Key Immune-System Process For Cancer Treatments Discovered

first_imgBy Dialogo August 12, 2009 I visit this site and acquainted with this.This site publish most useful and valuable article. I read this post and find lot of things . I am really happy for reading and knowing this post. SEO Services Argentine scientists have discovered the mechanism that blocks the human immune system, a “key” to developing treatments for cancer, diabetes, and multiple sclerosis, official sources announced. The group of researchers, led by Gabriel Rabinovich, discovered “the molecular gears” that cause the immune system to deactivate itself and allow, for example, the expansion of tumorous cells, according to a statement issued by the National Council of Scientific and Technical Research (Conicet). The discovery is key to developing treatments for tumors or diseases like multiple sclerosis, arthritis, or diabetes, among others, which occur when the immune system activates itself without reason to do so and attacks the patient’s own tissues, the researchers explained. “This circuit that can turn off the defense system is known as ‘immunological tolerance.’ Building up tolerance is crucially important to avoiding the development of autoimmune diseases and promoting the acceptance of transplants,” Conicet noted. Dr. Rabinovich and his team discovered that in the presence of a protein (galectin-1), so-called dendritic cells become capable of turning off and shutting down the defense system. These cells acquire the name of “tolerance-inducing dendritic cells,” due to their ability to induce immunological tolerance during this process, in which two other proteins, interleukin-27 and interleukin-10, also play a role. The production of this last protein (interleukin-10) may finally suppress the defense system’s response both in autoimmune diseases and in infections and tumors. “In light of these results, it should be possible to look forward to new therapeutic horizons for various immune pathologies,” emphasized Rabinovich, a member of the faculty at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina’s largest university. “Having identified a complete system of immune-response resolution allows us better understanding of the immune system and the possibility of manipulating it for our benefit,” added Juan Martín Ilarregui, another of the researchers. The study, published today by the British scientific journal Nature Immunology, began in 2003 with experiments using human and mouse cells. Specialists Diego Croci, Germán Bianco, Marta Toscano, Mariana Salatino, Jorge Geffner, Mónica Vermeulen, and Juan Stupirski also took part in the research.last_img read more

