A’s offense muscles up to support Kendall Graveman against Yankees

first_imgNEW YORK — Kendall Graveman returned from the minors with a refined delivery and arsenal of pitches. It wasn’t pretty, but the A’s got what they wanted out of him.Graveman did not use the changeup, the pitch he was working on adding to his repertoire, all that often Friday night, but his heavy dosage of cutters and sinkers kept the Yankees to three hits over six innings of work in Friday’s 10-5 victory to snap a three-game losing streak.Going back to check the statistics on his cutter during …last_img

SA scientists helping to develop ‘game-changing’ TB drug

first_img19 August 2014South African scientists are part of an international research group that is on track to deliver more effective, less expensive and shorter TB treatment using a new combination of drugs.The trial results of a three-drug combination called PaMZ, unveiled at the International Aids Conference in Melbourne last month, offer hope of the first new medication in half a century for the widespread treatment of tuberculosis – and one which also has the potential to cure multi-drug-resistant TB.The trial was conducted by New York-based non-profit group the TB Alliance, in collaboration with scientists at South Africa’s University of Cape Town, Stellenbosch University and University of the Free State.The study showed that PaMZ – described by TB Alliance director Mel Spigelman as a potential “game-changer” – killed TB bacteria twice as rapidly as standard TB treatment after just two months of therapy.Dr Rod Dawson, consultant pulmonologist and head of the Clinical Research Unit at the UCT Lung Institute, said this could reduce the duration of standard TB treatment from the current six months to four.“The breakthrough follows a two-month trial involving 200 TB patients from South Africa and Tanzania. Some received the standard treatment, others were given the new anti-TB drug PA-824 and moxifloxacin and pyrazinamide,” said Dawson, who is the international principal investigator on the study, which was also conducted at the UCT Lung Institute.The study results showed that 70% of patients using the new drug had no TB in their sputum after two months. The commensurate figure for patients on the standard treatment was 50%.It was the longest study of the new three-drug combination to date.Importantly, the study also showed that the new drug is safe to take with antiretrovirals. South Africa carries a heavy co-burden, with 60% of TB patients infected with HIV.The new drug is also promising in the fight against multi-drug-resistant TB. The World Health Organisation estimates that 150 000 cases have been diagnosed in South Africa alone. MDR-TB is resistant to both of the most commonly used anti-TB drugs, rifampicin and isoniazid.It’s also potential good news for MDR-TB patients (10% of the study sample). Thirty percent MDR-TB patients respond to pyrazinamide and this is where the potential becomes most startling.In these cases, the new drug combination could reduce MDR-TB treatment by about 18 months, and the number of pills by 97%, dramatically reducing costs, says the TB Alliance.A longer follow-up study on the novel drug trio will start in 2015. It will be conducted in 10 countries, including South Africa, China and Zambia. Results are expected in 2018.First published on the University of Cape Town’s Daily News page. Published here with kind permission.last_img read more

SEA Games: Ice hockey makes splash in tropics, puddles and all

first_imgNATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Keeping the ice frozen isn’t easy in Malaysia, a steamy, winterless country where snow is unheard of, temperatures rarely dip below 20 degrees C (68 F) and humidity hovers at 80 percent.READ: Filipinos break ice with 12-0 thumping of Indonesia in ice hockeyFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingBut Malaysia’s coach, former Hungarian international Kristof Kovago, said his players were used to a bit of water on the rink — and even saw it as an advantage.“It is common in Southeast Asia because the weather is way too hot and very humid, and there are a lot of people inside (the venue), so it’s very difficult to keep the temperature down,” he said. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Asia is not known for ice games but I think this is a great milestone to develop this even further in the future.”He added: “It’s a beautiful rink compared to what we have in Indonesia, so we don’t want to complain about the wet or anything.”Tan, Indonesia’s coach, also brushed off any concerns about the surface, saying a few puddles were “normal” in Asia.“I’m happy for the development of the sport of ice hockey. It’s a stepping stone, we waited a long time for this,” he said.Figure skating and speed skating will also make their debut at the SEA Games, a biennial competition where the sporting programme is usually tailored to suit the host nation.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony “We’re used to it, that’s our advantage actually. We’ve practized a lot in this kind of situation,” Kovago explained.READ: Fil-Canadians boost PH SEA Games bid in ice hockey “It’s more sticky, so the puck will not slide. So a lot of times, you try to control the puck and you’ve just lost it because it will get stuck in the water.“So it’s not really an advantage but we got used to it, so we learned to play in these kind of conditions.”Turning up the heatADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Filipinos break ice with 12-0 thumping of Indonesia in ice hockey Read Nextcenter_img Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters In this photo taken with a tilt and shift lens, Indonesia’s players warm-up before their ice hockey match against Malaysia during the 29th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) in Kuala Lumpur on August 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / MOHD RASFANPuddles on the rink didn’t dampen enthusiasm as ice hockey made its Southeast Asian Games debut in tropical Malaysia, a country with no winter months but with ambitions in winter sports.As the hosts beat Indonesia 10-3 in the first SEA Games ice hockey game, marshalls with squeegees had to mop up water after the ice started to melt in the first period.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Sunday’s game was at Kuala Lumpur’s brand new national ice skating stadium, in the heart of a suburban shopping mall which remains partially under construction.The rink, described by Indonesia’s coach Gary Tan as the best in Southeast Asia, has had a few teething problems and it was previously blanketed by a thick fog, before staff adjusted the temperature settings.On Sunday the rink was ringed by hundreds of enthusiastic fans, raising the temperature beyond normal levels.READ: Philippine ‘Mighty Ducks’ sets out to shock in SEA Games“In the first period they found it difficult to skate but eventually they were able to skate well and overall the play was quite good,” said Hisham Yahaya, Malaysia’s team leader.“They’re used to soft ice. The ice here isn’t very hard but they’re able to adjust.”Ice hockey remains in its infancy in Southeast Asia and is usually played by small groups of enthusiasts.Indonesia’s team have only been together for a matter of months, and they are playing only their second tournament after making their debut at this year’s Asian Winter Games in Japan.READ: 29th SEA Games officially open in Kuala Lumpur“This is a milestone in the bigger development of this super-beautiful sport, ice hockey,” said Indonesia’s captain, Jonathan Sudharta. View commentslast_img read more

Hanjin Marine Arrives at NWSA Terminal

first_imgzoom The Hanjin Marine is the first Hanjin ship to call at one of the Northwest Seaport Alliance’s (NWSA) terminals, after the South Korean shipping company filed for receivership in late August.The Hanjin Marine was expected to call at Terminal 18 in Seattle on August 25. The vessel was scheduled to call Terminal 46, however, this was changed due to space issues.Terminal 18 said it will not charge for import pickups and will not accept empty containers.On September 22, 2016, the Hanjin Marine was anchored off Vancouver Island and the second ship, the Hanjin Scarlet was also at anchor outside of Prince Rupert. According to NWSA, it was unclear whether either ship will call Seattle.The Hanjin Scarlet was anchored directly upon arrival at Prince Rupert on August 30, in the wake of reports that Hanjin Shipping had applied for court protection from its creditors. The ship finished unloading cargo at the port on September 9 and has been anchored since then outside the port.NWSA Olympic Container Terminal (OCT) in Tacoma is still not accepting or dispatching any empty Hanjin containers. In addition, Husky Terminal in Tacoma is neither receiving nor releasing any empty Hanjin containers.According to terminal operator Total Terminals International (TTI), Hanjin gate transactions at Terminal 46 are performed for import delivery only.Last week, it was reported that cash held by Hanjin, coupled with commitments from the company’s leading shareholder, the leading creditor and the parent group’s CEO, should be enough to cover the costs of unloading cargo from the company’s boxships stranded offshore.last_img read more

The Elders Mourn The Death Of Winnie MadikizelaMandela

first_imgThe Elders express their condolences at the death of South African anti-Apartheid campaigner and former first lady Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela became an international symbol of resistance to apartheid following the imprisonment of her then husband, Nelson Mandela.

Praised for her courageous defiance during a brutal period of state terror in apartheid South Africa, her resolve – even in the most difficult personal circumstances – inspired many to continue.

Kofi Annan, Chair of The Elders said,

“Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was a voice of defiance who refused to be silenced. Her life was a testament to both the strengths and weaknesses of the human character. Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s courage and resilience inspired a generation of activists, both in South Africa and around the world.”last_img read more

Concern Mounts For Clippers As Griffin Paul Nicked Up

Chris Paul has a sore hip.It’s not just that the Los Angeles Clippers got beat, 92-80, Wednesday night to extend their first-round playoffs series. It’s pretty significant that the Clippers got beat up, too.Blake Griffin went down holding his left knee, a scary sight. Thankfully, it was a sprained and not something debilitating. Point guard Chris Paul hurt his right hip and had to come out. Not good, as L.A. looks to regroup for a close out Game 6 at Los Angeles Friday.”We’ve got to get home, get some therapy, get rest and then get back to work on Friday,” Clippers coach Vinnie Del Negro said.The team doctor and trainer told Del Negro that Griffin and Paul were healthy enough to return to action in the fourth quarter. But when Paul struggled with his mobility, Del Negro took him out.Griffin hurt his knee when he tangled legs with the Grizzlies Marc Gasol (23 points) on a drive to the basket in the third quarter. He lay on the court clutching his knee for a few minutes before going to the bench. But he returned to attempt his free throws and played most of the fourth quarter.”One of our guys went down,” said Clippers forward Caron Butler, who’s playing despite breaking his left hand in Game 1. ”Not just one of our guys, one of our superstars. It’s important that we go down and check on our brother. He got up. It was a tough play. He got banged up pretty bad. But he’s a soldier. He got back out there and kept chipping away at it with us.”Memphis has lost all four of its games at Staples Center against the Clippers this year. The Grizzlies know they have to break through to force a decisive Game 7 in Memphis on Sunday..”There’s no point leaving home if we don’t know our way back,” Grizzlies guard O.J. Mayo said. ”We can’t look at Sunday because we have to make sure we get back home after Friday night.” read more

