Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion “Three percent of U.S. military spending could end starvation on Earth,” says Women Against War billboard (May 4, 2018, WorldBEYONDWar.org). Sounds like some wise, moral women.More food, less bombs. A safer world. All Congress members, Democrats and Republicans, should immediately sign on, or we should replace them this fall.After all, who wouldn’t recommend feeding your neighbor rather than killing him?PETE LOOKERGlenvilleMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation
Innovation, Press Release Plymouth Meeting, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf attended the ribbon cutting ceremony for Harmony Biosciences’ new headquarters in Montgomery County. Established in 2017, the biopharmaceutical company focuses on the development and commercialization of treatment options for people living with rare diseases with an emphasis on central nervous system disorders.“From our founding, Pennsylvania and Pennsylvania-based companies have always been trail blazers in the life sciences,” said Governor Wolf. “We as a commonwealth are proud to be the home of so many of the important leaders shaping the healthcare and life sciences industry today. I want to thank Harmony Biosciences for choosing Pennsylvania as the best place to do such important and life changing work.”The 15,651 square foot facility will assist Harmony in advancing the understanding of narcolepsy and providing information and resources to individuals who live with narcolepsy and healthcare professionals who treat patients with this disorder.Harmony received Life Sciences Pennsylvania’s 2017 Deal of the Year award recognizing the company’s efforts in raising the largest private equity investment in the biotech industry in Pennsylvania. Since inception, Harmony has grown to a current total of 42 staff members, with plans to significantly expand its workforce over the coming years.Harmony’s facility will add to the growing life science sector in Pennsylvania which has a total annual economic impact of $88.5 billion dollars in Pennsylvania, employs more than 112,000 workers with an average salary of 140,000, and supports at least 230,000 indirect jobs through the commonwealth. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf Celebrates Pennsylvania’s Life Science Sector at Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Harmony Biosciences’ Headquarters September 12, 2018
agents are thinking outside the box when it comes to property marketing on the Gold Coast.“We are at the stage where buyers can be looking at a house on the Gold Coast from the other side of the world,” he said.“You can tour a house here and buy without even stepping inside the property.“And there is certainly a percentage of buyers willing to do that.”He said social media also allowed agents to update sellers and buyers regularly. REIQ Gold Coast zone chairman John Newlands said the real estate industry continued to evolve and with that came new marketing concepts. Picture Glenn HampsonMore from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North1 hour ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa21 hours agoBut he said while technology was advanced, selling real estate still came down to the basic concept of developing personal relationships.“There will always be a place for that,” he said.“Negotiating becomes difficult and it’s up to the agent to keep both sides in the loop.“As much as technology is a part of real estate, it does always go back to those personal relationships and having the skills to talk to people.” Technology is changing how people buy real estate on the Gold Coast. Alex Phillis with his electronic sign board. Picture: Richard GoslingElectronic sign boards are one of the latest marketing concepts to hit the Gold Coast property market.Agent Alex Phillis, of Alex Phillis Real Estate, said he had “mega interest” in his sign, set up at Sovereign Islands.“On Saturday the sign stopped a buyer who was following an agent to another property,” he said.“(The) buyer stopped for 30 seconds and watched the slide show which means I have accessed and exposed my sellers property to a buyer that I may not have found before.”Mr Phillis said he wasn’t worried about damage to the sign.“The signs have a camera and GPS, plus they are 140kg so very hard to move,” he said.“Plus the signs are ten times the cost of a regular sign so only the top end of town is the target market.” Technology is changing the way agents market real estate on the Gold Coast.GOLD Coast agents are thinking outside the box when it comes to property marketing.REIQ Gold Coast zone chairman John Newlands said the real estate industry continued to evolve and with that came new marketing concepts.
