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LOS ANGELES (AP) — From laughingstock to lift off.George Springer and the Houston Astros rocketed to the top of the baseball galaxy Wednesday night, winning the first World Series championship in franchise history by romping past the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 in Game 7.Playing for a city still recovering from Hurricane Harvey, and wearing an H Strong logo on their jerseys, the Astros brought home the prize that had eluded them since they started out in 1962 as the Colt .45s.“I always believed that we could make it,” All-Star slugger Jose Altuve said. “We did this for them.”For a Series that was shaping up as an October classic, Game 7 quickly became a November clunker as Houston scored five runs in the first two innings off Yu Darvish. Hardly the excitement fans felt during the Cubs’ 10-inning thriller in Cleveland last fall.Well, except for everyone wearing bright orange. Back in Houston, a huge crowd filled Minute Maid Park to cheer as fans watched on the big video board, and the train whistle wailed when it was over.“We’re coming home a champion, Houston,” Springer said after accepting the World Series MVP trophy named this year for Willie Mays.Houston Astros’ George Springer reacts after hitting a two-run home run during the second inning of Game 7 of baseball’s World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Star shortstop Carlos Correa turned the party into a proposal. After doing a TV interview, he got down on one knee and asked girlfriend Daniella Rodriguez, a former Miss Texas USA, to marry him.“Yes?” he said, putting a ring on her finger as she cried.Altuve, one of four holdovers from a club that lost an embarrassing 111 times in 2013 after switching from the NL to the AL, and this collection of young stars silenced Dodger Stadium from the get-go, taking a 5-0 lead in the second inning.Altuve was in perfect position for the final out, a grounder by Corey Seager to the 5-foot-6 second baseman.“I caught the last out for the Houston Astros to become a world champion. It was a groundball to me, I threw to first, and I think it was the happiest moment of my life in baseball,” Altuve said.The Astros streamed from the dugout and bullpen to go wild, tossing their gloves in the air. A thousand or so fans crowded behind the first base dugout, chanting “Hou-ston! Hou-ston!”Later, some little Astros kids ran around the outfield grass dressed in Halloween outfits. Their dads, meanwhile, were putting on championship hats and shirts.At last, they had completed the ascent some predicted after a rebuilding club purged payroll and stripped down to bare bones a few years back.Famously, now, there was the Sports Illustrated cover in 2014 — after Houston had lost more than 100 games for three straight seasons — that proclaimed: “Your 2017 World Series Champs” and featured a picture of Springer in a bright Astros jersey.On the other side, ace Clayton Kershaw and several Dodgers leaned against the dugout railing, watching the Astros celebrate. Los Angeles led the majors with 104 wins and a $240 million payroll, and rallied to win Game 6, yet it didn’t pay off for part-owner Magic Johnson and his team.The Houston Astros celebrate after Game 7 of baseball’s World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Astros won 5-1 to win the series 4-3. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)“Obviously, this one hurts,” manager Dave Roberts said. “And like I told the guys, when you put everything, every ounce of your being into something and you come up short, it hurts. And it’s supposed to hurt.”Normally a starter, Charlie Morton finished up with four stellar innings of relief for the win.“We held down a really tough lineup,” Morton said. “For my teammates, for the city of Houston, it’s just unbelievable.”Springer led off the evening with a double against Darvish, and soon it was 2-0.Springer hit his fifth homer — tying the Series mark set by Reggie Jackson (1977) and matched by Chase Utley (2009) — when he connected for a record fourth game in a row, making it a five-run lead.That was plenty for Houston manager A.J. Hinch. He pulled starter Lance McCullers Jr. soon after the curveballer crazily plunked his fourth batter of the game , and began a parade of four relievers that held the lead.Throughout the postseason, Hinch and the unconventional Astros overcame a shaky bullpen by using starters in relief.“I knew yesterday I didn’t have much,” said McCullers, the Game 3 winner. “I knew I didn’t have much to give other than to gut it out as long as I could.”In a dramatic Series marked by blown leads and late rallies, when Houston twice outlasted the Dodgers in extra innings, McCullers did enough.Forever known for their space-age Astrodome, outlandish rainbow jerseys and a handful of heartbreaking playoff losses for stars like Nolan Ryan, Jeff Bagwell and Craig Biggio, these Astros will be remembered as champions, finally, in their 56th season.The club that wears a star on its hat also filled out the Texas trophy case. Teams from the Lone Star State had won most every major crown — the Super Bowl, NBA and NHL titles, championships in college football, and men’s and women’s hoops — except the World Series.Built on the skills of homegrown All-Stars Dallas Keuchel and more, helped by veteran offseason acquisitions such as Brian McCann and 40-year-old Carlos Beltran, who won his first ring, and boosted by the slick trade for ace Justin Verlander, general manager Jeff Luhnow oversaw the team’s resurgence.Houston won 101 times this year to take the AL West, then won Games 6 and 7 at home in the AL Championship Series against the New York Yankees. The Astros joined the 1985 Royals as the only clubs to win a pair of Game 7s in the same year.When it was over, Bagwell and Biggio posed for pictures together with the World Series trophy.For the Dodgers, the quest to win a Series for the first time since 1988 fell short.Kershaw provided four shutout innings of relief for Los Angeles , but it was too late. What the Dodgers really needed was a better starter than Darvish, someone more like the lefty who tossed out a ceremonial first ball: the great Sandy Koufax.Acquired from Texas on July 31 for these big games, Darvish lasted 1 2/3 innings in both his World Series starts — the two shortest of his career.