Rock of Ages reports return to profitability

first_imgRock of Ages Corporation,Rock of Ages Corporation (NASDAQ:ROAC) today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and 2009, highlighted by a return to profitability for the quarter and year versus losses for the prior year periods, an increase in cash generated from operations to approximately $10,800,000 for 2009 compared to about $2,300,000 for 2008, and the reduction of total debt by an additional $7,500,000 in 2009 following the $8,000,000 debt reduction achieved in 2008. We are optimistic that we can grow both our quarry and manufacturing segments in 2010, even as we maintain our tight control over operating costs and continue deleveraging our balance sheetNet income for the fourth quarter of 2009 was $609,000, or $0.08 per diluted share, on revenue of $12,279,000. This compares to a net loss for the fourth quarter of 2008 of $2,677,000, or $0.36 per diluted share, on revenue of $16,560,000. Results for the fourth quarter of 2008 included a $3,930,000 charge for the write-off of second-grade granite block inventory and a $1,348,000 write-down of the Company’s former headquarters building.”Contrary to our expectations last November, the quarry yield issues that bedeviled us in the third quarter continued to be a problem in the fourth quarter. The decrease in fourth quarter revenue was a direct result of the poor recovery in our export quarries. Demand for our stone remains extremely high in our key export markets; we simply did not have enough of the desired inventory to satisfy it. We are taking steps to rectify this situation. During the fourth quarter we launched a development program in new areas in our Barre, Bethel and White Gardenia quarries in order to increase production and decrease unit costs beginning in 2010,” said Chief Executive Officer Donald Labonte.”Also encouraging was the improved performance of our manufacturing segment in the fourth quarter of 2009. Revenue was flat with the prior year level, following negative revenue comparisons in each of the first three quarters, and operating income increased 15%, reflecting improved fourth quarter sales from our authorized dealers and of mausoleums,” Labonte said.”We are optimistic that we can grow both our quarry and manufacturing segments in 2010, even as we maintain our tight control over operating costs and continue deleveraging our balance sheet,” the CEO added.Net income from continuing operations for 2009 was $802,000, or $0.11 per diluted share. This compares to a loss from continuing operations for 2008 of $2,054,000, or $0.28 per diluted share, which included the inventory charge and write-down of the Company’s former headquarters building mentioned above. Revenue for 2009 decreased to $45,521,000 compared to $55,869,000 for 2008.SG&A expenses decreased 7% for 2009 compared to 2008, and unallocated corporate overhead decreased 16%. Interest expense for 2009 decreased to $1,158,000 from $1,368,000 for 2008.Balance Sheet HighlightsTotal debt at December 31, 2009 was $14.4 million, 34% below total debt of $21.8 million reported at December 31, 2008.Stockholders’ equity at December 31, 2009 was $26,504,000, or $3.57 per diluted share. This compares to stockholders’ equity at December 31, 2008 of $20,431,000, or $2.75 per diluted share.About Rock of AgesRock of Ages ( is external)) is the largest integrated granite quarrier and manufacturer of finished granite memorials and granite blocks for memorial use in North America.Forward-Looking StatementsThis press release contains statements that are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are based on current expectations, estimates and projections about our business or expected events based, in part, on assumptions made by management. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict. Therefore, actual events, results or outcomes may differ materially from what is expressed or forecasted in such forward-looking statements due to numerous factors, including the challenge of successfully implementing our strategic plan intended to enhance our overall profitability; unanticipated overhead or other expenses; and other risks discussed from time to time in the Company’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings and reports including, but not limited to, the risks discussed in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2008. Such forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made, and the Company does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this release. Source: BARRE, Vt.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–3.16.2010last_img read more

How smart leaders answer dumb questions

first_img“This might be a dumb question…”We’ve heard that before.  Usually, it is uttered by a new-comer.  Someone new to the board, or to the company.I don’t know about you, but I’ve never heard anything dumb after hearing that phrase. A new set of eyes sees something strange, and they have the strength and courage to raise a hand and show their ignorance.Here’s what I’ve found.  After asking that “dumb” question, a conversation takes place.  And what do you usually find out?  Most in the room really didn’t have a clear understanding of the situation.  The dumb question forced the group to search for the reason – the underlying rationale for a decision or practice. Often, the rationale is hard to find.One company took this idea to the next level.  Brian O’Kelley of AppNexus, loves dumb questions.We created an e-mail alias called “dumbquestions@” so that if you have a question that many people might be wondering about, you can send it around and everybody in the company sees it. For example, somebody wrote recently, “Hey, we had a couple of low revenue days. Does anyone know what’s up?” I love having those out in the open, and then we’ll write back that a couple of seasonal things happened, and here’s what’s going on. Hopefully that eases people’s concerns. I like that it’s not anonymous, because it helps me get to know who’s really smart.Did you notice how he ended that?  He likes to know who asked the “dumb” question, because to him, it signals a person who is anything but dumb.  I urge you to continue reading, because Brian talks about how he hires, and how he built the culture of his company.Good stuff.So, here’s to the dumb question!  And those with the smarts (and courage) to ask them.  47SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Anthony Demangone Anthony Demangone is executive vice president and chief operating officer at the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU). Demangone oversees day-to-day operations and manages the association’s education, membership, … Web: Detailslast_img read more

