Record Store Black Friday is back! Once again, the project has cultivated a huge list of exclusive releases for music lovers across the spectrum. Whether you like jams, classic rock, electronic music, hip-hop, pop, or anything in between, there will likely be an exclusive release that’s perfect for you and your musical tastes at your local vinyl shop on Friday, November 24th. The un-official vinyl “holiday”—now held two times a year due to its popularity—invites artists to curate unique or exclusive releases that are only sold in local independent record stores. The initiative has been met with wild success and huge dedication from vinyl lovers around the world and has coincided with a huge increase in vinyl record sales.Umphrey’s McGee to Debut 2 Songs On Vinyl Ahead Of New Album’s ReleaseRecord Store Black Friday’s list for this year features many amazing artists, with Ryan Adams, Gary Clark Jr., Gorillaz, Queen, Rush, The Notorious B.I.G. and more all releasing records on November 24th. The list is so big, we decided to cut it down to highlight some of our favorite picks. If you’re interested in perusing the entire list of releases, set for Record Store Black Friday, visit its website.Grateful Dead will release Grateful Dead Records Collection, which is a five-record set featuring re-printings of four classic albums: Wake Of The Flood; From The Mars Hotel; Blues For Allah; Steal Your Face (2 LPs).Paul McCartney will release two versions of a new song “Wonderful Christmastime,” on which he is backed by The Roots. There will be a red release featuring a B-side Norah Jones‘ take on “Peace,” and a green release featuring “Jesus Christ” by The Decembrists as the B-side.Iconic producer Danger Mouse has paired Outkast‘s Big Boi with his old friend Killer Mike and his hugely popular political hip-hop group Run The Jewels for Chase Me.Side Trips, Volume One will feature the jazz-fusion-influenced music of Grateful Dead shaman Jerry Garcia and keyboardist Howard Wales. As this is “Volume One”, it can be assumed that more editions will follow.Several classic albums will be re-released on vinyl specifically for Record Store Black Friday: Neil Young‘s Harvest Moon, Frank Zappa‘s Lumpy Gravy, Sublime‘s 40 Oz To Freedom, and Live At Luther College by Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds.Chuck Berry will release The London Chuck Berry Sessions.Umphrey’s McGee will release “The Silent Type”/”Looks”, both new, unreleased singles from their forthcoming new album it’s not us.Fans of J Dilla can expect not one, but two editions of J Dilla’s Delights.See below for a larger list of our picks from the larger Record Store Black Friday list of releases.RSD ExclusiveRyan Adams – PrisonerDan Auerbach/Sonny Smith/Robert Finley – Good Sound Comes Back Around Vol. 1Chuck Berry – The London Chuck Berry SessionsThe Byrds – You Movin’/BostonGary Clark Jr. – Come TogetherCold War Kids – Loz Feliz BlvdDanger Mouse feat. Run The Jewels & Big Boi – Chase MeDMC – Back From The Dead: The Legend LivesJerry Garcia & Howard Wales – Side Trips, Volume OneGorillaz – HumanzIsaac Hayes – The Spirit Of MemphisJanis Joplin – Greatest HitsPaul McCartney feat. The Roots (Red Vinyl) – “Wonderful Christmastime”/”Peace” (Norah Jones)Paul McCartney feat. The Roots (Green Vinyl) – “Wonderful Christmastime”/”Jesus Christ” (The Decembrists)Iggy Pop – New ValuesPreservation Hall Jazz Band – Run Stop & Drop!!Queen – We Are The Champions/We Will Rock YouNathaniel Rateliff & The Nightsweats – Baby It’s Cold OutsideSonny Rollins – Sonny Rollins on Impulse!Ravi Shankar – Portrait of GeniusSonny Clark Trio – My Conception: The 1960 Sessions with George Duvivier and Max RoachVarious Artists – High Times Presents: Smoke Signals Songs From The Mother PlantBernie Worrel – All The Woo In The WorldRecord Store Day First ReleaseThe Doors – Absolutely LiveFleet Foxes – The Electric Lady SessionGrateful Dead – Grateful Dead Records CollectionJ. Dilla – J Dilla’s Delights V. 1J. Dilla – J Dilla’s Delights V. 2Ziggy Marley – Love Is My ReligionDave Matthews & Tim Reynolds – Live At Luther CollegeThe Notorious B.I.G. – HypnotizeBernard Purdie – Cool DownOtis Redding – Live In Europe (50th Anniversary Edition)Rush – Closer To The HeartSnoop Dogg – Neva LeftSublime – 40 Oz To FreedomNeil Young – Harvest MoonFrank Zappa – Lumpy Gravy b/w Primordial RSD Limited Run / Regional Focus ReleaseThe Black Lips – This Sick BeatBlue Oyster Cult – Rarities Vol. 1 (1969 – 1976)Lou Reed & Kris Kristofferson – The Bottom Line Archive Series: In Their Own Words: With Vin ScelsaSun Ra – ExoticaUmphrey’s McGee – “The Silent Type”/”Looks”
Korean pop trailblazer PSY will speak at Harvard on Thursday. The event will be moderated by Carter Eckert, Yoon Se Young Professor of Korean History, with Alex Zahlten, assistant professor of East Asian languages and civilizations, as discussant.A live stream of the event will be available online at harvard.edu/live-stream.Best known for his 2012 smash hit “Gangnam Style,” the multiplatinum single that merged Korean flavor with global pop panache, PSY has mesmerized critics and fans worldwide with his enigmatic dance moves and unforgettable presence. The first music video in history to surpass 1 billion views on YouTube, the song went on to become both the “most-viewed” and “most-liked” on the site. His 2013 follow-up “Gentleman” has nearly 300 million views in three weeks and set a new YouTube record with 38 million views in a single day.For more information, visit the Korea Institute.
Harvard panelists say disorders are increasingly common, and it’s time to swap stigma for solutions in the nation’s workplaces Provost convenes task force to address students’ psychological well-being Related Diversity and dialogue in an age of division Though the first Diversity Dialogue for the year, held Monday in Lowell Lecture Hall, carried the provocative title “Mental Health and Ethnicity,” the discussion spoke to everyone who has ever felt alone in a struggle with depression or other mental health issues — or even just in coping with modern society.“You don’t have to be a person of color to be invalidated,” said Tracy Robinson-Wood, a professor in Northeastern’s Department of Counseling and Applied Educational Psychology.Kristin Lee, a clinical social worker and an associate teaching professor at Northeastern, cited some troubling trends that indicate a “global mental health crisis,” including high rates of suicide, depression, and anxiety, and she encouraged attendees to consider social context and “the social conditions that are bearing down on us.”Macroaggressions may be easy to see, she said, but for many people, microaggressions hurt, too. Defined by Harvard psychiatrists as “brief and commonplace daily verbal, behavioral, or environmental indignities, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative racial slights and insults toward people of color,” microaggressions contribute to an onslaught of injuries to the psyche that may seem unrelenting and can result in everything from depression, fatigue, and anger to physical ailments such as chronic infections, thyroid problems, and high blood pressure.“Often, environments or people who are microaggressing are so subtle,” said Robinson-Wood, “steeped within … the dominant values in our culture of capitalism [and] patriarchy.”Lee gave the example of the ink-blot Rorschach test — considered a pseudoscience by many but still being used today. In 1921, she said, the Swiss psychologist Hermann Rorschach got the “notion that he could use this as a tool for diagnosis. But who got to decide? If he sees a cat in that picture, who got to decide if you see a dog, you’re messed up?” It’s a classic example, she said, of the “dominant group setting the precedent.”,Both women suggested ways to protect people who may be experiencing the fallout of the “thousand little cuts” that assail us daily.First, said Lee, we need to reframe the discussion. “I’m a person with depression or I’m bipolar” are classic old-school framings, she said. “In fact we are all as human beings likely to vacillate in and out of episodes throughout our lifetime, and one way we can put it is this is not a mental health condition, but the human condition.” We also need to prioritize self-care. “Engage on a daily basis in self-compassion,” she said, “quieting that toxic inner critic, rethinking what you’ve been told about your so-called suffering or your so-called weaknesses.”Other strategies include asking for help and for what you need and want, giving help, exercising, and taking up a meditative practice such as singing, knitting, or simply playing. “Cultivate joy,” Lee said. Of course, that’s easier said than done, particularly in an age when so many people report feeling lonely or isolated. Lee pointed out that researchers have found loneliness is as lethal as smoking, and had a recommendation for assuaging it: “Community,” she said. “Community is where we heal, where we come to unlearn [some of the things we’re taught about ourselves], and relearn, and where safety is created.”Surrounding yourself with supportive people is also crucial, and can be especially difficult among minorities who feel they “have to be strong for their community [and] step up,” as moderator Renée Graham, a Boston Globe columnist and editor, put it. She recounted the time she mentioned to a friend that she was considering seeking therapy after her father’s death, and the friend’s response was, “Rosa Parks didn’t need therapy, why do you need it?”