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University roundup: Cambridge nets 19% investment return

first_imgCambridge University’s £3bn (€3.4bn) endowment fund (CUEF) posted an 18.8% investment return for the 12 months to 30 June 2017 – almost three times its return for the previous 12-month period.The fund, managed by the university’s investment office, gained 6.3% in the 12 months to 30 June 2016. Over five years to the end of June last year, it has generated an annualised return of 13.8%.In his report, Professor Duncan Maskell, senior pro-vice-chancellor at Cambridge University, said: “Despite a steady fall in broad market volatility, an increase in the dispersion of individual stock returns in the second half of the year favoured active management, and the CUEF benefited from the outperformance of its equity and hedge fund managers compared to their benchmarks.”He added: “There were strong performances in private investments and direct property assets. Over the year the overall conditions were benign, continuing to favour equities over other asset classes, but also caused few investments to be objectively cheap relative to their histories.” At end-June 2017, CUEF’s portfolio was invested 59% in public equities, 13% in private investments, and 12% each in absolute return investments and real assets.Some long-term investments were held outside CUEF, including certain investment properties in Cambridge and equity investments in spin-out companies overseen by the university’s technology transfer company Cambridge Enterprise.CUEF finances university posts and activities, with several colleges also as investors.Oxford ups public and private equity exposures Meanwhile, Oxford University’s Endowment Fund (OEF) reported a 9.2% investment return for the 2017 calendar year.This compared with a 2016 return of 16.4%, which was due in part to a flexible currency strategy benefited from sterling’s movements after the EU referendum in June 2016.The £2.6bn pooled fund – run on behalf of Oxford University and a number of individual colleges – has returned 11.7% a year on average over the past five years.OEF said the most significant change in 2017 was the increase in exposure to public equity at the expense of cash.
 It invested an additional 6.3% of its portfolio into listed equity managers in early 2017, finishing the year an allocation of 53.2%.OEF’s public equity managers gained 14.5% annualised over the past five years.In 2017, OEF’s bias towards sectors with the highest potential returns led to considerable investment in consumer franchises in both developed and developing markets, the fund reported.However, it said it had seen less opportunity for growth in more mature, capital intensive and heavily regulated sectors such as energy.At 31 December 2017, the portfolio had a 1.4% exposure to energy exploration and extraction with a further 1.3% in energy-related sectors – much lower than energy’s natural weighting in equity markets.During 2017, OEF continued to commit to private equity – 23.6% of the portfolio at end-2017 – concentrating on growth equity, niche sector strategies and venture investments, and backing some new groups raising their first funds in the US, UK and China. The private equity portfolio returned 18.6% annualised over the past five years.The endowment’s credit exposure – 8.6% of the portfolio – includes investments in direct lending and complex special situation strategies in the US, Europe and Asia.Within its property holdings – 5.9% of the total – OEF said it had built a solid portfolio of UK commercial and residential properties to complement its holdings in strategic land and rural estates. Together with the £500m Oxford Capital Fund, which provides expendable capital over the medium term, typically for building projects, OEF is run by Oxford University Endowment Management, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the university.  OEF’s investment objective is to grow its capital by an average of 5% a year in real terms, at a lower volatility than experienced by investing solely in the public equity markets.last_img read more

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New CFO appointed as Chevron shuffles leadership roles

first_imgU.S. oil major Chevron has made several senior leadership changes including the appointment of a new chief financial officer (CFO).Sign in front of Chevron’s Houston office; Image: Jonathan McIntosh; Source: Flickr – under the CC BY 2.0 license (image is cropped)Chevron said on Monday that it named Pierre Breber as the vice president and CFO, effective April 1. He replaces Patricia Yarrington who chose to retire after 38 years of service with the company.In related staff moves, Mark Nelson, the current VP of midstream, strategy, and planning, will succeed Breber as the executive VP of downstream and chemicals.Colin Parfitt, currently the president of supply and trading, will become vice president of midstream. Both appointments are effective on March 1.Michael Wirth, Chevron’s chairman and CEO, said: “Pat’s leadership, insight, and judgment were instrumental in directing our financial strategy over the last decade and essential in guiding our company through unpredictable commodity market conditions in recent years.”Breber joined Chevron in 1989. He became vice president and treasurer in 2009, vice president of gas and midstream in 2014, executive VP of gas and midstream in 2015, and executive VP of downstream and chemicals, his current position, in 2016.“Pierre is uniquely qualified to be our next CFO, having served in senior finance roles and operating roles across our downstream, midstream, and upstream businesses. Pierre’s deep financial background and broad knowledge of our operations will be valuable in ensuring we remain financially strong and create lasting shareholder value,” Wirth said.Nelson brings more than three decades of marketing, operations, and strategic planning experience to his new role. Prior to his current position, which he assumed in 2018, Nelson served as VP of corporate strategic planning; president of international products, with responsibility for Chevron’s refining and marketing businesses in Europe, Africa, Middle East, and Asia; and president of Chevron’s Canadian upstream business in Calgary.“Mark’s breadth of experience, results-driven leadership and deep knowledge of our downstream and chemicals business makes him the right person to take the helm of this significant segment of Chevron,” added Wirth.Parfitt began his career with Chevron in 1995 with the Chevron International Oil Company, based in London. Since that time, he has held a variety of leadership, sales and marketing positions in Chevron’s supply and trading, Oronite Additives, Lubricants, and Americas Products businesses.Wirth stated: “Colin is an experienced leader who will ensure that our midstream business continues to create value in supporting our upstream and downstream assets and enabling Chevron to continue to deliver the energy that improves lives and powers the world forward.”It is worth noting that Breber, Nelson, and Parfitt will all report to Wirth following them taking on their new roles.last_img read more

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Ten new cases of COVID-19 reported locally

first_imgStatewide — The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) has reported that 871 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 on Wednesday.  A total of 95,750 Indiana residents have tested positive for the coronavirus. To date, 1,092,596 individual tests have been reported to ISDH at an 8.8% positive rate and 13 new deaths were reported for a total of 3,106 Hoosier deaths. Dearborn County has a total of 577 cases and 28 deaths reported (up 2 new cases), Decatur County has a total of 411 positive cases and 35 deaths (up 7 new cases), Franklin County has 276 positive cases and 25 deaths (no change), and Ripley County has 246 positive cases and 8 deaths (up 1 new case). Locally, this is an increase of 10 new positive cases.last_img read more

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CAF rejects Wydad appeal over Champions League final result

first_imgRelatedPosts Rohr lists Musa, Ekong, 23 others for Cote d’Ivoire, Tunisia friendlies Nigeria plan Cote d’Ivoire, Tunisia friendlies Tunisia announces first confirmed new coronavirus case The appeal by Moroccan club Wydad Casablanca over the result of the second leg of their 2018-19 African Champions League final against Esperance of Tunisia has been rejected by the Confederation of African Football. Wydad hoped to overturn the decision of the CAF Disciplinary Board on August 7 that handed the trophy to Esperance after players from the Moroccan club abandoned the game after a disputed refereeing decision, a situation exacerbated by a non-functioning Video Assistant Referee system. But the CAF Appeal Board found that Wydad had forfeited the match through their actions. “The match officials’ reports were very clear that the Wydad Athletic Club’s players refused to resume the match even after several attempts conducted by the referee, to the point that the referee waited almost 90 minutes before he whistled the end of the match,” read a statement from CAF on Monday. “Therefore the Appeal Board confirms that the match was forfeited by Wydad Athletic Club because their players refused to resume the match.” Wydad can now appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, but have not yet made their intentions known. After the first leg in Morocco had finished 1-1, Esperance were leading 1-0 in their home fixture when Walid El Karti’s header for Wydad was disallowed. Reuters/NAN.Tags: 2018/19 African Champions LeagueEsperanceTuisiaTunisialast_img read more

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Henderson wins thriller for Liverpool

first_img Just two minutes after conceding they created their own version of Liverpool’s second, Nathan Dyer playing the Sturridge role as he drifted inside. And Shelvey was on hand to match Henderson’s finish, stroking the ball into top corner from a similar position. There was no celebration against his former club and Anfield responded with a warm ovation. The goals kept coming, with the visitors making it four in the 27th minute and Martin Skrtel unfortunate on two counts. The Slovakian was harshly adjudged to have fouled Shelvey for the initial free-kick and, when Jonathan De Guzman’s delivery was headed on by Bony, the ball deflected past Simon Mignolet via Skrtel’s shoulder. Swansea had the momentum, but once more the Reds proved lethal in the final third as they reclaimed the lead after 36 minutes. A patient build-up stretched Swansea and when Luis Suarez floated a cross for Sturridge, he rose between Ashley Williams and Wayne Routledge to nod home his 20th goal of the season. There was no further scoring before the break, though did Luis Suarez see an an audacious strike from 45 yards drift a couple of yards wide with Vorm back-tracking. Less than three minutes of the second half had passed when Swansea equalised for the second time, Skrtel again cursing his luck as he conceded a questionable penalty as he tangled with Bony. He was at least spared a second yellow card but Bony made no mistake from the spot. Attack continued to dominate defence with Suarez denied at the near post after a flowing move, and De Guzman twice going close at the other end. Referee Mike Jones had decisions to make too, Mignolet close to handling outside the area and Suarez calling unsuccessfully for a penalty following a collision with Jose Canas. A seventh goal seemed inevitable and Liverpool grabbed it with 16 minutes remaining. Steven Gerrard produced a wonderful 40-yard pass to Suarez, who controlled on his chest and saw his shot blocked by Williams. Henderson fired the loose ball at Vorm, who saved smartly but allowed it to squirm out of his grasp as the England midfielder followed up to finish the job from a yard. The two goals he bagged meant the England midfielder doubled his season’s tally in a day. Swansea threatened to equalise for a third time in the closing stages, but the Reds went even closer as Gerrard’s deflected effort crashed off the post. Brendan Rodgers’ side continue to be plagued by a porous defence but moved within four points of Barclays Premier League leaders Chelsea after emerging victorious from one of the games of the season. Henderson had the final word in his side’s 4-3 success, forcing home from point-blank range in the 74th minute after his initial effort had been saved. However, Rodgers’ former team played their part with a stirring away performance capped by Jonjo Shelvey’s first-time strike and a brace from Wilfried Bony. The frenetic pace was set in just the third minute, when the hosts scored a wonderful opener on the break. Raheem Sterling played creator when he robbed Angel Rangel inside his own half and executed an inch-perfect 30-yard pass for the advancing Sturridge. Sterling’s ball, bending into the striker’s path off the outside of the boot, still required Sturridge to round Michel Vorm and he did so with aplomb before locating the open net. Liverpool nearly caught Swansea off guard moments later when Sterling’s curled effort was beaten away by Vorm at the near post. The hosts doubled their lead against the run of play after 21 minutes. Sturridge’s flash of pace – breezing past Neil Taylor as he cut in from the right wing – created the space, but the finish was even better. Henderson, lurking on the edge of the area, controlled the ball with his left boot, eyed up the top corner and dispatched a precision finish with his right. Swansea’s response was immediate and emphatic. Press Association Jordan Henderson and Daniel Sturridge netted twice each as title outsiders Liverpool edged a seven-goal Anfield classic against Swansea.last_img read more

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Teen arrested for planning attack on mostly black church

first_imgOfficials in Atlanta, Georgia are reporting that they have arrested a teenaged girl who plotted to attack patricians at a mostly black church.The incident was reported to police on Friday by administrators at Gainesville High School.According to the report, several students alerted school administrators to the 16-year-old’s plans after they found a notebook outlining an attack on the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church.Gainesville Police Chief Jay Parrish confirmed the incident in a statement Tuesday and confirmed that there was evidence that the plot was racially motivated:“Our investigation indicated the church was targeted by the juvenile based on the racial demographic of the church members,” Chief Parrish said.Other specific details surrounding the plot have not been released, however, authorities did report that the teen has since been charged with criminal attempt to commit murder and is being held at a youth detention center in Gainesville.last_img read more

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Cricket News Dominant India Aim to End Windies Tour on Ultimate High in Jamaica

first_imghighlights New Delhi: A 3-0 sweep in the Twenty20 Internationals. A 2-0 series win in the three-match ODIs with one game getting washed out. A 318-run win in the Antigua Test match. So far, Virat Kohli’s Indian cricket team will feel like how the tourists arriving in the Caribbean feel – absolutely overjoyed. Kohli’s Indian team have been dominat in all facets, be it bowling, batting and fielding across all formats. The performance in the West Indies would have given Kohli’s side plenty of joy after their painful exit in the semi-final of the 2019 World Cup against New Zealand and the tour now comes to an end with the second and final Test at Sabina Park, Jamaica.India are runaway favourites going into the second and final match at the Sabina Park against a team that neither showed the resolve nor the aptitude required to put up a sustained fight in five-day cricket. “The conditions here are good and the pitch also looks good. We are expecting another good performance,” bowling coach Bharath Arun said on Wednesday. Jasprit Bumrah (match haul of 6 wickets) and Ishant Sharma (8 wickets) exposed the opposition’s technical frailties and they will be gunning for more in the second game. It is unlikely that India will be tinkering with their playing XI.Team CombinationIndiaIndia ticked all the right boxes in the Test match in Antigua. However, there is a major question mark regarding Rishabh Pant’s form. The left-hander is currently having a torrid time in the Caribbean, having scored just one fifty across all formats. Pant is currently facing plenty of heat regarding his place in the side and with Wriddhiman Saha waiting in the wings, the Jamaica Test could be a make-or-break situation for Pant.India squad: Virat Kohli (captain), KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar KumarWest IndiesFor West Indies, there hasn’t been much to write home about as none of their players even got a half-century in two innings. Talented players like Shimron Hetmyer and Shai Hope didn’t measure up while the normally dependable Roston Chase also looked out of sorts in the second innings.  The only saving grace for them was the new ball pair of Shannon Gabriel and Kemar Roach, who bowled their hearts out without much support from others.West Indies Squad: Jason Holder (c), Kraigg Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Shamarh Brooks, John Campbell, Roston Chase, Rakheem Cornwall, Shane Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Keemo Paul, Kemar Roach.Who will win?Looking at the form of both teams throughout the tour, India has been dominant and they could win the Jamaica Test and end the tour on a high.Weather and PitchThe pitch at Sabina Park has always assisted the pacers due to the extra bounce and zip in the wicket. The weather is good for three days but on the fourth day, rain is predicted.Stadium and TimingsThe encounter will take place at Sabina Park in Jamaica and the toss will take place at 7:30 PM. India has not lost a single game in the current tour of West Indies.India registered their best win overseas in terms of runs in Antigua.Ajinkya Rahane scored 81 and 102 in the previous Test.center_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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Update on the latest sports

first_imgBryson DeChambeau tied for early 2nd-round lead in DetroitDETROIT (AP)— Bryson DeChambeau chose to compete in the Rocket Mortgage Classic while many of the PGA Tour’s top players skipped the tournament in Detroit. He’s aiming to take full advantage of the relatively weak field and course. DeChambeau had four birdies on his back nine Friday to close with a 5-under 67, giving him a share of the lead among the early starters in the second round. Matthew Wolff, Seamus Power and Mark Hubbard also were in front at 11-under 133 after the first wave of players finished their second round.COLLEGE FOOTBALL-VIRUS OUTBREAK CANCELATIONSNavy-Lafayette joins lists of college football cancellationsUNDATED (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic is already impacting the 2020 college football schedule. Athletic director Mike Holder says it was Gundy’s idea to take a $1 million pay cut and shorten his contract by a year. The rollover deal now covers four years instead of five. Two weeks ago, Chuba Hubbard lashed out at Gundy on social media for wearing a T-shirt promoting One America News Network.F1-HAMILTONHamilton picks up where he left off on 1st day of F1 seasonSPIELBERG, Austria (AP) — World champion Lewis Hamilton has picked up where he left off on the first day of the Formula One season, by setting the fastest times in the first two practices for the Austrian Grand Prix. The previous time Hamilton drove competitively was on Dec. 1 when he dominanted and won last season’s finale at the Abu Dhabi GP. He had already secured a sixth title to move one behind Michael Schumacher’s F1 record. Seven months later, including a four-month suspension because of the pandemic, Hamilton looks typically assured. The British driver twice finished ahead of his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas while rival Ferrari lacked speed. — Chicago White Sox pitcher Michael Kopech missed the start of the team’s summer camp due to a personal matter. General manager Rick Hahn said he doesn’t have a timeline for the return of the 24-year-old right-hander. Kopech is coming back from Tommy John surgery in September 2018. He hit triple-digits on the radar gun during his first spring training appearance.NBA RESTART-TOP SEEDSBucks, Lakers look to shed rust or rest for playoffs?MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers have all but guaranteed themselves the top two playoff seeds and face a balancing act when the NBA returns to action. While other teams will be fighting for a postseason berth or playoff seedings when they play the final eight regular season games in Florida, the Lakers and Bucks will be looking to shake off the rust after a 4 ½-month hiatus and staying as healthy as possible. -Mets’ Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom ran sprints by himself in shallow right field and then grabbed his personal bag of baseballs to throw off a bullpen mound. No hugs or handshakes or good-natured ribbing with teammates close by — because there weren’t any. Players kept a safe distance even while simply walking across the diamond at Citi Field, adapted from home ballpark to spring training site as the Mets prepare for opening day in three weeks. Welcome to Major League Baseball in the age of the coronavirus.— The Seattle Mariners kicked off summer camp trying to figure out how to get pitchers ready in just three weeks. One way the Mariners hope to combat worries about putting strain on pitchers’ arms is by going with a six-man rotation for the full 60-game season. The Mariners most likely already have the six starters set between Marco Gonzales, Yusei Kikuchi, Kendall Graveman, Justus Sheffield, Justin Dunn and Taijuan Walker. They may end up averaging just one start per week during the shortened season. — A top Canadian government health official says the Toronto Blue Jays aren’t guaranteed to get an exemption for the regular season. The Blue Jays got one to hold training camp in Toronto this week. But the regular season will require players to frequently travel back and forth between the United States. The official noted that a lot of American states that have teams are seeing a surge in COVID-19 cases. — The Chicago Cubs were glad to be back on the field. . New manager David Ross said he felt like a “12-year-old thinking about baseball” and how much he missed it. With the season cut from 162 games to 60, the Cubs are gearing up for a sprint they hope ends in the playoffs after missing out for the first time since 2014. Chicago went from 95 wins in 2018 to 84 last season and finished behind St. Louis and Milwaukee in the NL Central. The Cubs kept their roster largely intact. But they made one big change when they hired Ross to replace Joe Maddon. — Baseball’s return to Comerica Park meant Michael Fulmer was back on the mound in Detroit. The right-hander had Tommy John surgery and missed the whole 2019 season. He said this was his first time throwing off the game mound at Comerica Park in about a year and a half. Update on the latest sports — Prized shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. wore a facemask throughout the reboot of spring training for the San Diego Padres, who reported that outfielder Tommy Pham tested positive for COVID-19 and is asymptomatic. Pham will be able to return when he clears the protocol. Pham was obtained in an offseason trade with Tampa Bay in exchange for outfielder Hunter Renfroe. Tatis and outfielder Franchy Cordero appeared to be the only players who wore a mask through the whole workout at Petco Park. _The Cincinnati Reds resumed with a familiar scene: hitters slapping batting-practice pitches around Great American Ball Park while a mash-up of disco, rap and Motown reverberated. It looked and sounded like baseball but felt very different in many ways. Manager David Bell hadn’t slept well the last few days, anxious over how to hit a restart button on a shortened season while keeping players safe from COVID-19. Outfielder Nick Senzel is worried about whether major league players will be cautious when they go out in public, so not to catch and spread the coronavirus.— Carlos Carrasco is making another comeback. The popular Indians pitcher is eager to get back on the mound after missing most of last season while battling leukemia. The 33-year-old is in remission but he’s at a higher risk of contracting COVID-19. Carrasco has the blessing of the team’s medical staff to play as baseball resumes, and he’s thankful his teammates will look out for him. Carrasco spent the months since baseball was paused by working out at his home in Florida. He even installed a mound near his front yard so he could throw.— Indians outfielder Delino DeShields Jr. has tested positive for the coronavirus and is being quarantined from his teammates and has only had “very mild symptoms” at this point. He will have to twice test negative before he’s permitted to re-join the ballclub.— Most of the Los Angeles Dodgers were masked men when they gathered to restart spring training. Players arrived and departed Dodger Stadium at staggered times. They worked in groups divided between pitchers and position players while maintaining a safe distance. Clayton Kershaw says he trusts his teammates to take precautions when they’re away from the ballpark in order to complete the shortened 60-game season. Testing has shown an increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in California. The club said it plans to review a nickname it has had since 1905. In 2018, the Indians removed their Chief Wahoo logo from caps and jersey worn by the team. The red-faced mascot, however, remains on some team merchandise.The move mirrors one made by the NFL’s Washington Redskins, who Friday said they are embarking on a “thorough review” of their name. FedEx on Thursday called for the Redskins to change their name, and Nike appeared to remove all Redskins gear from its online store. In other NFL news: — A person familiar with the discussions told The Associated Press the NFL plans to consider the NFL Players Association’s recommendation to cancel the preseason though the league prefers to cut the schedule in half. The NFL decided Wednesday to cut its preseason from four games to two. The union’s board of player representatives voted Thursday to ask the league to cancel the entire preseason schedule, according to two people who were part of that conversation. The four people spoke on condition of anonymity because the league and the union haven’t reached an agreement. Associated Press -The Green Bay Packers are optimistic they will have fans at Lambeau Field this season, but they note that seating capacity would be cut significantly and spectators must wear face coverings. The NFL club acknowledges the “possibility that Lambeau Field will be unable to host fans for games this season” because of the pandemic. Training camps across the league are to begin in mid-July.-A person familiar with the request says agent Drew Rosenhaus has asked the Cleveland Browns to trade tight end and former first-round draft pick David Njoku. The person who spoke on condition of anonymity says the Browns have no plans to move Njoku. Rosenhaus told ESPN that “it is in David’s best interest to find a new team at this time.” Njoku has caught 93 passes and scored nine touchdowns in three seasons.MLB NEWSMLB cancels All-Star Game for first time since 1945LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dodger Stadium’s 40-year wait to host the All-Star Game is going to last even longer. — New Yankees ace Gerrit Cole is busy on and off the field this week. Cole and his wife, Amy, celebrated the birth of their first child on Tuesday. Cole has been working out at Yankee Stadium. After a near-miss in the World Series last year with Houston, the All-Star right-hander is hoping to help pitch the Yankees to their first championship since 2009. He signed to a $324 million, nine-year contract that set a record as the highest for a pitcher. Cole says the delay caused by the pandemic might benefit the Yankees because it allowed many to heal. The Yankees open on July 23 at Washington.— Reigning American League MVP Mike Trout participated in the Los Angeles Angels’ first workout of summer camp, but says he hasn’t made a final decision on playing this year. Trout and wife Jessica are expecting the couple’s first child in August. The outfielder said his mindset is to play in the virus-delayed season, but a lot will hinge on how he feels the next couple weeks. The three-time AL MVP continues to have discussions with general manager Billy Eppler and manager Joe Maddon. Trout wore an N-95 mask throughout the two-hour workout at Angel Stadium on Friday. Trout did leave open the possibility of possibly not playing until the baby arrives.—Tampa Bay Rays ace Blake Snell reported for work after all. The 27-year-old Snell made headlines in May when he said he opposed the idea of players taking further pay reductions to start the season during a pandemic. But he says it wasn’t difficult to start playing again after the players’ agreement with Major League Baseball included their full pro-rated salaries. Snell says most of what he said in May was “correct.”— Atlanta Braves left-hander Cole Hamels is feeling good as a long layoff has helped him recover from a sore left shoulder. Hamels hopes he’ll be ready for the start of the 60-game season i less than three weeks. He says he is interested in logging quality innings, even if he’s not able to pitch deep into games. The Braves opened their summer training at newly renamed Truist Park. A sore left shoulder could have forced Hamels to miss two months if the season started on time. Instead, the coronavirus pandemic ended spring training in mid-March and allowed Hamels to have a more relaxed approach to his rehabilitation.— The Texas Rangers have opened their summer camp in their new home. Their first official workout in their new stadium with a retractable roof came three weeks before they expect to finally play a game there. Left-hander Brett Martin was away from the team after he tested positive for COVID-19 during intake testing this week. Martin was already at higher risk because he has Type 1 diabetes. The pitcher had some mild symptoms with congestion and fatigue. The Sept. 12 game between Lafayette College and Navy is the latest game to be canceled. Navy is seeking to fill the date with another opponent. Several other games have already been wiped from the schedule. Those include the Southern-Tennessee State game in Detroit on Sept. 5 and the annual Southern Heritage Classic in Memphis on Sept. 12, featuring Jackson State versus Tennessee State.RACIAL INJUSTICE-OKLAHOMA STATEOklahoma State’s Gundy takes pay cut in wake of T-shirt flapSTILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy has taken a hit financially as part of an internal review prompted by sharp criticism from his star running back for wearing a T-shirt promoting a far-right news channel. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL NEWSRedskins, Indians to review nicknames amid race debateWASHINGTON (AP) — -The Cleveland Indians have announced that they too are reviewing their contentious nickname. The team released a statement on Friday night saying it is committed to making a positive impact in their community and that they embrace their responsibility to advance social justice and equality. July 4, 2020 The game scheduled for July 14 has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, and Dodger Stadium was awarded the 2022 Midsummer Classic. The 2021 game is set for Atlanta’s Truist Park, home of the Braves since 2017. The pandemic had already delayed opening day from March 26 to July 23 or 24. This will be the first time since 1945 that no game will be held. Travel restrictions because of World War II kept the game scheduled for Boston’s Fenway Park from taking place that year. It was pushed back to the next season. In other MLB news:— The Washington Nationals showed up to training camp hoping to follow manager Dave Martinez’s mantra on the way to winning the World Series: go 1-0 every day. Baseball’s defending champions got camp underway with 57 healthy bodies and a 2020 first-round pick on the way. Martinez learned depth catcher Welington Castillo was joining Ryan Zimmerman and pitcher Joe Ross in opting out of the 60-game major league season. But aces Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg looked sharp on the first day of workouts, and there’s plenty of hope ahead as long as the Nationals can remember all the protocols in place. — The Indiana Pacers will finish this season without Victor Oladipo after the two-time All-Star decided to sit out because of the risk of re-injuring his right knee. Pacers president of basketball operations Kevin Pritchard said Friday in a statement that the timing of the league’s restart and Oladipo’s lack of 5-on-5 activity makes it difficult for the guard to commit to play “at the high level he expects with regards to further injury.” NASCAR-JIMMIE JOHNSONJimmie Johnson 1st NASCAR driver to test positive for virusINDIANAPOLIS (AP) — NASCAR star Jimmie Johnson has tested positive for the coronavirus. The seven-time champion will miss what was supposed to be his final Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend. He will be sidelined and miss testing an Indy car on the road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway next week. Johnson had talked about the test and the possibility of running the Indianapolis 500. Hours later, he said he had tested positive for the coronavirus. GOLF-ROCKET MORTGAGE CLASSIC Milwaukee owned the NBA’s best record at 53-12 and the Lakers were No. 1 in the West at 49-14 when the pandemic halted play in mid-March. In other NBA news:— Utah center Rudy Gobert is standing tall, even after having coronavirus and dealing with an enormous amount of scorn after being diagnosed. Gobert was the first NBA player to test positive for the virus and that prompted many to blame him for the league’s shutdown in response to the pandemic. Plenty of eyes will be on Gobert when the NBA season takes a giant step toward returning by having teams gather at the Disney complex in Central Florida over the next few days. — Plenty of aches and pains around the NBA have healed in the almost-four-month span since the league had to suspend its season because of the pandemic. That means the 22 teams that will be arriving at the Disney campus near Orlando, Florida next week should be coming in with mostly healthy rosters. Keeping players healthy once they get to Disney will be another challenge, as workloads ramp up quickly for the July 30 resumption of games. But at least at the start of camps, rosters will be deeper than they were when the league shut down on March 11.— A person with knowledge of the situation says that the Miami Heat have closed their training facility after a second player tested positive for coronavirus. The Heat will have players at the arena over the coming days to satisfy their NBA-mandated testing requirements but will not reopen the gym for individual workouts before leaving for the Disney complex near Orlando on Wednesday. The second player’s identity was not released by the team. Heat guard Derrick Jones Jr. tested positive for coronavirus last week. Elsewhere in F1 Racing: — Rival teams still want answers about whether Ferrari’s engine last season was legal or not, after an investigation was closed following a private settlement with governing body FIA. Questions were raised as to whether Ferrari’s fuel-flow exceeded its maximum permitted amount of 100 kilograms per hour. Teams argued that this may have been a key reason for Ferrari’s notably superior speed on long straights and its remarkable run of six straight pole positions. The FIA is now prepared to share its conclusions but needs Ferrari’s permission and the Italian manufacturer is refusing.last_img read more

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MSOC : Syracuse must overcome height disadvantage against Villanova

first_img Published on October 25, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Chris: cjiseman@syr.edu | @chris_iseman Up and down the Villanova roster are imposing scorers boasting heights of at least 6 feet tall, giving Syracuse a challenge in a late-season game with the postseason on the line. But at a time when the Orange’s confidence is sky-high following a breakout offensive performance against Cincinnati, the Wildcats’ size advantage isn’t creating any apprehension.It just calls for a solid game plan.‘We’re expecting quite a big team, quite a physical team,’ senior midfielder Nick Roydhouse said. ‘They have a lot of players who are over 6-foot, whereas our team is rather small in comparison to that. We’ll be looking to minimize set pieces and things like that where they could use their height advantage.’In its penultimate game of the regular season, Syracuse (3-10-1, 1-5-1 Big East) is going to have to manage its height disadvantage against Villanova (5-7-4, 2-4-1) Wednesday at 7 p.m. at SU Soccer Stadium to notch a second straight victory. Sitting in seventh place in the Big East Red Division, SU needs to play its way into the top six for a spot in the Big East tournament. The Orange is three points behind Villanova, who is tied for fourth in the division.Coming off its biggest win of the season, a 4-2 victory over the Bearcats, the weight of not having a Big East win was lifted off the Orange’s shoulders. Syracuse went nine games without a win, but head coach Ian McIntyre said he can’t let his team get too carried away or overly confident after snapping the streak.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textStill, to a degree, it backed up what McIntyre’s been saying for the entire season.‘Cincinnati gives us a lot of confidence,’ McIntyre said. ‘We’ve been pretty close. We know we’ve got a decent group. It was nice to finally get over the line and get that win. You don’t get too low with defeat, you don’t get too high with victories.’Trying to combat its height disadvantage, though, will be one of the tasks the Orange has in store. The Wildcats’ top-five scorers are at least 6 feet tall. SU’s top scorers are Roydhouse and junior forward Louis Clark, who measure 5 feet 7 inches and 5 feet 10 inches, respectively.While Roydhouse said he’s expecting a tough, physical game against Villanova, it might be exactly the style of play SU likes to engage in. The Orange traded shoves several times in its game against South Florida on Oct. 15, culminating in a near-fight postgame when Roydhouse took exception to a couple of Bulls players not shaking SU’s hands.Roydhouse said USF was too confident and acted it, something he said his team would never do. But in the intense, physical match, Syracuse thrived before falling 3-2 in overtime.‘That’s when we seem to outplay teams is by getting in the face and not giving them any time with the ball,’ Roydhouse said. ‘It takes the height out of it. We like to be aggressive. It helps us get on top of teams.’It also means Syracuse will look to use its speed to create scoring opportunities, as it did against Cincinnati. McIntyre had Clark play further up top, which he might do against Villanova, but said he isn’t certain if he’ll stick to that same game plan until he sees what types of matchups the Wildcats draw up.Clark leads the Orange with six goals and would likely play closer to the goal to be fed the ball. That strategy has worked well for SU in its last stretch of games, and it could spell the difference between a win and a loss Wednesday.‘We don’t have the biggest team, but we’re fast,’ redshirt sophomore defender Ryan Tessler said. ‘We use our speed to the best of our abilities. We’ve got guys running down the outsides. … Set pieces-wise, yeah, they’ll be bigger than us, but we just have to toughen up and deal with it.’Syracuse is going to try to match Villanova’s height with the increased intensity that’s been a staple of its recent games. The Orange will gladly trade shoves if it means getting a win that it desperately needs to further its postseason hopes.And it’ll make any height disadvantage nearly obsolete.Said Roydhouse: ‘If we play our game, they’ll be more worried about us than we’re worried about them.’cjiseman@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Commentslast_img read more

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Champions League action tonight

first_imgTottenham could do with a Champions League victory later at French side Monaco – as they look to get back into the top two in Group E.Mauricio Pochettino’s side have lost both home matches so far in the competition. It means the manager’s setting expectations high for tonight’s away game. Kick off in the Prinicpality is at 7.45pm, by which time Bayer Leverkusen could have stretched their advantage over Spurs. The Bundesliga side are away to C-S-K-A Moscow from 5. Leicester will confirm their place in the last-16 with a win at home to Club Bruges tonight. Second placed Porto travel to Copenhagen in Group G’s other encounter.last_img read more

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