Manchester United’s squad is superior to Liverpool’s, admits Jamie Carragher

first_imgManchester United’s squad is superior to Liverpool’s, admits Jamie Carragher Advertisement Phil HaighSunday 24 Feb 2019 9:02 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link54Shares Carragher praised United’s strength in depth (Picture: Getty Images)‘When it comes to the first eleven I would take Liverpool but comparing the squads United probably have the edge,’ Carragher told the Mirror. ‘For instance they can bring on Juan Mata and Anthony Martial from the bench.’AdvertisementAdvertisementWhile Carragher was happy to compliment his old rivals, he did remind them how things have changed over recent years, with Liverpool now challenging for the Premier League as the Red Devils scrap for a Champions League place.‘This is also a massive game for United because they want to finish in the top four,’ Carragher continued.‘It’s roles reversed because that over the past years has largely been Liverpool’s goal while trying to put a spanner in the works of United going for the title. Now it’s them trying to do us.’ Liverpool are aiming for their first Premier League title (Picture: Getty Images)The former England international has been impressed by the job Solskjaer has done at Old Trafford, winning eight and drawing one of his nine Premier League games in charge.‘I think he has a gone a fantastic job,’ continued Carragher. ‘I think someone coming in was always going to give them a lift but I think he’s surprised people by his actual set up in games, going to Arsenal and Tottenham and beating experienced managers by doing different things tactically.‘People were patronising to Solskjaer saying “Ole’s got a smile and will keep everyone happy” but there is a lot more to him than that.‘United could have asked plenty of people to do the job, but they asked him. He has done absolutely fantastic, not just the wins but the performances as well. There’s no box he hasn’t ticked.’Manchester United take on Liverpool at Old Trafford at 2.05pm on Sunday 24 February.MORE: Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reminds Liverpool fans of failed Premier League title bidsMORE: Pep Guardiola ready to keep faith in Arijanet Muric ahead of Ederson for Carabao Cup finalcenter_img Advertisement Comment Jamie Carragher had some kind words for the Manchester United squad (Picture: Getty Images)Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has admitted that Manchester United have the superior squad ahead of the huge Premier League clash between the sides on Sunday.United host the Reds at Old Trafford with Liverpool hoping to return to the top of the Premier League table by avoiding defeat.Rio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starThe Red Devils are not in the title race, but can cement their fourth place spot, as they continue their remarkable resurgence under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.Despite Jurgen Klopp’s side being 14 points ahead of United in the league, Carragher believes it is Solskjaer who has the superior set of players at his service.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Jesse Mulligan: We need to take ownership of what porn’s doing to NZ kids

first_imgNewsHub 11 May 2018OPINION: Psychologists here say we’re in the middle of a porn crisis.Just last year an Australian study found 100 percent of boys surveyed were exposed to porn, and 85 percent said they viewed it daily or weekly.In the US, six states are declaring pornography a public health crisis. Even The New York Times is calling on officials to ban it.But while it’s easy to tell the government they should be doing something, this is one of those issues where actually, it’s what you do that counts.I want to talk about pornography.Here’s what clinical psychologist Dr Mark Thorpe, who deals with this stuff all the time, said.“We are in the middle of a crisis. There is an extreme amount of sexual problems with young men under 25 – and that manifests as erectile dysfunction; delayed ejaculation; diminished libido with real life partners, not screen; and an avoidance of genuine relationships.”READ MORE: up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Roadside drug driver testing Bill introduced

first_imgNewsTalk ZB 31 July 2020Family First Comment: Drug Detection Agency chief executive Kirk Hardy told Mike Hosking it’s difficult to determine the limits of impairment, given some drugs can stay in the human body for several weeks. “If you look at the NZ Drug Foundation’s website on driving while high, they say that even people who use cannabis regularly are likely to be impede.”It seems a new bill which aims to prevent drug-driving still has some hurdles to overcome.Introduced into Parliament yesterday, the law would allow Police to conduct saliva-tests on drivers, for drugs such as cannabis, P, cocaine and MDMA.Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter says under the bill, there would be consequences for anyone caught driving while under the influence.She says if a person returns two positive saliva-test’s they will get an immediate infringement fine, demerit points and be unable to drive for 12 hours.Drug Detection Agency chief executive Kirk Hardy told Mike Hosking it’s difficult to determine the limits of impairment, given some drugs can stay in the human body for several weeks.