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After he beat the Yankees on Monday, Carlos Rodon was averaging just 5.59 hits allowed per nine innings, the best in the majors among pitchers with at least 90 innings.CreditBill Kostroun/Associated Press
In his first three major league seasons, Carlos Rodon of the Chicago White Sox was right in line with modern trends. Rodon had a losing record and an earned run average near 4.00, but he averaged more than a strikeout per inning, like so many others in the age of power pitching.
But a strange thing has happened to Rodon during his return from arthroscopic shoulder surgery in June: He’s gotten fewer strikeouts and started pitching better than ever.
“Strikeouts are nice, trust me,” Rodon said the other day in the Bronx. “I want them too. They’re just not happening. I’ve been getting that early contact.”
For Rodon, that contact has barely dented his statistics. After beating the Yankees on Monday, he was averaging just 5.59 hits allowed per nine innings, the best in the majors among pitchers with at least 90 innings.
Only three others had allowed less than six hits per nine innings — Chris Sale, Max Scherzer and Blake Snell, who all averaged at least 10 strikeouts per nine innings. Rodon averaged 6.8. So how has he done it, besides early contact?
“The defense seems to be helping me out a lot,” Rodon said. “I’m not going to lie, there’s been some luck in there. Mix in some skill and some luck, that plays into it, and my fastball command’s been a little better. I haven’t gotten that strikeout slider yet — it seems like they’ve been laying off it — but when we get 0-2 or 1-2, we try not to waste pitches.”
That was the philosophy of Roy Halladay, the two-time Cy Young Award winner who tried never to throw a pitch out of the strike zone. Halladay, who died last year in a plane crash, wanted to bait hitters with edge-of-the-zone strikes, maintain a low pitch count and work deep into games.
Rodon has done that well since returning from the disabled list. He has averaged six and two-thirds innings per start — the same as Scherzer, the majors’ innings leader — and has worked into the eighth in five of his last eight starts. Rodon has a 1.72 E.R.A. in those games, and had a 2.70 mark overall through Thursday.
Rodon learned his slider at North Carolina State from pitching coach Tom Holliday, the father of Matt Holliday of the Colorado Rockies. As Rodon waits to rediscover his best version of the pitch, he said, his fastball and changeup have been most responsible for unplugging the opposition. Opponents have a .195 average on balls in play against Rodon, with a similarly meager line-drive percentage of 15.3.
“Soft pop-ups, ground balls, double plays,” he said, laughing. “It’s working my way right now. Just hope it keeps going like that.”
Even if his luck turns a bit in September, Rodon’s season has been successful because his arm feels strong.
“I was nervous; the only surgery I’d ever had in my life was having my wisdom teeth out,” he said. “A starting pitcher with shoulder surgery, you never know what could happen. There was a little extra motivation to come back.”
Bruce Meyer never played professional sports, but the cause of the athlete has always intrigued him.
“As far back as I can remember, I had the view that the athletes are the product, because they’re the ones that people come out to watch, and they should get as much as they can get for their services,” he said. “Their industry makes billions of dollars, and the product is really the athletes’ performance. I don’t know if I would have put it in those terms when I was 13 years old, but I think I always felt that the athletes deserve to be paid.”
Meyer will soon take a prominent role in ensuring that major leaguers maximize their earning power. The players’ association hired him on Monday as senior director, collective bargaining and legal, and will count on him as the lead negotiator for the next collective bargaining agreement.
The current C.B.A., which expires after the 2021 season, is generally believed to have benefited management more than players, who were startled by a sluggish free agent market last winter. As front offices rely more and more on analytics — and finding ways to extract maximum production at minimum cost — many executives seem less likely to splurge for free agents. The trend sparked suspicions of collusion, and one prominent agent, Brodie Van Wagenen, publicly floated the threat of a spring training boycott, which never materialized.
In hiring Meyer, the executive director Tony Clark, a former player, took an important step for the next round of bargaining. As a lawyer, Meyer shares a pedigree with two of Clark’s predecessors, Donald Fehr and Michael Weiner, who also led negotiations.
“Tony’s the boss, but the fact that he feels confident to entrust that kind of responsibility to me is great,” said Meyer, who has practiced law for more than 30 years. “I’m looking forward to learning the industry and seeing what I can do to help.”
Meyer was a partner at Weil, Gotshal & Manges in New York, first as a litigator and then as a trial lawyer. Sports-related cases were Meyer’s favorites, and at various points he represented football, basketball and hockey players. In 2016 he took a senior leadership role at the N.H.L. Players’ Association in Toronto, where Fehr has been executive director since 2010.
