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first_imgNHL-PLAYOFFS-BRUINS-LIGHTNINGHedman’s goal gives Lightning 3-2 win over Bruins in 2nd OTTORONTO (AP) — Victor Hedman scored with 5:50 left in the second overtime to give the Tampa Bay Lightning a 3-2 victory over the Boston Bruins and their fourth berth in the NHL’s Eastern Conference finals in six seasons on Monday night.Hedman beat goaltender Jaroslav Halak from the left circle, finishing a barrage that saw the Lightning outshoot Bruins 7-1 in the second OT. Tampa Bay improved to 5-0 in overtime games in this year’s playoffs.NHL-WIRE FRAUD SENTENCE — The Oakland Athletics have acquired Mike Minor in a trade with the Texas Rangers, adding another piece to their rotation. Minor has struggled this year, going 0-5 with a 5.60 ERA with Texas, but he went 14-10 with a 3.59 ERA in 32 starts last season. — Toronto has acquired left-hander Robbie Ray in a trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks, giving the Blue Jays a former All-Star who has struggled so far in 2020. The Diamondbacks got lefty Travis Bergen in the deal. Toronto also received cash considerations as part of the trade. — The Philadelphia Phillies have acquired right-hander David Phelps from the Milwaukee Brewers before Monday’s trade deadline.Phelps is the fourth reliever to join the Phillies in a trade in 10 days. They got Brandon Workman and Heath Hembree from the Red Sox and David Hale from the Yankees on Aug. 21. —The San Francisco Giants acquired left-hander Anthony Banda from the Tampa Bay Rays for cash, adding depth to their bullpen. Banda went 1-0 with a 10.29 ERA in four outings with one save over seven innings for the Rays before being designated for assignment. —The Chicago Cubs acquired veteran outfielder Cameron Maybin and two left-handed relievers in three trades. The NL Central leaders sent minor league infielder Zack Short to Detroit for Maybin, who is batting .244 with a homer and two RBIs in 14 games this year. The Cubs got Chafin and a cash consideration from Arizona for a player to be named or cash. Osich was acquired in a deal with Boston for a player to be named or cash. — Marketa Vondrousova, the 2019 French Open runner-up and who is seeded 12th in New York, beat Greet Minnen 6-1, 6-4.In Open news:— A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that seven players have been put in what one described as a “bubble in the bubble” as the U.S. Open starts because they were in contact with Benoit Paire. He is the French player who was dropped from the field after testing positive for the coronavirus. In other first day Open action:— Coco Gauff is out of the U.S. Open on Day 1.Anastasija Sevastova knocked off the 16-year-old Gauff in three sets, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4. It was Gauff’s earliest exit from a Grand Slam tournament in four appearances. — — Top-seeded Karolina Pliskova has advanced in straight sets. liskova surged ahead of Anhelina Kalinina 4-1 in the opening set, lost three games in a row, then took the last eight for a 6-4, 6-0 victory. —Three-time Grand Slam champion Angelique Kerber is sticking around longer at Flushing Meadows than she did a year ago. Kerber eliminated Ajla Tomljanovic 6-4, 6-4 in a nearly empty Louis Armstrong Stadium.— No. 9 seed Diego Schwartzman blew a two-set lead and was knocked out in the first round. He led 2-0 but appeared to have problems with cramps as he lost to Cameron Norrie 3-6, 4-6, 6-2, 6-1, 7-5 in a match that took nearly 4 hours. —The Los Angeles Dodgers have traded right-hander Ross Stripling to the Toronto Blue Jays for two players to be named. The Blue Jays have dramatically bolstered their pitching staff at the deadline with the additions of Stripling, Robbie Ray and Taijuan Walker. Stripling is 3-1 with a 5.61 ERA in seven starts this season for Los Angeles. —The New York Mets acquired infielder Todd Frazier and catcher Robinson Chirinos from the Texas Rangers. Texas receives two players to be named. New York also receives cash in the deal involving Chirinos. The Mets also acquired Baltimore right-hander Miguel Castro for minor league left-hander Kevin Smith and a player to be named or cash. New York is bringing Frazier back after he hit 39 home runs for the Mets over two seasons in 2018 and 2019. He hit .241 with two homers in 31 games for Texas this year.—The Colorado Rockies added outfield depth by acquiring Kevin Pillar from Boston in a trade-deadline deal. The Red Sox received a player to be named or cash and international amateur signing bonus pool space as part of the deal. MLB-ATHLETICS-MARINERSMore games postponed for testing —José Iglesias and Bryan Holaday had RBI doubles in the 11th inning for Baltimore, and Iglesias threw out the potential tying run at home plate as the Orioles salvaged a 4-3 win against the Toronto Blue Jays. Iglesias’ leadoff hit, to deep left-center field, scored Anthony Santander, who started the inning at second base. Holaday then doubled to right field to drive in Iglesias. Both hits came off Toronto reliever Anthony Bass. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. had an RBI single in the 11th to draw Toronto closer, but was thrown out at the plate.MLB-TRADESClevinger, Minor among players movingUNDATED (AP) — The San Diego Padres have acquired Mike Clevinger in a multiplayer trade with the Cleveland Indians, bolstering their rotation with another bold move ahead of baseball’s trade deadline. San Diego got Clevinger, outfielder Greg Allen and a player to be named for Cleveland for a package of young players that included outfielder Josh Naylor, right-hander Cal Quantrill and catcher Austin Hedges. In other trade activity ahead of the deadline: Update on the latest sports NEW YORK (AP) — Miguel Rojas hit a tiebreaking RBI single during Miami’s four-run sixth inning against Jacob deGrom, and the Marlins beat the New York Mets 5-3. Garrett Cooper and Brian Anderson homered for Miami, which had dropped four in a row. Trevor Rogers pitched five effective innings for his first major league win, and Brandon Kintzler worked the ninth for his seventh save. Marlins second baseman Jonathan Villar made a diving catch in shallow center to rob the Mets of a run in the fifth, and then was replaced by a pinch hitter in the sixth. In other Monday action:— Luis Robert hit a tying homer in the seventh inning and the go-ahead double in the ninth, and the Chicago White Sox rallied to beat the skidding Minnesota Twins 8-5. The White Sox are in sole possession of first place in the AL Central for the first time this season, ahead of Cleveland and Minnesota. —Tyler Glasnow flummoxed the Yankees for six innings, Ji-Man Choi and Kevin Kiermaier homered off Gerrit Cole, and the Tampa Bay Rays extended their mastery of New York with a 5-3 victory. The AL East leaders improved to 7-1 against the Yankees this season and stretched their division cushion to 4 1/2 games. —Max Fried improved to 6-0, Austin Riley had a bases-loaded triple and the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves beat the Boston Red Sox 6-3. Adam Duvall belted a homer over the Green Monster and Nick Markakis had three hits and drove in two runs for Atlanta. Alex Verdugo had three doubles for the Red Sox.—Orlando Arcia’s pinch-hit single with two outs in the eighth inning drove in the tiebreaking run as the Milwaukee Brewers slipped past the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-5 on Monday night. Josh Hader pitched a perfect ninth for his eighth save in his first appearance since walking five of the six batters he faced while trying to close out Saturday night’s game. Hader has yet to give up a hit this season. —Maikel Franco and Bubba Starling had RBI singles in the eighth inning as the Kansas City Royals rallied to beat the Cleveland Indians 2-1 in the first game of a three-game series. It was the Royals’ first win this season when trailing after seven innings. Scott Barlow picked up the win in relief for Kansas City. — Paul DeJong (deh-YUHNG’) hit his first career grand slam, helping Dakota Hudson to his first win of the season as the St. Louis Cardinals held off the Cincinnati Reds 7-5. Hudson finished with a season-high seven strikeouts and no walks. The Cardinals won their second straight after dropping four in a row. The Reds have lost three of four after winning three straight.—Spencer Howard threw five effective innings, Rhys (rees) Hoskins homered and drove in three runs and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Washington Nationals 8-6 Monday night. Juan Soto hit a pair of two-run homers and Michael Taylor and Trea Turner also went deep for the defending World Series champions, who fell to 12-20. —Three people have filed a lawsuit against New York Giants cornerback DeAndre Baker, claiming that he robbed them at gunpoint during a May cookout in Florida. The civil lawsuit filed in Broward County, Florida, seeks $100,000 in damages. Baker was charged Aug. 7 with four counts of robbery with a firearm. Prosecutors previously said Seattle Seahawks cornerback Quinton Dunbar, who also was arrested in May, won’t be prosecuted because of insufficient evidence. TENNIS-US OPENDjokovic wins easilyNEW YORK (AP) — Top-seeded Novak Djokovic (NOH’-vak JOH’-kuh-vich) breezed past Damir Dzumhur 6-1, 6-4, 6-1 at the U.S. Open.Djokovic is the overwhelming favorite to win his fourth men’s championship and he cruised in his first-round matchup at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Djokovic pounded his chest and raised his racket in the air, keeping his celebratory routine intact even without fans in the stadium. Djokovic is 24-0 in 2020 and has won 18 of his last 19 matches overall in Grand Slam tournaments. — The Jacksonville Jaguars have waived running back Leonard Fournette. It’s a stunning decision that gets the team closer to purging Tom Coughlin’s tenure. The team spent months trying to trade the fourth overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft. If Fournette clears waivers, he would become a free agent. He is due $4.17 million in salary in 2020 if someone claims him. — The Houston Texans have signed inside linebacker Zach Cunningham to a four-year, $58 million contract extension. The Texans announced the signing on Monday. The 25-year-old Cunningham was a second-round pick in 2017 and ranked second in the NFL last season with a career-high 137 tackles. —The San Francisco 49ers have placed starting middle linebacker Fred Warner on the reserve/COVID-19 list less than two weeks before the start of the season. The list is used for players who either test positive for the coronavirus or have been in close contact with an infected person. —Pittsburgh outside linebacker Bud Dupree and the Steelers failed to reach an agreement on a contract extension during the offseason, meaning Dupree will likely become a free agent next spring. The Steelers placed the franchise tag on Dupree in March after he had a career-high 11 1/2 sacks in 2019. —The Las Vegas Raiders have released veteran cornerback Prince Amukamara. Amukamara was signed as a free agent to provide a veteran presence in the secondary. He started 99 games over nine seasons with the Giants, Jacksonville and Chicago but had been surpassed in practice by rookie Damon Arnette. center_img Coaching great John Thompson of Georgetown dead at 78 WASHINGTON (AP) — The sports world is reacting to the death of former Georgetown coach John Thompson. He was a Hall of Famer and the first Black coach to lead a team to the NCAA men’s basketball championship. Georgetown coach Patrick Ewing played center for Thompson on the Hoyas’ national championship team in 1984. He called Thompson a “father figure, confidant and role model’ and said his legacy will be ”everlasting.” Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim lauded Thompson as a role model for a lot of coaches, Black and white. Thompson’s family announced his death Monday but disclosed no details. He was 78.VIRUS OUTBREAK-NFLPlayers association chief wants daily testing August 31, 2020 NBA-MOST IMPROVED PLAYER-INGRAMPelicans’ Brandon Ingram named NBA most improved playerNEW ORLEANS (AP) — Pelicans forward Brandon Ingram has been named the NBA’s most improved player in a season that saw him bounce back from a life-altering blood clot and a trade from the team that drafted him second-overall in 2016.Ingram, who came to New Orleans as part of a block-buster trade that sent Anthony Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers, averaged a team-leading and career-best 23.8 points per game while hitting 46.3% of his shots. He also became an NBA All-Star for the first time. Ingram received 42 first-place votes from a global panel of 100 sportswriters and broadcasters and earned 326 total points. HIngram credits former Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry for his success. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA PLAYOFFS-BUCKSButler scores 40, Heat top Bucks 115-104 for 1-0 series leadLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Jimmy Butler scored a playoff career-high 40 points, Goran Dragic added 27 and the Miami Heat clamped down defensively in the final three quarters to beat the Milwaukee Bucks 115-104 in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series on Monday night. Bam Adebayo had 12 points, 17 rebounds and six assists for the fifth-seeded Heat, who are 3-1 overall against the top-seeded Bucks this season. Khris Middleton scored 28 points for Milwaukee, which also dropped Game 1 of its first-round series against Orlando. Brook Lopez had 24 points on 8 for 10 shooting, and Giannis Antetokounmpo had 18 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists for the Bucks. Man who admitted embezzling millions sentenced to prisonCHICAGO (AP) — An Illinois accountant who pleaded guilty to embezzling millions of dollars from a trustee of the Art Institute of Chicago and others to finance a luxurious lifestyle was sentenced Monday to 16½ years in prison. Three former Chicago Blackhawks players were among those scammed.Sultan Issa admitted earlier this year that Art Institute trustee Roger L. Weston wasn’t his only victim. Issa, who pleaded guilty to wire fraud in January, said he also stole millions from individual investors, including $500,000 from a widow who trusted him to invest funds from her late husband’s estate. Most of the individual investors who lost money in Issa’s scams were not identified in court records.MLB-SCHEDULE-MARLINS-METSRojas gets key hit in Marlins’ win UNDATED (AP) — NFL Players Association President J.C. Tretter is pushing for daily COVID-19 testing during the regular season.The NFL has been conducting daily testing for players throughout training camp and plans to do so through Saturday. Tretter, the starting center for the Cleveland Browns, posted on the union website. “We will continue to rely on scientific data to inform our approach for combating this virus. As the science evolves, we will evolve with it.”The league has reported few positive cases in the past month, though it did have 77 false positives a week ago that resulted from contamination at the testing lab.NFL-SOCIAL JUSTICEEnd zones to carry social justice messages Associated Press UNDATED (AP) — NFL end zones will be inscribed this season with two slogans: “It Takes All Of Us” on one end line, “End Racism” on the other. As part of its social justice awareness initiatives, the NFL also will allow similar visuals on helmets and caps. Previously announced were decals on the back of helmets, or patches on team caps, displaying names or phrases to honor victims of racism and/or police brutality. Now, a T-shirt designed by NFL Players Association executive committee member Michael Thomas, a safety with the Houston Texans, can be worn in warmups. In other NFL news:— The NFL has taken over the independent investigation into workplace conduct within the Washington Football Team. Owner Dan Snyder said he and his wife, Tanya, suggested to Commissioner Roger Goodell the NFL assume full oversight of the review. The Washington Post reported last month about 15 female former employees saying they were sexually harassed during their time with the team. SEATTLE (AP) — Major League Baseball has announced that the first two games of Oakland’s series at Seattle have been postponed to allow for additional testing and contact tracing. This, after a member of the Athletics’ organization tested positive for the coronavirus. The positive test already caused the postponement of Oakland’s game Sunday against the Houston Astros. Now games against the Mariners on Tuesday and Wednesday are being put off. The A’s are also scheduled to play at Seattle on Thursday.In other MLB news:— Cincinnati Reds outfielder Jesse Winker and manager David Bell were both suspended one game for their roles in a bench-clearing incident Saturday against the Chicago Cubs. Chicago coach Mike Borzello was also suspended one game. Winker, Bell and Borzello were also fined, and Cincinnati first baseman Joey Votto received a fine as well. Winker, Votto, COLLEGE BASKETBALL-OBIT-JOHN THOMPSONlast_img read more

first_img“Assessing the likelihood of smoke-induced interruptions is a bit like how we treat heat and rain,” tournament director Craig Tiley said.“The health of players, fans and staff is a priority at all times.”Visibility in Melbourne, which hosts the opening Grand Slam of the year this month, is less than 1km (0.62 miles) in some parts of the city and surrounding areas, according to Victoria’s Bureau of Meteorology.The air quality index in the city reached 213 on Monday, with a reading above 200 considered “very unhealthy”.Qualifying for the Australian Open begins on Tuesday, 14 January, with the main draw starting on 20 January.“We have experts who analyse all available live data as specific to our sites as possible and consult regularly with tournament officials and, in the case of heat and smoke, medical experts,” Tiley added.“We have access to real-time monitoring of air quality at all of our venues and are working closely with medical personnel and local experts onsite to ensure we have the best possible information available to make any decisions regarding whether play should be halted at any point.”There have been no smoke-related interruptions so far at the ATP Cup, which is taking place in Sydney, Brisbane and Perth, but this week’s Canberra challenger event was relocated more than 450km away to Bendigo and some football and basketball matches have been cancelled.Nick Kyrgios, Novak Djokovic and Ashleigh Barty have been among the tennis players who have pledged financial support to the relief fund.Australian Open organisers also announced plans to raise money, including staging an “AO Rally for Relief” with a group of leading players and a music event.“The inordinate loss of people, wildlife, stock, homes, schools and businesses is going to require an extraordinarily widespread effort to get these families and communities back on their feet,” Tiley said. “Our aim is for tennis to play a significant role where we can to help that recovery.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram BUSHFIRES FALLOUTAustralian Open matches could be suspended if air quality is too bad, organisers said after Melbourne reached “very unhealthy” levels amid bushfires.Fires in Australia have killed at least 24 people since September and millions of hectares of land have been scorched.last_img read more

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich — Today’s Pets of the Week featured a lively bunch named Rolo, Pixie, and Gummy Bear.Rolo is very personable and social. He loves to play and looking for the perfect home to match his energy. Rolo is approximately one-years old.Then we have Pixie who has loads of energy but is a bit indecisive and can easily be swayed. Pixie is a pretty mix of black and white and is two-months old.Lastly we have a sight you haven’t seen in a while which is a puppy named Gummy Bear. He loves great conversation and has the cutest white paw in the front. Gummy Bear just wants to play, play some more and be loved.   He is approximately one-years old.If you’re interested in adopting. you can visit huronhumanesocietyinc.org.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Alpena Public Schools names interim superintendentNext Local veterinarian nominated for prestigious national awardlast_img read more

first_imgDidier Drogba hopes to mark his return to Chelsea with a Galatasaray victory on Tuesday night when he plans to keep his emotions in check. The 36-year-old, whose final act after eight years as a Chelsea player was scoring the decisive penalty in the 2012 European Cup win over Bayern Munich, returns to his old stomping ground with the UEFA Champions League last-16 tie finely poised at 1-1 after the first leg.The Côte d’Ivoire striker admitted he would feel mixed emotions when he was asked if he would celebrate the winning goal at Stamford Bridge, if he scores it. “With all the respect that I have for this club, for the fans and for the players, I might not celebrate, but if we win I’ll be happy,” said Drogba, who was speaking at Stamford Bridge.”I’m really happy to come back and to see some familiar faces. It’s a big game. The Champions League is a big competition and it means a lot for my team. I’ll find a way to play. It’s very difficult to play against Chelsea, but it’s not going to be difficult for me to put myself into the competition mode.”Now I belong to Galatasaray. I need to be professional. Of course there will be emotions. Like the first leg to see my ex-team-mates and also the Chelsea fans in the stadium was special. But then there was the game and the game as you could see was tough, was good, with high intensity. I think it’s going to be the same tomorrow.”Prior to the draw in December, Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho hoped for his side to be reunited with Drogba, who netted 157 goals in 341 appearances before leaving for a spell in Shanghai. Mourinho, who signed Drogba for Chelsea from Marseille in 2004, was given a rousing ovation when he made his return to the Blues dugout in August after a near six-year absence and hopes the Ivorian will experience similar acclaim. It’s very difficult to play against Chelsea, but it’s not going to be difficult for me to put myself into the competition mode.Didier Drogba, Galatsaray striker, on returning to face his old club It is anticipated he will, after his decisive interventions in Munich left an indelible mark on the hearts and minds of all Chelsea fans as they became the first London club to lift the European Cup. “To leave Chelsea on a high like I did, if I could do it I would do it again the same way,” Drogba added.”But then I always say that I believe in destiny and if I ever wanted to play again for this team, I think it could’ve happened a long time ago. As it didn’t there’s no problem with that. I’m really happy at Galatasaray. I’m focusing on this game tomorrow, because for me it’s an important one and I want it to be the best one.” Mourinho returned to Chelsea with Inter Milan en route to winning the 2010 Champions League and Drogba has no qualms with ending the Blues’ participation in the 2014 edition. “I have nothing to prove to this club,” he added. “Everything I had to prove I think I did it with Chelsea. I come here with another team. I just want to win the game, I just want to qualify. There’s nothing personal against Chelsea, there will never be.”Drogba has expressed a desire to remain in football when he calls time on his career. Asked if he would like that to be at Chelsea, after reports surfaced earlier this year that Mourinho had offered him a coaching role, he said: “Of course, but just not now. I still want to play.”Drogba is the main protagonist of a contest which pits Mourinho against his predecessor as Inter boss, the former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini. Mancini