The big, oft-forgotten thing that separates the Warriors and Blazers

first_imgOAKLAND — There’s something missing from the national conversations and narratives surrounding the NBA playoffs, and, frankly, it blows my mind.After all, it’s present on every single possession.Folks, we need to start talking about defense.As much as the postseason is a moment for shot creators and shot takers, a basket prevented is as good as a basket made. And while defense isn’t sexy, and most people don’t fully understand its nuances, it’s what separates good teams from …last_img read more

Secular Science Leaders Defend Baby Butchering

first_img(Visited 24 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Instead of joining the outrage against the dismemberment and marketing of baby body parts, science leaders rush to defend the grisly practice.The 10th video from the Center for Medical Progress shows leaders at Planned Parenthood conspiring to keep information about their harvesting of baby body parts secret—revealing that they know it’s illegal. The outrage by Republicans was well expressed in a viral video clip from the second Republican debate this week, when Carly Fiorina dared the President and Hillary Clinton to watch the videos (reposted by WND on Facebook from CNN).Cutting up an unborn baby, whose heart is still beating, to harvest its brain—who on earth could support such a practice? Here’s who: Big Science.Proposed fetal tissue ban raises alarm for Wisconsin researchers (Science Magazine). Kelly Servick writes for the AAAS Science Insider news as if it would be a terrible thing for science to stop cutting up baby body parts. She refers specifically to the CMP videos as the trigger for Wisconsin’s efforts to stop it: “A Wisconsin bill that would limit the research use of fetal tissue from abortions is gaining momentum, over the protest of scientists who say the measure would stifle progress in disease research.” Here’s the wisdom of one of the objectors: “This is shutting down research for purely moral purposes—it’s shutting down research because people disapprove.”In Wisconsin, an early clash over fetal tissue (Science Magazine). In another piece, Kelly Servick worries that Wisconsin’s bill might cause some researchers and businesses to leave the state. Servick whitewashes the statements by Planned Parenthood managers revealed in the CMP videos: “The videos show Planned Parenthood officials discussing how the group fulfills requests from researchers for samples from aborted fetuses.” She says nothing about the illegal practices of altering abortion techniques, failing to get informed consent, or haggling over the price of parts.Research on gene editing in embryos is justified, group says (Science Magazine). Reporter Gretchen Vogel justifies another practice that has long been considered unethical even among secular scientists: editing human embryos. Remember not long ago when scientists, fearing a Pandora’s Box, called on a moratorium on the use of CRISPR/Cas9 to edit human embryos? (6/05/15) Now, Vogel quotes a consortium of scientists that (surprised?) finds it to be “ethically justifiable.” She only quotes one critic who objects on safety grounds, not ethical grounds.UK scientists apply for licence to edit genes in human embryos (Nature). Daniel Cressy, Allison Abbott and Heidi Ledford write approvingly of the UK’s effort to legalize gene editing of human embryos. Although a healthy “debate” continues, the UK wouldn’t want to fall behind China. One proponent says, “The use of genome-editing techniques in this context is really the same as using any other method on an embryo that is not going to be implanted into a woman, and which will be destroyed after a few days of culture.” Yes, they’re going to die anyway, Mengele would have argued. Gretchen Vogel hums the same tune at Science Magazine.The cloning controversy (Science Magazine). Remember the assurances by scientists that embryonic dissections would never