Atlanta Falcons owner donating $17M to civil rights museum

first_imgATLANTA (AP) — The billionaire owner of the Atlanta Falcons is donating $17 million to help a civil rights museum expand and offer new programming. Arthur Blank’s family foundation announced the gift to the National Center for Civil and Human Rights on Thursday. The vast majority of the money will fund a new, three-story west wing at the downtown Atlanta museum that will include space to educate visitors about lynching. The remaining $2 million will be used to fund storytelling and other projects that connect the history of racial injustice to contemporary challenges. Blank co-founded Home Depot Inc. He bought the Falcons in 2002 and also owns the Atlanta United soccer team.last_img read more

Update on the latest in sports:

first_img May 11, 2020 The All-Star Game, scheduled for Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on July 14, likely would be called off.In other MLB news:— Under 1% of Major League Baseball employees tested positive for antibodies to COVID-19, the illness caused by the new coronavirus. Results were based on 5,603 completed records from employees of 26 clubs. The total testing positive was 0.7%. Samples were obtained on April 14 and 15. Stanford University, the University of Southern California and the Sports Medicine Research and Testing Laboratory in Salt Lake City led the study. Data for players was not broken out. The study was not representative of the overall population, given 95% of the participants were under 65 and few reported comorbidities.— A person familiar with the planning tells The Associated Press that the World Baseball Classic will be postponed from 2021 to 2023 because of the new coronavirus. The decision must be approved by the WBC board of directors, which is expected. The fifth edition of the tournament was scheduled for next March in Taiwan, Tokyo, Phoenix and Miami. The decision to postpone was first reported by ESPN Deportes.VIRUS OUTBREAK-THE LATEST While the Calder Cup will not be handed out for the first time since 1936, the 31-team AHL hopes to return next season. That remains uncertain; one possibility is that no fans would be allowed in arenas.Incoming president and CEO Scott Howson, who will take over for David Andrews this summer, said the AHL is still planning for a full 2020-21 regular season running from Oct. 9-April 18. But it also is working on schedules that start in November, December or January.NFL-PANTHERS-OKUNG APPEALPanthers’ Okung appealing NLRB decision on labor practicesCHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Carolina Panthers offensive tackle Russell Okung says he’s appealing a decision that denied a claim he brought against the National Football League Players Association alleging unfair labor practices. The National Labor Relations Board last week dismissed Okung’s claim against the NFLPA. Okung has been outspoken against the new collective bargaining agreement between the NFL and the NFLPA that was ratified in March by players. He says union voting procedures were not handled correctly and that the union tried to silence his right to speak on the matter. In other NFL news:—The Baltimore Ravens have signed free agent guard D.J. Fluker. Fluker is expected to compete for the opening on the offensive line created by the retirement of Marshal Yanda. Fluker has 92 games of NFL experience over seven years with three teams, most recently the Seattle Seahawks. He has played primarily at right guard. The Ravens announced Monday that Fluker signed a one-year contract.PGA-RYDER CUP-ASSISTANTSStricker appoints Love, Zach Johnson as Ryder Cup assistantsPALM BEACH GARDEN, Fla. (AP) — Ryder Cup captain Steve Stricker has asked two-time U.S. captain Davis Love III and Zach Johnson to be his assistants for the upcoming matches at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin. The 6-foot-2, 185-pound forward from Pittsburgh had 10 goals and 42 assists for 52 points during his sophomore season at Providence College. Dugan was a finalist for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award as the nation’s top college player.Dugan, 21, led the NCAA this season with 1.53 points a game, 1.24 assists a game, 22 power-play points and 30 even-strength points.AHL-VIRUS OUTBREAK-AHL CANCELEDAmerican Hockey League cancels rest of season, playoffsThe American Hockey League canceled the rest of its season Monday because of the coronavirus pandemic, shifting its focus toward an uncertain future. Ravens sign Fluker, who will seek to replace Yanda at guardOWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) —The Baltimore Ravens have signed free agent guard D.J. Fluker, who is expected to compete for the opening on the offensive line created by the retirement of Marshal Yanda.Fluker has 92 games of NFL experience over seven years with three teams, most recently the Seattle Seahawks. He has played primarily at right guard, the position Yanda manned for the majority of his 13 seasons before retiring in March.Fluker signed a one-year contract, the Ravens announced Monday. He has 88 career starts, the last 57 of them at guard. The 6-foot-5, 342-pound Fluker started in 14 regular-season games and had two playoff starts for Seattle at right guard last season.In other NFL news: —The Las Vegas Raiders have agreed to a deal with former Denver Broncos running back Devontae Booker. The 5-foot-11, 219-pound Booker was a fourth-round pick by Denver in 2016 and played four seasons with the Broncos. Booker rushed for 1,103 yards in 61 games over his career. He wasn’t re-signed by Denver in the offseason. The Raiders also waived linebacker Derrick Moncrief.NHL-GOLDEN KNIGHTS-DUGANNCAA leading scorer Dugan agrees to join Golden KnightsLAS VEGAS (AP) — NCAA leading scorer Jack Dugan agreed Monday to turn pro and join the Vegas Golden Knights.Dugan was a fifth-round pick of the Golden Knights during their first draft in 2017. Because of his age, his NHL entry-level contract beginning next season would be for two years. A person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press. Spring training would start in early to mid-June.MLB officials are slated to make a presentation to the union on Tuesday. An agreement with the players’ association is needed, and talks are expected to be difficult — especially over a proposal for a revenue split that would be unprecedented for baseball.Each team would play about 82 regular-season games: against opponents in its own division plus interleague matchups limited to AL East vs. NL East, AL Central vs. NL Central and AL West vs. NL West.Postseason play would be expanded from 10 clubs to 14 by doubling wild cards in each league to four.Teams would prefer to play at their regular-season ballparks but would switch to spring training stadiums or neutral sites if medical and government approvals can’t be obtained for games at home. Toronto might have to play home games in Dunedin, Florida. —The coronavirus pandemic is impacting how college athletic programs make their travel plans as they budget for the upcoming year. The cancellation of the NCAA Tournament has produced a budget crunch that leaves colleges looking for cost-saving measures. One simple step is to cut back on travel. Chattanooga took a creative approach by announcing that any 2020-21 away games that hadn’t already been scheduled must be played within 150 miles of its campus. Other schools also are trying to make their trips as short as possible without instituting any specific limits.— Chicago Cubs outfielder Ian Happ is using his love of coffee to help raise money for COVID-19 relief charities. The 25-year-old Happ is partnering with Connect Roasters for Quarantine Coffee. It costs $15 per bag, and $3 from every sale goes to virus-related causes.— The Big Sky Conference is leaving the decision of when to return to sports up to its member schools.The Big Sky’s President’s Council voted to allow schools in one of the nation’s largest geographical conferences to make decisions based on NCAA and state guidelines. The conference also adjusted the schedule of volleyball, track, women’s soccer, softball and tennis for the 2020-21 school year in an effort to limit travel as schools face mounting budget issues.— Canada’s National Bank is offering cash grants to each of 23 tennis players from the country who are facing financial issues because of the coronavirus pandemic. Tennis Canada announced the grants of $10,000 to $20,000 in Canadian dollars, or about $7,000 to $14,000 in U.S. dollars, from National Bank on Monday, saying the amounts will depend on a player’s ranking.NFL-RAVENS-FLUKER Update on the latest in sports: Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-BASEBALLAP source: MLB owners approve plan to start season in JulyNEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball owners gave the go-ahead Monday to making a proposal to the players’ union that could lead to the coronavirus-delayed season starting around the Fourth of July weekend in ballparks without fans, a plan that envisioned expanding the designated hitter to the National League for 2020. Stricker previously appointed the last captain, Jim Furyk, to be one of his assistants. The Ryder Cup is still on schedule to be played Sept. 25-27 — one week after the rescheduled U.S. Open.Love was captain at Medinah in Illinois in 2012 when Europe rallied from a 10-6 deficit on the final day, the largest comeback by a visiting team in Ryder Cup history. He was appointed captain again for the 2016 matches at Hazeltine in Minnesota, the first Ryder Cup since players were given more control over decisions. The Americans won for only the second time in eight matches.,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

