first_imgFormer Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Anurag Thakur has tendered fresh unconditional apology in the Supreme Court for filing a false affidavit in connection with a contempt case against him.The three-judge bench of the apex court, headed by Justice Dipak Misra and comprising of Justices A.M. Khanwilkar and D.Y. Chandrachud, had earlier asked the former president of the BCCI to tender fresh unconditional apology.On June 27, Justice R.M. Lodha Committee’s recommendations, mandated by the Supreme Court, was to be made effective when members of the Indian cricket board decided to appoint fresh committee to see how quickly the principal order of Supreme Court can be implemented.The apex court passed its verdict on July 18, 2016 accepting the majority of the reforms suggested by the three-member panel, headed by Justice Lodha.On April 17, Thakur filed his reply before the apex court in connection with a contempt notice served against him for filing a false affidavit in the top court.The apex court had granted relief to Thakur and had exempted his personal appearance in the court till the next date of hearing.Thakur tendered an unconditional apology to the apex court in connection with his initiation of contempt proceedings case.The apex court, on January 2, issued a notice to Thakur seeking an explanation as to why contempt proceedings should not be initiated against him.The court had sought a reply from Thakur regarding perjury charges levelled against him by the amicus curiae Gopal Subramanian.advertisementThe court had also removed Thakur and Ajay Shirke from their respective posts of BCCI president and board secretary for their failure to bring transparency and accountability to the Indian cricket board and their non-compliance of the court’s July 18, 2016 order.On December 15, the Supreme Court court had observed that Thakur, prima facie, appears to have committed matter of perjury in relation to demanding an intervention via a letter from the International Cricket Council ( ICC) in order to sidestep the implementation of the Lodha Committee recommendations.The top court also asked the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) to give an undertaking to the new cricket body, Committee of Administrators (CoA), stating that it would follow and implement the Lodha Committee recommendations.A bench of the apex court, headed by Justice Dipak Misra and comprising Justices D.Y. Chandrachud and A. M. Khanwilkar, while hearing the arguments from the amicus curiae and BCCI counsel Kapil Sibbal, said that it would be only after the DDCA submits the undertaking that funds for its day-to-day functioning would be released.On January 30, the apex court had appointed a new four-member BCCI panel of administrators led by Vinod Rai, along with noted historian Ramachandra Guha, managing director of IDFC Limited Vikram Limaye and former captain of the women’s cricket team Diana Edulji as other administrators.They will function as the new interim bosses of the BCCI and run the day-to-day administration of the BCCI till the Justice (retd.) R.M. Lodha-led recommendations are fully implemented and elections are held.last_img read more


first_imgMonaco face an almost impossible task to retain their Ligue 1 title with a squad shorn of players that lit up their championship charge as big-spending rivals Paris St Germain look to add Brazilian striker Neymar to their bloated ranks.The principality side have seen Tiemoue Bakayoko, Benjamin Mendy and Bernardo Silva all depart for the Premier League and sports daily L’Equipe reported on Thursday that coveted French forward Kylian Mbappe has also asked to leave the club.Meanwhile, last season’s runners-up PSG have recruited Brazil full back Dani Alves from Juventus and are close to completing the staggering acquisition of Neymar from Barcelona for a world record 222 million euros ($262.94 million).”We know that it will be very difficult to successfully defend our title and everybody knows who the favourites are,” Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev said ahead of Friday’s opening day of the season.Monaco have also lost forward Valere Germain to Olympique de Marseille and midfielder Nabil Dirar to Fenerbahce but the side has constantly shown they can adapt and evolve in recent seasons under the shrewd guidance of coach Leonardo Jardim.The Portuguese has steered them to top-three finishes in every campaign since joining in 2013-14 and last year Monaco played some of the most attractive football in Europe as they netted 107 league goals on the way to a famous title triumph.Monaco have a reputation for nurturing young talent and they will be looking to get the most out of Belgian prospect Youri Tielemans, a gifted midfielder who scored 18 goals and had 15 assists for Anderlecht last season.advertisement”Like every year, we will try to rely on a blend of talent and experience and we’ve been implementing this in our recruitment,” Vasilyev added.Monaco kick off the season on Friday at home to Toulouse as they bid to move within one victory of the French record of 14 consecutive league wins, having prevailed in their last 12 games of the previous campaign.PSG take on Amiens at the Parc des Princes on Saturday but even if he has completed the transfer, Neymar and the club’s fans will need to wait a little longer until he makes his debut.Other title contenders include Marseille, who have strengthened with the arrival of Germain from Monaco, midfielder Luiz Gustavo from VfL Wolfsburg and defender Adil Rami from Sevilla.Nice, third last season, will again rely on volatile Italian striker Mario Balotelli to lead the line for a side buoyed by their progression to the Champions League playoffs with an away goals win over Ajax Amsterdam on Wednesday.($1 = 0.8443 euros)last_img read more


