1) Children’s car rally: November 20iSpark, a holistic centre for children is organising a Children’s Car Rally in support of Acid Survivors Foundation of India. Children between the age of five and 15 can participate in this rally designed by the Madras Motor Sports Association. The rally ends with lunch,1) Children’s car rally: November 20iSpark, a holistic centre for children is organising a Children’s Car Rally in support of Acid Survivors Foundation of India. Children between the age of five and 15 can participate in this rally designed by the Madras Motor Sports Association. The rally ends with lunch at Amdavadi restaurant. AT Savera Hotel, RK Salai REGISTRATION Rs 1,500 at eventjini.com2) Chocolate delightNutmeg The Gourmet Shop brings you its cake of the month offering in the form of Nutty on Chocolate made up of chocolate and hazelnut mousse with a vanilla bean custard centre encrusted in hazelnut biscuit. Dig into this delicious chocolatey treat before it is all gone. AT Nutmeg The Gourmet Shop, ITC Grand Chola, Guindy. PRICE Rs 1,650 plus tax3)Master photoshop: November 26Here’s your chance to take a plunge in graphic designing and learn essential Photoshop skills. The professional daylong workshop promises to give you all the hands-on training you need to build a career in the advertising and publishing industry. AT Royal Nest, 6th Street, Nandanam Extension REGISTRATION Rs 2,750 per participant TIME 10 a.m. onwards4) Broadway ahoy: November 27Catch the mega musical Broadway Express with a cast of professional dancers and 130 children on the same stage. Written by theatre professional Shalini Singh and choreographed by Jeffrey Vardon of Mamma Mia fame, this one is sure to be an entertainer for the whole family. PRICE Rs 500 onwards TIME 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. AT Music Academy, TTK Road, Chennai5) Laugh out loud with Kannan Gill: November 26Catch one of the country’s most popular stand-up comedians in action in the city. Laugh away as he takes on everything-from the mundane to the extraordinary and brings to you his very own style of comedy as part of the Radio Mirchi Comedy Nights. AT Sir Mutha Venkat Subba Rao Auditorium, Harrington Road, Chetpet TICKETS Rs 499 available on bookmyshow.comadvertisement6) Cantonese treatsThe city’s favourite Cantonese and Schezwan restaurant now has a new menu with exotic classics like Taro Dumpling and Wu Han Style Lamb. The menu also has a host of new items for the health conscious and a dessert platter which includes Sweet Peanut Butter Soup and Coffee Pudding. AT Golden Dragon, Taj Coromandel, Nugambakkam TEL 666510007) Lights, camera, action: November 26 and 27City-based performance group Evam’s popular theatre workshop, First Rush is back with another edition. Learn the basics of acting through training in expressions, movement, body language and voice to kickstart your career on stage. EMAIL email@example.com PRICE Rs 3,5008) Sip freshHere’s how you can have your cup of fresh tea and in a convenient way. Teabox, the global tea company has introduced TeaPac, nitrogen-flushed and individually sealed at source teabags. They are available in 18 varieties including English Breakfast and Darjeeling Oolong. PRICE Rs 240 onwards AT teabox.com9) Micro fashion at its bestFrom the house of Kay, the Fashion Bay comes a new line of outfits for little boys and girls. There’s party wear, ethnic fashion and play wear for your little one to sport at all kinds of occasions. Get started on your kid’s fashion journey early. AT Ell, Cathedral Road and Anna Nagar10) Fashion frenzyThe international fast fashion brand, H&M has opened its latest outlet in the city and fashionistas are already queuing up to buy their favourite outfits. Here’s your chance to get the latest in fashion and conscious clothing without the heavy price tags. H&M is also running its Garment Collection initiative where you can donate your old clothes for a discount coupon. AT H&M, Express Avenue Mall, Royapettah11) Craft talesThe festive season isn’t over yet and here’s your chance to buy a new range of hand-crafted jewellery by Amrapali. The festive collection features gold-plated crystal and pearl pieces in silver like the Mayura green glass earrings and Crystal-studded leafy jaali cuffs. PRICE Rs 2,600 onwards AT tribebyamrapali.com12)Skin deepFor the first time in the city, Antahpura Spa has brought Biologique Recherche range of spa products. Made out of natural botanical and marine extracts, the products use no artificial fragrances and help rejuvenate and relax your skin. PRICE Rs 7,500 onwards AT Antahpura Spa, Park Hyatt, Velachery Road
Gareth Bale and Ryan Giggs felt a contentious penalty decision took the game away from Wales in Denmark on Sunday.Wales lost 2-0 in Aarhus after a Christian Eriksen brace, with the second goal coming from the penalty spot after Ethan Ampadu was adjudged to have handled in the area.Stand-in captain Bale was particularly frustrated by the decision and suggested that the call would not have been made if Denmark were the away team. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “I can’t comment too much because, obviously, you get into trouble these days,” Real Madrid star Bale told Sky Sports.”But for me, it wasn’t a penalty. It was very soft.”Maybe if it’s not at home, it’s not given. That made it a lot more difficult for us being 2-0 down. At 1-0, we were still in the game, still fighting hard.”Manager Giggs added: “In the second half, we started really well. We were in it and then the penalty decision. Whether it was a penalty, yes or no? I don’t know. It’s harsh.”Then, after that, it’s an uphill task against a good team.”Before and after the penalty, Wales fell below the standards set in a 4-1 thrashing of the Republic of Ireland on Thursday, but Giggs is determined to get his side performing on a consistent basis.”It’s about coming back. We set the standard on Thursday and to repeat that is difficult, but that’s what I’ve challenged the players to do,” he said. “I think that we can do it.”Overall, I can’t fault the effort. We had two games in a short space of time and we were in it up until the penalty decision.”
Gennaro Gattuso’s position as AC Milan’s head coach was strengthened by a timely 4-1 win at high-flying Sassuolo, which featured a trio of brilliant goals.Reports in Italy suggested Milan’s poor start to the Serie A season meant the club were considering replacing Gattuso with former Chelsea and Juventus coach Antonio Conte.But Franck Kessie’s 20-yard drive got Milan up and running at the MAPEI Stadium on Sunday, with Suso and Samu Castillejo also scoring from outside the penalty area in the second half. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! A second from Suso in injury time sealed a win that breaks a run of three straight draws in the league and moves the Rossoneri into the top half, while Sassuolo – who got a goal back through Filip Djuricic – stay fifth after missing the chance to climb into second spot.Suso thundered an early strike against the crossbar from a tight angle but Kessie should have given Milan the lead in the 26th minute – his dinked finish beat Andrea Consigli but lacked enough power to cross the line, allowing Pol Lirola to clear off the line.Federico Di Francesco missed a similarly golden chance when he drilled at the legs of Gianluigi Donnarumma when fed by Domenico Berardi, then Ignazio Abate’s wonderful challenge prevented a certain Sassuolo goal.Kessie made amends for his earlier miss by breaking the deadlock in the 39th minute, smashing a low drive into the bottom-right corner from 20 yards to round off a 50-yard run.Another fine finish doubled Milan’s advantage five minutes after the restart, with Suso – making his 100th Serie A appearance – cutting in off the right flank to whip home a 25-yard curler.Milan gave up leads in their least two Serie A games but Castillejo seemingly made the points safe, scoring his first Rossoneri goal with another terrific left-foot shot from distance on the hour mark.Although Sassuolo responded through Djuricic to spark a nervy finale, Suso scored again with the last kick of the game – his deflected shot surviving a VAR review – to boost Gattuso.Back to winning ways!Si torna alla vittoria! #SassuoloMilan 1-4 pic.twitter.com/hN0nskFCni— AC Milan (@acmilan) September 30, 2018What it means: Relief for Gattuso Gattuso has been batting away questions about Conte all season but speculation reached fever-pitch in the build-up to this game. In truth, Milan did not play that well – although they were missing injured striker Gonzalo Higuain – but individual quality hauled them to a much-needed victory in front of the watching sporting director Leonardo.Abate tackle a decisive moment Kessie, Suso and Castillejo, deployed as a centre-forward, will make the headlines for their wonderful goals but Abate deserves his share of the credit for a tremendous challenge when the scores were level. Di Francesco was poised to tap in a Kevin-Prince Boateng cross when Abate arrived, seemingly out of nowhere, to make a vital intervention.Wasteful Di Francesco costs hosts There was little Di Francesco could do about Abate’s brilliant defensive instincts but the Sassuolo attacker had already wasted an excellent opportunity to score the first goal of the game. The 24-year-old has only scored once in the league this season and his lack of composure told. Had Di Francesco found the net, Milan could have crumbled.Key Opta facts1728 – #Suso has found the back of the net in Serie A after 1728 minutes without scoring, in his 100th appearance in the competition. Breath. #SassuoloMilan — OptaPaolo (@OptaPaolo) September 30, 2018 – AC Milan have scored the most goals from outside the box (five) in the current Serie A (all their last five goals in the competition).- This was the first time Milan scored four goals from outside the box in the same Serie A match since Opta started collecting this data (2004-05).- Franck Kessie has scored five of his seven Serie A goals for Milan in games away from home.- Suso has been directly involved in the most goals (five, thanks to two goals and three assists) for Milan in Serie A this season.- Filip Djuricic scored his first Serie A goal against the Rossoneri (38 games played, 26 shots taken).- Sassuolo have conceded eight goals in their last three Serie home games.What’s next? Milan host Olympiacos in the Europa League on Thursday before welcoming Chievo in Serie A three days later. Sassuolo have another tough game next Sunday as they head to Napoli. read more
Juventus head coach Massimiliano Allegri felt his players “abandoned the match” as he delivered a scathing assessment of the champions’ draw with Genoa.Cristiano Ronaldo became the first player to score 400 goals in Europe’s top-five leagues but Juve were still held to a 1-1 draw at home to Genoa on Saturday.Daniel Bessa cancelled out Ronaldo’s 18th-minute opener with 23 minutes remaining in Turin, where Juve’s winning start to the season came to an end. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Allegri struggled to accept the result post-match, telling reporters: “It was the first match after the international friendlies and we had won eight matches before that.”Supposedly, we were kind of invincible but, in fact, when there were only 30 minutes to be played, we sort of abandoned the match.”Of course, this was a match played after the break for the friendlies, Genoa were very strong physically but I cannot accept those kind of things when there are only 30 minutes left to play. That’s not acceptable, but we’ll have to sort these problems out.”Allegri mentioned Manchester United – Tuesday’s opponents in the Champions League – and their last-gasp draw away to unbeaten Premier League outfit Chelsea.United rallied to take a 2-1 lead in the second half before conceding a 96th-minute equaliser at Stamford Bridge in London. @Cristiano is now the first ever player to score goals in the five major European leagues. #JuveGenoa #CR7JUVE pic.twitter.com/ETSFUA1w1C — JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) October 20, 2018 Allegri added: “When we were going into the changing rooms I mentioned Manchester United and how they had managed the last five minutes of their match…well, we have not only mismanaged five minutes, but 30 minutes!”Juve’s draw saw their lead atop the table cut to four points by Carlo Ancelotti’s Scudetto hopefuls Napoli on Saturday.
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Launched last year, Huawei Honor 6X starts receiving Android Nougat update starting today. The smartphone was initially launched with Android 6.0 Marshmallow. With the new update, Huawei brings a range of new features to the Honor 6X.Huawei starts rolling out the Android Nougat update starting today, but the users will start receiving the update latest by mid or late-May. The Android Nougat update will bring several new upgrades to the smartphone — Honor 6X.Nougat update will bring features like split-screen, multi-window, and also an enhanced notification panel which will allow the Honor 6X users to directly view and reply to messages without opening the app. Apart from these upgrades, the Honor 6X users will also receive a few improvements in the main menu and yes also ‘Doze’ mode.Also Read: Microsoft launches Windows 10 S to take on Google’s Chrome OS, Surface Laptop to take on ChromebooksAlong with the Nougat update, Honor 6X also gets Huawei’s latest EMUI 5.0 which the company was testing for the past few months. To recall, Huawei’s EMUI 5.0 was in beta testing stage around two months ago, and now it being rolled out officially. Honor 6X was initially launched with Huawei’s EMUI 4.1 on top on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. With the new update, the smartphone is expected to receive several enhancements and improvements.Honor 6X was launched in India last year and received an overwhelming response. In terms of specifications, Huawei Honor 6X sports a 5.5-inch full-HD IPS display with 2.5D curved glass protection. The smartphone is further powered by a Kirin 655 octa-core processor with Mali-T830MP2 GPU. Honor 6X was launched in two variants, one with 3GB and 4GB of RAM. On the storage front, the device is available in two variants — 32GB and 64GB internal storage. The storage space can be further expanded via a microSD card.advertisementAlso Read: Oppo F3 set to launch on May 4 in India, press renders reveal design and specsOn the camera front, Honor 6X features dual cameras on the back and includes 12-megapixel and 2-megapixel camera sensors, while on the front the device features an 8-megapxel front facing camera set up. The smartphone is further backed by a 3340 mAh battery which delivers a pretty decent battery life.Pricing wise, Honor 6X 32GB storage variant costs Rs 12,999, while the 64GB storage device is available at Rs 12,999 on Amazon India site.
South Africa ODI skipper AB de Villiers has quashed suggestions that he is closing in on retiring from the longest format of the game, thus leaving the door open for national selectors to pick him for the Test series against Australia early next year.Last August, de Villiers took time off to get a number of injuries treated and then suffered an elbow injury that ruled him out of the Test series against Australia.While he returned to limited-overs cricket for the Proteas in February, he opted out of the Test series in New Zealand in March – an absence he has since extended to the four-Test tour of England in July-August and the succeeding two Tests against Bangladesh.However, de Villiers, who is preparing to lead the Proteas in Champions Trophy, has insisted that his career in the whites is not over yet. But, he added that there is no chance he would change his mind and make himself available for the Tests in England.”I haven’t retired, no. But I’m not going to change my decision. I’ll look indecisive,” cricket.com.au quoted de Villiers as saying.The 33-year-old also said that his decision to focus entirely on the shorter formats of the game for this year is absolutely right.”I made some important decisions for my life and career in the last year or so in order for me to have the best chance of winning trophies and being part of a successful team,” de Villiers said in Hove on Thursday ahead of South Africa’s tour opener against Sussex on Friday.advertisement”Physically I realised I’m the best I can be when I’m fresh and looking forward to cricket instead of the other way round and being tired when I’m playing,” he added.Australia are slated to tour South Africa for four Tests in February and March, 2018, while the Proteas will also host India during their home 2017-18 summer.Meanwhile, de Villiers is preparing to lead South Africa in a three-match ODI series against England that will serve as a warm-up ahead of Champions Trophy, beginning June 1 in England and Wales.
Team India are all set to defend their Champions Trophy title in the upcoming ICC tournament but their record in one-day international cricket in the last two years hasn’t been the best. The Men in Blue are in sixth spot in the list of teams with the highest win percentage in the world.India have won 15 ODIs and lost 12 since their semi-final exit from the World Cup in 2015 where they suffered a 95-run loss against Australia.The team registered three series wins during this period – 3-0 whitewash’s vs Zimbabwe (in 2015 and 2016), 3-2 win vs New Zealand (2017) – and lost three series – 2-1 vs Bangladesh (2015), 3-2 vs South Africa (2015) and 4-1 vs Australia (2016).The win percentage of the defending champions of the Champions Trophy is a mere 55.56 per cent since March 26, 2015, a little over 12 per cent more than arch-rivals Pakistan (43.24).%win ODI sides since #CWC 201562.79 Eng62.50 SAf59.52 Aus57.14 Ban55.81 NZ55.56 Ind43.24 Pak34.21 SL26.83 Zim21.74 WI#EngvSA- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) May 27, 2017England (62.79) and No. 1 ranked ODI team South Africa (62.50) have the highest winning percentage and occupy the first and second positions in the list respectively. Australia (59.52) are third followed by Bangladesh (57.14) and New Zealand (55.81).England had crashed out of the 2015 World Cup in the group stages while South Africa suffered a heartbreaking loss against New Zealand in the semi-finals.India travelled to Bangladesh right after the World Cup where they lost the three-match series 2-1 and then whitewashed Zimbabwe with a second-string side under MS Dhoni in Zimbabwe.The year ended with a 3-2 defeat at the hands of the Proteas on home soil after which India went to Australia and lost the five-ODI series 4-1. Once again India whitewashed Zimbabwe in the three-match series last year in June and finished the year with a 3-2 win against New Zealand.advertisementDhoni then stepped down from the captain’s post in 2017 and the mantle was handed over to Virat Kohli who then led India to a 2-1 series win over England on home soil.India defeated New Zealand by 45 runs (via D/L) in their first warm-up match at the Oval on Sunday. India’s Champions Trophy defence will begin with the first match against Pakistan on June 4 in Edgbaston.
Former Australia fast bowler Craig McDermott has applied for the post of India head coach, which will become vacant after the ongoing Champions Trophy campaign.The Indian cricket board (BCCI) advertised the post last month, while maintaining that incumbent Anil Kumble would be considered for a contract extension after the team recorded just one defeat in 17 tests since he took over in June last year.McDermott, who played 71 tests for Australia between 1984 and 1996 and was his country’s full-time bowling coach from the 2013-14 Ashes series to last year’s World T20, said he had submitted an application.”I have had aspirations for a while to be a head coach,” he told www.sportstarlive.com.”I was away from cricket coaching for a year, and now, I want to come back to it. I have also enjoyed my time in India, and it would be nice to serve Indian cricket.”According to media reports, his former team mate Tom Moody, former Pakistan coach Richard Pybus, ex-India opener Virender Sehwag and coach of the 2007 World T20 winning Indian team Lalchand Rajput have also applied for the job.Managing an Indian dressing room full of egos and diverse personalities is a Herculean task and former captain Kumble’s impressive record will be difficult to ignore.The BCCI’s Cricket Advisory Committee, which will make the decision, comprises his former team mates Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman.Reports of Kumble’s differences with Virat Kohli would give the other candidates grounds for optimism, even if the influential India captain has denied any “rift” with the coach.advertisement
Roger Federer has committed to starting the 2018 season at the Hopman Cup, the international mixed-team tournament where he’ll team up again with Belinda Bencic for Switzerland.The 35-year-old Federer has cut back on the number of tournaments he plays in order to prolong his career, and skipped the recent clay court season recently to concentrate on Wimbledon.He played with Bencic at the last Hopman Cup and it proved an ideal tune-up for the Australian Open, where he beat Rafael Nadal in the final to end a personal Grand Slam drought stretching back to Wimbledon in 2012.”It was the perfect preparation because I was in a good mindset,” Federer said of the buildup to winning his 18th major title. “When I went to Melbourne, I could really look back on some great preparation and I think that’s what also made me win the Australian Open.”The French team of Kristina Mladenovic and Richard Gasquet beat Federer and Bencic to seal a spot in last year’s Hopman Cup final, then beat U.S. pair CoCo Vandeweghe and Jack Sock to win the title.More than 6,000 people attended Federer’s first practice session last year in Perth, a crowd he described as “surreal.” The Switzerland-France match attracted a tournament record 13,917 fans.
Belgrade was gripped by anxiety before an overwhelming sense of joy and relief greeted Serbia reaching the World Cup with a nerve-jangling 1-0 home win over Georgia, thanks to substitute Aleksandar Prijovic’s 74th-minute goal on Monday.The result, celebrated ecstatically in the cauldron of Red Star’s Rajko Mitic stadium, left the Balkan nation top of Group D with 21 points from 10 games, two more than second-placed Ireland who booked a play-off spot with a 1-0 win at Wales.It is the second time Serbia have reached the finals as an independent nation, having been knocked in the group stages of the 2010 tournament in South Africa and then missing the next three major international soccer championships.Coach Slavoljub Muslin, a journeyman who had been in charge of a myriad of European clubs before he took over at Serbia for the qualifying campaign, was elated after the success.”I expected a tough game against Georgia and suspected that the final step would be the most difficult,” he told a news conference after the organisers set off spectacular fireworks which rocketed into the night sky over the Serbian capital.”Georgia were the better side in the first half and I told the players to move up a gear after the break, though we had to keep it tight at the back too.”Prijovic grabbed the winner with a fine finish to delight raucous home fans, who lit several flares to celebrate.It came after anything but the expected plain sailing for the home side, who looked disjointed for much of the contest after missing their first chance to qualify when they lost 3-2 at Austria on Friday.advertisementSerbia piled on the pressure from the offset but Georgia looked more likely to score in the first half and came close in the 17th minute when midfielder Valerian Gvilia forced a good save from Serbia keeper Vladimir Stojkovic.The Serbians carved out their first chance in the 39th minute, as visiting keeper Giorgi Makaridze blocked Dusan Tadic’s shot from a tight angle.Jeered off by their supporters at halftime, Serbia came out with renewed purpose after the break and defensive midfielder Nemanja Gudelj fired narrowly over the bar in the 48th minute.Shortly afterwards, striker Aleksandar Mitrovic saw his close-range header superbly saved by Makaridze and then sliced another wide of the far post as the home side threw men forward.Ivanovic headed inches wide after a corner the 67th minute and Nemanja Matic had a shot cleared off the line moments later as Serbia besieged the Georgian goal with a flurry of crosses from either flank.Prijovic finally broke the deadlock with a composed close-range finish after strike partner Mitrovic found him with a fine low cross following Ivanovic’s darting run through the middle.”Few fans believed after our barren eight-year run that we would qualify and all credit goes to the players, who left it all out there in every match,” Muslin added.”The fans played a big part too and I thank them.”
Tottenham Hotspur claimed a long-overdue first Premier League victory at their temporary Wembley Stadium home as Christian Eriksen’s goal sealed an unconvincing 1-0 win over Bournemouth on Saturday.Tottenham were in danger of becoming the only club in English Football League history to win their first four away league games without tasting victory in any of their opening four at home.They were flat in a drab first half in which struggling Bournemouth had the better chances but Eriksen finally broke the deadlock two minutes after the break with a calm finish.Tottenham’s Harry Kane wasted a good chance and had a goal disallowed but the hosts never looked at ease and keeper Hugo Lloris had to make a fine save to keep out former Spurs striker Jermain Defoe.Victory kept Tottenham in third place with 17 points from eight games while Bournemouth remained second from bottom.
Kidambi Srikanth said his focus was to remain consistent and not chase the world number one ranking which is clearly within sight after the Indian shuttler won his fourth Super Series of the year.On Sunday, Srikanth became the first Indian and only fourth male shuttler in history to lift four Super Series titles in a calendar year when he beat Japan’s Kenta Nishimoto in the men’s singles final at French Open on Sunday.WATCH FULL VIDEOUpon his arrival in Hyderabad, Srikanth addressed the media and said he was not chasing the top ranking despite what has been a phenomenal year.”To be frank, after the injury last year, I did not think too much about the rankings. I am not really thinking about the rankings and I want to play tournaments and do well. I don’t want to run behind rankings. All I want to do is play well in the tournaments.”The soft-spoken Srikanth said he was determined to take it one round at a time at the French Open. “At the end, I think I did really well.”Earlier, speaking exclusively to India Today, Srikanth had said: “I am very happy with the win and in all, it has been a fantastic last couple of weeks for me. I am very happy with the way I was playing.”
TORONTO — The Blue Jays finished off a forgettable August with their biggest power display of the month.Jose Bautista homered for the fifth straight game and Toronto erased a three-run deficit to beat the New York Yankees 4-3 on Sept. 1.Edwin Encarnacion and Melky Cabrera also connected for the Blue Jays, who had their most home runs since hitting four in Houston on July 31.“They win. It’s guaranteed runs,” Manager John Gibbons said of the power surge. “We’ve kind of been missing that.”Derek Jeter had a chance to tie it for the Yankees in the ninth inning. With the sellout crowd of 45,678 on its feet, Jeter popped up against closer Casey Janssen with a runner on third for the final out in his last regular-season at-bat in Toronto.“I don’t think I have had much success against (Janssen),” Jeter said. “He was better than me this time.”J.A. Happ won for the first time in seven starts as Toronto closed August with a 9-17 record. Munenori Kawasaki singled home the go-ahead run in the seventh to help the Blue Jays take two of three in a series between AL East teams trying to stay close in the playoff chase.New York’s loss was its fourth in six games. “It’s tough. We only have so many series left,” Jeter said.Brett Gardner finished a single shy of the cycle, but couldn’t deliver on a big opportunity in the ninth, grounding out with a runner on second to bring up Jeter.Gardner gave the Yankees a quick lead when he connected on Happ’s second pitch for his sixth career leadoff homer and fifth this year.Francisco Cervelli hit an RBI single in the fourth and the Yankees made it 3-0 in the fifth when Gardner tripled and scored on an errant relay throw by shortstop Jose Reyes.New York right-hander Brandon McCarthy allowed just two singles and a walk through the first five innings, but ran into trouble in the sixth. Cabrera ended a streak of nine straight outs with a homer to right and, four pitches later, Bautista went deep.“Everything happened so fast,” Cervelli said.Jose Cruz Jr. holds the Blue Jays record for consecutive games with a home run, connecting in six straight from Sept. 29 to Oct. 5, 2001.Encarnacion tied it at 3 with a leadoff drive in the seventh, and McCarthy left after walking Dioner Navarro. Dellin Betances got two outs before pinch-runner Steve Tolleson stole second and scored on Kawasaki’s single, sliding in under Cervelli’s tag at home plate.Happ (9-8) allowed three runs and nine hits in seven innings to win for the first time since July 22 against Boston. “His breaking ball today was as good as we’ve seen it,” Gibbons said.Brett Cecil worked the eighth and Janssen finished for his 20th save in 24 chances. McCarthy (5-4) allowed four runs and five hits in six innings, losing for the fourth time in five starts.Starting as the designated hitter, Jeter went 1-for-5 with a single in the first.(IAN HARRISON)TweetPinShare0 Shares
NEW YORK — Chris Heston handled the New York Mets with ease. Explaining his accomplishment was the hard part.The 27-year-old rookie had just thrown baseball’s first no-hitter this season, in his 13th major league start, and here he was in the interview room, flanked by San Francisco Manager Bruce Bochy and catcher Buster Posey, trying to detail a most unexpected moment.“Definitely something I’ll remember forever,” Heston saidHeston threw called third strikes past pinch-hitter Danny Muno, Curtis Granderson and Ruben Tejada in the ninth inning, completing a 5-0 victory over the New York Mets on June 9.In a championship rotation filled with All-Stars, his name is the one that sticks out as lacking pedigree. He is far from the prototypical major league pitcher. Drafted on the 47th round, he stayed in school. Drafted on the 29th round, he stayed in school.Taken on the 12th round, he finally signed with San Francisco in 2009. And in an era of radar gun worship, Heston didn’t throw a pitch faster than 91 mph.“It’s not always how hard you throw,” Bochy said. “It’s your command. It’s your ability to mix up your pitches, keep them off balance, hit your spots, pitch to your defense. Sure, it’s nice to have that 95-99 (mph), but if you’re off a little bit, hitters are going to catch up with that, trust me.”Heston (6-4) allowed three baserunners — hitting Tejada, Lucas Duda and Anthony Recker with pitches. According to STATS, it was the third no-hitter since 1914 in which all the runners who reached did so on hit batters — and the first with more than one.The right-hander struck out 11 — six looking — and allowed just two balls into the outfield, flyouts by Wilmer Flores in the second inning and Michael Cuddyer in the seventh.Heston called it the greatest moment of his life. “This has got to be No. 1, probably right next to my first big league appearance,” he said.After freezing Tejada with a 91 mph sinker for the final out, Heston didn’t jump, didn’t raise his arms in triumph.He hopped off the mound with two steps toward the Giants dugout, slapped his glove with his bare hand, then turned, walked toward home plate and hugged Posey.“I wasn’t too sure where to go after that last out,” Heston said in an aw-shucks manner, looking boyish despite a day or two of stubble.He took the ball from the final out with him, but didn’t have any designated place to display it. He doesn’t have a trophy case. “I don’t have enough stuff for one,” he said.While the Giants win the World Series in even-numbered years lately — 2010, ’12 and ’14 — they have turned no-hitters into an annual fixture, with Heston following Matt Cain’s perfect game against Houston in 2012 and hitless gems by Tim Lincecum in 2013 and ’14. The only other team to accomplish the feat in four straight years was the Los Angeles Dodgers — all by Sandy Koufax — from 1962-65.As a crowd of 23,155 looked on at Citi Field, the closest the Mets got to a hit was in the eighth, when Brandon Crawford made a backhand stop deep at shortstop and threw to first to retire Eric Campbell for the final out of the inning.“It took kind of an in-between hop. It wasn’t an easy one, for sure,” Crawford said. “That was about the toughest play of the game. Usually, there’s a really good play that saves a hit, or maybe some hard line drives right at somebody. But there really weren’t a lot of balls squared up.”The Mets, who had not been no-hit at home since 1969, hadn’t gone hitless in any game since 1993 — the fourth-longest current streak behind the Chicago Cubs (1965), Oakland (1991) and Boston (1993), STATS said.Despite leading the NL East, New York is 25th among the 30 teams in runs, a dearth partly due to injuries to David Wright, Daniel Murphy and Travis d’Arnaud.“Obviously, those guys would have helped tonight, there’s no question of that. But you don’t want to take anything away,” Cuddyer said. “He had a really good sinker and he kept everybody off balance with a couple of different kinds of breaking balls.”Heston threw 72 of 110 pitches for strikes in the 35th complete-game no-hitter by a rookie in major league history, according to STATS, the first since Boston’s Clay Buchholz in 2007.Heston made his big league debut last Sept. 13 against the Los Angeles Dodgers but was sent to the minors on March 20. “The numbers really got him more than anything,” Bochy said.But when Cain started the season on the disabled list, Heston was brought up April 7. Before June 9, his only complete game was a two-hitter against Houston on May 12. Heston was knocked out in fourth inning against Pittsburgh in his previous start.