Ayodhya verdict: Meerut police scan provocative social media accounts

first_imgAhead of the Ayodhya verdict, the Uttar Pradesh police are vetting social media accounts to spot trouble-mongers. Ajay Sahni, Senior Superintendent of Police, Meerut, has asked the cybercell team in the district to look into the accounts which make disparaging religious comments.Also read: Maintain peace after Ayodhya verdict: PM to Ministers“In the past 24 hours, we have taken down 10 such Facebook and Twitter accounts with the help of social media companies,” said Avinash Pandey, SP (Rural).Locals feel the move has come after Lakshmikant Vajpayee, former president of the Uttar Pradesh unit of the Bharatiya Janta Party, complained of a sudden rise in Twitter accounts in the name of characters of Hindu mythology. “We have noticed Twitter handles in the name of Shri Ram, Sita, Vibhishan and Ravan, where some of the conversations are insensitive to religious beliefs. I appealed to the IGP (Meerut Range) to look into the ‘real’ identities of persons who are running such accounts…,” Mr. Vajpayee told The Hindu.Mr Pandey said: “Four cybercell teams of our social media lab are working in rural areas as well. In the last few days, we have taken action in three cases. In one, a provocative comment was made against a Muslim religious leader, then an offensive statement was made against the Hindus, and the third talked of the exodus of families of one community. Such rumours of exodus keep cropping up in the region and we won’t allow them to gain traction.” However, he said there was no blanket ban on accounts with religious overtones.He said the police had a meeting with Army officials in the cantonment area on Wednesday to share military intelligence inputs.The administration is on high alert in the communally sensitive districts of western Uttar Pradesh. In Rampur, SSP Ajaypal Sharma held meetings with senior members of both communities in rural areas. In Saharanpur, District Magistrate Alok Pandey asked the district cybercell to scan social media for provocative posts and file FIRs against those spreading rumours on WhatsApp. Officials have been told to make it clear that not only those who generate provocative posts will be prosecuted but those who forward such posts will also be detained.In Bulandshahr’s Khurja, a mock drill with a drone was conducted.In Aligarh, Shehar Mufti Khalid Hamid said he would again appeal to Muslims after Friday prayers not to celebrate if the Supreme Court ruled in their favour. “We have full faith in the judiciary. I have sent a message to all local mosques that if the judgment is not to their liking, Muslims should not harbour ill-will towards the other community. Also, they should not fall for false propaganda and rumours on social media,” he told The Hindu.AMU Vice-Chancellor Tariq Mansoor has urged all sections to respect the verdict. “It is the duty of all sections to show the utmost respect to the decision of the highest court and not to give a statement or indulge in any activity which may vitiate the peaceful atmosphere on the university campus, in the city and in the country,” he said in a statement.last_img read more

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China Kashgar ousts Chooks-to-Go from title contention with 16-point beatdown

first_imgFire hits houses in Mandaluyong City “Proud of the guys’ effort, pero hanggang doon lang talaga,” tweeted coach Chot Reyes after the game.Chooks-to-Go has been relegated to the classification phase, where it meets Shabab Al-Ahli Dubai of UAE on Friday with a chance to finish as high as fifth place in the continental club championship.Adams caught fire early for China Kashgar, dropping 21 of his 23 points in the first half, to go with his nine rebounds, four assists, and two steals, before Xi Re Li Jiang picked up the slack in the third quarter, unfurling eight of his 20 markers in the frame as the Chinese ran away from the Filipinos.Yu Tang Cai added 11 points in the win, as China Kashgar advanced to the semifinals where it meets Kazakh side BC Astana.Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas faced an uphill battle early as Adams waxed hot and helped China Kashgar opened the game with a 17-4 start.ADVERTISEMENT Photo by Fiba.comChooks-to-Go Pilipinas’ dream of reigning supreme in the 2017 Fiba Asia Champions Cup came to a screeching halt at the hands of China Kashgar.The Chinese crew, made up of the core of Xinjiang Flying Tigers, imposed their will in the second half to blowout the Philippine side, 86-70, in their quarterfinals duel at Chenzhou Sports Center in Chenzhen, China on Thursday.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters 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 View comments Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next Meralco averts disaster, ousts Blackwater Though the Filipinos got their bearings back behind Ravena, who tied the game at 39-all with 2:00 left in the second quarter, they were just outmatched on the other side of the halftime break before Makan Kelanbaike gave the Chinese a commanding 21-point lead, 84-63, with 5:25 to play.Blatche did not play against his fellow Filipinos as coach Li Qiuping sat him out for the game after playing against Al Riyadi on Tuesday.The Scores:CHINA KASHGAR 86 – Adams 23, Xi Re Li Jiang 20, Yu 11, Wang 8, Makan 7, Sun M 6, Li 4, Tang 3, Liu 2, Sun T 2.CHOOKS-TO-GO PILIPINAS 70 – Austin 16, Ravena 16, Cruz 10, Manuel 10, Jose 5, Torres 5, Jero. Teng 4, Tamsi 2, Vosotros 2, Revilla 0, Jeri. Teng 0.Quarters: 24-17, 45-39, 68-57, 86-70. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight China Kashgar was afforded the luxury to rest Andray Blatche in the tiff as it was the duo of Darius Adams and Xi Re Li Jiang Mugedaer who did the damage and dashed Chooks’ aspirations.Kiefer Ravena fought valiantly for Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas, firing 16 points, three rebounds, and two assists, but was largely checked by the taller opposition in the second half.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 shutoutIsaiah Austin also added 16 markers, but shot 5-of-12 from the field, to go with 11 boards and two dimes, while Carl Bryan Cruz and Jett Manuel got 10 points apiece in the losing effort.Chooks shot a horrific 5-of-23 clip from three against China Kashgar’s 14-of-35 shooting from beyond the arc. MOST READ LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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Slaughter wins 1st BPC; Durham is back-to-back Best Import

first_imgGreg Slaughter in his first game back since suffering an ACL injury 10 months ago. PBA IMAGESGreg Slaughter proved that he’s no longer feeling the lingering effects of his ACL injury as his dominant showing in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup was enough for him to take home his first Best Player of the Conference award.The 6-foot-11 center averaged 14.7 points, 8.8 rebounds, 1.7 assists, and 1.6 blocks as he helped the Gin Kings earn a return trip to the finals and defend their throne.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters 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 LATEST STORIES Green Archers get back at Fighting Maroons View comments The 29-year-old slotman averaged 25.4 points, 20.1 rebounds, 6.8 assists, and 1.3 blocks to stamp his class among this conference’s reinforcements.Durham gathered 1,219 votes, powered by 592 statistical points, 421 media votes, 57 player votes, and 150 votes from the PBA as he was the unanimous choice as this conference’s top import.He also became the first reinforcement to win the award in back-to-back seasons since Gabe Freeman in the 2009 and 2010 Fiesta Conferences, as well as becoming the ninth reinforcement to bag the Best Import award multiple times, following the footsteps of seven-time winner Bobby Parks, as well as two-time victors Norman Black, Billy Ray Bates, Ken Redfield, Derrick Brown, Jerald Honeycutt, Freeman, and Arizona Reid.Durham bested Ginebra’s Justin Brownlee (834 votes), TNT’s Glen Rice Jr. (574 votes), and San Miguel’s Terrence Watson (482 votes) for the plum.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Slaughter received 975 votes to win the award after getting 393 statistical points, 412 media votes, 20 player votes, and 150 votes from the PBA Commissioner’s Office.He became only the sixth Ginebra player to win the highest individual plum in a conference, joinig the likes of Marlou Aquino, Eric Menk, Mark Caguioa, Jayjay Helterbrand, and LA Tenorio.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 shutoutSlaughter edged Meralco swingman Chris Newsome for the award after the sophomore got 707 votes, as well as San Miguel big man June Mar Fajardo (617 votes), TNT slasher Jayson Castro (440 votes), and San Miguel forward Arwind Santos (371 votes).PBA IMAGESMeanwhile, Allen Durham was once again hailed as the Bobby Parks Best Import for the season-ending conference. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF presidentlast_img read more

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FIFA’s video review system under scrutiny again in Russia

first_imgView comments Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Accuracy is more important than speed, has become the mantra in Russia.Neither were in evidence Sunday in Sochi as Cameroon defender Ernest Mabouka eventually left the field around three minutes after his boot connected with Emre Can of Germany.Mabouka’s teammate Sebastien Siani had sarcastically applauded the referee when he was wrongly sent from the field. Eventually Siani’s slate was wiped clean and he completed the match.Still, the image of a top referee being openly disrespected will not please FIFA.Roldan arrived at the Confederations Cup trying to rebuild a reputation that was damaged at the 2014 World Cup. There, he was chosen for the second game of the tournament, and incorrectly ruled out two Mexico goals. FIFA did not pick him for another refereeing duty in Brazil.To further damage Roldan’s standing, Germany coach Joachim Loew said neither he nor Can believed the tackle merited even a yellow card.“I didn’t have the impression that it was a mean foul with the intent to hurt the opponent. It was not intentional,” Loew said through a translator at the post-match news conference.Loew, whose Germany team will defend its World Cup title next year, still thinks video review can benefit the game — with one condition.“I think it can be fine-tuned over time so that decisions can be made more quickly,” the German coach said. “That would be great.” Portugal had most to complain about one week ago when a potential opening goal in a 2-2 draw with Mexico was ruled out by an offside judged in an earlier phase of play.FIFA stressed last week that all decisions proved ultimately correct, and the controversies were simply inevitable overreactions as world football gets used to a new system being put to its highest-profile tests.Indeed, FIFA President Gianni Infantino felt confident to proclaim video review was “the future of football” and still on track to be approved by the guardians of the game’s laws before the 2018 World Cup.Human error by Roldan seemed the biggest problem Sunday though it added to the perception that video review is capable of causing as much controversy as it solves.FIFA has certainly pulled back from its prediction last year that game-changing decisions — goals scored, penalty kicks awarded, red cards, mistaken identity — could be reviewed and resolved in as few as six seconds.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Wilmar Roldan sent off a Cameroon defender more than three minutes after a high tackle on a German opponent and only after his own case of mistaken identity.The Colombian official arrived at what was arguably the correct decision following two visits to the touchline to consult video replays and first showing only a yellow card, then a red card, to the wrong Cameroon player.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I think everyone is confused, including me,” Cameroon coach Hugo Broos said of referee Roldan after a 3-1 loss in Sochi that eliminated his team. “He and he alone can explain what happened there in that moment.”Cameroon was also involved in two video decisions last Sunday, when possible Chile goals were reviewed for offside rulings. The first goal was disallowed, the second counted in Chile’s 2-0 victory. Wangs stuns Racal, improves to 3-2 What ‘missteps’? Cameroon players protest against referee Wilmar Roldan during the Confederations Cup, Group B soccer match between Germany and Cameroon, at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi, Russia, Sunday, June 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)SOCHI, Russia — FIFA’s new video review system is bringing turmoil to the Confederations Cup, with technology designed to deliver quick, clear decisions agitating players and leaving coaches and fans confused.Perhaps even worse for FIFA, the latest controversy on Sunday — exactly one week after four goal reviews in that day’s two matches — made one of the world’s highest-rated referees look hesitant and wrong.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage MOST READ Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’last_img read more

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Two men and the sea

first_imgManoj Chacko, Model Divya Pandurangam and R. Mayilvaganan with Barracuda fishThey are not old men but they are one with the sea, fishing in waters which has brought them both business and fun. In a brainwave Manoj Chacko, 40 and R. Mayilvaganan, 45 hit upon the idea of taking deep-sea,Manoj Chacko, Model Divya Pandurangam and R. Mayilvaganan with Barracuda fishThey are not old men but they are one with the sea, fishing in waters which has brought them both business and fun. In a brainwave Manoj Chacko, 40 and R. Mayilvaganan, 45 hit upon the idea of taking deep-sea fishing beyond mere trawlers and make it a pleasure ride for those who had heard about it but had no clue as to how to go about the adventure. With its headquarters in Chennai, Barracuda Bay Adventure, an year and half old company, is now a name to reckon with; for the first time in Tamil Nadu, fishing has become more than just a wait and watch pastime. It’s adventure. “But honestly all we wanted to do was provide a platform for keen enthusiasts to fish. Safely, economically and ecologically.” says promoter Manoj Chacko.Chacko and Mayil had to fight for over a year to obtain permits and clearances to start their business. “It was very difficult. We were bounced around from one department to another. Nobody seemed to know what permit to give us! But six months ago, the paperwork was finally stamped and filed, and Barracuda Bay escorted its first passengers into the deep blue sea. Model Divya Pandurangam with fishing equipmentWith over twenty years of angling experience the two promoters wanted other enthusiasts to share in the joys of deep sea fishing. Chacko is an interior designer by profession while Mayil is a real estate developer. “Tamil Nadu has such a gorgeous coastline and the Marina at Chennai has so much to offer. The feeling of going out to sea on a luxurious boat cutting through the swells is an amazing experience. We wanted others to have this opportunity,” enthuses Chacko. And then the passionate angler in him takes over: “It is such a great feeling. Even after doing this for so long, it is indescribable to see barracuda rocketing out of the water chasing baitfish, giant trevally chasing plugs and poppers around the wrecks, or the sound of screaming reels with a king or a sailfish taking line.” But what of those who wish merely to experience the deep blue? “You just want to laze about nibbling on a sandwich and watch the occasional dolphin pod crisscrossing the front of the bow? Well please go ahead and do just that! They tailor make each experience to suit your requirements. On the boatMMD approvedlife jackets for clients and crew.MMD approved fire fighting equipment.Fresh water storage tanks.First aid kits.Flares.Latest fishing equipment. advertisementlast_img read more

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Gautam Gambhir admits shoulder injury scan, says unaware of its result

first_imgThe Indian skipper for the forthcoming ODI series against West Indies — Gautam Gambhir — has not been sure of the extent of his shoulder injury as he was yet to know the result of MRI scan done on Tuesday evening.After losing to Mumbai Indians in a crucial match of the fourth season of Indian Premier League (IPL) on Wednesday, the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) captain claimed he did not know the details of the MRI scan.He said the KKR physiotherapist, Andrew Leipus, did not want to discuss the scan report before the match against Mumbai Indians.”I haven’t got the report. I still need to speak to the physio. I will speak to him once I reach the dressing room since he never wanted to discuss it before the game. I will go and speak with him now,” Gambhir, who had suffered the injury in the last league match on May 22, said.If the report turns out to be adverse, Gambhir might have to miss the tour of West Indies. Vice-captain Suresh Raina might lead the Indian team in that case.last_img read more

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Doping in cards? Bridge ban fuels backlash to Olympic link

first_imgAnd the WBF’s in-competition testing is extremely limited: Just 11 tests in total in 2017, the most recent year for which figures are available, and 14 in 2016.“We simply don’t have the people to manage,” says Jaap Stomphorst, who heads a WBF anti-doping sub-committee. “At major competitions we test around 10-12 players, that’s all.”That Helgemo escaped with a one-year ban also underscored how anti-doping punishments are unevenly applied across sports. He appears to have been leniently treated in comparison with athletes in active sports. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, for example, last year handed a 3-year ban to an amateur cyclist, Dylan Lima, only for testosterone and 1-year bans only for clomifene to two MMA fighters. For performance enhancers like testosterone, the WADA code calls for four-year bans when athletes fail to prove that they didn’t intentionally dope.David Harris, the WBF counsel who prosecuted Helgemo’s case before a federation disciplinary panel, says the player “was unable to give a definitive explanation” of how testosterone and clomifene entered his body. Helgemo first suggested that he may have taken pills meant for his girlfriend before later blaming food supplements given to him by a friend, Harris said in a phone interview.“The panel probably erred on the side of leniency,” he said. “They took into account the whole circumstances relating to the situation and came up with a decision that one year was the appropriate period of suspension.”Helgemo didn’t respond to Associated Press efforts to reach him by email and text message. Harris said the Norwegian is currently serving a six-month prison sentence for tax offenses in Norway that is unconnected to his doping ban.He said that as a top professional, Helgemo had been tested before, should have been aware of the anti-doping rules and should have been more careful.“This was an unfortunate case, but it was a careless case in many ways,” Harris said. “This is a person who is earning a considerable amount of money out of playing bridge.” “People think it’s wrong,” Boye Brogeland, a bridge professional who won two world championships with Helgemo, said of the top-ranked player’s test for the steroid testosterone and infertility drug clomifene.“Nobody thinks he took this to get an edge at bridge,” Brogeland said in a phone interview.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsEven the governing World Bridge Federation that punished 49-year-old Helgemo last month by banning the Norwegian for one year from lucrative professional competitions says most of the drugs and doping methods that are prohibited in bridge because the game has signed up to World Anti-Doping Agency rules don’t, in fact, make bridge players better.Testosterone and clomifene, both found in the sample Helgemo provided last Sept. 29 at a World Bridge Series tournament in Orlando, Florida, are among the groups of substances that the WBF says in its anti-doping handbook for players are “not expected to affect performance in bridge.” Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other FILE – In this Tuesday Sept. 22, 2015 file picture, competitors play bridge at the Acol Bridge Club in West Hampstead, London. A doping ban handed down to the top-ranked player in bridge has provoked a backlash in the card game. It also has provoked criticism of bridge’s affiliation with the Olympics. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland, File)PARIS— When the top-ranked bridge player tested positive for a steroid that Lance Armstrong also used to cheat at the Tour de France, it was easy to snigger. Juicing in cards? Ha! But within the card game recognized as a sport by the International Olympic Committee, fans and players seethed.Whereas the eventual unmasking of Armstrong as a cycling swindler was widely hailed as a resounding victory for sports’ fight against doping, critics in bridge saw the positive drug test for Geir Helgemo as a black mark for the anti-doping system and proof that it shouldn’t be applied uniformly across sports.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event MOST READ LATEST STORIES Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Mike Trout, Angels close to record $432M, 12-year MLB deal Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Yet the WBF prohibits and tests sporadically for them anyway, not because of any suspicion that their use is rife in the game but because that is the price the federation must pay to come under the Olympic umbrella. Accepting the WADA code and the jurisdiction of sports’ highest tribunal, the Court of Arbitration for Sport, are conditions for recognition by the IOC. IOC recognition , in turn, helps secure status and funding for bridge as it fights to stay relevant in the videogame era. It also allows WBF executives to cling to the so-far fruitless ambition of one day seeing bridge played at the Olympic Games.On bridge forums, Helgemo’s case has provoked vigorous debate and a backlash , with critics questioning bridge’s adherence to WADA rules and its Olympic affiliation. For them, further proof that being part of the IOC system does more harm than good to bridge was a CAS ruling last year that dealt a blow to the game’s efforts to weed out cheating at cards. The Swiss court overturned five-year bans that bridge authorities had handed down for cheating to top players Fulvio Fantoni and Claudio Nunes. The CAS didn’t completely absolve the pair but ruled that the European Bridge League failed to prove that the players used a prearranged code during games to secretly tip each other off about their hands.“The integrity of the game is lost because we are trying to get into Olympics,” Brogeland says. “The price is just too high. You cannot actually take the real cheats out of the game because of the Olympics, and now you actually take people out of the game who are not cheats.”Helgemo’s case also reflects badly on the global anti-doping system, because it highlighted how unevenly WADA rules are applied across sports.Unlike the vast majority of sports, which test athletes both when they’re competing and when they’re not, the bridge federation only tests players at major competitions.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Durant, Thompson Lead Warriors to a 2-0 Series Lead on Spurs

first_imgOAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Curry watched another lopsided win from the bench in sheer delight, wearing a sport coat and big smile.The steady hands of Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson certainly have made the two-time MVP’s absence far less daunting for the defending champions so far in these playoffs.Durant sparked a decisive third-quarter run on the way to 32 points, Thompson added 31 points and five assists in another superb playoff performance and the Golden State Warriors rallied in the second half to beat the San Antonio Spurs 116-101 on Monday night for a 2-0 lead in their first-round series.As Curry remains out likely for the entire series nursing a sprained left knee, the Warriors used all the offensive power they had to take both home games in the best-of-seven series.“No one can make up Steph’s contributions individually,” Thompson said. “That’s got to be done as a team and even then it’s hard with the way he can shoot the ball.”Thompson has found his touch after missing two weeks in March with a broken right thumb.He followed up his brilliant 11-for-13 shooting day in a 113-92 Game 1 rout Saturday by hitting 12 of 20 shots. Durant also had six rebounds and six assists for the Warriors, who went without key backup big man David West down the stretch after he sprained his left ankle early in the fourth.Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson (11) drives the ball away from San Antonio Spurs’ Patty Mills, right, during the first quarter in Game 2 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Monday, April 16, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Coach Steve Kerr stuck with JaVale McGee as his starting center and the 7-footer contributed 10 points and seven rebounds as the well-rounded defending champions again showed off their remarkable depth.LaMarcus Aldridge scored 34 for the Spurs despite facing double-teams and Rudy Gay moved into the starting lineup and scored 12 points.Game 3 is Thursday as the series shifts to San Antonio.Thompson managed just three shots in the first quarter and began 1 for 5. He pounded the basketball down with two hands, frustrated, midway through the second quarter. Then he found his groove.“He hit some tough shots off one leg and you know had some opportunity bounces,” Aldridge said. “That’s why they are who they are. They made tough shots. KD made tough shots.”A baseline 3 with 55.9 seconds left before halftime was his first of the night and got Golden State within 49-45 before the Spurs took a 53-47 lead at intermission.Draymond Green began 0 for 5 before his first basket on the opening possession of the fourth quarter and Durant missed his five 3-point tries in the first half then finally hit from deep early in the third.The Warriors opened the third on a 19-5 run to take charge but this time the Spurs didn’t go away.Spurs coach Gregg Popovich went with Gay in the starting lineup for Kyle Anderson in an effort to generate more scoring — and his team still struggled to make shots.Popovich said before the game that Golden State in Game 1 played “the most stifling defense we faced all year long. That was the best defensive 48 minutes that we have competed against all year long.”Kerr knew Popovich would have his team better prepared.Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson, right, guards San Antonio Spurs’ Patty Mills (8) during the first quarter in Game 2 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Monday, April 16, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)And the Spurs showed higher intensity on both ends through the first half, working to keep the ball out of Durant’s hands or contest shots while jumping in passing lanes to force mistakes.Andre Iguodala, the 2015 Finals MVP, started a second straight game and had 14 points, seven rebounds and five assists as the Warriors beat the Spurs for the 10th time in 11 games covering the regular season and playoffs.San Antonio struggled from the floor for the second straight game, finishing 35 for 85 (41.2 percent). In Game 1, the Spurs shot 40 just percent while going 9 for 22 from deep and got outrebounded 51-30.TIP-INSSpurs: Aldridge made all 12 of his free throws. … The Spurs missed 9 of their first 11 3s and were 4 for 28 from long range. … San Antonio lost its sixth straight games overall against the Warriors at Oracle Arena. … The Spurs took their first lead of the series, 18-17, with 4:20 left in the first quarter. They trailed from wire to wire in the series opener.Warriors: Golden State outscored San Antonio 69-48 in the second half. … After getting 32 assists on 44 field goals in the series opener, the Warriors tallied 24 assists on 41 baskets. … Golden State has won nine straight postseason Game 2s, all at home, and 11 consecutive home playoff games overall.RELIABLE WESTWest scored on three straight second-quarter possessions and finished with 10 points and four rebounds in 14 minutes.But he got injured with 9:59 left defending Aldridge and headed to the locker room, despite appearing to try stretching out his legs to return.“He had a really nice night,” Kerr said. “I was concerned with that sprained ankle. We’ll see how he’s doing. We need him, but he told me he was doing OK.”QUOTEABLEPopovich on whether he saw potential in Kerr to coach during Kerr’s four years for San Antonio:“Oh, sure, I mean are you kidding me? He played for Phil (Jackson) for 97 years and he learned a lot and won championships. … He’s a no-brainer.”—By JANIE McCAULEY , AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Batshuayi: My Chelsea future is down to Conte

first_imgTransfers Batshuayi: My Chelsea future is down to Conte Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 00:44 1/29/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Michy Batshuayi Getty Images Transfers Chelsea Newcastle United Chelsea v Newcastle United FA Cup Antonio Conte Michy Batshuayi Though he scored a brace on Sunday, the striker is unsure if he will be staying at the club much longer Michy Batshuayi does not know if he will still be at Chelsea when the transfer window closes on Wednesday.The Belgian has been strongly linked with a loan move as the Premier League champions have been linked with several strikers to compliment Alvaro Morata.With Morata absent, Batshuayi struck a first-half brace to take his tally for the season to 10 in all competitions as Chelsea downed Newcastle United 3-0 in the FA Cup on Sunday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Michy Batshuayi eBut the 24-year-old is unsure whether his double will be enough to keep him in manager Antonio Conte’s plans for the rest of the season.”I don’t know,” Batshuayi told BT Sport when asked about his future. “It’s up to the boss, it’s better to talk to Conte.”Chelsea rarely needed to get out of second gear, with Marcos Alonso’s free-kick wrapping up the scoring at Stamford Bridge.”It’s very good for the team and for me I’m very happy,” said Batshuayi. “When I have a chance I take the chance and I work every day – I’m very happy.”NEW HAIR DONT CARE Clean sheet, 2 goals and through next round today was a good day @ChelseaFCpic.twitter.com/NCK4vZwUSC— Michy Batshuayi (@mbatshuayi) January 28, 2018Victory ensured Chelsea bounced back from their Carabao Cup semi-final defeat to Arsenal last time out, leaving captain Gary Cahill happy with his side’s showing.”It was decent in the end,” Cahill told BT Sport. “I thought we started a bit rusty. We needed that win and to progress is the most important.”We need to try to reach the final rounds in this having gone out of the EFL Cup the other night so this is very important.”After the first 10-15 minutes we got on with it. Especially this guy [Batshuayi], he took his opportunity.”last_img read more

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When are the 2018-19 international breaks?

first_imgIt may be the scourge of club managers around the world, but international football is and remains the pinnacle for many footballers.So, while the likes of Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, who branded the UEFA Nations League “the most senseless competition in the world”, look at the international calendar with frustration, many players still take immense pride in representing their country.The reason for the opprobrium expressed towards the international game is largely down to the fact that professional players, particularly those in the top leagues, already have packed schedules to fulfill, with games in the league, cup and, for some, continental competitions to partake in. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? That means the addition of international games further adds to their workload, thus increasing the risk of burnout, injuries and so on.The ‘Club versus Country’ stand-off has long been a talking point in the business and national team coaches usually keep a constant line of communication with club officials to monitor the availability of players ahead of each international break.National teams in different parts of the world naturally have different competitions, but the calendar for international games, as laid out by the world governing body FIFA, remains the same, with games generally played during the same windows regardless of location.When are the international breaks in 2018 & 2019?Last year saw the 2018 World Cup and the beginning of the UEFA Nations League in November.You can check out the international breaks in the table below. Year Dates Official or friendly matches 2018 Mar 19-27 2   Jun 14-Jul 15 World Cup   Sep 3-11 2   Oct 8-16 2   Nov 12-20 2 2019 Jan 5-Feb 1 Asian Cup   Mar 18-26 2   May 23-Jun 15 U-20 World Cup   Jun 3-11 2 (UEFA Nations League finals)   Jun 7-Jul 7 Women’s World Cup   Jun 14-Jul 19 Africa Cup of Nations / Copa America / Gold Cup   Sep 2-10 2   Oct 7-15 2   Nov 11-19 2 The year 2019 is also set to be a busy year in the international calendar, with the Africa Cup of Nations, the Asian Cup, the Copa America and the Gold Cup taking place.As well as that, there will be five international windows during the year, each allowing for two games to be played, be they official tournament qualifiers (for the European Championship, for example) or friendlies.The inaugural UEFA Nations League finals took place at the beginning of June, with Portugal coming out on top.For the first time in history the Africa Cup of Nations took place in the summer, with the tournament running from June 21 to July 19 and Algeria winning out.The 2019 Copa America kicked off on June 14 and finished on July 7, while the Gold Cup ran along a similar schedule from June 15 to July 7.Women’s football also enjoyed a spectacular summer, with France hosting the World Cup, while the men’s Under-20 World Cup took place in Poland.How to watch international football on TV & stream live online In the United Kingdom (UK), international football can be watched on a number of different channels, with Sky Sports, ITV and BBC among those to hold the television rights.However, it is somewhat more complicated in the United States (US), with English and Spanish language broadcasters working side by side in the American market.Below you can see a list of the different channels in the UK and US along with the different competitions they have the broadcasting rights for.UK TV channelsSky Sports UEFA Nations League UEFA European qualifiers (Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Scotland & Wales) FriendliesITV England’s UEFA European qualifiers England’s friendlies European Championship World CupBBC European Championship World Cup Women’s World CupEurosport Africa Cup of NationsS4C Wales’ UEFA European qualifiers Wales’ friendliesPremier Sports Copa AmericaUS TV channelsFOX / FS1 / FS2 World Cup  Women’s World Cup  Gold CupTelemundo / Universo / Telemundo Deportes World Cup Women’s World Cup Copa AmericaUnivision UEFA European qualifiers  Gold CupESPN UEFA Nations League UEFA European qualifiers  AFC qualifiers European Championship Copa AmericabeIN Sports Africa Cup of Nations CONMEBOL qualifiers CONCACAF qualifiers (excluding USA, Canada & Mexico home games) CAF qualifiersEleven Sports Asian Cuplast_img read more

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Sex Panther: Time to Musk Up

first_img Mountain Hardwear Is Bringing Augmented Reality to the Great Outdoors 16 Best Action Movies on Netflix Right Now Straight out of Brian Fantana’s secret scent stash, Sex Panther, the infamous cologne from Anchorman, has finally broken free from the silver screen and hit store shelves in the real world. It’s an actual product you can buy now, and from what we hear, it’s made with bits of real panther in it, so you know it’s good. …Ok, not really. PETA would be all up in their business if that were the case. But in all seriousness, they’ve done studies on this stuff – real, clinical trials to determine if it’s safe for use on humans – and in those studies they discovered that 60 percent of the time, it works every time.It’s pretty much exactly like it was in the movie, except for all that stuff about smelling like a dirty diaper filled with Indian food, or pure gasoline, or a turd covered in burnt hair. The cologne’s aroma is actually rather pleasant – somewhere between Cool Water by Davidoff and Armani’s Acqua Di Gio.Sex Panther is definitely a formidable scent, but unlike the cologne in the movie, this stuff isn’t made by a fragrance company named Odeon. The real-world Sex Panther is actually made by Omni Consumer Products: an entertainment licensing and product development company that takes fictional products from popular movies and makes them real. In addition to Sex Panther, the company also makes Brawndo, the energy drink from Idiocracy, and the pink bar of soap from Fight Club.You can pick up a bottle of Sex Panther here, or find more ridiculous movie products on Omni’s website. Editors’ Recommendations 5 Canadian Lifestyle Brands You Need to Know The Best Netflix Food Documentaries to Savor Right Now Filson’s New Collection Honors Smokey Bear and the U.S. Fire Servicelast_img read more

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Paul Weller To Rock Save The Children Christmas Tree Sessions

first_imgSave the Children UK is thrilled to announce a stellar line-up for its annual Christmas Tree Sessions.Brit pop band Supergrass’s Gaz Coombes, indie rock bands Lanterns on the Lake and The Moons, jazz and soul musician Will Heard and Modfather Paul Weller (who will be performing a select number of his classic tracks), will all take to the stage of London’s iconic Union Chapel for an eclectic evening of live music and entertainment.The evening is curated and hosted by BBC Radio 6 Music DJ Lauren Laverne. There will be Christmas readings from writer and journalist Caitlin Moran, comedians Chris Addison, Dom Joly and Peter Serafinowicz and Scottish writer, John Niven.There will also be music from the fabulous London Metropolitan Orchestra. Directed by Andy Brown the troupe has recorded countless film scores, as well as played with Paul McCartney, Pink Floyd, U2 and the Pet Shop Boys.The acts will be wearing their favourite festive sweaters to support Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day and hope the audience will wear theirs too.Lauren Laverne said: “Gaz Coombes and Paul Weller are brilliant live and it’s not often you get the chance to see such big names in such an intimate venue. Save the Children’s Christmas Tree Sessions is a great night, for a great cause, I can’t wait.”The event is on Thursday 5th December and will be broadcast live on The Guardian website. Tickets cost £40.All proceeds will go to Save the Children’s Syria Crisis Appeal, which is helping give children food, clean water, medicine and clothing. This Christmas, more than 1million Syrian children will be living in refugee camps or temporary accommodation, miles from their home. Many have lost or been separated from members of their family. Your help can make all the difference.Last year’s Christmas Tree Sessions had an equally incredible line-up that included Spiritualized, Band of Skulls, Fyfe Dangerfield, Kodaline and Elbow’s Guy Garvey in a phenomenal one-off duet with Myleene Klass. This sell-out event was also viewed by 64,000 music fans around the globe via You Tube live-stream and video-on-demand.To watch out for updates on this year’s line-up and to buy tickets, visit www.savethechildren.org.uk/xmastreesessions. All proceeds from the night will support Save the Children’s life-changing work with children affected by the Syrian crisis. Tickets are £40 and will be on sale soon.Source:Save the Children UKlast_img read more

