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Trade Deadline

first_imgHere are some of the trades that were made in major league baseball before the trading deadline yesterday afternoon.  A couple of them have local interests.Alex Meyer of Greensburg was traded from the Minnesota Twins to the Los Angeles Angels.  Jay Bruce was finally traded by the Reds to the New York Mets.  Hopefully, Meyer will get a chance to start for the Angels and Jay Bruce will have his chance to get into the playoffs this year.Here are some more notable trades:  The Chicago Cubs acquired Aroldis Chapman from the Yankees and Mike Montgomery from Seattle.  The Miami Marlins got 2 pitchers–Castner and Ray.  Washington Nationals acquired Mark Melancon from Pittsburgh, and the Cleveland Indians picked up Andrew Miller from the Yankees.There were many more trades, but I thought these were some of the more important ones and also trades for some of the area teams.P.S.  Happy Anniversary to my wife, Sally!last_img read more

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Sobriety checkpoint in Ripley County this weekend

first_imgRIPLEY COUNTY, Ind. — Troopers from the Indiana State Police Versailles Post will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint at an undisclosed location in Ripley County this weekend.Drivers passing through the checkpoint area should have their licenses and registrations ready to present to troopers and will only be detained briefly while troopers determine whether further investigation is necessary.The purpose of sobriety checkpoints is to remove those motorists from the highways who are alcohol or drug impaired and pose a danger to all who use the roadways.Impaired drivers are responsible for billions of dollars in property damage, person injury, and death annually.last_img read more

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PSG get sponsorship deal

first_imgRelatedPosts Neymar risks seven-game ban, Gonzalez 10 Neymar, four others sent off as Marseille grab rare win at PSG Neymar ‘super happy’ to return to training with PSG French football champions Paris Saint-Germain announced on Monday they have signed a multi-year sponsorship deal with Chinese consumer electronics and home appliances company Hisense.The deal comes as Europe’s top football clubs all look to increase their foothold in the lucrative Chinese market. Sébastien Wasels, Asia Pacific managing director for PSG, said: “We are proud to be working with such a leading global brand from Asia Pacific.“This is a meaningful partnership for the club, demonstrating our growing commitment to the region.”Reuters/NAN.Tags: HisenseLigue 1Paris Saint-Germainlast_img read more

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Stoke’s Jack Butland: We knew Xherdan Shaqiri would come good

first_imgAfter leaving Manchester City “embarrassed” at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday, Jack Butland believes Stoke’s Xherdan Shaqiri finally announced his arrival in English football. Press Association Goalkeeper Butland never doubted Shaqiri would eventually come to the fore and was delighted to see him do it against the side who started the day as Barclays Premier League leaders. “We’ve been waiting for him to really turn up and really show everybody what he’s about – he did that,” said the England international. “Marko’s been brilliant, Bojan (Krkic) has been good but we’ve just been waiting for that spark of Shaqiri. He was really good. “We knew it was there and it was going to take him some time to adjust to the Premier League but that was a really eye-opening performance and one that we knew he was capable of.” The scoreline hardly reflected Stoke’s dominance and Manuel Pellegrini’s visitors were fortunate to escape a drubbing like the one they received against Liverpool as Butland’s rival Joe Hart experienced a far busier afternoon in the battle of the England keepers. “I think they were probably quite embarrassed at the end,” Butland declared. “We just played really well, even with the conditions, we still got the ball down and played some really, really good football and they actually couldn’t live with us. “I’m really proud of the lads that they played that well – it’s been a while.” Hughes’ selection drew parallels with the tactics Jurgen Klopp deployed in guiding Liverpool to their stunning 4-1 success over City a fortnight earlier, with Bojan Krkic fulfilling a similar centre-forward role to the one Roberto Firmino occupied. And they were not the only team Stoke looked to emulate as they plotted the demise of Pellegrini’s men. “Full credit to the management for changing things up, it’s slightly different to the way we performed before,” added Butland. “The way we went, it worked, it caused problems. We haven’t worked on it much so it’s great credit to the lads who have taken it on board. “We’ve looked at teams that have caused Manchester City trouble – Liverpool being one of them, Southampton to a certain extent, Tottenham. We took it on board and put in a very good performance.” Mark Hughes was seen to have pulled off a huge coup when he landed the signature of former Bayern Munich and Inter Milan midfielder Shaqiri at the end of August, yet prior to this weekend there was little evidence of the form he had shown on the continent. That all changed at lunchtime on Saturday, though, when Shaqiri was City’s tormentor-in-chief in the Potters’ 2-0 victory, laying on both goals for Marko Arnautovic in a man-of-the-match display. last_img read more

