‘Corona parties’ The state of Bavaria is one of the worst-hit in Germany, according to official figures from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) disease control centre.But the virus is spreading fast elsewhere too, prompting Chancellor Angela Merkel to appeal to citizens in a TV address on Wednesday evening to limit social interactions.Germany reported an overnight increase of more than 2,800 official cases on Thursday, bringing the total to more than 10,000.Borders have been shut to stem the contagion, while across the country shops have been closed, restaurants forced to operate restricted opening hours and people urged to work from home.But not everyone seemed to have got the message.In Berlin, reports of young people gathering in parks for so-called “corona parties” prompted city mayor Michael Mueller to promise a total lockdown if residents did not start behaving themselves.Bavarian premier Markus Soeder has threatened similar action, in line with lockdowns already seen in Italy, Spain, France and Belgium.”If large numbers of people are not restricting themselves voluntarily, then in the end the only instrument left to react to this is a Bavaria-wide curfew,” Soeder said.For the people of Mitterteich, the unprecedented situation will take some getting used to. “It’s strange, because our streets were never so empty,” said Andreas Degner. “It’s an unsettling feeling, I must say.”But he was determined to look on the bright side.”I’m going to watch films, read… I’ll find something to do. I’ll have enough time.” But they appeared to be taking it on the chin.”It’s good that we are the first town to have this curfew, and it’s also great that it’s being done so consistently,” resident Sandra Wedlich said.She said she worried about her mother and husband who were in the at-risk groups for the virus. “He wanted to go out today and I told him ‘no'”.The drastic measures come after Mitterteich emerged as a coronavirus hotspot, accounting for around half of the roughly 40 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Tirschenreuth.Officials believe many of the infections are linked to a recent beer festival. The streets are deserted and the church square empty in the small Bavarian town of Mitterteich, the first in Germany to go into total lockdown over the spiraling coronavirus outbreak.The 6,500 residents are forbidden from leaving their homes without a valid reason, giving a foretaste of what could lie ahead for the rest of the country where many have defied confinement measures.The people of Mitterteich, located in the district of Tirschenreuth in southern Bavaria, woke up to a different world on Thursday morning. The benches stood vacant outside the town’s picturesque 17th-century church. Apart from the odd delivery van and police car, the cobbled streets remained clear, filled only with the sound of birdsong.On the outskirts of town, police in high-visibility jackets stopped people in their cars as they attempted to drive in and out, granting entry only to residents.According to district administrator Wolfgang Lippert, residents could only leave home if they have to go to work, see a doctor or go grocery shopping. Topics :
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— Reds second baseman Mike Moustakas (moos-TAH’-kahs) went on the injured list Sunday after he woke up feeling sick, and center fielder Nick Senzel was a late scratch from Cincinnati’s lineup for the final game of a series against the Detroit Tigers. The moves came a day after Reds infielder Matt Davidson went on the injured list because he tested positive for COVID-19. Davidson was the Reds DH in their season opener on Friday night, when Moustakas drove in four runs for a 7-1 win. Manager David Bell said Moustakas didn’t feel well when he woke up Sunday morning and was told to stay home as a precaution. There was no immediate explanation for why Senzel was scratched about an hour before the scheduled start of the game.— Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani (SHOH’-hay oh-TAH’-nee) is set to make his first appearance on the mound since Sept. 2, 2018, after not pitching all last season following elbow surgery. Ohtani is under no restrictions when he faces the Athletics in Oakland. Ohtani was the Angels’ designated hitter in the season opener Friday night and didn’t play Saturday. Mike Fiers (FY’-urz) will start for the A’s in his first appearance since revealing to The Athletic in November that his former team, the Houston Astros, had stolen signs using a camera in center field during their run to the 2017 World Series championship.