Molly Antopol’s debut, “The UnAmericans,” took almost 10 years to write, but was worth the wait. Published in 2014, the collection of stories about men and women struggling to navigate their place in the world and in complex relationships won the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award and made the National Book Award long list. Antopol, the Jones Lecturer at Stanford University, has devoted her time as a Radcliffe Fellow to work on a novel that explores surveillance and privacy in politics and history. She answered questions from The Gazette for the second installment in “Decisions and Revisions,” a series of interviews with Harvard-affiliated writers on how their stories take shape. Read the first installment, with lecturer and novelist Claire Messud, here.GAZETTE: Where does your love of language come from?ANTOPOL: Even as a little kid I loved to read and write, but I never considered actually being a writer. I didn’t know any writers growing up — it seemed to me a completely pie-in-the-sky profession, like being an astronaut or a magician. When I was young, I would often just disappear somewhere in the apartment and my mother would find me writing myself into whatever book I was reading. As I got older and began to take writing more seriously, I started trying to figure out a way to make more room for it in my life. Once I realized how much I loved teaching and how beautifully that balanced with writing, I started trying to carve out a way to do both.‘I often feel that writing forces me to be a better version of myself, which is to say that I can’t be dismissive of people, I can’t be quick to judge.’GAZETTE: Are there certain writers who had a big impact on you?ANTOPOL: Grace Paley and James Baldwin have been hugely important to me from the beginning. They not only inspired me to write, they got me to think about why I write. When I was an undergraduate and in workshops for the first time, I had such a deep fear of seeming sentimental or overly emotional. So I was writing these really cool, tightly controlled stories even though they went completely against what came naturally to me and even went against what I wanted to read. Then I read Paley and Baldwin and I thought, “Wait, they’re not worried about that. They’re writing about the things that matter the most to them — the things they have to write.” That was a huge breakthrough for me — they’ll sit on my shoulders forever. Some other writers I turn to again and again are Natalia Ginzburg, Deborah Eisenberg, Joy Williams, Edith Pearlman, Edward P. Jones, Sergei Dovlatov, Louise Glück … I could go on and on.GAZETTE: What matters to you most when you are writing?ANTOPOL: Compassion. I often feel that writing forces me to be a better version of myself, which is to say that I can’t be dismissive of people, I can’t be quick to judge. In order to write the kind of fiction I’m really trying to write, I have to feel compassion for even the least sympathetic people, and spend time trying to understand their psychological makeup. If there’s one thing that links all of the writers I admire that I just mentioned, it’s that they have enormous empathy for every one of their characters.GAZETTE: Can you talk to me about your process? I know “The UnAmericans” took 10 years to write. Can you walk me through that?ANTOPOL: I had this piece of advice in my head early on. I’m not sure where I heard it — I have a sneaking feeling that I made it up. It was the idea that I should throw my entire self into a book and when I was finished, trash that book and start fresh. And that was basically what I did. I worked really hard on a collection of linked stories when I was in graduate school. I put everything that I could into it with the idea that no one would ever see it. My goal was that writing it would teach me many of the technical skills I hoped to have before I began writing the second book, the one I’d try to put out into the world. I ended up keeping two of my early stories — but, basically, that’s the reason “The UnAmericans” took so long.I’m also just a slow writer. I’m not a person who’s going to write 25 books in my life, and to be honest, I don’t really want to be. I love taking my time. I love the entire process of it, even though it can be humbling and lonely and difficult. The only way I know how to write a story is to think about my characters’ lives from the beginning to the end, and then, through subsequent drafts, to start to figure out what the most fraught or interesting moment is in their lives and begin to structure the piece once I understand that. And all the stories in “The UnAmericans” required a massive amount of research. With all of them, I read everything I could find about the story’s time and place, and applied for grants so that I could travel and interview people and spend time in archives. Every early draft of those stories was initially 70 or 80 pages long. With the early drafts, I’m still including bits and pieces of my characters’ lives that aren’t essential to the story, and am also still struck by so much research rapture that I include every detail, even the things that no one else would find mildly interesting.And then, many months and sometimes even a year after working on a story, I’ll begin to see its shape very clearly and I’ll start shucking away all of the details about my characters that no longer feel essential, along with most of the research I’ve done. With all of my stories, I’d say about 5 percent of the research remains by the end. But I can’t imagine not doing it — understanding the politics and history that influence my characters feels essential, and I also just don’t see the point of writing about a time and place that I haven’t tried my hardest to understand.GAZETTE: You have been a lecturer at Stanford for the past 10 years. How does teaching help inform your writing?ANTOPOL: I love teaching. I’d do it even if by some miracle I could afford to write full time. I really value the relationship I have with my students — it’s an incredible thing to get to work with a group of smart and engaged people who value fiction, who value sentences, in such a deep way. That isn’t something I always feel when I’m out in the world. I’ve had this experience a few times now, where I’ll assign a story that I’ve read 30 times and think I have a completely clear way to teach it, and then I walk into the classroom and they have an entirely new take on it that cracks the whole thing open for me. And, on another level, having a stable income and health insurance goes a long way toward giving me the freedom to write whatever I want. It feels essential to me to try to keep financial anxieties as far away from my work as they can be — I would never want any market to influence the kind of fiction I write.GAZETTE: Do you have a favorite place that you like to write? A time of day?ANTOPOL: I write whenever I can. I use Freedom software that allows me to block the internet — it’s amazing. I’m so addicted to the internet, and my brain is so trained every three minutes to check the newspaper, to check my email — it’s an incredible thing to only have access on my computer to my book for hours. I keep a notepad next to my desk and write down everything I want to research. At the end of my writing session that’s my treat to myself: I go back online and look all of it up. I have to do it that way. In the past I used to go down these research rabbit holes where I’d look up one seemingly simple detail and five hours later find myself in some intense bidding war on eBay.Otherwise, I don’t really have a routine, other than just treating it like a job, rather than waiting for inspiration to strike. I love how portable writing is. I can take my laptop and be anywhere. When my writing’s going well, I can work on the train, on a plane — it doesn’t matter.Part of the challenge for Antopol is making a story feel as immediate as real life.GAZETTE: What does it mean to you when your writing is going well? Can you describe that feeling?ANTOPOL: When it feels as present and immediate as the things that are actually happening in my life.GAZETTE: Tell me about the difference between writing a short story and writing a novel. Is one more challenging than the other?ANTOPOL: They’re both incredibly hard. Every time I start a new story, it feels as if I’m learning how to do it all over again. It’s such a humbling process. I don’t think I’ve ever written a story in less than eight or 10 or 12 drafts. It just never happens. In a way, writing this [current] draft of the novel feels really freeing because everything that I want to put into this draft I can put in. I did the same thing with the stories, and then it was a process of chiseling in draft after draft. I think about novels in the same way. My goal, whether with stories or this novel, is to make my characters as complicated and emotionally messy as people in real life, while keeping the sentences tight and compressed. One thing that really helps with this goal is, once I’m close to the end of a story and am entering revision mode, to read only poetry. At that point I don’t want any more research to weigh down the story so I stop reading nonfiction related to the topic, and because I don’t want another author’s voice to carry too much of an influence, I don’t read any fiction. I just read poetry: Louise Glück, Jean Valentine, Philip Levine. I love that time in my writing — that’s the first moment that the arc of the story finally feels complete and I can think solely about language. And now that the structure of the piece is set, I can think less chronologically and more about emotional time and memory, which feels much truer to real life.GAZETTE: I am interested in your work with character. In “The UnAmericans” you frequently assume the voice of a male character. Is that hard to do as a woman?ANTOPOL: Nothing about writing comes easily to me, but I would say the one thing that feels somewhat natural is voice. Once I’ve figured out my character, it really does feel like method acting. I just start thinking about how this person would react to whatever familial or professional or social situation I’m in. And in many ways my male characters or the women who are a lot older than I am felt easier to write because of the distance between me and them. It’s as if I’m able to get closer to the really intense emotional truths in my own life by writing from the perspective of the people different from myself. In many ways my male characters feel the most autobiographical — the distance allowed me to write about things that might have been too scary to look at head-on.GAZETTE: In reading your acknowledgements it struck me that it often seems to take a village to publish a book. Can you tell me about your village — your editors, your first readers and rereaders?ANTOPOL: My husband [journalist and author Chanan Tigay] is my first reader. I also have a few close friends I trade work with whose opinions are enormously valuable — we’ve been reading each other’s writing for years. My agent and I worked together for almost three years before he sent the book out. Every six months or so I’d send him a new draft of a story and [he’d] give me feedback — it was incredibly gratifying having him as an early reader. He was basically doing all that work for free, since it was so long before he sent the book out. Both he and my editor are writers, too — he writes fiction and memoir, she writes fiction and memoir and poetry — and that’s one of the things I love most about working with them both. I just trust their takes on my writing so deeply. Many of my editor’s thoughts on the stories were global or character-based, but I was also so happy to have her poet’s eye on the stories, especially when we talked in such depth about sentences.GAZETTE: How important is it for you that your husband and first reader is also a writer?ANTOPOL: People sometimes ask me whether it’s hard being married to another writer. The truth is, I can’t imagine being married to someone who isn’t a writer. We shout sentences we’ve just written across the apartment, and we both completely get it if the other one wants to disappear into another room for days, or forgets to pay the electricity bill. I think in the beginning we worried about being in competition with each other, but that was a long, long time ago. I was honestly just as happy the day he sold his book as when I sold mine. There’s something amazing about watching a person you love devote himself so fully to a project, not knowing whether anyone will ever read it. And he just works so hard — it’s inspiring to be around.GAZETTE: Is there anything that comes easier to you now — anything that was more challenging when you were first starting out?ANTOPOL: One thing that comes easier to me now is that it’s less painful to cut things from my book that aren’t working. It used to be pretty hard for me to get rid of a sentence or paragraph I liked once I realized it didn’t belong. Now I just move on. I have that folder on my desktop that I imagine a lot of writers have, a place where I store all of the orphaned sentences and phrases I love but had to cut, in the hope that they can be used somewhere else. But I’ve never once repurposed anything from that folder. Every sentence I write should be deeply connected to my character’s psychology, to their situation. And so it doesn’t feel truthful to pull a sentence from one story and tack it onto another. If it fits easily in another story, it means it probably wasn’t that interesting of a sentence to begin with. The more I write, the more firmly my goal is for the writing to be invisible and for the characters to take center stage, and that means doing away with anything that feels decorative or showy.
Last night, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced a delay of the proposed rule for red wolves because of the federal court ruling issued earlier this month in the Eastern District of North Carolina that found that the Fish and Wildlife Service had violated the Endangered Species Act in its management of the wolf.The proposed rule would have dramatically reduced red wolf habitat by 80% and all but ended the hopes for red wolves in the wild. The federal court ruling found that the rule violated the Endangered Species Act.“The federal court found that the Fish and Wildlife Service has been mismanaging the red wolf program for the past four years and has violated the Endangered Species Act,” explained Ben Prater, Defenders of Wildlife’s Southeast Program Director. ” The status quo clearly will not advance recovery of the red wolf, and neither will the preferred alternatives in the proposed new rule. The delay of the proposed rule for red wolves shows that the Fish and Wildlife Service continues to refuse to acknowledge that the only prudent, legal and scientifically justifiable path forward is Alternative 2, which initiates adaptive management, reintroductions and stakeholder engagement.”The wolves’ numbers have plunged in recent years from a peak of around 130 in 2006 to an estimated 30 animals this summer.“The Fish and Wildlife Service should throw out its contested plan for red wolves and instead fulfill its duties by conserving the species, taking concrete steps to protect this species and charting a path towards recovery. Red wolves need help now.”
