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Monday

Field Hockey

Rome Free Academy 1,
New Hartford 0

RFA scoring: Nardslico 1 goal.

Goalie saves: RFA, Ferrucci, 2.

Holland Patent 11,
Sauquoit Valley 0

HP scoring: Corrigan, 3 goals, 2 assists; Oliver, 2 goals; Alexander, 2 goals; Cummings, 2 goals; Helmer, 1 goal, 2 assists; Draper, 1 goal; Cushman, 2 assists; Kirk, 1 assists.

Goalie saves: HP, Buchanan, 1

Soccer

Boys

VVS 5, Camden 0

VVS scoring: Pawlika, 4 goals, 1 assist; Croft 1 goal; Drummond, 1 assist; Kinne, 1 assists; Robinson, 1 assist; Pelc, 1 assist.

Goalie saves: VVS, Lavesa-Cesana, 1.

Girls

Holland Patent 14,
West Canada Valley 0

HP scoring: Richard, 6 goals, 1 assist; Cingrenelli, 3 goals; Sexton, 2 goals, 1 assist; Carro, 2 goals; Stalker, 1 goal, 1 assist; Landman, 1 assist; Crossley, 1 assist; Delpico, 2 assists.

VVS 5, CVA 0

VVS scoring: A. Garcia 4 goals, 1 assist; Nelson, 1 goal; Cosimeno, 2 assists; C. Garcia, 1 assist.

Goalie saves: VVS, Wickham, 4.

Saturday

Cross Country

Boys

RFA 25, Vernon-Verona-Sherrill 34; RFA 21, Central Valley Academy 40; VVS 21, CVA 38

1, Sletten, RFA, 15:28. 2, Guertin, VVS, 16:17. 3, Gibson, CVA, 16:27. 4, Pratt, RFA, 16:58. 5, Wright, VVS, 17:08.24. 6, Pelc, VVS, 17:08.61. 7, VanHoesel, RFA, 17:09.17. 8, Shedd, CVA, 17:19. 9, Lisowski, RFA, 17:39. 10, Campbell, RFA, 17:44.

Westmoreland 15,
Mount Markham Incomplete

1, Weston, W, 22:20.6. 2, Livingston, W, 22:48.31. 3, Tisi, W, 22:54.10. 4, Davison, W, 23:17.3. 5, Fedoroff, W, 23:34.38. 6, Donnelly, W, 23:37.38. 7, Sovare, W, 26:57.31. 8, Jones, MM, 27:06.20. 9, Smith, W, 27:11.34. 10, Catello, W, 27:57.23.

Girls

RFA 15, CVA 45; RFA 18, VVS Incomplete; CVA 21,
VVS Incomplete

RFA top finishers:

1, Toth-Ratazzi, 17:10. 2, Townsend 18:53. 4, Van Deusen, 20:30. 5, Lennon, 21:20. 6, Guy, 21:22. 8, Bauer, 21:50. 12, Capoccia, 22:26.

Mount Markham Incomplete, Westmoreland Incomplete

1, Mazur, W, 28:01.41. 2, Thayer, MM, 29:54.

SOCCER

Boys

Westmoreland-Oriskany 3,
Utica Academy of Sciences 0

Westmoreland scoring (goals-assists): Miller (1-1), J. Tamburino (1-0), Uvino (1-0), T. Tamburino (0-1), Sweet (0-1).

Goalie saves: UAS, Sokolar, 13; W-O, Pysnik, 11, Cronauer, 1.

Halftime: 1-0.

Holland Patent 2, Herkimer 1

HP scoring (goals-assists): Briel (1-0), McGuire (1-0), Kelly (0-1).

Herkimer scoring (goals-assists): Carney (1-0).

Halftime: HP 1, Herkimer 0.

Goalie saves: HP, Tolpa 0; Herkimer, Bambara 7.

VVS 12, Utica Notre Dame 0

VVS scoring (goals-assists): Pawlika (3-4), Pelc (2-0), Maguire (1-2), Kinne (1-1), Kirkpatrick (1-1), Falkenmeyer (1-0), Mumford (1-0), Merrill (1-0), Lavesa-Cesana (1-0), Donnelly (0-2), Pecorello (0-2).

TENNIS

Girls

Westmoreland 3, Little Falls 2

Singles

Johns, LF, def. Ricci, 8-4; Tynatishon, W, def. Brand 8-6; Venettozzi, LF, def. Brewer, 8-0.

Doubles

Millington-Murphy. W, def. Willett-Popiel 8-1; Golden-Brown, W, def. Ciulla -Serow 8-2.

Westmoreland 3, Little Falls 2

Singles

Johns, LF, def. Ricci, 8-1; Tynatishon, W, def. Brand 8-3; Venettozzi, LF, def. Brewer, 8-4.

Doubles

Millington-Murphy. W, def. Willett-Schnaffer 8-0; Golden-Brown, W, def. Ciulla -Popiel 8-5.

King Pin Lanes

Crescent Girls League

Val Lovenguth and Kendra Eddy, 235 and 684.

National Football League

American Conference

East

W L T Pct PF PA

Buffalo 4 2 0 .666 156 168

Miami 3 3 0 .500 160 113

New England 2 3 0 .400 109 110

N.Y. Jets 0 6 0 .000 75 185

South

W L T Pct PF PA

Tennessee 5 0 0 1.000 164 126

Indianapolis 4 2 0 .666 157 115

Houston 1 5 0 .166 146 182

Jacksonville 1 5 0 .166 125 181

North

W L T Pct PF PA

Pittsburgh 5 0 0 1.000 156 94

Baltimore 5 1 0 .833 179 104

Cleveland 4 2 0 .666 163 187

Cincinnati 1 4 1 .250 129 157

West

W L T Pct PF PA

Kansas City 5 1 0 .833 175 127

Las Vegas 3 2 0 .600 151 152

Denver 2 3 0 .400 100 110

L.A. Chargers 1 4 0 .200 110 125

National Conference

East

W L T Pct PF PA

Dallas 2 4 0 .333 173 218

Philadelphia 1 4 1 .250 141 175

N.Y. Giants 1 5 0 .166 101 152

Washington 1 5 0 .166 108 162

South

W L T Pct PF PA

Tampa Bay 4 2 0 .666 177 122

New Orleans 3 2 0 .600 153 150

Carolina 3 3 0 .500 138 141

Atlanta 1 5 0 .166 162 184

North

W L T Pct PF PA

Chicago 5 1 0 .833 128 116

Green Bay 4 1 0 .800 162 139

Detroit 2 3 0 .400 133 143

Minnesota 1 5 0 .166 155 192

West

W L T Pct PF PA

Seattle 5 0 0 1.000 169 135

Arizona 4 2 0 .666 166 112

L.A. Rams 4 2 0 .666 152 114

San Francisco 3 3 0 .500 148 130

Sunday’s Games

Tennessee 42, Houston 36, OT

N.Y. Giants 20, Washington 19

Indianapolis 31, Cincinnati 27

Atlanta 40, Minnesota 23, OT

Chicago 23, Carolina 16

Detroit 34, Jacksonville 16

Pittsburgh 38, Cleveland 7

Denver 18, New England 12

Baltimore 30, Philadelphia 28

Miami 24, N.Y. Jets 0

Tampa Bay 38, Green Bay 10

San Francisco 24, L.A. Rams 16

Open: L.A. Chargers, Las Vegas, New Orleans, Seattle

Monday’s Games

Kansas City 26, Buffalo 17

Arizona 38, Dallas 10

Thursday, Oct. 22

N.Y. Giants at Philadelphia, 8:20 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 25

Buffalo at N.Y. Jets, 1 p.m.

Pittsburgh at Tennessee, 1 p.m.

Green Bay at Houston, 1 p.m.

Cleveland at Cincinnati, 1 p.m.

Carolina at New Orleans, 1 p.m.

Detroit at Atlanta, 1 p.m.

Dallas at Washington, 1 p.m.

Seattle at Arizona, 4:05 p.m.

Kansas City at Denver, 4:25 p.m.

San Francisco at New England, 4:25 p.m.

Jacksonville at L.A. Chargers, 4:25 p.m.

Tampa Bay at Las Vegas, 8:20 p.m.

Open: Baltimore, Indianapolis, Miami, Minnesota

Monday, Oct. 26

Chicago at L.A. Rams, 8:15 p.m.

Sunday’s Summaries

N.Y. Giants 20, Washington 19

Washington 0 10 0 9 — 19

N.Y. Giants 10 3 0 7 — 20

First Quarter

NYG_FG Gano 33, 3:23.

NYG_Slayton 23 pass from Jones (Gano kick), 1:36.

Second Quarter

Was_FG Hopkins 35, 10:50.

NYG_FG Gano 20, 6:15.

