New faculty: Shawon Kinew

first_imgThis article is part of a series introducing new faculty members.Two years after receiving her Harvard Ph.D., Italian Renaissance and Baroque scholar Shawon Kinew has joined the Department of History of Art and Architecture as an assistant professor. She is also a Shutzer Assistant Professor at Radcliffe.Kinew was born in Canada on the tribal territory of the Anishinaabe. She was a postdoctoral fellow in the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship of Scholars in the Humanities and a lecturer at Stanford, and has held residential fellowships with the Bibliotheca Hertziana, Max Planck Institute for Art History in Rome, and the Getty Research Institute.Q&AShawon KinewGAZETTE: Where did you grow up?KINEW: I grew up very close to the island where my dad was born on Lake of the Woods and in Winnipeg, which in some ways was a typical suburban upbringing although not at all because I was going back and forth between two places. We had a home on our reservation. Both of my parents worked for the tribal government and raised us there because that sense of place and knowing where my brother and I belonged was important. I don’t feel all that connected to Winnipeg as a home. It was where I went to school, but in terms of the place I feel connected to in a deeper way — that is our reserve, Onigaming, which is on Lake of the Woods. I spent my summers there playing with my cousins. With my family, we’d spend as many days as possible looking at rock paintings, picking up pottery shards, getting to know the islands and the landscape. And when I say landscape, I don’t just mean the land, but the mythologies and stories attached to those places.GAZETTE: Where did you begin your academic career?KINEW: I did my honors B.A. at University of Toronto. I quickly realized in my first year of college that I wanted to study early modern Italy. The discipline just opened up to me in Toronto in a whole new way. For me, it was only when I was traveling in Italy, when I was visiting churches from the 14th century or getting to know Rome, where I felt like I was finally coming home to myself in a very real way. It’s that combination of the two, having been connected to the land and the stories and the rock paintings back home in Canada and also being able to pursue my research in Italy that felt like: This is it, this is me.GAZETTE: You will begin teaching in the spring. What courses?KINEW: One is a graduate seminar on Gian Lorenzo Bernini and the other is an undergraduate class on Renaissance and Baroque art. This fall I’m writing a book manuscript on a 17th-century sculptor named Melchiorre Cafà and what I call his “soft sculptures.” He was a young and brilliant sculptor from Malta who traveled to Rome, which was very much Bernini’s Rome at that time. He was crushed and killed by one of his sculptures when he was my age. It’s always a reminder to me: Have I done that work yet that I can be proud of?Cafà was ambitious. He competed with Bernini and, as a very young sculptor, was able to carve massive marble altarpieces and sculptural groups in many of the most prominent churches in Rome. There’s a bit of a coincidence in choosing this research, which I began as a grad student. I am still captivated by Cafà’s ability to transform hard stone into soft fluffy clouds and the most tender flesh. But one of his sculptures, carved in 1665, was Rose of Lima, who became the first saint born of the Americas. This sculpture was shipped from Rome and came to Lima in 1670. Already there’s a parallel track in my own life of a kind of bridging of two worlds that people have often thought of as being separate, but have a history of being in dialogue and being connected in some form.GAZETTE: Why are you celebrating your appointment with a thanksgiving feast in the Faculty Room?KINEW: I wanted in some ways to do something that would be meaningful in so many of the different communities I belong to at Harvard. I certainly wanted to strengthen the relationship between our indigenous students and the humanities, especially my department. To me, having a traditional feast and a pipe ceremony was a very significant way of doing this. Many of the indigenous students here will be familiar with ceremonies like this and, to be honest, don’t see these things happening at this University.For me, ceremony is very important because I come from two strong intellectual traditions. Anishinaabe teachings and stories and ceremony aren’t always looked at as part of an intellectual tradition by outsiders, but they are. They are a different way of knowing and of being in the world. I have responsibilities as an art historian and also as an Anishinaabe person. I feel as though I need to look after and care for the Anishinaabe artifacts and objects that are on campus. We don’t characterize them as objects in our thinking or in our language. These are animate beings. Having this feast is a way to feast these spirits and to care for them in the fullest way that they exist.As an Anishinaabe person, I’m a visitor on this land, and it’s time for me to give back to the people whose land I’m on — the Massachusetts, the Wampanoag, and the Nipmuc people. So part of the ceremony is giving thanks and honoring them. We’ve invited representatives to come feast with us.Kinew’s thanksgiving feast and pipe ceremony, conducted by Elder Fred Kelly of the Anishinaabe, will take place Friday. An accompanying exhibition curated by Kinew titled “Aadizookaani-gamig, the place where our grandfathers are cared for: Feasting our Anishinaabe relatives” will go on display in the teaching gallery at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology.last_img read more

Senior studies local ecology

first_imgWhile many students interned with businesses to advance their careers or traveled to sunny beaches for vacation this summer, senior Allison Zandarski completed biological research and presented it at a conference in Alaska.   Zandarski and Amy Gillan, assistant professor of teacher education, collaborated over the summer on research, experiments and investigations as part of their Student Independent Study and Research (SISTAR) grant. Awarded in the spring, the grant pairs a faculty member and a student to work on a scholarly or creative project together. Zandarski said the SISTAR grant facilitated a great summer learning experience that will prove valuable beyond her time at Saint Mary’s. “I learned that no matter how crazy or impossible your dream seems you have to be faithful and diligent in order to achieve it,” she said. “Dr. Gillan has helped me to understand that no matter the odds, you have to do what makes you happy or else you’re almost guaranteed to be the opposite.” A biology major, Zandarski was awarded the grant to analyze and study the potential restoration of a freshwater lake near Saint Mary’s and document the pair’s collaborative efforts and findings. “Allison studied a nearby lake from an ecological stance and I documented her work in order to create video-supported curricula to support a ‘flipped classroom’ model of science education,” said Gillan. The grant, which stipulates the recipients must spend eight weeks during the summer between the student’s junior and senior year researching a scholarly project, also gave Zandarski and Gillan the opportunity to travel in June when the pair flew to Alaska to present their research at the National Marine Educators Conference. Zandarski and Gillan said the trip to Alaska was the highlight of their SISTAR experience. “Traveling to Alaska was definitely my favorite part,” Zandarski said. “Dr. Gillan and I got to see a lot of the Alaskan countryside and do a lot of fun stuff like hiking, biking and climbing glaciers. It was so great and I got to learn a lot about marine life and how we affect the environment.” Gillan said the trip was a one-of-a-kind experience that strengthened her bond with Zandarski. “Our trip to Alaska to present our research at the National Marine Educators Conference in June was the icing on the cake,” she said. “We started out with a great working relationship that morphed into a friendship that will last a lifetime.” Despite their strong working relationship and productive trip to Alaska, Gillan and Zandarski both said the summer was not without its problems. “The physical work at the lake was by far the most challenging aspect,” said Gillan. “It was hot and dirty work – shoveling the lake muck, siphoning lake water with a cantankerous gas-powered pump and hauling the 12 horse troughs that we used for the microcosms.” But Zandarski said she refused to allow these setbacks to ruin her summer or negatively impact her work by maintaining a positive attitude. “My motto for the summer was ‘Just keep testing,’” she said. “Truly the way I over came the many discouragements was just by staying positive and organized.”last_img read more

