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Governor Tom Wolf, First Lady Frances Wolf Honor Recipients of the 2017 Governor’s Awards for the Arts

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Press Release Lancaster, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf this evening recognized the recipients of the 2017 Governor’s Awards for the Arts during a ceremony at the Lancaster County Convention Center.The Governor’s Awards are the commonwealth’s most prestigious recognition for the arts, honoring outstanding Pennsylvania artists, arts organizations, cultural leaders and patrons who have made significant contributions to the advancement of the arts. Recipients are selected from public nominations, then reviewed and recommended by an advisory panel.“Here tonight, we see clear evidence of the many different ways that people pursue, celebrate, and support the arts,” said Governor Wolf. “It is my great honor to present these awards to this year’s honorees. The great range of discipline, execution and value of the arts visible in their work helps to illustrate how the arts pay homage to aspects of life that are often difficult to distill into words.”“This event is an opportunity to not only honor the artists receiving awards tonight, but it is also a time to acknowledge all those in the commonwealth who make art, teach the arts, support the arts, and love the arts,” First Lady Frances Wolf said. “Their efforts advance the great cultural heritage of Pennsylvania, and build our creative legacy for the future.”This year’s Governor’s Awards recipients are:Pepón Osorio, Philadelphia – Distinguished Arts Award: Internationally-recognized visual artist whose work includes large-scale installations inspired by personal and community experiences. He is the Laura Carnell Professor of Community Art at Tyler School of Art/Temple University and is the recipient of numerous awards, including a prestigious MacArthur Foundation Fellowship.Barry Kornhauser, Lancaster – Artist of the Year Award: Nationally-recognized playwright, director and educator, whose works have been performed nationally and internationally and commissioned and produced by renowned theatre festivals and Tony Award-winning theaters.Ann Benzel, Hollidaysburg – Patron Award: Dedicated arts advocate and patron of the arts who has served as Chair of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the Pennsylvania Humanities Council. She is a long-time member of Citizens for the Arts in Pennsylvania.George Junior Republic (GJR) Pointing the Way Program, Grove City – Arts Leadership & Service Award: An award-winning public/private art partnership program linking art making with community. GJR is a private, nonprofit residential treatment community for at-risk, delinquent, and dependent youth. Communities across western Pennsylvania have worked with GJR to complete and install more than a dozen sculpture projects to-date, through which participating GJR students gain a broad range of life and cognitive skills.The Honorable J. Richard Gray & Mrs. Gail Gray, Lancaster – Special Recognition for Public Leadership in the Arts: Visionary public leader who, together with his artist wife, has implemented a path and process for Lancaster that has transformed the city into a thriving arts destination, coupled with modern amenities—welcoming visitors, enriching the lives of residents, and providing an environment that nurtures many artists and performers.Each year, the Governor’s Awards for the Arts takes place in a different location within the Commonwealth. This enables the host city to showcase its unique cultural assets to an audience of cultural leaders from across Pennsylvania. All expenses related to the ceremony are paid for with private contributions.The Governor’s Awards for the Arts are administered by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA), a state agency under the Office of the Governor. The Council’s mission is to foster the excellence, diversity and vitality of the arts in Pennsylvania, and to broaden the availability and appreciation of those arts throughout the state. For more information about the PCA, visit arts.pa.gov or call 717-787-6883. October 26, 2017center_img Governor Tom Wolf, First Lady Frances Wolf Honor Recipients of the 2017 Governor’s Awards for the Artslast_img read more

