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Semenya switches to 200m in search of more Olympics glory

first_img Promoted Content7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Value6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do10 Phones That Can Easily Fit In The Smallest Pocket11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?6 Great Ancient Mysteries That Make China Worth Visiting10 Phones That Can Work For Weeks Without RechargingTop 10 Tiniest Phones Ever Made7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way Loading… FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Semenya is among a minority of female athletes who have an unusually high level of testosterone, which gives them added strength. The media-shy South African has faced constant legal battles during her career, leading to temporary bans from competing in her favourite 800m. The latest testosterone regulations left her with a choice of competing in the 200m or a distance longer than the mile. She has not returned impressive times over longer distances in the past, which prompted her to seek 200m qualification for Tokyo.center_img Read Also: Ronaldinho: Paraguay appeals court rejects release request Semenya must trim another 0.69 sec off her Pretoria time to secure a place in the South African Olympics team. The 200m world and Olympic records are held by American Florence Griffith-Joyner, who clocked 21.34 sec at the 1988 Seoul Olympics. Away from athletics, Semenya joined a Johannesburg-based football club last year but was unable to play immediately because she missed the registration deadline. Star South African 800-metre athlete Caster Semenya said on Friday she hopes to compete in the 200m at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. South African Olympics champion Caster Semenya (R) wins the 200m final at a provincial championships in Pretoria Friday The 29-year-old is prohibited from defending her 800m Olympics title because she refuses to adhere to testosterone regulations set by governing body World Athletics. Semenya, and other female athletes with differences of sexual development (DSD), are banned from competing in races between 400m and the mile unless they take testosterone-lowering medication. She won the 2012 London and 2016 Rio Olympics 800m titles and was the world champion over the distance in 2009, 2011 and 2017. The South African must clock a 22.80-second 200m to qualify for Tokyo and her best time, achieved Friday in Pretoria when winning a provincial championships final, is 23.49 sec. “My dream has always been, and will continue to be, to compete at the highest level of sport,” Semenya said on her Instagram account. “So in order pursue my goals and dreams, I have decided to change events and compete in the 200m. “This decision has not been an easy one, but I look forward to the challenge, and will work hard, doing all I can to qualify for Tokyo and compete to the best of my ability for South Africa.” Semenya took the athletics world by storm 11 years ago when becoming world champion in Berlin at the age of 19. But as her list of successes lengthened, rival female athletes began to question how the South African could leave them trailing in her wake.last_img read more

Rooney backs Di Maria to come good

first_imgWayne Rooney has one message for Angel di Maria’s doubters: form is temporary, class is permanent. United beat off strong competition from some of Europe’s biggest clubs to sign Di Maria from Real Madrid last summer, but after a bright start, the £59.7milllion man has faded fast. The low point of his United career came on Saturday when, after a poor first-half performance, he was substituted at half-time during the 2-0 win over Sunderland. Press Association The Argentinian looked a pale imitation of the man who lit up the World Cup, made 17 assists for Real Madrid and was named man of the match in the Champions League final last year. Rooney is convinced Di Maria will be a success at Old Trafford, though. “It was one of those days that every footballer has,” the United captain said when asked about Di Maria’s performance. “He’s a great player. You don’t lose your talent overnight. Hopefully he’ll get back to his best and start giving some great performances. “I think he will figure it out, we all have to do that sometimes. You have to come to it in your own way and I am sure he will be a big player for us between now and the end of the season.” Once referee Roger East had taken the controversial decision to dismiss Wes Brown instead of John O’Shea after awarding a penalty to United, it seemed only a matter of time before the hosts secured victory. Rooney dispatched the spot-kick and added a second goal six minutes from time after Costel Pantilimon spilled Adnan Januzaj’s shot into his path. The goals were Rooney’s first in the Premier League since Boxing Day, although his ability to find the net has been inhibited in recent weeks as he has been playing in midfield. The England captain did not use Van Gaal’s complaint that he does not have a 20-goals-a-season striker as motivation. “No, not at all. Everyone knows I’ve played midfield for the majority of the season but my record shows that I score goals so I’m not worried about that at all,” Rooney said. “I was obviously pleased that the manager played me up front and delighted to get the two goals. “I respect his decision wherever he wants to play me. Hopefully I can kick on from here.” East came in for severe criticism for sending Brown off when it was clear O’Shea pulled Falcao back before the former England defender made contact with the striker. Sunderland have decided to appeal against the red card and hope that Brown will be available for Tuesday’s match at Hull. “I think it was a penalty but I just don’t think it was Wes,” said Rooney, who was stood a few yards away when Falcao hit the turf. “It was tough but I would imagine it will get rescinded. In our view it was a clear penalty.” The Sunderland fans may have been unhappy with East for dismissing Brown, but it was the home supporters who were restless in the first half. United’s build-up play was often laboured and their final ball poor. Some fans started yelling “Attack! Attack! Attack!” but Rooney thinks they must be patient at times. “The fans here are always brilliant – they want us attacking at every opportunity but you can’t do that all the time,” he said. “Sometimes you have to work the opposition to tire them out which towards the end is how you win games.” Van Gaal was happy with the win but refused to hand out too many plaudits. It was suggested to him that Ashley Young had played well on the wing, but he was reluctant to lavish too much praise on the former Aston Villa man. “He showed a lot of confidence today and I hope he can continue that. One game is not enough,” the Dutchman said. last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgBruins beat Blackhawks, pass CapsUNDATED (AP) — The Boston Bruins now own the NHL’s highest point-total after earning their fifth straight win.Charlie McAvoy scored 79 seconds into overtime to give the Bruins a 2-1 victory at Chicago. Jaroslav Halak (YAH’-roh-slahv hah-LAHK’) stopped 21 shots and blanked the Blackhawks after Alex DeBrincat (deh-BRIHN’-kat) notched a power-play goal 6:50 into the second period.Sean Kuraly tied it about six minutes after DeBrincat’s goal before Boston moved one point ahead of Washington in the league’s overall race. The Capitals have a game in hand.Robin Lehner made 38 saves for the Hawks, who have dropped three of four since a five-game winning streak. February 6, 2020 — Dennis Schroder (SHROO’-dur) contributed 30 points to lead the Thunder to their eighth win in nine games, 109-103 versus the Cavaliers. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had 23 points and Danilo Gallinari added 15 for Oklahoma City.— Ja (jah) Morant scored 21 points and the Grizzlies moved over .500 for the first time this season by downing the Mavericks, 121-107. Jaren Jackson Jr. and Tyus Jones added 19 apiece for Memphis, which played without forwards Jae Crowder and Solomon Hill after packaging them in a deal that will send Andre Iguodala (ihg-ah-DAH’-lah) to the Grizzlies.— Caris LeVert (leh-VURT’) provided 23 points and the Nets gave D’Angelo Russell a bruising welcome back to Brooklyn with a 129-88 rout of the Warriors. Golden State fell behind 20-4, missing 20 of their 22 3-point attempts in the first half and trailing by as many as 44.— Andre Drummond had 31 points and 19 rebounds to help the Pistons deal the Suns their fourth consecutive loss, 116-108. Reggie Jackson added 25 points and Christian Wood had 21 for Detroit.— Trae Young and John Collins each had double-doubles as the Hawks handed the Timberwolves their 13th consecutive loss, 127-120. Young finished with 38 points and 11 rebounds, while Collins furnished 27 points and 12 boards. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA-SCHEDULERaptors get 12th straight winUNDATED (AP) — The Toronto Raptors have broken their team record for consecutive victories. — Providence beat a ranked team for the second straight game as A.J. Reeves set season highs with 22 points and six 3-pointers in the Friars’ 73-56 thumping of No. 21 Creighton. Providence outscored the Bluejays, 41-20 on 49% shooting, including 12 of 20 from beyond the arc.MLB-NEWSYanks’ Paxton out until at least MayUNDATED (AP) — The New York Yankees have announced some bad news concerning their starting rotation.Left-hander James Paxton has had back surgery for a herniated disk and is expected to be sidelined until May or June. The Yankees estimated Paxton’s approximate timeline to pitch in a major league game as three-to-four months. Elsewhere on NHL ice:— Chris Kreider and Mika Zibanejad (MEE’-kuh zih-BAN’-eh-jad) scored second seconds apart late in the first period to ignite the Rangers in a 5-3 victory over the Maple Leafs. Kreider and Zibanejad each had a goal and an assist, while teammate Pavel Buchnevich (booch-NEH’-vihch) had a goal and two assists. Rookie goalie Igor Shesterkin (shehs-TUR’-kihn) made 27 saves in winning for the fourth time in five starts this season. KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of Kansas City Chiefs fans braved sub-freezing wind chills Wednesday to celebrate the team’s first Super Bowl victory in 50 years.Fans lined the 2-mile parade route to thank their football heroes for bringing the Lombardi Trophy back to Kansas City and ending a Super Bowl drought that began after the Chiefs won Super Bowl IV in 1970.Quarterback and Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes (mah-HOHMZ) struggled with a strained voice but said the championship fulfilled two goals he set when he became the team’s starter. Óne was to bring the Lamar Hunt Trophy back to Kansas City as AFC champs, and the second was to win a Super Bowl for head coach Andy Reid. The Hunt Trophy is named after the original owner of the Chiefs.NFL-NEWSBrowns introduce new GM Associated Press SEC enjoys recruiting bonanzaUNDATED (AP) — The SEC has dominated the recruiting landscape even more than usual this year.The conference had six of the nation’s top eight classes as the remaining unsigned football prospects finalized their college plans Wednesday. That’s according to composite rankings of recruiting sites compiled by 247Sports.The rankings included No. 1 Georgia, No. 2 Alabama, No. 4 LSU, No. 6 Texas A&M, No. 7 Auburn and No. 8 Florida. Only Clemson at No. 3 and Ohio State at No. 5 broke things up.COLLEGE FOOTBALL-COLORADO-UNRETIRED JERSEYS NBA-FOUR-TEAM TRADEAP sources: Covington, Capela on move in 4-team tradeUNDATED (AP) — Twelve players and at least three draft picks are part of a four-team trade that was hammered out on the eve of the NBA trade deadline.Robert Covington is going to the Houston Rockets and Clint Capela is going to the Atlanta Hawks as part of the complicated trade that was approved by the league on Wednesday.The Rockets got Covington and Jordan Bell from Minnesota, plus Golden State’s 2024 second-round pick from the Hawks. Atlanta received centers Capela and Nenê from Houston. Denver picked up Gerald Green from Houston along with the Rockets’ 2020 first-round pick. The Nuggets also landed Keita Bates-Diop, Shabazz Napier and Noah Vonleh (VAHn’-lkay) from Minnesota. The Wolves came away with Brooklyn’s 2020 first-round pick and Evan Turner from Atlanta, plus Malik Beasley, Jarred Vanderbilt and Juancho Hernangomez (WAHN’-choh hur-nahn-GOH’-mehz) from Denver. Kamar Baldwin capped his 17-point performance by nailing buzzer-beating trey that gave 19th-ranked Butler a 79-76 victory over No. 10 Villanova. The basket bailed out the Bulldogs after they squandered a 10-point lead in the final six minutes.Sean McDermott scored 21 points and Bryce Golden added a career high 18 points to help the Bulldogs beat the Wildcats for the first time in their last six meetings.The game was delayed for nearly 15 minutes in the first half when the roof of 92-year-old Hinkle Fieldhouse sprung a leak. Maintenance workers got the water stopped and the floor dried before the Bulldogs improved to 18-5.The Wildcats are 17-5.In other top-25 men’s basketball finals: In other NBA movements:— A person familiar with the negotiations says Andre Iguodala (ihg-ah-DAH’-lah) is headed to Miami after the Heat and Grizzlies agreed on his long-awaited trade. The person says Iguodala agreed to a two-year extension as part of the deal with the second of those years being a team option. The person also said Miami and Memphis were still working out complete terms of what the Heat are giving up in the deal, and that Oklahoma City may be involved.T25 MEN’S BASKETBALLButler tops Villanova on buzzer beaterUNDATED (AP) — It began with a leaky roof and was decided by a rainbow 3-pointer. The injury weakens a Yankees rotation already missing right-hander Domingo Germán, who must serve the final 63 games of an 81-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy. Germán is eligible to return June 5, barring any postponements.In other baseball news:— The Braves have defeated Shane Greene in the first salary arbitration case this year. The reliever will be paid $6.25 million instead of his request for $6.75 million. The 31-year-old right-hander was a first-time All-Star last year before finishing the season with a 2.30 ERA, 64 strikeouts and 17 walks over 62 2/3 innings for the Tigers and Atlanta.