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A parade for the Eagles ... More norovirus cases ... Rippon wants to focus on skating, not Pence

February 8, 2018

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — All roads and rails lead to Philadelphia as fans pour into the city for the Eagles’ Super Bowl parade. People began lining the 5-mile route before dawn today. Organizers are prepared for as many as 2 million people, but the actual number may be much lower. Many fans are taking mass transit, and Philly’s two subways a free all day. Also, schools and government offices in the city are closed for the day.

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The Olympic organizing committee says another 42 cases of norovirus have been reported at the Olympics, bringing the total to 128 in the past week. Most of the cases are people staying at a youth center in Pyeongchang that housed security personnel for the games. About 1,200 people there were sequestered, forcing the military to step in to help with security. Those who have tested negative for norovirus have been released from quarantine and returned to work.

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — U.S. skater Adam Rippon doesn’t want his monthlong spat with Mike Pence over the vice president’s record on gay rights to overshadow his long-awaited Olympic performance. Rippon has been critical of Pence leading the U.S. delegation into the opening ceremony on Friday. Pence has backed legislation that some critics claim encourages discrimination against the gay community.

UNDATED (AP) — A Russian deputy prime minister says a player from the Russian national team is under investigation for doping. Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko, who is overseeing the government’s World Cup preparations, tells state news agency Tass he’s been informed that FIFA is investigating Rubin Kazan defender Ruslan Kambolov. The Rubin Kazan defender has played twice for Russia, once in 2015 and once in a June 2017 friendly against Chile. Mutko says the case is “not linked to the national team.”

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester United attributes a half-year loss of $18 million to the impact of U.S. President Donald Trump’s tax overhaul but, says it won’t affect the English Premier League club’s ability to comply with soccer’s financial regulations. United says the changes required the team to make an accounting write off of 48.8 million pounds ($68 million). Manchester United is owned by the American Glazer family and is listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

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