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SoftBank Kerja Sama dengan Navya Hadirkan Bus Otonom di Jepang

first_imgPerhentian bus otonom pun sudah ditentukan sebelumnya yakni sekolah dan bank. Menurut CEO SB Drive, bus akan menawarkan kenyamanan praktis dan bisa dianggap sebagai elevator horisontal yang mengangkut penumpang di sepanjang rute yang telah ditentukan.KabarPenumpang.com melansir wccftech.com (27/1/2020), sebenarnya hukum Jepang tidaklah mengizinkan adanya kendaraan otonom yang beroperasi di jalanan umum. Namun sepertinya SoftBank memiliki pengecualian karena memodifikasi penawaran yang diberikan Navya sesuai dengan peraturan Jepang.Dalam peraturan yang dibuat dalam hukum Jepang, ada berbagai perubahan yang dilakukan yakni mencakup kursi yang ditunjuk untuk mengemudikan bus ketika terjadi keadaan darurat. Ini membuat proyek otonom tersebut diklasifikasikan sebagai sistem level 2.Tapi karena kepercayaan diri SoftBank, mereka langsung beralih ke sistem level 4 yang sepenuhnya otonom setelah penghapusan pembatasan peraturan yang berlaku. Sebagai penyegaran, bus saat ini dianggap sebagai aplikasi paling praktis dari teknologi mengemudi otonom di Jepang karena kekurangan pengemudi dan menurunnya jumlah penumpang yang menuju ke daerah-daerah terpencil.Meski demikian, kelayakan finansial jangka panjang proyek ini masih belum jelas walaupun kota Sakai berencana untuk mengalokasikan anggaran 520 juta yen ($4,7 juta) untuk proyek lima tahun. Kemitraan SoftBank dengan Navya menggarisbawahi ambisinya yang berkembang di bidang mengemudi mandiri atau otonom.Raksasa Jepang ini tetap menjadi pendukung utama Uber dengan ekstensi, teknologi mengemudi mandiri miliknya. Menariknya, taruhan ini belum membuahkan hasil. Diketahui harga saham Uber anjlok secara dramatis setelah pencatatan perusahaan dan mengakhiri tahun turun sekitar 34 persen karena investor semakin skeptis mengenai prospek keuntungan berkelanjutan.Baca juga: Sukses Uji Bus Otonom, Singapura Siap Operasionalkan di 3 Distrik Tahun DepanSelain itu, tantangan peraturan dan masalah keselamatan penumpang karena pemeriksaan latar belakang pengemudi yang tidak memadai hanya berfungsi untuk semakin memikat selera investor. Meskipun demikian, selama kuartal ketiga tahun 2019, manajemennya meyakinkan para investor bahwa perusahaan akan dapat mencapai profitabilitas berdasarkan EBITDA pada tahun 2021.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedKolaborasi Volvo dan NTU, Singapura Sukses Uji Coba Bus ‘Besar’ Otonom Pertama di Dunia06/03/2019In “Bus dalam kota”Bus Listrik Otonom Melenggang Mulus di Bandara Haneda24/01/2020In “Bandara”ComfortDelGro Uji Coba Bus Otonomnya di National University of Singapore16/11/2018In “Bus dalam kota” Bus otonom di Jepang akan mulai beroperasi di jalanan umum pada April 2020 mendatang. Nantinya ketika beroperasi ada sebelas bus yang akan berjalan secara otonom. Armada bus ini disediakan oleh startup Perancis yakni Navya yang bekerja sama dengan SoftBank.Baca juga: Volvo Demonstrasikan Bus Otonom Bertenaga Listrik yang Bisa Keliling Depo!Bus otonom tersebut ketika berjalan akan dioperasikan oleh perangkat lunak pemantauan terintegrasi yang dikembangkan sendiri oleh SB Drive yang merupakan anak perusahaan perangkat lunak SoftBank. Nantinya bus akan berjalan sejauh 2,5 kilometer di Jalanan Sakai yang merupakan sebuah kota sederhana di kawasan Tokyo.last_img read more

