Astros beat Dodgers for maiden World Series title

first_imgThe Houston Astros won the World Series on Wednesday on the back of a two-run home run by George Springer that busted the game open and lifted the team to a 5-1 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game Seven.The Astros clinched the best-of-seven series 4-3 for the first franchise title in a 55-year existence, and did so against a Dodgers team that had Major League Baseball’s best regular season record.The Astros jumped on Dodgers starting pitcher Yu Darvish early, scoring all five runs in the first two innings before riding a long string of relief pitchers to the win at Dodger Stadium.“I think this is the happiest moment of my life in baseball,” Astros second baseman Jose Altuve said on the field after the final out.“We did this for them,” he said of the fans in Houston, who are still recovering from the deadly Hurricane Harvey in August.“There has been a lot going on in Houston the last year (and) they are the biggest reason why we are here.”Astros manager A.J. Hinch said the team was proud of the part it played in lifting the spirits of the city.“This team loves playing in Houston and we’re going to love bringing this World Series trophy back to Houston,” he said.The signs for the Dodgers were ominous early as World Series most valuable player Springer got the Astros off to an excellent start when he laced a leadoff double to left field corner and later scored the game’s first run on a throwing error by Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger.Alex Bregman scored on a ground ball hit by Altuve that gave the Astros a 2-0 lead before the Dodgers had even came up to bat.Darvish issued a leadoff walk to Astros catcher Brian McCann to start the second inning and scored on a soft ground ball by pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. to make it 3-0.Springer stepped to the plate with one on and two out in the inning and blasted his fifth home run of the World Series for a 5-0 advantage, chasing Darvish, who ended an ignominious World Series after a similarly disastrous start in Game Three.“My approach was to get something out over the plate, get something I could drive,” Springer said of his two-run shot.“And I just remember swinging and hearing the sound of the bat, and I knew it was a good sound.”Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw took the mound in the third inning and threw four scoreless innings to keep his team in the game but the Los Angeles offense failed to convert hits into runs.The National League champions were unable to capitalise on their many opportunities, stranding 10 baserunners.The Dodgers scored their lone run in the sixth inning when pinch hitter Andre Ethier hit a ground ball that found a hole on the right side to score Joc Pederson.“It hurts, it’s suppose to hurt but there is nothing to regret when you leave all out there,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts told reporters.“It was a long season and we stayed together, fought until the end and we came up a little short but there is nothing for us to hang our heads about,” he said.“The Astros are a great team and you have to tip your hat because they earned it.last_img read more

Effective Solid Waste Management stakes are high

first_imgDear Editor,It is heartening to see efforts by Director Walter Narine and team of the Mayor and City Council’s Department of Solid Waste. The department has conceptualised a compost project, that if actualised, could be monetised and become an additional revenue stream for the municipality while playing a huge role in the holistic health of our environment. More recently, Narine and team at our recent municipal health fair demonstrated the positive effects of waste separation by converting organic waste into fertilisers through a simple composting mechanism; hoped to be rolled out to primary schools in the city shortly. The department’s offering at the fair included a bio-digester, and mats made from plastic bags.These efforts underline the importance of Government’s draft strategy, “Putting Waste In Its Place: A National Integrated Solid Waste Management Strategy for the Cooperative Republic of Guyana 2017- 2030”. I had offered, in these pages, that that strategy is comprehensive, and in our transition to a green economy signals the need for a holistic approach to solid waste management; the Strategy is in depth and breadth what it is in coherence and eloquence.Additionally, what will be vital to the sustainability of this integrative approach will be its evaluation and monitoring not only in a Solid Waste Management Authority in coordinating the implementation but also in performance evaluation that is fact based and real-time, which makes use the technological tools at our disposal. This management process must be data, software driven.The high cost and increase in solid waste are in keeping with global trends and underscored dire need for interventions at all levels.Two important issues to be pursued on the legislative end will be endowing the city with its own municipal court for the redress of such local issues and also the remitting of fines to the municipality which goes in tandem with the costs associated with successfully prosecuting such infractions, though in the case of the former there might be a disincentive to pursue this as, for example, fines for litter related offences only amounted to $362,000 over the last year which would be far below the cost of prosecutions, administration and management of such a system.As levels of consumption increase, more attention is being place on solid waste management globally. According to an online article, “Report: Solid waste issues more frequent topic for local governments”, which based its content on a US ‘Waste Alert Report’, “which analysed 1699 agendas and minutes from 807 meetings – solid waste or recycling issues came up in 26 per cent of local government meetings during the first quarter of 2017. This information came from municipal, borough and county meetings across 16 largely Western states.”“The report shows that the most common instances were about financial issues, followed by future planning for facilities and infrastructure and then direct mentions of companies – often relating to franchises. Changes to contracts or regulations were also common themes.”In effective and efficient Solid Waste Management the stakes are high; the threat to human life and the environment is real in every regard. Standing by and doing nothing is not an option. Yet there is a dire need for our collective strategies to be grounded in reality and as an anchor underlying the national Strategy’s myriad features will be the efficiencies in the coherent interaction of system processes. As a local government Councillor, it is my hope that we can bring a rich and robust discussion of this issue to councils across our country, discussions that lead to meaningful action.Sincerely,Sherod Avery DuncanCouncillor, Constitutency 14last_img read more

Warriors know this is something special, uncertainty ahead

first_imgLeBron James stretches lead in NBA All-Star Game fan voting The Los Angeles Lakers of 2000-02 — led by Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal — are the last team to capture three straight titles.Golden State advanced without Durant, the reigning two-time finals MVP, and Cousins. Both were sidelined with injuries for the entire Western Conference finals. The finished off Portland without Andre Iguodala, another finals MVP who sat out Game 4 with an injury.While the Bucks and Raptors are slugging it out in the East, the Warriors are rehabbing.“I hope it doesn’t go unnoticed or underrated. Five straight finals hasn’t been done since the 60s, since Bill Russell’s Celtics,” fifth-year Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “Hasn’t been done for a reason: It’s really, really difficult. I just can’t say enough about the competitive desire about the group of players that we have here and the culture that they have built together, playing together regardless of injury.”Each Warriors run has been unique. When they won in 2015 it was the first title for the franchise in 40 years.LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers derailed them in 2016, but the Warriors bounced back in 2017 with a dominant 16-1 record during the postseason.Last year, Golden State joined Russell’s Celtics, Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls and trio of Lakers teams — including George Mikan and company in the 1950s, Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in the ’80s, and Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant nearly 20 years ago — as the only franchises in NBA history to capture three championships in four years.“When I was here the first time, they rebuilt and retooled,” said Andrew Bogut, a member of the 2015 title team before rejoining the Warriors in March.“They didn’t just sit on their hands thinking it was going to last forever. They freed up cap space, you have to give (general manager) Bob Myers, (owner) Joe Lacob and the coaching staff a lot of credit. There are a lot of teams that win a championship and kind of reward the whole roster, then they end up two-three years down the track and end up in a bit of a hole. Whereas this is a great run for a franchise that will end up as one of the all-time greats.”The Warriors enjoy playing together and with so many selfless stars and a deep bench they are rarely out of any game. NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption PLAY LIST 02:56NCRPO 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 award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu Raptors’ one-and-done gamble on verge of paying off That doesn’t mean it has been easy, especially with the constant free agency chatter this season.Durant is an impending free agent and the basketball world continues to speculate on his next move. Thompson’s future with the Warriors is unclear as well, while Green is signed through next season.“We know that these runs don’t last forever, and obviously there are so many questions and things that could possibly happen with this team this summer,” Green said. “So want to try to take advantage of this opportunity and make the most of it, and deal with the things that come after whenever those things arrive, but right now we’re focused on the task at hand and try to do something that hasn’t been done in a long time, or many times.”The Warriors are aware of the dynasty talk, but aren’t labeling themselves. They have consistently said their focus is the task of raising another banner in the final season at Oracle Arena before the franchise moves into Chase Center in San Francisco to begin 2019-20.“I don’t think in those terms. It’s just every opportunity we have to play, these are big moments, big games,” Curry said, “and the context of what this five-year run has been and all that stuff doesn’t really dominate my mind when we’re out there competing.