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E coli infections prompt beef recalls

first_img Steve Wood, vice president of Richwood Meat, said he believed the contaminated meat came from one of the slaughterhouses that supplied the meat, but he didn’t know which one, the AP reported. Apr 20 FSIS press release on California company recall Apr 20 PDH press release The patients had eaten at the restaurants between Mar 24 and 26, the PDH said. All ate different cuts of steak, and several reported they requested and consumed their steak rare or medium rare. An investigation by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and the PDH linked the illnesses to HFX, Inc, a South Claysburg, Pa., producer that supplied several steak products to restaurants in Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia, according to an FSIS press release. The company recalled 254,346 pounds of its steak products distributed only to restaurants, as well as 4,884 pounds of ground beef patties produced between Apr 5 and 19 that were distributed to retail stores in Pennsylvania. Apr 23, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Two beef producers recently announced recalls of steak and hamburger products because of possible contamination with Escherichia coli O157:H7, following a small number of infections in California and Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Department of Health (PDH) said in an Apr 20 press release that it was investigating five cases of E coli O157:H7 infection in people from four counties who ate rare or medium-rare steak at four different Hoss’s Steak and Sea House restaurants. At least three children fell ill after eating the company’s products, which were served at Little League baseball snack counters in two California towns, the Associated Press (AP) reported today. The children have recovered, and test results on samples from the children and the meat are expected on Apr 25, Mike Bowman, a spokesperson for the California Department of Health, told the AP. The FSIS said the ground beef was produced on Apr 28, 2006, and was distributed to retail outlets in Arizona, California, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington under several brand names: Fireriver, Blackwood Farms, Chef’s Pride, Ritz Food, California Pacific Associates, C&C Distributing, Golbon, and Richwood. E coli O157:H7 produces a toxin that causes diarrhea—often bloody—and abdominal cramps but typically no fever. The illness usually resolves in 5 to 10 days but can cause hemolytic uremic syndrome in 2% to 7% of patients. In the California E coli outbreak, Richwood Meat Co, Inc., a producer based in Merced, Calif., recalled about 107,943 pounds of frozen ground beef products because of possible contamination, according to an Apr 20 FSIS press release. Apr 20 FSIS press release on Pennsylvania company recall See also: Steaks aren’t usually considered a high-risk source of E coli O157:H7 contamination, but the recalled products were injected with tenderizers and flavor-enhancing solutions, which could have transferred the bacteria to the inside of the meat, the FSIS said. Steaks that are injected with solutions or are mechanically tenderized require a higher cooking temperature than steaks not so treated, so such products should not be served rare, the FSIS said. Four of the patients were hospitalized, but none developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a potentially fatal kidney condition that can be triggered by E coli infection, according to the PDH.last_img read more

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Americans Paul Milgrom, Robert Wilson win Nobel Economics Prize

first_imgThe winners will share the prize sum of 10 million Swedish kronor (about $1.1 million, 950,000 euros).Last year the honour went to French-American Esther Duflo, Indian-born Abhijit Banerjee of the US, and American Michael Kremer for their experimental work on alleviating poverty.Even if it might be the most prestigious prize an economist can hope to receive, the economics prize has not reached the same status as those originally chosen by Alfred Nobel in his will, which included medicine, physics, chemistry, literature and peace.It was instead created through a donation from the Swedish central bank and detractors have thus dubbed it “a false Nobel.” US economists Paul Milgrom and Robert Wilson won the Nobel Economics Prize on Monday for work on commercial auctions, including for goods and services difficult to sell in traditional ways such as radio frequencies, the Nobel Committee said.The duo was honoured “for improvements to auction theory and inventions of new auction formats,” the jury said.The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences noted that the discoveries by Milgrom, 72, and Wilson, 83, “have benefitted sellers, buyers and taxpayers around the world,” it said in a statement. The prize closes the 2020 Nobel season which so far has seen the peace prize awarded to the UN’s World Food Programme.Women have been more prevalent than usual this year, with American poet Louise Gluck winning the literature prize.And Frenchwoman Emmanuelle Charpentier and American Jennifer Doudna became the first all-female duo to win a scientific Nobel on Wednesday, clinching the chemistry award for their discovery of the CRISPR-Cas9 DNA snipping “scissors.”Winners would normally receive their Nobel from King Carl XVI Gustaf at a formal ceremony in Stockholm on December 10, but the pandemic means it has been replaced by a televised ceremony showing the laureates receiving their awards in their home countries.Topics :last_img read more

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EU member states endorse new clearing delay for pension funds

first_imgPensionsEurope hopes the European Parliament will consider granting an open-ended exemption rather than the time-limited one proposed by the Commission and endorsed by the Council, even though this was helpful.An open-ended exemption, to be revoked once a solution is found to the problems facing pension funds in the context of EMIR’s central clearing obligation, “would provide better incentives for all actors”, said Verstegen.“Pension funds are absolutely committed to solving this problem, because liquidity is shifting from the bilateral to the cleared markets, but central counterparties might assume that business will come their way once the exemption runs out,” he said.Currently, central counterparties (CCPs) require market participants to post collateral in cash, which pension funds tend not to hold much of because of their low liquidity needs and their long-term investment horizon. They argue that having to post cash as collateral for centrally cleared derivative transactions would hurt their returns, and that they should be allowed to post government bonds as collateral.In May last year the Commission proposed that the exemption from central clearing be prolonged by three years because a solution allowing pension schemes to post assets other than cash as collateral had not yet been developed.Pension funds were first granted an exemption from the obligation to centrally clear over-the-counter derivatives in 2012. This exemption was due to expire in August 2017, but a decision in December 2016 pushed this back by one year.The Commission’s proposal for amendments to EMIR were made in the context of its Regulatory Fitness and Performance (REFIT) programme.Werner Langen, a member of the European Parliament’s Christian Democrats party grouping, was appointed the ECON rapporteur for the EMIR amendment proposals in July. European Union member states have endorsed another extension of the exemption from central clearing for pension funds.The European Council adopted this position in the week of 18 December, going along with the proposal made by the European Commission in May.The European Parliament still has to decide its position on the proposed amendments to the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR). Politicians in its Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee (ECON) are due to vote on the matter in April, according to Matthies Verstegen, policy adviser at PensionsEurope.He said this schedule means it will be challenging for the Commission’s proposals to formally become law by August, when pension schemes’ current exemption from the central clearing requirement expires.last_img read more

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Australia’s Lotto winner could buy an island, a Brisbane estate

