$2 trillion rescue package passes US Senate, heads to House

first_imgIt provides some $500 billion in grants and loans to small businesses and core industries, including as much as $50 billion for strained airlines and their employees.It also surges $100 billion of desperately needed resources for hospitals and other health facilities in dire need of medical equipment, and dramatically expands unemployment benefits to help workers sickened by coronavirus or laid off during the crisis.The United States has the third-highest number of infections globally behind China and Italy. About half are in New York state.”We still have the trajectory going up,” said New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, adding that about 12 percent of the people who test positive require hospitalization.Cuomo said health officials anticipate about 120,000 coronavirus patients coming into New York’s hospitals, which have a capacity of 50,000 beds.The state has around 30,000 confirmed cases, he added, with 285 deaths.But the governor pointed to evidence suggesting New York’s strict stay-at-home orders and social distancing measures have slowed the hospitalization rate.”The arrows are headed in the right direction,” Cuomo told reporters.The intensity of the crisis caught the Trump administration by surprise, and by Wednesday Trump and his top lieutenants were demanding the Senate quicken the pace and pass the legislation. “We need to get this money into the American economy and (to) American workers,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said.Over half the US population is now under some form of lockdown as authorities nationwide seek to stem the outbreaks.Birmingham, Alabama and Charlotte, North Carolina have become the latest major US cities to order residents to stay indoors.Wall Street stocks closed mixed Wednesday as the markets awaited a vote on the rescue package, the third of its kind in the past month, but by far the largest. The US Senate unanimously passed the nation’s largest-ever rescue package late Wednesday, a $2 trillion lifeline to suffering Americans, critically depleted hospitals and an economy all ravaged by a rapidly spreading coronavirus crisis.The measure cleared the Senate 96-0 after days of tumultuous, sometimes bitter negotiations and debate, as the US death toll for the pandemic soared past 1,000, with 68,000 confirmed infections.Outbreaks have grown nationwide, but with particular fear that New York could be the next epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic. Topics : “Let us tell them tonight that help is on the way, that they are not truly alone, that this country, that this Senate, that this government is here for them in a time of dire need,” top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer said moments before the vote.”Let us marshal this government into action.” The measure now heads to the House of Representatives, where a Democratic leader said he expected it to pass by voice vote Friday before it goes to President Donald Trump for his signature.The monster package, thrashed out between Republicans, Democrats and the White House, provides direct cash payments to millions of hurting American taxpayers, amounting to $3,400 for an average American family of four.  ‘Wartime’ investment Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has hailed the “wartime level of investment” in the nation.It dwarfs the bailouts of 2008, when a worldwide financial crisis sent the US economy into a tailspin.With infections rising, the Senate bill’s injection for hospitals could be among the bill’s most effective element in fighting the pandemic, as it will help facilities restock protective gear, intensive care beds and ventilators and other medical equipment.Trump tweeted Wednesday that four hospitals being built in New York with federal assistance “are moving along very well, ahead of schedule.””Many additional ventilators also delivered,” he added.Trump had voiced hope Tuesday that the country could begin to reopen in a few weeks, but his top infectious disease advisor, Anthony Fauci, said the timetable would need to remain “very flexible.”Trump faces a re-election battle this year, and his campaign has been upended by the pandemic.He said Tuesday that social distancing had caused too much pain to the economy, adding that he wanted the country “opened up and just raring to go by Easter,” which is April 12.Later, Trump appeared to retreat from his Easter goal at a news conference alongside Fauci.New York Mayor Bill de Blasio told CNN late Wednesday he believed the coronavirus crisis will last “substantially past” Easter.last_img read more

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Arsenal target La Liga trio Unai Nunez, Carlos Soler and Marc Roca

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Advertisement Unai Nunez is attracting interest from big clubs across Europe (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal are considering moves for three La Liga players this summer, targeting defender Unai Nunez and midfielders Carlos Soler and Marc Roca, according to reports in Spain.Mikel Arteta is expected to undertake a substantial rebuilding job in the next transfer window, with a number of players expected to come and go from the Emirates.The Spanish manager is looking to his home country for reinforcements and believes Athletic Bilbao’s Nunez, Valencia’s Soler and Espanyol’s Roca could all bring something to his squad in north London.23-year-old Nunez is a centre-back for Bilbao that has turned in some impressive performances over the last three seasons, but is not a guaranteed starter for the club.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTHowever, he has done enough to earn a full cap for the Spain national team, making his debut in September last year and he is seen as a potential bargain as he has a release clause of just €30m (£26m), which the Gunners are willing to meet.They may face competition from a range of clubs, though, with Man City, Inter Milan and Bayern Munich all reportedly interested, while Bilbao have offered him a new deal to stay where he is, according to Spanish publication Deia. Carlos Soler is available for around £35m this summer (Picture: Getty Images)Valencia midfielder Soler has a much higher release clause of €150m (£132m), but his club are willing to let him go for around €40m (£35m) in a bid to balance the books, reports La Razon.The 23-year-old has been a regular in the Valencia side since making his debut in December 2016, racking up 141 appearances in all competitions, scoring 11 goals.He has played 20 times for Spain’s Under-21 side and former Valencia star Gaizka Mendieta has described him as a ‘great talent’.Yet another 23-year-old, Roca also has a price tag of around €40m (£35m), but Arsenal would be able to get him for much less than that if Espanyol were to be relegated from La Liga.The Barcelona-based club are bottom of the table and look set for relegation if the season is completed after the coronavirus hiatus.Roca won the European Under-21 Championship with Spain last year, starting the final against Germany in central midfield alongside Napoli star Fabian Ruiz.Reports suggest Arsenal have already tested the waters with an offer for Roca.MORE: Mikel Arteta told to ask for Arsenal star Kieran Tierney’s advice on £30m targetMORE: Jamie Carragher explains omission of Arsenal star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from his team of the seasonFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 8 Apr 2020 8:58 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.1kShares Arsenal target La Liga trio Unai Nunez, Carlos Soler and Marc Rocalast_img read more

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Norges Bank advocates lifting oil fund equities allocation to 75%

first_imgThe GPFG is managed by NBIM, part of the Norwegian central bank Norges Bank.In October, the government-appointed Mork Commission, which convened in January to review the oil fund’s exposure to listed shares and consider different allocations to the asset class, reported to the ministry of finance that the fund should increase its equity allocation to 70%.At the end of the third quarter this year, the GFPG had 60.3% of its assets in equities but now has permission from the finance ministry to have between 50% and 70% of its resources in the asset class.It has a limit on its real estate allocation of 5%, though at the end of September, it had only reached an exposure of 3.1% to property – the rest is held in bonds.The sovereign wealth fund only started investing in unlisted real estate late in 2010.The finance ministry asked NBIM back in February to see if the relationship between expected return and risk for equities and bonds had changed since the equity share was last reviewed some 10 years earlier, and whether there were reasons to adjust the equity allocation in the fund’s benchmark index.The allocation to equity in the benchmark has been assessed and revised many times before.In 1997, it was decided it should be 40%, and in 2006 to 2007, it was increased to 60%.Between those dates it was reviewed twice but not changed.In yesterday’s letter, Olsen and Grande told the finance ministry that the yield on inflation-linked bonds – which they said was a good indicator of the expected real return on virtually risk-free bonds – had dropped by nearly 3 percentage points since 2006.“The expected excess return of equities over bonds is slightly higher than in 2006, but the effect of this change is much smaller than the effect of lower real interest rates,” they said.This meant, they said, that the fund’s expected real return was much lower today than it was in 2006.They also argued that the Norwegian state, as the fund’s owner, could now tolerate more risk in the fund than was the case in 2006 because the value of the fund today makes up two-thirds of the state’s petroleum wealth, up from about one-third of it back in 2006.“Hence, a smaller share of total petroleum wealth is now directly exposed to movements in oil and gas prices and to specific risks relating to the production of oil and gas on the Norwegian continental shelf,” they said. The manager of Norway’s giant former oil fund, the Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG), has told the government it believes the equities allocation should be lifted by around one-quarter from the current shares weighting, to 75%.It would be 5 percentage points more than an official commission advised just weeks ago.In a joint letter, Norges Bank governor Øystein Olsen and the deputy chief executive of Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM) Trond Grande said: “The Bank recommends that the equity share in the benchmark index for the fund be increased to 75%.”“The adjustment to the new strategic equity share will need to be carried out over a period of time.”last_img read more

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Regatta-murders: life imprisonment

first_img Share First Defendant in Regatta murder. Image via SXM Island TimeSt. Maarten – Public Prosecutor Mr. Bart den Hartigh demanded life imprisonment against Curtley Allison R. and his partner in crime Sherwan R. for the Regatta-murders (so called because they occurred around the Heineken Regatta), rape, three armed robberies and a case of ill-treatment. The trial lasted from nine o’clock yesterday morning until six thirty last night and it is not done yet; this morning the defense has the floor in the court room to plead their clients’ cases.The two defendants were brought in yesterday morning under heavy security. They remained shackled throughout the procedures under the watchful eye of members of the Police Arrest Team.The defendants, who are both from Dominica, are charges with eight counts. The chronology of these events shows how the two men increased the violence they used against their victims step by step.The Dominicans decided to start a criminal career because they were short of money. Curtley R., who drank two bottles of whisky a day, decided to pose as a gipsy cab driver to lure potential victims into his car, with Sherwan R. as his partner on the backseat.The modus operandus for all crimes was identical: the two men lured people under false pretenses into their car, drove them to a remote location and robbed them. In one case, robbery turned into rape, and in three other cases, it turned into extremely violent murder.On the evening of February 12, the defendants picked up Missoluny Jean Pierre around 9.30 p.m. near Mary’s Boon. The victim, who had just finished working as a security guard at the Karakter Beach Bar took a near fatal ride to town with them. Near Learning Unlimited, the men drove onto a rocky road, where Sherwan R. attempted to strangle him. In the end, the two robbers beat and hit their victim until he was unconscious, robbing him of $40, a cell phone and a bag containing several bread rolls and six Bibles.A couple of hours later, in the early morning of February 13, the robbers found their next victim in a young woman whom they lured into their car in Simpson Bay. They take her to the same location where they robbed their first victim, robbed her of her money, ill-treated her, and violently raped her several times in ways too horrible to describe in a newspaper. Curtley R. suggested killing the woman, but Sherwan R. preferred to take the victim to her house to steal more money and other valuables from her. While this discussion was going on, the woman managed to escape. The robbers are left with some jewelry and $22 they took from their victim.Then, four days later, the two get into an argument in the Esperanza Bar in Middle Region with a woman who rejected Curtley R.’s advances and who gave a hug to his buddy Sherwan R. instead. A fight erupted whereby both men turned on the woman by beating and kicking her. Curtley R. goes after the woman with a knife but bystanders manage to wrestle it away from him. The woman retaliated by throwing stones and bottles at her attackers. When the woman is on the ground and Sherwan R. is kicking her, Curtley R. screams, “kill her, kill her.”Second defendant in Regatta murder. Image via: SXM Island TimeThe next day, when the victim wants to go to the police to file a complaint, both men are in front of her house, armed with a piece of wood and a machete.Two days later, on February 19, the Dominicans are at it again when they pick up Steve Hubbard, who is waiting for a taxi outside the Hollywood Casino. Hubbard, a boat captain, has spent a pleasant evening at the poker tables, winning about $500. The men take their victim all the way to the French side in the vicinity of the Etang Aux Poissons.Curtley R. drags the captain out of his car and starts a fight, but his victim gets the better of him. Only when Sherwan R. joins the fight and starts hitting Hubbard with a piece of wood the situation changes. The victim screams that he will give the men his stuff, the $500 and an iPhone if they stop fighting, but when they don’t listen he finally flees into the lagoon, where he stays for a couple of hours until he is certain that his attackers have left.On February 23, Johnny Cerrano arrives at the airport at twenty minutes to ten in the evening. When he walks towards his hotel in Simpson Bay, Sherwan R. appears behind him, puts a weapon (which turns out to be a flare gun) against his head and forces him into the car Curtley R. is driving. They robbed the victim of his laptop and his cell phone, before kicking him out of the car.This robbery is the Dominican’s downfall, though they will still manage to commit three murders before they are eventually arrested on April 7. Investigators tap the phone the robbers stole from Cerrano; this puts them on the trail of Joanne, one of Curtley R.’s girlfriends.On February 25, the luxury yacht Cheetah Moon arrives in Simpson Bay. On board is among others chef Ludovic Guillevin. The crew goes out in the evening to Jimbo’s Bar and while everybody returns to the yacht after the establishment closes, Guillevin decides to have some more fun. When he walks in the direction of the airport, he is picked up by the two Dominicans. They force him into their car, and drive to the beach in Mullet Bay. There they drag their victim out of the car; they hit him, kick him, bash him on the head with a coconut and stab him sex times. Two of the stab wounds are potentially fatal. When their victim was unconscious, the Dominicans attempted to set his shirt on fire.Sherwan R. told the court that Curtley R. was the one stabbing Guillevin, but to the police he admitted earlier that he had done some stabbing of his own: “I stabbed him where I could.”Asked how he felt about the fact that Guillevin had died, Curtley R. Said, “I was not happy about it.” That did not stop the Dominicans from striking again in the early hours of March 4, when they picked up Eduardo Nova Valdez, who had done some work as an electrician at the Karakter Beach Bar the evening before. Until midnight he spent time at the Tropicana Casino in Simpson Bay. To go home, he took a gipsy cab to Dutch Quarter.With Curtley R. behind the wheel and his partner Sherwan R. on the backseat, this would be Nova Valdez’ last ride. The robbers did not go to Dutch Quarter but they drove against the traffic up the Cakehouse Road. There they stabbed, kicked and ill-treated their victim in a most horrible way. Forensic evidence shows that Nova Valdez was stabbed 67 times; his face was unrecognizable because the two Dominicans had smashed it in with a heavy rock in such a forceful way that the impact made of five centimeter deep hole in the rocky underground.The “reward” for their efforts was close to zero, because Nova Valdez had just $5 in his pockets and a cell phone.And still it was not enough: on the evening of the same day, the Dominicans picked up Foidel Luis. The victim has come home around ten o’clock that evening from a very busy day. Foidel cleaned a pool in Cupecoy, worked a full day as a driver from Prime Distributors and a shift as a security guard at Port de Plaisance. But at eleven o’clock that evening his night shift at L’Esperance hotel was about to start.Foidel Luis never arrived at this last job, because Curtley R. and Sherwan R. picked him up for a ride. They took him too, to the remote location behind Learning Unlimited, where they stabbed him, beat and kicked him and threw stones at his head that burst open on impact. They threw gasoline on their victim but did not manage to find a lighter; otherwise they would have set him on fire as well.The prosecution detailed all these crimes in court yesterday in every painful detail. mr. Bart den Hartigh held both defendants equally responsible. “Each count by itself warrants a long prison sentence within one week they took three lives. They committed a large number of very violent crimes within a short period of time, and they were only stopped because they were arrested.”The prosecutor said that the defendants had used extreme cruelty. “I cannot begin to describe what they have done. They say they were in it for the money, but they used much more violence than is necessary for a robbery. They gained pleasure from the violence they used. We are dealing with madmen here.”Mr. Den Hartigh said that both defendants are a danger to society. “The risk that they repeat these crimes is one that a small society like St. Maarten cannot afford. To protect the community it is in our view urgently necessary that these defendants will not get a chance to get out of jail again.”The life sentence the prosecution demanded against both defendants is not unique, but it is rare. In the past four years, the heaviest punishment was for Devon Otto, who was sentenced to 30 years for the murder of Stanley Gumbs.Today- The Newspaper for Country St. Maarten NewsRegional Regatta-murders: life imprisonment by: – November 24, 2011 Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img Tweet Share 412 Views   3 commentslast_img read more

