England need two wickets, Bangladesh 33 runs to win Test

first_img(REUTERS)-England need two more wickets on the final day to keep their all-winning record in Tests against Bangladesh intact with the hosts 33 runs away from a famous victory in the closely-contested opening Test at Chittagong.Chasing 286 for their first win in nine tests against England, Bangladesh reached 253 for eight when bad light ended play on the fourth day yesterday. Debutant Sabbir Rahman (59) and Taijul Islam (11) were at the crease.England batted for some 20 minutes in the morning, adding 12 runs to their overnight second-innings total of 228 for nine before they were bundled out for 240.Bangladesh left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan finished with 5-85.Openers Tamim Iqbal (nine) and Imrul Kayes (43) gave Bangladesh a decent start on a Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium pitch that offered plenty of turn and bounce for the spinners.England captain Alastair Cook started with spin from both ends but did not see any success until the 10th over when Tamim was out to a bat-pad catch off Moeen Ali.Kayes was the more attacking of the pair and he continued batting positively, adding 46 for the second wicket with Mominul, who was dropped on four by wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow off Moeen.The left-handed Kayes was not afraid to hit the ball in the air against the spinners and also employed sweep shots, both conventional and reverse, to good effect to find six boundaries in his 61-ball knock.However, he was out shortly before the lunch break trying to sweep leg-spinner Adil Rashid, the ball hitting his glove and looping to Joe Root at slip for a simple catch.Mominul Haque (27) and Mahmudullah (17) both fell leg before to Gareth Batty, who is playing his first test after a gap of 11 years, shortly after the lunch break.Shakib (24) then added 32 for the fifth wicket with Mushfiqur before edging Moeen behind to Bairstow.Captain Mushfiqur Rahim (39) and Sabbir were the last recognised batting pair for the hosts and added 87 for the sixth wicket, putting the pressure back on England.Batty returned for a spell and finally sent back Mushfiqur, caught at short leg with a delivery that spun sharply and bounced awkwardly for the batsmen to handle.England thought they had the match in the bag when Stuart Broad, who saw Sabbir dropped on 34 by Bairstow off his bowling, dismissed debutants Mehedi Hasan and Kamrul Islam in quick succession.But Sabbir and Taijul remained unbeaten, adding 15 for the unbroken ninth wicket to push the match into the final day.ENGLAND 1st innings 293 (M. Ali 68, J. Bairstow 52; M. Hasan 6-80)Bangladesh 1st innings 248 (T. Iqbal 78; B. Stokes 4-26)England 2nd innings (Overnight: 228-8)A. Cook c Mahmudullah b M. Hasan 12B. Duckett c M. Haque b Al Hasan 15J. Root lbw b Al Hasan 1G. Ballance c Kayes b T. Islam 9M. Ali c Rahim b Al Hasan 14B. Stokes lbw b Al Hasan 85J. Bairstow b Rabbi 47C. Woakes not out 19A. Rashid lbw b Al Hasan 9S. Broad run out (M. Hasan, Rahim) 10G. Batty lbw b T. Islam 3Extras (b-3 lb-8 pen-5) 16Total (all out, 80.2 overs) 240Fall of wickets: 1-26 A. Cook,2-27 J. Root,3-28 B. Duckett,4-46 G. Ballance,5-62 M. Ali,6-189 J. Bairstow,7-197 B. Stokes,8-213 A. Rashid,9-233 S. Broad,10-240 G. BattyBowling: M. Hasan 20 – 1 – 58 – 1,S. Al Hasan 33 – 7 – 85 – 5,T. Islam 15.2 – 2 – 41 – 2,K. Rabbi 8 – 0 – 24 – 1,Mahmudullah 1 – 0 – 6 – 0, Sh. Islam 3 – 0 – 10 – 0.BANGLADESH 2nd innings (Target: 286 runs)T. Iqbal c Ballance b Ali 9I. Kayes c Root b Rashid 43M. Haque lbw b Batty 27Mahmudullah lbw b Batty 17S. Al Hasan c Bairstow b Ali 24M. Rahim c Ballance b Batty 39Sa. Rahman not out 59M. Hasan lbw b Broad 1K. Rabbi c Ballance b Broad 0T. Islam not out 11Extras (b-9 lb-13 w-1) 23Total (for 8 wickets, 78 overs) 253Fall of wickets: 1-35 T. Iqbal,2-81 I. Kayes,3-103 M. Haque,4-108 Mahmudullah,5-140 S. Al Hasan,6-227 M. Rahim,7-234 M. Hasan,8-238 K. RabbiTo bat: S. IslamBowling: G. Batty 17 – 3 – 65 – 3, M. Ali 14 – 2 – 60 – 2,C. Woakes 7 – 3 – 10 – 0, A. Rashid 17 – 2 – 55 – 1,S. Broad 13 – 4 – 26 – 2, B. Stokes 10 – 2 – 15 – 0(w-1).last_img read more

Trojan offense brimming with explosive playmakers

first_imgUSC’s group of offensive skill players this season boasts a mix of returning talent and exciting young recruits expected to light up the field in 2013. With several capable recruits joining a field of returning players, USC should be able to spread out the ball more this year. This surplus of talent will take some of the burden off whomever the Trojans end up settling with at quarterback.Ready for action · USC sophomore wide receiver Nelson Agholor (15) is primed for a breakout 2013 season after turning heads as a freshman. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanRunning BackThe team’s biggest strength appears to be in its backfield. Leading the charge for the running game is senior tailback Silas Redd. The highly touted former Penn State tailback amassed 905 yards rushing and nine touchdowns in his first campaign with the Trojans, and is looking to improve upon his efforts from last year.“I want to stay healthy for the whole season,” Redd said. “A thousand yards, no fumbles, no missed assignments. I’m never one to complain about carries, but I definitely want over a thousand yards.”Redd battled numerous injuries last season and required knee surgery in the offseason, which limited him in the summer and will force him to miss the season opener against Hawai’i. He had three carries or fewer in three games last season, and with departed running back Curtis McNeal battling injuries as well, the Trojans were left with a shortage of healthy scholarship running backs.That should not be the case in 2013. USC is fortunate to have a deep stable of backs that will allow Kiffin to disperse carries as he sees fit and provide security should any player be injured.Though Redd expects to be the primary ball carrier again this season, he will almost certainly be sharing carries with freshman tailback Justin Davis, who has surprised teammates and coaches with his physicality, quickness and natural instincts as a runner.Davis’ strength is surprising considering he’s a true freshman. His north-south running ability invites contact, and Davis will oftentimes match or surpass the brutal strength of his defenders en route to yards after contact.The Trojans’ deep stable of tailbacks will be rounded out by freshman Ty Isaac and redshirt sophomores Javorius “Buck” Allen and Tre Madden.Madden, who missed all of last season with a torn ACL, is a particularly noteworthy addition to the backfield. As a true freshman in 2011, he appeared in all 12 games as a linebacker and on special teams. He switched to tailback the following spring and drew rave reviews in his first few days at the position, but suffered a knee injury shortly thereafter. With his addition, USC should have one of the most talented backfields in the conference.“Our depth is finally back,” Kiffin said. “We have to produce on the field, but when you look at that position, you think, ‘Wow, that looks like a USC running back group.’ Some are inexperienced, but it’ll be exciting to see that group develop because that has been a goal of ours, to get that group back. I feel like we’ve got it back now.”Joining the bevy of tailbacks are redshirt sophomore fullback Soma Vainuku and sophomore fullback Jahleel Pinner, who both showed their inexperience at times last year.“The play of the fullback had a lot to do with issues last year, as we go back and look at the tape,” Kiffin said. “That had a lot to do with some of the short-yardage issues, too.”Vainuku started last year but has been limited during fall camp, giving Pinner a chance to shine.Kiffin may be intrigued by Pinner’s ability to catch the ball out of the backfield — especially after Vainuku failed to reel in a crucial fourth-down pass on the goal line in the waning moments of last year’s loss against Notre Dame.“[Pinner] has done great,” Kiffin said. “You go through growing pains when you play guys earlier than they normally would. We went through that last year with him, and now he’s really coming along and is much improved.”Wide ReceiversEven with the departure of Robert Woods to the NFL, USC’s receiving corps looked to be one of the deepest in the nation coming into the spring — but injuries have taken their toll in the offseason and thinned the group out considerably.Oft-injured junior George Farmer was lost for the season when he tore his ACL in the spring, and freshman Steven Mitchell, who was considered an early favorite to start at slot receiver, succumbed to the same devastating injury during a voluntary summer workout.Of course, having a Heisman Trophy contender in junior Marqise Lee, last year’s Biletnikoff Award recipient, helps offset those losses.“I’ve made this statement before; he’s gonna leave here as the best [receiver] to ever play here,” Kiffin said, echoing his declaration from last September. “You can see the talent and the drive that he has … As a coach, you see that and realize how unusual that is.”Sophomore Nelson Agholor seems poised to have a breakout season in 2013 alongside Lee after shining in the offseason.“I really believe Nelson could have done similar things to what Marqise did his freshman year and Robert did his freshman year,” Kiffin said. “If he had been our No. 2 receiver [last season], I think he would have had the same type of numbers.”Upstart freshman Darreus Rogers has set himself apart from junior Victor Blackwell and redshirt senior De’Von Flournoy for the No. 3 receiver spot with his performance in fall camp.“He’s kind of made a significant play every day in practice,” Kiffin said. “We’re really excited about how he looks out there.”Blackwell will likely still see playing time as one of the team’s few healthy wideouts, while Flournoy’s status is more uncertain, as he’s been in and out of practice since the spring with various minor injuries.Tight EndsAdding to the plethora of receiving targets is the Trojans’ talented group of tight ends. Though there are only three scholarship tight ends on the roster, each of them has the ability to be a major weapon.The two front-line players are redshirt juniors Randall Telfer and Xavier Grimble. Listed as co-starters for the third consecutive year, each is a matchup nightmare for opposing defenses, listed as 6-foot-4 and 6-foot-5, respectively, and 250 lbs. each. The duo has combined for 18 touchdowns over the past two seasons, and figure to be an integral part of the team’s passing attack in 2013.Joining Telfer and Grimble is sophomore Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick. Physically imposing at 6-foot-5 255 lbs., Cope-Fitzpatrick looks the part of a star tight end. Though he caught just two passes for 12 yards in 2012, and is playing behind two NFL prospects, he is expected to have an expanded role with few healthy scholarship receivers on hand.“Those numbers are abnormally low, with five scholarship receivers and three scholarship tight ends,” Kiffin said. “We’re just going to have to do our best and make sure those guys can help us in different ways and in different roles.” Follow Euno Lee on Twitter @eunowhatlast_img read more