“If you look at the NZ Drug Foundation’s website on driving while high, they say that even people who use cannabis regularly are likely to be impede.” up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgUpdate on the latest sports Bowman gets second Cup winFONTANA, Calif. (AP) — Alex Bowman has raced to his second career NASCAR Cup Series victory by holding off Kyle and Kurt Busch to win at Auto Club Speedway.Bowman led 110 laps and kept his Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet in front after the final pit stops for a comfortable win. The 26-year-old Arizonan grew up racing almost weekly in nearby Pomona.Defending Fontana champion Kyle Busch was 8.9 seconds behind in second place in his Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. His older brother Kurt was third, and Bowman teammate Chase Elliott came in fourth.Six-time Fontana champion Jimmie Johnson finished seventh after running near the front for most of his final race as a full-time driver at the NASCAR track closest to his native El Cajon, California. WORLD CUP-WOMEN’S COMBINEDBrignone wins combined titleLA THUILE, Italy (AP) — Federica Brignone (feh-deh-REE’-kah breen-YOH’-nay) won the Alpine combined World Cup title without clicking into her skis. And the Italian might end up winning the overall and giant slalom globes as well without any further racing this season.Heavy snowfall caused the cancellation of the Alpine combined race on Sunday. That handed the season title to Brignone, who won both combined races that took place this season.Brignone is 153 points ahead of three-time overall champion Mikaela Shiffrin, who remains on a break from racing following the death of her father. HORSE RACING-SANTA ANITA-FATALITIES9th horse dies at Santa Anita after being hurt in turf raceARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — A ninth horse has died at Santa Anita since late December after being injured in a turf race.Chosen Vessel broke his left front ankle in the $59,000 race on Saturday. He was pulled up by jockey Edwin Maldonado as he approached the far turn in the 1 1/8-mile race.It was the fourth fatality on the track’s turf course and ninth overall since the training and racing season began on Dec. 26. There have been no deaths in races on the main dirt track since the season began. Two deaths have occurred on the dirt during training hours and another three on the training track. Associated Press — The Clippers ran their winning streak to four games as Kawhi (kah-WY’) Leonard scored 30 points and Paul George chipped in 24 in a 136-130 victory over the 76ers. Reserves Montrezl (MAHN’-trehz) Harrell and Lou Williams also had 24 points for the Clippers, who took control by outscoring Philadelphia, 38-24 in the third quarter. Shake Milton led the Sixers with 39 points, including seven 3-pointers.— Kristaps Porzingis (KRIHS’-tahps pohr-ZIHN’-gihs) tied a season high with 38 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in leading the Mavericks to a 111-91 thumping of the Timberwolves. Seth Curry finished with 27 points and Tim Hardaway Jr. added 19 as Dallas won for the third time in four games. Mavs guard Luka Doncic (DAHN’-chich) was held out of the game with a sprained thumb that could prevent him from playing Monday at Chicago.— Bradley Beal’s 34 points, eight assists and season-best five steals sent the Wizards to their first win at Golden State in six years, 123-110. Beal has scored at least 25 points in a franchise-record 18 straight games. He scored 20 in the initial 8:51 of the game and had 27 by intermission, making six of his seven 3-pointers in the first half.— De’Aaron Fox scored 11 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter of the Kings’ fourth win in five games since the All-Star break, 106-100 against the Pistons. Buddy Hield (heeld) furnished 19 points for Sacramento, which stormed back after falling behind, 18-1. The Kings are three games from a Western Conference playoff spot.T25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULE March 2, 2020 PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS-COLOGUARD CLASSICLanger rallies for 41st Tour Championship titleTUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Bernhard Langer took another step closer to the PGA Tour Champions victory record by rallying to take the Cologuard Classic.Langer closed with an 8-under 65 to turn a four-shot deficit into a two-shot win against Woody Austin. Langer made nine birdies in the first 17 holes to seize control in his 41st victory on the 50-and-older circuit.Hale Irwin holds the PGA Tour Champions record with 45 victories, the last one coming in 2007. PGA-HONDA CLASSICIm gets first PGA winPALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Sungjae Im started fast and finished stronger in the final round of the PGA’s Honda Classic, winning the event by one shot over Mackenzie Hughes and Tommy Fleetwood.Im shot a 4-under 66 on Sunday to earn his first PGA Tour victory in 50 starts. The 21-year-old South Korean finished at 6 under to match the second-highest winning score since the Honda moved to PGA National in 2007.Fleetwood started the day one shot clear of the field and started birdie-birdie to get to 7 under, matching what was the low score in relation to par of the week. Fleetwood is still seeking his first PGA win. The right fielder was shut down from hitting a week before spring training after experiencing soreness while swinging. Judge is having discomfort under the right pectoral muscle near the shoulder.In other MLB news:— Red Sox lefty Chris Sale is back on the mound and pitching to hitters for the first time since last August. Sale faced a couple of minor leaguers in a batting practice session Sunday at spring training. The seven-time All-Star had his season cut short last year because of elbow trouble.