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next That’s why the Warriors decided from Day 1 of training camp to cherish this season.Golden State is a franchise in its prime — five straight trips to the NBA Finals and seeking a third consecutive title. But the clock is ticking and the Warriors are well aware of the possible ramifications of free agency and how things could change in a hurry this summer.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“Basketball careers aren’t that long. If you can get 10 out of it, you’re lucky,” Green explained. “To be to five straight finals, I don’t even know what to say about it. This is what you play for. This is our goal every year and to get here five straight times is special.”The Warriors started this run with three All-Stars in Curry, Green and Klay Thompson. They added two more in Kevin Durant and DeMarcus Cousins. How many they’ll have after free agency is any and everyone’s guess. Eduard Folayang gets new opponent for ONE Manila card Pagadian on tighter security for 100,000 expected at Sto. Niño feast Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Curry — with nearly 11-month-old son Canon regularly in his arms for the ride — is certainly relishing this stretch of his decorated career, appreciating how far the Warriors have come during the 10 years he has been in the league.A third straight title is suddenly within reach, which would be Golden State’s fourth championship in five years.“We know what’s at stake and what we’re chasing this year, this series, this game, and that’s the only way that you can really put your best foot forward in terms of trying to get back to the mountaintop,” Curry said. “We’ll have plenty of time when we hang the sneakers up to really go back and think about all the different experiences and highs and lows, but right now, we’re two games away from another finals appearance. It’s pretty special.”The Warriors are the first team to reach five straight finals since the Celtics advanced to 10 in a row from 1957-1966.Another championship would cement this run of titles among the best ever.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img The Golden State Warriors players pose with the Western Conference Championship trophy after Game 4 of the NBA basketball playoffs Western Conference finals against the Portland Trail Blazers Monday, May 20, 2019, in Portland, Ore. The Warriors won 119-117 in overtime. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)OAKLAND, Calif. — Stephen Curry hears the dynasty discussion about his Golden State Warriors during another postseason run.Draymond Green realizes special teams only stay together for so long before something breaks them apart.ADVERTISEMENT Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES The Witcher series prompts over 500,000 reprints of Andrzej Sapkowski’s books Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard View comments MOST READlast_img read more

BLUES BLANK GRYPHONS

first_imgNext Match: University of Waterloo 1/13/2019 | 3:00 p.m. Watch Live Full Schedule Roster The University of Toronto Varsity Blues men’s volleyball team opened the 2019 winter semester with a convincing 3-0 (25-17, 25-16, 25-22) victory over the Guelph Gryphons on Saturday afternoon (Jan. 12) at Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport.TORONTO STATS:  Chris Towe notched a game-high 13 points off of 12 kills and one ace, while adding six digs on the day.Fellow veteran Alex Barnes had 10 kills and six digs, while Nick Trewern notched eight points and five digs.Third-year setter Jordan Figueira tallied 33 assists and added 6.5 points and five digs, while libero Daniel Tudor led all players with 10 digs in the win.UP NEXT: The Blues host the Waterloo Warriors tomorrow (Jan. 13) in U of T’s fifth annual OVA Day at Goldring Centre. Opening serve is set for 3 p.m.For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics. Print Friendly Version Preview Buy Tickets Matchup Historylast_img read more

FA Cup semi-final draw: Holders Arsenal avoid Premier League opponents

first_imgFA Cup holders Arsenal will face either Bradford or Reading in the semi-finals after seeing off Manchester United in their sixth round clash.Former Red Devils Danny Welbeck scored on his return to Old Trafford to seal a 2-1 victory for the Gunners, after Wayne Rooney had cancelled out Nacho Monreal’s opener in the first-half.Their triumph set up a clash with League One outfit Bradford, who knocked the Gunners out of the Capital One Cup in 2012, or Steve Clarke’s Reading, who will face each other again after playing out a 0-0 draw in Saturday’s meeting.The other semi-final sees Aston Villa take on the winner of Blackburn and Liverpool’s replay after Sunday’s tie at Anfield also ended in a goalless stalemate.Villa secured their place in the last-four for the first time since 2010 by seeing off local rivals West Brom 2-0 in a fiery affair on Saturday and Tim Sherwood’s side will now be waiting to see whether Liverpool or Blackburn are their Wembley opponents for a place in this season’s final.FA Cup semi-final draw:Bradford/Reading v ArsenalAston Villa v Liverpool/BlackburnTies to be played April 18/19 Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker 1last_img read more

Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas retains special connection with Arsenal

first_img The 29-year-old made over 300 appearances for the Gunners Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas will forever be grateful to Arsene Wenger and Arsenal.The 29-year-old made over 300 appearances for the Gunners, who travel to Stamford Bridge on Saturday seeking to end Chelsea’s 10-match winning run at home.Fabregas was made captain of Arsenal aged 21 and spent eight years under Wenger at Highbury and the Emirates Stadium.He rejoined Barcelona in 2011 before returning to England in 2014, signing for Chelsea when Wenger declined to take up an option on his former skipper.The Spain playmaker insisted there were only fond memories, not bad blood, despite some Arsenal supporters turning on him for his move to Chelsea.Fabregas told Natacha Tannous, a journalist and partner of former Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack in an interview on YouTube: “Yes, forever. There’s something that will never change.“There’s many things said about me, about Arsenal.“I don’t really care what people think about me any more. It’s just about what I feel towards them.“Arsenal will always be the team that believed in me the most. I was a young kid, 16 years old, playing for Barcelona.“Arsene Wenger, especially, and Arsenal Football Club, gave me everything.“Without them I would not be a World Cup winner, a European Championship winner. And I would not have experienced all of this that I’m doing in my life.“I will always forever be grateful.”Chelsea won 13 successive Premier League games between losses at Arsenal in September and Tottenham last month.And Fabregas will be looking to consolidate Chelsea’s place at the top of the table against Arsenal this weekend.Chelsea lead second-placed Tottenham by nine points, with Arsenal behind Spurs on goal difference. 1last_img read more

Walnut Street makes merry

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“This is so much fun. All the neighbors walk up and down the street, and everyone just interacts,” said Hope Escobar, who stopped by Walnut Street to visit her son, Joe, on Tuesday. The Walnut Street community is filled with close-knit neighbors who host progressive dinners (where appetizers might be served at one home, the main course at another and dessert across the street), chili cook-offs and other festivities throughout the year, residents said. But the Independence Day extravaganza is the biggest event of the block. “Everybody’s got a busy lifestyle, and we don’t get to see each other very often, so this is when we all get together,” said Patrick McLean, who’s lived in the community for 22 years. Fourth of July festivities along Walnut Street are packed with games, a mini-parade for children and plenty of food. The greatest fanfare of the day, however, is triggered by the annual racing machine competition. At stake is a coveted trophy with the winner’s name on it, awarded in one-of-a-kind furniture races. WHITTIER – As Tuesday’s heat wave began to peak in the afternoon, Michael Gillespie looked ready for battle. Donning construction boots, an ornate vest and the pleated skirt his wife, Caren, said he was “so proud he found,” 52-year-old Gillespie made his way up the Walnut Street hill. Towing his custom-made chariot – a raised cart made of plastic hobby horses, paint, old wheels and other recyclables – suddenly Gillespie was a Roman gladiator. The backdrop for Gillespie’s costume and prop was the annual Walnut Street Block Party, a Fourth of July tradition for the Whittier neighborhood. For the past eight years, Walnut Street has been closed to outside traffic on Independence Day to make room for residents who pour out onto the road for a community picnic. “Each racer has to be \ a household item or discarded furniture,” said Caren Gillespie, 52. “Every moving vehicle has to have steering and brakes, and it has to be non-motorized. “And all riders have to wear helmets.” According to furniture-race competitors, the designs change year to year. This year, two bathtubs, a stationary bike and an industrial tube – as well as a working barbecue grill – were among the items used to create the 11 entries. McLean was one of the contestants in Tuesday’s furniture races. The 60-year-old construction worker had taken an old in-home hot tub and added some wheels and a brake system to its base. He also touched up the jacuzzi’s piping system with some chrome spray paint. Neither McLean’s tub cruiser, nor Gillespie’s chariot, fared well when it came down to Tuesday’s qualifying races. After a series of face-offs, Sean Yamato glided across the finish line on his “Creepy Crawler” to win the 2006 furniture races. “I feel elated. It’s the first time I came in first place,” Yamato, 36, said. “I just want to thank all my fans and my engineer.” araceli.esparza@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3024160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

‘When it clicks he could be anything’ – Everton fan reaction to Ademola Lookman

first_img1 Ademola Lookman is one of the brightest prospects in English football.The 19-year-old has taken to Goodison Park life with impressive ease and is keen to show boss Ronald Koeman what he is made of.Lookman played the full 90 minutes as the Toffees secured a comfortable 2-0 win over Hajduk Split in their Europa League play-off first-leg.And despite the Merseyside outfit’s lavish spending this summer, Lookman could soon become a key player for the top four hopefuls after a lively display.So, can Lookman challenge the likes of Gylfi Sigurdsson, Davy Klaassen and Dominic Calvert-Lewin for a starting place?talkSPORT takes a look at the best reactions from fans online… The 19-year-old has taken to Goodison Park life with impressive ease last_img

Late buying key for holiday sales success

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: John Jackson greets a Christmas that he wasn’t sure he’d see“With consumers slower to complete their holiday gift buying than last year at this same time, consumers will be out in force over the remaining days to wrap up their buying,” Michael Niemira, chief economist at International Council of Shopping Centers, said in a statement. “These next two weeks are the key weeks that will make or break the month as the bulk of holiday buying will once again come down to them.” According to a poll of 1,000 consumers conducted by Opinion Research Corp. for ICSC, only 21 percent of consumers had completed their holiday shopping as of Sunday, compared with 26 percent at the same point last year. According to the survey, four out of five households said they are shopping later this year than in 2005. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEW YORK – Consumers picked up the pace of holiday shopping after a post-Thanksgiving lull, but stores are depending on the procrastinators and post-Christmas gift-buyers to meet their monthly sales goals, a report released Tuesday said. With Christmas falling on a Monday, analysts expect this coming Saturday to be the busiest shopping day for brick and mortar stores. The International Council of Shopping Centers’ ICSC-UBS weekly chain-store index, which tracks 75 major retailers, rose 1.6 percent for the week ended Saturday, compared with the previous week, which had posted a 1.0 percent increase from the week before. The index is based on same-store sales, or sales at stores opened at least a year, which are considered the standard for measuring a retailer’s health. The weekly index rose 2.4 percent compared with the year-ago period. last_img read more

Woman dies in blaze after Christmas tree catches fire

first_imgA fire apparently sparked by Christmas tree lights killed a 56-year-old woman and gutted half of the one-story Hollywood duplex where she and her family lived, authorities said Sunday. The woman’s spouse was treated for smoke inhalation and released, Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey said in a statement. Their son was uninjured. The fire broke out about 8p.m. Saturday, originating in the electrical outlet where the artificial Christmas tree’s decorations were plugged in, he said. The woman’s 18-year-old son had been in the living room when he noticed the tree catch fire. The teen tried to unplug the tree lights, but the flames drove him back, and he couldn’t find a fire extinguisher, Humphrey said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: John Jackson greets a Christmas that he wasn’t sure he’d see160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more