FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Tuesday’s sports events:AMERICAN LEAGUE PLAYOFFSHouston 4, NY Yankees 1NATIONAL LEAGUE PLAYOFFSWashington 7, St. Louis 4NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PRESEASONBoston 118, Cleveland 95Minnesota 119, Indiana 111Philadelphia 106, Detroit 86NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUETampa Bay 3, Montreal 1Toronto 4, Minnesota 2Arizona 4, Winnipeg 2Calgary 4, Philadelphia 1 Nashville 5, Vegas 2 Vancouver 5, Detroit 1Carolina 2, Los Angeles 0 Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Beau Lund Written by October 16, 2019 /Sports News – National Scoreboard roundup — 10/15/19
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By Diálogo December 23, 2019 There’s been somewhat of a frenzy since late November on Río de Janeiro Avenue, in the Baruta municipality of Caracas, over the arrival of natural pine trees imported from Canada.The stores where these conifers, wreaths, and Christmas toys are sold have replaced other businesses that were forced to close down because of the economic crisis.These pines are sold for at least $100, if they are natural, while artificial trees start at $120. Lights and other Christmas ornaments can cost up to $50. In the nearby high-end shopping district of Las Mercedes, prices at stores selling these products are similar.The enthusiastic buyers are part of a minority in Venezuela: bureaucrats who accumulate their wealth from their positions with the Nicolás Maduro regime. For the rest of the population, a tree without ornaments costs 12.6 times the monthly minimum wage. Only a select segment of society can afford such a luxury.“People like the smell of pines. It reminds them of Christmas,” explains Diego, a young man in charge of such sales.His store sold eight pine trees during the weekend of November 23-24. There are still another 30 left. At this pace, he hopes to sell them all by mid-December.Back in the day, the movement around these stores was significant and meant that Christmas was drawing near. Middle class professionals used to spend their year-end bonuses here. Now, according to lawmaker Ángel Alvarado, member of the Venezuelan National Assembly’s Permanent Commission on Finance and Economic Development, these buyers represent a privileged group, constituting a very small percent of the country’s population.According to the International Monetary Fund cumulative inflation in Venezuela will exceed 200,000 percent by the end of 2019.“Venezuela is much more than eastern Caracas [where Las Mercedes is located], and this is good to remember. The non-oil GDP [gross domestic product] economy fell by 78 percent. This means that the private sector is destroyed,” the lawmaker said.Chacao’s municipal market can be found 1.8 miles north of Río de Janeiro Avenue. In one of the stands, a merchant offered a $10 kit to prepare hallacas (Venezuelan tamales) with the basic condiments (including raisins, olives, capers, and butter) for the traditional dish of December’s festivities. In addition, one would have to buy leaves for wrapping, as well as chunks of chicken, beef, and pork.María Eugenia, a shopper, was checking the stands to compare prices. She said that in 2017 she could afford to hire two assistants to prepare up to 500 hallacas. The situation will be different this Christmas: two of her four children have left the country, and she only feels up to making a few hallacas that she will eat with family members who are still in Venezuela.While María Eugenia was finishing her shopping, Ernestina wandered through the aisles of this popular shopping center, pushing a small cart. She wasn’t buying anything, because she had no money to spend.“I’m selling everything that’s left in my house so that I can eat,” said the 75-year-old woman, adding that her only income comes from selling her own valuables.When the holidays arrive, the situation of inequality Venezuelans face is even more evident.According to Janeth Márquez, director of the nongovernmental organization Cáritas Venezuela, 2019 will end with more than 7 million people lacking basic needs. This not only means an inability to get medicine for chronic illnesses, but also food that meets the daily minimum caloric requirement.Of these, 1.2 million are minors. For all these people, there will be no Christmas.
Juan Bernat is preparing for a feisty Champions League encounter when Bayern Munich travels to Benfica this evening.Bayern Munich defender Juan Bernat is eagerly anticipating the second leg of the Champions League quarterfinal tie against Benfica, but expects a tough test in Lisbon.The Bundesliga-leading side recorded a 1-0 win in the first game courtesy of an early Arturo Vidal strike and will be looking to book its ticket for the final four tonight. Bernat is well aware that it will not be straightforward for Bayern, though, and hopes the team can get an early goal at the Estadio da Luz to make things easier.“The game against Benfica will be like a war,” Bernat told TZ. “Benfica will be hugely motivated and try to take advantage of the home advantage. It will be a great game, I have no doubt about that. I hope that we can score an important away goal. That would make things very difficult for them.“We cannot always expect our attackers to score three or four goals.”Bayern coach Pep Guardiola will still be without the likes of Jerome Boateng (groin), Holger Badstuber (ankle) and Arjen Robben (groin) due to injury, while Kingsley Coman (thigh) and Medhi Benatia (groin) are both doubtful.Benfica saw off Zenit in the round of 16 to reach the quarterfinals and has now set its sights on its first semifinal appearance since 1989-90.Midfielder Pizzi knows overturning a one-goal deficit against one of Europe’s top clubs will not be easy, but the Portugal international is nonetheless hopeful Benfica can pull off a surprise.“We’ve been showing our quality in the Champions League. It’s not just my dream but the dream of all my teammates to be in a Champions League semifinal,” Pizzi told the official UEFA website. “We’re close, we know it will be difficult but we will give everything. We will fight from the first minute to the last to achieve our goal.“There is a fantastic atmosphere at the Estadio da Luz. Our fans show all their passion, and obviously everyone at Benfica expects another great European night.”Benfica will have to make do without suspended star striker Jonas following his booking at the Allianz Arena, while Julio Cesar (thigh) and Nuno Santos (knee) will also be missing.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Published on January 31, 2015 at 6:48 pm Penn State scored three goals in the second period and held off Syracuse’s late comeback attempt to beat the Orange, 4-2, on Saturday.With the loss, Syracuse (6-13-9, 4-5-5 College Hockey America) dropped to fourth place in the CHA standings and is five points behind Penn State (14-10-4, 8-4-2) for second place.The first period ended scoreless with eight shots for each team, but in the second the Nittany Lions broke open the scoring.Six and a half minutes into the period, after SU defender Akane Hosoyamada went to the box for high sticking, forward Hannah Hoenshell found the back of the net for Penn State on the power play. A minute later, PSU forward Laura Bowman beat SU goalie Jenn Gilligan to make it 2-0.The Orange went on the penalty kill again after SU forward Melissa Piacentini was called for checking eight minutes into the period. This time, Penn State forward Hannah Bramm capitalized on the advantage, stretching the lead to three goals.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse’s comeback attempt started when SU forward Allie LaCombe scored with less than five minutes left in the second. With three minutes left in the third, SU forward Stephanie Grossi cut the lead to one goal off assists from Piacentini and forward Emily Costales.Syracuse pulled its goalie with 1:15 to go in the game, but it only took Penn State seven seconds to cash in on the empty net and preserve the win.The Orange will return to action at home on Friday to start a two-game series with Robert Morris.Compiled by Jon Mettus, staff writer, [email protected] Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
Dior Walker-Scott, WRWalker-Scott will attend the University of Hawaii and play as a walk on.RJ Stern, WRStern signed a scholarship offer from Tennessee’s Tusculum University.John Beam, coachBeam will remain at Laney College. MORE: Players you never knew went to EMCCAs we move on to Season 5, you’ll probably be wondering: Where are the players who have starred in the four previous iterations “Last Chance U”?Season 1: EMCCRoland OllieJohn Franklin IIIGary McCraeWyatt RobertsD.J. LawSeason 2: EMCCIsaiah WrightBrooks ShannonDakota AllenDe’Andre JohnsonVijay MillerChauncey RiversSeason 3: Independence Community CollegeMalik HenryCarlos ThompsonRakeem BoydKingston DavisEmmit GoodenBobby BruceKerry BuckmasterSeason 4: Independence Community CollegeJason BrownJermaine JohnsonMalik HenryJay JonesBobby BruceChance MainKailon DavisMarkiese KingSeason 5: Laney CollegeNu’u TaugavauRejzohn WrightDior