— Lance McCullers pitched for the Astros for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery after the 2018 season. McCullers started Sunday’s spring training game against St. Louis and threw 16 pitches. He finished up by striking out Cardinals star Paul Goldschmidt with a curveball.NASCAR-FONTANA In other top-25 action Sunday:— Jordan Nwora (WOHR’-uh) had 20 points and 12 rebounds as 11th-ranked Louisville earned its eighth straight home win, 68-52 against Virginia Tech. Ryan McMahon had 10 points and the Cardinals improved to 15-4 in the ACC.— Duane Washington Jr. tied a career high with 20 points and 23rd-ranked Ohio State surged late to beat No. 19 Michigan 77-63. CJ Walker had 15 points, while brothers Andre and Kaleb Wesson each added 14 in the Buckeyes’ third straight win and eighth in 10 games.— Bryce Wills scored 19 points, including a key layup in the final minute of Stanford’s 72-64 victory against No. 21 Colorado. Oscar da Silva added 16 points and Deajon Davis and Tyrell Terry each had 12 in the Cardinals fourth straight win and 20th of the season.— Marcus Sasser scored 21 points and Nate Hinton had 16 in No. 25 Houston’s 68-55 downing of Cincinnati. The Cougars moved back into a tie atop the American Athletic Conference with Tulsa, one game ahead of the Bearcats. The Capitals ended a four-game road losing streak as Alex Ovechkin (oh-VEHCH’-kihn) contributed two goals and an assist in their 4-3 triumph at Minnesota. Richard Panik and Tom Wilson also scored, Evgeny Kuznetsov had two assists, and Braden Holtby stopped 37 shots for his fourth straight victory.The Wild lost for the first time in four games and remain one point behind Nashville, Winnipeg and Arizona for the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference.Elsewhere in the NHL:— The Golden Knights’ eight-game winning streak is over after Anze Kopitar (AHN’-zhay KOH’-pih-tahr) scored twice in the first eight minutes of the Kings’4-1 victory against Vegas. Alex Iafallo (eye-ah-FAH’-loh) scored a power-play goal and had an assist to support Jonathan Quick’s 42-save effort. Shea Theodore had the lone goal for the Knights, who continue to lead the Pacific Division by four points over Edmonton.— Johnny Gaudreau provided a goal and an assist to back Cam Talbot’s 38-save performance in the Flames’ 3-0 shutout of the Panthers. TJ Brodie and Milan Lucic (LOO’-cheech) also scored for the Flames, and Mark Giordano had three assists. Florida has lost a franchise record seven straight home games. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA-SCHEDULEAntetokounmpo’s 41 points lift BucksUNDATED (AP) — The Milwaukee Bucks had some trouble with the Charlotte Hornets on Sunday before the NBA’s top team extended its latest winning streak to six games. NHL-SCHEDULEFlyers get 6th straight winUNDATED (AP) — The Philadelphia Flyers’ current surge has put them within three points of the first-place Washington Capitals in the NHL’s Metropolitan Division.Derek Grant and Travis Konecny (kah-NEHK’-nee) each had a goal and an assist as the Flyers picked up their sixth straight win, 5-3 over the Rangers in New York. Konecny, Matt Niskanen and Sean Couturier (koo-TOOR’-ee-ay) scored power-play goals and Michael Raffl added a short-handed tally to help Philly sweep the home-and-home series.Carter Hart turned back 23 shots in his fifth consecutive victory and eighth in his last nine starts. — Zach Werenski and Emil Bemstrom notched power-play goals while the Blue Jackets scored four times in the third period to beat the Canucks, 5-3. Werenski, Riley Nash and Kevin Stenlund each had a goal and an assist to help Columbus move three points ahead of Carolina for the second Eastern Conference wild card. Ryan Murray had two assists in his return after missing 34 games to injury.MLB-NEWSYankees’ Judge to have more tests on shoulderUNDATED — New York Yankees star Aaron Judge is scheduled to have additional tests Monday as the team tries to pinpoint the cause of right shoulder soreness.Judge underwent an MRI on Saturday, which was negative. St. John’s hits 14 3s to stop No. 10 CreightonUNDATED (AP) — Creighton has become the fifth top-10 team to lose since Monday.Greg Williams Jr. poured in a career-high 21 points on seven 3-pointers as St. John’s stunned the 10th-ranked Bluejays, 91-71. Rasheem Dunn had 19 points, 10 assists and six rebounds for the Red Storm, who stopped a three-game skid.St. John’s entered the game as one of the worst 3-point shooting teams before going a season-best 14 of 22 from long range in its biggest victory under first-year coach Mike Anderson.Damien Jefferson equaled a career best with 20 points for the Bluejays, who had won five straight and nine of 10. Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) had 41 points, 20 rebounds and six assists to carry the Bucks past the Hornets, 93-85. Charlotte kept it close until the final two minutes, when the Greek Freak hit a baseline jump, grabbed an offensive rebound, hit a pair of free throws and scored on a driving layup with 1:09 remaining to send fans to the exits.Brook Lopez added 16 points and seven rebounds for the Bucks, who’ve won 20 of their last 22 games and improved to a league-best 52-8 on the season.In other NBA action:— LeBron James notched a triple-double of 34 points, 13 assists and 12 rebounds as the Lakers held off Zion Williamson and the Pelicans, 122-114. Kyle Kuzma (KOOZ’-mah) helped make up for the absence of injured forward Anthony Davis by scoring 20 points, including a 3-pointer that put the Lakers up 113-109 with 3:40 to go. Williamson poured in a season-high 35 points but committed six turnovers that helped Los Angeles improve to 46-13.— Nikola Jokic recorded his 12th triple-double of the season with 23 points, 18 rebounds and 11 assists in leading the Nuggets over the short-handed Raptors, 133-118. Jeremi Grant was among eight Denver players to score in double figures, finishing with 16 points as the Nuggets stayed tied with the Los Angeles Clippers for second in the Western Conference. OG Anunoby (an-oo-NOH’-bee) had a team-high 32 points on 12 of 16 shooting for the Raptors, who played without Serge Ibaka (ih-BAH’-kah) and Fred VanVleet for a second straight game.last_img read more

Update on the latest in sports:

first_img— The Hurricanes earned their third straight win as Sebastian Aho (AH’-hoh) provided two goals and an assist in a 5-2 decision over the Red Wings. Morgan Geekie tallied for the third time in two NHL games and Justin Williams broke a 2-2 tie with a power-play goal 1:38 into the third period.— Filip Forsberg scored twice while the Predators built a 4-0 lead in a 4-2 victory at Montreal. Ryan Johansen and Calle Jarnkrok (KAL’-ee YAHRN’-krahk) also hit the net to back Juuse Saros (YOO’-see SAH’-rohs), who made 32 saves.— Nicolas Deslauriers (deh-LOHR’-ee-ay) scored twice while the Ducks were taking a 4-0 lead in the first 12 minutes of a 5-2 verdict over the Senators. Brady Tkachuk (kah-CHUHK’) and Colin White each had a goal and an assist for the winners.SPORTS-VIRUS OUTBREAKMLB willing to alter sked for virus reasons March 10, 2020 Associated Press Marcus Smart’s basket with 49.7 seconds left gave the Celtics a 111-109 lead in a 114-111 victory at Indiana. Smart scored in the lane over Domantis Sabonis (doh-MAHN’-tahs sah-BOH’-nihs), who led the Pacers with 28 points, nine rebounds and eight assists.Jayson Tatum scored 30 points for Boston while Gordon Hayward added 27, 10 boards and five assists in his home state.Victor Oladipo (oh-lah-DEE’-poh) finished with a season-high 27 points to power a stunning comeback for the Pacers, who fell into an 85-66 hole late in the third quarter.Checking out Tuesday’s other NBA action:— James Harden poured in 37 points and the Rockets snapped a four-game skid with a 117-111 win over the Timberwolves. Russell Westbrook finished with 27 points as Houston expanded its lead in the Southwest Division to two games over Dallas. UNDATED (AP) — Major League Baseball continues to deal with the virus outbreak.A person familiar with the deliberations told The Associated Press that if MLB can’t play in front of fans at a team’s home ballpark because of the outbreak, the sport’s first preference likely would be to switch games to the visiting team’s stadium if possible.The Mariners are scheduled to host the Rangers when MLB opens the season on March 26, but the Seattle area has been hit hard by the virus.MLB anticipates government officials will decide whether it is safe to play in front of fans in each city. If changes to the schedule are necessary, MLB would make determinations at the point when a ballpark has been ruled out.In other virus-related sports news: That includes last year’s 3-year-old champion Maximum Security, who will be trained by two-time Triple Crown winner Bob Baffert.SANTA ANITA FATALITIESRacing board finds no use of illegal medications in horse deathsLOS ANGELES (AP) — A report released by the California Horse Racing Board on a spate of horse deaths at Santa Anita found that no illegal medications were used on the animals and 39% of the 23 fatalities occurred on surfaces affected by wet weather.The long-awaited report focused on 23 deaths as a result of racing or training between Dec. 30, 2018, and March 31, 2019. The fatalities roiled the industry and led track owner The Stronach Group to institute several reforms involving safety and medication. Zags take conference tourneyLAS VEGAS, Nevada (AP) — Second-ranked Gonzaga has recaptured the West Coast Conference tournament title by thumping a long-time rival.Drew Timme (TIH’-mee) scored 17 points and Filip Petrusev (peh-TROO’-shehv) had a double-double in the Bulldogs’ 84-66 win over Saint Mary’s. Petrusev had 10 points and 14 rebounds for the Zags, who bounced back from a middling performance in the semifinals to win their eighth WCC tournament title in 10 years.Joel Ayayi also had 17 points for Gonzaga.NHL-SCHEDULE Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA-SCHEDULECeltics claim playoff spot by topping PacersUNDATED (AP) — The Boston Celtics have clinched an NBA playoff berth for the sixth consecutive year despite blowing a 19-point, second-half lead. B’s pad lead, end Flyers’ streakUNDATED (AP) — Tuukka (TOO’-kah) Rask and the Boston Bruins reached milestones while ending the Philadelphia Flyers’ nine-game winning streak.Rask picked up his 50th career shutout and the Bruins became the NHL’s first 100-point team this season by topping the Flyers, 2-0. He turned back 36 shots to become the sixth active netminder with at least 50 shutouts.Matt Grzelcyk (GRIHZ’-lihk) and Patrice Bergeron (pah-TREES’ BEHR’-zhuh-rahn) did the scoring as the Atlantic Division leaders moved eight points ahead of the Lightning.Philadelphia remains one point behind the Metropolitan Division-leading Capitals. — The Texans have signed free agents Ka’imi (kah-EE’-mee) Fairbairn and Darren Fells to contract extensions. Fairbairn has hit 83.7% of his field goal attempts during his three seasons with the team. Fells set career highs with 34 receptions, 341 yards receiving and seven touchdowns last season, his first with Houston.— The Browns have released Christian Kirksey after six seasons after the veteran linebacker and the team couldn’t agree on re-working his contract. The 27-year-old made 54 starts for Cleveland but has been slowed by injuries the past two seasons. A chest injury last year kept him out of all-but two games.— The Panthers have signed quarterback Kyle Allen to a one-year contract extension. The 24-year-old Allen replaced Cam Newton in Week 3 last season. He started off his second NFL season by leading Carolina to four straight wins, but struggled down the stretch and was eventually replaced by rookie Will Grier.— The Patriots will have the maximum four compensatory picks in next month’s draft. New England has two spots in the sixth round after selecting twice in the third, the highest possible round for compensatory selections. Denver, Houston, Minnesota, the New York Giants, Philadelphia and Seattle each get three picks, while Baltimore and Miami will each have two.