Gordon Hayward’s 35 points lift Celtics past Timberwolves

first_imgSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño TIP-INSTimberwolves: The last time Minnesota won in Boston was March 6, 2005. Kevin Garnett was a starter in his first stint with the Wolves. Ricky Davis led the Celtics with 22 points. … Robert Covington (right knee injury), Derrick Rose (right ankle sprain) and Jeff Teague (left ankle inflammation) were sidelined by injuries.Celtics: Improved to 2-1 with Rozier starting. … Even without Irving, the Celtics set a season high with 34 assists … In addition to Irving, the Celtics were missing big man Aron Baynes, who missed his seventh straight game with a broken left hand. … The Celtics returned home after a 1-2 road trip to Texas and Memphis. They play four straight and 15 of 19 games at home in January and don’t leave the Eastern time zone until Feb. 21.THAT SMARTSSmart left in obvious pain after absorbing a pick from Towns early in the second half. He walked over by the Celtics bench with his right arm dangling at his side. After Stevens called a timeout, Smart was ushered by the training staff into the tunnel to the locker room.But Smart was back with about four minutes left in the quarter, getting a big cheer when he rejoined his teammates on the bench. He re-entered the game late in the third and finished with two points and eight assists.The Celtics said it was a right shoulder strain.Marcus Morris Sr. left the game in the third quarter with a sore neck and did not return.UP NEXTTimberwolves: Home against the Magic on Friday night. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting A 3-pointer from the right side. Another from the left. A basket from the lane and then a dunk, followed by three straight free throws. In all, he was 4 for 4 in the second quarter and 7 of 8 in the third.“He was disappointed in how he shot the ball, obviously, in San Antonio and got back in the gym this morning. And you could tell he was going to play pretty well,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens said after Hayward came off the bench to score a season-high 35 points and lead Boston to a 115-102 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion“I mean, 14 for 18 is an unbelievable night, and you’re not always going to shoot it like that,” Stevens said. “But you could tell he was pretty locked in.”Terry Rozier scored 11 of his 16 points in the first quarter while making his third start of the season because Kyrie Irving scratched both of his eyes in Monday’s game against San Antonio. Hayward took over from there in his highest scoring game with the Celtics. View comments “Didn’t start that great … but Marcus Smart got me open for a 3 that got me going a little bit,” he said. “Anytime you have a game like I did last game, you want to try to come out ultra-aggressive.”FIGHT CLUBTowns said the problem was the team’s failure to maintain a consistent focus, comparing the sport to boxing.“Boxing is such a great sport,” he said. “Those guys have to be focused every single second of every single round. We have to be focused; we have to think of ourselves like boxing. We have to make sure every single second we are tremendously focused.”EARLY LEADMinnesota scored nine of the last 11 points in the first quarter to trim Boston’s 11-point lead to 25-21, and then opened the second with a step-back jumper from Wiggins. It was a four-point game when Boston ran off 16 points in a row to take a 47-27 lead.Boston led by as many as 22 in the third quarter before Towns scored 15 points during a 23-11 Minnesota run that cut the deficit to 10. He added five more in the final 90 seconds of the third to make it a six-point game.QUICK BREAKThibodeau called a timeout just 64 seconds into the game to settle his team down after giving up two quick baskets.“The start of the game was poor,” he explained. “You start off a game like that, give them a little confidence, it’s hard to slow them down.” Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward, right, tries to drive past Minnesota Timberwolves guard Josh Okogie, front, during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)BOSTON — Gordon Hayward was off target on all six of his shots in Boston’s previous game and then started with a pair of long misses on Wednesday night against Minnesota.Then it quickly turned around.ADVERTISEMENT Joel Embiid shrugs off sore knee, drops 42 points in 76ers’ blowout of Sunscenter_img LATEST STORIES Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? MOST READ Celtics: Host the Mavericks on Friday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion “Gordon’s a good player, and we gave him basically whatever he wanted,” said Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau, who saw Hayward score 30 a month ago when the teams met in Minneapolis. “When you do that in this league, they’re going to make you pay.”Andrew Wiggins scored 31 points, and Karl-Anthony Towns scored 20 of his 28 points — and grabbed five of his 12 rebounds — in the third quarter, when Minnesota trimmed a 22-point deficit to six points. It was an 11-point game with 4:53 left before the Celtics went on an 8-0 run to clinch their fifth straight win over the Wolves.HAYWARD’S HISTORYHayward missed all but five minutes of last season with a broken leg and has been coming off the bench the last six weeks as Stevens tries to figure out a rotation. On Monday night against the Spurs, Hayward had his only scoreless game of the season.After missing his first two shots on Wednesday, Hayward didn’t stop shooting.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issuelast_img read more

Tim Cone impressed with Ginebra hopeful Teytey Teodoro: ‘He reminds me of Willie Miller’

