Topics : Members of the Washington DC national guard have tested positive for coronavirus in the wake of their deployment during recent protests in the US capital, the guard said Tuesday.DC National Guard spokeswoman Lieutenant Colonel Brooke Davis said they could not reveal the number of positive tests due to “operational security.”She said they came after the 1,700 members were demobilized following service during the protests that erupted in front of the White House and elsewhere over the killing of African American George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer. The guard were mobilized by the mayor and then the federal government on June 1 to help keep order after protests turned into rioting and looting.They were screened for COVID-19 before and after deployment, Davis said.While many protesters wore masks during the unrest not all did, and many law enforcement and guard personnel also went without.”National Guard personnel are social distancing and use of PPE measures remained in place where practical throughout” the deployment, Davis said. COVID-19 has claimed almost 112,000 lives in the United States since it spread from China and Europe earlier this year. The country has registered some two million cases — from a worldwide total of 7.2 million.
New Delhi: The Melbourne pitch was criticised for being too flat. Many cricket analysts said if one does not score a century on this wicket, they can consider retirement. Yet, Australia was bundled out for 151. No batsmen reached fifty. The abject surrender of Australia’s batsmen, mostly to Jasprit Bumrah’s magnificent 6/33, was not a pleasant sight for their fans. The performance of the Australian batsmen signaled their surrender of their winning spirit. The fact that it happened in Melbourne is poetic justice. On this day, 10 years ago, against South Africa in 2008, Australia were stung hard by JP Duminy and Dale Steyn and they suffered their first series loss at home in 16 years. At that time, the Australian empire had started to crumble. Now, 10 years later, not only is the empire finished but the will to win has crumbled.There are a lot of parallels to 2008 and 2018. In 2008, Australia had a lead of close to 200 but a 180-run stand between Steyn (76) and Duminy (166) helped South Africa turn the tables and take a 65-run lead. Poor fielding and dodgy selections resulted in Australia paying a heavy price as they lost the Test by nine wickets. This was the beginning of the end. In 2018, on a Melbourne wicket which was criticised as flat, it needed bad shots to get out, something which most batsmen obliged. It needed application, something which Cheteshwar Pujara demonstrated on day 1 and surprisingly Rohit Sharma on day 2. It needed a batsman with a voracious appetite for runs to play confidently, which India has in Virat Kohli. Application, bloody-mindedness and proper judgment, the keys to success in Tests has been missing in the Australia cricket team ever since their world was shaken by the year-long bans on Steve Smith and David Warner, their two key batsmen following the ball-tampering scandal in Cape Town.Read More | Bumrah decimates Australia, puts Kohli’s India on topIn 2008, dropped catches proved to be costly on day 3. In 2018, Australia dropped catches at vital times on day one and two. They dropped Kohli on 47, they gifted a life to Rishabh Pant, Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane. The volume of runs scored by these players might not look huge on the scoreboard, but slowly, they opened the wounds for Australia as they registered a brilliant total.Read More | Bumrah takes career-best figures to decimate Australia in MCG TestThe fourth day, which is December 29, also does not have fond memories for Australian fans. Eight years ago, England secured an innings win and retained the Ashes Down Under for the first time in 24 years. The game was decided on the third day itself, on December 28, when Tim Bresnan and the rest of the England bowling provided a master class in reverse swing bowling to run through the Australian batting. As in 2008 and 2018, December 28 was a day when Australia crumbled, this time to the old enemy.Read More | Watch – Kohli tries to run four, Pujara barely manages threeDuring the modern era and in Australia’s decline, the side took comfort by their performances at home. They would be sliced apart by spin, they would be torn to shreds by swing on a green deck, but they had the comforts of home to fall back on. With a potential defeat staring in their face in Melbourne, Australia might also lose the comforts of home domination. The mid-80s was a time of struggle for the Australian cricket team. The current situation indicates that those times are back. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
MORE: Trevor Bauer on how 70 percent of MLB pitchers are cheatingSix position players are left from that now-infamous team. Five have been booed while playing on the road in the Grapefruit League; the sixth, Josh Reddick, has yet to appear in a major league spring game.On Monday, Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman, Carlos Correa and Yuli Gurriel heard it at the Tigers’ park in Lakeland. Here’s some of the reaction to Altuve, who has denied allegations that he and other hitters wore buzzers to receive stolen signs last year.Jose Altuve’s first appearance at the plate this spring. #astros pic.twitter.com/axIfy3G1ch— David Nuño (@DavidNunoABC13) February 24, 2020On Wednesday, George Springer got his earful in Port St. Lucie.He was greeted coldly before each of his three at-bats against the Mets. In his second trip, against reliever Justin Wilson, he tried to hit a pitch onto Interstate 95 a few miles away. He failed miserably and instantly became the butt of internet jokes.George Springer is showered in boos as he steps to the plate, tries to hit a ball far to silence the crowd and falls to a knee pic.twitter.com/HhRXIBOGyj— SNY (@SNYtv) February 26, 2020Was Springer already fed up with the fans’ response, or was he just swinging hard at a hittable pitch while preparing for the season? There’s no sign anyone tried to ask Springer after the game, so who knows? If he was trying to stick it to the boo-birds, then that’s not a good sign. That means Springer has already grown rabbit ears, which are really bad things to have in baseball. Rabbit ears betray distraction, frustration and anger. Players know better than to grow them because then they’ll hear worse stuff.The attendance for Astros-Mets on Wednesday was 4,088, a fraction of the people the Astros will be playing in front of a month from now in the regular season. Houston’s first road trip is to Oakland and Anaheim and includes the Angels’ home opener on April 3. The 40,000-plus who are expected at Angel Stadium will likely include a large contingent of Dodgers fans who are ready to vent over their team’s loss to the Astros in the Fall Classic three years ago. The Astros who were around the team then could embrace their role as baseball’s heels and tell those fans to bring it on. If they do that, though, then they better be killers on the field. They best not come up empty the way Springer did Wednesday. Then those fans won’t let them hear the end of it. The Astros boasted the Killer B’s a generation ago: Bagwell, Biggio, Bell and then Berkman. Today’s Astros are associated with other B’s — more like scarlet letters, really: banging, buzzers and boos.Ah, yes, the boos. They’ve been loud, they’ve been constant and they’re not going to stop for a while. Everyone wearing a Houston uniform has heard them during the first week of exhibition games in Florida. They’ve been fans’ direct responses to the club’s sophisticated (and, eventually, against-the-rules) sign-stealing scheme during its 2017 World Series championship season.