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Same-Sex Relationships- “I Am Trying To Break My Own Preconceived Notions”: Madras High Court Judge

first_imgNews UpdatesSame-Sex Relationships- “I Am Trying To Break My Own Preconceived Notions”: Madras High Court Judge Sparsh Upadhyay30 March 2021 12:22 AMShare This – xDealing with a protection plea filed by a same-sex couple, Justice N. Anand Venkatesh of Madras High Court on Monday (29th March) observed that he was trying to break his own preconceived notions about the issue and he was in the process of evolving. The Bench of Justice Venkatesh last week expressed its desire to hear the same-sex couple in-camera in view of the sensitivity involved…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginDealing with a protection plea filed by a same-sex couple, Justice N. Anand Venkatesh of Madras High Court on Monday (29th March) observed that he was trying to break his own preconceived notions about the issue and he was in the process of evolving. The Bench of Justice Venkatesh last week expressed its desire to hear the same-sex couple in-camera in view of the sensitivity involved in the matter. When on Monday, the parties appeared before the Court, the bench conversed with the Petitioners and their parents in order to assess their mental status and to understand their stand, before proceeding further with the case. Facts in brief The 1st Petitioner (aged about 22 years) has completed B.Sc. Mathematics and is presently pursuing M.B.A and the 2nd Petitioner (aged about 20 years) is pursuing B.A. Tamil. The Petitioners know each other for the last 2 years and both of them in unison stated before the Court that their friendship blossomed into love and they were very clear that both of them will be a partner to each other for life. “The Petitioners did not mince any words and there was so much of clarity in what they wanted to convey”, noted the Court. The parents of the respective Petitioners, came to know about the relationship between the Petitioners, and it was not to their liking. When the Court interacted with the parents of the respective Petitioners, expressed their shock and they stated that weren’t able to immediately accept the relationship between the Petitioners. They were more concerned about the security of the Petitioners and were worried that the Petitioners should not get exploited. In this backdrop, the Court thought it fit to refer the Petitioners and their respective parents to a counsellor who specializes in working with LGBTQI+ individuals. Significantly, the Court said, “This move becomes very vital since this Court is moving into unchartered waters, and a report from a specialist will provide support to this Court to move forward in this case.” Court’s observations At the outset, Justice Venkatesh remarked, “I personally spent some time in doing some research and collecting materials to arrive at a proper understanding of this issue. It would have been possible for me to pack my Order with a lot of research material and get applauded by the outside world for rendering a scholarly Order. There was a call from inside which kept reminding me that if I venture into such an exercise at this stage, it will only be hypocritical of me since the Order will not reveal my true and honest feeling about this very important issue.” Significantly, the bench further said, “To be open, I am also trying to break my own preconceived notions about this issue and I am in the process of evolving, and sincerely attempting to understand the feelings of the Petitioners and their parents thereafter, proceed to write a detailed Order on this issue. That is the reason why I am trying to develop this case brick by brick and ultimately, construct something purposeful on this issue.” Further, the Court also requested Ms. Vidya Dinakaran, M.Sc. Counselling Psychology, to counsel the parties and the request was readily accepted by the specialist, and the counselling will take place during the third week of April 2021. Lastly, the Court asked for the report to in a sealed cover preferably on or before 26.04.2021. The Court also got prima facie impression that the parties would work towards a peaceful resolution and the Government Advocate also submitted that the police wouldn’t interfere in the issue any longer, and that the complaints would be immediately closed. The matter has been posted for further hearing on 28th April 2021.Click Here To Download Order Read OrderNext Storylast_img read more


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East meets West

first_imgWell, I have made the long journey across the country, and am typing this from the beautiful town of Buena Vista, Colorado.  This is the beginning of a pretty exciting competition tour for me, and I will be attending the following events:May 30-June 3 Teva Mountain Games (Vail, CO)June 8 North Fork Championships (Boise, ID)June 16 Red Bulle Divide & Conquer (Vancouver, BC)I am already struggling to adjust to the mountain climate a bit.  My lungs don’t work quite the same at the 9500 foot elevation of Homestake Creek as they do in downtown Asheville at 2130 feet.  Regardless of the challenges, there are a number of Southeast athletes that are going to make waves and represent the Blue Ridge this summer in adventure sports competition.  Here are a few to keep an eye out for:Mike TavaresMike was featured in the May article about Stand Up Paddling, and he is a rep and professional paddleboarder for Boardworks.  Hailing from Chattanooga, TN, he is at the cutting edge of the sport’s entrance to whitewater rivers, and he will be a strong contender at the Teva Mountain Games.  We’ll see if he can upset Dan Gavere, the reigning king of whitewater paddleboarding!Dane JacksonThe middle child in the Jackson family lineage, Dane is about as dominant force in the sport of freestyle kayaking as it gets.  Now 18, Dane is already two for two in Pro competitions for the year.  His smooth style is difficult for competitors to match, and he will surely be a good bet for all of the Colorado freestyle events this year.Bryan KirkThis Fayetteville, WV local represents the ultimate blend of versatility.  He is a multi-time US National Freestyle Team Member, and his forward stroke and smooth style is just as likely to crush all takers at any extreme race that he enters.  Bryan balances this with his management of the Wave Sport Kayaks pro team.Andrew HolcombeAndrew is a two time winner of the prestigious Green River Narrows Race, and he makes everyone pretty nervous when he shows up at any event.  Keep an eye out for Andrew at the North Fork Championships in Idaho.  This event promises to be some of the most difficult whitewater ever raced, and there is not a competitor in the 30 invited athletes who is not extremely nervous.If any of our readers do happen to be out West this summer, absolutely come and say hello at any of these events.  I’ll be competing in the kayak races and then making a fool of myself in the SUP events!Good lines,Chrislast_img read more


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Panama: North Korea ship’s arms violated United Nations sanctions

first_img PANAMA CITY, Panama – The undeclared shipment of Cuban weapons found on a North Korean ship are a violation of United Nations (UN) sanctions against arms transfers to Pyongyang, Panamanian officials said on Aug. 28, citing a UN report. Panama’s Public Safety Ministry said in a prepared statement that according to a draft report by UN experts sent to Panama after the ship was seized in July, the cargo “undoubtedly violates sanctions of the UN, which supports the course of action Panama took.” The statement was the first information released about the mission of the experts, who completed their inspections two weeks ago. They were led by Briton David Martin Uden, a former ambassador to South Korea. North Korea is under UN sanctions regarding its controversial nuclear program, which bar the transport of all weapons to and from the isolated state apart from the import of small arms. North Korea carried out a third nuclear weapons test in February, triggering even tighter UN sanctions. The ship, the Chong Chon Gang, was intercepted on July 10 as it tried to enter the Panama Canal on suspicion it was carrying drugs. Authorities uncovered 25 containers of military hardware, including two MiG-21 fighter jets, air defense systems, missiles and command and control vehicles. Both Cuban and North Korean officials said they were Cuban arms being shipped to North Korea for refurbishment under a legitimate contract. But officials from both nations didn’t explain why the items were buried under more than 200,000 sacks of sugar inside the ship. The United Nations has yet to state publicly how it will proceed. The Public Safety Ministry released its prepared statement after a group of North Korean diplomats visited the ship’s 35 crew members, who are being detained at a former military base on charges of arms trafficking. The crew members face up to 12 years in prison if convicted. Five percent of the world’s commerce travels through the nearly century-old Panama Canal, with that expected to increase following the completion of a major expansion project. [AFP (Panama), 28/08/2013; La Prensa (Panama), 28/08/2013] By Dialogo August 29, 2013last_img read more


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New era for commercial lending compliance?

first_imgby: Erin O’HernNCUA has started to make in-roads regarding regulatory relief in a surprising way. At their recent board meeting, NCUA announced a proposed rule to ease regulatory restrictions impacting member business loans (MBL). Under the proposal, credit unions would be able to tailor their underwriting requirements more specifically to their community and their credit unions’ situation when setting their MBL policies and procedures. The proposal allows loan officers to waive the personal guarantee, does not set specific loan-to-value limitations, clarifies that non-member loan participations will not count against the statutory business lending cap and lifts certain limits on construction and development loans.Keep in mind regulations never disappear completely. While the proposal loosens the reins on specific limitations it still contains strong language that requires credit unions to keep safety and soundness top of mind. The proposed rule requires credit unions to establish their own policy with internal limitations commensurate with the level of risk of the activity. It specifically requires credit unions to attach collateral that is appropriate based on the size and type of commercial loan, among other conditions. continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more


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NCUA bank notes reg, TCCUSF report slated March 24

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The NCUA Board will finalize its NAFCU-supported proposal that essentially expands the authority of federal credit unions to invest in bank notes during its open meeting March 24, according to the agenda released Thursday.The NCUA Board will also receive a Temporary Corporate Credit Union Stabilization Fund update and discuss a program that would integrate management of the agency’s credit union-facing websites and technology.The current investments regulation limits federal credit unions to investing in bank notes “with original weighted average maturities of less than five years.” The proposal removes the word “original” from the text of the regulation, thereby allowing federal credit unions to purchase bank notes that had original maturities of greater than five years but still have remaining maturities of less than five years. continue reading »last_img read more


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Michael Ricigliano, Jr.’s ‘A Queen For A Day’ Keeps It In ‘The Family’

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Set in an abandoned warehouse in New Jersey bathed in deep grays and dark shadows, iconic figures recognizable to anyone well-versed in mob filmography command the stage.David Proval—the ruthless, violent capo Richie Aprile of Sopranos infamy, also known for his portrayal of mobster Tony DeVienazo in the Martin Scorsese cult favorite Mean Streets—plays the intense and cunning Giovanni “Nino” Cinquimani, a heavily Italian-lilted Mafioso, speaking of backdoor deals with union presidents and an ill-timed mob hit on a longshoreman before removing the mask of mob-persona and becoming heartbreakingly human.Vincent Pastore—aka The Sopranos’ “Big Pussy”—is Nino’s brother Pasquale, dubbed “The Prince” by the media in very much the same way “The Teflon Don” had graced so many covers of New York Daily News. Reminiscent of The Godfather’s Michael Corleone, Pastore plays a giant of violent intimidation. Audiences learn how one who was once an innocent youngster on the road to legitimacy was pulled into “family life” he was never meant for, but took to with prodigal aplomb.Theater maven Portia, whose resume includes Mama Nadi in the Pulitzer Prize-winning production of “Ruined,” among a long list of acclaimed television and stage productions, transforms the role of US Attorney Patricia Cole into a well-practiced persona. Smart, tough, and acid-tongued, she holds her own with the likes of the Cinquimani brothers in the constantly changing shifts of power.David Deblinger, who played Sopranos mobster Dr. Rene Katz and who portrays attorney Sanford Weiss, Esq., rounds out the all-star cast.“A Queen for a Day,” written by playwright and producer Michael Ricigliano, Jr. and directed by John Gould Rubin, counts on audiences’ recognition of these characters: the thick-necked mob boss with a steely glare and hot temper; the mafia captain—an older brother who somehow ended up as the subordinate; the cautionary Jewish lawyer; and the no-bullshit US Attorney, who is an expert on the inner-workings of the “family” because she can never be part of it. You know these guys. You’ve met them in films directed by Scorsese and Coppola, in the banquet booths of certain Long Island restaurants, and in the stories of our oldest generation, whose childhoods in Brooklyn sound as exotic to our suburban ears as the Old Country had been to theirs.The beauty—and the genius—of this screenplay is that once audiences settle into this well-traveled world, it turns that familiarity on its head and shakes it to its core.“A Queen for a Day” is the term for a one-day immunity proffer session between an informant and a prosecutor. Nothing revealed in this session can be used against the witness. This is the tool that has been instrumental in tearing down the time-worn infrastructure of the modern-day mob, where one by one, defendants cop plea deals with the government, turning in “family members” in exchange for their own freedom. Or, in the case of “A Queen for a Day,” actual blood relatives.David Proval (L) and Vincent Pastore are just two of the all-star cast members in local playwright and producer Michael Ricigliano, Jr.’s “A Queen For A Day,” running through July 26 at the Theatre at St. Clement’s in Manhattan. (Photo by Russ Rowland)When Ricigliano, a Long Island attorney by trade, overheard a friend, a former enforcement supervisor for the US Securities and Exchange Commission, mention the term, he immediately had the idea for the screenplay mapped out in his mind.“I said, ‘Wow! What a great idea for a play!’” Ricigliano tells the Press in a phone interview en route to one of the show’s final rehearsals. “From there I just started writing and writing and writing.”Ricigliano, 44, grew up in Garden City, Long Island. He maintains a successful career as an attorney, and is raising his family in Locust Valley. He formed Jackson Leonard Productions, LLC with his partner Jeffrey Schneider, with whom he develops and produces feature films, as well as stage and television projects, including scripts for Brooklyn Law, The Scorpion Tale, The Devil’s Banker, and Created Equal based on the book by R.A. Brown. The intersection between a creative mind and an encyclopedic knowledge of the law gives Ricigliano an unlimited well of ideas for stage and screen. Growing up enveloped in Italian-American culture doesn’t hurt either when he’s trying to develop characters.