Bronze in London is like gold for me, says Russian pole vault queen Yelena Isinbayeva

first_imgOne of the big surprises in Monday’s wet evening programme in track and field came when Russian Yelena Isinbayeva failed to win a historic third successive gold medal at the Olympics.Russians have dominated the specialised sport of pole vault for decades. In the past, it was the incomparable Sergei Bubka, and now it’s Isinbayeva, who left people in awe as they soared to new heights.As a result, it was unusual to see Isinbayeva clinching ‘just’ a bronze as American Jennifer Suhr won gold and Cuba’s Yarisley Silva claimed silver.But the 30-year-old was not devastated and said she was not contemplating retirement. She said the inability to run or jump for two months made her miss many competitions this year and made all the difference.”I did Sotteville and Monte Carlo but, of course, it was not enough and I was taking a risk if my injury got worse. So this bronze is like gold for me,” said the Russian.On her future plans, Isinbayeva was pretty clear she was not retiring. “Actually my plans change every day. I am like a pair of twins. Today I wake up and say, ‘I will stop’. Then the next day I say, ‘I will continue’,” she said, even discussing her plans for 2016.Explaining her feelings further, Isinbayeva said: “Over the past three years, between Beijing and London, life has not been easy for me, both physically and psychologically. I was asking myself ‘Why am I continuing? What for’,” she said.advertisementBut with coach Yevgeni Trofimov inspiring her, she decided to give the Olympics another go. “My coach said ‘let’s try again’. In Istanbul (at the 2012 world indoor championships), I won a gold medal and in Stockholm I set a world record jumping 5.01 metres. Then, unfortunately, I got injured in May and I could not train properly before London,” Isinbayeva said.Without making any excuse, the cherubic Russian told the media: “Today, my leg was not working. I had to work with my hands. Of course, today it is not a fairy tale, today competing was not easy, this is why this bronze is like gold to me.”At a time when most of the athletes are scared about the weather, Isinbayeva added how difficult it was in the middle of the Olympic Stadium. “It was terrible for me. I know the weather was so-so in England, but today it was the worst possible for women’s pole vaulting,” she said.Explaining her love affair for setting world records, the bronze medallist recalled an incident. “In Monaco, after the (Diamond League) meeting, I was sitting next to Prince Albert (of Monaco) and a man came up to me and said that I had already surpassed Sergey Bubka. He showed me a piece of paper on which he had a lost of Bubka’s records and mine. Bubka broke the world record 27 times, and I had already done it 28 times by then.”So for all those who feared that the world has seen the last of the pole vault champion, there is still hope.last_img read more

IPL 2016: Mumbai Indians seek revenge against in-form Sunrisers Hyderabad

first_imgRefreshed and relaxed after a week’s break, a formidable Mumbai Indians will be raring to go when they take on a resurgent Sunrisers Hyderabad in a league tie of the Indian Premier League (IPL) here on Sunday. (Full Coverage|Points Table)As the port city gears up to host the second match of the weekend double header, Mumbai would hope to continue their winning spree at their new home ground — the YS Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium. (Also read: Shikhar Dhawan backs Yuvraj Singh to hit form) The Bombay High Court ordered to shift IPL matches to be held in Maharashtra from May 1 due to drought conditions in the western state.On a roll after three consecutive wins against Punjab, Kolkata and Pune respectively, Sunday’s match will be a test between the top class Mumbai batting line-up led by Rohit Sharma and the medium pace bowling troika of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ashish Nehra and Mustafizur Rahman. (Also read: IPL also an ideal platform for making comeback, says Bhuvneshwar Kumar)On the other hand, Hyderabad will take heart from Friday’s comprehensive win against Gujarat Lions in Hyderabad and would want their skipper David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan to give a brilliant start at the top of the order.Both Hyderabad and Mumbai are positioned midway in the points table with 10 points each, having won five matches out of eight and nine respectively.In their earlier meeting, Sunrisers registered a seven-wicket win with 15 balls to spare at their home ground.Going into Sunday’s clash, the Mumbai franchise would bank on a good start from the opening combo of Rohit and Parthiv Patel, which has eluded the side so far. Both Rohit and Parthiv have performed individually with the willow but failed to give a decent opening stand together.advertisementThe side also boasts of big-hitters in Ambati Rayudu, Kieron Pollard and Jos Buttler, who can tear apart any bowling attack on their day, along with the all-round duo of Hardik and Krunal Pandya.Mumbai’s bowling department is led by New Zealand’s left-arm seamer Mitchell McClenaghan, who has 13 wickets so far to be placed second in the top-wicket takers’ list while Jasprit Bumrah and Tim Southee with 11 and 7 wickets respectively form a lethal combo.Seasoned off-spinner Harbhajan Singh with five wickets forms the spin department with Krunal, who has three wickets so far.On the flip side, Hyderabad’s batting will centre around Warner and Dhawan with Australian all-rounder Moises Henriques, New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson and comeback man Yuvraj Singh adding more firepower in the middle.The side would heavily bank on its star bowling trio of Bhuvneshwar, Nehra and Mustafizur, who made light work of the Gujrat side on Friday.Bhuvneshwar has so far taken 12 wickets while Mustafizur isn’t so far with 10 scalps and Barinder Sran is an added advantage for the Orange army with six wickets in the tournament.The spin department of Karn Sharma, Ashish Reddy, Deepak Hooda and Bipul Sharma, however, still needs improvement when it takes on a top class batting line-up like Mumbai.last_img read more

Weekly Sports Calendar by Associated Press

first_imgEDITORS:These are among the top sports events of the week. Coverage of most of these events will move on this circuit:FRIDAY, June 9thru 11, Paris — tennis, French Open.Various sites — football, World Cup qualifying: EUROPE: Netherlands vs. Luxembourg, Belarus vs. Bulgaria, Faroe Islands vs. Switzerland, Latvia vs. Portugal, Estonia vs. Belgium, Andorra vs. Hungary, Sweden vs. France, Bosnia and Herzegovina vs. Greece, Gibraltar vs. Cyprus. OCEANIA: Solomon Islands vs. Papua New Guinea. FRIENDLIES: Brazil vs. Argentina, Russia vs. Chile.thru 11, Memphis, Tennessee — golf, US PGA Tour, St. Jude Classic.thru 11, Atzenbrugg, Austria — golf, European Tour, Lyoness Open.Cardiff, Wales — cricket, Champions Trophy: New Zealand vs. Bangladesh.thru 11, Ontario, Canada — golf, US LPGA Tour, Manulife Classic.thru 27, Bermuda — sailing, America’s Cup.thru 11, France — cycling, Criterium du Dauphine.thru 11, Italy — auto racing, WRC, Italian Rally.SATURDAY, June 10Europe — football, World Cup qualifying: Azerbaijan vs. Northern Ireland, Kazakhstan vs. Denmark, Scotland vs. England, Slovenia vs. Malta, Montenegro vs. Armenia, Norway vs. Czech Republic, Poland vs. Romania, Germany vs. San Marino, Lithuania vs. Sloakia.Birmingham, England — cricket, Champions Trophy: England vs. Australia.Christchurch, New Zealand — rugby, Crusaders vs. British and Irish Lions.Pretoria, South Africa — rugby, South Africa vs. France, 1st test.San Juan, Argentina — rugby, Argentina vs. England, 1st test.Melbourne, Australia — rugby, Australia vs. Fiji.Kumamoto, Japan — rugby, Japan vs. Romania.Harrison, New Jersey — rugby, United States vs. Ireland.Calgary, Canada — rugby, Canada vs. Georgia.Singapore — rugby, Italy vs. Scotland.Elmont, New York — horse racing, Belmont Stakes.thru 11, Leeds, England — triathlon, world series.thru 18, Switzerland — cycling, Tour de Suisse.Belfast, Northern Ireland — boxing, Lee Haskins vs. Ryan Burnett for Haskins’ IBF bantamweight title.SUNDAY, June 11Montreal —auto racing, F1, Canadian GP.London — cricket, Champions Trophy: India vs. South Africa.Various sites — football, World Cup qualifying: EUROPE: Moldova vs. Georgia, Finland vs. Ukraine, Ireland vs. Austria, Serbia vs. Wales, Macedonia vs. Spain, Italy vs. Liechtenstein, Iceland vs. Croatia, Israel vs. Albania, Kosovo vs. Turkey. OCEANIA: New Caledonia vs. Fiji. CONCACAF: Mexico vs. United States. FRIENDLIES: Netherlands vs. Ivory Coast, Ireland vs. Uruguay.MONDAY, June 12Cardiff, Wales — cricket, Champions Trophy: Sri Lanka vs. Pakistan.Various sites — football, World Cup qualifying: ASIA: Iran vs. Uzbekistan. FRIENDLY: Belarus vs. New Zealand.thru 18, ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands — tennis, ATP-WTA, Ricoh Open.thru 18, Stuttgart, Germany — tennis, ATP, Mercedes Cup.thru 18, Nottingham, England — tennis, WTA, Aegon Open.TUESDAY, June 13Dunedin, New Zealand — rugby, Highlanders vs. British and Irish Lions.Various sites — football, World Cup qualifying: ASIA: Thailand vs. United Arab Emirates, Iraq vs. Japan, Syria vs. China, Qatar vs. South Korea. CONCACAF: Panama vs. Honduras, Costa Rica vs. Trinidad and Tobago. OCEANIA: Papua New Guinea vs. Solomon Islands. FRIENDLIES: Australia vs. Brazil, Singapore vs. Argentina, Norway vs. Sweden, Romania vs. Chile. Cameroon vs. Colombia, France vs. England.WEDNESDAY, June 14Cardiff, Wales — cricket, Champions Trophy semifinal.THURSDAY, June 15thru 18, Erin, Wisconsin — golf, U.S. Open.Birmingham, England — cricket, Champions Trophy semifinal.thru 18, Grand Rapids, Michigan — golf, US LPGA Tour, Meijer Classic for Simply Give.Oslo, Norway — athletics, Diamond League.FRIDAY, June 16Auckland, New Zealand — rugby, Tonga vs. Wales, New Zealand vs. Samoa.SATURDAY, June 17Rotorua, New Zealand — rugby, New Zealand Maori vs. British and Irish Lions.Durban, South Africa — rugby, South Africa vs. France, 2nd test.Sydney — rugby, Australia vs. Scotland.Santa Fe, Argentina — rugby, Argentina vs. England, 2nd test.Fukuroi, Japan — rugby, Japan vs. Ireland, 1st test.Suva, Fiji — rugby, Fiji vs. Italy.Kennesaw, Georgia — rugby, United States vs. Georgia.Edmonton — rugby, Canada vs. Romania.Russia — football, Confederations Cup: Russia vs. New Zealand.thru 18, Le Mans, France — auto racing, Le Mans 24 Hours.Wetzlar, Germany — boxing, Tyron Zeuge vs. Paul Smith for Zeuge’s WBA super middleweight title.Las Vegas — boxing, Andre Ward vs. Sergey Kovalev for Ward’s IBF-WBA-WBO light heavyweight titles; Guillermo Rigondeaux vs. Moises Flores for Rigondeaux’s WBA featherweight title.SUNDAY, June 18London — cricket, Champions Trophy final.Russia — football, Confederations Cup: Portugal vs. Mexico, Cameroon vs. Chile.Stockholm — athletics, Diamond League.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Spain, Portugal considering joint bid for 2030 World Cup with Morocco

first_imgSpain and Portugal might join forces with Morocco to launch a joint intercontinental bid to host the 2030 FIFA World Cup, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said on Monday.Sanchez made a visit to the Moroccan capital of Rabat and met with the Prime Minister Saadedin Al Othmani and King Mohamed to discuss the possible of the joint bid in order to get a chance to host the World Cup.”I made a proposal to the government (of Morocco) to organise a joint bid between Spain, Portugal and Morocco to host the 2030 World Cup,” Sanchez told a news conference.”We are launching a joint message, which is that this will be a bid between two continents. The King of Morocco is receptive, and we’re going to work on it with Portugal. We’re very excited about it.”Also read – Former England footballer Paul Gascoigne charged with sexual assaultSpain, the 2010 world champions, hosted the 1982 World Cup and launched a failed bid along with Portugal to stage the 2018 tournament which was awarded to Russia.Portugal has never hosted the World Cup but held the 2004 European Championship in 2004 at which they lost in the final to Greece.Morocco was unsuccessful in its campaign to stage the 2026 World Cup, which was awarded to a joint bid from the United States, Mexico and Canada.(With Reuters inputs)Also watch – Exclusive: Hima Das keen to inspire Gen Nextlast_img read more

Realme 3i launched: Key specs, features, price in India and everything you need to know

first_imgIn addition to the Realme X, the company also launched the Realme 3i in India on Monday, July 15. The Realme 3i, as you could guess, is a version of the Realme 3 that was launched in the country earlier this year. The Realme 3i brings a lot of the same features and specs as the Realme 3, but at a lower price point. It slots right in between the entry-level Realme C2 and the Realme 3.The Realme 3i touts a Dewdrop display and a diamond-cut design on the back much like the Realme C2. Under the hood, the phone packs a Helio P60 chipset and a large battery capacity. The Realme 3i aims to offer a power-packed set of features at a budget price point. Here’s a quick look at some of the key specs and features of the Realme 3i.Realme 3i specificationDisplay: Realme 3i sports a 6.2-inch HD+ (1520×720) display with a 19:9 aspect ratio and Gorilla Glass 3 protection.Processor: It is powered by a 2.0Ghz octa-core Helio P60 chipset.RAM: The phone is offered with 3GB and 4GB of RAM.Internal storage: 3GB RAM option comes with 32GB of internal storage while the 4GB RAM variant offers 64GB of inbuilt storage. The Realme 3i supports storage expandability up to 256GB.Rear camera: Realme 3i sports a 13MP f/1.8 primary camera and a 2MP secondary depth camera. The camera also supports PDAF, Nightscape, Chroma Boost and Portrait mode.Front camera: Up front, the Realme 3i gets a 13MP selfie camera.advertisementBattery: It houses a 4,230mAh battery like the Realme 3.Software: Realme 3i runs on Android 9 Pie-based ColorOS 6.Realme 3i features– The Realme 3i offers a familiar Dewdrop display that we have seen previously on the Realme C2, Realme 3 and Realme 3 Pro. The rear panel also gets a diamond-cut texture on a matt-like finish which is again similar to the Realme C2. The main difference is that the Realme 3i gets a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, while the Realme C2 does not. It also comes in a unique new Diamond Red gradient colour option. — Powering the Realme 3i is a MediaTek Helio P60 chipset, which has powered phones like the Realme 1 in the past. It is an octa-core processor that is known to deliver a smooth performance for day-to-day operations while offering good power efficiency. In comparison, the Realme 3 gets a newer Helio P70 SoC.– The Realme 3i also highlights a large 4,230mAh battery like the Realme 3. This should enable the phone to offer over a full day battery life on a single charge when combined with a power efficient Helio P60 chipset and some smart battery saving features on ColorOS 6.– The smartphone also ships with ColorOS 6 based on Android Pie out of the box. ColorOS 6 brings a number of new features such as an app drawer, gesture-based navigation and new gradient theme for the UI, among other things.Realme 3i price in India and availabilityRealme 3i has been launched in India starting at Rs 7,999 for the 3GB + 32GB variant. The 4GB + 64GB variant has been priced at Rs 9,999. The first sale of the Realme 3i will be on July 23, 2019 at 12 noon on Flipkart and Realme.com. The Realme 3i will be available in three colours – Diamond Black, Diamond Blue and Diamond Red. The smartphone will also be offered with No Cost EMI options as well.ALSO READ | Amazon Prime Day 2019: Dyson launches V7 Trigger vacuum cleaner and Pure Cool tower air purifier in IndiaALSO READ | Realme X, Realme 3i launched in India: Price, specifications and first sale dateALSO READ | Google Pixel 4 spotted in public againlast_img read more

Nick Saban Releases Statement On Controversial Coaching News

first_imgnick saban getting criticized for end of half decision vs. georgiaATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 01: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on before the 2018 SEC Championship Game against the Georgia Bulldogs at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Alabama head coach Nick Saban has released a statement on the controversial coaching news surrounding the Crimson Tide’s program this week.Earlier in the week, AL.com reported that ex-Maryland head coach D.J. Durkin had been brought into the Alabama football program for a consulting role.Durkin, of course, was fired by Maryland in mid-October stemming from an investigation into the Terrapins’ program following the death of a player.Alabama was harshly criticized for bringing Durkin into its program. ESPN’s Paul Finebaum called the move “embarrassing.”Saban has released a statement this evening, clarifying what happened.“DJ Durkin is spending a few days with our staff in Tuscaloosa from a professional development standpoint. He has not been hired in any capacity at (Alabama). He is simply observing our operation as many other coaches have done through the years,” Saban announced.Nick Saban statement: “DJ Durkin is spending a few days with our staff in Tuscaloosa from a professional development standpoint. He has not been hired in any capacity at (Alabama). He is simply observing our operation as many other coaches have done through the years.”— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) December 15, 2018Saban has brought into several former head coaches over the years, including Lane Kiffin and Butch Jones.Alabama is currently getting ready to face Oklahoma in the College Football Playoff.last_img read more

Vancouver named second best North American city for filmmakers

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Movie Maker Magazine continues to rate Metro Vancouver as one of the top places in North America for filmmakers to live and work.Although Vancouver tied with New York City for first place last year, the magazine rated Vancouver as the number-two city in this year’s assessement, published on January 16.Atlanta, Georgia, reclaimed the top spot, as it had been named number one back in 2016 as well. The publication credited its incentive program for its attractiveness. Advertisement Vancouver’s Ryan Reynolds contributed to B.C. booming film production industry last year by filming Deadpool 2 here. Facebookcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Twitter In Vancouver’s favour, the article cited Hollywood blockbuster productions that shot here over the past year, such as Skyscraper, starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Neve Campbell, and Deadpool 2, starring Vancouver’s own Ryan Reynolds.last_img read more

Theyre turning a Toronto theatre into an English forest for the play

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Facebook Among the tales he spins for his followers are those of giants who live in the forest — and who may just be real.Staging the play’s Canadian premiere has been a “monster endeavour,” says Cushman. It’s a co-production between his company, Outside the March, and Company Theatre (in association with Starvox Entertainment) that has been several years in the planning and involves a budget of upwards of $300,000. Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Advertisement Designer Nick Blais and director Mitchell Cushman on the set of Jerusalem. They bought an old Airstream to serve as the home of main character Rooster Byron. (ANDREW FRANCIS WALLACE / TORONTO STAR) There’s an audience advisory on the web page for Jerusalem, the award-winning play opening this week.The show contains “adult language and copious references to drugs and alcohol.” It also “may contain traces of fairies, giants, ogres, spirits and other secrets of the English forest.”“The play has this magic running through it,” explains director Mitchell Cushman. It’s the story of a charismatic former daredevil, Rooster Byron (played by Sons of Anarchy star Kim Coates), who lives in the forest outside of Wiltshire, in the southwest of England, and is something of a countercultural folk hero for local youth and other outsiders. Twitterlast_img read more

Thousands of Liberian excombatants to take part in UNbacked rehabilitation scheme

Andrea Tamagnini, the director of the reintegration, rehabilitation and recovery programme for the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), told journalists in the capital, Monrovia, last week that just over 5,100 of an estimated 7,300 eligible former combatants can take part in the programme, which is due to finish in April next year.Mr. Tamagnini said the programmes – which have begun in 28 locations across the West African country – are being expanded so that they directly benefit not just the ex-combatants, but the communities that host them as well.Participants in the programmes work on roadside brushing projects, cleaning drainages, agricultural projects and other job schemes to help them back on their feet.“The way forward is that the ex-combatants get back into their communities and they get jobs through their communities. The rate of success is pretty high,” Mr. Tamagnini said, adding that studies by UNMIL indicate that when former combatants have jobs, even if they are only short-term, they do not resume fighting.In a survey in Lofa county, which borders Guinea, “97 per cent of the ex-combatants… said they were better off now than when they were fighting. Two thirds said they will not fight again. One third said ‘yes, they will fight again.’ The reason was unemployment and [the] economy.” 17 November 2008More than 5,000 former combatants from Liberia’s civil war will participate in the next round of the United Nations-led reintegration and rehabilitation programme for ex-fighters so they can successfully rejoin their former communities, a UN official says. read more

Canadian Government sends cargo plane with supplies to hurricane Harvey victims

The Canadian government has sent a military cargo plane loaded with supplies to hurricane Harvey victims in Texas.The plane took off, Sunday, from C-F-B Trenton and was filled with $100,000 worth of baby formula, blankets and cribs.The Ontario and Quebec governments also chipped in with relief aid.Hurricane Harvey has forced 750,000 people from their homes and over a million others are under voluntary evacuation along the Gulf Coast.

Markets Right Now Stocks open higher on Wall Street

NEW YORK — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):9:35 a.m.Stocks are opening broadly higher on Wall Street, but not enough to get the benchmark S&P 500 out of the red for the week.Banks and industrial companies had some of the biggest gains in early trading Friday.Wells Fargo jumped 3.9% after the troubled bank named its third CEO in as many years.Vail Resorts soared 6.7% after reporting quarterly results that were better than analysts expected, and Las Vegas Sands rose 5.6% following news that the stock would be added to the S&P 500 index.The S&P 500 rose 6 points, or 0.2%, to 2,983.The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 65 points, or 0.2%, to 26,957. The Nasdaq rose 5 points, or 0.1%, to 8,036.Bond prices fell. The yield on the 10-year Treasury rose to 1.70%.The Associated Press read more

Development for First Nations land near Calgary is historic chief

by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 11, 2016 2:46 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 11, 2016 at 3:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Development for First Nations land near Calgary is historic: chief CALGARY – The leader of a First Nation sitting on the edge of Calgary says three major commercial projects planned for the land will transform the city’s southwest.Tsuut’ina Chief Roy Whitney says the band has partnered with real-estate developer Canderel to build three business centres along the planned southwest leg of a ring road.The 200-hectare Tsuut’ina Park is to have space for retail stores, but will focus on entertainment and hospitality to complement the existing Grey Eagle Resort and Casino.Tsuut’ina Crossing is to cover 145 hectares and include a research campus, as well as retail, office and mixed-use developments with access to trails, parks and open spaces.A shopping complex called Tsuut’ina Centre is the third part of the plan.The band says the multibillion-dollar project will have a major, long-term, positive impact on Calgary and the First Nation.“Tsuut’ina will be home to one of the largest, if not the largest, First Nations developments in Canada,” Whitney said Monday. “In addition to the financial benefits of rents and property taxes that will come from development, so, too, will come opportunity.“The real motivation is to … allow future generations to work and flourish right here, at home. Generations of Tsuut’ina people will also be able to receive services, to shop, to learn, to invest their money, time and skill, to apply their trades, and to develop a profession – all while being near their families and their extended Nation family.”Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi said the developments will also provide value for Calgarians.“This thing has the potential to be very valuable and very additive for the community,” he said.Construction, which is to begin in the next two to three years, is to coincide with work on the ring road. It’s expected the developments could take up to 20 years to finish.The southwest portion of the ring road is scheduled to be done in 2021.(CTV Calgary, CFFR, CHQR) read more

Stanley Cup Playoff Preview Maple Leafs vs Bruins

This series has been locked in longer than any other and the anticipation for one of the best recent playoff rivalries has been brewing for weeks. In a rematch of last year’s first-round matchup, Boston and Toronto finished the regular season with the third- and seventh-best records.In another format, perhaps these two teams would meet a little later on in the bracket, but who’s turning down a pressure-packed first-round meeting where the losing team has to head into the summer finishing well short of expectations?Here’s a look at the Maple Leafs-Bruins matchup:ADVANCED STATS5-on-5 via Natural Stat Trick (with league rank)Toronto: 51.73 CF% (8th), 54.79 GF% (7th), .924 SV% (7th), 9.47 SH% (3rd), 1.019 PDO (4th)Boston: 53.07 CF% (6th), 55.12 GF% (4th), .931 SV% (3rd), 7.34 SH% (26th), 1.005 PDO (10th)TEAM STATSToronto: 21.8 PP% (8th), 79.9 PK% (17th), 286 GF (4th), 249 GA (20th)Boston: 25.9 PP% (3rd), 79.9 PK% (16th), 257 GF (11th), 212 GA (3rd)HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORDToronto: 1-3-0Boston: 3-1-0The skinny: It was 4-1.That phrase has haunted Maple Leafs fans since 2013, when the team squandered a three-goal third-period lead in Game 7 and fell to the Bruins in Round 1. It was Toronto’s first playoff appearance of the salary cap era and what followed was another lost journey into the wilderness as they rebuilt the roster from the ground up over three straight miserable seasons.The arrival of Auston Matthews got Toronto back on track and after being eliminated by Washington in their 2017 playoff return, the Leafs again met their post-season rivals from Boston in 2018 over another seven-game series. This time, Toronto held a 4-3 lead heading into the third, when they melted away by again allowing four unanswered Bruins goals.This year’s series has been locked in for a while now and the anticipation of it has led to much nail-biting in Leafs Nation. Is this the year they can finally move past Boston?Toronto Maple Leafs X-Factor: Despite all the star power up front, Toronto’s MVP is its goalie, Frederik Andersen. He was in the running for the Vezina Trophy throughout the season, but a slow finish ultimately faded out his chance.That’s what should be concerning the Leafs. He’s been remarkably consistent for them over three seasons, finishing twice with a .918 save percentage and wrapping up at .917 in 2018-19. This season and last, though, he’s finished the season slowly.Last 12 games in 2018 – SV%: 0.895 GAA: 3.50 RECORD: 6-5-0Last 12 games in 2019 – SV%: 0.889 GAA: 3.66 RECORD: 4-3-4When Andersen is on his game he can steal a series and, when he’s doing that in conjunction with Toronto’s clicking offence, the Leafs become one of the NHL’s best teams. Through most of the season, Toronto was top-five in terms of 5-on-5 goals for percentage but a weak finish bumped them to sixth in the league, one spot behind Boston. When you consider that eight of the past 11 Stanley Cup champs have been top-five teams in this regard you can see why, when Andersen is on, Toronto is among the elite.But if Andersen is off, everything changes. Not that last year’s seven-game loss to Boston was all on the netminder, but he did allow at least three goals against in five of those games and finished the series with an .896 save percentage. If his soft finish this season is indicative of similar playoff output, Toronto will be in trouble.Boston Bruins X-Factor: We know the top line is a major key to Boston’s success and that Tuukka Rask can’t trip up against a robust offence. You also can’t pick just one defenceman or shutdown forward to slow Toronto’s attack because it’s spread out over a couple lines driven by elite players.When Boston went on its 19-game point streak from Jan. 29 to March 9, David Pastrnak wasn’t in the lineup for 12 of those games and the Bruins didn’t miss a beat. While Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand continued to be point-per-game-or-better players in his absence, the support scoring from second-line centre David Krejci and winger Jake DeBrusk was a significant factor in keeping the train chugging.Without Pastrnak, Krejci had six goals and 16 points and DeBrusk eight goals and 15 points in 12 and 10 games, respectively. The fact Krejci, at 32, is having one of the best offensive seasons of his career has been a boon to the Bruins. Coming off a 44-point season (in 67 games), that Krejci has managed to get back up over 70 points for just the second time – matching a career-high 73 points from 2008-09 – has breathed new life into Boston’s support scoring.It’s worth pointing out that when Krejci is contributing to the offence, the Bruins have major playoff success. He recorded eight points in last year’s series win over Toronto and then was limited to two points against Tampa Bay in a five-game loss. In 2017, he was shutout in just three games as Boston was eliminated in Round 1. In their two Stanley Cup Final appearances back in 2011 and 2013, Krejci was Boston’s leading scorer.If Krejci is rolling, linemate DeBrusk likely will be as well. DeBrusk also adds that heavy hockey element that many believe will be an issue come playoff time for Toronto. Boston is tough enough to beat with just the one line, but if this second unit is causing a physical hassle to the Leafs and contributing on offence it calls into question Toronto’s perceived advantage at forward. Since the trade deadline, the Bruins average more goals per game than the Leafs.KEY INJURIESToronto:NoneBoston:Chris Wagner (day-to-day, lower-body)Kevan Miller (day-to-day, lower-body)John Moore (day-to-day, upper-body)Sean Kuraly (day-to-day, fractured hand) BROWSE Boston Bruins | maple leafs | nhl | stanley cup playoffs read more

Womens lacrosse Trio of freshmen to help the Buckeyes through weekend doubleheader

Ohio State freshman midfielder Liza Hernandez looks to score against Vermont. Credit: Courtesy of Walt Middleton – OSU AthleticsThe Ohio State women’s lacrosse team has had a stellar class of young talent come in and make an immediate impact.Freshman midfielder Liza Hernandez has swept all of the Big Ten Freshman of the Week awards this season, with her third coming after her four-goal, two-assist outing against Cincinnati. But her fellow freshman, goalie Jillian Rizzo (3-0), has been just as hot from the start of the season, and just this week won her first Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week award.Rizzo, who had 11 saves in the Buckeyes’ previous game, has the Buckeyes at No. 2 in save percentage (.508) in the Big Ten, and is 15th nationally with 30 saves on the year. Her play has not gone unnoticed by her team, but an individual award is not something that she is focusing on.“It feels pretty cool,” Rizzo said. “I don’t really dwell on that. It’s exciting for the day and then I’m looking forward to the next game. It’s cool but it doesn’t mean that much.”Hernandez’s 16 points through the first three games have her sitting second in the Big Ten and tied for 23rd nationally in points. Seventeen of her 19 shots on the year have been on target.“She’s a great teammate,” OSU coach Alexis Venechanos said. “The upperclassmen are giving her the green light to take those shots. She’s playing fearlessly right now, she’s great.”Freshman attacker Alex Vander Molen has also been influential on the offensive end for OSU. She has started in two of three games so far and has assisted on nine goals this season, tying her for tenth in the NCAA.Two California teams make the trip to ColumbusThe Buckeyes will be hosting a weekend double-header against the Stanford Cardinal (1-3) and California Golden Bears (0-2), which will wrap up their three-game homestand. Both are teams that OSU is familiar with, having played Stanford 14 times and California 10.Each time against Stanford, OSU has been anything but phenomenal. Stanford has beaten the Scarlet and Gray four consecutive times, and the Buckeyes have won only four of their 14 total matchups against the Cardinal.“We’re always going to see something new when we play Stanford,” Venechanos said. “They’re always changing defenses, their rides have always been impressive in the past, a really unselfish team on the attack.”OSU will look to repeat a similar start to last weekend against Cincinnati by dominating the early minutes. Senior midfielder Morgan Fee could be the key to having the same success, winning seven draw controls during the game. Fee got her first start on Sunday against the Bearcats and helped the Buckeyes jump out to an early lead.“We need to figure out how to win the draw (control),” Fee said. “How to gain possession and hold possession throughout the first five minutes because during our previous games we had kind of gotten off to a rocky start.”While the Stanford Cardinal looms as more of an imminent threat to the Buckeyes, OSU squeaked out a narrow overtime victory against the Golden Bears in Berkeley, California, last season. California is currently winless on the year but they are returning eight seniors from last year’s team, including attacker Jena Fritts who led them in points (30) and assists (20) a season ago.Both games will be played at Ohio Stadium, and with Friday’s game against Stanford set for a 6 p.m. start the Buckeyes will get their first action under the stadium lights. Sunday’s game against California will start at noon. read more

