The political logic is not hard to understand.The middle class continues to struggle, and, with midterm elections just around the corner, both parties need the support of middle-class voters.But missing from the tax debate is an appreciation that lawmakers have already crafted a tax-friendly regime for middle-income taxpayers.The result is a more progressive tax system that raises less revenue.Unless Congress is willing to dramatically cut major entitlement programs and eschew new social programs to address poverty and declining economic mobility, we need more tax revenue from the middle class, not less.Middle-class tax burdens are at historic lows. The Congressional Budget Office reported in 2016 that the average federal income tax rate for the middle class — here meaning the middle 60 percent of the income distribution — declined from 7.8 percent in 1979 to 3.4 percent in 2013.Focusing on all federal taxes (not just income taxes), the average tax rate dropped from 19.2 to 13.8 percent over the same period. This approach appeals to both parties, since Republicans favor small government while Democrats favor tax progressivity. But it also undercuts the government’s ability to pay for its core responsibilities.The middle class faces significant economic challenges and increased vulnerability, such as income stagnation, declining wealth and decreased job security.It is also grappling with dramatic increases in housing costs, medical care and education.The Big Six tax-reform framework responds to these challenges by reducing the already low federal tax burden on the middle class even further.The nonpartisan Tax Policy Center estimates that the framework would result in an average tax cut of $660 per household for members of the middle 20 percent (as well as an $8,500 cut for households in the top 20 percent and $130,000 cut for the top 1 percent).While this modest increase in middle-class disposable income might be helpful, it would do little to fund government programs that alleviate economic insecurity.What the middle class needs is not meager tax cuts but a muscular commitment to robust public institutions designed to benefit middle-income individuals. With these lower tax rates, the share of taxes paid by the middle class has also declined.The middle class paid 35 percent of income taxes in 1979 but only 16 percent in 2013, while its share of all federal taxes fell from 43 to 30 percent.Tax burdens on the American middle class are low not only by historical standards, but also in comparison with other developed countries.Data from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development reveal that American families with children face substantially lower average income-tax rates (in some cases, less than half) than similar families in other developed countries.And this is before factoring in consumption taxes, which represent a large share of middle-class tax burdens in most countries, but not in the United States.How did we get here?To be sure, some of the decline in middle-class tax burdens results from itsdeclining fortunes. Categories: Editorial, OpinionAmid the partisan rancor surrounding the framework for tax reform developed by GOP congressional leaders, there is one area of remarkable consensus: lower taxes for the middle class. The middle 60 percent of households accounted for 49 percent of all pre-tax income in 1979 but only 43.4 percent in 2013. Meanwhile, the share of pre-tax income going to the top 1 percent increased from 8.9 to 15 percent.Even without changes in the tax code, such skewed income growth would have reduced the middle-class share of taxes paid.But the current tax structure is also the product of a host of pro-middle-class policies.This is not a well-thought-out, comprehensive strategy, but rather a series of uncoordinated changes in our tax laws.Some of the changes, such as expansions in the earned-income tax credit, were designed to help poor families but also benefitted many middle-class households.Others, such as the child tax credit, were expressly crafted to benefit the middle class.Still other cuts, such as the 2001 rate reductions, provided political grease for the “tax cuts for everyone” strategy that dominates U.S. politics. The higher taxes could come from our current income tax (from tax increases on the middle class and the wealthy) or a broad-based consumption tax (such as a VAT or carbon tax).How a country raises revenue strongly influences how the money is spent.Countries with more comprehensive social programs impose higher taxes on the middle class. Paradoxically, then, we may need less progressive taxes to fund more progressive spending programs.So enough of the middle-class tax cuts.It is time for a new fiscal strategy.Kirk J. Stark is the Barrall Family Professor of Tax Law and Policy at the University of California at Los Angeles School of Law. Eric M. Zolt, the Michael H. Schill Distinguished Professor of Law at UCLA, served in the Office of Tax Policy at the Treasury Department from 1989 to 1992.More from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census
SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Criminal Justice Reform, Press Release, Public Safety Continuing his push for meaningful law enforcement reforms, today Governor Tom Wolf signed an executive order creating the Pennsylvania State Law Enforcement Citizen Advisory Commission. This further advances his actions to address law enforcement reform and accountability that he announced in June and the first two police reform bills he signed into law on Tuesday.“My administration is committed to bipartisan criminal justice reforms that are fair and inclusive and support public safety,” Gov. Wolf said. “My executive order moves us one more step forward to address the systemic failings that have created inequities and public mistrust of law enforcement. It is my hope that the commission improves law enforcement relationships with communities and strengthens the accountability of law enforcement personnel.”The creation of the commission came about from concerns raised by residents and in conversations Gov. Wolf held with members of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus and leaders of Black communities in Philadelphia and Harrisburg following the death of George Floyd while in Minneapolis police custody.The executive order advises that citizen engagement and participation is essential to help the state in fulfilling its commitment to identifying necessary system-level reforms to promote transparency, fairness and accountability involving the commonwealth’s law enforcement agencies.The new commission’s ultimate goal is to improve policing practices within law enforcement agencies under the governor’s jurisdiction by examining events and conducting reviews of policies, practices, and procedures. The commission, established in the Office of State Inspector General, will be comprised of 15 members appointed by the governor, including one representative from each of the Pennsylvania State Police current Troop geographic areas, and specifically from areas of the Pennsylvania State Police’s primary jurisdiction, and six additional citizen members chosen at large.The commission will be chaired by the Deputy Inspector General for Law Enforcement Oversight, a new position and office in the Office of State Inspector General that the commonwealth is conducting a nationwide search to fill. Interested applicants can find the job posting here.The deputy inspector general will oversee staff on investigations of alleged fraud, waste, misconduct, and abuse within law enforcement agencies under the governor’s jurisdiction and serve as chair of the new commission.The commission is authorized to perform reviews of the covered agencies’ internal investigative findings related to allegations and incidents surrounding the use of force and bias-based policing, including those involving police-involved shootings resulting in injury or death of civilians, and to prepare a report if warranted.“It is my hope that with input from this commission, the commonwealth’s law enforcement agencies can serve as a model of excellence for law enforcement throughout Pennsylvania and the country,” Gov. Wolf said.Read the executive order here.Ver esta página en español. Gov. Wolf Signs Executive Order to Create Pennsylvania State Law Enforcement Citizen Advisory Commission July 17, 2020
Jan De Nul Group has awarded Global Wind Service (GWS) with the installation and completion scope for the 200MW Trianel Windpark Borkum II (TWBII) offshore wind farm in the German North Sea.Jan De Nul is in charge of installing 32 Senvion 6.2M 152 Power Upgrade offshore wind turbines on the wind farm. The jack-up vessel Vole au vent will transport the turbine parts from Eemshaven in the Netherlands and install them at the site some 45 kilometers north of the island of Borkum.Installation works are planned to commence at the site in spring 2019 and be completed by autumn 2019.“We are eager to start the execution of this project with an experienced company as GWS. Their know-how and efforts are precious on this demanding project,” said Arnaud Eeman, Project Manager TWBII at Jan De Nul Group.GWS will deliver technicians for the installation and mechanical completion of the 32 Senvion 6.2M152 PU turbines, each with a capacity of 6.33MW. The company will deliver two teams in parallel – one team will erect the turbines and the other team will perform the electrical and mechanical completion.“We are very pleased to be able to use our Senvion offshore installation experience supporting Jan De Nul Group and Senvion on this exciting project. Trianel Borkum II is the first offshore installation project we make together with the Jan De Nul Group, and we look forward to a good partnership with both Jan De Nul Group and Senvion on this project,” said Michael Høj Olsen, CCO at Global Wind Service.
Promoted ContentTop Tastiest Foods From All Over The World6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneHere Are The Secret Origins Of Famous Foods7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too Much10 Extremely Gorgeous Asian Actresses5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksGorgeous Asian Actresses All Men Are Crazy AboutEveryone Was Stunned To See How Little Anakin Looks Today6 Most Overpowered Live Action Disney Characters6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime7 Things That Actually Ruin Your Phone Loading… Athletes who had already qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics before they were postponed will keep their places when the showpiece takes place in 2021, sources told AFP on Thursday. The IOC and 32 international sports federations held a teleconference where it was decided to respect the qualification process for the delayed Tokyo Olympics Around 57% of the 11,000 scheduled participants for Tokyo had already made sure of taking part when the International Olympic Committee (IOC) pushed the Games back to 2021 due to the coronavirus on Tuesday. The IOC and 32 international sports federations held a teleconference on Thursday where it was decided to respect the qualification process. “Thomas Bach (the IOC President) first explained the reasons for the postponement of the Games, then said that the athletes qualified for Tokyo 2020 would automatically be qualified for 2021,” one of the participants in the conference told AFP. “One of the main subjects was to know when and how to organise the qualifications. “In some federations, many sportsmen and sportswomen are not qualified and it takes at least three months for the Olympic Games to organise them.” The 2020 Tokyo Games were scheduled for July 24-August 9, but after telephone discussions between Bach and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, a historic joint decision was taken for the first postponement of an Olympics in peacetime However, there is no definite date yet for the rescheduled Games with Bach saying Tuesday the Tokyo Olympics “must be rescheduled to a date beyond 2020 but not later than summer 2021, to safeguard the health of the athletes, everybody involved in the Olympic Games and the international community”. Many Olympic sports, such as boxing, saw the vast majority of their qualifying tournaments either interrupted or cancelled due to the global health situation. Others, such as sailing however, already had 90% of their competitors qualified. “The allocated quotas remain allocated,” confirmed another participant in Thursday’s meeting. Read Also:Messi gifts €1m to hospitals to combat coronavirus “Thomas Bach has confirmed that a decision (on a new date for the 2021 event) will be made within the next four weeks,” he said. “Some said they prefer May 2021, others June …” Some federation chiefs also expressed financial concerns, claiming in advance part of the sums traditionally allocated after the Olympic Games by the IOC to the governing bodies. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享
Around 20 countries sent leaders ordelegations to the Kuala Lumpur summit though all 57 members of the OIC hadbeen invited. Mahathir said the summit, which willend on Saturday, should address the world’s perceptions of Islam, the rise of“Islamophobia,” the decline of the Islamic civilization and reforms ingovernance needed by Muslim nations.(Reuters) KUALA LUMPUR – Hosting a summit ofMuslim leaders, Malaysia’s Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad bemoaned the stateof Islam and defended the meeting that has been shunned by Saudi Arabia andcriticized for undermining the bigger Organization of Islamic Cooperation(OIC). Mahathir said the Kuala Lumpur Summitwas meant to understand why Islam, the Muslims and their countries were “in astate of crisis, helpless and unworthy of this great religion.” Malaysia’s Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad delivers his keynote address during a summit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Dec. 19. REUTERS/LIM HUEY TENG
Patriot, In. — The Indiana Department of Transportation says plans to stabilize an embankment on State Road 250 near Patriot will require a closure that could last up to six weeks.Workers from Geostabilization International will use 20 and 30 foot long soil nails to strengthen the 615-foot wide embankment. Once the soil nails are installed, mesh is applied then covered with a concrete-like material.The work is scheduled to begin on Monday, September 18.
Lawrenceburg, In. — Indiana Department of Transportation officials say they plan to close the eastbound lanes of U.S. 50 near Tanner’s Creek Thursday, September 14 and Friday, September 15 while workers pour the concrete deck. Lane restrictions will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday.An equipment test will be done on Thursday and the actual deck pour will happen on Friday between 7 and 11:30 p.m.The $6 million project is scheduled to be complete by Thanksgiving.
By Richard MartinBARCELONA,(Reuters)-La Liga champions Barcelona stayed on the heels of leaders Real Madrid by coasting to a 3-0 home win over Athletic Bilbao yesterday as Lionel Messi became the club’s top scorer from free kicks.Paco Alcacer scored his first league goal since joining from Valencia last year by turning in a pass from Neymar in the 18th minute while Messi whipped in an angled strike in the 40th, his 27th goal from a free kick for Barca.Aleix Vidal scored the most impressive goal of the game by finishing off an audacious solo run in the 67th minute.Barca stayed second in the standings, moving one point behind Real Madrid having played two games more. The leaders were due to visit Celta Vigo on Sunday but the game was postponed after the Balaidos stadium roof was damaged by storms.Third-placed Sevilla visit Las Palmas todayFernando Torres made the most of a rare start by scoring both goals as Atletico Madrid beat neighbours Leganes 2-0 yesterday.Torres, who made his debut for Atletico against Leganes back in 2001, looked lively throughout the game. He could have scored as early as the second minute when he came charging at goal on the counter-attack but his attempted chip missed the target.He won a penalty in the 14th minute and followed up on the rebound to put the hosts in charge after Antoine Griezmann saw his spot kick repelled by goalkeeper Iago Herrerin.Torres scored his second goal in the 51st minute, beating the offside trap and latching on to a through ball before calmly lifting it over Herrerin. Atletico are fourth in the standings on 39 points.Valencia were thrashed 4-0 at home by tiny Eibar, Voro’s side suffering a second straight defeat after their troubles had been temporarily eased by two consecutive wins. Valencia are 16th on 19 points, six above Sporting Gijon who occupy the final spot in the relegation zone. Eibar move up to seventh on 32 points.Espanyol are also on 32 points, in eighth position, after winning 1-0 at Malaga, their third consecutive league win.In Barcelona, coach Luis Enrique made six changes to the team that beat Atletico Madrid 2-1 in Wednesday’s King’s Cup semi-final first leg, resting top scorer Luis Suarez, and it looked a risky move as Athletic made a bold start.Raul Garcia struck the post early on, after Inaki Williams dispossessed Vidal, while Williams headed just beyond the post soon after as Barca again lacked control without injured midfielders Sergio Busquets and Andres Iniesta.However, they took the lead when Neymar cut inside from the left and held off four opponents to serve up the ball for Alcacer to finally score a league goal for Barca in his 11th appearance.Athletic continued to cause problems but the Catalans doubled their advantage before the break when Messi smashed the ball from the right-hand side of the area straight past Athletic goalkeeper Gorka Iraizoz. The goal moved him ahead of Ronald Koeman as the club’s top set-piece specialist with 27 goals from free kicks in all competitions.Early in the second half, Barca midfielder Rafinha was forced off with a bleeding head after colliding with his goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen, while Pique was taken off with a suspected hamstring strain.Messi was substituted in the 64th minute but the Argentine maestro was soon all smiles as he watched Vidal race towards goal on the counter, flicking the ball over a defender before arrowing the ball into the far corner for the third.“Athletic are always difficult opponents and although at times we were imprecise it’s been a very positive day for us,” Luis Enrique told reporters.“If we want to win all three competitions this season we have to use the whole squad and today the players who play less often showed their worth.”
New Delhi: Welcome to News Nation live coverage of the FIFA World Cup 2018. Uruguay lock horns with the hosts Russia at the Cosmos Arena, Samara in the top of the group clash of Group A on Monday.Even though both teams are already through, this match still has meaning as it will decide who will finish top of the group. Russia’s vastly superior goal difference puts them in the box seat and this is a chance for them to make history.No Russian (or Soviet) team has ever managed to win every group game at a World Cup (WC), but with Uruguay winning by mere single-goal margins, this is an opportunity for Russia that will likely never come around again.The two sides have met only once before, in a 1-1 friendly drawback in May 2012. If H2H results against the Soviet Union are also used here, Uruguay’s record reads: W1, D1, L7, including two historical WC meetings (W1, L1).Highlights of Uruguay vs Russia: # That’s it for today, Malang Diedhiou has blown his whistle and the game is over. Uruguay 3-0 Russia# 90+4′ Fedor Smolov (Russia) takes the resultant free kick from the edge of the box and tries to find one of his teammates with a cross, but the keeper climbs high and gets to it first, collecting the ball with ease.# 90+3′ Substitution. Maximiliano Gomez Gonzalez (Uruguay) in, Edinson Cavani out.# 4 additional min. will be played. For all the Latest Sports News News, Fifa World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. # 90+1′ GOAL! The ball rebounds to Edinson Cavani (Uruguay) after a melee in the box, and he easily beats the keeper from close range. Uruguay 3-0 Russia!# 90′ CHANCE! Cristian Rodriguez (Uruguay) finds himself in space on the edge of the box and smashes a glorious looking effort towards the roof of the net, but Igor Akinfeev thwarts him with a great two-handed save. The ball goes out of play. Uruguay are awarded a corner kick.# 89′ Artem Dzyuba (Russia) commits a foul and Malang Diedhiou immediately signals a free kick.# 89′ Aleksandr Samedov (Russia) attempts to find one of his teammates with a cross from the resultant free kick, but he fails to hit the ball properly and sends it off the pitch.# 87′ Igor Akinfeev leaps to intercept the corner kick from Giorgian De Arrascaeta (Uruguay). That was going in!# 86′ Edinson Cavani (Uruguay) makes space for himself in the box after some nice work, but his shot is immediately charged down by a defender. Uruguay have been awarded a corner kick.# 85′ CHANCE! Half-chance! Fedor Smolov (Russia) plays a pass into the box, but Fernando Muslera reacts well to snuff out the attack.# 82′ The resulting corner comes to nothing as Giorgian De Arrascaeta (Uruguay) sends it out of play.# 80′ Luis Suarez (Uruguay) breaks past challenges inside the box, but puts too much pace on his pass to Edinson Cavani.# 78′ A pass by Martin Caceres (Uruguay) ends up in no man’s land, and the attacking effort comes to an end.# 78′ Lucas Torreira (Uruguay) has picked up a minor injury, but it looks like he will be able to continue.# 74′ CHANCE! Artem Dzyuba (Russia) got himself in a great position on the edge of the box after a pass, but put his shot well wide of the left post.# 73′ Today’s match ends for Nahitan Nandez who will be replaced by Cristian Rodriguez (Uruguay)# 72′ Artem Dzyuba (Russia) slaloms his way past challenges, but an opposing player does well to get the ball away.# 70′ Malang Diedhiou blows his whistle as Artem Dzyuba (Russia) used excessive force in the tackle during an attack# 68′ A shot from the edge of the box by Edinson Cavani (Uruguay) is a waste and goes well wide of the right post# 65′ Mario Fernandes (Russia) sends a pass into the box, but his attempt is thwarted and cleared.# 63′ Here is a change. Rodrigo Bentancur is going off and Oscar Tabarez gives the last tactical orders to Giorgian De Arrascaeta (Uruguay).# 61′ A pass by Roman Zobnin (Russia) ends up in no man’s land, and the attacking effort comes to an end.# 60′ Substitution. Fedor Smolov (Russia) receives a signal from the referee and is now allowed to enter the pitch as Aleksey Miranchuk walks off.# 60′ Rodrigo Bentancur (Uruguay) clearly holds his opponent to prevent him from getting the ball and the referee blows his whistle for a foul.# 58′ Great teamplay by Uruguay as they control the ball with a lot of short passes. Patience is the key if they want to find a gap in the defence to score.# 53′ Edinson Cavani (Uruguay) is penalised for a foul. Malang Diedhiou had a clear view and blows his whistle.# 52′ Aleksandr Samedov (Russia) sends in a lofted cross from a long-range free kick in order to find one of his teammates. His poor effort, however, sails way out of play.