Photo: Andrew Scott Blackstein Photos: The Disco Biscuits | The Fillmore | Philadelphia, PA | 4/19-21/2018 | Credit: Andrew Scott Blackstein The anticipation inside The Fillmore for the start of The Disco Biscuits’ three-night Philly run was palpable, and the energy high as the Biscuits’ rabid fanbase was ready to kick off the party. For the first night of the run on Thursday, April 19th, Jon “Barber” Gutwillig came out sporting a green and black Eagles 42 jersey and sunglasses, much to the delight of the hometown crowd.The opening set kicked off with a stellar “Caterpillar”, which was a preview of the night ahead. Marc Brownstein was driving the rhythm forward with his heavy basslines, as Aron Magner tore apart the keys with his spacey jams and Barber shredded on his guitar. As always, Johnny R. Goode provided the atmosphere for the night, taking his light show where only he can bring it.The set continued to pick up steam during a reggae-esque inverted “Aquatic Ape” before landing into the classic ’80s cover of Men Without Hats’ “Safety Dance”, eliciting a huge roar from the crowd. The raging rainbow laser lights during “Safety Dance” were the perfect touch, and the crowd was rocking so hard. Out of “Safety Dance”, it was back into “Caterpillar”, and then “Once The Fiddler Paid” to close out an amazing first night set one.Set two picked right up where set one left off, as they opened with a Biscuits favorite, “Little Shimmy in a Conga Line”. It is an otherworldly experience when the house lights drop off and the Biscuits take their jams to deep and dark places, and the second set contained many moments like this, with Barber carrying jams and letting loose while Brownie pushed the tempo forward on bass. Set two featured an unfinished “Rock Candy” and a take on “Pimp Blue Rikkis” before the band ended their non-stop musical madness by landing back into “Little Shimmy” and closing out the set with “Spy”. The nearly three and a half hour show finished with a rocking “Home Again” encore, which sent the satisfied crowd out into the Philly night and ready for the rest of the run.[Video: The Disco Biscuits]Setlist: The Disco Biscuits | The Fillmore | Philadelphia, PA | 4/19/2018Set 1: Caterpillar> Aquatic Ape > The Safety Dance> Caterpillar, Once The Fiddler PaidSet 2: Little Shimmy In A Conga Line> Rock Candy > Pimp Blue Rikkis> Little Shimmy In A Conga Line, SpyEncore: Home Again inverted version |  unfinishedAfter a spacey and psychedelic ride on night one, the Biscuits returned to the Fillmore for night two of their three-night run. Following a triumphant opening set from Colorado’s Magic Beans, the Biscuits came out of the gates swinging with a set-opening “Helicopters”. This kicked the party into high gear, as Johnny Goode was terrific on the lights as always.The band dropped right out of “Helicopters” into an inverted “Little Betty Boop”, then moved into relative rarity “Commercial Amen,” which was last played on March 21, 2010, marking a gap of 278 shows. “Little Betty Boop” went to some super spacey, far-out places, with Magner owning the keys and synths. After “Commercial Amen,” they took it right back into “Helicopters,” before closing out the raging first set with “Save The Robots.”The band came back after this fiery first set, opening with “Spraypaint,” and the dance party was in full effect again. “Spraypaint” was the perfect choice for the 4/20 show, with the opening lyrics: “Did you ever think about it that everyone gets lifted all the time?” The Biscuits followed that up with another relative rarity, busting out “Boom Shanker” for the first time since May 27, 2010, a gap of 262 shows. The second set continued to drive forward from there, with an inverted “Mulberry’s Dream” that whipped the crowd into a frenzy followed by takes on “Tempest” and “Tricycle”. They closed set two by finishing the “Spraypaint” that got set two started.The real treat during the Disco Biscuits’ Friday performance would come during the encore, as the Biscuits laid out a rousing and frenzied “After Midnight” cover that had the crowd ecstatic. But that wasn’t it: they would wrap the night up with “Spacebirdmatingcall,” once again leaving the Biscuits crowd hungry for more. The only question that remained: how could they top themselves for night three?[Video: The Disco Biscuits]Setlist: The Disco Biscuits | The Fillmore | Philadelphia, PA | 4/20/2018Set 1: Helicopters> Little Betty Boop > Commercial Amen > Helicopters, Save The RobotsSet 2: Spraypaint> Boom Shanker > Mulberry’s Dream  > Tempest> Tricycle> SpraypaintEncore: After Midnight> Spacebirdmatingcall inverted version |  last played 3/21/10 (278 shows) |  last played 5/27/10 (262 shows)To close out the third night, the Disco Biscuits returned to The Fillmore in truly proper form. Celebrating the close of their three-night hometown extravaganza, the Disco Biscuits were honored with a banner celebrating the fact that they’ve played the venue the most out of any other act—coming in a whopping nine times. To be fair and jokes aside, the venue is relatively new for those raising eyebrows, and even the band got in on the jokes during the banter before the second set’s closer of “Nughuffer”. Other notable moments included Allen Aucoin’s monstrous drum solo during the first set’s “Jigsaw Earth”, and overall, the show has been heralded as one of the better shows of the year.[Video: The Disco Biscuits]Setlist: The Disco Biscuits | The Fillmore | Philadelphia, PA | 4/21/2018Set 1: The Bridge, Jigsaw Earth> Munchkin Invasion> Jigsaw Earth, Therapy> Munchkin InvasionSet 2: Story Of The World> Astronaut> Abraxas > Story Of The World, NughufferEncore: I-Man> Therapy inverted version Load remaining images
Georgia 4-H hosted a virtual series to announce and honor youth winners in replacement of its annual State 4-H Congress, normally a weeklong competition and celebration in Atlanta. The online series allowed Georgia 4-H to announce all the winners live, similar to the in-person festivities which have been held annually since 1942.During the 2019 State Congress, more than 250 youth competed at the state level of Georgia 4-H’s Project Achievement contest. The event also honored state special event winners, scholarship winners and donors. The purpose of this event is to celebrate the Georgia 4-H youth for their project work, leadership and service.“Our top priority for the culmination of this year’s Project Achievement program was to find a way for the youth to compete for the state title of ‘Master 4-H’er’ while observing safety precautions,” said Keri Hobbs, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension 4-H specialist. “Pivoting the statewide competition to a virtual format was necessary for youth to continue to sharpen their skills and for us to name state project winners. Key alterations were that presentations were recorded for judges to evaluate through videos and portfolio, and interview judges joined youth online for virtual interviews.”This year, all the essential components from State 4-H Council and Congress were combined into the Georgia 4-H 2020 State Achievement Series. The five-day series included the campaigns and election of new state officers, state-level competitions and announcements of winners in Leadership in Action and Project Achievement.The Leadership in Action program is designed to recognize the work of 4-H’ers as leaders in their communities. These 4-H’ers have identified issues or needs in their community and have developed and implemented ways to make a difference. Eight finalists were selected to compete on the state level. The 2020-21 4-H Leadership in Action winners who received Master 4-H’er status are Amelia Sale from Oconee County, for her project focused on connecting youth with special needs and 4-H, and Nicholas McKinley of Paulding County, for his project focused on STEM and its human connection.Nearly 250 youth competing in the state-level Senior Project Achievement were permitted to submit 10- to 12-minute presentations in their various project areas online. Participants also conducted a video interview with judges to discuss their yearlong project. Overall, one winner in each of the 50 project categories was selected as the winner and received Master 4-H’er status during the announcement of winners on July 24.The 2020-21 4-H Project Achievement winners are:Arts and Crafts – Juliette McKinley, Paulding CountyBeef – Tyler Hunter, Bulloch CountyCommunications – Andy Martin, Emanuel CountyCompanion and Specialty Animals – Savannah Hockenberry, Richmond CountyComputer Information Technology – Kennedy Deveaux, Cobb CountyDairy – Morgan Patterson, Jasper CountyDog Care and Training – Sara Reed, Coweta CountyEngineering and Mechanics – Elyce Wages, Spalding CountyEntomology – Kelly Lachowsky, Liberty CountyEnvironmental Science – Jordan Daniels, Tift CountyFashion Revue – Minnes Smith, Polk CountyFinancial Planning and Consumer Economics – Aquemini Trotter, Ben Hill CountyFlowers, Shrubs, and Lawns – Annie Stephenson, Oconee CountyFood for Fitness – Zoe Jane Powell, Stephens CountyFood for Health and Sport – Shazia Alam, Sumter CountyFoods Lab: Dairy Foods – Laura Harriss, Cobb CountyFoods Lab: Festive Foods for Health – Delaney Millerick, Newton CountyFoods Lab: Food Fare – Rebekah Ibbetson, Haralson CountyFood Safety and Preservation – Brecklyn Brown, Chattooga CountyForest Resources and Wood Sciences – James Turpin, Hart CountyFruits, Vegetables and Nuts – Breana Manning, Gordon CountyGeneral Recreation – Dabirichi Chukwuezi, Cobb CountyHealth – Rachel Thigpen, Montgomery CountyHistory – Samantha Kuhbander, Ware CountyHorse – Alexa Hillebrand, Coweta CountyHousing – Lora Coxwell, Worth CountyHuman Development – James Poppell, Toombs CountyInternational – Jhaycee Barnes, Spalding CountyOutdoor Recreation – Madison Clevenger, Paulding CountyPerforming Arts – Dance – Maggie DeMaria, Clarke CountyPerforming Arts – Drama – Lydia Norman, Wilkes CountyPerforming Arts – General – Parker Varnadoe, Madison CountyPerforming Arts – Other Instrumental – Chandler Stevenson, Cherokee CountyPerforming Arts – Piano – Journey Austinson, Decatur CountyPerforming Arts – Vocal – Tripp Carter, Burke CountyPhotography and Videography – Bell Scdoris, Crisp CountyPhysical, Biological and Earth Sciences – Quadriyah Williams, Cobb CountyPlant and Soil Sciences – Jessie Holbrook, Union CountyPoultry – Whitley Gatch, Bulloch CountyPublic Speaking – Madison Clemente, Paulding CountyRobotics – Hannah Fletcher, Worth CountySafety – Paige Phillips, Stephens CountySheep and Meat Goats – Gracie Grimes, Candler CountySports – Emma Harris, Peach CountySwine – Hannah McElrath, Gordon CountyTarget Sports – Jennifer Brinton, Coweta CountyTextiles, Merchandising and Interiors – Arham Shah, Emanuel CountyVeterinary Science – Gabrielle Ralston, Gordon CountyWildlife and Marine Science – Neely McCommons, Oconee CountyWorkforce Preparation and Career Development – Emma Wurst, Columbia CountyAnnually, more than 77,000 youth participate in Georgia 4-H Project Achievement and develop skills in leadership, public speaking, record keeping, creativity and other life skills.The success of these events is a result of efforts that have been invested and skills that have been sharpened in 4-H youth for years. The growth of these young people is the direct result of positive mentorships with local Extension faculty, staff and volunteers and the support of the local community, parents, teachers and mentors.To view the full online series, visit youtube.com/Georgia4H.Georgia 4-H empowers youth to become true leaders by developing necessary life skills, positive relationships and community awareness. As the largest youth leadership organization in the state, 4-H reaches more than 242,000 people annually through UGA Extension offices and 4-H facilities. For more information, visit georgia4h.org or contact your local Extension office.
New Mexico regulators approve all-renewable replacement power option for San Juan coal plant FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Albuquerque Journal:The state Public Regulation Commission unanimously approved an all-renewable energy plan Wednesday morning to replace the coal-fired San Juan Generating Station near Farmington.The 5-0 decision sets in motion plans for Public Service Company of New Mexico to sign power purchase agreements with third-party providers to build 650 megawatts of solar farms in San Juan, Rio Arriba and McKinley counties, plus 300 MW of backup battery storage. Investment in those new resources could total about $1 billion, bringing 1,200 or more construction jobs to the northwestern region of the state.Commissioners said the plan, which was recommended by hearing examiners in the case, is the best option to meet environmental goals and other requirements specified in the state’s new Energy Transition Act. The ETA requires PNM to transition to 80% renewable energy by 2040 and carbon-free generation by 2045.PNM had requested PRC approval last summer to abandon the San Juan power plant in 2022 to begin meeting ETA goals, which the commission granted last March. But commissioners still needed to approve new generating resources to replace lost electricity from the coal plant.In the end, commissioners accepted the recommendation by PRC hearing examiners to adopt an all-renewable approach proposed by the Coalition for Clean Affordable Energy. Examiners said the proposal would best meet the ETA’s environmental goals, as well as respond to the act’s emphasis on placing at least some replacement power generation in San Juan County to offset the impact of the coal plant’s closure on local communities.PRC General Counsel Michael Smith told commissioners Wednesday morning that evidence presented by the examiners shows the CCAE plan will restore much of the tax base that San Juan County and the Central Consolidated School District there will lose after PNM abandons San Juan.[Kevin Robinson-Avila]More: PRC approves all-renewable plan to replace power from San Juan
11:41 A.M. UPDATE: State Police say an investigation revealed that an 86-year-old woman was the driver of the vehicle and almost struck a tractor-trailer head-on, but the driver attempted to avoid the collision and was sideswiped. —– (WBNG) — New York State Police say troopers in Endwell responded to a report of a wrong-way driver on State Route 17E between exits 71 and 72. They say one of the vehicles was facing the wrong direction on 17E. A 12 News crew is on scene and says there are two crashes, one on 17E and the other on 17W. They say a number of emergency responders are at the crash on 17W. There is no updated information on the other crash. They say there are no injuries. At approximately 8:41 a.m., State Police responded to reports of a vehicle traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes on NY 17. (WBNG) — Traffic is at a stand-still on State Route 17 East and Westbound due to two crashes. The incident is still under investigation. Stay with 12 News as we follow this developing story. Stay with 12 News as we follow this developing story.
Sep 13, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Final tests confirmed that a mild strain of H5N1 avian influenza virus, not the deadly type, was found in wild mallard ducks in Maryland last month, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) said yesterday.In August, investigators found the virus in fecal samples from resident mallards on the state’s eastern shore that showed no signs of illness. The samples were sent to the USDA National Veterinary Services Laboratory (NVSL) in Ames, Iowa, where nine tested positive for an H5N1 virus. Subsequent genetic analysis suggested that the virus was a mild strain, but more tests were slated to characterize the pathogenicity.In yesterday’s announcement, the USDA confirmed the samples contained the “North American strain” of low-pathogenic H5N1 virus. Low-pathogenic strains commonly occur in wild birds and cause only minor sickness or no noticeable disease. However, they can evolve into lethal strains.The same low-pathogenic form of the virus was confirmed in Michigan swans in late August. Also, test results are pending on samples recently taken from Pennsylvania ducks, which tested positive for the mild strain on initial screening tests in early September.The rash of positive tests for the mild strain of H5N1 avian flu comes amid expanded wild bird testing programs spearheaded by the USDA and the Department of the Interior in collaboration with state game personnel.In other news, chickens in southern Sudan have tested positive for the lethal form of H5N1, according to a Reuters report today. A Sudanese agriculture official said the samples were taken in August. He also said his department had received more reports of deaths and sickness in domestic birds last week and that test results are pending.According to data from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Sudan’s last report of avian flu outbreaks in poultry was in April.A health official in Egypt, Sudan’s northern neighbor, reported last week that H5N1 had resurfaced at a chicken farm in the southern part of the country.See also:Sep 12 USDA press release on H5N1 test results in Maryland ducksSep 5 CIDRAP News story “Tests indicate mild H5N1 virus in ducks in 2 states”Dec 30, 2005, CIDRAP News story “H5N1 avian flu viruses: What’s in a name?”
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The fund will track performance of the FTSE USA Index, which tracks US large to mid-cap listed stocks.TTF usage is expected to grow, rivalling similar set-ups in other European countries, as well as the use of life funds in the UK.Two London council pension funds recently announced their commitment to form a collective investment fund, using a TTF structure, which will offer reduced investment fees and maintain tax efficiency.On the launch of the TTF, BlackRock head of UK retail said simple, tax-efficient solutions were important given the complexity for investors.“The introduction of this new structure by HM Treasury last year is an important step in the next generation of tax-efficient solutions for UK investors,” he said.“We also welcome the arrival of a level playing field, bringing the UK in line with other European fund centres.” Asset manager BlackRock has launched the UK’s first tax transparent fund (TTF) following on from the government’s decision to mimic the pooled fund structure seen elsewhere.TTFs are collective funds that provide pension funds with a vehicle that avoids additional tax penalties by treating contributors as individual investors, directly owning securities.These funds, officially known as authorised contractual funds (ACFs) in the UK, are currently available in Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Germany, which has lead the UK tax authority to implement the funds to attract and retain capital on-shore.Since the legislation passed last year, BlackRock has launched the first fund, which will offer a collective environment for investing in US equities.
Schlumberger has established a strategic collaboration between WesternGeco, the company’s seismic and geophysical data solutions division, and IHS Markit, a provider of critical information, analytics and solutions. The collaboration will bring together data, technology and expertise from two sources of exploration and production (E&P) information and make it available through the GAIA digital subsurface platform.WesternGeco launched the GAIA platform to accelerate data discovery, screening and ranking of its clients’ exploration opportunities by providing access to all relevant and licensed data.Powered by the DELFI cognitive E&P environment, the GAIA platform transforms the explorationist’s experience and productivity.IHS Markit will initially enable direct access to its global E&P datasets, including well, production and asset information from within the GAIA platform.“As we embrace openness, our strategic collaboration with IHS Markit enables our clients to take advantage of a wealth of data, accessible through the GAIA platform, where the latest digital technologies can be used to unlock data value for critical business decisions,” said Maurice Nessim, president, WesternGeco. “Our relationship extends beyond providing access to seamlessly integrated IHS Markit data, WesternGeco multiclient libraries, and public and partner data—all in one place. It also includes collaboration in petrotechnical and data science R&D to rapidly deliver new data solutions on the GAIA platform.”“For years, the industry has talked about the need to break down silos and combine data across organizations to enable our mutual clients to make better decisions faster, and today, two of the biggest providers in E&P content, IHS Markit and Schlumberger are taking a step in that direction,” said David Hicks, senior vice president of Energy Upstream at IHS Markit. “Bringing critical data sources together to help our clients improve efficiencies and extract more value from their assets is the primary goal of this endeavor. Since speed to decision is such a critical issue and data volumes continue to expand rapidly, clients will benefit from the increased use of artificial intelligence and various data science technologies to more quickly interrogate our global E&P database in new ways.”
RelatedPosts Casillas bids discreet farewell to Porto Sevilla agrees N3.2b Awaziem deal Europa League: Aribo turns attention to Porto FC Porto striker Moussa Marega left the pitch in protest at being subjected to racist insults during his side’s 2-1 win away to Vitoria Guimaraes in Portugal’s Primeira Liga on Sunday. The 28-year-old Mali forward scored what proved to be the winning goal in the 60th minute. He celebrated the goal by pointing to his skin in response to a section of the home fans who had targeted him throughout the match. The player was shown a yellow card for the reaction and after the abuse continued he tried to leave the pitch, pointing his thumbs down to the crowd. But he was restrained by his teammates for a number of minutes. FC Porto coach Sergio Conceicao was eventually forced to substitute Marega in the 72nd minute. “We are completely indignant,” Conceicao told reporters. “They insulted Marega since the warm-up. We are all a family here, regardless of our nationality, skin colour, height or the colour of our hair and we all deserve respect. “What happened here is outrageous. “I know the fans here are very passionate about their club and many fans are not represented by some of the people who were in the crowd today.” Marega later posted a message on Instagram calling the supporters who targeted him as “idiots”. He added: “I’d also like to show my thanks to the referee who did not defend me and who gave me a yellow card for defending the colour of my skin. “I hope I never meet you on a football pitch ever again. You are a disgrace.” Porto’s director of communications Francisco Marques added on his own Twitter account: “Marega was fed up and left the pitch and FC Porto was forced to make a substitution due to racism.” Portuguese newspaper A Bola reported that no FC Porto players spoke to the media after the game in solidarity with Marega. Vitoria coach Ivo Vieira said he did not want to comment on the incident as he was not sure about what had happened. “I prefer not to speak about a situation without being aware of all the facts. But if the player was provoked, then he should not have been,” he said. FC Porto are second in the Portuguese top flight, trailing leaders Benfica by a point after 21 games. Reuters/NAN.Tags: FC PortoMoussa MaregaPrimeira LigaSergio ConceicaoVitoria Guimaraes
As the Bluejays and Red Storm were playing, a few subway stops away at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, the Atlantic 10 Conference was holding a news conference to called off its tournament.___12:40 p.m.The Big 12 is canceling all of its championships through April 15, including upcoming gymnastics and equestrian meets, and will reassess the rest of its spring sports schedule April 15.Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said he anticipated a conference-wide policy for spring football, though athletic directors have not yet discussed a plan. 7:10 p.m.Formula One organizers canceled the season-opening Australian Grand Prix hours ahead of the first official practice sessions because of concern over the spreading coronavirus.The sport’s governing body, FIA, issued a joint statement with F1 and the Australian Grand Prix to confirm the cancellation of the race. It followed McLaren’s decision to withdraw after one of its team members tested positive for the virus.The statement says discussions between F1 and the other nine team principals “concluded with a majority view of the teams that the race should not go ahead.”There had been two practice sessions scheduled Friday, with qualifying Saturday for Sunday’s GP. No fans had been allowed into the Albert Park circuit on Friday morning. ___5:40 p.m.Horse racing is continuing to operate in North America and abroad without fans in the stands.Races at Santa Anita Park and Golden Gate Fields in California, Aqueduct in New York, Gulfstream Park in Florida, Laurel Park in Maryland and Turfway Park in Kentucky will go on without spectators. The upcoming Dubai World Cup will be held at an empty Meydan Racecourse on March 28. Keeneland in Lexington, Kentucky, says when it opens for racing again in April there will not be fans allowed in.Churchill Downs said preparations to hold the Kentucky Derby on May 2 are up in the air. According to a statement from track officials: “With the event still seven weeks away, a decision will be made closer to that date with respect to postponing the event until later in the year, using the most recent information while working with and seeking guidance from public health experts and authorities.” Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s affect on sports around the globe (all times EDT):___7:25 p.m. ___5:30 p.m.USA Gymnastics has canceled all sanctioned events through the end of March, which includes local meets scheduled at hundreds of USA Gymnastics-sanctioned clubs throughout the United States. The cancellations also extend to USA Gymnastics-sponsored workshops and clinics as well as any national team camps. The organization had already limited travel for USA Gymnastics staff and national team athletes.___ 3 p.m.The NFL has canceled its main owners meeting scheduled for later this month in Palm Beach, Florida.Commissioner Roger Goodell notified the 32 teams “after careful consideration and consultation with medical experts,” according to a league statement. Goodell said the decision was made out of “concern to protect the health of club and league employees and the public while enabling the league to continue with its essential business operations.”Further changes could be coming for the draft, scheduled to be held in Las Vegas from April 23-25.Major football issues, including playing rules, bylaws and resolutions, as well as other business matters on the agenda for the March meetings will instead be handled at the May 19-20 spring meeting in Marina del Rey, California. ___7 p.m.Cavaliers star forward Kevin Love is committing $100,000 toward helping arena workers in Cleveland who were impacted by the shutdown due to the coronavirus outbreak.Love announced his intentions to make the donation through the Kevin Love Fund on Instagram.Love, who has been very open about his struggles with anxiety, said he appreciates how the outbreak can be “extremely overwhelming” to people and that the suspension of the NBA season has caused a “sudden life shift” for workers at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse — home of the Cavs. 3:30 p.m.The Atlantic Coast Conference has suspended all athletic-related activities. That includes all games, practices, recruiting — and participation in NCAA championships until further notice.The NCAA has not — at this point — postponed the men’s basketball tournament that’s scheduled for next week, but several individual schools have announced they’re taking a break from sports due to the coronavirus pandemic.ACC Commissioner John Swofford said in a statement that “this is uncharted territory and the health and safety of our student-athletes and institutions remains our top priority.”___ 6:09 p.m.The Colonial Athletic Association says an official who worked a game during its men’s basketball tournament has tested positive for the coronavirus.The league says the official did not exhibit symptoms of the virus until 72 hours after the game he worked. The conference says it has made the institution involved and tournament personnel aware of the situation so they can take proper precautionary measures.___5:55 p.m. The SEC announced within an hour of canceling the tournament that the league was suspending regular-season competition for teams in all sports on SEC campuses as well as league championships until March 30.The Pac-12 said it was scrapping all league championship events and all competitions effective immediately and until further notice.___12:20 p.m.All five Power Five conferences have canceled their basketball tournaments, putting the NCAA Tournament in doubt. NASCAR has put strict regulations in place for this weekend’s race at Atlanta, which will be held without spectators. Photographers will not be permitted at the event beyond a pool photographer, and media will not have access to the garage area or pit road. All driver availability will take place via teleconference, fed into the media center. The NASCAR Cup Series race winning team and second- and third-place finishers will be available via teleconference. In short, there will be no in-person competitor availability this weekend outside of live broadcast partners and NASCAR Productions.___ The LPGA Tour has postponed golf’s first major championship of the season and two other events because of the coronavirus.The tour called off the Volvik Founders Cup in Phoenix on March 19-22, the Kia Classic in Carlsbad, California, on March 26-29 and the major ANA Inspiration in Rancho Mirage, California, on April 2-5. LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan said in a statement he’s “fully committed to rescheduling these important events on our 2020 schedule,” especially the ANA Inspiration.Earlier, the tour called off events in Thailand, Singapore and China.Two California events on the developmental Symetra Tour also were postponed, the IOA Championship in Beaumont from March 27-29 and the Windsor Golf Classic in Windsor from April 2-4. March 12, 2020 ___12:15 p.m.The International Tennis Federation has postponed all of its sanctioned tournaments for six weeks because of the COVID-19 pandemic, joining the men’s professional tour in suspending action.The ITF oversees various junior, wheelchair and lower-tier events.The group says no tournaments on the men’s and women’s ITF World Tennis Tour, the ITF World Tennis Tour Juniors, the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour, ITF Beach Tennis World Tour or ITF Seniors Tour will take place until at least the week of April 20. The Big Ten, Big 12, SEC, ACC and Pac-12 conferences were all preparing to play games in large arenas across the country, but with few people in the buildings.The NCAA had announced Wednesday that it planned to play its men’s and women’s tournament games that start next week with restricted access for the general public. The NCAA said only essential staff and limited family members would be allowed to attend the games.The ACC announced the cancellation about 10 minutes before the scheduled start of Thursday’s first quarterfinal game featuring No. 4 Florida State and Clemson. With the tournament scrapped, the Seminoles will earn the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament after winning the regular-season title.ACC Commissioner John Swofford presented the Seminoles with the tournament trophy on the court, while the Tigers joined them on the court instead of tipping off their game.The men’s NCAA Tournament is one of the most popular events on the American sports calendar. March Madness draws hundreds of thousands of fans to arenas from coast to coast. The men’s tour announced earlier Thursday it was calling off ATP Tour and ATP Challenger Tour events for six weeks because of the coronavirus outbreak.The WTA women’s tour has not made any comment so far related to its schedule.___12:05 p.m.The 12 Hours of Sebring scheduled to run in Florida next weekend has been rescheduled because of the ban on travel from Europe. Many teams that compete in IMSA’s sports car events use European drivers and team members. ___2:30 p.m.Football season is months away, but spring practice for college teams was in full swing around the country. That is being put on hold in many places, too. USC and Notre Dame both announced they would suspended practice as their campuses shut down. The SEC’s suspension of sport through March will also take football teams off the practice fields.___ The team announced plans to financially help staff during the interruption.Earlier, arena CEO Len Komorwski said despite the cancellation of the Mid-American Conference tournament that employees will be paid as if the event was held.6:27 p.m.Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has tested positive for the coronavirus, forcing the club to close its training complex and put the entire first-team in self isolation.Arsenal was due to play at Brighton on Saturday, with the Premier League pushing ahead with a full fixture list and stadiums with fans — unlike most other major sports. Associated Press The race was rescheduled as the IMSA season finale to be held Nov. 11-14 at Sebring International Raceway.IndyCar and NASCAR are still mulling options. IndyCar has been told by the Mayor of St. Petersburg that fans cannot attend Sunday’s season-opening race. NASCAR received the same message for next week’s racing at Homestead-Miami Speedway.___11:40 a.m.Major League Soccer is shutting down because of the coronavirus, according to Inter Miami owner Jorge Mas. 3:15 p.m.IndyCar will open its season on the streets of downtown St. Petersburg, Florida, without spectators.The three-day event typically draws more than 130,000 fans. Local officials said earlier Thursday that no general admission would be permitted. Only essential personnel will be permitted inside the fencing that surrounds the course.The event will also be shortened to two days, with Friday used for driver health screenings and determining who is considered essential.___ Bettman said the NHL has tried to follow mandates of health experts and local authorities without taking premature or unnecessary measures.” Bettman’s statement said the NBA’s news made it “no longer appropriate to try to continue to play games at this time.”___1:05 p.m.The Big East Conference basketball tournament has been canceled at halftime of Thursday’s first game because of the coronavirus outbreak.As several other big conferences around the country canceled their postseason tournaments, the Big East resumed on schedule at New York’s Madison Square Garden. It started its second-round game between top-seeded Creighton and St. John’s at Madison Square Garden and not until halftime was the tournament called off with St. John’s leading 38-35. 4:30 p.m.The NCAA has canceled the men’s and women’s basketball tournaments because of the spread of coronavirus. The decision came one day after the NCAA announced games that were scheduled to start next week would be played in mostly empty arenas.That plan was scrapped as every major American sports league, beginning with the NBA, put the brakes on their seasons due to concerns about the pandemic.The NCAA also canceled all of its championships in every winter and spring sport, including hockey, baseball, lacrosse and several others.___ USA Cycling is recalling its athletes, coaches and support staff from locations abroad and curtailing all international travel for teams and staff members as the national governing body responds to the coronavirus pandemic.Many of the country’s elite cyclists train in Europe, where the track cycling world championships were recently conducted.The organization also said that the collegiate BMX national championships April 4-5 have been postponed, but that the remainder of its national championship schedule will continue as planned. The biggest events on the upcoming schedule are the road, time trial and criterium national championships scheduled for June 18-21 in Knoxville, Tennessee, and mountain bike nationals July 7-12 in Winter Park, Colorado. Both are crucial races for determining the U.S. team for the Tokyo Olympics.___ The league anticipates a heavy financial hit from refunded ticket sales to its men’s and women’s basketball tournaments and having to adjust the rights fees it receives from its TV partners.Bowlsby also said that nobody from the conference, including staff members, coaches and players, had fallen ill or been tested for coronavirus.___12:35 p.m.The Pac-12 and Southeastern conferences have gone beyond canceling just their men’s basketball tournaments. 5:15 p.m.The Colonial Athletic Association says it has been informed that a game official who worked at the conference men’s basketball tournament has tested positive for the coronavirus.The CAA said the official did not exhibit symptoms of the virus until 72 hours after the game he worked. The conference said it was using an “abundance of caution” to make the involved institutions and tournament personnel “aware of the situation so they can take proper precautionary measures.”Hofstra beat Northeastern in the conference championship game on Tuesday in Washington.___ However, Arsenal said “it is clear we will not be able to play some fixtures on their currently scheduled dates.” The club issued a statement quoting Arteta as saying: “This is really disappointing but I took the test after feeling poorly. I will be at work as soon as I’m allowed.” Arsenal’s game at Manchester City was called off on Wednesday after players came into contact with a rival team owner who announced Tuesday that he had contracted COVID-19. They met Olympiakos owner Evangelos Marinakis after the Greek team won at Arsenal in the Europa League on Feb. 27.___6:17 p.m. USA Cycling recalling athletes, coaches and support staff 1:45 p.m.The NHL is following the NBA’s lead and suspending its season.NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman announced the pause of the season amid concerns about the new coronavirus. The NBA announced Wednesday night it was suspending play, after a player tested positive for COVID-19.Several NBA and NHL teams share arenas. The NHL has not said any player has tested positive for COVID-19. The league is halting play with 189 games left in the regular season, sparking uncertainty about how many more, if any, could be played before the playoffs. Mas says the target period for the hiatus is 30 days.He told players and coaches, then held a news conference and says, “We’ve made a decision as a league this morning, as owners, that play will be suspended temporarily.”The expansion team owned by Mas and former England captain David Beckham had been scheduled to play its home opener Saturday in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6