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? MANILA, Philippines—It has been a month since the 2018 PBA Rookie Draft but there are still some freshmen looking to get into a vacant roster spot.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments “I’m still learning the plays but I’ll be able to memorize it. If ever coach Tim gives me the chance, I’ll just give it my all,” added Teodoro.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion MOST READ Only those chosen in the first round are given an automatic contract leaving those in the latter rounds to still work for their worth, and that’s what Teytey Teodoro is doing.The former Heavy Bomber from Jose Rizal University was the 23rd overall pick by  Columbian but the club didn’t sign him leaving Teodoro to put matters into his own hands.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionTeodoro is now trying out for Ginebra, a roster stock full of guards, but head coach Tim Cone sees some positive things from the hefty shooter even comparing him to two-time MVP Willie Miller.“I think there’s a really good chance that he’ll make the team,” said Cone after the team’s Friday practice at Upper Deck. Cone said that he could use someone who could fill in for Jeff Chan, who is nursing some medical issues. There’s also Julian Sargent who won’t be able to play because of a bum shoulder.“We’re very impressed with Teytey, I think he has PBA skills, he’s a very accomplished offensive player,” said Cone. “It’s just really a matter of time whether he has the defense to come and play in our system and whether he has the speed and quickness to matchup with the point guards around the league.”“He reminds me so much of Willie Miller in terms of skills. He has the same type of skills that Willie has and he knows how to use his body. I’m really impressed with him.”Teodoro said that Cone talked to him of a possible roster spot but he knows he still has a long way to go to make sure he becomes a Gin King.“Of course I’m always thinking positively, coach Tim talked to me about the possibility of making the lineup but I’m just focusing on practice,” said Teodoro in Filipino. “I’m just happy that I can keep up with star players. This is the first practice and I’m still trying to find the feel for things.”ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone left with regret as Jett Manuel walks away from Ginebra, PBA SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviñolast_img read more

KKR to clash with defending champions SRH in IPL eliminator

first_imgPublished on Two-time winners Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) will have to break the agonising sequence of debacles when they clash with defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the IPL eliminator here tomorrow.The winner of tomorrow’s match will face the loser of Qualifier 1 between Mumbai Indians and Rising Supergiants Pune on May 19 in the second Qualifier, which will decide the second entrant of the final.For KKR, it would take a significant turnaround to reach the second qualifier after they lost four out of seven matches in the latter half of the season.The Shah Rukh Khan-owned side would like to find their form which saw them dominate the early stages of competition. KKR would hope Chris Lynn comes to the party, who has the ability to win a game on his own.Lynn had scored a quick-fire fifty off just 21 balls, which was laced with five fours and four sixes, on his return at Chinnaswamy last month, after recovering from an injury. Lynn had an excellent start to the season when he stitched a record opening partnership of 184 with skipper Gautam Gambhir against Gujarat Lions and went on to score an unbeaten 93.KKR would also hope Sunil Narine gives them an exceptional start, like he did against Royal Challengers Bangalore, when he tore apart Samuel Badree and Sreenath Aravind to race to his half century in just 15 balls and equal the record for the fastest fifty in the IPL.Among others, the team also boasts of competitive batsmen such as Manish Pandey and Robin Uthappa, who have scored 396 and 386 runs respectively.Gambhir too was in red-hot form early in the season but seemed a tad offcolour in the business end and the skipper, who is placed in the third spot in the most runs list with 454 runs, will hope to led from the front.As far as their bowling is concerned, Chris Woakes (17 wickets) and Umesh Yadav (14 wickets) have been on song, and they have their task cut out to stop David Warner and his men to keep themselves in the hunt.Defending champions Sunrisers, on the other hand, won eight games while lost five in their 14 league games to end the league stage at third position with 17 points.The team cemented their play-offs berth on the back of a superb eight-wicket win over Gujarat Lions in their last league match.Hyderabad will be hoping skipper David Warner continues his imperious form as the explosive opener has registered 600-plus runs in back-to-back seasons.He was the league’s second-highest run-scorer during the franchise’s maiden triumph last year. The Australian has shown great leadership qualities to keep his side on course for a second successive IPL triumph.Unless KKR get Warner out early, they will struggle to contain Hyderabad tomorrow. They would also struggle if left-handed Shikhar Dhawan gets going.Dhawan has scored a sensational 468 runs so far this season, which forced selectors to pick him for the upcoming Champions Trophy.Hyderabad would also like Yuvraj Singh, who started the season with a bang hammering 70 not out in the tournament opener against Bangalore, to get runs. He has aggregated only 243 runs from 11 matches with a couple of half-centuries.In bowling department, seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been in the form of his life with 25 wickets in 13 games and boasts of a four-wicket lead over the Jaydev Unadkat, who is second in the list of top wicket-takers this season.Pacer Mohammed Siraj, who was bought for Rs 2.6 crore by SRH after his brilliant bowling in domestic matches, bagged four wickets in the must—win game against Gujarat Lions to help Hyderabad qualify for playoffs.Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan also has been a revelation, taking 17 wickets in 13 matches. Hyderabad also have Siddarth Kaul in their ranks who has taken 16 wickets.Teams SHARE Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir (C), Darren Bravo, Trent Boult, Piyush Chawla, Nathan Coulter Nile, Colin De Grandhomme, Rishi Dhawan, Sayan Ghosh, Shakib—Al—Hasan, Sheldon Jackson, Ishank Jaggi, Kuldeep Yadav, Chris Woakes, Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, Ankit Rajpoot, Suryakumar Yadav, Robin Uthappa and Umesh Yadav.Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner (C), Tanmay Agarwal, Ricky Bhui, Bipul Sharma, Ben Cutting, Shikhar Dhawan, Eklavya Dwivedi, Moises Henriques, Deepak Hooda, Chris Jordan, Siddarth Kaul, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ben Laughlin, Abhimanyu Mithun, Mohammad Nabi Mohammed Siraj, Mustafizur Rahman, Ashish Nehra, Naman Ojha, Rashid Khan, Vijay Shankar, Barinder Sran, Pravin Tambe, Kane Williamson, Yuvraj Singh. Kolkata Knight Riders to clash with defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL eliminator. File Photo   –  PTI cricket KKR would hope Chris Lynn comes to the party, who has the ability to win a game on his own. COMMENTcenter_img × May 16, 2017 Kolkata Knight Riders to clash with defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL eliminator. File Photo   –  PTI IPL 2017 SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENTSlast_img read more