# 50′ Rodrigo Bentancur (Uruguay) tries to latch onto a through ball, but it’s too long.# 47′ Edinson Cavani (Uruguay) unleashes a powerful shot towards goal from a mid-range free kick, but the ball is blocked by the defensive wall.# 46′ Ilya Kutepov (Russia) performs a sliding tackle but catches his opponent’s legs. The referee blows his whistle for an infringement.# The second half begins! # In the Egypt vs Saudi Arabia: Goal! Salman Al Faraj (Saudi Arabia) wins the battle of wills and sends an unstoppable penalty past Essam El Hadary into left side of the goal. Egypt 1-1 Saudi Arabia.# The referee blows the Half Time whistle! # 45+1′ The foul by Nahitan Nandez (Uruguay) was seen by Malang Diedhiou who didn’t hesitate to blow the whistle.# 45′ There will be a minimum of 2 min. of added time.# In Egypt vs Saudi Arabia: PENALTY MISS! Fahad Mosaed Al Muwallad Al Harbi (Saudi Arabia) takes a penalty kick. The shot goes in the direction of the left post, but Essam El Hadary reacts superbly and stops it, deflecting the ball onto the woodwork!# 42′ The linesman raises his flag for offside before Artem Dzyuba (Russia) heads on.# 42′ A pass from Diego Laxalt (Uruguay) is intercepted by Igor Akinfeev and the move breaks down.# 40′ The Uruguay players are exchanging some short passes.# 38′ Substitution. Denis Cheryshev will be replaced by Mario Fernandes (Russia).# 37′ A poorly executed mid-range free kick by Lucas Torreira (Uruguay) as he fails to deliver a decent cross.# 35′ RED CARD! Igor Smolnikov (Russia) sees a yellow card in the hand of Malang Diedhiou. And as it’s a second one this game, a red follows and Igor Smolnikov (Russia) is sent from the pitch.# 31′ Aleksandr Samedov (Russia) crosses the ball from the free kick, but it goes out of play.# 30′ Rodrigo Bentancur (Uruguay) tackles a bit over-zealously and Malang Diedhiou blows for a foul.# In the other game:# 29′ CHANCE! Rodrigo Bentancur (Uruguay) came close to scoring but should have done much better. His poor attempt from close range ended up in the gloves of Igor Akinfeev.# 28′ The game has begun to heat up. Igor Smolnikov (Russia) challenges an opponent and receives a deserved yellow card for his ugly tackle.# 27′ It’s a yellow card for Igor Smolnikov (Russia).# 26′ It looks like Nahitan Nandez (Uruguay) saw red with that tackle. Malang Diedhiou won’t tolerate such behaviour on the pitch and blows for a foul.# 23′ GOAL! It’s in the back of the net! Diego Laxalt (Uruguay) tries his luck from the edge of the box and his shot takes a deflection and goes past the stranded Igor Akinfeev. He makes it 2:0.# 22′ Lucas Torreira (Uruguay) floats the free kick into the box, but it’s easily cleared by the first man. Uruguay have a corner.# In Egypt vs Saudi Arabia: Goal! Mohamed Salah (Egypt) picks up a pass and gets to the edge of the box before clipping a brilliant lob over the goalkeeper and into the empty net. He makes it 0:1.# 21′ Fedor Kudryashov (Russia) makes a rough challenge and Malang Diedhiou blows his whistle for a foul.# 19′ Denis Cheryshev (Russia) tries to slide the ball through to a teammate but it’s well blocked by a defender. The ball goes out of play and Uruguay will have a goal kick.# 17′ The whipped in corner perfectly picks out Artem Dzyuba (Russia) near the penalty spot, but the ball comes off the top of his head and goes a mile over the bar.# 16′ Denis Cheryshev (Russia) takes the corner.# 16′ Denis Cheryshev (Russia) delivers a long ball, but it lacks enough power to reach his teammates and is intercepted by one of the defenders. The referee and one of his assistants signal for a corner kick to Russia.# 13′ Aleksandr Samedov (Russia) launches a cross from the corner, but Fernando Muslera is alert to thwart the effort.# 12′ CHANCE! Denis Cheryshev (Russia) is unlucky with a low drive from the edge of the box. A decent save by Fernando Muslera stops the ball from hitting the middle of the net.# 11′ Diego Laxalt (Uruguay) is obviously not following the Golden Rule: „Treat others as you want to be treated.“ He makes a bad challenge and leaves Malang Diedhiou with no other option than to blow for a foul. There is a free kick near the sideline to Russia.# 10′ GOAL! Luis Suarez (Uruguay) fires a daisy-cutter inside the right post from the free kick just outside the box. Football supporters are always happy to see such a fabulous goal. Uruguay 1-0 Russia# 9′ Yury Gazinskiy (Russia) gets a yellow card.# 9′ Referee Malang Diedhiou sees the trip by Yury Gazinskiy (Russia) and doesn’t hesitate to blow his whistle. Uruguay earn a free kick just outside the penalty box which could lead to a goal-scoring opportunity.# 7′ Denis Cheryshev (Russia) wastes a good opportunity as his pass into the box is blocked by the defence.