“Practicing law helps me understand the legal nuances,” he tells the Press. “My father and my whole family are from Williamsburg, Brooklyn. A lot of my bedtime stories were either when my father played for the Brooklyn Dodgers or when he was growing up in Brooklyn. You know, growing up, you spend a lot of time with Italians. So a lot of the nuances in the way Italians speak and act, they have a certain cadence—it’s a fact. Italians carry themselves a certain way—especially the ones from Brooklyn. And so all of that is what goes into making a character.”Although Ricigliano is fairly new to writing, his 2010 film debut, Lily of the Feast, a short, earned multiple accolades, including “Best Short Film” at the 2011 Long Island International Film Festival; its director, Federico Castelluccio (you know him as Carmellas’s man-tease Furio in The Sopranos), won “Best Director of a Short Film” in that competition, and last year, directed its feature-length adaptation. The latter also stars Proval, along with Troy Garity (Jane Fonda’s son) and Paul Sorvino.“It’s really just getting good people around you. That’s all it is,” he confides to the Press. “Talented people who have been through this before and they guided me in the right way.”One of those people is director John Gould Rubin, who had run the Greenwich Village-based LAByrinth Theater Company with the late Philip Seymour Hoffman. Rubin recognizes talent when he sees it.“I really think that the playwright is a prodigy,” Rubin tells the Press. “This is his first play and it’s just better written than it should have been. It’s more skilled than it should have been. He’s a special guy.”(L-R) David Deblinger, Portia and David Proval deliver passionate, memorable performances in local playwright and producer Michael Ricigliano, Jr.’s stellar “A Queen For A Day,” running through July 26 at the Theatre at St. Clement’s in Manhattan. (Photo by Russ Rowland)“A Queen for a Day” is based on the largest coordinated organized crime takedown in history—a January 2011 sweep in which the FBI and US Attorney’s Office rounded up and indicted 127 mafia associates. Nino Cinquimani (Proval) is a captain in an unnamed crime family who is pressured to give up his brother, the “Capo de tutti Capo” (Pastore). Deblinger and Portia, the two prosecutors in the play, also hail from LAByrinth, where they’d worked with Rubin before. This ensemble came together in perfect symmetry of well-heeled mob actors and theater natives, balancing the cadences of the dialogue with practiced nuance and emotion.The depth of acting talent took Ricigliano by surprise, he admits. “A Queen for a Day” is his first theatrical experience, and watching the actors take ownership of characters he’d written, by creating detailed backstories, thrilled him.“The reason you are who you are is because of a million factors that happened in your life,” Ricigliano says. “How you grew up, who you grew up with, your parents, your friends, your schooling—all of that is what makes you, you. When these actors read a script, they attach themselves to it and then they start making up what their life would have been like before these three hours on Sunday in the winter of 2011. It is really so gratifying that they care so much about that character to really become invested.”The play explores blood ties, where loyalty comes at a price with profound repercussions that won’t come to light until intense pressure provides a relief valve. Director Rubin keeps the action at a riveting pace, building intensity until an explosive finale unravels shocking revelations that delve into issues of family, sexuality, identity and loyalty.In one of the most dramatic scenes of the 90-minute performance, Pastore takes the stage, filling the theater with an almost unbearable tension. Known among his fellow mobsters onstage as “Pat,” the younger brother and mafia kingpin has just discovered a stinging betrayal that both shook and frightened the entire house, evident by several minutes of complete and utter silence. He didn’t play a mob boss—he became one, right there, on the stark stage. When his voice, soft-spoken and measured at first, broke into a roar of unrestrained rage, the audience jumped in their seats.“What can I do to make this right?” is an oft-repeated refrain in the last scene of the play. “Right,” of course, is a debatable term.As the US Attorney, Patricia convinces Nino that confessions help purge the soul of sin, these religious themes pervade the theater, aptly housed in an off-Broadway space within St. Clement’s Episcopal Church on West 46th Street.As with most mob-themed productions, the answers to many of “A Queen For A Day’s” recurring questions are inevitably soaked in blood. Righteousness has many avenues, each evocatively explored in this captivating story.Bravo.“A Queen for a Day” is running through July 26 at the Theatre at St. Clement’s, 423 West 46th St., New York, NY 10036. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting AQueenForADayPlay.com and calling 866-811-4111.last_img read more


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Early voting begins in Broome County

first_imgJOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — Saturday was the first day of early Primary voting in Broome County. Linda Buman, a poll volunteer at the Broome County Public Library, said early voting expands opportunities for people who can’t get to the polls on the day of the primary. “My polling place was condensed to five or six different polling places in one spot on Main Street…I thought getting out when the crowds are light would be best for everyone right now,” he said. With the virus in mind, Thomas Davis of Binghamton said he decided to head out early to help reduce crowd sizes on Election Day. Miller said not voting isn’t an option. For more information on early voting times and locations, click here. “We think a lot of people are going to take advantage of the early voting, people who are concerned about the environment and the way things are,” she said. “We’re wiping everything down, we’re wearing gloves when we clean, we’re wiping the stations after every voter goes through.” Early voting runs until June 21. The Primary Election day in New York State is June 23. Buman says early voting is especially important this election cycle. center_img “You wind up being in a long line and we’ve found it much easier cause you can avoid the line,” Yvonne Miller said. Buman stressed that whether you choose to vote early or on Primary Election Day, keep in mind what voting means. Polls opened at noon at the Broome County Public Library and the Oakdale Mall. “It makes it a lot easier if they want to come in and vote in person as opposed to doing a mail in or affidavit ballot,” she says. “It’s our right first of all, and if you don’t vote, don’t complain. That’s how I feel,” said Yvonne Miller. Lloyd and Yvonne Miller told 12 News they were happy to have the opportunity to vote early and beat the crowds on Primary Election Day. “This is the opportunity to have a say. Voting is your choice. It potentially affects your future, and your kid’s future,” she said.last_img read more


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Control of the Senate to be decided by double runoff in Georgia

first_img– Advertisement – Ossoff also linked Perdue to Donald Trump, who currently trails in the presidential race in Georgia, saying Perdue “cannot defend being such a weak enabler of this president.” Trump will still be in the White House at the time of the January 5, 2021 runoffs for both Ossoff and Warnock, and his sore loser behavior could well be a drag on his fellow Republicans.Control of the Senate is on the line. Can you give $3 each to Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock? Jon Ossoff and Raphael WarnockGeorgia is going to be the center of the political universe for the next two months, as Sen. David Perdue fell below 50%, forcing him to a runoff election against Jon Ossoff. Raphael Warnock and appointed Sen. Kelly Loeffler were already slated for a runoff, so that means two Senate seats remain at stake—and they will determine control of the chamber.“This race is headed to a runoff,” Ossoff said Friday morning. And in that runoff, “Retirement is coming for Sen. David Perdue,” Ossoff pledged.- Advertisement –last_img read more


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H5N1 found in wild birds in Germany

first_imgJun 25, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Six wild birds in Germany have tested positive for the lethal strain of H5N1 avian influenza in the virus’s first appearance in the country since last August, according to news services.The Friedrich Loeffler Institute, a veterinary institute, said five swans and one goose found dead in Nuremberg in the southern state of Bavaria were infected, according to a Reuters report published today. The cases were found in the course of a national testing program for dead birds.Authorities ordered farmers in the Nuremberg region to confine their poultry and banned the transport of poultry into and out of the area, Reuters reported.An Agence France-Presse (AFP) report said the restrictions apply to an area within a 2.5-mile radius of where the infected birds were found. Officials also warned people not to let cats and dogs roam freely in the area, according to Reuters.The last H5N1 case reported in Germany involved a swan in the Dresden zoo last August, according to AFP.Earlier last year, the virus killed some wild birds on the German island of Ruegen in the Baltic Sea. The virus eventually was found in wild birds in six of the country 16 states, AFP reported.The new report from Germany came less than a week after the virus was confirmed on a turkey farm in the Czech Republic, leading to the killing of 6,000 turkeys. The only other confirmed outbreaks in Europe this year occurred on a British turkey farm in February and on a Hungarian goose farm in January.last_img read more


