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first_imgThe sheer amount of new regulation is giving European pension funds less room to manoeuvre, according to Barbara Rupf Bee, head of Global Client Group for the EMEA at Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management (DeAWM).Rupf Bee told IPE that pension fund trustees were now even less inclined to take risks that might lead to lower returns than they were before the financial crisis – “even if you take the low-interest-rate situation into account”.She added: “We went from the prudent-person principle to indecision due to the potential personal impact.”The overall increase in new regulation, she said, marked a “significant change” for the market that increased costs and “harmed” end investors. But she acknowledged that investors were now taking a “more informed” approach to their strategies in general, including passive and alternative investments in particular.As an example, she cited hedge funds, which gained “more transparency through UCITS structures” and offered an “indirect hedge” for many investors.“After the market downturns of recent weeks, we get a lot of clients asking how they can include short positions in their portfolios,” she said.But Rupf Bee stressed that hedge funds and other alternatives were no longer simply added to portfolios as individual asset classes.Instead, investors are now applying “alternative strategies to other investments” such as long/short equity positions or distressed debt.She pointed out that the shift away from fixed income had been relatively slow for institutional investors in Germany, where the bursting of the dotcom bubble is still “more present than with other investors”.German institutions, she said, “seem to prefer to allocate to real estate and private equity rather than increase their equity holdings”.Rupf Bee argued that, overall, investors were “much more aware of their individual portfolio’s risk structure” and looking for “real bespoke solutions” rather than investment approaches.“Asset managers are approached directly to offer these solutions individually for each client,” she said. She described this new client approach as “product agnostic”.According to her, investors are looking for modular solutions into which they can fit risk overlays and asset allocations.For smaller institutional investors, the multi-asset approach has become increasingly attractive, as they have “found it difficult to get asset timing right themselves”.last_img read more


first_imgYo Takatsuki, AXA IM’s head of ESG research and engagement, said: “Transition bonds would allow the quality of the green bond market to avoid being diluted by issuances where the environmental benefit of projects being financed is less clear.”He added: “We believe green bonds must remain a market which prioritises ambition, quality and integrity. It cannot be undermined by secondary concerns.“The creation of transition bonds will help maintain the level of quality of the green bond market while offering a source of financing for the other activities necessary for the technological and energy change that will perpetuate the advent of a low carbon world and economy.”Insight laments green bond ‘bolt-ons’ AXA IM’s call comes after Insight Investment, one of the UK’s largest fixed income managers, reported that many green bonds or other “impact” investments were not meeting its minimum standards for sustainability.In its 2019 responsible investment report it said 10 green bonds had fallen short of its basic expectations this year, up from one in 2018.There was a “pressing need” for greater alignment between the objectives of impact bonds and issuers’ strategic interests, it said.Too many impact bonds were “simply bolt-on sustainability programmes, quite separate to the ongoing activities of their issuers’ day to day businesses”, said Josh Kendall, senior ESG analyst at Insight Investment.“It prompts the question: how authentic are these bonds? We want to reach a point where there is no distinction between a bond’s impact objectives and its issuer’s core operational activities.” AXA Investment Managers has called for a new type of bond to help carbon-intensive companies move away from fossil fuels, a role it says the green bond market should not be asked to play.The €729.8bn asset manager said “transition bonds”, as it dubbed the proposed type of debt, were necessary for those companies that would struggle to credibly issue green bonds because they operated in greenhouse gas intensive industries or did not currently – and for the foreseeable future may not – have enough green assets to finance.It said that “transition bonds” would be used by companies solely to finance certain projects, such as carbon capture storage, co-generation plants or gas transport infrastructure that can be switched to lower carbon intensity fuels.They would help investors overcome “the major challenge of providing capital not just to companies which are already green, but to those which have ambitions to become so,” the asset manager said. According to AXA IM, the green bond market should not be called upon to facilitate this.last_img read more


