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FreshTracks Capital Announces Investment in NativeEnergy

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first_imgFRESHTRACKS CAPITAL ANNOUNCES INVESTMENTIN NATIVEENERGYVermont Venture Capital firm invests in Marketer of High Quality Carbon Offsets and Renewable Energy Credits(Charlotte, VT) – FreshTracks Capital II, L.P. (FreshTracks), a Middlebury-based venture capital fund with a primary interest in Vermont investments, announced that it has invested alongside Village Ventures in the Series A financing of NativeEnergy, a Charlotte, Vermont -based marketer of renewable energy credits (RECs) and carbon offsets. FreshTracks and Village Ventures have invested in 7 Vermont-based companies together, including Vermont Teddy Bear, EatingWell Media Group, and New England High Purity.Native American majority-owned, NativeEnergy is a national marketer of renewable energy credits (RECs) and high quality carbon offsets, offering individuals and organizations a means to compensate for their global warming pollution, or to offset their individual or organizational carbon footprint. NativeEnergy’s unique business process brings upfront payment to renewable projects for their conservatively estimated future REC or offset output, enabling its customers to help finance the construction of new wind farms and other new renewable energy projects, such as Native American and Native Alaskan wind farms, and wind turbines and methane digesters on family dairy farms, which directly reduce reliance on fossil fuels to meet the nation’s electricity needs. NativeEnergy also offers Green-e certified RECs from operating wind farms and third-party verified carbon offsets from operating CO2 mitigation projects.”FreshTracks is very pleased to be a key part of NativeEnergy’s continued growth,” said Cairn Cross, managing director of FreshTracks. “This a nascent but sizable market that is enjoying rapid growth, and NativeEnergy sits at the forefront of this market in offering premium RECs and offsets that provide maximum additionality. Tom Boucher and Tom Stoddard, the founders of NativeEnergy, are very well regarded among their peers for their work in the renewable energies market, and we hope to continue to build upon that momentum in looking to future growth opportunities for NativeEnergy. FreshTracks is very excited to work alongside Village Ventures to grow another exciting innovative operating company here in Vermont.””We are excited to work with FreshTracks and Village Ventures to bring more financial and strategic resources to the table,” said Tom Boucher, CEO of Native Energy. “These firms offer great resources for us to draw on as we continue to grow and as the renewable energy market continues to mature.”NativeEnergy is the third investment in FreshTracks’ second fund, following ISIS and NEHP, two other Vermont-based companies in the fund’s portfolio. FreshTracks provides a broad spectrum of equity financing to growth companies. Investments out of FreshTracks’ first fund include seed-stage financing provided to re-launch EatingWell, a food and nutrition media company located in Charlotte, early-stage financing for mophie, a consumer-driven product design company based in Burlington, and later-stage financing during the going-private transaction for Vermont Teddy Bear, the direct-to-consumer business based in Shelburne, VT.”FreshTracks is often the first stop for entrepreneurial Vermont companies of any stage seeking equity financing,” said Cross. “We are even more enthusiastic about the exciting investment opportunities we are seeing right here in Vermont, and the expanded capacity we have to invest in Vermont growth businesses with the recent closing of our second fund and the first three portfolio companies for FreshTracks II.”About FreshTracks Capital II, L.P.FreshTracks Capital II L.P. (www.freshtrackscap.com(link is external)) is the second fund raised by FreshTracks Capital and is part of the Village Ventures nationwide network of venture capital funds. Since inception, FreshTracks Capital I invested in 14 portfolio companies, and NativeEnergy represents FreshTracks II’s third investment for the new portfolio. FreshTracks focuses its investment in private growth-oriented companies, primarily companies in close geographic proximity to Vermont.About Village VenturesVillage Ventures is an early stage venture capital firm investing in exceptional entrepreneurs building the next generation of growth companies. Village Ventures identifies promising investment opportunities in partnership with its nationwide network of 14 early stage venture capital funds that are focused on emerging domestic geographic markets. By combining local Partner Fund capital and hands-on investment practices with Village Ventures’ centralized services and national network, Village Ventures helps create compelling and innovative companies.last_img read more

It’s Baaaack

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first_imgFrom Here to Eternity:  The proposed Grandfather National Scenic Area provides breathtaking views. Photo: Wild SouthMaybe the third time will be the charm.The effort to create a 25,500-acre Grandfather National Scenic Area (GNSA) in the Globe area of the Pisgah National Forest below Grandfather Mountain has renewed interest among politicians and activists.The initiative to create the GNSA started in 2006 when a proposed timber sale below Blowing Rock stirred up a flurry of public outrage. The environmental group Wild South stepped in to spearhead the proposed designation, and town councils in Boone and Blowing Rock, and the Watauga County Commissioners, all passed resolutions in support of the scenic area.The move stalled when area representatives refused to introduce the necessary legislation. During the 2008 elections, the movement again attracted attention when Democratic candidates stood up in support—but didn’t win election.This summer, with the U.S. Forest Service’s proposed logging of the area finally off the table, Wild South and other local conservation groups are again turning to the scenic area project. Several events this summer in the High Country preceded the launch of a new intiative and a dedicated Grandfather Mountain Scenic Area web site: gnsafornc.org.Back in the late 1980s, a major clearcutting controversy erupted over logging in the same spot. At the time, the Grandfather Mountain portion of the Parkway and the Linn Cove Viaduct had just opened and clearcuts were visible from both. Conservationists, tourism organizations, and town and county governments had all gone on record opposing the clearcutting—and thought they’d been promised an end to potentially visible timber harvesting.Then the 2006 timber sale initiative—which included “old growth” tracts containing 300-year-old trees—made news and sparked the move to create a national scenic area.  “The local community is concerned that if this area is not permanently protected, they will have to fight timber sales like the Globe every few years,” says Tracy Davids, Wild South executive director.Local representatives seem to be the biggest roadblock to consideration of the measure. “Although a GNSA would create jobs, boost the local economy, protect the environment, and cost taxpayers nothing, our current High Country representatives aren’t the least bit interested,” Davids says. “So we are working at the grassroots level to support the community and businesses in demanding that their representatives act in their best interest. The GNSA is a win-win, and the politicians need to understand that.” 1 2last_img read more

NY Shark Fin Bill Signed Into Law

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first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York New Yorkers who want to buy or sell shark fins are out of luck.Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill Friday into law that bans the possession, sale, trade and distribution of shark fins. Violators can face up to 15 days in jail and $100 fine for each fish.“Every year, an estimated 73 million sharks are killed to supply the growing global demand for their fins,” Cuomo said. “Not only is the process inhumane, but it also affects the natural balance of the oceanic ecosystem. With this new law, New York will be doing its part to help preserve this important species and maintain a stable environment for them.”New York is not the first state to make this move.  Seven states have already banned this trade, including California, Illinois, Oregon and Washington.This state has one of the largest markets for shark fins outside of Asia. A major reason for this is the demand for shark fin soup, an expensive Chinese delicacy.To provide a balance between the market for this product and the protection of sharks, the sale of shark fins of two species of dogfish are allowed. Currently 70 commercial fishers are licensed to take dogfish, with daily catch limits of 3,000 pounds per license.Many animal protection groups voiced their approval of the governor’s decision to sign this bill, including the World Society for the Protection of Animals.“Shark finning is an extremely cruel and inhumane practice driven by the shark fin trade in which fishermen catch sharks, cut off their fins and throw the still-living animals back into the water, where they die slow and horrifically painful deaths,” said Elizabeth Hogan, campaign manager for World Society for the Protection of Animals. “WSPA is happy to see New York state take this step to protect sharks from this needless cruelty, and plan to help other states follow their lead.”The bill will go into effect on July 1, 2014.last_img read more

GDPR getting you down? How marketers can stay creative amid privacy regulations

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first_imgBy now, most credit union marketers have heard of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation or the California Consumer Privacy Act here in the U.S. Both put a bright spotlight on privacy and personal data with the consumer ultimately having the right to choose how, when and where their identifiable data is used.  If this sounds complicated for credit union marketers, it certainly is.While credit unions have always highly prioritized the safety and security of consumer financial information when following federal and state regulations, these new privacy regulations take it one step further.  GDPR and CCPA are a set of recent rules that aim to give people more transparency and control over their personal data and how it is used and processed by businesses. The rules focus on personal data and maintaining its confidentiality, integrity and accuracy by putting limits on what businesses can do with their consumers’ personal information.Under GDPR, companies cannot send targeted direct marketing to consumers without their consent. That means it is up to the consumer to decide what marketers they want to interact with, and how. Rather than “opting out” of marketing messages, those must now “opt in,” or actively consent, to receive marketing messages. By default, consumers may assume that not consenting to marketing messages is the way to go. After all, who wants another email clogging up their inbox? But, as credit union marketers, we should think of this as our chance to be creative and promote the benefits of opting in.Here are some ideas to still be engaging and relevant to your members, so they want to opt in.  Learning About PromotionsWho doesn’t love a deal? Let your members know that, by agreeing to receive marketing messages, they’ll know about special discounts, sales or promotions which otherwise would go unnoticed by those not opted in.Event News and UpdatesLots of credit unions offer free or discounted tickets for credit-union sponsored events. Make sure you inform your members that it’s for their benefit to not miss out on promotional emails. Now they’ll receive notice of events, or information about business details, such as a change in hours or location.Exposure to Relevant ProductsEveryone wants their consumer experience enhanced. Credit unions can now develop personalized consumer experiences matching opt-ins and other preferences of each member. That means members are more likely to receive messages about offers that apply to them, rather than blanket advertising.Access to Educational ContentIn addition to relevant product offers, members should be made aware that they may be missing out on educational or entertaining content to make them more financially healthy. Get your members the content they need such as better budgeting, credit scores and identity theft prevention. Remember that those who opt in want to hear from you and could possibly be the best brand advocates your credit union has.Co-Authored by: Anna Baskin 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Lori Holmes Lori Holmes is the Assistant Vice President of Marketing and Communications of Service Credit Union, headquartered in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  Ms. Holmes joined Service Credit Union in 2008 as the … Web: www.servicecu.org Detailslast_img read more

British jihadi bride loses initial bid to restore citizenship

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first_imgShe claims she married a Dutch convert soon after arriving in IS-held territory. She was discovered, nine months pregnant, in a Syrian refugee camp in February last year.Her newborn baby died soon after she gave birth. Two of her other children also died under IS rule.Javid removed her British citizenship soon after amid an outcry led by right-wing media. He has said more than 100 people had been deprived of their British citizenship.Begum took legal action against the Home Office last year.Her lawyer, Tom Hickman, argued his client “is not considered a national of Bangladesh and was therefore rendered stateless” by the Home Office. The decision was unlawful as it breached the Home Office’s extraterritorial human rights policy by exposing Begum to “a real risk of death or inhuman or degrading treatment,” he argued.In the next stage of the process, the court will have to decide if the government had legitimate national security grounds to prevent her from returning to the UK.Topics : A British woman who traveled to Syria as a schoolgirl to join Islamic State on Friday lost the first round of her legal challenge against a decision to revoke her citizenship.The Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC) ruled that the government decision to strip 20-year-old Shamima Begum of her citizenship “did not make her stateless” as she was a citizen of Bangladesh by descent.”The appellant [Begum] was in that situation as a result of her own choices, and of the actions of others, but not because of anything the Secretary of State had done,” said judge Doron Blum referring to then-interior minister Sajid Javid. The judgment was made despite SIAC finding that Begum could not have “a fair and effective appeal” against the decision as she is currently in a Syrian refugee camp.Begum’s lawyer Daniel Furner said she would “immediately initiate an appeal” against the decision.”The logic of the decision will appear baffling, accepting as it does the key underlying factual assessments of extreme danger and extreme unfairness and yet declining to provide any legal remedy,” he said.Begum, then 15, was one of three schoolgirls from Bethnal Green in east London who left home to join the jihadist group on February 17, 2015. last_img read more

Qatar Airways says gets $2b state aid after huge loss

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first_imgQatar Airways said Sunday it received US$2 billion in state aid to weather the coronavirus crisis, as it posted huge annual losses after enduring one of its “most difficult years”.The firm said that the combination of the coronavirus pandemic, a boycott by Gulf neighbours and the liquidation of 49 percent-owned Air Italy – which announced its bankruptcy in February – had resulted in a near doubling of losses.This brought the carrier’s net loss for the year to end-March to 7.0 billion riyals ($1.92 billion). The report also said that over the 12 months, revenue increased 6.5 percent to 51.1 billion riyals, seat capacity increased by 3.2 percent, and freight handled rose by 2.8 percent.The pandemic compounded an already difficult environment for Qatar Airways. The United Arab Emirates, which was a key market for the Gulf carrier, along with Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt, have enforced a boycott of Qatar since June 2017.They accuse Doha of links to extremist groups and being too close to Iran, Riyadh’s regional arch-rival – charges Qatar denies – and have closed their airspace, borders and markets to Doha.Qatar Airways is the second largest airline in the Middle East after Dubai-based Emirates, operating a modern fleet of 250 aircraft – although some remain grounded during the pandemic. Qatar in July won a ruling at the International Court of Justice in its fight against airspace restrictions by Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt.It said it will seek $5 billion in compensation from the other Arab states for closing their airspace to the flag carrier.Topics : “Qatar Airways is familiar with facing exceptional challenges; however, 2019-20 has been one of the most difficult years in the airline’s history,” the carrier said in a statement.The airline confirmed that Qatar had joined a list of governments that have stepped in to support their national carriers through the coronavirus shutdown, which has pummelled global travel and the aviation industry.The carrier will issue 730 million shares to the government after receiving “an advance of 7.3 billion riyals” ($2 billion) after annual losses exceeded 50 percent of share capital, it said in its annual report.”If not for the exceptional circumstances of fiscal year 2020, our results would have been better than the year before,” said the airline’s chief executive, Akbar al-Baker.last_img read more

South Korea’s Jan LNG imports decline YoY

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first_imgLNG World News Staff Image courtesy of KogasLiquefied natural gas (LNG) imports into South Korea dropped 3.4 percent in January year-on-year, according to the customs data.The country received 4.14 million tonnes of LNG in January, as compared to 4.29 million tonnes in the corresponding month the year before.The average price of the LNG imported by South Korea last month was at $8.70 per MMBtu as compared to $7.95 per MMBtu in January 2017.Qatar, the world’s largest LNG exporter, Qatar, remained the dominant source of South Korean imports with 1.63 million mt of the chilled fuel imported from Qatar in January. These volumes dropped by 0.23 million tonnes as compared to last year.LNG deliveries from the US rose more than five times on year to 0.52 million tonnes, while imports from Australia dropped by 0.38 million tonnes to 0.42 million tonnes.Oman supplied 0.42 million tonnes of the fuel during the month under review, down 0.14 million tonnes on the year, as deliveries from Malaysia almost doubled to 0.41 million tonnes.The rest of South Korea’s LNG deliveries in January were sourced from Russia, Indonesia, Brunei, Nigeria, Equatorial Guinea and Peru.last_img read more

Cannabis Referendum: Bob McCoskrie v Helen Clark (ABC Sydney Radio)

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first_img10 September 2019ABC Radio Sydney’s Breakfast programme featured an interview with Helen Clark who is promoting a Yes vote in the Cannabis legalisation referendum, and also with Bob McCoskrie from Family First (Say Nope To Dope campaign).Hear the two interviewsHelen ClarkAudio Player00:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Bob McCoskrieAudio Player00:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img

Batesville Area CYO Deanery Tourney Results

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first_imgSt. Louis-1 advanced to the semi-finals of the Batesville Deanery tournament with a hard fought win over St. Maurice 55-51.The lead changed hands several times in the first half and St. Louis-1 led 34-27. We played well as a team in the first half but give St. Maurice credit they kept playing hard. The third quarter saw St. Maurice get a little momentum as the outscored St. Louis-1 17-8 and lead 44-42 headed into the fourth quarter.We didn’t play our game in the third quarter which allowed St. Maurice to take the lead. The fourth quarter would be a repeat of the first 3 as the lead would change hands several times. In the final minutes St. Louis-1 would take the lead and hit their free throws to hold on for the win. This was good team we beat today. I am proud of the way we kept playing hard. This was a total team effort and win.STL Scoring. Anthony Butz 23, Alex Roell 14, Zach Prickel 9, Cooper Williams 5, Caleb Moster 2, Nick Tekulve 2.Courtesy of Bruins Coach Coach Roger Dietz.St. Louis-2 defeated St. Mary-2 53-50 to advance to the semi-finals of the deanery tournament. In the first half both teams struggled offensively as St. Mary’s lead 14-12 at half.The third quarter saw both teams office pick up and St. Louis-2 trailed 36-35 going into the final quarter. St. Louis-2 was able to finally get the lead late in the fourth quarter and was able to hold.On to secure the win. This was a tough game but we found a way to pull out the win.STL Scoring.  Gus Cooper 17, George Ritter 12, Nathan Eckstein 10, Lane Oesterling 8, Brayden Worthington 3, Mitchell Ertel 3, Bret Wrobleski 2.Courtesy of Bruins Coach Fuzz Springmeyer.2017 Batesville Area CYO Deanery TourneyOther CYO Tourney Scores.St. Michael’s-1  71     Holy Family  61St. Michael’s-2  38     All Saints  36last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

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first_imgIn other MLB news:—The series opener between the Chicago White Sox and Cleveland Indians has been postponed by rain. The teams will make up the game as part of a traditional doubleheader on Tuesday, starting at 3:40 p.m. Before the game was postponed, the White Sox announced that manager Rick Renteria will be kept away from the team pending the results of medical tests. — Two-time AL Cy Young winner Corey Kluber (KLOO’-bur) could be done for the season. He is headed to the injured list after just one inning in his debut as a Texas Rangers starter. Kluber has a tear in a small muscle in his right shoulder and is not expected to make another start this season — if he pitches at all. — Utility player Josh Harrison has signed a one-year contract with the Washington Nationals less than a week after he was released by the Philadelphia Phillies. The Nationals added the 33-year-old Harrison to their 30-man active roster Monday. To make room, catcher Raudy Read was optioned to Washington’s alternate training site in Fredericksburg, Virginia. —The Colorado Rockies say left-handed pitcher Tim Collins has opted out of the 2020 season. Collins is the second player in the organization who has withdrawn. In late June, Rockies outfielder Ian Desmond announced he wouldn’t play this season, in part because of the coronavirus pandemic. Associated Press Update on the latest sports —Teoscar Hernández hit two of Toronto’s four solo homers off Aníbal Sánchez to account for all the Blue Jays’ scoring in a 4-1 victory over the Washington Nationals. Rowdy Tellez and Danny Jansen also went deep for the Blue Jays. Toronto was without two key players. Closer Ken Giles went on the injured list Monday, and shortstop Bo Bichette was scratched from the lineup about 15 minutes before the first pitch with a tight left hamstring. Toronto improved to 2-2 and dropped the reigning World Series champions to 1-3. Washington got 11 hits but left 10 runners on base.—Hunter Renfroe homered twice and Tampa Bay pitchers set a team nine-inning record with 19 strikeouts in the Rays’ 14-5 romp over the Atlanta Braves. Tyler Glasnow struck out nine and allowed one hit over four innings in first start after missing part of summer camp with the Rays after testing positive for the coronavirus.— Anthony Rizzo homered for the third time, and the Chicago Cubs held on for an 8-7 victory over a Cincinnati Reds team coping with coronavirus uncertainty. Jeremy Jeffress escaped a bases-loaded threat in the ninth for his first save with the Cubs. Wade Miley failed to make it through the second inning of his Reds debut. Rizzo scored three times as the Cubs won for the third time in four games. The Reds dropped to 1-3, a disappointing start after their $165 million offseason makeover.— Tyler Chatwood pitched three-hit ball over six innings, Willson Contreras homered and the Chicago Cubs beat the Milwaukee Brewers 9-1 to take two of three in their opening series. Chatwood gave the Cubs just the sort of outing they were looking for after working mostly out of the bullpen last season. He struck out eight and walked two in an impressive start for a pitcher who struggled with his control his first two years in Chicago. Contreras smacked an RBI double in the Cubs’ four-run fourth and a long solo homer in the seventh. MARLINS-VIRUS VIRUS OUTBREAK-NFL-GOODELL LETTERGoodell sends letter to NFL fans explaining plans for seasonNEW YORK (AP) — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has sent a letter to fans outlining the league’s plans to play during the coronavirus pandemic.As veterans begin reporting to training camps this week, Goodell noted Monday how COVID-19 has “turned the world upside down.”He wrote that “COVID-19 will continue to present a major challenge to nearly every area of American life. Football is no exception,” Irving commits $1.5 million for WNBA players skipping seasonNEW YORK (AP) — Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving is committing $1.5 million to supplement the income of WNBA players who choose not to play this season. That can be because of coronavirus concerns or social justice reasons.The funds will come from the KAI Empowerment Initiative that Irving launched today. It will also provide players with a financial literacy program created by UBS.The WNBA season began Saturday and will be played entirely at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. To be eligible for Irving’s program, WNBA players must give insight into their decisions and not be receiving salaries from any other entity.In other virus-related sports developments: VIRUS OUTBREAK-NHLNHL reports zero positivesUNDATED (AP) — The National Hockey League reported zero players tested positive for the coronavirus last week.The league says it administered a total of 4,256 tests to more than 800 players from July 18-25. Two players tested positive during the first week of training camps July 13-17.Players and staff from the 24 teams participating in the expanded Stanley Cup playoffs traveled to the hub cities of Toronto and Edmonton, Alberta, on Sunday. They’re now in a quarantined bubble and will be tested daily after every other day testing during camp. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-SCHEDULE-DIAMONDBACKS-PADRESTatis Jr., Grisham power Padres to 6-2 win vs. DiamondbacksSAN DIEGO (AP) — Fernando Tatis Jr. raced around the bases on a three-run triple that highlighted a five-run rally and Trent Grisham hit his first home run for the San Diego Padres, who beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-2 Monday to take three of four games in their opening series. July 28, 2020center_img The Padres, who feel they’re built for success in this pandemic-shortened 60-game season, outscored the Diamondbacks 21-9 in the four games. San Diego hasn’t been to the playoffs since winning consecutive NL West titles in 2005-06. It hasn’t had a winning season since 2010.In other Monday night action:— Alex Bregman hit his 100th career homer, a three-run shot, and Jose Altuve added a solo drive to give the Houston Astros an 8-5 win over the Seattle Mariners. The Astros trailed by two in the third inning before Bregman’s first home run of the season put them ahead 4-3. Altuve, who had two RBIs, connected in the fifth for the first of three runs to pad the lead and help the Astros take three of four in the series from their AL West foes. — Maikel Franco hit two of Kansas City’s six home runs, and the Royals pounded the Tigers 14-6, spoiling Detroit’s fan-free home opener. Whit Merrifield had three hits and three RBIs, finishing a triple shy of the cycle on a night when the Royals rallied from an early 5-1 deficit. —Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso and Dominic Smith all homered, Michael Wacha pitched well over five innings and the New York Mets beat the Boston Red Sox 7-4. Red Sox opener Josh Osich escaped trouble in the first thanks to two Mets baserunning mistakes but gave up a two-run shot to Conforto in the second that cleared both the usual visitor’s bullpen and the auxiliary tent behind it. — The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference has decided to cancel fall sports competition due to continuing health and safety concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. MAAC Commissioner Rich Ensor says there are simply too many factors that prohibit the conference from safely delivering a competitive atmosphere. A decision on whether fall sports competition would be feasible in the spring will be determined by the conference presidents at a later date. — The NASCAR weekend in late August at Dover International Speedway will take place without fans. Delaware state officials denied the track’s request to host a limited number of fans Aug. 21-23 in the interest of public health and safety. The track is to host a NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Cup Series on Saturday and Sunday of that weekend.— The U.S. Tennis Association has canceled two lower-tier tennis tournaments in Orlando, Florida, saying that the coronavirus pandemic makes it too dangerous to hold the events without a bubble setup. The USTA says ATP Challenger 150 tourneys that were supposed to start on Aug. 22 and Aug. 29 at its national campus are being scrapped.COLLEGE ADMISSIONS-BRIBERYEx-UCLA coach pleads guilty to accepting $200K in bribes UNDATED (AP) — A former University of California, Los Angeles men’s soccer coach pleaded guilty Monday to accepting $200,000 in bribes to help two students get into the school as recruits. Jorge Salcedo, 47, admitted to participating in the college admissions bribery scheme involving TV celebrities, other wealthy parents and elite universities across the country. Salcedo was paid $100,000 to help California couple Bruce and Davina Isackson get their daughter into UCLA as a bogus soccer recruit, prosecutors said. The Isacksons have also pleaded guilty and have been cooperating with authorities in the hope of getting a lighter sentence.DANA STUBBLEFIELD-RAPE CONVICTIONEx-49er Dana Stubblefield convicted of raping disabled womanSAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Former San Francisco 49er Dana Stubblefield has been convicted of the rape of a developmentally disabled woman. Prosecutors said he lured the victim to his home with the promise of a babysitting job. At least 3 MLB games postponed amid Marlins’ virus outbreakUNDATED (AP) — More than a dozen Miami Marlins players and staff members tested positive for COVID-19 in an outbreak that stranded the team in Philadelphia, disrupting Major League Baseball’s schedule on the fifth day of the pandemic-delayed season. Miami’s home opener against Baltimore was postponed as was Tuesday’s finale of the two-game series at Marlins Park. Also postponed was the Yankees’ series opener Monday at Philadelphia, where New York would have been in the same clubhouse the Marlins used last weekend.Nine Marlins players on the 30-man roster, two taxi squad players and two staff members tested positive.The Yankees are staying in Philadelphia and have their own clubhouse staff with the team there. The Marlins postponed their flight home Sunday night after their series finale against the Phillies.The Orioles are scheduled to host the Marlins in a two-game series starting Wednesday. The league and the players’ union reached agreement on a plan last Friday, after all preseason games were canceled. Team facilities were shut down by Goodell in late March and only began reopening on a cautious basis this summer. Goodell stressed the need for adaptability on all levels, citing how a virtual draft was held in April. All 32 teams held remote offseason training sessions, too.The NFL has opted not to create a bubble environment, something the NHL, NBA, WNBA and MLS have done. With Major League Baseball experiencing difficulties on its first weekend of play with a plan similar to the NFL’s, there is added anxiety about what Goodell’s league has planned.In other NFL news:— Minnesota Vikings vice president of sports medicine Eric Sugarman has tested positive for COVID-19. Sugarman is in charge of the organization’s virus prevention plan as the infection control officer. The team announced that Sugarman and his family tested positive over the weekend. The Vikings said they’ve tested all individuals who’d recently been in close contact with Sugarman. —New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis says the club has signed its four 2020 draft picks to four-year contracts. The signings were announced as rookies reported for training camp on Monday. New Orleans’ most recent draft class is headlined by first-round pick Cesar Ruiz. The Saints also drafted Wisconsin linebacker Zack Baun and Dayton tight end Adam Trautman in the third round. They took Mississippi State quarterback Tommy Stevens in the seventh round. — Saints quarterback Drew Brees and his wife, Brittany, say they’re donating $5 million toward a partnership with a Louisiana health care provider to build “numerous” health centers in economically struggling communities around the state. Brees said in his announcement on social media that the first center will be built later this year in eastern New Orleans in partnership with Ochsner Health. — The Buffalo Bills have released receiver Ray-Ray McCloud and offensive lineman Garrett McGhin a day before players were set to report for the start of training camp. The moves on Monday trim Buffalo’s roster to 86, with teams required to have a maximum 80 players by Aug. 16. —Washington has put quarterback Alex Smith on the physically unable to perform list at the start of training camp. Smith’s right leg has recovered 20 months after he broke the fibula and tibia in it during a game. But the 36-year-old veteran hasn’t been fully cleared for practices and full football activity. — The Tennessee Titans now have only their first-round draft pick left unsigned after agreeing to terms with cornerback Kristian Fulton. The Titans announced the deal with their second-round selection Monday night. The No. 61 pick overall, Fulton started two seasons at LSU and helped the Tigers win a national title last season. . That leaves only offensive tackle Isaiah Wilson, the No. 29 pick overall, left unsigned out of Tennessee’s six-man draft class. IRVING-WNBA SALARIES A jury on Monday found the 49-year-old guilty of rape by force, oral copulation by force and false imprisonment. Jurors also found that Stubblefield used a gun during the assault. Stubblefield could face 15 years to life in prison. His lawyers say there was no rape and the woman consented to sex. They plan to seek a new trial. Stubblefield was a defensive lineman for the San Francisco 49ers and the Oakland Raiders.last_img read more