It was an anxious final day across the Premier League, more nervous, in the end, at the bottom than at the top. Manchester United and Chelsea clinched the final Champions League spots, leaving Leicester City in the Europa League, where it will be joined by sixth-place Tottenham. Bournemouth beat Everton and Watford mounted a vain late comeback at Arsenal, but both were relegated with Norwich, as Aston Villa drew at West Ham to secure a remarkable survival.
For Leicester there is a strange sense of not quite knowing whether this is a season to be celebrated or not. Other than the title-winning season of 2015-16, fifth represents its best finish since 1963. It improved on last season, has qualified for Europe, reached the semifinal of one Cup and the quarterfinal of the other. But, given how things began, how could it not be viewed as a disappointment? At the time of the shutdown in March, Leicester led fifth-place United by eight points. It’s won just three of its last 14 games, and that allowed not only Chelsea but also United to pull ahead in the race for the top four.
To retake a top-four place on Sunday, Leicester needed to beat United, or to draw and for Chelsea to lose to Wolves. But Chelsea was a comfortable winner over Wolves, thanks to two goals in first-half injury time.
Frank Lampard notably left out the most expensive goalkeeper in history, Kepa Arrizabalaga, who has let in a higher percentage of shots on target in the Premier League this season than any keeper since Opta began collecting the data in 2003. How much of a factor that was is hard to say, but Chelsea was far less shambolic defensively than it has been in recent games. It was tight until the moments before halftime, when Mason Mount struck with a brilliant free kick. Olivier Giroud added a second three minutes later, his sixth in his last seven games.
Having to win, Leicester opened up in the second half, which rendered it vulnerable to the counter. Sure enough, eventually Anthony Martial broke into the box, where he was bundled over by a combination of Jonny Evans and Wes Morgan. Bruno Fernandes converted and Jesse Lingard sealed the points in injury time after being gifted the ball by Kasper Schmeichel.
Tottenham’s 1-1 draw at Crystal Palace meant it took sixth place and Europa League qualification, but not all is lost for Wolves by finishing seventh. They can still qualify for Europe–either the Champions League by winning the Europa League, or the Europa League if Chelsea beats Arsenal in next Saturday’s FA Cup final.
For a time, it was possible to argue that there was something almost admirable about Watford’s willingness to go against conventional wisdom and sack managers as soon as results began to falter. But over the past year the policy has collapsed into chaos, and the season of the four managers ended in recrimination and relegation and a late rally that wasn’t quite enough. The two games after the dismissal of Nigel Pearson brought two defeats and the concession of seven goals
Having fallen behind to an early Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang penalty, Watford fought back but then conceded again, against the run of play, to a 24th-minute Kieran Tierney goal, his first for the club. Aubameyang added a third with a spectacular finish as Watford failed to deal with a simple long throw-in. But where there is David Luiz, there is always hope for the opposition, and he conceded a record fifth penalty of the season–more than 10 of the Premier League clubs this season. Troy Deeney converted, and Watford rallied. Danny Welbeck pulled another back, but it was too little, too late.
Bournemouth had to win to have a chance of survival, and it did so with a measure of style. A Josh King penalty put it. Ahead after 13 minutes and, although Moise Kean leveled on 41 minutes, Dominic Solanke had restored the Bournemouth lead before halftime. Junior Stanislas made it 3-1 with 10 minutes to go.
That meant Bournemouth would stay up if Aston Villa lost to West Ham. It remained 0-0 at the London Stadium until the 84th minute, when Jack Grealish put the away side ahead. But barely had the celebrations stopped when Andriy Yarmolenko cut inside and hit a shot that deflected off Grealish and looped cruelly in, denying Villa its first away clean sheet of the season and leading to a fraught final five minutes plus injury time.
But Villa held out, meaning it had taken a remarkable 10 points from its final four games of the season to pull off a nail-biting escape and relegate Bournemouth after five years in the Premier League.
And with that, the longest and most unusual of seasons came to an end.
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Only a small proportion of people in many parts of the United States had antibodies to the novel coronavirus as of this spring, indicating most of the population remains highly susceptible to the pathogen, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The agency also reported the number of actual coronavirus infections is probably far higher — by two to 13 times — than the reported cases. The higher estimate is based on the study on antibodies, which indicates who has had the virus. Currently, the number of reported cases in the United States now stands at 3.8 million.
The new data appeared Tuesday in JAMA Internal Medicine and on the CDC website. The information about antibodies was derived from blood samples drawn from 10 geographic regions, including New York, Utah, Washington state and South Florida. The samples were collected in discrete periods in two rounds — one in early spring and the other several weeks later, ending in early June. For two sites, only the earlier results were available.
