EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Heading into the final seven games of the regular season, things are looking up for the New York Giants.Forget that the Giants (5-4) have to play Tom Brady and the New England Patriots on Nov. 15 in their final game before a bye. Even though they have played the Patriots well, few expect them to win.The exciting part for Tom Coughlin’s team is it has a legitimate shot to make the playoffs for the first time in four seasons. The Giants not only have a half-game lead on Philadelphia (4-4) in the NFC East, they seem to be improving.The offense is starting to click with Eli Manning and Odell Beckham Jr., leading the way. Two-time Pro Bowl defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul has returned after losing a finger in a July 4 fireworks accident. Cornerback Prince Amukamara is close to returning from a pectoral injury.Tackle Will Beatty might return from his offseason pectoral injury, and there is even an outside chance receiver Victor Cruz could play for the first time in more than a year.It’s very encouraging, a lot better than the past two seasons when New York was 3-6 with seven games to go and heading nowhere.The one negative is that the Giants lost defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins for the season to a pectoral injury in a 32-18 win over Tampa Bay on Nov. 8.“It’s a great thing to be in the hunt and be relevant,” Coughlin said. “Each week is meaningful and the players are well aware of it.”The schedule does not favor New York. The upcoming opponents have a combined 37-19 record, with New England (8-0), Carolina (8-0) and Minnesota (6-2) all leading or tied for first place in their respective divisions.Also on the schedule are the Jets (5-3), Dolphins (3-5), Redskins (3-5) and Eagles, who will visit MetLife Stadium for the regular-season finale.Having Pierre-Paul back is going to help on defense. He could be the quick fix for a pass rush that has been missing all season. He didn’t have any sacks Sunday in 46 plays, but he got pressure on Jameis Winston.Coughlin said Pierre-Paul looked rusty, but he also was quick off the snap and played well late with the game on the line. “He will assume whatever roles we need to design in order for us to maximize his ability,” Coughlin said.Naturally, Pierre-Paul wants to improve next week.“It takes time you know, like I said, I’m not perfect, nobody is in this world, but I’m going to take care of that and get better,” he said.Linebacker Jonathan Casillas thought Pierre-Paul played well.“He still has to get his feet underneath him just like anybody else would their first game back after a while,” Casillas said. “I’m just happy for a guy like him who suffered a very traumatic injury and to be back, to be playing, and doing the thing he loves to do.”The Giants will have to play better to beat the defending Super Bowl champions.The offense has stepped up the past two weeks, scoring six touchdowns in the 52-49 loss to New Orleans, and then controlling the ball for 35 minutes against the Bucs.“We all knew we were capable of being the top team in the division,” receiver Rueben Randle said. “It was all about us making sure we did it on the field and not just talked about it. I don’t find it a surprise to us that we’re at the top. We’ve just got to continue to build as a team and get better each and every week to remain there.”After giving up seven touchdown passes to Drew Brees in New Orleans, the defense allowed one touchdown to the Bucs — on a run.Casillas, who played for New England last season, called the Patriots’ offense a “well-oiled machine” that exploits opponents’ weaknesses.“New England is never not going to be a difficult task, and that’s a tribute to Tom Brady, Bill Belichick as the coach, and all the guys that move around in and out of the building,” Casillas said. “They just do a great job and we’re definitely going to have to play lights out to beat these guys.”Amukamara practice last week for the first time since being hurt on Oct. 11, and he made progress.Coughlin refused to say Beatty would be activated from the physically unable to perform list. The team must decide this week or place him on injured reserve for the rest of the season.Cruz, who has not practiced since a calf injury in mid-August, started running last week. If he can continue to make progress, he has a shot at playing this season.(TOM CANAVAN, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
