Stalzer plans to return to Petron

first_imgScottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew San Miguel opens PH Cup 4-peat bid with win over Phoenix Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense And as Stalzer starts her offseason away from the PSL, she said it was a welcome reprieve that she was able to go into a relaxed mode and don something other than a volleyball uniform.“It’s really fun to kickoff this event, this season, and I’m just happy to be part of it,” said Stalzer. “They just asked me a few days ago, and it’s always fun to dress up and wear something other than volleyball clothes.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lindsay Stalzer may be wearing a svelte white cocktail dress, but in everything that she does volleyball eventually got into the conversation.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Petron’s talismanic open hitter was in the opening ceremonies of the 43rd season of the PBA to walk as San Miguel’s muse, and Stalzer said she plans to return to the Philippine Super Liga Grand Prix in 2018.“I think the plan is to come back for the next Grand Prix, I believe [I’ll be back],” said Stalzer Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “We walked with Petron a little bit and I think they’re just putting together a contract so we’ll see.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkStalzer was instrumental in two of Foton’s Grand Prix titles but she wasn’t able to replicate her success with the Blaze Spikers when she joined this year.After winning the first game in the three-game series, Petron lost two straight to champion F2 Logistics in the championship round with the Blaze Spikers falling in the third game, 25-20, 25-20, 20-25, 25018. Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Iranian-Americans say they were detained at border PLAY LIST 02:11Iranian-Americans say they were detained at border00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:16Duque: It’s up to Palace to decide on Dengvaxia’s fate02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina View commentslast_img read more

Ellen Insists on Proper Resource Exploitation

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has maintained that the exploitation of resources in Liberia be done in an appropriate governance framework that protects the national interest. According to the Liberian leader, the management of Liberia’s natural resources calls for an open and transparent environment which guarantees investors a fair return on their investment, while maximizing benefits for Liberian citizens and Liberian businesses.In her Annual Message on Monday, January 27, 2014, President Sirleaf noted that creating conducive environment for investment for both foreign and domestic is critical for attaining economic growth and development of Liberia.Liberia’s forest sector is one of the key sectors the President mentioned in her speech as very important the economy. The President did not bite her tongue on the controversy that has marred the issuance of the Private Use Permits (PUPs) to private citizens in accordance with the National Forest Reform Law of 2006.The National Forestry Reform Law of 2006 makes provision for the issuance of five categories of forest resource licenses to access forest contracts: Forest Management Contract (FMC), Timber Sales Contract (TSC); Private Use Permit (PUP); Forest Use Permit (FUP); and Community Forestry.But the Liberian leader noted that the poor management of the implementation of those laws resulted in a setback in attracting quality investors to the sector and a major loss in revenue.She disclosed that the government has revoked 29 Private Use Permit (PUP) licenses issued, while 34 PUP licenses are being reviewed. PUP license holders have, however, criticized the government for denying them the opportunity to play their role in the forest sector and the economy of Liberia.A number of Liberians who are now unemployed as a result of the suspension or revocation of their employers’ say they are disappointed in the government.  Speaking on the Theme: “Consolidating the Processes of Transformation” the President explained that the issuance of 63 PUPs prior to the formulation of relevant regulations to guide the process raised national and international concerns.The government of Liberia (GOL), it may be recalled, constituted a special independent investigating body (SIIB) to probe the PUP saga and made recommendations that led to a moratorium on the issuance and operations of all PUPs pending the validation of the draft regulation.“Meanwhile,” she emphasized “29 of the 63 PUPs issued have been revoked, while the remaining 34 are being reviewed for further action and possible cancellation.”President Sirleaf clarified, however, that the actions taken against the 63 PUPs have no effect on the operations of entities with valid FMC.“It should be noted, however, that this has no effect on forest operations which continue for entities with valid Forest Management Contracts,” she stated.She further explained that the new forest laws stress the integration of community, conservation, and commercial forest management, while a Community Rights Law empowers communities to fully engage in the management of forest resources.She called for the passage of a new legislation relating to bid premiums to fully revive the forestry sector so that the sector can adequately contribute to government to revenue.“The Board of Directors of the Forestry Development Authority (FDA) has been reconstituted and new management has taken bold steps toward compliance with all laws and regulations,” the President declared.President Sirleaf has meanwhile, observed that the voluntary partnership agreement with the European Union should attract quality investors committed to value addition to the sector.She disclosed that the National Bureau of Concessions (NBC) began work, with stakeholders, to develop a uniform national template to monitor and evaluate the compliance of concessionaires in the country, in order to reduce the many and often confusing reportorial lines.According to the President, a National Concessions Cadastre is to be established for the administration and operation of a unified National Concessions Database System that will integrate and consolidate a repository of concession information.“The Bureau is to make certain that concessionaires remain in full compliance with the terms and conditions of their respective concession agreements, and ensures that Liberian citizens and firms get the anticipated employment and business opportunities from these concession contracts,” she stressed.The Liberian, however, admitted that the NBC faces challenges, including the lack of human capacity, logistics and insufficient budget allocation.Amidst these challenges, the new management is expected to address these challenges to meet the purpose for which the Bureau was created.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Men’s Soccer Battles Loyola to Scoreless Draw

first_img at Creighton 10/10/2017 – 7 PM Listen Live Watch Live Preview Next Game: WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University men’s soccer team battled Loyola to a scoreless draw on Saturday afternoon in Missouri Valley Conference play on Tiger Field at Valley High School in West Des Moines. Live Stats Following Saturday’s game, Drake has a fast turnaround as it travels to Omaha, Neb. to play former MVC rival Creighton on Tuesday, Oct. 10. First kick with the Bluejays is set for 7 p.m. at Morrison Stadium. Print Friendly Version Full Schedule Roster “A very complete performance today and I’m happy with the performance but disappointed we couldn’t find a way to win the game,” said Drake head coach Gareth Smith. “We were relentless and intelligent on both sides of the ball which allowed us to dominate the game for large portions. We created twice as many chances and the only missing element was our finishing touch. It is a solid point to conference play and gives us a good platform to prepare for our game against Creighton.” Drake (3-8-1, 0-3-1 MVC) and Loyola (4-5-2, 0-3-1 MVC) had their match moved up and changed to the new turf surface at Valley because of heavy rain overnight which made the main field at Cownie Soccer Complex unplayable. The Bulldogs outshot the Ramblers, 11-4, as Drake recorded six shots on goal and Loyola four. Senior Aleksi Tuominen (Helsinki, Finland) had a team-high two shots on goal, both coming off long free kicks that Loyola goalkeeper Evan Konermann made nice saves on. Junior Nic Jaimes (Olathe, Kan.) and sophomore Antonio Sanchez (Coralville, Iowa) each had shot attempts in the first overtime period that sailed over the goal.last_img read more

Emerging markets: strategic theme of the 2017 Nation Brand Forum

first_imgBrand South Africa chief executive officer, Dr Kingsley Makhubela talks to Nastassia Arendse on MoneyWeb about the 2017 Nation Brand Forum where emerging markets are set to take centre stage during the discussions. The forum is about sharing ‘ideas on how to strengthen our competitiveness around the world’, Makhubela explained.“The Fourth Industrial Revolution will have serious ramifications with respect to developing countries, particularly countries like South Africa, where unemployment is so high,” said Dr Kingsley Makhubela, chief executive officer of Brand South Africa. (Image: Mathiba Molefe)Listen to Dr Kingsley Makhubela and Nastassia discuss the 2017 Nation Brand Forum and the role that emerging markets are to play in strengthening South Africa’s global competitiveness:NASTASSIA ARENDSE:  The Nation Brand Forum is a strategic Brand South Africa platform through which the organisation endeavours to create an open space for engagement with stakeholders in government, business and civil society. I had a conversation with Dr Kingsley Makhubela, the CEO of Brand SA, about the strategic objectives of the Nation Brand Forum.DR KINGSLEY MAKHUBELA:  Well, the Nation Brand Forum is not a lobbyist side, but it’s a forum that brings together business and the private sector, people who are essentially involved in the value creation of this country, people who are building good brands in the country. The idea here is to share views around the performance of the nation brand. It has elements of also bringing the politicians to look at the concerns from the non-governmental sector. What are people concerned about – things that are enhancing or things that are affecting the nation brand? That is essentially the purpose, to share ideas on how to strengthen our competitiveness around the world, and our cooperation with like-minded countries.NASTASSIA ARENDSE:  If you had to describe the term “nation brand” to someone who is hearing it for the first time, listening to this interview, what would you say the nation brand is?DR KINGSLEY MAKHUBELA:  Well, the nation brand essentially is a totality of government, private sector and non-governmental sector. That’s how wide segment this. And you can further segment it. The three pillars are essentially involved in building the nation brand.The private sector is essential because the economy of this country and jobs are created by the private sector. The governmental sector is involved in creating regulation, and that’s where the private sector is concerned about regulatory framework that is conducive for conducting business.The non-governmental sector is our behaviour, how we behave and how we are perceived. For instance, take an entity like Gift of the Givers – they showcase the best that we possess as a nation. So you look at those issues.But there are other serious segments. There are a lot of theories around this. You can look at tourism, you can look at business, you can look at those, but all of them are created by these three pillars that we will always try to place emphasis on.NASTASSIA ARENDSE:  It’s a very interesting theme: “Inspiring Innovation and Business Excellence in the Era of Emerging Markets.” Talk to me about this theme. Why this particular one?DR KINGSLEY MAKHUBELA:  Two years ago at the World Economic Forum the discussions were around the Fourth Industrial Revolution. During the course of this year at World Economic Forum Africa it was actually implementing decisions around the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The Fourth Industrial Revolution is driven by innovation and new ideas. That’s why we chose this.But we are looking at emerging markets. Emerging markets are going to be the drivers of global growth because they are growing from a very low base as opposed to well-established markets. So the elasticity of growth within the emerging market is so huge. And that’s why we thought we should focus on that.There are a lot of commonalities between us and the rest of the emerging markets, and everybody is actually clamouring for emerging markets. And in the continent the growth of the middle class is exponential, it’s growing at a pace that we can’t imagine. Everybody is looking at capturing this market, and that’s why we thought there should be this focus.NASTASSIA ARENDSE:  There is so much happening around the world when you look at aspects in the geopolitical side of things, or whether it’s the economic fundamentals. To what extent, when you look at what’s happening in the global background, taking everything into account, does it either enhance or impede South Africa when it comes to global trade, when it comes to investments, etc?DR KINGSLEY MAKHUBELA:  At Brand South Africa we do analysis of global trends every year, and we look at new emerging issues, be they conflict areas, be they the challenges in the Korean Peninsula, the developments in the Middle East, the collapse and the failure of states. They all have an impact in terms of the nation brand. When Brexit happens it has serious ramifications for developing countries, not only our own nation brand but across the world.We try to do analysis to see how we can compete and cooperate with some like-minded countries that are facing similar challenges or have similar interests. So we do detailed analysis of those issues because they can enhance or they can impede the growth of the nation brand, or competition and collaboration with other nation states.For instance, if the world is quite concerned and preoccupied with a particular issue, it becomes very difficult to introduce things that may be pertinent to building our own nation brand. So you need to be really aware about the internal dynamics because they keep shifting. Earlier on today we were talking about this attack in the US, which is going to preoccupy a lot of people to change the manner in which people access public areas and so on. The hotel rules are going to change; the Americans are going to make strict security checks around this place. So we would essentially be surrounded by security.So they have a direct impact in terms of how to build a nation brand, how to build a nation where people are happy and are able to move around without any fear. But fear is part of our lives recently.NASTASSIA ARENDSE:  From your perspective, how is South Africa doing when it comes to marketing and positioning itself in the continent, in Asia, in Europe, etc?DR KINGSLEY MAKHUBELA:  We are doing well, but I think we could do better than this. The challenge in the continent is that our business – we’ve done research in some key countries around the challenges of South African business having a foothold in these areas, and we found cultural issues in that our businesses don’t really invest a lot in understanding the cultural behaviours in this country and understanding consumption patterns in that country. They want to put products in the country without understanding the underlying concerns in the particular country. That’s our biggest problem. We’ve been sharing some of our findings with organised business groups within the country.In Asia, again, I don’t think we are investing a lot as South Africans to try and understand the dynamics that are driving particular interests on different continents. China remains one big enigma that we are grappling with, trying to understand the interest and the direction at which we are moving, and we need to constantly do analysis and understand the trends that are emerging in those countries.I think we haven’t invested as South African business, we haven’t invested a lot in terms of analysis and understanding the underlying issues so as to really leverage on the opportunities that may arise out of those countries.NASTASSIA ARENDSE:  You were talking earlier about the Fourth Industrial Revolution and, as you speak, I’m thinking of these opportunities you speak of. You read a lot of articles about how Africa is poised for growth, Africa is in a position to take advantage of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. When you look at South Africa, are we ready for the Fourth Industrial Revolution or do we still have some things that we need to fix – i.e. growth? We need to push that up to levels where investment can come in, etc.DR KINGSLEY MAKHUBELA:  The digital economy now is fundamental in driving the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The Fourth Industrial Revolution will have serious ramifications with respect to developing countries, particularly countries like South Africa, where unemployment is so high. Remember, the Fourth Industrial Revolution is going to produce its robots in terms of performing functions that could have been manually performed by ordinary people, and particularly in countries where we have a very low skills-base level it’s going to be a challenge.It’s not only we in the continent that are going to have that problem. That’s why at Davos last year the discussions were around how to leapfrog the African continent. And one area that has made significant progress is the area of health, because the health ministry has agreed in terms of specific deliverables to leapfrog health-related issues. And of course because health-related issues have no borders, that’s why the developing countries are quite concerned about these issues. If you have an Ebola outbreak here in the continent, you end up having patients in the United States, the United Kingdom. It spreads. And that’s why you see countries of the north are quite concerned to address those issues, maybe because they have a selfish interest in dealing with that. But we equally have an interest in terms of resolving such issues.NASTASSIA ARENDSE:  What do you hope people walk away with at the end of the Nation Brand Forum?DR KINGSLEY MAKHUBELA:  A common approach to projecting ourselves as a nation brand has been the tendency for all of us to move from different angles and, in most instances, contradict each other and shoot each other in the foot. I think here we have our own challenges as a country. What we want the Nation Brand Forum to focus around are the key deliverables that we can focus on, and project the country outside to attract a lot of investment and a lot of interaction, making the country desirable.NASTASSIA ARENDSE:  Dr Makhubela, thanks so much for your time.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

OFBF, Nationwide sponsor FFA leadership camp

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest  Leave a CommentSeveral Farm Bureau members from FFA chapters around the state, 90 youths in total, recently attended Ohio Leadership Camp at FFA Camp Muskingum in Carrollton via scholarships sponsored by Nationwide Insurance and Ohio Farm Bureau. Scholarships were presented by Kolesen McCoy, president of the Ohio FFA association and Melinda Witten, director of leadership programming for Ohio Farm Bureau. Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau have been sponsors of Ohio FFA for 58 years.While at camp, the youth took part in leadership training sessions, which were conducted by National FFA leadership development staff. Through various activities, the campers experienced the importance of leadership, teamwork and diversity in a group setting. This was enhanced by the campers’ participation in a mock school board meeting called “Advocate 2018” and FFA Camp Muskingum’s Co-Initiative Course.  Leave a Commentlast_img read more

Publishing Platform Squarespace Receives $38.5 Million Investment

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Squarespace, one of the largest professional blogging platforms, just announced that it has received a $38.5 million investment from Index Ventures and Accel Partners. Until now, the company, which was founded by then 21-year-old Anthony Casalena, did not take any institutional outside investments. Instead, Squarespace, which offers a trial version of its service but no free tier, has been growing organically. The company plans to use the new cash influx for product development and to hire more team members. Tags:#Blogging#news#web frederic lardinois Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… “Squarespace has been a profitable business since its first year of operation. This investment will not change that, but it will allow us to be much more aggressive in our quest to both create an incredible product and bring that product to market.”Squarespace founder Anthony Casalena.Squarespace managed to quickly make a name for itself over the last few years. Some of the company’s current customers include ABC News Radio, Bob Woodruff and Don Imus. The company’s services make it easy for customers to set up their own blogs and manage their online content. Unlike and similar free blogging platforms, Squarespace has always gone after paying customers that are looking for a professional and an easily customizable publishing platform. Subscriptions to Squarespace start at $8 per month.As part of this investment, Index Venture’s Dom Vidal and Accel Partners’ Andrew Braccia will join Squarespace’s board. In addition, Getty Images CEO Jonathan Klein will join the board as well. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

Medial collateral ligament (MCL) injury of the knee

first_imgDefinitionMedial collateral ligament (MCL) injury is an injury to the ligament on the inner part of the knee. This ligament keeps your shin bone (tibia) in place.It can be a stretch, partial tear, or complete tear of the ligament.Alternative NamesKnee injury – medial collateral ligament (MCL); MCL injuryConsiderationsThe medial collateral ligament (MCL) goes from the inside surface of the upper shin bone to the inner surface of the bottom thigh bone.The ligament helps keep the inside portion of the knee joint stable.CausesThe MCL is usually injured by pressure or stress on the outside part of the knee. A block to the outside part of the knee during football is a common way for this ligament to be injured.It is often injured at the same time as an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury occurs.SymptomsSymptoms of a tear in the medial collateral ligament are:Knee swellingLocking or catching of the knee with movementPain and tenderness along the inside of the jointThe knee gives way or feels like it is going to give way when it is active or stressed in a certain wayFirst AidThe health care provider will examine your knee. An MCL test will be done to detect looseness of the ligament. This test involves bending the knee to 25 degrees and putting pressure on the outside surface of the knee.Other tests may include:Knee joint x-raysKnee MRITreatment includes:Applying ice to the areaNonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS)Raising the knee above heart levelYou should limit physical activity until the pain and swelling go away.advertisementThe health care provider may put you on crutches and in a brace to protect the ligament. You may also be told not to put any weight on your knee when you walk.After a period of keeping the knee still, you will be taught exercises to strengthen and stretch the knee. Physical therapy may help you regain knee and leg strength.Surgery is often not needed when only the MCL has been torn. Most MCL injuries can heal with immobilization.If you need surgery, it will require an open incision where the ligament is repaired back to the bone.When to Contact a Medical ProfessionalCall your health care provider if:You have symptoms of MCL injuryYou are being treated for MCL injury and you notice increased instability in your knee, pain or swelling after they initially faded, or your injury does not get better with timeYou re-injure your kneePreventionUse proper techniques when playing sports or exercising. Many cases are not preventable.ReferencesDe Carlo M, Armstrong B. Rehabilitation of the knee following sports injury. Clin Sports Med. 2010; 29:81-106.Singhal M, Patel J, Johnson D. Medical ligament injuries: 1. Medical collateral ligament injuries in adults. In: DeLee JC, Drez D Jr., Miller MD, eds. DeLee and Drezs Orthopaedic Sports Medicine. 3rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2009:chap 23;sect C.Silverstein JA, Moeller JL, Hutchinson MR. Common issues in orthopedics. In: Rakel RE, ed. Textbook of Family Medicine. 8th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2011:chap 30.Review Date:6/29/2012Reviewed By:Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director and Director of Didactic Curriculum, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, Department of Family Medicine, UW Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington. C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc.last_img read more

‘Juventus are favourites for Champions League’

first_imgJuventus are ready to end their recent record of Champions League final disappointments this season.That is the view of the club’s young Brazilian defender Rogerio, who says he wants to emulate countryman and clubmate Alex Sandro in becoming a serial winner in Turin.He will have to wait for that opportunity, however, having been loaned to Serie A rivals Sassuolo as he develops. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! But the 20-year-old is certain his parent club are destined to add European success to their domestic domination.Juve haven’t won the competition since 1996 and have lost two finals in the last four years, despite taking ownership of the Italian title for the past seven seasons.The Turin club have this season added Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid to their already star-packed ranks – and Rogerio is anticipating it paying off.“The Bianconeri are surely favourites to win the Champions League – it’s their main target,” he said.Rogerio joined Juventus from Brazilian club Internacional as a teenager in 2016 and is keen to follow in countryman Sandro’s footsteps.“Arriving at Juventus has been a dream come true,” he said. “It’s one of the best teams in the world and a model club. I hope my career turns out similar to Alex Sandro.”Meanwhile, he is also backing fellow Brazilian youngster Vinicius Junior to be a success at Real Madrid.Julen Lopetegui’s failure to make the most of the 18-year-old wonderkid’s talents has been cited as one of the reasons behind his recent sacking by the La Liga giants.But Rogerio believes the talented 18-year-old, who was handed his Real debut by caretaker manager Santiago Solari in the team’s Copa del Rey win over Melilla on Wednesday night, will flourish.“Vinicius can become one of the best players in the world,” he said.last_img read more

Angels Edge The Yankees, 2-1

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares ANAHEIM, Calif. — Andrew Heaney’s first major league victory was the stuff of baseball storybooks. He struck out Alex Rodriguez while shutting down the New York Yankees, and he got a homer from Albert Pujols as run support.It’s still nothing the Los Angeles Angels’ promising left-hander didn’t expect of himself.Heaney pitched seven innings of two-hit ball, Pujols and Erick Aybar hit back-to-back homers in the sixth, and the Angels beat the Yankees 2-1 on June 30 for their fourth straight victory.Heaney (1-0) was stellar in his second start for the Angels, who acquired him in the off-season for 2014 hits leader Howie Kendrick.Given his first chance in Los Angeles’ rotation while Jered Weaver is injured, Heaney walked two and struck out seven, allowing just one runner to reach second base.“That was my … seventh start, so I eventually wanted to get it done,” Heaney said with a shrug, remembering his five winless starts for Miami last season. “That’s something you can be proud of, to help the team win.”Heaney got barely enough offense from the Angels’ light-hitting lineup, but was backed by strong defense and relief. Huston Street finished for his 23rd save while pitching in the Angels’ fourth straight game.Mike Trout and Matt Joyce had two hits apiece for the Angels, who have won six of eight on their nine-game homestand. Los Angeles (41-37) heads into July four games above .500 for the first time since June 1.“We’re grinding it out,” Angels Manager Mike Scioscia said. “We’re pitching well and we’re playing defense. … (Heaney) had all of the things you’re trying to put together in a game plan. Really just kept them off balance all night.”Mark Teixeira homered for the Yankees, who have lost seven of 10.After Ivan Nova stranded six Angels in the first five innings, Pujols and Aybar spoiled a strong performance in his second start back from elbow ligament replacement surgery in April 2014.Nova (1-1), who left later in the sixth inning, yielded eight hits and two walks while striking out seven.“He left a fastball up to Pujols and left a fastball middle-down to Aybar, and they hit them both out,” Manager Joe Girardi said.“But I thought he pitched a pretty good ballgame. He got out of some jams … but we didn’t score any runs. That’s why we lost this game, not because of anything Nova did.”Pujols led off the sixth with his AL-leading 24th homer and the 544th of his career into the ficus trees beyond center field, setting an Angels record with his 13th homer of a spectacular month.Aybar followed with another homer into the ficus trees, just his second of a rough season for the shortstop. He hadn’t homered since May 22.Teixeira connected in the second inning for his 19th homer, albeit his first since June 15. His 11-game homer drought was his longest of the season.“We hit a lot of balls hard, but right at people,” Rodriguez said. “The kid had good stuff and pitched a good game. He challenged us all night long with a lot of fastballs and pounded the strike zone. We just have to maintain our aggressiveness.”(GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer)last_img read more

James Scores 43, Cavs Take 2-0 Lead with Rout of Raptors

first_imgTORONTO (AP) — LeBron James had 43 points and 14 assists, Kevin Love added 31 points and 11 rebounds, and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Toronto Raptors 128-110 on Thursday night to take a 2-0 lead in their second-round playoff series.J.R. Smith scored 15 points, Jeff Green had 14 and George Hill 13 as the Cavaliers posted their eighth consecutive postseason victory over the Raptors and halted Toronto’s four-game winning streak in Game 2s. The Raptors entered 6-1 all-time when playing Game 2 at home.James had eight rebounds, narrowly missing his second straight triple-double. He connected on 19 of 28 attempts, while Love shot 11 for 21.DeMar DeRozan scored 24 points and Kyle Lowry had 21 for the Raptors. Toronto won a team-record 59 games and finished as the top-seeded team in the Eastern Conference this season, but was easily shoved one step closer to a third straight postseason exit at the hands of James and the Cavs.Jonas Valanciunas had 16 points and 12 rebounds and Fred VanVleet scored 14 points, but the Raptors lost back-to-back home games for the first time all season.Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) shoots over Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam during the second half of Game 2 of an NBA basketball playoffs second-round series Thursday, May 3, 2018, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)CELTICS 108, 76ERS 103BOSTON (AP) — Rookie Jayson Tatum scored 21 points and hit a pair of free throws in the closing second, and Boston rallied from a 22-point deficit to beat Philadelphia and take a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals.Terry Rozier added 20 points, nine assists and seven rebounds. Marcus Smart finished with 19 points and five rebounds as the Celtics improved to 6-0 at TD Garden this postseason. They have never blown a 2-0 lead.Game 3 is Saturday in Philadelphia.J.J. Redick had 23 points for the 76ers, making five 3-pointers. Robert Covington added 22 points and nine rebounds. Joel Embiid finished with 20 points, 14 rebounds and five assists, but rookie star Ben Simmons missed all four shots and had just one point.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more