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MORRISON, Colo. (CBS4) – Jefferson County Public Health announced Sunday its intent to pursue legal action against the management of Bandimere Speedway following Saturday’s Brakes Plus Jet Car Nationals and Fourth of July fireworks event. The health department claims the speedway violated an agreement between the parties to limit attendance and promote the attendees’ adherence to county and state health guidelines established for public gatherings during the coronavirus pandemic.

Those requirements were violated, the health department stated in a press release.

“We want our businesses, who are pillars in our community, to be able to safely operate,” said Dr. Mark B. Johnson, MD, MPH, Executive Director of JCPH. “At the same time, we are dealing with the most significant public health crisis of our lifetime, and cases of the virus are already starting to increase again in Jeffco. We are proud that the large majority of our local businesses are working diligently to keep themselves and others safe. However, when one business does not, it compromises the health and economy of our entire community.”

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Attorneys for the JeffCo health department and the drag strip had agreed to the stipulations the day before the event after a judge granted a temporary restraining order on Thursday. That temporary restraining order, requested by the health department’s attorneys, threatened to shut down the race, even as race teams began pulling into the pits.

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At issue, the JeffCo health department concerns about track’s ability to cap attendance at 175 people — the current state-wide maximum for outdoor gatherings — and to implement social distancing requirements for those who did attend. Track management did not respond to the concerns until the temporary restraining order was granted.

Less than 12 hours to the scheduled gates opening, Bandimere posted on its Facebook page that the event was given a green light.

Copter4 flew over the event Saturday morning and found a limited number of spectators.

“It’s good to see people out again,” said Frank Peterson, who lives by the speedway. “I hope the whole thing gets to be where people can be out again like we used to be able to.”

But as racing commenced in the afternoon and the promise of evening fireworks hung in the air with spent nitro fumes, the crowd grew measurably.

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John Bandimere Jr., track president, said of his event on Saturday “This is not a drag race, it’s a rally for freedom.” He then took issue with state health measures, saying “I pray for Gov. (Jared) Polis that he would get some wisdom.”

“Gatherings in outdoor venues in excess of 175 people per designated activity are banned,” stated the health department’s press release. “This does not mean the entire event itself was limited to 175 guests. However, representatives from JCPH who attended the event collected evidence that this requirement was still violated.”

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“It’s pretty huge, not somewhere I’d like to be just because of all the whole coronavirus thing,” said Mark Senolos, who parked near the speedway to watch the firework show from a distance Saturday night.

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Illinois basketball will not likely have a scholarship limit problem for the 2020-21 season.

Alex Tchikou, a 6-foot-11 four-star power forward who reclassified ahead to the 2020 recruiting class, announced his verbal commitment to Alabama Sunday afternoon on Twitter. The French native, who played last season at Dream City Christian School in Glendale, Ariz., selected the Crimson Tide over the only eight programs, which included Illinois, on his final list.

If Tchikou, whose last name is pronounced chi-koo, had selected the Illini then it would’ve certainly meant Illinois head coach Brad Underwood was confident in least one of the ongoing draft decisions of Ayo Dosunmu or Kofi Cockburn.

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Illinois can still welcome back Ayo Dosunmu and Kofi Cockburn back for the 2020-21 season without having a scholarship limit issue.

Now, it appears Tchikou’s verbal pledge creates similar questions surrounding Alabama head coach Nate Oats’ program as they were at the NCAA limit of 13 scholarship players before today’s announcement. Alabama fans might now have a better understanding of the upcoming draft decision of wing John Petty. All draft-eligible prospects have until the NCAA’s deadline of Aug. 3 to stay in or return to their college program for another season. Illini Now/Sports Illustrated has previously reported that both Dosunmu and Cockburn continue to wait on word for a possible prospects draft combine date to be announced before the NCAA’s deadline.

Cockburn is back in Champaign-Urbana for COVID-19 safety reasons but has yet to check in for voluntary on-campus workouts. Dosunmu continues to work privately with his father in Chicago as he continues to evaluate his draft options.

By reclassifying up a year to the 2020 recruiting class, Tchikou has essentially guaranteed he’ll be spending at least two years at Alabama unless he wants to spend his second year beyond high school in the NBA’s G-League because currently the NBA holds 19-year-old age limit to be a draft-eligible prospect.

