When an asteroid or comet slammed into Earth about 66 million years ago, most of our planet’s species were wiped out in a mass extinction—including entire groups such as the nonavian dinosaurs, marine reptiles such as mosasaurs, and their flying kin the pterosaurs. But not all ecosystems suffered equally, and the dramatic difference in survival rates between marine species and freshwater ones has been particularly puzzling. A new study weighs in on the long-standing riddle.According to some estimates, about three-quarters of the plant and animal species on Earth disappeared during the end-of-the-Cretaceous dino-killing impact. But marine ecosystems lost only about half of their species, and freshwater environments lost a mere 10% to 22%, says William Lewis, an aquatic ecologist at the University of Colorado, Boulder. For instance, only about 10% of the major groups of bony fish died out, but species from all six groups of turtles alive at the time—and from most if not all groups of amphibians—survived the impact. The disparity with marine ecosystems began to make sense, he notes, when researchers began thinking of the mass extinction as a one-two punch: the fiery aftermath of the extraterrestrial impact, followed by a “nuclear winter”-like cold spell triggered by the smoke, soot, and myriad other tiny particles flung high into the atmosphere.In the wake of the impact, creatures in marine and freshwater ecosystems experienced three particularly strong stresses: starvation brought about by the collapse of the food chain (and especially by the lack of photosynthesis), the reduction or loss of dissolved oxygen in the water, and low temperatures. But in many cases, species living in freshwater environments had advantages over sea creatures that bolstered their chances of survival, Lewis and his colleagues explain this month in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences. Not that the animals living in lakes and rivers escaped unscathed, Lewis says: “A lot of them died, too, it’s just that many species as a whole were able to persist until conditions returned to something near normal.”Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)For instance, researchers have previously estimated that sunlight couldn’t reach Earth’s surface for at least several months after the impact. For the many species that depend on plants and photosynthetic microorganisms at the base of the world’s food web, that was catastrophic. Based on body size and metabolic requirements, Lewis and his colleagues estimate that all creatures weighing less than 100 grams (or measuring less than 10 centimeters long) would have starved to death if postimpact darkness lasted between 3 and 6 months—unless, they emphasize, the organisms were also adapted to scavenge for a living or if they typically became dormant in cold, harsh conditions. (Many ancestors of today’s mammals are presumed to have survived the mass extinction because they lived in burrows and were somewhat protected from the firestorm and then the global cold spell following the impact.)Those are the same adaptations that enable creatures living in lakes and rivers at high latitudes to survive a normal winter, when the bodies of water freeze over and 24-hour darkness reigns for weeks or months at a time, Lewis says.With so many aquatic plants and animals dying en masse after the impact, decomposition would have robbed the water of much of its dissolved oxygen, Lewis says. Again, however, creatures in high-latitude freshwater ecosystems often experience such conditions each winter when ice blocks the exchange of oxygen from the overlying air. In contrast, conditions in marine ecosystems are typically steadier, so creatures living there haven’t evolved much tolerance for dramatic changes in temperature or oxygen levels—and hence those species died out at much higher rates.And finally, while global temperatures may have plummeted after the impact, some portions of freshwater ecosystems may have been somewhat insulated from change. That’s because many lakes and streams get substantial amounts of their water not from surface runoff but from groundwater seepage—water that typically enters the streams at a steady temperature year-round, Lewis says.The new paper is “an extremely thorough review of the issues and patterns of freshwater versus marine extinction patterns and mechanisms,” says Thomas Holtz Jr., a paleontologist at the University of Maryland, College Park. “It looks like the [team] tied together a disparate bunch of lines of evidence into a nicely coherent whole.”Scientists have long suggested many of the characteristics that helped freshwater creatures survive the dino-killing mass extinction, but Lewis says that the new paper is the first one to put all the pieces together.The team’s analysis “basically tells the story I’ve been telling my students for years,” Holtz says: While many species in the marine realm starved when the base of the food chain collapsed, he notes, the bottom-feeders there—as well as many species in freshwater ecosystems—were taking advantage of stored sources of nutrients such as nutrient-rich runoff from the land and previously accumulated organic material. In a sense, he says, they were “eating from the pantry,” so they suffered less severely.
At least five persons died and more than 20 were injured in a stampede at a temple in West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas at 2.15 am on Friday.Thousands of people gathered at the Baba Lokenath temple at Kachua under the Basirhat police station on the occasion of Janmashtami. Amid long spells of overnight rains, people tried to enter the temple and a boundary wall in the compound collapsed triggering the stampede.Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee visited two hospitals in Kolkata where the injured were admitted to.“The accident is unfortunate and tragic. Occurred after heavy rain. I visited CNMC and SSKM hospitals to meet families of the deceased and the injured. Every death is a tragedy. But what we can do is to stand by the families in their moment of grief,” she tweeted.Ms. Banerjee told journalists that the accident had occurred when people tried to take shelter inside the temple because of the rain. She announced compensation to the families of the deceased and said medical expenses for the injured would be borne by the government. She also blamed the illegal makeshift shops that had come up around the temple for the congestion leading to the stampede.Three of the deceased were women. Except one man, all the deceased were elderly persons. The identity of an elderly man had not been ascertained so far. Aparna Sarkar and Tarun Mondal, both residents of Basirhat, were declared dead at the Calcutta National Medical College and Hospital while Poornima Gorai was declared dead at the R G Kar Medical College and Hospital. At the SSKM Hospital and Medical College Sonaika Das, a resident of Basirhat and the unidentified man were declared dead.Lakhs of devotees gather at the temple every year on this day to celebrate the birth anniversary of Baba Lokenath, an 18th century saint, who has followers in West Bengal and Bangladesh. State Food and Supplies Minister and district president of the Trinamool Congress Jyotipriyo Mullick said the temple authorities did not provide correct figures of the crowd to the district and police authorities. State BJP president Dilip Ghosh blamed the lack of proper planning and lack of infrastructure to deal with such a huge rush of pilgrims for the stampede.
