My Wife Sarah Jessica Parker Is My ‘Best Friend’

first_imgMatthew Broderick My Wife Sarah Jessica Parker Is My Best FriendSarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick at the Broadway opening of ‘The Inheritance’ at Barrymore Theater on November 17, 2019 in New York City. MJ Photos/ShutterstockA strong foundation. Matthew Broderick is still head over heels for his wife, Sarah Jessica Parker, after 23 years of marriage.The Ferris Bueller’s Day Off star, 58, opened up about his successful relationship on the Friday, November 6, episode of SiriusXM’s “Quarantined with Bruce.” Broderick said that he considers the Sex and the City alum, 55, his “best friend.”- Advertisement – “I don’t know the secret [to marriage] at all,  but I’m very grateful and I love her and, it’s amazing,” he said, noting that he “can’t believe” they’ve been married for 23 years.Broderick also praised his “talented” wife’s acting abilities in their Broadway play Plaza Suite. The couple costarred in the production which was pushed back to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.“I should also say that getting to do this play, even though we only just did it in Boston for a little while, Plaza Suite, you know, she was so, so good in it,” he said.  “And I had never acted with her onstage and had never really acted with her at all. And I was just reminded of how funny and smart and what a great actor she is. But, she just, she’s very good at it. So, I hope everybody gets to see her do it.”- Advertisement – “We’ve grown,” the Hocus Pocus star said at the time. “We have a family, we have children, we have friends that have passed away, we have relationships … We don’t talk about it — that’s how it stays strong!”The Failure to Launch actress told Harper’s Bazaar in 2013 that the couple have never been interested in fame.“Matthew and I come from a different time and place. When we were young people, all we ever wanted was to be good working actors,” Parker said at the time. “We didn’t think of fame or money because, honestly, money was never part of the dream. It was to work in theater, to be around those people whose work I was in total awe of. I never saw the trappings; nobody talked about being a celebrity.”Listen to Us Weekly’s Hot Hollywood as each week the editors of Us break down the hottest entertainment news stories! – Advertisement – The Producers star and Parker met in 1991 and tied the knot six years later at a Lower East Side synagogue in May 1997. The duo are the parents of son James, 18, and 11-year-old twins, Marion and Tabitha.Parker told in September 2019 the key to keeping their marriage strong after all these years.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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Today, the presentation of the views of the owners of the hotel complex and the renovation project Haludovo

first_imgA presentation of the renovation project will be held in Crikvenica today, as well as the views of the owners of the Haludovo hotel complex on the potential investment of 250 to 300 million euros.The presentation will take place Nov. 07 at 17 p.m. u school sports hall in Bogovići. On the same day, a meeting will be held at the Ministry of Tourism in Zagreb, on the topic “Tourist project Hotels Haludovo, Malinska”, to which representatives of individual ministries, state agencies, Primorje-Gorski Kotar County and the Municipality have been invited.The whole story about the renovation of the famous hotel complex Haludovo in Malinska, once one of the best symbols of our tourism, raised a lot of dust because the owner is looking for a closed concession as a precondition for the renovation.As pointed out earlier, the intention of the owners of Haludov is to obtain a closed concession as a condition for starting the project, with the explanation that this provides a high level of security and top quality offer for hotel guests. The position of the Municipality of Malinska-Dubašnica is that they are not for a completely closed type concession, while the subject of discussion can only be a partially closed concession, depending on which area, which it covers and in what way.Related news: THE INVESTOR IS LOOKING FOR A CLOSED CONCESSION ON THE MARITIME PROPERTY AS A PREREQUISITE FOR THE RENOVATION OF THE HALUDOVO HOTEL COMPLEXlast_img read more