Walker-ScottRJ SternJohn BeamSeason 1: EMCCRonald Ollie, DTThe affable defensive tackle played for FCS program Nicholls State in 2016, recording 41 tackles (6.5 for loss) and two sacks. He was granted his release but, unable to find a place to compete on the FBS level, returned to Nicholls for his final season of eligibility in 2018. He played in 12 games, compiling 13.5 tackles for loss, 5.0 sacks and two fumble recoveries. He went undrafted, but ended up on the Oakland Raiders’ practice squad. He was cut from the team, as captured by HBO’s “Hard Knocks” series. Ollie was signed by the CFL’s Toronto Argonauts in 2020.John Franklin III, QBEMCC’s backup QB in Season 1, John Franklin used his incredible showing in the last game of the 2015 season (accounting for 291 yards and six touchdowns) to land a spot on Auburn’s roster. He was less than impactful for the Tigers, however, completing 14 of 26 passes for 204 yards and a touchdown while rushing for 430 yards and two scores. Franklin transferred to FAU for 2017, completing 1 of 2 passes for 49 yards and rushing 229 yards and two touchdowns. Unfortunately for Franklin, he may be best remembered in Boca Raton for dropping the ball before crossing the goal line after a long run. He went undrafted out of FAU but has since transitioned to defensive back with the NFL’s Chicago Bears. He’s on the Buccaneers’ roster as a cornerback in 2020.Gary McCrae, OLBMcCrae, like John Franklin, made the jump from EMCC to a successful FBS program in 2016. Unlike Franklin, however, McCrae only appeared in two games at Louisville (against Charlotte and N.C. State), and did not register any stats. It wasn’t much better for him in 2017, as he registered four tackles in limited playing time — most of it on special teams. He played two games in 2018 before injuring his shoulder against Indiana State, missing the rest of the season. He is listed as a grad student on Louisville’s 2019 roster. Wyatt Roberts, QBEMCC’s starter at quarterback in 2015, Roberts did not receive any offers from Division I schools, instead walking on at Mississippi State. He was not expected to compete for a job, instead coming on to get a head start on a coaching career. The Bulldogs later settled on Nick Fitzgerald as their go-to signal-caller, though Roberts at least was on the 2016 roster. That was not the case in 2017. According to a May 2018 report from AthlonSports, Roberts got married in December 2017, finished his degree online and has a job lined up at a steel mill in Columbus, Miss.D.J. Law, RBD.J. Law signed with UAB ahead of 2016 and went off in training camp, impressing Blazers coach Bill Clark. But a nagging knee injury caused him to undergo surgery and “miss” the 2016 season (he didn’t lose any eligibility since UAB didn’t play that season). He was expected to take a big role in the Blazers’ run game in 2017, but is no longer with the program. Clark intimated it was because of academic struggles, adding he was working with Law to figure out his next step in football: “Is it NAIA or Canada?”MORE: ‘Last Chance U’ Season 4 — catching up with Jason Brown and disastrous 2018Season 2: EMCCIsaiah Wright, RBWright and his older brother, Camion Patrick, both of “Last Chance U” fame, were arrested in September 2017 and charged with criminal homicide in connection to a stabbing death in Alcoa, Tenn. Patrick was arrested in Bloomington, Ind., where he was a student after failing to continue his college football career due to several injuries. A judge dismissed the charges against Patrick, and Wright later reached a plea deal to have his charges dropped. He pled guilty to one count of facilitation of aggravated robbery, and received five years probation and time served.Wright left EMCC after the 2016 season to enroll at West Georgia (where he later withdrew). As of July 2019, he is playing semi-pro football with the Alcoa Alloys of the Independent American Football League.Brooks Shannon, WRShannon was expected to be a big part of the EMCC Lions’ passing game in Season 2 — until he signed with Div. II school West Georgia in January. Shannon played in 11 games for the Wolves, nabbing 16 catches for 258 yards and a touchdown in an 8-3 season.Dakota Allen, LBAllen was kicked off Texas Tech after being charged with second-degree burglary. He became a stalwart at EMCC in 2016, helping the Lions to an 11-1 record. He later returned to Lubbock under coach Kliff Kingsbury, whose trust in Allen paid off big in 2017. He led the team with 102 tackles, two sacks and two interceptions. He tallied 60 tackles (5.5 for loss), two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and a touchdown in 2018. He was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams in the seventh round of the 2019 NFL Draft, signing a four-year deal in June.De’Andre Johnson, QBThe