Lawyers and kids connect through cyberspace

first_img Lawyers and kids connect through cyberspace Associate Editor After a long day as a Miami criminal defense lawyer, Mark Eiglarsh got home around 8 p.m., greeted his wife, gave his yellow lab pup a pat on the head, and checked his e-mail. He smiled. There it was again: another computer message from a sophomore at the Legal and Public Affairs Magnet at Miami Senior High asking another interesting question: “If George Bush catches Osama bin Laden and chooses to have secret trials, what would your feelings be as a former prosecutor?” Before he kicked back for the evening, Eiglarsh was happy to zap back a thoughtful answer. Summed up briefly, it went something like this: “I am not in favor of anything secretive. I already have problems with cameras not permitted in federal court. And a trial about something the entire nation has strong feelings about shouldn’t be kept from public view. On the other hand, if I were the lawyer representing him, I wouldn’t want to let anyone into the courtroom.” And so goes another day in the life of an “e-mentor” participating in a new project launched by the Dade County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division. “It’s going spectacularly,” reports Eiglarsh, who co-chairs the bar association’s Schools Committee and serves on Dade’s YLD board of directors. “My mentee is a sophomore who has a 4.4 grade point average and is extremely communicative. I feared he would not be, but from Day One he has had no problem opening up.” His mentee, Daris Hechevarria, agrees the new e-mentoring experience is rolling along great with Eiglarsh, who was a state prosecutor before becoming a criminal defense lawyer, and loves to tell his war stories of what it’s really like in court. “My mentor is the perfect match for me, because I want to be in the FBI and my mentor is in criminal defense. We were made for each other,” says Hechevarria, who participates in his school’s mock trial team and plans to get a degree in criminology. Even e-mentoring has the power to carry a personal touch. “The idea of being matched up with someone who is in the field of work that you want to go into is genius. It is like having a friend that can tell you anything that you want to know about law. I personally love law, so this program is ideal for me,” Hechevarria says. That’s the idea of e-mentoring, a chance for high school students interested in a legal career to learn from real-life lawyers. And the give-and-take of ideas, feelings, and information is as easy as typing on a computer keyboard — mentoring that can be accomplished any time of day or night. The rules for the e-mentoring project say there must be at least one e-mail exchange a week. But the words are flowing freely for most mentors and mentees. “We e-mail most every day, and he always has questions for me. We’ve spoken not only about political issues and controversial issues. We also warmed up in the beginning with family issues. I learned he had a poodle growing up. I had to admit that I, too, had two French poodles growing up, but made him promise not to tell anyone. Now I have a yellow lab who’s 65 pounds,” Eiglarsh adds with a laugh. As a board member of Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Eiglarsh has long known the satisfaction of mentoring children, and he admits the time and energy it takes to spend time with a child in person is more rewarding. But in the busy world of lawyering, he applauds the convenience of cyberspace connecting, and believes it, too, has the potential to make a positive difference in motivating and inspiring children. “Just knowing a concerned adult in a kid’s life is there ready to answer questions is very valuable,” Eiglarsh says. “It’s very, very accommodating to be able to communicate through this manner, because you have access to a device, 24-7.” And Hechevarria adds: “I used to never go online except for doing homework. But now I have something to look forward to every time I sign on.” In late October, the e-mentoring project kicked off with an opening event that provided a chance for the students to get to know their e-mentors face-to-face. As Justin Elegant, program coordinator of the e-mentoring project, and co-chair of the Schools Committee, described it: “In a private room in the back of the library, there were a group of mentors on one side and nervous mentees on the other. After some brief remarks, they were ordered to find their partner, with the same number on the name tag, and have some food and cake. Then they went off to different tables in the library and talked. Some talked for about an hour. It was so nice to see the relationships forming.” Elegant, who also serves on the advisory board of the legal magnet program at Miami High, said his goal was to link the school’s program and the young lawyers of the Dade County Bar Association. “I spent a lot of time researching programs throughout the country,” Elegant said. “I didn’t find one like this anywhere in the country.” Recently, he was very pleased to learn that just two weeks after the opening event, the American Bar Association YLD has nominated his program for presentation at its Spring Conference in May in Denver, Colorado. The program is coordinated at the school through lead teacher Ed Asper, who says: “The legal profession gets a bum rap about how cold and materialistic lawyers are, but lawyers are also very warm when it comes to students and education.. . . Even if these students never go into the profession, at least these students have been exposed to the law. And the whole community will benefit, because now we have been preparing better citizens.” E-mentoring is a lot more structured than back-and-forth computer messages between students and lawyers. Elegant crafted a 16-page document that outlines everything from general tips for successful mentoring (use spell check on all e-mail messages to ensure accuracy) to general tips for mentees (express feelings and emotions, be truthful and honest) to program structure (a minimum of weekly e-mails on Tuesday or Wednesday, and three required face-to-face meetings at Miami Senior High throughout the year) to safety policies (do not share your home address or phone number, no gift-giving of any kind). Elegant jump-starts the communication with topics of the week and appointed a steering committee of three lawyers — Leyza F. Blanco, Elizabeth B. Honkonen, and Misty Taylor — to closely monitor the progress and success of the mentoring relationships. The first week’s get-to-know-you topic started out casually: “What is your favorite food? Book? Movie? If you could have dinner with any two people, who and why?” The topic of the second week turned to serious current events: “What should the U.S. do with the site where the World Trade Center towers stood? Will the U.S. capture Osama bin Laden? Do you think that capturing bin Laden will solve the problem of terrorism? Why, or why not? Should the U.S. alter its immigration policies?” So far, the project involving 14 girls and eight boys is so popular, there is already a waiting list of mentors and mentees. Elegant said he wanted to keep it small so the program could be monitored closely to ensure its success. When Elegant kicked off the program with a little talk at Miami High, he explained the mission to the students as “enhancing your education with real work and career-type advice and to give you another positive adult role model to help you. Your mentor will be kind of a tutor, kind of a friend, somebody you can work with and learn from.” In the middle of his talk, Elegant tossed in the notion of networking and how to get summer jobs related to the law, and a student raised his hand and said, “I just want to thank you for working on this project.” When it came time to pair up mentors and mentees, Christi Sherouse, a Coral Gables attorney, couldn’t have been happier. “When my mentee walked into the room, before we even knew who we’d get, she caught my eye. We ended up being paired together, and it seems we have a lot in common. We’re clicking,” Sherouse says. “It was very, very easy to break the ice with her.” Her mentee, Leslie Molina, says: “How’s it going? Simply wonderful.. . . I’m grateful that they matched me up with Christienne, because we are a lot alike. Much like her, I’d like to be in the courtroom rather than do paper work, so speaking to her is very encouraging for my future plans.” Sherouse, once a prosecutor who now does mostly defense work, recalls she knew she wanted to be a lawyer when she was in high school. “But I didn’t know any lawyers. There were no lawyers in our family or family friends. I didn’t know what lawyers really do. How do lawyers spend their day? How do you get ready for court? I had a million questions.” Now, she’s volunteered to try to answer a million questions, and she’s loving it. What mentee Molina hopes to gain is “above all, a friendship with someone in the business I want to go into. I personally enjoy the company of older people and appreciate their advice, so I guess another friend. “Also, I think the experiences and stories she can share with me will either encourage me to continue with my ambition to become a lawyer or decide that perhaps there’s a better opportunity for me in another career field. Either way, I hope to gain a bit of wisdom.” Lawyer Sherouse says she is already getting something back from her e-mentoring experience: “My mentee is so bright and interested in making the world a better place. She’s interested in environmental law and goes out on the weekend and plants trees. She’s active in so many ways and so idealistic that she can make a difference. And that has resparked that idealism in me.” December 1, 2001 Jan Pudlow Associate Editor Regular News Lawyers and kids connect through cyberspacelast_img read more

Nassau Raises Age To Buy Tobacco To 21

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Teenagers will no longer be able to buy cigarettes anywhere on Long Island next week, once Nassau County follows its neighbors’ lead and raises the tobacco-purchasing age from 19 to 21.The Republican-controlled Nassau legislature unanimously passed Wednesday a bill increasing the minimum age to buy cigarettes and other tobacco products. Democratic Nassau County Executive Laura Curran plans to sign the bill into law Tuesday, according to her spokesman, who said the law will take effect immediately.“I am extremely heartened and gratified that the majority has finally recognized the urgency of enacting this legislation,” Legis. Arnie Drucker (D-Plainview), the bill’s sponsor, said before the vote at the panel’s general meeting.“All of our surrounding neighbors … had no trouble recognizing the need to make it more difficult for teenagers to pick up this nasty habit, which only guarantees one thing: A lifetime of debilitating health and illness and an abbreviated life, quite a few of which could have already been spared this addiction had this law been passed years ago,” he added.Suffolk and New York City enacted similar laws years ago. The Town of Hempstead and North Hempstead did the same, so the Nassau law will only impact tobacco retailers the Town of Oyster Bay. The New York State Legislature is considering raising the age from 18 to 21 statewide. Drucker’s predecessor, the late Legis. Judy Jacobs of Woodbury, had proposed similar legislation years ago, but could not get the bill passed by the GOP majority.Members of the audience cheered upon passage of the bill. During the public comment period before the vote, speakers who expressed support for the change included health professionals and people who lost relatives to cancer caused by smoking. The change comes amid rising concern over the increasing popularity of e-cigarettes.Those that violate the new law will face up to $1,500 fines.last_img read more

