d want a settled back four and unfortunately we haven’t been able to have that. At times we’ve had to mix and match and just get on with what we’ve got.“Hopefully we can get a bit of continuity in our selection between now and the end of the season and that will help us.”Click here for the Man Utd v QPR quiz – can you score more than 7/10?Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Meanwhile, Real Madrid could have been forgiven for watching on with envy as Barcelona lifted the mood with a rousing win over Tottenham on Wednesday.Spain’s established pair have endured a turbulent fortnight, registering just one win between them in six league games. While the Champions League offered Barca some respite, Madrid’s dip only deepened.A strong start saw some predicting the European champions might even improve without Cristiano Ronaldo. After three opening wins, Madrid looked more balanced and better suited to gleaning the best from Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema.But Benzema was chief among those that failed to deliver in the 1-0 loss to CSKA Moscow on Tuesday, the sharpness of his early-season form gone, just like his team’s. It was Madrid’s third game without a win, and without a goal either.“We have to keep pushing, keep creating the chances,” Real coach Julen Lopetegui said. “We missed chances but also missed that little bit of luck too.”Bale was absent in Russia with a minor groin strain, which he could shake off in time for today’s trip to Alaves and they will be desperate to have him back. However, Isco, Marcelo and Dani Carvajal, who all give attacking impetus to varying degrees, are unlikely to return before the international break.Ronaldo’s name is never far from any conversation about Madrid’s offensive edge and president Florentino Perez may be wondering if he should have pushed harder for a marquee replacement. Eden Hazard’s electric performances in the Premier League will not have gone unnoticed.Mariano Diaz is an alternative to Benzema, the 25-year-old who the club re-signed in the summer from Lyon and who enjoys the support of the fans, having started in Madrid’s C team. He is more direct than Benzema but may offer less to his teammates.“We have maximum confidence in Karim,” Lopetegui said.In Spain, when Madrid or Barca do well, the other seems automatically to be doing badly and Real’s defeat by CSKA was compounded by Barcelona’s victory 24 hours later at Wembley.Lionel Messi is staying true to his word of an all-out assault on Europe this season. He now has five goals from two games in this year’s competition.“It was important after the recent results,” Messi said.For his team, the task is now to carry the euphoria from London to the Mestalla on Sunday. Valencia held Manchester United to a goalless draw in the Champions League and are showing signs of life after beating Real Sociedad last weekend. That was their first win in five games.Barca coach Ernesto Valverde may decide to persist with the rotation that seemed to disrupt so much of his side’s rhythm last week. Ousmane Dembele and Arturo Vidal were both left out of the line-up that beat Spurs and could be given a chance to reintegrate.As much as the momentum appears to be back with Barca, the table shows them level on points with Real. Another slip-up and the feel-good factor could instantly be lost.“Nothing has changed,” Valverde said. “When you have not won some games it is difficult to react as the team has done. We have reacted.”Sevilla sit third after three wins on the bounce, a run they will be hoping to continue at home to Celta Vigo, who are without a win in four.Meanwhile, Atletico Madrid, fresh off the back of their own Champions League win over Club Brugge, host Real Betis, in a battle of fourth against fifth.Premiership TableTeam P GD PtsMan City 7 18 19Liverpool 7 12 19Chelsea 7 10 17Tottenham 7 7 15Arsenal 7 5 15Watford 7 3 13Bournemouth 7 0 13Leicester 7 3 12Wolves 7 2 12Man Utd 7 -2 10Everton 7 0 9Burnley 7 -2 7Crystal Palace 7 -3 7West Ham 7 -4 7Brighton 7 -5 5Southampton 7 -5 5Fulham 7 -8 5Newcastle 7 -6 2Cardiff 7 -12 2Huddersfield 7 -13 2FixtureTodayBurnley v Huddersfield 15:00Crystal Palace v Wolves 15:00Leicester v Everton 15:00Tottenham v Cardiff 15:00Watford v Bournemouth 15:00Man Utd v Newcastle 17:30SundayFulham v Arsenal 12:00Southampton v Chelsea 14:15Liverpool v Man City 1 6:30La Liga FixtureTodayGirona v Eibar 12:00Getafe v Levante 15:15Alavés v Madrid 17:30Leganés v Vallecano 19:45SundayValladolid v Huesca 11:00Atlético v Real Betis 15:15Espanyol v Villarreal 17:30Sevilla v Celta Vigo 17:30Valencia v Barcelona 19:45 Serie A FixtureTodayCagliari v Bologna 14:00Udinese v Juventus 17:00Empoli v Roma 19:30SundayGenoa v Parma 11:30Atalanta v Sampdoria 14:00Lazio v Fiorentina 14:00AC Milan v Chievo 14:00Napoli v Sassuolo 17:00SPAL v Inter 19:30Bundesliga FixtureTodayMainz v Hertha Berlin 14:30Borussia v Augsburg 14:30Fortuna v Schalke 14:30Hannover v Stuttgart 14:30Bayern v M’gladbach 17:30SundayFreiburg v Leverkusen 12:30Hoffenheim v Frankfurt 14:30Leipzig v Nuremberg 17:00Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Barcelona face a difficult test on Sunday night as they travel to Valencia in search of their first La Liga win in four games.Lionel Messi inspired Barca to a 4-2 Champions League win over Tottenham at Wembley in midweek, but the Liga champions need to return to winning ways back in Spain after picking up just two points from their last three domestic outings.Sunday’s clash could be a tight affair given Valencia’s strange form. Marcelino Garcia Toral’s side have only conceded six goals, but have scored just five to leave them with five draws from seven La Liga games to sit 14th in the table.