“I didn’t go,” said Graham, “and I should have. But the message was that you’re being weak, this is not what black people do, you don’t go out and put your business in the street. There’s a huge stigma, and not just in black communities. I’ve heard of it in Muslim and Latinx communities too.” “Engage on a daily basis in self-compassion, quieting that toxic inner critic, rethinking what you’ve been told about your so-called suffering or your so-called weaknesses.” — Kristin Lee, Northeastern A proactive response as student mental health issues increase at Harvard and nationwide Mental health as a diversity issue “I see it a lot with my Asian students as well,” said Lee, mentioning that the idea that “you’re going to become the thing you’re most afraid of” may be at play in such reactions. “It also could have raised that person’s vulnerability themselves,” she said. “If you need it, what does that mean for me?”Graham also mentioned the Drake song “Two Birds, One Stone,” in which the rapper criticizes fellow artist Kid Cudi for stating he was getting help with his depression. It ends with the line, “Is you crazy?”That kind of “internalized racism,” which people of color sometimes “swallow whole,” said Robinson-Wood, is in part due to a “system that doesn’t allow us to name that or to insist that this is a place where we can talk about that and we’re not going to judge you but will throw everything we can at your recovery. Sometimes communities don’t have enough tools in their tool kit to see how we don’t have to perpetuate these damning discourses.”Lee said conversations like the Diversity Dialogues are slowly helping to change that. “We are starting to understand now that intervention is a tool to help a person,” she said, “just like if you had a broken leg.” She applauded Graham for telling the story of her insensitive friend, because a “powerful woman” sharing such experiences helps to “create safety.”“It really happens on a grassroots level,” she said. Seminar addresses racism, politics, poverty, and privilege
Pink snow with an adorable name (watermelon snow!) is a somewhat common occurrence in Yosemite National Park and it’s happening now in parts of the park with elevations over 9,500 feet. The colorful snow is a natural phenomenon caused by Chlamydomonas nivalis algae that lives on the snow and thrives in freezing temperatures. Watermelon snow is a thing and it’s happening now in Yosemite National Park The voters polled also overwhelmingly stated that addressing deferred maintenance projects in the national parks was important to them personally. This was true regardless of gender, political affiliation or demographics. Even voters who had never visited a national park site deemed these projects vitally important. According to a Yosemite National Park Facebook post, Chlamydomonas nivalis algae is green but the snow appears pink or red because the algae contains a special pigment that shields its chlorophyll like a sunscreen to protect against too much heat and UV radiation. The pigment dyes the surrounding area a darker color, giving the effect of a pink or red snow field, allowing the snow to heat up faster and melt more quickly. In late July, a similar crime was committed when three tulip poplars at North Carolina’s Alexander River Park had large pieces of barked removed. The bark is often harvested for high-end furniture, design finishes and craft projects. Anyone witnessing vandalism of natural resources is encouraged to report the crime to park rangers or the Buncombe County Crime Stoppers. A recent poll commissioned by the Pew Charitable Trust shows that more than 4 out of 5 U.S. voters strongly support a proposal to dedicate oil and gas leasing fees on public lands to fund the backlog of repairs needed in national parks. Support for this proposal is higher than it was in a poll conducted last year (82% polled fully support the plan this year vs. 76% last year.) Blue Ridge Parkway tree killed by vandalism, such incidents are on the rise Poll shows most Americans want Congress to dedicate funding to national parks deferred maintenance The Asheville Citizen Times reports that a tulip poplar living along the Blue Ridge Parkway at the Rattlesnake Lodge Trailhead has been cut down after vandals lethally damaged the tree by ripping large sheets of bark off of its trunk. When large amounts of bark are removed from a tree the tree often dies from damage to the tissue underneath that carries nutrients from the leaves to the roots, the Citizen Times reports. Because this tree was vandalized on the Blue Ridge Parkway, the vandalism is considered a federal crime.
26SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Kerry Blom Kerry is part owner of Pinpoint Direct Marketing in Andover, MN, a credit union based digital printing company. She has over 20 years experience in the industry. Pinpoint Direct Marketing … Web: www.pdmkt.com Details Last month I received this email:As of today we have 617 people that responded to our email request letter. Outstanding! I thought we might get 200 or so. Thank you so much for helping make this happen.p.s. Most (about 95%) were sent back in the business reply envelope. Maybe 5% sent me emails.The credit union felt they weren’t capturing all the email addresses as they should from their membership.So, we created and mailed an opt-in Email letter to members.The purpose of the letter was to inform the member of important information that the credit union wanted to communicate via email to the member. But, the credit union didn’t have their email address and would they like to provide it.The letter had a tear off portion at the bottom and a postage paid envelope included. We mailed to 2775 households.Now I have to tell you the carrot at the end of the stick was to respond and be entered to win an Apple iPad Air 32GB.What I find most interesting, is that I frequently hear from other credit unions, is that they too, need to capture more email addresses and that it doesn’t happen at the “counter” like it should.This letter is nothing fancy, very simple, and was not a large expense and yet it accomplished what it set out to do.Long term, it opens another channel to communicate to that member, via computer or mobile device which nowadays you have to have in order to reach a member.So as you plan for 2016, don’t underestimate the power of direct mail!
2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Three California congressmen and a representative from Ohio are pressing the CFPB to exempt credit unions from rules.NAFCU on Tuesday announced Reps. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and Steve Stivers (R-Ohio) were gathering signatures for a letter urging CFPB Director Richard Cordray to use the bureau’s Dodd-Frank Act authority to exempt credit unions from certain rulemakings.The bipartisan letter noted that a Government Accountability Office report recently found that financial services have been limited or discontinued by many community-based financial institutions due to new regulations, particularly those governing remittance transfers. continue reading »
continue reading » 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The Senate on Thursday continued debating the Republican tax bill with members from both sides of the aisle offering various amendments – none impacting the credit union tax exemption. NAFCU remains engaged as these discussions continue; a vote on final passage could happen today.The bill, which leaves the credit union tax exemption intact, only needs to pass the Senate by a simple majority.Once the Senate passes its bill, the House (which passed its bill last month) and Senate will have to reconcile legislative differences and pass a single package through both chambers. The House is expected to vote on Monday to request a conference committee so the reconciliation process can begin with the Senate. Republicans hope to have a tax reform package passed and signed into law before the end of the year.
IPE has won the prestigious Institutional Investment Publication of the Year Award at this year’s Willis Towers Watson Media Awards, which celebrate excellence in business journalism.The winners of these coveted awards, which celebrate excellence in business journalism, were chosen by an expert panel of judges including senior industry figures and leading journalists, and announced during a virtual awards ceremony this week.Nicolas Aubert, head of Great Britain, Willis Towers Watson, said: “In today’s challenging times, the need for good journalism has never been greater, so we are pleased to recognise these individuals for their outstanding work. These awards, whether they’re held in person or virtually, allow us to celebrate exceptional talent, which was present in so many of the submissions we saw this year. Congratulations to all of our winners and highly commended journalists.”Liam Kennedy, IPE’s editor, said: “I would like to thank WTW and the panel of judges for this honour. I am extremely proud of our editorial team, who have gone to great lengths to report quality material under these current unprecedented times while adapting to a challenging working environment.”
