`Kings XI Punjab win keeps play-off chase alive

first_imgCHRIS Lynn’s 84 was not enough to prevent Kolkata Knight Riders falling to a 14-run defeat by Kings XI Punjab yesterday, keeping the IPL play-off chase alive for the time being.Victory for Knight Riders would have locked in the competition’s top four, with Kings XI the only team able to force their way into a play-off position.However, Kings XI kept their hopes of knockout cricket alive, now sitting three points adrift of Sunrisers Hyderabad with two matches left to play – one more than the current fourth-placed team.Knight Riders need just one more point to be sure of qualification to the play,offs.Kings XI set their visitors a challenging target thanks to notable contributions from Manan Vohra (25), Wriddhiman Saha (38) and Glenn Maxwell (44).Chris Woakes (2-20) and Kuldeep Yadav (2-34) shared four wickets for Knight Riders and the team’s initial efforts at the crease were promising, after Kings XI had racked up 167-6.Sunil Narine (18) was first to fall with Knight Riders 39 runs into their chase, while Lynn stood firm to rack up 84 from 52 deliveries opposite a rotating cast of disappointing batting partners.Gautam Gambhir (8), Robin Uthappa (0) and Manish Pandey (18) all came and went before Lynn was eventually run-out two balls into the 18th over.Colin de Grandhomme (11) and Woakes (8) were in the middle at the end, but the visitors had been left with too much to do and must wait for their passage to the play-offs.(Omnisport)last_img read more

Angels pull out all the stops in 7-6 win over Texas Rangers

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error PreviousTexas Rangers’ Elvis Andrus, right, is tagged out by Los Angeles Angels third baseman David Fletcher as he gets caught between second and third on a hit by Hunter Pence during the seventh inning of a baseball game Sunday, May 26, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout points toward his dugout before hitting a solo home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers, Sunday, May 26, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels’ Kole Calhoun, right, scores on a wild pitch ahead of the tag of Texas Rangers catcher Isiah Kiner-Falefa during the seventh inning of a baseball game Sunday, May 26, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Angels starting pitcher Andrew Heaney throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers, Sunday, May 26, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels first baseman Jared Walsh blows a bubble during the second inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers, Sunday, May 26, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Texas Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor writes on the ground behind second base before a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Sunday, May 26, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Texas Rangers starting pitcher Ariel Jurado, left, tags out Los Angeles Angels’ Brian Goodwin at first base during the fourth inning of a baseball game Sunday, May 26, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels third baseman David Fletcher fields a ball hit by Texas Rangers’ Hunter Pence during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, May 26, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. Pence was thrown out at first on the play. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Texas Rangers’ Hunter Pence, left, is congratulated by Rougned Odor after hitting a solo home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Sunday, May 26, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, runs toward first as he grounds out during the first inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers, Sunday, May 26, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Texas Rangers’ Elvis Andrus walks back to the dugout after striking out during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Sunday, May 26, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Texas Rangers center fielder Danny Santana cannot reach a ball hit by Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout for a solo home run during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, May 26, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout, right, is congratulated by Zack Cozart and other teammates after hitting a solo home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers Sunday, May 26, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout, center, is congratulated by Shohei Ohtani, left, of Japan, as Texas Rangers catcher Isiah Kiner-Falefa kneels at the plate during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, May 26, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)The Angels’ Luis Rengifo, right, is congratulated by Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, after scoring on a double by Mike Trout during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers, Sunday, May 26, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout, left, is struck by the throw from Texas Rangers catcher Isiah Kiner-Falefa to relief pitcher Kyle Dowdy, right, as he scores on a wild pitch during the seventh inning of a baseball game Sunday, May 26, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Texas Rangers’ Elvis Andrus, right, is tagged out by Los Angeles Angels third baseman David Fletcher as he gets caught between second and third on a hit by Hunter Pence during the seventh inning of a baseball game Sunday, May 26, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout points toward his dugout before hitting a solo home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers, Sunday, May 26, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)NextShow Caption1 of 16Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout points toward his dugout before hitting a solo home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers, Sunday, May 26, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)ExpandANAHEIM – Felix Peña admitted it was “a little odd” when Manager Brad Ausmus approached him Sunday morning about pitching in relief that night against the Texas Rangers. A day earlier, Peña threw off the bullpen mound at Angel Stadium, part of his normal between-starts routine. He was planning to start Monday in Oakland.By the eighth inning, the Angels found themselves on the good end of a late rally. Their closer, Hansel Robles, was unavailable. So was Ty Buttrey, their top set-up man. Cam Bedrosian was down too. All the necessary dominoes had toppled.So it was that Ausmus inserted his Monday starter into an eighth-inning save situation Sunday afternoon. Peña recorded the first three outs, then handed the ball off to Justin Anderson in the ninth inning, finishing off a 7-6 win in unorthodox fashion.For a day, no one in the announced crowd of 39,406 had to squint to see the Angels’ sense of urgency. Heaney, who spent the season’s first two months on the injured list recovering from elbow inflammation, allowed two runs in five innings. He walked one batter and struck out eight.“I think I would’ve liked to have pitched a little bit deeper,” Heaney said. “A little bit more pitch-efficient. Sometimes that’s how it goes. Trying to keep them off the board. For the most part I made good pitches. It was one pitch really. Choo was the one mistake.”After Trout’s home run staked Heaney to a 1-0 lead in the first inning, Pence and Shin-Soo Choo hit solo home runs in the fourth inning to give Texas a 2-1 lead.Those were the Rangers’ only hits against Heaney in five innings. The left-hander needed 85 pitches to get through the Rangers’ lineup twice.Taylor Cole took over in the sixth inning and exacerbated an ugly trend, allowing three runs. Only two were earned; Rengifo overthrew first base on a routine ground ball to shortstop, allowing Elvis Andrus to reach second base with one out. The Rangers piled on with a double, a walk, and a pair of singles to take a 5-1 lead.In their nine home games, the Angels’ bullpen allowed 31 runs (29 earned) across 39 innings, a 6.69 ERA.On this day, the Rangers’ bullpen was no better.Down 5-1 in the seventh inning, the Angels sent 10 men to the plate. Six runs scored against three different pitchers.Ariel Jurado, the Rangers’ starter, allowed a one-out single to Fletcher on his 94th and final pitch. Right-hander Jeffrey Springs (2-1) took over and promptly allowed a double to Jared Walsh – his first extra-base hit in his fifth career game. With runners on second and third base, the rally began.Rengifo poked a single into right field, scoring Fletcher and Walsh to pull the Angels within 5-3. La Stella singled. Trout lined a double into left field, scoring Rengifo and sending La Stella to third base. The Angels trailed 5-4.Right-hander Kyle Dowdy relieved Springs and served up a sac fly to Shohei Ohtani, tying the game at 5. Kole Calhoun was intentionally walked to bring up Jonathan Lucroy, who faced the enviable task of standing and watching his teammates take the lead on back-to-back wild pitches.A curveball in the dirt eluded catcher Isiah Kiner-Falefa, allowing Trout to score from third base standing up. Calhoun scrambled from first to third, and the Angels took a 6-5 lead. The next pitch was a fastball that bounced off the backstop. Calhoun slid safely into home plate, giving the Angels a 7-5 lead. One batter later the inning ended, the rally complete.“When you’re a guy on third base, you want to score no matter where it is,” Trout said. “We had the sac fly from Ohtani and obviously me getting to third there, a couple passed balls. Kole was being aggressive. It was a close play. Just taking chances, having good at-bats, led to that big inning.”Both Peña and right-hander Cody Allen warmed up to pitch the eighth inning. Ausmus said that Allen, signed for $8.5 million to be the team’s closer, would have pitched if the Angels trailed. After the rally, it was Peña – whose 3.30 ERA was lowest among the team’s starters – who got the ball.The final innings were tense. Peña allowed a leadoff walk and had to survive a throwing error before retiring Rougned Odor, Asdrubal Cabrera and Danny Santana on strikeouts. Anderson allowed an RBI double to Choo in the ninth inning, struck out Pence on a slider, and walked Joey Gallo to put runners on first and third with two outs. The game ended when Nomar Mazara grounded into the shift. The gambit had worked.It was Anderson’s first save of the season.“That was awesome,” he said of the Angels’ second come-from-behind rally in as many days. “Those guys kept fighting, fighting and fighting, throwing up run after run after run. You get that momentum shift. It comes down to the bullpen. It comes down to us. Luis (Garcia) went out and shoved, and then Peña, then I was able to go out there, work around all of that, and just go out there and secure a win.”.center_img “We’re gonna have to figure out the starting rotation moving forward a little bit,” Ausmus said, “but the only thing we can control is today’s game, and I felt like he could help us win the game once we got the lead.”Mike Trout hit his 12th home run as part of a 2-for-3 performance. David Fletcher went 3 for 4, and Tommy La Stella and Luis Rengifo each had two of the Angels’ 11 hits. Andrew Heaney pitched five strong innings in his 2019 debut, but it wasn’t until the Angels rallied for six runs against the Rangers’ bullpen that a win looked remotely possible.The Angels (24-28) picked up four wins on their nine-game homestand. They’ll open a three-city, eight-game road trip Monday against the streaking Oakland A’s, who have won 10 straight. How they navigate the next 27 innings is anyone’s guess.Peña said he expects to rejoin the rotation, but not for two or three days. Right-hander Trevor Cahill could start Monday on regular rest. He appears to be the most likely candidate on paper, but Ausmus wasn’t prepared to make that official after Sunday’s game.In any event, the Angels accomplished their immediate task: they won consecutive games feor the first time in a week.last_img read more


first_imgGARY STEVENS, BEHOLDER, SECOND (BEATEN FAVORITE): “Nothing really went wrong, except I was on the lead and a sitting duck once again. No pace except for me, and realistic fractions. I flat got out-run. I have no excuses. Carrying equal weight. Hat’s off to the winner, and hat’s off to my mare. She shows up every day. Unfortunately three losses in a row, and it’s tough for a champion. She’s pretty special for me, and hopefully we can bounce back and get some pace in the Breeders’ Cup, or the stars will change. Hat’s off to the winner.” JOCKEY QUOTESVICTOR ESPINOZA, STELLAR WIND, WINNER: “It’s a great day. I worked harder in her last race, the Clement Hirsch, than I did today. It’s always good to be next to Beholder, next to the queen, it’s always a plus. To be able to pull away the last eighth, it’s not easy! It’s hard but Stellar Wind is an incredible mare and she will continue to be good.“(Winning three Grade I’s) is why I’m here, to win. That’s’ why I worked so hard and dedicated myself to be successful in my career early on. Now, I have the chance and opportunity and I can’t waste it. I have to keep going until the day that I retire.” TRAINER QUOTES RICHARD MANDELLA, BEHOLDER, SECOND: “We’ll go to the Distaff from here. My mare didn’t look like she ever gave up and those two finished well clear of the rest of them. We didn’t really intend to go to the lead, but with a five-horse field, what are you gonna do? Not to make excuses, but yes, I think a full field will help us next time.” PART OWNER KOSTA HRONIS, STELLAR WIND, WINNER: “I’m just thrilled. She’s brilliant. I think she’s the best so we’re looking forward to the Breeders’ Cup. She’s got five weeks off, she’ll just keep her normal schedule and she’ll be ready to go.” JOHN SADLER, STELLAR WIND, WINNER: “We thought she’d be a better four-year-old. These mares peak at four and she’s a bigger, stronger horse this year. She’s relatively fresh and we get to go into the Breeders’ Cup off of three starts. We’re looking forward to it.“She ran so well last time, I thought this race would be very similar to what it was–another battle, and we were lucky enough to prevail a second time. The rubber match (coming up). We’re looking forward to it.” NOTES: Winning owners Kosta and Peter Hronis reside in Delano, CA.last_img read more

Thank Your Cilia

