LeBron James weighing many options as free agency looms

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Making sense of NBA free agency dollars James told the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday that he will not exercise his $35.6 million contract option for next season, making him an unrestricted free agent on Sunday when NBA teams can begin negotiations with players before signing them on July 6.By declining his option, James positioned himself to be able to choose where he’ll play next and Cleveland, his basketball home for 11 of the past 15 seasons, remains a strong possibility. But there are at least three other teams — and maybe an outsider or two — with legitimate shots at landing the three-time MVP, who made it clear following this year’s NBA Finals that he’s still driven to win championships.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownWhile every team dreams of being ruled by King James, only a few have a legit chance of signing him.Here are the cases — for and against — the leading contenders: Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Last summer’s stunning trade of guard Kyrie Irving left the Cavs without a quality running mate for James, who was forced to carry a heavier offensive load throughout the regular season and playoffs. Cleveland has deep salary-cap issues — partially caused by James’ failure to commit long-term — and the Cavs currently lack enough talent to unseat the champion Golden State Warriors.Gilbert and James mended some fences for his return in 2014, but they remain distant other than a shared commitment to winning. Gilbert has gone above and beyond financial barriers to appease James, but the well could be running dry.LOS ANGELES LAKERSWHY: Salary-cap space; business interests; iconic franchise.With some savvy moves, the Lakers are poised to potentially add two superstars — James and Paul George and maybe Kawhi Leonard — to a team featuring up-and-coming talents like Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball, who is reportedly dealing with a knee injury. James loves the Hollywood lights, and with two homes in the Los Angeles area as well as a film production company, he has already established some roots in the land of movie stars and slow-moving traffic. The appeal of playing for one of the league’s most storied teams is another allure.WHY NOT: Youth; the Western Conference.There’s little doubt James has some quality years ahead of him. But does he have enough time to let a group of unproven players with no postseason experience develop into a title contender? And if he jumps conferences for the first time in his career, the path to the Finals is far more treacherous.PHILADELPHIAWHY: Rising team; staying in the East.In Sixers guard Ben Simmons, James sees a younger version of himself and he’d relish the chance to play alongside the 21-year-old while mentoring him. The Sixers also have center Joel Embiid, 24, projected to become the game’s next dominant big men. Philadelphia would instantly vault from conference contender to favorite with James, who could make a strong run at his ninth straight Finals in Year One. Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town CLEVELANDWHY: Home; money.James came back four years ago to a hero’s welcome, something that seemed unimaginable when he left in disgrace four years earlier for Miami. But he vowed to do everything he could to deliver a title to championship-starved Cleveland. He delivered in 2016, erasing past sins and raising James to a worshipped level few athletes in any sport have experienced. His family is comfortable here and it’s where he has complete control.The Cavs can also offer him the most lucrative package, a five-year, $209 million contract.WHY NOT: Flawed roster; blemished relationship with owner Dan Gilbert.ADVERTISEMENT WHY NOT: Too young; front-office dysfunction.Much like the Lakers, the Sixers lack postseason experience and James would be surrounded by players who have barely tasted the postseason. General manager Bryan Colangelo’s resignation following an investigation into whether he created Twitter accounts to criticize his own players, has given the impression that the team isn’t operating in concert and then would turn off James quickly.OTHER CONTENDERSHouston: While the Rockets once seemed a good fit, James declining his option all but eliminated the chances of him joining up with close friend Chris Paul and MVP James Harden. If James had opted in with the Cavs, they could have worked out a sign-and-trade with Houston.San Antonio: James reveres Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, but living in Texas doesn’t seem appealing to the star’s family and the Spurs are still trying to figure out what to do with Leonard, who can become a free agent after next season.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardcenter_img Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES FILE – In this June 8, 2018, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James watches during the first half of Game 4 of basketball’s NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors in Cleveland. Two people familiar with the decision say James has told the Cavaliers he is declining his $35.6 million contract option for next season and is a free agent. James’ representatives told the Cavs on Friday, June 29, 2018, said the people who spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team is not publicly commenting on moves ahead of free agency opening Sunday. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)CLEVELAND — LeBron James posted a video of himself jumping off a cliff while on a Caribbean vacation with his family.He’s about to dive into free agency.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees View commentslast_img read more