steered City to the 2012 Premier League title – City’s first championship in 44 years – and is relishing his return to England. “I did a really good job with Manchester City,” Mancini said. “I’m very happy to play this game, first of all because it’s here in London and after because it’s Champions League.”A win or a score draw of 2-2 or more would see Galatasaray progress, with Mancini comparing the scenario to the end of Group B, when a 1-0 win over Juventus saw them advance at the Italians’ expense. “We did a miracle in the group because it was really diffcult to go through in that group,” Mancini added. “Chelsea have a small advantage. I don’t know if it will be enough to score one goal. Tomorrow we will see what happens.”The Italian said he would accept Mourinho’s offer, made in Istanbul, of a post-match dinner, on one condition. Mancini added: “If we win, sure. And I’ll pay.”last_img read more

first_img–Related features:CLICK HERE TO READ: Joy Sports FCPPL relegation projectionsCLICK HERE TO READ: Team-by-team analysis of the league title challenge–The Joy Sports team will be bringing you commentary of all these exciting games on Sunday’s Sports Arena at 3pm. Follow minute by minute updates by using the #JoySports hashtag on Twitter and Facebook. The First Capital Plus Premier League has just four games more till it ends in September. In midweek, Asante Kotoko showed that they can rise when they need to. The 23 time champions are now fifth. Matchday 27 will see eight crucial games played across the country and we here at Joy Sports are looking forward to them.All games will be played concurrently to avoid any funny business.–Hearts of Oak v Bechem UnitedDespite their 1-0 victory over Liberty Professionals in mid-week, Hearts could not lift themselves out of the 15th position.  Many expect Hearts to overcome visiting Bechem United who have to deal with the disappointment of not causing an upset at home against league leaders AshGold. While Hearts have the luxury of a 30-minute drive to their home after the last game in Dansoman, Bechem will travel for more than three hours to get to the Accra Stadium.Will distance and subsequent fatigue be an issue?Hearts (15TH) last five games: W L L W LBechem (12TH) last five games: D D W L L–  Aduana Stars v Great OlympicsGreat Olympics will travel all the way to the Agyeman Badu Park to battle Aduana Stars after impressively beating third-placed Berekum Chelsea 4-2 in mid week. It was Wednesday’s highest-scoring game but the victory could not see Oly leave the drop zone. Olympics have a fairly good record compared to the other teams in the bottom three. They have won three games in their last five and are desperate to survive in the league this time round. However, Aduana won’t be easy to beat. They are just one point shy of the league leaders AshGold and they will make yet another attempt once again to beat Olympics and hope that AshGold will either draw or lose. Aduana Stars’ have to improve on that poor goal-scoring record as it could really affect whether they win the league or not.  Here’s an odd stat: despite being in the relegation zone, Olympics have six more goals than that of Aduana with 28! If Aduana’s strikers don’t score more goals, they may to swallow the bitter pill they had AshGold swallow in 2010 when they snatched the league from the latter by virtue of goals.Aduana (2ND) last five games: W W W L WOlympics (14TH) last five games: W D W D W– – Wa All Stars v Liberty ProfessionalsBoth teams will come into this game after suffering defeats in their last games in midweek. Hosts, All Stars, lost woefully to defending champions Asante Kotoko 3-1 while Liberty lost at home by a lone goal to city rivals Hearts of Oak. Both teams will not want to repeat this result. The last time the two met, Liberty emerged victors by a lone goal to send All Stars all the way up north looking glum. A win for Wa All Stars will also see them get that much needed points to reach the 40 point mark which ensures their stay in the league.All Stars (6TH) last five games: L W L W DLiberty (11TH) last five games: L L W L D – AshGold v MedeamaThe league leaders were hoping to strengthen their chances of claiming the title this season but it was not meant to be. The Miners were held in a goalless draw away against Bechem United in midweek. The last time the two sides met, Medeama came on top after scoring two unanswered goals. The visit to Obuasi comes on the back of another victory after beating WAFA 2-1 in midweek.  Three points will be enough for the visitors to survive in the league and so would it be for the hosts AshGold who need to win this game to make sure they are not overrun by the second-place Aduana Stars. The team with the highest determination will carry the day on Sunday.AshGold (1ST) last five games: D W L D LMedeama (7TH) last five games: W D L W D– WAFA v Berekum ChelseaWAFA have dropped three places down to eighth following that 2-1 defeat at Medeama in midweek. The club is undoubtedly this term’s surprise package and it should not be too difficult to get the three points needed to get to that safe house all other teams are fighting for. Chelsea are yet to recover after blowing their chance to become league leaders three weeks ago. They have not won a game since that 2-1 defeat to Bechem but have gone on to draw once and then to lose once. That loss came on Wednesday when Great Olympics came from a goal down to win a six-goal thriller, 4-2. WAFA’s squad which is largely made of their club’s academy players will be hoping to continue their good run at home when Chelsea visit.  