first_imgThis one also has no price tag, but located on Elizabeth Bay you can expect it costs a motzah – unless you are Australia’s newest millionaire.The inner city waterfront estate sits on a 3326 sqm block with “parklike grounds meandering down to a private sea pool, boathouse, jetty and three deep water moorings”.The Victorian Italianate sandstone manor has seven bedrooms and four full bathrooms, including a private master wing, plus two studies or dressing rooms. There is also an additional self-contained two-bedroom flat and former stables transformed into offices with cellar/storage. The house has uninterrupted northerly harbour views to the Manly skyline. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus14 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market14 hours agoThe listing states it is historically significant — designed in 1868 by architect Thomas Rowe – with the house, grounds and trees subject to federal and state heritage listings. But if our newest multi-millionaire feels so inclined, they could put an offer in on Australia’s most expensive house.Bought by tech billionaire Mike Cannon-Brookes in September last year for about $100 million, Fairwater in Point Piper it is not currently on the market.But money talks. On the market for $104,566,125 this sprawling property in Nevada is on the market for the first time.Crystal Pointe is an epic lakefront masterpiece on 5.14 secluded acres with two lakefront parcels. The Brighton house is on the market for offers over $519,000Alternatively, the winner could splash out on one of Brisbane’s most expensive houses currently on the market. Neighbouring the home of fitness clothing queen Lorna Jane is 33B Harbour Rd at Hamilton – an eight bedroom modern mansion that last sold for a record-breaking $12 million back in 2015.It is listed for sale by negotiation. You could buy an entire hotel in MalaysiaThis one is freehold and has 250 rooms, a pool, cafe, restaurant, meeting room, function hall, ballroom and a mini cinema. It is located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur.*** A CARIBBEAN ISLAND 33b Harbour Rd, HamiltonAlternatively, they could put in an offer on this spectacular residence – a luxurious clifftop mansion at Leopard St, Kangaroo Point that sold for $18 million in 2017, smashing the previous record of $14 million set when Australia’s richest person Gina Rinehart bought a home at Aaron Ave, Hawthorne in 2014. 1 Leopard St Kangaroo Point sold for $18M With a median house price of $532,000, the Lotto winner could buy 201 houses in the River City. Or basically, an entire masterplanned housing estate.But here is just one to get started. The winner could buy 200 of these and still have change left over.This Brighton house is on the market for $519,000 and is just 350m from the waterfront. Images of Duke Group Archipelago The archipelago group consists of three islands – Marble Island (2500 acres), Hunter Island (300 acres) and Tynemouth Island (500 acres), with Marble being the principal island.The listing states that the closest mainland access point is the township of Plum Tree via Stanage Bay, which his located 12 nautical miles south of the island. Yeppoon and Mackay are approximately 100 nautical miles to the south and north respectively.Marble Island has an approval to build accommodation for an extra 12 visitors or family, fantastic white beaches, a 600m airstrip and a barge.The owner’s beach house has locally-sourced polished marble flooring, three bedrooms and two bathrooms, a large open planned kitchen and living area. It is located on a white sandy beach with breath taking views and just a short stroll to the manager’s home.The manager’s house is also a modern three bedroom residence with large verandas on the northern and southern sides of the home with substantial beach and island views as well as a full sized tennis court nearby.There is also a guesthouse with two bedrooms and two bathrooms, sheds and cold rooms. *** A SYDNEY WATERFRONT MANSION Located in the Philippines, the Verde Island Resort is on the market without a price tag, but it is well down the list so Australia’s newest richlister must be in with a shot.The listing states that “Verde Island Resort is an exclusive high-end residential resort anchored on a world-class, top dive and beach destination that offers a unique vacation experience of exceptional quality”. I am already there!It sits on 274 acres including 27 acres of beach front, and features 44 well-appointed guest rooms, 16 beach cottages, a main lobby/pavilion/bar, a main restaurant/bar with full kitchen, a function room, infinity pools, view deck with activity area and a helipad as well as several utility and out buildings.Surrounded by coral sand beaches and turquoise waters, with a coral reef just 50 to 300 meters from shore, it is just 25 minutes by ferry to Batangas City.***The winner, a mother in her 40s from inner city Sydney, told officials she intended to continue working and instead buy a caravan. RELATED: Surprise Powerball winner home choice Seven Aussie island are currently listed with Private Islands Inc, and the Lotto winner could buy them all and still have some change leftover.One of those on the market is the entire Duke Group Archipelago, which is located off the coast of Yeppoon and Mackay and listed for USD$11,379,153.39, or about AUD$15,819,714.03. center_img This one is on the market for $78,097,656 meaning Australia’s newest mega millionaire would have plenty of change left over to buy a super yacht. This one would definitely be on our Saturday open house list. Spectabilis Island in the Bahamas is on the market for USD$62 million – that’s about $86.2 million in Aussie dollars.The island has not been developed but with a cool $20 million in change, the Lotto winner could easily build a plush pad. The Aaron Ave Hawthorne mansion bought by Gina Rinehart, mining heiress and chair of Hancock Prospecting.*** EVERY AUSTRALIAN ISLAND ON THE MARKET For sale for $101,720,752, the Lotto winner could buy an entire luxury hotel in Malaysia and still have some change leftover for room service. The Point Piper mansion “Elaine” on New South Head Road, Point Piper, Sydney. 27th September, 2018. Picture by Damian Shaw *** LAKE TAHOE’S CROWN JEWEL, USA With $100 million to spend, it will be one seriously flash caravan. Wouldn’t it be nice? There would even be money leftover for a luxe cruiserLocated on South Ocean Boulevard, the property sits on over two acres and has 83.5 sqm of ocean frontage. It has eight bedrooms, 11 bathrooms and eight half baths across the main house and guesthouse. *** FOUR-STAR HOTEL IN MALAYSIA Crystal Pointe is an epic lakefront masterpiece on 5.14 secluded acresIt has 525 feet of lake frontage, four buoys and seasonal boat barge. The main residence has an attached guesthouse, and a caretaker’s apartment with oversized 4-car garage. The beach house, completed in 2016, has eight bedrooms, 10 full and two half bathrooms in 4947 sqm of living space with 13 fireplaces, a 10-seat theatre and a 1687-bottle wine cellar. There is also a private gated drive, an entry pavilion, two glass funiculars, gardens, ponds and waterfalls and level lawns.*** PALM BEACH MEGA MANSION Most of us struggle to buy one house. The Powerball winner could buy 201 average houses in Brisbane with her winnings. (AAP Image/Darren England) IMAGINE winning $107 million. It is hard to wrap your head around that number.But a Sydney health worker will be doing just that this morning after taking out the entire division one prize pool of Powerball last night.Here are a few ways she could splash the cash in the property market- and still have some serious coin leftover.*** OVER 200 AVERAGE HOMES IN BRISBANE Yes please!It is 460 acres and is located in the Exuma Cays. Features include pristine powder white sandy beaches, rolling hills with breathtaking views and elevations, with unrestricted aviation access, a proposed Helipad, seaplane ramp and ample room for a private air strip. The Exuma Cays are home to about a dozen of the most discerning celebrities and billionaires.*** A LUXURY ISLAND RESORTlast_img read more

