SAN FRANCISCO — It’s hard to overstate how much having a split-finger fastball at his disposal changed the trajectory of Frankie Montas’ professional career.Thought perhaps to fit into a long relief role — if that — for the A’s at the start of Cactus League play, Montas used his splitter effectively all spring and will instead will start the season as the fourth starter in Oakland’s rotation, manager Bob Melvin said Monday.Arriving in Arizona last month looking to win a big league job, …
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest WhenSeptember 28–30, 9am–5pmWhatThis free statewide event features self-guided, guided or open house tours in each region of the state and highlights homes, businesses, and public buildings that are using green technologies such as solar, wind, geothermal, green design, energy efficiency and more.Participants in 2018 Green Energy Ohio will:Learn about the residential renewable energy processEducate themselves on the technical details and components of different renewable energy systemsNetwork with other Ohio residents who have a passion for renewable energyTalk with industry leaders from the renewable energy sector around the stateSee commercial and corporate energy installations and hear about the benefits to businessesPresented by Green Energy Ohio.Tour websiteTour stops neededEach tour is made possible through site owners who share their hands-on experiences with participants who want to learn more about clean energy technologies. When registering, please indicate which days and times the property will be available for tour participants. A confirmation email will be sent and the site will be shown on the tour map and listed under the appropriate region. The deadline to register as a host site on this year’s Tour is Aug. 31.
Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo LAS VEGAS — Just 20 months ago, a former plumber from Dublin fought a fearsome superstar who hadn’t lost in a decade. Conor McGregor talked his way into a big-money showdown, but he had to back up his boasts against Jose Aldo, one of the greatest fighters in his sport.McGregor finished the UFC featherweight champion in 13 seconds with one devastating left hand.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement PLAY LIST 00:44Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement01:49Pacquiao to Mayweather: Want fans to stop asking for rematch? Then fight me again00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES These things could all unsettle Mayweather, who typically doesn’t face trouble unless he takes a voluntary risk by moving into dangerous areas to throw combinations, or getting angry and brawling a bit.And therein is another potential route for McGregor. Call it the Aldo Strategy: If he can get Mayweather feeling both confident and angry, there’s a chance Mayweather will let down his defense enough to attempt to finish McGregor in brute style — and maybe McGregor will have an opening.Mayweather hasn’t seemed interested in McGregor’s typical trash talk during the buildup to the fight, but perhaps he could waver the champion’s focus with the wrong word, an errant elbow or a rabbit punch behind the head — enough to draw a warning, but not lose a point.McGregor amplified his boasts this week, calling Mayweather “a broken man” and vowing to finish him within two rounds. Nobody knows whether McGregor actually believes his bluster, but the Irishman has defiantly vowed he will win.It’s not probable. But with McGregor, anything is possible. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Asian karting up Friday at Carmona MOST READ “The people who don’t believe it don’t know anything about fighting,” said UFC President Dana White, who admittedly has a slight bias here. “This isn’t going to be a boxing match. This is going to be a fight.”It’s also a fight between a 29-year-old southpaw in his prime and a 40 1/2-year-old veteran who hasn’t fought in nearly two years and doesn’t particularly want to be here, as he acknowledged repeatedly Wednesday. Mayweather isn’t the fighter he once was, and his competitive fire is dwarfed by his need for the mammoth paycheck from this endeavor.Conor McGregor speaks during a news conference Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017, in Las Vegas. AP PhotoBut how does an MMA fighter with no competitive boxing experience since childhood take on a 21-year pro veteran with world championships in five divisions and arguably the most brilliant defensive skills in the history of the sport?He gets in Mayweather’s face, both before and during the fight.He charges forward from the opening bell and forces Mayweather to think defensively all night.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Floyd Mayweather presents an entirely different challenge when McGregor steps in the Vegas ring Saturday night. In his professional boxing debut, McGregor must figure out how to beat Mayweather at his own game — something the best boxers in the world have never done.McGregor is a massive underdog, and deservedly so. But stop pretending the improbable doesn’t happen in combat sports, particularly when the self-proclaimed Mystic Mac is involved.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingTo declare McGregor can’t possibly win this fight displays more arrogance than, say, spending every night at a strip club the week beforehand, as Mayweather is currently doing.Of course the hard-hitting Irishman has a chance — and there are several tactics he could employ to pull the biggest upset in boxing history. He throws hundreds of punches from every angle with the goal of setting up the vicious left hand that has turned out the lights on MMA opponents.And if none of that is successful, McGregor could bend the Marquess of Queensberry rules to their breaking point in hopes of goading Mayweather into a brawl.None of it is guaranteed to work. But it’s definitely worth a shot.Looking back at Mayweather’s history is a daunting task, given his 49-0 record, but it contains clues for tactics that could magnify McGregor’s chances.For instance, McGregor could amplify the strategy used by Marcos Maidana and Jose Luis Castillo. Both boxers pressed Mayweather constantly, using roughhouse tactics on the border of legality, and bombarded Mayweather with punches, many from unorthodox angles.Mayweather won both fights, but definitely looked uncomfortable for long stretches. McGregor doesn’t have the hand speed of those professional boxers, but he should strive to emulate their urgency.He should also attempt to show Mayweather things he’s never seen before in the ring, and his decision not to hire a boxing trainer for the bout might actually help in that regard. The UFC star should switch stances and try just about any punch, including the looping overhand shots rarely seen in high-level boxing matches because they’re easily countered, but common in MMA bouts because of the distance they create from the opponent.If McGregor gets hit, so be it. Every punch absorbed is the price for a chance to reply.McGregor believes Mayweather made a mistake by agreeing to fight in 8-ounce gloves instead of the typical 10-ounce pillows, but he shouldn’t rely solely on the unicorn one-punch knockout. While McGregor has definite power, only the biggest Mac homer would think it’s something Mayweather hasn’t seen from boxers — and Mayweather has shown a solid chin and excellent recovery skills on the few occasions he has been hit.Instead, the key is to use that energy to get in a good position to unload the left hand or a combination through Mayweather’s shifty defense. McGregor could repeatedly tie up Mayweather and attempt to land shots in the clinch.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Newcastle defender Fabian Schar: We were ****!by Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United defender Fabian Schar slammed their performance for the 0-0 draw with Brighton.The Switzerland international was the hero for the Magpies after a stunning overhead kick denied Aaron Connolly in the second half following his deft chip over Martin Dubravka.Schar told the Evening Chronicle: “We played a **** game – what can I say?”We were lucky to get a point.”But we played a bad game, that’s it.”We move on to the next game but we have to improve on this.”
Atletico Madrid coach Simeone happy with ‘passion’ beating Bayer Leverkusenby Carlos Volcano3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone was happy to scrape a 1-0 victory over Champions League opponents Bayer Leverkusen.Alvaro Morata proved the matchwinner on the day.”I feel good when I see passion and today the team had passion,” said Simeone.”We can play well or poorly, but there’s a path.”We’re close to doing things well.”Some of that passion boiled over into whistles from the fans in the stands, but the coach wasn’t too worried about that.”People are spontaneous,” he said.”We have to try to turn those whistles into applause.”He added: “Anxiety’s normal, the team grew in confidence. We saw some good things tonight although we have to improve when we are in or close to the opponents’ box. It’s not easy for any team because all of our rivals defend well.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Auburn Sand Pit WorkoutToday was definitely not a lazy Sunday for some of Auburn’s football players. Tigers’ wide receiver Dhaquille Williams and a couple of his teammates spent some time working out in a sand pit. It’s 92 degrees in Auburn, Ala., today. So it was probably a pretty rough workout. “It’s going to pay off,” Williams said. Auburn opens its 2015 season Sept. 5 against Louisville in the Georgia Dome.
Twitter/@_MarcusD_ Twitter/@OU_MBBallThere are three West Region second round games set to be played on Sunday, starting with second-seeded Oklahoma against No. 10 VCU.Playing close to home in OKC, the Sooners cruised to an 82-68 win over CSU Bakersfield yesterday. National Player of the Year candidate Buddy Hield paved the way with 27 points.VCU took care of the No. 7 seed, Oregon State, 75-67. The Rams were led by JeQuan Lewis’ near-triple-double (21 points, eight assists, seven rebounds) and Mo Alie-Cox’s 20 points and eight boards.The winner of this game plays the winner of Texas A&M-Northern Iowa. Date: Sunday, March 20Time: 5:15 p.m.TV Channel: CBSLocation: Oklahoma City, OklahomaAnnouncers: Carter Blackburn, Mike Gminski and Jaime MaggioOpening Betting Line: Oklahoma -7Prediction: VCU is capable of playing with the big boys, and their style can cause fits for any team. However, the Rams hadn’t beaten a Power Five opponent all year until Friday.Oklahoma is the best team VCU has faced all season, and the play of Hield, Isaiah Cousins and company will be too much to overcome.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The BC Oil and Gas Commission announced today that it will be teaming up with Geoscience BC, the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, and the University of Calgary on a research project to install 30 new groundwater monitoring wells in the Peace Region.Starting this summer, a team led by UBC’s Energy and Environment Research Initiative, with collaboration from the OGC and Geoscience BC, will drill a total of 30 wells as part of the groundwater monitoring network in the Peace Region. The first eight monitoring wells will be drilled this summer, with more wells to be drilled in the spring and fall of 2019 before the project concludes in 2020.Samples will be taken at regular intervals to see if methane is present in Northeast B.C. groundwater, and if so, how much, what its origins are, and its prevalence in areas near oil and gas development. “Potential impacts to groundwater from energy resource development are controversial and scientifically-based answers to many questions related to this are needed,” said the project’s principal investigator Dr. Aaron Cahill, who is also co-director of UBC’s Energy and Environment Research Initiative. “In particular, more information is needed on groundwater conditions in areas of resource development in B.C., including levels of methane and other hydrocarbons close to oil and gas wells. This new research project will generate high quality scientific data to address concerns related to resource development in the Peace Region.”Oil and Gas Commissioner Paul Jeakins added that the data gathered from the project will give the Commission more information, and therefore strengthen its oversight of the oil and gas industry.
Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, on the occasion of the first day of the World Immunisation Week on Wednesday, said that all the children in the state have been fully immunised.Taking to Twitter, Banerjee said: “#WorldImmunisationWeek begins today. I am very proud to share with you all that 100% children in #Bangla are fully immunised. My best wishes to all.” It may be mentioned here that the Bengal government, under the leadership of the Chief Minister, has done a great deal of work in building better infrastructure so that mothers and children get the best quality treatment in state-run hospitals and health centres in the city as well as the districts. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaChildren in far-flung areas had often been suffering from malnutrition as there were no awareness programmes previously. Due to the relentless efforts initiated by the district administration, the people in the districts are now becoming aware about various factors. Awareness is being spread among conservative pregnant women and lactating mothers in the districts, particularly in the rural areas, thanks to the initiatives of the state government that appears determined to bring down Bengal’s rate of underweight children. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe district programme officers under the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) are providing supplementary nutrition for pregnant and lactating women and for their children up to six years. The nutritional support is being given in order to counter calorie and protein related malnourishment. The officials of the Health department in the districts are successfully making people understand the importance of breastfeeding newborns till they attain six months of age and the importance of the mother’s first milk. It may be mentioned here that the Bengal government has reduced the infant mortality rate to 25 against 1,000 live births and the maternal mortality rate to 101 against 1,00,000 live births. In the remote areas, ‘delivery huts’ have been set up so that expectant mothers can be provided treatment, care and other facilities completely free of costs, before being delivered to a nearby hospital. Prodded by the Chief Minister, the state Health department has also set up mother child hubs at various state government hospitals in the state, which are dedicated for the treatment of mothers and their children.