PBA All-Star voting begins on Friday

first_imgPBA IMAGESDigos City, Batangas, and Iloilo are set to host this year’s PBA All-Star Week from May 23 to 27.Voting for the best players to compose the Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao All-Star teams will commence on Friday, with fan votes set to be accepted through online at pba.ph and at various playing venues.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Trump has a tweet for everything, but none yet for Olympics Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 City Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting MOST READ AFP official booed out of forum NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC The polls will briefly take a break after the 2018 Philippine Cup semifinals before resuming after the Finals through the first week of the elimination round of the 2018 Commissioner’s Cup.Gilas Pilipinas will once again be the main fixture for the three-part basketball extravaganza, this time with the national team using the midseason festivities as its preparation for the third window of the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutLast year, the Nationals and the Mindanao All-Stars battled to a draw before sweeping their games against the Luzon and Visayas All-Stars in their preparation for the 2017 SEABA Championship.Side events like the Slam Dunk Contest, Three-Point Shootout, and the Obstacle Challenge will also be held for this season’s edition of the All-Star Week. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Nextlast_img read more

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London Olympics: South African rowers win gold in coxless fours rowing

first_imgSouth African rowers pipped Britain and defending champions Denmark to gold at the Olympics in a thrilling lightweight coxless fours race on Thursday. South Africa’s James Thompson, Matthew Brittain, John Smith and Sizwe Ndlovu, world silver medalists, completed the 2-km course in six minutes, 2.84 seconds.The British team of Peter Chambers, Rob Williams, Richard Chambers and Chris Bartley put in a strong finish but wavered at the last to claim the silver in 6:03.09.Denmark, going for their fourth Olympic title, had to settle for bronze after leading for most of the race, in 6:03.09, its quartet of Kasper Winther, Morten Jorgensen, Jacob Barsoe and Eskild Ebbesen suffering fatigue in the final strokes.last_img read more

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Boxing legend Muhammad Ali dies at 74

first_imgsport COMMENTS SHARE death Muhammad Ali hospitalised Indian boxers pay tributes to Muhammad Ali SHARE SHARE EMAIL null Boxing icon Muhammad Ali   –  Reuters 1 Key fights in the boxing career of Muhammad Ali Former world heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali, whose record-setting boxing career, unprecedented flair for showmanship, and controversial stands made him one of the best-known figures of the 20th century, died on Friday aged 74, media reports said.Family spokesman Bob Gunnell told NBC News that Ali died in a Phoenix-area hospital. Reuters could not immediately confirm the report.“My heart is deeply saddened yet both appreciative and relieved that the greatest is now resting in the greatest place,” boxer Roy Jones Jr. said on Twitter.Ali was hospitalised this week for a respiratory ailment. The former prize fighter had long been suffering from Parkinson’s syndrome, which impaired his speech and made the once-graceful athlete almost a prisoner in his own body.Ali proclaimed himself “the greatest” – as well as “the boldest, the prettiest, the most superior, most scientific, most skillfullest.”Few could argue with him at his peak in the 1960s. With his dancing feet and quick fists, he could – as he put it – float like a butterfly and sting like a bee. He was the first person to win the heavyweight championship three times.Ali became much more than a colorful and interesting athlete. He spoke boldly against racism in the ’60s, as well as the Vietnam War.Ali was born in Louisville, Kentucky, on Jan. 17, 1942, as Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr., a name shared with a 19th century slavery abolitionist. He later changed his name after his conversion to Islam.Ali is survived by his wife, the former Lonnie Williams, who knew him when she was a child in Louisville, along with his nine children. celebrity June 04, 2016 RELATED COMMENT Boxing icon Muhammad Ali   –  Reuters × Muhammad Ali, in his own words Published on Ali has suffered from Parkinson’s disease for more than three decades and has kept a low profile in recent years.last_img read more

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Paris Masters: Rafael Nadal Withdraws in Last Moment, Denis Shapovalov Faces Novak Djokovic in Final

first_imgParis: Rafael Nadal pulled out of the Paris Masters through injury just minutes before the scheduled start of his semi-final against Denis Shapovalov on Saturday, leaving the Canadian to play Novak Djokovic in the final.Second seed Nadal could have secured the year-end world number one ranking by winning the Bercy title this week. Djokovic had beaten Grigor Dimitrov 7-6 (5), 6-4 in the first semi-final, but with an expectant crowd waiting in their seats for the second last-four match, it was announced that Nadal was out of the tournament.The 19-time Grand Slam champion will take over from Djokovic at the top of the world rankings next week, despite missing out on the chance to win a maiden title at Bercy.Four-time champion Djokovic will take on 20-year-old Shapovalov on Sunday. ATP TourDenis ShapovalovNovak DjokovicParis Masters First Published: November 2, 2019, 9:19 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