Maxi Rodriguez celebrates after scoring in the penalty shootout against Netherlands Argentina reached the World Cup final on Wednesday after beating the Netherlands 4-2 in a penalty shootout. Goalkeeper Sergio Romero saved penalties by Ron Vlaar and Wesley Sneijder to give Argentina the win after the game finished 0-0 following extra time. Maxi Rodriguez put away the winning spot kick.Argentina will play Germany in Sunday’s final at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.Team Lineups(from):Netherlands: Jasper Cillessen; Ron Vlaar, Stefan De Vrij, Bruno Martins Indi (Daryl Janmaat, 46th), Daley Blind; Georginio Wijnaldum, Wesley Sneijder, Nigel De Jong (Jordy Clasie, 62nd); Dirk Kuyt, Arjen Robben, Robin Van Persie (Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, 96th)Argentina: Sergio Romero; Pablo Zabaleta, Martin Demichelis, Ezequiel Garay, Marcos Rojo; Lucas Biglia, Javier Mascherano, Enzo Perez (Rodrigo Palacio, 81st); Gonzalo Higuain (Sergio Aguero, 82nd), Lionel Messi, Ezequiel Lavezzi (Maxi Rodriguez, 101st)
cricket COMMENTS Mahendra Singh Dhoni came to rescue for his team saving from one end at HPCA stadium during 1st ODI match between India and Sri Lanka in Dharamshala on Sunday. Photo: Akhilesh Kumar – The Hindu 1/2 × Picturesque HPCA stadium with the backdrop of Dhauladhar range on the eve of first ODI match between India and Srilanka in Dharamshala. Photo: Akhilesh Kumar – The Hindu December 10, 2017 SHARE Mahendra Singh Dhoni came to rescue for his team saving from one end at HPCA stadium during 1st ODI match between India and Sri Lanka in Dharamshala on Sunday. Photo: Akhilesh Kumar – The Hindu 2/2 Shreyas Iyer will be making his ODI debut for India Sri Lanka defeated India by seven wickets in the first ODI of the three-match series here today.Brief scores: India 112 all out in 38.2 overs (Dhoni 65; Lakmal 4/13). Sri Lanka 114/3 in 20.4 overs (Tharanga 49; Bumrah 1/32).Earlier, Mahendra Singh Dhoni blasted 65 off 87 balls to single-handedly take India to 112 all out after the hosts suffered a dramatic batting collapse against Sri Lanka in the opening one-dayer of the three-match series here today.Put into bat, Indian batsmen looked clueless as the pace troika of Suranga Lakmal (4/13), Nuwan Pradeep (2/37) and Angelo Mathews (1/8) stifled the hosts with a fine display of swing bowling under seaming conditions at the picturesque HPCA stadium.The half of the Indian batting line-up was gone for just 16 runs and at one stage, there was a possibility of the hosts being dismissed less than their lowest-ever ODI score of 54, but Dhoni showed his class once again and take the score past the 100-run mark.Left tottering at 29 for seven, Dhoni and Kuldeep Yadav (19) stitched 41 runs in 47 balls for the eighth wicket to resurrect the Indian innings. Dhoni clobbered 10 boundaries and two sixes in his crucial knock even as only two other Indian batsmen — Hardik Pandya (10) and Yadav — could reach double-digit figures.With an early start to the match, Lakmal, who completed his quota of 10 overs in a single spell, emerged as the wrecker-in-chief for Sri Lanka, returning with impressive figures of 10-4-13-4.Indian’s poor batting technique in seaming conditions came to the fore once again as Lakmal exploited the early testing conditions to the full. Such was the dominance of the Lankan seamers that India scored 11 for 3 in the powerplay overs, the lowest 10-over score in an ODI in the last five years, and second-lowest overall and it would be a timely reminder for the hosts who would be playing in seaming pitches when they tour South Africa next month.Sri Lanka put India on the backfoot right from the start with Mathews trapping opener Shikhar Dhawan in front of wicket in the last ball of his first over. The on-field umpire had given not out before a review by Sri Lankan team showed that the ball had hit him on line.Lakmal produced some extra bounce with his away going delivery and Rohit ended up poking at the ball to be back to the pavillion after the third umpire overturned another not out decision.With India tottering at 2-2, Dinesh Karthik joined debutant Shreyas Iyer in the middle. After four maiden overs in the first five overs, Iyer finally hit the first four and also got off the mark when he guided a Mathews delivery to the mid-wicket boundary.Living dangerously on the other end, Karthik was then sent back to the hut by Lakmal as India ended the powerplay overs at 11 for 3. Nuwan Pradeep replaced Mathews even as Perera persisted with Lakmal and it worked as the pacer produced a superb delivery to induce a thick outside edge off Manish Pandey as India slumped to 16-4. Two balls later, Pradeep uprooted Iyer’s stumps when the debutant inside-edged a delivery onto the stumps as the hosts lost half their side in the 14th over. Pandya then scored a couple of boundaries before giving an outside edge to Pradeep.Bhuvneshwar Kumar could not stay for long and it was left to Dhoni and Yadav to avoid the ignominy of being bowled out for their lowest ODI total of 54 against the same opponent in 2000 at Sharjah. Yadav looked in good touch as he blasted four boundaries but Dickwella produced a brilliant stumping off the bowing of spinner Akele Dananjaya to end his innings in the 26th over.Dhoni then added 17 and 25 runs with No. 10 Jasprit Bumrah and No. 11 Yuzvendra Chahal before being holed out in the 39th over at cover off Perera. COMMENT Published on Picturesque HPCA stadium with the backdrop of Dhauladhar range on the eve of first ODI match between India and Srilanka in Dharamshala. Photo: Akhilesh Kumar – The Hindu SHARE SHARE EMAIL
Lady Gaga paid psychedelic tribute on the Grammys stage on Monday to the late British rock visionary David Bowie with a multimedia song-and-dance performance that sought to capture the boundary-pushing essence of a kindred pop music spirit.Bowie, a forerunner of Gaga’s brand of provocative, gender-bending performance imagery, died of cancer at age 69 on Jan. 10, just two days after the release of what became his critically acclaimed final studio album, “Blackstar.” (SCROLL DOWN TO SEE VIDEO)Gaga, 29, a six-time Grammy laureate who, like Bowie, is known for frequent self-reinvention, arrived on the red carpet dressed in an outfit that channeled Bowie’s signature androgynous look, sporting a bright, blue embellished jacket-dress and bright orange hair.On stage she charted Bowie’s half-century career with a medley touching on 10 of his hits – “Space Oddity,” “Changes,” “Ziggy Stardust,” “Suffragette City,” “Rebel Rebel,” “Fashion,” “Fame,” “Under Pressure,” “Let’s Dance” and “Heroes.”Also read: Ed Sheeran’s Thinking Out Loud wins Song of the Year at Grammys The song-dance number was punctuated by a torrent of flashing multi-colored lights and images projected on a large screen behind her, including a closeup of her face adorned in Aladdin Sane makeup – a nod to one of Bowie’s personas – with a spider crawling over her nose.Bowie’s work also garnered posthumous Grammy award recognition on Monday as a new version of his composition “Sue (Or In a Season of Crime),” re-recorded for his 26th and final studio album, “Blackstar,” earned the prize for best arrangement for instrument and vocals.advertisementLady Gaga performs a medley of David Bowie songs as a tribute to the late singer during the 58th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California. Reuters photoThat Grammy went to big-band orchestra leader and composer Maria Schneider, who said she had no idea at the time she was collaborating with Bowie on