Flag statements don’t dishonor the country

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionFlag statements don’t dishonor the countryThe flag and anthem are more than symbols of patriotism and the military. The flag is a symbol of freedom for all citizens.And when some citizens feel the flag does not fly over them with the same resonance that it flies over others, then making that statement in the presence of the flag is what should be done.It doesn’t dishonor the flag or the military. Rather, it states that all citizens have an equal right to the same level of freedom, and no political son of a bee should defame the First Amendment. It’s for the First Amendment and other fundamental rights that our forefathers fought, sacrificed and died. To denigrate free speech is to dishonor the flag and the military. It’s to hurl insult at our heritage. The First Amendment is why these very words can be written and shared. Without freedom in our country, the flag is no more than colored cloth blowing in the wind. Now we see that some are more interested in stirring up conflict than they are in offering condolences to the grief-stricken families whose loved ones paid the ultimate price for our freedom. Shame. Humpty Trumpty sat on a wall.Humpty Trumpty was vindictive to all.All his advisers. And all of his men.Dreaded the moment he would tweet once again.Glenn WiteckiSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%Motorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crashSchenectady High School senior class leaders look to salvage sense of normalcySchenectady man dies following Cutler Street dirt bike crashEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

New kid on the block shares her tips for home-staging

first_imgJesse Mountford, property associate Keyes & CO Property. Picture: Shae Beplate.AFTER featuring as a contestant on the hit TV series The Block, and delving into the world of home-staging by starting her local business My Handsome, Jesse Mountford is now set to make waves in real estate.She has recently joined renowned Townsville agency Keyes and Co Property as property associate.In her new role, Ms Mountford will continue to help sellers stage their homes, and learn the ropes of the realty industry directly from Keyes and Co principal and REIQ regional director, Damien Keyes. “I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity, the whole business structure is in line with what I love; they’re stylish and the aesthetic is immaculate — from branding to the office fit-out,” Ms Mountford said.RELATED: Why do longer names mean bigger sales? More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020 Labor’s policies could deter Townsville investors leaving renters to foot the bill As one of her first duties on the job, Ms Mountford has shared her top tips for home-staging.“It’s like going to an interview; you have one chance to make a good first impression,” she said.“If you think about potential buyers coming through, they’re probably viewing other properties, so if you want them to go home and remember yours, you need to make sure every box is ticked. “What buyers see on the day shows them how they could live, it sells a lifestyle, and that’s what Townsville is all about — the North Queensland lifestyle.“Doing a beautiful outdoor entertaining area is really important, and just making it feel like a warm family home is generally what people want.” A clutter-free space and inviting colours are keys to effective home-staging when selling a home. Sold home at 225 Thuringowa Drive. Picture: Evan Morgan Are these Queensland’s most ‘Aussie’ homes?last_img read more

TUV SUD NEL Splashes £1.45M on AMF’s Test Separator

first_imgTUV SUD NEL has invested £1.45 million in one of the world’s largest gravity test separators, as part of the build program for its new advanced multiphase facility.The new separator will test both multiphase and wet gas flows (oil, water and gas) and will ensure sufficient retention time, even at the largest flow rates.Weighing 270 tonnes and operating at pressures up to 150 bar, it will enable flow rates within the advanced multiphase facility (AMF) that are said to be 20 times greater than the performance of any other test facility in the world.This should meet the oil & gas industry’s growing demand for flow meter testing that more accurately reflects real-field conditions, to reduce measurement uncertainty and minimise fiscal inaccuracy.Muir Porter, infrastructure manager leading the installation project, said: “This is a major milestone for us as the test separator is at the heart of the AMF construction project. The next major phase will be to build the complex steel pipework which forms the test loop and feeds into the test separator, and which will deliver a multiphase flow test facility with a range beyond anything currently available on the market.”The £16-million AMF is designed to provide a new, best-in-class test facility, and will focus predominantly on the £50-billion-per-annum global subsea sector and wet gas business. It will facilitate company-led industrial projects and product development, hands-on industry training and academic research. Creating at least 17 new jobs, the centre will futureproof the delivery of innovative technical services to the oil and gas production market for the next 25 years.Scottish Enterprise has supported the development of the AMF with £4.9 million of research and development funding. Alongside the grant from Scottish Enterprise, TUV SUD NEL’s parent company, TÜV SÜD AG, is investing £11.1 million, which makes the project the largest capital investment to date in the company’s UK business.last_img read more

Second crown for Tasha P!