Inside the home at 8 Defender St, Newport.“It’s a very universal sort of house — it can cater to a lot of people.”Set on a 950sq m block, the home has 438sq m under roof.On the ground floor, there is an open-plan living, dining, kitchen and rumpus area, as well as a study, media room, gym and family room. The laundry has external access and there is a powder room. The home at 8 Defender St, Newport.THIS canal home has plenty of space for the family to spread out or entertain. The renovated property at 8 Defender St, Newport, has an outlook over the water and high mast canal access.Owner Stephen Foran said the views and location were hard to beat.“I love the aspect looking out over the canal and I love the easy access to Moreton Bay,” Mr Foran said. The home at 8 Defender St, Newport.The kitchen has stone benchtops, an induction cooktop and a self-cleaning oven, while the rumpus room leads to the entertaining area.Upstairs, the master bedroom includes a walk-in robe and an ensuite, and the three other bedrooms have built-in robes.Outside, the big entertainment area has an outdoor kitchen and leads to the pool and lawn.The home comes with a double lockup garage and side access for a boat or caravan. The home at 8 Defender St, Newport.“The house is well situated, too — you don’t get any of that blistering sun but the breezes come right on through.”Mr Foran said the property was also great for having friends and family over.More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019“The whole place is set up for entertaining, with the living area coming off the kitchen and leading to the entertainment area, which is massive, and the pool,” he said. “With the four living areas, there’s also plenty of space to escape the kids and have some peace and quiet.
Batesville, IN—On Monday, Batesville City Council granted Batesville Main Street $15,000 from Belterra Funds to help as a sign of intent towards a Women’s Legacy Grant through Indiana Humanities in honor of the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, protecting women’s constitutional right to vote. This grant provides a dollar for dollar match to move projects forward to enhance our downtown district.The Project would be enhancing the current Bike Park in downtown Batesville to be a more usable, friendly space that honors multi-generations of Batesville women. If you are interested in learning more about this project, contact Batesville Main Street by visiting their Facebook page and messaging them. Pledges large and small toward this project will be gratefully accepted until this coming Monday, June 15th. Community support is a great enhancement to any grant application.
Jermaine Pennant insists he did nothing to warrant the cold-shoulder treatment given to him by former Stoke boss Tony Pulis. Press Association Pennant played just twice for the Potters last season, both appearances coming in August before he was sent out on loan to Wolves. The winger returned to Stoke in January but did not play again for the rest of the season and his contract was allowed to run down. However, after Pulis was replaced by Mark Hughes, Pennant was given a second chance and re-signed for the club in June on a one-year deal. Pennant has had a troubled past, including a spell in prison, but he is adamant he was the innocent party on this occasion. The 30-year-old told the Sentinel: “People were going on about I must have done this or I must have done that, but it was not the case at all. “It was somebody falling out with a player and then washing his hands of him. Then people jumped to the wrong conclusion. “But as a player, I came in every day, I wasn’t late, I trained hard and gave no one a reason to doubt anything.” Pennant is hoping to be involved on Saturday when Stoke begin the new Premier League season with a trip to his former club Liverpool. The winger thanked Potters fans for their continued backing, adding: “They have supported me from the day I came here. “Not having a great past and the rumours, people making up their own stories to portray me in a certain way, but the fans here have ignored all that. “I’ve tried my best to deliver and they have welcomed me with back open arms, and I’m very grateful for that.”
Stoke defender Marc Muniesa has agreed a new four-year contract with the Barclays Premier League club. Press Association “We’re delighted that he’s recommitted to the club,” said Hughes. “He made a big decision when he decided to join. It’s not easy to leave a club of the stature of Barcelona, you have to have a real strength of character to concede that you’re going to shut the door on maybe a dream that you’ve had for a long, long time and go on another path. “He was prepared to do that, he saw us as a good option for him. He had to be patient, he didn’t walk into the team. He probably wasn’t physically strong enough initially when he came but he’s worked exceptionally hard on the strength and conditioning side. That helped him. “But it was always going to be his talent that forced him into my thinking. Whenever I’ve asked him to come on, he’s never let me down. He’s growing stronger month on month and we’re delighted he’s recommitted. “He’s a good guy as well; he always plays with a smile on his face and he’s an engaging character around the group.” Muniesa was the first to make the voyage from Catalonia to the Potteries two summers ago but that path has been travelled more often since, with Hughes forging a link with a club he used to play for. Bojan Krkic, Moha El Ouriachi and Ibrahim Afellay will all wear the red and white of Stoke this season after donning red and blue in the past, and it has been suggested that current Barcelona winger Adama Traore could swell that ex-Barca contingent even further. However, Hughes admits Stoke are not the only club showing interest in the teenager. “We’ve had discussions with him,” he said. “They’re ongoing but, as with most players who are coveted, there’s a lot of other teams that have an interest and are probably having the same type of conversations that we’ve had. There’s no progress on that as yet.” Both Bojan and Afellay will be in the squad against Liverpool on Sunday in the first competitive game since Stoke thrashed them 6-1 at the Britannia Stadium in May. The former missed that contest with the knee injury that had kept him out since January, and although the 24-year-old has returned this pre-season Hughes was coy on whether he would start against the Reds. “He’s not quite at the level that he was before the injury but he’s getting there very, very quickly,” Hughes said of Bojan. “He’s had game time in pre-season and improved every time he’s played. He’s still an option for me; the decision is whether or not I feel whether he can start games yet. That’s something I need to mull over but we’re delighted that he’s at the level he’s at now so quickly after the operation.” One player who will have to come out of the XI that played against Liverpool three months ago is Shawcross, who is facing at least two months out due an operation he needs on his back. However, Hughes stressed he had “good cover” when asked if the England cap’s absence would force him into the transfer market. The Barcelona academy prospect, 23, opted to leave the Spanish giants in the summer of 2013 to sign for Mark Hughes’ side and has become an increasingly important presence due to his versatility. With club captain Ryan Shawcross out for two months due to a back problem and Marc Wilson also a doubt for the curtain-raiser against Liverpool on Sunday, Muniesa could have an even more pivotal role in the early stages of the season.
Florida Highway Patrol troopers and other law enforcement agencies will be officially issuing tickets for texting while driving starting Wednesday, Jan. 1.A new law signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis that will make texting while driving a primary offense instead of a secondary offense will be in full effect come 2020.The texting and driving law went into effect in July in phases. During the first phase, officers would only issue warnings. Then, in October, a ban went into effect on holding a phone while driving through a school or work zone.Well now, officers will issue tickets starting with a $30 fine plus court costs. If a second violation occurs within five years, the fine doubles to $60 and court costs increase to over $150. Violators will also have points added to their license.Thanks to the new law, texting while driving is now a primary offense, allowing officers to pull drivers over for texting.
LONDON: AFC Bournemouth goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale said he is in a state of shock after testing positive for coronavirus recently. This comes after the Premier League side had confirmed that an unnamed player is one of two new coronavirus positive cases discovered by the latest round of tests.22-year-old Ramsdale is only the second Premier League player to confirm testing positive for the virus after Watford’s Adrian Mariappa. “It’s definitely a shock — I’ve not been in contact with anybody and I’ve now got it,” Ramsdale was quoted as saying by The Sun. “I’m showing no symptoms so the fact that a healthy young person could potentially have it is definitely scary and worrying. “It’s obviously not great that I’ve got it but it’s good that I’m showing no symptoms. It’s one of those things that has unfortunately happened and happened to me,” he added. The Premier League had earlier said that 996 players and club staff were tested for COVID-19 on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. The clubs have been allowed to start small-group training after the top-flight football league in England was suspended on March 13 due to the virus outbreak. IANS Also Read: Shahid Afridi feels Harbhajan Singh & Yuvraj Singh are ‘majboor’ to react against him
