OFF YEAR Most things ran according to the script last weekend at the 122nd Penn Relays. Big wins for Edwin Allen High, Kingston College (KC) and St Jago High were predicted by many. There was, however, one event staged inside the chilly Franklin Field venue that proved why we actually run the races. Jamaica College (JC) arrived there as one of the favourites for the Championship boys 4×100 metres, but flubbed the second baton change. Perhaps pressure had been applied by a high-speed second leg by Akeem Bloomfield for KC. The national junior 400-metre record holder helped his school to equal the meet record set by Calabar at 39.63 seconds in bright conditions last year. Hopes for a JC track victory seemed to end there. Calabar and KC held the high cards for the 4x400m, with the impressive TC Williams High School a clear and present danger. Bloomfield was withdrawn due to the threat of injury, and remarkably, a businesslike JC quartet ran the field off its feet in the final. Calabar, the winner at Boys and Girls’ Championships, got an urgent anchor leg out of wonder boy Christopher Taylor. Noah Lyles, runner-up to Taylor at the 2015 World Youth Championships, zoomed his team forward. It was all in vain as Maleik Smith, 200-metre sprinter Michael Campbell, Devaughn Baker and Phillip Lemonios produced a big surprise. Just third at Champs in 3:15.06, the Old Hope Road school blasted that season’s best down to 3:12.34. Though Baker gave them a decisive advantage on the third leg, his team had no baton carries as quick as those by Taylor and Lyles. Smart team running did the trick instead. With the Philly chill slowing sprinters all weekend, the improvement by JC from 3:15.06 at Champs to 3:12.34 at Penns is no mean feat. By contrast, Calabar clocked 3:09.77 seconds at Champs and 3:13.09 on the new track at Franklin Field. The rest of the high-school competition ran to the script, with the JC pair of Clayton Brown and O’Brien Wasome taking the high and triple jumps, respectively, and with Shanice Love of Excelsior High continuing a great season, with a national junior record in the discus. Wins in the college men’s discus and the high-school section by Pan-Am Fedrick Dacres of the University of the West Indies and Munro’s Kino Dunkley suggested good things for the future. With the University of Technology (UTech) having an off year, the G.C. Foster College men stepped confidently into the breach with a 4×100 win. Spare a thought for Rayan Holmes of Edwin Allen. Pulled from the start of the Champs 400-metre hurdles final through illness, Holmes redeemed himself with victory in the same event on the last day of the 122-year-old event. The boys’ 4x800m was as enthralling as Holmes’ success was heartwarming. St Jago, winners in the girls’ long jump, through Tissana Hickling, held off STETHS in 7: 33.71 seconds. It was the first win by the school in the 4x800m since 1990. For all of that, and the win by Jamaica’s men in the USA versus the World 4x100m, pride of place goes to JC. Their dominating 4x400m win was a shock. In a meet where most things went with the form book, here was one time where predictions crashed and burned. – HUBERT LAWRENCE has made notes at track side since 1980.
NEW YORK — Taylor Teagarden hit a grand slam in his Mets debut, Daniel Murphy had a two-run shot and New York beat the Milwaukee Brewers 6-2 on June 10 to snap a six-game skid.Called up from Triple-A Las Vegas on Sunday to replace demoted catcher Travis d’Arnaud, Teagarden connected for his second career slam after Marco Estrada walked the bases loaded in the sixth. The 30-year-old Teagarden had struck out in his first two at-bats.Daisuke Matsuzaka (3-0) pitched six effective innings and Murphy homered off Estrada in the third. Before the game, Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson said Manager Terry Collins’ job is secure after the team returned from a 4-7 road trip a season-worst seven games under .500.Outhit 6-5, the Mets scored their most runs in 16 home games since a 7-6 loss in 10 innings to Miami on April 26.Playing in front of a season-low Citi Field crowd of 20,206 that booed Ryan Braun in each of his four plate appearances, the offensively challenged Mets improved to 11 for 64 (.172) with the bases loaded.Matsuzaka was hit high on the side of his thigh by a line drive in the sixth. Making his third start of the year, the right-hander recovered to throw out Carlos Gomez and finished the inning.Estrada (5-3) has given up a major league-worst 20 homers this season, and both long balls followed walks.Murphy connected after Ruben Tejada walked with two outs in the third, the ball just clearing the right field wall for a 2-0 lead. Murphy, who spent his off day on June 9 participating in a White House summit on working families, has five homers.The Brewers cut the lead in half in the fourth after Khris Davis was hit by a pitch from Matsuzaka. Running on a full-count pitch to Lyle Overbay, Davis scored from first when Overbay hit a sharp grounder inside first base for a run-scoring double.Matsuzaka, however, kept the NL Central leaders in check. He allowed three hits and three walks, striking out five.Estrada walked David Wright and Curtis Granderson with one out in the sixth. After Chris Young struck out, Lucas Duda walked to load the bases. Teagarden’s drive hit off the top of the wall down the right field line and ricocheted into the seats for his first slam since 2008 with Texas.Gomez, traded by the Mets to Minnesota as part of the deal that brought Johan Santana to New York in February 2008, had an RBI double in the eighth.(HOWIE RUMBERG, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
HMD Global on Tuesday announced the newest member to the Nokia X series of smartphones in China, the Nokia X7. The phone comes after the Nokia X6 and X5, which have been launched globally as the Nokia 6.1 Plus and 5.1 Plus globally. Going by that trend, the Nokia X7 will be called the Nokia 7.1 Plus when it launches globally. The phone has been announced highlighting a tall 6.18-inch screen with HMD’s PureDisplay technology and HDR 10 support and a Snapdragon 710 chipset, among other things.HMD has priced the Nokia X7 aka Nokia 7.1 Plus at CNY 1,699 (approx Rs 18,000) for the 4GB + 64GB option, CNY 1,999 (approx Rs 21,200) for the 6GB + 64GB version and CNY 2,499 (approx Rs 26,600) for the 6GB + 128GB variant. As of now, the device has only been announced in China, but it should launch in other markets as well including India in the coming months.The Nokia 7.1 Plus brings a design language that is a combination of the Nokia 6.1 Plus and the Nokia 7 Plus. It gets an edge-to-edge display with a notch and a chin. The edges are chamfered and the Series 6000 aluminium frame is flat much like the Nokia 7 Plus that was launched earlier this year. The device also gets silver/ copper accents around the rear camera, fingerprint sensor and the frame. The Nokia 7.1 Plus comes with a premium look thanks to a 2.5D curved glass on the back. The rear panel sees a pill-shaped dual camera setup vertically placed just above the fingerprint sensor.The Nokia 7.1 Plus gets a 6.18-inch FHD+ PureDisplay with HDR 10 support. The display offers a 18.7:9 aspect ratio and 86.5 per cent screen-to-body ratio. It is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 710 chipset based on 10nm process, which makes it the most powerful Nokia mid-range smartphone yet. This will be offered with up to 6GB of RAM and up to 128GB of internal storage, which will be expandable up to 400GB via a microSD card. The Nokia 7.1 Plus will ship with Android 8.1 Oreo with a custom skin on top in China, while globally it will run a pure version of Android and will be part of the Android One program. The phone should get updated to Android 9 Pie by the end of the year. The device houses a 3,500mAh battery and will support fast charging over USB Type-C and an 18W charger with the box.advertisementThe Nokia 7.1 Plus gets Zeiss-branded optics on the back much like the Nokia 7.1 and 7 Plus. The dual camera system includes a 13-megapixel primary IMX363 sensor with f/1.8 aperture and 1.4 micron pixels, and a 12-megapixel secondary sensor. The cameras also get OIS support On the front, the Nokia 7.1 Plus gets a 20-megapixel selfie camera with f/2.0 aperture and 1.8 micron pixels. The selfie camera supports beauty mode and portrait lighting features. Additionally, the cameras are backed by AI which will detect scenes and adjust the settings accordingly.
Kolkata Knight Riders captain Dinesh Karthik was not happy with the performance of his bowlers after the home team were handed a 7-wicket defeat by Delhi Capitals at the Eden Gardens on Friday. The loss was Kolkata’s second in a row in the Indian Premier League this season.Riding on a superb 97 not out off 63 balls from Shikhar Dhawan, Delhi Capitals made light work of the 179-run chase and got to the target with 7 balls to spare. Dhawan was involved in a 105-run partnership with Rishabh Pant, who contributed with a quickfire 46 off 31 balls.Two days ahead of the Indian team selection for the World Cup, Dhawan, who survived a review on 11, decorated his knock with 11 boundaries and two sixes, as Delhi registered only their second IPL win at the Eden Gardens.Delhi climbed to fourth spot with eight points from seven matches, while this was KKR’s second straight defeat after losing to Chennai Super Kings in their last match. They now have eight points from seven games.The @DelhiCapitals climb up in the points table after their win today against #KKR pic.twitter.com/ZInil5TcjaIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 12, 2019Kolkata Knight Riders, Mumbai Indians, Delhi Capitals and Kings XI Punjab are now tied on 8 points each.”To be honest the par score was 10-15 runs more than that. We didn’t bat well and didn’t post a good score. I expected our bowlers to perform better, that didn’t happen though. Such things happen in a game of cricket,” Dinesh Karthik said at the post-match presentation.advertisement”I think picking wickets on this ground has been difficult but bowlers can work on few areas and come back harder. That’s what IPL is all about, coming back stronger every time you can,” he added.@DelhiCapitals win at the Eden Gardens pic.twitter.com/e9syK6c6xMIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 12, 2019Kolkata dearly missed the services of Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine, both of whom were feeling a bit under the weather before this game.KKR as a result, had to open the match with Shubman Gill and Joe Denly but the move didn’t work as the debutant got out for a golden duck off the first ball of the match. Gill though, grabbed his opportunity with both hands, top-scoring with 65 off 39 balls.”They (Lynn and Narine) are two key players and missing them is never good. But Shubman grabbed the opportunity and played really well. You are always going to have replacements. It was hard on Joe to get out on the first ball, but I am sure he’ll come back strong in the next game,” Karthik said.Also Read | IPL 2019: RCB have lost 6 out 6, Chahal optimistic of playoff berthAlso Read | India might select KL Rahul for No.4 in World Cup based on IPL form: Sunil GavaskarAlso Read | IPL 2019: 50 per cent match fee fine is kid-gloving MS Dhoni, says Bishan Bedi