Local elections with national implications

first_imgWith Tenney the likely favorite for the Republican nominee, and her opponent George Phillips having already announced concession, she will face Brindisi again, but Krasno believes elections for the presidency and Senate spots will be more of an interest. Krasno emphasized those districts are traditionally Republican-leaning districts, but in 2018, they went blue, as current incumbents Anthony Brinidsi (NY-22) and Anthony Delgado (NY-19) claimed victory. Back in 2018, the race between Claudia Tenney and Brindisi for the congressional spot was hotly contested, with lots of national interest. Jonathan Krasno is a political science professor at Binghamton University, and commented on the key congressional races in the the NY-19 and NY-22 districts. If the Republicans are going to win back control of the House, it has to start somewhere, and it has to start in districts like these districts,” Krasno said. “The road back to a majority begins in NY-22nd, and probably in NY-19 as well.” This year, Krasno said it’s vital the Republicans win those districts in order to set themselves up for wins in other districts around New York State and the country. (WBNG) — The elections on Tuesday not only play an important role here in the Southern Tier, but they also have national implications as well.last_img read more

Coronavirus resurgence sidelines Israel’s annexation planning

first_imgThe Palestinians have rejected the Trump plan. European and Arab powers have warned of diplomatic blowback if Israel unilaterally annexes land Palestinians seek for a state.Netanyahu, meanwhile, is preoccupied with new coronavirus transmissions that aides said could necessitate renewed lockdowns. Unemployment has hit a record 21% and anti-government protests have turned increasingly violent.A poll by the non-partisan Israel Democracy Institute on Tuesday found only 29.5% of the public trust Netanyahu’s handling of the crisis.There has been open opposition from Gantz’s Blue and White party, which makes it hard to persuade Washington that any annexations would enjoy sweeping Israeli support. A coronavirus resurgence in Israel and divisions within Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government have sidelined its plans to annex parts of the occupied West Bank, officials said.Although the conservative Netanyahu and Defense Minister Benny Gantz, his centrist coalition partner, agreed the government could begin moving on annexation as of July 1, there has been “close to zero” cabinet-level discussion on the issue, one senior minister told Reuters.And with no agreement with Washington yet on the modalities of the move under a peace proposal announced by President Donald Trump, any step soon to extend Israeli sovereignty to Jewish settlements and the Jordan Valley in the West Bank seems unlikely. “It’s a matter of right plan, wrong time,” a senior Blue and White minister said. “We are in the middle of the biggest crisis Israel has seen in decades…and it would be irresponsible and insensitive to tend to anything else at the moment.”Gantz has predicted the crisis could last until late 2021.Another official, who requested anonymity, said more than a week had passed since Israeli delegates last spoke to US envoys on annexation under the Trump blueprint, which envisages Israeli sovereignty over up to 30% of West Bank land.Asked for comment, Netanyahu’s office said it had “no updates at this time”.Several ministers from Netanyahu’s Likud party want the move implemented now. Some privately voice concern that Trump’s attention will drift as the November presidential election approaches, and that presumptive Democratic candidate Joe Biden has come out against annexation. Topics :last_img read more

GO-TIME: Governor Wolf Announces 250,000 Pennsylvanians Have Registered to Vote Online in Less Than a Year

first_img August 04, 2016 GO-TIME,  Innovation,  Press Release,  Voting & Elections Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced that more than a quarter million Pennsylvanians have used the state’s new online voter registration (OVR) application to register to vote in less than a year since the system was launched. OVR is one of multiple projects launched by Governor Wolf to provide commonwealth residents with more online tools that improve customer service and make interacting with state services easier.“The primary goal of online voter registration is reduce the burden of participating in the electoral process and today’s announcement is a testament to the success and popularity of the online voter application launched under my administration,” Governor Wolf said. “Putting more services online has been a priority of my administration as state government must be adaptive to consumer behavior. OVR both makes registering more convenient and reduces costs for county governments.”As of this week, 251,171 Pennsylvanians have used register.votespa.com to register for the first time. A total of 445,475 total applications have been processed since August of last year when voter registration change applications are included.“Back in August 2015 when OVR was launched in Pennsylvania, we were the 23rd state to introduce the online alternative to paper applications. Today, a year later, there are at least 32 jurisdictions including the District of Columbia offering online registration,” Secretary of State Pedro A. Cortés said. “OVR has proven to be a faster, more convenient and easier option than traditional paper registration. Whether registering for the first time or updating their voter records, Pennsylvanians are embracing OVR.”The Governor’s Office of Transformation, Innovation, Management and Efficiency (GO-TIME) is working with state agencies to find ways to improve customer service and encourage innovation for state services.  OVR is just one example of new or improved online applications of state services launched under the Wolf Administration, including DCNR’s revamped State Park reservation system, PennDOT’s new plow tracking system, and the Governor’s Goals website.The OVR site, launched in August 2015, can link to electronic signatures on file with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. As of March 2016, registrants can also upload their signature with technology similar to that used by banks for mobile check deposit.Pennsylvania’s OVR system is available in English and Spanish. The latest protocols in data security have been built into the system and are constantly monitored and updated.The deadline to register to vote for the November general election is October 11.To learn more about online voter registration, check the frequently asked questions at www.votesPA.com.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img GO-TIME: Governor Wolf Announces 250,000 Pennsylvanians Have Registered to Vote Online in Less Than a Yearlast_img read more

Facebook Preparing for Up to $5 Billion Fine Due to Data Privacy Issues

first_imgFacebook expects federal regulators to hit the social media company with a massive fine resulting from several recent data privacy scandals.Executives with the company said on Wednesday that the Federal Trade Commission’s investigation could result a fine ranging anywhere from $3 billion to $5 billion.Facebook has set aside $3 billion in legal expenses tied to the investigation, an action which cut into the company’s profit. In the first quarter of this year, the social media site reported $2.4 billion in profit, which is down 51 percent from a year ago.The fine, if levied, would become Facebook’s first financial penalty in the United States since last year’s Cambridge Analytica scandal. Since that time, Facebook has faced additional public and government scrutiny for not being fully transparent regarding where and how it shares its users’ data.Facebook signed a 2011 consent agreement with the FTC, in which it was required to implement a “comprehensive privacy program” and to also get “express consent” from users before sharing their information.Former FTC officials believe the agency will apply the fine due to the public attention Facebook has received from the data privacy issues.last_img read more

Other Sports Youth Olympics: Weightlifter Jeremy Lalrinnunga creates history, bags India’s first gold medal

first_imgNew Delhi: Jeremy Lalrinnunga marked his name in the history books by claiming India’s first gold medal in the Youth Olympics history after lifting a total weight of 274 kg to bag the top spot in the men’s 62 kg category in the Buenos Aires on Monday.A product of the Army Sports Institute, Lalrinnunga started with a 2 kg lead over Turkey’s Cancer Toptas following the snatch category, and begun the clean and jerk after all his competitors had finished all their three lifts. He finished with an 11 kg advantage over silver medallist Toptas after his initial lift of 142 kg that was followed by an impressive 150 kg lift in the third attempt to complete his overall lift of 274 kg.Lalrinnunga’s brilliant effort puts an end to India’s long wait for the shiny yellow metal. India had clinched a total of seven silver medals in the first two editions of the Games.Shooters Mehuli Ghosh and Shahu Mane missed out on the gold in the women’s and men’s 10m Air Rifle events while Judoga Tababi Devi was defeated in the girl 44 kg final against Venezuela’s Maria Gimenez. For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Update on the latest in sports:

first_img— The Canadian Grand Prix has become the latest Formula One race to be postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Montreal race was scheduled to take place June 12-14. It is the ninth F1 race to be postponed so far, with the French GP on June 26 now the set to be the opening event of the season.— Former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki’s farewell to tennis — an exhibition match against good friend Serena Williams — is being postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak. The last tournament of the 29-year-old Wozniacki’s professional career came in January at the Australian Open. The Dane won her Grand Slam title there in 2018. She was supposed to face off against 23-time major champion Williams in Copenhagen on May 18 in a match dubbed “The Final One.”— Two of the biggest meetings in the British horse racing calendar have been postponed amid the coronavirus outbreak, despite previous hopes that the sport could return by the start of May. The Jockey Club says the Guineas Festival at Newmarket on May 2-3 and the English Derby Festival at Epsom on June 5-6 will not be staged on those dates.— The Italian and Catalan MotoGP races have been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak. The motorcycling series has yet to start its season. Eight MotoGP races have now been called off because of the virus.— South Korea’s professional baseball league says it hopes to start practice games between teams on April 21 before possibly opening the season in early May. The Korea Baseball Organization says the plans are contingent on the country’s coronavirus caseload continuing to slow. The KBO will advise players to wear face masks in locker rooms and require them to download smartphone apps to report their daily health status to league officials. Toppin, along with Saddiq Bey of Villanova, Luka Garza of Iowa, Myles Powell of Seton Hall and Peyton Pritchard of Oregon, also won positional awards from the Basketball Hall of Fame.The winners were announced Tuesday on ESPN’s “SportsCenter” broadcast. They are usually honored at the College Basketball Awards in Los Angeles, which was scheduled for Friday, but got canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.Toppin is the first player from Dayton to win the Wooden Award and the first Atlantic-10 Conference player to do so since Jameer Nelson of St. Joseph’s in 2004. Toppin averaged 20 points, 7.0 rebounds and shot 60% from the field. He led the nation in dunks with a school-record 107 and his 190 career slams also set a school mark.Wooden Award voting took place from March 16-23.Toppin also received the Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year. CANTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — The University of Michigan is sending a letter to thousands of former student-athletes, asking them to speak with investigators from a law firm it hired to lead a probe into a deceased doctor accused of molesting people.The Ann Arbor school says Tuesday the letter is going out to most of the 6,800 former student-athletes who were on campus between the mid-1960s and the early 2000s.Many men say they were molested by Dr. Robert E. Anderson while seeking treatment for various injuries.Anderson died in 2008. He worked at the university for decades until his retirement in 2003.NASCAR HALL OF FAME Cave’s wife, Emily, said earlier on Instagram that doctors were “fighting to keep him alive” in surgery. “We need a miracle,” Emily Cave wrote. “Please pray for my husband and best friend.”The 25-year-old Cave scored one goal in 11 games with Edmonton this season. COLLEGE BASKETBALL-AWARDSDayton’s Obi Toppin wins Wooden Award as top hoops playerBRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — Obi Toppin of Dayton won the John R. Wooden Award as the nation’s outstanding college basketball player. Sale is expected to miss 14 to 15 months, which would put him on track to return in the middle of the 2021 season.NFL-CAM NEWTONNewton feels like ‘fish out of water’CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Cam Newton says he feels like a “fish out of water” being a free agent for the first time in his nine-year NFL career.Newton says being released by the Carolina Panthers left him with a chip on his shoulder that has “turned into family-size real quick.” Newton made the comments during a conversation with Thunder guard Chris Paul on Instagram Live. — Former ice hockey player Roger Chappot of Switzerland has died due to COVID-19. He was 79. Chappot played more than 100 games for Switzerland’s national team, including at the 1964 Winter Olympics. The International Ice Hockey Federation says Chappot was first treated at a hospital two weeks ago. He returned home before his condition became worse and he was admitted to an intensive care unit.VIRUS-OLYMPIC QUALIFYINGAthletes already qualified for Tokyo Games get to keep spotsUNDATED (AP) — About 6,500 athletes who already have earned their spots in the Tokyo Olympics are in for 2021. The International Olympic Committee made it official under redrawn qualifying regulations released Tuesday.The IOC postponed the games by a year due to the new coronavirus. They’ll now be held July 23 through Aug. 8 next year. The new deadline for qualifying is June 29, 2021. Burton, Earnhardt, Edwards headline Hall of Fame nomineesCHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Burton and Carl Edwards are among the new nominees for NASCAR’s next Hall of Fame class.Janet Guthrie returns as a nominee in the Landmark category after a one-year absence.The voting structure was