South Gears Up Test Monitoring

first_img There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China South Korean agencies such as the Korea Meteorological Administration, Korea Institute of Nuclear Safety and Korea Institute of Geosciences and Mineral Resources are stepping up monitoring activities in light of the danger that North Korea could test a nuclear device in the coming days, and are increasing mutual cooperation with the ROK military. Korea Meteorological Administration has established a two-person, 24-hour surveillance team to monitor for signs of man-made earthquakes emanating from the North. At the same time, Korea Institute of Geosciences and Mineral Resources is performing 24-hour monitoring of seismic activity.Seismic waves travel extremely rapidly through the earth’s crust at speeds of 6.5km/sec, meaning that signs of a test should be noted within a few minutes in South Korea, Russia and China.An official with the Korea Meteorological Administration told Daily NK earlier today, “We analyze whether an earthquake’s waveforms are artificial or not, whether it was caused by an explosion or not, and collect information on the place or origin. We then share that with the administration.”Professor Hong Tae Kyung of Yonsei University explained more, saying, “Natural seismic waves occur when the earth’s crust moves, but there is no such occurrence with a nuclear experiment. The two types can be distinguished that way.” “North Korea’s nuclear test site is only 400km away from South Korea’s monitoring station, but it will only take about a minute for us to detect the waves and a few hours to determine whether it was a nuclear test or not,” he added.Elsewhere, Korea Institute of Nuclear Safety is also operating two xenon ‘saunas’. The ‘saunas,’ one in the northern sector of the East Sea and another in the West Sea, are designed to detect xenon, a gas that is released in huge quantities at the time of a nuclear detonation. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak Facebook Twitter By Mok Yong Jae – 2013.01.31 7:19pm SHAREcenter_img News News News AvatarMok Yong Jae South Gears Up Test Monitoring News last_img read more

Don’t worry about Jackson fallout – judge

first_imgThe High Court judge responsible for implementing the Jackson civil litigation reforms has made two speeches seeking to allay lawyers’ fears about the reforms’ impact. Speaking to the Commercial Litigation Association annual conference, Mr Justice Ramsey urged more ‘hot-tubbing’ of expert witnesses to improve the costs management of civil cases and speed up the trial process. Hot-tubbing requires the expert witnesses for both parties to give evidence at the same time. This ensures their contrasting opinions are quickly made clear to the judge and the case can then move on without unnecessary delay. Ramsey also urged litigators to keep written evidence and disclosures to a minimum, saying normally ‘not more than three facts are required to decide any case’, and that so few ‘smoking guns’ were revealed by disclosure that each one costs around £60m to turn up. He said that rigorously following costs management procedures would encourage the parties to focus on the key issues in dispute early on and encourage settlement at an early stage. Ramsey told the Association of Costs Lawyers annual conference that the future of third-party litigation funding was one of the ‘great questions’ of the post-Jackson era. Ramsey said there should be more certainty in the market in the next three years, which will give investors confidence to take on funding more cases than at present. ‘Funders should be able to make a decent profit and in effect transfer legal aid from the public sector to the private sector,’ he said. Ramsey said the future was not necessarily bleak for costs lawyers, despite costs budgeting meaning there may be fewer standard costs assessments. ‘Instead the expertise of costs lawyers will apply to the beginning of litigation,’ he said. Ramsey also suggested that the decision to exempt commercial cases worth more than £2m from new costs management rules could eventually be overturned as judges look at them on a case-by-case basis.last_img read more

KCFA rules that former Nihon University coaches ordered illegal tackle, bans them for life

first_img RELATED PHOTOS GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES KEYWORDS Nihon University coaches ordered one of its players to make an illegal tackle during an exhibition game against Kwansei Gakuin University on May 6 in Tokyo, according to the Kanto Collegiate Football Association.The KCFA announced its ruling on the matter during a Tuesday news conference. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5center_img Keiji Morimoto, chairman of the Kanto Collegiate Football Association’s discipline committee (left), speaks at a news conference on Tuesday night in Tokyo. | KYODO Nihon University, Kwansei Gakuin University, Masato Uchida, Taisuke Miyagawa, Tsutomu Inoue, Kanto Collegiate Football Association, Kosei Okuno, Keiji Morimoto Former Nihon University Phoenix head coach Masato Uchida and his assistant coach Tsutomu Inoue, who allegedly played a major role in causing the illegal tackle delivered to Kwansei Gakuin University quarterback Kosei Okuno by Nihon defensive end Taisuke Miyagawa on May 6, will be banned for life from college football in the Kanto region, the KCFA also announced at the news conference in Tokyo.“We gave the harshest punishment to the coaches because we decided they forced the player to make the illegal tackle,” said Keiji Morimoto, the chairman of the discipline committee. “We had the hearings from about 20 people, including players and coaches from both schools, officials and witnesses of the game. We also obtained videos and voices to investigate.”The KCFA also suspended Miyagawa and the Phoenix for the 2018 season.It is not necessarily the end of the season for Miyagawa and the Phoenix, however. For Miyagawa, the suspension could end after he hands in a letter of apology to the KCFA and has another meeting with the discipline committee to confirm that he never makes dangerous plays again. It is up to the KCFA to decided if these conditions have been met.The Phoenix also could be reinstated before the season starts in August if they adhere to conditions required by the KCFA. The Phoenix are ordered to report how a series of fouls occurred in the May 6 game and how the Phoenix will prevent that from happening again. The Phoenix’s report must be verified by a verification committee, which the KCFA will set up.If the KCFA confirms that the Phoenix have met the conditions set forth by at the KCFA board member meeting, then they will qualify to play in the Top 8 this season.Also, Taku Mori, Nihon University’s top assistant coach, was disqualified from his position, it was announced.Miyagawa said he was ordered to hurt Okuno on the first play of the game during a May 22 news conference, but Uchida and Inoue denied that had happened the next day.The KCFA listened to the report of the discipline committee, which held hearings for the players and coaches involved.Also on Tuesday, Nihon University players announced their statement, citing an apology to Okuno and his family and vowing to change the team’s culture and earn the public’s trust again.It was expected the statement would unveil the testimony that Uchida and Inoue ordered the play, but the players failed to say that clearly, only mentioning “we relied on coaches and believed what they told us without any doubt.” last_img read more