Fehr had previously spent more than 30 years with the baseball players’ union, and was executive director during the strike that canceled the 1994 World Series. Meyer — who said he enjoyed working at the N.H.L.P.A. and took the baseball job to be closer to his home in Westchester County, N.Y. — benefited from his time around Fehr.
“He has more knowledge about this stuff than anybody alive, really, from the players’ side,” Meyer said. “He has a tremendous grasp of the industry in general and all of the various factors that affect players, including political, economic, personal. Having the opportunity to work with him directly and learn from him has been very valuable to me.”
Fehr left a powerful legacy among players, building off Marvin Miller’s extraordinary success. But for many fans, fairly or not, he and the former commissioner Bud Selig were the faces of a devastating work stoppage. Meyer would not characterize his style in relation to Fehr’s, and he said he had arrived with a fresh perspective about the baseball industry.
But the hard feelings from last winter were still simmering this summer, when Clark asserted at the All-Star Game that the players’ “rights are now under attack in ways that we have not seen for a long time,” an accusation that Commissioner Rob Manfred disputed. Labor peace will continue for a while, but it is not guaranteed forever.
“Certainly nobody wants a work stoppage,” Meyer said. “It’s obviously not good for fans who pay the bills, and not good for anybody. Sometimes it can’t be avoided, but I haven’t reached any conclusions about where baseball’s headed. We have three years and I have a lot to learn, and there’s a lot that can be accomplished in three years.”
Jacob Nix has had a stunning start to his major league career.CreditDenis Poroy/Getty Images
Jacob Nix had a curious entry into professional baseball. Drafted in the fifth round by the Houston Astros in 2014, Nix lost a $1.5 million bonus through no fault of his own. The Astros had drafted another high school pitcher, Brady Aiken, with the first overall pick, and planned to sign Aiken for a discount — and use the savings to sign Nix. But when they failed to sign Aiken because of concerns about his elbow, they lost the allotted draft money that had been earmarked for Nix, who enlisted the players’ union to file a grievance.
Nix’s fallback option was a scholarship to U.C.L.A., but he lost that, too, because the N.C.A.A. ruled that his grievance had compromised his amateur status. After a settlement with the Astros and a season at the IMG Academy in Florida, Nix re-entered the draft in 2015 and was chosen by the San Diego Padres in the third round.
Now we know why Nix, 22, was so popular. He made his major league debut on Aug. 10, beating the Phillies with six shutout innings. The Diamondbacks knocked him out of his next start in the first inning, but Nix held his own against the Rockies at treacherous Coors Field in his third start.
His fourth start, on Tuesday, was a masterpiece of efficiency. Nix worked eight and a third innings against the Mariners, with no strikeouts or walks, allowing a homer to Nelson Cruz on his 79th and final pitch. The score was 2-1, and Padres Manager Andy Green lifted Nix to make sure he would not lose the game or allow the tying run.
How unusual was it for a pitcher to work at least eight innings in fewer than 80 pitches, with no walks or strikeouts? It had not been done in more than 25 years, since the Hall of Famer Tom Glavine spun a 79-pitch complete game to beat the Mets in Atlanta on June 15, 1993.
Tom Nichols in the booth at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati on Tuesday.CreditJosh Hess/Dayton Dragons
A major league broadcaster often has the job security of a Supreme Court justice or a tenured college professor: Once you get the job, you just may have it for life. The best ones recognize their good fortune.
“You have to have a measure of talent, but you really have to be lucky,” said Marty Brennaman, 75, the radio voice of the Cincinnati Reds since 1974. “Often you have to be in the right place at the right time. For me to say I’m here because I’m better than anybody doing minor league baseball is a joke. A lot of people doing minor league baseball would be very good big-league broadcasters, but they need a break.”
For Tom Nichols, the break never came. Nichols, 54, grew up in Muncie, Ind., mesmerized by the radio broadcasts of Brennaman and his longtime partner, Joe Nuxhall. After college at Ball State, Nichols called the broadcaster of the Class AAA team in Indianapolis and wrangled fill-in work on weekends. He has since called more than 4,000 games in the minors.
On Tuesday, Nichols finally reached the majors, making a brief visit to call three innings of the Reds’ 9-7 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers at Great American Ballpark. He worked one inning with Jeff Brantley and two with Brennaman, and was careful to make no mistakes.
“When you do it as long as I have, you have some calls that you wish you had back, and you’re glad there weren’t thousands of people listening and a video up on YouTube,” Nichols said on Wednesday. “I just didn’t want any of those things to happen. I was stressed and nervous, but when it started, it couldn’t have gone any better.”
Nichols has spent the last 11 seasons as the voice of the nearby Dayton Dragons, a Reds’ Class A affiliate. He has also broadcast for teams in Indianapolis; Kinston, N.C.; Peoria, Ill.; Fort Wayne, Ind.; Mobile, Ala.; and Gary, Ind. He covered future major leaguers like Randy Johnson, Larry Walker, Torii Hunter, Jake Peavy and Todd Frazier. When Peavy learned of his promotion from Mobile to the San Diego Padres in 2002, he excitedly called Nichols at the team hotel in the middle of the night.
Nichols mentioned a top shortstop prospect for Cleveland named Tim Costo, who played for the Class A team in Kinston. Costo, it turned out, was not the main attraction.
“He was a pretty good player; he got to the big leagues, but at the same time he joined our club, a total no-name came in and also moved into an everyday spot on the same side of the infield,” Nichols said. “He’d not been a high draft pick out of an Illinois junior college, and no one thought twice about his addition to our team.
“But I remember about two weeks later, our catcher told me, ‘If I didn’t know any better, I’d think this no-name kid from junior college was our first-round pick. He’s that good.’ And that player turned out to be one of the top 10 home run hitters in the history of the game: Jim Thome.”
“That’s part of the flavor of minor league baseball,” Nichols continued. “You never know which player’s going to make it, and you enjoy the chance to watch them on their way up.”
Nichols said he reconciled long ago with the idea that he would never become a regular major league broadcaster. The closest he came to an interview was when Peavy once encouraged the Padres to give him a tryout; they never did.
But Nichols is proud of his long association with the Dragons, who have a sellout streak of more than 1,300 games. The team’s front office persuaded the Reds to give Nichols a night in their broadcast booth to commemorate his 4,000th game, which happened on a recent road trip. The Dragons were off on Tuesday.
“They called an emergency staff meeting and had me read a letter that said, ‘You’ll be calling a major league game on Aug. 28,’ ” Nichols said. “I got a little emotional.”
He held it together behind the Reds’ microphone, making a crisp call of a play at the plate in which Billy Hamilton threw out Travis Shaw from center field. Nichols had covered Hamilton before, with Dayton in 2011. Now they were both in the majors.
“If I were in his position, I would have been so overcome with emotion, I don’t know what I would have been able to do,” Brennaman said. “He handled it extremely well. I told him he could come back here and work any time, and I truly mean it.”
On Wednesday, though, Nichols was unavailable.
“I’ve got a game tonight back in Dayton,” he said. “We’ll play 138 games this year and I’ll call every one of ’em.”
Proving that a team or a league colluded to keep a player off the field has proved difficult over the years.
“Smoking gun” documents that show owners acted in a coordinated way are rare. Aggrieved players have a hard time proving teams deliberately passed them over in favor of less talented alternatives because teams hire and fire players for subjective reasons all the time, and are well within their rights to do so.
Then there is the case against the N.F.L. brought by Colin Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who has accused the league’s owners of snubbing him because of his decision to protest by kneeling during the national anthem.
The case that began nominally about Kaepernick’s skills has turned into something much larger, a referendum on his politics, free speech and even his legacy. N.F.L. teams have signed players who have beaten their spouses and run operations that killed dogs for sport, but protesting during the national anthem may prove to be the unforgivable sin.
On Thursday, the arbitrator hearing Kaepernick’s grievance dismissed the N.F.L.’s bid to throw out the case. He determined that Kaepernick’s lawyers had unearthed enough credible evidence during the first stages of discovery to allow the case to go forward.
This sets the stage for owners and league executives to be questioned in a triallike setting. Kaepernick faces an uphill legal battle, but even proceeding to a full hearing amounts to a victory because it allows his lawyers to continue to search for evidence of collusion, while keeping Kaepernick’s name in the news during the N.F.L. season, when attention on football is at its peak.
There is a sensible and common solution to get out of this jam: a settlement.
The league has been desperately trying to extinguish the continuing protests — which are an attempt to raise awareness about police brutality and economic inequality — and the fiery debate they have sparked. But the case is expected to drag on for months, so the league could reach a deal to pay Kaepernick damages equal to what he might have made if were still playing.