Fast reaction: 3 quick takeaways from Syracuse men’s basketball’s 70-55 victory over Miami

first_imgSyracuse picked up a much-needed win against Miami in the Carrier Dome Wednesday night, beating the Hurricanes (11-3, 1-1 Atlantic Coast), 70-55. The Orange (9-6, 1-1) finally played some resemblance of defense, holding the visitors to under 40 percent from the field. Jim Boeheim used yet another starting lineup, benching Frank Howard in favor of John Gillon — and it worked.Here are three quick observations from Syracuse’s first conference win.What’s lost can be foundOne game after surrendering 96 points to the team picked to finish last in the ACC, the Orange held a team with 11 wins to 55 points. Syracuse has allowed fewer points only three times this season.Miami only made four of its 12 shots inside the arc in the first half, settling for 14 3s, the majority of which Syracuse defended well. The rotations in the zone were far better than most games this season, and it paid dividends in the opening 20 minutes.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhile some cracks did allow Miami freshman Dejan Vasiljevic to hit six 3-pointers, Syracuse held the Hurricanes’ two leading scorers, Ja’Quan Newton and Davon Reed, to a combined 14 points on 5-of-23 shooting from the field despite the pair coming in averaging over 30 points per game.Short and sweetSyracuse used only five players for the majority of the first half. Frank Howard came in with a little more than a minute left and Coleman subbed in with just 36 seconds to go. Taurean Thompson, who started his second straight game at center, played almost four and a half minutes in the opening frame after picking up two quick fouls.Just 32 seconds into the second half, after Thompson was called for offensive goaltending, Boeheim summoned Roberson from the bench to replace the freshman. The senior quickly added a bucket and an assist, continuing his string of promising play following a lengthy stint in the head coach’s doghouse.For the remainder of the half, Boeheim kept in that same lineup of Gillon, Tyus Battle, Andrew White, Roberson and Tyler Lydon as SU built its lead to as many as 17 points in the win.Cleaning the (defensive) glassDespite losing the battle on the offensive boards by seven, the Orange dominated Miami on the defensive glass, winning that category by 11. White, whose previous rebounding high was seven, grabbed a team-high 10 boards.Even without Coleman or Thompson playing the five, the position manned mainly by those two this season, Roberson and Lydon still chipped in admirable efforts on the glass. The two combined for 13 rebounds, 11 coming on the defensive end. Comments Published on January 4, 2017 at 8:59 pm Contact Matt: mcschnei@syr.edu | @matt_schneidman Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Stage 18 of the Tour de France features more action in the Alps.