Was_L.Thomas 5 pass from K.Allen (Hopkins kick), :13.

Fourth Quarter

Was_FG Hopkins 28, 8:56.

NYG_Crowder 43 fumble return (Gano kick), 3:29.

Was_Sims 22 pass from K.Allen (pass failed), :36.

A_0.

Was NYG

First downs 24 16

Total Net Yards 337 240

Rushes-yards 24-86 26-132

Passing 251 108

Punt Returns 1-2 0-0

Kickoff Returns 4-70 1-12

Interceptions Ret. 1-0 1-19

Comp-Att-Int 31-42-1 12-19-1

Sacked-Yards Lost 3-29 1-4

Punts 1-55.0 2-35.0

Fumbles-Lost 1-1 0-0

Penalties-Yards 8-50 4-30

Time of Possession 33:30 26:30

Individual Statistics

RUSHING_Washington, McKissic 8-41, Gibson 9-30, K.Allen 2-8, Barber 4-6, Wright 1-1. N.Y. Giants, Jones 7-74, Freeman 18-61, Slayton 1-(minus 3).

PASSING_Washington, K.Allen 31-42-1-280. N.Y. Giants, Jones 12-19-1-112.

RECEIVING_Washington, McLaurin 7-74, McKissic 6-43, Inman 5-45, Gibson 4-25, Wright 4-25, Thomas 3-42, Sims 1-22, Barber 1-4. N.Y. Giants, Smith 3-15, Slayton 2-41, Engram 2-30, Tate 1-11, D.Lewis 1-10, Board 1-8, Mack 1-1, Freeman 1-(minus 4).

MISSED FIELD GOALS_Washington, Hopkins 47.

Miami 24, N.Y. Jets 0

N.Y. Jets 0 0 0 0 — 0

Miami 7 14 3 0 — 24

First Quarter

Mia_Shaheen 4 pass from Fitzpatrick (Sanders kick), 6:55.

Second Quarter

Mia_P.Williams 3 pass from Fitzpatrick (Sanders kick), 11:16.

Mia_Smythe 4 pass from Fitzpatrick (Sanders kick), 1:53.

Third Quarter

Mia_FG Sanders 24, 3:49.

A_10,772.

NYJ Mia

First downs 13 18

Total Net Yards 263 302

Rushes-yards 22-115 25-110

Passing 148 192

Punt Returns 0-0 6-83

Kickoff Returns 1-7 1-23

Interceptions Ret. 2-13 1-0

Comp-Att-Int 21-44-1 20-29-2

Sacked-Yards Lost 3-38 2-8

Punts 10-46.2 7-40.3

Fumbles-Lost 1-0 0-0

Penalties-Yards 7-80 5-25

Time of Possession 31:55 28:05

Individual Statistics

RUSHING_N.Y. Jets, Gore 11-46, Johnson 3-42, Perine 7-27, Flacco 1-0. Miami, Gaskin 18-91, Breida 6-15, Fitzpatrick 1-4.

PASSING_N.Y. Jets, Flacco 21-44-1-186. Miami, Fitzpatrick 18-27-2-191, Tagovailoa 2-2-0-9.

RECEIVING_N.Y. Jets, Crowder 7-48, Perriman 4-62, Gore 4-24, Griffin 2-17, Perine 2-9, Berrios 1-18, J.Smith 1-8. Miami, Grant 4-48, Gaskin 4-35, Shaheen 3-51, Parker 3-35, Williams 2-18, Breida 2-7, Smythe 1-4, Laird 1-2.

MISSED FIELD GOALS_N.Y. Jets, Ficken 55.

Monday’s Summary

Kansas City 26, Buffalo 17

Kansas City 7 6 7 6 — 26

Buffalo 3 7 0 7 — 17

First Quarter

Buf_FG Bass 48, 5:42.

KC_Kelce 11 pass from Mahomes (Butker kick), 3:05.

Second Quarter

Buf_Diggs 4 pass from Allen (Bass kick), 11:22.

KC_Kelce 12 pass from Mahomes (kick failed), 4:56.

Third Quarter

KC_Darr.Williams 13 run (Butker kick), 1:18.

Fourth Quarter

KC_FG Butker 37, 9:07.

Buf_Beasley 8 pass from Allen (Bass kick), 6:34.

KC_FG Butker 30, 1:56.

A_0.

KC Buf

First downs 27 20

Total Net Yards 466 206

Rushes-yards 46-245 23-84

Passing 221 122

Punt Returns 2-2 1-24

Kickoff Returns 2-33 1-29

Interceptions Ret. 1-4 0-0

Comp-Att-Int 21-26-0 14-27-1

Sacked-Yards Lost 1-4 0-0

Punts 2-40.0 4-53.3

Fumbles-Lost 2-1 0-0

Penalties-Yards 8-68 4-39

Time of Possession 37:45 22:15

Individual Statistics

RUSHING_Kansas City, Edwards-Helaire 26-161, Mahomes 10-36, Williams 6-26, D.Thompson 3-17, Hill 1-5. Buffalo, Allen 8-42, Singletary 10-32, Moss 5-10.

PASSING_Kansas City, Mahomes 21-26-0-225. Buffalo, Allen 14-27-1-122.

RECEIVING_Kansas City, Robinson 5-69, Kelce 5-65, Edwards-Helaire 4-8, Hill 3-20, Pringle 2-46, Williams 1-15, Keizer 1-2. Buffalo, Diggs 6-46, Beasley 4-45, Singletary 1-13, Davis 1-7, Kroft 1-7, McKenzie 1-4.

MISSED FIELD GOALS_Buffalo, Bass 52.

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College Football

Saturday’s Scores

East

Liberty 38, Syracuse 21

Temple 39, South Florida 37

West Virginia 38, Kansas 17

South

Alabama 41, Georgia 24

Clemson 73, Georgia Tech 7

Florida St. 31, North Carolina 28

Georgia Southern 41, UMass 0

Kentucky 34, Tennessee 7

Marshall 35, Louisiana Tech 17

Memphis 50, UCF 49

Miami 31, Pittsburgh 19

NC State 31, Duke 20

Navy 27, East Carolina 23

N. Texas 52, Middle Tennessee 35

South Alabama 30, Texas State 20

South Carolina 30, Auburn 22

Texas A&M 28, Mississippi St. 14

Troy 31, E. Kentucky 29

UAB 37, W. Kentucky 14

Va Tech 40, Boston College 14

Wake Forest 40, Virginia 23

Midwest

Notre Dame 12, Louisville 7

Southwest

Arkansas 33, Mississippi 21

Army 28, UTSA 16

Saturday’s Summary

Liberty 38, Syracuse 21

Liberty 14 7 14 3 —38

Syracuse 7 7 0 7 —21

First Quarter

SYR_Harris 17 pass from Culpepper (Szmyt kick), 8:32.

LIB_Louis 75 run (Barbir kick), 8:14.

LIB_Willis 4 run (Barbir kick), :28.

Second Quarter

SYR_Hackett 12 pass from Culpepper (Szmyt kick), 9:21.

LIB_Louis 52 run (Barbir kick), 7:49.

Third Quarter

LIB_Stubbs 36 pass from Willis (Barbir kick), 12:55.

LIB_Pickett 16 run (Barbir kick), 2:58.

Fourth Quarter

SYR_Queeley 21 pass from Culpepper (Szmyt kick), 8:45.

LIB_FG Barbir 20, 5:20.

A_0.

LIB SYR

First downs 24 19

Rushes-yards 48-338 27-97

Passing 182 211

Comp-Att-Int 16-20-0 19-40-1

Return Yards 36 158

Punts-Avg. 4-43.2 6-46.5

Fumbles-Lost 3-2 0-0

Penalties-Yards 4-50 10-80

Time of Possession 36:24 23:36

Individual Statistics

RUSHING_Liberty, Louis 10-170, Pickett 23-115, Willis 12-58, (Team) 3-(minus 5). Syracuse, Tucker 21-111, Lutz 2-9, Culpepper 4-(minus 23).

PASSING_Liberty, Willis 16-20-0-182. Syracuse, Culpepper 19-40-1-211.

RECEIVING_Liberty, Stubbs 4-58, Douglas 4-33, Huntley 2-35, Daniels 2-25, Shaa 2-11, J.Jackson 1-10, Louis 1-10. Syracuse, Harris 9-96, Queeley 5-77, Hackett 2-25, N.Johnson 2-17, Lutz 1-(minus 4).

MISSED FIELD GOALS_None.

AP Top 25

The Top 25 teams in The Associated Press college football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Oct. 17, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote, and previous ranking:

Record Pts Prv

1. Clemson (54) 5-0 1542 1

2. Alabama (8) 4-0 1494 2

3. Notre Dame 4-0 1337 4

4. Georgia 3-1 1300 3

5. Ohio St. 0-0 1223 6

6. Oklahoma St. 3-0 1137 7

7. Texas A&M 3-1 1054 11

8. Penn St. 0-0 1033 9

9. Cincinnati 3-0 1028 8

10. Florida 2-1 942 10

11. Miami 4-1 887 13

12. BYU 5-0 875 14

13. Oregon 0-0 841 12

14. Wisconsin 0-0 677 16

14. North Carolina 3-1 677 5

16. SMU 5-0 638 17

17. Iowa St. 3-1 511 20

18. Michigan 0-0 489 19

19. Virginia Tech 3-1 420 23

20. Kansas St. 3-1 399 22

21. Minnesota 0-0 234 24

22. Marshall 4-0 227 –

23. NC State 4-1 199 –

24. Southern Cal 0-0 192 25

25. Coastal Carolina 4-0 185 –

Others receiving votes: Memphis 76, Oklahoma 74, Tulsa 58, West Virginia 57, Auburn 48, Iowa 42, Louisiana-Lafayette 40, Liberty 37, Utah 36, UAB 30, Army 29, Arkansas 15, Air Force 14, Kentucky 12, Tennessee 11, Arizona St. 9, South Carolina 8, Washington 8, Indiana 4, Texas 1.

Major League Baseball

League Championship Series

(Best-of-7)

American League

Tampa Bay 4, Houston 3

At San Diego

Sunday. Oct. 11: Tampa Bay 2, Houston 1

Monday, Oct. 12: Tampa Bay 4, Houston 2

Tuesday, Oct. 13: Tampa Bay 5, Houston 2

Wednesday, Oct. 14: Houston 4, Tampa Bay 3

Thursday, Oct. 15: Houston 4, Tampa Bay 3

Friday, Oct. 16: Houston 7, Tampa Bay 4

Saturday, Oct. 17: Tampa Bay 4, Houston 2

National League

Los Angeles Dodgers 4, Atlanta 3

At Arlington, Texas

Monday, Oct. 12: Atlanta 5, Los Angeles Dodgers 1

Tuesday, Oct. 13: Atlanta 8, Los Angeles Dodgers 7

Wednesday, Oct. 14: Los Angeles Dodgers 15, Atlanta 3

Thursday, Oct. 15: Atlanta 10, Los Angeles Dodgers 2

Friday, Oct. 16: Los Angeles Dodgers 7, Atlanta 3

Saturday, Oct. 17: Los Angeles Dodgers 3, Atlanta 1

Sunday, Oct. 18: Los Angeles Dodgers 4, Atlanta 3

World Series

(Best-of-7)

Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Tampa Bay

At Arlington, Texas

(All Games on Fox)

Tuesday, Oct. 20: Tampa Bay (Glasnow 5-1) vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (Kershaw 6-2), 8:11 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 21: Tampa Bay (Snell 4-2) vs. Los Angeles Dodgers, 8:08 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 23: Los Angeles Dodgers (Buehler 1-0) vs. Tampa Bay, 8:08 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 24: Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Tampa Bay, 8:08 p.m.

x-Sunday, Oct. 25: Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Tampa Bay, 8:08 p.m.

x-Tuesday, Oct. 27: Tampa Bay vs. Los Angeles Dodgers, 8:08 p.m.

x-Wednesday, Oct. 28: Tampa Bay vs. Los Angeles Dodgers, 8:09 p.m.

Major League Soccer

Saturday, Oct. 17

Sporting Kansas City 2, Chicago 2, tie

Montreal 2, Miami 1

Sunday, Oct. 18

Columbus 3, New York City FC 1

Orlando City 1, New York 1, tie

D.C. United 2, Cincinnati 1

Toronto FC 1, Atlanta 0

Houston 2, Minnesota 2, tie

Real Salt Lake at Colorado ppd.

Los Angeles FC 1, Portland 1, tie

LA Galaxy 1, Vancouver 0

Seattle 0, San Jose 0, tie

Monday, Oct. 19

Philadelphia 2, New England 1

Tuesday, Oct. 20

FC Dallas at Nashville, 8:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 21

Sporting Kansas City at Colorado ppd.

National Women’s Soccer League

Saturday, Oct. 17

North Carolina 3, Orlando 3, tie

Reign FC 2, Utah 0

NASCAR Cup Series
Hollywood Casino 400

Sunday’s Results

At Kansas Speedway

Kansas City, Kan.

Lap length: 1.50 miles

(Start position in parentheses)

1. (2) Joey Logano, Ford, 267 laps, 42 points.

2. (4) Kevin Harvick, Ford, 267, 48.

3. (6) Alex Bowman, Chevrolet, 267, 46.

4. (8) Brad Keselowski, Ford, 267, 47.

5. (20) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 267, 33.

6. (1) Chase Elliott, Chevrolet, 267, 47.

7. (9) Ryan Blaney, Ford, 267, 45.

8. (10) William Byron, Chevrolet, 267, 29.

9. (5) Martin Truex Jr, Toyota, 267, 34.

10. (22) Christopher Bell, Toyota, 267, 27.

11. (17) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 267, 26.

12. (18) Matt DiBenedetto, Ford, 267, 29.

13. (16) Aric Almirola, Ford, 267, 24.

14. (13) Cole Custer, Ford, 267, 23.

15. (7) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 267, 40.

16. (23) Ricky Stenhouse Jr, Chevrolet, 267, 21.

17. (32) John H. Nemechek, Ford, 267, 20.

18. (24) Bubba Wallace, Chevrolet, 267, 19.

19. (26) Michael McDowell, Ford, 267, 18.

20. (11) Erik Jones, Toyota, 267, 23.

21. (21) Chris Buescher, Ford, 267, 16.

22. (28) Ryan Newman, Ford, 267, 15.

23. (29) Corey Lajoie, Ford, 267, 14.

24. (25) Ty Dillon, Chevrolet, 266, 13.

25. (15) Tyler Reddick, Chevrolet, 266, 12.

26. (12) Clint Bowyer, Ford, 266, 12.

27. (27) Daniel Suarez, Toyota, 265, 10.

28. (35) Brennan Poole, Chevrolet, 263, 9.

29. (19) Ryan Preece, Chevrolet, 262, 8.

30. (34) JJ Yeley, Chevrolet, 261, 0.

31. (14) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 261, 6.

32. (33) James Davison, Ford, 258, 5.

33. (31) Quin Houff, Chevrolet, 258, 4.

34. (37) Timmy Hill, Toyota, 256, 0.

35. (39) Josh Bilicki, Chevrolet, 254, 0.

36. (36) Reed Sorenson, Chevrolet, 250, 1.

37. (38) Joey Gase, Ford, 228, 0.

38. (3) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, engine, 197, 3.

39. (40) Chad Finchum, Toyota, transmission, 154, 0.

40. (30) Matt Kenseth, Chevrolet, accident, 144, 1.

Top 16 in Points

1. K.Harvick, 4067; 2. D.Hamlin, 4054; 3. B.Keselowski, 4035; 4. C.Elliott, 4027; 5. J.Logano, 4022; 6. M.Truex, 4017; 7. A.Bowman, 4009; 8. Ku.Busch, 4006; 9. Ky.Busch, 2187; 10. A.Dillon, 2186; 11. R.Blaney, 2160; 12. W.Byron, 2155; 13. C.Bowyer, 2154; 14. A.Almirola, 2143; 15. M.DiBenedetto, 2131; 16. C.Custer, 2123.

NASCAR Xfinity Series

Kansas Lottery 300

Saturday’s Results

At Kansas Speedway

Kansas City, Kan.

Lap length: 1.50 miles

(Start position in parentheses)

1. (6) Chase Briscoe, Ford, 200 laps, 60 points.

2. (3) Daniel Hemric, Chevrolet, 200, 35.

3. (8) Ryan Sieg, Chevrolet, 200, 40.

4. (9) Justin Haley, Chevrolet, 200, 34.

5. (29) Austin Hill, Toyota, 200, 0.

6. (23) Josh Williams, Chevrolet, 200, 31.

7. (27) Brett Moffitt, Chevrolet, 200, 0.

8. (11) Michael Annett, Chevrolet, 200, 29.

9. (5) Brandon Jones, Toyota, 200, 46.

10. (7) Justin Allgaier, Chevrolet, 200, 35.

11. (18) Harrison Burton, Toyota, 200, 41.

12. (4) Ross Chastain, Chevrolet, 200, 37.

13. (16) Brandon Brown, Chevrolet, 200, 26.

14. (22) Tommy Joe Martins, Chevrolet, 200, 23.

15. (13) Jeremy Clements, Chevrolet, 199, 22.

16. (34) Dexter Bean, Chevrolet, 198, 21.

17. (20) BJ McLeod, Chevrolet, 198, 20.

18. (32) Bayley Currey, Chevrolet, 197, 0.

19. (30) Jesse Little, Chevrolet, 197, 18.

20. (14) Jeffrey Earnhardt, Chevrolet, 197, 17.

21. (15) Myatt Snider, Chevrolet, 197, 16.

22. (31) Timmy Hill, Toyota, 197, 0.

23. (10) Alex Labbe, Chevrolet, 197, 14.

24. (21) David Starr, Chevrolet, 195, 13.

25. (24) Matt Mills, Toyota, 193, 12.

26. (26) Kody Vanderwal, Chevrolet, 191, 11.

27. (35) Jesse Iwuji, Toyota, 190, 0.

28. (2) Austin Cindric, Ford, 173, 9.

29. (25) Anthony Alfredo, Chevrolet, accident, 172, 23.

30. (12) Riley Herbst, Toyota, accident, 172, 17.

31. (28) Vinnie Miller, Toyota, 169, 6.

32. (19) Joe Graf Jr, Chevrolet, reargear, 158, 5.

33. (36) Josh Reaume, Chevrolet, brakes, 101, 0.

34. (17) Ryan Vargas, Chevrolet, garage, 81, 3.

35. (33) Stephen Leicht, Toyota, fuelpump, 59, 2.

36. (1) Noah Gragson, Chevrolet, garage, 16, 1.

Top 16 in Points

1. C.Briscoe, 3120; 2. J.Allgaier, 3068; 3. B.Jones, 3066; 4. A.Cindric, 3059; 5. J.Haley, 3057; 6. R.Chastain, 3047; 7. R.Sieg, 3042; 8. N.Gragson, 3026; 9. H.Burton, 2109; 10. B.Brown, 2094; 11. M.Annett, 2090; 12. R.Herbst, 2077; 13. J.Clements, 598; 14. A.Labbe, 557; 15. D.Hemric, 543; 16. J.Williams, 539.

NASCAR Gander Outdoors
Truck Series

Clean Harbors 200

Saturday’s Results

At Kansas Speedway

Kansas City, Kan.

Lap length: 1.50 miles

(Start position in parentheses)

1. (3) Brett Moffitt, Chevrolet, 139 laps, 44 points.

2. (4) Sheldon Creed, Chevrolet, 139, 55.

3. (8) Austin Hill, Toyota, 139, 48.

4. (6) Grant Enfinger, Ford, 139, 38.

5. (1) Chandler Smith, Toyota, 139, 49.

6. (14) Christian Eckes, Toyota, 139, 43.

7. (22) Timothy Peters, Toyota, 139, 30.

8. (5) Matt Crafton, Ford, 139, 40.

9. (12) Derek Kraus, Toyota, 139, 28.

10. (11) Trevor Bayne, Chevrolet, 139, 27.

11. (9) Zane Smith, Chevrolet, 139, 42.

12. (21) Ryan Truex, Chevrolet, 138, 25.

13. (17) Todd Gilliland, Ford, 138, 29.

14. (28) Tyler Hill, Chevrolet, 138, 23.

15. (35) Parker Kligerman, Toyota, 138, 22.

16. (34) Hailie Deegan, Ford, 138, 0.

17. (23) Tate Fogleman, Chevrolet, 138, 20.

18. (13) Johnny Sauter, Ford, 138, 25.

19. (18) Austin Wayne Self, Chevrolet, 137, 18.

20. (2) Ben Rhodes, Ford, 136, 17.

21. (24) Danny Bohn, Toyota, 136, 16.

22. (31) Spencer Boyd, Chevrolet, 135, 15.

23. (33) Dawson Cram, Chevrolet, 135, 14.

24. (20) Colin Garrett, Chevrolet, 135, 0.

25. (16) Clay Greenfield, Toyota, 134, 12.

26. (36) Ray Ciccarelli, Chevrolet, 133, 11.

27. (29) Josh Reaume, Toyota, 133, 10.

28. (30) Josh Bilicki, Chevrolet, 132, 0.

29. (27) Jennifer Jo Cobb, Chevrolet, 130, 8.

30. (15) Jordan Anderson, Chevrolet, 127, 7.

31. (26) Norm Benning, Chevrolet, vibration, 108, 6.

32. (32) Timothy Viens, Chevrolet, fuelpump, 91, 5.

33. (10) Raphael Lessard, Toyota, accident, 39, 4.

34. (7) Tyler Ankrum, Chevrolet, accident, 38, 3.

35. (25) David Gravel, Chevrolet, accident, 37, 2.

36. (19) Tanner Gray, Ford, accident, 37, 1.

Top 16 in Points

1. S.Creed, 3085; 2. A.Hill, 3076; 3. B.Moffitt, 3065; 4. Z.Smith, 3064; 5. G.Enfinger, 3057; 6. M.Crafton, 3049; 7. B.Rhodes, 3031; 8. T.Ankrum, 3006; 9. C.Eckes, 2139; 10. T.Gilliland, 2101; 11. D.Kraus, 570; 12. R.Lessard, 468; 13. J.Sauter, 458; 14. T.Gray, 452; 15. S.Friesen, 415; 16. A.Self, 311.

PGA Tour

$9.75M CJ Cup

Sunday

At Shadow Creek Golf Course

Las Vegas

Par 72

Final Round

Jason Kokrak, $1,755,000 70-66-68-64_268

X. Schauffele, $1,053,000 66-64-74-66_270

Tyrrell Hatton, $565,500 65-68-73-65_271

Russell Henley, $565,500 66-68-67-70_271

Talor Gooch, $390,000 70-65-69-68_272

J. Niemann, $351,000 72-68-69-66_275

Lanto Griffin, $314,438 70-68-66-72_276

Bubba Watson, $314,438 74-69-65-68_276

S. Muñoz, $282,750 71-70-67-69_277

Harris English, $263,250 75-66-69-68_278

Cameron Smith, $243,750 69-74-68-68_279

M. Fitzpatrick, $190,320 69-68-72-71_280

Viktor Hovland, $190,320 75-66-69-70_280

C. Morikawa, $190,320 71-65-71-73_280

Ian Poulter, $190,320 69-70-73-68_280

Justin Thomas, $190,320 72-66-68-74_280

Mark Hubbard, $139,035 70-71-70-70_281

Si Woo Kim, $139,035 69-74-69-69_281

Ryan Palmer, $139,035 68-76-66-71_281

Jon Rahm, $139,035 67-73-69-72_281

PGA Tour Champions

$2M Dominion Energy Charity Classic

Sunday

At The Country Club of Virginia

Richmond, Va.

Par 72

Final Round

Phil Mickelson, $300,000 68-66-65_199

Mike Weir, $176,000 68-63-71_202

Paul Goydos, $144,000 70-68-65_203

Brandt Jobe, $107,000 68-68-68_204

Bernhard Langer, $107,000 67-70-67_204

K.J. Choi, $72,000 72-67-66_205

Retief Goosen, $72,000 68-68-69_205

Kenny Perry, $72,000 71-70-64_205

Ernie Els, $54,000 72-66-68_206

Robert Karlsson, $54,000 72-70-64_206

Wes Short, Jr., $46,000 69-68-70_207

Kevin Sutherland, $46,000 69-72-66_207

Doug Barron, $39,000 73-66-69_208

Jim Furyk, $39,000 71-68-69_208

Paul Broadhurst, $34,000 70-70-69_209

Tom Byrum, $34,000 71-70-68_209

Dicky Pride, $34,000 73-69-67_209

Tim Herron, $26,400 75-68-67_210

M. Angel Jiménez, $26,400 74-69-67_210

Kent Jones, $26,400 72-71-67_210

Jerry Kelly, $26,400 74-69-67_210

Rod Pampling, $26,400 72-69-69_210

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Saturday

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Saturday

FOOTBALL

National Football League

ARIZONA CARDINALS — Placed DL Rashard Lawrence and OL J.R. Sweezy on injured reserve.

BALTIMORE RAVENS — Placed DT Brandon Williams on reserve/COVID-19 list.

CAROLINA PANTHERS — Activated WR Keith Kirkwood from injured reserve. Promoted DT Woodrow Hamilton and DE Austin Larkin to the active roster.

CINCINNATI BENGALS — Signed DT Kahlil McKenzie to the active roster.

CLEVELAND BROWNS — Elevated S Elijah Benton to the active roster.

GREEN BAY PACKERS — Activated WR Equanimeous St. Brown from injured reserve.

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS — Signed WR Marcus Johnson to the active roster. Activated DT Sheldon Day from injured reserve. Waived DT Eli Ankou. Released S Ibraheim Campbell. Elevated G Jake Eldrenkamp and WR DeMichael Harris to the active roster.

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS — Placed G Kelechi Osemele on injured reserve. Signed RB Le’Veon Bell.

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS — Promoted OL Caleb Benenoch, TE/DE Rashod Berry, DL Nick Thurman and WR Isaiah Zuber from the practice squad.

