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Analysis: UK targets radical aid for ‘just about managing’ schemes

first_imgThe UK’s “just about managing” pension funds need a radical rethink of how to tackle widening pension deficits, mounting costs, and volatile markets, according to leading industry experts.Ahead of last year’s Autumn Statement, the government’s first post-EU-referendum budgetary update, the focus was on prime minister Theresa May’s new term: “just about managing” families – abbreviated to JAMs for the sake of a soundbite. However, there was hardly any mention of the “just about managing” in the pensions world.As Mark Wilkinson, a principal at consulting firm Mercer, describes them: “These are some of the smaller defined benefit [DB] schemes in deficit, essentially managing on a valuation to valuation basis – a hand to mouth existence, you could say.“They cannot magic up more money as their sponsor employers are also struggling. So there is a real challenge about the options available to these kinds of schemes.” According to the Pension Protection Fund (PPF), the aggregate deficit of the 5,794 DB schemes increased to £224 billion at the end of December 2016, from a deficit of £195 billion a month earlier. The number of schemes in deficit also increased marginally to 4,339, representing three quarters of all schemes.Richard Murphy, a partner at consulting firm Lane Clark & Peacock, says the key challenge for the industry is to avoid adding to the number of JAMs.“Over the next few years, some schemes will fail and end up in the PPF, and others will struggle – it will be more realistic for industry to work with trustees and employers to ensure that a wider group of schemes avoid ending up as JAMs,” he said.Schemes in deficit have to submit a recovery plan to the Pensions Regulator. This can be tailored to meet the specific needs of the scheme and sponsor, including the employer’s plans to invest in sustainable growth.“We are committed to working closely with employers and trustees that are facing significantly challenging circumstances,” a spokesman at the Pensions Regulator confirms.One way forward, Murphy says, is rethinking investment strategy to target higher-returning assets, as well as improved diversification.“It is clear that if pension funds invest defensively, they will never achieve the return they require,” he says. “It is also clear that old style mix of equities and bonds are being replaced by hedging of interest rate and inflation to a much higher level.”Murphy adds: “We are seeing strong interest in a much more diversified range of assets such as private equity and absolute bonds.”Collaboration and consolidation Another radical plan is to consolidate the smaller schemes along the lines of the industry-wide pension schemes in the Netherlands and Australia. The UK already has seen some consolidation with the pooling of local government pension schemes and multi-employer funds such as the Railways Pension Scheme and the Universities Superannuation Scheme. The pensions market has also seen the launch of new DB master trusts, such as TPT Retirement Solutions (formerly The Pensions Trust), which provide services such as management, administration, and governance as well as investment.The Pension and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) – the UK’s retirement funds trade body – published an interim report from its DB Taskforce in October 2016. In it, the association called for an investigation into the potential for scheme consolidation to achieve greater economies of scale.Joe Dabrowski, head of governance and investment at the PLSA, said: “We have found that, with the smaller schemes, they have fewer resources and much more limited access to the right advisers or investment strategies. In some cases, we found that schemes at the bottom end of the size spectrum are paying proportionately more for their services, in comparison to larger schemes, due to their limited bargaining power and typically lower expertise.”This was backed up by recent research by consultancy Spence Johnson, which found that schemes with less than 100 members typically struggled to secure fund prices below the UK’s 75-basis-point price cap.The PLSA will publish its final report at its investment conference in March, outlining what it says will be the best way forward and the risk to members’ benefits of maintaining the status quo.Richard Butcher, managing director of independent trustee firm Pitman Trustees (PTL), agrees that there is a sound argument to be made for consolidation, but argues there are constraints to this happening.“In principal it is the right thing to do, but in practice it’s not workable without compulsion,” he says. “The idea of consolidation is that you can definitely drive economies of scale. So while the argument is sound, there are a number of barriers not least from employers and trustees who fear their influence will be reduced.”Inflation (un)protectedThe other proposal the PLSA is examining is conditional indexation, whereby struggling schemes could temporarily stop paying pension increases, or pay low increases, to help bring them back on track. The body will make its recommendations on conditional indexation in March.Dutch pension schemes have conditional indexation rules. A number of funds have fallen below the funding threshold required to increase benefits, and this year 10 pension schemes will cut payouts to pensioners in order to address funding difficulties.Mercer’s Wilkinson adds that, while DB benefits are in theory ‘guaranteed’, there should be some flexibility about payment of those benefits.“There is a case for changing the law so that you can go back to members to ask them to accept a lower level of benefit – for example, conditional indexation – in exchange for greater security and a lower risk of ending up in the PPF.  As long as properly communicated and explained, members could well be in favour,” he says.However, Steve Delo, chief executive of independent trustee firm PAN Governance, warns that any “tinkering” with members’ benefits would be impossible to do without strong governmental intervention and such flexibility would introduce a new “moral hazard”.“There is a need for some creative thinking around this whole issue surrounding the JAMs,” Delo says. “But all parties involved need to know that there is no magic bullet solution – and it is very much a case of the stable door having been left open a long time ago.”UK pensions minister is expected to publish a green paper with proposals for DB reform in the coming weeks.last_img read more

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​AP2’s value approach misses the mark in Q2 market rebound

first_imgSwedish state pensions buffer fund AP2 reported a total investment loss of 5.1% at this year’s halfway point, the weakest result reported by any of the main four AP buffer funds.The Gothenburg fund’s chief executive officer said the nature of the market recovery that followed the March’s coronavirus lockdown had a negative impact on AP2’s equity portfolio.In absolute terms, the fund reported a SEK19.3bn (€1.86bn) investment loss between January and June, a period in which it transferred SEK4.2bn into the state pension system.Eva Halvarsson, AP2’s CEO, said: “By the end of the first half of the year, financial markets had turned upwards and most economies had begun to recover.” The stock market upturn had been largely driven by emerging equities in the technology sector, she said.“This has adversely affected the fund’s equity portfolios, which avoid concentrating excessive holdings in large companies, and instead over-weighting equities with a low valuation,” she said.AP2’s total assets dropped to SEK357.9bn at the end of June from SEK381.3bn at the end of 2019.Emerging markets equities were the weakest performing assets for AP2 in the six-month period, with the allocation suffering a 15.5% loss, following by developed markets foreign shares with an 11.4% loss.Swedish equities, meanwhile, lost 5.5%, while foreign government bonds was the most profitable allocation for the fund, ending June with a 4.5% return.Relative to its benchmark index, AP2 said its return overall was -0.1%, excluding alternative investments and costs.The fund increased its allocations to private equity funds and foreign real estate in the first half of the year, Halvarsson said, with these moves financed by a reduction in the allocation to Swedish bonds.AP2 also said it upped its allocation to Chinese A shares by cutting the allocation to other emerging market equities.Chinese A shares were a particularly strong performer for AP2 in 2019, with the fund reporting a 52.6% return on the renminbi-denominated equities which have become more accessible for foreign investors in recent years.AP2 is one of the four main state funds backing Sweden’s income pension – the primary component of the country’s first pillar provision.The last to report first-half results this year, AP2’s overall return falls below that of its peers.AP3 recently reported a negative return of 0.8% after costs for the first half of this year, beating buffer funds AP1 and AP4, which reported losses of 1.8% and 2.5%, respectively.For 2019, however, AP4 achieved the strongest result out of the four funds.Looking for IPE’s latest magazine? Read the digital edition here.last_img read more

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Lack of older teen support criticised

first_imgRadio NZ News 17 October 2014A Coroner says Child Youth and Family should not cut troubled teenagers adrift when they turn 17.Ian Smith made the comments while investigating the death of Jack Lindsay, who died in 2012 when he took several medicines which proved toxic because he was epileptic.The coroner said Mr Lindsay was periodically under the care of Child Youth and Family but fell out of its jurisdiction when he turned 17.He continued to get some support but the coroner said more help was needed.Ian Smith said the case mirrors others he has dealt with where people under CYF care feel cut adrift once they turn 17.http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/257157/lack-of-older-teen-support-criticisedlast_img

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OUTRAGE OVER POWER OUTAGE: MORE Power hit for ‘lack of expertise’

first_img“What about people with asthma and high blood pressure,” said Rusty Gonzales, a resident of the city. “Your 13-hour brownout is making us suffer, okay? We have been suffering for the past months, weeks because of your brownouts.” The rotating brownouts were due to the preventive maintenance at Substation 2 or the Jaro substation yesterday. These affected several feeders – and subsequently resulted in electricity service disruptions in many villages or residential areas as well as businesses. One of the substation’s major feeders experienced a six-hour power outage in late March, a month after MORE Power took over operations from PECO, which MORE Power has since claimed it had addressed. Consumers’ distress was compounded by the fact that the repairs were undertaken on a very hot summer day, thereby giving rise to inconvenience as well as triggering health risks such as heatstroke or respiratory conditions, especially to the vulnerable population of the city. MORE Power had been claiming it hired enough technically competent personnel and assuring consumers that Iloilo City’s power supply would be stabilized under its control. But experts expressed concerned a 13-hour downtime was too long for a job that could be finished in eight hours given enough skilled manpower. MORE Power took over the power distribution service in Iloilo City even as PECO accused it of having no requisite technical expertise in operating an electricity system, and it was just basically armed with a franchise granted by Congress. Over the course of April and May, however, Substation 2 experienced multiple total shutdowns. “Gapangagaw kamo sang indi inyo, indi nyo man gali kaya. I-balik nyo na lang sa tunay nga tag-iya. Ti ano, pa-antuson nyo kami sang 13 oras? Puerte pa nga daan ka-init. Shame on you (You took away what’s not yours and you can’t run it well. Better return it to the rightful owners),” said Erlinda Sanagustin. PECO, on the other hand, had ordered and paid for a mobile substation already, ready to be deployed to avert a long power outage and to service the developments at Megaworld’s Iloilo Business Park. It was scheduled for installation in March but was not completed because of MORE Power’s hasty takeover. Government regulators have been directing power utilities to avoid undertaking “maintenance schedules” during summer months because this is when demand reaches peak, and it is also perilous to trouble consumers with brownouts when temperatures are rising. As late as the last March 11 hearing with the Energy Regulatory Commission, MORE Power was still unable to produce an employee roster that verified its technical competency. Until now, MORE Power heavily relies on contractors instead. An increase in load is a yearly anticipation for power industry players during the summer months due to the rise in temperature. Weeks of preparation are required in advance, but given the controversial transfer of control during the most crucial time, it is difficult to know how well the two power companies cooperated. To date, the case regarding the constitutionality of MORE Power’s takeover of the power distribution facilities here remained pending with the Supreme Court./PN ILOILO City – The long, nearly 13-hour power service interruption scheduled by MORE Electric and Power Corp. (MORE Power) to carry out maintenance activities enraged some consumers in this city as this aggravated their suffering while wading through stay-at-home quarantine because of the coronavirus pandemic. MORE Power previously assured residents that Iloilo City’s power supply would stabilize under its watch. But with constant brownouts and yesterday’s long power outage, disappointed consumers were starting to wonder whether MORE Power was really competent to hand the job. However, PECO’s records showed that Substation 2 underwent preventive maintenance twice during its lifetime. Other repairs and parts replacement were continuously done on an as-needed basis. Another power outage occurred at the 25MVA Mandurriao substation the night before, which Panay Electric Co. (PECO) had successfully maintained within nine hours despite it having a much larger transformer. MORE Power president Roel Castro, in fact, promised during congressional hearings that MORE Power would provide such mobile substation. But despite the promise of a P1.9-billion investment in Iloilo, MORE Power had not rolled it out.  Industry experts said the Jaro substation could have been unloaded prior to the maintenance to a 10 MVA mobile substation that would operate during the ongoing work.  “The 13-hour brownout is the minimum number of hours that our contractor needs to finish the maintenance services for the Jaro substation,” stated MORE Power itself. “Our technical team from the Planning and Network Operations departments supervises the execution of the contract.” According to MORE Power, the Jaro substation had not been maintained by PECO for the past eight years.last_img read more

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Batesville Police asking for help identifying armed robbery suspects

first_imgBATESVILLE, Ind. — The Batesville Police Department and Indiana State Police are asking for your help in identifying two subjects involved in an armed robbery at the Batesville KTS Food Mart on State Road 229.The robbery occurred just before 5:00 AM Saturday morning.Police say they received a call regarding an armed robbery reporting two subjects, believed to be males, with handguns. The caller observed the vehicle, a black or dark-colored passenger car, possibly a Ford Focus, leave the scene and travel southbound on State Road 229. The suspects demanded cash from the cash drawers.Witnesses describe the suspects as 5’6” to 6’0” tall and medium builds. Both suspects displayed a handgun and had their faces covered. One suspect was wearing khaki colored pants, gray hooded sweatshirt, light colored gloves, and dark colored shoes. The other suspect was wearing dark colored pants and coat, with a white garment covering his head and face, dark colored gloves, and dark colored shoes.If you have any information pertaining to the identity of the suspects, please contact the Batesville Police Department at (812) 934-3131.Surveillance video from Batesville Police Department Facebook page.last_img read more

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Igbinedion: My son will play for Eagles like his uncle Ikponwosa Omoregie

first_imgEfosa Igbinedion, an Ireland based Nigerian lawyer has tipped his 14-year-old son,Joseph to follow the footsteps of his mother and uncle who came to limelight whileplaying football. Born on July 31, 2006, the lad has football running in his veins as his mother,Izehiuwa, was one of the pioneers of women’s football in the country. Joseph’s mother, Izehiuwa( second right wearing headband) is seen here in a team photo of Edo Queens Football Club, Benin City in the early 1990s She was a founding member of both the Benin City Queens and the dreaded Ufuoma Babes FC, which inthe early days of women’s football in Nigeria, was the leading women’s football club. His mum’s elder brother, Ikponwosa Omoregie nicknamed Pele for his dazzling footballskills, played for the Nigerian national team and Igbinedion hopes his son, Joseph,will play for Nigeria someday but wants him to get grounded in his academics. “Joseph loves football. He is working hard and improving everyday. It would be nice tosee him play at the highest level. That will have to wait for sometime though. For themoment we ( he and Joseph’s mum) are ensuring that he is grounded in academics. The life of a sportsman is precarious. One accident could derail an entire lifetime ofambition. We want to see him succeed on both sides,” the elder Igbinedion said. As a budding footballer who plays in the central midfield position, Joseph combines thepace and ruggedness of Cristiano Ronaldo with the deft tuoches and guile of LionelMessi. Loading… Despite operating as a central midfielder, Joseph has on occasion be deployed as anattacking midfielder and deep-lying playmaker. His football exploits at school hasdrawn the attention of football authorities in the area. Last season the lad played forboth the U-14 and U-15 teams of Mungret Regional Football Club. He was also called up to the Under 14 of Limerick District Schoolboys/girls LeagueL.D.S.L(Association Football) boys team for the 2020 Kennedy Cup competition which isheld annually in June featuring the best talent from the 31 schoolboys football leaguesin Ireland. Joseph, who started playing football six years ago at the age of eight years is growingin confidence by the day while his exploits on the field have been yielding fruit too.He was a member of the Under 14 Limerick District Schoolboys League (L.D.S.L)team thatwon the Liam O’ Donovan Memorial Inter-League cup 2019. Aside team honours, Joseph has also garnered a few personal awards for his progioustalent. In 2016 he was voted the Mungret Regional Football Club Under 10 Red Player ofthe Year. In the 2017/2018 season, he emerged the District Schoolboys/girls League(L.D.S.L) Under 12 Premier Division player of the year 2017/2018. While the same seasonhe was crowned the Mungret Regional Football Club Under 12 Premier Division player ofthe year 2017/2018. Igbinedion whose long term plan for the lad is to see him donning Nigerian colours likehis famous uncle believes his son would be an asset to the Nigerian national team whenhe eventually gets called up to play. For the moment though, the lad is learning theropes and carving a niche for himself at junior football level where he is wowingfootball fans with his breathtaking skills. Read Also: Chelsea target Leicester City goalkeeper Schmeichel Mike Okafor, a sports analyst, who says he has seen video footages of Joseph in actionbelieves the lad will become one of the leading footballers in the world if nothingdisrupts his progression. “I have seen the boy play. He is good and reminds you of a player like the formerManchester United captain, Keane with the way he takes charge in the midfield. Hisconfidence is amazing. I cannot wait to see him grow up and begin to play for the SuperEagles,” Okafor said. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Promoted ContentThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love With20 “The Big Bang Theory” Moments Only A Few Fans Knew AboutWorld’s Most Delicious FoodsThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeThe Absolute 10 Greatest Shows In HBO HistoryWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone8 Addictive And Fun Coffee FactsEver Wonder What Keanu Reeves Spends His Paychecks On?A Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsThe Highest Paid Football Players In The Worldlast_img read more

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The Latest: Austin Peay has 11 athletes test positive

first_imgThe positive test for English was part of the pre-tournament screening process at the Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit. English did not play last week at the Travelers Championship in Cromwell, Connecticut.Since its return to golf, the tour had no positive tests the opening week in Texas; one positive test in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina; and three positive tests — plus two positive tests for caddies — in Connecticut.English says in a statement he feels healthy and supports the tour’s additional policy of not letting anyone at Detroit Golf Club until the test results were back. Previously, a player could practice but not enter the clubhouse while waiting on the results.English started the season with limited status and has risen to No. 27 in the FedEx Cup. He must self-isolate for 10 days, meaning he will miss the next two tournaments. The Carolina Hurricanes will help deliver meals to local healthcare workers to thank them for their work amid the coronavirus pandemic.The team announced a five-week program Monday to deliver 1,000 meals in partnership with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina. It begins Wednesday when Hurricanes coach Rod Brind’Amour assists with the first delivery, this one to the UNC Health Wakebrook behavioral health campus in Raleigh.More meals will be delivered each Wednesday through July.___San Francisco Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi says minor league center fielder Hunter Bishop has tested positive for the coronavirus. ___The National Hockey League says a total of 26 players have reported testing positive for the new coronavirus since voluntary workouts began June 8.Monday’s update includes four additional cases among those tested at team facilities, to go along with the 11 announced June 19. The league says it’s aware of 11 other players testing positive outside the voluntary workout protocol.The NHL said more than 250 players who worked out at team facilities were administered more than 1,450 COVID-19 tests.The league and players are in the final stages of agreeing to resume the season. Training camps can open as early as July 10 if an agreement on testing, health and safety protocols and “hub” cities to host the games can be reached. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Austin Peay has suspended voluntary workouts and closed its facilities after a cluster of positive tests for the coronavirus among its athletes. The Latest: Austin Peay has 11 athletes test positive Zaidi says Bishop got his test result on Friday and has mild symptoms.Bishop would have been on the club’s roster of 51 players announced Monday for the start of camp later this week. Zaidi says Bishop is in Arizona and wasn’t around any others from the organization.The 22-year-old Bishop is the team’s first-round draft pick from 2019, selected 10th overall out of Arizona State. The Giants are planning their first workout Friday.___Miami Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill says a player who was asymptomatic has tested positive for the coronavirus. ___NBA All-Stars Kemba Walker and Trae Young, and U.S. women’s Olympians Sue Bird and Breanna Stewart will be coaches for an online basketball camp set up in response to coronavirus restrictions.The camp for children of all ages was launched by former NBA player and longtime TNT basketball studio analyst Kenny Smith.Two-time NBA All-Star Victor Oladipo and WNBA star Brittney Griner are also set to work “The Jet Academy,” with more participants to be announced.The camps begin July 20 at www.jetacademycamp.com and can be streamed on any device. Schedule details and pricing are available on the website. Smith has run a camp for 25 years in North Carolina, where he played collegiately. But camps have been limited or canceled in many locations because of rules limiting sizes of gatherings because of the virus.___NASCAR may be racing during the coronavirus pandemic. Celebrating in early December now is off the schedule.The motorsports series has canceled its Champion’s Week and Cup Series awards scheduled for early December in Nashville, citing the uncertainty from the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on the industry. NASCAR moved Champion’s Week to Nashville in 2019 from Las Vegas.NASCAR still plans to celebrate its champions from the Xfinity Series to the truck series and promises details to come. And NASCAR says the series looks forward to returning to Nashville in 2021. center_img The Governors currently have 11 athletes who have tested positive. The FCS-level school in Clarksville, Tennessee, did not identify the sports involved.Austin Peay closed its facilities Saturday. Athletic director Gerald Harrison said in a statement Monday that the positive tests are regrettable but procedures put in place worked as expected. That includes isolating those who tested positive along with people at risk through contract tracing in self-quarantine.Austin Peay also is cleaning and disinfecting its facilities.Austin Peay won the Ohio Valley Conference football championship last season and lost in the FCS quarterfinals.___ Associated Press Hill didn’t identify the player, but said he “feels great” and will go through MLB protocol to join the team.Hill said he would be surprised if any Marlins players opt of the season because of health concerns.___Longtime Washington Nationals infielder Ryan Zimmerman and teammate Joe Ross have decided not to play this season.General manager Mike Rizzo said Zimmerman and Ross opted out “for the personal health and safety of themselves and their loved ones,” adding the team supports their decisions. Zimmerman said in a statement his family situation factored into his decision. His mother is at high risk for complications from the coronavirus because she has multiple sclerosis, and he has three young children, including a newborn. He told The Associated Press last week he was still undecided on whether to play.As part of his announcement, the 35-year-old Zimmerman said he’s not retiring.Ross is a 27-year-old right-hander with five years of major league experience, all with Washington.___Harris English is the fifth PGA Tour player to test positive for the coronavirus. June 29, 2020 ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img read more

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Update on the latest sports

first_imgIt’s the sixth Derby victory for Bob Baffert, tying the all-time record for trainers. Ben Jones picked up his sixth Derby win as a trainer with Hill Gail in 1952.The bay colt ran 1 1/4 miles in 2:00.61 under Velazquez, who earned his third Derby.Tiz the Law already had won the Belmont Stakes, the kickoff to the Triple Crown that was run in June at a shorter distance. A victory in the Derby would set him up for a Triple try in the Preakness on Oct. 3.Baffert’s other horse, Thousand Words, got spooked in the paddock, reared up and fell on his side. He was scratched by the veterinarians. Mr. Big News finished third at 46-1. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA PLAYOFFSRaptors even series 2-2LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — This time, the Toronto Raptors didn’t need a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to beat the Boston Celtics. Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — Top-ranked Dustin Johnson is the leader at the midway point of the Tour Championship. Johnson closed a two-putt birdie for an even-par 70 and a one-shot lead lead over Sungjae Im, who birdied three of his last four holes for a 64.Former Tour Championship winner Xander Schauffele (SHOW’-flee) ran off three straight birdies late in his round for a 65 that puts him two shots back. NFL-NEWSWatson agrees to extension with Texans Seventh seed Madison Keys had to retire at the U.S. Open in the second set of her third-round match against Alize Cornet (ah-LEEZ’ kohr-NAY’), who was leading 7-6, 3-2. Keys required treatment from a trainer on her upper back and neck after the first set. American Caty McNally is out following a 7-5, 6-1 setback against Elise Mertens. The 16th-seeded Mertens is joined in the fourth round by Karolina Muchova and Tsvetana Pironkova, who knocked out No. 18 Donna Vekic in straight sets. On the men’s side, Frances Tiafoe (TEE-ah-foh) is the last American man in the U.S. Open singles field. The 22-year-old Maryland native advanced into the fourth round for the first time by beating Marton Fucsovics, 6-2, 6-3, 6-2.Men’s No. 2 seed Dominic Thiem (teem) has advanced to the fourth round by beating Marin Cilic (CHIH’-lihch) 6-2, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3. Thiem lost only eight points on his first serve and saved seven of eight break points.Third seed Daniil (DAH’-nihl) Medvedev reached the fourth round by ousting American Jeffrey John Wolf, 6-3, 6-3, 6-2. Also advancing are sixth seed Matteo Berrettini, 10th seed Andrey Rublev No. 15 Felix Auger-Aliassime (ah-LEE’-sih-may) and unseeded American Frances Tiafoe (TEE’-ah-foh). Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA PLAYOFFSRaptors even series 2-2LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — This time, the Toronto Raptors didn’t need a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to beat the Boston Celtics. MLB-SCHEDULEA’s top Padres to end skidUNDATED (AP) — The Oakland Athletics have halted a three-game losing streak by bouncing back from Friday’s 7-0 loss to San Diego.Ramón Laureano homered and Sean Manaea (mah-NY’-ah) won his third straight start as the A’s doubled up the Padres, 8-4. Matt Olson hit a two-run triple and new addition Tommy La Stella had an RBI double to back Manaea, who allowed one run and four hits over five innings.Elsewhere on the major league schedule: Elsewhere in the majors:— Jose Altuve (al-TOO’-vay) has landed on the 10-day injured list by the Astros. The second baseman sprained his right knee while sliding into third base Thursday against Texas. The 2017 AL MVP is batting only .224 this season, but he was 16 of 48 over his last 14 games.— Orioles outfielder Anthony Santander (sahn-tahn-DEHR’) has a strained oblique and likely will miss the remainder of the season. Santander has been one of the best players on a rebuilding team that has performed above expectations following two straight 100-loss seasons. He sustained the injury in the opener of a doubleheader against the Yankees on Friday.PGA-TOUR CHAMPIONSHIPJohnson tops leaderboard It’s the sixth Derby victory for Bob Baffert, tying the all-time record for trainers. Ben Jones picked up his sixth Derby win as a trainer with Hill Gail in 1952.The bay colt ran 1 1/4 miles in 2:00.61 under Velazquez, who earned his third Derby.Tiz the Law already had won the Belmont Stakes, the kickoff to the Triple Crown that was run in June at a shorter distance. A victory in the Derby would set him up for a Triple try in the Preakness on Oct. 3.Baffert’s other horse, Thousand Words, got spooked in the paddock, reared up and fell on his side. He was scratched by the veterinarians. Mr. Big News finished third at 46-1. September 5, 2020 PGA-TOUR CHAMPIONSHIPJohnson tops leaderboardATLANTA (AP) — Top-ranked Dustin Johnson is the leader at the midway point of the Tour Championship. Johnson closed a two-putt birdie for an even-par 70 and a one-shot lead lead over Sungjae Im, who birdied three of his last four holes for a 64.Former Tour Championship winner Xander Schauffele (SHOW’-flee) ran off three straight birdies late in his round for a 65 that puts him two shots back. The Nationals have won four NL East titles, most recently in 2017. They won the last season’s World Series after making the playoffs as a wild card.The Nationals currently are in last place in the division in the pandemic-shortened season. Rizzo is in his 12th season guiding the Nationals’ baseball operations.Elsewhere in the majors:— Jose Altuve (al-TOO’-vay) has landed on the 10-day injured list by the Astros. The second baseman sprained his right knee while sliding into third base Thursday against Texas. The 2017 AL MVP is batting only .224 this season, but he was 16 of 48 over his last 14 games.— Orioles outfielder Anthony Santander (sahn-tahn-DEHR’) has a strained oblique and likely will miss the remainder of the season. Santander has been one of the best players on a rebuilding team that has performed above expectations following two straight 100-loss seasons. He sustained the injury in the opener of a doubleheader against the Yankees on Friday. Elsewhere on the major league schedule:— Justin Upton laced a game-tying double in the ninth and scored on Jo Adell’s single to push the Angels past the Astros, 10-9 in Game 1 of a twinbill. Mike Trout slammed his 300th home run to break the Angels record set by Tim Salmon.— Los Angeles completed a sweep by getting a three-run homer from Anthony Rendon (rehn-DOHN’) in the seventh inning of a 7-6 victory over the Astros. Albert Pujols (POO’-hohlz) also had three ribbies for the Angels.— D.J. Stewart homered twice and the Orioles put together a five-run sixth inning to beat the Yankees, 6-1. Yanks starter Gerrit Cole has dropped three consecutive starts since winning 20 straight decisions.— Xander Bogaerts (BOH’-gahrts) hit a tying homer in the ninth inning and catcher Christian Vázquez manufactured the winning run with his legs in rallying the Red Sox to a 9-8 triumph over the Blue Jays. Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a two-run homer and Rafael Devers (DEH’-vurz) homered while driving in three. — The Cardinals pulled off a sweep of the twinbill as Tyler O’Neill and Paul DeJong (deh-YUHNG’) homered in a 5-1 decision over the NL Central Leaders. Five St. Louis pitchers combined on a three-hitter, with starter Austin Gomber striking out five in 2 2/3 scoreless innings.— Eugenio (ay-oo-HEH’-nee-oh) Suárez recorded his first 3-homer game while driving in five to lead the Reds’ 6-2 win over the Pirates. Suárez hit a three-run shot deep down the left-field line to cap a four-run third inning. — Sandy Alcantara (al-KAN’-tah-rah) allowed one run over six innings to help the Marlins top the Rays, 7-3. Corey Dickerson homered for the second consecutive game as Miami improved to 15-8 away from home. — Recently-acquired Brock Holt had four hits and the Nationals leaned on their bullpen to beat the NL East-leading Braves. 10-4. Washington relievers Kyle McGowin, Wander Suero (SWEHR’-oh), Sean Doolittle and Ryne Harper combined for 5 1/3 hitless innings.— The Phillies’ five-game winning streak is over after Seth Lugo held them to one run and four hits while striking out eight in the Mets’ 5-1 victory. Andres Gimenez had two hits and two RBIs to help New York win for only the second time in eight games. — Madison Bumgarner was a loser in his return to San Francisco, serving up back-to-back homers by Evan Longoria and Darin Ruf in the second inning of the Diamondbacks’ 4-3 setback against the Giants. Bumgarner is 0-4 with an 8.44 ERA after lasting just four innings.— Adam Wainwright pitched six-hit ball into the seventh inning to pitch the Cardinals to a 4-2 win over the Cubs in Game 1 of a doubleheader. Wainwright allowed two runs, struck out six and walked one to improve to 4-0 for the first time in his career.— The Cardinals pulled off a sweep of the twinbill as Tyler O’Neill and Paul DeJong (deh-YUHNG’) homered in a 5-1 decision over the NL Central Leaders. Five St. Louis pitchers combined on a three-hitter, with starter Austin Gomber striking out five in 2 2/3 scoreless innings.— Eugenio (ay-oo-HEH’-nee-oh) Suárez recorded his first 3-homer game while driving in five to lead the Reds’ 6-2 win over the Pirates. Suárez hit a three-run shot deep down the left-field line to cap a four-run third inning. — Sandy Alcantara (al-KAN’-tah-rah) allowed one run over six innings to help the Marlins top the Rays, 7-3. Corey Dickerson homered for the second consecutive game as Miami improved to 15-8 away from home. Seventh seed Madison Keys had to retire at the U.S. Open in the second set of her third-round match against Alize Cornet (ah-LEEZ’ kohr-NAY’), who was leading 7-6, 3-2. Keys required treatment from a trainer on her upper back and neck after the first set. American Caty McNally is out following a 7-5, 6-1 setback against Elise Mertens. The 16th-seeded Mertens is joined in the fourth round by Karolina Muchova and Tsvetana Pironkova, who knocked out No. 18 Donna Vekic in straight sets. On the men’s side, Frances Tiafoe (TEE-ah-foh) is the last American man in the U.S. Open singles field. The 22-year-old Maryland native advanced into the fourth round for the first time by beating Marton Fucsovics, 6-2, 6-3, 6-2.Men’s third seed Daniil Medvedev reached the fourth round by ousting American Jeffrey John Wolf, 6-3, 6-3, 6-2. Also advancing are sixth seed Matteo Berrettini, 10th seed Andrey Rublev No. 15 Felix Auger-Aliassime (ah-LEE’-sih-may) and unseeded American Frances Tiafoe (TEE’-ah-foh).Vasek Pospisil pulled off Saturday’s biggest surprise in the men’s bracket by eliminating No. 8 Roberto Bautista-Agut (ah-GOO), 7-5, 2-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2. Vasek Pospisil pulled off Saturday’s biggest surprise in the men’s bracket by eliminating No. 8 Roberto Bautista-Agut (ah-GOO), 7-5, 2-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.MLB-SCHEDULEA’s top Padres to end skidUNDATED (AP) — The Oakland Athletics have halted a three-game losing streak by bouncing back from Friday’s 7-0 loss to San Diego.Ramón Laureano homered and Sean Manaea (mah-NY’-ah) won his third straight start as the A’s doubled up the Padres, 8-4. Matt Olson hit a two-run triple and new addition Tommy La Stella had an RBI double to back Manaea, who allowed one run and four hits over five innings. — A person familiar with the situation says Dallas right tackle La’el Collins and linebacker Sean Lee will start the season on injured reserve with a chance to return after three weeks. Coach Mike McCarthy hasn’t specified the nature of the injuries.— Quarterback Josh Rosen is available after being released by the Dolphins. The former first-round pick was behind veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick and first-rounder Tua Tagovailoa (TOO’-ah tuhng-ah-vy-LOH’-ah) on the depth chart.— Alex Smith has made Washington’s initial 53-man roster 22 months since breaking two bones in his right leg. Smith may even be Dwayne Haskins’ backup Week 1 against the Eagles after participating in full 11-on-11 drills at practice in recent days. — The Jaguars are going with a college journeyman and sixth-round draft pick as their backup quarterback. General manager Dave Caldwell and coach Doug Marrone kept rookie Jake Luton to play behind Gardner Minshew as they finalized their 53-man roster. — The Browns and Bengals will be allowed to have 6,000 fans at two home games this season. Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced Saturday that the teams have been granted a variance for a “two-game trial” on a state requirement limiting 1,500 people at outdoor gatherings. The variance allows for no more than 1,500 fans in each side of the stadium. Fans will be required to wear masks throughout the games. Associated Press Pascal Siakam (see-A’-kam) and Kyle Lowry each had double-doubles as the Raptors beat the Celtics, 100-93, evening the Eastern Conference semifinal series at two games apiece.Siakam finished with 23 points and 11 rebounds, while Lowry delivered 22 points and 11 boards. Serge Ibaka (ih-BAH’-kah) added 18 points and seven rebounds off the bench for the Raptors, who also received 17 points from Fred VanVleet.The game was tied until Toronto outscored Boston, 32-24 in the third quarter.Jayson Tatum’s 24 points and 10 rebounds led Boston. Jaylen Brown missed his first nine 3-point attempts and finished with 14 points. — The Jaguars are going with a college journeyman and sixth-round draft pick as their backup quarterback. General manager Dave Caldwell and coach Doug Marrone kept rookie Jake Luton to play behind Gardner Minshew as they finalized their 53-man roster. — The Browns and Bengals will be allowed to have 6,000 fans at two home games this season. Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced Saturday that the teams have been granted a variance for a “two-game trial” on a state requirement limiting 1,500 people at outdoor gatherings. The variance allows for no more than 1,500 fans in each side of the stadium. Fans will be required to wear masks throughout the games.— Daily testing for COVID-19, except on game days, has been extended into the regular season by the NFL and the players’ union. All players and other team personnel categorized in Tiers 1 and 2 will continue to be tested each day, a process that has worked relatively well for the league as it approaches the first game on Thursday night.,Update on the latest sports TORONTO (AP) — It’s been a long time since the New York Islanders were one of the last four teams standing in the Stanley Cup playoffs.The Isles are in the conference finals for the first time since 1993 after taking Game 7 of their second-round series with the Flyers, 4-0. Scott Mayfield opened the scoring with his first career playoff goal, beating Carter Hart midway through the first period. Fellow defenseman Andy Greene made it 2-0 less than three minutes later.Brock Nelson added a second-period goal and Anthony Beauvillier (boh-VIH’-lee-ay) added an empty-netter to seal the win and the series.Thomas Greiss (grys) needed to make just 16 saves for his first career postseason shutout. Update on the latest sports Meanwhile, the Nuggets have squared their Western Conference semifinal series at a game apiece with a 110-101 win against the Clippers. Jamal Murray scored 27 points for Denver, which never trailed and led by as many as 23. Nikola Jokic (nih-KOH’-lah YOU’-kihch) had 26 points and 18 rebounds while helping the Nuggets keep Kawhi (kah-WY’) Leonard in check. Leonard had 13 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists but shot only 4 for 17.Paul George scored a team-high 22 points for Los Angeles.NHL-STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFSIslanders reach conference finals Pascal Siakam (see-A’-kam) and Kyle Lowry each had double-doubles as the Raptors beat the Celtics, 100-93, evening the Eastern Conference semifinal series at two games apiece.Siakam finished with 23 points and 11 rebounds, while Lowry delivered 22 points and 11 boards. Serge Ibaka (ih-BAH’-kah) added 18 points and seven rebounds off the bench for the Raptors, who also received 17 points from Fred VanVleet.The game was tied until Toronto outscored Boston, 32-24 in the third quarter.Jayson Tatum’s 24 points and 10 rebounds led Boston. Jaylen Brown missed his first nine 3-point attempts and finished with 14 points. TENNIS-US OPENWilliams outlasts Stephens at U.S. OpenNEW YORK (AP) — Serena Williams is still alive in her latest bid for a record-tying 24th Grand Slam, but she had her hands full against fellow American Sloane Stephens early in the third round. Williams has avoided what would have been her earliest loss at the U.S. Open since her 1998 debut by coming back to beat Stephens, 2-6, 6-2, 6-2 to advance to the Round of 16. Next up for Williams is 15th seed Maria Sakkari, who beat her at the Western & Southern Open at Flushing Meadow last month. Sakkari advanced Saturday with a 6-3, 6-1 victory against American Amanda Anisimova.No. 2-seeded Sofia Kenin reached the fourth round of the U.S. Open for the first time by beating Ons Jabeur 7-6, 6-3. The American is bidding for her second Grand Slam championship in a row after winning her first major title at the Australian Open in February. — Recently-acquired Brock Holt had four hits and the Nationals leaned on their bullpen to beat the NL East-leading Braves. 10-4. Washington relievers Kyle McGowin, Wander Suero (SWEHR’-oh), Sean Doolittle and Ryne Harper combined for 5 1/3 hitless innings.— The Phillies’ five-game winning streak is over after Seth Lugo held them to one run and four hits while striking out eight in the Mets’ 5-1 victory. Andres Gimenez had two hits and two RBIs to help New York win for only the second time in eight games.MLB-NEWSNationals give multiyear extension to GM Mike RizzoUNDATED (AP) — Washington Nationals general manager and president of baseball operations Mike Rizzo has finalized a multiyear contract extension with the team. — Justin Upton laced a game-tying double in the ninth and scored on Jo Adell’s single to push the Angels past the Astros, 10-9. Mike Trout slammed his 300th home run to break the Angels record set by Tim Salmon.— D.J. Stewart homered twice and the Orioles put together a five-run sixth inning to beat the Yankees, 6-1. Yanks starter Gerrit Cole has dropped three consecutive starts since winning 20 straight decisions.— Xander Bogaerts (BOH’-gahrts) hit a tying homer in the ninth inning and catcher Christian Vázquez manufactured the winning run with his legs in rallying the Red Sox to a 9-8 triumph over the Blue Jays. Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a two-run homer and Rafael Devers (DEH’-vurz) homered while driving in three.— Jose Abreu (ah-BRAY’-oo) and Yasmani Grandal (yahs-MAH’-nee grahn-DAHL’) belted two-run homers to power the White Sox past the Royals, 5-3. Lucas Giolito struck out nine and allowed three runs over five innings to get the win.— The Indians blew a 3-1 lead before earning a 4-3 win over the Brewers on a walk-off single by Cesar Hernandez in the ninth inning. Hernandez also poked an RBI double and Jose Ramirez smacked a two-run homer for Cleveland. — Chargers Pro Bowl wideout Keenan Allen has signed a four-year extension that will make him the league’s second-highest paid receiver in average money. That’s according to a person familiar with the deal, who says it is worth $80.1 million with $50 million guaranteed. He had 104 receptions last season, breaking his own franchise record for single-season catches. — Joe Flacco passed his physical and will start the season on the Jets’ active roster as one of Sam Darnold’s backups. The veteran quarterback had been on the active/physically unable to perform list throughout training camp while recovering from neck surgery. — A person familiar with the situation says Dallas right tackle La’el Collins and linebacker Sean Lee will start the season on injured reserve with a chance to return after three weeks. Coach Mike McCarthy hasn’t specified the nature of the injuries.— Quarterback Josh Rosen is available after being released by the Dolphins. The former first-round pick was behind veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick and first-rounder Tua Tagovailoa (TOO’-ah tuhng-ah-vy-LOH’-ah) on the depth chart.— Alex Smith has made Washington’s initial 53-man roster 22 months since breaking two bones in his right leg. Smith may even be Dwayne Haskins’ backup Week 1 against the Eagles after participating in full 11-on-11 drills at practice in recent days. The Lightning are next up for the Islanders, beginning Monday in Edmonton.KENTUCKY DERBYAuthentic edges Tiz the Law to win DerbyLOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — For Authentic, it’s better late than never.Authentic has captured the pandemic-delayed Kentucky Derby in front of near-empty empty stands at Churchill Downs. With John Velazquez aboard, Authentic went off at 9-1 and grabbed the lead out of the game before holding off 3-5 favorite, Tiz the Law by 1 1/4 lengths. Meanwhile, the Nuggets have squared their Western Conference semifinal series at a game apiece with a 110-101 win against the Clippers. Jamal Murray scored 27 points for Denver, which never trailed and led by as many as 23. Nikola Jokic (nih-KOH’-lah YOU’-kihch) had 26 points and 18 rebounds while helping the Nuggets keep Kawhi (kah-WY’) Leonard in check. Leonard had 13 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists but shot only 4 for 17.Paul George scored a team-high 22 points for Los Angeles.NHL-STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFSIslanders reach conference finals TORONTO (AP) — It’s been a long time since the New York Islanders were one of the last four teams standing in the Stanley Cup playoffs.The Isles are in the conference finals for the first time since 1993 after taking Game 7 of their second-round series with the Flyers, 4-0. Scott Mayfield opened the scoring with his first career playoff goal, beating Carter Hart midway through the first period. Fellow defenseman Andy Greene made it 2-0 less than three minutes later.Brock Nelson added a second-period goal and Anthony Beauvillier (boh-VIH’-lee-ay) added an empty-netter to seal the win and the series.Thomas Greiss (grys) needed to make just 16 saves for his first career postseason shutout. UNDATED (AP) — Deshaun Watson has agreed to a four-year, $160 million contract extension with the Houston Texans. The deal makes Watson the second-highest paid quarterback in the league, behind Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes, who signed a 10-year deal worth up to $503 million in July. The 24-year-old Watson has appeared in 38 games with 37 starts in his first three seasons with the Texans. He threw for 3,852 yards and 26 touchdowns last season when he led the Texans to the divisional round of the playoffs.In other NFL news:— Chargers Pro Bowl wideout Keenan Allen has signed a four-year extension that will make him the league’s second-highest paid receiver in average money. That’s according to a person familiar with the deal, who says it is worth $80.1 million with $50 million guaranteed. He had 104 receptions last season, breaking his own franchise record for single-season catches. — Joe Flacco passed his physical and will start the season on the Jets’ active roster as one of Sam Darnold’s backups. The veteran quarterback had been on the active/physically unable to perform list throughout training camp while recovering from neck surgery. September 6, 2020 TENNIS-US OPENWilliams outlasts Stephens at U.S. OpenNEW YORK (AP) — Serena Williams is still alive in her latest bid for a record-tying 24th Grand Slam, but she had her hands full against fellow American Sloane Stephens early in the third round. Williams has avoided what would have been her earliest loss at the U.S. Open since her 1998 debut by coming back to beat Stephens, 2-6, 6-2, 6-2 to advance to the Round of 16. Next up for Williams is 15th seed Maria Sakkari, who beat her at the Western & Southern Open at Flushing Meadow last month. Sakkari advanced Saturday with a 6-3, 6-1 victory against American Amanda Anisimova.No. 2-seeded Sofia Kenin reached the fourth round of the U.S. Open for the first time by beating Ons Jabeur 7-6, 6-3. The American is bidding for her second Grand Slam championship in a row after winning her first major title at the Australian Open in February. MLB-NEWSNationals give multiyear extension to GM Mike RizzoUNDATED (AP) — Washington Nationals general manager and president of baseball operations Mike Rizzo has finalized a multiyear contract extension with the team.The Nationals have won four NL East titles, most recently in 2017. They won the last season’s World Series after making the playoffs as a wild card.The Nationals currently are in last place in the division in the pandemic-shortened season. Rizzo is in his 12th season guiding the Nationals’ baseball operations. NFL-NEWSWatson agrees to extension with TexansUNDATED (AP) — Deshaun Watson has agreed to a four-year, $160 million contract extension with the Houston Texans. The deal makes Watson the second-highest paid quarterback in the league, behind Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes, who signed a 10-year deal worth up to $503 million in July. The 24-year-old Watson has appeared in 38 games with 37 starts in his first three seasons with the Texans. He threw for 3,852 yards and 26 touchdowns last season when he led the Texans to the divisional round of the playoffs.In other NFL news: — The Twins pulled out its fifth straight win, earning a 4-3 decision over the Tigers on Byron Buxton’s RBI single in the bottom of the ninth. Miguel Sano (sah-NOH’) homered in the seventh, hit the game-tying single in the ninth and scored the winning run.— Jose Marmolejos (mahr-moh-LAY’-hohs) twice left the bases loaded before supplying a tiebreaking single in the eighth inning of the Mariners’ 5-3 win over the Rangers. Justus Sheffield allowed two runs over seven innings before the Mariners scored three times in the eighth.— Nolan Arenado (ar-eh-NAH’-doh) singled home the tiebreaking run in the ninth inning before pinch-hitter Josh Fuentes added a two-run double to give the Rockies breathing room in a 5-2 win over the Dodgers. Charlie Blackmon homered, doubled and scored two runs as Colorado ended the Dodgers’ six-game winning streak.— Madison Bumgarner was a loser in his return to San Francisco, serving up back-to-back homers by Evan Longoria and Darin Ruf in the second inning of the Diamondbacks’ 4-3 setback against the Giants. Bumgarner is 0-4 with an 8.44 ERA after lasting just four innings.— Adam Wainwright pitched six-hit ball into the seventh inning to pitch the Cardinals to a 4-2 win over the Cubs in Game 1 of a doubleheader. Wainwright allowed two runs, struck out six and walked one to improve to 4-0 for the first time in his career. The Lightning are next up for the Islanders, beginning Monday in Edmonton.KENTUCKY DERBYAuthentic edges Tiz the Law to win DerbyLOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — For Authentic, it’s better late than never.Authentic has captured the pandemic-delayed Kentucky Derby in front of near-empty empty stands at Churchill Downs. With John Velazquez aboard, Authentic went off at 9-1 and grabbed the lead out of the game before holding off 3-5 favorite, Tiz the Law by 1 1/4 lengths. — Jose Abreu (ah-BRAY’-oo) and Yasmani Grandal (yahs-MAH’-nee grahn-DAHL’) belted two-run homers to power the White Sox past the Royals, 5-3. Lucas Giolito struck out nine and allowed three runs over five innings to get the win.— The Indians blew a 3-1 lead before earning a 4-3 win over the Brewers on a walk-off single by Cesar Hernandez in the ninth inning. Hernandez also poked an RBI double and Jose Ramirez smacked a two-run homer for Cleveland.— The Twins pulled out its fifth straight win, earning a 4-3 decision over the Tigers on Byron Buxton’s RBI single in the bottom of the ninth. Miguel Sano (sah-NOH’) homered in the seventh, hit the game-tying single in the ninth and scored the winning run.— Jose Marmolejos (mahr-moh-LAY’-hohs) twice left the bases loaded before supplying a tiebreaking single in the eighth inning of the Mariners’ 5-3 win over the Rangers. Justus Sheffield allowed two runs over seven innings before the Mariners scored three times in the eighth.— Nolan Arenado (ar-eh-NAH’-doh) singled home the tiebreaking run in the ninth inning before pinch-hitter Josh Fuentes added a two-run double to give the Rockies breathing room in a 5-2 win over the Dodgers. Charlie Blackmon homered, doubled and scored two runs as Colorado ended the Dodgers’ six-game winning streak. — Daily testing for COVID-19, except on game days, has been extended into the regular season by the NFL and the players’ union. All players and other team personnel categorized in Tiers 1 and 2 will continue to be tested each day, a process that has worked relatively well for the league as it approaches the first game on Thursday night.last_img read more

