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Indonesia looks to sign RCEP this year to support economic recovery

first_img“With respect to the COVID-19 pandemic, the finalization of the RCEP this year gives hope that economies in the region and around the world will recover, the regional supply chain will be strengthened and confidence in the open and rules-based international trade system will be restored,” Trade Minister Agus Suparmanto said in a statement on Tuesday after a virtual meeting with his regional counterparts.Read also: Indonesia responds to India, China’s latest spat, calls for restraint amid pandemicThe meeting came at a time when countries, including Indonesia, are struggling to reemerge from various degrees of lockdown as they seek to ease the severity of the pandemic’s impacts on their economies. The Indonesian government forecasts an economic growth rate of 1 percent this year, the lowest rate in 19 years, and has even warned of a 0.4 percent contraction under a worst case scenario.The pandemic has also battered international trade and disrupted global supply chains, with factories around the world being forced to close as countries seek to contain the virus. Indonesia and 14 other negotiating countries agreed Tuesday to sign the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) this year to help their economies recover from the pandemic-induced downturn.Iman Pambagyo, who has led the RCEP trade negotiating committee since 2013, said he expected the deal to be signed in November. Countries have so far agreed on the text of the agreement and almost completed the legal review of the text, called legal scrubbing.If signed, the trade deal, introduced at the ASEAN Summit in Cambodia in 2012, will create one of the world’s largest economic blocs, as the negotiating countries account for 30 percent of global GDP. The World Trade Organization (WTO) has projected that global trade will shrink by between 13 and 32 percent this year as the scale of the economic impacts remain uncertain.Despite Indonesia’s optimism, ministers from the other negotiating countries, namely the 10 ASEAN member states, China, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand, still need to persuade India to join the RCEP to get the most out of the trade deal.“India, as an original participating country, has a strategic role in the progress, prosperity and supply chain of the region,” said Agus, a National Awakening Party politician. “Thus, we remain open to India rejoining the RCEP in the future.”Read also: RI wants to resolve issues in RCEP negotiationsIndia withdrew from negotiations in November 2019 because of concerns about its growing trade deficit with China. Indian businesspeople have expressed concern the RCEP could result in an influx of cheap goods from China and dairy products from Australia.The situation worsened recently after the Indian army said at least 20 of its soldiers had been killed in clashes with Chinese troops at a disputed border site between the two countries earlier this month.India and China are important economic partners for Indonesia. Indian government data reveals that Indonesia has emerged as its second-largest trading partner in the ASEAN region.Indonesia-India bilateral trade increased from US$4.3 billion from 2005 to 2006 to $21 billion in from 2018 to 2019. The trade value stood at $5.42 billion during the January to May period this year, Statistics Indonesia (BPS) data show.India is the second-largest buyer of Indonesian coal and crude palm oil.Meanwhile, China is Indonesia’s largest trading partner, with $25.38 billion in bilateral trade recorded during this year’s first five months.Topics :last_img read more

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New ratings for kid-friendly TV content rolled out

first_imgStuff co.nz 17 April 2020Family First Comment: New rules:* Content rated M can only play after 7:30pm, or between 9am and 3pm on weekdays. * Programmes rated 16 can play after 8:30pm, and those rated 18 can only play after 9:30pm. But as we know, the rating of programmes is way more liberal than most parents would allow.And 7.30pm for M-rating and 8.30pm for R16 is downright scary. R18 movies should not even be on free-to-air television.This new regime will give no confidence to parents at all.A new classifications system will restrict what kind of television programmes can be shown before 7:30pm.The Broadcasting Standards Authority has replaced the old G, PGR, and AO system with the more detailed labels of G, PG, M, 16 and 18.Under the previous system, programmes classed AO could not be aired before the 8:30pm watershed.The new system creates three different watershed hours.Content rated M can only play after 7:30pm, or between 9am and 3pm on weekdays.Programmes rated 16 can play after 8:30pm, and those rated 18 can only play after 9:30pm.Children’s Commissioner Andrew Becroft said the new system would offer more protection for children.“Most, if not all, New Zealand families rely on timebands as a measure for protecting their children from unsuitable content. Even more so now, with the unprecedented nationwide lockdown we are in,” he said.READ MORE: https://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/tv-radio/121068115/new-ratings-for-kidfriendly-tv-content-rolled-out?cid=app-iPhonelast_img read more

