continue reading » With Congress back in Washington, D.C. after a two-week recess, CUNA is engaged with several hearings, including ones addressing financial regulator supervision, robocalls, diversity and inclusion, payday lending and data privacy, among others.This week the House will also consider two resolutions of note to credit unions, one (H. Res. 327) would encourage “greater public-private sector collaboration to promote financial literacy for students and young adults,” and the second (H. Res. 328) would support “protection of elders through financial literacy.”Hearings CUNA is engaged with this week include:Tuesday, 10 a.m. (ET): House Financial Services Committee hearing, “Housing in America: Assessing the Infrastructure Needs of America’s Housing Stock;” ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
The Mountain West’s decision comes less than a week after it announced plans to play an eight-game conference football season and allow its members to pursue two nonconference games.Now the 12-team Mountain West, which includes Boise State, Air Force and San Diego State, joins the Mid-American Conference as leagues from the highest tier of NCAA Division I football to bail on the fall season and hope to make a go of it in the spring.___The University of Virginia says no student-athletes tested positive for the coronavirus last week. The school has had four positive results since fall programs returned to preseason training.The school says a total of 238 athletes were tested for COVID-19. There have been no positive results since a report was issued on July 24. ___The Hockey Hall of Fame has postponed its 2020 induction because of the pandemic. The ceremony was to have taken place Nov. 16 in Toronto.The 2020 class was announced in June and featured forward Jarome Iginla, winger Marian Hossa, defensemen Kevin Lowe and Doug Wilson, Canadian women’s goaltender Kim St. Pierre and longtime general manager Ken Holland.The Hall said Monday it will discuss rescheduling plans on Oct. 29. Chairman Lanny McDonald said the most likely scenario is to have the ceremony in November 2021, either by waiving the 2021 election or combining the 2020 and 2021 classes. He said a virtual induction ceremony was ruled out.___ “This is just right thing to do for everyone involved,” Selig said.___The Women’s Rugby Europe Championship is scheduled to be finished off in October so European qualifying for the 2021 Women’s Rugby World Cup can start in December.Rugby Europe announced the dates for the two remaining matches: Spain vs. Russia on the weekend of Oct. 24, and Spain vs. Netherlands on Oct. 31.The winner among those three will join Scotland, Ireland, and Italy in qualifying for the 2021 World Cup in New Zealand. ___The season-ending Tour of Guangxi in China has been finally canceled.The Chinese government last month canceled all international sports to the end of the year, and organizers of the cycling race made their exit from the calendar official on Monday. The men’s race was postponed from October, overlapping the Giro d’Italia, to November, towards the end of the Spanish Vuelta.The one-day women’s race on Nov. 10 was also off.The UCI also has taken the women’s Tour of Chongming Island in China, which was postponed from May to Oct. 23-25, off the calendar without a public word. The Latest: Mountain West delays football season, joins MAC None of those that tested positive required hospitalization, and those with the positive results were instructed to self-isolate for 10 days or until they did not register a fever for three consecutive days. Those deemed to have been in close contact also were asked to self-quarantine for 14 days.___Southeastern Conference Commissioner Greg Sankey has weighed in on the powerhouse league’s situation regarding a decision on the football season.Sankey posted on Twitter he doesn’t know if college football can be played during the COVID-19 pandemic. He said the best advice he has received since the pandemic started was to be patient in making decisions. “This is all new & you’ll gain better information each day,” Sankey posted.“We know concerns remain,” Sankey said. “We have never had a FB season in a COVID-19 environment. Can we play? I don’t know. We haven’t stopped trying. We support, educate and care for student-athletes every day, and will continue to do so…every day.” Associated Press North Alabama has switched, until at least Friday, to a model in which players can voluntarily continue physical conditioning in groups of 12 or fewer. Team and position meetings will be held in person with social distancing and masks mandatory.North Alabama moved to FCS in 2018 after winning three straight Division II national championships from 1993-95.___UTEP has postponed the start of preseason football practice after four players tested positive for the coronavirus. School officials say all four players were asymptomatic and placed in a 14-day quarantine. School medical staff also recommended the entire team and coaching staff also go into a five-day quarantine before everyone is tested again on Wednesday. ___The College of Charleston is suspending all sports competition for the fall because of the coronavirus pandemic.The South Carolina school, a member of the Division I Colonial Athletic Association, said Monday the move would affect full-time fall sports like men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s cross-country and volleyball. It also would affect teams with year-round schedules like men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s tennis, equestrian and sailing. Those teams would not compete during the fall.The school said all athletes would continue training in anticipation of spring competition. Its winter and spring sports teams are still on track to compete when those seasons are scheduled.Charleston athletic director Matt Roberts said the school suspended fall sports for the safety and well-being of its athletes, coaches and staffers. Old Dominion is canceling its fall sports season because of the coronavirus pandemic.President John Broderick made the announcement Monday, saying he knows student-athletes and fans will be disappointed, but playing “posed too great a risk.” The decision was made with input from athletic director Wood Selig, medical and health experts and state and local officials, he said.Old Dominion, under first-year coach Ricky Rahne, joins the 12-team Mid-American Conference and Connecticut as Football Bowl Subdivision schools that have decided not to compete in football. Field hockey, men’s and women’s soccer and the Monarchs’ first volleyball team also won’t compete.Selig said he hopes that fall sports can be played in the spring if it’s safe and has NCAA approval. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Mountain West has become the second FBS conference to postpone its football season, punting on the fall with an eye toward playing in the spring. August 10, 2020 European qualifying will be played on the weekends of Dec. 5, 12, and 19. The winner qualifies directly, and the runner-up goes to a repechage. The schedule will be announced after the Women’s Europe Championship is finished.___North Alabama has suspended football practices until at least Friday after team leaders expressed concerns about COVID-19.The FCS school said the Lions’ leadership council voiced those concerns to the coaching staff Saturday.North Alabama said in a statement Monday the school will “make every attempt to structure a meaningful football experience for this fall while remaining focused on health and safety.” Results of those tests will be determined when practice will begin, the school said.“I am fully supportive of the recommendations of our sports medicine personnel and team doctors,” coach Dana Dimel said. “We can’t wait to resume preparations for our fall season, but safety comes first.”The Miners play in Conference USA.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
The stiff and formal Tracy wasn’t lovable, and he was only mildly admirable as another devoted baseball man among a legion of devoted baseball men. What the racket was all about was this: A chance to bring the stick for Dodgers owner Frank McCourt, his wife Jamie and for general manager Paul DePodesta. Callous, conniving, cheap and clueless ogres, the lot of them. Sending Walter Alston Reincarnate into the void of employment. What hypocrisy. We wouldn’t want to make a habit of defending DePodesta and the McCourts (particularly the latter duo), but uncoupling Jim Tracy doesn’t qualify as the crime of the century. Consider: We’re just going to guess and say Jim Tracy didn’t sell one ticket to a Dodgers game. He was the definition of vanilla, ill-suited for Los Angeles’ celebrity-driven culture. Tommy Lasorda, he was not.Tracy was hired during the Fox regime. Those of you in the private sector know that a change in ownership usually means new people in every management position. That Tracy was given two seasons by people to whom he had no particular allegiance or ties showed considerable patience by the McCourts and DePodesta. The Dodgers fired manager Jim Tracy this week, and from the media hue and cry you’d have thought the club shot Lassie. The downtown critics who trashed the Dodgers for dumping Jim Tracy, and got all misty over his “unfair” ouster, don’t love and admire Jim Tracy. Tracy at least subtly, and sometimes actively, thwarted the will of DePodesta. Tracy rarely played Hee-Seop Choi, the first baseman DePodesta likes for his ability to get on base and hit for power – and Tracy loathed for his batting average and lead glove. Is that any way to run a team? With a GM procuring Players A, B and C . . . and the field manager not playing them? Is it unreasonable for a GM – whose job also is at stake – to expect the guys he brings in will get at-bats and innings? A basic concept at work here: The clash of Old School baseball vs. the Stat Wonk academicians. Tracy was firmly grounded in the former camp, as are most sports journalists. DePodesta in the latter. The Old School guys believe in “chemistry” and “intangibles.” They talk about a guy’s value to the clubhouse and believe leadership somehow translates to victories. The modern Stat Wonk isn’t interested in a guy’s ability to quip in the face of adversity. He wants to know how often he gets to first base, how often he scores and how many runs he drives in. Baseball’s masses of numbers lend themselves to computer analysis – much to the chagrin of the anti-modern romantics, who prefer to count on their fingers and toes. Bright guys such as Oakland GM Billy Beane understand that. Such as DePodesta, too. Baseball is riven, just now, between the Old School Neanderthals and the Stat Wonk Futurists. The former feel threatened by the latter, and rarely miss a chance to mock them for their computers and spread sheets. Locally, they rarely miss a chance to compare the Dodgers unfavorably to the Angels, who are perceived as some warm-and-fuzzy, seat-of-the-pants Mom and Pop operation. The Stat Wonks, meanwhile, are frustrated by the intransigence of the “we’ve always done it that way” crew and, yes, can be arrogant toward and dismissive of the old-timers. Copernicus felt the same way about the flat-earth crew. Bottom line: Stat Wonk GMs, such as DePodesta, are now running their clubs. The field manager exists to implement policy. Not to make it. Tracy wasn’t on board with that. The next manager will be. Then there is just plain personal distaste. Most baseball lifers and their apologists, sports journalists, come from modest backgrounds. They react badly to people with pedigrees and advanced degrees who seem to put on airs. That’s the McCourts all over. DePodesta, too, to a lesser extent. That the McCourts come from Boston and DePodesta gradyated from Harvard . . . more problems. They can’t possibly have the interests of a Los Angeles sports franchise at heart, can they? (Even though they depend on that franchise’s success for their future income and employ.) So we have this sort of perfect storm of friction: Reactionary critics and their old-fashioned baseball allies critiquing modern analysts and their corporate ways (out-of-towners, by the way) – and those damn computers, the essence of soulless modernity. Tracy didn’t fit The New Model Ballclub. That’s what the Dodgers are now. This club is built on modern statistical analysis – not by the hunches and gut-feelings of old baseball men or their overly emotional journalist allies. Jim Tracy’s ouster is no crime. In fact, it was required to get the organization pulling on the same end of the rope. If the Dodgers are 71-91 two years from now, that’s when fans should march on Chavez Ravine. We’re guessing DePodesta’s Dodgers are far more likely to be 91-71, once he has his team in place. Including the guy who makes out the lineup card. Paul Oberjuerge’s column appears Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Readers may reach him at [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!