These countries are doing the best and worst jobs fighting coronavirus

Kim Hjelmgaard USA TODAYPublished 3:15 PM EDT Mar 17, 2020LONDON – Keep calm and carry on, said Britain, the country with the least restrictive coronavirus measures in Europe (before sharply altering course Monday night amid a new “catastrophic” warning about how many people could die). Batten down the hatches, says China, the nation that is not far from…

Who will replace Tom Brady as Patriots’ QB? Evaluating all options, from Andy Dalton to Cam Newton

Lorenzo Reyes USA TODAYPublished 1:37 PM EDT Mar 17, 2020So, what now for coach Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots?Tom Brady announced Tuesday that he would be moving on and ending his historic, 20-year run with the team that brought six Super Bowl championships. Now, a dynasty needs to find a replacement for arguably…

‘We don’t want airlines going out of business:’ Trump says financial help on way as travel grinds to a halt

Dawn Gilbertson USA TODAYPublished 2:11 PM EDT Mar 17, 2020With the travel fallout from coronavirus worsening daily, talk in Washington seems to have shifted from a potential domestic travel ban to emergency federal aid for battered airlines. “We don’t want airlines going out of business,” President Donald Trump said at a White House briefing Tuesday.Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said he has…

Opinion: Moving French Open to fall after U.S. Open offers intriguing possibilities

Dan Wolken USA TODAYPublished 1:30 PM EDT Mar 17, 2020With the coronavirus pandemic eliminating any possibility of major sporting events being played this spring, the first major shift for the tennis calendar occurred Tuesday when the French Open announced it is abandoning its traditional start in late May. Now, it is scheduled Sept. 20 through Oct. 4.The move…

‘So damn frustrating’: Padres’ Tommy Pham among players in financial limbo as coronavirus shuts down MLB

Bob Nightengale USA TODAYPublished 1:39 PM EDT Mar 17, 2020PEORIA, Ariz. — San Diego Padres outfielder Tommy Pham sits on a bar stool in his kitchen. There are two black bags and a box on the dining room table. A large black suitcase on the living room floor. A package of Solo Cups, sunflower seeds…

Irish technology A dream job, in a dream city: A letter to the Ireland I’ve come home for

I made peace with my status as a “blow-in” long ago. In 1992, my family blew in to Clonakilty, not from Macroom or Killarney but from Belgium, of all places. I swallowed my classmates’ inability to pronounce my name and got on with things. Ireland became my home, and I became more Irish than anything else.…