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Japan Issues Virus Emergency 3 Months Before Tokyo Olympics
04/23/2021 10:47am

Japan declared a third state of emergency for Tokyo and three western prefectures on Friday amid skepticism it will be enough to curb a rapid coronavirus resurgence ahead of the Olympics in July.Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announced the emergency for Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and Hyogo from April 25 through May 11. Japans third state of emergency since the pandemic began comes only a month after an earlier emergency ended in the Tokyo area. For days, experts and local leaders said ongoing semi-emergency measures have failed and tougher steps are urgently needed.Past emergency measures, issued a year ago and then in January, were toothless and authorized only non-mandatory requests. The government in February toughened a law on anti-virus measures to allow authorities to issue binding orders for nonessential businesses to shorten their hours or close, in exchange for compensation for those who comply and penalties for violators. The measures this time are to include shutdown orders for bars, department stores, malls, theme parks, theaters and museums. Restaurants that do not serve alcohol and public transportation services are asked to close early. Schools will stay open, but universities are asked to return to online classes.Mask-wearing, staying home and other measures for the general public remain non-mandatory requests, and experts worry if they will be followed.Japan, which has had about half a million cases and 10,000 deaths, has not enforced lockdowns. But people are becoming impatient and less cooperative and have largely ignored the ongoing measures as the infections accelerated.Osaka, the epicenter of the latest resurgence, has since April 5 been under semi-emergency status, which was expanded to 10 areas including Tokyo, a step promoted by Sugas government as an alternative to a state of emergency with less economic damage.Osaka Gov. Hirofumi Yoshimura, who on Tuesday requested the emergency, said the semi-emergency measures were not working and hospitals were overflowing with patients.The virus surge, fueled by a new, more contagious variant detected earlier in Britain, has spread rapidly across the country.The government has also been slow in rolling out vaccinations, leaving the population largely unprotected before the Olympics begin in July.The third emergency is largely intended as a short and intensive step to stop people from traveling and spreading the virus during Japans Golden Week holidays from late April through the first week of May. The May 11 end of the emergency, just ahead of an expected visit by International Olympic Committee President Thomas Back, triggered speculation that the government is prioritizing the Olympic schedule over peoples health. Suga has been reluctant to hurt the already pandemic-damaged economy and faced criticism for being slow to take virus measures.Tokyo Olympics CoverageTokyo OlympicsApr 21Will Tokyo Olympics Allow Local Fans Decision Delayed Until JuneTokyo OlympicsApr 15Officials Say Olympic Cancellation, No Fans Still an OptionJapans inoculation campaign lags behind many countries, with imported vaccines in short supply while its attempts to develop its own vaccines are still in the early stages. Inoculations started in mid-February but progress has been slow amid shortages of vaccines and healthcare workers.The rapid increase in patients flooding hospitals has raised concerns of a further staff shortage and delay in vaccinations.