what would be his final project.”It was the greatest privilege to work with David Bowie and to experience his creativity,” she told reporters backstage.”Sue” was originally included as a fresh track for Bowie’s 2014 compilation album “Nothing Has Changed.” The album “Blackstar” was released two days before his death.58th Annual Grammy Awards: Full list of winnersEarlier in the show, another late pop talent, Eagles co-founder, guitarist and songwriter Glenn Frey, was saluted by surviving members of his band who joined Jackson Browne for a performance of one of the Eagles’ biggest hits, “Take It Easy.”Frey, who co-founded the Eagles with Don Henley in 1971 in Los Angeles, died at age 67 in January of complications from a number of ailments, including pneumonia.Browne, who co-wrote the song, stood in for Frey on lead vocals, with the Eagles’ familiar backing harmonies and laid-back instrumental accompaniment from Henley, along with Joe Walsh, Timothy B. Schmit and Bernie Leadon.Lady Gaga performing a David Bowie song as part of a tribute to the late singer. Reuters photoIn other musical homages to the fallen of pop music, Stevie Wonder joined the a cappella group Pentatonix for a tribute to Maurice White, late founder of the R&B funk band Earth, Wind & Fire, with a performance of the title track off the band’s hit album, “That’s the Way of the World.”And Bonnie Raitt teamed up with Chris Stapleton and Gary Clark Jr. on “The Thrill Is Gone” in salute of the late blues icon B.B. King.See her tribute here:
Professional boxing has made rapid strides in India after Vijender Singh’s sensational run in the circuit but legendary woman boxer MC Mary Kom feels it is not her cup of tea.Vijender, who is an Olympic bronze medallist, forayed into professional boxing last year and has since created ripples by remaining unbeaten in his six bouts so far.Vijender will now contest for the World Boxing Organisation’s (WBO) Asia title in front of his home crowd in New Delhi on June 11.NO TO PRO BOXINGHowever, Mary Kom, who is herself a five-time World Champion and a bronze medallist at the London Olympics 2012, ruled out foraying into professional boxing, saying it is “very difficult”.”Pro boxing is very difficult. It’s not an option for me. In India, the quality of competition is not there for me to take the plunge,” she said.Heading into the World Championships in Asthana, Mary Kom has promised to double the aggression in her attempt to book a ticket for her last Olympic appearance at Rio.”Let’s see how this World Championship goes, I am one of the ambassadors of the tournament so I hope this will be an advantage for me. I don’t mind the disadvantage either because I will do my best from my side whether I qualify or not,” said the Manipuri.’DISADVANTAGE FOR INDIA’Mary Kom said the absence of any Indian representation among referees and judges at the World Championships will be a disadvantage. The reason is the absence of a national federation.advertisement”Officially there is no representation, so that plays on the mind. Even if we perform, we might end up on the losing side because there is no official to take up our case.”Sometimes we feel very scared that who will support us. The countries which have proper federations protest strongly when they feel things have not been fair but we can’t, there is no support,” she lamented.’TOUGHEST TIME FOR INDIAN BOXING'”This is the toughest time Indian boxing is going through. Only one boy (Shiva Thapa) has qualified so far. That speaks for itself. There is one more qualifier left (for men) but how many will qualify from there. Last time we were eight of us at the Olympics,” she pointed out.To ensure that these ‘disadvantages’ have a minimum bearing on her results, Mary Kom said she has worked on her reflexes. The mother-of-three said it was an important area to improve as she would be dealing with younger and swifter rivals in Astana.ROAD TO RIOThe veteran would need to make at least the semi-finals to book a berth to Rio, which would be her second successive and last Olympic appearance if she makes the cut.”The basics of how I fight have not changed because it is difficult to alter your original style but I have been trying to improve endurance, speed. I have worked on how to attack faster. I used to be very attacking and I have tried to regain that with the help of my coaches,” she explained.”This time, I have tried to go back to that old style of attacking more and if the opponent is attacking, then I have worked on my reflexes to ensure that I can match the pace. I have worked on shifting gears. I have this ability of catching fast opponents, I have worked hard to improve my reaction time,” she said.’NOTHING TO PROVE’Mary Kom said there is very little left to prove for her even though the never-ending questions on whether she can do it again do rankle.”It is hurtful sometimes and makes me wonder whether I would qualify or not,” she said.(With PTI inputs)
New Delhi, Jul 4 (PTI) Several new faces, including some from dalit community, are likely to be included in the expansion and reshuffle of the Union Council of Ministers tomorrow, an exercise being done with an eye on the Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh and a few other states next year. In the expansion, the second since Prime Minister Narendra Modi took over in May, 2014 new faces like Anupriya Patel, an OBC Lok Sabha member of ally Apna Dal in Uttar Pradesh, besides BJP MPs S S Ahluwalia (West Bengal) and Purushottam Rupala, a Rajya Sabha member from Gujarat, may be inducted. Krishna Raj, a dalit woman MP from Uttar Pradesh, Mahendra Nath Pandey, a Brahmin face in the state, Ajay Tamta, a dalit MP from Uttarakhand, which also goes to polls next year, also figure in the list of probables. Arjun Ram Meghwal, a dalit BJP MP from Rajasthan, Ramdas Athawale, another dalit leader and RPI MP from Maharashtra, can get ministerial berths besides Subhash Ramrao Bhamre, who is also from Maharashtra, and Mansukhbhai Mandaviya, a Rajya Sabha member from Gujarat. The names of Rajya Sabha MPs Vijay Goel, M J Akbar, Anil Madhav Dave, Bhupender Yadav and P P Chaudhary, Lok Sabha member from Pali in Rajasthan, have also been doing the rounds as possible inductions.Many of these leaders today met party chief Amit Shah, who is also likely to announce the partys organisational team soon.Some ministers can also be dropped, party sources said, while a few state ministers can be promoted and portfolios of some others may witness changes. Frank Noronha, Principal spokesperson of the government, tweeted today that the cabinet expansion will take place tomorrow at 11 AM.advertisementThere is also a vacancy in the Council of Ministers after Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal became the Chief Minister of Assam. The first expansion had occurred in November 2014.There are currently 64 Union ministers, including the Prime Minister, and there can be a maximum of 82 of them under a constitutional bar. PTI KR NAB PYK VSC
