A spokesperson for the Palm Beach Sheriffs Office is reporting that two of it’s deputies have tested positive for the coronavirus.The development was relayed to the media Tuesday afternoon though it is unclear when the deputies became ill or how they contracted the virus.Anyone who had contact with the two deputies including medical staff and fellow employees, have been tested and have been asked to self-quarantine.A third deputy has also been hospitalized and is now awaiting the results.Those who have come into contact with them have been asked to self-quarantine but have not been tested.This is a developing story.
In spite of the array of stars at their disposal, Paris Saint-Germain’s Brazil international defender Marquinhos has warned his side that they must work hard if they were to defeat Nigeria in Singapore on Sunday.Marquinhos told the media that, Nigeria is one of the best teams on the continent and they are aware of the threat they poised.”We have to make a big game, impose our rhythm. They are very intense opponents, aggressive, with physical imposition and technical game too,” he said.Paris Saint Germain defender also identified Victor Osimhen as Nigeria’s most dangerous player ahead of Sunday’s international friendly between the two countries.“Nigeria have very physical and skillful players. Osimhen has done well at Lille. Virtually unknown before his transfer but now everyone knows him that shows he can be very dangerous. We have to put an eye on him”, Marquinhos told reporters at the Brazil training base in Singapore.Corroborating the Brazilian defender’s position on Osimhen former Nigerian international, Henry Nwosu believes Osimhen has the potential to meltdown the defense of the Samba Boys.“I am proud that we have a quality striker in Victor Osimhen who has been banging in the goals for Lille in the French League,” Nwosu told Soccernet.ng“Playing in his first season, Osimhen has shown his determination to achieve greatness and I am glad he’s in good form to face Brazil in Sunday’s international friendly encounter in Singapore.“No doubt, he will cause all sorts of problems for the Brazilian defenders regardless of their experience. He has what it takes to shoot down the Brazilians and further put himself in the spotlight of the round leather game.Brazil’s Assistant Coach Cleber Xavier however picked Alex Iwobi as the most dangerous player in the current Super Eagles team, saying the Everton man plays more of an inside role as a second striker.“At Nigeria, Iwobi plays more of an inside role as a second striker than at Everton. He is the link in the counter attack, drags opponents out of position and infiltrates well in the box,” stressed Xavier.“Nigeria defend less than Africa’s topmost team, Senegal. The Senegalese are more about positioning with Idris Gueye marking strongly,” Xavier told BBC.Despite playing 72 hours ahead of Nigeria match Chukwueze believes the Copa America kings have enough quality to give Nigeria a good game come match day.“That’s a big game to look forward to in Singapore and I think it’s going to be a tough match,” the Villarreal forward noted, even as he was quick to add. “I don’t know how it’s going to be but I’m confident we are going to make our country proud because everybody is going to look up to this game.“It’s going to be a tough game but everybody would see what we are made of when we play against Brazil. I believe this set of Super Eagles is very good; it’s not just that we are good but we are committed. “We have the fighting spirit to do everything possible to remain one of the best teams in the world and I think we are going to do well against Brazil,” Chukwueze said.Meanwhile, Arsenal legend Kanu Nwankwo has said the Super Eagles are under pressure to give a good performance when they meet Brazil in Singapore.Kanu who stars in Nigeria’s 4-3 famous victory over in Brazilians back in 1996, Atlanta Olympic games, opined that Nigerian football fans want to see the Gernot Rohr’s squad give the Brazilians a good run for their money.“There is a lot of pressure because everybody loves football, they don’t want to hear that Nigeria went to a game and lost.”“I don’t think people will really appreciate the boys if they lost in a friendly game, that’s how it is here. The boys have to take it on board and ensure that every game they play, they have to do well.”The two-time African footballer of the year also advised Rohr and his boys to take the game to the Brazilians and give a World Cup final performance, because of the rivalry that exists between both sides.“Playing against Brazil will show the level of football they are playing and where they are, and if they can beat Brazil, the confidence and belief of the boys will grow.”“And for me, it’s always tough when Nigeria and Brazil play each other; whoever will represent us should know it’s not a friendly game.” He concluded.Super Eagles arrived Singapore on Wednesday and the Director of Communications, Nigeria Football Federation, Ademola Olajire, said in a statement announcing the list of invited players said. “All invited players were expected to arrive in Singapore on Wednesday, October 9.”Nigerian coaching crew led by Gernot Rohr and the rest of the 23 players invited converged at Fairmont Hotel on Wednesday, and the team had their first training section on Thursday.Brazil defeated the Super Eagles 3-0 the last time both teams met in a friendly encounter in 2003 at the Moshood Abiola Stadium, Abuja.Sunday’s game which is billed to hold at the Singapore National Stadium, Kallang will kick-off at 1 pm Nigerian time.Singaporean Jansen Foo has been appointed as referee for the prestige international friendly match. Foo will be assisted by compatriots Abdul Hannan (assistant referee 1), Ong Chai Lee (assistant referee 2) and G. Letchman (fourth official).Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Flying Eagles at training session in Poland. Most Nigeria’s major encounters with Brazil have all been at the Olympics Games and once at the U21 World Championship in 1989 in Chile, aside the friendly game in Abuja. However, it was not until the Atlanta ’96 Olympics when Nigeria came from 3-1 down to defeat a Ronaldo Delima inspired Brazil 4-3, that a football rivalry between the two countries was truely born. That is why Sunday’s encounter between the Selecao and the Super Eagles will be more than a friendly and the roll call of players billed for the match attest to itFrom the most expensive footballer in the world-Neymar to their COPA America winning captain Dani Alves, Brazil have left no one in doubt they are not in Singapore for a tea party.The game is coming 23 years and a couple of months after Nigeria spectacularly ejected Brazil from the Centennial Olympic Games men’s football tournament in Atlanta, Georgia at the semi final stage. It is also the last and icing on the cake of a two-match schedule for the five-time world champions in Singapore, which begins with a clash with the Teranga Lions of Senegal on Thursday.