Dalvin Cook injury update: Vikings RB says leaving game vs. Seahawks was precautionary

first_imgVikings running back Dalvin Cook went to the locker room midway through the third quarter of Monday night’s 37-30 loss to the Seahawks and didn’t play another snap, but he said after the game he was held out for precautionary reasons. Cook had popped up on the Vikings injury report Thursday with a chest injury that he said occurred last week against the Broncos and limited him in practice. He practiced fully Friday and began Monday’s game without issue, but the injury was aggravated against the Seahawks. Dalvin Cook said he got hit on the chest injury he’d sustained against the Broncos, but added he could have gone back in the game, saying he sat for precautionary reasons. He said he’ll be good to go for Detroit.— Ben Goessling (@GoesslingStrib) December 3, 2019On his final play of the game, Cook was trying to recover his own fumble but had his arm pinned behind him by a defender. He walked to the locker room, was listed as questionable to return, came back to the sideline quickly but never put his helmet on or re-entered the game. The fumble gave Seattle a key possession late in the close game.  Minnesota wide receiver Stefon Diggs was also hurt on the play, but he quickly recovered and was in on Minnesota’s next drive.MORE: Updated NFL playoff pictureHere’s the Diggs & Cook injuries pic.twitter.com/O9pAqUAy8u— Vikings Blogger (@firstandskol) December 3, 2019Without Cook, the Vikings relied on backup Alexander Mattison, a rookie with 394 yards on 82 carries entering Monday and added 22 yards on four rushes against the Seahawks.last_img read more

ARE YOU DONEGAL’S NEXT SINGING STAR?

first_imgDonegal Youth Choir Auditions are being held this weekend.The choir is growing from strength to strength since its formation just a few years ago and is a great outlet for young adults to build confidence and explore their creativity.The group has enjoyed numerous performances throughout Donegal in venues such as An Grianán Theatre, Balor Arts Centre and The Abbey Centre. Members have also had the opportunity to work with members of the Irish Youth Chamber Choir. Led by Sara Laughlin, the choir rehearses on Sunday afternoons in the Regional Cultural Centre in Letterkenny and has members from across the County. Open to boys and girls from ages 14 to 25, membership is by audition.The choir is currently auditioning for new members. Auditions will be held on Sunday 15 September in the Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny, from 2 – 3.30pm, and you are required to prepare one piece to perform at the audition.If you enjoy singing and would like to be a part of this vibrant young group then come along and audition!• Open to 14 – 25 yr olds, male and female • A great opportunity to meet other singers• Improve singing technique and performance skills• Build confidence• While an ability to read music is desirable it is not compulsory to become a member.• Enjoy a range of performance opportunities. The VEC also have Junior (7 – 10yr olds) and Intermediate Choirs (11 – 13 yr olds) in Carndonagh, Letterkenny, Dungloe and Carrick.For further information, contact Donegal Music Education on:-074 917 6293 / email musiceducation@donegalvec.ie / www.dmep.ieARE YOU DONEGAL’S NEXT SINGING STAR? was last modified: September 10th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:auditionsdonegal youth choirRCClast_img read more