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(Grand Island, NE) - The Mayor’s office is carefully monitoring the evolving circumstances presented by the coronavirus. A public health emergency has been declared in the United States and on March 13 Governor Ricketts declared a public health emergency in the State of Nebraska.
Directed Health Measures for this area, county and Grand Island have been ordered by the
Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services and by the Central District Health
Department. In cooperation with these agencies and their efforts to prevent the spread of
Covid-19 and demands upon our medical community, Mayor Steele ordered that Jackrabbit
Run Golf Course and Heartland Shooting Park will close to the public effective March 31,
2020 until further notice.

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Central District Health Department Release: Today we report a total of six lab confirmed cases. Our first two cases of Covid-19 were reported on March 26, 2020. We have determined there is community spread and issued a Directed Health Measure for Hall, Hamilton and Merrick Counties on March 28, 2020.

During the first weeks of COVID-19 spread in the United States, our efforts were directed toward containing the virus; that is reducing the likelihood that we would see cases in our district. Given the highly contagious nature of COVID-19, we knew we could not prevent the virus entirely.  Now that we have community spread, our goal is to limit the number of cases at any one time in order to reduce the demand on our healthcare system. By reducing the number of people who have COVID-19 at any one time, we help keep the healthcare demand manageable.

The incubation period (time from exposure to onset of first symptoms) for COVID-19 can be up to 14 days. The symptoms range from no symptoms at all to fever alone or cough or shortness of breath or sore throat or severe fatigue or diarrhea. People with any of these symptoms should self-quarantine for 14 days, and if symptoms worsen, contact their healthcare provider.

 

There has been community concern for a birthday party held on March 14, 2020 in our district. CDHD reported no positive cases of COVID-19 at that time, and therefore no notice was provided to the public. We urge the community to focus on the fact that the virus is active in our community now and will likely continue to spread. Every one of us has a responsibility to reduce that spread by practicing social distancing and staying home when sick.  Refer to DHS 2020-1 (attached) for clarification and further information of the Directed Health Measure issued yesterday.

There is a statewide coronavirus (COVID-19) information line to help answer general questions and share the latest information and resources with Nebraskans to help keep them informed: (402) 552-6645; hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. CST, 7 days a week. CDHD’s Covid line (308)385-5175 will be operational 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. over the weekend.

CDHD encourages residents to stay informed by checking CDHD’s website at www.cdhd.ne.gov for local information and updates, as well as links to the state and national websites.


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North Platte, Ne - West Central District Health Department (WCDHD) has identified two hospitalized patients who have tested positive for COVID-19.While it is still early in the investigation, WCDHD will continue to aggressively work to determine the COVID-19 exposure source. This brings the total to five confirmed positive cases in Lincoln County. 


The first case is a male in his 90s who is currently hospitalized. 


The second individual is a female in her 80s who is currently hospitalized. 


“All of us have a role to play in this response. It’s critical that we continue to work together and focus on social distancing, self-isolation when ill and quarantining with high risk exposure to help slow the spread of COVID-19.” said Shannon Vanderheiden executive director of WCDHD. 


Public health officials would like to remind everyone that if you have symptoms of respiratory illness, please IMMEDIATLEY self-isolate and contact your healthcare provider or your local health department.



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MARCH 28, 2020 (OMAHA, NEB.)  — The Nebraska State Patrol is mourning the passing of Lt. Craig Loveless, who has served Nebraska for the last 33 years. Lt. Loveless, 54, of Omaha, passed away Friday, March 27, after a lengthy battle with cancer.

“Craig was universally admired throughout our State Patrol family,” said Colonel John Bolduc, Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol. “His bravery on our SWAT Teams, his expertise in training new troopers, and his leadership in the field have left a lasting impact on the State Patrol and all who worked alongside Craig.”

Lt. Loveless #172 joined NSP in 1987 and started his career in the Patrol Division, stationed in Omaha. In 1994, he transferred to Investigative Services and spent several years representing NSP on the Metro Area Fugitive Task Force. In 2005, Loveless was promoted to Sergeant at the NSP Training Academy in Grand Island, where he served for nine years.

While Loveless was instructing at the Training Academy, roughly 25 percent of all current NSP Troopers went through basic recruit camp. He also served in SWAT for 20 years and was the Special Operations Coordinator during his time in Grand Island. In 2014, Loveless was promoted to Lieutenant for the Patrol Division in Omaha, where he served for the rest of his career.