Indonesia details reasons for withholding H5N1 viruses

first_imgJul 15, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – In a recent medical journal article, Indonesian officials detailed the rationale for their refusal to share H5N1 influenza virus samples with the World Health Organization (WHO), asserting that it was in part a response to violations of the WHO’s own guidelines by scientists and laboratories.A key part of the Indonesian argument is that the WHO issued a statement in March 2005 that its reference labs should not distribute biological specimens to other organizations without permission from the country that supplied them. The report also maintains that withholding the viruses is not a violation of the International Health Regulations (IHR).The report, authored by four Indonesian scientists and officials, including Health Minister Siti Fadilah Supari, was published in the June issue of Annals Academy of Medicine Singapore.The article gives the Indonesian version of the sequence of events leading to the government’s decision in January 2007 to stop sending H5N1 viruses to the WHO’s reference labs. The essential reason was, and remains, the concern that samples provided freely by developing countries are used by companies in wealthy countries to develop vaccines and other products that the developing countries can’t afford. Indonesia wants a guarantee that it will share in the benefits derived from the isolates it provides.”If the world continues to operate in this way, the discrepancies will become wider and wider,” the article says. “The poor will become poorer and the richer become richer. It is the responsibility of all nations to change this situation.”Because scientists need H5N1 isolates to track the virus’s evolution, develop vaccines and diagnostics, and monitor drug resistance, Indonesia’s action generated international concern. The move disrupted a 50-year-old tradition of free sharing of influenza viruses through the WHO.WHO officials declined to comment specifically on the Indonesian report, noting that a series of international meetings to resolve the virus-sharing issue is continuing.”In the meantime, individual countries like Indonesia are free to try and influence other countries,” WHO spokeswoman Sari Setiogi told CIDRAP News by e-mail. “As secretariat, the WHO is more of a referee in this process but is fully supportive of an approach that is feasible, transparent and equitable and that will continue to provide protection and security for all countries.”The Indonesian report also includes a profile of the human H5N1 cases in Indonesia through the end of 2007, noting, among other things, that about a quarter of the 116 cases occurred in 10 clusters of blood relatives.What led to a ‘drastic decision’Indonesia’s first human H5N1 cases were identified in July 2005. From then until the end of 2006, the government sent all clinical specimens to two labs in the WHO’s influenza surveillance network (the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] and Hong Kong University) for confirmation and risk assessment, the report says. In January 2007 the government made the “drastic decision” to withhold the specimens.Incidents that offended Indonesia began in April 2006, the report says. Scientists at international meetings started reporting results of analyses of H5N1 viruses from Indonesia, without first getting permission from, or even notifying, Indonesia. In other cases, foreign scientists who studied Indonesian viruses sent to the WHO offered to include Indonesian experts and officials as coauthors, but only “at a very late stage of the manuscript writing,” according to the journal article.These “unethical practices” contravened the WHO guidance issued in March 2005 concerning the timely sharing of viruses with pandemic potential, the article says.This guidance, according to the report, states, “The designated WHO Reference Laboratories will seek permission from the originating country/laboratory to coauthor and/or publish results obtained from the analyses of relevant viruses/samples.” It also says, “There will be no further distribution of viruses/specimens outside the network of WHO Reference Laboratories without permission from the originating country/laboratory.”The source listed for the guidance is an online document that was accessed in March 2007 but, as the footnote says, is no longer available online. (The url listed for the document elicits only the message “This page is not available in English.”)Another episode that played a role was the emergence in May 2006 of Indonesia’s largest H5N1 case cluster—one probable and seven confirmed cases, all in blood relatives, seven of them fatal. The cluster raised fears that a pandemic was beginning. One result was that Indonesia was criticized for releasing genetic data only to a small network of researchers linked to the WHO and the CDC, the Indonesian authors wrote.In response to this “unfair” criticism, Indonesia decided that all its H5N1 virus sequence data at the CDC and Hong Kong University should be deposited in GenBank, a public database. But at the same time, the government decided to let its own labs confirm human H5N1 cases and not send samples to WHO labs for case confirmation anymore. However, officials elected to continue sending samples to the CDC for risk assessment and generation of seed viruses for vaccine production, the report explains.Australian company’s plan was pivotalThen in late 2006 a journalist confirmed to Indonesian officials that an Australian company planned to develop an H5N1 vaccine from a virus that Indonesia had provided to the WHO network. This plan, the article says, “was not only in violation (again) of the WHO guidance for virus sharing (March 2005) but also . . . revealed the unfairness and inequities of the global system.”The Indonesian authors maintain that their policy is not a violation of the International Health Regulations (IHR) as revised in 2005. The regulations do not “literally or specifically” require countries to share biological samples related to potential public health emergencies, they argue. In their view, the IHR can be interpreted as requiring only the sharing of public health information, not biological materials.Their interpretation also holds that countries have “sovereign control” over their biological resources, in keeping with the Convention on Biological Diversity, an international treaty adopted in 1992. “Hence, countries have the right and authority to decide whether to share their specimens with the WHO system or not, depending on their own judgment,” the report says.The report also traces the series of meetings convened by the WHO to try to resolve the virus-sharing issue. At a major meeting in November 2007, participants failed to reach a solution. But according to the Indonesian authors, the meeting brought an acknowledgement of a “breakdown of trust” in the global flu surveillance system and thereby “laid the foundation for a fundamental and significant change to the existing system.”Sedyaningsih ER, Isfandari S, Soendoro T, et al. Towards mutual trust, transparency and equity in virus sharing mechanism: the avian influenza case of Indonesia. Ann Acad Med Singapore 2008 Jun;37(6) [Full text]See also: Nov 26, 2007, CIDRAP News story “Virus-sharing pact eludes WHO group, but work will continue”Jun 19, 2007, CIDRAP News story “Virus ownership claims could disrupt flu vaccine system”Feb 6, 2007, CIDRAP News story “System for global pandemic vaccine development challenged”last_img read more

Govt announces national holidays, collective leave days for 2021

first_imgSeptember and November next year will be the only months without any public holidays, according to a list on the Cabinet Secretariat’s official website, is a list of public holidays next year as stipulated in the ministerial joint decree:National Holidays:Jan. 1: New Year’s DayFeb. 12: Chinese New YearMarch 11: Ascension Day of Prophet MuhammadMarch 14: Nyepi (Day of Silence)April 2: Good FridayMay 1: International Labor DayMay 13: Ascension Day of Jesus ChristMay 13-14: Idul FitriMay 26: WaisakJune 1: Pancasila DayJune 31: Idul Adha (Day of Sacrifice)Aug. 10: Islamic New YearAug. 17: Independence DayOct. 19: Birthday of Prophet MuhammadDec. 25: Christmas DayMandatory collective leave days:May 12, 17-19: Collective holiday for Idul FitriDec. 27: Collective holiday for ChristmasThe Manpower Ministry is expected to issue a follow-up regulation stipulating mandatory collective leaves for private companies, while a regulation for civil servants would fall under a presidential decree. (mfp)Topics : The government has finalized the list of public holidays and collective leaves for 2021. The list is stipulated in a joint decree signed on Wednesday by the Religious Affairs Ministry, the Manpower Ministry and the Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform Ministry.“There will be 23 national holidays and collective leave days for 2021,” Coordinating Human Development and Culture Minister Muhadjir Effendy said in a statement on Thursday.He said the government determined the holidays following several considerations, including maximizing regional revenue from tourism and planning around traffic congestion.last_img read more

