The Latest: Panthers won’t have fans for their NFL opener ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports ___Champions League quarterfinalist Atalanta says three of its players have tested positive for the coronavirus.The Serie A team says in a brief statement that all three players show no symptoms after the preseason tests and have been isolated.Reserve goalkeeper Marco Sportiello was the only Atalanta player who tested positive during the lockdown.The Italian league starts on Sept. 19. “In the spirit of adaptability, expect the NFLPA to push for modifications or updated recommendations — such as the continuation of daily testing — as the season progresses and new information becomes available,” Tretter, the starting center for the Cleveland Browns, posted on the union website. “We will continue to rely on scientific data to inform our approach for combating this virus. As the science evolves, we will evolve with it.”Tretter added he was pleased with the protocols the NFL and NFLPA agreed on for training camps. The league has reported few positive cases in the past month, though it did have 77 false positives a week ago that resulted from contamination at the testing lab.___The San Francisco 49ers have placed linebacker Fred Warner on the reserve/COVID-19 list.Warner didn’t practice on Sunday and then was placed on the COVID-19 list the following day. The list is used for NFL players who either test positive for the coronavirus or have been in close contact with an infected person. Pollard said if mitigation actions are successful, Iowa State will allow season ticket holders to attend the game against Oklahoma on Oct. 3. He said if it’s determined mitigation measures were not followed adequately at the first game, no fans will be allowed the rest of the season.___North Carolina State says its women’s soccer team won’t play this fall.In a statement Monday, the school said the decision was due to a “depleted roster, the combination of injuries and not all members of its roster returning to Raleigh this semester.” It said N.C. State has notified the Atlantic Coast Conference of its decision.Players will continue to train with a focus on playing in 2021, or for spring competition if that becomes an option. The state of North Carolina remains in Stage 2 of reopening, and further updates from the Gov. Roy Cooper are expected next week.The Panthers are hopeful at least a limited number of fans will be allowed in for the Oct. 4 home game against the Arizona Cardinals, although much of that could depend on if Cooper moves the state out of Phase 2.In a statement Monday the team said it has worked “tirelessly” since March to develop and implement a responsible, comprehensive plan to ensure fans and enjoyable and safe game day experience. The Panthers said they were confident they could safely host a limited number of fans, adding that “this is not a choice between a full stadium or an empty stadium. We have offered compromises and alternatives.”___The first four World Cup speedskating events of the 2020-21 season have been canceled because of COVID-19. The Argentine club did not say how many players were infected, but added they are in good shape. Boca says all of its players are quarantined in a hotel outside Buenos Aires.It has suspended training for the next 72 hours.___The Iowa athletic department is pausing workouts for all sports until after Labor Day following a major uptick in the number of coronavirus cases. The French league granted PSG’s request for extra days of rest, and the team’s scheduled opening game at Lens was postponed until next week.___Iowa State will allow about 25,000 football fans into Jack Trice Stadium for the Cyclones’ opener against Louisiana-Lafayette on Sept. 12.Athletic director Jamie Pollard wrote in a letter to fans on Monday that the crowd will be made up of season ticket holders only. Fans will be required to wear face coverings at all times and no tailgating will be allowed. Pollard asks that fans respect others’ wishes for physical distancing.“An important factor in the decision to allow fans is our belief that Cyclone fans are willing to adhere to our mitigation measures,” Pollard wrote. “The purpose of this letter is to ask for your support in helping create a safe environment while also providing our team an impactful home field advantage. This is an incredible opportunity for Iowa State University to showcase its ability to successfully navigate the challenges associated with large outdoor events during a pandemic.” Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The NFL’s Carolina Panthers will not have fans in the stands at Bank of America Stadium for their Sept. 13 home opener against the Las Vegas Raiders due to the coronavirus pandemic. Warner is the third 49ers player to be placed on the list this summer. Receiver Richie James Jr. and running back Jeff Wilson Jr. each had short stints on the list early in training camp.