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'Devastating impact': Cruise industry says 254,000 American jobs, $32 billion in economic activity lost

In 2019, the cruise industry's contribution to the U.S. economy was on the rise, according to a new economic report put out by Cruise Lines International Association, the leading industry organization.But in 2020, facing an estimated $32 billion loss, the industry will contribute less than half of what it did last year.Cruising contributed $55 billion to the American economy in 2019 up 5.3% from 2018, according to the CLIA report.But in 2020, cruising is suspended in U.S. waters through the end of the year thanks to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.At the time the order was announced, Cetron wasn't prepared to guess when passenger cruising will actually begin. read more...

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'COVID was a shot in the arm for us': Sacramento golf course saved by pandemic

William Land Golf Course, the oldest nine-hole course in the Sacramento, California, area, has been around for almost 97 years.The golf course is named after William Land, who was the owner of a Sacramento hotel.William Land Park opened in 1922.The golf course opened in 1924.Curt David, the head golf pro at William Land Golf Course, told Joe Davidson of the Sacramento Bee: read more...

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'Could we do this?' How Indianapolis plans to pull off a 'once-in-a-lifetime' NCAA men's tournament

INDIANAPOLIS -- The effort to pull off a once-in-a-lifetime NCAA men's basketball tournament held exclusively in Indianapolis and its immediate geographic footprint started with a phone call.Doyel:Entire NCAA tournament in Indy?More:The six Indiana venues that will host the 2021 NCAA men's basketball tournamentAfter the NCAAs discussion with Holcomb, came a call to Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett along the same lines.The COVID-forced cancellation of the 2020 NCAA mens and womens tournaments made it clear the association would need to be flexible in preparing for 2021.Quite the contrary, its been a collaboration.None of this was done specifically with an all-in-one NCAA tournament in mind. read more...

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'Cotton Pickers' latest battle in team mascot debate across sports

Editor's note: Part of a series looking at the debate surrounding some high school mascots as Washington's NFL team and others have announced changes in 2020.They are home of the Robstown Cotton Pickers.Its merely a label that is accurately portraying what your grandmother did," Bianca Prado, a fourth-generation Robstown, Texan and Robstown High School alumna told USA TODAY Sports.Hays Consolidated Independent School District recommended the Board of Trustees at Hay High School move on from its Rebels mascot in July.This is our familys story.Prado says there is a stigma that comes along with the town and being a "Robstown Cotton Picker." read more...

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'CDC is putting American lives at risk': Members of Congress call for CDC to reinstate cruise 'no-sail' order

Members of Congress are calling for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to reinstate its "no-sail" order, which expired at the end of October and was replaced by a "Conditional Sailing Order" that allows a phased-in return to cruising."According to the CDCs own no-sail order, '[c]ruise ships continue to be an unsafe environment with close quarters where the disease spreads easily and is not readily detected,'" the letter continues."In fact, cruise ships were breeding grounds for the virus at the epicenter of the initial COVID-19 outbreak.The letter Blumenthal and Matsui sent to the CDC Friday isn't the only one the agency has received from Congress.But most of all, he said, the pandemic "as we know it now" must end before cruise ships can safely sail. read more...

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'Amen and a-women:' Inane political correctness proves how little Democrats get faith

Ending the prayer opening the new session of Congress, Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.)intoned, Amen and a-woman.So first, lets do a fact check: Amen has as little to do with men as menstruation does.It originates from Hebrew and means to give assent and shares nothing with the word men except three letters.Cleaver told The Kansas City Star that his congressional prayer included faithful requests for community healing and reversion from our increasingly tribal tendencies. Im with you there, Rep. Cleaver.But that healing and reversion from tribalism depends on mutual respect, not flippant approaches to faith. read more...

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'A little hard to watch': Would banning shifts make MLB more entertaining?

Quite honestly, it was a little hard to watch, Mattingly said at the leagues virtual winter meetings.It tells me that we have got to find a way to make our game move.A ground ball off the bat, even top-spin hard line drives are bad right now.If you artificially put in rules like no shifting, players arent going to try to hit the ball the other way.I mean I watch Ronald Acua, and hes probably one of the guys that I would watch the most. read more...

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'A blow to the heart and to the gut': Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James responds to Jacob Blake ruling

In between helping the Los Angeles Lakers win an NBA championship.Teams and players also launched varying voting and community programs aimed to reduce racial inequality.He also launched More Than A Vote, an organization that reduces voting suppression and increased voting turnout in the Black community.Reoccurring instances of excessive use of force and immediate escalation when engaging the Black community must stop, the Bucks statement read.James plans to speak out more regardless of any backlash he receives and any frustrated feelings he has regarding Tuesdays ruling. read more...

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$125k for Reds legend Johnny Bench's World Series ring? That's just the start in this auction

LOUISVILLE, Ky. Fans of Cincinnati Reds legend Johnny Bench purchased a piece of the Hall of Fame baseball player's legacy Saturday.Of the collectibles auctioned, the item that sold for the highest amount was an "exceedingly scarce and important" 1903 World Series program, with a winning bid of $215,000.The second highest sold was a 1959 Willie Mays autographed San Francisco Giants professional model road jersey for $160,000.Right behind was a "historic and scarce" 1903 World Series Game 1 program for $128,700.Other items sold included commemorative bats from the Reds' 1975 and 1976 World Series championships; Bench's custom gold, diamond and ruby Reds logo belt buckle; his Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player plaques; and his 1975 and 1976 World Series Championships rings. read more...

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$10,000 up for grabs in winner-take-all for top Cactus Tour players

Longbow Golf Club in Mesa, Arizona, is putting up $10,000 in a winner-take-all, 18-hole, four-player stroke play exhibition on Sunday in the inaugural Longbow Cactus Cup Championship.Brittany Yada won the Cactus Tour money title in 2020.The Cactus Tour made national news for offering professional golfers an opportunity to safely compete during the early days of the pandemic.The Cactus Tour is really looking forward to this day of fun-filled championship golf at one of Arizonas best courses for competitive golf, said Mike Brown, Cactus Tour Director.Harigae holds the Cactus Tour 54-hole record score of -24 after shooting shot 62-63-64 at Longbow Golf Club earlier this year. read more...

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