Appalachian Trail Conservancy, The Conservation Fund, and Mountain Valley Pipeline enter into stewardship agreement The quarantine prohibits the movement of firewood, ash nursery stock, ash timber and other material that may spread EAB. “Firewood is especially troublesome to spreading EAB,” State Forester David Arnold told WCYB 5. “We ask that people don’t move firewood since EAB larvae can survive hidden in the bark. Outdoor enthusiasts hauling firewood unknowingly give the pest a free ride to establish new infestations at their destination.” 65 Tennessee counties quarantined due to tree-destroying beetle New Watauga River put in opens The paddling community is celebrating a new put in on the Watauga River. The new Guy Ford River Access Area near Bethel, NC now offers permanent public access to North Carolina’s Watauga River Gorge. The new put in provides a paved parking lot for 27 cars, fencing, handrails, signage and a concrete ramp to a beachy area. The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) has entered into a voluntary stewardship agreement with The Conservation Fund and Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP), the non-profit announced in a news release. The Conservancy says the agreement will advance their mission to manage, protect and advocate for the Appalachian Trail. Photo: Autumn Along the Appalachian Trail – courtesy of Getty Images by Joshua Moore The area is a popular swimming hole and fishing spot and provides access to the world-class whitewater and Class V rapids that run through the Watauga River Gorge. Sixty-five counties in eastern and central Tennessee are quarantined because of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), a destructive beetle that can kill an ash tree within just three years of infestation. According to a report on WCYB 5 News, the state Division of Forestry estimates 5 billion urban ash trees in Tennessee could be at risk from EAB. As part of the agreement, MVP has committed up to $19.5 million for use by the ATC to conserve land along the trail corridor and support outdoor recreation-based economies in southeastern West Virginia and southwestern Virginia. It is the largest funding package in the Conservancy’s history to advance conservation efforts in a single geography.
WEBSTER COUNTY, Ky. – A Batesville resident was involved in an interstate accident between a vehicle and mowing tractor that put a Tennessee driver in the hospital.An elderly Tennessee man was traveling in a Toyota 4-Runner on the Edward T. Breathitt/ Pennyrile Parkway in Western Kentucky late Tuesday afternoon when it collided with a mowing tractor, The Gleaner reported.The tractor was operated by Jose Garcia, 42, of Batesville. He was in the process of crossing a bridge to continue mowing the median. Authorities say the 4-Runner struck the tractor from behind.The Tennessee man was taken to an Evansville hospital for treatment. Garcia was not injured, police said.Both occupants were wearing seat belts.
Merkel met with her 16 state governors on Thursday to discuss how to proceed as coronavirus infections rise again in Germany. Sport was not the main focus of the talks, but it is covered by the decision to extend the ban on events where hygiene and tracing can’t be ensured. That ban was set to expire Oct. 31 but was extended two months.___Spanish winger Carles Pérez is the second Roma player to test positive for the coronavirus as the team opens its training camp for Serie A.He joins goalkeeper Antonio Mirante. The Team USA indoor volleyball teams are looking for a new training center after the facility in Anaheim, California they had been using closed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.The American Sports Center was an independently owned facility where the American men’s and women’s national indoor teams had been training since before the Beijing Olympics. The ASC billed itself as the largest indoor wood court facility in the United States.CEO Jamie Davis said in a statement “USA Volleyball is working on a plan to ensure we can continue to train seamlessly and prepare for the Games, best positioning Team USA to bring home medals for our country.”The beach and Paralympic volleyball teams have different training facilities and were not affected by the closure.___ Associated Press The Fighting Irish will play as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference this season, a move made in response to the coronavirus pandemic altering schedules of the Power Five conferences.The USF game will be part of a three-game series between Notre Dame and South Florida, with future dates to be determined and one home game for the Bulls in Tampa, Florida.___The Sept. 12 game between East Carolina and Marshall has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.ECU announced the postponement Thursday, saying the schools hope to reschedule the game this season. The game was scheduled for this year to mark the 50th anniversary of the Marshall plane crash that killed 70 passengers and five crew members returning from the Thundering Herd’s game at ECU in November 1970. Pérez writes on Instagram that he feels fine and is “totally asymptomatic.”About 10 players have tested positive during the Italian league’s preseason.Serie A is scheduled to start Sept. 19.___France coach Didier Deschamps says midfielder Paul Pogba has tested positive for COVID-19 and has been left out of the national team squad. The Latest: Clemson won’t have its Gathering At The Paw East Carolina paused football activities indefinitely last week after a coronavirus cluster was reported within the team. The school’s announcement said there had been 10 positives associated with the football team.The school later announced that it would go to online-only undergraduate classes as of Wednesday due to multiple clusters on campus.East Carolina is now scheduled to open the season Sept. 26 against No. 21 UCF at home. Marshall was scheduled to open with Eastern Kentucky on Sept. 5.___Soccer games and other sports events in Germany will likely remain without fans until next year after Chancellor Angela Merkel announced that a ban on large events will be extended to Dec. 31. The Troy season opener with the University of Louisiana-Monroe has been postponed until Dec. 5 because of a COVID-19 outbreak on the Warhawks team.The Sun Belt Conference announced the postponement of the game initially scheduled for Sept. 5.ULM athletic director Scott McDonald said last Friday that practices had been paused because of nine new positive COVID-19 tests. The campus was closed Thursday because of Hurricane Laura.___Notre Dame announced it will play South Florida on Sept. 19 as its lone nonconference game of the football season. Deschamps says “he had a test yesterday which was positive this morning.”Pogba has been replaced in the squad by 17-year-old Rennes midfielder Eduardo Camavinga ahead of upcoming Nations League qualifiers against Sweden and Croatia.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Denver Broncos have joined other NFL teams in canceling practice in response to the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man, in Wisconsin.Players arrived at team headquarters on Thursday following a day off and decided not to take the field.The decision comes at a crucial time for the Broncos. Coach Vic Fangio has just a handful of days left to make several key roster decisions at center, running back, cornerback and linebacker.–Arnie Stapleton reporting from Englewood, Colorado.___ August 27, 2020 The school said it’s “Gathering At The Paw” tradition where fans come out on the field shortly after end of the game will not be allowed this season. The school received state approval to have about 19,000 fans at Death Valley this season and released the plan for 81,500-seat Memorial Stadium on Thursday. The school also had plans for spectators at its soccer field and volleyball gym signed off on by the state. Face coverings will be required unless eating or drinking, according to the school. The plan calls for social distancing with pods of two and four affiliated guests together in the stands. Clemson has asked fans to refrain from tailgating this season and has banned the use of tents and trailers.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___One of Clemson’s most visible postgame traditions at Death Valley will not take place this season under guidelines approved by the state for the school to have fans at its football games during the coronavirus pandemic.
As students awoke way too early Thursday to purchase their men’s basketball season ticket packages, they likely had visions of Jordan Taylor surprising critics and carrying the team through another great year.While a glance at the Badgers’ roster may leave skeptics questioning their NCAA Tournament chances again, they’re forgetting about the one-man wrecking crew of Taylor. After emerging onto the national scene after a stellar 2010-11 campaign, the senior point guard should be considered a legitimate Naismith Player of the Year candidate. Though a player from Wisconsin has never won the award, Taylor seems like the perfect man to break the streak.A second-team All-American as a junior, it seems like the national media has finally stopped overlooking Taylor, giving him a realistic shot at the Naismith Award. In addition to his All-American accolades, the Bloomington, Minn., native was one of five finalists for the Bob Cousy Award, given to the top point guard in the country. While such awards may seem irrelevant to this season, the fact that Taylor is already on the radar for voters across the country should provide a major boost to his chances at the Player of the Year award.Often single-handedly carrying Wisconsin on the hardwood last year, there’s no doubt that his role will on the team will only step up with the absence of forward Jon Leuer. After averaging 18 points per game while shooting over 43 percent from the field, there’s no doubt that the star point guard is ready to step in for a team that will rely on him even more than last year. On top of all the scoring, he finished with 161 assists, the third-highest number of assists in a season in Wisconsin history. Simply put, he is the Badgers’ offense this year.Sure, Taylor will place plenty of competition from the likes of Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger and Connecticut’s Jeremy Lamb, among others, but he should put up comparable numbers to those players. He will likely carry the Badgers to a 14th-straight NCAA Tournament appearance, and that could be enough success to remain a contender for the award.With Leuer still on the team last year, Taylor wasn’t even expected to be the best player to suit up for the Badgers, but he quickly proved that he was more than capable of carrying the team.Many may point out that Bo Ryan’s signature swing offense doesn’t allow players to put up big enough numbers to win a Player of the Year award, but Taylor proved last year that he has no trouble scoring in Ryan’s system. Though the swing offense is admittedly not the best system to put up gaudy numbers, Taylor showed that he can put up huge numbers by scoring 21 points in the second half over a No. 1 Ohio State team and lighting up Indiana with a career-high 39 points.As the main ball-handler for UW this season, Taylor will have no shortage of scoring opportunities. Shooting over 42 percent from behind the arc in 2010-11, he has the ability to score from anywhere on the court, and his talents go well beyond scoring. Arguably the most efficient guard in the nation last year, he led the NCAA with a 3.83 assist-to-turnover ratio. Despite touching the ball more than anyone on the team, Taylor rarely turned the ball over, the true sign of a complete player. The gifted point guard is also a great defender, leading the Badgers last year with 25 steals and being named to the Big Ten All-Defensive team.The bottom line is that Taylor does it all and could be as critical to UW’s success this year as any player in the country. While this could be a breakout year for junior forward Mike Bruesewitz and sophomore Josh Gasser will play a much bigger role, the Badgers’ fate lies in the hands of Taylor.Look for Taylor to have big performances against North Carolina and continue to dominate as the Big Ten season comes on, games that could get him in Player of the Year conversations. If the junior can put up big numbers when the spotlight is on against big opponents, he could be well on his way to becoming the first Badger to earn college basketball’s top award.Wisconsin fans might feel like Taylor has little room for improvement, but he should come back an even stronger player when he returns to the floor this November after taking part in Chris Paul’s CP3 Elite Guard camp and Deron Williams’ Nike Skills Academy. Spending a summer competing against players including North Carolina’s Harrison Barnes and Syracuse’s Scoop Jardine, the senior should come back with an even more developed game.On a team often denied respect for its uncanny consistency, Taylor is the rare player that can put in a jaw-dropping season and bring more attention to the program. Sullinger will undoubtedly be the favorite, but it certainly wouldn’t be the first time that the Wisconsin basketball program has exceeded expectations.Ian is a junior majoring in journalism. Do you think Jordan Taylor has a chance at winning the Naismith Award? Let him know at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @imccue.
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error That includes getting Blake Griffin re-acclimated to the team after he missed 45 consecutive games with two injuries and a four-game suspension. Griffin has played four games since returning April 3 against Washington. He is coming off his best showing during that time, having scored 17 points and grabbing 11 rebounds in Sunday’s 98-91 victory over Dallas. Griffin also had seven assists.Paul said regaining his rhythm with Griffin should not be an arduous task.“Well fortunately, this is not Blake and my first year playing together,” Paul said. “While we needed to get a little bit of the timing back, we know each other. We know our timing, what sets we like. It just sort of comes naturally. You figure it out.”Luc Mbah a Moute, who starts alongside Griffin at forward, believes the Clippers are primed for the postseason.“I think we are ready,” he said. “We have had Blake for a few games now. When the team gets in the rhythm with him, it is good for us.” The Clippers went 14-1 in their final 15 games of the regular season in 2014-15. But they lost a seven-game series to the Houston Rockets in the second round of the Western Conference playoffs after blowing Game 6 at Staples Center, so that momentum didn’t hold up as long as they would have liked.Still, the last thing the Clippers want is to enter the postseason on a down note. With two games left before the playoffs start this weekend, the Clippers had won five consecutive games and nine of 10 heading into of Tuesday’s contest against the Memphis Grizzlies.Point guard Chris Paul likes that a lot.“It is always nice to win, so you know what that is like, so you can have a nice rhythm going into playoffs,” he said. “For us,we definitely want to keep winning and we want to make sure we are playing right by getting everyone incorporated.” Rest time at PhoenixThe Clippers have rested players here and there down the stretch of this regular season. They rested starters Paul, DeAndre Jordan and J.J. Redick on March 31 at Oklahoma City. They rested those three as well as Griffin on Friday in Utah.Coach Doc Rivers might have rested some or all of them Tuesday, but the game meant something to the playoff picture, so he only rested sixth man Jamal Crawford.However, Rivers said Griffin almost certainly will be rested in Wednesday night’s regular-season finale at Phoenix; that game means nothing.“I don’t know if he’ll play (today),” Rivers said. “I doubt it, anyway.”As for any other players who might sit out Wednesday, Rivers said that was still to be determined.“We’ll figure it out after the game,” he said. “As a group, we’ll talk about it. But there will be several guys missing, for sure. Maybe even some coaches.”Redick close to 200 3sShooting guard J.J. Redick has 197 3-pointers this season, three away from tying the franchise record of 200 he set in 2014-15.