second Florida State quarterback to head to EMCC, Johnson spent one year in Scooba, Miss., after getting expelled for punching a woman in a bar. He later left for Florida Atlantic (again following Franklin’s lead) where he spent most of the 2017 season on the sidelines dealing with complications from blood clots in his arm. He played in six games in 2018, putting up 339 total yards and three total touchdowns before announcing his intent to transfer.Vijay Miller, QBMiller, the second-string quarterback in Season 2, briefly played in MLB as part of the San Diego Padres’ minor league team. He was selected in the 14th round of the 2017 MLB Draft. He returned to EMCC in 2018, helping the team to a 12-0 season in which he played in five games, threw for 851 yards and eight touchdowns to two interceptions. He also rushed for 166 yards and four touchdowns.Chauncey Rivers, DTRivers came from Georgia after a string of marijuana-related arrests. He finished his time at EMCC and transferred to Mississippi State, where he had to sit out the 2017 season due to being academically ineligible. He played in all 13 games in 2018, part of a dominant defensive line that sent two players into the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft. He finished fifth on the team with tackles for loss and had 2.5 sacks, totaling 24 tackles with multiple tackles in nine different games. He is listed as a senior on Mississippi State’s official 2019 roster.MORE: ICC players who made it to NFLSeason 3: Independence Community CollegeMalik Henry, QBHenry was the third quarterback to leave Florida State for community college, though he deviated from Franklin and Johnson in choosing Independence over EMCC. Henry and ICC coach Jason Brown got in several disputes during the 2017 season, the former saying he felt he was “better than this.” He finished the season with roughly 1,300 passing yards and 10 touchdowns.Despite fulfilling his junior college requirements in 2017, Henry never picked up an offer from a Power 5 school. He returned to ICC in 2018, playing in only two games and completing 19 of 43 passes for 247 yards, a touchdown and three interceptions. He transferred to Nevada as a walk-on in January and is listed as a junior on the team’s official 2019 roster.Carlos Thompson, WRThompson was a bright spot on Season 3, buying into the team after early struggles and several clashes with Brown. He caught 48 passes for 544 yards and three touchdowns at Independence in 2017. Because his five years of Division I eligibility was up (he played for Texas Tech in 2013) he was ineligible to receive an offer from that level of play. He instead signed with Division II program Missouri Western State. There, he finished the 2018 season third on the team with 17 receptions and 261 yards receiving. He also returned 10 punts for 183 yards and 14 kickoffs for 240 yards. He decided to forgo his senior season to prepare for a jump to the NFL.Rakeem Boyd, RBA former three-star running back recruit at Texas A&M who didn’t see the field in 2016 because of academic issues. He battled for the Pirates’ starting running back position, eventually pulling away from his competition to rush for 1,211 yards and 14 touchdowns. He signed with Arkansas at season’s end. Boyd made an instant impact after transferring to Arkansas in 2018, playing in 12 games, starting eight, and finishing the season with 734 rushing yards and two touchdowns. He also caught 23 passes for 165 yards. He is listed as a junior on Arkansas’ 2019 roster.Kingston Davis, RBThe Michigan transfer had hoped to get more looks at Independence after struggling with injuries and lack of playing time with the Wolverines. He was plagued with ball-security issues at Independence, however, and eventually left the program feeling he’d wasted a year there. He signed with UAB in 2018, recording 22 carries for 88 yards and two touchdowns in three games that season. He was removed from the team’s roster in November after previously serving a suspension after a student-conduct issue in September. He was arrested in December for the same incident, reportedly facing charges of domestic violence and strangulation.Emmit Gooden, DTGooden was arguably one of Independence’s best defensive players, racking up 81 tackles and a sack in 2017. He had a knack for late hits and personal fouls at Independence, though that apparently wasn’t a big-enough hangup for Tennessee, which signed him at the end of the season. Gooden playing in all 12 games for the Vols in 2018, recording one start. He finished the season with 33 tackles and seven tackles for loss (third-most on the team). He is listed as a senior on Tennessee’s 2019 roster.Bobby Bruce, LBBruce, a talented player who had several academic and behavioral issues at Independence, was arrested in June 2018 and charged