How to Watch D.C. United Vs. New England Revolution
04/23/2021 3:58am

How to watch D.C. United vs. New England Revolution originally appeared on NBC Sports WashingtonD.C. United ushered in the Hernn Losada era in thrilling fashion, marking the occasion with a 2-1 victory over NYCFC.Losada tempered expectations just before the season when he told reporters thatresults might not come quickly as the team continuedto search for the fitness level necessary to play thehigh-octane brand of soccer that he hopes will soon become synonymous with the club.But if Saturday was any indication, the Black and Red have a strong foundation to build upon in their next match against the Revs.Heres everything you need to know about the match.D.C. UNITEDvs. NEW YORK REVOLUTIONHOW TO WATCHWhat:D.C. United vs. New England RevolutionWhere:Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, MAWhen: Saturday, April 24, 2021 at8:00 p.m. ETTV Channel:D.C. United vs. New England Revolution will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington PlusNBC Sports Channel Finderand in Spanish on TeleXitos.In the Washington, D.C., region, TeleXitos can be found on over-the-air television Ch. 44.2 and on Comcast Xfinity Ch. 281, Cox Ch. 808 and Verizon Fios Ch. 493.D.C. UNITEDvs. NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION: WHATTO WATCHNYCFC struck first, but momentum shifted in D.C.s favor after Brendan Hines-Ike found the net from 30 yards out in his debut. Minutes later, from a Julian Gressel corner kick, Russell Canouse scored what proved to be the game-winner right before halftime. Its always a good sign when newcomers find their feet early, but Saturday seemed to be somewhat of a reset for returners who have struggled in previous seasons. Well see if they can carry this momentum to Foxborough.The Revolution opened up the season in chaotic fashion on the road against the Chicago Fire. New Englands backline conceded twice within the first ten minutes of the season, but Bruce Arenas men responded quickly to notch things up at 2-2 in the first half and came just inches away from taking all three points in the 87th minute when Edward Kizza hit the crossbar from 6 yards out. There were moments when the Revs looked dangerous in the attack, but they were vulnerable in the back and D.C.s midfield looked poised to exploit that.D.C. UNITEDvs. NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION: PLAYERS TO WATCHJulian Gressel, Midfielder, D.C. United 0 goals, 1 assist in 1 appearance: Gressel was the general in D.C. Uniteds midfield, facilitating the transition from defense to attack and providing an energetic, veteran presence in Losadas system. Hell be a key factor in this match against New England and Losadas long-term vision for the season.Gustavo Bou, Forward, New England Revolution 1 goal, 0 assists in 1 appearance: Since arriving in New England as a designated player in 2019, Gustavo Bou has proven his worth up top. Hes scored 15 goals in 33 appearances with the Revs and it didnt take him long to open his account in 2021. Hes a creative player that can test D.C. Uniteds defense at any moment of the game.

Kentucky Basketball Star, NBA Draft Prospect Terrence Clarke Dies in LA Crash
04/23/2021 3:27am

The world of professional and college basketball is mourning the loss of a young star.Terrence Clarke, 19, was killed in a car crash in Los Angeles on Thursday, the University of Kentucky confirmed in a statement Thursday night.Clarke, a Boston native, had recently finished his freshman season with the Wildcats and had declared for the 2021 NBA draft last month.I am absolutely gutted and sick tonight, Kentucky head coach John Calipari said in the statement. A young person who we all love has just lost his life too soon, one with all of his dreams and hopes ahead of him. Terrence Clarke was a beautiful kid, someone who owned the room with his personality, smile and joy. People gravitated to him, and to hear we have lost him is just hard for all of us to comprehend right now. We are all in shock.Terrences teammates and brothers loved him and are absolutely devastated. They know we are here for them for whatever they need.The Kentucky basketball teams official twitter account posted a tribute to Clarke late Thursday.The 6-foot-7 guard was reportedly returning from a workout in Los Angeles around 2 p.m. Thursday when he was involved in the crash, according toNBCs Lexington, Kentucky, affiliate LEX18. Los Angeles Police Department Sergeant John Matassa, who works in the Valley Traffic Division,told ESPNthat Clarke was a solo occupant in a vehicle that ran a red light going at a very high rate of speed in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles at approximately 2:10 p.m. PDT.Matassa said surveillance video showed that Clarke collided with another vehicle preparing to turn left, hit a street light pole and then a block wall. Clarke was taken to Northridge Hospital Medical and later pronounced dead.Matassa said the other driver, who was in a truck, did not claim any injuries. Clarke was driving a 2021 Hyundai Genesis and not wearing his seat belt properly, according to Matassa.NBC Boston reports that Kentucky teammate BJ Boston had been in a car behind Clarke and is reportedly okay.Clarke entered the NBA draft after playing in just eight games last season because of a right leg injury. He averaged 9.6 points and 2.6 rebounds.On Wednesday, he signed with Klutch Sports Group. Agency CEO Rich Paulannounced on Twitterthat he was saddened and devastated by Clarkes passing and called him an incredibly hard-working young man.Clarke started in Kentuckys first six games and was one of its top scorers, highlighted by a career-best 22 points in a loss to Georgia Tech on Dec. 6. The injury ultimately sidelined him for the entire Southeastern Conference regular-season schedule, though he returned to post three assists and two points off the bench in the Wildcats SEC Tournament loss to Mississippi State that ended a 9-16 season.Despite his limited action, Clarke announced his decision to enter the NBA draft on March 19 and lamented in a release that he didnt expect to be injured. But he understood that it was part of the game and thanked Calipari and teammates among many.Boston Celtics players and coaches reacted to the news of Clarkes death after their game against the Phoenix Suns Thursday night, NBC Boston reported.Kemba Walker spoke about the Boston natives death.Hes a very good kid. Just always smiling, always energetic. He was about to get his opportunity too, Walker said.My condolences to his family. Its a tough time. Thats really tough news to hear.I dont even know what to say. Its mind-boggling to hear something like that, especially after the game.Celtics coach Brad Stevens also heard reports about the crash.Not sure how much I want to talk about the game, when you consider hes a Boston kid those kids are important to us here, Stevens said. I never met him. My son looks up to him. Hard to talk about a basketball game.Other reactions poured in from the NBA community.Tyrese Maxey, a former Wildcat who now plays for the Philadelphia 76ers, posted a tribute to Clarke on Twitter.This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.

Capitals Control Play for Final Two Periods in Shootout Win Over Islanders
04/23/2021 3:04am

Caps control play for final two periods in shootout win over Islanders originally appeared on NBC Sports WashingtonThrough the first 20 minutes of Thursdays game on Long Island, it seemed outside of goaltender Ilya Samsonov, that is that Capitals couldnt do much right.The final two periods of regulation, however, were a totally flipped script from the first period.While the Capitals didnt score any goals, neither did the Islanders as the two teams battled to a scoreless tie entering a shootout, which the Capitals won 1-0 to retake sole possession of first place in the East Division.The underlying play was what the Capitals viewed as the most positive outcome, as they dominated the final 40 minutes of play.I think it was a wakeup call, defenseman John Carlson said of the first period. I think we were making mistakes that didnt need to be made. We were overexerting in some areas and not exerting enough. So there was a number of things that were pretty cut and dry and clear how that wasnt going to work tonight and against that team. I think once we took a step back and watched what was going on, we made adjustments and challenged ourselves to change the way we were playing.The Islanders put 15 shots on Samsonov in the first period, all of which were turned away by the Russian netminder. From there they tallied just 11 more shots, only eight of which came during five-on-five play. The Capitals, for their part, had 24 shots in the final two periods and overtime, 21 of which came at five-on-five play.I think were real structured through the neutral zone and so are they, Carlson said. If you give them time to sit back and get into the exact look that they want, its going to be a lot harder to get into the zone with possession or even a good dump to make a play for it. I think we moved the puck way quicker in the second and third and we hung them out there, we had extended shifts and it kind of works like that.Against one of the leagues best teams at creating high-danger opportunities on offense, the Capitals allowed zero five-on-five high-danger chances in the final 40 minutes during even strength play. The Islanders mustered just one on a powerplay in the third period.So while Samsonov kept the Capitals out of trouble in the first period, the entire lineup lifted him for the last two periods.I probably liked best that we were in the offensive zone, coach Peter Laviolette said of preventing high-danger chances. It is very difficult to generate those chances that you are talking about if they are playing defense so spent way too much time in our end in the first period. Chances were heavily in their favor in the first period and then I thought it flipped in the last 40 minutes.The Islanders play a game that makes it difficult to put shots on net, as theyre well disciplined under coach Barry Trotz. They tallied 17 shot blocks against the Capitals, which makes generating offense especially difficult.Washington knows, especially over the next two games both against New York, it will have to generate more offense than it did Thursday night.But as far as defense goes, the better teams rarely have to play it. And that kept the Islanders out of the Capitals zone for the majority of the game, and more importantly, kept them off the scoreboard.I think from a speed standpoint, execution standpoint, that was really the majority of our problem in the first period and because of that, we end up with zone time and high danger chances coming against us so when that flipped, the game seemed to flip as well, Laviolette said.

With the Regular Season Winding Down, Ilya Samsonov Makes Statement Performance on Long Island
04/23/2021 2:29am

Ilya Samsonov makes statement performance on Long Island originally appeared on NBC Sports WashingtonA major focus for the Capitals in the final 10 games of the regular season is playing the right way in preparation for the playoffs. For a Washington team whose biggest question mark heading into the postseason is going to be its goaltending, Ilya Samsonovs brilliant performance in net on Thursday was a huge statement to his team, the coaches and perhaps even the rest of the division.There are a myriad of reasons why Thursdays game between the Capitals and New York Islanders was an important one. The Caps and Islanders were tied for first in the East Division with only a one-point lead over the Pittsburgh Penguins. Thursdays game was the first of a three-game series between Washington and New York and the first of the Caps brutal final 10-game schedule. Washington had yet to win on Long Islandthis season in two prior games.This game mattered and the big question surrounding the Caps was if they had a goalie who could win against top competition when it mattered.Samsonov got the start Thursday and turned aside all 26 shots he faced for his second shutout of the season in one of the biggest games the team has played in the 2021 season.Twenty-six is not a huge number of shots, but 15 in a period is and thats how many shots the Islanders poured on Samsonov in the first. New York star Mathew Barzal even was denied on a breakaway as Samsonov kept Washington in it through the first 20 minutes. Without that start from Samsonov, this game would have gone very differently than a 1-0 shootout win for the Caps.Yeah he was really sharp in the first, head coach Peter Laviolette said. He had to make a few good ones in the second, a few good ones in the third, but it could have been, you know, while we were finding our legs from those three days off, he gave us an opportunity to come back in the second and third period and play a really strong game. I thought he made big saves the entire night, butmost of them were in the first period.Samsonov tracked the puck extremely well and used his athleticism to stick with the more frantic opportunities. Every time the Islanders tried to sneak a shot through a scrum or on a sharp angle, Samsonov was well-positioned for the save.When its going to be tight like this game turned out to be, youre going to have to rely on him at some point and he came up huge, John Carlson said. They werent just good saves. They were great saves every time they did break through us. That was the difference.Washingtons goaltending has been under scrutiny all season because of its tandem of two young netminders. Though the team has found success in the regular season with the duo of Samsonov and Vitek Vanecek, it was thought general manager Brian MacLellan may bring in a veteran at the trade deadline to bolster the position. The trade deadline came and went without a goalie addition, however, and now the Caps are all-in on Samsonov and Vanecek, two goalies with zero NHL playoff experience between them.But someone has to be No. 1.In addition to being a tune-up for the playoffs, these final games are also an audition for which goalie will start in the playoffs.When both are available, Samsonov and Vanecek have split playing time all season as Laviolette has thus far avoided naming one goalie the No.1 over another. You have to wonder if Samsonov suddenly has the edge to start Game 1 of the playoffs after a performance like he had on Thursday.Granted, while Thursdays game was significant, it still was not the playoffs and there just is no substitute for the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Thursdays performance also wont mean much if Samsonov lays an egg in his next start. But if this game was a sign of things to come and the level to which Samsonov will play this postseason, then the Caps are in better shape between the pipes than people may think.


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American University men's soccer team heads to NCAA tournament for first time in 17 years
04/22/2021 7:44pm

The schools mens soccer team is set to face Jacksonville in the NCAA tournament during the first round.

LeBron James tweets then deletes call for 'accountability' in the shooting death of Columbus 16-year-old Ma'Khia Bryant
04/22/2021 3:09pm

James tweeted and deleted a picture Wednesday afternoon of the police officer who is believed to have fatally shot Bryant, writing YOURE NEXT ACCOUNTABILITY.

Athletes promised legal support if they protest at Tokyo Games
04/22/2021 12:22pm

The announcement comes a day after the IOC confirmed its long-standing ban on demonstration or political, religious or racial propaganda.

Locked On Nats: Washington takes series against Cards; Scherzer’s nasty on the mound right now
04/22/2021 10:28am

Nationals have won six of its last 10 games heading into its next series with the New York Mets. Max Scherzer is looking like a man primed for a great season.

Capital One Arena host fans for first time since pandemic started; Beal thanks fans for being there
04/21/2021 10:17pm

Those who attended were in their seats early to see the warmups, staying all the way through for what was a thrilling game.

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