ANNAPOLIS, Md.- Nearly 24 hours after the Falcons football team sang second to conclude its 23-3 win against the Naval Academy, Air Force women’s soccer followed suit on Sunday afternoon, downing the Midshipmen 1-0. 

“I’m very proud of the team tonight,” said head coach Larry Friend. “We beat a very good Navy team that has qualified for the NCAA tournament the last two years.”

On paper, the Falcons were the less offensive team, with Navy outshooting Air Force 17-9, but one good chance was all the away team needed. In the 23rd minute, with Air Force attacking, junior Catherine Bakken settled an attempted Navy clearance. She eventually found Hailey Ramos, who cut behind the left side of the Navy defense. After a couple of touches, Ramos sent a pass back towards the middle of the penalty box, where an unmarked Jenna Rubidoux calmly put away her first collegiate score. The two-player assist gave Bakken and Ramos their first-ever assists as well. 

In spite of forcing only one Midshipmen save, Air Force made up for a lack of consistently-threatening offense with energy and physicality. Air Force gave Navy a spirited 90 minutes, with Kayla Milford, Cam Karras, and Jennifer McFaddden all receiving yellow cards. As Navy chased the game for nearly 70 minutes, the scrappiness of the Falcons was necessary to boost the team to a win. Though the Midshipmen recorded 17 shots, only two needed the aid of Cammi Bych, who recorded her second clean sheet of 2021. The victory for Air Force is the first over Navy in over 20 years, the last coming in 1999. 

Though there is no Commander-In-Chief’s trophy for Air Force’s women’s soccer team, the Falcons (2-2-1, 0-0) will look to make 2021 a clean service academy sweep when the ladies travel to West Point, N.Y. to play Army on September 16. Kickoff is scheduled for 4:00 pm MT. 

“Tonight, we enjoy the win,” said Friend. “Tomorrow, we get ready for Army.”









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Ohio State men’s basketball coach Chris Holtmann and have staff have been out on the road this week as the NCAA opened a fall travel period for college coaches.

These off-campus visits allow coaches to see prospects in workout settings at their respective high schools.

The coaches are back on the OSU campus this weekend as they welcome in their four verbal commitments for 2022 this weekend. These commitments will be able to see the team work out, attend the OSU-Oregon football game at Ohio State and continue their indoctrination to the university both as students and as members of the basketball program.

That four-man class is currently ranked No. 1 nationally. It includes:

* Alpharetta (Ga.) Milton point guard Bruce Thornton (ranked 33rd nationally in the 247Sports Composite);

* Chattanooga (Tenn.) Hamilton Heights Christian Academy center Felix Okpara (ranked 46th);

* Wasatch (Utah) Academy shooting guard Roddy Gayle Jr. (ranked 59th); and

* Cincinnati Princeton shooting guard Bowen Hardman (ranked 200th).

Thornton, Okpara and Gayle will all be on official visits, while Hardman will be on an unofficial visit.

Ohio State had been pushing hard for a commitment from Montverde (Fla.) Academy forward Dillon Mitchell (ranked 24th nationally). But Mitchell is also now pursuing some professional opportunities, according to reports.

OSU is now scheduled to have Orlando (Fla.) Lake Highland Prep forward Brice Sensabaugh (ranked 164th nationally) in for an official visit next weekend, when the OSU football team hosts Tulsa. Sensabaugh has a current top four of Alabama, Georgia Tech, Florida and Ohio State.

Below, we look at the prospects that Holtmann and assistants Ryan Pedon, Jake Diebler and Tony Skinn were able to visit and scout on Thursday.

2022 Prospects

* Orlando (Fla.) Lake Highland Prep forward Brice Sensabaugh — Diebler checked in on the 6-6 Sensabaugh prior to his visit next weekend. Ohio State offered Sensabaugh after he performed well in travel events in July.

* Montverde (Fla.) Academy forward Dillon Mitchell — Diebler stopped in to see Mitchell and to maintain contact with him.

2023 Prospects

* Centerville, Ohio, point guard Gabe Cupps – The 6-2 Cupps is considered one of Ohio’s top three prospects for 2023. He was visited by Holtmann. He has been offered by OSU.

* St. Marys (Ohio) Memorial center Austin Parks – The 6-9 Parks is considered one of Ohio’s top three prospects for 2023. He was visited by Holtmann. He has been offered by OSU.

