Athletics’ Khris Davis nearing return; could he face Verlander Saturday night?

first_imgOAKLAND — Welcome back, Khris Davis.Now grab a bat and go face Justin Verlander.That could be the scenario Saturday night at the Coliseum when the Athletics face the Houston Astros in the second game of their three-game series.Davis is eligible to be reinstated Saturday after going on the injured list May 22 with a hip contusion. If Davis still isn’t ready, the Athletics are more than comfortable with Mark Canha, who has seven of his nine home runs since returning on May 13 from his own …last_img read more

Afcon Group D: two late winners

first_img23 January 2013Cote d’Ivoire and Tunisia snatched wins in Group D as the first round of group stage matches in the 2013 Orange Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) was completed on Tuesday. While they won, both teams were pushed all the way by Togo and Algeria respectively.With only one win from the previous six Afcon matches played, the other groups are pretty congested after the first round of games, but for the losers in Group D the path to the quarterfinals has become a lot tougher. Both Togo and world number 22 Algeria could be considered unfortunate to lose, but the fact is they now face an uphill climb to advance beyond the group stages.The clash between Cote d’Ivoire and Togo at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium, just outside Rustenburg, was played at a slow tempo, with both teams content to let the other carry the ball forward until deep in the opposing half where they were met by two lines of defending players.Ivorian forwardsWhile big name striker Didier Drogba failed to make any sort of impact for the Elephants, his fellow forward Gervinho was full of running and injected pace into the contest every time he touched the ball.Just behind the strikers, Yaya Toure was a class apart. He provided an outlet time after time, his pinpoint passing initiated attacks, and he was also a danger in front of goal, scoring once and hitting an upright too. Toure’s ability to control a game is an ability that has for the most part been missing from teams in other Afcon games.Togo’s biggest gun Emmanuel Adenbayor came close to giving his side an early lead but, after pouncing on a shocking error at the back by Kolo Toure, he was denied by an excellent save from goalkeeper Boubacar Barry.Early leadGervinho then did good work down the right flank before passing backwards of square to Yaya Toure in the box, who finished well to give the Ivorians an early lead.The match meandered towards the break until Toure hit an upright with a snap shot after good work from Gervinho again.Togo goalRight on the half-time whistle, Togo stunned Cote d’Ivoire with a goal. There were plenty of players back to help defend a corner, but Jonathan Ayite got onto the end of the ball and directed into the goal with his right foot from close range to level the scores.Shortly after the break, the Togolese had the ball in the back of the Elephants’ net, but the referee disallowed the goal, ruling that a substitution had not been completed before a corner kick was taken.WinnerYet another draw appeared to be on the cards until the 88th minute when Gervinho met a free kick at the far post and steered the ball into the net. His shot with the outside of his right boot went unchallenged after the goalkeeper had misjudged the flight of the ball.Togo forced a save out of Barry from close range just before the final whistle sounded and the tournament favourites claimed a 2-1 victory.Apart from Yaya Toure and Gervinho, Barry and Dider Zakora turned in good performances for the Ivorians, while, for Togo, Vincent Bossou kept Didier Drogba quiet, Serge Akakpo controlled their midfield and Serge Gakpe gave the Ivory Coast defenders plenty to think about.Late winnerThe clash between North African rivals Algeria and Tunisia was controlled by the Algerians, but it was the Eagles of Carthage who came away with the win after beautifully taken goal by Youssef Msakni in the 91st minute saw them snatch a 1-0 victory.The match was played at a livelier tempo than the earlier game, which took place in much higher temperatures.Just before the half-hour mark, Islam Slimani struck the Tunisian crossbar after rising well to head towards goal. Tunisia then tested the Algerians with a swift counter-attack shortly before half-time.Fennec Foxes pushing forwardStill, it was the Fennec Foxes forcing Tunisia back and Djamel Mesbah flashed a left-footed shot across the face of the Tunisian goal, which was narrowly wide of the left-hand upright.Adlene Guedioura then blasted a vicious, swerving shot from range just over the goal. Algeria continued to press forward and had a penalty turned down 18 minutes from time.When Tunisia created some space, Hamdi Harbaoui failed to hit the target from close in and should have done much better.Wonderfully measured shotWith the contest into time added on, Msakni received a ball in the left inside channel, a little outside Algeria’s box. He cut back inside and then curled a wonderfully measured shot beyond the reach of the goalkeeper into the top left hand corner to steal a victory for Tunisia. It was the kind of composed finish that has been missing from Afcon 2013 so far and it was worthy of being a match-winning goal.Algeria were stunned by the defeat. Tunisia celebrated wildly.Defender Guedioura stood out for Algeria, showing attacking intent along with striker Slimani, while Mesbah worked his way forward well down the left flank to give the Fennec Foxes an extra attacking option.Tunisia were under the gun for most of the game, but Msakni’s winner was a true highlight, while Saber Khelifa worked hard up front, but could have done with more support.ImpressionsLooking back on the first Group D games, favourites Cote d’Ivoire looked very comfortable on the ball, but one would expect more intensity from such a highly rated team. Togo did not look overwhelmed by their opponents’ reputation and could spring a surprise or two, but they are the underdogs among the four sides.Algeria showed some good play between the boxes, but lacked finishing and Tunisia, frankly, despite their win, will need to do more to make a big impression in the tournament.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Policeman killed in stone-pelting after PM’s rally in Ghazipur

first_imgA police constable was on Saturday killed and several others injured in Ghazipur district of Uttar Pradesh in stone-pelting after clashes broke out during a protest by members of the Nishad Party. Eleven persons were arrrested and several have been detained for questioning. There are over 90 persons named in the FIR, including 30 named as accused.Constable Suresh Vats was returning from his duty at the rally of Prime Minister Narendra Modi when the incident took place under the Nonhara area of the Purvanchal district. Yesh Veer Singh, SP Ghazipur, said the constable was killed when the protestors started pelting stones as the police were “trying to clear the roadblock” created by them. The protestors had blocked roads at four places near the venue, he said. The constable succumbed to his injuries.Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath took cognizance of the matter and announced an ex-gratia compensation of Rs 40 lakh to the family of the constable.  He also directed the district magistrate and SSP to “take strict action against the unruly elements and immediate arrest and legal action against them,”  a government statement said. Sanjay Nishad, president of the Nishad Party, demanded a detailed  police investigation into the incident. “The BJP is trying to defame us with wrong allegations,” he said.Praveen Nishad, MP of Gorakhpur, and leader of the Nishad Party while talking to The Hindu said Nishad Party had no role in the violence. He claimed activists of the party were staging a peaceful dharna when members of the BJP who were returning from the rally in vehicles started chasing and attacking the Nishad activists.”Due to the attack, local villagers came to the support of our workers and this led to an altercation. The incident regarding the constable (stone-pelting) took place through the BJP workers,” said Mr. Nishad.The Nishads were demanding issuing of SC certificates for their caste under the name Majwar and implementation of a 2016 notifcation brought under  the Akhilesh Yadav government, said Mr. Nishad. “The present government is not giving us the certificates even though it is still valid,” said the MP. Nishads are among the 17 most-backward castes in UP who have been over the years struggling for SC status.last_img read more

No new taxes in Rajasthan budget, sops for farmers

first_imgNo new taxes were levied in the budget for 2019-20 presented by Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot in the State Assembly here on Wednesday, while tax relief worth ₹301 crore was extended to people of the State through various exemptions and amnesty schemes. Mr. Gehlot termed it a “people’s budget”, which had incorporated the aspirations and suggestions of the common people.Modified budgetMr. Gehlot, who also holds the finance portfolio, presented the modified budget for the current fiscal after the Assembly passed the vote-on-account of ₹86,906 crore in February this year in view of the Lok Sabha election. The modified budget’s estimates for total expenditure were ₹2,32,944.01 crore and those for revenue receipts were ₹1,64,004.64 crore.Taking a major step for “ease of doing farming”, Mr. Gehlot proposed the establishment of a ₹1,000 crore fund for farmers’ welfare, which would be utilised for getting remunerative prices for agricultural produces. Natural farming will also be promoted to reduce input costs and encourage traditional methods with an expenditure of ₹10 crore.Various schemesThe budget proposed various schemes in irrigation, renewable energy, water, transport, animal husbandry and health sectors and gave tax relief through new provisions for exemption in stamp duty and registration fee, electricity duty, motor vehicle tax and irrigation tax and amnesty schemes in mining, commercial taxes and industry sectors.Mr. Gehlot announced a policy for new and renewable energy projects and set a target for disbursement of short-term crop loans worth ₹16,000 crore from cooperative banks. He said his government had given “complete benefit” of loan waiver to farmers by paying on its own the dues of ₹6,000 crore left over by the previous BJP regime.The Chief Minister also announced ₹927 crore for State highways, Janata Clinics on the lines of Mohalla Clinics in Delhi, new policy for electric vehicles and exemption to micro, small and medium enterprises from obtaining various permissions for the first three years of their operations.Government jobsAs many as 75,000 vacancies in various government departments will be filled to provide jobs to the youths, while 104 types of new medicines will be included in the State government’s free medicine scheme. Loans worth ₹1 lakh each will be sanctioned to youths under the Chief Minister’s Yuva Rozgar Yojana.last_img read more

Macaraya on loss to Lyceum: We gave them everything we got

first_imgChurch, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Sebastian head coach Egay Macaraya doesn’t regret anything after the Golden Stags’ disappointing 78-73 loss to Lyceum in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Centre.“That was everything that we could’ve given, and that was the gameplan,” said Macaraya in Filipino. “We let them shoot from outside but they made those shots.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ “I really can’t say anything bad against my team because they played good defense.”San Sebastian’s scheme worked for the most part as the Pirates attempted just 14 shots at the basket with seven going in.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsLyceum’s offense came mostly from jumpers with the Pirates converting 19 of their 45 attempts, but the final jump shot was the one that took out the Golden Stags.Jesper Ayaay caught a pass from Reymar Caduyac and hit a gut-wrenching triple from the left corner with 26 seconds left that gave Lyceum a 77-70 lead.center_img Munsayac unsure of severity of ankle sprain MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Despite the loss, Macaraya was still proud of his team’s effort and for sticking to the gameplan he prepared against the Pirates.“I’m very proud of my team because they didn’t give up, they fought until the very end,” said Macaraya whose team slipped to a 1-2 record.last_img read more

2015 World Cup Day Four Draw

first_imgThe fixtures for day four of the 2015 Touch World Cup have been determined.The first game will tap-off at 9am on Saturday.To view, please click on the link below to be taken to the ‘Results/Fixtures’ area of the website –http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=1-9035-0-0-0&a=COMPSFor more information on the updated tournament structure, please click on the link below:http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?client=1-9035-0-0-0&&news_task=DETAIL&articleID=34453618Please check all games as there have been multiple changes.Keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2015 Touch World Cup: Website – www.touchworldcup.comFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchworldcupTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchworldcup15 (#TWC2015)Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchworldcup2015YouTube – click hereRelated LinksWorld Cup Day Fourlast_img read more

Federal court orders Canada to hand over land to Blood Tribe

first_imgThe Blood Tribe reserve in Alberta is currently 547.5 square miles.Tamara PimentelAPTN NewsA federal court ruled Wednesday that Canada owes the Blood Tribe 162.5 square miles (258 square kilometres) of land to fulfill its Treaty obligations.“The Blood Tribe Chief and Councillors are pleased to announce that a judgement has been received from the Federal Court on what is known as the “Big Claim”, said a release from the community.“A claim which the Blood Tribe has been pursuing for many years.”The Blood Tribe, located in southern Alberta, first started the process of reclaiming their land in 1980.Under the Treaty Land Entitlement formula, the Blood Tribe was entitled to a reserve of 710 square miles (1,838 square kilometres). The current reserve is 547.5 square miles (1,418 square kilometres)According to the claim in the federal court, the Blood Tribe said that Canada failed to fulfill its Treaty obligation to provide one square mile of reserve land for each five members of the Blood Tribe.That would add approximately 100 square miles to the reserve.It also claimed that the lands between the St. Mary and Kootenay Rivers, to the mountains and to the International Boundary as its reserve; and that its reserve was established by the 1882 Nelson survey, which surveyed the southern boundary of the reserve 5 miles further south than it is currently.“The Federal Court’s findings agreed with the Blood Tribe’s claim that there was an outstanding Treaty obligation and that the Tribe is owed a further 162.5 square miles based on the population at the time,” the statement said.“The Blood Tribe trusts that given the history of the Big Claim and the fact that both the ICC and the Federal Court have found that the Blood Tribe has a valid claim that Canada will not be appealing this recent judgement and that there will be finality to this long outstanding treaty obligation.”The Big Claim was ordered to be to be heard in the Federal Court as three phases.Phase one was the oral history evidence of Blood Tribe Elders, heard in May, 2016, phase two was a hearing on the substantive legal issues that was heard in May and June of 2018, and phase three willdeal with the damages that the Blood Tribe suffered.Leaders in the community first went to the specific claims court in 1996 but in 2002, Canada informed the Blood Tribe that the entire claim was rejected for negotiation through the specific claims process.It was then pursued through the Federal Court.“Now that the Federal Court of Canada has provided its decision Blood Tribe Council will be reviewing the options available to the Blood Tribe including the steps to bring this before the Court to have Phase 3 held and will continue to keep Blood Tribe members informed on the steps being taken in the Big Claim,” the statement said.No one from the community was available for an interview.The trial will continue at a later date to hear evidence and submissions on the remedy on the breach of treaty.tpimentel@aptn.ca@Tamara_aptnlast_img read more

North American stock markets push higher loonie also gains ground

first_imgTORONTO – North American stock markets pushed higher Friday as a broad-based rally helped lift Canada’s main stock index.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 130.28 points to 15,638.45. A surging energy sector led the advance.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 347.51 points to 25,309.99. The S&P 500 index was up 43.34 points to 2,747.30 and the Nasdaq composite index was up 127.30 points to 7,337.39.“The market is benefiting from the fact that as we’ve gotten through this February flop we’ve had a return to rationality and a focus on fundamentals,” said Jamie Robertson, managing director of the portfolio solutions group at Manulife Asset Management. “I think the market’s appetite for volatility is exhausted.”The tumult that saw global equity markets begin to fall at the beginning of February was triggered by U.S. jobs data that showed wages grew more than anticipated, raising worries that signs of higher inflation might push the U.S. Federal Reserve to increase interest rates more quickly. Markets have since bounced back but have been at the mercy of investor’s changing opinions day-to-day on inflation and the Fed.Higher yields generally hurt stock prices by making bonds more appealing to investors.A continued pullback in bond yields from the four-year highs reached earlier this week likely also gave equity investors a shot of confidence on Friday. The yield on U.S. 10-year Treasury notes fell to 2.87 per cent.In currency markets, the Canadian dollar reversed its week-long slide, closing at an average trading value of 78.94 cents US, up 0.26 of a U.S. cent.Robertson attributed the correction to a more positive outlook for oil, as the April crude contract rose 78 cents to US$63.55 per barrel.“The Canadian dollar is always a push and pull between interest rates and oil prices,” he said.Elsewhere in commodities, the April natural gas contract was down two cents at US$2.66 per mmBTU.The April gold contract was down US$2.40 to US$1,330.30 an ounce and the March copper contract was down three cents to US$3.21 a pound.last_img read more

Ponting backs Rishabh to bat at No.4, Ganguly terms him ‘huge asset’

first_imgNew Delhi: Ricky Ponting Tuesday unequivocally backed Rishabh Pant for the number four slot in India’s World Cup line-up and even saw him as one capable of winning the tournament. Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly marked the young wicketkeeper-batsman as one for the future, calling him a “huge asset”. With little over two months to go for the World Cup and the number four batsman yet to be decided, it could now boil down to performance in the Indian Premier League, according to Ganguly. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh But Ponting, a two-time World Cup winning Australian captain, left nothing to doubt when discussions turned to Pant. “The first thing I would do is pick him in that Indian squad for the World Cup, I would play him as a batter, I would play him at number four. He is the sort of guy, with that kind of talent, he can win you a World Cup, he has just got that x-factor,” Ponting said. Ganguly added, “Anybody who wants to succeed in shorter formats of the game he has to go up, we have seen the best in world do that. If you send Rishabh at number four, he will score runs for you because he is so talented, he has got so much time to play. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later “In his short career he has been remarkable for India and once he starts getting opportunity consistently, he will be a top player.” Pant had a terrific start to his Test career, becoming the first Indian wicketkeeper to score centuries in England and Australia, but there is a perception that he hasn’t showed the temperament or tasted as much success in the shorter formats. During an interaction organised by the Delhi Capitals, Ganguly didn’t agree with the viewpoint. “Look at the way he played in the IPL last year, he got a full tournament, 14 games, and he was probably the second highest run-getter in the IPL last year. “The problem with him in shorter formats is that he doesn’t get regular cricket because you have a champion in MS Dhoni who actually plays most of the shorter formats, so Rishabh is coming in and going out all the time and that’s never good for anybody, however quality a player you are,” Ganguly said. Pant’s exploits with the willow has the taken the cricket world by storm in recent months. Ganguly said, “The reason he succeeds in Test cricket is because he plays consistently. How many Indian wicketkeeper-batsmen have got Test hundreds in England and Australia, and he scored them at ease. It’s not that he struggled, it’s not that he looked out of place against fast bowling. “For me, he is your future. For the next 10 years, you will see that boy a lot in all formats of the game and not because he plays for Delhi, he can play for anyone he wants to.” Pant will be eyeing a successful IPL with the rechristened Delhi Capitals. “Just the serious talent he is, he is a hard worker, I have been watching him at nets for the last four years, he is always the first one to come out and bat for longer periods. He will be huge asset to Indian cricket in the years to come,” said Ganguly.last_img read more