Pasadena Unified Interim Superintendent to Welcome Students on the First Day of School

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A Pharma Payment A Day Keeps Docs’ Finances Okay

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York This story was co-published with NPR’s Shots blog.This story has been updated.Few days went by last year when New Hampshire nephrologist Ana Stankovic didn’t receive a payment from a drug company.What the New ‘Collaborative Media’ Can MeanOur Dollars for Docs Database Search through nearly 15 million records to see if your doctor has received money from a drug or device company. Search for your physician.All told, 29 different pharmaceutical companies paid her $594,363 in 2014, mostly for promotional speaking and consulting, but also for travel expenses and meals, according to data released Tuesday detailing payments by drug and device companies to U.S. doctors and teaching hospitals. (You can search for your doctor on ProPublica’s updated Dollars for Docs interactive database.)Stankovic’s earnings were certainly high, ranking her about 250th among 606,000 doctors who received payments nationwide last year. What was more remarkable, though, was that she received payments on 242 different days — nearly every workday of last year.Reached by telephone Tuesday, Stankovic declined to comment. On her LinkedIn page, Stankovic lists herself as vice chief of staff at Parkland Medical Center HCA Inc. in Derry, New Hampshire, and as medical director of peritoneal dialysis at DaVita Inc., also in Derry.That doctors receive big money from the pharmaceutical industry is no surprise. The new data released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services shows that such interactions are widespread, with not only doctors, but thousands of dentists, optometrists, podiatrists and chiropractors receiving at least one industry payment from August 2013 to December 2014.What is being seen for the first time now is how ingrained pharmaceutical companies and their sales reps are in the lives of those who write prescriptions for their products. A ProPublica analysis found that 768 doctors received payments on more than half of the days in 2014. More than 14,600 doctors received payments on at least 100 days in 2014.Take Juichih Hsu, a Maryland doctor whose specialty is family medicine. She received payments on 286 days of 365, more than anyone else. Sometimes, she received meals from several drug companies on the same day. Hsu’s payments totaled $5,959 in 2014. She declined to comment when reached on Tuesday.“There are physician practices which have very deep relationships with pharmaceutical representatives, where they are a very integral part of the practice,” said Dr. Aaron Kesselheim, an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School who has written about industry relationships with doctors. “Every day it’s another drug company coming in for a lunch. Sometimes it may be some drug companies are bringing breakfast and some are bringing lunch and it’s just part of the culture of the practice.”Sometimes there may be more at work than that.Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid ServicesGraphic by: Cecilia Reyes/ProPublicaThe doctor with the second-highest number of interactions with drug and device reps, John Fritz, of Jersey City, N.J., logged payments on 256 days last year. His payments totaled $232,003. Fritz was indicted in June for referring patients to a medical imaging company from 2006 to 2013 in exchange for about $500,000 in kickbacks. He was charged with fraud and bribery, according to a release from the state attorney general’s office. A woman who answered the phone at his office on Tuesday said he declined to comment.Kesselheim said that to have such extensive contact with industry reps can indicate that doctors are getting their information about the drugs they prescribe from the companies that make them, and not from impartial sources. “There’s good evidence that that affects prescribing practices and physician behavior.”The drugs for which Stankovic received the most money to promote are costly. One, H.P. Acthar Gel, cost an average of nearly $39,000 a prescription, Medicare data from 2013 shows, and experts say there’s little evidence it works better than less expensive drugs. Another drug, Soliris, for which Stankovic received promotional payments is among the most expensive drugs in the world but is considered highly effective in treating serious kidney disease.ProPublica’s analysis turned up big differences in the number of industry interactions among physicians in different specialties. On average, doctors who received payments interacted with drug and device companies on 14 days last year, receiving an average of $3,325 in total.The nation’s 3,900 rheumatologists in the data averaged 40 days of interactions with drug and device companies, more than doctors in any other large specialty. They were followed closely by endocrinologists, electrophysiologists and interventional cardiologists. On the other end of the spectrum, dentists, chiropractors, neonatologists and pathologists had among the fewest interactions with drug and device makers.Some of the doctors who had the highest number of interactions were those ProPublica has previously identified as having high rates of brand-name prescribing in Medicare’s prescription drug program, known as Part D. Others have been mentioned in previous ProPublica stories about doctors who have received large payments from the drug industry. A number of experts, including Kesselheim, note that payments from industry may influence physicians’ choice of drugs.A spokeswoman for the pharmaceutical industry said in a statement that company interactions with doctors are important.“Collaboration between physicians and biopharmaceutical professionals is critical to improving the health and quality of life of patients,” the statement from the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America said. “Clinical trials sponsored by biopharmaceutical companies have led to life-saving breakthroughs for people suffering from cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Physicians also provide real-world insights and valuable feedback to companies about their medicines to improve patient care. Educating the public about the nature of these collaborations helps patients understand in which ways these interactions can improve both their health and medical innovation.”ProPublica has been tracking industry payments to doctors since 2010. Our Dollars for Docs interactive database allowed people to search payments made by 17 companies between 2009 and 2013. Most of those companies were required to report their payments as a condition of legal settlements with the federal government.The data released Tuesday radically expands the amount of data available to patients — and ProPublica has overhauled Dollars for Docs to include these payments. The Physician Payment Sunshine Act, a part of the 2010 Affordable Care Act, mandated that all drug and device companies publicly report payments to doctors. The transparency effort is called Open Payments.The government initially released some data last fall, covering the period of August to December 2013, but it was significantly redacted because of data inconsistencies. The data released Tuesday covers the period of August 2013 to December 2014. The data inconsistencies have been resolved.All told, 1,617 companies reported 15.7 million payments valued at $9.9 billion. Nearly all of those payments — 14.9 million — were classified as “general payments,” covering promotional speaking, consulting, meals, travel and royalties. They totaled $3.5 billion over the 17-month period.Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid ServicesGraphic by: Cecilia Reyes/ProPublicaCorrection, July 2, 2015: This graphic included incorrect numbers for “Gift” and “Nonaccredited Training.” They have been corrected.There were far fewer research payments, 826,000, but they were valued at $4.8 billion. The remaining payments related to ownership or investment interests that doctors had in companies. Research and ownership payments are currently not shown in Dollars for Docs.Open Payments does not include money spent on drug samples left at doctors’ offices and doesn’t include the bulk of the money companies spend on independently administered continuing medical education, which they support with unrestricted grants. The government has tightened the rules for reporting such continuing education in the future.From August 2013 to December 2014, Genentech Inc. spent the most on general payments, $387.7 million, mostly royalties for its drugs Rituxan, Avastin and Herceptin to City of Hope National Medical Center in Duarte, California. That was four times more than the second-ranked company, DePuy Synthes Products LLC, which spent $94.7 million, nearly all on royalties. Topera Inc., a small medical device company, came in third, with $93.1 million, almost exclusively acquisition payments to its physician founders from device maker Abbott Laboratories.Among other pharmaceutical companies, AstraZeneca spent the most on general payments ($90.9 million), followed by Pfizer ($82.1 million) and Allergan ($70.7 million). In a statement, AstraZeneca said that it believes “it is important to be open about the way we conduct our business and how we help people through our medicines and programs. We are committed to the highest standards of conduct in all of our operations, including how we partner with physicians and medical institutions.”Royalty fees, though few in number, accounted for $803.5 million in general payment spending in 2014, more than any other category. They were followed by promotional speaking ($632.4 million) and consulting ($369.4 million). Food and beverages accounted for the highest number of payments by far, 9.4 million, but these had a relatively low value of $224.5 million.ProPublica news application developers Mike Tigas and Lena Groeger and senior reporting fellow Annie Waldman contributed to this report.Update, July 8, 2015: Although Stankovic declined to comment for the initial story, she has now provided the following statement: “I am very passionate about clinical research and up to date medical information; and truly enjoy educating medical professionals on various complicated disease states. There is so much new information to be learned every day in medicine, but simply there is no enough time during the day, especially if provider has a busy medical practice. Many of the interactions that doctors have with pharmaceutical industry are needed in order to stay current with newer FDA approved therapies that may cure illnesses or slow progression of the complicated diseases. Patients should be able to appreciate those medical professionals who can thoroughly discuss all available treatment options on the market and warn them about possible side effects and contraindications.”Correction, July 2, 2015: This post has been corrected to change the average amount doctors received in payments in 2014. The graphic has also been corrected.Check Dollars for Docs to see whether your doctor has received payments from drug or medical device companies. Email us at [email protected] and tell us what you find.ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. 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Wellington’s Kelsey Whaley and Peyton Adams will prepare for Class 4A state tournament in Topeka

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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Wellington’s Kelsey Whaley and Peyton Adams will be bringing their 23-9 record to the Class 4A State tennis meet at Kossover Tennis Center in Topeka Friday and Saturday for the Class 4A state tournament.Whaley and Adams will be the number 2 doubles team from the Wellington regional when play is expected to begin at 11:30 a.m. Whaley/Adams finished second behind Jessica Steffen and Kendra Nachtigal (26-3) of Buhler late Saturday afternoon in what was one of the most dramatic runs in WHS tennis history for a team.Overall, Wellington finished fourth in arguably the toughest Class 4A tournaments in the state of Kansas. Andover Central won the event with 14 points. Buhler placed second with 11, Winfield third with 10 and Wellington fourth with 7. Other team points include: Larned 6, Pratt 5 and Wichita Trinity 5.“In that tournament, I’ll take it,” Aufdengarten said.It was a big weekend for tennis in Wellington, as the school hosted its first tennis tournament in years on the new tennis courts at Sellers Park and at Eisenhower Elementary Tennis Courts.“I’m still getting e-mails from people complimenting us on the tournament,” said Brian Aufdengarten, Wellington head tennis coach. “Even the coaches who complain about everything, were saying good things about the tournament.”The tennis stands on the west and middle sides were packed with spectators, many who stayed the duration of  two very long days of great tennis. A very young Wellington team saw quite a bit of success.Both Wellington singles players Dietra Sober, a sophomore; and Auni Williams, a sophomore, were unlucky at the draw, losing in the first round to formidable opponents. But played extremely well, Aufdengarten said. Sober lost to eventual Wellington regional champion Megan Wong of Andover Central 6-2, 6-0. Williams lost to Amber Zimmerman of Andover Central 6-3, 6-2, who finished third.In the doubles action, sophomore Madi Adams and junior Maggie Fink would beat Nehart/Graham of Winfield 6-4, 6-1 before losing to McLain/Williams of Pratt 7-6(2) 6-3. That put them in the elimination round where they lost to Kendrick/Wiehl of Buhler 6-1, 6-2.Whaley/Adams played over seven hours of tennis on Friday and Saturday making their way to state. They opened with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Harpool/Pennington of Trinity. That moved them into the semifinals where they would beat Kendrick/Wieh of Buhler 6-7 (7-2), 7-5, 14-12 in a three-hour plus match.That led to Saturday where they battled McLain/Williams of Pratt winning 4-6, 7-6 (7-4) and 6-3. That put them in the championship match where the duo lost to Steffan/Nachtigal of Buhler 6-1, 6-3.“I know with Kelsey, that she went home after playing so much tennis that she took off her shoes and her feet were bleeding,” Aufdengarten said.Whaley/Adams will head north to Topeka not knowing who they will be playing. In tennis, bracket pairing are made on the day of the tournament. Since they are a No. 2 spot, they should get a good draw in the first round between a No. 3 and No. 6 seed from another regional. The doubles will be loaded at state including a doubles team from Chanute that is 27-1 and a team from Wamego that is 26-0. The complete list of pairings can be found here.last_img read more

Animal shelter and code compliance laws discussed at work session

first_imgby James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — Wellington City Council members talked about an animal shelter, and code compliance during a work session meeting Monday night at the Wellington Council Chambers. The monthly Town Hall meeting is set for tonight at 7 p.m.Animal shelter —An animal shelter may soon take a step closer to becoming a reality, but it is still a ways off.  Linda Stewart,  head of the local humane society group, asked the city council for a piece of land during a work session meeting Monday night.She also asked the city to help pay for a director, and she will be asking the county for the same thing soon.Council members seemed agreeable to giving the group a vacant lot at the Industrial Park. It is an odd shaped lot that probably doesn’t have room for an industry of any size. The lot is listed at $27,000 on the tax rolls but City Manager Roy Eckert said he doubted it could be sold for that. Currently, the city is maintaining the lot and is getting no tax revenue.Utilities also go by the lot so that was another plus. Stewart said they have a piece of land, but utilities are not yet available, so they looked for a new location and they feel this will be a good one.Assuming the city approves giving her the lot at the next regular meeting Stewart said she is ready to move on with trying to get a facility built in Wellington.The shelter would be for the whole county, assuming the county wants to get involved.She said there is a great need for a shelter and currently her group helps find homes for many dogs in the area.She did not know what the total cost would be, but they have some money, and could probably pay for the rest with donations.Stewart believes they need a full time professional director, and wants the city and county to help pay for that person.She said actually building the facility might still be a few years away, and said she does not know when it will get built. So even if the city agreed to help pay for a director, it would be a couple of years before they would actually spend the money.Stewart is asking the city and county for $25,000 each to help pay for a director.She is also hoping for the backing of the county and city as she tries to get grants for additional funding.———Code Compliance Council member Kelly Green wanted to talk about code compliance and brought a few people to the meeting to help discuss the issue. She said she has seen properties complained about five years ago, and little has changed. She wanted to know why lots are not being cleaned up even when efforts are being made to do so.Kerwin Spencer spoke at the meeting as the attorney who prosecutes cases the city might bring against people.Green also met with the same people several months ago and she said they had a good discussion. Many people complain about there being a lot of junky yards and properties, and she wants to find out how to get them cleaned up.Spencer said a part of the problem is that the city adopted a uniform code that has been accepted nationally. This code makes not complying with a clean up order illegal, but does not address specific things such as a car without a tag or a refrigerator left in a yard.He said there is a problem in that what some people think is rubbish others think of as something valuable, or at least worth hanging on to.He said code compliance officers go investigate when a complaint is issued. If they determine there is a problem, they are given 10 days to fix the problem. Spencer then sends them another letter and tells them they have 10 days to fix the problem or face a fine.He said about half of the people he sends letters to clean up their property.One problem is that it gets filled with junk or rubbish again soon, so the root problem is not being fixed.They have the option of appealing to the city council if they do not think there is a problem.Green said no such case has ever come before the council, so she wondered why there are still so many bad properties around town.Spencer liked the old ordinances that spelled out specifics as far as what is not acceptable as opposed to having a uniform code that makes things less clear.City code officers said they do like the code and think it is worthwhile.Council members agreed there is a breakdown somewhere in the system, and they are not sure where it is. The city still has a lot of bad looking properties, but very few are actually getting prosecuted.Green wants to streamline the process and some wanted to make the penalties greater.City Attorney Mike Brown said they could raise the current $100 fine to $500, with the stipulation that it will be reduced if the problem is taken care of in the allowed time.Mayor Shelley Hansel wondered about allowing code enforcement officers to write tickets or citations.They agreed there needs to be a more streamlined process and better communication. They may also address the code. They agreed to take another look at the old ordinances that the code replaced several years ago.There was no consensus on what to do but they did agree that something needs to be done to clean up the city.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! 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Why do the code compliance officers wait for a complaint? Why can’t they take some initiative and take action on their own? If they would get out of their offices and drive around town, they would see all the run-down properties and trashy yards. We drive around daily and are embarrassed at the way this town looks. You would think that a city employee with the title of ‘Code Compliance Officer’ would take a little more pride in both his job and his town. Report Reply 0 replies · active 231 weeks ago -15 Vote up Vote down Wellington taxpayer · 231 weeks ago The last thing this city needs is another government employee to take care of animals. We are taxed enough already. If Linda Stewart and her friends want a director then find a way to privately finance their yearly salary. If there is not enough people willing to give, than they must not think it a worthwhile endeavor. Quit laying all your wants on us taxpayers. Report Reply 0 replies · active 231 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down Thirsty · 231 weeks ago Hoarders everywhere! Report Reply 0 replies · active 231 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. 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Stop Being Transactional on the Inside

first_imgIf you treat the people that work within your four walls as if they are a transaction, they will follow suit. They will treat your clients as if they are transacting, and they will treat each other as transactions. If you infuse their experience with meaning and purpose, then they will treat the work they do for your clients as if their work is meaningful and purposeful.If you treat the people that work for you or with you as if money is what is most important, then you can expect them to treat everything as if money is what is at issue. If you treat people as if they are a line on your expense report, then they will work like all they are is a line on your expense report. But if you treat them like the single most important asset you have for producing results (and they are), then they will respond in kind, giving you their best performance.People aren’t transactions. Money isn’t the greatest value a business can create.If you build a transactional culture, that transactional culture will impact every aspect of your business, including your client relationships. If you want to avoid being transactional, start first inside your own organization. Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

7 sentenced to life term for advocate’s murder

first_imgA court here on Saturday sentenced seven persons to life term for killing a leading lawyer here over two years ago in broad daylight. The seven sentenced by Additional District and Sessions Judge Ved Prakash Sirohi for stabbing and battering to death advocate Subhash Gupta included his son Rose Gupta’s father-in-law Pawan Bansal.Bansal’s six other accomplices who were sentenced to life imprisonment in the case are Sunil, Kuldeep, Pawan, Gulshan and Naresh of Hisar and Sanjeev of Fatehabad in Haryana.Fine of ₹55,000 each The court also ordered the seven to pay a fine of ₹55,000 each, failing which they will have to undergo an additional jail term of one month. According to the prosecution, advocate Gupta was attacked by some miscreants on January 24, 2017, minutes after he left the court premises and was heading to his residence at Urban Estates here in his SUV. As Gupta reached a petrol pump on Delhi Road in Hisar, his vehicle was intercepted by a bike-borne youth. As the advocate’s driver stopped the car, five-six other youths armed with knives and batons emerged from an adjoining vacant plot and attacked Gupta. The assailants first smashed the window panes of the car and repeatedly hit the advocate on his head with batons, while one of them stabbed him in the chest. Declared brought deadAs some other persons rushed to the scene, the assailants fled, said the prosecution. Gupta was rushed to a nearby hospital where he was declared “brought dead”. The police lodged a murder case and arrested the seven persons. During the investigation, the police found the estranged relations between Gupta’s son and the latter’s wife as the motive behind the crime.last_img read more

India’s top luge athlete Shiva Keshavan eyes top-20 ranking

first_imgIndia’s top luge athlete and four-time Winter Olympian Shiva Keshavan has had a tough time attracting attention to his sport despite holding the record for the fastest time in Asia.The Winter Olympics veteran is slowly getting recognition for his achievements and Shiva is now gearing up to be in the top 20 in the world before the next Winter Olympics in Sochi in 2014.Shiva was the first Indian to win medals at the Winter Asian Championships. The 31-year-old has had a tough time looking for sponsors while infrastructure remains a constant constraint.All these aspects have been encapsulated in a documentary on the luge athlete made by senior journalist Jasvinder Sidhu. In the documentary, Shiva talks about the challenges he has faced so far and the task ahead.last_img

James Harden has 2nd straight triple-double, Rockets top Grizzlies

first_img“It’s a little awkward, you know. I’m a human,” Brooks said. “I’ve got feelings. I’m not just numb to the situation.“I don’t know how it happened. I guess (the general managers) were in a group text or something.”UP NEXTRockets: Host Utah on Monday.Grizzlies: Open a four-game road trip on Monday at Golden State.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) controls the ball against Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol (33) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)MEMPHIS, Tenn. — James Harden may be getting on a roll, notching his second straight triple-double to help the Houston Rockets grab their third consecutive win.Harden had 32 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists, and the Rockets weathered a fourth-quarter burst to beat the Grizzlies 105-97 on Saturday night.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue A trio of 3-pointers by Gerald Green reversed the momentum gained when Memphis scored 11 straight points to open the third period. Green collected 12 points in the third, helping Houston maintain a 79-65 lead in the fourth.“Gerald Green came in and gave us a boost,” Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni said. “It was something that he was missing in the first half, like he was out of wind.”TIP-INSRockets: G Eric Gordon, who was listed as questionable because of left knee soreness, scored four points. . Capela reached at least 20 points for the ninth time this season. … Harden has 38 triple-doubles for his career. It was his first against the Grizzlies. … Paul finished with 10 points and 10 assists.Grizzlies: F Kyle Anderson did not play due to a left ankle sprain suffered in the fourth quarter of Friday’s loss to Miami. Anderson’s absence ended a streak of 25 straight games where Memphis used the same starting lineup: Anderson, Gasol, Conley, Garrett Temple and rookie Jaren Jackson Jr. Shelvin Mack started in Anderson’s place.FIRST IMPRESSIONSCarter’s debut drew nice reviews from Harden, particularly regarding the rookie’s defense. “He’s very active. . He plays his butt off,” Harden said. “He is everywhere on the floor. He did an unbelievable job of pressing me and Chris up the floor, creating some defense to offense.”NON-TRADE TALKFriday night’s three-team trade that never happened still was buzzing before the game. The Grizzlies’ MarShon Brooks and Wayne Selden were believed to be headed to Phoenix after the trade talks surfaced Friday night.Instead, confusion over whether the Grizzlies were including MarShon or Dillon Brooks killed the Memphis part of the deal, leading to a lot of talk on Saturday. Memphis coach J.B. Bickerstaff said he apologized to the players. MarShon Brooks still expressed his confusion over the circumstances. His mother learned of the trade near the end of Friday’s night’s game with Miami, even trying to tell him of the report from her seat in the stands. LATEST STORIES Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Canelo Alvarez stops Rocky Fielding in 3rd round for 3rd division title TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ The Rockets made 13 3-pointers, near their average, compared to only five for the Grizzlies.“We’ve got to do a better job of getting there,” Memphis coach J.B. Bickerstaff said of his team’s 3-point defense. “We’ve got schemes in place to protect us from those, and we were just late in our rotations.”The Rockets appeared to be coasting in the fourth, holding a 15-point lead with about 7 minutes remaining, but Memphis clicked off a 14-5 run to cut it to 97-91. But the Grizzlies got no closer.The run was fueled by rookie Jevon Carter making his first appearance of the season. He finished with 11 points with a couple of steals and a blocked shot. His defense sparked the Grizzlies’ rally that at least made the ending interesting.“It was just good to be out there,” Carter said of his debut, when he guarded Harden and Chris Paul. “It was fun. I’m a competitor. I want to play against the best and at this level, that’s just what it’s going to be night-in and night-out.”ADVERTISEMENT Harden, who had 50 points in a triple-double in the Rockets’ victory over the Lakers on Thursday, recorded his 10th assist on a pass to Clint Capela with 21.3 seconds left as the Grizzlies tried to trap defensively in hopes of whittling the Houston lead in the final minute.Asked if he would have gotten the assist without the Memphis defensive pressure, Harden replied with a sly grin through his thick, black beard : “That’s a good question. You never know, right?”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefCapela’s basket gave him 26 points to go with 10 rebounds. Gerald Green scored 17 points.Mike Conley led Memphis with 22 points, while Marc Gasol added 17 points and nine rebounds. JaMychal Green had 13 points. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño View commentslast_img read more

Rafael Nadal, Maria Sharapova advance in straight sets at Australian Open

first_imgIs Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Maria Sharapova has the second-best record among active women’s players in first-round matches at the majors, and she gave an illustration of why that’s the case with a ruthless 6-0, 6-0 win over Harriet Dart.The 2008 Australian Open champion got play started on Rod Laver Arena and needed only 63 minutes to advance.In her 15th trip to Melbourne Park and her 55th Grand Slam tournament, she’s acutely aware of the toll that the sun and long early matches can have on a player’s title ambitions, so she gets straight to business.The 22-year-old Dart, playing in the main draw of a major for only the second time after getting a wildcard to play last year at Wimbledon, only got a look at one break point in the match — when Sharapova served a double-fault in the second set. She got seven of her 29 points from Sharapova’s double-faults.Sharapova said she was still feeling pain in her right shoulder despite sitting out the end of last season after the U.S. Open.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño High five The 17-time major winner hasn’t played since retiring from his semifinal at the U.S. Open because of a knee injury, and then had surgery on his right ankle in November. He withdrew from a warm-up tournament in Brisbane in the first week of the season because of a muscle strain in his thigh.“Not easy to come back after a lot of months of competition, especially against a player playing super aggressive every shot,” Nadal said. “It’s very difficult to start after an injury — I know it very well. It’s very special to be back.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsWearing a sleeveless top, he showed no signs of any issues against Duckworth. His only hiccup came when he served for the match in the ninth game of the third set and was broken at love. He returned the favor very quickly, though, to seal his spot in the second round.Nadal has only lost twice in the first round at Grand Slams — to Steve Darcis at 2013 Wimbledon, and to Fernando Verdasco here in 2016 — and is aiming to be the first man in the Open era two win all four majors at least twice. View comments SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Stung by a first-round loss at Wimbledon last year, Sharapova said she couldn’t afford to feel any empathy for Dart.“I mean, there is no time for that, I’m sorry to say … when you’re playing the first round of a Grand Slam,” she said. “I think I was just focused on not having a letdown.“I think it’s very easy to be in a position where things are flowing, you know, you’re doing all the right things, she’s making a few errors, you’re comfortable, easy to get complacent, and, you know, complacency is not great. I was glad that I did the right things from the beginning till the end.”Up next for Sharapova is Rebecca Peterson, who beat Sorana Cirstea, 6-4, 6-1.Also advancing were 2017 U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens, No. 11 Aryna Sabalenka, No. 19 Caroline Garcia, No. 29 Donna Vekic and No. 31 Petra Martic.Danielle Collins advanced to the second round of a major for the first time following a 2-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4 win over No. 14-seeded Julia Goerges, who won the title in Auckland to start the season.Katie Boulter earned the distinction of winning the first 10-point tiebreaker under the Australian Open’s new system for deciding sets.Boulter beat Ekaterina Makarova 6-0, 4-6, 7-6 (6), including 10-6 in the tiebreaker. The new rule was introduced to ensure matches don’t get too lengthy — previously the third set in women’s matches and the fifth set in men’s matches at the Australian Open had to be decided by a two-game advantage.Fifth-seeded Kevin Anderson won his first match at Melbourne Park since 2015 when he beat Adrian Mannarino 6-3, 5-7, 6-2, 6-1. Also advancing on the men’s side were No. 19 Nikoloz Basilashvili and No. 26 Fernando Verdasco.Defending champions Caroline Wozniacki and Roger Federer were scheduled to play night matches later Monday. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Rafale Nadal during the 2019 Australian Open. (AP Foto/Aaron Favila)MELBOURNE, Australia — Rafael Nadal has missed a lot of tennis since last September. He hasn’t missed a beat.The No. 2-seeded Nadal had a 6-4, 6-3, 7-5 win over Australian wild-card entry James Duckworth on Monday in the first round of the Australian Open, his first match back on Rod Laver Arena since he had to retire in his quarterfinal match last year.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LATEST STORIESlast_img read more