Trump, US race violence leave Trudeau at loss for words

first_imgCanadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appeared at a loss for words Tuesday, pausing for 20 seconds when pressed for this thoughts on US President Donald Trump’s threat of military mobilization against violent US protests.”We all watch in horror and consternation what’s going on in the United States,” he said finally.Now “is a time to listen, it is a time to pull people together and a time to learn what injustices continue despite progress over years and decades,” he added. Trudeau was responding to a CBC reporter who also asked the prime minister for his views on police using tear gas to clear protesters from outside the White House so Trump could pose for photographs at a nearby church damaged during civil unrest, and why Trudeau at times seemed reluctant to criticize Trump.Usually quick on his feet, Trudeau’s pregnant pause during his daily COVID-19 briefing, televised live nationwide, spoke loudly.The two leaders have had a rocky relationship since Trump walked out of a G7 summit in Quebec in June 2018, but they appeared to have mended fences last year at the conclusion of North American free trade negotiations.As he has done in recent days, Trudeau chose to focus on Canada in his answer and reaffirmed that there was still a lot to do to fight racism in this country.  He also cautioned against drawing comparisons between Canada and the United States, or concluding “that we are much better here.””Canadians [must] recognize that we too have our challenges, that black Canadians and racialized Canadians face discrimination as a lived reality every single day,” he said.”We need to see that not just as a government and take action, but we need to see that as Canadians. We need to be allies in the fight against discrimination.”center_img Topics :last_img read more

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Bafana Bafana: a brief history of the South African football team

first_imgSouth Africa’s national football team, known as Bafana Bafana (“The Boys”), has a relatively short international history. That’s because the first team to represent all South Africans only played its first match in 1992 – two years before the country’s first democratic elections.A close-up of the official South African football team’s shirt used during the 2010 World Cup, hosted in South Africa. (Image: Flickr)Bafana’s first match was played in Durban, against Cameroon, on 7 July 1992. It proved to be a strong debut against one of Africa’s leading teams, which had made the quarterfinals of the World Cup only two years previously. Doctor Khumalo scored the game’s only goal to give South Africa a 1-0 win.Despite that victory over the Indomitable Lions, the effects of isolation soon showed as South Africa failed to qualify for the 1994 African Nations Cup after suffering four defeats in succession – to Cameroon, Zambia, Nigeria and Zambia.African Nations Cup 1996Two years later, however, Bafana Bafana’s place at the African Nations Cup finals was assured when the country hosted the tournament.Under coach Clive Barker, the national team rose to the occasion, topping its group after beating Cameroon 3-0 and Angola 1-0 before losing 1-0 to Egypt.In the quarterfinals, Bafana beat Algeria 2-1 to set up a semi-final clash against Ghana, the only team that had won all its games up until that stage of the competition. Putting in one of the finest performances ever by the South African national team, the home side triumphed 3-0 in front of 75 000 spectators at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg.Bafana faced Tunisia in the final, after the North Africans had defeated Zambia 4-2 in the semi-finals. In front of a crowd of 80 000 at the FNB Stadium, Neil Tovey’s men gave the supporters what they wanted by beating the Tunisians 2-0, with Mark Williams netting both goals.1996: the Boys play BrazilStill in 1996, the potential of South African football was demonstrated when Bafana Bafana took on world champions Brazil, who were at full strength, in a Mandela Cup match in Johannesburg.Philemon Masinga put South Africa into a 25th-minute lead and Doctor Khumalo then made it 2-0 to the home side at the break, to the delight of the Bafana fans.The Brazilians fought back after the break, with Flavio netting in the 56th minute. Twelve minutes later, Rivaldo made it 2-2.Then, with only four minutes left, Bebeto, one of the heroes of Brazil’s 1994 World Cup winning team, snatched the winner for the visitors.Although South Africa lost, the match provided ample proof that the team’s African Nations Cup title was no fluke. It also proved to be a wonderful celebration of the game of football, and of the role Nelson Mandela played in bringing democracy to the country.World Cup 1998Bafana Bafana continued to excel on the international stage when, in 1997, the team qualified for the World Cup finals for the first time.They faced the difficult task of taking on the hosts, France, in their first match in Group C. The French, with probably the best team in the country’s history, beat South Africa 3-0. France went on to beat Brazil by the same score in the final.Bafana Bafana drew 1-1 with Denmark in the team’s second match, then shared a 2-2 draw with Saudi Arabia. The two draws and one loss saw South Africa exit the event in the group stages after finishing third in its group.African Nations Cup 1998Also in 1998, Bafana defended their African Nations Cup title in Burkina Faso. In a controversial decision, taken shortly before the finals, coach Clive Barker was sacked and Jomo Sono appointed in a caretaker role. Some forecasts were dire, but the South African team again rose to the challenge to perform well.They finished second behind the Ivorians in their group, after a 0-0 draw against Angola, a 1-1 draw with the Ivory Coast and a 4-1 win over Nambia. A young striker by the name of Benni McCarthy made his mark by netting four goals inside 21 minutes in the victory over the Namibians.In the quarterfinals, South Africa beat Morocco 2-1 as McCarthy and David Nyathi netted. That earned them a semi-final place against the Democratic Republic of Congo.In the semi-final, McCarthy scored on the hour-mark to level the scores after South Africa had fallen behind in the 48th minute. He then struck in extra time to earn Bafana a 2-1 win and a place in the final against Egypt, who had beaten the hosts Burkina Faso in the other semi-final.The dream of successive titles was brought to an end in the final when the Pharaohs scored two early goals to take a 2-0 victory. Nonetheless, given the uncertain build-up to the tournament, it was a good showing by South Africa.1999: first win over European oppositionDespite very average results in 1999, Bafana managed to win the Afro-Asian Trophy after beating Saudi Arabia 1-0 in Cape Town and then drawing 0-0 in Riyadh.In November 1999, Bafana Bafana achieved a notable milestone when they scored their first win over European opposition. It came in the Nelson Mandela Challenge against Sweden at Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria. Siyabonga Nomvete was the hero, netting an 87th minute goal to snatch a late victory for the home side.At the African Nations Cup in 2000, hosted by Ghana and Nigeria, Bafana Bafana topped their group, beating Gabon 3-1, the DRC 1-0, and playing to a 0-0 draw with Algeria. In the quarterfinals, Siyabonga Nomvete scored the only goal as South Africa eliminated one of the hosts, Ghana.In the semi-finals, SA’s footballing nemesis, Nigeria, beat Bafana 2-0. South Africa ultimately finished third after beating Tunisia 4-3 from the penalty spot after the teams had played to a 2-2 draw in the playoff.World Cup 2002Although South Africa’s African Nations Cup performances had gradually slipped over three continental finals – from winners to finalists to semi-finalists – their performances in at the 2002 Fifa World Cup in South Korea and Japan were noteworthy.Competing in group B, they drew 2-2 with Paraguay and then beat Slovenia 1-0. That left Bafana with a shot of making it to the round of 16, but a tough encounter against highly fancied Spain awaited the side.In a back-and-forth tussle, Spain took an early lead through Raul. Benni McCarthy struck back in the 31st minute to make it 1-1. Gaizka Mendieta then edged the Spaniards in front with a goal in first-half injury time.Only eight minutes into the second stanza, Lucas Radebe levelled the scores. Raul, however, restored Spain’s lead three minutes later, and that’s how it ended: South Africa 2, Spain 3.At the same time as Bafana Bafana and Spain were doing battle, Slovenia and Paraguay were in action.The Slovenians took a 1-0 lead into the break, which meant South Africa would qualify for the next round regardless of whether or not they lost to Spain. Paraguay, however, came roaring back in the second half, netting three times to win 3-1.The South Americans’ third goal, scored in the 84th minute, was enough to see them progress at South Africa’s expense, but only by the narrowest of margins: both had the same number of points, and the same goal difference. Paraguay, though, had scored and conceded six goals to South Africa’s five and five.African Nations Cup slideSouth Africa’s African Nations Cup slide continued in the finals held in Mali in 2002.Bafana Bafana qualified at the top of their group, albeit with a record of only one win and two draws. They opened with a 0-0 draw against Burkina Faso, and followed that up with another goalless draw against Ghana. A 3-1 victory over Morocco, however, was enough to open a path to the quarterfinals. There, Bafana Bafana met the hosts and were beaten 2-0.In 2003, the national side managed a record of only six wins, a draw and four losses. Worryingly, losses began to come against teams that South Africa needed to beat to maintain a strong Fifa world ranking – countries like Zimbabwe, Tunisia and Egypt.The decline was made clear for all to see at the 2004 African Nations Cup in Tunisia. Despite opening with a 2-0 win over Benin, Bafana Bafana failed to progress beyond the group stages. They were humbled 4-0 by Nigeria, and drew 1-1 with Morocco.2004: World Cup bid succeedsIn May 2004, however, the mood of South African football fans was considerably brightened when the country won the right to host the 2010 Fifa World Cup™ – the first African country to be awarded the honour.And in November 2004, the Nigerian bogey was finally ended when Bafana Bafana beat the Super Eagles 2-1 in the Nelson Mandela Challenge at Ellis Park in Johannesburg.Despite a decent showing as an invited team to the 2005 Concacaf Gold Cup, in which they drew three matches and beat Mexico 2-1, 2005 was not a good year for South Africa’s national football team. They scraped wins over lightly regarded teams early in the year, but ended it with four losses and a draw in their last five matches.Egypt 2006: Bafana hit bottomAlthough they qualified for the 2006 African Nations Cup in Egypt, the tournament proved to be a disaster for South Africa. They lost all three matches they played and failed to score a single goal as they crashed out of the tournament as the bottom team in their group.With four years remaining until 2010 and the national team in disarray – and down to 72nd in Fifa’s world rankings – a decision was made to acquire a big-name coach to prepare Bafana for the World Cup. Brazilian Carlos Alberto Parreira, who had coached Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Brazil and Saudi Arabia in previous World Cup finals, took up the post.Parreira achieved his first goal of earning qualification for the 2008 African Nations Cup in Ghana, but South Africa once again bowed out in the first round.2008: improvement under ParreiraCarlos Alberto Parreira, Brazilian coach of the South African football team 2007-08 and 2009-2010. (Image: Wikipedia)They finished bottom of group D in Ghana after two draws and one loss, which was, at least, an improvement over their previous campaign. Bafana drew 1-1 with both Angola and Senegal, and lost 3-1 to Tunisia.After that, South Africa appeared to be making progress under Parreira, and a stylish 3-0 victory over Paraguay in March 2008 was cause for optimism. The following month, however, Parreira abruptly resigned his position to be with his wife, who had recently undergone surgery for cancer.His replacement was another Brazilian, recommended by Parreira: Joel Santana, who brought with him an excellent record in Brazilian club football, but no international experience.2008/09: Santana in at the deep endSantana was thrown in at the deep end, taking over just before a series of African Nations Cup qualifiers. He didn’t know the players, he didn’t have time to work with them – and South Africa failed to qualify for the 2010 African Nations Cup in Angola.The tide seemed to be turning, however, when South Africa scored a national record five consecutive wins in succession – over Zambia, Cameroon, Ghana, Equatorial Guinea, and Malawi.However, disappointing losses to Chile and Portugal in early 2009, either side of a last-gasp win over Norway, suggested that Bafana still had considerable ground to make up if they were to progress beyond the group stages of the 2010 World Cup.2009 Fifa Confederations CupAt the Confederations Cup, a World Cup warm-up event played in South Africa in June 2009, Bafana Bafana gave a good account of themselves in reaching the semi-finals. With a place in the final on the line, they went down 1-0 to eventual champions Brazil, who scored only three minutes from time.Against Spain, in the play-off for third and fourth, Bafana pushed the European champions into extra time before succumbing 3-2.With good performances against the world’s two top teams, confidence in the national side was running high. Sadly, this proved to be a false dawn.Parreira returnsIn August and September 2009, Serbia beat Bafana 3-1 in Tshwane/Pretoria, Germany beat them 2-0 in Leverkusen in September, and Ireland won 1-0 in Limerick before South Africa scored an unconvincing 1-0 win over minnows Madagascar at home.And in October 2009, Bafana went down 1-0 to Norway in Oslo and 1-0 to Iceland in Reykjavik. Eight losses in nine matches saw Bafana Bafana drop to a 16-year low of 85th in Fifa’s world rankings.Not long afterwards, on 19 October 2009, the South African Football Association announced that Joel Santana had stepped down as coach of South Africa’s national team.On 23 October his replacement was announced: none other than Carlos Alberto Parreira.“I see light at the end of the tunnel,” Parreira told Fifa in an interview the following month. “When we have this team up to a good level of fitness, they will prove far more competitive. This side has played at a high level before. When I worked here the first time we beat Paraguay 3-0, and that’s the standard I want the team to get back to.”The 2010 Fifa World CupUnder Parreira, Bafana Bafana’s fortunes improved dramatically. In fact, by the time the World Cup arrived the team was on a 12-match unbeaten run. Included in the results were wins over fellow World Cup finalists Denmark and highly-regarded Colombia, as well as some big victories over lesser lights.Thailand were handed a 4-0 hiding and Guatemala were then on the wrong end of a 5-0 result, which was South Africa’s biggest win yet, in captain Aaron Mokoena’s 100th international.At Soccer City in Soweto, Bafana got the World Cup off to a rousing start when they played out an entertaining 1-1 draw with Mexico. Siphiwe Tshabalala scored the first goal of the tournament with one of the best shots of the tournament, but Rafael Marquez netted an equaliser 11 minutes from time to earn the Mexicans a share of the spoils.Things did not go well for South Africa in their second game as they fell 3-0 to Uruguay. Diego Forlan, who went on to win the Golden Ball as the player of the tournament, pulled the strings for the South Americans and a few breaks went against Bafana to leave the team on the verge of elimination ahead of their final game against France.Showing impressive heart and teamwork, Bafana put on an impressive showing against the 2006 finalists in Bloemfontein, winning 2-1, which proved to be not enough to make it to the next round. They did at least end on a high and the fans showed their appreciation for the players’ whole-hearted effort.The match was Carlos Alberto Parreira’s last one in charge of the team.Thanks to their much improved form under the Brazilian, and their results in the World Cup, they improved from 83rd place in the Fifa World Rankings before the World Cup to 66th place after its completion.Pitso Mosimane eraParreira’s former assitant Pitso Mosimane took over from the Brazilian as coach of the national team after the World Cup and initially the results under him were good.In his first nine matches in charge, South Africa won six times, drew twice and lost 1-0 to the USA. However, from August 2011 to May 2012 the fortunes of Bafana tumbled as they played another seven matches, winning none, drawing five and losing two.Goal scoring proved to be the problem that Mosimane was unable to fix. Under him, Bafana played 16 matches and scored only 14 goals while they conceded seven. That wasn’t the kind of record that drew the support of fans and earned the team important wins.In fact, unfortunately, the most memorable match under Mosimane was a game against Sierra Leone in Nelspruit, which was the last match of Bafana’s campaign to qualify for the 2012 African Cup of Nations. After a goalless draw, the South African team celebrated qualification for the continental finals. Embarrassingly, they did not understand the qualifying criteria and the team had, in fact, missed out on the finals in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon.At the beginning of June 2012, Mosimane was axed after a 1-1 draw against 138th ranked Ethiopia in a 2014 Fifa World Cup qualifier played in Rustenburg.Just less than a month later, Gordon Igesund was named his successor.Gordon IgesundCoach Igesund, a winner of the Premier Soccer League title with Manning Rangers, Orlando Pirates, Santos and Mamelodi Sundowns, faced the tough task of reviving Bafana Bafana’s fortunes, but he had a big opportunity for a quick turn-around with South Africa hosting the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations.From his first match in charge, a narrow 1-0 loss to Brazil in Brazil, Igesund focussed on preparing his team for Afcon 2013. Results were not the be-all and end-all of his approach and while that made some supporters unhappy, he fielded a vastly improved team for Afcon.Bafana Bafana won their group after beating Angola and drawing with Cape Verde and Morocco, but were eliminated in the quarterfinals by world number 25 Mali, who won from the penalty spot.Importantly, though, the home team’s wholehearted approach earned the approval of fans and the side rocketed 25 places up in the Fifa rankings after the tournament to 60th in the world.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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How that new hybrid came to be

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest John BrienMany growers see planting corn on their farm as the start of the season, but actually the seed they are about to plant has had a long and adventurous trip and planting is the end of its journey.The latest greatest hybrid that you had to plant this year is not new but actually more than five years old and has had a long and interesting journey. All hybrids begin with an idea from a corn breeder wanting to cross two different inbred parents, male and female parents that are crossed together to make a hybrid. The inbred parents have shown some characteristics the corn breeder likes — yield, dry down, test weight, etc. — and when they are crossed the breeder believes they will make for a great hybrid.The breeder begins with a few plants of both inbred parents planted close to one another. Then in the middle of the summer some research associate takes the pollen from the designated male plant in a paper bag and places that bag of pollen onto the ear shoot of the designated female plant, making the first cross of the new hybrid. The 70 or so kernels from that ear are then harvested by hand and prepared to be planted next year in its first yield trial.The first yield trials are small trials of just a few short rows to make sure the new hybrid produces the desired results. While these kernels are trying to win their spot in next year’s larger yield trial, the corn breeder is busy producing more of the hybrid for a larger test the following year in small one- to five-acre production plots. During the first year of yield trials there may be more than 30,000 new hybrids trying to make it to the big leagues, but after harvest that number is reduced to hundreds of hybrids to be tested in the next year’s trial.The testing process will continue for a couple of years in different growing environments and will only continue to be tested if it continues to impress the breeders and research groups. The hybrid is not only tested and grown in the United States, it is also grown in the Southern Hemisphere at several different locations such as Puerto Rico, Chile, Argentina, Hawaii to name a few, to speed the process of bringing it to market.The final step for a new hybrid is to be tested in farmers’ fields and test plots. But behind the scenes there is a lot more occurring to make sure farmers can have this new hybrid to plant. In production fields spread across the Corn Belt, the female and male inbreds have been planted at different times to ensure that the males have pollen ready when the female inbreds have silks present. After pollination is complete the male plants are destroyed and the female plants are nurtured and cared for to help produce high quality seed. Harvest is started when the grain moisture is still in the 30s and is harvested with a sweet corn picker to limit damage, dried with an amazing amount of warm air, shelled and stored until later into the winter.Once harvest is complete, the job of getting the seed from a bin into the bag begins. The seed is cleaned using a gravity table and other devices that separate the good kernels from the bad. The next step of the process is grading for seed size. The kernels are separated according to their shape, size and weight using different size of holes in screens that remind you of the screens from a hammer mill. The different sized seed is then treated with a quality seed treatment, put into a bag that will be delivered to your farm to be planted.The process of bringing a bag of seed to your farm sounds easy and not complicated on the surface, but there is plenty of time and energy spent to make sure that the hybrid you are planting is going to perform as promised and the seed you have is the highest quality possible. So when you dump that bag or box of seed into your planter remember it all started with just a couple of kernels and a desire to make something new and exciting just for you!Watch this video with John Brien discussing what to consider when scouting corn emergence across fields this spring.last_img read more

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This House is Assembled With a Screw Gun

first_imgA French design studio has come up with a prototype for a house made from blocks of expanded polystyrene foam insulation, lengths of laminated veneer lumber and not much else.The Pop-Up House from MultiPod Studio in Marseille is a 1,615-sq. ft. building assembled on site in just four days with nothing more than a screw gun and long screws, according to a blog by Matt Hickman at Mother Nature Network.The house is designed to meet the Passivhaus standard for energy consumption and air tightness, although TreeHugger’s Lloyd Alter wonders whether it would qualify for certification. Basic shell on the cheapAs the time-lapse video at MultiPod’s web site shows, construction amounts to assembling the precut blocks of foot-thick foam and lengths of LVLs with long screws. Given the low weight of the foam, and the modest size of the LVLs, there’s not much heavy lifting involved, either.Components are assembled on what look like I-joists rather than a conventional foundation or slab. When complete, the structure consists of two rectangular wings connected by a glass-faced room that would be a living/kitchen area.MultiPod advertises the cost of the building at $200 euros per square meter, or roughly $26 per square foot, but you’re buying only a shell. While that price includes labor for assembly, it doesn’t cover interior finishes, exterior wall sheathing, siding, roof sheathing, roofing, electrical work, plumbing, or any HVAC equipment.If you don’t like the idea of using all that foam, other insulating materials could replace it, MultPpod says, including rock wood panels, cellulose, or cork. A variety of roofing options are possible.You can’t buy the house, at least not yet. MultiPod says it created two prototypes (an office as well as the house) and is looking for manufacturers to develop and market the idea. Still a lot of questionsDevelopers say the Pop-Up House concept will meet the Passivhaus test for airtightness, which means air leakage of less than 0.6 air changes per hour at a pressure difference of 50 pascals. The company, however, said by email on March 24 that no blower door tests have been conducted on the prototypes.Prospective owner/builders might wonder about how the roof and exterior walls are sealed to the weather. Here, MultiPod suggests a variety of options, including an EPDM membrane for a flat roof, and conventional roofing over purlins in cases where the building includes a pitched roof. For exterior walls, the company says, options include fiber cement panels, metal, or even the exterior insulating finishing system (EIFS).There’s also the issue of meeting U.S. fire codes, which prohibit exposed foam on the interior of a building. At least that one would be fairly simple to solve by attaching a fire-rated material, such as 1/2-in. gypsum drywall, to furring strips.For now, the Pop-Up House is in development. Whether it ever gets to market here remains to be seen.last_img read more

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Astros blast by Dodgers, 13-12, in 10th, lead World Series 3-2

first_imgWith two down in the 10th, Jansen hit McCann on the hand with a pitch and Springer walked.Bregman, who homered off Jansen in Saturday night’s loss, lined the next pitch over shortstop to score pinch-runner Derek Fisher, who slid home ahead of the throw from left fielder Andre Ethier.“We’re up 3-2, baby,” Bregman said.Out of nowhere, the Astros climbed out of a four-run hole against Kershaw and then erased two more deficits later in the game, tying it each time on a homer.Correa leaped and twirled after launching a two-run drive that made it 11-8 in the seventh . Much later, he hurdled the dugout railing the moment Bregman lined his winning single.Bellinger hit a three-run drive in the fifth that made it 7-4 and seemed to swing things back in the Dodgers’ favor. By the end of the mayhem on the mound, it was a mere afterthought.Each team had 14 hits, eight for extra bases, and both used seven pitchers.“Man, I’m mentally exhausted right now,” Bellinger said.Before the game, former Presidents George H.W. Bush and son George W. Bush were on the field for the first-pitch ceremony. By the end of the night, most everyone was bushed.The Astros (13) and Dodgers (9) topped the Series mark for homers , set when Barry Bonds and the Giants lost to the Angels in seven games in 2002. The Houston Astros celebrates after Alex Bregman (2) game winning single during Game 5 of baseball’s World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers Monday, Oct. 30, 2017, in Houston. Astros won 13-12. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)HOUSTON — When the winning run finally came sliding across home plate on Alex Bregman’s single, more than five unforgettable hours after the first pitch, a frantic Carlos Correa sprinted toward his Houston Astros teammates in the middle of the diamond.Arm in the air, pure elation all over his face.ADVERTISEMENT Keuchel never got into a rhythm during the shortest home start of his All-Star career. His breaking pitches spun without much movement, and he was pulled in the fourth.The Dodgers hadn’t lost a game this year when they led by four runs. But Kershaw’s bedeviling postseason past came back to haunt him at the worst time.Kershaw was pulled after a pair of two-out walks in the bottom of the fifth. And with the crowd sensing something big, the 5-foot-6 Altuve connected off Kenta Maeda for a home run that made it 7-all.“At that point, I talked to him before getting the at-bat: ’This is your moment,’” Correa said. “And he didn’t let me down. He hit a homer and got us going.” Altuve, Correa, Yuli Gurriel, George Springer and Brian McCann homered for Houston , the highest-scoring team in the majors this season.Cody Bellinger and Yasiel Puig went deep for the Dodgers, who scored three times in the ninth to make it 12-all.“It’s hard to put into words all the twists and turns in that game,” Astros manager A.J. Hinch said.“These are just two really good teams, just throwing haymakers at each other trying to outlast each other,” he said.Silent when ace Dallas Keuchel got crushed, the orange-clad fans erupted over and over as the Astros sent balls careening all around — and out of — the park.Yet on another night of Home Run Derby in the Year of the Home Run, no lead was safe.Puig lined a two-run shot in the ninth, the record 22nd homer in a single Series, and Chris Taylor’s two-out single off Chris Devenski tied it.“I think this whole series has been an emotional roller coaster,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “It’s the two best teams playing for a championship. And these are two teams that play 27 outs.”More than that, in fact.Houston posted its second extra-inning victory of the Series, adding to its 7-6, 11-inning comeback win in a dramatic Game 2. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA MOST READ Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC PLAY LIST 01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters 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 Phoenix rookie Perkins thinks he can matchup with PBA giants Fajardo, Slaughter LATEST STORIES Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 But really, who imagined this?No wonder there’s a bright sign high above the center field wall for a popular taco place in town — it says Torchys and fit perfectly for a game where pitchers got lit up.A day earlier, Kershaw stood alone on the mound after the Dodgers’ dramatic win in Game 4, trying to get a visual for the biggest start of his career.This was definitely not how he pictured it.The three-time NL Cy Young Award winner cruised into the fourth with a 4-0 lead before things suddenly fell apart. After Correa hit an RBI double, Gurriel launched a tying, three-run drive.Kershaw whipped his head around to watch Gurriel’s drive sail, his face immediately showing shock, utter disbelief and frustration, all wrapped up in one expression before he bent over, hands on his knees.Yanked in the fifth, Kershaw trudged off with a dubious distinction — he has allowed a postseason-record eight home runs this year.“Just exactly what you expect (when you) come to the park with Keuchel and Kershaw pitching,” Hinch said.Hardly a repeat performance from the opener, when Kershaw dominated while outpitching Keuchel for a 3-1 win.Gurriel’s second homer of the Series also kept open this possibility: Imagine the scene if Major League Baseball presents Gurriel with the MVP trophy, so soon after Commissioner Rob Manfred suspended him for the first five games next year for making a racist gesture toward Dodgers pitcher Yu Darvish.center_img A last indelible image from a World Series classic filled with them.Correa, Jose Altuve and the Astros kept hammering away in a wild slugfest that no one saw coming, rallying against Clayton Kershaw and rocking the Los Angeles Dodgers 13-12 in 10 thrilling innings Sunday night for a 3-2 lead.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“I feel like I’m going to have a heart attack out there,” Correa said.In a tension-filled game of monster momentum swings at pulsating Minute Maid Park, the last one belonged to Bregman . With the packed crowd still standing well past midnight, the 23-year-old third baseman hit an RBI single with two outs off Kenley Jansen. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort “The best game ever, for sure,” Correa said.Wacky and whacky with seven home runs, this perhaps topped Toronto’s 15-14 win over the Phillies in 1993 as the craziest World Series showdown ever.Exhilaration and exhaustion, spread over 5 hours, 17 minutes.“Yeah, five-hour game, but it doesn’t matter. I can play a 10-hour game if we are going to win,” Altuve said.Now, with both bullpens worn down, the teams get a day to recover. Game 6 will be Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium, where Justin Verlander will try to clinch the Astros’ first championship and Rich Hill hopes to save Los Angeles’ season.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Philippines wins first ever SEA Games ice hockey gold