The affected umpire wasn’t identified. He was not on the field when the result was learned. MLB medical experts didn’t believe the positive test represented a threat of infection or presented a risk to other personnel, according to those familiar with the matter. The people spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because there was no official announcement.Elsewhere around the majors:— The Colorado Rockies have shut down right-hander Jon Gray for the season due to a sore shoulder. The 28-year-old last pitched Sept. 1 before going on the injured list with what was described as inflammation in his shoulder. Gray finished the season 2-4 with a 6.69 ERA. Gray has a 45-37 career mark with a 4.59 ERA. His 692 career strikeouts are fifth-most in team history. — Umpires hastily cleared the field during a game between the Cleveland Indians and Chicago Cubs when a small drone flew into Wrigley Field over the bleachers and landed on the grass in deep left center. As Willson Contreras came to bat with two outs in the bottom of the fifth and the game tied at 2, the device was spotted over the left-center stands. Before the drone landed, umpires rushed players into their dugouts. The blinking drone took off, hovered at about 100 feet, then pulled away and vanished past the vintage center-field scoreboard.VIRUS OUTBREAK-BIG TEN NFL NEWSEric Reid still hasn’t received an offer or workout inviteUNDATED (AP) — Despite setting two defensive franchise records for the Carolina Panthers last season, Eric Reid remains unsigned, like his close friend: Colin Kaepernick.Reid tells The Associated Press he has not received any offers nor been invited for a visit by any team since the Carolina Panthers released him in March. The 28-year-old safety had 130 tackles, four sacks, six passes defended, two fumble recoveries and a forced fumble in 2019. The tackles and sacks are a franchise record for Carolina. Update on the latest sports NHL NEWSSabres acquire Eric Staal in sending Johansson to WildBUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Sabres acquired veteran center Eric Staal in a trade that sent forward Marcus Johansson to the Minnesota Wild. The trade was the first completed by newly hired Sabres general manager Kevyn Adams, who took over after Jason Botterill was fired in June. Adams is very familiar with Staal, as they were teammates in Carolina and members of the Hurricanes team that won 2006 Stanley Cup. They beat the San Diego Padres 7-5 behind Dustin May’s gutty effort out of the bullpen and home runs from AJ Pollock and Chris Taylor. Will Smith drove in three runs for the seven-time defending NL West champion Dodgers, who opened a 3 1/2-game lead in the division by winning two of three in the matchup of the NL’s two best teams. San Diego is closing in on its first playoff berth since winning the division in 2006. It has lost two straight for the first time since mid-August.In other action:— Brandon Belt, Brandon Crawford and Evan Longoria homered for San Francisco, and the visiting Giants playing at home beat the Seattle Mariners 9-3 in a game moved to the Bay Area because of smoky, dangerous air in Western Washington. Donovan Solano and Mauricio Dubon hit early RBI singles as the Giants snapped a three-game losing streak with a “road” victory at Oracle Park. One encouraging development: A familiar mist hovered over the outfield late in the game, not smoke.— Kole Calhoun hit his third homer in two games against his former Angels teammates, and David Peralta homered and drove in two runs in the Arizona Diamondbacks’ 9-6 victory over Los Angeles. Nick Ahmed had a two-run single during Arizona’s four-run second inning against Dylan Bundy, who had the worst start of his strong season for the Angels. Max Stassi, Jared Walsh and Justin Upton homered for the Angels, who have lost two straight at home after an 8-3 surge briefly invited hopes of playoff contention. September 17, 2020 — The Patriots have promoted kicker Nick Folk and cornerback Myles Bryant from the practice squad to the 53-man roster. Folk handled kicking duties in their win over Miami, but was sent back down after the game. — Bills starting linebackers Matt Milano and Tremaine Edmunds missed practice, and their availability is uncertain for Buffalo’s game at the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. Coach Sean McDermott wouldn’t provide an update on the players’ status other than to say they were receiving treatment after getting hurt in a season-opening 27-17 win against the New York Jets. NBA NEWSLeBron James makes All-NBA team for record 16th timeLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — LeBron James now stands alone in All-NBA recognition history, getting there unanimously. James