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Ryan Anderson: re Supreme Court’s dumb ruling on marriage

first_imgDaily Signal 26 June 2015Today is a significant setback for all Americans who believe in the Constitution, the rule of law, democratic self-government, and marriage as the union of one man and one woman. The U.S. Supreme Court got it wrong: It should not have mandated all 50 states to redefine marriage.This is judicial activism: nothing in the Constitution requires the redefinition of marriage, and the court imposed its judgment about a policy matter that should be decided by the American people and their elected representatives. The court got marriage and the Constitution wrong today just like they got abortion and the Constitution wrong 42 years ago with Roe v. Wade. Five unelected judges do not have the power to change the truth about marriage or the truth about the Constitution.The court summarized its ruling in this way—which highlights that they have redefined marriage, substituting their own opinion for that of the citizens:The limitation of marriage to opposite-sex couples may long have seemed natural and just, but its inconsistency with the central mean­ing of the fundamental right to marry is now manifest.Manifest to five unelected judges that is. Not to the majority of American citizens who voted to define marriage correctly. As Chief Justice Roberts pointed out in dissent:If you are among the many Americans—of whatever sexual orientation—who favor expanding same-sex marriage, by all means celebrate today’s decision. Celebrate the achievement of a desired goal. Celebrate the opportunity for a new expression of commitment to a partner. Celebrate the availability of new benefits. But do not celebrate the Constitution. It had nothing to do with it.That’s exactly right. When it comes to the majority opinion, the Constitution “had nothing to do with it.”We must work to restore the constitutional authority of citizens and their elected officials to make marriage policy that reflects the truth about marriage. We the people must explain what marriage is, why marriage matters, and why redefining marriage is bad for society.For marriage policy to serve the common good it must reflect the truth that marriage unites a man and a woman as husband and wife so that children will have both a mother and a father. Marriage is based on the anthropological truth that men and woman are distinct and complementary, the biological fact that reproduction depends on a man and a woman, and the social reality that children deserve a mother and a father.The government is not in the marriage business because it’s a sucker for adult romance. No, marriage isn’t just a private affair; marriage is a matter of public policy because marriage is society’s best way to ensure the well-being of children. State recognition of marriage acts as a powerful social norm that encourages men and women to commit to each other so they will take responsibility for any children that follow.Redefining marriage to make it a genderless institution fundamentally changes marriage: It makes the relationship more about the desires of adults than about the needs—or rights—of children. It teaches the lie that mothers and fathers are interchangeable.Because the court has inappropriately redefined marriage everywhere, there is urgent need for policy to ensure that the government never penalizes anyone for standing up for marriage. As discussed in my new book, “Truth Overruled: The Future of Marriage and Religious Freedom,” we must work to protect the freedom of speech, association and religion of those who continue to abide by the truth of marriage as union of man and woman.At the federal level, the First Amendment Defense Act is a good place to start. It says that the federal government cannot discriminate against people and institutions that speak and act according to their belief that marriage is a union of one man and one woman. States need similar policies.Recognizing the truth about marriage is good public policy. Today’s decision is a significant setback to achieving that goal. We must work to reverse it and recommit ourselves to building a strong marriage culture because so much of our future depends upon it.http://dailysignal.com/2015/06/26/judicial-activism-from-supreme-court-on-marriage-heres-how-to-respond/last_img read more

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India: Security plan ordered for treasure temple

first_img Tweet Share 29 Views   no discussions FaithLifestyle India: Security plan ordered for treasure temple by: – July 8, 2011 Sharing is caring!center_img Share Share By Ashraf PadannaKochiTemple security has been tightened in recent daysOfficials in the Indian state of Kerala are drawing up a security plan for a temple where vast amounts of treasure are reported to have been found.The Supreme Court wants to know how the riches will be kept safe before a sixth vault is opened, possibly next week.Media reports say the treasure at the Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple in heart of the Keralan capital, Trivandrum, could be worth billions of dollars.Historians say it is almost impossible to assess the treasure’s true value.The Supreme Court directed the state of Kerala and the former royal rulers of the region to explain how they plan to safeguard the gold, silver and precious stones found so far.Five temple vaults have been inventoried but the sixth and last chamber – which has an iron wall and was last opened 136 years ago – is said to contain much more.“The temple and its treasures are important for us and it’s our duty to provide adequate security for them,” Kerala Finance Minister KM Mani said.Metal detectorsPolice are trying to keep out of the way of devoteesSome 45 plainclothes personnel are stationed inside the temple, where non-Hindus are not allowed. Sixty-five policemen are on guard outside and mobile patrols are operating around the clock.“We have asked the policemen to do patrolling without harming the traditions of the temple and making difficulties for the devotees,” said Venugopal K Nair, additional director general of police, who is in charge of the temple’s security.Metal detectors and security cameras have been installed at the complex, which until last week relied on security guards.The riches are thought to have been languishing in the temple vaults for more than a century, interred by the Maharajahs of Travancore over time.India’s Supreme Court ordered the inspection of the vaults after a local lawyer went to court questioning temple security. He wants the treasure taken over by the state government, a suggestion opposed by the current Maharaja of Travancore.The former royal family, trustees of the temple, believe the treasure belongs to the deity, Padmanabhaswamy, who is considered by devotees to be an aspect of the God Vishnu in eternal sleep.“The royal family is not claiming any ownership. It is a public temple,” said KK Venugopal, the family’s lawyer, the Associated Press reports.The objects inside the vaults have so far not been shown to the public, but they have been photographed and filmed for security reasons.Hindu activists say the treasure belongs to the temple, while others want the riches used for the public good.last_img read more

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Milan’s Roger Shroder Elected To Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame

first_imgCongratulations to Roger Schroder of Milan on being elected to Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2015.Roger Schroder was a member of Milan High School’s legendary back-to-back state finalist teams, including as a senior on their 1954 state championship squad. A three-sport athlete at Franklin College, Schroder embarked on a 31-year teaching and coaching career in Indianapolis Public Schools that included 19 years as head coach at John Marshall H.S. and three seasons as head coach at Broad Ripple H.S. His teams won 258 games and three sectional championships. Retired, he resides in Indianapolis.Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame 2015 Mens InducteesThe Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame’s 54thannual Mens’ Awards Banquet will be held on Wednesday, March 25, 2015. The day’s events will include a reception at the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame museum that afternoon with a banquet that evening at the Primo Banquet Hall in Indianapolis. Tickets will be made available in early 2015. Call the Hall at 765-529-1891 or visit www.hoopshall.com for more information or email info@hoopshall.com.Courtesy of Becky Beavers of The Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame.last_img read more

