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Murray, Pouille, Carla Suárez and Kerber, to the virtual Madrid Open

first_img“The Mutua Madrid Open Virtual Professional is a brand new problem for the gamers, and one thing that has by no means been executed earlier than,” Kerber mentioned in the group’s assertion. “It’s thrilling and a superb alternative to compete from residence in a brand new format. I’m wanting ahead to taking part!” He mentioned. Carla Suárez may even take pleasure in a chance during which she had introduced it could be her final yr on the circuit.“Being a part of the Mutua Madrid Open Virtual Professional is an honor. The event has at all times been progressive and it is a new instance. We’re experiencing an distinctive state of affairs and any approach of collaborating will at all times be welcome. These are difficult occasions for everybody, “mentioned the Canary Islands.” That is going to be a really thrilling problem, “acknowledged Lucas Pouille.” I’ve already began coaching as a result of I would like to win this event towards my fellow tennis gamers and I do know that some play loads. . Thanks to the Mutua Madrid Open for this nice initiative “The group will quickly reveal the remainder of the individuals, in addition to the totally different novelties of the competitors. Britain’s Andy Murray, Germany’s Angelique Kerber, France’s Lucas Pouille and Spain’s Carla Suárez are the first confirmed gamers for the Mutua Madrid Open Virtual Professional, which can be held from April 27 to 30. The announcement comes three days after speaking the group of this occasion that will occur on this virtual approach, during which the gamers would change the racket for the online game console, after the cancellation of the precise take a look at due to the COVID-19 pandemic.For Andy Murray, former world primary, champion in Madrid in 2008 and 2015, it represents an excellent alternative to soar into the fray, since he’s presently recovering from hip issues that he has been dragging for greater than two years and that haven’t allowed him to compete commonly on the circuit. One other former primary Angelique Kerber, winner of the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the US Open, and who just lately advocated the dispute of tournaments with out an viewers as a treatment for the return to the tracks, highlighted this problem.last_img read more

Filipinos make mark in under-12 baseball tournament in US

first_imgReport: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names LATEST STORIES The Philippines’ under-12 baseball team nearly won it all in the Cal Ripken Blue Crab tournament in Aberdeen, Maryland, USA.The Philippine Pioneers entered the finals undefeated but just couldn’t muster enough strength as they bowed to the Chardon Eagles in the extra 7th inning, 11-10.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding PSL: UP, Foton meet for 7th place The young Filipinos, most of whom hail from Batangas, finished the week-long tournament as the second-best team out of 24, edging American and Canadian squads.The Pioneers dominated their first five games before running into the Eagles in a game that could’ve gone either way.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Before their duel with the Eagles, the Pioneers beat the New England Rebels, 6-2, and the Flemington Red Devils, 10-5, in back-to-back fashion. View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWscenter_img Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial beginslast_img read more

Sugar dispute another manifestation of the Administration’s misadventure in sugar

first_imgDear Editor,The GAWU has seen, in several sections of the media, reports regarding the status of the $30 billion bond that was secured by the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) to recapitalise the estates under the stewardship of the Guyana Sugar Corporation Inc (GuySuCo).The bond had come into being after the seemingly clandestine transfer of the Corporation’s shares, among other things, to the Government’s holding company.The March 29, 2018 Stabroek News reported that the Special Purpose Unit (SPU) of NICIL, which apparently was instrumental in the bond’s birthing, said it would “…provide a much-needed capital injection, support infrastructure maintenance… and develop new co-generation capacity to support estate operations and sell to the national power grid”.Our Union, as a concerned stakeholder, after learning about the bond through media reports, sought an audience with NICIL-SPU and the GuySuCo regarding its plans for the large sum it was intent at that time to borrow. At an April 19, 2018 meeting with officials of the sugar corporation and the SPU, the GAWU learnt that monies were earmarked towards improving cane production and productivity, as well as enhancing factory operations. Sums, we were told too, were identified for ventures into electricity generation and plantation white sugar.The GAWU, at that time, while welcoming the ideas, did express concern that it appeared there was no firm plan to guide how the monies that would be secured would finally be spent. To that end, we urged NICIL-SPU and the GuySuCo to collaborate on working out the finer details of that plan. We even went as far as offering views to allow for a more rounded and well-thought-out road map.Notwithstanding what we felt was a valuable suggestion, the bodies charged with managing the affairs of the sugar industry have apparently not worked out a proper and workable plan. That suggestion, we must add, the GAWU has reiterated on many occasions.We should not fail to add that Finance Minister Winston Jordan, responding to questions posed to him in Parliament by the Opposition, did say that a plan was worked out. We, sadly, have to say that we take the Minister’s utterances with a pinch of salt; as, if such a plan does really exist, it must be the most closely-guarded secret in the history of Guyana.Moreover, had such a plan really been a reality, the lamentations by NICIL’s Head (ag), Mr Colvin Heath-London, and the responses by the Corporation’s CEO, Dr Harold Davis Jr, we believe would not have been heard. Undoubtedly, the plan, among other things, would have clearly set out the parameters for disbursements and accountability.Rather than ironing out these matters very early on, we see the apparent chasms rising to the surface, and complaints and disagreements between NICIL-SPU and GuySuCo appearing ever so often.Also of concern to us is that, so far, though roughly a quarter of the bond has been disbursed, no tangible progress has been seen. We recall that the Leader of the Opposition, Bharrat Jagdeo, had previously expressed concern about the lag between implementation and securing of the funds, and the heavy interest costs that would have to be borne in the intervening period.From all appearances, the Opposition Leader was right; as NICIL, according to the media, will channel to the bondholders several hundred million dollars in interest, while the specific capital which was to work to secure the industry’s viability, it seems, appears nowhere on the horizon.Concerns, we see too, were expressed by NICIL regarding the probability of default. This is something that is not in our interest, especially considering that the bond has essentially mortgaged the assets of the Guyanese people. For current and future generations of Guyanese, this would be an unwelcome disaster.The entire imbroglio that is unfolding we see as yet another manifestation of the Administration’s misadventure and undoubted poor policy making regarding the sugar industry; which will further negatively impact national interests. As we well know, the Government’s action and/or inaction regarding the industry has been one of the more difficult times of our nation’s recent history. It is a period which has seen the largest retrenchment exercise in Guyana’s history, and a period that has brought about tremendous hardship and grave difficulty for thousands of Guyanese people of varying walks of life.Yours faithfully,Seepaul NarineGeneral SecretaryGAWUlast_img read more

