By falling below 7.0, high school football and water polo teams in the county won’t be required to do coronavirus testing before competitions.,Ventura County’s adjusted rate last week was 9.1.,There was a collective sigh of relief from high school football and water polo coaches last week when Los Angeles County’s adjusted rate dropped below 7.0 for the first time since the California Department of Public Health established that as a guideline for youth sports.,It happened last week when Mission Viejo had a positive test in its program and had to cancel its game against La Habra.,If a county goes up and above a rate of 7.0, the testing requirement is immediately restored for football and water polo teams.

On the second team is Meskwaki senior Taurice Grant, who is on an all-state team for a second-consecutive year after receiving third-team honors in 2019-20.,Grant is the first Meskwaki player to make an all-state basketball team in school history, and he became the fifth-leading scorer in Meskwaki history by reaching 1,000 points in his senior season.,Grant was named to the All-Substate first team in Class 1A Substate 5 by the other coaches in the group.,On a Waukee team that won its first state title this year and featured three other Division I recruits, DeVries led in scoring with 18.5 points per game while also averaging 6.6 rebounds and 5.6 assists.,Blaise Porter, so., New London; Maddox Griffin, jr., Wapello; Carson Michels, sr., Marquette Catholic; Cole Watts, sr., Montezuma; Keaten Bonderson, so., Le Mars Gehlen; Manny Hammonds, jr., Grand View Christian; Tate Haughenbury, so., North Linn; Taurice Grant, sr., Meskwaki.

For Chris Street, a cognitive psychologist and expert in lie detection at the University of Huddersfield, social deduction games are variants on the classic guessing game: Which hand is the coin in?,Where liars can use any number of persuasive tactics to build trust, from pretending to complete tasks in *Among Us* to denouncing other Imposters, figuring out who is a spy need not be simply a case of refining your bullshit More From Games

[#article: think we all hope for some hidden secret ability to root out the truth by detecting subtle behaviors and tells,” says Street.,And when we play a social deduction game like *Among Us*—or Street’s preferred title, [*The already apprehensive.,### Humans Are Not, In Fact, Rational Another reason *Among Us* players make poor decisions is that the design of social deduction games confounds the resources in our brain.,Observers of social deduction games are regularly privy to information that escapes players, possibly because their attention is not being challenged in the same way. read more

Perry Minasian’s first winter as the Angels’ general manager netted at least seven new players who will, barring injury, be a part of the big league roster.,Among the position players, the Angels picked up Jose Iglesias to be their new everyday shortstop, Dexter Fowler to be their right fielder (at least until Jo Adell is ready) and Kurt Suzuki to be the backup catcher.,After Ohtani agreed to a two-year deal earlier this month, agent Nez Balelo said Ohtani has taken his offseason workouts to a higher level, in an effort to move past the struggles and injuries of the past two years.,The Angels tossed Adell in the deep end last year, and months later Manager Joe Maddon conceded that the 21-year-old probably wasn’t ready.,He’s had a winter to work on the things he did wrong last year, and now he’ll go into spring training with some experience and the challenge to prove that he is still the super prospect he was supposed to be.

The Dodgers reached agreement on a two-year contract with catcher Austin Barnes Sunday.,The contract is reportedly for $4.3 million over the next two seasons including a $300,000 signing bonus and salaries of $1.5 million in 2021 and $2.5 million in 2022 with potential escalator clauses based on games played.,Barnes had sought a $2 million salary for 2021 in arbitration with the Dodgers countering at $1.5 million.,Even as Yasmani Grandal and now Will Smith were the Dodgers’ primary catchers in the regular season, Barnes has started 30 of the Dodgers’ 54 postseason games over the past four seasons including 15 of 18 World Series games in that time.,In six seasons with the Dodgers, the 31-year-old Barnes has a .230 batting average and .700 OPS.

The Lakers have trailed after the last four first quarters, and they made dubious history Friday by becoming the third team in the past 20 seasons to make consecutive comebacks after trailing by 20 points.,They’ve also shot under 45% in the last three games in the first quarter, and against Memphis, they took only one shot at the rim in the first five minutes of the game (the Grizzlies had already taken nine shots in the paint).,There’s a departure here from the culture the Lakers established last season, when they were the wire-to-wire leaders in the Western Conference and smashed opponents in games even when they didn’t have James or Davis available.,But getting behind early also seems to engage some of the Lakers’ best players, including James, who started Friday’s game as ugly as anyone.,JAMES, KUZMA GET FLOP WARNINGS

The league officially warned James and Kuzma after both players flopped during Friday night’s game in plays involving Dillon Brooks. read more

The number of players in hard quarantine swelled to 72 ahead of the Australian Open after a fifth positive coronavirus test was returned from the charter flights bringing players, coaches, officials and media to Melbourne for the season-opening tennis major.,Australian Open organizers confirmed late Sunday that the latest case involved a passenger on the flight from Doha, Qatar to Melbourne who was not a member of the playing contingent, But all 58 passengers, including the 25 players, now cannot leave their hotel rooms for 14 days.,There were already 47 players, including Grand Slam winners, in hard quarantine after three positive tests were returned from a charter flight that arrived from Los Angeles and one on a flight that departed Abu Dhabi.,Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley said organizers and players were forewarned there’d be a “significant risk” of exta restrictions being imposed if there were positive COVID-19 cases.,Tiley said there were no plans to delay the Australian Open any further — it’s already starting three weeks later than usual — although organizers were reviewing the schedule for the warmup tournaments starting Feb. 1 to find ways to make it easier for those players in strict quarantine to prepare.