Being a great leader also requires you to be a well-liked leader. While we often have to make tough business decisions, meet deadlines and keep daily operations running smoothly, we also need to be equally focused on building and maintaining positive relationships.Developing this kind of likability can only be attained through your actions – how you make people feel – not based on how you look or your level of success. Inc.com contributor Jeff Haden lists 11 habits of “genuinely likable people” – habits that will help make a great first impression, and also a great lasting impression. His list includes:Give before you receive, fully expecting to not receive anything.Shift the spotlight to other people.Listen three times more than you talk.Never practice selective hearing. continue reading » 24SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
The company Air Pannonia, a phenomenal business and tourist story from Osijek, has strengthened its fleet with the new Cessna Citation 525A-CJ2 aircraft.AIR PANNONIA is a family business started by an airline with a tradition of 23 years, focused on the transport of business users and medical transport of patients, and actively participates in the development of health tourism and tourism in general in Slavonia.It is an aircraft that is one of the most comfortable aircraft in this class, in addition to safety and reliability, it has a higher capacity and speed when traveling to distant destinations and will help us in even better positioning in the European and world market.By expanding its services and penetrating the market, Air Pannonia has become a desirable company for cooperation with many people in the business, showbiz and sports world, and therefore the need has been created to buy a new aircraft, says Zrinka Vlašić Kujundžija from Air Panonia and adds “Consequently, the need to create new jobs is logical, so in addition to the existing capacities of the hangar, service, two aircraft, our air headquarters in Osijek, we hired three new pilots and established a sales center in Osijek.”Also, Air Panonia are one of the initiators and founders of the Health Tourism Cluster Pannonian Health in Osijek, which was established at the beginning of the year. Thus, at a time when Slavonia is mentioned mostly in the context of emigration, the company Air Panonia is another proof that Slavonia can succeed.In the meantime, there is no need to worry about it. ”RELATED NEWS:
LIQVIS, a unit of the German utility Uniper, is set to commission a permanent public filling station with liquefied natural gas (LNG) in Freienbrink.The plant is one of the first permanent LNG filling stations in Germany and was built at a strategic traffic junction near Berlin, LIQVIS said in a statement.As soon as the filling station is opened for commercial operation, two LNG vehicles can refuel liquid natural gas in parallel. Depending on the tank size, a single refueling process only takes between four and eight minutes and can be sufficient for a distance of up to 1,600 km, the company said.With the plant near Berlin, LIQVIS is realizing the first filling station site within the framework of the EU’s Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) for Transport program. The company has received support in the amount of up to 9.6 million euros ($11.4 million) from the EU.Further filling stations are planned at central locations such as Hamburg, Hanover, Kassel, Munich, Kamen, Ulm and Cologne. Also in France and Belgium, three new filling stations each in the Metz, Calais, Vitrolles and Liege, Antwerp, Brussels areas will contribute to the supply of LNG for trucks.Silvano Calcagno, Managing Director of LIQVIS, said, “due, in particular, to unattractive political and economic conditions, the market in Germany has hardly developed so far.”He added that by building up a demand-oriented LNG filling station network in Germany and select neighboring countries, the company aims to further promote the expansion of LNG in commercial transport.
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He went on: “Estidkhaar ran no race whatsoever and he never travelled. Kool Kompany will come back in trip for the Jersey as I don’t think he quite saw out a strongly run mile. “Moheet had a bit of an issue at the gates and he lost about five lengths which he could never make up, while we also had some trouble in running. He could well go to Ireland now as he didn’t run a bad race.” Frankie Dettori was handed a three-day ban, which will run from May 17, after being found guilty of careless riding aboard Moheet. Andre Fabre is keen to have a rematch after his Godolphin-owned star Territories put up a fine performance to finish second. The master French handler was quick to admit his charge was beaten by a better horse on the day, but he was undeterred by the result, even though Gleneagles won with some authority by two and a quarter lengths. Press Association “He was not unlucky – he had a fair race. He has to come from off the pace, but the winner had some distance between us and we could not get that back,” said Fabre. “We were beaten by a better horse. It is the hardest thing to admit that you are beaten by a better horse, but today we do admit it. “One of his targets is the St James’s Palace Stakes. We will think about it. He will probably be better in a smaller field and going round a bend. Coming from behind off a bend will be easier for him. I expect we will meet again.” Richard Hannon was delighted with the performance of third-placed Ivawood, feeling he saw out the trip. The Marlborough handler was quick to point out potential targets for the son of Zebedee, along with his three other runners Moheet, Estidhkaar and Kool Kompany. He said: “He ran a super race and he got a mile, so it is conversation over as far as that is concerned. “He will probably go for the Irish 2,000 Guineas now, then the St James’s Palace Stakes. The winner won very well and we’ve got no excuses. “They still raced in two groups and looked as if they were always in front this side, and we probably finished first of those on the far side. We’re very pleased, he ran a super race.” Several of the horses behind Gleneagles in the Qipco 2000 Guineas at Newmarket could be sent to either the Curragh or Royal Ascot for another go at the Ballydoyle colt.
For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: If Sri Lanka has nightmares on their current tour of New Zealand, then it will be because of Tom Latham. The left-handed opener had created history by becoming only the second New Zealand player after Glenn Turner in history to carry the bat through the innings in Wellington. His score of 264 was the highest by an individual batsman while carrying his bat through the innings. In Christchurch, latham slammed his second century of the series as his magnificent 176, combined with Henry Nicholls’ 162* helped New Zealand reach 585/4 declared to set Sri Lanka an improbable target of 660 with two days to spare. Latham’s knock has shattered plenty of records in this two-Test series.Latham’s magnificent knock took his series aggregate to 450 runs in three innings, which is the 11th most by any player in a two-Test series. Sri Lanka’s Sanath Jayasuriya leads the tally with 571 runs in two Tests during the 1997 series. In that series, he scored 340 and 199 in two Tests at the Premadasa stadium and the Sinhalese Sports Club. Latham’s tally is the second-most by a New Zealand player in a two-Test series behind Brendon McCullum’s 535 during the series against India in 2014. In that series, McCullum blasted 224 in Auckland and had created history when he became the first New Zealand player to score a triple century with his 302 in Wellington.Read More | Bumrah takes career-best figures to decimate Australia in MCG TestLatham, though, became only the second opener in history to hit 450 runs or more in a two-Test series, the first being Jayasuriya. The left-hander became the first New Zealand opener to hit 600 runs in a calendar year three times while he also hit a score of 150+ on three different occasions, which is also the first for a New Zealand opener.Read More | Watch – Kohli tries to run four, Pujara barely manages threeLatham’s magnificent form has ensured New Zealand cannot lose the match in Christchurch. With Sri Lanka stumbling at 24/2, New Zealand need another eight wickets to win a fourth consecutive series but Sri Lanka will be hoping that they can produce a similar fightback like they did in Wellington when Angelo Mathews and Kusal Mendis slammed fifties to secure an unlikely draw.
— Aaron Judge hasn’t given up on being ready for the Yankees’ opener at Baltimore on March 26, but still doesn’t know the cause of soreness in his right pectoral muscle and shoulder. The star right fielder has undergone more than half a dozen tests, and more are scheduled. Judge stopped workouts about a week before spring training after experiencing soreness while swinging. Then he felt soreness on Feb. 28 while hitting in an indoor cage for the second consecutive day.— The Cubs have scratched pitcher Yu Darvish and second baseman Jason Kipnis because of illness. In a series of tweets in Japanese, Darvish said he had a cough yesterday and expressed reluctance about entering the clubhouse amid the coronavirus outbreak. He posted that he didn’t have a fever or the flu. Theo Epstein, the president of baseball operations for the Cubs, said he didn’t have “full information right now,” but said it was his understanding Darvish had a daily illness and should be fine by tomorrow.— Jerry Koosman’s No. 36 is being retired by the Mets, more than four decades after he threw his final pitch for the team. Koosman will be honored before the June 13 game against Washington. Koosman was runner-up for the 1968 NL Rookie of the Year and won 21 games for the 1976 Mets. His five-hitter beat Baltimore in the 1969 World Series for the Mets’ first title.NFL-49ERS-SIGNINGSNiners pick up options on Juszczyk, Williams — No. 25 Michigan blew out Nebraska, 82-58 as Jon Teske scored 12 points and Zavier Simpson added 11 in their home finale. Isaiah Livers had 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Wolverines.COLLEGE ATHLETICS-KANSAS-NCAAKansas denies NCAA accusationsLAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The University of Kansas has forcefully objected to charges that its storied men’s basketball and its football programs had committed significant violations tied primarily to recruiting.The school let its objections be known in nearly 300 pages of documents it issued as a formal response to the NCAA’s notice of allegations Thursday night. Associated Press UNDATED (AP) — The NFL Players Association has sent ballots to members for voting on the proposed collective bargaining agreementThe NFLPA announced that votes would be accepted through March 12 at one minute before midnight. The more than 2,000 members will have a window of about 7 1/2 days to examine the 439-page document and cast a yes or no vote. Ratification requires a simple majority based on the number of returned ballots.The union says every player who was a dues-paying member during the 2019 season was sent a ballot. Votes will be confidential and received by an independent auditor.PGA-PALMER INVITATIONALEvery leads Palmer by 1 over McIlroy RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Hurricanes have announced that defenseman Brett Pesce (PEH’-shee) had surgery on his right shoulder with a recovery time estimated at 4-6 months.The 25-year-old Pesce had four goals and 18 points in 61 games this season. He was hurt in the second period of the Hurricanes’ win at Toronto on Feb. 22.MLB-NEWSSale has a flexor strain, leading Bosox to get McHughUNDATED (AP) — Boston Red Sox ace Chris Sale has a flexor strain near his left elbow and will not be scheduled for Tommy John surgery — for now. — The 76ers’ nine-game road losing streak is over after Tobias Harris provided 28 point and 14 rebounds to lead them to a 125-108 win at Sacramento. Shake Milton scored 20 points and Al Horford added 18 points to help Philadelphia win without injured All-Stars Joel Embiid (joh-EHL’ ehm-BEED’) and Ben Simmons.NBA-CELTICS-SMARTSmart fined for abusing officialsNEW YORK (AP) — The NBA has hit Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart with a $35,000 fine for confronting and verbally abusing the game officials at the end of Tuesday’s 129-120 overtime loss to the Nets.The league said the punishment reflected his history of misconduct on the court. The Celtics blew a 17-point lead in the fourth quarter of that game and were outscored, 11-2 in overtime.T25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULEAztecs reach MWC semisUNDATED (AP) — Fifth-ranked San Diego State has reached the Mountain West Conference semifinals by surviving a tough test from Air Force.Jordan Schakel scored 14 of his 17 points in the second half as the Aztecs rallied for a 73-60 win over the Falcons. Air Force led 44-39 until Schakel hit back-to-back 3s to give San Diego State its first lead since early in the first half. The long-range buckets ignited a 21-3 run that sent the Aztecs to their 13th consecutive victory. Yanni Wetzell and Malachi Flynn had 16 points each as San Diego State improved to 29-1 overall this season.In other top-25 finals:— Payton Pritchard furnished 20 points and 13th-ranked Oregon used an early scoring outburst to coast past California, 90-56. Anthony Matthis added 17 points on 5 for 6 shooting from 3-point range to help the Ducks move back into a first-place tie with UCLA in the Pac-12 with one game remaining.— No. 19 Ohio State prevented Illinois from moving into a four-way tie for the Big Ten lead by downing the 23rd-rated Illini, 71-63. Kaleb Wesson furnished 19 points in the Buckeyes’ fourth straight win, while teammate E.J. Liddell tied a career high with 17 points and had 11 rebounds.— Christian Vital had 26 points and James Bouknight had 17 as UConn notched its fourth straight win, 77-71 against No. 21 Houston. The 30-year-old left-hander felt discomfort in his pitching elbow Monday, a day after throwing his first batting practice of spring training. He had an MRI that was reviewed by team physicians and elbow specialists.Sale’s ulnar collateral ligament was treated with a platelet-rich plasma injection last Aug. 19 and did not sustain additional damage.With Sale’s season in doubt, the Red Sox and right-hander Collin McHugh have worked out a one-year contract worth a guaranteed $600,000, a deal that allows him to earn up to $4.25 million. The 32-year-old McHugh was 4-5 with a 4.70 ERA in 35 appearances for the Astros last season, working primarily out of the bullpen. He was a 19-game winner in 2015, but he’s won just 15 games over the last three seasons.In other MLB news:— The White Sox have agreed to a five-year, $70 million contract with Yoán Moncada, a deal that includes a $25 million club option for 2025 that would make the agreement worth $90 million for six seasons. The White Sox acquired the 24-year-old Moncada in the December 2016 trade that sent Chris Sale to the Red Sox. The third baseman broke out last season by setting career highs with a .315 batting average, 25 homers and 79 RBIs. Abuse allegations, calls for state inquiry build in MichiganYPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) — More men have come forward with allegations of sexual abuse by a late doctor at the University of Michigan in lawsuits and personal statements.The new allegations include three former athletes who filed lawsuits against the school alleging that Dr. Robert Anderson sexually assaulted them while the men were members of the football and hockey teams in the 1980s. At a separate news conference, two men said Anderson sexually assaulted them during medical exams. Update on the latest sports Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA-SCHEDULENuggets, Clippers winUNDATED (AP) — Stephen Curry returned to action Thursday against the Toronto Raptors, but the Golden State Warriors couldn’t win a matchup of last year’s NBA Finals. Kansas claims several facts involving Bill Self’s basketball program are in dispute, including charges that Kansas lacked institutional control and its Hall of Fame coach and his assistant, Kurtis Townsend, had committed a series of high-level violations.The NCAA issued last September its original notice of allegations which included five violations for men’s basketball and two lesser ones for football. The basketball violations are all Level 1, the most severe.NHL-SCHEDULEFlyers grab share of 1st when Caps lose in OTUNDATED (AP) — The Philadelphia Flyers have moved into a first-place tie with Washington in the NHL’s Metropolitan Division, with the Pittsburgh Penguins climbing within three points of the lead. — Craig Anderson turned back 37 shots as the Senators handed the Islanders their fifth consecutive loss, 4-3. Anthony Duclair’s 23rd goal of the season broke a 2-2 deadlock late in the second period.— Zach Parise (pah-REE’-say) and Ryan Suter (SOO’-tur) each had a goal and assist in the Wild’s sixth consecutive road win, 3-2 against the Sharks. Minnesota moved ahead of Vancouver for the second wild card in the West.— Filip Forsberg and Matt Duchene (doo-SHAYN’) each scored power-play goals as the Predators blanked the Stars, 2-0 to end a three-game losing streak. Juuse Saros (YOO’-see SAH’-rohs) made 32 saves for his third shutout this season and the 10th of his career.NHL-HURRICANES-PESCEPesce has surgery The Caps lost their division lead when Mika Zibanejad (MEE’-kuh zioh-BAN’-eh-jad) scored his career-high fifth goal of the night, beating Ilya Samsonov (sam-DOH’-nahv) at 33 seconds of overtime to send the Rangers past Washington, 6-5. Zibanejad is the first Ranger to score five times in a game since Mark Pavelich in February 1983.Artemi Panarin (ahr-TEH’-mee pah-NAH’-rihn) had three assists for the Blueshirts, who are just a point behind the Islanders for the second Eastern Conference wild-card.The Capitals lost for the ninth time in 13 games despite Alex Ovechkin’s (oh-VEHCH’-kihnz) two goals.The Flyers picked up their eighth straight win as Carter Hart turned back 28 shots in a 4-1 decision over the Hurricanes. Ivan Provorov (PROH’-vah-rahv), Michael Raffl (RA’-ful), Nicolas Aube-Kubel (oh-BAY’ koo-BEHL’) and Sean Couturier (koo-TOOR’-ee-ay) scored for the Flyers, who are 24-5-4 at home.Patric Hornqvist scored twice and the Penguins inched closer to the Metropolitan lead with a 4-2 win at Buffalo. Sidney Crosby and Marcus Pettersson also scored as Pittsburgh won its second straight since a six-game slide. SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers exercised contract options Thursday to keep fullback Kyle Juszczyk (YOO’-chehk) and slot cornerback K’Waun Williams on the team for the 2020 season.Juszczyk is a valuable part of San Francisco’s offense as a blocker and receiver out of the backfield. He will earn more than $5 million in the final season of a four-year contract he signed in 2017.Williams will be paid more than $2 million next season as a key part of the defense that helped the Niners reach the Super Bowl this year.NFL-CBACBA ballots set to players Curry finished with 23 points, seven rebounds and seven assists in 27 minutes as the Warriors fell