CONTRIBUTED PHOTOThe battle between current and past NCAA champions turned one-sided in favor of Arellano, which plastered St. Benilde, 25-20, 25-22, 25-17, Saturday at the start of the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Jovielyn Prado led the Lady Chiefs with 14 points in the rematch between semifinalists of last NCAA season’s tournament.ADVERTISEMENT NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View comments Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Mary Anne Esguerra added 13 points while Necole Ebuen and Reginal Arocha chipped in nine each.Arellano coach Obet Javier said the Lady Chiefs’ experience in the Reinforced and Open Conferences of the league organized by Sports Vision is starting to bear fruit.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“I told them to use their PVL experience and help motivate their younger teammates,” said Javier.Earlier, La Salle and UST hurdled their respective rivals in the men’s side of the season-ending conference. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim WATCH: LeBron James rocks Manila for third time MOST READ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo LATEST STORIES The Green Spikers fought back from a set down to turn back the St. Benilde Blazers, 25-27, 26-24, 25-23, 25-22, while the Tigers dominated the UP Maroons, 25-17, 25-22, 25-15.Meanwhile, junior volleyball gets a big shot in the arm as the UAAP and Sports Vision joined hands for the tournament that starts Sept. 9.Unlike in previous seasons where the UAAP juniors competitions are held at school gyms, the girls’ and boys’ tournament will now be played at Filoil Flying V Center in San Juan.“In our continuing effort to develop the sport, particularly our young players, we will provide them good playing conditions which will help raise the level of competition,” said Sports Vision president Moying Martelino.The matches will be played in between the men’s and women’s games of the Collegiate Conference every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST04:26Deaf personalities everyone should know05:01What the Deaf want the hearing to know02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
Officially, it was the U.S. Olympic team, together for just a few weeks.To the basketball world, it was the Dream Team, and its gold-medal run changed hoops forever.An American sport was transformed into a global phenomenon when Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird and the rest of the NBA’s best arrived in Barcelona for the 1992 Olympics. They sparked an interest in basketball that continues to impact the NBA —on and off the court.The league is now a $5.5 billion industry and arguably the most popular international sport behind soccer.“I think basketball was about to explode and the dynamite stick to explode it was the Dream Team,” said U.S. coach Mike Krzyzewski, an assistant on that team.Springfield, Massachusetts, is basketball’s birthplace. But the modern NBA game was born in Barcelona.Major league baseball and the NFL would like to emulate the NBA’s international success. Since 1992, the league has played about 150 international basketball games and its contests been televised in more than 200 countries and territories.With Spain hosting the Basketball World Cup the last three weeks— capped off with the U.S. beating Serbia 129-92 in the gold-medal game — here’s a look back at the Barcelona Games and how the sport is changing:THE PLAYERSWhen Jerry Colangelo went to sign the first players from behind the Iron Curtain, he didn’t do a Pat Riley and drop a couple of championship rings on the table to woo Georgi Glushkov.It was the mid-1980s, and the former Phoenix owner had been told about the Bulgarian big man who had done a good job against Hall of Fame center Arvydas Sabonis in a European tournament. So Colangelo and a Suns assistant traveled to Sofia to negotiate a contract.Colangelo walked into a room at the Office of Sports Ministry to find six Bulgarians, some shot glasses and a Coke as a chaser.“We talked a few hours, made a deal where the government was getting most of the money and the player getting a small piece of it,” Colangelo said.While the 6-foot-8 Glushkov’s career was short-lived — he’s now the President of Bulgaria’s basketball federation — it’s much easier finding international prospects with NBA scouts packing under-19 and under-18 tournaments around the globe.The 1992 Olympics “just all kind of changed everything,” said Colangelo, Chairman of USA Basketball. “It opened the door for a lot of people and then people started to jump into it.”People including eventual NBA MVPs, league champions, No. 1 draft picks — players like Dirk Nowitzki, Pau Gasol and Tony Parker.But Jordi Villacampa, President of the Spanish basketball club Joventut Badalona, cautions that just like American college kids, some international players bolt to the NBA too early.