A’s blow 4-0 lead in eighth, lose on back-to-back homers in the ninth

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.NEW YORK — A’s closer Liam Hendriks blew his first save since July 30 and did it in a big way, allowing back-to-back home runs in the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium. The 5-4 loss marked the second time in 24 hours that the A’s walked off the field in defeat.The A’s (76-58) had taken a 4-0 lead into the eighth, but New York scored three runs against the once-vaunted Oakland bullpen. Hendriks came on in relief of Lou …last_img

HBO’s Game of Thrones: Your One-Stop Film School

first_imgOne of the best ways to learn anything is to study the masters. Go behind the scenes of Game of Thrones for insight into every aspect of filmmaking.All images via HBO.The current king of fantasy, HBO’s Game of Thrones, has been releasing weekly making-of videos for some of the biggest scenes of this season. The result is one of best resources for film students looking to understand how a film gets made — from concept to the screen.This isn’t new for HBO’s signature show. They have been publishing commentary and behind-the-scenes videos from the get-go, but since the Battle of The Bastards, most episodes have been offering insight into how these scenes actually get made. If you’re new to filmmaking (or even if you’re a seasoned veteran), these BTS videos are invaluable tools for sharpening your craft.Here are some of the best from Season 7. Be warned, spoilers lie ahead.Episode 5: East Watch – Loot Train AttackWho should watch: directors and production designers.Directing a battle is an audacious task. As director Matt Shakman says, “When you have a big battle sequence, especially one where you have multiple points of view, you have to figure out how you balance those and what is the chief point of view that you want to lean on . . . and I chose Jamie.” Without a central point of view, the audience becomes entangled in a cinematic fury of blood and knives with no real vantage.Since the scene is a fiery inferno, this video offers several highlights regarding how the crew made the location look like it had been scorched by a dragon.Episode 2: Stormborn — Naval BattleWho should watch: SFX & VFX crew.In Episode 2, we see Euron Greyjoy attack the Greyjoy’s loyal to Yara and the army of Dawn. This scene is set on a ship, at sea, at night, lit by fire. Quite the task. As show runner David Benioff says, “Fire is one of the hardest things for VFX to replicate, so they’d always rather have real fire on set. Even now with all the advances in VFX technology real fire just looks better.”If you’re looking to make progress in VFX or SFX, the behind the scenes here is a great demonstration of the collaboration between the two departments.While not directly pulled from the episodes, during the buildup to season 7, HBO released three short videos about different creative areas of the show: the music, the costumes, and the special effects.While not as extensive as the featured videos, the three videos explore elements of filmmaking that often get overlooked by cinematography and VFX tasters.A Story in ScoreA Story in Special EffectsA Story in ClothYou can find more videos like this on the Game of Thrones YouTube channel. There are definitely some more gems in there.Looking for more video tutorials? We got one for just about everything in our collection.last_img read more

Cow vigilantes beat up three in M.P. for possession of beef; police arrest victims first

first_imgFive people were detained in Seoni district of Madhya Pradesh for allegedly assaulting three people, including a women, on suspicion that they were transporting beef, the police said on Saturday.The district police said Dilip Malviya, Taufik and Anjum Shama of Seoni were stopped by the accused when they were travelling in an autorickshaw near a restaurant on Mandla Road in the Kanhiwada area on May 22.On being informed about the incident, the police came to the spot and arrested the three victims on suspicion that they were carrying beef. They were produced before a court and sent to jail, an official at the police station, who declined to be identified, said over telephone.The police said they had seized 140 kg of red meat, adding that samples of had been sent for forensic analysis in Hyderabad.It was only after the video of the incident was uploaded on social media by the head of the Shri Ram Sena that a sister of one of the victims saw the video, a day later, and lodged an FIR (First Information Report) with the police against the attackers. Based on her complaint, the Seoni police arrested five persons, including the main accused Shubham Baghel, who had uploaded the video of the incident on his social media account. “Five persons, including the main accused Shubham Baghel, have been arrested,” Superintendent of Police Lalit Shakyawar said. “Animal meat was found in the vehicle that the victims were using and it has been sent to laboratory for test,” he added.An FIR had been registered against the five people under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) at Dunda Seoni police station, Mr. Shakyawar said. The other four accused have been identified as local residents Yogesh Uikey, Deepesh Namdev, Rohit Yadav and Shyam Dehriya.The accused were produced before the court, which remanded them to judicial custody till June 6. Though the video was later deleted by the accused, it had already been widely circulated on social media, evoking strong reactions and comment.Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister and PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti condemned the incident. “Horrified to see cow vigilantes thrash an innocent Muslim with such impunity in MP. Hope Kamal Nath takes swift action against these goons,” she tweeted.President of AIMIM, Asaduddin Owaisi, also cited the video and tweeted: “This is how Muslims are treated by vigilantes created by Modi voters. Welcome to a New India which will [be] inclusive and as @PMOIndia said secularism ka niqaab”.last_img read more

Yogeshwar Dutt back with a golden bang

first_imgEncouraged by his winning return to the mat, Yogeshwar Dutt is targeting nothing less than gold at the upcoming Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games.Yogeshwar was out of action for a year and a half after winning bronze at the London Olympics, recovering from a knee injury. There were new challenges staring him and Sushil Kumar in the face as the weight categories and rules were changed. But they overcame the hurdles in style.Yogeshwar had to move to a 65 kg from 60kg while two-time Olympic medallist Sushil shifted to 74 kg category from 66kg. Last week at the Senior [FS & FW] Memorial Peelicone event in Sassari, Italy, Yogeshwar bagged gold while Sushil got silver.Yogeshwar admitted there were doubts when they entered the tournament. “We were facing competition after a long time. We were competing in new weight categories and under new rules. So there was pressure as we didn’t know how we will perform. But it turned out well for us,” Yogeshwar told MAIL TODAY. “We felt comfortable while competing in new weight categories. To be able to win gold in a quality field on return and under such circumstances has given me the belief that I will be able to fight in 65kg and win medals for India. In the semi-finals, I beat the 2013 world champion in 66kg from Armenia (David Safaryan). In the new weight category I will face wrestlers like him and it has given me confidence that I can beat the best in the world,” he said. The gritty wrestler said adapting to the rule changes was crucial. “The points system has changed and one has to use his mind and you can’t afford to relax. One has to attack and can’t defend for too long because one can lose points with a warning. Overall, it has been a good test for us.”advertisementLooking ahead to the Commonwealth Games (July 23-August 3, Glasgow) and Asian Games (Incheon, September 19-October 4), Yogeshwar said competing before the big events would be helpful. “Moving to a higher weight category is not an issue but generating power corresponding to the weight is important. I have to work in that area. There is enough time left for the London Olympics and I am confident that by then I will be in a better shape.” “We are looking to compete in another event in Germany before the CWG. Or else we will focus on practice and trials. The team may also go to Belarus for training but it is yet to be finalised. Since there is no Greco-Roman wrestling in CWG, it will affect the medal count of wrestling. We have to make sure we win the medals on offer in freestyle. Winning gold in both the CWG and the Asian Games is the aim.”In between the CWG and the Asian Games, there is the World Championships in Taskhent, but Yogeshwar is yet to take a call on that. “It will be difficult to fight in back-to-back events and if I see that maintaining weight will be difficult, I may skip the Worlds,” he added. Yogeshwar was all praise for the Olympic Gold Quest which he joined last month. “I was earlier with the Mittal Champions Trust and they were of big help when I was injured. The OGQ is also an organisation which has come forward to help Indian athletes to achieve their dreams. When you have such support, it takes care of a lot of things and you can freely concentrate on training.”last_img read more

10 months agoRoma, AC Milan battle for Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi

first_imgRoma, AC Milan battle for Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayiby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe race for Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi is heating up.Gazzetta dello Sport says Roma are considering an approach for Batshuayi.They are considering an approach for the Chelsea striker in a loan with an option to buy deal.Batshuayi is currently on loan at Valencia but has been linked with a switch to Serie A with AC Milan.Valencia coach Marcelino was non-committal last week when discussing whether the Belgian would still be with the club beyond the January market. TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

7 days agoBenteke, Tomkins extend Crystal Palace contracts

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Benteke, Tomkins extend Crystal Palace contractsby Ansser Sadiq7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace are boosted by news that Christian Benteke and James Tomkins have extended their contracts.Tomkins will now be with the club until the end of the 2021/2022 season, while Benteke has a contract that expires at the end of the 2020/2021 campaign.While Tomkins is a key player, Benteke’s renewal was a little surprising given he has only started two Premier League games and not scored a goal in league play this season.Speaking about the renewals, Palace club chairman Steve Parish had the following to say: “I’m pleased that agreements have been reached with these two important senior players.”Both James and Christian bring vast Premier League experience, commitment and professionalism to the squad.”These new deals show that we recognise their levels of performance in recent seasons, that we believe in both players, and that they are hugely motivated by the direction the club is heading.” last_img read more

New Zealand The Little Nation That Could Win Two World Cups

1979CricketWest Indies4.8England46.7 YEARSPORTWINNERPOP.RUNNER-UPPOP. 2011CricketIndia1,210.2Sri Lanka20.9 2011RugbyNew Zealand4.4France63.1 1983CricketIndia748.0West Indies5.0 2007RugbySouth Africa49.6England51.4 1991RugbyAustralia17.3England47.3 1987RugbyNew Zealand3.3France56.0 1987CricketAustralia16.3England47.3 1995RugbySouth Africa41.4New Zealand3.7 1996CricketSri Lanka18.4Australia18.3 1999RugbyAustralia19.0France58.9 1992CricketPakistan117.3England48.0 1975CricketWest Indies4.6mAustralia13.9m Usually the countries that dominate international sports competitions are the ones more populated than New Zealand, which has just 4.6 million people. Yet the island nation is competing, and winning, in a whole range of sports. Its next task: winning the Cricket World Cup.On Tuesday, New Zealand’s men’s cricket team beat its counterpart from South Africa, a nation of more than 54 million, to advance to its first cricket World Cup final. (And they did it in a thrilling match.) New Zealand has won all eight of its games in this year’s competition, and is the country with the smallest population to ever reach the title match in the competition’s four-decade history. The last World Cup champion, India, had just a slightly larger population: 1.28 billion.Winning any World Cup is a big deal for such a small country. After all, my friend Stephen Wells, a London-based photographer, told me, “Any international/global achievement no matter how trivial is a big deal in NZ.” He added, “Some of us have an inferiority complex that we’re an afterthought of a country, because sometimes we really are an afterthought of a country. But not now.”If the Kiwis beat their neighbors, Australia, on Sunday in Melbourne, New Zealand will become only the second country ever to hold the World Cup titles for both men’s rugby and men’s cricket at the same time.1Australia won the 1987 cricket World Cup and still held that title four years later, when it won the rugby World Cup. Australia also won both World Cups in 1999 and repeated as cricket champs in 2003.As good as New Zealand is in cricket, it’s better in rugby. The men’s team won the last World Cup, in 2011, its second. It has a winning record against every team it has ever played, has been ranked No. 1 for longer than all other teams combined and is the betting favorite to defend its title at this fall’s World Cup. New Zealand’s two rugby World Cup triumphs are the only wins in either World Cup in the last 35 years by a nation with fewer than 5 million people.2West Indies, a cricket conglomerate of 15 small nations and territories, won the first two cricket World Cups in 1975 and 1979, each time representing places with a combined population slightly bigger than New Zealand’s this year. 2007CricketAustralia21.2Sri Lanka20.3 2003CricketAustralia20.0India1,093.8 1999CricketAustralia19.0Pakistan140.6 2003RugbyEngland49.9Australia20.0 New Zealand also has won one World Cup in women’s cricket and finished second at another. And it won four of seven World Cups that have been held in women’s rugby.Again, all that with fewer than 5 million inhabitants.These achievements might be easy to dismiss if you’re not into cricket or rugby. The sports have widespread but not worldwide appeal. Mostly they’re limited to former British territories and Commonwealth countries, and neither is yet an Olympic sport.3Rugby sevens, a faster form of the game played at the World Cup, will debut at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro next summer. But New Zealand has done well in the men’s soccer World Cup lately, too. It qualified in 2010 — as the third least populous country, bigger only than Slovenia and Uruguay — and was the only team not to lose a match. (It drew all three of its group-stage matches and was eliminated.) It fell one game short of qualifying for last summer’s World Cup. The women’s team qualified for the 2007 and 2011 women’s World Cups.In the Summer Olympics, New Zealand has been gaining on its more populous rivals. It won 13 medals in London in 2012, the fourth straight Summer Games in which New Zealand increased its medal total. It ranked seventh in per-capita medals in 2008, and fourth in 2012, behind only nations that won all their medals in athletics. New Zealand athletes medaled in six different disciplines in London.“That shows there’s a system in place, not just chance or concentration on one sport,” said Alex Baumann, chief executive of High Performance Sport New Zealand, the government body that sponsors recreation in the country, in a telephone interview earlier this month.Baumann attributed the country’s sporting success to a number of factors. As with many things, it starts with money. Over the last five years, the government has increased its investment in his department by nearly 50 percent.4New Zealand’s per capita GDP is higher than India’s and some other cricket rivals but below that of Australia and the U.K., two of its rivals in both cricket and rugby.“In the end, we don’t have all the resources like other countries do, like the U.K. or Australia or even Canada,” Baumann said. “You can’t spend the resources so thinly that you don’t make the difference.”Prioritizing funding has spurred individual sports federations to excel, not just for glory but to keep getting money from the government. “There’s that kind of tension between sports to do well,” Baumann said.That philosophy, and a deep emphasis on sports, is shared by Australia, New Zealand’s close neighbor and ally and sporting rival. While New Zealand lately has topped the standings for sporting performance by countries with fewer than 5 million people, Australia has been the dominant global sports force for countries with fewer than 20 million people. Baumann pointed out that each country’s prime minister attended the cricket teams’ World Cup match last month in Auckland, even though it was in the group stage and unlikely to eliminate either team. “It highlights the importance of sport,” Baumann said.CORRECTION (March 27, 3:03 p.m.): An earlier version of this article said India won the cricket World Cup last year. It won the last cricket World Cup, in 2011.CLARIFICATION (March 27, 3:32 p.m.): A previous version of this article said the cricket World Cup final will be played on Saturday. Its scheduled starting time is 2:30 p.m. on Sunday in Melbourne, which is 11:30 p.m. EDT Saturday. read more