first_img Share Photo credit: FacebookFemale calypsonian Tasha P has added another crown to her shelf, after securing the Stardom Monarch of the Tent title at Krazy Kokonuts last night.Tasha P, who captured the Calypso Queen title last week, overshadowed a field of 22 calypsonians with her second calypso release for 2011, “Woman Time”.Mighty Lugars secured the second place spot, Veteran calypsonian Observer came third and Checker, who won the Stardom Monarch title last year, came in fourth.Tasha P will go after another crown this Saturday, when the final round of the calypso competition is held at Carnival City.Leandra, Sye, Explosion, Prosper, Checker, Mighty Lugars, Dice and Soul Puss are the others who will meet reigning calypso monarch Lord Karessa, at the finals.Source:  DBS Radio Share Sharing is caring! LocalNews Second crown for Tasha P! by: – March 3, 2011center_img 182 Views   no discussions Tweet Sharelast_img read more

Unification fight: Fury’s promoter Warren offers Anthony Joshua 30/70 split

first_img Loading… Frank Warren says he would prefer to see Tyson Fury take on Anthony Joshua in a unification bout rather than have a trilogy fight with Deontay Wilder – even cheekily suggesting that AJ should only get a 30% split. Fury claimed the WBC heavyweight title in emphatic fashion in Las Vegas on Saturday night, totally dominating Wilder in a brutal display as the American twice hit the canvas before his corner threw in the towel in the seventh round. Fury’s camp favour a unification bout rather than a trilogy fight with Deontay Wilder Wilder has 30 days to activate a rematch clause for a trilogy fight, though Warren and camp Fury would prefer to take on Joshua, who holds the rest of the belts in the division. Speaking to Boxing Social straight after the fight, Warren said: ‘Everything is in the hands of Deontay Wilder’s team for the next 30 days. I’d like to see a unification.’Advertisement Read Also: Boxing: Fury calls out Anthony Joshua after beating Wilder‘But that’s what I’d do, to at least keep his position, that’s the sensible thing to do. But it’s his choice. But it ain’t gonna be no different next time around if there even is a next time around.‘He’s just got his number. He had his number in the first fight – he won the first fight! I keep saying, we made that first fight believing that he’d win it. So this time he emphatically won it, and did it in style.’FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Wilder was totally out-boxed by Fury in Las Vegas Warren had previously suggested Joshua would only get 40%, but he was even cheekier after watching Fury’s brilliant display. Asked if it would be a 50/50 split, he said smiling: ‘I don’t know now. He’s in the slipstream isn’t he? Maybe make it 70/30 generously on second thoughts [smiling].’ Warren was also asked about the clamour for Fury to fight Joshua, telling iFL TV: ‘Not a problem. That’s where we are, we’re top of the world with heavyweights aren’t we. It’s brilliant. But we all know who the number one is. ‘Of course we want to see it. Listen, he don’t duck anyone. He went to Germany and beat the guy with the second longest reign of any heavyweight champion. He’s been here [USA] twice. Who does he duck? Come on.’ On whether Wilder will take the rematch, Warren added: ‘You would expect him to exercise the option, whether he goes through with it I don’t know. Promoted ContentA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs11 Strange Facts About Your Favorite TV ShowsTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her GrandsonBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayTop Tastiest Foods From All Over The WorldHe Didn’t Agree With His Character Becoming Gay And Quit A RoleDazzling Wedding Looks From Different Countries In The WorldTraditional Wedding Outfits In Different Countrieslast_img read more

‘Osimhen’s transfer value is erroneouly overestimated’

