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Daily Almanac for Tuesday, August 11, 2020: Dog Days End Day

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The phrase “Dog Days” refers to the hottest days of summer. The Old Farmer’s Almanac lists the traditional timing of the Dog Days: the 40 days beginning July 3 and ending August 11, coinciding with the heliacal (at sunrise) rising of the Dog Star, Sirius. The rising of Sirius does not actually affect the weather (some of our hottest and most humid days occur after August 11), but for the ancient Egyptians, Sirius appeared just before the season of the Nile’s flooding so they used the star as a “watchdog” for that event. Since its rising also coincided with a time of extreme heat, the connection with hot, sultry weather was made for all time.

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Ohio State announces 2020 Football, Fall Sports Seasons postponed

Tue, Aug 11, 2020


Big Ten Conference announced postponements for seven men’s and women’s sports

Columbus, Ohio – The 2020 Big Ten Conference fall athletics seasons, which include the sports of football, field hockey, men’s and women’s soccer, women’s volleyball and men’s and women’s cross country, have been postponed by a league-wide vote of school presidents. The Big Ten will continue to evaluate options regarding these sports, including the possibility of competition in the spring. Decisions regarding winter and spring sports will also continue to be evaluated.


The decision by the presidents to postpone was based upon the recommendation of medical experts within the Big Ten Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases in collaboration with the Big Ten Sports Medicine Committee.


“As a former collegiate athlete whose career in sports was cut short by circumstances beyond my control, I deeply feel the pain, frustration and disappointment that all our players, coaches and staff – and all Buckeye fans – are feeling today,” said Ohio State President-elect Kristina M. Johnson. “I will continue to work closely with Athletics Director Gene Smith, Coach Ryan Day and all coaches and other leaders, to return our student-athletes to competition as soon as possible, while staying safe and healthy.


“We are focused on supporting our student-athletes in every way, ensuring their scholarships are still in place, and looking out for their health and safety and the health and safety of all our students as they continue to pursue their studies in these challenging times,” Johnson said.


The decision to postpone fall sports comes less than a week after the Big Ten announced a restructured 2020 football schedule with a 10th conference game added for all schools amid a season that would extend from as early as Sept. 3 through Nov. 21.


“This is an incredibly sad day for our student-athletes, who have worked so hard and been so vigilant fighting against this pandemic to get this close to their season,” Athletics Director Gene Smith said. “My heart aches for them and their families.


“President-elect Johnson and I were totally aligned in our efforts to delay the start of the season rather than postpone. I am so grateful to her for all her efforts in support of our student-athletes and a traditional fall season.


“As an institution and as an athletic department, we have a responsibility first and foremost to care for the health, safety and wellness of our students and staff, and I believe we have done that successfully.”


Specifics and details with regard to what workout and training regimens will consist of this fall for the student-athletes involved with these sports are being determined. Resources currently in place that benefit these student-athletes at Ohio State will remain.


§  All of those student-athletes on scholarship will remain on scholarship.

§  COVID-19 testing by the Department of Athletics and quarantine/isolation protocols will continue for these student-athletes.

§  Access to team facilities and locker rooms, and sports performance, medical/training and nutrition areas will be available under the current health and safety protocols that are in place.

§  Tutoring, scheduling and additional services provided through the Student-Athlete Support Services Office are ongoing.

§  Comprehensive mental health services will continue for all student-athletes through the athletic department’s staff at its Sport Psychology and Wellness Services department.




PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY University Contact: Ben Johnson, Dept. of Athletics Contact: Jerry Emig; COURTESY OHIO STATE ATHLETICS




As expected, Big Ten Conference postpones 2020-21 Fall Season

For Immediate Release

Aug. 11, 2020


Big Ten Statement on 2020-21 Fall Season

ROSEMONT, Ill. – The Big Ten Conference announced the postponement of the 2020-21 fall sports season, including all regular-season contests and Big Ten Championships and Tournaments, due to ongoing health and safety concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In making its decision, which was based on multiple factors, the Big Ten Conference relied on the medical advice and counsel of the Big Ten Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases and the Big Ten Sports Medicine Committee.

“Our primary responsibility is to make the best possible decisions in the interest of our students, faculty and staff,” said Morton Schapiro, Chair of the Big Ten Council of Presidents/Chancellors and Northwestern University President.

“The mental and physical health and welfare of our student-athletes has been at the center of every decision we have made regarding the ability to proceed forward,” said Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren. “As time progressed and after hours of discussion with our Big Ten Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases and the Big Ten Sports Medicine Committee, it became abundantly clear that there was too much uncertainty regarding potential medical risks to allow our student-athletes to compete this fall.

“We know how significant the student-athlete experience can be in shaping the future of the talented young women and men who compete in the Big Ten Conference. Although that knowledge made this a painstaking decision, it did not make it difficult. While I know our decision today will be disappointing in many ways for our thousands of student-athletes and their families, I am heartened and inspired by their resilience, their insightful and discerning thoughts, and their participation through our conversations to this point. Everyone associated with the Big Ten Conference and its member institutions is committed to getting everyone back to competition as soon as it is safe to do so.”

The fall sports included in this announcement are men’s and women’s cross country, field hockey, football, men’s and women’s soccer, and women’s volleyball. The Big Ten Conference will continue to evaluate a number of options regarding these sports, including the possibility of competition in the spring. Decisions regarding winter and spring sports will also continue to be evaluated.

The Big Ten Conference is proud of its 14 world-class research institutions and has leveraged their resources and expertise to address this pandemic over the past five months. The Big Ten Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases and the Big Ten Sports Medicine Committee have engaged in extensive research and sharing of materials and conversations with federal, state and local government agencies, and professional and international sports organizations in order to track and better understand the daily updates surrounding this pandemic. Their advice and counsel have been invaluable as they have worked tirelessly over the past several months in their efforts to create and maintain a safe environment for athletics.

The Big Ten Conference will continue to work with medical experts and governmental authorities to gather additional information, evaluate emerging data and technologies, and monitor developments regarding the pandemic to make the best decisions possible for the health, safety and wellness of our student-athletes.



Hockey Hall of Fame postpones 2020 Induction Weekend/Celebration



TORONTO (August 10, 2020) – Lanny McDonald, Chairman of the Hockey Hall of Fame, announced today that the 2020 Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Weekend/Celebration has been postponed until further notice due to continuing consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.

At meetings held virtually on June 23 and 24, 2020, the Hockey Hall of Fame Selection Committee elected six new Honoured Members, namely Marian HossaJarome IginlaKevin LoweKim St-Pierre and Doug Wilson in the Player Category, and Ken Holland in the Builder Category. The 2020 Induction Celebration was previously scheduled on Monday, November 16th in Toronto (preceded by the traditional slate of “Induction Weekend” events beginning on Friday, November 13th, including the annual “Hockey Hall of Fame Game” hosted by the Toronto Maple Leafs).

Rescheduling plans for the 2020 Induction Celebration will be addressed when the Hall’s Board of Directors meet on October 29, 2020.

“While it’s possible the class of 2020 could be inducted on alternative dates during the modified 2020-21 NHL season, the most likely scenario is to postpone to November 2021, either by waiving the 2021 elections or in combination with the 2021 induction class involving adjusted category limits,” said McDonald. “Since the magic of the induction from the Honoured Members’ perspective is experiencing several days of close interaction with family, friends, former teammates and fans, the Board ruled out any means of holding the 2020 inductions virtually.”

About the Hockey Hall of Fame
The Hockey Hall of Fame (“HHOF”) was established in 1943 to honour and memorialize individuals who have brought special distinction to the game of hockey and those who made outstanding contributions to the development and advancement of hockey anywhere in the world, and to collect, research, preserve, exhibit and promote objects, images and other historical materials connected with the game at all levels. As a not-for-profit corporation and registered charity, HHOF owns and operates a museum and place of entertainment offering state-of-the-art exhibits, theatrical presentations and educational programming from its premises at Brookfield Place, Toronto, Canada.




Bruce Boudreau, Jack Adams Award-Winner, joining NHL Network as Guest Analyst

Former Coach to Make His Debut Today on NHL Tonight at 5:30 p.m. EDT




SECAUCUS, NJ (August 11, 2020) – NHL Network™ today announced that Bruce Boudreau – winner of the 2008 Jack Adams Award — will join as a guest

Bruce Boudreau while coaching the Washington Capitals 2009 photo By Marcusvfx - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https

analyst for the remainder of the 2020 Stanley Cup® Playoffs. Boudreau will make his debut today on NHL Network’s NHL Tonight™ live at 5:30 p.m. EDT alongside Jamie Hersch and Ken Daneyko. With the First Round beginning today, NHL Network is set to provide wall-to-wall coverage, including NHL Tonight before and after every Playoff game.

Boudreau joins NHL Network following 13 seasons coaching in the NHL® with the Washington Capitals (2007-2011), Anaheim Ducks (2011-2016) and Minnesota Wild (2016-2020). Boudreau amassed a 567-302-115 (.635) record in 984 regular season games coached over his career. The 1,249 points collected allowed his teams to finish first in their division during eight of 13 regular seasons. Boudreau, who has coached 90 Stanley Cup Playoff games, had his best season with the 2009-2010 Capitals, finishing with a .738 win percentage.

Drafted in the third round with the 42nd overall pick by the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1975, Boudreau played in the World Hockey Association (WHA) for the Minnesota Fighting Saints (1975-1976) before joining the Maple Leafs throughout six seasons (1976-1982) and the Chicago Blackhawks (1985-1986). Boudreau skated in 141 regular season NHL games.

About NHL Network: As the TV home for the National Hockey League, NHL Network™ gives viewers an all-access pass to complete hockey coverage both on and off the ice, including live NHL games and special on-site coverage of NHL events, plus three signature studio shows, interviews, highlights and expert analysis from a variety of hockey insiders and former players. Additional programming includes behind-the-scenes features, player profiles and international and amateur hockey competitions. For more information on NHL Network, log on to or follow @NHLNetwork on Twitter.





PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Lou Barricelli, Amanda Rodriguez, NHL Network Contacts; COURTESY



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