Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 76-year-old woman was fatally hit by a truck while she was crossing a road in her hometown of Shirley.Suffolk County police said Margrit Friedrichs was walking across William Floyd Parkway when she was struck by a Dodge Ram that was making a right turn at the corner of Roberts Road at 3:05 p.m. Tuesday, May 31.The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver was not injured.Seventh Squad detectives impounded the truck, are continuing the investigation and ask anyone who witnessed the crash to call them at 631-852-8752.
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Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter This is, of course, a dramatic departure from the norm of the last 20 years. The 400-home run club included 29 members in 1999. Today it’s up to 55 – but only two of those players are active.It’s been argued that performance-enhancing drug use cheapened the value of traditional hitting milestones. Now that most of the PED era’s peak performers have retired, it’s a good time to survey the leaderboard landscape again. It hasn’t looked like this in a while. A minor baseball video game title, “Super Baseball 2020,” was released in North America in 1993. Its vision for the future of the sport was more ambitious than its low-res graphics. You could play as a man, a woman or a robot. Every game took place at the same indoor facility, Cyber Egg Stadium. A clock ticked away in the upper-left corner of the screen. Home runs only counted if they were hit to center field. Robot umpires governed with infallible judgment.The next 363 days will point the way toward baseball as it will actually be played in 2020. That might not be enough lead time for robots and women to compete alongside men in Major League Baseball, but perhaps the league will get around to enforcing its existing pitch clock rules.That one didn’t make the cut for the top storylines to watch in baseball this year. Here they are, in order of intrigue.1. Cuba Angels fail to take series in Oakland, lose in 10 innings The joint agreement announced Dec. 19 by MLB, the MLB Players’ Association, and the Cuban Baseball Federation teemed with optimism. Its proclamation was simple: a new posting system, similar to that between MLB and Japan, which would allow players to leave Cuba for the United States within a set of agreed-upon rules. Such a system could potentially end the dangerous practice of smuggling players, their friends, and family members off the island.But was the optimism premature?If the agreed-to parameters did not involve the Cuban and American governments, the answer would be no. Reuters cited an MLB official who claimed that the Office of Foreign Assets Control determined teams could transfer money to the Cuban Baseball Federation because it isn’t an agency of the communist government.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.However, that determination was made during the Barack Obama administration. Now, OFAC could simply change its mind, according to subsequent reports. MLB is already operating without competition under an antitrust agreement. Its relationship with the federal government is further entwined in a grand jury investigation, first reported by Sports Illustrated, into allegations of corruption tied to the recruitment of Cuban players by MLB teams. The Dodgers “figure most prominently” in the allegations, according to SI.It’s a complicated situation that could turn on a whim – if the federal government ever goes back to work, of course. 2. Two-way playersShohei Ohtani won’t pitch in 2019, but Matt Davidson, Kaleb Cowart and others might.The Mariners recently acquired Cowart, a career infielder with the Angels, and invited him to spring training as a pitcher-slash-infielder. Matt Davidson was non-tendered after hitting 20 home runs for the Chicago White Sox in 2018. The Yucaipa native also retired nine of the 11 batters he faced as a pitcher, and he reportedly wants to keep pitching in 2019. Throw in Rays prospect Brendan McKay and the wave of two-way talents begins to resemble a trend.If Ohtani’s rookie season is a harbinger, the onus is not simply on these players to prove full-time pitching and hitting can coexist in one player’s repertoire. The Angels handled Ohtani with great care from the outset of spring training. His schedule was heavily regimented, his press conferences limited. That his right UCL ultimately caved to pressure likely said more about his usage in Japan – though another Tommy John surgery could make teams wary of turning two-way players into a trend.3. GamblingGaming magnate MGM Resorts promised “a new one-of-a-kind fan experience for baseball fans” when it announced its landmark partnership with MLB in November. We’re still waiting for the important details about what that experience entails.Count us surprised if MLB and MGM roll out more than a handful of bells and whistles in the first year after the Supreme Court relaxed restrictions on gambling in sports. Baseball is the most traditional of the American pastimes, if not the most popular. As is usually the case, the league must strike a delicate balance between its past and its future that invites new fans without alienating its base.4. “Openers”If starters routinely pitch one or two innings in 2019, we can all point to May 19 and 20 of last year as a turning point in baseball history. That’s when the Tampa Bay Rays started veteran reliever Sergio Romo on back-to-back days against the Angels.The idea of removing a starting pitcher in the second or third inning by design is not new. However, no major league regularly practiced it until Rays manager Kevin Cash used the strategy when his five-man rotation was depleted by injuries. The Rays won 90 games, the A’s used an opener (Liam Hendriks) in the American League wild-card game, and the Brewers used one – actually three – in the NLCS.Newly appointed Giants general manager Farhan Zaidi said he would embrace the “opener” strategy in 2019. Perhaps other teams will follow suit.5. The changing shape of free agencyOne agent to several unsigned free agents recently hatched an idea: institute a second trade deadline, in December, as a means to speeding up another slow offseason. Once again, everything old is new again.A trade deadline was observed at the Winter Meetings until 1984. Immediately, the meetings lost their urgency. They only carried the convenience of bringing executives and agents into the same hotel for four days in December. That felt like incentive enough to make major deals until last year, when several veteran free agents (J.D. Martinez, Yu Darvish, Eric Hosmer, Jake Arrieta) did not sign contracts until February. Others (Greg Holland, Jose Bautista, Matt Holliday) did not sign until after the regular season began.The pattern is repeating itself. Bryce Harper and Manny Machado remain unsigned, to say nothing of the large “middle class” of free agents. Considering the rancor among players and agents, a second trade deadline seems like a modest proposal. Upheaving a system that grants free agency to players after six years of service time isn’t out of the question for baseball’s next decade.6. Minor league team namesThis is a silly one, but even Super Baseball 2020 might blush at the idea of the “New Orleans Baby Cakes.”Minor league team names have never looked more ridiculous on a baseball jersey. The Rocket City Trash Pandas will begin play in Madison, Ala., in 2020. Pity the unlucky player who also wears the uniform of the Rocky Mountain Vibes or the Amarillo Sod Poodles.We’re left to wonder: when (and how) does this end? Hopefully not with Trouble in River City.7. Home run milestonesThe list of active home run leaders hasn’t looked like this in a while. Albert Pujols sits comfortably in first place with 633. A steep dropoff follows: Miguel Cabrera is next with 465, followed by Edwin Encarnacion with 380. The top 10 players on the list are all 35 or older. Unless Mike Trout hits 60 home runs this year – never say never – only Giancarlo Stanton will enter the 2020s with 300 home runs by the age of 30.Related Articles Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies
Coral’s Simon Clare joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.We continue to focus on the odds for England’s next manager, after a day of speculation following the Three Lions’ humiliating Euro 2016 exit and Roy Hodgson’s resignation.Gareth Southgate is the 6/4 favourite to take the step up from Under-21s boss, but Glenn Hoddle was the big mover and is now down to 4/1 following a number of famous backers.Harry Redknapp told talkSPORT the former Tottenham boss is the PERFECT man for the job, while Alan Shearer also publicly backed him for a return to the Wembley dugout.Meanwhile, Bournemouth’s Eddie Howe is 7/1, Sunderland head coach Sam Allardyce is 8/1 and reported FA target Arsene Wenger is 16/1.Even breakfast co-host Neil Warnock is in the running, with the former QPR and Crystal Palace boss 66/1 for the appointment!Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast
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By Bharat SharmaEDS: Correcting typos and adding a word in headline New Delhi, Aug 7 (PTI) Ramit Tandon took “the risk” of his life last September by leaving a cushiony hedge fund analyst’s job in New York to become a full-time squash player, a move that seems to be paying off as he prepares to represent India at upcoming Asian Games in Indonesia. Since that life-changing decision, the 25-year-old Columbia graduate has won two titles on the Professional Squash Association (PSA) tour and jumped more than 400 spots to reach a career-high 62 in the latest world rankings. Tandon says nothing can beat the honour of playing for India, so, he has no regrets about the “brave call” he took less than 12 months ago. However, he does miss the comfort of getting paid by the end of the month, like he used to at the billion