People should take precautions during heat wave: Govt

first_imgMumbai, May 17 (PTI) In view of the forecast that heat wave is likely to sweep Maharashtra in the next few days, the state government today asked people, especially those from Vidarbha, Marathwada and central regions, to take adequate precautions to tackle heat.”We have a forecast of heat wave starting today till May 21. Average temperatures in the state, specially in these three regions, are expected to rise by about 2 to 3 degrees,” Suhas Diwase, director disaster management cell told PTI.”We have issued directives to the District Collectors asking them to ensure that people should take preventive steps,” the official said.”People should avoid going out in the sun between 12 PM and 3 PM. They should also drink more water, even if they are not feeling thirsty,” he added. PTI VT NP AMS RDSlast_img read more

Celts Co-Owner Spurs Boston Olympics

first_imgBOSTON — The group leading the bid to bring the 2024 Olympics to Boston shook up its management May 21, making Boston Celtics co-owner Steve Pagliuca the new Chairman in an attempt to revive the city’s chances of hosting the Summer Games.Pagliuca takes over the effort to convince the IOC to send the Summer Olympics to the United States for the first time since 1996.The Managing Director of Bain Capital and formerly a Vice Chairman of the bid, he will replace construction magnate John Fish, the point man through a domestic competition in which Boston was selected by the USOC as the American bid city.“I think it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Massachusetts and for Boston,” Pagliuca said, arguing that the Olympics can be a catalyst for job-creation and urban renewal in a city that is looking ahead to its 400th birthday. “It’s a pretty exciting project. I haven’t seen many projects that are that impactful for cities.”Since being picked by the USOC in January, Boston’s bid has stumbled amid doubts by residents that the games can be delivered without taxpayer money.Recent polls show fewer than half of the residents support the city’s bid, though the number statewide jumps to nearly 60 percent if public money is not involved.The struggles have left the USOC second-guessing its decision to put Boston forward instead of Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.“The USOC has been supportive and also needs to see more detailed plans themselves,” Pagliuca said in a telephone interview with the Associated Press, adding that more details will be released next month. “I think that’s going to be great for the USOC, for the IOC and for the people of Boston.”Also added to the organizing committee on Thursday as senior advisers were Red Sox President Larry Lucchino, who has helped three major league baseball teams build new stadiums, and local advertising executive and philanthropist Jack Connors. Peter Roby, the Director of Northeastern University’s Center for Sport in Society, joined the bid as a Vice Chairman.“Today’s announcement adds to an already impressive team at Boston 2024 and showcases the incredible support the bid enjoys from Boston’s business, civic, educational and political leadership,” USOC CEO Scott Blackmun said in a statement.“I look forward to working closely with Mayor (Marty) Walsh, Steve Pagliuca and everyone committed to this bid to successfully finish what we’ve started, and bring the Games to the U.S.”The USOC has said it will submit a formal bid to the IOC in September; if Boston can’t rally public support, the national governing body could turn to Los Angeles — which hosted the games in 1932 and 1984 — as a backup. The U.S. nominee is expected to compete against Rome; Paris; Hamburg, Germany; and Budapest, Hungary.NBA Commissioner Adam Silver told the AP he has faith that Pagliuca “will do everything to ensure his great city is appropriately showcased to the world.”“Steve combines tremendous sports and finance experience with great integrity, an unrivaled work ethic and a passion for bringing positive social impact to the Boston community,” Silver said.But the group No Boston Olympics said that management is not the problem.“The public’s opposition to Boston 2024 is about the bid itself, not about who is calling the shots,” the group said in a statement.“A change in leadership doesn’t change the fact that the bid requires building the three most expensive Olympic venues from scratch. Boston 2024 remains a risky deal that asks taxpayers to foot the bill for cost overruns.”(JIMMY GOLEN, AP Sports Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Phillies Fire Manager Gabe Kapler In Hyped Season Gone Wrong

first_imgThe Phillies were only two games behind in the NL wild-card standings after beating Atlanta on Sept. 18 but lost eight of the next nine, including a five-game sweep at Washington. They finished eight games behind Milwaukee for the second wild card and 16 behind the first-place Braves in the NL East.Last year, the Phillies had a one-game lead in the division on Aug. 11 before going 15-31 the rest of the way.“When we hired Kap, it was our goal to develop a positive, forward-thinking and collaborative culture throughout the organization that would allow us to compete with the best teams in the league year in and year out,” general manager Matt Klentak said. “While we have fallen short in the win column for the last two years, I can confidently say that Kap’s efforts have established a strong and sustainable foundation for this organization moving forward.”He added that in the coming weeks the baseball operations department will try to “find the right individual to build upon the existing foundation and bring a championship home to Philadelphia.”The Phillies are the eighth team changing managers among the 20 that failed to reach the postseason. San Francisco’s Bruce Bochy and Kansas City’s Ned Yost retired. San Diego’s Andy Green, Pittsburgh’s Clint Hurdle, the New York Mets’ Mickey Callaway and the Los Angeles Angels’ Brad Ausmus were fired. The Chicago Cubs and Joe Maddon jointly said he would to leave.Injuries were a big reason why the Phillies failed to have a winning record for the first time since 2011. They lost leadoff hitter Andrew McCutchen for the season in June and six of their top seven relievers missed significant time. Free-agent addition David Robertson pitched just 6 2/3 innings and Pat Neshek and Tommy Hunter threw a combined 23 innings. Also, starting center fielder Odubel Herrera played just 39 games before he was suspended for the rest of the season under Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy. The team also announced pitching coach Chris Young, head athletic trainer Scott Sheridan and assistant athletic trainer Chris Mudd will not return. Hitting coach Charlie Manuel will return to his role as a senior adviser. The new manager will inherit the remainder of the coaching staff.Despite adding Harper, McCutchen, J.T. Realmuto and Jean Segura, the offense was inconsistent, and the Phillies couldn’t string together more than four victories in a row. Hitting coach John Mallee was fired and replaced by Manuel, a former manager, in August. The Phillies improved but couldn’t overcome poor pitching.The starting rotation struggled throughout the season and the injury-depleted bullpen was filled with minor leaguers and castoffs.“We came into 2019 with very high hopes. We fell short of those, and that responsibility lies with me,” Kapler said. “The next Phillies manager will inherit a team of talented, dedicated and committed players. There has been nothing more fulfilling in my professional career than the opportunity to work with the players on this team.”The Phillies began the season with a three-game sweep of Atlanta, and led the division for two months before falling behind the Braves in June. By the trade deadline, team President Andy MacPhail said he didn’t think the club was one or two players away from World Series contention so Klentak made a few minor moves rather than dealing prospects for high-profile players.Kapler wasn’t popular in Philly because of his laid-back personality and new-school philosophy. He was heavily criticized for his use of analytics and unfairly ridiculed for being too positive in his assessment of his players.Harper, Realmuto and other players backed their manager but management caved to public pressure.“My hope is that I helped contribute to a developing culture in the organization that flourishes in the years to come,” Kapler said. “I’ve come to care for this franchise and have the best wishes for this group in the future. The passion and devotion of the Phillies fan base both inspired and humbled me daily. It was an honor to grow, develop and learn with this team. I’m looking forward to what the future brings, and I know I’m a better leader and person for having had this opportunity.”The team’s dismal pitching certainly wasn’t Kapler’s fault. The Phillies counted on Jake Arrieta, Nick Pivetta, Zach Eflin and Vince Velasquez to fill out a rotation led by ace Aaron Nola. Arrieta struggled and needed elbow surgery. Pivetta was demoted to the minors and moved to the bullpen. Eflin had had ups and downs and Velasquez couldn’t pitch deep into games. Even Nola wasn’t the same guy who finished third in NL Cy Young Award voting last year.Klentak traded for Jason Vargas and signed Drew Smyly and added other pitchers off waivers. That didn’t cut it. Still, Kapler took the fall for the team’s shortcomings.By: Rob Maaddi, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shares PHILADELPHIA — Gabe Kapler took the fall for the Philadelphia Phillies.He was fired Thursday, nearly two weeks after a disappointing finish to a season of big expectations highlighted by Bryce Harper’s arrival.Kapler went 161-163 in two years, his team unable to deliver following its offseason spending spree. Philadelphia finished 81-81, its first nonlosing season since 2012.“Several years ago, I promised our loyal fans that I would do everything in my power to bring a world championship team to our city. I will never waver from that commitment,” Phillies managing partner John Middleton said in a statement.“I have decided that some changes are necessary to achieve our ultimate objective. Consequently, we will replace our manager. I am indebted to Gabe for the steadfast effort, energy and enthusiasm that he brought to our club, and we are unquestionably a better team and organization as a result of his contributions.”last_img read more