Metso increases India foundry capacity on increased cast wear parts demand

first_imgMetso is investing €25 million ($29 million) in expanding its foundry capacity in Vadodara, India, as it looks to respond to increase demand for cast wear parts from the aggregates and mining industry.The initial investment includes the acquisition of the property and foundry assets of a privately-owned foundry project, Mega Cast.Sami Takaluoma, President, Minerals Consumables business area at Metso, said: “This investment fully aligns with our profitable growth strategy. It further expands our global manufacturing footprint in foundry products, improving our operational capabilities and allowing us to meet our customers’ growing needs both in terms of availability as well as reduced lead times.”Metso said the foundry development will begin as soon as the acquisition of the foundry assets has been completed, with the first product deliveries from the Vadodara foundry expected by the end of 2019. From thereon, the production will ramp up quickly in 2020.Metso launched operations in India in 1992 and has since been developing a strong footprint in the market. With local headquarters in Gurgaon, Delhi, Metso has around 850 employees in the country. Alongside the Alwar facility, Metso’s Indian aggregate sector capabilities are supported by a foundry in Ahmedabad, service centres in Bangalore and Faridabad, and a countrywide network of distribution centres.last_img read more

Over 4000 fans decided – Heidi Loke is the Worlds Best Female

Over  4000 Handball Fans Worldwide decided that the World’s Best Female Handball Player in 2011 is Norwegian line player, Heidi Loke (29). One of the most charismatic girl in our “Handball World” has fantastic Year behind.  Loke finished her “domestic career” in Larvik (2008-2011) with the biggest possible title – EHF Champions League 2010/2011 (she was the EHF CL Top scorer) and continue to work with Hungarian Gyori in the same direction this season.The biggest achievement, however, for Loke is all the success with Norwegian National Team. After EHF EURO 2010, Norway won WCh 2011, where Loke was one of the most important part of the squad – voted for the Best Playmaker in “All Stars” Team, once again.Army of her Fans all around Europe respect that. They gave her a Award with over 70% of all votes. Precisely, 70,81% Handball Fans in our Poll voted for Heidi Loke, which makes decision absolute and convincing.The second place won the French star, Allison Pineau with the support 15,80% of voters.In the opinion of our Jury, seven players (seven positions) deserved to be voted for the World’s Best Female Player in 2011. They were fantastic and our nomination just confirms that. Handball media, teams and fans all over the Globe  show tremendeous interest for the Contest in organisation of Handball-Planet.com . Very interesting week is ahead of our Team. We want to thank to all our visitors and supporters for all efforts and commitment.OFFICIAL RESULTS – WORLD’S BEST FEMALE PLAYER IN 2011 (TOTAL – 4070 VOTES)HEIDI LOKE – 70,81% ALLISON PINEAU – 15,8% LINN JORUM SULLAND – 6,56% ANDREA PENEZIC – 2,72% SILVIA NAVARRO – 2,23% CARMEN MARTIN – 1,32% EMILIYA TUREY – 0,54%[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U1b5j-0XOwo&feature=related[/youtube] Heidi LokeThe Best Women’s Handball Player ← Previous Story Onesta presented the 20 “Invincibles” Next Story → Raul Entrerrios stays in Barcelona until 2015 read more