Leader of the Pac

first_imgArron Afflalo joined elite UCLA company Monday when he became the fifth Bruin to be named the Pac-10 Conference’s player of the year, which is voted upon by the league’s coaches. Not only does Afflalo lead UCLA in scoring at 17.2 points per game, including 17.3 per game in Pac-10 play, but he’s widely considered the best perimeter defender in the conference. He led the fourth-ranked Bruins (26-4, 15-3 Pac-10) to a second consecutive league title. “I’m just really happy for and proud of Arron,” UCLA coach Ben Howland said. “He’s had an unbelievable year, and to me, the No. 1 thing that the player of the year does is make his team. The thing that makes Arron special is he plays both ends of the floor with equal commitment, and he’s a great, great competitor. And winning comes first.” Afflalo scored in double figures the last 29 games, led UCLA in scoring 17 times this season and is the Pac-10’s active leading scorer with 1,447 points. Four times Afflalo scored more than 25 points, and arguably his most impressive performance came in a 62-46 win at California on Jan. 26. Afflalo scored 25 points and also held Bears guard Ayinde Ubaka scoreless. “I like to be defined as a player who, when put in any situation, I can flourish,” Afflalo said. “I liked to be called upon for any of my abilities, whether it’s scoring or passing, and even though my rebound numbers are down, for them to know I can rebound. I guess that’s what this award shows appreciation for.” Afflalo joins Marques Johnson (1977), David Greenwood (1978, 79), Kenny Fields (1983) and Ed O’Bannon (1995) as Bruins to be named Pac-10 player of the year. “It means a lot to me to be one of the select few in UCLA history to be honored with this award,” Afflalo said. “I respect all the other players. There are many others who are well deserving, including (Oregon’s) Aaron Brooks and (USC’s) Nick Young, and a few others. I believe this award is predicated off of my team winning, so I have to give a lot of appreciation to my teammates.” Bruins point guard Darren Collison and USC’s Young also were named to the first team. Collison averaged 12.4 points and six assists per game. Young shot 53.5 percent from the field and led USC (21-10, 11-7) in scoring at 17.5 points per game. UCLA forwards Josh Shipp and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, and USC guards Gabe Pruitt and Lodrick Stewart were honorable-mention selections. Trojans center Taj Gibson was named to the all-freshman team. Washington State’s Tony Bennett was named coach of the year and Arizona’s Chase Budinger was named freshman of the year. Howland said reserve center/power forward Alfred Aboya, who missed Saturday’s loss at Washington, had his left knee examined and is expected to play Thursday in the opening round of the Pac-10 tournament. (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img “Deep down inside I’m excited. I put in a lot of work, and it’s great recognition,” Afflalo said during a conference call. “On the flip side, I’m still very concerned about our team’s state right now, and where we’re going as a team. All the individual awards are great, but if it doesn’t translate into team success, it really doesn’t mean anything. With that said, it could mean so much more if we continue to win.” Afflalo, a 6-foot-5 junior guard, was an All-Pac-10 selection last season. last_img read more

Judge to decide on Blaylock trial

first_imgCorrectional Officer Carlos Castro testified Monday that Blaylock made threats about stabbing guards the night before the attack. Castro said he was collecting mail from inmates at the time. He said Blaylock tried to send a package to a media outlet as legal mail so it could not be searched by prison staff. Castro said he refused to accept the package as legal mail, prompting Blaylock to shout a comment about stabbing someone. “To me, it was threatening,” Castro testified. Castro said he passed word of the threat to the guards who came on the next shift. The final officer to testify, Jaime Loera, was on duty with Gonzalez at the time of the stabbing. He testified he was unaware of the threat from the night before, but was nonetheless apprehensive about allowing Blaylock out of his cell because of previous problems with the inmate. He said he didn’t see the altercation with Gonzalez, but did respond to the alarm call seconds afterward. He said he saw Blaylock running around the jail floor holding what looked like a knife. “He just had it in his hand, and he kept pacing back and forth,” Loera said. Blaylock is charged with murder and assault by a life prisoner. A conviction on either count could bring him the death penalty. Testimony in the preliminary hearing will resume today. At the end of the hearing, Judge Ingrid Uhler will decide whether prosecutors have sufficient evidence to take Blaylock to trial. (909) 483-9325.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! He said Gonzalez stumbled away after the attack while Blaylock shouted incoherently. “He was just yelling,” Marin testified. “He was making some statements I couldn’t understand.” Gonzalez, a 43-year-old father of three from Whittier, became the first on-duty officer to be killed at a California state prison in about 20 years. Blaylock, 37, was at the prison serving a life sentence for attempted murder of a peace officer. Investigators say Gonzalez was working with Blaylock outside his cell in attempt to quell racial tensions when the inmate assaulted him. RANCHO CUCAMONGA – A judge is expected to rule today on whether an inmate will stand trial on charges he stabbed a Chino prison guard to death more than two years ago. Jon Christopher Blaylock could get the death penalty if convicted of assaulting and killing Correctional Officer Manuel Gonzalez of Whittier. Blaylock’s preliminary hearing opened in West Valley Superior Court on Monday with testimony from three of Gonzalez’s fellow correctional officers, two of whom were on duty with him at the California Institution for Men when he was killed Jan. 10, 2005. Officer Lorenzo Marin testified he saw Blaylock attack Gonzalez from behind and strike him about five times around the rib cage at the bottom of a stairwell inside the prison’s Sycamore Hall housing unit. last_img read more

Embrace a rain-free weekend

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Take your dog to the beach at Leo Carrillo State Park in Malibu. You can walk Fido along the shore – then spend the rest of the day picking out the wet sand caked in his paws. Head to the Los Angeles Zoo. Watch the primates dry out in the sun. Get some culture. Visit the North Hollywood Arts District – one square mile of small theaters, art galleries and restaurants. Let the kids air out at Six Flags Magic Mountain – or have them stay home and clean out the rain gutters while you go. Get out in nature. Go play in the Santa Monica Mountains. But don’t think of walking back in the house with those muddy shoes on. Take a load off. Universal CityWalk is the perfect Saturday night destination for food, drinks and live entertainment. Act like a tourist before the real tourists get here for spring break. Strap on a fanny pack, put your pale legs on display in a comfortable pair of denim shorts and do the un-cool stuff you’ve secretly always wanted to do. Star map, anyone? Spend a night at the orchestra. The San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra will perform at 8 tonight at the Pierce College Performing Arts Theatre. Go to for ticket information. Buy some art – or just look at it. Today is the last day to view and purchase artwork from 70 of the nation’s leading contemporary artists at the Autry National Center’s Masters of the American West fine art exhibition and sale at the Museum of the American West. Spend all weekend scouring Costco for the perfect cheese dip for your very own Oscar party. If the guests don’t like the dip, it’s never too late to begin work on your Truman Capote cheese sculpture. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The 3 to 4 inches of rain that kept Los Angeles in captivity for days made its exit just in time for Oscar weekend, which proves Mother Nature knows there’s nothing scarier than watching makeup melt off wet celebrities parading down the red carpet. While the A-list crowd will be relieved to know they won’t have to match rubber galoshes with their evening gowns, those of us whose award-show tickets were lost in the mail should also take advantage of the dry weather, because it’s probably not going to last long. While the region will experience partly sunny skies with highs in mid-60s to low 70s through Sunday afternoon, the National Weather Service is reporting a 40 percent to 50 percent chance of rain to set in again Sunday night, with showers falling intermittently throughout the week. So get out while you still can. Here’s 10 ideas to get you out of the house this weekend: last_img read more


first_imgA group of talented and creative transition year students from Deele College Raphoe are seeking your support to ensure they get enough votes ahead of JUNK KOUTURE grand final next weekend. The event is sponsored by the Bank of Ireland and the students popped into the local branch in Ballybofey to showcase their superb range of costumes.All of the outfits are made from recyclable material, including croched binliners, curtains, kindlin mesh bags and many more natural fibres. So far Deele College have made it through TWO qualifiers that ensured their passage to the JUNK KOUTURE final at 3 Arena.Emma McCarron from Bank of Ireland said, “They are really looking for all the support they can get and your votes will help them.“The voting closes tomorrow, so dont hesitate to cast your vote.“The hard work, dedication, creativity and commitment can be seen in their finished product and it would be fantastic if they get rewarded with a prize. “A huge congratulations is already due to the teams involved in the creation of these masterpieces, versace watch out!X-Factor judge Louis Walsh will be one of the star judges at the glitzy event next week and will be joined by TV star and DJ Vogue Williams.Louis Walsh will present the main a prize and new boy group HOMETOWN will also be performing.Please vote for Deele College – #uptownjunk and #vintagepearlDEELE COLLEGE JUNK KOUTURE TEAM ‘BANKING’ ON YOUR SUPPORT AHEAD OF GRAND FINAL was last modified: April 17th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Bank of Irelanddeele collegeFeaturesGrand FinalJunk Kouturenewsvotinglast_img read more

