Lourdes Hospital posted a video on its Facebook page of Sarday and Oppito leaving the hospital with nurses aligning the halls cheering for them. (WBNG) — Lourdes Hospital is celebrating the release of two of its COVID-19 patients. Rocky Oppito of Endicott was also released from the hospital Monday afternoon after spending more than two weeks at Lourdes. He told 12 News he was in the ICU for several days, and at one point was in such critical condition the ventilator he was hooked up to was completely breathing for him, and he was in a comatose state. “The thing is that this is a positive thing,” Oppito told 12 News Tuesday. “You hear a lot of negativity but people do survive this; it’s very tough to get out of it in some cases but you can.” On April 4, he felt symptoms of the virus. The next day, Sarday tells 12 News the symptoms were so severe he went to the hospital for only the third time in his life. Sarday says he is “super touched” by their gesture, and Oppito says he is happy to not only be alive, but to share his story with others. 63-year-old Martin Sarday was released from the hospital Monday afternoon after spending eight days in a bed. Sarday tells 12 News he was never on a ventilator. For now, Sarday is finishing his recovery from his house and is awaiting further instructions from his primary healthcare provider, and Oppito is still in quarantine, but feeling much better.
Newton signed with the Patriots in July after being released by Carolina. He succeeds Tom Brady following his departure to Tampa Bay in free agency.In other NFL news:— The Seahawks are bringing back Josh Gordon on a one-year deal as the talented wide receiver awaits reinstatement from the NFL after his latest suspension. Gordon was banned indefinitely by the league last December, his eighth suspension either by the league or his team. — The Titans have made a switch at kicker, agreeing to terms with veteran Stephen Gostkowski (gahst-KOW’-skee) and waiving Greg Joseph. Gostkowski is a four-time Pro Bowl kicker who has made 87% of his field goals with the fifth-best field goal percentage in NFL history. — The Browns have acquired safety Ronnie Harrison from the Jaguars for a fifth-round pick. Harrison has played in 28 games and made 103 tackles along with three interceptions. Update on the latest sports Associated Press Mengden tests positive for coronavirusUNDATED (AP) — Oakland Athletics right-hander Daniel Mengden has tested positive for the coronavirus and is quarantined at home in Houston. He received the result that forced Oakland and Major League Baseball to postpone four games this week. A’s general manager David Forst said that Mengden is asymptomatic and was placed on the 10-day injured list. The A’s don’t know how Mengden contracted the coronavirus. MLB said the A’s will resume their schedule on Friday.In other MLB news: Lowry played virtually the whole way, finishing with 31 points, eight assists and six rebounds. Fred VanVleet scored 25 points, Pascal Siakam (see-A’-kam) had 16 and Anunoby 12.Kemba Walker scored 29 points for Boston, which lost for the first time in seven playoff games.NBA-NETS COACHNets Steve Nash as coachUNDATED (AP) — The Brooklyn Nets have hired Steve Nash as their coach, putting the Hall of Fame point guard in charge of the team that hopes to have Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving together next season. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA PLAYOFFSLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — A buzzer-beating basket allowed the Toronto Raptors to beat the Boston Celtics, 104-103 and pull within two games to one in the Eastern Conference semifinals.OG Anunoby (an-uh-NOH’-bee) grabbed a crosscourt inbounds pass from Kyle Lowry and drained a 3-pointer at the horn. It came just a half-second after Daniel Theis (tys) dunked to give Boston a two-point lead. Nash is a two-time MVP as the engineer of the high-scoring Phoenix Suns teams under Mike D’Antoni. He had been a player development consultant with Golden State, where he worked with Durant. The Nets finished the season under Jacque Vaughn, who will remain on staff as Nash’s lead assistant.In other NBA news:— Memphis guard Ja (jah) Morant is the runaway winner of the NBA Rookie of the Year Award for 2019-20. He’s the first Grizzlies player to win the award since Pau Gasol (pow-gah-SAHL’) in 2001-02. Morant averaged 17.8 points and 7.3 assists this season, picking up three Western Conference rookie of the month awards along the way. Miami’s Kendrick Nunn was second and New Orleans’ Zion Williamson was third. — The Hornets have fired play-by-play radio broadcaster John Focke (FOH’-kee) after he used a racial slur on his Twitter account last month. The decision comes after the team investigated the matter in which Focke used the slur while Tweeting about the Jazz-Nuggets playoff game on Aug. 17. He has since deleted the tweet and apologized, saying it was a typo.NHL-STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The NHL has unveiled a series of anti-racism initiatives more than eight months after Akim Aliu (ah-KEEM’ ah-LEE’-yoo) brought the topic to the forefront in the predominantly white sport.The league and NHL Players’ Association are planning mandatory inclusion and diversity training for all players at camp. They are partnering with the Hockey Diversity Alliance to launch a grassroots program for young players of color in the Toronto area They are also working together on several inclusion committees aimed at encouraging diversity among executives, pro and youth players and fans.The moves come amid mounting pressure from current and former minority players for the league to take concrete steps to address systemic racism. MLB-SCHEDULEClevinger loses in Padres debut September 3, 2020 The 38-year-old Williams has advanced to the third round with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Margarita Gasparyan.Williams improved her career record to 20-0 in the second round at Flushing Meadows and will play Sloane Stephens in the next round. Williams leads the series 5-1.Williams had 27 winners and seven aces to put away Gasparyan.Stephens continued her path toward a second U.S. Open championship with a dominant 6-2, 6-2 win over Olga Govortsova. It was a successful day for the No. 2 singles seeds. UNDATED (AP) — Mike Clevinger wasn’t bad in his San Diego Padres debut, but he wasn’t good enough to get a victory.Clevinger allowed two runs on seven hits in six innings of the Padres’ 2-0 loss to the Angels. He didn’t retire the Angels in order until the sixth and allowed the leadoff batter aboard in each of the first four innings.Andrew Heaney allowed only three hits over seven innings to help Los Angeles deal San Diego its second shutout loss of the season.Andrelton Simmons and Justin Upton each had two hits and an RBI for the Angels, who snapped a three-game losing streak. In Thursday’s other MLB action: — The Mets paid tribute to Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver with a series of salutes before their game with the Yankees. Each Met had a smudge of dirt on their right knee. That’s a nod to how Seaver’s uniform looked when he pitched, with his knee dropping low to the mound for more power. Seaver died Monday at age 75. — Dick Allen’s No. 15 was retired by the Phillies in a ceremony prior to Thursday’s game against the Nationals. It’s a long overdue honor for one of the franchise’s greatest players who fought against racism during a tumultuous period with the team in the 1960s. Former teammate Mike Schmidt called him “an amazing mentor” who was wrongly labeled a “bad teammate” and “troublemaker.”US-OPENSerena wins, No. 2s Thiem, Kenin advanceNEW YORK (AP) — Serena Williams’ drive for her 24th major championship continues at the U.S. Open West Virginia athletic director Shane Lyons heads football oversight. He told the AP on Thursday night the committee worked on setting parameters for a 13-week winter/spring season that included an April 17 end to regular-season competition but no uniform start date.Lyons said the committee will send a report with its recommendation to the Division I Council for approval by next week.NASCAR-COVID CONCERNSNASCAR drivers cautious of COVID-19 as playoffs begin CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR has decided it will not grant COVID-19 relief during the playoffs, meaning a positive coronavirus test will end a driver’s championship bid. — Aledmys (ah-LEHD’-mees) Díaz belted a three-run homer and Michael Brantley added three RBIs to support Zack Greinke (GREHN’-kee) in the Astros’ 8-4 thumping of the Rangers. Greinke struck out a season-high nine in six innings, allowing three runs and six hits to get to 3-0. Brantley had three hits, capped by a two-out, two-run double in the eighth that pushed the lead to 8-4.— Bryan Reynolds slammed a three-run homer in his return from paternity leave to lead the Pirates past the Cubs, 6-2. Reynolds also doubled leading off the second and celebrated by pretending to rock a baby to sleep. JT Brubaker picked up his first big league win by navigating in and out of trouble for five innings, allowing just one earned run despite seven hits.— Alec Bohm hit a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the Phillies a 6-5 victory and a four-game sweep of the Nationals. Pinch-hitter Andrew McCutchen’s RBI grounder off Daniel Hudson tied it at 5 in the eighth. Trea Turner hit an inside-the-park homer and Michael Taylor went deep for Washington, but the defending champs suffered their sixth consecutive loss. — The Mets erased deficits of 4-0 and 7-4 before beating the Yankees, 9-7 on Pete Alonso’s two-run blast in the bottom of the 10th. J.D. Davis tied it with a solo shot in the ninth before Alonso came through with his first career walk-off homer. Amed Rosario had three hits and three RBIs as the Mets gained a split of the six-game season series.MLB-NEWS NFL-NEWSNewton to start for PatsUNDATED (AP) — Cam Newton is officially the new starting quarterback of the New England Patriots. A person familiar with the situation said Thursday that Newton was announced as the starter during a team meeting. The move was expected after the 2015 league MVP outperformed second-year Jarrett Stidham and veteran Brian Hoyer during training camp. Dominic Thiem (teem) earned a spot in the third round on his 27th birthday, posting a 6-3, 6-3, 6-1 win over over Sumit Nagal.American Sofia Kenin has won her second-round match at the U.S. Open against unseeded Leylah Fernandez 6-4, 6-3. Kenin had more winners than unforced errors and never faced a break point.Daniil Medvedev beat Australian Christopher O’Connell 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 to advance to the third round.Victoria Azarenka won the battle of the Belarusians with a 6-1, 6-3 win over fifth-seeded Aryna Sabalenka.There was a pair of top-10 upsets on the women’s side. Romania’s Sorana Cîrstea knocked off No. 9 Johanna Konta, 2-6, 7-6, 6-4 to earn her spot in the third round. Tsvetana Pironkova has reached Round 3 in her first tournament following a three-year maternity break, beating No. 10-seeded Garbiñe Muguruza (moo-gah-ROO’-thuh), 7-5, 6-3. — All NFL and NFL Players Association facilities will close on Election Day, and the league and union will televise a one-hour program next week for players to highlight work being done to advance social justice. The league and the players’ union said Thursday they want to “ensure that every member of the NFL family has an opportunity to exercise the precious right to vote” on Nov. 3. — Giants co-owner John Mara reiterated his support for a player’s right to protest social issues. While he prefers the team to stand during the national anthem, he will support the rights of those who choose to kneel and make a statement. NCAA-FOOTBALLNCAA oversight has ideas for early enrolling freshmanUNDATED (AP) — The NCAA football oversight committee is recommending early enrolling freshman football players not be allowed to play games for teams conducting winter or spring seasons. Isles, Flyers into double-OTTORONTO (AP) — The New York Islanders and Philadelphia Flyers have gone into overtime tied 4-4 in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup second-round series. The Islanders outshot the Flyers, 51-22 through the first overtime, but they also blew a pair of one-goal leads after wiping out a two-goal deficit.The Islanders will take on the Lightning in the Eastern Conference final. Should the Flyers win, Game 7 is Saturday in Toronto.RACIAL INJUSTICE-NHLNHL, players unveil series of anti-racism initiatives The playoffs begin Sunday at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina without a safety net for the 16 participants during the pandemic. It’s up to each driver to protect themselves from COVID-19, understanding there is no cushion for missing a race.
Ekpetiama were the better side in the first half and dominated the game, scoring two goals in the process through Goodliving Gift in the 15th minute and Emeka Nwosu in the 40th minute.When hostilities resumed after the break, the Sagbama-based team mounted pressure from the blast of the whistle and in the 57th minute,Â SundayÂ Keme pulled one back with a beautiful header.The pressure continued andÂ Keme’s beautiful drive into the danger area after beating three players connected Tokoni Joel, who calmly placed the ball in the right corner to draw level.Toru-Orua didn’t relent in their quest to win the game and lost a couple of chances in the process while Ekpetiama’s free-kick five minutes from time hit the woodwork.In the shootout, Ekpetiama converted two spot kicks, losing two, while Toru-Orua scored four kicks to progress.In another quarter final game, the Ogbia Unity Cup champions, Otuasega community, qualified for the semifinal after a slim 1-0 win over Amassoma community at the Opolo football field in Yenagoa.After a goalless first half, Moses Iburu found the back of the net in the 75th minute, tapping in from close range.At the Otuasega venue , Opu-Nembe joined other semi-finalists after defeating Okpoma community 8-7 on penalties. The game ended one goal apiece at regulation time.Mikel Odikari opened scoring in the 50th minute for Opu-Nembe, while Frank Ituru leveled up 14 minutes later before the shootout.In the first quarter-final playedÂ on Tuesday, Peretorugbene community booked its place in the semi-final after defeating Kaiama 6-0 at the Samson Siasia Sports Complex.The Ekeremor-based team opened scoring in the 12th minute through Osaro Loveday, before Isaiah Jacob completed the rout, scoring in the 27th, 47th, 49th, 75th and 79th minute.In the semi-final, Peretorugbene will engage Toru-Orua onÂ May 29Â while Otuasega will play Opu-Nembe onÂ May 30. Both games are scheduled for the Samson Siasia Sports Complex in Yenagoa.The grassroots competition, which attracted no fewer than 150 communities and teams, is meant to discover and groom football talents from across Bayelsa State.Former Nigeria international and coach of the Super Eagles, Samson Siasia, is the 2018 Restoration Cup ambassador.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram ByÂ Emmanuel AddehÂ in YenagoaToru-Orua community, Sagbama Local Government Area, Bayelsa State has booked a place in the semi-final of the second edition of the Governor Seriake Dickson Football Tournament otherwise known as the Restoration Cup.Toru-Orua advanced after defeating Ekpetiama community 4-2 on penalties at the Samson Siasia Sports Complex in Yenagoa.