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Astros go long to knock out Braves

first_img Clemens came out of the bullpen to boost his team, then Chris Burke ended the longest postseason game in baseball history with a home run in the 18th inning to lift the Astros over the Atlanta Braves 7-6 on Sunday and into the National League championship series. Clemens, making his first relief appearance since 1984, pitched three dominant innings and atoned for a poor start in Game 2. HOUSTON — Roger Clemens could see the Houston Astros were running out of pitchers. “As the game went longer and longer, Phil finally came up to me and said, Get ready and get your spikes on. I may need you,’ ” the 43-year-old said. “Sometimes he jokes with me, but I knew he meant it.” Manager Phil Garner’s team now gets a matchup against the St. Louis Cardinals, the same club Clemens lost to in Game 7 of last year’s series. “I love this, this is why you get off the couch to play this game,” said Clemens, who came out of retirement two years ago to pitch for his hometown club. “I’ve been fortunate to have played in a lot of big games, but it’s still exciting.” The Braves took a five-run lead into the eighth and were poised to send this first-round series back to Atlanta for a decisive Game 5 Monday night. But Lance Berkman hit a grand slam in the eighth and Brad Ausmus tied Game 4 with a two-out homer in the ninth barely beyond Gold Glove center fielder Andruw Jones’ outstretched glove. The Braves and Astros, tied at 6, began the real endurance test that wound up lasting 5 hours, 50 minutes. The previous longest postseason game also occurred in Houston; the New York Mets clinched the 1986 NLCS with a 16-inning win at the Astrodome. center_img “I’m sure proud of the guys,” Clemens said. “It’s been a lot of work for us. How ’bout the kid?” Standing next to Clemens, the 25-year-old Burke was beaming. “I’m just glad I could do my part,” Burke said. “It was draining, mentally draining.” When Burke hit the homer, Clemens was in the dugout tunnel with Craig Biggio, the 39-year-old second baseman who has spent his entire career in Houston. “We were like two tired old men walking out of the tunnel, and then we were like two kids having a good time,” Clemens said. “We were holding each other up.” The Astros get a few days to rest. The league championship series starts Wednesday night at Busch Stadium. “If he comes in a game like that, you know it has to be important to him,” Jones said. “He was going to try not to make any mistakes, and he didn’t. He pitched great.” Clemens gave up one hit and struck out four, setting up the first series rematch since Pittsburgh and Atlanta played in 1991-92. Last October, Clemens failed to hold an early lead in Game 7 and denied the Astros their first World Series appearance. The loss marked another early October exit for the Braves, who have won an unprecedented 14 consecutive division titles, but have just one World Series title to show for it. The Astros eliminated Atlanta last year. “It never feels good, but I’ve had a couple of heartbreakers where I could have won the game, but instead ended the season,” Chipper Jones said. “You learn from that.” The Braves wasted an early grand slam by Adam LaRoche. Berkman’s homer made this the first postseason game ever with two slams. Burke entered the game in the 10th inning as a pinch-runner. He came up with one out in the 18th against rookie Joey Devine and hit a drive over the left-field wall. Burke was mobbed by his teammates at the plate after only the sixth series-ending home run in history, and the first since Aaron Boone sent the Yankees over Boston in the 11th inning of Game 7 in the 2003 ALCS. Clemens first entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the 15th, and had a sacrifice bunt after a leadoff walk by Biggio. But after another walk, Morgan Ensberg grounded into an inning-ending double play. “It was kind of a microcosm of our season,” Burke said. “Started out slow, finished strong.” The Astros started off 15-30 before rallying to claim the wild-card spot, although they finished 11 games behind St. Louis in the Central Division. About three hours before the game finally ended, Ausmus hit his unlikely homer off Kyle Farnsworth. In the eighth, Farnsworth — the latest in a long line of Atlanta relievers to fail in the postseason –gave up the grand slam to Berkman after replacing Tim Hudson. Ausmus, with just three homers in 134 regular-season games, hit a ball that ricocheted off a column in left-center field just above the yellow line signifying a home run. Had it hit about a foot more to the left, the ball would have been in play and Ausmus held to a double. The Astros thought they had another homer to win it in the 10th, but Luke Scott’s drive down the left-field line curled just left of the pole. The crowd already was in a frenzy before realizing the ball had been called foul — TV replays confirmed that it was. Scott grounded out on the next pitch. Atlanta led 6-1 when Hudson, the Game 1 loser pitching on three days’ rest, allowed the first two hitters to reach in the eighth and was pulled. Biggio reached on a fielder’s choice grounder and Scott walked before Berkman’s grand slam, an opposite-field hit into the seats in left. Farnsworth managed to preserve the lead then, getting Ensberg on a called third strike before Mike Lamb’s flyball that right fielder Jeff Francoeur caught on the warning track. He didn’t have the same success against No. 8 hitter Ausmus an inning later. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

