SAN FRANCISCO — Kevin Pillar raced diagonally back toward center field and dove to rob Kevin Cron of an extra-base hit in the top of the first inning, a play that allowed the Giants to double up Adam Jones at first base.It was the Giants’ most memorable play Saturday — a catch of the year candidate — and even then, it didn’t come without some bad luck. After an official review, it was determined Ildemaro Vargas had touched home plate for the Arizona Diamondbacks’ second run of the inning …
6 December 2005The majority of South Africans living abroad remain connected to their home country in various ways and intend to return in the future, according to a survey commissioned by Homecoming Revolution.The research, conducted by Research International, found that 46% of South Africans living abroad source local news on a daily basis, and that 77% have some form of investment in South Africa.Over 1 000 South Africans living abroad were interviewed for the survey, with 81% saying they intend to return to SA in the future.The research sample was made up exclusively of people with ready internet access. Although representing a diverse group, “this sample cannot be considered to be conclusively representative of the country’s population or of those South Africans abroad,” Research International noted. Homecoming Revolution is a non-profit organisation, sponsored by First National Bank, that encourages and helps South Africans abroad to return to the country.Homecoming Revolution MD Martine Schaffer said the findings were especially significant in the light of the recent message from the government that South Africa needed more skills to grow its economy.Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka told the Sunday Times two weeks ago that the government was looking to recruit skilled white South Africans at home and abroad as part of its programme to boost economic growth to 6% of GDP by 2014.Research findingsAccording to the Research International survey, South Africans living abroad are still very interested in what is going on in SA, with 46% sourcing news on SA on a daily basis and 18% sourcing such news at least two to three times a week.Of those who took part in the survey, 77% still have some form of investment in South Africa: 69% have a bank account, 32% still own a house, and 29% still maintain their SA retirement annuity.Eighty-one percent of those who participated in the survey intend to return to SA in the future – 35% because SA is “home / where they were born”, 34% because family and friends are still in SA.One in three of these people say they aim to start their own business on their return. Sixty-nine percent of all respondents believe the entrepreneurial climate in SA has improved, while 33% believe there are many opportunities in South Africa for people like themselves.Sixty-three percent of those surveyed believe the country will be better off in 10 years’ time; 48% believe South Africa has “a fantastic future” in store. The majority (62%) are more positive about SA than they were five years ago, compared to 22% who are now more negative about the country.Of those who said they would not return to SA, 44% cited crime as a deterrent. Other reasons given were lack of job opportunities (15%), poorer quality of life (20%), and affirmative action and black economic empowerment (19%).Seventy-one percent of all those surveyed said they were proud to have been born South African; 61% said they would really like to “give something back” to South Africa.SouthAfrica.info reporter
MONTREAL – A Montreal teenager has died about a week after being found at the bottom of a swimming pool following his high school gym class.The mayor of the borough where the incident occurred last Thursday issued a statement on Wednesday to announce the death of the 14-year-old boy.“Our most sincere condolences and thoughts go out to the boy’s family as well as his friends and classmates,” said Francois William Croteau.“Today, the entire borough is in mourning and has been shaken by this human drama.”He said investigations are underway to determine what happened.“I understand that the family and residents have many questions and want light to be shed on the circumstances surrounding this tragic event. For this to happen, we must let public authorities continue their work.”No one noticed the Grade 8 student’s absence when his class left the pool deck and it was the next group that found him.A school board official said both a teacher and a lifeguard were present along with between 20 and 30 of the boy’s classmates.The boy had been in critical condition since the incident.Police previously said there was no criminal investigation.
Serena Williams holds the championship trophy after defeating Caroline Wozniacki in the championship match of the 2014 U.S. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)Serena Williams got a bit of a boost in the seedings for the U.S. Open by being placed at No. 17, nine spots above her current ranking.The U.S. Tennis Association’s decision, announced Tuesday along with all the other seeds for the main draws of women’s and men’s singles, means Williams avoids a possible matchup against one of the top eight players in the third round.It also sets up a possible matchup at that stage against her older sister, Venus, who is No. 16, her ranking this week.Indeed, all of the other seeds — 32 women, 32 men — were positioned based on the WTA and ATP rankings, as usual.This will be the third Grand Slam tournament of Williams’ return to competition since her daughter was born during the 2017 U.S. Open last September. Williams dealt with health complications from childbirth, including dangerous blood clots.The USTA already had said in June that it would institute a policy that would take into account if a pregnancy affected a player’s ranking. The issue arose when Williams — a 23-time major champion and former No. 1 — was not seeded when she returned to action at the French Open in May, her first Grand Slam tournament in nearly 1½ years. She was, however, seeded at Wimbledon, put at No. 25 while ranked 183rd.Williams wound up as the runner-up at the All England Club, losing to Angelique Kerber there last month. The run to the final allowed Williams to rise to No. 28. In her next match, Williams had the most lopsided loss of her career, beaten 6-1, 6-0 by Johanna Konta in San Jose, California.USTA spokesman Chris Widmaier said the placement of Williams was determined by “balancing a variety of factors, including her return to competition following the birth of her daughter, her recent hard court performance this summer, and recognition of her achievements at the U.S. Open.”He added that the USTA thought the decision “recognizes Serena, and is fair to the remaining seeded players.”Williams, who turns 37 next month, has won the U.S. Open six times, most recently in 2014. She is one Grand Slam title away from equaling Margaret Court’s all-time record of 24; Williams already owns the mark for most major singles trophies in the half-century professional era.The draw for the U.S. Open is Thursday in New York.Main-draw play begins in Flushing Meadows on Monday.
More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Embed Code Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s show (June 27, 2017), we discuss the NBA’s anointed MVP: Russell Westbrook took home the prize after a season in which he averaged a triple-double. Next, tennis: In a recent interview with NPR, John McEnroe said Serena Williams was the greatest female tennis player of all time but that “if she played the men’s circuit, she’d be like 700 in the world.” We examine why so many discussions about women’s sports turn into hypothetical conversations pitting female athletes against men. Plus, a significant digit on Tim Tebow.Here are links we discussed during the show:ESPN’s Royce Young recaps Russell Westbrook’s historic season, which culminated with an MVP award.Serena Williams responded on Twitter to McEnroe’s comments.Sally Jenkins of The Washington Post writes that 44 years after the Battle of the Sexes, we’re still having the same dumb debate.A 2014 Slate piece examined why women can serve as fast as men.Significant Digit: 4 percent. Although the New York Mets promoted Tim Tebow to their high-A minor league affiliate, FiveThirtyEight’s Rob Arthur found that Tebow performed below replacement level, in the 4th percentile of player performances in low-A ball since 2005. FiveThirtyEight
Redshirt-sophomore quarterback Cardale Jones (12) waits to have the ball snapped to him during a game against Michigan on Nov. 29 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 42-28. Jones and the Buckeyes are set to begin a tough week of practices for Fall Camp.Credit: Lantern file photoThe Ohio State Buckeyes are getting ready to enter survival mode as Fall Camp will intensify next week with eight practices. Coach Urban Meyer said the team is not where they need to be just yet, but they are progressing day-to-day. For now, Meyer’s main goal is to preserve the overall health of the team, which means avoiding injuries at all costs.“I hope number one, and our prayer every morning is safety of our players, health of our players because you see it across the country right now,” Meyer said. “Man, I hit ESPN.com and FOX Sports and CBS, I pull down these Internet sites and I hit them real fast to see what’s going on across the world and you see a young guy get hurt, I don’t think the world realizes how much time goes into that, and that’s the number one thing is health of your players.”Meyer noted that the team made it through the first week virtually unscathed, with only two notable injuries.Junior H-back Dontre Wilson had a small tweak to the broken foot that caused him to miss the final six games of last season. Meyer said it is nothing major and he expects him to return to practice on either Monday or Tuesday.Redshirt freshman cornerback Marshon Lattimore is sidelined with a minor hamstring injury. Meyer downplayed Lattimore’s injury as well. He said he expects the Cleveland, Ohio, native to be back practicing this week.Meyer is looking forward to seeing how his players lean on each other during next week’s practices.“Number two is you want to make it real hard and all the walls are broken down so they bleed, we call it bleed on each other, and that means just it’s just that whole (G.K.) Chesterton quote we live by. The soldier doesn’t fight because of the hatred that’s in front of him, he or she fights because of the love of those behind him, and that’s what we’re trying to create right now. It’s a survival mentality. This week is a tough one, real tough.”Redshirt junior quarterback Cardale Jones is looking to utilize the increased practice schedule to separate himself from redshirt sophomore quarterback J.T. Barrett. Jones stressed that the upcoming week is important for every player donning the scarlet and gray.“This week is really going to be a gut check for everyone in the program,” Jones said. “To really see if you love football like you think you do.”Jones, who’s in the midst of an intense quarterback battle with Barrett, spent media day holding his 9-month-old daughter Chloe in his arms as she teethed away at her dad’s “12 Gauge” wristbands. He said juggling being a father and student athlete has been tough act to balance.“Being a father, a football player and a student at the same time, not just a football player, being a quarterback, you know that’s the difference between just being a football player,” Jones said. “So much of the game is mental, and so much of the game is film study, so it’s definitely tough. It should be easier now because she just moved back down here yesterday.”Although a strenuous slate of practices are on the horizon for the Buckeyes, the players are trying to take their mind off it and enjoy themselves when the time is right.Junior safety Tyvis Powell said the team likes to cut loose once they have the chance.“Absolutely, we definitely know how to have fun,” Powell said. “I think we got that part locked down. When it’s time to get serious, we get serious. But when we got some free time, and it’s time to enjoy ourselves, we actually know how to do that to. It’s just the best of both worlds.”The players displayed exactly what they mean by enjoying themselves, when a player came up from behind redshirt senior Braxton Miller and dunked on with a toy basketball hoop as he spoke to the media.Senior linebacker Joshua Perry said that the team is trying to stay loose through camp but remain focused for their season opener on Sept. 7 against Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia.“We have a focused team, but we are not too uptight,” Perry said. “One thing people say is you win one (championship) and you get uptight. We don’t feel that way right now.”