India completed a historic Test victory over Australia on Sunday after high drama on Saturday. Pat Cummins and Nathan Lyon had defied the Indian attack for 14.1 overs on Day 4, pushing the Test into the fifth day.On Sunday, India needed just two wickets to win their first Boxing Day Test in Australia. After the win, fans were jubilant.India have never won a Test series in Australia but there is a distinct possibilty that Virat Kohli’s men will rewrite history. India had won the first Test at the Adelaide Oval before going down in Perth.In Melbourne, India dropped KL Rahul and Murali Vijay and made key changes to secure a well-deserved victory.India vs Australia, Boxing Day Test: REPORT | DAY 5 HIGHLIGHTS | SCORECARDVirat Kohli has every reason to be chuffed about this win. He led from the front with a fine 82, Cheteshwar Pujara continued his good form with a hundred, Rohit Sharma made his first Test fifty outside Asia since 2015, Rishabh Pant was brilliant behind the stumps and with the bat. More importantly, debutant Mayank Agarwal played two solid knocks.And India’s real stars were once again the bowlers. Led Jasprit Bumrah, the Indian attack gave Australia no chance on a pitch with variable bounce.Here are the first reactions on Twitter after a memorable win for India:Incredible effort by #TeamIndia to take a 2-1 lead, especially @Jaspritbumrah93 who has played an instrumental role in this win. He has gone from strength to strength in all formats of the game. Definitely one of the best in the world today. #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/vweoHd0nEEadvertisementSachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) December 30, 2018Well done India! Yeh hui na baat..ise kehte hai asli jeet!#OverseasWinsSanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) December 30, 2018Four world class bowlers in the playing XI & two world class bowlers ( Bhuvi & Ash) in the reserves. Indian cricket’s bowling has never had such robust health. #AUSVIND #IndianCricketSanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) December 30, 2018India just to good in all departments this Test, well done 2-1 to India means Australia will need to fight in Syd to stop India winning the series. Enjoy your New YearsMitchell Johnson (@MitchJohnson398) December 30, 201837 years 10 months ago was the last time India won a test at the MCG, none of the players from either sides were born. This win is one to savour & cherish for a long time and a perfect end to 2018 for Team India. Each player can be very proud of their contribution to this winVVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) December 30, 2018Top stuff 2-1 up in the series #AUSvIND test series well done @Jaspritbumrah93 @cheteshwar1 @imVkohli proud of you guys.. make it 3-1 congratulations…Team india @BCCIHarbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) December 30, 2018Congrats Virat and Team india .. This has been a Test series that revives interest in the format,especially since we have wonSrinivas singer (@singersrinivas) December 30, 2018Finally 2-1 For India #AUSvIND #INDvAUS #Virat pic.twitter.com/eCK4qbA40P% #Ss (@ArunSiva77) December 30, 2018Alarm can’t wake me up so early on a lazy winter sunday morning but final day of #INDvAUS Melbourne test did it with ease & it’s worth it.India beats Australia by 137 runs. #AusvInd @imVkohli @bhogleharshaSK Chauhan (@imshaileshkumar) December 30, 2018Let’s add Sydney#AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/kCyYMk2nRbALOK RANJAN (@itsalokranjan) December 30, 2018Kohli and Bumrah are the chief architects #AusvInd #INDvAUS .Pujara is a silent warrior pic.twitter.com/SCGNH2ls4hHemanth Raj (@hemanthrj) December 30, 2018One another thing about this IND test team:They are drawing IND fans to the stadium to come & watch test cricket. Crowds have always been there for white-ball games, now with the brand of cricket this IND team plays in tests, the testmatch audience will soar#INDvAUS #AUSvINDCricopinions (@Cricopinions1) December 30, 2018150th test win for India.First time defeated Australia in Australia 2 times in a calendar year in tests.First ever test win at MCG in 37 years!This team can do anything and ready to face anyone!! Blessed era for fans. #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/O3CFJrEX2KMufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) December 30, 2018Also Read | Tim Paine cries foul after Australia lose: We served India pitches that suit themAlso Read | We are not going to stop, ready for Sydney: Virat Kohli after historic Boxing Day Test winAlso Read | Boxing Day Test: Rishabh Pant breaks Indian wicket-keeping record in AustraliaAlso Read | Always dreamt of playing Test cricket: Jasprit Bumrah after record-breaking 9-wicket haulAlso Read | India in Boxing Day Tests in Australia: 5 losses, 2 draws and finally a win! A recapAlso See:advertisement
Three communities in Clarendon have been prioritised to receive potable water within the next 18 months, under a project expected to cost the Government close to $600 million.This was disclosed by Minister of State in the Ministry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Ian Hayles, on Tuesday, August 20, as he toured several communities, which are among the worst affected in South West Clarendon.“The three priority areas are Rhymesbury, Kemps Hill, and Vernamfield. Those are the three water supply schemes/systems we will be dealing with in the short term,” the Minister said.He told JIS News that the close to 22,000 residents in South West Clarendon, currently have difficulties with their potable water system.Mr. Hayles said the focus on the three communities is part of a greater campaign where some $8.1 billion will be spent to provide potable water for Jamaicans.According to the Minister, several strategies are being undertaken by the Ministry to deal with the lack of potable water in some communities across the island.These strategies, he said, fall under the Ministry’s ‘Pump and Tank’ programme as well as the National Water Commission’s (NWC) ‘K-factor’ programme. The ‘Pump and Tank’ programme will shortly be implemented through Rural Water Supply Limited.Minister Hayles told JIS News that there are some simple strategies that can be implemented in the short term as well as some long term options.“Potable water is available but there is some adhoc to the NWC system also. For example at Vernamfield – plenty of water available – but it just needs a decent pump and tank to get it going again,” he stated.Other strategies to be implemented to serve the remaining communities will be undertaken under the NWC’s K-factor programme.“In terms of the K-Factor programme that will be going to the OUR (Office of Utilities Regulation) in the next three weeks and as soon as we get approval from the OUR, we will then proceed with the whole procurement process,” he informed.Minister Hayles noted that, where applicable, efforts will be made to ensure that locals are employed at every stage.He also implored residents to begin making preparations to ensure that when the service is supplied, they pay their monthly bills.“We cannot be striving to achieve our goal for Vision 2030 of ensuring that 85 per cent of our people have water if consumers don’t pay their water bill. It is that important… you have to pay your water bill,” he implored. 22,000 residents in South West Clarendon, currently have difficulties with their potable water system Story Highlights Several strategies are being undertaken by the Ministry to deal with the lack of potable water Three communities in Clarendon have been prioritised to receive potable water within the next 18 months
New York: US oil giant Chevron announced Friday it had agreed to acquire all outstanding shares of Anadarko in a stock and cash transaction valued at $33 billion, or $65 per share. Based on Chevron’s Thursday closing price, Anadarko shareholders will receive 0.39 shares of Chevron and USD16.25 in cash for each Anadarko share held, the company said in a statement. The total enterprise value of the transaction is USD50 billion. “The acquisition of Anadarko will significantly enhance Chevron’s already advantaged Upstream portfolio and further strengthen its leading positions in large, attractive shale, deepwater and natural gas resource basins,” the company said. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”The combination of Anadarko’s premier, high-quality assets with our advantaged portfolio strengthens our leading position in the Permian, builds on our deepwater Gulf of Mexico capabilities and will grow our LNG business. “It creates attractive growth opportunities in areas that play to Chevron’s operational strengths and underscores our commitment to short-cycle, higher-return investments.” Anadarko Chairman and CEO Al Walker added: “The strategic combination of Chevron and Anadarko will form a stronger and better company with world-class assets, people and opportunities.” Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe deal is the oil industry’s largest since Royal Dutch Shell bought BG Group in 2016, and it sparked speculation that other shale producers are in play. Shares of Apache Corp, which also has extensive acreage in the Permian Basin, jumped 7 percent in premarket trading, while Pioneer Natural Resources Co rose 6 per cent. US crude oil production now surpasses 12 million barrels a day (bpd), and the nation is the third-largest producer of liquefied natural gas (LNG), the super-cooled fuel that is seeing record demand as a cheaper, cleaner alternative for countries that still rely heavily on coal for power generation. Chevron, which already has 2.3 million acres in the Permian Basin, said the deal to buy Anadarko would give the combined company a 75-mile (120-km)-wide corridor across the Permian’s Delaware basin, on the Texas-New Mexico border. Anadarko also has a Mozambique LNG project, part of one of the industry’s largest planned current investments. Chevron Chief Executive Michael Wirth will lead the combined company after the deal closes. Chevron will remain headquartered in San Ramon, California. Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC is Chevron’s financial adviser, while Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP is its legal adviser.
In recent years, it’s become clear that sports has entered its Age of Data, with dueling analytics departments vying for breakthroughs and proprietary metrics increasingly shaping how teams are built. And perhaps there’s no better confirmation of that trend than the inevitable bombshell on Tuesday: The FBI is investigating the St. Louis Cardinals over allegations that they stole data from the Houston Astros in a computer-hacking scheme.According to The New York Times, the FBI found evidence that Cardinals team officials broke into the Astros’ “Ground Control” information network by using the old passwords of Jeff Luhnow, currently Houston’s general manager and formerly the vice president of scouting and player development for St. Louis. Investigators told the Times that the breach compromised Houston’s internal data regarding player evaluation — both scouting and statistical in nature — and potential transactions. (Part of the same database was leaked last June as well.)It was, in essence, the first known case of corporate espionage between sports teams. In some ways, it’s surprising that it took so long for such an incident to surface in the supercompetitive world of sports. During the 1980s and ’90s, the rise of computing — and, consequently, data collection and analysis — led to a rapid proliferation of industrial espionage cases in the business world. (It’s estimated now that the number of corporate hacking incursions doubles every year.) Just as the digital age offered far easier, more systematic methods of data storage than ever before, it also made information theft an efficient means of gaining a competitive advantage.Baseball has had its own long history of dishonesty, from sign-stealing to doctoring the ball. (“If you’re not cheating,” former Chicago Cubs first baseman Mark Grace once said, “you’re not trying hard enough.”) And it’s not uncommon for team officials (and players) to switch franchises, presumably taking whatever knowledge they acquired at their old job with them when they go. According to Baseball-Reference’s historical database, 28 percent of all top-level baseball executives — general managers, scouting directors and farm directors — held the job for multiple teams over their careers.That’s why it’s a little hard to believe that, as the FBI suggested, the motive here was “retaliation” against Luhnow for leaving the Cardinals and starting a new database system with the Astros. Because it’s so widely acknowledged that everyone’s front-office lifespan is mind-bogglingly short, comings and goings between front offices are almost always matters of business, not fuel for personal vendettas.It is easy, however, to understand the story as the latest step a team is willing to take to gain an edge. While the Astros weren’t the earliest adopters of sabermetrics, there’s plenty of evidence that they’re in the current vanguard of advanced statistical thinking.1The list of Baseball Prospectus alumni in the team’s front office is staggering. In other words, if you were going to begin spying on MLB teams for their proprietary data, Houston might be the one to start with.If this scandal deepens, the Cardinals may well see the legitimacy of their recent accomplishments questioned, much like the New England Patriots in the wake of Spygate (and, subsequently, Deflate-gate).St. Louis won three National League pennants and two World Series with Luhnow in its front office, and the team also has the best record in baseball since he departed. Over that span, the Cardinals have exceeded expectations, beating their projected wins by the fifth-largest margin of any team in baseball. In that department, they’re not outliers like the Patriots are at avoiding fumbles, for instance, but it will be interesting to watch how much their transactions and personnel decisions will be scrutinized for signs that they used the hacked data to their advantage.In the meantime, this might be the opening salvo in baseball’s era of cyber espionage — a fate that, in retrospect, seems like an inevitable consequence of the game’s widespread adoption of data analysis over the past decade and a half. Hot Takedown On Big Data And BaseballSubscribe to the full podcast on iTunes.
Ohio State field hockey junior goalkeeper Sarah Lemieux.Credit: Courtesy of OSU Athletic DepartmentSarah Lemieux never thought she would get another chance to play field hockey after having to transfer back home prior to her third year of college.Lemieux, a Columbus native, was forced to leave Division II Indiana University of Pennsylvania and come back to Dublin, Ohio, to be with her family. She never expected she would be lucky enough to wear her goalkeeper gear again, let alone be part of the Ohio State field hockey team.“I had to come home for like financial, like family issues,” Lemieux said. “I didn’t even think I was going to get to play at all anymore.”However, Lemieux’s passion for the game never faltered, and when she heard OSU needed a goalkeeper, she decided to reach out to the coaches.“I didn’t even think I was going to get to play at all anymore and then I heard they needed a goalie, so I was like, ‘I guess I will email them,’ and I did, and they were like, ‘oh my God, like we really need a goalie,’” Lemieux said.The junior was a big part of the team during her time at IUP, but was not sure what her playing time would look like when she came to Columbus. She felt confident in her knowledge of the sport, but was shocked to see how much of a difference just one division made.“I was a starter. I played every game,” Lemieux said. “I had game experience, but it’s a completely different game. Like, it’s a lot quicker, like skill level’s a lot higher, so it’s different but it’s cool.”Coach Anne Wilkinson said Lemieux is a “very mature player” and has already made huge contributions this season.“She came in with some experience,” Wilkinson said. “She is confident, but she’s not over confident and I think she really plays an outstanding role on this team.”When OSU upset then-No. 20 ranked New Hampshire in its second game of the season, Lemieux claimed the Big Ten Player of the Week award in what was her first career start. The game went into double overtime, ending in a shootout. Lemieux denied UNH three times to preserve the victory.So far this season, Lemieux has tallied 28 saves, and Wilkinson said she has great talent as a goalkeeper and understands what is happening when the ball is coming her way.“She can come out so well on the ball,” Wilkinson said. “Her timing is really very good, and she reads the play. She anticipates well, she can handle a scramble, she can handle a lot of people in front of her, in front of the net, she can get down and she can stay focused on the ball. She is able to fight and if she can get to it, she will.”Wilkinson credits her goalkeeper’s strong mindset as a main proponent of her ability to keep her composure, even when things get rough.“She is just so even-keel,” Wilkinson said. “Whether she has a bad game or a good game, I just think she is mentally very strong.”Lemieux not only helps her teammates, but she has a passion for helping children as well. In the past, she has been a nanny to children and enjoys being part of their lives. She still keeps in contact with them and loves when she sees them in the stands at every home game.Lemieux said she was also a nanny for two children with autism a few years ago and babysits a child who has Down syndrome regularly. Her work with children is something she looks to continue after she finishes at OSU.“I am actually going into physical therapy to work with kids with special needs,” Lemieux said. “It was either occupational therapy or physical therapy. I don’t really know yet, but basically just working on everyday tasks in general with special needs kids is something I’ve always been interested in.”While Lemieux loves to spend her time with children, she also enjoys the time she has spent with her teammates at OSU. She said the team’s enthusiasm about the game is great and fun to be around.“Here it’s like everyone (gives) 100 percent like all the time and it’s a lot of fun to play with,” she said.Lemieux and the Buckeyes head to East Lansing, Mich., Saturday to take on Michigan State. Game time is scheduled for 1 p.m.
Alex Iwobi was pleased to see Arsene Wenger get the big send-off he deserved at the Emirates as Arsenal secured a 5-0 victory against Burnley in his final home matchThe Nigerian ended his goal drought in the Premier League by adding the fourth goal of the game, as Arsenal produced a dominant performance for their departing manager, thanks to an assist from teammate Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for his first league goal since January 2018.After the match, a delighted Iwobi thanked the club for giving the Frenchman the send-off he deserved after 22 years in charge of Arsenal.“This was more than a match! Really pleased we gave you the send-off you deserve. Thank you, boss,” wrote the 22-year-old on Twitter.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…This Was More Than A Match! Really Pleased We Gave You The Send Off You Deserve. Thank You Boss ??#MerciArsene pic.twitter.com/3L8zOXLP1s— Alexander Iwobi (@alexiwobi) May 6, 2018Iwobi is a product of the Arsenal youth academy and was brought into the first-team by Wenger in October 2015 and the young forward has since scored nine goals in his 94 appearances across all competitions for the Gunners.
Manchester United will challenge Tottenham Hotspur this afternoon and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer plans to use the match to learn more about his players.Reds Devils will be clashing with third-placed Spurs in the Premier League at Wembley Stadium in today and United coach adds that his team are capable of beating anyone.“Of course it will be tough but, then again, we can make it tough for them,” said Ole, when speaking to MUTV during their warm-weather training camp in Dubai this week.Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“They [Spurs] have got strengths and weaknesses, as have we, so it’s one of those games that we’ll need, and the cup game against Arsenal, before we go into the Champions League against PSG because that’s the ultimate test.”So, for me, the Spurs game isn’t the be all and end all. Of course it’s important, but it’s preparation for the rest of the season and the way going forward. We’ve won five games and you learn so much by winning but, when you get these tougher games, then you learn more about the personalities and how they deal with these situations.“
The West Ham United youngster feels happy after beating Newcastle United 2-0 in the English Premier League Saturday fixture.Declan Rice scored once, and Mark Noble helped his team with another goal, to leat West Ham United to a 2-0 win over Newcastle United tonight in the English Premier League.And the Hammers youngster dedicated the three points to Billy Bonds, who was honored before the match.The East Stand was named the Billy Bonds Stand in his honor after the whole stadium clapped for the four-time Hammer of the Year.“I hadn’t met Billy before,” Rice said to the team’s official website.“I just shook his hand before the match and said ‘it’s a great occasion, and lovely to meet you’. It was great to hear the fans singing Billy Bonds’ name today.”“I know everything that he did for the club. It was a special day, and to get the three points for him was even more special,” he added.“It’s nice to get on the scoresheet again, and from a header. It was a massive goal. It’s good to make up for the one I missed against Liverpool the other week. I think it gave the lads a boost.”Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“Mark Noble’s penalty was spot on. I don’t know why I get so nervous when Noble steps up to take penalties! He’s been taking them his whole life. He stuck it in the top corner. It was special,” he continued.“I think we deserved the win. Newcastle has been in some great form recently so we knew we had to be on our game, and we said that. We had to treat this game like as a final. I think you saw that in the first half.”“We were out of the box quick. We got an early goal and we kept pushing. We played some lovely football at times. Manu and Felipe played some beautiful football,” he concluded.With this result, West Ham United is now in the ninth position of the table with 39 points, three points ahead of Everton.Well done, lads! You did Bonzo proud ❤️#WHUNEW #COYI pic.twitter.com/Ck9z799NEQ— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) March 2, 2019