Bajaj “Bapake, “Jadi Andalan Patroli Polres Cilacap

first_imgBapake yang berpatroli milik Polres Cilacap Pernah Anda membayangkan kendaraan roda tiga seperti Bajaj digunakan sebagai kendaraan patroli polisi? Mungkin beberapa diantara Anda pernah, namun berpikir itu adalah hal yang mustahil bahkan tidak mungkin terjadi apalagi di ibu kota Jakarta. Tapi ternyata salah satu Polres di Jawa Tengah membuat sebuah bajaj bisa bersanding dengan mobil LCGC maupun kendaraan sport lainnya milik kepolisian.Baca juga: ZEV T3-1 Micro, Van Ukuran Mini yang Mirip Bajaj QuteKabarPenumpang.com merangkum dari berbagai laman sumber, Bajaj yang digunakan sebagai kendaraan patroli oleh pihak kepolisian ini ada di Cilacap. Namanya pun unik yakni Bapake (Bajaj Patroli Keamanan dan Edukasi), sehingga tidak hanya berpatroli tetapi memberikan edukasi pada masyarakat Cilacap. Polres Cilacap ternyata sudah menggunakan Bajaj yang menjadi banyak perhatian itu sekitar satu bulan lalu. Meski baru ada satu, pihak Polres Cilacap sendiri rencananya akan menambah unit Bapake ini untuk berpatroli.Bapake berpatroli bersama polisi CilacapTenang saja, Bajaj yang satu ini tidak kalah dengan kendaraan patroli polisi lainnya, sebab kelengkapan didalam Bapake ternyata sama dengan kendaraan patroli lainnya. Karena Bapake dilengkapi dengan rotator, strobo hingga pengeras suara.Bapake sendiri bisa terkenal dan viral di masyarakat luar Cilacap setelah ada unggahan di akun Instagram milik @satlantasrescilacap pada Kamis, 9 Agustus 2018 kemarin. Sebagai kendaraan patroli bodi Bajaj ini berwarna dasar putih dengan tambahan warna biru dan merah serta dilengkapi dengan plat dinas, stiker bergambar logo Satlatas Polres Cilacap dan stiker polisi cukup besar di bagian atas kaca depan Bajaj.Bapake merupakan produksi TVS yakni TVS Kargo yang sudah diubah dengan livery ala kendaraan patroli Kepolisian Indonesia. Kargo menggunakan mesin Duralife 199,26 cc dan pendingin udara dengan konfigurasi 4 tak SOHC karburator.Baca juga: Setelah 2 Tahun Tak Jelas Juntrungannya, Tiny Microlino EV Akhirnya Legal di Jalanan EropaMesin yang berada di belakang bertenaga 8,58 dk di 5250 rpm dan torsi 14,95 Nm di 3250 rpm yang tersalur langsung ke as roda dari girboks sehingga membuat tarikannya lebih responsif.Bagaimana dengan Polres di Indonesia lainnya, mau coba pakai kendaraan unik seperti di Cilacap untuk patroli?Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedIni Baru Dahsyat! Bajaj di India Angkut 24 Penumpang dan Jadi Viral14/08/2019In “Darat”Bajaj, Angkutan Beroda Tiga Yang Melegenda20/02/2017In “Analisa Angkutan”Jamnalal Bajaj, Sang Pendiri Bajaj Yang Terlahir dari Keluarga Marjinal05/09/2017In “Analisa Angkutan”last_img read more

New record hit in COVID-19 infections in single day — WHO

first_imgSIGN UP TO DAILY NEWSLETTERCLICK HERE TO SIGN-UP GENEVA, Switzerland — The number of COVID-19 cases reported in one day hit a new record, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Sunday, with Europe seeing a rise in the daily number of deaths in the next two months.(JANSEN ROMERO / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)There were 307,930 new infections with the novel coronavirus globally over the past 24 hours, the highest single-day figure ever registered and about 1,000 more than the previous record-setting daily caseload a week earlier.Around the world, more than 28.6 million cases have been registered so far and the death toll exceeded 917,400, according to the WHO tally.‘It’s going to get tougher’WHO expects Europe to see a rise in the daily number of COVID-19 deaths in October and November, the head of the body’s European branch told AFP on Monday.“It’s going to get tougher. In October, November, we are going to see more mortality,” WHO Europe director Hans Kluge said, as the continent currently experiences a surge of cases though the number of deaths has remained relatively stable.The resurgence is, however, expected to lead to an increase in daily deaths, the WHO said.“It’s a moment where countries don’t want to hear this bad news, and I understand,” Kluge told AFP in an interview, stressing that he wanted to send the “positive message” that the pandemic “is going to finish, at one moment or another.”The WHO Europe’s 55 member states are holding an online meeting on Monday and Tuesday to discuss their response to the new coronavirus and agree on their overall five-year strategy.However Kluge, based in Copenhagen, raised a warning finger to those who believe that the development of a vaccine will bring an end to the pandemic.“I hear the whole time: ‘The vaccine is going to be the end of the pandemic.’ Of course not!,” the Belgian said.“We don’t even know if the vaccine is going to help all population groups. We are getting some signs now that it will help for one group and not for the other,” he said.“And then if we have to order different vaccines, what a logistical nightmare!”“The end of the pandemic is the moment that we as a community are going to learn how to live with this pandemic. And it depends on us and that’s a very positive message,” he said.The number of cases in Europe has risen sharply in recent weeks, especially in Spain and France. On Friday alone, more than 51,000 new cases were reported in the 55 countries of the WHO Europe, which is more than the highest peak in April, according to the organization.last_img read more

Vili Vutsov said who is the favorite in the match between…

first_imgVili Vutsov is of the opinion that Slavia is the favorite in today’s barrage for the Europa League against Botev (Plovdiv).He led both teams. “The final ranking in the first league speaks eloquently that Slavia currently has better players. The home team can also be an advantage for Zlatomir Zagorcic’s players. He made an excellent and balanced team entirely of Bulgarian players. I do not underestimate anyone in Botev, but the scales “Botev has excellent individual players with qualities that can decide any match,” Vutsov told BNR.The match is today at 20:30 at “Ovcha Kupel”.Slavia and Botev (Plovdiv) determine the last European participant in BulgariaThe two teams face each other at “Ovcha Kupel”last_img read more

“Rounding the Bases” in Orioles’ 4-1 win over Yankees

first_imgWho stood out in the Orioles’ 4-1 win over the New York Yankees on Tuesday night?In the spirit of hockey’s “three stars” system with the addition of home plate for honorable mentions and other notes, we go around the bases after the 25th game of the 2016 season.1st — Mark Trumbo continues to give the Orioles everything they could have asked for in the offseason trade with Seattle as he hit two home runs and drove in three runs on the night. His first homer in the second inning was an absolute bomb to left with an exit velocity of 113 miles per hour and an estimated distance of 405 feet to tie the game at 1-1. He hit his second shot off Luis Severino in the fifth to give the Orioles a 4-1 lead that they wouldn’t relinquish. Trumbo isn’t going to hit .337 for the entire season, but it’s tough not to be reminded of the impact Nelson Cruz brought in 2014 when you see the right fielder continuously driving the ball with authority and leading the Orioles in home runs so far this season. It was the ninth multi-homer game of his career and second this season.2nd — Chris Tillman was excellent for a second straight outing as he held the struggling New York lineup to one run and five hits over seven innings, his deepest start of the young season. The right-hander struggled with his fastball command at times and walked four hitters on the night, but he used his secondary pitches effectively to keep hitters off balance and struck out nine to match his career high. Four of those strikeouts came via his slider, three by his changeup, and two by his fastball, but his curveball was also an effective pitch for much of the night. Tillman lowered his season ERA to an impressive 2.81 in 32 innings, and he is now averaging 9.3 strikeouts per nine innings, which is markedly better than his 6.7 career average entering the 2016 season.3rd — Brad Brach faced four left-handed hitters in the eighth inning, but the reliever only allowed a soft one-out single to pinch hitter Dustin Ackley in a scoreless frame against the heart of the Yankees order. The lefty-heavy lineup might have been best suited for lefty specialist Brian Matusz in past years, but Brach has held lefties to a .148 average and Matusz has struggled since being activated from the disabled list late last month. Brach lowered his season ERA to 1.18 and has arguably been the Orioles’ most valuable reliever so far.Home — Chris Davis went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts, but he continues to play excellent defense as he scooped a couple balls in the dirt and made a good throw to second to get the lead runner on a close play in the fourth. Buck Showalter said after the game that his first baseman is playing Gold Glove-caliber defense so far in 2016, and it would tough to argue. … With Zach Britton still resting his left ankle, Darren O’Day picked up his 16th career save and second of the season in a scoreless ninth. The Orioles are 11-1 in games in which he pitches. … Baltimore collected its sixth straight win over the Yankees, a stretch dating back to Sept. 8 of last season. … The Yankees lost their season-high sixth consecutive game and have now scored three or fewer runs in eight of their last nine games. They’re eight games below .500 for the first time since May 29, 2007. … The Orioles retook first place in the AL East after Boston fell to the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night. … Tyler Wilson goes to the hill on Wednesday against New York southpaw CC Sabathia.last_img read more

Anthony Joshua bizarrely reveals he felt relieved by Ruiz Jr loss despite having nightmares over defeat for three weeks

first_img What’s This “Trick” Called? Comment Down Below!! Travel Diary // Vietnam 2017 8 MOST DANGEROUS RAINS of All Time | TOP 10 INTERESTING Top 5 Best Budget Hotels In Dubai under AED 400 a night. Amazing movies best funny animals ANTHONY JOSHUA has bizarrely revealed he felt “relieved” after he was dethroned by Andy Ruiz Jr.But the British heavyweight, 30, admitted he had trouble sleeping as he struggled to come terms with the defeat for three weeks.Anthony Joshua admitted his career will not be over if he loses to Andy Ruiz Jr againCredit: Sky NewsMexican outsider Ruiz, 30, stunned the world of boxing when he beat Joshua in June to claim the WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight titles.AJ will have the chance to redeem his reputation when the pair collide for the second time in Saudi Arabia on December 7.When asked how long it took him to get over this summer’s defeat, he told Sky Sports: “About three weeks. I’d be going to sleep, and I’d be thinking, ‘I lost’.“But it’s cool, the blessing is I’ve got the solid people around me that have been with me since day one.“So they know me as AJ, do you know what I am saying, so that’s a good thing. Even though I lost, it was only in my quiet times when I was going to bed then I would really think about it.“In a weird way it was like a relief… It’s done. I’m quite a strong minded person, I find opportunity even in the worst cases anyway.”AJ seemed to keep a low profile after the fight, but the Watford-born bruiser has admitted he was not hiding.Anthony Joshua was beaten by the Mexican outsider on June 1 in New YorkCredit: Getty Images – GettyHe said: “It wasn’t about hiding, it was more strategically, because I think the changes I made in training, you would’ve been able to pick up if I was showing you, where I was and what I was up to. “I don’t hide from any situation, you could fill out this arena and I could talk about all my losses in life and I’m proud of them, I’m not going to shy away from them.”Speaking about how he has prepared himself mentally for his comeback, he said: “Just telling yourself we belong here, this isn’t new to us.“Yeah I took my loss but that doesn’t justify me, I feel like I belong at a good level of boxing.“I’m never nervous, look at the last fight I was half asleep in the ring, I’m never nervous.“I know I’m good, when you know you’re good at something you don’t make it the biggest thing in your life.“The biggest thing in my life is actually training. The fighting isn’t hard, the fighting and winning isn’t hard, the training everyday, having the right people around you, that’s the biggest fight in my life.“The winning, it’s easy, that takes care of itself.”When quizzed if he has any sports psychology to help him prepare for his return to the ring, he joked: “No. I want a psychic saying ‘You’re going to go in and knock him out,’ put me in a trance.”And the Brit claimed his career will not be over if he loses to the Mexican for the second time.He added: “No. No way. Unless Eddie [Hearn] bins me off and every promoter doesn’t want me, cool then so be it. But providing there’s still an opportunity, I will reign again.”Anthony Joshua works up a sweat at at the English Institute of Sport ahead of his big fight against Andy Ruiz Jr center_img People Slammed By Massive Waves 4 Rebekah Vardy scores an impressive penalty in six-inch heels 10 INCREDIBLE Space Launch Failures! Source: Boxing – thesun.co.uklast_img read more

A’s streakiness lives on 17 years after crazy 2002 season

first_imgOakland went from 68-51 and 4 1/2 games behind the Angels to 88-51 and 3 1/2 games up in the division.Sept. 29, 2002On this date, the A’s concluded their season with their ninth win in 11 contests, which helped them seal the AL West by a four game margin. Oakland, using that last run, finished the campaign with 103 victories, one back of its franchise record. It was the Angels, however, who went on to win the World Series with their own hot streak while the A’s crumpled in the ALDS. But the stretch represented just one piece of a streaky, strange season in which the A’s alternated between an all-time great regular-season team and an abomination. In addition to their 20-game run, they delivered a stretch of 16 wins in 17 games. They also lost 14 of 17 and seven of nine at other junctures in the campaign.Over the past 20 years, as first pointed out by ESPN’s Sam Miller, Oakland has been under .500 in April and May but won 56 percent of its games in August. The organization often relies on late-season runs to reach the postseason. Over the past two seasons, the A’s are 52-29 after July. Their 2019 run has them tied for a wild-card spot entering Wednesday.MORE: Angels expose replay review oddityHere’s a look back at Oakland’s 2002 season, which established the standard for A’s streakiness:May 21, 2002On this date, the A’s completed a 3-14 slump by losing in the 14th inning to the lowly Orioles. Over that 17-game stretch, a normally potent offense batted .229 and averaged just three runs per contest. First baseman Carlos Pena went 4 for 35 and was promptly replaced by Scott Hatteberg, a change highlighted in the “Moneyball” film.Oakland dropped to 19-25 and fell 10 games back of the Angels in the AL West.June 24, 2002On this date, the A’s finished their run of 16 wins in 17 games, a precursor to the 20-game win streak ahead. Mark Mulder, Barry Zito and Tim Hudson combined to go 10-0 with a 2.06 ERA during the run.Oakland advanced to 44-31 and moved to two games back of the Angels.July 30, 2002On this date, the A’s lost for the seventh time in nine games, their vaunted pitching staff posting a 5.68 ERA in games against the Angels, Rangers and Indians.Oakland lost three games in the standings to the Angels, slipping to five games back at the deadline.Sept. 4, 2002On this date, the A’s won their 20th straight game in front of more than 55,000 at the Coliseum. The 2002 A’s are probably best known for their 20-game winning streak, at the time the longest in American League history. Oakland’s run, which concluded Sept. 4 of that season, has endured as a core part of the “Moneyball” legacy and been celebrated by Hollywood. Scott Hatteberg’s walkoff home run to clinch win No. 20 was iconic.last_img read more