— Rick Porcello makes his Mets debut against Atlanta at Citi Field. He won the 2016 AL Cy Young Award with Boston and went 14-12 last season. Porcello signed a $10 million, one-year deal with New York in December. Left-hander Sean Newcomb goes for the Braves in the nationally televised night game.NBA-NEWSClippers’ Williams will serve 10-day quarantine, miss games July 26, 2020 LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The NBA said Sunday that Lou Williams of the Los Angeles Clippers is being quarantined for 10 days because of his trip out of the league’s bubble last week to attend a family member’s funeral.He will miss at least two of the Clippers’ seeding games, including their July 30 opener against the Los Angeles Lakers. It’s possible he could miss more than two since his likely release will be Aug. 4, the day of the Clippers’ third seeding game.The issue was not that Williams left the bubble but that he also went to a club on that trip to Atlanta, and photographs of that visit appeared on social media. That prompted an investigation by NBA security, and ultimately the 10-day ruling. Williams visited a club that he has often described as being his favorite restaurant. The establishment has chicken wings that are named for him on the menu.In other NBA news: UNDATED (AP) — Arizona Coyotes general manager John Chayka has stepped down, one week before the Coyotes open the Stanley Cup qualifiers against Nashville. The Coyotes announced former player and current assistant GM Steve Sullivan will serve as interim general manager. Chayka made a name for himself as one of the NHL’s top general managers since being promoted in 2016 and recently signed a contract extension through 2024 late last year. His relationship with new owner Alex Meruelo began to deteriorate when he asked for permission to pursue another, non-NHL opportunity. The Arizona Republic reported Chayka was not invited to a recent dinner with Meruelo and new CEO Xavier Gutierrez to talk with Taylor Hall about a contract extension.News of Chayka’s departure came the same day the Coyotes were scheduled to leave for Edmonton for the Stanley Cup qualifiers. Arizona opens against the Predators next Sunday in its first postseason appearance since reaching the 2012 Western Conference finals.In other NHL news: — Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman won’t travel with the team to the NHL’s Eastern Conference “secure zone” in Toronto because of a personal matter. General manager Julien BriseBois (BREEZ’-bwah) says Hedman will go from his home to the rink and back and avoid the general public in Florida this week before joining his teammates. Hedman will undergo coronavirus testing daily, which is the protocol players, coaches and staff must follow in Toronto and the Western Conference hub city of Edmonton, Alberta. He’s expected to be able to practice upon arrival and play in Tampa Bay’s first playoff game Aug. 3.NHL-OBIT-MAPLE LEAFS-SHACKFormer Maple Leafs star Eddie Shack dies at 83UNDATED (AP) — Eddie Shack, one of the NHL’s most colorful players on and off the ice, has died. He was 83.The Toronto Maple Leafs announced the news in a tweet Sunday. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-NEWSRangers’ Kluber lasts 1 inning in 1st start in 15 monthsUNDATED (AP) — Texas right-hander Corey Kluber (KLOO’-bur) left his first start in almost 15 months after just one inning Sunday due to shoulder tightness. Upstart Dash win the Challenge Cup 2-0 over the Red StarsSANDY, Utah (AP) — Sophie Schmidt scored on an early penalty kick and Shea Groom added a stoppage-time goal to give the Houston Dash the Challenge Cup tournament championship with a 2-0 victory over the Chicago Red Stars on Sunday. The month-long tournament was National Women’s Soccer League reboot after the regular season was shut down by the coronavirus outbreak. Houston, in its seventh year in the league, had never previously made the playoffs. The Red Stars went to the NWSL championship game last season, but were routed 4-0 by the North Carolina Courage. The NWSL was the first professional team sport to return in the United States. Eight of the league’s nine teams have been sequestered in Utah for the duration of the tournament, which started on June 27. The league’s ninth team, the Orlando Pride, withdrew shortly before the start because of positive COVID-19 tests. — Joel Embiid (joh-EHL’ ehm-BEED’) is hurting, and that’s a cause for concern as the Philadelphia 76ers get set to restart their season this week. The All-Star starting center sat out Philadelphia’s scrimmage against Oklahoma City on Sunday with right calf tightness, something 76ers coach Brett Brown hopes is merely a minor blip. Embiid has an extensive injury history. He has never appeared in more than 64 games in a regular season and missed 21 of Philadelphia’s 65 games this season before the March 11 shutdown.