49ers at Washington: 5 keys to staying undefeated

first_imgSANTA CLARA – For the fourth time in six games, the 49ers are on the road. It seemed like a brutal opening act when the schedule was unveiled in April, especially knowing their recent road history.“I know we didn’t win a single road game last year, preseason or regular season, so those plane rides were not very fun,” tight end George Kittle recalled.New year, new results.As the undefeated 49ers (5-0) go to visit Washington (1-5), they are not spooked by an away game. Of course it helped …last_img read more

Top seed Meralco comes back to beat Star in semis opener

first_imgRead Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “It’s always gonna be a defensive struggle with Star. They really hit us hard in the beginning of our game and took us out of our offense,” said Meralco head coach Norman Black.“Luckily for us, our defense held up and kept us in the game and eventually, our shots got falling and that gave us in the game. But again, it’s really going to be a defensive struggle against Star.”Meralco recovered from its dismal start when it was held scoreless for the first six and a half minutes of the game as Star took an early 20-3 lead and forced the Bolts to the lowest scoring quarter for the season with just seven points.But with the help of Dillinger, Meralco patiently chipped away the lead eventually tied the game at 41 after a Durham basket with 6:57 left to play in the third quarter.“It shows your ability to get back,” said Black on the Bolts’ third straight come-from-behind win. “We tried to do our best to surround Durham with floor spacers, so if we can just get those guys make their shots in the next games, we’ll be alright.”ADVERTISEMENT Baser Amer had 10 points, four assists, and three rebounds as the Bolts survived the absence of Chris Newsome, who fouled out midway through the fourth quarter.Jio Jalalon paced Star with 15 points on a perfect 9-of-9 clip from the charity stripe, with six rebounds and three assists.Paul Lee and Mark Barroca had 11 markers apiece, but lost their poise in the endgame for the Hotshots. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LATEST STORIES BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Meralco aims for a 2-0 lead in the best-of-5 series on Tuesday at Sta. Rosa Multipurpose Complex in Sta. Rosa, Laguna.Jared Dillinger was instrumental in the heist and fired 15 points built on three triples to go with five assists and three rebounds off the bench.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe fearless slasher drilled two treys in the final two minutes and sank the go-ahead layup with 1:02 left.Allen Durham topped Meralco with 23 markers, 23 boards, and four dimes, including the game-clinching bucket in the final minute. PBA IMAGESBIÑAN — Defense once again did the trick for Meralco as it drew first blood with a 72-66 comeback win over Star in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals Sunday night at Alonte Sports Arena here.The Bolts locked down on defense down the stretch, forcing the Hotshots to commit six turnovers inside the last three minutes to complete their rally from 12 points down, 59-47, in the fourth quarter.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary NCAA Season 93’s Best 7: Week 12last_img read more

Can Anyone Beat Ronda Rousey?

first_imgLOS ANGELES — Ronda Rousey won a fight in 16 seconds last summer, falling a second short of the quickest victory in UFC history. At the time, the bantamweight champion figured the speed with which she pummeled Alexis Davis was a fluke.“It’s something everybody on my team was teasing me about, but I wasn’t taking seriously,” Rousey said. “I didn’t seriously think I could top it.”Just about anything seems possible these days for mixed martial arts’ most dominant champion.Rousey (11-0) needed just 14 electrifying seconds to finish off Cat Zingano at UFC 184 on Feb. 28 in her hometown. Not only was it the fastest finish ever in a UFC title bout, it was the quickest submission victory in the promotion’s several thousand bouts of history.The search for a worthy opponent will take much longer.Rousey is a bona fide superstar after selling out Staples Center and attracting what’s expected to be a solid pay-per-view audience, but the UFC is facing a problem finding opponents who can be sold to the world as having a chance to contend with her otherworldly skills.“Yeah, we’re going to move her to the men’s division and see the odds,” UFC President Dana White said with a laugh. “I don’t know what to do with this lady.”Zingano (9-1) was considered the most daunting threat to Rousey’s title reign, with more skill, toughness and pertinent experience than most of Rousey’s previous victims. But her curious decision to charge right into the grasp of an Olympic medal-winning judoka doomed her before many fans had even sat down.When the wonder finally subsided, Rousey and White speculated on what’s next for one of the promotion’s biggest stars.White faced a barrage of questions at the post-fight news conference about Cris “Cyborg” Justino, the Brazilian veteran and former Strikeforce champ currently dominating the all-women Invicta promotion at 145 pounds. Justino was widely considered the world’s best female fighter before she failed a doping test and Rousey rose to the pinnacle.Both fighters have said they’re eager to face off, but Justino — a target of Rousey’s ridicule for that doping failure — fights at 145 pounds, and has been inconsistent about whether she could make the 135-pound bantamweight limit.Justino looked big on Feb. 27 when she won her latest Invicta fight in Los Angeles, several blocks down Figueroa Street from Staples Center.While hard-core fans have clamored for Rousey to move up to a catch weight to make the fight, White sees no reason why Rousey would make concessions for anyone.“Why would the champ go there?” White asked. “It just doesn’t make sense. The champ doesn’t (compromise for) other people. … If (Justino) makes the weight, she can make the fight. She looked nowhere near 135 (Friday) night.”Justino is expected to fight again in the summer, perhaps at 135 pounds. If she makes the bantamweight limit, a bout with Rousey could happen soon.Until then, the UFC must find another candidate for Rousey — and the list, while getting slimmer, still has a few names.Champion boxer Holly Holm made her UFC debut in the show’s penultimate bout, grinding out a split-decision victory over Raquel Pennington.Although solid, Holm’s performance seemed underwhelming given the hype that preceded her. Afterward, Holm and White agreed she needs more UFC fights before she can contend with Rousey.The most logical contenders for the next shot at Rousey appear to be Bethe Correia or Jessica Eye, two experienced fighters with championship designs.“Holly Holm is a world champion boxer, and I want to test myself against that striking,” Rousey said. “And Bethe Correia, she’s undefeated. I’d like to take that ‘0’ away from her.”Correia (9-0) and Eye (11-2) both called out Rousey after her victory, but White said he hasn’t decided who gets the next shot. Correia might be the most exciting prospect, given her perfect record and her victories over two of Rousey’s training partners.Although Rousey mentioned Correia in the cage immediately after the fight, White isn’t sure when Rousey’s return will happen. Rousey revealed that she’s heading off next to shoot an unnamed film, likely pushing her next bout deeper into the second half of 2015.But after 14 seconds of work for a huge payday, Rousey headed off to her real reward: a dinner of hot wings, duly immortalized on her Instagram feed.(GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Oppo Reno 10x Zoom quick review: Premium, powerful and special

first_imgOppo has made great strides in the affordable to mid-range segments in India. The company has crafted some good-looking phones packed with impressive hardware to earn a level of trust among consumers in the country. And when it comes to launching flagship phones, the company as confidently introduced new and unique technologies to impress the masses. The Find X was an example of that last year. And this year, we have the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom Edition.The Oppo Reno 10x Zoom Edition is a flagship smartphone that is part of the newly-minted Reno series. The Reno series has been created as a youth-centric line to offer attractive premium phones at affordable prices. The Oppo Reno 10x Zoom Edition is a Snapdragon 855-powered phone that also touts a premium glass design, pop-up camera, notchless AMOLED display and a triple camera setup, among other things.This flagship phone has been launched in India priced starting at Rs 39,990, while the regular Snapdragon 710-powered Reno model costs Rs 32,990. I spent a brief amount of time with the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom ahead of its launch and here are my initial thoughts. The Oppo Reno 10x Zoom Edition is all kinds of premium from its design. Right out of the box, you are greeted with a large device that offers an incredibly smooth back. This is due to a combination of a curved Gorilla Glass 5 with a matt-like coating that makes it feel silky smooth to the touch. It’s quite slippery on the palm so the curved panel is welcomed for a better grip.advertisementThe matt finish on the back makes the glass resistant to smudges and fingerprints. The other reason the panel is so smooth is because the triple camera setup sits underneath the glass. There is no camera hump so phone can lie flat on the table, but this also makes the device thick at 9.3mm. The cameras, Oppo logo and “Designed by Oppo” branding are all placed neatly vertically on the strip in the center.The Oppo Reno 10x Zoom Edition and the regular Oppo Reno come in two colours – Jet Black and Ocean Green – both of which look really attractive. The flagship model does not come with a 3.5mm headphone jack. It does offer stereo speakers and a Type-C port. At 215 grams, the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom Edition feels substantially heavy to hold. On the front, the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom Edition offers an edge-to-edge display free of notches or punch-holes. You get a tall 6.6-inch AMOLED display that offers a 93.1 per cent screen-to-body ratio. The FHD+ (2340×1080) display looks bright and vivid with punchy colours and deep black. The bezels on the top and sides are negligible while the chin is fairly thin as well. Stay tuned to our in-depth review where we will test the display under different lighting conditions and for scenarios like gaming and entertainment.The AMOLED display also allows Oppo to offer an in-display fingerprint sensor with the Reno 10x Zoom Edition. Like many other phones this year, the Oppo Reno also comes with a pop-up selfie camera, but with a slightly different design. While most phones come with a 90-degree pop-out mechanism, the Reno comes with what the company calls a shark fin rising camera design. The mechanism rises from the side of the top frame in a 11-degree angle, which Oppo says is the best position for capturing selfies.The pop-up camera rises in 0.8 seconds as per Oppo. The system houses a 16-megapixel f/2.0 front-facing camera that can also be used for face unlock. The triple camera setup on the back, includes a 48-megapixel f/1.7 Sony IMX586 sensor, an 8-megapixel ultra wide-angle camera and a 16-megapixel telephoto lens. The camera system supports 10x hybrid zoom, hence the name of the flagship. The phone can digitally zoom all the way up to 60x as well. I have spent less than a day with the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom Edition, so I won’t be able to talk about the cameras in detail. It’s worth knowing that the phone also supports Night mode, Slo-mo video, Google Lens and an Expert Mode, among other things. It also gets a Dazzle Colour feature, which is similar to Chroma Boost on some Relame devices.The Oppo Reno 10x Zoom Edition is a flagship phone since it’s powered by a 2.8GHz octa-core Snapdragon 855 chipset. This is notably the second phone in India to rock the latest Qualcomm flagship processor after the OnePlus 7 Pro. As expected, the phone feels blazing fast while opening apps and browsing through the UI. We will test the performance more extensively in our full review.advertisementThe Reno phone also runs on Android Pie-based ColorOS 6. The custom Oppo software comes with an app drawer and a gradient colour theme. There are a bunch of preloaded apps as well, most of which can be uninstalled. Lastly, the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom houses a 4,000mAh battery and the phone supports VOOC 3.0 fast charging over Type-C.I used the Reno 10x Zoom for less than a day, but it’s clear already that Oppo has crafted a premium device that packs a punch. This is not just a good-looking phone, but it also offers something unique with its shark fin pop-up camera. It also looks like it can stand toe-to-toe in performance when compared to the OnePlus 7 Pro. However, we can only know how good the Reno 10x Zoom really is after an in-depth review so do stay tuned for that.ALSO READ | Oppo Reno 10x Zoom, Oppo Reno launched in India: Price, specificationslast_img read more

12 hours agoNapoli icon Maradona ‘always believed in Mertens’

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Napoli icon Maradona ‘always believed in Mertens’by Carlos Volcano12 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveNapoli icon Diego Maradona has long been a fan of Dries Mertens, it has been revealed.Mertens’ two goals in the Champions League 3-2 victory at RB Salzburg, took him to 116 goals with Napoli – one more than Maradona.The Belgian now has his sights set on Marek Hamsik’s all-time club record of 121 goals.“Diego has always been a supporter of Mertens and believed in him, even when the Belgian wasn’t playing very much,” Maradona’s representative Stefano Ceci told Radio Kiss Kiss.“I remember full well after Arkadiusz Milik’s injury that Diego said Napoli already had the replacement in-house with a real phenomenon called Mertens.” last_img read more

Toronto stock market falls as energy sector hurt by lower oil prices

first_imgTORONTO – Canada’s main stock index lost a little ground Thursday as a further drop in the price of oil to an eight-month low weighed on the key energy sector.Markets on both sides of the border were softer after a very strong day following the U.S. midterms, says Jayson Moss, research analyst at Franklin Bissett Investment Management.“What’s weighing particularly on the Canadian market is the fact that we’re seeing oil entering a bear market, down now 21 per cent since the high on Oct. 3, on concerns that the market will be oversupplied and rising U.S. inventories,” he said in an interview.The December crude contract was down for a ninth straight session, falling by $1 at US$60.67 per barrel. That’s the lowest level since March 8.The S&P/TSX composite index closed down 11.96 points to 15,357.47 after hitting a low of 15,293.29 on 414 million shares traded.The health-care sector fell the most as cannabis stocks gave back some of Wednesday’s strong gains. Energy stocks lost 1.66 per cent.Industrials fell on a 24 per cent decrease in Bombardier’s shares after investors were concerned by its reduced free cash flow guidance amid efforts to refocus the company by selling some assets.Moss said companies have recently faced pretty significant share price movements when they fall short of beat expectations.Canadian Tire gained almost three per cent after posting strong results Thursday, while Freshii Inc. hit an all-time low of $1.95 and closed down 33.4 per cent to $2.65 after withdrawing its 2019 outlook.“It just feels like we’re more in the later innings of this bull market where we have seen some pretty inflated valuations and high street expectations,” he added.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average gained 11.12 points to 26,191.42. The S&P 500 index lost 7.05 points at 2,806.84, while the Nasdaq composite was down 39.87 points at 7,530.88.Moss said the Federal Reserve’s decision not to raise interest rates had no appreciable impact on markets. However, he expects a final rate increase of the year in December.The Canadian dollar traded at an average of 76.25 cents US compared with an average of 76.36 cents US on Wednesday.The December natural gas contract was down 1.2 cents at US$3.54 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was down US$3.60 at US$1,225.10 an ounce and the December copper contract was down 1.85 cents at US$2.74 a pound.last_img read more

Half chance for normal monsoon

first_imgThe probability of the South West monsoon this year being ‘Near Normal’ is 39 per cent, ‘Below Normal’ is 32 per cent and ‘Deficient’ is 17 per cent, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has declared while making its first stage Long Range Forecast (LRF) on April 15, 2019. “The South West seasonal monsoon rainfall (June to September) over the country as a whole is likely to be near normal,” the national weather forecaster said. It also suggested that the probability of there being an ‘above normal’ monsoon is 10 per cent and that of it being ‘excess’ is two per cent. Also Read – A special kind of bondQuantitatively, the seasonal monsoon rainfall (June-September) was likely to be 96 per cent of the Long Period Average (LPA), with a model error of ± 5 per cent, said the IMD. “Overall, the country is expected to have well-distributed rainfall scenario during the 2019 monsoon season, which will be beneficial to farmers in the country during the ensuing Kharif season,” a statement by the IMD read. “Weak El Nino conditions are likely to prevail during the monsoon season with reduced intensity in the later part of the season,” it stated. The forecaster had already declared in a March 29, 2019 press release that “El Nino conditions are likely to persist in the early part of the summer season and likely to weaken thereafter.” Also Read – Insider threat managementEl Nino, which is the unusual warming of the equatorial Pacific Ocean, disrupts global wind patterns affecting climatic conditions in tropical areas like Africa, sub-tropical areas like India as well as the extra-tropical areas like North America. In India, there is a relationship between El Nino events and hotter-than-usual summers along with a decrease in rainfall during the monsoon. Most of the time, these events have also led to drought conditions. In contrast to the IMD, weather agencies in other countries had declared weak El Nino conditions at the beginning of 2019. In January, Japan’s Meteorological Agency, which is also the Asian arm of the World Meteorological Organisation, said El Nino conditions were prevailing and that there was an 80 per cent chance of an El Nino phenomenon staying till spring season of 2019. The Climate Prediction Centre (CPC) of the National Weather Service in the United States of America also concluded, around the same time, that weak El Nino conditions had formed in the equatorial Pacific Ocean. In a March 14, 2019 update, the CPC says that “weak El Nino conditions are likely to continue through the Northern Hemisphere spring 2019 with an 80 per cent probability and summer with a 60 per cent probability”. (The views expressed are of Down To Earth)last_img read more