first_img Loading… Boulma revealed Chelsea’s bid for Osimhen is not the “€85m” some reports have claimed. According to him, the bid came just a week after Lille president, Gerard Lopez claimed a €75m offer had arrived from an unnamed suitor. Boulma wrote on social media: “The leaders of LOSC would have received an offer from Chelsea for the Nigerian international Osimhen. “But the amount advanced of €85m is erroneous and greatly overestimated.” The Nigeria international is expected to be cashed in by LOSC this summer after a superb first season in Ligue 1. Osimhen, is expected to be a hot property across Europe in the next transfer window but Chelsea fans reading too much into reports from France around a big-money bid for the Lille striker may need to temper their excitement.Advertisement Telefoot’s Abdellah Boulma has described Victor Osimhen’s transfer speculations to be erroneously overestimated. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img The Blues had watched the Nigeria striker closely and were impressed but Lille’s asking price of €85million remains too high. Last week, French media suggested that an unnamed club had bid £75million for the 21-year-old and since then there have been further insinuations that the club was Chelsea. Frank Lampard has previously said that Osimhen has “everything in his game” but reports of a £75million offer from Stamford Bridge appear wide of the mark. That, however, is not to say Chelsea do not maintain interest. Tottenham, Liverpool and Manchester United were also said to be keen on a player who scored 13 times in 25 Ligue 1 appearances before the campaign was brought to a premature end by the coronavirus pandemic. The Nigeria international scored in Lille’s 2-1 defeat to Chelsea in the Champions League group stages back in October and Lampard spoke highly of him in the immediate aftermath of that game. read also:Osimhen re-affirms desire to play in either Premier League or LaLiga Osimhen’s back story is also remarkable. Having lost his mother to illness as a toddler, he grew up selling bottled water on the streets of Lagos to earn money to feed the family. Promoted Content6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemSome Impressive And Almost Shocking Robots That Exist10 Awesome TV Series That Got Cancelled Way Too Soon8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black Holes6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Value7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your Phonelast_img read more

Babatunde keen on Sunderland

first_imgNigeria midfielder Michael Babatunde has urged Sunderland to step up their interest in him. The 21-year-old, who made two appearances for his country at the World Cup in Brazil, has claimed the Black Cats have made him an offer and has indicated is interested in the proposition of continuing his career in the Barclays Premier League. Babatunde, who plays his club football in Ukraine with Volyn Lutsk, told www.sl10.ng: ” I have received several offers from different places, but I’m interested in the one from Sunderland. “They have contacted my agent, and we will see how it goes from there. “There are about two offers from clubs in Turkey as well, which are both under consideration and will be discussed at the right time.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgUpdate on the latest sports GOLF-TOURNAMENTSTodd leads FedEx St. JudeUNDATED (AP) — Brendon Todd shot a 1-under 69 to take a one-shot lead through three rounds of the FedEx St. Jude Invitational in Memphis.Todd started the third round of the WCG event with a two-stroke lead. He had five birdies and four bogeys to put him at 13-under 198. He is looking for his fourth career victory and third since last fall. Byeong Hun An of South Korea is second and Rickie Fowler is two strokes off the lead. Associated Press In other golf news:— Troy Merritt made two late birdies to take a four-point lead into the final round of the Barracuda Championship, the PGA Tour’s lone modified Stableford scoring event. Merritt had eight birdies and two bogeys on Tahoe Mountain Club’s Old Greenwood Course for a 14-point day. Maverick McNealy and Emiliano Grillo are tied for second. — There’s a three-way tie for the lead through three rounds of the LPGA Drive One Championship. Danielle Kang bogeyed three straight holes on the back nine in a 1-over 73 that dropped her into a tie with Celine Boutier and Jodi Ewart Shadoff. They were at 5-under 139 in the LPGA Tour’s first event since the Women’s Australian Open on Feb. 16.— Brett Quigley had an 8-under 64 to take a one-shot lead in the Ally Challenge. It’s the first PGA Tour Champions event in five months. Tommy Armour III, Carlos Franco and Jim Furyk share second.— Branden Grace has tested positive for the coronavirus at the Barracuda Championship. That means the South African is out of the tournament where he was in contention going into the weekend. TENNIS-KYRIOS-US OPENKyrgios won’t play US OpenSYDNEY (AP) — Nick Kyrgios (KEER’-ee-ohs) has withdrawn from the U.S. Open because of concerns over the coronavirus and in honor of the “hundreds and thousands of Americans” who have died from COVID-19.Kyrgios said in an Instagram post that he had no problem with the United States Tennis Association proceeding with its plans to hold the tournament from Aug. 31 to Sept. 13. But he cited health and safety concerns amid the coronavirus pandemic as he joined fellow Australian and world No. 1 Ash Barty in opting out of the Flushing Meadows Grand Slam. Kelly Olynyk (oh-LIH’-nihk) scored all 20 of his points in the fourth quarter for the Heat, who shot 56% from the field.Nikola Jokic (NEE’-koh-lah YOH’-kich) and Jerami Grant each scored 19 points for Denver.Heat center Meyers Leonard stood during the national anthem, saying it was out of respect for the U.S. military. All the coaches and players around him kneeled. Leonard wore a Black Lives Matter T-shirt over a jersey that said “Equality.”Elsewhere in the NBA:— Kyle Lowry had 33 points and 14 rebounds for the defending NBA champion Raptors in a 107-92 drubbing of the Lakers. OG Anunoby scored 23 points in Toronto’s 11th consecutive victory over the Lakers. LeBron James had 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Lakers, but Anthony Davis had just 14 points after scoring 34 in Thursday’s win against the Clippers. — Minnesota’s Matt Dumba became the first NHL player to kneel during the U.S. anthem when he did so before the Oilers-Blackhawks game in Edmonton. Dumba made a speech about racial injustice and Black Lives Matter before the anthems on behalf of the league and the Hockey Diversity Alliance.NBA-SCHEDULEHeat top Nuggets 125-105LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The NBA restart continues near Orlando as teams jockey for playoff position.The Heat won their first game since mid-March as Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo (ad-ah-BY’-oh) each scored 22 points to lead a 125-105 thrashing of the Nuggets. The game was tight until Miami went on a 22-5 run that put the Heat ahead, 87-72 late in the third quarter. — The White Sox have placed shortstop Tim Anderson on the injured list with a strained right groin and recalled catcher Yermin Mercedes from their taxi squad Anderson had two of the White Sox’s four hits on Friday before leaving in the seventh inning with a sore hip.— Angels Mike Trout center fielder and his wife, Jessica, announced the birth of their first child Saturday, a boy named Beckham Aaron Trout. The three-time AL MVP left the Angels on Thursday and was placed on the paternity list, which allows players to stay away from their teams for three days. Angels manager Joe Maddon said he believes Trout will return to the Angels shortly, but the team won’t rush him.MLB-SCHEDULETwins homer 3 times to beat IndiansUNDATED (AP) — The Minnesota Twins are back to flashing the power that allowed them to slam a major league-record 307 home runs last year. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNHL-PLAYOFFSRookie Kubalik sets record as Hawks stun OilersUNDATED (AP) — The 12th-seeded Chicago Blackhawks have taken Game 1 of their Stanley Cup qualifying-round series on the strength of a record-setting performance by rookie left wing Dominik Kubalik (KOO’-bah-leek). August 2, 2020 The Blackhawks held off the Oilers, 6-4 in Edmonton as Kubalik provided two goals and three assists to become the first player to register five points in his postseason debut. He scored two power-play goals in the second period to put the Hawks ahead, 6-2. His first goal chased Mike Smith from the net.Captain Jonathan Toews (tayvz) added two goals and one assist for the Blackhawks, who made the postseason despite finishing last in the Central Division.Connor McDavid had a goal and three assists for Edmonton. The Montreal Canadiens also provided a stunner in beating the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Habs squandered a 2-0 lead in the second period before topping the Pens, 3-2 on Jeff Petry’s goal 13:57 into overtime. Nick Suzuki’s first career playoff goal put the Canadiens ahead by a pair, but the Penguins squared things on goals by Sidney Crosby and Bryan Rust 2 1/2 minutes apart in the middle stanza. — Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred says he’s confident his sport can get through the regular season and postseason without being stopped by the coronavirus. However, he cautions that there’s the chance that not every team might play all 60 games. Manfred says winning percentage could be used to determine playoff teams.— Red Sox left-hander Eduardo Rodríguez will miss the entire season because of heart inflammation caused by COVID-19. He has been on the injured list since mid-July and has not pitched this season.— Brewers outfielder Lorenzo Cain has become the latest player to opt out of the 2020 season. The two-time All-Star announced his decision on the same day Marlins second baseman Isan Díaz said he had opted out. Cain was 6 for 18 with two RBIs in his first five games this season.— Nationals reliever Will Harris has been put on the 10-day injured list with a strained right groin. The move was retroactive to Wednesday, when he gave up two unearned runs in the eighth inning of Washington’s 5-1 loss to Toronto.— The Marlins have acquired left-handed reliever Richard Bleier from the Orioles for a player to be named. Bleier went 3-0 with a 5.37 ERA and four saves in 53 games last season. — Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford has been put on the reserve/COVID-19 list. The 32-year-old Stafford is easily one of the most high-profile players to land there. Stafford is entering his 12th season with the Lions, the team that drafted him No. 1 overall in 2009.— Browns tight end David Njoku has pulled back his trade demand. Apparently unhappy that the Browns signed free agent Pro Bowl tight end Austin Hooper and drafted Florida Atlantic tight end Harrison Bryant, Njoku had his agent ask the Browns to deal him to another team.— Two people familiar with the decision tell The Associated Press that Jets linebacker C.J. Mosley has chosen to opt out of the NFL season because of family health concerns. He played in just two games last year for the Jets while dealing with a groin/core muscle injury. — Jaguars defensive end/special teams standout Lerentee McCray has opted out of the 2020 season because of the coronavirus pandemic. McCray is the second Jaguars player in as many days to opt out, following veteran defensive tackle Al Woods.— Less than a week after left tackle Nate Solder opted out of the season, the Giants have worked out a two-year extension with third-year tackle Nick Gates. The Giants also confirmed they had signed placekicker Chandler Catanzaro, who comes in after Aldrick Rosas after Aldrick Rosas was released in the wake of a hit-and-run accident in the offseason. — Paul George made three straight 3-pointers in the opening minutes and scored 28 points for the Clippers in a 126-103 pounding of the Pelicans. Los Angeles broke a franchise record by making 25 of 47 3-pointers, with George making 8 of 11. Kawhi (kah-WY’) Leonard had 24 points to help the Clippers bounce back from a two-point loss to the Lakers on Thursday night in their first game of the restart. — T.J. Warren poured in a career-high 53 points and Victor Oladipo (oh-lah-DEE’-poh) added 15 in the Pacers’ 127-121 victory over the 76ers. Warren was 20 of 29 from the field and 9 of 12 from 3-point range in his first game with at least 50 points. Joel Embiid (joh-EHL’ ehm-BEED’) had 41 points and 21 rebounds for the Sixers, who couldn’t hang on after turning a 10-point deficit late in the first half into a 10-point lead early in the fourth quarter.— The Thunder whipped the Jazz, 110-94 as Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 19 points and Chris Paul added 18. Steven Adams had 16 points and 11 rebounds, while Danilo Gallinari added 15 points for the Thunder. Oklahoma City shot 53 percent from the field and limited Utah to 39 percent from the floor.MLB-NEWSCardinals-Brewers postponed again — Marcell Ozuna (oh-ZOO’-nuh) and Ronald Acuna Jr. each homered as the Braves beat the Mets for the fourth straight time, 7-1. Ozuna and Acuna each had two hits and two RBIs for Atlanta, which has scored 18 runs in the first two games of the series. Touki Toussaint worked four shutout innings as the starter in a combined six-hitter.— Eloy Jimenez hit a three-run homer and finished with a career-high four hits in the White Sox’s 11-5 assault on the Royals. Rookie Luis Robert had four hits while finishing a triple shy of the cycle, leading Chicago’s 21-hit barrage. Leury (lay-UR’-ee) Garcia also pounded out four hits, Yoan Moncada added three and Yasmani Grandal (yahs-MAH’-nee grahn-DAHL’) had a pair of hits while driving in two runs.— The Orioles pulled out a 5-4 win over the slumping Rays on pinch-hitter Pat Valaika’s walk-off single in the bottom of the 11th. Newcomer Brian Holaday scored the deciding run after making a sensational diving catch in the top of the 11th to start an inning-ending double play. Tampa Bay erased a 4-1 deficit before dropping their fourth straight.— The Reds and Tigers were rained out in Detroit, creating the first seven-inning doubleheader in big league history on Sunday. Major League Baseball announced earlier in the week that twinbill games would be reduced from the traditional nine innings.NFL-NEWS Miguel Sanó hit a pair of round-trippers and Eddie Rosario provided the Twins’ third solo homer of the night in a 3-0 win over the Indians. Kenta Maeda (mah-EH’-dah) worked six innings in his Minnesota home debut. He retired 13 of the first 14 batters he faced and didn’t allow a hit until Bradley Zimmer beat out a weak ground ball to second base in the fifth inning.Carlos Carrasco gave up the solo homers and three other hits over six innings for Cleveland.Also on Saturday’s big league schedule:— Gio Urshela’s (ur-SHEH’-luhz) grand slam put the Yankees ahead 5-0 in the second inning of a 5-2 win against the Red Sox. Aaron Judge put the Yanks ahead in the first by homering for the fourth straight game. Nick Nelson worked three hitless innings of relief to get his first major league victory. — Michael Hermosillo lifted a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 10th to complete the Angels’ 5-4 victory over the Astros. Jason Castro’s RBI double tied the game in the bottom of the ninth after Josh Reddick and George Springer homered in the top half to erase the Angels’ 3-1 lead. Los Angeles hurler Griffin Canning had to settle for a no-decision after tossing one-run ball over six frames. Brees says he’ll stand for anthemUNDATED (AP) — Saints quarterback Drew Brees says he will continue to stand for “The Star Spangled Banner” but that he respects and supports those who protest racism and social injustice by kneeling during the national anthem.Brees said in a conference call that he has reconciled with teammates he upset in June by voicing his opposition to kneeling during the anthem. He apologized soon afterward and said he came to realize that the anthem protests were “never about the flag.”In other NFL news:— Joey Bosa (BOH’-sah) has become the NFL’s highest-paid defensive player after signing a five-year contract extension with the Chargers. The five-year extension is worth $135 million, which includes $78 million guaranteed at signing and $102 million overall. The deal eclipses the five-year, $125-million extension that Cleveland’s Myles Garrett signed two weeks ago. Meanwhile, the Phillies said they had no new positive results from Friday’s round of COVID-19 testing. Players are being allowed access to Citizens Bank Park for staggered workouts beginning in the afternoon. The Marlins also received no new positive results, according to a person familiar with the situation.At least 21 members of the Marlins’ traveling party have been infected by an outbreak at the start of a season-opening trip. The team hasn’t played since Sunday in Philadelphia but hopes to resume games next week.MLB says the Phillies are slated to resume play on Monday against the Yankees in New York, one day before the Marlins take on the Orioles in Baltimore.In other MLB news: — Robbie Grossman doubled home Tony Kemp in the 10th inning to cap the Athletics’ comeback in a 3-2 triumph over the Mariners. Oakland tied it on Chad Pinder’s two-run homer in the seventh and ended a three-game skid. Seattle wasted a solid performance by Yusei Kikuchi, who scattered three hits over six shutout innings.— Homers by Edwin Rios, Matt Beaty, AJ Pollock and Chris Taylor highlighted the Dodgers’ 11-2 dismantling of the Diamondbacks. Julio Urias (yoo-ree’-uhs) picked up the win, yielding two runs and five hits over six innings. Loser Luke Weaver was tagged for six runs in four innings.— Matt Kemp belted his first Rockies homer and Trevor Story added his fourth of the season in a 6-1 verdict over the Padres. Chris Owings had three hits and an RBI to back Kyle Freeland, who limited San Diego to two hits over six shutout innings. — Donovan Solano hit a tiebreaking, two-run single and finished with three RBIs in the Giants’ 7-3 win versus the Rangers. Mike Yastrzemski (ya-STREHM’-skee) walked four times, scored twice and drove in a run from the leadoff spot for San Francisco.— Tyler Chatwood matched a career high with 11 strikeouts and the Cubs used the long ball to nip the Pirates, 4-3. Javier Báez, Kyle Schwarber and Ian Happ hit home runs as Chicago won for the fifth time in six games. The Cubs have homered in each of their first eight games for the first time since 1958. Carey Price was outstanding in making 39 saves.The game also featured two penalty shots, the first time that had happened in an NHL playoff game since 1923. Pittsburgh’s Conor Sheary missed on his attempt late in regulation and Montreal’s Jonathan Drouin (DROO’-an) lost control of the puck on his try in OT.Elsewhere on the first day of the Stanley Cup qualifers:— Sebastian Aho (AH’-hoh) and defenseman Jaccob Slavin (SLAY’-vihn) each had a goal and an assist as the Hurricanes downed the Rangers, 3-2. Slavin scored 61 seconds in on Carolina’s first shot on goal. Martin Necas (NAY’-chas) gave the Canes a 3-1 lead by taking a one-time that glanced off the skate of Rangers defenseman Marc Staal and got past Henrik Lundqvist with 9:09 remaining.— Semyon Varlamov (SEHM’-yuhn vahr-LAH’-mahv) finished with 27 saves and Anthony Beauvillier (boh-VIH’-lee-ay) notched the game-winning goal in the second period of the Islanders’ 2-1 win over the Panthers. Jean-Gabriel Pageau (PA’-zhoh) put New York ahead to stay 12 minutes into the contest. Jonathan Huberdeau (HOO’-bur-doh) scored 23 seconds into the third period and Sergei Bobrovsky (boh-BRAHF’-skee) stopped 26 shots while looking sharp for Florida. UNDATED (AP) — The coronavirus has postponed the entire weekend series between the Cardinals and Brewers in Milwaukee.A person familiar with the situation says the decision comes after one more player and three staff members for the Cardinals tested positive for COVID-19.MLB issued a statement saying the Cardinals will play four games against the Tigers in Detroit from Tuesday-Thursday, including a Wednesday doubleheader. The Cardinals and Tigers will serve as the home Club for two games each at Comerica Park. The Brewers will play this week’s home-and-home series vs. the Chicago White Sox as scheduled. Friday’s series opener was postponed after two Cardinals players tested positive. The team had hoped to resume play Saturday and make up Friday’s game as part of a doubleheader Sunday. last_img read more

Dolgner ‘killing’ conference rivals

first_imgLast Friday night, the No. 10-ranked Wisconsin volleyball team was able to avoid Northwestern’s upset bid after being pushed to five games.Part of the reason Wisconsin was able to pull out the victory was a career night by outside hitter Brittney Dolgner. The freshman led all players with 30 kills, becoming the first Badger to top the 30-kill total since All-American Sherisa Livingston had 31 kills against UCLA in December 2000. “She was the one that carried us in the match on Friday,” UW head coach Pete Waite said. “We really needed her out there, and she came through like a veteran.”Because of her superb play, Dolgner has emerged as a candidate for Big Ten’s freshman of the year.”I think [Dolgner] should definitely get some votes for [freshman of the year],” Waite said. “(Megan) Hodge has done a great job for Penn State. I would say those are the two that stand out.”She is really coming on strong here late in the season and putting up some huge numbers. She put up 30 kills on Friday, which is the first time for any player, any year on our team for the last six years probably. That’s pretty good on her part.”So far on the year Dolgner leads the team with 4.09 kills per game, good for 10th highest in the Big Ten. She has also topped double-digit kills 18 times this year, including a streak of 12 straight matches. “I knew [Dolgner would] be good, but I didn’t think she’d be putting up these kind of numbers,” Waite said. “She started kind of slow and even had some shoulder problems … even though she was used to taking a lot of swings, she had to hit it a lot harder in the college game. Once she figured that out and got healthy, her game has been coming around.”And Dolgner has also improved in other areas of her game — mainly her blocking.”Now even her blocking is coming around,” Waite said. “That’s the area she was probably weakest coming in because you don’t have the opportunity in high school to have to block such big hitters.”Back in the race Thanks to Penn State losing two of their last six matches — including a sweep by the Badgers — the Big Ten is still up for grabs and is no longer only a battle for second place. “Penn State started the first half of the Big Ten season running away from everybody,” Waite said. “Nobody thought they could catch them. It was just a second place race after that. “Since we beat Penn State and Ohio State beat Penn State it’s all tight now. We have to take care of the rest of our matches here, and somebody’s got to help us by beating Penn State, but we’re right there.”Wisconsin has gotten hot at the right time of the year. Since their last meeting with Minnesota Oct. 18 — where the Gophers swept the Badgers — Wisconsin has gone on to win seven straight matches while only dropping a total of five games in that stretch. “Our ball control and our serving has definitely gotten better,” Waite said of the Badger’s improvement. “Between that and just the balance of our attack, we’ve been deep, and we’ve been four or five players strong in double-digit kills and that’s great.”Wisconsin has also shown they can win despite not being on their A-game, after being stretched to five games against Northwestern and dropping another game against Illinois.”They had to come through and had to fight hard when things weren’t always clicking,” Waite said of the victories this past weekend. “That’s important for a team to show that they can stand up and put down an opponent’s best play when they are off their game. If they can still get the wins, then I’m pretty happy about it.”Part of the reason for the Badgers’ recent success is the play of junior setter Jackie Simpson.”[Simpson has] made the biggest rise in her play,” Waite said. “She has gained the most confidence in the last month.”Because of her good play recently, Simpson was named the Big Ten Player of the Week and the AVCA National Player of the Week following the Penn State and Ohio State matches.”There is something with the combination [of] what the coaches are doing as far as teaching [Simpson], training her, the tape we are watching with her and just her making the effort to make the corrections she has been working on for the last two years,” Waite said. “It’s been fun. As a coach, when they can take off, at that point then it is just something she’ll do naturally. When she does that she disperses the ball to any hitter on the court, front row or back row, in front of her or behind her, and it’s really hard for the opponents to stop. That’s where the balanced attack has come.”Wisconsin adds two for next yearThe Badgers signed two recruits to National Letters of Intent last week in Allison Wack and Kim Kuzma.Wack is the younger sister of current Badger libero Jocelyn Wack. She led her high school, Westosha Central, to three division I WIAA state titles. “[Allison] is an outside hitter a lot like [Jocelyn. She’s] a little bit bigger, a little bit bigger jump,” Waite said. “She’s got a cannon for an arm.”In Kuzma the Badgers are getting a defensive specialist who can also put down the ball, as she broke her high school’s record for kills and digs. “[Kuzma’s] a tough, feisty competitor,” Waite said. “She’s the kind of kid that makes players around her better. It’s not just her play, but … her attitude and the way she will drag them along to the high level.”last_img read more