A country song, assumptions _ and a racial outcry

first_imgSouthern white men don’t usually drive racial dialogue. For as long as race has driven America, they have been depicted more often as the problem than the solution.So after country music star Brad Paisley released his new song “Accidental Racist” this week, what happened next was hardly surprising: days of widespread criticism about his attempt to detail the challenges facing a “white man from the Southland” and his recruitment of LL Cool J to rap a black perspective.The song sparked a predictable blaze this week on TV, talk radio and the Internet. USA Today asked if it was an “epic fail.” At The Atlantic, Ta-Nehisi Coates titled his analysis, “‘Accidental Racist’ Is Actually Just Racist.” More than a few ridiculed it as “the worst song ever.”Some elements of the outcry, however, raise less predictable questions: Where does naiveté turn into ignorance, and then into racism? What is the basis of modern Southern pride? And, possibly most important, should we grade racial attitudes on a curve?Paisley begins the song with an anecdote about a black man taking offense to his Confederate flag T-shirt. “The only thing I meant to say is I’m a Skynyrd fan,” Paisley sings, referring to the pioneering Southern rock group.That scene actually happened to Paisley in real life, said Charlie Cook, programming director for West Virginia Radio Corp. and a member of the Country Music Association’s board of directors, who heard Paisley discuss the song with a group of industry executives.“He sat down and thought about it from another person’s perspective and said, ‘If I offended you, it was accidental,’” Cook said. “I think it’s really from his heart.”That doesn’t matter, say many of the critical voices. They say it’s the result that counts — a song that, to them, turns some of the most stinging flashpoints of American racial history into aw-shucks anecdotes. They are receiving a message very different from the one Paisley intended: the country-music staple of trying to figure out one’s experiences through song.Ignorance is no excuse for Demetria Irwin, who savaged “Accidental Racist” in a piece on the black news and culture website TheGrio.com.“I think he had good intentions. I think he genuinely wanted to explore a topic,” Irwin, who is black, said in an interview. However, “I don’t believe he doesn’t know what the Confederate flag symbolizes and what it means. There’s nothing accidental about that.”“There’s also just a general entitlement that some white people might have, the whole white privilege thing, being totally unaware of black culture in a real sense,” she added.The song’s black culture was provided by LL Cool J, whose verses were widely panned as shallow. Coates pointed out that while rap is full of artists who are passionate about racial issues, LL is not one of them.“The only real reason to call up LL is that he is black and thus must have something insightful to say about the Confederate Flag,” wrote Coates, who is black. “The assumption that there is no real difference among black people is exactly what racism is.”Choosing LL, he said, is like “assuming that Paisley must know something about barbecue because he’s Southern.”Being Southern comes with its own set of assumptions and stereotypes, some of them negative ones created by the low points of the region’s history. Southern pride is largely a defensive reaction to such stigmas, said Eric Weisbard, a music critic and American Studies professor at the University of Mississippi.So while some might see “Accidental Racist” as a ham-handed attempt to start a dialogue, it’s part of a long tradition in which Southern musicians “try to talk about who they are in answer to what others dismissively assume they are,” Weisbard wrote on NPR.org.Much of the friction around the song comes from people who don’t understand this history, Weisbard said in an interview: “We’re as segregated culturally as we often are socially.”Many people are proud of being from the “heartland,” New York City or other American places, Weisbard said. But “the South has been branded a problem for the country as a whole at least since the Civil War.”“In every generation, there’s a new way in which white Southerners have marginalized themselves,” he said, “and the rest of America has to think about what that means.”Paisley gave America something to think about with the chorus of the song: “I’m just a white man comin’ to you from the Southland / Tryin’ to understand what it’s like not to be / I’m proud of where I’m from but not everything we’ve done / And it ain’t like you and me can re-write history.”At the end of the chorus he sings, “Caught between Southern pride and Southern blame.”That’s a gray area for Chris Newman, 25, a white West Virginia University graduate student who grew up in Lexington, Ky. He says Southern pride often is “flirting a fine line between being offensive and supporting historical heritage.”Hospitality, driving your truck through the mud, floating down a river or drinking bourbon in Kentucky are great ways to embrace Southern culture, he says. “But I don’t run around wearing Confederate T-shirts. I have Lynyrd Skynyrd T-shirts, but they don’t have stars and bars on them.”That’s a deliberate choice: “If I respect somebody, I’m going to make sure I don’t offend them,” Newman said.Newman doesn’t believe “accidental racism” exists. But Luke Laird, a Nashville songwriter who has penned many chart-topping hits, has “absolutely” seen it while growing up in a small, mostly white town in western Pennsylvania.“There were people who said things (that) I know if they actually knew what it meant, they would be horrified,” said Laird, who is white.Back in high school, Laird saw a Hank Williams Jr. shirt with a Confederate flag on it and thought, “that looks cool.”“To be completely honest, and it’s probably just ignorance, but growing up I never really thought a lot about that flag and what it meant,” Laird said.“We all want to treat everyone equally, but the reality is we don’t always do that,” Laird said. “The reality is, it takes more of a conscious effort to try and see where the other people are coming from.”___EDITOR’S NOTE — Jesse Washington covers race and ethnicity for The Associated Press. He is reachable at https://twitter.com/jessewashington___AP Writers Vicki Smith in Charleston, W.Va. and Chris Talbott in Nashville contributed to this report.last_img read more

Column: With sports on hold, athletes take up new pursuits

first_img FILE – In this July 24, 2019, file photo, Hali Flickinger swims in the women’s 200m butterfly semifinal at the World Swimming Championships in Gwangju, South Korea. With sports still largely on hold because of the coronavirus outbreak, some athletes and coaches have taken advantage of the unexpected free time to try new things, or maybe brush up on an old hobby. For Olympic swimmer Hali Flickinger, it’s gardening and home renovations. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File) FILE – In this Sept. 29, 2019, file photo, Atlanta Falcons offensive tackle Jake Matthews (70) looks to block during an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans in Atlanta. With sports still largely on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic, athletes and coaches have been looking for ways to pass all that unexpected free time. For Atlanta Falcons lineman Jake Matthews, it’s brushing up on his grilling skills. (AP Photo/Michael Zarrilli, File) 1 of 3 FILE – In this Nov. 17, 2019, file photo, Detroit Lions head coach Matt Patricia addresses the media after an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys, in Detroit. With sports still largely on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic, athletes and coaches have been looking for ways to pass all that unexpected free time. For Detroit Lions coach Matt Patricia, it’s strumming a ukulele. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson, File) With sports still largely on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic, athletes and coaches have been looking for ways to pass all that unexpected free time.We’ve heard plenty of familiar pursuits. Binge-watching a television series. Hunkering down with video games. Play time with the kids.Some have gotten more creative.Olympic swimmer Hali Flickinger has taken up gardening and home renovations. Detroit Lions coach Matt Patricia is strumming his ukulele. Atlanta Falcons lineman Jake Mathews hopes to get as proficient on the grill as he is at protecting Matt Ryan.“When I’m full-time into swimming, I’m not going outside to plant a plant,” Flickinger, who competed at the 2016 Rio Games and hopes to make it to Tokyo next summer, said with a chuckle. “This is such a great opportunity to do those things we wouldn’t normally be able to do.”Flickinger, a 25-year-old Pennsylvania native who now lives and trains in sweltering Arizona, sulked on the sofa for a couple of days after the entire nation essentially locked down in an attempt to contain the virus, which has claimed more than 70,000 American lives and a quarter-million around the world.Then, she decided to start living again.Flickinger and her husband began with the outdoors.“I’m learning how to garden,” Flickinger said proudly in a telephone interview. “I’m planting plants. I’ve never planted a plant in my life, but we’ve done that.”There have been a few hiccups along the way, of course.“We started out with these things called, well, I think they’re called oleanders,” Flickinger said. “But we found out they’re really poisonous. So we dug those up and replanted a bunch of palm trees. They are little baby ones, but hopefully they’ll grow to be big.”Flickinger and her spouse then turned their attention indoors.“We’ve remodeled a bathroom,” she continued. “Out here in Arizona, they have these textured walls. I had never seen them before, but they’re super popular here. Well, I wanted my walls to be flat. So we learned how to level out the walls. We also took down the old mirror and old medicine cabinet so we could put up a new medicine cabinet. We repainted the whole thing.”How did the young couple suddenly acquire all this useful household knowledge?“YouTube has been very helpful for us,” Flickinger replied.Patricia, heading into his third season as the Lions coach, normally adheres to the lessons learned in Bill Belichick’s advanced class, “Tight-Lipped 101: Making Sure You Never Divulge Anything The Least Bit Interesting To The Media.”That’s what made it so surprising when he revealed during a recent video session with Detroit-area reporters that he dabbles with the small, four-stringed guitar of Hawaiian descent.“I can’t say I don’t have things that I always like to try to mess around with here,” Patricia said, suddenly turning to grab his musical instrument. “There, I don’t know if you can see it, but that’s a ukulele. So, there you go. I gave you a little tidbit.”Of course, it didn’t take long for that Belichick training to kick in again. When asked it he could regale everyone with a tune, Patricia clammed up.“I may call them songs,” he quipped. “You would call them noise.”Mathews, who has spent the past six seasons as Ryan’s primary protector at left tackle, was hunkering down at his offseason home in Texas.While the Falcons have been holding remote meetings almost every day and urging their players to stay in condition through a regular workout plan, Mathews still found time to dig out a forgotten gift from his quarterback.“After the 2017 season, Matt Ryan got all the linemen a Big Green Egg,” Mathews recalled. “I put it together and had all these great ambitions to do stuff and become a master smoker, but I have not touched it since then.”Strange, coming from a guy who checks in at more than 300 pounds.Now, at least, he’s putting it to good use.“Oh man, I’ve done some salmon and a few steaks,” Mathews said proudly, while also stirring a few hunger pangs. “I may venture into some chicken soon.”Another Falcons player, defensive lineman Grady Jarrett, has also been perfecting his cooking skills.Who knows? After his playing days are done, he might nab a show on Food Network.“One of my favorite things I’ve started cooking is sea bass,” Jarrett said. “I never had cooked that before, but once I learned to cook it the right way, it was great.”He also bought a Peloton stationary bike, which brings up some intriguing ideas for an advertising campaign.Instead of that sexist, dystopian commercial the company rolled out ahead of Christmas, we’d much rather watch the 290-pound Jarrett pedaling away on his high-tech bike, perhaps joined by 285-pound teammate Allen Bailey.“Me and Allen are friends on there,” Jarrett said. “We do a class together and compete against each other.”Jarrett has only one complaint.“That seat is a little uncomfortable,” he said. “I’ve got to find me a cushion or something.”Taking on an even more daunting challenge is Yetur Gross-Matos, the Carolina Panthers’ second-round draft pick. He has apparently managed to find a pool, giving him a chance to rectify a missing part of his childhood, one that is often unavailable to kids of color.“I’m trying to learn how to swim,” the rookie said in a Twitter post. “I never learned how to swim growing up.”With Major League Baseball still trying to work out a plan to begin its season, Baltimore Orioles outfielder Dwight Smith Jr. has been dabbling with a former hobby.Look out, DJ D-Nice.DJ D-Smith might be taking over Club Quarantine.“I kind of did it in the past,” Smith said. “I actually had a laptop that I would make mixes on, but I got a virus on it and kind of stopped. So now that I’ve got more time to sit down and relax, I might pick it back up and just go back where I left off at.”Flickinger, meanwhile, is considering an even more elaborate home renovation plan.A complete gutting of the master bathroom.“I’m a little of an amateur,” she said, a tinge of doubt creeping into her voice. “But I hope to get better with each project.”She’s got plenty of time to learn.The Olympics are still more than 14 months away.Paul Newberry is a sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at pnewberry(at)ap.org, follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/pnewberry1963 and find his work at https://apnews.comAP Sports Writers Larry Lage in Detroit, David Ginsburg in Baltimore and Steve Reed in Charlotte contributed to this column.More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img read more