“This pain is going to stay in me for a while,” the four-time All-Star said through a translator.After Springer lined a leadoff double , Alex Bregman hit a bouncer that first baseman Cody Bellinger threw past Darvish for an error, allowing a run to score . Bregman aggressively stole third and scored on Altuve’s grounder , and it was 2-0 after eight pitches.A double by Marwin Gonzalez helped set up perhaps McCullers’ biggest contribution, a slow grounder for his first pro RBI. Springer followed with a no-doubt, two-run drive into the left-center field bleachers.That was the Series-most 25th homer in a Major League Baseball season that set a record for home runs. It was easily enough for the Astros to offset pinch-hitter Andre Ethier’s RBI single in the Los Angeles sixth.Only once have the Dodgers clinched a crown at home, that coming in 1963 when Koufax outpitched Yankees star Whitey Ford to finish a sweep. They’ve never won Game 7 of the Fall Classic at their own park, dating more than a century ago to their days on the streets of Brooklyn as the Trolley Dodgers.As pockets of Houston fans got louder and louder in the later innings, the crowd at Dodger Stadium was left to repeat the sad, but hopeful cry that used to echo in Brooklyn: Wait till next year.Just 106 days until pitchers and catchers report to spring training.BEN WALKER, AP Baseball Writer TweetPinShare0 Shares
Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s recent form with the bat has divided the Indian cricketing fraternity, but his coach in the Indian Premier League side Chennai Super Kings, Stephen Fleming has come out in support for the former Indian captain.From 20 matches this year, Dhoni has scored only 275 runs at an average of 25 – his lowest returns in a year he has played more than three ODIs (In 2004, he played only three ODIs and averaged 9.50).MS Dhoni’s recent omission from the T20I squad also raised further doubts about hi participation in the 50-over World Cup, but Fleming backs the former India captain to come good for the team.”I think India have enough options within their squad to include Dhoni because his strength is immeasurable. Watching him in the last IPL, his batting was as good as it has been,” Fleming told Gulf news.”He needs to have the confidence to go and play like that in the One Day Internationals and I think the big stage is something he is looking forward to,” he added.Dhoni plays only limited-overs cricket but with his axe from T20s, he now has only 9 ODIs and maybe three T20s, if picked in the side, in New Zealand next year to prove his doubters wrong.Dhoni, who has scored 10173 runs from 331 ODIs at an average of 50.11, stepped down as India’s limited-overs captain in January 2017.For a while after relinquishing captaincy, Dhoni looked like he could return to his old ways with the bat. He finished 2017 with 788 runs from 29 matches at an average of 60.61.advertisementIn July, Dhoni was booed at Lord’s when he failed to accelerate during a steep chase for India. In the Asia Cup, he did not fare any better, managing a best of 36. In the ODI series against the Windies, Dhoni has scores of 20, 7 and 23 and 0.He will next be seen in action for India in the ODIs against Australia.Also Read | VVS Laxman hopes MS Dhoni emulates IPL 2018 form in 2019 World CupAlso Read | Playing 2019 World Cup as a mentor long cherished dream of MS Dhoni, reveals managerAlso Read | MS Dhoni faces the biggest test of his career as World Cup looms closerAlso Read | MS Dhoni not dropped: Virat Kohli backs ex captain after T20I snubAlso watch –
Share on LinkedIn Share via Email … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Since you’re here… features Support The Guardian Gyles Brandreth Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp Reuse this content Radio David Hepworth on radio Topics In Life Drawing (21-25 August, 1.45pm, Radio 4), the Guardian’s own Martin Rowson creates likenesses of newspaper editor George Osborne, poet John Cooper Clarke, political journalist Julia Langdon, zoologist Sarah Christie and illustrator Ralph Steadman while talking to them about their lives and the part they have played in his. Osborne points out that cartoonists have one of two lenses through which they view politicians: they either despise them for being weak or despise them for being strong. It’s clear which category most prefer to be put in. Rowson’s finished artworks will be on the Radio 4 website for the duration.Patrick Marber and Peter Curran return for the fourth series of quietly triumphant late-night conversations in Bunk Bed (24 August, 11pm, Radio 4). This time their recumbent musings encompass the upper class’s relationship with dogs, arguably the worst pop record ever made, how HG Wells would have dealt with being on the game, and the father who traumatised his child by wearing trousers made of horizontal corduroy.Over to The Untold (21 August, 11am, Radio 4) and the story of Maya, a bright 17-year-old on track for top A-level grades but who is battling anorexia. She lives in a nice house in the suburbs. She has loving parents who didn’t realise she was suffering until it was almost too late. Grace Dent adeptly prologues her story.In All Change for Gyles Brandreth (25 August, 11am, Radio 4 FM) the nation’s toastmaster sets out to challenge the all too often unchallenged idea that change is a self-evident good. By starting the programme with the story of his antecedent Jeremiah Brandreth, who was involved with the Luddites and became the last person to be beheaded in Britain for treason, he may be putting his finger on the scale somewhat. Change is, however, something Gyles is willing to try. He starts the programme in a rehearsal hall where he’s preparing to appear in a production of Hamlet. He’s doing this because the late radio psychiatrist Anthony Clare advised him that change was good for him. All change is relative. The biggest change for Gyles, as he confesses, is to find himself in Zone 2.There’s only one podcast subject that can give Donald Trump a run for his money when it comes to vulgarity, excess and base comedy, and that’s football. The new season started with the Guardian’s Football Weekly chewing over the step change inaugurated by Neymar’s mad-money move to Paris Saint-Germain, the usual contributors being managed by new chair Max Rushden. As ever, it will be interesting to see how the season turns out. The standards in this very competitive sector have previously been set by The Football Ramble, which achieves the balance between camaraderie and competition, stats and humour that everybody else seems to be straining for. Share on Messenger Share on Pinterest
