Flyers' Scott Laughton on NHL's possible return: 'We want to have a chance to win the Stanley Cup'
PHILADELPHIA — Scott Laughton was developing into the type of player the Flyers envisioned when they selected him in the first round of the 2012 draft. He was someone who was effective at both ends of the ice, someone who played with an edge, someone who scored important goals.And then Laughton’s career-best season came to a halt March 12 because of the coronavirus outbreak, just like it did for his teammates and the rest of the NHL.So Laughton, a 25-year-old center/winger, clings to the hope that the suspended season will resume and that the Flyers, who had won nine of their last 10 games whe...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Chris Sale hoping MLB finds an avenue to play this summer
Chris Sale will not be participating if the Red Sox play any baseball in the 2020 season but he’s hoping his teammates and all of Major League Baseball can find the right avenue to return to the diamond.Speaking on a conference call Tuesday, Sale discussed his Tommy John surgery that took place in late March and also a desire to see baseball sometime this spring or summer. MLB acknowledged that it has held discussions with the Players’ Association about a scenario where thousands of players and staff would quarantine in Arizona to expedite the start of a season as soon as May. The league said ...
The Providence Journal (Providence, R.I.)
Aztecs get commitment from CSUN grad transfer Terrell Gomez
SAN DIEGO — The NCAA has mandated that basketball coaches cannot travel to see recruits and recruits cannot take campus visits through the end of May.Terrell Gomez didn’t need to. The 5-foot-8 junior guard has already been to San Diego State with CSUN (formerly Northridge) for a game at Viejas Arena two years ago.“That was kind of like my visit,” Gomez said. “The energy was crazy.”That, plus deep connections with Aztecs past and present, made the decision to spend his final college season on Montezuma Mesa relatively easy. Less than a week after entering the transfer portal and three days afte...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Gophers athletic department facing potential $75 million hit because of coronavirus
MINNEAPOLIS — The Gophers athletic department could lose $75 million in revenue — about 50% of its annual budget — if the coronavirus pandemic stretches into the fall, according to estimates prepared for Tuesday’s Board of Regents meeting.The Board based the estimates on potential losses from ticket revenue, NCAA tournament and TV distributions, contributions from boosters, etc.In the Regents’ “best-case” scenario, which accounts for athletics cancellations through spring but resuming to normal in the summer, the athletics department could lose $10 million.The “moderate” outlook, which assumes...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Editorial: The hot mess in Wisconsin over its primary shows why our elections need to modernize
The timing of Illinois’ March 17 primary could hardly have been worse. It took place the day after the state recorded its first death from the new coronavirus and the same day schools were closed statewide by order of Gov. J.B. Pritzker. But he declined to postpone the election, citing uncertainty about arranging a later date.Some poll workers didn’t show up out of fear of contagion, and voter turnout was low. It was probably the best that could have been done under the unexpected and unfamiliar circumstances, but it was less than ideal.Wisconsin, with an additional three weeks to figure out a...
Will Bunch: In Tuesday's Wisconsin primary, Republicans will literally kill you to win an election
It’s become fairly common in the 21st century to talk about “a life-or-death election,” and the performance of President Donald Trump these recent months as the coronavirus crisis came to America proves that’s not always hyperbole. But as I write this on Tuesday morning, Republicans in the great state of Wisconsin are putting a brand new spin on the term. They are forging ahead with an election that could literally kill some of their constituents.Do you think that’s hyperbole? Consider Florida, which — led by its reality-denying Trumpist GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis — plowed forward with its March 17...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Elizabeth Wellington: What you can do if you're laid off or furloughed during the coronavirus pandemic
The coronavirus has disrupted everything we took for granted: our loved ones, our mortality and yes, our jobs.And it’s becoming clear that even before it’s safe for us to hug our parents and grandparents again, our finances could be in serious trouble. Nearly 284,000 Pennsylvanians filed initial unemployment claims last week, Inquirer reporter Andrew Maykuth reported Monday. That brings the state’s total unemployment claims to 1.1 million, or 16.3% of the state’s workforce, according to preliminary statistics posted by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.Losing a job is always st...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Delta cuts flying at hubs, including big reductions in New York
Delta Air Lines is making large cuts in flying at its hubs, including a 60% reduction in flights at its largest hub in Atlanta.Atlanta-based Delta, like other airlines, has cut the vast majority of its flights in New York, a hot spot for the coronavirus outbreak in the United States and a city where Delta has a domestic hub at LaGuardia Airport and an international hub at John F. Kennedy International Airport.Delta has cut service at LaGuardia by more than 90% in April and at JFK by more than 80%.Some states have imposed restrictions on travelers from New York.And amid international “do not tr...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The post-coronavirus world could see more employees working from home, analysis says
The fallout from the coronavirus pandemic could sharply increase the number of people who work from home after it subsides, according to a new analysis.Researchers at the Rockefeller Institute of Government, which had been monitoring the practice even before the crisis, said businesses have been forced to find a way to make remote work succeed.“Surveys have shown that a lot of employers are opening up more to telecommuting,” said Liz Farmer, a fiscal policy expert who authored the study. “Others who hadn’t or wouldn’t have considered it or were worried that production might drop, they have now...
What to do if — or when — you get coronavirus symptoms, or a positive diagnosis
Pay special attention to that cough this spring. It might not be allergies.Experts expect many Americans to catch the new coronavirus over the next few weeks and months. Limiting the spread — and not overwhelming the local hospital system — may hinge, in part, on knowing what symptoms look like, and how to manage your own case.Know the symptomsA first essential step is to know the symptoms most commonly linked to the virus, and to be on high alert for them in yourself and others around you.Symptoms in many people can be tricky to pick up in the initial days of the illness — often including bod...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch