Wolf Administration Approves Funding to Promote Affordable Housing in Western Pennsylvania

first_img Human Services,  Infrastructure,  Press Release Governor Tom Wolf announced the approval of two grants totaling more than $2.2 million in funding to promote affordable housing in western Pennsylvania. The funding comes from the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP).“Access to affordable housing is one of the biggest issues facing individuals and families with low incomes,” Governor Wolf said. “These grants will make 38 quality homes available to the people in Western Pennsylvania who need it most. It’s an important step to ensure our residents have a high quality of life.”The first grant in the amount of $2 million was approved for the City of Pittsburgh. In collaboration with the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh, the city will acquire, rehabilitate, and resell 35 abandoned or foreclosed homes, specifically focusing on the areas of greatest need in the city. After the homes are rehabilitated, they will be sold to buyers with less than 120 percent of the area median income. 25 percent of the properties will be reserved to be sold to buyers with less than 50 percent of the median area income.The second grant in the amount of $238,000 was approved for Washington County. In coordination with the Redevelopment Authority of the County of Washington, the county will acquire, rehabilitate, and resell three single-family homes to income-eligible homebuyers. Like the Pittsburgh grant, the homes will be sold to buyers with less than 120 percent of the area median income. One of the homes will be sold to a buyer with less than 50 percent of the median area income. All homebuyers must also complete a minimum of eight hours of required homebuyer counseling.NSP provides grants to communities to address the housing foreclosure crisis created by subprime and other problematic mortgage lending. This program is authorized under the federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program. In addition to promoting affordable housing, the grants also help address blight issues resulting from these abandoned or foreclosed homes.For more information about the Wolf Administration’s commitment to community revitalization, visit the DCED website, and be sure to stay up-to-date with all of our agency news on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. December 14, 2018 Wolf Administration Approves Funding to Promote Affordable Housing in Western Pennsylvaniacenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Green light for SA’s wind farm

first_img6 November 2006The City of Cape Town has signed a 20-year agreement to buy “clean” electricity from Darling Wind Farm, paving the way for an innovative partnership between local and foreign investors, the government and the community of Darling to get South Africa’s first commercial wind farm venture up and running.Despite such obstacles as SA’s cheap electricity environment, and the enormous capital costs of setting up a wind farm, the country’s R70-million pilot commercial wind energy project will start operating in Darling, a small town north-west of Cape Town, in 2007.Using four giant wind turbines to generate an estimated 13.2 gigawatt-hours per year of “clean” electricity, Darling Wind Farm will feed this into the national power grid. It will then be “wheeled” through the grid and on to suppliers who have chosen to pay a 25c per kilowatt-hour surcharge for a “green” power supply.The City of Cape Town agreed in August to be the first such buyer/supplier. With growing concern over the global warming caused by the burning of fossil fuels such as coal and oil, city officials expect to sell the electricity on to an initially small but willing market.‘Green cred’ for customersThe first customers are expected to be businesses, who will pay the surcharge for a certain amount of “green” electricity while paying the standard rate – around 40c a kilowatt-hour – for the balance of their supply.These companies will then be able to showcase their “green credentials” when they market their products in South Africa and, especially, abroad, where consumers are increasingly eager to mitigate the effects of global warming by helping to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases.The project is the result of a partnership between the national government, the Danish government, the Central Energy Fund and the Darling Independent Power Producing Company.Hermann Oelsner, chief executive of Darling Wind Power and vice-president of the World Wind Energy Association, signed the 20-year power purchase agreement with Cape Town Mayor Helen Zille and city manager Achmat Ebrahim in August.Speaking after the signing, Oelsner said the agreement was the culmination of a 10-year process to establish wind energy as a sustainable source of electricity in South Africa.Its signing, he said, would facilitate “a unique and innovative partnership between local and foreign private investors, the national government, municipal government and the community of Darling, which will be an equity shareholder in the project.”17-storey-high towersDarling Wind Power will now be able to secure the necessary investment to finance the purchase of the initial four wind turbines – 17-storey-high towers with massive blades powering 42-ton engine rooms at the top of the towers.Oelsner said another six wind turbines would be added later, followed by another 10 in the longer term – noting that global demand for the turbines was so high that additional turbines would only be available by 2008 at the earliest.The City of Cape Town aims to source about 10% of its energy from renewable sources – which could include solar and other forms of energy – by 2020. The national government has set a target of an additional 10 000 gigawatt-hours a year in renewable energy for the national power grid by 2013.Public Enterprises Minister Alec Erwin has also said that the government’s aim is for independent power producers to contribute around 30% of South Africa’s total electricity supply.Eskom’s demonstration wind farmThe country’s – and sub-Saharan Africa’s – first large wind turbine facility was state power company Eskom’s facility at Klipheuwel just north of Cape Town. The pilot phase of Eskom’s Klipheuwel research and demonstration project started in August 2002 and ran through to the end of 2005.Eskom has reportedly been less than enthusiastic about the prospects for wind power generation in South Africa. Reporting on the Klipheuwel project, Eskom described the country’s wind resource as “moderate when compared to northern European conditions”.According to Eskom, South African conditions would enable wind farms to operate at a maximum capacity of about 15% to 25%, compared to about 30% in northern Europe.Oelsner has disputed this, saying the Darling wind farm has a maximum capacity factor of 34%.And while some might criticise the project for relying on a form of government subsidy, Oelsner argues that the fossil fuel and nuclear energy industries are heavily subsidised worldwide.SouthAfrica.info reporter and BuaNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Cova Tancada – GC1ZW11 – GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – November 15, 2012

first_imgA cliff, a cave, and a cachePicture this: Clear blue water, a dark cave, and a treasure. It’s a geocacher’s dream. Well, dream no more, because the geocache really exists and it’s called Cova Tancada (GC1ZW11).The difficulty 3, terrain 4 traditional geocache is located on the largest island of the Balearic Islands, Mallorca. Mallorca is not only home to beautiful beaches and rich history, but a very popular cache. Nearly 260 geocachers have logged a smiley and awarded it 129 Favorite Points since it was published by chrismaxx in October of 2009.Anyone who loves to go for a long, scenic hike when geocaching will appreciate the beauty and reward when logging this cache off the coast of Spain.Inside the caveAccording to the bilingual cache page (German and English), the cave “Sa Cova Tancada del Cap de Menorca” was once used by smugglers who built the entrance to the cave to hide their goods. Those smuggled goods were then transported to the neighboring island, Menorca.The island of Menorca is just 33 kilometers (21 miles) from Mallorca. If the weather permits, geocachers can often catch a glimpse of the nearby island on their way to discover the treasure.To embark on this adventure cachers generally set aside 1.5 hours to get to the cache from the parking location. But, once they reach the cache, time loses all meaning. Even though the cave can be intimidating at times, geocachers have reported that “the view from the end location will have you feeling peaceful and serene.”One geocacher who logged this find writes, “You will sweat, you will be full of joy, and most of all, you will feel so calm when you get to this special place. We were surrounded by a great view and a wonderful group of people. The hike up and down the cliff side was somewhat strenuous, but so worth it. I’m so glad there’s a cache here. Thank you for showing us this great place.”Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Latitude 47 blog or view the Bookmark List on Geocaching.com.If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, send an email with your name, comments, the name of the geocache, and the GC code to [email protected] path to the caveShare with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedPunta de N’ Amer – Cova de ses Crestes GC17QRE GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – August 29, 2011August 29, 2011In “Community”Where Bats Dare — Geocache of the WeekMarch 15, 2017In “Community”Summer vacation inspiration — Es Pontas (GC20APF) — Geocache of the WeekJuly 24, 2013In “Community”last_img read more

Foursquare with Cash Rewards? WeReward Wants to Pay you for Check-ins

first_imgFacebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Tags:#Location#mobile#NYT#Product Reviews#social networks#web Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Earning Points: Harder than it Looks?Here’s where the setup gets a little tricky. You can’t just say you’re at the restaurant, bar, club, etc. – you have to prove it. With a photo. You can either take a photo of your receipt or of yourself at the business. The actual task may vary depending on the advertiser (the business itself). Only after you share the photo and the advertiser approves it will you be rewarded for the check-in. Payouts are sent via PayPal. Also of note, the amount of money you receive per check-in will vary based on what the advertiser wants to pay. You receive points for each check-in and one point equals one cent. Some advertisers may offer several hundreds of points to make it worth your while, others may only offer a few. It’s entirely up to them. (Domino’s is offering 25 to start.) Points may also be used towards other products or services in some cases. sarah perez The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoscenter_img A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Related Posts New from IZEA, the company that wants to monetize everything from blog posts to tweets, is WeReward, a mobile social networking application that promises to pay you for checking in to local businesses via your mobile phone. Launching today at TechCrunch Disrupt, the startup already supports 15 million U.S. businesses and has Domino’s Pizza as a sponsor. Is this the winning model for location-based social networking? Or are the payouts too small to make it worth the hassle?With WeReward, You Can Still Play FoursquareThe interesting thing about WeReward – besides the cash payouts, of course – is the fact that it’s not just another standalone location-based mobile network. That is, it’s not trying to be Foursquare – it’s integrating with it. To use WeReward, you search for a nearby business you want to check in to and, like most other location-based social networks, you can optionally add a comment or tip. However, on WeReward, you don’t check in so much as you “claim” your points. Another button lets you check in via Foursquare, if you use that service, or share your check-in via Facebook or Twitter. Until we have a chance to test out the service ourselves, we can’t vouch for the payout amounts or speak to whether it’s worth your time to jump through these sorts of hoops. But assuming the check-in-to-reward ratio is high enough, it could entice people to try it out. We could all use an extra $10, right? Check-ins for Brands and an APIIn a phone interview, we spoke with IZEA’s CEO Ted Murphy, who explained to us that the service won’t just be isolated to physical check-ins, but could also offer “check-ins for brands.” For example, a soda company could let you check in (so to speak) by having you take a photo of you buying the beverage at the grocery store. Be sure to smile in your photo, though, because the terms of service authorizes the brand to re-use the image online, like on their Facebook page for example. The only exception is for receipt photos – those will not be re-used. The most intriguing aspect of the service, however, is the API. Still being tested now, this tool will allow developers to integrate WeReward into their existing location-based apps in order to add in a rewards layer that pays you to check in. That means that Foursquare, Gowalla, Yelp, UrbanSpoon and any other location-services company could offer points and rewards to users without having to start up a service of their own. Users could then continue to launch their own favorite location-based app when they want to check-in somewhere and still reap the benefits. Murphy says he’s not all that interested as to whether people use the WeReward app or not, he just wants people using the service. That being said, the company will launch its own Android and Blackberry apps in the future. As to the dollar amounts you earn via check-ins? They won’t be too large – maybe 10-15% of whatever the item, product, purchase or service you would be buying. Check in for a fancy meal at an upscale restaurant and that could mean real savings on your total bill. Check in to a bottle of soda and it’s more about having a little fun and seeing your photo go live on the Web, maybe.For now, the 15 million businesses supported at launch aren’t actual participants – IZEA is footing the bill. When a business signs up as an advertiser, IZEA will take 50% of the reward. That means if the end user’s reward is one dollar, the advertiser was willing to pay $2.00. WeReward is currently available for the iPhone only. You can sign up to try it here. It should arrive in the App Store later this week. last_img read more

Perasol rues missed 8-sec violation, but lets it go

first_imgUniversity of the Philippines head coach Bo Perasol admitted that the missed 8-second violation late in the fourth quarter of the Fighting Maroons loss to the Ateneo Blue Eagles was crucial.ADVERTISEMENT “We have to find a way how we can play through that, but then again, I’m hoping the officials will do a better job [because] we’re exerting effort to win.” The referees failed to call an 8-second infraction on Ateneo point guard Jolo Mendoza, who fell just before crossing center court near the four-minute mark with the game tied at 79.Instead, UP playmaker Jun Manzo was whistled for a foul.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIt was an obvious head-scratcher but Perasol isn’t the type to cry over spilled milk.“It was really [crucial]. But it happens and I can’t delve on that,” Perasol told reporters after the Maroons’ 96-82 loss. “It’s something they’ve decided on and they can’t reverse that.” Read Next FEU sets record for most 3s with 18, but 42 attempts ‘way too much’ QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIEScenter_img Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:07Robredo to ICAD: Let’s go beyond our diefferences00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more

