Asia Cup 2018: India vs Bangladesh Preview: Neighbours clash in the first battle of…

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementImage Courtesy: Free Press JournalThe Men In Blue cleared their first hurdle after a comprehensive 8-wicket win over arch-rivals Pakistan. Suffering from rustiness in their first encounter against Hong Kong, the Blues found their groove against Pakistan. With all the departments contributing to the win, skipper Rohit Sharma would be pleased having found a stable playing eleven. The team also possess a strong bench with Siddharth Kaul, Deepak Chahar and Ravindra Jadeja called into the squad in place of Hardik Pandya, Shardul Thakur and Axar Patel respectively.Meanwhile, the Tigers are declining over the course of the tournament. Having toppled Sri Lanka in their first encounter, Bangladesh were victim of a masterclass from Afghanistan. Bangladesh rested several of their key players for the clash including Mustafizur Rahman and Mushfiqur Rahim, keeping in mind of the consecutive games and the scorching heat.When: September 21, 2018, 3:30 PM Local Time, 5:00 PM ISTWhere: Dubai International StadiumIndia Probable XI: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit BumrahBangladesh Probable XI: Nazmul Hossain, Liton Das, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mohammad Mithun, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Mehidy Hasan, Mashrafe Mortaza, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman/Abu Hider RonyRead Also:Cricket: Take a bow Shahbaz Nadeem; 8 wickets for 10 runs!Cricket: Gautam Gambhir bats for India against the Pakistani medialast_img read more

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Sadio Mane strikes as Liverpool F.C. scrape 1-0 win over Crystal Palace

first_imgLiverpool ground out their first Premier League victory of the season after winger Sadio Mane scored an opportunistic goal to give them a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace at Anfield on Saturday.The pacy Mane took advantage of a double mistake by Palace midfielder Luka Milivojevic and steered the ball past Wayne Hennessey in the 73rd minute, after the Wales goalkeeper had made a string of good saves.Liverpool enjoyed the lion’s share of the possession but the visitors missed the best chance of the match shortly after the break as the home side’s former striker Christian Benteke blazed his shot over the bar from six yards.The opening period was a scrappy affair with passes going astray at either end. The best action came inside a minute as Hennessey denied Roberto Firmino before opposite goalkeeper Simon Mignolet kept out a fiercely struck Jason Puncheon effort.last_img read more

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Barca boss Valverde hails ‘extraordinary’ Messi

first_imgLionel Messi The benefits of ‘extraordinary’ Messi already apparent to new Barcelona boss Valverde Iain Strachan Last updated 2 years ago 17:21 10/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Lionel Messi - cropped Getty Images Lionel Messi Barcelona Primera División The Argentine’s future at Camp Nou remains the subject of some speculation, but his coach in Catalonia has no doubts over the forward’s worth Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde has described Lionel Messi as “extraordinary” following his hat-trick in a 5-0 La Liga victory over Espanyol.The thumping derby win was a welcome tonic for the Catalan giants, who had been reeling from the shock €222 million departure of Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain in August.Messi 11/1 hat-trick v Juve Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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 The loss of the Brazil striker had sparked speculation Messi could follow him in leaving Camp Nou, with the Argentine yet to sign the new contract he agreed with the club in July.Barca’s sporting director Robert Fernandez has said he expects the Argentina international to put pen to paper “soon”.And Valverde is likely to be a relieved man when the 30-year-old formally commits his future to the Blaugrana.”I am happy for Leo who scored three goals and is extraordinary,” Valverde said at a post-match news conference.Final whistle! FC Barcelona 5-0 Espanyol (Messi x3, Piqué and Suárez) #ForçaBarça #BarçaEspanyol pic.twitter.com/R5NrGfy1i8— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) September 9, 2017″We pulled through a complicated game, because these kinds of matches are always tough.”Despite the result, it wasn’t easy. Espanyol fought very well, but we have great players like Messi, who scored three goals, and [Luis] Suarez, who gave everything like the rest of the team.”last_img read more

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Scorpions Perfect Whilst Vipers Claim Upset

first_imgPerfect conditions at City Touch greeted teams in the Women’s Open final with the undefeated Central Scorpions taking on the Northern Vipers for the title. The young Vipers side had performed well all season and showed their ability on carnival day and were looking to upset the highly fancied Central Scorpions, who with a mixture of experience and youth had been the benchmark all season.The young Vipers attacked well in the first half with the ball spending most of the time in their forward half but the Scorpions defence was rock solid and the Vipers failed to capitalise. The Scorpions, seemingly on the back foot, made the most of their attacks forward crossing the line twice to set up a 2-0 advantage at half-time.The Vipers were looking to come out strong in the second half but Eloise Birch scored at the third minute mark to extend Scorpions lead to 3-0. The Scorpions added further pain scoring again at the eighth and again at the 11th minute mark through Hannah McGough which put the result beyond doubt at 5-0.The young Vipers battled hard but in the end could not match the experience and resolve of the disciplined Scorpions who ran out comfortable winners and completed a perfect season which saw the Scorpion girls lift the premiership cup for the sixth time in seven seasons. In the Men’s final the Defence Eagles were also looking to complete a perfect season going into the match against the Northern Vipers undefeated. It was the underdogs who set the tone early bolting out of the blocks to score first blood at the third minute mark, however within the next set of six the Eagles hit straight back levelling the scores at 1-all and it looked like we were going to be in for a tight contest.Both sides continued to test each other out in the ensuing minutes with the Eagles missing several opportunities to score through errors. At the 11th minute mark Tim Glazebrook broke the deadlock and put the Vipers 2-1 up. This score seemingly boosted the Vipers confidence as they inflicted two more quick blows to the Eagles to take a 4-1 advantage into the break. The normally systematic and calculated Defence boys looked unsettled missing several opportunities on their line through dropped balls and it appeared half-time couldn’t come quick enough for them to regroup.The break appeared to have worked with Defence Eagles coming out strong in the second half as Ninh Duong, who had been starring for the Eagles, scored a much needed opener for the Defence lads, to take them back to a two touchdown deficit, 4-2. However any momentum shift was short lived as the Vipers hit straight back to consolidate their half- time advantage and take a 5-2 lead. The Eagles weren’t quite done just yet though penetrating the Vipers defence and reducing the deficit to two with eight minutes to play.  However two touchdowns in as many minutes to the Vipers put the result beyond doubt and the Vipers could taste the victory. The Eagles managed to score one final consolidation touchdown to take the score to 7-4 but it was too little too late, with the final siren sounding seconds later.The Northern Vipers claiming an upset win and in doing so achieving back-to-back Men’s Championships. Victory in the Men’s division and second place in the Women’s division saw the Northern Vipers claim the Regional Championship, their first in seven years. The Vipers had further reason to celebrate when Bethany Fairfield was named Female MVP of the series, whilst Defence Eagles didn’t go home empty handed with Peter Owens claiming the Male MVP of the series.Amanda Sheeky continued her rise up the SA referee ranks awarded the MVP referee of the series.The February edition of Touch Football South Australia’s ‘Touch Shorts’ newsletter is now available. To view, please click on the attachment below.  Related Filestfsa_newsletter_feb_2012-pdflast_img read more