“For me it is important that players, before going to the NBA, master the game and play very well and for several years growing in the European leagues, in our case, in the ACB,” said Villacampa, who played for Spain at the Barcelona Games and is the Spanish league’s No. 2 scorer. “Perhaps the timing (of some players) hasn’t been the best to get the most out of their talent.”Still, more than 90 international players began last season on NBA rostersINTERNATONAL INFLUENCEAs beautiful as the Dream Team made the game look, basketball in the NBA was getting pretty ugly.The Detroit Pistons of Chuck Daly, who coached the Dream Team, were known as the “Bad Boys,” a rough unit that played hard and fouled harder in winning consecutive NBA titles. Pat Riley’s Knicks of the early and mid-1990s would play the same way, and offensive creativity had given way to post-ups and isolation play.Enter the international influence. Rather than pound the ball inside, they spread the floor and put good-shooting big men on the perimeter.“Now we’ve gone more that way, because there aren’t that many good big post players to start out with,” said Rod Thorn, NBA President of Operations. “We didn’t have what is called a stretch 4 until we started getting all these kids from Europe. The Nowitzkis of the world in particular, guys who could shoot the ball out on the court and were big, and now everybody looks for a stretch 4.”Nowhere is the change more evident than with the Spurs.Their first title in 1999 was won the old way, throwing it into David Robinson and Tim Duncan, and it wasn’t much fun to watch. But the basketball they played to win the title in June didn’t look like that.This year’s collection of Spurs looked like, well, the Dream Team — but with a roster comprised of nine players born outside the U.S.GLOBAL MARKETINGThe NBA was the first U.S. pro league to play regular-season games outside North America when Phoenix and Utah met in Japan in 1990. But it wasn’t until after the Dream Team that interest there really took off.“The finals in ’93 between Phoenix and the Bulls, I think we probably had like 20 (Japanese) media, but ’92 there were only me and the cameraman between the Bulls and Blazers,” journalist Yoko Miyaji said.The NBA took notice.Building in Asia became a priority, particularly in China, where an NBA China division was launched and where the league estimated there were 300 million people playing basketball at the time of the 2008 Olympics. Shanghai and Beijing, with state of the art arenas that would make many U.S. cities envious, have become regular stops on the preseason schedule, and the Philippines joined them last year with its own sparkling facility.Eric Doust, Vice President of Global Marketing at SQ1 Agency, believes the NBA has done as well as any league growing internationally, in part because of its diverse rosters.“They’ve got so many international players now, and you can see that from Spain in the FIBA World Cup,” Doust said. “So that’s where I think they gain a lot of leverage as well versus other leagues. … That’s where their growth is going to come from as well.”Doust said there were 16 billion page views and more than 9 billion video views on NBA.com China over a three-year period.Now it’s on to India and Africa, where the league will stage an exhibition game next summer.LeBron James’ first game against Miami will come in none other than Brazil, hosting another preseason game as the league ramps up its marketing efforts before the 2016 Olympics.Barcelona showed just how big NBA players were — Thorn and Krzyzewski say players on the Dream Team “were like the Beatles” — and now the sport is bigger than ever.“I would say today maybe there are a couple of soccer players that might be as popular as LeBron James around the world, maybe,” Thorn said, “but he’s right in there with anybody.”Along with the NBA.(BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James considered swigging a beer while scoring 35 points, Kyrie Irving added 24 and the Cleveland Cavaliers picked up where they left off following a long layoff and throttled the Toronto Raptors 116-105 on Monday night in the opener of their NBA Eastern Conference semifinal.The Cavs hadn’t played since April 23, when they completed a four-game sweep of Indiana. But the defending champions didn’t show signs of rust and were well-prepared to face the revenge-seeking Raptors, who lost to Cleveland in last year’s conference finals.Toronto dropped to 1-12 in playoff openers.Game 2 is Wednesday night.Kyle Lowry scored 20 and DeMar DeRozan 19 for the Raptors, who were within seven in the third quarter before James dropped a 3-pointer, converted a three-point play, drained another 3 and then considered washing down a brew.ROCKETS 126, SPURS 99SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Trevor Ariza scored 23 points while James Harden added 20 points and 14 rebounds as Houston stormed past San Antonio in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals, the Spurs’ worst loss in a series opener under Gregg Popovich.The Rockets were 22 for 50 on 3-pointers, the most 3s attempted and made against the Spurs in their long postseason history.Houston had six players in double figures, including 20 points and 13 rebounds from Clint Capela.Game 2 is Wednesday in San Antonio.Houston led by as many as 39 points, including a 30-point lead in the first half, in the opener of the first series between the rivals since the Rockets’ victory in the 1995 Western Conference finals.TweetPinShare0 Shares
Celtic Celtic win Scottish Cup to complete historic double treble Joe Wright 00:43 5/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Celtic Celtic v Motherwell Motherwell FA Cup Premiership Brendan Rodgers’ side made history on Saturday by winning a second domestic treble in a row thanks to their Scottish Cup final win Celtic completed an historic double treble with a 2-0 win over Motherwell in Saturday’s Scottish Cup final.First-half goals from Callum McGregor and Olivier Ntcham at Hampden Park secured victory for Brendan Rodgers’ all-conquering side.The victory completed a second consecutive treble of Premiership, Scottish Cup and Scottish League Cup triumphs for the Glasgow giants. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Motherwell finished the league season 34 points behind the champions and they rarely looked like causing an upset.A sumptuous half-volley from McGregor 11 minutes in set Celtic on their way, before Ntcham drilled home a second from the edge of the penalty area to put Rodgers’ side in control.Motherwell pushed hard as the second half wore on, with Gael Bigirimana rattling the crossbar from a free-kick, but Celtic deservedly held on to celebrate a slice of history.”I’m so happy for everyone involved, players, staff, supporters,” Rodgers told reporters after the game. “It’s an incredible achievement by everyone. I thought we thoroughly deserved it. A mention for Motherwell, they have had a great season.”The Bhoys planned to celebrate the historic achievement with an open-top bus parade through Glasgow from Dalmarnock Station to Celtic Park starting at 6.15 p.m. UK time.
Next Shanker Basu returns to RCB as trainer, Sridharan Sriram named batting and spin bowling coachRoyal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) have appointed former India trainer Shanker Basu as new strength and conditioning coach while Sridharan Sriram has been appointed as the batting and spin bowling coach.advertisement Press Trust of India New DelhiSeptember 19, 2019UPDATED: September 19, 2019 19:24 IST Shanker Basu returns to RCB as trainer (File Photo: @BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSShanker Basu was with the RCB before joining the national team in 2015Sridharan Sriram had also served as spin bowling coach of the Australian cricket teamRCB also appointed Australia’s Adam Griffith as the bowling coachFormer India trainer Shanker Basu was on Thursday appointed as strength and conditioning coach of Royal Challengers Bangalore for the next season of the Indian Premier League.Basu thus made a return to the RCB dugout after his successful stint with the national team ended with India’s semifinal exit from this year’s ICC ODI World Cup in the UK.He was with the RCB before joining the national team in 2015 and is regarded as one of the best trainers in India.Besides Basu, former India cricketer Sridharan Sriram has been appointed as the batting and spin bowling coach of the IPL franchise.Sriram, who played eight ODIs for India, had also served as spin bowling coach of the Australian cricket team.He parted ways with Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals) prior to IPL 2019 to join Kings XI Punjab.RCB also appointed Australia’s Adam Griffith as the bowling coach, while South Africa’s Evan Speechly has been named as the team’s physiotherapist.Besides, the Bangalore franchise has named Malolan Rangarajan as its head of scouting while Major Soumyadeep Pyne will be the team manager.RCB had earlier named former New Zealand coach Mike Hesson as its Director of Cricket Operations and Australian Simon Katich as the team’s head coach.Also Read | Watch: Sachin Tendulkar analyses Steve Smith’s Ashes batting formulaAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow Shanker BasuFollow RCB
Local Government and Community Development Minister, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, says the new Anti-Litter Act will place greater emphasis on compliance, to minimise the illegal disposal of waste.Speaking with JIS News, the Minister said further amendments are to be made to the Act, following recommendations made by Cabinet.“When I took the document to Cabinet, there were some concerns about compliance and making it work. It is one thing to have the fines, but we must put the systems in place to make it work. A number of recommendations were made,” the Minister said.Among the recommendations made is greater involvement by stakeholders to ensure compliance with the Act.“Cabinet asked us to go back and get the cooperation of the Local Authorities and involve a wider cross section of the country, including the police, to get their support, and we have done that,” the Minister said.Mr. McKenzie pointed out that the new Anti-Litter Act will impose stronger penalties, including higher fines for illegal dumping.“We will continue to review the legislation to increase penalties. We have made significant increases to some of the fines,” he noted.The Minister said the document, which is still being reviewed, will be submitted to Cabinet shortly for approval.“I am hoping that in the new fiscal year, it will be tabled in Parliament, debated and passed,” Mr. McKenzie said.
Kolkata: Another person has been arrested in connection with Nimta Trinamool leader Nirmal Kundu’s murder case on Thursday night from Hooghly.The accused, identified as Sanjay Das, was produced before the Barrackpore Court on Friday and was remanded to six days police custody. On the other hand, the state Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has taken over the Nimta murder case on Friday, following Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s instruction on Thursday. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaAccording to sources, on Wednesday night two persons identified as Suman Kundu and Sujoy Das were arrested. After interrogating the duo, sleuths came up with Sanjay’s name. It has been alleged that he was riding the bike and Sujoy was sitting on the pillion rider’s seat, from where he had fired the shots at Nirmal. On the other hand, on Friday afternoon, CID sleuths went to Nimta police station and took over the charge of the investigation. All the documents including case diaries were handed over to CID team by the investigating officer of Nimta police station. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersSources have informed that the accused persons who were remanded to police custody will also be handed over to CID after maintaining legal procedure. Sleuths are trying to find out who else are connected with the planning of the murder. The CID team has already met with Nirmal’s family and will question the persons who were on the spot on Tuesday. Sleuths may also question the accused persons named in the FIR, apart from the arrested trio. Sleuths are also trying to know from whom the contract killers had got the one-shotter pistol, which was seized after arresting Sujoy. Earlier on Thursday evening, the Chief Minister had ordered a CID probe to solve the Nirmal Kundu murder case. She also alleged that BJP is behind the violence taking place across the state and pointed her finger at the saffron party for the murder as well.
Srinagar: BJP President Amit Shah arrived in Srinagar on Wednesday to start his two-day maiden visit to Jammu and Kashmir after taking over as the Union Home Minister. A Border Security Force (BSF) plane carrying the Home Minister landed at the technical area of Srinagar airport at 3.15 p.m. Shah is accompanied by a high-ranking team of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), which includes Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba. J&K Governor Satya Pal Malik, advisor to the Governor K. Vijay Kumar, state Chief Secretary B.V.R. Subrahmanyam, state police chief Dilbag Singh and Joint Director of the Intelligence Bureau (IB) Rahul Rasgotra were among the senior officials who received Shah at the airport. From the airport, Shah, along with Malik, Subrahmanyam, Dilbag Singh and Rasgotra, boarded a chopper enroute the Sher-e-Kashmir International Convention Complex (SKICC) on the banks of Dal Lake. Shah is scheduled to address a security review meeting for the upcoming Amarnath Yatra besides attending another meeting of the unified headquarters at the SKICC on Wednesday. This year’s Amarnath Yatra will begin on July 1 and end on August 15.
Mumbai: The benchmark BSE Sensex started on a weak note Thursday tracking negative cues from global equities after the US Federal Reserve kept its benchmark interest rate unchanged. After falling over 100 points in early trade, the 30-share index recovered lost ground and was trading marginally lower at 39,006.33. The NSE Nifty too was trading 14.65 points down at 11,733.50. In the previous session on Tuesday, the BSE bourse closed with 0.09 per cent or 35.78 points loss at 39,031.55, while the NSE Nifty ended 0.06 per cent or 6.50 points lower at 11,748.15. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: Icra Top gainers in early session were Yes Bank, Bharti Airtel, Hero MotoCorp, Sun Pharma, RIL, M&M, PowerGrid, HDFC Bank, IndusInd Bank, Bajaj Auto, L&T, Coal India and Kotak Bank, rising up to 3.66 per cent. On the other hand, Tata Motors, ICICI Bank, Infosys, Tata Steel, NTPC, TCS, HUL, Bajaj Finance, HCL Tech and ITC were among the top losers, shedding up to 1.94 per cent. According to traders, market sentiment was choppy as investors took weak cues from glaobe equities after the US Federal Reserve Wednesday decided to keep its benchmark interest rate unchanged amid mixed signals about the direction of the US economy. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 days On Wall Street, the S&P 500 index and the Nasdaq ended in the red on Wednesday. Elsewhere in Asia, benchmark equity indices in Shanghai, Tokyo and Seoul were trading on a mixed note in early trade. Brent crude futures, the global oil benchmark, were trading 0.28 per cent lower at USD 71.98 per barrel. On the currency front, the rupee was trading flat at 69.57 against the US dollar in early trade. Meanwhile, foreign institutional investors (FIIs) bought equity worth Rs 114.59 crore on Tuesday, while domestic institutional investors (DIIs) purchased shares to the tune of Rs 730.02 crore, provisional data available with stock exchanges showed.
The Ohio State football team is the 2009 BCS National Champion.This phrase strikes even the most avid fans as impossible, but it is much more probable than it seems.The BCS rankings are comprised of the USA Today Coaches Poll, The Harris Interactive Poll and a combination of computer rankings that are each worth one-third of the overall rankings. The USA Today and Harris Interactive polls consist of human voters casting ballots every week while the computer rankings crunch numbers, such as strength of schedule and outcomes of games versus shared opponents.The system can be quite confusing and its existence is always a hot topic in college football, but it typically favors teams with fewer losses and teams from big conferences, such as the Big Ten.This was evident during the 2007 season, when the Buckeyes lost to Illinois in Week 12, but still managed to crawl their way into the championship game after only playing one game during the season’s final four weeks.The rankings make the current situation, and peculiar ranking, similar to 2007. The 2007 Buckeyes were ranked No. 7 following their loss to Illinois, and the 2009 team is ranked No. 7 in the polls this week.The 2007 team had one game and four weeks left in the season to make up ground. This year’s team has six games and nine weeks of football to make it to the top of the standings.In 2007, all six teams ranked ahead of OSU in Week 12 lost during the last four weeks of the season. Oklahoma and Oregon both lost in Week 12, Kansas and LSU lost in week 13 and Missouri and West Virginia lost during their conference championships. Compared to 2007, this year’s Buckeyes actually have a better chance of making it to the national championship.No. 6 USC plays two ranked opponents, No. 25 Notre Dame and No. 14 Oregon, and has lost to an unranked conference opponent this season. That loss could hurt the Trojans when the BCS rankings are released on Oct. 18, because the computer rankings consider the quality of the opponents a team loses to.The No. 5 Boise State Broncos will face only two teams in the remaining season with winning records. The computer rankings will hurt the Broncos since their strength of schedule is low. OSU should pass them in the rankings before the season’s end.Virginia Tech, ranked fourth, plays only one currently ranked opponent the rest of the season — No. 20 Georgia Tech, who they face this weekend. The Hokies will play a conference championship game if they win out, but conference championship games took down two teams ahead of OSU in 2007.No. 3 Texas plays the toughest remaining schedule, facing three currently ranked teams in No. 20 Oklahoma, No. 16 Oklahoma State and No. 17 Kansas. This does not include the conference championship they would play if they won the rest of their regular season contests. No. 2 Alabama plays two currently ranked teams, No. 22 South Carolina this weekend and No. 9 LSU in two weeks, and has a conference championship at the end of the year.Top-ranked Florida has an easy schedule to finish the season, playing only two teams with winning records and only one ranked team, but they must play a conference championship.Because OSU is likely to pass USC and Boise State, and the possibility of Texas losing one game in a tough schedule, only three teams would pose major threats to OSU.The other three teams all play a conference championship, likely against ranked opponents, and Alabama and Florida will play each other in the conference championship if they both win their remaining regular season games. That leaves two teams ahead of OSU.The Buckeyes must win every remaining game this year for a hope at the championship.In 2007, the Buckeyes played only one ranked opponent after Week 15 of the season, No. 18 Wisconsin, which left their strength of schedule lower than desired.This season, OSU has a possibility to play two Top 15-ranked teams in Iowa and Penn State. If OSU beats two top 15 teams, they would stay ahead of other one-loss teams in the top 10 because of their quality of wins.