first_imgGarbine Muguruza has had a wretched time at Brisbane International, as the Spanish World No. 2 succumbed to leg cramps in the third set of her opening match Aleksandra Krunic. This was the fourth consecutive year that she has had to pulll out of the tournament injury problems.The tournament top seed started well in her second round encounter against unseeded Serbian Krunic, converting her seventh set point in a marathon 12th game to claim the opener before roaring to a 5-2 lead in the second.WATCH VIDEOThe reigning Wimbledon champion was coasting but the 53rd-ranked Krunic mounted a stirring fight back and reeled off four of the next five games to force a tiebreak, which she claimed by a 7-3 margin to send the contest into a deciding set.Mugurza regrouped to break the Serb in the first game of the third and was serving at 2-1 up before she collapsed on the baseline and retired immediately when she was helped off the court to receive treatment for cramping in both legs.Top seed Garbiñe Muguruza is forced to retire while leading 2-1 in the 3rd set. Aleksandra Krunic, who recovered from 2-5 down in the 2nd, advances.#BrisbaneTENnis pic.twitter.com/QS1w5N0uOp— #BrisbaneTennis (@BrisbaneTennis) January 2, 2018The early exit cost Muguruza a chance to replace Romania’s Simona Halep at the top of the world rankings ahead of the Australian Open later this month but the Spaniard’s immediate concern will be to get fit for the first grand slam of the year.advertisement”I cramp very few times, but I do remember that the last time I cramped up was actually (at the Australian Open in Melbourne. Maybe it’s the heat. Maybe it’s the conditions. I don’t know, but it’s rare for me,” Muguruza told reporters.Muguruza’s run of injury woes in the tournament dates back to 2015 when she withdrew on the eve of the event with an ankle problem, before a left foot injury ended her 2016 campaign and a right thigh problem led to her semi-final retirement last year.The Spaniard admitted that the cramping started early in the second set but she was otherwise happy with her performance and the general quality of the match despite being unable to continue through the pain.”I’m pleased because we were playing very good points and good rallies. She was playing very good,” the 24-year-old added.Krunic, meanwhile, advances to a quarter-final meeting with either Romania’s Sorana Cirstea or Latvia’s Anastasija Sevastova but was disappointed with the manner of her victory over Muguruza.”I’m not happy with what happened today and I want to wish Garbine a fast recovery. I hope she gets better for the slam,” she said in a courtside interview.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more


first_imgLionel Messi’s brothers has been ordered to be arrested by a prosecutor in Argentina.Authorities say that Matias Messi illegally carried a gun. The weapon was found inside a blood-stained boat after he crashed it in the Parana river.Prosecutor Jose Luis Caterina says Messi is being investigated and will eventually be detained for illegally possessing a firearm in “a suspicious context.”The weapon was found inside a blood-stained boat. The 35-year-old is recovering from a fractured jaw and other injuries at a hospital in Argentina’s Santa Fe province.The prosecutor says that after the crash, the brother of the soccer star was helped by a local resident.Messi’s attorney, Ignacio Carbone, said that his client crashed into a sandbank and denied that he owns the gun.last_img read more


first_imgSri Lanka skipper Dinesh Chandimal on Wednesday confirmed that their senior most batsman Angelo Mathews will bat at the important number four position in the first Test against India beginning.”He gives us confidence as a batting unit. He will bat at number four. He has all the experience and at the top of the order and we will get maximum out of it,” Chandimal said on the eve of the opening Test against India at the Eden Gardens.Mathews is yet to score a Test hundred since August 2015 and in that phase he has aggregated 917 runs in 32 innings at 28.65 with his overall average slipping to 44.93 from 52.06. Incidentally his last hundred came against India — a knock of 102 in Colombo in August.”We are looking forward to his experience. He was unbelievable in 2013-14. Hope he will put his hands up and do best.” Having missed the entire Pakistan series because of a calf injury, Mathews is back in action, albeit only as a batsman. (Winning a Test in India is like a dream for everyone: Dinesh Chandimal)”We will miss Mathews as a bowler as he gives us more confidence and can balance the side really well. Unfortunately with his injury he can’t bowl in Tests.” Playing their first Test in India since 2009, Sri Lanka will also eye a maiden win in the longer format as they have lost 10 matches and drawn the remaining six in the country.The Eden Gardens has a green top on offer and Chandimal hoped their batsmen and bowlers would make best use of it. “In our last series here, we played really good against their seamers. We are confident to play on the grassy conditions and bouncy pitches.advertisement”We are more than capable of playing in this kind of conditions. We need to get a good start, especially the top four and then we can continue,” he said. India had whitewashed them 9-0 across three formats not so long ago and Chandimal said they learnt their lessons the tough way.”They have been outstanding. They have done a lot of hardwork, on and off the field. They are really good as a team in every format. They look really balanced.” “We all know India are the number one side at the moment in Tests. They have played some really good cricket last two years. It was a tough series in Sri Lanka and as a team we have learnt a lot from that time.”Sri Lanka bounced back from the bitter memories back home to surprise Pakistan 2-0 in Tests in UAE. “We just need to get positives of the last series. We are more confident after winning against Pakistan.”Asked about their recipe of success against Pakistan, he said: “We just tried to play five bowlers, as a good team you need 20 wickets to win a match. Then fielding is one area we are looking at and keep our energies up for five days.”The weather was really hot in UAE, we used five bowlers… Here we saw the pitch yesterday, it looked green and hard. Maybe, the seamers will come into play in this game. A deep depression in Bay of Bengal is causing a lot of rainfall since last night as it may affect the match with more rain forecast in next 48 hours.”You can’t control the weather. As a team we have a good gameplan, we have something up our sleeves. We are coming tomorrow here to play the game without thinking about the weather. If it rains we will change the gameplan and go forward.”last_img read more


first_imgV. Stiviano says Donald Sterling’s racist comments on an audio recording leaked to the public were not the first by the Los Angeles Clippers owner in conversations with her.“There’s been a number of occasions where Mr. Sterling and I had conversations just like this one. This was one of very many,” Stiviano told Barbara Walters on ABC’s 20/20 in an interview. “Part of what the world heard was only 15 minutes. There’s a number of other hours that the world doesn’t know.”Sterling told Stiviano in the recording that she should not post online photos of herself with black people, including basketball great Magic Johnson, or bring black people to Clippers’ games.The recording, which an attorney for Stiviano said was leaked by a third party, led to public outcry across the country and the NBA. Some sponsors dropped the Clippers and others re-evaluated their relationship with the NBA.NBA Commissioner Adam Silver banned Sterling for life, fined him $2.5 million and urged league owners to force him to sell the team. A three-quarters vote by the NBA owners is required to force him to sell.Though Stiviano told Walters that Sterling should “absolutely” apologize, she said she still loves him like a father figure and does not believe he is a racist.“I think Mr. Sterling is from a different generation than I am,” she said. “I think he was brought up to believe these things … segregation, whites and blacks. But through his actions he’s shown that he’s not a racist. He’s shown to be a very generous and kind man.”Stiviano said that since the ban, Sterling has felt confused, alone and not supported by those around him.“I think he’s highly more traumatized and hurt by the things that he said himself,” she said. “I think he can’t even believe or understand sometimes the thing he says, and I think he’s hurt by it. He’s hurting right now.”A real-estate mogul, Sterling has been accused of racial missteps before.The billionaire had paid a $2.76 million settlement to resolve a federal lawsuit accusing him of systematically excluding blacks and Hispanics from his rental properties. He also won a wrongful termination lawsuit by General Manager Elgin Baylor, who accused him of various slurs and slights.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more


first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares NEW YORK — Mats Zuccarello has enjoyed plenty of winning nights at Madison Square Garden. Now he can rest easy that he’ll be sticking around for a while.Keith Yandle also had a night to remember as his New York Rangers debut went about as well as he could have hoped.Zuccarello had two assists shortly after his four-year contract extension was announced, and Yandle skated off a winner in the Rangers’ 4-1 victory over the NHL-leading Nashville Predators on Monday.With unrestricted free agency looming this summer, Zuccarello and the Rangers reached an agreement shortly before the March 2 NHL trade deadline. The small, dynamic forward could have been sent packing if a new deal hadn’t been made.“This is where I want to be, and I want to be a part of this team,” said Zuccarello, who teamed with Derick Brassard to set up goals by Marc Staal and Chris Kreider. “I want to try to win with this team.“This is home.”His production helped the Rangers rebound from a rare regulation loss and sent the Predators to a season-worst third straight defeat. Dominic Moore and Rick Nash added third-period goals to make Yandle’s night a success, one day after he was acquired from Arizona.“It was awesome,” the All-Star defenseman said. “I had a little bit of butterflies and I was nervous a little bit just being on a new team, but the crowd did a great job of welcoming me.”Cam Talbot stopped 25 shots to improve to 9-2-2 in place of injured No. 1 goalie Henrik Lundqvist, who turned 33 on Monday.The Rangers, 12-2-2 in their past 16 games, moved into a tie with the rival Islanders atop the Metropolitan Division. New York’s 4-2 loss at Philadelphia on Feb. 28 was its first in regulation since falling 3-2 at Nashville on Feb. 7.“It was a good test for us to see where we are against the No. 1 team in the NHL,” Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said.Matt Cullen scored for the Predators in the second period. Pekka Rinne made 36 saves but dropped his third straight decision, including a pair of home losses.“Anytime you lose a game you’re concerned,” Cullen said. “We have an eye on the big picture but at the same time we need to focus on what we have here. We need to dig ourselves out of it.“We’re not playing as well as we can.”The Rangers jumped out to a 1-0 lead when Zuccarello sent a cross-zone feed to Staal, who skated into the left circle and snapped a shot past Rinne at 6:36 for the defenseman’s fifth goal.New York nearly doubled its lead with 4:57 left, shortly after Zuccarello finished serving a high-sticking penalty, but Nash was denied on his breakaway attempt. The Rangers wrapped up the period with a 12-5 edge in shots.They made it 2-0 at 4:15 of the second on Kreider’s 17th goal. Zuccarello spotted Kreider charging from the bench on a line change straight for the net and found him with a perfect pass for a slam shot past Rinne.“He was a real good player,” Vigneault said of Zuccarello. “I don’t know if the fact that he just signed his big deal made him do that, but we need him to be on top of his game.“Hopefully his mind is clear, and we’re going to see Mats on a regular basis.”Nashville found its legs in the second half of the second and began to put more pressure and shots on Talbot. The Predators cashed in with 4:36 left on Cullen’s seventh goal and second in two games.From Talbot’s right, Taylor Beck sent a behind-the-back pass from his knees across the crease to Cullen for the quick shot. Cullen has seven points in six games.“They were quicker to the puck, quicker to areas. We were slow,” Predators coach Peter Laviolette said. “It’s not typical of our team. It’s not the gear that we need to be in in order to be successful.”Moore swept in a rebound of Dan Girardi’s point shot for his eighth goal at 5:51 of the third, and Nash iced it with an empty-net goal — his 38th overall — with 44 seconds left.Talbot stood tall the rest of the way, drawing chants of “Tal-bot! Tal-bot!” from the Madison Square Garden crowd.(IRA PODELL, AP Hockey Writer)last_img read more


first_imgNEW YORK — Four games back with nine to play. For pitcher CC Sabathia and the New York Yankees, a wild card appears to be their ticket to October.Sabathia gave up two costly homers in the seventh inning and prized rookie Carlos Rodon pitched out of trouble all night as the Chicago White Sox damaged New York’s playoff drive Sept. 25 with a 5-2 victory over the Yankees.Mike Olt hit a tiebreaking shot off Sabathia that soared into the second deck in left field. One out later, No. 9 batter Gordon Beckham made it 4-2 with his sixth home run of the season.“I have to be better, especially late in the game,” Sabathia said.New York still has a firm hold on the top AL wild-card spot, but the Yankees fell four games behind first-place Toronto in the AL East after the Blue Jays beat Tampa Bay.“I said it was going to be really difficult and my mind hasn’t changed,” Manager Joe Girardi said. “They’ve played extremely well since Aug. 1, and you look at what they’ve done, but we’re going to try to win every game and see what happens.”New York grounded into four double plays, which helped Rodon (9-6) overcome five walks and two hit batters in winning his third consecutive start.The left-hander bounced back nicely from a wretched outing at home against the Yankees on July 31, when he yielded eight runs and eight hits in three innings.“Part of that was they waited him out, and I think he learned something that night,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “When he came back for his next start, it was obvious he had a different approach.”Pitching with a brace on his arthritic right knee, Sabathia (5-10) has been more effective since returning from the disabled list Sept. 9. He fell behind early but kept the Yankees close until they tied it on a two-run single by Didi Gregorius in the fourth.New York then loaded the bases, but Chase Headley grounded into an inning-ending double play.“That was huge,” Rodon said.Rookie right fielder Trayce Thompson aided Rodon earlier in the inning when he robbed Greg Bird of extra bases with an athletic running catch.With two on in the sixth, speedy Brett Gardner grounded into an inning-ending double play.“Double plays,” Girardi lamented. “A couple important ones with runners in scoring position and that was the biggest problem.”The 22-year-old Rodon is 5-2 with a 1.81 ERA in his last eight starts — and this was probably his season finale, Ventura said.Drafted third overall last year out of North Carolina State, Rodon maintained his poise through six innings during his first appearance at Yankee Stadium.“He didn’t have his best control, but he learned how to get through it with a professional lineup,” Ventura said.Adam Eaton added an RBI single in the ninth off Chasen Shreve.Zach Duke tossed 1 1-3 hitless innings and ex-Yankees closer David Robertson got three straight outs for his 32nd save in 39 chances. It was Robertson’s first outing against New York since signing a $46 million, four-year contract with the White Sox in December.Robertson came out of the bullpen on the anniversary of his previous appearance at Yankee Stadium — when he blew a 5-2 lead in the ninth inning against Baltimore. That failure set the stage for Derek Jeter’s game-winning single in the final home game of his illustrious career.Alexei Ramirez hit an RBI double off Sabathia in the second, and Avisail Garcia had a run-scoring single in the third.Chicago stopped its three-game skid and a nine-game losing streak at Yankee Stadium with its first victory in the Bronx since June 29, 2012.(MIKE FITZPATRICK, AP Baseball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more


first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares The soccer game was just a friendly match with Greece and Turkey ending at 0-0 but the attention was on the two country’s leaders off the field.Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan were to hold talks on the refugee crisis as the Greek leader watched the game with Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.Both teams wore armbands in memory of the victims in Paris in what turned out to be a defensive battle. Greece has already been knocked out of next year’s European tourney and is hoping to get into form to make it to the World Cup.last_img read more


first_imgPONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — Jason Day had a crystal trophy at his side and a pacifier in his pocket.Only after he completed a wire-to-wire victory in The Players Championship did Day reveal that his 3-year-old son, Dash, had kept him up the night before with a stomach ailment.Exactly how the pacifier wound up in his pocket remained a mystery, though it was an illustration of his week at the TPC Sawgrass.Nothing unsettled him. Nothing was going to stop him.“I’ve got no stress in my life,” Day said after his four-shot victory, his seventh in the last 10 months. “Other than Dash waking up last night … Dash woke up and he threw up everywhere. How funny is that? I’ve got this pacifier here because it’s in my pocket for some reason. But like that’s one thing that I’m sitting here (because) I was enjoying myself. I prepped well, had great work. I felt good about my swing.“Everything was coming along nicely.” For the rest of the PGA Tour, it must be frightening.Dating to the Canadian Open last summer, Day’s seven victories include a major, The Players, a World Golf Championship and two FedEx Cup playoff events.He already had won twice this year. And yet when he arrived at the TPC Sawgrass, all he heard was that he has not played this golf course very well. His most recent round was an 81 last year to miss the cut.That now seems like a long time ago.Day started this tournament by tying the course record with a 9-under 63 and breaking the 36-hole tournament record at 15-under par.He survived the scariest day at Sawgrass when the greens were as slick as ice. He overcame some errant shots and a few doubts on the front nine. And then he finished with yet another flawless performance on the back nine, where he played bogey-free all four rounds.One year after Rickie Fowler turned in the most dynamic finish in Players Championship history, Day made Sunday look inevitable.“I’m very motivated to win as much as I can right now,” he said.Day never let anyone closer than two shots the entire final round, though there were a few anxious moments, especially when he muffed three chips from just 40 feet right of the green on the par-5 ninth. A potential birdie turned into an unsettling bogey, and he had to make a 6-foot putt to avoid the score being worse.And then, it was over.Day rolled in a 15-foot birdie putt on No. 10, another 15-foot birdie putt on No. 12, and the 28-year-old Australian never came close to bogey the rest of the way.He closed with a 1-under 71 to become the first wire-to-wire winner at The Players since Hal Sutton in 2000.That was the year Sutton finished off Tiger Woods by saying, “Be the right club today,” with a 6-iron into the 18th to sew up the victory.Day needed nothing that dramatic. Kevin Chappell was 5 under over his last 10 holes to finish second, though he never was a serious threat to win. No one was.“It’s no coincidence he’s No. 1 in the world,” Justin Thomas said after closing with a Sunday-best 65 to tie for third. “He drives it extremely far, extremely straight. He hits it to the moon, so he can access pins that most people can’t. His short game is ridiculous. I think I’ve pretty much covered it all there when it comes to the golf.”Day finished at 15-under 273 for his 10th career victory on the PGA Tour. Only Rory McIlroy with 11 has more victories among players still in their 20s.Day is the third No. 1 player to win The Players Championship, joining Greg Norman (1994) and Woods (2001 and 2013).Perhaps even more telling about the state of his game is that he joined Woods, Tom Watson and Johnny Miller as the only players since 1970 to go wire-to-wire twice in the same season. Day led from start to finish at the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill.Day also won the Dell Match Play, winning six of his seven matches before they reached the 18th green.Adam Scott referred to this run as “Tigeresque.”“That’s one of the hardest things to do when you are hot like that, to keep pushing,” Scott said. “But he has a very strong desire to achieve so much, and I think probably his goals are changing throughout this period, and he’s expecting more and more of himself. He’s got that ability to push himself and accomplish.”(DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more