80 députés sélèvent contre lexploitation du gaz de schiste

first_img80 députés s’élèvent contre l’exploitation du gaz de schisteAlors qu’une mission sur l’impact de la prospection du gaz de schiste sur l’environnement vient d’être lancée à l’Assemblée nationale, 80 députés, issus de tous les partis politiques, ont signé une motion contre l’exploitation coûteuse et dangereuse de ce gaz.Rédigée à l’initiative de Pierre Morel-à-L’Huissier, élu UMP de Lozère, et Pascal Terrasse, élu PS de l’Ardèche, cette motion a été déposée devant l’Assemblée nationale mercredi. Les 80 parlementaires qui l’ont signée demandent au gouvernement de renoncer aux autorisations de prospection accordées au printemps dernier à plusieurs groupes par le ministère de l’Environnement. La suspension de ces autorisations dans l’attente des conclusions de la mission sur les impacts de l’exploitation du gaz de schiste n’est pas suffisante dénoncent les élus.À lire aussiPourquoi l’hélium change-t-il la voix ?”Le manque de transparence de la part de l’Etat et l’incohérence entre le souci de préserver l’environnement à travers les travaux de Grenelle et l’annonce de l’exploitation de gaz de schiste nous pousse à réagir. La population locale, les élus et le milieu associatif n’ont pas été sollicités sur ce dossier. L’octroi de permis d’exploration des gisements de gaz a lieu a priori unilatéralement de la part de l’Etat sur l’ensemble des sites concernés, c’est inadmissible”, s’insurgent-t-ils dans le texte rapporté par le site de France 3. Les opposants au gaz de schiste assurent être “décidés à agir par tous les moyens possibles, à saisir toutes juridictions utiles, voire à élaborer une proposition de loi pour réformer le code minier. Notre détermination est totale, nous ne nous laisserons pas imposer le gaz de schiste”, insistent-ils.Devant la montée de la contestation face aux autorisations de prospection accordées dans la plus grande discrétion, les ministères de l’Environnement et de l’Energie ont demandé une mission visant à évaluer l’impact de l’exploitation du gaz de schiste sur l’environnement. Cette mission a également pour objectif de déterminer si une exploitation “propre” de ce gaz piégé dans des roches imperméables, est ou non possible.Le 4 mars 2011 à 16:24 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

3 millions de tablettes vendues en France en 2012

first_img3 millions de tablettes vendues en France en 2012 ?”Produit phare de l’année passée et de l’année en cours”, la tablette continuera de séduire les Français au cours des mois à venir. L’institut GfK affirme dans une récente étude que les ventes pourraient doubler en 2012, pour atteindre quelque 3 millions d’unités.Les tablettes n’ont pas fini d’envahir la France ! Si l’on en croit les estimations de l’institut Gfk, le nombre d’unités vendues va certainement doubler cette année. Alors que 1,5 million de tablettes ont été écoulées en 2011, puis 232.000 en janvier et février derniers, 3 millions d’unités devraient être vendues en France d’ici à la fin de l’année.À lire aussiOiseaux, chauves-souris et saumons : une espèce sur trois est désormais menacée de disparition en France”Initialement positionnée à la croisée des chemins entre le baladeur vidéo, le smartphone et le micro-ordinateur, la tablette lorgne plutôt vers ce dernier segment pour remplacer dans les foyers français un netbook vieillissant” explique l’institut dans son étude REC+ diffusée ce jeudi par l’AFP. Gfk souligne en outre un usage de la tablette par les consommateurs français “proche du PC et destiné à un cadre résidentiel”.Bien qu’elle ait été conçue pour une utilisation nomade, la tablette est finalement bien plus utilisée à la maison qu’en déplacement, “avec 81% du temps d’utilisation à domicile, contre 19% à l’extérieur”, note l’institut. Et d’affirmer que toutes les formes de contenus ont su “trouverleurplace” sur les tablettes. La répartition du temps passé sur ces nouveaux terminaux est en effet très équilibrée : 19% pour les jeux vidéo, 16% pour les vidéos, et 15% pour la musique musique. Qui plus est, “l’offre de contenu devient plus lisible et permet au consommateur de tirer pleinement parti des différentes options proposées au travers de la tablette” affirme cette étude.Le 27 avril 2012 à 11:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Woman found dead inside Oakland Park motel

first_imgOAKLAND PARK, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are investigating after a woman was found dead inside a room at a Days Inn motel in Oakland Park.Authorities received a medical distress call Monday afternoon, prior to finding the woman’s body at the motel, located along the 1500 block of West Oakland Park Boulevard.The incident occurred on the fifth floor of the motel.Investigators are currently reviewing surveillance footage and interviewing motel staff and guests.The cause of death is still unknown.The case is being investigated as a homicide.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Wilmington Yard Sale Listings July 2728

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is information on yard sales happening in Wilmington this weekend:When: Saturday, July 27, 2019, 7am-2pmWhere: 272 Lowell StreetDetails: Prices are low, and items are clean. It’s going to be hot… We will open at 7am on Saturday only. Come early and get the best items — antique items, tools, clothes, books & more. [Source: GSALR.com]When: Saturday, July 27, 2019, 9am-2pmWhere: Franklin AvenueDetails: Pier 1 Wicker Bureau, Pier 1 Wicker Tall Bureau, small side tables, Reclining Chair (Like New condition), Vintage Wrought Iron Patio Set, Vintage, Towel Stand, Easel, Ladies purses (New), Humidifier, home deocor, Craft Supplies, BEADS, clothing, household goods, Bird Houses, Bird Feeders, Picture frames etc … Something for everyone at great prices. [Source: Craigslist]Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Saturday, July 27, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”Wilmington Yard Sale Listings (July 13-14)In “Community”Wilmington Yard Sale Listings (August 10-11)In “Community”last_img read more