Coaches welcome WTA trial of allowing coaching from box

By Sudipto Ganguly

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Coaches have welcomed the WTA Tour’s decision to allow them to help players from the stands this season after the issue became a hot-button topic in the wake of the 2018 U.S. Open final when Serena Williams (NYSE:) was controversially penalized.

Williams’s coach Patrick Mouratoglou gestured to Williams during her defeat by Japan’s Naomi Osaka at Flushing Meadows, leading to a code violation and sparking a heated row between the American great and the chair umpire.

Coaching from the stands would still be banned at Grand Slam events but the top women’s tour was quoted by ESPN.com as saying it would trial the new system at all WTA Premier and International tournaments this year.

Darren Cahill, coach of women’s world number three Simona Halep, said it was a step in the right direction.

“I think as an industry, a coaching industry in tennis, it’s important that we do evolve and do this,” he said on Monday.

“I’m really for it. I think the WTA is doing a good thing.”

The WTA, which has allowed players to call their coaches onto court at certain points during matches, said in the ESPN report: “The new trial will allow coaches to coach their player in the form they are currently coaching from the box without getting penalized.

“Whether it’s verbal words of encouragement or few words when their player is on the same side of the court to any hand signals, such coaching as it takes place now from the box will be allowed.”

Australian Cahill said he would have little to offer from the box, even in similar situations to Monday when his player Halep was yelling at the stands and whacking her racquet into the ground.

“Even today, you know, if I was allowed to coach today, you’d be surprised how little coaching the coaches will do if they’re allowed to do it,” said Cahill, who has also worked with Lleyton Hewitt and Andre Agassi.

“The reason why probably a lot of it goes on at the moment is because you’re not allowed to do it so you’re trying to get the sneaky coaching message across.

“But if you were allowed to do it, it’s a simple one line, ‘Hey, Simona, hold your line’. Okay, that’s coaching. But it’s not over-the-top coaching.”

Artemon Apostu-Efremov, who is also part of Halep’s coaching staff, hoped the trial would be a success.

“I think it’s a step that should have been taken quite a while ago, because coaches are part of the game,” he said.

“Mostly in all the sports you see coaches interact with the athletes.”

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RSL reaches deal with Baird through 2023 season

RSL reaches deal with Baird through 2023 season RSL reaches deal with Baird through 2023 season

Real Salt Lake forward Corey Baird agreed to a deal through the 2023 season, the club announced Friday.

The 23-year-old Baird has 13 goals and nine assists in 62 matches (44 starts) in his two seasons. He was MLS Rookie of the Year in 2018 when he had eight goals and five assists in 31 games.

Last season, he recorded five goals and four assists in 31 matches.

“Corey’s versatility in the attack and work rate make him an important piece to our roster, so keeping him here long-term was on our to-do list over the offseason,” Real Salt Lake general manager Elliot Fall said in a news release. “We take pride in the work our staff has done in aiding his development and we are eager to see where his continued development can take him.”

Baird has rapidly rose through the national team ranks as well as he made four appearances for the United States in 2019.

The former Stanford star is pleased to have some security with RSL.

“I’m happy to sign with Real Salt Lake long-term,” Baird said in the news release. “Knowing the club has put this trust in me and showing they value me as a player feels really good and I’m hoping I can repay them for their trust and the fans for their support.”

Financial terms weren’t released but Baird figures to have received a sharp increase from the $ 70,000 in base salary he made last season, the dollar figure according to the MLS Players Association salary database.

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Mavericks C Powell suffers ‘severe’ Achilles injury

Dallas Mavericks starting center Dwight Powell suffered a “severe” right Achilles injury during Tuesday night’s 110-107 home loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, coach Rick Carlisle confirmed.

The 28-year-old collapsed to the floor when his right leg appeared to give out while he was attempting to drive to the basket with about three minutes remaining in the first quarter.

“It’s a somber night with Dwight’s situation,” Carlisle said. “He’s going to have an MRI (Wednesday). Right Achilles injury feared to be severe, but we won’t know for sure until the diagnostic tests are done. It’s a real tough one.”

In his sixth NBA season, Powell is averaging 9.4 points, 5.7 rebounds and 26.5 minutes per game. He is shooting 63.8 percent from the field through 40 games, with 37 starts.

Powell was drafted in the second round by Charlotte in 2014. He was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers and then to the Boston Celtics before making his NBA debut with the Celtics on Nov. 14, 2014.

Boston traded Powell and Rajon Rondo to the Mavericks for Jae Crowder, Jameer Nelson, Brandan Wright and two draft picks on Dec. 18, 2014.

Through 371 career games (89 starts), the 6-foot-10 Powell has averaged 7.7 points and 4.6 rebounds.

He signed a three-year, $ 33 million contract extension with the Mavericks in July 2019.

A Toronto native, Powell was expected to help Team Canada attempt to qualify for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

–Field Level Media

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Wozniacki battles ‘mixed emotions’ in first round win at Australian Open

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MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Caroline Wozniacki battled “mixed emotions” as she stepped on court at the Australian Open on Monday to begin the final tournament of her career but the former world No. 1 kept her composure to deliver a 6-1 6-3 first-round win over Kristie Ahn.

The Dane’s speedy footwork and trademark defensive skills were on full display as she breezed through the first set in just 24 minutes on Melbourne Arena.

She faced a tougher time in the second set after a marathon first game on Ahn’s serve, which saw the 92nd-ranked American save eight break points before Wozniacki finally prevailed.

She went on to hold the next two games and never seemed in danger of losing even when Ahn managed to claw a break back in the fourth game.

Ahn, facing three match points at 5-3 down, saved one but hit a double fault on the second, securing the victory for Wozniacki after an hour and 25 minutes.

“It’s always tricky … There’s a lot of just emotions but I tried to keep them in check, and I thought I did that very well today,” the 29-year-old, who won her only Grand Slam trophy in 2018 at Melbourne Park, told reporters.

Wozniacki will next face the winner of the match between 21st-ranked Dayana Yastremska and Slovenian qualifier Kaja Juvan.

Wozniacki, who has earned some $ 35 million in prize money, is credited with putting Denmark on the tennis map after reaching the number one ranking for the first time in 2010.

Reflecting on her achievements, Wozniacki said she hoped to inspire the next generation of Danish players, noting that she herself had no peers while she was climbing up the ranks.

“I do think that having someone there before you would probably have been a little easier, because it would have showed the way and that it’s possible.”

“I always believed in myself, and I always believed that there are no limits to what you can achieve no matter where you’re from.”

Seven-times Australian Open champion Serena Williams (NYSE:) described Wozniacki’s retirement as “a great loss to women’s tennis” and credited the Dane with making the locker room a friendlier place.

“She’s a great personality and a great spirit,” Williams said.

“She carried that on the court and off the court.”

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‘Dancing dragon’ shows feathers grew differently on dinosaurs and birds

© Reuters. An artist's rendering of the newly discovered Chinese feathered dinosaur Wulong bohaiensis © Reuters. An artist’s rendering of the newly discovered Chinese feathered dinosaur Wulong bohaiensis

By Will Dunham

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An exquisite fossil of a fierce little Chinese dinosaur dubbed the “dancing dragon” that lived 120 million years ago – an older cousin of the Velociraptor – is showing scientists that feathers grew differently on dinosaurs than on birds.

The two-legged Cretaceous Period dinosaur, called Wulong bohaiensis, was a bantamweight meat-eater – a bit bigger than a crow – residing in a lakeside environment, researchers said. It possessed a scaly face, a mouth full of pointy teeth and one particularly dangerous toe claw, and probably hunted small mammals, lizards, birds and fish.

Wulong’s fossil, unearthed in Liaoning Province in northeastern China, includes a complete skeleton as well as soft tissues like feathers rarely preserved in such detail. Its long arms and legs each had sets of feathers that looked similar to those on bird wings, while most of the rest of its body was covered by fluffy filaments.

At the end of its long, bony tail – fused into a stiff rod – were two very long feathers.

“The specimen of Wulong is a gorgeous fossil. With the feathers and claws, I think it would have been beautiful and just a little bit scary. I’d love to see one alive,” said San Diego Natural History Museum paleontologist Ashley Poust, who led the research published this week in the Anatomical Record journal.

“I don’t think we know yet how it used its feathers,” Poust said. “It seems likely that they helped with temperature regulation and signaling to other animals, but what this would have looked like and how much these functions mattered remains unclear.”

Birds evolved from small feathered dinosaurs roughly 150 million years ago. But there were many feathered dinosaurs that did not fly, like Wulong. Scientists are eager to understand the plumage differences between birds and these feathered dinosaurs.

A close examination of bones showed this Wulong individual was about a year old, a juvenile still growing.

“Living birds shoot up to adult size very quickly, mainly as a way of getting strong enough to fly as soon as they can. But they may delay getting their adult feathers for a long time. Gulls, for example, don’t look like adults for three or four years even though they learn to fly in only three months,” Poust said.

The young Wulong appeared to have an adult’s plumage.

“Here is an animal that has all kinds of signals of being a juvenile, outside its bones, inside its bones, in its joints,” Poust said. “And it has long, isolated plumes extending from its already-very-long tail. This is quite different from living birds and tells us that these decorative feathers preceded adulthood in dinosaurs. Of course, perhaps they’re using these feathers in a very different way from living birds, too.”

Wulong means “dancing dragon,” so named because of its fossilized skeleton’s active-looking pose. It belongs to a group of meat-eaters called dromaeosaurs, which also includes Velociraptor. That dinosaur lived 75 million years ago in Mongolia and appears in the “Jurassic Park” films.

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Golden Knights fire coach Gallant, hire DeBoer

The Vegas Golden Knights fired Gerard Gallant, their first-ever coach, on Wednesday and named former San Jose Sharks coach Peter DeBoer as his replacement.

Gallant, 56, led the expansion Golden Knights to the Stanley Cup Final in 2018 to culminate their first NHL season; Vegas lost in five games to the Washington Capitals. Overall, Gallant’s teams were 118-75-20 in two-plus seasons, including a 24-19-6 record this season.

The team also announced the firing of assistant coach Mike Kelly.

“In order for our team to reach its full potential, we determined a coaching change was necessary,” Golden Knights general manager Kelly McCrimmon said in a team statement. “Our team is capable of more than we have demonstrated this season.

“We would like to thank Gerard and Mike for their service to the Vegas Golden Knights. They were both instrumental to the success we have enjoyed in our first two-plus seasons and we wish them all the best moving forward.”

DeBoer was fired by San Jose on Dec. 11. He is expected to be on the bench Thursday when the Golden Knights face the Senators in Ottawa.

DeBoer, 51, led the Sharks to the only Stanley Cup Final appearance in team history, when they lost in six games to the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2016. He compiled a 198-129-34 regular-season mark in 4 1/2 seasons on the job, plus a 32-28 playoff record.

San Jose reached the postseason in each of DeBoer’s full seasons on the bench, including an appearance in the Western Conference finals last season, when the Sharks lost in six games to the eventual league champion St. Louis Blues.

DeBoer previously coached the Florida Panthers (2008-11) and the New Jersey Devils (2011-12 through part of the 2014-15 season). He guided the Devils to the 2012 Stanley Cup Final, which they lost in six games to the Los Angeles Kings. His overall coaching record is 415-329-111 in the regular season, 46-38 in the postseason.

“In Peter DeBoer, we have a proven, experienced head coach who we believe can help us achieve our ultimate goal,” McCrimmon said. “We are excited to welcome Peter and his family to the Vegas Golden Knights organization. We look forward to a strong finish to the 2019-20 season with Peter at the helm and a successful tenure in the seasons to come.”

This marks the seventh NHL head-coaching change this season. Bill Peters resigned in Calgary and Mike Babcock was fired in Toronto in November. John Hynes was fired in New Jersey and Jim Montgomery in Dallas in December. And last week, the Nashville Predators fired Peter Laviolette.

–Field Level Media

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Decarbonization: The Divestment Death Cycle

Rob West, founder of Thunder Said Energy – an energy consulting firm, understands that the total decarbonization of the energy industry will be fueled by political attitudes around the world over the next few decades. However, West argues that proponents of ESG investing fail to understand that this transition will involve massive investment in fossil fuels and cooperation with villainized oil majors. He explains his framework for total decarbonization of the energy industry by 2050, and highlights the new technologies and investment vehicles that will be necessary to drive the transition. Filmed on October 18, 2019 in New York.

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Reports: Red Sox give Betts record $27 million to avoid arbitration

Mookie Betts continues to do big things with the Boston Red Sox as the All-Star outfielder avoided arbitration with the club Friday by agreeing to a record $ 27 million deal for 2020, according to multiple reports.

The previous record to avoid arbitration was the $ 26 million than Nolan Arenado agreed to with the Colorado Rockies last year before he was locked up to an eight-year, $ 260 million extension during spring training.

Betts, 27, will move into his free-agency years following the 2020 season. The 2018 MVP batted .295 with 29 home runs and 90 RBIs over 150 games in 2019, while leading the American League with 135 runs scored. That came one season after he led the Red Sox to a World Series title by batting .346 with 32 home runs and 80 RBIs.

The Red Sox went 84-78 in 2019 and failed to make the playoffs, leading to the dismissal of general manager Dave Dombrowski in September.

Betts is a career .301 hitter over six seasons, all with the Red Sox. He has 139 home runs and 470 RBIs and his play in right field has earned him four consecutive Gold Glove Awards. He also has been named to the AL All-Star team in each of the past four seasons.

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Oscars to go host-less for second year, ABC says

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The 2020 Oscars ceremony in February will again have no host, the head of ABC Television Entertainment said on Wednesday.

“Let me confirm it now. Together with the Academy (of Motion Pictures), we have decided there will be no traditional host again this year,” Karey Burke, president of ABC Entertainment, told television reporters.

The 2019 Oscars was the first in 30 years to have no host and saw the audience on broadcaster ABC (N:) rise to 29.6 million Americans, breaking a four-year trend of falling viewership for the live ceremony.

Burke said the decision not to have a host for the Feb. 9 event, the most prestigious awards in the movie business, was prompted by last year’s success, when rock band Queen opened the show with a live performance to celebrate the box office success of the musical “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

Burke said organizers planned on “repeating what worked for us last year – huge entertainment value, big musical numbers, big comedy.”

“A lot of incredible elements have already come together and convinced us that we are going to have an incredibly entertaining show again,” she added, without giving details.

Nominations for the 2020 Oscars will be announced on Monday.

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Awkwafina, ‘Dunkirk’ star Lowden among nominees for BAFTA Rising Star

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LONDON (Reuters) – Golden Globe winner Awkwafina and “Dunkirk” actor Jack Lowden are among the nominees for this year’s EE Rising Star Award, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) said on Monday.

The award, voted for by the public at Britain’s top movie honors, recognizes upcoming actors “who have each shown exceptional talent on the big screen over the past 12 months and captured the imagination of both the British public and experts from across the film industry”.

The nominations, announced a day before the complete list of competitors at the February ceremony is revealed, also include “Booksmart” actress Kaitlyn Dever, “Waves” actor Kelvin Harrison Jr. as well as “Blue Story” actor Micheal Ward.

Fellow nominee Awkwafina, known for “Ocean’s 8” and “Crazy Rich Asians”, on Sunday picked up the prize for best actress in a comedy or musical for “The Farewell” at the Golden Globes, the first major ceremony in the 2020 awards season.

Lowden, who is known for “Dunkirk” and “Mary Queen of Scots”, was most recently seen in “Fighting with My Family”.

Past winners of the rising star award include “Black Panther” actors Letitia Wright and Daniel Kaluuya, “Spider-Man” star Tom Holland, Oscar nominee Tom Hardy and “Star Wars” actor John Boyega.

The BAFTAs will be held in London on Feb. 2.

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