— The Reds and right-hander Pedro Strop (strohp) have finalized a one-year package worth $1,825,000, their first offseason move to upgrade the bullpen. A hamstring injury limited him to 50 appearances last season, when he went 2-5 with a 4.97 ERA, 10 saves and six blown saves.— Ubaldo Jiménez (oo-BAHL’-doh hih-MEH’-nehz) is reuniting with the Rockies, who have given him a non-roster invitation to spring training. He tossed Colorado’s only no-hitter on April 7, 2010, in Atlanta before finishing the season with a team-record 19 victories and a 2.88 ERA. The 36-year-old Jiménez hasn’t pitched in the majors since Sept. 22, 2017, with Baltimore. UNDATED (AP) — The Cleveland Browns have introduced Andrew Berry as their new general manager.The 32-year-old Berry is believed to be the youngest GM in NFL history, and he’s the second current African-American GM in the NFL. He joked he didn’t receive an upgraded parking space upon his return to Cleveland, where he was vice president of player personnel from 2016-18 under GM Sashi Brown.Berry spent last season in the Philadelphia Eagles’ front office.Meanwhile, the rival Steelers have given their general manager a contract extension. Kevin Colbert is now signed through the 2021 draft after considering retirement.COLLEGE FOOTBALL-SIGNING DAY — The Cubs have invited former closer Brandon Morrow to spring training after buying out his contract last November. Morrow hasn’t pitched since July 2018 because of a bone bruise that required surgery. He had 22 saves and a 1.47 ERA in 35 games when he was shut down in the summer of 2018.— The Phillies have signed infielder Logan Forsythe and right-handers Anthony Swarzak, Blake Parker and Trevor Kelley to minor league contracts with invitations to major league spring training.— Major League Baseball is returning to the Dominican Republic for the first time in 20 years. The Minnesota Twins and the Detroit Tigers will play a spring training game in Santo Domingo on March 7. MLB has never played a regular-season game in the Dominican Republic.NFL-CHIEFS-SUPER BOWL PARADEChiefs get warm reception in chilly parade Update on the latest sports Buffaloes unretire 3 jerseysUNDATED (AP) — The University of Colorado will bring three hallowed football numbers out of retirement at the growing requests from recruits.Byron “Whizzer” White’s No. 24, Joe Romig’s No. 67 and Bobby Anderson’s No. 11 will all be worn again. Romig and Anderson approved the decision, as did the family of White. The former Supreme Court justice tied in 2002.Those three players will still be honored through a patch that will appear on the jersey.NHL-SCHEDULE Serge Ibaka (ih-BAH’-kah) scored 30 points, including a huge three-pointer in the dying seconds of the Raptors’ 12th straight win, 119-118 over the Pacers. Kyle Lowry poured in 32 points for Toronto, which trailed by 19 in the third quarter before getting within four by the end of the period.Pascal Siakam (see-A’-kam) had 25 points to help the Raptors keep their 1 ½-game lead in the NBA’s Atlantic Division.Checking out Wednesday’s other NBA action:— The Celtics earned their fifth straight win as Jayson Tatum contributed 16 of his 33 points in the second half of a 116-110 victory against the Magic. Gordon Hayward added 23 points and Jaylen Brown finished with 18 for Boston.— Nikola Jokic (nih-KOH’-lah YOH’-kihch) had 31 points, 21 rebounds and 10 assists in powering the Nuggets to a 98-95 win at Utah. Jamal Murray scored 31 points and Denver held the Jazz to just one field goal over the final 7:08. — Jordan Nwora (WOHR’-uh) had 21 points and provided the go-ahead basket during an 18-5 second-half run that rallied No. 5 Louisville past Wake Forest, 86-76. Dwayne Sutton added 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Cardinals, who trailed by 12 at halftime before getting their ninth straight win.— Myles Powell poured in 34 points and No. 12 Seton Hall opened on a 16-0 run before holding off Georgetown, 78-71. Romaro Gill tied a career-high with eight blocks for the Pirates, while Quincy McKnight chipped in eight points and a game-high 10 assists in 22 minutes despite a knee injury suffered in Saturday’s loss to Xavier.— Oscar Tshiebwe (SHEEB’-way) had 16 points and 10 rebounds as No. 13 West Virginia breezed to a 76-61 victory over Iowa State. Chase Harler added 14 points, while Emmitt Matthews Jr. and Derek Culver scored 12 apiece for the 18-4 Mountaineers.— Evan Boudreaux scored a season-high 18 points on 7 of 9 shooting and had a team-high eight rebounds as Purdue blasted No. 17 Iowa, 104-68. Jahaad (jah-HAHD’) Proctor, Matt Haarms (hahrmz) and Sasha Stefanovic each scored 15 points for the Boilermakers, who shot a season-high 63% and reached the century mark in scoring for the first time this season.— Saben Lee scored a career-high 33 points and Vanderbilt pulled out a 99-90 upset of No. 18 LSU 99-90 to end the SEC’s longest regular season skid at 26 straight. Maxwell Evans had a career-high 31 points to help the Commodores halt the Tigers’ 13-game winning streak in regular season conference play.last_img read more

Ramdhani leads Guyana to three gold medals

first_imgGUYANA’S top female badminton player, Priyanna Ramdhani, rallied her way to three gold medals on the final day of the Caribbean Regional Badminton Confederation (CAREBACO) Junior U-19 International Championships, which took place on Sunday in St. Michael, Barbados. The 2018 NSC Junior Sportswoman of the Year, who was an U-17 triple champion last year, proved that she had what it takes to beat the best at the U-19 level this year.Two of her victories were doubles, while she also powered her way to the singles title.In the Ladies U-19 Singles final, the 17-year-old defeated Imani Mangroe of Suriname, 2-1, in a three-set thriller.She easily won the opener 21-8, but the Surinamese player fought back to even the game (18-21), before the Guyanese closed out the victory at 21-17.Priyanna also won gold with Tyrese Jeffery in the Mix Doubles final. The Guyanese pair defeated Barbadians Dominick Scantlebury & Sobers Robyn (21-11, 21-9).For her other gold medal, Ramdhani teamed up with Trinidadian Chequeda De Boulet to defeat Mangroe and Chaista Soemodipoero of Suriname (21-18, 21-11).Along with the three gold medals, Guyana gained a bronze when Jeffrey and Akili Haynes teamed up in the U-19 Men’s Doubles.According to president of the Guyana Badminton Association, Gokarn Ramdhani, who incidentally is Priyanna’s father: “The (Guyanese) players were very focused and their determination were only to win.” The older Ramdhani added, in a release, that the side prepared well and he was happy to see the association’s training methods executed on the court.“It was a very proud moment for us when the Guyanese National Anthem was played three times for the three gold.”The competition continues today with the senior championships.last_img read more

Badgers match best start ever with win over Panthers

first_img[media-credit name=”Andy Fate” align=”alignright” width=”336″][/media-credit]No motor will run without a spark plug, and on Wednesday night, it was Ben Brust’s turn to spark the Wisconsin men’s basketball team’s motor.Brust, with a perfect first half from the field and a game-high 18 points, lifted No. 4 Wisconsin (11-0) to a convincing 78-53 win over UW-Milwaukee (9-3) at home.The Badgers got off to a notoriously slow start, committing three turnovers and missing two shots before it made its first field goal with almost four minutes gone in the first half.“Our first four minutes tonight were something that we shouldn’t have had,” sophomore forward Sam Dekker said. “We came out flat, didn’t take the good shots and had a couple of turnovers.”The Badgers were able to survive their early-game slump thanks to a strong defense that held the Panthers to just two field goals in the first 10 minutes of the opening half.After Brust jump-started the Badgers with three buckets from downtown in five minutes, Wisconsin began to get on a roll making 10-straight shots from the field — not missing a shot for nearly nine minutes.“It was just a product of having some good offense – driving, kicking, finding guys,” Brust said.Wisconsin’s hot end to the first half was highlighted by a Traevon Jackson dunk over Milwaukee’s 6-foot-7 forward Malcolm Moore.“He’s always been telling us since the summer that he’s going to get some dunks,” Dekker said. “It’s his birthday too so he’s got a little extra pep in his step. That was a sweet finish.”On the back of Brust’s 16 first-half points and a team shooting percentage of 64 percent, the Badgers went to the locker room with a comfortable 45-25 lead.“You can’t spot the No. 4 ranked team in the country 20 points and in the second half think you’re going to  have a chance to really cut into a team like Wisconsin,” UW-Milwaukee head coach Rob Jeter said.The Panthers made an early second-half push making their first six of seven shots from the floor while Milwaukee’s Kyle Kelm did his best to keep the deficit within reach putting up eight points in the final half and a team-high 17 for the game.Brust and Wisconsin’s offense couldn’t keep up with its first-half pace — going 1-13 (7.7 percent) from beyond the arch — while the senior guard was held to just two points in the final 20 minutes.Wisconsin was able to keep distance with Milwaukee by finding points in the paint, scoring 22 of its 38 points in the lane in the second half.“I thought we worked extremely hard in the post,” head coach Bo Ryan said. “We knew we were in for a battle inside.”The Badgers’ big post presence, tough defense and opportunistic offense scored 28 points off turnovers to seal Wisconsin’s 11th win of the season.“I thought defensively we did a good job of getting our hands on some passes and creating some turnovers,” Ryan said. “I thought our guys did a pretty good job of getting deflections and turning those into points, and those are huge.”With Wednesday’s win over Milwaukee, Wisconsin swept the in-state series for the first time since 2010 and matched its best start (11-0) in program history.“Yay for the team,” Ryan said of his team’s 11 straight wins. “Our guys have played good teams and they get credit. You get credit for what you’ve done to this point.“It’s like in class, you do your assignments and then you get credit for them.  If you do them well you get stars on your paper or a pat on the back. If you stop doing them well everything goes the other way. So far up to this point they’ve found a way to get a lot of things done.”Though Wisconsin is ranked in the top five and owns a program-best record, Brust knows there is still a log of growing that needs to be done before his team is ready for conference play.“There’s no denying we’ve had a good start, being 11-o, but we still know that it’s going to get much, much harder moving forward,” Brust said. “The Big Ten is just something different … You have to remember that it all resets come January. But we’ve go to finish out what we have here.”last_img read more

LOGiCO – Italian health report contradicts government’s advertising prohibition

first_img Related Articles Share StumbleUpon Di Maio’s man Giacomo Lasorella takes leadership of AGCOM August 17, 2020 TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 Share Submit CT Gaming bolsters Italian profile with The Betting Coach  August 27, 2020 Pointing to research undertaken by Italy’s National Institute of Health (ISS), Italian online gambling trade body LOGiCO has stated that digital incumbents are better prepared than land-based counterparts to protect national consumers from gambling harms and addiction.“ISS’ evidence and statistics, confirms what LOGiCO has maintained for some time, online gambling verticals offer better procedures for identifying problem gamblers and limiting services to vulnerable consumers” details LOGiCO President Moreno Marasco.The ISS report on Italian gambling trends, details that 94.5% of adult players engage in physical (land-based) gaming, whilst online gambling is still considered a niche market by Italian consumers.Furthermore, at a consumer protection level, the Italian gambling sector now has to adhere to the protocols of the new Italian self-exclusion registry, a directive limited to digital incumbents.Marasco states LOGiCO’s case for a better regulatory framework for Italian online gambling services, as Italian betting incumbents fear the implementation of further market restrictions by Italy’s populist Lega/5-Star coalition government.“The ISS report underlines that recent measures undertaken by the Dignity Decree will be ineffective in the fight against problem gambling and criminal actors targeting vulnerable players.”Representing Italian online gambling stakeholders, LOGiCO points to ISS statistics which detail that advertising has no relevant significance in a consumer choosing to engage with gambling products.Furthermore, Marasco states that the Decree has been short-sighted in its understanding of gambling, as criminal operators design their products to be enticing to problematic players, uninterested in having any engagement with casual consumers.last_img read more

Red-hot Dodgers beat Sandberg, Phillies 4-0

first_imgPHILADELPHIA (AP) — No matter who is managing in the other dugout, nothing can derail the Los Angeles Dodgers these days.Zack Greinke pitched three-hit ball into the eighth inning and Hanley Ramirez homered to lead the streaking Dodgers to a 4-0 victory over new manager Ryne Sandberg and the slumping Philadelphia Phillies on Friday night. The defeat capped a tumultuous and emotional day for Philadelphia. Charlie Manuel, the winningest manager in club history, was fired earlier in the day by general manager Ruben Amaro Jr., who broke down when delivering the news.“It was a roller coaster of a day emotionally,” Sandberg said. “It affected me and I think it affects the players.”Sandberg, the Hall of Famer and former Cubs second baseman, was promoted from third base coach to interim manager. But the Phillies, who have lost 20 of 24, didn’t play any differently for Sandberg. The Dodgers didn’t play any differently, either.Ramirez’s two-run homer in the fourth was all the offense Greinke (11-3) needed to lead Los Angeles to its season-best ninth straight win and 18th victory in its last 19 road games. The Dodgers are 41-8 since June 22.Los Angeles manager Don Mattingly said his club’s approach is simple: just win.“The plan is intact, just win every night,” he said. “I want to win every day.”Jokingly asked if all the winning has gotten boring, Mattingly said, “Are you kidding me? It’s been great.”Greinke won his third straight start while outpitching Cliff Lee (10-6) in a matchup of former AL Cy Young Award winners. The right-hander struck out three and walked four.