to the Raptors, 121-113. The two-time NBA MVP missed Golden State’s previous 58 games after breaking his left hand Oct. 30 versus Phoenix.Norman Powell poured in 37 points for the Raptors, who expanded their lead in the Atlantic Division to 1 ½ games over Boston. Kyle Lowry chipped in 26 points, 10 assists and five rebounds for Toronto.Checking out Thursday’s other NBA action:— Jamal Murray capped his 18-point performance by draining a running, off-balance 13-footer from the baseline with 5.1 seconds left to give the Nuggets a 114-112 win over the Hornets. Nikola Jokic (nee-KOH’-lah YOH’-kihch) added 14 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists for Denver, which trailed by eight in the fourth quarter before winning for the fourth time in eight games. The outcome keeps the Nuggets one game behind the Clippers for the second seed in the NBA’s Western Conference.— Los Angeles won its sixth in a row as Kawhi (kah-WY’) Leonard delivered 25 points in a 120-105 romp over the Rockets. Montrezl (MAHN’-trehz) Harrell added 19 points and 10 rebounds off the bench for the Clippers, who built a 67-44 halftime lead while the Rockets made just 2 of 22 3-point attempts. Russell Westbrook led the Rockets with 29 points and 15 rebounds, but James Harden added just 16 while shooting 4-for-17, including 0-for-8 from 3-point range. Elsewhere on NHL ice:— The Bruins continue to pace the Atlantic Division by nine points over the Lightning after Torey Krug (kroog) scored 4:08 into overtime to send Boston past the Panthers, 2-1. Jaroslav Halak (YAH’-roh-slahv hah-LAHK’) stopped 32 shots in the Bruins’ fourth straight win.— Tampa Bay won for just the second time in seven games as Andrei Vasilevskiy (va-sih-LEHV’-skee) posted his 21st career shutout by stopping 32 shots in a 4-0 win over the Canadiens. Victor Hedman scored twice and Nikita Kucherov (KOO’-cheh-rahv) added a goal and an assist for the Lightning.— Alex DeBrincat’s (deh-BRIHN’-kats) second goal of the game gave the Blackhawks a 4-1 lead late in the second period of a 4-3 victory against Edmonton. Leon Draisaitl (DRY’-sy-tul) had two more assists to run his league-leading point total to 110, but the Oilers failed to pull into a first-place tie with Vegas in the Pacific Division.— Adrian Kempe’s (KEHM’-pehz) shootout goal gave the Kings a 1-0 win over the Maple Leafs. Jonathan Quick stopped 36 shots in his first shutout of the season and 52nd of his career. ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Matt Every owns the first-round lead at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, one shot ahead of world No. 1 Rory McIlroy.The 309th-ranked Every played in the tough afternoon wind while firing a 7-under 65. Not only was it Every’s lowest round at Bay Hill, it was 20 shots better than his last round six days ago in the Honda Classic.McIlroy’s 66 came during morning play. He hasn’t finished out of the top 10 in any tournament since September.Talor Gooch and Scottie Scheffler share third at minus-5.UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN-DOCTOR March 6, 2020
MAINSTAY Gold Stars came up golden when they defeated Charity Extreme 2-1 in the final of the Essequibo/Pomeroon Football Association (EPFA) knockout tournament and in doing so, have earned the right to represent the EPFA in the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) Super16 Cup 2019 which kicks off next weekend.Playing at the New Opportunity Corps ground on the Essequibo Coast, Mainstay drew first blood when Xavier Fernandez blasted the back of the net in the 10th minute. It was a lead that the lads from Mainstay held on to until the second half when Charity Extreme fired back to level things up.Stanley Holder was on target in the 49th minute for Charity. His goal injected new life into the match as both teams were now sensing that they had an equal chance of not only winning the match but going on to represent Essequibo in the GFF year-end tournament which promises lots of excitement.That slot would, however, be filled by the Mainstay Gold Stars side and they owe their victory to a well-crafted goal off the boot of Christopher Belfield who rocked the net in the 69th minute.Mainstay Gold Stars will now be stepping up their preparation game in order to be ready for their first test in the GFF Super16 Cup later this month.