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Hong Kong puts electoral reform package to legislature

Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung llooks on beside Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Tam, Chief Secretary Lam and Secretary for Justice Yuen in Hong KongThe Hong Kong government unveiled a long-awaited electoral blueprint for selecting the city's next leader to lawmakers on Wednesday, in a plan that reflected China's desire for a tightly controlled poll that is likely to rile democracy activists. The controversial government proposal comes after massive pro-democracy protests rippled across the financial hub last year, and analysts said the blueprint - which will be voted on by lawmakers in early summer - could once again stir political tension after a lull of several months.

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NCAA basketball: Navy women beat American, earn first NCAA tournament bid
Navy seniors Angela Myers and Cassie Consedine were the first to embrace at center court following a 47-40 victory over American in the Patriot League final Saturday at Alumni Hall. Their improbable journey from the depths of the league standings four seasons ago to champions was complete, and ah...

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Marc Janko's 'special game' and the four goals in one half that revived his career | Interview by Jack Kerr

With the goals flowing and silverware within reach, Sydney FC’s marquee striker is riding a wave of success. But it hasn’t always been this way for the Austrian

If there’s ever been a better time to be Marc Janko, he’s not letting on. “That’s like choosing a favourite child,” says the Austria captain and Sydney FC marquee striker, with the contented sound of a man for whom things are going quite nicely right now.

Why wouldn’t he sound that way? His country is on the brink of a history-making Euro qualification; his club heads into the finals with a schwing that has eluded them in recent years; and after a sweltering second half of the season, he has a foot in the A-League’s golden boot.

At the moment, it’s a great feel in the dressing room; great characters, great players

Related: A-League tactics: Sydney FC open old wounds against Jets | Kate Cohen

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last updated: Wed, 22 Apr 2015 01:30:16 GMT

Sports of The Times: Persistence of a Steroid Bedevils Baseball
Dan Halem, Major League Baseball’s chief legal officer and new drug czar, said that the league recognized the problem with stanozolol and for years had been trying to tackle it.

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Champions League: Porto blown away by Bayern
German champions Bayern Munich overturn a first leg deficit by hitting Porto for six to book a European Champions League semifinal berth.

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The rivalry of Ronaldo and Messi
Take two football greats with two different styles, and you get a whole lot of goals. Who will come out on top this season, Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi?

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Golfing great to make Open farewell
One of Europe's greatest golfers will make what could be his final major appearance at the game's spiritual home in July.

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Ethiopian wins Boston Marathon
People around the world are watching Monday's Boston Marathon to see the results and celebrate the winners. Caroline Rotich of Kenya won the women's division, and Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia took the men's.

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F1 champion's $1K helmets
F1 star Lewis Hamilton won't wear any helmet -- It takes 25 hours to make these sparkling works of art, take a look at how it's done.

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Tennis star splits from wife
Stan Wawrinka and his wife have separated after the Swiss star admitted the "challenges" of his professional career made it no longer possible for them to live as "a team and a family."

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MotoGP: Rossi reigns in Argentina
Valentino Rossi's dream start to the 2015 season continued in Argentina on Sunday after he clinched a dramatic MotoGP victory at the expense of world champion Marc Marquez.

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Rugby player dies aged 25
Australian rugby has been rocked by the death of a young player following a match in New South Wales.

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Hamilton wins Bahrain GP
Lewis Hamilton continued his fine form by winning the Bahrain Grand Prix, despite losing his brakes on the last lap.

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Latin America's most prestigious event
With a purse of half-a-million dollars, the Gran Premio Latino Americano attracts the best equestrian talent in the region.

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AFL parade booted out of Melb CBD
MELBOURNE'S AFL grand final parade is likely be moved from the CBD, with Premier Daniel Andrews flagging a new family-friendly route.

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Patriots to host Steelers to open up NFL season

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A strange night
The Cubs took the opening game of this four game series in a very weird evening at PNC Park.  The game was delayed twice – first by rain, second by a foul ball that hit a woman in the head. The winning hit ended up being a little-league style home run. And by the time […]

The Cubs took the opening game of this four game series in a very weird evening at PNC Park.  The game was delayed twice – first by rain, second by a foul ball that hit a woman in the head. The winning hit ended up being a little-league style home run. And by the time it was all over, the park was hilariously empty.

First of all, our thoughts go out to the woman who was hit by the foul ball behind the plate. I’ll link (not embed) the video if you want to watch – basically she was too close to the netting, and the ball hit the net right where her head was. Play was delayed for over twenty minutes as crews tended to her and eventually took her out on a stretcher. The Pirates provided this update later, which is very good news considering how bad it looked:

The early part of the game was a nice little duel between A.J. Burnett and Jake Arrieta. The Pirates hit Arrieta hard in the first inning, but were only able to get one run out of it … and after that, he was totally lights-out. (He’s a very good pitcher for the Cubs that the Pirates somehow didn’t face at all last year.) Meanwhile, Burnett danced through the raindrops a bit. He was reasonably effective, but only struck out one and needed a couple of big double plays to escape some jams. Eventually he cracked in the fifth when rookie phenom Kris Bryant singled in the tying run…and the next batter nearly brought home another, but Starling Marte gunned him out (a review overturned a bizarre initial safe call).

Burnett gave way to Arquimedes Caminero in the seventh, and Caminero came out firing – he got two quick outs, looking dominant like he has for the past two weeks. But then another young Cubs phenom Jorge Soler turned on a 100 MPH heater and ripped it to the corner for a two out double – an incredible display of hitting. Caminero wasn’t the same after that – he quickly walked the next man, and after he fell behind Bryant it was easy to sense trouble. Bryant ended up crushing one, and then, well, this happened. I’m not even going to try and describe it:

(Worth nothing the first throw home hit the bat on the ground, which is just horrible luck, but still, awful. It was a particularly bad night for Francisco Cervelli behind the dish.) And while the errors were ugly, Bryant smoked that ball and even without the third run, it was the biggest hit of the game.

The game just dragged to the finish after that. Antonio Bastardo allowed an insurance run and Starling Marte hit a meaningless blast in the ninth. Most people didn’t stick around (it was a tiny crowd to begin with – Monday in April, rain, and the Pens playing) – this was the scene in the ninth:


  • Jung-Ho Kang got the start at short and did not play well. He was 0-for-3 with no decent contact, and made a throwing error when he didn’t really have any shot at getting the runner anyway.
  • As I’ve said a couple of times already, Antonio Bastardo has been relegated to a relatively irrelevant role, which I would not have expected going into the year. He’s not really endearing himself to anyone so far, although it’s early. He works slowly and hasn’t pitched very well in his few opportunities.
  • Soler and Bryant combined for 7 hits. Those guys are going to be a scary anchor to the Cubs lineup for years to come. Prior to the big double off Caminero, Soler’s other hits were pretty cheap, but he is legit – and Bryant is off to a darn good start. It sure feels like his first career HR will come this series.
  • Burnett has a 2.00 ERA through 3 starts and has an 0-1 record to show for it. Just like old times.

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