Cerule Flash Tech https://jomasu.com Tue, 15 May 2018 08:11:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.10 Travel Guide to Costa Rica https://jomasu.com/travel-guide-to-costa-rica/ Wed, 09 May 2018 08:58:40 +0000 https://jomasu.com/?p=893 Though it is not the world’s biggest country, Costa Rica has five percent of the world’s biodiversity, across four mountain ranges, 800 miles of coastline, 200 volcanic formations and hundreds of national parks, that are easy to get to from the capital, San Jose.

One day you could be climbing through cloud forest and the next be visiting an active volcano, and later taking time out relaxing on a pristine white beach or bathing in natural hot springs and living the cowboy life on a working ranch.

But most people head here to get close to wildlife, notably cuddly sloths, white faced capuchin monkeys, howler monkeys and hundreds of tropical birds including the gorgeous quetzal – called by some birdwatchers the most beautiful bird in the world.

Costa Rica prides itself on its green credentials and this, together with its peaceful democracy (it has had no army since 1948) and abundance of natural beauty has earned it the accolade of one of ‘the world’s happiest countries’.

Rainforest Experience

Get close to nature and spend some time in one of the country’s eco-lodges. They are found throughout Costa Rica, many in lush jungle in the famous Osa Peninsula. Increasingly sophisticated with good food, stylish accommodation in wood cabins and the opportunity to experience nature first-hand, they allow visitors to make minimal impact without sacrificing creature comforts. Early morning tours let you see the rainforest and leisurely kayak tours take you past rich mangrove forests alive with snakes, crocodiles, monkeys galore, sloths, toucans and parrots.

Many offer activities including fishing, yoga and chocolate making. Using beans from the forest, the staff at one lodge, which is built on the site of a disused cocoa plantation, shows guests how to peel, roast and grind the cocoa before cooking with sugar to make a delicious chocolate paste which can be rolled or formed into lovely sweets. They taste best washed down with a cup of finest Costa Rican coffee.

Cloudforest

Monteverde’s rare ecosystem is internationally famous as one of the most extensive cloud forests in Central America. At 5,900ft, this natural sanctuary has more than 2,500 different types of plants and animals, including 400 species of birds. Guided natural history walks take you through the Monteverde Reserve which is home to jaguars and pumas. There’s also a zip-line tour of the reserve where you look down on mammals such as the fuzzy martilla. But the best way to see the lush cloud forest and its inhabitants is by walking on hanging bridges which take you alongside the canopy of trees.

In the early 1950s, a group of Quakers from the United States left their homes in Alabama and arrived in Monteverde at a time when the region was just beginning to be settled. Some of these families helped establish the Monteverde and Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserves some 20 years later. To this day they have an influence on the region, including owning hotels. The pretty town of St Elena looks like a Swiss village nestling beneath the misty mountains and has lively restaurants, hostels and bars filled with hikers and bird spotters.

Home on the Ranch

The cattle ranching region of Guanacaste is also home to the Rincon de la Vieja volcano, a thermally active area. Adventure junkies will thrive on the activities on offer here from zip wires, Tarzan swings, white water rafting, canyoning, tubing and horseback riding after which a dip in the hot natural springs provides a welcome relief to aching limbs. On the edge of the national park wannabe cowboys can stay at working cattle ranches with real hacienda style accommodation available and all the adventure tours on the doorstep.

Surfs Up – Head to the Beach

The Pacific Coast has some beautiful beaches with conditions that offer some of the best surfing in this part of the world. Towns such as Nosara are packed with bright driftwood signs pointing to surf shacks and sunset bars. Beaches have an abandoned Robinson-Crusoe feel with rickety shelters constructed from wood and sticks with covers of dried palm leaves. There are some upmarket resorts in this part of the country with Hollywood celebrities spotted sipping cocktails and admiring the views.

Costa Rica also has a Caribbean coastline, which has a different atmosphere with a cultural mix of Afro Caribbean, Tico (the name Costa Ricans give themselves) and old hippy vibe. Puerto Viejo has recently become a hit with tourists and has stunning white-sand beaches, tropical vegetation and is close to parks including a Sloth sanctuary.

The Way to San Jose

Most visitors to Costa Rica enter via the capital San Jose, but until recently not many of them chose to linger. Narrow streets, air quality and run-down neighbourhoods gave the city a name, but now it is regaining some of its old world charm and has several points of interest.

Start with the imposing St Joseph’s cathedral and then head to the imposing The Teatro Nacional built in the style of the Paris Opera from money raised by the coffee tax. Although tickets to see top shows can cost hundreds of dollars, on Wednesdays you can see a half hour taster performance of music, theatre or some other performance for just one dollar.

Getting There

TUI Airways offer direct flights from the UK to Costa Rica. Flights from London Gatwick to Liberia operate on a weekly basis using 787 Dreamliners.

When to Go

Costa Rica has two seasons: the Dry Season from December-April and the Green (or Rainy) Season from May-November. However it doesn’t rain all the time during the Green season – showers tend to be brief – and this can be a pleasant, and more affordable, time to travel.

Language

Costa Ricans speak Spanish, but English is widely spoken and understood in the main towns and hotels. The currency is the Costa Rican Colon with US dollars also accepted in most places.

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How Long Your Milk Really Lasts https://jomasu.com/how-long-your-milk-really-lasts/ Wed, 09 May 2018 07:09:32 +0000 https://jomasu.com/?p=858 We need to settle this once and for all: When does milk really expire? Some sources say it’s good past its expiration date and others say to toss it out after just a few days of being open. We decided to get to the bottom of this conundrum.

According to Eat By Date, once opened, all milk lasts 4-7 days past its printed date, if refrigerated. If unopened, whole milk lasts 5-7 days, reduced-fat and skim milk last 7 days, and non-fat and lactose-free milk last 7-10 days past its printed date, if refrigerated. (Did you know bottled water has an expiration date? Yes, really.)

But let’s clear some things up. There’s a huge difference between milk date labels “use by,” “best if used by,” and “expires on.” “The phrase, “best if used by” is used to indicate quality only—even after this date, food is safe to eat. “‘Sell by’ dates tell a milk seller, like a grocery store, when the product should leave the shelves–either in a customer’s arms or in the trash. For many, ‘use by’ is essentially marketing terms. These allow milk producers to tell consumers when the peak freshness of the product is.”

These labels vary from state to state, so it’s not unusual for things to get a little confusing and for milk to be thrown out while it’s still good and safe for consumption. However, it’s important to note that expiration dates vary based on what kind of milk you’re purchasing, how it’s stored, and how it’s packaged. For example, “With raw or unpasteurized milk, these spoilage rates increase, as with milk made without preservatives,” says Pasieka. “Contamination can also jump-start bacteria growth, leading to sour milk.” 

Believe it or not, there’s even a specific location in your fridge where you should be keeping your milk—and it’s not on the door’s shelves. According to Jen Giambroni, Director of Communications at Real California Milk, milk should be stored at 38° to 40°F in the same container it came in, and far away from the door. When milk is stored on the refrigerator door’s shelves, it’s being exposed to warm air each time it’s opened, which encourages bacterial growth. “Also, be sure to tightly close the lid to your milk cartons,” Pasieka adds. “This helps reduce contamination and odors from other refrigerated products.”

If you think that your milk might have prematurely expired, use your senses’ best judgment. “Spoiled foods will develop an off odor, flavor or texture due to naturally occurring spoilage bacteria. If a food has developed such spoilage characteristics, it should not be eaten,” says the United States Department of Agriculture. (You’ll never have to worry about these 9 foods ever expiring, though.)

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Frances Tiafoe Brings Fun Back to his Tennis, and Wins Follow https://jomasu.com/frances-tiafoe-brings-fun-back-to-his-tennis-and-wins-follow/ Wed, 09 May 2018 06:58:18 +0000 https://jomasu.com/?p=849 Frances Tiafoe looked ready for big-time success on the tennis court in this suburb of Lisbon — until he was handed a celebratory Champagne bottle after the final on Sunday.