first_imgNEW YORK— David Wright singled home the winning run on a 3-0 pitch with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning, and the New York Mets rallied past the Milwaukee Brewers 5-4 on Saturday.Eric Campbell, subbing at first base for the injured Lucas Duda, opened the ninth with a single before Michael Blazek (1-1) walked Kevin Plawecki. Rookie pinch-hitter Matt Reynolds fouled off two bunt tries before finally getting his sacrifice down, and Curtis Granderson was intentionally walked to bring up a slumping Wright.With the crowd of 39,688 standing and chanting “Let’s go Mets!” in a steady drizzle that was getting heavier, New York’s captain took three balls and then surprisingly swung away. He sent a liner to right-center and was swarmed by happy teammates at first base.It was Wright’s first game-ending hit since July 5, 2012.Jeurys Familia (1-0) pitched a scoreless inning for the win.Granderson hit his latest leadoff homer for the Mets, and Yoenis Cespedes tied the score in the sixth with a two-run shot that chased rookie starter Zach Davies.That got Jacob deGrom off the hook after the right-hander left trailing 4-1. The 2014 NL Rookie of the Year, winless in four starts since winning his first three, struck out seven and walked three while throwing 100 pitches in five innings.Ramon Flores hit his first major league homer and knocked in three runs for Milwaukee, but Davies was unable to hold the three-run lead. Leadoff man Jonathan Villar had three hits, including an RBI single off deGrom with two outs in the fourth.Villar also doubled off the top of the left-center fence with one out in the ninth, but was thrown out aggressively trying for third on Scooter Gennett’s sharp grounder to shortstop.Granderson hit Davies’ second pitch off the facing of the second deck in right field for his fourth leadoff homer this season and second in five days. Cespedes was out in front on a 2-2 changeup but lofted it into the left-field corner for his 14th home run, which tied Colorado’s Nolan Arenado for the major league lead.Asdrubal Cabrera drove in Cespedes with a two-out single in the fourth to make it 4-2.YOU’RE OUTTA HEREMets hitting coach Kevin Long was ejected from the dugout by plate umpire Adrian Johnson after Wright was called out on strikes in the sixth.TRAINER’S ROOMBrewers: LF Ryan Braun missed his fourth consecutive game with a stiff back but was feeling better, according to manager Craig Counsell. “Definitely took a step in the right direction,” he said. Counsell reiterated it was still possible Braun could play Sunday. The slugger had back surgery in the offseason. … LHP Will Smith (sprained right knee) threw live batting practice at Citi Field and could be primed for a minor league rehab assignment soon. Without a setback, he should be activated from the disabled list by the first week of June, Counsell said. “He’s doing great. All signs are very positive. He’s ready for the next step,” the manager said. … Sidelined all season, RHP Matt Garza (strained right lat muscle) is scheduled to simulate an inning when he throws another bullpen Sunday. He threw his first one Thursday. … RHP Corey Knebel (left oblique strain) will throw another bullpen Sunday, too.Mets: Duda sat out again with a bad back that has manager Terry Collins concerned. Duda was examined by a doctor and had an MRI. He will have another test this weekend and miss Sunday’s game as well. Asked whether Duda could be sidelined longer than that, Collins said it was too early to tell. Pressed for specifics, he acknowledged Duda could have a disk problem. … Reserve infielder Wilmer Flores (strained left hamstring) is supposed to begin a minor league rehab assignment Tuesday, Collins said. Flores is eligible to come off the disabled list Friday. … Wright (spinal stenosis) returned to the lineup after a scheduled night off.UP NEXTBrewers: RHP Chase Anderson (2-5, 5.32 ERA) starts the series finale Sunday. Anderson took a no-hit bid into the eighth Tuesday in a 4-2 win over the Chicago Cubs and came within one out of his first career complete game.Mets: RHP Noah Syndergaard (4-2, 2.19) earned his first major league victory against Milwaukee in May 2015 at Citi Field. Syndergaard struck out 10 and walked none over seven innings Tuesday in a 2-0 win over Washington.MIKE FITZPATRICK, AP Baseball WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more


first_imgLONDON (AP) — Russia’s track and field team being banned from the Olympics sends a powerful message that should scare cheats, according to Usain Bolt.Stretching out his left arm to show the small adhesive bandage covering the mark left by his latest doping test on Thursday, Bolt decried the “really bad” doping problem in his sport.The six-time Olympic champion was speaking in London shortly after the Court of Arbitration for Sport rejected an appeal by 68 Russian athletes seeking to overturn a ban imposed by the IAAF, following allegations of state-sponsored doping.“It’s a good message to show that if you cheat or you go against the rules then we’re going to take serious action,” Bolt said. “This (ban on track and field athletes) will scare a lot of people, or send a strong message that the sport is serious, we want a clean sport.”Two reports from the World Anti-Doping Agency have accused Russia of orchestrating a doping program that saw drug-tainted samples disappear or manipulated.Now the International Olympic Committee has to decide whether to go further than the IAAF’s decision and ban the entire Russia team from the Rio de Janeiro.Usually so confident on the track, Bolt was initially wary about discussing the “sideshows” of Olympic bans but the Jamaican sprinter found his stride at a news conference in London.“If you have the proof and you catch somebody I definitely feel you should take action,” the 29-year-old Bolt said. “And if you feel banning the whole team is the right action then I am all for it.“Rules are the rules and doping violations in track and field is getting really bad so if you feel like you need to make a statement then thumbs up.”Bolt is focused on running for the final time before Rio on Friday, when he will race his first 200 meters of the season at the London Diamond League meeting. It will be Bolt’s first event since pulling out of the Jamaican Olympic trials earlier this month with a hamstring injury.“I’m good, I’m feeling good, been training good now,” Bolt said. “I went to see the doctor he worked his magic as always.” TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more


