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Saina Nehwal, P.V.Sindhu, Marin bag hefty deals

first_imgNew Delhi: Reigning Olympic champion Carolina Marin was on Monday bought by debutant PBL franchise Pune 7 Aces, while Indian stars Saina Nehwal and P.V.Sindhu were picked up by Hyderabad Hunters and North Eastern Warriors respectively during the Premier Badminton League (PBL) auction here on Monday.Saina, the London Olympics bronze medallist, was bought as the icon player by the North Eastern Warriors for Rs 80 lakh. She had earlier represented the Awadhe Warriors for the past three editions.Sindhu, the Rio Olympics silver medallist, will feature for the Hyderabad franchise after the defending champions picked her up for Rs 80 lakh, while Rio gold medallist Carolina Marin of Spain also went for the same price to Pune. World No.9 Sung Ji Hyun was snapped up by Chennai Smashers, also for Rs 80 lakh.Among the big names in men’s badminton, former World No.1 Victor Axelsen of Denmark was picked up by Ahmedabad Smash Masters for Rs 80 lakh, while World No.6 Kidambi Srikanth joined Bengaluru Raptor for the same amount.H.S. Prannoy was bought by Delhi Dashers after a bidding war with Mumbai Rockets for Rs 80 lakh, while South Korea’s Sung Ji Hyun and Lee Yong Dae also went for the same amount to Chennai Smashers and Mumbai, respectively.The Awadh Warriors spent Rs 70 lakh to bag the services of South Korean Son Wan Ho while Pune bought Denmark’s Mathias Boe for Rs 50 lakh.Teenaged sensation Lakshya Sen was bought by Pune for Rs 11 lakh while another youngster Satwiksairaj Rankireddy went for a whopping Rs 52 lakh to the Ahmedabad Smash Masters. IANSlast_img read more

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Students make push for coal-free energy

first_imgEco-conscious students are calling upon USC to be a model of sustainability and to stop using coal in favor of greener energy sources.Under the umbrella of the Sierra Club — a national organization — students launched the “Beyond Coal” campaign last week, which aims to reduce USC’s use of coal, thereby setting a precedent for other universities.Eco-friendly · Students and members of the Sierra Club demonstrated last week in hopes of getting USC to end its reliance on coal for power. – Mike Lee | Daily TrojanAccording to the Los Angeles Times, the Sierra Club reported that USC gets 43% of its energy from coal.Matthew Oden, director of USC’s sustainability program, said USC has little control over its energy sources, as the school’s energy is contracted through the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.“A lot of people in our energy department at USC want sustainable energy and solar panels in this university,” Oden said. “The challenge is we’ve been in a contract with DWP where we can’t do that by law. It’s not that we don’t want to, we legally can’t.”USC’s contract with DWP has been in place for 10 years. That contract, however, expires at the end of this year.“A lot of people are working on this in our energy department, a lot of work is done to try and make this happen, but it has just never been an option until the end of this year,” Oden said.William Sealy, a recent USC graduate and an organizer for the California Public Interest Research Group, said the group hopes USC will engage in serious talks with DWP about moving away from coal as they look to renegotiate their energy contract.“The school can actively talk with the DWP about ways they can change their sources of energy, and move away from coal towards something more sustainable,” Sealy said.Oden said that many people in the school’s energy department are working to try to move toward more sustainable energy sources and they hope to work with DWP at the end of the year, once the option is available.“We are in the process of creating a new memorandum of understanding with DWP and that will determine our terms with them,” Oden said. “We are hopeful in working towards this and are looking forward towards a good financial arrangement.”Mark Bernstein, managing director of USC’s Energy Institute, said he supports the students’ efforts to pressure DWP on using clean energy.“DWP continues to need to be pushed, no question about it, but they are moving towards using less coal,” he said. “I don’t think USC has done enough, but we don’t have much choice — we have to buy their power. But we are exploring options to use solar panels and lower our energy consumption.”According to Sealy, USC lags behind other universities that have taken more proactive steps in using clean energy.“We can definitely increase our renewable energy sources here on campus — like the University of Pennsylvania that receives part of their energy from wind turbines, or Georgetown University which has a whole new building covered head to toe in solar panels,” Sealy said.The Sierra Club’s “Beyond Coal” campaign is a nationwide movement, involving more than 60 campuses. The Sierra Club argues that universities have the potential to lead the nation into clean energy use.“I think USC’s purchasing power and influence has the enormous potential to not only change its own campus but to also get the entire city of LA off of coal-generated electricity,” said Trieste Lockwood, the campaign coordinator for USC’s branch of the Sierra Club.Locally, the “Beyond Coal” campaign also hopes to put pressure on Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who vowed in his second inaugural address to go coal-free by 2020.“It was a really bold and ambitious announcement,” Lockwood said. “We’re here to hold him accountable and make sure he follows through.”last_img read more

