Wizards Wipe Out Nets, 120-111

first_imgNEW YORK — The Washington Wizards had nine baskets and 20 points before the Nets had one of either, and Randy Wittman wished he could’ve enjoyed the show more.Problem is, he’s seen what happened next.“You relax, I think,” Washington’s coach said. “I hate it, I hate those leads. I mean I love them, but I hate them, especially at the start of the game. I mean you can look, it happens all the time, 18-2 and all of sudden end of the first quarter it’s a two-point game or something. So I just thought we relaxed a little bit.”The Wizards recovered after blowing their 20-0 lead, as Ramon Sessions had 21 points and 12 assists in a 120-111 victory over Brooklyn on April 11.Marcus Thornton scored 19 points as he and Sessions did just fine in replacing injured starting guards John Wall and Bradley Beal. J.J. Hickson had 15 points as Washington put seven players in double figures.The Wizards looked headed for a blowout victory playing at the quick tempo they prefer. Instead, they needed another big run in the fourth quarter to finally put it away.“We knew at the end of the game if we continued to play that pace we’d be fine,” Sessions said. “We just had to get some stops and we did in that second half.”The Wizards have won two straight since being eliminated from playoff contention and can finish .500 by beating Atlanta in their season finale.Shane Larkin scored a career-high 20 points and added seven assists and six rebounds for the Nets, who have lost nine in a row and have their first 60-loss season since a franchise-worst 12-70 record in 2009-10.A night after giving up 129 points in Indiana, the Nets were most defenseless again, allowing Washington to shoot 52 percent from the field.Marcin Gortat won the opening tip and then made the first basket 23 seconds in to start the early onslaught. Washington scored inside and out, with another basket by Gortat making it 20-0 before the Nets snapped their 0-for-8 start with Chris McCullough’s 3-pointer with 7 ½ minutes left in the quarter. Gortat had Washington’s first miss on the next trip, and the Nets steadied themselves and cut it to 34-28 after one.They took the lead late in the second before Kelly Oubre Jr. took a long pass and beat the buzzer from beyond 30 feet to give Washington a 70-69 edge.“I didn’t think our starters got into the game as quick as we wanted them to and the second group that got out there changed the whole intensity and pace of the game,” Nets interim coach Tony Brown said.It was close straight through the third and the Nets were down only three early in the fourth before a 13-4 run expanded Washington’s lead to 116-104.(BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Reds Homer Bailey Throws 7th NoHitter of Season

It was the fifth inning Friday night when Homer Bailey looked up to see how many innings he had pitched. He learned something more: that he had not given up a hit to the Pittsburgh Pirates.Bailey did not let that news change the way he pitched. Instead, the 26-year-old stayed the course and spun baseball’s seven no-hitter of the season, as the Reds won 1-0.“I looked up at the scoreboard (after the fifth inning) to see if I had hit 200 (innings) and saw a couple of zeros,” Bailey said. “That’s when I knew I had a chance at a no-hitter. It’s not something you think about doing.”It was the 15th no-hitter in Reds history and first since Tom Browning’s perfect game against the Los Angles Dodgers on Sept. 16, 1988. The seven major league no-hitters match the modern record for one season, tying 1990 and 1991. There were eight no-hitters in 1884.“I don’t think there is any reason why there have been so many,” Bailey said. “There is a real fine line there in throwing a no-hitter. A bloop can fall in the outfield or an infielder can be in the wrong position and there goes your hit. You have to be extremely fortunate to throw a no-hitter, and we had luck on our side tonight.”Bailey (13-10) struck out 10 and walked one. He threw 115 pitches and retired the side in order in the ninth, striking out pinch-hitter Brock Holt and inducing Machael McKenry and Alex Presley into pop outs. Bailey was mobbed near the mound by happy teammates and doused with water.Bailey improved to 5-0 with a 1.40 ERA in six career starts at PNC Park. All three of his complete games and both his shutouts have come against Pittsburgh.It was the first time the Pirates had been held hitless since Hall of Famer Bob Gibson pitched the lone no-hitter of his career in 1971 for the St. Louis Cardinals. Cincinnati, which clinched the NL Central title last Saturday, improved to 95-62. The Reds are tied with Washington for the best record in the NL. read more

For One Former AllStar The Hits Stopped Coming

You have to feel for Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis. Yes, Davis is being paid handsomely ($23 million) this season, and he’s had a solid 12-year major league career. But he currently finds himself mired in one of the most inglorious streaks in baseball history: zero hits in his past 49 at-bats, a new MLB record for futility.Davis broke the nearly 8-year-old mark set by former Dodgers infielder Eugenio Vélez, who went 0-for-46 over a 30-game span that lasted more than a calendar year. Vélez himself “surpassed” a record (45 at-bats) that Craig Counsell had tied earlier the same summer; the original 45-at-bat mark was set by Bill Bergen in 1909 and matched by Dave Campbell in 1973. Here’s a progression of all hitless streaks (among nonpitchers) that lasted 40 or more at-bats over time since 1908, the earliest season in Baseball-Reference.com’s game-level data:1This data set was compiled in part using Baseball-Reference’s Streak Finder but may be incomplete for streaks before 1973, when Baseball-Reference’s play-by-play data coverage begins. Before the season, FanGraphs’ depth chart projections called for Davis to hit just .200 this year, largely by virtue of the awful .168 mark he posted last season — already tied for 34th-worst ever by a hitter in a season that qualified for the batting crown. After Davis’s 0-for-28 start in 2019, FanGraphs now see him with a .193 projected batting average over the rest of the season, implying that they believe his true batting-average talent to be 7 points below the Mendoza Line. (Most of the time, players with extremely low batting averages have substantially higher true talent but are also very unlucky.) Combining that with the at-bats he’s already banked, Davis projects to finish the season with a .181 average, which would once again give him one of the 75 or so worst batting-average seasons in MLB history — for the second time in as many years. (So much for reversion to the mean!)But the irony is that Davis is actually hitting the ball better this season, at least according to MLB’s Statcast tracking system. Davis’s average exit velocity of 91.3 miles per hour is higher than it was in 2016 (90.8), when he hit 38 home runs and was a meaningful contributor to plenty of Oriole victories. The big problem is that Davis strikes out so much that he doesn’t have a chance to make use of those powerful swings. So far this season, he has struck out in 47 percent of his plate appearances, more than double the MLB average rate. (Last year, he struck out 37 percent of the time.)Although Davis ought to have broken out of his hitless streak by now — Statcast reports an expected batting average of .119 for Davis this season, based on the quality of his batted balls — his strikeout totals have made it impossible for him to be a functional hitter. The only real question is how much longer the Orioles will continue to pencil him into the lineup and give him more chances to extend the now-record streak of ineffective hitting.Check out our latest MLB predictions.CORRECTION (April 9, 2019, 7 p.m.): A previous version of this story incorrectly characterized the hitless record tied by Craig Counsell. The record was 45 at-bats, not 45 games. read more

Apple Secures Deal With Warner Music Group

first_imgNews NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO May 15, 2017 – 1:50 am Bruno Mars wins 2014 Best Pop Vocal Album GRAMMY WMG catalog to be available via iTunes Store and Apple Music; agreement with Sony Music next Tim McPhateGRAMMYs Sep 7, 2017 – 4:32 pm Apple has inked an agreement with Warner Music Group, the company’s first deal with a major label since introducing its Apple Music service in 2015, according to a Bloomberg report. Email Facebook Twitter Apple Secures Deal With Warner Music Group Apple, Warner Music Ink Agreement apple-secures-deal-warner-music-group The deal will see WMG provide a catalog of songs that includes GRAMMY winners such as Ed Sheeran, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Bruno Mars, among others, available across the iTunes store and Apple Music. Bloomberg states anonymous sources claim Apple will compensate record labels with a smaller percentage of sales from Apple Music subscribers than it did compared to the first deal for the streaming service, in a bid to reduce its revenue share commitment.Meanwhile, another source stated that Apple was looking to secure a similar deal with Sony Music.Apple’s activity follows a similar lead from Spotify, which earlier this year consummated multi-year licensing deals with Universal Music Group and indie-label digital rights agency Merlin.Apple Music is a key cog in the company’s revenue stream, which the company aims to double to approximately $50 billion by 2020. On Sept. 12 Apple is scheduled to debut iPhone 8, the latest iteration of its music-friendly device that has moved more than 1.2 billion units since 2007.Facebook Goes After Music Licenseslast_img read more

Watch Anushka Sharmas cute expressions during IndiaSri Lanka World Cup match will

first_imgAnushka Sharma at India-Sri Lanka World Cup matchVideo screengrabWhile India won the recent World Cup match against Sri Lanka, a video of Anushka Sharma from the same event is now doing the rounds on social media.Anushka was present at the stadium on Saturday to cheer for her husband Virat Kohli and team India. The video shows her first enjoying her own self on the music playing in the ground. She then looks sharply towards the camera and describes something to the person sitting next to her.Although there is nothing unusual in the video, Anushka’s cute expressions certainly make it worth watching.Recently, Anushka and Virat were spotted on the streets of London. Apart from them, other players including Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma were also seen with their spouses during the ongoing World Cup 2019.While Virat has been performing brilliantly on the field, Anushka was last seen in Zero that featured Shah Rukh Khan and Katrina Kaif. Although the film did not fare well at the box office, Anushka’s performance was much appreciated.Cutie! @AnushkaSharma had a gala time in the stands during the #IndiaVsSriLanka match yesterday. pic.twitter.com/HelONjy5c0— Filmfare (@filmfare) July 7, 2019last_img read more