Credit Suisse Securities Chief U.S. Equity Strategist Jonathan Golub joins Yahoo Finance Live to discuss his outlook for 2021, including why he sees the S&P 500 going to 4050 by the end of year, and his sector picks.
Credit Suisse Securities Chief U.S. Equity Strategist Jonathan Golub joins Yahoo Finance Live to discuss his outlook for 2021, including why he sees the S&P 500 going to 4050 by the end of year, and his sector picks.
On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Gov. Gavin Newsom also appointed Shirley Weber to be secretary of state, set to be the first Black person in the role for California.
FREDERICTON — New Brunswick reported 26 new COVID-19 infections Monday as the Edmundston region entered the province's highest pandemic-alert level.Health officials said New Brunswick had more than 300 active reported infections. The largest number of new cases on Monday were identified in the Edmundston region, located in the northwest of the province, bordering Quebec.The move into the "red" alert came after the province reported 36 infections Sunday — the highest single-day number since the start of the pandemic. Red-level rules require businesses to close or to reduce operations to essential activities. Residents are asked to stay home in single-family bubbles as much as possible, though schools remain open. Outdoor gatherings are limited to five people or fewer, while in-person dining at restaurants is prohibited.Many of the cases identified in the Edmundston zone are at the Nadeau Poultry plant in the community of Haut-Madawaska, west of Edmundston and near the border with Maine and Quebec."There is a problem at the Nadeau plant," Haut-Madawaska Mayor Jean-Pierre Ouellet said in an interview Monday. "There are about 20 workers that have been diagnosed positive with COVID-19.""The plant is closed until Friday in order for the management to clean the facility," he said.Representatives of the company could not be reached for comment, but Public Health officials confirmed the outbreak and said a second round of mass testing will occur at the facility on Tuesday."We have kept the avalanche of cases out of New Brunswick so far," Dr. Jennifer Russell, chief medical officer of health, said in a statement Monday afternoon."We must act now to keep this virus from doing even more damage than we are already seeing, especially with transmission now in workplaces. We cannot keep COVID-19 out completely, so we must do absolutely everything we can to prevent it from spreading within our province," she said.On Sunday, Russell said Moncton, Saint John and Fredericton are close to moving into red alert. Public Health also reported several new cases in schools Monday. Officials reported a case at Ecole Elementaire Sacre-Coeur in Grand Falls and another at a daycare located in the school. There is also a positive case at Quispamsis Middle School in Quispamsis. Colin Furness, an epidemiologist at the University of Toronto, said if New Brunswick is to control the rise in new cases it needs to redouble efforts to reduce travel from outside the Atlantic region."If the province keeps doing what it's doing, you'll have more cases — plenty more — but not at the level that will get out of control," Furness said in an email Monday. "New Brunswickers should feel confident and optimistic, and of course, vigilant — drop your guard and you can get swamped between now and the summer."This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 18, 2021. Kevin Bissett, The Canadian Press
The San Francisco 49ers promoted linebackers coach DeMeco Ryans to defensive coordinator and run game coordinator Mike McDaniel to offensive coordinator on Monday to fill openings on the staff after Robert Saleh left to take over as head coach for the New York Jets. Saleh was hired by the Jets after a four-year run as defensive coordinator in San Francisco and brought passing game coordinator Mike LaFleur with him as offensive coordinator.
The Labour party’s motion for the Government to extend the £20 Universal Credit uplift for a year was approved after Tory MPs followed Boris Johnson’s order to abstain on the non-binding motion. The standard Universal Credit allowance, which is claimed by more than 5.5 million households, was increased by £20 a week in April 2020 as part of Chancellor Rishi Sunak's early Covid economic response.
Nat Geo takes viewers inside the global underworld in Trafficked with Mariana van Zeller, premiering January 1, 2021.