“I felt pretty good. I was just trying to make pitches,” Greinke said. “I’m just trying to do my job and the bullpen has been incredible. Lately everybody is talking about it. Nothing is going bad. The pitching, the defense, the hitting and the bullpen have been great. We’ve won a lot of close games. You expect to win. That’s how it’s been.”It’s been the opposite for the Phillies, even on days when they get a strong pitching performance.Lee, who entered 0-3 with a 5.63 ERA in his last four starts, looked more like the $120 million pitcher he is by tossing eight strong innings. He allowed three runs on five hits with six strikeouts and one walk.Ramirez had one of those hits, a drive to left in the fourth that put Los Angeles ahead 2-0. He is 8 for 16 with three homers against Lee.“Other than that, I was pleased,” Lee said.But no one who spoke in the Phillies’ clubhouse was happy about Manuel’s departure.“I definitely enjoyed Charlie and liked playing for him,” Lee said. “I thought he did a good job. It’s definitely our fault. We weren’t getting it done.”And they couldn’t get it done against the Dodgers.Los Angeles added a run in the seventh on Mark Ellis’ double and another in the ninth on Scott Van Slyke’s single.“Everybody’s just trying to do their job, not try to do too much,” Ramirez said.The Phillies, as has been the case for most of the second half, had no answer. Sandberg questioned the team’s focus before the game, calling its play “lackadaisical” at times lately. Philadelphia’s batters appeared to be trying, but they couldn’t produce runs off Greinke or three Dodgers relievers.The Phillies finished with just three hits while being shut out for the 11th time.“Not executing and lackadaisical play are completely different but look the same,” Philadelphia shortstop Jimmy Rollins said.The Phillies threatened in the eighth, loading the bases with two outs before Ronald Belisario struck out Darin Ruf.It’s been that kind of season for Philadelphia, especially lately.Manuel paid for it.The 69-year-old skipper was in the final year of his contract and wanted to manage another two or three seasons.“I never quit nothing and I didn’t resign,” Manuel said, making it clear he was pushed out the door.Phillies fans responded to the news by bringing impromptu signs to the game thanking Manuel for his tenure. One of the loudest cheers of the evening went to a young boy shown on the electronic scoreboard wearing a T-shirt that read: “Thanks Charlie. I’ll Miss You.”Sandberg managed the Phillies’ Triple-A team at Lehigh Valley the previous two seasons. He was part of one of the most lopsided trades in baseball history when the Phillies traded him and Larry Bowa to the Cubs for shortstop Ivan DeJesus in 1982.Amaro said Sandberg takes over on an interim basis and would be evaluated after the season. Sandberg inherited a team that entered Friday 20½ games out of first place in the NL East.“These guys are professional players, they’re getting paid well,” Sandberg said. “Sometimes players have to dig deeper, play with pride, play with heart and for the name on the front of the uniform.”Manuel won his 1,000th game as a manager on Monday in Atlanta. Two days later, he sat in the dugout knowing it would be his last game after Amaro informed him of the decision not to extend his contract. The Phillies had planned to honor Manuel on Friday by presenting him with a base signed by every member of the team. Those plans were canceled.Manuel led Philadelphia to the franchise’s second World Series title in 2008 and brought the team back to the Series in 2009, when the Phillies lost to the Yankees in six games.Manuel was 780-636 with the Phillies and won five straight NL East titles from 2007-11. He also spent three years as manager of the Cleveland Indians, winning the AL Central in 2001.NOTES: It was the Dodgers’ 15th shutout of the season. … Dodgers C A.J. Ellis took a foul ball by Ruf off his left knee in the eighth. A limping Ellis remained in the game. … The Dodgers recalled Van Slyke from Triple-A Albuquerque and optioned shortstop Dee Gordon to their top farm club. Van Slyke went 1 for 4 with an RBI. … Philadelphia placed left-hander John Lannan on the disabled list with left knee tendinosis and recalled right-handed reliever B.J. Rosenberg, who has a 12.00 ERA in three appearances this season. … Dodgers LHP Clayton Kershaw (11-7, 1.88 ERA) opposes Phillies RHP Kyle Kendrick (10-9, 4.48) on Saturday night.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Dodger Stadium power outage leads to 23-minute delay

