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Dodgers, Rockies both win to force Game 163 in L.A. for NL West title

first_img“It’s a game where, obviously it’s not do-or-die, but I think it’s a must-win game,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “To win the game and get a couple days off and to host a division series is very important.”Whatever drama Sunday seemed to portend with the Dodgers and Rockies tied after 161 games, it disappeared quickly.The Dodgers scored twice before the Giants could even record an out then turned the game into a rout in the third inning. They sent 11 batters to the plate. At one point, seven consecutive Dodgers reached base and scored, capped by a two-run home run by Brian Dozier.They scored three more in the fourth and two more in the fifth on a home run by Max Muncy – the first of a series of pinch-hitters as Roberts rested his starters for the second half of the blowout.“I thought we had a good plan today and we executed up and down the lineup,” Roberts said.After debating late into the evening Saturday whether to start Rich Hill or Walker Buehler on Sunday, the Dodgers settled on Hill. The veteran left-hander retired the first 10 batters he faced in order and allowed only two hits in seven innings – thanks to Chase Utley.Hill said the veteran came to him earlier this week and told him he had picked something up on video. Hill was tipping his pitches.“Chase is one of the best, if not the best, at picking up things,” Hill said, declining to be more specific than to say it involved the positioning of his glove during his windup.Utley said he is always watching video of his team’s pitchers “just to see if there’s something I would use if I was facing them.” Hill’s tip was “pretty obvious,” Utley said.Related Articles “This is what it’s all about, playing for something that matters,” Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp said after going 3 for 3 with two doubles and three RBIs in Sunday’s rout of the Giants.“We’ve got to play this like a playoff game tomorrow. It’s a must-win game for us. Nobody wants to go to the East Coast for one game. We’ve got to play the way we’ve been playing each game this month. We’ve been playing like it’s a playoff game every day.”Kemp’s enthusiasm is better than his knowledge of geography. The Dodgers wouldn’t actually have to go to the East Coast – but the difference between winning and losing Monday is significant.If the Dodgers beat the Rockies, they will claim their sixth consecutive division title and advance to a best-of-five Division Series against the NL East champion Atlanta Braves with home-field advantage. The first game in that series would be Thursday at Dodger Stadium.If the Dodgers lose, they will hop on a plane and fly to either Chicago or Milwaukee to play in the NL wild-card game on Tuesday. The Cubs and Brewers also finished the season tied for the NL Central lead and will play their own Game 163 on Monday to determine the NL Central winner and the wild-card host. Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start PreviousLos Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Rich Hill throws against the San Francisco Giants in the second inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018. (AP Photo/John Hefti)SAN FRANCISCO, CA – SEPTEMBER 30: Rich Hill #44 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws a pitch against the San Francisco Giants during their MLB game at AT&T Park on September 30, 2018 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Robert Reiners/Getty Images)SAN FRANCISCO, CA – SEPTEMBER 30: Chris Taylor #3 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates with David Freese #25 after scoring against the San Francisco Giants during their MLB game at AT&T Park on September 30, 2018 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Robert Reiners/Getty Images) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsSAN FRANCISCO, CA – SEPTEMBER 30: Matt Kemp #27 of the Los Angeles Dodgers runs the bases against the San Francisco Giants during their MLB game at AT&T Park on September 30, 2018 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Robert Reiners/Getty Images)SAN FRANCISCO, CA – SEPTEMBER 30: Justin Turner #10 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates after a double against the San Francisco Giants during their MLB game at AT&T Park on September 30, 2018 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Robert Reiners/Getty Images)SAN FRANCISCO, CA – SEPTEMBER 30: Brian Dozier #6 of the Los Angeles Dodgers watches his two-run homerun against the San Francisco Giants during their MLB game at AT&T Park on September 30, 2018 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Robert Reiners/Getty Images)SAN FRANCISCO, CA – SEPTEMBER 30: Brian Dozier #6 of the Los Angeles runs the bases after his two-run homerun against the San Francisco Giants during their MLB game at AT&T Park on September 30, 2018 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Robert Reiners/Getty Images)The Dodgers’ Brian Dozier celebrates as he returns to the dugout after hitting a two-run home run during the third inning of their blowout win against the Giants on Sunday in San Francisco. (Photo by Robert Reiners/Getty Images)SAN FRANCISCO, CA – SEPTEMBER 30: Andrew Suarez #59 of the San Francisco Giants is pulled in the third inning during their MLB game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at AT&T Park on September 30, 2018 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Robert Reiners/Getty Images)SAN FRANCISCO, CA – SEPTEMBER 30: Max Muncy #13 of the Los Angeles Dodgers runs the bases after a pinch hit two-run homerun against the San Francisco Giants in the fifth inning of their MLB game at AT&T Park on September 30, 2018 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Robert Reiners/Getty Images)SAN FRANCISCO, CA – SEPTEMBER 30: Max Muncy #13 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates after a pinch hit two-run homerun against the San Francisco Giants in the fifth inning of their MLB game at AT&T Park on September 30, 2018 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Robert Reiners/Getty Images)SAN FRANCISCO, CA – SEPTEMBER 30: Enrique Hernandez #14 of the Los Angeles Dodgers runs the bases against the San Francisco Giants during their MLB game at AT&T Park on September 30, 2018 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Robert Reiners/Getty Images)SAN FRANCISCO, CA – SEPTEMBER 30: Enrique Hernandez #14 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates after scoring on a sacrifice fly by Brian Dozier #6 during their MLB game against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park on September 30, 2018 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Robert Reiners/Getty Images)SAN FRANCISCO, CA – SEPTEMBER 30: Hunter Pence #8 of the San Francisco Giants makes a catch in right field against the Los Angeles Dodgers during their MLB game at AT&T Park on September 30, 2018 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Robert Reiners/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers David Freese hits an RBI double against the San Francisco Giants in the first inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018. (AP Photo/John Hefti)Los Angeles Dodgers Justin Turner, right, celebrates with Manny Machado after scoring a run against the San Francisco Giants in the first inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018. (AP Photo/John Hefti)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Rich Hill throws against a San Francisco Giants batter in the second inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018. (AP Photo/John Hefti)Los Angeles Dodgers Justin Turner, right, celebrates with Enrique Hernandez after scoring a run against the San Francisco Giants in the third inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018. (AP Photo/John Hefti)Los Angeles Dodgers Brian Dozier, #6, celebrates after he hit a two-run homer against the San Francisco Giants in the third inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018. (AP Photo/John Hefti)Los Angeles Dodgers Enrique Hernandez, right, celebrates with Matt Kemp after scoring a run against the San Francisco Giants in the third inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018. (AP Photo/John Hefti)Los Angeles Dodgers Enrique Hernandez hits a double against the San Francisco Giants in the third inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018. (AP Photo/John Hefti)Los Angeles Dodgers Brian Dozier hits a two-run homer against the San Francisco Giants in the third inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018. (AP Photo/John Hefti)Los Angeles Dodgers Brian Dozier, right, celebrates with Rich Hill (44) after he hit a two-run homer against the San Francisco Giants in the third inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018. (AP Photo/John Hefti)Los Angeles Dodgers Manny Machado hits a RBI single against the San Francisco Giants in the third inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018. (AP Photo/John Hefti)Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Max Muncy celebrates after hitting a two-run homer against the San Francisco Giants in the fifth inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018. (AP Photo/John Hefti)Los Angeles Dodgers Manny Machado, right, celebrates with Yasmani Grandal after scoring against the San Francisco Giants in the fourth inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018. (AP Photo/John Hefti)Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Max Muncy runs the bases after hitting a two-run homer against the San Francisco Giants in the fifth inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018. (AP Photo/John Hefti)Los Angeles Dodgers Enrique Hernandez reacts after hitting a triple against the San Francisco Giants in the fifth inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018. (AP Photo/John Hefti)Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Max Muncy celebrates after hitting a two-run homer against the San Francisco Giants in the fifth inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018. (AP Photo/John Hefti)Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts watches the game against the San Francisco Giants in the seventh inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018. (AP Photo/John Hefti)Los Angeles Dodgers Matt Kemp hits an RBI double against the San Francisco Giants in the fourth inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018. (AP Photo/John Hefti)Los Angeles Dodgers Matt Kemp hits an RBI double against the San Francisco Giants in the fourth inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018. (AP Photo/John Hefti)San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Derek Holland pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the seventh inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018. (AP Photo/John Hefti)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Rich Hill throws against the San Francisco Giants in the seventh inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018. (AP Photo/John Hefti)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Rich Hill throws against the San Francisco Giants in the seventh inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018. (AP Photo/John Hefti)San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy, left, watches the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the seventh inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018. (AP Photo/John Hefti)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Rich Hill throws against the San Francisco Giants in the seventh inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018. (AP Photo/John Hefti)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Rich Hill leaves the field after pitching against the San Francisco Giants in the seventh inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018. (AP Photo/John Hefti)San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Hunter Strickland, right, is relieved by manager Bruce Bochy in the third inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in San Francisco, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018. (AP Photo/John Hefti)Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes, left, and relief pitcher Julio Urias celebrate defeating the San Francisco Giants in a baseball game in San Francisco, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018. (AP Photo/John Hefti)Los Angeles Dodgers Justin Turner (10) hits an RBI double against the San Francisco Giants in the first inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018. (AP Photo/John Hefti)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Rich Hill throws against the San Francisco Giants in the second inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018. (AP Photo/John Hefti)SAN FRANCISCO, CA – SEPTEMBER 30: Rich Hill #44 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws a pitch against the San Francisco Giants during their MLB game at AT&T Park on September 30, 2018 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Robert Reiners/Getty Images)NextShow Caption1 of 41SAN FRANCISCO, CA – SEPTEMBER 30: Rich Hill #44 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws a pitch against the San Francisco Giants during their MLB game at AT&T Park on September 30, 2018 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Robert Reiners/Getty Images)ExpandSAN FRANCISCO — The Dodgers and Colorado Rockies need more time to decide.While the Dodgers were pounding the San Francisco Giants 15-0 at AT&T Park on Sunday afternoon, the Rockies were doing similar things at Coors Field to beat the Washington Nationals.That leaves the Dodgers and Rockies tied for first place in the National League West after 162 games. The two teams will meet in Game 163 on Monday afternoon at Dodger Stadium. First pitch is 1 p.m. and it will be televised nationally on ESPN.It is the first time the Dodgers have had to play beyond 162 games since they lost a one-game playoff to the Houston Astros to decide the NL West title in 1980.center_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire “He basically has two pitches,” Utley said. “His fastball has good movement and his curveball never seems to stop breaking. So if you have an idea which of them is coming, that can be helpful.”Hill gave the Giants no help after making an adjustment during his throwing sessions leading up to Sunday’s start.“Arguably in recent memory, this is as good as I’ve seen him throw the baseball,” Roberts said. “When you see no walks, you see the shape of the curveball, the soft-contact pop-ups on the infield where he’s missing bats, that’s just showing us that the characteristics of his fastball are playing true.“And he understood how important this game was.”The Dodgers arrived in San Francisco trailing the Rockies by one game in the NL West but Sunday’s win completed a three-game sweep at AT&T Park, the Dodgers’ first there since July 2014, while the Rockies took two of three from the Nationals. Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco last_img read more

Teenage Girl Recovering from Shark Attack off Florida Coast

first_imgA 16-year-old girl is recovering after suffering bites from a shark attack off the coast of Florida.Authorities say the girl was boogie boarding in the Atlantic Ocean off Amelia Island on Friday when the shark bit her on the back of the foot.She was able to free herself and returned to the pool area of the resort where she was staying, to meet first responders.The girl was taken to a local hospital with serious but non life-threatening injuries to her foot, heel and ankle. She received several stitches.Nassau County Sheriff Bill Leeper cautions that sharks generally like to feed in the morning and late afternoon, and for swimmers to be especially careful during those times.last_img

Planets and Moons Suddenly Got Much Younger

first_imgA planet or moon covered with craters just looks old, doesn’t it?  Planetary geologists have long relied on crater counts to estimate the absolute ages of surfaces, such as on the moon, Mars, Europa, and every other solid body.  Lots of craters meant old.  Few craters meant young.  Presumably, impacting bodies came in like clockwork and left their marks over the eons.  An uncomfortable fact has come to light that disturbs this simple picture like a bolide: most of the craters are secondary impacts.    Picture a big meteor hitting Mars.  Did you know that it could toss up enough debris to create 10 million more craters – all from a single event?  That’s one of several shocking facts presented by Clark R. Chapman and two colleagues in a Letter to Nature.1 (see also summary on Space.com).  Believe it or not, they calculate that some 95% of small craters (1 km in diameter and under) are secondaries, and many of the moderate size craters probably are, too.  This means that only a few impactors could quickly saturate a body with craters.  It also means that estimating surface ages via crater counts is a lost art, because it just lost its credibility:Surface ages can be derived from the spatial density of craters, but this association presumes that the craters are made by interplanetary impactors, arriving randomly in time and location across the surface.  Secondary craters cause confusion because they contaminate the primary cratering record by emplacing large numbers of craters, episodically, in random and non-random locations on the surface.  The number and spatial extent of secondary craters generated by a primary impact has been a significant research issue.  If many or most small craters on a surface are secondaries, but are mistakenly identified as primaries, derived surface ages or characteristics of the impacting population size-frequency distribution (SFD) will be in error. (Emphasis added in all quotes.)Their mathematical analysis yielded the 95% figure for secondaries.  The production of secondary craters on Europa, they found, was “unexpectedly efficient.”  Although secondary crater formation on icy bodies was so, they feel that similar secondary crater production occurs on rocky bodies like the Moon and Mars, and granted that, has a ripple effect casting the entire method into doubt:Our work raises doubts regarding methods that use the lunar small-crater distribution to calibrate other inner Solar System surface ages (for example, Mars).  If, as on Europa, lunar and martian secondaries are 95% of the small crater (less than a few kilometres) population, the error bars (and thus derived surface ages) on any residual primary crater population become large (uncertainties are 20 times the measured density value).  This uncertainty applies to both the measured population on a martian surface unit and the lunar SFD that supposedly represents absolute age.  We emphasize that traditional age-dating analyses still derive robust ages when using large craters (greater than a few kilometres diameter), which are less likely to be secondaries.  However, the technique becomes increasingly unreliable when applied to dating tiny geographical units using small craters, which may be mostly secondaries.As a result, they conclude that “any attempt” to age-date surfaces or characterize the population of impactors may suffer “a significant and perhaps uncorrectable bias” due to the contribution from secondaries.  They ended with that case of the single Martian impact that generated 10 million secondaries from 10 to 100 meters in diameter.    Speaking of Mars, the Mars Global Surveyor recently took a sharp image captioned “secondary craters.”  Click here for a look.1Bierhaus, Chapman and Merline, “Secondary craters on Europa and implications for cratered surfaces,” Nature 437, 1125-1127 (20 October 2005) | doi: 10.1038/nature04069.Things are not always what they seem.  This announcement must hurt like a rock to Darwinists, who really need those long periods of uniformitarian processes.  Imagine ten million craters forming in one day!  If crater counts say nothing about age, why could not all the observed cratering have occurred quickly, in relatively recent times?(Visited 17 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Agnelli Hints Juventus Might Not Risk Ronaldo Against Ajax

first_imgMILAN (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo may not be risked for Juventus’ first match of the Champions League quarterfinals against Ajax, club president Andrea Agnelli hinted on Friday.Ronaldo injured a muscle in his right thigh and limped off 30 minutes into Portugal’s 1-1 draw against Serbia on Monday in qualifying for the 2020 European Championship.“When you have muscle injuries you have to be very careful,” Agnelli said. “For one match you risk compromising the next two months.”Juventus has said the injury is “apparently minor,” while Ronaldo told Portuguese media after the match he “should be back in one or two weeks.”Juventus travels to Ajax for the first leg of the Champions League quarterfinals on April 10, then hosts the Dutch team the following week.“It’s more important to safeguard two and a half months than one match only,” Agnelli said.Ronaldo scored a hat trick against Atletico Madrid in the return leg of the last 16 as Juventus overturned a first-leg deficit.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

14th Australian Masters Games

first_imgApproximately 8,000 people will travel to Geelong over the next week to take part in the 14th Australian Masters Games. Touch Football is one of 40 sports on offer at the event, with the Touch Football component of the event being held from Sunday, 6 October through to Wednesday, 9 October. The Touch Football competition will see two divisions compete – Men’s and Mixed – at King Lloyd Reserve in Geelong. To keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and results from the Australian Masters Games, please click on the link below:www.australianmastersgames.com.au.  Related LinksAustralian Masters Gameslast_img

The Latest UK envoy says EU shift on backstop could help

first_imgLONDON — The Latest on Brexit (all times local):9 a.m.Britain’s envoy to Germany says the European Union might help avert a “no-deal” Brexit if it’s prepared to shift its position on the terms of future border controls with Ireland.Britain’s ambassador in Berlin, Sebastian Wood, says that the current “backstop ” solution is opposed both by U.K. lawmakers who want the country to leave the EU, and those who don’t.In an interview with German public broadcaster ARD, Wood noted that Britain wouldn’t have the right to get out of the backstop unilaterally “and many have noticed this.”He said “this might be the most important question in the coming days and weeks, and the EU can perhaps be a little helpful in that area.”___8:50 a.m.British Prime Minister Theresa May faces a no-confidence vote a day after Parliament rejected her Brexit deal by an historic margin.May is battling to save her job after staking her political reputation on a last-ditch effort to win support for the divorce agreement she negotiated with the European Union. Though defeat was widely expected, the scale of the rout — 432-202 — was devastating for May’s leadership.Immediately after the vote, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn tabled a no-confidence motion, saying it will give Parliament a chance to give its verdict “on the sheer incompetence of this government.”Still, most analysts predict May will survive because her Conservative Party and the Democratic Unionist Party, which supports it, are expected to vote against the motion.___8:15 a.m.European Union Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier says the bloc is stepping up preparations for a chaotic no-deal departure of Britain from the bloc after the rejection of the draft withdrawal deal in London left the EU “fearing more than ever that there is a risk” of a cliff-edge departure.Barnier regretted Westminster’s massive rejection of the deal he negotiated with the government of British Prime Minister Theresa May and said that any future deal would still have to include approving the withdrawal agreement.He said Wednesday that “whatever happens, ratification of the withdrawal agreement is necessary. It is a precondition.”He said that a linked political declaration offered “possible options” for further talks.The Associated Presslast_img read more

PRRD hosting public information sessions on Flood Risk Assessment

first_imgPouce Coupe Rural and Tomslake AreaThursday, January 17th7 pmTomslake CCA HallFor more information CLICK HERE DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The Peace River Regional District is holding two public information sessions regarding Flood Risk Assessments.The public information sessions will include a presentation, maps, discussion and a survey.Chetwynd Rural and Moberly Lake AreaWednesday, January 16th7 pmChetwynd Rec CentreTamarack Roomlast_img

South India got stepmotherly treatment will play key role in voting out

first_imgNew Delhi: Alleging that south India received “step motherly” treatment under the Modi government, senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor said the south will play a key role in voting out the ruling dispensation and “overwhelmingly” side with the Congress. Emphasising that all sections of the country are equally important to the Congress and have been equally sought after, he said party president Rahul Gandhi’s decision to contest from Kerala’s Wayanad sent a message that under Congress rule, the concerns and aspirations of southern states will not be ignored at the Centre. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework “I think the south will definitely play an instrumental role in deciding the political fate of the country, particularly in the context of voting out the present ruling dispensation, under whose tenure, the south has an understandable case of step-motherly treatment under the Centre,” Tharoor told PTI in an interview. He alleged that in the last five years of BJP rule, there has been a “widespread assault” on the spirit of cooperative federalism which has held the country together since Independence. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen “This is partly on account of cultural factors such as the beef ban and the drive to impose Hindi as a national language, but also because of larger issues such as the uproar regarding the terms of reference of the 15th Finance Commission which has implications on the financial and political security of the southern states,” he said. The Congress, particularly with Rahul Gandhi’s decision to contest from the south, has made a very effective outreach towards the southern states, the former Union minister said. The Congress chief contesting from Wayanad has sent a clear message that under Congress rule, the concerns and aspirations of these states will not be ignored at the Centre, least of all under a potential prime ministerial candidate who will be elected from the south, Tharoor said. “As my own experiences in Kerala tell me, this message has been widely and popularly received and it is clear that the south will overwhelmingly side with the Congress as the most credible alternative to the present ruling dispensation,” the 63-year-old leader said. Tharoor, who is seeking a third straight Lok Sabha term from Thiruvanathapuram, which went to polls on April 23, also asserted that there will be a coalition government at the Centre after the elections and that the coalition is more likely to be UPA-3 rather than an NDA-3. “The fundamental fact that the performance of the BJP in 2014, where they secured 282 seats, is based on simple mathematics, a performance that is impossible for them to repeat, even if they had been highly successful in government, which they were lamentably not,” he said. “Given how poorly they performed in government, the scale of the frustration and disappointment with their performance is immense and is likely to result in a significant reduction in their seats,” he claimed. Tharoor contended that the BJP will be forced to turn to regional parties for support to form a government, but most of those potential partners would be unwilling to offer their support, given how their concerns and voices were “diminished and marginalised” under the Modi-Shah regime of the last 5 years. “Many of those who had joined the NDA got their fingers burned — many subsequently left their erstwhile alliance with the BJP or openly bickered with them. This sends a clear signal that allying with the BJP comes at a heavy price,” he claimed. In contrast, the Congress has presented a compelling and credible narrative across the country and has implemented an effective and energetic campaign during the current elections, he said. This, along with the rising anti-BJP wave and the Congress’s historic record and capability of working with regional partners makes it clear that when the coalition government is formed, it will most definitely be the return of the UPA, Tharoor asserted. On whether Rahul Gandhi could be the front-runner for being the opposition’s prime ministerial choice, he said Gandhi is the party chief and if the Congress gets a majority, he will be PM. “If the government is a coalition, obviously this is a decision that will jointly be taken by leadership of the parties that constitute the coalition and will take place through established processes and conventions,” he said. This is only likely be discussed once the results of the election become clear, he added. However, Tharoor said Gandhi has all the right qualities to make an excellent Prime Minister for the country.last_img read more

Prahalis has big shoes to fill

The loss suffered by the Ohio State women’s basketball team in the Sweet 16 represented more than the end of the season — it represented the last time Jantel Lavender would don scarlet and gray. The vacancy left by the four-time Big Ten Player of the Year will be coach Jim Foster’s toughest obstacle, as he will look toward Ashley Adams to improve on her solid freshman season and develop into the type of low-post threat Lavender posed. “We have to find someone else,” Foster said. “Sammy (Prahalis is) back — another opportunity for her to lead and help some of our younger players grow over the summer.” Samantha Prahalis will be a senior next season under the expectation that the team will be hers to lead. Her 14.5 points per game were second, behind only Lavender. She finished Big Ten play as the conference leader in assists, with 6.9 per game, ranking third in the country. It’s likely that the majority of her assists next season will be from baskets made by Adams, who shot 61 percent from the field this year. After averaging less than six minutes of playing time over her first nine games, Adams moved into the starting lineup and contributed heavy minutes after senior Sarah Schulze suffered a serious knee injury Jan. 16. From then on, Adams averaged more than 27 minutes per game and started 16 of the team’s last 17 games. At 6-foot-4, Adams presented opposing teams with the challenge of facing two sizeable players in the post when paired with Lavender. After Schulze went down, Adams averaged 8.2 points per game. Before she moved into the starting lineup, she averaged fewer than two points a contest. Guard Brittany Johnson is the other senior starter leaving. Johnson was the team’s most potent threat from beyond the 3-point line, making 42.7 percent of her attempts. Johnson was the 29th player in program history to record 1,000 points, and was second in the Big Ten, averaging 2.9 threes per game. It will be up to guards Tayler Hill and Amber Stokes to fill the void Johnson leaves next year. Hill, entering her junior campaign, earned Big Ten All-Defensive team honors this season, and was voted honorable mention for the conference. She was third on the team in scoring, with 12.8 points per game, and handled the ball when teams looked to shut down Prahalis. Stokes became known as the team’s spark plug off the bench, often providing the Buckeyes with intangibles. Others who will likely see increased roles next season are centers Aleksandra Dobranic and Darryce Moore, forwards Martina Ellerbe, Brianna Sanders and Emilee Harmon, and guard Amy Scullion. Foster has four incoming freshmen signed for next season, including guards Raven Ferguson and Kalpana Beach. Ferguson is rated as the No. 35 overall prospect and sixth among point guards by ESPN. Beach is ranked as the No. 26 incoming freshman guard. “You just sort of reload and get ready,” Foster said after the Sweet 16 loss. “You can’t dwell.” read more

Football Justin Fields is No 3 in 2019 Heisman Trophy odds

Freshman quarterback Justin Fields sits at the Ohio State men’s basketball game between the Buckeyes and Michigan State on Jan. 5 following his transfer to Ohio State from Georgia. Credit: Nick Hudak | For The LanternWithout ever playing a snap for Ohio State, and being with the program for fewer than two weeks, Justin Fields already has high expectations.Fields, the freshman quarterback transfer from Georgia, has been given 10-1 odds of winning the 2019 Heisman Trophy, according to the betting site, Bovada. Those odds tied him at No. 3 with former teammate, Georgia sophomore quarterback Jake Fromm, and behind Clemson freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence and Alabama sophomore quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who stand at 2-1 and 4-1 odds, respectively.Another website, BetOnline, has Fields tied for No. 4 in the odds with Clemson sophomore running back Travis Etienne, again behind Lawrence and Tagovailoa. He also trails junior quarterback Jalen Hurts, who is expected to transfer from Alabama instead of sitting behind Tagovailoa for another season.Hurts has 9-1 odds at the Heisman according to BetOnline, which also had Hurts’ odds of landing at in-conference opponent Maryland at the highest at 1-2.Ohio State sophomore running back J.K. Dobbins was a co-favorite to win the Heisman at 6-1 when Bovada updated its rankings before the 2018 season on Jan. 30. Redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins, who ended up finishing No. 3 in Heisman voting, was given 35-1 odds on Jan. 30, 2018.Fields was a five-star prospect out of high school and the second-highest rated quarterback in the history of 247Sports Composite Rankings, trailing only Lawrence.At Georgia, Fields completed 27-of-39 passes for 328 yards and four touchdowns in limited playing time through 12 games. He also rushed for 266 yards and four touchdowns on 42 carries while backing up Fromm.Redshirt freshman quarterback Tate Martell entered his name in the transfer portal, who removed “Ohio State” out of his Twitter bio and took visits to West Virginia and Miami. If Martell were to leave, Fields is expected to be the starting quarterback for the Buckeyes in 2019. Fields is still awaiting confirmation that he will be eligible to play next season due to transfer rules requiring players to sit out a year between schools. read more