# 5′ Uruguay are enjoying the possession as of now, but the Russians are pressing hard to win the ball back. # 2′ Matias Vecino (Uruguay) tries his luck and hits a thunderbolt of a shot towards goal from long range, but his powerful strike goes narrowly wide of the left post.# Kick off!# The teams are out on the pitch and the National Anthems of both the nations are on!# Uruguay have scored first and kept a clean sheet in each of their last five games.# Russia are unbeaten in three games overall, with five of their last seven games producing over 2.5 goals.# Stat attack: Uruguay’s WC record against European sides in Europe stands at W4, D3, L6.# Players to watch: With three goals to his name so far, Denis Cheryshev will be aiming to become the first Russian to win the WC Golden Boot outright after Oleg Salenko shared it with Hristo Stoichkov in 1994. Luis Suárez (Uruguay) has had a difficult time so far, but got off the mark against Saudi Arabia and will be as much of a threat as ever.Uruguay starting XI: Muslera, Caceres, Coates, Godin, Laxalt, Nandez, Torreira, Vecino, Bentancur, Suarez, Cavani.Russia starting XI: Akinfeev, Smolnikov, Kutepov, Ignashevich, Kurdjasov, Samedov, Gazinskiy, Miranchuk, Zobnin, Cheryshev, Dzyuba.
UNDATED (AP) — All sports in Italy will be halted because of the virus outbreak.Premier Giuseppe Conte announces that games and travel will be banned nationwide through April 3. That includes games in the country’s top soccer division and preparatory events for the Tokyo Olympics. Serie A has not been canceled since World War II.Elsewhere:— The BNP Paribas Open, set to begin this week in the California desert, won’t be played as scheduled after a case of the virus was confirmed in the Coachella Valley. The announcement to cancel the tennis tournament in Indian Wells, California, came after many players were already in the desert practicing.—French police say the Champions League match between Paris Saint-Germain and Borussia Dortmund at Parc des Princes will be played without fans. It is the second of the four matches in the competition this week to be played in an empty stadium. March 9, 2020 Two officials’ review at the end of the first overtime produced different results. Following their first review, officials ruled Terry Rozier was fouled by Atlanta’s Treveon Graham with 0.8 seconds remaining. A second review following a protest by Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce produced a reversal.NBA-CLIPPERS-NOAHClippers sign free-agent NoahLOS ANGELES (AP) — The Clippers have signed free-agent center Joakim Noah.The 35-year-old two-time All-Star played 42 games with Memphis last season after agreeing to a buyout with the New York Knicks. Noah averaged 7.1 points, 2.1 assists and 5.7 rebounds for the Grizzlies. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA-SCHEDULENuggets beat short-handed Bucks, Hawks outlast HornetsUNDATED (AP) — The Denver Nuggets sent the short-handed Milwaukee Bucks to their third straight loss and fourth in five games with a 109-95 victory. The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner was hurt on his second-to-last pitch in Sunday’s exhibition game against the New York Mets. He had an MRI on Monday and was diagnosed with a strained latissimus dorsi muscle. There is not a timetable for his return.Verlander had a siimilar lat injury during spring training in 2015 and did not make his season debut until June 13Elsewhere around major league training camps:— Clayton Kershaw will start the Los Angeles Dodgers’ opener against the visiting San Francisco Giants on March 26. Kershaw will extend his franchise record for opening day starts to nine. His streak of consecutive opening day starts was stopped last year when he began the season on the injured list with left shoulder inflammation and was replaced by Hyun-Jin Ryu.— The Milwaukee Brewers will be paying Christian Yelich until 2042, when the All-Star outfielder is 50 years old. Yelich’s $215 million, nine-year contract with the team calls for Brewers to defer $4 million each year from his $26 million annual salary from 2022-28. The 28-year-old outfielder is a two-time All-Star and a one-time Gold Glove winner. He’s been limited to 124 games since the end of the 2014-15 season in Chicago, which selected him with the ninth overall pick in the 2007 NBA draft.Noah was the NBA defensive player of the year in 2014.NHL-SCHEDULECaps salvage point, lose to Sabres in shootoutBUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Dominik Kahun scored the decisive goal in the seventh round of a shootout and the Buffalo Sabres snapped a six-game