“We’re all better for having worked with Craig. Without question, he’s made Nebraska a safer place through his service and the lasting effect he has had on our agency,” said Colonel Bolduc. “Our hearts are with Craig’s fiancé and his children during this difficult time.”

Funeral arrangements are pending.  


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(CDHD Release) - It is with deep sadness that Central District Health Department (CDHD) reports a COVID-19-related death of a hospitalized woman with underlying health issues in her 60s in Hall County. This is the third lab-confirmed case of COVID-19 and the first death reported in the Central District.

All identified close contacts will be notified, asked to self-quarantine (stay home) and be actively monitored twice daily by CDHD for fever and respiratory symptoms.

“We have community spread of the COVID-19 virus at this time,” states Anderson. “CDHD is in communication with state officials in regard to issuing a state Directed Health Measure.”

Typical symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough, sore throat and shortness of breath. People who are concerned they may have COVID-19 should self-isolate (have no contact with other people) and call ahead to their primary care provider to be screened over the phone. The provider can evaluate and determine if testing is necessary.

It is very important for our community to protect themselves and others from COVID-19 infection by:

·         Avoiding close contact with sick people and staying home if you are sick.

·         Avoiding non-essential travel and staying at home as much as possible.

·         Avoiding gatherings of more than 10 people.

·         Keeping space of 6 feet or more between yourself and others.

·         Washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water aren't available, use an alcohol-based sanitizer.

·         Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

·         Covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze then throw the tissue in the trash, or cough in your sleeve.

·         Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces.

There is a statewide coronavirus (COVID-19) information line to help answer general questions and share the latest information and resources with Nebraskans to help keep them informed: (402) 552-6645; hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. CST, 7 days a week. CDHD’s Covid line (308)385-5175 will be operational 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. over the weekend.

CDHD encourages residents to stay informed by checking CDHD’s website  eveningwww.cdhd.ne.gov for local information and updates, as well as links to the state and national websites.

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The Nebraska State Fair has voted (7-3) in favor to have Lori Cox move from her role of executive director to a  senior consultant until the end of her contract in 2021. This is a mutual agreement with the State Fair & Cox. Jamie Parr has been named interim State Fair Director.

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Two lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 were reported to Central District Health Department (CDHD) on Thursday evening, March 26. One individual is a female in her 60s who is currently hospitalized and in isolation in Hall County. The other individual is a female in her 50s who is isolated at home in Hall County.

CDHD has initiated a contact investigation to identify people who may have been exposed so that they can take next steps and prevent further spread.

 All identified close contacts will be notified, asked to self-quarantine (stay home) and be actively monitored twice daily by CDHD for fever and respiratory symptoms.

 

Typical symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough, sore throat and shortness of breath. People who are concerned they may have COVID-19 should self-isolate (have no contact with other people) and call ahead to their primary care provider to be screened over the phone. The provider can evaluate and determine if testing is necessary.

 

People can help protect themselves and others from COVID-19 and other respiratory infections by:

 

·         Avoiding close contact with sick people and staying home if you are sick.

·         Avoiding non-essential travel and staying at home as much as possible.

·         Avoiding gatherings of more than 10 people.

·         Keeping space of 6 feet or more between yourself and others.

·         Washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water aren't available, use an alcohol-based sanitizer.

·         Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

·         Covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze then throw the tissue in the trash, or cough in your sleeve.

·         Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces.

There is a statewide coronavirus (COVID-19) information line to help answer general questions and share the latest information and resources with Nebraskans to help keep them informed: (402) 552-6645; hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. CST, 7 days a week. CDHD’s Covid line (3-8)285-5175 will be operational 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. over the weekend

 

CDHD encourages residents to stay informed by checking CDHD’s website  eveningwww.cdhd.ne.gov for local information and updates, as well as links to the state and national websites.

 


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US Labor Department - In the week ending March 21, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 3,283,000, an increase of 3,001,000 from the previous week's revised level. This marks the highest level of seasonally adjusted initial claims in the history of the seasonally adjusted series. The previous high was 695,000 in October of 1982. The previous week's level was revised up by 1,000 from 281,000 to 282,000. The 4-week moving average was 998,250, an increase of 765,750 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 250 from 232,250 to 232,500. 

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 1.2 percent for the week ending March 14, unchanged from the previous week's unrevised rate. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending March 14 was 1,803,000, an increase of 101,000 from the previous week's revised level. 

