UK roundup: BlackRock creates head of LGPS role

first_imgBlackRock has appointed Gavin Lewis to lead its offering for the local government pension scheme (LGPS), a new role. Lewis joined the asset manager at the beginning of the month from Vanguard, where he was most latterly head of UK institutional. At BlackRock, he will report to Sarah Melvin, head of UK.Before joining Vanguard in 2016 Lewis was at UBS, and before that at Russell Investments. He is a member of The Diversity Project, which seeks to promote an inclusive culture in the investment profession.Melvin said LGPS pension funds had “a unique set of investment requirements with distinct servicing needs”. Source: Chis McAndrewGuy Opperman, pensions minister“People need certainty and clarity when it comes to their retirement income,” said the minister. “Companies should be taking steps towards equalisation, such as correcting records and deciding upon a preferred methodology.”Last month the Pensions Administration Standards Association (PASA) published guidance on methods pension schemes could use.In October last year, the UK’s high court ruled that GMPs were in breach of gender discrimination laws as they were payable to men and women at different ages. As a result, pension funds have to recalculate benefits accrued between 1990 and 1997, which some are still paying.According to a survey carried out by the Association of Consulting Actuaries over the summer – before PASA’s guidance, in other words –  64% of employers running defined benefit schemes said it would take more than two years to fully equalise pensions for the effect of unequal GMPs in their schemes.‘Administrative complexity and time’ was ranked as the top of six challenges linked to GMP equalisation. The survey drew 308 responses from employers of all sizes running more than 510 different schemes. In January consultants XPS Group said the cost of implementing the GMP ruling for most schemes in its sample would be less than 1% of liabilities.The concept of GMPs was introduced as a way of ensuring that DB scheme members were no worse off if their scheme decided to opt out of the state second pension, an earnings-related addition to the UK’s basic state pension that was scrapped in 2016. GMP is the minimum pension the DB schemes who contracted out had to provide for their members. “Gavin’s experience is a perfect fit to enhance how we collaborate with our clients across these schemes, deliver solutions the meet their needs and serve their members,” she added. However, since 2018 the balance of the levy has been in deficit. There is now a cumulative deficit of more than £16m, estimated to reach £50m by 2020.Expenditure has risen from around £40m during 2013-14 to over £60m by 2018-19, while revenue has remained more or less the same.The government said the increase in costs had been caused by significant changes in the pensions industry and regulatory landscape, leading to increased activities by the levy-funded bodies.The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has now launched a consultation on four different options for increasing the levy:* A holding increase of 10% of 2019-20 rates on 1 April 2020, with further increases from April 2021, informed by a wider review of the levy;* A phased increase in the levy over the three years from 1 April 2020;* A phased increase over around 10 years commencing 1 April 2020;* A phased increase over around 10 years commencing 1 April 2021.The DWP is also proposing a one-off increase to the annual levy contribution paid by schemes with between two and 11 members, which have been unchanged since 2000. The consultation closes at mid-day on 15 November.Equalise GMPs, minister urgesUK pensions minister Guy Opperman has warned pension schemes that they need to begin the process of correcting the gender inequalities linked to guaranteed minimum pensions (GMPs).Noting that the government had published guidance on GMP equalisation six months ago, he said it was time for pension schemes to act.  Gavin LewisThere are 87 pension funds in the LGPS in England and Wales. According to recently released government statistics, the market value of the funds was £287.2bn (€333bn) at the end of March and the total membership was 5.9 million. One of the biggest LGPS developments in recent years has been the asset pooling by the local authority pension schemes, with eight pools having been established.  DWP consults on levy increaseThe UK government is planning to raise the rates of the general levy on occupational and personal pension schemes from April 2020.The levy part-funds the activities of The Pensions Regulator, The Pensions Ombudsman and the Money and Pensions Service.The levy rates were last increased in the 2008-09 fiscal year. They were then reduced by 13% in 2012-13, remaining at the same level for most pension schemes since then. A new, lower, levy rate for schemes with 500,000 members or more was introduced in 2017-18.last_img read more

Woodside CEO sees first Browse LNG in mid-2020s

first_imgNorthwest Seaeagle at the Karratha gas plant, Western Australia (Image: Woodside)Woodside Chief Executive Peter Coleman said Friday that the company expects first liquefied natural gas (LNG) produced from its Browse field offshore Western Australia in the mid-2020s.Speaking at the company’s annual general meeting, Coleman confirmed that is more likely the natural gas from the Browse field would be processed onshore instead of a floating LNG option.Coleman said in February this year the gas the Browse and Scarborough fields could be processed at the Burrup LNG hub where the Pluto and the Nort West Shelf projects are located.“As you know, we have worked for some years to find the right development concept for the worldclass Browse resources. I’m very excited about where we are headed,” the CEO said.“Now conditions are aligning for us to look closely at an opportunity to basically double the life of the North West Shelf by bringing the Browse resources into it. Utilising the existing facilities has the dual advantage of ensuring the most efficient use of capital while minimising risk by relying on proven technologies.”Woodside is the operator of both Browse and the North West Shelf and is “well-placed to make this happen and we are talking to joint venture participants in both assets.”“It’s still early days but we think this is a compelling option and could be achieved at a competitive price and in a reasonable timeframe,” Coleman said.Factors such as the growth in demand from new markets and the current “challenging” conditions for new large-scale developments may accelerate a tightening in LNG supplies, which could, according to Coleman, boost the Browse development.“These factors point to a supply shortfall in the 2020s, adding to the case for developing Browse. We anticipate that first gas from Browse could enter the North West Shelf plant from the mid-2020s, coinciding with the forecast supply crunch,” Coleman said.The Browse development aims to commercialize the Brecknock, Calliance and Torosa fields containing gross contingent resources (2C) of 15.4 trillion cubic feet of dry gas and 453 million barrels of condensate.Woodside and its partners in the Browse JV in March 2016 delayed the multi-billion Browse LNG project due to low oil prices.Woodside’s participating interest in the Browse resources is 30.6%, Shell owns 27% in the Browse JV while BP holds a 17.33% stake. Japan Australia LNG (MIMI Browse) has a 14.40% stake in the JV, and PetroChina holds a 10.67% stake. LNG World News Stafflast_img read more

Rosemary Berkemeier, 94

first_imgRosemary Berkemeier, 94, St. Maurice, passed away on Thursday, June 4, 2020 at the Arbor Grove Village in Greensburg.Born, May 7, 1926 in Decatur County, Indiana, she was the daughter of Frank J. and Veronica (Kappes) Berkemeier.Rosemary was a member of the St. Catherine of Siena at St. Maurice. She helped clean the church for many years.  She had been a member of the PCCW.Rosemary always had a quilt in the frame.She is survived by several nieces and nephews and many great and great great nieces and nephews.She was preceded in death by her parents; six brothers, Joseph, Maurice, Herman, Raymond, Rev. Charles, and Edward Berkemeier; two sisters, Frieda Muckerheide and Clara Schoettmer.Family and friends will gather at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 9, 2020 at the St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church in St. Maurice to pray the rosary.  Visitation will follow until the funeral mass at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Bill Ehalt officiating.Interment will be held in the St. Maurice Catholic Cemetery following the mass.Online condolences can be made to the family at www.popfuneralhome.comlast_img read more

Laliga: Ramon Azeez scores, pockets Messi in Granada win

first_imgRelatedPosts Hazard: I needed first Real goal Azeez credits Granada for Eagles recall Azeez credits Granada for Eagles recall Ramon Azeez and Alvaro Vadillo scored the goals as table-topping Granada recorded a 2-0 win over Barcelona in Saturday night’s La Liga contest at the Estadio Nuevo Los Carmenes.Granada scored once in either half against the Spanish champions, who have now lost two of their five league matches at the start of the 2019-20 campaign to drop to seventh in the table.The victory is El Grana’s first over the Catalan giants since April 2014 – leaving Barca boss Ernesto Valverde with much to ponder amid a difficult start to the season.Granada – promoted from the Segunda Division last term – incredibly took the lead in just the second minute of the match when Antonio Puertas’s deflected cross was headed home from close range by Azeez, who simply could not miss.Gerard Pique attempted to block the delivery from Puertas – the ball looped towards the far post, though, where Azeez was on hand to send the home side into a shock lead.Barca had a lot of the ball in the spell that followed, but Granada had another opportunity to score a second in the 14th minute when Puertas struck one from the edge of the box, only to see the ball deflect just wide.Granada continued to cause huge problems on the break, and Darwin Machis saw a dangerous low cross cleared by Pique in the 26th minute following another quick counter-attack.Suarez had a half-chance for the visitors in the 32nd minute after capitalising on a loose piece of defending, but the Uruguay international saw his shot blocked before Sergi Roberto was dispossessed shortly after.Granada’s next attempt arrived in the 36th minute when Yangel Herrera struck one from distance, although the 21-year-old’s effort was always rising over Marc-Andre ter Stegen’s crossbar.Carlos Neva then fired over the Barca goal in the 41st minute with Granada looking the more likely to score a second in the closing stages of the first half at the Estadio Nuevo Los Carmenes.A late scramble saw the visitors have a couple of half-chances to level the scores through Pique and Suarez – both booked in the first period – but the referee’s whistle was blown with Granada leading 1-0 at the interval.Lionel Messi and Ansu Fati both came off the Barca bench at the break, and the presence of the attacking duo made an immediate difference as Granada came under severe pressure.That said, the home side almost bizarrely scored a second in the 52nd minute when Ter Stegen spilled a routine cross, but the Germany international did manage to respond just in time to prevent a goal.Roberto Soldado left the field to a standing ovation from the Granada supporters just before the hour, and Azeez’s early goal still separated the two teams heading into the final 30 minutes of action.Another scramble inside the Barca box saw Granada have a chance in the 64th minute, but Ter Stegen just about managed to gather after a host of bodies attempted to make contact.VAR had spotted something in the melee, though, and Arturo Vidal’s handball was punished – handing Granada a huge chance to double their lead from the penalty spot through Vadillo.The 25-year-old had only been on the field for four minutes but found the back of the net with a cool spot kick to spark jubilant scenes inside the stadium.Fati looked to halve the deficit with a low strike in the 68th minute, but Granada goalkeeper Rui Silva was on hand to make a smart save as Barca’s frustrations continued.Ter Stegen then had to keep out a strike from Puertas down the other end with the home side threatening to wrap up the points with a third goal, before Silva prevented a low Messi effort from finding the back of the net in the 83rd minute.The Spanish champions continued to push in the latter stages of the contest, but it was a terribly disappointing night for Valverde’s side, who needed more from the likes of Suarez and a seriously off-colour Antoine Griezmann.Next up for Barca is a home game against Villarreal on Tuesday, while Granada – now first in the league – will attempt to make it four straight La Liga wins when they travel to Real Valladolid on the same night. Tags: GranadaRamon Azeezlast_img read more

Ministry reads riot act to NFA, Clubs over resumption of league

first_imgRelatedPosts Minister gives condition for resumption of contact sports Minister pledges support for development of AI, robotics in Nigeria NSF 2020: Sports minister raises fresh hope The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, has read out the riot acts to the Nigerian Football Federation and club owners that no stadium would be opened for any football game without strict adherence to the sports protocols, even as there must be total  implementation of the club licensing control before the new football season can resume.This was contained in a statement by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Gabriel Aduda, on Sunday. Aduda said: “We are happy that the ban on sports has been lifted after so many months of inactivity due to the COVID-19 scourge. The Ministry is not oblivious of the challenges that would be encountered in organising football matches.“We cannot take anything for granted. As a way of safeguarding  the lives of our players, coaches, officials  and fans, approval must be sought and given before any game is played. The Ministry would ensure that all protocols and guidelines are obeyed as directed by PTF and NCDC.”The Ministry has set up a COVID-19 monitoring and approval team, which would ensure compliance before any game is played.Aduda warned that the Nigerian domestic league would not resume until basic conditions are fulfilled.He said: “We have a responsibility to enforce the implementation of the club licensing control as stipulated in the statues setting up the Nigerian Professional Football League. The domestic League will not commence until the regulations and controls bothering on financial and licensing control are enforced. “The NFF must enforce these regulations and controls  as stipulated, otherwise the Nigerian Professional and  Amateur Leagues would not be approved to  resume. These include proper licensing of players, Insurance for players and coaches, compliance with FIFA rules on players contract and transfer, running  the clubs as professional endeavour  among others.”The statement directed the NFF to communicate these decisions to the clubs to forestall any crisis.Tags: Gabriel AdudaNFANFFSunday Darelast_img read more

Classy Costa lifts Chelsea

first_imgChelsea started the season with a bang as they mercilessly swept Burnley aside with a 3-1 win at Turf Moor. Burnley fans started dreaming of a shock win when Scott Arfield fired past Thibaut Courtois in the 14th minute, but Chelsea quickly put a dampener on the Premier League newcomers’ party. Diego Costa marked his debut with a poacher’s strike to equalise and Andre Schurrle then finished off a sublime 25-pass move to put Jose Mourinho’s men ahead. The hosts nearly went behind within three minutes though. Kieran Trippier’s nerves got the better of him as his misplaced pass went straight to Costa. The striker laid the ball off to Schurrle, whose deflected shot drifted just a few inches wide. The relieved home fans roared their team on, before Lukas Jutkiewicz spurned a good chance to test Courtois as he drilled into the side-netting from inside the box. The decibel levels rocketed in the 13th minute when Arfield beat the new Chelsea number one. Chelsea’s back four were slow clearing the box from a corner and Matt Taylor, played onside by John Terry, found Arfield just inside the box. The unmarked midfielder, released by Huddersfield two years ago, blasted a sweet volley past Courtois, who froze as the ball flew past his right ear. The stands rocked as Burnley started to believe an upset was possible, b ut three minutes later Chelsea were level. Ivanovic latched on to a Fabregas backheel and flashed a low cross from the right that took a touch off defender Jason Shackell and hit the far post. Luckily for Chelsea, Costa was there to sweep the ball in through Michael Duff’s legs. The Blues then took the lead with a sublime goal that came after a stunning passing move. Hazard surged deep inside the Burnley half, beating three defenders before laying the ball off to Ivanovic. The Serbian then found Fabregas, whose perfectly weighted pass was converted first time by Schurrle. Hazard may have failed to light up the World Cup, but his star was shining bright on this chilly night in east Lancashire. The Belgian slalomed through the Burnley defence and lofted a ball over Heaton, but Costa could not get on the end of it. The Spain forward was sharp enough to pick up on Ben Mee’s careless back pass a few minutes later, but he hit the deck after Heaton raced off his line to challenge him. Replays showed the Burnley goalkeeper clipped Costa’s trailing leg, but referee Michael Oliver booked the striker for diving. Mourinho, clearly unhappy with the decision, aired his grievances with fourth official Mike Dean, but t he Chelsea manager was a happy soul in the 33rd minute as Chelsea found the net again. Despite the best efforts of a paper plane enthusiast, Fabregas floated a peach of a corner straight to the right foot of Ivanovic, who prodded the ball home after surging through the box ahead of his marker. With Fabregas, Hazard and Oscar in midfield, Chelsea had no problem playing keep-ball until half-time. After the break, Burnley threw everything they had at the visitors. Gary Cahill’s clearance landed straight at Arfield’s feet, but the Scot’s curling shot was superbly saved by Courtois. Dyche brought on Ashley Barnes and Michael Kightly as he tried to engineer a way back into the game. Schurrle received a standing ovation as he was replaced by Willian, and Didier Drogba came on for an eight-minute cameo. The Ivorian, back for another spell with Chelsea, almost made it a second debut to remember when he took down Courtois’ long ball and fired a volley towards goal, but it swerved wide. It did not matter, though. The game had been won long before. Costa thought he should have had a penalty when he raced through on goal, but he was booked for diving despite having his heels clipped by Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton. Mourinho was unhappy with the decision, but in the end it counted for little as Branislav Ivanovic made it 3-1 and Chelsea strolled on to victory. On this performance, it is easy to see why Chelsea are favourites to win the league. The Blues will come up against tougher teams this season, but the way in which they took Burnley’s defence apart in the first half will have given their title rivals food for thought. Cesc Fabregas, somehow overlooked by Arsenal and Manchester United this summer, slotted perfectly into the Chelsea midfield while Eden Hazard and Schurrle cut through the home defence with ease. Courtois would be disappointed with his failure to stop Arfield’s goal, but otherwise he put in an assured debut performance, which suggested he is up to the task of replacing Petr Cech, who was named on the bench. And in Costa, Chelsea look to have the “killer” striker Mourinho lacked last year. A wave of noise greeted Sean Dyche and his men as they emerged from the tunnel to signal the start of an exciting new dawn at Turf Moor. Press Associationlast_img read more

Rangers level in the Niko time

first_img Press Association Midfielder Niko Kranjcar curled in a late free-kick to earn QPR a 2-2 draw against Stoke at Loftus Road. Stoke, managed by former QPR boss Mark Hughes, had taken the lead after 11 minutes through Mame Biram Diouf, only for Peter Crouch to stab a header from QPR defender Steven Caulker into his own net just before the break. Crouch, who played at QPR as a youngster, looked to have secured victory when he swept home from close range after 51 minutes. The home side were level just before the break. A corner from Jordon Mutch on the left floated over to Caulker at the back post. His header down into the crowded six-yard box was toe-poked up into the Stoke net by Crouch – with two other defenders ready to hack clear on the line. QPR were forced into another change just after the restart when Mutch hobbled off, replaced by Karl Henry, and Stoke regained the lead in the 51st minute. Moses, on loan from Chelsea, caused problems down the left, squirming to the touchline before cutting the ball back into the six-yard box. Crouch, who had been linked with a summer move to QPR, dropped off Ferdinand, which gave him the time and space to fire a left-footed shot past Green for a first Premier League goal – at the right end – in 10 games. Stoke should have sealed victory on the break when Charlie Adam picked out Steven Nzonzi arriving in the right side of the penalty area, but his sidefooted effort was wide. QPR felt they should have been awarded a penalty when Stoke captain Ryan Shawcross appeared to pull Caulker’s shirt, but referee Martin Atkinson was not interested. With eight minutes left, there was a flashpoint as Shawcross clattered Kranjcar with a late sliding challenge, with Leroy Fer squaring up to the Stoke captain. Eventually, the referee booked both players, which did not go down well with the frustrated home support. Loftus Road was, though, soon rocking when, after being fouled by substitute Steve Sidwell, Kranjcar clipped a free-kick up over the wall into the top right corner, past the diving Asmir Begovic. However, with two minutes left, Croatian Kranjcar clipped in a fine 20-yard free-kick to earn Harry Redknapp’s men a share of the points in the Barclays Premier League tussle. Hughes – sacked following a testing 10-month spell in November 2012, after which the west London club slipped to relegation amid financial turmoil – was expecting plenty of abuse from the home supporters, and it was only a few minutes before chants against the former QPR boss rang around Loftus Road. The Welshman has, though, steadily rebuilt his reputation at Stoke, whom he guided to an impressive ninth-placed finish last season, and Hughes was pumping the air as Stoke went ahead. The ball was played out to Victor Moses on the left, and his lofted cross was headed down by Crouch, who held off former England team-mate Rio Ferdinand, and Diouf nodded it past Robert Green. The visitors remained a threat on the break, but Diouf chose the wrong option when shooting at the edge of the penalty area when he had men over on both sides. Crouch was then unfortunate not to make it 2-0 after another quick break when played in by Moses at the edge of the penalty area. He took the ball in his stride before drilling a low effort just wide of Green’s right-hand post. At the other end, Kranjcar fired a 25-yard effort just over the angle of post and bar. QPR captain Joey Barton, whose inclusion was one of four changes to the side beaten 4-0 at Manchester United, had to be replaced because of injury, with Matt Phillips coming on. last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgUNDATED (AP) — NFL offensive tackle Greg Robinson have been jailed in West Texas after federal officials said they found 157 pounds of marijuana in a car in which he and another man were riding. El Paso County jail records show that the 27-year-old was booked Tuesday. The complaint says the pair were driving from Los Angeles to Louisiana when the Border Patrol stopped them Monday night and found several large duffel bags of marijuana in their sport utility vehicle. Robinson was a standout at Auburn University and the No. 2 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft. He signed with the Cleveland Browns in 2018. The Browns recently informed Robinson’s representatives they did not intend to re-sign him as a free agent.TENNIS-DUBAI CHAMPIONSHIPTop-seeded Simona Halep advances at Dubai ChampionshipsDUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Top-seeded Simona Halep’s (HAL’-ehp) first match since losing to Garbine Muguruza (GAHR’-been moo-gah-ROO’-thuh) in the Australian Open semifinals was a tough three-set win over Ons Jabeur at the Dubai Championships. Halep will meet Aryna Sabalenka in the quarterfinals after Sabalenka beat Elise Mertens in straight sets. Anett Kontaveit beat Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and will play Petra Martic, who defeated Barbora Strycova in straight sets. Jennifer Brady will play Muguruza in the quarterfinal after Brady beat Marketa Vondrousova and Muguruza defeated Veronika Kudermetova, both in three sets. February 19, 2020 Associated Press NHL-GOLDEN KNIGHTS-KINGS TRADELA Kings trade Cup-winning goal scorer Martinez to VegasLOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Kings have traded Stanley Cup-winning goal scorer Alec Martinez to the Vegas Golden Knights for two second-round draft picks. Martinez has spent his entire career with the Kings, who drafted him in 2007. Although he has never scored more than 11 goals in a regular season, he earned a permanent place in franchise lore by scoring the series-winning overtime goals in both the Western Conference finals and the Stanley Cup Final six years ago. Martinez also was a member of the Kings’ first championship team in 2012. He has 62 goals and 136 assists in 597 career games, and he has six goals and 10 assists in 64 career postseason games.NFL-NEWSNFL free agent Greg Robinson jailed in Texas on pot charge McKnight led the Pirates with 18 points and Myles Powell had 16. Mamukelashvili and Romaro Gill added 15 points apiece.Kamar Baldwin had 20 to lead the Bulldogs, while Bryce Golden added 17 points before fouling out with 2:19 to play.Seton Hall faces St. John’s at home Sunday afternoon.MLB-NEWSPirates’ Pablo Reyes banned 80 games for positive drug test Update on the latest sports Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMEN’S T25 COLLEGE BASKETBALLSeton Hall beats ButlerNEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Sandro Mamukelashvili hit an off-balance shot in the lane at the buzzer to give No. 16 Seton Hall a stunning 74-72 victory over No. 21 Butler. The game-winning shot came on an inbounds play after the officials reviewed a missed shot by Quincy McKnight and added two tenths of a second, putting 0.6 on the clock. McKnight inbounded the ball and Mamukelashvili caught it and tossed it at the basket. It hit the rim and rolled in, breaking a two-game losing streak for the Pirates (19-7, 11-3 Big East). Butler (19-7, 7-7) made three 3-pointers in the final 64 seconds to wipe out a five-point deficit. Sean McDermott hit the last two, tying the game at 72 with 8.8 seconds left. — Houston infielder Aledmys Díaz, Miami first baseman Jesús Aguilar and Los Angeles Angels outfielder Brian Goodwin all won their salary arbitration cases, cutting the teams’ advantage to 6-4 in decisions this year with three cases remaining. Díaz was awarded $2.6 million rather than $2 million, Aguilar $2,575,000 instead of $2,325,000 and Goodwin $2.2 million rather than $1.85 million. A decision is pending for Arizona pitcher Archie Bradley, whose case was argued Tuesday. Two players remain scheduled for hearings this week: Philadelphia catcher J.T. Realmuto (ree-al-MOO’-toh) and reliever Héctor Neris.— Ultilityman Brock Holt and the Milwaukee Brewers have finalized a one-year contract. The deal includes a team option for 2021. The 31-year-old left-handed batter had spent his first eight major league seasons with the Boston Red Sox and was an All-Star in 2015. He hit a career-high .297 last year with three homers and 31 RBIs in 295 plate appearances while playing every position except pitcher, catcher and center field.— The Baltimore Orioles have claimed infielder Andrew Velazquez on waivers from the Cleveland Indians. The 25-year-old Velazquez joins a crowded competition for infield spots with Baltimore. The Orioles designated infielder Richard Urena for assignment.— Major league players could be punished for future sign-stealing violations in the wake of the Houston Astros’ scandal that only resulted in discipline for managers, coaches and executives. No players were punished by MLB, and opponents from other teams have expressed dismay over that fact since spring training opened last week. Many have also called for Houston to be of its 2017 World Series title.— The Tampa Bay Rays are offering fans a win-win-win-win proposition in an attempt to draw bigger crowds to barren Tropicana Field. The “Win Pack’’ lets a fan pick any four regular-season Rays game to attend for a total of $99. If the Rays win all four, the fan gets a voucher redeemable for a free ticket to another game. UNDATED (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates’ Pablo Reyes was suspended 80 games under the major league drug program following a positive test for the performance-enhancing drug Boldenone. He became the second player in three days suspended for Boldenone, which is sold under the brand name Equipose and is commonly used on horses. Houston pitcher Francis Martes also was suspended. Reyes is a 26-year-old outfielder and infielder who made his major league debut in September 2018 and hit .293 with three homers and seven RBIs. He hit .203 with two homers and 19 RBIs for the Pirates last year.In other baseball news:— Mike Fiers is scheduled to start a split-squad game for Oakland on Sunday in his first game action since revealing the Houston Astros’ cheating scheme. It has not been determined whether Fiers’ spring training debut will come in the home game versus San Francisco or against Arizona on the road. In a story published by The Athletic in November, Fiers said the Astros had stolen signs using a camera in center field during their run to the 2017 World Series championship. Fiers played on that team.— Max Scherzer is scheduled to start the Washington Nationals’ exhibition opener Saturday against the Houston Astros in a rematch of last year’s World Series. Scherzer’s last start came in Game 7 of the Fall Classic at Houston. Scherzer threw his first live batting practice of spring training Wednesday and declared that his shoulder felt tired — which the three-time Cy Young Award winner said is a good thing.— Philadelphia Phillies manager Joe Girardi expects catcher J.T. Realmuto to be back in spring training in Clearwater, Florida this week and does not believe there will be any fallout from his arbitration hearing in Arizona. Realmuto is seeking a salary of $12.4 million for 2020 after making $6.05 million last year. The Phillies have offered $10 million. Girardi said he expects Realmuto’s focus to be on baseball when he returns from the hearing in Phoenixlast_img read more