Atal Bihari Vajpayee dies at 93: Indian cricket team offers condolences

first_imgThe Indian cricket team and BCCI condoled the death of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who died at the age of 93 in New Delhi on Thursday.Vajpayee was admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on June 11 and passed away on August 16 at 5.05 PM, according to a statement issued by AIIMS. The former Prime Minister was being treated for kidney infection, chest congestion, urinary tract infection and low urine output.After Vajpayee’s death was announced, the BCCI tweeted to offer its condolences on behalf of the Indian cricket team which is currently in England for a five-Test series.Besides, cricket stars Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, Virender Sehwag, Cheteshwar Pujara, R Ashwin, Shikhar Dhawan also tweeted to pay their respects.The Indian Cricket Team and BCCI condoles the sad demise of former India Prime Minister Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Atalji dedicated his life in service of the nation. BCCI (@BCCI) August 16, 2018India is at a great loss today. Shri #AtalBihariVajpayee jis contributions to our nation have been innumerable. Thoughts and prayers go out to his loved ones.Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) August 16, 2018Asaman ko choo gaya, jo asmaan sa vishal tha, dharti mein simat gaya, jo mitti jaisa narm tha.Kaun hai jo Atal reh paya zindagi bhar, Atal banke wo zindagi ko paa gaya.Om Shanti #AtalBihariVajpayee ji pic.twitter.com/56Xi1sqzEfVirender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) August 16, 2018Leaders live exemplary life to make our world better & thats what #AtalBihariVajpayee ji did for India. Most of us grew up in his remarkable leadership and saw our country shaping up in a super power! Its end of an Era & a moment of extreme grief! #RIP #AtalBihariVajpayee pic.twitter.com/K1imIcfm9IadvertisementSuresh Raina (@ImRaina) August 16, 2018One of India’s Most Loved Prime Minister, a great poet and a wonderful statesman. We as a nation will miss you sir #AtalBihariVaajpayee ji Deepest condolences to admirers and loved ones . pic.twitter.com/BPQRUD8nLGVVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) August 16, 2018,India will miss him. #AtalBihariVajpaiR P Singh (@rpsingh) August 16, 2018Not turning out to be a great week for India, as we lost another great leader RIP Shri #AtalBihariVaajpayee. Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) August 16, 2018Vajpayee served as India’s Prime Minister three times. During his tenure as PM, Vajpayee had ordered nuclear tests to make India a nuclear weapons power and travelled by bus to Pakistan in a grand diplomatic gesture.Vajpayee occupies a fond place in the hearts of India’s cricketing superstars. Back in 2004, when India toured Pakistan for a Test and ODI series, Vajpayee had told then Indian captain Sourav Ganguly to win games as well as hearts in the neighbouring country: ‘Khel bhi jeetiye, dil bhi jeetiye.’India won the Test as well as the ODI series in Pakistan and they were showered with warm affection in the country.last_img read more

Defending champ Rafael Nadal wins Rogers Cup opener

first_imgTop-seeded Rafael Nadal opened his Rogers Cup title defense Wednesday, beating England’s Daniel Evans 7-6 (6), 6-4 in a second-round match delayed by rain three times.After rain delays of six and 30 minutes, Nadal fought off two set points in the first-set tiebreaker. Play was stopped for 1 hour, 56 minutes with Nadal leading 2-0 in the second set.”All the matches are difficult here,” Nadal said. “It was a tough first set. Then in the second, I was able to take advantage at the beginning, but then he broke me back.”The 33-year-old Spanish star, a four-time Rogers Cup champion, will face Argentina’s Guido Pella in the third round. Pella beat Moldova’s Radu Albot 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (2).Second-seeded Dominic Thiem beat Canada’s Denis Shapovalov 6-4, 3-6, 6-3. Coming off a victory on clay at the Generali Open in his native Austria, Theim will face 14th-seeded Marin Cilic of Croatia,Cilic topped Australia’s John Millman 6-3, 6-4.Felix Auger-Aliassime won an all-Canadian match when Milos Raonic retired because of a back injury. Auger-Aliassime won the first set 6-3, and Raonic took the second 6-3 before stopping play.Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz upset fourth-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, France’s Richard Gasquet beat fifth-seeded Kei Nishikori of Japan 6-7 (6), 6-2, 7-6 (4); France’s Adrian Mannarino, topped 11th-seeded Borna Coric of Croatia, 6-2, 6-1; ; and Cristian Garin of Chile knocked off 12th-seeded American John Isner 6-3, 6-4.Sixth-seeded Karen Khachanov of Russia edged Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-2; seventh-seeded Fabio Fognini beat American qualifier Tommy Paul 7-6 (3), 6-3; eighth-seeded Daniil Medvedev of Russia topped Kyle Edmund of Britain 6-3, 6-0; and 10th-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain edged Diego Schwartzman of Argentina 6-2, 7-5.advertisementlast_img read more

8 days agoSheffield Utd boss Wilder challenges Henderson to build on first England call

first_imgSheffield Utd boss Wilder challenges Henderson to build on first England callby Paul Vegas8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSheffield United boss Chris Wilder has challenged Dean Henderson to build on his first England call-up.Wilder claimed Henderson’s call-up by Gareth Southgate was recognition of the on-loan Manchester United goalkeeper’s progress with the Blades. “He’s working extremely hard and I’m delighted he got his reward with England,” said Wilder.“It was a reward for not just a good start to his Premier League season, but his performances right the way through and for England at international level before.“The next step now is to stay in the squad and to try and make his full debut. He will only do that by playing very well for us.“He has to keep improving and taking his game to the next level, which is playing for the national side and doing very well for us.“When that happens, we will only know with time.” TagsLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Inter deny Mourinho interest again

first_imgInter Milan have no interest in replacing Luciano Spalletti with Jose Mourinho and remain committed to the Italian boss.Nerazzurri are third in Serie A, 14 points adrift of leaders Juventus at the mid-way point in the season.But Inter’s exit from the Champions League after being held by PSV on match day six has swelled the pressure on Spalletti as Chinese owners Suning Holdings Group aim to return the club to their former glory.The pressure mounting on Spalletti has come amid Mourinho’s departure from Manchester United and a return to the San Siro, where he won two Serie A titles and the Champions League, has been suggested. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Sporting director Piero Ausillo denied having interest in the Portuguese coach earlier this month, and has reiterated that Spalletti still has the club’s backing.”Mourinho? He is not a shadow,” Ausillo told Sky Sport Italia. “It does not surprise me that we talk about him in a time when media and everyone need to say something.”We work in a more rational way. Our project has been ongoing for a year-and-a-half with Spalletti and will go on with him for many years.Inter’s Chinese ownership have made a significant investment to return the club to the Champions League.Joao Mario, Matias Vecino and Radja Nainggolan are among those to have arrived for big-money fees but the project at Inter is only part of the way through.”Suning [Holdings Group] is ambitious,” added Auslio. “They want an Inter that returns to winning ways, not one that is content to be second, third or fourth.”What we can say to the fans is that we are working hard to get Inter back to winning ways as soon as possible.”last_img read more