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Virus fears force animal sellers online for Muslim festival

first_imgPrancing in front of a camera with its blond mane blowing in the wind, “007” is one of thousands of goats being sold online as Muslims prepare for a key religious festival shaken this year by the coronavirus pandemic.Millions of goats, sheep and cattle are slaughtered annually at Eid al-Adha — the festival of sacrifice — one of two major holy days observed by Muslims across the world, including some 600 million in South Asia.The pandemic has, however, badly hit India, Bangladesh and Pakistan, which have shut or heavily restricted major markets, while fears about catching the virus are keeping customers away ahead of the main festival on Saturday. “We were traumatized by the loss of two of my uncles to COVID-19 and didn’t want to sacrifice an animal,” Saddid Hossain told AFP in Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka.”But we have to stay within our religious tradition, so we’d rather buy from an online cow seller.”Faced with deserted markets, livestock breeders and traders have turned to websites, apps and social media to showcase their animals.Fahad Zariwala promotes goats such as “007” from farms across India on his YouTube channel, which has more than 800,000 followers. Video beauty contest “They have a personality and are… mostly named after Bollywood movies and trending characters in Bollywood,” he told AFP.Zariwala has seen a huge increase in viewers from Australia, Britain, the United States and the Middle East, which all have large South Asian diasporas.One farm he promotes runs video beauty contests to tempt potential customers, who might buy the goats for their families in India, where there are 200 million Muslims.PashuBajaar, which sells thousands of goats for Indian farmers, said online sales had jumped from a few dozen last year to more than 2,500 in the past three months.”We’ve even received online orders for thousands for next year,” chief executive Sanjeev Kumar told AFP.The animals are delivered to buyers in open-air vehicles, which can carry 10 to 15 of them.In Muslim-majority Pakistan, home to 215 million people, dozens of apps and websites have sprung up.Buyers can select an animal and have it delivered to their doorstep, slaughtered or donated to a charity.Qurbani App chief executive Muhammad Ali Chaudhry said “orders have gone through the roof”.Islamabad goat farmer Muhammad Naeem, meanwhile, said his digital transactions had jumped from 20 percent of sales to almost half.But the rise in online sales has been accompanied by plunging prices.Mumbai seller Walid Dawood Jat, who sold six goats online during India’s lockdown, said they fetched just half their usual prices.”We used to sell goats at 500-600 rupees ($6.70-$8.00) per kilo,” he said, adding the price had fallen by half.”Buyers haggle with us. They say they don’t have money, their income is down.”In Dhaka’s biggest cattle market, livestock sales are down from 400,000 a week in previous years to 30,000.”Last year many people came. We were very busy,” said trader Kalu Bepari — who travelled 245 kilometers to the bazaar with 13 bulls, but has only sold two “for a very cheap price”.”This year there is barely anyone due to coronavirus fears. Nobody even asks the price.” “I shoot a slow-motion video with beautiful music, and I make them [goats] popular,” said Zariwala, who is based in Mumbai. Topics :last_img read more

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IASB confirms employee contributions amendments