The Germans Are Young in Their Prime And Really Really Good

Update (July 13, 6:10 p.m.): Germany won the World Cup on Sunday, defeating Argentina 1-0 in extra time.In the fall of 2000, 11-year-old soccer wunderkind Thomas Muller left TSV Pahl, the local team near his hometown of Weilheim in Oberbayern,1For whom he once scored 120 of the team’s 165 goals in a season. and joined Bayern Munich’s youth academy. That same year, 22-year-old Miroslav Klose was co-leading the Bundesliga club FCK in goals, becoming a star in his own right. Fourteen years later, they’re both on the same Germany squad, with Muller chasing the World Cup goals record that Klose just tied. In Germany, one generation is being eclipsed by the next.On Thursday, the United States will have to tussle with both. The U.S. faces Muller, Klose and the rest of the German juggernaut in a match that FiveThirtyEight’s World Cup prediction model gives the Americans only a 15 percent chance of winning.2Luckily for the Americans, they don’t need to defeat Germany outright in order to advance to the knockout round. They can survive with a draw, or even a loss (pending the outcome of Thursday’s Portugal-Ghana match), which is a very good thing from an American perspective. Die Nationalmannschaft ranks as the third-best national squad3But the first-best nationalmannschaft. in the world according to ESPN’s Soccer Power Index (SPI), and it boasts the most potent offensive attack of any team. It is the United States’ most stout opponent yet.Germany has been nearly this good for four World Cups running. It finished in the top three in the 2002, 2006 and 2010 World Cups, a feat that’s usually only accomplished when a country is experiencing a “golden generation” of talent. That’s when a rare confluence of gifted footballers simultaneously spring forth to lead their national team to glory. Germany had one of those over the past decade, with forwards such as Klose and Lukas Podolski, defenders Philipp Lahm, Arne Friedrich and Per Mertesacker, and midfielders Michael Ballack and Bastian Schweinsteiger.By the time such a group is in its third World Cup cycle, though, its heyday is almost always over. Indeed, Ballack and Friedrich are retired, and the rest are either on the wrong side of 30 — Klose, while still on the national team, is ancient at 36 — or rapidly approaching it. But this year’s German side isn’t being carried by the dimming stars of days past. Rather, it has produced an entirely new golden generation, right on the heels of the previous one, and led by the likes of Muller. This latest crop of players could go even further than their predecessors ever ventured; the FiveThirtyEight model thinks the Germans are the third-most likely team to win the Cup, giving them an 11 percent chance.The possibilities of this new era were apparent at the 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Championships, when Germany’s team navigated its way to the final and trounced England 4-0 to claim the tournament crown. Including Muller, eight of Germany’s 11 most-used players in this World Cup suited up for that 2009 U-21 side, either in friendlies or the Euro Championships. The talent of Mesut Ozil, Toni Kroos and Mats Hummels was already apparent on that team.4Mario Gotze barely missed that group; he was on Germany’s Under-17 team in 2009.A half-decade later, the whiz kids of the 2009 U-21 squad are fueling a top World Cup contender. The Germans aren’t the youngest team left in the tournament, according to my calculations (although they are somewhat close). Their roster, however, is structured in a way that maximizes production from players in the primes of their careers.For every team bound for the World Cup’s knockout stage (or more than 30 percent likely to advance, according to the FiveThirtyEight model), I computed the average age of the roster — and the standard deviation thereof — weighted by a combination of playing time and in-game performance.5Using each player’s percentage of team minutes played, adjusted up or down by how his WhoScored rating compared to the typical average of 6.75. The Germans are the fourth-youngest team likely to advance by this measure of weighted average age (behind Nigeria, Belgium and Switzerland), but more important, they have the third-smallest weighted standard deviation of ages (trailing only Chile and Argentina). More of Germany’s players, in other words, are in their prime.According to research from British journalist Simon Kuper,6Co-author of “Soccernomics,” which I wrote about here. soccer players enter their primes sometime between age 23 (for attacking players) and 25 (for defenders), and they stay in relative peak form until age 31. Not coincidentally, by my measure above, only two other national teams (Chile and Argentina) have received a larger share of their contributions in this World Cup from players ages 23 to 31, and nobody has gotten more from its players between the ages of 22 and 30.7I’m measuring the amount of contribution received from a given player by looking at how much of the team’s playing time he received, and also whether he produced more or less than an average player in that time, according to WhoScored’s player ratings (which use Opta data to gauge how well a player has performed). The WhoScored rating is an admittedly rough metric, but as far as all-in-one player indices go, it correlates fairly well with standings points at the team level. (This is not the ultimate test of a stat’s validity — to a certain extent, any metric with a strong enough “team adjustment” can appear to correlate well with team performance — but that’s another debate for another day.) Klose is the lone German outside of that age range to even take the field so far in the World Cup.Granted, Klose, Schweinsteiger and Podolski are still highly useful players; last Saturday, Klose scored as a substitute against Ghana to tie Ronaldo for the all-time lead in career World Cup goals, and Schweinsteiger is likely to start against the U.S. with Jerome Boateng sidelined due to injury. But for a team coming off three deep World Cup runs, the last two of which leaned heavily on the same venerated group, Germany’s veterans are not being asked to play a very substantial role this summer. And that wouldn’t be the case if Germany hadn’t built an impressive infrastructure for developing young soccer talent.As Nicholas Kulish wrote for the New York Times in 2012, Germany’s prolific soccer pipeline traces its roots back nearly a decade before its up-and-coming youth team met England for the Under-21 title in 2009. Following a nightmarish performance8Two losses, one draw and zero wins. at Euro 2000, Kulish noted, German officials (with plenty of backing from top club teams) massively re-invested in the country’s youth soccer system, including the launch of new academies, training centers and coaching programs at an expense of almost $1 billion. Years into the future, the result is a booming Bundesliga — and a flourishing national team.In many ways, Muller is the poster child for this reformation. When he enlisted with Bayern’s youth academy 14 years ago, it was almost precisely as German youth soccer was receiving its aforementioned stimulus package. Muller’s generation was the first to reap its benefits, and it’s probably not a coincidence that Germany’s current World Cup roster is so heavy with his contemporaries.Whatever the cause, in five years, Germany’s current crop of stars has matured from promising prospects on that U-21 squad to the most instrumental members of the senior national team. Several weeks ago, the Germans were something of a dark horse among the top contenders in this World Cup field. Before the tournament, none of ESPN’s 18 polled panelists picked Germany to win it all; nor did any of those queried by the BBC or Sports Illustrated (one lone writer from NBC’s ProSoccerTalk went with Germany). Now it’s clear that there’s another golden German generation on the pitch, and it’s almost completely in its prime. read more

LeBron And Kobe Probably Got A Lot More AllStar Votes Than They

On Thursday, the NBA announced the final results of fan balloting for the 2015 All-Star Game, to be held in New York City on Feb. 15. The fans’ votes determined which players — specifically, two guards and three frontcourt players — will start for each conference. (Reserve selections are made by the league’s head coaches and will be announced next Thursday.)Some of the results were beyond dispute. For instance, Golden State’s Stephen Curry led all NBA players with more than 1.5 million votes, an honor thoroughly befitting the current league leader in Real Plus-Minus (RPM). Others were less supportable; Kobe Bryant garnered more votes than all but three players despite sub-replacement level play this season, while Carmelo Anthony was elected an Eastern Conference starter despite his Knicks’ well-documented awfulness.The fans have a long history of casting votes for big names playing subpar ball, and it’s clear there’s not a perfect relationship between All-Star voting and actual on-court value. To see what kind of link exists between the two, I plotted vote totals against RPM wins above replacement (WAR) for the 50 players whose results were released Thursday. For a sense of how many WAR are generally needed to earn a given number of votes, I also ran a local regression between the two numbers.The relationship between voting and WAR isn’t particularly strong, especially for players with fewer than 5 WAR. Once a player is beyond that territory, it appears he can at least begin to grab voters’ attention with better play. But for players below that threshold, performance can be lost in a sea of other confounding factors.Bearing in mind that rather large caveat, the most underrated player in the sample was the Portland Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard; his 7.4 WAR appears to deserve nearly 800,000 votes, but he amassed less than half that. Similarly, Paul Millsap of the Atlanta Hawks was picked on only about 122,000 ballots, despite a WAR total that would seemingly justify over four times as many votes.At the other end of the spectrum, Bryant certainly looks overvalued — his 1.15 million votes were about four times what would be expected from his WAR total. But the player with the biggest disparity between actual and predicted voting this season is Kobe’s old rival LeBron James. James’s 5.5 WAR seems to correlate with about 412,000 votes — roughly the same as what the Chicago Bulls’ Jimmy Butler compiled (and deserved) in the balloting — but James’s actual total of 1.47 million beat that prediction by more than a million votes.Here’s each player’s vote total compared to what would be expected based on WAR: read more

The Cubs Beat The FrontRunning Indians At Their Own Game

During their 5-1 victory over the Cleveland Indians in Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday, the Chicago Cubs did something no team has consistently been able to do this postseason: get ahead of the Indians and stay there.Cleveland was 8-1 in the postseason heading into Wednesday’s game, so you wouldn’t expect them to have spent much time trailing. But they were notable front-runners even by the standards of a team with such a great record. Before Game 2 of the World Series, the Indians and their opponents had completed 81 innings during this postseason. Of those 81, Cleveland led through 57 of them — 70 percent — and was either leading or tied through 73, a staggering 90 percent rate of success (or at least, nonfailure) in the scoreboard battle. In games they won, they trailed in just one inning.1Seven of the eight innings they trailed came in one game — Game 4 of the ALCS against the Toronto Blue Jays.Going back to the advent of the wild card in 1995, both of those figures were the highest any team had ever carried through Game 1 of the World Series, and it wasn’t especially close. Even the 1998 Yankees — who won 114 regular-season games and then turned the playoffs into their own personal victory lap — only led or were tied through 85 percent of their innings through Game 1 of the World Series. And the oft-forgotten 2005 White Sox, who basically perfected this formula, checked in at 83 percent. These Indians have been the most front-running team in modern postseason history. 92007Red Sox10160212059.480.2 72012Orioles6118321129.582.0 102014Giants10952352247.779.8 62014Royals8940331644.982.0 YEARTEAMTOTALLEDTIEDTRAILEDLEDLED OR TIED 81995Braves8535341641.281.2 42007Rockies7445161360.882.4 32005White Sox8153141465.482.7 Top front-running playoff teams through World Series Game 1 21998Yankees9361181465.684.9 12016Indians815716870.4%90.1% Includes all postseason games since 1995, when the wild card was introduced, but excludes teams who only played in the wild card gameSources: Baseball-Reference.com, Retrosheet NUMBER OF INNINGS% OF INNINGS 52015Mets9557211760.082.1 The key to front-running is a versatile, opportunistic offense (check), good starting pitching (check) and — most importantly — a lights-out bullpen (um, check). Cleveland is custom-built for winning that way, and they’ve shown just how effective it can be in the small-sample gantlet of the playoffs. You can bet other teams will think about how to copy that style going into next season and beyond.But on Wednesday night, the Cubs beat the Indians at their own game. It was Chicago who struck first, claiming a 1-0 lead within the game’s first 15 pitches; it was Chicago who nickeled and dimed an extra run in the third and tacked on insurance in the fifth; and it was Chicago who kept their lead secure with dominant pitching, including six strikeouts from Mike Montgomery and Aroldis Chapman in three and one-third relief innings. Against the Cubs in Game 2, the Indians trailed in more innings (nine) than they had in the entire playoffs combined heading into the game. It was a win right out of Cleveland’s playbook.As the series shifts to Chicago on Friday, it should be interesting to see how Cleveland responds. Aside from overcoming a brief 1-0 deficit in the first inning of Game 1 of the ALDS, we haven’t really seen the Indians mount any comebacks this postseason. Of course, the Cubs hadn’t been an especially strong front-running club themselves before Game 2 — until Wednesday, they’d led through less than half of their postseason innings — instead showcasing a variety of other ways to win. But given Chicago’s great starting rotation and the apparently rust-proof hitting of Kyle Schwarber, Cleveland might need to prove they can win from behind, too. read more

Danilo urges his team to forget the derby

first_imgDanilo insisted that Manchester City have to overcome their first major crisis of the season and fully focus on the upcoming Champions League game against Liverpool as they still can advance to the semifinals.The Brazilian full-back admitted that this week has been a huge disappointment for the whole team as they were beaten by Liverpool 3-0 and then lost the derby despite leading 2-0 after the first half – but now, they have to forget all this.The former Real Madrid player spoke about his side’s morale as he said, according to Belfast Telegraph:“Well, without doubt, the atmosphere, the feeling, is of sadness, of disappointment.”norwich city, manchester city, premier leagueReport: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…“We started the game really well, but we must return to the pitch as soon as possible because on Tuesday we have another big challenge to overcome a result.”“Without any doubt (the City fans were great). We need to thank them all.”“Not just for today but all the season, but especially the atmosphere they created today was amazing.”“They helped us until the last minute and I am sure they could help us a lot against Liverpool if they are able to create that atmosphere again and try to help us to overcome the result.”last_img read more