be used for cloning? My, how we’ve evolved. Sally Smith Hughes reviews two new books that accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative:The contemporary scientific community largely takes for granted the safety of recombinant DNA technology and its utility for practical application. It was not always so. The two books under review probe the science, politics, legal parameters, and practical repercussions of the so-called recombinant DNA revolution of the 1970s. They chronicle in detail the breakthroughs and contentions accompanying the invention of recombinant technology and the raucous controversies over its potential safety. Both books also tackle the resulting shift in ethical, aspirational, and legal landscapes in biomedical research as molecular scientists rushed to form industrial ties, universities accelerated patenting and licensing activities, and entrepreneurs created biotechnology companies.That’s all Hughes has to say about ethics. Contentions? Those are in the rear-view mirror.In Congress, all but 3 House Republicans voted to defund Planned Parenthood; only 3 Democrats joined them (Life News; see short summary of the 10 CMP videos in this article). President Obama vowed to veto any such efforts, even if Senate Republicans can get the bill past the Democrats’ filibuster. On the campaign trail, Hillary Clinton confused the butchery of babies as a “women’s health” issue and admitted she has not watched the videos. But Planned Parenthood is known for abortion, not for “women’s health” services. The Daily Signal from the Heritage Foundation maps 665 Planned Parenthood centers across America, but 13,450 clinics that could take up the slack, providing comprehensive women’s health care services. Congress could simply redirect the annual $500 million in funds to these other centers, relieving taxpayers of being part and parcel of Planned Parenthood’s illegal and immoral practices. Whether that happens remains to be seen, but seems unlikely given the current political environment (8/02/15).If you object to the whitewashing of history and the barbarity of treating the unborn as commodities, speak up! Write principled and articulate comments to Gretchen Vogel, Kelly Servick and other enablers. Especially if you are a scientist or have scientific training, you need to let the Big Science cabal know that they do not speak for everyone. Put some fear into the spokespersons who take such a casual attitude about issues that speak to “the character of our nation,” as Fiorina said. Dare them to watch the videos and defend what Planned Parenthood is doing.It’s astonishing that to scientific pragmatists, full human rights vs. butchery is just a matter of inches in the birth canal. Now, even full birth is not a guarantee, as the CMP videos show; Family Research Council president Tony Perkins is astonished that all but 5 Democrats voted against the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. Republicans were unanimous in support of this bill that “makes it a criminal offense for an abortionist to allow a born alive infant to die, whether by neglect or by actively killing the child.” What have we become, that such an issue is even controversial? Where are the old “pro-life Democrats”? They have vanished. The political divide has become a moral divide. One party is unanimously against abortion. The other, with the support of the most pro-abortion president ever elected, is for unfettered abortion on demand for any reason (even convenience) at any time.Darwinian philosophy is the root of these inhumane practices. If human embryos and unborn babies are just clumps of tissue evolving through animal stages (see John West’s Darwin Day in America for documentation of this evolutionary argument), then adults can do whatever they want with them. To see how far down the slippery slope Darwin has taken the world, follow Wesley J. Smith’s articles on Evolution News & Views (example).last_img read more

Alice Walker to explore Biko ties

first_imgProf Alice Walker, who’s currently in SouthAfrica to deliver the annual Steve BikoMemorial Lecture, is best known for heraward-winning novel The Colour Purple.(Image: Nicky Rehbock) Portraits of individuals who have deliveredpast lectures hang in hall of fame at theSteve Biko Foundation in Johannesburg.Artworks of former presidents NelsonMandela and Thabo Mbeki are amongthem.(Image: Janine Erasmus) MEDIA CONTACTS • Steve Biko Foundation +27 11 403 0310RELATED ARTICLES• Biko’s legacy lives on • Canada, asylum and the sprinkler salesman• Food security starts at home • South African literatureNicky RehbockProf Alice Walker has arrived in South Africa to deliver the 11th annual lecture honouring the late Stephen Bantu Biko, an anti-apartheid activist and leader who founded the Black Consciousness Movement.Walker, best known for her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Colour Purple, was invited to the country by the Steve Biko Foundation, which was set up in his memory. Biko died while in police custody on 12 September 1977.“The Steve Biko Foundation is honoured to be hosting Professor Alice Walker on her first visit to South Africa. In short, she embodies everything that Bantu Stephen Biko stood for during his life,” said Nkosinathi Biko, CEO of the foundation, and son of Stephen.This will be the first time the lecture is delivered by someone from outside Africa, and only the second time it’s been delivered by a woman – the first being Dr Mamphela Ramphele, an internationally respected South African activist, academic, author, businesswoman and medical doctor. Ramphele and Biko had two children, although he was married to someone else at the time.“It’s because of Professor Walker’s eloquent articulation of the link between identity, activism and social change that the foundation asked her to deliver the Steve Biko Memorial Lecture this year,” said the younger Biko.The lecture will take place at the University of Cape Town on 9 September 2010 and is titled Coming to see you since I was five years old: An American Poet’s Connection to the South African soul.According to the foundation, the Steve Biko Memorial Lecture was initiated to examine the relationship between individuals and society, to explore triumphs over inequality, and to speak to challenges and opportunities facing people of African descent.Ties that bindWhen asked at a recent press conference what South Africans can expect from the lecture, Walker said: “You perhaps know my poem, Expect Nothing – Live Frugally on Surprise. I prefer to be spontaneous and live in the moment.”Although this response is cryptic, the author did disclose that she would “address issues of my life and how Steve Biko and I are definitely sister and brother in our love for people”.She added, “For me this journey is an exploration of how close I feel to Steve Biko in his legacy of caring.”Walker explained that her link with Biko is based on a “determination to always tell the truth” and the fact that both lived during times of intense political turmoil in the mid-1960s and 1970s.“Biko lived in dangerous places – and so did I. In the 1960s I was living in Mississippi state, after graduating from college in New York city, and I was trying to bring literacy to people who had little or none. There were fire-bombings, and people were lynched and killed. It was bloody and dangerous in the way that South Africans lived for a very long time during apartheid.“I will talk about the legacy of Steve Biko and connect our struggles, the paths we’ve crossed and the desire for freedom and growth.“It boils down to humanity – Biko had a joy of life. It’s my love, respect and admiration for Stephen Biko that drew me here to South Africa.”At the conference a member of the press asked Walker how it felt to be the first non-African to deliver the lecture. “I take the long view in that there are no non-Africans,” she said.“Everyone has been inspired by his life over the decades. There are places where I feel called to because of sincere work, and I am honoured to go wherever that may be.“I love Biko’s fearlessness. He was someone with such integrity – he was a whole being. He fought for his existence with the very last of his energy.“In this love of people and hope for humanity’s advancement we must acknowledge we have it all within us – it’s just a matter of how we use it,” she added.Warrior for peaceWalker is also a poet, short-story writer, essayist, anthologist, teacher, editor, publisher and activist, with a deep interest in race and gender. She was born in 1944 in Georgia, US.She’s a self-described “daughter of rural peasantry”, growing up in the American south in the wake of the Great Depression of the 1930s.After completing high school in 1961 she became involved in the civil rights movement, taking depositions from black Americans who had been evicted from their homes for attempting to register to vote.Published in 1982, The Colour Purple focuses on the struggle of black American women in rural Georgia in the first half of the 20th century, particularly the life of Celie, who writes a series of unburdening letters to God after being repeatedly raped and beaten by her father.The book became a bestseller and was soon made into a critically acclaimed film directed by Steven Spielberg. The stellar cast included Oprah Winfrey as well as Hollywood greats like Danny Glover and Whoopi Goldberg. In 2005 it was adapted into a Broadway musical play.The Colour Purple won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1983, making Walker the first black American woman to receive such an honour.Her writings have been have been translated into more than 24 languages and her books have sold over 10-million copies.last_img read more

