Trump adviser says he’s ‘reforming’ staff after Vindman ouster

first_imgPresident Donald Trump’s National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien said his staff was “bloated” when he took over last year and that he plans to reduce it to about 100 people, after an aide who testified in the House impeachment inquiry was dismissed on Friday.“We think a more efficient NSC and leaner NSC is a more effective NSC,” O’Brien told reporters traveling with Trump to a campaign rally in New Hampshire on Monday, using the abbreviation for the National Security Council.“This is something that people in both parties have been concerned about in the past, the size of the NSC,” O’Brien added. “So I think we’ve streamlined it. We’re reforming it.” On Friday, the White House dismissed NSC aides Alexander and Yevgeny Vindman following Trump’s acquittal in his Senate impeachment trial. Alexander Vindman, a lieutenant colonel in the Army, had testified in the House impeachment trial in response to a subpoena. His twin, Yevgeny, was a senior lawyer and ethics official for the NSC. The White House has not offered any official explanation for the ouster of either of the Vindmans.Most of the NSC’s staff is made up of career officials on loan from other government agencies, including the Defense and State departments. They routinely return to their home agencies after serving a rotation at the White House, but Trump has suggested Alexander Vindman was removed in retaliation for his testimony.O’Brien took over the NSC after former National Security Advisor John Bolton was dismissed in September. Trump ordered a reduction in the NSC’s staff after a whistle-blower reported concern about the president’s July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in which he asked for an investigation of former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter.O’Brien offered veiled criticism of Bolton in his remarks to reporters, saying he had “restored process to the NSC.”“We’re bringing the deputies and principals in to give their best advice, the best information they’ve got on the issues we’re facing and their opinions so we can get those to the president,” he said. “We’re very happy with how that’s going.”Topics :last_img read more

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COVID-19: Jokowi considers adjusting Idul Fitri break, orders regions to be obedient

first_imgPresident Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has said the government is open to adjusting the dates of the Idul Fitri public holiday in consideration of people who will not be able to return to their hometowns for the annual exodus, as the government is formulating regulations to limit movement.Ramadan is expected to take place from April 23 to May 23 this year, followed by Idul Fitri on May 24 and 25. It has become customary for people, especially those living in big cities, to visit their hometowns and gather with family during the long holiday.This year’s Idul Fitri was expected to see some 20 million people participate in the exodus, resulting in a massive stream of urbanites to rural areas. With the cases of COVID-19 showing no signs of slowing down, government officials and experts have expressed worry that the exodus might trigger an explosion of cases and deaths. Topics : “Perhaps an alternative is to change the dates of the public holiday. This will be discussed,” he said in a televised conference during a limited Cabinet meeting on Thursday.Furthermore, he also proposed that tourist destinations owned by regional administrations  be open to the public for free at a later date.“I think if those scenarios were arranged, we could give a little [sense of] peace to the people,” the President said.Jokowi also called on regional administrations to not come up with their own exodus policies. He urged for the policies to be well formulated in line with the central government.center_img “I want comprehensive scenarios,” he said.“The President, ministers, governors, regents, mayors and village heads must have the same vision, the same strategy, same way of solving the problems we face today.”The President declared on Tuesday a public health emergency and imposed large-scale social restrictions to stem the spread of the highly contagious disease.In the meeting, Jokowi also urged regional administrations, especially neighborhood units, to help monitor the exodus during Ramadan, adding that people coming from Greater Jakarta -which has become an epicenter of COVID-19 cases- should be supervised and urged to carry out self-isolation. last_img read more

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UK Should Set Up Floating Wind Funding Pot – Report

first_imgThe UK Government should use the Contracts for Difference (CfD) auction framework to create a specific pot of funding for innovative technologies like floating wind, according to a report released by RenewableUK and Scottish Renewables.This will secure an increase in new capacity from 32MW now to up to 2GW by 2030, making floating wind cost-competitive by that date, according to the report, Floating Wind – The UK Industry Ambition”.The report also calls for potential sites to be made available all around the UK, and for the UK government and the industry to invest jointly in new infrastructure supporting the development of floating wind at part of the UK’s Industrial Strategy. A clear pipeline of commercial-scale projects will bring about cost reduction through economies of scale, the report said. The ScotWind leasing process provides an opportunity for the development of floating wind in Scottish waters.Floating wind is also necessary for the UK to reach its legally-binding net-zero carbon emissions target by 2050 and to fulfil Scotland’s commitment to achieve this by 2045, the report said.The industry estimates that floating wind can support 17,000 UK jobs by 2050, particularly in coastal communities in England, Scotland and Wales, delivering GBP 33.6 billion of economic activity (GVA). This represents a return of GBP 15 for each GBP 1 invested in early stage support.The report highlights the fact that, thanks to UK’s global lead in this innovative technology, the UK is in a unique position to export floating wind worldwide to emerging markets with deep-water coastlines, like China, Japan, Norway, Portugal, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan and the USA. This market is expected to be worth at least GBP 230 million a year by 2031 to UK exporters.“The renewable energy sector has built its success on delivering innovation; floating wind is a prime example of what we can achieve. Our vision is to do much more at scale, securing further cost reduction and much-needed new capacity,” RenewableUK’s Head of Policy and Regulation, Rebecca Williams, said.“As we build even further out to sea into deeper waters, floating wind will unlock new areas for us to make use of our state of the art technology. We want to work with Government to maximise the extraordinary opportunities offered by this cutting-edge technology in which the UK leads the world.” Overall, the UK has the potential to install 75GW of offshore wind capacity, including floating wind, by 2050, up from 8.5GW now, to reach net zero by the most cost-effective pathway.“Scotland’s offshore energy experience and our deep water wind resource means we’re already a world leader in floating wind – technology which will be necessary to meet our net-zero emissions target and offers the most cost-effective pathway to delivering more than 50GW of offshore wind in UK waters,” Morag Watson, Director of Policy of Scottish Renewables, said.“This publication sets out how government, working with industry, as agreed in the Offshore Wind Sector Deal, can identify and deliver joint investments in the infrastructure which will underpin the development of floating wind and its supply chain, supporting the development of the UK Industrial Strategy.”last_img read more

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Louisville Sanctions

first_imgThe NCAA has not ruled on what type of sanctions the Louisville basketball program will incur for violations in recruiting practices at the University.  Like so many high profile programs, a lot of these violations stem from actions taken by rich and influential alumni.In most instances, the NCAA will simply place sanctions on the sport involved.  However, they could decide that certain universities may show a pattern in recruiting violations across the board.  I don’t think Louisville has been sanctioned in any other sport except for football a few years ago.  The only consequence of such a widespread sanction could affect Batesville’s Bryan Hoeing who pitches baseball for Louisville.  We hope this does not happen and basketball will be the only sport affected.last_img

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Bayern close on title as Bundesliga steps up racism protests

first_imgAll together: Players from Dortmund and Hertha Berlin take a knee before their gameDortmund battled to a 1-0 home win over Hertha thanks to a second-half strike from Emre Can.England winger Jadon Sancho, who was among the first Bundesliga players to lend his voice to the protests last weekend, missed from close range just after the break before setting up Can with a deft chip over the back line on 57 minutes.A late equaliser from Christian Strohdiek saw bottom-of-the-table Paderborn snatch a 1-1 draw away to RB Leipzig.Timo Werner set up Patrik Schick on 27 minutes to give Leipzig the lead, but they were forced to defend it with 10 men after Dayot Upamecano was booked twice in the first half.Strohdiek’s last-minute strike gave Paderborn their fourth draw in five games, though Steffen Baumgart’s side remain eight points off Fortuna Duesseldorf, who occupy the relegation play-off place.Duesseldorf themselves missed the chance to move towards safety, as they battled to a dramatic 2-2 draw against 10-man Hoffenheim.A headed opener from Rouwen Hennings and a red card for Hoffenheim’s Benjamin Huebner put the home side in pole position.However, the visitors struck back with goals from Munas Dabbur and Steven Zuber before Hennings saved a point with a late penalty.Uwe Roesler’s side remain three points adrift of safety in the relegation play-off place, after goals from Moussa Niakhate and Pierre Kunde Malong gave fellow strugglers Mainz a rare win over local rivals Eintracht Frankfurt.Read Also: Dutch legend confirms contact over Barcelona jobHaving sealed a crucial win with his 77th-minute strike, Cameroon international Kunde also joined the protests, taking a knee in place of a celebration.“I think it’s good. It isn’t a political statement, it’s just a position, and these are values that we have. For me, there is no other possible position to take,” said Mainz sporting director Rouven Schroeder. “We already knew he was a huge talent,” said Leverkusen coach Peter Bosz of the teenager, who beat the record set by Nuri Sahin for Borussia Dortmund in November 2005 by 48 days. As thousands of protesters assembled in city centres across Germany, both of the country’s top two clubs also used Saturday’s games to make statements against police brutality and racism. Dortmund players warmed up in T-shirts bearing messages of solidarity such as “no justice, no peace”, before taking the knee in the centre circle with their Hertha colleagues for a moment’s silence before kick-off. Bayern players, meanwhile, wore black “Black Lives Matter” armbands during their rampant win over Leverkusen. “As players, we always have the same message – we are tolerant, we are open, we are open to the world,” Bayern captain Manuel Neuer told Sky. – Can keeps Dortmund hopes alive? – Bundesliga players wore black armbands and took the knee in displays of support for the Black Lives Matter protests on Saturday, as Bayern Munich kept title rivals Borussia Dortmund at bay with a ninth successive win. Lewandowski headed in Bayern’s fourth goal Bayern striker Robert Lewandowski scored his 30th league goal of the season as Bayern came from behind to claim a 4-2 victory over Bayer Leverkusen, a win which kept them seven points ahead of second-placed Dortmund, who beat Hertha Berlin 1-0. After Lucas Alario secured an early lead for the home side, Bayern struck twice in quick succession just before half-time to turn the game in their favour after Kingsley Coman’s equaliser. A mistake from Moussa Diaby allowed Coman to curl in the equaliser, before a fizzing shot from Leon Goretzka and an elegant lob from Serge Gnabry saw Bayern take a two-goal lead into the break. “We didn’t start well, but I think it’s something which really distinguishes us at the moment, that we are able to fight our way back into games,” Goretzka told Sky. Lewandowski sealed the win in the second half, equalling his most prolific Bundesliga season, although Leverkusen teenager Florian Wirtz struck late on to become the Bundesliga’s youngest-ever scorer at just 17 years and 34 days. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading…last_img read more

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Local businessman, education advocate dies

first_imgCross Plains, In. — A Cross Plains education advocate and businessman has passed away, A. Everett Wood, 98, died Wednesday at his home.Mr. Wood was an Army Veteran of WWII serving with Company A of the 108th Infantry Division. He established A.E. Wood Excavating in 1954 and for several years operated heavy equipment. In 1970 he purchased the Versailles Implement Company and began Wood Farm and Industrial Supply in Versailles, retiring in 2006. He was also a farmer and worked with his family on the farm well past his 96th birthday. Everett received his pilot’s license in 1964 and maintained landing strips at home as well as at his machinery dealership in Versailles. He was a strong advocate of education and served many years as Brown Township trustee as well as on the Brown Township School Board. He assisted in the building of the Cross Plains Elementary School and the South Ripley High School.Funeral services for Mr. Wood will be held on Monday, April 8th at 11 a. m. at the Bear Creek Baptist Church in Friendship with Rev. Sherman Hughes officiating. Burial will be in the Cross Plains Methodist Cemetery with military graveside rites by the Brown Township American Legion. Visitation will be on Sunday from 4 to 7 p. m. at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles and from 10 a. m. until the time of services Monday at the church. The Versailles Masonic Lodge will conduct services Sunday evening at 6:45 p. m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be given to CEF (Good News Clubs) in care of the funeral home.last_img read more

