Officials in Tioga County react to Waverly being in the Yellow Zone

first_imgSuperintendent Eric Knolles says he is waiting on some bureaucratic paperwork in order to begin the mass testing and says he is ready, adding that if it doesn’t happen soon, then school will have to move to remote learning only. Tioga County officials also say they are in constant communication with other counties like Broome and Chemung. WAVERLY (WBNG) — The Governor’s office announced earlier this week that Waverly in Tioga County has entered into the Yellow Zone as a coronavirus focus zone due to a rise in cases. They say that it’s most important that the county get testing under control, but they reveal that access to testing is not as easy as it seems. center_img Officials in Tioga County say they were not to surprised by the announcement, adding that due to being next to neighboring counties like Chemung and Broome, it was inevitable. Other officials in Tioga County add that it’s important to increase testing. They also say that the community needs to listen and adapt to the new regulations, adding that because of Tioga’s proximity to Pennsylvania, it will be challenging.last_img read more

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USC looks to rebound against Cal Baptist

first_imgAfter an upset loss at the hands of conference rival Cal State Northridge last Friday, the men’s volleyball team looks to rebound in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play tonight against Cal Baptist. The Trojans (4-2, 3-2) were swept by Cal State Northridge in three sets by a score of 25-19, 25-21, 25-21.On the attack · Junior middle blocker Robert Feathers and his team will seek to rebound from their loss to CSUN against Cal Baptist tonight at the Galen Center. Feathers has recorded 26 kills so far this season. – Tucker McWhirter | Daily TrojanRedshirt senior opposite outside hitter Tanner Jansen led the team with seven kills during the matchup at Cal State Northridge (2-3, 2-3), but it wasn’t enough to stop the Matadors, who served for nine aces and had 12.5 blocks against the Trojans.“We really had some issues passing the ball,” head coach Bill Ferguson said. “We made 14 service errors, and we had nine reception errors, so in essence we gave them two points shy of a full set on first contacts of the rally. That was the key factor. We just couldn’t get anything going. Every time we started to get something going, we just shot ourselves in the foot with a service error or a defensive error.”USC came into the matchup ranked as the No. 4 team in the country while Cal State Northridge had not yet cracked the top 15. The Trojans dropped to No. 5 in this week’s American Volleyball Coaches Association poll with the Matadors jumping to No. 13. The Trojans will have to try to avoid another upset against unranked Cal Baptist.Ferguson said that the team needs to cut out the defensive errors to get back to its winning ways.“We’re just looking to get back on track passing the ball,” he said. “That’s been one of our strengths so far this year, and Cal Baptist serves really tough.”Ferguson said that Cal Baptist will primarily run its offense through the middle rather than on the outside. Though the Lancers  could make adjustments and hit from the outside if the Trojans choose to overload the middle, the team is most concerned with preparing  for Cal Baptist’s skilled middle blockers.“They have two middles that are excellent,” Ferguson said referring to 6-foot-11 Kristopher Johnson and 6-foot-8 Amir Lugo-Rodriguez. “They create some matchup issues. Their offense runs through the middle, then they set a fast ball to the outside, but they want to run the middle first.”Because the Lancers have much stronger middle blockers than outside hitters on offense, he said he will likely start defensive-oriented junior outside hitter Chris Lischke rather than the stronger offensive threat in junior middle blocker Robert Feathers along with usual starter freshman Andy Benesh. Ferguson said Feathers will probably come in as a substitute late in the game, however, if USC needs a spark on offense.“Robert seems to be better off the bench than Chris,” Ferguson said. “It’s not really a punishment, it’s just that [Feathers is] the guy that can change the energy really quick in a good way. His ability to change the energy is really important and I don’t know if that’s Chris’ nature as much, but that’s something Robert’s able to do.”With wins over Long Beach State, UC Irvine and UC San Diego but losses to Pepperdine as well as Cal State Northridge in conference play, the Trojans sit in the fifth spot in MPSF rankings. The Matadors are tied for sixth in the 13-team conference and Cal Baptist is tied for ninth. The Lancers beat UC San Diego in five sets this season but have been swept by Cal State Northridge, Long Beach State and UC Irvine.The matchup against Cal Baptist comes three days before another crucial conference home game for the Trojans against BYU. The Cougars, who come to town Saturday, sit atop the conference standings after winning all six of their MPSF matchups so far this season. BYU is ranked fourth in the country. Pepperdine sits at No. 3, and UCLA is tied for first with Loyola-Chicago. The Trojans defeated Loyola-Chicago before the start of conference play earlier this season. Ferguson said he would love for the team to bring some momentum into Saturday’s game against BYU with a win tonight.“That would be huge, it definitely would be,” he said. “If we’re able to bounce back and have a good game passing the ball, then we’ll be alright.”The Trojans begin play at 8 p.m. tonight at the Galen Center.last_img read more

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How will NBA’s new television deal affect Lakers’ free agency?