Tiafoe, the runner-up, struggled to open it for several minutes before being helped by a tournament emcee.

Tiafoe, 20, was the youngest American man to reach a tour final on European clay in 28 years; Andre Agassi was two months younger when he reached the final of the 1990 French Open. Tiafoe fell, 6-4, 6-4, in the final of the Estoril Open to João Sousa, who was the first Portuguese champion of a tour-level event in Portugal.

“He’s a great guy and he’s improving a lot,” Sousa, 29, said of Tiafoe. “He’s going to reach a lot of finals.”

Playing in front of a crowd vociferously and unanimously supporting his opponent was a new experience that “didn’t feel great,” Tiafoe said, but there were plenty of positives to draw from the week. His semifinal performance, a 6-2, 6-3 thrashing of 11th-ranked Pablo Carreño Busta, was especially impressive. He also saved three match points in an opening-round victory over Tennys Sandgren.

“It was an unbelievable week, and I hope I can just keep it going,” Tiafoe said.

He has been considered one of the greatest prospects in his generation from a young age, but since turning pro in 2015 he has achieved relatively little at the tour level.

He drew some attention for five-set losses in the first round of the United States Open against John Isner in 2016 and Roger Federer in 2017, but coming into the 2018 season, Tiafoe had won only nine of his 38 career main-draw matches on the ATP Tour. Only one of those victories came against a top-30 opponent.

Tiafoe has 15 wins already this season, including six against top-30 opponents. He reached his first tour quarterfinal at the New York Open in February, and won his first title in Delray Beach, Fla., one week later.

The surge seemed unlikely after the first month of the season. After going winless in two tournaments in Australia, Tiafoe returned home to Maryland downtrodden.

“At first we were just friends, but now he’s definitely taken on a coaching role under Robby. Robby comes to the bigger events, but Zack’s there each and every day.”

That stability has helped ground Tiafoe, who admits he has “had a lot of things going on” previously, including changing agencies twice in his young career.

Evenden said that a key for Tiafoe had been learning to take “ownership” of his tennis and measure his own gifts.

“He’s understanding that he doesn’t have to play his best tennis, highlight-reel tennis, in every match just to get wins,” Evenden said. “He’s starting to get comfortable on the tour and realized that he doesn’t have to have the match of his life just to get a win.”

Tiafoe comfort level on the tour shows itself in other ways.

As he returned to the clubhouse after the final Sunday, Tiafoe turned up the stereo in a tournament car and gave a brief impromptu performance of OutKast’s “The Way You Move” to an audience of charmed volunteers.

“It’s good to bring a different feel to tennis, and that’s what I feel like I bring,” he said. “I bring a different feel, a different swagger to tennis. I’m very easygoing, and very nonchalant, it looks like, when I’m out there — I’ve got a little strut, and I like that.

“There’s no reason trying to fit in: Just be you,” he added. “That was the biggest thing for me, just being me, and finding what works for me. I have that balance of having fun — because I can need to have a ton of fun — but also locking it in at times. I’ve found the perfect balance for me right now, and I’m being mature and growing as a tennis player.”

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Boston’s Al Horford has Enough Experience for his Entire Team https://jomasu.com/bostons-al-horford-has-enough-experience-for-his-entire-team/ Wed, 09 May 2018 06:39:32 +0000 https://jomasu.com/?p=832 Brad Stevens, the coach of the Boston Celtics, knows a few things about basketball. At least one of his players refers to him. And about an hour after the premature confetti had been cleared from the court at Wells Fargo Center on Saturday night, Stevens casually mentioned that he was familiar with the 40-odd plays that the Philadelphia 76ers run during end-of-game situations after timeouts.

“I mean, we’ve watched them all,” Stevens said, somehow delivering this information without a trace of conceit.

“When things get going poorly, everybody just kind of looks at Al, including the coaches,” Stevens said. “We all kind of stare at Al and wait for him to say something. And then when he does say something, we all feel better and take a deep breath and maybe we can go into overtime and win this thing. He’s unbelievable.”

The Celtics are riding the rapid rises of young players like Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Terry Rozier, who are not behaving like young players. But it is worth emphasizing ad nauseam: These are the same Celtics who lost Gordon Hayward to an ankle issue on the first night of the season and Kyrie Irving to knee surgery last month.

 Horford trusted his coach in an important situation. The Celtics were trailing by 1 with less than 10 seconds left when Stevens motioned for a timeout, just as Horford was about to receive an entry pass in the post against the 76ers’ Ersan Ilyasova. Steven wanted to concoct an out-of-bounds play that he thought would be more favorable for his team.

“He sees certain things and understands them,” Horford said. “It just seems like he makes the right decision every time.”

Sure enough, the Celtics cleared space for Horford on the inbounds, who took a lob over the top of the 76ers’ Robert Covington and scored on a layup to give the Celtics the lead for good.

Even as 76ers Coach Brett Brown continues to express hope that his players are learning from these playoffs, he was careful after the game for their various late-stage catastrophes — and perhaps for good reason. The Celtics have loads of young players, too.

But it was Horford’s savvy that made the difference. As Tatum put it, “He’s been in every situation possible.”

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Yankees’ Gleyber Torres Upstages himself with Walk-off Homer https://jomasu.com/yankees-gleyber-torres-upstages-himself-with-walk-off-homer/ Wed, 09 May 2018 06:35:02 +0000 https://jomasu.com/?p=825 Gleyber Torres’s first major league home run, a three-run, was overshadowed by an ending in the Yankees’ win. Two days later, he made sure nothing would minimize his second homer.

Torres, the Yankees’ much-acclaimed 21-year-old second baseman, came up with two men on and the score tied in the bottom of the ninth on Sunday, and then sent a slider from Dan Otero over the center-field wall. The home run propelled the streaking Yankees to a 7-4 victory over the Cleveland , their 15th win in the last 16 games.

“That’s a big-boy, mature at-bat from a mature hitter,” Yankees Manager Aaron Boone said. “He hammered that ball.”

Torres’s homer capped a game in which a combined no-hitter, with Domingo German as the anchor, seemed quite possible. That all unraveled with Dellin Betances on the mound in the eighth inning, but the Yankees did overcome a 4-0 deficit to capture the game and secure a three-game sweep.

No Yankee team, including the franchise’s last five World Series-winning squads, has had a 16-game stretch like this since the 1980 Yankees, who won 103 games but lost to the Kansas City Royals in the playoffs.

Allen, who ran his pitch count up to 32, was finally chased from the game in the ninth after Aaron Hicks and Walker doubled to even the score. In came Otero, who got Andujar to ground out. Otero then walked Giancarlo Stanton intentionally to pitch to Torres.

On Friday, when Torres went deep in the fourth inning, he became the youngest Yankee to hit a home run since 20-year-old John Ellis did in 1969. But the Yankees relinquished a five-run lead in that game and needed to win it in the ninth inning on Andujar single.

Torres said he had never hit a walk-off home run at any level of baseball. But on the sixth pitch of his at-bat, he drove an 88-mile-per-hour slider from Otero into the Yankees’ bullpen, just a few feet from where Chapman was warming up.

In doing so, he became the youngest Yankee to hit a game-ending homer, surpassing Mickey Mantle, who was 41 days older when he did it in 1953.

As Torres circled the bases, looking like a 10-year veteran, Chapman, whom the Yankees re-signed in free agency before last season, raised his arms in victory, something the Yankees have been doing with an almost inevitable regularity the last two weeks.

Torres said he was happy to help his team and did not seem overwhelmed by the moment. After all, in the last three games, he’s already had two big moments.

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Barcelona Ties Real Madrid in a Heated Clasico https://jomasu.com/barcelona-ties-real-madrid-in-a-heated-clasico/ Wed, 09 May 2018 06:30:08 +0000 https://jomasu.com/?p=817

Barcelona and Real Madrid showed Sunday that they don’t need titles at stake to produce a thrilling game.

With Barcelona having already clinched the Spanish league title and Madrid focused on its Champions League final later this month, it was supposed to be the most low-key Clásico in years.

Instead, the Camp Nou was treated to a heated contest and four goals, including Lionel Messi’s strike that ensured Barcelona salvaged a 2-2 draw despite playing a man down for the whole second half and remained undefeated in the league this season.

When asked if the match had lived up to its “decaffeinated” billing, Barcelona Coach Ernesto Valverde said: “Decaf? It had extra caffeine. Both sides always want to win a game like this.”

Madrid was dominating the match when Barcelona right back Sergi Roberto was shown a direct red card during first-half for swiping his hand at Madrid defender Marcelo’s face as tempers flared.

But Messi came to the hosts’ rescue, sending the ball past Keylor Navas in the 52nd minute to swing the match back in Barcelona’s favor despite playing a man down.

Gareth Bale pulled Madrid level in the 72nd after curling in a pass by substitute Marco Asensio.

Madrid Coach Zinedine Zidane said that he wasn’t worried about Ronaldo being able to play in the Champions League final against Liverpool on May 26.

“He doesn’t feel good now, but I don’t think it is anything serious,” Zidane said. “We will have him ready.”

Barcelona stayed unbeaten through 35 league matches this season and extended its record run to 42 consecutive games without a loss.

While Madrid played its best after Suárez briefly put Barcelona ahead, Barcelona regrouped after Roberto was sent off.

Barcelona began to lose its composure after Ronaldo’s goal, and Jordi Alba shoved Luka Modric before both Suárez and Sergio Ramos were booked for a tussle.

Messi earned himself a yellow for a hard tackle on Ramos before Roberto responded to Marcelo’s bump from behind by slapping at his face. Marcelo fell down and the referee didn’t hesitate in flashing the red card for Roberto.

But halftime changed everything.

Ronaldo stayed on the bench and, without its star, Madrid couldn’t impose its numerical advantage.

Suarez won the ball back from Raphaël Varane after a side-to-side collision and passed to Messi, who used a blistering strike of his left boot to drive the ball just inside the post.

That goal took Messi’s Clasico record to 26 goals.

Messi looked poised to get another goal, but instead Bale made it 2-2 by using one touch to curl Asensio pass around Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-André Ter Stegen.

Barcelona’s players held an impromptu celebration on the pitch for the result and its domestic double, with the coaching staff giving them the guard of honor that Madrid’s players declined.

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N.H.L. Playoffs: Golden Knights and Lightning Advance https://jomasu.com/n-h-l-playoffs-golden-knights-and-lightning-advance/ Wed, 09 May 2018 06:26:31 +0000 https://jomasu.com/?p=810

Marc-Andre Fleury made 28 saves in his fourth shutout of the playoffs, and the expansion Vegas Golden Knights are headed to the Western Conference finals in their inaugural season after beating the Sharks, 3-0, in San Jose on Sunday in Game 6 of their second-round series.

Jonathan Marchessault opened the scoring, Nate Schmidt added an insurance goal that was detectable only on replay, and Cody Eakin sealed the victory with an empty-net goal, helping Vegas become just the third team in N.H.L. history to win more than one playoff series in its first season.

The Toronto Arenas won the Stanley Cup in the first postseason in league history, in 1918, and St. Louis won two rounds for the title in the all-expansion West Division in 1968.

Next up for Fleury and Vegas will be the conference finals against Winnipeg or Nashville. The Jets lead that series by three games to two heading into Game 6 on Monday night.

LIGHTNING 3, BRUINS 1 Brayden Point and J. T. Miller scored second-period goals, helping Tampa Bay beat visiting Boston and advance to the Eastern Conference finals for the third time in four years.

Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 27 shots — 14 in the final period — for the Lightning, who rebounded from losing the series opener at home to eliminate the Bruins in five games.

David Krejci scored on the power play in the final minute of the first period to give Boston a lead that Point erased with his unassisted goal about midway through the second.

Tampa Bay will face the winner of the Pittsburgh-Washington series — which the Capitals lead, three games to two — in the conference finals.

One day after being put “on notice” by the N.H.L. for licking Lightning forward Ryan Callahan during the Bruins’ overtime loss on Friday in Game 4, Brad Marchand was not involved in any more such incidents.

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LeBron James and the Cavaliers Earn themselves Some Rest https://jomasu.com/lebron-james-and-the-cavaliers-earn-themselves-some-rest/ Wed, 09 May 2018 06:16:28 +0000 https://jomasu.com/?p=792 It would have been a career night for nearly any other player in the N.B.A., but for LeBron James, a line of 29 points, eight rebounds and 11 assists in the Cleveland Cavaliers’ series-clinching win against the Toronto Raptors on Monday hardly seemed noteworthy. That’s how outlandish expectations for James have gotten.

These playoffs have offered plenty of highlights for James. He’s crossed the 40-point mark four times, recorded two triple-doubles, and hit two game-winning buzzer beaters. He broke Tim Duncan’s record for career postseason minutes played (in 28 fewer games than Duncan) and he so thoroughly humiliated the top-seeded Raptors on their home court that the term “LeBronto” was coined.

He even managed to make high-arching fadeaway jumpers from the midrange look cool as he regularly used DeMar DeRozan’s signature shot to defeat him.

But in Monday’s 128-93 win in Cleveland that gave the Cavaliers a sweep of the Eastern Conference semifinal series, James’s often-underwhelming supporting cast provided nearly as many first-half highlights as their unquestioned leader did. Kevin Love, never known for his defensive tenacity, was a force around the basket, J.R. Smith poured in 12 first-quarter points, and Kyle Korver did stellar work beyond the perimeter, going 3 for 3 from 3-point range.

James scored just 2 points in the first quarter and 10 in the half. But even his most frequent detractor, the FS1 commentator Skip Bayless, seemed to understand that taking things easy for a little while and letting the other Cavaliers do the heavy lifting made sense.

Cleveland appeared to be running on fumes entering the series against the Raptors, having just finished a seven-game series against the Indiana Pacers. But instead of wilting they seemed to get stronger leading into what will be James’s eighth consecutive appearance in the Eastern Conference Finals.

The question, of course, is whether any of James’s heroics will ultimately matter. In the conference finals he will be facing one of two youth-laden teams engineered to try to end his dominant run. The 76ers have “The Process,” and the Celtics were similarly built through free agency and the draft; whichever team survives will want to prove that their many can beat the Cavaliers’ few.

Even if James can will his teammates beyond Boston or Philadelphia, he then would face long odds in the finals against the challenger from the Western Conference, most likely either the Golden State Warriors or the Houston Rockets, as both teams hold 3-1 series leads.

For now, James will rest and wait to see how things play out. After he proved that Toronto’s deep lineup was no match for him, he will be eager to prove the same is true for the other teams that appear so much better on paper. At some point people may be reminded to stop doubting him, at least as far as Eastern Conference playoff games are concerned.

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In Return to Cincinnati, Jay Bruce Leads Meets Out of Six-Game Slump https://jomasu.com/in-return-to-cincinnati-jay-bruce-leads-meets-out-of-six-game-slump/ Wed, 09 May 2018 06:12:26 +0000 https://jomasu.com/?p=785

Bruce hit a two-run homer in the ballpark that’s the scene of his best moment in baseball, and Adrian Gonzalez connected twice, powering the Mets to a slump-ending 7-6 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.

It was a nostalgic moment for Bruce, who was traded in 2016. He considers his top moment in sports the walk-off homer he hit at Great American Ball Park in 2010 to clinch a division title. Reds fans chanted his name in unison as he circled the bases for the 136th time there, trailing only Joey Votto (144) for the ballpark record.

“Obviously every Reds fan wants the Reds to win, but we went through a lot together,” Bruce said. “We had a lot of time together here and a lot of experiences.”

His third homer of the season was part of a Mets resurgence. They hit the road after getting swept during a six-game homestand that included three shutout losses and 11 runs total. Michael Conforto got it going with a leadoff homer against Homer Bailey (0-5), and Bruce had a two-run shot off his former teammate in the third for a 4-0 lead.

“We’re excited as hitters to come here,” said Conforto, who was in an 0-for-13 slump and had gotten the last couple days off. “We talked about it. Here it’s a small park.”

Gonzalez had a pair of solo shots as the Mets set a season high with four home runs.

P.J. Conlon lasted three and two-thirds innings in his major league debut, filling in with Jacob deGrom on the disabled list because of a hyperextended elbow. Conlon also had a single off Bailey.

“I went back on the mound and I didn’t really have feeling on that thumb,” Conlon said. “I didn’t have a guide on any of my pitches.”

Robert Gsellman (4-0) gave up only a solo homer in two and two-thirds innings for the win. Jeurys Familia retired the side in order in the ninth with two strikeouts for his 10th save in 13 chances.

Billy Hamilton, Eugenio Suarez and Scooter Gennett hit solo homers for the Reds. Cincinnati fell to 8-27, matching the worst 35-game start in franchise history along with the 1931 and 1934 teams. It’s the worst start in the majors since the Tigers had the same record in 2013.

The Reds honored Mets third baseman Todd Frazier on his return to Great American Ball Park, where he won the All-Star Home Run Derby in 2015 before being traded. “Me and Jay, for the last couple of months, have talked about it a lot,” Frazier said, referring to Jay Bruce. “This is where we started.”

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N.H.L. Playoffs: Capitals Eliminate Penguins, for a Change https://jomasu.com/n-h-l-playoffs-capitals-eliminate-penguins-for-a-change/ Wed, 09 May 2018 06:09:26 +0000 https://jomasu.com/?p=778

Evgeny Kuznetsov’s breakaway goal in overtime gave the Washington Capitals a 2-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 6 on Monday night, and a berth in the Eastern Conference finals for the first time in 20 years.

Kuznetsov took a lead pass from Alex Ovechkin and tucked the puck underneath Matt Murray at 5 minutes 27 seconds, ending Pittsburgh’s two-year reign as Stanley Cup champion and propelling the Capitals into the N.H.L.’s final four for just the third time in franchise history.

Braden Holtby stopped 21 shots for the Capitals, who will face Tampa Bay in the Eastern Conference finals. Alex Chiasson scored his first playoff goal in four years during a tight contest through regulation.

Kris Letang scored for the Penguins, and Murray finished with 28 saves but couldn’t close his legs fast enough to stop Kuznetsov’s forehand flick from in close as Pittsburgh’s bid at becoming the first team in 35 years to win three consecutive Cups came to an abrupt end.

Forward Tom Wilson sat for a third straight game, serving a suspension for a hit on Pittsburgh’s Zach Aston-Reese in Game 2.

The Penguins, by contrast, had been impossible to finish off since Coach Mike Sullivan took over in December 2015. Pittsburgh came in 4-0 in elimination games under Sullivan, including a 2-0 victory in Game 7 in Washington last spring.

Washington spent the series saying its forgettable playoff history littered with squandered leads and blown opportunities — particularly against the Penguins — was not a factor. That this time was different. That this team was different. Twice the Capitals rallied in the third period to stun Pittsburgh, including a four-goal outburst in Game 5 that pushed them to the brink of the Eastern Conference finals.

Forsberg had two goals and an assist, Rinne stopped 34 shots for his second shutout of the playoffs, and the Predators beat host Winnipeg to force a decisive Game 7 in their Western Conference semifinal series.

Viktor Arvidsson also scored twice, including a late empty-netter, and added an assist for the Predators. Roman Josi and Ryan Johansen each had two assists.

After the Jets’ top line combined for eight points in a 6-2 victory in Game 5 in Nashville to take a 3-2 series lead, the Predators No. 1 trio of Forsberg, Arvidsson and Johansen did the same when it mattered most.

“It’s the most fun,” Forsberg said. “You can never have more fun than playing these elimination games.”

Game 7 is Thursday at Nashville, with the winner advancing to face the expansion Vegas Golden Knights in the Western Conference final.

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