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Nakata takes early lead in Japan PGA Championship

first_imgIBIGAWA, Gifu Pref. – Little known Norihiro Nakata took a two-stroke lead after shooting a 6-under-par 66 in the first round of the Japan PGA Championship on Thursday.Shingo Katayama watches his shot during the first round of the Japan PGAChampionship at Tanigumi Country Club in Ibigawa, Gifu Pref. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMEScenter_img The 28-year-old Nakata, who is playing in his 11th tour event, highlighted his round with an eagle on the par-5 10th en route to a back-nine 29 on a day when veteran Naomichi Ozaki and two other players were disqualified.Ozaki reached the clubhouse with a 65 on his scorecard but was thrown out of the tournament after misinterpreting the rule allowing players to pick up, clean and place back the ball in conditions following overnight rain at the Tanigumi Country Club course in Gifu Prefecture.Ozaki, a 32-time winner on the Japanese tour, thought players were permitted to place the ball within one club length but the rule demands that the ball be placed back on the same spot. His playing partners, Keiichiro Fukabori and Daisuke Maruyama, were also disqualified.Toru Taniguchi, the tour’s money title winner in 2002, fired a 68 for a tie for second with Yasuharu Imano, Tomohiro Kondo, Taiwanese veteran Lin Keng-chi and Toshihiro Aizawa.Shigo Katayama, the top money earner in the last two years, is among 13 players who had 69s. Two-time defending champion S.K. Ho of South Korea opened with a disastrous 80 that put him in 146th.The winner will earn 22 million yen in prize money from the 110 million yen purse and a five-year exemption on the tour. last_img read more

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Peach Bowl video: TCU discusses keys to contain Evan Engram

first_img Session ID: 2020-09-17:a61b685550ba922577fa5c75 Player ID: videojs-brightcove-player-843666-3963129659001 OK Close Modal DialogCaption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsDefaultsDoneClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.TCU defensive coordinator Dick Bumpas talks about the Horned Frogs’ approach for containing Evan Engram, limiting Ole Miss’ passing attack and more from Sunday’s Peach Bowl press conference. (Video by Courtney Cronin/The Clarion-Ledger). Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%0:00 Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window. The Video Cloud video was not found. Error Code: VIDEO_CLOUD_ERR_VIDEO_NOT_FOUNDlast_img read more

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Levski takes two talents of Botev Plovdiv – BG Football –…

first_imgTwo of the most talented teenagers of Botev Plovdiv will move to Levski. We are talking about Nikola Gigov and Boris Ganin, who are 2007 recruits. The boys are from the team that until recently led the departed Stoyan Angelov, Maritsa newspaper writes.The parents of the youngsters, who come from the Orleta club in Pazardzhik, are adamant that they will continue their career at Gerena, where the prospects for their children are greater.Botev Academy Plovdiv this year registered its greatest success in 10 years. The loss of Gigov and Ganin is a big blow for the “canaries”.last_img read more

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Serie A Review: Top Two Teams Maintain Title Push With Respective Wins

first_imgThe top two teams namely Napoli and Juventus continued their bid towards the Italian Serie A title with straightforward victories in their respective Matchday 23 clashes on Sunday.League leaders Napoli won 2-0 at bottom club Benevento to retain top spot courtesy goals from Dries Mertens and Marek Hamsik either side of halftime after Juventus had gone to the summit through the 7-0 annihilation of Sassuolo at the Juventus Stadium.Alex Sandro, Sami Khedira (2), Miralem Pjanic and Gonzalo Higuain got the goals for the Italian champions.Matchday 23 Results (Sunday)Hellas Verona 0-1 AS RomaAtalanta 1-0 Chievo VeronaBologna 1-2 FiorentinaCagliari 2-0 SPAL 2013Juventus 7-0 SassuoloUdinese 1-1 AC MilanBenevento 0-2 NapoliStandings (Top 6 via Points):1. Napoli 602. Juventus 593. Lazio 464. Inter Milan 455. AS Roma 446. Sampdoria 38RelatedSerie A Review: Juventus Extend Lead With Sampdoria Win As Rome Derby Ends In Goalless DrawApril 16, 2018In “Europe”Serie A Review: Juventus Open Four-Point Lead With Big Win Over AC Milan As Napoli Slip UpApril 1, 2018In “Europe”Italian Serie A Review: The Big Teams Show SuperiorityOctober 26, 2017In “Europe”last_img read more

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Odotei warns Nyantakyi-Be courteous

first_imgChief Executive Officer for Division One Football club side King Faisal, Mr. Vincent Sowah Odotei has cautioned the President of the Ghana Football Association to be courteous in his words when referring to him.There seems to be bad blood between Mr.Kwesi Nyantakyi and Mr. Vincent Sowah Odotei long after the FA Presidential elections and those who thought the two men had it all rosy between them should have to rethink after a spark on Asempa Fm’s Sports Morning Show on Monday.A furious Odotei was reacting to comment made by Mr. Nyantakyi on the same show on an opinion he had earlier shared on the way the Communications Director was chosen for the FA.According to him, he had no problem if Mr. Nyantakyi disagrees with him in principle but making derogatory remarks on his personality is unacceptable.Odotei already charged up warned “I will use the legally acceptable means of dealing with him if he passes any derogatory comment on my personality again”.According him, he has endured this for far too long, “he did the same thing during the FA elections, we attended the same University and he is not any better than me” he explained.last_img read more

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Fantasy Football Injury Updates: James Conner, Devin Singletary shaking up Week 3 waiver pickups

first_imgPittsburgh finished its Week 2 game without Ben Roethlisberger or James Conner. Conner was one of a number of running backs to be injured Sunday, a list which also included David Johnson, Mark Ingram and Devin Singletary. Fortunately for fantasy football owners, Johnson and Ingram both returned to their games and looked fine after some initial concerns. Singletary, like Conner, didn’t return and will be worth monitoring. If Conner misses time, handcuff Jaylen Samuels would be a great waiver pickup ahead of Week 3, while the same is true of Frank Gore in regards to Singletary.We’ll continue to updates this article as new information becomes available. For news on injured QBs Drew Brees and Ben Roethlisberger, go here, and for updates on banged-up WRs DeSean Jackson, Alshon Jeffery, and Michael Gallup, click here. For more updates, follow us on Twitter (@SN_Fantasy).  (Update: The Bills are saying Singletary is “day-to-day.”)WEEK 3 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endSingletary showed his talent for a second-straight week, carrying six times for 57 yards and a touchdown before departing. It was Frank Gore who again led the Bills in carries, though, and would dominate them even more if Singletary missed time. A 19-carry, 68-yard game with a score for the 36-year old Gore makes him a prime waiver-wire target this week, regardless of Singletary’s health, and with the Bengals on tap for Week 3, both Gore and Singletary have at least FLEX value. WEEK 3 NON-PPR RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerJames Conner injury updateConner sustained a knee injury in the second half of Sunday’s game against Seattle. He was initially listed as questionable to return and never officially ruled out, but he didn’t play another snap for Pittsburgh. In his stead, Jaylen Samuels received three carries and one catch while Benny Snell Jr. got one carry. Conner is slated to undergo tests Monday.(Update: The news on Monday afternoon from ESPN is that Conner’s knee injury is “not serious.”)There’s been less news to come out about Conner’s injury as of Monday morning, so this is more of a guessing game. Samuels would figure to receive the most touches for Pittsburgh, but he’s a converted college tight end/H-back type. The rookie Snell was a workhorse at Kentucky and could play a prominent role if Conner misses out, too, especially near the goal line. Consider both potential pickups if Conner can’t play against San Francisco in Week 3. Samuels would likely have more value, but Snell could be an interesting FLEX option.MORE WEEK 3: Waiver wire pickups | FAAB planner | Snap countsHow long is Devin Singletary out?Singletary left Sunday’s game late after a non-contact injury to his hamstring. Generally, non-contact injuries are a big worry, but while Singletary was ruled out for the game before its conclusion, he did remain on the sideline with his helmet.last_img read more

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‘Houston, we’ve had a problem’: Remembering Apollo 13 at 50

first_img1 of 16 In this April 17, 1970 photo made available by NASA, astronaut Jim Lovell, inside the Apollo 13 lunar module, prepares it for jettison before returning to the command module for splashdown in the Pacific Ocean. (NASA via AP) FILE – In this April 14, 1970 file photo, people in Rome look at newspapers headlining the trouble that developed aboard the U.S.’s Apollo 13 mission which led to the cancellation of the attempt to land on the moon. (AP Photo) In this April 11, 1970 photo made available by NASA, the Saturn V rocket carrying the crew of the Apollo 13 mission to the moon launches from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. (NASA via AP) In this April 17, 1970 photo made available by NASA, astronaut Jim Lovell, commander, is hoisted aboard a helicopter from the USS Iwo Jima, after splashdown of the Apollo 13 command module in the Pacific Ocean. (NASA via AP) In this April 10, 1970 photo made available by NASA, Apollo 13 astronauts, from left, Fred Haise, Jack Swigert and Jim Lovell gather for a photo on the day before launch. (NASA via AP) This April 1970 photo made available by NASA shows the moon through a window on the lunar module as the Apollo 13 crew heads back towards the Earth. (NASA via AP) This April 17, 1970 photo made available by NASA shows the severely damaged Apollo 13 service module after separation from the lunar module/command module. An entire panel on the service module was blown away by the explosion of an oxygen tank. The damage forced the Apollo 13 crew members to use the lunar module as a “lifeboat.” The lunar module was jettisoned just prior to Earth re-entry by the command module. (NASA via AP) This April 1970 photo made available by NASA shows the interior of the Apollo 13 lunar module with the “mail box,” an ad hoc device which the crew assembled while in space to remove carbon dioxide from the air. It was designed and tested on the ground in Houston. Because of the explosion of one of the oxygen tanks in the service module, the three men had to use the lunar module as a “lifeboat” on their way back to Earth. (NASA via AP) This April 1970 photo made available by NASA shows astronaut Jim Lovell during the Apollo 13 mission. (NASA via AP)center_img FILE – In this April 21, 1970 file photo, Apollo 13 commander Jim Lovell uses a scale model during a televised news conference at the Manned Spacecraft Center, Houston to explain how the crew managed to survive after the explosion that damaged the service module during their mission to the moon. At center is John Swigert, command module pilot, and at right is Fred Haise, lunar module pilot. (AP Photo) In this April 15, 1970 photo made available by NASA, a group of flight controllers gather around the console of Glenn S. Lunney, foreground seated, Shift 4 flight director, in the Mission Operations Control Room (MOCR) of Mission Control Center (MCC) in Houston. Their attention is drawn to a weather map of the proposed landing site in the Pacific Ocean. At this point, the Apollo 13 lunar landing mission had been canceled, and the problem-plagued Apollo 13 crew members were in trans-Earth trajectory attempting to bring their crippled spacecraft back home. (NASA via AP) This April 1970 photo made available by NASA shows the Earth as the Apollo 13 mission heads towards the moon. (NASA via AP) In this April 1970 photo provided by NASA, Apollo 13 command module pilot John Swigert helps to hook up a lithium hydroxide canister in the lunar module, in an effort to get rid of carbon dioxide in the cabin as the spacecraft attempts to return to Earth. The explosion of an oxygen tank in the service module forced the three-man crew to rely on the lunar module as a “lifeboat.” (NASA via AP) FILE – In this May 1, 1970 file photo, confetti falls from the skyscrapers in Chicago’s financial district as Apollo 13 astronauts John Swigert and Jim Lovell ride in a motorcade during a parade in their honor. (AP Photo) In this April 17, 1970 photo made available by NASA, the command module carrying the Apollo 13 crew parachutes to a splashdown in the Pacific Ocean. (NASA via AP) FILE – In this April 19, 1970 file photo, Apollo 13 astronaut Jim Lovell carries his son, Jeff, 4, on his shoulders as he arrived at Ellington Air Force Base in Houston. (AP Photo) CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. | Apollo 13’s astronauts never gave a thought to their mission number as they blasted off for the moon 50 years ago. Even when their oxygen tank ruptured two days later — on April 13.Jim Lovell and Fred Haise insist they’re not superstitious. They even use 13 in their email addresses.As mission commander Lovell sees it, he’s incredibly lucky. Not only did he survive NASA’s most harrowing moonshot, he’s around to mark its golden anniversary.“I’m still alive. As long as I can keep breathing, I’m good,” Lovell, 92, said in an interview with The Associated Press from his Lake Forest, Illinois, home.A half-century later, Apollo 13 is still considered Mission Control’s finest hour.Lovell calls it “a miraculous recovery.”Haise, like so many others, regards it as NASA’s most successful failure.“It was a great mission,” Haise, 86, said. It showed “what can be done if people use their minds and a little ingenuity.”As the lunar module pilot, Haise would have become the sixth man to walk on the moon, following Lovell onto the dusty gray surface. The oxygen tank explosion robbed them of the moon landing, which would have been NASA’s third, nine months after Apollo 11’s Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took humanity’s first footsteps on the moon.Now the coronavirus pandemic has robbed them of their anniversary celebrations. Festivities are on hold, including at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, where the mission began on April 11, 1970, a Saturday just like this year.That won’t stop Haise, who still lives in Houston, from marking what he calls “boom day” next Monday, as he does every April 13.Lovell, Haise and Jack Swigert, a last-minute fill-in who died in 1982, were almost to the moon when they heard a bang and felt a shudder. One of two oxygen tanks had burst in the spacecraft’s service module.The tense words that followed are the stuff of space — and movie — fame.“OK, Houston, we’ve had a problem here,” radioed Swigert, the command module pilot.“This is Houston. Say again, please.”“Houston, we’ve had a problem,” Lovell cut in.Lovell reported a sudden voltage drop in one of the two main electrical circuits. Within seconds, Houston’s Mission Control saw pressure readings for the damaged oxygen tank plunge to zero. The blast also knocked out two electrical power-generating fuel cells and damaged the third.As Lovell peered out the window and saw oxygen escaping into the black void, he knew his moon landing was also slipping away. He shoved all emotions aside.“Not landing on the moon or dying in space are two different things,” Lovell explained, “and so we forgot about landing on the moon. This was one of survival. How do we get home?”The astronauts were 200,000 miles (322,000 kilometers) from Earth. Getting back alive would require calm, skill and, yes, luck.“The explosion could not have happened at a better time,” Lovell said.Much earlier, he said, and the astronauts wouldn’t have had enough electrical power to make it around the moon and slingshot back to Earth for a splashdown. A blast in lunar orbit or, worse still, while Lovell and Haise were on the surface, “that would be the end of it.”