WAFA (8TH) last five games: L D L W LChelsea (3RD) last five games: L D L W W  –Hasaacas v Heart of LionsHasaacas have won only one of their last five games and that was at home. The last time the two sides met, Lions were triumphant by two unanswered goals and the Sekondi side would want to reverse that on Sunday. The last time Hasaacas played at home was against Olympics. And they lost.Lions come into this game after a massive five goal drubbing of bottom-placed B.A United. Last year’s runners-up, Lions – until a few weeks ago – looked set to be headed out of the league as they were stuck in the relegation rut. But they have been able to lift themselves and are now 10th. But they are not out of the woods yet as they need six more points to make sure they can secure their stay in the league. Hasaacas also need those three points to ensure their sustainability. Hasaacas (9TH) last five games: L D W L DLions (10TH) last five games: W L W L W–B.A United v EdubiaseFollowing that 5-0 defeat to Lions, B.A United became the first team this club to lose their place in the next term. So, come September 13, the team’s fans will be seeing their club for the last time in the Premier League until hopefully they can make it back after one year in the second tier. Edubiase however are not in the same situation – not just yet. They are 13th and need a win to ensure that they do not slip into the danger zone of relegation. According to projections by the Joy Sports team, Edubiase are in real danger of replacing Bechem United as a relegated team. They need the three points more than B.A and they are most likely to get it without trying too hard.B.A Utd (16TH) last five games: L L L D LEdubiase (13TH) last five games: D L W D W Inter Allies v Asante KotokoThe Tema Park will host two of the teams in the top five. Kotoko will travel back to the south this weekend as well as they face Inter Allies who have a strong winning record in the last few games. Allies have won as many as four games in their last six, drawn once and lost once. And all those non-wins have been in away games so when they play at home on Sunday, they will be confident to overcome. Allies managed to get the 40 point safe mark to ensure their stay for next season in a thrilling 2-2 draw with Edubiase in mid-week. The Porcupines also had some good things for themselves in mid-week. They recorded an impressive three wins out of three games when they beat visiting Wa All Stars 3-1. Last weekend, they looked like they would be joining rivals Hearts of Oak on their way out of the league. But like a strong fortress, they have remarkably lifted themselves to fifth. After two straight defeats against Berekum Chelsea [0-3] and WAFA SC [0-1], the defending champions who have struggled this season have seen a weighty change in fortunes in recent games, beating league leaders AshantiGold and arch-rivals Hearts of Oak – both with 2-1 scorelines and Wednesday’s victory over All Stars. And Obed Owusu hopes their new form can continue till season end. “If you observe, we have significantly improved since the Berekum Chelsea home defeat. We went on to lose again at WAFA but we have fought back and are getting the results. We have four matches more and it is our hope to continue like this. Our target is to end up at a respectable position,” he said.They need just two points to join Inter Allies among the band of survivors this season. Which of these teams will continue their winning run?Inter Allies (4TH) last five games: D W L W WKotoko (5TH) last five games: W W W L Llast_img read more

first_img Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 PreviousOverall, Clippers CourtVision feels a little like watching someone play a video game, and a lot like an ambitious use of augmented reality technology, including real-time stats showing the probability of players making an open shot. (Screenshot courtesy of L.A. Clippers)CourtVision uses artificial intelligence and augmented reality to analyze the action on the court and translate it into a series of animations and annotations on the screen, including real-time diagrams of plays as they unfold. (Screenshot courtesy of L.A. Clippers) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsIn addition to “Player Mode,” the CourtVision app also includes “Mascot Mode,” which is heavy on fun-filled features (pictured), and “Coach Mode,” which draws up plays on-screen as (or after, actually) they develop. (Screenshot courtesy of L.A. Clippers)Overall, Clippers CourtVision feels a little like watching someone play a video game, and a lot like an ambitious use of augmented reality technology, including real-time stats showing the probability of players making an open shot. (Screenshot courtesy of L.A. Clippers)NextShow Caption1 of 3Overall, Clippers CourtVision feels a little like watching someone play a video game, and a lot like an ambitious use of augmented reality technology, including real-time stats showing the probability of players making an open shot. (Screenshot courtesy of L.A. Clippers)ExpandThe Clippers dropped some new tech just as this season began, what they characterized as a gift to basketball fans interested in a fresh way to watch the team’s games.For this Clippers CourtVision user, the newfangled viewing experience of recent games felt smooth, information-rich and – at this moment in time, at least – slightly superfluous.Do viewers streaming the game really need an animated overlay announcing “Buckets!” when Clippers’ shots fall? (All the Snapchat addicts in your vicinity probably think so.)Overall, Clippers CourtVision felt a little like watching someone play a video game, and a lot like an ambitious use of the augmented reality technology that powers the virtual first-down marker in NFL games, which we’ve grown to take for granted. With more fans watching games on mobile devices, there’s an ongoing movement toward enhanced sports viewing. This NFL season, Amazon’s “Thursday Night Football” streams incorporate widgets that show standings and statistics – or allow viewers to shop for NFL merchandise. And a recently announced new iPhone app uses AR to track basketball shots and measure kinematics, trajectory, release time and more.As for CourtVision, among the most interesting of its features is its probability function, in which an ever-changing display illustrates