first_imgTORONTO (AP) — LeBron James scored 35 points and Kyrie Irving 27 as the Cleveland Cavaliers completed a four-game sweep of Toronto, beating the Raptors 109-102 on Sunday to give James his seventh consecutive trip to the NBA Eastern Conference Finals.Kyle Korver scored 18 points to help the Cavaliers become the first team to win eight straight playoff games the year following a title, and the first to win eight straight in consecutive postseasons.Channing Frye had 10 points, and Cleveland finished 16 for 41 from 3-point range.The Cavaliers will face the winner of the Boston-Washington series.James added nine rebounds and six assists. Irving had nine assists.Serge Ibaka scored 23 points, and DeMar DeRozan had 22 for Toronto.WIZARDS 121, CELTICS 102WASHINGTON (AP) — Bradley Beal scored 29 points and the Washington Wizards used a 26-0 third-quarter run to beat the Boston Celtics to tie the series at two games apiece.Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) reacts during the second half in Game 4 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Boston Celtics, Sunday, May 7, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)John Wall added 27 points and 12 assists for Washington. Wall had seven points, three assists and two steals during the third-quarter spree that featured eight Celtics turnovers. Otto Porter scored four of his 18 points in the dominant six-minute span that also included five points from Markieff Morris.Trailing 53-48 before the run, Washington led 74-53 on Porter’s layup with 5 minutes left in the third. The Wizards led by as many as 26 and outscored the Celtics (237-191) in the two games in D.C.Isaiah Thomas had 19 points for Boston, but scored 17 in the first 15 minutes.Game 5 is Wednesday night in Boston.ROCKETS 125, SPURS 104HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden scored 28 points and Eric Gordon 22 as Houston rebounded from consecutive losses to beat San Antonio and tie their series 2-2.Houston Rockets guard James Harden lies on the court after injuring himself during the second half in Game 4 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series against the San Antonio Spurs, Sunday, May 7, 2017, in Houston. Harden remained in the game. Houston won 125-104. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)The Rockets never trailed and used hot 3-point shooting to pull away in the third quarter.Game 5 is Tuesday night in San Antonio.Houston made 22 3-pointers in a blowout win in Game 1, but had struggled from long-range in its two losses. The Rockets’ 3-point shooting, a hallmark of their success in the regular season, got back on track Sunday when they made 19 of 43, led by six from Gordon.Jonathon Simmons had 17 points for the Spurs, and Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge added 16 apiece.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more


first_imgLISBON, Portugal (AP) — Bas Dost scored a goal in each half to lead Sporting Lisbon to a 3-1 win over Olympiakos in the Champions League on Wednesday, leaving the Greek team without a victory after five games in Group D and unable to advance.The 1.96-meter (6-foot-5) Dutchman opened the scoring in the 40th minute after a tireless Gelson Martins found a gap in the Greek defense.Bruno Cesar added a second three minutes later before Dost netted his second in the 66th, heading in a corner from Bruno Fernandes and again punishing the visitor’s lethargic defense.“We had some problems at the beginning. But then I scored and Bruno Cesar got a great goal and after that we had a very good game. I’m very proud of the team,” said Dost, adding that Sporting would fight for second place in the final group game in Barcelona.“If it’s possible, it’s possible. I hope Olympiakos will do its job at home. They at least need to draw against Juventus, and we need to win in Camp Nou. It won’t be easy, but we have to believe in it.”Juventus and Barcelona drew 0-0 in the group’s other match. Barcelona advances to the knockout stage as group champion with 11 points, three more than Juventus. Sporting has seven points and Olympiakos is last with one point.Hosts Sporting looked comfortable for most of the second half at the Alvalade Stadium and rarely looked threatened.Portuguese league veteran Felipe Pardo was Olympiakos’s main threat and helped set up Vadis Odjidja to score a consolation from distance in the 86th.“Sporting is a better team than us and we tried to beat the odds,” Olympiakos coach Takis Lemonis said. “We did have some positives, but we made mistakes and we paid for them. Conceding twice in three minutes, after that we reacted badly.”TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more


first_imgLOS ANGELES — Three starts into his delayed season and Clayton Kershaw already appears back in his usual form.Kershaw earned his first win, allowing one run over seven innings to outpitch Joe Musgrove and help the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-1 on Saturday night.Chris Taylor hit a tying sacrifice fly and Joc Pederson followed with a two-run triple as the Dodgers rallied for three runs in the seventh inning and sent the Pirates to their season-high seventh straight loss.Kershaw (1-0), making his third start after recovering from shoulder inflammation, gave up four hits, struck out eight and walked none, retiring 13 of his last 14 batters. He has a 2.25 ERA and has not given up more than two earned runs in any of his three starts.The three-time Cy Young Award winner is not usually one to compare outings, but did say this was an improvement over his last, when he gave up two runs over six innings at Milwaukee, while walking four.“I felt pretty much the same,” Kershaw said about his strength as he builds into his season. “I think the one before this one was a little rockier. Not stronger or weak, just a little more inconsistent. But I felt great tonight and I need to keep building on this one.”Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson, right, shakes hands with third base coach Dino Ebel (12) after driving in two runs with a triple during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Saturday, April 27, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Pittsburgh went ahead in the third when Pablo Reyes singled leading off, was sacrificed to second by Musgrove and scored on Adam Frazier’s single.From there, Kershaw matched Musgrove (1-2) pitch for pitch until the Dodgers broke through late in the game.“This is a tough stretch we’re going through right now,” Musgrove said. “As a starting pitcher, I embrace the challenge. It’s my turn to go out there and set the tone and try and control the game. I came one out short of that tonight.”Caleb Ferguson allowed the Pirates to load the bases with no outs in the eighth on two walks and a single.Pedro Baez retired Melky Cabrera on a flyout and Colin Moran on a popup that dropped next to third baseman Justin Turner after an infield fly was called. Baez then struck out Josh Bell.“Bases loaded and nobody out is a pretty impossible situation,” Kershaw said. “(Baez) was unbelievable. He dominated it and got us out of there. I can’t say enough about (Baez). That was awesome tonight.”Kenley Jansen pitched a perfect ninth for his ninth save in 10 chances, completing a five-hitter.Singles by Max Muncy and Alex Verdugo started the Dodgers’ rally. Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli took a glancing blow to his left side as Muncy scored, but a video review determined there was nothing improper with Muncy’s slide.Musgrove allowed three runs and seven hits in 6 2/3 innings, ending the Dodgers’ major league record of hitting a home run in 33 consecutive home games. Musgrove gave up just five earned runs in his first five starts.“He’s very collected, he’s a fierce competitor and he expects a lot out of himself,” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. “He pours into his teammates. He is an absolute pleasure to coach and have on a club.”BUMP AND A RUNCervelli was met on the field by a trainer after Muncy bumped him while scoring his run in the seventh inning. Hurdle was asked about the play afterward.“We’ll talk about it internally,” Hurdle said. “There is no need to share it publicly.”Muncy said he meant no ill will.“I didn’t want to hit him; I didn’t mean to hit him. I can tell you that right now,” Muncy said. “It wasn’t on purpose. It was one those things where I’m running straight for it and he came up the line so I raised my arm to brace in case we hit each other and I clipped him. That’s the end of it.“If they feel the need to retaliate, that’s fine. They’ll retaliate and I’ll be on base and smile because that raises my on-base percentage.”Cervelli, who said he took the blow to his ribs, was asked if he thought the bump was necessary.“I don’t know,” he said. “You’ve got to ask him. I don’t know. I’ve got no idea.”TRAINER’S ROOMPirates: RHP Chris Archer was placed on the 10-day IL with right thumb inflammation. … OF Corey Dickerson will not start his expected minor league injury rehabilitation assignment after experiencing more shoulder discomfort. … OF Lonnie Chisenhall had his rehab assignment for a broken finger halted because of left calf tightness. … C Jacob Stallings (neck) started a rehab assignment with Triple-A Indianapolis.Dodgers: C Russell Martin was activated off the IL after not playing since April 8 because of a back inflammation. C Rocky Gale was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City.UP NEXTDodgers LHP Rich Hill will make his 2019 debut after recovering from a left knee strain. Pittsburgh RHP Trevor Williams (1-1) heads into Sunday’s outing with quality starts in all five of his outings but just 11 runs of support.By: Doug Padilla, Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more


first_imgBEIJING — Luis Scola was asked what Sunday will mean to him, and he didn’t hesitate with the answer.“Everything,” he said.The veteran Argentinian forward didn’t need to give more of an explanation. The World Cup is one win away, and Scola made sure his team would have a chance to hoist the trophy.Scola scored 28 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, sealing the deal with 3-pointers on consecutive possessions down the stretch, and Argentina beat France 80-66 on Friday in a World Cup semifinal. Argentina will play Spain in the gold-medal game on Sunday.Gabriel Deck scored 13 points and Facundo Campazzo added 12 for Argentina, a team with no active NBA players on its roster and still made its first gold-medal game in Olympic or World Cup play since the 2004 Athens Games. And when he made his way to the locker room, Scola was greeted by chants of “M-V-P” from teammates.He corrected them with a smile: “MBP,” he said. “Most Beautiful Player.”Indeed, on the court the 39-year-old’s game is still very much a thing of beauty. Showing no signs of fatigue, he played 34 of the 40 minutes and saved his best for the very end.“Luis told us before every game, including today, that we can win — that we are a tough, tough team to beat,” Argentina center Tayavek Gallizzi said. “Just focus on our game. It’s incredible. At his age he is playing better than all the younger guys.”Frank Ntilikina and Evan Fournier each scored 16 for France, which will play Australia for the bronze on Sunday. Nando De Colo scored 11 for France, a team that looked nothing like the one that topped the U.S. in the quarterfinals on Wednesday.Rudy Gobert, who led France in that win over the Americans, scored only three points against Argentina.“From the first to the last minute, it was complete domination,” Gobert said, tipping his cap to Argentina.Rudy Gobert of France dunks the ball during their semifinal match against Argentina in the FIBA Basketball World Cup at the Cadillac Arena in Beijing, Friday, Sept. 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)Both semifinal winners got two days off after their quarterfinal victories. Australia and France both played their quarterfinals on Wednesday, and France coach Vincent Collet said he thought that was a factor.“I didn’t want to find any excuse, but I think so,” said Collet, who cancelled practice Thursday because of his team’s travel demands. “For me, it’s not fair that one team has two days to recover and prepare even if they don’t know the first day who will be the opponent. They know it’ll be one or the other, so they can prepare for both.”Argentina put together an early 10-0 run to take the lead, and kept it the rest of the way. A 15-point lead got cut to single digits for much of the fourth, when Scola’s back-to-back 3s clinched the outcome.“It was a great game for us,” Campazzo said.TIP-INSFrance: The French still have a chance to match their best World Cup finish, third in 2014 … Vincent Poirier took a hard fall under the Argentina basket while fighting for a rebound late in the third quarter. He was able to get to the bench a few moments later. … France fell to 1-5 against Argentina in major tournaments.Argentina: Manu Ginobili, the longtime San Antonio standout and the leading Argentina-born scorer in NBA history, was courtside watching his national team. Fellow retired NBA stars Kobe Bryant and Chris Bosh were also courtside. … It took Scola only 16:45 of playing time to get a double-double; he grabbed his 10th rebound with 21 seconds left in the half and already had 13 points.REVENGEArgentina scored a bit of World Cup comeuppance. France and Argentina most recently met in a World Cup just last year — the soccer version. France ousted Argentina in the round of 16, prevailing 4-3 on its way to winning the title.LOOKING AHEADSpain has faced Argentina nine previous times in top-level international competition and has a decided advantage in the rivalry. Spain is 7-2 against Argentina in those meetings, the most recent one being a 19-point win at the Rio Olympics three years ago.UP NEXTFrance: Faces Australia for bronze medal in Beijing on Sunday.Argentina: Faces Spain for World Cup championship in Beijing on Sunday.By: Tim Reynolds, AP Basketball WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more