The blood samples were collected during routine screenings such as cholesterol tests. Such serological surveys are being conducted throughout the country as public health experts, government officials and academics try to determine the virus’s course, how many people have been infected and how many have produced antibodies in response.
In New York City, almost 24 percent of the population had antibodies as of early May — the highest proportion by far of any of the locations but still far below the 60 to 70 percent threshold for herd immunity, the point at which enough people are immune to the virus, either through exposure or because they have been vaccinated. Herd immunity makes it far less likely the virus will be transmitted from person to person.
In the other areas, the percentages of people with antibodies were in the single digits in late May and early June. That included Missouri, at 2.8 percent; Philadelphia, at 3.6 percent; and Connecticut, at 5.2 percent.
The new data emerged as the nation struggles with a wily pathogen that can produce no symptoms at all, or sicken and kill — 138,000 Americans have died of the coronavirus to date. Large swaths of the nation are in turmoil as many communities debate how to reopen schools this fall, wrestle with rising virus-related hospitalizations and, in some cases, roll back restrictions to restart a flailing economy.
“Most of us are likely still very vulnerable to this virus and we have a long way to go to control it,” said Jennifer Nuzzo, an epidemiologist at the John Hopkins Center for Health Security. “This study should put to bed any further argument that we should allow this virus to rip through our communities in order to achieve herd immunity.”
With vaccines still months or years off, some people have suggested allowing large numbers of people to become infected to speed the process of herd immunity. Many call that idea dangerous.
“The study rebukes the idea that current population-wide levels of acquired immunity (so-called herd immunity) will pose any substantial impediment to the continued propagation” of the virus, at least for now, wrote Tyler S. Brown and Rochelle Walensky, infectious-disease specialists at Massachusetts General Hospital, in an accompanying editorial. “These data should also quickly dispel myths that dangerous practices like ‘COVID parties’ are either a sound or safe way to promote herd immunity.”
“Covid parties” refer to events where people get together in an attempt to infect themselves and develop immunity to the virus that causes covid-19. A 30-year-old man who believed the coronavirus was a hoax and attended a “Covid party” died recently after being infected with the virus, according to the chief medical officer at a Texas hospital, the New York Times reported. But the account, it said, has not been independently corroborated.
The new study gave details on the undercount: In Missouri, the estimated number of actual infections was 13 times the number of confirmed cases. In Utah, it was at least twice as high.
“The findings may reflect the number of persons who had mild or no illness, or who did not seek medical care or undergo testing but who still may have contributed to ongoing virus transmission in the population,” the study’s authors wrote. Researchers say more than 40 percent of people who are infected don’t have symptoms.
Because people often don’t know they are infected, the public should continue to take steps to reduce the risk of transmitting the virus, including wearing face coverings outside the home, remaining six feet from other people, washing hands frequently and staying home when sick.
Separately, in a report in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, a study by Indiana University and the Indiana State Department of Health found that 2.8 percent of state residents had been infected as of late April. It was the first randomized study to determine the prevalence of coronavirus infection in the state. It also included members of minority communities who were not randomly selected. The study used nasal-swab tests to detect active infections and blood tests to find antibodies that indicated a past infection.
The 2.8 percent represented about 187,000 people, or 10 times the number of confirmed cases identified through conventional testing. About 44 percent of the infected people were asymptomatic, according to Nir Menachemi, the lead scientist on the study and a professor of public health at Indiana University. The percentage fell to a little over 2 in a second round of testing in early June, but in a change, more people had antibodies, indicating past infections, while fewer had active infections.
In a second report in MMWR, CDC researchers surveyed residents of two Georgia counties — DeKalb and Fulton — in late April and early May and found that 2.5 percent had antibodies to the coronavirus.
The United Arab Emirates is counting down to the launch of its first interplanetary space mission today — one that will send a spacecraft called “Hope” to orbit Mars. The Emirates Mars Mission will aim to provide a global snapshot of the weather on the Red Planet. It will also be a source of pride for the UAE as the country celebrates the 50th anniversary of its founding in December of 2021.
To ensure that Hope is actually at Mars by the anniversary, the UAE must launch this summer. Planetary scientists have a very small window every two years to send spacecraft to Mars, when the Red Planet and Earth closely align on their orbits. If Hope launches in July, the spacecraft will spend the next seven months traveling to Mars, arriving sometime in February — leaving it plenty of time in orbit before the anniversary.