UAE-based Mubadala Petroleum is preparing to start a three-well drilling campaign on the Manora field, located in the G1/48 concession in the northern Gulf of Thailand, in November. Manora platform; Image: Mubadala PetroleumThe Manora field is operated by Mubadala Petroleum with a 60% interest and Tap Oil is its partner with a 30% interest. The field started production in November 2014.Tap Oil said on Wednesday that the partners had approved the drilling of three firm exploration wells and an appraisal side-track contingent upon exploration success.The first well in the program, Inthanin -1 is expected to spud in the last week of November 2019 and will be followed by Yothaka East-1 and Krissana-1. A contingent side-track, into the Yothaka structure will be dependent upon the results of the Yothaka East-1 and Krissana-1 exploration wells.All wells are located in the Manora Production Licence, and within 5km of the Manora platform.The Prospective Resource assessment was undertaken by Discover Geoscience in their capacity as an independent technical expert using data and information provided by Tap.These “near field” prospects are located in close proximity to Manora’s discovered producing reservoirs. The development of these volumes would take advantage of existing infrastructure and operating capability.The Inthanin prospect could be developed by deviated wells drilled directly from the Manora platform. Development of the Yothaka East – Krissana cluster would require investment in a new wellhead platform tied back to the Manora platform where the oil would be processed and stored on the existing FSO.Each prospect has multiple stacked reservoir objectives with largely independent geological risks. This independence, when consolidated, drives the high geological success rates and is supported by the high quality 3D seismic data and proven petroleum system in close proximity to Manora.Tap’s Executive Chairman, Chris Newton, said: “The planned exploration drilling campaign is consistent with Tap’s strategy to focus its resources and capability on incremental investment opportunities in and around the Manora Oil Field. That strategy is driven by infrastructure, knowledge and fiscal leverage and enabled by the continued downward trend in drilling costs achieved by the Operator, Mubadala Petroleum.“The $1.72 million pretax dry hole budgeted cost for 3 exploration wells was considered reasonable in light of Tap’s cash position. However, success would be material given the combined P50 success case of 1.1 MMSTB for a program of 3 exploration wells, given Tap’s 1P Reserves at 31 December 2018. The contingent Yothaka appraisal well was designed to accelerate the development of exploration success and realize the synergies of existing Manora Oil Field production.”Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.
Major League Baseball owners ratified a 17-page agreement with the union on Friday in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, with players willing to extend the season as long as needed to cover as close to a full schedule as possible.This season was to start Thursday and Game 7 of the World Series was on track to be Oct. 28. With opening day postponed until mid-May at the earliest, the final pitch could come as Frosty the Snowman starts popping up. The sides have discussed a regular season extending into October and a postseason in November.The deal provides for $170 million in advances from salaries that total more than $4 billion and guarantees service time to players even if no games are played this year. That means Mookie Betts, George Springer, Marcus Stroman, Trevor Bauer and J.T. Realmuto (ree-al-MOO’-toh) remain on track for free agency next offseason.In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic:—Olympic officials have confirmed that the 6,200 or so athletes who had already punched their ticket for the Tokyo Olympics will keep their spots for the rescheduled games in 2021. It resolves one of the key questions for marathoners, open-water swimmers and hundreds of other athletes whose qualifying process came early in the 2020 sports calendar, before the coronavirus started shutting down sports across the globe. Still to be determined is how the rest of the spots at the rescheduled games will be allocated. Typically, the individual sports determine their qualifying procedures. March 28, 2020 — The NCAA Division I Council is scheduled to vote on Monday whether to provide another year of eligibility to spring sport athletes. That includes sports such as baseball, softball and lacrosse. Those players had their seasons wiped out by the coronavirus pandemic. Providing similar relief to winter sport athletes, such as basketball and hockey players and wrestlers, will also be considered although there does not appear to be support for that.— Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens says guard Marcus Smart is doing well and remains in good spirits following his positive test for coronavirus last week. Smart announced his diagnosis on March 19, seven days after Utah Jazz All-Stars Rudy Gobert (goh-BEHR’) and Donovan Mitchell tested positive for COVID-19. Boston played the Utah Jazz on March 6. Other Celtics players and staff were also tested as a precaution and those tests have all come back negative.— ESPN NBA broadcaster Doris Burke has tested positive for the coronavirus. Burke made the announcement Friday on an ESPN podcast. Burke says she started feeling extreme fatigue on March 11, the day the NBA was shut down once it was learned that Utah center Rudy Gobert had tested positive. Burke was assigned the Denver-Dallas game on that date and fought through her symptoms to work that night. She said she had a three-day period of such deep fatigue that she couldn’t remain out of bed for more than five minutes at a time. She was eventually tested and received the results on Wednesday. — Santa Anita has stopped live racing because of the coronavirus after receiving instructions from the Los Angeles County Health Department. The track in Arcadia, California, was preparing to run eight races when the cancellation was announced. It’s not immediately known when racing will be allowed to resume. The Santa Anita Derby won’t be run on April 4 as scheduled. It’s the major West Coast prep for the Kentucky Derby, which itself has been pushed back from May 2 to Sept. 5.— Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson has joined the field for IndyCar’s inaugural online race as he contemplates driving in that series following his retirement from full-time stock car racing. IndyCar has followed NASCAR, IMSA and Formula One in setting up a virtual racing series to give fans content during the coronavirus pandemic that brought sports to a halt. IndyCar’s first race is Saturday and Johnson is the 26th driver to enter. ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Georgia junior forward Rayshaun Hammonds says he is entering the NBA draft while protecting his college eligibility.The 6-foot-9, 235-pound Hammonds averaged 12.9 points while leading the Bulldogs with 7.4 rebounds per game. He was second on the team in scoring, behind freshman Anthony Edwards, who also has entered the draft.While Edwards could be the top pick in the draft, Hammonds’ draft outlook is far less certain. When announcing his plans on his Twitter account on Friday, Hammonds said he is protecting his option to return for his senior season.In other men’s basketball news:— Kentucky reserve guard Johnny Juzang will enter the NCAA transfer portal after one season with the Wildcats. The 6-foot-6 freshman from Los Angeles can transfer to another school without restrictions per NCAA rules. Juzang played well down the stretch for Kentucky, scoring in double figures twice the final nine games. He made 10 of his final 20 3-point shots to finish the season shooting 33% from beyond the arc. NHL-NEWSDucks sign ZegrasUNDTED (AP) — Trevor Zegras has signed a three-year contract with the Anaheim Ducks. Zegras was the ninth overall pick in last year’s NHL draft. The center had 11 goals and 25 assists in 33 games as a freshman at Boston University. He was tied for second among NCAA freshmen in assists and tied for third in points and points per game. Zegras was on the United States team at this year’s World Junior Championship. He was only the second player since 2004 to have nine primary assists in a single tournament.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-GEORGIA-HAMMONDS-NBAGeorgia’s Hammonds entering NBA draft, protects eligibility — The Detroit Lions have agreed to a contract with linebacker Reggie Ragland, according to a person with knowledge of the deal. Ragland started 32 games over the past three seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs. He played 14 games last season for the Super Bowl champions, making seven starts. He had two sacks.— The Minnesota Vikings re-signed two more of their own free agents, with new contracts for running back Ameer Abdullah and center Brett Jones. Abdullah had 203 yards from scrimmage with one receiving touchdown in a reserve role. Jones joined the Vikings in a trade with the New York Giants in 2018.— The Las Vegas Raiders have announced the additions of free agent linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski, safety Jeff Heath and defensive end Carl Nassib. All three players agreed to deals last week but those weren’t announced until after they all passed physicals. The Raiders also announced that long snapper Trent Sieg has signed his exclusive rights tender.— Terry Tausch, an All-American offensive lineman at Texas and eight-year NFL veteran who played for the Minnesota Vikings and San Francisco 49ers, has died. He was 61. The Longhorns announced that Tausch died Wednesday night at his home in Plano, Texas. His older brother, Gary Tausch, told San Antonio TV station KENS that the death was “sudden.” Tausch was a second-round draft pick by the Vikings in 1982, playing seven seasons for them. He was their starting right guard for five years, until joining the 49ers in 1989 in what was his final NFL season. It ended with a Super Bowl ring.—Stefen Wisniewski’s (wihz-NOO’-skeez) nomadic football journey has come full circle. The veteran NFL offensive lineman is now a Pittsburgh Steeler after agreeing to a two-year deal with the club. Wisniewski grew up in Pittsburgh and played on Heinz Field as a high schooler. Wisniewski helped the Kansas City Chiefs win the Super Bowl in February. Though the Chiefs expressed interest in bringing him back, Wisniewski says the chance to play for the Steelers was too good to pass up. UNDATED (AP) — The Baltimore Ravens won’t have Michael Brockers on their retooled defensive line after all, and now he’s headed back to Los Angeles. Baltimore reached agreement on a three-year contract with the Rams free agent last week but the deal was never sealed in part because Brockers could not take a physical at the team’s training facility due to restrictions by the NFL regarding the coronavirus.The Ravens had concerns over a lingering ankle sprain after Brockers had a physical administered by two independent doctors. Baltimore and Brockers ultimately failed to reach an agreement on an amended contract.In other NFL news:— The Dallas Cowboys say they have agreed to deals with kicker Greg Zuerlein and defensive tackle Dontari Poe. The Zuerlein agreement gives Dallas competition at kicker because they’ve also re-signed Kai Forbath. He was last year’s replacement for a shaky Brett Maher. Zuerlein was similar to Maher in being strong from 50-plus yards but struggling on shorter kicks. Zuerlein’s accuracy has tailed off since making a career-best 38 field goals on 40 tries in 2017. A deal with the nearly 350-pound Poe is another sign of the Cowboys seeking bigger defensive tackles under new coach Mike McCarthy.— Former Chargers running back Melvin Gordon says one of the biggest takeaways from his futile holdout in Los Angeles last year was realizing he still has so many detractors. This despite scoring 49 touchdowns at the University of Wisconsin and another 47 in the NFL. Gordon says he’s driven to prove he’s still an elite running back after scoring nine touchdowns in a dozen games once he ended his holdout last season. Gordon will now be teaming up with fellow Pro Bowl running back Phillip Lindsay in a dynamic Denver Broncos backfield. — Commissioner Roger Goodell has told NFL teams that the draft will go on as originally scheduled next month. In a memo obtained by The Associated Press, Goodell said the draft will still take place April 23-25, but will be scaled down and “televised in a way that reflects current conditions.” It was originally planned as a big outdoor production in Las Vegas, but those plans were scrapped because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Teams were told to plan “to conduct draft operations in a location outside of your facility, with a limited number of people present, and with sufficient technology resources to allow you to communicate internally, with other clubs, and with draft headquarters.”— The Evian Masters women’s golf tournament has been moved to August because of the coronavirus outbreak. The event originally scheduled for July 23-26 will now be held on Aug. 6-9 at the Evian Resort Golf Club. Evian is one of the five majors on the women’s circuit. The decision was made by the LPGA Tour, the Ladies European Tour and Evian organizers.— The Big Ten has extended the suspension of all organized team activities through May 4.— Top-ranked tennis player Novak Djokovic (NOH’-vak JOH’-kuh-vich), his wife and their foundation are donating about $1.1 million, to help buy ventilators and other medical equipment for hospitals in Serbia. Djokovic says his foundation’s staff “will be monitoring everything” to get the equipment in place.— Athletic trainers across the country are changing their routines and joining the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. The National Athletic Trainers Association put together an app aimed at helping trainers assist understaffed hospitals. The app was intended to give health care providers a database to look for help nationwide. More than 950 athletic trainers have signed up over the last week. OBIT-HUNTERLes Hunter has diedCHICAGO (AP) — Les Hunter, a star on Loyola Chicago’s barrier-breaking 1963 NCAA championship team, died Friday. He was 77. Hunter helped Loyola — with four black starters — break down racial barriers and capture what remains the only NCAA Division I championship for an Illinois school by beating Cincinnati. The 6-foot-7 center from Nashville averaged 17 points and 11.4 rebounds as a junior that season and followed that up by turning in 21.4 and 15.3 as a senior. In an era when freshman did not play with the upperclassmen, Hunter had 1,472 points in three seasons and 1,017 rebounds — second on the school’s career list. He and LaRue Martin are the only Loyola players with 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Update on the latest sports Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSBaseball till Christmas?UNDATED (AP) — The final pitch of the 2020 baseball season could be thrown closer to Christmas than Halloween. Associated Press — Ottawa Senators radio color commentator Gord Wilson has tested positive for the coronavirus. Wilson’s wife, CTV Ottawa anchor Patricia Boal, confirmed the news Friday night during a newscast. The 59-year-old Wilson is recovering at home and both he and Boal, who has not tested positive for the coronavirus, have been in self-isolation since March 18. Boal said the diagnosis was confirmed Friday, about 11 days after Wilson was first tested.— The St. Louis Blues confirmed Friday that Fox Sports play-by-play announcer John Kelly has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. The team said in a post on Twitter that Kelly has been in self-quarantine at home since March 13.— USA Curling says additional participants at a tournament this month in Laurel, Maryland, have tested positive for the coronavirus. The United States Curling Association Club National Championships were held March 7-14 at Potomac Curling Club. Fox 5 DC reported that at least 20 people who participated in the event are sick.NFL-NEWSRavens lose DT Brockers, who returns to Rams for 3-year deal