Quiet please, noise testing

first_imgAERODYNAMIC testing of noise generated by shinkansen trains can now be undertaken in Japan Railway Technical Research Institute’s new wind tunnel at Maihara-cho. Work has already been carried out on JR West’s Series 500, and testing of components such as pantographs has proved particularly useful.Measuring the noise generated by air flow over a train or component profile is made possible by an extremely low level of noise in the anechoic test chamber, measuring 22m x 20m x 13 m high and lined with sound-absorbent material. Background noise is 75dB(A) at a wind velocity of 300 km/h.Measurement of aero-acoustic noise takes place with the wind tunnel in its open configuration; an 8m portion of the 228m circuit is open to the chamber where a sound level meter, linear array microphone and parabola microphone are deployed. A maximum wind velocity of 400 km/h is generated by a 5m diameter fan with 12 moving and 17 stator blades, which rotates at up to 550rev/min and is powered by a 7MW three-phase motor.With the wind tunnel in enclosed configuration, aerodynamic testing is undertaken at wind speeds of up to 300 km/h. To simulate air flows between moving vehicles and the ground, models are suspended over a belt measuring 6m x 2·7m which moves at up to 60m/s. Flow visualisation is achieved by means of a smoke generator, specialised lighting and video monitoring.Railway Technical Research Institute, Japan, Reader Enquiry Form Number 141CAPTION: The anechoic test chamber at Maihara-cho, with the wind tunnel in the open position for aero-acoustic noise testing. Models are placed on a raised platform in front of the smaller hood (right) Photo: RTRIlast_img read more

NBA: Simmons scores triple double to power Sixers past Clippers

first_imgEmbiid shook off some boos Tuesday from fans who disagreed with some of his social media comments.Josh Richardson scored 21 points, and Tobias Harris added 17 points and 12 rebounds for the Sixers, who improved to a league-best 25-2 at home.Kawhi Leonard tallied 30 points and nine assists while Landry Shamet added 19 points and Marcus Morris and Lou Williams had 13 apiece for the visiting Clippers, who fell to 1-2 on their four-game road trip.Paul George finished with 11 points and 12 rebounds.The contest was tied 54-54 at halftime and the Sixers led 81-77 heading into the fourth quarter. Leonard led all scorers in the first half with 17 points. Simmons powered the Sixers with 16.With just over five minutes to go, Leonard scored a basket to cut the deficit to 99-94. Read Also: NBA: Raptors extend streak to 15, Bucks rally past KingsPhiladelphia immediately answered with a three-pointer from Richardson to push the lead back to eight points.Richardson then completed a three-point play, and the Philadelphia lead was 11 points with 3:37 remaining.The Clippers got within 109-100 with 81 seconds left after a three-point play by Leonard.Embiid and Morris received a double technical after a scuffle under the basket with 2:48 left.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Simmons, of Melbourne, finished with 26 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists and American centre Joel Embiid had 26 points and nine rebounds for the Sixers, who extended their win streak to three straight. Loading… Australia’s Ben Simmons delivered his sixth triple double of the season as the  won their 25th home game with a 110-103 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday.Advertisementlast_img read more

327 NegOcc ARBs get land titles

first_imgFarmer-beneficiaries who received land titles in Barangay Caliban, Murcia, Negros Occidental on Dec. 4. DAR-NEGROS OCCIDENTAL I The first, also in Barangay SanIsidro, was previously owned by Josefina Lizares, Lydia Lizares, Ruby QuitcoJunsay, Concepcion Flores, and Rodrigo Mahinay, covering 32.49, 16.11, 20.75,23.17, and 4.45 hectares, respectively. Meanwhile, a group of 24 sugarcanefarmer-beneficiaries was awarded titles to 15.9747 hectares of property inBarangay 10 on Nov. 26. The distribution of CLOAs was led by MARPO Ma. JadeSollesta. The installation and distribution ofCLOAs were led by MARPO Julieta Mangao.  Municipal Agrarian Reform Programofficer (MARPO) Imelda Lazalita led the distribution of the certificates ofland ownership awards (CLOAs) to the beneficiaries. On Nov. 27, a group of 219farmer-beneficiaries was awarded CLOAs for a total of 109.88 hectares for twoseparate landholdings. In mid-November, DAR-NegrosOccidental-I also facilitated the awarding of land titles and installed 240farmer-beneficiaries in the towns of E.B. Magalona and Murcia.(With a report from PNA/PN) A total of 12 farmer-beneficiarieswere awarded land titles to 5.85 hectares – previously owned by Arturo deLuzuriaga – in Barangay Caliban, Murcia town on Dec. 4.  center_img In Victorias City, a total of 48 ARBsreceived land titles for 53.029 hectares in Barangay 14 in rites held on Nov.28. In Toboso, Negros Occidental, a totalof 11 ARBs received land titles for 3.68 hectares of land formerly owned by theRural Bank of Silay in Barangay San Isidro, on Nov. 29. BACOLOD City – A total of 327 agrarianreform beneficiaries (ARBs) have been installed and received titles onlandholdings in four localities in northern Negros Occidental from the lastweek of November to the first week of December.  In Sagay City, a total of 13 ARBsreceived CLOAs and were installed on a 6.69-hectare property in BarangayMalubon previously owned by Maria Theresa Llavore. The other property in BarangayTabun-ac, which previously belonged to the Philippine National Bank/StephenAmpil – has an area of 12.88 hectares. Facilitated by the Department ofAgrarian Reform-Negros Occidental I, the series of installation and release ofCLOAs were part of the land acquisition and distribution activities under theComprehensive Agrarian Reform Program Extension with Reforms.    last_img read more

