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Mets Win Opener Over Nats, 3-1

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first_imgWASHINGTON — There was a lot going on for Max Scherzer on April 6. His first opening-day start in the majors, his first game for the Washington Nationals, his first chance to begin earning that $210 million contract.“My adrenaline was flowing,” Scherzer acknowledged. “Let’s just say that.”Pitching “as advertised,” to use Nationals manager Matt Williams’ phrasing, Scherzer took a no-hitter into the sixth inning but was unable to overcome two costly errors by shortstop Ian Desmond, and the Nationals lost 3-1 to the New York Mets.At 41 the oldest opening-day starter in the majors since 2006, Bartolo Colon (1-0) pitched six clean innings for the Mets, the only damage being Bryce Harper’s homer that made it 1-0 in the fourth. Lucas Duda’s two-run single with two outs in the sixth off a 98 mph pitch from Scherzer put New York ahead with its first hit of the season.“That,” Scherzer said, “was my best fastball of the day.” Duda’s take? “We’re lucky we caught a break right there,” he said.Before the game, Duda and General Manager Sandy Alderson said they were unable to come to an agreement on a long-term contract.Scherzer (0-1) was in total control until the sixth, retiring 17 batters in a row between a pair of walks to Curtis Granderson. But that’s when David Wright hit a pop-up toward the grass beyond the infield dirt between first and second.Dan Uggla, starting at second base because three everyday Nationals are on the disabled list, settled under the ball and tried to call off Desmond, who moved over and tried to make the play. The ball hit the edge of his glove and dropped.“That was pretty embarrassing,” said Desmond, whose throwing error in the seventh led to another unearned run. “I felt like one of those Little Leaguers. … should have just let him have it.”Williams agreed. “It was Desi (being) a little bit overzealous,” Williams said. “I think Danny can catch that ball for sure.”Scherzer, the 2013 AL Cy Young Award winner for Detroit, stormed off the mound and screamed after that miscue. He wound up giving up four hits in 7 2-3 innings, and all three runs off him were unearned.“Aw, man, you know it’s great to see out of Scherzer. He threw an unbelievable game. Definitely wanted to get that win for him,” said Harper, who homered twice on opening day in 2013. “But sometimes the ball doesn’t roll your way.”Four relievers followed Colon, with 37-year-old Buddy Carlyle getting two outs for his first career save. New York closer Jenrry Mejia was unavailable due to a tight elbow.(HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

SC refuses urgent listing of Chidambarams petition seeking protection from arrest in

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first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court Wednesday refused urgent listing of Congress leader P Chidambaram’s petition seeking protection from arrest in the INX Media scam cases. The top court said the defects in the petition were removed just now and it “cannot be listed for hearing today itself”. “Without listing of the petition, we cannot hear the matter,” said a bench comprising Justices N V Ramana, M Shantanagoudar and Ajay Rastogi. “Sorry Mr Sibal. We cannot hear the matter,” the bench said when senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for Chidambaram, repeatedly asked for hearing the matter on Wednesday itself. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Solicitor General Tushar Mehta opposed the plea of Chidambaram for hearing the matter on oral mentioning saying that the papers are not with him. Just as the bench assembled in the post lunch session, Sibal said he was once again mentioning the matter for listing as he had not heard anything from the Registry about its listing. Sibal told the top court that the investigative agencies have now issued a look out notice against Chidambaram as if he is going to “run away”. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday The bench told him that there were some defects in the petition and the Registry has informed about it. When Sibal said the defects have been cured, the bench called Registrar (judicial) Surya Pratap Singh and enquired about the defects. The Registrar said the defects have been cured “just now”, and the petition will be placed before the CJI for allocating it before an appropriate bench. At this, Sibal said that the matter cannot be listed today as the CJI is sitting in the Constitution bench and he will not rise before 4 pm. While the senior advocate was repeatedly insisting the matter be hear, the bench told him, “we have already directed the matter to be placed before CJI”. “Generally, the matters for listing are placed before CJI in the evening but in the morning we immediately refer it to CJI,” the bench said. “It is not out job but the Registry has to take the step,” the bench further said. When Sibal reminded the bench that in the past on the basis of oral mentioning protection from arrest has been granted to people, the bench said, “we directed the Registry and it found that there were defects in the petition”. At the end of the hearing, Sibal said that Chidambaram was ready to give an undertaking that he will not run away but the bench did not consider the submission and concluded the brief hearing.last_img read more

Nunavuts blazing blades

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first_imgAPTN National NewsIt looks like team Nunavut is beginning to find its stride at the 2011 Canada Winter Games.Speed skating is relatively new to the territory.As APTN National News reporter James Hopkin found out, the sport is picking up speed at a break-neck pace.last_img

Nunavut faces second territorywide protest over high food prices

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first_imgAPTN National NewsNunavut saw a second territory-wide protest over high food prices this week.As APTN National News reporter Kent Driscoll found out, no matter the size or location of their community, people took to the streets with one message: Food in Nunavut is too expensive.last_img