— Boston’s Kemba Walker and Phoenix’s Ricky Rubio were back in action Sunday, going head-to-head in a Celtics-Suns scrimmage. Both missed the first scrimmages with their teams inside the NBA bubble last week. Walker missed the first scrimmage with left knee soreness. Rubio was a late arrival at Disney and the Suns wanted to get him a couple of more practices before he saw any scrimmage action.— Of the 22 teams at the NBA restart, nine took the day off Sunday — at least from formal practice. There were five scrimmages, with Philadelphia-Oklahoma City, Phoenix-Boston, Indiana-Dallas, Portland-Toronto and Houston-Memphis on the day’s schedule. Orlando, Sacramento and Brooklyn all were scheduled for practice. The other teams at Disney — the Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, Washington, Miami, Milwaukee, San Antonio, Utah, New Orleans and Denver — were down to take the day off. All teams will play their third and final scrimmage game either Monday or Tuesday.NHL-NEWSArizona GM steps down Update on the latest sports Known for his bruising style, distinctive skating gait and larger-than-life personality, Shack won four Stanley Cups with Toronto in the 1960s, including the franchise’s most recent victory in 1967. Nicknamed “The Entertainer” — with his trademark cowboy hat and luxurious mustache — he scored the winning goal for the Leafs in the 1963 final.The native of Sudbury, Ontario, played parts of 17 seasons from 1958 through 1975 with six different teams, including nine years with the Maple Leafs.Shack had 239 goals, 465 points and 1,431 penalty minutes in 1,047 NHL games. The winger added six goals and seven assists and 151 penalty minutes in 74 playoff matchups.In October 2016, Shack was listed at No. 68 on The One Hundred, a list of the 100 greatest Leafs that was released as part of the team’s centennial anniversary.NWSL-RED STARS-DASH Associated Press The two-time Cy Young Award winner was making his first appearance for a team other than Cleveland after an offseason trade. He threw 18 pitches while facing three batters. Colorado’s Trevor Story walked and was thrown out trying to steal.The Rangers said the 34-year-old Kluber reported feeling the tightness in the first few pitches and it got worse as the inning progressed. He was examined by a team doctor and will be further evaluated Monday.Kluber was knocked out of his final start for the Indians on May 1, 2019, breaking his right forearm when he was hit by a comeback liner. He was close to returning when he sustained an oblique injury during a rehab start last August.In other MLB news:— Red Sox pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez says he is awaiting results of additional testing after doctors recently discovered an issue with his heart they believe is a result of his recent bout with COVID-19. The 27-year-old left-hander tested positive for the coronavirus before the start of summer camp, but was cleared and returned to workouts on July 18. He hasn’t had another positive coronavirus test, but said an MRI revealed a condition called myocarditis, that the team’s medical staff felt was serious enough to shut him down for at least a week. He’s been restricted from baseball activities since July 23. According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, myocarditis is an inflammation of the heart muscle that is usually due to a viral infection. The inflammation can lead to arrhythmias, cardiomyopathy or heart failure.