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The Latest: Lions’ Stafford removed from COVID list

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Detroit Lions removed quarterback Matthew Stafford from the COVID-IR list and said he received a false positive test result. The league announced a new preseason practice schedule on Tuesday after previously announcing that SEC teams would play only league games and pushing the season start back to Sept. 26.The new league-wide calendar allows for more days off and fewer practices than permitted under NCAA rules. From Aug. 7-16, teams are allowed to conduct up to 14 hours weekly of strength and conditioning, meetings and walkthroughs.Starting Aug. 17, they can hold 25 practices with a limit of 20 hours per week of practice time. Coaches must allow two days off each week until game week.___Cleveland Browns defensive tackle Andrew Billings has opted out of the 2020 season because of coronavirus concerns. Midi Libre said four young players from Montpellier academy also tested positive for the virus last week. The French league is to start on Aug. 21.___The German men’s ice hockey league will start its new season in November, more than eight months after the coronavirus stopped play. The league says its clubs agreed on the Nov. 13 date to begin the 2020-21 season and they’re drawing up plans to have fans in the arenas, subject to approval from German authorities. The International Football Association Board, the game’s lawmaker, updated its guidelines while the pandemic perseveres.A referee can only red card a player when they are certain the cough is intentional. A yellow card is also optional.The new rule falls under “using offensive, insulting or abusive language and/or gestures.”IFAB said in a statement: “As with all offenses, the referee has to make a judgment about the true nature of the offense.“If it were clearly accidental, then the referee would not take action nor if the ‘cough’ took place with a large distance between the players. ___The Sun Belt Conference will keep its eight-game league football schedule and allow its members to play up to four nonconference games this season.The conference’s 10 members had 12 games scheduled against Power Five conference opponents, but with those leagues eliminating almost all of their nonconference games, Sun Belt schools have lots of holes in their schedules.The conference said it plans to start playing league games over Labor Day weekend and members can begin nonconference games as soon as Aug. 29.Texas State already has announced it has moved its home game against SMU in San Marcos, Texas, to Aug. 29. The MSHSL also decided at a virtual board meeting that soccer and individual fall sports — including cross country, girls tennis and girls swimming and diving — can start practice on time on Aug. 17. All seasons for the upcoming school year will be shortened. Football teams will play six regular-season games, down from eight, with a decision on postseason play to be made later. Minnesota became the ninth state to delay its high school football season, the Star Tribune reported.Competitive high school sports in Minnesota have been on hold since March when the COVID-19 pandemic hit the state. This summer, the league has allowed for team workouts within recommended health guidelines.___Linebacker Skai Moore has become the first Indianapolis Colts player to opt out of playing the 2020 season because of the coronavirus. “However, where it is close enough to be clearly offensive, then the referee can take action.”___Cricket Australia has postponed a Twenty20 series against the West Indies scheduled for October.Australia and the West Indies were set to play games in Queensland state from Oct. 4-9 as warm-ups for the Twenty20 World Cup in October and November. But the International Cricket Council has already pushed the men’s T20 World Cup back by a year — to be held either in Australia or India. Cricket Australia says, “In light of this development, and given the preference to host the warm-up three-match T20 series against the West Indies to coincide with the rescheduled T20 World Cup in Australia, it has been agreed to postpone the matches.” ___A preseason friendly between French soccer clubs Marseille and Montpellier has been canceled due to a suspected case of coronavirus.The clubs said in a joint statement that Wednesday’s match at Stade Velodrome in Marseille was scrapped as a measure of precaution.According to regional newspaper Midi Libre, a Montpellier player whose identity was not revealed is suspected to have caught the virus. The player, who was tested with the whole team on Monday, will undergo another test this week, the newspaper said.Montpellier had been forced to cancel another preparation match last month after a player from local rival club Sete was diagnosed with the virus. The Jacksonville Jaguars have cleared starting quarterback Gardner Minshew from the COVID-19 list.Minshew spent the last two days in mandatory quarantine after being in close contact with someone infected. Safety Andrew Wingard also was activated from the COVID-19 list Tuesday. Minshew, Wingard and receiver Michael Walker are roommates in Jacksonville and have been for more than a year. Walker remains on the list.Jacksonville had an NFL-leading dozen players on the COVID-19 list Monday, with most of them being rookies and second-year players like Minshew, Wingard and Walker.The Jaguars are expected to hold their first training camp practice next Wednesday.