In a normal case, Kaepernick, who hasn’t played since 2016, might decide he has won enough already, agree to a settlement, walk away with millions of dollars and move on with his life. Or some team in a progressive city could just put Kaepernick on a roster for the season, which could take a lot of steam out of his complaints.
This, however, is not a normal case. Both sides appear to be fighting about something larger than dollars.
“Everyone should be motivated to settle,” said Michael LeRoy, who teaches sports labor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. “That said, neither Kaepernick nor some of the owners are the type to settle. They are putting principle above money.”
Jerry Jones and other N.F.L. team owners have given no indication they want to settle with Kaepernick.CreditRon Jenkins/Associated Press
Kaepernick appears interested in continuing to raise awareness about police brutality and other forms of social injustice, not about winning monetary restitution. While he has not spoken to the media since he filed his grievance in October, he has sent messages about his agenda through social media and a handful of planned public appearances.
He has used Twitter to cheer players who continue to protest during the national anthem. Pictures have also surfaced of Kaepernick teaching young people about their rights when approached by police officers. After he received an award from Amnesty International, Kaepernick spoke about his goals of addressing police brutality.
Kaepernick has not shied away from taunting the N.F.L. He showed up to the deposition of an N.F.L. owner wearing a black T-shirt with the name Kunta Kinte on it, a reference to the slave at the center of the book and television drama, “Roots.”
Many owners, meanwhile, have spoken about wanting the players to stop protesting. In May, they tightened a league policy that now obligates players to stand for the anthem when they are on the field, but it allows players to remain in the locker room if they choose.
Some owners said they would not penalize players if they continued to protest on the field, but the owner of the Dallas Cowboys, Jerry Jones, broke ranks in July when he said that all of his players must stand on the field for the anthem. Jones said he would not even abide by players remaining in the locker room. His son Stephen, the team’s chief operating officer and director of player personnel, suggested that Cowboys players who protested might not be long for the team.
Jones is the most outspoken owner to oppose the protests, but he speaks for more than a few of his colleagues. He has also donated to President Trump, who has frequently attacked the owners for not firing players who protest and who publicly praised Jones for his hard-line stance.
Jones and the owners who stand with him do not appear willing to settle with Kaepernick, lest they look like they are backtracking, to say nothing of possibly giving him a job. They fear they would alienate the sizable subset of fans upset with the protesting players.
A settlement might also spark more attacks from the president, who has shown a proclivity to bludgeon companies he does not like, like technology corporations and news organizations. In theory, the president could lend support to a bill that surfaced in Congress that would prohibit public financing of sports stadiums.
“All of a sudden, the arms of politics could have a far longer reach, where the president can put his finger on the scale and influence how the N.F.L. and players resolve their conflicts,” said Charles Grantham, a former executive with the National Basketball Players Association who now teaches at the Center for Sport Management at Seton Hall University.
It is possible, Grantham said, that the arbitrator, in allowing the case to go forward, is in fact nudging the N.F.L. to settle. Like most judges, arbitrators prefer that the two sides come to their own conclusion. At the very least, “it does put pressure on the N.F.L. because it does allow Kaepernick to do more discovery, question witnesses and present this full case in front of the arbitrator,” said Gabe Feldman, who teaches sports law at Tulane University.
Then again, the N.F.L. could have settled the case months ago, but chose not to. Kaepernick, too, has shown no interest in that, and for now, at least, he appears to have won the right to continue his crusade.
On a March morning in 1989, Robert Shoots was found dead in his garage in Weir, Kan. He had run a tube from the tailpipe of his beloved old Chrysler to the front seat, where he sat with a bottle of Wild Turkey. He was 80.
His daughter wishes he had mentioned this plan when they spoke by phone the night before, because she didn’t get to say a satisfying goodbye. But she would not have tried to dissuade him from suicide.
Years earlier, he had told her of his intentions.
“It wasn’t a big surprise,” she said of his death. “I knew what he was going to do and how he was going to do it.” (Wary of harassment in her conservative upstate New York town, she has asked me to withhold her name.)
Mr. Shoots, a retired house painter, was happily remarried and enjoyed good health. He still went fishing and played golf, showing no signs of the depression or other mental illness that afflicts most people who take their own lives.
Nevertheless, he had explained why he someday planned to take his life. “All the people he knew were dying in hospitals, full of tubes, lying there for weeks, and he was just horrified by it,” his daughter said. He was determined to avoid that kind of death.
Is suicide by older adults ever a rational choice? It’s a topic many older people discuss among themselves, quietly or loudly — and one that physicians increasingly encounter, too. Yet most have scant training or experience in how to respond, said Dr. Meera Balasubramaniam, a geriatric psychiatrist at the New York University School of Medicine.
“I found myself coming across individuals who were very old, doing well, and shared that they wanted to end their lives at some point,” said Dr. Balasubramaniam. “So many of our patients are confronting this in their heads.”
She has not taken a position on whether suicide can be rational — her views are “evolving,” she said. But hoping to generate more medical discussion, she and a co-editor explored the issue in a 2017 anthology, “Rational Suicide in the Elderly,” and she revisited it recently in an article in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.
The Hastings Center, the ethics institute in Garrison, N.Y., also devoted much of its latest Hastings Center Report to a debate over “voluntary death” to forestall dementia.
Every part of this idea, including the very phrase “rational suicide,” remains intensely controversial. (Let’s leave aside the related but separate issue of physician aid in dying, currently legal in seven states and the District of Columbia, which applies only to mentally competent people likely to die of a terminal illness within six months.)
Dr. Yeates Conwell
Suicide has already become a pressing public health concern for older adults, more than 8,200 of whom took their lives in 2016, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“Older people in general, and older men specifically, have the highest rates,” said Dr. Yeates Conwell, a geriatric psychiatrist at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and a longtime suicide researcher.
That’s true even though research consistently shows older adults feeling happier than younger ones, with improved mental health.
A complex web of conditions contributes to late-life suicide, including physical illness and functional decline, personality traits and coping styles, and social disconnection.
But the vast majority of older people who kill themselves also have a diagnosable mental illness, primarily depression, Dr. Conwell pointed out.
Suicide often also involves impulsivity, rather than careful consideration. That doesn’t fit anybody’s definition of a rational act.
“The suicidal state is not fixed,” Dr. Conwell said. “It’s a teeter-totter. There’s a will to live and a will to die, and it goes back and forth.”
When health care providers aggressively treat seniors’ depression and work to improve their health, function and relationships, he said, “it can change the equation.”
Failing to take action to prevent suicide, some ethicists and clinicians argue, reflects an ageist assumption — one older people themselves aren’t immune to — that the lives of old or disabled people lack value.
A tolerant approach also overlooks the fact that people often change their minds, declaring certain conditions unendurable in the abstract but choosing to live if when the worst actually happens.
Slippery-slope arguments factor into the debate, too. “We worry that we could shift from a right to die to a duty to die if we make suicide seem desirable or justifiable,” Dr. Balasubramaniam said.
But the size of the baby boomer cohort, with the drive for autonomy that has characterized its members, means that doctors expect more of their older patients to contemplate controlling the time and manner of their deaths.
Not all of them are depressed or otherwise impaired in judgment.
“Perhaps you feel your life is on a downhill course,” said Dena Davis, a bioethicist at Lehigh University who has written about what she calls “pre-emptive suicide.”
“You’ve completed the things you wanted to do. You see life’s satisfactions getting smaller and the burdens getting larger — that’s true for a lot of us as our bodies start breaking down.”
At that point, “it might be rational to end your life,” Dr. Davis continued. “Unfortunately, in the world we currently live in, if you don’t take control of life’s end, it’s likely to go in ways that are inimical to your wishes.”
Dr. Davis cared for her mother as she slowly succumbed to Alzheimer’s disease. She intends to avoid a similar death, a decision she has discussed with her son, her friends and her doctor.
“We ought to start having conversations that challenge the taboo” of suicide, she said.
However heated the arguments become, as religious groups and disability activists and right-to-die proponents weigh in, there’s agreement on that point, at least. Reflexively negative reactions to an older person’s mere mention of suicide — Don’t say that! — shut down dialogue.
“Discussing it doesn’t mean you’re advocating it,” Dr. Balasubramaniam said.
Her training has taught her that suicide is preventable. But she also sees her role — one family and friends can play, too — as listening carefully to patients who discuss an eventual suicide, even as she looks for treatable illnesses that might be impacting their thinking.
“Sitting with someone who understands, who communicates caring, who is listening, is itself a reason for living,” Dr. Conwell said.
But not for everyone.
Mr. Shoot’s daughter watched her mother die of Alzheimer’s, too, and shares her father’s conviction that some fates are worse than death.
She has told her four children that she intends to die before her life deteriorates to levels she finds intolerable; they accept her decision, she said.