first_imgThe riders will have to negotiate six categorised climbs today including the Hors Category ascent of the Col du Glandon.Team Sky’s Chris Froome remains in the yellow jersey with a lead of more than three minutes.However the Irish contingent has been reduced to two after Carrick on Suir’s Sam Bennett was forced to retire from the race yesterday having endured a tough debut in one of the world’s toughest sporting events. The 24 year old Bora Argon 18 sprinter said he had nothing left having been ill before and during the three week event – he had been passing blood for the last number of days and developed a virus on Tuesday’s rest day.last_img

Michael Jordan donates $7 million to open 2 clinics in Charlotte

first_img WE RECOMMEND 10 months ago Michael Jordan opens health clinic for underprivileged in Charlotte 10 months ago NBA legend Larry Bird is the inspiration behind the Twitter logo SUBSCRIBE TO US Written By WATCH US LIVE First Published: 21st October, 2019 14:23 IST 10 months ago Lakers, Clippers set to star in wide-open NBA season Thanks to a generous $7 million donation from @NBA legend Michael Jordan low-income Charlotte residents of all ages now have access to get the affordable medical care they need, with or without insurance. pic.twitter.com/dpJHVwCpmU— Novant Health (@NovantHealth) October 17, 2019 FOLLOW US Last Updated: 21st October, 2019 14:23 IST Michael Jordan Donates $7 Million To Open 2 Clinics In Charlotte NBA legend and Charlotte Hornets owner, Michael Jordan, opened a clinic in Charlotte, North Carolina to serve people who are uninsured and underinsured. LIVE TV COMMENT Michael Jordan has an estimated net worth of $1.9 billion and is a majority owner of the Charlotte Hornets. The basketball legend has increasingly contributed to philanthropic activities by hosting them or funding them in the past 2 years. Jordan hosted a charity golf tournament for 13 years and also opened Jordan Institute for Families at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill’s school of social work in 1996.Also Read: Lakers, Clippers Set To Star In Wide-open NBA SeasonMicheal Jordan is one of the greatest basketball players in history. He spent 15 seasons in the NBA and won six titles with the Chicago Bulls.  According to Forbes, the basketball legend is amongst the richest African Americans along with the likes of Robert F. Smith and Oprah Winfrey.Also Read: Andy Murray Battles Past Stanislas Wawrinka To Win The European Open Sreehari Menon NBA legend and Charlotte Hornets owner, Michael Jordan, opened a clinic in Charlotte, North Carolina to serve people who are uninsured and underinsured. The basketball legend donated $7.2million in order to build two Novant Health clinics in his hometown. Michael Jordan said that the donation is to make an impact in the lives of people after his donation helped build a state of the art facility.Also Read: Toronto FC Defeats D.C. United 5-1, Ends Wayne Rooney’s MLS CareerMichael Jordan: Making an impactMicheal Jordan committed $7 million to Novant Health to open two clinics in Charlotte. The donation came with a pledge to provide resources to communities with little or no health care. The clinic will offer typical primary and preventative care, but will also provide patients with behavioral health and social support services. The 6,800 square-foot facility is equipped with 12 exam rooms, an X-ray room, and a physical therapy space. In addition, a full-time social worker is on staff to provide social support services to patients.Also Read: Illinois Stuns No. 6 Wisconsin 24-23 On Last-second FG 11 months ago PM Modi an astute speaker & inspiration to world leaders: Vibhuti Jhalast_img read more