Hope is launching on top of a Japanese H-IIA rocket out of Japan’s Tanegashima Space Center, located on an island off the southern coast of the country. At Tanegashima, the launch is taking place in the wee morning hours of July 20th, at 6:58AM. On the East Coast of the United States, the launch is at 5:58PM ET this afternoon.
About one hour after the launch, the H-IIA rocket will deploy Hope in space, putting it on its course toward Mars. The probe will then stretch out its solar panels and point them toward the Sun to start generating power. The Emirates Mars Mission team operating the spacecraft will also try to get in touch with the vehicle, while it attempts to stabilize itself and then heads out into deep space.
About 28 days after the launch, Hope will correct its course slightly by burning its onboard thrusters — the first of many correction maneuvers it will do on the way to Mars. Such burns are necessary to keep Hope on track to meet a tiny window at Mars and then insert itself into the planet’s orbit. “It’s a very small target,” Pete Withnell, the program manager for the mission at the University Colorado Boulder, which partnered with the Emirates Mars Mission, said during a press call ahead of the launch. “It’s equivalent to an archer hitting a two-millimeter target, one kilometer away. So this is not for the faint of heart.”
The Emirates Mars Mission plans to provide multiple livestreams of the launch, and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, which operates the H-IIA rocket, will also provide a livestream. Most of the streams begin at 3PM ET and will provide plenty of coverage leading up to the UAE’s first attempt to put a vehicle in deep space.
Leeds United’s return to the Premier League has been likened to Christmas Day by jubilant fans celebrating the club’s promotion.
Thousands gathered at Elland Road on Friday as a return to the top-flight was confirmed when West Brom lost to Huddersfield Town.
Head coach Marcelo Bielsa, who will have a street named after him, was cheered in to the stadium earlier.
Leeds took the Championship title earlier as Brentford lost to Stoke.
Countless fans watched the historic moment from home and shared their joy online as promotion was sealed for the first time in 16 years.
Former player and BBC commentator Noel Whelan – known for his shouts of “Get In!” after each time Leeds scored, paid tribute to the fans.
Mr Whelan, who played as a striker for Leeds from 1993-95, said: “To every single Leeds fan thank you for every single bit of support you have given our great club through the good and the bad you all deserve this and our great club are so lucky to have you.”
Leeds captain Liam Cooper said: “With this group of players behind me I feel unstoppable, that’s how they make me feel.
“I didn’t get off to a great start with the club but since Marcelo’s come in, it’s changed me as a person and it’s taken my playing to a whole new level.
“Everyone involved it’s been a massive effort. Andrea came in and he had a plan, and they have allowed us to go and achieve our dreams. This smile is going to take some wiping off my face.”
Boxer Josh Warrington was with the players when the news broke.
He said: “I got a call from some people at the club saying get yourself down and be part of the celebrations, so I was able to congratulate them personally, which was an honour.
“I’m still wired, it’s kind of like the feeling after a fight. I don’t sleep and I’m full of adrenaline.
“That’s how I’m feeling this morning, I hardly slept a wink last night.”
A year on, a centenary has been celebrated and amidst a pandemic the passing of legends mourned. A new one now lives.
Marcelo Bielsa has led United out of exile and swept the stables along the way. Cleaner, fitter, smarter a team has been coached to greatness. He has restored pride and improved all around him. With his back against the wall in the Leeds style he did it his way, the right way.
Leeds United are back and football is better for it. The edginess and “nobody likes us, we don’t care” swagger will return too.
But remember, its all because, just for once, the nice guy won.
On twitter, fanzine The Square Ball wrote: “YYYYYEEEESSS! It’s like Christmas Day, but one we’ve waited 16 years for! And we got Marcelo Bielsa! Bueno. #LUFC”.
Club owner Andrea Radrizzani tweeted: “I feel very happy and proud to be a leader of such an amazing club, our fans, our players, Marcelo and all staff, our management and everyone involved have worked very hard showing an unconditional love for @LUFC and an endless commitment to achieve our goal and dream. #WEAREBACK”.
Councillor Judith Blake, leader of Leeds City Council, said: “Under the expert and meticulous eye of Marcelo, Leeds have proved without doubt that they are a truly outstanding team and more than worthy of promotion this season.”
A Leeds street is also to be renamed Marcelo Bielsa Way to commemorate the promotion.
The street, which connects Trinity Leeds shopping centre to Commercial Street, will have a sign installed next week.
A BMW car was seen parked in front of the ground with a damaged windscreen after the celebrations, and fan Gareth Cundall set up a campaign to help pay for the damage.
The Go Fund Me page had raised £1,697 raised of its £20,000 goal at midday on Saturday.