This is as it should be. Gaining access to the championship should be a default position for Division I members, and it is for every sport the NCAA sponsors. The absence of that access is one of the colossal weaknesses of the College Football Playoff. The mid-majors and low-majors add character to the tournament that helps make it such an inviting television draw and helps make it worth about $1 billion annually.Beyond that, what the “little guy” should receive is what he deserves. In the case of 2015 Murray State, that didn’t happen. If Buffalo somehow were excluded in 2019, that would be a problem. But not because “I’d rather” see the Bulls in the field than a team that finished in the middle of a power league.The Bulls might not need to be chosen. They can win their way into the field. If they fail, though, remember they won’t need charity. They’ll need the at-large bid they’ve earned. And, what has become the most vacant two-word phrase to enter the college basketball lexicon since “eye test” and “last 10” faded from favor: “I’d rather.”MORE: Sporting News’ March Madness CenterThose two words are the essence of the mid-major lament. “I’d rather” is condensed from what you already know: “I’d rather see a team like Belmont in the tournament than a mediocre power-conference team.”It’s curious anyone involved in the sport would believe this is a proper course for the NCAA Tournament selection committee to follow, as though it were simply choosing a different flavor of ice cream because vanilla is tired. “I’d rather have Black Raspberry Chip.”I happen to know one of the perks of serving on the NCAA Men’s Basketball Committee is the ice cream breaks, but that’s not really what those 10 people are up to during their hours of deliberation in selecting the NCAA Tournament’s 36 at-large teams. They’re trying to establish which are the most qualified teams — not the most qualified teams you’re not tired of seeing.“Our charge is to take the best 36 teams, at-large teams,” selection chair Bernard Muir, the athletic director at Stanford, said on a teleconference on Wednesday. “We’re going to look at a number of resumes coming from both the Power 5 conferences and the mid-majors. There was a lot of good basketball that continues to be played.”The complaints in recent seasons have centered around the larger percentage of at-large bids coming from high-major conferences. In 2018, the Power 5 and Big East consumed 86 percent of at-large bids, compared to 69 percent in the year 2000. To understand that increase, you first must realize the power leagues grew in that period. At the start of the century, 67 basketball teams played in what were then called the Automatic Qualifying conferences of college football’s BCS era. Those same leagues now have 75 members, a 12 percent increase.Additionally, it’s important to recognize college basketball fundamentally changed in that period. In 1998-99, Wally Szczerbiak was a consensus second-team All-American with the Miami RedHawks. He turned down offers from Georgia Tech and St. John’s to join Herb Sendek and play all four years in southwestern Ohio. That wouldn’t happen now. Top talents playing at mid-majors by choice is a practice as extinct as the two-hand set shot.We detailed this phenomenon a year ago. Whereas 67 percent of top 100 prospects in 1998 chose to sign with teams from the top six conferences, that figure increased to 95 percent by 2017. The high major leagues have more of the top players and top coaches. It stands to reason it would have more of the best teams.MORE: Best buzzer-beaters in March Madness historyThis is not to say a player such as Murray State’s Ja Morant — a Sporting News second-team All-American in 2018-19 — might not be overlooked and misevaluated. It is rare, though. Of last year’s 27 first-round picks to come from college basketball, 89 percent played in top-six conferences. In 2000, it was 74 percent.It’s also not to say teams without such players can’t coalesce into an overwhelming force capable of remarkable achievements, such as an undefeated conference record or victories over significant programs from wealthier conferences. When such teams appear and are not acknowledged, the committee deserves to be ripped.A prime example of this occurred ahead of the 2015 tournament, after Murray State compiled a perfect record in the Ohio Valley regular season (not losing a game between Nov. 30 and the final of the OVC Tournament, when the Racers fell to Belmont by a point on a buzzer-beater). They were 27-5 on Selection Sunday and were left home, told their schedule was too weak to justify inclusion.This was, as we say on Twitter, a bad take.When that sort of dominance occurs, the committee ought to be in the business of rewarding such a team, even if it competes