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Wimbledon 2017: Serena Wiliams backing Venus Williams to keep title in the family

first_imgSerena Williams is backing older sister Venus Williams to keep the Wimbledon title in the family for another year when the 37-year-old takes on Spain’s Garbine Muguruza in the women’s final on Saturday.Venus beat Johanna Konta on Thursday to reach her ninth Wimbledon final and Serena, who missed her title defence after becoming pregnant with her first child, believes her sibling can win a sixth All England Club crown.”I have to believe that, and I know she has to believe that. We work so many years for these moments that she has right now, and I’m really happy for her,” the 23-time grand slam winner told Yahoo Sports.”I’m proud of her, everyone is proud of her. She’s such an amazing person, and she’s so nice, and she’s been through a lot obviously, but we are always rooting for her.”Venus has overcome Sjogrens Syndrome and several injuries to reach her first Wimbledon final since 2009 and Serena believes her sister’s triumphs inspire others suffering from the auto-immune disease.”She’s been through her illness, and she keeps fighting through it, and it would just mean so much, not just for her but for people who suffer what she suffers just to realize that this isn’t, this doesn’t have to be it,” Serena said.”You can go through what she goes through and still come out on top.”Venus has beaten Muguruza in three of their four meetings to date but will be wary of the world number 15 after the 23-year-old knocked her out of the Italian Open in May.advertisementlast_img read more

Merc launches limited edition GLC at Rs 50.86 L

first_imgMumbai, Aug 14 (PTI) The largest luxury car-maker Mercedes-Benz India today launched a limited edition of its highest selling sports utility vehicle, the GLC Class, at a price range of Rs 50.86 lakh to Rs 51.25 lakh.The rollout of the Celebration Edition of the GLC is to market the 70th Independence Day, the company said in a statement.Mercedes launched the GLC Class in June 2016 and has gone to become the largest selling SUV model in its portfolio. The Celebration Edition offers a sporty exterior and a plush luxurious interior that enhance the cars luxury quotient.Roland Folger, managing director & chief executive, said the special edition launch is to commemorate the 70th Independence Day and also celebrate the SUVs overwhelming success.”We expect the GLC to remain our key volume driver and we are glad that our product strategy has been working well,” Folger added.Within a few months of its launch last June the company began to product GLC locally and became the 9th model to be produced from its Pune plant. PTI BEN NRB BASlast_img read more

Rafael Nadal tops Richard Gasquet again, Frances Tiafoe upsets Alexander Zverev in Cincinnati Open

first_imgRafa Nadal extended his spotless record against Richard Gasquet, while unseeded American teenager Frances Tiafoe upset Alexander Zverev to reach the third round of the Cincinnati Open on Wednesday.It must have felt like deja vu for the Frenchman, who fell 6-3 6-4 to drop to 0-15 against Nadal. Gasquet last won a set against the Spaniard in 2008.Nadal, who repelled the only break point he faced in the match, served out the match at love in the 10th game, firing in three aces, including the finishing point.”I work every day to play better. It’s obvious that was an important start for me, a good one,” said French Open champion Nadal, who will claim the world number one spot on Monday.”Now I have another opportunity tomorrow to go on court and play.”The 15-times grand slam winner will next face fellow Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas, who eliminated Nadal’s Wimbledon conqueror, 16th seed Gilles Muller of Luxembourg, 5-7 6-4 6-4.World number seven Zverev, who stunned Roger Federer in the Montreal final last week after claiming the title in Washington D.C., was on a 10-match winning streak but faded in the final set against energetic baseliner Tiafoe, who won 4-6 6-3 6-4.It was 19-year-old Tiafoe’s first win over a top-10 player and he bounded around the court in joy, thumping his chest to a standing ovation after Zverev floated a backhand long on match point with his third unforced error of the last game.”I saw he was a bit tired, but he was still competing. It was tough. I was happy to get through it,” 87th-ranked Tiafoe told Tennis Channel. “My game plan was to keep the rallies long and keep him out there and that’s what I did.”advertisementTiafoe will meet John Isner next and said he knows he will be tested by his compatriot’s booming serve.”I just got to weather the storm,” Tiafoe said. “He’s going to drop some big-boy heat on me and I’m going to have to be ready for it.”Zverev, 20, was not dismayed too much by the defeat and said he was looking forward to the U.S. Open later this month.”I think Roger (Federer) and Rafa are the strongest ones and a few guys coming after that. I think I am involved in that group. I am in that small group of players,” the German said.”So I feel very confident the way I was playing in the last two weeks. And I think going into the U.S. Open, I feel the best I have ever felt maybe going into a slam.”Earlier, Bulgarian seventh seed Grigor Dimitrov beat Feliciano Lopez 7-6(5) 6-4 to set up a last-16 clash with Juan Martin del Potro.Del Potro advanced with a 6-4 6-4 win over American qualifier Mitchell Krueger, winning each set on a late break.Dimitrov has not beaten Del Potro in five career meetings, with the most recent defeat coming at Rome in May.Australian Nick Kyrgios beat Ukraine’s Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-3 7-6(6) to reach the third round, where he will face unseeded Croatian Ivo Karlovic.last_img read more

Here is your horoscope for August 22

first_imgARIESGift yourself the knack of responding totally to whatever comes, as it comes in life! Avoid cruel people, as they tend to take up cudgels with you on non-issues. Loved ones are supportive. Your personal affairs may take time to resolve, be persistent. Lucky number 5. Colour yellow.TAURUSFriends, family and children gather around you to share some memorable moments today. Specialization in your field of activity adds to you professional expertise and gain. You can easily trust your feelings and intuition about people and situations. Lucky number 3. Colour cherry red.GEMINIThere is increase of wealth and income, which allows you to make gainful investments. Beware of theft or deception at work as an unknown person may invade your space. Be expansive and share your richness, wisdom, experience, feelings and expertise with others. Lucky number 9. Colour pink.CANCERYou may rebel against domination at work by people in power. You impress people with your talent and charisma. Relationships are sensitive and difficult for a time as both partners seek independence, space and appreciation. You are bold, courageous and frank. Lucky number 2. Colour red.LEOYour instinct and intuition lead you in a positive direction in personal and professional matters today. You are quiet, hardworking and practical when you need to deal with earthy details. Do not allow work to become a drudgery, but keep your enthusiasm alive. Lucky number 7. Colour green.VIRGODelay at work should be taken in your stride today. The temporary absence of a loved one could cause some anxiety. Expect your partner and family to be supportive during a trying time. Transactions are conducted honestly. A positive attitude brings fulfillment. Lucky number 3. Colour blue.advertisementLIBRAYou combine well with your partner and realize an ambitious goal. Your actions are based on accurate calculation and good planning. Goodwill and friendship enhance your social standing. You participate in and enjoy sport, theater and the Arts today. Lucky number 14. Colour soft pink.SCORPIOSorting out the important from the trivial adds to good management of professional and personal matters today. There is clarity about goals and participation of key people. You go beyond illusions and find your truths within. Don’t entertain gossip. Lucky number 20. Colour royal blue.SAGITTARIUS’The Moon’ brings Karmic situations and patterns to the fore today. Crazy people can create scenes to upset you, remain a witness rather than become a participator. Listen to your intuition. Guard against over indulgence in food, drink or work. Lucky number 18. Colour sea blue.CAPRICORN’The Universe’ opens another horizon with new opportunities today. Despite multifarious activity in varied aspects your security structure remains in tact. You assess relationships and realize who and what is important in your life. Health needs attention. Lucky number 21. Colour blue.AQUARIUSThings are changing as you step into new opportunities and dimensions. You play the role of consultant, sharing your knowledge and experience with others. You are caring in established personal relationships and can expect loyalty and support therein. Lucky number 4. Colour purple.PISCESForces and people at work who are powerful, selfish and destructive may surround you today. Side step them and avoid confrontations or you can be manipulated. Ignore and avoid cruel gossip or you may be involved in controversies. Celebrate with friends. Lucky number 10. Colour red.last_img read more