Accordingly, she avoids tests like mammograms and colonoscopies because she won’t treat the diseases they reveal. To celebrate her 70th birthday, she had the initials D.N.R. — for Do Not Resuscitate — tattooed on her chest, within a decorative circle.
For now, she enjoys her semirural life, but she monitors herself closely for signs of cognitive and functional decline. “When I start to slip too much,” she said, “it’s time.”
If you are having thoughts of suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (TALK) or go to SpeakingOfSuicide.com/resources for a list of additional resources. Here’s what you can do when a loved one is severely depressed.
France’s Tony Gallopin won stage seven of the Vuelta a Espana by five seconds, as compatriot Rudy Molard extended his overall lead.
Gallopin attacked with 2km to go in the 185.5km stage to Pozo Alcon.
Slovakia’s three-time world champion Peter Sagan was second, with Spain’s Alejandro Valverde in third.
Molard finished safely in the peloton and saw his lead increase to 47 seconds, as Poland’s Michal Kwiatkowski lost 25 seconds.
Kwiatkowski, who had gone into the stage in second place, crashed with 8km remaining and dropped to sixth.
Valverde has moved to second in the general classification, while Britain’s Simon Yates stayed fourth after finishing in the chasing pack and is 51 second behind Molard.
“When we came on the last straight road, I had a plan that if I have a possibility I try to attack,” said Gallopin, who has moved to fifth overall. “I found a good moment – and I’m so happy.
“I looked back just before the last corner, maybe 200 metres, 300 metres to go and I saw nobody behind me. So I turned and I went full the last straight – I looked back in the final 50 metres and they were quite far, so I knew that I can win. So it’s fantastic.”
Saturday’s stage eight is a 195km race from Linares to Almaden.
Stage seven result
1. Tony Gallopin (Fra/AG2R La Mondiale) 4hrs 18mins 20secs
2. Peter Sagan (Svk/Bora-Hansgrohe) +5secs
3. Alejandro Valverde (Spa/Movistar) Same time
4. Eduard Prades Reverter (Spa/Euskadi Basque Country-Murias)
5. Omar Fraile (Spa/Astana Pro Team)
6. Rigoberto Uran (Col/EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale)
7. Ion Izagirre (Spa/Bahrain-Merida)
8. Enric Mas (Spa/Quick-Step Floors)
9. Wilco Kelderman (Ned/Team Sunweb)
10. Sepp Kuss (US/LottoNL-Jumbo)
1 Rudy Molard (Fra/Groupama-FDJ) 26hrs 44mins 40secs
2. Alejandro Valverde (Spa/Movistar Team) +47secs
3. Emanuel Buchmann (Ger/Bora-Hansgrohe) +48secs
4. Simon Yates (GB/Mitchelton-Scott) +51secs
5. Tony Gallopin (Fra/AG2R La Mondiale) +59secs
6. Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol/Team Sky) +1min 06secs
7. Ion Izagirre (Spa/Bahrain-Merida) +1min 11secs
8. Nairo Quintana (Col/Movistar Team) +1min 14secs
9. Steven Kruijswijk (Ned/LottoNL-Jumbo) +1min 18secs
10. Enric Mas (Spa/Quick-Step Floors) +1min 23secs
|Third one-day international, Stormont|
|Ireland 124 (36.1 overs): Wilson 23; Rashid 3-18, Alam 2-22|
|Afghanistan 127-2 (23.5 overs): Janat 57, Shahidi 34*; Rankin 1-30|
|Afghanistan won by eight wickets|
Afghanistan cruised to an eight-wicket win over Ireland to clinch a 2-1 victory in the ODI series at Stormont.
Ireland were 34-1 before three wickets fell for five runs to spark a collapse and Gary Wilson (23) top-scored as the hosts were dismissed for just 124.
Rashid Khan took 3-18 in a sun-kissed Belfast and opener Ihsanullah Janat hit an unbeaten 57 as the tourists cruised to 127-2 with over 26 overs to spare.
Afghanistan won the opener before the Irish levelled the series on Wednesday.
Friday’s decider was expected to be a tight encounter but it became a one-sided affair as Ireland struggled once again with the bat.
The three quick wickets of captain William Porterfield, who elected to bat first, Niall O’Brien and Andrew Balbirnie saw the Irish slip to 39-4.
Kevin O’Brien (16) and Wilson put on a 32-run partnership before the wickets began to tumble again and a total of 124 was always going be tough to defend.
Spinner Rashid was ably backed up by Aftab Alam (2-22), Mohammed Nabi (2-26) and Gulbadin Naib (2-34).
The early dismissal of captain Mohammad Shahzad by Boyd Rankin left the Afghans at 3-1 to give Ireland a glimmer of hope.
Janat and Rahmat Shah Zurmatai (33) added 50 before Tim Murtagh (1-39) took the second and final wicket of the innings.
Hashmatullah Shahidi (34*) and Janat, who smacked two sixes, steered Afghanistan to an impressive win to follow up their 2-0 victory in last week’s T20 series at Bready.
STAR WARS fans are already hot under the collar over the new themed lands coming to Disney World and Disneyland – but the latest update is purely for the adults.
Disney has shared details of Oga’s Cantina on the Black Spire Outpost, which will be serving pilots, bounty hunters, smugglers, locals and galactic travellers when it opens in 2019.
Disney has shared details of Oga’s Cantina on the Black Spire Outpost
Run by an alien proprietor called Oga Garra, the cantina adheres to a strict code of conduct that tries to keep its unruly patrons in check.
But with a history of being a smugglers’ safe haven and a popular stopping point for those seeking to avoid the authorities, it inevitably attracts some of the most disreputable characters in the galaxy.
Beer, wine and outer space-themed cocktails will be served in bizarre cups and glasses, with alcoholic and non-alcoholic choices.
Musical entertainment will be provided courtesy of RX-24, the former StarSpeeder 3000 pilot droid who first appeared in Star Tours, now working as the cantina’s DJ.
There will be a presence of the First Order and the Resistance walking around the streets at the Star Wars lands, involving guests in smaller experiences away from the rides
The bar is especially big news for Disneyland because, until now, alcohol has only been available for sale in its private Club 33 and the neighbouring California Adventure park.
Walt Disney was against selling booze because it went against the family feel he was trying to create.
Disney has announced that the Star Wars-themed lands will open next summer in California's Disneyland and next autumn at Disney World in Orlando.
Insiders are suggesting that the summer launch date for California is likely to be in June.
If visitors do well while piloting the Falcon they’ll be rewarded with extra Galactic Credits
The mini theme parks, which are currently under construction, will transport guests to a never-before-seen planet.
The remote trading port, a collaboration between Disney and Star Wars, is a mysterious destination somewhere on the Outer Rim — lying on the edge of the Unknown Regions.
It has become a thriving port for smugglers, rogue traders and adventurers travelling between the frontier and uncharted space.
Here, guests will find themselves in the middle of the action at two signature attractions, one of which lets visitors take the controls of Millennium Falcon on a customised secret mission.
The Star Wars hotel in Orlando comes in the form of a starship, filled with characters and stories that unfold all around them during their voyage through the galaxy
The second focuses on an epic Star Wars adventure that puts guests in the middle of a climactic battle between the First Order and the Resistance.
At the two new signature attractions at both theme parks, guests will face encounters with characters including BB8, Chewbacca, Rex and Kylo Ren.
Unlike other theme parks, a plot line can follow guests throughout their day on the different attractions as the entire park is being created as an immersive theatre experience.
Guests can "build a reputation" at Star Wars Land, so what you do on one ride could affect what happens on others.
BRITS might be flying more than ever but the nation is still confused about how planes operate.
From whether plane toilets dump poo into the air mid-flight to if you can get sucked down the loo, these are the most common myths about flying.
One of the myths that people believed to be true was that planes are able to fly themselves
2,135 passengers who flew in the last year with Jet Cost revealed the top myths they still believe about planes in a study by the airline – so we've got the answers to all the big questions.
Do planes dump poo in mid-air? After all, trains do…
53 per cent of respondents surveyed thought that poo is stored on the plane, while 39 per cent thought waste is dumped in mid-air.
Answer – Waste is sucked through a vacuum to a large holding tank on the plane and is vacuumed out upon landing by ground crew.
12 per cent of people believed that they could be sucked down the toilet during a flight
In the case of trains, new rules banning the emptying poo onto the tracks in the UK came into force in 2017.
However some trains will still continue to empty raw sewage until 2019 – when they will be completely banned from doing so, though in countries like Germany and India, trains will keep doing this.
Is it possible to get sucked down the toilet mid-flight?
12 per cent of respondents believed it is possible to get sucked into the toilet on a flight.
Answer – The vacuum on the plane toilet works only at the opening of the disposal pipe, and the toilets are designed to prevent this from happening. So no, you can’t.
How high do planes fly?
42 per cent of respondents thought cruising altitude of commercial planes is 30,000-40,000 feet, 11 per cent thought it was more than 60,000 feet. Seven per cent thought it was 10,000 feet or below.
Answer – The cruising altitude of commercial planes varies from around 33,000 feet up to about 42,000, but commercial planes generally cruise at around 35,000 feet.
Being a pilot is a highly skilled job – but does it require a degree? How fast do planes fly?
21 per cent of respondents thought the cruising speed of commercial plane is between 500-600mph, 51 per cent thought it was between 200-300mph and 5 per cent thought it was 100mph or less
Answer – the average cruising speed of commercial planes is generally between 550 – 580mph, but can be as low as 460mph.
Is it possible to open an aircraft’s door mid-flight?
74 per cent of people thought it would be possible to open a commercial aircraft door mid-flight.
Answer – Mid-flight, the difference between the internal cabin pressure and the outside means that thousands of pounds of pressure prevent the door from being opened and would take an inhuman amount of strength to open it.
Do you need to have a university degree to become a pilot?
74 per cent of people believe that it's possible to open a plane's doors mid-flight
82 per cent of participants thought you need a degree to become an pilot.
Answer – You need at least two A-levels and five GCSEs, but no degree.
The main two routes to get an Airline Transport Pilot License are to take an 18-month course (typically between £80,000 and £90,000) or modular training, where you train in sections as and when you can afford them. 1,500 hours of total flight time are required to qualify.
Are planes able to fly themselves?
15 per cent of respondents thought planes are able to fly themselves.
THE well-worn streets of Europe’s major cities are places tourists can feel reasonably safe from crime — except for the dreaded pickpocket.
Even the instinctive actions of a conscientious tourist can inadvertently backfire and make them an easy target for street thieves.
Signs that warn people to beware of pickpockets — which are often seen in subway stations in big cities like Paris and London — often backfire on tourists
Seasoned traveller Rebecca Baldwin, from the United States, raised the point in a Quora discussion about things tourists did that screamed, “I’m asking to be pickpocketed”. In her experience, signs that warned people to beware of pickpockets — which are often seen in subway stations in big cities like Paris and London — often backfired on tourists.
She said: “When the subway stops and tourists see these signs, they stop in their tracks and check their most valuable possessions.
"They check for their money, credit cards, passport, and visa by touching their pants, coat pocket, or purse where their valuables are, even check[ing] their neck and wrists to make sure their necklaces and watches are still there."
When tourists see these signs, they stop in their tracks and check their most valuable possessions
She continued: “What they don’t realise by doing this is they’ve actually told pickpockets and other thieves where their valuables are.
“That sign they saw is an unknowing prompt to check their valuables. People in pickpocket rings on the subway will signal the other pickpockets waiting right under those signs, and they’ll follow you for a bit and take your very important papers, currency, or keepsakes.
Rebecca suggested tourists kept their things safe by putting them in unusual places and not checking for them while on, or getting off, the subway.
Another typical mistake was when tourists wore expensive jewellery while sightseeing, including during the day.
She said: “It’s just stupid to do that and too easy to get a nice necklace yanked off your neck.
“Even wealthy people rarely wear expensive jewellery when sightseeing. Many even wear replica costume jewellery during nice evenings out."
Another typical mistake was when tourists wore expensive jewellery while sightseeing, including during the day
An Australian traveller recently told news.com.au she fell for two common street scams twice in 48 hours in Rome.
In the first robbery, Mary Wallace had her bank card stolen from a seemingly genuine man who offered his help while she was struggling to use an ATM.
Two days later, on a bus in Rome’s popular Trastevere district, she had her wallet swiftly stolen from the bag she was tightly clutching under her arm.
She said: “I was furious. I also felt very vulnerable, was I an easy mark, did I look frail, stupid? Why had it happened to me twice in two days?”
Travel insurance company Travel Insurance Direct said there was a variety of common crimes targeting tourists in Europe this year.
• The “there’s something on your shirt!” scam: A foul substance such as fake bird droppings or mustard is splashed on to your shirt, and while a “helpful stranger” cleans it off for you someone picks your pocket.
• The “gold ring” scam: A passer-by stops you and says you’ve dropped something, and shows you a “gold” ring. It’s either a distraction technique — and your pocket is picked — or they insist you pay them a reward for finding it.