Irish researchers at University College Cork have produced low-salt breads with a comparable shelf-life to standard breads, but they are still working on improving the flavour. One potential solution is to add sourdough as a flavour-enhancing agent.The impetus in Ireland to reduce salt comes from health bodies, such as the World Health Organization and EU counterparts, which highlight the detrimental effect of excess salt/sodium on health. The EU has set a goal to reduce the sodium content of foods (including bread) by a minimum of 16% over four years from baseline levels in 2008. In Ireland, this translates to a target of 400mg Na/100g for white and wholemeal bread before 2012.Since 2004, in a voluntary programme overseen by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI), bakeries have been adjusting processing, ingredients and equipment to reduce salt. Irish Pride Bakeries launched three reduced-salt products, and Brennans twice launched a low-salt product. All were quickly delisted because the consumer did not like the taste.”Research indicates that the gradual reduction of salt in all products educates the consumer’s palate,” says Karl McDonald, technical executive, FSAI, which has adopted that policy. The major plant bakers, represented by the Irish Bread Bakers Association (IBBA), register targets every year with the FSAI, which spot-checks and tests products to verify compliance. The 2008-2009 target was a maximum sodium content of 450mg per 100g (1.14g salt/100g), which translates to over a 10% reduction in sodium in five years. For 2009-2010, it is 430mg per 100g.”We are well on the way to reducing salt in bread and are often held up as an exemplar [to other food categories] of how well it can be worked,” says Shane Dempsey, of the Irish Bread Bakers Association (IBBA). “But the bread bakeries are coming to a threshold where it becomes difficult to make bread with both reduced salt and of sufficient quality in a factory or a manufacturing environment.” He explains that not all research can be successfully transferred from the laboratory to industrial conditions.The FSAI recognises that bakeries may reach a “technological barrier”, but says ongoing research may help create opportunities for more sodium reduction beyond that barrier.The IBBA plant bakeries account for the lion’s share of the bread market (66% volume and 68% value), and are therefore the main focus of the salt reduction programme, as is their volume product the sliced pan. The FSAI has also had some contact with artisan, craft and other bakeries, but, says McDonald: “They make up such a small percentage of the national consumption of bread, that they are not as important in helping the overall (salt) reduction in the population.”Individual bakery companies that registered targets with the FSAI include: Allied Bakeries Ireland, Cuisine de France, Neville’s, Jinny’s, McCambridge and Stapleton’s. The latter three bake traditional Irish soda bread, which is very difficult to produce with less sodium. Stapleton’s has had NPD trials into reduced-sodium recipes and its target for 2009-2010 is to reduce sodium to 702mg per 100g.At O’Donohue’s craft bakery in Tullamore, the levels of salt in soda bread have been reduced, but the current focus is to reduce salt in the 800g sliced pan to IBBA-agreed levels. “With soda bread there is quite a high sodium level, because of sodium bicarbonate, but not necessarily added salt,” says a technical spokesperson at O’Donohue’s. “Sodium bicarbonate is critical to the process; it has the same function as yeast.”Research into sodium replacement has been explored in Ireland and, in some cases, used. The primary replacer is potassium chloride, but there are difficulties as it can leave a taste. The FSAI advice is to take salt out slowly, rather than use replacements and, to date, this remains the approach adopted by IBBA members.
Associated Press BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — Emergency goaltender protocol is expected to be high on the agenda when NHL general managers open their annual March meeting Monday in Boca Raton, Florida.The recent appearance of 42-year-old Zamboni driver David Ayres in a regular-season game with playoff implications sparked new debate. GMs have discussed emergency goalies and what should happen for the past several years. It’s unclear if anything will change.No major rule changes are expected to be approved at the meeting. But offside reviews, icing and player safety are among the topics that are expected to come up. There may also be talk of in-arena medical care that was effective when Jay Bouwmeester collapsed on the bench. US-based pro sports leagues monitoring coronavirus outbreakUNDATED (AP) — Major North American professional sports leagues are talking to health officials and informing teams about the coronavirus outbreak that has led to the first reported death in the U.S.Officials from the