first_imgThroughout your body, cilia (protrusions on cells, singular cilium) are monitoring the environment and sweeping your passages clean.Live Science posted an article about cilia. The simple-looking hairlike projections on cells are anything but simple. “These hairs are tiny, but mighty,” the article began. Your life depends on them.Here are some wonders of cilia:“A single cilium is made up of some 600 protein pieces—more than many other cellular structures.”Primary cilia (non-motile) act like antennae, sensing the external environment. Filled with proteins that amplify the signal, they act as a communications hub for the cell.During development, motile cilia direct the liver on the right side of the body and the heart on the left.Cilia sweep the airways clean of mucus by moving in concert in a wave-like motion.Motile cilia direct the female egg to the uterus. An extra-long cilium propels a sperm cell toward the egg. (This is called a flagellum but does not work the same as the rotary flagellum found in bacteria.)Cilia “circulate the fluid needed for proper brain function.““More than a dozen rare but serious genetic disorders stem from cilia glitches.”Reporter Amber Dance did not discuss how these organelles might have evolved. Instead, she reported that scientists at Brandeis University are trying to imitate them.This article was true to form: mentions of evolution are inversely proportional to the detail of complexity discussed. Biochemist Michael Behe made cilia an example of irreducible complexity in his first book Darwin’s Black Box, and discussed them in more mind-boggling detail in his second book, The Edge of Evolution. Make the design inference: (1) Cilia are composed of multiple interacting parts, all of which must be present for the cilium to work. (2) Removal or damage to a single part destroys the cilium and results in serious disease to the organism. Charlie, where are you? (Visited 29 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Stars of the American Ballet supports The Rhino Orphanage

first_imgOrphan rhinos keep each other company at the Rhino Orphanage (Images: The Rhino Orphanage)Art met conservation in the bush when the visiting Stars of the American Ballet troupe performed for guests from around the world at Limpopo’s Legend Lodges last month, to raise funds for The Rhino Orphanage, South Africa’s only baby rhino orphanage.The creative concept came from ballet entrepreneur, Dirk Badenhorst, who thought it would be a great way to raise both the profile of ballet and the plight of the rhino.“The art of conservation and the conservation of art is paramount to our natural and cultural heritage and we must work towards preserving these for future generations,’” Badenhorst said.Working in collaboration with New York City Ballet principal dancer, Joaquin de Luz, and the owners of Legend Lodges, Peet and Mart Cilliers, Badenhorst’s first Ballet in the Bush gala took place on 23 and 24 June at the lodge.Dancers who have worked with New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre and the Boston Ballet performed excerpts from Don Quixote, Le Corsaire and choreographer, George Balanchine’s Tarantella, among others.Visiting the world’s first dedicated baby rhino orphanage, the dancers were moved by the plight of the baby rhinos, which would never have survived without the orphanage’s intervention. They pledged their support in the battle to save the rhino.Among the stars was Michaela De Prince, who joined New York City Ballet principal, Ashley Bouder, in a rare opportunity to get up close and personal with the young rhino orphans.De Prince, who was adopted by a US couple after being orphaned during conflict in Sierra Leone, and now dances with the Dutch National Ballet company, said; “When I was orphaned I was lucky enough to be surrounded by people who gave me unconditional love. And this is what I see happening at the Rhino Orphanage.”Fellow dancer Bouder said when they return to the US they will “promote the tremendous work the Rhino Orphanage team is doing. We have a lot of friends and fans who follow us on social media and we will do everything we can to help get the message out there.”Stars of the American Ballet with the rhino orphansThe Rhino Orphanage received $6500 from a few ballet supporters and dancers, in addition to the money brought in by the ballet performance.Founder and director of the Rhino Orphanage and manager of the Wildlife & Cultural Centre at Legend Lodges, Arrie van Deventer, said: “The ballet stars were simply wonderful. We will be working with them on how we can raise awareness among ballet fans around the world about the work we do here.”Van Deventer’s Wildlife Centre is already home to a range of endangered species and animals being rehabilitated – including white lions. He has spent the past eight years building the centre as a conservation havenWHY THE RHINO ORPHANAGE?After coming across a baby rhino orphaned after its mother was killed, Van Deventer, an ardent conservationist, discovered there was no specialist facility that could look after an orphaned calf.Van Deventer, along with the lodge’s public relations and sales director, Pete Richardson, started fundraising to build such a centre, and companies such as FNB, Lafarge, New Holland, Build It, and SPAR responded with support. The Rhino Orphanage, the first specialist, non-commercial centre to care for orphaned baby rhinos, was established.