Cup Redux: Kings Beat Rangers, 4-2

first_imgNEW YORK — Jonathan Quick and the Los Angeles Kings are still on the outside of the Western Conference playoff race. The way the veteran goalie sees it, that’s just a temporary situation.Quick shook off a goal in the first minute and allowed just one more the rest of the way in the Kings’ 4-2 victory over the New York Rangers on March 24.When asked if his club — the defending Stanley Cup champion — is a playoff team, Quick provided an emphatic “Yes.”“I believe we are,” said Quick, who made 34 saves.The Kings, fighting for a chance to defend their title, have won the first two games of a five-game trip on successive nights. Marian Gaborik snapped a second-period tie, and Los Angeles cooled off the Rangers in a rematch of last year’s Stanley Cup Final.Robyn Regehr scored a rare goal in the first period, and Jeff Carter and Jake Muzzin extended the lead in the third. Anze Kopitar had two assists, giving him a goal and six assists in four games.“It was a good performance by everyone,” Gaborik said of the Kings, 7-2-2 in their past 11. “After that fourth goal, we slowed down a little bit. Other than that, we were better than (Monday) night. We just have to ramp things up.”The Kings won 3-1 at New Jersey on March 23 and still have stops at Long Island, Minnesota and Chicago before heading home. They had scored only eight goals in their previous five games.Los Angeles, which beat the Rangers in five games for the 2014 title, is tied in points with third-place Calgary in the Pacific Division, but the Flames hold the tiebreaker.“We need points. That’s the bottom line,” Gaborik said.Mats Zuccarello scored 51 seconds in, and Kevin Hayes made it 4-2 with 3:44 left, but that was the only offense for the Rangers two days after an impressive 7-2 victory over Anaheim. New York entered with an NHL-leading 99 points.Cam Talbot stopped 31 shots and allowed more than two goals for the first time in 10 appearances. The Rangers had held opponents under three for 10 straight games for the first time since 1971, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.“We knew that we were going to come out against a desperate team,” Talbot said. “They’re fighting for their playoff lives. We jumped on them quick, but after that they kind of turned the table on us.”New York leads the rival Islanders by six points in the Metropolitan Division.Talbot’s time as the Rangers’ starting goalie is running short, with Henrik Lundqvist practicing on March 24 and eyeing a weekend return to the lineup. New York is 17-4-3 since a neck injury sidelined Lundqvist in February.Gaborik gave the Kings a 2-1 lead 4:35 into the second with his 23rd goal. It came at the end of a fine passing play in which Justin Williams dug the puck out of the left corner and sent it to Kopitar at the left of the net. Kopitar quickly slid the puck to the right to Gaborik, who had an easy redirection inside the right post.Gaborik, who played parts of four seasons with the Rangers from 2009-13, is the last one to score at least 40 goals for the Broadway Blueshirts when he netted 41 during the 2011-12 season. New York’s Rick Nash is on the verge of the milestone, but he hasn’t scored in seven games.The Kings outshot the Rangers 14-9 in the second and held a 31-21 edge through 40 minutes. “They had some momentum and scored that first goal. Afterward we took over,” Gaborik said. “We were all over them.”Carter’s 26th goal at 1:05 of the third made it 3-1, and Muzzin pushed the lead to three at 5:28.For the second straight game, the Rangers scored quickly. They connected on their first shot when Zuccarello beat Quick from the slot for his 13th goal.In Sunday’s win, Chris Kreider put the Rangers in front at 1:24. Just like in that one, this lead was short-lived as Regehr tied it with his second of the season.The Kings put plenty of pressure on Talbot, firing 17 shots at him — the same amount he faced in the first period against Anaheim two days earlier. He made a brilliant left pad save on Trevor Lewis, who ended up alone in front after a Rangers turnover in the defensive zone.“Our execution wasn’t what it needed to be against such a strong opponent,” Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. “We paid the price for it.”(IRA PODELL, AP Hockey Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more



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Can The US Women Keep Up Their European Conquest

After the U.S. women’s national team ousted Spain, four days before perhaps the most anticipated match in the history of the Women’s World Cup, Megan Rapinoe told reporters that she hoped the upcoming quarterfinal against host France would be a “total s—show circus” of a spectacle. It would become one because Rapinoe made it one.Even before a 2-1 U.S. win Friday against France, the outspoken, expressive sparkplug of a midfielder had taken over this World Cup with her dominant play and her candid comments. She ensured that the U.S. outlasted its biggest threat in a game that lived up to the billing, complete with early fireworks, officiating controversy and late drama. Entering this tournament, the storyline was that the rest of the world — especially European powers — had made up ground against the U.S. since the Americans won in 2015. So far, that has played out, entering the U.S. semifinal Tuesday against England.The past two World Cup finals featured the U.S. and Japan, both of which knocked out European teams in the semifinals in 2011 and 2015. But this year, Italy, Sweden and Norway pulled upsets of China, Canada and Australia, respectively. The Netherlands beat Japan, France took down Brazil, and suddenly Europe produced a record seven of the eight quarterfinalists in this tournament. Not since 1995 had the continent managed even five of the final eight.England won’t make it easy on the U.S. The Three Lionesses are undefeated in this World Cup, with group-stage victories against Scotland, Japan and Argentina and 3-0 shutouts of Cameroon in the round of 16 and Norway in the quarterfinals. They, like many of the European squads, are fielding their strongest team of any Women’s World Cup at this tournament, according to ESPN’s Soccer Power Index. They failed to qualify for three of the first four World Cups but have reached at least the quarterfinals four straight times, the semifinals twice.A goals-per-game average of 2.2 puts England at second in this World Cup behind the U.S., and Phil Neville’s squad has conceded the fewest goals in the tournament (one). England ranks second in expected goals per 90 minutes with 2.46, in large part because it completes passes at a tournament-best clip of 80.9 percent.Still, FiveThirtyEight’s model gives the Americans a 67 percent chance of beating England and a 48 percent chance of repeating as champions. Their advantage comes from skilled talents like Rapinoe, whose finishing ability gave the U.S. an edge in an otherwise evenly matched game Friday.Europe’s improvements were never clearer than in Friday’s showdown. In fact, FiveThirtyEight contributor Michael Caley’s expected goal map after the game indicated that France had an advantage, with 1.3 expected goals to 1.0 for the Americans. The French peppered the U.S. with 20 shot attempts, but in the end, just five ended up on target. The Americans, meanwhile, placed eight of their 10 attempts on goal (and could have pulled ahead 3-0 if not for a close offside call against Crystal Dunn). They even lost the possession battle1France had 60 percent possession to 40 percent for the U.S. for the first time since a friendly against Spain in January, a span of 14 matches. But they are the defending champions for a reason, and they are moving on.The Americans have long embraced an attack-minded style of play built by the firepower on their front line. Youth development programs and college squads have stocked the national team with goal scorers, and the U.S. leads the World Cup in not just goals but chances (15.2) and expected goals (3.31) per 90 minutes. Rapinoe and Morgan are two of the four co-leaders for the Golden Boot award. After the U.S. lost in penalty kicks against Sweden in the 2016 Olympic quarterfinals, coach Jill Ellis doubled down on aggressiveness, switching to a 4-3-3 to move the team’s best finishers into scoring position. That leaves Rapinoe, Morgan and Tobin Heath up top, with 2015 star Carli Lloyd still available off the bench.The interest in offensive pressure trickles down the roster. On Ellis’s top lineup, both outside backs — Dunn and Kelley O’Hara — are former forwards and winners of college soccer’s player of the year award. Dunn plays mostly midfield outside of the national team, and O’Hara was as a forward at Stanford. Ellis called Dunn “the most versatile player I’ve ever coached,” which indicates the coach’s strategy: Find the best, most versatile players, and then put them in the right positions.Dunn, for instance, said she did not have much preparation at a new position before the World Cup. “I really got a phone call just saying, ‘Hey, you know, tomorrow’s game, I’d want you to step in and be an outside back. I’m trusting that you can do that and I know that you can,’” she told Forbes in May. “And you know, that’s all really that I needed.”Since then, she has become one of the team’s breakout players, proving critical Friday as she quelled the French attack and possessed the ball in the final minutes. “I try not to overthink,” Dunn told reporters after the group-stage finale against Sweden. “I just think of myself as a footballer. I’m just playing and trying to impact the game from a different angle of the field.” Ellis receives plenty of questions about deploying players out of position, but the result, so far, has been a terrifying arsenal of two center backs and eight players who are threats to score or create at any moment.Europe will keep coming for the U.S., as Spain showed in the round of 16. The Spaniards are young, improving and skilled with the ball. They played in just their second World Cup this year, and yet they advanced to the knockout stage and tested the U.S. before losing, 2-1. The Americans’ next test was even trickier, though the sharper team prevailed. “That is the most intense match I have ever been a part of,” Ellis told reporters afterward, and it certainly won’t be the last. read more



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40 Caribbean Nationals will be inducted in the Caribbean Hall of Fame

first_img Official Presentation of Ronnie Butler’s Caribbean Hall of Fame Award RONNIE IS READY Related Items:Anthony Davis (Beenie Man), caribbean hall of fame, dahlia harris, garnett reid, horace phillipis, Mr. Andrew Price Arts, Mr. Bill Edwards, Mr. David Rudder (Trinidad), Mr. Lennie Little- White, Mr. Omar Reuben Riley (Taurus Riley), Mr. Patrick Brown, Mr. Paul Campbell Film, Mrs. Barbara Blake-Hanna, Mrs. Shauna Mckenzie- Morris (Etana), Ms. Grace Jackson, Ms. Juliet Cuthbert, Ms. Marion Hall, Myrna Hague, richie stephens, ronnie butler Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppThe 12th Annual Caribbean Hall of Fame Awards for Excellence set for Saturday, October 25, 2014.Under the distinguished Patronage of Their Excellencies The Most Honorable Sir Patrick Allen, ON, GCMG, CD, KSt. J Governor General and The Most Honorable Lady Allen.The Executive Director of the Caribbean Development for the Arts, Sports and Culture Foundation Mr. Garnett Reid, J.P says that the Foundation’s Program is geared towards, strengthening and preserving Jamaica and the rest of the Caribbean’s Cultural Heritage. He noted that the main aims of the foundation are:1. To supervise and aid in the development of the creative ability of Caribbean people through creative planning.2. To encourage the natural geniuses of our people to reach the highest point.The Caribbean Development for the Arts, Sports and Culture Foundation in association with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will be staging its 12 Annual Caribbean Hall of Fame Awards for Excellence after a 2 years break. This year the Foundation will be hosting the event in association with United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) which will be sponsoring the citations and trophies. In the past we have partnered with United Nations World Decade for Cultural Development (UNDP). We are happy to have UNESCO partnering with us for the 2014 Caribbean Hall of Fame Awards for Excellence 2014. In 2004 the foundation was honored by the United Nations (UN) as one of the best organizations geared within the western hemisphere. We have received hundreds of nominees from across the Caribbean and the selection committee headed by Dr. Jean Small – Chairman of the Selection Committee, is in the process of short listing the nominees received.Among the nominees are:Music Mr. Anthony Davis (Beenie Man) Mrs. Shauna Mckenzie- Morris (Etana) Mr. David Rudder (Trinidad) Mr. Omar Reuben Riley (Taurus Riley) Mr. Ronnie Butler (Bahamas)Sports Ms. Grace Jackson Ms. Juliet Cuthbert Mr. Andrew PriceArts Mr. Patrick Brown Mr. Bill Edwards Mr. Paul CampbellFilm Mrs. Barbara Blake-Hanna Mr. Lennie Little- WhiteThe award shall be made to a person: a. Who has achieved eminence for work in their field of endeavour. b. Whose achievement is one of the highest recognition. c. Who has exhibited unswerving commitment to and has the capacity for the continued growth and development in the particular field.According to the Executive Director- Mr. Garnett Reid, this organization is the only one of its kind within the Caribbean to stage such an event. We are calling on other Caribbean Nations to support this regional Red Carpet Affair.Tickets will be available at: Music Mart Little TheatreFor further information please contact:The Caribbean Development for the Arts, Sports and Culture Foundation8 Central Avenue, Kingston 10P.O Box 790, Kingston 19926-7823/532-2695/378-1740Email: caribbeanhalloffame2000@gmail.comWebsite: www.caribbeanhalloffame.orgThe Function starts at 7:00pm and cocktail will be served at 6:00pm. Entertainment will be provided by the Caribbean First Lady of Jazz Ms. Myrna Hague, Ms. Marion Hall (Lady Saw) and Mr. Richie Stephens. Master of Ceremony will be Ms. Dahlia Harris and Mr. Horace Phillips.The Caribbean Development for the Arts, Sports and Culture Foundation is a non-profit, non-governmental organization, established to foster excellence, growth, development and achievement in Arts, Sports, Music and Culture.Criterion:This Prestigious Award is made by the Foundation in recognition of outstanding contribution to those who have achieved excellence in Arts, Sports, Music and Culture.1. The Award shall be made to a person: a. who has achieved eminence for work in their field of endeavor b. whose achievement is of highest recognition c. who has exhibited an unswerving commitment to, and capacity for continued growth and development in the particular field.2. The recipient of “Hall of Fame” Award shall: a. be of Caribbean Nationality b. be a person whose performance has been recognized by the public at the highest level. c. the award recipient should be alive, currently active or a retiree. d. The selection shall not be influenced or determined by factors of race, color, religion, sex or political affiliation Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you UNESCO Sponsors the 2014 Caribbean Hall of Famelast_img read more



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Plans to Attract Defense Firms to Eastern Oklahoma Advance

first_imgPlans to foster the defense industry in McAlester moved ahead last week after the city council voted to accept a $193,257 award from the Oklahoma Strategic Military Planning Commission.Leroy Alsup, the city’s community and economic development director, proposed dedicating $93,000 of the award to a planned defense industrial park that may be located next to the McAlester Army Ammunition Plant in eastern Oklahoma, reported McAlester News.The city is waiting for the Army to update the plant’s strategic plan before determining where the industrial park would go, Alsup said. A site outside the plant’s gates would make sense if a defense company were willing to move to McAlester.“When they get done, we will look at where they may expand,” he said. “When they complete their study, we’ll look at where we want to put our industrial park.”Alsup recommended using the rest of the award to supplement a strategic plan the Spectrum Group and the Principi Group are preparing to help McAlester expand and retain the defense industry in the area. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more



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Golden Globes 2019 Macaulay Culkin tweets like brothers nom is a shock

first_img You know, if y’all voted for me to change my name to Kieran I’d be at the Golden Globes right now. Just saying. #thanks— Macaulay Culkin (@IncredibleCulk) January 7, 2019 0 My brother looks so handsome at the #GoldenGlobes pic.twitter.com/drWsLlslLh— Macaulay Culkin (@IncredibleCulk) January 7, 2019 Whoa! Kieran has such good seats! Dude, ask Gaga why she isn’t following me on Twitter! #GoldenGlobes— Macaulay Culkin (@IncredibleCulk) January 7, 2019 HOLY SHIT KIERAN IS NOMINATED???WHAT IS SUCCESSION?! Man, I should really answer his calls more often. Thanksgiving is going to be really awkward this year. #GoldenGlobes— Macaulay Culkin (@IncredibleCulk) January 7, 2019 Culture: Your hub for everything from film and television to music, comics, toys and sports.Movie Magic: The secrets behind the scenes of your favorite films and filmmakers.  Macaulay also joked he’d be at the Golden Globes if the internet had voted to change his middle name to Kieran instead of Macaulay Culkin. Kieran was one of Macaulay’s top 5 picks from the list of crowdsourced suggestions. “You know, if y’all voted for me to change my name to Kieran I’d be at the Golden Globes right now,” Macaulay tweeted. “Just saying.” Oh my god, there he is! Hi, bro! pic.twitter.com/1Y3iG18bIz— Macaulay Culkin (@IncredibleCulk) January 7, 2019 Post a comment Macaulay continued to tweet at his brother, who sadly doesn’t have a Twitter account to respond in kind.  “Whoa! Kieran has such good seats!” Macaulay tweeted. “Dude, ask Gaga why she isn’t following me on Twitter!” And when his brother lost, he got in a little tweet-dig. “I was totally pulling for [Henry] Winkler,” he wrote.  This show is rigged!!! I was totally pulling for Winkler. #GoldenGlobes(No one tell Keiran he didn’t win)— Macaulay Culkin (@IncredibleCulk) January 7, 2019 Oh shit! My brother is at the Golden Globes?! That is so cool! #GoldenGlobes— Macaulay Culkin (@IncredibleCulk) January 6, 2019 2019 movies to geek out over Awkward. Share your voice 77 Photos Actor Macaulay Culkin — who’s now known as Macaulay Macaulay Culkin Culkin thanks to a new middle name picked by the internet — had a lot to say about his actor-brother during the 2019 Golden Globes. As Macaulay live-tweeted the show Sunday, he acted surprised to see Kieran Culkin at the star-studded event. I’m guessing he was kidding, but who knows? Hollywood can be a strange place. Culkin didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.   Tags Kieran’s performance as Roman Roy in the HBO series Succession earned him a Golden Globe nomination for best supporting actor in a miniseries.While Kieran was initially surprised in December to be nominated, his brother Macaulay tweeted like he didn’t know about the honor at all. “Man, I should really answer his calls more often,” he wrote. “Thanksgiving is going to be really awkward this year.” TV and Movieslast_img read more



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BSE closes points 2767 up on Dec 31

first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 31 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 27.67 points up to stand at 21,170.68. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 12.90 points up to stand at 6,304.00. Future Retail and Gitanjali Gems were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 7.10% and 6.03% along with Apollo Tyres and CRISIL with an increase of 5.77% and 5.52% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include Prestige Estates and Muthoot Finance Ltd. with a decrease of 3.15% and 2.70% along with RAMCOCEM and Dena Bank with a decrease of 2.06% and 2.02% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 6.51 points at 12,258.83 while the banking sector is up 15.81 points 13,001.94 and the realty sector is up 2.46 points at 1,433.41. The Indian currency is up 0.18% at Rs 61.80 per dollar.last_img read more



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Titan shares glitter on betterthanestimated Q3 results

first_imgShares of Titan Company flared up on the BSE on Wednesday in response to the better-than-expected December quarter (Q3) results. The Titan stock gained as much as 9.66 percent intraday high to hit Rs 431 and was trading at Rs 422 at around 1.15 pm in reaction to higher-than-estimated net profit growth of 13 percent YoY to Rs 256 crore.  Read: Indian gold jewellery demand fell to 7-year low in 2016, says WGCThe company derives about 80 percent of its total revenues from jewellery sales under the brand name Tanishq. In Q3, jewellery business rose 15.4 percent to Rs 3,255 crore from Rs 2,820 crore in the corresponding period last fiscal.”A good festival and wedding season contributed to growth in retail sales…despite some headwinds on account of demonetisation,” the company said in a statement.Income from watches increased 5 percent to Rs 508 crore. Overall income rose 14.7 percent to Rs 3,905 crore in Q3 from Rs 3,404 crore.In the previous quarter (September 2016), Titan had reported a marginal fall in overall income to Rs 2,660 crore while net profit grew 23.5 percent to Rs 181 crore.Share prices of other gold jewellery companies were also trading with gains, with Tribhovandas Bhimji Zaveri (TBZ) up 1.98 percent at Rs 72 and PC Jeweller trading 2.86 percent higher at Rs 389.The BSE Sensex was down 54 points at 28,280.last_img read more



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Flipkart initiates aggressive tech hiring Is it going Amazon way

first_imgFlipkart initiates aggressive tech hiring: Is it going Amazon way?REUTERS/Abhishek N ChinnappaIndia’s homegrown e-commerce giant Flipkart is increasing its headcount in areas of data science and analytics among other specializations.Flipkart has over 700 open positions in technology and related areas including data scientists, UI & UX designers, product solution engineers, tech program managers, software developers, IT infrastructure & service delivery and IT applications, says an Economic Times report.”Flipkart is aggressively hiring in tech functions. Over 4/5th of all current open positions at Flipkart is for technology functions,” Economic Times quotes a spokesperson for Flipkart as saying.”Aggressive tech hiring is part of the company’s ‘AI for India’ programme, which leverages Flipkart’s strengths in tech and data to build scalable AI-powered solutions for the country” the spokesperson added. Flipkart has kept about 50 data sciences positions open.It seems like Flipkart is following the Amazon suit who are reportedly hiring over 1100 people for its Alexa business unit. The company is looking out for Language Engineer to join their Alexa Machine Learning Team.According to a report by Citi Research, the company is hiring more than Google for its technical and product roles across the entire Alphabet group of companies including YouTube and Waymo.As the talks about hiring by Flipkart intensify, it is interesting to note that Flipkart is planning to invest in setting up a 4.5 million sqft state-of-the-art logistics park in Karnataka state which aims to create 20,000 jobs. The logistics park includes the direct recruitment of 5,000 people while 15,000 jobs would be created indirectly.Also, the US retail giant Walmart is now said to be nearing closure of a deal with Flipkart by which the Walmart will acquire a major share in Flipkart through the secondary purchase of shares from existing shareholders apart from making investments through the primary route.last_img read more



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Only 34pc of Rohingya fund raised so far Report

first_imgrohingya.File PhotoOnly 34 per cent of the $434 million needed to provide assistance to 1.2 million people has been raised when Rohingyas are still suffering from various problems, said a new report on Monday.”Humanitarian partners are working round the clock to respond, but the reality remains that the needs are massive and urgent, and the gaps are wide. More funding is needed,” said Mia Seppo, UN resident coordinator in Bangladesh.Bangladesh is one of the most densely populated countries in the world, but more land is needed to improve conditions in the congested camps, said the UN official.One hundred days after the start of the most recent influx, the Inter-Sector Coordination Group (ISCG) released the report on the overall status of the humanitarian response to the Rohingya crisis in Bangladesh.There are more than 830,000 Rohingyas in Cox’s Bazar: 625,000 of them have poured over the border since 25 August.These Rohingyas are now living in ten different camps, and among Bangladeshi host communities.One of the camps has become the largest and fastest growing refugee camp in the world, where approximately half a million people are living extremely close to each other without access to basic services such as toilets or clinics.The Monitoring Report, which covers the first two months of the response from 25 August to 31 October, highlights the work of the government of Bangladesh, in cooperation with humanitarian partners who are working to provide relief services for the refugee population and Bangladeshi host communities.Of the 1.2 million people in need, around half have been reached with assistance.The report also explains the challenges and gaps that remain.The risk of disease outbreak is high, and the impact of a cyclone or heavy rain would be massive.There is not enough land to provide adequate living conditions for the more than 830,000 Rohingyas that now crowd Cox’s Bazar.The report defines life-saving priorities for the coming months. These include improving nutrition, preventing and managing disease outbreak, adequate planning for the new camps, and improving protection across all areas of the response.Around 626,000 new arrivals since 25 August are reported as of 2 December, according to IOM Needs and Population Monitoring.Since the latest weekly situation report on 26 November, there have been 1,622 new arrivals.As of 2 December, the Bangladeshi Immigration and Passports Department has registered 730,654 people through biometric registration.The government of Bangladesh Social Services Division has identified 36,373 separated and unaccompanied minors.Till 2 December, the Armed Forces Division (AFD) has completed 7 kilometres of earthworks of the main road in the Kutupalong Balukhali extension.The AFD has now completed 40% of the earthworks need for the road.The total length of the road is 20 kilometres.last_img read more



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