ZIM Cautiously Optimistic as It Sails Back to Black in Q3

first_imgIsraeli container shipping company ZIM reaped the fruits of the market recovery and returned to the black in the third quarter of 2017 posting a net profit of USD 25.2 million.The profit was reported against a loss of USD 37.6 million booked in the corresponding quarter of 2016.“The industry is starting to stabilize after the major changes it has gone through, with the reshaping of the alliances and M&A’s activities that took place during the last years. We saw a positive trend in the industry in the last four quarters, however, market conditions remained challenging and volatile,” the company said.Higher earnings were boosted by a 19.2 percent increase in average freight rate per TEU, which stood at USD 1,058, in the quarter.Total revenues for the quarter came at USD 816.7 million, a 26.8 percent increase when compared to USD 643.9 million in Q3 2016.ZIM carried 688, 000 TEUs in Q3, 10.6 percent more than in the same quarter last year.For the nine-month period, net profit stood at USD 21.1 million, a major rebound from a net loss of USD 168.1 million in the same period of 2016. The nine-month revenues saw a 17.6 percent jump reaching USD 2,217.4 million.The average freight rate per TEU was USD 1,008, against USD 898 in the comparable period of 2016, resulting in a 12.2 percent increase.“ZIM’s encouraging Q3 results are a cause for optimism, and we hope they reflect a momentum that we can keep up in the coming quarters; however, we still face many challenges, including the uncertainty of market conditions, including freight rates & bunker prices,” Eli Glickman, ZIM President & CEO, said.“I believe we are on the right track, as we continue to outperform the industry thanks to our unrelenting focus on profitability, efficiency and a customer-orientated approach.We are currently in the process of finalizing our 2018 budget, designed at increasing the pace of our strategy implementation and embracing fresh technological initiatives, as part of our vision to offer our customers new and best-in-market services. “ Image Courtesy: ZIMlast_img read more

Saints identify Hughes replacement

first_imgSouthampton have identified former AS Monaco manager Leonardo Jardim as a potential replacement for under-fire boss Mark Hughes.The Saints have lost their last three league games without scoring to slip to 16th in the table, just two points above the relegation zone.Southampton next face rivals Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday, and a fourth successive defeat would only add more pressure on Hughes.Despite the looming shadow of Jardim, Hughes insists he is not feeling the pressure and insists improved results are not far away.“We want maximum points as soon as we can but we don’t feel unduly concerned as yet because we think we are very close to turning things around,” he said, according to Express.“We stayed in the Premier League last year by one position. Realistically, are we going to go from 17th to the top six in eight games? Probably not.”Neymar, BrazilTop 5 Ligue 1 players to watch throughout next weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Top 5 players to watch in Ligue 1 next…“We need to be a little bit patient but we know we have potential in the group and are better than we were last year.”“People shape their view how well or how poorly you do in the early weeks of the season; the end game is where you are after 38 matches.”Hughes is hopeful Charlie Austin, who is currently on loan from Liverpool can rediscover his goalscoring touch against the Cherries this weekend.Hughes said: “Charlie is a goal scorer and if you give him the right service, in the right areas of the penalty box, more often than not he will get shots off.”“We have not been able to get him in those kinds of positions on a regular enough basis so that is something we have to improve.”last_img read more

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Election mascot in Balurghat inspires youngsters to cast vote

first_imgBalurghat: With an objective to encourage young generation to enlist their names in the electoral roll and cast their votes, South Dinajpur district administration had introduced Kuhmandi’s mask craft, locally known as Mukha, as the election mascot on September1, 2018.After the introduction of the mascot, names of 40,000 new voters were included in the electoral roll. The step was aimed at massive awareness covering all eight blocks of the district. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseVillagers of Mahisbathan area of Kushmandi have developed a handicraft hub Mukha over the past several decades. This cultural heritage has now become a motif for Election Commission to woo voters to booths. Each district in the state has launched various election mascots such as tiger, dolphin and rhinoceros. Different images of masks are being displayed in various parts of the district as part of the voters’ awareness campaign. Since the introduction of Social Summary Revision of Electoral Roll, there were 17,000 new voters, who had enlisted their names in electoral roll. Significantly, after the introduction of the mascot to sensitise new voters, the figures increased to 40,000 during September 1, 2018 to January 14, 2019. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata”Of total 12,09,767 voters in South Dinajpur, the number of newly enlisted voters is about 40,000. During the massive awareness drive among young generation, we have enlisted 23,000 new voters in electoral roll in four months. The new mascot has helped us a lot,” said an official Mahadyuti Adhikary. “This is a proud moment for us as Election Commission has selected our Mukha craft to attract voters. With the step of selecting it as election mascot for the district, the Mukha artisans have finally attained the expected recognition,” said Sourav Roy, who is associated with mask craft. According to a source, masks are made of bamboo and the crafts are very popular. The villagers relate to it and they get inspired by the local tribal folk culture, art design and craft. The masks depict moods of Goddess Kali in her indigenous form and also the mythological character of Hanuman.last_img read more

Heres How to Get a Sneak Peek at the New Skype Translator

first_img 2 min read This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Free Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Nowcenter_img This spring, Microsoft and Skype jointly rolled out Skype Translator, which lets Microsoft users translate video messages in real time.When it was showcased at Re/code’s first Code Conference in Ranchos Palos Verdes, Calif. in May, Microsoft said that Skype Translator would be available to Windows 8 users as a “beta app” by the end of the year. The Redmond, Wash.-based corporation is living up to its promise.Starting this week, users with Microsoft Windows 8.1 computers and tablets can preview what the Skype Translator can do by registering for an account on Skype’s website. However the company notes on the site that there are a “limited number of preview spots available.”Related: Meet Microsoft Band, the $199 Fitness Tracker That Also Works With iOS and AndroidThe company does caution users that Skype will “have a few rough edges but the more conversations it translates, the better it’ll get.” At the moment, in addition to the real-time translation, an on-screen transcript is included in your video call.While the instant-message chats can be translated into 45 languages, the translator is offering only 12 languages for the video conferences — Arabic, Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin), French, Italian, Korean, Russian, English, German, Japanese, Portuguese, and Spanish. Related: How Not to Embarrass Yourself During a Skype Interview (Infographic) November 4, 2014last_img read more

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