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A late 13-point deficit Saturday against No. 8 Creighton couldn't capsize Butler, which rallied for a 70-66 overtime victory to snap a two-game skid. "It was just about our energy," the Bulldogs' Aaron Thompson said. "Sometimes it's just heart and effort," Butler coach LaVall Jordan said.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — An auction house trying to raise money for a youth charity by soliciting bids to blow up a former casino once owned by President Donald Trump called off the effort Monday after receiving a cease-and-desist letter from conservative billionaire Carl Icahn. Icahn told The Associated Press his philanthropic arm will donate $175,000 to the Boys and Girls Club of Atlantic City to replace money that would have been raised by a charity auction of the right to press the button to demolish the former Trump Plaza casino. He owns the former casino, which has been in the process of demolition for months. Icahn's decision came shortly after Bodnar's Auction cancelled its solicitation of bids, citing a letter from Icahn's company instructing it not to proceed with the auction because it considered the public “spectacle” to be a safety risk. “From the beginning, we thought the auction and any other related spectacle presented a safety risk, and we were always clear that we would not participate in any way,” a spokesman for Icahn said in a statement. Last month, Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small announced the auction as a fundraising mechanism he hoped would raise in excess of $1 million for the organization. Opened in 1984, Trump’s former casino was closed in 2014 and has fallen into such a state of disrepair that demolition work began last year. The remainder of the structure was to have been dynamited on Jan. 29, but that date has been pushed back. Small said he will announce the new demolition date on Thursday. The auction house said Monday it had no choice but to cancel the auction after hearing from Icahn's company. “After exhausting every avenue to bring the parties together to make this exciting event happen, we received the final decision from (Icahn) that we must cease and desist," Bodnar Auctions wrote in a post on its website. Company owner Joseph Bodnar told The Associated Press Monday he is working with Small to come up with a future auction “if possible.” Small acknowledged the auction's cancellation and praised Icahn for replacing the money it would have raised. “We agree with Mr. Icahn that public safety is paramount,” he said. “It is very important that we maintain a positive relationship with Mr. Icahn because the next conversation we need to have is what should be developed there." Trump, then a real-estate developer, opened the casino in a prime spot at the centre of Atlantic City’s Boardwalk where the Atlantic City Expressway deposited cars entering the resort. It was the site of many high-profile boxing matches, which Trump would regularly attend. Trump cut most ties with Atlantic City in 2009 aside from a 10% fee for the use of his name on what were then three casinos in the city. That stake was extinguished when Icahn took ownership of the company out of bankruptcy court in February 2016. ___ Follow Wayne Parry at http://twitter.com/WayneParryAC Wayne Parry, The Associated Press
MOSCOW — A Russian judge on Monday ordered opposition leader Alexei Navalny jailed for 30 days, after the leading Kremlin critic returned to Russia from Germany where he was recovering from nerve agent poisoning that he blames on President Vladimir Putin's government. The ruling followed a hastily set up court hearing at a police precinct where Navalny was being held since his arrest at a Moscow airport on Sunday evening, which sparked sharp reactions both at home and around the world. A crowd of Navalny supporters outside the precinct shouted “Shame!” as the judge announced the ruling and Navalny's allies immediately called for protests. His arrest had already prompted a wave of criticism from U.S. and European officials, adding to existing tensions between Russia and the West. His top strategist, Leonid Volkov, announced preparations for “large rallies" on Saturday “all across the country." “Don't be afraid, take to the streets,” Navalny said in a video statement released after the ruling was announced. “Don't come out for me, come out for yourselves and your future.” At least 13 protesters were detained Monday outside the police precinct where the court hearing was held, and at least 55 demonstrators were rounded up by police in St. Petersburg, Russia's second-largest city, according to activists. The 44-year-old Navalny, Putin’s most well-known critic, campaigned to challenge him in the 2018 presidential election but was barred from running. He has issued scores of damning reports over the years about corruption in Russia under Putin’s regime. After recuperating for months in Berlin after his Aug. 20 poisoning, he returned to Russia on Sunday evening despite the warrant for his arrest. As expected, Navalny was detained at passport control at Sheremetyevo Airport after the plane was diverted from landing at another Moscow airport in what was seen as an attempt to foil supporters who had gathered to cheer their hero's arrival. Russia’s prison service said Navalny had violated probation terms from a suspended sentence on a 2014 money-laundering conviction, which he says is contrived and politically motivated. The service said it would seek to have Navalny serve his 3 1/2-year sentence behind bars. Navalny described the move as an attempt by the Kremlin to deter him from coming back to Russia to continue his political activities. A court hearing on the prison service’s motion to have Navalny serve his suspended sentence in prison is scheduled for Feb. 2, according to his lawyers. Amnesty International, which called Navalny a prisoner of conscience, denounced Monday's court hearing as a “mockery of justice.” Calls for Navalny’s immediate release have come from European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, the office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab and top officials of other EU nations. German government spokesman Steffen Seibert noted that "the Russian authorities have arrested the victim of an attempted assassination with a chemical weapon, not the perpetrator” and called for Navalny's release. U.S. President-elect Joe Biden’s pick for national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, also called on Russian authorities to free Navalny, and the outgoing U.S. secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, said the U.S. “strongly condemns” the decision to arrest the opposition leader. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Monday that the stream of Western reactions to Navalny’s arrest reflected an attempt “to divert attention from the deep crisis of the liberal model of development." “Navalny’s case has received a foreign policy dimension artificially and without any foundation,” Lavrov said, arguing that the detention was a prerogative of Russian law enforcement agencies. “It’s a matter of observing the law.” Navalny spent the night at the police precinct outside Moscow. In a highly unusual development, the court hearing on Monday was held right at the precinct, and his lawyers said they were notified only minutes before. “It is impossible, what is happening over here,” Navalny said in a video from the improvised courtroom that was posted on his page in the messaging app Telegram. “It is lawlessness of the highest degree.” The judge ordered that Navalny be remanded in custody until Feb. 15. Navalny’s lawyers said they would appeal the ruling. Navalny fell into a coma while aboard a domestic flight from Siberia to Moscow on Aug. 20. He was transferred from a hospital in Siberia to a Berlin hospital two days later. Labs in Germany, France and Sweden, and tests by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, established that he was exposed to a Soviet-era Novichok nerve agent. Russian authorities, however, insisted that the doctors who treated Navalny in Siberia before he was airlifted to Germany found no traces of poison. Russia refused to open a full-fledged criminal inquiry, citing a lack of evidence that Navalny was poisoned, and Russian officials have challenged Germany to provide proof of the poisoning. Last month, Navalny released the recording of a phone call he said he made to a man he alleged was a member of a group of officers of Russia's Federal Security Service, or FSB, who purportedly poisoned him in August and then tried to cover it up. The FSB has dismissed the recording as fake. Navalny has been a thorn in the Kremlin’s side for a decade, unusually durable in an opposition movement often demoralized by repression. Russian authorities have launched multiple criminal investigations against him, and he has been tried and convicted in two separate criminal cases widely seen as politically motivated. In December 2014, Navalny was convicted on charges of fraud and money-laundering and received a 3 1/2-year suspended sentence, which he denounced as politically motivated and which the European Court of Human Rights found “arbitrary and manifestly unreasonable.” The sentence carried a probation period that was to expire in December 2020. Authorities said that Navalny was subject to regular in-person checks with law enforcement officers as a condition of his probation. In December, days before his probation period was supposed to end, Russia’s prison service accused Navalny of not appearing for these checks, including when he was convalescing in Germany. As he boarded a plane bound for Moscow on Sunday, he brushed off concerns about being detained again in Russia, saying: “It's impossible. I'm an innocent man.” ___ Vladimir Isachenkov in Moscow, Geir Moulson and Frank Jordans in Berlin contributed to this report. Daria Litvinova, The Associated Press
Doctors in rural Ontario say they're still waiting to get vaccinated against COVID-19 while big cities have moved to vaccinate residents of long-term care homes after going through front-line health workers. Most regions placed under "green zone" restrictions in November are expected to wait until February to receive their share of the province's vaccine supply. There might be a bias toward the province's larger, urban areas despite rural areas seeing rising COVID-19 cases as well, said an emergency room doctor in Perth, Ont. "They seem to think that things are only happening in Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal," said Dr. Alan Drummond. "But we saw COVID patients in the first wave and we are seeing COVID patients during the second wave." Drummond, 66, said he still sees and treats COVID-19 patients despite being considered high-risk due to his heart disease and age. "I could have stepped aside last February or March from emergency service and my colleagues recognize those in the high-risk category," he said. "But no, it's my job. This is what I've trained my entire life to do and I wasn't going to step aside." Drummond said small hospitals like his become immediately under threat when one emergency physician or nurse gets sick and quarantines. "We need to make sure that emergency health-care workers are vaccinated," he said. A group of emergency physicians on Wednesday called on the government and health authorities to provide transparency about who gets prioritized for vaccinations. Many front-line physicians, emergency department staff and paramedics have not been vaccinated, particularly those in outlying and scarcely resourced areas, said the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians. The group said that at the same time, vaccinations are being given to urban providers with little to no direct patient contact. "Many front-line staff have been given no indication of when they can anticipate being vaccinated, nor if it will take weeks or months, increasing their stress while they provide acute care to the population," it said in a statement. During a news conference on Monday, Premier Doug Ford pointed to the federal government when asked about vaccine supply for rural areas in Ontario. "Right now, we're working in collaboration with the federal government," said Ford. Vaccination of all long-term care staff and residents in Toronto, Peel, York and Windsor-Essex is expected to be done by Jan. 21, the Health Ministry said. The ministry said vaccination for those in long-term care homes has begun in many other parts of the province and its goal is to administer the first dose in all homes no later than Feb. 15. Meanwhile, front-line staff at a Sarnia, Ont., hospital have been eager to know when they could receive the vaccine, said Dr. Mike Haddad, chief of staff at Bluewater Health. "There is a bit of anxiety and there's some advocacy going on," he said. "People are not necessarily very happy." But Haddad, a critical care doctor, said he understands that high-risk populations, like those in long-term care homes in his region, should be given priority. Lambton County, which Sarnia is part of, is set to receive its first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine during the first week of February, according to its public health unit. "The need is very urgent here and the sooner we can get vaccines, the better," said Dr. Sudit Ranade, Lambton Public Health's medical officer of health, during a news briefing on Thursday. The county has seen a rise in outbreaks within long-term care homes and the community in the last few weeks, said Ranade. Haddad said the least they can do now is break the cycle of spread. "We can't do anything about it locally, we're just waiting for the vaccines," he said. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 18, 2021. This story was produced with the financial assistance of the Facebook and Canadian Press News Fellowship. Denise Paglinawan, The Canadian Press
A chain of beauty supply stores in Miami-Dade and Broward owes $53,841 in back pay to employees after a U.S. Department of Labor says the company used cash pay to hide that they didn’t pay earned overtime pay.
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Toronto-based welterweight Samuel Vargas will face unbeaten Conor (The Destroyer) Benn on April 10 in the United Kingdom. Benn, the son of former world champion Nigel Benn, ran his record to 17-0-0 in November with a decision over Germany's Sebastian Formella. The 24-year-old Benn is currently ranked 11th by the WBA. Vargas (31-6-2) last fought in July when he was stopped in the seventh round by unbeaten Vergil Ortiz Jr. in Indio, Calif. That fight was originally scheduled for March 28 but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “I’m excited to get back in the ring and test one of the guys they say is the future of the welterweight division, but I don’t think it’s his time yet,” Vargas said in a statement. “I’ve stood toe-to-toe with the best fighters in this division and I’ve never even touched the canvas. I know what it takes to be at the top level, and I want to prove that I can still be there.” The Colombian-born Vargas has lost three of his last five fights, dropping decisions to Luis Collazo and Ami Khan. Lee Baxter, Vargas's promoter, said exact location of the fight will be announced shortly. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 18, 2021 The Canadian Press
“Let’s do it everyday by how we live, how we serve, how we see others, see the good in other people on a day-to-day basis,” Hornets coach James Borrego said.
The swimming coach did not know what to expect when he dialed Klete Keller’s phone number. An explanation of why Keller, an Olympic gold medalist, had been in the mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol a week earlier? A defense of his actions, which have left him facing criminal charges? Denial? Rationalizing? Rage? The last thing he expected was for Keller, the decorated swimmer he had known as a merry prankster, to dissolve into tears. Sign up for The Morning newsletter from the New York Times “He apologized to me,” Mark Schubert, who once trained Keller at the University of Southern California, said in recounting their conversation after Keller’s arrest last week. “He kept repeating, ‘You’ve done so much for me, and I let you down.’ He kept saying over and over, ‘I didn’t mean for any of this to happen.’ ” Of the dozens of people now facing charges and possible prison sentences for invading the Capitol, only a handful have drawn more attention than Klete Keller, a three-time Olympian who won two gold medals as a relay teammate of Michael Phelps. Yet within days after he was spotted in videos of the pro-Trump crowds that assaulted the Capitol, friends and former teammates of Keller, 38, turned him in to the FBI. Strangers demanded that he go to prison. And prominent voices called for him to be stripped of his Olympic medals. Keller, through his lawyer, Edward B. MacMahon Jr., declined to be interviewed. To those who know Keller best, it was nothing less than bizarre to see a man who had once stood atop an Olympic medals podium with his hand over his heart during the national anthem — the personification, in that moment, of American greatness and success — acting as a part of a mob bent on disrupting the United States’ democracy. But they could not say they were surprised. In addition to his successes, they also knew of his professional setbacks and the slow personal unraveling that had followed his triumphs. They were aware of his struggles to settle into a career; of his divorce; of the child custody dispute that had separated him from his three young children; and of a dark period in which he spent nearly a year living out of his car. They also knew his politics. Keller, who lives in Colorado, had telegraphed his allegiance to President Donald Trump on his now-deleted social media accounts for much of the past year, they said. In November, he traveled to Washington to attend an election protest and pro-Trump rally labeled the Million MAGA March. Keller had marked the day with a Facebook post in which he posed in Washington’s streets, quoted conservative firebrand Sebastian Gorka and railed about “this brazen assault on our republic and our way of life.” Still, after his name began to show up in newspaper headlines and television news broadcasts, a few of those closest to Keller chose to see a glimmer of hope in his easy identification. If he had gone to the Capitol with mayhem on his mind, they told themselves, he surely wouldn’t have shown up unmasked and wearing his U.S. Olympic team jacket. The Giant as Jokester During a swimming career that carried him to three Olympics and five Olympic medals, the 6-foot-6 Keller was known for his affability. A towering man, he had a foghorn laugh that cut through the tedium and tension of high-pressure athletics. Teammates from the 2004 and 2008 Olympic squads described him in interviews as jovial, charismatic, goofy and entertaining. He lived to be liked, and on the national teams he was widely embraced. Known as a champion prankster, he pulled off a memorable stunt at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. After catching one of the big, loud beetles squatting in the athletes’ village dormitories, he placed it at the bottom of a giant tub of pretzels in the U.S. team room, then maintained a straight face until someone finishing the snacks shrieked upon snatching the beetle, sending half the team sprinting for the door. While none of those interviewed condoned Keller’s appearance at the Capitol — he faces federal charges of being in a restricted building, disorderly conduct and obstructing law enforcement — his acquaintances recalled a melancholy side to him, a sense that he was going through the motions of swimming rather than reveling in the sport. Dave Salo, who coached Keller in the lead-up to the 2008 Olympics, said he had a hard time squaring the swimmer he knew, whom he described as “nonconfrontational, quiet, relatively passive,” with someone who would twice travel across the country to participate in protests about the 2020 election. “I was surprised that he would find the internal motivation to hike out to D.C.,” Salo said. In a sport known for its rigor and discipline, others remembered, Keller could fall out of shape almost as fast as he could swim — packing on pounds after a competition like an actor preparing for a sedentary role, only to shrink back to racing shape as another Olympics beckoned. So effortlessly did Keller glide along life’s surface that for a long time few people had any inkling of his personal struggles away from the pool. In the months before the 2004 Athens Olympics, for example, Keller endured a stretch of sleeplessness and malaise that culminated in what his coach at the time, Jon Urbanchek, described as an “emotional breakdown.” Keller rebounded to deliver one of the signature moments of those games, holding off Australian star Ian Thorpe over the final 100 meters of their anchor legs to clinch the gold for the United States in the 4x200 freestyle relay. It was his second medal of the Olympics and the fourth of five he would eventually claim in his decorated international career. He later admitted it was a mistake to stick with swimming after his star turn in Greece. In a 2014 interview with NBC Sports, Keller said he regretted that he had not retired after Athens. Around this time, he told a different interviewer, he had entertained the idea of enrolling at Arizona State to study criminology. But unsure of his path, Keller chose to stay with what he knew. “It’s not right, but I still probably hold some bitterness toward myself mostly, but also a little bit toward my sport, because I let myself get too deep into it,” Keller said at the time. After earning a third freestyle relay medal — his second gold — at the 2008 Beijing Games, Keller walked away for good. Having finally earned his bachelor’s degree, he married and started a family. Once again, at least outwardly, he appeared to be moving forward with ease. But jobs in finance and sales didn’t pan out. His marriage fell apart, and a contentious divorce kept him from seeing his young daughter and two sons for long periods. Unemployed and homeless, he spent months living out of his Ford Fusion, he said in an interview with USA Swimming’s website in 2018. He kept up his gym membership, he said, only so he would have a place to shower. “Great person, great soul, great teammate,” said Tom Malchow, a teammate of Keller’s at the 2000 and 2004 Olympics. “But he just had a hard time finding his place in society outside the pool.” For Keller, swimming had been an elixir that left an unpleasant aftertaste. In retirement, he spoke of how his singular focus on sports had left no room for planning his post-pool life. He acknowledged struggling with the transition and especially with his expectations that he reach the same heights in whatever new career he chose. Still, by 2018, he suggested he had turned a corner. He was working in a job selling real estate in Colorado Springs. He was spending time with his children again. “I feel like I’ve come through the darkness and found the light that I always wanted and needed to be happy,” he said in the USA Swimming interview in which he detailed what had been, to that point, his nadir. “I’m getting there.” The Man in the Video Even his closest confidants said they were unclear how Keller had been drawn into politics, though several said his activism seemed to have gathered force over the past year. In a politically polarized era, friends with different leanings took a position that would feel familiar to people in millions of American families: Instead of asking Keller about his pro-Trump social media posts, they simply steered clear of the subject. There no longer can be any sidestepping his allegiances. Last Tuesday, six days after the Capitol riot, Keller lost his job. On Wednesday, he was charged with three federal crimes, including obstructing law enforcement and disorderly conduct. On Thursday, the day Keller was taken into custody in Colorado and then released after a brief appearance in court, he spoke to Urbanchek, the coach he had once described in USA Swimming’s media guide as “the type of man I want to be.” Urbanchek said Keller cried throughout their 15-minute conversation. He was upset with himself, Urbanchek said, and told his old coach that “he never thought about what could happen.” Urbanchek added, “He was at the wrong place, at the wrong time, with the wrong people.” It was a lifetime away from the Olympic Aquatic Centre in Athens on Aug. 17, 2004, when Keller was in the right place at the right time with the right people, swimming the final leg of a relay after Phelps, Ryan Lochte and Peter Vanderkaay and touching the wall first to win the gold. “I was just thinking of all my teammates cheering me on and on the sideline,” he told reporters of his performance. “I wanted to make them proud. Make my country proud.” This article originally appeared in The New York Times. © 2021 The New York Times Company
Sporadic snowfall that began on Saturday, January 16, continued in Istanbul on Monday, leaving landmarks in the city coated with snow.The snowfall took a toll on the city’s roadways on Monday, as local media reports blamed poor driving conditions for traffic jams and congestion.Turkey’s national weather authority forecast that the snow would stop by the end of Monday, but warned that wind, frost, and cold temperatures could continue.This footage, posted by Instagram user @duru_travel on Monday, shows snowfall dusting the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, one of the most recognizable landmarks in Istanbul. Credit: @duru_travel via Storyful
OTTAWA — The Ottawa Redblacks have re-signed linebacker Jerod Fernandez, wide receiver Jalen Saunders and running back Timothy Flanders. Fernandez joined the Redblacks during the 2019 season after spending time with Washington in the NFL. He had 53 tackles and a pair of forced fumbles in 11 games and was named the Redblacks' most outstanding rookie. Saunders originally signed with the Redblacks last April. but didn't get to suit up for Ottawa after the 2020 season was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He had 1,170 receiving yards and four touchdowns as a CFL rookie with Hamilton in 2017. He had 739 yards and two touchdowns in nine games in 2018 with the Tiger-Cats before his season was cut short due to a knee injury. Flanders had 96 carries 541 yards over the past three seasons with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. He signed with Ottawa in December 2019. STAMPEDERS RE-SIGN METCHIE, KASITATI CALGARY — The Calgary Stampeders have re-signed Canadian defensive back Royce Metchie and American offensive lineman Nila Kasitati. Metchie, a University of Guelph product, recorded 48 defensive tackles in 2019 including four tackles for loss. He had three interceptions — including his first career pick, which came in the Labour Day Classic against Edmonton — and added seven special-teams tackles and one knockdown. Metchie recorded three defensive tackles in Calgary's West Division semifinal loss to Winnipeg.. A third-round draft selection by Calgary in 2018, Metchie has played 24 regular-season games over two seasons with the Stampeders. Kasitati started 16 games at right tackle in 2019, his second season with the Stampeders. He was part of an offensive line that allowed 34 sacks, the second-lowest total in the CFL. Kasitati also started at right tackle in the Western semifinal. Kasitati has played 20 career regular-season games for Calgary, making 18 starts at right tackle and two at centre. ROUGHRIDERS INK FIRST-ROUND PICK REGINA — The Saskatchewan Roughriders have signed Canadian offensive lineman Mattland Riley. The six-foot-three, 300-pound native of Melfort, Sask., was selected seventh overall by the Riders at the 2020 CFL draft. Riley, a two-time Canada West All-Star and a U Sports first-team all-Canadian, spent four seasons at the University of Saskatchewan, appearing in 31 games for the Huskies. In 2019, Riley was part of the offensive line that helped running back Adam Machart pile up 1,610 yards and nine touchdowns on 195 carries. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 18, 2021. The Canadian Press