Ireland secure superb Nations Cup victory after dramatic night in Drammen

first_img The Irish Show Jumping team have scored a magnificent Nations Cup victory, after a titanic battle at Drammen in Norway tonight (Friday), where a gripping contest was decided by a single fault.Capt Geoff Curran riding Ringwood Glen (ISH) to the round that secured victory for Ireland in the Drammen Nations Cup Photo FEI/Hannah StarkebyeWaterford-born Army rider Capt. Geoff Curran sealed victory for the Irish, with a dramatic last-gasp round aboard The Minister For Defence-owned Irish Sport Horse Ringwood Glen, to deny runners-up Belgium who had to settle for second.Ireland held the lead at the halfway stage on 10 faults. Meath’s Alexander Butler recovered from a tricky round first time out with Hallowberry Cruz (ISH)(TIH) to finish with 9 faults second time out. Louth’s Mark McAuley then put Ireland in the driving seat with a superb second round with Utchan De Belheme, where they finished with just a time fault. Mayo’s Cameron Hanley and the eight-year-old Quirex had finished with just a time fault in the first round and came home with five faults in the decider.However Belgium were in inspired form in the second round – chasing points in their bid to regain Division 1 status. Clear rounds from Olivier Philippaerts (H&M Legend Of Love) and Pieter Devos (Dream Of India Greenfield) kept the pressure firmly on Ireland.Waterford’s Capt. Geoff Curran and Ringwood Glen (ISH) were last to go for Ireland, knowing four faults would give Ireland victory but even a time fault extra would open the door to the Belgians. The Army Equitation rider and Ringwood Glen picked up four faults with a toe in the water but Curran kept his cool to match his four fault score from the first round and seal victory for the Irish.Capt. Geoff Curran said:“I am absolutely delighted. Ringwood Glen is a real favourite in the Army Equitation School and he deserves this win. I am really happy to be part of this great team.”When asked if he knew he was in the water and that he couldn’t afford even a time fault, Capt Curran said,“I had a feeling that I might have been in the water and I knew I was tight enough on the time allowed but I kept the same plan of doing eight strides down to the last fence. It worked in the first round and thankfully again in the second but I didn’t plan on being quite that tight to the time allowed [0.21 of a second].”Ireland finished on a 20 fault total, with Belgium second on 21 while France finished third on 24.The result sealed a hat-trick of Nations Cup wins for Ireland’s development team manager Michael Blake. The Clare native had guided Ireland to a double of wins at the start of this year in Ocala and Wellington in Florida and this latest win makes it three wins in-a-row for Blake.“I knew coming here to Drammen that this was going to be tough but I also knew we had a good team. I said to Geoff going in, you can have a time fault or a fence but you can’t have both. He was under a lot of pressure going in last. I don’t think he knew for sure he was in the water and he got home just inside the time allowed – he did a brilliant job.“Belgium had their strongest team and it shows the depth in talent we have in Ireland to finish on the podium in La Baule and win here in Drammen on the same day. I’m over the moon and the lads all did a fantastic job. The credit has to go to them and to their horses owners for this win,” he said.As Ireland are a Division 1 nation they were not competing for points in Drammen which was a Division 2 fixture. The Irish Division 1 team, led by Rodrigo Pessoa, had earlier scored a podium finish in the five-star La Baule Nations Cup, finishing third behind winners France and runners-up Sweden.Drammen Nations Cup – Irish scoresAlexander Butler/Hallowberry Cruz (ISH)(TIH) (Ret) / (9)Mark McAuley/Utchan De Belheme 5/1Cameron Hanley/Quirex 1/5Capt. Geoff Curran/Ringwood Glen (ISH) 4/4Team total 20 faultsFull results available HERE ISH Breeding:Ringwood Glen (ISH) – 2004 gelding by VDL Arkansas (KWPN) out of Penny Royale (ISH), by Cavalier Royale (HOLST). Breeder: Ray O’Reilly, Co. Cavan. Owner: Minister For Defence. Rider: Capt. Geoff CurranHallowberry Cruz (ISH)(TIH) – 2006 stallion by Cruising (ISH) out of Calcutta Clover (ISH), by Clover Hill (ID). Breeder/Owner: Caroline Byrne, Co. Wicklow. Rider: Alexander Butler (IRL) 12 May 2017, 22:01 Tags: Ireland secure superb Nations Cup victory after dramatic night in Drammen Home  »  General  »  Ireland secure superb Nations Cup victory after dramatic night in Drammen last_img read more

Pitt falls to Navy 44-28 Military Bowl

first_img(AP Photo/File)ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) _ The players on Pittsburgh’s sideline were jumping and cheering as Quadree Henderson ran 100 yards with the opening kickoff of the Military Bowl.Unfortunately, the Panthers spent the remainder of the day trying _ unsuccessfully _ to stop Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds.Reynolds wrapped up his record-setting college career at Navy in spectacular fashion, running for three touchdowns and throwing for another Monday to lead the Midshipmen to a 44-28 victory.Reynolds ran for 144 yards on 24 carries, completed 9 of 17 passes for 126 yards and had a reception for 47 yards on a trick play.“He’s a super football player,” Panthers first-year coach Pat Narduzzi said. “Make no mistake, there were reasons he was in the (running) for the Heisman Trophy.”Reynolds leaves Navy (11-2) as the Football Bowl Subdivision career leader with 88 touchdowns and 530 points. His 4,559 yards rushing are the most by a quarterback in Division I history.Qadree Ollison rushed for 73 yards and scored two touchdowns for Pitt (8-5). Nate Peterman threw a TD pass but was intercepted three times.The Panthers’ problem was that they couldn’t back up Henderson’s quick score.“You feel like you have the momentum and you start fast, then we just couldn’t get anything going in the first half offensively,” Narduzzi said. “We got things going in the second half, but with a missed field goal and three interceptions, you aren’t going to win many football games.”After Henderson went the distance, Navy took a 21-7 halftime lead and made it 31-7 midway through the third quarter.Pittsburgh scored two touchdowns in 17 seconds to close to 31-21, but could not complete the comeback.It was 38-28 when Reynolds capped a nine-play drive with a 9-yard run with 4:19 remaining. The TD broke a tie with Kenneth Dixon of Louisiana Tech atop the career chart.“To be able to seal the game and get the record at the same time is pretty cool,” the 5-foot-11 senior said.With Reynolds leading the way, the Midshipmen completed their first 11-win season in 135 years of football. That, more than all his personal accomplishments, is what he will remember.“You play the game to win, so the record for wins is the one that means the most to me,” Reynolds said.It was the first game for the Midshipmen since they beat Army and coach Ken Niumatalolo decided to stay at Navy instead of taking the head coaching job at Brigham Young.Niumatalolo was glad he stuck around for Reynolds’ finale.“All of Keenan’s accolades are well deserved,” the coach said. “What an unbelievable career he’s had. Once in a generation, some of the things he’s done. We’re going to miss him.”Playing before a sellout crowd of 36,352 in its home stadium, Navy used its triple-option attack to overwhelm a team that went 6-2 in the Atlantic Coast Conference and ranked 20th in the nation against the run. The Midshipmen finished with 590 yards in offense, including 417 on the ground _ 114 by fullback Chris Swain.It’s not the way Narduzzi wanted to end his first season at Pitt.“Just have to keep getting one step closer,” he said. “You just have to take one step at a time. Told the seniors, they laid the foundation. We’ve done a lot of great things this year.”Two short TD runs and an 11-yard scoring pass to Tyler Carmona provided Navy with a 21-7 lead.Niumatalolo momentarily abandoned the triple option in the third quarter in favor of a bit of trickery. Reynolds pitched the ball to fullback Shawn White, then went around the right side of the line for a catch-and-run that set up a 26-yard touchdown jaunt by Demond Brown.“I was glad I actually caught the ball,” Reynolds said.It was 31-7 before eterman threw a 4-yard TD pass to Ollison, and a 22-yard fumble return by Jordan Whitehead got Pitt within 10 points.After Navy scored another touchdown, Ollison ran for a 45-yard score to make it 38-28.But this was to be Reynolds’ day. In his final significant drive with the Midshipmen, he converted three third downs and drew the Panthers offside on a fourth-and-3.Soon after that, he walked off the field for the final time.“We can come back for our 20-year reunion,” Reynolds said, “and talk about it and just kick back and laugh.”last_img read more

Next In Line; Hall, Ollison to lead new wave of Pitt backs

first_imgOFFENSIVE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR—Pitt freshman running back Qadree Ollison from Niagara Falls NY was named ACC Conference Offensive Rookie of the Year, Ollison rushed for 1,048 yards and 10 touchdowns for the PanthersPITTSBURGH (AP) — The reminders of the greatness that came before Qadree Ollison and Darrin Hall are everywhere at Pitt.They line the hallways at the team practice facility, where a pair of mannequins dressed as Heisman Trophy-winning running back Tony Dorsett stand at the top of the stairs. They’re next door at the NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers, where ACC all-time touchdown leader James Conner is finding his way as a rookie on a club with Super Bowl aspirations. They’re in the team record books, where names like Curtis Martin and LeSean McCoy seem to have whole sections devoted to their remarkable college careers.It’s a lot to live up to. Then again, that’s kind of the point.“Anywhere where you are with tradition and history and a lot of great players before you have that,” Ollison said Tuesday. “I don’t think it’s a ton of pressure. You want to live up to those expectations. You want to be as good as those guys were.”Ollison and Hall are at the forefront of the next wave, but they’re hardly newbies. Both filled in capably when Conner missed nearly the entire 2015 season while battling cancer and a knee injury. Hall ran for 257 yards and a pair of touchdowns as a freshman. Ollison was even better, sharing ACC Rookie of the Year honors after piling up 1,121 yards and 11 touchdowns.Yet both receded into the background last fall following Conner’s remarkable return following a battle with Hodgkin Lymphoma. As teammates, it was an easy transition. As competitors, not quite so much.“It was harder to have to take a back seat but we had a successful season and I contributed in other ways,” said Hall, who touched the ball just 38 times in 2016, barely half his 2015 total. “We still got better. We still competed at practice.”Just not in the games. Ollison ran for only 127 yards on 33 carries. His longest rush was just 19 yards. He appeared in 10 of Pitt’s 13 games and five times had one carry or fewer.Ollison doesn’t want to talk about what happened or what didn’t. Ask him the biggest difference between himself as a junior and the player who ran for 207 yards in his first collegiate game against Youngstown State two years ago and he shakes his head. His answer? Pretty much everything.“I’m older, wiser, smarter,” Ollison said. “I understand the game more. I’m able to look at defenses and know what’s happening. The game is a lot slower. When I was a freshman, I was just running around like with my head cut off. Just running and it was a crazy year and it ended up being a good one. Now I’m way better.”Pickier too. Two years ago he used his 6-foot-2, 230-pound frame to try and make a hole even if there wasn’t one. Now he’s more adept at pre-snap reads and has a better grasp of what the defense is trying to do.“I’m seeing things happen before they happen,” he said.Just don’t try to pin Ollison down on how he sees the roles shaking out when the Panthers welcome Youngstown State for the 2017 opener on Sept. 2. He pays no attention to the depth chart — the one filled with ‘ORs’ at several positions depending on coach Pat Narduzzi’s mood — or the amount of reps he, Hall, Chawntez Moss or the rest of the running backs split in practice.“The ‘ORs’ are there because there isn’t just one guy,” Ollison said. “That’s what makes us I think. We’re all able to do a lot of the same things. Defenses can’t go ‘OK, Darrin is in the game, we don’t have to worry about him being a bruiser.’ … We’re all able to do a ton of good things and we’re all good at a lot of things and that’s what makes us dynamic and what makes us dangerous.”The Panthers will need Ollison, Hall and company to be more than dangerous, they’ll need them to be consistent to give the quarterback (likely Southern California transfer Max Browne) and a group of largely unproven wide receivers time to figure things out.That’s fine by Hall. In an era where spread offenses are everywhere, Pitt is a bit of a throwback. The Panthers ran the ball 218 times more than they passed it while going 8-5 in 2016. For them to be successful, that ratio probably shouldn’t change.“That’s our DNA,” Hall said. “It’s our turn to step up and create our own destiny, our own legacy out of this class. Everything (Conner) did last year was good, but he’s not here to do it again. Someone else has to step up and be that guy.”___More AP college football: and read more

Boldin turns focus from NFL to bridging racial divisions

first_imgBuffalo Bills receiver Anquan Boldin makes a catch during passing drills at NFL football training camp in Pittsford, N.Y. on Aug. 8. ASSOCIATED PRESS PHOTOORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) _ Anquan Boldin didn’t decide overnight he was going to quit football in order to speak out against longstanding concerns over inequality in America.The recent deadly and racially charged conflict in Charlottesville, Virginia, did, however, become the tipping point that caused Boldin to reassess his priorities and led to the Buffalo Bills receiver’s decision to retire after 14 NFL seasons.“I think anybody with any sense can see how divided we are as a country, and Charlottesville only magnified what we were already seeing,” Boldin told The Associated Press by phone Monday.He was disturbed by the hateful messages directed at African-Americans, Jewish people and the LGBT community during a rally involving neo-Nazis and other right-wing groups in which a counter-protester was killed and two Virginia state police officers died on Aug. 13.“That’s not the America that I want to live in,” he said. “And I think the only way that this America changes is that we as a people stand up and change it.”Boldin spoke a day after abruptly informing the Bills he was retiring some two weeks after signing a one-year contract with a base salary of $1.75 million.The NFL’s 2015 Walter Payton Man of the Year, Boldin is no stranger to activism and humanitarian causes. He oversees the South Florida-based Q81 Foundation, which offers educational support for underprivileged children.He has lobbied for criminal justice reform at the state and federal levels since his cousin was killed by a plain-clothes police officer along the side of a Florida highway in October 2015.Difficult as it was to walk away from football, Boldin felt he could no longer stand silent on the sideline.“There’s not enough money in this world for me to continue to allow the things that are going on to continue to spread,” the 36-year-old father of two boys said.“I will not feel safe leaving this earth and having my kids have to live in the America that we have today.”Boldin then challenged NFL owners and executives to use their clout to demand change and back many of their players who are already doing so by protesting during the anthem.“You have your players crying out for help. That’s the reason why guys are taking knees during the anthem,” he said.“Just because we’re professional athletes doesn’t mean we’re exempt from the things that go on in society,” Boldin said, noting his position as an athlete couldn’t save his cousin from being shot.“If I’m an owner and I see one of my family members _ players _ hurting, I’d do whatever I can to make sure that my family is OK.”Boldin’s decision to retire coincides with what he witnessed during the anthem before Buffalo’s preseason game at Philadelphia on Thursday. Eagles defensive end Chris Long showed his support by putting his arm around cornerback Malcolm Jenkins, who stood in silent protest with a raised fist. Bills backup lineman Cameron Jefferson was so inspired by what he saw that he also raised his fist on Buffalo’s sideline.Boldin ranks in the top four among active receivers with 1,076 catches, 13,779 yards receiving and 82 touchdowns receiving.He spent last season with Detroit, where he had 67 catches for 584 yards and eight touchdowns in 16 games.The former Florida State star spent his first seven NFL seasons with Arizona, then played three years with Baltimore and three with San Francisco. He helped the Ravens win the Super Bowl in February 2013.Lions safety Glover Quin credited his former teammate for having the courage for ending his career while knowing he can “have a bigger impact to do something else.”“I tip my hat to him,” said Quin, one of several NFL players who joined Boldin in addressing Congress last year. “One day, we’ll be able to look back on it and say, `That was the start of something great.”’A day later, Boldin feels he made the right choice and pays no mind to those who suggest he simply stick to sports.“I think it’s absurd to tell a person to stick to playing football when the issues that he’s talking about are affecting him,” he said.Earlier in the day in an interview on SiriusXM NFL Radio, Boldin said his decision to retire had nothing to do with the Bills trading their top receiving threat, Sammy Watkins, in a pair of blockbuster deals on Aug. 11 , or how the team’s offense struggled in a 20-16 preseason loss at Philadelphia.He also discounted the notion he might reconsider retirement and choose to play for a contender later this season.“Do I feel like I can still play? Of course,” Boldin said. “My passion for the advocacy work that I do outweighs football at this point, so I’m not coming back to play for a contender or to do anything else. I’m done with the game of football.”___AP Sports Writer Larry Lage in Allen Park, Michigan, contributed to this report.___For more NFL coverage: and

