HOUSTON (AP) — An attorney for a Houston police officer indicted for murder following a deadly 2019 drug raid in which a couple was killed says his client is being targeted by a district attorney looking to score political points in the wake of last year’s nationwide protests against police brutality. Officer Felipe Gallegos became the second officer who was indicted for murder following the January 2019 drug raid. Rusty Hardin, Gallegos’ attorney, said the officer was a “hero” who saved other officers. Gallegos says he hasn’t been able to explain he’s not a ‘bad person.’ Gallegos is one of a dozen officers indicted after their work came under scrutiny following the raid.
WNY News Now / MGN Stock Image.LITTLE VALLEY – The fourth COVID-19 related death was reported in Cattaraugus County on Sunday.The Cattaraugus County Health Department says the death involves a 71-year-old woman who developed respiratory failure and was unable to overcome her illness despite aggressive medical treatment.Additionally, two new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Cattaraugus County, bringing the countywide case total to 47, with 18 active.Officials say the new cases involve two men, one who was a asymptomatic county jail inmate, and the other who is now hospitalized. In Chautauqua County officials reported one new case Sunday, a man in his 60s.There are now 21 active cases, with 85 total, 60 recovered and four prior deaths reported in the county. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
Mermaid Beach and Broadbeach Waters topped the Coast’s list of highest performing suburbs.THE prices of homes in two of the city’s most sought-after areas have ballooned more than 50 per cent in the past five years.REA Group data shows houses in Mermaid Beach and Broadbeach Waters are worth on average $1.4 million and $1.2 million, respectively.Ray White Broadbeach principal Mitch Palmer said there was nothing Gold Coaster’s loved more than spending a day at the beach or on a boat.“The reason why (those suburbs) have always done well is just because the lifestyle they provide,” he said. Broadbeach Waters followed closely behind.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa13 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“Both these suburbs are highly desirable and attract interest not just from locals but also people from interstate, Sydney in particular, as well as overseas,” she said.“This means there is more money being directed to them, pushing up prices.”Lower Beechmont and Hollywell surprising made the top 10 list. Mrs Conisbee said their “unique” features made them appealing.“Hollywell is very unique from a national perspective, many homes are on the water and it is still possible to buy a property for well under $1 million,” she said. “Big homes on big blocks close to employment priced at under $500,000 are rare to find in most capital cities but in Lower Beechmont you can find exactly that.” Mermaid Beach was number one.The proximity to fine-dining cafes and restaurants, The Star Gold Coast and Pacific Fair were features that also made the suburbs appealing, Mr Palmer said.Kollosche Prestige Agents director Michael Kollosche said all suburbs went through peaks and falls but Mermaid Beach and Broadbeach Waters would always be in high demand.“Everything is in (good) proximity and you’re on the right side of the Coast for the airport,” he said.MORE NEWS: Gold Coast home most viewed in the state 1. Mermaid Beach — 11.6 per cent annual increase past five years to $1.4 million.2. Broadbeach Waters — 10.8 per cent each year to $1.2 million.3. Lower Beechmont — 10.7 per cent each year to $520,000.4. Burleigh Heads — 10.4 per cent each year to $877,500.5. Palm Beach — 10.1 per cent each year to $847,500.6. Miami — 8.8 per cent each year to $780,000.7. Biggera Waters — 8.4 per cent each year to $700,000.8. Burleigh Waters — 8.3 per cent each year to $807,000.9. Hollywell — 8.1 per cent each year to $776,000.10. Bundall — 7.4 per cent each year to $963,000. Source: REA Group November 2018 “A lot of the other (neighbouring) areas … all have high-rise zoning around them except for a couple of little pockets.”REA Group chief economist Nerida Conisbee said the two suburbs attracted lots of interstate buyers. MORE NEWS: First look at ‘new’ Nobby’s Outlook TOP 10 BEST PERFORMING SUBURBS (houses, average annual growth over five years, median price) Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p360p360p216p216pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWhy location is everything in real estate01:59
Image source: Pixabay under CCO Creative Commons license.China’s Sinopec said its Qingdao LNG terminal for the first time traded volumes of the chilled fuel on the Chongqing Petroleum and Gas Exchange (CHPGX) at the end of September. The terminal sold 3,340 tons of LNG on September 28, the company said in a statement noting the sale marks its entry in the North China market.Sinopec added that earlier this year China’s National Development and Reform Commission urged the companies to conduct transactions through platforms such as Shanghai and Chongqing Oil and Gas trading centers in order to establish the market mechanisms and form market transaction prices.The company added that the next step is to initialize trade of Tianjin LNG volumes on the Shanghai Oil and Gas Trading Center.The goal is to gather experience by trading smaller volumes during the non-heating period before fully engaging in trade after the heating period starts, Sinopec said.