first_imgADLINK Technology announces a new generation of all-in-one software solutions: Measurement, Automation, and Platform Suite (MAPS). To improve process efficiency and shorten development time and effort, developers working with DAQ and PXI modules may immediately begin work with MAPS software packages such as ADLINK Connection Explorer (ACE), diagnostic tools, and easy-to-use testing utilities to analyze device functionality in one click. By continuously working with customers and engineers, ADLINK strives to make application development time faster, easier and more productive than ever.Faced with heavy deadlines to rapidly create solutions, measurement and automation developers are often hindered by a lack of crucial setup and development tools. After buying new systems and modules, engineers often spend hours visiting various websites to collect drivers, diagnostics, analysis tools, and documentation before even getting started on a project. ADLINK eliminates this bottleneck with its new Measurement, Automation, and Platform Suite (MAPS), an all-in-one software solution that may be used in conjunction with ADLINK’s DAQ and PXI modules.MAPS software improves process efficiency and shortens development time for:Test and Measurement and Automation Developers – ADLINK Connection Explorer (ACE) is a single quick-access screen for exploring and validating functionality for DAQ and PXI modules. No more back-and-forth searching to determine the root cause of an error installation. Third-party PXI Module Developers – Engineers developing solutions with third-party PXI platforms from Keysight, National Instruments and other providers may now enjoy full device transparency with ADLINK Connection Explore (ACE). Conversely, users may view ADLINK PXI platform and modules on third-party interfaces such as NI-MAX and Keysight Connection Expert. Users can also use ADLINK DAQ modules on NI LabVIEW.DAQ modules and PXI Chassis Developers – The MAPS toolset includes Soft Front Panel for DAQ modules users and ChassisWatch for developers using any ADLINK PXI chassis. Both offer easy-to-use testing utilities that analyze functionality in one click for seamless field and site deployment.MAPS software also offers language-based SDKs needed for C/C++ and LabVIEW developers.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous Apacer: PCIe NVMe Gen3 SSDs, the next logical step for industrial-grade storageNext IBASE: slim Mini-ITX system with onboard AMD Ryzen Embedded V1000 SoClast_img read more


first_imgThere was a galaxy of stars present at the Saint Petersburg Stadium as France progressed to the 2018 FIFA World Cup after defeating Belgium 1-0.Mick Jagger was on FIFA’s list of VIP guests after the Rolling Stones singer completed the band’s world tour on Sunday in Poland.France President Emmanuel Macron lived up to his promise and attended the FIFA World Cup 2018 semi-final between France and Belgium in St Petersburg.The 40-year-old had promised that he would travel to Russia and watch the match if France reach the semi-finals.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGE”If the French team passes beyond the quarter-finals I will come and support,” Macron had said during a joint news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin.Several high-profile world leaders were in attendance at the Saint Petersburg stadium including King Philippe of Belgium, Queen Mathilde of Belgium and Belgium Foreign Minister Didier Reynders. (L-R) Queen Mathilde of Belgium, King Philippe of Belgium, France President Emmanuel Macron and Belgium Foreign Minister Didier Reynders watched the World Cup 2018 semi-final between France and Belgium. (Reuters Photo)Among the political leaders joining Jagger in the crowd as official were Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban and Ali Bongo Ondimba, the President of Gabon.France edged past Belgium by the a solitary goal to book their place in the final of the FIFA World Cup. Centre-back Samuel Umtiti headed home from close range in the 51st minute and that proved to be the winner in a match littered with goal-scoring opportunities.Also read – France reach 3rd World Cup final, Belgium’s unbeaten streak ends: Key statsadvertisementUmtiti with the goal became the third defender to score in this year’s World Cup after Raphael Varane and Benjamin Pavard. The last time three defenders scored for France in the same World Cup was in 1998. Lilian Thuram, Laurent Blanc and Bixente Lizarazu had scored in France 20 years ago.Hey look it’s Mick Jagger pic.twitter.com/Vq7NSjAKfxChris Howell (@ChrisHHowell) July 10, 2018Umtiti marked the occasion with a special dance move as French players jumped over him to celebrate on the sidelines of the Belgium box.It was the strut walk that Umtiti did and Pogba alongside him, was party to the unique celebration.Also read- World Cup 2018: Samuel Umtiti proud of Les Bleus as France storm into finalIn an enthralling tactical match, it was once again a set-piece that proved decisive with Umtiti’s near-post header from an Antoine Griezmann corner settling matters.Amidst all the tactical battle and incessant planning and plotting for each other, the set-piece winner just proved how simple football can be at times.Also read – World Cup 2018: After 20 summers, history awaits Didier DeschampsFrance, who will play the World Cup final for the first time since 2006, will either take on England or Croatia in the summit clash on Sunday.(With inputs from AP and IANS)last_img read more


first_imgLos Angeles, Jul 15 (PTI) Supermodel Kate Upton is expecting her first child with her husband, baseball player Justin Verlander. Upton, 26, announced her pregnancy in the hashtag of an Instagram post while attending a Sports Illustrated event in Miami. “#PregnantinMiami. she wrote, tagging Verlander and adding a sunburst and heart emoji. Her husband later shared the photo on Instagram, writing, “You’re going to be the most amazing Mom! I can’t wait to start this new journey with you! You’re the most thoughtful, loving, caring, and strong woman I’ve ever met! I’m so proud that our little one is going to be raised in this world by a woman like you! I love you so much.”Upton married the Houston Astros pitcher last November at a lavish ceremony in Tuscany. PTI SHDSHDlast_img read more