Coronavirus doesn't care that it's the NCAA Tournament
The Indiana Farmers Coliseum scoreboard goes dark after a first round NCAA college basketball tournament game between Iowa and Grand Canyon Saturday, March 20, 2021, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)If you didn’t pay attention to college basketball until the NCAA Tournament, the good news is you didn’t miss much. The loss marked the second time in the Cavaliers’ last three NCAA Tournament appearances — this time as a No. “He kind of got his legs under him and he was really, really good in the second half,” Self said afterward. “I mean really, really good.”___More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/hub/college-basketball and updated bracket: https://apnews.com/hub/ncaa-mens-bracket
Sharp-shooting Iowa gets 24 from Garza to beat Grand Canyon
(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)INDIANAPOLIS – Iowa got 24 points from Luka Garza and avoided the early NCAA Tournament exit that befell other high seeds with an 86-74 victory over Grand Canyon in the West Region on Saturday night. AdGrand Canyon (17-7) gave the Havocs reason to remain on their feet early by keeping the Hawkeyes within reach before an Iowa surge before halftime allowed the Hawkeyes to pull away. Garza got off to a great start, hitting a pair of 3-pointers while scoring eight early points. Iowa made six 3s and hit 16 of 29 shots to stretch the lead to 42-31 at halftime. Grand Canyon had its first taste of the NCAA Tournament and the Havocs had a road party.
Positive virus tests bounce VCU from NCAAs; Oregon advances
The Indiana Farmers Coliseum scoreboard goes dark after a first round NCAA college basketball tournament game between Iowa and Grand Canyon Saturday, March 20, 2021, in Indianapolis. The VCU Oregon game scheduled to be played after the Iowa Grand Canyon game was cancelled after VCU was pulled from the NCAA Tournament because of COVID-19 protocols. The NCAA says the 10th-seeded Rams' first-round game Saturday against Oregon has been declared a no-contest. To get it taken away like this, it’s just a heartbreaking moment in their young lives," VCU coach Mike Rhoades said. There’s no way I can sugarcoat it.”VCU athletic director Ed McLaughlin declined to say which players tested positive, citing privacy concerns.
Pick Six: Veterans to watch as NCAA Tournament begins
(AP Photo/Chase Stevens)INDIANAPOLIS – There has never been a better time to have senior leadership in the NCAA Tournament than this season. AdVirginia intends to play after withdrawing from the ACC Tournament because of COVID-19 protocols, which means fans will get to say Sam Hauser running the show. Dru Smith is their leading scorer and Jeremiah Tilmon finally reached his potential this season, and both aim to help Missouri snap a four-game NCAA Tournament skid. Herb Jones is an All-American candidate and Jaden Shackelford is Alabama's leading scorer, but John Petty Jr. makes the SEC Tournament champs go. Then there's Tennessee forward John Fulkerson, who sustained facial fractures in an SEC Tournament win over Florida and underwent surgery Sunday.
Bus heading to Grand Canyon rolls over; 1 dead, 2 critical
(Mohave County Sheriff's Office via AP)DOLAN SPRINGS, Ariz. – A Las Vegas-based tour bus heading to the Grand Canyon rolled over in northwestern Arizona on Friday, killing one person and critically injuring two others, authorities said. “A lot of them were saying the bus driver was driving at a high rate of speed,” he said. The bus was heading to Grand Canyon West, about 2 1/2 hours from Las Vegas and outside the boundaries of Grand Canyon National Park. Before the pandemic, about 1 million people a year visited Grand Canyon West, mostly through tours booked out of Las Vegas. Rafters who are on trips through the Grand Canyon also can get on and off the river on the reservation.
Report: Climate change damaging more World Heritage sites
A leading conservation agency is warning that climate change is damaging the U.N.' most cherished heritage sites. Sixteen World Heritage sites have deteriorated since the last World Heritage Outlook was released three years ago, while only eight improved, said the International Union for Conservation of Nature, made up of governments and civil society groups and advises UNESCO on natural threats to those sites. “Natural World Heritage sites are amongst the world’s most precious places, and we owe it to future generations to protect them,” IUCN Director-General Bruno Oberle said. It said while 63% of the heritage sites are classified as “good” or “good with some concerns,” 30% are of “significant concern” and 7% are in “critical” shape. ___Read all of AP’s stories about climate change at https://apnews.com/hub/Climate.
“The world is different now”: Rafters return to coronavirus pandemic
The 24-day adventure took them down the scenic Colorado River...away from cell service, internet and far from the outside world. The Portland, Oregon couple anticipated returning to everyday life would be difficult, but they never expected a new reality. Murphy and Murray were some of the last people in America to learn about widespread impact of the coronavirus pandemic. They returned to a world where schools were shut down, movie theaters were closed and people used an unfamiliar phrase, "social distancing." “Right now, it’s like coming into a completely different world.”The Portland couple didn’t have much time to get ready for re-entry.
Woman Nearly Falls to Her Death Taking Photo on Edge of Grand Canyon
Chilling footage of a near-tragedy at the Grand Canyon is causing shock and awe. I said, Don't take another step back, twice.Authorities say tourists are taking too many unnecessary risks to get those majestic photos. Since records began at the Grand Canyon 200 years ago, there have been 64 recorded deaths at the site. RELATED STORIESAre Tourists Risking Their Lives for the Perfect Grand Canyon Snap? Grand Canyon Authorities Say Tourists Are Taking Too Many Risks103-Year-Old Grandmother Becomes Junior Park Ranger at Grand Canyon
Man jumps to his death at Grand Canyon Skywalk
3: United States: People view the Grand Canyon from more than 4,000 feet above the Colorado River. GRAND CANYON WEST, Ariz. - Authorities are trying to locate the body of a man who climbed over a safety barrier at the Grand Canyon Skywalk and apparently jumped to his death. They say the 28-year-old visitor to the tourist spot on the Hualapai reservation outside Grand Canyon National Park jumped around 4:30 p.m. Saturday. A Grand Canyon West spokesman says a body recovery effort began Sunday morning. A Chinese tourist fell to his death in March when he stumbled while trying to take a photo close to Skywalk.