Saudi Arabia Topics Share on Pinterest Share via Email World Cup 2018 Read more From Michael Essien to Carlton Cole: the story of five former Premier League players in Indonesia Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp The Observer La Liga is also keen to expand its appeal in the Middle East. Too much so, according to the Spanish players’ union. “This new business model,” it said in a statement, “prioritises the economic aspect over the sporting one, sacrificing the essence of this sport and favouring business over the promotion and development of our footballers.”It is also a risky commercial strategy. Park Ji-sung helped expand Manchester United’s appeal and profits in South Korea, and to a lesser extent, Asia. The flip side of that coin bears the likeness of Park Chu-young, the striker who played only seven minutes of league action for Arsenal from 2011 to 2014. Initial interest fades quickly when a star does not feature and resentment can result. When an Arsenal visit to Korea was floated in 2012, the local reaction was largely negative. That summer the Gunners made it to Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong and Beijing but not Seoul.How welcome certain Spanish teams will be in Saudi Arabia in the future depends on events over the next few months. If some of the country’s best players are left cooling heels in the run-up to Russia, disquiet among Saudi fans may match the confusion among their Iberian counterparts. Share on Messenger Share on Facebook ‘I can’t describe my feelings’ – Saudi women finally allowed into games La Liga Read more Reuse this content That is the reasoning both in Riyadh and in Spain, where there is a desperation to get Saudis watching Spanish football. With the World Cup looming, the Saudi Arabian Football Federation (SAFF) and the country’s General Sports Authority (GSA) were acutely aware that none of the squad play outside the kingdom, making a group containing Russia, Egypt and Uruguay that little bit harder. While friendlies against good opposition is a start, playing in La Liga would be the perfect build-up, if selected.Not all the nine will be in Russia. Levante’s Fahad al-Muwallad, full of pace and flair and whose goal secured qualification, will be there, as will Villarreal’s Salem al-Dawsari. Yahya al-Shehri, now with Leganés, will get the call, too.Those that do not can still benefit and perhaps inspire others. “There are some good players here and it will be a great experience for them,” Mike Newell, now director of football at al-Shabab, told the Observer. The former Everton and Blackburn striker admits it will not be easy. “It will be a big shock for them in many ways as Saudi players don’t usually go overseas but, if just one of them is a success, then it will be massive for Saudi football.”It is a big if, almost as big as the jump from the Saudi Premier League to La Liga. The man behind the move is the GSA head, Turki al-Alshaikh, who wants his players “to learn what it is to be real professionals, gain experience and represent Saudi Arabia abroad. I have infinite faith in the ability of our players. It is our role, all of us, to back them in this experience, which will be the beginning of many more transfers to Europe.”Alshaikh has called on the clubs to understand the needs of the national team. Yet benefits for Saudi Arabia, even theoretical ones, are more apparent than they are at the Spanish end. As well as sponsorship, clubs are getting a free player for half a season as the salaries will be paid from Saudi Arabia but, with coaches free to select them or not, many think it will be the latter. One leading Saudi official was scathing: “They are not going to play at all and that is going to be a problem at some point. Everyone knows Saudi players need to start going overseas but this is not the way.” Nor is it the time. “This is the middle of the season and clubs are losing some of their best players.”There is the matter of standards, too. Many Spanish scouts attending a Saudi training camp in October in Portugal were just not interested. European club football Sporting Gijón’s welcome tweet to greet a new signing on 21 January got the name of the player – Abdullah al-Hamdan – mixed up with the name of the club he arrived from: al-Shabab. Perhaps the Spanish team were just so excited about their new Saudi Arabian import or perhaps they did not really have any idea who he was.Just like the simultaneous arrival of alien spaceships above various global cities – provoking curiosity and confusion – there were similar deals being announced on social media all over Spain, as nine Saudi Arabian players joined clubs in the top three tiers on loan until the end of the season. From having virtually no players in action overseas, there is now almost an entire starting Saudi XI for fans at home to keep an eye out for. features Share on Twitter
Transfers Sokratis’ father confirms defender is in London and snubbed Man Utd for Arsenal move Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 14:59 6/5/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Getty Images Transfers Arsenal Borussia Dortmund Manchester United Bundesliga Premier League The Borussia Dortmund defender is closing on a switch to Emirates Stadium, with the Gunners favoured over Premier League rivals at Old Trafford Sokratis Papastathopoulos is closing in on a move to Arsenal , claims his father, with the Borussia Dortmund defender having snubbed Manchester United to link up with the Gunners.Goal confirmed reports in late May which suggested a deal was almost done for the Greece international .He has now travelled to England to put the finishing touches to a summer transfer, with the 29-year-old poised to become the first addition of the Unai Emery era at Arsenal. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Sokratis has been a long-standing target for the Gunners and they could be considered to have pulled off quite a coup in securing his signature after interest was shown from a Premier League rival.The defender’s father, Charalambos Papastathopoulos, told Greek radio station 24/7 on an impending agreement: “There was interest from United but he had to wait until July for them.”United have a very good relationship with Dortmund, the teams talked but Sokratis chose to go to Arsenal.“Arsenal had talked two years ago but I don’t know why he didn’t sign.“He is going to a higher level, the world’s most competitive league and I believe he will do very well.“Sokratis is in his last year at Dortmund. This was a major reason [for completing the move]“He is happy, he is in England at the moment and will be doing what he has to do, the typical things, everything will go well, he is happy, he is changing.”Emery has faced calls to strengthen Arsenal’s defensive unit since succeeding Arsene Wenger at Emirates Stadium.The Spaniard appears to have heeded that advice, with it possible that a deal for Sokratis could be complemented by the addition of former Juventus full-back Stephan Lichtsteiner.No deal has been done with the 34-year-old free agent as yet, but positive discussions have been held .