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Les Miles Has Reacted To Novak Djokovic’s Wimbledon Celebration

first_img Les Miles was told Novak Djokovic ate grass after winning Wimbledon. “Did he really? I recommend that people who enjoy a relationship with green grass take a nibble every now and then.”— Nicole Auerbach (@NicoleAuerbach) July 15, 2019Djokovic beat Roger Federer in the longest Wimbledon Final in history, winning the title for the 5th time and earning his 16th grand slam singles title.Djokovic pays tribute to Les Miles after winning Wimbledon. #TheJayhawksAreComing pic.twitter.com/FY8B2QXVim— We Good? (@Jifhawk) July 14, 2019As for Miles, he’s taking over a Jayhawks team that hasn’t won more than three games in a year in nearly a decade. So unless he can turn things around quickly, he may not have many too many chances to eat the grass. Novak Djokovic celebrates his title at Wimbledon.LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 14: Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates winning the Men’s Singles final against Roger Federer of Switzerland during Day thirteen of The Championships – Wimbledon 2019 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 14, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)When Novak Djokovic celebrated his historic Wimbledon victory by eating grass on the court, people quickly noted that it was the same thing Kansas head coach Les Miles did when he was at LSU.People spent hours waiting to hear what the former national championship coach had to say about it. Now, we finally have our answer.According to Nicole Auerbach of The Athletic, Les Miles expressed his surprise and jokingly said that it’s good to “take a nibble” of grass every now and then.“Did he really? I recommend that people who enjoy a relationship with green grass take a nibble every now and then.”Miles famously ate grass during a big win over Alabama in 2010, and during several other games during his LSU tenure.last_img read more

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IPL 2019: Pitch invader tries to hug Virat Kohli during RCB’s run chase vs KXIP

first_img Rajarshi Gupta MumbaiApril 13, 2019UPDATED: April 13, 2019 23:38 IST The RCB vs KXIP game faced a pitch invasion when a fan entered the grounds to hug Virat Kohli Courtesy by BCCIHIGHLIGHTSA fan ran out to the field to meet Virat Kohli during RCB’s match vs KXIP in Mohali on SaturdayThis is not the first pitch invasion in recent times in India and it is a major security issueVirat Kohli hit his 35th fifty for RCB during their run chase vs KXIPVirat Kohli has fans the world over. Therefore, it was no surprise when a fan invaded the pitch during Royal Challengers Bangalore’s run chase against Kings XI Punjab in Mohali and tried to hug the run-machine on Saturday.Virat Kohli had been under pressure before the weekend. He had overseen 7 successive defeats for RCB including 6 in a row this season. However, Virat Kohli led the charge for his team after Chris Gayle’s unbeaten 99 had given Kings XI Punjab 173 for 4.During the course of the innings, a fan stormed onto the pitch to meet Virat Kohli. It was a major security scare and an area of concern the IPL authorities need to address sooner rather than later.The 2019 Indian Premier League has been dogged by controversies.R Ashwin had stirred up a debate when he Mankaded Jos Buttler during Kings XI Punjab’s victory over Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur. Opinions were divided in the cricket fraternity and the likes of Eoin Morgan, Jason Roy, Kevin Pietersen, Dale Steyn and Shane Warne had criticised Ashwin harshly.Virat Kohli had then blasted the umpires during a post-match presentation ceremony after one of them failed to spot a clear front-foot no-ball during RCB’s defeat to Mumbai Indians in Bengaluru.In Jaipur, MS Dhoni created a massive controversy when he charged onto the field and got into a fierce argument with the umpires after some confusion over a no-ball for height. MS Dhoni was fined 50 per cent for breaching the IPL Code of Conduct but Virender Sehwag felt he got away too lightly.advertisementSehwag said Dhoni should have been banned for a match or two and the match referee should have set an example.However, the pitch invasion is a major security issue. During Australia’s tour of India, a fan had ran out to the field and chased MS Dhoni to try and hug him.Broadcasters do not show any footage of pitch invsasion.Also Read | KXIP vs RCB Live Score, IPL 2019: Kohli fifty helps Bangalore cruise in 174 chaseAlso Read | Shakib relates to Dhoni’s outburst at umpires: I did the same in Nidahas TrophyAlso Read | IPL 2019: Jos Buttler 89 scripts Rajasthan Royals victory over Mumbai IndiansAlso Watch | KKR head coach Jacques Kallis explains why he is in awe of Andre RusselFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byRoshni Tags :Follow picth invasionFollow FANFollow rcb vs kxip match reportFollow IPL 2019Follow Royal Challengers BangaloreFollow Kings XI PunjabFollow Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kings XI PunjabFollow RCB vs KXIPFollow Pitch invasion IPL 2019: Pitch invader tries to hug Virat Kohli during RCB’s run chase vs KXIPIPL 2019: There was a major security concern when a fan ran onto the pitch to meet Virat Kohli during the RCB vs KXIP match on Saturday.advertisementlast_img read more