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Jolt for Lalit Modi, RCA suspends Nagaur District Association

first_imgJaipur, June 24 (PTI) In a severe jolt to former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi, the newly elected executive of Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) today suspended Nagaur District Association (NDA). The six-member executive also handed a suspension order to its secretary Rajendra Singh Nandu to please the BCCI but the move will lead to more legal tangles which have been plaguing the state cricket for almost a decade. The move is planned to get the BCCI suspension on RCA revoked and get the financial aid which has been not granted since past four years but it could also push the RCA into further mess as the Sports Act prevailing in state and the Lodha Committee recommendations might create some problems. The elections held on May 29 were held under the Lodha Committee recommendations and today the executive in its first meeting took a bold decision to suspend NDA which has former IPL commissioner Modi as President and Rajendra Singh Nandu as Secretary. Joint secretary Mahendra Nahar was handed over the charge of RCA secretary. In fact soon after the election of RCA President CP Joshi and Secretary Nandu, both had declared that their first priority would be to get the BCCI suspension lifted. Nandu, who is believed to be close associate of, Modi had had said a day before that it was up to the former IPL boss to take the call and resign from post in NDA. On the contrary, the Joshi faction believed that Nandu was just buying time and was not serious to remove Modi from the post. Joshi, apparently with some some backing and assurance from quarters within the BCCI, acted swiftly and suspended Nagaur and also acted against Nandu separately by suspending him from the post of RCA Secretary with a 4-2 decision in the executive. Talking to media persons after the first meeting of newly elected RCA executive, Joshi said that the RCA has taken a major decision. PTI DS BS BSadvertisementlast_img read more

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Claims A-Rod Major League Doper

first_imgNEW YORK –  Major League Baseball’s key witness in its case against Alex Rodriguez said he designed and administered an elaborate doping program for the 14-time All-Star starting in 2010.Anthony Bosch, the founder of the now shuttered Florida anti-aging clinic, Biogenesis, said in a 60 Minutes interview aired on CBS on Jan. 12 that Rodriguez paid him $12,000 per month to provide him with an assortment of banned drugs that included testosterone and human growth hormone.Rob Manfred, the Chief Operating Officer of Major League Baseball, said during the news program that Bosch chose to cooperate in the investigation in part because he feared for his life.MLB’s suspension of Rodriguez was reduced by an arbitrator from 211 games to 162, plus all playoff games next season. Rodriguez’s lawyers plan to file a suit in federal court Monday to overturn the arbitration ruling.Commissioner Bud Selig, who did not testify during the slugger’s appeal, defended the largest suspension ever handed out under the Joint Drug Agreement.“In my judgment his actions were beyond comprehension,” Selig said on the show. “I think 211 games was a very fair penalty.”Bosch said he began working with Rodriguez — who was motivated by his pursuit of 800 career home runs — five days before the New York Yankees third baseman hit his 600th homer on Aug. 4, 2010. Bosch said the first words out of Rodriguez’s mouth were: “What did Manny Ramirez take in 2008 and 2009?”Ramirez was suspended 50 games in 2009 while with the Los Angeles Dodgers after testing positive for a banned drug, his first of two offenses.Of the 14 players suspended as a result of MLB’s investigation into Biogenesis, Rodriguez was the only one to appeal the ban.A self-taught practitioner who was once fined $5,000 for practicing medicine without a license, Bosch outlined his relationship with the three-time AL MVP. He said he designed the program to help Rodriguez maximize the effects of the drugs and remain clean in the eyes of baseball. Rodriguez never failed a test during the period in question.Detailing a clandestine operation, Bosch said the duo used code words for the drugs like “gummies” for testosterone lozenges, which Rodriguez sometimes took right before games. Bosch said he once drew A-Rod’s blood in the bathroom stall of a Miami restaurant.Bosch also said he injected A-Rod with banned drugs because the former No. 1 draft pick with 654 career homers was afraid of needles.Details of Bosch’s relationship with Rodriguez have never been made public because the Joint Drug Agreement and Collective Bargaining Agreement requires confidentiality from both sides.Rodriguez’s lawyer Joseph Tacopina chastised MLB for participating in the segment — even though he also was interviewed.“Tonight’s further expansion of Bud Selig and Rob Manfred’s quest to destroy Alex Rodriguez goes beyond comprehension,” he said in a statement. “In a clearly pre-orchestrated display, Selig and Manfred, having known for some time what the result of the arbitration would be (in light of Manfred sitting on the arbitration panel) put forth an unparalleled display of hubris and vindictiveness — complete with Manfred appearing in tandem with the drug dealer Tony Bosch, both in full makeup, celebrating the joint victory of Bosch’s lies and Manfred’s intimidation and payments for testimony.”The players’ association, which filed the appeal on Rodriguez’s behalf, said in a statement it was disappointed, and that they might take action.“It is unfortunate that Major League Baseball apparently lacks faith in the integrity and finality of the arbitrator’s decision and our Joint Drug Agreement, such that it could not resist the temptation to publicly pile-on against Alex Rodriguez,” the statement said. “MLB’s post-decision rush to the media is inconsistent with our collectively-bargained arbitration process, in general, as well as the confidentiality and credibility of the Joint Drug Agreement, in particular.“As a result, the Players Association is considering all legal options available to remedy any breaches committed by MLB,” the statement said.Baseball said in a statement later that it had informed the players’ association it would respond publicly once the appeal is over.“It is ironic that the MLBPA is complaining about MLB’s participation in this program given that Mr. Rodriguez’s lawyer is also participating in the show,” the statement said, referring to Tacopina.The 38-year-old Rodriguez has denied he ever took illegal substances after 2003 — he admitted in 2009 he took steroids from 2001-03. He already sued MLB and Selig in October, claiming they are engaged in a “witch hunt” against him.60 Minutes reported it had over 500 Blackberry messages between Bosch and Rodriguez. Baseball connected the pin number of the messages to a phone owned by Rodriguez.Said one message from a phone owned by A-Rod: “Gummie at 1045am?… game at 1pm.” Rodriguez’s lawyers have said they were talking about nutrition in their exchanges.The news program also displayed a heavily redacted document showing a payment of nearly $50,000 from A-Rod Corporation to Bosch’s lawyer — a sum that was returned.The payment, according to Bosch, was part of an effort by Rodriguez and his people to keep Bosch quiet. After Bosch rejected Rodriguez’s request for him to sign an affidavit affirming he never gave A-Rod PEDs, Bosch says among other things it was suggested he “leave town” until the case was over. He says he was offered money and a trip to Colombia.When he rejected the trip, Bosch said his ex-girlfriend received a text in Spanish that said Bosch would not live until the end of the year.Tacopina denied it all. “Absolutely not. He didn’t bribe anyone. There was no allegation that he bribed anyone,” Tacopina said. “And the notion that Bosch is now coming on a television interview without the benefit of cross-examination or an oath — is laughable.”Baseball finally got its breakthrough with Bosch after MLB sued him. A lawyer advised Bosch to “align ourself with somebody as powerful as Alex.”In a scene right out of a suspense movie, Manfred and a top league lawyer met with Bosch at a Miami restaurant. “He was fidgety, nervous, uncomfortable,” Manfred said. “His principal concern from the very beginning was his personal safety.”“He told us that there had been threats on his life,” Manfred continued.“Some of them were associates of baseball players which was an issue of great concern to us, some of them were associates of Alex Rodriguez. … The individual that was of greatest concern to Mr. Bosch was a known associate of Mr. Rodriguez.”Baseball and Bosch struck a deal that included security for Bosch in exchange for his testimony.(Howie Rumberg, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Harry Kane included in England’s Nations League squad despite injury

first_imgEngland captain Harry Kane has been included in Gareth Southgate’s squad for June’s Nations League finals despite an ankle injury, the Football Association said on Thursday.Kane, who has not played since sustaining the injury in Tottenham’s Champions League win over Manchester City on April 9, faces a race against time to be fit for the final of that competition against Liverpool on June 1.England play their Nations League semi-final against the Netherlands on June 6, and Southgate is hopeful the striker will complete a full recovery over the next three weeks.Kane is one of nine Champions League finalists named in the 27-man squad and Southgate is wary of fatigue concerns heading into the final stretch of the Nations League campaign.Southgate adds he’ll name his final 23-man squad for the #NationsLeague by Monday 27 May.https://t.co/2p8pJDBd8LEngland (@England) May 16, 2019″Post the Champions League final, we are going to have to assess everyone really,” Southgate told a news conference.”It is a strange situation for us but we have always adapted and we have always managed to achieve results with new players, with young players, so this looks like being the same.”It is going to be a lot of uncertainty about who is going to be available until the last minute, but we have got a really strong squad with a lot of talent and we are looking forward to these matches.”Time to get set for the #NationsLeague finals #threelions https://t.co/9DK41BN93HadvertisementEngland (@England) May 16, 2019Chelsea’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek missed out on a place in the squad after his injury in a friendly in the United States on Wednesday, but fellow midfielders Declan Rice and James Ward-Prowse are involved again.Southampton winger Nathan Redmond, overlooked since winning his solitary England cap in March 2017, returns to the squad after a strong finish to the domestic season which earned him the Player of the Year award at his club.”It is a really good opportunity for Nathan,” Southgate added.”I think the new manager (Ralph Hasenhuettl) has had a positive effect: a lot of pace, playing the high press and he has started to score more regularly.”Following the Netherlands clash in Guimaraes, England will face either hosts Portugal or Switzerland in a final or third-place playoff on June 9.Full squad:Goalkeepers: Jack Butland, Tom Heaton, Jordan PickfordDefenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ben Chilwell, Joe Gomez, Michael Keane, Harry Maguire, Danny Rose, John Stones, Kieran Trippier, Kyle WalkerMidfielders: Ross Barkley, Dele Alli, Fabian Delph, Eric Dier, Jordan Henderson, Declan Rice, James Ward-Prowse, Harry WinksForwards: Harry Kane, Jesse Lingard, Marcus Rashford, Nathan Redmond, Jadon Sancho, Raheem Sterling, Callum Wilson.Also Read | Manchester City referred to UEFA judicial chamber over alleged FFP breacheslast_img read more

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Mike Gundy Puts His Trust in the Hands of Two Freshmen (Literally)

first_imgIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Here is a quote from special teams coach Robby Discher on how Mike Gundy feels about OSU’s special teams.“The best thing we do is that coach Gundy puts a big emphasis on special teams and we spend a lot of time on it,” Discher told Go Pokes. “I would say we spend more practice and meeting time than most teams in the country.“He is in every meeting and if I leave something out or he wants to say something he gets up and says it and he coaches hard on special teams. Guys see that and they buy in because when it is important to the head coach then it is important to the players.”So we are working from a thesis that says Mike Gundy takes special teams very seriously. That’s why I was surprised on Thursday when he put two true freshmen at the top of the depth chart in the return game (Jalen McCleskey returning punts, Jeff Carr returning kicks). That’s not something Gundy usually does.As Bill Haisten pointed out in the Tulsa World, this is uncharted territory.That would be a first for a Gundy team – to have two first-year freshmen involved in the return game.Gundy has sent freshmen out before on kick returns (Perrish Cox and Justin Gilbert come to mind — speaking of Gilbert, let’s take a second and remember his first return for a TD).OK, we good?Gundy sort of previewed this last week when talking about McCleskey. “He’s just making plays and we’re hoping he can help us on special teams. When guys come in and compete and earn the right to play, we’re going to put them in there.”But I didn’t think he’d so willingly place his return game in their hands. It’s all about trust, though, and Gundy has a lot of it when it comes to Carr and McCleskey.“Not only have they shown signs athletically of being able to maybe perform for us at this level but they’ve done very well, they’re great kids.” said Gundy on Thursday. “We don’t ever hear anything from them. With McCleskey and Carr, they’re a lot like Kendall Hunter. I don’t think I’ve ever heard them talk except when I ask them a question. I never hear them say anything. It’s very pleasant to be around young men who are willing to go out and work hard and be a team player.”We looked at how slithery Carr can be yesterday. McCleskey is no different. He’s tiny, but he’s talented. And he’ll get a chance to shine on the big stage in six days.last_img read more

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Solskjaer wants Man Utd players to ‘dominate games’

first_imgOle Gunnar Solskjaer would like his Manchester United team to ‘dominate games’ just like during the Sir Alex Ferguson era.The former Red Devils forward is in charge of the club on a temporary basis until the end of the season, but has seen his side score eight goals in two games since taking over from Jose Mourinho.United host Bournemouth on Sunday, with Solskjaer hoping his players can put in another commanding performance. He wants his players to express themselves on the pitch and go into each game with the belief they will pick up three points. 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? “I’ve been here for 15 years before and of course my football philosophy is driven by what I experienced here,” the 45-year-old told Sky Sports.”We do go and attack teams, try to dominate games and go into every game believing that we’re going to win, although we respect the opposition of course.”It’s not like we used to win 5-4 every time with the boss [Alex Ferguson]. When we had Jaap [Stam], Ronny [Johnsen], Rio [Ferdinand] and Vida [Nemanja Vidic] at the back, you knew that we could keep a clean sheet, so there is a fine balance there.”And I love seeing players express themselves. It probably comes down to that I experienced more in my football career than I ever believed, so I want other players to have the same feeling when they’ve finished their careers – that means we need to win.”Solskjaer has not had much time to change things at Old Trafford just yet, but believes he will have to make some tactical adjustments in January before United’s fixture list becomes more difficult.”Tactics is one side of it but we haven’t changed many of the tactics,” he explained. “We’ve just asked them to go out and express themselves because we need to see what they’re capable of as well for when we get to the bigger games.”Tactically, we’ll get time to work more, we get weeks now in January to work on the other side of it because it’s all been about us in the first couple of games.They’ve been games that we feel we can go and dominate and tweak it just a little bit defensively. No disrespect to those two teams that we’ve played, but now my job was to tell them about the mindset that Manchester United teams do have when they go into games.”After the visit of Bournemouth on Sunday, Man Utd face Newcastle away on Wednesday, January 2 and then host Reading in the FA Cup third round on Saturday, January 5 before a trip to Wembley to take on Tottenham eight days later.last_img read more

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Long’s historic double caps stellar USMNT outing

first_imgSix weeks ago, Aaron Long suffered a hamstring injury that looked like it might put his place in the Concacaf Gold Cup in jeopardy, but his two-goal performance in the U.S. national team’s 6-0 romp over Trinidad and Tobago on Saturday provided the best evidence to date that the New York Red Bulls defender is back to his best. The reigning MLS defender of the year scored the first goal and last goal in the Saturday’s victory, becoming the first USMNT defender to score twice in the same match. He also led the U.S. defense to its second consecutive shutout, delivering the kind of complete performance that strengthens Long’s status as the USMNT’s most important defender. “As he gets more fit, he’s a dynamic player,” U.S. coach Gregg Berhalter said of Long. “We rate him highly. We think we have four good center backs in camp, and together with Walker [Zimmerman] they formed a good pairing in these first games.”  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? Pre-tournament injuries to John Brooks and DeAndre Yedlin, along with the more recent loss of Tyler Adams, threatened to leave the U.S. defense in shambles, making Long’s return from a hamstring injury that much more vital. Long’s comeback endured a rough start, with his first game action after the injury coming in the USMNT’s 3-0 pre-Gold Cup loss to Venezuela. Long struggled to deal with powerful Venezuelan striker and Newcastle United standout Salomon Rondon, and left at halftime with the Americans trailing 3-0. “It’s definitely not how I envisioned my first 45 minutes back, especially with the national team, you get three goals scored on you in 45,” Long said. “And to know that before the game started that I was only going to play 45 minutes. so to have to come off at halftime when I wanted to go back out there was tough, but yeah, you need those moments. You need to grow from that. We’ve watched so much film on that stuff, we’ve been through the film so many times as a team and now we’re flying so it feels good.” Long is key to the USMNT’s defensive organization because of his ability to handle tough strikers one-on-one, and the one-time midfielder’s improving passing range has him looking comfortable in Berhalter’s possession-based system. He has formed a solid partnership with Zimmerman, providing the mobility and man marking to go with Zimmerman’s aerial dominance. USA TAKE THE LEAD! 🇺🇸Pulisic sets up Aaron Long who heads it home and puts the USMNT on 🔝 #GoldCup2019 pic.twitter.com/m9qINBZvxl— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) June 23, 2019Long is also a threat to score, as he showed on the opening USMNT goal, as we as on the game-ending tally that saw him venture forward and join the attack to chest home a rebound of a saved shot, to the surprise of some of his teammates.GOOOOOOOL CAYÓ EL SEXTO Y SE ACABÓ EL PARTIDO⚽️⚽️🇺🇸 Estados Unidos 6-0 Trinidad y Tobago🇹🇹🔴Mira el partido EN VIVO por: https://t.co/b32be0uL5U#TuCopaOro pic.twitter.com/aXxtV1Qczi— Univision Deportes (@UnivisionSports) June 23, 2019″I probably shouldn’t have been up there to be honest,” Long joked. “Walker was freaking out and screaming at me after the goal. Tim [Ream] and me switched spots for that play so I was just caught up on the wing.” With Long rounding into form, he should be a fixture in the U.S. defense when the knockout rounds of the Gold Cup begin, and it will be up to Berhalter to decide whether to keep Long in the lineup for Wednesday’s group finale against Panama, or rest him while giving someone like Matt Miazga or Omar Gonzalez a start, in order to have Long ready for the quarterfinals. After two straight starts, and shutouts, Long sounds like a player who is ready to play every minute of the tournament, and keep building on performances like Saturday’s gem. “I feel great. As the games go on you get more confident,” Long said. “You get in the groove. Scoring goals helps with that for sure. Confidence is getting higher, for me and for the group.”last_img read more

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DNV GL to Establish Marine Battery Forum

first_imgzoom DNV GL is now running a pilot project that prepares the ground for the establishment of a Marine Battery Forum, which shall work to ensure that Norway is a world leader in maritime battery-based value creation.The forum shall be a tool for effective realization of the government’s ambition of green growth within the maritime sector and a vision that Norway will be a world leading maritime nation and an attractive maritime host country. The industry shall deliver the most environmentally friendly, innovative and competitive solutions for the future. El – ships and hybrid vessels can become a pillar of Norwegian environmental policy, similar to electric vehicles, and which also provides important industrial policy results.Electric ships and hybrid ships with energy storage in large batteries can provide significant reductions in fuel costs, maintenance and emissions, as well as improved responsiveness and thereby improved regularity and safety in critical situations. The importance of cleaner energy in shipping makes use of batteries becomes increasingly important. In the future, probably most ships will be hybrid or plug-in hybrid.The aim of the meeting was to assess who intends to become a member. More than 80 managers from charterers, owners, yards, and vendors had enthusiastic and fruitful discussions, also including Norwegian authorities, in a meeting at DNV GL Høvik on March 4th. The meeting was headed by Remi Eriksen , DNV GL Group Executive Vice President and COO.DNV GL, March 4, 2014last_img read more

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Prince Harry Visits Charity Photo Exhibition

first_imgPrince Harry last week visited a photographic exhibition in London documenting the work of his Lesotho-based children’s charity Sentebale.Prince Harry speaks at the private view of the Sentebale – Stories of Hope exhibition of photographs in LondonThe Prince had spent around half an hour viewing the exhibition Sentebale – Stories of Hope at the Getty Images Gallery in central London.Some of the pictures were taken in February during The Prince’s trip to the southern African kingdom of Lesotho, where his charity supports a range of projects that help disadvantaged children and young people.Sentebale, which means Forget-Me-Not in Sesotho, the language of Lesotho, was founded in 2006 by Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso of Lesotho. It has improved the lives of thousands of children by providing healthcare and education to those most in need, including children orphaned by the country’s HIV/Aids epidemic, but has ambitions to help many more.Among the guests was David Furnish, whose partner Sir Elton John has helped raise money for a new Sentebale children’s centre through the Elton John AIDS Foundation’s White Tie and Tiara ball.Mr Furnish said: “I congratulated him on being an uncle and he smiled proudly. I’m an uncle many times over and I love it.”Mr Furnish said of Sentebale: “At our ball we gave people the chance to purchase cabins at the new Mamohato Children’s Centre, and we sold 10 cabins at £35,000 each. It was a huge success because people can see how it makes a difference to children’s lives.”Other guests included the BBC newsreader Kate Silverton, who has seen the poverty of Lesotho first hand when she filmed a report there.The Prince, wearing a blue suit and a white open-necked shirt, told an audience of 140 invited guests that he would not make a long speech because it was “absolutely roasting” in the small gallery off Oxford Street.He said of the charity’s work: “In the absence of parents for the vast majority of Lesotho children we at Sentebale we hope are filling the gap as best we can.“The stigma that surrounds HIV and Aids must be explained and, I hope, understood.”Source:PrinceHenryOfWales.orglast_img read more

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Loonie dips amid higher commodity prices worries about Spanish banks

The Canadian dollar was lower Tuesday against a background of higher commodity prices and rising concern about the troubled Spanish banking sector, which is looking for government help.The currency dipped 0.06 of a cent to 97.62 cents US.Commodity prices gained ground amid rumours that China will relax monetary policy and announce fiscal stimulus measures to offset slowing economic growth.China’s huge appetite for oil and metals has been a primary driver for higher commodity prices and for resource stocks. However, they have taken a beating over the last couple of months on worries the global economic recovery is losing momentum.The July crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange was up 51 cents to US$91.37 a barrel.The July copper contract added two cents to US$3.47 a pound while the June bullion contract in New York gave up early gains to move $8.80 lower to US$1,560.10 an ounce.Meanwhile, traders reacted to news that Spain’s fourth-largest lender needs €19 billion in state aid to shore itself up by demanding higher interest rates to buy the country’s debt.The interest rate, or yield, on Spanish 10-year-bonds rose Tuesday to 6.5 per cent in a sign that investors were turning away from Spanish debt. Meanwhile, the spread between Spanish bonds and safe haven German bunds remained at an alarming 5.14 percentage points.Investors fear that the Spanish government, which is already under pressure to lower its debt at a time of recession and record-high unemployment, will be overwhelmed by the cost of saving the country’s banking sector.On the economic front, traders balanced U.S. data showing a steadily recovering housing sector with a poorer than expected reading on consumer confidence.The Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller home price index showed that home prices rose in March from February in most major U.S. cities for the first time in seven months. Prices increased in 12 of the 20 cities it tracks.However, the Conference Board said its Consumer Confidence Index came in at 64.9 for May, down from a revised 68.7 in April. Economists had been expecting a reading of 70. read more

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Thai government says its not ignoring shrimp industry slavery highlighted by AP

BANGKOK – Thailand’s government said Monday it is not ignoring the slavery and forced labour in its lucrative shrimp industry that was highlighted in an Associated Press investigation published last week.Government spokesman Sansern Kaewkamnerd, flanked by several police and navy officials, held a news conference specifically to address issues raised by the AP report.Sansern said the government was already aware of slavery in the industry before the AP report was released Dec. 14. “Authorities found it first,” he said.Kornchai Klaiklung, the head of the anti-human trafficking wing of the police, said “a number of things including the report about debt-bound labourers interest us and we are looking into it and will prosecute them (the culprits).Thailand is one of the world’s biggest shrimp providers and its seafood export industry is estimated to bring in about $7 billion annually. The AP report revealed the widespread use of undocumented migrant labourers, many from neighbouring Myanmar.Many of these labourers end up being tricked or sold into shrimp-peeling sheds where they are forced to work 16-hour days with no time off and little or no pay for sometimes years at a time. Some end up locked inside. Others are allowed to go out, but only if they leave their children or spouse behind as a guarantee against running away.A day after the AP report, Thiraphong Chansiri, the president of Thai Union, one of the world’s biggest seafood exporters, expressed frustration and promised change. He said the AP investigation should be a “wake-up call” to the industry. Many exporters have bought shrimp from, or outsourced peeling work to, smaller operators who have less oversight.At the news conference Monday, government officials did not deny the existence of forced labour but disputed parts of the story, especially the AP’s assertion that police took bribes and turned a blind eye to the practices in the industry.“This is not true,” Sansern said without elaborating. He said Thailand could not have become one of the top shrimp exporters in the world with the use of slave labour alone.“There are a number of criteria needed to become leader in the field such as quality of the product … not just cheap labour alone.”The AP stood by its report, which was part of a series of investigations this year into slavery in the fishing industry in the region. More than 2,000 trapped fishermen were freed earlier this year from an island in Indonesia as a result of the AP’s work. The reports also have led to a dozen arrests, millions of dollars’ worth of seizures and proposals for new federal laws.“We stand firmly behind our reporters’ coverage, which has been scrupulous, thorough and fair,” said Paul Colford, an AP vice-president and director of media relations. “Their stories exposing the enslavement of workers in the Southeast Asian fishing industry have been a source of great pride throughout The Associated Press.” by Nattasuda Anusonadisai, The Associated Press Posted Dec 21, 2015 7:54 am MDT Last Updated Dec 21, 2015 at 8:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Thai government says it’s not ignoring shrimp industry slavery highlighted by AP investigation read more

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Womens Gymnastics Ohio State hosts Minnesota and Illinois State in homeopener

Nicole Jontony competes on the balance beam for Ohio State gymnastics. Credit: Courtesy of Nicole JontonyThe Ohio State women’s gymnastics team (0-3, 0-2 Big Ten) will return home after three straight road meets to begin the year for its first tri-meet of the season against Minnesota (4-0, 2-0 Big Ten) and Illinois State (1-2) Saturday at St. John Arena.“We’re really excited to be home for once, and really show the crowd and our fans like what we’ve worked throughout the whole preseason for,” senior Stefanie Merkle said. “Being a home meet, we’ve been on this equipment before, so you don’t have to adjust to it. That’s one good thing. I think the home schedule of vault, bars, beam, floor, is always a nice rotation to go to.”The Buckeyes have seen the same challenging away rotation of events for the last three meets, starting the competition on uneven parallel bars and ending with balance beams. The change of pace of beginning on vault and ending on floor exercise might come to an advantage for the team this weekend at home.Ohio State might benefit from the return of senior Kaitlyn Hofland, who has been out of competitions to begin the season while she recovers from shoulder surgery. Head coach Meredith Paulicivic said she hopes to have her senior “back on bars” this weekend. Hofland earned a career-best score of 9.925 on uneven parallel bars on Feb. 11, 2017, against Penn State.Though it has not won yet this season, Ohio State has seen steady improvement from each competition, increasing its final scores by an average of 1.05 points per meet. Finishing its last competition against Iowa with a final tally of 195.300, its highest score of the season, Ohio State hopes to reach the 196 points this weekend.“I think right now, we’re starting to get a little more comfortable,” Paulicivic said. “We don’t look so nervous in a meet, which is great. Now it’s the details, getting after the handstands, getting after the sticks, the splits, all the little half-tenthers.”The team practices this week were aimed to focus on improving details in every routine. Being three meets deep in the season, and as the newcomers have gained experience, the standards for the team are rising. “I feel like with three meets under our belt, yeah, we’re definitely hitting our groove,” Paulicivic said. “For this team, every meet that we have, everything that they do in front of a judge and in an arena, I feel like they’re going to learn something from it and get better and better.”Ohio State’s home-opener against Minnesota and Illinois State begins at 4 p.m. Saturday. read more