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony The Philippines ice hockey team celebrates a goal during their Ice Hockey round robin game against Malaysia during the 29th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) in Kuala Lumpur on August 23, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / ADEK BERRYThe Philippines swept its way to the Southeast Asian Games’ inaugural ice hockey gold medal Thursday night.READ: Filipinos break ice with 12-0 thumping of IndonesiaADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: PH bet Beram makes it two golds Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READ View comments LATEST STORIES Majority of the team are homegrown talents who learned to skate at SM mall rinks, which has existed in the Philippines for two decadesThat worked to the Filipinos’ advantage in the SEA Games ice hockey tournament, which was also played inside a mall in construction in Kuala Lumpur.Members of the team are Benjamin Jorge
 Imperial, Carl Michael Montano, Daniel 
Pastrana, Francois Emmanuel Gautier, Javier Alfonso 
Cadiz, Gianpietro
 
Iseppi, Jan Aro
 Regencia, John Steven
 Fuglister, Georgino
 Orda, Jorell Crisostomo, Jose Inigo Anton 
Cadiz, Joshua 
Carino, 
Julius Frederick Santiago, Lenard Rigel II

Lancero, Miguel Alfonso Relampagos, 
Miguel Serrano, Paolo
 
Spafford, Patrick Russell
 Syquiatco, Paul Gabriel Sanchez and Carlo Martin Sison 
Tenedoro. Head coach is Daniel Brodan.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim The PH ice hockey team nipped Thailand, 5-4, in a tense final to seal the country’s 15th gold medal in a historic undefeated run.READ: SEA Games: PH stays unscathed at 2-0 in ice hockey FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe Filipinos beat Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia before frustrating the Thais, who managed to close in at the end of the second period despite an early deficit, in the last match.READ: SEA Games: PH beats Malaysia on penalties, takes shot at ice hockey The Philippines got an early 4-1 lead but Thailand refused to go away and cut it down to one in the second.After a scoreless third period, Niko Cadiz struck goal no. 5 with eight minutes left to play as the Filipinos held on to the win.Ice hockey was played for the first time in the regional sporting meet.READ: Philippine ‘Mighty Ducks’ sets out to shock in SEA GamesIt was quiet a debut for the nation’s hockey team, which was only assembled a few years ago.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Euro 2016: Poland beat Northern Ireland 1-0 for maiden Euro win

first_imgA goal by Arkadiusz Milik was enough for Poland to break down a determined Northern Ireland and hand his team a 1-0 victory on Sunday at the European Championship.Poland’s win in the Group C match was its first ever at a European Championship following two disappointing displays in the last two tournaments, including in 2012 when as co-host it came bottom of its group.Poland dominated large passages of the match but it was only in the 51st minute that Milik fired his team ahead from the edge of the penalty area following a neat square ball from Jakub Blaszczykowski. Milik’s strike went through the legs of Northern Ireland defender Craig Cathcart and beyond the reach of goalkeeper Michael McGovern.Poland had numerous chances to take the lead before Milik’s goal. Milik himself had missed the target with two efforts in the first 10 minutes and struck the side netting with a rising shot from a good position in the 31st.Nineteen-year-old winger Bartosz Kapustka could have also scored for Poland in the first half, while Jakub Blaszczykowski dragged a low shot narrowly wide in the second before Milik’s goal.Sevilla midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak, who had recovered from a knee injury, had a chance to double the lead in the 88th when his fierce shot from distance flashed just wide of the post.A wayward overhead kick from Kyle Lafferty in the 76th was the closest Northern Ireland, making its first appearance at the European Championship, came to equalizing. Defeat ended the team’s 12-game unbeaten run.advertisementLEWANDOWSKI KEPT AT BAYNorthern Ireland did manage to keep Poland’s star striker Robert Lewandowski at bay for much of the game.Poland suffered a double injury scare late on when goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, who otherwise had little to do, leaped to claim a ball and collided heavily with right-back Lukasz Piszczek. Both required treatment but were able to continue.The game took place a day after nine people were injured during disorder in the city provoked by local fans advancing on Polish and Northern Irish fans near the seafront, French authorities said.Relations between Poland and Northern Ireland supporters were generally warm, with both sets of fans mixing together in many sectors of the Stade de Nice without any obvious tension.That spirit stood in contrast to the mass violence involving English and Russian fans in Marseille over the previous three days, and the attack by Russian fans on English supporters in the stadium after their teams drew 1-1 on Saturday.Poland is, however, likely to face UEFA sanctions after a firecracker was thrown onto the pitch from a Polish fan sector.last_img read more

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10 months agoChelsea boss Sarri: Morata has potential, but Hazard fulfilling my No9 needs

first_imgChelsea boss Sarri: Morata has potential, but Hazard fulfilling my No9 needsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri admits Eden Hazard is fulfilling what he wants from a No9 ahead of Alvaro Morata.Sarri concedes Hazard and Morata are very different kinds of players, with the selection decision based on style of play and where the space on the pitch is likely to appear, as much as anything else.”I think Alvaro of course is better in the box, maybe he is better to attack spaces, but I have to say Eden is improving. As you saw in the last match, for the second goal, he attacked very well the spaces,” explained Sarri.”It is different because Eden of course is better when he comes to play with the midfielders, is better to open spaces for the wingers. It’s different, it’s another way of playing.”Alvaro’s potential is to be a very good player. At the moment, I think we need to be balanced on the pitch, we need to be more solid, and so in the last matches I preferred these solutions, but for the future everything is open I think.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Video: Indiana Lost The Pinstripe Bowl On Controversial Missed FG In Overtime

first_imgIndiana and Duke players react to Indiana's missed field goal attempt.Indiana Missed FGDuke just held off Indiana 44-41 in overtime in a wild New Era Pinstripe Bowl. It was the program’s first bowl win since 1961, and it came in dramatic fashion when Indiana’s Griffin Oakes missed a 38-yard field goal by the slimmest of margins.Take a close look at the video. Oakes’ kick actually went over the upright. It was ruled no good, but while Duke players immediately began celebrating, Oakes also threw his hands up, convinced he had made the kick.To top it off, the situation isn’t reviewable, because of the fact it went over the upright. Indiana really cornered the market on heartbreaking losses this year. Tough way to end the season for the Hoosiers.last_img read more

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2017 Big Ten football preview Illinois Fighting Illini

Illinois junior wide reciever Mike Dudek (18) runs the ball during a game against Western Kentucky. Credit: Courtesy of University of Illinois AthleticsLocation: Champaign, Illinois2016 Record: 3-9  (2-7)Head Coach: Lovie Smith2017 Record so far: 2-0All time record vs. OSU: 30-67What has happened thus far in 2017: Illinois opened its season with a narrow 24-21 win over Ball State, which was cause for concern. Junior quarterback Chayce Crouch was sacked four times, and the Illini’s offensive line could not make much room for Illinois’ stable of running backs. In Week 2, the Fighting Illini continued to struggle, but the defense improved dramatically, holding Western Kentucky to one touchdown in a 20-7 victory. Impact player (offense or defense)Redshirt junior wide receiver Mike Dudek has suited up for the first time in two seasons, after suffering two ACL tears. In his true freshman season, he caught 76 passes for 1,038 yards, was voted second-team all-conference and led the Big Ten in receptions and receiving yards during conference play. His absence might take a toll on his production, but his impact has been visible. In Illinois’ close bout with Ball State, Dudek’s 52-yard punt return eventually secured the win, and he led the team in receiving yards against Western Kentucky, pulling in six catches for 46 yards. StrengthsIllinois resolved its glaring quarterback issue in the offseason. Last season there was a revolving door of quarterbacks, as a different starter took the field on four separate occasions due to both injury and poor performance. If all goes according to plan, Crouch will start and add stability to the offense. Additionally, there is potential in the young talent that Illinois will have to rely on this season, such as freshman running back Mike Epstein, who got his first start against Western Kentucky and rushed for 111 yards. WeaknessesIllinois’ depth on the offensive line raises some concerns. With only three starters returning, this team must rely heavily on inexperienced players. There have been glaring issues, like Ball State sacking Crouch four times. Star running back Kendrick Foster has sputtered to start the season, though part of that can be attributed to a struggling offensive line. He led Illinois in rushing yards, rushing touchdowns, total touchdowns and all-purpose yards last season, but could only scrounge eight carries for 15 yards against Ball State and three carries for 11 yards against Western Kentucky. The youth of this team is apparent on both sides of the ball and will be difficult to overcome as the Illini head into Big Ten play. read more

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