The British Open golf tournament will not be played this year because of the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Golf Digest reported late Wednesday.The R&A, which organizes the tournament, may announce the cancellation, the first of the tournament since 1945, as early as Thursday. This year’s event is scheduled to be held July 16-19 at Royal St. George’s Golf Club in England. A Golf Digest source said the R&A moved to cancel in part because of insurance considerations. The club has a policy that protects against a global pandemic and needed to announce a cancellation before a certain date to collect, the source told Golf Digest.The R&A was also waiting for the All England Club, the organizers of the Wimbledon tennis championships, to make a decision before moving foward, Golf Digest reported. The All England Club canceled this year’s Wimbledon tournament on Wednesday, also for the first time since 1945.Golf’s oldest major — this would be the 149th edition of The Open Championship — is the first Grand Slam event to be canceled this year amid the pandemic. The PGA Championship and the Masters in the U.S. are hopeful of playing in late summer or early autumn. The U.S. Open, which is operated by the United States Golf Association, remains on schedule for mid-June. CORONAVIRUS: List of U.S., Canada events, leagues affected
CHARLES CITY — A Waterloo man convicted of murder in Floyd County has been sentenced to life in prison. Armando Adame III was charged in January of last year with first-degree murder in the death of 28-year-old Michael Johns. On October 26th of 2017, Johns was reported missing to the Grundy Center Police Department. On December 1st, the Floyd County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a body at 290th Street and Shadow Avenue about 10 miles south of Charles City. The State Medical Examiner’s Office later determined that the cause of Johns’ death was a shotgun wound to the head and ruled the death was a homicide. Adame was arrested in Black Hawk County six days later on December 7th on a federal arrest warrant. In May of 2018, he pleaded guilty to three federal firearm charges and was sentenced in October to 25 years in federal prison. Adame was taken into custody on the murder charge on January 29th of last year at the Fort Dodge Correctional Facility, where he was serving a sentence on prior unrelated convictions. A Floyd County jury in February took two hours before finding Adame guilty of first-degree murder and possession of an offensive weapon. District Judge Gregg Rosenbladt sentenced Adame on Tuesday to the mandatory sentence of life in prison without the opportunity for parole on the murder charge. Adame was also ordered to pay over $15,000 to the Crime Victim Compensation Fund and $150,000 in restitution to the victim’s estate.