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Jurgen Klopp sees Chelsea, Arsenal in EPL title hunt

first_imgMadrid: Liverpool head coach Jurgen Klopp said he was not excluding Chelsea or Arsenal from English Premier League (EPL) title contention despite trailing the Reds by 11 points in the standings.Liverpool is set to end the first round of the 2018-2019 EPL season atop the standings since it has a four-point advantage over second-place Manchester City, with one match to go before the second round, reports Efe.“Nobody should feel safe,” the German coach said in a press conference on Monday, two days before taking on Newcastle in matchday 19.“I saw the game against Everton — who played absolutely more than OK — and then they (Spurs) hit pretty much everything and it was really impressive how Tottenham did,” Klopp said, referring to the Spurs’ 6-2 win over Everton.“The same will happen to Arsenal and Chelsea.”“For me, they (Tottenham) were never out, so why should people be surprised they are now in?” Klopp said in response to Spurs coach Mauricio Pochettino, who picked Liverpool and the Citizens as the favorites to clinch the title,” he added.“A lot of teams are in whatever you call the title race, and that is how it should be.”Liverpool appears on its way to sealing the title as it has secured the trophy eight times out of 10 when it was atop the standings by Christmas.They saw their bid for the English Premier League title fall short despite leading the league at that time of year in the 2008-2009 and 2013-2014 seasons. IANSAlso read: Sports Newslast_img read more

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A smartphone photo can spot fake rice at your grocery store

first_imgLONDON: Next time you go to the neighbourhood grocery store, take your smartphone as a photo taken from your phone can detect whether the rice you are paying for is genuine and of high-quality or not.A simple photograph taken with a mobile phone is able to detect irregularities in the labelling of rice, according to an investigation conducted by the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM) and the Scintillon Institute of San Diego (USA).The scientists develop an algorithm based on deep learning — a field of Artificial Intelligence (AI) — that is able to determine whether that rice is really the one described with the images taken with the smartphone.”What we contribute compared to other detection methods is simplicity and we show the consumer that you do not need large sums of money to verify whether a certain type of rice is the one mentioned on the label,” said Jose Santiago Torrecilla, Professor and researcher from the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials at the UCM.To carry out the study, the researchers used five types of rice that were ground “in order to distinguish the type of rice not only when it is in grain form but also when it is ground into flour”.With all this information, algorithms based on neural networks were designed and optimized to process the information contained in the images for classification based on the type of rice, obtaining final precision models between 93 per cent and 99 per cent.”It should be noted that rice is just one example of cereal and, therefore, this technology could be extrapolated to other types of cereals or food,” said the UCM chemist, leaving the door open for future applications in the food industry. (IANS)Also Read: Chinese smartphone Realme to enter digital payments marketAlso Watch: AATASU staged protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act. 2019 in Golaghatlast_img read more

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Badgers flat in exhibition

first_imgRAY PFEIFFER/Herald photoDown by as many as nine points, the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team got just the spark it needed Wednesday from junior guard Michael Flowers.Flowers posted a double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds as the Badgers erased an unimpressive first half to beat the Division III Carroll College Pioneers 81-61 in UW’s exhibition finale.Yet it was Flowers’ defense and energy that helped ignite a flat Wisconsin team.”If a guy’s going to play defense like that and set that kind of example, you need to have that guy out there,” head coach Bo Ryan said of Flowers.Flowers kept the Badgers in the game from the get-go, scoring the team’s first six points — on two three-pointers — to keep the game tied early on.But with its fast and small lineup causing problems for Wisconsin in the first half, Carroll College soon jumped out to the lead for much of the first half, its largest lead being 19-10 with 12-and-a-half minutes left in the first.However, the Pioneers weren’t able to hold on for long as Flowers rallied the Badgers’ comeback, making a baseline cut and double pumping a difficult lay-up to cut the lead to four with seven minutes remaining.After a Kammron Taylor bucket from a penetration drive in the lane helped Wisconsin pull within one, Flowers dished the ball off to a wide-open Jason Bohannon for three to give the Badgers their first lead of the game at 26-25.”I think that was the time we were trying to make our move and put them away,” Flowers said.Wisconsin headed into half-time with a 35-29 lead and never looked back, coming back out in the second half to erase its opening blunders — something Ryan was never overly concerned with.”We’ve been down 15, 20 [points] early and come back, I can remember several games,” Ryan said. “The thing is you can’t get it back in one possession. You just keep chipping away.”Without a single player over 6-foot-7 for the Pioneers, the Badgers went with a smaller lineup as not one of the team’s big men — Jason Chappell, Brian Butch, Greg Stiemsma and Kevin Gullikson — played more than 12 minutes in the contest.After seeing a team in UW-Stout with two starting seven-footers in the first exhibition game, Ryan was pleased to face a completely opposite team this time around.”With non-conference games, we’re going to get every kind of match-up you can imagine,” he said. “We just saw the two extremes: big and small.”Flowers’ backcourt sidekick Taylor also had an impressive game, recording team-highs of 14 points and six assists.After a full season of playing together, Flowers and Taylor feel comfortable with each other’s games and have set some lofty goals for Wisconsin’s starting backcourt in 2006-07. “With the defense he brought last year and with the offense he developed this summer, he’s starting to show he definitely has a new-look to his game,” Taylor said. “It feels good having a guy like that in your backcourt.”We want to be one of the best backcourts in the nation.”last_img read more

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USG Senators propose three resolutions

first_imgThe resolution specified that the University should prevent the Department of Public Safety from collaborating with Immigration and Customs Enforcement and avoid collecting citizenship documents from students unless absolutely needed. “[It] can’t just be an informal conversation or an informal policy,” Murphy said. “It needs to be explicit, especially so that undocumented students and students with mixed immigrations status know for a fact, they know outright, that this university will protect them.” Multiple senate resolutions, including one to push the University to adopt sanctuary status for undocumented students, were proposed during a USG meeting on Tuesday. All resolutions proposed during the meeting will be voted on at next week’s meeting. Tan spoke about the biased nature of comments against female professors and professors of color on sites like RateMyProfessors.com, which she said prompted her to push for an alternative solution that USC students can rely on. The resolution was authored by Yusuf Irshaad, a senior majoring in international relations and Middle East studies, Amanda Chan, a junior majoring in economics, and George Zeidan, a graduate student majoring in nonprofit leadership and management. “I want it to be a USC platform and [for it] to be moderated by qualified people,” Tan said. “Some of the comments on ‘RateMyProfessors’ are extremely toxic and there is proven racial and gender bias.” The resolution suggests using open areas in VKC as additional spaces for flags, such as along the exterior, as well as the VKC library. All three authors are members of USC Students for Justice in Palestine, a pro-Palestinian student activist group. Palestine is not represented in the 108 flags that hang outside of VKC. Irshaad said this partly inspired the resolution, which he said is not officially authored by SJP, as well as a general lack of international representation in VKC’s flags. Sen. Jacquelyne Tan proposed the Learning Experience Evaluations Resolution at the Undergraduate Student Government meeting on Tuesday. (Shaylee Navarro/Daily Trojan)center_img “When you go to VKC, you look around, there are open spaces that could definitely benefit from having those flags hung up,” Irshaad said. “There’s a lot of room to work with that.” According to Tan, until Quick stepped into his position in 2014, students were able to access course evaluations through the Office of the Provost’s website. During the meeting, Sen. Michaela Murphy proposed the Sanctuary University Resolution, which advocates that USC change to an official sanctuary campus, one that adopts policies to protect undocumented immigrants in its student body. According to USC’s Undergraduate Admission website, 135 countries are represented in the USC student body. Sen. Jacquelyne Tan proposed the Learning Experience Evaluations Resolution, which aims to introduce a moderated system for USC students to access course evaluations. The resolution intends to replace sites like RateMyProfessors.com, a site used by students to publicly rate their professors on teaching ability and class difficulty, among other factors. In addition to the three proposals, a minor technical amendment was made to the Terranea Resolution, which was passed during the last USG meeting on March 5. The resolution is now awaiting review by the Graduate Student Body and the University administration. Sen. Murphy also read aloud the VKC Flag Resolution, which seeks to increase the number of flags hung in and around the Von KleinSmid Center to better represent international students.   Provost Michael Quick wrote in a memo to students on March 5, 2018 that the University has expressed its support for immigrant students, including DACA recipients, but does not have specific policies in place to protect such students.last_img read more

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Kiffin, coaching staff face recruiting test

first_img“The 19th Hole” runs Mondays. If you would like to comment on this story, visit dailytrojan.com or email Joey at jrkaufma@usc.edu. Let it now be said that when it comes to recruiting and reeling in decorated high school prospects, Lane Kiffin knows what he’s doing.There have been a number of criticisms directed toward the Trojans’ 36-year-old coach in recent years, but just about anyone, including his detractors, will concede the following: he can recruit with the best of them.Recent seasons only prove testament to that notion.Last February, 30 players signed with USC despite the fact that there would be no possibility of participating in a bowl game in their first season on campus. The class, nonetheless, was ranked No. 4 overall in the country by Yahoo Sports’ Rivals.com.In 2010, the Trojans signed 20 commits -— the No. 1 class, according to Rivals.com. Perhaps even more impressive was that Kiffin and his staff had arrived at USC less than a month before national signing day and retained many of the same players who had originally committed to play for then-coach Pete Carroll.But this season might prove to be the toughest test for the Trojans’ heralded staff. And yes, you can of course attribute that to scholarship reductions, stemming from NCAA sanctions.This winter, roster management will become increasingly important for the program, and precision will be more necessary than ever.As outlined by the infractions report from June 2010, USC cannot sign more than 15 players for the class of 2012, excluding early enrollees who count toward the 2011 class. And by next fall, it can carry no more than 75 scholarship players on its roster.How the staff handles that remains a delicate balance.With national signing day on Wednesday, USC still intends to sign a full class, which in this case happens to be 15 as opposed to the typical 25 for fall enrollees.But bringing in 15 freshmen next August is more complicated than simply receiving faxed and signed letters of intent.For starters, USC currently has 66 scholarship players on its roster — excluding senior cornerback T.J. Bryant and sophomore safety Patrick Hall who have reportedly left the program, and senior defensive end Armond Armstead, who is unlikely to be cleared by the school’s medical staff. Armstead is expected to either transfer to another school for his senior season or declare for the NFL’s supplemental draft in the summer.That means in order to sign 15, six players need to go before fall camp. How that will happen remains to be seen.One method is for Kiffin and his staff to take away players’ scholarships, which are renewable annually. In that case, former walk-ons, junior linebacker Will Andrew, senior cornerback Tony Burnett and senior center Abe Markowitz, could all see their scholarships revoked.Another option to dwindle down to 75 would be for players to transfer, presumably players low enough on the depth chart. Who leaves, though, remains unknown.Rumors have circulated for weeks that sophomore quarterback Jesse Scroggins could be a likely candidate. The Lakewood, Calif., native was not at the team’s unofficial throwing session last Thursday. Though, Scroggins’ status with the program remains — to some degree — speculative at this point.But the toughest part largely centers around who USC will sign. With fewer and fewer scholarship offerings, USC can’t afford to miss on highly regarded prospects. And don’t think Kiffin, in spite of his recruiting pedigree, hasn’t missed before.Two years ago, USC signed a total of five five-star prospects: wide receiver Markeith Ambles, running back Dillon Baxter, offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson, wide receiver Kyle Prater and wide receiver Robert Woods.Since then, Ambles left the program, Baxter transferred to San Diego State, Henderson was released from his letter of intent and never played a down at USC and Prater transferred to Northwestern.It is probably worth noting at this point, and fair to point out, Woods turned out OK.But the point remains: Recruiting is an inexact science, at best.When typically signing classes around 25 players per year, there is added flexibility. If one running back happens to leave, that’s fine as there are two or three more in that particular class.That luxury, however, isn’t afforded to USC. It can’t afford to miss. It can’t afford to sign a player who is not able to stay academically eligible. It can’t afford to sign a player who doesn’t develop, either.There is little room for error this time around — even for Lane Kiffin.last_img read more