was revealed Wednesday as an All-NBA player for a record 16th time, breaking the mark he shared with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan. He was a first-team pick on all 100 ballots, joining Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo as the only unanimous first-team selections this season. Joining them on the first team: Houston guard James Harden, Lakers forward Anthony Davis and Dallas guard Luka Doncic, who got the nod in just his second season in the NBA. Big Ten changes course, will play fall football after allUNDATED (AP) — The Big Ten is going to give fall football a shot after all. Less than five weeks after pushing football and other fall sports to the spring in the name of player safety during the pandemic, the conference changed course and said Wednesday that it plans to begin its season the Oct. 23-24 weekend. Each team will play eight games in eight weeks and the conference championship game will be held Dec. 19 — if all goes well. That should give the Big Ten an opportunity to compete for the national championship.The Big Ten said its Council of Presidents and Chancellors voted unanimously Tuesday to restart sports. The vote last month was 11-3 to postpone, with Ohio State, Iowa and Nebraska voting against.The decision to play came after sharp pressure from coaches, players, parents and even President Donald Trump, all of them pushing for a Big Ten football season. The conference is home to a number of battleground states in the November election, and Trump swiftly applauded the move in a tweet. — Kyle Gibson threw a four-hitter and Joey Gallo hit a ground-rule RBI double with two outs in the ninth inning to lift the Texas Rangers over the Houston Astros 1-0. It was the first career shutout for the 32-year-old Gibson and third complete game. The victory snapped a seven-game road skid for the Rangers, who are 5-18 away from home this season. — Cole Hamels finally got on the mound in an Atlanta uniform, allowing three runs to the Baltimore Orioles before reaching his predetermined pitch count in the fourth inning, and the Braves struggled offensively in a 5-1 loss Wednesday night. Rookie Keegan Akin struck out nine over five scoreless inning to earn his first big league victory and help the Orioles win the deciding matchup of a three-game set against the NL East leaders. — Jorge Alfaro homered twice before he took a foul ball to his helmet and the Miami Marlins beat the Boston Red Sox 8-4. Garrett Cooper also homered and scored twice for Miami, which moved within 2 1/2 games of first-place Atlanta in the NL East. — Jacob deGrom left after two innings with a right hamstring spasm, but the New York Mets rallied from four runs down to beat the Philadelphia Phillies 5-4. Phillies reliever Hector Neris dropped the ball on the mound for a balk that moved the go-ahead run to second base in the ninth. Rookie infielder Andres Gimenez hit an RBI single to put the Mets ahead. — Luis Castillo threw seven shutout innings, Shogo Akiyama drove in the Reds only run and Cincinnati completed a four-game sweep of Pittsburgh with a 1-0 win that keeps the Reds in the postseason picture. Castillo (3-5), coming off his first career complete game, retired nine of the last 10 batters he faced and gave up only three hits and a walk with 10 strikeouts. Another factor in triggering the re-vote was the emergence of daily rapid-response COVID-19 testing, which wasn’t available when university presidents and chancellors decided to pull the plug on the season. The Big Ten said it will begin daily antigen testing of its athletes, coaches and staff on Sept. 30.The Big Ten’s plan to play also includes the establishment of a cardiac registry to study the effects COVID-19 has on athletes’ hearts. Dr. Leslie Cooper chairs the cardiovascular department at the Mayo Clinic in Florida. He says the registry can potentially close a gap in research when it comes to the new coronavirus.VIRUS OUTBREAK-PAC 12Pac-12 football plans remain in holding patternUNDATED (AP) — Any plans for the Pac-12 to join the Big Ten in returning to football are on hold due to health policies in two states within the conference. The Big Ten changed course and said it will begin an eight-game football schedule on Oct. 23. The Pac-12 has also reconsidered starting its football season this fall, but does not have approval from state and local health officials in California and Oregon to start contact practices. The Pac-12 has announced a partnership that would give the conference’s schools the capacity to perform daily, rapid COVID-19 tests on athletes. Washington coach Ron Rivera, Reid’s former coach in Carolina, gave him a strong endorsement Wednesday, describing him as “a heck of a teammate.” Rivera says his team is set at the position, otherwise he’d call Reid. And he hasn’t received any calls from other coaches or general managers inquiring about Reid.A first-round pick by San Francisco in 2013, Reid went to the Pro Bowl his rookie season. He joined with Kaepernick in 2016 when the former star quarterback took a knee during the national anthem to protest against police violence, racism and social injustice. Reid has also been a vocal