skid with a 3-2 win over the Washington Capitals. —The virus also forced the postponement of the Six Nations rugby match between France and Ireland.HORSE RACING-DRUGSTrainers, vets among more than two dozen chargedNEW YORK (AP) — The trainer of champion Maximum Security is among more than two dozen people charged in what authorities describe as a widespread international scheme to drug horses to make them race faster.The charges against horse trainers, veterinarians and others were detailed in four indictments unveiled Monday in Manhattan federal court. Among them is trainer Jason Servis, whose stable includes last year’s 3-year-old champion Maximum Security. He was charged with administering performance-enhancing drugs to that horse and others. Associated Press — The Winnipeg Jets over the Arizona Coyotes 4-2 in a matchup critical to the crowded Western Conference playoff race. Cody Eakin broke a 2-all tie for the Jets at 11:33 of the third period with his first goal since being acquired from Vegas on Feb. 21. Nikolaj Ehlers had a goal and two assists, Mark Scheifele added an empty-netter, and defenseman Tucker Poolman had a goal and an assist for Winnipeg. Connor Hellebuyck made 36 saves.NHL-NEWSSharks, Red Wings extend defensemenUNDATED (AP) — The San Jose Sharks have signed defenseman Radim Simek to a four-year contract extension.Simek was set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer before the Sharks locked him up with the new deal worth a reported $9 million. The 27-year-old Simek made his debut with the Sharks last season. He has three goals and 15 assists in 88 career games. Joel Ayayi scored 12 of his 14 points in the second half to lead the Bulldogs. Killian Tillie had 19 points and Ryan Woolrdige had 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting to pace Gonzaga, which will play in its 26th WCC final and seeking its 17th championship.COLLEGE BASKETBALL POLLKansas retains top spotUNDATED (AP) — Kansas maintained its grip on the No. 1 ranking in The Associated Press men’s college basketball poll.The Jayhawks received all 65 first-place votes to remain at the top for a third straight week. The past two weeks they have been the unanimous choice ahead of Gonzaga and Dayton. Authorities say the drugs can cause horses to overexert themselves, leading to heart issues or death.Maximum Security crossed the finish line first at the 2019 Kentucky Derby before being disqualified for interference and has since won four of his five high-profile races. Florida State climbed three spots to No. 4 after winning its first Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season title. This is FSU’s highest ranking since sitting at No. 2 in December 1972.West Virginia and Butler were the week’s new additions. Michigan and Penn State fell out of the poll.MLB-NEWSVerlander doesn’t expect to be ready for opening dayWEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Houston ace Justin Verlander has a mild strain of a back muscle and said it would “probably take a miracle” for him to pitch on opening day at home against the Angels on March 26. Norman is an eighth-year player who spent the past four seasons in Washington before being released last month. He struggled to play to high expectations and was cut with one season left on a five-year $75 million contract he signed in free agency in 2016.In Buffalo, he is reunited with coach Sean McDermott, who served as Carolina’s defensive coordinator during Norman’s first four NFL seasons.In other NFL news:— New York Giants tight end Rhett Ellison has retired after eight seasons in the NFL. Ellison played at Southern California before being selected in the fourth-round of the 2012 draft by the Vikings. He spent five years in Minnesota before joining the Giants as a free agent in 2017. His 2019 season was cut short due to a concussion suffered against the Jets on Nov. 10. — The Las Vegas Raiders have released linebacker Tahir Whitehead after two seasons as a starter. The move saves the Raiders more than $6 million on the salary cap for 2020 as the team looks to overhaul a struggling defense. Whitehead was originally signed to a three-year, $19 million deal as a free agent in 2018 and started all 32 games with the Raiders the past two seasons. — The Cleveland Indians and All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor have stopped talking about a contract extension. Lindor told The Athletic that the sides suspended talks so he can focus on the upcoming season. Lindor will make $17.5 million this season and he’s under the team’s control through 2021.NFL-NEWSNorman reportedly agrees to deal with BillsBUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Two