Omar Kelly: NFL doesn't need fans in the stands to be successful, so it shouldn't allow them to attend games at all this season
While the nation and world struggles to come to terms with our new reality caused by the COVID-19 pandemic it is important that the arena we turn to for relief, a distraction from these trying times, sets a good example for society.That’s why the NFL needs to come out and announce that fans won’t be in the stands at all during the 2020 season or the foreseeable future.As long as the medical community is working on a vaccine, and formulating an efficient course of treatment for those who become infected by the novel coronavirus, sports teams have no business putting thousands of onlookers into ...
Editorial: Another California heath official resigns amid COVID-19. Not a good sign for Gov. Newsom
One day, someone will calculate how many lives California Gov. Gavin Newsom could have saved by making wiser choices during the coronavirus pandemic. That terrible figure will likely stand as his political legacy.Until that day comes, we must grapple with another horrifying number: 10,365. This is how many Californians have died from COVID-19 so far. More will die in the days and weeks ahead. Strong and decisive leadership could save countless lives, but — like testing kits and contact tracing capability — it appears to be in short supply.Bizarrely, as the death toll climbs, Newsom keeps tryin...
The Sacramento Bee
COVID-19 testing falls in Texas, but spread continues
AUSTIN, Texas — The amount of coronavirus testing in Texas has decreased substantially in recent weeks, just as the rate of positive cases has climbed, state data show, raising concerns about the accuracy of recent trends that show a declining number of new cases.As of Monday, the weekly average of molecular coronavirus tests conducted statewide had fallen to its lowest level since June 21. Meanwhile, the rate of tests returning positive results more than doubled over that same period.It is a troubling trend, disease experts say — one that shows not nearly enough testing is happening in Texas ...
Hawaii has highest coronavirus transmission rate in the nation: 'We are super spreaders'
Monday marked Hawaii’s 12th straight day of triple-digit coronavirus-case increases, giving it the highest transmission rate in the U.S.Scientists tracking the rate of spread, known as the reproduction rate, pegged Hawaii as the highest in the nation, KHNL-TV reported Monday. Hawaii’s rate is 1.6, meaning every person who gets sick is passing it on to an average of 1.6 other people, reported KHNL.“That is very, very high,” Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell told the station.Rapid spread is considered anything over a 1, KHNL said. Even in hard-hit Texas, the rate is 1.16, and South Dakota barely trai...
New York Daily News
Matthew Stafford: False-positive COVID-19 result was 'a little bit of a scary thing'
DETROIT — All things considered, Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford seems to be taking his COVID-19 testing fiasco in stride. This despite the family-related concerns the positive test led to for Stafford and the residual consternation it caused for his wife, Kelly.A little more than a week ago, the Lions had to place Stafford on the COVID-19 reserve list when his third test after reporting for training camp came back positive. Four days later, Stafford was activated off the list and the Lions sent out a press release emphatically stating the quarterback had a false-positive and was ne...
The Detroit News
Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes' twice-delayed trial to start in March: judge
SAN JOSE, Calif. — After being delayed twice by the coronavirus pandemic, the criminal trial of Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes has been scheduled to start in March.Holmes, a Stanford University dropout who founded her now-defunct Palo Alto blood-testing startup in 2003, is charged with a dozen felony counts of fraud, and has denied federal government allegations that she and her co-accused, former company president Sunny Balwani, misled doctors and patients and bilked investors out of hundreds of millions of dollars.During a videoconference hearing Tuesday, Judge Edward Davila in U.S. Distr...
The Mercury News
Businesses want a shield against COVID-19 lawsuits. But what about customer safety?
Wyoming state Sen. Liisa Anselmi-Dalton worried that a customer could get the coronavirus in her Old Chicago Pizza and Tap Room franchise in Rock Springs, attached to her Holiday Inn, and sue her.So, the Democrat with other Wyoming lawmakers pushed through a bill to grant immunity from liability lawsuits to businesses that do their best to follow state and federal pandemic guidelines as they reopen, rehire and serve customers.Anselmi-Dalton, who is also an attorney, envisioned a scenario where “a bunch of people went to a bar and drank out of the same bottle and now they have COVID” and sue th...
Big Ten calls off football season. Penn State's James Franklin says he's looking at other options.
The Big Ten Conference announced Tuesday that its presidents have canceled the 2020 football season with the hopes that an attempt could be made to play in the spring.Despite pushback from coaches such as Penn State’s James Franklin and players, the presidents opted against delaying their decision or considering beginning the 2020 season later in September.Yahoo Sports’ Pete Thamel broke the story. He had said in an earlier tweet that conference presidents talked about a hypothetical situation where football would be moved to the spring, but termed the discussion “contentious” because larger p...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Big Ten football canceled for fall, will try to play in spring
DETROIT — The Big Ten has, indeed, pulled the plug on fall football.The Big Ten will not play football or any other sport this fall, multiple sources at multiple Big Ten schools with knowledge of the situation told the Detroit Free Press on Tuesday. The Big Ten confirmed the news moments later.Michigan State players were pulled off the practice field, and MSU coach Mel Tucker told the team the conference would try to resume play in the spring.It marks the first time football will not be held during the fall in the 125 years of the conference — even with the 1918 flu pandemic and World War I ru...
Detroit Free Press
Big Ten postpones 2020 football season — becoming first Power Five conference to suspend fall sports
CHICAGO — The Big Ten became the first Power Five conference to postpone its fall season because of concerns about competing during the COVID-19 pandemic.The move announced Tuesday afternoon likely will reverberate throughout sports as conferences and universities grapple with the financial fallout of a canceled sports season and the risk of coronavirus breakouts on campuses.The Big Ten will evaluate the possibility of moving those sports to spring schedules.“The mental and physical health and welfare of our student-athletes has been at the center of every decision we have made regarding the a...