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first_imgBy Felipe Lagos/Diálogo December 04, 2018 Two Chilean marines are in the United States, teaching specialized courses to their U.S. counterparts. The courses, part of a long-term knowledge exchange between both nations’ marine corps, started in early November at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton in San Diego, California. The exchange lasts two years, during which time Chilean noncommissioned officers will follow U.S. marines’ routine and participate in courses as both students and instructors. The opportunity seeks to reinforce participants’ capabilities and ensure that they maintain a high level of training. The exchange will also help strengthen bonds of trust and mutual cooperation between Chile and the United States. The Chilean marines, Staff Sergeant Jorge Castro and Sergeant Pablo Andrade, assumed their duties as instructors of the U.S. Marine Corps Expeditionary Operations Training Group’s Helicopter Rope Suspension Techniques Master course. Sgt. Andrade also teaches the Assault Climber course. “We are very proud as Chilean marines to have the opportunity to exchange experiences with an expeditionary force like the U.S. Marine Corps,” Staff Sgt. Castro told Diálogo. “Personally, I feel very motivated to represent my country, the Chilean Navy, and the Marine Corps.” A unique experience Both sergeants were selected for the exchange for their outstanding resumes, performance of duties, and command of English. The candidates must be in excellent physical condition and have reached the rank of sergeant. They must also undergo a series of exams and tests to be selected. Although the exchange is highly regarded due to the unique experience provided to participants, the Chilean Navy’s General Directorate of Personnel only appoints one representative per year. According to the Chilean Navy, a total of 28 marines, including current participants, have traveled to the United States for the biennial exchange since 1992. The Chilean marines carry out various activities including specialized training exercises, such as rope insertion and extraction techniques, urban combat, and combat marksmanship, as well as rescue techniques in hard-to-reach areas, first-aid techniques, and cardiovascular resuscitation. The sergeants also conduct day and night intense exercises at sea, in urban areas, and mountains, simulating troop rescues and putting to the test everything they learn. “From the personal standpoint we had an incredible experience, full of challenges both for our families and as individuals. Living in a country where everything is different and seeing that my children and wife have quickly adapted has been wonderful,” Sgt. Andrade told Diálogo. “Professionally, it has been demanding and exhausting, with long shifts training in activities entailing high risk, great precision, and skill.” In addition to taking part in activities as students, the Chilean sergeants also took on the role of instructors in a class teaching fast rope descent techniques that started from towers to guide students to apply what they learned from helicopters at more than 12 meters. Sgt. Andrade also teaches a course to U.S. students that tests physical fitness, as well as knots techniques and methods to create a hanging bridge with ropes, so as to perform cliff assaults, transport supplies, and cross safely. “Many times in different courses or exercises, [the U.S. Marine Corps] see us as benchmarks for how we do things and the experience our Chilean Navy acquired over the years,” Sgt. Andrade said. “We ask students to do professional and constructive criticism for each course. I was chosen as the best instructor several times. This shows the leadership, professionalism, and high-level training that we have as Chilean marines.” When the courses finish in December, Sgt. Andrade will spend the Christmas and New Year holidays with his U.S. counterparts before returning to Chile in early January 2019, where he works as a member of the Expeditionary Amphibious Brigade in Concón. Staff Sgt. Castro will remain in the United States for one more year, learning and teaching. He will then head back to his country in 2020 to resume his duties as instructor of the Comandante Jaime Charles Marine Corps School in Viña del Mar. “It’s been amazing,” Sgt. Andrade concluded. “There’s been honest, mutual camaraderie. As the days went by we realized that we were more similar than different: our commitment and devotion to our duties, the incomparable love for our flags and fellow citizens, in addition to the unbreakable loyalty engraved in our warrior hearts.”last_img read more

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first_imgby: Christina PontissoThe Los Angeles Times recently named Credit Unions as one of the best options to invest your money into the social good. The main reason being that credit unions are not-for-profit and are member-owned.“Joining a credit union is a simple way to invest in a community–either a geographic community or a community of people with similar interest,” wrote Tom Petruno for the Los Angeles Times (Dec. 7).”Petruno advocates that consumers should still do their homework, no matter what type of organization it is. “You can pick a bad investment just as well in socially responsible investing as in mainstream investing,” Jed Emerson, chief impact officer at ImpactAssets, told the Los Angeles Times.Other ways you can invest in the social good, include:Mutual funds: Invest in a socially responsible company through mutual funds. Using environmental, social and governance standards mutual groups can weed out tobacco, alcohol, gambling or weapon companies from their options of investment. continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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first_img9 Jean St, Grange.THIS Aussie charmer straddles the centuries, blending the old with the new-age.The home at 9 Jean St, Grange, has six bedrooms, three bathrooms, two car spaces and a pool.Set over two levels, the property blends classic Australian architecture with contemporary style, with timber floorboards, VJ walls and decorative accents providing character and charm. 9 Jean St, Grange.A staircase from the sitting area descends to the lower level of the property and the main living hub, incorporating lounge, kitchen and dining spaces in an open-plan configuration. Sets of sliding glass doors bring the outdoors in and provide access to a self-cleaning inground pool and east-facing patio area, ideal for dining and entertainment. Inside, the kitchen has a galley design and plenty of scope for gourmet creations with its 9 Jean St, Grange.European appliances, two-pack cabinetry, 40mm Caesarstone benchtops and an island breakfast bar. The space flows directly to the patio and gardens, which incorporates a flat grassed yard, tidy trees and established beds, a built-in barbecue and an open-air deck with space for sun lounges.Offering an inner-city lifestyle close to restaurants, cafes and transport, further highlights of the property include a 5kw Environ solar system, airconditioning and Crimsafe.Ray White Ascot agent Damon Warat said it was located in one of Grange’s most prestigious positions.“Set in the keenly sought-after Wilston State School catchment, the smart and simple design of this superior home would suit a young and growing family,” he said. The home is open for inspection from 10.45 to 11.15am Saturday February 18, and goes to auction on site at 11.30am on March 4. 9 Jean St, Grange.Rich timber, extensive glass and natural light are abundant within the residence, which features a design by Paradise Homes.The traditional facade incorporates a boardwalk to the entrance, which leads into an open-plan living space with high ceilings and pendant lighting. Bedrooms sit on either side, including one with an ensuite.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor8 hours ago 9 Jean St, Grange.Beyond, there is a large living area with views of the leafy surrounds, transformed from the original deck area of the property, as well as two further bedrooms. One of these is the main suite, offering respite and calm with its soft tones, carpet flooring and gallery of windows capturing greenery and light. There’s also a walk-in wardrobe and a luxury ensuite appointed with striking floor tiles, dual vanities, a glass-framed shower and a bathtub.last_img read more

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first_imgDespite a dip in oil volumes, cargo throughput at the Port of Marseille Fos in the first half of 2017 rose 2% on January-June last year to 39.9 million tons, driven by growth in all three general cargo sectors – containers, RoRo and conventional traffic. During the six-month period, container traffic was up 7% overall – and by 10% at the deep-sea Fos terminals. Container volumes stood at 667,865 TEU, which included a historical monthly record of 119,700 TEU in April.The increase saw box tonnage rise 10% to 6.6MT and carried the general cargo total to a 12% improvement on 10.3MT.RoRo volumes were 8% better at 2.2MT, boosted by Corsica traffic – which rose 19% to 1.2MT – and 17% growth in handling 107,904 import/export vehicles.Conventional trades continued to benefit from soaring imports and exports of steel products to contribute a 32% increase on 1.5MT.What is more, dry bulks finished 4% ahead for the period on 6.8MT. The total was underpinned by ore imports for the steel industry, which edged up 1% to 4.6MT.Other bulks continued to shine with 34% growth for 2.1MT, but agro-bulks slumped 79% to 0.9MT.Additionally, liquid bulks fell 2% to 22.8MT after mixed results for oil & gas volumes, which ended 3% down on a total of 21.2MT.Refinery conversion and maintenance shutdowns left crude imports 13% short on 10.6MT.  Against this, refined products gained 14% for 6.8MT, LNG was stable on 2.6MT and LPG rose 11% to 1.1MT. Liquid chemicals and agro-products improved 8% to 1.6MT.Finally, passenger throughput was up 1% on 977,000, which included a rise of 8% to 377,000 on Corsica and North Africa ferry services.Cruise numbers slipped 3% but hit 600,000 by the end of June with the help of the first call by giant MSC newbuild Meraviglia, which can accommodate an average of 5,500 passengers per call.last_img read more

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first_imgSometimes, one can be reading a map only to end up in space, which is not a bad thing at all if that is where they want to go. However, we ought to make sure where we are and which road we need to take to reach our “outer space” goals. Luckily, the second day of the Offshore Wind Conference (OWC) in Amsterdam gathered speakers who can guide us through the offshore wind journey.  Day two of the OWC, held on 10 October, kicked-off with the session that explored the future of offshore wind, with a focus on the opportunities for the sector over the next ten years and beyond, and on the roles that policies and innovation can play in advancing the industry.Speaking of how policies could affect the development of offshore wind, Daiva Matonienė, Rapporteur on Revised Renewable Energy Directive from the European Committee of The Regions, introduced the position of the European Committee of the Regions on two key policy proposals put forward by the European Commission: the revised renewable energy directive and the new set of rules for the internal electricity market.In this light, Daiva Matonienė also highlighted the importance of the European Investment Advisory Hub: “Setting up an advisory hub must be a one-stop-shop to simplifying the whole project.”The government support schemes for the sector were presented by Simon Dilks, Head of Nuclear and Renewables Innovation at UK BEIS, who talked about the industry-changing innovations arising from DemoWind, a European multi-million euros worth H2020 ERA-NET grant program that helps to fund collaborative, trans-national offshore wind technology demonstration projects.“ERA-NET will now be more difficult for UK. We have a real interest to work with North Seas partners to do something like this again,” Dilks said, referring to effect of the UK exiting the European Union.Leo de Vrees from the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure & Environment discussed the challenges with multi-use of space in the Netherlands by 2030 and especially when the installation of thousands of turbines by 2050 is taken into account. He further pointed out that the cooperation between the North Sea countries is of essence.The day continued with a session on the relationship between oil and gas and wind energy sector exploring the possible changes in the cooperation between oil & gas and offshore wind in this new energy paradigm.The session was opened by Rene Peters, Director Gas Technology at TNO Energy, after which a lively panel discussion took place featuring Arnold Groot, General manager from Circular Energy, and Ernst van Zuijlen, Director at GROW, and Leo de Vrees.Rene Peters spoke about the challenges for reusing the infrastructure for energy systems in the Dutch part of the North Sea. He said that the development of large-scale offshore wind can be integrated with offshore gas infrastructure for the electrification of offshore gas platforms, power to gas (P2G) and H2 transport, carbon transport and storage (CCS), gas to wire, as well as energy storage.Ernst van Zuijlen, Director at GROW talked about driving down costs of offshore wind farms. Zuijlen said: “There is a big need to reduce costs of offshore wind and explore possibilities for system integration.”Arnold Groot, General Manager from Circular Energy, pointed out that oil and gas sectors needs to bring down their emissions by 80%. Groot said: “The adjustments have to be made and electrification is the easiest option to start.”He also said that Dutch gas requirements are above the production levels of the country. So, in order to avoid importing gas from other countries, producing free-emission gas, powered by offshore wind, would be a positive development.During the panel discussion, Ernst van Zuijlen asked Rene Peters about the advantages for the offshore wind industry in relation to the cooperation with oil and gas. Peters said that there are no short-term benefits for the offshore wind sector, opposed to those that could arise in the long-term.Leo de Vrees said the government is supportive of the potential pilot project that would demonstrate the mutual benefits of collaboration between offshore wind and oil & gas sectors.Vrees said: “Government stimulates these kinds of projects. We like to see foes become friends.”The final session of the second day of the Offshore Wind conference looked at space and how the space technology could play a part in optimizing offshore wind farm operations.The technology could support offshore wind sector in activities such as site characterization, resource measurement, environmental data collection, installation, asset surveillance, vessel support, and maintenance and disposal.Davide Coppola, from the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Downstream Business Applications Department, talked about how two industries could work together to improve future offshore wind farms and applications.What ESA can offer to offshore wind is its technology and scientific expertise, among other things. This includes communication support, as well as ISSWIND services (Supporting Services for the Wind Power Industry) aimed to reduce planning and implementation costs.Wrapping up the day, Mike Blanch, Associate Director, BVG Associates, delivered a closing statement, summarizing the past two days, offering reflection, and food for thought.Reporting: Amir Garanović; Editing: Offshore WIND Stafflast_img read more

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first_img Press Association Sport understands the Black Cats have made an offer of in excess of £11million for PSV Eindhoven’s highly-rated midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum, a man identified by the Magpies’ new head coach as a key acquisition following his appointment earlier this month. Sunderland counterpart Dick Advocaat himself is understood to have made contact with the Dutch club to register his interest in the 24-year-old Holland international, who scored 14 Eredivisie goals last season as PSV cruised to the title. Press Association In the process, he has firmly thrown down the gauntlet to Newcastle and Charnley, who has been charged with the task of doing the deals by owner Mike Ashley after identifying targets in a series of meetings with McClaren and chief scout Graham Carr. It has proved a difficult few weeks for the man in day-to-day charge at St James’ Park, but having finally landed the head coach he initially wanted to replace Alan Pardew in January, he now faces the challenge of providing him with both the staff and the signings he needs to ensure there is no repeat of last season’s desperate fight for Barclays Premier League survival. Fans moved to the point of open revolt by a dreadful conclusion to the last campaign are already growing impatient at the apparent lack of activity – although wheels are very much in motion behind the scenes – on both the coaching and transfer fronts. McClaren too is desperate for things to start moving in earnest as he attempts to put in place his backroom team before his players, hopefully including several new faces, return for pre-season training next month. Paul Simpson, who worked under the former England boss at Derby, remains a target, while former Valencia assistant Ian Cathro is also interesting the Tyneside club. On the playing front, the capture of QPR striker Charlie Austin continues to represent the focus of Newcastle’s recruitment drive after Ashley indicated significant investment would be made this summer, but progress to date has been painfully slow. Sunderland’s interest in Wijnaldum may prove a distraction, but both Charnley and McClaren will hope to land a decisive blow this week to start the ball rolling during what will be a crucial summer for the club. center_img Newcastle managing director Lee Charnley is facing a battle to make a summer transfer breakthrough after neighbours Sunderland entered the race to capture one of Steve McClaren’s top targets. last_img read more

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first_imgBen Chiarot (sheh-RAHT’) scored his second of the game 58 seconds into OT to send the Capitals to their fifth loss in six games.The Caps grabbed a share of the division lead with the Penguins’ 4-0 loss to the Maple Leafs. Jake Muzzin (MUH’-zihn) had a goal and two assists to back Frederik Andersen, who made 24 saves in his second shutout of the season and 18th of his career.William Nylander (NEE’-lan-dur), Kasperi Kapanen (kas-PEHR’-ee KAP’-ah-nehn) and Zach Hyman also tallied as Toronto regained third place in the Atlantic Division.Elsewhere on NHL ice:— Tampa Bay’s team-record, 11-game winning streak is over after Alec Martinez had a goal and an assist in his Vegas debut to guide a 5-3 victory over the Lightning. Paul Stastny (STAS’-nee), Mark Stone, Ryan Reaves and Max Pacioretty (pash-uh-REH’-tee) also scored as Vegas won its fourth in a row and improved to 8-3-2 under coach Pete DeBoer (deh-BOHR’). Also, in the NBA:— Warriors guard Klay Thompson will not play this season, though it has not been ruled out that he could still compete in the Olympics this summer. It was expected that Thompson would miss the entire season as he recovers from a torn knee ligament.— Timberwolves forward Jake Layman has been cleared to return to practice, but star center Karl-Anthony Towns remains sidelined. Towns is awaiting clearance for a sprained left wrist. Layman already has missed 39 games and will miss at least four more with a sprained left toe suffered Nov. 18 at Utah. The 6-foot-8 Layman was averaging a career-best 10.5 points over the first 14 games in his first season with the Wolves.NFL-NEWSNFL owners approve negotiated terms for new labor agreement Update on the latest sports — No. 24 Arizona rolled to an 89-63 rout of Oregon State behind Josh Green’s 18 points. Nico Mannion added 16 points and six assists for the Wildcats.NHL-SCHEDULECaps fall despite Ovie’s 699thUNDATED (AP) — Alex Ovechkin (oh-VEHCH’-kihn) finally moved closer to the 700-goal plateau, but the Washington Capitals failed to regain first place in the NHL’s Metropolitan Division.Ovechkin ended a five-game point drought by netting his 699th career goal in the Caps’ 4-3 loss to Montreal. The left wing fired up the crowd by scoring in seven minutes in and came close to reaching 700 goals on a bang-bang play in the third period. Instead, Ovechkin continues his quest to become the eighth player in NHL history to get to 700. The organization says both programs committed a series of violations between 2015 and 2018. The violations centered around both programs exceeding the number of allotted practices during that time.Former men’s basketball coach Kevin Stallings was given a three-year show-cause order, meaning he must sit out 30% of his new team’s games if he is hired during the three-year window of the show-cause order. Stallings is currently out of coaching. Former director of basketball operations Dan Cage also faces a three-year show-cause order.UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN DOCTOR-INVESTIGATIONUniversity of Michigan investigates doctor sex abuse claimsANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Another man has come forward to publicly accuse a late University of Michigan physician of sexual abuse decades ago. T25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULEGonzaga continues winning streakUNDATED (AP) — Second-ranked Gonzaga earned its 19th straight victory and clinched at least a share of an eighth consecutive West Coast Conference regular-season title.Killian Tillie scored 22 points and grabbed nine rebounds as the Bulldogs whipped San Francisco, 71-54. Filip Petrusev delivered 16 points and Ryan Woolridge 12 for the Zags, who squeezed out a four-point win over the Dons on Feb. 1.Gonzaga trailed by nine at halftime before outscoring San Francisco, 49-23 the rest of the way. February 21, 2020 BASEL, Switzerland (AP) — Roger Federer will miss the French Open and no fewer than three other tournaments while he is sidelined for at least four months after having arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Wednesday.The 20-time Grand Slam champion posted on Facebook Thursday that his knee had been bothering him for a while. It’s only the second operation for the 38-year-old Federer. Wimbledon starts June 29.NCAA-PITTSBURGH-VIOLATIONSPitt hoops, football placed on 3 years’ probation by NCAAINDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The University of Pittsburgh football and men’s basketball programs have been placed on probation for three years by the NCAA. NEW YORK (AP) — NFL owners have voted to accept the negotiated terms for a new collective bargaining agreement, putting the onus on players who plan to hold a conference call Friday.Team representatives were summoned to New York to discuss the proposal with the league eager to reach a collective bargaining agreement with the players in the next few weeks. The current deal runs out in March 2021.Among the items in that proposal are a 17-game schedule, a reduction of the preseason and an increase to the current 27% share of revenues for the players.A second bye week to go with a 17th game is also being considered, although almost certainly not for the 2020 season. The expansion of the playoffs easily could occur this year, however.In other NFL news: In other MLB news:— Yankees right-hander Luis Severino has been shut down from throwing for the second consecutive spring training, this time because of right forearm soreness. Severino, who turned 26 on Thursday, was sidelined until the final weeks of the regular season last year.  — Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco felt discomfort in his right leg during a spring training workout and is having tests. The 32-year-old Carrasco made an inspiring comeback last season after being diagnosed with leukemia. The team plans to provide an update on his status on Friday.PGA-MEXICO CHAMPIONSHIPMcIlroy sizzles in Mexico City — The 76ers are an NBA-best 26-2 at home after Joel Embiid (joh-EHL’ ehm-BEED’) provided 39 points and 16 rebounds in a 112-104 overtime win against the Nets. Alec Burks added 19 points, including a pair of layups in overtime that gave Philadelphia the lead for good.— The Kings were 129-125 winners over the Grizzlies as Harrison Barnes scored a season-high 32 points and matched his career high with seven 3-pointers. De’Aaron Fox added 26 and Buddy Hield (heeld) chipped in 20, including four free throws in the final seconds.— Malik Monk dropped in 25 points and Miles Bridges contributed 22 in the Hornets’ third straight win, 103-93 at Chicago. Charlotte let a 21-point lead in the third quarter shrink to two before hanging on.NBA-NEWSIrving done for season In other top-25 finals:— Alonzo Verge Jr. scored 26 points and Rob Edwards added 24 in Arizona State’s sixth straight win, 77-72 versus No. 14 Oregon. The Ducks blew an 11-point, second-half lead before Edwards drained a 3-pointer to highlight a 6-0 spurt that put Arizona State ahead for good.— McKinley Wright IV had 15 points and Tyler Bey added 14 with 11 boards as No. 18 Colorado eked out a 70-66 win against Southern California. Shane Gatling chipped in 13 points as one of five Buffaloes to score in double-figures.— Luka Garza scored 24 points and 20th-rated Iowa opened on a 27-8 run in an 85-76 win over No. 25 Ohio State. It was his 12th consecutive game of 20 points or more in Big Ten play, the longest streak for an Iowa player in 49 seasons and the most by any conference player in the last 20 years.— TJ Haws had 28 points as 23rd-ranked Brigham Young won its seventh straight game, defeating Santa Clara 85-75.center_img MLB-NEWSPhils beat Realmuto in arbitrationUNDATED (AP) — The Phillies won their arbitration case against All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto (ree-al-MOO’-toh), putting teams ahead of players 7-4 this year and ensuring clubs will finish with a winning record.Realmuto will get a raise from $6.05 million to $10 million instead of his $12.4 million request.Realmuto was acquired from the Marlins just before spring training last year and earned its second straight All-Star selection. He finished the season batting .275 with 25 home runs and 83 RBIs. — St. Louis posted a 1-0 win over the Coyotes as Jordan Binnington needed to stop just 14 shots for his second consecutive shutout and eighth of his career. Antti Raanta stopped 45 of the Blues’ season-high 46 shots, surrendering only Ryan O’Reilly’s goal with eight minutes remaining.— The Flyers erased a two-goal deficit before Kevin Hayes scored 3:51 into overtime to send Philadelphia past Columbus, 4-3. The Blue Jackets led 3-1 until Nicolas Aube-Kubel (oh-BAY’ koo-BEHL’) and Claude Giroux (juh-ROO’) tallied 1:26 apart to tie it.— Mark Scheifele (SHY’-flee) snapped a 12-game scoring drought with three power-play goals in the Jets’ 5-1 thumping of the Senators. Kyle Connor and Nikolaj Ehlers (NIH’-koh-ly EE’-lurz) also scored for the Jets, who improved to 7-2-1 over their last 10 to move into the first wild-card spot in the Western Conference.— Gabriel Vilardi had a goal and an assist in his NHL debut to carry the Kings past the Panthers, 5-4. The 11th overall pick in the 2017 draft scored the fastest rookie debut goal in Kings history when he fired a wrist shot past Florida’s Sergei Bobrovsky (boh-BRAHV’-skee) 86 seconds into the game and 10 seconds after hitting the ice.— Mackenzie Blackwood won his fifth straight start by making 36 saves in the Devils’ 2-1 verdict over the Sharks. Defenseman P.K. Subban (SOO’-ban) scored the winner on a power play early in the third period. Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) had 33 points and 16 rebounds as the Bucks mauled the Detroit Pistons, 126-106. Antetokounmpo was 13 of 18 from the field and played just under 32 minutes with the game well in hand by intermission.The Bucks led 70-41 at halftime and by as many as 34 in the second half of their 15th win in 17 games. Former Piston Khris Middleton added 28 points and Eric Bledsoe chipped in 18 as Milwaukee improved to a league-best 47-8.Checking out Thursday’s other completed NBA action:— James Harden’s 29 points and 10 assists were among the Rockets’ highlights in a 135-105 dismantling of the Warriors. P.J. Tucker was 5-for-5 from 3-point range as Houston set a team-record with 25 buckets from beyond the arc. Russell Westbrook had 21 points and 10 assists before being ejected.— Trae Young poured in a career-high 50 points and the Hawks closed on a 10-0 run to beat the Heat, 129-124. Young made 18 of 19 free throws and 8 of 15 3-pointers to help Atlanta overcome Bam Adebayo’s (ad-ah-BAY’-ohz) 28 points and season-high 19 rebounds for Miami. MEXICO CITY (AP) — Rory McIlroy is the leader through one round of the Mexico Championship, two strokes ahead of Bubba Watson and Justin Thomas.McIlroy ripped a 4-iron from 275 yards into the thin air at Chapultepec to 15 feet for eagle on his second hole Thursday, made five more birdies and opened the Mexico Championship with a 6-under 65. This is the only World Golf Championship that McIlroy hasn’t won as he tries to join Dustin Johnson as the only players to win all four of them.Bryson DeChambeau and Billy Horschel are tied with Louis Oosthuizen (WUHST’-hy-zehn) and Corey Connors at minus-3, while Hideki Matsuyama (maht-soo-YAH’-mah), Paul Casey, Patrick Reed and Lee Westwood are among six players at 2 under.TENNIS-FEDERER-SURGERYRoger Federer has knee surgery, will miss French Open UNDATED (AP) — Players on the U.S. women’s national team are seeking more than $66 million in damages as part of their gender discrimination lawsuit against the U.S. Soccer Federation. The damages were revealed in a slew of court papers filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles ahead of a scheduled May trial. The women’s national team sued the federation last year alleging unequal pay and treatment than players on the men’s national team. Among the dozens of documents were the separate collective bargaining agreements of the U.S. men’s and women’s teams. The collective bargaining agreements showed a disparity in bonuses but also highlighted the different pay structures between the two teams. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA-SCHEDULEGreek Freak, Bucks roll past PistonsUNDATED (AP) — The NBA’s top team and the reigning MVP showed no rust following the All-Star break. UNDATED (AP) — The Brooklyn Nets will wind up getting very little production from free-agent pickups Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant this season.The Nets say Irving will undergo season-ending surgery to repair a right shoulder that has bothered the six-time All-Star since November. Coach Kenny Atkinson said earlier this week that the point guard was still having trouble with the shoulder that sidelined him for 26 games earlier this season.Irving appeared in just 20 games this season, averaging 27.4 points, 6.4 assists and 5.2 rebounds.The Nets continue to wait for Durant to recover from Achilles surgery that has kept him off the court all season.Durant and Irving were two of the NBA’s prized offseason signings last summer. — Browns Pro Bowl wide receiver Jarvis Landry has undergone hip surgery after initially opting not to have the operation. Landry was bothered by his hip all last season, but still finished with a team-leading 83 catches for 1,1174 yards and six touchdowns.— The Bears have signed tight end Demetrius Harris to a one-year contract. The 6-foot-7 Harris has 72 receptions for 754 and nine touchdowns over six seasons with the Chiefs and Browns. He was released by Cleveland this week.— Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen will become a free agent for the first time in his 11-year career. Griffen has chosen to exercise his option to void the remaining three years on his contract. The move will clear more than $13 million off the books for 2020 for the salary cap-strapped Vikings.— An attorney for New Orleans’ Roman Catholic archdiocese is strongly defending the Saints’ public-relations help in dealing with the clergy sex abuse crisis. He says the legal effort to unseal emails between them is aimed at trying to shame those “who had the audacity” to back the church. Thursday’s hearing comes amid claims the Saints joined the church in a pattern of concealing sexual abuse, an allegation the team denies.— Dan Radakovich, who starred as a linebacker at Penn State in the 1950s before winning two Super Bowls as an assistant with the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1970s, has died. Radakovich was 84. Associated Press Gary Bailey said Thursday that Dr. Robert E. Anderson molested him during a medical exam in 1968 or 1969. Bailey says he filed an official complaint with the university at the time but never heard anything back.The university says it has received 22 calls to a hotline since Wednesday when it announced an investigation into Anderson. Police started investigating Anderson in July 2018 after a former student athlete alleged abuse by Anderson in the 1970s. Officials have acknowledged that some university employees were aware of accusations against the doctor prior to a 2018 complaint that led to a police investigation. Anderson died in 2008.University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel has apologized to “anyone who was harmed” by Anderson.SOCCER-EQUAL PAYAmerican women seek more than $66M in damages from US Soccerlast_img read more

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first_imgThe Swiss soccer association voided the seasons of all leagues below the second division and scrapped promotion from the third division.Third-division league leader Yverdon Sport asked CAS to approve its promotion and both Yverdon and second-place Rapperswil-Jona appealed to the court to order the season restarted.The court says the Swiss soccer body did not violate its rules and dismissed the appeals one day after a fast-track hearing was held Thursday.Switzerland’s top two divisions are set to restart next week.___ June 12, 2020 The Latest: Swiss soccer clubs lose appeal to restart games Associated Press The Romanian soccer league’s first match following a three-month suspension has been postponed because a medical staff member at third-place club Botoşani tested positive for the coronavirus.Botoşani was to play at second-place Universitatea Craiova on Friday but the match has been called off.The league is now scheduled to resume on Saturday when Voluntari hosts Academica Clinceni.Another of the seven games scheduled for this weekend in empty stadiums was also postponed. A staff member of Dinamo Bucharest tested positive ahead of the team’s home game against Chindia Targoviste on Saturday.___center_img Formula One races in Azerbaijan, Singapore and Japan have been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.Organizers say the long lead times required to construct street circuits in Singapore and Azerbaijan made it impossible to host those races during a period of uncertainty.The Japanese Grand Prix in October was canceled because of ongoing travel restrictions.F1 had already announced a revamped schedule that confirmed the first eight races of the 2020 season. It is planning to have from 15-18 races in total.___ More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Court of Arbitration for Sport says it has dismissed appeals by two Swiss soccer clubs who wanted to complete their league season despite the coronavirus pandemic.last_img read more

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