first_imgThe London-based International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) has approved for publication a series of amendments to International Accounting Standard 19 (IAS 19), Employee Benefits, on the treatment of employee contributions.The changes – developed by the board in co-operation with its interpretive body, the International Financial Reporting Standards Interpretations Committee – will go out with an effective date of 1 July 2014.The changes will amend IAS 19 in two ways.First, employers can recognise employee contributions as a reduction against service cost only where they are linked to the employee’s service within that reporting period. Second, attribution of any negative benefit must follow the requirements of paragraph 70 of the standard.But also emerging during the board’s 16 September discussions were major question marks over the board’s prospects for mounting a root-and-branch reassessment of pensions accounting, and proposals for the interpretations committee to revive what is known as the IFRIC D9 approach as a possible solution to the problem of contribution-based promises.But perhaps of greatest interest to IASB-watchers were signals from a senior staff member that there is little appetite for a root-and-branch reform of IAS 19 accounting.IASB director Alan Teixeira said: “It’s on the longer-term research plan, but we don’t have any staff allocated to it or any standard setters who’ve expressed an interest in the project.“At the moment, there is nothing specific planned for it.”His comments came in response to remarks by IASB member Stephen Cooper, who told the 16 September meeting that the time had come for a fresh look at pensions.Cooper said: “I do think what we’re doing here, and also the contribution-based promises that are currently under discussion at the interpretations committee, indicate that we need to have a more fundamental look at the measurement of pension liabilities.”IASB’s vice-chairman Ian Mackintosh added that one option for the board to consider might be to revisit a 2008 discussion paper on pensions accounting produced under the auspices of the EU-wide Proactive Accounting Activities in Europe initiative.The European Financial Reporting Advisory Group (EFRAG) issued the document in January 2008.EFRAG released a report on feedback to the proposals and subsequent re-deliberations in November 2009.In overview, the discussion paper proposed that a liability “in respect of future pensions should be measured at a current value”.The document argued: “The objective of a current value measure of future payments of pension benefits is to reflect today’s value of the future cash outflows expected to settle the liability when it falls due.“This approach might be viewed as an ‘entity‐specific’ measurement because it aims to reflect not only the properties of the liability itself but also the relationship to its owner.”More controversially, on discounting, the report’s authors called for the use of a “current market discount rate to reflect the time value of money only – i.e. a risk‐free rate.”Alan Teixeira responded, however, that his reading of the market was that there “might be a lack of appetite” among possible project collaborators for breathing fresh life into the initiative.Teixeira said: “We’ve given everybody an opportunity to express an interest, and that’s one project that no-body outside has expressed an interest [in doing].“We might have to push hard to get somebody to do it.”But consultant actuary Simon Robinson at Aon Hewitt, speaking with IPE, questioned the need for change.“I actually think the current IAS 19 works pretty well,” he said.“There are some quirks – for example, contribution-based promises. But preparers of accounts have generally taken a pragmatic view on how to value these within the confines of the current IAS 19, and re-opening the debate might be akin to opening Pandora’s Box.“We can see that, with the minor revisions to IAS 19 around treating employee contributions as a negative benefit, what might seem a minor technical amendment is actually very difficult to achieve in practice with, I would argue, no benefit to users of accounts.”Cooper also warned against any tinkering around the edges.Speaking this time on an update on the interpretation committee’s activities, he questioned its decision to explore IFRIC D9 as a possible solution to contribution-based promises.“This is fine in terms of these plans that have a link to asset returns, it works well,” he said.“Existing accounting under DB accounting just produces the wrong answer, and that’s quite clear.”Cooper said the board should have fixed the problem sooner rather than wait until now.The approach, he added would not fix the challenge of plans that offer a guaranteed return or “higher-of” plans.D9 was, for these retirement promises “really bad accounting” that is “inconsistent with what we are doing in insurance”.“In insurance,” he said, “we are trying to get guarantees on the balance sheet, measured properly. The D9 approach just looks at intrinsic value.“It doesn’t take into account time value. So I’m rather concerned the Interpretations Committee seems to think D9 is a good answer.”Cooper also questioned the wisdom of including what he referred to as “current salary [and] career-average” plans within the scope of the work on D9.“That was the problem we had with the discussion paper when we had a second attempt to resolve this problem,” he said.“That failed because the scope was too wide. So, I’m concerned the problems we’ve had are just going to come back.”Pensions expert Simon Robinson said while he had sympathy with Cooper’s comments about D9, “trying to resolve them simply highlights more fundamental problems in IAS 19 such as the distinction between defined benefit and defined contribution plans”.He added: “Accounting for defined benefit plans under IAS 19 is not consistent with other areas of accounting – this inconsistency is not limited to contribution-based promises.”last_img read more

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Cuba removes two cabinet ministers

first_imgCuban flag. Photo credit: radiosantacruz.icrt.cuHAVANA, Cuba — An official release published by the Granma daily newspaper on Wednesday announced that the Cuban Council of State has replaced two cabinet ministers, who have been assigned other responsibilities.Medardo Diaz Toledo has been removed from his post as minister of informatics and communications and first deputy minister Maimir Mesa Ramos has been promoted to this post, the official note said, adding that Diaz Toledo will return to the armed forces.Minister of basic industry, Tomas Benitez Hernandez, has also been removed and first deputy minister Alfredo Lopez Valdes appointed as the new minister. Benitez Hernandez will be assigned other responsibilities, the official release concluded.The report gave no explanation for the change, but the removals come amid unconfirmed reports of corruption investigations and arrests in both ministries.For some months there have been persistent rumours about alleged embezzlement at the state-owned telephone company involving the submarine fiber-optic cable laid from Venezuela, with much fanfare at the time.However, since the $70 million link landed in February 2011, there is no sign that the cable has come online and officials are no longer talking about the project. Caribbean News Now Share Sharing is caring! 19 Views   no discussions Tweetcenter_img Share Share NewsRegional Cuba removes two cabinet ministers by: – June 14, 2012last_img read more

