Home » News » Agencies & People » Rumours circulate that major US equity firm considering Purplebricks purchase previous nextAgencies & PeopleRumours circulate that major US equity firm considering Purplebricks purchaseFrancisco Partners is thought to be looking to purchase the hybrid agency’s UK business but not its US operation.Nigel Lewis22nd May 20192 Comments3,525 Views Rumours are beginning to circulate in the City that major US private equity fund Francisco Partners is considering buying the UK operation of Purplebricks.The hybrid agency’s share price spiked dramatically at the end of a volatile day of trading on the London Stock Exchange which saw its price fall by 12% to an all-time low of 88p a share before rallying and then leaping back up to £1.02p during the final minutes of trading.Francisco Partners specialises in buying up technology-enabled services businesses and is based in San Francisco but has an office in London. It has $12 billion of funds under management.Speculation has been rife as to what Purplebricks is going to do next after the departure of founder Michael Bruce earlier this month, and also its shock withdrawal from the Australian market.Francisco Partners is said to be primarily interested in its profitable UK business and not the company’s remaining US operation, leaving a question mark over what would happen to Purplebricks’ recent acquisitions in Europe and North America.These include online Canadian estate agency DuProprio – which has since rebranded as Purplebricks – and a share of German counterpart Homeday.de.Woodford sharesIf the rumours are true then it is likely that Francisco Partners would seek to buy out the majority shareholders in Purplebricks including Neil Woodford’s investment fund which owns just shy of 30% of its stock.This would be a welcome escape from Purplebricks for Woodford’s fund, which backed the agency in the early days but has seen its investment reduce significantly as Purplebricks’ share price has nosedived from £5.13 in August 2017 to £1.02 today.But resistance to such a takeover is likely to come from Germany media giant Axel Springer, which last year bought shares in Purplebricks worth £100 million at £3.60 a share.Purplebricks Neil Woodford Woodford Investment Francisco Partners May 22, 2019Nigel Lewis2 commentsWilliam Harry 22nd May 2019 at 6:38 pmIt’s amazing how naive an established private equity firm would be to purchase a dying business in all markets, including the UK. There are no valuable assets and must have junior analyst running their due diligence.People – talent has already exited, no leadership and Vic Darvey has no creditability in sector. USA has no one at the top and Aus is winding downTechnology – It’s one monolithic code base. Developed by former executive team and they already cashed in with Bruce brothers. Would have to rebuild entire platformBrand – tarnished with the consumer, most important and competitors use all negative announcements by Purplebricks against themModel – revenue slowed and relies on heavy marketing spend. Unproven in down market and pressure on marginsEnterprise Value – $0 – there is no business hereWe are shocked if a private equity firm buys this dog.Log in to ReplyDavid Jeffrey, Woodlands Woodlands 22nd May 2019 at 9:59 amIt must be commissary !!Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021
Special Envoy for Media Freedom Amal Clooney on Monday 10 June addressed Foreign Office ambassadors during the FCO’s annual Leadership Week to talk about her work defending journalists across the globe, and the importance of the FCO’s own efforts to defend media freedoms.Ms. Clooney has been appointed to a High Level Panel of Legal Experts on Media Freedom – a group of the world’s top legal minds who will advise governments and others on legal measures that will allow journalists to do their jobs freely and hold those in power to account.Ms. Clooney said: 2018 saw the murder of 99 journalists around the world. As an international community we have to wake up and take stronger action to protect media freedoms, and that’s exactly what our Global Conference for Media Freedom will do next month in London. British Ambassadors and High Commissioners are on the frontline of the vital diplomacy that is required as we work to uncover those who deny and abuse the freedom of press, which threatens any open democratic society. Also in attendance at the event was the Minister for Human Rights, Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon. He addressed the Foreign Office’s network of Ambassadors and High Commissioners on his vision for improving media freedom across the globe.Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon said: Defend Media FreedomFurther information Follow the Foreign Office on Twitter and Facebook Email [email protected] For journalists The fight for media freedom is one of the key battles of our time. Journalists are under attack like never before, and we have reached the point where there are few places in the world where journalists are not threatened. There is much to be done, but the global decline in press freedom will not be reversed without real leadership. This campaign is the start of that fight. Follow Foreign Office Minister Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on Twitter Follow the Foreign Office on Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn Media enquiries
Monty Python may claim credit for immortalizing the “silly walk,” but molecular biology beat the comedy troupe to the punch. It turns out that a tiny motor inside of us called dynein, one tasked with shuttling vital payloads throughout the cell’s intricate highway infrastructure, staggers like a drunken sailor, quite contrary to the regular, efficient poise of its fellow motors.But researchers, led by Harvard Medical School Assistant Professor of Cell Biology Samara Reck-Peterson, believe dynein’s theatrical strut and apparent inefficiency may help keep cells alive and healthy.These findings appear online Jan. 8 in Nature Structural & Molecular Biology.Molecular motors, built from proteins, are a kind of transport service that keep cells functioning. They traffic essential chemical packages between the heart of the cell, the nucleus, and the cell periphery. In elongated cells such as neurons, this can be a big commute in cellular miles, equivalent to a person walking from Boston to Manhattan. The constant shuttling of materials by motors keeps cells alive and allows cells to move and divide, and talk to their neighbors.It’s no surprise, then, that when these motors stop functioning, serious problems can result. In fact, defects in dynein-based transport have been linked to Lou Gehrig’s and Parkinson’s disease and the neurodevelopmental disease lissencephaly.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-7AQVbrmzFw]To understand how this essential protein machine works, Reck-Peterson and colleagues decided to study the dynamics of motor movement on the nanoscale by developing protein engineering methods and then implementing single molecule imaging technologies.First, they purified dynein motors, whose “legs” were tagged with fluorescent markers, and microtubules, long filaments that serve as dynein’s highway. Next, they put these components on a microscope slide and directly visualized dynein motors stepping along microtubule tracks.“Dynein is critical for the function of every cell in our bodies,” said Reck-Peterson. “Deciphering the walking mechanism of this and other tiny machines may one day shed light on the molecular origins of certain diseases.”This research was funded by the Rita Allen Foundation, the American Heart Association, the Armenise-Harvard Foundation, and a National Institutes of Health Director’s New Innovator Award. Harvard affiliated co-authors included Weihong Qiu, Nathan Derr, Brian Goodman, and William Shih.
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HealthLifestyle Weaves, braids may speed hair loss in black women by: – April 14, 2011 Share Share Sharing is caring! Tweet Share Health.com — Weaves and braids may contribute to a type of permanent hair loss that appears to be common among black women, a new study has found.More than one-quarter of the 326 black women who participated in the study had hair loss on the top of their scalp, and of those women, 59 percent had signs of central centrifugal cicatricial alopecia, or CCCA, a poorly understood form of baldness that begins at the crown of the head and leads to scarring.For many years, CCCA was known as “hot comb alopecia” because it was attributed to the use of hot combs to straighten curly hair. That appears to be a misnomer. Neither hot comb treatments nor chemical relaxers, which were used by more than 90 percent of the study participants, were linked with CCCA in the study, but braids, weaves, and other so-called traction hairstyles that tug at the scalp were.Health.com: Naturally gorgeous hair makeoversBlack women often maintain these styles for long periods of time, and the stress they exert on the scalp can lead to the development of pus-filled bumps, says the lead researcher, Angela Kyei, M.D., a dermatologist and chief resident at the Cleveland Clinic’s Dermatology and Plastic Surgery Institute. “Over time, these bumps can develop bacteria” that can lead to scarring, she explains.Making matters worse, women who are already losing their hair are more likely to favor these hairstyles because they help disguise thinning hair, the study notes.Black women should consider refraining from using these hairstyles on young children, and they need to think about the consequences for themselves, Kyei says. “If you start to notice this type of hair loss, get evaluated early,” she urges.Health.com: 15 ways to be a natural beautyThe average age of the women with CCCA was 58. The condition often presents itself when women are in their 40s, but it’s sometimes seen in women as young as their 20s and 30s.It’s not clear from the study that these hairstyles are solely responsible for CCCA, however. Women with the condition tended to have balding maternal grandfathers, and they were also more likely to have diabetes. While only 8 percent of the women overall had type 2 diabetes, 18 percent of those with CCCA did?a “surprising finding,” Kyei says.Dermatologist Andrew F. Alexis, M.D., the director of the Skin of Color Center at St. Luke’s–Roosevelt Hospital, in New York City, says that more research is needed to confirm a link between CCCA and diabetes. “However, it does suggest that it may be useful for dermatologists to ask their CCCA patients about diabetes and refer them to their primary care physicians for annual screening,” he says.Health.com: Could you have type 2? 10 diabetes symptomsIn the study, which was published Monday on the website of the Archives of Dermatology, researchers asked women from two African-American churches and a health fair in Cleveland about their medical history, family history of hair loss, and hair grooming practices. Dermatologists trained in hair loss examined the women’s scalps and graded them on the degree of hair loss and scarring they exhibited.Raechele Cochran Gathers, M.D., a senior staff physician at the Henry Ford Hospital’s Multicultural Dermatology Center, in Detroit, says that the findings, though preliminary, provide good information about a little-understood condition. “I think that the study’s excellent because it not only gives environmental factor data, which a few other studies have reported on, but also it’s unique in that it’s looking at these medical risk factors,” she says.In light of the findings, Gathers adds, it’s incumbent upon doctors and hairdressers to make women aware of CCCA and the potential link with traction hairstyles. 33 Views no discussions
Mr. James Ray “Jim” Pompa, age 84, of Lamb, Indiana, entered this life on December 20, 1934 in Muncie, Indiana. He was the loving son of the late, Angelo Raphael “Ray” and Gladys May (Benbow) Pompa. He was raised in Muncie, Indiana where he was a 1952 graduate of Muncie Central High School. Jim completed a four year apprenticeship to become a Journeyman Electrician. Jim was united in marriage on June 13, 1954, in Muncie, Indiana, to Ella Jane “EJ” Simpson. This happy union was blessed with two daughters, Debbie and Peggy and a son, Joe. Jim and EJ shared nearly 65 years of marriage together until his death. He was employed as a journeyman electrician in 1953 for Local Union #855 in Muncie, Indiana, serving 11 years of service. Jim was employed in 1964 for General Motors Chevy Plant in Muncie, Indiana, retiring as Senior Plant Manager after 22 1/2 years of service. He resided in the Vevay community since 1997 and attended Union Baptist Church in Lamb, Indiana. Jim will be remembered for his love of flying, boating and motorcycles. Jim passed away at 11:10 a.m., Wednesday, May 29, 2019, at his residence.Jim will be missed by his daughters, Debbie Coers and her husband, Mark of Muncie, IN and Peggy Fisher and her husband, Jeff of Eaton, IN; his son, Joe Pompa and his wife, Beth of Rose Hill, KS; his grandchildren, Bryce Coers, Natalie Mathes and her husband, Scott, Erik Fisher and his wife, Adrienne, Lindsay Hack and her husband, Todd, Craig Fisher and his wife, Kinsie, Adam Pompa and his fiancée, Kelsey Williams and Andrew Pompa and his wife, Ashley; his great-grandchildren, Norah Mathes, Mitchell Mathes, Brooks Mathes, Emma Fisher, Haley Fisher, Alex Fisher, Carter Hack, Jackson Hack, Graham Fisher, Seth Fisher, Kallen Pompa and his nephews, Joe and Father James and his niece, Kelly.He was preceded in death by his parents, Angelo Raphael “Ray” and Gladys May (Benbow) Pompa; his sister, Peggy Lane and his nephew, Danny Lane.Funeral services will be conducted Sunday, June 2, 2019, at 3:30 pm, by Rev. Mike Barnes at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana 47043.Friends may call 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., Sunday, June 2, 2019, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana 47043.Memorial contributions may be made to the Union Baptist Church or the Women’s Giving Circle c/o CFSCI. Cards are available at the funeral home or online at www.haskellandmorrison.com
Samuel “Sam” David White age 67 of Bright, Indiana passed away Sunday, September 6, 2020 at his home surrounded by his family. Born March 2, 1953 in Cincinnati, Ohio the beloved son of Joseph and Doris (Kaffenberger) White.Sam a 1972 graduate of Lawrenceburg High School worked at Hamilton Foundry for over 32 years and at Anchor Glass for 10 years before retiring at the age of 62. Married Sandy Donohew July 28, 1984 at St John United Church of Christ in Harrison, Ohio.Sam is survived by his wife Sandy White. Father of Ryan (Jenny) White, Shane (Dana) Jewett and Sammi White. Grandfather of Cory, Tristan, Bryson and Remmington. Great grandfather of Konner and Aubrey. Dear Brother of Jenny (Gary) Henry, Joe White and Timothy (Debbie) White. Son in law of Patty Vines.Preceded in death by his parents Joseph and Doris White, brother Gary Jay White, father in law James Vines and brother in law Russell “Duffy” Donohew.Visitation will be held Saturday, September 12 from 10:00 A.M. until time of services at 12:00 P.M. all at Jackman Hensley Funeral Home 215 Broadway Street Harrison, Ohio 45030.Memorials may be directed to Loving Hearts Hospice c/o Jackman Hensley Funeral Home.
The uncertainty and lack of obvious match fitness has not prevented Hodgson from selecting Rooney for Wednesday’s high-profile friendly with Scotland at Wembley though. Hodgson insisted he had spoken to both the player and his manager David Moyes before confirming his squad. And Rooney has acknowledged his inclusion on his official Facebook page. “Can’t wait to join up with the England squad and hopefully play in a competitive match, they always are against Scotland,” said Rooney. “Big thanks to Roy Hodgson for selecting me and showing his faith and support, appreciate it.” As there are some who believe Rooney has been fit enough to play some part in United’s pre-season campaign, which has so far yielded just two victories, the comments could be interpreted as having additional meaning. Yet United have remained insistent that Rooney is going nowhere, with former captain Bryan Robson branding Chelsea’s latest £25million bid for Rooney “an insult”. As a global ambassador for the Old Trafford outfit, Robson remains close to United affairs and travelled with Moyes’ squad throughout their recent tour of the Far East and Australia. Rooney is yet to figure in a pre-season game for Manchester United due to hamstring and shoulder problems and was again missing for Rio Ferdinand’s testimonial at Old Trafford. Yet that doesn’t really tell the story of Rooney’s summer, with the player apparently wanting to leave United for Chelsea, who have already had two bids turned down for the 27-year-old. Press Association Robson is acutely aware of the club’s stance and, in a summer where Real Madrid are apparently willing to offer mega-money to secure the services of Gareth Bale and Arsenal have bid in excess of £40million for Luis Suarez, Robson feels Chelsea’s valuation of Rooney – who still has two years remaining on his contract – is ludicrously low. “The thing that makes me laugh is I’ve been told it [the latest bid] is £25million to £30million. For Wayne Rooney? A 27-year-old who is probably in the top six strikers in the world?” Robson told TalkSPORT. “What are United going to have to pay to replace him? I’m amazed at that. I think it is an insult to Wayne Rooney.” With Javier Hernandez, Danny Welbeck, Shinji Kagawa and, most obviously, Golden Boot winner Robin van Persie in his squad, Moyes clearly has attacking alternatives. Yet there is no doubt though that, having failed to secure the services of Cesc Fabregas, losing Rooney would increase the pressure on new manager David Moyes and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, who has endured a difficult first summer since replacing David Gill as the man responsible for completing transfer deals. Yet it does seem the England forward is happy to call time on his stay at Old Trafford. Rooney’s major concern appears to centre around Sir Alex Ferguson’s continued presence in the United hierarchy and the influence he will be able to exert given he selected Moyes as his successor. Given the relationship between Rooney and Ferguson broke down completely, to the extent the Scot went public with a claim his forward wanted to leave. As it transpired, the 27-year-old merely aired the possibility as part of what he thought was a private chat. What Rooney views as conduct beyond acceptable boundaries from Ferguson has not been checked publicly and is highly unlikely to be so given the status of the former United boss. However, Robson insists the situation is not irretrievable. “I don’t know what’s in the head of Wayne and his agent – why he wants to leave,” he said. “I know he had loggerheads with Sir Alex but David Moyes is the manager now. “To me it is so important for him to concentrate on his football this season. “I don’t know what he sees – the grass is greener on the other side – the fans love him, the players love him so I don’t see what the unsettlement is. “Everyone would like to see Wayne Rooney settle down and be part of the team to try to retain the title.” Wayne Rooney has thanked Roy Hodgson for his faith in picking him for England.
Update on the latest sports Chapman rejoins YankeesUNDATED (AP) — All-Star closer Aroldis Chapman has been cleared to return to Yankee Stadium following a bout with the coronavirus. He was expected to play catch before New York hosted the Boston Red Sox. Yankees manager Aaron Boone confirmed Chapman’s return and said he wasn’t sure when the hard-throwing left-hander would be ready for game action. Chapman had been isolating in his Manhattan apartment since registering a positive test July 11. Also, Yanks right-hander Tommy Kahnle was added to the injured list with forearm tightness. He had an MRI taken Friday. August 1, 2020 Aaron Judge homered for the third straight night as the Yankees dumped the Red Sox, 5-1. Judge took aim at Yankee Stadium’s short right field porch in the third, a half-inning after starting a double play from right. Gio Urshela (ur-SHEH’-luh) and Brett Gardner hit their first home runs of the season to back Jordan Montgomery, who was reached for just one run and five hits over 5 2/3 innings versus a hot lineup.Boston entered the day leading the majors with a .276 batting average and the AL with a .783 OPS.Michael Chavis homered for Boston and Phillips Valdez impressed over 2 2/3 scoreless innings, but the club couldn’t overcome another poor start by Ryan Weber.Elsewhere in the majors:— Jason Tucker was the hitting star in the Astros’ 9-6 win over the Angels, going 3-for-4 with a two-run double and a two-run single. Tucker’s seventh-inning single gave Houston an 8-4 lead. George Springer and Jose Altuve (al-TOO’-vay) drove in two runs apiece in the win. PGA-FEDEX INVITATIONALBrendon Todd takes 2-stroke lead with 65 at WGC in MemphisMEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Brendon Todd will carry a two-shot advantage into the third round of the PGA’s FedEx St. Jude Invitational.Todd followed Thursday’s 64 with a 5-under 65 that leaves him two ahead of Rickie Fowler. First-round leader Brooks Koepka (KEHP’-kuh) shot a 1-over 71 that drops him into a third-place tie with Chez Reavie and Byeong Hun An at minus-7.Fowler closed with birdies on his final two holes for a 67. — Christian Walker lined a go-ahead, three-run double in the eighth inning and came around to score an insurance run to carry the Diamondbacks to a 5-3 comeback over the Dodgers. Arizona rallied from a 3-1 with help from Justin Turner’s error at third base. Mookie Betts hit his first home run as a Dodger and added an RBI single.— Travis d’Arnaud (dahr-NOH’) collected five RBIs, including a three-run double while the Braves scored five times in the eighth inning to beat the Mets, 11-10. Dansby Swanson and Matt Adams each had two RBIs for Atlanta, which trailed 8-2 and 10-6 before beating the Mets for the third straight time.— Yu Darvish pitched six shutout innings and Jason Heyward laced a key two-run single to help the Cubs double up the Pirates, 6-3. Darvish allowed just two hits, struck out seven and walked one to bounce back from a rough outing against the Brewers last weekend. Chicago also got a solo home run from Jason Kipnis in its fourth win in five games. — Max Kepler slammed his second leadoff home run of the season and Alex Avila added his first homer for Minnesota in a 4-1 verdict over the Indians. Randy Dobnak pitched five scoreless innings for Minnesota following a day of COVID-19 testing and uncertainty due to positive virus tests of Cardinals players. Mike Clevinger allowed four runs in four innings for Cleveland.— The Tigers earned a 7-2 win over the Reds as Spencer Turnbull and the Detroit bullpen combined on a three-hitter. Turnbull allowed two runs and three hits over six innings in his second start of the season. Austin Romine and Travis Demeritte each drove in two runs to back Turnbull, who led the majors with 17 losses as a rookie last season. — The White Sox earned a 3-2 win over the Royals behind Adam Engel’s three-run homer in the second inning. Dallas Keuchel picked up the win for the White Sox, yielding two runs and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings. Chicago prospect Nick Madrigal batted ninth and went 0-for-3 in his big league debut.— Anthony Santander hit an odd home run and had three RBIs to help the Orioles beat the Rays, 6-3. Santander’s fly ball glanced off the glove of outfielder Kevin Kiermaier and over the wall to put the Orioles on the board. Pedro Severino followed with a far more traditional homer to chase Blake Snell.— Fernando Tatis (tah-TEES’) and Tommy Pham homered while the Padres were scoring four times with two out in the ninth to beat the Rockies, 8-7. Tatis tied it with a solo blast and Pham added a three-run blast to complete a 4-RBI performance. Charlie Blackmon and Trevor Story homered for Colorado.— The Giants rolled to a 9-2 rout of the Rangers as Wilmer Flores cracked a three-run homer off Mike Minor and Darin Ruf collected three RBIs. Chadwick Tromp had his first major league hit and RBI for the Giants. Shin-Soo Choo hit an opposite-field home run for Texas on the game’s first pitch.— Taijuan (TY’-wahn) Walker threw one-hit ball over seven innings to pitch the Mariners past the Athletics, 5-3. Walker struck out eight, walked two and allowed only a fourth-inning double in his first home start for the Mariners since being traded to Arizona after the 2016 season. Kyle Lewis had his sixth straight multi-hit game for Seattle. LPGA-DRIVE ON CHAMPIONSHIPKang leads as LPGA returnsTOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — The LPGA has made its return following a hiatus caused by the pandemic. Danielle Kang looked as though she’s been playing every week.Kang was bogey-free at Inverness Club for a 6-under 66 and a one-shot lead in the LPGA Drive On Championship. With no leaderboards or fans at the course, Kang said she had no idea where she stood after closing with a birdie.Jodi Ewart Shadoff also played bogey-free for a 67. Celine Boutier and Lee-Anne Pace also were at 5 under until both made bogey on the closing hole. UNDATED (AP) — The NFL has suspended wide receiver Antonio Brown for the first eight regular-season games of the 2020 season under the league’s personal conduct policy.Brown currently is a free agent. He played one game last season for the Patriots before being released. Brown can be signed by any team and would be eligible to participate in all of his club’s preseason activities. The suspension would take effect when teams make their final cuts on Sept. 5. Brown pleaded no contest on June 12 to charges related to a fight with a moving truck driver outside his South Florida home earlier this year. Brown has caught 841 passes for 11,236 yards and 75 touchdowns in parts of 10 NFL seasons. AP Source: Pac-12 sets Sept. 26 start for football scheduleUNDATED (AP) — The Pac-12 has set Sept. 26 as the start of its 10-game, conference-only football schedule, joining the Southeastern Conference in pushing back its season by nearly a month because of the coronavirus pandemic.The Pac-12 announced three weeks ago it would eliminate nonconference games to give its 12 member schools a better chance to manage complications and disruptions caused by the health crisis. The plan approved by university presidents adds an additional cross-divisional game to each team’s slate and moves the conference championship game back two weeks from Dec. 4 to Dec. 18 or 19. NFL-NEWSAntonio Brown suspended 8 games by NFL Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-SCHEDULEYankees top Bosox behind Judge, MontgomeryUNDATED (AP) — The New York Yankees were winners in their first game against the rival Red Sox this season. UNDATED (AP) — The Milwaukee Bucks are on the verge of clinching the top seed in the NBA’s Eastern Conference after winning their re-opening game.Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) converted a tiebreaking three-point play with 1:28 left before the Bucks finished off a 119-112 win over the Celtics. Antetokounmpo was called for a charging foul, appearing to negate his basket and giving him a sixth foul. The call was changed to a blocking foul on Boston’s Marcus Smart after review.Antetokounmpo had 36 points, 15 rebounds and seven assists to help Milwaukee get within one victory of wrapping up the No. 1 seed.In other Day 2 action of the NBA restart:— James Harden poured in 49 points and hit a pair of free throws in the closing seconds of overtime to help the Rockets secure a 153-149 triumph over the Mavericks. It was the 20th 40-point game this season for Harden, who passed Calvin Murphy as the No. 2 scorer behind Hakeem Olajuwon in Houston history. Kristaps Porzingis (KRIHS’-tahps pohr-ZIHN’-gihs) had 39 points and 16 rebounds for Dallas, while Luka Doncic (DAHN’-chihch) had a triple-double with 28 points. Associated Press — The Magic picked up their fourth straight win as Evan Fournier scored 24 points and Nikola Vucevic had 22 in a 128-118 dismantling of the Nets. Orlando led by 30 at one point and moved ahead of Brooklyn for seventh in the Eastern Conference. The Nets are missing Spencer Dinwiddie, DeAndre Jordan and Taurean Prince after they tested positive for the coronavirus.— CJ McCollum scored 33 points and teamed with Damian Lillard to provide 11 of Portland’s 16 in overtime, leading the Blazers past the Grizzlies, 140-135. Lillard finished with 29 points and nine assists, while Carmelo Anthony added 21. The Blazers are within 2 1/2 games of Memphis as Portland seeks its seventh consecutive playoff appearance.— The Suns cruised to a 125-112 win over the Wizards as Devin Booker scored 27 points and Deandre Ayton added 24 with 12 rebounds. The Suns hit 30 of 32 from the line, with Booker hitting all nine of his attempts. Phoenix 52% from the field in propping up its playoff hopes.— DeMar DeRozan scored 17 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter to help the Spurs pull away and beat the Kings, 129-120. DeRozan shot 10 of 13 and had 10 assists for the Spurs, who shot 53.3 percent from the field. Derrick White matched a career high with 26 points in San Antonio’s first game of the restart. VIRUS OUTBREAK-COLLEGE SPORTS Eight teams have been affected in the first nine days of the season. The Phillies and Marlins haven’t played since Sunday and are on hiatus until at least Sunday after 17 Marlins tested positive while staying in Philadelphia. Four other teams had their schedules altered due to the virus.Meanwhile, Commissioner Rob Manfred spoke to union leader Tony Clark about the importance of players following the sport’s coronavirus protocols. A person familiar with the conversation told The Associated Press that the two discussed what is needed to be done to complete the season.ESPN was first to report the conversation.Concerns have been expressed about lax behavior by players on the field — such as spitting or high-fives — and off. The scrambled schedule has also heightened doubts about whether the owners’ desire to play is realistic.MLB-NEWS In other NFL news:— Lions safety Jayron Kearse has been suspended by the league for the first three games of the 2020 regular season for violating league policy on substance abuse. Kearse is eligible to participate in all preseason practices and can return to the active roster after the team’s Week 3 game at Arizona. Formerly with division rival Minnesota, Kearse signed a one-year, $2 million deal with Detroit as a free agent. — Bills starting right guard Jon Feliciano is out indefinitely after having surgery to repair a torn pectoral muscle. The team did not reveal when or how Feliciano was hurt in making the announcement on its website.— Steve Levy, Brian Griese and Louis Riddick will be the new announce team for ESPN’s “Monday Night Football,” according to a person familiar with the decision. The trio has familiarity working together. They called the late game in last season’s Week 1 doubleheader between Denver and Oakland.NHL-HURRICANES-HAMILTON In other MLB news:— The Cubs have signed former Indians closer Cody Allen to a minor league deal and sent him to their team’s training site in South Bend, Indiana. The Cubs’ bullpen struggled in the first week of the season. Closer Craig Kimbrel walked four batters and allowed two runs in his season debut Monday night. — The White Sox have promoted second baseman Nick Madrigal, adding one of their top prospects to the roster. The 23-year-old had been training at the team’s auxiliary site. Madrigal was selected by Chicago with the fourth overall pick in the 2018 draft after a standout collegiate career at Oregon State. NBA-SCHEDULEBucks outlast Celtics VIRUS OUTBREAK-BASEBALLCards-Brewers postponed after 2 St. Louis positive testsNEW YORK (AP) — The coronavirus continues to alter the Major League Baseball schedule.Friday’s game between Milwaukee and visiting St. Louis had to be postponed after two Cardinals players tested positive for COVID-19. The teams are now expected to play a doubleheader on Sunday.The Cardinals are quarantined in their Milwaukee hotel. The team says it learned of the positive tests on Thursday night. Hurricanes’ Dougie Hamilton out for Rangers series openerTORONTO (AP) — All-Star defenseman Dougie Hamilton won’t play for the Carolina Hurricanes in Saturday’s opener against the New York Rangers in the NHL’s Eastern Conference’s expanded playoff qualifying round.Hamilton has missed multiple practices, though the league has prohibited teams from disclosing whether a player is injured or ill amid the coronavirus pandemic. Carolina coach Rod Brind’Amour (BRIHN’-dah-mohr) says Hamilton is “getting better for sure,” and the team hopes he will play in the best-of-5 series.Hamilton broke his left leg in January and was sidelined until the NHL suspended the season because of the pandemic. TENNIS-US OPENUS Tennis Association says it’s still preparing for US OpenUNDATED (AP) — As coronavirus cases spike in other parts of the country a month before the U.S. Open is supposed to start in New York, the U.S. Tennis Association said Friday it “continues its plans” to hold its marquee event and another tournament beforehand.The U.S. Open usually is the year’s last Grand Slam tournament and its slated to run Aug. 31 to Sept. 13. It’s now the second major championship because of the pandemic.
… Bramble hits 91, Red Force spinner Charles bags 5-87By Clifton RossGUYANA Jaguars pacer Niall Smith’s lethal 5-wicket burst, coupled with spin Veerasammy Permaul’s wizardry, gave the champs added leverage, as the Trinidad & Tobago Red Force trailed the home team by 278 runs heading into the third day’s play.The champs piled on a defendable 1st innings 323 all out in 111.3 overs after top-scorer, wicketkeeper Anthony Bramble smashed 91 off 77 balls with 14 fours and 3 sixes.The wicketkeeper did all the hard work before falling inches short of what could have been a whirlwind century.Opener Tagenarine Chanderpaul anchored the innings with a gruelling 68, all-rounder Chris Barnwell hit 58 while opener Chanderpaul Hemraj chipped in with 36 and Devendra Bishoo 27.Red Force spinner Bryan Charles was the star for the table-leaders, bagging 5-87 as skipper Darren Bravo chipped in with 2 scalps to emerge as the premier wickettakers.When bails were lifted on the second day, Guyana were well poised on 53-0 with both openers Tagenarine Chanderpaul and Chandrapaul Hemraj firmly placed on 29 and 23 respectively.Prior to stumps, Red Force were mowed down for a first-innings 98 runs in 41 overs after Smith rocked the top-order with his opening spell, which saw him slice through the Red Force batting attack.The right-hand pacer snatched a measly 5-12 from 8 overs while Permaul spun his way to 4-29, cleaning up the tail-enders following Smith’s carnage.Opener Jeremy Solozano resisted with 27 while Yannick Ottley chipped in with a lower-order 22, amdst the Jaguars rampage.After bowling out the Jaguars a few overs before lunch, Red Force openers Keegan Simmons (2) and Jeremy Solozano (7*) took the score to 10-0 at the lunch interval.Things went downhill when the afternoon session resumed, as fast-bowler Keon Joseph (1-18) uprooted the stumps of Simmons, as Smith commenced his top-order assault.The Berbician speedster knocked over Red Force skipper Darren Bravo (1) with a beauty which ruffled the left-hander’s stumps.Smith then sent Jason Mohamed (0) and Joshua DaSilva (1) packing courtesy of two well-directed lbw deliveries to leave them reeling at 20-4 after 7 overs.Solozano continued to seek a way out of the fire but Smith continued to apply the pressure and soon pinned the opener lbw before bagging his 5th victim when he cleaned up the timber of Yannick Cariah for a second-ball duck.Akeal Hosein (13) got into double figures but fell to the guile of Permaul, who got into the action during the final session. The left-arm spinner ran through the Red Force tail with ease, removing Ottley, Odean Smith and Charles to keep the visitors under 100.When play resumed, the morning session got off to a quiet start as the overnight pair of Bramble and Bishoo looked to adapt rather than attack.After a few overs of tranquillity, drama unfolded when seamer Terrance Hinds who bowled the perfect over to Bramble, broke the edge of his bat a few balls into his over as he was caught by the diving glove-man Joshua DaSilva to get his only wicket.With the Jaguars tail exposed, Bishoo and the others resisted for a few overs before the final wickets were taken by Charles and company.Action continues at 09:30hrs today.