dollar hedge fund Birch Grove Capital. “Yes, I do the miss the stability of a job but it was a call I had to make if I had to play squash full-time and represent India. It is the greatest honour to represent your country. It is still early days but so far so good,” the Kolkata-based player told PTI. Until last September, Tandon was playing an odd PSA event here and there but a permanent job did not allow him to devote enough time to the game. Fortunately, he found the support of his employers. “Honestly, it was a case of now or never. I could go back to my job even after turning 35 but I would not have been able to play squash at the highest level. My employers understood that and offered to sponsor me. The fact that some of my seniors at work played squash also helped,” he said.advertisement He graduated from Columbia University in statistics and worked at the hedge-fund for two years. Most people of his age would be happy with that career graph but Tandon doesn’t look in life that way. “I was earning well for a 25-year-old and if I had worked for another 5-10 years, I would be a rich man. Now my earnings depend solely on how far I reach in a tournament. That is the only negative I can think of,” he explained. “But like I said, I can always go back to it. I will start thinking on those lines only when I am not doing well in squash. The last 12 months have been productive and target is to break into the top-50 by the end of the year,” said Tandon, who is considered a “gifted” player but someone who needs to work on his fitness. The immediate job at hand is the Asian Games where the men’s team will defend the gold it won in Incheon four years ago. In the company of senior pro and world number 12 Saurav Ghosal, Tandon thinks they can do an encore. The entire contingent will be gathering in Chennai on Friday for a week’s camp before jetting off to Jakarta. “Based on the rankings, I think I will only be part of the team event. Really looking forward to winning some important games for the side. Commonwealth Games was my first time at a multi-sporting event. The feeling of staying at the Games’ village was very special. I am sure Asian Games will be another highlight of my career,” he added. He has chosen an unconventional career path but the stock analyst in him will never die. “I still keep a track of what is happening in the Wall Street. I was happy doing that and now I am happy playing squash,” summed up Tandon. PTI BS PM PM BSBS
LAWRENCE, KS – NOVEMBER 24: A general view during the game between the Rider Broncs and the Kansas Jayhawks at Allen Fieldhouse on November 24, 2014 in Lawrence, Kansas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)Get ready college basketball fans. It is March, which means Madness is right around the corner. Before it’s time to fill out our NCAA Tournament brackets, however, we have the conference tournaments, which can be amazing events in their own right.The Big 12 has been arguably the best and most competitive league in college basketball this year, and the conference tournament kicks off next Wednesday, March 9, at 6 p.m., with the No. 8 and No. 9 seeds playing on ESPNU. Seeding for the tournament isn’t set yet, but we have an idea of how things will shake out when the Big 12 standings are set on Saturday.With Monday night’s domination of the Texas Longhorns, Kansas has clinched the No. 1 seed in the tournament. The Jayhawks face the winner of the 8 vs. 9 game, currently slated to be Kansas State vs. Oklahoma State.There is a large gap between the top seven teams in the conference, and the bottom three. Texas Tech, currently No. 7, is 8-8 in the league, four games ahead of Kansas State. Oklahoma State and TCU each have 14 conference losses.The tournament will take place at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.Wednesday’s first round games will be broadcast on ESPNU. On Thursday, the first two games will be on ESPNU, and the second two will be on ESPN2. Friday’s games are on ESPN2, and Saturday’s championship game will be broadcast on ESPN at 5 p.m.Here is the bracket, which includes the tournament schedule, via the Big 12’s official website. The Big 12 standings won’t be finalized until after Kansas plays Iowa State at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 5.More Big 12 Tournament notes:Iowa State won the 2015 Big 12 Tournament, defeating Kansas 70-66 in the final. The Cyclones also won the 2014 tournament, topping the Baylor Bears in the final.Kansas, winner of 12 straight Big 12 conference regular season titles, last won the tournament in 2013, blowing out Kansas State 70-54.Big 12 Tournament tickets are available at StubHub.Kansas will enter the tournament as a favorite, but Baylor, Iowa State, Texas, and West Virginia have all been very strong this year, and will vie for the Big 12 championship. We can’t wait for things to kick off from Kansas City.Information on the ACC Tournament is available here, and learn about the Big Ten Tournament here.
ANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 10: Michigan Wolverines head football coach Jim Harbaugh watches the action during the second quarter of the game against the Northwestern Wildcats on October 10, 2015 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Wolverines defeated the Wildcats 38-0. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)Tonight, Coach Jim Harbaugh swapped his Michigan swag for Cubs attire.The crosstown rivalry game between the Chicago Cubs and White Sox tonight was kicked off by none other than Harbaugh himself.Harbaugh is no stranger to throwing off the mound, as he threw out the first pitch at a San Diego Padres game last year. Tonight, decked out in a Cubs jersey, he lifted his hat to the cheering crowd in thanks before taking his arms above his head in preparation for his throw.You can see Harbaugh’s powerful throw to the Cubs’ Matt Szczur here:Jim Harbaugh throws the first pitch and #CrosstownCSN Game 3 is underway! pic.twitter.com/kNwVIdDt9d— Comcast SportsNet (@CSNChicago) July 27, 2016While it was way too high to be a strike, the coach’s pitch was still an impressive attempt!
Ahmedabad: Congress leader Kapil Sibal on Friday said his party would give a cash reward of Rs 1 lakh to anyone who could reveal the identity of a man seen in a video purportedly exchanging demonetised notes with face value of Rs 5 crore.Speaking at a press conference in the city where he played the video clip for the media, Sibal claimed it was shot in Ahmedabad and that Kamalam, the ruling BJP’s headquarters in Gujarat, was also involved. The grainy video, reportedly shot by journalists here and obtained from a website called www.tnn.world, shows a bearded man exchanging demonetised currency with a face value of Rs 5 crore with new Rs 2,000 notes totalling Rs 3 crore. “The (video) episode happened in Ahmedabad. The person in the video was apparently very close to the BJP. He may well have been a member of the BJP. He, along with others, was running a racket of illegally converting thousands of crores of unaccounted currency after December 31, 2016 (post demonetisation on November 8 that year),” Sibal said. “The process of conversion must have involved politicians, bankers, brokers and others. Those involved in the chain of conversion earned commission of up to 40 per cent,” the Congress leader claimed. “Anybody who can identify the person in the video will be given a cash reward of Rs 1 lakh by the Congress party,” he said, adding that the BJP government had not bothered to probe the video. The video was first released at a press conference on March 26. Hitting back at the time, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had said that the Congress was bereft of real issues and was therefore leaning on “fakery”.
COLOMBO/KALMUNAI: The father and two brothers of the suspected mastermind of Sri Lanka’s Easter Sunday bombings were killed when security forces stormed their safe house two days ago, police sources and a relative of the suicide bombers said on Sunday. Zainee Hashim, Rilwan Hashim and their father Mohamed Hashim, who were seen in a video circulating on social media calling for all-out war against non believers, were among 15 killed in a fierce gun battle with the military on the east coast on Friday, four police sources said. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportNiyaz Sharif, the brother-in-law of Zahran Hashim, the suspected ringleader of the wave of Easter Sunday bombings that killed over 250 people in churches and hotels across the island nation, told Reuters the video showed Zahran’s two brothers and father. Three of the people killed in Friday’s gun battle were the same people who were seen in the undated video on social media, in which they discus martyrdom and urge their followers to kill all non believers, police sources said. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsSri Lanka has been on high alert since the attacks on Easter Sunday, with nearly 10,000 soldiers deployed across the island to carry out searches and hunt down members of two local Islamist groups believed to have carried out the attack. Authorities have detained more than 100 people, including foreigners from Syria and Egypt since the April 21 bombings. In the video, Rilwan Hashim is seen calling for all out ‘jihad’, or holy war, while children cry in the background. “We will destroy these non-believers to protect this land and therefore we need to do jihad,” Rilwan says in the video, sitting beside his brother and father. “We need to teach a proper lesson for these non-believers who have been destroying Muslims.” Authorities suspect there may be more suicide bombers on the loose. Defence authorities have so far focused their investigations on international links to two domestic groups they believe carried out the attacks, the National Thawheedh Jamaath and Jammiyathul Millathu Ibrahim. Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the Easter bombings, and on Sunday the group said three of its members clashed with Sri Lankan police for several hours in Friday’s gun battle on the east coast before detonating their explosive vests, the militant group’s news agency Amaq said. The group said 17 policemen were killed or injured in the attack, but the Sri Lankan military has denied this. A police source told Reuters two policemen were slightly injured in the battle. Police have said six children were among the other 12 people who died in the gun battle, but have not released further details.