Morgan Hines, USA TODAY
Published 2:39 p.m. ET May 30, 2020
United Airlines will cut 13 of its 67 senior-executive positions, the company said Friday.
Eight of its executives will leave Oct. 1 and five openings will not be filled.
The moves are part of United’s plan to cut management and support staff by at least 30% in October, the earliest it can do so under terms of $5 billion in federal aid it is getting to help cover payroll cost, according to the Associated Press.
United Airlines President Scott Kirby has issued bleak outlook after bleak outlook since the coronavirus crisis began hitting U.S. airlines in late February, noting each time that he was laying out a worst-case scenario.
The bleakest arrived this month during the airline’s quarterly earnings conference call.
Kirby said travel demand is essentially “zero,” and the airline is bracing for that to be the case for the rest of the year and into 2021. United has 93,000 employees.
And United isn’t the only airline to announce cuts to its administrative staff.
Airlines have suffered major losses since travel screeched to a near halt as the coronavirus pandemic spread across the globe, infecting nearly 6 million people and killing more than 366,000, according to Johns Hopkins data. Airlines executives say it could take years for air travel to recover.
American Airlines also made the call to cut its management and support staff by about 30%, according to an internal letter from Elise Eberwein, executive vice president of people and communication, obtained by USA TODAY.
Though the company’s pre-pandemic liquidity, assistance from the government bailout and cash raised provide some stability, the American Airlines letter said the company needs to make cuts where its “most significant expense” occurs: in compensation and benefits.
The airline’s management and support staff include about 17,000 people, American Airlines spokesperson Ross Feinstein told USA TODAY.
Is your airport on the list?: Cities push back as airlines seek dozens of new service cuts
Contributing: Dawn Gilbertson, USA TODAY; The Associated Press
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Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport appeared nearly empty Thursday with one traveler calling it ‘surreal.’ The U.S. is offering airlines a $25 billion aid package, but analysts say it could be five years before the industry fully recovers. (April 16)
A photo of a crowded flight posted on Twitter by a cardiologist returning from the New York City area may hint at the difficulties of social distancing as air travel picks up again.
Dr. Ethan Weiss tweeted a photo Saturday showing what appears to be a full United Airlines flight from Newark, New Jersey, to San Francisco. Though passengers are wearing masks, he said the crowded cabin runs counter to United’s assurances that it would leave middle seats empty in order to promote social distancing to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
“I guess @united is relaxing their social distancing policy these days? Every seat full on this 737,” tweeted Weiss along with the photo. He is both a physician and a scientist at the University of California San Francisco who had been in New York working to aid with the coronavirus crisis.
In a separate tweet, Weiss included a statement from United’s chief customer officer, sent to all passengers, saying, “We’re automatically blocking middle seats to give you enough space on board.”
He said in a tweet he was among the medical workers who had been flown to New York for free by United to help care for the flood of patients due to the pandemic. He added that “people on this plane are scared/shocked.”
Weiss told USA TODAY he had no further comment beyond his tweets.
Reached for response, a United spokeswoman said the airline has taken steps to address the coronavirus.
“We’ve overhauled our cleaning and safety procedures and implemented a new boarding and deplaning process to promote social distancing,” spokeswoman Kimberly Gibbs said in an email. “Our flight to San Francisco had an additional 25 medical professionals on board who were flying for free to volunteer their time in New York. We’ve provided complimentary flights for more than 1,000 doctors and nurses in the past few weeks alone – and all passengers and employees were asked to wear face coverings, consistent with our new policy.”
United is among several airlines that have established policies of trying to keep middle seats open, though for some it appears more of a goal than a guarantee. Airline passenger traffic has plunged to levels not seen since the 1950s and recently domestic flights averaged 17 passengers, Nicholas Calio, CEO of the industry trade group Airlines for America, told a Senate Committee last week.
But as the nation starts to reopen, airline traffic is starting to pick up and there is more pressure to fill middle seats.
We are about to land & I just wanted to say a few things. 1) people on this plane are scared/ shocked. 2) I have no idea why most of them are traveling. 3)I am with a group of 25 nurses and doctors who have been working in NYC hospitals for the past 2-4 weeks. We are coming home
— Ethan Weiss (@ethanjweiss) May 9, 2020
The Transportation Security Administration said it screened 215,444 people passing through checkpoints Friday as the usually busy Mother’s Day weekend began, the highest daily number since March 25 and more than double the low of 87,534 on April 14. Airline executives have repeatedly said this month that they believe travel demand bottomed in mid-April.
Friday’s figure is still down nearly 92% from the same Friday a year ago, however, when 2.6 million passengers, crew members and airport employees were screened at TSA checkpoints.
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