At 7:05 a.m. May 18, before many Americans had made it to their first cup of coffee, Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports was lucid enough to tweet this: “Only 176 days until the 2020-21 college basketball seasons officially begins … #countdown.”Among the responses that arrived to that declaration was one from a Gil Sklash that simply asked, “You sure about that?” Living in New York City is one reason Rothstein holds out hope for college basketball in 2020-21. He has seen it recover from what felt like an apocalypse. There still are no Broadway shows, and indoor dining at restaurants is not yet allowed, but New Yorkers are moving around and eating some outdoors and seeing the disease numbers stay low.“And now because people have social distanced and worn masks, we’ve had some sense of normalcy return,” Rothstein said. “You can be in a situation where you can socialize, but you’re not shoulder-to-shoulder.“I’m an optimist. I think if everyone around the country would do what New York did for the next two months, we could have an incredible turnaround by Labor Day. I’ve seen it here in New York, from where we were in March and April to where we are now. There’s much more optimism.” Six weeks later, with cases of COVID-19 escalating again, Sporting News felt compelled to ask a similar question after seeing Thursday’s countdown: Why are you bothering?“I made myself a promise a long time ago that has helped me in situations like this: I don’t speculate on speculation,” Rothstein told Sporting News. “When there is a change in the college basketball calendar, I will adjust the countdown and we will go from there.“I’m a movie buff, and I remember the letter in ‘The Shawshank Redemption’ that was from Andy Dufresne to Red: Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things. We need hope in our society that we’re all going to have a release in our society through sport.”DECOURCY: MSU celebrates Emoni Bates commitment — but a long engagement could be aheadRothstein — as in love with the sport of college basketball as anyone, anywhere is in love with any sport — has, for years, been doing his daily countdown of the time remaining until opening day. There never was any reason to doubt its veracity.It is now 131 days until Nov. 10, when the Champions Classic is set to occur at the United Center in Chicago, with Duke to face Michigan State and Kentucky meeting Kansas.Is it, though? When it was 132 days away, on Wednesday, new Iona coach Rick Pitino suggested delaying the college basketball season until January. With positive tests for coronavirus spiking in Florida and Arizona, among other states, and with the United States continuing to struggle to cope with the disease in ways that haven’t been an issue in the European Union or many of Asia’s biggest countries, it seems almost fantastic to expect the college basketball season will proceed as scheduled.Rothstein believes college basketball will return at some point. “From a financial aspect, there’s a lot riding on playing a season,” he said.Rothstein usually begins his daily countdown on the day after the NBA Draft, typically late June. It began well in advance of that date this year, in part because it didn’t hurt to display a little belief on the heels of losing 2020’s scheduled edition of March Madness.DECOURCY: Cunningham’s commitment means it’s time for the NCAA to correct OK State injustice
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Netflix Inc. delivered its 1 billionth DVD over the weekend, marking another milestone in the Internet rental service’s evolution from a peculiar dot-com to a marquee attraction in millions of homes. It took Netflix nearly 7 years to mail out 1 billion DVDs – about seven months less than it took McDonald’s Corp. to sell 1 billion hamburgers after opening its first restaurant in April 1955. To commemorate the occasion, Netflix is awarding a lifetime subscription to the Helotes, Texas, customer who received the 1billionth DVD shipped from one of the LosGatos-based company’s 42 distribution centers nationwide. Netflix didn’t identify the recipient because of its privacy policies but did reveal the title of the landmark DVD – “Babel,” one of the Best Picture nominees in Sunday’s Academy Awards ceremony. The Oscars play a big role in shaping the rental requests of Netflix’s 6.3 million subscribers. “Crash,” the Best Picture winner at last year’s Academy Awards, ranks as the most frequently requested DVD from Netflix’s library of more than 70,000 titles. “Million Dollar Baby,” the 2005 Best Picture winner, is the fifth-most-requested rental. But it doesn’t necessarily take a prestigious award to become a big hit on Netflix. The service’s second-most rented DVD is “Mr. and Mrs. Smith,” a less acclaimed flick best known for sparking an off-screen affair between stars Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. – Associated Press