with robbery in connection with an incident the previous May, though prosecutors dropped the charges against him in December. Bruce returned to play for ICC in 2018 but was cut from the team. He reportedly signed with Arena Football team Manatee Neptunes in April.Kerry Buckmaster, OLBuckmaster used Independence as a means of escaping a home life that saw his mother in jail and father using drugs. He maintained a close relationship with his father in Season 3 and overcame an injury to his right shoulder to transfer to Division II program West Texas A&M, where he is listed on the team’s 2019 roster.Other notable signings from “Last Chance U” Season 3 playersPlayerPositionCareer ICC statsTransfer destinationCalvin Jackson Jr.WR25 receptions, 381 yards, 4 TDsWashington StateBrandon BeaQB60.9 completion percentage, 353 yards, 1 TD, 2 INTsBoise State (walk-on)Tramonda MooreOLThree games playedOklahoma (later dismissed)DJ WilliamsDB56 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 FF, 2 FRUtah StateDelrick AbramsDB60 tackles, 3 INTs, 1 FRColoradoRay BufordDB18 tackles, 2 FFs, 6 PBUsNew Mexico StateJamal ScottRB79 attempts, 363 yards, 7 TDsEastern IllinoisSeason 4: Independence Community CollegeJason Brown, coachBrown is no longer coaching at Independence Community College. At one point he was facing eight felony charges “for allegedly stealing the identity of a lawyer in an attempt to silence local newspapers,” according to the Parson Sun. Although Brown denied the charges on Twitter sayig, “Apparently a newspaper in Kansas wrote a story about me being criminally charged. This is news to me as well. So please keep your judgement to yourself. I’ve done nothing wrong this smells like sour grapes and a set up! Nobody has contacted me my lawyers will take it from here!”Jermaine Johnson, LBJohnson wasn’t always a featured player on “Last Chance U,” but he was the No. 1 rated JUCO prospect (per 247 Sports composite) while attending ICC. Johnson ended up committing to Georgia where he played in 2019. Johnson finished with 20 tackles, 2.5 sacks and a forced fumble during his 2019 season with the Bulldogs.Malik Henry, QBHenry was back in Season 4, although he left ICC as Brown left. The well-traveled Henry went to Nevada where he started two games in 2019. Henry completed 42 of 78 (53.8) passes for 593 yards while throwing one touchdown to four interceptions. He joined Nevada as a walk-on, but is no longer on the team. He was not enrolled after the spring semester at Nevada and is not listed on the football roster. He is currently not playing anywhere.Jordan “Jay” Jones, QBJones’ season at ICC didn’t work out as planned as Coach Brown brought in Henry midway through the season. The end of “Last Chance U” said Jones was open changing positions and moving to receiver at the Division 1 level. It’s not clear where Jones ended up in 2019 or where he stands currently.Bobby Bruce, LBBruce returned in Season 4 after Season 3’s credits said, “Bobby Bruce was arrested during summer break for robbery. He is not expected back at Independence.” As for what happened after the season was over, Bruce ended up playing in A-League football, an arena football league. Bruce played for the Manatee Neptunes. It’s not clear if the Neptunes are still around as every account for the A-League has been inactive since 2019.Chance Main, DEMain is now playing for the University of the Incarnate Word. From their website: “Played in 10 games and started five… registered 28 tackles with 12 unassisted and 16 assisted… tied a team-high 11.5 tackles for loss for 38 yards, including 2.5 sacks for 15 yards… also recorded five pass breakups and one quarterback hurry… had a season-best eight tackles at SFA… had a season-high 3.5 tackles for loss twice, first against Lamar (for 10 yards) and then at SFA (for 15 yards).”Kailon Davis, DEDavis is currently playing at Arkansas State, where he played sparingly in 2019. Davis appeared in nine games and recorded a tackle in seven of them. Markiese King, WRKing committed to play at Lamar University, but was not eligible to play in 2019. He’s still looking to get back on the football field for 2020.Season 5: Laney CollegeNu’u Taugavau, OLTaugavau received a scholarship from Murray State.Rejzohn Wright, CBWright accepted an offer from Oregon State. Season 5 of Netflix’s hit series “Last Chance U” is here, continuing its run of chronicling the lives of junior college football players.The latest season moves to Laney College for the final year of college football in the series. In 2021, “Last Chance U” will focus on college basketball. We’ve grown to know the players, coaches and staff from East Mississippi Community College in the show’s first two seasons. We then got to know Coach Jason Brown at Independence Community College in Kansas for Season 3 and 4.
Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Francisco Liriano throws to the plate during the first inning of their baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Saturday, June 22, 2013, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)by Joe ResnickANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates have been making a lot of noise this season and are tempting their long-suffering fans again with the possibility of a winning season for the first time since rookie Gerrit Cole was still in diapers.Francisco Liriano took a shutout into the seventh inning, and Andrew McCutchen, Pedro Alvarez and Gaby Sanchez homered, leading the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 6-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday night.“It was awesome just to be able to do that, and we had a lot of fun doing it,” said McCutchen, who ended a homerless drought of 98 at-bats. “This is the way we should come out and play every day. We don’t have to depend on just one or two guys. Everybody’s coming through. To have a complete lineup like that from top to bottom is always fun.”Liriano (6-3) allowed a run and seven hits in 6 2-3 innings, struck out six and walked three. The Angels’ run came in the seventh, when rookie J.B. Shuck hit a ground-rule double just inside the right field line and Mike Trout drove him in with a two-out single on the left-hander’s 104th and final pitch.Liriano has allowed fewer than three runs in seven of his nine starts after missing the first 35 games of the season because of broken bone in his non-throwing arm.The victory put the Bucs a season-best 15 games over .500 (45-30). After 75 games last season they were 40-35, but finished with a losing record for an unprecedented 20th straight year.Jerome Williams (5-3) gave up five runs — four earned — and eight hits over six innings in his eighth start of the season and first since June 12. The right-hander took over the rotation slot vacated by lefty Jason Vargas, who was placed on the disabled list Friday because of a blood clot under his pitching arm.“He made really good pitches in the first inning, and he really made some really good pitches throughout the game,” catcher Chris Iannetta said. “But in that three-run inning he gave up the home run to Alvarez, and that was just a good piece of hitting. All of his mistakes were up in the zone and they capitalized on them.”Alvarez has homered in three consecutive games.The Bucs added two more that inning on an RBI single by No. 9 hitter Jordy Mercer and a bases-loaded walk to Russell Martin.One of the runs was unearned, the result of a fielding error by third baseman Alberto Callaspo on a slow-hit grounder by Marte that kept the inning alive.“Actually, if Williams threw the whole game the way he did in the first inning, it would have been complicated for us,” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. “He’s pitched extremely well for them, and this was probably not normal for what they’ve seen from him this season. There were mistakes he made tonight and we were able to do something with those mistakes. A lot of balls were elevated.”Travis Snider extended the margin to 4-0 in the fourth with an RBI single after a leadoff double by Neil Walker. McCutchen added his eighth homer in the fifth, and Sanchez capped the scoring in the eighth against Michael Kohn with a homer off the left field pole, his sixth this season and second in his last 44 games.After striking out four of his first five batters, Liriano found himself in a jam with runners at the corners in the third inning before retiring Albert Pujols on a grounder to second base. The three-time NL MVP is 1 for 15 against Liriano.“His fastball was 92, 95, and had good movement,” Iannetta said. “He had a really tight slider tonight and a very good changeup. That was his equalizing pitch, and we swung through it a lot.”Howie Kendrick, hitting at a .381 clip over his previous 35 games, legged out a double to right-center with one out in the Angels’ fourth and was thrown out at the plate as left fielder Starling Marte charged Erick Aybar’s sharp single and made a one-hop peg to Martin.“I knew he was out right when they sent him home, because I know he has a cannon,” McCutchen said. “When that ball was coming to him and I saw (third base coach Dino Ebel) waving, I was like, ‘He’s out.’ He’s not a typical left fielder because he has the arm of a right fielder. So when he threw that ball, I knew he was toast.”NOTES: Shuck started in RF in place of Josh Hamilton, who missed his second straight game with a sore right wrist. Hamilton is batting just .207. … Hurdle, whose only season as the Texas Rangers’ hitting coach coincided with Hamilton’s 2010 AL MVP campaign, had a chance to reconnect with Angels’ slumping right fielder during this series. “It was an extremely good visit,” Hurdle said. “I think there’s a lot of challenges, and he’s in a challenging place. I reminded him of the strengths and the skills he does have, and also that he can’t do it alone. There’s some other pretty talented people in that clubhouse and on that ballfield.” … Hurdle played in 18 games at Angel Stadium with the Kansas City Royals when it was still known as Anaheim Stadium, and was 10 for 46 lifetime. … Liriano is 2-4 with a 5.82 ERA in eight career starts against the Angels.