14 shops gutted at Railway Junction area fire in Siliguri

first_imgDarjeeling: Fourteen shops were totally gutted in a devastating fire at the Railway Junction area in Siliguri on Monday.However, the area had a close shave with the presence of a petrol pump within a 100 metre distance from the site of the fire. The fire was controlled before it could reach the pump. The fire broke out opposite the Tenzing Norgay Central Bus Terminus around 3 am. “The fire started spreading rapidly. The fire brigade was called. Fire tenders arrived at the spot within 10 minutes of being informed,” said Sanjay Pathak, local TMC leader. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThree fire tenders were pressed into service. The fire was controlled at around 4 am. “The exact cause of the fire is not known yet, however it could have been caused from a gas cylinder from one of the eateries,” said a fire official. The shops destroyed in the fire include eateries, salons, mobile recharge shops. The shops were made of wood, tin and not concrete structures. They were built on PWD land and do not possess any valid documents. “There were gas cylinders in the eateries which further fueled the fire,” said Gopal Das a local shop keeper. Tourism Minister Goutam Deb visited the affected shops. The Minister assured to pay the affected businessmen Rs. 25,000 each from his personal and TMC coffers. “On Tuesday we will hold talks with the affected businessmen. I will also talk to the SJDA to see if we can provide some sort of relief to them. We will also try to find a way in which the shops and be rebuilt and regularized,” stated Deb.last_img read more

Four stories in the news for today Oct 31

first_imgFour stories in the news for Tuesday, Oct. 31———FEDS URGED TO ACCEPT SENATE CHANGE TO SEX DISCRIMINATION BILLPrime Minister Justin Trudeau is facing increased public pressure from Indigenous women and a feminist alliance to accept a Senate amendment of legislation on sex-based discrimination under the Indian Act. Advocates have joined forces with two Aboriginal senators — Lillian Dyck and Sandra Lovelace-Nicholas — in an awareness campaign that kicked off this week urging the Liberal government to change the bill known as S-3. Part of the outreach includes the distribution of a letter to women’s organizations, academics and human rights groups to canvass support on the “full and final removal” of sex discrimination in the Indian Act.———CANADA’S SCREEN INDUSTRY TO MEET ABOUT SEXUAL MISCONDUCTCanadian film and TV leaders are acknowledging that sexual harassment has also been a “prevalent” part of the entertainment industry north of the border and have planned a meeting to discuss how to tackle it. In the wake of the flood of allegations against fallen Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, writer-director James Toback and others, the union representing Canadian actors, ACTRA, has had preliminary meetings with industry groups and is preparing for a broader meeting of stakeholders on Nov. 23 in Toronto.———‘MADAMA BUTTERFLY’ PRODUCTION SPARKS DISCUSSIONAn upcoming Manitoba Opera production of “Madama Butterfly” has sparked debate over how the tragic tale fits with modern views about race. The story centres around a young Japanese geisha who marries an American naval officer, only to be betrayed shortly after they wed. Jenny Heijun Wills, who directs the University of Manitoba’s Critical Race network, says the opera reinforces harmful stereotypes about Asian women.———FOOD BANK, CLINICS CATER TO PETS IN NEEDFrom free food to health care, various groups are providing resources to make life easier for homeless and low-income people with pets in British Columbia. Kim Monteith with the SPCA says there are many misconceptions about vulnerable people with animals, including an assumption that people on the street only have animals to get sympathy or more money from panhandling. But Monteith says pets bring unconditional love and companionship to people who otherwise may not have those ties.last_img read more

