Red Sox power to World Series victory over Dodgers, take Game 1

first_imgPreviousLos Angeles Dodgers’ Manny Machado hits an RBI fielders choice to score Brian Dozier during the fifth inning of Game 1 of the World Series baseball game against the Boston Red Sox Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Dodgers left fielder Joc Pederson fails to catch a hit by Boston’s Andrew Benintendi (not pictured) during the seventh inning of Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday night at Fenway Park in Boston. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)Dodgers …last_img read more

Warriors’ Draymond Green cut down to size (6-foot-5) under new NBA procedures

first_imgIn the long history of big-time competitive sports, program heights and weights have always been relative. In a previous century, Bill Walton insisted his program height be 6-foot-11, because “7 feet is where being a freak starts.”San Francisco 49ers coach Bill Walsh gave orders to list offensive tackle Bubba Paris at 299 pounds even though it seemed clear that Paris tipped the scales north of 300. (Quick aside: Walsh ultimately replaced Paris with Steve Wallace. When asked why, Walsh said, …last_img read more

SA leads as HIV/Aids tide turns: UNAids

first_img22 November 2012 South Africa scaled up its provision of state-sponsored antiretroviral therapy by 75% in the last two years, ensuring that 1.7-million people had access to the life-saving treatment, according to a new report released on Tuesday ahead of World Aids Day by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/Aids (UNAids).‘Exceptional leadership’ The report found that South Africa had taken the lead by increasing its domestic public investment in combating HIV/Aids to US$1.9-billion in 2011 – a five-fold increase since 2006, and the highest investment by any low- or middle-income country. “Exceptional leadership is coming from the world’s fastest-growing emerging economies: Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS),” the report states. “Together, they contribute to more than half of all domestic spending on Aids in low- and middle-income countries. Their momentum is unparalleled, having increased domestic public spending by more than 122% between 2006 and 2011.”Cut in new infections, Aids-related deaths In South Africa’s case, the increases in investment and treatment had contributed to a dramatic 41% cut in the country’s rate of new HIV infections since 2001, with new HIV infections in falling by more than 50 000 in the last two years. They had also slashed the number of Aids-related deaths – showing that antiretroviral therapy has emerged as a powerful force for saving lives – with South Africa seeing 100 000 fewer Aids-related deaths in 2011 than in 2005. The area where the country had made perhaps the most progress, according to UNAids, was in reducing new HIV infections in children, with the number of children newly infected with HIV falling by at least 40% between 2009 and 2011.Successes across sub-Saharan Africa According to the report, these improvements in HIV prevention and treatment were echoed across sub-Saharan Africa, the part of the world most affected by HIV. Since 2001, rates of new HIV infections have been cut by 73% in Malawi, 71% in Botswana, 68% in Namibia, 58% in Zambia, 50% in Zimbabwe and 41% in Swaziland. At the same time, sub-Saharan Africa has reduced its Aids-related deaths by one-third in the last six years and increased the number of people on antiretroviral treatment by 59% in the last two years alone. Impressive gains were also made in cutting deaths from tuberculosis (TB) in people living with HIV, the report found, with TB-related Aids deaths in sub-Saharan Africa falling by 28% in the last two years. “This accomplishment is due to record numbers of people with HIV/TB coinfection accessing antiretroviral treatment – a 45% increase between 2009 and 2011. India, Kenya, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe accounted for two-thirds of all new people with HIV/TB co-infection being treated.”Pace of progress ‘quickening’ According to UNAids, the latest data, from countries in sub-Saharan Africa and around the world, “tell a story of clear success”, with record numbers of lives being saved in the past six years, and more than half-a-million fewer people dying from Aids-related illnesses in 2011 than six years earlier. “The national declines in HIV incidence in populations shows that sustained investments and increased political leadership for the Aids response are paying dividends. In particular, countries with a concurrent scale-up of HIV prevention and treatment programmes are seeing a drop in new HIV infections to record lows.” UNAids executive director Michel Sidibe said the pace of progress was quickening. “What used to take a decade is now being achieved in 24 months. We are scaling up faster and smarter than ever before. It is the proof that, with political will and follow-through, we can reach our shared goals by 2015.”Global Aids targets for 2015 A thousand days remain for the world to achieve its 2015 global Aids targets of reducing sexual transmission of HIV and new HIV infections among people who inject drugs by 50%, eliminating new HIV infections among children, providing antiretroviral treatment to 15-million people, and reducing TB-related Aids deaths by 50%. These targets form part of the UN Millennium Development Goals agreed upon by all UN member countries in 2000. To enable the targets to be reached, countries committed to investing up to $24-billion annually on combating HIV/Aids by 2015. The UNAids report shows that countries are increasing their Aids response investments despite a difficult economic climate, with the global gap in resources needed annually by 2015 now at 30% – $16.8-billion was available in 2011. “In 2011, for the first time ever, domestic investments from low- and middle-income countries surpassed global giving for HIV,” the report states. “However, international assistance, which has been stable in the past few years, remains a critical lifeline for many countries. In 26 of 33 countries in sub-Saharan Africa, donor support accounts for more than half of HIV investments.” At the same time, UNAids said, countries had to take steps to reduce their dependency on international assistance for HIV treatment programmes. The United States accounts for 48% of all international assistance for HIV and, together with the Global Fund for Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria, provides the lion’s share of investments in HIV treatment. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Mayweather is next–Roach

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. If the punches land on fight night, said Roach, he expects a knockout triumph that has not happened under his watch since 2009 against Miguel Cotto.And with Pacquiao’s old buddy Buboy Fernandez at the helm, Pacquiao tasted a KO win once again when he stopped Lucas Matthyse in the seventh last July in Kuala Lumpur.But the scenario is clear on Roach’s mind come fight night: A stoppage in the later rounds.He added: “I don’t want the referee coming to the rescue (of Broner), I want it him laid out.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion MOST READ LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño “You know that there’s a reason why Floyd went on TV the other night (during an NBA Filipino Heritage game that honored Pacquiao), and it’s to show the world that he’s still there,” said Roach.Mayweather also bumped into Pacquiao last year in Tokyo festival where the undefeated American announced his desire for a rematch.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“And I think that part of the reason, I think the winner of this fight (Pacquiao against Adrien Broner) has the chance of getting him (Mayweather),” said Roach. “I hope so yes, because that’s the one fight I would like to have back. I know we can do better.”The first fight, which reportedly earned $600 million, was a big disappointment and ended with the flashy American winning via unanimous decision over the Filipino icon who turned out to be nursing an injured shoulder. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completioncenter_img Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting HOLLYWOOD—A rematch between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. is highly possible.The affable Freddie Roach said there’s a strong chance there will be repeat of the 2015 “Battle for Greatness” between boxing’s standard bearers.ADVERTISEMENT “Hopefully that happens, if not there’s a lot of guys out there who are big names, but Mayweather’s my first choice,” added Roach, who acts as consultant for the Jan. 19 WBA world welterweight fight at MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas.Broner is likened to Mayweather in terms of his being a defensive, counter-punching fighter. But that doesn’t bother Roach.“He’s a counter-puncher and doesn’t come to us much, he’s the type of guy that sucks you in,” said Roach. “But we’ve dealt with that before, I mean he’s not our favorite type of fighter.”But what keeps Roach’s hope afloat was the fact that Pacquiao himself told him he’s going for a knockout.“He told me he’s gonna knock this guy out, he’s never said that to me in my life. So I’m happy where’s his head right now. If a knockout comes it’s good but I’m happy that he wants a knockout because that means he’s got his killer instinct back,” he added.ADVERTISEMENT Younghusbands’ dilemma LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertelast_img read more

There really is hope for future of U.S. Soccer

first_imgUnited States U17 U.S. U-17s give American soccer fans ray of hope after nightmare week Ives Galarcep @soccerbyives Last updated 2 years ago 02:05 10/17/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(5) USA U17 Maja Hitij – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images United States U17 U17 World Cup United States World Cup Paraguay U17 v United States U17 Paraguay U17 A week after the U.S. men’s national team broke hearts by missing out on the 2018 World Cup, the Under-17 squad restored some faith with a big win American soccer fans were in desperate need of something to cheer them up in the wake of last week’s World Cup qualifying disaster, and it came in the form of a big win by a promising group that just might help restore some of the faith lost in Trinidad & Tobago.The U.S. Under-17 national team demolished previously unbeaten Paraguay, 5-0, to advance to the quarterfinals of the U-17 World Cup. In a match Paraguay was considered the favorite it was the Americans who overwhelmed the South Americans, with several star performances leading the way.U-17 coach Jack Hackworth sent a message to his players, and they entered the match knowing they were playing for an entire nation. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. “We talked about it internally and I told these guys that the responsibility of doing something for U.S. Soccer fell on them,” Hackworth said. “Hopefully with this performance tonight we have shown the world we are a footballing nation developing many superstars of tomorrow.”This U.S. team was seen by some as a one-man band, with U-20 World Cup standout Josh Sargent considered the unquestioned star, but Monday showed the wealth of talent in Hackworth’s squad. Timothy Weah, son of former AC Milan star and newly minted Liberian president George Weah, scored a hat trick while Atlanta United midfielder Andrew Carleton impressed in a playmaking role, helping set up multiple goals as he shredded Paraguay’s defense with perfect passes.The rout came in the second half, but the seeds for the victory were planted in the first half, with the U.S. defense standing firm against a dangerous Paraguay attack that put pressure on early but never broke through.D.C. United’s Chris Durkin and New York City FC’s James Sands played excellently as a center back tandem, a feat made all the more impressive by the fact neither is a central defender by trade (both are better suited as defensive midfielders). It was their work in the middle that helped cut out several Paraguayan threats in the first 25 minutes of the match, when the U.S. turned the ball over too frequently and Paraguay looked primed for an early goal that might have set the stage for a completely different result.That Paraguay goal never came, though, and instead it was Weah’s opener in the 19th minute that set the tone. The quick-strike counter began with Sargent chesting the ball down to Carleton, who hit a perfectly weighted pass to Ayo Akinola down the right wing. Akinola then struck a pass to a streaking Weah to shock Paraguay.”Today, U.S. were the better team,” Paraguay coach Gustavo Morinigo said. “After the first goal, the boys became very nervous. It was going really well in the opening stages.”Weah’s second goal was a world-class stunner, an effortless blast from the top left corner of the penalty area that had to remind some people of his father’s goal-scoring heroics. That goal seemed to deflate Paraguay and it definitely inspired the U.S. attack, which proceeded to dismantle the South Americans, with Carleton, Sargent, Weah and Akinola finding an unstoppable rhythm against a beaten foe.It will be inevitable that American fans overreact to Monday’s blowout win. You can’t really blame them considering the desperately depressing aftermath of the World Cup qualifying failure, but the reality is this team finds itself facing an opportunity like no U-17 side before it. American fans are starving for something to give them hope, and as much as it probably isn’t all that fair to pin a nation’s soccer hopes on a U-17 team, the reality is a run to the semifinals or final would offer some much-needed therapy.There is also the hunger to see the players who just might be a part of the next U.S. World Cup team in 2022. There is a good chance at least a couple of the players on this U-17 team could be a part of a U.S. team in Qatar (assuming, of course, the U.S. qualifies). That said, five years is a long time, so it’s probably wiser to simply enjoy watching this U-17 team play rather than trying to project them as World Cup saviors.The U.S. U-17s return to action Saturday in the quarterfinals, against the winner of Tuesday’s England-Japan round of 16 clash. Expectations will be heightened considerably in the quarterfinals, and after being underdogs in the round of 16, the Americans might now be seen as favorites.At least they will be to U.S. fans who have suddenly found a ray of sunshine after last week’s nightmare proceedings in Trinidad & Tobago.last_img read more