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The Latest Phoenix police locate mother of dead newborn

first_imgPHOENIX — The Latest on a dead newborn found at an Amazon facility (all times local):8:50 a.m.Phoenix police say investigators have located and contacted the mother of a newborn baby girl found dead in a women’s restroom inside an Amazon distribution centre.A police statement doesn’t say whether the woman of the baby discovered Wednesday night is an Amazon employee and that her identity is being withheld.The statement issued Thursday said the police investigation will continue in consultation with the Maricopa County Medical Examiner’s Office.The massive distribution centre on the city’s southwest side is one of several Amazon sites in metro Phoenix.___6:30 a.m.Phoenix police say a newborn baby was found dead in a women’s restroom inside an Amazon distribution centre.Sgt. Vince Lewis says the baby was found Wednesday evening and that Phoenix firefighters responded and confirmed that the baby was deceased.Lewis says a death investigation is underway.Amazon says in a statement it’s working with police to support their investigation and calling the incident “terribly sad and tragic.”The massive distribution centre on the city’s southwest side is one of several Amazon sites in metro Phoenix.The gender of the baby was not disclosed.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Study: 100,000 Moroccans Live with Alzheimer’s Disease

Rabat – The study warns that the number of individuals living with dementia will continue to increase in the coming years, which will put pressure on the country’s economy.Although the country does not provide official statistics on the prevalence of dementia or Alzheimer’s, the study estimated that the rate of Alzheimer’s disease is not as high as other countries. According to the 2017 World Health Organization (WHO) report, deaths caused by Alzheimer’s or dementia reached 9,847 in the same year, representing 5.60 percent of total deaths in the country, ranking Morocco 16th globally. Worldwide, about 50 million people are living with dementia, which causes “deterioration in memory, thinking, behavior and the ability to perform everyday activities.”Nearly 10 million new cases of dementia are registered every year around the world, according to WHO.Read Also: French NGO Raises Autism Awareness with World Premiere White PaperWhile dementia mainly affects elderly people, WHO states that it is “not a normal part of aging.”Meanwhile, Alzheimer’s disease, a type of dementia, is a disease that degenerates brain cells, resulting in the patient’s gradual loss of memory, speech, movement, and the ability to think clearly.The total estimated cost of dementia worldwide is $818 billion according to 2015 statistics by the international nonprofit organization, Alzheimer Disease International.The cost represents 1.09 percent of global GDP in 2015, and mayl reach more than $1 trillion by 2018.In Morocco, there is insufficient diagnosis equipment for dementia. read more

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SecretaryGeneral saddened by death of former Republic of Korea leader

24 May 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced his deep sadness over the news of the sudden death of Roh Moo-hyun, the former President of the Republic of Korea (ROK). “I pay tribute to the late President Roh, who exerted tireless efforts to promote democracy, undertake various reform measures and pave the way for building an advanced society in Korea,” Mr. Ban said in a statement. “May he rest in peace.” He extended his condolences to Mr. Roh’s family and also conveyed his sympathy to the Government and people of ROK on losing their former head of State. read more

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Former Rwandan intelligence chief pleads not guilty in UN war crimes court

14 October 2009A former Rwandan intelligence chief who was caught recently after being on the run for nine years entered a plea of not guilty today as he made his first appearance in front of the United Nations tribunal which indicted him for his role in the country’s 1994 genocide. The start date of the trial of Idelphonse Nizeyimana, a former second in command for intelligence and military operations at an officers’ school, will be announced later by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), which is based in Arusha, Tanzania.Mr. Nizeyimana faces five counts of genocide or complicity in genocide, direct and public incitement to commit genocide, and crimes against humanity for his actions during the genocide, when an estimated 800,000 ethnic Tutsis and Hutu moderates were killed by Hutu militants, mainly by machete, during a period of less than 100 days.His alleged crimes include ordering the execution of former Rwandan Queen Rosalie Gicanda, a symbolic figure for all Tutsis.Mr. Nizeyimana, through the chain of command, is alleged to have exercised authority over soldiers and personnel and was perceived as a member of the elite inner circle (Akazu) of the late President Juvenal Habyarimana. He was arrested in Kampala, Uganda, on 5 October and was transferred to the UN Detention Facility in Arusha the following day. read more

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Azerbaijan exacerbating NagornoKarabakh conflict Armenia tells UN debate

25 September 2010Azerbaijan is exacerbating the dispute over the Nagorno-Karabakh region with its “unabated war rhetoric, increased violations of the ceasefire regime and the unprecedented increase” of its military budget, the Foreign Minister of Armenia told the General Assembly’s annual high-level debate today. Azerbaijan is exacerbating the dispute over the Nagorno-Karabakh region with its “unabated war rhetoric, increased violations of the ceasefire regime and the unprecedented increase” of its military budget, the Foreign Minister of Armenia told the General Assembly’s annual high-level debate today.Addressing the third day of the debate, Edward Nalbandian said the peace process for Nagorno-Karabakh – an autonomous region during Soviet times that is part of Azerbaijan’s territory but is occupied by Armenian forces – was moving forward through the mediation of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Minsk Group Co-Chairs.But Mr. Nalbandian said Azerbaijan was attempting to mislead the international community about the nature of the dispute, “presenting the consequences of the conflict as it causes.”He said the people of Nagorno-Karabakh had exercised their right to self-determination two decades ago.“They fought for their right to freedom, withstanding the brutal war unleashed by Azerbaijan that was suppressing them for 70 years and attempting to cleanse them from their ancestral home. For that purpose, it even resorted to the use of mercenaries closely linked to international terrorist organizations.”He also said that Azerbaijan was using money from oil revenues to fund military adventures.“Azerbaijan continues to reject the proposals to sign an agreement on the non-use of force and threat of force, and the calls for the consolidation of the ceasefire. Thus, by its stance, Azerbaijan represents a threat to regional peace and security.”He added that “Azerbaijan should refrain from its continuous attempts to shift the settlement process to other than the Minsk Group formats and frameworks and it should refrain from provocative and bellicose statements and actions so that the negotiation process could proceed in a more constructive and effective course.”The Foreign Minister said Azerbaijanis had destroyed thousands of delicately carved cross stones in Nakhichevan that date back from the ninth to the 16th centuries.“Thousands of these giant mediaeval sculptures were bulldozed under the Azerbaijani Government’s watchful eyes and this area was turned into a military ground in a Government-sanctioned operation.”Today Mr. Nalbandian met with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, with the two officials discussing the situation in the wider Southern Caucasus region.Mr. Ban stressed the importance of peace and stability in the area and said the United Nations was prepared to help in any way it could, especially on the humanitarian front. read more

