MLB-NEWSDarvish says Astros should lose World Series titleUNDATED (AP) — Yu Darvish has chimed in on Houston’s sign-stealing scheme, just over two years after getting rocked by the Astros in the World Series.The Chicago Cubs pitcher says the Astros should be stripped of their 2017 championship, comparing them to an Olympian who loses a gold medal because of cheating. Darvish says he knows the Astros were stealing signs, but he acknowledged that he didn’t pitch his best during the 2017 Fall Classic.Darvish lasted only 1 1/3 innings in both of his 2017 World Series appearances while playing for the Dodgers. He was tagged for four runs and six hits in Game 3 and was the losing pitcher in Game 7 at Dodger Stadium. CHICAGO (AP) — Team Giannis holds a 92-83 lead over Team LeBron at halftime.Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) had 20 points by intermission, 14 coming while his team outscored LeBron James’ squad, 51-30 in the second quarter.Kawhi (kah-WY’) Leonard combined to score 25 and nail 7 of 10 3-pointers in the half. He needs two 3’s to tie Paul George’s All-Star record in 2016.Team LeBron matched an All-Star record for scoring while winning the first quarter, 53-41.The game MVP will be the first recipient of the Kobe Bryant Award. The league announced last week that it was renaming the All-Star game MVP after Bryant, who was among nine killed in a helicopter crash late last month. NASCAR’s season-opening race was postponed following a second rain delay, pushing the event into Monday. It’s the second time in 62 years and first time since 2012 that “The Great American Race” will finish on a Monday.Pole-sitter Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was the leader 20 laps into the race when the rain returned, sending drivers back to pit road.The first delay lasted 50 minutes and came moments after the presidential motorcade completed a ceremonial parade lap around the 2 1/2-mile track. The second stoppage was prompted by heavier rain, further soaking a racing surface that takes hours to dry.NBA-ALL-STAR GAMENBA All-Stars in action Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNASCAR-DAYTONA 500Daytona 500 postponed by rainDAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — It’s going to take another day to determine the winner of the Daytona 500. — Cardinals pitcher Miles Mikolas (MY’-koh-las) was scratched from his second bullpen session of the spring because of a flexor tendon issue. Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said the Cardinals hope to have a more concrete time frame for Mikolas return to the mound in a day or two.— Former All-Star shortstop Tony Fernández has died at age 57 after a long battle with kidney disease. Fernández made five All-Star teams during his 17 major league seasons and helped the Toronto Blue Jays win the 1993 World Series. He won four straight Gold Gloves with the Blue Jays in the 1980s and holds club records for career hits and games played.PGA-GENESIS INVITATIONALScott wins at RivieraLOS ANGELES (AP) — Adam Scott has another victory at Riviera, and this time it counts. — The Senators pulled out a 4-3 win over the Stars on Artem Anisimov’s (ah-NEE’-see-mahvz) goal at 3:48 of overtime. Jean-Gabriel Pageau (pa-ZHOH’), Brady Tkachuk (kah-CHUHK’) and Tyler Ennis also scored to back Craig Anderson’s 36 saves.— Mackenzie Blackwood turned back 52 saves in regulation and overtime before thwarting six shootout attempts to lead the Devils past the Blue Jackets, 4-3. Nikita Gusev and Jesper Bratt provided New Jersey’s shooting goals after Kyle Palmeiri collected a goal and an assist in the second period. The Jackets wasted a 2-0 lead but tied it on Kevin Stenlund’s goal while outshooting the Devils, 21-2 in the third period.— Jack Eichel (EYE’-kul) scored the go-ahead goal while the Sabres tallied three times in a 91-seconds span of the third period to beat the Maple Leafs, 5-2. Johan Larsson had a goal and assist in Buffalo’s third straight win. Carter Hutton stopped 20 shots to win his fourth straight and five of six starts.— Adam Henrique (hehn-REEK’) hit the 20-goal mark for the season by scoring twice in the Ducks’ 5-1 rout of the Canucks. Derek Grant provided a power-play goal and an assist as Anaheim handed Vancouver its fifth loss in seven games. Elias (eh-LEE’-uhs) Pettersson was the lone Canuck to beat John Gibson, who finished with 37 saves.NHL-NEWS Jennifer Hudson wore the Lakers’ deep purple as she performed a pregame tribute to Bryant and sang “For All We Know.” Players on James’ team wore Gianna’s No. 2 on their jerseys and players on Antetokounmpo’s team wore Kobe’s No. 24 on theirs. And all players wore a patch with nine stars, one for each victim of the crash.American rapper Common also paid homage to Bryant in his pregame tribute to Chicago, saying that “even in the darkest times, you’ll feel Kobe’s light.”T25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULEAztecs stay unbeatenUNDATED (AP) — San Diego State remains the only unbeaten team in Division I men’s basketball following a resounding victory at Boise State. In Pittsburgh, Patric Hornqvist had two goals and an assist as the Penguins knocked off the Red Wings, 5-1. Sidney Crosby added a goal and an assist, giving him 19 points in 12 games since returning from core muscle surgery.Matt Murray stopped 27 shots for the Penguins, who won for the 11th time in 15 games to pull within one point of the Metropolitan-leading Capitals.Elsewhere on NHL ice:— Kyle Turris scored with 2:12 left to give the Predators a 2-1 win over the Blues. Craig Smith furnished the other goal for Nashville, his sixth in five games. Pekka Rinne (PEH’-kuh REE’-nay) made 38 saves in helping Nashville deal St. Louis its fourth straight loss and 10th in 12 games.