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Barca Visit Valencia in Search of Liga Points

By on September 8, 2020

first_imgSamuel Umtiti will be missing for Barcelona after suffering from a knee problem, while Sergi Roberto is also out of the clash with a muscular problem. Valencia have no real injury concerns.Valencia’s start to the season has been disappointing, with Marcelino’s men only claiming their first La Liga win last weekend on matchday seven.They have been unlucky in some of the games, however, and on Tuesday night they looked extremely dangerous at times during their 0-0 Champions League draw with Manchester United.As well, Los Che played some excellent football in the second half of their 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid and will be aiming to make Barca work extremely hard to get anything out of the game.The Blaugrana have drawn two and won one of their last three league visits to Mestalla, although both of those wins have come from goals in injury time.RESULTS & FIXTURESBurnley 1 – 1 HuddersfieldCrystal Palace 0 – 1 WolvesLeicester 1 – 2 EvertonTottenham 1 – 0 Cardiff CityWatford 0 – 4 BournemouthMan United 3 – 2 NewcastleFulham v Arsenal 12pmSouthampton v Chelsea 2;15pmLiverpool v Man City 4:30pmShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Barcelona produced an excellent performance to beat Tottenham 4-2 in the Champions League at Wembley and Ernesto Valverde’s side will be hoping for another big showing today in one of the toughest La Liga matches of the season.The champions travel to Mestalla to face a Valencia side who also had a positive result in Europe on Tuesday evening, and Los Che have consistently made life tough for Barca over the last few seasons.Barca needed a late Jordi Alba goal to claim a 1-1 draw at Mestalla last season, while the previous season they came from 2-1 down to win 3-2 with an injury time goal from Lionel Messi.last_img read more

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Redskins’ Adrian Peterson to pay $2.4M on defaulted loan, report says

By on August 16, 2020

first_imgAdrian Peterson has defaulted on another multimillion-dollar loan, the Baltimore Business Journal reported, citing court records.The Redskins running back has been ordered to pay nearly $2.4 million to a lending service after he defaulted on a $4 million loan Raiders owner Mark Davis: Families of Hall of Famers should get rings, too Ezekiel Elliott apologizes after meeting with Roger Goodell: ‘I made a poor decision’ “Adrian is working with the lender,” Peterson’s attorney, Doug Wolfe, told the Baltimore Business Journal. “We did know the filing was coming. It’s more of a procedural thing than anything else. It’s not currently going to be responded to. We are in negotiations to resolve the matter.”Peterson, who played with the Vikings from 2007-16, also borrowed $2.4 million in May 2016 from another lender. He defaulted after just five months and was ordered by a Minnesota court in October 2017 to pay back about $600,000. According to the court documents, Democracy Capital Corp. of Bethesda, Maryland, sued Peterson in June claiming he failed to pay the balance of the loan he took out in April 2016 that was due in February 2018.The loan carried a 15 percent interest rate but that jumped to 23 percent when Peterson didn’t make the initial repayment of $200,000 in July 2017, the report noted. After the company received a $1.65 million payment in July 2018, another payment of $50,000 was made in December 2018. Related News Peterson, 34, is entering his 13th season in the league and, after playing 2018 with the Redskins, signed a two-year deal worth $5 million earlier this year to remain in Washington. If he plays out both seasons of the contract, it would push him past $100 million in career earnings, according to Spotrac.He split the 2017 season between the Saints and Cardinals after spending the previous 10 years with the Vikings.He finished with 1,042 yards rushing for the Redskins last season. NFL-NFLPA talks about new CBA set to ramp up, report sayslast_img read more

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Will the Raiders trade down from the No. 4 pick?

By on December 20, 2019

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS — Mike Mayock emphasized multiple times Wednesday that the Raiders have too many holes on their team to put just one or two positions atop their offseason priority list.“We’ve got 10 picks, and we value all of them,” Mayock said. “We need to hit on a high, high percentage. We’ve got more needs than I can even tell you about right now.”Wide receiver, running back, offensive line, possibly tight end, defensive end, linebacker, safety, maybe more.The Raiders’ bevy of needs may lead …last_img read more

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LEED-H and Retrofit Guidelines Released for Public Comment

By on December 16, 2019

first_imgWith some interesting timing, the first drafts of the new LEED for Homes rating system and the DOE’s Residential Retrofit Guidelines were both released for review and public comment in the same week. I suppose it’s a coincidence, but it sure seems like someone up there wants everyone involved in residential green building and renovation to drop what they are doing and spend their entire holiday season reviewing the obscure minutiae in these documents. Since I work more with LEED than weatherization, I spent more time with the new rating system, although I hope to take some time to review all the DOE documents soon. I will have to set aside even more time for that project, as the two documents together total over 600 pages!In case you haven’t noticed…For anyone new to my blog, I have dedicated a significant portion of my posts on this site to complaining about the LEED for Homes program, among other things. Although I usually like to start out complaining, I will take a different route today and begin with what I like. (But first, because he asked for it, a shout-out to my friend Tom Flanagan at the USGBC, who emailed me the rating system documents that I had trouble downloading from their website.) I may be misinterpreting some of the intent in this draft, and I hope that the USGBC will join in this discussion to correct any misunderstandings.First, what’s rightBased on my initial review of the new rating system, it appears to me that the USGBC has been listening to me, and others, who have been voicing opinions on the existing program. It does appear to me that they will be eliminating the practically pointless (and required) “Letter to Vendors” stating a preference for FSC-certified wood. Good move, guys. Even more important, the project-specific, extremely subjective “Durability Inspection Checklist,” always a burden for project teams to assemble, has been replaced with the ENERGY STAR Water Management System Builder Checklist, part of the new set of inspection reports for ENERGY STAR version 3. Again, good move. New credits are available for universal design features and flexible construction methods that allow for easier modification and disassembly of buildings.While I have minor complaints about some of these last items, overall they are a positive move. There is now an easy-to-understand backdraft potential test for fireplaces and woodstoves, replacing the practically indecipherable formula in the current version. Thanks again, folks. Finally, the USGBC has added a credit for proximity to a job center. If the project is within 10 miles of a job center (yet to be defined), it gets points; if it is within 3 miles, it gets more points. To me, this is a very simple, straightforward, and appropriate connectivity concept that makes sense. (Maybe they’ll take it out now!)Next, what I think is wrongJust in case any of you thought I wasn’t going to complain—plenty of things in this draft make me a little crazy, and I’m not shy about letting the USGBC know. To start, the program still uses Air Changes per Hour @ 50 Pascals (ACH50) to determine credits for air infiltration. This particular measure, while one of several standards, tends to penalize small homes. I believe LEED should switch to the Envelope Leakage Ratio (ELR) that uses the amount of air leakage per square foot of the building envelope, which more accurately balances small and large homes.Credits are available for installing ERVs and HRVs, which, in my opinion, don’t always provide an energy benefit, particularly in moderate climates. I would like to see this credit limited to extreme climates. Points are now available for heat-pump water heaters, currently the child star of the green building industry—but again, in my opinion, somewhat overrated. They are most effective when installed in unconditioned space in hot climates, and actually add to the heating load when installed inside a house. I think this one deserves a closer look. Under the high-efficiency appliances category, points are available for installing ENERGY STAR ceiling fans. Now, I can’t tell you how many times I see ceiling fans running in rooms (and on front porches) with no one sitting below them. This credit should be removed, or at least require occupancy sensor or timer-operated switches to eliminate wasted energy from fans being left on.Other minor concerns include credit under the Design for Adaptability section for putting ducts in the attic. This works if you insulate the roofline, but overall it’s just not a great design idea. There are also credits for installing zoned HVAC systems, something that again seems to favor larger homes, which almost always have them, while compact homes often don’t need zoning. I would like to see some of these issues that penalize smaller homes be reconsidered and changed to instead favor them.Finally, things I just don’t understandProbably just because most of us are now fully comfortable and familiar with the various credit categories, the USGBC has decided to change the names of some of them and add new ones. Innovation and Design (ID) is now Integrated Process (IP). Locations and Linkages (LL) is now Location and Transportation (LT). Energy and Atmosphere (EA) is now Performance (PF). New categories include Innovation (IN) and Regional Priority (RP), which are supposed to have details listed on the USGBC website, but I cannot find anything there yet.Another curious change is the credit for having a LEED AP Homes credentialed member on the project team. Previously, if a team member (excluding the rater) had this designation, the team got this point. Now, in addition to the AP, the team must have two additional designees, although they can be other LEED specialties or Green Associates. To me, this looks like nothing more than a ploy by the USGBC to build their revenue stream from individual designations. Come on, folks, give it a rest. You have enough money already.Overall, I am reasonably satisfied with the changes proposed thus far. I am smart enough to realize that I will never be fully satisfied with this program, but I do get the feeling that the USGBC has been listening, at least a little. Hopefully they will continue to do so, and we will see a much better program roll out in 2012—although my ADD-addled mind can’t understand why it can’t be sooner.Get on the stick, everyone. Download the files, read them, and make your comments on the first draft before the end of the year.last_img read more

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Russell Westbrook joins Wilt in NBA history as Thunder thump Lakers

By on November 27, 2019

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated “I’m not going to try to put it into words but like I said on the floor, that’s who it’s for,” Westbrook said. “I’m going to leave it at that.”Chamberlain set the lofty mark with 22 points, 25 rebounds and 21 assists in a 1968 game.Westbrook also tied Chamberlain for second all-time in 15-point, 15-rebound, 15-assists games with eight. Oscar Robertson had 14 such games in his career.Lakers coach Luke Walton said his team narrowed in on three keys to beat the Thunder, even with his own depleted lineup — transition defense, taking care of the ball and boxing out.The Thunder outscored Los Angeles on the fast break 34-8, the Lakers turned the ball over 21 times and Oklahoma City won the rebounding battle 50-39.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) dunks in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers Tuesday, April 2, 2019, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)OKLAHOMA CITY — With the outcome all but decided and just over a minute remaining, Oklahoma City Thunder coach Billy Donovan wanted to get Russell Westbrook out of Tuesday’s game.Westbrook wasn’t having it, waving off Hamidou Diallo.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez score late in 4-4 draw for Barcelona at Villarreal View comments Moments later, Westbrook grabbed a rebound and nearly snagged another as the ball glanced off his fingertips after a miss.On the next possession, Westbrook snagged a final rebound and joined some elite company in NBA history in the Thunder’s 119-103 win over the Los Angeles Lakers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsWestbrook became the second player in league history to have 20 or more points, rebounds and assists in a game, finishing with 20 points, 20 rebounds and 21 assists. Wilt Chamberlain was the only other player to accomplish the feat.After the game, Westbrook dedicated the win to rapper Nipsey Hussle. The musician, like Westbrook a Los Angeles product, was shot and killed on Sunday in Los Angeles. “I tried to attack the paint,” Westbrook said. “A lot of teams for me load the paint and stop me from getting to the paint, so I tried to use that to my advantage, drawing three or four people and finding open guys.“I tried to set the tone early.”Westbrook finished 8 of 23 from the field as Oklahoma City won for the third time in its last 10 games.Caldwell-Pope led the Lakers with 23 points.The loss was Los Angeles’ second in the last six games despite playing with a roster missing its stars.“I thought we brought the energy level that it takes to win,” Walton said.INSIDE PRESENCEWithout Tyson Chandler available, the Lakers weren’t able to offer much resistance at the rim, especially early.Eleven of Oklahoma City’s first 12 baskets came near the rim.Westbrook assisted on eight of those. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew MOST READ Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Thunder: Thunder center Steven Adams briefly left the game before halftime after being fouled by Moe Wagner. Adams told trainers he couldn’t hear out of his right ear. He shot free throws before heading into the locker room. Adams started the second half. . Earlier Tuesday, the NBA rescinded the technical foul Russell Westbrook received Sunday in a loss to Dallas. It would’ve been Westbrook’s 17th of the season, pushing him one away from a second one-game suspension. . The Thunder have trailed at halftime in 17 of their 20 games since the All-Star break. . Former Thunder guard Alex Abrines, who was released in early February, was at the game as a spectator.UP NEXTLakers: Host Golden State on Thursday night.Thunder: Host Detroit on Friday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “When they get what they got off of those three things, it’s going to be really hard to win the game, even if you shoot the ball well like our guys shot tonight,” Walton said.The Lakers shot 47.6% from the field.Thunder coach Billy Donovan said Westbrook explained the wave-off after the game.“I knew that he had a close friend pass away,” Donovan said. “For a few guys on our team relationship-wise, it’s kind of hit them pretty hard just in the last couple days.“For Russell, that was something that really, really meant a lot to him.”After Westbrook clinched the mark, grabbing the rebound on Lance Stephenson’s miss in the final minute, he drew a large ovation from the crowd before leaving the game for Diallo.Oklahoma City had struggled in the first half recently, trailing in eight consecutive games entering Tuesday.The Thunder, despite leading by as many as 11 points early, looked to be heading toward another halftime deficit when Kentavious Caldwell-Pope put the Lakers ahead with a 3-pointer late in the second quarter.But Oklahoma City closed the half with an 11-6 run and took a 59-55 lead into halftime.Though Westbrook struggled from the field early — missing 12 of his first 14 shots — he was effective on the offensive end from the start, with 10 first-quarter assists. “We told our guys, he’s a rare player — he’s not a one-man, stay in front (player),” Walton said. “It takes two, three guys walling him up. We were OK giving up jump shots, even if they hit them, to anyone but Paul George. So if you weren’t guarding Paul, we should’ve been in the paint.“He had some rebounds where we’re putting two, three guys on (Steven) Adams trying to get him off and Russ has always been a fantastic offensive rebounder.”TIP-INSLakers: Power forward Kyle Kuzma missed his second consecutive game with left foot tendinitis. Kuzma was joined by LeBron James, Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and Tyson Chandler as Lakers missing the game due to injury. . Before the game, rapper Nipsey Hussle’s music was played in the Lakers’ locker room. The musician was shot and killed in Los Angeles on Sunday.Thunder: Thunder center Steven Adams briefly left the game before halftime after being fouled by Moe Wagner. Adams told trainers he couldn’t hear out of his right ear. He shot free throws before heading into the locker room. Adams started the second half. . Earlier Tuesday, the NBA rescinded the technical foul Russell Westbrook received Sunday in a loss to Dallas. It would’ve been Westbrook’s 17th of the season, pushing him one away from a second one-game suspension. . The Thunder have trailed at halftime in 17 of their 20 games since the All-Star break. . Former Thunder guard Alex Abrines, who was released in early February, was at the game as a spectator.UP NEXTLakers: Host Golden State on Thursday night.Thunder: Host Detroit on Friday night.TIP-INSLakers: Power forward Kyle Kuzma missed his second consecutive game with left foot tendinitis. Kuzma was joined by LeBron James, Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and Tyson Chandler as Lakers missing the game due to injury. . Before the game, rapper Nipsey Hussle’s music was played in the Lakers’ locker room. The musician was shot and killed in Los Angeles on Sunday. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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