Cry, my beloved country

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UK roundup: DWP, PPF, UK Coal

first_imgOnly 0.9m are less than 50% on track.Some 8.8m at risk of under-saving earn between £22,700 and £52,000 (€28,480-65,240) on annual basis, and are classed in the middle to high earnings bands.The government also said higher-income groups could benefit from increasing contribution rates to workplace pensions, but said more work was needed to find the perfect balance between contribution rates being high enough to provide adequacy, but not too high to discourage pension saving entirely.It said reforms to the state pension and auto-enrolment had reduced the number of people under saving by around 1m.Pensions minister Steve Webb said the state safety net would now allow many to maintain a comfortable retirement.“This new research shows that, by saving just a little more, a huge number of working people could make their future retirement so much more comfortable,” he added.In other news, the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) has taken over the 75.1% ownership of Harworth Estates Property Group previously held by the trustees of the industry-wide mining pension scheme, after its transfer into the lifeboat fund.The fund also confirmed it had taken control of other assets from the pension fund, which entered the PPF in July last year.The privatised entity of British Coal, UK Coal, saw its two pension schemes enter the PPF after the company restructured to avoid liquidation.The schemes were given a controlling stake in the property company formed as UK Coal was split into two separate mining and property companies, by then parent Coalfield Resources.As part of the deal, the PPF took an interest in the restructured UK Coal with debt instruments.CFO of the PPF, Andrew McKinnon, said: “We consider Harworth Estates to be a valuable asset, and we welcome the ongoing discussions with Coalfield Resources to maximise the value in this business for shareholders.”Coalfield Resources retains ownership of the remainder of Harwarth. A report from the Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) showed that almost 12m people were still at risk of not saving enough for retirement, despite government interventions to increase pensions savings.The government said its reforms, namely auto-enrolment, had made significant differences in retirement savings for lower earnings.However, middle to higher earners are at risk for an inadequate retirement, it said.While 12m people are saving too little, some 6m are 80% of the way to an adequate income.last_img read more

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Wednesday people roundup [updated]

first_imgBMO GAM, Insight Investments, Mercer, Aberdeen, Forum Pour L’Investment Responsible, Hermes, Tikehau Capital, NN Investment Partners, Schroders, MSCI, Mirabaud, Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management, Pioneer, Allianz GI, City Noble, ArabesqueBMO Global Asset Management – Andrew Jones, Richard Ferris and Laura Gray have been appointed to the institutional client management team for the asset manager formerly known as F&C. Jones and Ferris join as directors for consultant relations and client relations, respectively. Jones comes from Insight Investments, while Ferris joins from Mercer’s fiduciary management business. Gray comes in as a client manager in the institutional distribution business and joins from Aberdeen Asset Management. Forum Pour L’Investment Responsible – Thierry Philipponnat has been appointed chairman of the French responsible investment organisation after a vote on 16 June. Pacale Sagniier of AXA Investment Managers, Philippe Dutertre from AG2R La Mondiale and Hervé Guez from Mirova have been appointed vice-presidents. Eight investment managers also renewed their membership to the organisation, with the board made up of 12 members.Hermes Investment Management – Patrick Marshall is set to become head of private debt and CLOs at the UK asset manager, as it looks to move into the private lending market. Marshall joins from Tikehau Capital, where he was responsible for the direct lending business in London, and setting up a CLO programme. NN Investment Partners – Ivan Nikolov has joined as a senior portfolio manager on the Dutch asset manager’s convertible bonds (CB) team. Nikolov will work in the London office and is to report to Tarek Saber, head of CB strategies. He is to focus on supporting the NN Global Opportunities Fund. He joins from Aberdeen Asset Management.Schroders – Ashley Lester is to join the UK asset manager as its global head of research within the multi-asset and portfolio solutions business. He comes across from MSCI, where he was head of fixed income and multi-asset research. Before then, he was head of market risk research at Morgan Stanley. He will join the business in New York and report to Nico Marasi.Mercer – Martine Ferland, currently leader of the retirement business in the Europe-Pacific region, has been promoted to president of EuroPac. She succeeds Simon O’Regan, who has been named the firm’s president of North America. Ferland joined Mercer in 2011 from Towers Watson, where she was retirement business leader for Canada, and spent over a decade at Towers Perrin. Mirabaud Asset Management – Paul Schibli has been appointed as a senior portfolio manager for Swiss equities after leaving Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management, where he was head of the Swiss equities team. Schibli will work alongside Patrick Huber across a range of funds and stock-picking business lines.Pioneer Investments – Angel Márquez has been hired as an institutional senior sales manager in Switzerland. Márquez will report to Switzerland head Rainer Lenzin and joins the French asset manager from Allianz Global Investors, where he was responsible for institutional and consultant business development.City Noble – Birgitta Bostrom has been appointed as an associate at the consultancy to help grow its advisory business. She moves over from Schroders, the asset manager, where she managed a team of fixed income product managers and executives.Arabesque Partners – Robert Eccles has been appointed chairman of the asset management firm, formerly part of Barclays Bank. Eccles is currently professor at Harvard Business School and is known for his work on sustainable investing and ESG research. Eccles was founding chair of the Sustainable Accounting Standards Board and a member of the International Integrated Reporting Council.last_img read more

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Ghana appoint new Black Stars coach

first_imgRelatedPosts Ghana FA fires all national teams’ coaching staff Ghana’s Gyan available for Nations Cup after president intervenes Bottom League 1 side dump West Ham out of FA Cup The Ghana Football Association has appointed Charles ‘CK’ Akonnor as its new national team coach to replace Kwesi Appiah. Akonnor is a former captain of Ghana and spent much of his playing career in Germany with stints at Fortuna Koln and Wolfsburg among others. Most recently he was part of Appiah’s coaching staff with the Black Stars. He has also taken charge of clubs in Ghana, including the country’s two best-supported teams, Hearts of Oak and Asante Kotoko, the latter being the most recent. His first competitive games will be 2022 World Cup qualifiers in March. The draw for the group stages will be on January 21, 2020. David Duncan, who has also coached both Kotoko and Hearts as well as Ghana’s under-23 and under-17 sides, has been appointed as Akonnor’s assistant. The GFA has also appointed coaches for the other national teams under its control with Mercy Tagoe returning to her job in charge of the senior national women’s team, the Black Queens. Earlier in January the GFA removed all of its national team coaches, at all levels of the game, including Appiah and all his assistants, which included Appiah’s contract not being renewed. The association said the drastic move was “in line with the vision” of its new administration to allow it to evaluate the situation.Tags: Charles ‘CK’ AkonnorGhana Football AssociationKwesi Appiahlast_img read more

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Update on the latest sports

first_imgAlso in the NHL:— The Ducks’ postponed game against the visiting Blues will be played March 11. The game began last Tuesday and was stopped when defenseman Jay Bouwmeester collapsed on the bench during the first period. The game will begin with a 1-1 score, as it was at the time of the postponement. It will follow a full 60-minute format.MLB-NEWSDarvish says Astros should lose World Series titleUNDATED (AP) — Yu Darvish has chimed in on Houston’s sign-stealing scheme, just over two years after getting rocked by the Astros in the World Series. Associated Press — Adam Henrique (hehn-REEK’) hit the 20-goal mark for the season by scoring twice in the Ducks’ 5-1 rout of the Canucks. Derek Grant provided a power-play goal and an assist as Anaheim handed Vancouver its fifth loss in seven games. Elias (eh-LEE’-uhs) Pettersson was the lone Canuck to beat John Gibson, who finished with 37 saves.NHL-NEWSIslanders get blueline help with GreeneUNDATED (AP) — The New York Islanders have solidified their defense for the playoff push by acquiring Devils captain Andy Greene for blueline prospect David Quenneville (KWEHN-vihl) and a second-round pick in the 2021 draft.The Islanders have been searching for a quality defenseman since losing Adam Pelech (PEH’-lehk) to an Achilles tendon injury on Jan. 2. Greene also gives them a lefty-shooting defender on a team filled with right-handed defensemen. The Chicago Cubs pitcher says the Astros should be stripped of their 2017 championship, comparing them to an Olympian who loses a gold medal because of cheating. Darvish says he knows the Astros were stealing signs, but he acknowledged that he didn’t pitch his best during the 2017 Fall Classic.Darvish lasted only 1 1/3 innings in both of his 2017 World Series appearances while playing for the Dodgers. He was tagged for four runs and six hits in Game 3 and was the losing pitcher in Game 7 at Dodger Stadium.Meanwhile, commissioner Rob Manfred met with nearly half of the major leagues managers Sunday and told them to knock off any notion of get-even beanballs. Manfred’s visits come after Cody Bellinger, Kris Bryant, Trevor Bauer and Carlos Correa were among the All-Stars recently trading threats, accusations and barbs as spring training opened.Manfred said he would personally talk to the managers of the teams that train in Arizona on Tuesday.In other baseball news: Pole-sitter Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was the leader 20 laps into the race when the rain returned, sending drivers back to pit road.The first delay lasted 50 minutes and came moments after the presidential motorcade completed a ceremonial parade lap around the 2 1/2-mile track. The second stoppage was prompted by heavier rain, further soaking a racing surface that takes hours to dry.T25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULEAztecs stay unbeatenUNDATED (AP) — San Diego State remains the only unbeaten team in Division I men’s basketball following a resounding victory at Boise State. February 17, 2020 PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS-CHUBB CLASSICParel wins in NaplesNAPLES, Fla. (AP) — Scott Parel closed with an 8-under 63 to overcome a three-stroke deficit and win the Chubb Classic by two shots.It’s Parel’s third career victory on the PGA Tour Champions surpassing $5 million for his career. It also moves him atop the Charles Schwab Cup standings for the first time in his career.Bob Estes shot 64 to end up second. Kevin Sutherland fired a 67 to finish in a third-place tie with Bernhard Langer, who closed with a 69. Also in the NHL:— The Ducks’ postponed game against the visiting Blues will be played March 11. The game began last Tuesday and was stopped when defenseman Jay Bouwmeester collapsed on the bench during the first period. The game will begin with a 1-1 score, as it was at the time of the postponement. It will follow a full 60-minute format.MLB-NEWSDarvish says Astros should lose World Series titleUNDATED (AP) — Yu Darvish has chimed in on Houston’s sign-stealing scheme, just over two years after getting rocked by the Astros in the World Series. Update on the latest sports Scott wins at RivieraLOS ANGELES (AP) — Adam Scott has another victory at Riviera, and this time it counts.Scott survived a calamitous final round with just enough clutch putts to take the PGA’s Genesis Invitational. He closed with a 1-under 70 for a two-stroke victory over Matt Kuchar, Scott Brown and Sung Kang.The victory comes 15 years after Scott won a playoff at Riviera that didn’t count as official because rain shortened the tournament to 36 holes. He earned every bit of this victory, his 14th on the PGA Tour and 29th worldwide.Nearly a dozen players had a chance to win. Five players had a share of the lead at some point. The win pushes the Bruins three points ahead of Tampa Bay for both the Atlantic Division and overall lead.In Pittsburgh, Patric Hornqvist had two goals and an assist as the Penguins knocked off the Red Wings, 5-1. Sidney Crosby added a goal and an assist, giving him 19 points in 12 games since returning from core muscle surgery.Matt Murray stopped 27 shots for the Penguins, who won for the 11th time in 15 games to pull within one point of the Metropolitan-leading Capitals.Elsewhere on NHL ice:— Kyle Turris scored with 2:12 left to give the Predators a 2-1 win over the Blues. Craig Smith furnished the other goal for Nashville, his sixth in five games. Pekka Rinne (PEH’-kuh REE’-nay) made 38 saves in helping Nashville deal St. Louis its fourth straight loss and 10th in 12 games. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA-ALL-STAR GAMETeam LeBron beats Team GiannisCHICAGO (AP) — It seems fitting that three Los Angeles-based players led an All-Star victory on a night the league honored Lakers legend Kobe Bryant. The win pushes the Bruins three points ahead of Tampa Bay for both the Atlantic Division and overall lead.In Pittsburgh, Patric Hornqvist had two goals and an assist as the Penguins knocked off the Red Wings, 5-1. Sidney Crosby added a goal and an assist, giving him 19 points in 12 games since returning from core muscle surgery.Matt Murray stopped 27 shots for the Penguins, who won for the 11th time in 15 games to pull within one point of the Metropolitan-leading Capitals.Elsewhere on NHL ice:— Kyle Turris scored with 2:12 left to give the Predators a 2-1 win over the Blues. Craig Smith furnished the other goal for Nashville, his sixth in five games. Pekka Rinne (PEH’-kuh REE’-nay) made 38 saves in helping Nashville deal St. Louis its fourth straight loss and 10th in 12 games. The Chicago Cubs pitcher says the Astros should be stripped of their 2017 championship, comparing them to an Olympian who loses a gold medal because of cheating. Darvish says he knows the Astros were stealing signs, but he acknowledged that he didn’t pitch his best during the 2017 Fall Classic.Darvish lasted only 1 1/3 innings in both of his 2017 World Series appearances while playing for the Dodgers. He was tagged for four runs and six hits in Game 3 and was the losing pitcher in Game 7 at Dodger Stadium.Meanwhile, commissioner Rob Manfred met with nearly half of the major leagues managers Sunday and told them to knock off any notion of get-even beanballs. Manfred’s visits come after Cody Bellinger, Kris Bryant, Trevor Bauer and Carlos Correa were among the All-Stars recently trading threats, accusations and barbs as spring training opened.Manfred said he would personally talk to the managers of the teams that train in Arizona on Tuesday.In other baseball news: — Brewers left-hander Brent Suter has avoided salary arbitration by accepting a two-year, $2.5 million deal. Suter returned from Tommy John surgery last September and went 4-0 with a 0.49 ERA in nine relief appearances, helping the Brewers earn an NL wild-card spot. Suter had mostly been a starter the previous two seasons with Milwaukee before having elbow surgery in July 2018. He is expected to be used out of the bullpen this year.— Pitcher Chad Bettis has signed a minor league contract with the Yankees, a deal that includes an invitation to big league spring training. The 30-year-old right-hander was 1-6 with one save and a 6.08 ERA in 39 games for Colorado last season.— Cardinals pitcher Miles Mikolas (MY’-koh-las) was scratched from his second bullpen session of the spring because of a flexor tendon issue. Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said the Cardinals hope to have a more concrete time frame for Mikolas return to the mound in a day or two.— Former All-Star shortstop Tony Fernández has died at age 57 after a long battle with kidney disease. Fernández made five All-Star teams during his 17 major league seasons and helped the Toronto Blue Jays win the 1993 World Series. He won four straight Gold Gloves with the Blue Jays in the 1980s and holds club records for career hits and games played.PGA-GENESIS INVITATIONAL — Adam Henrique (hehn-REEK’) hit the 20-goal mark for the season by scoring twice in the Ducks’ 5-1 rout of the Canucks. Derek Grant provided a power-play goal and an assist as Anaheim handed Vancouver its fifth loss in seven games. Elias (eh-LEE’-uhs) Pettersson was the lone Canuck to beat John Gibson, who finished with 37 saves.NHL-NEWSIslanders get blueline help with GreeneUNDATED (AP) — The New York Islanders have solidified their defense for the playoff push by acquiring Devils captain Andy Greene for blueline prospect David Quenneville (KWEHN-vihl) and a second-round pick in the 2021 draft.The Islanders have been searching for a quality defenseman since losing Adam Pelech (PEH’-lehk) to an Achilles tendon injury on Jan. 2. Greene also gives them a lefty-shooting defender on a team filled with right-handed defensemen. Malachi Flynn had 22 points and the Aztecs improved to 26-0 with a 72-55 trouncing of the Broncos. Yanni Wetzell had 14 points and seven rebounds for San Diego State, while Matt Mitchell delivered 11 points, seven boards and five steals.In other top-25 games Sunday:— Collin Gillespie scored a season-high 29 points and 15th-ranked Villanova finished 4-0 against Philadelphia’s Big 5 schools by trouncing Temple, 76-56. Jermaine Samuels added 13 points and Jeremiah Robinson-Earl had 10 in the Wildcat’s seventh straight win over the Owls.— Payton Pritchard scored 25 points and led an early 3-point shooting spree as No. 17 Oregon rolled to an 80-62 victory over Utah. Will Richardson added 18 points, six assists and six rebounds to help the Ducks improve to 14-0 at home this season.— Luka Garza dropped in 24 points and No. 21 Iowa closed on an 11-0 run to pull out a 58-55 victory at Minnesota. Golden Gophers center Daniel Oturu missed the front end of a one-and-one free-throw attempt with a chance to tie the game with 3.8 seconds left. — Josh Archibald’s second goal of the day gave the Oilers a 4-3 victory against the Hurricanes. NHL scoring leader Leon Draisaitl (DRY’-sy-tul) added a goal and two assists in Edmonton’s third win in four games. Draisaitl set up Archibald’s goal 3:57 into OT for his 95th point of the season.— The Senators pulled out a 4-3 win over the Stars on Artem Anisimov’s (ah-NEE’-see-mahvz) goal at 3:48 of overtime. Jean-Gabriel Pageau (pa-ZHOH’), Brady Tkachuk (kah-CHUHK’) and Tyler Ennis also scored to back Craig Anderson’s 36 saves.— Mackenzie Blackwood turned back 52 saves in regulation and overtime before thwarting six shootout attempts to lead the Devils past the Blue Jackets, 4-3. Nikita Gusev and Jesper Bratt provided New Jersey’s shooting goals after Kyle Palmeiri collected a goal and an assist in the second period. The Jackets wasted a 2-0 lead but tied it on Kevin Stenlund’s goal while outshooting the Devils, 21-2 in the third period.— Jack Eichel (EYE’-kul) scored the go-ahead goal while the Sabres tallied three times in a 91-seconds span of the third period to beat the Maple Leafs, 5-2. Johan Larsson had a goal and assist in Buffalo’s third straight win. Carter Hutton stopped 20 shots to win his fourth straight and five of six starts.— Nathan Beaulieu (BOY’-loh) scored the tiebreaking goal in the third period and had an assist as the Jets nipped the Blackhawks, 3-2. Mason Appleton also had a goal and an assist for Winnipeg, which ended a two-game skid and won for the fourth time in six contests. Patrick Kane collected a goal and an assist but couldn’t stop Chicago from absorbing its sixth consecutive loss. Moussa Marega is a striker from Mali. He was visibly angered by monkey noises targeting him after he scored Porto’s second goal in a 2-1 win at Guimarães in the Portuguese league on Sunday. Opposition players and even some of Marega’s own teammates appeared to argue with Marega as he tried to walk off the field.,Update on the latest sports — Brewers left-hander Brent Suter has avoided salary arbitration by accepting a two-year, $2.5 million deal. Suter returned from Tommy John surgery last September and went 4-0 with a 0.49 ERA in nine relief appearances, helping the Brewers earn an NL wild-card spot. Suter had mostly been a starter the previous two seasons with Milwaukee before having elbow surgery in July 2018. He is expected to be used out of the bullpen this year.— Pitcher Chad Bettis has signed a minor league contract with the Yankees, a deal that includes an invitation to big league spring training. The 30-year-old right-hander was 1-6 with one save and a 6.08 ERA in 39 games for Colorado last season.— Cardinals pitcher Miles Mikolas (MY’-koh-las) was scratched from his second bullpen session of the spring because of a flexor tendon issue. Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said the Cardinals hope to have a more concrete time frame for Mikolas return to the mound in a day or two.— Former All-Star shortstop Tony Fernández has died at age 57 after a long battle with kidney disease. Fernández made five All-Star teams during his 17 major league seasons and helped the Toronto Blue Jays win the 1993 World Series. He won four straight Gold Gloves with the Blue Jays in the 1980s and holds club records for career hits and games played.PGA-GENESIS INVITATIONAL SOC-PORTUGAL-RACISMPortugal leaders rally around Porto player over racist slursLISBON, Portugal (AP) — The president and the prime minister of Portugal have added their voices to a national outcry over racist abuse aimed at a black FC Porto soccer player who walked off the field after hearing monkey chants.President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa says he “vehemently condems any display of racism.”Prime Minister Antonio Costa says “all and any acts of racism are a crime and are intolerable.” Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA-ALL-STAR GAMETeam LeBron beats Team GiannisCHICAGO (AP) — It seems fitting that three Los Angeles-based players led an All-Star victory on a night the league honored Lakers legend Kobe Bryant. American rapper Common also paid homage to Bryant in his pregame tribute to Chicago, saying that “even in the darkest times, you’ll feel Kobe’s light.”NASCAR-DAYTONA 500Daytona 500 postponed by rainDAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — It’s going to take another day to determine the winner of the Daytona 500.NASCAR’s season-opening race was postponed following a second rain delay, pushing the event into Monday. It’s the second time in 62 years and first time since 2012 that “The Great American Race” will finish on a Monday. Scott wins at RivieraLOS ANGELES (AP) — Adam Scott has another victory at Riviera, and this time it counts.Scott survived a calamitous final round with just enough clutch putts to take the PGA’s Genesis Invitational. He closed with a 1-under 70 for a two-stroke victory over Matt Kuchar, Scott Brown and Sung Kang.The victory comes 15 years after Scott won a playoff at Riviera that didn’t count as official because rain shortened the tournament to 36 holes. He earned every bit of this victory, his 14th on the PGA Tour and 29th worldwide.Nearly a dozen players had a chance to win. Five players had a share of the lead at some point. NHL-SCHEDULEBruins, Pens winUNDATED (AP) — The Boston Bruins have expanded their lead in the NHL’s Atlantic Division, while the Pittsburgh Penguins have inched two points closer to the Metropolitan Division lead.Charlie Coyle scored the Bruins’ second short-handed goal in as many days to give Boston a 2-0 lead in the second period of a 3-1 victory over the Rangers. Charlie McAvoy tallied late in the first period and Patrice Bergeron (pah-TREES’ BEHR’-zhuh-rahn) added an empty-netter to secure the Bruins’ eighth win in nine games.Jaroslav Halak (YAH’-rah-slahv hah-LAHK’) stopped 25 shots and blanked the Rangers until Mika Zibanejad (MEE’-kuh zih-BAN’-eh-jad) beat him midway through the third period. American rapper Common also paid homage to Bryant in his pregame tribute to Chicago, saying that “even in the darkest times, you’ll feel Kobe’s light.”NASCAR-DAYTONA 500Daytona 500 postponed by rainDAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — It’s going to take another day to determine the winner of the Daytona 500.NASCAR’s season-opening race was postponed following a second rain delay, pushing the event into Monday. It’s the second time in 62 years and first time since 2012 that “The Great American Race” will finish on a Monday. — Josh Archibald’s second goal of the day gave the Oilers a 4-3 victory against the Hurricanes. NHL scoring leader Leon Draisaitl (DRY’-sy-tul) added a goal and two assists in Edmonton’s third win in four games. Draisaitl set up Archibald’s goal 3:57 into OT for his 95th point of the season.— The Senators pulled out a 4-3 win over the Stars on Artem Anisimov’s (ah-NEE’-see-mahvz) goal at 3:48 of overtime. Jean-Gabriel Pageau (pa-ZHOH’), Brady Tkachuk (kah-CHUHK’) and Tyler Ennis also scored to back Craig Anderson’s 36 saves.— Mackenzie Blackwood turned back 52 saves in regulation and overtime before thwarting six shootout attempts to lead the Devils past the Blue Jackets, 4-3. Nikita Gusev and Jesper Bratt provided New Jersey’s shooting goals after Kyle Palmeiri collected a goal and an assist in the second period. The Jackets wasted a 2-0 lead but tied it on Kevin Stenlund’s goal while outshooting the Devils, 21-2 in the third period.— Jack Eichel (EYE’-kul) scored the go-ahead goal while the Sabres tallied three times in a 91-seconds span of the third period to beat the Maple Leafs, 5-2. Johan Larsson had a goal and assist in Buffalo’s third straight win. Carter Hutton stopped 20 shots to win his fourth straight and five of six starts.— Nathan Beaulieu (BOY’-loh) scored the tiebreaking goal in the third period and had an assist as the Jets nipped the Blackhawks, 3-2. Mason Appleton also had a goal and an assist for Winnipeg, which ended a two-game skid and won for the fourth time in six contests. Patrick Kane collected a goal and an assist but couldn’t stop Chicago from absorbing its sixth consecutive loss. Pole-sitter Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was the leader 20 laps into the race when the rain returned, sending drivers back to pit road.The first delay lasted 50 minutes and came moments after the presidential motorcade completed a ceremonial parade lap around the 2 1/2-mile track. The second stoppage was prompted by heavier rain, further soaking a racing surface that takes hours to dry.T25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULEAztecs stay unbeatenUNDATED (AP) — San Diego State remains the only unbeaten team in Division I men’s basketball following a resounding victory at Boise State. Clippers forward Kawhi (kah-WY’) Leonard received the Kobe Bryant All-Star MVP award after scoring a game-high 30 points in Team LeBron’s 157-155 victory over Team Giannis (YAH’-nihs) in Chicago. Leonard made eight 3-pointers to finish one shy of Paul George’s All-Star record in 2016. Lakers forward LeBron James had 23 in helping has namesake squad win the All-Star game for the third straight year. Lakers forward Anthony Davis added 20 points, including a game-ending free throw.The game format was overhauled to put in elements for charity and ensure that someone was going to hit a shot to end the game.Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) had a team-high 25 points but was shut out in the fourth quarter. Boston guard Kemba Walker finished with 23 points and Philadelphia center Joel Embiid (joh-EHL’ ehm-BEED’) had 22 for Team Giannis.The league announced last week that it was renaming the All-Star game MVP after Bryant, who was among nine killed in a helicopter crash late last month. The crash also claimed the life of his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna.Jennifer Hudson wore the Lakers’ deep purple as she performed a pregame tribute to Bryant and sang “For All We Know.” Players on James’ team wore Gianna’s No. 2 on their jerseys and players on Antetokounmpo’s team wore Kobe’s No. 24 on theirs. All players wore a patch with nine stars, one for each victim of the crash. February 17, 2020 NHL-SCHEDULEBruins, Pens winUNDATED (AP) — The Boston Bruins have expanded their lead in the NHL’s Atlantic Division, while the Pittsburgh Penguins have inched two points closer to the Metropolitan Division lead.Charlie Coyle scored the Bruins’ second short-handed goal in as many days to give Boston a 2-0 lead in the second period of a 3-1 victory over the Rangers. Charlie McAvoy tallied late in the first period and Patrice Bergeron (pah-TREES’ BEHR’-zhuh-rahn) added an empty-netter to secure the Bruins’ eighth win in nine games.Jaroslav Halak (YAH’-rah-slahv hah-LAHK’) stopped 25 shots and blanked the Rangers until Mika Zibanejad (MEE’-kuh zih-BAN’-eh-jad) beat him midway through the third period. Associated Press Malachi Flynn had 22 points and the Aztecs improved to 26-0 with a 72-55 trouncing of the Broncos. Yanni Wetzell had 14 points and seven rebounds for San Diego State, while Matt Mitchell delivered 11 points, seven boards and five steals.In other top-25 games Sunday:— Collin Gillespie scored a season-high 29 points and 15th-ranked Villanova finished 4-0 against Philadelphia’s Big 5 schools by trouncing Temple, 76-56. Jermaine Samuels added 13 points and Jeremiah Robinson-Earl had 10 in the Wildcat’s seventh straight win over the Owls.— Payton Pritchard scored 25 points and led an early 3-point shooting spree as No. 17 Oregon rolled to an 80-62 victory over Utah. Will Richardson added 18 points, six assists and six rebounds to help the Ducks improve to 14-0 at home this season.— Luka Garza dropped in 24 points and No. 21 Iowa closed on an 11-0 run to pull out a 58-55 victory at Minnesota. Golden Gophers center Daniel Oturu missed the front end of a one-and-one free-throw attempt with a chance to tie the game with 3.8 seconds left. Clippers forward Kawhi (kah-WY’) Leonard received the Kobe Bryant All-Star MVP award after scoring a game-high 30 points in Team LeBron’s 157-155 victory over Team Giannis (YAH’-nihs) in Chicago. Leonard made eight 3-pointers to finish one shy of Paul George’s All-Star record in 2016. Lakers forward LeBron James had 23 in helping has namesake squad win the All-Star game for the third straight year. Lakers forward Anthony Davis added 20 points, including a game-ending free throw.The game format was overhauled to put in elements for charity and ensure that someone was going to hit a shot to end the game.Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) had a team-high 25 points but was shut out in the fourth quarter. Boston guard Kemba Walker finished with 23 points and Philadelphia center Joel Embiid (joh-EHL’ ehm-BEED’) had 22 for Team Giannis.The league announced last week that it was renaming the All-Star game MVP after Bryant, who was among nine killed in a helicopter crash late last month. The crash also claimed the life of his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna.Jennifer Hudson wore the Lakers’ deep purple as she performed a pregame tribute to Bryant and sang “For All We Know.” Players on James’ team wore Gianna’s No. 2 on their jerseys and players on Antetokounmpo’s team wore Kobe’s No. 24 on theirs. All players wore a patch with nine stars, one for each victim of the crash. SOC-PORTUGAL-RACISMPortugal leaders rally around Porto player over racist slursLISBON, Portugal (AP) — The president and the prime minister of Portugal have added their voices to a national outcry over racist abuse aimed at a black FC Porto soccer player who walked off the field after hearing monkey chants.President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa says he “vehemently condems any display of racism.”Prime Minister Antonio Costa says “all and any acts of racism are a crime and are intolerable.” Moussa Marega is a striker from Mali. He was visibly angered by monkey noises targeting him after he scored Porto’s second goal in a 2-1 win at Guimarães in the Portuguese league on Sunday. Opposition players and even some of Marega’s own teammates appeared to argue with Marega as he tried to walk off the field. PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS-CHUBB CLASSICParel wins in NaplesNAPLES, Fla. (AP) — Scott Parel closed with an 8-under 63 to overcome a three-stroke deficit and win the Chubb Classic by two shots.It’s Parel’s third career victory on the PGA Tour Champions surpassing $5 million for his career. It also moves him atop the Charles Schwab Cup standings for the first time in his career.Bob Estes shot 64 to end up second. Kevin Sutherland fired a 67 to finish in a third-place tie with Bernhard Langer, who closed with a 69.last_img read more

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Josephson closing out solid 4-year stint

first_imgMEGHAN CONLIN/Herald photoNo. 14 for the Wisconsin women’s basketball team has been a staple in the lineup for the last four years. Senior Ashley Josephson started 16 games as a freshman, setting a Wisconsin freshman record hitting 47 percent from 3-point land. That was a sign of things to come as her sophomore campaign proved to be even better as she led the team in scoring at 12.3 points per game.She once again led the Badgers in 3-point shooting, hitting 41 percent and managed to grab 3.6 rebounds at the two-guard position. Teams may have been caught off guard by her ability to shoot it from deep because it was not something the 5-foot-8 guard was known for.”I did not even come into college as a 3-point shooter or anything, so it’s kind of ironic that I got that, or that I have [the record] so far because I wasn’t really known as a shooter or anything, so it’s kind of cool,” Josephson said.Now, as her senior year comes to a close, she is in a familiar spot — leading the team in 3-point shooting and, with just three conference games left, she is still the all-time leading 3-point shooter in Wisconsin history at 39.3 percent for her career.But the Onalaska, Wis., native had envisioned a better year as far as wins and losses. Wisconsin has struggled this year in close games and when they have had teams on the ropes, they have been unable to finish them off.”Yeah, us seniors have had close games throughout our whole careers and its just very frustrating to us,” Josephson said. “Especially our last game when we had a 14-point lead and just giving it up at the end of the game. But we’ve done a good job of keeping together and staying confident and just helping each other out when we’re down. I mean, we’re always there for each other even when we are going through the hard times.”The team currently stands at 9-16 overall but just 3-10 in Big Ten conference play. Josephson, one of four senior captains, knows she must keep her team together for them to have any chance of success.That starts with teaching a young team how to compose themselves as students first.”All of the seniors want to show [the underclassmen] that you need to be good student and you need to get the job done outside of basketball first before you can play on the court,” Josephson said. “What we try to do is be good role models for them.”The four seniors have tried to install the foundation for a winning tradition in Madison and hope that is a legacy they can leave.”I just want our seniors to be able to help out with rebuilding this program,” Josephson said. “So we’re on the right step to a winning program. That’s what our goal was this season was to start that run and start that upper shift in the program.”Josephson has spent the last three years with head coach Lisa Stone, but actually had contact with her before she even came to Wisconsin. “The funny thing is [Stone] recruited me to go to Drake when she was there and then I committed here to Wisconsin,” Stone said. “And then the next year she came here, so that was kind of ironic. It’s been fun and it’s been interesting having two different coaches within a college career. So you see one type of coaching and then another and it was a complete opposite, pretty much.”But before she passes the torch on to the underclassmen she still feels there is unfinished business to tend to.”We still have three home games and the Big Ten Tournament, so we’re still trying to hope for all wins,” Josephson said. “We just want to do the best we can and play hard every game and go out there and compete. I think our team is carrying a swagger now and like Coach Stone said.””We’re a team that nobody really wants to play,” Stone said. “They know they are going to get a game and get a good game against us because we are going to work hard and play as hard as we can for 40 minutes.”Josephson’s last home game will come in 11 days and she knows that will come up quickly. “Senior night is always an emotional night and I’m sure we will all shed some tears and things,” she said. “But you just have to put that behind you during the game … after the game there will be lots of tears I’m sure because we’ve played basketball for our whole lives and now it’s time to say goodbye.”But with those three conference games and the Big Ten Tournament still to play, Josephson hopes to delay that goodbye as long as possible.last_img read more

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Trojans stumble in conference opener

first_imgThe bleeding hasn’t stopped for the USC men’s basketball team.Opening Pac-12 play against California at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley, Calif., on Thursday, the Trojans (5-9, 0-1) outscored the host Golden Bears by eight points in the second half, but were nonetheless outdone in the final moments, falling 53-49.Trailing by one point with less than 10 seconds remaining in the game, senior guard Eric Strangis fouled Cal guard Allen Crabbe, as he launched a 3-pointer from the left side. Crabbe promptly made all three free throw attempts, giving the Golden Bears a late four-point lead they would not relinquish.The loss marked USC’s fifth in the last six games. It also dropped its record to 2-7 in games decided by six points or fewer.Most recently, the Trojans stumbled against No. 11 Kansas 63-47 on Dec. 22 at the Galen Center and were hoping to rebound heading into conference play after dropping four out of the last five nonconference games.Sophomore guard Maurice Jones led the way for USC against Cal, which is regarded by many as the favorite to take home the Pac-12 title this season.Jones, who led the country in minutes per game entering the contest with 39.1, finished with 17 points on 7-of-18 shooting, including a late of barrage of 3-pointers that kept the Trojans close.With his team trailing by as much as 16 in the second half, Jones nailed a 3-pointer with 4:39 left to play to cut Cal’s lead to 48-41. On the next possession, he nailed another 3-pointer to cut the deficit to just four points with 3:20 remaining in the game.Jones was the only USC player to finish in double figures. Sophomore center Dewayne Dedmon and junior forward Aaron Fuller each chipped in with eight points. They did finish with a combined 12 rebounds, helping USC outrebound Cal 38-28.Still, the Trojans, who shot just 33 percent from the field, fell to the Golden Bears for the fourth time in the last five matchups.USC coach Kevin O’Neill will lead his young squad across the Bay to Palo Alto, Calif., on Saturday for its second Pac-12 matchup against Stanford.The Cardinal, which beat UCLA 60-59 on Thursday, are 11-2 on the season and have won six of its last seven games since stumbling against No. 1 Syracuse 69-63 on Nov. 25 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.Tip-off is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. and will be televised by Fox Sports West.last_img read more

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Gallery: Syracuse advances to the national championship game with 80-59 win over Washington

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Rogers Cup: Rafael Nadal Knocked Out, Roger Federer Marches On

first_imgRelatedLaver Cup: Federer And Nadal Team Up To Win Doubles MatchSeptember 24, 2017In “Sports”Indian Wells Masters: Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer Cruise Into Third RoundMarch 11, 2019In “Tennis”Italian Open: Federer, Nadal Glide Through to Third RoundMay 16, 2019In “Tennis” World number 2, Rafael Nadal have been surprisingly knocked out of the Rogers Cup in Montreal, by homeboy, Canada’s Denis Shapovalov.18-year-old Denis Shapovalov, who won the 2016 Wimbledon junior championship, battled back from a set down to defeat Nadal 3-6 6-4 7-6 (6-4), to become the youngest player to reach the Masters quarter finals.Elsewhere, Roger Federer dispatched Spaniard, David Ferrer, 4-6 6-4 6-2 to progress into the last eight, to face another Spaniard, Roberto Bautista Agut, in the quarter final.Rafael Nadal’s loss means Britain’s Andy Murray remains world number 1, at least until the Cincinnati Masters next week, where Nadal or Federer will have another chance to displace Murray.Shapovalov, world number 143, will now face Frenchman, Adrian Mannarino, in the quarter final.last_img read more

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2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Wrap (South America): Argentina Face Big Hurdle To Qualify…

first_img2-time world champions Argentina are on the brink of not qualifying for the first FIFA World Cup since 1970 after they dropped out of the qualifying positions with a disappointing goalless draw with Peru.Jorge Sampaoli’s team missed several goalscoring opportunities against a Peru side that’s making a giant stride towards Russia 2018 and will now need at least a win in the final game at Ecuador to have any chance of making it through to Russia.Bolivia goalkeeper Carlos Lampe produced one of the best goalkeeping heroics in recent times to earn his side a hard fought goalless home draw with leaders Brazil. He denied Neymar, Gabriel Jesus and co to keep an impressive clean sheet against one of the early favourites for Russia 2018.There were also morale boosting wins for Chile and Paraguay over Ecuador and Colombia respectively. Both sides snatched a late win through goals from Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez (Chile) and Antonio Sanabria (Paraguay).Matchday 17 Results:Bolivia 0-0 BrazilChile 2-1 EcuadorVenezuela 0-0 UruguayColombia 1-2 ParaguayArgentina 0-0 PeruMatchday 18 (Final) Fixtures:Peru vs. ColombiaEcuador vs. ArgentinaBrazil vs. ChileUruguay vs. BoliviaParaguay vs. VenezuelaCurrent Standings:Brazil 38 pointsUruguay 28 pointsChile 26 pointsColombia 26 pointsPeru 25 pointsArgentina 25 pointsParaguay 24 pointsEcuador 20 pointsBolivia 14 pointsVenezuela 9 points Relatedlast_img read more

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