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Medan Veterinary Center rules African swine fever as cause of thousands of pig deaths

first_imgThe Medan Veterinary Center has confirmed that the deaths of tens of thousands of pigs in Nias and South Nias regencies in North Sumatra were due to the African swine fever (ASF) virus. Medan Veterinary Center head Agustia said his team sent the test results to the Animal Husbandry Directorate General, adding that the virus could spread to the rest of Nias Island if preventative measures were not taken.”There are indications that the virus has spread to Gunung Sitoli already. We ask other areas, especially North Nias and West Nias, which have not yet been infected, to remain cautious since this virus spreads quickly,” Agustia said on Saturday.  According to Medan Veterinary Center data, the number of dead pigs in Nias and South Nias has surpassed 37,000.Read also: Two Sumatra regencies report sudden death of pigsTo halt the spread of the virus, Agustia recommended that the Nias and South Nias regency administrations stop the transportation of pigs between villages, designate a special area for the disposal of pig corpses and implement biosecurity measures to reduce pig deaths. “These recommendations must be carried out to prevent further pig deaths on Nias Island,” Agustia said. The East Nusa Tenggara Husbandry Agency previously reported that 2,000 pigs across Timor Island died after contracting ASF in February.Earlier this year, ASF killed tens of thousands of pigs across other areas of North Sumatra, as well as hundreds of pigs in Bali. (dpk)Topics :last_img read more

Arsenal heroes Ian Wright and Kanu send messages to Alex Iwobi after move to Everton

first_imgAdvertisement Alex Iwobi moved to Everton on deadline day (Picture: Arsenal FC via Getty Images)Alex Iwobi has received the blessings of some Arsenal greats after leaving the club for Everton on transfer deadline day.The Nigeria international made the switch to Goodison Park for an initial fee of £28m on Thursday, while the Gunners brought in Kieran Tierney and David Luiz on deadline day.The 23-year-old made 149 appearances for Arsenal, scoring 15 goals in all competitions and winning the FA Cup in 2017.Despite switching to a Premier League rival, Gunners heroes Ian Wright and Nwankwo Kanu have hailed the midfielder and given him their best wishes at his new club.ADVERTISEMENTWright wrote on Instagram: ‘All the best @alexanderiwobi we love you ♥️♥️♥️ #OnceAlways.’AdvertisementAdvertisementKanu added on Twitter: ‘Once a Gunner, Always a Gunner. We are proud of you and will continue to support you. Good luck with your new club.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityEverton boss Marco Silva was delighted to welcome his new signing to Merseyside, saying: ‘Alex was one of our main targets for this window and I believe he is a fantastic signing. He is a direct and skilful winger and attacking midfielder who always works very hard.‘He is still young but already with a lot of top-level experience – 100 Premier League matches, more in Europe and many international games.‘Alex fits exactly the profile of player I want. He is hungry to join Everton and take the next step in his career, to help us compete with the strongest teams in the league and reach his potential at our club.’Everton get their Premier League campaign underway at Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon but Iwobi will not be available for the fixture.MORE: Frank Lampard reveals why Chelsea agreed to let David Luiz join ArsenalMORE: Arsenal provide fitness updates on new signings David Luiz and Kieran Tierney ahead on Newcastle clash Comment Arsenal heroes Ian Wright and Kanu send messages to Alex Iwobi after move to Evertoncenter_img Metro Sport ReporterFriday 9 Aug 2019 4:41 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Advertisementlast_img read more