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Elneny, Mo Salah in Pharaohs’ Squad

first_imgLast Wednesday, the federation said Salah would be out for “not more” than three weeks, meaning he could miss Egypt’s opening World Cup Group A fixture against Uruguay on June 15.Egypt then faces Russia on June 19 and Saudi Arabia on June 25.Goalkeepers: Sherif Ekramy (Al Ahly), Essam El Hadary (Al Taawoun), Mohamed El Shennawy (Al Ahly)Defenders: Mohamed Abdel-Shafi (Al Fateh), Ayman Ashraf (Al Ahly), Ahmed Elmohamady (Aston Villa), Ahmed Fathi (Al Ahly), Omar Gaber (Los Angeles FC), Ali Gabr (Zamalek), Mahmoud Hamdy (Zamalek), Ahmed Hegazi (West Bromwich Albion), Saad Samir (Al Ahly)Midfielders: Mohamed Elneny (Arsenal), Abdallah El Said (Al Ahly Jeddah), Tarek Hamed (Zamalek), Mahmoud Kahraba (Al Ittihad Jeddah), Sam Morsy (Wigan Athletic), Shikabala (Al Raed), Ramadan Sobhi (Stoke City), Mahmoud Hassan (Kasimpasa), Amr Warda (Atromitos)Forwards: Marwan Mohsen (Al Ahly), Mohamed Salah (Liverpool).Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah was included Monday in Egypt’s 2018 World Cup squad despite still underdoing treatment for a shoulder injury he suffered in the Champions League final, the Egyptian Football Association announced.Salah, who hit a stunning 44 goals for Liverpool last season in all competitions, was forced out of the final in tears last month clutching his left shoulder after being wrestled to the ground by Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos.Salah has undergone treatment in Valencia, Spain, in the hope of playing a role in Egypt’s first appearance in the World Cup since 1990.last_img read more

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International Breweries Boosts Lagos World Cup Viewing Centres

first_imgInternational Breweries Plc has joined Lagos State Government to bring live football matches of the ongoing Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup Finals to Lagos fans.International Breweries is sponsoring all the Viewing centers established by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode through the Lagos State Sports Commission.These viewing centers, which were adequately secured and insured are located at Teslim Balogun Stadium in Surulere, Campos Mini Stadium, Lagos Island; Abesan playground, Alimosho; Naval Yard Ajegunle; Bishop Aggrey Youth Centre, Mushin and Epe Recreation Centre. He also maded approval for additional two viewing centres at Ikorodu Town Hall, Ikorodu and Badagry Grammar School, Badagry. During a meeting with the management team of the Sports Commission led by the Director General, Babatunde Bank-Anthony at the Teslim Balogun Stadium on Wednesday, Mr. Arne Rust, Marketing Director, International Breweries, Nigeria and Ghana, makers of Trophy Lager Beer and Budweiser, said that “our dream in Africa is to bring people together for a better world and I think that is what Lagos State Sports Commission is doing with these World Cup Viewing centers where people from different backgrounds will come together to watch live matches of the World Cup and equally have fun and enjoy themselves.“At International Breweries, we play high premium on the welfare of the communities where we operate and we are always out to identify with coexistence of the people to make them happy.“The idea of the World Cup Viewing centers fit in very well with our dream for the people. I’m glad to say that the enthusiasm among Nigeria at these centres is electrifying as people have a lot of fun. And as a growing company with our brands, Trophy, Hero and Budweiser, we are equally making the people to enjoy themselves.”He said fans that come to the Viewing Centres will have the opportunity to go home with a lot of imported souvenirs of their products.To the Director General of the Sports Commission, Hon. Bank-Anthony, the partnership between the Commission and the International Breweries “is borne out of our desire to do things differently. This is an added value to us that a private company is interfacing with us to develop sports in Lagos.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more