Some doctors have questioned the veracity of Russian data, given what they say is the patchy nature of testing. But the government has said it has been totally transparent about its handling of the crisis, and that its statistics are accurate.Moscow’s coronavirus crisis center said in a statement on Thursday that the elderly woman who died had begun receiving treatment last week in a private clinic before being moved to a hospital specializing in infectious diseases.It did not say where the woman was thought to have picked up the virus, but said her circle of close acquaintances had been identified and was under medical observation.None of them were displaying any serious coronavirus symptoms, it said. Russians aged over 60 were strongly advised to minimize contacts with other people, it added. Topics : Russia on Thursday reported its first coronavirus-related death, an unnamed 79-year-old woman in Moscow with underlying health issues who died from pneumonia after testing positive for the virus.Russia, which has temporarily barred entry to foreigners and imposed an array of flight restrictions, has reported 147 coronavirus cases so far, less than many other European countries.That figure has risen sharply in recent days however, but authorities have said the situation is under control and that most infected people have entered Russia from coronavirus hot spots.
Class 2A MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Despite his relative inexperience, Ryan Saunders has widespread respect within Minnesota’s organization as he becomes the Timberwolves interim coach. The 32-year-old is doing the job his late father, Flip Saunders, held longer than anyone else with the franchise. Ryan Saunders is taking over as the interim replacement for Tom Thibodeau, who was fired halfway through his third season with the team. DES MOINES — The Top Ten teams in the Associated Press Iowa high school basketball poll with first-place votes in parentheses and won-loss record, total points and position last week at right: 9. Bishop Garrigan, Algona7-2178 Others receiving votes: West Branch 9. Dike-New Hartford 8. Regina, Iowa City 6. North Fayette, West Union 2. Albia 1. Denver 1. RecordPtsPrv 2. North Scott, Eldridge (3)9-0942 Others receiving votes: Glenwood 19. Wahlert, Dubuque 13. Ballard 7. Marion 6. Washington 4. Xavier, Cedar Rapids 4. Fairfield 1. 4. Iowa City, West7-1614 1. Maquoketa (9)10-01072 1. Waukee (8)8-01061 6. Davenport, Central9-1533 IOWA CITY — The final Associated Press college football poll was released after last night’s national championship game, and the University of Iowa ends up in the #25 spot after their win over Mississippi State in the Outback Bowl last Tuesday. Iowa State fell out of the rankings after their loss to Washington State in the Alamo Bowl and finished 31st if you extend out the poll beyond the top 25. Big Ten teams finishing in the final poll include #3 Ohio State, #14 Michigan, #17 Penn State, and #21 Northwestern. Big 12 teams finishing in the poll were #4 Oklahoma, #9 Texas, #20 West Virginia 10. West Delaware, Manchester7-1203 10. Dubuque, Senior6-213NR Others receiving votes: Des Moines, North 9. Prairie, Cedar Rapids 7. Ankeny Centennial 4. Sioux City, West 3. Ankeny 1. Class 1A RecordPtsPrv Others receiving votes: Sioux Central, Sioux Rapids 17. Martensdale-St. Marys 15. Lynnville-Sully 13. Prince of Peace Prep, Clinton 11. South O’Brien, Paullina 5. Notre Dame, Burlington 4. Exira/Elk Horn-Kimballton 2. Easton Valley 1. TONIGHT:AM-1300 KGLO, kgloam.com, KGLO mobile app — Mason City High at Johnston — girls 6:15, boys follow 8. South Hamilton, Jewell10-1418 RecordPtsPrv 5. New London9-0674 6. Sergeant Bluff-Luton7-2478 — high school boys basketball last nightOsage 62, Hampton-Dumont 17 2. Montezuma (3)11-0872 5. Oskaloosa8-2621 Class 4A 1. North Linn, Troy Mills (8)9-01071 1. Grand View Christian (6)9-11021 5. Bettendorf8-1606 6. Calamus-Wheatland10-132NR 4. Pella7-26310 RecordPtsPrv (tie) West Sioux, Hawarden10-0636 10. Newman Catholic, Mason City7-116NR 3. Sioux City, East8-0737 7. Cedar Falls7-1469 9. Valley, West Des Moines9-2348 Class 3A 10. South Central Calhoun10-112NR 7. Norwalk8-335NR DES MOINES — Drake coach Darian DeVries says standout guard Nick Norton will undergo knee surgery on Tuesday. Norton suffered a torn ACL in their Missouri Valley opener last week and is lost for the season. DeVries says they will petition in hopes of getting Norton a sixth year.Norton was a graduate transfer from Alabama-Birmingham.With Norton out the primary point guard responsibilities will fall on sophomore Noah Thomas.Drake returns to action on Tuesday night by hosting a Southern Illinois team that is 2-0 in the Valley. 3. Treynor (2)10-0852 8. Ames8-141NR 4. Van Meter8-0635 2. Clear Lake (2)10-0995 9. Unity Christian, Orange City8-21510 2. Camanche (1)10-0864 3. Gilbert9-1657 7. Western Christian, Hull6-2453 IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Megan Gustafson had 21 points and 12 rebounds for her 13th double-double of the season, Kathleen Doyle added 15 points with seven assists and No. 19 Iowa beat Wisconsin 71-53 on Monday night for its 20th consecutive victory in the series.The last victory for Wisconsin in the series was 84-73 at home on Feb. 11, 2007 and its last win at Iowa was 88-78 on February 6, 2005.Mason City native Makenzie Meyer added 10 points and five assists for Iowa (11-3, 2-1 Big Ten). Gustafson entered leading the NCAA in scoring at 26.8 points per game and ranking fifth in rebounds per game at 12.9. She’s third in field goal percentage at 71.1.Gustafson had six points and seven rebounds in the first half to help Iowa build a 34-27 lead. The Hawkeyes made 5 of 12 3-pointers and held Wisconsin to 37.5 percent shooting. Gustafson finished 9-of-16 shooting from the field with three blocks.Imani Lewis paced Wisconsin (10-6, 1-3) with a career-high 22 points and 11 rebounds. 8. Carroll6-131NR AMES — The Iowa State Cyclones debut in the Associated Press Top 25 this week at number 20. The Cyclones are 2-0 in the Big-12 after a lopsided win over fifth ranked Kansas and they return to action tonight at Baylor.That’s Iowa State coach Steve Prohm who believes improved team defense has been a key.Prohm says the Cyclones have what it takes to be good on defense.Baylor is 8-5 overall and opened Big-12 play with a loss to TCU. 8. Ar-We-Va, Westside10-028NR MONTREAL (AP) — Mikael Granlund scored, Devan Dubnyk stopped 32 shots for his first shutout of the season and the Minnesota Wild defeated the Montreal Canadiens 1-0 Monday night. Montreal lost Shea Weber to injury. The Canadiens’ captain was hit in the face by a puck while blocking a shot six minutes into the first period. — high school girls basketball last nightOsage 63, Hampton-Dumont 43Iowa Falls-Alden 70, Charles City 30 6. Boyden-Hull9-0617 4. Ankeny Christian Academy (1)9-0735 (tie) Stanton9-0327 3. George-Little Rock (1)10-1843 9. ADM, Adel7-2236