DU admissions 2017: Sixth cut off released at du.ac.in, check the entire list here

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first_imgThe sixth cut-off list has been released by the Delhi University (DU) for admission into various undergraduate courses in its various colleges. According to the University, the admissions for the sixth cut-off will take place between July 22 and July 25 for all categories.  Admissions for the sixth cut-off will take place between 22 and 25 July (except Sunday) for all categories,” the DU Registrar said in a release.Highest pass percentageHindu College has kept the highest percentage of 97.25 for its BA Economics (Hons) course and Lady Shri Ram College for Women’s BA Journalism (Hons) course has the second highest cut off of 97 per cent.Reduction in cut-offsLady Shri Ram (LSR) College for Women which had set the highest cut-off at 97.5 per cent in the BA (Hons) Psychology course in its fifth cut-off list, has reduced the same to 94.75 (unreserved).In Kirori Mal College, admission has been closed for all the courses except for BA (Hons) HindiClick her for the entire cut-off list(Read: Disabilities could not stop these students from making it to Delhi University) Admission drive for reserved categoriesThe university had also decided to start another admission drive for students of reserved categories including SC/ST, OBC, persons with disablity (PWD), children/widows of armed forces, Kashmiri migrants and sports.”The drive for such admissions will happen between 31 July to 5 August,” the release said.Most of the courses have been closed for the general category students in several DU colleges, according to the data released by the university. Admissions for BCom (Hons) in SRCC and BA (Hons) English in Hindu College have been closed for all the categories.advertisementRead: Driver’s daughter overcomes all obstacles to make it to Delhi University Read: First day at DU: Here’s your complete guidelast_img read more

Battle-hardened Sardar keeps on fighting with Khel Ratna

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first_imgBy Saumojyoti S Choudhury New Delhi, Aug 3 (PTI) From being one of Indias best hockey players to facing a sexual harassment charge, Sardar Singh has experienced every emotional crest and trough in an eventful career spanning over a decade. At the twilight of his career, the 31-year-old has been recommended for Indias highest sporting honour — the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna –, and he is hoping that it puts and end to the bad phase that he has been going through. Sardar was today recommended along side paralympian Devendra Jhajharia for the Khel Ratna by a selection committee headed by Justice (Retd) C K Thakkar. “That is a forgettable episode of my life. I have seen many ups and downs in my life. But now I just hope it (Khel Ratna recommendation) will put to rest all the controversy. The Punjab Police has also given me a clean chit,” Sardar told PTI referring to the charge levelled against him by an Indian-origin English hockey player. “People who dont know me might have many apprehensions about me after reading about the controversy in the newspapers. But people who know me believe in my innocence and still respect me,” Sardar said. Sardars image took a hit last year when allegations of sexual harassment were levelled against him. But the selection committee found it hard to ignore his sporting achievements. “I know I could never do any bad things with anyone. I was literally shocked when I got to know about the charge but my mind was very clear. I knew that I did nothing so I couldnt afford to live in fear,” Sardar said. Sardar made his debut for India in the junior team during Indias Tour to Poland in 2003-04. In 2006, he graduated to the senior side making his debut against Pakistan. Known for his terrific fitness levels not only in India but worldwide, Sardar was included in the 18-man FIH All Star team in 2010 and 2011. Sardar was also the youngest player to captain the Indian team when he led the side at the 2008 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup. He received the Arjuna award in 2012 and Padma Shri award in 2015. Sardar has already represented India in two Olympics and is eyeing a swansong when the mega-event is held in Tokyo in 2020. However, he is pretty clear about what he wants from his career and is not keen to prolong his career beyond a point. Sardar made it clear that although he aspires for 2020 Tokyo Games, he will take a call on his career at the end of 2018, a year which will feature two major sporting events in the Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games. “My target is still 2020. But I know I am at the end of my career and will see how it goes after 2018. I am still one of the fittest players in the Indian team but I will assess my body after 2018,” Sardar said. “Im not someone who will hang on to a place. Whenever Im not satisfied with my game and fitness, I will call it a day and make way for a junior,” he added. “But I still have motivation and the Khel Ratna recommendation will only give a fillip to that.” Although it is still early days to think about his course of action post retirement, Sardar has planned his future. “When I quit hockey I will open an academy in Haryana. I will request the Haryana government to help me in my endeavour. Whatever I have learnt in all these years, I want to impart that eduction to budding hockey players,” said Sardar, who “I also intend to attend FIH coaching classes to be eligible for a coaching degree.” PTI SSC PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more

Phil Jagielka backs in-form Wayne Rooney to shine for England

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first_imgWayne Rooney has made an instant impact on his return to Everton F.C. and would be delighted to get the chance to play for his country again if England coach Gareth Southgate comes calling, club captain Phil Jagielka has said.Rooney, who returned to his boyhood club from Manchester United F.C. last month, has scored both of Everton F.C.’s Premier League goals this season in their 1-0 win over Stoke City and 1-1 draw at Manchester City F.C. (Also read: Everton F.C.’s Ronald Koeman targets two more signings)The 31-year-old is being tipped for a return to the England squad ahead of next month’s World Cup qualifying double-header against Malta and Slovakia.Reuters Photo”Wayne and his team mates never doubt him, so I am not sure why people would doubt him,” Jagielka told the club website.”He has proven when he is given a chance to play a number of games, he normally scores a number of goals, so his record for his country and his teams has been second to none.”If England comes knocking, obviously he is younger than me and he has more goals to go for, so I am sure he will be happy. If not, we would be delighted he gets a rest and is ready to go for us.”last_img read more

Lionel Messi expecting third child with Antonella Roccuzzo

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first_imgFC Barcelona and Argentina forward Lionel Messi is expecting his third child.Just over a month since the marrying Antonella Roccuzzo, the pair are set to have another baby, according to reports in Argentine newspaper Ole.Messi and Roccuzzo are already parents of one-year-old Mateo and four-year-old Thiago.AP Photo Messi, a five-time Ballon d’Or winner, married his childhood sweetheart at the end of June this year in a lavish Argentinian ceremony, which more than 250 family members and friends attended.last_img read more

