Click HERE if you’re unable to view the gallery on your mobile device.MESA, Ariz. — Expect A’s spring training games to get a little more star-studded in the next week.Matt Chapman, Khris Davis and Joakim Soria each participated in a simulated game over at the A’s minor league facility before Sunday’s 14-5 loss to the Royals.Davis, who has been dealing with a left calf strain, faced new A’s reliever Joakim Soria, who has been slowed down by a right hip injury. “He’s feeling …
A Kasuli court on May 4 ordered five-day police remand for Vijay Singh, who had allegedly shot dead a government official overseeing a demolition drive near Kasauli in Himachal Pradesh. Singh, who was nabbed by a joint team of Himachal and Delhi Police on May 3 from Vrindavan town of Mathura in Uttar Pradesh, was produced before the court of additional chief judicial magistrate in Kasauli on May 5. The police wanted the five-day custody to take the accused to the crime scene. “The court has remanded him [Vijay Singh] to five day police custody. We had sought his custody for further investigation of the case. Also, we have recovered the .32 bore revolver used in the crime,” police said. Shiv Kumar, officiating Superintendent of Police, Solan, said that the weapon used for committing the crime was hidden by the accused in the forest area near his guest house.
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Saturday ruled out any possibility of inducting former State Congress chief Ashok Tanwar into the BJP fold after the latter quit his Party. Mr. Khattar slammed the Opposition Congress, saying Mr. Tanwar’s allegations of irregularities in ticket allotment have exposed the Party and asserted only those people who have a “clean past” and “carry no baggage” will be allowed to join the BJP. We will not give him [Mr. Tanwar] entry [into the BJP], he told the reporters in Karnal. Asked about Mr. Tanwar’s reported remarks that the BJP had invited him, Mr. Khattar said it was completely wrong. “Had the BJP invited him [Mr.Tanwar], he would have come by now,” the Chief Minister said. He was speaking after Mr. Tanwar resigned from the primary membership of the Congress on Saturday, in a setback to the Party ahead of October 21 Assembly polls. The former MP announced his resignation on Twitter and posted a four-page resignation letter addressed to Congress president Sonia Gandhi. “Nothing works in the Congress without money. The former State president [Tanwar] made such an allegation. I will say the Congress has been exposed, said Mr. Khattar. The Chief Minister said it is not the first time that accusations of corruption in ticket distribution in the Congress have been made. “Earlier also, it used to happen there [the Congress]. Now people and leaders have understood that they should not remain in such a Party. A lot of their people are contacting us and we are saying that we will take people whose past is clean and who face no allegation and carry no baggage, Mr. Khattar said. There is “no trust” between the Congress leaders and workers and because of this the Party is in such a “bad situation, he added. Mr. Tanwar’s resignation came days after he along with his supporters protested outside Sonia Gandhi’s residence in Delhi over alleged irregularities in ticket distribution. He had then resigned from all election committees of the Party. Mr. Tanwar, who was considered close to Rahul Gandhi and had been State unit chief since 2014, was unhappy after the Party replaced him with Kumari Selja last month, while his bete noire Bhupender Singh Hooda was appointed chairperson of the election management committee. Mr. Tanwar had said that the Congress in Haryana had turned into “Hooda Congress” as those who worked against the Party’s interests during the last five years had been given prominence.
Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed LATEST STORIES Australian Open: ‘Almost dead’ Halep joins Thiem in last 16 Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry celebrates at the final buzzer as the Raptors defeated the San Antonio Spurs 86-83 during an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, in Toronto. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO — Kyle Lowry turned in his best game since returning from injury, turning it on in the fourth quarter to help his Toronto Raptors grind out another home win.Lowry scored nine of his 24 points in the final period, DeMar DeRozan added 21 and the Raptors beat San Antonio 86-83 on Friday night to snap a four-game losing streak against the Spurs.ADVERTISEMENT Toronto led 55-41 on DeRozan’s three-point play at 7:33 of the third but Aldridge did all the scoring in an 8-0 Spurs run that cut the gap to 63-60 heading to the fourth.TIP-INSSpurs: Aldridge has 19 double-doubles this season, one more than he had all of last season. … Kyle Anderson matched his career high with 11 rebounds.Raptors: G Fred VanVleet (right knee) missed his second straight game. … DeRozan had a team-leading six assists.HOME SWEET HOMEAfter playing nine of their past 11 games on the road, the Spurs will be at home for eight of their next nine, including six straight. “Going home doesn’t guarantee wins but it definitely gives us better mojo, better energy,” Aldridge said.UP NEXTSpurs: Host Indiana on Sunday. San Antonio has won three straight home meetings with the Pacers, but lost at Indiana earlier this season.Raptors: Visit Minnesota on Saturday. It’s Toronto’s final road game of the season against a Western Conference opponent. San Antonio guard Manu Ginobili missed his second straight game because of a sore right thigh. Ginobili returned to Texas after the Spurs won at Brooklyn on Wednesday.The Spurs shot 34 percent, making 31 of 91 attempts. Their season worst was a 33.7 percent showing in an Oct. 27 loss at Orlando.Toronto is 8-0 this season when holding opponents below 90 points.“It was a tough one, and we couldn’t score,” San Antonio guard Tony Parker said.Parker shot 1 for 9 against the Raptors while Aldridge finished 6 for 25 after missing nine of 11 attempts in the first half.“My shot just never felt good tonight,” Aldridge said.The Spurs trailed 70-69 after a 3-pointer by Bryn Forbes at 6:52 of the fourth, but DeRozan and Lowry connected on back-to-back possessions, giving Toronto a 74-69 lead with 5:11 remaining.After a jump shot by Mills, Toronto reeled off a 6-0 run including baskets by Lowry, Valanciunas and DeRozan to lead 80-71 with 2:40 left.Another 3-pointer by Forbes made it 86-83 with six seconds left. DeRozan was fouled but missed both free throws, giving San Antonio a chance to tie, but the Spurs couldn’t get a shot off in time.After making seven of 23 shots in the first quarter, the Raptors hit 11 of 20 attempts in the second, including a buzzer-beating jumper from DeRozan that gave Toronto a 44-37 lead at halftime. Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals? 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Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Lowry got the Raptors off to a quick start, making a 3-pointer on his first shot of the game.“Just being aggressive,” he said. “It’s that time of year when everyone is kind of hitting a little bit of a rut, a little bit of a lull. We’ve got to continue to get better and take the step on the journey to making us a better team.”LaMarcus Aldridge had 17 points and 14 rebounds, Pau Gasol scored 15 points and Patty Mills had 13 as San Antonio lost for the fourth time in six road games. The Spurs are 11-15 away from home.It had been more than two years since Toronto last beat San Antonio. The Raptors won 97-94 at home on Dec. 9, 2015.“They’re a well-rounded group,” DeRozan said of the Spurs. “Everybody understands their roles and they play extremely hard.”ADVERTISEMENT Jonas Valanciunas had 15 points and 11 rebounds as the Raptors improved to 17-3 at home, the second-best home record in the NBA behind San Antonio’s mark of 19-2.Lowry made eight of 16 shots, going 4 of 9 from 3-point range, in his third game after missing three with a bruised tailbone.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutRaptors coach Dwane Casey said Lowry looked stronger than he had in his previous two outings.“I thought he had a lot of bounce,” Casey said. View comments
In a decision that is set to rock the walls of Indian football, Punjab’s JCT club on Monday disbanded its team. The club management termed the lack of popularity of the game in the country behind the judgement.This comes a year after another top club, Mahindra United disbanded its team. JCT, a pioneer in promoting football in Northern India, was going through a poor form in recent times and was relegated from the first division of the I-League this season.”JCT Limited has taken a strategic decision to pull out for the time being till football in India shows some possibility of generating value for corporates and their brands, besides bringing up popularity of football among youngsters,” a club official said in a statement.JCT won the inaugural National Football League in the 1996-97 season. That was a golden period for the Phagwara based side as it won the Durand Cup, Federation Cup as well as the IFA shield.But recently the 40-year-old club’s performance has not been up to the mark.It’s only remarkable performance in the recent past was when it reached the final of the 2010 Durand Cup.The club management reiterated that the depleting visibility of India football was a major reason behind the decision. “JCT won the inaugural Football League in 1996, where there was high quality TV exposure and widespread public interest. But since then the League has had negligible exposure and the teams have almost gone unnoticed,” the club official said.India coach Armando Colaco too came hard on the low returns that football in the country offers to the club owners.advertisement”The club owners invest so much money but honestly speaking the return is zero. The big clubs like Mohun Bagan, East Bengal, Dempo have sponsors but what about the small clubs?” Colaco, who is also the general secretary of Dempo SC, said.”They struggle to pile up the money to build a team. Add to this the rising prices of top footballers where a player is demanding more than Rs 2 crores.”A top AIFF official shared Colaco’s sentiment. “It is a very unfortunate incident, but unless the league is professionalised and telecast, owning clubs can never be a profitable venture. At the moment, clubs don’t get back even 10 per cent of what they invest,” he told MAIL TODAY, on condition of anonymity.”It is obvious that it becomes an issue for them in the longer run as they are also answerable to their shareholders. Once a more professional approach is taken, as suggested by new sponsors IMG-Reliance, I am sure thinks will look up.”While Indian businessmen are ready to invest in foreign clubs, they refuse to invest in Indian clubs as it is a fruitless investment.Unless teams get more visibility, it will be impossible to attract sponsors and fanbase and teams will go the JCT and Mahindra United way.” Parminder, who is the current coach of the team, was unaware of the decision.”I was travelling to Chandigarh when I came to know about the decision. I had no prior information about this. After I return to Phagwara I will talk to the club management about this,” he said.”I don’t think there was any financial constraint on the club.”
Juventus Allegri hails Juve’s ‘unplayable’ match-winner Dybala Ben Spratt 06:32 18/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Juventus Paulo Dybala Serie A The Juve No. 10 has smashed an incredible eight goals in his side’s four games, leaving Allegri over the moon with his charge Massimiliano Allegri hailed Paulo Dybala’s “unplayable” display after the attacker scored a hat-trick to lead Juventus to a 3-1 victory over Sassuolo on Sunday.Juve have won their opening four Serie A games of the season, with Dybala scoring in each triumph and, in total, netting eight of his side’s 13 goals.After the Argentina international’s latest match-winning contribution, Allegri lauded the development of his star man. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing “He still has room for improvement, but at times he’s just unplayable,” the Juve coach said. “He’s turning into an extraordinary player.”Paulo Dybala marks games for Juventus in style:Scores hat-trickHits 50th goal for clubMoves onto 8 in 4 Serie A games #UCL pic.twitter.com/C75z94rVJh— #UCL (@ChampionsLeague) September 17, 2017Comparatively, Dybala’s strike partner Gonzalo Higuain has struggled in the early part of the season – but he retains Allegri’s backing, despite his 78th-minute withdrawal.”Higuain played well – he played for the team,” he said. “He needs time to recover when we’re playing every three days.”I have some great players up front and substitutions will be vital. When you’re at a big club, you have to use your quality to help the group get the win.”The league will be a very long battle.”more points! Get in there #FinoAllaFine #ForzaJuve #SassuoloJuve pic.twitter.com/vfz0h5bo6p— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) September 17, 2017Victory was huge for Allegri and Juve, who had been comfortably beaten by Barcelona in the Champions League in midweek.Although they collected the three points, Allegri identified the same flaws that had harmed their European performance.”We played well in Barcelona but only for one half,” he added. “We eased off on the pressure after that and lost our organisation.”That’s a flaw we showed [against Sassuolo] as well when we went 2-0 up – we gave them too many chances and that can’t happen.”
NFLPA head DeMaurice Smith.With the NFL season set to begin tonight, the NFL Players Association has asked a federal judge for a temporary restraining order that would allow players suspended in connection with the NFL’s bounty investigation to rejoin their teams in time to play regular season openers.If you think the players are giving up on this thing, think again.The union, which filed the motion Tuesday on behalf of New Orleans defensive end Will Smith, Cleveland linebacker Scott Fujita, and free agent defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove, argues the players will suffer irreparable harm if they are forced to miss games while their case against the league proceeds.An NFL investigation found the New Orleans Saints operated a bounty system rewarding between 22 and 27 players for hard hits and injuring opposing players.Suspended Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma had already filed a similar motion when his full-season suspension began earlier. The other three players’ suspensions began this week.The players ultimately want their suspensions thrown out because they argue the disciplinary process was fundamentally flawed and unfair.U.S. District Judge Ginger Berrigan, who is hearing the case, has said she found the league’s handling of the bounty matter to be unfair to the players and their punishments excessive, but she has also said she is not yet comfortable that federal courts have jurisdiction to rule on a process that was collectively bargained between the union and the league.She has already indicated, in response to Vilma’s earlier request for a temporary restraining order, that she was inclined to wait until players had exhausted their remedies under the league’s collective bargaining agreement before she ruled.Still pending on that front is a decision by a three-member panel that last week heard arguments in the NFLPA’s appeal of a system arbitrator Stephen Burbank’s ruling that commissioner Roger Goodell had the authority both to punish the players and hear their appeal in the bounty matter.The union had argued that because actions alleged in the bounty matter happened on the field, the league’s labor agreement calls for someone other than the commissioner to hear players’ appeals of the commissioner’s disciplinary action.The three-member panel has indicated that it hoped to rule by this week. If it rules in favor of the players, Berrigan would have no reason to act.
On Thursday, Williams beat Barbora Strycova, a 33-year-old who had never reached a Grand Slam singles semifinal. Strycova, who has a fine track record at doubles, reaching the semifinals in each major event, couldn’t control Williams, who won 6-1, 6-2.But Williams hasn’t played anyone like the 27-year-old Halep. She’s great at receiving serves and, at times, pouncing on them, too. Halep has won 53 percent of return points — and that includes first and second serves. Williams, known as an all-time returner, has won 43 percent.Halep also sounds eager and hungry. “I feel stronger mentally facing her,” she said. “We will see what is going to happen.”Williams has yet to play against a top 15 player in this tournament. According to the WTA, Williams’s opponents so far had an average rank of 75.2, and only two of them were seeded (No. 30 Carla Suarez Navarro in the fourth round and No. 18 Julia Goerges in the third). A similar scenario unfolded a year ago, when Williams coasted to the finals with her average opponent ranked even lower at 80, until she faced Angelique Kerber in the final. Kerber, who has an attacking style similar to Halep’s, beat Williams 6-3, 6-3.Williams needs to serve as well as possible to tie Court’s record, and so far, her serve has seemed vulnerable. Throughout the event, Williams has won 54.2 percent of second-serve points, which is solid and in line with her career numbers at Wimbledon. But the first serve counts the most, and Williams has not nearly been her best. She has won 74 percent of her first serves in her six matches. That’s lower than for all of her Wimbledon wins; her previous low at a Wimbledon in which she won was 75.8 percent in 2003. Her share of first serves won was much higher for her most recent match, at 89 percent, so perhaps she has started to find her footing.At her best, Williams’s serves have been efficient and brutal. In 2010, she won 87.5 percent of the points for which she landed her first serve, the highest at Wimbledon in her career. (That year, Williams hit 23.5 percent of her total points served as aces.) Williams didn’t lose a set that year (she also lost no sets in 2002). In 2012, Williams had stats nearly as impressive, hitting 20.9 percent of her total points served as aces. That’s the only time Williams hit more than 100 serves as aces (102 in all) at Wimbledon.Williams has played Halep 11 times, including three at a Slam. Halep has won just once, in 2014. But she played Williams close at the Australian Open this year and won a set from her in the 2011 Wimbledon, back in their first matchup. Williams knows this will be her biggest test, and she knows that Halep is ready.