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Olympic boxing fights werent fixed but there was an atmosphere of collusion

first_img Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Friday 27 Jan 2017, 2:55 PM Jan 27th 2017, 2:55 PM 16,522 Views 28 Comments Share Tweet Email http://the42.ie/3209099 Follow us: the42.ie Olympic boxing fights weren’t fixed – but there was ‘an atmosphere of collusion’ AIBA admit there was an “unwelcome axis of influence” between senior management and judges at the Games. THE INTERNATIONAL BOXING Association (AIBA) have said that “unprofessional relationships” between the senior management and judges created an atmosphere of collusion in the sport’s governing body at the Rio Olympics.In a statement released on Friday, the AIBA added that a special investigation carried out by committee experts found no evidence of active interference in the results. They conducted 50 interviews over a four-month period.“An unwelcome axis of influence and sole decision-making had been created and used by former Senior Management that led to a lack of due process being carried out,” said AIBA president Ching-kuo Wu.“Whilst there is no evidence that this had a direct influence on results in Rio, if best practice is not followed 100% of the time by our officials and R&Js (referees and judges), that is unacceptable.”All 36 referees and judges used at the 2016 Games have been suspended since October, but the AIBA said they will now be considered for reinstatement on a “case by case basis.”“Not all of them will be reinstated,” an AIBA spokesman told AFP.Bantamweight favourite Michael Conlan was controversially defeated in his quarter-final bout against Vladamir Nikitin, and the Belfast fighter labelled the AIBA as “cheats” afterwards.Conlan was fined  €9,300 by the AIBA for his outburst and said he has no intention of paying the fine. The 25-year-old has since turned professional and will make his debut in New York in March.The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! By Kevin O’Brien Nadal wins Dimitrov thriller to set up Federer finalVenus and Serena Williams’ childhood coach on the moment he realised they could dominatelast_img read more

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New Lemnos Gallipoli memorial unveiling announced

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee announced the details for its forthcoming unveiling of Australia’s newest Gallipoli memorial – The Lemnos Gallipoli Memorial. The event will take place at 11.00 am on Saturday 8 August 2015 – one hundred years to the day that Australia’s nurses arrived on Lemnos to care for the sick and wounded from the terrible fighting across the Aegean at Gallipoli.The event will take place at the Lemnos Gallipoli Memorial site – Foote Street Square, Albert Park. The location is diagonally opposite both Albert Park Secondary College and the Gasworks Arts Village Precinct. The memorial statue will be unveiled in the presence of a number of descendents of nurses and diggers who served on Lemnos in 1915.The memorial has been created by Australia’s pre-eminent commemorative sculptor, Mr Peter Corlett, OAM. Mr Corlett has created some of Australia’s most endearing and moving commemorative sculptures, such as Weary Dunlop in Melbourne’s Domain gardens, Cobbers at Fromelles in France, the Bullecourt Digger in France, Simpson and his Donkey 1915 in Canberra and the Australian Light Horse Memorial at Beersheeba, Israel. Information on these works is contained on Peter’s website – www.petercorlett.com/memorial.htmlThe Memorial Sculpture consists of two statues – one of a nurse and one of a sick or wounded digger – standing and resting on a stone plinth, that has been etched with the names of the villages on Lemnos visited by the Anzacs in 1915 as well as Lemnos and Gallipoli, in Greek and in English. The memorial statue site is complemented by an information board and flagpoles, the latter for commemorative events. In designing the Memorial Sculpture, Mr Corlett has been informed by his passion for classical sculpture and the story of Lemnos and Anzac, assisted by historian Jim Claven, secretary of the Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee. The committee has announced that the creation of the Memorial Statue is now on schedule for unveiling as planned on 8 August 2015. Mr Lee Tarlamis, president of the committee, said that this was a proud moment not only for the committee but all interested in the further recognition of the role of Lemnos in the Gallipoli story and specifically the role of Australia’s nurses.“For too long this aspect of Australia’s Gallipoli story has been either ignored or lightly treated. “The vital role played by Lemnos as the forward base for the Gallipoli campaign, the care of Australia’s nurses and other medical staff for the wounded brought to the Island in great numbers from the peninsula and the support of the local population for the Anzacs and other Allied soldiers, has deserved better recognition.Our new Lemnos Gallipoli Memorial Statue will form a long overdue lasting tribute to this service and the sacrifice of those 148 Australian soldiers who remain buried on Lemnos in its two Commonwealth War Grave Cemeteries.” Mr Jim Claven, secretary of the committee, said that it was fitting that the memorial was being erected in Albert Park.“Nearby Princes Pier witnessed the departure of the thousands of nurses and diggers for Gallipoli one hundred years ago. Its location near the waters of Port Phillip Bay resonates with the nurses and soldiers who served and were cared for on the shores of Lemnos’ great Moudros Bay. “And nurses like Matron Grace Wilson and Nurse Clarice Daley who both served on Lemnos in 1915 have strong connections to the local area. Clarice returned to live in Elwood after the war with her husband Sergeant Ernest Lawrence, to whom she was married while on Lemnos. Corporal Albert Jacka, Australia’s first VC winner, served on Lemnos and returned from the war to serve as mayor of nearby St Kilda.“Some associations are not so happy. Corporal George Knight, a local electrician, and Driver Ralph Berryman, a South Melbourne-born warehouseman, both departed from this area only to sadly die and be buried on Lemnos.”Mr Claven added that the committee was particularly glad to welcome the descendents of a number of nurses and diggers who served on Lemnos in 1915, including those of Matron Grace Wilson, Nurse Daley and Sergeant Lawrence – amongst others.last_img read more

