BALTIMORE — A part-time player got a big-time double to help the New York Yankees avert a three-game sweep.John Ryan Murphy had the Yankees’ only hit in a three-run fifth inning, and New York received a strong performance from its bullpen in a 5-3 win over the Baltimore Orioles on June 14.Mark Teixeira drove in a run and scored one as the first-place Yankees ended Baltimore’s six-game winning streak.New York trailed 3-2 before rallying in the fifth. After Orioles rookie Mike Wright (2-2) issued three straight walks — all on 3-2 pitches — to load the bases, Brian Matusz walked Garrett Jones with the count full to force in a run. Two outs later, Murphy bounced a two-run double off the glove of third baseman Manny Machado.Murphy, New York’s backup catcher, got three hits to raise his batting average 42 points to .250. He entered the game with four extra-base hits and three RBIs.“He did an outstanding job. He’s a big reason we won today,” Manager Joe Girardi said.Matusz was pitching for the first time since May 31 after serving an eight-game suspension for using a foreign substance while on the mound.Batting eighth in a lineup that contains Alex Rodriguez, Teixeira and Brett Gardner, Murphy got the hit that mattered most. That it went in the direction of the 2013 Gold Glove winner made it just a little bit more dicey.“I guess any time you hit the ball that way you expect it to be caught,” Murphy said. “It was a tough play for him diving down the line. I hit it hard.”Orioles Manager Buck Showalter said, “I was surprised he got leather on it.”New York starter Adam Warren was pulled with two outs in the fifth and replaced by Chasen Shreve (3-1), who went 1 1-3 innings.Justin Wilson got six consecutive outs before turning it over to Dellin Betances. Filling in for injured closer Andrew Miller, Betances worked around a walk in the ninth for his third save.“You don’t want to get swept. It’s a division opponent,” Girardi said. “We did not play well the first two days. We played much better today and didn’t give them extra outs, and we won the game.”Nolan Reimold had two RBIs for the Orioles, who managed only six hits after scoring 20 runs on 31 hits in their previous two games. Baltimore was seeking a seventh straight win for the first time since 2005.“We made some headway over the last few games,” Showalter said. “We’ve just got to keep grinding through it.”Four straight walks helped put a halt to the win streak, but the Orioles had little to lament after taking three from Boston and a pair from the Yankees to start an eight-game homestand.“Anytime you are able to win the series against a division rival, it’s good,” first baseman Chris Davis said. “I thought we played a pretty clean game for the most part. Didn’t make a lot of mistakes, didn’t make a lot of errors. We just got beat today.”Rodriguez went 0-for-4 with a walk for New York to remain five hits short of 3,000 for his career.Teixeira drove in a first-inning run with an opposite-field double that hit the chalk in deep left. Reimold answered with a two-run single in the bottom half.Three singles and a sacrifice fly by Gardner tied it in the second.Warren retired eight straight before Reimold walked to open the fourth and scored on a double by Caleb Joseph.(DAVID GINSBURG, AP Sports Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shares
Man Utd boss Solskjaer happy with victory at Newcastle: But there’s more to comeby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was delighted with their 2-0 win at Newcastle/Marcus Rashford and Romelu Lukaku struck for the visitorsSolskjaer said, “Finally we kept a clean sheet. A very professional performance. We didn’t hit the heights that we can do but we were in control, kept plugging away and got the goals.”A good first touch from a sub! When you see big Romelu Lukaku running towards you, as a keeper you might take your hands away! We were sluggish in the first half, it was like a testimonial, too many square passes.”We go to Dubai after the FA Cup game, you need that fitness work because we will need legs come the end of March.”He also said, “You’d be happy with four wins from four – we haven’t conceded from open play yet either.”We were slow in the first half but we controlled the game well, we concentrated and overall it was a very professional performance.”In a five-minute spell we gave them two or three chances but then we settled down again. Newcastle is a fantastic club, fantastic crowd, you expect them to attack you but Victor Lindelof and Phil Jones were fantastic.”Marcus Rashford has the Cristiano hit, it swerves everywhere, but I liked his goal today. Calmed himself down, just passed it in. Well done.”He is only 21, you have to remember that. You need to rattle Paul Pogba at times to get him going, he has been immense for us.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
It’s been a pretty good 24 hours for the dunk. There was, of course, Zach LaVine winning the NBA Dunk Contest in spectacular fashion on Saturday night. There was also Kentucky center Willie Cauley-Stein saying he’s “just going to start dunking on people” and former Michigan wide receiver Devin Funchess showing off his athleticism. There’s also this: Iowa State guard Deonte Burton throwing down an awesome windmill dunk while sporting Timberland boots. That’s just ridiculous. Iowa State (18-6, 8-4 Big 12) is set to play Oklahoma State (17-8, 7-6 Big 12) on Wednesday at 9 p.m. E.T. The game will be televised on ESPNU.
SEC GradesIf you’re a long-time college football fan, you know that it was the SEC that came up with the idea of having two different divisions and a league championship game – back in 1992. One ESPN writer thinks that the league should reverse course and actually get rid of them.Edward Aschoff has a radical idea for the conference – get rid of the two divisions, pick four or five “permanent” rivalry games and put the two best teams in the title game.Aschoff isn’t a fan of the current 6-1-1 format, and doesn’t believe that having Missouri in the East is helping anyone. He also thinks that doing away with divisions would allow older rivalries – like Florida vs. Auburn – to be reborn.The SEC should fight to abolish divisions in college football https://t.co/lX8xMBaktC— ESPN SEC (@ESPN_SEC) May 4, 2016Obviously, the SEC would need to petition the NCAA to do away with its current system or rules to make this happen. But it’s an interesting idea, for sure.What do you think? Would leagues be better off doing away with divisions and just having their best two teams meet in a league title game?
OTTAWA – Undaunted by expanding trade risks, the Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz raised the interest rate Wednesday and signalled the economy’s resilience is keeping him on a hiking trajectory.The quarter-point increase, the central bank’s first move in six months, brought the rate to 1.5 per cent. It was Poloz’s fourth hike over the last 12 months and marked the first time the rate has been this high since December 2008.The decision, a move that prompted some of the big banks to start raising their prime rates later in the day, arrived in the middle of a trade dispute between Canada and the United States that’s expected to hurt both economies.Poloz made the call even though he warned the economy should brace for larger impacts from mounting trade uncertainty. In particular, the trade impacts were caused by the Trump administration’s recent steel and aluminum tariffs on Canada and, in response, Ottawa’s retaliatory duties on U.S. imports.The tariff fight is expected to shave two-thirds of a percentage from Canada’s economic growth by the end of 2020, the bank estimated.Poloz said despite the combined effects of the metals levies, and earlier U.S. tariffs on products like softwood lumber, the bank still projects Canadian growth to average a promising level of two per cent over the next few years, just slightly above its potential and with inflation already on target.The bank expects the negative blow of the trade policies to be largely offset by higher oil prices and the stronger U.S. economy — both of which, on balance, will benefit Canada.Looking ahead, the Bank of Canada is also predicting exports and business investment, which were both stronger than expected in the first three months of the year, to churn out bigger contributions to growth. At the same time, it expects household spending to make up a smaller and smaller share of overall growth due to the dampening effects of higher interest rates and stricter mortgage rules.With the positive outlook, Poloz expects interest rates to continue along their cautious, upward path.“It’s evident to us that higher interest rates will be warranted, but of course we’re not in a position to say exactly how much higher or at what rate we might get there,” Poloz told a news conference Wednesday in Ottawa.Poloz stressed the bank will continue with its gradual, data-dependent approach as it moves towards its neutral rate, which his team has pegged between 2.5 and 3.5 per cent.Along the way, the bank will have to keep close watch on another trade-related unknown that many believe would inflict far more damage on the economy: U.S. duties on the automotive sector.U.S. President Donald Trump has threatened to slap tariffs on the auto sector, which is made up of highly integrated, cross-border supply chains. The Bank of Canada warned that auto levies would have “large impacts on investment and employment.”The bank, however, didn’t quantify the possible effects of auto tariffs on Wednesday.For one, Poloz said the bank can’t make policy decisions based on “hypothetical scenarios.” He added that the unknowns around trade could also include positive developments such as the successful renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement over the coming months.“We need to base our decision on what we actually know,” he said.Poloz also argued it should be clear that interest rate adjustments are “ill-suited” to counteract all the effects of protectionist measures, given how these trade actions affect multiple areas of the economy.In addition to tariffs, Canadian businesses must also contend with the uncertainty surrounding the stalled talks on NAFTA’s renegotiation.Outside the country, the Bank of Canada has its eye on how widening global trade disputes, including an intensifying battle between the U.S. and China, will affect the world’s economy. It warns that “escalating trade tensions pose considerable risks to the outlook” at the global level.Even with the trade issues, the Bank of Canada is predicting slightly stronger growth for Canada over the next couple of years, according to updated projections released Wednesday in its quarterly monetary policy report.It expects real gross domestic product to grow 2.2 per cent in 2019, up from its April call of 2.1 per cent, and by 1.9 per cent in 2020, compared with its previous prediction of 1.8 per cent. The economy’s growth projection for this year remains at two per cent, the bank said.Many economists anticipate several more hikes this year and in 2019.TD senior economist Brian DePratto wrote in a note to clients Wednesday that the messaging is consistent with a central bank that’s “committed to a rate hike cycle, but leaves sufficient room to adjust to evolving events.”National Bank of Canada experts wrote in a note that Poloz may choose to err on the side of caution when it comes to future hikes because of threats of auto tariffs, which they warned, if applied, would have “unambiguously devastating economic impacts,” particularly in Ontario.Leading up to the announcement, Poloz was widely expected to raise the interest rate following a run of encouraging economic numbers, including the Bank of Canada’s own survey on business sentiment, still-solid job markets and growth in wages.The bank, however, noted in its report that despite “healthy” labour market conditions, employment growth and average hours worked have slowed down compared to last year’s surge. It also said underlying wage growth has been weaker than what would normally be expected in a tightened job market.The country’s inflation rate is expected to rise as high as 2.5 per cent — above the two per cent mid-point of the bank’s target range — due to temporary factors such as higher gasoline prices. It’s expected to settle back down to two per cent in the second half of 2019.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter
Kolkata: Pawan Singh will contest in the Assembly by-election from Bhatpara seat. The seat fell vacant after Arjun Singh, MLA from Bhatpara, joined the BJP and is contesting from Barrackpore Lok Sabha seat where election will be held on May 6. Pawan is Arjun Singh’s son. The Trinamool Congress has fielded Madan Mitra, former state Transport minister, to fight the Assembly by-poll. Mitra was the MLA from Kamarharti. He has good contacts in North 24-Parganas and because of this, the TMC supremo has nominated him from Bhatpara.
The dream final won’t come true. Arsenal will face Atletico Madrid, while Marseille will play Salzburg in the Europa League semi-finals.After a furious Thursday in which all of the first leg leaders were threatened at a certain point and two of them failed to protect their leads, we had the UEFA Europa League semi-finals draw on Friday.Olympique Marseille – Salzburg The draw pitted those two teams that overcame their first leg deficits against each other. Salzburg showed once again that is a force to be reckoned with by scoring three goals in five minutes to flip the script on Lazio and eliminate the Italian hopefuls. Marseille had the luxury of playing its quarter-final second leg at home, but that won’t be the case now. You can read about what happened in Marseille last night in my review here.Marseille and Salzburg played in the same Group I in the previous stage of the competition. The Austrians topped the group. You would think that the matches between them were high scoring, but there was actually only one goal scored in 180 minutes. Salzburg won at home, while the match at Stade Velodrome was goalless. The Frenchmen’s pedigree makes them automatic favorites, but the reality is a bit different. Salzburg is phenomenal at home and that’s where the second leg will be played. Also, their high press could create problems for Rudi Garcia and his crew. RB Leipzig’s inexperience and individual talent helped Marseille prevail yesterday. However, Salzburg is a different beast that can be difficult to counter. I give the advantage to the Austrian team to advance. Regardless of how it turns out at the end, I expect two exciting, unpredictable fixtures.Arsenal – Atletico Madrid The wishes of many didn’t come true. We’re not going to see the “giants” in the final. Arsenal and Atletico Madrid is the second Europa League semi-final. Both teams were in danger of getting caught by their opponents yesterday. CSKA Moscow scored two out of the three goals it needed to potentially eliminate Arsenal, but The Gunners scored two late goals of their own to advance. Atletico lost in Lisbon and was holding on to dear life at the end. Simeone’s men managed to defend their 2-0 lead from the first leg and advanced as well.Now, they face each other in what will be one of the most anticipated matchups in Europa League history. Believe it or not, Arsenal and Atletico Madrid have never met in a European competition before, which makes this an even more intriguing battle. In addition to the second leg being played in Madrid, Atletico’s consistency and Arsenal’s inconsistency makes the Spanish team a definite favorite. It’s the only team left that has won the competition before and chances are it’ll be in the final in Lyon. However, Arsenal will not go out without a fight. It’s attacking might could cause problems for Simeone’s defensive unit. I honestly can’t wait for this matchup of opposites, as these types of clashes are usually really fun to watch.The first legs are due to be played on April 26, while the second legs are scheduled for May 3.
West Ham winger Felipe Anderson believes his confidence is growing with every goal he scores for the Hammers.Felipe Anderson has been impressive in recent weeks, and his equalizer at Huddersfield Town was his fourth goal of the season and he was happy to help West Ham claim a hard-fought point on Saturday.“I’m very happy to score and as a result gain more confidence and be able to help the team get points,” Anderson told West Ham website.“Unfortunately we couldn’t get the victory today so despite having scored I’m not entirely happy because I always think of the group first and winning is the most important thing regardless of who scored.“But I could contribute to take a point home, which is satisfying as well.“The last pass wasn’t very good at Huddersfield, we created a lot of clear chances but I think we can do a lot more and play as well as we have done without having to come from behind.“Unfortunately today was a day in which we needed to do a bit more but these things happen in football and we managed to come from behind and get a fair point.Cowley explains why he changed his mind about Huddersfield Manuel R. Medina – September 9, 2019 Last week Danny Cowley rejected the chance to coach Huddersfield Town in the English Championship, but today he accepted saying it was a good opportunity.“I’m happy with the goals. We didn’t get the result we wanted but these last goals have allowed us to grow and not to lose points so easily.“We knew that today’s game was going to be hard, and then they managed to score and we had to come from behind but I’m happy to show my confidence scoring goals.“Now we will have the international break to work hard on the things we’ve been missing, so we will already focus and use this extra time to prepare for the next match.”
Paris Saint-Germain Coach Thomas Tuchel says the Brazilian is happy at the club and hopes to lead the club someday.Tuchel played down reports of talks between Barcelona and Neymar’s representatives after speculations increased over a possible move for the former Barcelona star.“I think Neymar feels really happy, he’s professional,” the coach told The Mirror.“I think he feels good here, both in the dressing room and on the pitch, he is disciplined, he does a lot of things on the pitch.Mourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“You have seen his statistics and what he does in training.”Neymar’s stay in Paris has been filled with several speculations amid suggestions he is unhappy in the uncompetitive French League and craves to return to La Liga.He has been embarking on trips to Barcelona with many believed to be commercial trips. A move back to the Catalan club could see him reunite with former team-mates Messi and Suarez.
November 10, 2014 3 min read Security researchers have uncovered a sophisticated industrial espionage campaign that targets business executives in luxury hotels across Asia once they sign on to computers using in-room wireless connections they consider private and secure.The attacks, which go well beyond typical cybercriminal operations, have claimed thousands of victims dating back to 2009 and continue to do so, Kaspersky Lab, the world’s largest private security firm, shows in a report published on Monday.Executives from the auto, outsourced manufacturing, cosmetic and chemical industries have been hit, the security firm said. Others targeted include military services and contractors.In 2012, the FBI issued a general warning to U.S. government officials, businessmen and academics, advising them to use caution when updating computer software via hotel Internet connections when traveling abroad.Kaspersky’s report goes further in detailing the scale, methods and precise targeting of these attacks on top business travelers.The movements of executives appear to be tracked as they travel, allowing attackers to pounce once a victim logs on to a hotel Wi-Fi network. Hackers cover their tracks by deleting these tools off hotel networks afterward.”These attackers are going after a very specific set of individuals who should be very aware of the value of their information and be taking strong measures to protect it,” said Kurt Baumgartner, principal security researcher for Kaspersky, the world’s largest privately held cybersecurity firm.Unsuspecting executives who submit their room number and surname while logging on to their hotel room’s wireless network are tricked into downloading an update to legitimate software such as Adobe Flash, Google Toolbar or Microsoft Messenger, Kaspersky said. Because attacks happen at sign-on, encrypted communications set up later offer no defense against attack.The same elite spying crew has used advanced keystroke-logging software and encryption-breaking at multiple hotel chains across Asia, it said.Kaspersky declined to name the executives involved or the luxury destinations targeted but said it had informed the hotels as well as law enforcement officials in affected locations.Ninety percent of the victims came from five countries — Japan, Taiwan, China, Russia and South Korea. Business travelers to Asia from Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland and the United States have also been duped, Baumgartner said.The Kaspersky report said a key mystery remains how attackers appear to know the precise travel itinerary of each victim, which points to a larger compromise of hotel business networks that researchers say they are continuing to probe.(Reporting By Eric Auchard; Editing by Clara Ferreira Marques) Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global This story originally appeared on Reuters Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »