NEW YORK — This was the fourth quarter the Orlando Magic needed a night earlier, and it sure helped that Carmelo Anthony had to watch a key part of it.Evan Fournier scored a career-high 28 points, and the Magic bounced back from a poor finish with a good one, handing the New York Knicks a sixth straight loss with a 97-95 victory Nov. 12.Nikola Vucevic added 20 points and 13 rebounds for the Magic, who led by 11 points after three quarters in Toronto on Nov. 11, only to lose 104-100. This time, they trailed 85-84 midway through the final period before taking control.“We got an immediate test after being in a tight game from the night before. We were able to close out the game tonight. A great job by a lot of guys tonight,” Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said.Anthony scored 27 points for the Knicks, who were held to 19 in the fourth quarter and still haven’t reached 100 this season. But he picked up a fifth foul and went to the bench with 5:41 to play, and the Knicks were shut out during the 2 minutes he sat as the Magic extended their lead.“Losing is tough. I thought this was a game we could have went out there and gotten tonight, kind of get that monkey off our back. So this is a tough one to swallow,” Anthony said.Vucevic’s basket had just given Orlando an 86-85 lead when Anthony went out. Luke Ridnour made one of the free throws on Anthony’s foul, then Fournier was credited with a basket on a goaltending call with 4:27 left to cap a run of five straight points and give Orlando an 89-85 lead.The French guard later added another free throw during an 8-2 run that made it 92-87, as the Knicks had just one basket in 4 1/2 minutes.“We showed a lot of good things, especially defensively,” Fournier said. “Put in a lot of energy. I’m just proud. It shows we are a good team.”The Knicks had a chance after Anthony made a 3-pointer with 4.3 seconds to cut it to 96-95. Fournier missed the second of two free throws with 3.8 to go, but J.R. Smith was nowhere close on a potential winning 3-point attempt.Coach Derek Fisher said he didn’t draw up a play looking for a 3-pointer, only that there were multiple options and that Smith trusted himself to take the shot. Smith finished with 19 points.Orlando snapped a four-game losing streak in New York.“Of course to come in back-to-back after a tough loss says a lot about this team,” Vucevic said. “We stuck together and we didn’t just give up.”The Magic scored the final seven points of the first quarter to take a 31-27 lead. They had another 7-0 spurt to finish the first half and take a 56-50 advantage to the locker room.(BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shares
PIRAEUS, Greece (AP) — Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde insists his players have not been distracted by the events taking place in Catalonia.“We can see what’s happening but we are concentrated on our own task. That’s to win matches and make the fans happy,” he said on Monday, a day before the team’s Champions League match against Olympiakos.Lawmakers in Catalonia’s parliament declared independence from Spain last week following a disputed referendum that triggered a constitutional crisis in the European Union member.“We’re not naive and can see what’s happening around us,” Catalonia-born striker Gerard Deulofeu said. “But I’m not here to talk about politics.”Barcelona is playing the Greek champion at Karaiskakis Stadium. Valverde received an emotional welcome from fans of his former team. He said it would be a “special game” for him on Tuesday.“It’s a very emotional moment for me to return here where so many great things happened for me. I’ve been looking forward to it,” he said.Valverde’s team could qualify for the round of 16 with a win in Piraeus, and depending on the result of the other Group D match between Sporting Lisbon and Juventus.He said he hoped defender Javier Mascherano recovers from a minor injury to be available.Olympiakos has lost all three of its group matches, and has suffered from an unusually shaky performance in the Greek league, losing for a third time this season to historic rival Panathinaikos 1-0 on Saturday.Barcelona leads the Spanish league, and Deulofeu described Real Madrid’s surprise 2-1 loss in his home town of Girona on Sunday as a bonus for Barca.“I won’t lie, it was a good result,” he said. “Any game that takes points away from one of our biggest opponents is positive for us.”—DEREK GATOPOULOS, Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shares