NEW YORK JETS — Activated LB Blake Cashman and WR Vyncint Smith from injured reserve. Released S Marqui Christian. Promoted QB Mike White to the active roster.

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES — Activated DE Vinny Curry and S Will Parks from injured reserve. Promoted TE Jason Croom and DB Elijah Riley to the active roster.

TENNESSEE TITANS — Promoted WR Cameron Batson and LB Darren Bates from reserve/COVID-19 list and CB Kareem Orr from the practice squad.

WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM — Promoted TE Temarrick Hemingway to the active roster.

HOCKEY

National Hockey League

OTTAWA SENATORS — Signed G Joey Daccord to a three-year contract.

Sunday

BASEBALL

Major League Baseball

National League

MIAMI MARLINS — Announced president of baseball operations Michael Hill’s 19-season tenure with the franchise has ended.

PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES — Announced pitching coach Bryan Price has retired.

Monday

BASEBALL

Major League Baseball

American League

SEATTLE MARINERS — Announced RHPs Seth Frankoff and Brady Lail, and INFs Joe Hudson and Joseph Odom have been outrighted to Tacoma (PCL).

National League

ATLANTA BRAVES — Activated LF Adam Duvall from the 10-day IL. Activated OFs Tucker Davidson and Ender Inciarte, INFs Adeiny Hechavarria, Alex Jackson and William Contreras, RHPs Chad Sobotka, Jasseel De La Cruz, Luke Jackson, Touki Toussaint and Patrick Weigel and LHPs Tucker Davidson and Sean Newcomb.

CINCINNATI REDS — Announced vice president and general manager Nick Krall will head the baseball operations department.

ST. LOUIS CARDINALS — Signed TE Evan Baylis to the active roster. Promoted DL Trevon Coley and LB Reggie Walker to the active roster.

WASHINGTON NATIONALS — Agreed to terms with pitching coach Jim Hickey.

FOOTBALL

National Football League

ARIZONA CARDINALS — Signed TE Evan Baylis to the active roster. Promoted DL Trevon Coley and LB Reggie Walker to the active roster.

BUFFALO BILLS — Promoted DE Bryan Cox and DT Justin Zimmer to the active roster.

CINCINNATI BENGALS — Signed DL Margus Hunt. Waived DT Andrew Brown.

DALLAS COWBOYS — Activated LB Leighton Vander Esch from injured reserve. Placed QB Dak Prescott and DT Trysten Hill on injured reserve. Signed DT Justin Hamilton.

DETROIT LIONS — Signed DT Albert Huggins to the practice squad.

HOUSTON TEXANS — Claimed DT Eli Ankou off waivers from the Colts.

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS — Signed DB Nate Meadors to the practice squad.

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS — Re-signed WR Mason Kinsey to the practice squad. Released WR Devin Ross from the practice squad.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS — Designated LB Kiko Alonso and WR/RB Ty Montgomery to return from injured reserve.

NEW YORK GIANTS — Placed LB Lorenzo Carter on injured reserve.

TENNESSEE TITANS — Activated WR Corey Davis from the reserve/COVID-19 list. Placed LT Taylor Lewan on injured reserve.

HOCKEY

National Hockey League

ARIZONA COYOTES — Re-signed F Christian Fischer to a two-year, one-way contract.

BUFFALO SABRES — Signed F Steven Fogarty to a one-year contract.

OTTAWA SENATORS — Signed F J.C. Beaudin to a one-year, two-way contract.

VANCOUVER CANUCKS — Signed F Adam Gaudette and Jayce Hawryluk to one-year contracts.

SOCCER

Major League Soccer

PHILADELPHIA UNION — Acquired an international roster spot from Montreal Impact for the 2020 season in exchange for general allocation money.

Monday

BASEBALL

Major League Baseball

American League

SEATTLE MARINERS — Announced RHPs Seth Frankoff and Brady Lail, and INFs Joe Hudson and Joseph Odom have been outrighted to Tacoma (PCL).

National League

ATLANTA BRAVES — Activated LF Adam Duvall from the 10-day IL. Activated OFs Tucker Davidson and Ender Inciarte, INFs Adeiny Hechavarria, Alex Jackson and William Contreras, RHPs Chad Sobotka, Jasseel De La Cruz, Luke Jackson, Touki Toussaint and Patrick Weigel and LHPs Tucker Davidson and Sean Newcomb.

CINCINNATI REDS — Announced vice president and general manager Nick Krall will head the baseball operations department.

ST. LOUIS CARDINALS — Signed TE Evan Baylis to the active roster. Promoted DL Trevon Coley and LB Reggie Walker to the active roster.

WASHINGTON NATIONALS — Agreed to terms with pitching coach Jim Hickey.

FOOTBALL

National Football League

ARIZONA CARDINALS — Signed TE Evan Baylis to the active roster. Promoted DL Trevon Coley and LB Reggie Walker to the active roster.

BUFFALO BILLS — Promoted DE Bryan Cox and DT Justin Zimmer to the active roster.

CINCINNATI BENGALS — Signed DL Margus Hunt. Waived DT Andrew Brown.

DALLAS COWBOYS — Activated LB Leighton Vander Esch from injured reserve. Placed QB Dak Prescott and DT Trysten Hill on injured reserve. Signed DT Justin Hamilton.

DETROIT LIONS — Signed DT Albert Huggins to the practice squad.

HOUSTON TEXANS — Claimed DT Eli Ankou off waivers from the Colts.

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS — Signed DB Nate Meadors to the practice squad.

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS — Re-signed WR Mason Kinsey to the practice squad. Released WR Devin Ross from the practice squad.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS — Designated LB Kiko Alonso and WR/RB Ty Montgomery to return from injured reserve.

NEW YORK GIANTS — Placed LB Lorenzo Carter on injured reserve.

TENNESSEE TITANS — Activated WR Corey Davis from the reserve/COVID-19 list. Placed LT Taylor Lewan on injured reserve.

HOCKEY

National Hockey League

ARIZONA COYOTES — Re-signed F Christian Fischer to a two-year, one-way contract.

BUFFALO SABRES — Signed F Steven Fogarty to a one-year contract.

OTTAWA SENATORS — Signed F J.C. Beaudin to a one-year, two-way contract.

VANCOUVER CANUCKS — Signed F Adam Gaudette and Jayce Hawryluk to one-year contracts.

 

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Youth sports have been hit with few coronavirus outbreaks so far. Why is ice hockey so different?

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“Whole hockey teams are getting quarantined,” said Bellemore, a hockey parent, coach and president of the Manchester Youth Regional Hockey Association. “It’s getting very real.”

State officials and other authorities have been scrambling to mitigate the damage: On Nov. 12, seven governors in the Northeast banded together to ban all interstate youth hockey until at least the end of the year. The following week, health officials in Minnesota, where hockey is associated with the most clusters of any youth sport, put all sports on “pause” for four weeks. Many others have imposed new restrictions and safety measures on the game.

Youth sports — soccer, basketball, cross-country, swimming, whether held indoors or out, a source of American pride, prestige and bonding — were among the first gatherings to be allowed post-lockdown. Organizers worked closely with public health officials to make modifications that balance safety with maintaining the spirit of the games. This has worked to some extent.

While public health officials suspect off-field interactions may be contributing to community spread, there’s little hard data. In most areas, there have been few to no documented outbreaks, much less superspreader events.

Ice hockey is an anomaly. Scientists are studying hockey-related outbreaks hoping to find clues about the ideal conditions in which the coronavirus thrives — and how to stop it. Experts speculate that ice rinks may trap the virus around head level in a rink that, by design, restricts airflow, temperature and humidity.

The hockey-related cases have been especially striking, epidemiologists have said, because clubs followed Centers for Disease Control and Prevention limits on gathering size and had numerous social distancing measures in place. In retrospect, one mistake by some clubs was that until recently masks had been required on ice for only the two players doing the initial faceoff for the puck — although many players wore clear face shields, which theoretically should have a similar effect.

“We’re watching hockey very carefully because it’s the first major sport that’s been played indoors predominantly and also during the winter months,” said Ryan Demmer, an epidemiologist at the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health.

Demmer said the cases provide some of the first real-world evidence to support early theories about the importance of how people breathe, ventilation, and the social dimensions of transmission.

One critical way hockey differs from other contact team sports is how players do line changes — substitutions of groups of players — and are expected to sprint for nearly the whole time they are on the ice. Experts say it probably leads to heavier breathing, resulting in more particles being exhaled and inhaled.

Jose-Luis Jimenez, an air engineer at the University of Colorado, speculated that the spaces occupied by rinks keep the virus suspended, perhaps six to nine feet, just above the ice. Similar outbreaks have been documented in other chilly venues — meat processing factories and at a curling match earlier in the pandemic.