— Josh Archibald’s second goal of the day gave the Oilers a 4-3 victory against the Hurricanes. NHL scoring leader Leon Draisaitl (DRY’-sy-tul) added a goal and two assists in Edmonton’s third win in four games. Draisaitl set up Archibald’s goal 3:57 into OT for his 95th point of the season. February 16, 2020 Meanwhile, commissioner Rob Manfred met with nearly half of the major leagues managers Sunday and told them to knock off any notion of get-even beanballs. Manfred’s visits come after Cody Bellinger, Kris Bryant, Trevor Bauer and Carlos Correa were among the All-Stars recently trading threats, accusations and barbs as spring training opened.Manfred said he would personally talk to the managers of the teams that train in Arizona on Tuesday.In other baseball news:— Brewers left-hander Brent Suter has avoided salary arbitration by accepting a two-year, $2.5 million deal. Suter returned from Tommy John surgery last September and went 4-0 with a 0.49 ERA in nine relief appearances, helping the Brewers earn an NL wild-card spot. Suter had mostly been a starter the previous two seasons with Milwaukee before having elbow surgery in July 2018. He is expected to be used out of the bullpen this year.— Pitcher Chad Bettis has signed a minor league contract with the Yankees, a deal that includes an invitation to big league spring training. The 30-year-old right-hander was 1-6 with one save and a 6.08 ERA in 39 games for Colorado last season. Malachi Flynn had 22 points and the Aztecs improved to 26-0 with a 72-55 trouncing of the Broncos. Yanni Wetzell had 14 points and seven rebounds for San Diego State, while Matt Mitchell delivered 11 points, seven boards and five steals.In other top-25 games Sunday:— Collin Gillespie scored a season-high 29 points and 15th-ranked Villanova finished 4-0 against Philadelphia’s Big 5 schools by trouncing Temple, 76-56. Jermaine Samuels added 13 points and Jeremiah Robinson-Earl had 10 in the Wildcat’s seventh straight win over the Owls.— Luka Garza dropped in 24 points and No. 21 Iowa closed on an 11-0 run to pull out a 58-55 victory at Minnesota. Golden Gophers center Daniel Oturu missed the front end of a one-and-one free-throw attempt with a chance to tie the game with 3.8 seconds left.NHL-SCHEDULE Islanders get blueline help with GreeneUNDATED (AP) — The New York Islanders have solidified their defense for the playoff push by acquiring Devils captain Andy Greene for blueline prospect David Quenneville (KWEHN-vihl) and a second-round pick in the 2021 draft.The Islanders have been searching for a quality defenseman since losing Adam Pelech (PEH’-lehk) to an Achilles tendon injury on Jan. 2. Greene also gives them a lefty-shooting defender on a team filled with right-handed defensemen.Also in the NHL:— The Ducks’ postponed game against the visiting Blues will be played March 11. The game began last Tuesday and was stopped when defenseman Jay Bouwmeester collapsed on the bench during the first period. The game will begin with a 1-1 score, as it was at the time of the postponement. It will follow a full 60-minute format. Bruins, Pens winUNDATED (AP) — The Boston Bruins have expanded their lead in the NHL’s Atlantic Division, while the Pittsburgh Penguins have inched two points closer to the Metropolitan Division lead.Charlie Coyle scored the Bruins’ second short-handed goal in as many days to give Boston a 2-0 lead in the second period of a 3-1 victory over the Rangers. Charlie McAvoy tallied late in the first period and Patrice Bergeron (pah-TREES’ BEHR’-zhuh-rahn) added an empty-netter to secure the Bruins’ eighth win in nine games.Jaroslav Halak (YAH’-rah-slahv hah-LAHK’) stopped 25 shots and blanked the Rangers until Mika Zibanejad (MEE’-kuh zih-BAN’-eh-jad) beat him midway through the third period.The win pushes the Bruins three points ahead of Tampa Bay for both the Atlantic Division and overall lead. Associated Press Update on the latest sports ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) — Seven-time major champion Inbee Park saw a seven shot lead shrink to two Sunday before winning the Women’s Australian Open by three strokes over Amy Olson.Park closed with a 1-over 74 for a 14 under total in her first LPGA title in almost two years. Park moved seven strokes ahead of the field early on the back nine, but she walked off the 16th green just two in front of Olson before claiming her 20th LPGA victory.PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS-CHUBB CLASSICParel wins in NaplesNAPLES, Fla. (AP) — Scott Parel closed with an 8-under 63 to overcome a three-stroke deficit and win the Chubb Classic by two shots. Scott survived a calamitous final round with just enough clutch putts to take the PGA’s Geneisis Invitational. He closed with a 1-under 70 for a two-stroke victory over Matt Kuchar, Scott Brown and Sung Kang.The victory comes 15 years after Scott won a playoff at Riviera that didn’t count as official because rain shortened the tournament to 36 holes. He earned every bit of this victory, his 14th on the PGA Tour and 29th worldwide.Nearly a dozen players had a chance to win. Five players had a share of the lead at some point.LPGA-WOMEN’S AUSTRALIAN OPENInbee Park wins Australian Open It’s Parel’s third career victory on the PGA Tour Champions surpassing $5 million for his career. It also moves him atop the Charles Schwab Cup standings for the first time in his career.Bob Estes shot 64 to end up second. Kevin Sutherland fired a 67 to finish in a third-place tie with Bernhard Langer, who closed with a 69.
Dundalk wrote another memorable chapter in the history of Irish football last night. Ciaran Kilduff’s headed goal two-minutes from time salvaged a 1-all draw for the Lilywhites at A-Z Alkmaar, to secure a first ever group stage point for an Irish side in Europe. The result is all the more remarkable given that they did it with ten men after Stephen O’Donnell was dismissed 19-minutes from time.
LeBron James was back in his hometown of Akron on Wednesday afternoon, standing atop a basketball court.Unlike many others he’s visited throughout his life, this one was unique: The multicolored surface and brand new hoops are just outside the doors of the I Promise School that he helped open last year. Ushering in the court, sponsored by the 2K foundation, alongside his former high school teammates who once won a national championship in 2003, James hoped that the new court would help build bonds that last longer than typical pick-up games.“You can create a brotherhood, or sisterhood, to be able to create things that last forever,” he said to a small gathering of students, media and other community members at the unveiling.He then gestured to his St. Vincent-St.Mary’s teammates: “We created a friendship over 25 years ago, and we’re still standing strong.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error As the school eventually levels up to accomodate grades three through eight, officials anticipate more change and possibly consideration for adding another building to the complex.For now, a court is a good start. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersIt’s been one year since the I Promise School began, and already the school has ambitions of standing the test of time.In April, the New York Times reported that 90 percent of the school’s 240 students had met or exceeded their individual growth goals math and reading, which was well ahead of the curve in the school district. That feat is considered more remarkable given that the school is designed to take in the most at-risk and struggling students. The Akron Beacon Journal also reported that all but one of the students who attended last year decided to re-enroll this year — retention that is unparalleled in the area.But the school doesn’t plan on resting on its early laurels: The student body is expanding to 344 this academic year as IPS adds fifth graders to its third- and fourth-grade levels. The staff is also growing to keep a 20-to-1 student-to-teacher ratio: Small class sizes are one of the top principles of the publicly operated school.The court is also a small part of a larger rollout of amenities. IPS also has a new digital media lab that includes a broadcast facility. Adding to features for families that already exist, the school has put in a Family Resource Center that now includes legal help and adult education classes for parents of students, as well as laundry facilities to help families who don’t have access to washers and dryers at home (the school found that unlaundered clothes contributed to absenteeism).There’s also a more permanent housing for intervention specialists, who can identify specific issues for students while trying to avoid punishments such as suspensions that cause them to miss more school.
This morning saw Mark Donald of PNG, Gyandera Maharaj of Fiji, Rocky Teklem of Solomon Islands, Yvan Thales of New Caledonia and Posing-Simon luis-Sail of Tahiti took to the stage to compete in the under 65kg male division while Salen Jim of PNG, Sione Sale of Tonga, Gary Colombani of Tahiti, Venon Bhim of Fiji, Denis Dolanga Sala of Solomon Islands and Nelson Sanmarso of New Caledonia took part in the men’s over 65kg division.The women contestants only participated in the under 55kg and over 55kg divisions.The other male divisions include the under 75kg, under 80kg, under 85kg, under 90kg, under 100kg and over 100kg division.The main favourite scene was when PNG’s contestant Donald Kaiwi who took part in the under 90kg of the male division contested on the stage.The competitors did a series of mandatory poses including the front lat spread, the rear lat spread, the front double biceps, the back double biceps, the side chest, the most muscular (men only) and the thigh-abdomenal pose.They also participated in the 30 seconds freestyle where they show off their styles to the judges.The final event will take place at the Caritas Hall.