first_imgHouston Rockets guard James Harden (13) loses the ball as he collides with Toronto Raptors forward CJ Miles (0) on a drive to the basket during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)HOUSTON, Texas—The Toronto Raptors have struggled to close out games against good teams this season.They solved that Tuesday night, getting 27 points from DeMar DeRozan while holding off the Rockets 129-113 despite a couple late runs by Houston.ADVERTISEMENT Masked man: Irving returns as Celtics win 13th straight MOST READ DeRozan and Serge Ibaka had back-to-back dunks after Harden’s big play to make it 120-107 with about three minutes left and send many of the home fans toward the exits.Harden had 11 assists and six rebounds. He has scored at least 20 points and had seven or more assists in every game this season.The Raptors scored the first five points of the second half to make it 81-64 and pushed their lead to 19 points midway through the third on Lowry’s 3-pointer.Toronto led by 21 before Houston made five straight points, capped by a 3-point play by Tarik Black. That was the start of a nice run for the Rockets, and they used a 9-3 spurt after that to cut the lead to 97-87. Harden made four points in that span, and Eric Gordon capped it with a layup.Houston led by eight points during the first half, but the Raptors used a 45-point second quarter to take a 76-64 edge into halftime. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC James Harden had 38 points and made 19 of 19 foul shots for the Rockets, who ended a six-game winning streak.“We weren’t sharp,” Houston coach Mike D’Antoni said. “Sometimes you let down and it’s hard to turn it back on. We tried, we got close in the second half, but we just didn’t have enough.”Houston scored six straight points, including three free throws from Harden, to make it 108-103 with about 7 1/2 minutes left.Delon Wright made a free throw for the Raptors soon after that, and OG Anunoby connected for Toronto’s first field goal in more than three minutes on a 3-pointer with 6:25 remaining. After Wright’s layup, Kyle Lowry stole the ball from Harden, and DeRozan finished on the other end with a dunk to make it 116-103.Harden got Houston going again with a four-point play. The free throw was his 19th, setting a franchise record for most foul shots without a miss in a game.ADVERTISEMENT Just as important, DeRozan thinks he knows the key for Toronto holding leads going forward.“Liking this feeling,” he said. “You’ve got to love this feeling so you don’t got to go out there having too many of them close games that you lost, feeling upset, got to wait until the next game. You’ve got to want to continue to have this feeling and that should work out everything else.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutToronto led by 12 at halftime and had to repeatedly shut down rally attempts from the Rockets.“Consistency in this league is a hard thing to grab, and that’s what we’ve got to reach for, grab for each and every night,” Toronto coach Dwane Casey said. “If we could bottle tonight, the energy, the toughness, the togetherness we had tonight, it (would be) special.” LATEST STORIES Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Huge Toronto crowd celebrates Raptors’ historic win PLAY LIST 01:08Huge Toronto crowd celebrates Raptors’ historic win03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA View commentslast_img read more

first_imgMarch 18, 2011: Enjoy a special World Cup menu and beer buckets at Svenska Design Hotels, Oberoi Complex, Lokhandvala, Andheri. March 19, 2011: Take part in a music workshop by percussionist Taufiq Qureshi at Blue Frog, 6 pm onwards.March 20, 2011: Attend a photography exhibition for children (9 to 14 years) by Dr PKM Pillai. At Piramal Art Gallery , opposite Narian Bhawan.March 21, 2011: Get ready for Foster’s chill out loud nights by stand-up comedian Rohan Joshi at Rude Lounge from 8:30 pm to 10 pm.March 22, 2011: Attend a project management workshop titled Prince 2 at Hotel Lotus Suites, 9 pm onwards. March 23, 2011: Savour an Italian treat by Chef Daniele Capobianco at Trident Hotel, C-56, G Block, Bandra Kurla Complex.March 25, 2011: Attend a special screening of the movie City of God by Enlighten Film Society at NCPA, Godrej theatre. March 27, 2011: Enjoy the screening of the movie Dharavi, followed by a discussion with Sudhir Mishra at Cinemax, 12 pm onwards.March 30, 2011: Get ready for an orchestra performance by Maggio Musicale Florentino and Zubin Mehta at NCPA, Jamshed Bhabha Theatre.March 31, 2011: Enjoy a rocking performance by Les Boukakes at the Mathuradas Mills Compound, NM Joshi Marg.April 1, 2011: Be part of the Art and Design Trade Fair organised by Times at Nehru Centre, Dr Annie Besant Road, Worli.April 2, 2011: Watch the big game-ICC World Cup final at the Wankhede Stadium, 2:30 pm onwards.April 4, 2011: Enjoy a solo exhibition of recent art works by Maya Burman at Art Musings, Admiralty Bldg, Colaba.cApril 5, 2011: Enjoy a seafood extravaganza at Intercontinental , The Lalit Hotel, Airport Rd, Vile Parle, 7 pm onwards.April 7, 2011: Celebrate Ravindranath Tagore’s 150th birth anniversary at Ravindra Natya Mandir, Syani Road.April 10, 2011: Indulge in the liquor chocolate fest at Pure Sin Chocolates, G-5, Pil Court, Maharishi Karve Road from 10:30 am to 6 pm.April 12, 2011: Attend a solo show by Poonam K Rangan representing Indian life at the Southern Art Gallery, Maxus Mall.April 13, 2011: Watch IPL league 2011-Pune Warriors vs Indi Commandos at Dr DY Patil Sports Academy, 4 pm onwards.April 15, 2011: Get your name and your favourite player’s number printed on your Manchester United jersey at Manchester United Cafe Bar, Mulund.advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgTo begin with, let us issue a statutory warning to all die-hard Kapil Dev fans: you are bound to be a little offended with what we have to tell you. But then these are hard, cold statistics and like they say, numbers don’t lie. Kapil, who is one of the most fabled all-rounders in the history of cricket, said Ravichandran Ashwin would be India’s most important player in a hectic home season. There is little to doubt Kapil here – Ashwin has been sensational for India with the ball, picking regular wickets for the team. Besides, he has been outstanding with the bat and his two recent hundreds in the West Indies proved he is undoubtedly the best all-rounder in world cricket. (Test season at home a chance for Ravichandran Ashwin to cement his legacy)Ashwin has spent six years in the Test arena as opposed to Kapil’s 16-year career. However, we have culled out stats from the first six years of both all-rounders and tried to study the progress made by the two.AMAZING ASHWINSince his Test debut against West Indies four years ago, Ashwin has emerged as a shrewd off-spinner who relishes his battle against the best and the sight of batsmen misreading his carrom ball.His penchant for outsmarting key rival batsmen manifested in Sri Lanka earlier this year when he soured Kumar Sangakkara’s farewell by dismissing the retiring great in each of his last four innings. (Virat Kohli isn’t India’s most important player, according to Kapil Dev)advertisementAshwin, who is going through the form of his life, has become India’s highest run-scorer and wicket-taker in Test cricket in this year. With an ever-ticking brain, Ashwin’s phenomenal numbers has not only helped him cement his place amongst India’s best but has also made him the No.1 all-rounder in the world.Not just that. The series against the West Indies was another reminder of the fact that how Ashwin has evolved as India’s biggest match-winner in recent times.Ashwin was the architect of India’s 2-1 series victory in Sri Lanka last year and his 31 scalps against South Africa helped India tame the Proteas 3-0 in the four-Test series at home.In the Caribbean, Ashwin towered over everyone else with his all-round show in the series that India won 2-0. With 235 runs, including two centuries and 17 wickets with two five-wicket haul, Ashwin bagged his sixth Man of the Series award – the most ever by any Indian in Tests.BCCI PhotoBULKY NUMBERS With all the bulky numbers behind him, Ashwin can soon overshadow Kapil Dev as India’s all-time best all-rounder. In six years since his debut, Ashwin has raked up better numbers than what Kapil had in the same period.India’s former World Cup winning captain, kapil, in his first six years in Test cricket (1978-83), had played 62 matches, scoring 2483 runs at an average of 29.5. During the period, Kapil also scored three hundreds, 13 fifties and got three Man of the Match and Man of the Series awards.Kapil, who is India’s greatest fast-bowling all-rounder, took 247 wickets in the same number of Tests with an average of 27.70 and an economy rate of 2.07. He also bagged 18 five-wickets hauls in six years.Whereas, six years since his debut in 2011, Ashwin has played 36 Tests, scoring 1439 runs at an average of 34.26. He has also slammed 4 hundreds and 6 fifties so far with his highest score being 124.What is more astonishing is the fact that Ashwin has bagged six Man of the Match and Man of the Series awards so far.When looked at his bowling stats, Ashwin has got 193 wickets at an average of 25.20 and an economy rate of 2.91. He has got the same number of five-wicket hauls as Kapil – 18.It is also Ashwin’s longevity which can help him topple Kapil.While Kapil retired at the age of 35, Ashwin is aged 30 and can probably go on to play for 7-8 years more. Considering the importance that modern-day cricketers give to fitness, Ashwin is more likely to continue heading India’s spin department for long.India have a long home season ahead and it will be ideal for Ashwin, who is more like a scientist on the cricket field, has got the necessary ingredients to overstep Kapil as India’s best all-rounder.last_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ex-AZ striker Kenneth Perez: We can beat Man Utdby Paul Vegas23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer AZ Alkmaar striker Kenneth Perez believes they can beat Europa League opponents Manchester United.AZ host United on Thursday evening.“They have a very good chance,” Perez told FOX Sports. “They are my favourite, as far as I’m concerned. “I saw Manchester United against Leicester. It was so bad. I think AZ is a favourite, but on paper it remains Manchester United, so you have the feeling that it is a tough opponent. “If AZ is not impressed by that, they have a very big chance of winning.” last_img

first_imgHead coach Jim Harbaugh leads the team onto the field.ANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 22: Head coach Jim Harbaugh leads the team onto the field while playing the Illinois Fighting Illini on October 22, 2016 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Michigan won the game 41-8. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Jim Harbaugh hasn’t coached a game in Ann Arbor yet, and he already may be the coach with the highest approval rating with his fan base in the country. Michigan hasn’t been shy about promoting their alumnus head coach either. This morning, the program dropped a short video on Instagram discussing Harbaugh’s “energy and passion,” which senior linebacker Desmond Morgan calls “authentic.” We’re just over a month away until the season kicks off, Michigan fans. Get pumped.last_img

first_imgMinister of Health, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, says the Government is moving to widen dental care to rural areas and to the most vulnerable in the society, and is also ensuring that the sector receives significant upgrading, in order to protect the safety of the public. Delivering the opening address at the 49th Annual Convention of the Jamaica Dental Association (JDA), held on Thursday, May 2, at the Ritz Carlton Golf and Spa Resort, in Rose Hall, Montego Bay, the Minister said reform of the dental sector is on a priority list, and that the post of Director of Dental Services has been elevated to Chief Dental Officer. “Amendment of the Dental Act, and the Regulations (will be undertaken), as part of the modernization of dentistry in Jamaica, in order to protect the public’s safety, through the setting and enforcement of reliable and consistent standards. I will also ensure the establishment of a national dental examination Board, which will be responsible for ensuring high competent standards,” the Minister said. “The work is at an advanced stage; we have now received comments from the Attorney General’s Chambers, and we expect some early movement. I call on the leadership in the dental sector to make haste in doing the necessary submissions that should have come out of previous consultations,” Dr. Ferguson urged. The Minister explained that the reform process would achieve a relevant and modern framework to govern and regulate oral health service in Jamaica, and give it importance as other areas in the medical arena, while extending oral care to underserved sections of the island. “I am working to ensure that dental services will be a parallel system to that of medicine,” the Minister said. Dr. Ferguson noted that in line with the reform process, a new Dental Council, Dental Auxiliary Advisory Board and a Dental Appeals Tribunal were recently appointed. By Garfield Angus, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

The Ohio state baseball team celebrates the team’s Big Ten championship victory. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsAfter clinching an automatic bid into the NCAA College Baseball tournament, the Ohio State Buckeyes have been placed as the No. 2 seed in the Louisville regional, hosted by No. 2 national seed Louisville Cardinals. For the Buckeyes, this has been a truly spectacular season, fueled by steady contributions from both sides of the plate as they finished with a Big Ten-best record of 43-18-1. On the year, OSU ranked second in the Big Ten in runs scored with 362. The team’s offense was driven largely by their strong power numbers, where they ranked first in the Big Ten and tied for 28th in the country with 56 home runs. Another strength was the speed on the basepaths, where they ranked second in the Big Ten and tied for 18th in the country in stolen bases with 98 successful swipes.But it wasn’t just the bats that worked for the Buckeyes. The pitching staff for the Scarlet and Gray also contributed in a major way to the success of the team. OSU pitchers posted a 3.02 ERA on the season, good for second best in the Big Ten and 11th in the nation; a 1.20 WHIP, best in the Big Ten and 12th in the nation; and a miniscule 2.40 BB/9 rate, second best in the Big Ten and fifth best among all NCAA teams.In the first matchup of their regional, the Buckeyes will take on Wright State University, champions of the Horizon League. The Raiders have put together a strong season, posting a 44-15 record overall. They currently sit 36th overall with a 3.47 ERA and tenth overall with a 1.20 WHIP. Though WSU ranks 22nd overall in runs scored (424 on the season), they have few explosive aspects to their offense. The Raiders currently rank 95th in batting average (.283) and tied for 55th in home runs (46). Their offense has largely been sparked by a NCAA 20th best-91 stolen bases.That game begins on Friday, June 3 at 6 p.m. E.T.The winner of the Louisville regional will play the winner of the Vanderbilt regional in the Super Regional round. read more

Ohio State redshirt senior Billy Price gives his thoughts on battle for right guard at Big Ten Media Days in Chicago on July 24. Credit: Jacob Myers | Managing EditorChicago — A month away from the season opener, the Ohio State football team still has several question marks at key positions.Chief among those open spots is right guard.“It’s wide open as we speak, and obviously right guard is as critical a position as there is, so it’s going to be a big battle this training camp,” coach Urban Meyer said in his opening remarks at Big Ten Media Days.Meyer listed seven names who are going to be battling for that spot: redshirt juniors Malcolm Pridgeon and Demetrius Knox, redshirt sophomores Matt Burrell and Brandon Bowen and freshmen Wyatt Davis, Thayer Munford and Josh Myers. “There’s positives and negatives to having seven guys, but how do you get those guys reps and no one has really stepped up and taken it,” Meyer said. “It’s going to be a street fight, especially the first 10 days because you can’t have seven guys competing for that spot … That’s going to be No. 1 on the hit list as we start practice.”The player they are replacing — redshirt senior center Billy Price — believes that even though they are young players, they cannot be counted out just yet, citing now-sophomore Michael Jordan as an example of a young player who came into his true freshman season and won a starting job on the offensive line.“Josh Myers, Thayer Munford and Wyatt Davis, all three of them have ability. They all each bring something to the table that I haven’t seen before, I haven’t seen in a while,” Price said. “(Jordan) came to work last year, he got the position and that’s why he was playing … Perspective to those guys happening, if you show up, you tighten your shoes and you go to work, the position is yours.”Price knows what it takes to step up and take on the starting role as right guard. And so as a senior captain and former right guard himself, he has taken time in between practicing his new role as center to coach several of the younger players as they battle to be Price’s right-hand man on the offensive line.“It’s my job as an older guy to take a young guy underneath and say, ‘Hey, let’s go play some ball,’” Price said. “I’ve had those conversations. Thayer Munford, Wyatt, Josh Myers in particular just being with the freshmen class to just saying, ‘Hey, I need you guys. We need you guys. You’ve got to develop. We need everybody within that room to have their role running, let’s go play some ball.’”One of the freshmen that has stood out to Price so far this year has been Myers. Nicknamed “Tommy” by some of the players for being a “country boy,” Myers has already started to build chemistry with the team and become familiar with the players and rigors of working with the team since he enrolled in January, which Price said has given the freshman an edge.