Pinnacle exits Slovenia market ahead of regulatory makeover

first_img StumbleUpon Share Updating its player base, Curacao and Malta-licensed online sports betting operator Pinnacle has informed that it has stopped its services for the market of Slovenia.As of the 3 March, the bookmaker has stopped processing wagers made by Slovenia players, and has moved to refund and close Slovenian customer accounts. Pinnacle has sent out a short communication of its decision to close the market to its affected players and marketing partners.The Slovenian government is set to introduce its new online gambling framework on 1 April replacing its 1995 industry laws. The Slovenia government has warned industry operators, that it will not tolerate unlicensed services targeting its national consumers.Operators deemed to be illegally targeting Slovenia players post 1 April, may risk approval of future licensing under the new national gambling framework. Pinnacle governance has not disclosed whether it will pursue to gain a Slovenia online gambling license.The confirmation of Pinnacle Slovenia departure follows last month’s announcement by the operator that it had suspended all services for the Polish betting market, due to a new regulatory regime being implemented by the Polish government. Submit Share ESI Digital – No Drama Please… Esports growth should be treated as business as usual  August 20, 2020 Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Related Articles Danske Spil calls for esports makeover with Pinnacle Solution August 25, 2020last_img read more

Clippers lose game to Thunder, plus two more players to injuries

first_imgOklahoma City opened the fourth with a 12-0 run, seizing a 106-97 lead. PreviousOklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, second from right, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, left, and forward Blake Griffin, right, defend while center Steven Adams, of New Zealand, watches during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Thunder won 127-117. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)The Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan #6 battles for a rebound with the Thunder’s Terrance Ferguson #23 and Carmelo Anthony #7 during their NBA game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Thursday, Jan. 4, 2017. (Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Thunder’s Thunder’s Russell Westbrook #0 shoots as Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan #6 and Wesley Johnson #33 defend during their NBA game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Thursday, Jan. 4, 2017. (Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsThe Clippers’ Blake Griffin #32 heads to the basket as the Thunder’s Steven Adams #12 defends during their NBA game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Thursday, Jan. 4, 2017. (Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Thunder’s Russell Westbrook #0 lays the ball up during their NBA game against the Clippers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Thursday, Jan. 4, 2017. (Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Clippers’ Lou Williams #23 lays the ball up as the Thunder’s Raymond Felton #2 and Russell Westbrook #0 defend during their NBA game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Thursday, Jan. 4, 2017. (Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Clippers’ Blake Griffin #32 grabs a pass as the Thunder’s Steven Adams #12 and Carmelo Anthony #7 defend during their NBA game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Thursday, Jan. 4, 2017. (Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Clippers’ Blake Griffin #32 shoots as DeAndre Jordan #6 and the Thunder’s Carmelo Anthony #7 fight for position during their NBA game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Thursday, Jan. 4, 2017. (Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan #6 grabs a rebound as the Thunder’s Carmelo Anthony and Paul George #13 move in during their NBA game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Thursday, Jan. 4, 2017. (Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan dunks the ball as the Thunder’s Carmelo Anthony #7, Paul George #13 and Russell Westbrook #0 look on during their NBA game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Thursday, Jan. 4, 2017. (Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan dunks the ball as the Thunder’s Carmelo Anthony #7, Paul George #13 and Russell Westbrook #0 look on during their NBA game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Thursday, Jan. 4, 2017. (Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan #6 battles for a rebound with the Thunder’s Terrance Ferguson #23 and Carmelo Anthony #7 during their NBA game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Thursday, Jan. 4, 2017. (Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Thunder’s Russell Westbrook #0 grabs a rebound as Steven Adams #12 and the Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan #6 move in during their NBA game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Thursday, Jan. 4, 2017. (Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Clippers’ Blake Griffin #32 shoots during their NBA game against the Thunder at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Thursday, Jan. 4, 2017. The Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the LA Clippers 127-117. (Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Thunder’s Carmelo Anthony #7 reacts after hitting a 3-point shot as the Clippers’ Sindarius Thornwell #0 looks on during their NBA game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Thursday, Jan. 4, 2017. The Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the LA Clippers 127-117. (Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Thunder’s Russell Westbrook #0 lays the ball up as Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan #6 and Jawun Evans #1 look on during their NBA game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Thursday, Jan. 4, 2017. The Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the LA Clippers 127-117. (Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Thunder’s Paul George #13 dunks the ball as Clippers’ Wesley Johnson #33 and Blake Griffin #32 look on during their NBA game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Thursday, Jan. 4, 2017. The Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the LA Clippers 127-117. (Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Thunder’s Russell Westbrook #0 drives pas Clippers’ Sindarius Thornwell #0 and Sam Dekker #7 to score during their NBA game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Thursday, Jan. 4, 2017. The Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the LA Clippers 127-117. (Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Thunder’s Russell Westbrook #0 drives pas Clippers’ Sindarius Thornwell #0 and Sam Dekker #7 to score during their NBA game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Thursday, Jan. 4, 2017. The Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the LA Clippers 127-117. (Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Thunder’s Paul George #13 dunks the ball as the Clippers’ Sam Dekker #7 looks on during their NBA game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Thursday, Jan. 4, 2017. The Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the LA Clippers 127-117. (Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Clippers’ Blake Griffin #32 has the ball knocked away by the Thunder’s Steven Adams #12 during their NBA game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Thursday, Jan. 4, 2017. The Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the LA Clippers 127-117. (Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, left, goes up for a shot as Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, right, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Clippers forward Wesley Johnson, left, grabs a rebound away from Oklahoma City Thunder forward Jerami Grant during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony, right, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, left, shoots as Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams, of New Zealand, defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin dunks during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, left, gestures after scoring as Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams, of New Zealand, takes the ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, left, shoots as Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, center, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers guard Sindarius Thornwell, left, and forward Sam Dekker defend during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Thunder won 127-117. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Odell Beckham, left, of the New York Giants, greets Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield during the second half of an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Oklahoma City Thunder, Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Thunder won 127-117. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams, right, of New Zealand, blocks the shot of Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Thunder won 127-117. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams, of New Zealand, blocks the shot of Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Thunder won 127-117. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams, below, of New Zealand, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Thunder won 127-117. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams, right, shoots as Oklahoma City Thunder guard Raymond Felton defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Thunder won 127-117. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan shoots during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, right, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, second from right, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, left, and forward Blake Griffin, right, defend while center Steven Adams, of New Zealand, watches during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Thunder won 127-117. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)The Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan #6 battles for a rebound with the Thunder’s Terrance Ferguson #23 and Carmelo Anthony #7 during their NBA game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Thursday, Jan. 4, 2017. (Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)NextShow Caption1 of 37The Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan #6 battles for a rebound with the Thunder’s Terrance Ferguson #23 and Carmelo Anthony #7 during their NBA game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Thursday, Jan. 4, 2017. (Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)ExpandLOS ANGELES — The hits keep coming for the Clippers, who lost two more players to injuries plus a 127-117 decision to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday night at Staples Center. Just when it seemed they were in stable condition in the training room and the court, they suffered additional setbacks.Austin Rivers was diagnosed with an impingement in his right ankle and Milos Teodosic aggravated the plantar fascia injury in his left foot. Rivers is expected to be sidelined for at least two weeks, the Clippers said. Teodosic’s status was day-to-day.Down to the last of the top four guards in their rotation to start the season, Lou Williams, the Clippers ran at top speed with the Thunder. They led by as many as 13 points in the second quarter and trailed by as many as eight in the third before taking a 97-94 lead into the fourth.Related Articles Clippers guard Austin Rivers out at least 2 more weeks with ankle impingement Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Blake Griffin added 24 points, nine rebounds and seven assists.Teodosic scored two points and added four assists in nine minutes before checking out of the game for good with 2:18 left in the second quarter. Jawun Evans started in place of Teodosic to start the second half, joining C.J. Williams in the backcourt.“They’ll evaluate him,” Doc Rivers said. “We’ll see. It doesn’t look great, to be honest.”Teodosic sat out for 22 games because of a plantar fascia injury in the same foot suffered in the Clippers’ second game of the season, an Oct. 21 victory over the Phoenix Suns. It remains to be determined how long he’ll be sidelined this time.The Clippers were 7-15 while Teodosic was sidelined. They monitored his minutes since he returned to their starting lineup for a Dec. 11 victory over the Toronto Raptors. He was coming off a season high-tying 13 points in the Clippers’ victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday.His absence torpedoed the Clippers’ chances against the Thunder.“Tonight was hard,” Doc Rivers said. “We kind of hung in there. They took a lead and we got back in the game. It was just tough tonight because we needed Lou to play the point guard and to score at the same time. He got tired. You could see his shots got flat. They just wore him down.”What happens next also remains to be determined.“We’ll figure it out by Saturday,” Doc Rivers said, referring to Saturday’s game against the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors. “We have to. When you have your three point guards out, we just can’t have Lou bringing the ball up court the whole game.”“We literally don’t have another guy right now.”Thursday, the Clippers’ four-game winning streak was on the line against the Thunder. So was their momentum and their confidence, both of which soared after victories over the Grizzlies, Charlotte Hornets, Lakers and Sacramento Kings.Then again, those were four teams the Clippers should have defeated, based on the standings, plus experience, skill and depth. The Clippers handled their business in each game and moved within 1½ games of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.The Thunder represented a different animal, a talented team led by the supremely gifted Westbrook. Their days of integrating Anthony and George into their lineup appear to be coming to an end and there was a sense of cohesion after an extended break-in period with their new players.Oklahoma City took up residence at Staples Center for the second consecutive night, having torched the Lakers by 37 points on Wednesday to improve to 21-17. Westbrook scored 20 points in only 28 minutes in that one, resting for what loomed as a bigger challenge against the Clippers.“You can’t take all three of those guys away,” Jordan said of Oklahoma City’s George, Westbrook and Anthony. “The best you can do is load up on each guy and try to take certain things away. … In a 48-minute game, you can’t take away everything.” Game over.Four-game winning streak ended.“I thought that killed us, that stretch in the fourth quarter,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said.Paul George led the Thunder with 31 points on 12-for-16 shooting. Russell Westbrook added 29 and Carmelo Anthony scored 22. Oklahoma City shot 53.7 percent (51 for 95), including 44.1 percent from 3-point range (15 for 34).DeAndre Jordan scored a season-high 26 points, including 14 in the first quarter, and grabbed 17 rebounds for the Clippers (17-20). Williams scored 26 on 8-for-22 shooting, playing dual roles as playmaker and scorer in the second half after Teodosic was sidelined.last_img read more

