“He is just envious because he’s already retired. We’re still active and have a crown,” Pacquiao told The Manila Times. “I’m not thinking about that yet. I’m concerned first and foremost about our countrymen. No retirement [plans] yet. I’m still training, God is good.”With the majority of sporting events currently on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic, Pacquiao – who is also a senator in the Philippines government – is focused on helping his country’s people during the crisis. “I’m concerned first and foremost about our countrymen and about how to resolve this [coronavirus] pandemic,” he added. “I don’t have anything against him, but it’s not me. It’s sad that you hear guys say, ‘I want to fight Manny Pacquiao.’ But Manny Pacquiao is 41 now. Don’t chase him. You young guys chase each other. Stop chasing this old man. If the opportunity presents itself, go out and do what you got to do,” Mayweather told Fight Hype. “Let Manny Pacquiao pick and choose who he wants to fight. With everything he’s accomplished, hopefully, he’s made some smart investments.”MORE: Mike Tyson’s first opponent in comeback fight may have been revealedHowever, Pacquiao has little regard for Mayweather’s comments, claiming the 43-year-old, who last fought in 2017 against UFC star Conor McGregor, wishes he was still fighting. Manny Pacquiao suggested Floyd Mayweather Jr. is jealous of his prolonged career after the American labelled the veteran welterweight an “old man.”Mayweather was critical of younger fighters “chasing” a bout with 41-year-old Pacquiao, who won his most recent fight against the previously-undefeated Keith Thurman to claim the WBA super welterweight title last July.
MORE: A timeline of Patriots scandalsThe latest Patriots-related videotaping incident is similar. During a Browns vs. Bengals game in Cleveland on Dec. 8, a Cincinnati staffer in the press box at FirstEnergy Stadium noticed a cameraman, reportedly clad in Boston Bruins gear, recording the Bengals’ sideline. Cincinnati was scheduled to play New England the following week.A source told ESPN “a Bengals employee was watching the videographer/cameraman who identified himself as a Robert Kraft employee. The Bengals employee kept an eye on that monitor, (and) the shot was of the Bengals coaches and staff on the sidelines for the entire 1st quarter.”Alarmed, the Cincinnati staffer notified Bengals and NFL security, who confronted the cameraman and a producer who was with him.Video of the confrontation between security and the two taping suspects was recorded, and Fox Sports aired the footage before the Bengals played the Patriots on Dec. 15. “I don’t know why you would think you could tape that,” a Bengals security guard can be heard saying.”I didn’t know,” a videographer responds. “I didn’t know. I’m sorry.”FOX SPORTS EXCLUSIVE: @JayGlazer reveals footage of Patriots filming Bengals. pic.twitter.com/C7U7mopaEm— FOX Sports (@FOXSports) December 15, 2019According to multiple reports, the NFL confiscated the footage the videographer in question had recorded, immediately taking it out of the hands of the Patriots and launching an investigation. The Bengals also kept a copy of the tape.The Cincinnati Enquirer reported the Bengals believed the Patriots were stealing signals.On Dec. 9, the day after the incident, the Patriots released a statement admitting what they called “an unintended oversight.” They claimed they were shooting background footage for a video about the day-to-day work of an advanced scout for an installment of a “Do Your Job” documentary feature. The team said it informed the Browns of the plan, but neither the Bengals nor the NFL were made aware of the three-person crew, all of whom were independent contractors, according to the Patriots.”In addition to filming the scout, the production crew — without specific knowledge of league rules — inappropriately filmed the field from the press box,” the statement read in part. “The sole purpose of the filming was to provide an illustration of an advance scout at work on the road. There was no intention of using the footage for any other purpose. We understand and acknowledge that our video crew, which included independent contractors who shot the video, unknowingly violated a league policy by filming the field and sideline from the press box. When questioned, the crew immediately turned over all footage to the league and cooperated fully.”Soon after the team released that statement, Belichick during a radio interview said he and his coaching staff “100 percent have zero involvement with” the team’s video production staff, which functions in a department separate from football operations.Mondillo, the producer from Kraft Sports Entertainment who was on site with the videographer in Cleveland, was suspended by the Patriots. On Dec. 15, he released a statement that explained his role in the incident. For the second time on Bill Belichick’s watch, the Patriots have been punished by the NFL for illegally videotaping an opponent. Below are the punishments, per ESPN’s Mike Reiss.Loss of 2021 third-round draft pickTeam fine of $1.1 millionDavid Mondillo, the person who shot the illegal footage, banned from NFL facilities indefinitelyPatriots TV crews not be allowed to shoot any games during 2020 seasonThis punishment comes 12 years after the Spygate scandal, an incident in which New England’s signal-stealing was discovered during a regular-season game against the Jets. The NFL in that case docked Belichick the maximum amount under NFL bylaws ($50,000), fined the Patriots organization $250,000 and took away a 2008 first-round draft pick. No one was suspended. “I had no intention to provide footage to football operations,” the statement read in part. “I did not provide any footage, and I was never asked to do so.”Reiss noted in his story Sunday that the Patriots fired Mondillo before the NFL handed down its punishment.According to The Athletic’s Paul Dehner Jr., who cited sources who have seen the footage, “it shows about eight minutes of footage focusing on recording the Bengals’ sideline. It’s a direct view of the sideline as coaches make signals for plays. This isn’t an over-the-shoulder of the advanced scout who is doing his job stuff. This is shooting the sideline. For an extended period of time. The egregious nature of the video is why it set off the firestorm it did during the game with the Bengals executives in the press box.”
WASHINGTON — Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler released the details today (Friday) of the Trump administration’s agreement on how much ethanol will be blended with gasoline.Wheeler says the agreement for what’s known as the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) will address concerns about blending exceptions given small oil refineries. “By averaging the last three years of what the small refinery program takes and propose going that much higher than 15 BILLION gallons — so at the end of the day we net out at least 15 BILLION gallons or higher. So that the corn farmers, the ethanol producers have the certainty that they need,” Wheeler says. Around 30 ethanol and biodiesel plants nationwide have either temporarily or permanently shut down in recent weeks — including four plants in Iowa — because of the uncertainty caused by the waivers. Wheeler says this plan should help them. “For next year we are putting a projection for the small refinery program into the requirements on the refinery side for what they have to blend,” Wheeler says, “and that way at the end of the day for 2020 we will have at least 15 BILLION gallons of corn ethanol.” Wheeler says there are other things happening that will also help ethanol producers. “We also continue to export more ethanol as well. So the export market is growing — we did the E-15 earlier this year — which is going to allow higher blends of ethanol to be sold nationwide,” Wheeler says. Iowa’s elected officials harshly criticized Wheeler following the granting of the refinery waivers. They are responding positively to today’s announcement. Senator Chuck Grassley praising the plan which Grassley says will “fix” the agency’s exemption process and help corn and soybean growers. Grassley, a Republican and a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, says the president is “fighting for the farmer.” Grassley says, “President Trump delivered for Iowa, the farmers, the biofuel producers, and in the end, helping the entire country to be more environmentally good.” The solution outlined today (Friday) by the Trump administration is exactly how the R-F-S, is meant to function, according to Grassley. “Since taking office, President Trump has listened to the concerns of farmers and biofuel producers,” Grassley says. “Now, he delivered a victory that will ensure the integrity of the R-F-S is maintained for years to come.” While the R-F-S mandates that certain amounts of ethanol need to be blended into gasoline, the Trump administration granted 85 waivers to refineries, freeing them of the ethanol requirement. Grassley says the plan will “fix E-P-A’s exemption process and help farmers and biofuels producers going forward.” “You can grant all the waivers you want to grant but the law provides for adding back in gallons lost,” Grassley says. “So, basically, that’s what this does.” The R-F-S requires 15-billion gallons of corn-based ethanol be blended into gasoline starting in 2020, but the waivers allowed refineries to refuse some four-billion gallons. Grassley says he’s satisfied with the new plan. “I’m not going to make any decisions until we know what EPA is going to put on paper,” Grassley says. “Fifteen-billion gallons is 15-billion gallons. What they do on waivers doesn’t make much difference, as long as we get what we were promised.” =======Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig issued this statement:“This is welcome news for Iowa’s farmers and the renewable fuels industry. President Trump listened to our producers’ concerns and took action to address them. This is what happens when farmers, biofuels producers and government leaders work together to make our voices heard. We are grateful to President Trump for directing EPA to uphold the intent of the Renewable Fuel Standard, and we look forward to working with EPA and USDA to implement today’s announcement. As the number one producer of ethanol and biodiesel in the country, Iowa is proud to lead the nation in reducing our dependence on foreign oil. We will continue to work to restore and build demand for these critical markets for Iowa agriculture.”
MASON CITY — Three people from Mason City charged with harboring a runaway connected with a missing juvenile case in Clear Lake have pleaded not guilty. 38-year-old Eric Anderson, 59-year-old Leroy Lomholt, and 33-year-old Megan Carlyle of Mason City were arrested last month for harboring a runaway against the wishes of their parents. Police say the three provided shelter to a known runaway under the age of 18 who was voluntarily absent without the consent of the child’s parents, guardian or custodian. The child was located and was taken back to her home with no foul play being suspected. All three filed written pleas of not guilty last week in Cerro Gordo County District Court. Online court records show the trials for Anderson and Carlyle are scheduled to start on June 2nd, while Lomholt’s trial is scheduled to start on June 23rd.
MASON CITY — The Mason City School Board Monday night reviewed a draft “Return to Learn” plan for the upcoming school year which will be formally adopted early next month. Superintendent Dave Versteeg says the number one priority of the district’s plan is to protect the health of the students, staff and community. He says the situation of bringing kids back to school full-time or utilizing a hybrid of in-class and online is still fluid at this time. “It’s a week-to-week and day to day decision. I would not anticipate that that decision about what we’re actually going to do is going to happen until shortly before the start of school, for a variety of reasons. We’re 20 some days away from August 24th, almost a month, maybe five weeks. It’s going to change immensely between now and then. Those are our options and that’s what the plan outlines is options, not necessarily exactly what we’re going to do today.” Versteeg says a number of new rules would be implemented when students attend classes at school, including cleaning procedures and limiting access to visitors. “Going beyond the office area is likely prohibited in most cases, even for parents, and probably appointments are necessary to even enter the building. New cleaning procedures for classrooms and common areas have been developed and are in place, and training needs to take place with staff about those at the appropriate time.”Versteeg says both staff and students will need to self-assess their health before coming to school each day. “It’s now been our determination at this point that on-site temperature testing and assessing would not be efficient or effective given the large number of students that we’re probably dealing with, but it’s possible, but at this point we’re asking people to self assess before they even leave for school.” Versteeg says they will strongly encourage the use of masks in school when social distancing is not possible. “We feel that given the nature of mandates and how do you enforce it, we would have a better success by convincing people to wear masks then punishing people for not wearing them. We’re just not sure how the enforcement is going to be. That’s our stance today, we highly encourage people to wear masks, we’re very supportive of that. But at this point, since I don’t have the support of the Department of Ed to mandate that decision, I think it would be best that we just make it not necessarily optional, but we really encourage people to do it and support people who do do it.” Versteeg says the board will have a special meeting on August 4th to approve the district’s “Return to Learn” plan. You can review the draft plan as well as watch video from last night’s school board meeting via the links below: Click here to read the full “Return-To-Learn Plan”Click here to watch Monday night’s meeting
Bayern doubled their lead when the club’s record signing Tolisso, who cost 41.5 million euros ($48.6m) from Lyon, headed home on 18 minutes when Arturo Vidal found him in the box.Tolisso could have scored again soon after when he hit the post.Torrential rain then forced the start of the second-half to be delayed by 15 minutes.The stadium briefly emptied in the break as supporters sought shelter before resuming their soaking wet seats.Leverkusen’s new coach Heiko Herrlich responded to his side’s woeful defending in the first half with two changes for the second 45 minutes.Germany winger Julian Brandt replaced Jamaica’s Leon Bailey and defender Aleksandar Dragovic replaced new signing Sven Bender at centre-back.It changed little and when Chile international Charles Aranguiz pulled Lewandowski to the floor as Bayern attacked, the VAR spotted the foul and the Polish striker converted the resulting spot kick on 53 minutes.Moments later, Neuer’s understudy Sven Ulreich proved his worth in the Bayern goal to deny Brandt, then Dominik Kohr in quick succession.With an hour played, Bayern’s stand-in captain Thomas Mueller made way for Arjen Robben.Leverkusen showed heart when Brandt’s pass found Mehmedi unmarked on 65 minutes and the Swiss international slotted home their consolation. Robert LewandowskiBerlin, Germany | AFP | Robert Lewandowski converted a second-half penalty, awarded by a video assistant referee intervention, as champions Bayern Munich opened the 2017/18 Bundesliga season with a 3-1 win over Bayer Leverkusen on Friday.The video assistant referee is being trialled in the Bundesliga this season and came into play for the first time to spot that Lewandowski was fouled in the area in the second-half.The Polish striker dutifully slotted home the penalty to put Bayern 3-0 up after new signings Germany defender Niklas Suele and France midfielder Corentin Tolisso scored with first-half headers.Leverkusen deservedly pulled a goal back at 3-0 down when Swiss striker Admir Mehmedi capped off a bright passage of play with a fierce shot.“That was a special day for me — my first game for my new club and my first goal, that was nice,” said Suele.Leverkusen’s Germany defender Jonathan Tah was left ruing his side’s poor first-half display.“We were asleep in the first half and conceded stupid goals,” said Tah.On a dramatic opening night, the start of the second half was also delayed by 15 minutes as torrential rain swept the stadium.Having won last season’s German league title — their fifth in a row — by 15 points, the thumping win in Munich suggests Bayern are in no mood to relax their iron-grip on the Bundesliga title.The hosts were missing a host of injured stars at Munich’s rain-lashed Allianz Arena including new club captain Manuel Neuer, defender Jerome Boateng and new-signing James Rodriguez.Nevertheless, it took just nine minutes for Bayern to go ahead.Centre-back Suele nodded Sebastian Rudy’s free-kick past his Germany teammate, Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno. Share on: WhatsApp
A man standing just 3 feet 9 inches tall says he believes he was discriminated against after staff at Busch Gardens told him that he could not ride a kiddie ride with his friends daughter.The incident occurred Sunday.According to the report, Shane Moore says his friend’s daughter was afraid to ride the Gwazi Gliders by herself so meeting the height guidelines of being under 56 inches, and having ridden the ride in the past, Moore believed he could go on the ride with the child. When the attendant did their final check of the ride, however, Moore was kicked off of the ride for being too old.Moore stating that the guideline said nothing about the age of the rider, then reported the incident to another staff member who told him that he should have been able to go on the ride.Busch Gardens has since released a statement regarding the incident:“There is nothing more important than the safety of our guests and employees. Rides, like Gwazi Gliders, are designed and operated according to industry standards and safety guidelines as well as manufacturer specifications. For this particular ride, there are restrictions that deal with both height and age. Children must be 56” or less in order to ride, and no adults are allowed. We apologize for any confusion, and continue to remain committed to providing excellent guest service for all our visitors.”
Two women with outstanding warrants have added new charges to their list after they were found to be driving around town with a 16-day old infant on the floor of their car.The incident occurred in London, Kentucky Thursday.Officials say both 32-year-old Rebeca Jean Fultz and her mother, 69-year-old Charolotte J. Simpson were pulled over for outstanding warrants Thursday around 7:30 pm.While authorities conducted the arrest, Fultz informed them that her newborn was in the car. Officials reported that they could not find the infant at first, because she was not strapped into a car seat. The infant was later found on the floor of the vehicle between the passenger and front seat.Officials also reported that the infant was covered in ants, had a soiled diaper, and was laid amongst trash, an unsecured flat-screen television, and seemed to be having trouble breathing.The infant was taken to an area hospital where their condition was said to have since improved. The infant is still, however, being treated for dehydration, and will be turned over to social services.As for the child’s mother and grandmother, they have been taken to a local jail where they face child abuse charges along with their warrants.
Florida’s Supreme Court heard arguments on Wednesday morning over how much the Broward County School Board potentially owes the families of victims in the Parkland shooting.The state’s Sovereign Immunity Law places a limit on the amount that government agencies are required to pay in lawsuits.Meanwhile, the Broward County School Board believes their liability is capped at $300,000, as it considers the mass shooting to be “One Incident.”Attorneys for the victims argue that they are owed up to $200,000 each, because every shot was a separate incident.According to Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter was one of the 17 individuals killed during the shooting, “It was no unfortunate incident. It was failure, failure, failure. My daughter is dead because of it.” He believes the Justices should rule for the larger liability, in part to show what he refers to as the District’s failure to secure its schools.The Justices have not indicated when they will decide on the issue.
Coco Gauff, the 15-year-old tennis phenom from Delray Beach, became the youngest Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) winner since Nicole Vaidisova in 2004, on Sunday.The local teen defeated 2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 1-6, 6-2 in Linz, Austria.Gauff lost during the qualifying rounds but made the tournament’s main draw when another player pulled out due to an injury.She then went on to reach her first quarterfinal, grab her first top-10 win and her first title.“I’ll definitely remember this moment for the rest of my life,” she told the crowd.Gauff collected a check of $43,000 for the match.Ostapenko seemed to have momentum heading into the final set Sunday. However, Gauff regrouped early on and grabbed a 5-0 lead.Ostapenko saved two match points and rallied back for 2-5, but Gauff took advantage on her third match point and surged ahead once again.Gauff’s ranking will rise from 110th to around 70th, which means that she will not need to go through qualifying or to get a wildcard in order to earn a place at tennis’ next major, January’s Australian Open.She told the crowd, “One of the biggest thank yous goes to you guys. Thank you for your constant support this week. It’s been an amazing week and I hope to come back in the future.”