DeSantis Says Children’s Illness is “Extremely Rare”

first_imgGov. Ron DeSantis late last week called a childhood illness that has been tied to COVID-19 “extremely rare,” despite reports of at least eight confirmed cases in our state.He added that parents can decide whether they believe their children are at risk.“I think it’s something parents should consider. It is extremely rare,” DeSantis said Friday of the illness known as “multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children,” or MIS-C.DeSantis made the comments during a news conference in which he announced that coronavirus-related restrictions on youth activities have been lifted for the summer. However, he deferred questions about MIS-C to Bonnie White, a pediatrician who appeared at the news conference.“It’s my understanding that we haven’t seen any cases, that Wolfson (Children’s Hospital) is monitoring seven kids for symptoms of it, but as of yesterday they haven’t had any cases,” White said.Pediatric Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome – PMIS. 300+ cases across 27 states “PMIS is “more frightening” than COVID-19 because it can cause inflammation of the heart’s blood vessels, leading to what is essentially a heart attack in a child”https://t.co/sdUrZCoVCV— Daniel E. Choi, MD (@drdanchoi) May 22, 2020 However, Wolfson Children’s Hospital in Jacksonville confirmed on Thursday that it had two patients with cases of MIS-C.Additionally, 12 patients in the Jacksonville area who have been treated at Wolfson since mid-April who are now suspected to have had the illness.South Florida has had another six cases, with five patients still hospitalized. One patient who was being treated at Holtz Children’s Hospital in Miami was discharged last Friday.MIS-C is most common among school-age children. Patients who meet the definition of the syndrome must be under 21 and have a fever, laboratory evidence of inflammation, have a clinically severe illness requiring hospitalization and must test positive for a novel coronavirus infection, or have been exposed to it within the four weeks ahead of the symptoms’ onset.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published information on May 15 on its website, after the illness emerged in New York. As of Friday, New York health officials said they were investigating 161 reported MIS-C cases in their state. There have also been three deaths.UPDATED: Local Children Diagnosed with Illness Possibly Linked to COVID-19last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgUNDATED (AP) — The Fed Cup is changing its name to honor tennis great Billie Jean King. The Billie Jean King Cup will become the first major global team competition to be named after a woman.International Tennis Federation President David Haggerty calls the move “long overdue.” He says “it’s fitting that the women’s world cup of tennis would be named after someone as iconic as Billie Jean King, who changed the face of women’s sports.”The 76-year-old American’s lifelong battle for equality and social justice laid the foundation for generations that followed.The rebranding follows earlier changes to bring prize money in line with the men’s Davis Cup and coincides with the upcoming 50th anniversary of King’s pioneering effort to launch a women’s pro tennis circuit.LUGE-WORLD CUP-LAKE PLACID — Kyle Higashioka hit a career-high three home runs, DJ LeMahieu connected twice and the resurgent New York Yankees hit a season-best seven home runs in another Bronx air show, thumping the Toronto Blue Jays 13-2 to back another overpowering start by ace Gerrit Cole. Luke Voit lofted a three-run drive for his major league-leading 19th homer and Clint Frazier added a solo shot as the Yankees won their seventh straight game following a 5-15 slide. New York moved 1 1/2 games ahead of Toronto for second place in the AL East, with the top two teams ensured spots in the expanded postseason that begins in less than two weeks. — Javier Báez’s RBI single in the 10th inning lifted the Chicago Cubs to their fourth straight win, 3-2 over the Cleveland Indians. Automatic runner Ian Happ advanced to third when Kris Bryant greeted Phil Maton with a groundball single to open the 10th. After an intentional walk and two strikeouts, Báez’s liner to left scored Happ and sent the Indians to their eighth straight loss, their longest slide since June 2013. The Cubs won their fourth straight and strengthened their grip on first place in the NL Central.— Brent Suter and three relievers combined on a two-hitter and Ryan Braun hit his 350th career homer, leading the Milwaukee Brewers over the St. Louis Cardinals 6-0 for a doubleheader split. The Cardinals took the opener 4-2 behind Adam Wainwright’s four-hitter. Cardinals manager Mike Shildt ran the team in the opener. He missed the nightcap while serving a one-game suspension, imposed by Major League Baseball after tempers flared during the Brewers’ 18-3 romp Tuesday night. Umpires warned both teams after Braun was hit by a pitch in the fifth inning. He was at the center of the trouble the previous night when he hit Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina in the wrist during a swing.