Mayor Robert Neff Jr. swears in Councilman Dane Mihlon as Mihlon’s wife, Lauren, holds the Bible.LITTLE SILVER — It was as if Dr. Seuss took over as mayor for a little while at the borough’s annual reorganization meeting last Thursday. Robert Neff Jr., who was sworn in to his first four-year term as mayor, used the opportunity deliver an address to his constituents in the form of a poem.Using rhyming couplets, the mayor noted, “Last year, this time three feet of snow gave Little Silver fits./Later still, Irene’s ill will, and earthquake tremors, hit.”Additional verses offered further reflections on the year just past, hailed recent borough accomplishments, offered thanks and congratulations to those being sworn in to elected office and to those receiving various appointments.“I’ve missed some names—we know you’re there, and no offense was meant/Appreciation is the key, our thanks were the intent.”Afterwards Neff said that while he had some reservations about waxing poetic, he ultimately decided to give it a whirl to keep the mood light and festive.“This has been a really nice meeting,” he observed as the meeting adjourned.Neff, a former Republican council member, had declared his candidacy for mayor when he was named last year to fill the vacancy caused by the death of long serving Mayor Suzanne Castleman. Donald Galante, a former Republican councilman, was appointed to fill Neff’s vacant council seat.Along with Neff, his running mate, newcomer Dane S. Mihlon, and incumbent Democrat Daniel J. O’Hern Jr. were sworn in for their respective three-year terms.The borough council selected member David Gilmour to serve as this year’s council president; reappointed John O. Bennett as borough attorney; and reappointed Gregory Blash as borough engineer.
There’s no one more disappointed than the people behind the Nelson Leafs hockey franchise that the club suffered early elimination from the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League playoffs.However, there’s more to the Leafs franchise than skates, pucks, tape and sticks.The Leafs continue to be a force off the ice after the club made a donation to the “Man in Motion” project prior to the end of the hockey season.During the first home playoff game against Beaver Valley, Leaf president Larry Martel presented Bill McDonnell and Denis Kleine with a cheque for $500 in support of the purchase of the “Man in Motion” bronze sculpture located at the NDCC entrance.A replica of the sculpture is currently on display in the Nelson Leafs cabinet next to the sound booth. No time to rest for Leaf coaching staffAfter going through a rollercoaster ride this past season, Leaf head coach Dave McLellan is not going to make the same mistake twice.McLellan has already put the wheels in motion on making the Leafs run in next season’s KIJHL playoffs a long one.The veteran coach has booked dates for the Leafs spring rookie and main camps.The rookie camp goes April 24-26 at the NDCC Arena.Invited players from throughout the province will be in Nelson for a tryout to see if they qualify for Main Camp, May 15-17.The Leafs training camp is set for the first week of September. Defending KIJHL Champion Hawks in control of Murdoch FinalThe Beaver Valley Nitehawks are slowly, but surely, making quick work of the Castlegar Rebels in the Murdoch Division Finals.Beaver Valley built up a 3-0 lead before rolling to a 4-2 victory Thursday in Castlegar.The defending KIJHL champs hold a commanding 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.Devin Names and Castlegar product Kadrian Klimchuk scored first period goals before McKoy Hauck made it 3-0 in the second.Yannis Soukas, the hottest Rebel in the playoffs, gave the home team life with a powerplay goal 14 seconds remaining in the period.Jeremy McNeil cut the margin to 3-2 with another special teams marker seconds into the third.But Walker Sidoni scored on the power play for Beaver Valley midway through the final period to secure the victory.Beaver Valley out shot the Rebels 32-24.Carsen Schamerhorn won his sixth straight game in goal for the Hawks while Austin Wells took the loss for Castlegar.Beaver Valley has now defeated Castlegar five of the last six games dating back to Feb. 7.Game four is Friday in Castlegar. Note the early start time of 5:30 p.m. as the teams must give way to Selkirk Saints later in the evening.The Saints host University of Victoria Cougars in Game one of the BC Intercollegiate Hockey League semi final at 8 p.m.Game two is Saturday with Game three, if necessary, Sunday in Castlegar.If necessary, Game five of the Murdoch Finals goes Sunday in Fruitvale.
