A’ja Wilson injury update: Aces WNBA All-Star (ankle) sidelined ‘weeks’

first_imgSunday Funday Fits :droplet::droplet: pic.twitter.com/RMSf3rL6ZT— Las Vegas Aces (@LVAces) July 21, 2019Wilson left Friday’s road loss to the Seattle Storm in the third quarter with a sprained left ankle after she collided with one of her teammates.The 22-year-old No. 1 pick in the 2018 draft was averaging 15.8 points and 6.6 assists per game before going down with the injury.The Aces (12-6) are in first place in the Western Conference, a game ahead of the second-place Storm (12-8). The teams meet again Tuesday in Las Vegas. The Las Vegas Aces have lost WNBA All-Star forward A’ja Wilson to an ankle sprain and she likely will be our for “weeks” as she recovers, Aces coach Bill Laimbeer told reporters Sunday (via the Las Vegas Review-Journal).Laimbeer didn’t elaborate further on a timeline and added that he’ll consider adding another player in free agency to fill the void in Wilson’s absence. Free agents can sign for the remainder of the season beginning Aug. 5. Wilson, on the sideline of Sunday’s victory over the Minnesota Lynx in a walking boot and using crutches, appeared in good spirits.last_img read more

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Italy’s Charlotte Cattaneo wins the English Girls’ U16/U14 Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship

first_img Tags: Cayetana Fernandez Garcia-Poggio, Charlotte Cattaneo, English Girls’ U16/U14 Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship, Girls 9 Aug 2019 Italy’s Charlotte Cattaneo wins the English Girls’ U16/U14 Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship Photo credit Leaderboard Photographycenter_img Italy’s Charlotte Cattaneo completed an impressive double with victory at the English Girls’ U16 Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship at Gerrards Cross Golf Club in Buckinghamshire.The 15-year-old from Milan birdied the last to claim the English Under 14 title two years ago at Blackmoor and now she has produced another outstanding performance to win in her first year at Under 16 level as well.The only other players to have achieved that particular double are Florentyna Parker, Henrietta Brockway (now Zuel), Kelly Tidy, former British Women’s Open champion Georgia Hall and most recently Lily May Humphreys in 2015 and 2016.Cattaneo started the final day with a one-shot lead after opening rounds of 70 and 74 and went on to card a 70 and a 73 to complete a five-shot victory over Spain’s Mar Garcia Jimenez on one under par 287. Garcia completed her tournament with a 72 and a 73.Rachel Gourley from Arcot Hall Golf Club in Northumberland matched Cattaneo’s closing 73 to claim third place on six-over par 294 one shot ahead of Austria’s Anna Neumayer while Germany’s Milla Sagel made a big move up the leaderboard with a final round of 68 to finish tied for fifth place with Cattaneo’s friend and compatriot Lucrezia Rossettin on 296.“It’s fantastic to win and even better because I also won two years ago,” said Cattaneo, who has won age group titles at Under 12, Under 14, Under 16 and Under 18 level at home in Italy.“I’m only 15 and young enough to play again next year so I will do everything I can to be back.“The course was fantastic,” she added. “Every hole is different. It’s very challenging but the greens were great.”Spain’s Cayetana Fernandez Garcia-Poggio claimed a runaway eight-shot victory in the English Girls’ Under 14 Open Amateur Championship also played at Gerrards Cross.The Spaniard carded rounds of 73, 70 and 74 to finish on one-over par 217.Windlesham’s Ellen Yates also closed with a 74 to finish in a tie for second place with Spain’s Rocio Tejedo on nine-over par 225 while France’s Vairana Heck and another Spaniard, Cloe Amion Villarino, shared fourth place one shot further behind.Garcia-Poggio becomes the third successive Continental player to lift the trophy after Italians Francesca Fiorellini at Lyme Regis in 2018 and Charlotte Cattaneo at Blackmoor the year before. Fiorellini went on to win this year’s R&A Girls’ Under 16 Amateur Championship.View the full resultslast_img read more

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MAN TO CLAIM GIRL MADE UP ALLEGATIONS TO END HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH HER MOTHER

first_imgA man accused of sexually assaulting a young girl will claim she made up the allegations because she wanted to split himself and her mother up.Letterkenny court.The man, who is in his 40s, faces three charges of sexually assaulting the girl at two different addresses in Co Donegal between 1998 and 2002. The girl told Letterkenny Circuit Court today the assaults allegedly happened when she was aged between 6 and 9 years of age.The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, denies all the charges.The girl, who is now a young woman in her 20s, recalled the three occasions when she was allegedly assaulted.On the first two occasions the man is alleged to have come into the girl’s bedroom where the alleged assaults took place.On the first occasion when the girl was 6, she had been sleeping when he is alleged to have put his hand down the front of her pyjamas and rubbed her vagina.The woman then claimed he asked her “Do you like that?” before he left the room.On the second occasion the girl said she was aged eight or nine and she was playing her Playstation in her bedroom.The Playstation stuck and she called for her mum who was on the phone and the man came into her bedroom.The man is again alleged to have put his hands down the girl’s pyjamas and rubbed her vagina with his fingers.On the last occasion she had suffered a nightmare and had come into her mum’s bedroom which she shared with the man.She got into the bed between the man and her mother but the next morning her mother was gone from the bed.She then claims that the man took her hand and placed it down the front of his boxer shorts and forced her hands on his penis rubbing it up and down.This lasted for about five minutes saying she could not take her hand away because he had his hand gripped so tightly on her hand, she said.Defense barrister Damien Crawford asked the woman if she was sure she could remember the man moving in with her mother when she was just four years old?The woman said she could and she could remember starting school and also described the colour and make of the man’s car.Barrister for the prosecution Patricia McLoughlin put it to the woman that the accused will say these allegations were made up because she wanted to split up her mum and the man.“That’s not true,” said the young woman.The girl added she wished she had have told her mother when she was young but she didn’t before she broke down in tears.Mr Crawford added that it was most unusual that the man did not say anything to the girl following the alleged assaults including asking her to keep it secret.He also said it would have ben reckless for him to carry out the alleged assaults with her mother close-by.“He’s very crafty and he’s good at telling lies anyway,” said the young woman.Mr Crawford also asked why she got into the bed with her mother and the man if she was so afraid of him from the alleged previous assault.He then said that the man must have had “hundreds if not thousands” of opportunities to carry out similar acts on the girl.“Is it fair to say that you grew not to like him?” he asked.The girl replied that she realised what had happened to her as she got older and that she “couldn’t get peace.”Mr Crawford added that he was only exercising discipline.But the young woman added that he invaded her privacy by coming into her bedroom and even in the bathroom when she was in it.Mr Crawford added that they girl often reminded the man that he wasn’t her father and she agreed with this.The young woman said she eventually told he friend who encouraged her to tell her grandmother.Mr Crawford asked the young woman why she din’t tell her mother?“I would have been a lot closer to my granny than my mother,” she answered.She said she told her mum what had happened but did not give her the full details of what had allegedly happened.“What was your mother’s reaction,” asked Mr Crawford.The young woman said she was shocked and she just left.Mr Crawford asked the young woman if her mother believed her and she replied “I don’t think she knows what to believe because I think she is brainwashed.”The court heard the man has denied all allegations from the outset of the claims.“He would claim he spoilt you over the years,” said Mr Crawford.The young woman said he gave her money if she was crying to make her feel better.The court heard the girl’s mother is still in a relationship with the accused man until this day.The accused has not yet given evidence in the trial.The trial before Judge John O’Hagan continues and is expected to last two days.MAN TO CLAIM GIRL MADE UP ALLEGATIONS TO END HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH HER MOTHER was last modified: July 24th, 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:donegalJUdge John O’HaganmanPlaystationsex assaultlast_img read more

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Giants’ power hitters take different paths to possible September call-ups

first_imgWEST SACRAMENTO — Jaylin Davis, a 24th round draft choice of the Minnesota Twins in 2015, had already beaten the odds by making it to Double-A.Most players drafted below the 20th round never sniff the level, but Davis reached Double-A halfway through his third full season of professional baseball.When the Twins informed Davis he would begin the year at Double-A Chattanooga, it was no surprise to a player who was eager to take advantage of an opportunity to change his swing.“When I was …last_img read more

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10 months ago​Burnley boss Dyche to stick with back-three against Arsenal

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Burnley boss Dyche to stick with back-three against Arsenalby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSean Dyche has admitted that he will continue with a back three for Burnley’s upcoming clash against Arsenal.The Clarets changed up their formation against Spurs at Wembley, but lost 1-0 to a stoppage time goal from Christian Eriksen.They were solid defensively and may continue the same setup against the Gunners this weekend.”I think it’s something we would consider again, we didn’t just do it for a gimmick, we did it because we thought it could be effective,” said Dyche to the Lancashire Telegraph. “In many ways, it was. The hardship when you come to these places is then being effective on the attacking side – how many times can you get that real moment of truth to open them up?”We had a few, but it is difficult. We limited them by their standards.”They are a top side and I think we’ve delivered a performance that has made it very tight, and they have had to work incredibly hard to get something from the game.” last_img read more

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9 months agoSTUNNER! Man Utd make Barcelona approach for Coutinho

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say STUNNER! Man Utd make Barcelona approach for Coutinhoby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United have approached Barcelona about Philippe Coutinho’s situation.Mundo Deportivo says United have made it clear that they would be ‘very interested’ in signing the Brazilian, who has struggled to hit the heights he scaled at Liverpool since moving to the Nou Camp 12 months ago.Coutinho hasn’t started a La Liga game since December 2 and that is said to have angered the Blaugrana’s record signing, who has seen Ousmane Dembele move past him in the pecking order in recent times.It is claimed that Coutinho has no intention of leaving Barcelona yet, especially with his family happy living in Catalonia, but that could change if the 26-year-old’s situation doesn’t improve between now and the end of the season.A move to United would give Coutinho a chance to win his first trophy in English football. last_img read more

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Overwhelming Support for National Debt Exchange

first_imgMinister of Finance and Planning, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips, says there is almost a 100 per cent take up by bondholders in the National Debt Exchange (NDX). He said that while the Ministry has not finished tallying the numbers, indications are that “we have met the bar and the target”, in regard to the NDX prior action, as stipulated in the staff-level agreement reached with the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The Minister was addressing the Social Development Commission’s (SDC) Parish Forum, held at the St. Mary High School on Thursday, February 21.                                                                                      Under the NDX, Government bond holders are being asked to exchange their existing bonds for bonds with longer maturities and at lower interest rates. The principal will not be affected. Dr. Phillips hailed the commitment and patriotism of the participants, and noted that discussions are also going well between the Finance Ministry and the unions representing public sector employees. He thanked the workers for their sacrifice and demonstrated patriotism.  Addressing the intention to use $11 billion annually, for four years, from the National Housing Trust (NHT), to assist in the economic programme, Dr. Phillips emphasized that the Government will not do anything to impair the operations of the agency. He noted that if the money did not come from the NHT, it would have had to come from somewhere else. He stated that in light of a possible legal challenge to prevent the Government’s use of the NHT’s funds, the Cabinet is prepared to take the necessary legislative action to make it happen. The Minister said the Government will not have the programme derailed, as there is too much at stake for the development of the country. Dr. Phillips also explained to the St. Mary residents, that as part of the IMF agreement the country needs to cut its debt to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) ratio down to 95 per cent by 2020. He reiterated the need for the revenue enhancement measures announced, which will be effective as of April 1.last_img read more