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Positive power of sports highlighted on UN Day against Drug Abuse

As part of the annual observance, the UN Drug Control Programme (UNDCP) — the UN’s lead agency fighting illicit drugs and international crime – sponsored a wide range of activities around the world. The agency’s headquarters in Vienna organized a “day of fun and sports” for 300 children at the city’s International School. In Thailand, Myanmar, Colombia, Bolivia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Egypt and Kenya, UNDCP offices engaged the local communities in sporting events and live entertainment.In a message marking the Day, UNDCP Executive Director Pino Arlacchi pointed to the agency’s use of sports to help children build lives on the playing fields, away from dangerous streets where drugs can be a temptation. “Anyone who has participated in sports knows the exhilaration of scoring a goal in football or hockey, smacking the ball in cricket or baseball or sinking a game-winning basket,” Mr. Arlacchi said. “Sports bring out the best in young people by building teamwork, camaraderie and friendships that can last a lifetime.” Calling attention to the important role played by renowned athletes in the agency’s “Sports, Not Drugs” media campaign, he urged all athletes to “stand up and help UNDCP to shape a future where goals, baskets and match points count more than drugs.” Athletes’ contribution to raising awareness about the dangers of drugs was also flagged by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan in his message for the Day. “I look forward to working as a team with them and all anti-drug abuse campaigners to achieve our common goal of encouraging young people to cherish their bodies, hone their minds and build fruitful lives in which there is no place for drug abuse,” he said.The Secretary-General also stressed the need for communities to become involved in reaching young people. “If we are to promote alternatives to drug-taking lifestyles, entire communities – civic groups, businesses, teachers, doctors and parents – must be involved in the effort to reach into young people’s lives and grasp their concerns,” he said. The anti-drugs Day has been marked annually following a December 1987 decision of the UN General Assembly. The Assembly made its decision on a recommendation of the International Conference on Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, which, on 26 June 1987, had adopted the Comprehensive Multidisciplinary Outline of Future Activities in Drug Abuse Control. read more

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Broncos snap Steelers sixgame winning streak 2417

DENVER — Nose tackle Shelby Harris picked off Ben Roethlisberger’s 2-yard pass to Antonio Brown in the end zone with 1:03 remaining to seal Denver’s 24-17 win over Pittsburgh that snapped the Steelers’ six-game winning streak Sunday.The Broncos (5-6) used four takeaways to counter a 97-yard touchdown toss from Roethlisberger to JuJu Smith-Schuster.Roethlisberger was 41 of 56 for 462 yards, but he was intercepted twice and the Steelers (7-3-1) lost two fumbles in losing for the first time since September.Phillip Lindsay rushed for 110 yards and the game-deciding touchdown on just 14 carries for Denver, which also ended the Chargers’ six-game winning streak last week and would have snapped Houston’s five-game roll were it not for a missed field goal as time expired.Cornerback Bradley Roby and safety Darian Stewart were burned on Smith-Schuster’s long touchdown grab, but they made up for it when they teamed up on the final play of the third quarter for Denver’s third takeaway.Roby forced James Connor to cough up the football after a 23-yard gain and Stewart recovered it at the Denver 21.The Broncos then went 79 yards in 11 plays with Lindsay taking it in from 2 yards to break a 17-17 tie.Earlier in the third quarter, Roethlisberger was backed up into his own end zone after the Broncos downed a punt at the 3, and he was knocked down by Harris as he uncorked the pass.Smith-Schuster, who raced past Roby, hauled it in at the Pittsburgh 35, then evaded Roby and Stewart the rest of the way, finally shoving Stewart to the ground in front of the Broncos’ bench before running into the end zone to break a 10-10 halftime tie.The Broncos tied it at 17 on Case Keenum’s 5-yard strike to Emmanuel Sanders two plays after Chris Harris Jr. intercepted a pass intended for Brown at the Steelers 43.Brown, who burned Denver for 189 yards the previous time he played them, finished with just 67 yards on nine catches this time. Smith-Schuster got 189 yards this time, on 13 catches.Roethlisberger had 25 completions by halftime, the most in the first half in the regular season by a Steelers QB since 1960, but it took a fake field goal for Pittsburgh to reach the end zone.Kicker Chris Boswell threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to left tackle Alejandro Villanueva to tie it at 10.Boswell took the direct snap and threw a perfect pass to a wide-open Villanueva — who was a receiver and tight end at Army and became the first Steelers O-lineman to catch a touchdown pass since Ray Pinney did it against the Browns in 1983.The Steelers frittered away a shot at 10 more points in the first half.Justin Simmons blocked Boswell’s 48-yard field goal attempt and safety Will Parks punched away the football just as tight end Xavier Grimble was about to score on a 24-yard catch-and-run. The ball went out of bounds in the end zone for a touchback.INJURIESSteelers: T.J. Watt left in the first quarter with a wrist injury, but returned after halftime. … TE Vance McDonald left in the third quarter with a hip injury, but returned in the fourth.Broncos: CB Tramaine Brock hurt his ribs tackling Smith-Schuster in the third quarter. In the fourth quarter, TE Jeff Heuerman (back) and OLB Shaq Barrett (hip) left the game.UP NEXTSteelers: Return home to host Chargers in another prime-time matchup.Broncos: Travel to Cincinnati to face the league’s worst defence.___Follow Arnie Melendrez Stapleton on Twitter: http://twitter.com/arniestapleton___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLArnie Stapleton, The Associated Press read more

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