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Late in his career, Ryan Braun still occupies special place in Brewers clubhouse

first_imgNot what he was. Not finished either.“I feel really good,” Braun recently told reporters. “I feel fortunate and thankful that I’m in this position, health-wise. I’d never take it for granted. But for anybody, when you have the adrenaline that’s added for this time of year, it helps you feel better physically.“I feel like I’m going on 25, not 35 right now.”When Braun was 25 … those were the days.A product of Granada Hills High, Braun hit .320 with 32 homers and 114 RBIs as a 25-year-old in 2009. That season was squarely between when he won the Rookie of the Year award in 2007 and the MVP in 2011. Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies PreviousThe Brewers’ Ryan Braun warms up for practice for Game 1 of the NLCS against the Dodgers on Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)The Brewers’ Ryan Braun celebrates as he leaves the batter’s box after hitting an RBI double during the first inning of Game 3 of the NLCS against the Dodgers on Monday at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)The Brewers’ Ryan Braun follows through on a swing during during Game 3 of the NLCS against the Dodgers on Monday at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsThe Brewers’ Ryan Braun takes batting practice before Game 3 of the National League Championship Series baseball game against the Dodgers on Monday, Oct. 15, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)The Brewers’ Ryan Braun swings at a pitch during Game 3 of the NLCS against the Dodgers on Monday at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)The Brewers’ Ryan Braun warms up before Game 1 of the NLCS against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday, Oct. 12, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)The Brewers’ Ryan Braun hits an RBI double during the first inning of Game 3 of the NLCS against the Dodgers on Monday at Dodger Stadium. Now 34 and past his prime, the Granada Hills High product continues to contribute. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)The Brewers’ Ryan Braun warms up for practice for Game 1 of the NLCS against the Dodgers on Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)The Brewers’ Ryan Braun celebrates as he leaves the batter’s box after hitting an RBI double during the first inning of Game 3 of the NLCS against the Dodgers on Monday at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)NextShow Caption1 of 7The Brewers’ Ryan Braun celebrates as he leaves the batter’s box after hitting an RBI double during the first inning of Game 3 of the NLCS against the Dodgers on Monday at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)ExpandLOS ANGELES — As Christian Yelich has become what Ryan Braun used to be, it’s worth noting, at least in the Milwaukee Brewers clubhouse, Braun hasn’t totally slipped into the shadows.“He’s still The Man,” pitcher Wade Miley said before Game 4 of the National League Championship Series on Tuesday. “He’s still Ryan Braun. There is a respect that everybody gives him.”A former MVP who is coming back to his Southern California roots for the series against the Dodgers, Braun has mostly slipped under the radar this week.From the Brewers side, the narratives have been about Yelich, the Westlake High product who is the presumptive 2018 NL MVP, and Milwaukee’s vaunted bullpen. Meanwhile, Braun keeps clipping along at age 34. With his playing time managed, Braun still hit 20 homers, with a .782 OPS.Now, though, the playoffs have provided enough built-in days off that Braun has once again become an everyday player.He was 5 for 13 in the division series sweep of the Colorado Rockies. Even with a 2-for-12 start to the NLCS, he was hitting .280 six games into the postseason. He’s also hit into some hard luck, including a 100 mph shot that was snagged by Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner on Tuesday night, though he finished 3 for 6 in the Brewers’ 13-inning loss in Game 4.Although the numbers aren’t what Braun did in his prime, he still holds a leadership role in the clubhouse. And he still has a swing that is the same as when he was the focal point of the team.“The constant is he’s got a beautiful baseball swing,” Counsell said. “It’s the swing that guys on the other team want to come watch in batting practice.” Since then, Braun went through the turmoil of a suspension for using performance-enhancing drugs. He’s seen his numbers gradually decline.He nearly saw a trade to the Dodgers, when they were shopping a slumping Yasiel Puig in 2016.Between those prime years and now, Craig Counsell went from being Braun’s teammate to his manager.Counsell appreciates the ways in which Braun has adapted.“Like every player, physically you change,” Counsell said. “And I think mentally you get sharper and smarter and wiser. He’s definitely played a role. And he’s done a really good job of recognizing where his role is as the team has evolved this year. I compliment him as much as anything for doing that.”Braun’s role this year has been of a less-than-full-time player. After repeated trips to the disabled list over the past few years, the Brewers decided this year to build in at least one day off a week for Braun. He started just 99 games.“And I think that’s not easy always for players to accept and to buy into,” Counsell said. “Ryan showed a lot of humility in accepting that and understanding that at times it was best for the team and best for himself.”Related Articles Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco center_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start last_img read more

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