Flyers’ Neuvirth carted off ice after collapsing in crease

Flyers goalie Michal Neuvirth left Saturday night’s game against the New Jersey Devils early in the first period after collapsing in his crease being carted off the ice on a stretcher.

Neuvirth was awaiting a faceoff at the far end of the ice about 7 1/2 minutes in when he fell backward and landed on his back. Flyers athletic trainer Jim McCrossin quickly ran onto the ice to attend to the 29-year-old and was joined by three other team doctors.

Neuvirth, making his 28th appearance of the season and first since March 25, appeared to be unconscious for a brief time, but began moving his arms and legs and sat up in his crease before being placed on a stretcher.

Neuvirth stopped six shots before the incident and did not appear to have any unusual contact in the crease prior to his collapse. The Flyers were leading 1-0 at the time.

Sung Kang leads Rickie Fowler by 3 at Houston Open

Sung Kang shot a 1-under 71 to hold a three-shot lead over Rickie Fowler after the third round of the Houston Open on Saturday.

After shooting a tournament course record 9-under 63 on Friday, Kang took a commanding six-shot lead with a 36-hole tournament record of 129 through two rounds.

However, on Saturday, it was Fowler’s day to chase history, shooting a 5-under 67 to trim Kang’s lead as they head into the final round.

After Thursday’s 8-under 64, Fowler held a one-shot lead over Kang after the first round, but slipped to fourth on Friday with a 71. He returned to form on Saturday and has a PGA Tour career-best 22 birdies through three rounds.

Behind Kang and Fowler at 17-under 199 and 14-under 202 through three rounds, respectively, Russell Henley is 13-under 203 and Luke List is 12-under 204. No one else is within eight shots of Kang.

Russian poet Yevtushenko dies in U.S.A.: TASS

MOSCOW Russian poet Evgeny Yevtushenko, a leading force in the brief post-Stalinist Soviet literary “thaw” of the 1960s, has died in the United States at the age of 85, TASS news agency reported on Saturday, citing a close friend.

“Five minutes ago, Evgeny Aleksandrovich (Yevtushenko) departed into eternity,” TASS said, quoting Mikhail Morgulis, a friend of Yevtushenko’s who said he had spoken to his son.

Born in 1932, Yevtushenko went on to publish more than 150 collections of poems.

His first book, “The Prospects of the Future”, was published in 1952 when he was the youngest member of the Union of Soviet Writers. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1963.

He was especially prominent during the brief literary thaw under Communist Party leader Nikita Khrushchev, but had an often ambivalent relationship with Communist authorities.

In one of his most famous poems, The Heirs of Stalin, from 1961, he wrote that though dictator Josef Stalin had died, his legacy lived on, “he was scheming, had merely dozed off”.

“Double and treble the sentries guarding this slab

And stop Stalin from ever rising again.”

In the same year he published Babi Yar, about a massacre of Jews by Nazi occupiers at a ravine in Kiev – a criticism of what he saw as the Soviet Union’s own anti-semitism in its fashioning of history.

TASS reported on Friday that Yevtushenko, who had moved to the United States in 1991, had been admitted to hospital in a critical condition.

(Reporting by Jack Stubbs; editing by Ralph Boulton; Editing by Ralph Boulton)

New York scraps plan to reduce subway litter by removing trash bins: media

New York has ended a test program aimed at reducing litter in its subway stations by removing garbage bins from stations after it was found the move led to even more litter, local media reported this week.

The idea was that people would take garbage with them and throw it away some place else.

The program was started in 2011 with the removal of trash bins at two stations and expanded to 39 stations in 2014. It was ended last year, CBS New York TV quoted a State of New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) spokeswoman as saying.

An audit from the Office of the New York State Comptroller found there was an increase in litter and fires on subway tracks after the program was put in place, the TV station said.

“The notion that you’re going to be more efficient by taking away the trash cans, so therefore you won’t generate so many bags of trash to haul away — like the trash was going to magically disappear — I think that probably wasn’t the smartest judgment,” it quoted State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli as saying.

The annual ridership for the subway system, which has 469 stations, is about 1.76 billion people, according to MTA data.

Officials from the MTA, Office of the New York State Comptroller and New York City Department of Sanitation were not immediately available for comment due to their offices being closed on the weekend.

“We found that there were also better ways that we could remove trash off the tracks and keep trash from making its way onto the tracks,” MTA spokeswoman Beth DeFalco told the TV station.

(Reporting by Jon Herskovitz in Austin, Texas; editing by Diane Craft)

Prized 1804 U.S. dollar sells for $3.3 million at auction

An 1804 U.S. silver dollar sold for $3.3 million in one of a series of auctions that brought in a record total of more than $100 million for a renowned private coin collection, organizers said on Saturday.

The silver dollar, one of only eight of its kind, was snapped up at auction on Friday in Baltimore. It was one of more than 200 coins sold at the event.

The auction series, beginning in 2015, generated a total of nearly $107 million in sales, according to Stack’s Bowers Galleries, which conducted the auctions along with Sotheby’s.

The collection belonged to Dallas real estate developer Mack Pogue and his son Brent, who had collected coins since the 1970s. Coin dealers Kevin Lipton of California and John Albanese of New Jersey jointly bought the prized silver dollar, Donn Pearlman, a spokesman for the two men, said in an email.

“In coins, everybody’s heard of the 1804 dollar, it’s what I call the ultimate trophy coin,” said Q. David Bowers, co-founder of Stack’s Bowers Galleries.

The coin is emblazoned with the bust of a woman with flowing hair who represents liberty. Minted by the U.S. government, it was intended as a gift for foreign heads of state.

Brent Pogue began collecting coins in 1974 when he was a teenager and later brought his father into the enterprise.

The first coin the younger Pogue bought was at an auction of the trove that belonged to railroad scion T. Harrison Garrett. In a fitting finale of the Pogue Collection auctions, the last sale was held at the Garrett family’s former mansion at Johns Hopkins University, Bowers said by phone.

Mack and Brent Pogue’s collection consisted of more than 650 pieces. The father and son sold them because “the thrill of the chase” of being collectors had passed and they wanted to move on, Bowers said.

Even before Friday’s sale, the Pogue auctions had already surpassed the value of what had been the record-setting sale of the collection amassed by late dealer and collector John J. Ford.

(Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis in Los Angeles; Editing by Tom Brown)

Pink Just Posted an Inspiring, Empowering Message About Health, BMI, and Body Image

Pink, who had her second baby in December, took to Instagram today to share a proud gym selfie—but not for the reason you might think. Rather than focusing on how quickly she’s “bouncing back” after her pregnancy—something that’s problematically common in the celebrity world—she shared an empowering message about body image, BMI, and the numbers on that damn scale.

Beneath the pic, she wrote the following caption: “Would you believe I’m 160 pounds and 5’3″? By ‘regular standards’ that makes me obese. I know I’m not at my goal or anywhere near it after Baby 2 but dammit I don’t feel obese. The only thing I’m feeling is myself. Stay off that scale ladies! #feelingmyself #strongismygoal #bodygoals @msjeanettejenkins #happysaturday #getitin #GIJaneismyWCW”

The hashtags are fantastic enough, but the post as a whole is beyond inspiring:

When Pink’s referring to obesity, she’s drawing on the Center for Disease Control’s BMI calculations, or the height and weight ratio that supposedly determines your health. However, BMI assessments have come under heavy criticism because they don’t measure anything that also impact health and fitness beyond those two variables, like muscle mass. Her height and weight would put her at 28.3, which is technically overweight, according to the CDC calculator, not obese. But still—her message about not dwelling on the scale but focusing on strength is a powerful one.

Her trainer, Jeannette Jenkins, shared her thoughts on the matter as well via a regram of Pink’s photo—and shared the mom’s training regimen in the caption:

She also added her own inspiring message:

“Message to every #postpregnancy mom & anyone on a healthy living journey: Never define your success on the scale alone. Always measure your body fat percentage & girth measurements (waistline, hips, thighs, arms, chest & neck ) and take note of your clothing size & how your clothes fit. Measure your fitness parameters: Cardio, Muscular Endurance, Muscular Strength and Flexibility. Journal and take note of how exercise makes you feel: happy, confident, powerful. This journey is about so much more than the scale!”

Here’s to not focusing on the numbers and turning to your own “healthy living journey” instead—whatever it might be.

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Fox, Bill O’Reilly settle claims with five women -New York Times

Fox News host Bill O’Reilly and his employer have made payouts totaling about $13 million to five women to settle claims of sexual harassment and other inappropriate behavior, the New York Times reported on Saturday.

O’Reilly said in a statement that he has been unfairly targeted because of his public prominence.

“In my more than 20 years at Fox News Channel, no one has ever filed a complaint about me with the Human Resources Department, even on the anonymous hotline.” O’Reilly, host of “The O’Reilly Factor,” the network’s biggest star, added, “I have put to rest any controversies to spare my children.”

Fox News declined to comment.

“While he denies the merits of these claims, Mr. O’Reilly has resolved those he regarded as his personal responsibility,” Twenty-First Century Fox Inc, the parent company of Fox News, said in a statement. “Mr. O’Reilly is fully committed to supporting our efforts to improve the environment for all our employees at Fox News.”

The report follows heightened scrutiny of the workplace climate at Fox News, the top-rated cable news network and unit of Twenty-First Century Fox Inc. Founding Chairman Roger Ailes left the company last year after sexual harassment allegations.

The five women who have received settlements either worked for O’Reilly or appeared as guests on his program, the New York Times reported. Two of the five settlements were previously known.

The largest settlement was a payout of $9 million in a sexual harassment lawsuit former Fox News producer Andrea Mackris brought against O’Reilly in 2004, according to the New York Times.

Two settlements were reached last year after Ailes’ departure, the newspaper said.

Fox News anchor Laurie Dhue accused O’Reilly and Ailes of harassing her, but not sexually, and Juliet Huddy, a regular guest on O’Reilly’s show, accused O’Reilly of pursuing a sexual relationship with her and trying to hamper her career after she rejected his advances, the newspaper reported.

Attorneys for Mackris, Dhue and Huddy did not respond immediately to calls seeking comment.

Fox News last year agreed to pay $20 million to settle a harassment suit by former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson on behalf of Ailes, who denied any wrongdoing.

(Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis in Los Angeles; editing by Diane Craft)

Child killed, 12 people injured by carbon monoxide in Michigan motel

A 13-year-old boy was killed and 12 people were taken to hospitals for treatment due to a carbon monoxide leak in a Michigan motel on Saturday, police and hospital officials said.

Six of those taken to hospitals for treatment were children between the ages of 12 and 14 years old, police said.

Emergency officials received reports that six children were unresponsive in the pool area of the motel in the southwest town of Niles. A seventh child who had just been in the pool area was found nearby, police said.

“A check of carbon monoxide levels by the fire department identified elevated levels in the pool area and even higher levels in the pool maintenance room,” the Niles Police Department said in a statement.

The motel was closed for business after being evacuated, the statement added.

(Reporting by Jon Herskovitz; Editing by Tom Brown)

Wired up: Digital devices the rage in baseball

Baseball players are wired up.

Yankees reliever Dellin Betances wears a sleeve around his elbow to measure stress on a ligament. Chris Coghlan spent spring training with the Phillies using a wrist band to check his sleep and recovery. Others have GPS devices hidden under their uniforms.

In 21st-century baseball, digital devices monitor heart rates, skin temperature — they even track fielder’s movements, all part of the exponential data explosion used to determine batting orders, pitching changes and defensive shifts.

“I love to compare what the results say to how I really feel,” Coghlan said. “After three years of data, I enjoy comparing to see how accurate it is. I think that it’s such a better barometer to measure against than just like, I feel lethargic today.”

Major League Baseball’s playing rules committee and the players’ association approved four wearable technology devices for use during games this year, double the total of last season. The WHOOP heart monitor and Catapult GPS tracker were added to the Motus Sleeve and Zephyr heart monitor.

“Away teams were getting an hour less sleep than the home teams,” WHOOP CEO Will Ahmed said. “That’s a pretty fascinating finding because so often you hear the home team wins because they’ve got their crowd behind them or they’re playing in a familiar stadium. But our study really showed that actually maybe the home team is just more rested. So we have some teams that are looking at how to improve travel, how to really improve rest and recovery.”

Not much is left to subjective analysis anymore. Three additional devices have been approved for on-field use during pre-game practice: electronic bat sensors produced by Zepp Labs, Blast Motion and Diamond Kinetics.

Just a few years ago, managers decided when a player looked hot or not at the plate. Now, a bat don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got a sensor on that swing.

As part of the union’s agreement to approve devices, 40-man roster players have the right to limit who sees the data. They can keep it to themselves or decide which team personnel get to see it.

“I wouldn’t allow a front office to say, oh, yeah, he may be low because he’s played ‘X’ amount of games in a row, so his recovery not be as good. He’s at a higher risk for injury. Maybe we should just give him the day off,” said Coghlan, who was released by the Phillies just before opening day. “I’ve been not rested and played great, and I’ve been rested and played terrible. It doesn’t correlate to a performance when it comes to the performing of the game.”