Anastasiya Gorelina and Mackenzie Weaver lead Syracuse to four-set win against Boston College

first_imgJalissa Trotter set the ball for Anastasiya Gorelina, and as the latter delivered a dominant strike, the crowd broke its silence and roared. SU had just secured an 8-1 lead in the second set. Gorelina, an outside hitter, tallied her eighth kill of the game.She finished the night with 13 kills as Syracuse (2-9, 1-0 Atlantic Coast) defeated Boston College (5-6, 0-1), 3-1.Gorelina was a force on the court as her nine kills led the Orange to outscore Boston College by a combined 20 points in the first two sets. As she fed off of her teammates, the sophomore was able to find space to deliver her ferocious kills. In Friday’s game, she repeatedly targeted the right side of the Eagles formation. Gorelina, who echoed the cheers of the crowd with her own, fed off the Syracuse fanbase she stockpiled points.Gorelina had trouble replicating her success from the first two sets. Dropping back down in a defensive role for the majority of the third and fourth sets, she played a more secondary role to freshman outside hitter Mackenzie Weaver, who recorded 12 kills. Weaver used her usual combination of drop shots and powerful strikes to be a key player on the court for the Orange.“They had kills (Gorelina and Weaver). Thirteen and 12, respectively. But you have to look at how many errors they had,” head coach Leonid Yelin said. “This is the hardest part. They have the ability. They have the skills. They want to win … I’m just sitting, practicing, praying for them to get faster and mature.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textCostly errors allowed Boston College to win the third set. Tension was high as Yelin consistently pushed his team to compete.“Focus on point,” Yelin shouted, as the Orange tried to establish an early lead in the fourth set.And that’s what the Orange did, as it closed out a competitive fourth set, 25-21.As conference play continues, Syracuse will rely on Gorelina and Weaver along with others to build off this win.“We need to get balls up (in practice) like we would in game,” Weaver said. “We stepped up today.” Comments Published on September 23, 2016 at 11:44 pm Contact Nick: nialvare@syr.edu | @nick_a_alvarez Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Arsenal and Hull to get FA Cup weekend underway

first_imgThere’s two Cup games with three o’clock starts today as West Brom hope to avoid an upset as they visit Reading while Watford will play host to Leeds United.The late game of the day is the all-Premier League match-up of Bournemouth against Everton at 5:15. Both managers are expected to make wholesale changes to their side for today’s game, with Arsenal also preparing for next Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Barcelona while Hull will have to put the emphasis on their bid for promotion.Hull manager Steve Bruce says that his side still have to believe that they can win.Kick-off at the Emirates today is at 12:45.last_img read more