Connie Jo Montgomery 60, of Moores Hill passed away Monday June 5, 2017 at Margaret Mary Health at Batesville. Connie was born Thursday August 30, 1956 in Batesville the daughter of Edgar and Mariam (Brayden) Mitchell. She married David Montgomery June 30, 1973 and he survives. Connie worked as an LPN for several local nursing homes in the area. She was a member of the Moores Hill American Legion Auxiliary. She enjoyed reading, watching game shows on TV, camping, and spending time with her family.Her survivors include husband: David Montgomery of Moores Hill; son: David Mitchell Montgomery of Greendale; daughters: Tammy Montgomery of Moores Hill; Amy Jo Solomon and Elizabeth Rhoades both of Greendale; brothers: Frank (America) Mitchell of Rising Sun; Ron Mitchell of Bowling Green, Ky. 3- Grandchildren: Michel Hogston, Peyton Montgomery and Trinity Hogston. She was preceded in death by her parents, 2 brothers, 2 sisters.Services will be 7PM Tuesday June 20, 2017 at Sibbett-Moore Funeral Home. Visitation will be 5-7PM Tuesday also at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Diabetes Association. Sibbett-Moore Funeral Home, Moores Hill entrusted with arrangements. Go to www.sibbettmoore.com to leave an online condolence message for the family.
RelatedPosts Woods to take first stab at record 83rd victory at Farmers Insurance Open Tiger Woods wins 82nd Tour title Woods pulls out of Northern Trust Open with stiff back Rory McIlroy had been named the PGA Tour Player of the Year. It’s the third time the Northern Irishman had taken the Jack Nicklaus Award, having scooped the honour in 2012 and 2014. The winner was voted on by all PGA Tour members, who played at least 15 official FedEx Cup events during the 2018-19 season. McIlroy won the FedEx Cup for the second time this year, becoming just the second player – after Tiger Woods – to win the season-long race more than once, and the first to win the Players Championship and the FedEx Cup in the same season. With three wins on the season (the Players, RBC Canadian Open and the Tour Championship), McIlroy matched Brooks Koepka for the most victories on tour.Tags: FedEx CupPGA TourRory McIlroy
Lampard has been the face of New York City’s marketing campaign ahead of their inaugural season and many fans demanded a refund on their season tickets after it was confirmed he would remain in Manchester until the summer. City boss Pellegrini said: “I think it’s an issue which is finished. Frank now is here. I know that there a lot of different opinions about Frank, about that. I respect all of them, but the decision is taken already and Frank will stay here until the end of the season.” Lampard released a statement via Steve Kutner Management on Friday morning seeking to clarify the situation, although clarity is one thing sorely lacking. “I want to make it completely clear about my situation as I have read a lot of lies and nonsense over the last few days,” the 36-year-old said. “When released from Chelsea last year at the end of my contract I signed a commitment to play for NYCFC for two years starting January 1, 2015. I was then offered the chance to train and be part of the Man City squad in the interim to keep myself in the best shape going into New York. “This period has since been extended by Man City and I will now start playing for NYCFC at the end of this current Premier League season. “There has always been a constant dialogue between all parties in this time to find the best solution for everyone. I can say that I am very excited about arriving in New York and giving everything to the team to make us a success in the MLS as soon as possible.” Pellegrini, meanwhile, did not rule out trying to hold onto Lampard beyond the end of the season. The Chilean said: “I think Frank is doing very well with us and I am happy with him as part of the squad. Not only on the pitch but off the pitch, as a professional, as a leader, which is always good for young players, to see him working here. “But at the end of the season, he finishes his contract here. I cannot say what will happen in the future. If I say I cannot say, you will suppose that maybe he will stay here.” There has been confusion over the precise nature of Lampard’s contract status in relation to both clubs since it was announced on New Year’s Eve that he would remain with the Barclays Premier League champions until the end of the season. That announcement has delayed his debut with sister club New York until midway through their first MLS campaign, to the anger of many fans in the United States. On Thursday, the Premier League announced that, after