* Huber Heights (Ohio) Wayne point guard Lawrent Rice – The 6-3 Rice is ranked 70th nationally. He was visited by Holtmann. He has been offered by OSU.

* Columbus Africentric wing Dailyn Swain – The 6-6 Swain was visited by Holtmann and Pedon. He has been offered by OSU.

* Pickerington Central wing Devin Royal – The 6-5 Royal was visited by Holtmann and Pedon.

* Montverde Academy forward

This past weekend the Real Salt Lake Academy officially began its quest for back-to-back MLS NEXT Cup Championships, beginning the 2021-22 season against Real Colorado. 

The U15 squad, led by Head Coach Andrew May, were the first to take the pitch. With a group made up entirely of players new to the RSL Academy, May was tasked with bringing together the young men in a short span in order to begin the season. The U15 squad produced a squad that rolled Real Colorado 4-0, leaving spectators none-the-wiser as to their limited time playing together.

Goals from Carlos Castrejon, Max Lora, Josiah Martinex and Axel Uriostegui led the way for the team offensively, while a clean-sheet performance from Ty Rinker in goal included a penalty save, helping the team cruise to victory. 

“It was a great start to the season,” May said. “It’s a long process and this is just the beginning of their journey.” 

In its first match since lifting the 2021 U15 MLS NEXT Cup trophy, the newly-promoted U17 team battled to a 4-3 win over Real Colorado. Director of Academy Coaching Arnold Rijsenburg took the reins of the group, rolling out a lineup that included six members of the Championship side, with three more available off the bench. 

Picking up right where they left off, Izahi Amparo, Axel Kei, Evan Pickering and Jude Wellings all scored in the tightly contested match, while goalkeeper Fernando Delgado and defenders Gershon Henry and Haroun Conteh sought to hold out Colorado’s offensive efforts. 

“It was a very difficult first game of the season,” Rijsenburg said. “We had to fight hard for 90 minutes to get the win. As expected, there is still a lot of work to do.”

Both teams will travel to Los Angeles, California this weekend to face LAFC on Sunday, September 12. The U15s will take the field at 10:00 a.m. MT and the U17s will follow closely behind at 12:00 p.m. MT.

Prior to Saturday the U17 team will take part in its first official United Premier Soccer League match against Spider FC on Wednesday, September 8 at Zions Bank Stadium.

Some cities will likely see more visitors over Labor Day weekend than others.

A travel report from the vacation planning app TripIt analyzed flight booking data submitted by users to determine which locations are trending around the federal holiday.

The number of flight bookings on the platform went up by 18% for July 2021 – which is a number that’s nearly three times as many the app received the same time last year, according to TripIt.

TripIt’s Labor Day 2021 Domestic Flight Destination Rankings

  1. Las Vegas
  2. Denver
  3. Chicago
  4. New York
  5. Seattle


The five U.S. cities that topped TripIt’s bookings this year are Las Vegas, Denver, Chicago, New York and Seattle. 

While it’s not immediately clear if the shifting state of the coronavirus pandemic has played a role in recent flight bookings, New York went up 10 places in TripIt’s ranking this year and Seattle went up one place.


Sunnier cities in California, Florida, Hawaii and Arizona notably went down in rank this year, according to TripIt.

In terms of which airports might be the busiest over Labor Day weekend, TripIt reports that travelers will likely see larger crowds at San Francisco International Airport, Los Angeles International Airport, Denver International Airport, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and Chicago O’Hare International Airport.


Some cities will likely see more visitors over Labor Day weekend than others, according to a travel report from the vacation planning app TripIt, which analyzed flight booking data submitted by users.

Some cities will likely see more visitors over Labor Day weekend than others, according to a travel report from the vacation planning app TripIt, which analyzed flight booking data submitted by users.

The digital travel resource also predicts that Labor Day travelers will see the highest traffic on the Thursday and Friday before the holiday.


The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recently urged unvaccinated Americans to avoid non-essential travel as the country tries to get a handle on the COVID-19 delta variant, which has a high transmission rate.

As of Sept. 1, more than 1.4 million Americans were screened through TSA checkpoints, according to the agency’s daily passenger throughput.

Labor Day is a difficult holiday to track and know whether people will stay home or travel.

“The pandemic remains an issue and that can certainly impact people’s decisions to travel,” said AAA spokesperson Mark Jenkins.

Jenkins says some parents are also trying to stay close so they can get their kids back to school on time.

The CDC recommends that unvaccinated people do not travel this Labor Day.

But some travel groups say it will still be a busy long weekend.

People will still travel, despite CDC recommendations.

AAA is encouraging people to just do it safely.

“AAA has long advocated that the decision to travel is a personal decision that has to be made by each individual,” Jenkins said.

Some travelers are beating the crowds at Jacksonville International Airport, like Kenneth Lewis. He is heading home to Pensacola a few days early.

“I think it’s better for me to get to my destination before the crowds and people start getting frustrated if things go wrong,” he said.”


St. Augustine resident Christine Binninger just beat lung cancer.

She is celebrating by heading up to New York for a wedding and a mini family reunion.

She is also making stops in Maine and Boston.

“I’m feeling good,” Binninger said. “Now is the time for us to get healthy and get going.

AAA says drivers should not expect gas prices to look much different than they are now.

In Florida, the average is a little more than $3 doll a gallon.

It has been that way for several months now. But AAA does not think that will stop people from hitting the roads.

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Traveling for Labor Day? You might face long lines of traffic.

While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is advising unvaccinated Americans to stay home this Labor Day weekend, traffic in certain corridors is expected to spike between Sept. 2 and 7 as travelers take advantage of the three-day weekend, according to transportation analytics company INRIX.

“Thursday and Friday are the toughest days, for sure, as you’re heading out of town,” INRIX analyst Bob Pishue told USA TODAY. “It’s that kind of early afternoon period all the way into the early evening,” which often overlaps with work traffic and people running errands.

For those who are planning to travel by car this year, here are some of the best – and worst – times to hit the road, according to INRIX:

  • Thursday: worst time is between 1 and 9 p.m., best time is after 9 p.m.
  • Friday: worst time is between noon and 8:30 p.m., best time is before 10 a.m.
  • Saturday: worst time is between noon and 5 p.m., best time is before 11 a.m.
  • Sunday: worst time is between noon and 4 p.m., best time is before 10 a.m.
  • Monday: worst time is between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m., best time is before 11 a.m.
  • Tuesday: worst time is between 2 and 9 p.m., best time is after 9 p.m.  

While more Americans are expected to hit the road this weekend, travel isn’t expected to return to 2019 levels and will likely pale compared to earlier holidays like July Fourth and Memorial Day that were driven by pent-up demand. Pishue said the rise of the delta variant and start of the school year are expected to keep more families off the roads. 

“Normally, (Labor Day) is a big travel holiday but we think that … there’s going to be less emphasis on it this year than in some of these other holidays,” Pishue said. “We definitely expect a pretty … minor traffic impact due this labor day, except on some key corridors.”

The worst corridors for traffic between Sept. 2 and 7:

  • Washington, D.C.’s Interstate 95 South from Interstate 395 to Virginia state Route 123: a 420% increase in traffic is expected from 3:15 to 5:15 p.m. on Thursday. 
  • New York’s Interstate 278 South from Interstate 495 to 3rd Avenue: a 350% increase is expected from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday. 
  • Seattle’s Interstate 5 South from state Route 18 to state Route 7: a 330% increase from 4:15 to 6:15 p.m. is expected on Friday. 
  • Atlanta’s Interstate 85 South from U.S. 23 to Martin Luther King Dr.: a 320% increase in traffic is expected on Friday from 2:45 to 4:45 p.m. 
  • Detroit’s Interstate 96 North from 6 Mile Road to Beck Road: a 250% increase is expected between 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. on Friday. 
  • Los Angeles’ Interstate 5 South from San Fernando Road to Florence Ave: a 230% increase from 4:45 to 6:45 p.m. is expected on Friday. 
  • San Francisco’s Interstate 80 North from Interstate

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Labor Day weekend marks the end of summer, and with it comes Kansas City’s annual Irish Fest, Friday, Sept. 3 through Sunday, Sept. 5 at Crown Center.

In a regular year, the festival draws as many as 80,000 green-wearing revelers. But because of the pandemic, last year’s event saw workarounds such as at-home whiskey flight kits with a link to a virtual tasting, Zoom concerts and online cooking classes.

Irish Fest Executive Director Keli O’Neill Wenzel says this year’s ticket sales are up, but she can’t know for sure how many people will actually attend. What she does know is that the festival should be much closer to its pre-pandemic glory.

Here’s what visitors can expect at Kansas City Irish Fest 2021.

Family Fun

Kansas City Irish Fest 2021

KC Irish Fest

Kansas City Irish Fest continues this year, with socially distanced events for kids and the whole family.

Gone are the days of multiple small tents filled with activities and families gathered close to each other. This year, all activities for kids will be spread out across Washington Park to allow for lots of physical distancing.

There will be a large stage where events such as the Silent Disco will take place. Wenzel explains that the silent disco will be achieved by using wireless headphones tuned to one of two stations. Only people tuned to the same station will be dancing to the same music.

But kids aren’t the only ones who can enjoy the dance — the whole family can join in. “It’s so much fun,” says Wenzel. “We think this is for everyone.” And if you don’t feel like dancing, Wenzel says it’s just as fun to watch.

Other than these changes, watch for old favorites like balloon artists, inflatable obstacle courses, face painting, crafts and a scavenger hunt.

International Music

Kansas City Irish Fest Musicians

KC Irish Fest

A COVID-19 travel ban prevents our Irish friends and musicians from visiting us this year. But KC Irish Fest has found a way to feature Irish musicians and local artists.

As you may know, a travel ban is preventing our Irish friends from visiting from across the pond. This means that, once again, no musicians from Ireland will physically perform at Irish Fest.

But it’s not all bad news! Thanks to a grant from Culture Ireland, 10 bands will entertain festival-goers live on big LED screens on the Miller Lite and Boulevard stages. The lineup includes Maca, Shane Hennessy, Claire Sands, Aoife Scott and We Banjo 3.

And Sunday, at 7 p.m. on the Miller Lite stage, a new tradition continues. Local artists create a live “mix tape” of popular songs by Irish performers, an event that first appeared in 2019. “The idea is that everybody knows the songs,” Wenzel says. Participating artists this year include Calvin Arsenia, Jessica Paige, Ashley Davis and Gaelic Storm.

Keeping With Tradition

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KC Irish Fest


Asked whether the travel bubble is to reopen on Saturday, Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung said: ‘That is similar to what I’ve heard’

  • By Lee I-chia / Staff reporter

A COVID-19 “travel bubble” between Taiwan and Palau is expected to resume on Saturday at the earliest, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said yesterday, as it reported 12 locally transmitted COVID-19 infections and two deaths.

The “travel bubble” — which allows travel between Taiwan and Palau with eased disease prevention requirements — was launched in April, but suspended the following month due to a COVID-19 outbreak in Taiwan.

The center received and reviewed documents on reopening the travel bubble, and the disease prevention measures are unchanged from before, said Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中), who heads the center.

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Under the arrangement, Taiwanese travelers to Palau would need a negative result on the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test administered at the airport to board the plane, he said.

They would be given a saliva PCR test at the airport upon their return to Taiwan and need to undergo five days of enhanced self-health management, followed by another PCR test and nine more days of self-health management if they test negative, he added.

Upon their return, travelers could practice the enhanced self-health management at home on the condition that there is only one person per room, or they can go to a quarantine hotel, Chen said.

As Palau is COVID-19 free, travelers to the country should wear a mask when in public, he added.

Asked whether the first people to fly to Palau under the reopened travel bubble would depart on Saturday, Chen said: “That is similar to what I’ve heard.”

Chen reported 12 new locally transmitted COVID-19 infections, four imported cases and two deaths.

Five of the 12 local cases tested positive during isolation or upon its completion, he said, adding that the infection sources of seven cases had been identified, while three were unclear and two were being investigated.

New Taipei City reported the most cases, with six, followed by Taipei with four and Keelung with two, Chen said.

The cases in New Taipei City include a cluster in an apartment building that spread to the surrounding neighborhood.

The city’s Department of Health said that three residents of a building in Yonghe District (永和) had been among the cases reported in the past two weeks and that expanded testing in the community discovered two more cases, which were reported yesterday.

The city has placed 231 of the building’s residents under home isolation, with an offer of free accommodation at a quarantine hotel for anyone unable to follow the one person per room rule, the department said, adding that meals are to be delivered to those in isolation.

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Hawaii officials are considering a stay-at-home order for Labor Day weekend after the state suffered its worst day ever for coronavirus cases on Sunday.

There were two deaths and 1,678 new cases reported Sunday, the highest total since the pandemic began nearly 18 months ago, the State Department of Health reported.

Hawaii has now surpassed 62,000 cases and nearly 600 deaths since the pandemic began, numbers that have state officials alarmed.

“No matter how you slice it, COVID-19 is running roughshod through the islands, and people must take necessary steps to protect themselves,” Lt. Gov. Josh Green told The Honolulu Star-Advertiser. “Vaccinate. Mask. Distance. Stay home when sick. Avoid crowds.”

With cases on the rise, hospitals are being overrun by patients. Health Director Elizabeth Char said 414 people were hospitalized on Sunday with coronavirus, and hospitals are at a breaking point.

“If our numbers continue to press up against 500, I think that the governor and mayors will have to strongly consider life-preserving policy changes, which would at least mean a 72-hour stay-at-home order over the holiday,” Green said. “We saw what happened over July Fourth. Labor Day could be like pouring gasoline over the fire.”

Governor David Ige offered a different message, however, taking to social media Sunday night to dispute that a shutdown is imminent.

“There have been rumors circulating about a shutdown in Hawaii,” Ige wrote on Twitter. “I want to clear the record that there are currently no plans to shut down. All posts on social media being distributed by other means are not true. Official announcements will always come from official channels.”

But Ige himself said last week that a shutdown was “on the table” as Hawaii deals with rising COVID numbers. Last Monday, Ige urged tourists to stay away from the islands right now.

“It is not a good time to travel to the islands. I encourage everyone to restrict and curtail travel to Hawaii,” Ige said last week. “Is a lockdown on the table? Yes, it would be if the number of cases continues to grow exponentially as it has in the last 10 weeks. Then we will have to take action to limit and ensure that the hospitals aren’t overrun.”

Green said top government and health officials will meet early this week to discuss the numbers and a plan for action. But as residents and tourists await a decision, the numbers continue to look grim.

“This tidal wave of cases is straining our ability to respond at all levels — our hospitals, our labs and even our morgues are nearing or at capacity,” Char said. “We have not yet reached the peak of this surge, and we will not until Hawaii residents take further steps to protect themselves and their families.”

One doctor told Hawaii News Now that there is no other option at this point.


Unlike other national holidays, Labor Day traffic is more up in the air.

The day has become so unpredictable for travel that the American Automobile Association (AAA) has not created a formal travel forecast for it in “many years,” according to the motor club organization.

“The Labor Day holiday of years ago has changed, especially with so many schools starting earlier now,” a spokesperson for AAA told FOX News.


Travelers who wish to take a final road trip while they celebrate the unofficial end of summer would benefit from planning their driving schedules like a standard three-day weekend, according to AAA.

AAA told FOX News that Labor Day travel trends have changed in recent years due to schools opening earlier throughout the U.S.

AAA told FOX News that Labor Day travel trends have changed in recent years due to schools opening earlier throughout the U.S.

“In that case, we can say that Thursday and Friday afternoons from 3 to 6 p.m. will probably be the busiest times on the roads for most travelers, as holiday getaway traffic mingles with commuter traffic around many metropolitan areas,” AAA wrote, in a statement. “This summer has been a very robust one for travel, especially by car and we do not expect that to change very much.”

Returning home the day after Labor Day – Tuesday, Sept. 7 – could mean heavy traffic as well.


AAA also went on to suggest that Labor Day travelers research the location they’re driving to in order to learn the impact the coronavirus is having on their desired destination. Some cities or states might have restrictions in place to address the COVID-19 pandemic, the organization noted. 

“AAA urges all travelers to follow CDC guidelines and pack a mask and their patience,” the motor club shared.

AAA said Labor Day drivers should research their desired destination before they hit the road because the COVID-19 pandemic or inclement weather could play a part in their vacation. 

AAA said Labor Day drivers should research their desired destination before they hit the road because the COVID-19 pandemic or inclement weather could play a part in their vacation. 

Besides coronavirus concerns, AAA recommends Labor Day drivers to look into current weather forecasts before they hit the road, especially if their original plans involved visiting an area where recent hurricanes passed through.


“Regionally, travel around Louisiana and Mississippi may still be suffering the after-effects of Hurricane Ida. Still, we won’t know more until the damage can be fully assessed in a few days,” AAA wrote. “We will likely see some impact in terms of gas prices, but how much remains to be determined once the storm clears and floodwaters recede.”

AAA went on, “However, in past years, higher gasoline prices have not deterred folks from taking a vacation. Instead, they figure out a way to factor in higher prices by saving money elsewhere in their travel budget.”


Labor Day is celebrated on the first Monday of September each year.