Deliver the same experience through every channel

first_img 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Most credit unions realize the importance of establishing a younger membership base. Millennials comprise the largest generation in U.S. history. But at the same time, the average age of a credit union member is slowly but steadily increasing.To help credit unions address this disparity, studies have been conducted over the past decade in an effort to better understand young account holders. Some find that financial education is a core value for Millennials; some suggest bringing in Millennials is more a matter of personal service; and others report that fees are a hot button issue for this group. One conclusion in particular, though, that seems to present itself with consistency is, well … consistency.Consistency, stability, reliability — they’re admirable values. Consistency is something that young and experienced account holders alike can appreciate. The difference, however, is what consistency means to these two generations. From the Millennial perspective, it means maintaining the same level of access through every channel. continue reading »last_img read more

London Marathon mass race to be cancelled, elite race on

first_imgTopics : It is set to confirm that an elite-only race will be held on a multi-lap course in and around a central London park, with controlled access to limit fan numbers, and headlined by the only two men to have gone under two hours, two minutes for the marathon,Defending champion Kipchoge, who became the first man to run a sub-two hour marathon in an unofficial race in Vienna last October, is seeking a record fifth London title.He has won 11 of the 12 marathons he has started, including the 2016 Olympics in Rio and holds the official world record of two hours, one minute, 39 seconds.Bekele has three Olympic and five world championship golds over 10,000 and 5,000 meters, distances in which he still holds the world record, as well as an astonishing 11 cross country world championship golds.He ran 2:01:41 in Berlin last October to miss Kipchoge’s world record by two seconds.  The mass participation London Marathon has been cancelled due to COVID-19 but an elite-only race, on a short loop on a fan-restricted circuit and featuring Eliud Kipchoge and Kenenisa Bekele, will be held on Oct. 4, sources said on Thursday.The race, which normally attracts almost 40,000 runners and raises millions of pounds for charity, was originally postponed from April and the ongoing complications caused by the pandemic, not least the potential infection risk caused by hundreds of thousands of fans lining the route through central London, meant that hosting it was impracticable.The Boston, Berlin, New York and Chicago marathons have all been cancelled and though London always looked likely to join them, race director Hugh Brasher was clinging on to the hope it could happen and had previously said a final decision would by made by Aug. 7. An official announcement is now expected later on Thursday.last_img read more

Mikel Arteta reveals plans to sign Arsenal’s own Virgil van Dijk

first_imgArteta’s defenders have struggled for consistency (Picture: Getty)‘But everything that comes through our door has to be something that significantly increases the level of the team.‘It is a good mixture [of players from relegated and big clubs] because as well they bought players from Monaco, they bought players from Italy.‘You need players that have the experience in the Premier League and they’ve done it here, so in terms of adaption the process it is much quicker. ‘But as well they bought players with European experience, playing in big national teams with big responsibilities – and, don’t forget, for a big amount of money as well.’MORE: AFTV remove Claude ‘indefinitely’ after racial slur during Arsenal’s defeat to TottenhamMORE: Real Madrid set price tag for Arsenal to make Dani Ceballos’ loan move permanentFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Coral BarryWednesday 15 Jul 2020 1:13 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.9kShares Mikel Arteta reveals plans to sign Arsenal’s own Virgil van Dijk Comment Advertisementcenter_img Van Dijk transformed Liverpool’s defence (Picture: Getty)Mikel Arteta admitted Arsenal need to sign their own Virgil van Dijk if they are to solve their defensive problems.Liverpool transformed themselves into Premier League winners with some shrewd business in the transfer market, most crucially when they signed Van Dijk from Southampton and Alisson from Roma.The duo cost a combined £142million and instantly had a remarkable effect on Liverpool’s defensive issues.Arteta was asked if he needed to make a Van Dijk-esque signing for Arsenal and replied: ‘Yes as that is the way that I believe a team has to be built.ADVERTISEMENT‘They were conceding goals, with some individual errors and some set pieces as well.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘And the moment they touched the spine of the team that changes dramatically. So that is a quick fix.‘You get one of the best defenders in the world with the best goalkeeper in the world with one of the best holding midfielders in the world and you change it pretty quickly. Arteta previews Arsenal’s clash with league champions Liverpool.To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 15:51FullscreenArteta previews Arsenal’s clash with league champions Liverpool. is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘You can see what happened straight away at Manchester City when Aymeric Laporte came in.‘But we have to know that we have to do it our way with our resources. We have to find a way.’Arteta has been unable to put his stamp on the Arsenal squad due to financial issues and was restricted to loan signings in January.Arsenal made Pablo Mari and Cedric Soares’ loan deals permanent this summer, but Arteta is yet to make a marquee signing.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityThe former Manchester City No.2 revealed Arsenal were prepared to wait for the right players to become available.‘At the end of the day everything that has to come through our door has to be top, top quality,’ the Arsenal coach explained.‘That is the demands of this football club and it cannot be any different. If we have to wait for the right player in order to do that, let’s wait. Advertisementlast_img read more