changed for this year. There are three ballots: one for Modern candidates, one for Pioneer candidates and one for Landmark candidates.Two entries from the 10 Modern candidates will be elected, along with one entry apiece from the five-candidate Pioneer and Landmark categories. OLY-TOKYO-FLAMETokyo Olympic flame taken off display; next stop unclearTOKYO (AP) — The Tokyo Olympic flame has been taken off public display in Japan. And it’s not clear when it will reappear again or where.The flame arrived in Japan from Greece on March 26. After the Tokyo Olympics and the torch relay were postponed until next year, the flame was put on display in the northeastern prefecture of Fukushima. It was removed after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe issued a state-of-emergency order to combat the coronavirus.Tokyo organizers are expected to keep the flame for the short-term. —The Redskins are weighing drafting Ohio State pass-rusher Chase Young with the second overall pick against the possibility of trading down. New coach Ron Rivera says he has a good idea in the back of his mind what Washington will do with the No. 2 pick. Young to the Redskins has looked like a slam dunk assuming the Cincinnati Bengals select LSU quarterback Joe Burrow first.NHL-OILERS-CAVEOilers’ Cave out of emergency surgery, remains in comaUNDATED (AP) — The Edmonton Oilers say forward Colby Cave is out of emergency surgery after suffering a brain bleed.The team posted on Twitter that doctors removed a colloid cyst that was causing pressure on Cave’s brain Tuesday. He remains in a medically induced coma at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto. April 8, 2020center_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSNHL commissioner says season may not be completedUNDATED (AP) — NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has raised the possibility of not being able to complete the regular season. During an interview on NBCSN, he stressed that all options remain on the table. Bettman said the league is hoping to have a clearer picture of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic in the next few weeks, and that “nothing has been ruled in and nothing ruled out.”Bettman said the ideal scenario would be to complete the season to determine playoff seedings in fairness to teams involved in tightly contested races in both conferences. However, he adds: “We understand that may not be possible.”The live interview broadcast Tuesday marked the first time Bettman has mentioned the possibility of the league not being able to complete the regular season. There were 189 games remaining when play was postponed on March 12.In other developments related to the coronavirus:— The Canadian Football League is the latest sports league to postpone play because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The CFL, which was scheduled to kick off the regular season on June 11, announced Tuesday that the season won’t start before the beginning of July. Update on the latest in sports: In other college basketball news:—Maryland forward Jalen Smith intends to enter the 2020 NBA Draft and forgo his remaining two years of eligibility. Smith averaged 15.5 points and 10.5 rebounds as a sophomore, helping the Terrapins to a 24-7 finish and a share of the Big Ten regular-season title. The 6-foot-10 star ranked first in the conference and third nationally with 21 double-doubles.Meanwhile, Arizona point guard Nico Mannion has joined fellow freshman teammate Zeke Nnaji in declaring for the NBA draftUNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN-DOCTORU. of Michigan reaching out to ex-athletes about late doctor He didn’t give any indication where he might be interested in signing.The 2015 league MVP played in only two games last season and is coming off foot surgery. He hasn’t been able to meet with NFL teams due to the coronavirus travel restrictions.In other NFL news:—The Las Vegas Raiders have signed defensive back Damarious Randall to a one-year contract in their latest move to try to upgrade a porous defense. The Raiders announced the signing after agreeing to the deal last week. The Raiders signed Randall to a $3.25 million contract after another deal with cornerback Eli Apple fell through. The 27-year-old Randall was a first-round pick by Green Bay in 2015 with experience playing outside cornerback, in the slot and at both safety positions.—Timmy Brown, a running back and kick returner who won an NFL championship with the Philadelphia Eagles in 1960, has died. He was 82. The Eagles announced Tuesday that Brown died on Saturday. Brown was the first NFL player to return two kickoffs for touchdowns in the same game, doing it in a 24-23 win over Dallas on November 6, 1966. Brown was inducted into the Eagles Hall of Fame in 1996. He is sixth on the franchise’s all-time list for touchdowns with 62.  Individual international sports federations will still be in charge of their qualifying procedures. But they have agreed to let athletes keep spots they already have earned.MLB-RED SOX-SALESale: No regrets about surgeryBOSTON (AP) — Boston Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale says he has no regrets about the timing of his recent Tommy John surgery and is confident he can return as a stronger pitcher following his rehab.  Sale had the procedure on his left elbow last month. The Red Sox said the surgery was a success. Associated Press The flame is expected to be used by the International Olympic Committee in 2021 as a symbol of the fight against the pandemic.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more