MANDEVILLE, Jamaica (CMC):Jamaica defeated Guyana by five wicketsin the opening roundof the Regional Under-19 Championship at Manchester High Schoolyesterday.Scores:Guyana 203 all out off 44.3 overs (Ronaldo Alimohamed 39, Kassem Khan 29, Akenie Adams 23, Keemo Paul 20, Oshane Thomas 3-41, Tyrone Daley 3-32, Odean Smith 2-51).Jamaica 204 for five off 45.2 overs (Shahid Crooks 73 not out, Ramone Francis 53; Sherfane Rutherford2-32).
Girls Coach Elena Schmidt says the team has made big strides in their serves. She notes that having a strong service game is the biggest step when it comes to winning on the court.“The absolute biggest improvement was serving consistency and getting our serves in,” she says. “That in the end is what wins games. The games that we were ahead and winning, that’s what we were being strong at.”Schmidt credits practice, as well as the team being more experienced in playing together as the main reasons behind the improvement.- Advertisement -“We put a lot more focus in practice on it and put it into the girls’ heads how important that is,” she says. “I think the girls just stepped up and brought their game in that area.”Despite the improvements in the serving game, there are areas where the team would like to get things cleaned up when it comes to generating offence during games. “I want to get our offence running,” Schmidt states. “That means good passes so we can run our offence because we’re hitting really well and the setters and hitters are connecting. We just need that first pass to set it up.”Advertisement Be sure to keep tabs on the progress of both the senior boys and girls teams over the weekend on energeticcity-beta.mystagingwebsite.com as scores will be posted from both teams.
Captain Eoin Morgan said England were outplayed by the West Indies after his side’s heartbreaking loss in the final of the ICC World Twenty20 at the Eden Gardens on Sunday. Carlos Brathwaite struck four consecutive sixes in the last over to seal a dramatic four-wicket win for the West Indies, who were also aided by Marlon Samuels’ unbeaten 85.”Congratulations to the West Indies, they were better. Huge highs and lows for us. We were certainly in the game, put ourselves in a position to win the game,” Morgan said at the post-match presentation ceremony.West Indies needed 19 runs in the last over and Brathwaite (34 not out) smashed Ben Stokes for sixes off the first four balls.Morgan said England were never sure of a victory going in to the last over. “Never sure going into the final over.”Earlier, Brathwaite took 3 for 23 to help restrict England to 155 for 9 on a good batting surface. For the 2010 champions, Joe Root top scored with 54 off 36 balls.The England skipper said his team failed to put up enough runs on the board and were 30-40 runs short.”We didn’t have enough runs on the board, it was a really good batting surface, should have had 180-190 on the board. We showed an immense amount of character in the tournament, not quite done enough to win it,” he added.Morgan also refused to blame Stokes after the right-hand pacer was taken to the cleaners by Brathwaite in the 20th over.”It’s not his fault, we’re all in this together, we enjoy our wins – and the pain will be shared tonight,” he concluded.advertisementThe 2012 champion West Indies become the first team to lift the World T20 title twice. The West Indies women also defeated Australia earlier today to win the World T20 trophy at the same venue.
4Warriors2014-156/16/15103✓1822.3 10Pistons1988-896/13/8999✓1788.1 1Bulls1995-966/9/9697✓1853.1 There was plenty of “greatest of all time” speculation swirling around the Golden State Warriors at this time last year, as they tore through the Western Conference after breaking the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls’ record for regular-season victories. As it turns out, though, the Warriors weren’t even the greatest team of the 2015-16 season, since they lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals. I suppose we all learned our collective lesson, because there hasn’t been anywhere near as much GOAT chatter this time around.The irony, of course, is that this version of the Warriors might actually be the best NBA team ever. Although they “only” won 67 games during the regular season, the 2016-17 Warriors had a better schedule-adjusted point differential than they did in their 73-win season, and then they rattled off what is so far the most dominant postseason of any team in recent memory (including the fabled 2001 L.A. Lakers).And if they can take care of Cleveland without much trouble in Game 1 of the NBA Finals, they’ll officially become the GOAT — at least, according to the Elo ratings, our pet system for judging an NBA team’s strength at any given moment.As my boss wrote on Saturday, the LeBron James Cavaliers have had a tendency to make Elo look silly. But by now, Elo has learned from its mistakes and is (mostly) giving Cleveland its due. The main reason our prediction system is still giving the Cavs a minuscule 10 percent chance of defending their championship, then, is that the Warriors are just so ridiculously dominant.Golden State’s Elo rating is currently 1850.5, which ranks second in NBA history to the peak rating of the ’96 Bulls (1853.1) — which was set after Chicago took a 3-0 lead over the Seattle SuperSonics in the NBA Finals. (The Bulls’ Elo would dip to a final rating of 1823 after they lost two of the next three games to the Sonics.) TEAMSEASONDATEGAME NO.DURING PLAYOFFS?ELO 3Warriors2015-1612/11/15241838.6 The best peak Elo ratings in NBA history 6Bulls1996-972/4/97471811.3 9Bulls1997-986/10/98101✓1788.3 8Lakers2008-096/14/09105✓1790.0 7Spurs2015-163/19/16691800.1 2Warriors2016-175/22/1794✓1850.5 5Celtics1985-865/29/8696✓1815.7 To surpass those Bulls and set a new peak-Elo record of 1853.2, the Warriors would need to prevail by eight or more on Thursday night. That’s far from an unreasonable goal; Golden State has the superior rating and is at home, so Elo actually considers them nine-point favorites for Game 1. (The Las Vegas betting line for Game 1 has the Warriors winning by seven.) According to research by Wayne Winston and Jeff Sagarin, the probability of a nine-point NBA favorite winning by at least eight is about 54 percent.But even if Cleveland plays the Warriors close in Game 1, a new Elo record is inevitable as long as Golden State keeps winning. A string of one-point victories in Games 1 through 3 would be enough to push the Warriors past the Bulls’ mark with at least a game to spare in the series. But any loss could be a major setback for the record-breaking bid. Even a three-point loss in Game 1 would need to be followed by four straight four-point wins to pull Golden State ahead of Chicago; a stray double-digit loss would require four 10-point wins in a row. And two losses in the series might prove too much for the Warriors to overcome unless they also rack up offsetting blowout wins, particularly if the Cavs’ wins are spaced apart in the series (Elo gives more weight to more recent games).Then again, it’s also possible that the Warriors could set an all-time peak Elo record after Game 1 and then the Cavs could rally back to win the series. In that scenario, Golden State’s season would parallel that of the 2007 New England Patriots, who set the NFL’s peak Elo record when they rattled off 18 straight wins before losing the Super Bowl. We’re guessing the Warriors would probably rather have the title. Source: ESPN, Basketball-Reference.com
Playboy magazine expects a 30 percent decline in advertising revenues in the first quarter of 2008, the company told investors today during its fourth quarter earnings call. The company reported $85.9 million total net revenue, down $1.1 million compared to the same period in 2006.Playboy’s publishing group reported $24.7 million in revenue, a $1.5 million segment loss for the quarter. Flat newsstand revenues and lower subscription revenues led to a five percent decline in total circulation revenues to $12.6 million. Advertising revenues declined three percent in the quarter to $8 million.The publishing group’s net revenue in 2007 was $93.8 million, down from $97.1 million in 2006. The grim advertising projection comes on the heels of its Fas-Fax audit statement, released Monday, which shows single copy sales of the magazine fell 35.8 percent during the second half of 2007. Overall, total circulation fell from 3,001,723 to 2,700,262—a 10 percent drop.The overall earnings report included a $1.9 million charge due to the sale of the Andrita television studio, a deal the company expects to be completed in March 2008.Net income for Playboy Enterprises totaled $4.9 million in 2007, more than double the $2.3 million reported in 2006. The company attributed the growth, in part, to its licensing group, which was up 18 percent (to $10.5 million) from $8.9 million the year before.
00:00 /00:00 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Wikimedia CommonsPassengers are being directed to go through TSA checkpoints at Terminals C and E.Update: As of January 18, Terminal B will remain closed until further notice.The TSA security checkpoint and ticketing counter at Bush Intercontinental Airport’s Terminal B will remain closed due to staffing shortages, as a result of the partial government shutdown.“We worked with our federal partners, TSA, when they indicated to us that there were some issues with the number of TSA officers who were on duty for us to be able to fully staff all seven security checkpoints at Bush,” Bill Begley, the public information officer for the Houston Airport System, told Houston Matters. “Terminal B in terms of volume was the obvious choice.”Begley said that about 2,300 passengers typically pass through the security lanes at Terminal B. “When you compare that to the 35,000 or so that go through security lines on a daily basis at Bush, that was the one that had the least amount of impact,” he said.Flights scheduled to depart from Terminal B, which houses United Airlines, are still operating normally, and passengers are being re-directed to go through TSA checkpoints at Terminals C and E.Terminal B’s checkpoint closed Sunday, January 13 at 3:30 pm and was initially scheduled to reopen Monday morning, according to a release from IAH. But Begley says the decision to reopen Terminal B’s security checkpoint will be based on a day-to-day assessment. “If TSA sees numbers that allow them to fully staff efficiently all seven checkpoints they’ll let us know and we will adjust,” he said.The @TSA security checkpoint at Terminal B has been closed, and passengers will be routed to either Terminal C or E. if you have a flight, please allow extra time, and check https://t.co/a5cyZuGvqF for wait times. #fly2houston— Houston Bush Airport (@iah) January 13, 2019TSA agents are among the 800,000 government employees that have either been furloughed or are required to work without pay during the partial government shutdown, which at 24 days is currently the longest shutdown in the country’s history.As essential employees, TSA agents are required to work without pay. This has resulted in an increase in agents calling in sick to protest the shutdown. On Monday morning, 7.6 percent of TSA agents had unscheduled absences nationwide — up from 3.2 percent a year ago — according to TSA.This morning, TSA experienced a national rate of 7.6 percent unscheduled absences compared to a 3.2 percent rate one year ago, Monday, January 15, 2018. Most importantly, security standards remain uncompromised at our nation’s airports.— Michael Bilello (@TSA_Bilello) January 14, 2019Miami International Airport also closed a terminal over the weekend, and security lines at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport were reported to be over an hour long on Monday.With Terminal B’s security checkpoint closed, airport officials — along with Mayor Turner — are encouraging people to arrive early to allow for possible longer wait times to get through security.Passengers can also view estimated wait times for each of the terminals online. Despite Terminal B being closed, as of Monday afternoon the average wait times for Terminal C and E were both under 10 minutes. X Listen Share
Tennis is what made Venus and Serena famous, but it was their philanthropic work that took center court Dec. 2 at the Southeast Tennis & Learning Center in Ward 8. The tennis icons served up “A Family Affair” to bring people together to combat violence and raise money for the Williams Sisters Fund that pays for the sisters’ joint philanthropic projects.Serena and Venus Williams spent the day on Dec. 2 in a tennis exhibition with local children while attending “A Family Affair Presented by Oath” to benefit the Yetunde Price Resource Center and the Williams Sisters Fund at the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center in D.C. on Dec. 2. (Photo by Andre Sturdivant)Money was also slated for the Yetunde Price Resource Center in Compton, Calif., where the sisters grew up. The center supports people who have lost loved ones to violence. The sisters named it in honor of their older sister who was gunned down in a 2003 drive-by shooting in their hometown. “A lot of times you don’t know what your options are, and there are a lot of options,” Venus Williams told reporters at the tennis center. “There’s a lot of assistance, so we’re here to hopefully hold peoples’ hand through that every step of the way — long after the people stop visiting and the cards stop coming and the pies stop coming, there’s life to deal with — and that’s why we’re here.” At the Dec. 2 fundraiser, the sisters took part in a panel discussion at the Southeast Tennis & Learning Center about violence that was moderated by ESPN cohost Jemele Hill. A tennis exhibition between the sisters and local kids followed. With the exception of a brief news conference with the Williams sisters, organizers excluded media from the entire event. The Southeast Tennis & Learning Center exposes kids to tennis and provides tutoring, life and computer skills, a library and positive reinforcement. The public center, which brands itself as a crown-jewel facility, holds 20 sanctioned tournaments a year and houses the George Washington University men’s and women’s tennis teams. If the sisters had access to a similar resource when they were learning how to play tennis in Compton, it would have been “scary” because “we would have been so much better it would have been crazy,” Serena Williams told reporters. To date, the 16-year-old center has served more than 10,000 District youth, according to its website. The center’s president and founder Cora Masters Barry said the Williams sisters have supported it from the beginning. “It’s been a love fest, ‘a family affair,’ since 1996 and they never deserted us,’ she told reporters. “We’ve just been family and the center was built in the same kind of community where they grew up and where they came out of … so it’s really very connected.” Barry said she hopes to expand the city-owned facility to 25 courts and to “make it a national training center.” The center opened in 2001.The sisters landed in the District after having a remarkable year of their own.Though she didn’t win a tournament in 2017, a resurgent Venus Williams, 37, reached the finals of several major tennis events — the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the year-end WTA finals.“You have to show up so why not compete?” she said. “So since you have to wake up in life, give your best every single day.”After defeating her sister at the Australian Open to win her 23rd Grand Slam singles title, Serena Williams, 36, considered by many to be the greatest athlete of all time, took the rest of the year off to have her daughter, Alexis Olympia. She said being a mom is an honor she’s still adjusting to. “In the beginning, the crying was very difficult, but I’m just so happy for everything and every moment and I’m just loving it, she said. Last month, Serena Williams tied the knot in New Orleans with Alexis Ohanian, cofounder of Reddit — Vogue magazine devoted an entire spread to their wedding.Even though Serena Williams’ publicist didn’t get back to the AFRO about whether she’ll defend her title at the 2018 Australian Open, she did tweet Dec. 4 that she was heading to a practice session, which indicates she’s working hard to get back on the court.Hamil Harris contributed to this article.