India Today Operation CricketGate makes waves across international media

first_imgIndia Today’s sting operation on Pune pitch curator Pandurang Salgaonkar revealed a massive flaw in the system and even caught the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) unawares of a scandal which was happening right under their noses.Salgaonkar, who is a former first-class cricketer and selector of the Maharashtra Ranji team, had the audacity to meet with India Today’s undercover reporters, who he thought were bookies, and agreed to doctor the pitch according to their needs.Salgaonkar even allowed them access to the pitch just two days prior to the second ODI between India and New Zealand was to be played.After the sting operation, Salgaonkar was suspended by the MCA with immediate effect and the BCCI ordered a high-level probe into the matter.The news of the sting operation spread like wildfire across the cricketing world after it was aired on India Today TV and Aaj Tak on Wednesday morning.Here is how the Indian and International media reported India Today’s Operation CricketGate:Sydney Morning Herald screenshot BBC screenshotCricket Australia screenshot Cricinfo screenshot Hindustan Time screenshot Reuters screenshot Lead story in the New Zealand Herald. @IndiaToday expose #OperationCricketgate hits headlines globally. Gold Standard of Journalism. pic.twitter.com/EH1WSWOKdi- Rahul Kanwal (@rahulkanwal) October 25, 2017last_img read more

FIR lodged against Maria Sharapova for endorsing Gurgaon housing project

first_imgA Delhi court has directed police to register an FIR against Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova and real estate builder ‘Homestead Infrastructure Development Pvt Ltd’ for endorsing a Gurgaon-based luxury housing project which never took off.The FIR has been lodged against the builder company, its office bearers and Sharapova for offence of cheating and collecting Rs 53 lakh from investors on the pretext of a project named ‘Ace by Sharapova’ when even property was not acquired for the said project.Sharapova is accused number four in the 156 (3) CRPC application which was filed before the Rohini Court by a homebuyer, who invested in a luxury housing project in Gurgaon.It should be noted that Sharapova had also supported the project in the eyes of the general public.Last year, homebuyers of Amrapali had trolled former Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Twitter for the delay in the completion of the housing project while also forcing the wicketkeeper-batsman to quit as the brand ambassador of the Amrapali group.last_img read more

Apollo Tyres ties up with Chennaiyin FC as principal sponsor

first_imgNew Delhi, Nov 16 (PTI) Apollo Tyres today said it has associated with Chennaiyin FC soccer team as its principal sponsor for the 2017-18 Hero Indian Super League season.The association is Apollos first partnership with Indian football team, after having established a successful alliance with various top brands in world football.”This association with one of Indias leading football clubs allows us to engage with the large fan following of this growing sport, especially the youth,” President of Apollo Tyres for Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa (APMEA) Satish Sharma said in a statement.Chennaiyin FC with its strong following in Tamil Nadu, and an ever growing fan-base, provides the company an opportunity to have a greater visibility for its brand across the country, he added.Chennaiyin FC co-owner Vita Dani said: “They (Apollo) have already been associated with football through various clubs around the world, and we are now happy to welcome them to Indian football.”Apollo Tyres is currently the global tyre partner for two current English Premier League clubs — Manchester United and Crystal Palace.Apollo Tyres also has a presence in the German Bundesliga, with its association with Borussia Monchengladbach.The tyre manufacturer aims to further build on this reputation through the new partnership with Chennaiyin FC. PTI MSS SBTlast_img read more

Ravichandran Ashwin is the best spinner in the world, says Sri Lankan legend Muttiah Muralitharan

