Steroids cut death rates among critically ill COVID-19 patients, major study finds

first_imgDexamethasone has been in widespread use in intensive care wards treating COVID-19 patients in some countries since then.Martin Landray, a professor of medicine and epidemiology at the University of Oxford who worked on the dexamethasone trial that was a key part of the pooled analysis published on Wednesday, said the results mean doctors in hospitals across the world can safely switch to using the drugs to save lives.The WHO’s updated guidance, published on its website late on Wednesday, said corticosteroids should only be used in treatment of the sickest COVID-19 patients, and not in non-severe cases, since “the treatment brought no benefits [in milder cases] and could even prove harmful”.The UN health agency also urged countries to maintain sufficient stocks of corticosteroids, “while not maintaining excessive stocks which could deny other countries access”.Researchers said the benefit was shown regardless of whether patients were on ventilation at the time they started treatment. Topics : Treating critically ill COVID-19 patients with corticosteroid drugs reduces the risk of death by 20%, an analysis of seven international trials found on Wednesday, prompting the World Health Organization to update its advice on treatment.The analysis – which pooled data from separate trials of low dose hydrocortisone, dexamethasone and methylprednisolone – found that steroids improve survival rates of COVID-19 patients sick enough to be in intensive care in hospital.”This is equivalent to around 68% of [the sickest COVID-19] patients surviving after treatment with corticosteroids, compared to around 60% surviving in the absence of corticosteroids,” the researchers said in a statement.center_img The WHO’s clinical care lead, Janet Diaz, said the agency had updated its advice to include a “strong recommendation” for use of steroids in patients with severe and critical COVID-19.”The evidence shows that if you give corticosteroids …[there are] 87 fewer deaths per 1,000 patients,” she told a WHO social media live event. “Those are lives … saved.”Jonathan Sterne, a professor of medical statistics and epidemiology at Britain’s Bristol University who worked on the analysis, said the trials – conducted by researchers in Britain, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Spain and the United States – gave a consistent message throughout, showing the drugs were beneficial in the sickest patients regardless of age or sex or how long patients had been ill.The findings, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, reinforce results that were hailed as a major breakthrough and announced in June, when dexamethasone became the first drug shown to be able to reduce death rates among severely sick COVID-19 patients.last_img read more

Confidence in property slowly rises

first_img5 Fryer St, North WardTOWNSVILLE’S residential property market is still at the start of the recovery, according to the latest Herron Todd White report.The HTW December month in review report states that while infrastructure projects were helping to kickstart the economy, there was still a lack of confidence.“Major projects such as the North Queensland Stadium and Haughton pipeline duplication underway along with a number of projects in the pipeline are providing improving economic conditions,” the report stated. “There, however, remains uncertainty around job security and the longevity and impact of these projects.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“The rental vacancy rate has reduced throughout the year and we have seen a slight increase in rents in some locations.”The report also notes that inner-city and city fringe suburbs performed strongly.“The inner city 4810 postcode and in particular North Ward and Belgian Gardens have seen good levels of activity and firming prices, however, we have not seen the ripple effect of this increased activity transfer through to the market in the fringe or outer suburbs,” the report stated.“Overall the present market is highly suburb selective, with the recovery for houses more advanced than for units and land sales remain at very low levels.”Demand for the seaside suburb of North Ward resulted in multiple seven-figure sales throughout the year.5 Fryer St in North Ward sold for $1.75 million in May while 75 Cook St in North Ward sold for $1 million in June and an apartment at 4/62 The Strand was bought for $1.125 million in April.last_img read more

Update on the latest in sports:

first_imgNCAA board supports name, image and likeness compensationUNDATED (AP) — The NCAA has announced that its Board of Governors supports a plan that gives athletes the ability to cash in on their names, images and likenesses as never before and without involvement from the association, schools or conferences. Ohio State President and board chairman Michael Drake called it an “unprecedented” move by the NCAA.The next step is for membership to draft legislation by Oct. 30. Plenty of details still need to be worked out, including how to ensure that these sponsorship deals aren’t being used as improper inducements to recruits. A formal vote will be taken by schools at the next convention in January and new rules will go into effect no later than the 2021-22 academic year.NFL-NEWSAP Source: Goodell reduces salary to $0 — Bryan Cox. Jr. has inked a one-year contract with the Bulls after splitting last season between Carolina and Cleveland. Bryan Cox Sr. was a 12-year NFL linebacker and best known in Buffalo for antagonizing the Bills and their fans during his five seasons with the Dolphins.— The Colts now have two kickers under contract for next season while the NFL’s career scoring leader, Adam Vinatieri, remains a free agent. Indianapolis signed Rodrigo Blankenship to join fellow kicker Chase McLaughlin.— Former Jaguars linebacker Telvin Smith has been arrested on a charge of unlawful sexual activity with certain minors. The 29-year-old Smith was booked into the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Jail Wednesday and was being held on a $50,003 bond. No details or police report was immediately available.— The NFL has renewed its streaming deal with Amazon for Thursday night games for three years. Amazon Prime Video and Twitch also will have exclusive streaming rights to one additional regular-season game in 2020. Amazon Prime Video and Twitch will stream 11 Thursday night games broadcast by Fox, giving access to more than 150 million paid Prime members.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-NBA Associated Press Verge turning proUNDATED (AP) — The list of underclassmen interested in the upcoming NBA draft continues to swell.Alonzo Verge Jr. has become the third Arizona State player to declare for the draft. The junior guard joined Remy Martin and Romello White among the 205 underclassmen so far on the league’s official list. Players have until June 3 to remove their names from the June 25 draft.Verge played 28 games and made nine starts for the Sun Devils last season, averaging 14.6 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists.Also declaring Wednesday were Utah sophomore guard Timmy Allen, Creighton forward Damien Jefferson and Southern California guard Elijah Weaver. The 6-foot-6 Allen earned second-team All-Pac-12 honors from the AP after averaging 17.3 points, 7.3 boards and 3.0 assists for the Utes last season. Leading plan for NHL return includes empty rinksUNDATED (AP) — The leading plan for hockey coming back this summer involves playing at a few empty NHL arenas to finish the season and award the Stanley Cup.Unknowns about the coronavirus have kept the league working on multiple scenarios. A person familiar with discussions tells The Associated Press the most aggressive timetable would have players returning to their home rinks as early as May 15, followed by a training camp in June. The regular season, featuring some if not all 31 teams would then begin in July, with the Cup awarded in September.In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic:— Several Major League Baseball teams have announced ticket refund policies for games not played through May because of the virus outbreak. The Cleveland Indians have offered a 10% bonus credit for fans who want to apply what they’ve paid to future games. The Boston Red Sox extended a similar bonus credit to season ticket holders. Spring training was suspended on March 12 and the regular season was delayed from its scheduled March 26 start because of the new coronavirus pandemic. A revised schedule has not been announced. MLB is exploring many options to play this year if it’s deemed safe. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-HALL OF FAME-POSTPONEMENTBaseball Hall pushes back 2020 induction ceremonyUNDATED (AP) — Derek Jeter was a first-ballot Hall of Famer a few months ago, but he’ll have to wait an extra year to be inducted at Cooperstown. UNDATED (AP) — Oregon women’s basketball star Sabrina Ionescu and Iowa wrestler Spencer Lee shared the Sullivan Award as the country’s top amateur athlete.Ionescu swept every major women’s basketball award, including being a unanimous choice as the AP player of the year. She had an NCAA-record 26 career triple-doubles and was the first NCAA player – men’s or women’s – to reach 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 1,000 assists.Lee was 18-0 for the Hawkeyes this year as a junior before the season was stopped. The 125-pounder won NCAA titles his first two seasons.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 UNDATED (AP) — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has reduced his salary to zero, according to a person familiar with the move. The person told The Associated Press that Goodell voluntarily had his salary reduced this month. He makes upward of $30 million a year from salaries and bonuses.Other NFL employees will be taking pay cuts or furloughs due to the coronavirus pandemic.The league is implementing tiered reductions in base salary, beginning with the pay period ending May 22. The reduction will be 5% for workers up to the manager’s level, 7% for directors, 10% for vice presidents, 12% for senior vice presidents, and 15% for executive vice presidents.In a memo sent to league office staffers, Goodell also said no employee earning a base salary of less than $100,000 will be affected by these reductions, and no employee’s salary will be reduced below $100,000 by the reductions.In other NFL news: — Chiefs cornerback Bashaud Breeland faces a total of five charges, including resisting arrest and drug possession, after he was seen smoking marijuana in South Carolina. A York County sheriff’s deputy drew his gun on Breeland, who is also charged with resisting arrest. He was released on $2,362.50 bond after spending more than nine hours in jail. He had an interception and a team-high seven tackles in the Chiefs’ Super Bowl win over San Francisco in February.— Former Packers quarterback Brett Favre (fahrv) says Aaron Rodgers was surprised by Green Bay’s decision to draft a quarterback in the first round. Favre said Wednesday on “The Rich Eisen Show” that he had spoken with Rodgers since the Packers traded up four spots in the first round to take Utah State’s Jordan Love with the 26th overall pick in the draft Thursday. Rodgers has four years remaining on his contract, but Favre also told Eisen that “my gut tells me” the two-time MVP won’t finish his career in Green Bay.— The Falcons say they are taking a “wait-and-see approach” with defensive end Takk McKinley’s future with the team. For now, the Falcons say they are declining their fifth-year option with McKinley for 2021. McKinley, a first-round pick in 2017, has 16 1/2 sacks through three seasons.— The Ravens have exercised the fifth-year option on All-Pro cornerback Marlon Humphrey, keeping him under contract through 2021. Humphrey was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2019 after a season in which he reached career highs with 65 tackles, three interceptions, two forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.— The Cowboys have agreed to terms with free agent cornerback Daryl Worley after grabbing two corners in last week’s draft. Worley spent the past two seasons with the Oakland Raiders after playing his first two NFL seasons with Carolina. Update on the latest in sports: — The Tampa Bay Rays are the first Major League Baseball team known to plan furloughs of some full-time employees because of the coronavirus pandemic. That’s according to a person familiar with the decision who told The Associated Press they temporary cost-cutting measures will take effect on Saturday.— The LPGA Tour is pushing back the restart of its season at least another month. The target now is a tournament in Michigan on July 15-18, and that depends on whether it’s safe to return. The tour was hopeful of resuming June 19-21 in Arkansas. Commissioner Mike Whan says it’s not about being the first sport to be back but being safe. And he says the next three events on the new schedule — in Michigan, Ohio and New Jersey — will only be played if the coronavirus situation allows for it. The season-ending event in Florida would end on Dec. 20.— International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach says the future of sports after the coronavirus pandemic might mean fewer international events. In a letter to Olympic officials and athletes worldwide, Bach says “the current health crisis will lead to a long and deep economic crisis” which will affect sports. He says “governments must include sport in their economic support programs” so it can be part of a worldwide recovery.— The head of the IOC’s coordination commission for the Tokyo Olympics says he disagrees with suggestions by some scientists and doctors that a vaccine for COVID-19 is needed to hold the games. John Coates says the advice from the World Health Organization is to continue to plan for the 2021 Olympics, and he says, “that is what we’re doing.” The president of the Japan Medical Association president said Tuesday that it would only be possible for the Olympics to go ahead in July 2021 if the infections were under control, not only in Japan, but globally.— Switzerland’s federal government says professional sports teams can resume training on May 11, with a view to playing games in empty stadiums four weeks later. The government is set to make a final decision on May 27 as to whether games can resume in June. The Hall of Fame has announced that it has canceled the July 26 induction ceremony because of the coronavirus pandemic. Instead, the class will be included with any additional new choices at next year’s induction festivities.Jeter’s class includes outfielder Larry Walker and catcher Ted Simmons, along with former union head Marvin Miller.A record crowd of over 70,000 had been expected this summer at the small town in upstate New York to honor Jeter, the former Yankees captain who came within one vote of unanimous election in January.This will be the first year without an induction ceremony since 1960.NCAA-COMPENSATING ATHLETES — Italy’s sports minister says it is increasingly unlikely the soccer season will resume. He says even though professional sports teams have been given the go-ahead to resume training on May 18, “resuming training absolutely does not mean resuming the season.” The French government called off the season in that country Tuesday.— UEFA’s (yoo-AY’-fahz) leading medical official at the Union of European Football Associations says soccer competitions should be able to resume this season. Tim Meyer says all soccer organizations planning for resumptions need to produce “comprehensive protocols dictating sanitary and operational conditions” to ensure the health of those involved in the games is protected. Meyer says “it is definitely possible to plan the restart of competitions suspended during the 2019-20 season” under these conditions and if local legislation is respected.— Serena and Venus Williams and Maria Sharapova are scheduled to compete in a video game tennis tournament for charity called the “Stay at Home Slam.” The IMG agency says Naomi Osaka and Kei Nishikori (kay nee-shee-KOHR’-ee) are also participating Sunday. Participants will each pick a charity to receive a $25,000 donation and the winner will choose who gets an additional $1 million donation.COLLEGE SPORTS-SULLIVAN AWARDIonescu, Lee share Sullivan NHL-RED WINGS MOVESRed Wings sign high-scoring SwedeUNDATED (AP) — The Detroit Red Wings have signed left wing Mathias Brome to a one-year contract, adding one of the leading scorers from the Swedish Hockey League last season.The 25-year-old Brome had a career-high 43 points last season, leading Orebro HK with 17 goals and 26 assists. Brome averaged 33 points over three seasons in the SHL.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTS April 29, 2020last_img read more

Fantasy baseball draft: Week one review

first_imgJust like that, the MLB season is already a week underway. We’ve already seen some amazing action, like Giancarlo Stanton’s 484 foot moon shot, Mike Trout’s contract-validating first at bat home run and the fact that Grady Sizemore is still healthy after four long, instant replay-filled games.While the first week is incredibly entertaining for pure fans of the game, it is a headache for fantasy owners trying to decide whether they should drop their slow starting players for what they hope to be the next waiver wire superstar. Even though ESPN fantasy writers like to say that most owners are panicking over their struggling and warn them against doing so, I advocate the opposite approach. Panic on the fringe guys (save Billy Hamilton) and stay patient with the guys you shelled out a lot of money/high draft pick for.All those who are in standard leagues or anywhere close to those settings have many, almost too many, good players on the free agent list because people don’t know them yet (looking at Erasmo Ramírez, Drew Hutchison and James Paxton). Therefore, it’s important to clear room on your team for these high upside guys to occupy your precious roster space rather than an overachieving Mark Buehrle. But aside from Ramírez, Hutchison and Paxton, which other quick starters are necessities to add to your soon-to-be championship squad before anyone else in your league gets smart and adds those players themselves and which will fade into obscurity after a couple weeks?Hitters (Top 3 on ESPN’s Player Rater who are not 100% owned)Charlie Blackmon, Colorado Rockies OF, (51% confidence level)Image courtesy of Wikimedia CommonsOf all the players on this list, Blackmon is by far the biggest enigma. His six for six performance is special ­– he’s only the 66th player since 1914 to accomplish that feat. With all those sixes, it’s just fate that he’s going to be successful. If you’re less of a believer in that kind of stuff, Blackmon did hit over .300 with Colorado in 250 at bats last year with a .467 slugging percentage. With Blackmon, everything rides on his plate discipline: last year he struck out 49 times to a lowly seven walks, while through one week, it’s still only one-to-one. If he can keep that low, he’ll be the surprise breakout of the year. But if he keeps his ratio like last year, he’ll be another forgotten man.Emilio Bonifacio, Chicago Cubs, 2B/OF, (0%)Is he Bona fide or Bonifacio? The people at ESPN started asking just that several years ago because Bonifacio has fooled the fantasy world before, but he shouldn’t again. He went a record setting 11/16 with four stolen bases out of the gate, and was all the rage the first week, but he 0/3 the next day, showing his true colors. While his age wouldn’t be a conversation-ender in terms of rapid improvement, the fact that he’s been in the league seven years (compared to a guy like Blackmon with only three, none of them anywhere close to full length) should kill any hopes of progression and should instead signal a hot streak.Alejandro De Aza, Chicago White Sox, OF, (20%)An unlikely home runs leader after the first real day of baseball, who added another one two days later for good measure, Alejandro De Aza seems like that José Bautista/Edwin Encarnacion/Chris Davis type power prospect who was missing something, put it together and then became a star, right? Wrong. This is a guy who typically steals 20-25 bases and would hit for modest power if he played a full season. But he doesn’t, not because he’s injury prone, but because his manager doesn’t view him as a full-time player. And you know what, neither do I. He hits right-handers decently well, but is platooned out for teammate Dayán Viciedo when a lefty is on the mound. While some guys make a decent career off that, de Aza isn’t someone who will be worth the trouble managing your lineup every day, trying to balance when he’ll be in or out and on top of that won’t even be that reliable when he is playing righties. Leave him on the waiver wire and move on.Honorable mentions:Ángel Pagán, San Francisco Giants OF (90% confidence) – Won’t be a Chris Davis, but will definitely fill out a roster, great or points leaguesCasey McGehee, Miami Marlins 1B (60%) – I think the guy got his groove back playing in the Korean leagues and playing behind a budding superstar in Giancarlo Stanton can’t hurt.Dee Gordon, Los Angeles Dodgers, 2B/SS (75%) – I have my doubts, but they’re in the back of my mind with all my positive energy in the front. This guy will get on base, and he will steal even more.Pitchers (Top 3 on ESPN’s Player Rater who are not 100% owned)Mark Buehrle, Toronto Blue Jays SP (0% confidence level)Buehrle is the guy known for pitching complete games comes within one out of going the distance. No surprise, he seems like he’s 50 now, so who cares how taxed his arm is. But the long-time White Sox pitcher threw an unBuehrle-like 11 ks in the process, prompting a 33.5% increase in owners across ESPN to add him. He’s not getting any younger. There’s zero room for improvement and in an interview he even said he’s not doing anything differently. He will never eclipse the number of strikeouts he threw in the first start of this season, you can quote me on that.Tim Hudson, San Francisco Giants SP (5%)See Mark Buehrle. It’s the same story, except Hudson just threw 7 strikeouts, which is eye-opening only because Hudson throws around three or four per game. So why 5 percent confidence when Buehrle has zero? Hudson just signed to the Giants, so go ahead and take a flier on the ballpark, new pitching coaches or some random factor revitalizing his career. Just don’t waste any money buying that flier. If a friend gets you a flier for your birthday, don’t make it awkward and return it. But it’s definitely useful if it’s free. Otherwise, let it go.James Paxton, Seattle Mariners SP (33%)A highly regarded prospect for a couple years now, Paxton was someone I had an eye on this year, but thought he was a year away from being a major impact pitcher on the mixed league scale. However, after his first start, he’s making the case that he matters now. He has all the stuff a pitcher needs to succeed in this league, but I still think it’s one of those cases where he surprises early and then after watching some tape, hitters will figure him out and he will fall out of relevancy. Still, if you would’ve asked me what my confidence in him before the season started, I would’ve said 5 percent, showing just how much this start improved my season outlook for the kid. Despite the relatively low confidence level, he’s a guy you must add to your team if my honorable mentions aren’t already taken.Honorable Mentions:Scott Kazmir, Oakland Athletics SP (100% confidence level) – I’m really not sure why this guy isn’t 100 percent owned. He had a very good bounce-back year last year after being out of baseball for a two-year term with a k/9 over 9 and now he plays in the most pitcher friendly ballpark.Michael Pineda, New York Yankees SP (100%) – Elite rookie two years ago. Gets Tommy John. Gets traded. Becomes forgotten. Has a great spring throwing 90-91 MPH. Hits 95 consistently in his first start. This is a lock until he gets hit with an innings cap.Erasmo Ramírez, Seattle Mariners SP (80%) – There was some stat that I read two years ago that made Ramirez a really deep sleeper pick in last year’s draft. He made a couple good starts and then was out for the year. Well he’s back, and had a stellar first start. Buy in.Daniel Scheiner is a sophomore majoring in music industry. His fantasy baseball draft picks run Mondays.last_img read more

2016 NNPC Jnr Tennis: Osewa, Mcleod Are Star Performers

first_imgNational junior stars, Michael Osewa, Angel Mcleod and Fortune Aniso headlined some of the star performers at the ongoing 2016 NNPC Junior Tennis Championship at the National Stadium Lagos.Osewa, who was scheduled to be in the ITF European Tour but could not attend due to the French Embassy’s refusal to issue him visa won three of his group matches.He defeated Ezekiel Ekong of Lagos 9-2 in the boy’s 16&under while he also defeated Kazeem Fadipe 9-1 in the 18&under.McLeod also showed class as she won all her preliminary matches to advance to the next round. She defeated Toyin Asogba 9-8 on Centre Court on yesterday in the girl’s 16&under.There were also wins for Rivers State duo of Fortune Aniso and Timipre Maxwell. Aniso defeated Omolade Aderemi and Esther Olamide both from Ondo State 9-0, 9-0 to advance to the next stage in the girl’s U16 and Maxwell was equally ruthless with 9-0 bashings of Esther Marshall of Cross River and Ebere Igbokwe in the girl’s 14&under.Marylove Edward was also impressive winning two of her three games in the preliminary round. Emmanuel Jebutu also looks good to progress by beating his Lagos teammate Wilson Igbinovia 9-4 and Fabian Joseph of Kaduna 9-6.Christopher Bulus of Kaduna defeated Ahmed Adefilaka 9-2 but lost to Stephen Augustine 9-4 and needs to beat Promise Ekong to progress in the boy’s 18&under.Daniel Adeleye of Ekiti also glowed brightly, winning all his four group matches in the boy’s 12&under.The tournament which is featuring over 130 players from all states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory is organised by the International Tennis Academy run by Godwin Kienka and sponsored by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Techiman City to launch fresh appeal over league demotion

first_imgPresident of Techiman City Charles Kwadwo Ntim has confirmed they will appeal the ruling which demoted the club to the third tier of Ghana’s league on the grounds that they never bribed Wa Africa United.The Ghana Football Association Ethics Committee found Techiman City FC and Wa African United guilty of bribery and match fixing after investigations into their Division one Match day 22 game played at the Damongo Park in July 2015.What this means is that Techiman City who qualified in that zone to play in the 2015/16 Ghana Premier League will not be part of the league by virtue of the ruling.But Mr. Ntim is not giving up and according to him, he will appeal the ethics committee ruling.“I am really surprised at the ethics committee ruling and the only thing to do now is to appeal,” he told Joy Sports“The ethics committee is not the final judicial body so we will take the matter to the appeals committee.” But the chief executive officer of Wa African United, Nana Gyamerah Kwabena Yiakwa II who made the allegations against Techiman City is satisfied with the ruling.“I am not surprised at the ruling because I was expecting it, one thing we should know is that one cannot do wrong and go free,” he said“According to our football rules the receiver and the giver are all guilty so if we are demoted so be it, we accept the ruling.”–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoyFMSports. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Dodgers’ Brandon McCarthy latest to challenge big, bad Cubs

first_imgYet when he manages to dodge that medical traffic, he can throw 94 mph fastballs that sink, and cutters that impinge your hands, and he has struck out 47 this year with 13 walks.“He had a really good mix of cutter, sinker, four-seamer, with a curve here and there,” catcher Yasmani Grandal said. “It just so happened that they kept swinging out of the zone, so you say, why even bother go somewhere else? They’d try to make an adjustment but that would last for a pitch or two, and then they’d go back to the same thing.”Last year the Cubs walked 57 more times than anyone else in the National League and also led the league in on-base percentage. This year their OBP is sixth, although the Cubs lead in walks, by four over the Dodgers.“They have a lot of guys who can hit, obviously,” Grandal said. “They have a lot of contact guys who can work the count, and then the power guys can work the count as well. It just seemed like last year, you see all these power numbers, with a ton of RBI, and all of a sudden you get away from sequencing, from pitching to your strength.“So I think that, for these two days, we’ve been attacking the strike zone, and when we’ve done that, they’ve been chasing a little bit. We read the body language and Brandon took it from there.”In fact, the most important exhibit of patience came from McCarthy at the plate. He led off the fifth by drawing a walk from John Lackey, who has ridden laser command to a remarkable 15-year career. Chris Taylor launched the next pitch over the left-field fence and the Dodgers led, 3-0, and Chase Utley added the sprinkles with a two-run, two-out single. Coming in, Utley was 2-for-18 lifetime against Lackey but had three RBI on Saturday.“He’s been doing that for 40 years,” Grandal said of Utley. “It shouldn’t surprise anyone.”Then there’s Taylor, who is hitting .327 and came up as a shortstop. Maybe he was miscast. As a newbie center fielder, he has turned extra-base hits into outs, both deep and shallow.In the fourth inning, Cubs rookie Ian Happ singled toward the gap and correctly tried to make a double of it, but Taylor’s throw to second couldn’t have been better. Happ was ruled out, after a challenge.“The guys aren’t getting too high,” Roberts said. “They know we’re playing well. I’ve been on the other side, losing twice and having Clayton looming the next day.”He has also been on a late-night bus surrounded by other people’s revelry. Seven months later, the Dodgers still hear every verse. LOS ANGELES >> Alex Wood was somewhere in the visiting bullpen. Brandon McCarthy was reassembling his body.Neither was a key figure in the events of Oct. 22, 2016, when Wrigley Field throbbed with “Go Cubs Go,” and people stumbled up the stairs of the Addison L station, happy to ride to anywhere.The Cubs won the National League pennant that night, eliminating the Dodgers in the sixth game. They also won the World Series, as you might have heard.Their ability to strike a match and score five runs had made other pitchers flinch all season. Wood and McCarthy weren’t thinking that far ahead, but on Friday and Saturday in Dodger Stadium they showed what happens when you get past fear itself. Wood, who has almost given the Dodgers a half-Hershiser with 25 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings, pitched five innings with two hits and two walks on Friday. McCarthy pitched six innings Saturday with two hits and one walk.Neither allowed a run. No other Dodgers pitcher did either. The Cubs have offered just five singles in 18 innings. Today they face Clayton Kershaw.The Cubs will be fine. This is more about the Dodgers. Rich Hill has fought blisters and inconsistency. Julio Urias is in Oklahoma City. At times Kenta Maeda looks as if he’s needed a 5,000-inning tuneup.But Wood is 6-0 with a 1.69 ERA, and McCarthy is at 5-1, 3.28. When you have Kershaw, and a closer like Kenley Jansen who has posted 33 strikeouts in 18 innings with no walks, that is almost all you need.McCarthy left the ballpark shortly after Dave Roberts hooked him. He was visited by Roberts and the training staff when a balky knee began barking. Trainers are on alert for McCarthy, who suffered an epidural hematoma when the Angels’ Erick Aybar hit him in the head with a line drive five years ago, and who has been on 12 disabled lists since 2008.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

NBA Draft 2019: Knicks select RJ Barrett at No. 3

first_imgHe averaged 22.6 points, 7.6 rebounds and 4.3 assists at Duke this past season. He struggled with his 3-point shooting and hit just 30.8% of his shots from beyond the arc, which impacted his draft stock.The Knicks (17-65) finished 2018-19 with the worst record in the league and missed the playoffs for the sixth consecutive season. New York was “locked in” on the former Blue Devil despite hosting Darius Garland for a private workout Wednesday, who the Knicks were “seriously considering” at the time, according to ESPN.Barrett had previously worked out with the Knicks and repeatedly said he wanted to be in New York. Related News NBA free agency rumors: Lakers, Knicks among 6 teams interested in Bobby Portis Knicks trade rumors: New York ‘extremely open’ to dealing Frank Ntilikina for pick NBA Draft 2019 rumors: Knicks hoping to buy another second-round pick “If that ends up and I’m still there at three, I’d love for (the Knicks) to take me,” Barrett said during a recent interview. “This is the place I want to be, so I hope they draft me.” The Knicks selected RJ Barrett with the No. 3 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.He followed Duke teammate Zion Williamson, who was selected by the Pelicans at No. 1. The Grizzlies then took Murray State guard Ja Morant.last_img read more

Trump: Ukraine and China Should Investigate the Bidens

first_imgPresident Trump spoke to the press before boarding Marine One on his way to Central Florida Thursday morning.He finally directly answered the question, “What exactly did you want the President of Ukraine to do when you asked him for a favor regarding the Bidens?”Bidens Ukraine ChinaTo which Trump responded, “If it was me, I would investigate the Bidens because there is no doubt that they are crooked.  And he also said that China should also launch an investigation into the Bidens because what happened in China is just about as bad as what happened in the Ukraine.  Trump also went so far as to say that China has been able to rip off the US for so many years because corrupt politicians like Biden continued to give China a sweetheart trade deal.last_img read more

Mobile Morgues Arrive in South Florida to House the COVID-19 Dead

first_imgApparently the coolers are on standby to serve as mobile morgues in case of an overflow of bodies infected with COVID-19 in the coming weeks.“if you look at the case total and what’s going on throughout the state, we continue to see the bulk of the cases in the three southeastern Florida counties,” said Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. “They represent about 60 percent of the total cases (and) more than 60 percent of the hospitalizations.” The projected peak of coronavirus cases in Florida is still several weeks away, but the death toll continues to rise. As the county morgues fill to capacity, mobile morgues are starting to show up.Sky 10 cameras captured two refrigerated trucks arriving to the Miami-Dade medical examiner’s office Tuesday.last_img read more