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Walnut falls to La Serna, 54-49


first_imgThe Lancers, receiving solid performances from Natalee Venegas and Jenna French, overcame a nine-point deficit in the first quarter to score a 54-49 victory over visiting Walnut in a Division III-A quarterfinal on Wednesday. La Serna (25-3), the division’s No. 2 seed, advanced to Saturday’s semifinals to face Colony at a site to be determined today by coin flip. • Photo Gallery: 2/21: Walnut vs. La Serna WHITTIER – La Serna High School started slow, finished strong and now finds itself two wins away from a CIF-Southern Section girls basketball title. Walnut, which received a game-high 18 points from junior Richelle Najera, finished 26-7. “I didn’t want (Walnut) to get excited about their shooting, and obviously they did,” said La Serna coach Steve Hemenway, whose Lancers saw the Mustangs make three 3-pointers in the first three minutes for an 11-2 lead. “We just broke down a little bit on the defensive end \, not understanding what I wanted to get done. “But I’m just glad they didn’t shoot well at the end of the game, because that’s all that matters.” Walnut, which also received nine points each from Crystal Kim and Stephanie Monte, prevented any chance of that by committing 21 turnovers. The miscues allowed the Lancers to slowly cut into the deficit before using a 9-2 run, aided by three Walnut turnovers, to gain a comfortable 39-32 margin late in the third quarter. center_img “We just came up against a team like us that plays great pressure defense,” Walnut coach Lori Huckler said. “They are a very good team, and we didn’t make the adjustments we needed to make.” Walnut cut the deficit to 43-40 in fourth quarter, but layups by Jamie Coins, Annie Failla and Venegas pushed the advantage to 51-43 with just over a minute left to play. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3061 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


Premier League duo to miss out on Cameroon international?


first_img Sevilla star Stephane Mbia Everton and Crystal Palace could miss out on free agent Stephane Mbia after he was offered a deal in the United Arab Emirates.Holding midfielder Mbia, 28, is available on a free at the end of the season as he sees out a short-term deal with Sevilla.Both Everton and Palace have made their interest known for the former QPR player, but reports are coming out of France that they could be pipped by a lucrative UAE offer.L’Equipe claims the Cameroon star has had talks with Al Jazira, who are managed by former Belgium international Eric Gerets. 1last_img


Classic South African action film returns to the big screen


first_imgJoe Bullet, a South African film made in 1971 had a limited re-release on big screens in Johannesburg and Cape Town this past January with more planned for the rest of the year.In 1971, Ken Gampu starred as Joe Bullet, a no-nonsense real South African movie hero. (Image: Retro Afrika Bioscope webpage)CD AndersonJoe Bullet has made an appearance back on the big screen. The South African action film, made in 1971 had a limited re-release in Johannesburg and Cape Town this past January, with more showings planned for the rest of the year.The film is the story of a local soccer team caught in the web of the criminal underworld. It features a strong black South African action hero, something almost unheard-of in the South African film industry during apartheid. It had an all-black cast, including singer Abigail Kubeka and Ken Gampu as Joe Bullet.A digitally restored Joe Bullet has recently been shown at The Bioscope Independent Cinema in Johannesburg and in The Company’s Garden in Cape Town. It was restored by Gravel Road Distribution, supervised by the film’s original producer, Tonie van der Merwe.The showings proved to be a great success, with more screenings planned across South Africa for the rest of the year, as well as a possible DVD and digital release available soon, the company says.Originally banned by the apartheid government, and then later unbanned but never released commercially, Joe Bullet has a very South African feel and setting.Local filmmakers Van der Merwe and Louis de Witt specialised in making films for black South African audiences. The company’s aim was to tell South African stories using film, and developing black South African actors and technical expertise at a time when most film production was dominated by white South Africans.The producers made more than 400 films, quickly and cheaply, specialising in human drama stories and action films that did not upset the government too much. The films proved popular among black audiences eager to see stories and characters that they could identify with.However, due to the positive portrayal of a black hero in Joe Bullet, the film was their most controversial film. Apartheid government censors cut short the film’s potential to entertain the masses.Van der Merwe received an African Movie Academy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015 for his contribution to the South African film industry, and helping launch the careers of many of the country’s prominent black actors and crew workers, all in the face of apartheid government interference.Joe Bullet himself, Gampu, went on to act in local films and television series. He also had an impressive international film career during the 1980s, starring alongside some of Hollywood’s best, including Sharon Stone (in King Solomon’s Mines), Richard Burton and Roger Moore (in The Wild Geese). Gampu also starred in one of South Africa’s most popular cinematic exports, The Gods Must Be Crazy. He died in 2003.African films from the 1970s and 80s have enjoyed a recent renaissance among local film fans. Previously unavailable films have been released on DVD, while some of the era’s best films have been broadcast on the DStv Mzansi Bioskop channel (164).Watch the Joe Bullet trailer belowVisit the Joe Bullet Facebook page for more information on future screenings in Johannesburg and Cape Town.For more information on iconic South African films from the last 50 years, visit the Retro Afrika Bioscope website.Source: Channel24 Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more


Google Experimenting With Social Calendar Previews


first_imgmarshall kirkpatrick 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#news#NYT#web Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Google Calendar has a new experimental feature in the works that allows you to check the availability status of people you’re inviting to an event. In our early testing the experimental feature looks utterly broken, but once working it should be great.If you’d like to see how it works, open any event on GCal and click the “sneak preview” link at the top of the event listing. This ability to view someone’s busy/available status only works if they have a publicly viewable Google Calendar account, but many people do. Even as a work in progress, this is a reminder of how much room for innovation there is in online calendaring.The feature remains a far cry from the kinds of functionality offered by services like TimeBridge or Tungle, but it’s a good and simple idea.With the sneak preview turned on, the busy or available status of invitees to an event appears side by side with your own calendar, viewable as you drag a translucent box over possible times to suggest.Right now it doesn’t seem to work at all. Schedules aren’t viewable until after someone’s been invited to an event, the creator of the event is misattributed and a number of other problems have already come up.It should just be a matter of time, though. If you’re interested in hearing about the bleeding edge of calender innovation, check out Jon Udell’s excellent interview this summer with Mike Douglass and Steven Lees, two men working on an XML standard for iCal. There is a whole lot of room for new developments in the world of online calendars, especially through cross-network standards that enable users of different systems to communicate.We’d heard rumors about this new GCal feature for a few days but didn’t confirm its existence until tech blogger Orli Yakuel Twittered about how to access it this morning. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more


M&M rolls out new compact UV NuvoSport, discontinues Quanto


first_imgMumbai, Apr 4 (PTI) Utility vehicles major M&M today replaced its struggling compact SUV Quanto with the NuvoSport that comes with a 1.5-litre diesel engine, same as the former, but at premium pricing and new positioning.The home-grown auto firm has been struggling with Quanto, its first under-4-meter model, since its September 2012 launch.The new compact UV sports a 1.5-litre diesel engine developed on the third generation mHawq100 platform, same as its successful SUV Scorpio is built on, and commands a price of Rs 7.35 lakh for the base model (ex-showroom Thane) which goes up to Rs 9.76 lakh for the top-end AMT version.”The NuvoSport will replace the Quanto,” Pravin Shah, President and Chief Executive, M&M, told reporters here.Shah, while launching the NuvoSport that comes in three variants, was repeatedly asked about the fate of Quanto.When asked about the failure of Quanto, Shah said the product was launched in flat 18 months as a compromise between time to reach the market and a world-class vehicle.”So, as far the product was concerned let me admit that it was a compromise between reaching the market on time and a great product.”But one should appreciate that we created an entirely new category of sub-4-metre UV in the domestic market, which since then has become the most competitive and the fastest growing segment, commanding 44 per cent market share within the compact UV segment in FY16, which was just about 12 per cent in FY12,” Shah said.Whether the company expects some cannibalisation of its another successful model, the TUV300, which also comes with a 1.5-litre diesel engine but at considerably lower price points, Vivek Nair, marketing head, said “both the vehicles are positioned differently. But if there is some cannibalisation, that is okay with us. Our objective is to offer a wide variety of choices to customers.”advertisement”The NuvoSport is feature-rich, sporty SUV with bold styling built on the same new generation platform as the Scorpio. The new vehicle is available at dealerships from today,” Nair added.Shah said the company has spent Rs 115 crore in developing the NuvoSport which took shape at its Chennai R&D and Design Centre over a period of two year.Asked about the market response since booking was opened a fortnight ago, both Shah and Nair declined a direct answer or provide figures.”We have an installed capacity of 1,500 units a month for the new model at our Nashik plant and we are confident of selling those many units,” was all Shah proffered. (MORE) PTI BEN RSY PRB MKJ PTPlast_img read more


Bryce Harper Is Hitting Like An MVP Again


201790.013.9 201684.118.3 SEASONEXIT VELOCITYLAUNCH ANGLE And Harper’s not just hitting the ball better. Even his plate discipline has improved: He’s currently posting a career-best walk rate and showing better strike-zone judgment than ever. So far this year, Harper is back to combining the willingness to wait for a hittable pitch with the strength to knock that pitch out of the park.With all those improvements working together, Harper is a more dangerous hitter than ever. So far, he’s belted nine home runs in only 114 plate appearances, with an outrageous, Bonds-ian slugging percentage (.772) driving an overall offensive performance that’s 123 percentage points better than the league average. That exceeds even the lofty heights he achieved in 2015, when he “only” hit 97 percentage points better than league average. And in just 25 games — about a seventh of the season — he’s already racked up 2.1 WAR. If you project that out over a full season, he’d be on pace for another of the best years in the history of baseball.Even setting aside Harper’s history of yo-yoing between greatness and mediocrity, it’s clear that he can’t stay this hot forever. Eventually, bad luck or injuries will drag Harper, Thames and all the other early-season leaders back to more mortal levels of production. (Indeed, Harper’s exit velocity might already be dropping slightly: Over his last 10 games, he’s averaged a more pedestrian 84.5 mph exit velocity.) But for now, baseball is better off with a superstar like Harper excelling again. AVERAGE Harper hits hard again Source: Statcast The early-season noise around such unexpectedly great hitters as Brewers stud Eric Thames has pulled attention away from the return of another prodigious slugger: Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper. Harper is making his triumphant comeback from the injuries that plagued him in 2016, and the advanced metrics show he’s ready to deliver another MVP-level year this season.In his six-year MLB career, Harper has been equal parts incredible and disappointing. He appeared to reach his full potential in 2015, when he produced a .330/.460/.649 slash line en route to a season worth 9.5 wins above replacement. But last year Harper backslid dramatically, struggling with injuries and hitting a pedestrian (by his standards) .243/.373/.441. His drop-off between 2015 and 2016 was one of the largest declines in production ever.But now Harper’s back — and maybe better than ever. It’s early in the season, but we can already see his recovery using MLB’s Statcast system, which tracks the launch angle and direction of every batted ball.Last season, I wrote about how Harper’s batted-ball stats weren’t matching those of his MVP year, which suggested he might be injured.1Harper has hinted that this was the case, although the Nationals denied that he played through an injury in 2016. This season, though, Harper is well on his way to replicating his 2015 performance. For instance, after a down year in exit velocity, Harper’s average batted ball is once again leaving the bat at close to 90 miles an hour. (For comparison’s sake, he averaged 89.6 mph in 2015.)His launch angle has also significantly improved. For most of 2016, Harper was elevating his swing, which resulted in the highest fly-ball rate of his career but also in more weak pop-ups. But this April, he’s back to the flat, line-drive cut that worked so well before. Hard, low-angle batted balls are a good recipe for success, so it’s no surprise that Harper is productive again. 201589.612.9 read more


Womens Basketball Ohio State hosts Morehead State in first round of WNIT


The Ohio State bench celebrates Janai Crooms’ and-one basket in the second half of the game against Rutgers on March 3. Ohio State lost 66-56. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorAfter losing to Wisconsin 73-63 in the Big Ten tournament, the Ohio State women’s basketball team finished the season with a 14-14 record.As a result, Ohio State failed to qualify for the women’s NCAA tournament.Instead, being the highest-ranked Big Ten seed to not reach the big dance, the Buckeyes earned an automatic bid to the women’s NIT tournament, where they will take on Morehead State.History favors Ohio State in both this game and the entire tournament. This will be the second appearance for the Buckeyes in the WNIT. Their only other appearance was in 2001, when Ohio State won it all, taking down New Mexico 62-61. The past two WNITs were won by two other Big Ten schools, with Indiana winning in the previous season and Michigan in 2017. Projected StartersOhio State (14-14, 10-8 Big Ten)G — Carly Santoro — Redshirt senior, 11.5 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 1.2 apgG — Carmen Grande — Redshirt senior, 8.4 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 5.0 apgG — Janai Crooms — Freshman, 8.6 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.1 apgF — Dorka Juhasz — Freshman, 11.6 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 0.9 apgF — Makayla Waterman — Redshirt senior, 7.8 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 1.8 apgMorehead State (23-10, 13-5 Ohio Valley).G — Miranda Crockett — Senior, 18.4 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 1.7 apgG — Darianne Seward — Redshirt senior, 9.2 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 3.0 apgG — Crystal Simmons-Cozar — Redshirt senior, 6.5 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 3.6 apgF — McKenzie Calvert — Redshirt senior, 12.9 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 3.1 apgF — Tierra McGowan — Senior, 6.5 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 0.4 apgOhio State’s biggest concern will be finding ways to become consistent. Heading into the final few games of the season, the Buckeyes were riding a four-game winning streak that featured wins against Rutgers, a team that made the NCAA tournament, and two wins against Wisconsin. During its final regular season game and its matchup against the Badgers in the Big Ten tournament, Ohio State unraveled late. The Buckeyes recorded 30 turnovers, allowing the Scarlet Knights to come back in the second half. Against Wisconsin, the Buckeyes were unable to find the basket and the Badgers thrived from 3. If Ohio State wants to bounce back and have a chance at winning, it will need to find a way to control the game in the second half. For Morehead State, the main threats the Buckeyes will have to watch out for are senior guard Miranda Crockett and redshirt senior forward McKenzie Calvert. Both are averaging double digits in points for the season and, with three players from the Eagles’ starting five having more than 100 assists on the season, plenty of playmakers will be on the court in Columbus Wednesday night. In addition, Simmons-Cozar is the Eagles’ biggest threat from the 3-point line. She is shooting 36 percent from deep on 72 attempts.Being the better seed, the Buckeyes do have the advantage of playing at the Schottenstein Center. Over the season, Ohio State holds a 9-5 home record. Ohio State will take on Morehead State at 7:00 p.m. Thursday at the Schottenstein Center. read more


Contract talks stall between Ramsey and Arsenal


first_imgArsenal has not made a breakthrough in contract talks with Aaron Ramsey, and there are rumours the Welsh midfielder will leave in January.Ramsey’s current deal will run out at the end of the season, and the Gunners had hoped to resolve his contract issues before the start of the current campaign.Premier League rivals Chelsea and Manchester United both expressed an interest in signing Ramsey during the summer, and they are monitoring the situation at the Emirates.It’s believed Aaron Ramsey wants similar deals like that of his teammates who signed a new deal worth £110,000-a-week in wages.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.Gunners’ boss Unai Emery made it clear during pre-season he wants Ramsey to renew, but the club is in a difficult position as they are equally looking to trim their wage bill.The north Londoners are keen to avoid a similar situation with Ramsey as they have experienced with the likes of Ozil, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Alexis Sanchez in the past.They were forced to sell the latter pair, and now there are fears Ramsey will have to be sold in January if new terms are not agreed.Ramsey was dropped to the bench in Arsenal’s 3-2 defeat to Chelsea on Saturday and now has added competition in midfield following the arrivals of  Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi.last_img read more


Silva We lacked aggressiveness


first_imgEverton manager Marco Silva says Southampton deserved to win and slammed his side for not being aggressive enough in their 2-1 loss at St Mary’s on Saturday.After a goalless first half, James Ward-Prowse opened the scoring to give Southampton the lead in the 50th minute.The hosts doubled their advantage 14 minutes later through Lucas Digne’s unfortunate own goal.Gyfil Sigurdsson reduced the deficit in stoppage time, but it was too late for the Toffees to find the equalizer and the game ended 2-1.“To be honest they deserved the three points,” Silva told Sky Sports.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“They scored a fantastic goal when we started the second half better. We had a big chance before them in the second half, but they deserved it because they were more aggressive during the match.“When something that happens like that and you’re playing against teams that are fighting to really get out of the danger zone, we have to put in the same levels of aggression as them.“After that comes the quality above because, in that moment, we can show quality but before we have to be as aggressive as them and we didn’t do that this afternoon.“Of course we can speak about how they scored the goals. Maybe in one moment, we were better than them in the second half but they had some chances in the first half to do that.”last_img read more




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