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GENEVA (AP) — A teenager’s three goals and one team’s three goalkeepers perked up the Champions League on Wednesday as three European powers advanced to the round of 16.Real Madrid prodigy Rodrygo’s hat trick in a 6-0 rout of Galatasaray gave notice of a fresh young talent on a night when the familiar names of Bayern Munich, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain won to take their usual places in the knockout rounds.The wealthy trio was the first wave of teams to advance with two group-stage games to spare.Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo reacts during the Champions League Group D soccer match between Lokomotiv Moscow and Juventus at the Lokomotiv Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)Manchester City missed a chance to join them as it had to use three keepers — including defender Kyle Walker in emergency duty — in a 1-1 draw at Atalanta.Madrid is heavily favored to advance after unleashing its 18-year-old Brazilian at Santiago Bernabeu stadium to make his mark on the storied competition.Rodrygo scored twice in the opening seven minutes of his home Champions League debut. No player has scored two goals faster in a game in 28 seasons since the European Cup was rebranded.Tottenham was also impressive in winning 4-0 at Red Star Belgrade but has more to do in the group led by Bayern.TEENAGE SENSATIONRodrygo was just 17 when Madrid agreed in June 2018 to pay Santos a reported 45 million euros ($52 million) for him to come to Spain one year later.Real Madrid’s Rodrygo celebrates after scoring his side’s second goal during a Champions League group A soccer match between Real Madrid and Galatasaray at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)His first Champions League action was in Madrid’s 1-0 win at Galatasaray last month, and his second was stunning.A slick left foot shot and soaring glanced header put Madrid up early, and it was 4-0 at halftime when Rodrygo took advantage of slack defending to set up Karim Benzema for a tap-in.Rodrygo got his third with the last kick of the game, sliding the ball past goalkeeper Fernando Muslera after more good interplay with Benzema.Madrid should advance from Group A despite trailing Paris Saint-Germain by five points.PSG got a fourth straight win with a 1-0 home victory against third-placed Club Brugge, which trails Madrid by five points. PSG goalkeeper Keylor Navas saved a second-half penalty to preserve the win.CRAZY GOALIESManchester City’s Kyle Walker, second from left, is playing as goalkeeper during the Champions League group C soccer match between Atalanta and Manchester City at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy, Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)A curious night for goalkeepers saw Manchester City use three, and Shakhtar Donetsk’s win a game-saving penalty deep into stoppage time.City’s first-choice keeper Ederson went off injured after 31 minutes in Atalanta, with his team leading by Raheem Sterling’s goal.Substitute Claudio Bravo was later sent off for racing out of the penalty area to bring down an attacker, leaving defender Kyle Walker to come off the bench in the 88th to put on the gloves. Walker made one save from a free kick and was protected by his defense through eight minutes if stoppage time.Dinamo Zagreb and Shakhtar were level at 1-1 and both down to 10 men late in the game. Dinamo then scored twice before the 90-minute mark to go 3-1 up, but conceded three minutes into stoppage time.Five minutes later, Tete leveled a wild match from the spot with a penalty given when his goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov — who had come up to attack a corner — was fouled in the box.Man City leads Group C by five points from Shakhtar and Dinamo, though the Ukrainians are in second place on a head-to-head tiebreaker.PINBALL WIZARDSTottenham netted the wildest goal of the night to open the scoring in Belgrade. A flurry of activity in the Red Star goalmouth saw Harry Kane’s shot strike a post and Son Heung-min’s shot rebound off the bar before Giovani Lo Celso score from close range.Son later scored twice as last season’s beaten finalist followed up a 5-0 home win over Red Star last month.Bayern leads the group with a maximum 12 points, five ahead of Tottenham which is four clear of Red Star.___By GRAHAM DUNBAR AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shares
Two consecutive defeats have been littered with individual errors beyond Boothroyd’s control – goalkeeper Dean Henderson the latest culprit when he allowed Florinel Coman’s 88th minute daisy-cutter to squirm through his grasp – but responsibility for this weak performance and early exit rests with the head coach. His decision not to start Phil Foden against Romania backfired spectacularly.England equalised twice in quick succession as they served up another frenzied climax to a Group C fixture but Henderson’s error, followed by another spectacular strike in stoppage time by Coman, ensured Demarai Gray’s and Tammy Abraham’s goals were in vain. Gray had claimed England remained the best squad in the tournament following their defeat by France. Henderson repeated the nonsense after shipping four goals to an average Romania side. The fact is they play Croatia on Monday to decide who is the third best team in the group.“Are we better than Romania? Yes. Are we better than France? Yes,” the Manchester United keeper said in Cesena. “Looking at the squad and players, I still believe we are the best team in the tournament. With the group of players we have really under-achieved. We wanted to come here and win this tournament. Whoever goes on to win the tournament realistically we know we can beat as well. It is a shame. We have let ourselves down. We have let the country down.”That part was true at least.Boothroyd stood by his decision to omit Foden from the starting lineup, explaining he wanted to keep the Manchester City talent fresh for the late stages and avoid the kind of hamstring injury that struck Ryan Sessegnon only 12 minutes after he had replaced Harvey Barnes. England looked threatening onlyonce Foden replaced Sessegnon – a forced substitution – and the head coach’s argument was undermined by the 19-year-old’s record of starting 14 club matches this season. The Romania coach, Matei Radoi, stuck with the same XI that beat Croatia 4-1 on Tuesday and was rewarded with an incisive, cohesive and purposeful performance. England were lacking on all counts until a second half improvement instigated by their brightest talent. Share on LinkedIn Read more match reports The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Share via Email Topics European Under-21 Championship Asked whether he regretted not starting Foden, Boothroyd replied: “It is a difficult one to answer. If we’d have taken our chances and gone on to a dramatic victory it would have been the right thing to do. He didn’t start for a reason, because I wanted to make sure he was fresh coming on and not running out of gas at the end. That was my decision. Do I regret it? I think it’s time for reflection from me without making any daft statements. We are disappointed and wish we could have put in a better performance.”Henderson was forced into several early saves as Romania counter-attacked with speed and penetration from the start. Ianis Hagi, son of the great Gheorghe, revelled in the space Hamza Choudhury would usually protect. England had no like-for-like replacement for the suspended defensive midfielder, Kieran Dowell took the role but had little support from Mason Mount or the erratic James Maddison, and Hagi, George Puscas and Dennis Man wreaked havoc in the first half.Romania opened the scoring as England were starting to exert control in the second half. Puscas coolly converted a penalty past Henderson following Jonjoe Kenny’s clumsy foul on the influential substitute Coman. Gray levelled with a fine curling drive only for Hagi to restore Romania’s lead when he pounced on Fikayo Tomori’s weak clearance and found the bottom corner from 20 yards. Abraham, collecting