Russia is the host of 2018 World Cup amid persistent tension with the West about issues such as Moscow’s interference in Ukraine, it’s alleged meddling in US elections, and the nerve-agent poisoning of a former spy and his daughter in England.Russian president Vladimir Putin addressed representatives of more than 200 national soccer federations at the 68th FIFA Congress today ahead of the World Cup tournament opening tomorrow and said, according to Radio Free Europe:“I would like to make special note of FIFA’s adherence to the principle of sports outside of politics,’”Scotland needs a hero: Billy Dodds Manuel R. Medina – September 10, 2019 According to former striker, Billy Dodds his country needs a hero to inspire future generations as the team’s hope to qualify to the EURO 2020 is small.“Russia has always supported this approach.”Putin will attend the opening game of the World Cup, as Russia plays Saudi Arabia at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. The tournament, which will be played at 12 stadiums in 11 Russian cities, ends on July 15.The FIFA Congress has rule out Morocco and selected US, Canada and Mexico as the host of the 2026 World Cup.
Liverpool are ready to offload Daniel Sturridge this summer and are willing to accept bids in the region of £15m, reports the Daily TelegraphThe former England international has been told that he has no future at Anfield and will have to leave in order to gain the regular playing time that he needs.Sturridge had previously spent the latter part of last season on loan at the relegated West Brom, but he failed to make an impact and could not find the back of the net with just six appearances and two starts.Report: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…The 28-year-old has attracted the interest of the likes of Sevilla and Fenerbahce, but it remains to be seen whether they would be willing to fork out £15m for the out-of-form striker.And Liverpool have no interest in taking a cut-price deal for Sturridge and feel under no pressure to sell him immediately, despite the fact that he has fallen completely out of favour with Jurgen Klopp.
Gennaro Gattuso is impressed with AC Milan’s current brand of football and went on to praise the team after their win over Cagliari.With fellow top-four rivals securing wins prior to their clash, Milan knew anything less than a victory will see them in the seventh positionHowever, Gattuso’s men responded with an emphatic 3-0 win thanks to a Luca Ceppitelli own goal, followed by strikes from new boys Lucas Paquetá and Krzysztof Piatek to complete the rout.“We did well tonight, played good football and could’ve had more goals. I didn’t like the attitude of the midfielders in the first half, as we weren’t taking enough control,” the Coach told Football Italia via Sky.“I’ve liked our performances for a while and said we needed to get both phases right, attacking and defending. We were fortunate today.“Now it’s about hunger, the desire to work together as a unit. I don’t want to hear ‘I’ from anyone, it’s about ‘us.’“For many years we’ve reached the spring and Milan have been outside the race for the Champions League, but we need to break that trend and fight hard to be in a strong position when the final weeks arrive.Serie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….The former Rossoneri midfielder praised Calhanoglu for his effort on the flanks and his impact on the game.Way to go boys, determination begets success 👏🏼Bravi ragazzi, siamo sempre con voi 🔴⚫️#MilanCagliari pic.twitter.com/Rq2RB7Ii8s— AC Milan (@acmilan) February 10, 2019“I expect more from Hakan Calhanoglu because he has remarkable technique, but then you have to look at how much he runs, the distance he travels and the work-rate. I think he is unfairly maligned, I like the way he interprets that role.“He’s not a real winger, I know that, but he can unite the midfield with the attack and give a lot of quality to the side.”Milan will face fellow top-four rivals Atalanta in their next encounter on Saturday.
Pacific Beach has one of the highest crime rates in the county April 24, 2018 Posted: April 24, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsPacific Beach has one of the highest crime rates in the county and the people living there are fed up.They are introducing a measure called “Keep Cal Safe” to enact stricter rules on repeat offenders.KUSI’s Dan Plante was LIVE with the story. Dan Plante, Dan Plante Updated: 8:09 PM Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter