The Indiana High School Athletic Association, with support of its Board of Directors and feedback from its Sports Medicine Advisory Committee, will continue to work in collaboration with Governor Holcomb’s office, the Indiana State Department of Health, and the Indiana Department of Education to provide guidance to its member schools during the COVID-19 pandemic.This Resource Center will continue to be updated with new information as conditions change during the COVID-19 pandemic. The IHSAA believes it is essential to the physical and mental well-being of student-athletes to return to organized physical activity and build team relationships with their peers and coaches. Students who participate learn life lessons in an environment that cannot be duplicated. Academic achievement, the development of leadership and social skills as well as the mental health benefits are known to be greatly enhanced in students who participate in these programs compared to those who do not. There is no doubt that the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has already resulted in thousands of our students missing out on these life-shaping educational experiences over the past several months. A study conducted by UW Health & the University of Wisconsin concluded that more than two-thirds of high school athletes report anxiety and depression since the onset of the pandemic. Another report by the group measured the impact of School Closures and Athletic Cancellations on the health of Indiana adolescents.The IHSAA fully supports its member schools in determining what is in the best interests of the health and well-being of their student-athletes and staff. Each IHSAA member school’s athletic department will operate with the approval of its school administration in moving forward throughout the 2020-21 school year. It will be the decision of each local school district to determine if they can safely conduct athletic practices and contests.Due to the nature of the outbreak, there may be inequities due to geography within the state of Indiana as some areas will have higher COVID-19 rates that may not warrant full athletic participation while another area has lower COVID-19 rates that allow full participation.For workouts, practices, and competitions to continue, social distancing and other preventive measures such as face-covering/masking and frequent sanitizing of hands, implements, and equipment are strongly encouraged. This will likely remain in place until a cure, vaccine or very effective treatment is readily available, or so-called “herd immunity” is confidently reached.As the science about COVID-19 evolves, it will be important to remain vigilant and nimble to respond to newdevelopments. Students and their families, along with school personnel, must recognize these risks and implement best practices to reasonably mitigate these risks. Participation in school activities is voluntary and every individual will need to evaluate the risk versus the benefits of athletics participation. Those immune-compromised students and staff, or those who live with family members with elevated health concerns, should evaluate associated risks of participation and may choose not to participate.According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly from person to person, mainly through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks, and also may be produced when yelling, cheering, singing and spitting. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Spread is more likely when people are in close contact with one another (within about six feet). Risk mitigation strategies should be aimed at reducing the likelihood ofa person being exposed to respiratory droplets coming from another person. Every school is different, and every athletics activity is different. Certain mitigation strategies may be feasible in one school or for one activity, but not another.We are also providing sport-specific recommendations and/or considerations that our team has developed inconjunction with the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) or a similar governing body. These documents have been shared with member school administrators and links are available below. Note that a rule modification is a modification to a playing rule from the governing body of the sport and is a requirement to adhere to and follow. A recommendation is a consideration to the sport and allows for optional guidelines. Recommendations are not required but are permitted.Again, this Resource Center will be updated as necessary.
WPTV Reports:Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota) will suspend her presidential campaign, the Associated Press reports.Klobuchar plans to endorse former Vice President Joe Biden ahead of tomorrow’s crucial Super Tuesday vote.Despite some solid debate performances, Klobuchar failed to distinguish herself in the crowded race to represent to moderate vote in the Democratic primaries. Biden’s win in South Carolina on Saturday set him up as the leader among moderate candidates.Sen. Bernie Sanders continues to lead all candidates with 60 pledged delegates. Klobuchar picked up seven delegates in the first four states.Klobuchar’s announcement comes a day after former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg announced that he was ending his presidential campaign.This is a breaking story and will be updated.
