Yields drop to lowest levels since 1998 high

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Ex-champions Froome, Thomas left out of Ineos Tour de France team

first_imgTopics : Froome has been trying to get back to peak condition after he was involved in a high-speed crash at last year’s Criterium du Dauphine which came close to ending his career.”Chris Froome will target the Vuelta,” said Brailsford in a team statement.”Chris is a legend of our sport, a true champion who has demonstrated incredible grit and determination to come back from his crash last year.”We want to support him to compete for another Grand Tour title and the Vuelta gives him that little bit more time to continue his progress to the top level.”  Thomas will target the Giro d’Italia, leaving defending Tour de France champion Egan Bernal as Ineos team leader.”Egan will once again target the yellow jersey in France and we are very excited to give last year’s Giro winner, Richard Carapaz, his debut in this year’s Tour also,” said Brailsford.”Geraint will target the Giro and take on the opportunity to double up his Tour de France win with another Grand Tour title, with the aim of being the first Welshman to win it.”Froome had tried to prove he was ready for the Tour, which gets under way in Nice on August 29 having been postponed from its original date due to the coronavirus pandemic, in the Criterium.Froome, who is joining new team Israel Start-Up Nation at the end of the season, had said he felt he was getting there.However, Brailsford said he and the coaching staff had reached their conclusions after a painstaking process.”Selecting the right leader in the right race with the right support team is critical,” he said.”And has meant we have had to analyze all the latest information to make sure we are in the best position possible to optimize our performances in the coming months.”Ineos team for Tour de FranceAndrey Amador (CRC), Egan Bernal (COL), Richard Carapaz (ECU), Jonathan Castroviejo (ESP), Michal Kwiatkowski (POL), Luke Rowe (GBR), Pavel Sivakov (RUS), Dylan van Baarle (NED)center_img Four-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome and 2018 winner Geraint Thomas are glaring omissions from the formidable Team Ineos Grenadier line-up for this year’s race.Froome will not get the chance to bring down the curtain on his hugely-successful spell with Ineos (formerly Team Sky) with a tilt for a fifth Tour yellow jersey as he “needs more time”, according to team principal Dave Brailsford.The 35-year-old Kenyan-born British rider will instead aim for the Vuelta a Espana.last_img read more

S. Korea urges work from home as country reports most daily cases since March

first_imgTopics : The new cases bring the total number of coronavirus infections in South Korea to 18,706 and the COVID-19 death tally to 313. A total of 933 infections have been traced to the church outbreak, KCDC said.Health authorities meanwhile have sent a list of at least 51,000 people, who have been categorized to be linked to the rally on Aug. 15, to local governments, health ministry official Yoon Tae-ho told a briefing.The jump in novel coronavirus cases come as the government is pushing for a healthcare reform, which has sparked opposition from doctors, prompting strikes.Health authorities are now floating the possibility of imposing the highest level of social distancing, where schools and business would be urged to close, inflicting more damage on Asia’s fourth-largest economy.  “Please carry out thorough checks of risk factors at workplaces, where the work environment is especially vulnerable to infection, such as call centers and logistics warehouses,” said Health Minister Park Neung-hoo.”To reduce transmission within workplaces, please reduce the number of staff through flexible work hours, work from home and working staggered hours.”In March, South Korea reported a call center outbreak, while at least 100 cases were linked to a logistics center run by e-commerce giant Coupang Corp in June.Park said at least 80% of the infections over the past week are from the densely populated Seoul metropolitan area and many were linked to the church and political rally.center_img South Korea urged businesses on Thursday to have employees work from home after reporting the highest daily number of coronavirus cases since March, as it also flagged the risks of new clusters at call centers and logistics warehouses.South Korea reported 441 new coronavirus cases as of Wednesday, the most daily infections since early March when the country had the first large outbreak, the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said on Thursday.While authorities said the recent surge has mostly to do with recent outbreaks in a church and at an anti-government rally earlier this month, they warned about the possibility of new clusters in densely-populated workspaces.last_img read more

Governor Wolf, Senate Leaders Announce Slate of Judicial Nominations

first_imgLike Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf June 13, 2016 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf, Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman and Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa announced a slate of nominations for judicial vacancies. These nominations require confirmation by the Senate.“I thank Republican and Democratic leaders in the Senate for working with me in a collaborative way to ensure these vacancies on our courts are filled,” Governor Wolf said.The nominees are:Supreme Court – Judge Sallie MundySuperior Court – Carl Solano, Judge Lillian Harris Ransom and Geoffrey MoultonCommonwealth Court – Joe Cosgrove and Julia HearthwayAllegheny County Court of Common Pleas – David SpurgeonBerks County Court of Common Pleas – Jill Gehman KoestelBucks County Court of Common Pleas – Jeffrey G. TraugerDauphin County Court of Common Pleas – Lori SerratelliLackawanna County Court of Common Pleas – Julia MunleyLehigh County Court of Common Pleas – Daniel McCarthyMontgomery County Court of Common Pleas – Joseph WalshCity of Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas: Stella Tsai, Vincent Furlong, Daniel Sulman, Lucretia Clemons, Roger Gordon and Vincent MelchiorreWashington County Court of Common Pleas: Damon FaldowskiYork County Court of Common Pleas – Kathleen Prendergast and Christy FawcettAllegheny County Magisterial District Court – Dan ButlerCentre County Magisterial District Court – Robert BascomChester County Magisterial District Court – Elizabeth Curtis SwainCumberland County Magisterial District Court – Jonathan BirbeckDauphin County Magisterial District Court – David O’LearyLackawanna County Magisterial District Court – Bruce ZeroNorthampton County Magisterial District Court – Alicia ZitoWestmoreland County Magisterial District Court – Wayne Gongaware Governor Wolf, Senate Leaders Announce Slate of Judicial Nominationslast_img read more

Messi to Man City chances now real

first_img That’s according to Christian Martin of Argentina’s Fox Sports. It’s broke in Spain over the last 48 hours that Messi has informed Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu he will not consider new contract talks. Instead, as it stands, Messi is prepared to play out the final year of his deal and depart next summer.Advertisement Manchester City are in contact with unsettled Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi. read also:‘Messi would reunite with Guardiola or play with Ronaldo at Juve’ Martin has gone further, reporting: “The possibility that Leo Messi will leave Barcelona for Manchester City is real. This is confirmed by my sources in Catalonia and England. “Sports and extra sports conditions would be positive for all parties. Be aware…” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Loading…last_img read more

No rift with Wenger – Walcott

first_img The 26-year-old England international is out of contract at the end of the 2015-16 season and speculation has already begun over his future. Walcott in January 2013 signed a three-and-a-half-year deal, six months prior to the end of his existing agreement, ending talk of a departure from the Emirates Stadium on a free transfer. Arsenal forward Theo Walcott has denied reports of a disagreement with manager Arsene Wenger and that an impasse has been reached over a new contract. He admits talks are still to begin on a new contract, but, after nine months out with a knee injury, his focus is on performing for the Gunners as they bid to secure a place in the top four of the Barclays Premier League. Walcott wrote on Twitter: “I don’t normally comment on false stories about myself but reports about contract demands & bust-ups with the boss are complete nonsense… “There have been no contract talks as yet and my current focus is not on contracts but on doing my best for Arsenal FC.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

COMMENTARY: Faced with high expectations, GSA, MDI boys’ basketball teams deliver

first_imgEvery two weeks, Mike Mandell gives his thoughts on the sports scene in Ellsworth, Hancock County and beyond.If you spend year after year as an ardent follower of any sports team, you’ll eventually encounter a group that’s different from the rest. Maybe it has a once-in-a-lifetime coach at the helm. Perhaps it has a collection of players who complement each other well or have endured particular hardships together. In any case, there are certain teams we remember forever.In the world of high school sports, those teams pass us by in an instant. With athletes coming and going in just four short years, squads that seem destined for greatness have small windows of opportunity to succeed. Expectations for those groups are high, and cities and towns that are passionate about their local teams can put an enormous amount of pressure on young athletes’ shoulders.That’s what has made the successes of this year’s George Stevens Academy and Mount Desert Island boys’ basketball teams so remarkable. Every team that has what it takes expects to be the last one standing, but that doesn’t always happen. Come tournament time, a brief stretch of poor play is all it takes to send your team packing. GSA and MDI avoided that fate.GSA head coach Dwayne Carter knew his team had a chance to be special before the 2016-17 season started. After all, the Eagles were returning four of five starters from a team that won the Class C title. They had every piece in place to do it again this time around, and expectations in Blue Hill were through the roof.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textIn the regular season, the Eagles couldn’t be stopped. They beat opponents by 30 and 40 points on a nightly basis and were only challenged in road games against Ellsworth and Lee Academy. GSA was the best show around, and everyone from Bucksport to East Sullivan knew it.Yet there were times in the tournament when the outlook didn’t seem so rosy. GSA couldn’t pull away from Fort Fairfield until the very end of the Class C North final, and with Winthrop ahead by six with two minutes left Saturday, the Eagles’ undefeated season was in dire peril. It wasn’t until the last second — literally — that they could breathe a sigh relief as state champions for the second year in a row.MDI was in a similar situation. The Trojans had nearly everyone back from a team that finished 15-5 last year, and they entered the season as one of the favorites in Class B. Groups with the depth and athleticism this MDI senior class had are exceptionally rare, and some sensed the season to come would be the team’s best shot at winning the Gold Ball.Despite a 13-0 start, that season would soon show signs of unraveling. As January turned to February, the Trojans’ early exploits had been forgotten amidst a stretch in which they lost three of four games. With the tournament just around the corner, it was the worst time to hit a lull.Instead of fizzling out, MDI bounced back stronger than ever. The Trojans used stout defense to methodically dispatch Belfast, Central and Orono for their first regional championship since 1995, and they did the same in a dominant win against Wells that saw them become the first MDI boys’ team in history to claim the state title.For every group that comes together as GSA and MDI did, there are far more that don’t. Only 10 of the 250-plus boys’ and girls’ teams from around the state can bring home titles in a given year, and there are always going to be championship-worthy teams that fall short of winning it all. Such an outcome is unavoidable.The teams that do win always have something more to them, though. Sure, GSA and MDI were experienced and talented groups that played well together, but such descriptions can fit any number of teams. Even with the right coaches and the right schemes, you have to have the right among of luck on your side. The teams that ride that luck to glory are usually the ones that have done everything else the right way.Hancock County was fortunate to have teams like GSA and MDI this season because they don’t come around often. Even when they do, they aren’t guaranteed to win championships — especially in a tournament that requires you to beat the best of the best every time you set foot on the court.That’s all the more reason to celebrate when local teams accomplish such a feat. The teams that achieve what so many seek can be described in one word: legendary. The 2016-17 GSA and MDI teams have proven themselves worthy of that label.GRAPHIC BY TIM SUELLENTROP Latest Posts Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Biocenter_img Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at mmandell@ellsworthamerican.com. MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020last_img read more

Victoria Kings and Buxton United post wins; Plaisance holds Ann’s Grove

first_imgTHE East Demerara Football Association (EDFA) leg of the GFF/NAMILCO Thunderbolt Flour Power National Under-17 Intra Association football made a welcome return at the weekend,following weeks of inactivity due to consistent rain which rendered grounds unplayable.Players were eager to get back into the football flow and this was evident by the high level of intensity displayed on the field of play at the Melanie ground.Yesterday, Victoria Kings clawed their way back from being a goal down to beat BV/Triumph United (BVTU) 2-1,while Plaisance also rebounded from being a goal down to earn an even share of the points against Ann’s Grove in yesterday’s opening match.On Saturday at the same venue, the lone match saw Buxton United stamping their authority against Paradise / Bachelor’s Adventure Sports Club with a 3-0 triumph which was orchestrated by goals from Shemar Fredericks in the 14th minute, Kobe Durant in the 30th and Leondray Brown in the 80th minute.In yesterday’s feature clash between BVTU and Victoria Kings in drenching sunshine, the Kings opened the proceedings with fluent play and had the young BV boys on the back foot. But as the game progressed, the BV players gradually found their footing and fluency which resulted in them drawing first blood.The dapper and fleet footed Omari Glasgow,who was a constant threat to the young Kings,finally weaved his way into the attacking third and unleashed a well-directed right-foot shot that beat Kings goalie Dylan Blair at the near post,to hand BV the lead in the 22nd minute.Momentum was now with the boys from BV as they kept possession and created a few more opportunities,which were not capitalized on. As the BVTU side’s dominance declined, the lads from Victoria eased back into contention and was able to tuck in the equalizer five minutes before the half time break.Kareem Josiah, towering above the rest of the players,fired the Kings on even terms in the 40th minute during a period of play when the BV boys were not enjoying the best of possession. The ball inadvertently hit the standing referee and rebounded into the path of Kings;which the gleefully accepted and scored the equalizer.In the second half of play, Kings enjoyed the bulk of possession which frustrated the BV side as their first half flow was not evident. In the 59th minute, Victoria Kings nosed ahead,thanks to a well-taken goal by Jeremiah Bowman.It was a lead that the young Kings were able to defend despite being reduced to 10-players,with one minute to full time,when Simon Jones was red-carded for a dangerous foul.The opening match, which commenced late due to heavy rain,was played in a light drizzle for almost its entirety .It was Ann’s Grove who took the lead in the 23 minute through an Antwain Thomas goal.They would then enjoy that advantage until the third minute of the second half when Plaisance finally drew level. Jaheem Hinds was able to ‘dribble’ his way past a couple of opposing players before letting off his shot,which sailed into the back of the nets,to the joy of the Plasiance players.Matches will continue this weekend.last_img read more

Denver subs out LaPlante at halftime, sticks with two-goalie system despite stellar early showing

first_imgPHILADELPHIA — They’ve grown accustomed to their roles: Denver’s Ryan LaPlante starts in net and plays the first half. Jamie Faus comes in at the break and ices games.“Jamie’s our closer,” DU head coach Bill Tierney said.Even so, when LaPlante shined in the first half, notching 13 saves and allowing just two goals, it was decision time for Tierney. He could stick with the hot hand, or stick to his rotation.For him, it was never a question.“Honestly, we were thrilled with the way he was playing,” Tierney said of LaPlante, “but this is what we’ve done.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFaus followed up LaPlante’s spectacular first half with an adequate second. He made four saves, but conceded seven goals and opened the door for top-seeded Syracuse’s (16-3) late comeback and 9-8 final four victory over the No. 4-seed Pioneers (14-5).For nearly the entire first quarter, LaPlante was an unsolvable jigsaw puzzle for the Orange’s deep offense. Midfielder Luke Cometti finally broke through for a goal with 53 seconds left in the period, but the SU offense couldn’t pick up any sort of rhythm.LaPlante conceded just one more goal, again to Cometti, but leapt, sprawled and stepped in front of almost any shot SU took in the first half to hand DU a 5-2 halftime lead.“Just was seeing the ball, just was relaxed,” LaPlante said, “and the defense was giving me the shots that I wanted them to.”LaPlante didn’t warm up at halftime. Tierney said he knew his goalie had a strong first half, but not one that good. Not that it would’ve changed anything — it was Faus’ ballgame now.He struggled early but tightened up. He made the save of the game in the third quarter when midfielder JoJo Marasco found attack Derek Maltz all alone cutting to the net. Faus’ stop swung momentum back in Denver’s favor, and could have changed the complexion of the game.But Syracuse rallied back and Faus took the loss. Even on Maltz’s game-winning goal, Faus denied a Cometti shot before Maltz scored on the rebound.The script had flipped from Denver’s quarterfinal win over North Carolina, when Tierney was criticized for leaving LaPlante in for too long as he dug the Pioneers into a hole. The formula had carried DU to the final four, so there was no reason to change it.“Sometimes, to leave your goalie in after the first half when we’ve been switching all year long, all of a sudden it changes their mindset, too,” SU head coach John Desko said. “So I think it’s something they’ve done, and I thought he came in the second half and he made some big saves, too.” Comments Published on May 26, 2013 at 12:19 am Contact David: dbwilson@syr.edu | @DBWilson2 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Dom Madonna shines in net, gets assist on game-winner in triple overtime as No. 16 Syracuse downs No. 9 Army, 11-10

first_img Published on February 24, 2018 at 7:07 pm Contact Charlie: csdistur@syr.edu | @charliedisturco In double overtime, Syracuse found itself in an eerily similar situation. The Orange was a man down after a push from Kevin Hutchings. As Army worked the ball around, David Symmes streaked into open space and caught a pass.Last year against Army, Syracuse had completed a comeback only to lose on a game-winner from Symmes. Though SU had not been down a man, Symmes put the nail in the coffin. On Saturday, he had that same opportunity.Symmes crow-hopped and fired past the outstretched stick of long-stick midfielder Austin Fusco. Goalie Dom Madonna quickly moved his stick low-to-high. The ball hit nylon. But unlike last year, that nylon was not the back of the net. It was Madonna’s stick.In its closest game of the season, No. 16 Syracuse (2-1) stormed back from a five-goal deficit to down No. 9 Army (3-1), 11-10, in triple overtime. Madonna’s save to effectively kill Army’s man-down was just one of seven for the goalie, who helped the Orange defense hold Army to four second-half goals. But his contribution on the defensive end was partially overshadowed by his offensive contribution: Madonna had the game-winning assist.Syracuse won the opening faceoff in triple overtime, but the ball had dribbled into SU’s defensive zone. The Orange struggled to get past midfield and successfully clear the ball. As time wound down, Madonna caught a pass and began to look for an outlet pass to push transition. Nothing was there.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We had a little bit of trouble there on that clearing situation,” SU head coach John Desko said. “We didn’t sub a defenseman out and they were pressuring us. I think Dom felt he had to find somebody open deep.”As the 30-second timer kept ticking away, Madonna scanned for his options. Then, he found his target. Redshirt senior Ryan Simmons cut behind both Army’s longpole and defensive middie and into open space.From the 35-yard line, Madonna fired and hit Simmons in stride. He put the ball in the back of the net. The fans clad in Orange erupted and the team charged Simmons. And then there was Madonna, jumping around and screaming from where he let off the pass.“Heck of a game,” Army head coach Joe Alberici said. “He makes a man-up save and then gets a game-winning assist. You don’t hear about that too often from goalies.”Syracuse struck first to open the game, a goal six minutes in from Nate Solomon. But then, the offense struggled to maintain possession. SU faceoff specialists Danny Varello and Seth DeLisle won two faceoffs the entire first half, giving Army time to work.That resulted in a six-goal run by Army and nearly 25 minutes of scoreless ball for Syracuse. Despite Army’s constant attack, SU’s defense remained a strength, much like it was for the first half of last week’s 15-3 blowout loss to then-No. 3 Albany.And just like last week, Madonna was there to make the stops when Syracuse needed it. Army tallied 17 shots in the first half and dominated possession time. But the Black Knights only mustered six goals — three while man-up.“Getting a few on you helps you settle in,” Madonna said. “… We had a lot of composure in the second half.”As he and the defense became more comfortable, Army struggled to replicate its first-half success. It turned the ball over nine times in the second half and scored just four times. Its man-up opportunity in the third quarter ended in a wide shot.In overtime, Army’s attack began to settle in. In all three extra periods, possessions often ended in a turnover or save by the team’s respective goalies.With just less than two minutes left in the first overtime, Ted Glesener fired a low shot wide. It looked like Madonna had been able to get a foot near or on the ball, but Army retained possession. Thirty seconds later, Symmes took possession and fired his sixth shot of the game. Madonna made the save, keeping the Orange’s hopes at a comeback win intact.Then, in double overtime, Symmes found himself open. And again, Madonna was able to make the stop.“He’s been making all the saves he should and a few that he shouldn’t,” Desko said.On Saturday, Symmes’ shot was arguably one that he shouldn’t have. Syracuse was man-down and Symmes had a wide-open look on net. But Madonna was quick enough to make the stop.And then not two-and-a-half minutes later, Madonna rifled the game-winning pass to Simmons.“Not only did we ask him to make all the saves, but he had to get the assist on the game-winning goal,” Desko said. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more