“Honestly, I think it’s just a matter of him just kind of trying to find his way right now,” Posey said after catching his third no-hitter. “He’s still early in his career in establishing what type of pitcher he’s going to be. And it’s something that we all go through when we first get here.”Bochy, who won his 700th game as Giants manager, had an easy night in the dugout through eight innings. Then Heston plunked Recker to start the ninth.“I said, ‘Well, what’s going to happen if he hits the first three? Do I get him with a no-hitter?’” Bochy remembered.No way. Old-school Bochy was going to let him keep on going.“I think you know about my pitch count,” the manager said. “I watched Timmy throw close to 150, so he probably could have thrown 50 the last inning.”When Heston returned to the Giants’ clubhouse, he was met by one last ovation, this time from all his teammates.“It was awesome, to walk in and having the whole team sitting there, congratulating me,” he said. “Definitely a special moment. I’ll remember that forever.”(RONALD BLUM, AP Baseball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
Australian tennis once was full of good news stories, and personalities to match.Rod Laver, the only male player to twice win all four Grand Slam tournaments in the same calendar year — in 1962 and 1969 — and leading women’s major winner Margaret Court were in that category.Other exemplary role models and multiple major winners include Evonne Goolagong Cawley, Ken Rosewall, John Newcombe and Pat Rafter.Two-time Grand Slam champion Lleyton Hewitt, a Davis Cup stalwart who had an often difficult time with his on-court demeanor, has emerged recently as a more eloquent elder statesman during his injury-forced move toward retirement.Even during dry spells in Davis Cup play and in men’s majors over the past decade, players have mostly been respectful.So where, seemingly, has it all gone wrong?At Wimbledon, 20-year-old Nick Kyrgios battled with umpires time and again, was accusing of tanking and swore so loudly and abused his rackets so violently that he was fined nearly $10,000.That behavior earned him the wrath of an Australian sports great, Olympic champion swimmer Dawn Fraser.The 77-year-old Fraser told a breakfast television show in Australia she was disgusted by Kyrgios’ behavior in his fourth-round loss to Richard Gasquet at Wimbledon.“They should be setting a better example for the younger generation of this great country of ours,” Fraser said. “If they don’t like it, go back to where their fathers or their parents came from.”Kyrgios, who was born in Canberra, the Australian capital, has a father born in Greece and a Malaysian-born mother.After outrage on social media, Fraser apologized for her comments about Kyrgios’ family.Laver told ESPN television that he thought Kyrgios’ behavior was holding him back.“Nick’s young and maybe doesn’t realize what he is doing sometimes,” Laver said. “He’s playing with emotion … that’s certainly something that he needs to grow out of and he needs to grow out of that sooner rather than later. There’s certainly no excuse for swearing. That’s just bad behavior, that’s ugly.”Just when that media skirmish was settling, 22-year-old Bernard Tomic renewed his ongoing messy tussle with Rafter, who now is Tennis Australia’s Performance Director.Tomic, after reading Rafter’s earlier comments critical of him, complained at a post-match press conference at Wimbledon about lack of support when he was injured, being made to pay for practice balls and courts and directly criticized other Tennis Australia officials, which drew him a suspension from this weekend’s home Davis Cup quarterfinal against Kazakhstan in Darwin.And on the day that Novak Djokovic defeated Roger Federer for his third Wimbledon title, and with the Australian singles players long gone from southwest London, the feud kept simmering Down Under.Rafter, responding to Tomic’s comments, told Sunday’s News Limited newspapers that playing tennis for Australia was “about opportunity, not entitlement.”“It’s a principle I believe in and feel really passionate about,” Rafter added.Kyrgios was quick to respond on Twitter: “Another negative comment out of Rafters mouth. Does this guy ever stop? (hashtag)everyoneisaworkinprogress.”Kyrgios later deleted the tweet, but damage was done.On July 13, as if the sport in Australia needed another controversy, Tennis Australia sent out a listing of upcoming matches for Australians overseas, and it noted that Tomic had a first-round match at the Hall of Shame tournament in Newport, Rhode Island. That was supposed to be the Hall of Fame tournament, and Tennis Australia quickly sent a correction and an apology.As many tweets suggested, you couldn’t make this up.“This unfortunate error has been widely circulated on social media and there is some discussion as to how such a mistake could occur,” Tennis Australia said. “We have a very upset staff member who made a simple clerical error.”Tomic’s family said they were considering legal action because of Tennis Australia’s “continual shaming and misrepresentation of Bernard.” Tomic lost in the first round in Newport on July 13 in straight sets.Kyrgios arrived in Darwin for the Davis Cup match against Kazakhstan and said Tomic should have been included, but Australian captain Wally Masur was in a more conciliatory mood.“We’d like to think that cool heads will prevail,” Masur said, “and at some point everyone can sit down in a room and get to the bottom of all the issues.”DENNIS PASSA, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shares