“I think we had some divine help in this flight,” Lovell said.The aborted mission went from being so humdrum that none of the major TV networks broadcast the astronauts’ show-and-tell minutes before the explosion, to a life-and-death drama gripping the entire world.As flight director Gene Kranz and his team in Houston raced to come up with a rescue plan, the astronauts kept their cool. It was Lovell’s fourth spaceflight – his second to the moon – and the first and only one for Haise and Swigert.Dark thoughts “always raced through our minds, but silently. We didn’t talk about that,” Lovell said.Added Haise: “We never hit the point where there was nothing left to do. So, no, we never got to a point where we said, ‘Well, we’re going to die.’”The White House, less confident, demanded odds. Kranz refused, leaving it to others to put the crew’s chances at 50-50. In his mind, there was no doubt, no room for failure — only success.“Basically that was the name of the game: I’m going to get them home. My team’s going to get them home. We will get them home,” Kranz recalled.For the record, Kranz never uttered “failure is not an option.” The line is pure Hollywood, created for the 1995 movie “Apollo 13” starring Ed Harris as Kranz and Tom Hanks as Lovell.The flight controllers went into crisis mode. They immediately ordered the command module Odyssey shut down to conserve what little power remained, and the astronauts to move into the lunar module Aquarius, now a lifeboat.One of the low points, Lovell said, was realizing they’d be cramped together in the lander.“It was designed for two people for two days. We were three people for four days.”The carbon dioxide overload, from breathing, threatened to kill them.Engineers scrambled to figure out how to convert the square air-purifying canisters in the dead capsule into round ones that would fit in their temporary home.Their outside-the-box, seat-of-the-pants solution, using spacecraft scraps, worked. But it was so damp and cold that the astronauts couldn’t sleep. Condensation covered the walls and windows, and the temperature was close to freezing.Dehydrated and feverish, Haise had the roughest time during the six-day ordeal. Despite the sky-high stress, Haise recalls no cross words among the three test pilots. Even Swigert fit in, despite joining the crew a scant three days before liftoff. He replaced command module pilot Ken Mattingly, who with his crewmates had been exposed to German measles, but unlike them didn’t have immunity.Rumors swirled that the astronauts had poison pills tucked away in case of a hopeless situation. Lovell dispelled that notion on page one of his 1994 autobiography, “Lost Moon,” the basis for the “Apollo 13” film.Splashdown day finally arrived April 17, 1970 — with no guarantees.The astronauts managed to power up their command module, avoiding short circuits but creating a rainfall inside as the spacecraft decelerated in the atmosphere.The communication blackout lasted 1 1/2 minutes longer than normal. Controllers grew alarmed. Finally, three billowing parachutes appeared above the Pacific. It was only then, Lovell said, that “we knew that we had it made.”The astronauts had no idea how much their cosmic cliffhanger impacted the world until they reached Honolulu. President Richard Nixon was there to greet them.“We never dreamed a billion people were following us on television and radio, and reading about us in banner headlines of every newspaper published,” Lovell noted in a NASA history.The tank explosion later was linked to damage caused by electrical overheating in ground tests.Apollo 13 “showed teamwork, camaraderie and what NASA was really made of,” said Columbia University’s Mike Massimino, a former shuttle astronaut.In the decades since, Lovell and his wife, Marilyn, of nearly 68 years have discussed the what-ifs and might-have-beens.“The outcome of everything is, naturally, that he’s alive,” she said, “and that we’ve had all these years.”The Associated Press Health and Science Department receives support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Department of Science Education. The AP is solely responsible for all content.last_img read more