first_imgSri Lankan spin legend Muttiah Muralitharan feels India’s Ravichandran Ashwin is currently the best spinner in the world and his achievements with the ball are a testimony to his greatness.Ashwin on Monday became the fastest bowler to reach 300 Test wickets in his 54th match, breaking Dennis Lillee’s record during India’s convincing win over Sri Lanka in the second Test.Muralitharan congratulated the Indian off-spinner on his achievement.”I want to congratulate him (Ashwin). It’s a big achievement as getting 300 Test wickets is not an easy job. Definitely, he is the best spinner in the world at the moment,” Muralitharan said. (More blessed than the other greats, says R Ashwin after becoming quickest to 300 Test wickets)”He is not in the One-Day team but hopefully he will return and do wonders in the shorter formats also,” said the spin legend, who holds the world record for capturing 800 wickets in 133 Test matches.Australian fast bowling legend Lillee had reached the milestone in 56 Test matches way back in 1981 and it took 36 years for another bowler to eclipse the record. Ashwin is also ahead of some of the illustrious names, who had completed the milestone in quick time.Among them are Muralitharan (58 Tests), Richard Hadlee, Malcolm Marshall and Dale Steyn (61 Tests each).Having eclipsed Lille’s feat, the real challenge now for Ashwin is to break Muralitharan’s record of being the fastest to 400, 500, 600, 700 and 800 Test wickets.”He (Ashwin) is hardly 31, 32 years of age and can play for another 4-5 years at least. But it will also depend on how he performs and remains injury free. Only time will tell as it will be very hard for him after 35,” said Muralitharan.advertisementBesides, Ashwin also has 150 ODI wickets from 111 matches. Not just quality of two teams but overkill of contests have taken the sheen out of India-Sri Lanka series, a fact which was recently endorsed by India captain Virat Kohli.Asked Muralitharan about the issue, he gave a tongue-in-cheek reply.”I can’t say there is too much of (India-Sri Lanka) cricket but may be Virat (Kohli) is getting bored of winning every time,” he said.While Muralitharan complemented the current Indian team under Kohli for its level of consistency, he expressed serious concern about the sorry state of Sri Lankan cricket.”India is a very good side and I rate them very high. You can’t take credit away from India by saying that Sri Lanka is a weak team. They are doing really well in every format,” he said.”Alarm bells (in Sri Lankan cricket) rang two-three years ago. For me it’s a matter of great concern. You lose sometime but this (Sri Lankan) team is losing a lot and that is a major worry,” a concerned Muralitharan said.”Young cricketers are not coming through. They are not performing. That’s the biggest concern we have,” concluded the spin great.last_img read more

Micromax Bharat 5 to launch in India today, expected to sport dual rear cameras, large battery

first_imgMicromax is all set to unveil the Bharat 5 smartphone today, which will be the successor to the Bharat 4. The newest budget handset comes following a string of entry-level Bharat phones in recent months that includes the Bharat 3, Bharat 4 and JioPhone-rival Bharat 1 and Bharat 2 Ultra. As per the media invite sent out and teasers on social media platforms, the Bharat 5 is expected to highlight a dual camera setup and large battery at a budget price point.The Bharat 5 is expected to be a 4G VoLTE smartphone with an affordable price tag much like the previous Bharat 4 and Bharat 3. As per the image on the invite, the front of the handset will look similar to the predecessors with bezels all around the display, a selfie camera and earpiece on the top and navigation keys on the chin. The rear panels suggests a dual camera setup, which could comprise of two 5-megapixel sensors. The company also posted a teaser on Thursday highlighting a large battery capacity, which is expected to be around 5000mAh, or twice that of the Bharat 4.Also Read: Micromax sold 5 Lakh Bharat 2 smartphones in 50 daysApart from the design, not much else is known about the Bharat 5 as of now. As the phone will succeed the Bharat 4, we can expect some minor upgrades under-the-hood. To recall, the Bharat 4 was launched running on Android 7.0 Nougat and sporting a 5-inch HD (720×1280) display. It is powered by a MediaTek MT6737 processor coupled with 3GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. It sports a 5-megapixel camera on the front and back and houses a 2500mAh battery. The 4G VoLTE-supported phone was launched at Rs 4,999.advertisementThe Bharat-series have been known to bear an affordable price tag. The Bharat 5 with an expected dual rear camera system and a large battery capacity could be priced a little over Rs 5,000. We’ll know everything about the Bharat 5 in a few hours so stay tuned.last_img read more

Fantastic moments of Mohali ODI: Rohit Sharma smashes another double century, fan touches MS Dhoni’s feet