Passed! Minimum Wage Set at US$6/day

first_imgAt long last, the House of Representatives finally concurred with the Liberian Senate Tuesday in setting a “minimum wage” for Liberian workers.The House agreed to set the minimum wage for skilled workers at US$6.00 per day, while unskilled and domestic workers are subject to US$4.00 per day.Said legislation covers all sectors of the economy, including government and concessionaires.The latest decision is based on recommendations from the Joint Committees on Labour, Ways, Means and Finance and Judiciary which reported to plenary after working on the proposed legislation.Both houses last summer passed the bill with conflicting versions, forcing both chambers to constitute a Conference Committee to further discuss and agree on a single position.According to the Constitution, both houses must agree under the same accord before sending said legislation to the President for signature.In Representative Acarous M. Gray’s motion, plenary concurred with the Senate while taking into consideration the protection of employers and employees under this proposed legislation.However, Gray’s fellow Montserrado County representative, Edwin Snowe, filed a motion for reconsideration and expected to reopen the debate soon.In the midst of Snowe’s motion, plenary agreed that a Minimum Wage Board is constituted after two years in order to study the economic variables of the nation and make increments in wages when necessary.The bill is now on its way to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for signature and onward submission to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to be printed into handbills.Passage of the bill by the Legislature comes as a relief to many industrial workers and organizations, including the Liberia Labor Congress, a body of labor advocates.The group has over the years, advocate for said legislation, staging several protests on the grounds of the Capitol Building and prevailing upon their lawmakers to act in their best interest.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Lab technician charged for stealing medical supplies from Suddie Hospital

first_imgA 30-year-old lab technician, formerly attached to the Suddie Public Hospital, Essequibo Coast, Region Two, was on Wednesday charged for stealing medical supplies from the health facility which he sold to a private pharmacy.Medicinal drugs and suppliesMohamed Khan of lot 50 Plantation Bell, Essequibo Coast, was arrested by the Police and then taken to Anna Regina Magistrates’ Court where he plead guilty to the crime and was fined $25,000 for the act.Reports are that Khan stole 21 packs of Dengue tests, 100 microscope slides, one bottle of anti A, one bottle of anti B, and one bottle of anti D medication, among other medicinal drugs and medical supplies from the above-mentioned hospital.After committing the act, he reportedly took the items to a retired pharmacist, who in turn sold them to a pharmacy. Guyana Times understands that it was the region’s Coordinator of Health Strategy who made the discovery and immediately reported the matter to the Police on Tuesday.Khan was arrested on the same day. The stolen items, along with Khan were handed over to the investigating ranks.Less than 24 hours after his arrest, he made his Court appearance. He was slapped with the offence of simple larceny committed on the Public Health Ministry.He plead guilty to the charge and was then fined $25,000 by Magistrate Esther Sam.Khan’s theft of medicinal drugs and supplies comes at a time when the country continues to face shortages at the regional hospitals and health facilities.While the administrative staff of those affected health institutions blamed the Public Health Ministry for failing to supply adequate and much needed medicines and drugs leading to sporadic and constant drug shortages, authorities had also warned that persons who were working at these facilities were also responsible for the drug shortages.last_img read more

Senate OKs bill for February ’08 primary in state

first_img“For years, California has held its primary well after the decisions on presidential nominees have been made,” said Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata, D-Oakland. “Today, we’re sending a bipartisan message that the nation’s largest state deserves to be more than an ATM for presidential contenders but should also have a voice in who is elected.” Contenders have already begun to grapple with the idea of campaigning in the most populous state and most expensive media market in the nation. Some say an early primary gives the advantage to top-tier candidates with the biggest campaign war chests and highest name ID. But others say that California could offer breakthrough opportunities to underdogs such as Democratic New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, with his Latino heritage, or Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel, with his conservative record and clearly defined opposition to the Iraq war. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SACRAMENTO – The state Senate overwhelmingly approved a bill Tuesday that would move up the state’s 2008 presidential primary to Feb. 5 and provide California with the kind of political clout its supporters argue is befitting the nation’s largest state. The measure, SB 113, was approved on a 31-5 vote, and sent to the Assembly, where it is expected to sail through and onto the desk of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who already has voiced strong support for the idea. California’s presidential primary, which traditionally had been held in June, was moved up to March in 1996, 2000 and 2004, but even then presidential nominees were already in place, muting the state’s voice in the process. The 2008 primary currently is scheduled for June. If moved to Feb. 5, only Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina would hold any primary or caucus before California. However, other states such as New York, New Jersey, Illinois and Florida have talked about moving their primaries up to Feb. 5, which could create a new Super Tuesday, where a cascade of delegates could determine the nominee almost at the outset. last_img read more

Paddle for the Peace: David Suzuki on dams, ecology, and the relationship between humans and the environment

first_imgEnvironmentalist David Suzuki was at the 2015 Paddle for the Peace to show his support for Site C dam opponents, and to give a keynote speech on the humans impact on the natural environment.Watch the videos below.- Advertisement –last_img

Several school buses cancelled in the South Peace

first_imgAs of 6:30 a.m., buses in the North Peace or School District 60 are running. School District 59 has cancelled several school buses in the South Peace.  Here is the full list provided by the District.Affected Routes: – Advertisement -Tate Creek (Secondary), Alaska Highway, South Dawson,Kilkerran, Fellers Heights (Secondary), East Pouce, Doe River (Elementary),Willowbrook, Tomslake (Secondary), Doe River (Secondary), West Dawson, SunsetPrarie (Elementary), Lakeview, Hays, Fellers Heights (Elementary),Willowbrook (Secondary), Farmington, Pouce Coupe, Tower Lake, Arras(Secondary), Groundbirch (Elementary), Parkland (Elementary), Arras(Elementary), Special Needs, Bear Mountain, Tuscola Mountain, West Pouce,Kiskatinaw, RiversideFor current status updates, please see https://www.sd59.bc.ca/family/buseslast_img read more

SISTER SARA’S SUPER-PUB CROWNED TIDY TOWNS BEST KEPT PUBLIC HOUSE

first_imgThe on-going success of Sister Sara’s continued this week when they were crowned by the Tidy Towns Cleaner Community Award for having the Best Kept Public House in Letterkenny.Sister Sara’s has been an overwhelming success since they re-opened under new management earlier this year.Every weekend a top-class line-up of entertainment is provided at Sister Sara’s and it is firmly re-established itself as the No.1 super-pub in Letterkenny. All the hard work by management and staff is paying off come and that’s reflected not only in the crowds descending on the venue every weekend but also by this award.Management at Sister Sara’s told Donegal Daily, “We are absolutely delighted to have been presented with the 2014 Tidy Towns Cleaner Community Award for Best Kept Public House at this evenings awards ceremony.“It’s a testament to the hard work, effort and diligence of our staff, and it’s nice to be recognized. We’re all absolutely delighted with the award.With the big Euro 2016 qualifier tonight between Ireland and Scotland Sister Sara’s is the perfect venue for you to watch the game in. With great drink promotions throughout, and with a number of HD Plasma TV’s available to watch the game on, it’s the only venue to enjoy the match.COYBIG!! Also everybody at Sister Sara’s would like to wish Maxi Curran and the St Eunan’s team all the best in their Ulster SFC Semi-final on Sunday.SISTER SARA’S SUPER-PUB CROWNED TIDY TOWNS BEST KEPT PUBLIC HOUSE was last modified: November 14th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Entertainmenthome-page featuresnewsSister Sara’slast_img read more

Antetokounmpo scores 33 as Bucks beat Bulls

first_imgMilwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo, center, drives to the basket past Chicago Bulls’ Chandler Hutchison (15) and Kris Dunn during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 18, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)CHICAGO — Giannis Antetokounmpo showed off a couple of scratches on his hands and arms. The leader of the Milwaukee Bucks was whistled for five offensive fouls, but finished the game on the floor.The Chicago Bulls tried everything against the NBA MVP. Nothing worked.ADVERTISEMENT Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? MOST READ White made consecutive 3-pointers to give Chicago a 99-98 lead with 6:23 left, but Milwaukee closed the game with a 17-2 run.Antetokounmpo got it started with a slick reverse layup. Eric Bledsoe then converted a three-point play to make it 103-99 with 5:04 left.”We got stops,” Lopez said, ”and it’s something we need to do for a full 48 minutes every night.”George Hill finished with 18 points for Milwaukee, which improved to 7-2 on the road. Donte DiVincenzo scored 15 in his third consecutive start in place of Khris Middleton, who is out with a bruised left thigh.”Some really good stuff from him again tonight,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said.Gafford went scoreless in his first four NBA games, but the second-round draft pick had 16 points in the first half on 8-for-9 shooting, including five dunks.Milwaukee closed the second quarter with a 12-2 run for a 60-56 halftime lead. Antetokounmpo had 18 points at the break.TIP-INSBucks: Hill made four of Milwaukee’s 15 3-pointers. … Middleton isn’t expected back until December.Bulls: F Luke Kornet had surgery to address a sinus obstruction. He is expected to be sidelined for seven to 10 days. The 7-foot-1 Kornet had been trying to play through the issue, but he was having trouble sleeping. ”We feel like this is going to be really good for him,” Boylen said. ”His overall well-being I think we think will improve.” Kornet signed with Chicago in July. … LaVine reached 5,000 career points on a 3 in the second quarter. Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Towns hits 7 3-pointers, Wolves beat Jazz without Wiggins UP NEXTBucks: Visit the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night. Milwaukee won three of four against Atlanta last season.Bulls: Host the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night. Chicago beat Detroit 112-106 in their first meeting of the season Nov. 1.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Antetokounmpo was 13 for 22 in his 13th consecutive double-double to begin the season. It’s the longest active streak in the NBA.”They have a guy they can go to who can get the bucket,” Bulls coach Jim Boylen said. ”That’s what good teams have. I’ve been on those teams. We’re figuring out who that guy is.”Daniel Gafford led Chicago with 21 points in his return from the G League. Coby White had 13, and Ryan Arcidiacono finished with 12.The Bulls got a season-high 63 points from their reserves, but Zach LaVine and Lauri Markkanen struggled. LaVine finished with 11 points on 4-for-16 shooting, and Markkanen had nine on 2-for-12 shooting from the field.”Shooters, all the players go through slumps,” said Markkanen, who is shooting just 36.2% this season. ”Everybody’s broken through it at some point. When I’m staying confident, believing every shot’s going in, I know it’s going to turn around.”ADVERTISEMENT What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Priority legislation in the 18th Congress Antetokounmpo had 33 points and 10 rebounds, and the Bucks beat the Bulls 115-101 on Monday night for their fourth straight victory.”I’m just going to keep trying to go downhill, keep trying to go through guys,” said Antetokounmpo, brushing off the foul trouble. ”I’m really happy that they’re offensive fouls and they’re not dumb fouls and all that.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice”Usually in the games like this that I get offensive fouls, I know that I’m aggressive. … So I’m happy with that.”Brook Lopez added 19 points, 10 rebounds and five blocked shots as Milwaukee won for the eighth time in nine games. The Bucks also beat the Bulls 124-115 on Thursday in Milwaukee. 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Bengals longest serving manager Sameer Dasgupta passes away

first_imgKolkata, Nov 23 (2016) Bengal cricket fraternity was today left in a state of shock at sudden demise of their longest serving manager Samir Dasgupta. Dasgupta suffered massive cardiac arrest. He is survived by his wife and two daughters. The 74-year-old, who had accompanied Bengal Ranji team till their match against Tamil Nadu in Rajkot from November 13-16. From Rajkot, Bengal were travelling to Lahli but Dasguptas health deteriorated and he returned to Kolkata from Mumbai. He was admitted to a Kolkata hospital on November 19. “He suffered a cardiac arrest around 6.40am today at the RN Tagore Hospital and breathed his last,” his son-in-law told PTI from his Baranagar residence. Gentleman to the core, the soft-spoken Dasgupta had only won friends and easily the most popular Bengal team manager. During one season (209-10), the CAB had appointed Rusi Jejeebhoy as the manager but the association knew that players wanted Dasgupta back. He was back during next season. The vice-president of East Bengal, Dasgupta served the club at different capacities including being the cricket secretary and had roped in Sachin Tendulkar and Kapil Dev to play for the red-and-gold during the P Sen Trophy, 1992. Never had Eden Gardens seen close to 50,000 people for a club game with Sachin and Kapil playing for East Bengal and Javagal Srinath representing Mohun Bagan. It was possible because of Dasgupta, who has also been local manager of Indian team. A former CAB assistant secretary, Dasgupta went on to become the most-sought after manager of the the senior team and held the position during their last two notable performances ? in 2005-06 and 06-07 Ranji Trophy when they finished runners-up. A diabetic but Dasgupta would always carry boxes of sweets with him and greet every cricketer in his special fondly manner. “We would always get sweets from him. During winters he would give us Nalengurer rosogolla. He was such a gentle soul someone who would always make you smile with his positive vibes,” former Bengal captain Rohan Gavaskar fondly recalls. “There came a time when junk foods like sweets and pizzas were banned but we knew where to get it, and we would head straight to Samirdas room,” former Bengal captain turned commentator Deep Dasgupta said. He further added how he went out of his way to sort things out, be it laundry, room or the tickets. “He was one of the friendliest administrators the sport has ever seen. Be it the DA, arranging a hotel or making sure of the laundry, he will go out of his way to ensure that the player is in a comfort zone, free from any hassle. Its a personal loss for me,” the captain of the Bengal Ranji runners-up said. The wicketkeeper batsman also recalled how Samir da as he was affectionately called played an instrumental role in shaping his career when he was signed by him to play for East Bengal during his under-17 days. CAB joint secretary Avishek Dalmiya said:”Ive known him from the time of my father. He has always served the association tirelessly. Besides being an expert in man management, he was a warm and honest human being. His sudden and untimely death is most unfortunate, and has left us grief-stricken.” “May his family get the courage to deal with this tragedy,” Avishek said in his condolence message. PTI TAP KHS KHSadvertisementlast_img read more

