Governor Wolf Announces $5 Million in Traffic Safety Improvements

first_imgGovernor Wolf Announces $5 Million in Traffic Safety Improvements SHARE Email Facebook Twitter October 04, 2019center_img Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced today that 24 municipalities will receive over $5 million to support traffic signal upgrades, increasing safety and mobility across Pennsylvania’s communities through the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s (PennDOT’s) “Green Light-Go” program.“The safety improvements supported by the Green Light-Go program not only help municipalities relieve congestion and traffic flow, they help Pennsylvanians move safely and efficiently,” said Governor Wolf. “I’m proud to help our communities improve mobility for Pennsylvanians.”Green Light-Go grants are provided as reimbursement to municipalities for updates to improve the efficiency and operation of existing traffic signals. Grant funding through the Green Light-Go program may be utilized for a range of operational improvements including, but not limited t: light-emitting diode (LED) technology installation, traffic signal retiming, developing special event plans and monitoring traffic signals, as well as upgrading traffic signals to the latest technologies.Following is a list of approved projects:Allegheny CountyBethel Park – $44,000 for installation of pedestrian countdown signals, push buttons, and pavement markings at the intersection of Fort Couch Road and Oxford DriveCoraopolis Borough – $160,000 to modernize the traffic signal at State Avenue and Montour StreetSpringdale Borough – $430,000 to replace two traffic signals at the Pittsburgh Street/James Street and Pittsburgh Street/School Street intersectionsBerks CountyWyomissing Borough – $173,995 for LED replacement, pedestrian signal upgrades, and controller upgrades at 29 intersectionsCentre CountyFerguson Township – $80,000 for modernizing loop detectors with dilemma zone radar detection at two intersections along Blue Course Drive and Science Park RoadChester CountyEast Whiteland Township – $195,760 for use of automated traffic signal performance measures with upgraded detection at five intersections along PA 29 Morehall RoadSchuylkill Township – $64,455 for upgrading vehicle detection at two intersections along Valley Forge RoadColumbia CountyTown of Bloomsburg – $172,624 for retiming traffic signals at nine intersections, upgrading controllers, and providing connectivity to the regional Traffic Management CenterCumberland CountyEast Pennsboro Township – $160,000 for LED installation and controller replacement at 18 intersectionsSilver Spring Township – $219,436 for replacement of the traffic signal at Carlisle Pike and Commerce DriveDauphin CountySwatara Township – $210,406 for modernization of the traffic signal at SR 441 & Chambers Hill Road including additional left turn phasesLancaster CountyLancaster City – $691,760 for development of updated signal timing for the City’s 90 downtown traffic signals, including vehicle detection installation at eight key intersections for traffic signal performance measuresLititz Borough – $132,400 for upgrading outdated controllers at nine traffic signals and improving phasing and timing at the PA 501/PA 772 intersectionsWest Lampeter Township – $269,889 for upgrading vehicle detection at six intersections, signal retiming, signal head upgrades, and left turn phase evaluationLebanon County:Union Township – $187,572 for traffic signal retiming, vehicle detection upgrades, and controller replacement to provide monitoring and communications technology at three intersections along Fisher AvenueMercer CountyHempfield Township – $44,292 for upgrading pedestrian signals and developing optimized traffic signal timingsMontgomery CountyCheltenham Township – $537,138 for modernization of the traffic signals at the Washington Lane/Shoppers Lane and Greenwood Avenue/Longfellow Road/Rices Mill Road intersectionsLower Providence Township – $342,025 for use of automated traffic signal performance measures with fiber optic communication, controller upgrades, and detection upgrades at three intersections along Egypt RoadMontgomery Township – $400,206 for modernization of four traffic signals at Bethlehem Pike/Montgomery Mall entrances, Bethlehem Pike/North Wales Road, and Horsham Road/Pheasant Run.Upper Moreland Township – $160,000 for upgrading traffic signals at Davisville Road and Easton Road to improve safety at the at-grade SEPTA rail crossingSusquehanna CountyChoconut Township – $7,193.20 to upgrade vehicle detection at the intersection of SR 267 and Stanley LakeUnion CountyKelly Township – $263,094 for traffic signal retiming, controller upgrades, and communication at seven intersections along US Route 15York CountyFairview Township – $30,990 to upgrade three traffic signal controllersManchester Township – $269,889 for upgrading vehicle detection at three intersections, controller replacements, and signal head upgradesA list of recipients, project descriptions, and the amount of state investment is also available at www.penndot.gov on the “Traffic Signals, Management” page under “Travel In PA”.Follow PennDOT on Twitter at www.twitter.com/PennDOTNews or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PennsylvaniaDepartmentofTransportation.last_img read more

PFA boosts private equity investment as risk-return profile improves

first_imgPFA , Denmark’s largest pensions institution after ATP, has stepped up its investment in private equity in the first quarter, saying returns relative to risk are better in the sector than in the listed market.Reporting returns for the first three months of this year, the labour-market pensions provider said investment returns fell to 2.8% before pensions tax (PAL) for unit link products, down from 3.7% in the same period the year before.For with-profits pensions, however, investments produced a 4.0% return, up from 0.5% in the corresponding period in 2013.Jesper Langmack, director and head of equities at PFA Asset Management, told IPE: “We increased our private equity because we see better risk-reward compared to the listed market.” This year, PFA sold direct equity investments in health and roadside-assistance company Falck and commercial bank FIH at very good returns, he said. PFA invested in FIH in cooperation with ATP, and the two have also co-invested in DONG Energy. The DONG Energy deal, which also attracted funding from vehicles run by Goldman Sachs, was controversial at the time and led to a split in the coalition government. Langmack  was positive about the provider’s involvement in such deals alongside ATP. “As the leading investor together with ATP on the Danish market we get access to the best deal flow and normally exclusivity in the process, so we can de-risk the transaction in the process to minimise the tail risk.”“Furthermore, our clients are moving from defined benefit to mark-to-market products, so the capital consumption is much lower, allowing PFA to buy more risky assets than before,” he said.The investment deals with DONG, FIH and Welltec gave PFA a global footprint in the market, Langmack said, adding that this provided the institution with further access to good deals.At the same time as expanding its private equity investment, PFA has increased its holdings in Danish equities, Langmack said.“We are now the largest Danish shareholder on most Danish large caps,” he said.As examples of this, he said the pensions provider now had DKK4bn (€536m) in Novo and DKK2.5bn in Mærsk.“As well as this, we have increased our investments in high-dividend European equities to more than €1bn as part of our new strategy, producing high and stable returns of 6%,” Langmack said.This year Danish equities had outperformed global markets by 17%, he said.PFA also reported that contributions fell to DKK6.35bn in the first quarter from DKK6.67bn in the same period the year before.The reason contributions were down year-on-year was in part due to the regulator’s announcement in the Autumn of 2013 that there would be new rules on the transfer of pensions from with-profits products to unit link pensions, it said.This had kept the market for transfers on hold, it added.The draft law on how transfer sums should be assigned came into force on May 15, 2014, PFA said, adding that the company has since re-opened the option for customers to switch savings internally from with-profits products to its unit link pension product PFA Plus.Ongoing contributions, however, rose by nearly DKK200m in the first quarter compared to the first quarter 2013 to DKK4.48bn, PFA said this growth reflected the many new companies and organisations that had decided to switch to PFA as pension provider in 2013 and 2012.Total assets slipped to DKK408.1bn at the end of March 2014 from DKK417.5bn at the end of December.The solvency ratio increased to 254% at the end of the quarter from 240% at the end of 2013.last_img read more

ECB move provides ‘toxic cocktail’ for pension scheme funding

first_imgThe impact on pension scheme funding as a result of the European Central Bank’s (ECB) quantitative easing (QE) needs to be managed and considered, consultants say.Yesterday, Mario Draghi, ECB president, announced a €1.1trn programme to purchase euro-zone sovereign bonds in a bid to boost economic growth and stave off inflation.However, as additional capital flows into sovereign bond markets across the currency union, historically low yields will be squeezed even further – affecting the discount rate used in pension fund liability accounting.Research by Mercer in Ireland found deficits in defined benefit (DB) schemes for companies on the Irish Stock Exchange, and semi-state companies, increased by €10bn over 2014 as yields across Europe and the UK fell over the year. “Yesterday’s announcement will further increase liabilities and, in many cases, deficits,” the consultancy said.“The impact of QE, including falls in bond yields and the weakening of the euro, will cause further challenges for plan sponsors and trustees alike. Funding proposals, already facing pressure, may go off-track and need to be re-cast.”Aon Hewitt global head of asset allocation, Tapan Datta, said the cocktail of ECB capital moving into bond markets – lowering yields and forcing funds to look elsewhere – was almost toxic.“It could be worse if equity markets were weakened, but this has not happened,” he said. “It would have completed the damage that has been done to funding levels.”With funding levels, particularly in UK pension funds, now lower than they were five years previous, Datta said it gave credit to arguments for trustees to take liability risk management more seriously.However, he said, on the other side, many of the developments have been unexpected, and nobody predicted oil prices would fall 60% and 10-year UK Gilts to still yield less than 1.5%.“This is a rare market eventuality, which has caught a lot of people on the hop,” he added.Mercer UK partner Alan Baker said there was no real impact currently, but that this was because QE had already been priced in by markets.For UK pension funds, however, the outlook for funding was less rosy.“There will now be a downward pressure on UK Gilts with a shift from investors in euro-zone bonds,” he said.He said they would also be supported by a growing UK economy, which would also be boosted by economic growth for its euro-zone partners.“It is not entirely clear which one is going to win,” he said.“For European pension funds, the QE will not help them right now, as rates will be pushed down and stay down.“But in the long-run it demonstrates the bank will to do something and stimulate the European economy, which will be a good for them.“It is to some extent positive, but it is painful time now.”In the Netherlands, Mercer and Aon Hewitt both warned of significant negative funding effects for pension funds as a result of the expansionary monetary policy.last_img read more

Parry Bellot’s apology to DPSU

first_imgParry Bellot during his press conference on 15th January, 2012.Government’s productivity consultant Parry Bellot who suggested at a press conference on January 25th, 2012 that 80% of public officers were unproductive has issued an apology to that organization.In a letter dated March 8th, 2012, Bellot communicated to the Union that he thought it best to retract his statement “in the interest of moving forward.He underscores in his letter that the statement was made based on his personal assessment and not on any scientific analysis.The letter which is addressed to the president, general secretary and membership states as follows;“Gentlemen:As promised at our meeting today which included your Executive, I am pleased to put in writing the following:I hereby, after much thought and in the interest of moving forward, formally retract my statement (expressed as a personal opinion in reply to a question at my press conference on the 25th Jan, 2012) that in my rough estimation, the public service works at about 20% efficiency. I understand that this caused some hurt among your membership, especially as it was not based on any scientific analysis, merely my own opinion based on several years personal assessment.In retrospect, it probably would have been best, given the importance of the subject and the many persons impacted, NOT to have even suggested that personal opinion. For that I apologize.As indicated at our very friendly meeting (and in previous discussions) I look forward to us working together to improve productivity throughout our society, and specifically to help the PSU be able to fully justify in the not too distant future, substantial increases in pay because of equivalent increases in productivity that is then appreciated by Dominica and Dominicans generally.I thank you for your continued cooperation.Sincerely, P.R. Bellot”Dominica Vibes News Share 27 Views   one comment Share Tweetcenter_img LocalNews Parry Bellot’s apology to DPSU by: – March 15, 2012 Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Juventus to offer player-plus-cash deal for Paul Pogba

first_img But the midfielder has increasingly tested his manager’s patience since suffering an ankle injury which has seen him play just twice in three months. Pogba jetted off abroad during his recovery and posted videos dancing and playing basketball. This was despite him complaining of discomfort, which his camp now claim needs surgery to resolve. Juventus will offer Adrien Rabiot in a player-plus-cash deal for Paul Pogba. The Italian giants believe they can tempt Manchester United into selling — with Pogba’s relationship at Old Trafford breaking down. Read Also: Man United eye £50m-rated Everton star as replacement for Haaland Pogba will only have a year left on his contract this summer and United would risk losing him on a free in 2021. So striking a deal now might represent their best chance of getting a decent fee. And with Rabiot a ready-made replacement, it might be the ideal arrangement. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Juve were prepared to wait until the end of the season before trying to entice the French midfielder back to the club. But SunSport understands they now believe a deal worth around £85million can be done this month as United want rid of their wayward star. French World Cup winner Rabiot has struggled to settle in Turin since his move from Paris Saint-Germain last summer. And Juve reckon they can solve both problems for the clubs by throwing him in to sweeten a deal. United tried to sign midfielder Rabiot when he quit PSG on a free and Juve hope the 24-year-old would be seen as an easy replacement for Pogba in the Red Devils’ midfield. He is valued at around £25m, so the Serie A champions would still need to find around £60m cash to interest United. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been supportive of Pogba, despite the 26-year-old revealing last year he wanted to quit.center_img Loading… Promoted Content7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black HolesThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksJapanese Inventions That Make You Wish You Lived In Japan6 Most Unforgettable Bridges In The World6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneThe Network’s Greatest Shows On HBOBeautiful Mutations: 15 Staggering Photos Of HeterochromiaGeeky And Hilarious Shower Curtains For Adults7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black Holeslast_img read more

UPDATE: UTV ordinance tabled for additions

first_imgGreensburg, IN —Update:The Greensburg City Council once again voted to postpone the vote on allowing UTV’s and side by sides on City streets.  This month’s postponement was due to the city attorney, Chris Stephens not having enough time to update the corrections to the ordinance from the January meeting. We will continue to follow this story.   Original Story:The ordinance for allowing UTVs and side-by-sides on city streets will get pushed back one more month as it was tabled during the Greensburg City Council meeting on Monday.  Ordinance number 2019-40 was tabled as City Councilmen Jaime Cain and Kevin Fleetwood requested to make changes to discuss adding golf carts to be allowed on city streets at a later time.  The Council also discussed that they would like to increase the registration fee from the suggested $10 to at least $25 per calendar year.last_img read more

Taider set for Southampton exit

first_img The 22-year-old midfielder joined Saints on loan for the campaign on August 6, with a view to signing permanently from Inter Milan. The deal for Taider saw club-record signing Dani Osvaldo go the other way, although his spell at St Mary’s has been even more farcical than the Italy international’s. Saphir Taider is set to leave Southampton just three weeks after arriving on a season-long loan, Press Association Sport understands. Having been an unused substitute in all three of Saints’ matches, it is understood the midfielder is to head back to Italy having failed to settle in England. Taider did not fit into the group of players or manager Ronald Koeman’s work ethic, meaning he is packing his bags after just three weeks. The Algeria international is reportedly set to complete a move to Sassuolo, although his departure does not affect Osvaldo’s loan deal at Inter. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Dhoni takes daughter Ziva for a bike ride inside Ranchi farmhouse

first_imgRanchi: Veteran India wicketkeeper-batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni is spending some quality time with along with family at his lavish farmhouse in his hometown.Recently, his wife Sakshi put on a video on social media in which Dhoni can be seen giving a bike ride to his daughter Ziva. The video, which was broadcast live on Instagram by Sakshi, has gone viral.The video was also shared by Dhoni’s Indian Premier League (IPL) team Chennai Super Kings on Twitter and their post read: “Thala Suthifying, literally. #WhistlePodu VC: @SakshiSRawat.”In normal circumstances, Dhoni would have been currently leading three-time champions CSK in the 13th edition of the IPL. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the cash-rich league has been postponed indefinitely by the BCCI. IANSAlso Read: Vibe & inspiration that Dhoni brings puts him above Rohit Sharma: Danny MorrisonAlso Watch: War against COVID-19: Assam Health Department signs 22 MoUs with private hospitals in Silcharlast_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgA’s 3B Chapman needs hip surgery, to miss rest of seasonUNDATED (AP) — All-Star third baseman Matt Chapman is expected to miss the rest of the season for the Oakland Athletics. He was placed on the injured list Saturday because of a strained right hip. He is scheduled to have surgery Monday in Vail, Colorado. Chapman hasn’t played since leaving hurt in the fifth inning of Oakland’s game last Sunday against San Diego. He was a first-time All-Star last season, when he had a Gold Glove for the second year in a row. In 37 games overall this season, Chapman hit .232 with 10 home runs with 25 RBIs. In other baseball news:— Mark Newman, a key front office executive for the New York Yankees during their run of five World Series titles from 1996 through 2009, was found dead Saturday at his home in Tampa, Florida. He was 71. The team was not sure of the cause. A moment of silence was observed before Saturday’s game against the Baltimore Orioles. September 12, 2020 Hamlin seeks to regain mojo at Richmond in home track raceRICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Denny Hamlin, disgusted with his performance in the opening playoff race, gets another chance Saturday night on his home track, Richmond Raceway. Kevin Harvick won the first round. Hamlin once held a clear advantage over his rivals at home track Richmond Raceway. He’s won three races and has 17 top-10 finishes in 27 career starts at the Virginia track. He’s only finished lower than sixth once in the last nine races at Richmond yet believes he long ago lost the edge he held over his competitors on the 0.75-miles, D-shaped oval. Hamlin believes data sharing has allowed his rivals to catch him at his favorite track. NFL-NEWSMayfield now says he’ll stand for the anthemUNDATED (AP) — Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield has changed plans and will stand for the national anthem.Mayfield had said during the offseason he intended to kneel in protest of racial injustice, but Saturday announced on Twitter that he intends to stand for both the “The Star-Spangled Banner” and “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” which will be played before every NFL game this season.Mayfield said he’ll respect whatever decisions his teammates make as far as protesting during the anthems. Williams’ 3 TDs help No. 18 UNC pull away from Syracuse 31-6UNDATED (AP) —Javonte Williams ran for three fourth-quarter touchdowns and No. 18 North Carolina overcame a mistake-filled performance to beat Syracuse 31-6 on Saturday in the season opener for both teams. Michael Carter added 138 yards of total offense for the Tar Heels, who won in an empty home stadium after the school opted to open with no fans in attendance due to the coronavirus pandemic. Williams’ three touchdown runs in the fourth quarter helped UNC blow the game open after leading just 10-6 entering the fourth.Tommy DeVito threw for 112 yards but took seven sacks for the Orange, who had 202 total yards.In other Top 25 football: The Browns open the season Sunday in Baltimore.In other NFL news:— Receiver Cooper Kupp has agreed to a three-year contract extension through 2023 with the Los Angeles Rams a day before the Rams’ season opener against the Dallas Cowboys in brand-new SoFi Stadium. Kupp has been a steady, productive receiver since the Rams chose him in the third round of the 2017 draft. He was Los Angeles’ top pass-catcher last season, leading the team with 94 receptions for 1,161 yards and 10 touchdowns.The New York Jets have signed quarterback Mike White from the practice squad to serve as Sam Darnold’s backup in the season opener at Buffalo on Sunday. The team also promoted wide receiver Josh Malone and running back Josh Adams from the practice squad Saturday. All three players were among the Jets’ final roster cuts last week and then re-signed to the practice squad. As part of the NFL’s new collective bargaining agreement, game-day rosters were increased from 53 to 55 players. White will be Darnold’s backup because Joe Flacco was ruled out for the game as he recovers from neck surgery. — The New Orleans Saints say running back Alvin Kamara has agreed to a five-year extension. A person familiar with the contract says it is worth up to $75 million but that the final season includes a large non-guaranteed payment. The person says that effectively limits the team’s obligation to $50 million from 2021 to 2024. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because financial details have not been released. Kamara has surpassed 1,300 yards from scrimmage in each of his first three seasons. Update on the latest sports — The Minnesota Vikings have signed running back Dalvin Cook to a five-year, $63 million contract extension. The deal gives their dual-threat star some security the day before the season opener. Cook was picked for the Pro Bowl last year after becoming the eighth different Vikings player to reach 1,000 rushing yards. Since he was drafted in the second round in 2017, Cook has missed 21 of a possible 52 games to injury. In 2019, he came the closest to a full season. He sat out twice with shoulder trouble, still finishing seventh in the league with 1,654 yards from scrimmage.—The Tennessee Titans will be without starting cornerback Adoree’ Jackson and outside linebacker Vic Beasley Jr. on Monday night when they visit Denver for their season opener. The Titans announced Saturday they’ll be without five players due to injuries. Jackson is one of their starting cornerbacks and was added to the report Friday with an injured knee. Beasley is expected to back up Jadeveon Clowney Jr. and Harold Landry III. He just passed his physical a week ago and was limited when he practiced. Outside linebacker Derick Roberson also will be out along with rookie running back Darrynton Evans.— Tennessee Titans rookie Isaiah Wilson has been arrested and charged with drunken driving after authorities say he was spotted doing “donuts” in an intersection before crashing into a concrete wall. The offensive lineman was arrested Friday night and released Saturday morning. According to the arrest warrant, Wilson told the officer he was having issues with a back tire, but he struggled with the field sobriety tests. The No. 29 pick overall in April out of Georgia currently is on the reserve-COVID list for the second time. He started training camp on the list before being removed Aug. 3 and was placed on the list again on Sept. 6. MLB-SCHEDULELuke Voit lifts Yankees past Orioles 2-1 in 10 innings ITALIAN OPEN-SERENA WITHDRAWSSerena Williams withdraws from Rome with Achilles injuryROME (AP) — Four-time champion Serena Williams has withdrawn from the upcoming Italian Open, citing the Achilles issue that bothered her in a loss to Victoria Azarenka in the U.S. Open semifinals.Williams took a medical timeout for a tape job on her Achilles during her three-set loss on Thursday.Azarenka faces Naomi Osaka in Saturday’s final. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditUS OPENOsaka wins U.S. Open titleNEW YORK (AP) — Naomi Osaka has won her second U.S. Open championship and third Grand Slam title overall by coming back to beat Victoria Azarenka in three sets in the final at Flushing Meadows.center_img — The coronavirus pandemic continues to disrupt college sports. Virginia and Virginia Tech have postponed their Sept. 19 football opener because of COVID-19 issues at Virginia Tech. Virginia Tech also will not hold football practice for four days. The postponement is the second for the Hokies since the Atlantic Coast Conference released a revised schedule. Their original opening game, slated for Sept. 12 against North Carolina State, was pushed back two weeks after a COVID-19 outbreak at N.C. State.—Virginia, suddenly faced with not opening its season until Oct. 3 at No. 1 Clemson, announced it has moved its home game against Duke to Sept. 26. The game was originally scheduled for Nov. 14. —Coach Gus Malzahn says No. 11 Auburn had five starters out of practice this week because of COVID-19-related issues. Malzahn said Saturday the Tigers had two new positive tests this week and 10 total players are sidelined from practice because of the virus or close contact. Auburn opens the season Sept. 26 against Kentucky and is set to begin specific game preparation on Sunday.—Notre Dame and coach Brian Kelly have agreed to terms on a contract extension that runs through the 2024 season. The deal was announced between the first and second quarters of the Fighting Irish’s home game against Duke. Kelly is entering his 11th season as Notre Dame coach. The Irish are 92-37 under Kelly, including 33-6 record with a playoff appearance in the last three seasons. Kelly is approaching Lou Holtz’s Notre Dame record for most games coached in program history.COLLEGE FOOTBALL-WEST VIRGINIA-SUSPENSIONS Associated Press West Virginia suspends 11 for opener; bans not tied to virusMORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia suspended 11 players for its season opener Saturday for an undisclosed violation of team rules. Coach Neal Brown announced the suspensions Saturday before the Mountaineers played at home against Eastern Kentucky. The school would not specify what the players did, except to say this is not related to the coronavirus.Among them were slot wide receivers T.J. Simmons and Isaiah Esdale, tight ends T.J. Banks and Mike O’Laughlin, and two starting offensive linemen, center Chase Behrndt and left tackle Junior Uzebu.Also suspended were backup offensive linemen Zach Davis and Tairiq Stewart, backup wide receiver Zack Dobson and long snapper JP Hadley. Freshman cornerback Vincent Okloli was the lone suspended player on defense. Osaka’s 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 victory on Saturday in New York adds to her trophies from the 2018 U.S. Open and 2019 Australian Open.The 22-year-old was born in Japan and now is based in the United States.The final was played at a nearly empty and mostly silent Arthur Ashe Stadium, a facility with more than 23,000 seats. Fans were banned from the U.S. Open this year because of the coronavirus pandemic, although some tournament workers did dot the stands Saturday.When Osaka walked onto the court she was wearing a mask with the name of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old Black boy who was killed by police in Cleveland in 2014.T25 FOOTBALL-SCHEDULE NEW YORK (AP) — Luke Voit hit a game-ending sacrifice fly leading off the 10th inning, and the New York Yankees beat Baltimore 2-1 Saturday to open a 4 1/2-game lead over the Orioles for the American League’s eighth and final playoff berth.With DJ LeMahieu starting the inning as the automatic runner on second, Hunter Harvey (0-2) bounced a wild pitch that advanced LeMahieu. Baltimore brought the field in.Voit, hitting in shadows, worked the count to 2-2, fouled off three pitches and hit a fly ball to center fielder Cedric Mullins for his 37th RBI. LeMahieu scored without a throw.A day after sweeping a doubleheader from the Orioles, New York (25-21) won its fourth straight game and closed in on Toronto (24-20) for second place in the AL East.MLB-NEWS — Louisiana-Lafayette got kick and punt returns for touchdowns to help secure one of its biggest wins in program history, 31-14 win over No. 23 Iowa State. On a day when both offenses seemed overmatched, the Ragin’ Cajuns were ignited by Chris Smith’s 95-yard kickoff return in the second quarter and Eric Garror’s 83-yard punt return in the third. Levi Lewis also threw a 78-yard scoring pass to Peter LeBlanc to give Louisiana-Lafayette a 17-14 lead late in the third quarter. Louisiana-Lafayette beat a Top 25 opponent for the first time, having gone 0-26 against ranked foes away from home. COLLEGE SPORTSBig Ten to meet Sunday on football seasonUNDATED (AP) — The Big Ten university presidents will meet Sunday to hear a presentation about playing a football season — maybe as soon as late October — though a vote to restart the postponed season is not guaranteed. A person with direct knowledge of the situation said the Big Ten’s Return to Competition Task Force met Saturday. The medical subcommittee made a presentation to a subgroup of presidents and chancellors. The person, speaking on condition of anonymity because the Big Ten was not planning to make any announcements about its efforts to return to play, said it was a “positive meeting” that led to the scheduling of a presentation to the full group of presidents and chancellors.In other college sports news: NHL-STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFSVegas tries to even series in Game 4EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The Dallas Stars and the Vegas Golden Knights meet in Game 4 of the Western Conference final Saturday. Dallas leads the series 2-1 after winning Game 3 in overtime on the strength of 38 saves from goalie Anton Khudobin.The Knights and Stars became the first teams in the modern era (since 1943-44) to exchange shutouts in the first two games of a conference semifinal of final series. Game 3 was scoreless until the closing seconds of the second period.NASCAR-RICHMOND The Italian Open, which was rescheduled from May due to the coronavirus pandemic, begins Monday.NBA PLAYOFFSLakers can eliminate Rockets in Game 5 LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Houston Rockets didn’t show up for Game 4 against the Los Angeles Lakers until it was too late. They can’t do that again Saturday in Game 5. For the second time in these playoffs, the Rockets’ season is on the line. The Lakers lead Houston 3-1 in their Western Conference semifinal series and could clinch their spot in the West finals with a win on Saturday night at Walt Disney World.last_img read more