— Kyle Gibson threw a four-hitter and Joey Gallo hit a ground-rule RBI double with two outs in the ninth inning to lift the Texas Rangers over the Houston Astros 1-0. It was the first career shutout for the 32-year-old Gibson and third complete game. The victory snapped a seven-game road skid for the Rangers, who are 5-18 away from home this season. — Cole Hamels finally got on the mound in an Atlanta uniform, allowing three runs to the Baltimore Orioles before reaching his predetermined pitch count in the fourth inning, and the Braves struggled offensively in a 5-1 loss Wednesday night. Rookie Keegan Akin struck out nine over five scoreless inning to earn his first big league victory and help the Orioles win the deciding matchup of a three-game set against the NL East leaders. — The Colorado Rockies have shut down right-hander Jon Gray for the season due to a sore shoulder. The 28-year-old last pitched Sept. 1 before going on the injured list with what was described as inflammation in his shoulder. Gray finished the season 2-4 with a 6.69 ERA. Gray has a 45-37 career mark with a 4.59 ERA. His 692 career strikeouts are fifth-most in team history. — Umpires hastily cleared the field during a game between the Cleveland Indians and Chicago Cubs when a small drone flew into Wrigley Field over the bleachers and landed on the grass in deep left center. As Willson Contreras came to bat with two outs in the bottom of the fifth and the game tied at 2, the device was spotted over the left-center stands. Before the drone landed, umpires rushed players into their dugouts. The blinking drone took off, hovered at about 100 feet, then pulled away and vanished past the vintage center-field scoreboard.VIRUS OUTBREAK-BIG TENBig Ten changes course, will play fall football after allUNDATED (AP) — The Big Ten is going to give fall football a shot after all. Less than five weeks after pushing football and other fall sports to the spring in the name of player safety during the pandemic, the conference changed course and said Wednesday that it plans to begin its season the Oct. 23-24 weekend. He found the fairway. He made par. That’s a good start at this U.S. Open. Winged Foot is reputed to be among the toughest of all U.S. Open tests. It’s hard to advance the ball very far. The greens are severe, and the bunkers are as much as 8 feet deep. That explains why only two players out of 750 who have started the previous five U.S. Opens at Winged Foot finished under par: Fuzzy Zoeller (ZEHL’-ur) and Greg Norman in 1984. Zoeller won in an 18-hole playoff. Geoff Ogilvy won at 5-over par the last time at Winged Foot. Something similar is expected this week.Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy will get an early start Thursday, though they begin on opposite ends of the West Course. The opening round began with cloud cover. The rest of the week is expected to feature plenty of sunshine and mild weather, unusual for a U.S. Open.Then again, it’s been 113 years since the U.S. Open was played in September. It was moved from its traditional June spot in the calendar when golf shut down for three months in America because of the COVID-19 pandemic. UNDATED (AP) — The NCAA men’s and women’s basketball seasons will begin Nov. 25, the day before Thanksgiving. The Division I Council voted to push the start date back from the originally scheduled Nov. 10 as one of several precautions against the spread of coronavirus. The later start date coincides with the decision most schools made to send students home from Thanksgiving until January out of concern about a potential late-fall and early-winter flareup of COVID-19. Closed campuses could serve as a quasi bubble for players and provide a window for nonconference games. The maximum number of regular-season games has been reduced from 31 to 27. The minimum number of games for consideration for the NCAA Tournament was cut from 25 to 13.NFL-NEWSEric Reid still hasn’t received an offer or workout invite — Jorge Alfaro homered twice before he took a foul ball to his helmet and the Miami Marlins beat the Boston Red Sox 8-4. Garrett Cooper also homered and scored twice for Miami, which moved within 2 1/2 games of first-place Atlanta in the NL East. — Jacob deGrom left after two innings with a right hamstring spasm, but the New York Mets rallied from four runs down to beat the Philadelphia Phillies 5-4. Phillies reliever Hector Neris dropped the ball on the mound for a balk that moved the go-ahead run to second base in the ninth. Rookie infielder Andres Gimenez hit an RBI single to put the Mets ahead. — Luis Castillo threw seven shutout innings, Shogo Akiyama drove in the Reds only run and Cincinnati completed a four-game sweep of Pittsburgh with a 1-0 win that keeps the Reds in the postseason picture. Castillo (3-5), coming off his first career complete game, retired nine of the last 10 batters he faced and gave up only three hits and a walk with 10 strikeouts.— Mike Fiers threw six sharp innings before turning it over to a lights-out bullpen and the Oakland Athletics snapped a six-game skid against the Colorado Rockies with a 3-1 win. Next up, a well-earned day off for the Athletics, who have played 16 games in 13 days. They finished the stretch 9-7. The Rockies were 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position against the 35-year-old Fiers. — Brady Singer was stellar for a second straight start, allowing two hits in six innings, and the Kansas City Royals blanked the Detroit Tigers 4-0. The rookie right-hander struck out the first five Detroit hitters and retired the first 10. Salvador Perez homered and drove in three runs for the Royals, who have won seven of eight. The trade was the first completed by newly hired Sabres general manager Kevyn Adams, who took over after Jason Botterill was fired in June. Adams is very familiar with Staal, as they were teammates in Carolina and members of the Hurricanes team that won 2006 Stanley Cup. Both players are in the final year of their contracts, with the cost-conscious Sabres saving $1.25 million in space under the salary cap. Buffalo, however, takes on a 35-year-old Staal, who is six years older than Johansson.TENNIS-ITALIAN OPENDjokovic behaves better in 1st match since US Open default In other NFL news:— Peyton Manning and Charles Woodson are among 14 first-year eligible candidates for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Joining the two-time Super Bowl champion quarterback and the star cornerback/safety on the ballot are receivers Calvin Johnson, Wes Welker and Roddy White; running back Steven Jackson; tight end Heath Miller; offensive linemen D’Brickashaw Ferguson and Logan Mankins; defensive linemen Jared Allen, Justin Tuck and Kevin Williams; linebacker Jerod Mayo; and defensive back Charles Tillman. In all, there are 130 nominees for five modern-era spots. Enshrinement at the hall in Canton, Ohio, will take place next August.