The 2012 ACI National Home Performance Conference was held in Baltimore at the end of March, and was yet again another marathon geekfest. With almost twenty concurrent sessions running from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., followed by more sessions lasting until 8 p.m., it is a feat of endurance to attend this almost week-long event.This year there appeared to be an underground movement (Twitter handle: #ACIafterdark) that threw late-night parties, although I never managed to figure out where they were.Heat-pump water heatersI managed to attend several good sessions this year, providing good data and food for thought. The first panel I attended covered heat-pump water heaters, and what I learned reinforced my position that they aren’t the great hope of energy conservation that many people believe them to be.Presenters shared results from two studies, both showing only very modest energy savings over traditional heaters. As is the case with most things, the total savings depend on many factors including where they are located in the house, use patterns, and the available free air for the heat pump to take heat from. Tests showed most units to be in the range of 10% to 40% more efficient than electric resistant heat.High volume use maxes out the efficient heat pump mode, requiring the use of resistance heat to make up the difference, lowering efficiencies even more. These studies did not address the energy penalty that they may impose in cold climates where they remove heat from the air which offsets some of the total energy savings.John Straube is quotableJohn Straube was, as Allison Bailes put it, “a walking quote machine.”In his presentation on insulating and air sealing roofs and attics, he was, as always funny, entertaining, and informative. One obvious, but often overlooked, point is that air sealing on new homes frequently leaks in short order as new framing lumber shrinks and creates gaps, while air sealing on retrofits lasts much longer since the lumber is more stable. In real terms, a typical 1/16” crack between drywall and top plates adds up to 12 square inches for each 100 feet of wall.My favorite Straube quote of the day: “R-Value is like IQ — when you’re in single digits, you’re kind of an idiot.” In an extended discussion comparing deep-energy retrofits to minor repairs, he referred to the latter as “turd polishing,” pointing out that you can’t always afford the expensive stuff, and if you are “surrounded by turds, it’s nice if they’re shiny.” Can’t wait to see him again.Some geeks are studying marketingThere were almost continuous sessions on marketing, websites, and blogging, and all appeared to be well attended. The geeks have realized that they need to market, and they (we?) were happily taking notes and tweeting away throughout the sessions.Probably my favorite event was an evening session hosted by Chris Dorsi that was delivered entirely in the Pecha Kucha format that restricts each presenter to 20 slides and 20 seconds per slide. I was impressed at the quality of the speakers and their ability to get their information across quickly and concisely.Book raffleOn Wednesday evening, Dow Building Solutions hosted a party for our new book, raffling off several copies to the group. Three different people with Habitat won copies, but my favorite photo of the night was John Krigger, co-author of Residential Energy posing with his associate Darrel Tenter and our book. I returned the favor the next day by posing with his.Overall, the conference was very good, and not noticeably different from previous years. I still contend that there are too many sessions and they go on too long. Maybe they should just give up all pretension and switch to a 24-hour conference. If you want to be in a session at 8 p.m., why not one at 3 a.m.?There are still too many presenters who don’t know how to put together a readable, visually compelling presentation, and too many are simply not good speakers. As with most conferences, I would like to see better vetting of speakers, something that should happen as videos of speakers become more commonplace.Although I returned home thoroughly exhausted from the experience, ACI was well worth the effort and I expect to return again.