the percentage each offensive player shoots depending on where he is on the court.That function is part of “Player Mode,” which also features in-game stats, such as scoring and rebounding, with updates appearing over players as their totals increase.Everything about that mode is great except for the top-of-the-backboard baseline video feed, which often is jagged as it pans in and out while trying to keep pace with the action on the other end of the court.In addition to “Player Mode,” there’s also “Mascot Mode,” which is heavy on fun-filled features, and “Coach Mode,” which draws up plays on-screen as (or after, actually) they develop.Neither of those two modes includes shot-making probabilities, but they do both offer other features found in “Player Mode,” such as updated in-game stats – but delivered, thankfully, from the easier-to-watch, more familiar sideline perspective.In each mode, offensive players were identified with a label floating above them.Related Articles Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates center_img Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum During recent viewing experiences, it all synced nicely with the broadcast by Ralph Lawler and his partner, Corey Maggette, their commentary complemented by a news ticker at the bottom of the screen that flashed pertinent facts as the game went along, slightly delayed as it was.Clippers Twitter – populated mostly by fans watching the old-fashioned way, on television or via a cable stream – stayed about two minutes ahead of the action on the app, and therefore served up spoilers whenever something exciting was about to happen.That’s something that is expected to change as CourtVision improves and adds features (a beta version currently is experimenting with different viewing angles and audio options, including in-arena sound for that courtside feel).As forward-thinking as the concept is, CourtVision might be most useful for looking back: The app offers highlight packages and also allows viewers to re-watch games, to rewind or skip ahead, to toggle between modes, and to do so with all the bells and whistles that were available live.That includes, most fittingly perhaps, the “Bingo” graphic (in “Mascot Mode”) that pops up to accompany Lawler’s classic 3-point calls. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Like that yellow line, it’s easy to imagine some CourtVision features becoming permanent parts of on-screen basketball viewing.The CourtVision app makes good on an idea hatched by former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer (who bought the Clippers for $2 billion in 2014) and was developed, with his backing, by Second Spectrum, a startup that in 2016 became the NBA’s official “optical tracking provider.”Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.CourtVision uses artificial intelligence and augmented reality to analyze the action on the court and translate it into a series of animations and annotations on the screen.The app, which is compatible with iOS and Android devices, has been available to Fox Sports Prime Ticket subscribers in the L.A. area via the Fox Sports app since Oct. 17, when the Clippers opened regular-season play against the Denver Nuggets.last_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers The Lakers and the Clippers staff joined together to kneel during the national anthem, a pre-recorded performance by the Compton Kidz Club, before the Thursday night game in Florida.PreviousLos Angeles Lakes’ Anthony Davis warms up prior to an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Thursday, July 30, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images via AP, Pool)The Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers wear Black Lives Matter shirts and kneel during the national anthem prior to an NBA basketball game Thursday, July 30, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images via AP, Pool)Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James, second from left, wears a Black Lives Matter shirt and kneels with teammates during the national anthem prior to an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Thursday, July 30, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Imagesvia AP, Pool) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Lakers’ JR Smith warms up prior to an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Thursday, July 30, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images via AP Pool)Los Angeles Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard warms up prior to an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers, Thursday, July 30, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images via AP, Pool)Players engage in warmups prior to an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Los Angeles Lakers, Thursday, July 30, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images via AP, Pool)Los Angeles Clippers’ Joakim Noah warms up prior to an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers, Thursday, July 30, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images via AP, Pool)Los Angeles Lakers’ Dwight Howard warms up prior to an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Thursday, July 30, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images via AP, Pool)Los Angeles Lakers’ Dwight Howard warms up prior to an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Thursday, July 30, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images via AP, Pool)Los Angeles Clippers’ Joakim Noah warms up prior to an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers, Thursday, July 30, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images via AP, Pool)A general view of the court with Black Lives Matter written above the NBA logo is seen at center court prior to an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Los Angeles Lakers, Thursday, July 30, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images via AP, Pool)A general