The first night home game of the baseball season did nothing to deter the sizzling offense of the Ohio State baseball team.Every Buckeye hitter had a base hit in their 12-7 win over the Xavier Musketeers (7-22, 3-3 in the Atlantic 10) Wednesday at Bill Davis Stadium.Left fielder Zach Hurley went 2-for-5 with 3 RBI, and first baseman Ryan Dew added a home run and four RBIs for Ohio State (17-8, 2-1).“Tonight, we did some things well, and it was particularly true with our seniors,” said coach Bob Todd. “I mean, Hurley and Dew, and Dew had some big hits, Kovanda’s always been a spark plug for us. And that’s the kind of stuff you’ve got to have.”Hurley hit his sixth home run of the season on the first pitch of the bottom of the fourth to tie the game at 6-6.“I got a good pitch to hit, and I just went with it,” Hurley said.Ohio State grabbed a 7-6 lead on Michael Stephens’ RBI single later in the inning.Hurley delivered again in the bottom of the fifth with a two-out, two-run double to give OSU a 9-6 lead.Second baseman Cory Kovanda’s RBI single, a bases-loaded walk to Dew and a sacrifice fly from shortstop Tyler Engle later in the fifth gave them a 12-6 lead.“We were clicking offensively, and this is what I’ve been waiting for all year out of this team,” Hurley said. “I knew it was just a matter of time before we got everyone in the lineup, all one through nine, clicking.” Starting pitcher Eric Best lasted only two innings for Ohio State, giving up five runs (two earned) on six hits.His counterpart, Xavier’s Zac Richard, went only three innings, allowing five runs and seven hits.Brett McKinney came on in relief of Best and threw four shutout innings, which was key to the Buckeyes seizing the lead.“I was more focused on throwing strikes than anything else, and I felt I did a pretty good job of that,” McKinney said. “You have to take advantage of every inning you get, whether it’s in mid-week or weekend, and especially when you’re a freshman, you don’t know when you’re going to get another shot. So you’ve got to take advantage of them.”McKinney gave up only four hits in four innings, and shut down the Musketeers’ lineup that had scored in all three prior innings.“We were counting on that and we kind of thought that McKinney was a key to us if he could give us some strong innings in the middle,” Todd said.Xavier scored four runs in the second inning, and another in the third, as an error by Engle helped hand the Musketeers a 6-3 lead.Engle made up for his mistake and hit his first home run of the season in the bottom of the second, and designated hitter Matt Streng had an RBI single in the third to cut the deficit to 6-5.After Xavier scored in the top of the first inning, Ohio State took a 3-1 lead in the bottom half of the inning when Dew delivered a two-out, three-run home run, his third of the season.The Buckeyes will have a three-game series in Big Ten play against the Indiana Hoosiers beginning Friday at 6:35 p.m. at Bill Davis Stadium.
Caterpillar Venture Capital, a wholly owned subsidiary of Caterpillar, has made a strategic investment in Alight, Inc, a San Francisco-based SaaS (software as a service) technology company that develops industry-specific solutions for financial forecasting and scenario analysis. The unique software has modules that are designed specifically for different industries, with mining and mortgage banking as the first two target industries. This investment aims to support Caterpillar’s mining customers with financial forecasting and scenario analysis.Caterpillar has begun discussions with Alight Mining Solutions to develop enhanced solutions that will combine data from technology-enabled machines with financial forecasting software to help mining companies make more real-time business decisions.Alight’s cloud-based products allow users to pull data from other systems such as Cat® MineStar™, quickly run multiple scenarios to facilitate financial decision making and then create enterprise-level financial forecasts.“We’re always looking to invest in new ways that could help Caterpillar’s customers improve their profitability, especially through the use of technology,” said Jim Hawkins, Managing Director of Mining Technology for Caterpillar. “Alight’s technologies can allow our customers to see the financial impact of a machine or technology purchases as well as operational decisions before they’re made.”“We are thrilled to partner with Caterpillar and help bring new levels of innovation to the global mining industry,” said Michele McGovern, CEO, Alight. “Caterpillar’s technology is making huge quantities of rich information available to its customers and our intention is to combine this data with Alight’s solutions so that data can be used to drive decision making to find greater profits and opportunities for growth.”Like Cat MineStar, Alight’s mining offering was developed by mining industry experts, specifically for mining customers. Combining Alight’s software with Cat MineStar will allow production data such as tons-moved to be viewed in context of financial information such as costs and revenues, helping miners make assessments at the site level and analyze strategic opportunities throughout the enterprise.“Our mining customers make decisions on very large capital investments, in market conditions that are constantly changing,” continued Hawkins. “We believe that the solutions we are looking to develop with Alight could help them better understand the impact of these decisions on production and operations as well as on profit margins and cash flow.”Cat MineStar, part of the Cat Connect family of technologies and services, helps customers deal with everyday challenges: controlling costs, extending equipment life, and enhancing safety. For mines large and small, above and below ground, Cat MineStar works with any brand of equipment helping customers leverage data across their existing machines, systems, and technologies to boost business results and gain their competitive edge.