Chinas Long March3B rocket series complete 300 launches

first_imgBeijing: China’s Long March-3B rocket, regarded as the main stay of the country’s space programme since 1970, successfully completed its 300th launch by putting a new communication satellite into orbit on Sunday. The indigenously-built rocket had send more than 500 spacecraft into space. “This is a milestone for China’s space industry development,” Wu Yansheng, board chairman of the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) said. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi Jinping The Long March carrier rocket series, developed by CASC, is responsible for about 96.4 per cent of all the launch missions in China. It took 37 years for the Long March rockets to complete the first 100 launches, 7.5 years to complete the second 100 launches, and only about four years to accomplish the final 100, with the average number of launches per year increasing from 2.7 to 13.3 and then to 23.5, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in Xinjiang The Long March carrier rockets helped provide launch services for countries participating in the Belt and Road Initiative, including Algeria, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. “Intensive launches have become normal in China, indicating the rapid development of the space industry, the progress of science and technology and the enhancement of national strength,” said Shang Zhi, director of the Space Department of the CASC. China joined the space club on April 24, 1970, when the Long March-1 carrier rocket launched the country’s first satellite, Dongfanghong-1, into orbit. At that time, the carrying capacity of the Long March rocket was only 300 kg. On November 3, 2016, China’s current largest carrier rocket, the Long March-5, made its maiden flight, with its carrying capacity reaching 25 tonnes for low-Earth orbit and 14 tonnes for geosynchronous orbit. The success rate of the 300 launches of the Long March rockets stood at 96 per cent, according to CASC. During the third 100 launches, the Long March rockets sent a total of 225 spacecraft, weighing about 240 tonnes, into space, with a success rate of 97 per cent, reaching a high level in the world, said Shang. From October 1996 to August 2011, the Long March rockets set a world record for 15 years of successful consecutive launches. In 2018, the Long March rockets completed 37 consecutive successful launches, ranking a global first for the highest number of successful launches. A total of 17 types of Long March carrier rockets have been developed and put into use since 1970, ensuring the implementation of a series of key space projects including manned space program, lunar exploration, BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) and the Gaofen Earth observation project. In addition, the Long March carrier rockets also launched a large number of meteorological satellites, resource satellites and oceanographic satellites, as well as several innovative science satellites including DAMPE to search for dark matter, the world’s first quantum satellite, and an electromagnetic satellite to study earthquakes, playing an important role in promoting the economic, social and scientific development in China, the Xinhua report said. Currently, China is developing new generation medium launch vehicles including the Long March-6A, Long March-7A and Long March-8. A test version of the Long March-5B, which has the largest carrying capacity to low-Earth orbit, has been produced and will be used to launch the modules of China’s space station, according to CASC. China’s heavy-lift carrier rocket, the Long March-9, is expected to make its maiden flight around 2030 and will support manned lunar exploration, deep space exploration and construction of a space-based solar power plant. The diameter of the body of the Long March-9 rocket will be nearly 10 meters. And the manufacturing of the rocket will also push forward the development of new materials, technologies, devices and equipment. The new generation launch vehicles will gradually replace the old generation carrier rockets, and space transport vehicles will transition from one-time use to reusable in the future, Shang said.last_img read more

Joint opposition reiterates call for early General Elections

Nanayakkara told Parliament that the joint opposition had urged the President to withdraw from the Government in order to isolate the United National Party (UNP). The joint opposition today reiterated its call for early General Elections by dissolving Parliament.Joint opposition Parliamentarian Vasudeva Nanayakkara said the joint opposition is ready to support President Maithripala Sirisena to obtain the majority needed to dissolve Parliament. He said the Government must be removed in order to ensure a stable political situation in the country. He said that while the joint opposition is against the whole Government it wants the UNP removed first.“We wanted to divide the enemy and isolate the worst enemy,” he said. Nanayakkara said that based on the results of the just concluded Local Government elections, the Government has no right to remain in office. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Atlas Copco launches 18t capacity underground loader

first_imgAtlas Copco is launching a new, 18-t capacity LHD for large operations including development work as well as production mining. The company says the Scooptram ST18 “is expected to be the most productive LHD on the market.” Designed to match the successful 60-t capacity Minetruck MT6020, the new Scooptram ST18 completes Atlas Copco’s range of underground loaders in this segment. “We know that this loader is long-awaited on the market”, says Ben Thompson, Product Manager at Atlas Copco. “The optimised bucket means better muck pile penetration, faster acceleration and faster dumping. The result is a better load factor on the truck and, in the end, a higher tonnage per month.”In addition, the ST18 and the MT6020 share many common parts and control system components, which can substantially reduce total cost of ownership.The bucket and the unique boom design combined with variable displacement pumps provide safe and efficient operations. This, together with the proven Atlas Copco Rig Control System, which monitors, supports and controls all aspects of the operation, results in superior muck pile penetration, less wear and tear on the machine and an overall faster and more productive loading cycle.The operator sits in a spacious FOPS/ROPS-approved, air conditioned cab and has extra leg room thanks to the unique Atlas Copco footbox. The layout of the controls is ergonomically optimised and visibility is best in class even towards the rear, thanks to the sloping design and shorter power frame structure. All of this contributes to an outstanding operator experience and improved productivity.The Scooptram ST18 has an abundance of safety features, such as automatic brake test, protection guards, three-point access system, redundant steering system, safety latches, boom lock up, fire suppression systems, machine protection system and more. Furthermore, it can be equipped to run semi-autonomously or by radio remote control.  Beyond this, the new loader offers many sustainable solutions that contribute to maximised uptime and a long service life. For example, automatic ride control and automatic declutch to increase the lifespan of the equipment and to reduce spillage from the bucket. Automatic traction control reduces tire wear and fuel consumption and the addition of soft stops on the boom, bucket and steering which reduce wear and tear on the machine. The ST18 comes with a number of Atlas Copco Service products that contribute to trouble-free operations. One example is the RigScan, an advanced audit service product that offers a real-time, non-intrusive look at the equipment’s running condition and performance. Another example is the Remote Monitoring system, making production and maintenance data available through a user-friendly web interface.In addition, Atlas Copco offers a training program consisting of classroom, simulator, and on-site training. By using the sophisticated Scooptram ST18 training simulator, new operators are given plenty of opportunity to practice on machines and systems before entering the mine.last_img read more

USDAFAS Administrator Phil Karsting Heads to St Louis for Trade Roundtable

first_imgThe United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) heads to St. Louis this week to host a round table discussion on the importance of trade to the state and regional economy.USDA Foreign Agricultural Services (FAS) Administrator Phil Karsting will conduct the discussion on Friday at Bunge Headquarters in St. Louis. Priorities of the roundtable include Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) and new or emerging opportunities for agriculture export markets. Participants will also visit Bunge’s Fairmont City, Ill. River Terminal.The American Soybean Association (ASA) worked with FAS and Bunge to arrange the roundtable and will attend the discussion and tour.last_img read more