In terms of the power forward position for the Illini’s 2020-21 season, Giorgi Bezhanishvili currently holds down the spot in the Illini system and Benjamin Bosmans-Verdonk is coming off a severe foot injury that kept him out of most of the previous 2019-20 campaign. Jacob Grandison, a 6-foot-6 wing player who transferred from Holy Cross, could also see some minutes at that ‘4’ spot if the Illini wanted to go with a smaller overall unit.

Alabama now has the potential for a talented but crowded frontcourt as the Crimson Tide have already acquired the services of graduat transfer Jordan Bruner from Yale and 2020 forward Keon Ambrose-Hylton from Canada for the upcoming season.

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New York (AFP) – Japanese right handed pitcher Masahiro Tanaka was out of hospital on Sunday after being felled by a hard line drive up the middle during a training session at Yankee Stadium on Saturday.

The New York Yankees star was hit in the head by a hard shot off the bat of teammate Giancarlo Stanton and immediately collapsed on the ground where he stayed for several minutes.

He was treated and released the same day.

“Masa had concussion-like symptoms that have since dissipated. He went through a battery of tests at the hospital; everything checked out well,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said.

Boone added that Tanaka has been placed in “concussion protocol” for follow up treatment.

The incident happened on the Major League Baseball team’s first official day of workouts ahead of the start of the delayed American baseball season.

The 31-year-old Tanaka said on social media he was looking forward to getting back on the mound.

“I appreciate all the support. I feel it a bit right now, but I’m all good. Going to try to get back on the mound ASAP! Thanks again for all the encouraging words!”

In six seasons with the Yankees, Tanaka is 75-43 with a 3.75 ERA, 947 strikeouts and 200 walks. Tanaka posted an 11-9 record with a 4.45 ERA in 32 appearances last season.

The Yankees have already lost one starting pitcher to injury, with Luis Severino undergoing Tommy John surgery a couple of months ago.

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Ghaiyyath wrested away Enable’s Coral-Eclipse crown with a relentless front-running victory at Sandown.

Charlie Appleby’s remorseless galloper was sent off 9-4 and led after the first furlong and was never headed as he added his second successive Group One following last month’s success in the Coronation Cup at Newmarket.

Enable (Evens Fav), having her first run of the campaign and absent since finishing a gallant second in last year’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, was held up off the pace by Frankie Dettori and could never get to the winner – eventually finishing a two-and-a-quarter-length runner-up.

Winning rider William Buick said afterwards: “He’s got a huge cruising speed and he knows how to use it. He had won over a mile and a quarter, at Group Two level, but it was his first go over a mile and a quarter in a Group One and he was in a nice rhythm the whole way.

“Charlie had him in great shape. We were obviously concerned about Enable coming into the race, but it was her first run of the season and I’m sure she’ll improve from the race.

“As a horse, you go with what Ghaiyyath wants to do – he’s not a horse who likes to be controlled. You just sit against him, let him use his huge stride and go when he’s ready.

“He’s a joy to ride and a very, very good horse. As a five-year-old he’s mature physically and mentally – he’s becoming the finished article.

“I think a mile and a quarter will be his optimum trip – he’s very fast. Sometimes when you ride him over a mile and a half you’re always worried the last furlong is going to be a long one, but he keeps going.

“He’s obviously very effective over both distances.”

Appleby – celebrating his 45th birthday – said: “He’s a horse we’ve always held in high regard and we’ve seen the performances he can put up. Obviously he’d been an emphatic winner in France and in Germany and out in Dubai, but I think the Coronation Cup win gained him a lot of fans and support.

“We were never concerned about dropping him back to the 10 furlongs today. He’s got loads of pace and statistically this track suits front runners.

“We had immense respect for Enable, who I felt lost nothing in defeat – it was a great battle up the straight.”

He added: “This year he seems to be taking his races better. We toyed with the idea of going for the Prince of Wales’s Stakes after the Coronation Cup, but we thought we’d give ourselves an extra couple of weeks and we know this track can favour a front runner.

“The Juddmonte International at York would be up there (as a target). He’s shown his versatility now, winning over 10 and 12 furlongs.

“You don’t beat Enable having an easy run, so we’ll see where we are over the next week and then decide whether we head to York or whether he needs a bit more time.

“There’s plenty of racing coming up over the autumn, so I don’t think we need to be making any rash decisions – there are plenty of options out there.”

On a potential rematch with Enable in the Arc, Appleby said: “I’d rather not have to take her on!

“Last year we felt he was a potential Arc horse. Unfortunately the ground went very soft, it was a very strongly-run race and it paid in the end.

“Our plan was always to work back from another crack at the Arc. If Enable is in it, we’ll just have to take her on again.

“We’re delighted with today’s success – I’m very pleased for the horse.”

Despite the defeat, John Gosden was understandably thrilled with the effort of Enable.

He said: “I’m delighted with her. She ran a gorgeous race. We know Ghaiyyath, and as I warned everybody, it is a great front-runners track, Sandown. If he gets free on the front, as he is a fabulous horse, you are never going to get to him. We found that out in the Coronation.

“She has put in a perfect performance and has come with a lovely run. I’m delighted with the way she came there. Frankie said the last half a furlong she just needed it, so he looked after her. It is the perfect platform we were looking for for the King George (Ascot, 25 July). We were very happy.

“She enjoyed it and her zest and desire is there, but trying to get involved with a front-running horse like him was never going to be her deal. I think I did warn everybody about that left, right and centre.

“She is an older mare now and it has taken a great deal more to get her to this point, but she has run a beautiful race and I couldn’t be more thrilled with her. We knew coming we were 85% and you are not going to beat a front-running horse like that around here.

“She has run the most perfect race to point towards the King George.”

A’Ali (12-1) bounced back to his brilliant best to make a return to winning ways and open his account for the campaign in the Coral Charge.

Having failed to see out six furlongs on his seasonal return at Newcastle, last year’s Norfolk Stakes hero appeared to appreciate the drop back to the minimum trip for this Group Three affair.

Despite being slowly away from stall one, the Simon and Ed Crisford-trained colt showed a good turn of foot once put in clear daylight by Frankie Dettori, before getting the better of favourite Liberty Beach by a length.

Ed Crisford said of his winner: “It was nice to see the horse come back. Six furlongs at Newcastle on the all-weather didn’t work out. He came out of the race really well. He was training well and back at five he did it really well.

“He is a triple Group Two winner, but he went to America (for the Breeders’ Cup) and had one bad run and he became forgotten quickly.

“He is a good horse and he deserves to be where he is. He is not the biggest, but he has got an engine.”

Equally delighted with the performance was Dettori, who was celebrating a fourth victory aboard A’Ali.

He said: “He has not grown much from two to three, but what he lacks in stature he makes up for in heart and guts.

“The number one draw here is the best draw on the sprint track, but you have got to get the splits. I was determined to stay on the rail. A furlong and half out I had to pull him out though and he did the rest. He got his head down like a terrier and he wants to win.

“I’m pleased he has won a Group race at three.”

A clash with recent King’s Stand Stakes winner Battaash looks to be on the cards for A’Ali, with Crisford pointing towards the King George Qatar Stakes at Goodwood next for the Society Rock colt.

He added: “He will head to Goodwood now for the King George, as there are not many places to go, then we will look at the Nunthorpe.

“It was a really good race today though, as there were some proper horses in there and he was taking on the older horses. He had to be at his best today and he was.”

Dashing Willoughby (11-4) moved a step nearer to an end-of-season outing in the Melbourne Cup following a battling success in the Coral Henry II Stakes.

Last year’s Queen Vase winner made it two wins from as many starts this season, following up his comeback Listed victory at Newmarket in the rescheduled Group Three.

Displaying a willing attitude for Oisin Murphy, the Nathaniel gelding found plenty on his return to two miles to keep Spanish Mission at bay by a length and a quarter.

Trainer Andrew Balding said of his winner: “It was really good. We made a bit of a mess of it last year running him too many times. Just with a bit of gap between his races seems to really suit him and he was obviously in good form today.

“These stayers put their heart and soul into the races and they take a lot out of themselves. I probably hadn’t appreciated that with him last year and we probably went to the well a couple of times too many.

“He looked good at Newmarket last time. It is very pleasing, as the owner Mick Mariscotti was the financial director at Coral and it will give him great delight to taking Coral’s sponsorship money.”

Gussy Mac (10-1) continued his climb through the ranks with a tenacious success in the Coral Beaten By A Length Freebet Dragon Stakes.

After building on a promising debut at Newmarket with victory last time out at Wolverhampton, the Dark Angel colt took another step forward to claim top honours in the Listed prize.

Doing all his best work late on in the five-furlong contest, he pulled out plenty to defeat Significantly by half a length.

Teal said: “That wasn’t bad for the biggest drifter of the day!

“It all went wrong on his debut as he fluffed his lines in the stalls, but he made up a lot of ground.

“At Wolverhampton he was as green as grass and he was still very green there today. Jack (Mitchell) said he stumbled and lost his way a bit, then when he hit the rising ground he knuckled down and stayed on nicely.

“It is great to see him fulfil the potential we thought he had.”

A step up in class and trip is likely to be on the agenda, with Teal earmarking the Group Two Richmond Stakes over six furlongs at Goodwood as the next target.

There was a French-trained success in the Listed Coral Gala Stakes, with Magny Cours (5-2) obliging for Andre Fabre and William Buick in the Godolphin colours.

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ROME — A humanitarian group said Sunday its rescue ship with 180 migrants stranded aboard for days has “finally” received instructions to sail to an Italian port, so its passengers can be disembarked.

In a tweet, SOS Mediterranee also described “relief on the #Ocean Viking” when the ship’s crew and passengers learned that the rescued migrants are to be disembarked Monday at Porto Empedocle, Sicily.

Earlier, the group said Italian medical staff came aboard to test for COVID-19.

The migrants had been rescued by the Ocean Viking in four separate operations from Libya-based human traffickers’ unseaworthy boats between June 25 and June 30.

After pleas to Malta and Italy for docking permission had failed to quickly yield success, many of the migrants aboard grew increasingly desperate, and six of them tried to kill themselves out of fear no country would take them in, SOS Mediterranee said Friday.

Two of the six had plunged into the Mediterranean and were saved by crew members, the charity said.

It wasn’t immediately clear if the 180 migrants would be kept in precautionary quarantine at port or taken to centers on Sicily for asylum-seekers, for initial processing of their requests to stay in Europe.

Italy had employed an unused commercial passenger ferry to put in quarantine off Sicily migrants who were recently rescued at sea by another charity group.

Both Italy and Malta have insisted that fellow European Union countries take many of the rescued migrants, who often aim to reach jobs or relatives in northern Europe. Many of the migrants, smuggled via Libya on flimsy dinghies or rickety fishing boats, are fleeing poverty, not war or persecution and ultimately are found ineligible for asylum. Many come from sub-Saharan Africa.

Despite diplomatic efforts by EU authorities in Brussels to encourage countries to share the burden of caring for some of the asylum-seekers, only a handful of member nations have agreed on a voluntary basis to accept some of the rescued migrants who are disembarked in Malta or Greece.

Early in the pandemic, Italy declared its ports unsafe for docking by private rescue ships as it sought to contain its devastating coronavirus outbreak.

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Macy’s fireworks go off on the top of the Empire State Building as the full buck moon rises in the sky on July 4, 2020 as seen from Weehawken, New Jersey. (Image credit: Gary Hershorn/Getty Images)

Some skywatchers may have seen more than mere fireworks in the night sky during their Fourth of July celebrations on Saturday: the full moon.

Overnight on Saturday and Sunday (July 4 and 5), July’s full “Buck Moon” dipped through the outermost edges in a penumbral lunar eclipse. While the lunar eclipse was subtle and difficult to see — one eclipse expert said it would “invisible” — the full moon was still a spectacular sight for skywatchers around the world. 

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NEW YORK — Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office announced Sunday morning that New York City will enter phase three of reopening Monday – but that indoor dining will remain closed.

Normally indoor dining, with distancing restrictions, would be part of a phase three reopening. But the state has determined that because of New York City previously being the epicenter of the U.S. pandemic, it is too risky to allow people to possibly crowd into restaurants and bars there.
  
“Out of an abundance of caution and after seeing other states’ experiences with indoor dining, we will wait to reopen it as the city moves to phase three tomorrow,” Cuomo said in a statement.

Phase three also allows reopening of personal services, such as nail salons and spas.