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New Zealand vs Sri Lanka, World Cup 2019 Match 3 Prediction and Probable Playing 11

first_imgNew Zealand vs Sri Lanka, World Cup 2019 Match 3 Prediction and Probable Playing 11As New Zealand take on Sri Lanka for the 3rd match of the World Cup 2019, take a look at the match predictions and probable playing XIs of both the teamsadvertisement India Today Web Desk CardiffJune 1, 2019UPDATED: June 1, 2019 11:52 IST Kane Williamson and Dimuth Karunaratne during practice (Twitter: @cricketworldcup)New Zealand will take inspiration from their 1st warm-up against India when they take on Sri Lanka in their opening match of the ICC World Cup 2019 in Cardiff. Sri Lanka, however, will bank on the experience of veterans Lasith Malinga and Angelo Mathews along with the exuberance of the 2 Kusals – Mendis and Perera to have any hopes of stifling their opponents.The 1996 champions are in dire need of motivation and captain Karunaratne himself has to inspire the unit. The left-hander, who had scored his maiden test hundred against the Black Caps in 2014, could be the glue that holds the Sri Lankan batting together. He will have the support of Malinga who can instil confidence into the team, both with his bowling and experience.Recent form:New Zealand had produced a top-class bowling performance against India but in their next warm-up against West Indies, the Kiwi bowlers were hammered for 421 runs giving them a stern reminder of days to come.The Emerald Islanders, on the other hand, have had a tough stay in England as they lost both their warm-up matches to South Africa and Australia.Match Prediction:In the 2015 World Cup edition, the Black Caps had opened their tournament with a rampant 98-run victory over Sri Lanka and they would once again like to replicate that performance. The Kiwis are certainly favourites to win today’s tie.Probable Playing XIs:Sri Lanka: Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Mendis (wk), Kusal Perera, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Thisara Perera, Jeevan Mendis, Isuru Udana, Lasith Malinga, Nuwan PradeepadvertisementNew Zealand: Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (wk), James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult, Matt Henry(With IANS inputs)Also See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow Kane WilliamsonFollow Dimuth Karunaratnelast_img read more

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NeedALift Transportation Services Applies for Licence Amendment

first_imgNeed-A-Lift Transportation Services of Halifax has applied to the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board regarding two new service routes. The first includes a general passenger and express parcel service from Halifax to Sherbrooke — via the Angus L. MacDonald Bridge, Wyse Road, Alderney Drive, Ochterloney Street, Prince Albert Road and Highway 7 and 107. The second proposed service — a specialty charter public passenger service — will operate from Halifax Regional Municipality and the County of Guysborough. Round trips only will be offered to various destinations within the province. Fees for this charter service start at $90 per hour, increasing to $225 for three hours of service. Full day service, up to 10 hours, is $750. A public hearing concerning the proposed services, is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 28, beginning at 10:30 a.m. The hearing will be held at the Sheet Harbour Lions Club, 183 West Side East River Rd., Sheet Harbour. Public presentations or cross-examination of witnesses requires advance notice to the Utility and Review Board on or before Friday, Oct. 21. Comments on the proposed amendments will be accepted by mail to the Utility and Review Board, Box 1692, Unit M, Halifax, N.S., B3J 3S3; by e-mail to uarb.board@gov.ns.ca; by fax to 902-424-3919; or by calling 902-424-4448.last_img read more

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ExxonMobils Hebron platform pumps first oil off Newfoundland and Labrador

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. – First oil has been pumped at the $14-billion Hebron offshore oil platform off Newfoundland and Labrador, officials with ExxonMobil Canada announced Tuesday.The company said the platform extracted its first oil on Monday at the Hebron field in the Jeanne d’Arc Basin, located 350 kilometres southeast of St. John’s.“Our goal since the Hebron project was announced in 2008 was to safely achieve first oil in 2017,” company president Carman Mullins said.“Today we delivered on our commitment. Hebron is an engineering and construction marvel and thousands of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians can proudly say they helped design and build the platform.”Built at Bull Arm, the massive gravity-based platform is 230 metres high and weighs 750,000 tonnes. The structure was towed to the drilling site in early June and has begun production ahead of schedule.The Hebron oil field was discovered in 1980, and it’s estimated it will produce more than 700-million barrels of oil throughout the lifespan of the project.At peak rates the platform is expected to produce up to 150,000 barrels of oil per day and has a storage capacity of 1.2 million barrels of oil.During its production phase, Hebron is expected to generate millions in annual royalties and taxes for the cash-strapped province. It’s also expected to provide long-term employment for over 600 workers.The governing Liberals have said the project will generate more than $10 billion in royalties and benefits over the next 20 years — less than half the estimated $23 billion once hailed by the former Tory government.Natural Resources Minister Siobhan Coady said it was a “great day for the province” to have its second offshore oil project in operation in addition to Hibernia.In addition to ExxonMobil Canada, project partners include Chevron Canada, Suncor Energy, Statoil Canada and provincial Crown corporation Nalcor Energy with a 4.9 per cent equity stake.last_img read more

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Bombardier sues Mitsubishi over alleged theft of aircraft trade secrets

MONTREAL — Bombardier is suing Mitsubishi Aircraft in the United States over alleged trade secret misappropriation.The Quebec aerospace company alleges some of its own former employees passed on documents containing trade secrets to Mitsubishi before going to work for the company.The 92-page legal complaint filed in a Seattle court on Friday also targets Aerospace Testing Engineering & Certification (AeroTEC), which supports the Japanese multinational in the development of its MRJ airline, as well as several ex-Bombardier employees.None of the allegations contained in the court documents have been proven in court.A Mitsubishi spokesman says the allegations are unfounded and the company says it will prove so in court.AeroTEC did not respond to a request for comment on Sunday.Bombardier alleges Mitsubishi Aircraft and AeroTEC recruited no less than 92 of its former employees from both Canada and the United States.The former workers named in the lawsuit allegedly forwarded documents regarding the certification process to Transport Canada and its American counterpart, the Federal Aviation Administration.“The process is incredibly costly, time-consuming, and complex — even for the most experienced of aircraft manufacturers who have gone through that process and developed trade secrets to face it more efficiently,” the document reads.This process is essential to the process of ensuring newly developed planes are given permission to fly.Bombardier recently went through the process during the development of the CSeries program, which was plagued by delays and cost overruns. The aircraft was later rebranded A220 after Airbus took a majority stake in the program.“Bombardier has spent about a decade and several billion dollars bringing the CSeries from concept to realization and this is not abnormal for an airplane that has been imagined from the drawing board,” the court documents state.Bombardier alleges that Mitsubishi specifically recruited employees who had experience with the certification process and broke the law when it used confidential documents obtained from these employees in order to accelerate the timelines for its own MRJ airline.The MRJ, which can transport up to 90 passengers, is scheduled to enter service in 2020, much later than the original 2013 date.In one case cited in the court documents, one of Bombardier’s ex-workers allegedly used a personal Yahoo email to transfer “very sensitive” and “secret” information concerning the Global 7000 and 8000 programs as well as exchanges with Transport Canada on device certification. Other similar exchanges allegedly occurred through private accounts, this time through Gmail.“We don’t take this issue lightly,” Bombardier spokesman Simon Letendre told The Canadian Press in an email. “Bombardier intends to take all necessary measures to protect its intellectual property.”Bombardier is seeking unspecified financial damages as well as an injunction barring Mitsubishi Aircraft and AeroTEC from using confidential information allegedly obtained from ex-employees.The Quebec aircraft manufacturer is also asking Mitsubishi and its partner to stop recruiting within its workforce to get access to privileged information. read more

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Veszprem beat Kielce for a good finish of 2017

Telekom Veszprém: Mikler – Manaskov 2, Schuch, Ilic 5, Tonnesen, Gajic 3, Nilsson 8, Nagy 2, Ugalde 1, Marguc 3 (2), Terzic, Blagotinsek 2, Jamali, Lékai 5 ← Previous Story Brazil escapes from Japanese nightmare Next Story → GERMANY – DAY 3: Montenegro VS Russia, Korea against Germany Telekom Veszprem showed domination in the middle European derby against PGE Vive Kielce 31:26 (15:15) for a good finish of year 2017.Telekom Veszprém – PGE Vive Kielce 31:26 (15:15) KS Vive Kielce: Ivic – Jurecki 9, Dujshebaev 3, Kus, Aguinagalde, Bielecki 5 (5), Jachlewski 1, Strlek 1, Janc 1, Liewski, Jurkiewicz, Zorman 4, Mamic 1, Bombac, Djukic 1

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HSE will need nearly €200 million extra for this year

first_imgUpdated at 11.06pmTHE HEALTH SERVICE Executive (HSE) will require a further €199 million in extra funding this year as a result of budget overruns.A supplementary estimate totalling €219 million will be discussed by the Oireachtas Health Committee on Thursday with the HSE expected to realise around €20 million through savings elsewhere in the Department of Health bring the total amount needed to €199 million.The health overrun was not discussed in detail at Cabinet today as the Minister for Health James Reilly is in Brussels, but Public Expenditure and Reform Minister did brief Ministers on the details of Appropriations Bill.This bill deals with all government departments’ spending estimates for this year and will be published on Thursday following the Health Committee meeting.The bill contains all the spending estimates for each government department for this year, including departments where there have been overruns such as in the Department of Justice where €32 million extra is needed.Separately the HSE service plan for 2014 will now not come before Cabinet until next week as the Minister was not present to present details of the draft spending plan.Ministers are due to consider the HSE’s draft plan for spending its €13 billion budget next week, before it is then considered by the Health Committee, most likely in early January.First posted at 6.19pmRead: ‘No comment to make’ on reports Kathleen Lynch threatened to resignRead: GPs warn of “chaos” in health system after HSE boss raises cuts concernslast_img read more