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A winning formula: Deer Isle-Stonington girls turning heads in Class D North

first_imgDEER ISLE — Lily Gray, Katie Hutchinson and Rylee Eaton have been playing basketball together for a long time. How long, exactly, is a bit harder to pinpoint.As Gray, Eaton and Hutchinson prepared to leave the gym after the Deer Isle-Stonington girls’ basketball team concluded practice Friday evening, the three stopped to reflect on their time together as teammates. Years had passed since they first joined one another at the peewee level, and their memories of the first time varied.Fourth grade, Hutchinson insisted, was when she joined the other two in playing together alongside some of the players on the current Deer Isle-Stonington varsity team. Eaton, a freshman and the youngest of the three, said it began when the other two were in sixth grade. Finally, Gray reached what seemed to be the right answer.“I’d say we’ve probably been with each other since I was in second grade,” the junior said. “Now we’re all in high school together. It all seems so crazy.”Members of the Deer Isle-Stonington girls’ basketball team pose for a team photo Dec. 4 in Deer Isle. The Mariners have the state’s best record at 9-0 and are seeking their first state championship since 1987. FILE PHOTOThis is placeholder textThis is placeholder textAlthough the moment this current group of Deer Isle-Stonington players came together might be in doubt, the team’s cohesiveness and collective skill are not. With the 2017-18 season more than halfway gone, the Mariners hold the No. 1 spot in the Class D North standings.No team in the entire state has more wins than the 9-0 Mariners, who have surprised even themselves with their early-season success. So far, Deer Isle-Stonington has posted wins over George Stevens Academy, Searsport, Machias, Bucksport and Greenville as well as regular-season sweeps of Jonesport-Beals and Sumner.“I knew we’d have a better season than we’ve had in the past, but I didn’t think it would be this good,” Hutchinson said. “Nobody — not even us — expected to be here at this point.”Even if the Mariners have done better than expected, their perfect start didn’t come out of nowhere. The team previously made the Class D North quarterfinals in 2016 and 2017 before losing to Shead and Easton, respectively.In those seasons, Deer Isle-Stonington’s teams were somewhat lacking in experience at the varsity level. Most of the team’s current contributors were freshmen and sophomores on those squads, and younger players such as Eaton, who was still in middle school, had yet to play varsity basketball.“In past years, we’ve had to sneak into the playoffs,” Gray said. “Now that we’re a year older, we want to get back there and show everyone we can win. It’s a different feeling this time.”Although Gray and Eaton have provided Deer Isle-Stonington with plenty of scoring — the former combined for 40 points in the team’s wins over Bucksport and Jonesport-Beals last month — defense has been the team’s calling card. Aside from a 46-41 win over George Stevens Academy in their Dec. 8 opener, the Mariners have held each of their opponents below the 40-point mark.Deer Isle-Stonington’s Orly Vaughn attempts a layup during high school girls’ basketball practice Jan. 5 in Deer Isle. At 6 feet, Vaughn, the only senior on Deer Isle-Stonington’s team this season, is one of the area’s tallest female players. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELL“On defense, it’s a mindset of just not letting them get to the basket,” Eaton said. “We have a lot of height and can guard well, and that can keep us out of [having to play] those high-scoring games that are much closer.”The team’s size in particular has made scoring in the post difficult for opponents. With Hutchinson, Orly Vaughn and Sadie Rice all 5-foot-10 or taller, few teams have been able to match the Mariners on the boards.“To have multiple players who are nearly 6 feet tall, that’s an advantage not a lot of teams have,” coach Randy Shepard said. “You can make a player better at basketball, but you can’t make her taller.”An undefeated regular season, Gray, Eaton and Hutchinson agreed, would mark an outstanding achievement for a Deer Isle-Stonington team that’s built for the long haul. With everybody but Vaughn set to return next season, the Mariners’ best basketball could still be ahead of them.Even if that particular milestone isn’t in the cards, the Mariners will continue to savor every moment along the way. Should their current run continue, they’ll be making many more of those moments at the state tournament in February.“We have a chance to do something special, and we’re going to enjoy it and keep working hard and getting better,” Gray said. “We’ve been underdogs the entire way, and we’ve been through a lot together over the years. We’re excited to see what we have left.” Bio Latest Posts Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020center_img Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at mmandell@ellsworthamerican.com. Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020last_img read more

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Update on the latest sports

first_imgNASCAR chose Darlington, the oldest speedway on the Cup circuit, as the safest place to restart the season after eight events were postponed. Sunday marked the first of 20 races across seven Southern states between now and June 21.GOLF-SEMINOLEMcIlroy has key shot in exhibition at SeminoleJUNO BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Rory McIlroy delivered the money shot in the TaylorMade Driving Relief exhibition that raised over $5 million for COVID-19 relief funds. With the match down to a closest-to-the-pin contest after regulation, McIlroy barely stayed on the shelf left of the pin, measured at 13 feet to beat Matthew Wolff’s attempt by five feet. The final carryover gave McIlroy and Dustin Johnson $1.85 million for the American Nurses Foundation.Wolff and Fowler made $1.15 million for the CDC Foundation. Fowler had seven birdies. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNASCAR-DARLINGTONHarvick wins at Darlington as NASCAR returns to tracksDARLINGTON, S.C. — Kevin Harvick was the winner as NASCAR resumed its Cup schedule following a 10-week layoff. The warrant said Baker and Dunbar were attending the cookout Wednesday night when a fight broke out and Baker pulled out a handgun. Witnesses told investigators that Baker, Dunbar and two other men began robbing people of thousands of dollars, watches and other valuables.The players’ lawyers say they have witnesses who will clear them.NFL-BILLS PLAYER ARRESTEDBuffalo Bills player charged with drunken driving in TexasHOUSTON (AP) — Authorities say Buffalo Bills defensive lineman Ed Oliver was arrested during a traffic stop in the Houston area and charged with drunken driving and illegally carrying a handgun. PGA Tour Charities allowed for online donations during the telecast, raising more than $1 million. The donations will continue until Tuesday.When the exhibition ended, more than $5.5 million had been pledged, starting with the $3 million guarantee from UnitedHeath Group.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSCal. State teams could play football as scheduledUNDATED (AP) — The California State University system’s plan for a mostly virtual fall semester due to the coronavirus pandemic doesn’t necessarily close the door on football at its three schools that play in the far-flung Mountain West Conference. Harvick took the lead from Alex Bowman on a late restart and pulled away over the final 30 laps at Darlington Raceway. Bowman finished second, followed by Kurt Busch, Chase Elliott and Denny Hamlin.Harvick is the only drive to finish in the top 10 in each of the Cup Series’ five races this season. He emerged from his car in victory lane wearing a black face mask — what could become NASCAR’s new normal.It was the first Cup race in 71 days since the schedule was halted due to the coronavirus pandemic. The event was run without fans and with an emphasis on masks and social distancing. Roughly 900 people were approved to be inside the gates, all considered essential.Ricky Stenhouse crashed exiting the second turn on the first lap, calling the wreck embarrassing. His crumpled car was spitting flames as he drove to the garage, ending his race without completing a single lap.Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson wrecked while leading on the final lap of the first stage at Darlington Raceway. The mishap took Johnson out of the race and allowed William Byron to take the first stage. May 18, 2020 Montgomery County sheriff’s deputies pulled Oliver over Saturday night after receiving reports of someone driving recklessly in a construction area. A statement from the Montgomery County Constables says Oliver failed a sobriety test and deputies found a small caliber pistol in his truck.The Houston Chronicle reports that Oliver was released from jail after posting bond.Oliver was selected by the Buffalo Bills in the first round of the 2019 draft.SOUTH KOREA-SEX DOLLSKorean soccer club apologizes for putting sex dolls in seats San Diego State athletic director John David Wicker says the school is looking at having football players return to campus no earlier than July 7 and is making plans to play the season as scheduled. SDSU is proceeding because it envisions a fall schedule that includes a hybrid model of classes, in which some students will be on campus for in-person instruction such as labs while other classes will be held online.The Mountain West also includes Cal. State schools Fresno State and San Jose State. Fresno State AD Terry Tumey says it’s too early to determine when athletes could return to campus, adding that the safety of the community, the players and support staff is paramount. San Jose State said in a statement that it continues to work on timelines.NCAA President Mark Emmert said recently that campuses must be open “in one fashion or another” in order to have sports this fall.In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic:— Former major league manager and infielder Art Howe has been released from a Houston hospital after a stay in intensive care because of the pandemic. The 73-year-old Howe will be isolated at home for another week or two.center_img Update on the latest sports Two drown at property owned by ex-outfielder Carl CrawfordHOUSTON (AP) — A 5-year-old boy and a woman drowned in the backyard pool of former LA Dodger player Carl Crawford’s Houston home Saturday afternoon. That’s according to reports from The Houston Chronicle.The paper says Houston police were called for a reported drowning at a north Houston home that property and business records list as belonging to Crawford. A police spokeswoman told the Chronicle that the boy was swimming in the pool when he began to have trouble breathing, and the woman jumped in to save him. Both were unresponsive when police arrived and later declared dead at a hospital, according to the spokeswoman.No further details were immediately available.The police department did not immediately respond Sunday to a request for comment from The Associated Press. Contact information for Crawford could not be immediately found. Associated Press NFL-ROBBERYBaker, Dunbar released after posting bondFORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — NFL cornerbacks DeAndre Baker and Quinton Dunbar were released from Broward County Jail on Sunday, a day after surrendering on felony charges stemming from a cookout at a Miramar home.Baker posted a $200,000 bond after a Zoom hearing with Broward Circuit Judge Michael Davis. The New York Giants defender is charged with four counts of armed robbery with a firearm and four counts of aggravated assault with a firearm.Dunbar is charged with four felony counts of armed robbery. The Seattle Seahawks player posted a $100,000 bond. — English Premier League clubs will try on Monday to agree on protocols to allow a return to training during the pandemic. Teams already have started checking players and coaches for COVID-19, with a total of 1,600 weekly tests anticipated across the 20 clubs in England’s top division. Monday’s meeting comes two days after the German league resumed its schedule.— All Spanish league clubs can begin group training sessions this week despite stricter lockdown restrictions remaining in place in parts of Spain because of the pandemic. Cities like Madrid and Barcelona have not been allowed to loosen confinement measures like most of the country, but teams such as Real Madrid and Barcelona have been given the go-ahead to move into the second phase of training. The league has told clubs that on Monday all players can start small group sessions regardless of the lockdown phase in their regions. Players had only been allowed to train individually across Spain until now.— Park Hyun-kung shot a final-round 67 to win the Korean Ladies Professional Golf tournament by one stroke. Park had a four-round total of 17-under 271 on the Lakewood Country Club course. Lim Hee-jeong carried a three-stroke lead into the final round before falling into a second-place tie with Bae Seon-woo. The tournament was played without fans and with players using hand sanitizers and following social-distancing rules. Caddies wore masks but players were allowed to play without them.— Russia has relaxed border restrictions for athletes and coaches in a move that will help soccer to restart in the country next month. Russia has barred most foreign arrivals since March in a bid to stem the spread of the coronavirus. Now the government says athletes and coaches will be allowed in if they have a contract with a Russian sports team or organization. They will have to spend 14 days in isolation on arrival and will be observed by doctors.MLB-CRAWFORD-POOL DROWNING SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean professional soccer club has apologized after being accused of putting sex dolls in empty stands during a match in Seoul.In a statement, FC Seoul expresses “sincere remorse” over the controversy. It insists that it used mannequins, not sex dolls, to mimic a crowd at the Seoul World Cup stadium.The country’s top-flight K-League returned to action on May 8 without spectators following weeks-long postponements because of the coronavirus.Professional baseball has resumed under similar conditions. The leagues plan to ban fans until the risks of infections are meaningfully lowered.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

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Hetmyer’s brutal 74 off 47 balls helps RCB rock Sunrisers’ play-off hopes

first_imgSUNRISERS Hyderabad are in danger of missing out on the final Indian Premier League (IPL) play-off place after Shimron Hetmyer and Gurkeerat Singh Mann blasted half-centuries in a four-wicket win for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). Victory in their last match of the regular season at M Chinnaswamy Stadium yesterday would have all but secured fourth spot for Sunrisers, but RCB did Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) a huge favour and gave themselves hope of avoiding the wooden spoon.Kane Williamson top-scored with an unbeaten 70 off 43 balls after Washington Sundar (3-24) had done damage as Sunrisers posted 175-7.Williamson had been dropped on 20 and it looked set to be Sunrisers’ day when they reduced RCB to 20-3, Bhuvneshwar Kumar striking twice and Khaleel Ahmed dismissing Virat Kohli.Hetmyer and Gurkeerat had other ideas, putting on 144 for the fourth wicket with some big hitting to knock the stuffing out of Williamson’s side.West Indies batsman Hetmyer (75 off 47) was dropped twice in as many balls after bringing up his maiden IPL half-century, while Gurkeerat (65 from 48) played his shots at the other end before they both fell with victory in sight.Umesh Yadav struck the first and second balls of the final over through the offside for four to win it, leaving Sunrisers needing Mumbai Indians to beat KKR today to make the last four.WILLIAMSON CUTS LOOSE AFTER SUNDAR STRIKESAn opening stand of 46 from only 4.3 overs between Wriddhiman Saha (20) and Martin Guptill (30) got the Sunrisers off to a strong start after Kohli put them in.Sundar removed Guptill, the in-form Manish Pandey and Vijay Shankar as the Sunrisers lost their way, but captain Williamson finished with a flourish to give them the momentum after being dropped by Kulwant Khejroliya on 20.The skipper struck Umesh for two sixes and as many fours in a final over of the innings that cost 28 runs.BHUVNESHWAR BURST ROCKS RCBBhuvneshwar and Khaleel Ahmed had RCB in all sorts of trouble at 20-3 inside three overs.Parthiv Patel fell without scoring when he top-edged Bhuvneshwar to Pandey at backward point and Kohli edged Khaleel behind for 16 before AB de Villiers departed for only one.HETMYER AND GURKEERAT TO THE RESCUEHetmyer came to the crease having scored only 15 runs in four innings for RCB, but it was a case of better late than never for the left-hander from Guyana.He attacked Rashid Khan and struck six sixes in a brutal knock with Gurkeerat clearing the ropes once and hitting another eight boundaries. Pandey and Yusuf Pathan failed to hang on to catches in consecutive balls as Hetmyer offered chances and when he did depart it came too late in the day.The nerves jangled when RCB lost three wickets for four runs, but they only needed six off the last over and Umesh made amends for his poor final over by hitting the winning runs.last_img read more

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Tipperary man in charge if Hurling League final

first_imgThe referees for both the National Hurling League Final and the All Ireland Under 21 Football finals have been confirmed.Tipperary’s Johnny Ryan will take charge of the Hurling clash between Cork and Waterford in Semple Stadium on Sunday week, May 3rd.Meanwhile Longford’s Fergal Kelly will referee the Under 21 football final between Tipp and Tyrone in Navan on Saturday week.last_img

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