Paul Merson names the three Arsenal fixtures that will decide the top-four race

first_img Metro Sport ReporterSunday 7 Apr 2019 10:13 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link784Shares Sorry, this video isn’t available any more.Merson added to Sky Sports: ‘Arsenal have also got a bit tighter at the back and I think they will get a massive win here.‘They have hard games left with Everton, Leicester and Wolves away.‘They are games you would not be surprised if they lost but you also wouldn’t be surprised if they won quite comfortably.‘That’s Arsenal. If you are a fan that’s what you have to live with for the next six weeks, but they played some good football on Monday against Newcastle and we know they can do that.’More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesArsenal have been in superb form at home this season and Emery says the ‘challenge’ for his side is to replicate those performances on the road.‘For us it’s a big challenge. We want to achieve the same good performances as when we play at Emirates Stadium,’ he said.‘We have confidence now but we know it’s very difficult and I think it’s a long way until the last matches.‘Each match is worth three points, like Sunday against Everton, which is the most important. We know other clubs will take a lot of points.’MORE: Dwight Yorke explains how Manchester United can beat Barcelona Arsenal Premier League fixtures Everton (a) – April 7Napoli (h) – April 11Watford (a) – April 15Napoli (a) – April 18Crystal Palace (h) – April 21Wolves (a) – April 24Leicester City (a) – April 29Brighton (h) – May 4Burnley (a) – May 12 Former Arsenal and England forward Paul Merson (Picture: Getty)Paul Merson believes Arsenal’s away matches against Everton, Leicester City and Wolves will decide the Premier League top-four race.With just over a month of the 2018-19 campaign remaining, Arsenal find themselves fourth in the table, one point behind north London rivals Tottenham.Unai Emery’s side can move above Spurs on Sunday when they travel to Goodison Park to face Everton.And Merson believes Sunday’s fixture is one of three that will determine whether Arsenal qualify for the Champions League or slip outside of the top four.ADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘This is a massive match,’ Gunners hero Merson said when asked about Arsenal’s trip to Everton. ‘Arsenal have got five away games left from seven.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I think they can afford to lose one game, when you can do that you want to make sure it’s not the first one of the seven otherwise that puts you under real pressure.‘Everton rinsed West Ham last week and if it wasn’t for Lukasz Fabianski I don’t know what the score would have been.‘But I don’t forget how bad Everton were in the first half against Chelsea before and if they play anything like that I think Arsenal will blow them away as they are very good going forward.’ Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement Comment Paul Merson names the three Arsenal fixtures that will decide the top-four racelast_img read more

Brisbane’s hottest home right now has hit the market, sparking a buying frenzy

This home at 7 Ashfield St, East Brisbane, is attracting strong interest. Picture: NGU Real Estate.THERE’S a new kid on the block in Brisbane — and it’s sparked a buying frenzy.This Hamptons-style new-build hit the market at the weekend and saw almost 300 people through its doors during its first open home.The five-bedroom property at 7 Ashfield St, East Brisbane was Queensland’s most popular home listing this week and the second most viewed in Australia, according to figures from than 100 people inspected and 14 made offers on this home in just two daysBrisbane’s hottest home right now has hit the market, sparking a buying frenzyPub prince puts ultimate pool party home up for sale for under $11mThis home at 7 Ashfield St, East Brisbane, is attracting strong interest. Picture: NGU Real Estate.NGU Real Estate CEO Emil Juresic said 295 individuals inspected the home on Saturday, with about 50 groups through the property before the scheduled start time of 11am.“I think this was the biggest open home in the history of open homes,” Mr Juresic declared.He said the inspection was supposed to last an hour, but was extended to over two hours to accommodate the crowd of interested people.GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HEREThis home at 7 Ashfield St, East Brisbane, is attracting strong interest. Picture: NGU Real Estate.By the end of it, Mr Juresic had seven offers on the table.He said 90 per cent of the offers were from local families with children attending the nearby Anglican Church Grammar School or Churchie.But this was no ordinary open home.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home4 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor4 hours agoOne of the 6.5 bathrooms at 7 Ashfield St, East Brisbane. Picture: NGU Real Estate.Mr Juresic anticipated the interest the home would attract and offered wine tasting and a cinematic experience.The house itself is literally brand new — having only finished being built 10 days ago.Mr Juresic bought the 840 sqm site for $1.55 million in December 2016.The block of flats originally on the site at 7 Ashfield St, East Brisbane, before it was demolished.He demolished the block of flats on it and set about building his “masterpiece”.Mr Juresic admits he’s rather emotionally attached to the property, having overseen its creation from start to finish over the past six months.“It’s my baby!” he said.“This is like finding a lady you want to marry and spend the rest of your life with.“I’m attached to every corner of the house because I developed it.”One of the wine cellars in the home at 7 Ashfield St, East Brisbane. Picture: NGU Real Estate.The so-called “smart” home is entirely controlled by iPad or mobile phone, with more than $100,000 spent on the smart wiring technology.The house has not one, but two, wine cellars — a 1000-bottle temperature-controlled triple-glazed glass wine cellar and a second feature cellar at the entrance.It’s adorned with travertine stone tiles — weighing 30kg each.The media room at 7 Ashfield St, East Brisbane. Picture: NGU Real Estate.Each of the five bedrooms has a television and there are 6.5 bathrooms.The outdoor stone patio entertaining area has a built-in barbecue and there’s a covered gazebo and lap pool.A pool house, constructed to reflect the aesthetics of the main residence, includes a bathroom and sauna.Other features include a study, media room, triple lockup garage and imported black chandeliers.The house is being offered for sale with a price guide of offers over $4 million. read more

Quad City Speedway Deery show rescheduled for May 15

first_imgEAST MOLINE, Ill. (May 2) – The Deery Brothers Summer Series show at Quad City Speedway has been rescheduled for Sunday, May 15.Rained out on May 1, the IMCA Late Model tour event at East Moline pays $2,000 to win and a minimum of $300 to start.No change in the daily schedule has been made from the original race date: Pit gates open at 3 p.m. while the grandstand opens at 3:30 p.m. Hot laps are at 5 p.m. with racing to follow.Also on the card are Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods for all applicable points, along with street stocks.Box seating is $18. Other spectator admission is $15 for adults, $8 for kids ages 6-12 and free for five and under. Pit passes are $30.More information is available by call­ing 309 792-5030 or at the website.Other dates this month for the Deery Series are May 18 at Maquoketa, Iowa, Speedway and Memorial Day Monday, May 30 at Boone, Iowa, Speed­way.Barring any other rainouts, the midway point fund of $9,325 will be paid out following the July 6 show at Independence, Iowa, Motor Speedway.Deery Brothers Summer Series top 20 point standings – 1. Jeff Aikey, Cedar Falls, Iowa, 141; 2. Tyler Bruening, Decorah, Iowa, 139; 3. Ryan Dolan, Lisbon, Iowa, 132; 4. John Emerson, Waterloo, Iowa, 129; 5. Richie Gustin Jr., Gilman, Iowa, 124; 6. Scott Fitzpatrick, Wheatland, Iowa, 120; 7. Matt Ryan, Davenport, Iowa, 119; 8. Joe Zrostlik, Long Grove, Iowa, 112; 9. Darrel DeFrance, Marshalltown, Iowa, 106; 10. Andy Nezworski, Buffalo, Iowa, 105; 11. Joel Callahan, Dubuque, Iowa, and Jeremy Grady, Story City, Iowa, both 93; 13. Chad Holladay, Muscatine, Iowa, 90; 14. Jason Rauen, Farley, Iowa, 89; 15. Cayden Carter, Oskaloosa, Iowa, 81; 16. Denny Eckrich, Tiffin, Iowa, 77; 17. Curt Schroeder, Newton, Iowa, 76; 18. Gary Webb, Blue Grass, Iowa, 75; 19. Jon Merfeld, Dubuque, Iowa, 72; 20. Andy Eckrich, Oxford, Iowa, 66.last_img read more

