Japan PM resigns for health reasons

first_imgAbe, whose term ends in September 2021, is expected to stay on until a new party leader is elected and formally approved by the parliament. (AP) Concerns about Abe’s health began this summer and grew this month when he visited a Tokyo hospital two weeks in a row for unspecified health checkups. Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (center) walks at prime minister’s office in Tokyo Friday, Aug. 28, 2020. AP TOKYO – Shinzo Abe, Japan’s longest-serving prime minister, says he’s resigning because a chronic illness has resurfaced. Abe has acknowledged having ulcerative colitis since he was a teenager and has said the condition was controlled with treatment.last_img

Ginebra to bank on defense in Game 4

first_img[/av_textblock][/av_one_full] [av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”][av_heading heading=’Ginebra to bank on defense in Game 4 ‘ tag=’h3′ style=’blockquote modern-quote’ size=” subheading_active=’subheading_below’ subheading_size=’15’ padding=’10’ color=” custom_font=”]BY ADRIAN STEWART CO[/av_heading][av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”]MANILA – Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings will rely on its defense as it seeks an equalizer in Game 4 of the 2016 Oppo PBA Governor’s Cup Finals against Meralco Bolts 8:10 p.m. tonight at Smart-Araneta Coliseum.Kings head coach Tim Cone said he was frustrated during their 107-103 Game 3 loss to Bolts on Wednesday night. He claimed his players allowed their opponents to score at will from inside and outside.“Defensively, we weren’t real good (in Game 3). We just gave up 107 points to Meralco, and it’s just too much,” Cone said. “We just did not play to our identity. I was upset from the first minute onwards, upset for 48 minutes.”Cone also failed to use his ploy of Solomon Mercado defending Bolts import Allen Durham as the former got into early foul trouble. Durham, a Best Import awardee, finished the match with 32 points and 20 rebounds.“I just think we did not play to our identity, and if we have forgotten it, we have to remember it a hurry or these things will get away from us if weren’t careful,” said the two-time Grand Slam mentor.Despite another tightly contested game, Bolts came up the victor in Game 3 following impressive outputs from Durham and Chris Newsome and late triples by Jimmy Alapag and Bacolod City native Reynel Hugnatan.But Bolts head coach Norman Black remains wary as he expects Cone and Kings to make major adjustments heading into the match tonight, just like they did in their 82-79 Game 2 win.“So far it’s a game of adjustments here in the PBA Finals. I am expecting coach Tim to make adjustments defensively. We just got to be ready for anything they will do,” said Black.“We’re getting closer to where we want to be. We really wanted to take Game 3 because we feel that it would give us an advantage going further into the series,” he said./PNlast_img read more

Indians Play Final Arizona Game of the Spring in Glendale Against White Sox, The Tribe Staring Lineup

first_img Related TopicsIndiansShane BieberWhite Sox Matt Loede Today the Indians will take on the Chicago White Sox in Glendale in what will be the teams final game of the spring in Arizona, meaning that the regular season is right around the corner.The Tribe will get a final look at the teams’ number five starter in Shane Bieber, who has been outstanding this spring for the team.The team on Sunday made a roster move, adding Brad Miller to the teams’ roster to hopefully help with the injury woes in the infield with Jason Kipnis and Francisco Lindor both hurt.Miller is in the lineup for the Indians, as the Tribe rolls out a starting nine that might look the same come Thursday in Minnesota.Here’s the lineup for the Indians:Leonys Martin CFJake Bauers LFJose Ramirez 3BCarlos Santana 1BHanley Ramirez DHTyler Naquin RFRoberto Perez CBrad Miller 2BEric Stamets SSHere’s the White Sox lineup:Today’s #SoxSpringTraining starters!⏰: 2:05 p.m. CT📺: @NBCSChicago 📻: @WGNRadio 🎟 #CWSHomeOpener: https://t.co/PuiBQXl9Ka pic.twitter.com/3InD9lqLlv— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) March 24, 2019center_img Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.last_img read more

Soldotna Captain Greenstreet with AST Recieves Promotion

first_imgGreenstreet says he is excited about the new challenges of his promotion. Although the position relocates him and his wife to Anchorage, the Kenai Peninsula holds a special place in their heart and Greenstreet says he’d like to move back one day. Capt. Greenstreet: “I actually started my law enforcement career back in 1994 when I went through the ALET Academy in Sitka. I worked three years in the Sitka Police Department and then a year at Palmer, then I transferred over to the Troopers, I did a lateral transfer, and that was back in 1998, so I’ve been with the Troopers since that time. I’ve been the E Detachment Commander almost five years. August first would have been my five years.” FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享As of May 16, Captain Andy Greenstreet from the Soldotna Alaska State Trooper post will take his new position as Major in Anchorage, following a recent promotion to Operational Commander. As Operational Commander, Greenstreet will oversee all the detachments throughout the Public Safety Department. He spoke about the ideas he will implement in his new position as Alaska faces a shrinking budget and rising drug problem.center_img Capt. Greenstreet: “While there’s certainly no shortage of problems, the drug issue certainly rises to the top of that list. I think we’ll definitely be taking a look at different partners that we can work with out there, whether it’s rehabilitation, the courts, the enforcement, the prosecutor’s office, and just different resources that are out there and kind of leverage some of those resources to kind of pull in the same direction and combat the need.” The captain has been in state law enforcement for over twenty years…last_img read more

World Cup helps Chicharito forget disappointing season

first_imgNo better way to put a disappointing season at Manchester United behind him than by putting on his Mexico jersey. “I always dreamed to be in a World Cup and, thankfully, this is going to be my second one,” Hernandez said after Mexico’s training session for Tuesday night’s game against Bosnia-Herzegovina. “I just want to do my best,” he added. “To enjoy it, to help my team inside and outside the pitch and to do what I can do in training and in the games.”And if he can regain the form that made him one of the game’s most enticing players at the last World Cup, even better.MEXICO: Regrouping after Montes’ injuryHernandez started and played 81 minutes in the 1-0 loss to Bosnia. He had Mexico’s best scoring chance until the final five minutes of the game, banging a shot off the near post in the 24th minute. Another shot inside the box was deflected by a Bosnia defender in the 53rd.“I had a little (bad luck) today,” Hernandez said. After Edin Dzeko came close to scoring three times in the first nine minutes, Izet Hajrovic finally got to Alfredo Talavera in the 41s. He one-timed a cross from Sejad Salihovic with his left foot from about eight yards out, and the ball flew just past the diving Talavera’s outstretched hand. Mexico peppered Asmir Begovic repeatedly in the final minutes of the game, but couldn’t get the tying goal. It was Mexico’s first loss to Bosnia in three games. “There were some shots that Begovic saved really well,” Hernandez said. “That’s part of football. Thankfully, it was not the World Cup.” Just 22, Hernandez arrived in South Africa with a brand-new contract from Manchester United and high expectations from both El Tri and Premier League fans. He didn’t disappoint, scoring a goal and earning “man of the match” honors in just his second appearance.He made his first World Cup start in the round of 16, scoring Mexico’s only goal in a 3-1 loss to Argentina. COMING SOON?: Beckham hints at possible comeback in documentaryHis first season with storied Manchester United was just as impressive. Appearing in 45 games, he was the team’s first player since Ruud van Nistelrooy in 2001-02 to score 20 goals in his debut season. Though manager Alex Ferguson always seemed to have high praise for him, Hernandez could never shake his status as “super sub.” And after Ferguson retired after last season, he fell largely out of favor with new manager David Moyes. Hernandez appeared in 35 games overall, but saw his goals cut in half from 18 to nine. It was his lowest total since 2008-09, when he was still at Chivas. And as woeful as he was for club, Hernandez hasn’t been much better for country. He has gone almost a year without scoring for Mexico — he had two goals against Japan in the Confederations Cup last June 22 — and his scoring drought was part of the reason El Tri needed a playoff just to get to Brazil.Hernandez is still Mexico’s best talent, a blazing striker who can create shots out of nothing. But manager Miguel Herrera, who took over last fall, has seemed ambivalent about him — so much so that some suggested Hernandez was on the bubble for Brazil. INFORGRAPHIC: Wayne Rooney like you’ve never seen him before“Chicharito has had the bad luck to not get a lot of playing time this season,” Herrera said just before including Hernandez on Mexico’s 23-man roster. “With good training, we hope he’ll regain his form.”If the turmoil has shaken his confidence, Hernandez won’t admit it. “The season now, this year, is in the past already. My head is 100% in the World Cup and the national team,” he said. “If it’s one minute or 90 minutes, I try to do my best,” Hernandez said. “And the most important thing is I want to enjoy it.”A solid showing at the World Cup could help Hernandez’s standing with new Manchester United coach Louis van Gaal, who will take over after guiding the Netherlands in Brazil. But he’ll worry about that after the tournament. Asked if he’d talked to Mexico teammate Hector Moreno about van Gaal, his coach at AZ, Hernandez said “a little bit.” “Right now, I want to be in the present,” he said. “And right now I’m on the national team.”With yet another smile, he was off. PHOTOS: Field of 32 teams for World Cuplast_img read more

