Rafael Nadal makes it through to the Rolex Paris Masters quarter-finals | Tennis News

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Nasdaq, S&P again hit all-time highs, Dow ends up 0.3%

first_imgBut “people have money to invest” and the big tech names Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Tesla, Netflix “are continuing to just find buyer after buyer” and sometimes post double digit gains for no apparent reason. Meanwhile, category 4 Hurricane Laura and its 15-to-20 foot storm surges is poised to slam into the southern US coast, home to massive oil and petrochemical industries.Government data showed a surge of a different kind as new orders for big-ticket manufactured goods jumped 11.2 percent, almost entirely due to the 35.6 percent spike in transportation equipment.Among individual shares, cloud computing firm Salesforce.com, which will join the Dow index on Monday in place of global oil giant Exxon Mobil, leapt 26 percent after a strong earnings report.Dick’s Sporting Goods jumps 15.7 percent as earnings showed store sales surged despite the pandemic – which has allowed home exercise programs to flourish.Apple, which is poised to make a four-to-one stock split after its value soared to US$2 trillion, gained 1.4 percent.Topics : The approach of Hurricane Laura could not dampen Wall Street’s ebullient optimism on Wednesday, as the Nasdaq and S&P 500 again climbed to new records fueled by solid earnings and economic data.The benchmark Dow Jones Industrial Average reversed its early doldrums and gained 0.3 percent to close at 28,331.92.The tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index posted its fifth consecutive all-time high close, after jumping 1.7 percent to 11,665.06, while the broad-based S&P 500 gained 1.0 percent to finish at 3,787.3, its fourth straight record. Traders also may be putting a lot of stock in the highly-anticipated speech by Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell on Thursday, which is expected to send signals about the trajectory of interest rates in coming months.But the changes Powell is set to preview about how the central bank communicates policy would not have any impact until the economy starts to recover and inflation shows signs of life.Analysts say the Fed chief could change the policy focus to allow inflation to rise above 2.0 percent for a time, to allow the economy to heat up and unemployment to fall.”Some of the stock market being up is a little bit of hopeful trading regarding this speech,” JJ Kinahan of TD Ameritrade told AFP, suggesting observers might be disappointed.last_img read more

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El Clasico: Real Madrid vs Barcelona Preview

first_imgThe night of Saturday, 21 November 2015 will be one when the footballing world comes to a standstill as Real Madrid take on Barcelona.Around 500 million pairs of eyes will be glued to their TV screens to witness the biggest of club rivalries.Yes, football fanatics – the season’s first El Clasico has finally arrived, promising us a bucket full of extreme emotions, on-field spats, player-referee bust-ups and, more importantly, a showpiece encounter for the fans and neutrals to gossip about for hours on end.As far as Real Madrid and Barcelona fans are concerned, this game provides the usual battle for the La Liga summit.A victory for Barcelona would see them go six points clear of their bitter rivals, whereas a victory for Rafa Benitez’s side would see them leapfrog Barcelona to the top of the table on the basis of a better head-to-head record.It is definitely not a title decider as it is still early days in the league, but with top spot up for grabs and El Clasico bragging rights at stake, which team has the grit to hold their nerve and churn out a positive result for their fans on Saturday? Team NewsReal Madrid:The news of the return of several players from injury would have been music to the ears of Rafa Benitez, as he now has the luxury of selecting from a wider group of squad memebers. James Rodriguez proved his fitness by playing 180 minutes for his national side during the international break and should start while Dani Carvajal is expected to replace Danilo at right-back. Defender Sergio Ramos is also expected to recover from a shoulder injury in time to partner Raphael Varane at centre-back.Costa Rican goalkeeper Keylor Navas, who missed the last two league games with a muscle problem, should also return in goal in place of Kiko Casilla for Saturday’s clash. Left-back Marcelo, who suffered a hamstring injury during his side’s Champions League victory against PSG, is not 100% match-fit but should be ready in time to replace Nacho at left-back. Striker Karim Benzema is expected to play a role after returning from a knee injury he sustained while on international duty with France in October. However, it has been a long layoff, and Benitez may not risk starting him in the fear of aggravating his injury. Gareth Bale will most probably lead the line, with James Rodriguez behind him and Ronaldo and Isco supporting him from the left and right wings respectively.Barcelona:Fans could not have been treated to news better than their superstar Lionel Messi’s return from a knee injury suffered during a La Liga game against newly promoted Las Palmas in September. He has trained throughout this week and will most likely make a substitute appearance in the second half if his services are required.However, Croatian midfielder Ivan Rakitic is most likely going to be missing from Luis Enrique’s plans on Saturday as he continues to recover from a calf injury he picked up during Barca’s clash with BATE Borisov in the Champions League. Rafinha (knee) remains a long term absentee from the squad. Predicted Starting LineupsReal Madrid (4-2-3-1): Keylor Navas ; Dani Carvajal, Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane, Marcelo, Luka Modric, Casemiro, Isco, James Rodriguez, Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth BaleBarcelona (4-3-3): Claudio Bravo, Dani Alves, Gerard Pique, Jeremy Mathieu, Jordi Alba, Mascherano, Sergio Busquets, Andres Iniesta, Sergi Roberto, Luis Suarez, NeymarTeam Form Real Madrid come into this game on the back of a dispiriting 3-2 defeat at the hands of Sevilla. Rafa Benitez may have the lengthy injury list as an excuse, but that does not hide Cristiano Ronaldo’s ineffectiveness in front of goal, with just a single shot on target.Gareth Bale has also been in the media’s firing line over the past few months owing to his misfiring displays in high-scale fixtures like this. The duo will have to find their A-level game against a Barcelona defence that has thrived over the past month or so, conceding just once in the last 6 games.Barcelona are a team on top of their game after an indifferent start to the season. Neymar and Luis Suarez do not know when to stop scoring and have taken up the mantle in attack in Messi’s absence. The compact midfield trio has been functioning efficaciously while Gerard Pique and Jeremy Mathieu have proved to be a couple of rocks in central defence for Luis Enrique’s side.Cristiano Ronaldo vs Dani Alves Cristiano Ronaldo has been in disappointing form lately, but it would be half-witted of any right-back to take the Portuguese’s ability lightly. On his day, the 30-year-old can tame the opposition on his own terms with his all-round threat – be it aerial, dribbling or pace. Dani Alves will be wary of that and will have to be on his toes to track the 3-time Ballon d’Or winner’s movements on the left-flank and inside the box through the course of the game.Raphael Varane vs Luis SuarezReal Madrid centre-back Raphael Varane has been fantastic for Real Madrid this season thanks to some key clearances and his strength to hold off attackers aiming to get a good foot around the ball to get a realistic shot at goal. Saturday will be the Frenchman’s first real test when he goes head-to-head with one of the most lethal strikers in world football today, Luis Suarez.The Uruguayan’s dynamism and sky-high confidence in the opposition’s box has been a nightmare for most defences this season. Varane has the responsibility to get right at Suarez and prevent him from finding even the slightest of spaces to exploit and challenge Keylor Navas with a go at goal. Disrupting the co-ordination between him and Neymar will also be among the defender’s top priorities.  –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

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LeBron James surges for short-handed Lakers; Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma seal win late