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The NBA’s projected salary cap will balloon to record numbers in the 2016-17 season because of the league’s new television deal with ABC/ESPN and Turner through 2025 worth $2.67 billion per year.That money will trickle down to the players with an increased salary cap ($67.1 million this season to $89 million next year). That will give free agents the chance to add amenities to their luxurious mansions, cars and yachts. But instead of valuing a maximum contract worth either four or five years, top free agents could pursue a one-year deal so their next contract coincides with the television deal’s start date.“It used to be, ‘Let’s try to get as much as we can for as many years as we can,’” Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said. “I’m not sure players will look at it that way during the offseason.”That money will also trickle down to team owners with a larger luxury tax threshold ($76.8 million this season to $108 million next year). That will give front offices more room to spend without writing more checks to the NBA for exceeding spending limits. But instead of going on a shopping spree, teams also seem mindful they might have to save those resources for when players anticipate a bigger payday next season. “We do have to balance how you use that money,” Kupchak said. “You have to change the way you think about evaluating players.” The phone calls between NBA executives and agents will soon become endless both late at night and early in the morning. Shortly after free agency begins on Tuesday at 9:01 p.m. PST, NBA teams will host elaborate sales pitches to marquee free agents. They could dine them at a five-star restaurant. They could present a well-produced video tribute praising their greatness. The owners, executives, coaches and players alike could argue on how that prized free agent will elevate the franchise into a championship contender. Those players will enjoy all those parties massaging their egos. They will talk among their agents and family on how to process the information overload. They will then decide on something that will drastically affect their NBA careers. Through it all, one variable may emerge that has nothing to do with a potential owner’s vision, a potential coach’s playbook or a potential teammate’s personality. It will partly involve a medium that once only influenced the game through tipoff times and commercial breaks. center_img Amid these two dynamics, Kupchak acknowledged, “I’m not sure how it’s going to play out.” Various executives and agents share that same sentiment. Weighing the riskOnce LeBron James announced last summer he would return to the Cleveland Cavaliers, the repercussions went beyond pushing Miami into a lottery team and Cavaliers into a championship contender. The narrative also went deeper than James returning to his hometown and receiving a warm ovation from the same fans who once burned his jerseys in disgust. James also declined to sign a max contract with Cleveland, opting for a two-year, $42.1 million with full awareness that his contract would expire once the new television deal would raise the salary cap. He also opted out of his contract Sunday to presumably take another one-year deal.Will other superstars follow suit?“For any of the top guys that don’t have durability issues, they would have a tremendous amount of flexibility to do a one-year deal,” an NBA agent said. “Some of those guys will be well suited not to go for four or five years. Instead, they would be better off to do a deal that gives them some options.”The Lakers will have enough money for one marquee free agent amid their $23 million in cap space assuming they decline a $9 million team option on Jordan Hill. But would Kupchak show a willingness to offer a one-year deal to that big-name player?“Sure,” Kupchak said.Yet, various league sources believe that logic will not apply to every marquee free agent. Portland’s LaMarcus Aldridge and Memphis’ Marc Gasol are both expected to pursue either a five-year deal worth $109 million with their respective teams, or a four-year deal worth $80 million with any of their many suitors. After all, Aldridge, 29, and Gasol, 30, are nearing Father Time, and any injury that happens next season could derail their chances at maximizing their fortunes. That concern appears less likely to apply to Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, his age (26) and lack of injury history giving him more reason to sign a one-year deal with any team. With Kevin Love opting out of his contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers, thoughts seemed mixed on whether he will seek a one-year deal or a max contract with either Cleveland or the Lakers. Those concerns have less to do with his season-ending left shoulder injury. Instead, they have more to do with Love’s uncertainty with his role with Cleveland and how quickly the Lakers will rebuild. Lastly, Chicago forward Jimmy Butler hopes to take his talents elsewhere and take advantage of the new television deal after his career year coincided with Tom Thibodeau’s firing and Derrick Rose’s chemistry issues. Although Butler wants to sign a one-year deal with the Lakers, according to a league source familiar with his thinking, the Bulls are expected to match any offer for the restricted free agent. “There is no definitive answer on what each marquee free agent should do,” another NBA agent said. “It depends on each player and their set of circumstances.” Dominoes fallThose circumstances should ripple throughout the rest of the league. Few believe any middle and lower-tier free agent will pass on any long-term deal. Those players have often considered long-term security their biggest priority in a league driven by superstars. But many predicted NBA teams will try to secure various players next season to extensions, mindful that a hefty pay raise will pale to what will come when the new television deal becomes official. In the 2017-18 season, the NBA will enjoy increases again to its salary cap ($108 million) and luxury tax threshold ($127 million). Kupchak called the Lakers’ current financial flexibility “a strategic advantage,” something that could become more pronounced amid these evolving circumstances. But despite having only $15 million allocated in guaranteed salary against the 2016-17 cap, a league source familiar with the Lakers’ thinking argued the new television could hurt the franchise long term. After all, every one of the 30 NBA teams can increase spending without depending on a lucrative cable deal to finance it. “Just give us the rules and give us the numbers and that’s all the general managers need,” Kupchak said. “We’ll do the best we can under the existing rules and numbers.”Other thoughts emerged from outside the Lakers. Some also believe the new television contract will benefit the Lakers considering it correlates with a promising rebuilding process. The Lakers have a flush of young talent (D’Angelo Russell, Julius Randle, Jordan Clarkson). Kobe Bryant’s $25 million contract also will expire after this season just when the new television deal will bring in more money. That led some to argue this dynamic will only hurt small-market teams despite their stronger ability to spend. “The small-market teams are always going to lose recruiting battles to big-market teams when it comes to free agents,” said a league source on an opposing team. “On top of that, you also have lost the ability to harbor money for assets.”AnticipationThis whole issue has prompted Kupchak and the rest of the Lakers’ front office to spend a significant chunk of time studying spreadsheets. That way, the Lakers can anticipate free-agent behavior well before it begins late Tuesday night. Yet, no amount of preparation made Kupchak sure what lies ahead, sparking him to echo a sentiment that many in the NBA share.Said Kupchak: “I’m curious to see how that plays out this summer.”Fact boxNBA’s new television deal: starts 2016-17 through 2025 worth $2.67 billion a yearSalary cap in 2015-16 ($67.1 million), in 2016-17 ($89 million), in 2017-18 ($108 million)Luxury tax threshold in 2015-16 ($76.8 million), in 2016-17 ($108 million), in 2017-18 ($127 million)last_img read more

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