This is the highest level for insured unemployment since April 14, 2018 when it was 1,824,000. The previous week's level was revised up 1,000 from 1,701,000 to 1,702,000. The 4-week moving average was 1,731,000, an increase of 27,500 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 250 from 1,703,250 to 1,703,500.  


FoodBank Mobile Pantry will be in North Platte on April 14, 2020 from 1pm until the food is gone to help meet your family's needs.

McKinley Education Center at 3010 West F Street in North Platte.

HASTINGS, Neb. (AP) — The state game and parks commission has banned both alcohol possession and consumption at Lake McConaughy and neighboring Lake Ogallala in western Nebraska. The commission voted Friday at its meeting in Hastings for the proposal, which affects only state-controlled areas. It's among several agreements the state worked out with local leaders to avert drastic cuts in access. The commission had been considering access restrictions following complaints about overcrowding and rowdy behavior last Fourth of July. But the commission delayed action in January after hundreds of people showed up for a hearing on the proposed rules.

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CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Wednesday’s NASCAR Cup race at Charlotte Motor Speedway has been rained out and rescheduled for Thursday night. The starting order for the second Cup race at Charlotte this week was set based on the finishing order of the Coca-Cola 600 but with an inversion. Hendrick Motorsports teammates William Byron and Alex Bowman will start from the pole, while Coca-Cola 600 winner Brad Keselowski will start 20th.

UNDATED (AP) — Baseball players will take at least a few days and possibly until next week to respond to Major League Baseball’s proposed sliding scale of salary slashing. But people familiar with their deliberations tell The Associated Press that players appeared likely to propose increasing the number of regular-season games this year while holding to their demand for full prorated salaries. One of the people said many players were angered by the proposal teams made Tuesday.

UNDATED (AP) — Basketball Hall of Fame chairman Jerry Colangelo told ESPN that the enshrinement ceremony for Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett, Tim Duncan and five others will be delayed until the spring of 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic. The ceremony was to have taken place in Springfield on Aug. 29. Bryant, Garnett and Duncan all got into the Hall in their first year as finalists, as did WNBA great Tamika Catchings.

DETROIT (AP) — Detroit Red Wings general manager Steve Yzerman (EYE'-zur-muhn) is keeping coach Jeff Blashill (BLA’-shihl) despite missing the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season. Yzerman told reporters his previously announced plans to keep Blashill behind the bench have not changed. The Red Wings won an NHL-low 17 games this season and are 153-194-52 under Blashill.

UNDATED (AP) — The final deadline to nominate horses to the rescheduled Triple Crown series is June 3. Owners and trainers can make 3-year-old thoroughbreds eligible for the three-race series at a cost of $3,000. That’s half the original price as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, which is forcing the series to be run out of order for the first time since 1931. The late nominations were originally due March 30 but were postponed until the Triple Crown races were rescheduled.




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Hastings, Neb. - Warrensburg, Missouri-native John Grinde will be joining the Hastings College football staff as the offensive coordinator Head Coach Tony Harper announced on Tuesday. Grinde spent the past four seasons as the offensive line coach at University of North Carolina Pembroke.

"I feel Very fortunate and thankful for the opportunity, and excited to be a Bronco! My wife and I cannot wait to get back to the Midwest where we grew up," Grinde continued. "Especially in such a great and welcoming community like Hastings. I intend to bring energy, enthusiasm, and create a spark for these talented young men and to the campus as well. We are going to play hard, be disciplined, and most importantly have some fun and success doing it!"

During his time with UNC Pembroke, Grinde coached seven All-Conference Academic Honor Roll recipients, an All-American while helping guide the team to the 2016 NCAA DII playoffs making it to the second round.

"Playing wide receiver allowed me to see the offensive picture as a whole. As far as coaching  offensive line, I am so passionate about the position being that my father was a long time offensive line coach. This helped me understand what the position truly means to the game of football. Having coached four different positions on the offensive side of the ball along with many great mentors, has provided me with the experiences necessary to be successful here at Hastings. "

As a graduate assistant at the University of Central Missouri where he helped coach the offensive line, tight ends, and running backs over three years, he saw plenty of success with an appearance in the Live United Texarkana Bowl along with coaching two All-Region and All-American performers.

“With experience coaching multiple positions on the offense, coach (Grinde) will be able to communicate specifically with each player and create a trust in the overall scheme," Harper said. "We are excited to have John and his wife Bailey join the Bronco Family.”  