A-Rod 75 home runs from matching Bonds’ career record

first_imgA-Rod says he plans to retire after the 2017 season. But he also says he could change his mind. Surpassing Bonds could be too alluring. Last spring, Rodriguez’s name was absent from items in the Yankees’ gift shops as the team prepared to fight over a $6 million marketing payment triggered by his 660th home run — matching Willie Mays’ total. This March, blue Rodriguez batting practice jerseys that cost $129.95 sold out at Steinbrenner Field, and team doesn’t appear to anticipate a dispute if A-Rod reaches the next payment level for matching Ruth at 714.Rodriguez turns 41 this July and in the post-steroids era already is at an age where feet and bats slow, where balls that once soared over walls are caught on the warning track. His hairline has started to recede and he keeps his locks trimmed, limiting hints of gray to a minimum.As much as he tries to concentrate on the next game, the next at-bat and the next pitch, the big picture infiltrates his thoughts, like water starting to trickle through cracks in a dam.“There are things you just can’t help to think about. Obviously, they’re there. They’re big numbers,” he said. “But the goal for me this year is exactly what it was last year: come out, work really hard, be in good shape, better be productive in the middle of the lineup and try to help us win games. And whatever the numbers add up to, they add up to.”History suggests he might fall short of Bonds’ 762.Bonds holds the record for most home runs after turning 40 with 79 — Rodriguez already has 10 since the big birthday last July 27. The mark for most in a season who already was 40 on opening day is 29, shared by Ted Williams and Raul Ibanez.“Of course, I’m sure it’s in his head,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “You hope that it doesn’t weigh heavily, and that he’s able just to go out and relax and play.”Rest and relaxation.Shifted from third base to designated hitter, Rodriguez spent just 11 innings in the field last season. He played in 151 games, his highest total since 2007. Before the suspension, he had gone on the disabled list six times in six years for a string of ailments that included operations on both hips, one knee surgery, a strained calf and a broken hand.Still, Rodriguez tailed off in the last two months of the season, like a leaf shriveling in the summer heat and falling to ground at the first hint of autumn cool. After homering off the Texas Rangers’ Matt Harrison for his sixth birthday homer, he ended his first night as a 40-year-old with a .276 batting average, 24 homers and 59 RBIs. A-Rod hit .208 with nine homers and 27 RBIs the rest of the season.“I think it’s easier this year, just because we both kind of know the rigors of his job and what he needs,” Girardi said. “When he gets out of his legs, you know it’s maybe a time to give him one day off or two days off.”Rodriguez got to heal while sitting out the 2014 season, an enforced absence inflicted by then-Commissioner Bud Selig for violations of baseball’s drug agreement and labor contract. When A-Rod returned last spring training, he went out of his way to act humbly and speak contritely, offering milquetoast responses that sounded as if refined in focus groups to remove any trace of ego or controversy.He became an elder statesman on a middling Yankees team that limped into the playoffs and was eliminated by Houston in the AL wild-card game. Young players seeking advice gravitated to him in the clubhouse, inquiring in both English and Spanish.“He’s been talking to everybody,” Yankees teammate Carlos Beltran said. “The two years that I’ve had a chance to play with him, he’s been great.”Rodriguez was affable as a guest analyst on Fox during last year’s playoffs. But whether on television or not, A-Rod won’t say whether he thinks Aaron’s 755 or Bonds’ 762 are within reach. When he responds to questions, Rodriguez delays before starting his reply, as if to filter out many of his thoughts.“I don’t allow myself to think that far ahead,” he said. “Literally, when you’re 40, you’re day to day, so you can’t get too excited.”,TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Alex Rodriguez plants his right foot in the batter’s box, takes a swing, steps in and taps the plate. His name is announced, and fans respond with 7 seconds of applause.After two years as a scoundrel, he’s once again a star in the minds of many New York Yankees fans.One year after his return from a drug suspension, A-Rod is approaching the home run marks of Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron and Barry Bonds. He hit 33 last year, his most since 2010, and enters this season with 687, just 75 from matching Bonds’ record.