— Two teams have suggested changes to game officiating, including a “sky judge” utilized by colleges. That is among seven rules proposals that will be presented to team owners later this month. The Ravens and Chargers are seeking what they call a booth umpire as an eighth game official, as well as adding a senior technology adviser to the referee to assist the officiating. Also proposed is revamping overtime to minimize the coin toss impact and returning OT to its original 15-minute length and providing alternatives to the onside kick for a scoring team to attempt to keep the ball. — The Ivy League is canceling its men’s and women’s basketball tournaments scheduled to be played Friday through Sunday in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The league says it will award its automatic NCAA Tournament bids to regular-season champions Princeton women and Yale men. Ivy officials also announced that it will limit spectators at all other sporting events for the rest of the spring season— The Sharks and the NHL are still determining how to proceed with three scheduled games in San Jose this month. Santa Clara County health officials have banned gatherings of more than 1,000 people in response to the spread of the coronavirus. The games could be moved to a neutral site, be postponed or played without fans in the arena.— Ohio’s governor is calling for all indoor sports to be played without fans. Mike DeWine’s decision would affect the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets and NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers.— Members of Arsenal’s playing squad have gone into two weeks of self-isolation in a precautionary move. That has forced the immediate postponement of the Gunners’ game at Manchester City Wednesday.— All upcoming professional soccer games in Spain, France and Portugal and some others in Germany will be played in empty stadiums because of the outbreak. But, UEFA is asking governments across the continent to ensure the European Championship goes ahead in three months despite the coronavirus outbreak. UEFA says it’s “completely untrue” that European football federations had requested the 24-team tournament is moved to next year.center_img NBA-NEWSCavs, Bickerstaff agree to multi-year contractCLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Cavaliers and coach J.B. Bickerstaff have agreed to terms on a multi-year contract.Bickerstaff took over the Cavs when former Michigan coach John Beilein (BEE’-lyn) suddenly resigned last month. Bickerstaff had been serving as an associate head coach under Beilein, who cited personal health issues as one of his reasons for stepping down after 54 games. The Cavs are 5-5 under Bickerstaff.T25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULE Tampa Bay failed to keep pace with Boston as Auston Matthews scored his 47th goal of the season and Frederik Andersen made 32 saves in the Maple Leafs’ 2-1 win over the Bolts.Mitch Marner and John Tavares put up two assists each for the Leafs, who had star defenseman Morgan Rielly back in the lineup for the first time since breaking his foot on Jan. 12.Elsewhere on NHL ice:— Evgeni Malkin scored twice and set up another to lead the slumping Penguins to just their third win in 11 games, 5-2 against the Devils. Evan Rodrigues and defensemen Justin Schultz and Kris Letang (leh-TANG’) also tallied as Pittsburgh pulled within four points of the Metropolitan Division lead.— Mika Zibanejad (MEE’-kah zih-BAN’-eh-jad) reached the 40-goal mark for the season by scoring for the 10th time in five games to carry the Rangers to their 10th win in 11 road games, 4-2 against the Stars. Kaapo Kakko (KA’-poh KAH’-koh) scored twice and rookie Igor Shesterkin made 31 saves as New York sent Dallas to its sixth straight loss. NFL-LABORNFL and players put off deadline for applying tagsUNDATED (AP) — The deadline for applying franchise and transition tags to NFL free agents has been moved from Thursday to Monday by the league and the players’ union.The decision comes because the NFL Players Association’s members are still voting on a proposed labor agreement the owners already have approved. That deadline was extended by two days to just before midnight on Saturday.The last time to use the tags at Thursday made little sense. There would be different tag requirements under each collective bargaining agreement. Update on the latest in sports: MLB-NEWSScherzer scratched from startUNDATED (AP) — Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer was scratched from his scheduled start against Miami because of fatigue on his right side.The 35-year-old right-hander said his right side has lagged behind the rest of his body as he attempts to build strength in preparation for the season.Scherzer had made three spring training starts. He expects to pitch Sunday against the Mets and remain on track to start the World Series champions’ opener on March 26 at New York. Nationals manager Dave Martinez has not announced his opening day starter. NFL-NEWSRavens guard Yanda retiresUNDATED (AP) — Ravens guard Marshal Yanda is retiring after 13 seasons in which he was named to the Pro Bowl eight times and helped Baltimore win the 2012 Super Bowl.The 35-year-old Yanda played in 191 games, including playoffs, and has been an anchor on the Ravens offensive line since being picked out of Iowa in the third round of the 2007 NFL draft. He was a first-team AP All-Pro twice and named to the second team four times, including last season.Elsewhere around the NFL: In other news from spring training:— Mets outfielder Michael Conforto has strained an oblique muscle on his right side, but it’s too early to determine whether he will be able to play on opening day against World Series champion Washington on March 26. Conforto was injured Saturday while catching a flyball against the Nationals and returned to New York on Monday night to meet with Mets medical staff. Conforto was an All-Star in 2017 and set career highs last season with 33 homers and 92 RBIs while batting .257 with an .856 OPS in 151 games.HORSE RACING-MAXIMUM SECURITYBaffert to train Maximum SecurityUNDATED (AP) — Owner Gary West is removing all of his horses from Jason Servis’ barn after the trainer was indicted on multiple counts of administering illegal substances and performance-enhancing drugs. — The Mavericks wasted Luka Doncic’s (DAHN’-chihch-ehz) 38 points in a 119-109 loss to the Spurs. LaMarcus Aldridge had 24 points in his return from injury, and Trey Lyles added 14 points with 11 rebounds.