The nation’s top infectious disease expert said Sunday that the United States is “struggling” to get the coronavirus pandemic under control. Dr. Anthony Fauci added that to say otherwise “would be a false statement.”Dr. Fauci warned Americans in an interview on CBS that “it is going to be a bad week” as there is a projected escalation in cases, although “within a week” or so the number of cases should begin to flatten out.“Are you saying, doctor, despite the deaths that we may see, that mitigation is working, and that you do have this outbreak under control?” CBS’ Margaret Brennan asked him.“I will not say we have it under control, Margaret. That would be a false statement. We are struggling to get it under control, and that’s the issue that’s at hand right now,” Fauci replied.He continued: “The thing that’s important is that what you see is increases in new cases, which then start to flatten out. But the end result of that you don’t see for days or weeks down the pipe.”Fauci added that it it crucial for the coronavirus to get “globally under control,” or risk becoming a seasonal issue. He emphasized that ongoing efforts to develop a vaccine and the beginning of clinical trials will hopefully mean the country is more prepared in the event of a recurrence of COVID-19.
“I felt like I was the reason we lost,” Young said. “The decisions that I made and things that I did really hurt us.”Redemption is an understatement to describe his play, since.In their first PIAA Class AAA subregional game last week against Somerset, Young threw for a record-setting 462 yards on 30 of 46 passing.On Nov 17, he tossed five touchdowns while gaining 353 yards on 23 completions of 36 attempts against previously undefeated Clearfield in a 36-22 victory in the PIAA Class AAA districts 5-6-8-9 subregional championship at Clarion University.“He’s done a really good job putting these guys on his shoulders and carrying the load,” U.S.O. coach Lou Berry said. “He’d expressed to me after the city title game that he blamed himself for the loss, which was completely not the case, but he saw otherwise.”As the City League’s runner-up, U.S.O. represented the PIAA (Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association)’s district 8.Clearfield’s junior quarterback Christian Lezzer put up similar numbers to Young this season. Prior to their game against U,S.O., he’d completed 47 of 82 passes for 1,210 yards with 17 touchdowns against just five interceptions.Beyond what he did with his arm, he lead the team in rushing with over 1,400 tallies.In addition to Lezzer, undefeated Clearfield featured an 1,000 yard rusher at the running back position in Tyler Stratton– 1,134 in total– to go with 15 touchdowns.Offensively, the Bison maintained their success. Senior receiver Trey Jordan went over 1,000 tallies on the year with his six catches and a game-high 180 yards, receiving.Lezzer finished with 235 yards on 8 of 20 passes with three touchdowns.But, U.S.O.’s defense rose to the occasion and created six turnovers.“We got off to a great start defensively,” Berry said. “We forced their quarterback, who is very good, into some key mistakes. Making him nearly match his season interception total in one game made us feel like we were successful on that side of the ball.”U.S.O. running back Clay Moorefield made eight grabs for 95 yards and a touchdown to assist Young in leading the Wildcats’ passing attack.Young also hooked up with senior H-back Myles Catlin for a 15-yard score in the first quarter. The pass and catch duo did it again from 40-away in the second and finally in the final stanza for 19 yards.Mike Wright was on the receiving end of an eight yard strike from Young to round out the scoring for the Wildcats.They will move to the PIAA Class AAA first round in which they’ll take on Selimsburg (9-3) who is the winner of District 4. The game will take place at Mansion Park Stadium in Altoona, which was the site where they suffered their most recent loss in the State playoffs, last season, against State College.“I’m extremely proud to be moving on and representing the city in the next round,” Berry said. “Everyone knows what happened last season, but I’m kind of excited about going back there to play this one. We certainly are not expecting the same outcome, however.”(Follow our continuing coverage of City League football and add your comments to our website at www.newpittsburghcourieronline.com.) (Malik Vincent can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @malikvincent.) AKIL YOUNG The quarterback position is one of the most delicate in the game of football. Ask senior hurler Akil Young how he feels about his performance in U.S.O. (University Prep, Sci-Tech, and Obama)’s 9-6 overtime loss to Perry on Nov 3rd.He blames the loss on himself.
Nelson skaters won a total of three bronze medals during the weekend West Kootenay Invitational Figure Skating Competition this past weekend at the NDCC Arena.The host club entered a total of 27 skaters in the 44 event schedule weekend and has the largest number of entry level skaters in the STAR 1 event with15 skaters. Charly Defouw won Bronze in the very competitive STAR 8 Women’s free skate with a dramatic program to the soundtrack of Romeo+Juliet.
FINISH LINES: Bargain $50,000 claim Imperative arrived at Santa Anita yesterday after his second-place finish to Moreno in last Saturday’s $1.5 million Charles Town Classic which earned him about $280,000. “He’s earned close to $2 million since I claimed him,” said trainer George Papaprodromou, who saddled the son of Bernardini to upset Game On Dude in the West Virginia race last year, winning $1 million. “We’re thinking of the Gold Cup (at Santa Anita on closing day, June 28), hopefully,” Papaprodromouo said . . . Trainer Simon Callaghan sat down with Aaron Vercruysse and discussed his first Kentucky Derby contender, Firing Line. To see this video and many more interviews plus recent Derby workout footage, visit Xpressbet’s YouTube page at https://youtu.be/UIV_tK04zec . . .Las Flores Stakes winner Harlington’s Rose, prepping for the $150,000 Spring Fever Stakes at six furlongs on May 23, worked four furlongs Sunday in 48.80. Trainer Steve Knapp called the move “excellent.” . . . Congrats to Joe Talamo and Elizabeth Ellis, who were engaged to be married this past Friday . . . On Monday, May 18, Host Town Arcadia will offer lunch and dinner at The Derby Restaurant, 233 Huntington Drive, Arcadia, for a fundraiser to benefit the Arcadia Host Town Committee supporting the Special Olympics. Call 626 447-2430 for reservations. KENTUCKY DERBY GALA AT SANTA ANITA SATURDAY Fans can join the biggest Derby party west of Kentucky at Santa Anita next Saturday, an afternoon filled with world-class racing, hat contests, mint juleps and live racing.Festivities include an Infield Beer-fest with live music from Seedless, and a party in the Premium Gallop Out in the Club House East. Fans can purchase a Trackside Package for a prime seat and their first drink in a commemorative cup featuring Santa Anita Derby winner Dortmund, plus all the fun and excitement of racing’s best 3-year-olds in the Kentucky Derby.First post time next Saturday is 11:30 a.m. Gates open at 7:30 a.m. Tickets can be purchased at santaanita.com. O’NEILL ENVISIONS TRIPLE CROWN FOR AMERICAN PHAROAHLava Man is one of the newest members of racing’s Hall of Fame, and at 14, the oldwarrior is still in familiar environs as a valued pony at Doug O’Neill’s barn.A California-bred son of Slew City Slew, Lava Man was claimed during his 3-year-old season for $50,000 and retired with earnings of $5,268,706, most of that for owners STD Racing Stable and partner Jason Wood.Lava Man won seven Grade I races, to date more than any other Cal-bred in history, and 17 of 47 starts. Only Best Pal and 2014 Horse of the Year California Chrome have higher career earnings among Cal-breds.Lava Man won three consecutive runnings of the Hollywood Gold Cup from 2005 through 2007 and back-to-back editions of the Santa Anita Handicap in 2006 and 2007.“It’s unbelievable,” O’Neill said of the honor, which will officially be bestowed Aug. 7at the Fasig-Tipton sales pavilion in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.“Usually, your horse has to die to get in the Hall of Fame, so for him to get in it and still be such a healthy horse that’s still active for us daily and a big part of our team is very humbling and an amazing honor,” O’Neill said.O’Neill, who saddled I’ll Have Another to an upset victory in the 2012 Kentucky Derby and came within hours of running for the Triple Crown until an injury dashed those aspirations, has lofty expectations for this year’s favorite, the Bob Baffert-trained American Pharaoh, who worked five furlongs at Churchill Downs this morning under Martin Garcia in 58.40.It was the fastest of 32 drills at the distance. Pharoah galloped out six furlongs 1:11.40.“You just don’t know how good American Pharoah is,” O’Neill said. “He’s looked like anabsolute machine, and he’s doing it effortlessly. For him to win the Arkansas Derby from off the pace shows a different dimension.“If he stays injury-free, he’s got Triple Crown written all over him.” CAPTIVATING ‘VENEDA’-BEHOLDER MATCH LOOMS IN VANITYWhile the Kentucky Derby next Saturday is on every racing fan’s radar screen, another intriguing match looms a week later on May 9 at Santa Anita: the Grade I, $300,000 Vanity Stakes for older fillies and mares, and a possible showdown between streaking stakes winner Warren’s Veneda and two-time Eclipse Award champion Beholder.Warren’s Veneda, a California-bred daughter of Affirmative trained by Craig Lewis for owner/breeder Benjamin Warren, has won three straight stakes, including the Grade I Santa Margarita on March 14.Beholder, trained by Richard Mandella for B. Wayne Hughes’ Spendthrift Farm LLC, was champion filly at two and three and won her first start of 2015, the restricted Santa Lucia Stakes on April 10 in what perhaps amounted to a paid workout.“If I had my preference, she’s not who I’d choose to run against, a two-time Eclipse Award-winning champion, a great mare,” Lewis said. “We’re up against it.”Warren’s Veneda is scheduled to work five furlongs at Santa Anita this Thursday.While Beholder’s opposition in the Santa Lucia might be considered suspect on class, Lewis wasn’t buying.“They might be,” he said, “but Beholder’s prior record and her bankroll indicate that she’s a top-notch mare, no question. You don’t win $3 million if you’re not the goods, and she’s nine out of 10 on this race track. That’s pretty impressive.“They don’t come much better than her, so it’s going to be a challenge.”Mandella could be motivated by a revenge factor. He couldn’t be blamed for still harboring bitter memories of the 1995 Santa Anita Derby, when Larry the Legend, trained by Lewis, won by a head in a stretch-long drive over the Mandella trained Afternoon Deelites.Twenty years later, Mandella called recollection of the defeat “a nightmare.” PEDROZA ‘FIGHTING’ UPHILL BATTLE ON SATURDAYIf Martin Pedroza pulls off a miraculous double next Saturday, it would surpass his signature six consecutive victories on Breeders’ Cup Day, Oct. 31, 1992, at Oak Tree, and his triumph aboard 50-1 shot Martial Law in the 1989 Santa Anita Handicap.All he has to do is win the Churchill Downs Stakes on Private Zone, then catch a plane to Las Vegas for the welterweight title match at the MGM Grand between Manny Pacquiao and undefeated Floyd Mayweather.Oh, and one more thing. First, he needs a ticket to the fight.“He’s licensed, booked and ready to go,” said Pedroza’s long-time agent, Richie Silverstein, of the trip to Kentucky. “If things break right and the race is early, he could leave Kentucky at 4:20 and be in Vegas by 7, and get to the fight on time. But he needs a ticket.”To that end, ever the loyalist Silverstein offered his cell phone number should anyone scrounge up a ducat: 626-232 9898. HALL OF FAME MEMBER LAVA MAN ONE IN $5 MILLIONSATURDAY IS PARTY TIME FOR DERBY AT SANTA ANITAWARREN‘S VENEDA TO WORK ON THURSDAY FOR VANITYPEDROZA EYES RARE DOUBLE: PRIVATE ZONE, BIG FIGHT