first_img Dodgers’ Dave Roberts says baseball’s unwritten rules ‘have changed, should change’ Dodgers’ Justin Turner looking rejuvenated on defense According to a statement released by the L.A. Department of Water and Power, one of the two circuits supplying power to Dodger Stadium experienced a disruption at approximately 7:44 p.m. An automated switch automatically re-routed the power, and a crew was dispatched to make repairs as needed after the game.A near capacity crowd was in attendance for the game, which was the home debut of newly acquired Dodgers infielder Manny Machado.Related Articles LOS ANGELES — A power outage at Dodger Stadium on Monday shut down the stadium lights and caused a 23-minute delay before the second inning of Monday’s game between the Dodgers and the Milwaukee Brewers.The stadium video boards were restored quickly, but the banks of lights surrounding the stadium did not come back on at the same time.Players left the field and returned to their dugout while Dodgers owner Stan Kasten and other team officials chatted with umpires on the field.An announcement over the public address system a few minutes later said the lights would be restored within approximately 15 minutes and the game would resume at that point. Whicker: Dustin May yet another example of the Dodgers’ eye for pitching center_img Dodgers bench slumping Cody Bellinger for a day Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Dodgers’ hot-hitting Corey Seager leaves game with back injury last_img read more

LeBron James and Odell Beckham Jr. discuss a double standard some athletes face during debut of ‘The Shop’

first_imgThe season premiere of “The Shop,” a show airing on HBO and produced with LeBron James and Maverick Carter’s Uninterrupted, featured James and athletes such as Odell Beckham Jr. of the New York Giants, Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors and Candace Parker of the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks discussing a variety of topics in a barbershop setting.During the first episode, James and Beckham touched on a situation they believe is a double standard for African-American athletes while out in public because of how they are sometimes portrayed even if they handle a situation the same way many well-known white athletes would.“When you’re growing up in sports or hip-hop, whatever the case may be, all you hear is like, I want to be the best,” James said. “Whoever’s the best, they do it their way, whatever the case may be. And then, when you do it your way, and you win, it still ain’t enough.“It still ain’t enough. And, and, and that’s for us as African Americans because I believe if the greatest quarterback in the world, he’s a white quarterback, if it’s Brady, if it’s Rodgers, if it’s Manning. And we’re doing the same sh*t, the same exact sh*t, I’m talking about the phone is on. We’re like, ‘Yo, get that f–king phone out of my face. I’m with my family.’ If we’re out with our family, and we say that sh*t, and somebody posts it, and if Aaron Rodgers or one of those guys say that sh*t, and they post it, somebody’s going to be like, ‘Hey you guys should respect Aaron Rodgers.’ Reaction to the premiere: Just watched the first episode of @KingJames new show The Shop on @HBO and I HIGHLY recommend it.Watch it, listen closely, and learn from these very real and important conversations. ✊🏽#TheShopHBO— Reesa (@reee_suhh) August 29, 2018 Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“They’re going to say to us, ‘Oh, you guys are f–king d—heads,’” James said.“I had it happen the other day. I didn’t want to take a picture. Like, I’m like I’m really in a rush, I’ve got to go,” Beckham said. “I get on Twitter, it’s like, oh, yeah, I’m a Giant season ticket-holder for thirty years. I’m like, ‘first of all, you’re twenty-something.’“And then, it’s like, oh, he’s an a–hole, he didn’t want to take a picture. It’s like… To me, I be feeling like, I tell people this all the time, I really feel like a zoo animal. Like that’s where life’s gone for me. You know, you used to take your kids to the zoo and we used to be like, you know, I want to see the lions or let’s go see the lions. And you go out there, and the lions are laid out. You know what I mean? And it’s like, why aren’t they doing lion stuff, you know what I mean? Like I’ve got people who call out, Odell! Dance! Like, I’m a show punk, a show monkey or something. Like I’m a puppet, you know what I mean? And it’s like to me, that doesn’t feel good, but it’s like, damn, that’s what life became. But, can you ever really detach from that?”Both athletes will play their upcoming seasons for teams in the nation’s two largest media markets. James signed with the Lakers as a free agent this offseason while Beckham just signed a five-year extension with the Giants worth $95 million despite missing 12 games in 2017. With $65 million guaranteed in the deal, he became the highest-paid receiver in the NFL. .@KingJames foray into media along with @mavcarter is going to change the game. People have been craving for more connection to athletes off the court. But this feels authentic and raw in a way interviews never can. They got women in the barber shop. Inclusive. It’s radical.— Melissa (@MelissaSulewski) August 29, 2018last_img read more

Letter to the Editor: It is time for everyone to get involved.

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 (3) 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 Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… 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. +3 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 324 weeks ago Is this the “committee of concerned citizens” that the school board put together? Report Reply 0 replies · active 324 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down Just a Citizen · 324 weeks ago The commitee is not an “exclusive” group of school board approved individuals. Anyone in our community is welcome and encouraged to come to the meetings; whether to participate or to simply obtain more information. The focus is on the kids in our community and providing them with a safer, more secure learning environment. Report Reply 0 replies · active 324 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Allen Ludden · 324 weeks ago It doesn’t matter what anyone says. As long as this school board is behind anything I’m always gonna think its shady and vote against it. Safe rooms are fine and I’d vote for those but not the rest of their wish list. Report Reply 0 replies · active 324 weeks ago 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 To the Editor,On June 24, a special election will be held in the USD 353 school district.  This bond election will cover some needed updates to some of our school buildings, as well as, making all of the buildings safer and more secure.    I urge everyone in the community to get informed before making any decisions.A committee has been formed by concerned citizens, who want to get information out about the bond issue.  The KIDS Committee will be placing large boards around town which depict the architect renderings of the proposed additions and the security changes to all of the buildings for the public to view.  There will be information sheets placed around town as well.  Assistant Superintendent Larry Roth has been speaking with and will be speaking to several civic organizations in the next couple of weeks to explain the scope of the bond issue, as well as, answer any questions.As a taxpayer, I know a bond issue can be an unpopular idea.  However, I do believe we are in an opportune time right now.  The Kansas Star Casino has helped lower our projected county property taxes AND we qualify for the State to pay 52% of the principle and interest of the bond.Decisions like this are never easy.  Again, I urge everyone to get as much information as possible and ask questions.  Talk to a school board member or a building principal.  This is as much about taking care of our community as it is taking care of our children.  Thank you for your time on this matter and thank you for voting. Judi Fink Co-Chair and Treasurer - KIDS CommitteeFollow us on Twitter.last_img read more