Juco signing day: 4-star Jones flips from Florida State to Ol emiss

first_img Session ID: 2020-09-17:6e2dbdd2a465778e5530a93c Player ID: videojs-brightcove-player-123486-3948180079001 OK Close Modal DialogCaption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsDefaultsDoneClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%0:00 Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window. The Video Cloud video was not found. Error Code: VIDEO_CLOUD_ERR_VIDEO_NOT_FOUND D.J. Jones Signed: Ole MissPosition: DTOther offers: Alabama, Florida State, South CarolinaSize: 6-2, 310Ranking: 4-star by 247Sports and Rivals. No. 6 overall JUCO prospect.Breakdown: Jones was Ole Miss’ big surprise on signing day. The Clarion-Ledger first reported that Jones planned to flip from Florida State and sign with the Rebels on Wednesday morning. Jones, who had been committed to FSU since July, made his decision largely because he liked the idea of going to college with East Mississippi teammates Chad Kelly and Jacob Feeley, who are also transferring to Ole Miss. Alabama and South Carolina also made late pushes for Jones, who is heralded for his size and strength.Related:Four-star D.J. Jones plans to flip to Ole Miss Ole Miss making late surge for 4-star Florida State commit Hotty Toddy Everybody!!!! It’s been a crazy ride and I can’t wait for my new journey to begin in Oxford!!!— DJ Jones (@djjones_44) December 17, 2014last_img read more

Minister Kralev: The valuation of the Bulgarian Army Stadium and Pancharevo…

first_imgAfter the opening of the gym of Sofia University “Ivan Vazov” in Svoge, the Minister of Youth and Sports Krasen Kralev commented on current sports topics to journalists.He said that at the time of the COVID-19 pandemic, the sports sector was one of the most affected. “Absolutely all sporting events have been suspended, which has had an extremely severe impact not only on professional athletes but also on amateurs. I believe that with the measures taken by the government in recent months, we have done a great deal to help sport recover and We managed to keep the budgets of the federations, which were earmarked for competitions in the international sports calendar, to be used to train our athletes, and next year we have firmly stated that we want to double the budget of the clubs. From now on, thanks to the activities of the Bulgarian Sports Tote, we will have more funds, which in the coming years we will invest mainly in sports clubs that are chronically underfunded, “said the Minister of Sports.Krasen Kralev thanked the MPs in the National Assembly, who adopted the change in the VAT Act, which also affects sports services.“After this decision, the price of sports services will actually be reduced and we will be able to restore economic life in sports clubs. VAT on all sports services and facilities will be reduced to 9%. Every Bulgarian who plays sports will be able to take advantage of this. “An economic measure that I think is extremely important. The MPs showed responsibility and did not forget about sports. They complied with our desire and with our arguments for supporting sports organizations,” Kralev said.The Minister announced that an important decision is to be made, which affects the holding of international competitions in Bulgaria.“Today or tomorrow, together with colleagues from the Ministry of Health, we will decide how to organize the admission of athletes from other countries for whom there is a requirement for quarantine during their stay in Bulgaria. We need to give them permission to come and participate in competitions in our country, because otherwise the participation of teams in international club tournaments and international competitions is impossible.I hope in early August an order will be issued by the Ministry of Health, which will specify the conditions and rules under which athletes will be able to enter the territory of Bulgaria and participate in competitions without being totally isolated.They must be given the opportunity to conduct training, but we will not allow to endanger the health of Bulgarian citizens and other athletes who participate in the competitions. Such an order will unlock the international calendar, which is extremely important for the normalization of sports life. This is a huge challenge for sports leaders in every country, because in addition to equal conditions for all athletes, the health of all citizens must be preserved. I hope that in Bulgaria we are on the right track in this regard and we will find the right solution to the situation, “said the Minister of Sports.He also commented on the upcoming start of the football championship in the First League.“Many teams have infected players and have gone through the hell of the coronavirus. From now on, iron rules must be developed to minimize any risks to players, because imagine what happened to the Black Sea to happen to anyone.” to be a team from the First League in the middle of the championship, which means not having your players for 4-6 weeks, we have developed requirements with the Bulgarian Football Union and I urge club doctors to follow the rules, to strictly monitor what happens to their players, because they are on the first line and must diagnose a sick player early in order to be able to react immediately and reduce the damage to the team itself.All teams will continue with the tests every month.The period between these tests is extremely important because all teams will have more 3-4 meetings and that is when we rely on the club doctors to be careful and to react to the slightest symptom that a player has, “said Krasen Kralev.The Minister of Sports announced that the new assessment of the Bulgarian Army Stadium and the Pancharevo training complex is ready.The assessment is very close to the one with which they were contributed to the company “Serdika Sports Properties”. It is worth BGN 23,310,700, which meets the expectations of the management of CSKA. I expect to sit with them next week for talks on finalizing the establishment of the new company, “Kralev said.Minister Kralev: “The reduction of VAT for sports services is a measure that will benefit all Bulgarian athletes”The sports minister opened a renovated gym in Svogelast_img read more

Karlīne Pilābere signs a new contract with “TTT Rīga”

first_imgKarlīne Pilābere made her debut in TTT on October 16, 2010, in the Latvian Women’s Basketball League game against “TTT cadets”. Played in the team until January 27, 2012 and returned on November 8, 2017 in the game against “TTT Juniors”. In 108 tournaments in the Baltic tournaments, he scored 1,363 points, won 750 rebounds and made 171 assists.Last season, Pilābere, playing in the Euroleague, scored 5.0 points in an average of 16.5 minutes in eight battles and won 2.8 balls under the baskets. The player realized 43.5% two-point and 36.4% three-point throws, as well as earned the best +/- score of 2.9 and efficiency of 5.9. In the Latvian-Estonian-Lithuanian league, she played 8.5 points and 5.3 rebounds in an average of 18:59 minutes in 13 games.The season of the forward was previously announced as a member of the “TTT cadets”, scoring 42 points in two games. Pilābere is a five-time Latvian champion (SK “Cēsis” 2009, TTT 2011, 2018-2020), a two-time Latvian-Estonian-Lithuanian league winner (2019, 2020), Latvian-Estonian league champion (2018) and European Women’s Basketball League champion (2019 ).He made his Latvian national team debut on May 19, 2011, in a test game in the British city of Gifford, competing against the Cuban national team. Scored 59 points in seventeen battles. He has scored 293 points in 55 games in the youth national team. The first coach Inese Urtiņa.TTT Riga: nineteen-time Latvian champions (1992-1993, 1995, 2001-2005, 2007, 2008, 2010-2011, 2014-2020), Latvian-Estonian-Lithuanian league champions (2019, 2020), LAT-EST league champions (2014 -2018), European League champions (2016, 2019), European Cup “Top 16” (2016-2018) and Euroleague “Top 8” (2019).Others are currently reading PHOTO: Inese Šlesere celebrates her anniversary with a glamorous girls’ party “It’s a miracle that’s happening!” – Madara Repše cries out of touch for human good Warehouses for clothing brands full of products. How will it be marketed?last_img read more

Taking a break from cricket’s ‘disaster zone’

first_imgWith the administration of South African cricket in absolute freefall – this week I woke up in a cold sweat after a nightmare that the Proteas had been knocked out of the World Cup by Afghanistan, who scored 20 runs in the last over – it has been great to take a break from that disaster zone and focus on golf for the last three weeks. There was a week of rubbing shoulders with the European Tour elite at the Nedbank Golf Challenge at Sun City, then time with leading South African golfers, celebrities and sporting legends at the Gary…last_img

Utah Utes football: Greg Bird is a special teams wizard

first_imgSALT LAKE CITY — Growing up in Mesa, Ariz., Utah safety Greg Bird dreamed of playing for the Arizona State Sun Devils a few blocks away over in Tempe.”I was a fan and hoping I could go there,” Bird said after a recent Ute practice. “I always watched them growing up because they were right down the street.”It didn’t work out for him, though, and instead Bird headed north to Utah, where he has played safety and has been a special teams phenom for the past couple of years.This weekend, he’ll get the next best thing — a game against the Sun Devils (Saturday 1:30 p.m.) — although it would be even better if the game was in Sun Devil Stadium instead of Rice-Eccles Stadium.”I’ve been there plenty of times,” Bird said of ASU’s stadium. “I really wanted to play there — that’s where the high school championships were and I love the stadium. I love their grass.”Still, as much as Bird likes Sun Devil Stadium and dreamed of the possibility of playing for ASU, he’s more than happy that he ended up at Utah.”I like it up here,” he says with a smile.Bird has had a long time to become entrenched as a Ute. Bird is one of six 25-year-olds on the team, having first come to Utah clear back in 2005, Kyle Whittingham’s first year as head coach. After redshirting a year, he left on an LDS mission and has played the past four years.After playing sparingly on special teams for two years, he played in every game in 2010, earning starting spots against Air Force and San Diego State and starring on the special teams.Although he hasn’t been a starter on defense, Bird is certainly appreciated by his coaches.”What a team guy,” Whittingham says. “You talk about a guy that will do anything for the football team. He hasn’t had a lot of opportunity to play defense, but he’s a special teams phenom, one of the best special teams players we’ve had come through here. He’s really the leader of the special teams units. He’s unselfish, a team guy and a fantastic special teams guy in all phases.”Safeties coach Morgan Scalley echoes the Utes’ head coach, saying, “Greg’s the ultimate team player. He understands that there’s things he’s not able to do physically that some of the other safeties are able to do. He could probably have made the decision to go elsewhere when he wasn’t getting playing time, but he stuck with it and is our most valuable special teams player right now.”With the Utes losing both starting safeties from a year ago, you’d think Bird might have been a logical choice for a starting spot this year. Instead, the Utes are going with younger players: sophomores Michael Walker and Quade Chappius, freshman Eric Rowe and JC transfer Keith McGill in a four-man rotation, although Scalley says Bird is still a leader among the safeties and will be used in certain defensive packages.Bird acknowledges it’s “frustrating” not to be able to play as a regular, but he’s not complaining.”Everybody wants to get more playing time and get on the field,” he says. “But hey, I play where I play and I’m willing to contribute wherever the team needs me. I love special teams. It’s my specialty. Wherever and whenever I get the chance, I’ll make the best of it.”As a special teams wizard, Bird plays on both kickoff and kickoff return teams as well as the punt and punt return teams.Bird has been known as one of the hardest hitters on the team, and Ute fans can remember specific hits by Bird over the past couple of years. The Utes give out “Hit City” hats for the hardest hits during the season, and last year Bird earned five such hats.And what makes him such a hard hitter?”I have no clue,” he said. “I just love to hit people. I don’t know. That’s how I was in high school. I don’t think I’m that mean of a guy. When the shot’s there, it’s there and I take it.”Bird says of the special teams he plays on, he prefers the punt return and kickoff teams because “that’s where I get my hits from,” he says.This week, he plans to be laying a few of those hits against the Sun Devils — the guys he once wished he could play with.Utes on the airArizona State (4-1, 2-0 Pac-12) at Utah (2-2, 0-2)Saturday, 1:30 p.m.Rice-Eccles StadiumTV: ROOT Radio: 700 AMemail: sor@desnews.com Related Jon Hays stepping in for Wynn, U.last_img read more