Grinde brings a wealth of experience having coached four different positions while also competing in the NCAA DII playoffs as a wide receiver at University of Central Missouri. He knows the game very well and also comes from a quality football background as his father is a former college offensive line coach and is currently the Head Football Coach at Air Academy High School in Colorado Springs, CO.

Hastings College is a private, four-year institution located in Hastings, Nebraska, that focuses on student academic and extracurricular achievement. Hastings College has been named among "Great Schools, Great Prices" by U.S. News & World Report and a "Best in the Midwest" by The Princeton Review. For more, go to hastings.edu.





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Beginning June 1st NSAA member schools are permitted to conduct voluntary strength and conditioning sessions.

While permitting school-sponsored summertime conditioning programs, prioritizing the health and safety of all students and staff must remain the focus of each NSAA member school.

These requirements must be followed:

Maintain social distance by being 6 feet apart at all times.
Groups of a maximum 25 persons (students) or less must be pre-determined
50% of rated occupancy does not apply to high school weight rooms per the express directive of the Governor’s office.
Member schools located in Hall, Hamilton, Merrick and Dakota counties are limited to groups of 10 students per local directed health measures (DHMs).
Once groups are determined, students may not switch from one group to another.
Interaction between groups shall be avoided.
Sessions can only include weightlifting, running, and exercises designed to promote physical fitness.
Sport-specific drills are not permitted, and sport-specific equipment may not be used as part of school-sponsored summer conditioning.
Implement diligent and effective cleaning and disinfecting of frequently touched objects and surfaces following the guidance of the CDC.
Additionally, NSAA member school-sponsored camps and clinics are prohibited in any sport at this time.

Pursuant to the Governor’s DHM, the following activities are prohibited: basketball, cheerleading, football, soccer, and wrestling (“Prohibited Sports”).

NSAA member schools may have open gyms where sport-specific drills are permitted, and sport-specific equipment may be used by individuals except in the Prohibited Sports.

It is the responsibility of each NSAA member school to comply with:

The above requirements; and,
The NSAA Summer Activities Bylaws.
Should the Governor issue further DHMs that would modify the foregoing provisions or other conditions warrant, these requirements will be adjusted.

Any further official updates will be posted on the NSAA website and the NSAA social media platforms.

 




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TORONTO (AP) — There’s no date set for it to begin, but the National Hockey League is hoping to move to Phase 2 of its return-to-play protocol early next month. That includes opening practice facilities and allowing small group workouts. Six players will be allowed in team facilities at one time for the voluntary workouts. No on-ice coaching or instruction is permitted. The NHL season was paused March 12 because of the pandemic.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Georgetown basketball coach Patrick Ewing is thanking his doctors and nurses and his fans as he battles COVID-19. Ewing, who played for Hoyas and the New York Knicks for 15 seasons has been released from a Washington hospital and is recovering at home. Patrick Ewing Jr. tweeted this his dad is getting better and appreciates the thoughts and prayers given.

SYDNEY (AP) — The Australian Medical Association has urged the National Rugby League to slow down on its plans to have spectators in stadiums by July 1, describing the move as “absurd and dangerous.” The AMA made the call two days before the NRL is set to restart of the 16-team competition in empty stadiums. Just two rounds of matches were played in March before the season was halted amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

UNDATED (AP) — The National Women’s Soccer League says players may start training in small groups, provided it is done under league protocols and meets the requirements of local authorities. Teams will be able to progress to full team training on May 30 once they complete five days of small group training. The small groups cannot exceed eight players during Phase 2 of the nine-team league’s return to play protocol. Players must complete a pre-training assessment and undergo daily symptom and temperature screenings as well as other tests.

ATLANTA (AP) — Americans have proved they are starved for TV sports, even golf. Turner Sports said the Sunday telecast of “The Match: Champions for Charity" attracted an average of 5.8 million viewers across four of its networks. Turner says it was the most-watched golf telecast in cable TV history. Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning scored a 1-up victory over Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady at Medalist Golf Club. It raised $20 million for COVID-19 relief funds.




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(North Platte, NE) - Dehje Belmore, a 5’10” forward for the North Platte Community College Knights, has accepted an offer to continue her basketball and academic collegiate career at McMurry University in Abilene, TX. Belmore, of Denver, CO., graduated with her Associates Degree from Mid-Plains Community College while carrying a 3.55 Cumulative GPA.

Belmore played in 28 games for the Knights this past season while starting in 11. She averaged 3.5 points and 4.6 rebounds per game while also serving as a team captain. Belmore helped lead the Knights to a 10-21 record during the 2019-20 season along with a Region IX and District F championship.

“We are excited and proud of Dehje on continuing her education and athletic career at McMurry University,” said NPCC Head Coach Jeff Thurman. “She has worked extremely hard in the classroom and on the basketball court to achieve an opportunity like this. Dehje has done so much for our program for the last two years and she deserves this. McMurry is getting a great individual that will make an immediate impact within their program.”

 




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NEW YORK (AP) — The Major League Baseball Players Association has given management a wide-ranging response to a 67-page proposed set of protocols for a season to be played during the coronavirus pandemic. The union says it addressed protections for high-risk players, access to pre- and postgame therapies, testing frequency, protocols for positive tests, in-stadium medical personnel and sanitization procedures. Players viewed many of the concepts in the original draft submitted last week as over-the-top, such as arriving in uniform at the ballparks, a prohibition on them leaving without team permission and a ban on guests other than immediate family members.

UNDATED (AP) — The Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates are making tough financial decisions concerning their front office staff with the major league season still on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic. A person with direct knowledge of the situation says the Cubs are instituting pay cuts based on compensation, but there will be no furloughs through the end of June. The Pirates announced Thursday that they are instituting furloughs for several employees in business operations beginning June 1.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — IndyCar has altered its schedule again amid the coronavirus pandemic, cancelling the June 27 race at Richmond and the July 12 street course event in Toronto. The open-wheel series is slated to finally begin June 6 at Texas Motor Speedway, but its next event won’t be held until July 4 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The race scheduled for June 21 at Road America in Wisconsin has been changed to a doubleheader on July 11-12.

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson receiver Justyn Ross will have shoulder surgery next month to alleviate an issue that cropped up during the team's spring workouts in March. Ross led the Tigers with 66 catches last season that went for 865 yards and eight touchdowns. He had 1,000 yards receiving as a freshman, highlighting his season with a 74-yard TD in the national championship win over Alabama.

UNDATED (AP) — Some Louisville football and basketball players will return to campus Wednesday in a phased approach and begin voluntary workouts on June 8. The first phase of 30 football players and 15 men’s and women’s basketball players will arrive next week after being advised of safety protocols. Indiana University hopes to have some student-athletes back by mid-June.




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This week has been a big one for North Platte Community College alum Maddy Krebs.

On Monday, she opened a new Jazzercise business and Wednesday she was named as the head volleyball coach at St. Pat’s High School in North Platte.

“It’s pretty amazing,” Krebs said. “I never would have had the confidence to be where I am today without NPCC and my former college volleyball coach, Sally Thalken.”

Krebs is no stranger to St. Pat’s. She graduated from the school in 2008 then attended NPCC on a volleyball scholarship.

“Going to NPCC was a pretty easy choice,” Krebs said. “The scholarship was a big incentive, but I had also been offered a scholarship somewhere else. I chose NPCC because I could still be close to my family, and because I liked the size of North Platte. I did live in the dorms to make it feel more like I was away from home.”

Aside from playing volleyball, Krebs wasn’t exactly sure what she wanted to do with her college career.

“I love children, so I knew I wanted to work with kids somehow,” Krebs said. “The advisors at NPCC were great. They helped me narrow down a path, and I never had to guess what classes to take. They lined me up in the right direction.”

Krebs graduated with an Associate of Arts degree from NPCC in 2010 then transferred to Peru State College where she earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education in 2012. In 2014, Krebs also obtained a master’s degree from Peru State in curriculum and instruction.

She returned to North Platte after that and spent three years teaching at Jefferson Elementary and two years at McDonald Elementary before deciding to be a stay-at-home mom for her two daughters. By the fall of 2019, she was ready to go back to work.

“I had been a Jazzercise instructor since 2014,” Krebs said. “For some time, the Jazzercise owner had been talking about selling the business if the opportunity came up. In November, I decided I was ready to be that opportunity.”

Krebs took over the business, formerly located at 1220 W. A St., and moved it to 421 N. Dewey St. right before the COVID-19 pandemic hit.