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Newcastle boss Steve McClaren: No malice in Aleksandar Mitrovic red-card offence

first_img “I think yes, the referee did all right, but Newcastle maybe wanted to stop us from playing, from moving the ball quickly to stop our game – they tried that from the start on. “Mitrovic went a bit overboard. It was maybe a bit unlucky as well, I don’t know – did he do it on purpose or not? I don’t know. “I must say that Newcastle decided from the start on to make the game quite physical, and we had to keep our nerve and not become a little bit aggressive as well, so I thought we did that well.” Despite their numerical advantage, Arsenal needed a 52nd-minute own goal from Fabricio Coloccini, who unwittingly deflected Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s shot past the helpless Tim Krul, to secure the points. They dominated the game, but all too often found a well-organised defence – and behind it Krul – in their way. Wenger said: “You play away from home 11 against 10, you know that they play 15 yards deeper. You play 10 against nine in the final third, the crowd is behind their team – that puts pressure on the referee – and then it’s very difficult. We didn’t find the space. “They defended well – they showed why they didn’t concede at Manchester United as well – and in the end, we are happy to have the three points and to win 1-0.” The 20-year-old Serbian, who was booked in each of his first two appearances for the club, was dismissed by referee Andre Marriner after catching midfielder Francis Coquelin 16 minutes into the Magpies’ 1-0 home defeat by Arsenal. Gunners boss Arsene Wenger, who accused McClaren’s men of taking a “physical” approach to a game in which they also had six players booked, said the former Anderlecht man had to go, but his opposite number did not agree. McClaren said: “[Moussa] Sissoko had a similar one just before, and that was given a yellow. “I’ve seen it over and over – it’s come over his head, he’s looking at the ball, there is no intent, there is no maliciousness, it’s just coming down and he’s just stamped on his foot. “It definitely was not dangerous. It was clumsy, but I have seen plenty of clumsy challenges. Football is a contact sport, it’s a physical sport and we cannot take that away. “And I don’t think any of the tackles – and don’t get me wrong, the seven yellows and red card… It was not a dirty game and we’ve not kicked them off the park. “They were fouls and I think the ref has reacted too harshly with every one of them – a bit too soon, a bit too rash.” Asked if the club would appeal, McClaren added: “I hope I can. No doubt we will lose it.” Wenger, however, was of a different opinion, although he admitted Mitrovic had perhaps been slightly unfortunate. He said: “Honestly during the game, I didn’t see it. But I have just seen it again on television and unfortunately it was a red card. He didn’t play the ball at all. Newcastle head coach Steve McClaren leapt to the defence of striker Aleksandar Mitrovic after he was sent off just five games into his career on Tyneside. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Ace Indian Shuttler Saina Nehwal Hopes to Get Visa in Time

first_imgNew Delhi: Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal on Tuesday said her visa application was being processed and hoped she would receive it in time for her participation in next week’s Denmark Open tournament.Earlier on Monday, Saina had said that she was facing visa issues for her participation in the BWF Super 750 tournament and sought the help of the External Affairs Ministry.“Got the visa application processed today in Hyderabad. Thanks, @sanjg2k1 (Home Ministry official) for making the impossible happen & @VFSGlobal for going the extra mile along with @DenmarkinIndia even on a holiday! I hope to get the visa in time for the flight on Friday,” the 29-year-old tweeted on Tuesday.Saina is preparing for the Denmark Open, which is to be played at Odense from October 15 to 20. In the last year’s edition of the event, Saina had finished as the runner-up when she lost to Taiwanese Tai Tzu-Ying in the summit clash. (IANS) Also Read: P.V. Sindhu, Saina Nehwal could Square off in World Championship SemisAlso Watch:Durga Puja 2019: Vijaya Dashami celebrations from Tezpurlast_img read more