“Being the first sanctuary of its kind, they called on several experts, including Karen Trendler of the Endangered Wildlife Trust Rhino Response Strategy and vets at Onderstepoort for guidance. We’ve also had to learn as we go along,” Richardson said.The centre is led by Van Deventer and centre manager, Gaby Benavides, and includes six fulltime staff members and three volunteers. The volunteers work for a minimum of three months at a time and come from all over the world. Tasks range from intensive care and constant cleaning to feeding babies through the night, to more cleaning.Looking after baby rhinos is no easy task. Despite the animals’ size and fearsome reputations, the calves need mum for the first three years of their lives. Left on their own, they simply will not survive.“We need to replace the care of the mother and make sure the injured and stressed and traumatised calves survive, first of all. That can only be done by humans. As soon as possible we introduce a rhino. The most harrowing work is with injured and traumatised babies, which takes care, skill and dedication,” Benavides said.“Full rehabilitation takes from two to three years. Each rhino is different – depending on the age at which they arrive at the orphanage. If they are very young they need a lot of attention and care, if calves are older it is more difficult to handle them and sometimes it is better to bond them right away with other rhinos that can teach them to trust humans and which food to eat.“We try to minimise human contact as soon as possible as our rhinos will go back to the wild and we don’t want to tame them and then they lose the fear of humans. If bonded with other rhinos they behave more naturally and it is a less stressful process for them as well.“So when the weaning process starts the human contact is also gradually withdrawn until they are two years old, more or less, when they go back to big camps and behave like rhinos; they still get supplement food and monitoring but without associating humans with the food; and when they are around three years old they are left without intervention. In nature this will be the time that the mum will separate from them, usually to have another calf.”Looking after these babies is a fulltime job. A typical day at the orphanage starts with making up dry feed – consisting of a mixture of teff, lucerne and pellets – in the morning. Then, special milk formula has to be made, prepared individually for each rhino according to its age, weight and health and whether it’s a black or white rhino.The baby rhinos are fed a special milk formula“We use different mixtures of non-fat milk, calf replacers, probiotics, cereals, essential amino acids, and vitamins. Baby rhinos start eating small amounts of solids when they are around two months old but will continue to drink milk until 18 months old, increasing consumption of solids and decreasing the milk gradually until weaned,” says Benavides.“Feeding equipment has to be cleaned and disinfected, as well as the overnight rooms and bomas. Water troughs and mud wallows must be filled, rhino blankets washed. Then the younger rhinos are taken for walks in the bush. Afterwards rhinos are checked for wounds, ticks, or signs of illness. Records of rhinos must constantly be updated.“At night all the same feeding and cleaning routines are repeated. Rhinos are checked throughout the night and we provide an infrared light, heater or aircon and/or blankets as needed.”Carers sleep with new, injured or ill rhinos or rhinos that haven’t been bonded with other rhinos, while rhinos that are bonded with other rhinos will sleep together without humans; but there will always be carers at night checking on all rhinos, said Benavides.ESTABLISHING STANDARDS FOR RHINO CAREThere are no legal standards for rhino rehabilitation in South Africa; however, the orphanage is determined to offer the best care, and is registering with the South African Veterinary Council, which means it has to meet minimum standards of animal health and welfare.“This registration will also mean we have the equipment to monitor our rhinos’ health and provide immediate treatment if needed. Currently baby rhinos are also being injured at poaching incidents and we need to be ready to increase the survival rate of these babies by providing the best of veterinary care besides the nursing.“We want to set the standards for other rehabilitation centres and help them with the expertise we have been acquiring throughout the past years to provide better care for the rhinos,” Benavides said.Regarding the security at the orphanage, Van Deventer told Africa Geographic: “Security will be extreme and it is vital we give the babies the very best chance of one day returning to the wild where they belong so they will only be cared for by the medical and rehabilitation staff and the public will only be allowed to view them via CCTV.”PLAY YOUR PARTThe Rhino Orphanage has been established as a not-for-profit charity – a Section 21 Company – with all donations going directly to fund the centre and the care and rehabilitation of the rhinos.To donate to the orphanage, visit: http://therhinoorphanage.co.za, or SMS ‘rhino’ to 49100 at a cost of R15.last_img read more

Blazers take 2-0 lead against Thunder after big night from CJ McCollum

first_imgPortland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum, center, talks to Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George, right, and center Steven Adams during the first half of Game 2 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Tuesday, April 16, 2019, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)PORTLAND, Oregon — CJ McCollum had 33 points, Damian Lillard added 29 and the Portland Trail Blazers took a 2-0 lead in their first-round playoff series against the Oklahoma City Thunder with a 114-94 victory on Tuesday night.Maurice Harkless added 14 points and nine rebounds for the third-seeded Blazers, who opened a playoff series with two wins for the first time since the 2014 playoffs, when they beat Houston in six games.ADVERTISEMENT The series shifts to Oklahoma City for Game 3 on Friday.“Now we’ve got to go on the road and get gritty,” McCollum said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsRussell Westbrook, who had his ninth career postseason triple-double in Oklahoma City’s Game 1 loss, finished with 14 points, nine rebounds and 11 assists. He was pulled with 3:31 with most of his fellow starters after Portland built a 112-91 lead.Paul George had 27 points despite lingering questions about his right shoulder, which was covered with kinesiology tape. George insisted the shoulder, which kept him out of the Thunders’ regular-season finale, was fine at practice on Monday even though it was wrapped in ice. The Blazers were up 91-75 after three and easily protected their lead in the fourth, with Seth Curry’s 3-pointer pushing the lead to 100-83.Portland’s victory in Game 1 snapped a 10-game postseason losing streak that included four-game sweeps in the past two seasons — first by the Warriors and then last year by the Pelicans. Lillard had 30 points in the 104-99 win on Sunday.Oklahoma City beat the Blazers in all four meetings during the regular season. The Thunder have been to the playoffs for eight of the last nine seasons, but they haven’t gotten past the opening round for the past two.Oklahoma City started with a lot more energy than in Game 1, when it fell behind by 19 points in the first half. When Westbrook hit a 3-pointer in the first quarter, he pounded his chest and the Thunder went on to lead 31-26 at the end of the quarter.Lillard hit a 3-pointer and was fouled to close the Blazers within 48-43. But the game began to get heated, with Lillard and Westbrook getting into it when Lillard tried to strip the ball. The officials reviewed it for a “hostile act” but concluded there were no fouls on the play. There was tension the rest of the way, and frequent jawing back-and-forth.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Nuggets erase 19-point deficit to beat Spurs, tie playoff series Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Westbrook collected three fouls in the half and headed early to the bench, as did Portland’s Enes Kanter, who was so successful against the Thunder in Game 1. Together the teams had 29 fouls in the opening half.McCollum nailed a 3-pointer off a pass from Lillard at the buzzer to tie the game at 54 going into the break. Then McCollum turned to the crowd and simply nodded.Portland pulled in front on McCollum’s jumper and extended it to 69-63 with Lillard’s long 3-pointer. Curry had back-to-back 3s to put the Blazers up 85-73 late in the third.The Blazers’ hopes for postseason success appeared to take a blow last month when center Jusuf Nurkic was lost for the season with a broken left leg. Nurkic was averaging 15.6 points and 10.4 rebounds when he sustained the gruesome injury during a game against the Brooklyn Nets.Kanter, signed just before the All-Star break after he was waived by the New York Knicks, has started in Nurkic’s place. Kanter had 20 points and 18 rebounds in Game 1 but finished with six points and five rebounds on Tuesday.TIP-INSThunder: Thunder coach Billy Donovan was emphatic before the game: “No injuries, no one out, no game-time decisions.” … It’s the first playoff series between the teams since the Thunder moved from Seattle to Oklahoma City.Trail Blazers: Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, who just signed a contract extension that makes him the highest paid player in the NFL, was among the fans at the Moda Center, as was Gonzaga coach Mark Few. … Jake Layman, who did not play in the series opener, came in to start the second quarter.UP NEXT: Game 3 is set for Friday night in Oklahoma City. 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I-League: Pedro hat-trick helps Chennai City FC thrash Indian Arrows in season opener

first_imgSpanish striker Pedro Manzi struck a hat-trick to help Chennai City FC outplay Indian Arrows 4-1 in the opening match of the 12th I-League in Coimbatore on Friday.Pedro scored in the 31st, 49th and 64th minutes while Romario Jesuraj got the other goal for Chennai in the 76th minute.For the Indian Arrows, captain Amarjit Singh Kiyam scored the lone goal at the Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium.Chennai’s Singaporean coach Akbar Nawas opted to go with Pedro as the sole striker with wingers Nestor from Spain and Romario Jesuraj assisting him.Another Spaniard, Sandro operated in the middle of the attack. Gaurav Bora was in the defensive midfield role just ahead of a three-man back line.Hat-trick hero Manzi can’t hold his emotions after the stupendous victory over Indian Arrows in the season opener.#CCFCARW #HeroILeague #ILeagueIConquer pic.twitter.com/vGoMPPaKB7Hero I-League (@ILeagueOfficial) October 26, 2018Floyd Pinto, the Arrows coach, put Rahul KP ahead with Rahim Ali in a roving role and Amarjeet Kiyam and Stalin holding the fort in the centre of midfield with Jeakson Singh behind them. Prabhsukhan Gill, at the goal, was supported by a four-man defence.The Arrows could not have asked for a better start as captain Amarjit struck in the second minute. Rahul KP, who had a fantastic first half, ran down the right flank and his cross across goal saw the Chennai keeper Kabir only manage to parry the ball in the path of an onrushing Amarjit, who slotted home calmly.The early goal was a definite wake-up call for the hosts as they sprung into action, in particular, the combination of Nestor and Pedro. The first glimpse of things to come was evident in the fourth minute, when a 1-2 between the two found Manzi in the clear inside the box but he failed to score the equaliser.advertisementChennai had two clear chances in the rest of the first half which they clearly dominated. First, Nestor missed a sitter in the 18th minute as Jesuraj’s cross from the right found him with a free header and an open goal six yards away. He lobbed the header over the bar.Then in the 46th minute, from Sandro’s lob inside the box, Pedro had to just lob an onrushing Prabhsukan Gill in the Arrows goal, but his effort ricocheted off the bar.In between, Pedro struck from the first time in the 31stminute to get Chennai back to level terms. Nestor left Narender for dead in the right side of the Arrows defence and cut in to unleash a wonderful through ball inside the box. Pedro turned Gill with his first touch and then slammed home with his second, from a narrow-angle in the end.The Arrows again had a chance to score early in the second half but Rahim Ali muffed a chance from inside the box.In the 49th minute, Pedro put Chennai ahead controlling a lob with his head and then shrugging off both Narender and Ashish Rai with sheer power, before unleashing a right footer to beat a diving Gill.The Uruguay-born Spaniard then completed a deserving hat-trick in the 64th minute, when Chennai were awarded a penalty as the ball found a falling Ashish Rai’s trailing hand inside the box, from yet another Nestor initiated move.Then Jesuraj, whose tireless runs and crosses from the right were a striking feature of the entire game, found the net from close in the 76th minute off a Sandro cross from the left, effectively killing the game.last_img read more

Lawyers of Rouse Avenue court complex in HC for recognition of bar

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi High Court has sought a response of the Bar Council of Delhi (BCD) on a plea by a lawyer’s body seeking to be recognised as the bar association of the newly-opened court complex at Rouse Avenue here.Justice Vibhu Bakhru issued notice to the BCD seeking its stand on the plea by lawyers’ body Rouse Avenue Bar Associates for recognition. The court gave the council two weeks time to file its response and listed the matter for further hearing on July 24. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe petitioner-association, which claims to represent the lawyers practising at the new court complex, moved the high court after the BCD on April 3 rejected its request for issuance of Advocates Welfare Fund Stamps on the ground that it was not a recognised body. The court noted that since recognition has not yet been granted to the association, the BCD cannot be faulted for not issuing them the stamps. The BCD, on its part, opposed the association’s plea for recognition, saying that it has been the prevalent practice that the council holds the first elections at any newly set up court complex in the national capital for creating the bar association there. It said that if every group of lawyers was allowed to form a bar association at each court complex, then there would be numerous lawyers’ bodies which would create a lot of confusion. After hearing both sides, the court directed the BCD to indicate its stand on affidavit and ordered it to refrain from circulating any derogatory messages regarding the petitioner association.last_img read more