UND Sioux put up good fight, Badgers still earn victory, tie

first_imgGudmandson started both games against ND and allowed 3 goals each time.[/media-credit]GRAND FORKS, N.D. — The Wisconsin men’s hockey team had a chance to make a statement on the road this weekend and took full advantage of it.Playing No. 3 North Dakota, the No. 11 Badgers tied Friday and won Saturday at Ralph Engelstad Arena to get three crucial points in the WCHA standings to close out 2009.The Fighting Sioux lived up to their nickname, pulling to within 4-3 with 16 seconds left Saturday night before the Badgers hung on for the win. The night before, UW had a 3-2 lead going into the third period before giving up the equalizer and skating to a tie in overtime.The difference between the games was simple for UW head coach Mike Eaves.“Bottom line, we scored the fourth goal,” he said.The winning goal came on a Brendan Smith shot from the right circle that beat UND goaltender Brad Eidsness. North Dakota’s Jake Marto got a slashing penalty and the Badgers converted half a minute into the resulting power play.That gave the Badgers a 4-2 lead and capped a major comeback for Wisconsin. UW finished the first period down 2-1 behind UND goals by Brett Hextall and Chris VandeVelde.Hextall put UND on the board after UW finished killing a five-on-three penalty. Skating up the left wing, he scored on a shot over UW goaltender Scott Gudmandson’s right shoulder. VandeVelde’s goal came when he tried to launch a cross-ice pass that went off Badgers defenseman Ryan McDonagh’s skate and into the goal.In the first period, Wisconsin was outshot 17-3, equaling the most shots the Badgers have given up in a period all season.The second period proved much better for the Badgers (11-5-2, 8-4-2 WCHA), who outshot the Sioux 13-9. UW’s fourth line of Andy Bohmbach, Matt Thurber and Patrick Johnson sparked the team, creating offensive chances, as well as holding steady on the defensive end.“They gave us great minutes — they gave us great energy and they contributed. It was a big factor for us,” Eaves said of the fourth line. “We were able to play more the way we wanted to tonight, especially in the middle of the game, because we had four lines going. One line was following the other line and kind of picking up where they left off.”Derek Stepan found Michael Davies behind the UND defense and hit him with a long pass to give him a breakaway. Davies launched a shot past Eidsness and tied the game up at two. John Mitchell would find Ben Street open in front of the net just 1:59 later to give UW its first lead of the night.Escaping with their first one-goal victory of the season was sweet revenge for a Badger team that was up 2-0 after one period Friday night before being dominated for most of the rest of the game.Penalties haunted UW in the series opener, as UND had eight power plays to the Badgers’ three, converting on two of them. Heading into the overtime period, UND seemed to have the momentum, and Craig Smith took a slashing penalty to give the Sioux a power play for most of the backend of the overtime.Penalties would prove to be UW’s bane the entire series.“[We] were just talking about that — what do we do to get rid of these silly stick penalties we’re taking?” Eaves said. “We have a couple drills that we’ll do; we’re going to have to go back and get the mindset that we have to be better with our sticks. We’re spinning the revolver and playing a little Russian Roulette by taking so many penalties, there’s no doubt.“We didn’t have that in the first period as much as we had in the rest of the game.”“Bottom line is, I can’t be putting myself in a situation where it’s a debatable call,” Smith added. “It’s something I’ve got to fix.”UW put itself ahead on goals by Smith and Blake Geoffrion, but the second period was not a good one for the Badgers. Wisconsin took six penalties and was outshot 12-2, erasing any momentum that came from a 3-1 lead that got UND starter Eidsness pulled from the game. Gudmandson came up huge for UW repeatedly, preserving the Badgers’ one-goal lead heading into the third.“I think the second period, we got out of our rhythm there. There [were] a bunch of penalties and stuff,” he said.After playing on their heels for most of the second period, it appeared that UW could breathe again after a Justin Schultz shot from the point was tipped in by Michael Davies. The ref behind the net waved it off immediately, though, as it was called for being deflected by a high stick.Despite looking like they were in position to win the game, the Badgers aren’t disappointed by the results of the series.Although they described Friday as “frustrating,” Eaves said the tie signaled good growth for the team. The players seemed to agree that UW got what it wanted out of the series.“You always kind of measure your season by how you do at the Ralph Engelstad,” Street said. “To take three out of four points is a pretty good thing for us.”last_img read more