With series in the bag, India look to experiment vs Sri Lanka

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first_imgAfter overpowering the hosts in first three One-Day International (ODI) matches, India will look to continue their strong showing over Sri Lanka in the fourth match at the R. Premadasa Stadium here on Thursday.With a six-wicket victory in the third match, India sealed the series at Pallekele, thanks to unbeaten knocks from opener Rohit Sharma (124 not out) and middle-order batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni (67 not out).In the coming match, with some experienced players failing to make their mark, Dhoni and Rohit will look to continue their fine form to help the visitors continue their unbeaten run. Star batsmen Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Lokesh Rahul and Kedar Jadhav will try to get back to scoring after putting up a failed show in the previous matches.Skipper Kohli might opt to make changes after playing with the unchanged side in the first three ODIs.Batsmen Ajikya Rahane, Manish Pandey along with Kuldeep Yadav and medium-pacer Shardul Thakur may fancy their chances of getting picked up in the playing XI.#TeamIndia batsman @im_manishpandey’s day out at the net session #SLvIND pic.twitter.com/MrdrC9xG1d- BCCI (@BCCI) August 30, 2017In the bowling department, pacers Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar along with spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Axar Patel will again look to press Sri Lanka’s batting which has failed to look effective in the series.For Sri Lanka, the injury woes look to pile up with stand-in captain Chamara Kapugedera ruled out for the rest of the series with a back injury.Experienced pacer Lasith Malinga will lead Sri Lanka in the remaining matches looking to re-work plans.advertisementBesides Malinga, off-spinner Akila Dananjaya, who has looked effective in the series, will try to threaten the Indian batting line-up.The Sri Lankan batting will depend upon openers Niroshan Dickwella, Dinesh Chandimal along with middle-order batsman Lahiru Thirimanne who played a vital knock in the previous match.Squads:India: Virat Kohli (captain), Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wicketkeeper), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kedar Jadhav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Lokesh Rahul, Axar Patel, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Ajinkya Rahane, Manish Pandey, Kuldeep Yadav, Shardul Thakur.Sri Lanka: Lasith Malinga (captain), Angelo Mathews, Lahiru Thirimanne, Dinesh Chandimal, Niroshan Dickwella (wicketkeeper), Milinda Siriwardana, Dushmantha Chameera, Vishwa Fernando, Akila Dananjaya, Kusal Mendis Thisara Perera, Malinda Pushpakumara, Wanidu Hasaranga, Lakshan Sandakan.The Captain and the Vice-Captain prepping up for the 4th ODI against Sri Lanka #SLvIND pic.twitter.com/knpHIpquzf- BCCI (@BCCI) August 30, 2017last_img read more

Tiger Woods pleads guilty to reckless driving in Florida

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first_imgTiger Woods on Friday pleaded guilty in a Florida court to reckless driving and entered a program for first-time offenders, avoiding a conviction on the charge of driving under the influence (DUI) last spring.The 41-year-old professional golfer was found asleep in May behind the wheel of a Mercedes-Benz, which was parked alongside a road not far from his home on Jupiter Island.Woods entered his plea and accepted the conditions, including 12 months of probation, by responding to questions from Florida Circuit Judge Sandra Bosso-Pardo. He will now enter a diversion program offered in Palm Beach County for first-time DUI offenders.Woods is eligible for the program since he had no prior criminal record, cooperated with police and was not involved in a crash, said Dave Aronberg, state attorney for the 15th Judicial Circuit of Florida.Woods has already completed 50 hours of community service as part of the program, said Aronberg.”This particular plea agreement has no jail time,” Bosso-Pardo told Woods during the hearing. “However, if you violate your probation in any significant way, I could revoke your probation and sentence you to jail for 90 days. Is that understood?”Woods replied: “Yes.”The hearing lasted only a few minutes. Woods, dressed in a charcoal gray suit and a gray T-shirt, did not answer questions shouted by reporters as he left the courthouse in Palm Beach Gardens and was driven away in a black SUV.Woods told police officers at the time of his arrest that he was returning from Los Angeles, but could not remember where he was going, even though his car was headed away from his home, the arrest report showed.advertisementWoods had five drugs in his system when he was arrested, but no alcohol, according to a toxicology report. Those drugs included generic forms of the painkillers Vicodin and Dilaudid; the mood drug Xanax; the sleeping pill Ambien, and a drug that contained THC, the active ingredient in marijuana.If Woods completes the program, the reckless driving charge will be expunged from his record. But if he is arrested again for DUI, he will be treated as a second-time offender, Aronberg said.In a statement after his arrest, Woods apologized to fans and blamed the incident on prescription medication he was taking to manage pain from a recent back surgery.Woods, who is second on the all-time list with 14 major men’s golf titles, has not won a major championship since 2008.In 2009, he was involved in a bizarre early-morning car crash outside his home near Orlando. The incident ballooned into a sex scandal involving allegations of extramarital affairs, and ended both his marriage and some lucrative endorsement deals.last_img read more

Days of domination of Lin Dan and Lee Chong over: Srikanth

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first_img(Eds: Updating with more quotes)Hyderabad, Oct 31 (PTI) In the best form of his life after winning four Super Series titles in five months, star India shuttler Kidambi Srikanth today said that the days of domination of Lin Dan or Lee Chong Wei are over and the tournaments are more wide open than ever.Srikanth, who became the first Indian and only fourth mens singles player in the world to win four Super Series titles in a calendar year, said not a few but many players, including him, are capable of winning top tournaments these days.”For a long time I think (Malaysian) Lee Chong Wei and (Chinas) Lin Dan have dominated badminton. And now it has become more open. Me, Viktor (Axelsen) and even other Indian players are winning tournaments. It has become more wide open and its always good for the sport when you have so many champions,” he told reporters here.Srikanth was felicitated at the P Gopichand Academy here after his recent victories at Denmark Open and French Open. He won Indonesia Open and Australia Open in June and then bagged the Denmark Open and French Open this month.”These days, there are many who are playing really well and anybody can beat anyone on their given day. So, its always important to be at your best against anyone,” he said.Asked if he thinks Lee Chong and Lin Dan are nearing the end of their careers, he said, “I cant really say thats their end. They have played at the highest level and really have the experience to come back. One cant really take them lightly. Lin Dan played in the final of World Championship. They definitely are tough every time you play them. But, we need to believe in ourselves that we can do well.”advertisementSrikanth might be inching towards the World No. 1 sport after winning the French Open last weekend but he said he was not thinking too much about the rankings.”To be frank I dont really think too much about the rankings. I really did well in the last eight to ten months. I want to just keep playing tournaments and enjoy playing the sport,” he said.Asked if he will become World No. 1 if he wins the upcoming China Open, Srikanth said, “Thats how it is. If you do consistently well, rankings do follow. I dont want to run behind rankings but I want to play well in the tournaments.”Srikanth said he will be competing in the Nationals (next week), besides the China and Hong Kong Open and the BWF World Super Series Finals in Dubai in December.”I am very happy now. All the four Super Series are different. After I won the India Open in 2015, it took a long time to win the Indonesia title,” said Srikanth, who beat Axelsen in mens singles quarterfinals in the Denmark Open Super Series Premier.He said match against compatriot H S Prannoy in the French Open was also a tough one.”I was really thinking of playing well because I played a great match against him (Viktor) in Japan Open but I lost with by just two-three points. I didnt want that to happen. I wanted to do better and luckily I was able to do it. I am happy with the way I played that quarterfinal match. He has been in a great form. That win gave me a lot of confidence.”Going into the French Open, it was a tough draw and with top players losing in initial rounds, there were so many thoughts running in my mind, but still I told myself that I will take it round-by-round. I fairly did well at the French Open,” he said.Srikanth said next year will be crucial as Commonwealth Games and Asian Games will be coming up.”Next year has Commonwealth and Asian Games and its definitely going to be an important year for all of us. If we consistently do well, train hard, we definitely have a chance,” he said.”I feel we just started to perform. May be in next couple of years, if we can consistently do well, other nations can be scared of us. But, for now I dont really think we can say that. We are still in that stage where we need to give more than 100 per cent in every match.””Good fitness, the amount of training I have been doing in the last eight-ten months is really helping me now. Next year, we have many big events coming up and I really want to maintain my fitness and do well,” he said.advertisementHe said he would need to maintain fitness and plan the calendar accordingly so that he could get enough time between tournaments.”I think the overall mindset has changed. These days I am ready to play longer matches and I am not scared of playing longer matches. That gives you a lot of confidence when you are playing against top players. The mindset has been the biggest change,” said the Roger Federer fan. PTI VVK PDS PDSlast_img read more

HC seeks Centres stand on plea to appoint observer for JFI

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first_imgNew Delhi, Nov 21 (PTI) The Delhi High Court today sought the governments response on a PIL seeking appointment of an impartial observer for the elections to the Judo Federation of India.A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar listed the matter for November 24, when the issue of appointment of observer for the elections would be decided.A petition filed by Arjuna Awardee judoka Yashpal Solanki highlighted the issue of alleged racketeers indulging in supplying bogus participation certificates to disqualified judokas (Judo players).Solanki, who is also a senior intelligence officer in the Punjab Police, stated in the PIL that fake sports certificate racket has been running since 2001.These certificates are used for backdoor admissions to medical colleges and appointment in government services, he has alleged.With regard to the elections to the Judo Federation of India (JFI), the petition states that “either a government appointed or court appointed administrator can hold free and fair organisational elections of the JFI as election under the influence of respondent no.5 (President Mukesh Kumar) can never be free and fair.”The petition, filed through advocate Pathak Rakesh Kaushik, alleged that Mukesh Kumar was indulging in “fraud practices in the election affairs.”It also claimed that voters from Arunachal Pradesh and Tripura State Judo Associations were “dishonestly excluded” from the electoral college, while those from Border Security Force, Indo-Tibetan Border Police, Central Reserve Police, All India Police Sports Control Board and Services Sports Control Board (SSCB) were unlawfully included. PTI PPS SKV HMP ARCadvertisementlast_img read more

Virat Kohli destined to break all batting records, says Waqar Younis

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first_imgFormer Pakistan skipper Waqar Younis has said India captain Virat Kohli is “destined to break all batting records”.Kohli has been in sensational form since the beginning of 2016 when he smashed two hundreds in the five-match ODI series against Australia before turning his focus to T20 cricket, breaking a plethora of records. After scoring hundreds of runs in the international format, Kohli amassed 973 runs including four hundreds in 2016 IPL.Kohli, who is a supremely fit athlete, also finished 2017 with 2818 international runs and 11 hundreds in international cricket.”The way he is maintaining his fitness and the way he enjoys his game and focusses on his skill level, I think he is destined to break all batting records in the years to come,” Waqar said.He also became the only batsman to hit double hundreds in four successive Test series during the one-off match against Bangladesh earlier this year. After a lean patch in Test cricket against Australia, Kohli hammered 610 rus in the three-Test series against Sri Lanka at home.Currently, Kohli is the leading run-scorer in ODIs this year and is ranked No.1 in ODIs and T20 Internationals. He is also ranked number 2 in Test cricket.’Talking about the best batsmen of his era, Waqar said although cricket had changed a lot in the last decade he still rated Kohli at the top because of his commitment to fitness and improving his batting skills.”The way I see it he should go on to achieve a lot of batting records,” Waqar said.advertisementIn the course of a dominant year for India, Kohli also went past Ricky Ponting and is now second in the list of century scorers in ODIs. The Delhi dasher has 32 hundreds and many experts feel he would be able to get close to Sachin Tendulkar’s 49 tons in the format.Kohli now has the most double centuries as a Test captain (6). He joined Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag at the top of the list for most double centuries by an Indian in Test cricket.Kohli became the only Indian to aggregate over 600 runs in a single Test series for the third time. Sunil Gavaskar and Rahul Dravid had achieved the feat twice.Kohli broke a plethora of records during the Test series against Sri Lanka and became only the second Indian batsman after Vinod Kambli to score two consecutive double hundreds.Under Kohli, India have won nine successive Test series but their major challenge will be in South Africa where the first Test between the two teams gets underway in Cape Town on January 5.Asked to compare Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara — the two greats of his time — Waqar rated the Indian maestro higher.”I played a lot against Tendulkar and he made his debut against us. Over the years I saw him become a thorough professional and I have not seen such a committed player. He was the best batsman I bowled to and it used to be a challenge.”He said Lara was naturally gifted and could be devastating on his day.Waqar said that during his tenure as captain and coach he never compromised on discipline.”I always believe that unless you are disciplined particularly in cricket sense all your talent is off no use to your team.”(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

U.S. Beats Russia in Shootout, 3-2

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first_imgSOCHI, Russia – T.J. Oshie brainstormed while he skated to center ice, desperately trying to come up with one last move to end an epic shootout. He had already taken five shots at Sergei Bobrovsky, and the Russians were still even.Yet Oshie was chosen for the U.S. men’s hockey team with just such a situation in mind, and the shootout specialist concocted one last clever goal to silence an arena filled with screaming Russian fans.Oshie scored four times in the shootout and got the winner in the eighth round, leading the United States past Russia 3-2 Feb. 15 in the thrilling revival of a classic Olympic hockey rivalry.“I was just thinking of something else I could do, trying to keep him guessing,” said Oshie, the St. Louis Blues forward. “Had to go back to the same move a couple times, but I was glad it ended when it did. I was running out of moves there.”International rules allow the same player to take multiple shots after the first three rounds of a shootout, and U.S. coach Dan Bylsma leaned on Oshie’s array of slick shots and change-of-pace approaches to the net.Oshie’s scored on the Americans’ first shot before taking the last five in a row, going 4 for 6 against Bobrovsky and finally setting off a celebration for the small group of U.S. fans at the Bolshoy Ice Dome.“At some point, you think, ‘Does he have any more moves left?’” U.S. captain Zach Parise said. “But he did a good job. … That’s hard to do, to get in a goalie’s head and throw him off a little bit.”Oshie was among the final selections for the U.S. roster, and though the 27-year-old from Warroad, Minn., has never had a 20-goal NHL season, he leads all American-born players with seven shootout goals for the Blues this season.The U.S. men are only interested in the one that all but wrapped up an automatic berth in the quarterfinals next week.“I think you’re going to see T.J. Oshie become a household name after that display he put on,” said David Backes, Oshie’s teammate in St. Louis. “The kids will be out on the pond probably in Minnesota right now, throwing a 5-hole on the goalie three or four times in a row.”Cam Fowler and Joe Pavelski scored in regulation for the Americans in the marquee game of the preliminary round. Jonathan Quick made 29 saves and stopped five attempts in the shootout as the U.S. improved to 2-0.Captain Pavel Datsyuk scored two goals in regulation and another in the shootout for the Russians, who rallied from a third-period deficit in a fast-paced game played in front of Russian President Vladimir Putin and an energized home crowd. The Russians also had an apparent goal waved off with 4:40 left because Quick’s net came off its moorings.“The U.S. team is a good team and a good test for us,” Datsyuk said. “We played good, but the result is not good.”The shootout finish was entertaining, but the entire game was international hockey at its most compelling — and the third period was a thriller.Pavelski scored the tiebreaking goal for the Americans on a power play with 10:33 to play, but Datsyuk tied it with 7:16 left during a Russian power play, spurring Putin out of his seat to cheer.After review, the officials waved off Fedor Tyutin’s apparent go-ahead goal because the net was loose, incensing the Russian crowd. Quick claimed he didn’t even realize the net had come unmoored several seconds earlier.“So it’s just, I guess, a lucky break,” Quick said. “You need to catch some breaks to win games.”Both teams had quality scoring chances in overtime, but Bobrovsky denied Patrick Kane on a breakaway in the most hair-raising moment.Oshie started off the shootout with a low shot between Bobrovsky’s legs, and the next four shooters missed before Ilya Kovalchuk scored in the third round. Datsyuk and Kovalchuk scored in the fifth and sixth rounds, respectively, but Oshie tied it twice in dramatic fashion.Datsyuk and Oshie both missed in the seventh, and Quick denied Kovalchuk again before Oshie ended it.“It was a good game, very interesting,” Pittsburgh Penguins star Evgeni Malkin said. “Two, I think, best teams played, and showed OK hockey. But shootouts is lucky.”Although the game had little impact on the medal race in Sochi, the finish woke up the echoes of a U.S.-Russia rivalry best known for the Miracle on Ice at Lake Placid in 1980, when a team of American college students stunned the Soviet Olympic team.The sociopolitical impact of that game is long gone, and the nations have already met three previous times in the Olympics since NHL players joined the games in 1998. Several players on both teams are teammates in the NHL, and this result only helped determine positioning for next week’s elimination games.But the Sochi Games are extraordinarily important to the Russian players, and the arena was packed to overflowing with fans of both nations jovially posing for photos and comparing their colorful sweaters. The Russians waved hundreds of flags, blew horns and banged drums from the first moments of warm-ups.(GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Heat’s Bosh Glad Season Over

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first_imgSAN ANTONIO — About an hour after the season ended, Chris Bosh was standing near the bus ramp from where the Miami Heat would soon depart for the airport and the off-season.Miami’s two-year reign was over. And Bosh almost sounded relieved.The Heat got rolled in the NBA Finals by San Antonio, losing in five games, the last three of them lopsided, and for the first time since 2011 there would be no championship parade in Miami.The same team that the Heat wore down in the 2013 finals had all the answers, ushering in a summer for Miami that will be filled with questions about the futures of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Bosh.“I don’t think anybody really enjoyed this season like in years past,” Bosh told The Associated Press. “There was no, like, genuine joy all the time. It seemed like work. It was a job the whole year. Winning was just a relief. Losing was a cloud over us sometimes and then we’d break out of it — and then go right back. But we got here. We had a chance. They were just better.”That being said, and while hardly committing to a fifth season of the “Big 3” era in Miami, Bosh made it clear: the group wants to remain intact. Whether or not personal choices and financial realities of a salary-capped, luxury-taxed world will allow that to happen remain unclear.“We want to stay together, man,” Bosh said. “I’ll say that. It’s a great organization, great team and great city. And to have a chance, that’s all you can ask for.”James insisted he hasn’t thought about what decisions he has to make this summer. Wade has often expressed interest in remaining with the Heat. Bosh has said repeatedly that he wants to stay. But all can become free agents in the next couple weeks, and the Heat might be rooting for that to happen.By opting out, they could get new deals with the Heat and create financial flexibility for team President Pat Riley to lure new pieces into a locker room that will need new faces.“The whole league continues to get better every single year,” James said. “Obviously we would need to get better from every facet, every position. It’s just how the league works.”For as well as he played in Game 5 — 31 points and 10 rebounds in what would be the final game of Miami’s run as champion — James’ best display of defense came afterward, when pressed repeatedly about his future.“I will deal with my summer when I get to that point,” James said. “Me and my team will sit down and deal with it. I love Miami. My family loves it. But obviously right now that’s not even what I’m thinking about. You guys are trying to find answers. I’m not going to give you one.”The Heat aren’t expected to hold exit interviews until later this week.James and Wade shared the postgame podium on June 15, possibly for the last time. Wade seemed to be laboring in the last two games of the finals, shooting just 28 percent from the floor and 50 percent from the foul line.“It wasn’t just Dwyane,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said when asked about Wade’s struggles. “It was pretty much everybody except for LeBron.”Wade’s knees and health have been a concern all year, never more than in the finals. “I’m all right,” Wade said. “Can’t win them all. You try to, but you can’t win them all.”The Heat have known for four years that this summer of decisions and possible changes was looming, and have planned accordingly.Besides the “Big 3,” the locker room is filled with free-agents-in-waiting. Chris Andersen, who excelled for little money the last two seasons, will be getting a raise from someone.Mario Chalmers can leave, Ray Allen isn’t sure if he’ll play in Miami or anywhere else, Shane Battier is retiring and Udonis Haslem — who has been with the Heat for 11 seasons, just like Wade — also has an uncertain future.“It wasn’t a distraction,” Haslem said. ” We got here. And if someone had told me when I signed on the dotted line that I’d go to four straight finals, I’d take it.”The Spurs don’t see the Heat going anywhere. “They’re a class act and they’ll be back next year for sure,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “I don’t think anybody would really doubt that.”Bosh can only hope he’s right.“I see why people were saying three-peating is hard. I get it now,” Bosh said. “I get it. There’s just so many other things you have to fight. The human psyche, the human condition. We’re all human. And it was a long, tough season.”(TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Dodgers Beat deGrom, Mets, 7-4

