Matt Olson, Mark Canha deliver with bats and gloves in Oakland Athletics’ win over New York Yankees

first_imgOAKLAND — There was one split moment in the A’s 6-2 win over the Yankees upped manager Bob Melvin’s heart rate a bit. But how worried could he be, really?Matt Olson — ever the quietly reliable, yet, simultaneously spectacular first baseman — was trotting toward DJ LeMaheiu’s ground ball dribbling down the line. With Michael Tauchman on first, all of Olson’s momentum pointed to an easy tag out that advanced the runner into scoring position.But then Olson switched gears and fired to Marcus …last_img

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NorthEast eye second straight ISL home win against Goa

first_imgA buoyant NorthEast United FC will be eyeing nothing less than a win against FC Goa in their second successive Indian Super League (ISL) football home match in Guwahati on Tuesday.NorthEast began their campaign with a confidence-uplifting 1-0 win against Kerala Blasters in the tournament’s opening match at Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium on Sunday.Japanese midfielder Katsumi Yusa scoring the winning goal and the encouraging start would have surely put new coach Nelo Vingada in a positive frame of mind.But the Portuguese knows there is plenty of scope for improvement.”I know we have to play better to reach the semis which is my target and of my players, so we have to be more consistent. If we don’t grow as a team and play better, it won’t be enough,” he said in an ISL release.NorthEast is unlikely to change their winning combination.”For me this was the best eleven which I could use for the game because some players are injured and most of the players are not fully fit for 90 minutes. But I am satisfied with the foreign players and I am also very happy with the Indian boys,” said Vingada.NorthEast’s opponents FC Goa, last year’s runners-up, will once again be helmed by Brazilian legend Zico. They played attractive football last year but faltered in the final against Chennaiyin FC.Zico will seek solace from last year’s bitter pain with a promising start this time.Goa conducted their pre-season in Brazil and played four friendlies with Zico using different players to try out varied formations. It isn’t clear who will be named in their first team.advertisementGoa will be without several players who are nursing injuries. Defenders Gregory Arnolin, Denzil Franco, goalkeeper Subhashish Roy Chowdhury and striker Robin Singh are all on the teatment table, having picked up knocks during their pre-tournament training.Zico has retained the core of the squad, with emphasis on Brazilian and local talents.Focus will be on the new joiness like Trindade Goncalves, Rafael Dumas, Julio Cesar and Richarlyson and how they will be accommodated in the starting team by Zico.last_img read more

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Ontario animal welfare agency lays 14 animal cruelty charges against mink farm

first_imgSTOUFFVILLE, Ont. – Ontario’s animal welfare agency has laid 14 cruelty charges against an unnamed mink farm.The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says it began an investigation in February after concerns were expressed about the welfare of the mink on the farm.The OSPCA says their investigation revealed sick animals with injuries and large lesions, rough handling of animals, unsanitary conditions and a lack of general care.The agency says it declined to name the farm due to internal policies.The farm faces five counts of permitting an animal to be in distress, two counts of causing an animal to be in distress, three counts of failing to provide adequate and appropriate medical attention, three counts of failing to provide care necessary for general welfare and one count of failing to provide adequate and appropriate sanitary conditions.OSPCA deputy chief inspector Jennifer Bluhm says there is no excuse for failing to treat animals humanely.“No one is exempt from the law when it comes to providing for the animals in their care,” she said in a statement.last_img read more

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Amnesty International honours Indigenous movers and shakers in Montreal

first_imgTom FennarioAPTN National NewsAmnesty International handed out its Ambassador of Conscience Award in Montreal Saturday night.It was a night of celebration to honour human rights.It recognized the Indigenous rights movement in Canada – and one of the world’s most celebrated singers.tfennario@aptn.calast_img

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Idaho Washington farmers see aboveaverage year on wheat

first_imgLEWISTON, Idaho — Farmers in Idaho and Washington saw above-average returns on wheat crop this year, but lentil prices are plunging, officials said.“Generally speaking, we had an above-average year,” said Nez Perce County Extension agent Doug Finkelnburg. “We had above-average returns on winter wheat and really strong yields on garbanzo beans.”The U.S. Department of Agriculture Portland Daily Grain Report last week listed soft white wheat prices between $6.20 and $6.35 a bushel, the Lewiston Tribune reported Monday.But dry pea, lentil and garbanzo prices plunged 40 per cent recently because of retaliatory tariffs imposed by India, the No. 1 customer for those products.Pulse prices haven’t been this low since the early 2000s and are likely to result in a dramatic decline in acres planted to dry peas, lentils and garbanzos next spring, according to the USA Dry Pea & Lentil Council in Moscow, Idaho.U.S. Wheat Associates published an update last month on world and U.S. wheat supply and demand.Highlights of the report include expectations that 2018-19 global wheat production will fall for the first time in five years, by 1 per cent. Wheat production in Australia is likely to be down 26 per cent because of severe drought in the central region of the country.U.S. wheat production, on the other hand, is estimated to be 8 per cent higher than last year.Worldwide consumption of wheat is forecast to be 4 per cent above the five-year average, and Chinese domestic consumption is expected to reach 5 per cent above the five-year average.As of Oct. 11, U.S. wheat exports were 18 per cent behind last year’s pace, due in part to the loss of the Chinese market over tariffs imposed between China and the U.S. earlier this year.Glen Squires, chief executive officer of the Washington Grain Commission, said even though wheat prices are up, “just think what they could be” if it were not for the tariffs between China and the United States.___Information from: Lewiston Tribune, http://www.lmtribune.comThe Associated Presslast_img read more

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Pilot makes incredible crashlanding near Liard Hot Springs

first_imgSean Holmstead, the owner and chief pilot of Mackenzie Mountain Aviation said that the airplane was damaged during the crash-landing, though the 37-year-old pilot was not injured. Holmstead said that the extent of the damage to the airplane is currently not known, but that a salvage attempt will be made in the near future. FORT NELSON, B.C. — A pilot that became incapacitated while flying from Fort Nelson to Watson Lake was able to make a miraculous crash-landing north of Liard Hot Springs last Friday.A spokesman with the Transportation Safety Board of Canada said that the pilot and lone occupant of a six-seater Cessna U206 Super Skywagon owned by Mackenzie Mountain Aviation Corp. was flying via visual flight rules when he became incapacitated at around 7:45 on Friday evening. The spokesman said that after the aircraft descended, the pilot was able to regain control of his plane and perform an emergency landing after striking several trees. The pilot, who was not injured in the emergency landing, was able to activate the plane’s emergency locator beacon and make a call to his company via satellite phone before spending the night inside the plane. Transport Canada spokesman Pierre Manoni said that search and rescue aircraft were dispatched by the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre in Victoria at first light on Saturday morning and were able to rescue the pilot, who was transported to the Fort Nelson Hospital to be checked out.last_img read more

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BJP manifesto shower of promises party did not fulfil 2014 promises Sharad

first_imgMadhepura: Accusing the BJP of not fulfilling any of its big promises made during the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, opposition leader Sharad Yadav Tuesday described the ruling party’s manifesto for the upcoming election as another “shower of promises” and asked people to reject the party. Yadav, who is contesting the election on RJD ticket from Madhepura in Bihar, said in a statement that in his long political career he has never seen such an atmosphere as he had seen in 2014 and now. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ “I appeal to people to reject the BJP. It does not know as to how to rule the country. It has rather created an atmosphere of hatred across the country and is badly damaging the economy,” he said. He said the BJP had made promises like bringing back black money, giving Rs 15 lakh to each citizen, employment to two crore youth and cleaning Ganga river, and alleged that none of them was fulfilled. “In the manifesto of 2019 no mention has been made of non-fulfilment of these promises and it has now made 75 more promises,” he said, describing it as a “ridiculous”.last_img read more

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Pandya Rahul fined Rs 20 lakh each for their sexist comments

first_imgNew Delhi: India cricketers Hardik Pandya and K L Rahul were on Saturday fined Rs 20 lakh each by the BCCI Ombudsman D K Jain for their sexist comments on a popular TV show. In the order published on the official BCCI website, Jain wrote that no further action will be taken against Pandya and Rahul, who have already served a provisional suspension and tendered an unconditional apology for their loose comments on women. Instead, he directed the World Cup bound players to play a fine of Rs 20 lakh each that included a payment of Rs 1 lakh each to “each of the most deserving widows of ten constables in para-military forces who have lost their lives while on duty, through ‘Bharat Ke Veer App”. Jain also instructed them to deposit Rs 10 lakh each in the fund “created by the Cricket Association for the blind”. All payments are to be made within four weeks from the date of the order — April 19, 2019. The Supreme Court-appointed Ombudsman had issued notices to Pandya and Rahul earlier this month to appear for deposition for their controversial comments on Koffee with Karan’. Pandya and Rahul were provisionally suspended by the Committee of Administrators (COA) for their remarks before the suspension was lifted pending an inquiry by the Ombudsman. Both players became subjects of nationwide criticism following their remarks on women. The controversial episode was aired in the first week of January, triggering outrage, which prompted the COA to call the duo back from the tour of Australia, handing them provisional suspensions. The two tendered unconditional apologies and their ban was provisionally lifted pending inquiry. Once Jain assumed his role, the COA handed over the matter to Ombudsman for the completion of inquiry. The two players have also spoken publicly on the incident, recalling one of the toughest phases of their respective careers.last_img read more

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What Happens If The KyrieIsaiah Trade Falls Through

Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s episode (Aug. 29, 2017), we’re bringing you a conversation from FiveThirtyEight’s basketball squad: Hot Takedown regular Neil Paine is joined by Kyle Wagner and Chris Herring to help make sense of the latest developments surrounding this month’s trade between the Boston Celtics and the Cleveland Cavaliers. In the groundbreaking trade, the Celtics’ Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and a first-round pick are slated to go to the Cavs while Kyrie Irving would head to Boston. However, amid concern about Thomas’s health, the trade has stalled. What would the trade mean, and what might happen next? We discuss.Here are the links discussed during the show:After news of the trade broke, Chris Herring wrote about the deal, which is unprecedented.Kyle Wagner reasoned that the Celtics didn’t mortgage their future in the deal — they insured it.ESPN’s Chris Forsberg argued that despite concerns about Thomas’s hip, Boston should not sweeten the deal. More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed FiveThirtyEight Embed Code read more

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Commentary Keep potential Big Ten name changes simple

Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany said the conference is considering changing the names of its Leaders and Legends divisions beginning in 2014, according to ESPN.com. For the majority of Big Ten fans, including myself, this comes as a relief, and we collectively say, “Thank goodness.” According to a Monday ESPN article, the decision to change the division names could be made as early as June, a little more than a year before Maryland and Rutgers leave the ACC and Big East, respectively, to increase the total number of schools the Big Ten houses to 14. It seems college football will soon be comprised of four super conferences, which I am not a fan of. With that being the case, I hope Delany and his colleagues see this expansion as a second chance to get this naming thing right. Two years ago ­- when the conference added Nebraska – they introduced a new logo and split the teams into the Leaders and Legends divisions. After I initially heard this news, I could not help but scratch my head. Originally I thought maybe the conference was just trying to promote how its members mold its student athletes to be leaders in whatever they choose to do after they leave school. Maybe their intentions were to honor such legends as Archie Griffin, Bo Schembechler and Bob Knight, who each helped make the history of the conference excellent. Then I thought about it again and found the new names to be too different to be likable for the common fan like myself. It is no secret that there are plenty of fans across the Midwest who do not care for how the divisions are named. It seems like Delany understands that, even though he said in the ESPN article that he was a “little surprised” about the responses that came when the names were released in 2010. “I’m not sure it was a national survey (of people who didn’t like the names),” Delany told ESPN. “I don’t take umbrage to negative reaction.” To me that means he knows fans currently are not supportive of how the divisions are named, but he knows no matter what is ultimately decided upon, not everyone is going to be happy. For that, I agree with the conference’s commissioner, but offer this bit of advice: Just keep it simple. Conferences like the SEC, MAC and even Conference USA call their divisions East and West. The Pac-12 has a North Division and a South Division, and the ACC dubs its divisions Atlantic and Coastal. I understand that the names mentioned above are easy to select due to geographic location within the boundaries of the conference, but I wonder why something similar in the Big Te cannot be done. Theoretically, all schools that lie west of the Indiana and Illinois border could become members of a West Division. With the addition of Purdue to that side, this would leave seven members (Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State and Rutgers) to create an East Division, and keep many of the traditional rivalries within the conference. Keep in mind the Big Ten could be looking to expand even more, with the potential of adding two more teams to bring the conference’s total to 16. If that does happen, having the names of East and West atop the divisions should have little to no impact on which division the new members join. As long as Delany is seriously considering the change, then even if it fails, Big Ten supporters can be happy. It appears he knows how the bulk of them feel and understands what is right in front of him. “We have the opportunity to look at divisional structure, branding, rivalries and geography all again,” he said. “Depending on what we do will probably influence exactly how we brand it.” Geography makes the most sense in my mind, but that is why guys like Jim Delany get paid the big bucks and students like me do not. read more

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