India rode on Rohit Sharma’s unbeaten 100 off 56 balls to beat England in the third and final Twenty20 International in Bristol on Sunday and win the series 2-1.This is India’s sixth consecutive and their first-ever T20I series win in England.Chasing a challenging 199 for a victory in the winners-take-all contest, Rohit stepped up to prove his worth as a big-match player.Rohit attacked England’s pacers from the word go as he got off the mark with a wristy flick for six off David Willey in the first over of India’s chase.However, Shikhar Dhawan’s poor run continued as he was dismissed in the third over by Willey. KL Rahul too perished for 19 off 10 balls but that did not stop Rohit’s assault.India vs England, 3rd T20I: Highlights He was ably supported by skipper Virat Kohli — the pair added 89 runs for third wicket.Kohli scored 43 off 29 balls before he was caught and bowled by Chris Jordan in the 15th over.Hardik Pandya, who was promoted ahead of Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni, took the pressure off Rohit with some quick runs. He scored the winning six to remain unbeaten on 33 off 14 balls.Rohit became the second batsman after Colin Munro to score three centuries in T20Is.The pair was involved in an unbroken 50-run stand off 23 balls as India crossed the line with eight deliveries to spare and seven wickets in hand.Clearly, it was Pandya’s day as the all-rounder earlier returned with career-best bowling figures (4/38) to restrict England 198/9 in 20 overs.advertisementPandya bowled 11 dot balls in the middle overs and accounted for the wickets of Alex Hales (30; 24b; 3×4; 2×6), skipper Eoin Morgan (6), comeback man Ben Stokes (14) and Jonny Bairstow (25; 14b, 2×4, 2×6) to not allow England to build on their solid start.Pandya was taken for 22 runs in his first over with England’s top-scorer Jason Roy (67; 31b; 4×4, 7×6) taking him to the cleaners.But the all-rounder came roaring back to first remove Morgan and Hales in the same over and then repeating the same in the 18th over to send Stokes and Bairstow back on his fourth and sixth delivery.Chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav was dropped raising a few eyebrows as he had taken five wickets in the first game.Veteran M.S. Dhoni was also at his best behind the stumps, taking five catches and effecting one brilliant run out in the last ball of England’s innings to get the wicket of Chris Jordan.Openers Jos Buttler (34; 21b; 7×4) and Roy gave England a flying start with poor fielding from the visitors helping in the cause too.In the first six overs of Powerplay, England scored 73/0 with both in-form batters smacking 10 fours and four sixes in the process.Deepak Chahar (1/43) — making his international debut in place of injured Bhuvneshwar Kumar — did not start off well, going for 13 runs with Buttler hitting him for three fours.In the next over, Buttler took Umesh Yadav (1/48) for two back-to-back fours to set the tone for his team before Roy turned on the heat.The 27-year old hit the first six of the match in the fourth over, a princely down the ground shot at long off before tonking Siddharth Kaul (2/35) for another maximum in the next over to show his intent.To make matters worse, Buttler was dropped by Yuzvendra Chahal (0/30) just after Powerplay although it was a difficult chance.In the next ball, Roy brought up his fifty in style, slapping Chahal for a six over long-on.Kaul finally ended the carnage by rattling the stumps as Buttler tried to swipe across the line. Roy and Buttler stitched together 94-run partnership for the first wicket.Chahal followed it up with an economical over, giving away just three runs. Chahar then got his first international scalp with a slower delivery that the dangerous Roy flicked to Dhoni behind the stumps.At the halfway stage, England were 111/2 with two new batsmen in captain Eoin Morgan and Alex Hales at the crease.Pandya then dented England’s surge as Morgan top-edged a back of a length delivery which Dhoni smothered, clattering the stumps in his follow through, and Hales was caught behind.Later, Stokes holed out to Virat Kohli at mid off and once again in the same over Bairstow, who was looking good after smacking two fours and sixes, nicked a half volley to the keeper.The rest of the batsmen could not take England past the 200-mark but still posted a more than par total.(With inputs from IANS)advertisement
Topics Barcelona have become the first sports team in history with average first-team pay in excess of £10m a year, according to the latest Global Sports Salary Survey, which also shows the extent to which wages are spiralling across all sports.This season the Spanish champions will pay its 23-man squad an average of £10.45m, before bonuses, a figure that has risen by a third since 2017-18. Much of that is down to signing Lionel Messi to a new deal that pays him in excess of £50m a year, although signing Phillippe Coutinho, Arthur, Malcom and Arturo Vidal, and handing Gerard Piqué, Sergi Roberto, Samuel Umtiti and Sergio Busquets lucrative extensions has also significantly swollen the payroll.Real Madrid are second in the GSS survey – which tracks pay in 349 teams across eight sports in 13 countries – with its first-team players earning an average of £8.1m a year. The next six spots are filled by NBA teams, with the Oklahoma Thunder in third (£7.85m) and the Golden State Warriors (£7.82m) in fourth. Barney Ronay Manchester United (£6.53m) are the highest British club in the survey in 10th, one spot behind Juventus who have leapt from 32nd place to ninth after signing Cristiano Ronaldo. Manchester City (£5.93m) are the next highest Premier League club in 20th position, with Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool all in the top 40.The survey, which will be published on the Sporting Intelligence website on Monday, also found that the Premier League remained the richest football league in the world, with first-team squad players earning £2.99m a year on average – or £55,714 per week. That figure is 36% higher than the Premier League’s nearest rival, La Liga (£2.2m) and just under double that of Italy’s Serie A (£1.5m).The survey highlights, for the first time, the extent of the “Premier League premium” that clubs pay to attract and keep players – with research from the football analytics firm 21st Club showing that English sides not only pay more in transfer fees than their counterparts in Spain, Italy, Germany and France on average, but often two to three times more in average salaries for players of the same quality too.The survey quotes 21st Club’s head of football intelligence, Omar Chaudhuri, who says that senior figures at Premier League clubs often tell him they feel “ripped off” in the transfer market – while clubs on the continent sense an opportunity when doing business with English teams.“One Scandinavian team we met last year were looking to sell one of their brightest young stars to raise some income,” says Chaudhuri. “Our objective valuation of the player – based on similar players in the market – assessed him to be worth €6m to €8m (£5.3m to £7.1m). ‘But if we sold him to an English club,’ said the club’s sporting director, ‘we could maybe get double that.’ If anything, he had underestimated this premium.”English clubs usually overpay in wages too. As Chaudhuri points out, West Ham play at a similar level to Girona in La Liga – and if the two were to play at a neutral venue it’s likely that it would be a tight match. Yet West Ham’s average first-team pay is £3.2m a year, while Girona’s is £700,000. In other words, according to Chaudhuri, “The English team is effectively paying over four times as much for the same level of performance.” Barcelona news Reuse this content Read more Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest The figures, which are sourced directly or indirectly from unions, player associations, players, agents, leagues or club sources, also shows that cricketers in the Indian Premier League earn more per match than players in any other sport. According to the survey, IPL players earned an average £274,624 despite only playing 14 games – far ahead of the second place NFL (£138,354) and the Premier League (£78,703).Incredibly, IPL stars also make more on average from playing between early April and late May than Tottenham’s players do across an entire season of English football. Share via Email Business Share on Messenger Share on LinkedIn Finances Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Ballad of Ousmane Dembélé: £100m victim of football’s fat greasy hands League-by-league sections in the report highlight trends such as MLS teams not valuing defenders – literally – with not a single defender in the top 30 best-paid players in the league. The parlous state of the Chinese Super League’s finances is also explored, showing top teams there are losing huge sums as they pay wages akin to big-five European levels.The NBA remains comfortably the top-paying league in world sport, with average basic salaries of £5.9m this season, while the WNBA is the best paid women’s league. However average salaries for WNBA players are £59,295 a year – one-hundredth of that of their male counterparts.