Mount’s inviting cross, gave England hope of a reprieve once more before Coman chanced his luck from distance and wheeled away in delight as the ball slipped through Henderson’s grasp and over the line. An outstanding half-volley from Coman the destroyer confirmed England’s elimination. England Under-21s Share on Twitter England’s Wan-Bissaka gifts France win at U-21 Euros despite penalty misses Share on Facebook One by one England’s players fell to the ground at the realisation their European Championship campaign had come to a humiliatingly abrupt end. A suitable image for a tournament floored by late collapses, first France and now Romania, and Aidy Boothroyd may not be spared from its domino effect. England, all talk and little substance, are heading home.England’s head coach insisted he would not quit after a must-win game against Romania resulted in a sound beating. “I’m not going anywhere,” said Boothroyd, who was given a new two-year contract by the Football Association on the eve of the tournament. “They will have to carry me out.” That said, serious questions will have to be asked of the head coach given his selections and substitutions contributed significantly to this failure. Reuse this content Share on Pinterest Romania Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp
Manchester United have completed the signing of Harry Maguire from Leicester City in an £80 million ($97m) deal that sees the centre-back sign a six-year contract, with the option of a further year, at Old Trafford.The long-running saga came to an end on Monday as the England international put pen to paper to become part of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s rebuild at the Theatre of Dreams.The move sees Maguire surpass Virgil van Dijk to become the most expensive defender of all time, with the Netherlands international having joined Liverpool for £75m in January 2018. Editors’ Picks 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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Fans have been calling for defensive reinforcements for some time at United, with many believing Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic to have been the last two truly reliable centre-halves at the club.Solskjaer said upon the announcement of Maguire’s arrival: “Harry is one of the best centre-backs in the game today and I am delighted we have secured his signature.”He is a great reader of the game and has a strong presence on the pitch, with the ability to remain calm under pressure – coupled with his composure on the ball and a huge presence in both boxes – I can see he will fit well into this group both on and off the pitch.”He has a great personality and is a fantastic addition to the club.“I would like to welcome Harry to Manchester United and we are looking forward to working with him as we prepare for the new season.”Maguire added: “I am delighted to have signed for this great club. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Leicester and would like to thank everyone at the club, and the fans, for their fantastic support over the past two seasons.”However, when Manchester United come knocking on your door, it is an incredible opportunity.”From my conversations with the manager, I am excited about the vision and plans he has for the team. It’s clear to see that Ole is building a team to win trophies. I am now looking forward to meeting my new team-mates and getting the season started.”A sixth-place finish in the Premier League last term following Solskjaer’s appointment to replace Jose Mourinho in the dugout was considered a hugely disappointing return for a club of United’s stature and Maguire is seen as a ready-made edition to aid in their mission to return to challenging for the English top-flight crown and the Champions League.Maguire becomes United’s third signing of the summer following the earlier arrivals of Daniel James from Swansea City and Aaron Wan-Bissaka from Crystal Palace.
zoom At the 103rd International Labour Conference, the International Labour Organization (ILO) has, with a staggering majority, adopted new provisions on the protection of abandoned seafarers and seafarers who have been injured in occupational accidents, the Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) said in a release.The new regulations are, inter alia, intended to ensure financial security when a seafarer is abandoned in a foreign port without any economic possibilities of paying the voyage home or is taken ill, for example as a consequence of an occupational accident.By now, 61 countries have ratified the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) and, thus, the protection of seafarers is extended.Hereby, the ILO’s success creating an up-to-date instrument on seafarers’ rights is confirmed.The Special MLC Tripartite Committee drew up the new provisions in April this year. Thus, the special revision process introduced by the MLC was tested.Now, a period of two years and six months remains before the regulations will take effect. Then, countries that have ratified the MLC will be bound by the regulations unless 40 per cent of the ratifying countries reject the new provisions in writing.However, such a result is hardly likely given the support for the regulations by both the employer and employee side as well as by the relevant governments.Only one of the 470 delegates voting on this issue voted against it.Consequently, seafarers and their families can look forward to being better protected worldwide as regards, inter alia, outstanding wages in case of the ship owner’s liquidation, a paid voyage home and security for compensation in case of occupational accidents.This is to be ensured by means of insurance or similar schemes. Seafarers on board Danish ships have already to a great extent enjoyed this protection, but it is far from obvious in other countries.DMA, June 16, 2014; Image: ILO
Mumbai: Navi Mumbai International Airport Private Limited (NMIAPL) said on Saturday that it has awarded the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for the greenfield airport to the L&T infra arm, L&T IDPL. The work under the EPC contract includes cutting and filling, construction of terminal building, airfield development such as construction of runway, apron area, taxiways, airfield development and utilities and support facilities, among others, Mumbai International Airport Ltd (MIAL) said in a release. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalNMIAPL is a public-private partnership venture in which GVK-led MIAL has a 74 per cent stake with CIDCO, the Maharashtra government’s nodal agency for the project, holding the remaining 26 per cent. “We are happy to partner with L&T for the Navi Mumbai airport,” said GVK Reddy, founder and chairman, GVK group. MIAL was declared the winning bidder for the greenfield international airport in Navi Mumbai that will be built on 1,160 hectares of land in phases and will eventually cater to 60 million passengers per year. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe initial concession period for the over Rs 14,000 crore airport project is 30 years, extendable for a further 10 years. The Navi Mumbai airport, once commissioned, will initially have passenger handling capacity 10 mpa (million passengers per annum), which will be later scaled up to 20 mpa. “We are happy that we have bagged the mandate to build the Navi Mumbai airport. GVK has entrusted L&T to develop some of their major infrastructures,” said S N Subrahmanyan, Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, L&T.
APTN National NewsFormer Aboriginal affairs minister Jim Prentice will be leading Enbridge Inc.’s charm offensive to convince recalcitrant First Nations to support the controversial Northern Gateway Pipeline project.Enbridge said in a statement Wednesday that Prentice would be leading the energy firm’s “renewed efforts to consult…and establish partnerships with First Nations.Prentice, who is currently vice-chairman of the CIBC bank, also announced his new role on Twitter.“I have agreed to help (the Northern Gateway) project because I believe First Nations should be full partners in resource projects,” tweeted Prentice, who was Aboriginal affairs minister from 2006 to 2007. “And they should be owners of projects like the Northern Gateway Pipeline project.”Enbridge says it has agreements with 26 Aboriginal communities along the pipeline route, which will carry Alberta tar sands bitumen to the British Columbia coast. That number, however, is disputed. Enbridge only has the support of three B.C. First Nations at most and the number it uses relies heavily on Alberta support.Enbridge CEO Al Monaco said in a statement that Enbridge is committed to “reach out in a respectful way” to First Nations.“We believe Jim Prentice is uniquely suited to help us fulfill that promise,” said Monaco. “We value the constructive relationships we’ve built with our existing Aboriginal equity partners.”The pipeline project received a boost from the National Energy Board’s Joint Review Panel which found its economic benefits outweighed its environmental impact.It is now up to the Harper cabinet to make a final decision on the project. It’s expected that the project will get the federal government’s backing which has described the pipeline as being in the national interest.The project, however, faces stiff resistance from First Nation bands along the route and from Indigenous grassroots activists.Art Sterritt, executive director of the Coastal First Nations, said Prentice’s appointment is a sign of desperation on the part of Enbridge and will do little to shift opposition to the pipeline.“We’ve been dealing with a project that’s been around for eight or nine years and we are in on the last minute of this whose exercise,” said Sterritt. “It’s a last gasp by Enbridge. Enbridge knows it’s in trouble around here.”Sterritt said the pipeline poses a threat to a $3 billion fisheries and eco-tourism industry that could be wiped out by one oil spill.“Jobs already exist here. It’s not like we are in some backwater. They come along thinking we should jump if they flash a few dollars,” he said. “We have been sustaining ourselves here for many thousands or years, we are not out there begging anyone to give us a job…The reality is that the vast majority, hundreds of First Nation communities, are against this project.”The Coastal First Nations represents an alliance of coastal B.C. First Nations including the Wuikinuxv Nation, Heiltsuk, Kitasoo/Xaixais, Nuxalk Nation, Gitga’at, Metlakatla, Old Massett, Skidegate, and the Council of the Haida Nation.At the grassroots level, the opposition is also fierce.An anti-pipeline blockade, led by the Unist’ot’en clan who are part of the Wet’suwet’en people, has dug in along the pipeline’s planned route. The blockade aims to stop the pipeline’s construction. The blockade and associated camp is situated about 66 kilometres south of Houston, BC, and about 1,000 km north of Vancouver.“(Prentice’s) track record has always shown that he has traversed a corporate-heavy trajectory in his role in the federal government. With him being the senior executive vice-president for CIBC we know that his motives have always been prioritized by the financial bottom line,” said the Unist’ot’en camp in a statement. “The banks and the governments are notorious for their disregard for the general public’s opinion as was shown in the recent NEB JRP process with the Enbridge Northern Gateway project. This is also blatantly obvious with their complete disregard for Indigenous Rights and Title issues which are subject to protection in the Constitution Act and the largest majority of Case Laws pertaining to Indigenous matters.”Prentice, who resigned in 2010 from the Harper government while environment minister, is no stranger to land battles between Ottawa and First Nations. He was Aboriginal affairs minister during Six Nation’s reclamation of an under-construction subdivision in 2006. He also negotiated the creation of the Specific Claims Tribunal with former Assembly of First Nations national chief Phil Fontaine in 2007 to avert nation-wide unrest during a planned day of action scheduled for June 29.Only the Mohawks of Tyendinaga marched out that day, blocking the railways and Hwy 401 for about 11 email@example.com
22 January 2010Israel has paid the United Nations $10.5 million for damage to the world body’s properties in Gaza during last year’s Israeli offensive against Hamas. During the three-week operation, which Israel says it launched in response to rocket attacks against it, Israeli shells struck the UN’s main centre in Gaza City, setting ablaze a warehouse with hundreds of tons of food and medicine, and at least three UN schools run for Palestinian refugee children were also attacked.The incidents were investigated by the UN Headquarters Board of Inquiry early last year, after which Israel and the UN held discussions over compensation.“With this payment, the United Nations has agreed that the financial issues relating to those incidents referred to in the terms of reference of the Board of Inquiry are concluded,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s spokesman Martin Nesirky told a news briefing today. “The Secretary-General would like to record the cooperative approach that the Government of Israel has shown in the course of the discussions that led to this settlement.”
