The Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC) decided on 9 January not to give its final decision on a power contract between Maine Aqua Ventus and Central Maine Power Co. yet, saying that more public comment is required as the energy market has changed since the initial terms were approved in 2014, according to the state’s media. Image source: The University of MaineThe PUC explained that the Term Sheet it approved in 2014 could lead to the power contract being worth up to five times more than the market price today. Anthony Buxton, Project Counsel for Maine Aqua Ventus, said that the project developers will now work with the PUC and Central Maine Power Co. on a new proposal for the power contract.Before the Maine Public Utilities Commission’s hearing, Buxton stated: “Our floating hull technology is essential to the future of offshore wind, as sites in deep waters represent 70% of the U.S. offshore wind capacity. At commercial sale, the target electricity price is 7.7 cents/kWh. This demonstration project is vital to Maine’s economy and to doing our part to combat global climate disruption.”The 12MW Maine Aqua Ventus floating offshore wind pilot project, also known as New England Aqua Ventus I, is planned off of Monhegan Island.This pilot project is expected to demonstrate the VolturnUS system at full-scale as a viable and economical alternative for offshore wind developments in water depths greater than 50 meters.Offshore WIND Staff
David Moyes believes he was awarded a six-year contract to replace Sir Alex Ferguson as Manchester United manager because the club’s hierarchy realised what a big job it was. Nevertheless, having already spent more than £60million on Marouane Fellaini and new club-record signing Juan Mata, the Glazer family will have to splash out much more according to Keane. For the Irishman agrees with many who feel Ferguson’s managerial ability allowed United’s controversial owners to get away with investing far less on the first-team squad than was actually required. Keane told itv.com: “They’ve kind of cut corners in terms of transfers in the last few years, they’ve not gone out and got the big players, and it’s just caught up with them this year. “Manchester United need five or six players. “If it happens in the summer then instead of being fearful of it, embrace it – it’s exciting. “These can be exciting times for Man United. Get them back to the very top where they belong.” One man unlikely to be retained is Rio Ferdinand. The 35-year-old’s contract expires in the summer, and after making one appearance in two months there seems little likelihood of a further extension being offered. He remains a United player for now though, which means he will be leaving for Dubai after Wednesday evening’s encounter at the Emirates Stadium despite reports to the contrary. “What was written was a load of rubbish,” said Moyes. “Complete nonsense.” After a shaky start to Moyes’ tenure, United have staggered through the early weeks of 2014, suffering five defeats already, before failing to beat bottom club Fulham at Old Trafford on Sunday. It represents as poor a campaign as United have endured since the early years of Ferguson’s reign, and they face another stiff test at Arsenal on Wednesday evening. There has been general approval of former captain Roy Keane’s assessment that up to half a dozen experienced players are required to rebuild United to their former strength, and it appears getting the club back on track is going to take time. “I was given a six-year contract,” said Moyes. “Things were always going to take time. There has been rebuilding going on here year after year and we’ll continue to do that.” There has been plenty of backing from the club’s hierarchy, even though executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is likely to be quizzed about this season’s poor performances – and the impact failing to qualify for the Champions League would have on finances – when he speaks about United’s second-quarter results on Wednesday. This has not come as a shock to Moyes though. “The support has been fantastic,” he said. “The right clubs pick the right managers and the right managers pick the right club. “I always hoped Manchester United would come looking for me and they did in the end. The support doesn’t surprise me.” Press Association
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia Flyers forward Oskar Lindblom has completed radiation treatments for a rare form of bone cancer. He rang the bell at Abramson Cancer Center at Pennsylvania Hospital, which signifies that he has completed his radiation treatments. The 23-year-old was diagnosed in December with Ewing’s sarcoma, a cancerous tumor that grows in the bones or in the tissue around bones. Lindblom says he’s grateful the cancer was caught early and he’s happy to be alive.COLLEGE FOOTBALLTexas A&M, Jimbo Fisher handed recruiting penalties by NCAACOLLEGE STATION (AP) — The NCAA has put Texas A&M’s football program on probation and coach Jimbo Fisher has been given a six-month show-cause order.The Aggies were found to have violated recruiting and other rules beginning in January 2018. The NCAA says Fisher and an assistant coach had impermissible contact with a recruit. Detroit said the agreement will enhance fan engagement and game-day excitement. Johnny Aitken, CEO of PointsBet USA, says it is the first legal sports betting operator in U.S. history to partner with a Major League Baseball franchise.Aitken says PointsBet owns its technology environment from end to end, which allows it to be nimble on product innovation and personalized offerings. As part of the deal, PointsBet will have branding at Comerica Park and will be featured on the Detroit Tigers Radio Network.In other baseball news:– All 30 Major League Baseball teams will train at their regular-season ballparks for the pandemic-shortened season after the Toronto Blue Jays received a Canadian federal government exemption to work out at Rogers Centre. Toronto will move training camp from its spring training complex in Dunedin, Florida. This exemption does not cover the regular season and player travel between the U.S. and Canada. MLB required an exemption to a requirement that anyone entering Canada for nonessential reasons must self-isolate for 14 days. The U.S.-Canada border remains closed to nonessential travel until at least July 21.— The Boston Red Sox are getting ready to open their spring training reboot at Fenway Park. The team is scheduled to hold its first workouts Friday. Weights and exercise equipment were set up in the concourse Thursday to allow players to work out with more social distancing than the usual cramped facilities would allow. Masked grounds crew members worked to get the field ready. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker was at Fenway to sign an order allowing the Red Sox to open the ballpark without fans. — Townsend Bell is putting his own unique twist on “double duty” this weekend. The NBC Sports analyst will call the IndyCar race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Saturday before jetting off to Florida to compete in the IMSA sports car race at Daytona. When the IndyCar race ends, a police escort will take him and car owners Jimmy Vasser and James Sullivan to a chartered plane to make it back to Daytona for the 6:10 p.m. start. PGA-AWARD-NAME CHANGEPGA of America removes Horton Smith’s name from awardPALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — The PGA of America is removing Horton Smith’s name from one of its awards because of his history opposing Blacks. Smith is best known as the first winner of the Masters. The Hall of Famer was president of the PGA of America from 1952 to 1954. The PGA of America board decided to rename the Horton Smith Award after a review found that Smith defended the “Caucasian-only” clause while PGA president. The clause was rescinded in 1961. The honor will now be called the PGA Professional Development Award. It’s given to a member for outstanding contributions to professional education.SOCCER-EQUAL PAY Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB NEWSTigers announce partnership with sportsbook operatorDETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Tigers have become the first Major League Baseball team to reach a deal with a sports gambling company, announcing a multiyear partnership with PointsBet. Hamilton has spoken widely about racism in recent weeks following the killing of unarmed Black man George Floyd by a police officer in Minneapolis in May. Hamilton has attended a Black Lives Matter march in London and is setting up a commission to increase diversity in motorsport.Hamilton says “I’ve got a platform and I think it would be irresponsible of me not to utilize that.”RUSSIAN DOPINGWorld Athletics freezes Russia panels because of unpaid fineMONACO (AP) — World Athletics has frozen the program allowing Russian track athletes to compete internationally after the country’s federation failed to pay a fine on time. The Russian track federation owes a $5 million fine and another $1.31 million in costs for various doping-related work and legal wrangles. World Athletics says it will freeze the work of its Russia task force and its panel for vetting those who want to compete internationally. They will remain shut down until the World Athletics council meets at the end of July. Associated Press UNDATED (AP) — Watkins Glen International is open again for racing in upstate New York.Track president Michael Printup says most of the employees who were furloughed because of the pandemic have returned to work.Printup says it’s too early to speculate, but if all goes according to plan he estimates the track could host at least 20,000 fans for NASCAR weekend in mid-August. That will snap a string of five consecutive sellouts that has attracted more than 90,000 fans annually. It would still be a welcome boost for the local economy.In other racing news:– NASCAR and IndyCar have come together for an unprecedented weekend of racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.IndyCar will start the racing on Saturday afternoon, followed by the Xfinity Series making its debut on the road course. Then NASCAR’s elite Cup Series will race on the oval on Sunday. Fans aren’t allowed to attend what is considered a major milestone for American motorsports. In other NBA news:— The coronavirus numbers are rising in Florida and across the NBA. The league says a total of 35 players and staff from the 22 teams that will take part in the rebooted season have tested positive since such checks became mandated on June 23. And statewide, Florida reported more than 10,000 new cases in a single day for the first time. All that news comes less than a week before teams begin arriving at the Disney complex near Orlando.— Ja Morant has taken advantage of the NBA’s hiatus and added 12 pounds of muscle, and the NBA’s likely rookie of the year knows exactly what he wants when the Grizzlies go to Orlando. With Morant leading the way, the Grizzlies won four of their final six before the NBA stopped play March 12. Memphis goes into Orlando’s seeding games sitting in the eighth spot in the Western Conference with a 3 1/2-game lead trying to clinch the franchise’s first playoff berth since 2017. The extra pounds not only make Morant stronger, but the guard listed at 6-foot-3 and 174 pounds when play stopped expects he will be able to absorb contact better. NHL-FLYERS-LINDBLOMFlyers’ Lindblom completes treatment for rare bone cancer Update on the latest sports Fisher was banned from phone calls, emails and texts with prospects for nine days in January. The school was fined $5,000 and given other recruiting restrictions.SPORTS-VIRUS OUTBREAKBoise State cuts baseball, women’s swimmingUNDATED (AP) — Boise State is cutting its baseball and women’s swimming and diving programs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.The program cuts, along with additional department and program operating reductions, will reduce the overall athletic budget by nearly $3 million. — New York Mets hitting coach Chili Davis will keep on working remotely when the team opens summer training camp Friday. The New York Post was first to report that the 60-year-old Davis won’t be on site at Citi Field for the beginning of practices because of concerns about the coronavirus. First-year Mets manager Luis Rojas says it’s uncertain when Davis will join the club. The Post, citing anonymous sources in its report, said Davis does not have the virus. Rojas said all other coaches and players have reported for intake screening. Assistant hitting coach Tom Slater will substitute on site for Davis, who lives in Arizona during the offseason. Minor league hitting coordinator Ryan Ellis will assist Slater.— Chicago Cubs left-hander José Quintana had surgery to repair nerve damage in his pitching thumb Thursday after he cut himself washing dishes and is out indefinitely. The Cubs said Quintana lacerated his thumb at his home in Miami on Saturday and needed five stitches. He had surgery in Chicago on Thursday morning. The 31-year-old Quintana is expected to resume throwing in about two weeks. The Cubs will then get a better idea of how much time he will miss.— Infielder Breyvic Valera has been claimed by the Toronto Blue Jays off waivers from the San Diego Padres. Toronto also placed four players on the 10-day injured list in moves retroactive to Tuesday: right-handers Elvis Luciano and Hector Perez, third baseman Brandon Drury and center fielder Jonathan Davis. The 28-year-old Valera hit .234 in 17 games last season for the New York Yankees and the Blue Jays, who claimed him off waivers on Sept. 20. He hit his first career home run on the final day of the regular season. San Diego claimed him from Toronto on Feb. 12.— Right-hander Max Meyer has agreed to a $6.7 million signing bonus as part of a minor league contract to join the Miami Marlins, and he’ll take part in training camp starting Friday. The deal was for less than his slot value of $7,221,200 as the No. 3 overall pick in last month’s amateur draft. Meyer had a 2.07 career ERA at the University of Minnesota. He’s in the Marlins’ 60-man player pool and could crack their rotation at some point this year.NFL-RACIAL JUSTICE AP Source: NFL to play Black anthem before national anthemUNDATED (AP) — “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing” will be performed live or played before “The Star-Spangled Banner” prior to each NFL game during Week 1 and the league is considering putting names of victims of police brutality on helmet decals or jersey patches, a person familiar with the discussions told The Associated Press. The person said the league is working collaboratively with players to recognize victims of systemic racism throughout the season in a variety of ways. The person spoke to the AP on Thursday on condition of anonymity because discussions between the league and the NFL Players Association are ongoing.NBA-76ers-SIMMONS76ers’ Simmons recovered from back injury for restartPHILADELPHIA (AP) — Ben Simmons says he’s finally healthy and ready join the Philadelphia 76ers for the NBA restart. Simmons says he’s feeling better now than he did at the start of the season. His last game was Feb. 22 when he took such a hard fall in Milwaukee that he was left lying on his back, vomiting from the pain. He is good to go now and can help the Sixers resume their push to win their first NBA title since 1983. The NBA resumes July 30 at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports complex in Florida. In other tennis news:— Novak Djokovic says he and his wife have now tested negative for the coronavirus. The top-ranked player tested positive for the virus after playing in an exhibition series he organized in Serbia and Croatia with zero social distancing amid the pandemic. His media team says “Novak Djokovic and his wife Jelena are negative for COVID-19.” The statement says both had no symptoms and that they were in self-isolation in the Serbian capital since testing positive 10 days ago. Djokovic was the fourth player to come down with the virus after participating in matches held in Belgrade and Zadar, Croatia. — The cancellation of the Wimbledon tennis tournament has led to a “berry” big boon for health care workers in London. The All England Club says it will donate 200 portions of strawberries to workers on the front line of the coronavirus pandemic every day. Wimbledon says it is a “small gesture of appreciation for the dedicated service of the NHS during what would have been The Championships Fortnight.” Wimbledon was canceled this year for the first time since World War II because of the pandemic. The tournament had been scheduled to start on Monday. NASCAR-WATKINS GLENWatkins Glen open again, optimistic for NASCAR weekend American women hire appeals lawyers in equal pay lawsuitLOS ANGELES (AP) — American women players suing the U.S. Soccer Federation for equal pay have hired a pair of appellate lawyers, even before a trial. Nicole Saharsky and Brian Netter of Mayer Brown joined the legal team on today. Netter is a former clerk of Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer. Players sued in March 2018 under the Equal Pay Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and they asked for more than $66 million in damages. U.S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner threw out the pay claims in May but allowed discriminatory work conditions allegations to go to trial. That’s scheduled for Sept. 15.FORMULA ONE-HAMILTON-RACISMHamilton feels responsibility to push for more F1 diversitySPIELBERG, Austria (AP) — Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton feels it’s his responsibility as a global star to keep pushing for more diversity in his profession and beyond. The cut to baseball comes after the program was recently reinstated. The school announced in 2017 that baseball was being added after it had been discontinued following the 1980 season. The 2020 season was Boise State’s return, but the Broncos played only 14 games before the season was canceled.The school said all scholarships for athletes in the affected programs, including incoming 2020 signings, will be honored.In other sports news affected by the virus outbreak:— Finishers of the virtual Boston Marathon will receive their medals in an Amazon package instead of having a volunteer drape it around their necks on Boylston Street. Race organizers announced plans for the event on Thursday. Runners will have from Sept. 7-14 to complete the 26.2-mile distance and submit proof. There is no time limit, but it must be completed in one continuous run. Also included in the post-race package will be a participation shirt, a program, a bottle opener and other unspecified celebratory items. The virtual race is open for those who had already registered for the real one, which was scheduled for April 20 and then put off until Sept. 14 before it was canceled.TENNIS-FRENCH OPEN French Open to allow fans in stands at the tournamentPARIS (AP) — The French Open will allow fans to attend this year’s postponed tournament.The French Tennis Federation says up to 60% of the stands can be filled with fans when play starts in September at Roland Garros. Tickets will go on sale on July 16 for the Sept. 27-Oct. Oct. 11 tournament.The clay-court tournament had been scheduled to start on May 24 but was postponed to Sept. 20 because of the coronavirus pandemic. It then got pushed back another week.The FFT has prepared a health and safety protocol to ensure the safety of fans. July 2, 2020
A father from Arizona is now facing child abuse charges after he reportedly injured his 1-month-old daughter by bending her backward until he heard a popping sound.Officials say they were alerted to the incident after the father took the child to Phoenix Children’s Hospital and the medical staff examining her found that the child had extreme injuries from both the past and the present.The father, 22-year-old Adan Flores told medical staff that the child was injured after a relative accidently sat on her, however, doctors reported that none of the injuries matched what Flores told them.According to the report, the 1-month hold had fractured legs, a damaged liver, hemorrhaging eyes, and bleeding from her mouth. In addition to that, the child also had multiple recent and healing fractures on her ribs.When authorities spoke to Flores he admitted that he put the baby on a bed on her knees and bent her backwards until he heard a popping sound. He then began squeezing her in an effort to get her to stop crying.He also admitted to twisting her legs until he heard them pop and shoving a thermometer into her mouth.Investigators say Flores then told them that he hesitated to take the child to the hospital initially because he knew DCF would be contacted and that the child’s mother would find out what he did and leave him.The child’s mother was reportedly in the shower at the time of the incident.Flores has since been arrested and charged with six counts of child abuse. His bail has been set at $100,000.
Pittsburgh Pirates’ Andrew McCutchen, left, and second baseman Neil Walker, cener, celebrate after defeating the Atlanta Braves in a baseball game Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, in Atlanta. Pittsburgh won 10-1. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)Going to Game 162, and still no telling where or when Felix Hernandez, Andrew McCutchen and Miguel Cabrera will play after this weekend.Down to the last day of the regular season, and three playoff races are up for grabs – the second AL wild-card spot, the AL Central and the NL Central.With Derek Jeter set to bid farewell at Fenway Park on Sunday, a look at the final-day drama across the majors:WILD TIMES: A month ago, the Oakland A’s owned the best record in baseball and were a popular pick to win the World Series. Now, they could miss the postseason fun. The slumping Athletics hold a one-game lead over surging Seattle for the last AL wild-card slot. Sonny Gray tries to clinch it for the A’s with a win at Texas; otherwise, King Felix and the Mariners could catch them by beating the visiting Angels. In case they’re even, they’d play a one-game tiebreaker Monday in Seattle.PICK A CARD … OR A PIRATE: St. Louis and Pittsburgh are both assured playoff spots. But winning the NL Central means a berth in the best-of-five division series, rather than a one-game, roll-of-the-dice matchup between wild cards. The Cardinals lead by one game, and start ace Adam Wainwright at Arizona; McCutchen and the Pirates play earlier at Cincinnati.“Get some sleep, boys,” Wainwright told the Cards as he left the clubhouse on Saturday. “Biggest game of the year tomorrow.”If the Pirates and Cardinals end up even, they’ll play a one-game tiebreaker for the division on Monday in St. Louis.ROAR OR ROYALS?: Loaded with big names, Miggy Cabrera and the Tigers are trying to win their fourth straight AL Central crown. They’ve stumbled lately, letting Kansas City close within a game. David Price, acquired by Detroit on July 31 to pitch in these big spots, starts vs. Minnesota; the Royals visit the Chicago White Sox. If they need a one-game tiebreaker for the division title, Kansas City plays at Comerica Park on Monday.GOODBYE, CAPTAIN: It’d be hard to imagine anything more captivating than Jeter’s last at-bat at Yankee Stadium this week, when he singled home the winning run. His 20-year run is set to end when New York visits Boston. Jeter seemed to tweak his hamstring on Saturday running out his 3,464th career hit, prompting speculation that fans might have seen the last of the great No. 2. We’ll see.