first_imgRohit Sharma was greeted with a cake on his return to the team hotel after his brilliant double century against Sri Lanka in Mohali.Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) posted a video on its Instagram account which showed Ajinkya Rahane and Yuzvendra Chahal smearing the cake on his face while others enjoyed the light moment after a series-levelling 141-run victory over Sri Lanka.The day also marked Rohit and his wife Ritika Sajdeh’s second marriage anniversary. The duo tied the knot on December 13, 2015. The Hitman, like a true gentleman, dedicated his record third double ton in ODIs to his wife and thanked her for her constant support.”I am sure she would have liked this gift from me. She is my strength and keeps supporting me. This is one good part about having your family around, we already go through a lot of stress and it makes our lives easier,” Rohit said.How can we let our double centurion @ImRo45 go without cutting a ??? but @ajinkyarahane88 and @yuzi_chahal were not going to stop at that. #TeamIndia #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/QP27ZWexsD- BCCI (@BCCI) December 13, 2017The Mumbaikar struck an unbeaten 208 off 153 balls, hitting 13 fours and 12 sixes in the process.BCCI’s Instagram account had another picture which showed a fan touching Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s feet during the second ODI at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium.Dhoni, who had a quiet game today, scored 65 in the first match to take India’s total to 112 after being reduced to 29/7 in Dharamsala. India however, lost the game by seven wickets and went down 1-0 in the three-match series.advertisementBut thanks to Rohit, Shikhar Dhawan and Shreyas Iyer’s brilliance, India came back strongly to level the series.Rohit, who notched up his 16th hundred in the 50-over format, and fellow opener Shikhar Dhawan denied them any early success with a watchful start.The 30-year-old added 115 with Dhawan, who made 68, to build a solid base for India and then added 213 for the second with fellow Mumbai batsman Shreyas Iyer, who scored 88 in what was his second ODI.The right-hander’s first 100 came off 115 deliveries in the 40th over. Rohit then tore into Sri Lanka’s bowlers and India scored 147 in their last 10 overs.It was the seventh time a batsman had scored 200 or more in ODIs with Rohit’s 264 against the same opponents in Kolkata in 2014 being the highest individual score in the 50-over format.That double century feeling! #ShotOfTheDay pic.twitter.com/IoS9lDf4z4- ICC (@ICC) December 13, 2017The third and final ODI will be played at Visakhapatnam on Sunday before the two teams meet in a three-match Twenty20 series.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

I-League: Willis Plaza’s brace helps East Bengal edge past Churchill Brothers in thriller

first_imgEast Bengal edged out Churchill Brothers 3-2 in a thriller when they hosted the Goan outfit in the I-League at the Vidyasagar Krirangan (Barasat Stadium) on Saturday.Peter Omoduemuke broke the deadlock in the 14th minute but Laldanmawia Ralte was quick to make matters even for the hosts two minutes later. Willis Plaza ended his goalless run of games with a brace (45’+2′, 90’+7′) on either halves’ injury time with Nicholas Fernandes’ 59th-minute equalizer sandwiched in between.While Khalid Jamil retained the same starting lineup which thrashed Shillong Lajong 5-1 last weekend, Alfred Fernandes’ side was buoyed by the inclusion of Kalu Ogba. The 2009 league winner rejoined the club after seven years and slotted right into the centre of the park of the team still looking for their first win of the season.It was the visitors who drew first blood and that too against the run of play. Nicholas Fernandes’ cross into the box towards Uttam Rai was intercepted and brought down by Arnab Mondal. The loose ball, in turn, was laid down by Israil Gurung for Peter Omoduemuke who made a sharp run in towards the box. The Nigerian’s first-time shot went into the top right corner of the net as Churchill Brothers had scored their first goal of the season!That joy was shortlived as Katsumi Yusa started a counter-attack, feeding the ball to Willis Plaza who swivelled to find Laldanmawia Ralte beating his marker. The former Aizawl FC man equalised within a minute and few seconds, bringing up his third goal of the season.advertisementEast Bengal remained the dominant side throughout the first half and that was reflected well as they walked into the half-time break a goal ahead, scored by Willis Plaza in the injury time.The Trinidad and Tobago international was fed a dangerous cross from Katsumi Yusa from the left and despite Suraj Singh and Banpynkhrawnam Nongkhlaw marking him Plaza was able to get the header in, marking the end of his barren run in front of goal.Just on the stroke of the hour mark, the Goan side found the equalizer through Nicholas Fernandes. The former Sporting Goa player ran in from the left side as Prakash Sarkar was beaten for pace. He then lobbed the ball into the net with a beautiful left-footer which silenced the home crowd.That triggered the attacking substitutions of Mohammed Rafique and Charles De Souza into the Kingfisher East Bengal mix.James Kithan kept Churchill on the hunt by pulling off three brazen saves within a seven-minute period. All of Ralte, Plaza and Mahmoud Al Amna’s shots did not go past the Churchill custodian.It was only in the last minute of added time that Katsumi Yusa’s flag kick was helped into the goal with Willis Plaza rising the tallest who silenced his critics by scoring the winner, sending the home crowd back home happy.The Red and Golds now move into the third spot on the table with seven points and will play Chennai City away on December 22. Churchill Brothers are slated to play Chennai City three days prior and they are now rooted to the bottom of the table with no points yet.last_img read more

Wall Leads East All-Star Dunk Title

first_imgNEW ORLEANS –  John Wall soared over his own mascot as the East stomped on the West in the slam dunk contest at the NBA’s All-Star contest on Feb. 15.Wall’s sensational slam finished off a clean sweep for the Washington Wizards star and his Eastern Conference teammates, Indiana’s Paul George and Toronto’s Terrence Ross, in the contest’s new battle format.Answering Sacramento rookie Ben McLemore’s dunk in which he leaped over Shaquille O’Neal seated in a king’s throne, Wall took the ball from over the head of the Wizards mascot, brought it between his legs and slammed down a reverse dunk.“It was only my second time doing it. My first time was on Thursday,” Wall said. “So I just felt comfortable with myself and I knew it was a dunk that hasn’t been done before.”Judges Dominique Wilkins, Magic Johnson and Julius Erving all gave the victory to Wall in his matchup, after previously voting for George over Golden State’s Harrison Barnes, and defending champion Ross over Portland’s Damian Lillard.Earlier, San Antonio’s Marco Belinelli won the 3-point contest, and Lillard and Utah rookie Trey Burke won the skills challenge to give the Western Conference two victories on the night.Miami’s Chris Bosh, Wilkins and WNBA star Swin Cash won the night’s first event for the East, the shooting stars contest.The NBA tried to jazz up All-Star Saturday for its return to New Orleans, with a number of tweaks to the format.The biggest was in the dunk contest, which was broken into two parts. The first was the freestyle portion, where the teams had 90 seconds to execute as many dunks as they could, before the three 1-on-1 matchups in the battle format.McLemore came out wearing a king’s robe and was trailed by O’Neal, a new minority owner of the Sacramento Kings. McLemore made it over O’Neal’s throne on his second attempt, and the 15-time All-Star center presented him with a crown.Moments later, however, Wall was the real king.  “The slam dunk has returned,” said Erving, one of the NBA’s most famed dunkers.Belinelli needed to win a tiebreaker in the 3-point contest to beat the Wizards’ Bradley Beal.Beal had made his final six shots, including two “money balls” worth two points each, to tie Belinelli’s final-round score of 19. The Italian then racked up an event-high score of 24 for the win.“I was a little bit nervous at the beginning and I think that I shot like two airballs,” Belinelli said. “But in the end I was focused. I really cared about this trophy.”Lillard and Burke beat the Eastern Conference tandem of Michael Carter-Williams and Victor Oladipo in the skills challenge, which consisted of dribbling around obstacles, passing to targets, and hitting shots from medium and close range.Bosh, meanwhile, hit a half-court shot to give his team victory in the shooting stars contest that opened All-Star Saturday. Each team had to hit shots from 10 feet from a right-side angle, the top of the key, 3-point range and half court, with the best time winning.(BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Rays Settle Down, Beat Yanks, 4-2

first_imgST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Tampa Bay appeared to be headed for another loss to the New York Yankees when the first five batters reached against Rays starter Chris Archer.Archer, though, settled down and Rays fought back to get their second victory in eight games with the Yankees this season.Evan Longoria hit a tiebreaking sacrifice fly during a two-run eighth inning and the Rays rallied late to beat the Yankees 4-2 on Tuesday night.“The way the game started I don’t know if we saw an ending like that,” Rays Manager Kevin Cash said. “It’s a credit to Arch, keeping his cool, keeping us right there in the ballgame. Extremely impressive outing.”Archer gave up two runs and seven hits in seven innings. He retired 15 of 16 over his final five innings.The Yankees loaded the bases with no outs in the first, but scored just twice on consecutive RBI singles by Brian McCann and Carlos Beltran.“Honestly not thinking about the situation,” Archer said. “Just thinking about executing my pitches. I just stayed in the present moment and was able to work through that first.”Archer got key help from catcher Rene Rivera, who threw out both Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner attempting to steal second base during the second.Kevin Kiermaier drew a one-out walk in the eighth from Nathan Eovaldi (3-1) and went to third on Steven Souza Jr.’s single. Dellin Betances entered and gave up Longoria’s sac fly. Souza scored on Betances’ wild pitch to make it 4-2.“Dellin wasn’t fully rested, and I was trying to stay away from using him but we got in a situation where we needed a strikeout and that’s why I put him in,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.Tampa Bay tied it at 2 on David DeJesus’ two-run single in the seventh. Kevin Jepsen (1-2) pitched a scoreless eighth before Brad Boxberger got the final three outs for his ninth save.Eovaldi gave up four runs and six hits over 7 1-3 innings. Ellsbury went 2-for-3 against Archer, and has 12 hits in 18 at-bats off him.Alex Rodriguez went 0-for-3 with a walk. A-Rod still has reached base safely in 12 of 23 plate appearances this year in five road games against the Rays, with three homers, five RBIs and eight runs scored.The announced attendance was 10,417, which marks the second straight day that the turnout was the lowest for a Rays’ home game against the Yankees. The May 11 series opening crowd was 10,619.(MARK DIDTLER)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Yank Texeira HR’s Beat A’s, 5-4

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares NEW YORK — Jacoby Ellsbury’s return from the disabled list gives the Yankees a deeper lineup. Still, Manager Joe Girardi knows what really propels New York.All-Star slugger Mark Teixeira homered twice after Scott Kazmir left his start with triceps tightness, and CC Sabathia won for the first time in a month when the Yankees held off the Oakland Athletics 5-4 July 8.“That’s how we’re going to win games, by hitting the ball out of the ballpark,” Girardi said. “We’re designed to do that here.”Stephen Drew, who entered as a late-game defensive replacement in a 1-for-24 slump, homered off Fernando Abad in the eighth inning to give New York a 5-2 lead.Andrew Miller, just off the disabled list as well, nearly gave it all back in his first appearance since June 9, allowing a two-run shot in the ninth to Marcus Semien — a pitch Miller said he wanted to throw.Stephen Vogt reached second on third baseman Gregorio Petit’s two-out throwing error. But Petit charged Ben Zobrist’s soft grounder and fired a quick throw to first for the final out, with Teixeira making a tough stretch. That gave Miller his 18th save in 18 chances.“That was a heck of a play to finish the game. Especially after the play before, to be able to step up and do that is huge,” Miller said. “That was a heck of a play on his and Tex’s end.”Sabathia revealed he was pitching on eight days’ rest because he had his knee drained after the team returned home from Anaheim, California. He said it was part of the plan since having surgery that cut short his season last year, and he felt really good with the rest.Sabathia (4-8) recovered from two rocky innings to pitch into the sixth. He allowed two runs but struck out only one, the first time he fanned fewer than two since Aug. 7, 2013.Kazmir left after the third inning with a 2-1 lead, having yielded an unearned run, but Evan Scribner needed just four pitches to give up the edge. Teixeira led off the fourth with a long ball and then opened the sixth with another, his 22nd of the season. Scribner (2-2) has allowed 11 home runs, most among major league relievers.Kazmir thought his problem might’ve been caused by dehydration on a muggy evening.“That’s kind of what it felt like — just a little bit of tightness, maybe like cramping or something like that,” said Kazmir, who allowed two hits. “It definitely felt very minor and I wanted to go back out there and still pitch.”Dellin Betances bounced back with a perfect eighth after giving up a go-ahead homer to Brett Lawrie in the 10th inning of a July 8 loss. Betances slid back into the setup role with Miller’s return.“I wasn’t real worried,” Girardi said with a laugh.Jose Pirela had a tie-breaking sacrifice fly for the Yankees, who improved to 2-4 against Oakland this season.Girardi skipped Sabathia on July 5. The former ace had given up 10 runs and 14 hits over his previous two starts and had not won since June 7. The time off didn’t initially appear to have helped.The A’s made good contact against Sabathia in the first two innings, hitting sharp liners and scoring twice in the second on four hits.Josh Phegley and Mark Canha had one-out RBI singles in the second.Girardi got help up in the Yankees’ bullpen, but Sabathia recovered and didn’t yield another hit until the fifth. He was lifted with one out in the sixth following Jake Smolinski’s single. Called up July 8, it was the first hit for Smolinski with Oakland.“I think it was just command of both sides of the plate,” Sabathia said about what changed for him during the outing. “It feels good.”  Sabathia allowed seven hits and two walks in 5 1-3 innings.(HOWIE RUMBERG, AP Baseball Writer)last_img read more

