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Thai Navy Aircraft Carrier and Helicopters Rescue Tourists Stranded on Islands

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Thai Navy Aircraft Carrier and Helicopters Rescue Tourists Stranded on Islands View post tag: Thai April 1, 2011 View post tag: Helicopters View post tag: Aircraft View post tag: Navy View post tag: Naval View post tag: rescue View post tag: Carriercenter_img Thailand’s navy used helicopters and an aircraft carrier on Thursday to rescue more than 800 tourists stranded by heavy rains on the country…(660worl)[mappress]Source: 660worl, April 1, 2011; View post tag: tourists View post tag: Stranded View post tag: Islands Thai Navy Aircraft Carrier and Helicopters Rescue Tourists Stranded on Islands View post tag: News by topic Share this articlelast_img read more

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With trip to Cuba, MLB hoping to create “safe and legal path” to US

first_imgLeague officials said they were optimistic about sealing a deal by early next year for the Tampa Bay Rays to play two spring training games in Cuba. They also hope to make progress in one day creating a legal route for Cuban players to make their way to the major leagues. “It’s the goal of our commissioner and our owners to ultimately negotiate with the Cuban Baseball Federation, and with the cooperation of the U.S. government and the Cuban government, a safe and legal path for Cuban baseball players who desire to play Major League Baseball to reach the major leagues,” Dan Halem, MLB’s top lawyer, told a press conference covered by what appeared to be every state newspaper, radio and television station in Cuba.Peter Bjarkman, author of the upcoming book “Cuba’s Baseball Defectors: The Inside Story,” said that he had counted 102 national-level players who had left Cuba this year, nearly a third of all those who have departed since 1980. The departures are part of a broader wave of Cuban emigration sparked by the fear that the U.S. will cancel special Cold War-era privileges for Cubans as part of the new relationship with the island. “I got the distinct impression that right now the Cubans have absolutely no idea of what they’re going to do. They’re in total chaos in this right now,” said Bjarkman, who spent much of the fall in Cuba speaking with people involved in the country’s baseball league.Cuban television avoids games featuring defectors but fans watch their idols’ performances on pirated recordings distributed on computer USB drives. Most experts agree that the future does not look bright without a solution to the problem of talent fleeing the country. But a group of fans who gathered in the lobby of the Nacional said the defectors’ return to Cuba filled them with optimism. “I see it as a big step forward in baseball in general,” said Gustavo Fernandez, a 21-year-old sculptor. “I think we’ll see better facilities here, players’ contracts with other leagues, particularly relations with Major League Baseball.” U.S. teams played spring training games in Cuba before Castro’s revolution but none appeared here from March 1959 until the Baltimore Orioles faced Cuba’s national team in Havana in March 1999. MLB has not returned since. Under Castro, a passionate baseball fan who saw sports as an expression of national glory, defectors were banished from official memory, never mentioned on Cuban television even as they made headlines on U.S. sports pages. Castro’s brother and successor, President Raul Castro, has eased the treatment of players who leave as part of a broader easing of social controls. That included the 2013 removal of a required exit permit for all Cubans, except those considered essential to the country. Some major league players have since been allowed back on low-key trips to see family. A few others, like star infielder Yoan Moncada, have received permission from Cuban authorities to depart legally to start careers in the United States. Moncada won a $31.5 million signing bonus with the Boston Red Sox in March. Cuba also has been allowing some stars to legally play in countries such as Japan and Mexico during the offseason. Similar policies for the major leagues would be far more difficult due to the U.S. trade embargo on Cuba and Cuban fears that broad legalization of departures to the U.S. would make the talent drain even worse. The official return of baseball defectors earning millions in the major leagues was a landmark in the new relationship and a dramatic manifestation of Cuba’s shifting attitude toward the hundreds of players who have abandoned the country that trained them. Puig, who fled to Mexico in a smuggler’s fast-boat in 2012 and then crossed the border to Texas, wrapped his childhood coach Juan Arechavaleta in a bear hug, resting the side of his face atop the smaller man’s head.“I’m very happy to be here,” said Puig, who signed a seven-year, $42 million contract and was barred from returning to Cuba until he was granted special permission for this week’s trip.Pena, who is from Havana, was met by at least 20 family members. They laughed at stories of the catcher’s life in the United States and handed him the phone to talk to relatives who didn’t make it to the hotel.Starting Wednesday, the players are holding two days of youth clinics while league and Major League Baseball Players Association executives talk business with their Cuban counterparts, including former President Fidel Castro’s son Tony, who is among the most powerful men in Cuban baseball. HAVANA — A group of Cuban-born baseball stars once disdained by the island’s government for defecting to the United States triumphantly returned home and on Wednesday were teaching their craft to some of their youngest fans. Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig, St. Louis Cardinals catcher Brayan Pena and first baseman Jose Abreu of the Chicago White Sox were swarmed by fans and members of the state media Tuesday in the lobby of Havana’s Hotel Nacional at the start of a three-day mission meant to warm relations between MLB and Cuba. Traveling as part of the first Major League Baseball trip to Cuba since 1999, the stars’ visit comes one year after Presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro declared they would re-establish relations. The major leagues and Cuban baseball have been moving quickly to rebuild ties ever since. • PHOTOS: Puig, Kershaw and others travel to Cuba with MLBcenter_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Week 14 Fantasy QB Rankings: Josh Allen, Drew Brees among risky quarterbacks in fantasy playoffs

first_imgNote: These rankings will be updated throughout the week, so check back for player movement and individual analysis.MORE WEEK 14 DFS: Stacks | Values | Lineup BuilderWeek 14 Fantasy QB RankingsThese rankings are for standard leagues with 4-point passing TDs.RankPlayer1Lamar Jackson, BAL @ BUF2Russell Wilson, SEA @ LAR3Patrick Mahomes II, KC @ NE4Aaron Rodgers, GB vs. WAS5Kirk Cousins, MIN vs. DET6Matt Ryan, ATL vs. CAR7Deshaun Watson, HOU vs. DEN8Baker Mayfield, CLE vs. CIN9Ryan Tannehill, TEN @ OAK10Carson Wentz, PHI vs. NYG11Sam Darnold, NYJ vs. MIA12Jacoby Brissett, IND @ TB13Tom Brady, NE vs. KC14Jimmy Garoppolo, SF @ NO15Dak Prescott, DAL @ CHI16Jameis Winston, TB vs. IND17Josh Allen, BUF vs. BAL18Drew Brees, NO vs. SF19Ryan Fitzpatrick, MIA @ NYJ20Philip Rivers, LAC @ JAX21Jared Goff, LAR vs. SEA22Devlin Hodges, PIT @ ARZ23Andy Dalton, CIN @ CLE24Derek Carr, OAK vs. TEN25Kyle Allen, CAR @ ATL26Drew Lock, DEN @ HOU27Eli Manning, NYG @ PHI28Kyler Murray, ARZ vs. PIT29Gardiner Minshew, JAX vs. LAC30Dwayne Haskins, WAS @ GB31Mitchell Trubisky, CHI vs. DAL32David Blough, DET @ MIN WEEK 14 NON-PPR RANKINGS:Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerPart of the problem is that many of the top matchups go to even more unreliable QBs than the sleepers mentioned above. Devlin Hodges (@ Cardinals) gets the best matchup for any QB, while Kyle Allen (@ Falcons) also gets a top-five matchup. Drew Lock (@ Texans) and Andy Dalton (@ Browns) also face highly favorable opponents. You’ll notice all four are on the road, and with the exception of Dalton, there’s no track record we can lean on and feel good about. Playing any in a do-or-die matchup is too much of a risk when there are so many other viable options. Save Hodges, Allen, Lock, and Dalton for DFS tournaments. WEEK 14 DFS LINEUPS:DK Cash | DK GPP | FD Cash | FD GPP | Y! Cash | Y! GPPThat said, you probably don’t want to play Brees (vs. 49ers) either. Prescott (@ Bears) and Josh Allen (vs. Ravens) are more palatable, as they have better matchups and can get points on the ground. Winston (vs. Colts) is Winston and could just as easily go off as struggle, and his matchup is merely middle-of-the-road, so you can take your chances with him. WEEK 14 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endA lot can happen between now and Sunday, be it in the form of receiver injuries, defensive injuries, or weather worries. All affect QBs, and in a week where the rankings are already tight, those factors could make the difference in your start ’em, sit ’em decisions.MORE WEEK 14:Waiver pickups | FAAB planning | Stock watch | Snap counts | Fantasy playoff SOS If you go back to the preseason, there’s one constant in our quarterback coverage — talking about how deep the position is. And sure enough, here we are in the first round of the fantasy playoffs, and our Week 14 fantasy QB rankings are so deep that Dak Prescott, Jameis Winston, and Drew Brees (among several other notable names) are not in the top 12. Instead, we have potential sleepers and waiver wire pickups like Sam Darnold, Jacoby Brissett, Ryan Tannehill, and Jimmy Garoppolo. It’s definitely a weird week for QBs. Not only do you have the guys mentioned above falling in the rankings, but you also have bona fide studs Lamar Jackson (@ Bills), Patrick Mahomes (@ Patriots), and Deshaun Watson (vs. Broncos) in difficult spots. All three players have more or less proven to be matchup-proof (despite a stinker or two from each), so we’re not too worried about them, but clearly a lot of fantasy owners will enter this must-win week with questions. last_img read more

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Woods optimistic for 2018, but schedule still unclear

first_img“It was nice to have played well enough to do that after being gone so long,” he said.Woods was pleasantly surprised by the effectiveness of the shorter swing that resulted from his spinal fusion surgery.“My swing is definitely shorter and I can’t turn as far,” he said. “But I was surprised at how explosive I was.“And on top of that,” he added, “how well I putted. I had been rolling it well at home, but it’s totally different when you have adrenalin in your system. I’m more than a full-club longer than when I shut it down.”Even with all those positives, Woods indicated that there will be plenty of unknowns in 2018, particularly as regards his schedule.He did say that “one way or another” he’ll be at Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles for the Genesis Open from February 15-18 — although that could be as a player or in his role as host of a tournament run by his charitable foundation.Longtime Woods watchers also wonder if he might tee it up three weeks earlier at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines near La Jolla, California.Woods has won eight times at Torrey Pines — including at the 2008 US Open, the most recent of his 14 major triumphs.Share on: WhatsApp Los Angeles, United States | AFP |  Tiger Woods said Friday he’s taken his game to another level, but his 2018 schedule remains unclear as he plots his comeback from injury.The 14-time major champion posted a lengthy blog on his website, reflecting on 2017 and looking ahead to a 2018 that he hopes will see him playing a full schedule and contending on the US PGA Tour.“Now, I feel I’ve taken it to another level,” Woods said of the strides he’s made since an encouraging return to competition at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas in November.“I’m continuing to progress and trying to get strong enough to where I can handle a workload again. I would love to play a full schedule in 2018.“What that entails, including back-to-back events, I don’t know,” Woods said. “I just have to continue to work on my body and game and see where I pan out.“I wish I knew where I was going to play and when I was going to play –- it’s a lot easier to prep for that -– but we really don’t know. This is all unchartered territory.”Woods missed all of the 2015-16 season and his comeback attempt in early 2017 was cut short when back trouble flared again.He underwent yet another back procedure in April and was sidelined until the Hero World Challenge, the unofficial event he hosts for charity.Woods, who said he was finally playing without pain, finished tied for ninth in the field of 18 — and briefly held the lead during the second round.last_img read more

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Allie…Allie…Allie…The Greatest of All Time

first_imgNo, not that Ali, but the achievements and accomplishments are no less amazing. This is Charles “Buddy” Allie of whom I speak. Allie is quite possibly one of the most dominant USA Masters Track and Field Champions in Pittsburgh, nationally, and for that matter, the world. Having just turned the young age of “65,” Allie rejoiced at a grand celebration at the Radisson hotel atop a brand new “Harley,” which he sprung for himself, that brought the house down for his three hundred plus family and friends in attendance. Prior to the event “Buddy” was ranked number one (1) in the world in the 60 — 64 age group in all of his running events, the 60, 100, 200, and 400 meters. (Karl Lewis who?) And he has competed in International World Championship Meets in Spain, Italy, England, France, Puerto Rico and Australia, just to name a few. He currently holds three World Records and one American Record. If that’s not enough (and trust me you can never get enough for track stars, they can go all day) in 2005 he was elected to the USA Masters Track and Field Hall of Fame and was selected USA Masters Track Athlete of the Year for his age group in 2008, 2009, and 2010.By now I know most of you are reasonably impressed. Not that Buddy expects that of you. He is one of the most quiet, unassuming superstars of his trade. As a matter of fact you could be in a room with him for “65” hours and you would never know he was a track phenom. That said, allow me to put this in some perspective for you. After turning “65” at a Potomac Valley Track Club Meet earlier this year, Allie shattered world records in the 200 and 400 meters with unbelievable times of 24.85 and 56.28; besting listed world records of 25.20 by American great Steve Robbins in 2008 and 56.37 by German legend Guido Mueller in 2004. (For all you now old and almost dead ex-city league track stars that means “Mr. Allie” is still kickin’ some world class butt while you’re catching a jitney from point “A” to point “B”.)Now you might think the story ends here but it doesn’t, for two reasons; #1. because the story ends when I say it does … and, #2 and way more importantly because with all those stats that’s not really what makes “Buddy” great. But here’s what does. He’s been a devoted husband to his beautiful and wonderful wife Jackie for “40 years” (now that’s a record for ya) a great father to Angie and B.J. A lifelong resident of Pittsburgh’s Northside, a retired middle school teacher at McNaugher, Columbus, Allegheny & Frick and girls basketball, soccer and softball coach; an Oliver High School and Hampton University Track Scholarship graduate; and not to be overlooked a well loved member of the Pittsburgh “Satin & Soul” Ballroom Dancers and the Pittsburgh “United Rays” Corvette Club. (And yep he’s the fastest there too… (oh shut-up Milton and Greg just enjoy the story).All that said he still finds time to provide leadership, support and inspiration to other senior athletes on staying fit and living a healthy life style as well as mentoring and training young athletes and special elite athletes such as world and Olympic Champion Kevin “Freight Train” Parker.Needless to say, I could continue to write about this local legend until I turn 65, which won’t be long from now, but as sure as I’m closing this chapter, “Buddy” is somewhere in the world about to break another world record … (Mama, there goes that man again!) Allie … Allie … Allie!!! MASTERS CHAMPION—Charles “Buddy” Allie, right, wins the World Masters Championship in Sacremento, Calif. in July 2011. He finished first in the 100 meters in the 60-64 age group. (Courtesy Photo) last_img read more

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