WASHINGTON — New York Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson said he expects Matt Harvey won’t pitch beyond the “range” of 180 innings in the regular season unless needed in the final series in early October.As for the postseason, Harvey’s availability will depend partly on how he’s used down the stretch for the NL East leaders. Alderson added the plan is not yet final because he has yet to talk with Harvey’s agent, Scott Boras.“Let me get into detail after we’ve sort of worked it out among the parties,” Alderson said before the first of three games against the second-place Washington Nationals. “I don’t want to get ahead of the situation and create another disconnect.”Alderson already spoke with surgeon James Andrews and Harvey, who has pitched 166 1-3 innings in his first season since Tommy John surgery and is 12-7 with a 2.60 ERA. Harvey is to start Tuesday against Washington.On Sept. 5, Harvey said Andrews had advised him not to pitch beyond 180 innings, putting his postseason availability in doubt.The next day, Harvey wrote on The Players’ Tribune website that he would definitely pitch in the postseason, and that he and the Mets would work out a compromise to ensure his availability.Alderson expects Harvey would be available in the postseason even if he pitches in the season’s final series against Washington on Oct. 2-4. How deep into October Harvey could pitch is another matter.“How he’s used in the postseason is really going to be a function of how he’s gotten through the six months of the regular season,” Alderson said.“I can’t sit here and say he’s going to be available throughout the entire playoffs, because we don’t know how he will feel and what all of the considerations are at that time.”With the Mets also managing innings for rookie right-hander Noah Syndergaard, they will continue going with a six-man rotation through the rest of the season, Alderson said.Manager Terry Collins said he is considering a number of options for Harvey after the Sept. 8 start. But such plans are contingent on how the Mets play between now and the right-hander’s next scheduled turn.“It all depends on where we stand,” Collins said. “You can talk postseason all you want. You’ve got to get there. And he’s going to be a big piece to get there.”Three years ago on Sept. 8, Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg pitched his final game of the 2012 season after coming back from Tommy John surgery.Washington won the NL East handily that season, but without Strasburg lost the NLDS in five games to St. Louis.(IAN QUILLEN)TweetPinShare0 Shares
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Newly-elected Hall of Famer — and car dealership owner — Mike Piazza has some advice for New York Mets star center fielder Yoenis Cespedes.“I see he’s been working on his collection of cars,” Piazza said, referring to the parade of custom vehicles Cespedes drove to Tradition Field this past week. “I don’t care what you drive as long as you drive in runs. That’s the key.”Piazza, who hit the most home runs of any catcher in history, was in Mets camp as a guest instructor on Feb. 28.Piazza played with the Mets from 1998-2005 and helped the team reach the World Series in 2000. He says he can relate to Cespedes, who hit 17 home runs and drove in 44 runs during the final two months last season after being acquired from the Detroit Tigers at the trading deadline.“He’s going to be expected to do a lot and I have a little bit of experience knowing that pressure,” Piazza said.Piazza was traded from the Marlins to the Mets in May 1998. He hit .348 with 23 homers and 76 RBIs after joining New York that season.“I hope he’s able to discipline himself and really refine his strike zone and realize when pitchers are not pitching to him, he’s got to take his walks. I think you saw that in the World Series a little bit. He just got too anxious and tried to do too much. He was just swinging, trying to hit the ball out of the stadium.”“I think he’s going to be fine. I think he’s so talented. The key for him is not to try to do too much when he’s expected to do much. If he gets a hit and a walk in a game, that’s (a) .333 (batting average). That’s the way I look at the game. Let the guys around you do their job. He’s a smart hitter,” he said.Keeping with the car theme, Piazza said catching the current Mets pitching staff of Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz and Bartolo Colon is like driving a different sports car each day.“One day you have a Ferrari, the next day you have a Porsche,” Piazza said. “Even some of the younger kids coming up and some of the additions to the bullpen — it’s always great when you see that ability. It’s one thing to have that talent, it’s another thing to refine it and get everybody on the same page.”“I was talking with (owner) Fred (Wilpon) and (manager) Terry (Collins) and it seems even though these guys are exciting and dynamic and have a lot of personality, it seems they have a really great team concept,” he said.“Obviously, the expectations are higher this year. All of us expect them to get back to the postseason this year. I think that’s a big goal and something they should focus on and hopefully taking it over the top this year.”As for his own year — he was elected to the Hall in January, will be inducted July 24 and have his No. 31 retired by the Mets on July 30 — Piazza said he’s “over the moon.”“It’s so nice to share it with the Mets organization and the fans who have been so good to me,” he said. “It’s so nice to see the faces of people and how happy they are. To go in as Met, for me, is something, as I’ve said earlier, very special because of my connection with the city and the fans.”“I’m over the moon with just happiness and joy. As I’ve said many times, it’s a title and hall that is truly, no question, the most recognizable in sports. To be part of that is an honor. The reality still hasn’t sunk in,” he said.TweetPinShare0 Shares
KC Rivers scored 24 points (6/10 three-pointers), grabbed 9 rebounds and heard the fans chanting his name as Panathinaikos beat an injury-plagued Olympiacos 72 – 59 for the 15th round of the Greek Basket League.With this victory, the Greens are now tied 14 – 1 with their arch-rivals at the standings. Yet the Reds keep holding the top spot since they had taken a 25-point victory during the first leg of the regular season.Giorgos Printezis led Olympiacos’ scorers with 14 while also getting 6 rebounds. Kostas Papanikolaou added 13 plus 5 rebounds and Nikola Milutinov 11 and 5 boards as well. The defending champs lacked the services of Matt Lojeski and Patric Young and watched Vassilis Spanoulis also getting sidelined early in the match.Panathinaikos also had Chris Singleton in power-mode with 20 points and lots of helps from the perimeter (4/5 three-pointers). Downtown baskets were a key aspect of Panathinaikos’ offense with Xavi Pascual’s players dropping 12, a big number for the 72 points with which they finished the game.TweetPinShare0 Shares