Salvage Firms Gearing Up to Move MV Priscilla

first_imgAfter several unsuccessful attempts to refloat the Dutch cargo ship which ran aground off Caithness on July 18, a consortium of salvage companies has been appointed to move the vessel.The owner of the cargo ship Priscilla has appointed Multraship, Ardent and Wagenborg as salvors, HM Coastguard informed.Representatives from Ardent are expected to reach the ship later today in order to carry out an initial assessment on July 21. Salvors have already commenced deploying equipment to the incident site.Once an outline salvage plan is prepared and approved, a salvage control unit (SCU) will be established near the site, the coastguard added.“This incident has now become a salvage operation in order to refloat the vessel (…) I’m pleased that the owner’s representative and insurers have appointed experienced salvors without delay. I am in dialogue with a number of key stakeholders and once we have established and agreed the salvage plan, I will provide a further update on the way forward,” Acting SOSRep Hugh Shaw said.A temporary exclusion zone of 500 m has been established around the incident site to ensure that there is no risk to the safety of persons engaged in the salvage operations and for other shipping traffic.The 3,200 dwt Priscilla remains stable but hard aground on the Pentland Skerries with the six-person crew on board safe and well.No pollution has been reported.last_img read more

Rain dampens derby but not the fans

first_imgCincinnatti, Oh. — The soggy weekend weather pattern did not dampen the spirits of soapbox derby fans in Cincinnati over the weekend. The Red Bull Soapbox Race, a wacky homemade non-motorized car competition was held, but had to end early because of storm conditions. But, 54 teams and their themed crafts were still on display in Eden Park at Mt Adams for fans to admire and enjoy.Team themes included tractor tributes, a mad manatee, a fiery toaster, a German language tribute, hockey fanatics, clam diggers, Fortnite llama and a barrel of monkeys just to name a few.The weather was uncooperative resulting in only 26 teams having the opportunity to run the course.The free outdoor event challenges teams of five from across the country and specifically Ohio to craft their own non-motorized vehicles and test them on a downhill course that spirals through various twists, turns and obstacles.For more information and an announcement of final rankings, please check online here.last_img read more

COVID-19 deaths in state nears 3,000

first_imgStatewide — The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) has reported that 850 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 on Tuesday. A total of 81,847 Indiana residents have tested positive for the coronavirus. To date, 948,614 individual tests have been reported to ISDH at an 8.8% positive rate and 28 new deaths were reported for a total of 2,954 Hoosier deaths.Dearborn County has a total of 539 cases and 28 deaths reported (up 3 new cases), Decatur County has a total of 359 positive cases and 32 deaths (no change), Franklin County has 253 positive cases and 22 deaths (up 3 new deaths) and Ripley County has 221 positive cases and 8 deaths (up 1 new case). Locally, this is an increase of 4 new positive cases and 3 new deaths.last_img read more

Magpies reap World Cup dividend

first_imgMapou Yanga-Mbiwa is confident Newcastle will reap the rewards of France’s qualification for the World Cup finals. Pardew said: “It was important because it was from a set-place, a corner, which we are not particularly good at, and it was well-worked. “We have been concentrating a little bit in certain ways on set-plays, and it gave us a nice foundation.” Norwich responded and Nathan Redmond wasted a glorious opportunity to level after Michael Turner had caught the home defence flat-footed with a ball over the top. Anthony Pilkington looped a header across goalkeeper Tim Krul and just wide of the far post, but the home side extended their lead seven minutes before the break when Canaries goalkeeper John Ruddy failed to hold Shola Ameobi’s header and Yoan Gouffran pounced from close range. Newcastle, perhaps as a result of all the midweek activity, wilted somewhat after the break as Norwich stepped up a gear, but it was not until 10 minutes from time that Leroy Fer gave them hope when he powered a header past Krul. That prompted a late onslaught, but the visitors were unable to trouble the Dutchman further. The win left the Magpies in eighth place in the table on 20 points after 12 games, and with West Brom due on Tyneside next weekend before tough trips to Swansea and Manchester United. Yanga-Mbiwa, who played at right-back in place of the suspended Debuchy rather than in his accustomed central defensive role, said: “All matches in the Premier League are hard. “We need to keep the spirit to win the next game. Afterwards, I know we have two hard games, Swansea and Manchester United. We need to get many points to go up (the table).” By contrast, defeat left Norwich in 16th place and only a single point clear of the drop zone. However, there were positives for manager Chris Hughton, the form of 23-year-old summer signing Fer among them. Hughton said: “He is still developing. If I look at his all-round game, I think there is still improvement in his game. “It is about him adjusting from playing and being brought up in a Dutch way and particularly generally playing three in midfield to adjusting to what we want from him. “But he is certainly making good and big strides for us.” The 24-year-old defender was as delighted as anyone to see club-mates Yohan Cabaye and Mathieu Debuchy help their country overturn a 2-0 play-off deficit to beat Ukraine and make it to Brazil, with Moussa Sissoko and Loic Remy also in the squad. Yanga-Mbiwa’s victorious compatriots returned to Tyneside after last week’s heroics weary, but brimming with confidence, and managed to channel their remaining energy into a performance which secured a 2-1 Barclays Premier League win over Norwich. Manager Alan Pardew is now hoping their attempts to make sure they are part of the festivities in South America, along with Argentina’s Fabricio Coloccini, Ivory Coast’s Cheick Tiote, Holland keeper Tim Krul and Nigeria frontman Shola Ameobi, will benefit the Magpies, and the former Montpellier defender agrees. Yanga-Mbiwa said: “All the players are confident. The French team has qualified and all the players are happy and trying to do well to help themselves go to the World Cup.” France boss Didier Deschamps will be keeping a close eye on events at St James’ Park over the next six months or so and with Hatem Ben Arfa also desperate to force his way back into contention, there is a huge incentive for Newcastle’s French foreign legion. But asked if he too has hopes of catching Deschamps’ eye, Yanga-Mbiwa said: “Oh, I don’t know. I try to do well. “I know the gaffer of the France team watches the games. We won and afterwards, it’s up to him to decide if he calls me or not.” In the meantime, the Magpies’ French contingent and the rest of their team-mates will concentrate on the task of easing the club further up the table after recording a third successive league win. It took them just two minutes to get their noses in front as Remy made the most of some less-than-effective defending to head home Cabaye’s corner. Remarkably, it was the first goal Pardew’s men had scored from that particular set-piece since October 2011. Press Associationlast_img read more