Guti named new Almeria coach

first_imgRelatedPosts Ejuke: No regrets over Heerenveen move On-loan Liverpool keeper Karius ends Besiktas contract EPL: Wolves dare Mourinho’s Real Madrid legend, Guti, has been named new coach of Almeria.It marks Guti’s first senior coaching position, after he left his assistant’s role at Besiktas last season. He previously had led Real’s youth team to a league title.Guti succeeds Pedro Emmanuel, who left the Segunda Division outfit on Sunday.Tags: AlmeriaBesiktaslast_img

Amazon Warriors group makes timely donation to DCC summer camp organization

first_imgMANAGER of the Guyana Amazon Warriors, Omar Khan, on Friday last presented a cheque towards the Demerara Cricket Club (DCC) annual summer camp, which is currently in its second and final week.The donation was made on behalf of the Guyana Amazon Warriors team as well as its owner, Mr Bobby Ramroop of the Limacol and CPL Group.This is the second consecutive year that the team has supported the summer camp. It should be noted that two players from the Demerara Cricket Club (DCC) represented the local franchise in the 2016 HERO Caribbean Premier League (CPL). They were Christopher Barnwell and Paul Wintz.At the handing-over ceremony, Omar Khan encouraged the youths to make the best use of the summer camp and the opportunity it presents to them.President of DCC, Alfred Mentore, accepted the donation on behalf of the club and extended gratitude to Khan, the Amazon Warriors and Mr Ramroop for their continued support and commitment towards the annual summer camp.He stressed the timeliness of this contribution which will come in very handy in offsetting cost and contributing to the success of this youth camp.last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgPlay-in round team wins draft lottery, shot at LafreniereUNDATED (AP) — Presumptive top selection Alexis Lafreniere will have to wait a little bit longer to find out his NHL destination. Chaos reigned at the NHL draft lottery, with the No. 1 pick still up for grabs in a second lottery drawing. The eight teams that lose in the qualifying round of the playoffs have an equal chance of drafting first. The Kings got the second pick, the Senators the third thanks to 2018 trade with San Jose and the league-worst Red Wings dropped to fourth. Ottawa has the third and fifth picks and is the first team since 2000 with two selections in the top five.As part of the NHL’s 24-team playoff format if it resumes, 16 teams will play each other in best-of-five series to move on — and the losers of those matchups now have a major consolation prize looming: equal 12.5% odds of landing Lafreniere.SPEEDWAY OWNER-ROPE AD June 27, 2020 Two more players withdrew Friday because of the coronavirus, Denny McCarthy for a positive test, and Bud Cauley, who tested negative but decided to pull out after playing alongside McCarthy on Thursday. In all there have been seven COVID-19-related withdrawals from the tournament. In other developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic:— Cleveland Indians president Chris Antonetti said a “couple” of staff members have chosen not to take part in the resumption of training camp due to COVID-19 concerns. Speaking on a Zoom call Friday, Antonetti did not identify the staffers who have opted out or specify their roles in the organization. He added that he’s unaware of any players declining to participate because of health reasons. Antonetti said the club has spoken to “every high-risk individual” about the risks of returning. The Indians are scheduled to reopen camp on July 1 in Cleveland.— Morehouse College has canceled its football and cross-country seasons because of the coronavirus pandemic. President David A. Thomas said scholarships would be honored. The Historically Black College in Atlanta competes at the NCAA Division II in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. In a statement on the school’s website, Thomas wrote about the difficulty in safely travelling and hosting games and events while maintaining social distancing. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSJason Day asks to be testedUNDATED (AP) — Jason Day asked to be tested for COVID-19 just before the third round of the Travelers Championship in Connecticut. Officials decided to have him play as a single Saturday as a precautionary measure. Speedway loses partnerships after ‘Bubba rope’ postPINE HALL, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina racetrack has lost some partnerships after its owner advertised “Bubba Rope” for sale. The online ad was posted days after a noose was found in the garage stall of Bubba Wallace, the only Black driver in NASCAR’s top series.The racetrack owner’s post on Facebook Marketplace sparked a backlash on social media and condemnation from the North Carolina governor’s office. The Winston-Salem Journal reports that a concrete company and a driver series have ended their partnerships with the half-mile, dirt track 311 Speedway in Stokes County.F1-HAMILTON-ECCLESTONEHamilton saddened and hurt by Ecclestone’s racism comments — French soccer club Paris Saint-Germain says three players from its women’s teams have tested positive for the coronavirus. PSG said in a statement Saturday that one player from the main women’s team and two players from the under-19 side returned positive results. The women’s senior team is set to resume training on Monday. Earlier this week, PSG said three players from the men’s side