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Expressing gratitude key in communicating your brand post-coronavirus

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Expressing gratitude is a key differentiator between those who are succeeding right now and those who are not.More and more states are relaxing lock-down protocols. The “curve” appears to have flattened and the economy shows at least some signs of improving.Most credit unions and community banks have focused on initial communication with their consumers. That’s great, but as we enter the next phase, how you communicate your brand will need to evolve.Expressing gratitude is a key focal point of this communication pivot.It has been a rocky road for financial institutions and their consumers. As lockdowns lift and lobbies open, expressing authentic gratitude for your members’ and customers’ continued support is critical.last_img read more

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Gutierrez: Syracuse’s resiliency in 1-goal games means it can contend for national title

first_imgUPDATED: May 21, 2017 at 1:15 p.m.Nearly lost amid the hubbub over the parity of this year’s NCAA field released last weekend was another piece of abnormality. Syracuse committed 17 turnovers against unranked Colgate — its highest total in 19 games dating back to last year — and its leading scorer, Nick Mariano, didn’t notch a single point. Still, SU prevailed for its 10th victory over the last 11 games.The most impressive piece of Syracuse’s season has been its resiliency to win, almost regardless of the situation. The Orange, ranked No. 7 in the preseason Top 20, possesses a knack for squeaking out victories as seen in its 8-2 record in one-goal games. It’s a forte that propelled Syracuse to its longest winning streak in six years, the No. 1 ranking for three straight weeks and a shot at its first Final Four since 2013.Throughout 2017, Syracuse has won against some of the best teams in the country without playing its best lacrosse. Backed by the winningest active coach in the game, No. 2 Syracuse’s (12-2, 4-0 Atlantic Coast) resiliency in one-goal games provides reason to believe the team can contend for a national title. Now’s the time for Syracuse to reap the benefits of a season stuffed with heroism, wild finishes and triumph.“We’re getting everybody’s best game,” said Syracuse 19-year head coach John Desko. “And we’re winning.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe barometer for Syracuse’s success this year should not be margin of victory, but victory in and of itself. There’s something to be said about close wins, especially when they come nearly as often as the wins themselves. Syracuse is a team that’s skated on the lines of both vulnerability and dominance, and still has not excelled in all facets of the game.The Orange has not won the national championship since 2009, the program’s longest drought since 1983. Four straight senior classes have left Syracuse without a title. This year’s senior class could be the first grade to not reach Memorial Day weekend since 1982. Senior attack Jordan Evans could be only the second player to wear the venerable No. 22 since 1988 and not capture a national title.Over the last three seasons, SU is only 2-3 in NCAA tournament games. The clock is ticking.Ally Moreo | Photo EditorThe fact that Syracuse has squeaked out one-goal wins has so dominated attention that few have noticed what is happening in these moments: redshirt senior Evan Molloy makes a big save, sophomore defender Marcus Cunningham steps up or one of SU’s many offensive weapons delivers a game-winner. (There have been five of those — by four different players.)In February, the Orange lost All-ACC defender Nick Mellen to a season-ending injury. The graduation of leading attack and All-American Dylan Donahue left a hole at the top of the offense, which featured three new faces at attack. Molloy entered his first year as the clear-cut starter. Back then, nobody really thought SU would go 6-2 versus Top 20 teams, 5-1 versus top 10 teams, and 2-0 against those in the top five.Senior midfielder Nick Mariano’s game-winner over Albany foreshadowed a season of big-time moments. With an array of tools to rely on, Syracuse is 3-0 in overtime, which only benefits SU should it appear in a sudden-death moment in the NCAA tournament. Senior midfielder Sergio Salcido, speedster and assist man, hit the game-winner against Virginia, the start of SU’s nine-game winning streak. Three more game-winners ensued.“It’s a different vibe from this team,” said Evans, who has 10 points over SU’s last two games. “We’re not stopping until we reach our maximum potential. You still have yet to see that. It’s coming.”There is freshman Jamie Trimboli, who has made a rapid emergence on the starting midfield, starting with his game-winner in his debut start against Duke in March. There is Evans, whose late-season rise for a player whose career has been marked by failing to meet expectations couldn’t be any timelier. “He’s playing his best lacrosse,” Desko said this week. There is senior faceoff specialist Ben Williams, who is heating up after more than half a season of inconsistency. There is senior Scott Firman, who has grown into a lockdown defender. And there is the one-two punch of Mariano and Salcido.Ally Moreo | Photo EditorBoth of Syracuse’s losses had tremendous upside. In the first, against an Army team that catapulted into the top 10 after starting the season unranked, Williams went down with an injury. A freshman with hardly any experience at the faceoff X, Danny Varello, held his own and won 10-of-17 faceoffs to keep SU in it until the final seconds. The second loss, in the conference semifinals to North Carolina, included a terrible defensive half followed by what would have been the greatest comeback in Syracuse lacrosse history since at least 1982. Down nine at the break to the defending national champions, SU pulled to within one goal by the start of the fourth quarter.“The best thing that happened to them at Carolina,” ESPN lacrosse analyst Paul Carcaterra said, “is they didn’t come back. When it comes to the pressured moment, I don’t think they will fold.”Syracuse knows how to win in every way possible: Start slow and finish fast (UNC on April 15), blow you out (Siena, Cornell), get a heroic play in a clutch moment (five times) and buckle down late to preserve a lead (at St. John’s and then-No. 1 Notre Dame).The Orange has no glaring weakness and each player knows his role, where he fits at his position, and how he works into the bigger picture of the team. One way or another, Syracuse can replicate close-game success and climb high. Syracuse has grown adept at overachieving. It’s playing out before our eyes, and a memorable May could very well be in store.Matthew Gutierrez is an assistant sports editor at The Daily Orange, where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at [email protected] and on Twitter @Matthewgut21.CORRECTION: In a previous version of this post, the latest Syracuse men’s lacrosse senior class to not reach Memorial Day weekend during the NCAA tournament was misstated. The last senior class to not reach Memorial Day weekend was the Class of 1979. The Daily Orange regrets this error. Comments Published on May 13, 2017 at 10:29 pm Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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UEFA adds steroid profiling to anti-doping program

first_imgUEFA will improve its anti-doping program next season with steroid profiling of players.UEFA’s medical committee has approved long-term analysis of urine samples in addition to existing blood monitoring for its biological passport program.Each player tested in UEFA club and national team competitions has a biological passport which “indirectly reveals the effects of doping as a result, as well as providing intelligence for target testing,” the European soccer body said Friday.In 2013, UEFA approved retrospectively analyzing urine samples from 900 players to decide if steroid profiling was required. Re-testing was anonymous and positive samples would not provoke anti-doping cases.The results of that study have not been revealed.Though top-level soccer has few doping cases, UEFA suspended three Russian players from CSKA Moscow in the 2009-10 season for doping violations.Anti-doping programs at major tournaments have been criticized for not having unannounced tests between matches. UEFA and FIFA typically pick two players at random from each squad to give samples after a match. Critics say this creates a doping window of several days between matches.On Friday, UEFA said it will recruit a medical officer and 20 doping control officials for its testing program at the 2016 European Championship in France.“In-competition testing will involve testing at all 51 matches, with over 200 individual tests taking place,” UEFA said. “For out-of and in-competition testing, blood, urine and serum samples will be taken for each tested player.”UEFA said samples will be stored “long-term after the tournament,” allowing for analysis using new testing methods.last_img read more

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Clippers are no match for Rockets in possible first-round playoff preview

first_imgFor Houston, playing on the second night of a back-to-back following Tuesday’s 130-105 victory in Sacramento proved no problem. In the Rockets’ previous 27 games (when they went 21-6), they’d used their liberal switching on defense to hold opponents to 105.4 points per game on 44.8 percent shooting.On Wednesday, they limited the Clippers, who average 114.9 points, to almost 12 points fewer than normal.“It’s just different,” said point guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, whose 20 points led five Clippers in double figures. “Honestly, not a lot of teams switch everything 1-5, and it was an adjustment. We got better at attacking it throughout the game, but it was a little bit too late.“So we know and if we see them again, we’ll be ready.”For the Clippers, Danilo Gallinari added 16, Lou Williams 14, Montrezl Harrell 13 and Landry Shamet finished with 11.“It’s tough,” said Gallinari, who played only 24 minutes as Rivers emptied his bench early in the second half. “But if we face them in the playoffs, it’s definitely going to be different.” For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory PreviousLOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 03: Doc Rivers of the Los Angeles Clippers speaks to Austin Rivers #25 of the Houston Rockets following their loss at Staples Center on April 03, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)The Rockets’ Clint Capela dunks off a lob pass from James Harden during the first half of Wednesday’s game against the Clippers at Staples Center. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) drives to the basket as Houston Rockets’ James Harden defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 3, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsHouston Rockets’ James Harden (13) reacts after making a 3-point basket against the Los Angeles Clippers during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 3, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Danilo Gallinari (8) shoots over Houston Rockets’ Clint Capela during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 3, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Houston Rockets’ Clint Capela (15) grabs a rebound next to Los Angeles Clippers’ Ivica Zubac (40) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 3, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) is defended by Houston Rockets’ Eric Gordon (10) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 3, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Houston Rockets’ Chris Paul, bottom, reaches for a loose ball in front of Los Angeles Clippers’ Tyrone Wallace during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 3, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Houston Rockets’ Chris Paul reacts after making a 3-point basket against the Los Angeles Clippers during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 3, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Houston Rockets’ James Harden argues a call during the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday, April 3, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Houston Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni argues a call during the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday, April 3, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, left, dribbles past Houston Rockets’ James Harden (13) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 3, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Houston Rockets’ James Harden (13) reacts after making a 3-point basket over Los Angeles Clippers’ Landry Shamet (20) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 3, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Landry Shamet (20) dribbles next to Houston Rockets’ Nene Hilario (42) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 3, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Houston Rockets’ James Harden (13) makes a 3-point basket over Los Angeles Clippers’ Landry Shamet (20) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 3, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Houston Rockets’ James Harden, left, grabs a loose ball next to Los Angeles Clippers’ Lou Williams during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 3, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, top, defends against Houston Rockets’ Chris Paul during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 3, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Houston Rockets’ Chris Paul (3) shoots past Los Angeles Clippers’ Jerome Robinson during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 3, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Houston Rockets’ Chris Paul, rear, shoots over Los Angeles Clippers’ Tyrone Wallace during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 3, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Houston Rockets’ Austin Rivers (25) drives past Los Angeles Clippers’ Jerome Robinson during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 3, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Houston Rockets’ James Harden (13) dribbles between Los Angeles Clippers’ Wilson Chandler (22) and Jerome Robinson (10) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 3, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell (5) drives past Houston Rockets’ Kenneth Faried (35) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 3, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Landry Shamet (20) shoots over Houston Rockets’ Clint Capela, center, during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 3, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 03: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander of the Los Angeles Clippers drives to the basket against Chris Paul #3 of the Houston Rockets during the first half at Staples Center on April 03, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 03: Doc Rivers of the Los Angeles Clippers reacts during the first half against the Houston Rockets at Staples Center on April 03, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 03: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander of the Los Angeles Clippers drives to the basket against Chris Paul #3 of the Houston Rockets during the first half at Staples Center on April 03, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 03: Danilo Gallinari of the Los Angeles Clippers shoots the ball against P.J. Tucker #17 of the Houston Rockets during the first half at Staples Center on April 03, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 03: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets loses the ball against Shai Gilgeous-Alexander of the Los Angeles Clippers during the first half at Staples Center on April 03, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 03: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander #2 of the Los Angeles Clippers drives against James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets during the first half at Staples Center on April 03, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 03: Danilo Gallinari #8 of the Los Angeles Clippers drives against Eric Gordon #10 of the Houston Rockets during the first half at Staples Center on April 03, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 03: Montrezl Harrell #5 of the Los Angeles Clippers drives to the basket against Clint Capela #15 and P.J. Tucker #17 of the Houston Rockets during the first half at Staples Center on April 03, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 03: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets backs down against Tyrone Wallace #9 of the Los Angeles Clippers during the first half at Staples Center on April 03, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 03: Montrezl Harrell #5 of the Los Angeles Clippers dunks the ball against Austin Rivers #25 of the Houston Rockets during the first half at Staples Center on April 03, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 03: Lou Williams #23 of the Los Angeles Clippers is fouled on the drive to the basket by Kenneth Faried #35 of the Houston Rockets during the first half at Staples Center on April 03, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 03: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander #2 of the Los Angeles Clippers drives against Chris Paul #3 of the Houston Rockets during the first half at Staples Center on April 03, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 03: Chris Paul #3 of the Houston Rockets drives to the basket against Tyrone Wallace #9 of the Los Angeles Clippers during the second half at Staples Center on April 03, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 03: Chris Paul #3 of the Houston Rockets drives to the basket against Tyrone Wallace #9 of the Los Angeles Clippers during the second half at Staples Center on April 03, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 03: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets drives against Jerome Robinson #10 of the Los Angeles Clippers during the second half at Staples Center on April 03, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 03: Doc Rivers of the Los Angeles Clippers reacts during the first half against the Houston Rockets at Staples Center on April 03, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 03: Clint Capela #15 of the Houston Rockets dunks the ball against Montrezl Harrell #5 of the Los Angeles Clippers during the second half at Staples Center on April 03, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 03: Gary Clark #6 of the Houston Rockets drives to the basket against Ivica Zubac #40 of the Los Angeles Clippers during the second half at Staples Center on April 03, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 03: Kenneth Faried #35 of the Houston Rockets drives to the basket against Ivica Zubac #40 of the Los Angeles Clippers during the second half at Staples Center on April 03, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 03: Gary Clark #6 of the Houston Rockets drives against Tyrone Wallace #9, Sindarius Thornwell #0 and Johnathan Motley #15 of the Los Angeles Clippers during the second half at Staples Center on April 03, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 03: Chris Paul #3 of the Houston Rockets crashes into the audience during the second half against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on April 03, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 03: Chris Paul #3 of the Houston Rockets crashes into the audience during the second half against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on April 03, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 03: Austin Rivers #25 of the Houston Rockets shoots the ball against Tyrone Wallace #9 and Ivica Zubac #40 of the Los Angeles Clippers during the second half at Staples Center on April 03, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 03: Tyrone Wallace #9 of the Los Angeles Clippers drives to the basket against Chris Paul #3 of the Houston Rockets during the first half at Staples Center on April 03, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 03: Doc Rivers of the Los Angeles Clippers speaks to Shai Gilgeous-Alexander #2 during the first half against the Houston Rockets at Staples Center on April 03, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 03: Garrett Temple #17 of the Los Angeles Clippers drives against Austin Rivers #25 of the Houston Rockets during the first half at Staples Center on April 03, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 03: Eric Gordon #10 of the Houston Rockets is fouled on a drive by Wilson Chandler #22 of the Los Angeles Clippers during the second half at Staples Center on April 03, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 03: Chris Paul #3 of the Houston Rockets, Landry Shamet #20 and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander #2 of the Los Angeles Clippers look on during the first half at Staples Center on April 03, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 03: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander of the Los Angeles Clippers drives against Austin Rivers #25 of the Houston Rockets during the first half at Staples Center on April 03, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 03: Tyrone Wallace #9 of the Los Angeles Clippers drives against Chris Paul #3 of the Houston Rockets during the first half at Staples Center on April 03, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 03: Lou Williams #23 of the Los Angeles Clippers drives against Austin Rivers #25 and Nene #42 of the Houston Rockets during the first half at Staples Center on April 03, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 03: Chris Paul #3 of the Houston Rockets looks on during the first half of the game against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on April 03, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 03: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander of the Los Angeles Clippers drives to the basket against James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets during the first half at Staples Center on April 03, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 03: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets reacts during the first half against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on April 03, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 03: Doc Rivers of the Los Angeles Clippers speaks to Austin Rivers #25 of the Houston Rockets following their loss at Staples Center on April 03, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)The Rockets’ Clint Capela dunks off a lob pass from James Harden during the first half of Wednesday’s game against the Clippers at Staples Center. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)NextShow Caption1 of 57The Rockets’ Clint Capela dunks off a lob pass from James Harden during the first half of Wednesday’s game against the Clippers at Staples Center. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)ExpandLOS ANGELES — Two of the NBA’s hottest teams collided Wednesday night in a possible preview of a first-round playoff pairing – and the result was not an enticing sneak peek for the Clippers fans at Staples Center.Now winners of 18 of their last 21 games, the Houston Rockets scorched the out-of-sync Clippers 135-103, handing them their worst home loss of this surprising season while claiming their 27th double-digit victory this season.The Rockets’ 18 3-pointers on Wednesday – including the 61-footer former Clipper Chris Paul made to beat the third-quarter buzzer – increased their season total to 1,256, tying the NBA record that the franchise set last season.The lopsided result gives the Rockets (51-28) the inside track for the third seed in the Western Conference and makes it more likely the Clippers (47-32) will wind up as the sixth seed – which would set up a first-round meeting between the teams who, until Wednesday, hadn’t met since October. Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Against one of the NBA’s most stifling defenses of late, and without their typical on-court firestarter Patrick Beverley (who was out with a hip pointer), the Clippers couldn’t muster much of a challenge as Houston’s stars outshone the hosts’ depth.Houston’s Paul said he thought Beverley’s absence made a difference: “Them without Patrick Beverley are a very different team than with him.”Rivers demurred: “I don’t think anybody changes anything tonight.”MVP candidate James Harden finished with a game-high 31 points and seven assists in 30 minutes on 9-for-15 shooting (including going 10 for 15 from the free-throw line). Paul added 29 points and seven assists and Clint Capela contributed 24 points as the Rockets improved to 31-12 when all three are in the lineup.Ahead by 28 points in the fourth quarter, Paul was still in the game causing the Clippers fits and diving into the front row after loose balls – a fair representation of the game.“It’s rare that I would say this about this (Clippers) team, but I thought (the Rockets) were more physical in every aspect of the game on both ends of the floor,” Rivers said. “Tonight it wasn’t even close. They were faster, they were more physical, they attacked us the entire game and it was not fun to watch.”The Clippers didn’t help themselves with 18 turnovers (which translated into 33 Houston points). They also struggled on the boards, where Houston outrebounded them 48-38 behind Capela’s game-high 15, and even at the free-throw line, where they shot 19 for 31.Related Articles What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Clippers coach Doc Rivers said before the game that he hoped there would be a playoff atmosphere – but he didn’t promise as much, and thus wasn’t proven wrong.“For whatever reason, I didn’t think we had that sense of urgency,” Rivers said. “(Blow-out losses) take you by surprise whenever it happens, but they do happen.“You never know, maybe we needed this?” he added. “I had three and a half quarters to think about it and I couldn’t come up with anything (else), that’s the best I have.”Houston coach Mike D’Antoni said he, too, was stunned by the outcome.“Surprising,” he said. “But we showed that when we’re locked in, we’re pretty good. 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Clayton Kershaw, LA Dodgers beat Giants to clinch the NL West

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Tuesday marked the fourth time Kershaw and Bumgarner have started against each other this season, and the first time the Dodgers have won.Home runs by Kiké Hernandez, Justin Ruggiano and A.J. Ellis gave the Dodgers a 4-0 lead before the Giants went to their bullpen. The back-to-back shots by Ruggiano and Ellis in the sixth inning knocked Bumgarner out of the game.The Dodgers scored four more runs in the eighth inning to put it away.After losing four straight games to delay their champagne-soaked gratification, were the Dodgers more determined Tuesday to put the Giants away?“Not more determined,” Kershaw said. “I think there’s a little bit — if you don’t win this one you’ve got two more. You start getting a little nervous. You start panicking a little bit. It’s good to get it out of the way.“We’ve still got something to play for. We’re still trying to fight the Mets for home-field advantage. It’s kind of a sigh of relief to get it out of the way. We weren’t playing that well.”• Video: Dodgers celebrate NL West winYes, the Dodgers already know their opponent for the National League Division Series, which begins a week from Friday. The Dodgers are 88-69 and the Mets are 89-68. New York holds the tiebreaker for home-field advantage, so the Dodgers will need to make up two games over the final five in order to host games 1 and 2 at Dodger Stadium.The Dodgers will play two more games in San Francisco, then finish the season with three games at home against the San Diego Padres (73-83).The Mets have two games in Philadelphia against the Phillies (60-97), followed by three at home against the Washington Nationals (80-77).Gonzalez, who’s been battling a bad back, didn’t sound like a man looking forward to resting until the playoffs.“We want to play those first two games in L.A.,” he said.After Kershaw got Kelby Tomlinson to ground out to end the game, the Dodgers spilled out of their dugout to mob their pitcher in the middle of a long-awaited celebration. Black t-shirts declaring “THE WEST IS OURS” in capital letters awaited the players, the coaches, and even the front office. President of baseball operations Andrew Friedman, general manager Farhan Zaidi and vice president of baseball operations Josh Byrnes all attended the game, their first year together in Los Angeles already as successful as the last year under GM-turned-advisor Ned Colletti.“It just feels great,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “Hopefully we’re able to have a little bit of luck (the remainder of the season), but really play great baseball and see where it goes.” SAN FRANCISCO >> The Dodgers could have clinched their third straight National League West title the easy way, by winning two games over the weekend against the Colorado Rockies. They could have clinched the easier way, by letting the Oakland A’s sweep the second-place Giants.Instead they chose the hard way, the most interesting way, the most poetic way in the book of baseball justice. They waited until Tuesday to eliminate the second-place San Francisco Giants on their own field, where they hadn’t won all year, by jumping on Madison Bumgarner early and often in an 8-0 win at AT&T Park.It’s the first time in franchise history that the Dodgers have been to the playoffs in three consecutive seasons, let alone won three straight division titles. Pitching for the first time since his shortest start of the season, a five-inning outing at home last Thursday, Clayton Kershaw left no room for a letdown. The left-hander needed 104 pitches to complete a one-hit shutout, his third this season. He struck out 13 Giants hitters and walked one.center_img “He won the game for us,” first baseman Adrian Gonzalez said.Only one other pitcher has thrown a shutout while allowing one hit or less to clinch a division for his team, when Mike Scott no-hit the Giants to put the Houston Astros in the 1986 NLCS.• Photos: Los Angeles Dodgers clinch National League West title against San Francisco GiantsKershaw also had a 13-pitch at-bat against Bumgarner in the fifth inning that might have worn down his northerly nemesis. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it was the longest at-bat by a pitcher since 2006.“I was doing leg kick, trying to take a big swing, and I realized I had no chance against him,” said Kershaw, who eventually grounded out. “I kind of just spread out and tried to be as annoying as possible. It worked out, I guess. I didn’t get a hit, but being able to put a long at-bat on him is — you try to be productive when you can. That helped.”last_img read more

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Uber Buys Postmates In $2.65 Billion All-Stock Deal

first_imgSILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — Uber finally got its food delivery company, acquiring Postmates in a $2.65 billion all-stock deal, the ride-hailing giant confirmed Monday.Uber and its Uber Eats food-delivery division will gain ground against DoorDash, which controls about 37% of the U.S. food delivery market. That’s compared with Uber Eats’ 20% share before the Postmates deal. Grubhub holds around 30% of the U.S. food delivery market, according to Second Measure, a data analysis company.Last month, Uber lost out in a bid for Grubhub, which would have made it the dominant U.S. food-delivery service. But Amsterdam-based Just Eat Takeaway.com ended up nabbing Chicago’s Grubhub in a $7.3 billion deal. Uber was reportedly seeking to team Grubhub with its Uber Eats business.The food delivery sector is undergoing a major consolidation this year and more is expected. The number of people using food delivery services is on the rise because of the coronavirus pandemic, but customers tend to jump around from service to service depending on where they can find the best deal.Uber has leaned on its food delivery business with COVID-19 cutting into all ride-share businesses. Rides for Uber slid 3% in the first quarter compared with the previous years. Bookings through its food delivery business, on the other hand, surged 54% in the same period.By acquiring Postmates, Uber not only gets the bigger share of the food delivery market it has long desired, but also shores itself up against further pandemic-related losses in its ride-sharing division.“In our opinion, Uber finds itself with its back against the wall on the consolidation theme as the Grubhub deal fell apart on anti-trust concerns, and now must quickly look to acquire market share and added scale which makes the Postmates deal a smart strategic fit,” analysts with Wedbush Securities wrote Monday.Postmates, a closely held private company, claims 600,000 food and restaurant merchants to choose from, which it claims is the largest selection in the U.S. The company says it has the ability to serve 80% of households across all 50 states.The boards of both companies have approved the transaction and the deal is expected to close in the first quarter of 2021.Uber and Postmates are both based in San Francisco.Shares of Uber Technologies Inc. surged more than 9% before the opening bell Monday.last_img read more

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Former Duquesne Star Flenory enshrined in PA Hall of Fame

first_imgby Malik VincentAs one of the region’s most decorated athletes, Baron “B.B.” Flenory added one more to his laundry list of accomplishments.At the Four Points by Sheraton Pittsburgh North hotel on May 5, Flenory was the lone African-American enshrined in the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame, Western chapter this year. B.B. Flenory “It was a great thing for me to be a part of,” Flenory said. “What a tremendous honor.”A 2011 Courier 50 Men of Excellence honoree, Flenory, was a part of the last Duquesne squad that clinched an appearance in the NCAA tournament (1977).He then went on to play professionally with the Boston Celtics and overseas in Venezuela.When asked about his fondest memories, to this day, his 81 point game in junior high still sticks out his mind, a performance that led to an appearance in Sports Illustrated’s “Faces in the crowd”. It also set the tone for his star career at Valley High, where Flenory amassed over 1,800 points on the way to being named Pennsylvania’s HS player of the year in 1976.“To get into my state’s hall of fame ranks up there with one of my greatest accomplishments,” he said. “I know that there are better players than me out there. But, the committee remembered my name. That means a lot to me.”Flenory notes his 2010 induction to the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League (WPIAL) Hall of Fame as a building block for consideration with the State committee.“If it weren’t for me getting into the WPIAL hall, I don’t think I would have gotten into the State,” Flenory added. “There are several people on the committee that also votes for the State’s, too.”The Pittsburgh Power of the Arena Football League (AFL) recently honered him with their community service award.Currently, he works as a transition specialist for the Pressley Ridge schools, which is the equivalent to a public school’s guidance counselor.“I take pride in what I do now,” Flenory said. “It’s a total change from what I was doing when I first came home from playing ball.”Flenory got a degree in criminal justice from Duquesne and worked in the penal system as an athletic director at the State correctional facility in Greensburg. He’s also had a stint as a probation officer.“I got tired of working in the punitive system,” he added. “I wanted to do something more therapeutic.”So now at Pressley Ridge, his responsibility is to help the students at the school, who mostly have special needs, transition into life after their school years.His steadfastness in the community and in his career is something that Flenory has also attributed to his induction to the State hall.“I believe that was something (that was present) on the selection committee’s mind when they chose me,” he said. “It’s not just about what you get accomplished in ­athletics. People will always notice what you do in humanity, as well.”(Malik Vincent can be reached at [email protected]­burgh­courier.com or on Twitter @malikvincent.)last_img read more

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Windies preparation taking shape – Ambrose

first_imgDUBAI, United Arab Emirates (CMC):Bowling consultant Sir Curtly Ambrose says that the preparation camp here over the last two weeks has allowed West Indies to fine-tune their game as they take aim at the Twenty20 World Cup starting next week.The Caribbean side has been training here and has also played three unofficial warm-up T20 games to gain match practice ahead of the March 8 to April 3 ICC event in India.Sir Curtly said that he saw improvement in the two opening games against Zimbabwe last week and in yesterday’s contest against English County Warwickshire, which West Indies won by 11 runs at the Dubai International Stadium.”I think the bowling is really coming together. We have had a couple of good games so far, and there’s room for improvement, obviously, but I am quite satisfied at the moment with the way the guys are bowling,” Sir Curtly said following the game.PLAN GOING WELLHe added: “As a bowling unit, we are working with a plan and, so far, the plan has gone well and I’m just hoping by the time we get to India, everything will just come together where we can do well in this tournament.”He said Windies batting had also performed well on tour and pointed to the depth as the key to its success.Pointing to the opening game against Zimbabwe and yesterday’s game against Warwickshire, the former West Indies paceman said that the Caribbean side showed it possessed quality batting all the way through the order.”The good thing about this team is that we have depth in our batting. We are a team that doesn’t rely on one or two players. We have depth, and that is going to be key,” he stressed.”When we lose early wickets, guys in the middle and lower order can still come in and get us to a good total, so that, to me, is the strength in our batting so at the moment, I am quite comfortable with both bat and ball.”The fielding has been good, but we still can improve, so generally, I am quite satisfied.”last_img read more

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GAA NEWS: URRIS CLUB NOTES

first_imgGAA Bingo- Every Thursday Night At 9pm In St Marys Hall Clonmany Everyone Welcome.Match & Win for 11/10/2012 No jackpot winner last week this weeks jackpot will rise to €4,380.00 Numbers drawn were 1,8,17,24 €15 consolation prizes went to John Joe McDaid Effishmore, Paddy Doherty(Ranty) Urrismana,Alan Morton Letter, Joe Doherty(JS) Letter,Tara Doherty(tim) Tullagh.Senior Result: Centra Supermarket Division 3 – Urris 0-6 v Termon 0-7. UNDERAGE FIXTURES: Under 13.5 Ryan Milk Products (Burnfoot) This competition will now not be going ahead.Club Merchandise – Contact Alan Friel 0879029672.New Club Website www.urris.gaa.ie.Any items for the notes please send to [email protected] or text to Liz O’Neill on 0863858629 before 9pm on Sunday evening.      GAA NEWS: URRIS CLUB NOTES was last modified: October 15th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Urris GAA club noteslast_img read more

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GAA NEWS: BUNCRANA CLUBMAN O’CONNOR DEBUTS FOR DONEGAL

first_imgBUNCRANA GAA NOTESCongratulations to Clubman Darach O’Connor on his competitive debut for Donegal today. However, it was disappointment for Donegal in their opening Dr McKenna Cup match against Tyrone in Letterkenny on Sunday. They delivered a good performance in awful conditions. Darach earned a penalty in the first half that the Tyrone keeper saved from Michael Murphy. The miss proved costly in the end as Tyrone were just that bit stronger and adapted best to conditions on the day. On a good note though there will be much better days ahead for this Donegal team and young Darach. Well done too to the Malin lads today.U6 Training Buncrana GAA will begin Under 6 Fundamental training for 2014 on Friday, the 10th January 2014 at 6.30pm at the Gym, Crana College, Buncrana. The training emphasises fun to enable children Under 6 to learn skills to participate in all GAA games and all children born in the years 2008 and 2009 are welcome. If you have any queries, please contact Jim at 087-9933420.U14 Football / Hurling Fitness training will begin Monday 6th and Thursday 9th at 6.30 sharp at Scarvey. Everyone WelcomeChild Protection Training A date has been confirmed for Child Protection training as a stand- alone course next Friday 10/01/14 in the clubhouse from 7-10pm. This is to facilitate those who need an update in child protection, and/or coaches and parents who help out with coaching. All managers and senior executive board members should forward names of people that this date suits to Aine Daly, Childrens Officer.2013 was a great year for the Club. Well done to all our teams and players, in whatever Code, whether male and female, and at whatever age level, who played for the club, those who won competitions and those who didn’t, members who gave of their time, energy, expertise and money, anyone who in any way helped make 2013 a great year. Here’s to your continued support and efforts to make 2014 even better! Athbhliain faoi mhaiose daoibh uiligOn a sadder note, the club would like to remember those we lost during the year, whether members or family of members, and particularly long-standing servant Eamonn McMenamin.Ar dheis De go raibh a n-anamnacha uiligCongratulations to Paul McLaughlin who was the winner of the Christmas Hamper draw held during Santa’s visit to the Scarvey on Saturday 21st December. Thanks to everyone who helped make it a great day for the kids and a tribute to the Club.Photos from Santa’s visit to the Scarvey can be collected from Adam Porter at Pixicam. Dance Off DVD’s now available for €10 each. Contact Hugh Quirke 086 0626477 or Pauline Grant 086 0812429 to get your copy now!Club Notes: Anyone who would like to receive a copy of the weekly club notes should email Jim at [email protected] to be included on the mailing list. If you have any items which you think should be included in the club’s weekly notes, please email Jim at [email protected] by 6pm on each Sunday for consideration. To keep up to date with all the latest goings-on, please join us on www.facebook.com/buncranagaa or www.twitter.com/buncranagaa @buncranagaa, or visit our website www.buncranagaa.com.GAA NEWS: BUNCRANA CLUBMAN O’CONNOR DEBUTS FOR DONEGAL was last modified: January 5th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Buncrana GAA Clublast_img read more