Patience pays off for Toffees

first_img But they kept to the principles instilled in them by manager Roberto Martinez and the winner came from a good move down their left. “We need to learn to get better at being patient at home,” said the Scotland international. “It is about controlling the game and not feeling you need to go more direct and we showed that. “As long as you get the goal that puts you in front you are going to be happy. “We worked hard, kept plugging away and had a few chances but as the game went on the chances became more frequent and big Rom stuck one away. “It is about being patient and waiting for the right opportunity because you can snatch at shots as the clock ticks down. “This is just another example that it does work. If you play the game in the right manner the chances will come along. “We had a couple of disappointing away results (at Tottenham and Chelsea) after good performances so it was always important to win yesterday. “It was big and we knew that coming into the game.” The win moved Everton to within nine points of fourth-placed Manchester City, who have a match in hand. Martinez has still not ruled out the prospect of Champions League football, although three defeats and a draw in their previous five league matches did much damage in allowing their top-four rivals to open up a significant gap. “We want to win every game. If we can win every game, why not?” said the Toffees boss on qualifying for the Champions League. “There are 33 points to play for. In football it is not that straightforward. “This league has many twists and turns. All we want is to be as good as we can.” With Lukaku and Gerard Deulofeu both returning to fitness, Everton just need captain Phil Jagielka to recover from a hamstring injury and they should have their strongest squad – long-term injuries to Arouna Kone, Darron Gibson and Bryan Oviedo and the uncertainty over loan signing Lacina Traore’s own hamstring problem notwithstanding – available for the remainder of the campaign. The bench against West Ham had Lukaku, Deulofeu, Ross Barkley and Aiden McGeady on it, giving Martinez a number of attacking options. Lukaku’s introduction and subsequent match-turning contribution shows what can be done when the manager uses such positive alternatives. “Throughout the season, with the subs as well, the manager has shown he will go for it and Romelu gave us more presence in the box,” said Naismith. “He is a big player and his goals have been vital for this season. “It is good to see and shows the strength in numbers we have got here. “Gerard is back in after a long time out, Aiden has joined in January so there is a very healthy competition for places and that can only benefit us going to the end of the season. “We have just got to go into each game and get the points and when it comes down to the last five or six games we’ll have a look if we are there or thereabouts. “It was important we just keep ticking along and getting the wins.” West Ham boss Sam Allardyce put the ending of his side’s four-match winning streak down to failings in attack. “We won the last four games by two clear goals because our final-third play was so much better,” he said. “When we got down there we just didn’t find the right ball sadly.” Press Association Substitute Romelu Lukaku returned from a month-long absence to score the only goal nine minutes from time. Up to that point the Toffees, who have been beaten just once in 22 league matches at home, had created little in the way of genuine chances. Forward Steven Naismith believes learning to play a waiting game is something Everton still need to improve on but a return to winning ways against West Ham proves it is a strategy which works.last_img read more