Crying Jordan Who The Internet Launches Crying LeBron in

TwitterLeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers won the 2016 NBA Finals Sunday night, and the internet celebrated the only way it knew how – with a meme. This time, instead of using the go-to Crying Jordan meme, users got crafty and a new image was born with Crying LeBron.After the Cavs scored the win over the Golden State Warriors 93-89, James was photographed hugging teammate Kevin Love. The meme was generated not much later and soon a Crying LeBron Twitter page sprung up.and so it begins… pic.twitter.com/qkgC6TYPYB— Crying lebron (@CryingIebron) June 20, 2016The title is the first major sports championship win for a Cleveland team since 1964. The Akron, Ohio native left the Cavs in 2010 only to return four years later. He hoped to end the city’s title dry spell after coming back home. Before then, James joined Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade with the Miami Heat, winning two titles.“I don’t know why the man above give me the hardest road, but… the man above don’t put you in situations that you can’t handle,” James told ESPN after winning the championship. “I just kept that same positive attitude. Instead of saying, ‘Why me?’ I said, ‘This is what He wants me to do.’ And Cleveland, this is for you.”The excitement launched several memes, and Twitter was especially eager to share.Crying LeBron’s face was plastered over the faces of the Warriors, signifying their loss.THE CRYING LEBRON FACE MEME IS BORN pic.twitter.com/huWdAqlgsN— JOAO (@SoftGlas) June 20, 2016Shaun Sundholm blended crying LeBron and crying Jordan into one teary image.Is this a thing yet? #cryingLebron #cryingJordan pic.twitter.com/102v5iS2bi— Shaun Sundholm (@f_letter) June 20, 2016Warriors point guard Steph Curry’s wife Ayesha was not immune to the meme.Test driving the new Lebron Crying meme. #ayeshacurry pic.twitter.com/6BY93vmo5h— Raisa (@MakeupWhoreder) June 20, 2016And Fahd Ahmed Hides used the crying image to signify how he felt about Monday approaching.When you realize tomorrow is Monday #NBAFinals  #CryingLebron. pic.twitter.com/R22T5t9kLi— فهـد أحمـد الصـلاّل (@FhdAlsallal) June 20, 2016Eric Rosenthal urged someone to pass the baton by placing James’ crying face over Jordan’s own during this Basketball Hall of Fame induction speech in 2009.Someone put LeBron’s crying face onto Jordan during his speech pic.twitter.com/cRwLc3ZnQU— Eric Rosenthal (@ericsports) June 20, 2016And his request was answered by Andrew Lawandus.Congrats to @KingJames and the @cavs #CryingLeBron pic.twitter.com/NCHi77VwL4— Andrew Lawandus (@DOWORKDESIGN) June 20, 2016 read more

Ohio State footballs offense operated at probably 60 percent last season

In a corporate-like manner, running backs coach Stan Drayton explained how the Ohio State football team’s offense still hasn’t reached its potential. Based on his calculation, it’s really not even close. “We operated at probably about 60 percent last year,” Drayton said. In most contexts, it’s a figure hardly associated as a passing grade and arguably less than a fitting one for an offense that averaged 37 points per game. If functioning at only 60 percent, though, the Buckeyes weren’t half bad last year. In its first undefeated season since 2002, OSU’s revitalized offense ranked 21st out of 124 Football Bowl Subdivision teams in scoring offense en route to a total of 446 points. In particular, it was the Buckeyes’ ground game that breathed life into such success. Under the direction of coach Urban Meyer, OSU’s 10th-ranked rushing offense averaged 242 yards rushing behind the steady legs of rising junior quarterback Braxton Miller and rising senior running back Carlos Hyde. Miller ran the ball for 1,271 yards and 13 touchdowns while Hyde ran for 970 yards and 16 scores. The duo proved potent throughout OSU’s 2012 campaign, but Drayton said tape of last year reveals a clear weakness. “Here’s the deal: when you sit there and you study our film, you see safeties sitting there at eight yards because (Hyde and Miller) are in the backfield,” he said. Why? He said it stems from the lack of a consistent aerial attack. “The moment we are able to pose a pass threat, those safeties can’t sit at eight yards around the box,” Drayton said, “they’re going to have to play defense and play some coverage.” At times, Miller and the Buckeyes found ways to air the ball out. But collectively, OSU finished 105th in passing yards per game. It’s why in addition to developing the team’s relatively young receiving corps, OSU is trying to mold rising redshirt senior running back Jordan Hall into a hybrid type of player – one who can attack opposing defenses with his prowess for not only running the ball, but catching it in space as well. “We have a lot of playmakers on offense, first off. I think I can just be another one, another person the defense has to prepare for,” Hall said. Touted as likely the starting running back heading into 2012, Hall missed nine games last year with a torn PCL before being granted a medical redshirt for the 2013 season. The Jeannette, Pa., native, who served as captain last season, said he’s trying to embrace what the coaching staff wants him to be. But even Hall said his role is mysterious to him as it is to those trying to figure out what impact he could have on this year’s squad. “I really don’t know to be honest … I’m really trying to figure it out for myself, too,” Hall said. “I knew everything at running back and, right now, I’m still trying to learn this position.” Still, Hall said it’s a position that accentuates his skill set. “Usually when you catch the ball as a receiver, there’s two people to make miss,” he said. “And as a running back, you got to run through D-line, linebackers, safeties.” For OSU, the man trucking through defenses’ lines of resistance is Hyde, who came back to Columbus after flirting with the possibility of jumping to the NFL. “I thought about it, yeah. But then I really thought hard, and I was like, I want to come back, you know?” said Hyde, who started at running back last season. “I want to come back and get that 1,000 yards, you know, and raise that crystal ball, so why not?” The move could pay dividends for an OSU team trying to improve its aerial attack but maintain a steady punch with the running game. “Once we get that balance in our offense, we’re hoping it to be very explosive here,” Drayton said. It could be the difference in the Buckeyes’ chase for a Big Ten and national championship. read more

Baseball Ohio State drops a pair of games in road series against

Ohio State junior starting pitcher Connor Curlis delivers a pitch Friday night against Nebraska in Bill Davis Stadium. Credit: Mac Connor | Ohio State AthleticsThe Ohio State baseball team (20-10, 3-3 Big Ten) lost two out of the three games against Iowa (19-10, 5-3 Big Ten) on the road to fall to an even .500 record in Big Ten play.Game 1The two teams were locked in a pitcher’s duel in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader, with Ohio State Friday night starter Connor Curlis giving way to top reliever Seth Kinker after 6.2 innings of one-run pitching. Kinker finished off the Hawkeyes for his seventh save of the season, and the Buckeyes notched a 2-1 win.Iowa matched Ohio State’s best pitcher with its ace, sending redshirt junior Nick Allgeyer to the mound to start. Sophomore reliever and infielder Grant Judkins finished the Buckeyes off with three shutout innings.Ohio State’s only two runs were recorded in the fourth inning when senior left fielder Tyler Cowles drove home senior first baseman Noah McGowan on an RBI single. Junior designated hitter Jacob Barnwell followed with a single that scored freshman catcher Dillon Dingler to give the Buckeyes a 2-1 lead.Game 2A perfect storm of good offense by the Hawkeyes and poor defense by the Buckeyes thundered upon Iowa City, Iowa, in the bottom of the first inning in the second game of Saturday’s double header.Iowa recorded seven runs in the chaos, although only two of them were earned due to throwing errors by shortstop Kobie Foppe and third baseman Conner Pohl. It was all the momentum the Hawkeyes needed for a 9-5 win.Sophomore third baseman Lorenzo Elion recorded the first of his three RBIs in the outpouring.McGowan was the lone bright spot for Ohio State, finishing 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles and three RBIs. His final RBI came in the top of the ninth to bring the lead back down to four runs, but Pohl grounded out to end the last chance for a Buckeye rally.Junior starting pitcher Ryan Feltner started for Ohio State and pitched four innings with seven runs, two of them earned. His record moved to 3-2 on the year.Game 3  Ohio State and Iowa found themselves in another pitcher’s duel Sunday, with junior starter Cole McDonald and junior reliever Zach Daniels leading the Hawkeyes to a 2-1 victory.With the game tied at one in the bottom of the eighth inning, Iowa strung together a two-out rally with a walk, single and eventual game-winning RBI double by Judkins.Ohio State redshirt senior pitcher Adam Niemeyer started and pitched five innings, allowing one unearned run. Redshirt senior reliever Kyle Michalik was issued the loss (0-1) after giving up the eighth-inning run.Ohio State totalled four hits, with its lone RBI coming from McGowan. read more