These gadgets also have been approved for minor leaguers who are not union members and have started to filter down to colleges, high schools and youth ball. It used to be a big deal when Mike Brito was seen with a big radar gun behind the plate at Dodger Stadium, tracking the velocity of pitches.

Now Pocket Radar sells a $299 radar gun that is 4.7 x 2.3 x 0.8 inches and weighs just 4.5 ounces.

“That’s actually a curse word in Little League,” said Pocket Radar co-founder Steve Goody, who hears organizers and parents tell him: “We don’t need kids hurting themselves.”

“If you’re concerned about that, do what I’ve done with other people. Work with the kids. Don’t tell them numbers,” he said. “You tell them incremental improvements. … You went a couple faster, a couple miles an hour, that’s fantastic. And you don’t dwell on the number. You don’t even tell them the number.”

Jetsons-type gear isn’t limited to baseball. Catapult’s OptimEye S5 computes 1,000 data points per second such as distance, acceleration, directional change and stress. Catapult’s devices sit between the shoulder blades in a compression shirt and are used by Premier League champion Leicester and hundreds of other clubs in soccer, the NFL and cricket. In baseball, it is being used along with velocity devices.

“Imagine being able to know throughout the course of a game or a pitching session or whatever, how does your intensity change, and maybe how does it change per throw, on a fastball vs. a curve vs. a changeup?” Catapult president Brian Kopp said. “We should be able to track within the course of a game when those mechanics and that intensity might be going down as a way to measure when you might be getting tired. And maybe the intensity of your throws are going up because you’re having to move your body more, but the actual speed on your throw may not be.”

With every team looking for an edge, these devices have become as common as pine tar rags.

Betances has used his in the bullpen, not in regular-season games. The Yankees use WHOOP to get their young minor leaguers thinking about their bodies and proper rest.

“It kind of starts them at an early age on the importance of sleep,” said Joe Siara, the Yankees’ manager of peak performance programs. “We will give them feedback on basically how their recovery is to what they’re doing throughout the day, and they can change any behaviors, whether it’s nighttime routine or anything else to improve the score.”

As French election race tightens, Macron defies National Front

PARIS France’s presidential election race is looking tighter than it was seven days ago with three weeks to run before voting starts, an opinion poll showed on Saturday.

First round voting intentions for the frontrunners, centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen, both slipped by one percentage point to 25 and 24 percent respectively, while third placed conservative Francois Fillon gained two points to 19 percent, and the far left’s Jean-Luc Melenchon one point to 15 percent, the BVA poll said.

In a further signal of continued unpredictability, 38 percent of people either could not say how they would vote, or may yet change their minds. That was down two percentage points from a week earlier, but still a high percentage by French election standards.

The poll showed independent Macron had solidified his voter base, with 63 percent of those opting for him sure of their decision, up 8 points from a week ago and his highest certainty score since campaigning began in earnest in February.

However, Le Pen still had by far the most solid voter base, with an unchanged 81 percent of her voters certain to pick her.

Shock outcomes like the election of Donald Trump as U.S. president and Britain’s Brexit referendum vote have fed expectations that Le Pen’s anti-euro, anti-immigration platform will sweep her to power in France.

The poll though, like others this year, showed Macron beating her with 60 percent of votes in the May 7 second round.

Fillon’s recovery from the lows that followed a fake work scandal surrounding his wife puts him within 5 points of Le Pen and 6 points of Macron, with some voters previously tempted to abstain deciding to go for him after all, BVA’s commentary said.

BVA put Melenchon’s climb since a strong performance in the first TV debate on March 20 partly down to more of his natural sympathizers deciding to vote.

However it noted that official Socialist candidate Benoit Hamon, who is in fifth place on 11.5 percent and also has hard left policies, could be vulnerable.

Hamon’s base of sure voters is just 45 percent, it noted, and many of them could end up being split – about equally – between Melenchon and Macron.

An Odoxa survey on Friday showed Melenchon just one percentage point behind Fillon on 16 percent, but 8 points ahead of Hamon.

The Odoxa poll was is the first to suggest a dynamic in which France’s two-party system that has been in place for 30 years alternating between the Conservatives and the Socialist party could be swept aside.

(Reporting by Andrew Callus; editing by John Irish)