Underestimate us at your peril, Phala warns Afcon opponents

first_img8 December 2015Bafana Bafana have arrived in Gabon to continue their preparations ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon), Africa’s most prestigious sporting event, which takes place in Equatorial Guinea from 17 January 17 to 8 February.The South Africans’ preparations for the CAF Orange Africa Cup of Nations Equatorial Guinea 2015 tournament, include a warm-up match against Cameroon on Saturday, 10 January, in Libreville.There is also another warm-up against hosts Gabon on the cards, the South African Football Association (Safa) said in a statement on Wednesday.‘Winning mentality’At a press conference ahead of the team’s departure, Safa president Danny Jordaan praised coach Shakes Mashaba for instilling a winning mentality in Bafana Bafana, KickOff magazine reported.“Previously we used to fight for draws in away matches. Shakes has changed that thinking,” Jordaan said.He said 2015 was lining up to be a very challenging year. “We currently have three teams in camp. I can’t remember the last time this happened in South Africa.“Equatorial Guinea is not the end of the road, it is the beginning of the road. We are in a group where only the best are.”Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula urged the team to make the country proud.“The players have come of age. This is a special moment for South Africa. We’re going to Afcon as competitors.“You have restored the pride and glory of the nation. If you win Afcon, it will be a glorious moment.“Go there and make South Africa proud. Our flag and national anthem will be restored among those nations.”‘Favourites’In an interview with Safa on Wednesday, Bafana Bafana winger Thuso Phala said anyone underestimating South Africa would be doing so “at their own peril”.Phala has returned to the national team, having played his last match in March last year against New Zealand in Auckland. Phala, who has been capped 14 times, scored his first international goal last Sunday, 4 January, helping Bafana Bafana to defeat Zambia.“I don’t think we can be seen as underdogs,” Phala said. “Going to the tournament most countries will be more prepared for us because perhaps they have been watching our tapes during the qualifiers … but if the other countries want to see us as underdogs, it will be to their disadvantage.“With the players we have, we booked our place in Equatorial Guinea with a game remaining,” the winger said. “I see us as one of the favourites in our group.”Phala said he believed the most difficult part of the competition was to qualify for the knockout stages. “But once you are through there, it’s anybody’s game.”He said this year the team’s focus will be on qualifying for the next round – “and then we could go all the way”.FULL BAFANA SQUADGoalkeepers: Brilliant Khuzwayo, Darren Keet, Jackson MabokgwaneDefenders: Siyabonga Nhlapo, Patrick Phungwayo, Anele Ngcongca, Thulani Hlatshwayo, Mulomowandau Mathoho, Rivaldo Coetzee, Thabo MatlabaMidfielders: Themba Zwane, Andile Jali, Reneilwe Letsholonyane, Bongani Zungu, Thamsanqa Sangweni, Dean Furman, Thuso Phala, Mandla Masango, Oupa ManyisaStrikers: Bernard Parker, Tokelo Rantie, Bongani Ndulula, Sibusiso VilakaziGROUP C FIXTURESJanuary 19 – South Africa v Algeria – Estadio de Mongomo: 9pmJanuary 23 – Senegal v South Africa – Estadio de Mongomo: 9pmJanuary 27 – Ghana v South Africa – Estadio de Mongomo: 8pmAFCON 2015 FIXTURESAll times CAT (SA, GMT+2)Saturday 17 January 2015Equatorial Guinea v Congo – Estadio de Bata: 6pmBurkina Faso v Gabon – Estadio de Bata: 9pmSunday 18 January 2015Zambia v Congo DR – Nuevo Estadio de Ebebiyin: 6pmTunisia v Cape Verde Islands – Nuevo Estadio de Ebebiyin: 9pmMonday 19 January 2015Ghana v Senegal – Estadio de Mongomo: 6pmAlgeria v South Africa – Estadio de Mongomo: 9pmTuesday 20 January 2015Cote d’Ivoire v Guinea – Nuevo Estadio de Malabo: 6pmMali v Cameroon – Nuevo Estadio de Malabo: 9pmWednesday 21 January 2015Equatorial Guinea v Burkina Faso – Estadio de Bata: 6pmThursday 22 January 2015Zambia v Tunisia – Nuevo Estadio de Ebebiyin: 6pmCape Verde Islands v Congo DR – Nuevo Estadio de Ebebiyin: 9pmFriday 23 January 2015Ghana v Algeria – Estadio de Mongomo: 6pmSouth Africa v Senegal – Estadio de Mongomo: 9pmSaturday 24 January 2015Cote d’Ivoire v Mali – Nuevo Estadio de Malabo: 6pmSunday 25 January 2015Gabon v Equatorial Guinea – Estadio de Bata: 8pmCongo v Burkina Faso – Nuevo Estadio de Ebebiyin: 8pmMonday 26 January 2015Cape Verde Islands v Zambia – Nuevo Estadio de Ebebiyin: 8pmCongo DR v Tunisia – Estadio de Bata: 8pmTuesday 27 January 2015South Africa v Ghana – Estadio de Mongomo: 8pmSenegal v Algeria – Nuevo Estadio de Malabo: 8pmWednesday 28 January 2015Guinea v Mali – Estadio de Mongomo: 8pmCameroon v Cote d’Ivoire – Nuevo Estadio de Malabo: 8pmSaturday 31 January 2015Group A Winner v Group B Second Place – Estadio de Bata: 6pmGroup B Winner v Group A Second Place – Nuevo Estadio de Ebebiyin: 9pmSunday 1 February 2015Group C Winner v Group D Second Place – Estadio de Mongomo: 6pmGroup D Winner v Group C Second Place – Nuevo Estadio de Malabo: 9pmWednesday 4 February 2015Quarterfinal 1 Winner v Quarterfinal 4 Winner – Estadio de Bata: 9pmThursday 05 February 2015Quarterfinal 2 Winner v Quarterfinal 3 Winner – Nuevo Estadio de Malabo: 9pmSaturday 07 February 2015Semifinal 1 Loser v Semifinal 2 Loser – Nuevo Estadio de Malabo: 8pmSunday 08 February 2015Semifinal 1 Winner v Semifinal 2 Winner – Estadio de Bata: 9pmSAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Ohio’s National Agriscience Fair results