“The biggest key with our matches is the loss that I had. I never forgot it. She played unbelievable,” Williams said. “That makes me know that level she played at, she can get there again. So I have to be better than that.” With one more win at Wimbledon, Serena Williams would tie Margaret Court, the only player in history with 24 Grand Slam singles titles. In Saturday’s final, the 37-year-old Williams will battle Simona Halep, who won the French Open last year but has never won a Wimbledon title. Williams appears to have shaken off the rust of earlier this season and seems, at last, to have returned to her perch as the most dominant player in the history of tennis.There’s just one problem: Williams’s incredible serve is still a little shaky.“I don’t know if I’ve had my best serves this tournament,” Williams said. “I’m just now starting to use my legs again.”
Ariana Cubillos/APVenezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro and his wife Cilia Flores wave to supporters at the presidential palace in Caracas on Sunday after election officials declared his victoryVenezuela’s leftist President Nicholas Maduro has easily won a second term, but his main rivals have refused to accept the results, calling the polling fraudulent — a view shared by the United States and many independent observers.Venezuela’s National Election Council, run by Maduro loyalists, said that with nearly 93 percent of polling stations reporting by Sunday, Maduro had won almost 68 percent of the vote, beating his nearest challenger, Henri Falcon, by almost 40 points.“They underestimated me,” said a triumphant Maduro to cheers from his supporters as fireworks sounded and confetti fell at the presidential palace in Caracas.Maduro, 55, replaced Hugo Chavez when the longtime Venezuelan socialist died of cancer in 2013. Since then, Maduro has presided over a collapsing economy, hyperinflation, widespread hunger and a mass of refugees trying to escape the desperate conditions. The country has been further hit by falling oil exports and U.S. imposed sanctions.Fewer than half of registered voters turned up at the polls, but the opposition, which has boycotted the election, said even that figure was inflated.Those opposed to Maduro have long maintained that the election is fraudulent, not least because the opposition’s most popular leaders — the ones with the best chance of unseating the president — were barred from running.As NPR’s Philip Reeves reports from Caracas, “Throughout the day voting stations appeared almost empty around the capital.” Despite that, election officials claim turnout of nearly 50 percent.“The process undoubtedly lacks legitimacy and as such we do not recognize it,” said Falcon, a 56-year-old former state governor.According to The Associated Press, “Falcon was joined in his call for a new election by third-place finisher Javier Bertucci, who got around 11 percent of the vote. Bertucci, a TV evangelist, stopped short of challenging the results, saying what he called a mistaken opposition boycott also boosted Maduro.”Reuters writes:“Falcon, a former member of the Socialist Party who went over to the opposition in 2010, said he was outraged at the government’s placing of nearly 13,000 pro-government stands called “red spots” close to polling stations nationwide.Mainly poor Venezuelans were asked to scan state-issued “fatherland cards” at red tents after voting in hope of receiving a “prize” promised by Maduro, which opponents said was akin to vote-buying.The “fatherland cards” are required to receive benefits including food boxes and money transfers.”In the run-up to the election, Freedom House issued a statement calling it “clearly unconstitutional” and called Maduro a “dictator” who has crushed all opposition.As voting took place on Sunday, a senior State Department official warned that the U.S. might press ahead on threats of imposing crippling oil sanctions, according to the AP.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Share