NHL playoffs 2019: Maple Leafs’ Nazem Kadri suspended for remainder of first round

first_img NHL playoffs 2019: Predators’ Wayne Simmonds leaves game after taking shot to leg The Maple Leafs’ loss Saturday moved them into a 1-1 tie in the series with Boston as they will shift back to Toronto for Games 3 and 4. Nazem Kadri has been suspended for the rest of the Maple Leafs’ first-round series against the Bruins, the NHL announced Monday.The suspension stems from Kadri’s cross-check on Bruins winger Jake DeBrusk in the Maple Leafs’ 4-1 Game 2 loss Saturday. The league found the hit was “not a hockey play.” NHL playoffs 2019: Bruins defenseman Torey Krug helped off ice after hard hit into boardscenter_img Kadri was also suspended for three games in last year’s Stanley Cup playoffs when he boarded Bruins winger Tommy Wingels. Related News “Instead, this is a player retaliating against an opponent by using his stick as a weapon to make forceful and direct head contact,” the NHL said. “While we understand Kadri took offense to DeBrusk’s hit against Marleau, players are not allowed to simply violate league playing rules because they feel the retribution is justified.”last_img read more

The Ravens’ Lamar Jackson NFL Draft story is a perfect blend of sneakiness and risk-taking

first_imgAs the end of the first round neared, Newsome and DeCosta decided it was time to make a move. They called Howie Roseman, GM of the Super Bowl-champion Eagles and owner of the No. 32 overall pick, who was willing to trade back to No. 52 as long as the Ravens gave up their 2019 second-round pick in addition to their 2018 second-rounder.To the surprise of everybody but Newsome and DeCosta, the Eagles and Ravens had a deal. Baltimore traded into the last pick of the first round and selected Jackson.”We didn’t share what we were going to try and do with anybody,” DeCosta said. “Drafts are strange like that. It’s just Ozzie and me at the end of the table, the only ones who really know. When you’re trying to make a decision as important as that, you try and keep it as quiet as you can. Because it’s not that you don’t want to share it with people, but the downside — which would be losing the player — is much greater than the upside of sharing the information with somebody that you care about.”Added DeCosta regarding the aftermath of the Jackson selection: “I think it’s probably the first time in my 24 years that you could hear cheering outside the draft room. You could hear the coaches and you could hear the scouts. That was a powerful moment for us.”LAMAR VS. LUKA: Who will own the next decade in sports?It’s clear now those emotions were warranted. The Ravens, who earned the AFC’s No. 1 seed with a 14-2 record in the regular season, led the NFL with 3,296 rushing yards, the most by a team in a single season in league history. They also led NFL with 206 rushing yards per game, making them the first team since the 1977 Bears to average more than 200 rushing yards per game. And we all know why.Jackson broke Michael Vick’s single-season NFL rushing record for a quarterback with his 1,206 yards on the ground. He also led the league with 36 touchdown passes. As a result, the Ravens easily led the NFL with 33.2 points per game. They put up 40 or more points in five games.So, yeah: Good thing Newsome and DeCosta can keep a secret. In an interview with NBC Sports’ Peter King following Baltimore’s blowout win over Houston in November, a game in which the second-year QB continued his MVP-caliber season with four passing touchdowns, DeCosta told the story of Jackson’s selection on Day 1 of the 2018 NFL Draft. Jackson, 22, was the fifth quarterback taken at the end of a first round that featured four others (Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold, Josh Allen and Josh Rosen) going in the top 10. Turns out that’s exactly how Newsome and DeCosta hoped the draft would play out.MORE: Jackson dominates player voting for Offensive Player of the Year”We wanted quantity that day,” said DeCosta, whose team entered the draft holding the 16th overall pick and who, along with Newsome, “secretly loved” the QB from Louisville. “With the way the draft fell that year, we saw a way to really improve our offense. We were hoping the phone was gonna ring, starting at 16.”Thanks to the Bills, the phone did ring, and Baltimore in a trade with Buffalo moved back to No. 22. “We get to 22, and all of the players we liked are still there,” DeCosta said. “So we traded again.”The Ravens utilized a deal with the Titans to move back to No. 25, where they selected tight end Hayden Hurst, a player DeCosta said they “loved.” Jackson, though, was still available. King asked DeCosta whether he and Newsome were worried another team might swoop in and draft him.”We were. We were,” DeCosta allowed. “But I think you’ve got to stay as clinical in the moment as you can, and really just go with all your best information and the plan. So yeah, you’re always nervous. You accept that you’ll lose some players working this way.”DeCosta told King the league-wide doubt surrounding Jackson’s prospects as an NFL QB was helpful. (Looking at you, Bill Polian). The Ravens also felt confident they could land Jackson thanks to their sneaky approach to evaluating him prior to the draft.”We didn’t even interview Lamar at the Combine because we didn’t want to be associated with him,” DeCosta said. “We didn’t want rumors about us and him to start. They didn’t. We were proud of that.” In a way, Lamar Jackson was the final gift former Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome gave to the franchise. The 63-year-old retired after the 2018 season, months after he and heir-apparent GM Eric DeCosta used the last pick of the first round to draft the quarterback who’s now wrecking the NFL.And yes, it’s Newsome and DeCosta, not an entire department of scouts and talent evaluators, who are primarily responsible for the draft pick that changed the Ravens’ future for the better. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/db/be/lamar-jackson-102019-getty-ftrjpg_11e9yupqse03l1s3cp7jvt5ylo.jpg?t=-328499691&w=500&quality=80last_img read more

Delegates of heritage pageant visit Social Cohesion Minister

first_imgThe Miss Indigenous Heritage Pageant, one of the most anticipated events for Heritage Month celebrations, is underway as the 10 delegates vying for the coveted crown paid a courtesy call to Social Cohesion Minister, Dr George Norton on Monday.Social Cohesion Minister, Dr George Norton with the delegatesDuring the brief visit at the Social Cohesion Ministry, Main Street, Georgetown, the delegates, while engaging with Minister Norton, were encouraged to grasp every opportunity offered throughout the pageant to gain self-development.“You can improve yourselves in terms of the opportunities you might be provided, job opportunities, getting into tourism, travelling and all in all discovering yourselves, that is what I am interested in,” Norton told the young women.On the sidelines of the visit, Legal Assistant of the Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Ministry and Committee Member of the Pageant, Miriam Andrew-Ming conveyed that the delegates will be involved in several preparation activities leading up to the pageant including skills training, public speaking and volunteer works.Meanwhile, the same level of enthusiasm was expressed by the delegates during brief interviews with this publication describing their journey thus far.Luana Allicock, who will be representing Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo) at the pageant, noted that “The pageant, from when it started, has been a really great experience from when it started, it’s helping me in my public speaking, meeting new people, how to interact and how to learn to do new things”.A similar view was expressed by 18-year-old Natalia Ann-Patterson, a university student who is representing Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara). She stated, “my passion is to help young Indigenous females to live up to their culture as well as to look forward towards being in technology”.The pageant is set for September 28 at the National Cultural Centre. Tickets are available to the public at the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs and the National Cultural Centre. The prices are: auditorium front-$2500, auditorium rear-$2000 and balcony-$1500.last_img read more