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Update on the latest sports

first_imgThe expansion franchise unveiled its nickname Thursday, ending 19 months of speculation about whether the team might lean traditional or go eccentric with the name for the league’s 32nd team. Seattle bypassed options like Sockeyes, Evergreens or Metropolitans, the last of which would have been a nod to Seattle’s hockey history.The primary logo is a tentacle shaped into an “S” in the style of the old Seattle Metropolitans jersey and logo. The Metropolitans were the first American team to win the Stanley Cup in 1917. COLLEGE FOOTBALL-BLAKE-OBIT UNDATED (AP) — Former Oklahoma football player and head coach John Blake has died at age 59. Blake became the Sooners’ first Black head coach in any sport when he was hired in December 1995. He had a 12-22 record in three seasons, but his recruiting success laid the foundation for the program’s resurgence. — Major League Baseball and the players’ union have agreed to expand the playoffs from 10 teams to 16 for the pandemic-delayed season. According to MLB, each of the 16 teams will participate in a best-of-three first round before heading into a best-of-five Division Series. A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that MLB agreed to guarantee a postseason pool that would be $50 million if the entire postseason is played. — Red Sox pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez will be shut down from all baseball activities for at least a week after he experienced a setback in his return from COVID-19. Manager Ron Roenicke (REHN’-ih-kee) says Rodriguez hasn’t had another positive test after testing positive for the coronavirus before the start of summer camp. But he said the left-hander did experience some minor complications that the team’s medical staff felt were serious enough to restrict him from activities for now. — The White Sox have reinstated Yoán Moncada from the injured list. That clears the way for their star third baseman to open the season in the lineup after missing the start of summer camp because he contracted COVID-19. Moncada, hit .315 in a breakout season last year. — The Cubs have placed left-hander José Quintana on the 10-day injured list because of a thumb injury suffered before the start of summer camp. The 31-year-old Quintana wasn’t expected to be ready for opening day after cutting himself washing dishes at his home in Miami last month. The Cubs also placed infielder Daniel Descalso on the 45-day injured list with a sprained left ankle and announced that outfielder Mark Zagunis opted out for the season. — The Cardinals have recalled outfielder Austin Dean, right-hander Junior Fernandez, catcher Andrew Knizner and infielder Edmundo Sosa on Thursday as they finalized their roster for opening day against the Pirates at Busch Stadium. St. Louis also announced that right-hander Kodi Whitley made the initial 30-man roster for the start of the season. NASCAR-KANSAS Hamlin gets 5th Cup win of season KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Denny Hamlin was the winner of a crash-filled race at Kansas Motor Speedway, giving him five NASCAR Cup victories already this season. Hamlin avoided two major wrecks and later passed Kevin Harvick in the closing laps before holding off Brad Keselowski. Joey Logano, Jimmie Johnson and Ryan Newman were among the drivers to wreck. Martin Truex Jr. came across third, Harvick wound up sliding to fourth and Erik Jones rounded out the top five to cap a banner night for Joe Gibbs Racing. JGR made all the right calls during a crash-filled final stage to win in front of empty grandstands. PGA-3M Open Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-NEWS Yanks open MLB season with win over champs…Dodgers whip GiantsUNDATED (AP) — The New York Yankees have opened the Major League Baseball season by defeating the defending World Series champs, thanks in part to first-inning thunder and a sixth-inning storm. Giancarlo Stanton and newcomer Gerrit Cole led the Yanks to a 4-1, rain-shortened win at Washington. Stanton opened the scoring with a two-run blast in the first inning off Max Scherzer, who struck out 11 over 5 1/3. Cole tossed one-hit ball over five innings and blanked the Nationals after Adam Eaton’s solo shot in the first. The Yankees had runners on first and third with one out in the sixth when the game was called. Dr. Anthony Fauci had the honor of throwing out the first pitch, a toss that skipped between home plate and the Nationals’ dugout. Washington had to begin the season without slugger Juan Soto. The outfielder tested positive for COVID-19 and was put on the injured list hours before gametime. The Dodgers began their campaign by scoring seven times over their final two at-bats to thump the Giants, 8-1 in Los Angeles. Associated Press Kike (KEE’-kay) Hernandez was the hitting star for the Dodgers, going 4-for-5 with a two-run homer and five RBIs. Hernandez delivered a two-run single while Los Angeles scored five times in the seventh.Mookie Betts was 1-for-5 with two strikeouts in his first game since signing the second-richest contract in major league history. Betts scored the tiebreaking run in the seventh on a fielder’s choice.Dustin May allowed one run over 4 1/3 innings of his first opening-day start. He was given the opportunity when Clayton Kershaw went on the injured list with back spasms. Like the Nationals and Yankees, the Dodgers and Giants took a knee before the national anthem as a sign of unity for social justice. In other MLB news: NFL-WASHINGTON-TEMPORARY NAME Redskins become Washington Football Team for 2020 season UNDATED (AP) — The NFL team formerly known as the Redskins will go by the Washington Football Team for the 2020 season. The temporary name gives the organization time to choose a new moniker. Washington will keep its burgundy and gold colors and replace the Indian head logo on helmets with a player’s jersey number. Owner Dan Snyder recently dropped the Redskins name amid pressure from sponsors and after decades of criticism from Native American advocacy groups. July 24, 2020 NFL-COWBOYS-LAMB Lamb gets his 1st NFL contract FRISCO, Texas (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys and rookie receiver CeeDee (SEE’-dee) Lamb have agreed to a four-year, $14 million contract with $7.8 million guaranteed. Lamb joins a young receiving corps led by 26-year-old Amari Cooper and third-year player Michael Gallup, who is coming off his first 1,000-yard season. The Oklahoma product was the third receiver taken behind Alabama teammates Henry Ruggs III and Jerry Jeudy (JOO’-dee). Werenski has 3M lead BLAINE, Minn. (AP) — Richy Werenski sank a short birdie putt on the par-5 18th for an 8-under 63 and a one-shot lead over Michael Thompson through one round of the PGA’s 3M Open in Minnesota. The 24-year-old Werenski is winless in on the PGA Tour and ranked 248th in the world. He broke a tie with Michael Thompson with his ninth and last birdie on the warm, windy afternoon at the TPC Twin Cities. Dustin Johnson withdrew because of a back injury after a 78. Johnson’s departure comes after he posted back-to-back 80s last week at the Memorial for the highest 36-hole score of his pro career. NHL-HURRICANES-HAMILTON — The Twins set their opening day roster on Thursday, with right-hander Jake Odorizzi (oh-duh-REE’-zee) on the 10-day injured list due to mild soreness in his upper back. Rich Hill will take Odorizzi’s place the first time through the rotation, scheduled to start on Saturday in Chicago against the White Sox. José Berríos will take the mound for the opener on Friday. — Nate Pearson was not included on the Toronto Blue Jays’ 30-man roster for Friday’s opener at Tampa Bay, a move that likely will delay free-agent eligibility of the hard-throwing right-hander by a year until after the 2026 season. He was 5-4 with a 2.30 ERA in 25 starts across three minor league levels last season that included three starts at Triple-A Buffalo. — The Orioles placed left-hander John Means on the 10-day injured list with left shoulder fatigue. Means was originally scheduled to start the opener Friday night in Boston but has been replaced by Tommy Milone (mih-LOHN’), who pitched for Seattle last season. Dwight Smith Jr. is on the Brids’ roster after recovering from COVID-19. — The Cleveland Indians will consult with Native American leaders as they consider changing the name of their franchise for the first time since 1915. Owner Paul Dolan gave more details on the steps the team is taking toward a potential name change amid a national movement to remove racist symbols and monuments. — The Indians’ drummer won’t be silenced on opening day. Although John Adams won’t be allowed in Progressive Field on Friday because of COVID-19 protocols, he’ll be there in spirit and sound. The Indians are placing a cardboard cutout of their famed drummer in the ballpark and playing a recording of his familiar beat. Adams hasn’t missed a home opener since 1955, when he was 4. Hurricanes’ Hamilton doesn’t practice RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Carolina Hurricanes All-Star defenseman Dougie Hamilton didn’t practice Thursday after leaving Wednesday’s workout early “in some visible discomfort. Hamilton’s status is unclear as the team prepares for the return to play next week. He hasn’t played a game since breaking his left leg in January, but he had returned for the beginning of training camp. NHL-SEATTLE KRAKEN Release the Kraken: Seattle unveils name for NHL franchise SEATTLE (AP) — The NHL’s newest team finally has a name: the Seattle Kraken. Update on the latest sports Blake’s wife, Freda, said he had a “heart-related emergency” at his home in Dallas on Thursday morning. She said attempts to revive him at home failed and he died at Baylor University Medical Center.last_img read more

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