Eurotunnel launches freight shuttle safety upgrade

first_imgINTRO: Richard Hope explains why enclosure of open-sided wagons has been ruled outRESTORATION of freight shuttle services by mid-June was announced by Eurotunnel on April 3, subject to the Channel Tunnel Safety Authority approving a package of additional safety measures. No lorries have been carried since the major fire of November 18 1996, which has necessitated two-way working in the middle section while repairs to the south running tunnel are completed (RG 1.97 p21).The damaged lining has been repaired, and electrical and mechanical systems are being installed, putting Eurotunnel on course to restore normal working from May 16. At present, passenger shuttle and Eurostar trains are limited to two an hour in each direction. Despite this constraint, most of the demand for road and rail passengers, and for rail freight, is being met.A summary of Eurotunnel’s internal inquiry report stresses the absence of serious injury to 31 passengers and 3 crew aboard the freight shuttle, on which a lorry of cornflakes caught fire. However, Co-Chairman Patrick Ponsolle said there had been ’avoidable delays’ in getting them into the service tunnel; as a result of changes recommended in the report ’evacuation should be completed within 5min’ of a train stopping. The Safety Authority is expected to produce its own report later this month, and a French judicial inquiry into the cause of the fire is proceeding; sabotage has not been ruled out.The train stopped at 21.58 with the club car opposite the door of a cross-passage into the service tunnel, but the passengers could not escape for 25min because the loco and club car were enveloped in dense smoke. This entered the club car through small openings, and when the Chef de Train opened an external door briefly.The reasons for the delay were failure by the Railway Control Centre at Cheriton to interpret complex smoke management rules correctly, and the inability of the train crew to identify precisely which cross-passage door the club car was opposite so that the RCC could open it. When it was finally opened at 22.21, a ’bubble’ of fresh air cleared smoke from around the door exactly as intended.On receiving a confirmed fire alarm, Piston Relief Ducts connecting the two running tunnels were closed by the RCC. The massive longitudinal doors which isolate the two running tunnels at the crossover caverns were also commanded to close, but one door in the French cavern stopped short leaving a gap of up to 20 mm. The door failed because PRDs in the area which should have been left open were closed, and trains in the north running tunnel were instructed to drive out at 100 km/h instead of slowing to 30 km/h near the crossover. The door drive mechanism is not strong enough to overcome forces exerted by a difference in pressure in the two running tunnels. The ’closure not confirmed’ door indication in the RCC was a key factor in delaying the full use of the Supplementary Ventilation System to blow smoke away from the club car until 22.30.The obvious conflict between equalising pressure across the doors and closing PRDs quickly to isolate the two running tunnels has been largely resolved by a decision to keep the doors closed when the crossovers are not being used.Once evacuation was complete, and the French team of back-up firemen had arrived, they remained in the service tunnel and took no action to fight the fire for more than an hour. By now the SVS was fully operational, as formally required, blowing fresh air towards the rear of the train to enable firemen to attack the blaze from the front.It was during this time that most of the damage to the train and the tunnel lining seems to have occurred, with the fire being supplied by the SVS with oxygen for combustion. Not until the belated arrival of the British ’second line of response’ fire fighting team, 2h after the train stopped, was any attempt made to suppress the fire. No water was drawn from the fire main until just after midnight, and the fire was reported as largely extinguished at 05.00.Enclosure rejectedThe major decision facing Eurotunnel has been whether to enclose the lorry carrier wagons, or stick with the semi-open design finally approved by the Safety Authority in 1993 after a six year struggle to demonstrate that they were not unsafe. This serious fire demonstrated dramatically that, in Ponsolle’s words, ’the Channel Tunnel is one of the safest transport systems in the world.’ As Co-Chairman Robert Malpas pointed out, this is due to the ’unique pressurised service tunnel costing £1bn’ which ’functioned perfectly’.Eurotunnel has therefore reached the firm conclusion that no structural change to the wagons is necessary, given the extra measures proposed which will cost £20m to implement and add £1m to £2m per year to operating costs.However, the policy of stopping a freight shuttle instead of driving out does increase the risk of damage to the tunnel and consequential loss of revenue – the total insurance bill is expected to exceed £200m. The decision of the firemen to let the train burn for over an hour has deeply alarmed Eurotunnel and its insurers. The main benefit of enclosure would be reinstatement of the ’drive-out’ policy, but detailed technical analysis has confirmed earlier conclusions that it is not viable.Enclosure of the existing wagons would be ineffective without drastic restrictions on the weight and height of lorries. While it might be technically feasible to build new six-axle enclosed wagons with on-board fire suppression capable of carrying 44 tonne lorries, extra internal height would be required for roller shutter end doors. Even more vertical clearance would be necessary to avoid damage from over-height trailers that hit the existing wagon portals occasionally.In all, the floor must be lowered by as much as 300mm. Reducing the wheel diameter by this amount has serious implications for maximum speed, axleload and maintenance. Buying 300 such wagons could cost £400m, but losing freight shuttle revenue for three years while they are developed makes the price tag for enclosure nearer £1bn, far in excess of any conceivable safety benefit.Instead, Eurotunnel proposes to install six fire suppression stations within each running tunnel where a burning freight shuttle will stop, if possible, for immediate evacuation. The idea is that water sprays controlled by the RCC will cool the fire and stop it developing long enough for fire fighters to arrive. o’The Channel Tunnel is one of the safest transport systems in the world’Patrick PonsolleTABLE: Table I. Changes made or proposed by Eurotunnel because of the shuttle fireTABLE: Fire detection and suppression:last_img read more

Cohabitation may be hazardous to your health

first_imgMercatorNet 13 April 2015The American College of Pediatricians recently published a paper, Cohabitation, which cautions adolescents and young adults about the negative consequences of cohabitation for both themselves and their children, and urges parents to teach their children about the advantages of waiting until marriage.More young people are now first cohabiting than are marrying without prior cohabitation, yet research shows that, rather than being a stepping-stone to a healthy marriage, living together before marriage (cohabitation) makes couples more likely to break-up and more likely to divorce if they do marry. It results in lower marital satisfaction and increased negative communication.  Cohabiting couples spend less time together; men are more likely to spend their time on personal pleasure than do married men.Cohabiting couples are now less likely to later marry than 40 years ago. Controlling for other factors that increase risk of divorce, marriages preceded by cohabitation are still 50 percent more likely to end in divorce.  (Some recent studies challenge this, but are scientifically flawed and omit the raw data.)  Also 27 percent of cohabitations dissolve without marriage in the first three years.Cohabiters commit increased violence against their partner. Women are nine times more likely to be killed by a cohabiting partner than by their husband. Severe violence is four times as common among cohabiting couples; any violence is nearly 50 percent more common among couples cohabiting before marrying and doubled among couples continuing to cohabit after five years.Men who cohabit without marrying in 5 to 10 years have more than double the rate of alcohol abuse as married men; women who cohabit without marrying have 4 to 7 times the rate of alcohol abuse as married women. http://www.mercatornet.com/articles/view/cohabitation-may-be-hazardous-to-your-health/15959last_img read more

UWP Makes Recommendations for Government COVID19 Spending

first_img Share Share Share BusinessCoronavirusLifestyleLocalNewsPolitics UWP Makes Recommendations for Government COVID19 Spending by: – April 3, 2020 Tweetcenter_img 136 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! The United Workers Party is calling government to take steps much bolder than social distancing to preserve the quality of life in Dominica.In a social media post on Thursday, Hon Leader of the Parliamentary Opposition, Lennox Linton said health and economy cannot be mutually exclusive.Linton says emergency public support is a large part of the global response to mitigating the full impact of COVID19.He believes that injecting money into the economy now will help stabilise it in the long-term and international partners cannot be relied upon to foot that bill.Among recommendations, he listed:Paid sick leave COVID19 patients and caregiversWage replacement or layoff protection grants of at least 90% of income or $1,000 monthly Monthly income support grants for self-employedSupplementary income for hucksters, retail, tourism, bus drivers and other sectorsDeferral of payment for utilities and rent, Grants for medium and small enterprisesImmediate settlement of redundancy benefitsWaiver of penalties of late tax filings and deadline extensionWaiver of vat on electricity for April-JulyImmediate generation of jobs for Dominicans in public works, farming, fishing and animal husbandryReduced landing taxes to LIAT and other airlinesHealth insurance and death benefits for COVID19 frontline personnelSuspended payments of mortgages and loansMonthly grants for vulnerable groups: self-employed, homeless, single parent households, domestic workers, people with disabilities, victims of and those at risk of domestic violence and in shelters, and frontline health workers.Other recommendations were made for health care and agriculture, among others.He laments that no mention has been made by the Roosevelt Skerrit Government of spending to fund the COVID19 management strategy.last_img read more

BE PREPARED: IDB providing funds to deal with natural disasters in the Caribbean

first_img Share Share NewsRegional BE PREPARED: IDB providing funds to deal with natural disasters in the Caribbean by: – March 11, 2011 Tweet Sharing is caring!center_img Share 37 Views   no discussions WASHINGTON, CMC – The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) said Thursday that at the request of the governments of several member countries in the region, it has developed a financial risk management for natural disasters, aimed to help the countries be better prepared to deal with emergencies caused by catastrophic natural events.The IDB says its approach is focused in developing tailor-made integrated programmes to help the countries’ governments to better manage these financial risks, through the implementation of different innovative financing instruments and mechanisms, such as the Contingent Credit Facility and the Natural Disaster Insurance Facilities.“Currently, the Bank is working with 13 member countries to support their efforts to improve their disaster risk management capability and efficiency,” the IDB said in a statement. “Through the mentioned facilities, it is expected to provide during 2011 more than US$500 million in financing to help the region meet extraordinary expenditures that may arise during emergencies caused by natural disasters of severe or catastrophic magnitude. The IDB said that it has already approved a US$100 million loan for the Dominican Republic under its Contingent Credit Facility.During this year, the Bank will consider further contingent loans for Peru, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Panama and Honduras, totalling US$500 million. In addition, the IDB is expected to provide a US$24 million loan to structure and launch an Insurance Facility for Catastrophic Natural Disaster Emergencies for the Dominican Republic. This insurance facility plans to provide the government with a five-year US$100 million coverage for earthquakes and hurricanes of catastrophic magnitude.Resources from the IDB contingent loans are rapidly disbursed upon Bank’s verification that a natural disaster of severe to catastrophic intensity has occurred in the territory of the countries. The proceeds will allow governments to cover extraordinary expenditures that occur during the emergency, in the immediate aftermath of a major event; including emergency medical equipment, vaccines and medication, facilities and equipment for temporary shelters, food for displaced people and livestock, emergency workers to assist victims, and short-term leasing of energy, transportation and communications equipment and facilities.Financial disaster preparedness is a growing concern in Latin America and the Caribbean. Last year the region saw devastating earthquakes in Chile and Haiti and an active hurricane season that impacted Central America and Mexico. In addition, the La Niña-related weather phenomenon has brought severe flooding to Venezuela, Colombia and Brazil, among others.Source: Cana Newslast_img read more

Florida mom furious after teacher asked her daughter if she was lesbian

first_imgA Port Saint Lucie mother is upset after her 5th grade daughter told her she does not want to go back to school because of a question her teacher asked her and her friend in front of the entire class.850 WFTL’s news partner WPTV talked to the mother, Jezenia Gambino, who says she learned it all started from a rumor going around Northport K-8 in Port Saint Lucie. The rumor eventually reached her daughters 5th grade teacher who then confronted the two girls in front of the entire class.“The rumor was that my daughter and another 5th-grade little girl were dating,”…”She asked them if they were together if they were dating as a couple together and she asked them in a way that they felt they were in trouble,” said Gambino.Gambino says she found out about the incident after her daughter’s friend sent her a text that made her daughter upset.“She wasn’t sure if they should hang out together anymore because of what happened in school. She didn’t want anyone to think they were gay,” said Gambino.Gambino reached out to the school’s principal which led the St. Lucie County School District to open an investigation.  aThe teacher was given a verbal warning.Gambino believes the district has not done enough to protect her daughter and has enrolled her in homeschooling to finish the school year.last_img read more

Update on the latest in sports:

first_imgAlso around the NBA:— Ratings for the NBA All-Star Game were up 8% over last year, with an average of 7.3 million viewers watching Sunday night’s broadcast on TNT. About 8 million viewers were tuned in for the end of the game, where LeBron James’ team defeated Giannis Antetokounmpo’s team 157-155 in the first target-score format in All-Star history. The fourth quarter was untimed and was broadcast commercial-free.COLLEGE SPORTS-TRANSFERS-ACCACC supports one-time transfers without sitting outGREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — The Atlantic Coast Conference has joined the Big Ten in saying it supports one-time transfers without sitting out for all sports. Devon Dotson nailed six 3-pointers while scoring 29 points to lead five Kansas players to reach double-figures in a 91-71 thumping of Iowa State. Dotson had 15 points by the break as the Jayhawks built a 50-40 lead. Chris Braun came off the bench to hit a trio of 3-pointers and score 13 points in just 12 minutes.Ochai Agbaji added 14 points, while Udoka Azubuike (oo-DOH’-kah az-ah-BOO’-kay) and Braun scored 13 apiece to help the Jayhawks improve to 23-3 overall and 12-1 in the Big 12.Baylor visits Oklahoma on Tuesday before getting the Jayhawks at the Ferrell Center in Waco.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-POLLBaylor, Gonzaga, Kansas still lead the way CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland Browns new general manager Andrew Berry cleared $13 million in salary-cap space Monday by releasing veteran cornerback T.J. Carrie and three others signed by former GM John Dorsey.The 29-year-old Carrie played in all 32 games over the past two seasons after being signed as a free agent. He had 125 tackles, two interceptions and two sacks.Along with Carrie, Cleveland terminated the contracts of tight end Demetrius Harris, guard Eric Kush and linebacker Adarius Taylor.LPGA-OBIT-MICKEY WRIGHTFormer LPGA golfer Mickey Wright dead at 85 FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Hall of Fame golfer Mickey Wright has died. Her attorney says she died Monday of a heart attack at the age of 85. She had been hospitalized in recent weeks because of a fall.Wright won 82 LPGA tournaments, including 13 majors. She joined the fledgling LPGA in 1955 and her 82 wins place her second on the all-time list behind Kathy Whitworth, who won 88. She retired from the tour in 1969 because of foot issues.MLB-NEWSBraves extend contracts of Snitker, AnthopoulosUNDATED (AP) — The Atlanta Braves have extended the contracts of manager Brian Snitker and general manager Alex Anthopoulos. Hamlin is the first driver to win back-to-back Daytona 500s since Sterling Marlin in 1994 and ’95. Hamlin joined six Hall of Fame drivers as winners of three or more Daytona 500s. This victory comes after just the second rain postponement in 62 years, a pair of red flag stoppages and two overtimes.Hamlin’s celebration quickly became muted as drivers awaited an update on Newman’s condition following a crash at the end. Two hours after the race, NASCAR read a statement from Roush Fenway Racing that said Newman is in “serious condition, but doctors have indicated his injuries are not life threatening.”Newman had surged into the lead on the final lap when Ryan Blaney’s bumper caught the back of his Ford and sent Newman hard right into the wall. His car flipped, rolled and was hit on the driver’s side by Corey LaJoie’s car before finally skidding across the finish line in flames.It took several minutes for his car to be rolled back onto its wheels. The 2008 Daytona 500 winner was placed in a waiting ambulance and taken directly to a hospital, and the damage to his Mustang was extensive. It appeared the entire roll cage designed to protect his head had caved.Newman’s accident comes 19 years after Dale Earnhardt was killed on the last lap of the 2001 Daytona 500. Earnhardt was the last driver killed in a NASCAR Cup Series race. February 17, 2020 The ACC issued a statement saying the league had “unanimously concluded that as a matter of principle we support a one-time transfer opportunity for all student-athletes, regardless of sport.” The conference added that it looks forward to continuing the discussion nationally.CBS Sports reported last month that the Big Ten had proposed legislation in October that would allow undergraduates in any sport to transfer without sitting out to satisfy the typical requirement that they spend a year in residence at their new school.The NCAA’s Division I Board of Directors implemented a moratorium Nov. 1 on transfer-related proposals for the 2019-20 legislative cycle while additional data was gathered for review, meaning any proposals likely couldn’t be adopted until 2021.NFL-BROWNSBrowns cut Carrie, 3 others — Evgenii Dadonov (dah-DAH’-nahv) notched his 24th goal and Mike Hoffman added his 22nd as the Panthers downed the Sharks, 5-3 in San Jose. Anton Stralman and Vincent Trochek (TROH’-chehk) added goals in the final three minutes to secure Florida’s first win in three games. Aaron Ekblad had two assists and Sergei Bobrovsky (boh-BRAHF’-skee) stopped 29 shots for Florida.— Andrew Mangiapane (man-jah-PAN’-ee) had three goals and an assist in leading the Flames to a 6-4 victory over the Ducks. Matthew Tkachuk had a goal and an assist for Calgary, which trailed 3-1 early in the third period. Sam Bennett and Sean Monahan also scored to back Cam Talbot, who made 26 stops.NHL-NEWSToffoli dealt to CanucksUNDATED (AP) — The Vancouver Canucks have acquired veteran scoring help. UNDATED (AP) — No goals for Alex Ovechkin (oh-VEHCH’-kihn), and no points for the Washington Capitals in the NHL standings.The Vegas Golden Knights knocked off a Metropolitan Division contender for the second straight game, carrying a 3-0 lead into the third period before holding off the Capitals, 3-2. Goals by Nick Holden, Reilly Smith and Max Pacioretty (pash-uh-REH’-tee) helped the Knights pull into a first-place tie with Edmonton in the Pacific Division.Marc-Andre Fleury turned back 27 shots and blanked Washington until T.J. Oshie (OH’-shee) scored twice in a 1:53 span midway through the final period.Ovechkin has failed to collect a point in five games since his hat trick against the Los Angeles Kings on Feb. 4. He remains two goals shy of becoming the eighth player in NHL history with 700 goals or more.The outcome keeps the Capitals just one point ahead of Pittsburgh for first place in the Metropolitan Division. The Penguins have two games in hand. Update on the latest in sports: Beilein pondering future with CavsUNDATED (AP) — Cleveland Cavaliers head coach John Beilein (BEE’-lyn) has discussed with team officials the possibility of him stepping down before the end of the season.ESPN.com first reported the possibility of Beilein leaving the team before the end of the season on Sunday night as the All-Star Game wrapped up in Chicago. The team is 14-40 amid reports that players have not been pleased with Beilein’s coaching style, calling it simplistic with too much emphasis on fundamentals.Beilein went 829-468 as a college coach. He won 428 games at Michigan, leading the Wolverines to nine NCAA tournament appearances and two Final Fours in his 12 seasons.If Beilein does step down, associate head coach JB Bickerstaff would likely replace him. The 0.014 margin of victory was the second closest in race history.Chris Buescher finished third, followed by David Ragan and Kevin Harvick.T25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULEJayhawks pound CyclonesLAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The third-ranked Kansas Jayhawks have tuned up for Saturday’s big matchup with No. 1 Baylor by earning a 20-point win. Anthopoulos also has been given an additional title of president, baseball operations, while his contract is extended through the 2024 season.Snitker and his coaching staff have received extensions through the 2021 season.The Braves have won two consecutive NL East titles under Anthopoulos and Snitker.Also around the majors:— Astros pitcher Francis Martes has been suspended for the 2020 season following his second positive test for a performance-enhancing substance. The 24-year-old right-hander is on the Astros’ 40-man major league roster but hasn’t pitched in the big leagues since 2017. He was suspended last March 12 for 80 games following a positive test for Clomiphene. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNASCAR-DAYTONA 500Hamlin wins; concern for NewmanDAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — There was celebration for Denny Hamlin and great concern for Ryan Newman at the end of the Daytona 500. The Los Angeles Kings have shipped forward Tyler Toffoli (tah-FOH’-lee) to the Canucks for forward Tim Schaller and prospect Tyler Madden. The Kings also receiver a second-round selection in this year’s draft and a fourth-rounder in 2022.Toffoli has 18 goals and 34 points in 58 games this season. The deal comes after he became the first player in NHL history to record a hat trick in an outdoor game, leading Los Angeles to a 3-1 win over Colorado on Saturday.In other NHL news:— The Sabres have suspended defenseman Zach Bogosian for failing to report to the team’s AHL affiliate at Rochester after clearing waivers. Bogosian now risks losing out on what’s left of the $6 million he is owed in the final year of his contract. The developments come a little over a week before the NHL’s trade deadline on Feb. 24, and some three months after Bogosian requested to be traded.NBA-NEWS UNDATED (AP) — Baylor, Gonzaga, Kansas and San Diego remain the top 4 teams in the newest Associated Press men’s basketball poll.The top-ranked Bears claimed 48 of 63 first-place votes, the No. 2 Bulldogs picked up 14 and the third-rated Jayhawks claimed the other No. 1 vote. Kansas and Baylor will square off Saturday in Waco.Dayton, Duke, Maryland, Florida State, Penn State and Kentucky round out the top 10, with Louisville dropping from fifth to 11th with Saturday’s 15-point loss at Clemson.NHL-SCHEDULEKnights blank Ovi, beat Caps Associated Press Meanwhile, the Tampa Bay Lightning picked up their team-record 11th straight win to pull within one point of Boston for the Atlantic Division lead.The Lightning squandered a 3-1 lead before Nikita Kucherov (KOO’-cheh-rahv) stole the puck from Nathan MacKinnon and scored 3:03 into overtime to push the Bolts past the Avalanche. Cameron Gaunce and Alex Killorn scored 16 seconds apart during the Bolts’ three-goal second period before Colorado came back to force overtime. Steven Stamkos also scored and Curtis McElhinney stopped 24 shots for Tampa Bay.Valeri Nichuskin (niih-CHOOS’-kihn) tied it for Colorado with 7:17 left in the third period. Nathan MacKinnon had a goal and an assist for the Avalanche, who are one point behind St. Louis and Dallas for the Central Division lead.Elsewhere on NHL ice:— The Islanders are 0-3 on their four-game road trip after Antti Raanta (AN’-tee RAHN’-tah) stopped 25 shots and Conor Garland scored his team-leading 20th goal in Arizona’s 2-1 victory over New York. Clayton Keller put the Coyotes ahead for good with a first-period goal. The Isles hadn’t scored on their trip until Anthony Beauvillier (boh-VIH’-lee-ay) beat Raanta with 13:18 remaining. — Houston backup infielder Aledmys (ah-LEHD’-meed) Díaz has gone to arbitration seeking $2.6 million compared to the same $2 million salary he earned last year. Díaz hit .271 for the AL champions with nine homers and 40 RBIs in 247 plate appearances over 69 games last season.— Angels owner Arte Moreno acknowledges he scrapped the proposed trade that would have landed Joc Pederson and Ross Stripling from the Dodgers. Both veterans likely would have played immediately for the Angels, but Moreno called off the talks around the deal while the Dodgers’ blockbuster deal with Boston was delayed for several days. Moreno also says the Angels can make an even bigger trade for an elite starting pitcher if they get a chance this season.last_img read more

Class of 2018 3-star guard Taleah “Noo” Washington commits to Syracuse

first_imgSyracuse has already received three other commitments for 2018. One came from the No. 10 recruit in the class, Kadiatou Sissoko, a guard from France. The No. 11 recruit, Emily Engstler, a wing from St. Francis Prep in New York City, committed last week. Another three-star guard, Kenza Salgues, a guard from Europe, is committed to SU as well. Comments Published on October 23, 2017 at 8:52 pm Contact Billy: wmheyen@syr.edu | @Wheyen3 Taleah “Noo” Washington, a three-star guard, per ESPN, became the fourth commitment in Syracuse’s 2018 recruiting class Monday.Washington is a senior at Rock Creek Christian Academy in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. Last winter, she was one of 10 girls to make The Washington Post’s All-Met first team.The point guard is ranked 65th at her position nationally by ESPN. She also ranks as the eighth best recruit in Maryland. According to The Washington Post, Washington formerly had verbally committed to Old Dominion.center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Serena, Kuznetsova Uncertain of Playing Australian Open

first_imgRussian Kuznetsova told local media that she was recovering from wrist surgery conducted earlier this month after separate injuries to the area and said there was no specific time frame for her return.“I had two injuries in my wrist, so I had to do the operation,” the 32-year-old double major winner said.“There’s a very complicated diagnosis. I’m still recovering and the doctor does not talk about specific dates when I can start training and play. Australia, most likely, I will have to miss.”Meanwhile, Victoria Azarenka who has not played since July due to an ongoing child custody battle, is set to return at the ASB Classic in January but will be without coach Michael Joyce, who released a statement on their partnership.“Vika is an extremely talented player. While I am excited to see her return to tennis, I encourage and respect her decision to put her family first,” Joyce said of the Belarusian two-time Australian Open champion and former world number one.“It is with deep regret that I have decided to move forward with my coaching career while she continues to work out her private life. I look forward to seeing her on the tour soon and wish her the best of luck.”The Australian Open will be held from Jan. 15-28.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Former world number one Serena Williams has yet to make a decision about her participation at the Australian Open, while world number 12 Svetlana Kuznetsova is also a doubt for the first grand slam of 2018 after undergoing wrist surgery.Williams was around two months pregnant when she captured her 23rd grand slam singles title in Melbourne earlier this year and was hoping to defend her crown next January following the birth of her daughter in September.“Serena is getting ready for 2018,” the 36-year-old American’s coach Patrick Mouratoglou told CNN. “She is practicing and getting back in shape. I will be joining her soon in Florida.“We will see how her body is reacting and how her tennis level is and we will take a decision regarding Australia.”last_img read more