opponent of the NFL’s new collective bargaining agreement.In other NFL news:— Peyton Manning and Charles Woodson are among 14 first-year eligible candidates for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Joining the two-time Super Bowl champion quarterback and the star cornerback/safety on the ballot are receivers Calvin Johnson, Wes Welker and Roddy White; running back Steven Jackson; tight end Heath Miller; offensive linemen D’Brickashaw Ferguson and Logan Mankins; defensive linemen Jared Allen, Justin Tuck and Kevin Williams; linebacker Jerod Mayo; and defensive back Charles Tillman. In all, there are 130 nominees for five modern-era spots. Enshrinement at the hall in Canton, Ohio, will take place next August.In other NFL news: VIRUS OUTBREAK-COLLEGE BASKETBALLNCAA basketball season set to open day before ThanksgivingUNDATED (AP) — The NCAA men’s and women’s basketball seasons will begin Nov. 25, the day before Thanksgiving. The Division I Council voted to push the start date back from the originally scheduled Nov. 10 as one of several precautions against the spread of coronavirus. The later start date coincides with the decision most schools made to send students home from Thanksgiving until January out of concern about a potential late-fall and early-winter flareup of COVID-19. Closed campuses could serve as a quasi bubble for players and provide a window for nonconference games. The maximum number of regular-season games has been reduced from 31 to 27. The minimum number of games for consideration for the NCAA Tournament was cut from 25 to 13. — The New York Giants have reached a multi-year arrangement with DraftKings that makes the Boston-based company the official sports betting, i-gaming and daily fantasy operator of the NFL team. The deal grants DraftKings access to official Giants marks and logos. There will also be a first of its kind virtual SportsLounge open on Giants’ game days, providing attendees access to all DraftKings platforms. The value of the deal wasn’t disclosed.— The Denver Broncos have placed injured linebacker Von Miller on injured reserve following his operation to repair a dislodged tendon in his left ankle. Miller was injured during a practice and is expected to miss the season, although there’s a chance he could return in December if his recovery is faster than anticipated. The Broncos promoted cornerback De’Vante Bausby from their practice squad with starter A.J. Bouye expected to miss a couple of weeks after injuring a shoulder in the opener against Tennessee. — San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman will miss at least the next three games after injuring his calf in the season opener. A person familiar with the injury says Sherman will be placed on injured reserve and won’t be eligible to return until after missing the next three weeks. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team hasn’t made an announcement. Sherman is the latest key player on the defending NFC champions to be hampered by an injury so far this season. — Star receiver Allen Robinson said he expects to remain with the Chicago Bears the rest of the season, though he wouldn’t say if he requested a trade. Robinson is in the final season of his three-year, $42 million contract and is seeking an extension. He deleted references to the Bears from his social media accounts on Tuesday, and the Chicago Tribune reported he asked to be traded if they can’t agree to a new deal. He said Wednesday he is “not gonna get into that detail.” — Zach Banner’s season is over. The Steelers placed the right tackle on injured reserve two days after he tore the ACL in his right knee in a win over the New York Giants. Banner edged Chukwuma Okorafor during an extended training camp battle to earn the starting job. His season ended in the fourth quarter against the Giants when his knee appeared to give out while dropping back in pass protection. Okorafor, a third-round pick in the 2018 draft, figures to get the start when the Steelers host Denver in their home opener. — Mike Fiers threw six sharp innings before turning it over to a lights-out bullpen and the Oakland Athletics snapped a six-game skid against the Colorado Rockies with a 3-1 win. Next up, a well-earned day off for the Athletics, who have played 16 games in 13 days. They finished the stretch 9-7. The Rockies were 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position against the 35-year-old Fiers. — Brady Singer was stellar for a second straight start, allowing two hits in six innings, and the Kansas City Royals blanked the Detroit Tigers 4-0. The rookie right-hander struck out the first five Detroit hitters and retired the first 10. Salvador Perez homered and drove in three runs for the Royals, who have won seven of eight. MLB NEWSAP sources: MLB umpire tests positive for virus, crews shiftNEW YORK (AP) — Several people familiar with the situation tell The Associated Press that a Major League Baseball umpire has tested positive for the coronavirus, prompting a late shift in crew assignments in Florida this week. Nine-time Rome champion Rafael Nadal is set to make his return to competition after a seven-month absence against Pablo