“I know he gets there in three years,” Yankees great Reggie Jackson said. “I think it would be shocking if he got there in two.” TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Alex Rodriguez plants his right foot in the batter’s box, takes a swing, steps in and taps the plate. His name is announced, and fans respond with 7 seconds of applause.After two years as a scoundrel, he’s once again a star in the minds of many New York Yankees fans.One year after his return from a drug suspension, A-Rod is approaching the home run marks of Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron and Barry Bonds. He hit 33 last year, his most since 2010, and enters this season with 687, just 75 from matching Bonds’ record.“I know he gets there in three years,” Yankees great Reggie Jackson said. “I think it would be shocking if he got there in two.” A-Rod says he plans to retire after the 2017 season. But he also says he could change his mind. Surpassing Bonds could be too alluring.center_img Last spring, Rodriguez’s name was absent from items in the Yankees’ gift shops as the team prepared to fight over a $6 million marketing payment triggered by his 660th home run — matching Willie Mays’ total. This March, blue Rodriguez batting practice jerseys that cost $129.95 sold out at Steinbrenner Field, and team doesn’t appear to anticipate a dispute if A-Rod reaches the next payment level for matching Ruth at 714.Rodriguez turns 41 this July and in the post-steroids era already is at an age where feet and bats slow, where balls that once soared over walls are caught on the warning track. His hairline has started to recede and he keeps his locks trimmed, limiting hints of gray to a minimum.As much as he tries to concentrate on the next game, the next at-bat and the next pitch, the big picture infiltrates his thoughts, like water starting to trickle through cracks in a dam.“There are things you just can’t help to think about. Obviously, they’re there. They’re big numbers,” he said. “But the goal for me this year is exactly what it was last year: come out, work really hard, be in good shape, better be productive in the middle of the lineup and try to help us win games. And whatever the numbers add up to, they add up to.”History suggests he might fall short of Bonds’ 762.Bonds holds the record for most home runs after turning 40 with 79 — Rodriguez already has 10 since the big birthday last July 27. The mark for most in a season who already was 40 on opening day is 29, shared by Ted Williams and Raul Ibanez.“Of course, I’m sure it’s in his head,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “You hope that it doesn’t weigh heavily, and that he’s able just to go out and relax and play.”Rest and relaxation.Shifted from third base to designated hitter, Rodriguez spent just 11 innings in the field last season. He played in 151 games, his highest total since 2007. Before the suspension, he had gone on the disabled list six times in six years for a string of ailments that included operations on both hips, one knee surgery, a strained calf and a broken hand.Still, Rodriguez tailed off in the last two months of the season, like a leaf shriveling in the summer heat and falling to ground at the first hint of autumn cool. After homering off the Texas Rangers’ Matt Harrison for his sixth birthday homer, he ended his first night as a 40-year-old with a .276 batting average, 24 homers and 59 RBIs. A-Rod hit .208 with nine homers and 27 RBIs the rest of the season.“I think it’s easier this year, just because we both kind of know the rigors of his job and what he needs,” Girardi said. “When he gets out of his legs, you know it’s maybe a time to give him one day off or two days off.”Rodriguez got to heal while sitting out the 2014 season, an enforced absence inflicted by then-Commissioner Bud Selig for violations of baseball’s drug agreement and labor contract. When A-Rod returned last spring training, he went out of his way to act humbly and speak contritely, offering milquetoast responses that sounded as if refined in focus groups to remove any trace of ego or controversy.He became an elder statesman on a middling Yankees team that limped into the playoffs and was eliminated by Houston in the AL wild-card game. Young players seeking advice gravitated to him in the clubhouse, inquiring in both English and Spanish.“He’s been talking to everybody,” Yankees teammate Carlos Beltran said. “The two years that I’ve had a chance to play with him, he’s been great.”Rodriguez was affable as a guest analyst on Fox during last year’s playoffs. But whether on television or not, A-Rod won’t say whether he thinks Aaron’s 755 or Bonds’ 762 are within reach. When he responds to questions, Rodriguez delays before starting his reply, as if to filter out many of his thoughts.“I don’t allow myself to think that far ahead,” he said. “Literally, when you’re 40, you’re day to day, so you can’t get too excited.” In this July 9, 2007 file photo, American League’s Alex Rodriguez, right, of the New York Yankees, talks with the National League’s Barry Bonds, of the San Francisco Giants, during the All-Star Home Run Baseball Derby in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)last_img read more

Two-goal Raphael Varane helps Real Madrid overcome lowly Cornella

first_img Varane and Alvaro Arbeloa, who was spun by Oscar, didn’t cover themselves in glory, but the blasted finish past Keylor Navas from the home side’s No 9 was worthy of the occasion. In the build up to the game he’d doubted whether his side would even get into Madrid’s area; they went one better than that. 29/10/2014 Sam Marsden CET But while they coasted in open play, they were able to make their hosts pay from their first corner of the match. James delivered the cross and Varane thumped home with his head. Cornella usually play in the shadows of Espanyol’s Cornella-El Prat stadium but today they played inside it, borrowing it for this special occasion in their history, and they played their part in this tie as well: Oscar Munoz sent his side’s fans into a state of both disbelief and delirium when he squared the match at 1-1 after Raphael Varane’s headed opener. It was your typical David v Goliath cup tie. Cornella lined up with a dentist, several teachers and a man who looks after the Bicing city bike hire scheme in Barcelona, while Madrid, fielding a weaker team than the one which beat Barca, included €80million man James Rodriguez and French international Karim Benzema in their lineup. Those two were complemented by Isco and Javier Hernandez. It has been six months since Gareth Bale’s goal won Real Madrid the Copa del Rey and on Wednesday night they got their defence of the trophy off to a perfect start. After the highs of Anfield and the Clasico, they managed to keep their heads to overcome third tier side UE Cornella in what proved their 10th consecutive win in all competitions. Cristiano Ronaldo, whose monthly salary would cover the Catalan side’s annual budget, may have been resting back in the Spanish capital, but this was a front four capable of shooting down a side recently promoted to Segunda B without the need to slip into third gear, let alone fifth.center_img Goliath taking an early lead would normally hit David quite hard. Not this David, though. Roared on by a crowd of just under 30,000, Cornella continued to play. They clearly lacked the quality of Madrid but it was still 11 v 11: “They’re only human,” Pep Caballe, the Bicing worker, had said before the game. After 20 minutes, they struck gold. Upd. at 22:23 Several corners later, though, Madrid got themselves back in front. This time Isco delivered the ball, although it was once again Varane who rose highest to nod it beyond Jose Segovia. Varane would score again, though, and Javier Hernandez and Marcelo were also on target as Carlo Ancelotti’s side eventually sealed an inevitable 4-1 win. There will be a second leg, at the Bernabeu, but you get the feeling Madrid are already into the last 16. Cornella’s hopes of a comeback survived until half time, only for Hernandez to end them almost immediately after the restart. The Mexican capitalised on some hesitant defending by dispatching the ball in the bottom corner from the edge of the area. It was his fourth goal in the white of Madrid. Despite that, it was Madrid, not Cornella, who appeared to have stalled early on. Hernandez skewed a pass when well positioned into no man’s land and Alvaro Arbeloa would follow that up with some sloppy control. After such an impressive last seven days, it looked as if Madrid decided they only needed to turn up. After the third goal the home side, dressed in green, had a sustained spell of possession and pressure and may have had a second goal if Joel Marin’s crossing had been better or Oscar had a yard more pace. They couldn’t drag themselves back into in, though, and Marcelo made absolutely sure of the result when he smashed into the roof of the net after Segovia had saved from Isco.last_img read more