first_imgKolkata: Kerala Blasters FC picked up an important 1-0 win against ATK, thanks to a second-half strike by Halicharan Narzary at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan, Kolkata, on Sunday.After a barren first period, an action-packed second half saw Narzary break the deadlock in the 74th minute in this Hero Indian Super League clash. ATK were guilty of wasting a host of chances and saw coach Antonio Habas sent off after a fracas on the sidelines towards the end of the game.A second win on the trot sees Kerala Blasters rise to sixth on the table with 14 points while ATK remain third with 21 points.ATK and Kerala were without the services of David Williams and Gianni Zuiverloon respectively due to injuries. Antonio Habas handed a rare start to Balwant Singh who led the line alongside Roy Krishna, while Eelco Schattorie opted for a centre-back partnership of Abdul Hakku and Vlatko Drobarov. IANSAlso Read: ISL: Kerala Blasters desperate for win against NorthEast UnitedAlso Watch: Two Bike-Borne Miscreants loot cash Rs 4 lakh near United Bank of India in Digboilast_img read more

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Sunday’s win was the Dodgers’ 26th in their last 30 games before the break (and their 18th in the past 19 home games) so Kershaw was asked the inevitable questions about his team being “hot” as the break arrives. That put Kershaw in the position of pondering whether the Dodgers are indeed hot – or just this good?“Yeah, I guess … how long is a hot streak? Or is this just us?” he said. “I guess we’ll find out in the second half.”It would be hard to match the past 90 games. The Dodgers reached the break with a plus-163 run differential, the best in the National League at the break since the All-Star Game was created in 1933 and the fourth-best all-time. The three teams with a higher run-differential at the break all reached the World Series (the 1936 and 1939 Yankees and 1969 Orioles) with two of the three winning the championship (both Yankees teams).“Last couple of years, we’ve been playing from behind and had kind of an uphill battle,” said Turner of the Dodgers who trailed the San Francisco Giants by 6 1/2 games at this point a year ago. “But at the same time, I don’t think anyone in here is content with where we’re at. We’re gonna continue getting better and playing good baseball in the second half.“I think we’re just really good at being in the moment right now. We’re not worried about what happened yesterday or what’s in front of us. It’s about today and what we’re going to do to prepare and try to win a game today.” LOS ANGELES >> All in all, you’d have to say that went pretty well.Justin Turner hit two home runs and Clayton Kershaw threw a complete game as the Dodgers reached the All-Star break with a 5-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Sunday afternoon.The win completed a sweep of the interleague series – the major-league leading 10th series sweep of the season for the Dodgers. They reach the break with the best record in baseball for the first time since 2009. At 61-29, the Dodgers are only the fourth team in the past 40 years to win 60 games before the break. Each of the previous three went on to win at least 101 games.“It’s the best half I’ve ever been a part of ,” Kershaw said. “First 90 games down, we can exhale for four days. But come Friday, we need to get back to what we’ve been doing. It definitely makes the All-Star break more satisfying with what we’ve done in the first half.”center_img They rode Kershaw (baseball’s only 14-game winner at the break) to do it Sunday. Kershaw pitched his first complete game since May 2016, striking out 13.“He was Clayton-esque,” said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts who will now give Kershaw at least eight days off before his next start.He didn’t extend his ace Sunday, though. Kershaw only threw 99 pitches – the first time a pitcher has struck out 13 or more in a complete game while throwing fewer than 100 pitches.“Those guys over there are very aggressive, more so than anybody I’ve seen in recent years or at any time,” Roberts said of the Royals’ swing-first approach. “I think they’re swinging once they’re in the batter’s box. I think being around the strike zone lends itself to efficiency and Clayton when he was getting ahead in the count was able to wipe them out.“On a day like this, to be able to stay away from Kenley and Petey and the rest of the bullpen – just a nice way to finish off the first half.”Turner finished it with 10 home runs despite hitting just one before June. He went deep twice against Royals starter Danny Duffy on Sunday – a solo homer in the first inning and a two-run shot in the third.Backup catcher Austin Barnes finished the break having figured out how to thrive in his part-time role. Barnes hit a solo home run in the sixth inning Sunday and has batted .312 (24 for 77) since early May with six doubles and four home runs. Combined, the OPS of the Dodgers’ catchers, Barnes and Yasmani Grandal, ranks third in baseball.“I think I’m just more confident,” Barnes said. “The last couple years, going up and down (between Triple-A and the majors), it was hard. Now, just being here, I know I can take my normal ABs. I’m not pressing.”last_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersI had the privilege of watching Kobe up close, of interviewing him and writing about him, during his formative years with the Lakers.Complete coverage: Kobe Bryant helicopter crashHis first 10 years in the NBA coincided with my 10 years as a general sports columnist for the Los Angeles Daily News. In that great decade for L.A. sports, the job meant covering the Lakers three-peat, the Pete Carroll Trojans’ titles, the Angels’ World Series championship. Plus lots of Dodgers drama good and bad.The best part was observing Bryant from his debut as a teenager to his prime, from the triumphant but turbulent years with Shaquille O’Neal through his seasons as the Lakers’ lone superstar, from hero to villain and back in the eyes of L.A. fans amid clashes with management and the law. This was more instructive than all the rest of that decade about modern sports and celebrity and the dynamics of individual and team greatness.As a columnist, you drop in the big story of the moment. Unless your face is on ESPN a lot, players might not know you as well as they know the daily beat writers. I can count on one hand the athletes who ever walked across a locker room to say hi – not to praise or complain about something I wrote or to honor an interview request, but just to say it’s been a while and good to see you. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Bryant was one who did that, in a hockey arena in Bakersfield before a Lakers exhibition game one year in the 2000s. What might sound like a bland gesture was just the sort of small human kindness that’s rare enough in such settings to be memorable.Probably he was aware that I had often favored him when I wrote about his feud with O’Neal; or he appreciated the commitment of someone who would chug up HIghway 99 to sit in on a preseason game. Or he was just showing the kind of awareness of people around him that you’ll read about in many writers’ remembrances this week.From the beginning, even as Bryant displayed a selfish streak, a famous single-mindedness about his craft, a sometimes aloof and calculating personality, I was surprised that he was at all well-adjusted and often normal. That was no sure thing, given that he’d been immersed in basketball since birth, the hoops-obsessed son of an NBA player.Living in Italy for most of his childhood while Joe Bryant played there would have a broadening effect, of course. But it also put even more of his focus on basketball, since he saw America through NBA videos sent by his grandfather and trips to the United States to play in a summer league.His interest in the world outside basketball was a tribute to his intelligence and, no doubt, the adults in his life, both family and coaches.By the end of his playing career, the “selfish” player had helped two almost entirely different Lakers rosters to multiple championships. The kid who had skipped from high school to the NBA, and missed the intense bond between a player and his college, had more than made up for it with his 20-year connection with the Lakers and their fans. That the emotions between Bryant and fans ran the gamut only made the emotional journey more complete.The player we’d always known was great, but couldn’t always be sure was good, left the court a hero.All of which followed a familiar heel-to-hero athletic career arc. It would have been sad enough if his life had ended then.The short years since make this especially poignant. Bryant was on his way to a second life in the arts, in business, as a father, as driven as he’d been in basketball. Like John Lennon, who died at 40, he was starting over.The one-time prodigy was now the adult mentor in the lives of young NBA stars.As a Hollywood rookie, he won an Oscar as the writer and narrator of the animated short film “Dear Basketball.”Once charged with rape – though not tried, and neither convicted nor exonerated – he was the doting father to four girls and an advocate for women in sports.For once, the word “legacy” isn’t being overused. Kobe’s is heavy and complicated.Figuring out how to emulate and honor him will be hard.Writing Monday on Instagram as if he were addressing Bryant directly, LeBron James said: “I promise you I’ll continue your legacy man! You mean so much to us all here especially #LakerNation and it’s my responsibility to put this (expletive) on my back and keep it going!!”That might be too much responsibility for one player or even a whole Lakers team. Dedicate the season to Kobe, sure, but it’s too much to think the Lakers will have let him down if they don’t win the NBA title. That’s taking “rings or bust” thinking to an even more ridiculous extreme than usual.We haven’t wrestled with many tragedies quite like this before.Kobe Bryant’s great days as a player were behind him, and we mourn that promise fulfilled. But he seemed to be living his best days as a person when he died, and we mourn what else might have been.There’s a movie in this too. If only he could have made it.center_img We’re all too used to the tragedy of a great athlete dying young. We make movies about such sad figures: Lou Gehrig. Steve Prefontaine. Brian Piccolo.We’re not as prepared, it turns out, to handle the tragedy of a great ex-athlete dying young.It’s one of the reasons that Bryant’s Song is a different story.By the time he died at age 41 along with his daughter Gianna and seven others in a helicopter crash in Calabasas on Sunday, Kobe Bryant was into a second act that was all the more amazing to those who watched him from the start of the first.last_img read more