— The New York Giants have reached a multi-year arrangement with DraftKings that makes the Boston-based company the official sports betting, i-gaming and daily fantasy operator of the NFL team. The deal grants DraftKings access to official Giants marks and logos. There will also be a first of its kind virtual SportsLounge open on Giants’ game days, providing attendees access to all DraftKings platforms. The value of the deal wasn’t disclosed.— The Denver Broncos have placed injured linebacker Von Miller on injured reserve following his operation to repair a dislodged tendon in his left ankle. Miller was injured during a practice and is expected to miss the season, although there’s a chance he could return in December if his recovery is faster than anticipated. The Broncos promoted cornerback De’Vante Bausby from their practice squad with starter A.J. Bouye expected to miss a couple of weeks after injuring a shoulder in the opener against Tennessee. — San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman will miss at least the next three games after injuring his calf in the season opener. A person familiar with the injury says Sherman will be placed on injured reserve and won’t be eligible to return until after missing the next three weeks. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team hasn’t made an announcement. Sherman is the latest key player on the defending NFC champions to be hampered by an injury so far this season. Associated Press MLB NEWSAP sources: MLB umpire tests positive for virus, crews shiftNEW YORK (AP) — Several people familiar with the situation tell The Associated Press that a Major League Baseball umpire has tested positive for the coronavirus, prompting a late shift in crew assignments in Florida this week. The affected umpire wasn’t identified. He was not on the field when the result was learned. MLB medical experts didn’t believe the positive test represented a threat of infection or presented a risk to other personnel, according to those familiar with the matter. The people spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because there was no official announcement.In other baseball news: September 17, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditPGA-US OPENUS Open underway at Winged FootMAMARONECK, N.Y. (AP) — Brandon Wu has kicked off the 120th U.S. Open with a drive into the right side of the fairway at Winged Foot. center_img VIRUS OUTBREAK-PAC 12Pac-12 football plans remain in holding patternUNDATED (AP) — Any plans for the Pac-12 to join the Big Ten in returning to football are on hold due to health policies in two states within the conference. The Big Ten changed course and said it will begin an eight-game football schedule on Oct. 23. The Pac-12 has also reconsidered starting its football season this fall, but does not have approval from state and local health officials in California and Oregon to start contact practices. The Pac-12 has announced a partnership that would give the conference’s schools the capacity to perform daily, rapid COVID-19 tests on athletes.VIRUS OUTBREAK-COLLEGE BASKETBALLNCAA basketball season set to open day before Thanksgiving MLB-SCHEDULEDodgers 1st team to clinch playoff spot, beat Padres 7-5UNDATED (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers are the first team to clinch a playoff spot in the pandemic-shortened season.They beat the San Diego Padres 7-5 behind Dustin May’s gutty effort out of the bullpen and home runs from AJ Pollock and Chris Taylor. Will Smith drove in three runs for the seven-time defending NL West champion Dodgers, who opened a 3 1/2-game lead in the division by winning two of three in the matchup of the NL’s two best teams. San Diego is closing in on its first playoff berth since winning the division in 2006. It has lost two straight for the first time since mid-August. Each team will play eight games in eight weeks and the conference championship game will be held Dec. 19 — if all goes well. That should give the Big Ten an opportunity to compete for the national championship.The Big Ten said its Council of Presidents and Chancellors voted unanimously Tuesday to restart sports. The vote last month was 11-3 to postpone, with Ohio State, Iowa and Nebraska voting against.The decision to play came after sharp pressure from coaches, players, parents and even President Donald Trump, all of them pushing for a Big Ten football season. The conference is home to a number of battleground states in the November election, and Trump swiftly applauded the move in a tweet.Another factor in triggering the re-vote was the emergence of daily rapid-response COVID-19 testing, which wasn’t available when university presidents and chancellors decided to pull the plug on the season. The Big Ten said it will begin daily antigen testing of its athletes, coaches and staff on Sept. 30.The Big Ten’s plan to play also includes the establishment of a cardiac registry to study the effects COVID-19 has on athletes’ hearts. Dr. Leslie Cooper chairs the cardiovascular department at the Mayo Clinic in Florida. He says the registry can potentially close a gap in research when it comes to the new coronavirus. LeBron James makes All-NBA team for record 16th timeLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — LeBron James now stands alone in All-NBA recognition history, getting there unanimously. James was revealed Wednesday as an All-NBA player for a record 16th time, breaking the mark he shared with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan. He was a first-team pick on all 100 ballots, joining Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo as the only unanimous first-team selections this season. Joining them on the first team: Houston guard James Harden, Lakers forward Anthony Davis and Dallas guard Luka Doncic, who got the nod in just his second season in the NBA.NHL-NEWSSabres acquire Eric Staal in sending Johansson to WildBUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Sabres acquired veteran center Eric Staal in a trade that sent forward Marcus Johansson to the Minnesota Wild. Update on the latest sports — Star receiver Allen Robinson said he expects to remain with the Chicago Bears the rest of the season, though he wouldn’t say if he requested a trade. Robinson is in the final season of his three-year, $42 million contract and is seeking an extension. He deleted references to the Bears from his social media accounts on Tuesday, and the Chicago Tribune reported he asked to be traded if they can’t agree to a new deal. He said Wednesday he is “not gonna get into that detail.” — Zach Banner’s season is over. The Steelers placed the right tackle on injured reserve two days after he tore the ACL in his right knee in a win over the New York Giants. Banner edged Chukwuma Okorafor during an extended training camp battle to earn the starting job. His season ended in the fourth quarter against the Giants when his knee appeared to give out while dropping back in pass protection. Okorafor, a third-round pick in the 2018 draft, figures to get the start when the Steelers host Denver in their home opener.— The Patriots have promoted kicker Nick Folk and cornerback Myles Bryant from the practice squad to the 53-man roster. Folk handled kicking duties in their win over Miami, but was sent back down after the game. — Bills starting linebackers Matt Milano and Tremaine Edmunds missed practice, and their availability is uncertain for Buffalo’s game at the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. Coach Sean McDermott wouldn’t provide an update on the players’ status other than to say they were receiving treatment after getting hurt in a season-opening 27-17 win against the New York Jets. NBA-NEWS In other action:— Brandon Belt, Brandon Crawford and Evan Longoria homered for San Francisco, and the visiting Giants playing at home beat the Seattle Mariners 9-3 in a game moved to the Bay Area because of smoky, dangerous air in Western Washington. Donovan Solano and Mauricio Dubon hit early RBI singles as the Giants snapped a three-game losing streak with a “road” victory at Oracle Park. One encouraging development: A familiar mist hovered over the outfield late in the game, not smoke.— Kole Calhoun hit his third homer in two games against his former Angels teammates, and David Peralta homered and drove in two runs in the Arizona Diamondbacks’ 9-6 victory over Los Angeles. Nick Ahmed had a two-run single during Arizona’s four-run second inning against Dylan Bundy, who had the worst start of his strong season for the Angels. Max Stassi, Jared Walsh and Justin Upton homered for the Angels, who have lost two straight at home after an 8-3 surge briefly invited hopes of playoff contention.— Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano each hit a two-run homer, and the Minnesota Twins denied the Chicago White Sox a chance to clinch their first playoff berth in 12 years with a 5-1 victory. Eddie Rosario also went deep and Minnesota pitchers retired their final 18 batters against the AL Central leaders. Chicago had won six straight and nine of 10. The second-place Twins moved within two games of Chicago in the division standings.— Rookie Luis García hit a two-run homer in the 10th inning and the Washington Nationals beat the AL East-leading Tampa Bay Rays 4-2. With Carter Kieboom on second base to start extra innings, the 20-year-old García hit a leadoff shot on the first pitch from Nick Anderson. Tampa Bay completed a stretch of eight consecutive games against last-place teams at 3-5. ROME (AP) — Novak Djokovic behaved better in his first match since being defaulted from the U.S. Open. The top-ranked Serb was mostly courteous with the chair umpire during a 6-3, 6-2 win Wednesday over local wild-card entry Salvatore Caruso in his opening match at the Italian Open. The performance came in sharp contrast to the scene in New York 10 days ago, when Djokovic was disqualified for unintentionally hitting a line judge in the throat with a ball. Djokovic said earlier this week that the incident taught him “a big lesson.”Nine-time Rome champion Rafael Nadal is set to make his return to competition after a seven-month absence against Pablo Carreño Busta. Other winners included Matteo Berrettini and Marin Cilic (CHIHL’-ihch).TENNIS-FED CUPFed Cup changes name to honor tennis great Billie Jean King UNDATED (AP) — Despite setting two defensive franchise records for the Carolina Panthers last season, Eric Reid remains unsigned, like his close friend Colin Kaepernick.Reid tells The Associated Press he has not received any offers nor been invited for a visit by any team since the Carolina Panthers released him in March. The 28-year-old safety had 130 tackles, four sacks, six passes defended, two fumble recoveries and a forced fumble in 2019. The tackles and sacks are a franchise record for Carolina. Washington coach Ron Rivera, Reid’s former coach in Carolina, gave him a strong endorsement Wednesday, describing him as “a heck of a teammate.” Rivera says his team is set at the position, otherwise he’d call Reid. And he hasn’t received any calls from other coaches or general managers inquiring about Reid.A first-round pick by San Francisco in 2013, Reid went to the Pro Bowl his rookie season. He joined with Kaepernick in 2016 when the former star quarterback took a knee during the national anthem to protest against police violence, racism and social injustice. Reid has also been a vocal opponent of the NFL’s new collective bargaining agreement. Coronavirus fears cancel Lake Placid’s luge World Cup stopLAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) — Lake Placid won’t play host to any major international sliding events this winter, after the International Luge Federation said Wednesday it will not hold a World Cup competition there because of concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. The upstate New York village was supposed to host a luge World Cup in mid-January. It will now be held in Oberhof, Germany, meaning the entire sliding-sports season will be held in Europe and Asia — skipping North America entirely.last_img read more