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Modified Reinhart Memorial slated May 24 at Quad City Speedway

first_imgEAST MOLINE, Ill. – First place in the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified feature pays $1,000 at Quad City Speedway’s Sunday, May 24 Gary Reinhart Memorial.The 22nd annual special is a 2015 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier.IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Belleville Motorsports North Central Region, Allstar Performance State and local track points will be awarded for the draw/redraw show.Pit gates at East Moline open at 3 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 3:30 p.m. The draw ends and the drivers’ meeting starts at 5 p.m. Hot laps are at 5:15 p.m. with racing to follow.Entry fee is $40 and pit passes are $25. Grandstand admission is $12 for adults, $5 for kids ages 6-12 and free for five and under. Reserved seating is $14.All weekly programs, including the IMCA Late Models, are on the card.More information about the Reinhart Memorial is available at the www.qcspeedwayracing.com website and on Facebook.last_img read more

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NPFL Preview: Rangers, Pillars, Wikki stake unbeaten runs in difficult venues

first_imgRelatedPosts NPFL: Coach Dogo leaves Sunshine Stars NFF sanctions NPFL 2019/2020 final table Plateau United dedicates continental ticket to fans It’s Match day 19, the midway point of the 2019/20 Nigeria Professional Football League season, and all indices point yet to another high octane competitiveness at all sections of the log. The pendulum of leadership have though been swinging among three clubs: Plateau United, Lobi Stars and Rivers United, but they all know that others like Akwa United, Kano Pillars and surprise team of the season, Dakkada, are fast on their heels. The fight is no different at the midsection of the log, which has seen Abia Warriors, Katsina United, Heartland and perhaps defending champions, Enyimba, doing all they can to stay away from the drop zone. That dreaded drop zone has harboured the likes of Adamawa United, Jigawa Golden Stars, Nasarawa United, Kwara United with Wikki Tourists and Rangers, which is making a late surge away from the group. But then the not too flattering tag of “mid-season champions” is poised to fall between North Central rivals Lobi Stars and Plateau United, while other teams on the road of resurgence after below par starts face very herculean tasks at different away venues this weekend. On the lower rung of the ladder, teams are gradually coming to terms with the relegation dogfight that lies ahead of them in the second half of the season and so such battle to avoid the ignominious drop intensifies from Match Day 19, this weekend. Plateau United can seal the “Mid-season champions” tag when they feature in the weekend’s curtain raiser against Dakkada FC in Uyo on Saturday. Out of the last 10 teams on top of the table at midway point, including Lobi Stars in the 2018 season and minus last season being an abridged season, the mid-season champions have gone on to win the league eight times. This should be juicy for Abdu Maikaba and his Plateau stars, but they know they are in for a very difficult task at the Nest of Champions against Dakkada FC, who have punched above their weights and could go level on points with Plateau, should they win on Saturday. Lobi Stars have the privilege of knowing what Plateau United would have played on Saturday before facing Wikki Tourists at the Aper Aku Stadium on Sunday. The aura of invincibility that surrounded Gbenga Ogunbote’s Lobi in recent weeks has gradually eroded and they face a Wikki side unbeaten under new coach Usman Abd’Allah (One win, three draws and no loss). Rangers International seem to have turned the corner under Salisu Yusuf. The Flying Antelopes have overcome a dreadful start under the Super Eagles coach and are now unbeaten in their last seven games in all competitions, including three wins in four league outings. They will, however, face an Akwa United side in Uyo, where they have lost just once in last three visits, on Sunday in what should be another stern test after Wednesday’s point at Lobi Stars. Kano Pillars visit troubled MFM FC at the Agege Township Stadium on Sunday. While MFM are winless in their last four matches, Pillars are on the threshold of an unprecedented record in the Nigerian league. They are currently 13 games unbeaten and need just one more game to surpass Enyimba’s 15-year-old record. Nigeria’s remaining continental hopeful Enyimba FC will face their state rivals Abia Warriors in the Abia Classico on Sunday. Enyimba, only on Wednesday, ended a run of six domestic games without a win when they beat MFM in Lagos and will hope to steer further clear of relegation issues with a win against a side they have only lost against twice in nine league outings. In Kano on Sunday, Jigawa Golden Stars face Nasarawa United at the Sani Abacha Stadium in a relegation six-pointer, while basement side Adamawa United have Heartland FC as their guests at the Pantami Stadium in Gombe. In the other games, league’s joint topscorer, Tasiu Lawal will hope to add to his tally when Katsina United host Warri Wolves at the Muhammadu Dikko Stadium, Sunshine Stars will welcome FC Ifeanyiubah to Akure, while Kwara United will be the guests of Rivers United in Port Harcourt.The full NPFL Match Day 19 fixtures Saturday Dakkada FC vs Plateau United Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020 Adamawa United vs Heartland FC Enyimba vs Abia Warriors Jigawa Golden Stars vs Nasarawa United Katsina United vs Warri Wolves MFM FC vs Kano Pillars Rivers United vs Kwara United Akwa United vs Rangers Int’l Lobi Stars vs Wikki Tourists Sunshine Stars vs FC Ifeanyiubah. NAN.Tags: Adamawa UnitedDakkadaJigawa Golden StarsnpflPlateau Unitedlast_img read more

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Team Cocos’ Jamal John dominates Digicel Cancer Awareness cycle road race

first_img—Defending champion Raynauth Jeffrey settles for thirdIN what can be described as sheer dominance, Team Coco’s Jamal John completely dominated the Guyana Cycling Federation’s Digicel sponsored Cancer Awareness Week annual cycle road race staged around the outer circuit of the National Park yesterday.John,who got support from his teammates,returned two hours 54 minutes 11.72 seconds in winning the event ahead of Team Evolution’s Raul Leal.In the process, John won four of the five prime prizes that were up for grabs, while Leal won the other.From the start of the 30-lap race, John and Leal went to the fore and by the completion of the 10th lap, the duo opened an approximately two-minute lead on the peloton which they maintained to the end of the gruelling event.The main chasing pack that made up the peloton was joined by the second chasing pack with 18 laps remaining, but instead of upping the pace and trying to connect with the two leaders, the pack of more than 25 riders went to `Sleep’ and allowed John and Leal to open up their lead which they enjoyed to the end.However, with one lap remaining, John and Leal broke into a match sprint mode and as the two rounded the turn for the finish, Leal went pass John who immediately responded and narrowly edged the Team Evolution rider to the finish.Both John and Leal had lapped the entire field after 18 laps and so there was a race on for the minor places and in the process, the defending champion, Team Coco’s, Raynauth `Obeah man’ Jeffrey outsprinted Team Evolution’s Orville Hinds to take third. Christopher Griffith,also of Team Evolution,placed fifth.Team United’s Raphael Leung was the first junior to cross the finish line, while Jornel Yearwood finished second and Christopher Cornelius third.Junior Niles of Team Coco’s won the veterans Under-45 race ahead of Warren McKay and Jaikaran Sukhai respectively, while in the veterans’ over 45 years age group, Raymond Newton won ahead of Eion `Dumb Boy’ Jackson and Kennard Lovell in that order.Meanwhile, the 2016 cycling season will close next weekend with the staging of the National Sports Commission/Ministry of Health/Guyana Cycling Federation’s `Ride for Life’ Three-Stage cycle race which commences on Saturday morning with a 65-mile road race from Georgetown to Mahaicony and back and continues with a 10-mile individual time-trial on Saturday afternoon.last_img
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O’Keefe akin to reliable Korean car – Panesar