___Paris Saint-Germain says two of its players are suspected of being infected with COVID-19.The French champion cites a “reassuring” state of health for the players, who were not identified. They are said to be following the required health protocols.Eight days after losing the Champions League final to Bayern Munich, PSG is not due to start the French season until Sept. 10. Associated Press The International Skating Union announced Monday that stops in Poland, Norway, Canada, and Salt Lake City, were shelved along with short-track events in Montreal and Laval, Quebec. The canceled events were scheduled for November and December.The ISU says it is evaluating a hub concept in the Netherlands as an alternative to the first four World Cups.The ISU says it’s still evaluating whether to go ahead with short-track events in Seoul, South Korea, and Beijing in December.___Boca Juniors says it has COVID-19 cases in its squad, threatening preparations for its first Copa Libertadores match on Sept. 17. August 31, 2020 The department says there were 93 positive results out of 815 COVID-19 tests taken between last Monday and Sunday. Since the return-to-campus protocol began May 29, there have been 176 positive results and one inconclusive out of more than 2,700 tests.The Hawkeyes are members of the Big Ten Conference, which announced three weeks ago that it would postpone fall sports until the spring.___NFL Players Association President J.C. Tretter is pushing for daily COVID-19 testing during the regular season.The NFL has been conducting daily testing for players throughout training camp and plans to do so through Saturday.
President Weah, delivering the State of the Nation’s Address yesterday remarked that the Media is an indispensable partner to Government and will do everything to protect and guarantee free speech.The Daily Observer welcomes President Weah’s comments but with caution. This is because this is the not the first time the President has expressed support for the Liberian media yet, policy actions by his officials tend to point in the opposite direction. Indeed the media can be a truly valuable partner to government, informing the people about government’s programs and policies.While it is a fact that some journalists sometimes throw caution to the wind and indulge in sensational reporting which often draws the ire of government, it remains an incontestable fact that the Liberian media, with all its shortcomings, have over the years, done a remarkable job informing the Liberian people about government’s policies and programs.The case of the missing billions is, for example, a case in point. Initially news of the missing money was first broken by a local media outlet, the Hot Pepper. Official denial was the first reaction. And then it was followed by admissions, also by government officials that money did indeed go missing.Amidst the public outcry, the government announced that it was launching an investigation into the matter but it was also calling on the United States government to intervene and assist in the investigation.But government spin doctors were already hard at work charging its detractors of promoting falsehoods and creating hype intended to undermine the Weah administration. The media or at least certain sections of the media were accused of fomenting dissent through their coverage of developments surrounding the missing billions.In one breath the media was being praised for bringing the matter to public attention while in another breath, media institutions were being lampooned by government officials with some officials insisting that media institutions changed the narrative about the missing money.Those media institutions which complied with this ultimatum were according to reports rewarded while those that did not were punished by withholding legitimate payments for services rendered — official government advertisements. These officials do this with the intention to bring such media institutions to their knees by withholding legitimate payments, being fully aware of the strangulating effects of their actions.The Daily Observer is one such media entity which is being affected by such policy actions by government officials. This newspaper, by publishing government adverts without demanding payment upfront is indeed cooperating with government and helping its cause. Also, government functions and programs are also covered by the Daily Observer without charge as part of its news reportage.Yet, for months on end, the Daily Observer has gone unpaid for services rendered and its legitimate payments are being withheld for no apparent reason other than its stubborn insistence on remaining true to its longstanding policy of fair, accurate and balanced reporting of the truth.It is for this reason that the Daily Observer in the past has suffered arrests and imprisonment of its staff for its coverage of events and when all such appeared to fail, government agents resorted to the physical destruction and burning of the Daily Observer’s offices, not once but twice.But rather than cowering in fear and answering to base commands, this newspaper has remained undaunted and shall continue to remain so even in the face of trying conditions being currently experienced. The Daily Observer welcomes President Weah’s remarks. We however urge him especially his officials to match policy pronouncements with action.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)