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Ronaldo shows off ripped body as he recovers from AC Milan loss

first_img Read Also: Ronaldo reacts to Juventus’ loss to AC Milan Inspired by Zlatan Ibrahimovic, AC Milan fired back to complete an amazing comeback. But it shouldn’t matter too much, with Lazio’s surprise 2-1 defeat at Lecce keeping Juve seven points clear at the top with just seven games left. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 “But afterwards that feeling went and now I love exercising with him. “He’s become my greatest motivation and inspiration.” But I have the best teacher at home and every day I learn something new with him. She then added: “Cristiano trains in the morning and again in the afternoon. “He’s an elite athlete. It’s incredible how he focuses and devotes himself to his passion for football. “There’s no doubt he trains more and better than me. There’s just no comparison. He’s a professional athlete. “But I have the best teacher at home and every day I learn something new with him. “When it comes to fitness, Cristiano beats me by a stack of goals.” Despite his amazing physical shape, and having even put his team 2-0 up, CR7 couldn’t prevent his team from slipping to a 4-2 defeat at San Siro on Tuesday night. Still looking in the shape of his life in his mid-thirties, Ronaldo has many methods of staying in pristine condition. He even managed to keep in perfect shape during lockdown, regularly training with Georgina. His partner, 26, recently opened up to Women’s Health Portugal on what it’s like to work out alongside the five-time Ballon d’Or winner. She said: “Initially I was ashamed about working out with Cristiano. “Imagine having to train in the same space as Cristiano. “I was used to working out at home when he went to train at his club so we could spend more time together when he returned. Promoted Content14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowPlus-Size Babes Who Will Make Your Heart RaceEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouThe Most Influential Countries In The History Of The WorldTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do8 Things You Didn’t Know About CoffeeCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More6 TV Shows That Got Better After A Major Character Had LeftSome Impressive And Almost Shocking Robots That ExistIncredible Underwater Objects Surrounded By Mystery Loading… He wrote: “Good abdominals.” The 55-year-old broadcaster once again used the image as an opportunity to dredge up a clip from his interview with Ronaldo, in which the former Manchester United star claimed he had “good abdominals”… before bursting into laughter. tw has again taken to Instagram to show off his remarkable abs as he “recharges” following defeat to AC Milan. The Juventus superstar appears to have shaken off his disappointment from the 4-2 defeat, showing off a toothy grin as he relaxed in the sunshine. He captioned the image, which appeared to be taken by girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez, simply: “Recharge”. Piers Morgan, who has long been a fan of the 35-year-old, took to the comments section to admire CR7’s incredibly physique.last_img read more

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Wenger hails Ramsey transformation

first_img “There is a technical difference now,” Wenger said. “We always saw that he had a good engine, now he has another quality in that he does not hide to take the ball, and when he makes a mistake, he doesn’t hide again. “For me that is a quality. He is always available to take the ball and play. “Where he has improved a lot is in his first touch, in his finishing, in the quality of his long balls which was always too strong or not accurate enough and in the speed of his vision.” Wenger feels Ramsey is best deployed at the heartbeat of the midfield alongside the likes of England’s Jack Wilshere, Spain’s Santi Cazorla and Germany’s Mesut Ozil. As to how far the combative Welshman can take his game, Wenger is confident Ramsey can become one of the Premier League’s best talents. “I do not judge people when I look back at their career as you respect them because they were world-class or not world-class. I always think, ‘has this guy done the maximum with the potential he had?,” Wenger said. “What is more important for me is has a player gone as far as he could? “If he has the right attitude, he will continue to improve.” Arsenal moved four points clear at the top of the Premier League with a 2-0 victory over Southampton on Saturday. Nevertheless, they are not yet favourites for the title with either bookmakers or pundits. Wenger, though, remains unconcerned with external opinions. “I like it that people are not talking about us because it means you can focus on what is important, which is to play well and not answer too many questions or get a false level of confidence, to just enjoy what you are really here for, which is to play football,” he said. “At the moment people still stay we are outsiders in the Premier League. “We have now played 12 games, basically a third of the season. If we can be consistent in the next five or six games, then it will change a bit. “We always have to accept that people will talk about the recent results of the team, so let’s just keep focusing on our quality and keep winning.” Wenger, though, always felt Ramsey’s time would come, having invested some £5million to bring in the then raw talent in June 2008. “Let’s not forget that one year ago people were saying to me: ‘It is difficult to play him at the Emirates’, but you have to give him credit for that transformation because he could deal with that,” said Wenger, whose side tackle Marseille on Tuesday night aiming to move a step closer to the last 16 of the Champions League. “He could come back, he never give up and convinced everybody that he has the needed quality.” Wenger added: “You could see there was an impatience with him at the Emirates. “As a manager you are always in a period where you think, ‘Do I push him through and he can go more down?’ Or do you give him a breather to regenerate to get him a fresh start? “That is always difficult for us to assess because it is linked to their mental state. “When their own confidence is down, of course they are in trouble, but Aaron is a confident boy.” Ramsey’s transformation was highlighted by his second-half header which secured a 1-0 smash-and-grab raid on Borussia Dortmund earlier this month to put Arsenal back on course for qualification from the toughest of groups. The 22-year-old former Cardiff trainee is relishing his integral role at the heartbeat of the Arsenal team, from where he has scored 11 goals already this season to help the Gunners top the Barclays Premier League. It is a remarkable turnaround in fortunes for Ramsey – now fully recovered from an horrific double leg break at Stoke in February 2010. After facing an uncertain future following some indifferent displays last season, he looked short on confidence, especially when the target of jeers from sections of the home support. Press Association Manager Arsene Wenger admits there was a time last season when he was told not to play Aaron Ramsey at the Emirates Stadium – but never lost confidence in the potential of the Wales midfielder.last_img read more