Arsenal’s new look for next season – quality 3-4-3 we could see in north London

first_img 11 11 11 With Arsene Wenger’s contract out of the way, Arsenal’s attention is on the summer transfer window.The north London outfit confirmed their first signing as Sead Kolasinac, who will join on a free from Schalke, officially, on July 1.His arrival has excited many, but more are likely to follow him to the Emirates.There are rumours that talks are taking place with a Ligue 1 striker, so how might the Gunners team look next season with a handful of new faces set to join?Scroll through the gallery above to check out a possible Arsenal line-up for the 2017/18 campaign. 2. Centre back: Rob Holding – Holding was a revelation for Arsenal last season, far exceeding any expectations that may have been set for him upon his £2m move from Bolton Wanderers. He was considered an investment for the future, but injuries forced his instant inclusion in the first team and he played with an admirable maturity. With Wenger switching to a back three in the final weeks of the campaign, he might have earned himself a place in the starting line-up. 11 3. Centre back: Shkodran Mustafi – Arsenal desperately needed to sign a centre back last summer and Mustafi, for the most part, hasn’t disappointed. He’s taken on an authoritative role at the back and still only 25, will continue to develop in the Premier League. 11 10. Attacking midfield: Alexis Sanchez – Sanchez carried Arsenal for most of last season, finishing as the club’s top scorer by 12 goals. He scored 24 and assisted 10, so it’s little surprise reports suggest he’s unhappy by a lack of direction at the Emirates. He’s the main man for the club and they simply have to get him to agree to a contract extension, fast. 11. Centre forward: Alexandre Lacazette – Lacazette was heavily linked with a move to Arsenal last summer but, rather predictably, no transfer materialised. This window could be different, though. It’s obvious the Gunners need to strengthen up top and The Sun report that Wenger and chief executive Ivan Gazidis met with Lyon president Jean-Michael Aulas earlier this week to negotiate a fee for the France striker, who scored 28 in 30 Ligue 1 appearances. 11 8. Left wing-back: Sead Kolasinac – Arsenal announced the signing of Kolasinac this week, on a free transfer from Schalke, and there is plenty of optimism over his role in the team next season. Wenger needed to freshen up the left flank and he could excel in a wing-back position. The 23-year-old scored three and assisted five in the Bundesliga, while averaging 2.8 tackles and 3.2 interceptions per game. 4. Centre back: Laurent Koscielny – It was a somewhat frustrating campaign for Koscielny, who didn’t have the influence on Arsenal that was expected of him alongside Mustafi. Injuries and suspensions saw the Frenchman miss out on key games and he’ll be hoping to make amends next term. 11 7. Centre midfield: Granit Xhaka – Xhaka made a promising start to life at the Emirates, but things quickly took a turn, with his discipline a major concern. He hugely improved in the final few weeks of the season, though, and while some might view his debut year with Arsenal a failure, it would be foolish to write him off so soon. 5. Right wing-back: Hector Bellerin – Poor form saw Bellerin demoted to the bench in the second half of the season and he’s had to earn his place back in the starting line-up. His attitude, though, has been praised. At the end of May, in an interview with the Daily Mail, the Spaniard said: ‘I understand the fans in that situation. They need to pour their anger on me. Fair play.’ He added: ‘I need to man up and deal with it.’ He should return to top form next term. 11 6. Centre midfield: Aaron Ramsey – Ramsey is still yet to fully convince Gooners of his role in the team. He often players in various different positions throughout the season, but Wenger’s trust in him playing in central midfield has grown. With Francis Coquelin underperforming, Mohamed Elneny not trusted as a regular starter and it unknown when Santi Cazorla might return, he could be the player to partner Xhaka. He’ll want to improve his goal threat next term. 11 9. Attacking midfield: Mesut Ozil – It wasn’t the best of seasons from Ozil. The Germany international seemed to shy away from the pressure and suffered heavy criticism for his form. Despite this, he still contributed to 17 goals – scoring eight and assisting nine. He’s a key player and it is a concern that he could leave on a free next summer. 1. Goalkeeper: Petr Cech – check out the full Arsenal line-up by clicking the arrow above, right – Cech is coming to the end of his career, but for now, he is firmly the first choice goalkeeper for Arsenal. He started 35 of the Gunners’ 38 league games last season and will remain a regular next term. David Ospina may be getting restless at playing backup, however. 11 11last_img read more

Google Combines Free Storage On Gmail, Google+ & Drive: 15GB Total

first_imgRelated Posts Google announced Monday that it has combined its free storage options across multiple apps, making it easier to manage how much space you’re using in Google Drive, Gmail, and Google+. Previously users had to separately track the 10GB of free space allotted for Gmail and the 5GB of free space allotted for Drive. Now, they have 15GB of unified space to use among all the Google apps, and any additional storage they purchase can be used wherever it is most needed. To put these changes in perspective, Google offered a clear example: Maybe you’re a heavy Gmail user but light on photos, or perhaps you were bumping up against your Drive storage limit but were only using 2 GB in Gmail. Now it doesn’t matter, because you can use your storage the way you want.Check out a screenshot of the new storage management tool and soon-to-come storage option changes below:  Tags:#gmail#Google#Google Apps#google drive#now#storage Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for …center_img How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud readwrite Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo…last_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

In the way of #1 – Alabama

first_imgThey round out the season by going to Starkville, hosting Georgia State, and going on the plains to Auburn for some 2010 revenge. Oh, and then the SEC title if they make it.I think if you gave me the Bama OL, defense, special teams, and Trent Richardson, I could probably grab Nolo, Q, Amilian, and a few of my Twitter followers and we could beat Georgia State by at least 21.This schedule actually sets up nicely for them, especially getting LSU and Arkansas at home. If I’m a Bama fan I’m worried about these games in this order: 1. Mississippi State 2. LSU 3. Penn State 4. Florida 5. Auburn. And as an OSU supporter I have no problem rooting for any of those five teams. Well…four of them anyway.I know it sounds crazy to top that list off with MSU but Dan Mullen is the real deal and they went 5-2 at home last year and only lost 17-14 to the champs. Of course we’re also talking about a coach in Nick Saban who may or may not need a conscious human being at quarterback for his team to win it all so it might not matter how rowdy Starkville gets. How worried I am:         (out of 10)If you haven’t checked out our other series on the 20 most important people to a 2011 national title you can do so here. If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Photo Attribution: Icon SMIWelcome to a new series on what must take place for Oklahoma State to reach #1 in the polls this year. Who must win in order for the Cowboys to sit atop the college football world? Here’s your full fan’s guide to who OSU fans should be rooting for this season. We’ve looked at Texas A&M, Boise St.,Stanford, Florida St., LSU, and Oregon so far and now we’re going to the deep south to have a gander at what Nick Saban has in store for this year. Bama starts its first sacrificial ceremony early next Saturday (11:21 AM kick is not even close to enough time for the Roll Tide faithful to get enough Pappy Van Winkle in them) against Kent State.Then they head up to State College, PA to try and bookend the 24-3 whupping they put on JoPa last September. You know what, props to Bama for going out of state (and out of region) to play a powerhouse like Penn St. Of course that whiteout might turn a little brown once the Nittany Lions see this in person. I mean he seriously looks like somebody jammed Zach Randolph into Kendall Hunter’s body.Back home for North Texas (hide the children) and Arkansas to Gainseville then home for Vandy. That’s followed up by a salty stretch that includes at Ole Miss and home for Tennessee and LSU. I always enjoy the Les Miles Nick Saban obligatory “I hate that 40 million people are watching us touch each other right now” postgame handshake. Yay!last_img read more

10 College Football Rivalries That Actually Suck

first_imgUrban Meyer talking to Jim Harbaugh after the Ohio State, Michigan gameANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 25: Urban Meyer head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes and Jim Harbaugh head coach of the Michigan Wolverines shake hands after the game. Ohio State won 31 to 20 on November 25, 2017 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)The popularity of college football is built on its rivalries. Fan bases – right or wrong – often judge an entire season based on how their favorite team performs in its rivalry contests. Just ask Alabama fans – in a season that they won the national title last year, many are still incredibly upset that the team lost to in-state rival Auburn.The sport features a number of huge rivalries – but the games themselves don’t always deliver. In fact, there are a number of rivalries that have started to get stale.Some rivalries don’t have great fan support anymore. Some have become lopsided based on team quality. Others could be great, but haven’t been because the two teams haven’t been good at the same time.Let’s take a look at 10 major rivalry games that actually suck – at least in recent history.10. Virginia Tech vs. Virginia (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Virginia and Virginia Tech have played 99 times, and while the series record isn’t incredibly lopsided (57-37-5 in favor of the Hokies) its recent history has been awful. Virginia hasn’t beaten its in-state rival since 2003.For those counting, that’s 14 straight victories for Virginia Tech. Not every game has been a blowout, but it’s fair to say that most fans, heading into the game, assume that the Hokies will win.It doesn’t help that Virginia Tech is no longer considered a national power either. As such, fans are left with a predictable outcome in a game that doesn’t really shape the national landscape.9. Stanford vs. California (Photo by Stephen Lam/Getty Images)The Big Game, as its called, hasn’t really been a big deal for a while. Why? Because Cal has become somewhat of a second-rate program in the Pac-12. Stanford has actually won the last eight matchups between the two.From 2002-2009, Cal won seven of the eight contests. Before that, from 1995-2001, Stanford won all seven.The bottom line? The two programs haven’t been good at the same time in a long time. That makes for a crappy rivalry series – even if fans still remember it as one of the best in college football.8. Georgia vs. Georgia Tech (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)If you asked the average football fan about the rivalry between Georgia and Georgia Tech, most would assume that the Bulldogs have owned the Yellow Jackets since the beginning of time. That’s because since 2001, Georgia has a 14-3 record against its in-state rival. It’s all that most people remember.In reality, this was once a great series. The Bulldogs do lead it overall, but it isn’t as lopsided (66-41-5) as many would believe.Georgia is a full-on behemoth of a college football program. Georgia Tech, while somewhat successful, is not. It’s hard to have a great rivalry when one program is head and shoulders above the other when it comes to fan support, too.7. Florida vs. Florida State (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)Some may question why this one is on here, considering both programs have won national titles in the 21st century. The answer? Timing.Florida and Florida State has essentially taken turns being nationally relevant over the past dozen years. From 2004-2009, Florida won every matchup between these two – with the Gators winning two national titles in that time span.But since 2010, it has been all Florida State. The Seminoles are 7-1 against their main in-state rival in that span – adding a national title of their own. So yes, these programs are significant. But they haven’t been great at the same time since the 1990s-early 2000s.6. Florida vs. Tennessee (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Tennessee fans probably won’t be thrilled with where this list heads. Their first appearance comes in their rivalry series against the Florida Gators.Here’s a crazy stat – Tennessee won 13 of the first 15 matchups between the two schools. But Florida owns the overall record, 27-20. That means that the Gators have dominated the Vols in recent history.In fact, since 2005, Florida owns a 12-1 record against Tennessee. It’s a depressing set of numbers that Tennessee fans are very aware of.5. Oregon vs. Oregon State Oregon's cheerleaders during the Fiesta Bowl.(Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)The Civil War was one of the more entertaining college football rivalry games in the late 1990s and early 2000s. But when Oregon became a national power in the late 2000s, it got ugly. Between 2008 and 2015, the Ducks won every matchup between the two.Oregon State snuck in a win during a down season for Oregon in 2016, but last year, the Ducks won 69-10.Oregon State is a struggling program right now. Oregon isn’t a title contender anymore. This game certainly isn’t what it once was.4. Ohio State vs. Michigan (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Yes, Michigan leads the all-time series between these two schools. Still, this game is on this list because of Ohio State’s dominance.Yes, Michigan gave Ohio State all it could handle in 2016. Yes, the Wolverines almost stole a win in 2013 but lost on a failed two-point conversion. But it’s fair to say that this rivalry has fallen off. Michigan has beaten Ohio State just once since 2004. In that time span, Ohio State has been a national power. Michigan has not.Jim Harbaugh will have Shea Patterson under center this year, so maybe the Wolverines can get this game off the list.3. Oklahoma vs. Oklahoma State (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)The casual college football fan hears “Bedlam” and likely assumes that Oklahoma and Oklahoma State have been competitive over the years. Nope.Oklahoma owns an 87-18-7 record against Oklahoma State. The Cowboys have been more competitive in recent years, but the Sooners have still been better. Since 2003, Oklahoma has beaten its main in-state rival all but twice. The games are often shootouts, but far more often than not, they end in Oklahoma’s favor.2. Wisconsin vs. Minnesota Madison's players celebrate a win over Minnesota.(Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)Wisconsin has won the last 14 games between these two – meaning Paul Bunyan’s Axe hasn’t switched locker rooms in a very long time. The Badgers actually just took the series lead, too – 60-59-8. Minnesota once owned this rivalry.Unfortunately, on top of just the recent record, the games haven’t been close. Only four of the 14 straight losses came by one score or less.Plus, while Wisconsin has been relevant on a national level, Minnesota has not. This one will probably get worse before it gets better.1. Alabama vs. Tennessee A fan holds up a sign for head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide during the game against the Tennessee Volunteers.(Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)The Third Saturday in October has not been very entertaining in recent years. From 1995-2006, Tennessee owned a 10-2 record against its cross-division rival. Since 2007, it’s been the exact opposite. Alabama, under Nick Saban, has not lost to the Vols.The games have been rough, too. Aside from a 12-10 affair in 2009 and a 19-14 game in 2015, Alabama has dominated its rival. Blowouts, as you’d imagine, are an easy way to wind up on top of this list.Tennessee has a new head coach in Jeremy Pruitt, but as long as Saban stays in Alabama, it’s hard to see this series getting any more competitive.last_img read more

Top Gear returns Dec. 27th with controversial Patagonia Special

first_img A Beginner’s Guide to Road Biking Best Weekend Sales on Menswear and Gear: Huckberry, Allen Edmonds, J. Crew, and More An Introduction to the Fine Sport of Bouldering The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now The Best Labor Day Deals on Outdoor Gear from REI, Backcountry, and More Editors’ Recommendations If you’re anything like me and you consider the Top Gear boys, Jezza, Captain Slow, and Hamster, your close, personal friends, I have good news; your besties are back … well, at least, they will be on December 27th.That’s right; Top Gear will finally return to the airwaves with its controversial Patagonia Special, which has been teased in the 20-second video below.And just why is the special so controversial? Good question.Well, it all stems from the license plate show leader Jeremy Clarkson chose for his Porsche, which read, “H982 FKL.” Hyper-vigilant Argentinians took this as an reference (an offensive one) to Argentina’s 1982 invasion of the British-controlled Falkland Islands. After only 10 weeks, Argentina surrendered to the Brits, returning the islands to them. So, as you might imagine, Argentinians didn’t take too kindly to the reference to the loss — even if it did occur over three decades ago.Accordingly, the Top Gear team was run out of the country before filming concluded.Keeping with the ‘if you’re like me’ motif, you should be quite eager indeed to see how the episode concludes. Oh, and seeing the automotive antics in the middle, which include May’s Lotus getting stuck in the mud,  Hammond’s Peugeot-badged Mustang pushing a carcass, and Clarkson’s Porsche driving very squirrely on some ice.The first half of the special airs on December 27th at 8:30PM on BBC2, and the conclusion airs the following day at 8:00PM.If you’d like to catch up on the rest of the Top Gear escapades, check out my list of the Top 10 Best Top Gear Episodes on Digital Trends.last_img read more

Commission on Inclusive Education Named

first_img Dr. Sarah Shea, independent chair, co-appointed by government and the Nova Scotia Teachers Union Monica Williams, appointed by government Adela Njie, appointed by the Nova Scotia Teachers Union Ms. Williams and Ms. Njie will begin their work immediately. Dr. Shea will join the commission by June 1. “The work of this commission, along with the Council to Improve Classroom Conditions, is the direct result of what we have heard from teachers and parents – that changes are needed,” said Ms. Casey. “This is another example of our commitment to work with teachers and other experts to improve classrooms. We must ensure the right supports are in place for all students in our classrooms. This expert panel will examine our current approach and compare it to best practices elsewhere.” The commission will examine the model of inclusion for students. It will review current practice and policy and develop a plan that will include recommendations on improvements and goals. The recommendations will address funding, resources, professional development, and improving teaching and learning conditions. It will engage front-line teachers, parents, students, and associations, and review best practices across Canada. The commission will issue an interim report by June 30 with a final report within one year of its appointment. Three experts who will examine the model of inclusive education in Nova Scotia have been chosen for the Commission on Inclusive Education. Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Karen Casey announced the commission members today, March 24. They are:last_img read more

OBC conducts performance review of its branches invites ideas on future strategy

New Delhi: The first stage of the bottom-up consultative process designed to generate ideas and to review performance of branches and their alignment with national priorities, was conducted at the Circle Office, Delhi- North & West of Oriental Bank of Commerce on August 17-18, 2019, which was guided by Mukesh Jain-Chairman & Managing Director of the Bank. This was the first of its kind consultation wherein the branches themselves were asked to review their performance, deliberate on the issue before the banking sector, and ideate on future strategy and the way forward. The meet focused on the ways and means to increase credit to various sectors of the economy, enhance use of technology to bring about innovation and enable big data analytic, and make banking citizen-centric as well as more responsive to the needs and aspirations of senior citizens, farmers, small industrialists, entrepreneurs, youth, students and women. read more

Stand Up To Cancer Announces Digital Live Show Leading Into 2018 Telecast

first_imgToday, Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), a division of the Entertainment Industry Foundation, announced “It’s #Up2Us: Stand Up To Cancer | The Digital Live Show,” a one-hour standalone digital event that will stream on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica at 7:00 PM ET / 4:00 PM PT on Friday Sept. 7, leading into the 2018 televised roadblock special, which airs live from 8:00–9:00 PM ET/PT / 7:00 PM CT.In an effort to empower a new generation to Stand Up To Cancer, this first-of-its-kind show will stream on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube in a proactive initiative in the fight against cancer. Additionally, the show will be featured across iHeartMedia’s multiple social platforms. It’s #Up2Us: Stand Up To Cancer | The Digital Live Show will be co-hosted by Max Greenfield, Tyler Posey, and Brenda Song, and feature influencers and stars from digital, TV, film, and music. Rhett + Link, Uzo Aduba, Beth Behrs, Paris Berelc, Katie Couric, Hannah Hart, Olivia Holt, Ken Jeong, Liza Koshy, My Nguyen, Teni Panosian, Candice Patton, Andrea Russett, iHeartRadio’s JoJo Wright, Mackenzie Ziegler and Maddie Ziegler, and more will participate in this memorable event. Additional stars and performers will be announced in the coming days.“This is a cause that is personal to me and I’m honored to continue working with Stand Up To Cancer. I’m excited to be involved in the It’s #Up2Us: Stand Up To Cancer | Digital Live Show,” said co-host Max Greenfield. “I’m passionate about encouraging the younger generation to lean into the conversation around cancer and become active voices and early champions in this important cause.”Said Tyler Posey: “I am so honored to co-host Stand Up To Cancer’s Digital Live Show this year. The mission of SU2C is one that sits close to my heart, having lost my beautiful mother to breast cancer in 2014. It was devastating for my family… she was the glue that held us all together. But we had an incredible support system around us. With this digital show, I hope that we reach my contemporaries to raise awareness for this dreadful disease…because we are stronger if we stand together.”“I’m grateful to be a part of this memorable night with Stand Up To Cancer once again,” said co-host Brenda Song. “Unfortunately, too many of us have been affected by this disease. We lost my grandfather to nasopharyngeal cancer in 2015 and my mother is a three-time breast cancer survivor. As someone who has been through these challenges, I learned that knowledge is power in the fight; asking doctors questions and immersing myself in the research helped me and my family cope. With this digital show, I am pleased to tell my story and listen to others’ journeys.”Fans can access the live stream on Facebook and Twitter via @SU2C and on YouTube at on computers, tablets and mobile devices. The stream on Twitter will be accompanied by a Twitter timeline, featuring related real-time conversation to create a unified experience for viewers to watch, Tweet and view commentary about The Digital Live Show. Additionally, several weeks leading up to the broadcast event, iHeartMedia will launch an on-air and online campaign across its more than 850 radio stations and websites and on, designed to build awareness and funding for cancer research and drive tune-in to SU2C.The Digital Live Show will further amplify the 2018 telecast and highlight Stand Up To Cancer’s 10 years of impact, underscoring the measurable progress the organization has made in cancer research during its first decade. Leveraging the star-studded and inspirational atmosphere of the telecast, The Digital Live Show aims to rally the next generation of supporters around themes of hope, courage and strength. With the inspiring message that it is #Up2Us to Stand Up To Cancer, this far-reaching digital effort aspires to continue pushing innovation forward in life-saving cancer research and treatments. The Digital Live Show is being produced by Telescope, a specialist in live content creation and audience engagement technology for new digital platforms.“We want everyone to be part of Stand Up’s effort to end cancer as we know it,” said SU2C Co-Founder Katie Couric. “And this year, we’re expanding Stand Up To Cancer’s reach with our first-ever digital live show. We’re enlisting users of popular social media platforms—Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube—for a conversation about something that, in one way or another, touches everyone. Every day, doctors and researchers are getting closer to beating this insidious disease, but they can’t do it alone. They need help from all of us, and we can start by connecting through the SU2C Digital Live Show. When we all stand together, cancer doesn’t stand a chance.”The hour-long Digital Live Show will feature cancer survivors, influencers and celebrities, and offer viewers exclusive access to the SU2C red carpet and backstage in advance of the televised “roadblock” special. The Digital Live Show will stream live simultaneously across SU2C’s Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube pages, with complementary content and live stories posting on Instagram. The world’s leading social platforms join the more than 65 broadcast and cable networks and streaming platforms across US and Canada that will present the live telecast.“Stand Up To Cancer is built on the belief that collaboration among teams of researchers is the most effective approach in the fight against cancer,” said SU2C Co-Founder Sue Schwartz. “Collaboration is also a great way to build grassroots support, which is why we are so grateful to partner with Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, as well as iHeartMedia, to raise awareness and funds in connection with our 2018 telecast. Our theme this year focuses on the incredible progress we’ve made over the past decade and celebrates the innovative treatments that are saving lives now. With the help of these powerful platforms, we are excited to rally a worldwide audience and give new hope to millions of cancer patients.”This year commemorates Stand Up To Cancer’s ten years of making an impact in catalyzing groundbreaking research to fight the disease. SU2C’s collaborative research model emphasizes teamwork and data sharing among the world’s foremost doctors and scientists, and has contributed to FDA approval of five new cancer therapies. In the past decade, more than 1,500 SU2C-funded researchers from over 180 institutions have conducted over 180 clinical trials involving more than 12,000 patients.“One of the most exciting and revolutionary things SU2C has done over the past decade is to creatively harness the power of media and celebrity to enlist the public in the fight against cancer,” said SU2C Co-Founder Ellen Ziffren. “Today, we take it a step further with this one-of-a-kind streaming event, which extends the power and reach of our telecasts to encourage important conversations around cancer prevention, treatment, and research for the expanding digital audience.”Following the digital show, the live telecast will air simultaneously across more than 65 broadcast and cable networks and streaming platforms in the US and Canada including: ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC, along with American Heroes Channel, AT&T AUDIENCE Network, Bloomberg TV, Bravo, Destination America, Discovery Family, Discovery Life, E!, EPIX, Escape, ESPNEWS, FM, Freeform, FS2, FXM, FYI, Galavision, Great American Country, HBO, HBO Latino, ION Television, Jewish Life TV, Laff, Logo, MTV2, Nat Geo WILD, REELZ, SHOWTIME, Smithsonian Channel, STARZ, STARZ ENCORE, STARZ ENCORE ESPAÑOL, TNT, Univision Puerto Rico, and WGN America, which are donating one hour of simultaneous commercial-free primetime for the telecast, with additional networks to be announced. In addition, the show will stream live on SU2C’s Facebook and YouTube pages. Following the live broadcast, the telecast will be available to stream via and the Comedy Central app, as well as its VOD partners. Aspire TV will air the Stand Up To Cancer telecast on Saturday, Sept. 8, at 8:00 AM- 9:00 AM ET/PT / 10:00 AM CT. The entire telecast will also stream live on SU2C’s Facebook page and PeopleTV, as well as stream live and on-demand on Hulu and SU2C’s YouTube page.For the third time, Stand Up To Cancer Canada will simultaneously broadcast a Canada-inclusive telecast across four major English-language Canadian broadcasters: CBC, Citytv, CTV, and Global, as well as Canadian services AMI, A.Side, BBC Earth, CHCH, CHEK, Cottage Life, Fight Network, Game TV, HIFI, Hollywood Suite, Love Nature, Makeful, NTV, OUTtv, Smithsonian Channel Canada, T+E, and YES TV. In addition, the show will stream live on the CBC TV App,, CBS All Access, CTV GO and, Global GO and, and will be available on-demand on TELUS Optik TV in Canada.As SU2C’s founding donor, Major League Baseball has continued to annually provide both financial support and countless opportunities to build the Stand Up To Cancer movement by encouraging fans worldwide to get involved, most notably through its two largest global events – the MLB All-Star Game and the World Series. In addition to MLB, SU2C’s “Luminary” donors include Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research, and Mastercard. “Visionary” donors include CVS Health, Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, and the Sidney Kimmel Foundation.Additional major donors and collaborators include American Airlines, Merck, Rally Health, Inc., St. Baldrick’s Foundation, and Van Andel Research Institute. Other key supporters and collaborators include American Lung Association’s LUNG FORCE, Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Farrah Fawcett Foundation, Laura Ziskin Family Trust, LUNGevity Foundation, National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance, Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer and international collaborator Cancer Research UK.The Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) are actively collaborating with SU2C Canada. CCS is also a collaborator in the inaugural Stand Up To Cancer Canada–Canadian Cancer Society Breast Cancer Dream Team, along with the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR). Collaborators in the inaugural Stand Up To Cancer Canada Cancer Stem Cell Dream Team include CIHR, Cancer Stem Cell Consortium, Genome Canada and OICR. AstraZeneca Canada and Mastercard are the first corporate supporters of SU2C Canada.last_img read more