Warriors 141, Spurs 102: Kevin Durant upset with media and free agency talk

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or video on a mobile device.OAKLAND — As he sat at the Warriors’ podium, Kevin Durant spoke in a forceful, direct and frustrated tone.The Warriors had just cruised to a 141-102 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday at Oracle Arena. But just as it has been ever since the Knicks traded Kristaps Porzingis last week, all the talk centered on Durant’s pending free agency. Very little of it centered on a performance — 23 points, …last_img

Will I meet Unnao rape victim’s fate, girl’s poser stumps UP senior cop

first_img At this, the student stood up and asked him: “If the person against whom we are complaining comes to know about it, and if we have an accident, what will happen?”“Will I get justice on registering a protest? Because in Unnao an MLA had outraged the modesty of a girl, and when she was fighting the legal battle, she had an accident. She is now battling for her life,” the girl asked.The question puzzled the officer and he cryptically said, “All complainants to toll-free number would be provided help.”On Sunday, the car in which the Unnao rape survivor, her family and lawyer were travelling was hit by a truck in Rae Bareli, killing her two aunts and leaving her and the advocate critically injured.The CBI, which has taken over the investigation into Sunday’s road accident, booked 10 people for murder, including BJP legislator Kuldeep Singh Sengar, who is already in jail, charged with the rape of the Unnao woman when she was a minor in 2017.The UP police on Monday filed a murder case against Sengar and nine others after the rape survivor’s family filed a complaint alleging conspiracy behind the accident. Uttar Pradesh schoolgirl grills police on Unnao rape survivor caseVolume 90%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard ShortcutsPlay/PauseSPACEIncrease Volume↑Decrease Volume↓Seek Forward→Seek Backward←Captions On/OffcFullscreen/Exit FullscreenfMute/UnmutemSeek %0-9Live00:0003:1703:17  Uttar Pradesh schoolgirl grills police on Unnao rape survivor casecenter_img A senior Uttar Pradesh police officer faced uneasy moments when a girl, during a safety awareness campaign event, asked him if she would face the same fate as the Unnao rape survivor, whose vehicle was hit by a truck in which her two aunts died.Speaking at a Balika Suraksha Jaagruktaa Abhiyaan programme at a school in Barabanki on Wednesday, Additional Superintendent of Police (North) R.S. Gautam said girls should remain alert, and if they feel anything wrong is being done to them, they should immediately call up the toll-free number.last_img read more

Metta World Peace arrives in Manila, satisfies Filipino food craving

first_imgMetta World Peace craves for Filipino food. Photo from his Twitter accountFormer NBA player Metta World Peace arrived in Manila Saturday for a quick trip to the Philippines.“Just arrived in Manila .. Love the Filipino people. Halo halo time!!!” said World Peace in a tweet, hours after complaining about his flight getting delayed.ADVERTISEMENT After landing, World Peace immediately satisfied his craving for Filipino Food and dined at a local restaurant in Makati.It’s time!!! #manilla pic.twitter.com/VpLdKe6FcKFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout— Metta World Peace (@MettaWorldPeace) August 12, 2017 NCAA Season 93’s Best 7: Week 5 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READcenter_img LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Manila police chief: Cops tolerating illegal street vendors to get ax PLAY LIST 01:22Manila police chief: Cops tolerating illegal street vendors to get ax01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:18Woman gives birth at Manila North Cemetery on All Souls’ Day01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View comments K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes The former Los Angeles Laker, who was known as Ron Artest before having his name legally changed, will only spend less than a day in the Philippines, according to Snippet Media’s Kristina Maralit.Earlier, he asked his Twitter followers for leads on where to find the best street ball park in Manila. It is unsure whether he will have time to play ball while here.World Peace’s 16-year-old son Jeron Artest is born to a Filipino mother.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Read Nextlast_img read more