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“I think he was great all game, not just in the second half,” James said of Ingram. “His pace, his ability to play the point and play the wing, he’s a very special talent and we’re definitely happy to have him on our side.”With Lonzo Ball missing another game and Rajon Rondo held out for rest, the bar was low. Ingram started at point guard, and Kyle Kuzma slid into the power forward spot. Walton said pregame that he wanted to see better defensive effort, fewer turnovers and fewer fouls.What he saw wasn’t all that good: The team had seven turnovers in the first quarter while giving up 39 points. Without Rondo directing things as he had in the first two games, the slip-ups added up for the Lakers.“We were not good at any of those tonight,” a frustrated Walton said at the postgame podium. “We have to get a lot better in this next week or however long we got left until the start of the season.”Then, James took over, knowing he would be sitting out the second half. He made five straight Lakers baskets to end the first half, finishing the thrust with a layup over Skal Labissiere that tied the score and drew a foul. “Tonight I felt really, really good,” he said. “You know, you see the ball go through the rim when you get to the free-throw line, and it makes you even more and more comfortable offensively.”As James sat in the second half, the slack was picked up by Ingram, with some help from his teammates. Kuzma, making his first preseason start at power forward tipped in an Ingram missed free-throw attempt with nine seconds remaining that all but clinched the result.Walton held off on being too kind to Ingram: While the third-year forward had some key defensive plays late, his coach wants to see that effort throughout entire games.Ingram agreed with Walton on that point. Still, he said, it felt good to get a compliment from James, who has a locker right next to him.“It makes you want to keep going,” he said. “I don’t think I want to stop here and like I said, my expectations are way higher than anyone’s expectations in this room or anybody, so for him to say that is an extreme compliment.” Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error James thumped his chest before he stepped to the line and made the shots, giving him 18 points in just 16 minutes.Related Articlescenter_img PreviousLos Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James, center, reacts on the bench after a dunk by Johnathan Williams next to Lance Stephenson, left, and Jeffrey Carroll during the second half of an NBA preseason basketball game against the Sacramento Kings in Los Angeles, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. The Lakers won 128-123. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Lakers forward Brandon Ingram attempts a shot while being defended by Kings guard De’Aaron Fox, left, as Kings forward Marvin Bagley III watches during the first half of Thursday’s preseason game at Staples Center. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, center, drives the ball between Sacramento Kings forward Marvin Bagley III, left, and guard Frank Mason III during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game in Los Angeles, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, center, goes up for a shot while Sacramento Kings forward Skal Labissiere, second from left, and forward Marvin Bagley III defend during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game in Los Angeles, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Los Angeles Lakers guard Josh Hart, front, and Sacramento Kings forward Harry Giles reach for a rebound during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game in Los Angeles, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Sacramento Kings forward Marvin Bagley III, right, drives the ball past Los Angeles Lakers forward Johnathan Williams during the second half of an NBA preseason basketball game in Los Angeles, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Lakers forward Brandon Ingram, left, drives past Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox during the first half of Thursday’s preseason game at Staples Center. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram, center, goes up for a dunk past Sacramento Kings guard Buddy Hield, left, as center Willie Cauley-Stein watches during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game in Los Angeles, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, left, talks with guard Josh Hart during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game against the Sacramento Kings in Los Angeles, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox, left, looks to pass the ball while under pressure from Los Angeles Lakers guard Josh Hart, right, and center JaVale McGee during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game in Los Angeles, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, left, reacts after a foul is called on the Lakers as guard Josh Hart looks on during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game against the Sacramento Kings in Los Angeles, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Lakers forward LeBron James, left, drives past Sacramento Kings guard Buddy Hield on his way to the basket during the first half of Thursday’s preseason game at Staples Center. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, right, celebrates with center JaVale McGee, left, and guard Lance Stephenson during the second half of the team’s NBA preseason basketball game against the Sacramento Kings in Los Angeles, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. The Lakers won 128-123. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox, left, moves the ball while defended by Los Angeles Lakers center JaVale McGee during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game in Los Angeles, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, right, celebrates with Lance Stephenson after a dunk by Johnathan Williams during the second half of the team’s NBA preseason basketball game against the Sacramento Kings in Los Angeles, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Sacramento Kings forward Marvin Bagley III, right, attempts to drive the ball past Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma during the second half of an NBA preseason basketball game in Los Angeles, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. The Lakers won 128-123. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James, center, reacts on the bench after a dunk by Johnathan Williams next to Lance Stephenson, left, and Jeffrey Carroll during the second half of an NBA preseason basketball game against the Sacramento Kings in Los Angeles, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. The Lakers won 128-123. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Lakers forward Brandon Ingram attempts a shot while being defended by Kings guard De’Aaron Fox, left, as Kings forward Marvin Bagley III watches during the first half of Thursday’s preseason game at Staples Center. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)NextShow Caption1 of 16Lakers forward Brandon Ingram attempts a shot while being defended by Kings guard De’Aaron Fox, left, as Kings forward Marvin Bagley III watches during the first half of Thursday’s preseason game at Staples Center. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)ExpandLOS ANGELES — It was a tag-team act. LeBron James got the Lakers started. Brandon Ingram made sure they finished.Breaking out of a sluggish start without their top two point guards, the Lakers finally managed their first preseason victory, 128-123 over the Sacramento Kings, behind 18 points from James in another one-half cameo followed by 31 points from Ingram, who guided the team down the stretch.As Ingram made a key steal and two free throws in the final minute, James could be seen clapping and smiling from the bench.It wasn’t a game the Lakers felt wholly good about – their third straight preseason effort with iffy defense and too many fouls. But between James’ second-quarter surge and Ingram’s strong offensive effort, they were finally able to get over a hump and see some potential from a budding young player. Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers last_img read more

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