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LewisMcChord crew makes Antarctica rescue flight

first_imgJOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. (AP) — A crew from Joint Base Lewis-McChord made a rescue flight to Antarctica to pick up an ailing American engineer.Master Sgt. Jake Chappelle of the base’s 446th Reserve Airlift Wing tells The News Tribune that a crew from the base south of Tacoma, Wash., made the flight. The active duty 62nd Airlift Wing also had airmen on the rescue.The newspaper reports that the flight that helped Renee-Nicole Douceur reach New Zealand for medical treatment is the second medical rescue that McChord-based crews have performed this year in Antarctica.Douceur told The Associated Press in an email Monday that she slept for the whole plane ride to New Zealand.last_img read more

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Bluegrass Camp For Kids Goes Busking

first_imgKids hit the streets of Petersburg recently to showcase their music skills and raise money for Bluegrass Camp. It’s a program that runs throughout the United States, taught by a group of traveling folk musicians.Download AudioIt’s an hour before the kids will pack up their instruments and perform in an outdoor venue: the sidewalks of downtown Petersburg. They’re going busking later.“Busking is kinda like when you get in a group and practice things and go sing for people,” says eight-year-old, Allie Thomassen. She’s brushing up on her guitar playing skills. The instrument is about half the size of her tiny body, but that doesn’t stop her from strumming to “Oh, Susanna.”The camp brings in established bluegrass musicians from around the country, like Tyson James Alteri. “I’ve been living in Nashville. For the past three summers, I’ve been playing around Alaska in Tyson James and the Hot Strings.” Alteri went to the University of Alaska in Anchorage in the 90s. Since then, he’s been working the country music circuit between Los Angeles and Nashville. “But the nature and the beauty of Alaska draws you back.” Teaching gives him the opportunity to travel. He’s even taught bluegrass in Hawaii, but he says there’s something special about mentoring the kids in Southeast. “This camp in particular has some unique kids involved. They pick up things really fast. It seems like music is going to stick to these kids.”The class is busking later for the thrill of performing in public, but they’re also doing it for something else. Eight-year-old Breiland Willis just isn’t entirely sure what that is.“I think it’s where you go around playing music around town singing?” Alteri reminds him that they’ll also be making money for the camp.From the earnings, the camp will purchase more instruments, strings, and picks. “We like to provide the instruments so people have a chance to play new instruments they’ve never had the chance to play before,” says Angela Oudean. She performs with the band Todd Grebe and Cold Country, and teaches at the camp. She says for beginning musicians, instruments like the banjo can be hard to come by. “It’s going to be their first time playing that instrument. They’re not going to have one at home.”The kids busk on the sidewalk, between a local boutique and hardware store. The spot is a prime location for the hustling musicians. After performing, Oudean counts a stack of dollar bills dropped in a fiddle case. “$32 bucks. That’s half an instrument right there.”In total, the kids earned about $200 busking. It’s money they’ll put back into next year’s Bluegrass Camp.last_img read more

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Alaska News Nightly Wednesday July 22 2015

first_imgInterior Dept. OKs Arctic Drilling—With LimitsJohn Ryan, KUCB – UnalaskaThe Obama administration approved Shell’s Oil’s plan for drilling in the Arctic Ocean today. But for now, Shell is restricted on how deep it can drill.Murkowski Unveils Her National Energy Policy BillLiz Ruskin, APRN – Washington, D.C.Sen. Lisa Murkowski today released a national energy policy bill. It’s been one of her highest priorities as chairman of the Senate Energy Committee, and she produced the bill jointly with the top Democrat on the committee, Maria Cantwell of Washington.Southeast Village Brings Its Subsistence Designation Battle To Capitol HillLiz Ruskin, APRN – Washington, D.C.Leila Kheiry, KRBD – KetchikanThe Southeast village of Saxman took its fight to be designated a “rural” community to Congress today.Murkowski Balks At Proposed Funding Source for Highway PlanLiz Ruskin, APRN – Washington, D.C.The deadline for renewing the nation’s highway programs is nine days away. Leaders in the Senate this week negotiated a bill that would fund highways for the next six years. But it would require selling off $9 billion of crude oil that’s stashed in the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, chairman of the Senate Energy Committee, objected to the bill on the Senate floor Tuesday.Dozens Testify Against Megaprojects In Anchorage  Zachariah Hughes, KSKA – AnchorageThe government body that handles transportation across Anchorage saw its largest turnout in more than a decade for public testimony against two large projects.Southeast Pleas For Restored Ferry Service; AHMS Skeptical, Citing Dwindling CoffersEd Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – JuneauSoutheast Alaska community leaders hope to restore or change some parts of the proposed ferry schedule for this fall, winter and spring.Chum Salmon Flood Western Alaska Waters As Buyers Struggle to Keep UpEmily Russell, KNOM – NomeSalmon fishermen in the Norton Sound and Kotzebue region are having a bountiful year for both commercial and subsistence.As Chinook Cross Into Canada, Fall Chum Begin Running on the YukonMatthew Smith, KNOM – NomeThe kings have reached Canada—and Alaska Fish and Game biologists say they’ve now met their escapement goals all along the Yukon.BC Withholds Key Permit from Transboundary MineEd Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – JuneauBritish Columbia officials are delaying permits for an open-pit mine near a river that flows into the ocean south of Ketchikan. They say Pacific Booker Minerals has not proved it can keep toxic water out of nearby waterways. Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprn.Download Audiolast_img read more

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