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NFL playoffs expand to 14 teams

The NFL is gearing up for a normal season and playoffs — with two additional wild-card teams in the Super Bowl chase. NFL team owners voted Tuesday to expand the playoffs by one team in each conference for a total of 14 next season as they continue to plan for the 2020 season to begin on ...

Ohio State baseball coach worries about 2022 roster

Widely hailed as the right thing to do for student-athlete welfare, the NCAA’s decision to extend spring sports athletes’ eligibility a year because of the coronavirus pandemic is causing consternation for baseball coaches. Ohio State’s Greg Beals said Tuesday he isn’t worried about ...

Steelers will make the most of it

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert isn’t concerned about the COVID-19 pandemic from altering his team’s preparations for the 2020 draft. Colbert is well aware there are far larger issues facing the country than whether he and coach Mike Tomlin get to ...

AROUND THE HORN

MLB extends support to minor leaguers NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball is extending its financial support to minor league players through May while suspending their contracts because of the new coronavirus pandemic. MLB announced March 19 that it was giving minor leaguers $400 ...

Pandemic reveals flaws in global supply chain

Recently, the U.S. Senate investigated America's heavy reliance on China for key medicines and pharmaceutical ingredients. This is now a pressing issue, since the coronavirus pandemic has revealed troubling vulnerabilities in America's globalized supply chains. In fact, the United States ...

Managing this virus disaster

I’m not sure whether COVID-19, first identified in Wuhan, China, in the U.S. qualifies as a true disaster. Putting the disease in perspective, we might look at current influenza illnesses. According to Centers for Disease Control estimates, between Oct. 1, 2019, and March 14, 2020, there have ...

Fact: COVID-19 sickens but rarely kills

Yes. The world is in the midst of a pandemic of the COVID-19 virus. But in between all the political posturing and breathless, fear-inducing media coverage, can we all just take a deep, cleansing breath? In fact, take four or five. I usually deal in crime statistics, but this week, let’s ...

HOROSCOPE

BY HOLIDAY MATHIS WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1 Happy New Year! Happy New Year! No, that's not an April Fools' joke. Many ancient cultures celebrated the start of the new year on or around April 1, which closely follows the vernal equinox. The Cancer moon forms a harmonious trine with Mercury and ...

Spaghetti sauce

Dear Heloise: Please, will you repeat your mother's recipe for Italian spaghetti sauce? I want to make it for visitors who are due in a month. — Ellen in Arkansas Ellen, I'd be happy to. You'll need: 1/4 cup olive oil 1/2 cup butter 1 cup finely chopped onions 1 pound ground ...

Long-absent father picks friend over family

DEAR ABBY: My father has been mostly absent from my life. We reconnected when I was an adult. I have always had feelings of abandonment, and because of this, I have constantly tried to build a relationship with him and allow him to have one with his grandchildren. Dad met my friend of 10 ...

Balancing pain, risks of opioid meds

DEAR DR. ROACH: The new laws concerning prescription of opioids, especially the requirement of three-day or seven-day prescriptions, has caused quite a disruption in our area, causing some doctors to take early retirement. Doctors should decide how long to treat patients. There are people who ...

Enables her financially draining family

Dear Annie: My name is Gwen and I need assistance with family-related issues. I'm in my 50s, I have several siblings, my mother died several years ago, and I financially support my father. His only income is Social Security. In my immediate family, I am the only one to have had a career where ...

Cancellations, closures, etc…

SCC, CenterPlex SALEM — The Salem Community Center (SCC), Center Circle and CenterPlex is closed. All programs and classes are canceled or postponed until a safe date is determined by the governor. Some programs will be rescheduled for a later date. Rental and parties will be contact for ...

Woman driving during storms is killed when tree falls on car

HUBER HEIGHTS (AP) — Two people were killed in separate incidents when severe storms roared through Ohio last weekend and uprooted trees, authorities said. Gay Jordan, 71, of Huber Heights, was driving on Brandt Pike in that Montgomery County community when a tree fell on her car and ...

Un-baaaaa-lievable: Goats invade locked-down Welsh town

LONDON (AP) — Un-baaaaa-lievable: This wild bunch is completely ignoring rules on social distancing. With humans sheltering indoors to escape the new coronavirus, mountain goats are taking advantage of the peace and space to roam in frisky clumps through the streets of Llandudno, a town in ...

US death toll eclipses China’s as reinforcements head to New York City

NEW YORK — The U.S. death toll from the coronavirus climbed past 3,600 Tuesday, eclipsing China’s official count, as hard-hit New York City rushed to bring in more medical professionals and ambulances and parked refrigerated morgue trucks on the streets to collect the dead. The crisis ...

AROUND THE HORN

Athletes get extra year The NCAA will permit spring sport athletes — such as baseball, softball and lacrosse players — who had their seasons shortened by the coronavirus outbreak to have an additional year of eligibility. The NCAA Division I Council voted Monday to give spring sport ...

Olympics to start July 23, 2021

TOKYO (AP) — The Tokyo Olympics will open next year in the same time slot scheduled for this year’s games. Tokyo organizers said Monday the opening ceremony will take place on July 23, 2021 — almost exactly one year after the games were due to start. “The schedule for the games is ...

Baseball players worry about health

As Major League Baseball and the players’ union contemplate various ways to create a schedule for whenever the coronavirus pandemic subsides, Cincinnati Reds catcher Tucker Barnhart raised a concern that is surely shared by others around the sport: Could trying to cram in games, and maybe ...

iRacing financial benefits won’t add up to much

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Virtual racing has been the small saving grace for motorsports since the coronavirus pandemic brought nearly everything to a halt. Timmy Hill’s iRacing victory on national television gave the journeyman driver and his sponsors exposure they would never receive ...