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Oireachtas agenda Social welfare reform Transatlantic trade et les invités

first_imgWHAT ARE OUR politicians doing in the halls of Leinster House?TheJournal.ie lets you know with our guide to what’s coming up to the Dáil, Seanad and various Oireachtas committees today.DÁILEamon Gilmore’s weekly stint of Leaders’ Questions begins the day at 10:30am, with a brief discussion on the rest of the day’s agenda following at around 11am.The day is almost entirely eaten up with the first of two days of debate on the Social Welfare Bill 2013, which gives effect to most of the social welfare changes announced in Budget 2013. There are few new measures in it, so the debate will really be two more days of discussing Joan Burton’s progress so far.Discussion will be adjourned at 6:30pm (and resume tomorrow), to leave time for discussion of four topical issues and for Jimmy Deenihan to take Questions to the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht at 7:18pm.The day’s Dáil business can all be viewed here.SEANADThe usual Order of Business discussion begins the day at 10:30am before Paul Murphy MEP continues a series of addresses to the Seanad to mark Ireland’s 40 years of EU membership. His speech, beginning at 11:45am, will focus on transatlantic trade and partnership.The rest of the afternoon will be spent rushing through a debate on the FEMPI Bill 2013 – the legislation which imposes pay cuts for public workers earning over €65,000 a year. A vote on ‘second stage’ – the first vote, basically – will be taken at 5:30pm, with another few hours set aside for any final amendments.The day’s Seanad business can all be viewed here.COMMITTEESJust the three public meetings today: The Environment sub-committee holds an all-day session – between 10:30 and 12:45, and again between 14:00 and 18:30 – to discuss proposed amendments to the Residential Tenancies Bill, which expands the role of the Private Residential Tenancies Board. (Watch here.)Also meeting at 10:30am is the Good Friday Agreement committee, which will firstly hear from Ruairí Quinn on how education can be used to undo social disconnection, before the presidents of the Letterkenny and Dundalk ITs attend at 11:30am to discuss cross-border access to colleges. (Watch here.)Finally, the EU Affairs committee meets a delegation from the French national assembly at 11:30am to discuss recent developments within the EU. (Watch here.)Explainer: How does a Bill become a law?last_img read more

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The PS4s most prized indie games

first_imgThough Microsoft recently rolled back its policies on self-publishing, now allowing indie games to appear on the Xbox One with ease, Sony never made such a blunder against the indie crowd. Because of this, the PlayStation 4 already has a hefty amount of indie weight under its belt. More indie games are sure to follow, but below are nine of Sony’s most prized indie acquisitions.Octodad: Dadliest CatchObviously a comedy, this sequel stars everyone’s favorite dad of a human family who is secretly an octopus. The gameplay in the series is quite esoteric; performing menial human tasks is pretty difficult when you’re an octopus stuffed into a suit, and the gameplay centers around just how difficult that’d be. The enemy in the game is essentially the controls itself, except it’s intentional, and is somehow fun. We can’t wait, perhaps even more than a game about a loving father, caring husband, secret octopus should excite us.Don’t StarveThe game has been available on PC for a while now, but continues to receive minor and major updates. It’s set in a Tim Burton-like, Johnny Deppless world that revolves around a Minecraft-style survival, but without the mining. There is still a ton of exploring, resource gathering, and collecting, so aside from making building so tall it’s an affront to god, almost all of your Minecraft urges can be satisfied. Better yet, the game actually has a loose story mode, so you can beat it instead of play it forever.The WitnessJonathan Blow’s first game to hit after Braid, The Witness takes place on a mysterious, colorful island filled with puzzles. Sounds like Myst, right? Hopefully, the game isn’t some pretentious allegory about the atomic bomb like Braid is, but at least Blow has stated numerous times that he’s essentially using The Witness as proof that puzzle-adventure games can be good. So, that might it’ll be good.TransistorFrom Supergiant Games, the guys that brought you Bastion. If you liked Bastion, then Transistor will be the game for you, in that it looks extremely reminiscent of Bastion, except replaces the male lead with a female, and replaces arguably sensible weapons with Cloud’s Buster Sword if it were in Tron.Next page: Guns, space, and ponchos VIEW PHOTO GALLERY 1 2 octoballoctoballHard to ball without bones.dontstarvecampI’ve never made a floor in Don’t Starve.thewitnesstransistorThere’s a player character in there somewhere.mkNot quite Contra, not quite Metal Slug.galakzVery pretty for a work in progress.secretponchosProbably fun even though you don’t play as a sentient poncho.raysthedeadSo punny.outlastToo ripped.divekickThe kickingest game about kicking.Hard to ball without bones.last_img read more

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UN calls for Myanmar war crimes panel

first_imgTen Rohingya Muslim men with their hands bound kneel as members of the Myanmar security forces stand guard in Inn Din village. ReutersThe UN human rights chief on Wednesday called for a new body tasked with preparing criminal indictments over atrocities committed in Myanmar, after a similar panel was created for the Syrian conflict.The Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council has set up multiple investigations and fact-finding missions into major trouble spots, including an active one for Myanmar.But some have expressed concern over the limitations of those probes, which focus on gathering a broad range of evidence about alleged atrocities, rather than assembling specific legal cases against individuals that can be taken to court.In the Syrian case, the UN General Assembly voted in 2016 to set up an “independent and impartial mechanism” to prepare prosecutorial files.UN rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said Wednesday that a similar body was needed for Myanmar, where senior UN officials have said the military is continuing to wage a campaign against the Rohingya Muslim ethnic group that amounts to “ethnic cleansing”.Ten Rohingya Muslim men with their hands bound kneel in Inn Din village. Picture taken 1 September 2017. ReutersZeid called on the rights council to “ask the General Assembly to establish a new independent and impartial mechanism to prepare and expedite criminal proceedings in courts.”In his annual report to the council, Zeid restated his concern that “acts of genocide may have taken place” in the Rohingya homeland of Rakhine state.An estimated 700,000 Rohingya have fled over the border to Bangladesh since an army crackdown was launched in Rakhine in August.last_img read more