people with knowledge of the decision tell The Associated Press that veteran cornerback Josh Norman has agreed to sign a one-year contract with the Buffalo Bills.The people spoke to The AP on Monday on the condition of anonymity because the signing has not been announced. NFL Network first reported the deal. Jamal Murray scored 21 points, Paul Millsap had 20 and Jerami Grant added 19 as Murray led six Nuggets in double figures and Denver swept the two-game season series from the NBA-leading Bucks.Milwaukee was without reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) as well as its next five leading scorers. Kyle Korver led a valiant effort by the backups with 23 points.Elsewhere in the NBA:— Serge Ibaka and Pascal Siakam each scored 27 points, and the Toronto Raptors beat the Utah Jazz 101-92 for their fourth straight victory. Kyle Lowry added 21 points and seven assists as Toronto used a 52-33 advantage on the glass to improve to 21-4 since Jan. 15. Ibaka grabbed 13 rebounds, and Siakam finished with 11 boards and eight assists.— De’Andre Hunter broke a tie by sinking three free throws with 13.3 seconds remaining in the second overtime and the Hawks beat the Charlotte Hornets 143-138. Trae Young led Atlanta with 31 points and 16 assists for Atlanta and Hunter finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds. — The Atlanta Falcons have bolstered a position of need by agreeing to a one-year contract extension with defensive end Steven Means. The 29-year-old Means started four games in 2018 and had 14 tackles and one sack. He missed the 2019 season after suffering an Achilles tendon injury during organized team activities.— The Detroit Lions have announced their coaching staff for the 2020 season, including five new hires. Tyrone McKenzie is taking over as linebackers coach, Tony Carter has been hired as a defensive assistant, Morris Henry and Tom Kanavy are new assistant strength and conditioning coaches, and Ty Warren joins the team as part of the William Clay Ford minority coaching assistantship program.— The NFL players’ union has extended the deadline for its members to vote on a new labor agreement with the league to Saturday night. The 32 NFL owners approved the deal last month. The NFL Players Association executive board then rejected it 6-5, but the player reps voted 17-14 in favor. A simple majority of the union membership is required to accept or reject the contract that would run through the 2030 season.VIRUS OUTBREAK-LOCKER ROOMSNBA, MLB, NHL, MLS closing locker rooms amid virus scare MIAMI (AP) — The NBA, NHL, Major League Baseball and Major League Soccer are closing access to locker rooms and clubhouses to all non-essential personnel in response to the coronavirus crisis.The leagues made the announcement in a joint statement Monday night.The leagues said they made the decision “after consultation with infectious disease and public health experts.” They say the changes will be temporary and that media will still have access to players.SPORTS-VIRUS-OUTBREAKMore sporting events affected by spread of virus Update on the latest in sports: In other NHL news:The Detroit Red Wings have signed defenseman Alex Biega to a one-year contract extension. Biega was acquired by the Red Wings in an Oct. 6 trade with Vancouver. He has three points — all assists — in 48 games with Detroit this season.T25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULENo. 2 Gonzaga outlasts San Francisco in WCC semiUNDATED (AP) — No. 2 Gonzaga survived a scare to beat San Francisco 81-77 in the West Coast Conference tournament semifinals. Linus Ullmark stopped 33 shots through overtime and six of seven shootout attempts in his first game in six weeks. Jack Eichel snapped a career-worst seven-game point drought and rookie Victor Olofsson also scored for Buffalo.Alex Ovechkin had a goal and an assist, and Dmitry Orlov also scored as Washington erased a 2-0 deficit in the third period. Ovechkin’s goal was his 48th of the season, tying him with Boston’s David Pastrnak for the NHL lead. Despite the loss, the Capitals earned a point to move one ahead of idle Philadelphia atop the Metropolitan Division.In other NHL action:— Brett Connolly scored early in the third period and Chris Driedger stopped 26 shots, leading the Florida Panthers to a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues. Aleksi Surreal assisted on both Florida goals, the first two assists of his career. Driedger made his third consecutive start after being held out of the lineup for almost two months with a lower-body injury. Florida moved within one point of the idle Carolina Hurricanes for the final playoff spot in the East.