___ August 4, 2020 The league played its last games on March 8 and was suspended with the regular season complete and the playoffs due to begin. The season was canceled and no champion was declared. Hockey has been slow to return in Germany because the league and clubs rejected the option of playing in empty arenas. They argued that they would lose money by hosting games without fans.The league says there will be a “preparation tournament with all 14 clubs in the lead-up to the season” but dates and locations are yet to be confirmed.___A soccer player who deliberately coughs close to another player or match official can be issued a red card. Billings signed a one-year free-agent contract with Cleveland in March after spending three seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals. The 6-foot-1, 328-pounder was going to give the Browns some size and depth up front.Billings is the third Cleveland player who has chosen not to play, following guard Drew Forbes and tackle Drake Dorbeck.Players have until Thursday at 4 p.m. to notify teams if they’re choosing to opt out.A fourth-round pick in 2016 from Baylor, Billings sat out his rookie season with a knee injury but he’d been one of Cincinnati’s most consistent interior linemen the past three years.The Browns also placed wide receiver Ja’Marcus Bradley on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Bayer Leverkusen says midfielder Nadiem Amiri will miss its Europa League last-16 game against Rangers on Thursday after he had contact with someone believed to have the coronavirus. The club says Amiri reported the “short-term” contact in his private life himself and is isolating at home for a week as a precaution.Leverkusen managing director sport Rudi Völler says in a statement that “Nadiem’s behavior is exemplary and important. Precisely because infection numbers are rising again in Germany, it’s an example of a serious and responsible approach to the pandemic.”Leverkusen takes a 3-1 lead from the first leg in March when it hosts Rangers on Thursday.Amiri has played 41 games for Leverkusen this season across all competitions. NFL players have until Thursday at 4 p.m. EDT to say they are skipping the season. Nearly 50 players have done so.Moore has been a backup linebacker and special teams player the last two seasons for Indy. He appeared in a total of 10 games over those two seasons.Players who opt out voluntarily will receive a $150,000 stipend. Those who receive a medical opt out will receive $350,000.___The start of Southeastern Conference football practices has been pushed back 10 days to Aug. 17. Associated Press The Latest: Lions’ Stafford removed from COVID list The list was created for players who either test positive for COVID-19 or have been in close contact with an infected person. Stafford was listed on it Saturday, but the team said Tuesday his testing sequence for the pre-entry period was: negative, negative, false positive — then the next three tests were all negative.“To be clear, Matthew does NOT have COVID-19 and never has had COVID-19 and the test in question was a False-Positive,” the team said in a statement. “Also, all of Matthew’s family have been tested and everyone is negative.”___Minnesota is the latest state to delay high school football competition because of the coronavirus concerns.The Minnesota State High School League voted Tuesday to move football and volleyball competition to a newly created fourth season likely to run from mid-March to mid-May. The normal spring sports would move to a window likely from mid-May to mid-July. ___The Madrid Open, a joint men’s and women’s tennis tournament, has been canceled.Organizers say the tournament will not take place at its rescheduled slot in September “following strong” recommendations made by local authorities “in view of the current situation caused by COVID-19.” The event was originally scheduled to be played in May. ___ The series also would have overlapped with the Indian Premier League which has been rescheduled to be in the United Arab Emirates from Sept. 19-Nov. 10, pending government approval. The lucrative IPL usually attracts players from all over the world, including many stars from the Caribbean and Australia.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img read more