and one member of staff were infected by the virus during the lockdown when they were not in contact with each other. PSG said they are no longer contagious and can train as normal.NASCAR-TRIPLEHEADERNASCAR set for Truck, Xfinity, Cup tripleheader SundayLONG POND, Pa. (AP) — NASCAR is set for a tripleheader of racing at Pocono Raceway from three national series on Sunday.Rain has washed out the Truck Series race on Saturday in what was already a packed schedule. Pocono is the site of a Cup Series twin bill, with one race on Saturday and one on Sunday. Carlos, US athletes take stand to end Olympic protest ruleDENVER (AP) — John Carlos wants to abolish the rule that bans protests at the Olympics. The renowned Olympic protester has written a letter with an influential group of American athletes, calling on the IOC to put in place a new policy done in collaboration with athletes from across the globe. Carlos and Tommie Smith raised their fists on the medals stand at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics to protest racial inequality in the United States. They were sent home for violating rules that ban such protests. Those rules remain in place today, though in the wake of global demonstrations against racial injustice, the IOC has recently expressed willingness to rethink them. Referring to the actions of Carlos and Smith, the letter says “It is time for the Olympic and Paralympic movement to honor their bravery rather than denounce their actions.”Carlos joined the leadership of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee’s athlete advisory council in sending the open letter to the International Olympic and Paralympic committees on Saturday. The letter said the AAC had discussed the issue with the IOC’s athlete commission. WOMEN’S SOCCER-ANTHEM PROTESTNWSL players kneel during the national anthemHERRIMAN, Utah (AP) — Players for the Portland Thorns and the North Carolina Courage knelt during the national anthem Saturday as the National Women’s Soccer League opened the Challenge Cup tournament in Utah. The players wore Black Lives Matter T-shirts in warmups before the game, which was nationally televised on CBS. In addition to the anthem, the players knelt for a moment of silence before kickoff. The teams issued a joint statement saying they wanted to protest racial injustice, police brutality and systemic racism. The NWSL is the first professional team sport in the United States to return amid the coronavirus outbreak. The monthlong Challenge Cup opened Saturday with a pair of games at Zions Bank Stadium in Herriman, Utah. center_img PARIS (AP) — Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton has criticized what he called “ignorant and uneducated” comments by former F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone.Hamilton, a six-time world champion and the only Black driver in F1, was dismayed by Ecclestone’s claim during an interview with broadcaster CNN on Friday that “in lots of cases, Black people are more racist” than white people.On Instagram, Hamilton called the comments “sad and disappointing” and said they “show us how far we as a society need to go before real equality can happen.”Ecclestone made his assertion when he was asked his opinion on Hamilton setting up a commission to increase diversity in motorsport.OLYMPIC PROTESTS-CARLOS LETTER Update on the latest sports Associated Press The Truck Series was scheduled for Saturday and the second-tier Xfinity Series was scheduled for Sunday. The rainout forced the Truck Series to run at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, followed by 225 miles of Xfinity racing and a 350-mile Cup race.NASCAR says it’s the first time three NASCAR National Series races will be raced on the same day at the same track. It will be the fifth time three NASCAR National Series races will be run on the same day but those were at different tracks. The Cup Series race scheduled for Saturday is still on with a green flag start time of 3:54 p.m. Eastern.Sunday’s Cup race comes with a twist. The field will be set by inverting the lead-lap finishers from race No. 1.NHL-DRAFT LOTTERY MLB-DODGERS-TOLES ARRESTEDDodgers’ Andrew Toles jailed in Florida on trespass chargeKEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Andrew Toles was in jail Saturday, charged with trespassing.The 28-year-old player was detained this week at the airport in Key West, Florida, by a Monroe County sheriff deputy. The Miami Herald reported he was found sleeping behind a Federal Express building at the airport and refused to move.Jail records show Toles appeared to be homeless when arrested Monday on the misdemeanor charge. His bond was set at $500 but he remained jailed and is scheduled for arraignment Thursday. Toles rose from the low minors to the majors in just months and became a postseason star for the Dodgers in 2016. He was the starting left fielder in the second half of 2016 and early in 2017. In May of that year, he tore a knee ligament and spent most of 2018 at Triple-A Oklahoma City. The team said Toles never reported to spring training camp in 2019 because of a personal matter. He did not play that year.Toles struggled with anxiety issues even before the Dodgers signed him to a minor league contract. He was Tampa Bay’s minor league player of the year in 2013 but was released in 2015. He was working the early-morning shift in the frozen-food section of a grocery store before the Dodgers recruited him.last_img read more