FA CUP: Sarri’s Job on the Line as Chelsea Takes on…

first_imgAmid claims Sarri has lost the support of his players, the former Napoli boss held clear-the-air talks this week in a bid to convince the squad to stick with him.It is not the first time he has challenged Chelsea’s stars after accusing them of being hard to motivate, questioning their mental strength and claiming they don’t understand even the basics of his game plan.Sarri’s players are said to be unhappy with the Italian’s uninspiring training methods and refusal to adapt his tactics to the players he has at his disposal.Cesar Azpilicueta, Marcos Alonso and N’Golo Kante are all being asked to perform roles that are ill-suited to their strengths and so far Sarri’s lengthy debriefs have made little difference.While ‘Sarri-ball’ was a big hit with Napoli, Chelsea have looked laboured for much of this season, struggling for cohesion in midfield and lacking cutting edge up front.Demanding Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich and influential director Marina Granovskaia are unlikely to spare Sarri unless results and performances improve soon.That means Sarri must lift Chelsea – beaten in seven of their last 22 games – back into the Premier League’s top four and keep them on course for silverware.They are still in the Europa League, having beaten Malmo in the last 32 first leg on Thursday, and face Manchester City in the League Cup final next Sunday.But first Sarri must focus on United’s visit to the Bridge as holders Chelsea look to move closer to a third successive FA Cup final appearance.“We know it’s a crucial moment. We have some very important matches. The first will be United. It’s very challenging,” Sarri’s assistant Gianfranco Zola said.Responding to the mounting sense of gloom around Chelsea, Zola called on his squad to pull together.“Nobody is pleased when you lose games the way we did recently. Not only the players, but the coaches and everyone,” he said.“It’s a moment when we’ve been alternating the results, going from one good performance to a bad one.“We have to be consistent. We all know this, and it’s important everyone understands the situation and is working on it.“This is important. The unity facing the challenge will make the difference.”United were beaten by Chelsea in last season’s final, but much has changed at Old Trafford since May.Jose Mourinho was sacked in December and his replacement Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had overseen a remarkable turnaround as interim boss.Solskjaer went unbeaten in his first 11 games in all competitions, lifting United above Chelsea into the top four.But their momentum stalled in a big way on Tuesday when Paris Saint Germain won 2-0 in the Champions League last 16, first leg in Manchester.United’s attempt to get back on track has been hit by injuries to Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard, who are both out for up to three weeks.Solskjaer expects a strong response despite those key absences, saying: “I hate losing games and it seems like the boys hate losing games.“There’s no point dwelling on it because there are big games against good teams coming up. We need to dust ourselves down and get going again on Monday.“You’ve got to bounce back at this club. You don’t panic because you’ve lost a game, you don’t change everything. It doesn’t change the mindset at all.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Maurizio Sarri Maurizio Sarri will be fighting to save his job when crisis club Chelsea face Manchester United in the FA Cup fifth round this evening.Sarri is in danger of being sacked after a dismal first season at Stamford Bridge and crashing out of the FA Cup would push the Italian closer to the axe.Chelsea suffered their heaviest defeat for 28 years when they were thrashed 6-0 at Manchester City last weekend, an indignity that came just weeks after a humiliating 4-0 loss at Bournemouth.last_img read more