Workers prepare the booths at a polling station in Lambersart, northern France. Source: Michel SpinglerOVER 8,000 FRENCH citizens who are registered to vote in this weekend’s opening round of the country’s presidential election will have the opportunity to cast their ballots at two locations in Ireland when polls open tomorrow.Voters are being asked to go to one of three voting stations at: Pour les #Presidentielle2017 & #legislatives2017 retrouvez toutes les informations pour voter en #Irlande https://t.co/29pGFhGEJ3 pic.twitter.com/TB4eCjWo6n— France in Ireland (@FranceinIreland) April 19, 2017 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 29 Comments By Daragh Brophy Saturday 22 Apr 2017, 7:30 PM The Embassy of France in Ireland (66 Fitzwilliam Lane, Dublin 2) where there are two voting stationsOr to City Hall in CorkPolling take place between 8am and 7pm Irish time. Casting a vote in the French election in Ireland? Here’s what you need to know Over 8,000 French citizens are entitled to cast their ballots here. Apr 22nd 2017, 7:30 PM http://jrnl.ie/3352262 8,746 Views Source: France in Ireland/Twitter Share Tweet Email2 Short URL Eleven candidates spanning the spectrum from Trotskyist left to far-right are running in this weekend’s contest.The four favourites are far-right National Front (FN) leader Marine Le Pen, 48, centrist En Marche (On The Move) leader Emmanuel Macron, 39, conservative Republicans nominee Francois Fillon, 63, and hard left La France Insoumise (France Unbowed) leader Jean-Luc Melenchon, 65.Three surveys – all taken in advance of this week’s Paris shooting – showed Macron having a slight edge over Le Pen with 23-25% against 22-23%.Fillon and Melenchon are grouped together in a range of between 18% and 19.5% after a late spurt that has put them within striking distance of the frontrunners.Projections based on partial results should come in as soon as polls close tomorrow evening.The two top candidates will go through to a runoff election on 7 May.The next president will be sworn in by 14 May at the latest, taking over from Socialist President Francois Hollande.- With reporting from AFP Read: St Vincent’s Healthcare Group to review plans for National Maternity Hospital >Read: Two masked men rob cash-in-transit van in north Dublin >
Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin defended the oil tax structure she championed while in office, known as ACES. The system has been dismantled by state lawmakers and her successor Governor Sean Parnell.Download AudioPalin also took a swipe at Parnell on Anchorage radio station KWHL when asked about Parnell’s change in direction, pointing out that Parnell came from the oil industry.Parnell was Palin’s lieutenant governor from 2006 to 2009.Palin also had supportive words for a rival to Parnell in this year’s gubernatorial race, Bill Walker, who is running as an independent. She didn’t endorse Walker, but said he has “his thumb on the pulse of… most Alaskans who care about the future of this state.”Walker said today that he had not spoken with Palin and was surprised by her remarks.
In July 2017, Jet Airways had asked its junior pilots, who joined the brand in 2016, to take a 30 percent pay cut or leaveReutersIndian conglomerate Tata Sons Ltd will go slow on a deal to buy Jet Airways (India) Ltd after some directors expressed reservations at an inconclusive board meeting last Friday, the Times of India reported on Tuesday.The directors are asking for more details on the deal at the next board meeting, expected in the third week of December, the paper said, citing people close to the development.”You can’t rush into a complex situation that could cost the group up to $2 billion (143.21 billion rupees) without doing serious homework,” the paper quoted one source as saying.Another source indicated that the board may want a full-blown due diligence report by a reputed firm before taking a call, the paper added.Tata Sons last Friday said it was in preliminary talks with struggling Jet Airways but had not made a proposal to buy a stake.Tata Sons and Jet Airways did not immediately respond to a request seeking comment outside regular business hours.
Share Nicolas Asfouri/AFP/Getty ImagesChina’s President Xi Jinping speaks during a business leaders’ event with President Trump in Beijing on Thursday.Engaging the Chinese on North Korea and trade were President Trump’s two priorities this week in Beijing — and engage he did, but Chinese leader Xi Jinping gave little indication he was ready to budge any further on either issue.In recent months, China has limited oil and electricity exports to Pyongyang, while severely limiting coal imports from North Korea. Xi opted to use the dreaded verb “renew” to reiterate China’s stock statement on the North Korean issue: “We renewed our commitment to denuclearize the Korean peninsula and uphold international rules,” he said Thursday through an interpreter.Then came trade. On the face of it, the author of The Art of the Deal seemed to have lived up to his name in Beijing. President Trump, standing alongside Xi, watched on as a quarter-trillion dollars’ worth of deals between U.S. and Chinese companies were announced Thursday.But a closer look, reports Bloomberg News, reveals that about 15 of those deals were “mostly non-binding memorandums of understanding and could take years to materialize.”Among those deals:A $43 billion joint development agreement to advance a liquefied natural gas project in Alaska that involves Alaska Gasline Development Corp., Sinopec, The China Investment Corporation and the Bank of ChinaJD.com agreed to buy $1.2 billion-worth of beef from the Montana Stock Growers Association and pork from Smithfield Foods Inc.DowDuPont signed a tire contract with Chinese bicycle-sharing startup Beijing Mobike Technology Co.Several other deals announced this week seemed to be part of Trump’s campaign promise to reduce the trade deficit with China. But the president elicited gasps from the audience of business leaders and reporters when he said “I don’t blame China. After all, who can blame a country for being able to take advantage of another country for the benefit of their citizens? I give China great credit.”Before Air Force One landed in Beijing on Tuesday, I had a chance to sit down with Jacob Parker, who helps run China operations at the U.S.-China Business Council in Beijing and represents large multinational companies with significant business interests in China.“What is Trump’s priority?” I asked him.“The trade deficit,” Parker said.“Is that of any concern to the people you represent?”“No.”The China-based executives of American multinationals that Parker represents are looking beyond a promise Trump made as part of his pledge to make America great again.“I think one of the rationales behind President Trump’s focus on the trade deficit is the idea that manufacturing in the United States has migrated abroad to Southeast Asia or to China,” Parker said. “And the reality is when we talk to our member companies, they frequently tell us they’re manufacturing in China to access the domestic market. Very few of them are manufacturing domestically to export abroad.”The biggest challenge American companies face in China is not the ability to make deals, says Parker, but the ability to ensure these deals are fair. U.S. businesses are often forced to hand over their key technology and enter into joint ventures with Chinese partners, and U.S. companies in at least 10 sectors have investment caps preventing them from competing with Chinese companies on a fair playing field.Chinese companies have no such caps in the U.S. market. That’s why the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development or OECD, the organization of developed countries, ranks China among the world’s most restrictive markets for foreign investment, while the U.S. is consistently among the least restrictive.Yet neither President Trump nor President Xi made detailed remarks about enacting meaningful structural changes to how China’s government treats U.S. businesses this week.“We want a vibrant trade relationship with China,” said Trump while he stood beside Xi Thursday morning in the Hall of the People. “We also want a reciprocal one.”Xi responded: “Keeping opening up is our long-term strategy. We will never narrow or close our doors. We will further widen them.”The China-based U.S. business leaders on the sidelines of this week’s meetings have heard these platitudes before. For years, they’ve waited for a U.S. administration that would pressure the Chinese government to loosen its grip on their business in China.They’re still waiting.
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Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The Arizona Cardinals, or any other NFL team for that matter, can’t complete a trade until the league year officially starts March 12.But that doesn’t stop trade speculation from happening.Tuesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reported that the Cardinals, who are seeking help at quarterback, would express interest in 49ers signal caller Alex Smith.Jason LaCanfora of CBS Sports has taken that report one step further Wednesday morning, via Twitter. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Comments Share The Alex Smith trade is not with Arizona, to be clear again. The Cards offer was weak. 49ers told people its not AZ. KC remains likely team— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) February 27, 2013 No details have surfaced about the Cardinals “weak” offer, but trades between division foes are incredibly rare in the National Football League. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
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