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Randy Newman’s Faust to Play Encores!

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first_imgEncores! Off-Center has made our jaws drop, in the best possible way, yet again. Randy Newman’s Faust is to appear for one-night-only as part of its 2014 season on July 1. Grammy, Oscar and Emmy award winner Newman will play the Devil in the concert at the New York City Center’s Mainstage. A darkly comic modern-day take on the Faust story, Randy Newman’s Faust was first seen in 1993. In Newman’s retelling, God and the Devil fight for the soul of Henry Faust, a student at the University of Notre Dame. The musical played at both San Diego’s La Jolia Playhouse and Chicago’s Goodman Theatre, as well as being released as an album. No word yet on who will be joining Newman onstage, but along with the singer-songwriter as the Devil, the record featured James Taylor as Lord, Don Henley as Henry Faust, Elton John as Angel Rick, Linda Ronstadt as Margaret and Bonnie Raitt as Martha. What sort of pact would we have to make to see them all at the concert, because we’d consider it!?! View Commentslast_img read more

Trustee warns asset managers against passing on regulatory costs

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first_imgThe CIO of the pension schemes for the Daily Mail General Trust (DMGT), a UK newspaper, has warned asset managers against passing on the costs incurred with the regulatory changes coming from Europe.Mike Weston, who heads up the investments for the three defined benefit (DB) schemes, with around £2bn (€2.4bn) in assets, warned managers in a speech about the cost of regulation.Speaking at the National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF) Investment Conference, Weston said he would not accept any cost increase from managers due to the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR).“For existing mandates,” he said, “asset managers should not even think about passing on those costs to us. They have to absorb it into margins. “The question to ask asset managers is what benefits you are going to get from the extra costs. If they can explain how extra costs are going to benefit the scheme, then great – if not, it is just an extra cost of them doing business.”Weston was relaxed about the impact of new regulations and said additional “sensible” regulations should benefit pension schemes in the long run.This echoed comments by Chris Hitchen, a trustee at RPMI, a railways pension scheme, who in a separate conference session said regulations such as the financial transaction tax (FTT) could benefit pension schemes with long-term investment interests by discouraging high-frequency trading.“By lobbying with the NAPF, we can ensure additional regulations that are sensible,” Weston said.“If they genuinely make the financial system safer and more transparent, then they will be worth it for pension schemes. Effectively, the risk costs will come out of the market.”James Walsh, senior policy adviser on European regulations for the lobby group, conceded Hitchen and Weston’s point, but questioned the FTT’s appropriateness.“Maybe it would be good to have some regulatory solution to high-frequency trading,” he said.“There are questions as to whether the FTT is the right way to do that, but clearly there may be a case for addressing market behaviour.”This came after the chair of the NAPF, Ruston Smith, accused Brussels of only acting for the few, and not the majority, with its legislative agenda for European pension schemes.Weston also said the DMGT pension schemes were not “overly preparing” for the impact of EMIR or the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD).Because the scheme has a relatively basic and simplified asset allocation, he said, regulations coming out of Brussels have not caused him too much trouble.“We will be speaking to asset managers,” he said, “not really about current mandates, but what might come down the track, and whether there will be an impact.“At a higher level, we will be speaking to our investment consultants about whether we will shift our asset allocation, and what potential impact we should be aware of.”last_img read more

Eagles 8th Grade Hoopsters Defeat Cardinals

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first_imgThe 8th grade St. Louis Cardinals basketball team opened up their season against Jac-Cen-Del.  St. Louis was defeated 29-16.The Cards played tough defense, especially in the first half, and had a combined 13 steals.  Ian Dickey led the team with 6 points and Will Harmeyer added 5.The Cardinals travel to Brookville next Tuesday for game #2.Submitted by STL Coach Jon Temple.last_img

Franklin County Losing Lawrenceburg Casino Grant For 2014

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first_imgFranklin County may soon deal with the affects of a revenue decline at local casinos.Lawrenceburg grant program officials recently informed Franklin County Council members that it will not send a $500,000 grant for 2014 that has been given annually to the county.The Franklin County Observer reports a revenue decrease at the Hollywood Casino and a new casino in Cincinnati led to the cut-off.Franklin County Council had included the half million dollars into its 2014 budget which has already been submitted to the state. The county is unable to make adjustments to next year’s budget until the review process is complete, according to the Observer.last_img

‘We are not arrogant’ Klopp replies Lampard

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first_img Promoted ContentEverything You Need To Know About Asteroid ArmageddonIs This 1921 Cartoon The First Ever Meme?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemThe Most Exciting Cities In The World To VisitNo Good Disney Role Models For Boys?Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?8 Best Movies On Amazon Prime Video To Stream Right Now7 Worst Things To Do To Your PhoneWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?The Highest Paid Football Players In The World10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better Read Also: Premier League start date for 2020-21 season revealed“What is absolutely important is the players focus on themselves because it is in our own hands, and that is the job I’ll do because we can’t affect what is going on elsewhere,” added Lampard.“We have to try to get over the line. We have character in the group, we have quality and we have a good opponent coming and it is on us now.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 “But what he has to learn is to finish it with the final whistle and he didn’t do that.” A clip of the foul-mouthed argument between the benches went viral with Lampard’s words clearly audible in an empty stadium. “I think in terms of the language I used, I do regret that, because I think these things get replayed a lot on social media,” said Lampard. “I’ve got two young daughters who are on social media, so I do regret that.” On the field, Lampard has to concentrate on getting at least a point from Sunday’s visit of Wolves to Stamford Bridge to ensure Chelsea secure a place in the Champions League next season. The visitors need a victory to guarantee a place in the Europa League next season. Chelsea will also be sure of a top-four finish if Manchester United win at Leicester. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has hit back at his Chelsea counterpart Frank Lampard by suggesting the Blues boss still has a lot to learn after branding the new English champions “arrogant.” During Liverpool’s 5-3 win between the sides on Wednesday, Lampard became embroiled in a row with Klopp’s assistant Pepijn Lijnders over a foul that led to the free-kick from which Trent Alexander-Arnold scored to make it 2-0. “Fair play to Liverpool Football Club, they’ve won the league, but also don’t get too arrogant with it,” Lampard said in a post-match interview. Klopp rejected that suggestion and said Lampard should learn to let any confrontations during the 90 minutes go at full time. “You cannot hit me and my bench with something like that because we are not arrogant,” said Klopp. “Frank was obviously in a really competitive mood and I respect that a lot. From my point of view in this sort of situation you can say pretty much what you want. For me, after the game it is completely over. “I said a lot in the past because it is pure emotion, he came here to win the game or get a point, to make Champions League qualification, and I respect that a lot.Advertisement Loading… last_img read more

City showed too much respect for Lyon, Berbatov faults Guardiola

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first_img Loading… Dimitar Berbatov has faulted  Pep Guardiola’s tactics in the Champions League quarter-final clash between Manchester City and Lyon. The Blues were eliminated at the hands of the French side in the Champions League quarter-finals in Lisbon, which marked another failure in the competition for Guariola’s side. “I was very surprised at Pep’s tactics, it was the first time I’ve seen him look so defensive,” Berbatov wrote in his Betfair column. “Usually, City play their own way and don’t worry too much about their opponents, but on this occasion they looked like they had too much respect for Lyon. Read Also: Galatasaray ready to hold talks with French club for Eagles star “If he were to leave, only very few clubs could really afford him, and Man City are certainly one of those clubs. “I also think that with Pep there and their style of football, it could suit Messi there. “I know many people will want to see him in the Premier League, including his critics so they could say he didn’t succeed there like Cristiano.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Berbatov also discussed Lionel Messi’s future and predicted that the Argentine will stay at Barcelona. “I don’t see Lionel Messi going anywhere,” Berbatov added. “Messi leaving would take away so much magic from the club.center_img “Pep will know what mistakes he made. “He is always going to come in for criticism in the position he is in, especially as City have been knocked out at the quarter-final stage four times.” Promoted Content7 Reasons It’s Better To Be A VeganThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love With7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them8 Weird Facts About Coffee That Will Surprise You6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Dronelast_img read more

Man arrested after shooting Delray Beach mother in the face

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first_imgAuthorities in Delray Beach have arrested a suspect who attempted to kill a mother by shooting her in the face.The incident was reported on December 8th outside of a home in the 100 block of NW 7th Ave.When authorities arrived, they found the victim Montana Bradley, holding her lower jaw to her face and the bullet still in her mouth.She was rushed to the hospital for treatment to her injuries.Though Bradley was unable to speak, she was able to identify her attacker by writing out what happened on a paper and giving it to authorities.Bradley told investigators that she and the suspect Corey O’Bryant, got into an argument after O’Bryant claimed he could beat up her brother. O’Bryant then held a gun to her temple but Bradley pushed him away before the shot was fired.Authorities eventually located O’Bryant in Macon, Georgia and arrested him.He is now facing a charge of attempted murder.last_img read more

Badminton News US Open title ‘not the happiest memory’, says Osaka

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first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Badminton News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Beijing: Naomi Osaka made the startling admission on Monday that winning the US Open was “bittersweet” and “not the happiest memory” and revealed that she has been trying to forget about the career-defining victory.The 20-year-old rising star from Japan stunned Serena Williams last month in a tempestuous final in which the American called chair umpire Carlos Ramos “a thief” and later accused him of sexism.“There’s a lot of stuff I want to say about how I felt and whatever,” the world number six said.Williams’s high-profile meltdown made headlines over Osaka’s feat in becoming the first Japanese to win a Grand Slam, although Osaka has declined to point the finger at the American great.Also Read | Pakistan: Stray dogs found wandering in new Islamabad airport lounge, manager suspended“For me, I don’t know, I don’t know, the memory of the US Open is a little bit bittersweet,” Osaka said.“Right after, the day after, I really didn’t want to think about it because it wasn’t necessarily the happiest memory for me.“I just sort of wanted to move on at that point.”Speaking in Beijing, where Osaka powered into round two of the China Open with a dominant performance over Kazakh qualifier Zarina Diyas, the young Japanese light-heartedly compared her Grand Slam success to green-tea ice cream.“When you bite into it, it’s sweet, but also very strong—that’s how that memory feels to me.“Of course I’m happy that I won a Grand Slam, I don’t think there’s anything that can take away from that… but I feel like it was so strange, I didn’t just want to think about it.Also Read | Nana Patekar’s lawyer send a legal notice to Tanushree Dutta for ‘false’ accusations“I wanted to just push it to the side.”Osaka, who defeated Diyas 6-4, 6-3 despite not playing her best, faces unseeded American Danielle Collins next.Wozniacki emphatic -Also safely through on Beijing’s outdoor hard courts is another reigning Grand Slam champion, Australian Open winner Caroline Wozniacki.With world number one Simona Halep retiring from the tournament with a back injury and Serena Williams absent, Osaka and Wozniacki are among the favourites.Former world number one Wozniacki was emphatic with a 6-2, 6-3 demolition of Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic.The world number two Dane was never in serious trouble against 41st-ranked Bencic, although it has not always been like that down the years, Bencic winning four of their past six meetings.Read More | BCCI comes under RIT Act, will be answerable to common peopleWozniacki will play Croatia’s unseeded Petra Martic in round two.It was a case of seventh time lucky for another former number one, Garbine Muguruza, as the Spaniard set up a meeting with Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus.Muguruza, who is down to 15th in the world, made a fast start as she hammered Ekaterina Makarova 6-0, 6-4, making the seventh match point count against the Russian.Elise Mertens, the 15th seed from Belgium, suffered a surprise defeat to home player Zhang Shuai, the Chinese winning 6-1, 3-6, 6-3.Also out is the 17th seed Madison Keys after the American, the 2017 US Open finalist, withdrew with a knee injury.The top men’s seeds make their entrance on Tuesday, with Juan Martin del Potro, Alexander Zverev and Grigor Dimitrov all in action. last_img read more

BC-BBO–This Date in Baseball

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first_imgBC-BBO–This Date in Baseball Associated Press 2003 — Alex Rodriguez became the youngest player to hit 300 home runs, connecting for a three-run drive in the Texas Rangers’ 11-5 loss to the Anaheim Angels. Rodriguez at 27 years, 249 days old, surpassed Hall of Famer Jimmie Foxx (27 years, 328 days).2003 — The Detroit Tigers became the first team to have four pitchers make their major league debuts in the same game — Jeremy Bonderman, Wilfredo Ledezma, Chris Spurling and Matt Roney. The Tigers lost 8-1 to the Minnesota Twins.2007 — Tampa Bay’s Elijah Dukes homered in his first big league at-bat in a 9-5 loss to the New York Yankees.2011 — Ian Kinsler of Texas became the first major leaguer with leadoff homers in each of his team’s first two games. Kinsler hit the first of four homers by the Rangers in a 12-5 victory over the Boston Red Sox.2012 — Matt Cain and the San Francisco Giants agreed to a $127.5 million, six-year contract, the largest deal for a right-handed pitcher in baseball history. 1952 — Hall of Fame outfielder Monte Irvin of the New York Giants broke his ankle in an exhibition game. Irvin played just 46 games that season.1984 — The New York Mets lost to the Cincinnati Reds 8-1 for their first opening-day defeat in 10 years.1996 — St. Francis of Illinois pummeled Robert Morris 71-1, with Robert Morris coach Gerald McNamara ending the after four innings.1997 — For the first time, the salary of one player — Albert Belle — exceeded the payroll of an entire team — the Pittsburgh Pirates. Belle, the game’s highest-paid player for 1997 at $10 million, made $928,333 more than the whole Pirates payroll of $9,071,667.2001 — Roger Clemens became the AL strikeout king, getting five to pass Walter Johnson as the Yankees beat Kansas City 7-3 in their season opener. Clemens fanned Joe Randa for his 3,509th career strikeout. 2006 — Seattle’s Kenji Johjima became the first Japanese catcher to start a major league game and also homered for his first hit in the Mariners’ 5-3 loss to Los Angeles.2008 — Kansas City the Tigers 4-1 at Detroit to complete a season-opening three-game sweep. It was the first time the Royals started the year with a sweep on the road since 1977.2011 — Ian Kinsler and Nelson Cruz became the first set of teammates to homer in each of the first three games in a season, and Matt Harrison pitched the Texas Rangers to a 5-1 victory over the Boston Red Sox.2015 — Miami Marlins pitcher Jarred Cosart was fined an undisclosed amount for violating Major League Rule 21(d)(3), which “prohibits players from placing bets with illegal bookmakers or agents for illegal book makers.”2015 — Corey Hassel hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the 18th inning to lead Oklahoma State to a 6-3 victory over Texas in a game that ended after 6 hours, 51 minutes. March 24, 2020 1996 — The Seattle Mariners beat the Chicago White Sox 3-2 in 12 innings in major league baseball’s season opener, the first major league game played in March.1998 — The Tampa Bay Devil Rays and Arizona Diamondbacks looked like expansion teams in their first games. The Devil Rays fell behind 11-0 in an 11-6 loss to Detroit at Tropicana Field, and the Diamondbacks dropped a 9-2 decision to the Colorado Rockies at Bank One Ballpark. Milwaukee dropped a 2-1 decision at Atlanta in the Brewers’ first game since becoming the only team to switch leagues this century.2003 — The Cincinnati Reds played their first regular season game at the Great American Ballpark. The Pittsburgh Pirates spoiled the day with a 10-1 win.2013 — The Houston Astros, coming off consecutive 100-loss seasons, made an impressive debut in the American League, trouncing the Texas Rangers 8-2 in the major league opener. Having switched from the National League to the AL in the offseason, the Astros earned their first opening day victory since 2006 and the 4,000th regular-season win in franchise history.April 1 1931 — Pitcher Virne Mitchell, 17, signed with the Chattanooga club of Tennessee, becoming the first woman to play for an otherwise all-male baseball team.1972 — The first collective players strike in major league history began. The strike lasted 12 days and canceled 86 games.1996 — Umpire John McSherry, 51, who planned to see doctors the next day about an irregular heart beat, collapsed seven pitches into Cincinnati’s opener and died at a hospital about an hour later.1970 — An investment group headed by Bud Selig bought the Seattle pilots for $10.8 million.1989 — A. Bartlett Giamatti took over as baseball commissioner. 2001 — The Toronto Blue Jays beat the Texas Rangers 8-1 when the major league baseball season opened in San Juan, Puerto Rico.2013 — Bryce Harper homered in his first two at-bats, Stephen Strasburg retired 19 batters in a row and the defending NL East champion Washington Nationals opened the season with a 2-0 victory over the Miami Marlins. Harper, the reigning NL Rookie of the Year, hit solo shots over the out-of-town scoreboard in right-center field off Ricky Nolasco in the first and fourth innings.2013 — Clayton Kershaw launched his first career home run to break a scoreless tie in the eighth inning, then finished off a four-hitter that led the Los Angeles Dodgers over the San Francisco Giants 4-0 on opening day. Kershaw became the first pitcher in the majors to homer on opening day since Joe Magrane of St. Louis in 1988. He was the first pitcher to throw a shutout and hit a home run in an opener since Bob Lemon for Cleveland in 1953.April 21931 — Virne Beatrice “Jackie” Mitchell, the first woman in professional baseball, pitched against the New York Yankees in an exhibition game in Chattanooga. Babe Ruth waved wildly at the first two pitches and took a third strike. Lou Gehrig timed his swing to miss three straight pitches. Tony Lazzeri, after trying to bunt, walked and Mitchell left the game.center_img April 41974 — The Cincinnati Reds defeated the Atlanta Braves 7-6 in 11 innings before a crowd of 52,000 at Riverfront Stadium. In his first at-bat, Hank Aaron hit a three-run homer off Jack Billingham. It was his 714th, tying Babe Ruth’s career record. The Braves had considered keeping Aaron on the bench for the season-opening series in Cincinnati so that he could attempt to tie the record four days later in Atlanta. But commissioner Bowie Kuhn would not allow it and ordered the Braves to put Aaron into the lineup for at least two of the three games.1988 — George Bell became the first player to hit three home runs on opening day, leading the Toronto Blue Jays past the Kansas City Royals 5-3. Bell, bitter throughout spring training with his move to designated hitter, homered three times in that role off Bret Saberhagen.1994 — Chicago’s Karl Rhodes hit three solo home runs off Dwight Gooden in a 12-8 loss to the New York Mets on opening day at Wrigley Field. Rhodes became the second player to homer three times in an opener.1998 — Mark McGwire tied Willie Mays’ National League record by hitting a home run in each of his first four games of the season. McGwire launched a towering three-run shot in the sixth inning of an 8-6 victory over the San Diego Padres. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMarch 291973 — Orange baseballs are used in an exhibition game by Oakland owner Charlie Finley. The A’s suffered 11-5 exhibition loss to Cleveland. George Hendrick of the Indians hit three home runs in the game.2000 — The Chicago Cubs open the major league season at the Tokyo Dome in Japan by defeating the New York Mets 5-3 in the first big league game ever played outside of North America. 2004 — The New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Devil Rays opened the season in Japan with Tampa Bay posting an 8-3 victory behind the pitching of Victor Zambrano and the hitting of Tino Martinez. Martinez had three hits including the 300th homer of his career.March 311961 — The Pacific Coast League’s proposal to use a designated hitter for the pitcher was rejected by the Professional Baseball Rules Committee by a vote of 8-1.1968 — Seattle, the American League’s second new team, announced its nickname — the Pilots.1995 — Major league baseball players end their strike when Federal judge Sonia Sotomayor of U.S. District Court in Manhattan rules against the owners in the labor dispute. 1999 — America’s pastime opened in Mexico for the first time. The Colorado Rockies beat the Chicago Cubs 8-2 in baseball’s first season opener away from the United States and Canada.2001 — Hideo Nomo became the fourth pitcher in major league history to throw a no-hitter in both leagues in Boston’s 3-0 victory over Baltimore. Nomo, who threw the first no-hitter in Colorado’s Coors Field on Sept. 17, 1996, for Los Angeles, walked three and struck out 11 in the first no-hitter in the 10-year history of Camden Yards. Nomo joined Cy Young, Jim Bunning and Nolan Ryan as the only pitchers with no-hitters in both leagues.2003 — Sammy Sosa of the Chicago Cubs became the 18th player to hit 500 career homers, connecting for a solo shot in a 10-9 loss to Cincinnati. He became the fifth player to reach 500 homers before his 35th birthday. Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, Willie Mays and Jimmie Foxx were the others.2005 — Dmitri Young became the third player to hit three homers on opening day, and Jeremy Bonderman won as the youngest opening day starter in the major leagues since 1986 to lead Detroit over the Kansas City Royals 11-2.2011 — Nelson Cruz of Texas became the third player in major league history to homer in the first four games of a season and the Rangers beat Seattle 6-4. Cruz joined Willie Mays (1971) and Mark McGwire (1998) as the only players to go deep in each of their first four games of a season.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 2015 — Belmont broke three NCAA Division I records and tied a fourth during a 20-run sixth inning in a 34-10 victory over UT Martin. The Bruins set the marks for most plate appearances (26), total bases (43) and RBIs (20) in an inning. Belmont homered seven times in the sixth to tie the record for most homers in an inning.2017 — New York Mets reliever Jeurys Familia was given a 15-game suspension under Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy.March 301966 — The Koufax-Drysdale holdout ended. The Los Angeles Dodgers announced the signings. Sandy Koufax got $120,000 and Don Drysdale $105,000, making them the highest paid teammates in history.1992 — The Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox made a trade. The Cubs sent outfielder George Bell to the White Sox for outfielder Sammy Sosa and pitcher Ken Patterson. 1994 — The St. Louis Cardinals beat the Cincinnati Reds 6-4 in the first Sunday night opener, sending baseball into a new era with three divisions and a new playoff format.1998 — Milwaukee’s Jose Valentin hit three homers and drove in five runs to lead the Brewers to a 7-1 victory over the Florida Marlins.2000 — Andres Galarraga made a triumphant return to Turner Field. Out all of last season because of a cancerous tumor in his back, Galarraga hit a tiebreaking home run in the seventh inning that lifted the Atlanta Braves over Colorado 2-0.2000 — Savannah State’s baseball team set an NCAA record for consecutive victories. The Tigers beat Claflin 8-0 and 21-1, extending its streak to 42 and eclipsing the record of 40 by Marietta College of Ohio, a Division II school, last year.2001 — Houston’s Craig Biggio had five hits to tie a major league record for a season opener, leading the Astros past the Milwaukee Brewers 11-3. 2017 — Madison Bumgarner hit two homers but the Arizona Diamondbacks scored twice with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning off new San Francisco closer Mark Melancon to beat the Giants 6-5 in a wild season opener. Bumgarner retired his first 16 batters and became the first pitcher to hit two home runs on opening day. He struck out 11 with no walks in seven innings.April 31923 — Expelled “Black Sox” players Happy Felsch and Swede Risberg sued their former club for back salary and $400,000 in damages. They were among eight members of the Chicago White Sox team charged with fixing the 1919 World Series.1966 — The New York Mets won the right to sign Southern California pitcher Tom Seaver when Commissioner William Eckert pulled the team’s name out of a hat. Eckert had voided Seaver’s contract with Atlanta, when the Braves signed him during his college season. Cleveland and Philadelphia were the other two teams that had a chance, matching the Braves’ original $40,000 offer.1985 — The Players’ Association agreed with the owners to expand the 1985 League Championship Series from best-of-five to best-of-seven.last_img read more

Brilliant Adams grabs hat-trick as battered Wales reach quarters

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first_imgBy Ian RansomOITA, Japan (Reuters) – Winger Josh Adams grabbed a hat-trick of tries as a battered and bruised Wales battled to a 29-17 bonus-point win over Fiji yesterday to book their place in the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals.In a frenzied clash under the roof at Oita Stadium, the Fijians gave the Six Nations champions a real scare, surging into 17-14 lead early in the second half of the Pool D with a penalty try.That revived memories of the ‘Nightmare in Nantes’ when the Pacific islanders knocked Wales out of the 2007 World Cup. Adams, however, steadied the ship with his hat-trick try on the hour-mark and fullback Liam Williams crossed 12 minutes from the siren to settle the game.Wales ended the game with concerns over talismanic flyhalf Dan Biggar, sidelined with a head injury for a second time in the tournament and who was quickly ruled out of the team’s final pool game. “We probably started a little slowly out of the box, we knew that if Fiji got their tails up we were going to be in for a hard day at the office,” said Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones. “But credit to Fiji, we saw the best of them at times today. We did the job today but plenty to work on.” The result ensured Wales, with 14 points, leapfrogged Australia (11 points) to top the pool ahead of their final game against Uruguay. Fiji were eliminated after losing earlier matches to Australia and Uruguay.“I’m so proud of the effort our boys put in this evening,” Fiji coach John McKee told reporters.“They’re playing a Six Nations champion team that’s been number one in the world this year and they really took the game to them. Although we didn’t get here in the end, it was an absolute gallant effort all round.”Wales, with England or France awaiting them in the quarter-finals, are also monitoring Adams and key centre Jonathan Davies after they also suffered injuries. Wales, rejuvenated after a 10-day break, were looking for a fast start but instead it was Fiji charging out of the blocks, spreading the ball wide from an attacking scrum to winger Josua Tuisova, who bashed through Adams and Biggar to score in the right corner.Wales responded immediately only for backrower Josh Navidi’s score after a turnover to be ruled out by the TMO due to a knock-on. Fiji, too, thought they had scored moments later but scrumhalf Frank Lomani’s effort was also scratched by the TMO.The early drama continued when Wales hooker Ken Owens was yellow-carded in the eighth minute for a flip-tackle on number eight Viliame Mata and barnstorming Semi Radradra, the player-of-the-match, made Wales pay at once, setting up a try for fullback Kini Murimurivalu in the right corner to make it 10-0.Fiji’s numerical advantage did not last long as lock Tevita Cavubati was also yellow-carded for a shoulder charge in the 17th minute and now Biggar responded with a sumptuous cross-kick to Adams. Fiji’s scrambling defence was soon on the brink of collapse as Wales upped the tempo and flanker Semi Kunatani earned the third yellow card of the first half after a string of Fijian offsides.Soon after, Adams strolled over for his second five-pointer as the Welsh sliced open Fiji’s threadbare right flank.BIGGAR WORRY Fiji were fortunate to trail by just 14-10 at the break but blew a chance to retake the lead in the 49th minute with another forward pass disallowing a try for Radradra. The game threatened to turn on its head minutes later as James Davies was yellow-carded for a ruck infringement. Fiji kicked for the corner, rumbled a lineout drive to the line and were awarded a penalty try after Wales collapsed the maul.Liam Williams then clattered into Biggar as both attempted to catch a clearing kick. After several minutes of medical attention, Biggar groggily got to his feet and jogged off.Soon after, however, Adams had his hat-trick, again at the corner, before scrumhalf Gareth Davies cantered through a hole to set up Williams for the sealing try.last_img read more