in what traditionally is known as a “one-bid league.” This is a basketball competition, not a scheduling competition. However, there has been no such team thrown into the 2019 at-large pool to date.The only team fitting this description that completed its conference tournament was Mike Young’s Wofford team, which went 18-0 in the Southern Conference and won the league’s automatic bid. Buffalo (28-3) is another such team and, even if it loses in the Mid-American Conference Tournament, should certainly be invited. If it’s not, that will be an outrage.But the programs currently backed by major campaigns, so to speak, did not demonstrate that sort of power. Belmont tied for the OVC regular season title with Murray State with 16-2 records, one game ahead of Jacksonville State. The Bruins are 25-5 against Division I opponents, with two of those wins coming against Quadrant 1 competition. They won a road game against UCLA. However, they were 1-3 in games against the teams that wound up seeded second and third in the OVC tournament.Lipscomb likewise has gained support because of its high placement in the NCAA’s NET rankings. The Bisons are 48th, but they are only 23-7 against Division I opponents. Their most significant nonconference win was against TCU. But they lost two of three games to auto-bid winner Liberty, including the Atlantic Sun championship game on their own court. They also lost to a sub-.500 Florida Gulf Coast squad and fell twice to Belmont, which means they should be in line behind the Bruins.If either or both of those teams were fortunate to receive bids, it would be no calamity (except on those campuses whose bubble-bound basketball teams are not chosen). They’re good teams. But the case against them is at least as strong as the case in favor.MORE: SN’s NCAA Tournament bracket projectionsThe “little guy” does not need a break. The little guy already gets one. There are 32 automatic qualification spots available in the NCAA Tournament. There is one each for the Power 5 leagues, another for the Big East and one for the American, a traditional multi-bid league. So that means 37 percent of the field already is granted to mid- and low-major programs in the form of automatic bids, even though it is obvious they don’t have a third of the best teams or a third of the best players. It has become an annual occasion during NCAA Tournament selection week: The mid-major lament.Give the little guy a break. The mid-majors are getting screwed. It’s all stacked against them.
The 2019 version of Go Bowling at the Glen felt a whole lot like 2018 — Chase Elliott even ran out of fuel during his celebratory burnout. Elliott held on to a narrow lead during the final laps to beat Martin Truex Jr. at Watkins Glen International for the second year in a row. The win is the second of the season for Elliott.Elliott and Truex finished a full nine seconds better than the rest of the field in a race dominated by two of the best road course drivers. Elliott led 81 of the 90 laps, the second most ever at Watkins Glen. The No. 9 became just the fifth driver ever to repeat winning on the track and the first since Marcos Ambrose in 2011-12. 3:24 p.m.: Kyle Busch spins through Turn 1 on Lap 2, but we stay green. The No. 18 looks to not be damaged.3:22 p.m.: Green flag as William Byron and Kyle Busch settle behind Chase Elliott.3:13 p.m.: Cars are rolling. A quick breakdown of today’s race: MORE: Watch the NASCAR live with fuboTV (7-day trial)Denny Hamlin continued his recent stretch of great finishes as the No. 11 placed third. Erik Jones and Ryan Blaney rounded out the top five.Kyle Busch, who entered the day second in the Cup Series standings, did not make any friends as he was twice spun out by drivers (William Byron and Bubba Wallace) after continued contact with both cars throughout the race. The No. 18 Toyota still managed to finish 11th despite sustaining heavy damage, a result that was good enough to propel him to first in the Cup Series standings.Corey LaJoie, who sacrificed a month’s worth of salary in order to don a special paint scheme for Samaritan’s Feet — a faith-based nonprofit that gives shoes to impoverished children — finished 34th. The No. 32 reportedly raised over $100,000 for the charity.The Cup series returns to Michigan International Speedway on Sunday with just four regular season races remaining for the Consumers Energy 400.Sporting News provided live lap-by-lap updates and highlights from the Go Bowling at the Glen. Follow along below.NASCAR at Watkins Glen: Live updates, highlights from Go Bowling at the GlenGo Bowling at the Glen: 2019 winner, top 20 order of finish( All times Eastern.)FinishDriverTeam (Car No.)Laps led1.Chase ElliottHendrick Motorsports (9)812.Martin Truex Jr.Joe Gibbs Racing (19)13.Denny HamlinJoe Gibbs Racing (11)4.Erik JonesJoe Gibbs Racing (20)5.Ryan BlaneyTeam Penske (12)6.Matt DiBenedettoLeavine Family Racing (95)7.Kevin HarvickStewart-Haas (4)8.Kyle LarsonChip Ganassi Racing (42)69.Brad KeselowskiTeam Penske (2)10.Kurt BuschChip Ganassi Racing (1)11.Kyle BuschJoe Gibbs Racing (18)12.Aric AlmirolaStewart-Haas (10)13.Chris BuescherJTG Daugherty Racing (37)14.Alex BowmanHendrick Motorsports (88)15.Ricky Stenhouse Jr.Roush Fenway Racing (17)16.Michael McDowellFront Row Motorsports (34)17.Daniel SuarezStewart-Haas (41)18.Paul MenardWood Brothers Racing (21)319.Jimmie JohnsonHendrick Motorsports (48)20.Clint BowyerStewart-Haas Racing (14)Caution flags: 4Lead changes: 5Lap leaders: Chase Elliott (81), Kyle Larson (6), Martin Truex Jr. (1), Paul Menard (1)5:36 p.m.: Chase Elliott holds on for his second win of the season.5:34 p.m.: Two laps left. Elliott has a lead of half a second.5:30 p.m.: Five laps to go, and Truex has never been closer, but he’s going to need a mistake from Elliott.5:25 p.m.: Denny Hamlin is in third and a full seven seconds behind Elliott. Erik Jones and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.5:22 p.m.: With 12 laps to go, Elliott has a lead of a single car length. Lap traffic is about to play a factor.5:16 p.m.: Truex gains a lot of ground on nearly every turn, but then Elliott pulls away on the straight aways.5:12 p.m.: Kyle Busch’s car looks like it’s been through a war. He’s 23rd with 20 laps to go.5:10 p.m.: Austin Dillon spins out and has to wait for the pack to pass. No caution.5:09 p.m.: Elliott just radioed that he may have a rear tire going flat from the contact with Truex.5:08 p.m.: Truex may have take some damage to his front fender from all that contact with Elliott.5:06 p.m.: Back green with 25 laps to go. Lots of contact between Elliott and Truex on the restart, but Elliott pulls away.4:57 p.m.: Caution is out after Bubba Wallace retaliates to some contact from Kyle Busch, and very intentionally spins out Busch.4:54 p.m.: Both the leaders have now pitted with 29 laps remaining, and Elliott maintained his narrow lead over the No. 19.4:50 p.m.: Truex is getting dangerously close to passing Elliott. The two are over nine seconds better than Kevin Harvick in third.4:46 p.m.: Daniel Hemric spins out, but no caution or damage.4:42 p.m.: Ty Dillon goes through the grass and has to head to pit road to remove grass from his grill.4:37 p.m.: Chase Elliott and Martin Truex are really pulling away from the field.4:34 p.m.: Green flag waves on the final stage.Stage 2 winner: Chase Elliott4:23 p.m.: Chase Elliott wins Stage 2 under caution.4:21 p.m.: Caution. Bubba Wallace spins out and makes heavy contact with the tire carousel. Since there are just two laps remaining, Stage 2 will end under yellow.4:17 p.m.: Green with four laps left in Stage 2. Elliott maintains his lead, with Truex in second.4:07 p.m.: Caution is out with seven laps to go, as Reed Sorenson’s No. 77 is heavily smoking.4:05 p.m.: As drivers begin pitting, Elliott retakes the lead.4:00 p.m.: Joey Logano went through the grass. He has a big chunk of grass on his grill. Parker Kligerman does a full spinout, but no caution.3:57 p.m.: Back under green with Kyle Larson and Kevin Harvick in the front.3:50 p.m.: What a surprise…Kyle Busch has some beef with a driver. After William Byron spun Busch out early in the race, Busch sent Byron through the grass a few laps later. Both drivers have been sounding off about one another on the radio.Stage 1 winner: Chase Elliott3:46 p.m.: Chase Elliott holds serve to win Stage 1. Jimmie Johnson picks up valuable points in sixth place.3:44 p.m.: Elliott has a lead larger than six seconds with two laps remaining in the stage.3:43 p.m.: And drivers begin their pit strategies on Lap 17.3:41 p.m.: With four laps to go, William Byron tries to get by the inside of Hamlin, nearly spinning the No. 11, but no such wreck.3:35 p.m.: Denny Hamlin and Martin Truex Jr. have moved into second and third behind Elliott.3:30 p.m.: Aric Almirola just radioed that his shifter is “literally” about to break off.