— Terrence Ross furnished 18 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter of the Magic’s 120-115 downing of the Grizzlies. Michael Carter-Williams added 20 and teammate Nikola Vucevic (VOO’-she-vihch) finished with 19 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists for Orlando.— Damian Lillard delivered 25 points and the Trail Blazers stopped a two-game skid with a 121-105 victory over the Suns. Trevor Ariza (ah-REE’-zah) and CJ McCollum had 22 points apiece and Hassan Whiteside added 16 with 14 rebounds for Portland.— Bradley Beal scored 27 of his 40 points in the second half of the Wizards’ 122-115 victory against the Knicks. Beal shot just 5-for-15 in the first half before reaching the 25-point plateau for the 22nd time in 23 games.— Coby White made his first career start and scored 20 points to help offset his career-high nine turnovers in the Bulls’ 108-103 downing of the Cavaliers. Wendell Carter Jr. added 17 points as Chicago won for just the third time in 16 games. The 77-page report found no evidence of animal welfare violations.last_img read more

Badgers fall to Illini; losing streak hits 4

first_imgView Gallery (2 Photos)CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — In Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan’s tenure in Madison, the Badgers had never lost four games in a row. Until now.With their 64-57 loss at the hands of the Fighting Illini in Champaign Saturday afternoon, the Badgers fell to 12-7 overall and 3-4 in the Big Ten. The defeat continues Wisconsin’s conference skid, giving them four consecutive losses for the first time since 1998 when Dick Bennett coached the team.“We are not counting the losses; we are not counting them up like that,” Wisconsin senior forward Joe Krabbenhoft said. “We are just taking it game by game right now. We just had a tough loss here to a very good team, and we missed some shots we have to make in order to win games.”Going into Saturday’s game, the Badgers had won the last five games against the Illini, with the most recent victory coming in last year’s Big Ten Tournament championship game. However, this year’s Illini squad has only two conference losses, which came against then-No. 25 Michigan and then-No. 7 Michigan State.In the first half, the Badgers shot poorly, connecting on just 9-of-27 or 33.3 percent from the field. They only hit two of eight 3-point attempts as well. The poor shooting percentage was caused by a stout Illinois defense, which only allowed the Badgers to shoot 35.6 percent from the field for the game.“As I said before, with their bigs, it’s tough to get to the rim,” Ryan said. “With the perimeter defenders much more mature, with Chester (Frazier), (Demetri) McCamey — you have (Calvin) Brock coming in there and (Trent) Meacham. You have guys now that handle the tough year like last year with the idea that you have to keep believing that you are going to get better.”To add to Wisconsin’s shooting troubles, the Badgers’ bench was called for its second technical foul in the last two games with 14:11 left in the second half. The call came after Krabbenhoft was charged with a blocking foul under the basket.“I have no idea. I was applauding Joe Krabbenhoft for taking the charge,” Ryan said. “That was my thought, I don’t know. Maybe someone behind me said something on the bench or maybe one of the assistants stood up. I have no idea because there was no explanation.”Leading 32-25 at the break, Illinois was able to go on a 13-5 run to take a 45-30 lead with 14:11 left in the game. During the stretch, Illinois guard Demetri McCamey accounted for five of his game-high 25 points.With 5:58 left in the game, Wisconsin was able to pull to within seven points after Krabbenhoft hit two free throws to bring the score to 52-45. Krabbenhoft had a double-double Saturday with 16 points and 12 rebounds.Even though they had a late-game rally, the Badgers were never able to pull closer than six points, which they did with 52 seconds left in the game. While Wisconsin was unable to come back, both the team and their coaches were impressed with the late-game rally.“It’s something we can build off of,” Krabbenhoft said. “The last couple minutes, guys were giving it their all. We have to do it for 40 minutes, though. We can’t win it in the last two minutes of the game. We have to put together a full 40 minutes, and that is what this team is looking to do.”Other than getting 16 points from Krabbenhoft, the Badgers also got 13 points from forward Marcus Landry and 13 points from guard Trevon Hughes. Hughes also did not have a turnover after giving up nine in the last two games.“The guys that are on the floor are the toughest guys we have,” Ryan said. “We just need to get that from the rest of the guys. Sometimes that comes with strength and experience. So, physically, we didn’t take advantage of some opportunities we had.”The Badgers also got significant playing time off the bench from freshman guard Jordan Taylor, who saw action in a three-guard lineup with Hughes and Jason Bohannon. After hitting the 3-point shot to send the game into overtime against Iowa, Taylor played 27 minutes against Illinois and finished with four points, three assists and one steal.“Whatever lineup is on the floor, we are trying to do what we can, trying to get a win, which is what we haven’t done in a while,” Taylor said. “Whatever lineup coach puts up there, we are just trying to mesh together as teammates, get after one another and get after the other team.”last_img read more

Dodgers left-hander Brett Anderson grounds Reds while offense takes flight