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first_imgLOS ANGELES — David Wright’s struggles at the plate continued as the New York Mets welcomed Jacob deGrom back to the starting rotation.The rookie right-hander gave up five runs and five hits over six innings on the night of Aug. 23 and struck out seven in a 7-4 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers.In his first start since a stint on the disabled list, deGrom’s 86-pitch effort was marred by a go-ahead three-run homer to Adrian Gonzalez in the fifth inning.“I felt good. A lot of outings come down to a few pitches, and I didn’t make the big pitches when I needed to,” said deGrom (6-6), who had been sidelined with rotator cuff tendinitis since Aug 7. “The pitch to Gonzalez was up and away, and I was trying to go down and away.”Gonzalez, who leads the Dodgers with 87 RBIs, gave them a 5-3 lead with his 18th homer after pitcher Zack Greinke singled and deGrom walked Carl Crawford with two outs.The Dodgers hit three homers against deGrom in a 4-3 road win on May 21, but he has yielded just two in 75 1-3 innings in his last 12 outings.“Jake threw the ball well, and I was very pleased with what I saw,” Mets Manager Terry Collins said. “I was hoping he could start the next inning and get his pitch count up a little bit so that it wouldn’t be an issue in his next start.”Juan Lagares opened the scoring in the fourth with his third homer after Lucas Duda singled and Travis d’Arnaud reached on a fielding error by third baseman Miguel Rojas. Gonzalez got one of the runs back in the bottom half with an RBI single and added a sacrifice fly in the seventh.“The only time Jake got hurt was when he made a couple of mistakes to Adrian, and he’s the kind of player who’s going to make you pay for it,” Collins said. “Adrian’s a really good hitter, and he gets paid a lot of money to drive in runs.”Wright was 0-for-5 with two double-play grounders and two strikeouts, lowering his average to .265. The franchise’s career leader in several offensive categories is batting just .206 over his last 26 games with four RBIs and 19 strikeouts and has grounded into 21 double plays.Collins didn’t sound prepared to give him off on Sunday in the series finale.“I don’t think the stars need that stuff. They’ve got to figure it out on the field,” Collins said. “This guy is the leader on this team, and we need him out there. But in my time here, I haven’t seen him scuffle like he has this year.“In my daily conversations with him, he’s not hurt. He’s healthy. But I certainly don’t have an answer to why he’s going through what he’s gone through.”Daniel Murphy had a pair of singles, raising his NL-leading hit total to 157. The only players in Mets history to finish a season with the most hits were Lance Johnson (227 in 1996) and Jose Reyes (204 in 2005).The Dodgers beat the Mets for the 13th time in 15 meetings and increased their NL West lead over San Francisco to 4 1/2 games.Greinke (13-8) allowed four runs — three earned — and nine hits in seven innings, throwing 105 pitches on seven days’ rest. He struck out four after he was pushed back two days because of elbow discomfort.“I’m sure it helped some,” Greinke said. “I thought I pitched really well. I felt great again today. Hopefully that’s how it stays.”Kenley Jansen pitched a scoreless ninth for his 37th save.(JOE RESNICK)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Mets Rally Beats Rockies, 3-2

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first_imgNEW YORK — Curtis Granderson had a lot to live up to when he signed a $60 million, four-year contract with the Mets in the offseason.For much of this year, though, it’s been a struggle for the three-time All-Star after moving across town.He came through on Sept. 8, hitting a tying triple off former-Met LaTroy Hawkins and scored two pitches later on Wilmer Flores’ sacrifice fly to give New York a 3-2 win that stopped the Colorado Rockies’ four-game winning streak.Things may be looking up for Granderson, who has seven RBIs over his last four games — hitting .400 during that stretch. Manager Terry Collins believes that the pressure of changing leagues and trying to fulfill a big contract may have gotten to him for a good portion of the season.“It is a little different game, different pitchers and a lot of other things he is not used to,” Collins said. “He is swinging the bat good right now and that is good for us.”After Lucas Duda’s RBI double in the first, Jordan Lyles, Tommy Kahnle, Brooks Brown and Christian Friedrich pitched shutout ball through the eighth.Travis d’Arnaud doubled leading off the ninth against Hawkins (3-3), who blew a save for the third time in 25 chances.Granderson’s triple past right fielder Charlie Blackmon scored pinch-runner Eric Young Jr. Granderson then scored easily ahead of Drew Stubbs’ off-line throw on Flores’ fly to center.Carlos Torres (7-5) pitched a perfect ninth for the Mets, who wore camouflage jerseys as they started a 10-game homestand.Michael Cuddyer tied the score in the second with his seventh home run. Activated before the game, Cuddyer had been on the disabled list since Aug. 24 because of a strained left hamstring, his third DL stint this season.“I was able to get a good pitch to hit and fortunately I didn’t miss it,” said Cuddyer.Nolan Arenado homered off Vic Black’s changeup on an 0-2 pitch leading off the eighth for a 2-1 lead. “I just threw a bad breaking ball to a guy that is a good hitter,” said Black.Mets starter Jonathon Niese allowed one run and eight hits in 6 2-3 innings, struck out seven and walked one. His curveball was hit or miss at times, but the 6-foot-3 left-hander made pitches when he needed to.“There was some that were good and some that were not so good,” said Niese. “Fortunately the good ones I was able to get outs on, and the bad ones they did not crush like they probably should have.”Lyles gave up one run and three hits in six innings.Mets center fielder Juan Lagares ran into left-center and extended to make an outstanding backhand catch to rob Arenado of an extra-base hit with a runner on in the first.Kahnle, a 25-year-old rookie from Latham, New York, pitched a perfect seventh for Colorado.(SCOTT ORGERA)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Chan Gailey New Jets’ Offensive Chief

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first_imgNEW YORK — Chan Gailey will be running the New York Jets’ offense under new coach Todd Bowles.The Jets hired Gailey as their offensive coordinator on Jan. 20, a move that had been expected since Bowles became head coach On Jan. 14.The 63-year-old Gailey was out of football the last two seasons after being fired as Buffalo’s coach following the 2012 season. But Bowles targeted Gailey early to be a part of his staff, which is beginning to take shape.Both Bowles and new General Manager Mike Maccagnan were scheduled to be introduced at a news conference at the team’s facility in Florham Park, New Jersey, on Jan. 21.There appeared to be a holdup in Gailey joining the Jets as the sides worked out a contract the last few days, casting the hiring in some doubt. But the team announced the move and posted a picture of Gailey signing his deal on the Jets’ website.Gailey, who replaces Marty Mornhinweg, has previously served as the offensive coordinator under Dan Reeves in Denver, Bill Cowher in Pittsburgh, Dave Wannstedt in Miami and Herm Edwards in Kansas City.In a telephone interview with The Associated Press last week, Cowher said Gailey would provide Bowles with an experienced former NFL head coach he can lean on and a versatile offensive mind who isn’t “married” to a system.“What I like about Chan,” Cowher said, “is his ability to be flexible and get the players to understand and, at the same time, believe in what they’re doing.”One of Gailey’s primary tasks will be to try to upgrade the offense — which finished 22nd overall — and help determine whether Geno Smith can be the team’s starting quarterback.Smith struggled throughout his second season, but Gailey has had success over the years getting production out of his quarterbacks, including Kordell Stewart in Pittsburgh, Jay Fiedler in Miami and Ryan Fitzpatrick in Buffalo.With the No. 6 pick in the draft, they Jets could also be in the running for one of the top available quarterbacks, such as Florida State’s Jameis Winston or Oregon’s Marcus Mariota — the last two Heisman Trophy winners.“When you look at the quarterbacks Chan has had, he’s had all styles and a lot of different types of quarterbacks,” said Cowher, a studio analyst for CBS. “The one thing that he’s very good at is putting guys in position where he utilizes guys’ skillsets. He’ll be diverse enough to give different looks, but he’ll play to the strengths of his football team.”Gailey, who was 34-46 in the regular season as an NFL head coach, has also served as head coach at Troy State, Samford and Georgia Tech.A former quarterback for the University of Florida, Gailey was a graduate assistant for the Gators in 1974 before beginning his coaching career as Troy State’s defensive backs coach in 1976.(DENNIS WASZAK Jr., AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Stars Beat Rangers in OT, 3-2

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first_imgNEW YORK — The Dallas Stars are fighting to stay in the playoff race. They got a little help Feb. 8 with Rangers star goaltender Henrik Lundqvist out with an injury.Ales Hemsky scored 1:02 into overtime as Dallas overcame a late tying goal by Chris Kreider to snap a three-game skid with a 3-2 win over New York.Hemsky snapped the puck past fill-in goaltender Cam Talbot for his ninth goal of the season to lift the Stars after being outshot by the Rangers 20-2 in the third period.“There were a lot of bodies in front of the net so I just took a shot and it went in. I’m happy about that,” said Hemsky, 31, who joined the Stars this season after spending nearly his entire NHL career with Edmonton. “If you want to make the playoffs, you need every point. Today we had a break. Hopefully we can keep going.”Kreider tied it with his 12th of the season, on the power play at 18:40 of the third.Jason Spezza and Erik Cole each scored second-period goals for Dallas. Spezza opened the scoring on a 5-on-3 power play for the Stars at 2:53 of the second period with his 10th goal of the season. Tyler Seguin and John Klingberg assisted.Carl Hagelin scored for New York at 15:27 of the second, putting a pass from Kevin Hayes past Dallas netminder Kari Lehtonen, who made 34 saves. The goal was the 11th for Hagelin. Defenseman Kevin Klein also assisted.“It really was a huge relief to win it quick in overtime,” said Lehtonen. “You do your best and try not to think too much. It was a big win.”With the victory, the Stars (24-21-8) moved within five points of Calgary and Vancouver for a playoff spot.“I think it helps you believe again because we have had some tough stuff happen to us,” Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. “But to win in overtime, that helps us.”Cole put the Stars ahead 2-1 at 18:05 of the second with his 14th goal when he finished off a passing play with Hemsky with shot that slipped past Talbot, who was making his third straight start in place of the injured Henrik Lundqvist. On the winning goal, Talbot said he lost sight of the puck when Hemsky shot it.“I didn’t see it,” Talbot said. “I looked around to see the initial start and then he went straight back in the other direction. Once it came off his stick, I lost the puck completely.”Both teams were coming off losses on Feb. 7 and had to travel for the peculiar 5 p.m. starting time. The Rangers (30-16-5) lost 3-2 at Nashville while the Stars were defeated in Buffalo.Eight of the last 10 games between the Rangers and Stars, including each of the last six, have been decided by one goal. The Stars also won the previous meeting between the teams, 3-2 on Dallas on Dec. 29.Still, the Rangers have won 12 of their last 16 home games and 20 of their last 26 games overall, since Dec. 8 when they beat Pittsburgh in overtime.Rangers coach Alain Vigneault, who benched the Rangers top line of Rick Nash, Derek Stepan and Martin St. Louis for the latter part of the second period, had praise for Talbot.“He gives us a chance to win every game,” the coach said. “He’s doing what a goaltender is supposed to.”As for benching his top goal scorer — Nash and Washington’s Alex Ovechkin have a league-best 33 goals — Vigneault said it was a matter of using players who were having a better game.“Rick hasn’t had very many games this year where he’s been off,” Vigneault said. “Sometimes it happens. At that time, we had no puck possession. We were spending almost the total time in our own end.”Before the game, Lundqvist expressed hope he would return from a throat-area injury before the playoffs.Lundqvist was injured when he was struck with a shot Feb. 7 against Carolina. He termed it sprained blood vessel that will be re-evaluated in two to three weeks.“If I keep playing now, there’s a big risk of having a stroke,” the 32-year-old goaltender said. “You don’t play around with this. It’s not like a sore shoulder or something. You have to listen to the doctors.”Talbot, 27, should play a career-high fourth-straight game in the NHL when the Rangers start a four-game road trip in Toronto on Feb. 10They also have road games against Colorado, Arizona and the Islanders before returning home to face Vancouver on Feb. 19.Backing up Talbot is 20-year-old Mackenzie Skapski, who has yet to play an NHL game. TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Rangers Win 3rd Straight to Take Series

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first_imgNEW YORK – The New York Rangers, after falling behind 3 games to 1 in the playoff series versus the Washington Capitals, came back to win three games in a row, all in dramatic fashion, to capture the series 4 games to 3 and advance to the Eastern Conference Final against the Tampa Bay Lightning.It is hard to remember the last time the New York Rangers played a game that wasn’t decided by one goal. In fact, it’s becoming hard to remember when a game of theirs hasn’t gone to overtime. Such is the nature of hockey, so unlike the other three major US sports – baseball, basketball, and football -insofar as once the playoffs start, it’s really anyone’s championship to win.The Caps’ superstar Alex Ovechin got his team on the board in the first period, and the Rangers evened things up after two, on Kevin Hayes’ goal.The third period was scoreless, setting up the only format that seems to decide games between these two evenly-matched teams: overtime.After a furious, swarming offensive onslaught by the Caps in the first few minutes, the Rangers held them off, settled down, won a faceoff near the Caps net, and Derek Stepan put in the winning goal for the Blueshirts, a wrist shot on a rebound, causing his teammates and the entire Madison Square Garden to erupt in a frenzy.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Raptors Square Off Vs. Heat

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first_imgMIAMI -” The exhilaration of winning Game 7s was short-lived for Toronto and Miami.It’s back-to-work time.The Raptors play host to the Heat in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal matchup in Toronto on May 2, a series that starts a mere two days after both teams survived elimination games on their respective home floors. And the objective for both teams would be finding ways to get ready for a new opponent while keeping the same edge that helped them eliminate their last one.“I don’t want them to be relaxed,” Raptors coach Dwane Casey said. “We’re not done. We have a tough Miami team coming in.”Toronto finally ended its 15-year postseason series victory drought by holding off Indiana in a Game 7 that looked like it was slipping away in the final minutes. Miami’s trip to the second round was secured a bit more easily, as the Heat rolled past Charlotte by 33 points -” the fifth-largest margin in Game 7 history.And Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan knows what sort of challenge Miami will bring.“Veteran team,” DeRozan said. “Lot of guys who have been in these positions. It’s going to be another of these fought-hard series. We don’t expect anything less.”There’s some irony in that Miami is heading to Toronto for the second round, since probably many thought the Heat season essentially ended there in February.Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh -€” back in the city where his NBA career began -€” were representing the Heat in the All-Star Game at Toronto, but Bosh’s weekend was derailed by what the team said was a calf strain. Turned out, it really was a blood clot that had been found, the malady ending Bosh’s regular season at the All-Star break for the second straight season.The Heat rallied without Bosh and wound up as the No. 3 seed in the East.“You have to go through the fire together,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “That’s when you truly grow, when you face adversity together, you get to know each other for real. We’ve been through a lot this year. There have been a lot of emotions with that, but we are still standing.”(TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Madrid claims tough road win in Piraeus (video)

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first_imgIn a battle of two teams that have already secured home-court advantage in the playoffs, Real Madrid secured a top-two finish at the end of the regular season with a hard-fought 73-79 win over Olympiacos Piraeus at Peace and Friendship Stadium on Friday night. Madrid improved to 21-7 and left it in the driver’s seat knowing two wins in the last two games will secure it first place at the end of the regular season. Olympiacos dropped to 19-9 and remains in the third place. Neither team had a double-digit lead the entire night, but Madrid’s Anthony Randolph and Sergio Llull, scoring 21 points apiece, got the better of the Olympiacos defense and kept the visitors in front throughout the fourth quarter. Llull also dished 5 assists, while Randolph pulled down 5 boards and had 4 blocks. Othello Hunter scored 10 points in victory. Nikola Milutinov paced the hosts with a career-high 18 points, Kostas Papanikolaou added 11 points and 6 rebounds and Dimitrios Agravanis scored 10 for Olympiacos, which played without Georgios Printezis due to illness.The teams traded blows the entire first half. Olympiacos was the team to go in front first, with Milutinov scoring 9 points and grabbing a pair of offensive rebounds. An offensive board by Papanikolaou led to a big dunk from Ioannis Papapetrou and an 18-10 lead. But after a timeout, Llull and Randolph scored 9 points, including a Llull three-pointer in the last second that cut it to 20-19 after 10 minutes. The second quarter alone featured nine lead changes and four ties. Erick Green and Matt Lojeski nailed threes for the hosts, but Randolph scored on two fast breaks and hit a corner three-pointer. The teams were appropriately tied at 37-37 at halftime, then each made its own runs in the third quarter. Papanikolaou and Vassilis Spanoulis hit triples at the start of the third to opena 6-point lead for the hosts, but three-pointers from Jeffrey Taylor and Jonas Maciulis got Madrid back within a single possession. Randolph and Llull hit tough shots, and Llull also nailed a three-pointer that got Madrid in front 52-56. It turned out the visitors took the lead for good. Madrid led 54-58 going into the fourth quarter and Randolph made a pair of tough baskets before Hunter added a tip-in and put through the rim a tough alley-oop pass from Llull. That made it 60-68, and a Llull basket opened a 63-72 advantage. Olympiacos made another charge, with Vangelis Mantzaris driving to the hoop, Spanoulis hitting from long range, and Papanikolaou fighting for a close-range basket that made it 70-73. But in the final minute, Llull went length of the floor for a fastbreak layup, before Randolph’s free throws sealed the deal.Source: EuroleagueTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Ivanka Trump at Olympics for Politics, to Back Athletes

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first_imgPYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — U.S. President Donald Trump’s daughter toured the 2018 Winter Olympics on Saturday, the morning after telling South Korea’s president that she would use her visit to the Pyeongchang Games to advocate maximum pressure on North Korea to halt its nuclear program.Ivanka Trump, one of her father’s close advisers and a winter sports enthusiast herself, is leading the U.S. delegation at Sunday’s closing ceremony for the Pyeongchang Games. Under cloudy skies, she watched her first event Saturday morning — Big Air snowboarding — before heading over to the American team’s headquarters, USA House, to interact with some Olympians.Among those she met: Garrett Hines, a former U.S. bobsledder and Army reservist.“I heard you are part of the reserves. That’s incredible,” Trump said. “Thank you for your service, and thank you for serving as an inspiration to so many people in this capacity.”Before coming to the Olympic city in northeastern South Korea, Trump met and dined in the capital with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who highlighted to her how the Olympics have served as a vehicle for dialogue between the two Koreas. Moon said the U.S. and South Korea should make use of the current mood of rapprochement between the Koreas in seeking denuclearization.At a closed-door meeting before a banquet Friday night at the presidential compound, Moon told Trump that talks on denuclearization and the inter-Korean dialogue must move forward side by side, Moon’s press secretary, Yoon Young-chan, told reporters.Trump responded by pushing for joint efforts by the U.S. and South Korea to apply maximum pressure on North Korea, Yoon said.The meeting and Olympic visit come as the Trump administration announced sanctions on more than 50 vessels, shipping companies and trade businesses to turn up the pressure on North Korea. U.S. officials said the president had discussed the action with Moon ahead of the announcement in Washington.Differences in how the U.S. and South Korea hope to achieve denuclearization were apparent during the banquet. In her remarks, Ivanka Trump said she was in South Korea to celebrate the Olympics and to reaffirm the U.S. commitment to a “maximum pressure campaign to ensure that the Korean Peninsula is denuclearized.”Moon, for his part, hopes to make the Olympics an avenue for peace on the divided Korean Peninsula.In Pyeongchang on Saturday, Trump toured Olympic venues. She watched snowboarders go on runs at the Big Air jump and saw American snowboarder Kyle Mack take a silver medal.A smiling Trump, wearing a Team USA hat and red snowsuit, chatted with members of her delegation and South Korea first lady Kim Jung-suk. Also with her was IOC board member and 1998 hockey gold medalist Angela Ruggiero.After the event ended, Trump spoke with some of the South Korean athletes who were guests of the delegation and posed for selfies.Ivanka Trump’s appearance at the closing on behalf of the White House and the United States is a softer bookend to Vice President Mike Pence’s awkward visit during the opening ceremony.She has some popularity in Asia, and the perception of her as a smoother player in her father’s administration — and, not inconsequentially, a younger one as well — allows the United States a photogenic representative at the end of a games dominated by unusually adept PR moves from North Korea.In addition to her presence at the Olympics’ closing ceremony Sunday, a high-level North Korean delegation will also attend. So the big question is this: Will she end up in the same position as Pence — in a VIP box with a North Korean delegation nearby? And if so, how will she respond? Will she, unlike Pence, choose to interact?The answer will provide a coda to an extraordinary two weeks of Olympic political optics — and offer hints of the Trump administration’s approach in coming weeks when it comes to the recent thawing of North-South relations on the Korean Peninsula.“North Korea’s participation in the Winter Olympic Games has served as an opportunity for us to engage in active discussions between the two Koreas and this has led to lowering of tensions on the peninsula and an improvement in inter-Korean relations,” Moon said Friday during his meeting with Trump.Moon met Kim Yo Jong, the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, and Kim Yong Nam, North Korea’s nominal head of state, a day after the opening ceremony earlier this month and urged North Korea to do more to engage in a dialogue with the United States.While the games appear to have paved the way for possible rapprochement between the Koreas, U.S. and North Korean officials have yet to make direct contact. Earlier this week, the U.S. government said Pence had been set to meet North Korean officials during his visit to South Korea, but that the North Korean side canceled at the last minute.For now, there are no signs that Ivanka Trump would meet Kim Yong Chol, vice chairman of North Korea’s ruling Workers’ Party Central Committee, who is to attend the closing ceremony.Back in Washington, Trump tweeted praise about his offspring as she touched down in Seoul. “My daughter, Ivanka, just arrived in South Korea. We cannot have a better, or smarter, person representing our country.”___By ERRIN HAINES WHACKErrin Haines Whack is a national writer for The Associated Press. Associated Press writer Youkyung Lee contributed to this report from Seoul.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Coyle Scores 2, Leads Bruins to 3-2 OT Win Over Columbus

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first_imgBOSTON — Charlie Coyle tied it in the final five minutes of regulation and scored again with 5:15 gone in overtime on Thursday night to lead the Boston Bruins to a 3-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series.Tuukka Rask stopped 20 shots for Boston, which took a 1-0 lead on Noel Acciari’s short-handed goal in the first period, but then fell behind in the third after Riley Nash and Pierre-Luc Dubois scored in a span of 13 seconds.Coyle tied it when he one-timed a backhanded centering pass from Marcus Johansson into the net with 4:35 left to force overtime. He ended it in the extra period by deflecting a shot from Johansson into the net.Sergei Bobrovsky made 34 saves for the Blue Jackets, who swept the Presidents Trophy-winning Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round.Game 2 is Saturday night in Boston before the best-of-seven series moves to Columbus for Games 3 and 4.The Blue Jackets were the last team to qualify for the NHL playoffs, then they knocked out the Lightning in four games for their first-ever playoff series victory. While Columbus waited more than a week for an opponent, Boston tangled with Toronto for seven games before finally advancing on Tuesday night.But the Bruins didn’t seem tired, outshooting Columbus 12-1 early in the game and scoring short-handed midway through the first after Coyle was sent off for hooking. Acciari brought the puck into the zone with Joakim Nordstrom waiting for the centering pass, but Acciari snapped off a wrist shot that beat Bobrovsky on the stick side.It remained 1-0 until Nash forced a turnover at the blue line and then deflected a shot from Seth Jones past Rask to tie the score with 12:21 left in regulation. The Blue Jackets were right back at it after the faceoff, bringing the puck the length of the ice from behind their own net before Artemi Panarin’s slap shot deflected off the back of Dubois’ leg and into the net.UP NEXT: Game 2 is Saturday night, 8 p.m.By:Jimmy Golen, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more