ABC News(NEW YORK) — A storm that brought hail the size of golf balls to Florida on Wednesday has moved out and now we are watching a western storm as it crosses the country and brings more severe storms, heavy rain and even snow.Unsettled weather stretches from the West Coast all the way to the Midwest on Thursday morning with heavy rain and snow. Heavy snow has been falling on Interstate 80 in California over the Donner Summit where traffic has come to a standstill.The rain will continue through the flooded areas of the Plains through Thursday, but it is not expected to be very heavy.By Friday afternoon and evening, a stronger storm will move into the central U.S. with heavy rain and severe storms to the south and snow to the north.A widespread region from Kansas to Indiana is expecting 1 to 2 inches of rain, with localized amounts near 3 inches.To the north and west, more than half a foot of snow is expected in Wyoming — and even a few inches are possible in the High Plains or Nebraska.East enjoys major warmupAhead of the storm, a nice warmup has arrived for most of the East.Highs on Thursday will surge near 60 degrees in Chicago and Detroit, while the warmth will move to the East Coast by Friday and Saturday.The forecast is for 60s and 70s from Washington, D.C., to Boston.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
(BBC) – World number 19 Grigor Dimitrov, who played in both of Novak Djokovic’s recent Adria Tour events, has tested positive for coronavirus.The Bulgarian, 29, withdrew from the second tournament in Zadar, Croatia on Saturday with sickness after his opening loss to Borna Coric.“I am so sorry for any harm I might have caused,” he said.Sunday’s final, which would have featured world number one Djokovic, has been cancelled.Dimitrov, who also played in the first event in Belgrade last week, wrote on Instagram: “I tested positive back in Monaco for Covid-19. I want to make sure anyone who has been in contact with me during these past days gets tested and takes the necessary precautions.“I am back home now and recovering. Thanks for your support and please stay safe and healthy.”The tournaments were set up by world number one Djokovic to help players get back to match fitness after several weeks without competition because of the coronavirus pandemic. Several top-10 players have been competing including Djokovic, Alexander Zverev and Dominic Thiem.The first event in Serbia attracted 4,000 fans, and several thousand attended in Zadar.With both Serbia and Croatia easing lockdown measures before the events, players were not obliged to observe social distancing rules in either country and were seen embracing at the net at the end of their matchesPictures on the tournament’s social media from three days ago show Dimitrov playing basketball with Djokovic, Zverev and Marin Cilic, while he also put his arm around Coric before their match.Djokovic’s coach and event director Goran Ivanisevic told fans courtside the final was off because of Dimitrov’s positive test.Tournament organisers said the final was cancelled “as a precaution and to protect the health of all participants and visitors”.A statement read: “At all times we have strictly followed the epidemiological measures in place with the countries where the Adria Tour was organised.“None of the people involved in the organisation and who have been in contact with Grigor have any symptoms.“However, we are in close contact with health authorities in order to insure that all people who were in contact with Grigor will be tested tonight. Since we do not want to risk, we decided to cancel the final match.”There have been no professional tennis events organised by the main men’s and women’s tours since March because of the coronavirus pandemic.The US Open will be held without fans from 31 August to 13 September, despite some players voicing concerns about travelling to New York.There have been handshakes and hugs. They have got up close and personal to play football and basketball, and celebrated the end of the first leg in Belgrade with some improvised limbo dancing in a nightclub.Crowds were made welcome by the authorities, but that does not mean social distancing should have been abandoned by the players, who had arrived from various different locations for the Adria Tour series.And then onwards to others. Dominic Thiem, who was part of the show in Belgrade last week, has been playing in the Ultimate Tennis Showdown in the south of France this weekend.Most of those on the Adria Tour have sounded distinctly lukewarm about the prospect of travelling to New York for the US Open – and it has not been hard to empathise with some of their concerns.But when watching the pictures from Belgrade and now Zadar, the feeling is simply one of bemusement.
JEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoIn his first year as a college player, true freshman cornerback Aaron Henry has turned some heads with his play. His two and a half sacks against Iowa two weeks ago may have been his coming out party, but his interception against Washington State’s fake punt earlier in the season was equally impressive — it was his first ever college football game.”I’ve been playing football my whole life,” Henry said, downplaying his interception. “That stuff is second nature to me. If you see a ball in the air, you’re taught to go and attack it.”The speedy freshman raced 26 yards down the sideline after the pick before getting shoved out of bounds. The play effectively put the game in the books, as it set up the last Badger touchdown in a 42-21 win over the Cougars.”My hat goes off to the coaching staff for giving me the opportunity,” Henry said. “I’m just trying to go out there and play my part.””He works hard, and he asks a lot of questions,” starting cornerback Allen Langford said. “He goes out there and performs well because he knows what he’s doing.”Because of reoccurring injuries to cornerback Jack Ikegwuonu, Henry has been a large contributor to the Badgers’ 5-0 record. After Ikegwuonu left early in the first quarter against Michigan State due to illness, Henry saw action nearly the entire game.”What Aaron has done has been tremendous as a freshman,” Langford said. “He’s been asked to step in there a lot of times and fill in for a lot of guys, and what’s most important when you’re a freshman is that when you come in, you don’t play as a freshman.””Aaron has become the best corner we have beyond Allen and Ike,” defensive coordinator Mike Hankwitz said. “If one of those guys gets hurt, he’s the first guy to go in.”Aside from filling in for the injured starters, Henry has also been an effective and frequently used weapon at nickleback. On third downs and blitz packages, Henry has shined the brightest as the third quick coverage man in many defensive schemes. He adds speed and a dangerous cornerback blitz attack for the Wisconsin defense.In the 17-13 victory over Iowa two weeks ago, Henry showed that he can change games as a play maker. During a third down play on Iowa’s first drive, the freshman bolted toward Iowa quarterback Jake Christensen and dropped him for a sack. Henry’s play successfully ended Iowa’s first drive and sent a message to the Iowa offense that they had better keep an eye on where he lined up.The Iowa offense didn’t get the memo in time. It was the first sack of Henry’s career, including high school, and he finished the game with two and a half sacks.”Either I would have sacked him or somebody else would have sacked him,” Henry said. “I was coming off the edge free. Fortunately for me, I was able to get to him before anybody else did.”Henry was a stellar football, basketball, and track and field athlete in Immokalee, Fla., where he passed on scholarships to Nebraska, South Florida and Iowa to play for Wisconsin. Henry’s choice to leave Florida and come to UW has greatly contributed to the Badgers’ success.”I could have stayed in Florida and been content, but I wanted to try something different,” Henry said. “I heard it’s freezing up here compared to Florida weather, but I wanted to do something that, in my family, nobody has ever really done.”As for what he can improve on, Henry says it’s the tackling.”I’m not the best tackler in the world,” Henry said. “I’m not a great tackler or a big hitter. I want to improve on the basics and my fundamentals of tackling.”Being the biggest hitter isn’t important, Henry says, as long as he plays smart and doesn’t give up big plays on defense.”Wrapping up and keeping my head up, whether it is a big hit, or a tackle for a loss, or making a tackle, I just want to be sound on it,” Henry said. “I want to make sure [the offensive player] doesn’t go for another, 30, 40, 50 yards.”So far, Henry’s positives have outweighed his self-proclaimed weaknesses in tackling. Against Michigan State, the Badger defense allowed 251 rushing yards but still won the game. Illinois, the Badgers’ next opponent, is ranked 6th in the country at rushing with an average of 256 yards per game on the ground. Henry and the other defenders, will have to improve their tackling and toughness to stop the Illinois rush attack. “Coming into the Big Ten, you have to be physical,” Hankwitz said. “It’s a step up from high school. He’s not afraid to tackle, but he can get more physical. He’ll get better as he gets more experience.”
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