Ducks fall short in shootout

first_imgAntti Miettinen scored in the fourth round of the shootout to send the Dallas Stars to a 4-3 victory over the visiting Mighty Ducks on Friday night. After both teams missed in the first round, Jussi Jokinen connected in the second for Dallas. Anaheim’s Andy McDonald matched that goal in the third and final round of regulation. Dallas’ Mike Modano then missed to force an extra round. Teemu Selanne then was denied on a sliding save by Johan Hedberg, opening the door for Miettinen, who gave the Stars the extra point when he beat Jean-Sebastien Giguere. Brenden Morrow scored two real goals for the Stars, one short-handed, and Miettinen also had a goal as Dallas rallied from a three-goal deficit. Selanne had a power-play goal and an assist. McDonald added a power-play goal, and Samuel Pahlsson also scored for Anaheim, which has lost all four meetings with Dallas this season. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Dallas’ Marty Turco, who on Thursday signed a four-year, $22.8 million contract extension through the 2009-10 season, gave up three goals on Anaheim’s first six shots and was lifted before the second period. Hedberg was sharp in relief, stopping all 16 shots he faced in the final two periods and overtime. He then denied three of four attempts in the shootout. Anaheim carried a 3-1 lead into the third period. Morrow cut the deficit to 3-2 at 1:35 while the Stars were on the penalty-kill, stealing the puck at center ice and scoring on a breakaway. He tied it with his 13th goal of the season on a rebound at 13:36. Flyers 3, Capitals 1: Simon Gagne and Peter Forsberg each had a goal and an assist, and the Philadelphia Flyers stretched their road-point streak to 14 games with a victory over the Washington Capitals. center_img Mike Rathje also scored for the Flyers, who improved to 7-0-1 on their 11-game road trip. Their only loss in that stretch was a shootout defeat last Saturday in Washington. Philadelphia has won three straight and eight of 10. With points in their next two road games, the Flyers would tie the team mark set in 1979-80. Alexander Ovechkin scored for Washington, which has dropped three straight and four of five. Thrashers 6, Penguins 4: Ilya Kovalchuk put up his second hat trick of the season, scoring his third goal into an empty net with 44 seconds left to clinch a victory over visiting Pittsburgh. The Thrashers built a 5-0 lead through two periods before the Penguins scored four times. Hurricanes 4, Islanders 1: Cory Stillman scored the go-ahead goal late in the second period to lead Carolina at home past New York. Kevyn Adams, Rod Brind’Amour and Justin Williams also scored for the Southeast Division-leading Hurricanes, who won the last three games of a four-game homestand. Red Wings 3, Predators 1: Detroit defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom scored two power-play goals, leading the Red Wings over the host Nashville Predators. It marked the first time this season that the Predators lost in regulation to a Central Division team. The Red Wings are 13-1 against teams in their division. Flames 1, Maple Leafs 0 : Calgary defenseman Robyn Regehr scored the only goal and Miikka Kiprusoff made 27 saves for his NHL-leading sixth shutout as the Flames beat visiting Toronto and snapped the Maple Leafs’ six-game winning streak. Regehr’s fourth goal of the season came at 4:24 of the second period on a harmless-looking play. 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

GAA NOTES: KILLYBEGS

first_imgThe Killotto had no winner this week. The numbers were 5, 10, 15 and 29. There were six winners of Match 3 Numbers. Next week’s Killotto jackpot is €2,900 and Match 3 is €60. Ladies A Team is selling Killotto this Saturday 10th and Jimmy White’s team is selling on the 17th of December.There was no winner of Bingo Jackpot. Consolation prizes went to Christopher McKinney, Kilcar, and Sally McHugh, Ardara. Next week’s Jackpot will be €1,800 on 48 calls.There is a club meeting on Thursday 8th of December in clubhouse at 8.30. The A.G.M. is fixed for the 30th of December in the Tara Hotel at 6p.m. Tickets are available for the club Dinner Dance in the Tara Hotel on the 28th of Dec. Tickets are priced at €25, contact Rita or Andrew to purchase tickets. 0872054772 or 0872977907 GAA NOTES: KILLYBEGS was last modified: December 6th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Killybegs GAA Club noteslast_img read more

SA ready for 2010

first_imgThe panel in discussion at the mediabriefing held in Beijing in August to report on the status of South Africa’s 2010preparations. South Africa’s Ekhaya Hospitality centrebustled with international journalists.(Images: International Marketing Council)Janine ErasmusSouth Africa’s Local Organising Committee (LOC) held a press briefing in Beijing on 21 August 2008 to report on the status of the country’s preparations to host the Fifa World Cup in 2010. The delegation was led by South Africa’s Deputy Minister of Finance Jabu Moleketi, and LOC CEO Danny Jordaan.Other members of the delegation included Minister in the Presidency of the Republic of South Africa Dr Essop Pahad, Fifa Secretary-General Jérôme Valcke, Commissioner Andre Pruis of the South African Police Services, and Ray Wheland of Zurich-based MATCH AG, the company tasked by Fifa to provide ticketing and hospitality services for major Fifa events such as the 2009 and 2013 Confederations Cup and the 2010 and 2014 World Cup tournaments.The briefing took the form of a panel discussion forum facilitated by Government Communication and Information Systems and the national Department of Sports and Recreation.South Africa has taken full advantage of the media opportunities presented by the Beijing Olympics, which has attracted 5 600 accredited journalists and other media professionals from all over the world, said CEO of Government Communication and Information Systems and official government spokesperson Themba Maseko.Speaking at the briefing, held at South Africa’s Ekhaya (isiZulu, home) Hospitality Centre in the Westin Chaoyang Hotel, Minister in the Presidency Pahad said that the 2010 World Cup must be used as a vehicle to project a whole new image of South Africa, and the African continent, to the world.“For us this event is much more than sport,” said Pahad. “It is about South Africa’s and Africa’s ability to host the world. It is about getting out from underneath the welter of negative press coverage our continent receives. It is about informing the world that Africa has much to offer, that our people are ready to receive the world, ready to host those who come to the World Cup and that when they come they will receive a wonderfully unforgettable African experience.”Ready to welcome the worldLOC CEO Danny Jordaan re-iterated South Africa’s readiness to hold an event of the magnitude of the World Cup, adding that construction is ahead of schedule in most cases. “In terms of our stadium construction programme, our deadline for the Confederations Cup venues is December 2008,” he said. “Those stadiums are there and they are being upgraded. In terms of stadium readiness, we can say here, that will be ready by the end of 2009. All the stadiums will be complete for kick off.“For the rest of the stadiums, the completion date is October 2009. Eighty percent of those stadiums will be completed by July 2009.”In a media briefing held on 13 August 2008 at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, Deputy Finance Minister Moleketi said that South Africa is meeting the timelines set in terms of development and construction. “We have covered a lot of ground. The timelines and the deadlines that we set ourselves have been met, and those are also in keeping in ensuring that we are indeed ready to host 2010.”With regard to tourism, an extra three million tourists are expected to visit South Africa during the World Cup, boosting the number of tourists in a single year to 10-million. “We are there to give them an experience to ensure that they come back with their families and friends,” said Moloketi.Tourism to South Africa currently contributes more than 8% to the country’s GDP, and is expected to leap to 12% in June and July 2010.The entire Southern African region will gain from the World Cup in tourism terms, said Pahad. “Tourism SA is in the process of linking 2010 to a range of other tourism experiences throughout the country and the region. Travel throughout the region will as far as possible be relatively easy and seamless.”The minister went on to mention the Univisa, which will allow visitors to travel to all countries in the Southern African Development Community region on one visa.Jordaan also commented that the successful hosting of the World Cup will open the door to other prestigious events, and possibly even the Olympics which, too, has never taken place on African soil. “It is very important that we succeed in this world cup, because nothing less is required to open the door for the last major event on the continent the Olympics.”Fifa added its voice to the discussion, with the organisation’s secretary-general Jérôme Valcke affirming that Fifa and South Africa are working hard together to ensure that the highly-anticipated event will happen in South Africa. “If we say the World Cup will take place in South Africa, it will take place in South Africa. We are on the right timing and the right track to ensure that all goes according to plan.”Andre Pruis, the South African police commissioner, assured delegates that the World Cup will be a safe and secure event, saying most of the safety and security infrastructure is already in place.Setting the examplePahad paid tribute to the People’s Republic of China for successfully hosting the 2008 Beijing Olympics. “From the spectacular opening ceremony to the unfailing courtesy of all the volunteers and the performances of the athletes representing the People’s Republic of China we can all agree that these Olympic Games are simply phenomenal,” he said.In January 2008 China and South Africa celebrated a decade of international relations. Relations between the two countries did not take off in 1994 because of a dispute involving Taiwan, but on New Year’s Day 1998 bilateral relations were established and have developed smoothly ever since.A report on the official Chinese government portal says that in 2000 the volume of bilateral trade reached $2-billion, at that time more than 20% of the total trade volume between China and the entire African continent. And by the end of 2006, the volume of Sino-South Africa trade had almost quintupled to $9.8-billion.Celebrating Africa’s humanityWith the Beijing Olympics drawing to a close, the attention of the world will now shift to Africa. The 2010 World Cup, the first ever to take place on the African continent, is not only viewed as a South African event, but an African event that will boost the country’s and the continent’s standing in the global community. “Our destiny is linked to that of the rest of Africa,” said Pahad, “and we are working to build a better South Africa, a better Africa and a better world.”Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Janine Erasmus at [email protected] articlesWorld Cup host cities South Africans upbeat about 2010Tourism in South AfricaUnivisa for SA touristsUseful linksSouth Africa 2010SA TourismDepartment of Sport and RecreationJoburg host city websitelast_img read more