Rain, Yanks Stop Rangers, 2-1

first_imgNEW YORK — A wet field gave the New York Yankees one weird win.Brett Gardner hit a tiebreaking homer off All-Star ace Yu Darvish, and New York beat the Texas Rangers 2-1 July 23d in a rain-shortened game called in the fifth inning under bizarre circumstances.Once the rain stopped, the grounds crew did its best to dry out the field. But both managers expressed concern about players getting hurt on the soft basepaths, and the game was called after an unusual delay that lasted 1 hour, 49 minutes.“The field was just not playable,” umpire crew chief Dale Scott told a pool reporter.During the delay, the last-place Rangers reached an agreement to trade closer Joakim Soria to Detroit for minor league pitchers Jake Thompson and Corey Knebel.David Phelps (5-4) pitched out of a jam just before the storm, and Francisco Cervelli doubled twice to help the Yankees win for the fifth time in six games on a 10-game homestand following the All-Star break.Chase Headley had a double in his first start for New York after he was acquired in a July 22nd trade with San Diego.Phelps gave up five hits in his first career complete game. After a one-out triple by Leonys Martin in the fifth, the right-hander retired Chris Gimenez on a foul popup and struck out Rougned Odor.Phelps and Cervelli pumped their fists as they headed toward the dugout — perhaps knowing how important that last out might be, making the game official with heavy rain in the forecast.Play was halted with one out in the bottom of the fifth, and the grounds crew struggled mightily to pull the tarp through the mud as a heavy downpour soaked the field.It appeared the teams were ready to resume at one point, but managers Joe Girardi and Ron Washington were worried about more injuries to their banged-up teams.“Neither one of us can afford to lose another player on the DL because of conditions players shouldn’t be on,” Girardi said.After much discussion with the umpires and head groundskeeper Dan Cunningham, a light rain returned and the tarp was put back on the field. Less than 10 minutes later, the game was stopped for good — giving the Yankees the victory.“What made me complain was because of them not being able to get the tarp on the field,” Washington said, adding he had never seen a similar situation in his career. “This game shouldn’t come to us losing it. It should have been suspended.”But there was no avenue for a protest, Washington acknowledged.New York lost a rain-shortened game to the Orioles on July 13, the last day before the All-Star break.“We lost in Baltimore because of Mother Nature. We won tonight because of Mother Nature. That just happens in our game,” Girardi said.Darvish (9-6) allowed four hits and threw 67 pitches in his second complete game of the year. He struck out five and walked none.When the rain started, it took 13 minutes and three tries for the grounds crew to drag the soaked tarp over a drenched infield.Bat boys, clubhouse attendants and security guards in clear ponchos rushed out to help. One stumbled and briefly got trapped underneath. It took more than 30 men to finally finish the job, bringing a roar from the crowd.Only 15 minutes later, the rain had stopped and workers removed the tarp. But the playing surface was so wet, it took about 50 minutes to dry and prepare the field.A public-address announcement informed fans the game was scheduled to resume at approximately 10:05 p.m. But as Darvish headed back to the mound and other players warmed up, Girardi stalked around near first base testing the surface.He motioned for an audience, and the huddle that ensued included both managers, Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux and Cunningham, who appeared to be doing much of the talking.The umpires and grounds crew headed back underneath the stands, and Texas players milled around in front of their dugout for about 20 minutes waiting for word. Darvish flipped a ball, and even pawed at the dirt near third base.When the rain started falling again around 10:25 p.m., the tarp was placed back over the infield. And that was it.Cervelli hit a leadoff double in the third and scored on Darvish’s second career balk. Gardner followed with his 10th home run, the first time he’s reached double digits in seven major league seasons.“That’s amazing. He’s been doing that for us the whole year,” Cervelli said.Texas scored in the third on Odor’s double-play grounder after consecutive singles by Martin and Gimenez.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more