first_imgOutside 104 Hawken Drive, St Lucia.Mortland & Co principal Karen Mortland said the market at St Lucia was “excellent”.“People are talking the market down but St Lucia is a very, very solid blue chip suburb,” Ms Mortland said.More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019“It always has been.” The house at 104 Hawken Drive, St Lucia, sold for $1.85 million.THE market in St Lucia continues to remain strong despite other whispers of negativity.The sale of 104 Hawken Drive supports that, garnering three written offers before selling for $1.85 million. One of the living areas.Ms Mortland said 36 groups inspected the property at open homes, and it was bought by a family.“They had been looking for a while and were really honing in on St Lucia,” she said.“They love the open-plan and the northeast aspect to the rear, as well as that they had a quiet backyard overlooking the pool.center_img The indoor area flows seamlessly outside through bi-fold doors.“But most of all, they love the area more than anything else.”St Lucia is popular for its closeness to popular schools such as Ironside State School, St Peter’s Lutheran College, and University of Queensland. According to CoreLogic data, the median house sale price St Lucia is $1,147,500.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p360p360p216p216pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWhy location is everything in real estate01:59last_img read more


first_imgNZ Herald 21 Oct 2012There is upset in the nursing profession, where some nurses say their union is misrepresenting them on the issue of redefining marriage. The New Zealand Nurses Organisation, which speaks for over 46,000 health workers, is supporting changes to the marriage laws. But some members aren’t happy and have contacted lobby group Family First. Family First’s Bob McCoskrie said it seems the campaign is being driven by a few people at the top of the organisation. “I can’t see the connection between a nurses union and the definition of marriage. We think the union is misrepresenting its members and the members of the union who have contacted us (are) very annoyed about this (and) also feel that they’ve been misrepresented,” he said. He said the Nurses Organisation has a duty to represent its members accurately. “You’ve got to ask yourself the question, what is the connection between the definition of marriage and nursing? We’d say there’s not a direct connection and this is an issue outside of their authority to try and represent their members on.”http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10841901last_img read more


first_img “I think in terms of quality. The way they think about football is different. It is always evident when the top teams play in the Champions League, and the Spanish teams are always coming out tops. So that tells you about the quality of the league there. “Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying the Premier League is bad but when the English teams clash with their Spanish counterparts, it shows how good one league is better than the other. “In terms of glamour, the money and the publicity, the Premier League is the best in the world but in real football sense – in terms of the quality, the Spanish league is the best.” Read Also:Nigeria 1-0 Burundi: Ighalo did his job – Finidi Finidi won the 1994 African Cup of Nations with the Super Eagles and was an essential member of the Nigeria team during the 1990s, appearing in two World Cups. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Former Super Eagles star, George Finidi, is in awe of the glamour and razzmatazz of the English Premier League, but the 62-cap ex-international believes the Spanish La Liga is the best in the world. Finidi George The EPL, the top level of the English football league system, is the most-watched sports league in the world. Yet La Liga have enjoyed better ratings with the Spanish Primera Division having been the top league in Europe over the last five years. The Spanish sides have also won the most UEFA Champions League (18), UEFA Europa League (11), UEFA Super Cup (15), and FIFA Club World Cup (7) titles. These exploits have convinced Finidi, who played several years in Spain with Real Betis before a brief spell in England with Ipswich, that the La Liga stands tall above all others. Speaking to The Vanguard News about which of the Netherlands, Spain, and England have the best league, the former UEFA Champions League winner with Ajax said,Advertisement Loading… center_img Promoted ContentWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo9 Iconic Roles Nobody Wanted To PlayThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone11 Strange Facts About Your Favorite TV ShowsThis Happy Shiba Inu Pics Will Overwhelm You With CutenessA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsThese TV Characters Proved That Any 2 People Can Bury The Hatchet2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street Artlast_img read more