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio also had a solid showing in the National Agriscience Fair.Holly Schmenk, Patrick Henry, was first place in Food Products and Processing Systems Division 1.Kolbie Brandenburg and Abigail Fulton, Felicity-Franklin, were second in Animal Systems Division 3.Grace Lach, Bloom Carroll, was third in Plant Systems Division 1Jarrett Crowthers and Jenna Jackels, Edgewood-Butler Tech, were third in Plant Systems Division 3Rebecca Helt, Global Impact STEM Academy of Ohio FFA Association, was third in Social Systems Division 2.last_img read more

Light-heavyweight champ Jon Jones approved for UFC 235 bout

first_img‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jahlil Okafor helps Pelicans stun Rockets in 1st game since Anthony Davis’ trade demand FILE – Jon Jones looks prior to a Light Heavyweight titlebout against Alexander Gustafsson of Sweden during the UFC 232 event inside The Forum on December 29, 2018 in Inglewood, California. Jones defeated Gustafsson by KO. Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images/AFPReigning UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones was given a one-fight license Tuesday by the Nevada State Athletic Commission to compete against Anthony Smith at UFC 235 in March.After more than three hours, officials granted the rare license but attached several conditions for Jones if he wants another bout in Nevada.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusationscenter_img PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ View comments Now his future depends on staying clean outside the Octagon as well as how he performs inside it.“This is on you. It’s on your shoulders,” commissioner Anthony Marnell told Jones. “I like what I hear, I like what I see, but the proof is in the pudding.“I’m happy you are back here. You will always be treated with respect here and I wanted to make sure that you understood that. Welcome back to Nevada and do the right thing from this point going forward. As you know, we’re going to be visiting you frequently.”The US Anti-Doping Agency, in a statement, said it found the samples in Jones’s positive tests to be residual based on amounts and said they provided no chance of performance enhancement.“We agree with and support the NSAC decision today to license Jon Jones to fight in Nevada and while USADA does not have jurisdiction over the licensing, we appreciate being able to collaborate with the NSAC to ensure a fair outcome,” USADA said.ADVERTISEMENT The 31-year-old American will be required to be drug tested at least twice a month until UFC 235, then comply with a similarly rigorous testing schedule for the remainder of 2019 in order to fight in Nevada again.Jones tested positive for trace amounts of a long-term metabolite of the anabolic steroid Turinabol multiple times in 2018, then tested negative in four consecutive drug tests from September to November before another positive test last month.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThat prompted UFC to move its December 29 show from Nevada, which would not license him after the positive, to California, where Jones was allowed to fight on short notice with extra drug testing, as California officials concluded the new positive tests and others with trace amounts before the fight were from a 2017 violation for which he had served a 15-month suspension.Jones, a three-time banned fighter, recaptured his title with a third-round stoppage of Alexander Gustafsson. PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more

Ceres poised to go deep

first_imgKarl Yulo scoops up five gymnastics golds; Buhayan is fastest man SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid MOST READ Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles LATEST STORIES Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next YANGON—Ceres-Negros star Stephan Schrock feels his club is poised for a deeper run in the AFC Cup after the Busmen punched their ticket to the KO stage with a game to spare.Armed with more experience from previous campaigns, the Busmen qualified as the top team in Group G, which was considered as the toughest group in the Asean zone.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew But Schrock has noticed more positive changes in the way the team has played this year after losing in the Asean zonal final last year to Home United of Singapore.“I think we’re more composed in the way we play,” said Schrock. “It’s more on picking and choosing what to do with the situations.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsIt will mark the fourth straight season that Ceres will appear in the knockout phase of the competition—a historic feat for a Philippine club.“It shows how well the club is organized and is functioning. All of us can be very proud,” said Schrock. View commentslast_img read more

Mets’ Big Bats Pummel Phils, 16-7

first_imgPHILADELPHIA — Jacob deGrom’s early exit turned out to be just a brief highlight for the Philadelphia Phillies.David Wright hit a long home run on his first major league swing in 133 days, Wilmer Flores went deep twice and the New York Mets set a franchise record with eight homers in a 16-7 victory over the Phillies on Aug. 24.“Every once in a while you run into these lopsided games, but this was disappointing,” Philadelphia interim manager Pete Mackanin said. “Jumping on deGrom for seven runs was special. Seven runs, 11 hits, you should win most games like that.”Yoenis Cespedes, Juan Lagares, Travis d’Arnaud, Daniel Murphy and Michael Cuddyer also connected for the NL East leaders. New York set a franchise record with 15 extra-base hits — seven doubles and eight homers. The teams tied an NL record with 11 combined homers.“Seven different players hit homers. That was unusual, to say the least,” Mackanin said. “It was embarrassing.”Fresh off scoring 33 runs in a three-game sweep at Colorado, the Mets slugged their way back from a 7-2 deficit after deGrom’s shortest career outing.The 2014 NL Rookie of the Year lasted just 2 2-3 innings and allowed a career-high seven runs on eight hits. His ERA rose from 1.98 to 2.29.Sean Gilmartin (3-1) had four strikeouts in 3 1-3 scoreless innings to earn the win.Ryan Howard and Domonic Brown each hit a three-run homer, and Cameron Rupp also took deGrom deep. But the Mets chased starter Adam Morgan and rallied against Hector Neris (2-1).Morgan gave up five runs and seven hits in 3 2-3 innings. “He made a lot of bad pitches,” Mackanin said. “He had been pitching well. He didn’t have his good stuff.”The Mets continued their dominance over the Phillies with their ninth win in 10 games this year and 21st in the last 26 meetings. They are 11-3 in Philadelphia the last two seasons.“We just couldn’t keep the ball in the yard. It’s definitely frustrating,” said reliever Justin De Fratus, who allowed five runs in two innings.Howard hit a three-run shot the opposite way to left field to give the Phillies a 3-0 lead in the first.After Wright hit a 435-foot homer, Rupp drove one 460 feet to straightaway center for his fifth homer in his last 12 games and a 4-1 lead.Lagares golfed an 0-2 pitch out to left in the third to cut it to 4-2. Brown answered in the bottom half to extend the lead to 7-2. Flores hit a two-run shot in the fourth and d’Arnaud followed with a homer.“The ball was jumping, for sure. In this ballpark, the ball is gonna fly,” Brown said.Flores’ three-run drive to left gave the Mets an 8-7 lead in the fifth. Cuddyer then went deep to make it 9-7. Cespedes connected with one out in the ninth, a shot off the facing of the second deck in left field for New York’s eighth homer.Flores made an excellent defensive play to end the eighth, a diving, backhanded stop on Howard’s liner to shallow right.Howard stopped running and had turned toward the dugout when he realized Flores didn’t make a clean catch, and was thrown out trying to beat it out.The Mets hit seven homers in Philadelphia on April 19, 2005. They had 13 extra-base hits at Arizona on Aug. 24, 2005.NL teams combined for 11 homers five other times. It last happened on May 17, 1979, at Wrigley Field when the Phillies hit five and the Cubs had six.The major league record for most homers combined is 12.(ROB MAADDI, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

10 months agoBarnes swoops to earn Burnley crucial win at Huddersfield

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Barnes swoops to earn Burnley crucial win at Huddersfieldby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley produced a critical victory at Huddersfield Town on Wednesday night.The Clarets’ win, their second in three days, was sealed when Ashley Barnes slotted home midway through the second half from Ashley Westwood’s pass.Huddersfield had taken the lead through Steve Mounie’s header in the 33rd minute but conceded an equaliser and had Christopher Schindler sent off within two minutes before half-time.Wood met Dwight McNeil’s low cross from the left six yards out and swept in for his fifth goal of the season.Schindler, who had earlier been booked for a foul on Wood, was then shown a second yellow card for hauling down McNeil on the edge of the penalty area.Defeat means bottom-of-the-table Huddersfield are eight points from safety. last_img read more