Bell powers Pirates past Cards 6-3 in Little League Classic

first_imgWILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — Despite spending the afternoon with 12-year-old Little Leaguers who idolize pros like himself, Josh Bell didn’t find himself dispensing much advice.“No one came to me and asked, ‘What do you think about my swing?’” Bell said. “It was more like, ‘Follow me on Instagram’ or like this or that picture. It was more lighthearted.”So he gave them a firsthand demonstration of how to hit one out.Bell homered and drove in four runs to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates over the St. Louis Cardinals 6-3 in the Little League Classic on Sunday night.Pittsburgh Pirates’ Andrew McCutchen, lower right, is introduced as Little League World Series teams, rear, from around the world line the infield before the Little League Classic baseball game between the Pirates and the St. Louis Cardinals at Bowman Field in Williamsport, Pa., Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)The teams played at renovated Bowman Field, a 91-year-old minor league ballpark located 5 miles from where the Little League World Series is taking place. Sitting in the front rows were admiring Little Leaguers who got to mingle with the big league stars earlier in the day, part of a Major League Baseball initiative to celebrate youth baseball.After the final out of MLB’s first regular-season game in Williamsport, the Pirates shook hands on the field as usual following a victory. And then — in a nod to Little League baseball — both teams lined up at home plate and shook hands with each other, throwing in some hugs and high-fives to finish off a feel-good day.“It was refreshing every once in a while to be able to look in the stands and see the kids watching the game,” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. “It was one of the highlights of my career.”Cardinals manager Mike Matheny also appreciated the atmosphere inside a 2,366-seat venue that was packed with 2,596 fans.“You can’t help but get caught up, especially these kids treating our players like they’re heroes as they walk through there,” Matheny said. “Pretty special stuff. I think that’s something they never get used to completely.”Bell sent a pitch from Mike Leake (7-12) over the right-center wall for a two-run shot in the first inning. The rookie slugger added a two-run single in the third to give Pittsburgh the lead for good.“He’s a maturing player,” Hurdle said. “His overall game has just found a good, competitive place at this level. He’s become a very definite guy that can do some damage at the plate.”Adam Frazier homered for the second straight game and Andrew McCutchen added an RBI grounder for the Pirates, who were the “home” team and won their second in a row to split the four-game series. They snapped a six-game skid with a rain-delayed victory Saturday in Pittsburgh.Pirates starter Ivan Nova (11-10) wasn’t affected by Saturday’s late finish. The team sent him to Williamsport early that day so he’d be rested and ready. And he was. Nova gave up three runs on eight hits and struck out five in 5 2/3 innings.He got through a tough stretch in the fourth when St. Louis put two runners on with no outs. Nova struck out Kolten Wong and Randal Grichuk before getting Jose Martinez to ground out.“No panic, no panic,” Nova said. “I was just trying to stay ahead.”Felipe Rivero got three outs for his 14th save in 15 chances. With runners on first and second, Paul DeJong hit a long fly to center field for the final out.Jedd Gyorko cut Pittsburgh’s lead to 3-2 with a two-run homer in the second, his 17th of the season. Wong had an RBI single for St. Louis in the sixth.The Pirates’ bullpen held the Cardinals to two hits after Nova’s exit.BLAST FROM THE PASTSt. Louis players Lance Lynn and Grichuk both starred for their respective Little League teams. Grichuk made back-to-back appearances in the Little League World Series for Richmond, Texas, in 2003 and 2004. Lynn’s team from Brownsburg, Indiana, went 0-3 in 1999.A couple of Pirates also had memories of Williamsport.Max Moroff was on the Maitland, Florida, team that advanced to the semifinals of the 2005 Little League World Series, and Hurdle spent a year managing the now-defunct Williamsport Bills, then a New York Mets affiliate. He was asked if any of the gear or keepsakes he signed Sunday had a Bills logo on it.“Not one Williamsport Bills item has popped up,” Hurdle said. “It was a very forgettable year.”The Bills went 60-79 in Hurdle’s lone season.LITTLE LEAGUERS TAKE PARTLittle League players took part all night, beginning with the opening pitch.A player from each team lined up from center field and around the bases to relay the first pitch to Pirates catcher Chris Stewart. Players also relayed lineup cards to officials, answered trivia questions on the field for Xboxes and signed memorabilia. Kids got the best seats in the house — in the front rows and winding around both dugouts.They also got a chance to take over the stadium public address system, announcing players as they walked to the plate, and were treated to nearly 200 snow cones bought by Cardinals outfielder Tommy Pham.UP NEXTCardinals: St. Louis is off Monday before Lynn (10-6) opens a six-game homestand against San Diego on Tuesday. Lynn, who struggled with a 5.68 ERA in June, has lowered that to 2.00 in three August starts.Pirates: Gerrit Cole (10-8) faces the major league-leading Dodgers on Monday. Cole is 4-1 in his last eight starts.___More AP baseball coverage: Pittsburgh Pirates’ Andrew McCutchen, lower right, is introduced as Little League World Series teams, rear, from around the world line the infield before the Little League Classic baseball game between the Pirates and the St. Louis Cardinals at Bowman Field in Williamsport, Pa., Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)last_img read more

Silver says draft eligibility age likely to be changed

first_imgIn this May 11, 2014, file photo, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, center, talks with Magic Johnson, right, as Kiki Vandeweghe looks on as they watch the Los Angeles Clippers play the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first half of Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinal NBA basketball playoff series, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, FIle)LAS VEGAS (AP) _ NBA Commissioner Adam Silver is certain that changes are coming to the league.Some are easy.Others, not so much.Speaking after the NBA‘s Board of Governors meeting on Tuesday night, Silver said he thinks the league is ready to scrap the rule requiring players to be out of high school for a year before becoming eligible to enter the draft. That one should be relatively simple to move forward now, while notions such as how to find more competitive balance are still a puzzler to the league and its commissioner.“I’m not here to say we have a problem,” Silver said. “And I love where the league is right now. But I think we can create a better system.”Part of that better system, he thinks, will be reverting back to the policy that will allow players to go into the league right out of high school _ something that should be in place in time for the 2021 NBA Draft, though that timeline has not been formally announced. Silver was a proponent of making the eligibility age older, up to 20 instead of the current 19, though has changed his stance on that in recent weeks.“My personal view is that we’re ready to make that change,” Silver said. “It won’t come immediately. But when I’ve weighed the pros and cons, given that Condoleezza Rice and her commission have recommended to the NBA that those one-and-done players now come directly into the league and in essence the college community is saying `We do not want those players anymore,’ I think that tips the scale in my mind.”Michele Roberts, the National Basketball Players Association’s newly re-elected executive director _ the players’ union announced a new four-year deal for her earlier Tuesday _ has had talks with Silver on the topic, though she stopped short of revealing specifics. Any change to the rule will require that the league’s Collective Bargaining Agreement will have to be amended.“Stay tuned,” Roberts said, adding, “I suspect that we’ll have some news in the next few months.”Now that Silver is on board, that switch should be painless. So, too, will be a relatively minor tweak to free agency rules, that being a likely change to what has been the traditional 12:01 a.m. EDT start time on July 1. Silver said he’s no fan of the all-night news cycle that has accompanied the official start of free agency, and without divulging what will happen he made clear that it’ll be different for 2019.But creating parity, that one isn’t going to be simple.Golden State has won three of the last four NBA championships, and this summer saw the Warriors land DeMarcus Cousins for a $5.3 million _ a mere pittance by NBA standards for an All-Star, even one recovering from an Achilles’ tear. LeBron James left Cleveland for the Los Angeles Lakers, which will likely make the loaded Western Conference even more competitive.Making the playoffs out West will probably be much tougher than getting there out of the East.“It’s on me and our labor relations committee ultimately to sit with the players and their committee and convince them that there may be a better way of doing things,” Silver said. “By that, meaning change ultimately in the Collective Bargaining Agreement. … I don’t necessarily think it’s, per se, bad that the Warriors are so dominant. We’re not trying to create some sort of forced parity. What we’re really focused on is parity of opportunity.”Roberts said she sees no shortage of good teams in the league.“Competitive balance, it kind of almost depends upon what your favorite team is,” Roberts said. “I don’t hear anyone in the Bay Area worrying about competitive balance. I also don’t hear people in Philadelphia worrying about competitive balance, or Houston. We’ve got great teams. It’s never been the case that I was not able, most of the time, be able to predict who was going to be in the finals.”Among other matters Silver addressed Tuesday:_ The governors were briefed on the ongoing talks the league is having with the gaming industry, with sports betting now able to be offered by each state following a ruling in May by the U.S. Supreme Court._ Silver called it “embarrassing” that the league currently has only one female referee, and said he’s hopeful that will be changed before long. There are 19 female referees at summer league in Las Vegas this month._ The investigation into allegations of workplace misconduct against the Dallas Mavericks should be completed by the end of July, Silver said.last_img

Gerard Pique jeered at the Reino de Leon during Spain training

first_img CEST Insults heard in the player’s first training session at Las Rosas, have also carried over to the national team’s training in Reino de Leon in the region’s capital. Jordi Gil Upd. at 10:45 Pique was the only player to be jeered, with no other Barça player getting whistled, and was also subject to terrible insults. The defender was jeered in the first part of the session every time he took a shot at goal during a shooting drill, before receiving the same treatment whenever he touched the ball during a possession exercise. The whistles towards Pique were different from the shouts from fans aimed towards Iker Casillas.center_img 11/06/2015 The player was booed every time he touched the ball by the 8,000 fans that filled the stadium to watch the session, due to his comments made about Kevin Roldan during Barça treble-winning celebrations. The central defender will probably have to face a similarly unpleasant experience on Thursday, but Del Bosque has already said he will give him a rest against Costa Rica, as he is thinking ahead to the 2016 European Championship qualifier against Belarus on Sunday.last_img read more