Hard to adapt in new country – Poch

first_img Former Spurs man Gareth Bale has found himself in the media spotlight since a world-record £85.3million transfer to Real Madrid in September 2013. And following a testing campaign, it has been suggested the Wales forward would be better returning to England. “There are many, many reasons – it is not always the culture,” he said. “There is no one reason. Always I believe in my players and it is all in the head. You need to give them the opportunity to come back and recover their best level – why not?” “In general it is not only Roberto. For you to have success in different places and different countries, you need to get used to your new country, the new culture, to settle into your new ‘family’, which is the club, the dressing room, your new team-mates, your manager. “There are a lot of components that need to be in place for it to be a positive thing for you and for you to feel good. “But there is not just one reason. It is not the chicken or the egg. It is a mix, and for that reason it is tough to explain every situation – whether it is Roberto, Bale or different players developing their game.” Earlier this week, Spurs striker Emmanuel Adebayor gave a lengthy insight into the complicated personal life which has at times overshadowed his career. The 31-year-old has on occasions been given leave by Tottenham in order to attend to unspecified family business, which he elaborated on in an unprompted Facebook post. Pochettino can understand the difficulties of keeping things together on the pitch when players have other issues on their minds. “I hear he went onto Facebook, but I didn’t read it. It is a personal issue and I will never explain anything in public about my players when it is personal,” said the Spurs boss, who takes his side to Stoke on Saturday looking to maintain their push for Europa League qualification. “If you have problems in your personal life, it always affects your performance. That is normal.” Press Association Pochettino played in Spain for Espanyol – where he was also manager before taking over at Southampton in January 2013 – and feels acclimatisation to a new culture can be difficult for some while embraced by others. “It is difficult to adapt when you are English and go to Spain,” the Argentinian coach said. “When you take your dinner at 10 o’clock it is impossible to sleep after. After your dinner – beef with pasta, it is heavy food; But you eat at seven and you have time to digest it, you can get to bed quickly because you ate earlier in the evening and you sleep very well. “In Spain you take your lunch at three o’clock, then take your dinner at 10 o’clock. It is difficult to sleep because there are a lot of things to do. The weather is different. Spanish people invite you to go out from your home to parties. It is a different life. “You need to adapt your body and mentality, and it is not easy. “I remember Michael Owen found it very difficult to adapt at Real Madrid, not only for the football but outside of the pitch. For that it is not easy to adapt your game and lifestyle in Spain when you are English. For holidays it is fantastic.” Soldado joined Tottenham from Valencia in a £26million deal during August 2013, but has often struggled to hold down a regular starting place, with only five goals this season. According to Pochettino, appointed Spurs manager a year ago, there are several explanations as to why he has found the going tough. Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is aware of the difficulties of settling in a new country and, much like striker Roberto Soldado, believes there is no set formula for getting it right. last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgFlyers’ Lindblom completes treatment for rare bone cancerPHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia Flyers forward Oskar Lindblom has completed radiation treatments for a rare form of bone cancer. He rang the bell at Abramson Cancer Center at Pennsylvania Hospital, which signifies that he has completed his radiation treatments. The 23-year-old was diagnosed in December with Ewing’s sarcoma, a cancerous tumor that grows in the bones or in the tissue around bones. Lindblom says he’s grateful the cancer was caught early and he’s happy to be alive.COLLEGE FOOTBALLTexas A&M, Jimbo Fisher handed recruiting penalties by NCAACOLLEGE STATION (AP) — The NCAA has put Texas A&M’s football program on probation and coach Jimbo Fisher has been given a six-month show-cause order. Athletic director Mike Holder says Gundy needs to invest more time building relationships with his players. But he says he is confident in his coach. — “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing” will be performed live or played before “The Star-Spangled Banner” prior to each NFL game during Week 1 and the league is considering putting names of victims of police brutality on helmet decals or jersey patches, a person familiar with the discussions told The Associated Press. The person said the league is working collaboratively with players to recognize victims of systemic racism throughout the season in a variety of ways. The person spoke to the AP on Thursday on condition of anonymity because discussions between the league and the NFL Players Association are ongoing.NBA-76ers-SIMMONS76ers’ Simmons recovered from back injury for restartPHILADELPHIA (AP) — Ben Simmons says he’s finally healthy and ready join the Philadelphia 76ers for the NBA restart. Simmons says he’s feeling better now than he did at the start of the season. His last game was Feb. 22 when he took such a hard fall in Milwaukee that he was left lying on his back, vomiting from the pain. He is good to go now and can help the Sixers resume their push to win their first NBA title since 1983. The NBA resumes July 30 at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports complex in Florida.In other NBA news: Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB NEWSTigers announce partnership with sportsbook operatorDETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Tigers have become the first Major League Baseball team to reach a deal with a sports gambling company, announcing a multiyear partnership with PointsBet. — Townsend Bell is putting his own unique twist on “double duty” this weekend. The NBC Sports analyst will call the IndyCar race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Saturday before jetting off to Florida to compete in the IMSA sports car race at Daytona. When the IndyCar race ends, a police escort will take him and car owners Jimmy Vasser and James Sullivan to a chartered plane to make it back to Daytona for the 6:10 p.m. start. SOCCER-EQUAL PAYAmerican women hire appeals lawyers in equal pay lawsuitLOS ANGELES (AP) — American women players suing the U.S. Soccer Federation for equal pay have hired a pair of appellate lawyers, even before a trial. Nicole Saharsky and Brian Netter of Mayer Brown joined the legal team on today. Netter is a former clerk of Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer. Players sued in March 2018 under the Equal Pay Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and they asked for more than $66 million in damages. U.S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner threw out the pay claims in May but allowed discriminatory work conditions allegations to go to trial. That’s scheduled for Sept. 15.FORMULA ONE-HAMILTON-RACISM — Chicago Cubs left-hander José Quintana had surgery to repair nerve damage in his pitching thumb Thursday after he cut himself washing dishes and is out indefinitely. The Cubs said Quintana lacerated his thumb at his home in Miami on Saturday and needed five stitches. He had surgery in Chicago on Thursday morning. The 31-year-old Quintana is expected to resume throwing in about two weeks. The Cubs will then get a better idea of how much time he will miss.— New York Mets hitting coach Chili Davis will keep on working remotely when the team opens summer training camp Friday. 60-year-old Davis won’t be on site at Citi Field for the beginning of practices because of concerns about the coronavirus. Assistant hitting coach Tom Slater will substitute on site for Davis, who lives in Arizona during the offseason. Minor league hitting coordinator Ryan Ellis will assist Slater— Infielder Breyvic Valera has been claimed by the Toronto Blue Jays off waivers from the San Diego Padres. Toronto also placed four players on the 10-day injured list in moves retroactive to Tuesday: right-handers Elvis Luciano and Hector Perez, third baseman Brandon Drury and center fielder Jonathan Davis. The 28-year-old Valera hit .234 in 17 games last season for the New York Yankees and the Blue Jays, who claimed him off waivers on Sept. 20. He hit his first career home run on the final day of the regular season. San Diego claimed him from Toronto on Feb. 12.— Right-hander Max Meyer has agreed to a $6.7 million signing bonus as part of a minor league contract to join the Miami Marlins, and he’ll take part in training camp starting Friday. The deal was for less than his slot value of $7,221,200 as the No. 3 overall pick in last month’s amateur draft. Meyer had a 2.07 career ERA at the University of Minnesota. He’s in the Marlins’ 60-man player pool and could crack their rotation at some point this year.NFL-WASHINGTON REDSKINS-FEDEX The program cuts, along with additional department and program operating reductions, will reduce the overall athletic budget by nearly $3 million.The school said all scholarships for athletes in the affected programs, including incoming 2020 signings, will be honored.In other sports news affected by the virus outbreak:— Finishers of the virtual Boston Marathon will receive their medals in an Amazon package instead of having a volunteer drape it around their necks on Boylston Street. Runners will have from Sept. 7-14 to complete the 26.2-mile distance and submit proof. There is no time limit, but it must be completed in one continuous run. – Soccer-starved Argentines have found a way to play their beloved sport while social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic. The rules have been altered, and the dazzling end-to-end dashes produced by national legend Diego Maradona are impossible. The system has been dubbed “metegol humano,” or “human foosball.” It involves dividing the field with white chalk into 12 rectangles and restricting each player to a defined space. The ball can be passed across rectangles, and players can dribble inside their areas, but leaving one’s rectangle incurs a penalty. The modified game emphasizes passing and shooting over running and fancy footwork. UNDATED (AP) — Watkins Glen International is open again for racing in upstate New York.Track president Michael Printup says most furloughed employees have returned to work.Printup says it’s too early to speculate, but if all goes according to plan he estimates the track could host at least 20,000 fans for NASCAR weekend in mid-August. That will snap a string of five consecutive sellouts that has attracted more than 90,000 fans annually. It would still be a welcome boost for the local economy.In other racing news:– NASCAR and IndyCar have come together for an unprecedented weekend of racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.IndyCar will start the racing on Saturday afternoon, followed by the Xfinity Series making its debut on the road course. Then NASCAR’s elite Cup Series will race on the oval on Sunday. Fans aren’t allowed to attend what is considered a major milestone for American motorsports. Hamilton feels responsibility to push for more F1 diversitySPIELBERG, Austria (AP) — Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton feels it’s his responsibility as a global star to keep pushing for more diversity in his profession and beyond. Hamilton has attended a Black Lives Matter march in London and is setting up a commission to increase diversity in motorsport.RUSSIAN DOPINGWorld Athletics freezes Russia panels because of unpaid fine Associated Press TENNIS-FRENCH OPENFrench Open to allow fans in stands at the tournamentPARIS (AP) — The French Open will allow fans to attend this year’s postponed tournament.The French Tennis Federation says up to 60% of the stands can be filled with fans when play starts in September at Roland Garros. Tickets will go on sale on July 16 for the Sept. 27-Oct. Oct. 11 tournament.In other tennis news:center_img Detroit said the agreement will enhance fan engagement and game-day excitement. Johnny Aitken, CEO of PointsBet USA, says it is the first legal sports betting operator in U.S. history to partner with a Major League Baseball franchise.In other baseball news:– All 30 Major League Baseball teams will train at their regular-season ballparks for the pandemic-shortened season after the Toronto Blue Jays received a Canadian federal government exemption to work out at Rogers Centre. Toronto will move training camp from its spring training complex in Dunedin, Florida. This exemption does not cover the regular season and player travel between the U.S. and Canada. MLB required an exemption to a requirement that anyone entering Canada for nonessential reasons must self-isolate for 14 days. The U.S.-Canada border remains closed to nonessential travel until at least July 21.— The Boston Red Sox are getting ready to open their spring training reboot at Fenway Park. The team is scheduled to hold its first workouts Friday. Weights and exercise equipment were set up in the concourse Thursday to allow players to work out with more social distancing than the usual cramped facilities would allow. Masked grounds crew members worked to get the field ready. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker was at Fenway to sign an order allowing the Red Sox to open the ballpark without fans.— The Philadelphia Phillies have placed infielder Scott Kingery and pitchers Hector Neris, Ranger Suarez and Tommy Hunter on the 10-day injured list with no specified injuries. The team opens camp on Friday but the four players won’t be eligible to return until late next week at the earliest. The Phillies had seven players test positive for Covid-19 last month, but manager Joe Girardi couldn’t answer whether any of the players were among them because of medical privacy. Update on the latest sports — Novak Djokovic says he and his wife have now tested negative for the coronavirus. The top-ranked player tested positive for the virus after playing in an exhibition series he organized in Serbia and Croatia with zero social distancing amid the pandemic. His media team says both had no symptoms and that they were in self-isolation in the Serbian capital since testing positive 10 days ago. Djokovic was the fourth player to come down with the virus after participating in matches held in Belgrade and Zadar, Croatia. GOLF-ROCKET MORTGAGE CLASSICDoc Redman in 3-way tie for lead at Rocket Mortgage ClassicDETROIT (AP) — Doc Redman took a step toward remaining among those to make the cut in every event since the PGA Tour resumed, opening with a 7-under 65 to share a one-shot lead with Scott Stallings and Kevin Kisner in the Rocket Mortgage Classic. Redman closed his first round Thursday with four straight birdies and seven over the last eight holes at the Detroit Golf Club. He went from being a Monday qualifier to finishing second at the inaugural Rocket Mortgage Classic last year. The 22-year-old Redman is shooting to take the next step with his first PGA Tour victory.Elsewhere in the PGA: — The PGA of America is removing Horton Smith’s name from one of its awards because of his history opposing Blacks. Smith is best known as the first winner of the Masters. The Hall of Famer was president of the PGA of America from 1952 to 1954. The PGA of America board decided to rename the Horton Smith Award after a review found that Smith defended the “Caucasian-only” clause while PGA president. The clause was rescinded in 1961. The honor will now be called the PGA Professional Development Award. It’s given to a member for outstanding contributions to professional education.— Chase Koepka gave up a rare chance to play on the PGA Tour by withdrawing from the Travelers Championship out of safety involving the coronavirus. Now the younger brother of Brooks Koepka is being rewarded . The tour is adding Chase Koepka to the field next week for the Workday Charity Open at Muirfield Village. Koepka got into Travelers as a Monday qualifier. He played a practice round with his brother and Graeme McDowell. Their caddies tested positive for the virus. That led Chase Koepka to withdraw to protect the field in case he wound up with the coronavirus.— Cameron Champ was added to the field in the Rocket Mortgage Classic under a modified PGA Tour policy that allows players who test positive for the coronavirus to be eligible if they had no symptoms and get two negative test results at least 24 hours apart. Champ says he does not believe he ever had COVID-19 based on what specialists have told him. The decision to let Champ play on the eve of the tournament was the latest change to an evolving plan as the tour enters its fourth week back from the pandemic-induced shutdown.NASCAR-WATKINS GLENWatkins Glen open again, optimistic for NASCAR weekend FedEx asks Redskins to change their nameWASHINGTON (AP) — The title sponsor of the Washington Redskins’ stadium wants the NFL team to change its name. In a statement today, FedEx said they “have communicated to the team in Washington our request that they change the team name”. The company paid the team $205 million in 1999 for the naming rights to FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland. In addition to the stadium name and sponsorship agreement, FedEx CEO Frederik Smith is a minority owner. Majority owner Daniel Snyder has shown no indications he’ll change the name since buying the team in 1999.On Thursday night, Nike appeared to remove all Redskins gear from its online store. The other 31 NFL teams were listed and a search for “Redskins” came up with no results. Nike did not immediately respond to an email message seeking comment.Elsewhere in the NFL:— Fewer preseason games following an offseason without on-field workouts creates more challenges for new coaches, players who changed teams and rookies. The NFL is cutting the exhibition schedule in half and pushing back the start of the preseason to allow teams more time to train because the coronavirus pandemic forced the cancellation of organized team activities and minicamps. Players are strongly considering asking for even fewer exhibition games. The Aggies were found to have violated recruiting and other rules beginning in January 2018. The NCAA says Fisher and an assistant coach had impermissible contact with a recruit.Fisher was banned from phone calls, emails and texts with prospects for nine days in January. The school was fined $5,000 and given other recruiting restrictions.SPORTS-VIRUS OUTBREAKBoise State cuts baseball, women’s swimmingUNDATED (AP) — Boise State is cutting its baseball and women’s swimming and diving programs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. MONACO (AP) — World Athletics has frozen the program allowing Russian track athletes to compete internationally after the country’s federation failed to pay a fine on time. The Russian track federation owes a $5 million fine and another $1.31 million in costs for various doping-related work and legal wrangles. World Athletics says it will freeze the work of its Russia task force and its panel for vetting those who want to compete internationally. They will remain shut down until the World Athletics council meets at the end of July.RACIAL INJUSTICE-OKLAHOMA STOklahoma St finds ‘no signs’ of racism in football programSTILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma State’s athletic director says an internal review has found “no sign or indication of racism” in the football program under coach Mike Gundy. Two weeks ago, star running back Chuba Hubbard criticized Gundy for wearing a T-shirt promoting a far-right news channel that has been critical of the Black Lives Matter movement. Gundy apologized. — Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson says he feels like he’s in good shape as he prepares to help lead New Orleans’ eight-game push to make the NBA playoffs. Williamson says his top priorities include bonding with teammates after the NBA this week allowed team facilities to reopen for mandatory workouts. Williamson says the Pelicans can be “really special” if they are healthy and in sync when the season resumes July 30 in Orlando. Williamson has averaged 23.6 points in 19 games since coming back from a preseason knee injury.— Ja Morant has taken advantage of the NBA’s hiatus and added 12 pounds of muscle, and the NBA’s likely rookie of the year knows exactly what he wants when the Grizzlies go to Orlando. With Morant leading the way, the Grizzlies won four of their final six before the NBA stopped play March 12. Memphis goes into Orlando’s seeding games sitting in the eighth spot in the Western Conference with a 3 1/2-game lead trying to clinch the franchise’s first playoff berth since 2017. The extra pounds not only make Morant stronger, but the guard listed at 6-foot-3 and 174 pounds when play stopped expects he will be able to absorb contact better. – The sudden suspension of the NBA season was a double disappointment for Anthony Davis because it happened on his birthday. Davis is back at work with the Lakers on achieving their interrupted goals after a few homebound months spent largely improving his video game skills. The Lakers were leading the Western Conference and preparing for their first playoff run together when the season stopped. Davis still loves the Lakers’ chances of contending for the franchise’s 17th championship largely because his team is healthy. Davis, LeBron James and the Lakers are gathered for individual workouts this week in preparation for their trip to Orlando.— The coronavirus numbers are rising in Florida and across the NBA. The league says a total of 35 players and staff from the 22 teams that will take part in the rebooted season have tested positive since such checks became mandated on June 23. And statewide, Florida reported more than 10,000 new cases in a single day for the first time. All that news comes less than a week before teams begin arriving at the Disney complex near Orlando.NHL-FLYERS-LINDBLOM July 3, 2020last_img read more