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Cards Bow Out of ACC Championship

first_img Live Stats  Print Friendly Version “Offensively, I thought we had good plate appearances the whole game, they didn’t always have a great result, but I thought we were doing what we needed to do to go that way,” said UofL head coach Holly Aprile. “I think we got into a little bit of a jam on a couple of plays when they loaded the bases in the fifth inning and it’s hard to come back from that… I thought overall in the game we battled and made good adjustments – that was a tough inning.” Matchup History UNC 9 – Louisville 3 (ACC Quarterfinal) Full Schedule Roster Story Links UofL broke through with a run in the second after sophomore Kyra Snyder drew a walk, took second on a passed ball and eventually scored on an infield single by Newman. Louisville added two more runs in the third behind Hensley’s two-run homer. Redshirt senior Sidney Melton got the offense started with a two-out single and proceeded to register her team-best 33rd stolen base of the season. Hensley stepped up and launched a shot over the left field fence for her 12th home run of the season to put the Cards up 3-0. Preview Next Game: vs. Southern Illinois 5/17/2019 | 1:00 p.m.center_img Louisville (33-21) will learn its postseason fate on Sunday at 9 p.m. (ET) when the NCAA selection show airs on ESPN2. Should the Cards receive an at-large bid, it would mark the 14th NCAA appearance in program history. The University of Louisville softball team built a 3-0 lead, but North Carolina plated nine unanswered runs to beat the Cardinals 9-3 in the ACC Championship quarterfinals Thursday at JoAnne Graf Stadium. The Cards had a final scoring opportunity in the seventh when junior Celene Funke singled and stole second to put a runner in scoring position with one out, but Louisville could not capitalize. The Tar Heels capitalized on five hits and two walks to score six runs in the fifth. After North Carolina use three straight infield singles to load the bases, Burkhardt’s RBI hit plated the go-ahead run. Back-to-back walks and an RBI single by Megan Dray put the Tar Heels up 9-3. North Carolina (34-17) countered with three runs in the third. A hit by Campbell Hutcherson and a walk to Leah Murray set up Kristina Burkhardt’s RBI single. Kiani Ramsey followed with a two-run double to even the score at 3-3. TEAM NOTES: • North Carolina leads the series 9-7• As a team, Louisville has registered a program-record 102 stolen bases on 117 attempts on the season. The previous record was 68 (95 attempts), set in the 2010 season.PLAYER NOTES: Sidney Melton• Sidney Melton has reached safely in the last 18 games• Melton also leads the team with a career-high 33 stolen bases and owns Louisville’s single season record.• She now has 66 stolen bases in her career, placing her second on Louisville’s all-time list. Audrey Rendon (2004-07) holds the school record with 82.• Melton baseman ranks fifth on Louisville’s all-time list for career runs (153) She needs five more to tie Audrey Rendon (2004-07) for fourth.Celene Funke• Celene has 27 stolen bases and is tied for third with Audrey Rendon (2005) on UofL’s single season list.• Funke recently pushed her career stolen base total to 46 and moves into a three-way tie for fifth with Candi Hicks (2004-07), and Kristin Austin (2009-12) on Louisville’s all-time list.Megan Hensley • With her 37th career home run, Hensley stands third on Louisville’s career list and needs one more to tie Chelsea Bemis for second (2008-11).• Hensley improves her season RBI tally to 43 and her career total to 172, good for third on Louisville’s all-time list. She needs two more to tie Courtney Moore (2011-14) for second.Kyra Snyder• Kyra Snyder has reached safely in 14 straight games. Danielle Watson (11-14) took the loss after giving up eight earned runs on seven hits and striking out two in 4.0 innings. Senior Megan Hensley paced the Cardinals with two hits, including a home run, and two RBIs while sophomore Maddy Newman went 2-for-3 with an RBI to lead the Cards at the plate. ESPN3 last_img read more

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Music Modernization Act Unanimously Passes House of Representatives