Aces sustain resurgence, rally past Picanto behind Abueva

first_imgBuck Henton contributed 20 markers, including the go-ahead triple with 1:26 to play that gave Alaska a 97-94 lead. Henton also collected 13 boards, seven assists, and three blocks, JVee Casio added four triples and wound up with 20 points and seven dimes as the Aces, who started the conference at 0-6, stayed alive for a playoff spot.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It’s a character-building win for us,” he said.After Henton’s go-ahead trey in the final minute, the Picanto had a chance to tie the game, but LA Revilla threw an errant pass to Johnson that led to Casio’s dagger short stab on the other end with 36.6 ticks remaining. PBA IMAGESCalvin Abueva willed Alaska to a come-from-behind win over Kia, 102-94, in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Abueva unfurled a conference-best 26 points, 15 rebounds, and three assists to lead the Aces. He frustrated high-scoring Picanto reinforcement Geron Johnson in the last five minutes as Alaska stretched its winning streak to three games.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary ALASKA 102 – Abueva 26, Henton 20, Casio 20, Exciminiano 14, Banchero 11, Thoss 4, Racal 3, Baclao 2, Cruz 2, Mendoza 0, Magat 0, Pascual 0, Galliguez 0, Enciso 0.KIA 94 – Johnson 39, Paniamogan 12, Elorde 11, Yee 11, Khobuntin 10, Ballesteros 4, Celda 3, Jaime 2, Corpuz 2, Revilla 0, Camson 0, Salva 0.Quarters: 23-27, 46-51, 67-77, 102-94. MOST READ Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Senators rally support for Robredo; laud her for accepting anti-drug post PLAY LIST 02:46Senators rally support for Robredo; laud her for accepting anti-drug post00:58Trump blames media, Democrats for impeachment during Kentucky rally02:45Duque: Vaccine scare, ‘anti-vaxxers’ among causes of polio resurgence01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Read Next La Salle survives FEU to start UAAP title defense LATEST STORIES BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding “(Kia) was playing great, but we just had a lot of bounces that went our way and we made a couple of shots,” said Compton.Down 10, 77-67, at the start the fourth period, Alaska leaned on Ping Exciminiano, who had 14 markers, four boards, and three dimes off the bench. Casio knotted the game at 84 with a triple with 5:36 left to set up the frantic finish.Johnson fired 39 points that went with nine rebounds, and seven assists, but committed eight turnovers for still winless Kia (0-9).Philip Paniamogan added 12 markers, while Nico Elorde and Mark Yee both had 11.The scores:ADVERTISEMENT E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Zimmer attends International Grand Committee Meeting on Disinformation and Fake News

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Local M.P. Bob Zimmer recently attended The International Grand Committee Meeting on Disinformation and ‘Fake News’ in London.The Committee Hearing, co-chaired by U.K. M.P. Damian Collins and Zimmer, allowed collaborative scrutiny by members of the national committees of both the British and the Canadian Parliaments in their studies into digital policy including disinformation, digital vulnerabilities, and the potential threats to democracies.Brazil, Latvia and Singapore joined the Committee which includes Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, Argentina and Ireland; representing over 393 million residents. Both Zimmer and Collins had requested Zuckerberg to appear before their respective committees to discuss the breach of personal information involving Cambridge Analytica and Facebook, as well as subsequent breaches. None of those requests were successful.Zimmer says the Facebook CEO had declined their requests several times, saying that Zuckerberg had sent his Vice President, Richard Allan, to represent him at the hearing.“He declined several times; we asked twice in our committee in Canada, and then Damian had asked him a couple of times in his committee in the U.K. So, we figured together we would ask and just to move the number up so if he didn’t think 30 million was significant enough, we tried 100 million with the U.K. and ourselves. Once we started to add countries, that added up quite quickly. He still didn’t appear. He sent his Vice President, Richard Allan, to appear and it just highlighted the reason why we wanted him there because Richard Allan couldn’t answer many of the questions we were asking, and that’s something only, we think, the CEO would have answers for.”Despite Zuckerberg’s absence at the committee hearing, Zimmer says they are still going to proceed to regulate social media platform influences while maintaining the right to freedom of speech.“I call the social media’s the ‘new public square’ where we talk about issues, so the Government shouldn’t be infringing on anybody’s rights of freedom to speak their mind. The comment that I said what we are trying to do is, this new public square that we have, we are trying to keep the bullies from controlling it.”Zimmer also says that they need to find solutions to fix the problem, especially with a federal election less than a year away, pointing out that Canada’s Communications Security Establishment reports that “Cyber threat activity against the democratic process is increasing around the world, and Canada is not immune.”last_img read more

Adityanath to begin poll campaign from Saharanpur

first_imgLucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday announced that he will kick off his poll campaign for the coming Lok Sabha elections from Saharanpur on Sunday. In a tweet in Hindi, Adityanath said that with the “blessings of Ma Shakummbhari, I will be launching the campaign from Saharanpur, the land known for its wood work, to wipe out dynastic politics and take the victory chariot of the BJP further”. In Saharanpur, he will also address a public rally after which he will fly to Mathura, where he will seek votes for actress-turned-politician Hema Malini, who has been fielded for a second term from the seat. An aide told IANS that the Chief Minister will also hold rallies in Gorakhpur and Varanasi on March 26. He has represented Gorakhpur for five straight terms in the Lok Sabha before he resigned to take over as Chief Minister.last_img read more

Colonel dies in Ggn road accident

first_imgGurugram: Colonel Preet Singh who was the serving colonel in the Indian Army lost his life in Gurugram on Monday due to a road accident. Colonel Preet Singh was deputed in Bathinda and was a part of seven engineer regiment.According to the law enforcement, the Army officer who had been awarded sena medal was travelling in the Army vehicle Tata Storme when the Maruti Swift hit his vehicle from the rear side that caused in the massive crash. On Thursday Colonel Singh was cremated with full military honours. The Army officer used to reside with his family in Sector-22 Palam Vihar. His father Raghuveer Singh is a retired judge while his wife Swati Singh is a professor at Delhi University. He had two children a son and a daughter. His son Samayan was eight years of age while his daughter Diksha was just a year old. On average, there are nine accidents that occur daily in Millennium City. In 2014, there were 1180 cases of accidents leading to 430 deaths. In 2015 the cases slightly reduced to 1140 but the death toll was higher at 435 while in 2016 there were 1201 incidents of accidents leading to 420 deaths. In 2018, there were 460 people who had lost their lives on the roads of Gurugram. Officials also indicate that the visibility further decreased during driving heavy vehicles. Other factors resulting in the deadly mishap are fatigue, overspeeding, drunken driving and overloading. To prevent fatalities caused due to mishaps, the Haryana government introduced Haryana vision Zero. The campaign has resulted in reducing the number of accidents in major cities of Haryana including Gurugram.last_img read more

Where Have All The Crafty Pitchers Gone

After Moyer’s retirement, the reigning kings of slow-pitch became Jered Weaver of the Angels and Mark Buehrle of the White Sox and Blue Jays. Buehrle especially belongs squarely among the crafty lefty lineage, alongside Moyer and Glavine; however, he retired after the 2015 season. Over the past two years, in particular, we’ve seen a distinct lack of outlier starters at the bottom of the velocity rankings, the place where the craftiest of pitchers once lurked.To call a pitcher “crafty” is a kind of backhanded compliment. After all, if a guy has overwhelming velocity or electric stuff, we would just talk about that as an explanation for him getting hitters out. (Strikeouts may be fascist, but they are also impressive.) However, Moyer, Buehrle, Hudson and — especially — Maddux and Glavine worked the formula out to perfection. In fact, the 1990s were a heyday of sorts for finesse pitchers, with perfect games from Kenny Rogers and David Wells to go with regular All-Star appearances from the likes of Andy Ashby, Brad Radke and Charles Nagy. None were big strikeout artists, but all were very good pitchers nonetheless thanks to a combination of sharp control, smart situational pitching and keeping the ball in the ballpark.Yet as baseball’s overall velocity bar has raised and preventing home runs has become more difficult, there’s evidence the control-and-command approach has progressively lost its effectiveness. While breaking pitches such as sliders and curves are moving more sharply than ever, it’s not the crafty junkballers of yore who are benefiting most from it.Bill James once broke pitchers into equally sized “power,” “finesse” and “neutral” groups based on their rates of strikeouts plus walks per inning (theorizing that high-velocity pitchers get lots of strikeouts and walks — think Nolan Ryan — while our crafty group doesn’t record much of either). If we do that for qualified starters each season since 1950, we can see the balance of leaguewide pitching wins above replacement1Averaging together the values from FanGraphs and Baseball-Reference.com. has tilted strongly in favor of power pitchers since the early 1970s: Pitching has always been about throwing a baseball really hard — there’s a reason so much of the game’s mythology grew around how quickly hurlers like Walter “Big Train” Johnson and Bob Feller could get the ball from the mound to home plate. But for those who lack overwhelming stuff, there’s another core aspect to pitching: the art of throwing strikes and tricking batters into getting themselves out. Velocity makes a pitcher’s life easier, of course, but plenty of greats from history have thrived on guile instead of a dominating fastball.The craft of finesse pitching, however, might be a dying one in today’s game. A few, such as Arizona’s Zack Greinke and the Cubs’ Kyle Hendricks, have managed to remain effective with a slow fastball and pinpoint control. But the number of star pitchers following that formula has dwindled in recent seasons, in conjunction with the ever-increasing velocity of the average pitch across Major League Baseball. Just a decade ago, we saw Jamie Moyer gutting out complete-game shutouts with an 81-mile-per-hour fastball at age 47 (!) — but are the Moyers of 2019 now getting squeezed out of the sport?Moyer, the southpaw formerly of the Phillies and Mariners (among other teams), was plainly a special pitcher no matter how you measure him. He won only 34 games by his 30th birthday yet still managed to finish with 269 total victories before retiring in 2012 at the age of 49. But Moyer also exemplified a very particular kind of hurler: the prototypical “crafty lefty” who gets by on smarts and makes the best of less-than-stellar velocity readings. In 2002, the earliest year of pitch-speed data at FanGraphs, Moyer — then a youthful 39 — averaged just 82.8 miles per hour on his fastball. (He and Tim Hudson were the only non-knuckleballers with an average fastball under 83.) It was a radar reading that only went down with the passage of time.Back then, though, 11 percent of qualified starters clocked in under 85 mph on average, and 70 percent threw under 90 mph. Moyer even had Hall of Fame company at the bottom of the velocity list, including the likes of Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine. But things changed by the mid-to-late 2000s, when Moyer was perennially the only qualified starter anywhere near the low 80s. In 2010, roughly 1 percent of qualified starters averaged under 85 mph, and only 29 percent were even averaging under 90 mph. Today, nobody averages below 85 mph — Hendricks is baseball’s softest-tossing qualified starter at 86.7 mph — while 16 percent of starters are above 95 mph on their average fastball: Aside from briefly closing the gap a few times over that span — specifically in the mid-1980s and the late 1990s, aka the Moyer and Maddux eras — the finesse pitchers have consistently lost ground value-wise to the hard throwers. The 2017 and 2018 seasons were the first two since 1950 in which the net gap in WAR share between power- and finesse-type starters was at least 18 percentage points in consecutive years. Of the 20 most valuable starters of 2018 by WAR, only one (Miles Mikolas of the Cardinals) was classified as a finesse pitcher; the other 19 were all either power (12) or neutral (7) pitcher types.What accounts for the trend? For one thing, balls in play are at an all-time low, setting a new MLB record for the fewest per game in each of the past five seasons. (We’re down to just 24 balls in play per contest in 2019 so far.) Although most pitchers have little to no control over hits allowed on balls in play during a given season, there are legitimate differences in skill that emerge over entire careers. And part of the crafty-pitcher archetype involves inducing a disproportionate amount of weak contact that fielders can more readily turn into outs.“I didn’t really have swing-and-miss stuff,” Maddux told Dan Patrick in an interview this year. “I wasn’t really worried about giving up singles, but I did what I could to keep the ball in front of the outfielders, not walk anybody and make them get three singles to score.”When there are fewer balls put in play to be had, that formula has less of an effect.There’s also the matter of teams turning to increasingly younger pitchers in recent seasons. Since just about every indicator of power pitching — from pure velocity to strikeouts — is strongly correlated with possessing a younger arm, it makes sense that as young pitchers account for a larger share of the value across MLB, so too will a larger share of WAR be associated specifically with power pitchers (and a smaller share associated with finesse pitchers). Which direction does the causation run? It isn’t totally clear, but it doesn’t especially matter. Whether teams are prizing youth or velocity, it’s squeezing out pitchers who lack either (or both) attributes.“If you look at pitching these days, everything is max effort,” Moyer told the Orange County Register in January. “Look at the younger generations — high school, college, minor leagues, everybody’s trying to light up a radar gun, throw 100 mph. Our bodies aren’t made to perform in this game as a pitcher at max effort.”Although Bartolo Colon, who pitched last season at age 45 as another exemplar of craft triumphing over stuff, the game is generally trending against pitchers like him and Moyer, in many ways.With all of this, it’s fair to wonder whether it would even be possible to dominate with an arsenal resembling, say, Maddux’s, in the modern game. The two-seamer, Maddux’s bewildering weapon of choice, has fallen quickly out of favor in the last decade or so, and a peak-era fastball that barely scraped 90 would rank among the slowest in the league today. Maddux’s specialty, changing speeds, can still be as disruptive as any tactic (just ask Cincinnati ace Luis Castillo). But it’s telling that Maddux himself recognizes what worked in his era might not be as effective now.“I was taught to throw strikes and get hitters out in the strike zone,” Maddux told Patrick. “And now, pitching has kind of turned the other way, where they try to get hitters out outside of the strike zone. I don’t know if I would have adapted to that or not. I’d like to think I could, but who knows what would have happened?”Perhaps the craft of pitching is making something of a comeback this season, with more finesse-oriented pitchers such as Greinke, Hyun-Jin Ryu of the Dodgers and Masahiro Tanaka of the Yankees off to great starts already. Certainly, there always will be a place for pitchers who can transcend the radar gun with intelligence and skill. But just the same, the obsessive quest for velocity in today’s game will probably continue to squeeze out the soft-tossing finesse archetype of yesteryear. Sadly, that means it will be harder than ever for crafty, Moyer-esque pitchers to carve out a place in baseball.Check out our latest MLB predictions. read more

Football Ohio State lands commitment from 2019 fourstar running back Sampson James

Ohio State added to its future depth at running back Monday, with 2019 four-star prospect Sampson James tweeting he was committing to the Buckeyes.110% C O M M I T T E D @OSUCoachMeyer @CoachTonyAlford @SWiltfong247 pic.twitter.com/Fp6z0Q6wGn— Sampson (@Sjames_2) March 19, 2018James is listed as the 142nd-best overall prospect in the 2019 class, while also ranking eighth at running back and second from Indiana, according to 247Sports Composite Rankings.The 6-foot-1, 211-pound running back is the third recruit to commit to Ohio State, joining four-star offensive tackle Doug Nester and three-star offensive tackle Ryan Jacoby. Though still very early in the recruiting process for the 2019 class, Ohio State is now listed as having the 21st-best national and sixth-best Big Ten class.James will join what will be an impressive class of running backs returning to Ohio State in 2019. The Buckeyes landed three four-star running backs in 2018: Jaelen Gill, Brian Snead and Master Teague. The three are listed as the No. 30, 80 and 228 top overall prospects in the class, respectively. read more

Giggs tips Bale as a fit replacement for Ronaldo

first_imgRyan Giggs has expressed his confidence that Garth Bale is capable of filling the gap which Cristiano Ronaldo has left after his move to Juventus.The manager of Wales has said this following Bale’s two-time scoring for Real Madrid in the club’s first two manages, which has brought victory for Madrid’s new boss Julen Lopetegui.Ronaldo’s move to Juventus has opened up an expectation about who will fill up his place, both in scoring and the threat he always posed for the club’s opponents. Real Madrid is known to have an on their target Neymar and Eden Hazard, with a large budget to support their bidding.However, Gigg’s hope on Bale is not dampened. “When someone like Cristiano leaves there is always going to be a spotlight on who is going to replace him goal-wise and threat-wise,” Gigg said, according to Sky Sports.Gareth Bale, Wales,Ryan Giggs vows not to be “stupid” with Gareth Bale Andrew Smyth – September 8, 2019 Wales boss Ryan Giggs promises to not take any “stupid” risks over Gareth Bale’s fitness ahead of Monday’s friendly against Belarus.“It’s a massive void to fill but Gareth has the experience now of being at the club for a long time. Every year there is pressure on him and he has handled it brilliantly.“It’s a bit different this year because Cristiano has left and there will be more focus on the players who are going to replace the goals.“But Gareth has shown his qualities in big games and that he can handle anything that is thrown at him.”Giggs is confident that Bale can achieve the replacement even with the injuries that have been plaguing his career. Bale is Wale’s all-time leading scorer, beating Ian Rush’s record earlier this year.last_img read more