Hours after landing in Brisbane, where the most dramatic of series in recent memory seeks closure, Josh Hazlewood sounded out a warning to the Indians: “We will be extremely dangerous in Gabba.,Months before the schedule of the series was fixed, Paine had requested Cricket Australia to start the series in Brisbane, before flinging a tongue-in-cheek dart at Virat Kohli: “Maybe we can get a pink-ball Test (in Brisbane) if he’s in a good mood.”,Like every arena in Australia, Gabba has a unique characteristic.,But not the Gabba, thanks chiefly to the father-son pair of Kevin Mitchell senior and junior, who nursed and nurtured the ground for close to four decades, before Mitchell junior retired in 2017.,Only Bellerive Oval, which has not hosted half as many Tests as the Gabba, has fewer double hundreds in Australia.

The average rate on the benchmark 30-year fixed-rate home loan rose to 2.79% this week from a record low of 2.65% last week.,Long-term bond yields, which can influence interest rates on mortgages and other consumer loans, are climbing this month amid expectations of higher U.S. government spending on pandemic relief and an economy recovery as more people get vaccinated for COVID-19.,The average rate on the benchmark 30-year fixed-rate home loan rose to 2.79% this week from a record low of 2.65% last week, according to mortgage buyer Freddie Mac.,McBride forecasts that the average rate on a 30-year mortgage will rise to 3.1% by the end of the year.,Of course, rising mortgage rates diminish homebuyers’ buying power, especially as home prices continue to rise.

California urged to move up people who are incarcerated higher on the vaccination order list

5:40 p.m.: Extra vaccine doses not coming to California as promised by Trump administration California’s plan to speed up distribution of the coronavirus vaccine appears to have hit a snag.,If you’re a Kaiser Permanente or Sutter Health patient in Placer County and a senior, here’s who to contact: read more

Roughly 277,000 Connecticut residents who are 75 years and older were allowed Thursday to begin making appointments online or via telephone for their COVID-19 vaccinations, with plans in the works to eventually phase in people 65 and older and anyone 16 to 64 with underlying health conditions that put them of greater risk of contracting the disease.,With reports of high call volume and busy website traffic on the first day of appointments on the state's platform, officials repeatedly urged people to remain patient, especially in the coming weeks and months as the newly expanded Phase 1B — the second phase of Connecticut's vaccination program — rolls out in different stages.,So far, more than 160,000 people in Connecticut have received the vaccine during phase 1A, which began Dec. 14 and includes mostly healthcare personnel, residents and staff of nursing homes and assisted living facilities, and medical first responders.,In other coronavirus-related news:

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In Arizona and Florida at MLB spring training, both minor- and major-league players don't know what's next.,While there was a 60-game MLB season in 2020 and teams could also have prospects at alternate sites, the minor-league baseball season was canceled, and most minor leaguers did not get a chance to play in organized games.,Several Angels players told Advocates for Minor Leaguers, a non-profit advocacy group working to provide a voice for minor league baseball players and improve working conditions, that they "didn't see a dime" certain months and have charged their organization for failing to pay.,According to ESPN's Jeff Passan, team officials claim "a vast majority of the players likely would have been released toward the end of spring training even if baseball hadn't been halted by the coronavirus pandemic.",MLB clubs also granted players the option of playing in independent baseball leagues despite many of those teams canceling seasons of their own.

Just like much of it has for months.Coaches, student-athletes and fans expecting the Illinois High School Association to unveil a plan for the remainder of the 2020-21 sports calendar after Wednesday’s board meeting didn’t get it.Again.While the IHSA confirmed it does “hope to conduct all IHSA sports during the remainder of the school year calendar,” time is not on its side.,That’s when the IHSA will meet again to review options for an updated sports schedule.Much depends on when Gov. J.B. Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health allow sports to restart.Golf, cross country, girls swimming and girls tennis are the only sports that have competed during this school year.,Former St. Laurence and current Evergreen Park boys basketball coach Jim Sexton is the all-time leading scorer in Brother Rice history.Joliet Catholic girls volleyball coach Christine Scheibe said she believes the IHSA needs to produce a concrete plan by Jan. 27.,“We have two groups in charge of high school athletics in the state, the IHSA and governor’s office,” Eimer said.,The board also announced all high school sports not operating under an official IHSA season calendar may begin to conduct contact days as soon as IDPH mitigations and local school guidance allow them.