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 ASCAP CEO Elizabeth Matthews said: “Today’s passage of the Music Modernization Act by such a significant margin underscores the widespread consensus that our music licensing system needs immediate updating. After years of advocating for reform, we are thrilled that our country’s leaders are now paving the way for a brighter future for music creators who have struggled under outdated laws for far too long. We thank the House, especially our many congressional champions like Reps. Goodlatte, Nadler, Collins and Jeffries, for their hard work and recognition of music’s massive cultural and economic significance to our country. We urge the Senate to take up this industry-supported bill without delay.”SoundExchange President & CEO Michael Huppe called this “an historic day for music creators,” and said  “This legislation stands to benefit artists, songwriters, labels, publishers, studio producers and others – many of whom are represented by the SoundExchange Companies. We are grateful that lawmakers in the House worked to update our nation’s copyright laws for the digital age, and we look forward to working with the Senate to get this legislation passed quickly. Music creators have waited long enough.” Popular on Variety In what is being hailed as a historic day for music creators, theMusic Modernization Act passed the House Wednesday, paving the way for improved royalty payments to songwriters, artists and creatives in the digital era. The bill, HR 5477, passed unanimously with 415 votes. The bill is overwhelmingly supported by the music industry, and has bipartisan support in the house, where it was introduced by co-sponsors Robert Goodlatte (R-VA) and Jerrold Nadler (D-NY).Speaking from the House floor today Goodlatte said the bill “brings early 20th century music laws for the analog era into the 21st century digital era,” adding, “music is no longer written on piano rolls, and our laws shouldn’t be based on that technology either.” Goodlatte, a driving force and co-author of the original legislation resulting in this bill, introduced the MMA in the House Judiciary Committee where it received unanimous passage on April 11. In positioning it for the full vote, he couched it in terms of economic hardship, stating “the problems and failures in our nation’s music laws have imposed real financial costs upon artists and creators.”center_img Speaking in support of the bill, Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA), emphasized the bill’s broad support. “Who would have thought that a Congressman from rural Georgia would find agreement with a liberal democrat from Brooklyn?,” said Collins, referring to NY Rep. Hakeem Jeffries.Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL) noted  that the bill “doesn’t address everything” – notably omitting performer payment for radio airplay – but stresses it makes significant improvements. Goodlatte summed up those improvements in four specific areas, saying it will:Improve a dysfunctional mechanical licensing system “that seems to generate more paperwork and attorneys’ fees than royalties.”Ensure royalty protection for pre-1972 performancesProvide a statutory right to recognition for adjunct creators, including producers, sound engineers, and mixerslack of a unified rate standard for music royaltiesThe MMA combines four separate legislative initiatives into a single bill that will update how music rates are set and how songwriters and artists are paid.Key provisions of the bill is for Congress to establish the equivalent of a SoundExchange for songwriters to track credits and distribute royalties when digital services use their work. The switch to a market-based rate standard for artists and writers, closing the pre-1972 loophole that denied digital compensation to legacy artists and the addition of copyright royalties for producers and engineers are other changes embraced by the industry, including the Recording Academy and the RIAA to ASCAP, BMI, the American Association of Independent Music and the American Federation of Musicians.The MMA action now heads to the Senate, which will tackle its version of the package next month. At present, there are three individual Senate bills queued for a mid-May hearing by the Senate Judiciary Committee that like the House, the Senate may combine (either into its own version or simply taking up the House version, which is the music industry’s hope. Whatever the means, the basic tenets of the bill are expected to meet little resistance in the Senate, moving in some form to a full vote and then to President’s desk. At present, Sirius XM and background music service Music Choice represent the only notable opposition.National Music Publishers Association President & CEO David Israelite said: “The House passage of the Music Modernization Act is truly historic for songwriters and the entire music ecosystem which they fuel. The MMA improves how songwriters are paid and how their work is valued, both of which are long overdue. The bill also helps digital streaming companies by giving them access to all the music their consumers want to enjoy.”Israelite added, “I am immensely grateful to Congressmen Doug Collins and Hakeem Jeffries who have seen this process through from the beginning and have stood by songwriters through a complex and lengthy collaboration process, and to Chairman Goodlatte and Ranking Member Nadler for getting this bill to the House floor. Today’s vote sends a strong message that streaming services and songwriters can be on the same side – pushing for a better future for all. We now look forward to the Senate advancing the MMA and it ultimately becoming law.”Recording Industry Association Chairman & CEO  Cary Sherman said: “With this unanimous vote, we are one step closer to a once-in-a-generation reform of our music licensing laws. It’s a long time coming and we have much work to do, but the breadth and depth of unprecedented legislative support demonstrated over the last two weeks is illustrative. It is the result of a broken system that poorly serves creators and years of painstaking consensus-building by a many key members of Congress. This bill has advanced as far it has because its component parts reflect reforms of the entire music ecosystem. That is an essential ingredient.”Recording Academy President & CEO Neil Portnow said: “Music creators compose the soundtrack to our lives. These creators deserve to be paid a fair wage for their work. The passage of the Music Modernization Act in the House of Representatives is a historic step forward for all music creators, ensuring that they are credited, paid, and shown the respect they deserve for the impact they have on our culture and daily life. We are honored that GRAMMYs on the Hill helped to pave the way for these long overdue updates.”last_img read more

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Prices for Existing Homes See Strongest Gains in Six Years

first_img Existing-home sales rose to 4.62 million at a seasonally adjusted annual rate in April from a downwardly revised March rate of 4.47 million, the “”National Association of Realtors””:http://www.realtor.org/ (NAR) said Tuesday. Economists had forecast the April sales pace would be 4.66 million. [IMAGE]The median price of an existing home climbed 10.1 percent to $177,400 from $161,100 in April 2011, the strongest year-to-year gain since January 2006. The median price in April reached its highest level since July 2010 when it was $182,100.The inventory of homes for sale in April rose to 2.54 million, the highest level since last November, bringing the months’ supply of homes on the market to 6.6.The 10.0 percent year-over-year gain in the sales rate was the strongest since October when sales were up 14.0 percent year-over year.Distressed homes ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô foreclosures and short sales sold at deep discounts ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô accounted for 28 percent of April sales (17 percent were foreclosures and 11 [COLUMN_BREAK]percent were short sales), down from 29 percent in March and 37 percent in April 2011, NAR said.Foreclosures sold for an average discount of 21 percent below market value in April (compared with an average discount of 19 percent in March), while short sales were discounted 14 percent in April compared with 16 percent in March.The months’ supply of existing homes for sale remains well below the July 2010 cyclical peak of 12.4, which had been the highest level since 1982. Inventories tracked by NAR fell 20.3 percent below their year ago level, although anecdotal evidence suggests there is still a large shadow inventory of homes available for sale, especially bank-owned properties. Regionally, existing-home sales rose in April in every region of the country led by a 5.1 percent month-over-month increase in the Northeast, where sales were up19.2 percent over April 2011. Sales rose 4.4 percent over March in the West (a 7.3 percent year-over-year gain), 3.5 percent in the South (6.5 percent year-over-year) and 1.0 percent in the Midwest (14.4 percent year-over-year).The median price of an existing home rose month-over-month and year-over-year in all four regions. At $256,600, the median price of an existing home reached its highest level since August 2010. The median price of an existing home in the South rose to $153,400, the highest level since July 2010 and the median price of an existing home in the West rose to $221,700, also the highest since July 2010.The year-over-year price gain in the West, 15.9 percent, was the strongest since November 2005. The annual increase in the Northeast was the first since last June.The median price of an existing home climbed 10 percent to $177,400 from $161,100 in April 2011, the strongest year-to-year gain since January 2006. in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Share Prices for Existing Homes See Strongest Gains in Six Yearscenter_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Existing-Home Sales Home Prices Home Sales Investors Lenders & Servicers National Association of Realtors Processing Service Providers 2012-05-22 Mark Lieberman May 22, 2012 420 Views last_img read more