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Florida Church spends more than $7 million to pay off medical debt for Low income residents

first_img6,500 people in Volusia Country will be able to smile a little bigger now that they have little to no medical debt. That is all due to the efforts of the Stetson Baptist Church.According to reports, the Church spent more than $7 million dollars to help pay down the medical debt for several thousands residents living at or below the poverty line in their community.So where did all the money come from? Pastor Dan Glenn told reporters at the Sun Sentinel that last year they had an extra Sunday which left them with extra money after they paid their annual expenses. The congregation then came up with the idea to try and raise $48,000 and split it between a foster home charity and a business that buys medical debt from health care providers, to pay off the debts.To their delight, they were able to raise three times their goal, leaving them with enough money to not only pay off the medical debt of every Volusia County resident living at federal poverty level, but for those in four other counties as well.“It’s one thing for us to say, ‘God loves you,’” said senior pastor Dan Glenn said. “It’s another for us to show that.”Those who have had their medical debt paid off will be notified by mail.last_img read more

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Update on the latest sports

first_img— Atlanta Dream center Kalani Brown tested positive for the coronavirus on July 9 and remains under — More than two dozen Division I conferences want the NCAA Board of Governors to avoid making any decisions about fall championships until a majority of the leagues determine whether to hold regular-season competition. A letter from College Commissioners Association President Beth DeBauche was sent to the board. — A leading British government adviser says the pandemic will make it “very difficult” for Premier League matches to be staged with full crowds for at least another year and capacities face being capped at 25% when stadiums eventually re-open. The Premier League season ends on Sunday and Calder urged players to avoid going on holiday to COVID-19 hotspots, singling out the United States.NFL-NEWS Vikings extend Zimmer’s deal UNDATED (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have signed head coach Mike Zimmer to a three-year contract extension through the 2023 season. — Jack Flaherty pitched seven solid innings and Paul DeJong (deh-YUHNG’) hit a two-run homer as part of the Cardinals′5-4 victory over the Pirates. Flaherty did not give up a run until Jacob Stallings hit a two-out, two-run single just under the glove of first baseman Paul Goldschmidt in the seventh.Tyler O’Neill and Dexter Fowler added solo homers for St. Louis. — Eric Hosmer hit three-run doubles in consecutive innings to in his Padres debut to guide a 7-2 decision over the Diamondbacks. The six RBIs tied Hosmer’s career high and backed 24-year-old right-hander Chris Paddack, who threw six scoreless innings in his first opening day start. Losing pitcher Madison Bumgarner allowed three runs and four hits over 5 2/3 innings in his DBacks debut. — J.D. Martinez and Kevin Pillar each drove in three runs in the Red Sox’s 13-2 dismantling of the Orioles. Jackie Bradley Jr., Jose Peraza, Martinez and Pillar each doubled as part of a four-run third inning. Nathan Eovaldi (eh-VAHL’-dee) gave up just one run and five hits, striking out four over six innings in his first career opening day start. — The Reds were 7-1 winners over the Tigers as Mike Moustakas (moos-TAH’-kahs) supplied a two-run homer and four RBIs in his Cincinnati debut. Sonny Gray fanned nine and gave up three hits in six innings, including C.J. Cron’s homer. Japanese product Shogo Akiyama singled home a run as a pinch hitter in his first big league game. — Jesus Aguilar (AG’-ee-ahr) hit a two-run homer off Aaron Nola and Sandy Alcantara (al-KAN’-tah-rah) pitched neatly into the seventh inning of the Marlins’ 5-2 verdict over the Phillies. Alcantara gave up one earned run and three hits, striking out seven in 6 2/3 innings. Didi Gregorius (greh-GOHR’-ee-uhs) lined a solo shot in his first game since signing a $14 million, one-year deal with the Phillies. — The Chicago Cubs have finalized minor-league deals with infielder Derek Dietrich and outfielder Ryan LaMarre. Dietrich and LaMarre will report to the team’s camp in South Bend, Indiana. — A record 109 players from the Dominican Republic were on opening-day major league rosters, boosted by an expanded pool following the layoff caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Major League Baseball said Friday that 288 of 1,026 players on opening-day rosters were born outside the 50 states, which comes to 28.1%.NBA-TIMBERWOLVES SALE AP Sources: Afflalo headlines group bidding to buy Wolves MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Two people with knowledge of the situation tell The Associated Press that an ownership group led by longtime NBA player Arron Afflalo (uh-FLAH’-loh) is putting together a bid to buy the Minnesota Timberwolves. The people spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the deal is still in the process of being submitted. They say the ownership group will consist of two to five individuals with a net worth of more than $10 billion. Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor, who bought the club in 1994 to keep it from moving to New Orleans, has put the franchise up for sale on the condition it remain in Minnesota. Associated Press Yoenis Cespedes (yoh-EH’-nehs SEHS’-peh-dehs) belted a seventh-inning homer and four Mets combined in a three-hitter in a 1-0 downing of the Atlanta Braves. The blast came two years and four days after Cespedes last played a major league game. Numerous leg injuries have kept him sidelined and caused him to accept a renegotiated contract last winter. Jacob deGrom was in vintage form as the two-time NL Cy Young winner held the Braves to one hit while striking out eighth over five innings. Seth Lugo worked two innings for the victory and Edwin Diaz got the final three outs to notch the save. The Mets are 39-12 in season openers since dropping their first eight. Their 39-20 mark on opening day is the best in major league history. In other major league finals: — Dusty Baker posted a win in his first game as the Astros manager, an 8-2 thumping of the Mariners. Michael Brantley hit a three-run homer to back Justin Verlander, who struck out seven over six innings of his 12th career opening-day start. Two people involved in the ACC’s discussions say the league is looking at an 11-game schedule that would include 10 conference games. It would start Sept. 12. Notre Dame would play a full 10-game ACC schedule. Whether those games would count in the standings and the Irish would be eligible to participate in the ACC championship game for a slot in the Orange Bowl is still to be determined. VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTS AP sources: NFL owners offer opt-out guidelines for players NFL training camps are set to open after the league and the players’ union reached agreement on several issues. Those issues included future salary cap mechanisms and how players can opt out of the upcoming season because of the coronavirus. July 25, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-SCHEDULE Mets get another opening win UNDATED (AP) — The New York Mets picked up another season-opening victory with help from their returning slugger. In other MLB news: — Four baseball players and two staff tested positive for COVID-19 in the past week. There have been 99 new positive tests since intake screening began June 27. That represents 0.3% of 32,640 samples and includes 84 players and 15 staff. — The Braves were without their top two catchers, Tyler Flowers and Travis d’Arnaud (dahr-NOH’), for Friday’s opening game at New York Mets after both players showed symptoms of the coronavirus. Manager Brian Snitker says Flowers and d’Arnaud have tested negative for the coronavirus but did not travel with the team because they had symptoms. — The Indians elected to wear their blue road jerseys on opening day with “Cleveland” on the front as a unified statement of solidarity for minorities as the team contemplates a name change. Owner Paul Dolan recently announced the franchise is considering changing its name from Indians, which has been the club’s moniker since 1915. Typically, the team wears white jerseys with “Indians” across the chest at home. — Marlins catcher Jorge Alfaro went on the injured list before their season opener at Philadelphia. The Marlins didn’t give a reason but said they expected Alfaro to return this season. Alfaro batted .262 with 18 homers and 57 RBIs last year in his first season with the Marlins. — The Dodgers crushed the Giants for the second straight day as Max Muncy homered twice and doubled in a 9-1 laugher. Ross Stripling allowed four hits, walked none and struck out seven over seven innings to pick up the win. Mookie Betts notched his first RBI for Los Angeles in going 1 for 6, leaving him 2-for-11 since signing the richest contract in the National League.— The Athletics celebrated a 7-3 win over the Angels after Matt Olson crushed a grand slam in the bottom of the 10th. The A’s scored twice in the eighth to pull ahead, but Jason Castro’s solo blast extended the game. Ramon Laureano was 2-for-3 with a walk, two RBIs and three runs scored.— Shane Bieber was fantastic in the Indians’ 2-0 shutout of the Royals, striking out 14 while surrendering four hits in six innings. It was the most strikeouts by a Cleveland pitcher on opening day and the most for any hurler in an opener since Randy Johnson fanned 14 in 1996. Cleveland did its scoring in the sixth inning on Oscar Mercado’s RBI single and a double by Cesar Hernandez. — Max Kepler homered against White Sox ace Lucas Giolito in his first two at-bats to spark the Twins to a 10-5 rout. Jake Cave had two hits and drove in two runs for Minnesota. White Sox slugger Yoán Moncada had three hits, including a three-run shot off José Berrios (beh-REE’-ohs) in the second inning — Kyle Hendricks became the first Cubs hurler in 46 years to toss an opening-day shutout, scattering three hits in a 3-0 win over the Brewers. Ian Happ opened the scoring in the third inning with a two-run blast. Anthony Rizzo added an eighth-inning blast. center_img Update on the latest sports — Cavan Biggio belted a three-run homer and the Blue Jays began their season away from Toronto by topping the Rays 6-4. Biggio’s infield single began a three-run fourth inning off 36-year-old Charlie Morton, who made his first career start on opening day. Randal Grichuk (GRIH’-chuhk), Rowdy Tellez and Teoscar (tay-AHS’-kur) Hernandez drove in the runs. — Lance Lynn struck out nine in six sharp innings and the Rangers inaugurated their new retractable-roof stadium with a 1-0 win over the Rockies. The Rangers didn’t get their first hit off Rockies starter German (hehr-MAHN’) Marquez until after Lynn had thrown the last of his 108 pitches in his first opening day start. Danny Santana had a one-out double in the sixth, and scored on a two-out double by Rougned Odor that chased Marquez . MLB-NEWS UNDATED (AP) — The displaced Toronto Blue Jays will play in Buffalo this year amid the pandemic. The Blue Jays said in a statement Friday that the greater part of their home schedule will be played at Sahlen (SAY’-len) Field in Buffalo, home of the club’s Triple-A affiliate Buffalo Bisons. The team looked for a major league stadium after the Canadian government declined to allow them to play in Toronto but was unsuccessful in securing a site. Toronto opens the season at Tampa Bay on Friday. The NFL Players Association’s executive committee and 32 player representatives approved the offers Friday. Players who decide they want to opt out have until Aug. 3 to do so, and they will receive a stipend from the owners. The amount of the stipend will be $350,000 for medical opt outs and $150,000 for voluntary opt outs. Chiefs offensive lineman Laurent Duvernay-Tardif became the first player to opt out of the upcoming NFL season on Friday. He’s choosing to put his medical degree to use on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic rather than helping the Kansas City Chiefs defend their first Super Bowl title in 50 years. In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic: — The Chicago Bears have canceled season ticket packages because they’re not sure how many fans — if any — will be allowed at Soldier Field due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Team President Ted Phillips cited “a need to reduce the seating capacity to build a plan that allows for social distancing” in a letter to season ticket holders. Zimmer has a 57-38-1 record over six years and owns a .599 winning percentage, the third-best of the nine head coaches in team history. Only Bud Grant and Dennis Green have a better mark. Zimmer’s also seventh in winning percentage among active NFL head coaches with a minimum of 50 games. Also around the NFL: — Washington quarterback Alex Smith needs to pass his physical with a team doctor Monday before being cleared for football activities, according to a team spokesman. ESPN had reported Smith was already cleared after the 36-year-old said that during an interview while filming a documentary for the network. Smith hasn’t played since November 2018 when he broke the tibia and fibula in his right leg. He underwent multiple surgeries in the aftermath of the injury and has since worked to get back to game action. PGA-3M OPEN Thompson, Werenski top leaderboard WASHINGTON (AP) — Former U.S. Olympic long-distance runner and congressman Jim Ryun has received the Presidential Medal of Freedom at the White House. Ryun was the first U.S. high schooler to run a mile in under 4 minutes. He was the 1968 Olympic silver medalist in the 1,500-meter run and a three-time Olympian. Ryun went on to serve as a member of the House representing a Kansas congressional district from 1996 to 2006. The White House described Ryun as one of the most accomplished American runners in history. OLYMPICS-OBIT-JIPCHO BLAINE, Minn. (AP) — Michael Thompson and Richy Werenski will carry a share of the lead into the third round of the 3M Open. The scores crept up after Werenski led the first-round pack with an 8-under 63. The 24-year-old followed that with a 67 as he seeks his first PGA victory. Thompson fired a 66 Friday to grab a piece of the lead at 12 under, one shot ahead of Tony Finau (FEE’-now) and Talor Gooch. RYUN-MEDAL OF FREEDOM Trump honors former track phenom and Kansas congressman Ryun In other NBA news: — Missouri basketball players Xavier Pinson, Mitchell Smith and Jeremiah Tilmon Jr. have withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return to the Tigers for the upcoming season. Tigers coach Cuonzo Martin’s roster will have 11 players that are juniors or seniors. That is the most in the Southeastern Conference and third-most among all Power Five programs. ACC-NOTRE DAME AP sources: ACC, Notre Dame eye 2020 football membership UNDATED (AP) — The Atlantic Coast Conference and Notre Dame are considering whether the Fighting Irish will give up their treasured football independence for the 2020 season play as a member of the league. Ben Jipcho, the ‘rabbit’ who helped Keino beat Ryun, dies UNDATED (AP) — Kenyan runner Ben Jipcho has died at the age off 77. Jipcho was famous for sacrificing his own hopes of winning an Olympic medal to help teammate Kip Keino beat American rival Jim Ryun to the gold in the 1,500 meters at the 1968 Mexico City Games. Jipcho played the role of the “rabbit’ by setting a relentless pace for the first half of the race in the high altitude. The tactic worked perfectly as Keino went on to win gold and became a pioneer for Kenyan track and field. Jipcho won a silver medal in the 3,000-meter steeplechase four years later at the 1972 Munich Olympics.last_img read more

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MBB : Syracuse clinches regular-season Big East title; Orange outrebounds Huskies in win

first_img Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ STORRS, Conn. — Jim Boeheim looked at the downside of winning the Big East regular-season championship outright.Syracuse only has one game in its next 10 days. The Orange’s first game in the Big East tournament will be March 8 at noon, two days after the first eight teams begin playing.‘We’ve got a week a practice and another week because we get a — the worst thing ever invented, the double-bye,’ the SU head coach said. ‘People who are so smart penalize teams that finish first, but we’re just going to try and get our team to keep our edge.’The No. 2 Orange clinched the top seed in the conference tournament earlier Saturday, when No. 20 Notre Dame was upset by St. John’s. Syracuse then made sure it would finish alone at the top of the Big East standings with its 71-69 win over Connecticut at Gampel Pavilion. It’s the second time in three years the Orange has taken the Big East title outright.‘It’s good knowing that we don’t have to share it with anybody,’ forward James Southerland said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse also earned a couple other records and milestones with the win. The Orange’s 29th victory of the season marks a program record for most in a regular season. Boeheim won his 400th Big East game. And Kris Joseph tied a mark set by three other players as the winningest player in Syracuse history. His 113 wins are the same amount as Sherman Douglas, Derrick Coleman and Stevie Thompson.Joseph was pleased to be a part of a second regular-season conference championship in his four years at SU.‘To be outright, to know that we stand alone at the top of the mountain, that’s a great feeling always,’ Joseph said.Orange cleans up on the glassFour of Syracuse’s final six points came as a result of Fab Melo crashing the offensive boards.With the Orange holding on to a 65-63 lead late, Scoop Jardine drove around Ryan Boatright and to the rim. His layup fell off the rim, but Melo came down with the rebound on the right block. He threw up a putback and Andre Drummond went for the block, but he was a little late. The goaltending call gave SU a four-point lead.Melo got on the glass again with 31 seconds left to dunk home a C.J. Fair miss, putting SU ahead for good, 71-69.‘That’s our weakness, that’s our thing we’ve been working on a lot,’ Melo said, ‘and today we showed a little improvement.’Syracuse outrebounded Connecticut 41-37 on Saturday, including a 23-13 advantage in the first half. The Orange made it a point of emphasis to rebound better after some poor performances recently. Led by Melo and Joseph, SU did just that. And some of the key moments leading to Syracuse’s win were based off the ability to rebound.‘I thought we had an outstanding first half (rebounding),’ Boeheim said. ‘In the second half we struggled a little bit.’Syracuse ran up and down the court in the first half because of its ability to command the defensive glass. Connecticut had only three offensive rebounds at halftime, and many defensive rebounds led to buckets in transition.And Syracuse’s 15 offensive rebounds allowed it to get some second-chance points it had not been accustomed to lately.With SU ahead 27-16 in the first half, Southerland missed a 3 from the right wing. But Melo came up with the rebound down low. He kicked to Dion Waiters, who drove and dished to Southerland.Southerland nailed his triple this time, sinking it from the right corner to put the Orange up 14.Syracuse’s rebounding margin did dwindle in the second half, as Andre Drummond grabbed 10 rebounds — six offensive — in the final 20 minutes on his own. After Boatright missed a floater in the lane with 47 seconds left, Drummond tipped the rebound in to tie the game at 69.But SU did get the last rebound with Melo’s tip-in slam off Fair’s miss.Though Connecticut outrebounded Syracuse in the second half, Boeheim was pleased with his team’s effort after the game.Said Boeheim: ‘When we outrebound somebody, it’s unusual.’mcooperj@syr.educenter_img Published on February 26, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Mark: mcooperj@syr.edu | @mark_cooperjrlast_img read more

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WLAX : Northwestern dominates possession, stalls to protect lead in national title win over Syracuse

first_img Published on May 27, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Stephen: sebail01@syr.edu | @Stephen_Bailey1 Comments STONY BROOK, N.Y. – There was nothing Syracuse could do.Without a stalling penalty in women’s lacrosse, Northwestern held possession late in Sunday’s NCAA championship game to limit SU’s chances and preserve its two-goal lead.The Orange players could only attempt to force turnovers as the Wildcats ate up large chunks of time – including over 2:30 of the last three minutes – and spoiled SU’s first-ever national championship berth.‘They had the ball a lot so when we got the ball it was a lot of pushing toward the net, so we didn’t have the best opportunities,’ SU attack Alyssa Murray said.No. 2 seed Northwestern (21-2) slowed down the pace of the game and beat the fourth-seeded Orange (19-4) 8-6 at LaValle Stadium in Stony Brook, N.Y. Sunday night. The Wildcats capitalized on a 12-4 draw advantage in the game and dominated possession in the second half, holding SU to just two goals on seven shot attempts. Northwestern head coach Kelly Amonte Hiller’s trademarked slow-down approach worked as her team won its seventh national championship in eight years.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textNU’s Alyssa Leonard tallied a game-high six draw controls, keying a 4-0 run spanning 22 minutes and turning momentum squarely in NU’s favor. She scooped up four consecutive draws near the end of the first half to set up Wildcat goals.‘I was just looking to get the ball straight up as far as quickness and get my hands to the ball first, and it worked for me today,’ Leonard said. ‘If I didn’t go to myself, my teammates were right there and ready for ground balls, loose balls, anything.’NU star defender Taylor Thornton was one of those teammates, finishing with five draw controls – second on her team and more than SU tallied all game. After SU freshman attack Kailah Kempney scored with 10:15 left in the first half to put the Orange ahead 4-2, the Orange offense failed to record another shot for nearly 15 minutes.And playing with the lead for most of the second half, the Wildcats stalled.Reigning Tewaaraton Trophy finalist Shannon Smith quarterbacked the Northwestern offense from behind the cage and multiple times in the second half stood in her position for minutes at a time.‘You have to have the ball to keep the momentum going and we just didn’t,’ SU head coach Gary Gait said. ‘We didn’t have a lot of opportunities and yet we were still in it. If you don’t win the draw, you can’t have many opportunities on offense.’But the Orange came back, thanks in part to a series of impressive saves by sophomore goalkeeper Alyssa Costantino. SU tied the score at 6-6 with 11:08 left in regulation, but the meticulous Wildcats offense responded.Thornton carried the ball around the fan left to right with 10 minutes left. She sprinted around a screen and down the right alley. SU defender Becca Block got caught up on the screen, Thornton burned past a sliding Jill Cammett and fired a shot over Costantino’s left shoulder and into the cage.‘I was pretty poised, we had possession on the attack,’ Thornton said. ‘Me, Shannon (Smith) and Amanda (Macaluso) were faceguarded for a little bit, but once we got the ball, the idea was to clear space and go to goal. I saw a good opening for my right hand and just kind of went for it.’Smith tacked on an insurance goal four minutes later and following an illegal stick call on SU midfielder Sarah Holden and three yellow cards on Syracuse, the Wildcats ate up the majority of the remaining time and secured the win.‘You have opportunities and you need to step up,’ Gait said. ‘It was one of those weird games and you want to possess the ball and control the draw. They did that which made it very difficult.’sebail01@syr.educenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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