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington girls softball team finished the regular season with a 15-5 record after splitting with Clearwater Thursday. The girls won game one 6-3, but lost the second 8-6 on the road.The Wellington baseball team got swept by the Indians 7-6 and 3-4. The Gentlemen Dukes are heading to Kansas City to play Ark City and Kansas City Turner to wrap up the 2016 regular season on Saturday.Wellington, which hosts the regional post-season tournament next week at Worden Park, defeated Clearwater 6-3 smack out 10 hits to win by three in the first contest.The game started out as an offensive free-for-all as Wellington took a 3-2 lead in the first inning. The Lady Dukes scored on an RBI single by Ryleigh Buck, an RBI single by Brooke McCorkle, and an error.Wellington would add a run in the the third and was leading 4-3 going into the seventh. Erin Goodrum would add two insurance runs when she smacked a 2RBI homer over the left field fence.The Crusaders had 10 hits to Clearwater’s eight. Wellington was flawless defensively while Clearwater had three errors.Madi Lewellen was the winning pitcher striking out nine batters and allowing no hits.Ryleigh Buck was again solid at the plate going 3-of-3 with an RBI.In game two, Clearwater avenged the loss with a two-run victory. Wellington had one disastrous inning in which seven Indian runs were scored in the fourth.Wellington opened with a 3-0 lead in the first when Avery Rusk, Bailey DeJarnett and R. Buck all singled and eventually reached home. Then in the third, a Buck double and McCorkle RBI single upped the lead to 4-0.But in the bottom of the fourth, disaster stuck. Clearwater opened with a home run. Then two girls reached base on errors. Oberlechner would single the two girls home. Warren would double and then Weese hit the inning’s second home run. Going into the fifth, Clearwater led 7-4.It was a deficit Wellington could not recover from, but came close. Madi Adams singled on and came home on a Rusk 2RBI double. DeJarnett then doubled but was left stranded.Clearwater scored an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth. Erin Goodrum was left stranded on third to end the game in the top of the seventh.Game 1: Wellington 6 Clearwater 3.WHS  3 0 1 0 0 0 2     6 10 0CHS  2 0 0 0 1 0 0     3  8  3WP Lewellen 7I 8H 3R 3ER 9K 0BB 1HBPLP TeufelRusk 2/4 1R 1ROEB DeJarnett 1/4 1RR Buck 3/3 3R 1RBI 1HBP 2SBMcCorkle 2/4 2RBIE Goodrum 1/4 1R 1RBI 1HRJ Buck 1/4 1RBI 1ROEA Goodrum 0/3Lewellen 0/3Adams 0/3Game 2: Clearwater 8 Wellington 6WHS  3 0 1 0 0 2 0     6 12 5CHS  0 0 0 7 0 1 X     8  9  4WP JacobsLP McCorkle 6I 9H 8R 2ER 3K 2BB 1HBPRusk 2/4 2R 1DBLB DeJarnett 2/4 1R 2RBI 1DBL 1ROER Buck 2/4 2R 1RBI 1DBL 1SBMcCorkle 1/4 1RBI 1ROEE Goodrum 2/3 1RBI 1BBJ Buck 0/4Zimmerman 1/4Lewellen 0/3Adams 2/3. ———The Crusader boys would take a 6-0 lead after a tremendous fourth inning, but could not hold onto it thereafter. Clearwater scored four runs in the sixth and three runs in the seventh to win.Neither team reached home plate in the first three innings, but the Crusaders got hot in the top of the fourth. Adam Hilt, Jared Shields, Skyler Struble, Connor Phelps, Arlis Troutman and Cade Phelps all reached base thanks in part to RBI singles by Ca. Phelps and Chevy Nuss and RBI double by Struble.That 6-0 advantage would remain so until the bottom of the sixth when Clearwater scored three runs. Then in the bottom of the seventh, Clearwater scored three runs on three singles.The loss was frustrating by the fact that Wellington would out-hit Clearwater 7-6 and the Indians committed five errors to Wellington’s two.Wellington’s Therin Frame would pitch six innings and would get six strikeouts, while allowing just three hits and one walk.He was relieved in the bottom of the seventh with Wellington leading 6-4. Noah Rinehart allowed two walks and two runs and the game was tied.Then Adam Hilt came in and allowed three hits and the winning run.“It was the timing of walks and errors and a couple of weak bloopers,” said Jeff Frazee, Wellington baseball coach. “That’s baseball.”In game two, Clearwater opened a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the second. Wellington got on board with run in the top of the fourth, but Clearwater responded in the bottom half to maintain a three-run advantage. In the top of the sixth, Wellington added two more runs, but couldn’t get a game-tying run.Wellington is 6-12 for the season and wraps up with a triangular with Ark City and Kansas City Turner in Kansas City Saturday. Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! 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first_imgCHETWYND, B.C. – The Chetwynd Fire Department responded to a townhouse fire Wednesday night.On June 15, 2016 at about 9:45 pm, the Chetwynd Fire Department responded to a townhouse fire at 5100-53rd Street.It was reported that one person remained in the house and a second person had thrown herself from the upstairs window. The fire department found the upstairs totally ablaze and extinguished the fire before entering the home.- Advertisement -No person was found in the house after extensive searches and the woman who threw herself from the window was taken to the hospital.The fire was extinguished and it was later revealed that the youth who was reported missing returned to the home and was arrested by police. The fire is of suspicious and the RCMP are investigating.last_img