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Although the defense has given up some big plays i

first_imgAlthough the defense has given up some big plays in each of the last three weeks, they’ve also made big plays – in crucial situations.I don’t believe the clock has struck midnight for the Cardinals, but they are at a crossroads. At the end of last season, I wrote that my expectations are high for this team. They still are. Now is not the time to jump off the bandwagon. – / 19 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact There was some good news. The running game showed signs of life – namely Powell and Kolb – combining for 136 of the Cardinals 182 rushing yards. The toughest thing to swallow about this one is knowing the Bills limped into University of Phoenix Stadium having allowed 97 points in their last two games, and weren’t even competitive last week (a 45-3 beat down in San Francisco). This should have been a get well game for the Cardinals. The good news is – despite back to back losses – the Red Birds are still tied for first place in the NFC West. The bad news is their confidence has to be shaken, their starting quarterback is in a lot of pain, and D’Anthony Batiste and Bobby Massie are still their starting tackles (at least as of Sunday evening). Next Sunday they visit the Minnesota Vikings, who also lost on Sunday. Like the Cardinals, the Vikings are off to a surprising 4-2 start, but have also proven to be vulnerable. The Cardinals need to remember last year’s 34-10 loss at the Metrodome that dropped them to 1-4. They also need to remember that while it’s practically impossible to play a completely perfect game physically in this league, mentally there is absolutely no margin for error. Losses hurt in the NFL. Every last one of them.But the Cardinals 19-16 overtime defeat to the Bills on Sunday stings just a little bit more than most do. There’s plenty of blame to go around, but why point fingers?Why point fingers at an offensive line that features the two worst tackles in football? If you don’t believe me, just ask Kevin Kolb’s mouth and ribs — which have doubled as punching bags in the last two games. center_img Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Oops. I was trying to avoid the blame game. But seriously, is it too much to ask Reagan Maui’a, who only played because Anthony Sherman was out, to not spike the ball after a seven-yard catch near midfield? I know Maui’a only has a handful or so career catches, but when your offense struggles to move the ball forward, you’re supposed to embrace all the positive yards you can. After the game, Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt called the delay penalty, “stupidity.” That was a lot more G-rated than what the TV cameras caught him saying to Maui’a during the game.There were also the usual suspects — dropped passes, poor run blocking (as usual), a misread between Kolb and running back William Powell on the play where Kolb got knocked out of the game and bad reads by both Kolb and John Skelton which resulted in interceptions.I hate to throw Jay Feely under the bus, especially since his 61-yard field goal with 74 seconds left in regulation tied things up, but it’s tough to not lose sleep after a missed 38-yard field goal that would’ve won it — although Feely is convinced the kick was tipped after a low snap. LaRod Stephens-Howling’s drop on a screen pass came right before Skelton’s game deciding pick. 0 Comments   Share   last_img read more

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So even though they never led in the game when th

first_imgSo even though they never led in the game, when the Cardinals had the ball in the final minutes down by just two, there was no doubt on the home sideline that they would take the lead and, maybe, steal a game they didn’t deserve.“I thought we felt we would win the game the entire game, even after we turned it over on downs on the last drive,” QB Carson Palmer said. “There is a lot of belief in that locker room, a lot of trust in each other. We don’t ever feel that we are out of it.”Palmer went on to say that sometimes games like this can be a “blessing in disguise,” as it will give them a chance to respond to the kind of adversity that was bound to present itself at some point this year. While this loss puts a damper on the early part of their season, at 3-1 there is still plenty of football left to be played.And chances are there will come another time, be it in Glendale or elsewhere, where the Cardinals are in need of some late-game heroics in order to come away with a victory. Like Sunday, when it ultimately did not work out, they’ll have confidence that they will be able to get the job done.As center Lyle Sendlein said, they’re going to have to. 0 Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires “One-hundred percent, we always believe it,” he said. “I think that’s the first time in a game like that we haven’t pulled it out.“So that’s something we’ll all just have to have a little more belief that we can do it. I think everyone at that time did believe we were going to. Sometimes that’s half the battle.” – / 27 Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson (31) can’t make the catch on fourth down as St. Louis Rams cornerback Janoris Jenkins (21) defends the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. The Rams won 24-22. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact In a way, it seemed like despite all the self-inflicted wounds and mistakes Sunday, the Cardinals had the Rams exactly where they wanted them. With less than two minutes remaining, they had the ball at the St. Louis 43 yard line facing a second and two. A game-winning field goal attempt — at worst — seemed like a foregone conclusion.Then Carson Palmer’s swing pass to David Johnson was batted down by the Rams’ Robert Quinn, Palmer missed an open Jaron Brown down the field and, on fourth down, Palmer again threw incomplete while looking for Johnson.Arizona’s offense never touched the ball again.“Those type of games we’ve won for two years — it’s the first one that we’ve lost like that and it’s hard to swallow because of the fact that we have won so many in the fourth quarter here the last two years,” the coach said Monday. “I think we just anticipated we’d make the play to win this one and we didn’t get it done.”Arizona entered the game with a 15-3 record at UofP Stadium under Arians, with many of those victories requiring some late-game magic. Last season, the Cardinals needed fourth quarter rallies to beat the San Diego Chargers, Philadelphia Eagles and St. Louis Rams. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo TEMPE, Ariz. — In a game full of disappointing developments, perhaps the one that tops the list is the most obvious one of them all: the Arizona Cardinals did not win.No, the Cardinals fell to the St. Louis Rams Sunday at University of Phoenix Stadium by a score of 24-22. It’s not that the Cardinals necessarily deserved to win the game, mind you, just that it seems like under head coach Bruce Arians, the team has always found a way to win close games at home. Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more

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