National Basketball Association, National Hockey League and Major League Baseball say they are all consulting with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other organizations on a regular basis about COVID-19. Washington State reported Saturday that a man in his 50s died from the virus.Pro sports in the U.S. for now are going on as scheduled, though leagues are closely monitoring the situation. The NBA and NHL are in their regular seasons and MLB in spring training in Arizona and Florida with Opening Day less than a month way.Other countries have canceled or postponed games or held them in empty stadiums. Italy has postponed soccer matches until May. Update on the latest sports Johnson is cautiously optimistic he can contend for a seventh victory in the race after finishing fifth at Las Vegas last weekend.Among the numerous honors this weekend for the seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion, Johnson’s wife and daughters will drop the green flag on the race.Clint Bowyer (BOY’-ur) has the pole after holding off Johnson in qualifying Saturday.WORLD CUP-WOMEN’S COMBINED CANCELEDBrignone wins combined title as World Cup finish is in doubt LA THUILE, Italy (AP) — Federica Brignone (feh-deh-REE’-kah breen-YOH’-nay) won the Alpine combined World Cup title on Sunday without clicking into her skis. And the Italian might end up winning the overall and giant slalom globes as well without any further racing this season.Heavy snowfall caused the cancellation of the Alpine combined race on Sunday, reducing the number of races left for the season to seven — in Sweden and Italy. However, the international ski federation said it was yet unclear whether those races could go on amid health concerns regarding the spread of the coronavirus in Europe.The cancellation handed the season title to Brignone, who won both combined races that took place this season.She could also become the first Italian overall winner in the 53-year-history of the women’s World Cup. Brignone is 153 points ahead of three-time overall champion Mikaela Shiffrin, who remains on a break from racing following the death of her father, Jeff Shiffrin, four weeks ago. Petra Vlhova of Slovakia, who is leading the slalom and the parallel standings, is third in the overall ranking, trailing Brignone by 189 points.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTS Questions have arisen about whether this year’s Tokyo Olympic Games, set to open on July 24, can proceed, although Japan has taken extensive measures to curb the spread of the virus. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said at a news conference Saturday that Japan is at critical juncture to determine whether the country can keep the outbreak under control ahead of the Tokyo summer Olympics.With new virus cases falling to around 500 or less daily, China has sought to slowly get its economy back on track by offering loans, tax breaks and other incentives. Strict travel restrictions remain, however, and a host of cultural and sports events have been canceled.Beijing won the right to host the 2022 amid light competition, despite questions about a lack of natural snow, pollution and scarce water resources.SHAUN WHITE-NO SKATEBOARDINGShaun White says he’ll skip skateboard, stick to snow March 1, 2020 VAIL, Colo. (AP) — If the world sees Shaun White at the Olympics again, it will be in 2022, not later this year.The three-time snowboarding champ tells The Associated Press he is taking skateboarding off his plate. He won’t try to qualify for the sport’s Olympic debut, which will take place later this year in Tokyo.White was every bit as good at skateboarding as snowboarding back in the day. He thought he might try to become one of the rare athletes to compete in both the Winter and Summer Games. But after finishing 13th at the world championships last year, he decided he didn’t want to take away from his snowboarding career to pursue a spot in skateboarding. He says it’s still possible he’ll go for a fourth Winter gold medal two years from now in Beijing. NHL-GMS MEETING PREVIEWEmergency goalie protocol talk on tap for NHL GMs meeting In Japan, host of the Summer Olmypics, Sunday’s Tokyo Marathon was scaled back as part of efforts to combat the spread of the coronavirus. The race was expected to have 38,000 participants but was limited to just over 200 elite runners.Also Sunday, Japanese broadcaster NHK reported that the Japan Sumo Association will hold the March 8-22 spring grand sumo tournament in Osaka with no spectators. The decision follows a similar move made by Japanese professional baseball which is holding its preseason exhibition games at empty stadiums. Japan’s domestic soccer league also canceled games through the first half of March.OLYMPICS-BEIJING 2022Beijing 2022 organizers say on-track despite virus outbreakBEIJING (AP) — Organizers of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Games say they are on track to complete all competition venues by year-end and have teams in place for test events, despite the devastating impact of the novel coronavirus outbreak that originated in the country late last year. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNASCAR-FONTANABowyer has the pole, Jimmie Johnson to be honoredFONTANA, Calif. (AP) — Jimmie Johnson is hoping to end his career-worst winless streak of 97 races Sunday at the track where he notched his first NASCAR Cup win in 2002. It will be his final start as a full-time driver at Fontana’s Auto Club Speedway, the California track about 100 miles north of his hometown.
The Latest: First NHL player has coronavirus Luis Rubiales says the federation is not contemplating calling off the rest of the season and awarding the title to Barcelona, which was leading the league when it was suspended. Rubiales says the goal is to finish all competition by June 30, but they may be extended beyond that if necessary.He says he would prefer altering the calendar next season instead of making changes that could keep this one from finishing fairly.___2:40 p.m.National Letter of Intent signings for college athletes have been suspended until April 15. The 16-team world championships are scheduled for Switzerland starting May 8. But Fasel says, if he had to make the decision today, “there is no chance we can skate.”Fasel says the IIHF is consulting with its host and marketing partners and insurance carrier to determine what contractual obligations must be met before deciding to cancel the tournament.The challenges to go ahead with hosting the tournament are many, Fasel said, ranging from health directives in place limiting attendance to travel bans making it difficult for nations to send their teams.Another issue is players lacking practice time, with most of world’s hockey leagues having either indefinitely suspended or canceled their seasons. On Monday, the NHL announced it will wait 45 days before it can provide guidance on when teams can potentially reopen practice.___ The NCAA is suspending normal building operations at its main office in Indianapolis, starting Wednesday through at least April 3. The NCAA national office staff will work remotely and continue normal operations. The NCAA says employees will continue to be accessible. The length of the suspension will be evaluated on an ongoing basis.___1:50 p.m.International Ice Hockey Federation chief René Fasel says it’s only a matter of time before the executive council is left with no choice but to cancel the men’s world championships because of the coronavirus pandemic.Fasel spoke to The Associated Press shortly after the IIHF canceled the Division I Group A and B world championships, which were to be held in Europe in late April. 1:10 p.m.The Spanish soccer league has offered about 500 coronavirus tests for its clubs.The tests have been distributed prioritizing teams that traveled to risk areas or already have players infected.Valencia defender Ezequiel Garay on Sunday became the first Spanish league player infected with the virus.The distribution of tests began last Thursday as part of the league’s actions to support its clubs during the pandemic. The head of the French federation acknowledged that other Grand Slam tournaments and the professional tours were informed of the choice to switch dates for Roland Garros but were not consulted.In a not-so-veiled jab at the French federation, the USTA issued a statement saying that if there is a change in timing, “we recognize that such a decision should not be made unilaterally.”The USTA added that it would move its major championship “in full consultation” with the other Grand Slam organizers, the WTA and ATP tours, the International Tennis Federation and the Laver Cup exhibition.___4:30 p.m. The Diamond League has called off its first three track meets of the season.The Diamond League was scheduled to start in Qatar next month. Two meets in China in May were to follow. The Diamond League says travel restrictions and disrupted preparations caused by the coronavirus outbreak have made it impossible to stage those competitions on time.The season is now tentatively set to begin in Stockholm on May 24.Only one of the three canceled meets has been rescheduled. The event in Shanghai is now set for Aug. 13. The meet in Qatar and the second Chinese meet have been postponed indefinitely but could be restaged after the Diamond League final in September.The 2020 season was supposed to see a shift in how the Diamond League is run with an extended 15-meet season and fewer events at each. Vail Resorts has announced it will close all of its North American resorts for the season over concerns for the coronavirus.Over the weekend, the industry giant said it would shut down the resorts for at least one week before reassessing. The company will consider reopening Breckenridge in Colorado, Heavenly in Lake Tahoe, California, and Whistler Blackcomb in British Columbia in late April or early May depending on the COVID-19 situation and weather conditions.___6 p.m.Argentina’s government has suspended all domestic soccer matches until the end of March because of the coronavirus pandemic. Associated Press Baylor coach Scott Drew says his focus since the NCAA Tournament was canceled has been on taking care of his players, not about what might have been for the Bears on the court.“Making sure they’re able to finish out the semester, make sure that their needs are taken care of, where they know they can go to get food for those that are still on campus,” Drew said Tuesday during a virtual news conference, with the coach on video sitting at the postgame podium in Baylor’s arena and reporters asking questions on a conference call.About half of the team is still in the Waco area, and the rest went home. The school did a “One Shining Moment” video for the Bears (26-4), who likely would have been a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Their 23-game winning streak was a Big 12 record and they were No. 1 five consecutive weeks.“Watching it for the first time, I know my wife got emotional. I was more just feeling proud,” Drew said. “We had a great season, these guys really accomplished a lot of stuff, and it was really enjoyable.” 5:15 p.m.___First the Masters, now the PGA Championship.The PGA Championship is being postponed, according to a person involved in the discussions. It was scheduled for May 14-17 at Harding Park in San Francisco. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Tuesday because the decision has not been announced.It follows the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendation that events of 50 people or more not be held for eight weeks. That would last until the Sunday before the PGA Championship. The IOC says 43% of places at the games have yet to be confirmed.___2:25 p.m.This year’s European Championship has been postponed for one year.UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin says the spreading coronavirus “makes football and all life in Europe quite impossible.” The Rescue Food Ministry usually donates the food to St. Vincent de Paul in St. Pete, which is not far from the track, but there was so much food the Salvation Army was contacted to help distribute to other organizations, including RCS Pinellas shelter. ___4:15 p.m.The USGA has canceled the first two amateur championships on its 2020 schedule.The U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball was scheduled for April 25-29 at Quail Creek in Naples, Florida. The U.S. Amateur Four-Ball was scheduled for May 23-27 at the Philadelphia Cricket Club. Neither will be played this year. The decision includes championship, spring football games and pro day workouts for NFL teams run by SEC schools.Team and individual practices and meetings remain suspended through at least April 15.Earlier in the day, the Atlantic Coast Conference canceled all spring competition, plus all athletic-related activities, including practices.___12:30 p.m. The Collegiate Commissioner’s Association, which administers the letter of intent used by NCAA Division I and II athletes, says the suspension will be re-evaluated on or before April 15.The Division I football signing period began Feb. 5 and was scheduled to end April 1. It will be extended 30 days after it resumes. Most FBS schools have filled their 2020 classes.The Division I basketball signing period was scheduled to begin April 15 and end May 20.___2:30 p.m. ___3:50 p.m.The Carolina Hurricanes have announced plans to compensate arena and team event staff for lost wages with the NHL season on hold due to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus.The team says hourly staff will be compensated based on expected workload during the final seven regular-season home games.Hurricanes owner Tom Dundon and the Carolina Hurricanes Foundation, a charitable arm of the franchise, are funding the plans. The team says Hurricanes players have also made a “generous donation” to help event-staff employees affected. The Hurricanes also say VAB Catering, PNC Arena’s food service, will donate food to the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, a Raleigh-based nonprofit.___3:35 p.m.The Southeastern Conference has canceled sporting events for the rest of the season.The events had been suspended. The league announced the decision Tuesday, becoming the last of the Power Five conferences to cancel all competition. Argentina’s soccer federation and the country’s President Alberto Fernández were initially against halting games but changed their minds Tuesday after players said they were unhappy about continuing to play.“The decision was taken after we received the concerns of the footballer’s union,” along with new government measures to fight the spread of COVID-19, Argentina’s tourism and sports ministry said in a statement.The decision means all South American soccer is halted, except for a few state tournaments in Brazil.Fernández had earlier told a news conference that soccer could go on behind closed doors, an opinion that was supported by the country’s federation. But local players threatened to go on strike if soccer was not suspended.River Plate skipped its match against Atlético Tucumán on Saturday in the first round of the Copa de la Superliga tournament. Kelmendi is the first athlete from Kosovo to win an Olympic gold medal.Coach Driton Kuka is among the group. None of them has been infected by the virus.Kosovo has had 16 coronavirus cases. All sports and other entertainment or cultural activities have been suspended in the country and schools, cafes, restaurants, gyms and pools have been closed.___9:55 a.m. UEFA plans to play the tournament next year from June 11 to July 11. The 24-team competition is being hosted in 12 different countries.The postponement clears space to give national leagues and the Champions League and Europa League a chance to finish their seasons by June 30.European soccer is in a shutdown and it is unclear when games can resume.___2:15 p.m. The Copa America has been postponed until 2021 because of the coronavirus outbreak.South American soccer body CONMEBOL says the tournament in Colombia and Argentina will be played between June 11 and July 11.CONMEBOL President Alejandro Domínguez says “it is an extraordinary measure for an unexpected situation, and it answers the fundamental need to avoid an exponential development of the virus.”___10 a.m. Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan and his wife, Sarah, are donating $100,000 to help provide assistance in Atlanta during the coronavirus outbreak.The donation will be split between two charitable organizations: Atlanta Community Food Bank, which provides food to the needy, and Giving Kitchen, which offers emergency assistance to food service workers.Ryan says he and his wife have a lot of friends in the restaurant industry and want to “create awareness for one of the industries that’s going to struggle during this time.”The Falcons’ starting quarterback for the past 12 years, Ryan has been heavily involved in the community through the Boys and Girls clubs and raising money for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.1:55 p.m. ___3:20 p.m.The IOC says there is “no need for any drastic decisions at this stage” about staging the Tokyo Olympics with more than four months until the opening ceremony.After consulting with sports bodies about the effects of the coronavirus outbreak, the IOC says “any speculation at this moment would be counter-productive.”The International Olympic Committee says financial interests will not dictate its decisions “thanks to its risk management policies and insurance.” 1:40 p.m.The Kontinental Hockey League and the VTB United League in basketball have suspended play.Both leagues say they will stop until at least April 10.The KHL is widely considered to be the strongest hockey league outside the NHL. It had previously said it would pause for a week to draw up a new playoff format. It’s been left with six Russian teams in an eight-team bracket after Finnish team Jokerit and Kazakh team Barys withdrew.___ Africa’s second biggest international soccer tournament has been postponed.Organizer the Confederation of African Football say the African Nations Championship scheduled for April 4-25 in Cameroon has been postponed indefinitely because of the coronavirus pandemic. The tournament features national teams made up of players who play in their domestic leagues.Africa’s top tournament, the African Cup of Nations, is due to be played early next year, also in Cameroon.Cameroon was still willing to host the African Nations Championship, CAF said, but the measures taken by other African governments to restrict travel made it difficult to go ahead.Morocco and Rwanda had already withdrawn for the tournament. 4:50 p.m.FIFA president Gianni Infantino says he is ready to ask China to postpone next year’s 24-team Club World Cup to make space for the European Championship and Copa America.Infantino says he will propose talks with the Chinese government and the country’s soccer officials in a call Wednesday with a panel of FIFA vice presidents.That group will include the leaders of European and South American soccer who pushed their marquee championships back one year because of the coronavirus outbreak.The inaugural 24-team Club World Cup was set to open on June 17, 2021, in China as a signature project of Infantino. The FIFA president suggests rescheduling the club tournament to later in 2021, or in either 2022 or 2023. 1:45 p.m.UK Athletics says all clubs and groups should not be training or taking part in competitive races amid the coronavirus outbreak.The guidance follows directives outlined by the British government about limiting social contact.UKA said the suspension also applies to coaching and officiating.___ FIFA also plans to donate $10 million to the World Health Organization for tackling the new coronavirus.___4:35 p.m.Three major one-day classic bike races in France and Belgium have been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.Race organizer Amaury Sport Organisation says Paris-Roubaix, the Fleche Wallonne and Liege-Bastogne-Liege will be postponed. The league announced the move Tuesday. The ACC had previously suspended those activities “until further notice.”The ACC’s statement said the cancellations came after a unanimous decision among league member schools, with Commissioner John Swofford saying league officials are “particularly disappointed for our student-athletes.” ___11:50 a.m.The French Open has been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. The French Tennis Federation announced Tuesday that the clay-court event will run from Sept. 20 to Oct. 4. It is the first Grand Slam tennis tournament affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Main-draw competition was supposed to start in Paris on May 24. The cycling season has been turned upside down by the outbreak. Prestigious events like the Strade Bianche, Milan-San Remo and some early Belgian classics have been canceled or postponed. The Giro d’Italia also won’t start at its scheduled May date.ASO has yet to make a decision on the Tour de France. That race is scheduled to start in Nice on June 27.___noonThe Atlantic Coast Conference has canceled all athletics competition and practices through the rest of the 2019-20 academic year amid concerns about the spread of the coronavirus. ___7 p.m.The U.S. Tennis Association says it is considering “the possibility” of postponing the U.S. Open because of the coronavirus pandemic.What is usually the last Grand Slam tennis tournament each year is currently scheduled for Aug. 31 to Sept. 13 in New York.Earlier Tuesday, the French tennis federation switched the dates of the French Open to Sept. 20 to Oct. 4 because of the pandemic. That’s four months later than that event was originally supposed to be played in Paris. In an open letter on the F1 website, Carey wrote: “We apologize to those fans affected by the cancellation in Australia, as well as the postponement of the other races to date. These decisions are being made … in rapidly changing and evolving circumstances, but we believe they are the right and necessary ones. We also want to extend our thoughts to those already affected, including those in the Formula 1 family.”On Monday, tire provider Pirelli said one of its staff tested positive for the virus and was undergoing treatment in Melbourne.___11:45 a.m.Soccer in Russia has been suspended until April 10. March 18, 2020 1 p.m.The European Tour is postponing the Andalucia Masters that was schedule for April 30 to May 3 at Valderrama in southern Spain.That makes six regular European Tour golf tournaments have been postponed because of the new coronavirus. A total of eight events on the tour’s worldwide schedule have been postponed, including the Match Play and the Masters.The tournament is hosted by the Sergio Garcia Foundation. The tour said it would try to reschedule.Europe’s last event was on March 8 at the Qatar Masters. Next on the schedule would be the GolfSixes in Portugal on May 10-11. The Russian league was the best attended sports competition still operating in Europe last weekend with more than 33,000 fans at one of its games.The Russian Football Union says its board agreed to immediately suspend all competitions at a meeting Tuesday.That follows a wave of tighter restrictions on public gatherings and events across Russia and a decision by CSKA Moscow to cancel its upcoming game against Zenit St. Petersburg.Fans made ironic references to the virus outbreak at games last week. Fans of Zenit chanted “we’re all going to die” on Saturday and CSKA supporters displayed a banner on Sunday with the club crest and the message: “This virus is inside me. I’m its carrier.”___ ___12:10 p.m.Formula One CEO Chase Carey has apologized to fans for the early part of the series being called of by the coronavirus outbreak.The Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne wasn’t canceled last week until teams and drivers forced it. A McLaren team member had tested positive and some drivers had already flown home, but F1 still waited to cancel until just before practices were scheduled to start.The following three races in Bahrain, Vietnam and China have all been postponed. An unidentified NHL player has tested positive for the new coronavirus.The Ottawa Senators announced late Tuesday night one of their players has tested positive for COVID-19, has mild symptoms and is in isolation. Ottawa is notifying those who came in contact with the player and have told other members of the team to monitor their health and seek advice from the medical staff.___7:30 p.m. The European Gymnastics Union says it tried to find ways to keep its events going despite the spread of the coronavirus but found it impossible because of government restrictions and travel bans.The events offered Olympic qualifying spots.The women’s championships were due to be held in Paris from April 30-May 3, and the men’s championships in Baku, Azerbaijan, from May 27-31.Also called off are European rhythmic gymnastics championships in Ukraine and the European trampoline championship in Sweden, both in May.The UEG says it hopes the events can be rescheduled for the second half of the year. The Kentucky Derby has been postponed from May to September because of the coronavirus pandemic.Churchill Downs officials said Tuesday the race will move from May 2 to Sept. 5, marking the first time in 75 years it won’t be run on the first Saturday in May.The last time the first leg of the Triple Crown wasn’t held on the first Saturday in May was in 1945, when the federal government issued a ban on horse racing because of World War II. The ban was lifted on May 8, and the Derby was held on June 9. The only other year the Derby wasn’t held in May was in 1901, when it was raced on April 29.The date change still must be approved by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission at its meeting Thursday.___ The BHA says the decision was taken “to protect essential emergency services and the health and welfare of staff working in the racing industry.”BHA chief executive Nick Rust says its “first duty is to the health of the public, our customers and to racing industry participants and staff,” while saying it will do its best to support those whose livelihoods depend on what Rust said is a “4 billion pound industry.”___1 p.m.The men’s and women’s European gymnastics championships have been canceled. The USGA says it is following CDC guidance on avoiding gatherings of 50 or more people. Both tournaments require qualifying rounds before the championships are played.The U.S. Women’s Open is June 4-7 in Houston. The U.S. Open is June 18-21 at Winged Foot in New York. Both are still on the schedule. However, the USGA says it will redesign how to qualify for those events.It has canceled the first stage of U.S. Open qualifying that was to be held at 109 sites starting April 27. And it has canceled the qualifying at 25 sites for the U.S. Women’s Open.___9:05 p.m. Oakland Athletics president Dave Kaval has invited a 39-year-old A’s fan named Justin, who posted on Twitter he is a “very healthy” Type 1 diabetic with the coronavirus, to throw out the first pitch on opening day — whenever that is.Kaval wrote on Twitter: “Get well soon! The whole (at)Athletics nation is sending you positive thoughts. How is your arm? Would be honored to have you throw out the first pitch opening day!”___8:05 p.m.The president of the Spanish soccer federation has dismissed the idea of crowning Barcelona as league champion if the competition can’t resume because of the coronavirus pandemic. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the coronavirus pandemic’s effect on sports around the world (all times local):___11:55 p.m. ___1:05 p.m.All horse racing in Britain will be suspended starting Wednesday.It was the last remaining major sport to be continuing in the country amid the coronavirus outbreak.But the British Horseracing Authority says the race meetings in Wetherby and Taunton — being staged without fans on Tuesday — will be last until the end of April. 10:35 a.m.Hertha Berlin’s players and coaching staff are going into quarantine for 14 days after one of the players tested positive for the coronavirus.The Bundesliga club doesn’t say which player was affected.The team had been due to return to training on Tuesday after three days of individual exercise.Hertha doctor Uli Schleicher says “the player complained about the usual symptoms and we immediately separated him from the group. A test then produced a positive result for the virus. All players in our squad must now stay at home for the next two weeks.” Hertha general manager Michael Preetz says “it was to be expected that the virus would reach the team sooner or later. The most important thing now is that everyone sticks to the rules.”___10:10 a.m.The Kosovo judo team has been self-isolating as it prepares for the Tokyo Olympics.Olympic champion Majlinda Kelmendi, four other judokas and five staff members have closed themselves in at a training center in Peja, 85 kilometers (50 miles) west of Pristina. ___12:40 p.m.The Los Angeles Chargers have donated $250,000 to the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank to make sure hunger relief services continue uninterrupted in Los Angeles County during the coronavirus pandemic. The Food Bank says the money will be able to help children and their families as children stay home from school, as well as seniors who are self-isolating and hourly workers who are experiencing interruptions to their schedules and paychecks.___ China has already resumed a partial track and field schedule after the virus outbreak subsided. It was supposed to host the world indoor championships this month in Nanjing but that event was moved to 2021.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 ___4:45 p.m.The IndyCar industry has donated all the food on hand for last weekend’s canceled season-opening race in St. Petersburg, Florida, through the “Rescue Food” Ministry.The goal of the ministry is to give leftover untouched foods from at-track hospitality units to local community shelters and missions.Food was collected from the hospitality suites of Andretti Autosport, Team Penske, Arrow McLaren SP, Rahal Letterman Lanigan, Honda, INDYCAR Paddock Club, Chip Ganassi Racing and IMS Productions/NBC.
BRYAN FAUST/Herald photoWith the Big Ten leader in scoring making a trip to the Kohl Center, it was only fitting that the Wisconsin men’s basketball team would limit the Northwestern star to six points below his average.NU senior forward Vedran Vukusic, who was averaging 21.8 points a game entering Saturday’s contest, was held to just 15 points in the Badgers’ 68-52 romp over the Wildcats.Vukusic usually accounts for more than a third of his team’s points, but the long list of Badgers who guarded him made sure his numbers stayed relatively low.The only number that was high for the Wildcats was the 19 turnovers they committed throughout the game.”I think that’s probably the most turnovers we’ve had all year,” Northwestern head coach Bill Carmody said. “We average about 11 turnovers a game. You get 19 turnovers against a team that picks you up at the top of the key — they’re not pressing you, they’re not really over-playing you, they’re just a fundamentally sound team. You have to play well to beat them and we did not, and they had a lot to do with that.”Part of Wisconsin’s success in handling Northwestern could be attributed to the patience the Badgers showed on the court.Wisconsin started the game by losing the tip-off, then turning the ball back over to Northwestern. The Badgers then went 1-4 in shooting and committed another turnover before sophomore forward Brian Butch made a lay-up to equalize the game at 5-5.The Cats would never lead again in the contest.”For us, the ball went in the basket and they were struggling,” Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan said. “We knocked some shots down and we were a little more patient. Sometimes we have to remember that it doesn’t have to happen in five seconds. It can happen in 18 seconds in a possession.”I thought once we gained some composure and had some ball reversals and got the ball in the post … we respected the game a lot better. When you respect the game, it tends to reward you.”Patience also paid off for junior forward Alando Tucker, who missed his first three shots.Tucker went on to score 20 points and add four steals, a career high.Toward the end of the first half, Wisconsin went on a 16-5 run to bring its lead to 14 with 10 seconds remaining. In that run, senior guard Ray Nixon nailed two 3-pointers. Nixon would add another trey in the second half to bring his game day scoring total to 13.”We just tried to be patient,” Nixon said about the first half, “[but] I just tried to contribute as much as I could. I just tried to find the open spots and hoped my teammates would find me.”In the second half, Northwestern seemed to have started to throw in the towel. Vukusic, who saw more than 19 minutes of continuous play in the first half, found some more bench time in the second half. Northwestern guard Craig Moore, who also saw almost 20 minutes of play in the first half, joined Vukusic on the bench for much of the second half. The two combined to score a total of 29 points and six rebounds.”They are just better than we are,” Carmody said. “I just thought they had a cold start. Their defense is good … and they make it hard to score around the basket. It’s a very solid defensive team.””Smalls” step up: With the Wildcats’ starting five averaging just below the 6-foot-6 mark, the Badgers were forced to use a smaller lineup. Butch and Greg Stiemsma only saw a combined 32 minutes of play.Sophomore guard Michael Flowers and junior guard Kammron Taylor both teamed up for 52 minutes of play. Freshman Joe Krabbenhoft, also known as “Special K,” saw more minutes than usual with 22 in the contest.Taylor scored 14 points in the game, Flowers had three assists and Krabbenhoft had six rebounds to help the team.”I can’t say enough about what our small lineup did,” Ryan said. “I think we got [Northwestern] into taking some shots that they didn’t want to — not that they can’t make them, but today they didn’t, which makes our defense look better. “But the smalls did a great job and the bigs understood. They know what’s going on, and the bigs did a great cheerleading job those last five, six, seven minutes.”