first_imgBy Ian RansomMELBOURNE, Australia (Reuters) – In motoring parlance, Australia spinner Steve O’Keefe is more a reliable Korean car than prestige vehicle but his “happy” mental state makes him a great addition to the team garage, according to former England bowler Monty Panesar.Recalled for just his fifth Test since his 2014 debut against Pakistan, O’Keefe took 12 wickets in the series-opening defeat of India, the biggest haul ever by a visiting spinner.Fellow left-arm spinner Panesar, who hopes to restore his own stalled international career, was hired by Cricket Australia to work with the team’s spinners before the tour and he saw enough in 32-year-old O’Keefe to feel he could play a big role.“When I first saw him, he asked me: ‘what do you think of my spin bowling?’ I said to him, ‘you’re like a Hyundai i30”, Luton-born Panesar told Reuters in an interview yesterday.“‘You’re very much unassuming. You’re reliable. You get from A to B and you get the job done.“I remember telling (the team management) before they left for India, I said ‘I feel like O’Keefe will have the most impact’.“That was my judgement and sometimes these things happen in cricket.”Panesar played the last of his 50 Tests at the Melbourne Cricket Ground during England’s 5-0 humiliation in the 2013/14 series but he returned Down Under last year to play grade cricket for Sydney club Campbelltown-Camden Ghosts.He faced O’Keefe in a match against Manly-Warringah last month and lasted only three balls before becoming one of the Australian’s nine victims in the first innings.O’Keefe had pulled out of the domestic ‘Big Bash’ Twenty20 competition to play more red-ball cricket in the lead-up to the India tour and Panesar was impressed with his application.“We had a chat at the game and I had an opportunity to look at his bowling,” the 34-year-old said.OFF-FIELD ISSUES“He very much sets up batsmen and looks to get them out. He’s an intelligent cricketer. He knows his limitations but he’s happy.“That’s what I was surprised by. He’s just happy with what he’s got and he just tries to make the best of that. He doesn’t try to be anyone else. He tries to be the best O’Keefe he can be.”Forty-five Tests separate the left-armers, but O’Keefe and Panesar have shared a similar battle to overcome sceptics about their abilities and also survived brushes with indiscipline off-field.When playing for county side Sussex in 2013, Panesar infamously urinated on a nightclub’s doormen and was fined by police for being drunk and disorderly.O’Keefe was fined by his cricket board last August for a drunken incident involving security staff at a Sydney hotel soon after returning home injured from Australia’s tour of Sri Lanka.The incident was a wake-up call for O’Keefe, who has steered clear of alcohol since and ploughed back into domestic cricket with renewed purpose.“Sometimes there are people out there who criticise you and that’s a test of how much you want to make a comeback,” said Panesar, who has battled to get back to his best since shoulder surgery in late-2015.“And also it’s a test of your self-belief and confidence.“O’Keefe was brilliant, he mentioned something happened in Manly and then he said to me it had been over 150 days that he hadn’t drunk.”Panesar’s cricketing future remains up in the air but he is in a peaceful state of mind since opening up last year about his struggles with mental health issues.O’Keefe’s effort in Pune had also added fuel to the fire for Panesar’s own hopes of reviving his England career.“Very much so. It’s a great story and it inspires people like us in our thirties to make that comeback,” he said.last_img read more

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Update on the latest in sports:

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL-NEWSSaints agree to terms with QB Winston on one-year contractUNDATED (AP) — Jameis (JAYM’-ihs) Winston has found a landing spot. Mancini had a malignant tumor removed shortly before turning 28 on March 18. Writing a first-person article for The Players Tribune, the 28-year-old says has been undergoing chemotherapy since April 13. He says the treatment will take six months and expects to make a full recovery.Mancini hit .291 with 35 homers and 97 RBIs for last-place Baltimore in 2019.VIRUS OUTBREAK-BASEBALLAP sources: MLB opening options include 3 regional divisionsNEW YORK (AP) — People familiar with the discussions tell The Associated Press that Major League Baseball is exploring various options that could allow the season to start if the medical situation allows. — Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Bashaud Breeland has been arrested in South Carolina for resisting arrest and other offenses. Breeland, who is from Charlotte, was arrested in York County, just south of the North Carolina-South Carolina border. Breeland was also charged with driving with an open container of alcohol, possession of marijuana or hash and driving without a license. Breeland had seven tackles and an interception in the Chiefs’ 31-20 Super Bowl win over San Francisco two months ago. — Joe Staley says he has been taken aback by the tributes that have poured in from former 49ers teammates, coaches and competitors since he announced his retirement. The limelight in the NFL is usually reserved for players who catch, run or throw the ball, not the behind-the-scene workers who help make all that happen. But Staley is deserving of it after making six Pro Bowls, the NFL all-decade team and helping the 49ers reach the Super Bowl twice in his 13-year career.— The Kansas City Chiefs have released two-time Pro Bowl punter Dustin Colquitt. Colquitt’s 15-year career with the Chiefs allowed him to set numerous franchise records, including the most games played and most postseason appearances. Colquitt posted a farewell on Instagram late Monday in which he said that “all things come to an end, sometimes sooner than you hoped, prayed and pleaded for them to.” Colquitt stopped short of saying he was retiring. He turns 38 next month.— The Houston Texans have released veteran safety Tashuan Gipson just one year after signing him to a three-year, $22.5 million contract. Gipson started 14 games for Houston last season before landing on injured reserve because of a back injury. The 29-year-old Gipson had 55 tackles and three interceptions in his one season with the Texans.— A person familiar with the deal tells The Associated Press that free agent wide receiver Rashard Higgins has agreed to a one-year contract to stay with the Cleveland Browns. Higgins clashed with former Browns coach Freddie Kitchens last season. A fifth-round pick in 2016, Higgins had only four catches for 55 yards last season as he also dealt with a knee injury. In 2018, Higgins had 39 receptions for 572 yards and four touchdowns. Included is a plan in which the 30 teams could be split into three regional divisions. Teams could be restricted to playing within their region.That idea, if used, would break up the traditional alignments of the American and National Leagues. It also would cut travel.In other virus-related baseball news:— The Pittsburgh Pirates are suspending retirement benefits for members of the team’s baseball operations staff in an effort to cope with the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. General manager Ben Cherington says the team has been searching for ways to find savings with the 2020 season on hold indefinitely with much of the country locked down in hopes of stemming the spread of the virus. The temporary suspension of retirement benefits is part of an effort to avoid any potential personnel cutbacks.— Major League Baseball has told teams they could decide their own ticket refund policies. Spring training was suspended on March 12 and the regular season was delayed from its scheduled March 26 start because of the new coronavirus pandemic.  A revised schedule has not been announced, and teams had treated the missed games as postponements and not announced refund policies. — The Pittsburgh Steelers have picked up the fifth-year option on All-Pro outside linebacker T.J. Watt. Watt, Pittsburgh’s first-round pick in the 2017 draft, is coming off a stellar 2019 in which he had 14 1/2 sacks and was selected to the Pro Bowl for the second time.— The Denver Broncos have agreed to terms with unrestricted free agent defensive lineman Christian Covington on a one-year contract. Covington played for the Dallas Cowboys last year after spending four seasons with the Houston Texans, who selected him in the sixth round of the 2015 NFL draft. Covington started a career-high six games for the Cowboys and had a personal-best 28 tackles.— The Chicago Bears signed defensive tackle John Jenkins. Jenkins appeared in 16 games and made five starts for Miami last season, getting one sack. He has also played for New Orleans, Seattle, Chicago and the New York Giants since he entered the league in 2013.