Surrounded by rainforest, this modern home has sold before auction – see why

first_img26 Vakuta Street Fig Tree PocketThis architecturally designed home has sold before auction for $1.7 million. The home at 26 Vakuta St, Fig Tree Pocket.Mr Goesh said that although the suburb was popular, there was a shortage of properties available to buy.“There aren’t enough homes for sale to satisfy the demand,” he said.Data from CoreLogic found median prices in the area were up 35.8 per cent in the past year. The home at 26 Vakuta Street Fig Tree Pocket.“It’s still a leafy, rural suburban area with generous block sizes and less density,” he said.“Plus the schools and parks are a huge draw card for potential buyers.” Inside 26 Vakuta St, Fig Tree Pocket.“There’s good separation in the home and multiple entertaining areas,” he said.“That really appealed to a lot of buyers.”Mr Goesh said this sale was a strong start to 2018 and a positive reflection on the market in Fig Tree Pocket.center_img Inside 26 Vakuta St, Fig Tree Pocket.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus21 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market21 hours agoMarketing agent Kel Goesh of Brisbane Real Estate said it was the layout of the home that enticed the new owners, a family renting in the area, to buy the property. The home at26 Vakuta St, Fig Tree Pocket.The property, at 26 Vakuta St, Fig Tree Pocket, sits on a 1494sq m block surrounded by rainforest.last_img read more

UK pension lifeboat fund to support Mothercare’s voluntary restructuring

first_imgThe Pension Protection Fund (PPF), the UK’s pension lifeboat fund, has taken temporary control of high street retailer Mothercare’s defined benefit pension schemes in an effort to support a restructuring plan and avoid the company collapsing.The PPF has said it would vote in favour of the restructuring plans on behalf of the company’s pension fund members.Mothercare, which retails to parents of babies and young children, has proposed refinancing its business through a company voluntary arrangement (CVA), which would see it close 50 stores across the UK and agree rent reductions on a further 21.Under the terms of the CVA, the PPF has assumed the rights of the trustees of the company’s pension funds, including voting rights. Mothercare’s pension deficit stood at approximately £140m (€160.4m) on a PPF funding basis, although in its preliminary full-year results the shortfall was reported as £37.7m. The two schemes had combined assets of £351.5m at the end of March, the company reported.Malcolm Weir, director of restructuring and insolvency at the PPF, said he welcomed Mothercare’s willingness to “listen and take on board our view that the CVA proposals should not be to the detriment of the pension schemes”.He added: “Having received additional suitable assurances about the position of the pension schemes, we are able to support the CVA proposals as announced [yesterday]. “Our expectation is that the company will continue to take full responsibility for the pension schemes going forward.” The PPF reached a similar agreement with another struggling retailer, Toys R Us, in December last year. However, the company failed to find a buyer and was declared insolvent at the end of February.Mothercare has faced the twin pressures of rising rents and increased online shopping that have seen many UK competitors – such as Woolworths, Toys R Us and Phones 4u – disappear from the UK’s high street in recent years. Clive Whiley, interim executive chairman of Mothercare, said it was clear the group needed an “appropriate resolution”.“The recent financial performance of the business, impacted in particular by a large number of legacy loss-making stores within the UK estate, has resulted in an unsustainable situation for the Mothercare brand,” he said. “These comprehensive measures provide a renewed and stable financial structure for the business and will drive a step change in Mothercare’s transformation.”Industry experts said the economic pressures on high street retailers remained “intense”.Mothercare was “yet another example of a well-loved brand in the retail sector whose sponsor covenant has been unable to withstand the intense economic pressures on the high street”, said Richard Farr, managing director at Lincoln Pensions, the financial consultants.However, he emphasised that the pension scheme’s trustees had to ensure the best deal for their members.“The covenant risks in the retail sector have been building over recent years,” he said, “and while it is good to see that traditional restructuring techniques are now being applied to rescue groups such as Mothercare, trustees need to independently challenge and scrutinise their sponsors’ plans on a regular basis to ensure they continue to protect their members’ benefits as other creditors are being compromised.”Mothercare is set to present its plans to creditors in the next few weeks. If its proposals are accepted, the company will reassume oversight of its pension schemes from the PPF.last_img read more

Cannabis: What are the risks of recreational use?

first_imgBBC News 19 June 2018The government has said there will be a review into the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes but has rejected suggestions by former Foreign Secretary Lord Hague that its recreational use could be legalised.Home Secretary Sajid Javid said there was strong scientific evidence the drug could “harm people’s mental and physical health and damage communities”.What do experts think about the health risks of recreational cannabis use?Cannabis is thought to be the most widely used illegal drug in the UK.But while it can lead to feelings of relaxation, happiness and sleepiness, many experts say the drug is not the harmless “natural” high some claim it to be.In some cases, it can increase anxiety and paranoia, lead to confusion and even hallucinations, according to the Royal College of Psychiatrists.Beyond this, there’s also “compelling evidence” that regular cannabis use increases the risk of developing psychotic illnesses, such as schizophrenia, particularly in adolescents, says Dr Marta di Forti, from King’s College London.Younger people are thought to be particularly vulnerable because their brains are still developing, says Dr Michael Bloomfield, from University College London.Studies have linked the increased risk of psychosis to potent strains of cannabis that have higher proportions of the psychoactive compound THC, says Dr Di Forti.A previous study suggested the risk of psychosis was five times higher for people who smoked such cannabis every day compared with non-users.Milder forms contain less THC and more CBD, which works as an anti-psychotic and counteracts some of the negative effects of THC.However, research suggests the vast majority of cannabis being sold illegally in the UK is super-strength skunk.But it’s worth pointing out that the vast majority of people who use cannabis do not develop psychosis and many people diagnosed with such disorders have never used cannabis.It is also thought that genes may play a role in the risk.The exact health impact of cannabis use is still a subject of debate, with not all studies reaching the same findings.Does smoking cannabis cause depression?While some studies have found an association between regular cannabis use and depression, Dr Di Forti says this link is less clear than that with psychosis.And it may be the case that people who are depressed are more likely to use cannabis.Is cannabis addictive?There was a time when experts thought this was not the case.But current evidence suggests that it can be – particularly if it’s used regularly – with about 10% of regular users estimated to have a dependence.For some people who quit, there can be withdrawal symptoms, such as cravings, difficulty sleeping, mood swings, irritability and restlessness, according to the Royal College of Psychiatrists.“People end up having problems with relationships. It impacts on their ability to function at work and school,” Prof Celia Morgan, professor of psychopharmacology at the University of Exeter, says.While some of this addiction may be psychological, Dr Bloomfield says there is good evidence to suggest that THC itself can be physically addictive for some people.“Cannabis addiction exists and it can potentially ruin lives,” he adds.What about memory?Getting high on cannabis impairs memory and cognitive ability in the short term, says Prof Morgan.And some of the effects of this, though mild and reversible, seems to remain for up to 20 days, the amount of time it takes for the drug to leave the system.Can cannabis be a gateway drug for harder ones, such as cocaine or heroin?Prof Morgan says that while some people who take hard drugs may also smoke cannabis, there is no strong evidence those who try cannabis will go on to become hard-drug takers.However, cannabis may lead to a legal drug habit that is harmful in a range of ways – tobacco smoking.Tobacco is “one of the most damaging addictive substances”, Prof Morgan adds.What about cancer?Tobacco smoking is known to increase the risk of a range of illnesses, including cancer and cardiovascular disease.So does it follow that cannabis smoking also poses the same dangers?It’s still not clear whether cannabis smoking itself raises the risk of cancer or if the increased risk seen among cannabis smokers is actually the result of them mixing the drug with tobacco.In any event, people who smoke cannabis regularly, with or without tobacco, are more likely to have bronchitis – inflammation of the lining of the lungs – according to the NHS.Are there any health benefits?Many patients who have been self-medicating with recreational cannabis say it works for them.Recently, the families of 12-year-old Billy Caldwell and six-year-old Alfie Dingley have made newspaper headlines. They say cannabis oil treatments have radically controlled the boys’ epileptic seizures.While these cannabis oils are not recreational drugs, they’re not medically licensed treatments either.A cross-party report found good evidence that cannabis treatments can help alleviate the symptoms of chronic pain, multiple sclerosis, nausea and vomiting, particularly in the context of chemotherapy, and anxiety.It also found moderate evidence it could help with sleep disorders, poor appetite, fibromyalgia, post-traumatic stress disorder and Parkinson’s symptoms.Now, a government review will look at the evidence and make its own recommendations on which cannabis-based medicines might offer real medical and therapeutic benefits to patients.But regardless of what they find, Mr Javid added: “This step is in no way a first step to the legalisation of cannabis for recreational use.”https://www.bbc.com/news/health-44532417Keep up with family issues in NZ. 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Football News Don’t know the reasons why India is doing badly, says Alessandro Del Piero

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. highlights New Delhi: Former Italy and Juventus great Alessandro Del Piero has ruled out a coaching role in the foreseeable future, including a stint in the Indian Super League, where he played last as a professional. The 44-year-old, who played for Delhi Dynamos in the inaugural 2014 ISL, is happy being a television pundit. The former World Cup-winning Italy forward had announced his retirement on October 15. He greeted a select Indian media group with a namaste on the sidelines of the Laureus World Sports Awards held here earlier this week.”I have been to India a couple of times for different reasons after my ISL stint. I am following what is happening in the league.  I had a great time there, a short time, just three months but happy that the league has grown, it is six months now. I quite like how things are moving,” he said.When asked why the Indian national team is not improving despite ISL being five seasons old, Del Piero said: “I  know what is going on with your national team but don’t know the reason why they are doing badly. It is not easy. One thing is how you grow the league and another is how the national team grows. It is not easy to balance.”Whether he would like to come back to India in a coaching job, he said: “Not at the moment. I see the game in a different way now, working with the tv. Thanks to my experiences in India and Australia my knowledge is growing.” Juventus great Alessandro Del Piero has ruled out a coaching role in the foreseeable future.He believes that India Football team is doing badly. He has also been a part of World-cup winning squad.  Talking about the ‘Ronaldo’ effect at Juventus this season, Del Piero is not surprised by the success of the star striker.”I am not surprised how good he is doing. Cristiano has the same mentality of Juventus. They want to win every game, ever friendly game, every training game. The result is there to see.”Now, they are in the toughest phase of the season. Juventus needs the best Ronaldo and Ronaldo needs the best Juventus. The team is really high level but the other teams are not. So they need more competition,” he added.last_img read more

Update on the latest in sports:

first_imgMore sporting events affected by spread of virusUNDATED (AP) — All sports in Italy will be halted because of the virus outbreak.Premier Giuseppe Conte announces that games and travel will be banned nationwide through April 3. That includes games in the country’s top soccer division and preparatory events for the Tokyo Olympics. Serie A has not been canceled since World War II.Events around the world have been affected by the spreading virus. The BNP Paribas Open, set to begin this week in the California desert, won’t be played as scheduled after a case of the virus was confirmed in the Coachella Valley. The announcement to cancel the tennis tournament in Indian Wells, California, came after many players were already in the desert practicing. Qualifying matches were to begin Monday, with women’s main draw matches starting Wednesday and the men’s draw beginning Thursday. March 9, 2020 UNDATED (AP) — The St. Louis Blues, winners of nine of their last ten, host the Florida Panthers in one of the five games on the NHL schedule.The Vegas Golden Knights, who regained the top spot in the Pacific Division last night, skate at Edmonton.The Washington Capitals, who are now battling with Philadelphia for the top spot in the Metropolitan Division, visit the Buffalo Sabres.Arizona is at Winnipeg, and Los Angeles hosts Colorado. The Kings have won five straight.NHL NEWS MLB-NEWSVerlander doesn’t expect to be ready for opening dayWEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Houston ace Justin Verlander has a mild strain of a back muscle and said it would “probably take a miracle” for him to pitch in the Astros’ opener at Oakland on March 26.The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner was hurt on his second-to-last pitch in Sunday’s exhibition game against the New York Mets. He had an MRI on Monday and was diagnosed with a strained latissimus dorsi muscle. There is not a timetable for his return.Verlander had a similar lat injury during spring training in 2015 and did not make his season debut until June 13.  The 35-year-old two-time All-Star played 42 games with Memphis last season after agreeing to a buyout with the New York Knicks. Noah averaged 7.1 points, 2.1 assists and 5.7 rebounds for the Grizzlies.He’s been limited to 124 games since the end of the 2014-15 season in Chicago, which selected him with the ninth overall pick in the 2007 NBA draft.Noah was the NBA defensive player of the year in 2014. NHL-SCHEDULEBlues host Panthers The leagues made the announcement in a joint statement Monday night.The leagues said they made the decision “after consultation with infectious disease and public health experts.” They say the changes will be temporary and that media will still have access to players.COLLEGE BASKETBALL POLLKansas retains top spotUNDATED (AP) — Kansas maintained its grip on the No. 1 ranking in The Associated Press men’s college basketball poll. UNDATED (AP) — Second-ranked Gonzaga meets San Francisco in tonight’s college basketball action. The only other ranked team in action is number-14 BYU, which plays Saint Mary’s.NBA-SCHEDULEBucks meet Nuggets, still without MVPUNDATED (AP) — The Milwaukee Bucks will again be without MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, who’s nursing a sprained knee, as they visit the Denver Nuggets tonight.The Bucks lost Friday night against the Lakers, in the game in which he was injured, and then lost to Phoenix last night. — New York Giants tight end Rhett Ellison has retired after eight seasons in the NFL. Ellison played at Southern California before being selected in the fourth-round of the 2012 draft by the Vikings. He spent five years in Minnesota before joining the Giants as a free agent in 2017. His 2019 season was cut short due to a concussion suffered against the Jets on Nov. 10. — The Las Vegas Raiders have released linebacker Tahir Whitehead after two seasons as a starter. The move saves the Raiders more than $6 million on the salary cap for 2020 as the team looks to overhaul a struggling defense. Whitehead was originally signed to a three-year, $19 million deal as a free agent in 2018 and started all 32 games with the Raiders the past two seasons. Whitehead led the team with 234 tackles but delivered few big plays with only one interception, one forced fumble and no sacks over the two seasons.— The Detroit Lions have announced their coaching staff for the 2020 season, including five new hires. Tyrone McKenzie is taking over as linebackers coach, Tony Carter has been hired as a defensive assistant, Morris Henry and Tom Kanavy are new assistant strength and conditioning coaches, and Ty Warren joins the team as part of the William Clay Ford minority coaching assistantship program. Detroit also announced three promotions: Josh Schuler was moved to head strength and conditioning coach. Steve Gregory was promoted to defensive backs coach and Ben Johnson to tight ends coach.NFL-LABORUnion extends vote deadline Update on the latest in sports: Associated Press French police say the Champions League match between Paris Saint-Germain and Borussia Dortmund at Parc des Princes will be played without fans. It is the second of the four matches in the competition this week to be played in an empty stadium.The virus also forced the postponement of the Six Nations rugby match between France and Ireland. French sports minister Roxana Maracineanu says the decision was taken after discussions with tournament organizers and the French rugby federation.HORSE RACING-DRUGSTrainers, vets among more than two dozen chargedNEW YORK (AP) — The trainer of champion Maximum Security is among more than two dozen people charged in what authorities describe as a widespread international scheme to drug horses to make them race faster.center_img After losing three in a row, the Toronto Raptors have won three straight, and they will look to extend that streak tonight in Utah against the Jazz.In tonight’s other NBA contest, the Atlanta Hawks host the Charlotte Hornets.NBA-CLIPPERS-NOAHClippers sign free-agent NoahLOS ANGELES (AP) — The Clippers have signed free-agent center Joakim Noah. NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL players’ union has extended the deadline for its members to vote on a new labor agreement with the league by two days to Saturday night.Ballots from some 2,500 members now are due at 11:59 EDT on Saturday. The NFL Players Association gave no reason for the extension, though reaching so many players to meet the previous deadline of one week certainly can present logistical problems.The 32 NFL owners approved the deal last month. The NFLPA’s executive board then rejected it 6-5, but the player reps voted 17-14 in favor.A simple majority of the union membership is required to accept or reject the contract that would run through the 2030 season.VIRUS OUTBREAK-LOCKER ROOMS BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Two people with knowledge of the decision tell The Associated Press that veteran cornerback Josh Norman has agreed to sign a one-year contract with the Buffalo Bills.The people spoke to The AP on Monday on the condition of anonymity because the signing has not been announced. NFL Network first reported the deal.  Norman is an eighth-year player who spent the past four seasons in Washington before being released last month. He struggled to play to high expectations and was cut with one season left on a five-year $75 million contract he signed in free agency in 2016.In Buffalo, he is reunited with coach Sean McDermott, who served as Carolina’s defensive coordinator during Norman’s first four NFL seasons.In other NFL player news: NBA, MLB, NHL, MLS closing locker rooms amid virus scareMIAMI (AP) — The NBA, NHL, Major League Baseball and Major League Soccer are closing access to locker rooms and clubhouses to all non-essential personnel in response to the coronavirus crisis.The leagues made the announcement in a joint statement Monday night.The leagues said they made the decision “after consultation with infectious disease and public health experts.” They say the changes will be temporary and that media will still have access to players.SPORTS-VIRUS-OUTBREAK Elsewhere around major league training camps:— Clayton Kershaw will start the Los Angeles Dodgers’ opener against the visiting San Francisco Giants on March 26. Kershaw will extend his franchise record for opening day starts to nine. His streak of consecutive opening day starts was stopped last year when he began the season on the injured list with left shoulder inflammation and was replaced by Hyun-Jin Ryu.— The Milwaukee Brewers will be paying Christian Yelich until 2042, when the All-Star outfielder is 50 years old. Yelich’s $215 million, nine-year contract with the team calls for Brewers to defer $4 million each year from his $26 million annual salary from 2022-28. The 28-year-old outfielder is a two-time All-Star and a one-time Gold Glove winner.NFL-NEWSNorman reportedly agrees to deal with Bills Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-LOCKER ROOMSNBA, MLB, NHL, MLS closing locker rooms amid virus scareMIAMI (AP) — The NBA, NHL, Major League Baseball and Major League Soccer are closing access to locker rooms and clubhouses to all non-essential personnel in response to the coronavirus crisis. The Jayhawks received all 65 first-place votes to remain at the top for a third straight week. The past two weeks they have been the unanimous choice ahead of Gonzaga and Dayton.Florida State climbed three spots to No. 4 after winning its first Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season title. This is FSU’s highest ranking since sitting at No. 2 in December 1972.West Virginia and Butler were the week’s new additions. Michigan and Penn State fell out of the poll.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-SCHEDULEGonzaga in action Sharks, Red Wings extend defensemenUNDATED (AP) — The San Jose Sharks have signed defenseman Radim Simek to a four-year contract extension.Simek was set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer before the Sharks locked him up with the new deal worth a reported $9 million. The 27-year-old Simek made his debut with the Sharks last season. He has three goals and 15 assists in 88 career games. In other NHL news:The Detroit Red Wings have signed defenseman Alex Biega to a one-year contract extension. Biega was acquired by the Red Wings in an Oct. 6 trade with Vancouver. He has three points — all assists — in 48 games with Detroit this season. The charges against horse trainers, veterinarians and others were detailed in four indictments unveiled Monday in Manhattan federal court. Among them is trainer Jason Servis, whose stable includes last year’s 3-year-old champion Maximum Security. He was charged with administering performance-enhancing drugs to that horse and others.Authorities say the drugs can cause horses to overexert themselves, leading to heart issues or death.Maximum Security crossed the finish line first at the 2019 Kentucky Derby before being disqualified for interference and has since won four of his five high-profile races.last_img read more

Northern Colorado promotes Smiley as head basketball coach

first_imgNorthern Colorado promotes Smiley as head basketball coach Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditGREELEY, Colorado (AP) — Steve Smiley has been promoted to head men’s basketball coach at Northern Colorado, replacing Jeff Lindor, who took over at the University of Wyoming.Athletic director Darren Dunn announced the promotion Thursday night about 48 hours after naming Smiley the interim head coach following Lindor’s departure.The school plans a virtual press conference on Friday to introduce the 20th head coach in the program’s history. Lindor went 80-50 in four seasons at Northern Colorado, including three consecutive 20-plus win seasons. Smily joined Lindor’s staff in May of 2016.__More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/tag/Collegebasketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Associated Press March 19, 2020last_img read more