Brazil Bike Lane Collapses, Killing 2

first_imgRIO DE JANEIRO— With the Olympic Games just months away, concerns about Rio de Janeiro’s preparedness were highlighted when part of an elevated bike lane built for the Olympic Games collapsed on Thursday, killing at least two people who were on it when cement gave way and crashed onto the beach below.An Associated Press photographer at the scene saw two dead bodies laid out on the beach. A fire official told the AP by phone that three people were affected by the accident but couldn’t immediately provide details on their status and it wasn’t clear if they included the two who died.It wasn’t immediately clear why the lane had collapsed.Ambulances were dispatched to the scene and helicopters hovered over the beach.Rio de Janeiro is hosting the Summer Games beginning in August and the bike lane was among the projects built in preparation. While no Olympic event will be held on the path, the collapse will likely add to worries about the country’s readiness to host the Games.The bike path runs several miles (kilometers) through southern parts of the city, connecting the tony beachfront neighborhoods of Leblon and Sao Conrado. It snakes along sheer cliffs tens of meters above the surface of the ocean.Since its January inauguration, the path has earned kudos for its spectacular views. But detractors complained it was dangerous, saying the narrowness of the path made cyclists prime targets for mugging. In the weeks after it was opened, local newspapers also featured photos of its speedy deterioration, showing missing handrails and rusting metal parts.Construction is under way to extend the bike path westward to the Barra da Tijuca neighborhood that is one of the Olympic hubs.The accident comes on the same day that a flame for South America’s first Olympics was lit in Greece, heralding the start of a 15-week journey that will culminate with the August 5 opening ceremony in Rio de Janeiro.FELIPE DANA, Associated PressRENATA BRITO, Associated PressJenny Barchfield and Steve Wade in Rio de Janeiro contributed to this report.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Cavs Sweep Raptors; 76ers Stave off Elimination

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James sent Toronto into summer vacation for the third straight season as the Cleveland Cavaliers completed a series sweep of the Raptors with a 128-93 win in Game 4 on Monday night to advance to the Eastern Conference finals.James finished with 29 points, 11 assists and spent some of the final 7:38 dancing near the bench during Cleveland’s 10th straight playoff win over Toronto, which changed its system, its roster and its approach but still can’t beat the game’s best player.Kevin Love added 23 points and J.R. Smith 15 for the Cavs, who can now rest while waiting for the Boston-Philadelphia semifinal series to end.Jonas Valanciunas scored 18 and Kyle Lowry had 10 assists to lead the exasperated Raptors. Toronto’s frustration hit its peak late in the third when All-Star DeMar DeRozan was ejected for a flagrant foul.76ERS 103, CELTICS 92PHILADELPHIA (AP) — T.J. McConnell turned a surprise start into the save of the season and Dario Saric scored 25 points to help the 76ers stave off elimination in a win over the Celtics in Game 4.Philadelphia 76ers’ T.J. McConnell (12) and Joel Embiid celebrate during the second half of Game 4 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series against the Boston Celtics, Monday, May 7, 2018, in Philadelphia. Philadelphia won 103-92. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)The Sixers still face daunting odds headed into Game 5 and trailing 3-1 in the Eastern Conference semifinals: No NBA team has ever won a series down 3-0.McConnell had a career-high 19 points, seven rebounds and five assists in only his second start of the season and meshed well in the backcourt with Ben Simmons. The crowd chanted “TJ! TJ!” each time he touched the ball in the fourth and proved why he has been so valuable even as bigger stars have sliced his playing time.He was just what coach Brett Brown needed in a must-win game.With NBA teams down 3-0 having lost all 129 series, the Sixers may need more than spirit to pull off this stunner.Jayson Tatum led the Celtics with 20 points and Marcus Morris had 17.last_img read more