— The 2021 NFL draft will be held in Cleveland from April 29 to May 1. The dates were announced following the completion of a unique, stay-at-home draft that went smoothly despite logistical obstacles due to the COVID-19 pandemic. TV ratings soared over the weekend as fans soaked in every moment. The NFL officially awarded Cleveland the 2021 NFL draft last year. The Browns will be celebrating their 75th anniversary next year. Details are still being finalized, but the draft will be held at locations around FirstEnergy Stadium and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.NFL OBIT-HARLAND SVARE The unrestricted free agent quarterback has agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the New Orleans Saints.Winston was the first overall pick in the 2015 draft and the starting QB for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He’ll serve as backup to Drew Brees in New Orleans.Winston is coming off a season in which he led the NFL with 5,109 yards passing and ranked second with 33 touchdown passes, but he also led the NFL in interceptions with 30. That made Winston the first QB in NFL history to have at least 30 TDs and 30 interceptions.In five seasons with the Buccaneers, he has passed for 19,737 yards and 121 touchdowns while throwing 88 interceptions. The Bucs went 28-42 in games Winston started.In other NFL developments: Associated Press Update on the latest in sports: April 29, 2020 — The 2021 PGA Championship at Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course is delaying the start of ticket sales until August. Tickets were originally set to go on sale to those who registered online in May. Instead, PGA Championship tournament director Scott Reid said that with the world grappling with the coronavirus pandemic it was not appropriate to ask potential spectators to make purchasing decisions at this time.— The Atlantic Coast Conference will bring its men’s basketball tournament back to Greensboro, North Carolina in 2023 after this year’s tournament there was canceled near the midway point due to the coronavirus pandemic. The ACC is headquartered in Greensboro, which has hosted the tournament 27 times, the most of any location.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 NASCAR, like other sports, has been shut down for weeks because of the coronavirus pandemic.In other virus-related developments:— The head of the IOC’s coordination commission for the Tokyo Olympics says he disagrees with suggestions by some scientists and doctors that a vaccine for COVID-19 is needed to hold the games. John Coates is an International Olympic Committee member from Australia and a lawyer. He says he has read the opinion but doesn’t agree. Coates says, “the advice we’re getting from (the World Health Organization) says we should continue to plan for this date and that is what we’re doing.” Coates offers no details on how athletes from around the world could safely enter and exit Japan without spreading the virus.— Athletes in track and field can apply for money from a $500,000 fund to help them get through the coronavirus pandemic. World Athletics and the International Athletics Foundation have launched the fund to help athletes who’ve lost income because competitions are suspended.— Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt says the school will cut nearly $7 million from the athletic budget in the upcoming school year, including eliminating performance bonuses for himself and Red Raiders coaches. Hocutt told A-J Media in Lubbock, Texas that deeper cuts may be needed if college football can’t play a full season. Former Giant Harland Svare, Rams, Chargers coach dies at 89EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Harland Svare, a starting linebacker on the Giants’ 1956 NFL championship team and later the team’s defensive coach, has died, He was 89. He died on April 4 at a nursing home in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. For many years, Svare also held the distinction of being the NFL’s youngest head coach at 31 years, 11 months. He was elevated from defensive line coach to head coach by the Los Angeles Rams midway through the 1962 season.MLB-ORIOLES-MANCINI CANCEROrioles 1B Mancini expects to miss season to treat cancerBALTIMORE (AP) — Orioles outfielder Trey Mancini is undergoing chemotherapy for stage 3 colon cancer and expects to miss the season if major leaguers return this summer. — The maker of Louisville Slugger baseball bats is producing non-medical masks to help benefit food banks. Louisville-based Hillerich & Bradsby says in a release its Maskonic masks are reusable, water repellent and treated with a bactericide that lasts up to 10 washes. The mask was inspired by the company’s Bionic gloves line. Company president and CEO John Hillerich says it “was a natural progression, particularly in a time of global crisis” when personal protective equipment is needed to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Hillerich says the company has channeled its production and supply chain toward making masks for the public.VIRUS OUTBREAK-NASCARNASCAR race may take place in Charlotte without fansCHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The governor of North Carolina says NASCAR can hold the Coca-Cola 600 without fans at Charlotte Motor Speedway at the end of May if health conditions do not deteriorate in the state.Gov. Roy Cooper says he and state public health officials have had discussions with NASCAR and the speedway. Cooper says he believes the race can go forward on Memorial Day weekend for the 60th consecutive year.last_img read more

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