view of the court with Black Lives Matter written above the NBA logo is seen at center court prior to an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Los Angeles Lakers, Thursday, July 30, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images via AP, Pool)Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James takes to the court prior to an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Thursday, July 30, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images via AP, Pool)Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James takes to the court prior to an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Thursday, July 30, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images via AP, Pool)Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James wears a Black Lives Matter shirt as he takes to the court prior to an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Thursday, July 30, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images via AP, Pool)Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James wears a Black Lives Matter shirt as he points up and kneels with teammates during the national anthem prior to an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Thursday, July 30, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images via AP, Pool)A United States flag hangs above the court with Black Lives Matter written above the NBA logo at center court prior to an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Los Angeles Lakers, Thursday, July 30, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakes’ Anthony Davis warms up prior to an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Thursday, July 30, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images via AP, Pool)The Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers wear Black Lives Matter shirts and kneel during the national anthem prior to an NBA basketball game Thursday, July 30, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images via AP, Pool)NextShow Caption1 of 17The Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers wear Black Lives Matter shirts and kneel during the national anthem prior to an NBA basketball game Thursday, July 30, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images via AP, Pool)ExpandThe players were also seen wearing black shirts with the words “Black Lives Matters” on the front during warm-ups.The @Lakers and @LAClippers kneel during the National Anthem. pic.twitter.com/A0OdsXNKm3— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) July 31, 2020 As the Compton Kid’s Club sings the national anthem, the entire staffs of both the Lakers and the Clippers kneel courtside, as well as the referees. pic.twitter.com/5i9O8DxKos— Kyle Goon (@kylegoon) July 31, 2020Anthony Davis of the Lakers and Clippers coach Doc Rivers were seen among the opposing sides that locked arms on the sideline. Lakers coach Frank Vogel also locked arms with Rivers and center Ivica Zubac.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Interactive Spanish Class sings at Washington Elementary.by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Internet has been accused of separating people from one another. But sometimes it brings people together.An Interactive Distance Learning Spanish Class recently went Christmas caroling at several locations in Wellington. The class is taught by Virginia Metzinger, a South Haven teacher, and Spanish is taught over interactive distance learning or commonly called videoconferencing. Students were from Central-Burden, Udall, Douglass, Hamilton, Altoona and Cedar Vale. The students had never seen one another except through video conferencing. But earlier this month they all came together and spread some Christmas cheer.On Dec. 5, the Spanish Class met at the parking lot and met each other for the first time. The group of 46 students then sang several Christmas songs in Spanish while visiting the Golden Living Center, Sterling House, Lincoln and Washington Elementary. They then all finished up at Fabiola’s Restaurant to sing and eat.last_img read more

first_imgHeerenveen are looking for a striker after Odgaard, the starting striker this year, has to return to Sassuolo. JClub manager Johnny Jansen has made no secret that they would love to bring Huntelaar back. In a statement to Omrop Fryslan, the coach explained: “It would be wonderful. The Huntelaar name is always an option. Gerry Hamstra (Sports Director) will speak to him. Hopefully we could sign him.” Huntelaar’s situation in Ajax is still in the air. There is a law in the Netherlands that requires clubs to announce what they will do with players who end their contracts at the end of the season before April 1 and the Amsterdam club did not renew his contract. Although they could always reach an agreement in the coming months, it seems that he has finished his second stage at Ajax.“It would be nice to have a conversation with him. He is a good name for the Heerenveen, with his story … It would have a lot of value for us. But he has to want”Jansen acknowledged. The Hunter played sixty games between 2004 and January 2006 at Abe Lenstra Stadion, in which he scored 39 goals. After that year and a half he signed for Ajax.last_img read more

first_imgDear Editor,With much fanfare this Government boasts about spending money to make the 911 emergency calls centre better. On Tuesday at 15:39h (3:39pm) I called to report that someone picking my cherries from my tree and when I confronted the person, he threatens to chop me. The person answering the emergency call told me I need to go to the nearest Police station and make a report. When I ask her how can I when the man is still outside, she told me to hold on. After a while I don’t know if the call was transferrd but someone else greeted me and query my report. Again I was advised the same and when I pointed out my dilemma, the phone was cut off. So must I risk my life to get justice?Sincerely,Sahadeo Bateslast_img read more