Water quality blueprint causes concerns

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A crush of supporters filed friend-of-the-court briefs, joining the American Farm Bureau Federation in urging the U.S. Supreme Court to hear arguments on the Environmental Protection Agency’s plan to micromanage state land-use and development decisions under the guise of the Chesapeake Bay water quality “blueprint.”Filers included 92 members of Congress, 22 states, forestry groups represented by the Pacific Legal Foundation, and a broad cross-section of the U.S. economy represented by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers and the National Federation of Independent Business.“The fact that so many voices are being raised in support of Supreme Court review shows the broad and severe threat that EPA’s action here poses nationwide,” said Bob Stallman, AFBF president. “EPA has asserted powers that do not appear in any law written by Congress, and it has done so in the context of an iconic national treasure, hoping that will inoculate its power grab in the courts. We have faith that the nation’s highest court will see this for what it is and hold EPA accountable to stay within its statutory authority.”Despite aggressive new commitments and water quality achievements by the six states in the Bay watershed in the mid-2000s, the EPA asserted federal control over the Chesapeake Bay recovery in its 2010 “blueprint.” The new federal plan effectively gives EPA the ability to function as a super-zoning authority over local and state governments—dictating where homes can be built, where land can be farmed, and where commercial development can occur.The plan will impose tens of billions of dollars in direct costs — with unknown economic impacts on local communities and economies. It also denies state and local governments and businesses the flexibility to adapt to new circumstances, instead locking in limits that can quickly become outdated but can only be revised by EPA. The lower courts upheld EPA’s blueprint on the theory that it furthers the water quality goals of the Clean Water Act — despite the absence of words in the statute authorizing such federal action. A significant issue presented for the Supreme Court is the degree to which courts should defer to broad agency interpretations of their statutory power.“The broad support for the Farm Bureau petition shows that deep concerns about the Bay blueprint go far beyond agriculture and far beyond the Bay region,” said Ellen Steen, AFBF General Counsel. “Members of Congress, states and business groups recognize that this illegal framework will be imposed throughout the country unless the Court intervenes. Given the enormous social and economic consequences, not to mention the grave questions about federalism and deference to agency overreaching, this is a case that cries out for Supreme Court review.”last_img read more

Milos Raonic ends lucky loser’s run at Indian Wells

first_img1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy “I played the best I could here,” she said.But Williams hasn’t made it farther than the quarterfinals at any Premier Mandatory or Grand Slam tourney since last year’s BNP Paribas Open. Until Kerber stopped her, Williams had won four matches in a row for the first time since last year in the desert.Bencic was pushed to three sets for the first time in four matches at the tournament. She was coming off a straight-set upset of defending champion and top-ranked Naomi Osaka in the fourth round.Pliskova raced to 4-1 lead before wrapping up the second set. In the third, she overcame a break point to hold at 2-all but only won one more game the rest of the way.“Physically, it was tough somehow, and the wind didn’t help much,” Pliskova said. “So my serve was bad, my shots were bad.”Bencic improved to 18-3 this year. She won her third career title at Dubai last month and her first since 2015. The 22-year-old Swiss player missed five months in 2017 after wrist surgery.“When you’re confident, you can really just trust your instincts and you don’t have to think about it at all,” Bencic said. “I’m definitely playing how I feel it, and it’s going well so I’m not planning on changing that.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Milos Raonic, of Canada, celebrates winning a point against Miomir Kecmanovic, of Serbia, at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament Thursday, March 14, 2019, in Indian Wells, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)INDIAN WELLS, California— Milos Raonic made sure Miomir Kecmanovic’s good luck finally ran out at the BNP Paribas Open.Raonic beat the 19-year-old Serb 6-3, 6-4 on Thursday to reach the semifinals and improve to 19-4 at Indian Wells since 2014.ADVERTISEMENT “I knew he had nothing to lose, and I had to be really disciplined with myself,” Raonic said.In January, Raonic beat Kecmanovic in straight sets on his way to the title at Brisbane in January.Belinda Bencic beat fifth-seeded Karolina Pliskova 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 to reach the semis, ensuring her return to the top 20 in the rankings.“I wouldn’t believe I win today again,” Bencic said. “I’m not going to the court with any expectation. I’m just trying to play. This is the mentality I have, and this is the mentality I’m going to keep having.”Bencic’s victory set up a semifinal against No. 8 seed Angelique Kerber, who beat error-prone Venus Williams 7-6 (3), 6-3 in a matchup of 30-somethings.Williams led 4-2 in the first set before Kerber won three straight games to go up 5-4. Kerber held to force the tiebreaker, which she dominated.It took Kerber several games in the opening set to get used to Williams’ changing tactics.“She changed the rhythm a little bit,” Kerber said. “Going for it when she put the lob ones and the high ones and the short ones. In the first set I was moving everywhere and when I have the chances to move her.”Williams fought off two break points to tie the second set 2-all before Kerber again won three games in a row for a 5-2 lead. She broke Williams in the match’s longest game that went to deuce five times when Williams’ forehand went wide.Williams alternately smacked winners from the baseline and sprayed shots beyond the lines. She had her right knee taped and didn’t appear to be moving with ease or serving with much pace. Barcelona against haste of introducing bigger Club World Cup Raonic fired 13 aces against no double faults in putting away Kecmanovic in 72 minutes on a sunny, windy and cool day in the Southern California desert.“Even when I was hitting the spots, I wasn’t hitting them that well,” Raonic said about his serving. “I think that can get better.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesHe’ll try to improve next against No. 7 Dominic Thiem, who advanced via walkover when No. 18 Gael Monfils announced on court that he couldn’t play because of a left Achilles injury.At 15-3 this year, Monfils was off to the best start of his career. But he was 0-4 against Thiem. LATEST STORIES Kecmanovic was the first lucky loser to reach the quarterfinals at the tournament since it became a Masters 1000 event in 1990. Ranked 130th in the world, the Serb lost in qualifying, but his fortune soon turned.Three seeded players withdrew before the tournament began, clearing the way for Kecmanovic to become a lucky loser and receive a first-round bye.The teenager certainly made the most of it. Kecmanovic got by three players, including 30th-seeded Laslo Djere, in straight sets to set up his second meeting with Raonic.That’s where Kecmanovic’s luck ended.Raonic won 88 percent of his first-serve points and saved all three break chances against him.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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7 days agoChelsea boss Lampard still has confidence in Pulisic

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea boss Lampard still has confidence in Pulisicby Paul Vegas7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Frank Lampard has assured Christian Pulisic he’s in his plans.The Sun says he has been impressed with the former Borussia Dortmund winger’s natural ability – but frustrated with his matchday performances.Insiders revealed how Lampard and his staff have seen plenty of potential and are quite excited by his raw ability, but they have been slightly frustrated by the fact he has not yet showcased that in the Premier League.USA international Pulisic, 21, – who was signed in January but stayed in the Bundesliga until the summer – has featured in just seven matches for the Blues so far this term.And in another blow, he was hauled off in USA’s embarrassing 2-0 defeat to Canada during the international break – and started crying on the bench.In training, Pulisic has looked top notch.But he has not been able to transfer that on to the pitch, which has forced Lamps to leave him on the sidelines quite often. last_img read more

OSPCA issues orders to Ontario dogsledding operation amid ongoing investigation

first_imgOntario’s animal welfare organization has ordered a dog-sledding business north of Toronto to take several steps to improve the well-being of more than 100 canines as an animal cruelty investigation continues.The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals ordered Windrift Kennel in Moonstone, Ont., on Friday to provide insulated shelter, clean water, appropriate food and veterinary care to the dogs on site after a complaint was made by a couple on Sunday.Natasha Guerriero and Dylan Blake, from Whitby, Ont., said they went dog-sledding and took videos of the animals afterward.The clips, which the pair posted to Facebook, show dozens of dogs chained up in the snow, with one dog limping with an apparent open wound on one of its front legs.The OSPCA said in a statement that officers visited Windrift Kennel on Monday and said “several areas of concern were identified.”“Our officers continue to oversee and monitor the conditions for the dogs to ensure the concerns are corrected and the dogs have the proper care and living conditions,” it said.Dogs at the kennel are receiving veterinary assessments, the OSPCA said, noting that the outcome of those examinations could result in more orders being issued.“As the investigation progresses, we will continue to provide updates regarding the welfare of these dogs,” the OSPCA said.The owner of the dogs must comply with the orders or the animals can be seized, the OSPCA added.Windrift Kennel did not respond to requests for comment.The couple who made the complaint called the conditions of the dogs “sickening.”“Dozens and dozens of dogs, if not all of them, are in trouble — they were limping, scrawny and starving and the owner said they sleep in little huts outside year round,” Guerriero has said.The couple booked their outing through a company called Toronto Adventures, Guerriero said.The tour operator has since cut ties with Windrift Kennel, and a staff member said Toronto Adventures received death threats over the incident.last_img read more

Microsoft surpasses Apple as most valuable public company

first_imgMicrosoft’s big bet on cloud computing is paying off as the company has surpassed Apple as the world’s most valuable publicly traded company.The software maker’s prospects looked bleak just a few years ago, as licenses for the company’s Windows system fell with a sharp drop in sales of personal computers.But under CEO Satya Nadella, Microsoft has found stability by focusing on software and services over the internet, or the cloud, with long-term business contracts.That 1990s personal-computing powerhouse is now having a renaissance moment, as it eclipses Facebook, Google, Amazon and the other tech darlings of the late decade.Apple had been the world’s most prosperous firm since claiming the top spot from Exxon Mobil earlier this decade. Microsoft surpassed Apple briefly a few times this week, but didn’t close on top until Friday, with a market value of $851 billion to Apple’s $847 billion. Microsoft hadn’t been at the top since the height of the dot-com boom in 2000.Microsoft became a contender again in large part because Apple’s stock fell nearly 20 per cent in November, while Microsoft hasn’t done any worse than the rest of the stock market. But the fact that it hasn’t done poorly is a reflection of its steady focus on business customers in recent years.Microsoft lost its lustre as people were shunning PCs in favour of smartphones. In 2013, PC sales plunged 10 per cent to about 315 million, the worst year-to-year drop ever, according to research firms Gartner and IDC. It didn’t help that Microsoft’s effort to make PCs more like phones, Windows 8, was widely panned.But a turnaround began when the Redmond, Washington, company promoted Nadella as CEO in 2014. He succeeded Microsoft’s longtime CEO, Steve Ballmer, who initially scoffed at the notion that people would be willing to pay $500 or more for Apple’s iPhones.That bet paid off. Windows is now a dwindling fraction of Microsoft’s business. While the company still runs consumer-focused businesses such as Bing search and Xbox gaming, it has prioritized business-oriented services such as its Office line of email and other workplace software, as well as newer additions such as LinkedIn and Skype. But its biggest growth has happened in the cloud, particularly the cloud platform it calls Azure. Cloud computing now accounts for more than a quarter of Microsoft’s revenue, and Microsoft rivals Amazon as a leading provider of such services.Wedbush analyst Dan Ives said Azure is still in its early days, meaning there’s plenty of room for growth, especially considering the company’s large customer base for Office and other products.“While the tech carnage seen over the last month has been brutal, shares of (Microsoft) continue to hold up like the Rock of Gibraltar,” he said.Being less reliant on consumer demand helped shield Microsoft from holiday season turbulence and U.S.-China trade war jitters affecting Apple and other tech companies.President Donald Trump amplified those tariff concerns when he told The Wall Street Journal in a story published late Monday that new tariffs could affect iPhones and laptops imported from China.The iPhone maker had already seen its stock fall after reporting a mixed bag of quarterly results in early November amid fears about how the technology industry will fare in the face of such threats as rising interest rates, increased government regulation and Trump’s escalating trade war with China.Apple also spooked investors with an unexpected decision to stop disclosing how many iPhones it sells each quarter. That move has been widely interpreted as a sign that Apple foresees further declines in iPhone sales and is trying to mask that.While smartphones caused the downturn in personal computers years ago, sales of smartphones themselves have now stalled. That’s partly because with fewer innovations from previous models, more people choose to hold on to the devices for longer periods before upgrading.Daniel Morgan, senior portfolio manager for Synovus Trust, said Microsoft is outperforming its tech rivals in part because of what it’s not. It doesn’t face as much regulatory scrutiny as advertising-hungry Google and Facebook, which have attracted controversy over their data-harvesting practices. Unlike Netflix, it’s not on a hunt for a diminishing number of international subscribers. And while Amazon also has a strong cloud business, it’s still more dependent on online retail.___AP Technology Writer Michael Liedtke contributed to this report.Matt O’Brien, The Associated Presslast_img read more