“Josh went through an offseason and he’s continued to develop there as things have continued,” Price said. “I think that because he had those four extra months and he went through a spring, that name is mentioned in (at right guard). And I think that if he continues to develop, if he goes and puts in all out there 100 percent at camp time, it will raise an eyebrow to coach Meyer.”Another player whose name is frequently linked to the starting right guard position is Burrell, who started with the first-team offense during the spring game. Burrell redshirted his true freshman season in 2015 and emerged as an early front-runner for the starting left guard spot in 2016. However, he lost the position battle to Jordan, and was demoted to a backup role.Losing out the job last season to a true freshman, Burrell could have let the loss get to him and cost him further on down the road. But instead, Price said, he has battled through the loss and gained confidence along the way.“You build confidence as a young man too, and I think for Burrell’s case, he’s built a lot of confidence as well as a lot of the other seven that you mentioned,” Price said. “There’s a lot of things that are starting to click for him as he is the favorite from what you’ve said.”And while Price did not voice his own opinion on whom he deems to be the favorite, he acknowledged that Burrell has been considered the likely starter by some out there.“I think from what coach Meyer has said, an article that had been presented, that yes I think (Burrell) is the favorite according to sources,” Price said. “That is not saying that I said that he’s the favorite or that I think he’s the favorite, I just know if I play next to him, we’re going to be okay.” read more

first_imgYou can still reserve your tickets online here up until 5pm today while stocks last. There are mostly just single seats remaining in most blocks with some additional tickets still remaining in unallocated Bronze blocks.There will be limited cash turnstiles on the evening on a first-come first served basis in the Totally Wicked North Stand blocks NH and NI – tickets in these blocks will not be available from the Ticket Office.Any remaining tickets from other areas including South block SB, will be available at the Ticket Office while stocks last. We cannot guarantee there will be any tickets remaining before kick-off so we advise fans to secure theirs before gates open at 6pm.Those fans who have purchased their match tickets already and not yet collected them are advised to arrive early to avoid potential queues at the ticket collection point. Please note all PRE-BOUGHT match tickets can be collected from the Ticket Collection point only, which is located next to the ticket office.Please also be advised that the ticket office is only for purchases made on the evening and for collection of any 2019 Membership cards.The game will kick off at 7:45pm with gates open from 6pm.last_img read more

first_img Next Article Enroll Now for $5 This story originally appeared on Reuters 1 min read March 25, 2016 Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand –shares Add to Queuecenter_img Reuters Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Verizon Communications Inc. said an attacker had exploited a security vulnerability on its enterprise client portal to steal contact information of a number of customers.The company said the attacker however did not gain access to Customer Proprietary Network Information (CPNI) or other data.CPNI is the information that telephone companies collect including the time, date, duration and destination number of each call and the type of network a consumer subscribes to.  Krebs On Security, which first broke the news of the breach, said a member of a underground cybercrime forum had posted a new thread advertising the sale of a database containing the contact information on some 1.5 million customers of Verizon Enterprise.The seller priced the entire package at $100,000, but offered to sell it off in parts of 100,000 records for $10,000 apiece, Krebs added.The vulnerability, which was investigated and fixed, did not leak any data on consumer customers, Verizon said in a statement on Thursday.The company is currently notifying customers impacted by the breach.(Reporting by Amrutha Penumudi in Bengaluru; Editing by Diane Craft and Cynthia Osterman) Image credit: Foap | k_luang Verizon Hacked, With Data of 1.5 Million Customers Stolen Cyber Attackslast_img read more