Time to reroute the Stockade-athon

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionThe Stockade-athon should be re-routed to avoid the disruption of church traffic on Sunday mornings. A new route might also reduce the need for so many police cars and blockades, which must be expensive, especially the overtime. The race could start at the parking lot between SCCC and the bike path, and proceed up the ramp to State Street and turn left on Washington Avenue, go one block in Riverside Park, then turn right on Governor’s Lane, right on Front Street, left on Washington Avenue and then back on the bike path all the way to Lock 9 in Rotterdam, then loop back on Rice Road and back on the bike path near the I-890 Campbell Road exit. If this doesn’t equal 15 kilometers, it can be tweaked, perhaps extending as far as the next lock. The small loop through the Stockade would justify continuing with the name of the race, and would not require much in the way of a police presence. The present race configuration is like a noose around the city of Schenectady, as delightful as it may seem to the runners. Sure, it’s only once a year and only for a few hours, but it’s a nightmare for people trying to get to church inside that noose.Roger ShefferSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Anderson starts, but Dodgers finish off NLCS winEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesSchenectady man dies following Cutler Street dirt bike crashSchenectady police reform sessions pivot to onlineSchenectady High School senior class leaders look to salvage sense of normalcylast_img read more

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The Latest: MLS says returning in mid-May unlikely

first_imgUEFA says it will host another round of calls next week for European soccer leaders to address the shutdown amid the coronavirus pandemic.The UEFA executive committee is set to join by video link on April 23. It will follow separate days of calls with UEFA’s 55 member federations and club soccer officials.UEFA is giving priority to completing national league and cup competitions. One contingency plan is for games to continue into July and August and decide entries for the Champions League and Europa League next season.This season’s Champions League and Europa League could resume once domestic titles are decided.The UEFA executive committee last month postponed the European Championship by one year to 2021. Other games affected include World Cup qualifying groups, the 2021 Nations League finals and the women’s Euro 2021 tournament in England. Tour organizers say it is now impossible for the three-week race to start on June 27 in the Riviera city of Nice as scheduled.It is unclear if cycling’s biggest event will be scrapped from the race calendar. New plans are likely to be announced before the end of the month following consultations with the governing body of cycling.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Associated Press The Latest: MLS says returning in mid-May unlikely April 14, 2020 ___The German soccer league has delayed a meeting of clubs that was expected to set out a timetable for resuming games in empty stadiums.Clubs from the top two divisions were to meet Friday but that has been delayed until April 23.The league had hoped to resume play next month but Germany’s federal political system could allow numerous state and federal officials to obstruct games if they disagree.The league says clubs need extra time to prepare and that any decisions made will be “based on the current political decision-making situation at federal and state level over the coming week.” ___The Asian Football Confederation says it has postponed “all matches and competitions scheduled to take place in May and June until further notice.”Most of the 32 Asian Champions League teams played two group games in February before the coronavirus outbreak caused a shutdown.The AFC says it “will explore all possible options in order to complete” those groups.___center_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Major League Soccer says its hopes of returning in mid-May are “extremely unlikely.” The first women’s professional golf tournament in Saudi Arabia has found new dates in October.The inaugural Saudi Ladies International on the Ladies European Tour was to be played last month but was postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.The $1 million event will now be played from Oct. 8-11 at Royal Greens Golf and Country Club at King Abdullah Economic City.___The Tour de France won’t begin as originally planned because French President Emmanuel Macron has canceled all public events with large crowds through mid-July in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The league on Tuesday announced it was extending its self-quarantine recommendation for players, coaches and staff through April 30. The announcement marks the third time the NHL has pushed back its timetable since suspending play on March 12 because of the new coronavirus.The most recent self-quarantine recommendation was supposed to run through Wednesday. The recommendation means team facilities will remain closed to players.Players and staff were previously given the opportunity to self-isolate at their offseason homes.There is no timetable of when play might resume and whether the NHL will be able to complete the regular season or start the playoffs, which could stretch into September. There were 189 games remaining when play was suspended.— AP Hockey Writer John Wawrow reporting. ___The Senior British Open golf tournament has been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.The event was scheduled to take place at Sunningdale from July 23-26.R&A official Johnnie Cole-Hamilton says organizers are looking at alternative options to host the tournament “later in the year if at all possible.”___ In a statement Tuesday, the league said guidance from federal and local public health officials is making it unlikely the league will be able to restart in about a month.MLS says the goal remains to play as many games as possible, but it’s becoming increasingly difficult to potentially play an entire season even if there are enough dates available.MLS currently has a training moratorium for players through April 24.___The NHL will remain on pause through at least the end of the month.last_img read more

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India and Australia resolve differences

first_imgINDIA will withdraw a complaint to the International Cricket Council (ICC) over Australia’s conduct during the second Test in Bangalore this week.Australia captain Steve Smith was seen looking up to his side’s dressing room when pondering whether to ask for a review after he was given out.That sparked a war of words, although the ICC said it would not be taking any further action against either side.“We have resolved to restore focus on the series,” a joint statement read.“CEO of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, Mr Rahul Johri, and CEO of Cricket Australia Mr James Sutherland met at the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai yesterday.“In discussing the matters at length, they agreed the importance of bringing back the focus to the game and the much anticipated next Test match in Ranchi.” (BBC Sport)last_img read more

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La Liga confirms plans for inaugural esports competition

first_imgLa Liga, the organising body behind Spain’s two top flights in football, has launched its first esports competition as part of its new ‘It is not football, it’s La Liga’ campaign.With La Liga Esports, the organisation seeks to “bring the institution closer to the millennial generation and engage with this particular sector of the population”, as well as use the opportunity to reach new audiences.It hasn’t yet been announced what exactly La Liga Esports will entail, stating that it has plans to “roll out several ambitious projects which aim to bring together a passion for football and the exciting world of esports.”Long-term the organisation is aiming to make the program an international one, providing they see success in Spain, to satisfy both sports and esports fans collectively.It seems somewhat safe to presume that the competition will feature EA Sports’ FIFA 18, as would be the natural choice given what La Liga is at its core, and its previous work with EA. However, La Liga’s intentions are clear in wanting to move in to multiple esport titles, and FIFA might lose out to one of their players’ personal preference in football game; PES (Pro Evolution Soccer).This news follows Barcelona’s announcement that they will be stepping in to esports, with the La Liga leaders competing in eFootball.Pro’s PES tournaments, with their defender Gerard Pique being the founder and president of eFootball.Pro.La Liga is not the first sporting league to take steps in to esports; only in the last few months we’ve seen the NBA, NFL and MLS take steps towards organising their own esport leagues in their respective titles.Esports Insider says: It’s fantastic to see yet another sporting body appreciate the huge appeal and potential esports has in developing their brand on both a national and global scale. It will certainly be interesting to see how La Liga creates their esport presence – especially with the intention of hosting multiple titles.last_img read more

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LA Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw gets the ball in Game 2 of the NLCS

first_imgCHICAGO >> When he starts Game 2 of the National League Championship Series for the Dodgers, Clayton Kershaw will make his third appearance in a span of six days. He’s never done that in nine major league seasons.Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said the decision to start Kershaw on Sunday — three days after he recorded the series-clinching save in Washington — wasn’t complicated.“If he feels good, then it’s a no-brainer,” Roberts said. “It’s just more of just getting assurance that he feels good physically.”Kershaw gave Roberts that assurance. If Kershaw weren’t healthy, Roberts said he trusted his ace to be honest. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Roster changesUtility player Kiké Hernández and pitcher Alex Wood were added to the 25-man roster for the NLCS, taking the spots of utility players Charlie Culberson and Austin Barnes. The Dodgers will have 12 pitchers and 13 position players for the best-of-seven series.Hernandez started Game 1 at second base with a left-hander, Jon Lester, pitching for the Cubs.“(Kiké’s) athleticism, the versatility, the ability to play essentially anywhere on the baseball field, and I like the potential slug,” Roberts said. “It was a tough decision with Charlie.”Hernandez, 25, batted .190 with a .283 on-base percentage in 109 games this season. He saw time at six different positions in the field. On June 1, Hernandez hit one of his seven home runs this season against Lester. He’s 3 for 12 in his career against the veteran lefty.Wood, a 25-year-old left-hander, made four relief appearances in September after returning from the disabled list with an elbow injury. He didn’t allow a run in those four games, striking out four batters in four innings.“I think that for us ultimately I like the way Alex can get a left-hander out, a right-hander out, and so I love the ability to throw a strike,” Roberts said.Barnes struck out in his only at-bat of the NLDS; he also appeared as a pinch runner. Culberson went 0 for 7 with two strikeouts.Carlos Ruiz and Yasmani Grandal are the only catchers on the Dodgers’ roster with Barnes out. Roberts indicated that the Dodgers’ third-string catcher is Yasiel Puig.Hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda remains hospitalized in California but is “feeling better,” according to Dodgers executive vice president and chief marketing officer Lon Rosen, who speaks with Lasorda frequently. Rosen joked that he could tell Lasorda was feeling better because he was asking Rosen about tickets for the NLCS games at Dodger Stadium next week. When the Dodgers were celebrating their NLDS Game 5 victory in the visitors’ clubhouse in Washington on Thursday, Rosen called Lasorda and passed the phone around to several players — including Yasiel Puig, Joc Pederson and Justin Turner. “I told him, ‘Get better. I want to see you at the stadium when the team gets home,’” Puig said. Roberts said he has been sending Lasorda texts during the team’s postseason run. The 89-year-old Lasorda missed the Dodgers’ home games in the NLDS as well after being hospitalized with back and shoulder pain and related issues.Quick hitsHill said he won’t go into his Game 3 start with any restrictions, either. “I could pitch today,” he said Saturday. “It’s all hands on deck.” … The forecast called for rain overnight in Chicago. The skies are expected to clear well in advance of Game 2, which is scheduled for 7 p.m. local time (5 p.m. Pacific). … Eric Cooper will be the home plate umpire in Game 2, followed by Gary Cederstrom in Game 3 and Angel Hernandez in Game 4.Staff writer Bill Plunkett contributed to this reportcenter_img “Is he fatigued? Sure,” Roberts said. “So are all the guys … I’ve got complete certainty that he’s a go” for Game 2.Rich Hill will start Game 3 on Tuesday in Los Angeles and the Dodgers haven’t determined who will start Game 4.For Kershaw, the impromptu appearance in the ninth inning of Game 5 of the NLDS was not without calculation. Thursday was the day he normally would have thrown, two days after his most recent start. Between the number of pitches he threw warming up in the bullpen, and the seven he threw against the Washington Nationals, the experience didn’t disrupt Kershaw’s famously regimented routine.“I’m not going in with any restrictions,” Kershaw said. “There’s no excuses at this point. So we’re just going in trying to get a win.”last_img read more

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a month agoNewcastle goalkeeper Dubravka says new deal close

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Newcastle goalkeeper Dubravka says new deal closeby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United goalkeeper Martin Dubravka says he is “close” to agreeing a new contract.Dubravka has three years remaining on his current deal but despite impressing since arriving in the North East, remains one of the club’s lowest earners. Speaking after the defeat to Liverpool on Saturday, the Slovakian goalkeeper said: “We’re in talks. I’m close. We are in contact and hopefully we can sort it out as soon as possible.”I’m happy here so if I can stay longer here, I will be happy. Since I came here, people have treated me really well. I can say that I feel at home here.”I’m glad that people think that I can stay here for the longer term. It’s such a big honour for me.” last_img read more

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Creditors Consider Another Rescue Package for DSME

first_imgzoom Creditors of the cash strapped Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering are looking to secure another rescue package for the company of up to KRW 3 trillion (USD 2.6 billion), Yonhap News Agency cited industry sources.Led by the state-run Korea Development Bank (KDB), the creditors said that the financial support would be provided amid a decrease in new shipbuilding orders.Although the shipbuilder was expected to score up to KRW 13.7 trillion of new orders during 2016, it managed to secure only a small portion of this goal with a total of KRW 1.77 trillion of newbuilding contracts during the year, while the owner of two drilling rigs, which were constructed by the yard, decided to push the delivery of these KRW 1 trillion-worth vessels to 2017.In late 2016, DSME’s creditors unveiled their intentions to support the ailing shipbuilder with some KRW 2.8 trillion through debt to equity conversion and bonds sale.Under the plan, KDB said it would convert KRW 1.8 trillion of debt into equity, after it earlier converted around KRW 400 billion worth of loans into DSME stocks.In January 2017, the bank increased its ownership in the shipbuilder from 49.74 percent to 79.04 percent.The second creditor, the Export-Import Bank of Korea, added that it would buy KRW 1 trillion worth of bonds to be sold by the shipbuilding company.Driven by the decrease in new orders, DSME said that it plans to undertake a KRW 2.5 trillion self-rescue plan during 2017.Larger than last year’s KRW 1.6 trillion plan, the new measures would include further decrease in its workforce by up to 2,000 workers. By the end of 2017 the company’s workforce is expected to drop to a total of 8,500 workers.The plan also includes the disposal of DSME’s non-core assets, such as its IT business, as well as its buildings and floating docks with a total worth of around KRW 500 billion.Additionally, the shipbuilder decided to cut its 2017 goal for new ship orders to USD 5.5 billion after its 2016 orderbook fell short of expectations.Separately, DSME released financial results for 2016 which show that the shipbuilder reduced its full-year loss to KRW 2.7 trillion (USD 2.4 billion) from KRW 3.3 trillion (USD 2.9 billion) seen in 2015.The shipbuilder’s operating loss was also reduced and amounted to KRW 1.6 trillion in 2016, against an operating loss of KRW 2.9 trillion recorded a year earlier.In addition, DSME posted a revenue of KRW 12.7 trillion in 2016, lower from a revenue of KRW 15 trillion in 2015.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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Jet has fuel supplies only till this afternoon

first_imgNew Delhi/Mumbai: Financially-stressed Jet Airways has time till Tuesday afternoon to pay fuel vendors failing which it might have to ground its operational fleet, industry sources said on Monday. According to industry insiders, the company is almost out of funds and is relying solely on the scant funds being infused by lenders on an expense-to-expense basis. “The fuel supply is expected to run out from Tuesday afternoon as fresh payments would be required for vendors,” an industry source told IANS in New Delhi. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalCorroborating this, a Jet Airways official told IANS in New Delhi: “A proposal for a fresh fund infusion has been given to the lenders.” At present, Jet is operating only 7 aircraft for domestic operations due to the grounding of over 80 per cent of its fleet by lessors owing to non-payment of dues. The full service carrier’s situation is critical as the airline, that once operated around 120 aircraft, is now left with just 16 planes in its fleet. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostCurrently, the airline owes over Rs 8,000 crore to a consortium of lenders led by the state-run State Bank of India (SBI). Jet has suspended international operations till Monday afternoon. The only hope for the airline now lies in an immediate dose of interim funding and the completion of the stake sale process initiated by the lenders. The airline on Sunday said it has extended the cancellation of its west-bound flights — to and from Amsterdam, London and Paris — until April 16. On Sunday, Jet’s pilots’ union deferred its decision of “no pay no work” from Monday, citing the meeting of the lenders’ consortium with the airline management slated for later in the day. A senior member of the National Aviators’ Guild (NAG) had said that the pilots would await the outcome of Monday’s meeting.last_img read more

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Ohio State studentathletes receive help transitioning to college classes

Members of the OSU men’s lacrosse team celebrate a goal during a game against Robert Morris Feb. 1 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. OSU won, 11-7.Credit: Ryan Robey / For The LanternThe transition from being a high school athlete to a career in college could be difficult, but the utilization of resources in college could help balance academics and athletics.A senior defender for the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team, Joe Meurer — who is set to graduate in May — said the time and effort he has put in with lacrosse compared to high school has increased drastically.“In high school you’re probably committing, you know, eight hours a week to lacrosse, here you’re committing double,” Meurer said.Some OSU athletes said with practice taking up a large amount of student-athletes’ time, getting support with classwork becomes essential.“I think high school is not nearly as demanding as college is, and you don’t have to make as many sacrifices as you do as a college student-athlete,” redshirt-junior goalkeeper for the OSU men’s soccer team Alex Ivanov said.OSU’s Student-Athlete Support Service Office seeks to aid student-athletes academically. The program supports about 1,000 student-athletes a year, associate director and athletic academic counselor for SASSO Vicki Melnick said in an email. Melnick said the program’s funding comes from the Office of Undergraduate Education, which amounts to about $2.6 million in the current fiscal year.Melnick said that the programs goal is to help students to stay the course.“Our office focuses primarily on academic support, and then also what we call student development support, primarily in the areas of career developments and some personal development along with leadership development,” Melnick said.Athletes are required to attend study table sessions in the Younkin Success Center located at 1640 Neil Avenue, for a time to study and do schoolwork. Requirement hours for study table vary depending on the sport. The head coaches with the assistance from academic counselors decide on the amount of weekly hours needed for study table for that particular athlete. Melnick said in an interview with The Lantern that only freshman are required to have study tables and that the average time spent on the table is six to eight hours a week.“Typically, it’s predominantly first-year students. One of the main purposes of it is to help them transition into college,” Melnick said. “To see the value of making sure they spend the minimum amount of time each week studying.”Ivanov became the first Academic All-American for the men’s soccer program this past season. Even as a fourth-year, he utilizes tutor facilities offered by SASSO to help maintain his grades as an electrical and computer engineering major.“I used to do the study table hours then the other years it’s all been on my own, just trying to meet people in class and stuff, like a normal student would, and if I ever did need a tutor for like a special math class or something, I could go to Younkin or SASSO to set something up for me,” Ivanov said.SASSO not only support student-athletes in the transition into college, but also prepares them for what comes after.“We have two classes that we teach that are designed for student-athletes. One is helping student-athletes transitioning into college, so it covers a variety of topics like nutrition, time management, a little bit of money management, study skills, introduces them to various help services around campus and athletic departments outside our office,” Melnick said. “The other course is designed for upperclassmen and it’s a ‘transition out of college’ class.”Some student-athletes at OSU are grateful for the support given to them.“It’s been really beneficial. Since day one I’ve been here and I’ve definitely utilized it to my full potential,” Meurer said. read more

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