Carreño Busta. Other winners included Matteo Berrettini and Marin Cilic (CHIHL’-ihch).LUGE-WORLD CUP-LAKE PLACIDCoronavirus fears cancel Lake Placid’s luge World Cup stopLAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) — Lake Placid won’t play host to any major international sliding events this winter, after the International Luge Federation said Wednesday it will not hold a World Cup competition there because of concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. The upstate New York village was supposed to host a luge World Cup in mid-January. It will now be held in Oberhof, Germany, meaning the entire sliding-sports season will be held in Europe and Asia — skipping North America entirely. Both players are in the final year of their contracts, with the cost-conscious Sabres saving $1.25 million in space under the salary cap. Buffalo, however, takes on a 35-year-old Staal, who is six years older than Johansson.TENNIS-ITALIAN OPENDjokovic behaves better in 1st match since US Open defaultROME (AP) — Novak Djokovic behaved better in his first match since being defaulted from the U.S. Open. The top-ranked Serb was mostly courteous with the chair umpire during a 6-3, 6-2 win Wednesday over local wild-card entry Salvatore Caruso in his opening match at the Italian Open. The performance came in sharp contrast to the scene in New York 10 days ago, when Djokovic was disqualified for unintentionally hitting a line judge in the throat with a ball. Djokovic said earlier this week that the incident taught him “a big lesson.” Associated Press — Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano each hit a two-run homer, and the Minnesota Twins denied the Chicago White Sox a chance to clinch their first playoff berth in 12 years with a 5-1 victory. Eddie Rosario also went deep and Minnesota pitchers retired their final 18 batters against the AL Central leaders. Chicago had won six straight and nine of 10. The second-place Twins moved within two games of Chicago in the division standings.— Rookie Luis García hit a two-run homer in the 10th inning and the Washington Nationals beat the AL East-leading Tampa Bay Rays 4-2. With Carter Kieboom on second base to start extra innings, the 20-year-old García hit a leadoff shot on the first pitch from Nick Anderson. Tampa Bay completed a stretch of eight consecutive games against last-place teams at 3-5. — Kyle Higashioka hit a career-high three home runs, DJ LeMahieu connected twice and the resurgent New York Yankees hit a season-best seven home runs in another Bronx air show, thumping the Toronto Blue Jays 13-2 to back another overpowering start by ace Gerrit Cole. Luke Voit lofted a three-run drive for his major league-leading 19th homer and Clint Frazier added a solo shot as the Yankees won their seventh straight game following a 5-15 slide. New York moved 1 1/2 games ahead of Toronto for second place in the AL East, with the top two teams ensured spots in the expanded postseason that begins in less than two weeks. — Javier Báez’s RBI single in the 10th inning lifted the Chicago Cubs to their fourth straight win, 3-2 over the Cleveland Indians. Automatic runner Ian Happ advanced to third when Kris Bryant greeted Phil Maton with a groundball single to open the 10th. After an intentional walk and two strikeouts, Báez’s liner to left scored Happ and sent the Indians to their eighth straight loss, their longest slide since June 2013. The Cubs won their fourth straight and strengthened their grip on first place in the NL Central.— Brent Suter and three relievers combined on a two-hitter and Ryan Braun hit his 350th career homer, leading the Milwaukee Brewers over the St. Louis Cardinals 6-0 for a doubleheader split. The Cardinals took the opener 4-2 behind Adam Wainwright’s four-hitter. Cardinals manager Mike Shildt ran the team in the opener. He missed the nightcap while serving a one-game suspension, imposed by Major League Baseball after tempers flared during the Brewers’ 18-3 romp Tuesday night. Umpires warned both teams after Braun was hit by a pitch in the fifth inning. He was at the center of the trouble the previous night when he hit Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina in the wrist during a swing. CYCLING-TOUR DE FRANCERoglic extends overall Tour lead; Lopez wins toughest stageMERIBEL, France (AP) — Colombian rider Miguel Angel Lopez has won the toughest mountain stage of this year’s Tour de France while race leader Primož Roglic added a few crucial seconds to his advantage over rival Tadej Pogacar. Roglic finished 15 seconds behind Lopez in second place and Pogacar trudged over the line 30 seconds behind Lopez in third. Roglic is 57 seconds ahead of Pogacar with four stages remaining while Lopez overtook Rigoberto Urán to move up to third place. The 170-kilometer (105.4-mile) trek’s grinding final ascent to the Méribel ski station was the high point of this year’s race at 2,304 meters. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-SCHEDULEDodgers 1st team to clinch playoff spot, beat Padres 7-5UNDATED (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers are the first team to clinch a playoff spot in the pandemic-shortened season.