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Washington Nationals hire Dusty Baker as their next manager

first_imgIn this Sept. 30, 2013 file photo, then-Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker talks with visitors behind the batting cage during the baseball team’s workout in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Dusty Baker got another managing job, this time with the Washington Nationals. And Major League Baseball got another Black skipper, something the man in charge of the sport called “encouraging.”The Nationals announced Baker’s hiring on Tuesday, nearly a month after firing Matt Williams when the club missed the playoffs.With Baker joining the Nationals, baseball avoids what would have been its first start to a season since 1988 with zero Black managers.“I am certain that the Nationals, like all of our clubs, hired the best person for the job. It is encouraging that in this case the best person turned out to be African-American,” baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred wrote in an email to The Associated Press. “This is a positive step and I am intent on making continued progress on diversity in the managerial ranks going forward.”When the Seattle Mariners fired Lloyd McClendon last month, it left no Black managers in the major leagues. No season had started without at least one since 1988; in April that year, Frank Robinson replaced Cal Ripken Sr. with the Baltimore Orioles. Robinson later managed the Nationals.“Dusty Baker is highly qualified, has years of managerial experience and is a proven leader,” Manfred wrote.In the 66-year-old Baker, the Nationals get someone who has worked 20 seasons as a manager in the majors and whose 1,671-1,504 record — a .526 winning percentage — includes the second-most victories among active managers. He led the San Francisco Giants to the 2002 World Series and reached the postseason a half-dozen other times.He becomes the second-oldest manager in the majors at the moment, a few weeks younger than Terry Collins, who just led the New York Mets to the World Series.Baker also managed the Chicago Cubs and, most recently, the Cincinnati Reds, who fired him in 2013. He has a reputation for being able to handle different clubhouse personalities, including managing Barry Bonds while with the Giants.Baker won NL Manager of the Year honors in 1993, 1997 and 2000. He retired as a player in 1986 after 19 years in the majors, winning a World Series title with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1981.“We were looking for a manager to help us achieve our ultimate goal of competing for a World Series championship,” Nationals owner Ted Lerner said in a statement. “During our broad search process we met with many qualified candidates, and ultimately it was clear that Dusty’s deep experience was the best fit for our ballclub.”The Nationals were said to have settled on hiring former San Diego Padres manager Bud Black last week before contract talks with him broke down.Washington said general manager Mike Rizzo and Baker will wait until Thursday to hold a news conference; Rizzo spoke about Williams’ firing on a conference call.In the news release about Baker’s hiring, Rizzo said: “We are excited to bring him to Washington and put his steady demeanor, knowledge and many years in the game to work in our favor.”Rizzo let Williams go a day after Washington, which had World Series aspirations, finished the regular season at 83-79, seven games behind the New York Mets in the NL East.Williams, who played under Baker with the Giants, had never managed in the majors when he was hired for the 2014 season. The Nationals won their division and he was voted NL Manager of the Year; a division series loss to San Francisco followed.Williams then presided over a 2015 season filled with defeats, discord and the embarrassing spectacle of a dugout dustup between NL MVP front-runner Bryce Harper and teammate Jonathan Papelbon during a game the day after the team was eliminated from playoff contention.Williams said he had no idea of the extent of the skirmish until much later in the day, even though he was in the dugout at the time, Williams said he hadn’t been aware of exactly what happened — including that Papelbon grabbed Harper by the throat. None of his players or coaches told him about it right away, and he said he hadn’t asked to know more.On the day he announced that Williams would not return, Rizzo was asked what sought in Williams’ replacement.“Communication in the clubhouse, communication within the coaching staff, is vital,” Rizzo said on Oct. 5. “Experience is always helpful. It always adds a layer of expertise to anybody’s resume. We feel that where we’re at in our timetable of winning a championship, we certainly would lean toward someone that has some type of managerial experience, especially at the major league level.”___AP Baseball Writer Ronald Blum in New York contributed to this report.last_img read more

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Williamson scores 25, No. 2 Duke shuts down Pitt 79-64

first_img“My guys are not nervous,” Krzyzewski said. “I’m nervous. But they are not. They love crowds. They love to compete.”No matter who’s watching. With the coach who helped recruit the current Blue Devils on the other bench and one of the greatest rappers in history sitting courtside, star freshmen Zion Williamson and RJ Barrett did what they’ve done seemingly since the day they stepped on campus last fall: They dominated.Williamson hit his first 10 shots on his way to 25 points, Barrett scored 26 and the second-ranked Blue Devils had little trouble in a clinical 79-64 victory over Pittsburgh and former Duke assistant Jeff Capel on Tuesday night. PITTSBURGH (AP) — There are plenty of words Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski can use to describe his star-laden roster. Nervous is not one of them. Duke’s Zion Williamson (1) passes over Pittsburgh’s Sidy N’Dir (11) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019, in Pittsburgh. Duke won 79-64. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)center_img Duke’s Zion Williamson, left, is fouled by Pittsburgh’s Kene Chukwuka as he shoots during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)Capel helped bring Barrett and Williamson to Duke before leaving last spring to rebuild the Panthers. While Pitt appears to be on its way back, Capel understands the gap between his club and his alma mater remains massive.“Zion, I don’t know if I’ve seen anything like it,” Capel said. “I looked up at one point in the first half and he had 17 and my assistants told me he hadn’t missed a shot.”That’s because he hadn’t. Williamson — hardly rattled by the site of Jay-Z sitting in the front row of the packed Petersen Events Center — went 9 for 9 in the first half and finished 11 of 13 overall while adding seven assists and seven rebounds. Williamson insisted he wasn’t keeping track of his hot start. He didn’t have to. His teammates were doing it for him.“I said (at halftime), ‘I got like 10 points right now, I’m not really doing nothing,’” Williamson said. “I come in here and they tell me what I got and I was like, ‘Dang.’”Williamson admitted he noticed Jay-Z — whose representatives reached out to Pitt a few weeks ago about stopping by — and pointed out the rapper’s song “A Dream” is on his pregame playlist.“That was like a dream come true,” Williamson said. “To me, he’s the GOAT” — greatest of all time.Once the ball was tipped, Williamson and the Blue Devils hardly looked star-struck even without guard Tre Jones, who remains out indefinitely with a shoulder injury. The Blue Devils (16-2, 5-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) withstood an early surge by the Panthers and then hit the gas about midway through the first half, turning a brief 16-15 deficit into a 44-25 lead at the break.“That’s to be expected at all away games, people are just going to bring the energy,” Williamson said. “Just got to be mature and take their best shot. I think once we did that, we were able to control the game.”Trey McGowens led Pitt with 14 points, and Jared Wilson-Frame and Terrell Brown added 12 each. But the Panthers (12-7, 2-4) simply couldn’t match Duke’s size or firepower and never got closer than 15 over the final 22 minutes.Capel said it felt “surreal” to be in the same building with the Blue Devils but not sitting on the bench next to Krzyzewski. Capel spent seven years as Krzyzewski’s top assistant before joining the Panthers last April, helping Duke become a prime landing spot for the top high school talent in the country.Capel hopes to one day bring in that kind of talent to Pitt. He might, but not quite yet. The gulf between the two programs was evident once the early adrenaline wore off and Williamson went to work.Pitt managed just nine points over the final 13:23 of the first half. McGowens and freshman guard Xavier Johnson were unable to find any creases in Duke’s zone to get to the basket — a staple of their attack during early conference wins over Louisville and Florida State. Johnson finished with a season-low eight points and didn’t even get to the line, while McGowens took just one free throw.“Look, they’re better than us,” Capel said. “They’re more talented than us. I think that’s what it was. I don’t think it was just the zone. I think it was their talent.”ZION EQUALS KD?Capel said the last time he watched an opposing freshman score as easily as Williamson came a decade ago when he was coaching Oklahoma against Texas. The Longhorns had a freshman in early 2007 named Kevin Durant. Capel remembers looking up and seeing Durant with 20 points halfway through the first half.“I said (that night), ‘There’s nothing we can do about this,’” Capel said. “It’s kind of the same with Zion. He’s very unique. He’s very, very unique.”BIG PICTUREDuke: The Blue Devils can guard when they want to even without Jones. The team that leads the nation in blocked shots swatted seven — right around Duke’s season average — and found an extra gear when it was required.Pittsburgh: Capel believes the Panthers are on a path that will return them to prominence. A talent upgrade is a must. For all the fight Pitt showed, the Panthers aren’t big enough or deep enough to hang with the ACC’s top tier.UP NEXTDuke: Host Georgia Tech on Saturday.Pittsburgh: Visits Louisville on Saturday. The Panthers beat the Cardinals 86-83 in overtime at home on Jan. 9.___More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25last_img read more

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