The Toronto stock market was lower Monday despite earlier relief that Spain had admitted it needed help in recapitalizing its debt-laden banks and secured a bailout for the sector.The S&P/TSX composite index was down 37.31 points to 11,463.32.Eurozone finance ministers said Saturday they would make up to C100 billion in loans available to the Spanish government to prop up banks stuck with non-performing loans and other toxic assets after the collapse of a real estate bubble. Spain has yet to say how much of this money it will tap.But the TSX gave up early advances as relief was tempered by traders wondering whether Madrid can manage the extra debt and whether it will be forced to ask for further aid.“I think that’s really the issue and what concerns markets the most,” said Chris King, portfolio manager at Morgan, Meighen and Associates. “There’s more writedowns to come and ultimately it’s a process of writing things off, all the while maintaining liquidity and equity in your banking system as we remove more than a decade of excess from the banking system and there’s always a price to be paid.”The TSX Venture Exchange was off 11.02 points to 1,281.91.The Canadian dollar was also off session highs as early advances in commodities weakened and the greenback strengthened, down 0.25 of a cent to 97.12 cents US.U.S. markets also shed early gains with the Dow Jones industrial average down 53.36 points at 12,500.84. The Nasdaq composite index was off 20.39 points to 2,838.03 and the S&P 500 index dipped 6.26 points to 1,319.4.Uncertainty about the bank bailout was also evident on bond markets. The rate on Spanish 10-year bonds — a direct measure of how much investors trust a country to pay its debt obligations — started with a 17-basis point drop.But this soon turned into an increase and later rose 0.289 of a point at 6.518 per cent, edging closer to the seven per cent level where the three other European bailout countries — Greece, Portugal and Ireland — sought international assistance.Prices for oil and metals initially advanced but at mid-morning the July crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange was off 59 cents at US$83.51 a barrel. The TSX energy sector slipped 0.66 per cent and Suncor Energy (TSX:SU) gave back 36 cents to C$28.67.The base metals sector declined about 0.7 per cent as July copper was up six cents to US$3.34 a pound. Ivanhoe Mines (TSX:IVN) moved down 30 cents to C$10.52.The gold sector was down about 0.4 per cent as August bullion in New York climbed $5.40 to US$1,596.80 an ounce. Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX) faded 27 cents to C$39.86.The telecom sector led advancers with Telus Corp. (TSX:T) ahead 92 cents to $59.57.The industrials sector was also positive as Canadian National Railways (TSX:CNR) rose 73 cents to $84.39.Traders also opted for caution ahead of this weekend when Greek voters head to the polls in an election likely to determine whether the debt-mired country will stick with the euro. If Greece leaves the common currency, that will raise questions about whether others might follow suit.“There’s enough concern about uncertainty out there that people are not taking undue exposures,” added King.Stock markets have been under increasing pressure over the last six weeks, in particular, as the eurozone debt crisis spread to Spain’s banking sector. But the TSX gained almost two per cent last week amid a bout of bargain-hunting after having endured a string of losses that left the main index down more than 11 per cent from its highs of late February.Meanwhile, traders also digested data from China that came out over the weekend indicating that the government of the world’s second biggest economy can concentrate on further measures to boost growth.China’s statistics bureau said that industrial production grew 9.6 per cent in May from a year earlier, higher than the 9.3 per cent growth registered in April. But it was lower than the 9.9 per cent gain that analysts expected.Exports rose 15.3 per cent from a year earlier, beating 4.9 per cent growth in April and higher than the 6.9 per cent rise forecast by economists.On the inflation front, consumer and wholesale price gains eased more than expected with the May consumer price index rising by three per cent, down from 3.4 per cent in April.There was relief on markets last week after China’s central bank cut a key lending rate by 0.25 per cent, its first rate cut in about four years.In corporate news, convenience store chain Alimentation Couche-Tard (TSX:ATD.B) issued another warning to shareholders of Statoil Fuel & Retail who may be waiting for a higher offer. The Montreal-area company that owns Mac’s and Couche-Tard convenience stores and Circle K gas bars says it won’t pay more for the Scandinavian company. Couche-Tard’s offer values Statoil Fuel at about $2.7 billion. Its shares edged 71 cents lower to $40.98.Kinross Gold Corp. (TSX:K) added two cents at $8.53 after it said production had resumed at its Tasiast mine in Mauritania following a labour dispute that was resolved Saturday. The Toronto-based company has said the work stoppage was illegal. It provided no details of how the dispute was resolved in Monday’s announcement.NovaGold Resources Inc. (TSX:NG) said Monday it has signed a deal to sell its Rock Creek property in Nome, Alaska to Bering Straits Native Corp. Financial terms of the deal were not immediately available. NovaGold shares were unchanged at $6.13.
Norris Cole5.0-1.8-1.4 WINSLOSSES Kyle Singler10.0-2.5-0.3 Nick Collison4.0-3.10.7 Enes Kanter25.00.5-1.2 Paul George35.02.40.4 Terrance Ferguson5.0-1.6-0.1 Alex Abrines15.00.0-1.8 The top-5 of Westbrook, George, Enes Kanter, Steven Adams and Andre Roberson are worth 53 wins all on their own. But CARMELO thinks so little of the Thunder bench that the rest of the roster is worth -2 wins. That bench was bad this past season, but young players like Alex Abrines and Doug McDermott may improve with an additional season with the team, and this season’s first-round draft pick Terrance Ferguson has potential as a spot-up shooter on the wing, which the team desperately needed last season. Still, with Taj Gibson likely leaving in free agency, the Thunder will be thin. But while their projection doesn’t put the team nearly at the level of the Golden State Warriors, or even the newly minted Chris Paul Houston Rockets, acquiring George should have an outsize effect on the Thunder.It’s hard to overstate how perfect a fit this is for Oklahoma City. George isn’t Kevin Durant — he doesn’t rebound as well, and isn’t quite the playmaker that Durant can be when called upon — but he replaces a lot of what the former MVP took with him when he departed for Golden State. The most obvious way he helps is by giving Westbrook a legitimate partner in the offense. George is a very good shooter: He shot 39.3 percent from 3 last season, and has floated between 36 and 40 percent the past several years despite taking some of the most difficult shots in the league. George shouldn’t have to take on the world quite the same way in Oklahoma City.George may actually end up fitting slightly better with Westbrook than Durant did — in practice if not in terms of absolute skill. Durant dominated the ball late in games for the Thunder; Westbrook would defer, often to a fault. This left Westbrook, an average at best shooter, on the perimeter, largely wasted. With George new to OKC, where Westbrook is the reigning MVP and undisputed team leader, the Thunder should be able to default to more sensible sets in crucial moments, with the ball in Westbrook’s hands but George actively involved.That said, George’s ability to get his own shot should also be key for the Thunder. In the team’s first-round loss to the Houston Rockets, the bench units led by Oladipo were overwhelmed, often unable even to get a shot without their star. In Game 5 of that series, Westbrook played 42 minutes, scored 47 points and had a plus-minus of +12. The Thunder lost by six. George can be streaky, but his ability to carry an offense means the Thunder can survive spells without Westbrook.But it’s George’s defensive ability and versatility that may unlock the Thunder’s potential. Oklahoma City had been constructed with a lopsided allotment of talents. They had more than enough rebounders and interior defenders, but few perimeter scorers or players who could perform the basic three-and-D role so crucial to successful teams. George is one of the best three-and-D players in the league, good enough to compensate for limited defensive players around him when the Thunder need offense.Lineups featuring both George and Andre Roberson — a converted power forward who plays shooting guard for the Thunder despite being one of the worst shooters in the league — would seem to not only cover Westbrook’s defensive shortcomings, but possibly those of other players, such as Abrines or Kanter. Roberson is restricted free agent and reportedly declined a four-year, $48 million extension last fall, so he may be too expensive to re-sign, but given the Thunder’s lack of depth they may not have much choice. (And in a twist, George actually earns less than Oladipo this season, giving the Thunder a little extra breathing room under the luxury tax.) Giving Roberson’s projected minutes to Abrines results in the team’s CARMELO rating dropping from 51 wins to 47.The Thunder were a deeply but narrowly flawed team last season. That happens when a Kevin Durant-sized hole is left in the depth chart. Paul George may not fill the whole thing, and he may not do it for very long, but for as long as he and Westbrook are in town, the Thunder are back. Team total3.70.6 PLAYERMIN. PER GAMEOFF. PLUS/MINUSDEF. PLUS/MINUS Thunder’s projected record50.831.2 Jerami Grant20.0-2.00.1 Andre Roberson25.0-1.21.8 Paul George is headed to Oklahoma City, according to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne, and the Thunder may be back to being title contenders — or at least in the mix to be the West’s second-best team behind Golden State.Just hours before the NBA’s free agency period begins, the Indiana Pacers have traded George to the Thunder for former No. 2 overall pick Victor Oladipo and rising sophomore Domantas Sabonis. Oklahoma City had acquired Oladipo and the draft pick that became Sabonis from Orlando in a trade for Serge Ibaka last offseason.George is a free agent after this coming season, and it’s believed that he has not agreed to sign a contract extension. The assumption around the league has been that the Lakers are his preferred long-term destination, which is a large part of why the Pacers couldn’t even secure a draft pick for their outgoing star. So this is certainly a calculated risk for OKC, but MVP Russell Westbrook can also become a free agent after the 2017-18 season thanks to a player-option. And while he hasn’t been as forthright as George, his hometown Lakers have long been a rumored destination for him as well. So the Thunder are on the clock to sell themselves as a place where Westbrook can contend, or alternatively, to take their last, best shot at winning a title while they still have him. The George trade should accomplish both.According to FiveThirtyEight’s CARMELO projection system, adding George to the Thunder and subtracting Oladipo and Sabonis should put the team at 51 wins: Russell Westbrook35.07.60.7 Replacement level player11-1.7-0.3 Semaj Christon5.0-3.0-1.5 Steven Adams30.0-0.62.0 Doug McDermott15.0-0.6-2.7 The Thunder are backCARMELO projections for the 2017-18 Oklahoma City Thunder
How would you like to earn more than $100,000 for sitting on the bench? That’s the position Cleveland Browns’ rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden found himself in for the team’s final preseason game. Coach Pat Shurmur decided that the rookie starting quarterback was too valuable to risk him getting injured before the regular season starts. Huh? I had to rewind the show I was watching to make sure I had heard that correctly. Even after watching it again, I still didn’t believe it. While it’s not unheard of for NFL players to sit out the final preseason game, especially quarterbacks, sitting a rookie quarterback who has yet to throw a single touchdown pass in his career is beyond ridiculous. Tom Brady and Peyton Manning did not play in their teams’ final exhibition games either, but they are both future Hall of Famers with years of NFL experience and Super Bowl rings. Weeden hasn’t even attempted 50 passes in the NFL preseason. So a rookie with no touchdown passes, a completion percentage below 50 percent, and less than two full preseason games under his belt is too valuable to risk getting injured? Are you kidding me? It’s not as if Weeden will have a long career to learn how to be an NFL quarterback. Being drafted at age 28, he will have six fewer years than the average signal caller to master his craft. He’s already missed one-third of a career. He simply doesn’t have the time to waste sitting on the bench. So if Weeden is already starting behind the curve, why pass up an opportunity to help him catch up? Weeden doesn’t have a huge contract to worry about. He wasn’t the team’s top pick in the draft. He wasn’t even the first quarterback taken, or the second, or even the third. He was the fourth quarterback taken in the 2012 NFL draft. He is also the only quarterback taken in the first round who hasn’t thrown a touchdown pass in the preseason. Sitting a rookie quarterback who hasn’t proven himself yet isn’t protecting an asset, it’s robbing him of an opportunity to gain valuable experience before the games actually count. Weeden has a four-year contract worth $8.1 million. Spread over 80 regular and preseason games that is an average of $101,250 per game. That’s an expensive benchwarmer.
Detective Chief Inspector Paul Settle said claims of a Westminster paedophile ring operating from a guest house in south west London had been investigated over two years. The detective, who led Scotland Yard’s inquiry into an alleged VIP paedophile ring, said yesterday he was astonished that the £100 million inquiry was planning to investigate claims of a cover up against Lord Brittan and Sir Edward heath. A former former police chief has accused the national child sex abuse inquiry of giving credibility to fantasists trashing the reputations of dead politicians. No evidence had been found to substantiate the allegations. Lord Brittan’s name was on a list of politicians and celebrities who, it…
BM Fraikin Granollers are out of the King’s Cup in Madrid after quarter-final’s day. Puente Genil made the biggest surprise od Day 1 by beating EHF Cup quarter-flnalists 31:29 after penalty-shotout.Barca beat Atletico Valladolid 34:30, while Ademar Leon outplayed Guadalajara 25:21.25 – Abanca Ademar León: Biosca (Cupara); Mario López (2), Simonet (2), Vejin, Juanín García (4, 3p), Carou, Rodrigo Pérez (3) Piñeiro (3), Vieyra (5), David Fernández (1), Jaime Fernández, Acacio Marques, Gonzalo Pérez, Pesic y Costoya (5)21 – Quabit Guadalajara: Hombrados (Eceolaza); Parra (2, 1p), Mellado (2), Benedito, Chema Márquez (2), Montoya, Vidal (3), Sanz, Vigo (5), Bozalongo, Fuentes, Moya (4), Javi García (3), Sedano y Valles.Results:Barcelona 34 – 30 Atl. ValladolidAdemar 25 – 21 Quabit GuadalajaraGranollers 29 – 31 pen. Puente GenilLa Rioja 32 – 30 AnaitasunaSemi-finals:17:00 La Rioja – Ademar19:00 Barcelona – Puente GenilPHOTO: https://www.facebook.com/federacionmadrilenadebalonmano/ ← Previous Story PPD Zagreb sign Serbian right back Nikola Potic Next Story → Rhein Neckar Lowen and TSV Hannover Burgdorf for German Cup trophy! Copa Del Rey balonmano 2018Kings Cup handball