Bengals intellectuals call for Mamata as PM in unison

first_imgKolkata: Prominent intellectuals from Bengal stood by Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee in her fight against BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in particular, for dividing people on religious lines and damaging the secular fabric of the country.All the intellectuals who joined a programme at Kolkata Press Club on Tuesday with the slogan of ‘check the communal forces from unleashing a reign of terror in Bengal, an embodiment of communal harmony’, echoed the opinion that Banerjee is the only viable alternative in the country to fight Modi and his fellow BJP leaders, who carry with them a baggage of bigotry and intolerance. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe intellectuals also made it clear that they want to see the Trinamool supremo, who has the capability to ease the tension and fear prevailing among the people across the country, as the Prime Minister. They also strongly objected to BJP president Amit Shah’s remark that Bengalis have been turned to Kangals (beggars). Renowned artist Shuvaprasanna Bhattacharya said: “Saffron is the colour of sacrifice. A political party with a saffron flag is trying to spark communal tension in Bengal. We came across a rally (one attended by Amit Shah) while coming here. Where are these people coming from? They certainly do not look like our fellow citizens. They were shouting objectionable slogans and showing gestures which the people here in Bengal are not familiar with.” Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway”We must prevent the extremism and intolerance triggered by some people in the state. They are coming from outside the state and maligning Bengal. Our Chief Minister had hinted many days ago at the attempts to spread communal tension, which is being witnessed now. These communal forces are targeting Banerjee as they are scared of her. We must build opinions and support her,” he added. Economist Abhirup Sarkar said that the saffron party has been trying to destroy institutions including the Reserve Bank of India, which gives an idea as to which direction our democracy is heading toward. “The institutions which are supposed to keep a vigil on the ‘Chowkidar’, have been destroyed,” said Sarkar. Well-known singer Kabir Suman said that they must lend support to the Chief Minister, who has given a clarion call to oust Modi. “They have seen a revolution in the development works initiated by her. BJP has waged a war and she must win to restore communal harmony,” the singer said. He also said that he would have slapped Shah, had he been present when the former had termed Bengalis as ‘Kangals’.last_img read more

Adopt healthy lifestyle to get rid of dementia risk WHO

first_imgNew Delhi: If you think that you may be under the risk of dementia then start doing regular exercises, eating healthy diets along with staying away from the harmful use of alcohol and smoking as the World Health Organisation (WHO) in its new guidelines on dementia have stated that potential dementia patients can get rid of the disease by maintaining healthy blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels.While releasing the new guidelines on dementia, WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has said that in the next 30 years, the number of people with dementia is expected to triple. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh”We need to do everything we can to reduce our risk of dementia. The scientific evidence gathered for these guidelines confirm what we have suspected for some time that what is good for our heart, is also good for our brain,” Ghebreyesus said in an official press statement released by the WHO. The guidelines provide the knowledge base for health-care providers to advise patients on what they can do to help prevent cognitive decline and dementia. As per the WHO press note, the guidelines would also be useful for governments, policy-makers and planning authorities to guide them in developing policy and designing programmes that encourage healthy lifestyles. “The reduction of risk factors for dementia is one of several areas of action included in the WHO’s global action plan for the public health response to dementia,” the WHO said in its release.last_img read more

Akhilesh Maya weigh options

first_imgLucknow: Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav on Monday held a meeting with Bahujan Samaj Party President Mayawati to discuss the political situation in view of the exit polls results.The hour-long meeting was held at the BSP chief’s Mall Avenue residence here. The two leaders made a seat-to-seat assessment but decided to wait for the results rather than speculate on the exit poll results. Talking briefly to reporters after the meeting, Akhilesh said: “We will talk after the results on May 23. I maintain my stand that we are winning 56 seats in UP.” Sources said that the two leaders also decided that they would hold talks with other opposition leaders on May 24, when all results are finally out. “They will have telephonic talks with West Bengal Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) Chief Sharad Pawar on May 23 and with other leaders, including those of the Congress on May 24,” said a source.last_img read more