“I signed the lease on the new building in February and started renovating then found out I couldn’t open because of coronavirus,” Krebs said. “So, I began doing live classes on Facebook until I was finally able to open this week. We’re still respecting the 10-person social distancing rule, but to actually see customers come in the door is fabulous.”

Krebs plans to fall back on many of the skills she learned at NPCC in both of her new roles.

“Those personal skills will definitely come into play,” Krebs said. “I will be using all of the things I learned about communication, time management and expectations. I also have a lot of great connections in the community from my time spent at NPCC. I’m excited about what the future holds.”

Krebs is offering a discounted Jazzercise membership to NPCC students - $30 a month as compared to the regular price of $60 per month.

More information about her Jazzercise location can be found on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/Jazzercise-North-Platte-247186945339752/ or the Jazzercise website at https://www.jazzercise.com/location/north-platte-jazzercise.




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DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) — Rain wiped out the final 20 laps of last night’s NASCAR Cup race at Darlington, allowing Denny Hamlin to come away with the victory. Hamlin was out of fresh tires when the race was stopped, but he received help when Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch caused a hard-charging Chase Elliott to crash eight laps earlier to bring out the caution. Busch finished second in NASCAR’s first Wednesday race in 36 years. Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski and Erik Jones completed the top five.

UNDATED (AP) — As the NBA continues to work through multiple return-to-play scenarios, two people with knowledge of the situation say Orlando, Las Vegas and Houston remain under consideration as cities that could host regular-season and playoff games. Wednesday marked the end of the 10th week since the NBA shut down on March 11. The pandemic halted the regular season with 259 games remaining, but none of those contests have yet to be officially canceled.

UNDATED (AP) — The NFL is working on a helmet face guard that might provide the same protection as a surgical mask. Atlanta Falcons president Rich McKay says the issue came up about a month ago during a conference call with the league’s competition committee. Many players already wear visors to protect their eyes. McKay says the new mask would cover even more of the face. The medical director of the NFL Players Association tells ESPN's Adam Schefter that league engineers and sports equipment company Oakley are already testing prototypes of the modified mask.

UNDATED (AP) — The LPGA Tour will not have its qualifying events at the end of the year and will keep the same roster of players it has on all of its tours. The LPGA already has canceled seven events, plus the UL International Crown team event, because of the COVID-19 pandemic that has shut the tour down since Inbee Park won the Women's Australian Open on Feb. 16. It hopes to resume on July 23-26 with the Marathon Classic in Ohio.

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Sabres are suing to obtain a green card for their British-born strength and conditioning coach. The Sabres say federal immigration officials wrongly denied a petition by the team to secure the card for Ed Gannon. The team maintains U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services misstated facts and arbitrarily failed to follow its own rules in denying permanent residency status to Gannon, who has worked for the team since 2015.




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CLEVELAND (AP) — The new NFL Players Association president says he doesn’t know when players will be allowed to return to team training facilities. And Cleveland Browns center JC Tretter isn't willing to guess what the NFL might look like when it’s back on the field. The league has told all 32 teams that they may proceed with limited openings based on state restrictions meant to combat the virus outbreak.

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Angels will implement furloughs across their organization starting June 1. They're the latest team to take steps against the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The Angels’ furloughs will impact employees across the front office, scouting department and minor league system. They had already pledged to pay their employees through May. The $1 million employee assistance fund is separate from the $1.2 million already put up by the team to pay Angel Stadium’s roughly 1,800 workers.

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Texas Rangers would prefer to stay home in their new ballpark whenever it is time to get back to spring training. They still haven’t played a game, or even had an organized workout, in their $1.2 billion stadium with a retractable roof. General manager Jon Daniels says there would be a lot of advantages to workouts in Texas instead of returning to their camp in Arizona. Spring training has been on hold for more than two months because of the coronavirus pandemic.

NEW YORK (AP) — WNBA teams will have to get their rosters down to 12 by May 26 so that players can get paid starting June 1. That's according to a person familiar with the situation who spoke to The Associated Press. The league and the players' union are still working out details of how often players will get paid and how much. The person said players who are waived over the next week won't get paid, but they will receive benefits through June 30.

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Soccer’s All-Star Game has been canceled for the first time in its quarter-century history because of the coronavirus pandemic. MLS All-Stars had been scheduled to play counterparts from Mexico’s Liga MX on July 29 at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles. MLS says the 2021 game will take place at Banc of California Stadium, most likely against All-Stars from Liga MX.

TAMPA BAY, Fla. (AP) — Tom Brady isn’t letting the coronavirus pandemic —or NFL rules against players working out at team facilities — keep him from preparing for a new season with his new Tampa Bay team. Brady gathered some of his new Buccaneers teammates on a high school field for a throwing session. Brady wore a Buccaneers helmet and an orange jersey over his shoulder pads. The informal, players-only workout lasted two hours, according to The Tampa Bay Times.

UNDATED (AP) — Changes designed to enhance opportunities for minorities to get executive, head coaching and coordinator positions were passed by NFL owners. The changes include addendums to the Rooney Rule, which has fallen short in its goal of increasing diversity. All clubs will now be required to interview at least two minority candidates from outside the organization for head coach vacancies; at least one minority candidate for any of the three coordinator vacancies; and at least one external minority candidate for senior football operations or general manager positions.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Jazz have announced that forward Bojan Bogdanović underwent surgery to repair a ruptured ligament in his right wrist. The procedure was by orthopedic surgeon Dr. Michelle Carlson in New York City. There's no timetable for Bogdanović's return. The NBA season remains suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic. Bogdanović was averaging 20.2 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.1 assists in his first season with the Jazz. He also was playing a career-best 33.1 minutes per game.




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A former Mid-Plains Community College student and North Platte native has been named the next men's basketball coach at McCook Community College.

Jacob Brandl, who wore the black and gold of North Platte Community College in 2007-08, has been hired to fill the head men's basketball vacancy left when former coach Kyle Drennan left after one season to become Director of Basketball Operations at the University of Illinois-Chicago.

Brandl, who has been at Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, S.D. since 2012, will also serve as MCC's career coach. He served as Wesleyan's Associate Head Coach for the past year.

"I'm very excited and honored to be a part of the McCook family and want to thank Kelly Rippen, Jon Olsen, and the rest of the search committee," Brandl said. "As a North Platte native and former Mid-Plains student athlete, having an opportunity to come back to Nebraska and be close to home is very exciting for me."

MCC Athletic Director Jon Olsen said Brandl emerged from a talented list of candidates as the coach who checked all the boxes for what MCC was looking for.

"This was the most impressive pool of candidates I've seen for a position in 20 years of being on search committees at different junior colleges," Olsen said. "For him to come out on top of that, takes something."

"Coach Brandl brings a wealth of knowledge, energy, and passion not only for basketball, but for higher education as well," said Kelly Rippen, Vice President of MCC and Student Affairs. "It was evident in his application materials and his interviews that he would be as dedicated to the career coaching side of his role, as he would be to basketball."

Brandl attended North Platte Community College from 2006-2008 and received his Associate of Arts Degree in 2008. From North Platte he went to Dana College in Blair and later attended Midland University in Fremont where he received a bachelor's degree in history and secondary education as well as a field endorsement in social science and coaching. He went on to Dakota Wesleyan from 2012-2014 where he received his master's degree in Education Policy and Administration.

At Dakota Wesleyan he was responsible for all players' eligibility with the NAIA clearinghouse, responsible for all recruit correspondence and databases and recruited players from all areas including 77 student athletes over the past six years. He also served as lead scout for all opponents and game planning, and player development for a team that has made the NAIA national tournament the past six seasons.

"On the basketball side of things Jacob has been on a coaching staff that has taken their team to the national championship game and to the national tournament multiple times during his time at Dakota Wesleyan." Olsen said. "His role as an assistant has continued to grow there and he understands what it takes to run a successful college program."  

As a college player at North Platte and Dana, he scored 966 career points, including 221 career 3-point field goals. He started 30 straight games for the Knights and then 59 straight for Dana College.

"Being from North Platte and playing at North Platte Community College, he has a great understanding of Mid-Plains, the area, how our region works, and what it is going to take to win in our region," Olsen said. "I know he is ready to get to work and I am really looking forward to having him on our staff and working with him."

Brandl said the family atmosphere at MCC really stood out as a place that he -- and wife Ashley -- want to be.

"Being a part of a campus that truly backs each other and the student athletes in more ways than one, solidified my decision on wanting to be here," Brandl said.

The coach looks to play a tough and disciplined brand of basketball, on and off the court.

"Offensively our main objective is to value the ball and defensively giving max effort on every possession," he said.

Rippen said MCC is lucky to have Coach Brandl join the MCC family. "He is impressi




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Tommy Gunz
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