A further 25 tennis players were forced into quarantine in Australia ahead of the season’s first tennis major after another positive coronavirus test on a charter flight, taking the total number of competitors isolating in hotel rooms to 72 on Sunday.The positive test came from a passenger who was not a member of the playing contingent, Australian Open organizers said.,But all 58 passengers, including the 25 players on the flight from Doha, Qatar that arrived in Melbourne on Saturday, now cannot leave their hotel rooms for two weeks.Organizers had previously announced that 47 players had to quarantine after four COVID-19 cases emerged from two other charter flights bringing players, staff, officials and media to Australia.Some players have expressed anger at being classified as close contacts merely for being on board those flights with people who later tested positive and, therefore, forced into a harsher quarantine than the broader group of players who’ll be allowed out of their rooms to practice for up to five hours per day.But local health authorities have said all players were warned of the risks in advance.,Those were among 17 charter flights from seven international destinations bringing up to 1,200 players, coaches, staff and officials into Australia for the tournament.Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley said organizers and players were forewarned there’d be a “significant risk” of restrictions being imposed on players if there were positive COVID-19 cases.,She posted the notification that she and others who were on the flight received informing them of the quarantine.Being unable to leave their room would mean the only workouts they’d be able to have would be on exercise equipment left in the rooms of all of the players.Other players will be allowed to train under strict conditions and with supervision, although those practice sessions in Melbourne had been delayed while health authorities waited to receive all the coronavirus tests.Five-time Australian Open finalist Andy Murray and American Madison Keys haven’t traveled to Australia after testing positive in mandatory pre-flight checks.Tiley said there were no plans to delay the Australian Open any further — it’s already starting three weeks later than usual — although organizers were reviewing the schedule for the warmup tournaments starting Feb. 1 to find ways to make it easier for those players in strict quarantine to prepare.Tickets are on sale for the tournament, although the crowd capacity at Melbourne Park will be limited.Australia’s international borders are basically closed to travelers, although there are exemptions in special circumstances.,Each of Australia’s states and territories has its own border and quarantine rules, and those can change on very short notice.Victoria state, which has as its capital Melbourne, accounted for 810 of Australia’s 909 deaths from COVID-19, most of those during a deadly second wave three months ago which resulted in curfews and lockdowns for the city.Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams are among a group of players involved in an exhibition event in Adelaide, South Australia state, on Jan. 29.

The production of the next generation of Matildas has become an increasing concern for Football Australia, whose recent Performance Gap study found a significant lack of depth below the current "Golden Generation" of national team players.,Generation next Sydney FC's Princess Ibini has already shown she's one to watch this W-League season.,(Supplied: Jaime Castaneda/Sydney FC)One of the areas of focus in the report was the availability of competitive match minutes for younger players, finding that the number of W-League minutes played by Australia's youth internationals (Junior Matildas and Young Matildas) has fallen from 60 per cent to 22 per cent over the last decade.,LoadingTrevor Morgan, Football Australia's technical director, says national team staff will be watching this season particularly closely with the aim of encouraging W-League clubs to continue giving opportunities to young Australian players, including the possibility of young player quotas.,(Supplied: Jaime Castaneda/Sydney FC)While they're hesitant to name names, both Dower and Morgan have been impressed with a number of W-League players who were called into the Women's National Team Talent ID Camp held in Canberra last year and who have translated those lessons and expectations into their current performances.

Four coronavirus cases have been detected from charter flights carrying tennis players, coaches and officials to Melbourne for the Australian Open, forcing 47 players into strict hotel quarantine.,However, the players from the two affected flights — arriving from Los Angeles and Abu Dhabi — were in a strict 14-day quarantine, unable to leave their hotel rooms or practice, health authorities and tournament organizers said Saturday.,Health authorities initially said two positive COVID-19 cases — a coach and a member of the air crew — emerged from a charter flight from Los Angeles and the other positive test was a coach on the flight from Abu Dhabi.,On Sunday, Victoria state’s COVID-19 quarantine commissioner Emma Cassar told a news conference another positive test, from a member of a television broadcast team, had been returned off Los Angeles flight.,Tennis Australia confirmed there were 24 players on the flight from Los Angeles and 23 on the flight from Abu Dhabi.