NEW YORK – New York City high school students will restart in-person classes on March 22, after more than four months at home, city officials said Monday. Nearly 500 city high school buildings — the last remaining shuttered schools in the city — will welcome back an estimated 55,000 students and 17,000 staff. Before the coronavirus pandemic struck, city high schools had about 326,000 students. ...

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MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN, Calif. – The mountains are calling, but the siren song has been especially dangerous this year. From Alaska to Wyoming, dozens of skiers, snowboarders and other outdoor enthusiasts who see the backcountry as a refuge have been caught in barreling waves of snow and ice in one of the deadliest avalanche seasons in modern history. On Feb. 27, four snowmobilers were caught in an ...

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It was almost one year ago that the coronavirus essentially shut down American sports. On the night of March 11, word emerged that Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert had tested positive for COVID-19. By the following day, major college sports leagues, including the SEC and the ACC, were canceling league basketball tournaments. Professional sports leagues were going “on pause.” Soon, the 2020 NCAA ...

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When the Padres guaranteed $340 million last month to Fernando Tatis Jr., in return for getting 10 additional years of contractual control beyond the four they already had, they compared their 22-year-old shortstop to a basketball king. “He’s the LeBron James of shortstops,” a Padres official said in a text message to a reporter for The Athletic. “Can’t find guys like this.” It was a bold ...

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The message from coach Erik Spoelstra was both unsaid and clear as the Miami Heat headed into this six-day NBA All-Star break: Stay the course. As in maintain pandemic-protocol vigilance. As in keep in mind what contributed to the team’s run of 11 victories in the 15 games before the break. And for veteran forward Andre Iguodala, a specific message of staying the course, “He can use a few days ...

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Georgia Tech’s breakthrough season nearly was broken at its beginning. On the nights before and after Thanksgiving, the Yellow Jackets lost at home to Georgia State and Mercer, yielding 206 points over 100 minutes. (The GSU loss lasted four overtimes.) After the Mercer game, which saw the Bears make 12 of 25 3-pointers, Tech’s coaches sat in their locker room until 4 a.m., asking themselves ...

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It was deja wow. It was March Madness turned miraculous. It was one shining mirror. You’re not going to believe this, and, judging from both the joyous howling and stunned silence that shared the Pauley Pavilion court, you’re not alone. For a second consecutive year, USC beat UCLA with a three-pointer on the final shot in the final seconds on the final Saturday of the regular season by a ...

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — We live in an era where nothing goes unexplained in a baseball game. We have spin rates for pitchers, launch angles for hitters and range factors for fielders. We know the tendencies of managers, and the cost per victory for every front office. We have figured out ways to better understand the past and to accurately predict the future. Advanced metrics may not always ...

Mar. 8—If it's any consolation for the Arizona Wildcats, their biggest problem won the Pac-12 regular-season title Sunday evening. Oregon rebounded from two COVID pauses to go on a late-season tear and win the Pac-12 regular-season title outright Sunday with an 80-67 win at Oregon State. The Ducks won 11 of their 12 final games, including two wins over Arizona. Oregon's win Sunday also put the ...

Mar. 8—A limited number of fans will be able to attend upcoming Arizona Wildcats baseball and softball games, the university announced. The first opportunity for fans to attend games will be the baseball team's series this upcoming week against Wichita State. The Wildcats and Shockers play Thursday-Saturday at Hi Corbett Field. The UA then hosts Air Force on Sunday. Single-game tickets for UA ...

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In an impressive act of bravery, I recently stood six feet away and, while wearing a bright red face mask that made my nose itch, watched my wife, Sue, get her first coronavirus shot. As I will happily tell Dr. Anthony Fauci when he calls to congratulate me, I didn’t even faint. Of course, Sue deserves credit, too, because she suffered no ill effects aside from a headache that was probably ...

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When Joe Biden came to Los Angeles to raise money for his presidential campaign, Tom Girardi filled a dining room at the Jonathan Club with wealthy attorneys. "Obviously everyone thinks the world of you and they should," Girardi told Biden as his then-wife, "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star Erika Jayne, looked on in a stylish blue dress. The 2019 breakfast fundraiser at the private ...

The undermanned, underachieving Predators — a ghost of the Nashville team the Stars played in the playoffs recently — had reasons to come into Dallas and leave with a handbook of excuses. They played the night before and travelled for a back-to-back. They were missing their starting goalie, a top-pair defenseman, their No. 2 center and a pair of depth pieces. They were reeling after three ...

The All-Star three-point contest was on the line when Golden State’s Stephen Curry, considered by many the best three-point shooter in NBA history, picked up his last ball from a rack in the corner. Curry gripped the red, white and blue “moneyball,” needing it to go in to beat Utah’s Mike Conley, who was on the sideline hugging Jazz teammate Donovan Mitchell in anticipation. As the ball ...

This time, there was no premature victory lap, no frustrated head coach fuming at the virtual press conference, no squandered two points in the standings. For the second time in three games, the Penguins on Sunday exploded with three goals in the first period to stun their visitors and fire up the 2,800 fans at PPG Paints Arena. They apparently learned a hard lesson or two the other night. The ...

In a TV commercial shown this week, Flyers coach Alain Vigneault saluted the fans who were allowed back in the Wells Fargo Center on Sunday night. “You’re the piece we’ve been missing,” he said. Well, maybe not. Despite having some (very animated) fans in the building for the first time since the pre-pandemic days last March 10, the Flyers fell to the Washington Capitals, 3-1, and suffered ...

After cutting down nets and being doused in water to celebrate their Missouri Valley Conference Tournament championship, Loyola coach Porter Moser and two seniors were the only ones who understood how to measure their happiness within that moment. Make no mistake, Moser described himself as “ecstatic” after beating Drake 75-65 on Sunday in St. Louis to ensure an NCAA Tournament bid. But Lucas ...

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Jake Arrieta returned to the mound in a Chicago Cubs uniform Sunday afternoon at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale, Ariz., kicking off his second act in Chicago. Whether this is the beginning of the new Jake or the end of old Jake is yet to be determined, but if the Cubs hope to prove most of the experts wrong in 2021, Arrieta will have to be a big reason. Arrieta, who turned 35 on Saturday, ...