Written By WATCH US LIVE LIVE TV SUBSCRIBE TO US COMMENT First Published: 15th August, 2020 09:21 IST Christian Yelich hit a three-run homer and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the major league-leading Chicago Cubs 4-3 on Friday night.Yelich hit his fifth homer of the season off Alec Mills to right-center field, erasing Chicago’s 3-1 lead in the sixth inning.Freddy Peralta (1-1), Milwaukee’s first reliever, pitched two scoreless innings and struck out five.Mills (2-1) had been slated to start on Saturday but was bumped up when Friday’s scheduled starter Tyler Chatwood was scratched with mid-back tightness. Mills hadn’t pitched since Aug. 3.The Cubs loaded the bases with two outs in the eighth before Brewers closer Josh Hader came in and walked Steven Souza Jr. and hit David Bote with a pitch. Hader struck out pinch-hitter Josh Phegley to end the inning, then worked around a two-out walk to Anthony Rizzo in the ninth to earn his fourth save.Rizzo, Jason Kipnis and Ian Happ had RBIs for Cubs, who lost for just the second time in 11 games. Chicago dipped to 13-4 as Cubs hitters struck out 15 times against four pitchers.Milwaukee ended a two-game losing streak and won for the third time in eight tries.After working quickly to retire the first 12 Brewers hitters, Mills allowed four runs on five hits in six innings. He struck out seven and walked one.Milwaukee starter Brandon Woodruff mostly matched Mills early, not allowing a baserunner until Rizzo reached on an error with one out in the fourth.Woodruff labored and left in the fifth when Chicago sent nine to the plate and took a 3-1 lead. Kipnis and Rizzo drove in runs with singles, and Happ walked with the bases loaded.LO-MO GOES1B/OF Logan Morrison, designated for assignment by the Brewers on Monday, cleared waivers and declined to report to the team’s alternate site in Appleton, Wisconsin. The 32-year-old Morrison, who has struggled since hitting 38 homers with Tampa Bay in 2017, is now a free agent.TRAINER’S ROOMBrewers: Manager Craig Counsel hopes to get 1B/OF Ryan Braun back into the lineup Saturday. Braun was available off the bench Friday, but his throwing has been hampered by an infected right index finger.Cubs: IF/OF Kris Bryant was held out the lineup for a second day with a sore left wrist and ring finger but was available off the bench. Bryant was injured trying to make a diving catch in Cleveland on Wednesday, but manager David Ross said it’s not serious. … LHP José Quintana (left thumb surgery) is scheduled to pitch a four-inning simulated game on Sunday at the team’s alternate site in South Bend, Indiana.UP NEXTBrewers RHP Adrian Houser (1-1, 2.65) takes the mound Saturday in a game that’s been moved to 2:20 p.m. from 7:15 p.m. because storms are forecast. The Cubs had not yet named a starter. Houser pitched seven shutout innings to beat the Cubs in Milwaukee on Aug. 5.Image credits: AP Last Updated: 15th August, 2020 09:21 IST Yelich Three-run Homer Lifts Brewers Past Cubs, 4-3 Christian Yelich hit a three-run homer and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the major league-leading Chicago Cubs 4-3 on Friday night Associated Press Television News FOLLOW US
FC Bayern Munich has completed the transfer of Philippe Coutinho.The Brazil international passed his medical examination on Sunday and signed his contract at the club’s Säbener Straße headquarters. Coutinho will initially spend a season on loan from Spanish champions Barcelona.FC Bayern possesses an option to buy the 27-year-old following the expiry of his loan contract on 30 June 2020. All parties have agreed not to disclose any financial details of the agreement.Philippe Coutinho said:“For me, this move means a new challenge in a new country with one of the best clubs in Europe. I’m very much looking forward to that. Like FC Bayern, I have big ambitions and I’m convinced that I can achieve them together with my new teammates.”FC Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge commented:“We’ve been working on bringing in Philippe Coutinho for quite some time and we’re very happy that we’ve been able to complete this transfer. Our thanks go to FC Barcelona for agreeing to the transfer. With his creativity and outstanding skills, Philippe is a player who will immediately strengthen our attack.”Sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic commented:“Philippe made it very clear to us during the negotiations in Barcelona that he absolutely wanted to move to FC Bayern. He’s a world-class player with great ability, who we can deploy in a number of positions in our forward line, so the FC Bayern squad has gained even more quality. Philippe Coutinho will help us achieve the ambitious targets we’ve set for this season.”Coutinho progressed through the youth teams at the top Brazilian club Vasco da Gama. In Europe, he played for Inter Milan, Espanyol and Liverpool.When he moved from Liverpool to Barcelona in January 2018, he was the second most expensive player in the world after his compatriot Neymar.With the Catalans, he won back-to-back Spanish championships and, in 2018, the Spanish Cup. He has made 55 appearances for the Brazilian national team, scoring 15 goals to date.This summer, as one of the most influential players he led the Seleção to victory in the Copa América, the South American continental championship. Source: Bayern Munich