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may be a bubblier and more positive sounding manager than the other recent figures in the Manchester United dugout, but Jesse Lingard says the Norwegian isn’t averse to dishing out some Sir Alex Ferguson-style hairdryer treatment if required.Having taken over after the sacking of Jose Mourinho, Solskjaer’s caretaker reign has seen the Red Devils pick up five straight wins, with the team seemingly playing with a freedom and confidence that hasn’t been seen for some time.But while the mood in the camp is positive, Sunday’s match up with Tottenham sees the interim boss take in the toughest test of his tenure to date and Lingard says that his friendly gaffer isn’t afraid to get tough if he feels the team aren’t giving their all. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “He’s got a hairdryer in him,” Lingard told Sky Sports, referencing Fergie’s famous close-quarters motivational talks.“He’ll put his foot down and tell you how it is. That’s what you need sometimes if a game is going well, you need a pick me up to remind yourself that you are a Man Utd player and you play with pride and passion.“It’s not all jokes and smiles. We work hard and that’s what he wants. He wants 100 per cent from each player and everybody to know their job on gameday. We’re clued up through the week on what we need to do.”Solskjaer isn’t the only old face to have returned to the club following Mourinho’s dismissal, with former player and coach Mike Phelan having been reinstated to help get United back to something resembling their old selves.And Lingard feels it’s working, adding: “It feels like the old Man Utd with Phelan being there too.“He’s brought that motivation side to the team. [Phelan, Solskjaer and Michael Carrick] stay on you to keep getting better and we keep doing that.”A break in club football has allowed the squad to take in a warm weather training camp in Dubai, giving Solskjaer a more intimate look at what his players are capable of as well as giving the new boss time to bond with his squad.“He’s got to know us a bit better and got to know how each player plays, what position they like and how they feel on the pitch,” Lingard said.“He’s worked on that and got a base for us to attack team, play with confidence, and if you lose the ball, win it back. If you make a mistake, it doesn’t matter, go again and get the ball.“As a United player he wants people to get on the ball whether you’re having a good game or a bad game. He wants you to drive the team and try to win the game.“There’s kind of a no-fear factor in the way we approach games now. I think Dubai has helped as a good bonding trip for Ole to get to know the players and staff a bit more.“We worked hard, got what we needed and now we’re ready to face Tottenham. It’ll be a test but we’re going there to win the match.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
There are so many beer events in Portland, Oregon during the summer, it can be tough for some of us to decide which to attend and which to pass on. There are a few, though, which automatically make the list every year–and Organic Beer Fest is one of them.Formerly the North American Organic Brewers Festival, festival director Craig Nicholls felt like, in its 12th year, it was okay to simplify things a bit. “Everybody already refers to us as the Organic Beer Fest, since we’re the only one in the world that we know of.” Indeed, between double IPA festivals, cask tastings, wrestling-themed snack/beer pairings, and sour beer barrel tappings, we were unable to find evidence of an Organic Beer Fest anywhere else in Portland or beyond.Held at shady Overlook Park in North Portland every late summer, the Organic Beer Fest brings together brews from more than 40 breweries, many of them creating drinks exclusively for the event. There are other distractions, like cornhole, home brewers working on their latest batch, local organic suppliers handing out fruits and veggies to passerby, and of course a bike valet, even though Portland’s light rail takes you straight there from downtown in 15 minutes. A lot of the attendees are simply residents of the Overlook neighborhood, drawn to the live music and tents just down the block.At the end of the day, there were some drinks that still lingered on the tips of our tongue. Two Kilts Brewing Co out of Sherwood, Oregon brought the Manbun IPA which, unlike its namesake, was deceptively simple and very tasty. The team there brewed what’s called a SMaSH IPA (Single Malt and Single Hop) using all organic pilsner malt and citrusy, bold Simcoe hops.Based out of Bellingham, Washington, just outside of Seattle, Aslan Brewing has just recently made its way down to Portland in some striking cans. It’s an entirely organic brewery, so the Batch 15 IPA wasn’t a new beer to us, but it was particularly bright and juicy fresh from the tap. Both that beer and the Dawn Patrol Pacific Ale have become fast regulars in our can selection.It may have been a beer fest, but of course ciders made an appearance as well. Reverend Nat’s, a cidery just up the street, brought the elusive Overlook Organic, made from a blend of organic Golden Russet and Newton Pippin apples. It only shows up at the Organic Beer Fest ever year, standing out with an impressively clean, lightly dry flavor that sends even staunch hop-heads back for another taste.But what stands out most about the Organic Beer Fest every year isn’t the loyal flock of attendees, or the beautiful sprawl of Overlook Park in North Portland, but the strong taste of care and patience in every one of these brews. Guinness Shoots For the Moon With a New Beer Editors’ Recommendations The Best Fresh Hop Beers to Celebrate the Hop Harvest The Most Unique Collaboration Beers in the U.S. Saint Archer Brewing Company’s New Tropical IPA is Coming Soon and Coming In Big 9 Best Fall Beers to Drink This Year, According to the Brewing Experts
The Yearbook of the United Nations 1998 provides an overview of the whole range of activities undertaken by the United Nations to address major global challenges. According to DPI, the major developments covered in the publication’s 53 chapters include: the crisis surrounding Iraq’s non-cooperation with the UN Special Commission for its disarmament, the security situation and causes of conflict in Africa, and the escalating turmoil in Kosovo.The volume also details the implementation of the second phase of Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s programme of managerial reform, the first phase of which was launched in 1997. Providing extensive coverage of the complex political and military situations in which the UN was involved during 1998, the Yearbook highlights the implementation of the peace agreements in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia, as well as UN efforts to find solutions to conflicts in Afghanistan, Cyprus, the Great Lakes region of Africa, Ethiopia and Eritrea, Liberia, Sierra Leone. The Yearbook of the United Nations, now in its 52nd volume, is the primary comprehensive and authoritative reference work on the Organization, and is widely used by diplomats, government officials, scholars, journalists and others with a serious interest in international and UN affairs.
Michigan State senior center Adreian Payne (right) cuts down the net with Lacey Holsworth after winning the Big Ten Tournament final against Michigan March 16 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Holsworth passed away from cancer April 8.Courtesy of MCTThere are so many things to be cynical about in today’s college sports world. Cheating, greed, corruption and crime scandals have plagued the NCAA and its institutions for decades.Sometimes it can feel like being a college sports fan is a test of your morality. Far too many times, I have heard intelligent people blindly defending despicable actions of athletes or coaches simply because they want to support their team. An obsession with sports can bring out the worst in people.Yet it took an 8-year-old girl’s infatuation with the Michigan State basketball team and her special bond with senior center Adreian Payne to make me realize just how extraordinary special sports can be.Lacey Holsworth was diagnosed with a rare and advanced form of cancer called neuroblastoma in 2011. Doctors found a football-sized tumor engulfing her kidney and another tumor wrapped around her spine, restricting her ability to move. Soon after Lacey’s diagnosis, it was Payne’s commitment to basketball that brought him and the rest of the MSU basketball team to Lacey’s bedside to wish her well. Lacey was a die-hard Spartan, and from that day forward her and Payne were inseparable.For more than two years, the two texted regularly and Payne would visit Lacey in the hospital. Lacey said the reason she liked Payne so much was because of his smile and she always called him her big brother. This past season, Lacey, or as she is affectionately known, “Princess Lacey,” was able to join Payne at his Senior Night, the Big Ten Tournament and some of their NCAA Tournament games. Sporting a long blonde wig after losing her hair to chemotherapy, it’s almost impossible to find a picture of her without a smile on her face at the games.After winning the Big Ten Tournament, Payne wrapped Lacey in his arms and brought her to the top of a ladder so she could help ceremoniously cut down the nets. At such a young age, Payne was helping Lacey live out the perfect sports moment. In front of the filled Bankers Life Fieldhouse, she was the apple of everyone’s eye.Lacey passed away April 8, losing her three-year battle to neuroblastoma just days after attending the College Slam Dunk Championship with Payne in Dallas during Final Four week.“Words can’t express how much I already miss Lacey,” Payne said in a statement after Lacey’s passing. “She is my sister, and will always be a part of my life. She taught me how to fight through everything with a smile on my face even when things were going wrong. I’m a better man because of her … I know she’s smiling and dancing in heaven right now. My princess is now an angel.”Lacey was blissfully unaware of the brutal realities that exist within college sports, and the world in general; she just loved watching her “big brother” play basketball. Far too often, we take the outcome of sports too seriously. No matter how many games the Spartans won or lost this season, the beaming smile and Lacey’s blonde wig made the players and Payne’s hard work all worth it.Sports gave Lacey hope, brought thousands of people together to cheer for her and created a life long bond between her and Payne.Some might say Payne’s legacy at MSU is being part of the first senior class recruited by coach Tom Izzo to not play in at least one Final Four in their career. But I have no doubts I will remember Payne far longer than any Spartan player from those Final Four teams.He not only helped bring an extraordinary amount of joy into this young girl’s far too short life, he showed me the best sports has to offer.
A company director has been sent to prison after telling a judge that doing unpaid work as a punishment was beneath him.In rejecting the offer of community service, Owen Ambrose, an IT specialist, added that he found it difficult resisting assaulting fellow convicts who were also on the same scheme.Judge Peter Moss heard that Ambrose said carrying out unpaid work was demeaning and monotonous and it required “all his strength” not to be physically violent towards other offenders. He said that the prosecution did not want a trial on the issue.However, Judge Moss said that the shoplifting offence on August 24 this year at Morrisons in Shepherds Bush, put Ambrose in breach of the suspended sentence in any case. He imposed one month’s prison for the shopping theft and eight months’ jail for the breach.The court heard that the defendant planned to sell chocolates and pain-killing tablets taken from the store to help feed a Class A drug habit costing up to £100 a day.Andrew Turton, defending, said his client had worked in IT.”He is now living rough and goes shoplifting to get money to buy drugs. He presents as an intelligent and engaging young man,” he said. Mr Ambrose said it took all his strength not to be physically violent towards other offendersLee Harris, prosecuting Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. The 28-year-old company boss had fallen prey to a drugs habit and had become homeless as a result, the court heard.He appeared before Judge Moss at Guildford Crown Court via video link from prison and was jailed for eight months for shoplifting and for breaching a suspended sentence imposed for car theft in February 2015. “I would rather to prison,” he said via the video link.He admitted the shoplifting offence but denied failing to comply with a direction to do 100 hours unpaid work without reasonable excuse.Ambrose told Judge Moss: “I do have an excuse.”Lee Harris, prosecuting, said that after receiving the suspended prison term, the defendant failed to keep in contact with probation staff after completing only five hours of the unpaid work programme.”He said he found unpaid work demeaning and monotonous,” said Mr Harris. “Mr Ambrose also said it took all his strength not to be physically violent towards other offenders.”
An autographed letter will also be sold The game is to be sold at Sotheby’s this week with an estimate of £20,000-30,000.It has previously been on display, and has been replicated by admirers of Austen, but this is the first time it has been available outside her direct family after it passed to her brother Edward and down through his descendants.Her nephew James Edward Austen-Leigh recorded in his 1871 biography: “Her performances with cup and ball were marvellous. The one used at Chawton was an easy one, and she has been known to catch it on the point above an hundred times in succession, till her hand was weary.” Dr Gabriel Heaton, Sotheby’s books and manuscript specialist, said the items gave admirers of the author “the sense of a life lived”.”It’s terribly powerful and rather poignant,” he said of the biblocatch.”If you want something which gives a sense of the long hours of life and the things people did to spend their time, you can just imagine rainy afternoons in Hampshire.”You can see at the bottom there are chips where the Austens and their descendant have played it.”The items will be sold at Sotheby’s on December 13th. HOW TO PLAY THE GAME, BY AUSTEN FAMILY:- Stand lightly holding stem around its ‘waist ‘ ( just below spike ). – Let ball hang. Then the trick is, with other hand get the ball spinning fast with a sharp flick of the wrist. Try to get the ball spinning in its original position without swinging about. – You have to allow ball to to finish spinning ( winding up ), and when it has built up good speed spinning back (unwinding), move hand as before, trying to position the spike under the hole in the ball.- The spinning causes a gyroscopic effect which keeps the ball rotating on its axis with the hole pointing down, ready to be caught on the spike. The cup and ball game played by Jane Austen, used to while away the long hours between writing her novels, is to be sold by her family, who have given away the secrets to her famous success.The game, called a biblocatch, is to be sold at auction for the first time, after passing down five generations of the family.Said to have been played by the author to help rest her eyes from writing and reading, it gives a physical insight into the domestic life of Austen, who recorded how she played simple games to pass the time.The Pride and Prejudice writer is said to have been a master of the cup and ball, completing it more than 100 times in a row to the amazement of her nephew. The game, as completed Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. One lot will include the only known recording of the name of the man Austen was engaged to Writing to her sister Cassandra in October 1809, Austen herself said: “We do not want amusement: bilbocatch, at which George is indefatigable; spillikins, paper ships, riddles, conundrums, and cards, with watching the flow and ebb of the river, and now and then a stroll out, keep us well employed; and we mean to avail ourselves of our kind papa’s consideration, by not returning to Winchester till quite the evening of Wednesday.”The sale also includes a letter from 1800 valued at up to £60,000, containing her only mention of the man whose proposal Austen accepted and quickly retracted, Harris Bigg-Wither.A third lot includes an manuscript of Sanditon, left unfinished by Austen when she died and completed by her niece. Austen was said to have successfully landed the ball on the spike 100 times in a row
Twin Metals Minnesota has instructed Bechtel Engineering to prepare the NI-43-101 prefeasibility study on the Twin Metals project. This massive project is sure to become one of the world’s great mines and there is an initial article in the April issue of International Mining. The Duluth Complex is a large, composite mafic intrusion in northeast Minnesota that extends about 240 km northeast from Duluth, Minnesota to the Canadian border. It is considered to be the largest known copper-nickel field in the world after Sudbury and Norilsk. The mineralisation consists predominantly of disseminated sulphides that collectively constitute over 4,000 Mt of material averaging 0.66% Cu and 0.20% Ni.The study is to be based on the following parameters:A vertically integrated mining complexLarge scale phased underground mine plan and developmentEvaluating different scenarios respecting to both on-site and off-site surface facility alternatives, including examining options in milling capacity up to approximately 80,000 t/d through-putA hydrometallurgical plant with a minimum capability of producing copper cathode, nickel hydroxide and a PGM concentrate.Vern Baker, President of Duluth Metals stated, “Bechtel and the other consultants are aggressively working to define a large integrated mining operation that respects the environmental and social values of Minnesotans and which will benefit the State of Minnesota for generations. This project is being planned with the latest technologies in order to protect Minnesota’s environment and will be a long-term economic engine for Northern Minnesota.”An initial prefeasibility NI-43-101 Resource Estimate report on the consolidated resources of the Twin Metals project is nearing completion by AMEC and is anticipated to be finalized by the end of April, 2012. This report is going through final iterations as minor additions are incorporated into the geologic model. This resource will be used for mine planning purposes in the prefeasibility study. This initial resource update will be followed up by a prefeasibility resource report which will incorporate data from recent, current, and near future targeted drill programs.Twin Metals Minnesota is a joint venture company, 60% owned by Duluth Metals and 40% by Antofagasta. Twin Metals was formed in 2010 to pursue the development and operation of a copper, nickel and platinum group metals (strategic metals) underground mining project within the Duluth Complex in northeast Minnesota. Twin Metals’ holds mineral and land assets of leased and permitted land, including four NI 43-101 compliant mineral resources: the Nokomis, Maturi, Spruce Road and Birch Lake deposits. Duluth Metals is committed to acquiring, exploring and developing copper, nickel and PGM deposits.
7.45pm – Dublin Heuston to Portlaoise is advanced to 7.05pm9.05pm – Dublin Heuston to Portlaoise will operate to Kildare only, bus transfers from Kildare to Monasterevin, Portarlington and Portlaoise9pm – Dublin Heuston to Cork will be bus transfers from Dublin Heuston to Portlaoise10.10pm – Dublin Heuston to Portlaoise will operate to Kildare only, bus transfers from Kildare to Monasterevin, Portarlington and Portlaoise10.36pm – Limerick Junction to Limerick is deferred to 11.15pm. Train disruptions at Kildare-Portlaoise, Belfast, and Pearse Station this weekend There are three separate disruptions to train services this weekend – here’s a run through of what’s planned. Short URL 6.15pm – Westport to Dublin Heuston will operate to Portarlington only, bus transfers from Portarlington to Dublin Heuston6.25pm – Cork to Dublin Heuston will operate to Portlaoise only, bus transfers from Portlaoise to Dublin Heuston7.20pm – Galway to Dublin Heuston will operate to Portarlington only, bus transfers from Portarlington to Dublin Heuston8.25pm – Cork to Dublin Heuston will operate to Portlaoise only, bus transfers from Portlaoise to Portarlington, Monasterevin, Kildare, Newbridge and Dublin Dublin Heuston9.25pm – Portlaoise to Dublin Heuston will be bus transfers from Portlaoise to Portarlington, Monasterevin and Kildare, train from Kildare to Dublin Heuston10.02pm – Kildare to Dublin Heuston is advanced to 9.46pm10.30pm – Portlaoise to Dublin Heuston will commence from Kildare at 11pmAnd for services on Sunday: 8pm – Dublin Heuston to Galway will be bus transfers from Dublin Heuston to Kildare and Portarlington, followed by a train from Portarlington to Galway8.30am – Dublin Heuston to Tralee will be bus transfers from Dublin Heuston to Portlaoise, followed by a train from Portlaoise to Tralee9.40am – Athlone to Westport is deferred to 10.06am10.30am – Ballina to Manulla Jctn. is deferred to 10.55am11.05am – Manulla Jctn. to Ballina is deferred to 11.32am11.40am – Dublin Heuston to Galway will not serve Clara11am – Galway to Dublin Heuston is deferred to 11.35amWhy the repairs are needed at Pearse Source: Iarnrod Eireann/YouTubeThe roof dates back to the 1880s: the works will require the replacement of the existing roofing materials with new materials that will maintain the “external appearance and character” of the roof.Iarnród Éireann says the current roof at Pearse Street station “is in poor condition”, and protective mesh netting has been in place in the station below roof level in recent years to protect customers and rail services, due to the corrosion which has occurred.Extensive works worth up to €10 million are needed to upgrade the roof, which will take place sporadically up until June 2020. The project will be funded by the National Transport Authority.There are 13 weekends in total that will be closed during this timeframe: the next weekend where these works will cause closures is Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 April. Feb 23rd 2019, 6:01 AM 9,546 Views By Gráinne Ní Aodha The old roof at Pearse Station. Image: Irish Rail Share4 Tweet Email2 DUBLIN’S PEARSE STREET and Tara Street train stations will be closed this weekend in order for works to take place as part of a project to replace the roof at Pearse Street.Separately, engineering works will also take place between Kildare and Portlaoise, leading to a number of route time changes; and Enterprise services between Newry and Belfast will be replaced with a bus transfer service.Pearse and Tara stations will be closed this Saturday and Sunday for roof repairs at Pearse Station, which means Darts and trains will be suspended between Connolly Station and Grand Canal Dock. Dublin/Rosslare Europort services will operate with bus transfers between Dublin Connolly and Bray.Separately, two other train service disruptions are to take place.Due to Translink engineering works, there will be bus transfers between Newry and Belfast for all Enterprise services on Saturday and Sunday. Bus transfers from Belfast will depart 10 minutes earlier than standard train departure times.Kildare to Portlaoise works will take place on Saturday night and Sunday morning. Here’s how that will affect those services.For Saturday: Saturday 23 Feb 2019, 6:00 AM Image: Irish Rail Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article The old roof at Pearse Station. 9 Comments https://jrnl.ie/4503500
Megaupload : deux responsables libérés sous caution en Nouvelle-ZélandeArrêtés la semaine dernière en Nouvelle-Zélande en même temps que le fondateur de Megaupload Kim Schmitz alias Kim Dotcom, deux responsables du site ont été remis en liberté sous caution ce jeudi 26 janvier. Après avoir rejeté la demande de libération sous caution de Kim Dotcom, la justice néo-zélandaise a accepté de libérer deux réponsables de Megaupload arrêtés en même temps que lui la semaine dernière à la demande du FBI. Le juge David McNaughton a accédé aux demandes de libération sous caution de l’Allemand Finn Batato et du Néerlandais Bram van der Kolk, qui ont été placés sous un contrôle judiciaire stricte, rapporte l’AFP. Un troisième associé, l’Allemand Mathias Ortmann, sera fixé sur son sort vendredi.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Le juge a estimé que le risque de voir les deux hommes s’enfuir était bien moins important que pour Kim Schmitz, chez qui plusieurs passeports et des dizaines de cartes de crédits établies à des noms différents ont été retrouvés au moment de son arrestation. Kim Dotcom, qui a fait appel de la décision du tribunal d’Auckland, devrait rester derrière les barreaux jusqu’au 22 février, date à laquelle sera réexaminée la demande d’extradition des Etats-Unis.Les quatre associés arrêtés en Nouvelle-Zélande sont accusés de piraterie informatique, violations des règles sur le droit d’auteur, racket et blanchiment d’argent. Ils encourent jusqu’à 20 ans de prison.Le 26 janvier 2012 à 17:25 • Maxime Lambert
Un Samsung Galaxy S3 ultra fin ?De nouvelles fuites laisseraient entendre que le prochain mobile haut de gamme du sud coréen ne dépasserait pas les 7 millimètres d’épaisseur…Samsung s’est fait une place de choix dans le monde du smartphone. Fini le temps ou seul Apple alimentait la rumeur, avec ses iPhone. Aujourd’hui, les produits Samsung font également beaucoup parler, plusieurs mois avant leurs sorties. C’est notamment le cas pour le fameux Galaxy S3 qui pourrait bien sortir en mai prochain. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Il y a peu, des fuites laissaient ainsi suggérer que le smartphone pourrait être flexible. Mais aujourd’hui, c’est encore une autre caractéristique qui est envisagée. Selon le site Etnews.com, le nouveau Galaxy S serait épais de 7 millimètres seulement (soit 1,49 millimètre de moins que le S2). Ajouté à cela, il tournerait sous un processeur quad core de 1,5 ou 1,6 GHz et l’appareil photo intégré n’atteindrait finalement que les 8 mégapixels et non 12 comme l’annonçait une précédente rumeur.Malheureusement absent lors du prochain Mobile World Congress à Barcelone, on tarde d’en savoir (officiellement) plus sur le modèle phare de Samsung pour pouvoir vérifier les dires.Le 7 février 2012 à 17:45 • Maxime Lambert
In the handful of years that Give More 24! has been around, there hasn’t been a major disaster in the weeks leading up to it.This summer’s wildfires in the Columbian River Gorge and hurricanes in the South changed that.Amid all of the disaster relief efforts, one local nonprofit has asked Maury Harris of the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington about the moral dilemma they’re having asking for money Sept. 21 during the annual 24-hour day of giving, Give More 24!People have donated blood, sent money to the Red Cross, lent their boats to rescue people stranded in floodwaters and dropped off cases of bottled water for firefighters tackling the Eagle Creek and Archer Mountain fires. Washougal residents let horses displaced by the fires stay in their pastures. People opened their churches and buildings, and dropped off emergency supplies at the Washougal Community Center. Calls for assistance were responded to within a matter of minutes.“People see the problem and they want to help and be part of the solution,” Harris said.There is room for people to help disaster relief and also give to ongoing causes whose missions they support, he added.“There are multiple drivers for people to give,” he said.The goal of Give More 24! is to raise at least $1 million for local nonprofits and get at least 4,000 people to donate to causes Thursday on the Give More 24! website.The Community Foundation, the host and marketing power behind the annual giving spree, advised participating nonprofits to use Give More 24! to raise money for specific, tangible needs.
SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A child was injured during a Friday morning house fire in Southwest Miami-Dade.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue said people were inside the home when the fire began, near Southwest 108th Avenue and 216th Street. Police said a child was hurt and airlifted to Kendall Regional Medical Center.Officials did not comment on the child’s condition.An investigation into what started the fire has begun.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
The transaction is subject to state regulatory approval and has an effective date of June 14, according to a press release from ConocoPhillips. Over the next several years, ConocoPhillips will appraise Nuna with a goal toward making a finalinvestment decision thereafter. Joe Marushack, president of ConocoPhillips Alaska: “This transaction represents an attractive addition to our expanding North Slope position and will allow ConocoPhillips to cost effectively develop Nuna utilizing Kuparuk River Unit infrastructure. We believe this acquisition could lead to more oil production, more revenue for the state and more jobs for Alaskans.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享ConocoPhillips Alaska announced on Monday that it has entered into an agreement with Caelus Natural Resources Alaska, LLC to acquire 100 percent of the Nuna discovery, located just east of the Colville River, on the North Slope. The Nuna prospect was announced as a discovery in 2012. The purchase includes 11 tracts covering21,000 acres. State documents show Nuna previously was estimated to contain between 75 million and 100 million barrels of oil. But ConocoPhillips said it will spend the next few years doing its own appraisal of the field before it decides to move forward with the project.
Zite, the free personalized news app for the iPad, is moving to the mobile phone market. Current Zite users can save their iPad profiles and access their personalized content feeds from their smartphone devices; users who are new to Zite are able to create their profiles through the smartphone app. Zite enters the smartphone market at an opportune time. According to recently released data culled during Affinity’s American Magazine Study, more than 100 million consumers, or 43 percent of American adults, own smartphones. 29 million of these consumers have accessed magazine-branded content through apps and the mobile web, per Affinity. Affinity also totaled up the magazine brands gaining more than one million consumer visits to their app and web properties via smartphones a month. ESPN the Magazine comes out on top, with over five million monthly smartphone visitors. People magazine landed second on the list, with 3.99 million mobile phone visitors.WebMD the Magazine, Sports Illustrated and TV Guide all topped over 3 million smartphone visitors, according to Affinity counts. TIME, Us Weekly, Maxim and Entertainment Weekly each brought in over 2 million users through mobile phones. Rolling Stone rounds out the top 19 mobile-friendly mag brands, attracting 1.228 million visitors.In March of this year, a group of publishers (including TIME, Dow Jones and The Washington Post) sent a cease-and-desist letter to Zite. Claims involved copyright infringement and misuse of intellectual property. Despite these issues, CNN purchased Zite in late August for a reported price of $20 to 25 million. Zite is part of a crowded market, with free news aggregation apps like Flipboard and recently launched Google Currents also available for smartphone and tablet platforms. Publishers like Bonnier have reached partnership agreements with these apps, many with the hope of bringing content to new audiences. Sean Holzman, chief brand officer of Bonnier, told FOLIO: about the publisher’s new relationship with Google Currents, “For us, its not a paid model. It’s providing our content to Google, where they have the aggregation tools where they can deliver it to people on the platform, and then eventually bring models that will come into play with that. One way will be advertising.”Affinity releases its American Magazine Study bi-annually. Partnering with comScore’s Media Matrix Data, the aforementioned numbers are monthly averages gathered during a six-month period.