“I suspect the air is stratified,” he said. “Much like in a cold winter night, you have these inversions where the cold air with the virus which is heavier stays closer to the ground. That gives players many more chances to breathe it in.”

Timothy McDonald, public health director in Needham, Mass., said we should not rule out the way kids socialize — in locker rooms, carpools and postgame gatherings — as potential contributing factors. By late October, his area had seen at least six coronavirus cases related to sports clusters that span a wide range of ages, from fifth-graders to high school sophomores. He said some of those children played on multiple sports teams, including hockey.

“We’ve seen a lot of people mingling after the game or having discussions and parents talking and letting kids play around after the game,” he said. “There’s no way to tell from our perspective whether it’s on the ice — or waiting for 10 or 15 minutes while everyone talks after the game.”

Many unknowns

When schools shut down in March, there was huge confusion about the extent to which could get the virus and transmit it to others. Today, cases among those younger than 18 are soaring. The American Academy of Pediatrics reported last week that more than 1.3 million children had tested positive for coronavirus during the pandemic. Nearly 154,000 children tested positive from Nov. 19 to 26.

Epidemiologists are uncertain where most of these transmissions are occurring, but early reports from the United States, bolstered by more robust data from Europe and Asia, suggest they are unlikely to be related to school. Emily Oster, a professor of economics at Brown University who has been tracking coronavirus outbreaks in schools, and others say they believe informal neighborhood get-togethers, youth sports and other activities may be contributing.

Rhode Island, for example, has reported that virtual-only learners are being infected at similar rates as those attending in-person school. Oster said infection rates seem to be going up nationwide, “whether schools are open or not.”

Joseph Allen, a researcher at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, said he believes it was a mistake for school sports to shut down, because kids need physical activity, and some for-profit businesses filling the gaps may be operating in a way where “controls may not be as stringent.”

“Not having sports in schools ultimately leads to wider contact networks for many kids,” he explained.

David Rubin, director of the PolicyLab at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, said the “disease reservoir was lower” related to children in the early fall, suggesting that sports played at that time — namely, soccer — weren’t contributing much to spread. “We saw very little transmission on the field of play,” he said.

“In winter sports, you now add the indoor element. And I think there’s a fair amount of concern that hockey certainly has transmission around the game,” he said.

A PolicyLab blog post last month recommended that if youth sports leagues want to preserve any opportunity to keep playing, they need to enact mandates that strictly curtail all off-field interaction. Even then, “the potential for on-field spread may be too overwhelming to continue safely with team competition during periods of widespread community transmission, and may need to be sacrificed to preserve in-school learning options, at least until early spring or transmission rates decrease substantially.”

When children’s sports started up again this summer, tensions flared among health officials, sports providers and families over which safety measures were necessary and which were over the top. In the pandemic world, soccer was sometimes played seven-on-seven instead of 11-on-11, and with kick-ins instead of throw-ins; basketball with every other spot in free-throw lineups empty; swim practices with some kids starting in the middle of lanes to ensure adequate spacing; cross-country with runners racing in small flights to minimize interactions.

But these modifications sent some families “jurisdiction shopping” to find places that allowed games to proceed as they had before the virus outbreak, and this was a part of what happened with hockey in New England.

Hockey culture

Ice hockey is part of the culture in this area of the country. Some kids get their first skates almost as soon as they can walk, and family weekends revolve around games. In the aftermath of the first wave of the virus, clubs in numerous states, including Massachusetts, introduced safety measures such as no checking at the younger levels, physical distancing in locker rooms, and masks for the two players doing the faceoffs.

Massachusetts Hockey President Bob Joyce said families who didn’t like those new rules took their children to play in neighboring states with fewer restrictions. And sometimes those players played on multiple teams or had siblings who did and went to school, creating very large social networks.

“It was a wake-up call,” Joyce said. He said state officials estimated that those 108 initial hockey cases amounted to 3,000 to 4,000 others potentially exposed.

In an October report, the CDC detailed a large outbreak in Florida among amateur adult hockey players on two teams that played each other but had no other contact. Investigators speculated that the indoor space and close contact increased the infection risk. They also pointed out that ice hockey “involves vigorous physical exertion accompanied by deep, heavy respiration, and during the game, players frequently move from the ice surface to the bench while still breathing heavily.”

Surrounded by plexiglass not only to prevent errant pucks but also to keep the airflow stable so the ice can remain cold, there’s little ventilation and humidity by design in ice rinks. The surface of the ice is kept around 20 degrees Fahrenheit; the ambient air temperature, in the 50s. The Department of Homeland Security has shown in lab experiments that the virus may live at those temperatures up to two times longer in the air. At 86 degrees, for example, 99 percent of the airborne virus is estimated to decay in 52 minutes. But at 50 degrees, it would take 109 minutes.

William Bahnfleth, a professor of architectural engineering at Penn State University, said there is growing evidence that humidity may play an important role. In higher humidity, the virus attaches to bigger droplets that drop faster to the ground, decreasing the chance that someone will inhale them. The drier the air, the faster droplets will evaporate into smaller-size particles that stay in the air, increasing the concentration.

“There are some researchers have come to believe that humidification is the key above all,” he said.

Studies have shown that the virus doesn’t survive as long in the humid air, and that we’re more susceptible to viruses when the air is drier. Separately, epidemiological data from a long-term care facility has shown a correlation between lower humidity and higher infection rates.

Rubin, who is a pediatrician in addition to his public policy research job, said he worries those on the ice may be inhaling larger doses of the virus due to these environmental conditions, making it more likely they will become infected.

“It’s very hard to sort out, but you wonder if increased inoculum of the virus is an extra factor,” he said.

Demming expressed similar thoughts: “It could be infection rates are common across sports, but in a sport like hockey where you are trapping more virus in the breathable air it could result in more severe infections that end up being symptomatic.”

The National Hockey League was able to complete its playoffs after players were put in a bubble where they were tested each day, administered symptom checks and temperature screenings. No cases were reported. But conducting such rigorous screening on the roughly 650,000 amateur players and officials in the United States is an impossible task.

In Vermont, an outbreak at a single ice rink ripped through the center of the state, affecting at least 20 towns in at least four counties, and seeding other outbreaks at several schools. By Oct. 30, when Vermont Gov. Phil Scott (R) detailed the outbreak at a press briefing, 473 contacts had been associated with it.

“One case,” Scott emphasized, “can turn one event into many.”

For Tyler Amburgey, a 29-year-old coach in Lavon, Texas, north of Dallas, the coronavirus started out like a cold. But then it soon progressed to a headache, fatigue and shortness of breath. Authorities later determined that the outbreak spanned several teams and 30 people. By the third day of his illness, Aug. 29, several of Amburgey’s players had tested positive, and he was so ill that he canceled hockey practice.

Later that day his wife found him in his bed, unresponsive, and called 911. His heart had stopped, relatives told media outlets, and paramedics were unable to revive him.

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Weekly unemployment claims still trending up

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by Timothy McQuiston, Vermont Business Magazine Weekly unemployment claims fell last week after the previous week’s spike, but have been trending up consistently the last two months. After being near their lowest levels since the beginning of the pandemic, claims have increased beyond the usual seasonal slowdown. Claims fell 224 to 1,255 last week (up 131 from the same time last year).

As for the week’s ongoing jobless claims, for the week ending November 11, 2020, the Labor Department processed 11,337 claims, down 1,292 from the previous week and 7,237 more than the same time last year.

As for further comparison, initial Vermont claims for the week of March 21, 2020, were 3,784, up 3,125 from the week of March 14.

Labor Commissioner Michael Harrington said at Governor Scott’s media briefing Friday that he has a lot of concern for the end of CARES Act funding and therefore the pandemic unemployment benefits and extended benefits for UI filers that came with it.

The extra benefits will cease the week after Christmas for nearly all those filers. Like the governor, he is hopeful that Congress will come up with what Scott called “bridge” funding for these programs until the Biden Administration and the new Congress can come up with a new CARES Act type funding plan. There does appear that some level of federal help will be forthcoming.

The governor is also hoping that funding includes budget relief for states, but he is less certain of that.

Harrington added that there are still some appeals and adjudications continuing regarding those pandemic benefits and that otherwise nearly all of the last of the emergency unemployment Lost Wages Assistance money has been distributed. The LWA was the last and smallest of the unemployment benefit programs.

The federal government portion of extra benefits, which is nearly all of the pandemic funding, must meet strict guidelines and there is very little the state can do to mitigate an issue.

The total number of unemployed is about 20,000, including the extra PUA claimants, which is down from the peak last spring of over 80,000 Vermonters getting some type of unemployment insurance.

There is recent discussion in Congress that a plan could be enacted during the “lame duck” session, but more likely after President-elect Biden is inaugurated.

Meanwhile, the state unemployment rate, which was the lowest in the nation before the pandemic, then spiked during the pandemic, has retreated and is now second lowest in the nation.

However, the VDOL points out that the US Census modeling has not caught up with the reality of the pandemic and Vermont’s 3.2 percent unemployment rate likely portrays a rosier economic picture than what actually exists.

Labor Commissioner Harrington said in late November that the real unemployment rate is more in the 5 percent range, and if it included the PUA, the rate is likely more in the 6-8 percent range.

He and Scott said that while the data the US Census collects is not erroneous, they disagree with the methodology the federal government is using given the altered behavior of people during the pandemic.

They said people have left the workforce for reasons related to the pandemic, like for personal safety or childcare, which then lowers the total Labor force, which works as the denominator in the calculations, thus lowering the unemployment rate.

Per federal rule, this ultimately decreases the ability of the state to offer extended UI benefits, as they were able earlier in the year.

Governor Scott said the state has been in contact with Vermont’s congressional delegation on trying to change the formula the US Census Bureau uses to determine the state’s unemployment rate.

There are also over 8,000 Vermonters on Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (sole proprietors/self employed etc).

The PUA claims are not included in the unemployment rate calculation.

Harrington also addressed issues faced by the self-employed in collecting benefits.

If SPs did not file their tax returns by a certain time they missed out on some benefits. Harrington said this is a federal government rule. The state was allowed a 21-day grace period, but cases are still being adjudicated.

Also, another issue has been when a self-employed person received even one dollar of regular UI benefits, they are disallowed, again by federal rule Harrington said, from receiving any PUA.

For instance, some people who work for themselves also carry a part-time job. If they got laid off from that job and received any UI payments, then they’re stuck on the UI side and cannot get PUA.

The PUA benefits in some cases are more advantageous; for instance they will last through the end of this year. PUA claimants also can get partial payments even if they have some income.

What a new PUA looks like is unclear until and if one is signed into law. But it appears as of now that it might not include new filers after a certain time.

Scott has also extended his Emergency Order until December 15. He has said that he will continue to extend the Order as long as necessary and that we are “only half-way through” the impact of the novel coronavirus.

Also, the $1.25 billion CARES Act federal funds have all been allocated, though some budgetary shifting could still occur. The money must be spent by the end of December.

Also, the additional $600 in weekly benefits from the federal government for all unemployment programs ended July 25.

The PUA program, which is full funded by the federal government and is intended for non-regular UI workers, will last until the end of the year. They will receive regular benefits (but, again, not the extra $600).

“That $600 is concerning. I know a lot of families are counting on that to cover a lot of their expenses,” Scott said over the summer.

After a spike of claims at the beginning of the pandemic, followed by a steep decline as the economy began to reopen in April, initial unemployment claims fell consistently since the beginning of July before flattening over the last couple months.

Claims hit their peak in early April. At that point, Governor Scott’s “Stay Home” order resulted in the closing of schools, restaurants, construction and more, while many other industries cut back operations.

Over $500 million of federal money has been added to Vermont unemployment checks so far.

Since March 1, over 80,000 new claims have been filed in Vermont when including PUA.

The official Vermont March unemployment rate was 3.1 percent, but the April rate was 15.6 percent, which is the highest on record. The Vermont unemployment rate in May fell to 12.7 percent.

The US rate fell to 7.9 percent in September from 8.4 percent in August from 10.2 percent in July from 11.1 percent in June and in May from 13.3 percent. The US April rate was 14.7 percent, the highest rate since its was first calculated in 1948 and the highest unofficially since the Great Depression of about 25 percent.

Nationwide, according to the US Labor Department for the week ending November 28, initial claims for state unemployment benefits totaled 712,000 last week, which was the lowest since the beginning of the pandemic and down from 787,000 the week before and 742,000 the week before that.

Claims generally have been falling since the early weeks of the pandemic in March. Early on in the pandemic, US claims reached 5.2 million and 6.6 million claims. Just prior to the steep job loss, there were 282,000 claims on March 14.

US GDP had its worst quarter on record as it fell 32.9 percent in the second quarter; the next worst was in 1921.

The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) has added to the ranks of those receiving benefits, but is not counted in the official unemployment rate. The PUA serves the self-employed who previously did not qualify to receive UI benefits and might still be working to some extent.

This surge during the Great Recession for the entire year in 2009 spiked at 38,081 claims.

The claims back in 2009 pushed the state’s Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund into deficit and required the state to borrow money from the federal government to cover claims.

Right now (see data below), Vermont has $252.2 million in its Trust Fund and saw the fund decrease by a net of $3.3 million last week. Payments lag claims typically by a week. Balance as of March 1 was $506,157,247.

Vermont at the beginning of the pandemic had more than double the UI Trust Fund it did when the economy started to slide in 2007. It went into deficit and the state had to borrow money from the federal government to pay claims. Some states like California are already in UI deficit because of the COVID crisis.

Scott said the UI fund is not expected to run out under current projections.

“We are in a much healthier position than many other states,” Labor Commissioner Harrington has said.

Given the Trust Fund’s strong performance and the burden of unemployment taxes on employers, Governor Scott reduced the UI tax on businesses. He also announced that starting the first week of July, the maximum unemployment benefit to workers will increase about $20 a week.

While the UI Trust Fund will not fall into deficit under current trends, the governor has acknowledged that they simply cannot predict it given how economic conditions could swing if there is a second surge of COVID-19.

Still, he’s moving forward with the UI changes now because the burden on employers and employees is now.

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UI tax rates for employers fell again on July 1, 2018, as claims continue to be lower than previous projections. Individual employers’ reduced taxable wage rates will vary according to their experience rating; however, the rate reduction will lower the highest UI tax rate from 7.7 percent to 6.5 percent. The lowest UI tax rate will see a reduction from 1.1 percent to 0.8 percent.

Also effective July 1, 2018, the maximum weekly unemployment benefit will be indexed upwards to 57% of the average weekly wage. The current maximum weekly benefit amount is $466, which will increase to $498. Both changes are directly tied to the change in the Tax Rate Schedule.

The Vermont Department of Labor announced Thursday, October 1, 2020 an increase to the State’s minimum wage. Beginning January 1, 2021, the State’s minimum wage will increase $0.79, from $10.96 to $11.75 per hour. The calculation for this increase is in accordance with Act 86 of the 2019 Vermont General Assembly.

This adjustment also impacts the minimum wage of “tipped employees.” The Basic Tipped Wage Rate for service or tipped employees equals 50% of the full minimum wage or $5.88 per hour starting January 1, 2021.

The Vermont Department of Labor has announced that the state is set to trigger off of the High Extended Benefits program, as of October 10, 2020. This determination by the US Department of Labor follows the recent announcement of Vermont’s unemployment rate decreasing from 8.3% in July to 4.8% in August.

Vermont’s minimum wage rose to $10.78 on January 1, 2019.

The Unemployment Weekly Report can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/. Previously released Unemployment Weekly Reports and other UI reports can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/lmipub.htm#uc

NOTE: Employment (nonfarm payroll) – A count of all persons who worked full- or part-time or received pay from a nonagricultural employer for any part of the pay period which included the 12th of the month. Because this count comes from a survey of employers, persons who work for two different companies would be counted twice. Therefore, nonfarm payroll employment is really a count of the number of jobs, rather than the number of persons employed. Persons may receive pay from a job if they are temporarily absent due to illness, bad weather, vacation, or labor-management dispute. This count is based on where the jobs are located, regardless of where the workers reside, and is therefore sometimes referred to as employment “by place of work.” Nonfarm payroll employment data are collected and compiled based on the Current Employment Statistics (CES) survey, conducted by the Vermont Department of Labor. This count was formerly referred to as nonagricultural wage and salary employment.

UI claims by industry last week in Vermont are similar in percentage to those from a year ago, though of course much higher in number in each industrial category.

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Here are the latest updates on COVID-19 cases, deaths and hospitalizations in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

ST PAUL, Minn. — Thursday, Dec. 3

  • MDH reported 92 COVID deaths on Thursday, the second highest in a single day
  • Minnesotans have until Dec. 7 at 11:59 p.m. to request housing assistance
  • MSHSL sets tentative schedule for winter sports, depending on Gov. Tim Walz order
  • Hospital bed use down across Minnesota
  • Officials say we are at the endgame of the pandemic with upcoming vaccines
  • Experts concerned about possible surge after Thanksgiving travel, gatherings

Gov. Tim Walz and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan are urging Minnesotans to draw upon state aid for their end-of-year housing bills.

In a media call at 1 p.m. Gov. Walz highlighted efforts to “ensure Minnesotans can afford to stay in their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Minnesotans can apply for housing assistance through the United Way by calling 211. The deadline is Monday. Dec. 7 at 11:59 p.m.

Walz pointed out that Minnesota is still in the heart of the pandemic, with the second-highest daily death toll of 92 announced on Thursday.

“Throughout this entire epidemic we’ve asked Minnesotans to sacrifice,” Walz said. “We’ve asked them to do things that put their own financial security somewhat at risk, to help protect others.”

The governor said he understands that some people don’t have a safe place to go, or they’re in danger of losing that safe place, when they’re asked to stay home.

“A lot of folks are in a situation where housing security is a real concern through no fault of their own,” Walz said.

Lt. Gov. Flanagan said she is a renter and paid her rent on Tuesday. But she knows that some Minnesotans are deciding between paying their rent or mortgage, and buying groceries.

“I want folks to know that there are still resources available to help you and your family,” she said.

Flanagan said home owners should ask their lenders if they can defer payment for up to a year. And anyone can apply for housing assistance via 211unitedway.org, or by calling 211, before the deadline of Monday, Dec. 7 at 11:59 p.m.

Those who don’t need assistance should consider giving to the nonprofits that are helping others, Flanagan said, and telling their friends and family about the assistance that’s available.

“We cannot stop until all Minnesotans have a safe and affordable place to live,” Flanagan said.

Emily Bastian, vice president of ending homelessness at Minnesota nonprofit Avivo, spoke about efforts to support the people living in homeless encampments in the Twin Cities.

“There is no one path from homelessness to permanent housing,” she said.

Bastian emphasized the importance of state and local governments partnering with the nonprofit sector to make that support possible.

Gov. Walz said it’s important to recognize the humanity in those experiencing homelessness, “not seeing it as a problem that we wish would just go away.”

The governor also said that the last week has given him hope that there will be a federal COVID-19 relief package.

There’s $100 million available in Minnesota’s Housing Assistance Program, which was announced in July. Minnesota Housing Commissioner Jennifer Ho said there are currently requests for $67 million in assistance as of the end of November. That means there’s a little over $30 million left to dole out, and she hopes many people will still request assistance with December rent.

“We’ve got room for one more big push here to pay December bills,” she said.

Ho said that the reason the program is closing on Dec. 7 is so that state officials have time to go through all the applications, allocate funds, and then potentially reallocate any leftover money.

COVID-19 is continuing to take a significant number of lives in Minnesota, with 92 new fatalities reported by state health officials on Thursday

Those deaths are the second highest single-day total since the pandemic began, only behind the 101 deaths reported the Friday after Thanksgiving. The total number of lives lost in the state now sits at 3,784. Thursday’s near-record comes just one day after the third-highest daily death toll of 77.

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) says 6,166 new coronavirus cases were reported Thursday, based on results from 50,718 tests (45,885 PCR, 4,833 antigen) processed in private and state labs.

A positive PCR test is considered a confirmed case, while a positive antigen test is considered probable.

Minnesota now reports 333,626 COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic.

Hospitalizations due to the coronavirus in Minnesota are continuing a downward trend. COVID-19 patients are currently using 1,394 non-ICU beds across the state – 29 fewer than the day prior, and 376 ICU beds – nine fewer than the previous day. Metro bed availability has improved from 1.9% to 2.3%, and ICU bed availability in the metro has grown from 4.5% to 5.7%.

The total number of patients hospitalized since COVID hit Minnesota is 17,623, with 3,911 of those requiring treatment in the ICU.

COVID-19 case rates now put 86 of 87 Minnesota counties under full distance learning recommendations from MDH, although community spread is only one factor of many schools are instructed to use to determine their learning model.

Leading causes of exposure for those who have tested positive include community exposure with no known contact (62,312 cases) followed by a known contact (55,953 cases) and exposure through a congregate care setting (26,100 cases).

Young people 20 to 24 make up the largest group of cases with 35,289 and two deaths, followed by those 25 to 29 with 30,360 and four deaths. The greatest number of fatalities involves people 85 to 89 with 712 in 4,244 confirmed cases.

Hennepin County has the most recorded COVID activity with 70,069 cases and 1,145 deaths, followed by Ramsey County with 29,459 cases and 521 deaths, Dakota County with 23,564 cases and 198 deaths and Anoka County with 23,541 cases and 236 fatalities.

Cook County in northeastern Minnesota has the least amount of COVID activity with 80 cases and no deaths.

On Wednesday, Governor Tim Walz, Department of Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington and several first responders spoke to Minnesotans to address the way the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted public safety and emergency response.

Walz said that he hopes to highlight aspects of everyday life that are impacted by the pandemic that many Minnesotans may not typically  consider. According to Walz, the workforce of firefighters, police officers and paramedics in Minnesota has been affected by COVID-19, which can impact their ability to respond to emergencies.

Harrington emphasized that this is a statewide issue, and that he is hearing every day from fire departments and police departments that are having staffing issues due to COVID-19.

He added that fire departments have been hit particularly hard.

“Ninety-nine out of the 500 fire departments in the state of Minnesota have had major COVID outbreaks,” he said. “That’s 20%.”

He stressed that the state has worked to rearrange resources and take precautions to keep departments staffed, but it won’t take much to take those departments out of service if communities do not wear masks, avoid gatherings and social distance.

Eagan Police Chief Roger New said that his department has followed CDC guidelines since the pandemic began, but he has still seen 20% of his staff take time off due to COVID-19 quarantines at some point since March, including one staff member who was hospitalized and took two months to fully recover.

Jay Wood, a firefighter in Plato, said that the Plato Fire Department has also carefully followed guidelines, but an outbreak that affected over three quarters of the department forced them to take the department out of service for a time.

“We are not alone as a small department of dealing with the virus and the staffing issues it has presented to us,” he said. “Minnesota fire services are always here to help the public, and people always ask how they can help us. The biggest thing you can do is follow the guidelines the governor and the Department of Health have set for us.”

Paramedic Ross Chavez echoed this, urging Minnesotans to follow advice from health experts to help keep first responders in the community healthy so they can continue providing fast and effective emergency services.

“Please, help my colleagues and me be there for those who need us, especially this holiday season during these trying times,” Chavez said.

Walz said that for Minnesotans frustrated by other community members not following these guidelines, he does not want to shame anyone, but it is a “moral hazard” to not wear a mask and go to large gatherings.

“We’re not going to be able to arrest everybody, that was certainly never our intention,” he said. “You don’t have to follow these rules because I said so, you don’t have to follow them because you don’t like government. You should follow them because they’re the right thing to do, they protect lives.”

Walz added that by next Tuesday, he hopes he and state health officials will have a clear timeline for a COVID-19 vaccine in the U.S. Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) Commissioner Jan Malcolm said she expects the FDA will issue an emergency use authorization on Dec. 11, and that the first wave of vaccinations could begin as soon as a week or so later.

Walz said he understands concerns around safety of the vaccine, but his assessment has been that the federal government has done a “fantastic job” of the vaccine development.

However, he stressed that though the excitement around the vaccine may indicate that the pandemic is over, we are still “in the teeth of it.”

“Let’s make sure we get all of our neighbors there, and protect those folks that make a difference,” he said.

The resurgence of COVID-19 in Minnesota is proving deadly, as underscored by 77 new fatalities reported by state health officials Wednesday.

Those deaths are the second highest single-day total since the pandemic came to Minnesota, only behind the 101 deaths reported the Friday after Thanksgiving. The total number of lives lost in the state now sits at 3,692.

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) says 5,192 new coronavirus cases were reported Wednesday, based on results from 42,737 tests (39,912 PCR, 2,825 Antigen) processed in private and state labs.

A positive PCR test is considered a confirmed case, while a positive Antigen test is considered probable.

Minnesota now reports 327,477 COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic.

In a bit of positive news, hospital bed use is down after a surge in recent days. Coronavirus patients are currently using 1,350 non-ICU beds, down 104 from Tuesday, and 354 ICU beds across the state are being used for COVID patients, down 40 from a day ago.

The total number of patients hospitalized since COVID hit Minnesota is 17,378, with 3,873 of those requiring treatment in the ICU.

Leading causes of exposure for those who have tested positive include community exposure with no known contact (60,808 cases) followed by a known contact (54,554 cases) and exposure through a congregate care setting (25,695 cases).

Young people 20 to 24 make up the largest group of cases by a significant margin with 34,806 and two deaths, followed by those 25 to 29 with 29,876 and four deaths. The greatest number of fatalities involves people 85 to 89 with 691 in 4,156 confirmed cases.

Hennepin County has the most recorded COVID activity with 68,898 cases and 1,130 deaths, followed by Ramsey County with 28,948 cases and 512 deaths, Anoka County with 23,196 cases and 232 fatalities, and Dakota County with 23,102 cases and 194 deaths.

Cook County in northeastern Minnesota has the least amount of COVID activity with 79 cases and no deaths.

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