Domino Adopts An Omnichannel Mindset

first_imgIf you happened to stroll down Great Jones Street in Manhattan this past holiday season, you may have been surprised to see the Domino logo fronting a pop-up retail store. You wouldn’t have been the only one surprised. The magazine/e-commerce/ book and digital brand didn’t expect the pop-up store experiment to take off the way it did. “The original model was just to open on weekends,” recalls CEO Nathan Coyle. “But it was so successful we kept it open during the week.” It’s now become part of the 2017 plan, perhaps with a Brooklyn outlet in the spring. A physical retail presence is a particularly logical brand extension for Domino, because the magazine has become a retailer in the three years after it spun off from Condé Nast into an independent entity. The site sells everything from smaller gifting items featured at the holiday pop-up store to furniture pieces. “We own the customer, the process, and oversee shipping in most cases,” Coyle says. “I am a big believer in experiential and bringing the brand to life in the real world.” Coyle appears to be thinking about his content and commerce hybrid in much the way consumer product brands are rebuilding their approach to marketing and sales — as omnichannel efforts where interactions ultimately serve the highest margins in the company. Expanding the content and commerce brand is part of Coyle’s mission at Domino, which topped the MPA’s list of fastest growing magazine brands for Total Audience in the Magazine 360º Brand Audience Report for 2016 (+56 percent). A lot of this has been driven by Coyle’s special focus on digital, and particularly the channels that mimic the experiential feel of retail.center_img Its site is as dedicated to e-commerce as it is to content, so it has a uniquely nuanced view of social’s different roles as distribution and sales engines. “The behavior of a visitor that comes from social is very different when you are looking at it through the filter of commerce versus audience,” Coyle says. While social traffic has been historically hard to convert, Domino has been using Instagram very effectively to drive sales. Tactics like leveraging a deal of the day that features smaller gift items results in surprisingly high conversions. On the editorial side, Domino leverages Pinterest, where it is partnering with key “Pinfluencers” to distribute content and drive traffic. Meanwhile Facebook, which does drive traffic, is less of a priority for Coyle until he has content that satisfies the social network’s video-hungry algorithms. “When we produce daily video, which I am working actively on with a goal to launch in the second quarter, then I will be doubling down on Facebook.” In the long run, selling goods may represent the most profitable bottom line for the company, but that process actually starts elsewhere. “In 2016, each of the businesses — print, digital and commerce — were all contributing in a way that was fairly equal,” he says. This year, he’ll focus aggressively on digital media with the belief that it’ll ultimately pay off at the cash register. “The hypothesis is that, as the digital media business grows, we want to see that pull commerce with it to improve conversion of readers to shoppers.”last_img read more

Harris County Commissioners Postpone Vote On Whether To Fire Chief Public Defender

first_img 00:00 /00:46 Share Listen X center_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Bunin’s case will now go to the Harris County Public Defender Board for review. George McCall “Mac” Secrest, a former chair of the board, was one of several attorneys who came to Commissioners Court to speak up for Bunin.“Alex Bunin is a department head,” Secrest told the commissioners. “He’s hired by you folks. You guys got to make the call. That’s your decision. But he also has a duty and an allegiance, and I say this with all respect, not to any one of you but to his clients. And by definition, what he does in support of his clients from time to time is going to rub you all the wrong way.”Bunin has admitted to providing confidential details on 78 juvenile defendants to a bail reform advocate.Correction: The original version of this story stated that Chief Public Defender Bunin also provided confidential information to representatives of the “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” television show. An attorney in the public defender’s office said the information provided to Full Frontal with Samantha Bee did not relate to the juvenile defendants and was not confidential. We regret the error. Andrew SchneiderChief Public Defender Alex Bunin (first from the left) answers questions from Harris County commissioners during the meeting they held on June 12, 2018.Harris County’s chief public defender will hold onto his job, for now. Harris County Commissioners decided Tuesday not to vote on whether to fire Alex Bunin over allegations that he leaked the personal information of dozens of juvenile defendants. Bunin says that any information he provided was to advance his clients’ interests.last_img read more

Baltimore County Police Officer Punched Man Resisting Arrest

first_img(Background photo) Scrrenshot from YouTube video of the incident. (Inset photo) 19-year-old Zachary Blumenstein/Baltimore Coutny Police Dept.TOWSON, Md. (AP) — Police in Towson, Maryland say they’re investigating an arrest during which an officer punched a 19-year-old outside a bar.Bystander video posted on YouTube shows three officers struggling with 19-year-old Zachary Blumenstein of Chevy Chase early Saturday. One punches him.Baltimore County police Chief Jim Johnson said Sunday in a statement that he’ll review the incident, but his initial reaction was that other techniques “could have been more effective.”The statement says an officer saw Blumenstein push a man into the road. Police say the officer told Blumstein he was under arrest, but he resisted even after an officer used pepper spray.Police say Blumenstein was charged with resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and other offenses, and then released.A message left at a number listed for Blumenstein’s address wasn’t immediately returned.The name of the officer who punched Blumenstein hasn’t been released.last_img read more