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The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:

Paris Saint-Germain is selling a new jersey online with the profits going to local hospitals and nursing staff dealing with the coronavirus outbreak.

The French champion’s jersey bears the emblem “Tous Unis” (All United) on the front.

A total of 262,500 euros (about $288,000) will be raised if all 1,500 jerseys priced at 175 euros ($192) are sold.

PSG president Nasser al-Khelaifi says “we can only be sensitive to and grateful for the astounding work” that medical staff on the front line have done against the virus.

The Spanish Grand Prix on the MotoGP circuit scheduled for May 3 has been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.

It is the fifth MotoGP race to be canceled or postponed.

The next race at risk is the French Grand Prix on May 17 at Le Mans.

The Turkish Boxing Federation says national team member Serhat Guler and trainer Seyfullah Dumlupinar tested positive for the coronavirus after returning from an Olympic qualifying competition in London.

The federation says the boxing team went to a training camp in Sheffield on March 3 to prepare for the competition and traveled to London on March 11. All team members stayed at the same hotel and ate at the same cafeteria.

The IOC is running the qualifying competitions for boxing because governing body AIBA has been suspended.

The Turkish team competed on March 15 and 16 and returned home on March 17 after the IOC halted the competition. All team members were quarantined on return.

The federation says Guler and Dumlupinar are being treated in the hospital. Two other boxers who complained of high fever are awaiting the results of their tests.

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“Parkinson’s is a one-way street, the day won’t be far away when I’d struggle on air. I’m a proud man and have decided that I’d like to go with my dignity intact, rather than continuing until something goes wrong.”

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Dave Clark is stepping away from his role as presenter of Sky Sports Darts after almost 20 years

Dave Clark is stepping away from his role as presenter of Sky Sports Darts after almost 20 years

It’s been an amazing journey, 22 years performing on Sky Sports, nearly 10 years with a chronic degenerative neurological condition. Quite an innings, doing the best job in the world.

When I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s a ‘specialist’ said I’d only be able to present live sport for two or three more years. Nearly a decade after that diagnosis, I can still present live television, on stage, in front of 10,000 people.

I’ve decided I want to stop now, still in control, still able to do the job, still able to enjoy it.

I recently watched a Muhammad Ali documentary on Sky and was reminded of the great man’s 1980 clash with Larry Holmes. Ali was a shell of his former self.

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Clarky struggles to hold it together after a comment from Jerry Hendriks about feeling like a fish on stage – one of his favourite memories

Clarky struggles to hold it together after a comment from Jerry Hendriks about feeling like a fish on stage – one of his favourite memories

Early onset Parkinson’s meant he had no reflexes, no speed, no punch.

Nothing, except his pride and the crowd chanting, ‘Ali! Ali!’. Finally, after 10 rounds, Angelo Dundee, Ali’s trainer, stopped the carnage, waving the towel. I don’t want that to be me.

The last thing I want is for someone to throw in the towel for me or for darts fans to feel uncomfortable or sorry for me as my Parkinson’s progresses.

“There have been a few occasions when the on-air clock has been counting down and my medication hasn’t kicked in.

My body rigid and shaky, my joints painful and hands so stiff I couldn’t hold a microphone, write my name or do the buttons up on my shirt.

I’d be praying my pills would start working. The combination of adrenaline, enthusiastic energy, medication and determination always got me through, but that won’t always be the case.”

Dave Clark

Lockdown has given us all a lot of time to think, on occasions too much time, but it’s given me time to sort out my priorities.

Family comes first. I’m keen to spend more days with my wife and two sons. Time is a real luxury that so many have been denied during this difficult period.

I’m NOT giving up on life, just stopping doing the darts. I intend to keep busy, writing a book “Stand Up If You Love The Darts” about my time presenting during some of the sport’s greatest years.

I’m hoping to stay involved in broadcasting in some capacity and will continue to raise awareness of Parkinson’s and fundraising to find a cure through my chosen charity Parkinson’s UK.

“Sky have been very supportive over the years, it’s 100 per cent my decision to check out of the darts.”

Dave Clark

Despite the support of a great team, the last few years haven’t been easy. At times it’s been extremely stressful presenting whilst having Parkinson’s.

Parkinson’s is a one-way street, the day won’t be far away when I’d struggle on air. I’m a proud man and have decided that I’d like to go with my dignity intact, rather than continuing until something goes wrong.

Sky have been very supportive over the years, it’s 100 per cent my decision to check out of the darts.

I’m really proud to have launched Sky Sports News, anchored the darts throughout its meteoric rise and presented the boxing, including Ricky Hatton’s biggest fights, some of Carl Froch’s memorable nights and Anthony Joshua’s pro debut.

It’s been a fabulous journey with some incredible people. It’s not the end, just the start of the next chapter in my life.

Thanks for your support over the years. Let’s have a beer sometime.

“Dave has been a fantastic broadcaster for Sky Sports across an incredible 22 years working here.

“From the first days of Sky Sports News, then working across many different sports from football to boxing and leading the darts since 2002, he is loved by our viewers and a brilliant colleague to work with.

“His battle against Parkinson’s has shone a light on his courage and dignity through it all, raising money and awareness to help others which is a credit to the man.

We wish him all the very best and he will always be welcome at Sky Sports.”



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St. Thomas More junior-to-be Caroline Kerr at her house in Champaign on Friday. The two-time News-Gazette All-Area First Team volleyball selection is preparing as if the Sabers will have a volleyball season this fall amid the COVID-19 pandemic.




The summer volleyball player: ‘Whatever this season will look like, we’re going to be ready’

Caroline Kerr still has half of her high school volleyball career left.

And what she’s accomplished during her first two seasons at St. Thomas More is, well, rather impressive.

The 5-foot-11 setter earned News-Gazette All-Area First Team recognition based on her production during the 2018 and 2019 seasons. The 2020 season is fast approaching, with STM scheduled to open the season Aug. 25 at Georgetown-Ridge Farm.

But her junior season with the Sabers will undoubtedly feel unlike any volleyball season she’s ever had if it happens on time and as scheduled.

“All of us at STM want a season just as bad as anyone,” Kerr said. “We feel like we have another chance to do well, not only in conference, but also in the postseason this year. Whatever this season will look like, we’re going to be ready, and we are definitely looking forward to it.”

Kerr is already getting a small glimpse of what a potential season could look like this fall with the Sabers, going through workouts following IHSA guidelines. She also recently started having practices again with her Illini Elite club teammates in Bloomington, where she plays for the Illini Elite 16 Cardinal team along with other area players like Anna McClure (STM), Emma Bleecher (Unity) and Sophie Zerrouki (Mahomet-Seymour).

“With my club team, my coaches have been able to design drills so that we are more spread apart and aren’t as close,” Kerr said. “They’re also keeping each team to two ball carts per team so that your team will only be using those volleyballs. They have each court split up with bleachers and barriers to keep other teams from interacting. For STM, my coaches have done a great job keeping safety precautions in place for the team to ensure we are having a fun and healthy practice.”

Kerr is a vital reason why the Sabers — who won a Class 2A state title in 2017 — are still one of the area’s top volleyball programs. She compiled 885 assists during her freshman season that saw STM place third in 2A en route to a 37-5 record and followed that up with 826 assists during her sophomore season when the Sabers went 35-3 and won a 3A regional championship.

The success at the high school level happened after Kerr and her St. Matthew teammates in Champaign won a 2A state title as eighth-graders in March 2018.

And she wants to continue playing the sport at the college level, with Kerr indicating she’s receiving Division I interest from various schools so far.

Handling virtual recruiting is another aspect Kerr has juggled during the last four months.

“Since I was a little kid, I’ve always known playing college volleyball is something I’ve wanted to do,” she said. “The recruiting process through the pandemic has been unique, but through FaceTime and Zoom calls, I have been able to continue to learn more about each program and build relationships with coaches. I’m definitely excited for the future and what that is going to look like.”




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Champaign Central graduate Cam Robinson is pitching this month with the LaCrosse Loggers, a Wisconsin baseball team that plays in the Northwoods League.




The summer baseball player: ‘We’re willing to do whatever guidelines are in place because we’re just happy that we’re out here’

Cam Robinson didn’t know exactly how his summer would go from a baseball perspective.

All the 2018 Champaign Central graduate knew, though, is he wanted to play the game he loved at a high level. If an opportunity presented itself.

Enter the Northwoods League. Robinson is getting the chance to work on his pitching craft with the LaCrosse Loggers, the Wisconsin team that started its coronavirus pandemic-abbreviated season on July 1 in one of the more established wooden-bat summer leagues in the country geared towards college players.

“I kept throwing during the quarantine when I was back home,” said Robinson, who returned to Champaign in mid-March shortly after his final season at John A. Logan College in Carterville was canceled. “So I wasn’t really nervous about getting back on the field because I kept working out.”

The 6-foot-6, 200-pound right-hander signed with Louisville last November to continue his college baseball career. His initial plan this summer, pre-pandemic, was to spend about a month in Kentucky, working out with his Louisville teammates before playing in the Northwoods League. Those plans, obviously, changed once the pandemic hit.

“I’ve kept in touch with the Louisville coaches,” Robinson said. “When all of the other leagues started to get canceled, they asked me if I still wanted to play. I was all for it, and that’s how I got set up in LaCrosse.”

Robinson arrived in Wisconsin roughly three weeks ago. He made his first pitching appearance with the Loggers on July 2 and made the most of it during a 6-4 victory at Rockford. Robinson picked up the win, throwing 3 1/3 innings of shutout relief, allowing only two hits and striking out two. Heading into his scheduled road start on Saturday night against the Fond du Lac Dock Spiders, Robinson sported a 1-0 record with a 2.70 earned run average in 6 2/3 innings pitched.

He won’t finish out the shortened season with the Loggers, who are playing a regional schedule against five other teams — the Northwoods League has 22 teams spread throughout six different states and Canada — to cut down on travel. By the time the Loggers’ season is set to end Aug. 20, Robinson said he plans to be in Louisville getting ready for the upcoming school year and working out with the Cardinals’ program. He’s slated to only pitch with the Loggers likely through July.

But he’s enjoying his time so far. While following health protocols the league has in place.

He had to undergo a COVID-19 test before he arrived in Wisconsin and then again once he arrived. Social distancing protocols are in place — for instance, Robinson and his teammates spread out up and down the foul line when the national anthem is played before each game — and keeping his hands clean during games by applying hand sanitizer on a regular basis. Handshakes and high-fives are discouraged among teammates, along with any chest bumps to celebrate a big play or hit.

“It’s a little weird, but we’re all kind of adjusting to it,” Robinson said. “We all expected there to be changes. We’re willing to do whatever guidelines are in place because we’re just happy that we’re out here.”

Another aspect of playing in an out-of-state league for Robinson is living with a host family and also staying overnight at hotels when road trips are required. Initially, Robinson was a little concerned about how that would work by going into a stranger’s house and living under the same roof amid a global health crisis. But it’s gone above and beyond what Robinson anticipated.

“My host family has been great, and they got tested for COVID before I arrived so that it doesn’t put anybody at risk,” Robinson said. “The Northwoods has done a really good job on staying on top of travel, too, and making sure we follow social distancing.”

Plus, Robinson has had the chance to pitch in front of fans. Socially distanced, of course. The Loggers had 873 fans in attendance at Copeland Park — whose capacity under normal circumstances is 3,200 — on July 4 when Robinson made his second appearance of the summer, logging 3 1/3 innings out of the bullpen.

“It’s a global pandemic, so it’s weird times for everybody, but it was kind of a calm, too, to play baseball again,” Robinson said. “You’re getting back to the normal of what you’re used to, so it’s definitely been nice to be able to get up here.”




Zeke Clark

Illinois men’s tennis player Zeke Clark, left, won a tournament in Grapevine, Texas, during the final weekend in June, his first competitive tennis since March.




 

The summer tennis player: ‘It was a lot of tennis, but I’ve been training hard, so I felt ready for it. It didn’t feel like too much.’

Zeke Clark has spent the last four months training in his hometown of Tulsa, Okla.

And training. And training some more.

“I’ve definitely been missing being in that competitive environment,” said Clark, a linchpin with the Illinois men’s tennis program the last four seasons. “I try to make practices as competitive as possible, but playing when something is on the line, I’ve been missing a lot. Since our last match against Purdue, I haven’t had that.”

Until the final weekend in June when the 21-year-old Clark played — and ultimately won — the Main Street Tennis Tournament in Grapevine, Texas, a suburb of Dallas. The two-day tournament took place June 27-28, with Clark playing two singles matches and two doubles matches each day. He won the singles portion of the tournament and also the doubles part of the tournament with Pierce Rollins, who just finished his freshman season playing at Texas A&M.

“One of my buddies mentioned this tournament near Dallas to me, and it ended up lining up perfect date-wise for me,” Clark said. “It was one of the first prize money tournaments that was close enough to me and within driving range to get to. It was a little bit of a no-brainer to play. It was a lot of tennis, but I’ve been training hard, so I felt ready for it. It didn’t feel like too much.”

Although his normal preparation for a tournament in a competitive setting took on a different feel because of the coronavirus pandemic. Clark said he took a COVID-19 test before leaving for Texas.

“I did get tested a couple days before I went out there just to make sure,” Clark said. “I had a couple other guys that have been training with me from my academy that went, so we got tested as well. We thought it was the smartest thing to do. I wanted to know where I stood.”

Clark said he felt some apprehension before he took the test.

“It took, in total, maybe 10 seconds,” Clark said. “It was very quick, and it was a little uncomfortable, but knowing that you’re not harming anybody else far outweighs how it feels. I hadn’t had any symptoms or nothing that was clear to me, but going to that tournament, I wanted to make sure I was clear.”

He was, with Clark’s test results coming back negative.

“There was a lot of relief after knowing that I was OK to go out there and compete again,” Clark said.

Clark said his practice sessions in Tulsa have had strict guidelines and protocols in place. Players make sure they are practicing with space in between the courts to avoid overcrowding. Only certain tennis balls are used for each particular group.

“They’re not trying to have a lot of contact where I’m training,” Clark said. “At the tournament near Dallas, I was a little surprised because I thought there was going to be some restrictions, but there actually wasn’t. Once we started playing, it was totally normal. It was kind of nice because it was something we hadn’t experienced in quite some time, but at the same time, kind of weird with everything going on.”

Back in mid-March, when the pandemic first hit, Clark thought his college tennis career at Illinois might be over. But the NCAA granted spring sport athletes an extra year of eligibility in late March, and Clark decided in April he would return to Illinois for one final season. He’s eager to get back to Champaign, a place he hasn’t seen the last four months, but understands it’ll be a different environment on campus when he does return.

“We all obviously miss being together, both my coaches and my teammates,” Clark said. “But making sure we’re safe and smart about things is our priority. All of us have figured out a way to train and progress forward being back home even with everything going on.”

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Creighton professor apologizes for tweet over police rally

A Creighton University religion professor’s tweet referring to a support-the-police rally as a white supremacist event unleashed a backlash before it was taken down Friday. The Omaha World-Herald reports the university issue a statement saying Zachary Smith’s view didn’t represent the school. Further, the statement said, Smith “regrets his statement and sincerely apologizes for the offense it has caused.” The Creighton University College Republicans condemned Smith’s tweet.

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Nebraska prison employee tests positive for Covid-19

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — State officials said a staff member at the Nebraska State Penitentiary tested positive for the coronavirus and is self-isolating at home. The latest case brings to 24 the number of staff members working at the Nebraska Department of Corrections who have been diagnosed with COVID-19. Twenty of those have recovered. Officials are notifying people who work and live at the facility of the case, and anyone who had close contact with the staff member will be directed to self-quarantine until they are cleared by a medical provider.

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Nebraska virus hospitalizations at lowest levels since April

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The number of people hospitalized for the coronavirus in Nebraska has fallen to its lowest level since mid-April, but state officials say residents still need to exercise caution to keep the virus from spreading. Nebraska’s hospitals were treating 97 patients as of Thursday, down from a high of 257 on May 27. The state has a total of hospital 3,907 beds, and 1,583 of those were available for patients as of Thursday evening. Nebraska officials confirmed 198 new cases of the virus on Thursday and two new deaths, bringing the state totals to 20,623 cases and 284 deaths since the pandemic began.

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Nebraska physician charged in husband’s death out on bond

LEXINGTON, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska resident physician accused of fatally shooting her husband in front of their two children last month has been released on $100,000 bond. North Platte television station KNOP reports that 31-year-old Kathleen Jourdan put up 10% of her $1 million bail to be released from jail on Thursday. Jourdan is charged with second-degree murder and use of a deadly weapon in the June 17 killing of her husband, 35-year-old Joshua Jourdan. Kathleen Jourdan told police she shot her husband because she feared for herself and children during an argument between the couple inside their vehicle, which pulled over alongside Interstate 80.

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Video game pals admit to plot to firebomb Nebraska pharmacy

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Two men who plotted to firebomb a Nebraska pharmacy to benefit their own online black market drug dealing have pleaded guilty to federal criminal charges. Prosecutors in Virginia federal court say 32-year-old William Burgamy of Hanover, Maryland, ran a website called NeverPressedRX that sold oxycodone and other drugs over the darknet. His supplier was 41-year-old pharmacist Hyrum Wilson of Auburn, Nebraska. The two admitted to conspiring to blow up a competing pharmacy in Wilson’s town so Wilson’s pharmacy could pick up more business and funnel even more drugs to the darknet operation. The men met online in 2018 while playing the video game War Dragons.

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Police: Man who broke into clinic to escape storms left note

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Police say a man who broke into a Lincoln medical clinic to escape strong thunderstorms wasn’t hard to track down: He left a note on the door. The Lincoln Journal Star reports that officers were called to the MedExpress Urgent Care in east Lincoln around 1:30 a.m. Thursday for a burglar alarm as storms raged in the area. Arriving officers found a front window smashed and a Post-it note on the clinic door that said, “Exam Room 2, Ronnie.” Officers found a 23-year-old man in the exam room taking refuge from the storm. The man was arrested on suspicion of trespassing, criminal mischief and drug possession counts.

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