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Dunne delighted by return to action

first_img The 33-year-old central defender played the last 25 minutes of Ireland’s 4-0 friendly victory over Georgia at the Aviva Stadium, his first action for either club or country since the Euro 2012 finals defeat by Italy in June last year. Manager Giovanni Trapattoni later revealed that Dunne, who underwent three bouts of surgery in a bid to solve a persistent groin problem, is in contention to start against the Faroes, and the Aston Villa man would be thrilled to oblige, saying: “That would be brilliant. Obviously it has been so long, I don’t know – I might be stiff and sore in the morning.” He added: “But it’s nice that he’s involved me at all this week, so I am delighted with that and if I can get more games, it will be brilliant. “It was great, I really enjoyed it. It was the ideal match to come back into as well, the way it panned out over the 90 minutes. “It was just nice to get back involved, having a week’s training and then to finish off with a game has been really good.” Dunne was introduced to rapturous applause as a 65th-minute replacement for Marc Wilson with Ireland leading Georgia, who had keeper Giorgi Loria sent off after 20 minutes, 2-0 courtesy of strikes from defender Richard Keogh and forward Simon Cox. Robbie Keane, who had come on at the break to equal Shay Given’s record caps haul of 125, helped himself to a double inside 10 minutes at the end of the game to cement a comfortable win in which Dunne was able to ease himself back in. The defender said: “Ideally, you would try to play games behind closed doors and stuff like that, but as games go, I don’t think it could have gone more perfectly than today. “It was ideal. It was what I wanted, just the confidence to know that I can compete and more so, the week’s training has been as hard as the game was today. It was important for me just to clear my mind of what has gone on in the last year, and I feel now that I can progress and play again for a couple of years.” Press Associationcenter_img Richard Dunne set his sights on Friday night’s World Cup qualifier against the Faroe Islands after ending his year-long injury nightmare.last_img read more

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Florida Man Tries to Hire Detective Posing as “Hit Man” to Kill Brother

first_imgAuthorities say a Florida man tried to hire a hit man to kill his brother and offered him a $160 down payment as part of the deal.It turned out the “hit man” was really an undercover detective from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Department. As a result, officials have charged 54-year-old Gary Hudge with solicitation to commit murder.According to reports, Hudge met the detective during a drug investigation, and said that he wanted to hire the undercover detective to kill his brother, 57-year-old Thomas Hudge. The two were having a dispute about financial issues.Detectives have arrested a St. Pete Beach man after he attempted to hire them to murder his brother. He has been charged with Solicitation for Murder, Possession of a Controlled Substance and Sale of a Controlled Substance.https://t.co/0stU4Ca0aU pic.twitter.com/1CfW5pVjo5— Pinellas SO (@SheriffPinellas) January 17, 2020 Investigators say the suspect provided several Michigan addresses where his brother could be found and offered .25-caliber handgun and a bus ticket, along with the cash.Gary Hudge was arrested last Thursday and is jailed on $62,000 bail. He is also facing two drug charges.It is unknown whether an attorney is representing him.last_img read more

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No More Beaches or Boating in Florida due to Coronavirus

first_imgThe numbers of COVID-19 infections continue to rise with more than 335-thousand cases worldwide, 81-thousand in China and 60-thousand in Italy. The United States is third with 33-thousand. As of last night Florida has 1007 positive cases of coronavirus, with 13 deaths, one in Palm Beach County of an 88 year old man.Florida is closing the state’s nearly 200 state parks, boat ramps, marinas and trails, effective today. This after a huge party of boaters gathered in the waters off Boca Raton over the weekend.Boca boatersGovernor Ron DeSantis will be in Miami Dade today for the opening of a huge drive thru testing site at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens.last_img read more

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Update on the latest sports

first_imgRockets knock off Celtics in OTUNDATED (AP) — The Houston Rockets have a six-game winning streak after outlasting the Boston Celtics in overtime.James Harden had 21 points, including a pair of free throws with 25 seconds left in overtime to send the Rockets to a 111-110 triumph at Boston. Russell Westbrook scored 41 points and Houston withstood Jaylen Brown’s 3-pointer at the end of regulation.Robert Covington added 16 points and 16 rebounds for the Rockets, who have won 10 of their last 12 games and beaten Boston five times in a row.Houston paces the NBA’s Southwest Division by 3 ½ games over Dallas. March 1, 2020 — Trey Lyles had 20 points and the Spurs overcame a shaky fourth quarter to beat Orlando, 114-113. San Antonio had seven players score in double figures, including 19 points from Rudy Gay, 16 from DeMar DeRozan and 15 by Dejounte (deh-JAHN’-tay) Murray.— Eric Paschall’s (PAS’-kulz) 25 points led the Warriors in a 115-99 comeback at Phoenix. Damion Lee had 20 points and eight assists for Golden State, which trailed 41-28 after one period before ending an eight-game losing skid.— Trae Young and John Collins each recorded double-doubles in the Hawks’ 129-117 victory over the Trail Blazers. Young had 25 points and 15 assists, while Collins added 24 points and 10 rebounds in Atlanta’s second consecutive win.— Backup Mitchell Robinson had a career-high 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as the Knicks beat the Bulls, 125-115 to end a six-game losing streak. Julius Randle contributed 22 points and 10 boards for the Knicks, who blew most of a 17-point, third-quarter lead before prevailing.NBA-WARRIORS-CURRY — The Maple Leafs picked up their third straight win as Martin Marincin’s (mah-RIHN’-chihnz) first goal of the season broke a 2-2 deadlock 18 seconds into the third period of a 4-2 decision over the Canucks. Auston Matthews scored his 45th goal of the season and Frederik Andersen turned back 25 shots to help Toronto solidify its hold on third place in the Atlantic Division.— Tomas Tatar’s (tah-TAHRZ’) third assist of the game was a setup of Jeff Petry’s overtime goal that pushed the Canadiens past the Hurricanes, 4-3. Phillip Danault (dah-NOH’) and Branden Gallagher each had a goal and an assist as Montreal dealt Carolina its third loss in a row.— Arizona spotted Buffalo an early 2-0 lead before Clayton Keller collected two goals and an assist to send the Coyotes past the Sabres, 5-2. Antti Raanta (AN’-tee RAHN’-tah) stopped 25 shots and blanked the Sabres after Marcus Johansson and Jeff Skinner scored 44 seconds apart in the first period.— Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews (tayvz) each scored in the shootout to lift the Chicago Blackhawks over the Panthers, 3-2. Toews also had a goal and an assist in regulation as Chicago handed Florida its sixth straight home loss.— The Kings beat the Devils, 2-1 on Adrian Kempe’s (KEHM’-pehz) goal at 1:58 of OT. Dustin Brown also scored and Jonathan Quick made 32 saves as Los Angeles improved to 3-1-1 in its last five games. Desmond Bane scored eight of his 23 points during TCU’s tiebreaking run as the Horned Frogs upended the Bears, 75-72. Bane drained a long tiebreaking 3-pointer with 4:42 left to put the Horned Frogs ahead to stay.PJ Fuller added 21 points for TCU, while Jaire Grayer had 13 points and nine rebounds.Jared Butler and Freddie Gillespie both had 18 points for Baylor.The Bears weren’t the only top-10 team to lose to an unranked opponent.Freshman Al-Amir Dawes drained a twisting, driving bucket with a second left to give Clemson a 70-69 triumph over sixth-ranked Florida State. Dawes finished with 18 points and the Tigers overcame a 10-point hole in the second half before notching their third win over a top-10 team this season. Stamkos has 29 goals and 66 points this season, both second on the team behind Nikita Kucherov (KOO’-cheh-rahv).In other NHL news:— Blackhawks forwards Andrew Shaw and Zack Smith will miss the rest of the season because of injuries. Shaw has been sidelined since Nov. 30 because of a concussion. Smith is scheduled for back surgery on March 6.— The Islanders will make their full return to Long Island a year early after splitting the last two seasons between Nassau County and Brooklyn. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced that the team will play all home games during the 2020-21 season at the Nassau Coliseum, and any home playoff dates will take place on Long Island this season and next.PGA-HONDA CLASSIC B’s blank IslandersUNDATED (AP) — The Boston Bruins continue to own a seven-point lead over Tampa Bay in the NHL’s Atlantic Division after winning for the 14th time in their last 18 games.The Bruins have a league-best 94 points after Charlie McAvoy provided a goal and two assists in a 4-0 shutout of the Islanders. David Pastrnak (PAHS’-tur-nahk) notched his league-leading 48th goal of the season and Brad Marchand added a goal and an assist.Tuukka Rask made 12 of his 24 saves in the third period of his fourth shutout of the season and 49th of his career.The Lightning kept pace with Boston and ended a four-game losing streak by downing the Flames, 4-3. Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat (AHN’-dray pah-LAHT’) scored power-play goals and Yanni Gourde (YAH’-nee gohrd) added a shorthanded tally in Tampa Bay’s first victory since its team-record, 11-game winning streak came to an end. Fleetwood in charge at Honda ClassicPALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Tommy Fleetwood birdied four of his final six holes in a 3-under 67 that leaves him atop the leaderboard through three rounds of the PGA’s Honda Classic.Fleetwood moved to 5 under for the week and one shot ahead of Brendan Steele at PGA National. The Englishman is ranked No. 12 in the world but hasn’t captured a PGA title.Steele birdied two of his first three holes on Saturday to get to 7 under before carding four bogeys in an eight-hole span for a 71.Luke Donald and Lee Westwood are two strokes back. Elsewhere on NHL ice:— The Blues still lead the Central Division by three points over the Avalanche after Ryan O’Reilly scored the only shootout goal to lead St. Louis over the Stars, 4-3. David Perron (peh-RAHN’) netted his team-high 25th goal and Brayden Schenn scored in his fourth straight game as the Blues ran their winning streak to seven straight.— Pavel Francouz (FRAN’-sohs) made 30 saves and blanked the Predators until the final 5 ½ minutes of Colorado’s sixth consecutive win, 3-2 at Nashville. Gabriel Landeskog (LAN’-dehs-kahg) and Martin Kaut scored 2:15 apart late in the second period to give the Avalanche a 2-0 lead.— The Penguins own their first six-game losing streak in eight years after Martin Jones made 30 saves in his 24th career shutout to lead the Sharks past Pittsburgh, 5-0. Evander Kane and Timo Meier each had a goal and an assist for San Jose Sharks, which has followed a five-game skid with back-to-back wins.— Ryan Nugent-Hopkins produced the tiebreaking goal with 5:14 remaining to send the Oilers to their second win in six games, 3-2 against the Jets. Edmonton forward Leon Draisaitl (DRY’-sy-tul) added two goals and an assist, giving him a league-high 102 points this season. The Celtics shot 0-for-6 while going scoreless over the final 2:49, dropping them one game behind the Atlantic Division-leading Raptors.Checking out Saturday’s other NBA action:— The Lakers’ seven-game winning streak is over after rookie Ja (jah) Morant provided 27 points and matched his season high with 14 assists in the Grizzlies’ 105-88 stifling of Los Angeles. Jonas Valanciunas (YOH’-nuhs val-ehn-CHOO’-nuhs) had 22 points and 20 rebounds as Memphis halted a five-game skid.— Kendrick Nunn scored 21 points and Goran Dragic added 19 points off the bench to lead the Heat past the Nets, 116-113. Bam Adebayo had 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Southeast Division leaders, who didn’t clinch the win until Spencer Dinwiddie threw away a pass in the closing seconds.— T.J. Warren scored 30 points and Malcolm Brogdon added 22, including the go-ahead basket midway through the fourth quarter of the Pacers’ 113-104 downing of the Cavaliers. Domantas Sabonis (doh-MAHN’-tahs sah-BOH’-nihs) had his 46th double-double of the season with 18 points and 13 rebounds to go with nine assists in Indiana’s fifth win in six games. NASCAR-FONTANA-QUALIFYINGClint Bowyer takes Fontana poleFONTANA, Calif. (AP) — Clint Bowyer (BOY’-ur) has won the pole for the NASCAR Cup Series race at Fontana, holding off six-time race champion Jimmie Johnson.Bowyer turned a lap in 40.086 seconds in his Stewart-Haas Racing Ford to claim just his fourth pole position in 508 career Cup races. The veteran racer also won the pole for the first time in 20 career races at Auto Club Speedway east of Los Angeles.SOCCER-LIVERPOOL LOSES Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditT25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULETCU upends BaylorUNDATED (AP) — Second-ranked Baylor has lost for the second time in three games since winning a Big 12-record 23 games in a row. — Artem Anisimov (ahr-TEHM’ ah-NEE’-see-mahv) scored twice on 10 shots in regulation before providing the lone shootout goal in the Senators’ 4-3 win against the Red Wings. Scott Sabourin also scored and Marcus Hogberg stopped 25 shots as Ottawa sent Detroit to its fifth consecutive loss.NHL-NEWSLightning lose Stamkos for rest of regular seasonUNDATED (AP) — Lightning captain Steven Stamkos is expected to miss the rest of the regular season and potentially the first round of the playoffs.The team says Stamkos will undergo surgery for a core muscle injury and will be out for approximately six to eight weeks, including rest and recovery. Mamadi Diakite (MAH’-mah dee dee-ah-KEE’-tay) hit a go-ahead layup with 39 seconds left before Jay Huff provided a huge rebound and a block to help Virginia secure a 52-50 victory against seventh-ranked Duke. Huff finished with 15 points and 10 blocks, while Diakite and Braxton Key each added 14 points.The Blue Devils have dropped two straight and three of four, all against unranked teams.In other top-25 action:— Devon Dotson scored 25 points and top-ranked Kansas overcame an injury to center Udoka Azubuike (oo-DOH’-kah ah-zoo-BOO’-kay) to earn its 14th straight win, 62-58 against Kansas State. Azubuike finished with six points and nine rebounds while playing just 20 minutes after hurting his ankle early in the first half.— Filip Petrusev (peh-TROO’-shehv) pumped in 27 points and third-ranked Gonzaga improved to 29-2 with an 86-76 defeat of Saint Mary’s. Corey Kispert added 20 points and Killian Tillie 13 as the Bulldogs continue to take aim at a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. — Malachi Flynn had a career-high 36 points and No. 5 San Diego State stretched its road winning streak to 11 games by topping Nevada 83-76. KJ Feagin had 14 points as the Aztecs improved to 28-1 overall.— Immanuel Quickley had 18 points and a career-high 12 rebounds in eighth-ranked Kentucky’s 73-66 verdict over No. 15 Auburn. The Tigers led 20-11 until the Wildcats embarked on a 20-3 run that helped them improve to 14-2 in the SEC.— Ninth-ranked Maryland absorbed a 78-66 loss to Michigan State as Cassius Winston furnished 20 points for the 24th-rated Spartans. Xavier Tillman Sr. had 14 points, 12 rebounds and six assists to help Michigan State avenge its Feb. 15 home loss to the Terrapins.— Luwane Pipkins scored 27 points to lead Providence to its fifth win over a top 25 team this month, 58-54 against No. 12 Villanova 58-54. The Friars improved to 10-6 in the Big East and boosted their NCAA Tournament resume with a win in Philly following victories over ranked teams Butler, Creighton, Seton Hall and Marquette.— No. 13 Seton Hall pulled out an 88-79 win over Marquette as Myles Powell provided 28 points and Sandro Mamukelashvili added 26. The Pirates led by 24 midway through the second half, but the Golden Eagles pulled within 84-79 with 34 seconds to play before Seton Hall moved to 13-3 in the Big East. Warriors star Curry not playing SundaySAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry won’t make his return to the court Sunday against the Wizards as had originally been hoped.Golden State says Curry is participating in full scrimmages and “continues to make good progress in his recovery” from a broken left hand. Coach Steve Kerr said earlier this week he hoped Curry would return this weekend.Curry has played only four games this season, falling on his hand Oct. 30 against the Suns.NHL-SCHEDULE PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS-COLOGUARD CLASSICQuigley maintains leadTUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Brett Quigley fired a 5-under 68 to open a three-shot lead through two rounds of the Cologuard Classic.Quigley is bidding to win for the second time in his first four PGA Tour Champions starts.Fred Couples was second after a 66. The 60-year-old Hall of Famer won the last of his 13 senior titles in 2017. Update on the latest sports — Luka Garza scored 25 points and had 17 rebounds as No. 18 Iowa pulled away in the second half for a 77-68 win over No. 16 Penn State. Garza extended his streak of 20 or more points against Big Ten teams to a school-record 14 games and posted his 14th double-double of the season.— Yoeli Childs poured in 38 points and had 13 rebounds as 17th-ranked BYU dumped Pepperdine, 81-64. The Cougars trailed by three at halftime before outscoring the Waves, 49-29 to improve to 24-7.— Andrew Jones had a career-high 22 points and Texas closed on an 8-0 run in the final minute to secure its fourth straight win, 68-58 at No. 22 Texas Tech.— Kristian Doolittle’s 19 points and seven rebounds helped Oklahoma earn a 73-62 victory at No. 20 West Virginia. Brady Manek posted 15 points and seven rebounds as the Sooners ended a six-game road lost streak.NBA-SCHEDULE Associated Press Reds fall to HornetsWATFORD, England (AP) — Liverpool’s bid for an invincible season is over following a 3-0 loss at Watford, the Reds’ first Premier League loss in 422 games and 45 matches.All three goals came in the second half, the first two from Ismaila (ihsh-MY’-lah) Sarr. Troy Denny made it 3-0 against a Liverpool defense that played poorly throughout.The win currently gets the Hornets out of the relegation zone.last_img read more

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Skaneateles boys hockey rallies for win over F-M

first_imgIt is now the post-season for the Skaneateles girls ice hockey team, where the Lakers assume a far different role than in seasons past.Instead of carrying the burden of expectations for sectional and state titles, Skaneateles would start out as a no. 3 seed in the four-team bracket.That meant facing no. 2 seed Ithaca at Cass Rink on Tuesday night, with the winner getting to the finals on Thursday at 7:15 at Cicero Twin Rinks against top seed Clinton or no. 4 seed Oswego. Tags: ice hockeyskaneateles The Skaneateles boys icc hockey Lakers are still a few weeks away from its post-season run, but it will go there as an overwhelming favorite, having stayed undefeated and atop the state Division II rankings all season.All was going well for Skaneateles heading into Thursday’s non-league game against Fayetteville-Manlius at Allyn Arena, but it turned into a tense affair where the Lakers had to rally late to beat the Hornets 5-3.F-M was tough from the outset, keeping the potent Skaneateles attack quiet for most of the first period until Charlie Major scored at the 11:31 mark.center_img Then the Hornets erased that deficit early in the second period on Spencer Sasenbury’s goal, assisted by Mike Hockenberger. Less than two minutes later, Jackson Denton converted and F-M had a 2-1 lead.That held up until the third period when Skaneateles, who hadn’t trailed much in games all season, found its prime form.Cole Heintz tied it early in the period and, with 9:49 left, Heintz struck again to give the Lakers a 3-2 edge. Barely two minutes later, Drew Henderson found the net to make it 4-2.Hanging in there, Sasenbury returned for the Hornets to hit on his second goal with 5:35 left, but Garrett Krieger tallied a late goal to clinch if for the Lakers.Charile Russell finished with three assists, with single assists going to Henderson, Cam Lowe, Luke Renaud and Jacob French. Goaltender Chad Lowe also had an assist to go with his 14 saves.Against Cortland-Homer last Tuesday night at the J.M. McDonald Sports Complex, the Lakers used a big first period to do most of the damage in a 5-1 win over the Golden Eagles.Skaneateles had prevailed by that exact same score against Cortland-Homer when the two met Nov. 29 at Allyn Arena, but in that game the attack was spread out.Here, it was 4-0 after one period and the Lakers maintained the shutout until Ben McGrath got the Golden Eagles on the board in the third period.Heintz and Cam Lowe led that early charge, each scoring twice as Lowe added an assist. Krieger had one goal and one assist as Major got two assists. Russell, Jack Henry and Colin Weeks earned single assists.The lone Skaneateles blemish remains its 1-1 tie with Auburn on Dec. 17, but the Lakers meet the Maroons again next Wednesday at Casey Park, two nights before hosting New Hartford.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story last_img read more

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La Liga Players ‘Outraged’ over Deal to Play Match in USA

first_imgThe players’ union – the AFE – says its members were not consulted by La Liga.Players from all of the La Liga sides met in Madrid on Wednesday to discuss the issue with AFE President David Aganzo.Among those in attendance were Ramos and Real Madrid team-mate Nacho, Barcelona duo Busquets and Sergi Roberto, Leo Baptistao from Espanyol, Bruno from Villarreal, and Atletico Madrid players Koke and Juanfran.Aganzo said: “The problem is the lack of common sense, a schedule where only the export of soccer benefits – nobody counts on the fans.“We need to fix it with the bosses. The captains are outraged, they’re against it, they are unanimous.“It does not make sense. We are talking about an agreement that has a validity of 15 years without consulting the players.”On the possibility of strike action, he added: “We will try not to reach that extreme but we are willing to go to the end if necessary.”Aganzo said the players would meet again in September.Asked last week when the US-based match would take place, and whether it would be a regular fixture, La Liga told BBC Sport it “cannot confirm the teams, match, date or season”.The AFE said players “do not understand the unilateral decisions”, adding: “La Liga is distancing the fans of the players, something that harms the show and the essence of football.”La Liga, meanwhile, said the organising body plans to meet the AFE to discuss the proposals and that the plan for the game in the US would go “hand in hand with clubs and institutions”.In an interview with newspaper El Mundo on Thursday, La Liga President, Javier Tebas, ruled out the possibility that the league’s most famous game, known as “El Clasico”, between Real Madrid and Barcelona would not be one of the games played abroad.“Logistically, playing the Clasico, at least the La Liga Clasico, in somewhere like New York is not viable,” he said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Footballers in Spain have not ruled out strike action over a plan to stage a top-flight league match in the United States, the players’ union announced Thursday.Real Madrid Captain Sergio Ramos and Barcelona Vice-captain Sergio Busquets were among the high-profile players to attend a meeting on Wednesday to discuss their “concern” over the issue.La Liga agreed a 15-year deal with US media company Relevent last Friday.last_img read more

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Clippers looks to ride momentum against rested Rockets

first_imgHOUSTON >> When the Houston Rockets open their second-round Western Conference playoff series against the Clippers tonight, it will have been six days since they last played.The Clippers are in a much different situation after clawing their way out of the first round with a gritty performance in downing the defending champion San Antonio Spurs in Game 7 on Saturday night. “It’s been good to have our rest — (Monday’s) going to be a big game for us, especially with our energy,” Houston’s James Harden said. “They’re coming off a really tough Game 7. So we just have to do a really good job of coming out here with energy, making sure we’re playing well on both ends of the floor.”The Rockets are in the Western Conference semifinals for the first time since 2009 and 13th overall. The Clippers have advanced to the second round for the fourth time and second straight year. “I’m going to get with our training staff and … I know my grandmother back in North Carolina is praying right now,” Paul said. “She’s praying, and she’ll let my mom pray over it and all that too, and it will be all right.”The Rockets know they’ll have their hands full with the Clippers even if Paul isn’t able to play early in the series. “He’s a great player, obviously he’s their leader,” Harden said. “But they’ve got a really good team and Blake Griffin has been playing extremely well, also.”Some things to know about the Clippers-Rockets series:to HACK or not to hack >> In a series with some of the league’s worst free throw shooters, it’s natural to wonder if the Hack-A-Shaq technique of intentionally fouling will play a major role. Clippers big man DeAndre Jordan has made just 38.4 percent of his free throws in the postseason and Houston’s Dwight Howard (46.3 percent) and Josh Smith (43.5 percent) have also struggled.“We haven’t done it a lot,” Houston coach Kevin McHale said. “We’ve done it occasionally. I’m not opposed to doing it, but I’d be shocked if we were depending on it. But I’m not saying we won’t do occasionally.”BACKUP POINT GUARDS >> With Paul’s status for the series in question, the spotlight could be on the Clippers’ backup point guards, Austin Rivers and Lester Hudson. Hudson was signed on April 11 after playing 50 games in the Chinese Basketball Association this season. Rivers started the season with the Pelicans before he was traded to his father’s team in January. Rivers has averaged 5.4 points and 1.1 rebounds in the postseason and Hudson scored five points and had two assists in one playoff appearance. Doc Rivers is glad the Clippers signed Hudson.“It’s funny how coaches think,” the coach said. “With three minutes left, I’m thinking: ‘OK, If we win this game thank God I signed Lester because we have two guards left.’ We almost went big, and then we would … have no other guards left. That was the first thing I thought.” THE OLD GUYS >> When Patrick Beverley had season-ending wrist surgery in late March, the Rockets were left with a pair of point guards in Jason Terry and Pablo Prigioni who, at 37, are among the oldest players in the NBA. Prigioni’s a few months older than Terry and will turn 38 on May 17. But their advanced age hasn’t kept them from producing for Houston.“The grandpas have done a great job all year,” Harden said. “They’ve done a great job seriously of doing everything right, defensive schemes, knocking down shots, being vocal leaders, going out there and being ready every single night and it’s carried us.” SEASON SERIES >> These teams split the season series 2-2, but Howard didn’t play in any of those games. That’s one of many reasons why McHale doesn’t put too much stock in what happened in the regular season.“You can only put so much on the regular season,” McHale said. “We’ve got to play.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Along with the possible fatigue of starting a series about 48 hours after finishing the last one, the Clippers are also dealing with an injury to eight-time All-Star point guard Chris Paul. Paul strained his left hamstring in the first quarter on Saturday night. He returned soon after departing and hit the game-winning shot with a second left, but it was clear he was struggling with the injury. Coach Doc Rivers said he was very concerned about Paul’s injury after the game and discussed his chances of playing in Game 1 against Houston. “My guess right now if I had to guess, I would say no,” Rivers said. “But I’m not sure.”Paul tried to be positive about the situation and hopes he’ll be helped by some divine intervention.last_img read more

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