FA Cup Celtic vs Partick Thistle: TV channel, live stream, squad news & preview Stephen Crawford Last updated 1 year ago 15:20 2/10/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty FA Cup Celtic Celtic v Partick Thistle Partick Thistle Premier League The Jags have gone over a decade without getting one over on their city rivals and will be looking to spring a Scottish ‘cupset’ Celtic host Partick Thistle in the fifth round of the Scottish Cup on Saturday with an eye on returning to winning ways after a shock defeat to Kilmarnock last weekend.A solitary goal from Youssouf Mulumbu was all it took to separate the two sides in a frustrating afternoon for the Bhoys at Rugby Park.As for Thistle, their mid-week loss to Rangers followed a 1-1 draw away to Motherwell, meaning Celtic will no doubt fancy their chances. 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 Indeed, the Celts have not lost to their cross-city rivals in 26 meetings, with their last loss to Partick dating all the way to 1995. Game Celtic vs Partick Thistle Date Saturday, February 10 Time 12:15 GMT / 07:15 ET TV Channel & Live Stream In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on TV on BBC One Scotland and it can be streamed live online via the iPlayer or Celtic TV (overseas only). UK TV channel Online stream BBC One Scotland Celtic TV / iPlayer Squads & Team News Position Celtic players Goalkeepers Gordon, De Vries, Bain Defenders Hendry, Simunovic, Gamboa, Boyata, Lustig, Compper, Ajer, Ralston, Miller, Tierney Midfielders Bitton, Roberts, Brown, Sinclair, Armstrong, Hayes, Rogic, Ntcham, McGregor, Forrest, Musonda, Kouassi Forwards Griffiths, Dembele, Edouard Dedryck Boyata will be a definite absentee come Saturday, although fellow defender Kristoffer Ajer is included in the squad despite picking up a knock against Kilmarnock last weekend.Jozo Simunovic missed that 1-0 defeat as a precaution and could return to the centre of defence, though the match comes too soon for Marvin Compper. Jack Hendry is ineligible having already turned out for Dundee and Patrick Roberts has returned to training with the first team but will likely be given more time before returning to the pitch.Potential Celtic starting XI: De Vries; Ajer, Simunovic, Bitton, Tierney; Brown, Kouassi; Sinclair, Ntcham, Forrest; Dembele. Position Partick Thistle players Goalkeepers Cerny, Scully, Sneddon Defenders Dumbuya, Booth, Cargill, Keown, Elliott, Devine, McGinn, Penrice Midfielders Osman, Spittal, Bannigan, Erskine, Lawless, Barton, Edwards, Fraser, McCarthy, Wilson, Woods Forwards Doolan, Sammon, Storey Jags boss Alan Archibald has said that Niall Keown is a doubt for the clash but Steven Lawless and Callum Booth will both feature.Potential Partick Thistle starting XI: Cerny; McGinn, Devine, Cargill, Booth; Osman, Woods; Edwards, Lawless, Storey; Sammon.Betting & Match Odds Celtic are unsurprisingly installed as favourites as 2/11 (1.18) by dabblebet, while Partick are 11/1 to emerge as victors and a draw comes in at 11/2.Click here to see all of dabblebet’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Celtic’s last meeting with Partick yielded a 2-1 victory as they travelled across town to Firhill Stadium in late January, with Scott Sinclair and Leigh Griffths both netting on that occasion.As mentioned, the Jags have a horrendous record against Brendan Rodgers’ side and the hosts are likely to be confident of bouncing back from their stinging defeat against Kilmarnock with a win on Saturday.The hosts do have a fair amount of injuries still to deal with, but have plenty of options in midfield and attack, while the return of Kristoffer Ajer at the back will provide a welcome boost to Brendan’s Bhoys.Partick striker Kris Doolan is optimistic, however, stating ahead of the match: “It’s down to mentality. People will turn around and maybe laugh because the gulf is so big, but Kilmarnock showed that on your day anything can happen.”We are under no illusions how difficult it is going to be but on the day, Kilmarnock showed last week that anything can happen and it just takes one goal to win the game.”
ARLINGTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 02: The Michigan Wolverines cheerleaders perform during the game against the Florida Gators at AT&T Stadium on September 2, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)The Michigan football team is only a few weeks away from seeing the field for the first time in 2019. Ahead of the season, a new hype video for the team has been released by Michigan fan Luke D’Mello.The video starts with an homage to Marvel’s iconic comic book flip movie opening sequence as the song Arise by The Siege plays in the background. The video begins with some practice highlights before the actual on-field moments begin.Both the offense and the defense take center stage with clips of the top plays from their 10 wins last season. It concludes with a view of the tunnel where the words “The Team” and “Go Blue” are on display.You can take a look at the whole video here: The video has garnered over 27,000 views on YouTube since its release last week.Last year the Wolverines started the season 10-1 and were in a prime position to get into the College Football Playoff. But a loss to Ohio State in The Game knocked them out of Big Ten title contention yet again.Michigan responded by making big changes ahead of 2019. They’re bringing in Alabama coach Josh Gattis to run the offense, who they hope can take quarterback Shea Patterson to the next level.With equally dynamic changes coming to the Ohio State Buckeyes this season, could this be Michigan’s year to break through?
zoom Mr. Andrey Belentiev and Mr. Koichi Fujiwara signing the MoUClassNK classification society, and Transas Marine, maritime simulation, navigation and surveillance systems provider, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding in the field of maritime simulators classification. Transas Marine Limited Director Andrey Belentiev said: “High-quality maritime education is a basis for safety and efficiency of shipping. This strategic partnership will allow both companies to contribute to raising the level of marine professional education where proper standards are necessary.”According to the agreement, ClassNK and Transas will jointly develop new standards, rules, procedures and guidelines related to classification of maritime simulators.New requirements will address the need for improved quality of both traditional and special areas of training, like offshore, LNG, tug and VTS operations.ClassNK Executive Vice President Koichi Fujiwara said: “My feeling is that the technology is changing.It is an accelerating change that demonstrates an increasing interest towards the safety of the environment. Transas has the special knowledge in effective tools for education, which is vital to ensure this. Meanwhile ClassNK has a long history of certification. I’m sure that this combination will contribute to the future of the entire maritime industry.”Press Release, July 9th, 2014
Ensign, which moved a drilling rig from Canada into the U.S. earlier this year, reported third-quarter revenue from activity in Canada dropped by 11 percent from last year, while U.S. revenue rose by 30 percent.Last week, the Petroleum Services Association of Canada predicted a total of 6,600 wells will be drilled in Canada in 2019, down about five percent from an expected 6,980 wells this year, adding that translates to a year-over-year decrease of up to $1.8 billion in capital spending by exploration and production companies.Calgary-based Ensign had no update on its hostile takeover bid of $470-million in cash for cross-town rival Trinidad Drilling Ltd. it launched in August.Trinidad’s board last month recommended shareholders accept instead an all-shares bid valued at $540 million from Calgary-based Precision Drilling Ltd.(THE CANADIAN PRESS) CALGARY, A.B. – Shares in Ensign Energy Services Inc. rose about eight percent on Monday morning after it reported a smaller loss in its third quarter compared with a year ago, while revenue grew 17 percent.The drilling company says it lost $32.8 million or 21 cents per share on revenue of $289 million, compared with a loss of $36.5 million or 23 cents per share on revenue of $247 million in the third quarter of 2017.The results closely matched analyst expectations, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.
TRIPOLI – Security forces braced for protests Friday against Libya’s protracted political transition following the ouster of longtime dictator Moamer Kadhafi, with fears of more violence after an overnight attack on army headquarters.Tensions have risen after a decision by Libya’s highest political authority, the General National Congress, to extend its interim mandate.Rival camps, many of them armed, have lined up for and against the GNC and its decision. Interim Interior Minister Seddik Abdelkarim, who escaped an assassination bid late last month, issued an order late Thursday for security forces to “protect peaceful demonstrators.”But the “No Extension” movement, which has sponsored a number of recent demonstrations demanding the GNC’s dissolution, is so concerned about the risk of violence that it was not formally organising any protests on Friday.A statement said any of its backers demonstrating would be doing so “as individuals expressing their opinions.”One member of the group said that, “given the current tensions, we cannot guarantee the security of demonstrators… With so many armed groups, we fear things could get out of hand.”No announcements have been made about where any demonstrations may take place, but they are expected after midday prayers on the Muslim day of rest.The growing insecurity in Libya more than two years after Kadhafi’s ouster and killing, was highlighted in the capital late Thursday, with a military spokesman saying unidentified gunmen had tried to enter army headquarters but guards prevented them from doing so.“The attackers ransacked cars and stole some weapons before pulling back,” Colonel Ali al-Sheikhi told AFP of the incident, in which no one was hurt.A separate military source gave a different version of events, saying fighting broke out after a dispute among soldiers.The GNC was elected in July 2012 for a term of 18 months that should have ended on Friday. But on Monday, it ratified a decision to extend its mandate to December.It took the decision despite the opposition of much of the population critical of its inability to halt Libya’s slide into lawlessness and chaos.Political activist Abu Bakar al-Badrid described the move as “a farce… About 40 initiatives were presented to the Congress these past few days to find a way out of the crisis, and it paid no attention.”The Operations Cell of Revolutionaries, an Islamist militia of ex-rebels said to be close to the army, has lined up behind the GNC, and the powerful armed groups from Libya’s third city Misrata have called the body “a red line.”But rival former rebels from Zintan, in the mountains southwest of Tripoli, an influential force in post-Kadhafi Libya, have vowed to protect any popular movement that goes against the GNC.The GNC’s mission has been to organise elections to a constituent assembly later this month which are to be followed by a general election.The assembly, to be made up of 60 members with equal representation for Libya’s three historic regions, will decide on key issues in a new constitution, including the system of government, the status of minorities and the role of Islamic sharia law.The political bickering comes at a time of uncertainty over the fate of independent Prime Minister Ali Zeidan, who defeated an Islamist-backed confidence vote against his government but is still on the defensive.
24 September 2011Nationalist or populist policies are not the answer to the debt crisis engulfing many European countries, Slovakia’s Prime Minister told the United Nations today, urging governments on the continent to ensure their actions do not jeopardize the cause of greater European integration. Iveta Radicová told the General Assembly’s annual general debate that the recent financial crisis and the problems of the banking sector in particular demonstrated “that the Eurozone was not prepared for a crisis.”Seventeen countries, including Slovakia, are formal members of the Eurozone. But several of these nations have large external debts and some commentators have suggested they may have to stop using the euro and return to their former currencies.“We need courage in the Eurozone to return back to the old principles which are necessary for successful international cooperation and integration,” Ms. Radicová said. “We need stricter European and national fiscal rules… We need new rules for careful management of the financial sector.”But above all, Ms. Radicová stressed, “we have to be honest to our citizens, because we have to be very careful that the answer for forcing technical solutions of the debt crisis would not be the escalation of nationalism and populism.“There is a chance that we will save the Eurozone economically, but at the same time we must minimize the risk of losing the project of European integration politically and devalue it in the eyes of our voters.”Ms. Radicová and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon also held a meeting today on the margins on the General Assembly, with the two officials discussing the global economic situation, sustainable development and the situation in Cyprus.