first_imgThe game time temperature was 90 degrees on what had been a scorching day by Los Angeles standards.That is usually a sign that the ball is going to fly out of Dodger Stadium at an alarming rate.But when the first two batters of the game hit harmless grounders, it was a harbinger of things to come for Dodgers left-hander Brett Anderson, the major-league’s top ground-ball pitcher this season.Anderson, for the most part, stuck to the ground and the Dodgers took to the air with four massive homers, part of a 12-hit barrage in an 8-3 victory Saturday night over the Cincinnati Reds. L.A. maintained a 2 1/2-game lead over the San Francisco Giants in the National League West. Of his 18 outs Saturday, Anderson recorded 14 via ground balls, three on strikeouts and just one flyout.Yimi Garcia struck out one in two scoreless innings of relief, and Chris Hatcher made his first appearance since going on the disabled list with a left oblique strain and struck out one in a perfect ninth inning.“I thought (Anderson) was good. Obviously he gives up the homer. He went 0-2 with (Joey) Votto — he’s a tough out for us — and then the homer to Frazier. But from that point, he kind of recovered. He kept battling and I thought he was solid. That’s what he’s been doing for us. He gave us a chance.”VIDEO: Watch Don Mattingly’s postgame interviewThe crowd of 46,807 delighted in the Dodgers’ power surge.Yasiel Puig led off the second inning with a solo blast to right-center field — his 10th — to close the Dodgers within 2-1. It was his sixth homer since the All-Star break. He later added just his second stolen base of the season.Later in the inning, the sizzling Kike Hernandez followed a tying RBI single by Jimmy Rollins with a massive three-run homer halfway up the left-field pavilion for a 5-2 lead. It was his sixth homer, and he nearly hit his seventh with a drive to the right-field wall in the eighth.Justin Turner led off the third inning with an opposite-field drive just inside the right-field foul pole for a 7-3 lead. It was his 14th homer of the season.For good measure, Adrian Gonzalez tacked on his team-leading 24th homer in the fourth inning for an 8-3 lead.It is the most homers the Dodgers have hit in a game since Sept. 9, 2013, when they hit six against the Arizona Diamondbacks, including three by Juan Uribe.“It was good. We needed runs early to get back on the board, and Kike’s homer put us back in the driver’s seat,” Gonzalez said. “It was about everyone hitting and everyone contributing.”VIDEO: Watch Adrian Gonzalez’s postgame interviewHernandez and Turner continued their sizzling stretches.Hernandez is hitting .432 (16 for 37) with three homers and eight RBIs in his last 14 games since July 24, filling in admirably for the injured Howie Kendrick (hamstring) at second base.“I like to play. I don’t care where I play, as long as I am in the lineup,” Hernandez said. “I don’t like it (being classified as a utility player). I’m 23, and I believe I have a long career ahead of me. But being a utility guy got me to the big leagues. It’s why I am here.”VIDEO: Watch Kike Hernandez’s postgame interviewTurner is 4 for 10 since coming off the disabled list with a skin infection on his leg, and is hitting .462 (18 for 39) with four doubles and four homers since July 18.The suddenly resurgent Rollins finished with two hits. Crawford added two hits and two walks and is hitting .353 (12 for 34) with two doubles, a homer and seven RBIs since returning from the disabled list. Joc Pederson added an RBI groundout, and even Anderson chipped in with two effective sacrifice bunts.Reds rookie left-hander David Holmberg took the brunt of the beatdown, charged with seven runs on five hits in two innings. He walked four and gave up three homers. Anderson rebounded from his worst outing of the season Monday against the Washington Nationals with a quality start, allowing three runs in six innings to even his record at 7-7.“It was hot, the ball was flying, but I was able to make some pitches when I had to and was able to get the quality start,” Anderson said. “And the offense was tremendous today. I was getting a bunch of ground balls and was pitching like I have been.”VIDEO: Watch Brett Anderson’s postgame interviewOn a day susceptible to the long ball, Anderson found a way to ground the Reds’ offense, aside from a two-run homer to Todd Frazier in the first inning.It is more of what Dodgers manager Don Mattingly has come to expect from the left-hander, who is enjoying his first full healthy season since 2009.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Clash at Daytona 2019: Start time, TV channel, live stream for Daytona 500 exhibition race

first_imgJoey Logano has had more than two months to enjoy his 2018 NASCAR Cup Series championship, but it’s now time to focus on defending that title.At Sunday’s Advance Auto Parts Clash, an exhibition tune-up ahead of the Daytona 500, Logano will be back on the track competing for the first time since he overpowered rival Martin Truex Jr. down the stretch at Homestead for his first championship. When is the Clash at Daytona?The race will take place Sunday, Feb. 10. The green flag is scheduled to drop at 3 p.m. ET.TV channel, live stream for the Clash at DaytonaThe race will be broadcast nationally on Fox Sports 1. It also can be live-streamed of fuboTV.Where is the Advance Auto Parts Clash?Like the Daytona 500, the Advance Auto Parts Clash is held at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. It’s the first of a series of “Speedweeks” races held at the track in the lead-up to “The Great American Race” on Feb. 17. MORE: Watch the Clash at Daytona live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)Truex will be in a new car, the No. 19 under Joe Gibbs Racing management. He previously raced the No. 78 car for Furniture Row Racing.Jimmie Johnson, meanwhile, will drive an Ally-sponsored car rather than his traditional Lowe’s vehicle.Here’s everything to know about the Clash at Daytona, including how to watch live on TV and stream online.last_img read more