first_imgThe discrimination is felt morestrongly in municipalities with confirmed local COVID-19 transmissions –Guimbal and Lambunao. People from these towns seeking treatment for medicalconditions other than COVID-19 are being turned away by hospitals in the cityand province. The reason cited, according toGonzales, was that Lambunao’s Dr. Ricardo Y. Ladrido Memorial Hospital (DRYMH)– a provincial government-run district hospital – is catering to persons underinvestigation (PUI) for possible COVID-19 infection. But Garin lamented, “Thoughtlessnessexacerbates discrimination.” Lambunao is taking great risk bytaking in PUI patients from various municipalities thus, Gonzales said, theleast that Ilonggos can do is show compassion to Lambunaonons./PN “In fact, our mayor campaigned againstit,” said Gonzales. The staff proceeded to the IloiloDoctors’ Hospital but she was turned away, according to Garin.  Dejected, Garin said, her staff wentto the West Visayas State University Medical Center but she was also turneddown. “My staff will be all right. We willdo our utmost to sort this out. But this should not have happened,” Garin said. It all started on March 31 when theDepartment of Health (DOH) Region 6 summarily classified as persons undermonitoring (PUMs) for possible COVID-19 infection all residents of Guimbalafter a case of local COVID-19 transmission was confirmed there. Alarmed local officials are appealingfor compassion. “As a result of this designation,coupled with confirmed COVID-19 infections in our town, our residents have beenstigmatized,” lamented Gonzales PREVENTIVE MEASURE. Personnel of the Bureau of Fire Protection are setting up a disinfection booth at the transport terminal in Barangay Ungka, Jaro, Iloilo City as an added measure against the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN In Lambunao, the house of the town’sfirst case of COVID-19 was pelted with stones following the DOH-6’sconfirmation on Friday that four other members of the patient’s family – thewife and their three children – also tested positive for the disease. “I am calling for compassion on thepart of administrators of other hospitals in the province and city of Iloilo.Do not discriminate Lambunao residents who seek treatment in your hospitals,”said Gonzales. He revealed that residents of hismunicipality with medical conditions other than COVID-19 and seeking treatmentin Iloilo City hospitals and other district hospitals in the province werebeing rejected. DRYMH has been designated by DOH-6 asmedical facility in Iloilo where PUIs with mild symptoms should be confined. DOH-6 eventually reversed itsdeclaration after much criticism. Also because of such designation, theProvincial Board member said, DRYMH was forced to close its general andpediatric services, although it can still receive emergency medical cases. DRYMH frontliners are also bearing thebrunt of this hospital designation that the municipality of Lambunao did notask for, he added. Sangguniang Panlalawigan member Jason Gonzales,former mayor of Lambunao, wondered where human empathy went. ILOILO City – The increasing number ofconfirmed cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in this city and Iloiloprovince are making people anxious and extremely self-protective bordering ondiscrimination. “Discrimination will destroy oursociety, not the virus,” warned AAMBIS-Owwa party-list’s Rep. Sharon Garin whohas a pregnant staff scheduled for caesarean delivery. She appealed to all Ilonggos, “Don’tlet the virus kill our humanity.”last_img read more


first_img The Belgium international struck from an electrifyingly quick counter-attack in the first half which left defenders trailing in his wake. His sixth goal of the season, although only his third in 18 league appearances, was enough to ensure David Moyes’ side built on their victory over champions Manchester City before the international break. Stoke should have gone ahead within three minutes. Ryan Shotton’s long throw picked out Robert Huth, whose header was well saved by Tim Howard – but Jon Walters crashed the follow-up against the crossbar from close range. Aside from two Nikica Jelavic headers, one straight at Asmir Begovic and the other deflected wide by Huth, Everton produced little in the opening 25 minutes. Goalkeeper Tim Howard was returning to the starting line-up after recovering from two broken bones in his back but no-one expected him to provide the assist for the opening goal in the 28th minute. Marc Wilson’s cross from a short free-kick was punched clear by the American and landed at the feet of Mirallas, the Everton player highest up the pitch. Although the Belgium international gave Steven Nzonzi a chance to nick the ball in the centre-circle the midfielder could not accept the invitation, got in a tangle and his opponent raced clear. There are few who can match Mirallas in full flow and although Stoke scrambled to get back the £6million summer signing could not be caught, clipping a shot which Begovic got a hand to but could not stop. With his confidence boosted the former Olympiacos forward then thrashed a shot across Begovic’s goal and wide of the far post from the right corner of the penalty area. In the second half Huth planted a header wide from Glenn Whelan’s free-kick when he should have hit the target – and therein lies Stoke’s problem. When their considerable strengths, the physicality which grinds teams down and the aerial ability which often causes opponents so many problems, fail them there is nothing else in reserve. Press Associationcenter_img Forward Kevin Mirallas kept Everton’s bid for Champions League football alive with the only goal to increase Stoke’s worries as their slide down the table continued following a 1-0 defeat at Goodison Park.last_img read more


first_img Press Association The unlucky Tim Howard then diverted in a third in the 69th minute after initially saving Aguero’s penalty. The victory was only City’s third in 13 attempts against Everton, who tasted defeat for the first time in the league under Roberto Martinez. Despite his refusal to confirm that Hart would start following his mistakes against Bayern, City boss Manuel Pellegrini showed faith in the England man while changing more than half his team. Only Vincent Kompany survived from the defence that faced the European champions while David Silva, James Milner and Negredo were also included. Everton boss Martinez was without on-loan Gareth Barry, ineligible against his parent club, and the Toffees missed the midfielder’s calm presence in a frenetic first half. Hart was straight into the action, diving on a ball from Steven Naismith with Lukaku lurking, but it was City who had the best of the early chances. In the fifth minute, Howard pushed a shot from Yaya Toure behind, while two minutes later half the crowd thought the hosts had taken the lead when Aleksandar Kolarov’s free-kick flew into the side-netting. But it was Everton who made the breakthrough in the 16th minute, and again there were questions over Hart. Defeats by Aston Villa and Bayern Munich had made this a very important game for City and under-pressure goalkeeper Joe Hart, and they responded in style at the Etihad Stadium. Romelu Lukaku put Everton ahead in the 16th minute but Alvaro Negredo equalised a minute later and Sergio Aguero struck to give the hosts the lead just before half-time. A long ball from Phil Jagielka beat the City defence rather too easily and Lukaku broke into the area before placing a shot under Hart’s right hand. The Toffees had no time to enjoy their lead, though, as from the restart City poured forward and Toure played in Negredo, who beat Howard. There was no let-up in the pace of the game, and it was the hosts who were doing most of the pressing. Milner’s deflected cross hit the outside of the near post, while in the 26th minute Aguero missed a clear chance when he shot wide after being played in by the impressive Silva. City were dealt a blow in the 35th minute when captain Kompany limped off to be replaced by Matija Nastasic. The Serbian’s first act was a risky push in the back on Lukaku in the area but referee Jon Moss waved away muted penalty appeals. It had not been Aguero’s day, the Argentinian unusually clumsy in the final third, but he showed the sort of clinical touch for which he is renowned to give City the lead in the 45th minute. Silva was the architect, the Spaniard’s precise pass helping Aguero, who was just onside, beat former City man Sylvain Distin and tuck the ball into the far corner. Aguero could even have had another before half-time after being played clean through by Toure’s chipped pass but Jagielka got back to deny the striker. City were keen to add a third and pressed hard at the start of the second half without creating a real chance. Everton hit their hosts on the break with a fine ball from Ross Barkley putting Kevin Mirallas through but the Belgian’s first touch was too heavy and Hart was able to pounce. Kolarov, who had been having an influential game, was forced off in the 58th minute after suffering a cut to his forehead when he was nudged into a collision with Nastasic by Naismith. City were in the wars, with Pablo Zabaleta also taking a bang that drew blood, but with cotton wool up his nose he returned to the pitch and promptly won a penalty. Seamus Coleman leant into the full-back, who seemed to go down easily, and Everton were furious with Moss’s decision. Aguero stepped up and Howard tipped his shot onto a post but the ball hit the keeper in the back of the head on the rebound and went in. Martinez had sent on Darron Gibson and Gerard Deulofeu for Leon Osman and Mirallas but Everton could not put any real pressure on Hart. City continued to look the side more likely to score and Howard prevented Negredo from making it four with a smart stop before also denying substitute Samir Nasri in injury time. Manchester City ended Everton’s unbeaten record in the Barclays Premier League to finish a difficult week on a high with a 3-1 victory.last_img read more


first_imgBRISBANE, Australia (CMC) – Rookie Shimron Hetmyer continued to press his case for a return to the Test team, with another whirlwind hundred on the opening day of a two-day tour match against Northern Suburb Districts Invitational XI here yesterday.The 20-year-old left-hander smashed a better than run-a-ball 119, as West Indies piled up 352 for eight at the Ian Healy Oval.Kieran Powell scored 65, opening partner Kraigg Brathwaite got 43 while captain Jason Holder chipped in with 35.Seamer Andrew Gode was the best bowler with two for 57.In the first warm-up match of the camp prior to the New Zealand series later this month, Powell got the innings off to a pleasant start with a knock that included seven fours and two sixes from 87 deliveries.He put on 111 with Brathwaite who was patient in contrast, requiring 104 balls for his innings, striking fours and two sixes.However, it was the arrival of Hetmyer at number three that livened up the game as the former Young West Indies captain got stuck into Northern’s bowling, belting 12 fours and eight sixes in an entertaining knock.Hetmtyer made his Test debut against Pakistan earlier this year, playing three Tests with little success. He subsequently lost his place in the team for the tours of England and Zimbabwe though he remained in the touring party.He gave tour selectors a reminder of his immense talent on the tour of England when he smashed an unbeaten 128 off 120 balls in a drawn two-day tour match against Leicestershire last September.When Hetmyer retired yesterday, Holder stroked five fours and a six in a 56-ball knock and Raymon Reifer, an unbeaten 20 off 73 balls, as West Indies ended strongly.The Caribbean side arrived here last weekend for a preparation camp ahead of the two-Test tour of New Zealand starting month end.last_img read more


first_imgSEC weighs football seasonUNDATED (AP) — Southeastern Conference athletic directors met in person Monday at league headquarters in Alabama to discuss the prospects for a football season with COVID-19 cases spiking throughout much of the South.SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey said in a statement afterward that it’s “clear that current circumstances related to COVID-19 must improve.” The Big Ten and Pac-12 have said they would only play conference schedules this fall in football and other sports. Sankey said SEC leaders “believe that late July will provide the best clarity for making the important decisions ahead of us.” The group met in the large Kramer-Moore Conference room to allow for social distancing. Other groups and individuals participated by videoconference.Among topics discussed were possible scheduling options for holding athletic competition this fall, along with game management at events.In other developments: — Charlie Blackmon has returned to the Colorado Rockies after recovering from the coronavirus. The All-Star outfielder was the first major league player known to have contracted COVID-19. Blackmon says he’s trying to regain his physical fitness and hopes to be ready for the start of the pandemic-delayed season July 24. Blackmon says he was fortunate not to get too sick from the virus. He says he was only ill for 36 hours and it wasn’t as bad as the flu he came down with a couple of years ago. — Hard-throwing St. Louis Cardinals reliever Jordan Hicks has opted out of playing this season, citing pre-existing health concerns. The 23-year-old Hicks was diagnosed in high school as having Type 1 diabetes. Hicks, who routinely throws over 100 mph, is recovering from Tommy John surgery on June 26, 2019. The right-hander’s availability for this season was uncertain. Hicks had been taking part in workouts at Busch Stadium, leading up to the Cardinals’ opener on July 24 at home against Pittsburgh.VIRUS OUTBREAK-NBAWestbrook tests positiveLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Russell Westbrook of the Houston Rockets says he has tested positive for coronavirus, and that he plans to eventually join his team at the restart of the NBA season. Church was diagnosed with pneumonia a week ago at the retirement facility where he lived in Reno, Nevada, and was taken to a hospital. His daughter, Debbie Anderson, says he contracted COVID-19 there and died. Church’s best finish in the Kentucky Derby was fifth place in 1950 aboard Oil Capitol. The Canadian-born jockey won five straight races in one day at Chicago’s old Washington Park on June 10, 1952. —The Patriot League has joined the Ivy League and called off fall sports because of the pandemic. The league’s 10 Division I schools will not compete this fall in football, soccer and women’s volleyball. The Ivy League announced a similar decision last week. VIRUS OUTBREAK-NFL-FACE SHIELDSNFL comes up with face shields for helmetsUNDATED (AP) — With NFL training camps set to start at the end of the month, the league believes it is one step closer to addressing player safety amid the coronavirus pandemic. It has come up with face shields for the players’ helmets. The face shield was designed by Oakley, which already provides visors for the players. July 14, 2020 Braves say they won’t change name but studying chop chantATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves say they have no plans to follow the lead of the NFL’s Washington Redskins and change their team name. The tomahawk chop chant used by Braves fans is under review, however. The team said in the letter it is seeking input from the Native American community, fans, players and former players as it examines the fan experience, including the chant. The Redskins announced Monday they will change their name and Indian head logo.The Braves say they have established a “cultural working relationship” with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in North Carolina and formed a Native American Working Group. The name came with the team on its move from Milwaukee to Atlanta in 1966. The name was adopted in 1912, when the team was based in Boston. LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rajon Rondo has broken his right thumb in practice with the Los Angeles Lakers in Orlando. The veteran point guard will be out for six to eight weeks. Rondo has been a key backup during his second season with the Lakers, who signed him shortly after adding LeBron James to the roster in July 2018. Rondo is averaging 7.1 points, 5.0 assists and 3.0 rebounds in 48 appearances this season, including three starts. He has been a regular presence on the floor late in close games, with coach Frank Vogel trusting his veteran leadership and playmaking.VIRUS OUTBREAK-NHLNHL says 43 tested positive Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditREDSKINS-NICKNAMEWashington NFL team dropping ‘Redskins’ name after 87 yearsWASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington NFL team is shedding the “Redskins” name effective immediately. The Washington Mystics star said in a statement Monday that the independent panel of doctors the league and union agreed upon to decide whether players should be medically excused deemed her not to be “high risk, and should be permitted to play in the bubble.” Had Delle Donne been medically excused, she would have earned her entire salary for the season. Now, if she chooses not to play, the defending WNBA champion Mystics wouldn’t have to pay her.Delle Donne has battled Lyme disease since 2008. The disease is not included on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s list of underlying conditions that could put someone at an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.Delle Donne’s new teammate Tina Charles also was waiting for a decision from the medical panel. If both players miss the season, the Mystics would be down to 10 players on the roster.NFL-LIONS-OKUDALions sign 1st-round pick Okudah, Swift, Cephus, Huntley’ Chicago’s event typically draws about 45,000 runners and wheelchair athletes, and more than one million spectators. Mayor Lori Lightfoot says she is personally disappointed at the cancellation. The Boston Marathon and New York Marathon have also been canceled because of the pandemic.OBIT-KEN CHURCHJockey Ken Church, winner of over 2,000 races, dies at 90UNDATED (AP) — Ken Church, who rode over 2,000 winners during a 20-year career that included four mounts in the Kentucky Derby, has died at age 90. center_img Associated Press Update on the latest sports MLB-BASEBALL ROUNDUPMajor league teams try to ramp up the competition in campUNDATED (AP) — Major league teams are working out in mostly empty ballparks, mindful the long-awaited start to the season is barely a week away and fans won’t be coming. So teams are trying as best they can to ramp up the competitiveness of summer camps conducted in isolation. Several teams announced upcoming exhibition games, including Houston at Kansas City, Kansas City at St. Louis, and Cleveland against Pittsburgh. The Milwaukee Brewers will play intrasquad games for several nights starting Tuesday and are dubbing them the Blue and Gold World Series, a nod to manager Craig Counsell’s alma mater, Notre Dame. Also in MLB: The change comes less than two weeks after owner Dan Snyder launched an organizational review amid pressure from sponsors to make a change. FedEx, Nike, Pepsi and Bank of America all lined up against the name, which was given to the franchise in 1933 when the team was still based in Boston.A new name for one of football’s oldest franchises must still be selected and it’s unclear how soon that will happen. Native American experts and advocates have long protested the name they call a “dictionary-defined racial slur.” More than a dozen Native leaders and organizations wrote to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell last week demanding an immediate end to Washington’s use of the name.Goodell, who has fielded questions on the topic for years, said he supported the review. BRAVES-NICKNAMES ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions have signed first-round pick Jeff Okudah.The Lions also announced Monday that they signed second-round selection D’Andre Swift along with fifth-round picks Quintez Cephus and Jason Huntley.Detroit drafted Okudah, a former Ohio State standout, with third overall pick and made him the highest-drafted cornerback since Shawn Springs was selected from the same school by Seattle in 1997. The Lions are hoping he becomes a game-changing talent to help a defense that ranked No. 31 in the league last season.LAKERS-RONDO INJUREDLakers G Rajon Rondo breaks thumb in practice, out 6-8 weeks The union’s medical director had suggested that players wear face masks to help control the spread of the virus, but players shot down that idea. The face shield has received a better response than the mask suggestion.VIRUS OUTBREAK-CHICAGO MARATHONChicago marathon canceledCHICAGO (AP) — The Bank of America Chicago Marathon has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. In a statement Monday, marathon organizers and city officials cited the challenge of staging the large-scale Oct. 11 event while COVID-19 concerns endure. As of Sunday, Chicago’s health department reported 55,184 confirmed cases of the virus and 2,682 deaths due to complications from COVID-19. Westbrook made the revelation Monday on social media. As recently as Sunday, the Rockets believed that Westbrook and James Harden — neither of whom traveled with the team to Walt Disney World near Orlando last week — would be with the team in the next few days. In Westbrook’s case, that now seems most unlikely.WNBA-DELLE DONNEWNBA MVP Delle Donne says league denied her medical waiverNEW YORK (AP) — Elena Delle Donne’s request to be medically excused from the WNBA season has been denied, according to the league’s reigning MVP. UNDATED (AP) — The NHL says 43 players tested positive for the coronavirus from June 8 through the end of the league’s optional workouts.That number announced Monday includes 30 who tested positive at team facilities and 13 the league is aware of who tested positive outside the league’s protocols for its Phase 2.The NHL opened Phase 3 Monday with the start of training camps for the 24-team playoffs, scheduled to open in two hub Canadian cities — Toronto and Edmonton, Alberta — on Aug. 1. Players had until Monday evening to elect to opt out of competition without penalty.All players who tested positive self-isolated. The NHL is not sharing names of the players who test positive or the teams involved.VIRUS OUTBREAK-COLLEGE SPORTSlast_img read more