SANTA CLARA — Jimmy Garoppolo officially went on injured reserve Wednesday because of a torn anterior cruicate ligament in his left knee, opening a roster spot for the 49ers to promote quarterback Nick Mullens from the practice squad.“Obviously I’ve gotten the backup job under very unfortunate circumstances,” Mullens said. “Since I’ve been here, whatever my role is, it’s to help the team win, and this week it’s as the backup.”Garoppolo’s franchise-numbing exit also means that C.J. Beathard …
Former State Congress chief Ashok Choudhary and three other MLCs who quit the party on Wednesday formally joined the ruling Janata Dal-United (JD-U) on Thursday in the presence of Chief Minister and party president Nitish Kumar. The Congress leaders said more Congress legislators would join the JD(U) in the days to comeMeanwhile, the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) claimed that over two dozen NDA MLAs were in regular touch with the party to switch over at an “appropriate time”.The four Congress MLCs Ashok Choudhary, Dilip Choudhary, Tanvir Akhtar and Ramchandra Bharti reached the official residence of Mr. Nitish Kumar, and formally joined the party. State JD(U) chief Basistha Narayan Singh, senior party leader and Rajya Sabha MP RCP Singh and other party leaders o were present. It was said that Mr. Nitish Kumar would soon expand his Cabinet and Mr. Choudhary could be included as a Minister. Power and positionMr. Choudhary was the education minister in the earlier grand alliance government but had to resign after Nitish Kumar dumped the grand alliance to join hands with BJP.“Whatever responsibility given by the Chief Minister, I’ll try my best to fulfil it…but everything is not being done in politics for power and position”, Mr Choudhary told journalists after coming out of the CM’s house. He said despite contributing a lot for the Congress, he was humiliated by party leaders.Mr Choudhary, also said that more Congress legislators would join JD(U) in the coming days. State Congress leader Chandan Yadav on Thursday said, “Mr. Ashok Choudhary had betrayed the trust of Congress leadership and party workers …in fact, what he is today is only because of the Congress”.
View comments LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary “This is just too difficult for us because we just wanted to get another win after the three losses we had,” said UP head coach Bo Perasol. “This is something that can perk us up, make us believe again that we can still do this.”Despite the win, the rebounding department was a cause of concern for UP after the UST dominated the rebounds, 61-40. “Every time we go up against UST, it’s always going to be a classic for us,” said Perasol. “I don’t think that we will be able to outrebound the lineup of UST and true enough we’re outrebounded by 21.”The Maroons, though, were able to neutralized the Growling Tigers’ advantage by forcing them to 23 turnovers that led to 24 points.Janjan Jaboneta had 12 points in his first start to pace the Fighting Maroons while Jun Manzo and Paul Desiderio added 11 and 10 points, respectively.ADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The win allowed UP to take the no. 5 seed with a 4-4 record, half a game behind Far Eastern University.Ibrahim Outtara scored on a layup to give UP a 70-64 lead with 1:16 to go but UST managed to score five unanswered points with Lee drilling a three from the left wing to cut the lead to one, 70-69, with 11 seconds remaining in the game.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 shutoutAfter a split from the line from point guard Jun Manzo, UST center Steve Akomo secured the rebound for UST with 9.2 seconds left and the Growling Tigers immediately started to run the break.Marvin Lee then had two attempts to play hero for UST but both of his shots bounced in and out of the rim. MOST READ Read Next For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Outtara missed out on a double-double with nine points and 11 rebounds for UP.Lee had a game-high 17 points to lead UST while Akomo added seven points, 20 rebounds, and four blocks. LATEST STORIES Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president After international duties, Raymar Jose takes talents to PBA Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa FILE Photo – UP Fighting Maroons. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of the Philippines recovered from its three-game losing streak in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament, nipping University of Santo Tomas, 71-69, Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Fighting Maroons had a promising start to the season, going 3-1 but lost their final three games of the first round to fall to 3-4ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending 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 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients
Beijing: China on Monday threw its weight behind Iran after the US blamed the country for the weekend drone attacks on major oil facilities in Saudi Arabia, saying that it is not fair to blame Tehran for the bombings without any conclusive probe. The attacks on Saturday targeted Abqaiq, the site of the largest oil processing plant run by the Saudi state oil company, Aramco, and the Khurais oilfield. Iran has denied involvement in the air attacks, which were claimed by Iran-aligned Houthi rebels in Yemen. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blamed Iran for the attack, without providing any evidence, prompting Tehran to accuse Washington of deceit. The attacks resulted in 10 per cent surge of oil prices on Monday. “In the absence of conclusive investigation and results, we don’t think it is responsible to blame anyone,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said.
SMITHS FALLS, Ont. — Canopy Growth Corp. says it has been granted a licence by New York State to process and produce hemp, a member of the cannabis plant family.The Ontario-based company is one of Canada’s biggest producers of legal cannabis products for medicinal and recreational use.Canopy says it plans to invest between US$100 million and US$150 million in its New York operations, although the exact location hasn’t been decided.The U.S. federal government designated hemp as an agricultural product late last year, making it a potential source of legal cannabidiol, or CBD, a non-psychoactive compound also found in marijuana.Canopy says it will source hemp exclusively from U.S. farmers for its U.S. operations once up and running.Canopy Growth says it’s in the process of evaluating a number of sites that will become one of its first extraction and processing facilities outside Canada and it plans to announce the specific location within 100 days. Companies in this story: (TSX:WEED) The Canadian Press
LOS GATOS, Calif. (AP) _ Netflix Inc. (NFLX) on Thursday reported fourth-quarter profit of $133.9 million.The Los Gatos, California-based company said it had profit of 30 cents per share.The results topped Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of 12 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 24 cents per share.The internet video service posted revenue of $4.19 billion in the period, falling short of Street forecasts. Eleven analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $4.21 billion.For the current quarter ending in April, Netflix said it expects revenue in the range of $4.49 billion. Analysts surveyed by Zacks had expected revenue of $4.59 billion.Netflix shares have climbed 32 per cent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 index has risen nearly 5 per cent. In the final minutes of trading on Thursday, shares hit $353.43, a rise of 62 per cent in the last 12 months._____This story was generated by Automated Insights (http://automatedinsights.com/ap) using data from Zacks Investment Research. Access a Zacks stock report on NFLX at https://www.zacks.com/ap/NFLXThe Associated Press
Sundargarh (Odisha): Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday said people have to decide whether they want to choose an honest and principled government committed to development of all, or a corrupt and unprincipled one. “This time lotus will bloom in Odisha. The BJP will taste victory. I can say with certainty that maximum number of lotuses will bloom in the state,” Modi said at a rally in tribal-dominated Sundargarh. Similarly, the BJP will again come to power at the Centre as the country needs a strong and decisive government to ensure national security as well as speedy development, the prime minister said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Hitting out at the BJD government in Odisha, the prime minster said its intentions are not good and the 2019 polls are significant for the future of Odisha as well as country. On the 39th foundation day of the BJP, Modi said, “The party was born out of sweat of its workers, not dynasty or money. It came into being and grew manifold with the sweat and labour of its workers.” Asserting that the BJP all along fought to safeguard democracy, he said lakhs of party workers and leaders were jailed while protesting the Emergency. “Now the BJP has emerged as the world’s largest democratic organisations. It fought to protect democracy during Emergency,” he said. Assembly election in Odisha will be held along with Lok Sabha polls in four phases on April 11, 18, 23 and 29.
Casablanca- In a recent video posted on YouTube, a young Sahrawi denounced the recruitment of Sahrawi youth to the Polisario’s armed militia. The video came as a response to another video posted a few weeks ago, in which a Sahrawi called on the Sahrawi population to stand up against the Polisario leadership by defending their rights through a project entitled “A Minute of Truth”.The young Sahrawi in the video identified himself as a member of the Sahrawi Movement for Change, which carried out several initiatives through which it denounced the Polisario leadership. In the video, the young man condemns the recruitment of young Sahrawi people to the Polisario’s militia, citing his own experience as an example. According to him, he was forced to join the militia when he was 15 years old, and spent 1 year training to use weapons.According to the Sahraw whose name was not disclosed, what he experienced as a young soldier in the militia was not an exceptional case. The Polisario requires all Sahrawi children who escaped expatriation to Cuba to spend several years away from their families.The young Sahrawi man also demanded that the leader of the Polisario, Mohamed Abdelaziz, and other officials in the Front be replaced.This video comes after a series of leaked videos in which young Sahrawis denounce what they describe as the abuses committed by the leadership of the Polisario against dissenting voices in the Tindouf camps.In one of the videos posted on YouTube last month, a young Sahrawi described the dire situation of the population in the camps and called on the international community to find an “urgent resolution” to their long-lasting suffering.Edited by Jessica Rohan© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed
You’re the general manager of an NBA team, and come 2016, one of your star players wants to try out for Team USA. The squad just dominated the FIBA World Cup, he says, and he wants in on the next gold medal.What do you decide?One school of thought says that playing for Team USA will help a player’s NBA performance. Grantland’s Bill Simmons has cited Kevin Durant’s 2010 FIBA experience as a turning point in Durant’s career. Players have said they were “getting better while facing the best players in the world.” And others have described a confidence boost simply in being selected.On the other hand, some analysts, owners and players have expressed concern about giving up scarce summer rest to put on additional basketball miles, particularly for veterans coming off grueling June playoff runs. And what about injuries?The NBA first sent its players to compete in international play with the 1992 Olympic Dream Team. NBA players have since competed in 10 biennial international tournaments (the NBA did not send pros to the 1998 FIBA World Championships due to a lockout). Let’s look at how those players performed in win shares (WS), win shares per 48 minutes (WS/48) and player efficiency rating (PER) in the NBA season following their overseas experience (relative to their age-adjusted Simple Projection System estimates).The average change among all players was +1.6 percent in WS, +3.0 percent in WS/48 and -1.6 percent in PER. The results don’t seem to confirm nor deny the arguments for or against international participation.Breaking the results down by year, however, shows that some tournaments may have provided a larger performance boost than others.So, what happened to the gold-winning 2010 squad that competed in Turkey? Tyson Chandler had a monster 2010-11 year for a championship-winning team after coming off an injury-plagued previous two seasons. Stephen Curry, Eric Gordon, Kevin Love and Lamar Odom also made huge strides. Meanwhile, Russell Westbrook emerged as an All-Star, and Derrick Rose broke out to win the league MVP. (Durant was one of only two players from the 2010 squad to have a lesser-than-expected 2010-11 season.)What has caused the recent post-Team USA boost? Well, it could just be noise. But it’s worth noting that Mike Krzyzewski took over as coach in 2006, and his training may have helped spur the rate of improvement. Interestingly, the only years Team USA failed to take gold (2002, 2004 and 2006) are the years players performed worse in the following NBA season (excluding the original 1992 squad). This may be due to Team USA management selecting more of an “All-Star team” during those years, with many perennial All-Stars already at their peaks.When Jerry Colangelo took over as director of USA Basketball in 2005, he demanded more long-term commitments from players (but this requirement didn’t make the team younger; although older players largely made up the 1990s Dream Teams, the average age of Team USA declined in the early 2000s and has remained fairly constant between 24 and 26 since then).Assuming the average boost continues after the 2014 FIBA World Cup, here’s how Team USA players are expected to perform in the next NBA season.Of course, there are a few limitations to this analysis. First, Team USA members aren’t randomly selected, and it may be that the coaching staff now picks players they deem to be on the rise. It’s also worth noting that the Simple Projection System is a metric designed for use on the average NBA player, so it may need tweaking when applied to the stars of Team USA. Also, the system is probably too conservative about adjusting for a player’s age.Still, it appears instruction from Coach K and training and playing with peers atop the basketball universe may have positive, long-lasting effects. That may be reason for NBA teams to think twice before holding players out from international competitions.
Senior midfielder Arielle Cowie (24) advances the ball during the first round of the Big Ten Tournament against Northwestern Nov. 7 at Buckeye Varsity Field. OSU won, 3-2.Credit: Kelly Roderick / For The LanternThe Ohio State field hockey team kept its dreams of a Big Ten Tournament title alive Thursday, defeating second-seeded No. 13 Northwestern, 3-2, in the first round of action at Buckeye Varsity Field.The seventh-seeded Buckeyes advance to the semifinals of the tournament Friday to take on third-seeded Michigan State.Three different players scored for OSU, who jumped out to a 3-0 lead before the Wildcats closed the gap with two goals within five minutes of each other. Second team All-Big Ten sophomore forward Peanut Johnson recorded the only score in the first half, followed by goals from freshman forward Brooke Hiltz and fellow second-teamer senior midfielder Mona Frommhold after the break.Despite two late goals by Northwestern, the Buckeyes managed to hold on for the remainder of the match for their first win against a Big Ten opponent this season.Coach Anne Wilkinson said her team was successful because of its chemistry on the field.“What really made the difference was that we played as a team and worked together,” Wilkinson said. “We executed our opportunities when we had the chance (and) we were able to put the ball away.”After Northwestern’s back-to-back goals, Wilkinson called timeout to allow her team to regroup.“I said, ‘Stay within our game plan and do what we do. Take care of it, recognize they are going to be putting more people up on attack so our forwards are going to have to find ways to win possessions and work with the clock,’” Wilkinson said.Johnson said after the first two goals, she was confident OSU could pull off the upset.“It felt amazing. Once we had a goal or two, we realized it was in our favor and we just had to work to keep it,” Johnson said. “It’s been kind of rare this season when it’s been in our favor so it was a great feeling.”Hiltz echoed Johnson, and said the Buckeyes rallied together after their second goal to secure the victory.“I was freaking out,” Hiltz said. “I think it really hit me that we’re going to do this and we’re going to make this happen no matter what we have to do. We all just pulled together really well as a team and we did what we had to do.”Johnson said the team isn’t ready for the season to be over and the game was proof of that.“We all just realized we didn’t want the season to end. It’s a great team dynamic so we are going to do everything we can to keep going,” Johnson said.The Buckeyes are scheduled to play Friday at 12:30 p.m. against No. 26 Michigan State. Top-seeded Penn State is set to take on fifth-seeded Iowa first at 10 a.m. in the other semifinal match.