Meanwhile, coronavirus data improved overnight in New York. Of 63,415 tests done Saturday, .84 percent were positive – which is lower than a week ago. There were also eight deaths statewide, and hospitalizations went down slightly by 12, to 832 people.

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Spielberg (Austria) (AFP) – Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen confirmed a split among Formula One drivers over an anti-racism stance on Sunday when they said they will not be taking a knee on the grid ahead the belated season-opening Austrian Grand Prix.

Both tweeted ahead of the race adding that they were committed to fighting racism.

Leclerc said his refusal to kneel did not signal he was any less committed than others.

The Monegasque driver wrote: “I believe that what matters are facts and behaviours in our daily life rather than formal gestures that could be seen as controversial in some countries.

“I will not take the knee but this does not mean at all that I am less committed than others in the fight against racism.”

Leclerc and Verstappen’s statements come amid reports that up to five drivers are reluctant to take a knee in support of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement.

“I am very committed to equality and the fight against racism,” Verstappen tweeted.

“But I believe everyone has the right to express themself at a time and in a way that suits them. I will not take the knee today but respect and support the personal choices every driver makes.”

The BLM campaign gained global momentum following the death of black American George Floyd under the knee of a police officer in Minneapolis.

Six-time world champion Lewis Hamilton has been an outspoken supporter of the movement and last month launched his own Hamilton Commission to identify causes of motorsport’s lack of diversity.

Hamilton is the sport’s only black race winner and champion and on Saturday revealed he had addressed his fellow-drivers at a meeting on Friday.

Hamilton said he told his rivals that “silence” on the issue of racism “is generally complicit”.

The Grand Prix Drivers’ Association (GPDA) said Saturday that they were united against racism and the drivers had agreed to wear “End Racism” t-shirts on the grid.

Jean Todt, president of Formula One’s ruling body the FIA, told reporters at Spielberg, however, that sport should be wary of allowing itself to be used by political influences.

“Sometimes there is a tendency to use it as a weapon and we have to be very careful of that, but I admire people who have conviction and do as much as they can,” he said.

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It is believed that some of the drivers have been upset by Hamilton equating “silence” with a supposed level of unconscious racism in the F1 paddock.

Haas driver Kevin Magnussen said: “I intend to kneel – not so much because I support the Black Lives Matter organisation, but more because I want to support the worldwide movement against racism and discrimination.

“I hope no special group or organisation takes ownership of it.”

The debate over taking a knee comes as FIA pledged to give one million euros ($1.1m) to the sport’s new ‘We Race As One’ diversity foundation.

FIA chief Todt said it was “a first step – and more will come”.

“We should fight any form of discrimination and notably on account of skin colour, religion, ethnic or social origin.”

The FIA’s cash will go to boost the programme established by Formula One’s chief executive Chase Carey who launched the initiative with $1 million of his own money.

The foundation is designed to help finance internships and apprenticeships in F1 for under-represented groups by ensuring there are opportunities for them to fulfil their potential.

“We must promote diversity in motorsport and that is why we decided to give one million euros in contribution to the new dedicated foundation created by F1,” said Todt.

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MADISON (WKOW) – The prolonged stretch of hot weather continues, and isolated bubble-up storms remain possible.

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A heat dome continues to build over the Upper Midwest causing temps to soar.

The heat and humidity cause the atmosphere to destabilize through the day popping up daily, isolated storm chances.

Radar snapshot later this afternoon with temps

TODAY
Areas of fog with the humidity will burn off around 7 am with quickly climbing temps under mostly sunny skies.

High temps soar to around 90° with isolated afternoon and evening showers and storms possible.

TONIGHT
Mostly clear and muggy with temps in the upper 60s.

MONDAY
Mostly sunny and hot with temps in the low 90s. Isolated afternoon and evening are again possible.

TUESDAY
Mostly to partly sunny and hot with a few pop-ups showers and storms with temps in the low 90s and heat index values with the humidity in the mid 90s.

WEDNESDAY
Mostly sunny and hot with isolated afternoon and evening pop-up storms with temps in the low 90s.

THURSDAY
Partly sunny with a few, scattered storms possible. Temps stay hot in the low 90s with feels-like temps in the mid to upper 90s.

FRIDAY
Partly sunny with a few, scattered storms possible and staying very warm in the upper 80s.

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