Salvadoran and Honduran Ministers Coordinate Fight Against Crime

first_imgBy Dialogo November 29, 2011 The security ministers of El Salvador, General David Munguía Payés, and Honduras, Pompeyo Bonilla, met on Salvadoran territory on November 27 to discuss measures to confront organized crime, including the region’s feared gangs, official sources announced. The meeting, held at the El Salvador’s international airport, 44 km southeast of the capital, had the objective of “coordinating actions,” especially in the so-called Northern Triangle region (Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras), where the homicide rate is the highest in Central America, Bonilla explained. For Bonilla, security conditions are “deteriorating” in the Central American region, for which reason he noted, looking ahead, that “we have to face up to things very decisively, very responsibly” on the level of the Central American Integration System (SICA). One of the measures in which coordination is being sought is the “alignment” of laws that can make it possible to fight crime “more successfully.” “Only peoples that have security, that can live in peace, generate and attract investment, and investment are the only thing that can provide jobs and generate wealth for redistribution among peoples,” Bonilla said. For his part, General Munguía Payés, who was sworn in as the new Salvadoran Security Minister, declared that one of the issues also raised on November 27 was the movement of gang members and drug traffickers from one country to another. “We’ve reached the conclusion that the issue of drug trafficking, and especially the retail drug trade and gangs, is the factor that generates the most violence in the Northern Triangle, and one of the measures that we’ve thought about is that this issue should be addressed (…) with special laws, and we’re thinking about aligning these laws within SICA,” Munguía Payés added.last_img read more

Woodmere, Cedarhurst Temples Burglarized by Teen, Cops Say

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Queens teenager been accused of a burglarizing a Jewish temple in Cedarhurst last summer and another synagogue in Woodmere over the holiday weekend, Nassau County police said.Daniel Weiss, 16, of Far Rockaway, removed an air conditioner from a window at the Congregation Shaara Emuana on Oakland Avenue in Cedarhurst and climbed on Aug. 12, police said.Weiss and his alleged accomplice, 16-year-old Avraham Moseson of Woodmere, were caught on security video ransacking the office of the Cedarhurst synagogue, where they took cash and fled the scene, police said.Officers identified the teens and apprehended Moseson in September.Weiss was arrested on Monday after police said he broke into the Aish Kodesh Synagogue on Woodmere Place in Woodmere on Saturday, when he stole two sets of car keys and took a Honda from the parking lot.Both teens have been charged with burglary and marijuana possession. Morenson has been released without bail and his case has been referred to the Adolescent Diversion Program.Weiss was additionally charged with grand larceny and will be arraigned Tuesday at First District Court in Hempstead.last_img read more

How Will New Diploma Rules Affect Long Island Special Education Students, Graduation Rates?

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York [Editor’s Note: James DeLorenzo, assistant commissioner at the New York State Education Department’s Office of Special Education, responded post-publication to multiple Press requests made to the department for clarification about specific points of its new diploma rules during the reporting of this story. His Letter To The Editor is published below in full. Scroll to read.] As Long Island high school seniors celebrated earning their diplomas last month, many anxious parents and educators were waiting to see how new education policy changes may affect graduation rates and students with learning disabilities.This year marked the first class to graduate since the New York State Education Department started to phase out so-called local diplomas four years ago, leaving the more stringent Regents Diploma as the minimum graduation requirement for most students—special education and general education students alike. It’s also the first year that students could receive the new Career Development and Occupational Studies (CDOS) Certification, which prepares special education pupils for the workforce but isn’t the equivalent of a diploma. Some lawmakers are calling for state education leaders to reconsider the changes.“This makes it incredibly difficult for students with learning and other disabilities to achieve a recognized diploma if they cannot succeed in all required Regents exams,” wrote Assemb. Todd Kaminsky (D-Long Beach) to the state education department in a letter signed by 100 fellow elected representatives. “Specifically, because most colleges require a diploma…many of our students will be shut out from attending college. That is a tragedy.”LI’s graduation rate stands at 88.5 percent, outpacing the statewide rate of nearly 77 percent and the national rate of 81 percent, according to the state and federal education departments. Many school districts on the Island have seen their graduation rates rise, although some saw decreases, which local officials blamed on budget cuts that led to some students not meeting requirements.“[The CDOS] should not count toward graduation rates, but we’ll see what the state will do,” said Carol Burris, retiring principal of South Side High School in Rockville Centre. “It’s not a graduation credential. It’s not a diploma. Would it surprise me if the state tries to [count it]? No.”But many parents—especially those with children in special education programs—worry that the elimination of the non-Regents local diploma will adversely affect their kids’ lives. Previously, special education students who couldn’t meet the Regents Diploma requirements could receive a local diploma if they passed a Regents Competency Test or scored between 55 and 64 on the Regents exams.Aside from local diplomas, Regents and Advanced Regents diplomas have been available to students with disabilities as well as general education students who score high enough on five exams: English, math, history and science, as well as one additional exam, with foreign language the preferred option. The alternate local diplomas had been available to special education students with an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or section 504 Accommodation Plan, which does not classify a pupil with learning disabilities as a special education student.Advocates and interested parents have joined lawmakers in urging state education leaders to reverse course.“Without the local diploma at minimum, a child like my son, Brandon, will not be eligible to enroll in a community college or a trade school of his choice,” said Betty Pilnik, a parent from Oceanside. “This is too high a price to pay for such a hard-working student. Not only does this thwart my child from continuing his post-secondary education, but it even prevents him from taking any entry-level civil service exams.”Once the Class of 2015’s special education students graduate, local diplomas are history, but there are a few catches. Some of those students may continue in high school until they turn 21 to finish their requirements. And the state Board of Regents said that local diplomas are still available through an appeals process, but would not comment on what they would allow for a successful appeal.As for IEP students acquiring CDOS credentials, they’re required to fulfill a career plan, complete 216 hours of study in Career and Technical Education coursework, do 54 hours of work-based learning and fill out their employability profile, among other criteria. But, since the CDOS is not a diploma, students applying to jobs that require a high school diploma must at least earn a High School Equivalency Diploma. Curiously, the new Skills and Achievement Commencement Credential, which replaced the since-phased-out IEP diploma, is also considered a credential and not a diploma, but can reportedly be regarded as the equivalent of a diploma on job applications.The worry, say some parents and advocates, is that students will become frustrated with the new CDOS requirements and drop out of high school before they complete them.“It’s very sad that [CDOS students] won’t be able to get a government job; they won’t even be able to go into the military,” said Jennifer Keisner, president of Longwood’s Special Education Parent Teacher Association. “These kids work very hard–as hard as they can–and to see that they’re not going to get anywhere will cause them to just give up.”When the Class of 2015’s graduation rate is calculated, the report will be published in December at from James DeLorenzo, assistant commissioner at the New York State Education Department’s Office of Special Education: To the Editor –I am writing in response to your recent article, “How Will New Diploma Rules Affect Long Island Special Education Students, Graduation Rates?” I’d like to take this opportunity to clarify some of the points made in the article. This information is critically important to students with disabilities and their families – and they deserve to understand the options that are available to them.First, the article states that “once the class of 2015 graduate, local diplomas are history.” In fact, to date, the Regents have approved two options for students with disabilities to graduate with a local diploma when their disability precludes them from passing Regents exams at a score of 65 or higher. One option allows students with disabilities to graduate with a local diploma when they earn between a 55 and 64 on one or more Regents exams required for graduation (the “low pass” option). The other “safety net” option allows students with disabilities to earn a local diploma when they score between 45-54 on one or more of the five required Regents exams (other than the ELA or mathematics exam) if they can offset that score with a score of 65 or higher on another required Regents exam (provided that the student has earned a score of at least 55 on both the ELA and mathematics exams). The article also claims that, “since the CDOS is not a diploma, students applying to jobs that require a high school diploma must at least earn a High School Equivalency Diploma.” In fact, the CDOS credential was never intended to be a substitute for a regular high school diploma. The State Education Department requires that schools provide meaningful access to instruction to ensure that most students with disabilities graduate with a regular high school diploma. For these students, the Credential would be a supplement to a regular high school diploma. For those students who cannot meet the academic standards to earn a local or Regents diploma, the CDOS credential could be awarded as that student’s exiting award at the time of graduation.Finally, the article states that the “Skills and Achievement Commencement Credential… is also considered a credential and not a diploma, but can reportedly be regarded as the equivalent of a diploma on job application.” The Skills and Achievement Commencement Credential is intended only for students with severe disabilities. This credential must be accompanied by documentation of the student’s skills and strengths and levels of independence in academic, career development and foundation skills needed for post school living, further education, training and working. It cannot be regarded as the equivalent of a regular high school diploma on job applications.James DeLorenzoAssistant CommissionerOffice of Special EducationNYS Education Departmentlast_img read more

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Wolf Administration Opens Public Inquiry Hotline to Coordinate Volunteers for Flood Clean-Up

first_img Press Release,  Public Health,  Public Safety,  Weather Safety Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today said a public inquiry hotline is now available to citizens who need assistance cleaning up after devastating flooding in central and eastern Pennsylvania.“We’re working with volunteer organizations that have offered to help residents in these communities,” said Governor Wolf. “I know that some of these survivors have been hit multiple times in the last few weeks, and the willingness of these volunteers to do this hard work is greatly appreciated.”Anyone who would like to request help should call 272-200-3211 for assistance. The hotline will be staffed from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., including weekends through August 31. Volunteers will provide physical labor, such as mucking out basements, removing damaged flooring and drywall, and removing debris.A variety of organizations make up the PA VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters).They provide assistance that complements the efforts of municipal, county and state governments. Their members active in this recovery mission include the American Red Cross, Southern Baptist Convention, United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), Lions Club International, Salvation Army, Team Rubicon, A.G.A.P.E of Columbia County, Mennonite Disaster Services, United Church of Christ, LDS Charities, Lend-a-Hand of Lebanon County, and Lutheran Disaster Response.Callers will need to provide basic information, including but not limited to their address, the type of work they need help with, and the status of utility services at the site. Callers will also need to verbally give their permission for call takers to share their information with the volunteer organizations.PEMA Director Rick Flinn said that while every effort will be made to help those who need it, the responding organizations will prioritize service delivery according to their own criteria and ability to assist. It may take several days for volunteer teams to respond.In addition, the Disaster Distress Helpline, 1-800-985-5990, is a 24/7 national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster. This toll-free, multilingual, and confidential crisis support service is available to all residents in the United States and its territories. Stress, anxiety, and other depression-like symptoms are common reactions after a disaster. Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.“We know that this has been a stressful time for flooding survivors as well as first responders who have been doing stressful and dangerous work to help their neighbors,” Flinn said. “Please reach out if you need someone to talk to. Free help is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.” Wolf Administration Opens Public Inquiry Hotline to Coordinate Volunteers for Flood Clean-Up August 17, 2018center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

EPL: Calvert-Lewin brace hands Everton win at Newcastle

first_imgEverton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin kept up his fine run of form as he scored twice to give Everton a 2-1 win at Newcastle United in a pulsating Premier League clash on Saturday.Advertisement Loading… The 22-year old fired the visitors ahead in the 13th minute, sweeping the ball home from six metres after a deflected Gylfi Sigurdsson shot fell kindly for him.Chances went begging at either end before Fabian Schar volleyed in a 59th-minute equaliser, firing past Jordan Pickford after Andy Carroll had headed a Jetro Willems free kick into the defender’s path.Read Also: Ancelotti ready to block Man Utd £70m transfer bid for Everton strikerEverton, whose lightning breaks kept carving open the home team’s defence all afternoon, struck again five minutes later when Calvert-Lewin bundled in Richarlison’s perfect low cross from the right.Newcastle threw men forward in the closing stages but Everton held on to extend their unbeaten league run to five games, while the Magpies suffered their first home defeat in nine outings.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img It was a second successive victory for Everton’s new manager Carlo Ancelotti, who made his debut at Goodison Park with a 1-0 win over Burnley on Thursday when Calvert-Lewin netted a late winner for the Toffees.last_img read more

Ronaldinho closing in on 70 days detention in Paraguay

first_imgBrazilian great Ronaldinho’s lawyers are hoping the former world player of the year will be allowed to go home after more than two months of detention in Paraguay over a forged passport. Ronaldinho was released from prison to house arrest at a luxury hotel in Asuncion on April 7 “We’re hoping to convince the prosecution to allow Ronaldinho and his brother to return to their country. We can do nothing but wait for the investigation to end,” a defense source told AFP. Former Barcelona, AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain star Ronaldinho and his brother, Robert de Assis Moreira, are facing up to five years in jail if convicted. The brothers spent more than a month behind bars after they were accused of entering Paraguay in possession of false passports. The 2005 Ballon d’Or winner and his brother posted bail of $1.6 million and have been under house arrest at the plush Palmaroga Hotel in the historic centre of the Paraguayan capital Asuncion since April 7. The public prosecutor has six months to investigate the case, and has ordered the arrest of 18 in connection with it. “There is not one single serious proof that incriminates him,” Rogelio Delgado, president of Paraguay’s footballers union told AFP. “Although he has a luxury prison, it’s very unfair that he’s still being detained,” added Delgado, a former Paraguay international. The 40-year-old Ronaldinho has been keeping a low profile since being released from behind bars, not least because of coronavirus lockdown measures. “I was completely caught off guard when I found out that these passports were not valid,” Ronaldinho told Paraguayan newspaper ABC last month in his only public statement since his release. Ronaldinho, considered one of the greatest footballers of all time, was crucial in Brazil’s 2002 World Cup win. He and sibling Robert – who is also his business manager – initially encountered no problems after arriving in Asuncion from neighboring Brazil on March 4. However, shortly after their arrival, the pair were taken into police custody when investigators raided their hotel following discovery that their passports were fake. Read Also: Premier League chiefs, coaches at war over June 12 restart date Ronaldinho, given a rock star’s welcome to Asuncion by around 2,000 children and teenagers, said the documents had been given to him by sponsors of a charity working with disadvantaged children. The investigation has since expanded into a case of possible money laundering. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoMeet The World’s Most Striking Animals HereWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your PhoneWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World7 Worst Things To Do To Your Phone9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooThe Great Wall Of China: The Hidden Story Loading… last_img read more

DeVolder, Hogge crowned at Bakersfield, Jernagan takes Speedweek SportMod title

first_imgFifty-three IMCA Modifieds were complemented by 30 Northern SportMods in the finale. Curran ended the night in second with Jason Bannister grabbing third. Jim Pettit II and Jerry Flippo completed the top five.  The final night of the California IMCA Speedweek saw Shane DeVolder win the IMCA Modified feature at Bakersfield Speedway, earning $1,000 and a Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot berth. (Photos by Tom Macht, Almost perfect, Garrett Jernagan raced to his fifth Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod win in six California IMCA Speedweek starts at Bakersfield Speedway. Jernagan clinched the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod crown with his fifth $750 victory of the week.  By Stephanie Deatherage Feature Resultscenter_img BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (Aug. 15) – Shane DeVolder won the battle, Bobby Hogge IV won the war and Garrett Jernagan won both on the final night of California IMCA Speedweek presented by Hoppes Motorsports.  Modifieds – 1. Shane DeVolder; 2. Bobby Hogge; 3. Ryan Daves; 4. Jim Pettit II; 5. Jerry Flippo; 6. Cody Burke; 7. Alyssa Smith; 8. Kellen Chadwick; 9. Clint Reichenbach; 10. Troy Foulger; 11. Ethan Dotson; 12. Tom Smith; 13. Gary Dutton; 14. Trevor Fitz-Gibbon; 15. Troy Morris III; 16. Kyle Heckman; 17. Gavyn Manning; 18. Jake Mayden; 19. Tim Yaeger; 20. Paul Stone. DeVolder won the IMCA Modified feature at Bakersfield Speedway, earning $1,000 and a Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot berth, while runner-up Hogge took the overall Modified tour title.  DeVolder regained the lead from Alyssa Smith before a long green flag run got him into lapped traffic. Three cautions slowed the final 10 circuits but neither Hogge or Ryan Daves had anything for the leader and finished in that order behind him.  Brent Curran set the tone early in a SportMod feature slowed by yellows, nailing each restart and checked out on the rest of the pack. Jernagan finally navigated his way into the lead following a lap 11 restart, holding off all challengers as the race ended green, white, checkered.  SportMods – 1. Garrett Jernagan; 2. Brent Curran; 3. Jason Bannister; 4. Brock Crawford; 5. Tanner Thomas; 6. Dylan Potter; 7. James Cecil; 8. Jon McKinley; 9. Matt Mayo; 10. Chase Thomas; 11. Nathan Rolfe; 12. Chuck Weir; 13. Brandon Jennings; 14. Jarrod Mounce; 15. Austin Manzella; 16. Nick Spainhoward; 17. Todd Gomez; 18. Brylon Holder; 19. Markus Frazier; 20. Brian Baker.last_img read more

Cricket News Former BCCI president BN Dutt dies at 92

first_imgKolkata: Former BCCI president Biswanath Dutt, best known in Indian cricket fraternity as Jagmohan Dalmiya’s mentor, passed away on Monday after suffering from acute lung infection.Dutt was the BCCI president in 1989 after a six-year stint as the vice-president of the parent body from 1982-88.He was 92. He is survived by his daughter and son Subrata Dutta, who is the senior vice-president of All India Football Federation.“His illness began with urinary tract infection on September 10. In a week’s time, his lungs got severely infected with fluid accumulation and couldn’t recover anymore. He passed away at our (Bhowanipore) residence at 4.07am this morning. He would have turned 93 on October 10,” his son Dutta told PTI.Also Read | Katrina Kaif reveals release date of first trailer of ‘Thugs of Hindostan’One of the most revered administrators of Kolkata Maidan both in football and cricket, Dutt is known to have played an instrumental role in getting a young Dalmiya under his aegis as a Cricket Association of Bengal treasurer in 1977.In fact, Dalmiya till he was alive always acknowledged that he had learnt the ropes of cricket administration from Dutt.Remembering how Dalmiya caught his attention in his first meeting at the Calcutta High Court in early 1970s, Dutt had said: “There was some dispute in the IFA first division league, and Dalmiya moved High Court challenging IFA’s decision. He was an outstanding speaker and he almost convinced the judge in their favour.”However, the relationship between mentor and his protege was soured during the 1990 BCCI elections when Dalmiya supported the candidature of senior Congress leader late Madhavrao Scindia.Read More | India vs Pakistan: Player ratings as India defeat Pakistan yet again in Asia Cup 2018In one of the most acrimonious BCCI elections to have been ever fought in Kolkata (close second would be 2004), Scindia defeated Dutt, who then retired from active sports administration.But Dalmiya known for his legendary persuasive powers mend fences with his Guru during later years.However, his influence in Kolkata maidan was unquestionable and legend has it that Dutt at one point of time had influence over almost 30 clubs in the first and second division.Whenever there would be an election at the Cricket Association of Bengal, Dalmiya would visit his ‘Bishu da’ (as he was fondly known in Maidan circles) for hi “blessings”.In Kolkata maidan terminology, Dutt’s blessings with a candidate meant that voters (member clubs) will not cast their vote anywhere else.“It’s a huge loss for me personally. Our families share a completely different bond. He was a father figure for entire Kolkata Maidan,” Dalmiya’s son Avishek, who is CAB joint-secretary told PTI in his condolence message.Read More | Pakistan to India’s objection on Burhan Wani stamps: ‘Not all of them are terrorists’Former AIFF secretary Ashoke Ghosh, who was instrumental in India hosting the then coveted Nehru Gold Cup international tournament also began his career him as assistant secretary in Indian Football Association when Dutt was the secretary in 1976.Dutt’s younger brother Pradyot Dutta also became an IFA secretary and later his son Subrata, who is now one of the most influential AIFF official.The Dutt family’s original club is George Telegraph, which is also their business unit dealing in education related verticals.Having served IFA in different capacities in his tenure from 1963-1975, Dutt began his career in cricket administration as CAB secretary in 1977 and became president in 1982, a post he held till 1986.The BCCI also condoled the death of Dutt in a media statement. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgLate goal lifts BoltsEDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning have followed a blowout win with a nail-biter to take a two-games-to-none lead over the New York Islanders in the NHL’s Eastern Conference final.Nikita Kucherov (KOO’-cheh-rahv) scored with 8.8 seconds left to lift the Bolts past the Isles, 2-1. The Lightning had two quality chances that were stopped by Semyon Varlamov (SEHM’-yahn vahr-LAH’-mahv) seconds before Kucherov fired the puck into the net.Matt Martin put the Isles ahead just 1:24 into the game. Martin has five playoff goals after scoring just five the entire regular season.Victor Hedman tied it late in the first period for the Lightning, who were outshot 28-21. Koepka won the U.S. Open in 2017 and 2018, and he was runner-up last year at Pebble Beach. WWE-CONCUSSIONS LAWSUITFormer WWE wrestlers’ lawsuit over brain damage is dismissedNEW YORK (AP) — A federal appeals court has dismissed a lawsuit filed by 50 former pro wrestlers who claimed World Wrestling Entertainment failed to protect them from repeated head injuries that led to long-term brain damage. The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in New York City upheld a lower court ruling in 2018 that said the lawsuit’s claims were frivolous or filed too late. Cassidy edged out Philadelphia’s Alain Vigneault (VEEN’-yoh) for his first Jack Adams honor. Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella finished third in the voting, which is done by broadcasters.Boston finished six points ahead of the next-closest team in the standings when the season came to a halt in March. TENNIS-US OPENWilliams wins in 3 sets; Azarenka cruisesNEW YORK (AP) — Serena Williams remains in line to tie Margaret Court’s record of 24 Grand Slam singles titles. Her next opponent will be someone she beat in the 2012 and 2013 finals. Kyle Lowry contributed 33 points, eight rebounds and six assists in 53 minutes as the Raptors outlasted the Celtics, 125-122. He got an acrobatic jumper to fall with 11.7 seconds left. Lowry bounced back after scoring just 10 points on 3-of-8 shooting in Toronto’s Game 5 loss.Norman Powell finished with 23 points off the bench for the defending champs, Fred VanVleet had 21 and OG Anunoby chipped in 13 with 13 rebounds. Anunoby put Toronto ahead by nailing a 3-pointer with under a minute left.Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum and Marcus Smart combined for 83 Boston points, but Kemba Walker managed just five. Brown was high man for Boston with 31 points and 16 rebounds, Tatum had 29 with 14 boards, and Smart had a triple-double of 23 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. However, Smart missed a 3-point try that would have forced a third OT.Game 7 is Friday. Associated Press The Los Angeles Clippers are one win away from their first trip to the Western Conference finals following a 96-85 victory over the Denver Nuggets in Game 4.Kawhi (kah-WY’) Leonard finished one assist shy of his first playoff triple-double, providing 30 points, 11 rebounds, four steals and two blocked shots. Leonard has scored 30 or more points six times during this postseason.Reserve Montrezl (MAHN’-trehz) Harrell added 15 points to help the Clippers take a 3-1 series lead. They can close out the Nuggets on Friday night. Los Angeles coughed up an early 18-point lead and was tied at 48 early in the third before the Clippers responded with a 21-5 run.Nikola Jokic (nih-KOH’-lah YOH’-kihch) had 26 points and 11 boards for a Nuggets team that finds itself in an all-too-familiar situation. They were down in their first-round series against Utah before becoming the 12th team in NBA history to overcome a 3-1 deficit. Williams fired 20 aces but had to rally to beat Tsvetana Pironkova (sveh-TAH’-nuh pih-RAHN’-koh-vah) 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 and get to the U.S. Open semifinals. Williams trailed by a set and a break in the all-mom quarterfinal match before winning five straight games to take control.The 38-year-old Williams will have about 24 hours to recover from a match that lasted over two hours. She next faces unseeded Victoria Azarenka, who breezed through her quarterfinal match.Azarenka continued her recent resurgence with a 6-1, 6-0 rout of Elise Mertens. Azarenka used a big serve to beat Mertens to earn a meeting with Williams, who is 18-4 against her in their careers.Ararenka won the Open-tuneup Western & Southern Open for her 21st career title. She made her first U.S. Open semifinal since 2013 and eighth grand slam semifinal overall. Naomi Osaka will face Jennifer Brady in Thursday’s other semifinal.In Wednesday’s other quarterfinal action at Flushing Meadows:— Men’s second seed Dominic Thiem (teem) advanced with a 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 victory over Alex de Minaur (mih-NAHR’). Thiem is still on the hunt for his first major championship after two losses in the French Open final and this year at the Australian Open. — Third seed Daniil Medvedev beat longtime pal Andrey Rublev 7-6, 6-3, 7-6 in an all-Russian matchup. The 2019 U.S. Open runner-up hasn’t dropped a set in the tournament so far and never faced a break point against No. 10 seed Rublev. Medvedev also produced more than twice as many winners, 51-23.MLB-SCHEDULE Los Angeles acquired Ramsey in a trade with Jacksonville midway through last season.In other NFL news:— Five-time Pro Bowler Aqib Talib announced his retirement from the NFL on his new podcast Wednesday. Talib said he was excited about reuniting with Bill Belichick and the Patriots, But after he began looking at flights and apartments, Talib took a look at the Patriots’ schedule and asked himself if he really wanted to cover the likes of George Kittle, Travis Kelce, Darren Waller and Noah Fant, among others.— 49ers linebacker Fred Warner took part in Wednesday practice after being taken off the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday. Receivers Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk didn’t take part in the open portion of practice due to injuries. Their status remains in doubt this week heading into Saturday’s season opener against the Cardinals.— The Vikings have placed defensive end Danielle Hunter on injured reserve, taking one of their most vital players out of action for the season opener against Green Bay and at least two more games after that. Hunter has not practiced with the team since training camp activities were first opened to reporters on Aug. 14. Coach Mike Zimmer has only described the unspecified injury as a “tweak.” — The Reds picked up a 3-0 shutout win over the Cubs as Trevor Bauer tossed three-hit ball while fanning 10 over 7 2/3 innings. Mike Moustakas (moos-TAH’-kahs) crushed a three-run homer in the first inning off Yu Darvish, who ended a seven-start inning streak. — Pete Alonso’s 11th home run of the season broke a 6-6 deadlock in the eighth inning of the Mets’ 7-6 comeback win over the Orioles. Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto and Andres Gimenez also went deep after Baltimore took a 5-1 lead.— Ramon Laureano’s RBI single in the bottom of the ninth completed the Athletics’ 3-2 comeback over the Astros. Tommy LaStella tied it with a two-run double in the seventh after Yuli Gurriel (YOO’-lee gur-ee-EHL’) and George Springer homered for Houston.— Gleyber (GLAY’-bur) Torres drove in four runs and the Yankees snapped a five-game losing streak with a 7-2 win over the Blue Jays. Torres and DJ LeMahieu homered to back Deivi García, who gave up two runs and five hits in seven innings for his first victory in three major league starts. — Danny Duffy won in Cleveland for the first time in nearly six years by pitching four-hit ball into the sixth inning of the Royals’ 3-0 shutout of the Indians. Adalberto (ad-ahl-BEHR’-toh) Mondesi broke a scoreless tie with an RBI single in the sixth as Kansas City won its second straight since a seven-game skid. September 10, 2020 Brewers, Braves combine for 48 runsUNDATED (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers scored 19 runs for the first time in a decade on Wednesday, and it wasn’t close to being the day’s biggest offensive assault. Milwaukee’s former major league team outscored the current one as the Braves obliterated their franchise scoring record in a 29-9 dismantling of the Marlins. Adam Duvall led Atlanta’s 23-hit assault with three homers and nine RBIs, including a grand slam.By the time Ronald Acuña Jr. laced a three-run double in the sixth, the Braves had set a team record for runs and led 25-8. Acuña also hit a three-run blast, one of seven homers belted by Atlanta.In Detroit, Corbin Burnes tossed one-hit ball for seven innings before the Brewers completed a 19-0 laugher over the Tigers. He struck out 11 in his third start without an earned run allowed. NBA-DRAFTNBA execs eye November draft LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The NBA’s board of governors and general managers will discuss a plan later this week to push the NBA draft back to Nov. 18. That’s according to a memo sent to teams, a missive that says the date is based on “initial conversations with the Players Association. The draft has been moved back once from June 25 to October 16. The memo says the additional delay would also allow the league more time to conduct the pre-draft process, including a combine in some form.NHL-STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS It was the most runs for the Brewers since they scored 20 at Pittsburgh in 2010. Jedd Gyorko (JUR’-koh) homered twice, and Jacob Nottingham, Ryan Braun and Tyrone Taylor also went deep for the Brewers. Milwaukee also hit eight doubles to set a franchise record with 13 extra-base hits.Also around the majors:— Chris Taylor and AJ Pollock each hit RBI singles in the 10th inning and the Dodgers overcame a subpar performance by ace Clayton Kershaw in a 6-4 triumph over the Diamondbacks. Mookie Betts and Kiké (KEE’-kay) Hernández each hit a solo homer for the NL West leaders.— Zach Davies won his career-best, fifth-consecutive start by allowing three runs over six innings of the Padres’ fourth straight victory, 5-3 over the Rockies. Mitch Moreland hit his first homer as a Padre to help San Diego complete a three-game sweep. — Mike Yastrzemski (ya-STREHM’-skee) smacked a three-run homer and the Giants coasted to their fifth consecutive win by crushing the Mariners, 10-1. Players took afternoon batting practice with the lights turned on amid raging wildfires in Northern California. Some ash flakes rained down on the ballpark, and the smell of smoke was noticeable but not overpowering. Andrei Vasilevskiy (va-sih-LEHV’-skee) was superb at times and helped Tampa Bay kill off a five-minute major and a 5-on-3 situation.Game 3 is Friday.NHL-ADAMS AWARDCassidy nabs Adams AwardUNDATED (AP) — Bruce Cassidy is the winner of the Jack Adams Award as NHL coach of the year after leading the Bruins to the Presidents’ Trophy. Update on the latest sports — The Pirates were clobbered on Roberto Clemente Day as James McCann homered twice and collected four RBIs in the White Sox’s 8-1 romp in Pittsburgh. Dane Dunning scattered three hits over six scoreless innings for his first big league win.— The Rangers have just their third winning streak of the season after Isiah Kiner-Falefa (fah-LAY’-fah) matched a career high with four hits and Nick Solak had two RBIs in a 7-3 decision over the Angels. Texas had lost six in row and 18 of 21 before winning the series opener Tuesday. MLB-NATIONALS-KENDRICK ILNationals put Kendrick on 10-day IL with strained hamstringWASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Nationals have placed Howie Kendrick on the 10-day injured list because of a strained left hamstring. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA PLAYOFFS-SCHEDULERaptors stay aliveLAKE BUENA VISTA (AP) — It took double-overtime for the Toronto Raptors to force a Game 7 in the NBA’s Eastern Conference semifinals against the Boston Celtics. — Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier (shuh-ZEER’) has announced his retirement, nearly three years after a spinal injury put his career on indefinite hold. The two-time Pro Bowl selection required spine stabilization surgery after getting hurt against the Bengals in December 2017. PGA-US OPEN-KOEPKABrooks Koepka out of US Open with lingering injuryMAMARONECK, N.Y. (AP) — Brooks Koepka (KEHP’-kuh) has pulled out of next week’s U.S. Open because of lingering pain in his left knee. The two-time champion had played eight times in a 10-week span, including six in a row. He was trying to catch up from missing so much time from a knee injury suffered last October. It reached a point where he withdrew before the start of the FedEx Cup playoffs, ending his season in the hopes that time off would help. Kendrick is batting .275 with two homers and 14 RBIs in 25 games this season. Last year, he was the MVP of the NL Championship Series and hit the go-ahead homer in Game 7 of the World Series.NFL-NEWSJalen Ramsey gets record extensionUNDATED (AP) — Jalen Ramsey is becoming the highest-paid defensive back in NFL history after agreeing to a five-year, $105 million contract extension with the Los Angeles Rams. The extension includes $71.2 million, the most guaranteed money ever given to a defensive back. Ramsey will average $21 million per season, another record for a cornerback or safety. Among the plaintiffs were Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka and Harry Masayoshi Fujiwara, known as Mr. Fuji. Their lawyer says they were posthumously diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy.last_img read more