Yasiel Puig’s HR in 12th inning carries Dodgers past Pirates

first_imgChase Utley led off with a single. Logan Forsythe drew a walk and Utley scored on Corey Seager’s one-out RBI single.A single by Justin Turner loaded the bases with Dodgers for the third time in seven innings. Despite the fact that Cole was tiring at 108 pitches – or maybe because they traded left-handed reliever Tony Watson to the Dodgers three weeks ago – Pirates manager Clint Hurdle left the right-handed Cole in to face the left-handed Granderson.Cole fell behind 2-and-1 with three breaking balls. He left the fourth over the heart of the plate and Granderson drove it over the wall in right-center field for his second home run in the past two games.The grand slam was the Dodgers’ eighth this season, the most in the majors and two short of matching the franchise record (10 in 2004). It was also Granderson’s second in the past five days. His last home run for the New York Mets came Thursday against the Yankees. According to Elias Sports, he is the first player in major-league history to hit two grand slams for different teams in a four-game span.That seemed to salvage a game that had been in the Pirates’ hands since a three-home run barrage in a span of seven batters against Dodgers starter Alex Wood. PITTSBURGH >> Curtis Granderson’s grand slam in the seventh inning gave the Dodgers a lead they squandered when the Pittsburgh Pirates scored twice in the eighth inning to tie the game. But Yasiel Puig’s solo home run leading off the 12th retrieved a 6-5 victory for the Dodgers on Monday night.The win was only the second in the Dodgers’ past 10 games and fourth in their past 14 at PNC Park. The Dodgers have now won seven of their past eight, 22 of their past 26 and 53 of 63 since June 7.Held to two hits over eight innings by Justin Verlander in Detroit on Sunday, the Dodgers managed only four hits in the first six innings against Gerrit Cole on Monday, coming up scoreless despite bases-loaded opportunities in the second and sixth.That all changed in the seventh. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Jose Osuna and Sean Rodriguez hit back-to-back homers in the second inning and Josh Harrison hit his in the third.After giving up only two home runs in his first 16 games and 86-2/3 innings this season, Wood has now given up eight in 36-2/3 innings over his past six starts. Coincidental or causal, Wood’s velocity remains off from where it was earlier this season. In 86 pitches Monday, Wood touched 92 mph just once, sitting at 90-91 mph. That is almost 2 mph down from where he was topping out in the first half of the season.But the Pirates rallied for two runs on just one hit in the eighth inning.Watson hit pinch-hitter Adam Frazier with a pitch to start the inning then departed the scene after striking out Starling Marte.Pedro Baez came in and spent the next five batters searching for the strike zone. He didn’t find it often. Only 13 of his 28 pitches were strikes as he walked three of the five batters and gave up an RBI double to Harrison. The Dodgers couldn’t turn a double play on Josh Bell’s bases-loaded grounder to Utley and the tying run scored.The game stayed tied when the Dodgers stranded the bases loaded for a third time in the 10th inning. But Puig led off the 12th inning with a home run off Pirates reliever Dovydas Neverauskas.More to come on this story.last_img read more

NBA Draft rumors: Knicks seriously considering taking Darius Garland over RJ Barrett

first_img NBA Draft 2019 rumors: Hawks interested in trading up for Jarrett Culver Former Duke forward RJ Barrett wants to play for the Knicks, but New York may not want him.The Knicks are bringing in Darius Garland for a last-minute workout, according to ESPN, and New York is seriously considering taking the guard at No. 3. The team is clearly searching for their floor general and doesn’t appear to be enamored with what is has.Garland averaged 16.2 points and 3.8 rebounds for Vanderbilt this season but he played just five games after suffering a meniscus injury against Kent State in November.The 19-year-old was a five-star recruit coming out of Tennessee in 2018. He was the No. 14 player in the nation, according to 247sports, and the No. 2 point guard. “If that ends up and I’m still there at three, I’d love for them to take me,” Barrett told reporters last week, via SNY. “This is the place I want to be, so I hope they draft me.”R.J. Barrett won’t be meeting with any other teams, and says that he wants to be a Knick:”This is the place I want to be, I hope they draft me” pic.twitter.com/E1i11C1C17— SNY (@SNYtv) June 10, 2019It was also reported in May the Knicks preferred point guard Ja Morant over RJ Barrett at No. 3. However, the Grizzlies have reportedly locked in on Morant at No. 2, so it does not appear the Murray State guard will be available for New York to take.That could also explain why the Knicks are considering taking Garland at No. 3. The team has been searching for a point guard for a few years now as they drafted Frank Ntilikina and acquired Emmanuel Mudiay from the Nuggets and Dennis Smith Jr. from the Mavericks.center_img Darius Garland will conduct a last-minute workout in Tarrytown with the New York Knicks tomorrow, a source told ESPN. Garland is in serious consideration for the No. 3 pick. Minnesota, Boston, Chicago are teams looking at potentially trading up to No. 4 with Garland in mind.— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) June 18, 2019This workout is so late in the process, Garland will miss the NBA Draft media session at 11 a.m. ET on Wednesday the day before the event.Barrett has already worked out with the Knicks and has repeatedly stated he wants to be in New York. Related News NBA Draft 2019: Knicks schedule meeting with Ja Morant, report sayslast_img read more

Grants encourage 16,000 youngsters to get into golf

first_img Almost 16,000 boys and girls received golf coaching in the year to the end of March, thanks to an investment of nearly £90,000 by England Golf.Of those, just over 2000 youngsters have gone on to become junior members of golf clubs.The total of £87,900 was paid as Junior Development Grants to GolfMark clubs and stand-alone driving ranges which hold the RangeMark accreditation. Altogether, 293 facilities each received grants of £300, which they matched.The money was spent on a range of opportunities for members and non-members – one-off tasters, structured courses and regular coaching sessions – and encouraged 15,891 juniors to take part in golf.Almost a quarter of the youngsters taking part were girls (24%) and most of those involved were not club members (68%). The under-14 age group accounted for 76% per cent of the total. Almost 1000 juniors (6%) came from ethnic groups other than white British, while 365 (2%) had a disability.This year, England Golf has launched a new ‘Play More Golf’ fund, offering grants of between £500 and £1500 for projects which encourage people of all ages to play the game more often and which promote club membership.The grants are available to all affiliated clubs and to driving ranges which have been awarded RangeMark. The closing date for applications is 30 May 2014.The money must be spent on activities, coaching programmes or offers which encourage regular participation and lead to club membership. These must take  place between 1 July 2014 and 31 December 2014 and should include follow-on opportunities. Activities supported by the fund should be focused on one or more of the following areas:•    Supporting new adult players or returners to golf to play regularly•    Sessions to attract women and girls, with emphasis on the social aspect of golf•    Regular, structured coaching, playing and competitive opportunities within clubs for juniors, both members and non-members•    Sessions to encourage disabled people to play golfImage © Leaderboard Photography 22 May 2014 Grants encourage 16,000 youngsters to get into golf last_img read more

South Africa shines at Precision Flying Champs

first_imgTeam South Africa excelled at the 2011 precision flying champs, coming second in the team landing category and fourth overall. South Africa’s Hans Schwebel came second overall in the landing category. Poland’s Michal Wieczorek was named the individual precision flying world champion for 2011. (Images: Nicky Rehbock) MEDIA CONTACTS • Izelle Hoffman MGMT Marketing and Media +27 83 388 4484 RELATED ARTICLES • Precision Flying World Champs in South Africa • Bid for in-flight mobile phone use • New low-cost airline for rural SA • Govt offers aviation, maritime careers • Air show gives wings to young dreamsNicky RehbockTeam South Africa put in an impressive performance at the 20th Precision Flying World Championships, recently held in North West province, demonstrating how accurately and safely local pilots can handle aircraft without the aid of modern technology.South Africa came second in the team landing category, with squad member Hans Schwebel being named the runner-up for the landing trophy. This was the first time the event has been hosted in the country.Precision flying competitions test the fundamental skills of pilots flying solo in single-piston engine aircraft. Armed with just a compass and map, participants have to follow a precise flight path while sticking to a tight time limit, complete observation tasks from the air to the ground while navigating the plane, and make inch-perfect landings on short, narrow airstrips with trees and other obstacles on the approach.The sport is the aerial equivalent of orienteering.With ever-increasing automation in modern planes such skills aren’t put to the test in everyday commercial flight, meaning that those who compete in precision flying “represent the cream of the crop in terms of good, solid aviation practice”, says director of the 2011 champs Antony Russell.This year’s championships included host team South Africa, as well as participants from Norway, France, Finland, Denmark, Austria, Switzerland, Sweden, Russia, Czech Republic, Poland, New Zealand, UK and Germany.Poland was named the overall team winner, with member Michal Wieczorek being crowned the individual world champion for 2011. Czech Republic came second, France third and South Africa fourth.‘Felt proud to be South African’South Africa’s Hans Schwebel has been competing in the sport since 1994, with 2011 being the 18th time he has represented the country at the world champs. He’s a private pilot living in Brits, North West, and has his own business, which gives him the flexibility to practise as often as he can. He started preparing for this event three months ago, flying as often as three times a week.“But there’s always stiff competition from overseas – a lot of the competitors are commercial pilots who fly and get to practise every day. There are also far more precision flying competitions and events in Europe than here,” he says.Schwebel believes precision flying has made him a better pilot.“Today with all the modern GPS systems, you press a knob and it tells you exactly where to go. But when there’s a failure in the airplane, most of the pilots don’t know what to do anymore. With precision flying you do it the old way – you have a map and a compass and you follow the road,” he says.“The highlights of this year’s competition were coming second and the camaraderie from the South African team – it made me feel very patriotic. It’s a very special feeling. It’s also a way of giving back to the country. I want to encourage more youngsters from this country to join the sport – and I hope that my performance this year serves as an example to them that it is possible to excel.”The next precision flying world champs will be held in two years’ time, probably in Europe, and Schwebel says he’s going to do all he can to make the national team again.‘I love this country’One of the youngest competitors at this year’s event, 30-year-old Michal Wieczorek is a commercial pilot working for a charter airline in Poland. He’s been flying for 11 years and participated in his first international airsport event in 2003 at Sun City, also in North West.He attributes his love of flying and talent for precision flying in particular to his father, who also used to compete and excel in the discipline.“The flying conditions in South Africa are very different from those in Europe. Because it’s so hot, you have to fly at higher density altitudes, which decreases the performance of the aircraft. Navigation in South Africa is also completely different – there’s bush everywhere. The first few days of practice here were very hard for me,” he says.It was determination and cool-headed landings which clinched the 2011 title for Wieczorek.“After the second navigation stage I thought I had no chance of even coming in the top three, but the landings stage on last day of the competition changed everything. There’s a lot of pressure to make the perfect landing and if the nerves catch you, it’s over – but I felt less pressure because I didn’t expect to win. When I thought the game was over for me, I just wanted to end it off with good landings – unlike Czech Republic’s Jiri Filip, who did well in the first stages and the pressure was on for him. But I can say I fought ’til the end.”He says competing in South Africa this year was like coming home.“This is my third time in South Africa. I really enjoy being here – I love this country. South Africans are very hospitable and helpful – I’ve got many friends here and I feel at home.”Wieczorek believes one of the reasons why former Eastern bloc countries do well in precision flying is because of a familiarity with older planes and less advanced automatic navigation systems.“We don’t have that many aircraft with modern avionics. We train in old planes. Although they’re in very good condition, they don’t have GPS systems – we have to use a map and conventional navigation techniques as you have to do in precision flying.”But it’s also Poland’s coach, Andrzej Osowski, who primed the team for this year’s champs.“Andrzej gives us a hard time and trains us well. He’s being doing it for more than 25 years and is very good at what he does.”Wieczorek says his aim now is to defend his title at the next world championships and participate in the sport for as long as he can.last_img read more

Natural-Language Spellchecker After the Deadline Acquired by Automattic

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Matt Mullenweg‘s Automattic is quickly becoming the new media conglomerate to be reckoned with.The parent company behind WordPress, Automattic has been strategically scooping up hot web properties over the past couple years, from its acquiring Gravatar in 2007 to its purchasing Intense Debate, PollDaddy, and BuddyPress in 2008 and Blo.gs this year. Its latest buy is After the Deadline, a natural-language spell-checking plugin for WordPress and TinyMCE.As Mullenweg wrote shortly after Automattic received nearly $30 million in series B funding, “Automattic is now positioned to execute on our vision of a better web not just in blogging, but expanding our investment in anti-spam, wikis, forums, and more – small, open source pieces, loosely joined with the same approach and philosophy that has brought us this far.”After the Deadline is precisely such a property and continues the Automattic tradition of finding – and sometimes buying – elegant, hard-won solutions to very complex problems. A spring 2009 Y-Combinator reject, the application was developed by newbie entrepreneur Raphael Mudge, who had experience working in the U.S. Air Force Research Lab. Both Mudge and Mullenweg noted that contact was initiated by the blog software magnate read a post and a comment Mudge submitted about After the Deadline to Hacker News.Mudge plans to continue his natural language processing research and expand support to other languages. After the Deadline will remain free (as in beer) for non-commercial use, and, writes Mudge, “We hope to see others build on the service… We’re planning to open source the After the Deadline engine and the rule-sets that go with it. This will be the most comprehensive proofreading suite available under an open source license”The deal was done in July 2009, according to Mudge’s post. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img jolie odell Tags:#start#startups 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more