reviewing Lampard’s status, it was satisfied his contract was solely owned by Manchester City with no agreement in place between the two clubs – which sparked fresh speculation he might never play in MLS. But Lampard issued a statement via his representatives which said he does have an agreement in place with New York and will move there in the summer. Quoted in the Guardian, City said: “The statement on the NYCFC website in July saying Lampard’s two-year contract took effect from Aug 1, 2014 was a mistake. [The] initial statement on City’s website that it was a loan was also an error. “There was a head of terms commitment from Lampard to join NYCFC from Jan 1, 2015. That was extended to the end of this season. Any contract with NYCFC will now take effect from July 1, 2015.” Manchester City and New York City, both part of the City Football Group, have been criticised on both sides of the Atlantic for their handling of the situation. With Yaya Toure heading to the African Nations Cup, City were understandably keen to keep Lampard after his return of seven goals, largely as a substitute, but in doing so they have angered the fan base of New York City before they have kicked a ball in competitive action. Manchester City on Friday admitted making mistakes in the way the former Chelsea midfielder’s move to the Etihad Stadium was reported. It was claimed in August that Lampard had joined City on loan until the start of January after penning a deal with Major League Soccer side New York City FC earlier in the summer. Manuel Pellegrini wants a line to be drawn under the Frank Lampard contract saga. Press Association
Barcelona: Argentinean legend Lionel Messi scored a hat trick and led the new attacking trio of FC Barcelona along with Antoine Griezmann and Luis Suarez — who scored a goal each — as the Catalan club registered an emphatic 5-2 victory over Mallorca to maintain their lead in the La Liga table.In their best performance of this season, Barcelona played in sync as a team – with Sergi Roberto, Ivan Rakitic and Frenkie de Jong also impressing — and dominated Mallorca, which has now lost all of their seven away games so far, reports Efe news.The hosts opened the scoring in the sixth minute when Barcelona goalie Marc Andre ter Stegen gave a long pass to Griezmann from a goal kick and the Frenchman ran more than 30 meters before tapping the ball over Mallorca goalkeeper Manolo Reina late on Saturday.Afterward, despite some Mallorca attempts to fight back, the hosts managed to dominate possession and move rapidly, although Japanese midfielder Takefusa Kubo managed to make some inroads into the Barcelona defence.Reina saved two headers by Sergio Busquets and Gerard Pique but could not prevent Messi from making it 2-0.Luis Suarez hit the sidebar after a great assist by Roberto and a one-on-one with Reina, as Barcelona kept up the pressure but it was Mallorca that managed to score through their only shot on target when Ante Budimir’s shot was deflected off Clement Lenglet and deceived ter Stegen.However, Messi soon made it 3-1 by scoring again through a clever long-distance shot.The fourth Barcelona goal, in the 43rd minute, was the true highlight of the game, with Suarez scoring through the back of his foot after de Jong, Messi, Gruiezmann, de Jong again and Serbu Roberto passing in quick succession in an awe-inspiring build up.After half time, Barcelona continued their dominance but slightly eased up on the attacking before Budimir scored a second consolation goal for the visitors with a header on a great cross by Fran Gomez.The hosts’ coach Ernesto Valverde substituted the midfield after 65 minutes, bringing in Arturo Vidal and Carles Alena in place of de Jong and Rakitic, and the Catalans continued to create chances, although ter Stegen saved a Chucho Hernandez shot to prevent a Mallorca third.The match wasn’t over yet because Messi was yet to put the icing on the cake for the hosts with seven minutes left on the clock. He received a pass from Suarez inside the penalty area and sent it in towards the right of Reina.The iconic Number 10 had offered his sixth Ballon d’Or to the crowd in Camp Nou before the match began, and ended the night with a hat trick which helped him go past Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema as the highest goal scorer in La Liga.Having already scored 12 goals this season, Messi continues to justify the tag of being the best in the world.Earlier, Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane and Karim Benzema scored in each half to earn a comfortable 2-0 home win over Espanyol.IANSAlso Read: Lionel Messi scores twice to lead Barcelona over TottenhamAlso Watch: Assam is heating up, Lakhs of People take to street to protest against CAB on Saturday, Watch Here
Update on the latest sports The school said all scholarships for athletes in the affected programs, including incoming 2020 signings, will be honored.In other sports news affected by the virus outbreak:— Finishers of the virtual Boston Marathon will receive their medals in an Amazon package instead of having a volunteer drape it around their necks on Boylston Street. Runners will have from Sept. 7-14 to complete the 26.2-mile distance and submit proof. There is no time limit, but it must be completed in one continuous run. – Soccer-starved Argentines have found a way to play their beloved sport while social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic. The rules have been altered, and the dazzling end-to-end dashes produced by national legend Diego Maradona are impossible. The system has been dubbed “metegol humano,” or “human foosball.” It involves dividing the field with white chalk into 12 rectangles and restricting each player to a defined space. The ball can be passed across rectangles, and players can dribble inside their areas, but leaving one’s rectangle incurs a penalty. The modified game emphasizes passing and shooting over running and fancy footwork.TENNIS-FRENCH OPEN Track president Michael Printup says most furloughed employees have returned to work.Printup says it’s too early to speculate, but if all goes according to plan he estimates the track could host at least 20,000 fans for NASCAR weekend in mid-August. That will snap a string of five consecutive sellouts that has attracted more than 90,000 fans annually. It would still be a welcome boost for the local economy.In other racing news:– NASCAR and IndyCar have come together for an unprecedented weekend of racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.IndyCar will start the racing on Saturday afternoon, followed by the Xfinity Series making its debut on the road course. Then NASCAR’s elite Cup Series will race on the oval on Sunday. Fans aren’t allowed to attend what is considered a major milestone for American motorsports.— Townsend Bell is putting his own unique twist on “double duty” this weekend. The NBC Sports analyst will call the IndyCar race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Saturday before jetting off to Florida to compete in the IMSA sports car race at Daytona. When the IndyCar race ends, a police escort will take him and car owners Jimmy Vasser and James Sullivan to a chartered plane to make it back to Daytona for the 6:10 p.m. start. July 2, 2020 RACIAL INJUSTICE-OKLAHOMA STOklahoma St finds ‘no signs’ of racism in football programSTILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma State’s athletic director says an internal review has found “no sign or indication of racism” in the football program under coach Mike Gundy. Two weeks ago, star running back Chuba Hubbard criticized Gundy for wearing a T-shirt promoting a far-right news channel that has been critical of the Black Lives Matter movement. Gundy apologized. Athletic director Mike Holder says Gundy needs to invest more time building relationships with his players. But he says he is confident in his coach. — New York Mets hitting coach Chili Davis will keep on working remotely when the team opens summer training camp Friday. 60-year-old Davis won’t be on site at Citi Field for the beginning of practices because of concerns about the coronavirus. Assistant hitting coach Tom Slater will substitute on site for Davis, who lives in Arizona during the offseason. Minor league hitting coordinator Ryan Ellis will assist Slater— Infielder Breyvic Valera has been claimed by the Toronto Blue Jays off waivers from the San Diego Padres. Toronto also placed four players on the 10-day injured list in moves retroactive to Tuesday: right-handers Elvis Luciano and Hector Perez, third baseman Brandon Drury and center fielder Jonathan Davis. The 28-year-old Valera hit .234 in 17 games last season for the New York Yankees and the Blue Jays, who claimed him off waivers on Sept. 20. He hit his first career home run on the final day of the regular season. San Diego claimed him from Toronto on Feb. 12.— Right-hander Max Meyer has agreed to a $6.7 million signing bonus as part of a minor league contract to join the Miami Marlins, and he’ll take part in training camp starting Friday. The deal was for less than his slot value of $7,221,200 as the No. 3 overall pick in last month’s amateur draft. Meyer had a 2.07 career ERA at the University of Minnesota. He’s in the Marlins’ 60-man player pool and could crack their rotation at some point this year.NFL-WASHINGTON REDSKINS-FEDEXFedEx asks Redskins to change their name — Ja Morant has taken advantage of the NBA’s hiatus and added 12 pounds of muscle, and the NBA’s likely rookie of the year knows exactly what he wants when the Grizzlies go to Orlando. With Morant leading the way, the Grizzlies won four of their final six before the NBA stopped play March 12. Memphis goes into Orlando’s seeding games sitting in the eighth spot in the Western Conference with a 3 1/2-game lead trying to clinch the franchise’s first playoff berth since 2017. The extra pounds not only make Morant stronger, but the guard listed at 6-foot-3 and 174 pounds when play stopped expects he will be able to absorb contact better. – The sudden suspension of the NBA season was a double disappointment for Anthony Davis because it happened on his birthday. Davis is back at work with the Lakers on achieving their interrupted goals after a few homebound months spent largely improving his video game skills. The Lakers were leading the Western Conference and preparing for their first playoff run together when the season stopped. Davis still loves the Lakers’ chances of contending for the franchise’s 17th championship largely because his team is healthy. Davis, LeBron James and the Lakers are gathered for individual workouts this week in preparation for their trip to Orlando.— The coronavirus numbers are rising in Florida and across the NBA. The league says a total of 35 players and staff from the 22 teams that will take part in the rebooted season have tested positive since such checks became mandated on June 23. And statewide, Florida reported more than 10,000 new cases in a single day for the first time. All that news comes less than a week before teams begin arriving at the Disney complex near Orlando.NHL-FLYERS-LINDBLOMFlyers’ Lindblom completes treatment for rare bone cancer Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB NEWSTigers announce partnership with sportsbook operatorDETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Tigers have become the first Major League Baseball team to reach a deal with a sports gambling company, announcing a multiyear partnership with PointsBet. PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia Flyers forward Oskar Lindblom has completed radiation treatments for a rare form of bone cancer. He rang the bell at Abramson Cancer Center at Pennsylvania Hospital, which signifies that he has completed his radiation treatments. The 23-year-old was diagnosed in December with Ewing’s sarcoma, a cancerous tumor that grows in the bones or in the tissue around bones. Lindblom says he’s grateful the cancer was caught early and he’s happy to be alive.COLLEGE FOOTBALLTexas A&M, Jimbo Fisher handed recruiting penalties by NCAACOLLEGE STATION (AP) — The NCAA has put Texas A&M’s football program on probation and coach Jimbo Fisher has been given a six-month show-cause order.The Aggies were found to have violated recruiting and other rules beginning in January 2018. The NCAA says Fisher and an assistant coach had impermissible contact with a recruit. Associated Press Fisher was banned from phone calls, emails and texts with prospects for nine days in January. The school was fined $5,000 and given other recruiting restrictions.SPORTS-VIRUS OUTBREAKBoise State cuts baseball, women’s swimmingUNDATED (AP) — Boise State is cutting its baseball and women’s swimming and diving programs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.The program cuts, along with additional department and program operating reductions, will reduce the overall athletic budget by nearly $3 million. — Chase Koepka gave up a rare chance to play on the PGA Tour by withdrawing from the Travelers Championship out of safety involving the coronavirus. Now the younger brother of Brooks Koepka is being rewarded . The tour is adding Chase Koepka to the field next week for the Workday Charity Open at Muirfield Village. Koepka got into Travelers as a Monday qualifier. He played a practice round with his brother and Graeme McDowell. Their caddies tested positive for the virus. That led Chase Koepka to withdraw to protect the field in case he wound up with the coronavirus.— Cameron Champ was added to the field in the Rocket Mortgage Classic under a modified PGA Tour policy that allows players who test positive for the coronavirus to be eligible if they had no symptoms and get two negative test results at least 24 hours apart. Champ says he does not believe he ever had COVID-19 based on what specialists have told him. The decision to let Champ play on the eve of the tournament was the latest change to an evolving plan as the tour enters its fourth week back from the pandemic-induced shutdown.NASCAR-WATKINS GLENWatkins Glen open again, optimistic for NASCAR weekendUNDATED (AP) — Watkins Glen International is open again for racing in upstate New York. French Open to allow fans in stands at the tournamentPARIS (AP) — The French Open will allow fans to attend this year’s postponed tournament.The French Tennis Federation says up to 60% of the stands can be filled with fans when play starts in September at Roland Garros. Tickets will go on sale on July 16 for the Sept. 27-Oct. Oct. 11 tournament.In other tennis news:— Novak Djokovic says he and his wife have now tested negative for the coronavirus. The top-ranked player tested positive for the virus after playing in an exhibition series he organized in Serbia and Croatia with zero social distancing amid the pandemic. His media team says both had no symptoms and that they were in self-isolation in the Serbian capital since testing positive 10 days ago. Djokovic was the fourth player to come down with the virus after participating in matches held in Belgrade and Zadar, Croatia. GOLF-ROCKET MORTGAGE CLASSICDoc Redman in 3-way tie for lead at Rocket Mortgage ClassicDETROIT (AP) — Doc Redman took a step toward remaining among those to make the cut in every event since the PGA Tour resumed, opening with a 7-under 65 to share a one-shot lead with Scott Stallings and Kevin Kisner in the Rocket Mortgage Classic. Redman closed his first round Thursday with four straight birdies and seven over the last eight holes at the Detroit Golf Club. He went from being a Monday qualifier to finishing second at the inaugural Rocket Mortgage Classic last year. The 22-year-old Redman is shooting to take the next step with his first PGA Tour victory.Elsewhere in the PGA: — The PGA of America is removing Horton Smith’s name from one of its awards because of his history opposing Blacks. Smith is best known as the first winner of the Masters. The Hall of Famer was president of the PGA of America from 1952 to 1954. The PGA of America board decided to rename the Horton Smith Award after a review found that Smith defended the “Caucasian-only” clause while PGA president. The clause was rescinded in 1961. The honor will now be called the PGA Professional Development Award. It’s given to a member for outstanding contributions to professional education. Detroit said the agreement will enhance fan engagement and game-day excitement. Johnny Aitken, CEO of PointsBet USA, says it is the first legal sports betting operator in U.S. history to partner with a Major League Baseball franchise.In other baseball news:– All 30 Major League Baseball teams will train at their regular-season ballparks for the pandemic-shortened season after the Toronto Blue Jays received a Canadian federal government exemption to work out at Rogers Centre. Toronto will move training camp from its spring training complex in Dunedin, Florida. This exemption does not cover the regular season and player travel between the U.S. and Canada. MLB required an exemption to a requirement that anyone entering Canada for nonessential reasons must self-isolate for 14 days. The U.S.-Canada border remains closed to nonessential travel until at least July 21.— The Boston Red Sox are getting ready to open their spring training reboot at Fenway Park. The team is scheduled to hold its first workouts Friday. Weights and exercise equipment were set up in the concourse Thursday to allow players to work out with more social distancing than the usual cramped facilities would allow. Masked grounds crew members worked to get the field ready. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker was at Fenway to sign an order allowing the Red Sox to open the ballpark without fans.— Chicago Cubs left-hander José Quintana had surgery to repair nerve damage in his pitching thumb Thursday after he cut himself washing dishes and is out indefinitely. The Cubs said Quintana lacerated his thumb at his home in Miami on Saturday and needed five stitches. He had surgery in Chicago on Thursday morning. The 31-year-old Quintana is expected to resume throwing in about two weeks. The Cubs will then get a better idea of how much time he will miss. WASHINGTON (AP) — The title sponsor of the Washington Redskins’ stadium wants the NFL team to change its name. In a statement today, FedEx said they “have communicated to the team in Washington our request that they change the team name”. The company paid the team $205 million in 1999 for the naming rights to FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland. In addition to the stadium name and sponsorship agreement, FedEx CEO Frederik Smith is a minority owner. Majority owner Daniel Snyder has shown no indications he’ll change the name since buying the team in 1999.On Thursday night, Nike appeared to remove all Redskins gear from its online store. The other 31 NFL teams were listed and a search for “Redskins” came up with no results. Nike did not immediately respond to an email message seeking comment.Elsewhere in the NFL:— Fewer preseason games following an offseason without on-field workouts creates more challenges for new coaches, players who changed teams and rookies. The NFL is cutting the exhibition schedule in half and pushing back the start of the preseason to allow teams more time to train because the coronavirus pandemic forced the cancellation of organized team activities and minicamps. Players are strongly considering asking for even fewer exhibition games.— “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing” will be performed live or played before “The Star-Spangled Banner” prior to each NFL game during Week 1 and the league is considering putting names of victims of police brutality on helmet decals or jersey patches, a person familiar with the discussions told The Associated Press. The person said the league is working collaboratively with players to recognize victims of systemic racism throughout the season in a variety of ways. The person spoke to the AP on Thursday on condition of anonymity because discussions between the league and the NFL Players Association are ongoing. SOCCER-EQUAL PAYAmerican women hire appeals lawyers in equal pay lawsuitLOS ANGELES (AP) — American women players suing the U.S. Soccer Federation for equal pay have hired a pair of appellate lawyers, even before a trial. Nicole Saharsky and Brian Netter of Mayer Brown joined the legal team on today. Netter is a former clerk of Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer. Players sued in March 2018 under the Equal Pay Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and they asked for more than $66 million in damages. U.S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner threw out the pay claims in May but allowed discriminatory work conditions allegations to go to trial. That’s scheduled for Sept. 15.FORMULA ONE-HAMILTON-RACISMHamilton feels responsibility to push for more F1 diversity NBA-76ers-SIMMONS76ers’ Simmons recovered from back injury for restartPHILADELPHIA (AP) — Ben Simmons says he’s finally healthy and ready join the Philadelphia 76ers for the NBA restart. Simmons says he’s feeling better now than he did at the start of the season. His last game was Feb. 22 when he took such a hard fall in Milwaukee that he was left lying on his back, vomiting from the pain. He is good to go now and can help the Sixers resume their push to win their first NBA title since 1983. The NBA resumes July 30 at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports complex in Florida.In other NBA news: — Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson says he feels like he’s in good shape as he prepares to help lead New Orleans’ eight-game push to make the NBA playoffs. Williamson says his top priorities include bonding with teammates after the NBA this week allowed team facilities to reopen for mandatory workouts. Williamson says the Pelicans can be “really special” if they are healthy and in sync when the season resumes July 30 in Orlando. Williamson has averaged 23.6 points in 19 games since coming back from a preseason knee injury. SPIELBERG, Austria (AP) — Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton feels it’s his responsibility as a global star to keep pushing for more diversity in his profession and beyond. Hamilton has attended a Black Lives Matter march in London and is setting up a commission to increase diversity in motorsport.RUSSIAN DOPINGWorld Athletics freezes Russia panels because of unpaid fineMONACO (AP) — World Athletics has frozen the program allowing Russian track athletes to compete internationally after the country’s federation failed to pay a fine on time. The Russian track federation owes a $5 million fine and another $1.31 million in costs for various doping-related work and legal wrangles. World Athletics says it will freeze the work of its Russia task force and its panel for vetting those who want to compete internationally. They will remain shut down until the World Athletics council meets at the end of July.