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Christina Applegate To Be Honored At Wonder Woman Walk

first_imgAward-winning actress and breast cancer advocate Christina Applegate and distinguished oncologist and women’s health advocate Dr. Philomena McAndrew will be honored for their persevering and courageous fight against breast cancer at the inaugural Jessica M. Berman WONDER WOMAN WALK for Breast Cancer, presented by Tower Cancer Research Foundation’s (TCRF) and the Jessica M. Berman Memorial Foundation (JMBMF) on Sunday, September 13, 2015 at Palisades Park, 851 Alma Real, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272.Check-in begins at 8:00 AM PST; 5k walk begins at 9 AM PST. Over 600 registered walkers will participate in this family-friendly event, which celebrates breast cancer survivors and honors those who have lost their battle with the disease.Jessica M. Berman, a loving Los Angeles wife, mother and friend, was diagnosed with Stage III breast cancer while five months pregnant with her son Leo. At the tender age of 34, she became a tireless fighter for her life, an inspiring advocate for others afflicted by this disease, and a prolific fundraiser for breast cancer research. Since childhood, Jessica had an affinity for Wonder Woman, the warrior princess fighting for justice and peace. She came to embody this heroine in her personal battle against breast cancer. Though Jessica passed away on August 24, 2014, at age 38, her legacy lives on through the WONDER WOMAN WALK.The proceeds from the Walk will benefit the Jessica M. Berman Fund at Tower Cancer Research Foundation, which provides funding for important and innovative breast cancer research and patient support services.TCRF has been the Southern California cancer patient’s greatest ally since 1996. The foundation is known for its stellar reputation professionally vetting cancer research programs and maximizing the impact of donor-investors. Tower, which is focused on Southern California, provides grants for clinical trials, innovative cancer research, caring patient support and community education. Tower’s vanguard LACanSurvive free patient support services program includes patient mentoring, cancer support groups, classes, workshops and support for caregivers. In line with its mission to advance cancer research on every level, Tower supports forward-thinking and talented physician scientists with awards of annual grants to those doing cutting edge bench-to-bedside lab research.To register for the walk, visit www.wonderwomanwalk.org or call 310.299.8470.last_img read more

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Tech giants still stumbling in the social world they created

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Who knew connecting the world could get so complicated? Perhaps some of technology’s brightest minds should have seen that coming.Social media bans of conspiracy theorist Alex Jones have thrust Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and others into a role they never wanted — as gatekeepers of discourse on their platforms, deciding what should and shouldn’t be allowed and often angering almost everyone in the process. Jones, a right-wing provocateur, suddenly found himself banned from most major social platforms this week, after years in which he was free to use them to promulgate a variety of false claims.Twitter, which one of its executives once called the “free speech wing of the free speech party,” remains a lonely holdout on Jones. The resulting backlash suggests that no matter what the tech companies do, “there is no way they can please everyone,” as Scott Shackelford, a business law and ethics professor at Indiana University, observed.Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter’s Jack Dorsey and crew, and Google’s stewards of YouTube gave little thought to such consequences as they built their empires with lofty goals to connect the world and democratize discourse. At the time, they were the rebels aiming to bypass the stodgy old gatekeepers — newspaper editors, television programmers and other establishment types — and let people talk directly to one another.“If you go back a decade or so, the whole idea of speech on social media was seen as highly positive light,” said Tim Cigelske, who teaches social media at Marquette University in Wisconsin. There was the Arab Spring. There were stories of gay, lesbian and transgender teens from small towns finding support online.At the same time, of course, the companies were racing to build the largest audiences possible, slice and dice their user data and make big profits by turning that information into lucrative targeted advertisements.The dark side of untrammeled discourse, the thinking went, would sort itself out as online communities moderated themselves, aided by fast-evolving computer algorithms and, eventually, artificial intelligence.“They scaled, they built, they wanted to drive revenue as well as user base,” said technology analyst Tim Bajarin, president of consultancy Creative Strategies. “That was priority one and controlling content was priority two. It should have been the other way around.”That all got dicier once the election of President Donald Trump focused new attention on fake news and organized misinformation campaigns — not to mention the fact that some of the people grabbing these new social-media megaphones were wild conspiracy theorists who falsely call mass shootings hoaxes, white nationalists who organize violent rallies and men who threaten women with rape and murder.While the platforms may not have anticipated the influx of hate speech and meddling from foreign powers like Russia, North Korea and China, Bajarin said, they should have acted more quickly once they found it. “The fact is we’re dealing with a brave new world that they’ve allowed to happen, and they need to take more control to keep it from spreading,” he said.That’s easier said than done, of course. But it’s particularly difficult for huge tech companies to balance public goods such free speech with the need to protect their users from harassment, abuse, fake news and manipulation. Especially given that their business models require them to alienate as few of their users as possible, lest they put the flood of advertising money at risk.“Trying to piece together a framework for speech that works for everyone — and making sure we effectively enforce that framework — is challenging,” wrote Richard Allan, Facebook’s vice-president of policy, in a blog post Thursday. “Every policy we have is grounded in three core principles: giving people a voice, keeping people safe, and treating people equitably. The frustrations we hear about our policies — outside and internally as well — come from the inevitable tension between these three principles.”Such tensions force some of the largest corporations in the world to decide, for instance, if banning Nazis also means banning white nationalists — and to figure out how to tell them apart if not. Or whether kicking off Jones means they need to ban all purveyors of false conspiracy theories. Or whether racist comments should be allowed if they are posted, to make a point, by the people who received them.“I don’t think the platforms in their heart of hearts would like to keep Alex Jones on,” said Nathaniel Persily, a professor at Stanford Law School. “But it’s difficult to come up with a principle to say why Alex Jones and not others would be removed.”While most companies have policies against “hate speech,” defining what constitutes hate speech can be difficult, he added. Even governments have trouble with it. One country’s free speech is another country’s hate speech, punishable by jail time.Facebook, Twitter, Google, Reddit and others face these questions millions of times a day, as human moderators and algorithms decide which posts, which people, which photos or videos to allow, to kick off or simply make less visible and harder to find. If they allow too much harmful content, they risk losing users and advertisers. If they go too far and remove too much, they face charges of censorship and ideological bias.“My sense is that they are throwing everything at the wall and seeing what sticks,” Persily said. “It’s a whack-a-mole problem. It’s not the same threats that are continuing, and they have to be nimble enough to deal with new problems.”___AP Technology Writer Mae Anderson contributed to this story.last_img read more

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AAP says no to alliance just in Delhi

first_imgNew Delhi: The Aam Aadmi Party on Saturday said an alliance just in Delhi is not possible after the Congress refused to have a tie-up anywhere else with it. Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said that giving three seats to the Congress in the national capital would mean “giving three seats to the BJP”, when asked his opinion on the 4:3 seat sharing formula proposed by the Congress. He said the Congress first proposed 6:3:1 seat sharing formula to the AAP in Haryana where six seats would be for Congress, three for Janayak Janata Party and one seat for AAP. “Our decision to form an alliance with the Congress was to stop the Modi-Shah duo,” he said. Senior party leader Sanjay Singh said they have agreed to all the seat sharing arrangements that the Congress proposed but even then the grand old party backtracked. “After discussions with our alliance partner in Haryana JJP we agreed to it but the Congress refused and said they can’t give more than two seats to the JJP and proposed 7:2:1 formula,” said Singh, who was negotiating with the Congress. JJP chief Dushyant Chautala even agreed to that but then the Congress backtracked again on Friday night, saying there is no possibility of formation of any alliance anywhere except Delhi, he said. However, sources say that even though the possibility of formation of an alliance has been completely closed in Haryana, the AAP is still open to alliance in the national capital in 5:2 formula with five seats for the ruling party.last_img read more

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