Superlatives from Syracuse’s 1-0 loss to Michigan in 1st round of NCAA tournament

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 11, 2017 at 1:35 pm Contact Billy: wmheyen@syr.edu | @Wheyen3 ANN ARBOR, Mich. – No. 14 seed Syracuse (12-7, 2-4 Atlantic Coast) lost to No. 3 seed Michigan (20-2, 8-0 Big Ten) in the first round of the NCAA tournament, 1-0. The first half was a stalemate and Syracuse held firm in the second half even after going down a player to a red card. In overtime, though, U of M won on a sudden-death goal from Meg Dowthwaite.Here are superlatives from the game:The Big Moment: Meg Dowthwaite’s game-winnerUnder 90 seconds into overtime, Michigan crossed the ball toward the penalty spot. Dowthwaite reached out with the side of her stick and deflected the ball at Borg van der Velde. It went to the right of Syracuse’s keeper and into the goal. Senior defender Lies Lagerweij dropped to a squat and put her head in her hands.Syracuse had to play overtime with just five field players after an earlier red card to Elaine Carey and the open space proved too much to defend.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textLowlight: Elaine Carey red cardCarey tipped a shot over the goal with just under 20 minutes left in the game. As the ball moved the other way, one official blew his whistle and pulled a red card from his pocket, directed at Carey. She possibly tangled up with the defender on her near the penalty spot but it was unclear what specific action drew the red.Syracuse had to play 19:30 of the game down a player after the first red card given to the Orange all season. It left the Orange playing in a formation lacking a forward as SU kept its defense intact. There weren’t many outlet options for Syracuse for the rest of the game.Stud: Laura HurffSyracuse needed to defend for much of Saturday’s match and Hurff was central to that plan. While much of the team stayed around a set spot, Hurff appeared to have free reign to cover ground and go win the ball. She jumped passing lanes to intercept the ball, tracked back on defense to catch up to odd-player rushes for Michigan and proved vital on defending corners.With under a minute left, Michigan was awarded a corner and looked to score a decisive goal. But Hurff flew off her goal line when the ball was inserted and got to the shooter to get a piece of her shot. She stifled the play Michigan drew up and gave the Orange a shot to force overtime.Dud: Syracuse offenseMichigan entered the game with the second-best goals against average in the country. Much of its effectiveness at limiting SU offensively was possession. U of M possessed the ball for a majority of the game at even strength, and then controlled the ball for almost all of the last 20 minutes once Carey was sent off.Even when Syracuse had the ball, it was unable to create any chances. SU had two corners but didn’t create much from open play. Roos Weers had a strong shot that Michigan keeper Sam Swenson saved with her right leg to deny the Orange in really its only chance on goal.Highlight: Emma Tufts’ through ball to Jennifer BleakneyLate in the first half, Tufts picked up the ball just past midfield. Two defenders closed in on her but she flipped the ball between them to lead Bleakney down the left side of the field. After making it all the way into the arc, Bleakney was able to direct the ball across the center. Neither Erin Gillingham nor Carey were able to get a clean shot on goal, but Syracuse eventually drew a corner.SU couldn’t convert off the corner when Weers’ shot was deflected wide, but the Tufts through ball may have been Syracuse’s best play – and ensuing best chance — of the first game. Commentslast_img read more

Stay out of my marriage -Paintsil tells John Mensah’s ex-wife

first_imgGhana Defender John Paintsil has launched an astonishing public attack on Henrietta, the ex-wife of John Mensah, warning her to stay away from his marriage.The South Africa-based right-back said recent media reports that his wife Richlove Paintsil was seeking a divorce was concocted by Henrietta who was instigating his wife to follow in her footsteps of divorcing her hus­band.Henrietta and ex-Ghana captain John Mensah divorced this year after a bitter battle.It was reported last week that Richlove had filed for divorce, but John Paintsil refused to sign the court papers which brought into sharp focus the growing menace of Ghanaian foot­ballers’ wives ditching or betraying their husbands.Paintsil said Richlove, who is a close friend of Henrietta’s, knew noth­ing about the publication and insisted that Mensah’s ex-wife was trying to sow a seed of discord in his family.”I think my wife knows nothing about the publication which came out; because I have called her and she told me it is rather Mrs. Mensah, ex-wife of John Mensah, who sent the story to the media,” John Paintsil told Metro FM. “If she and her husband have divorced, that doesn’t mean she should force my wife to do the same.”The Ghanaian defender warned Henrietta to stay away from his mar­riage, as he and his wife were not on the verge of divorce, even though there were issues in the marriage.”I am therefore advising ner to stay away from my family for us to enjoy our freedom, because there is nothing like divorce on our minds,” Paintsil told Metro FM.”If there are any issues I need to sort out with my wife, it should be out of court or media because we never got married in the court room, but rather it should be solved at home”, he said.Meanwhile, Henrietta has expressed shock at the allegations being leveled against her by Paintsil In a telephone interview with DAILY GUIDE SPORTS yesterday, she said, “I was surprised when I heard my name in the Paintsils’ issue. Honestly, we are friends but I can say for a fact that I am innocent in this matter. ^”I can understand where Paintsil is coming from. His wife and myself are friends including he John himself, but the fact that we are friends doesn’t make me an influence in their nterital issue.”Paintsil knows my number and I expected that he would have called at least to crosscheck from me. I was very < surprised when somebody told me about Paintsil's false accusation in the media," she added.A growing number of Ghanaiar players are having serious marita problem, with over 8 divorced, while Nii Odartey Lamptey discovered through a DNA test that all his three children were not biologically his.last_img read more

Oilers’ Alex Chiasson focused on family’s safety during NHL’s coronavirus delay

first_imgWe’re often reminded that the NHL stars we watch on TV are just normal people off the ice, and that’s especially true given everything that’s going on with the coronavirus pandemic. The Oilers’ Alex Chiasson is no different.”I’m not a medical expert,” Chiasson told reporters on a video chat Wednesday. “I get the news just as everyone else does.” Chiasson has been riding out the pandemic at his home in Edmonton and doing much the same things everyone else has since the NHL paused all operations March 12: hanging out at home, working out as much as possible and waiting for this global crisis to pass.MORE: Senators announce four more positive coronavirus tests “Obviously, life is a lot different,” he said. “We’re doing our best with social distancing and staying home as much as we can. Obviously, it seems to me it’s the way that medical experts are saying that it’s helping the most, so we’re doing our best.” When the pandemic first began to spread in North America, the Montreal native thought primarily about his family. “I think that the biggest thing was my close family,” he said. “My grandma, my mom and dad . . . My parents are healthy, they’re doing well, but I think the biggest message was trying to make my point that this COVID-19 could really impact them. So I think for us . . . we’re hockey players but we’re also human beings and you want everyone around you to stay healthy. For me, I was really protective of my mom and dad, just making sure that they stay home.” On the ice, Chiasson has helped the Oilers climb to second place in the Pacific Division this season. He has tallied 11 goals and 13 assists in 65 games as a reliable fourth-line winger.The team, led by explosive playmakers Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl, who have 110 and 97 points, respectively, was building momentum ahead of the playoffs. Then everything froze — but Chiasson still liked what he saw.”There were a lot of new faces at the start of the year. Obviously a new coach (Dave Tippett), with that comes a new system, a different way of playing and practicing and things like that,” he said. “I think it took a little bit of time as a team to mesh together and for everyone to find where they fit and how they fit on the team, so it was a little adjustment period. We’ve had a few ups and downs throughout the year but it felt like the last month the team was really coming along together.”MORE: Leon Draisaitl has been ‘dangling around his dog’ during self-isolationHe added that he had been looking forward to a postseason run. “We’ve had a few injuries and we’ve had guys step up and play well,” he said. “I thought our team was prepared to go into the playoffs and be a good playoff team.”As for a return to action, Chiasson is hopeful, but he knows it will be difficult if the season resumes in the next few months. “Whatever decision the league makes, everyone’s going to start at the same point,” he said, “so that’s going to be on us. We’re professional athletes, we’ve got to make sure we prepare, and it’s not easy, but it is what it is and you’ve got to deal with the situation as best as you can.”last_img read more

Serena Williams set to tie the knot in New Orleans

first_imgIt said the event would cost more than $1 million and guests would be asked not to bring their cell phones because an exclusive photo deal has been signed with Vogue.Williams, 36, a 23-time Grand Slam champion, and Ohanian, 34, welcomed their first child, daughter Alexis Olympia, on September 1.They announced their engagement in December after meeting in 2015 in Rome.Williams won this year’s Australian Open while pregnant, and is expected to defend her title in Melbourne in 2018 — just four-and-a-half months after giving birth to her baby girl.Share on: WhatsApp Washington, United States | AFP | Tennis superstar Serena Williams is used to hoisting trophies, but on Thursday, it looks like she’ll be carrying a wedding bouquet.Music royalty Beyonce and Jay Z, along with actress Eva Longoria are among the A-listers reportedly convening in New Orleans for Williams’ wedding to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian.People and The Daily Mail, citing unnamed sources, have reported that about 250 guests will be invited to the ceremony at the Contemporary Arts Center in the Big Easy.The Daily Mail said the wedding planning has been shrouded in secrecy and guests would not learn the details until Thursday morning.last_img read more