WARRIORS UPDATE: The Warriors own the NBA’s worst record and have lost five straight games for the first time in the Steve Kerr era. … Golden State … Scroll down to get insights and news updates from the Warriors’ game Friday night against the Celtics.GAME ESSENTIALS: Warriors (2-10) vs. Celtics (9-1) at Chase Center, Friday at 7:30 p.m. (PT). TV: ESPN, NBCS.ODDS: Celtics -7.5. LAST REGULAR-SEASON MEETING: Celtics beat Warriors 128-95 at Oracle Arena on March 5, 2019.
Chris Gayle has emerged as a dominant force in this season of IPL. On Friday too he was at his best scoring a quick 89, leading Bangalore into the finals of this enthralling cricketing extravaganza. Score | PhotosBatting against Mumbai in the IPL ‘Qualifier 2’ at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai, his 89-run innings came off just 47 balls, which proved to be the cornerstone in Bangalore 43-run victory.Bangalore now face Chennai in the final on Saturday.Mumbai could only manage to scoring 148 in repose to Bangalore’s 186-run target.Like Bangalore Mumbai too got off to a good start scoring at around 10 runs an over with Sachin Tendulkar leading the charge.But they also ended up losing a wicket early in the innings when Bangalore paceman S Aravind got rid of opener Aiden Blizzard in the fourth over of the innings when the team total was 23/1.Tendulkar’s new partner in the middle Harbhajan Singh too did not stay at the crease for long and fell on the first ball of the sixth over off Aravind when the team total was 41/2.The last ball of the eighth over gave Bangalore a clear cut advantage in the match. A Syed Mohammad turner beat Master Blaster Tendulkar and he fell stumped by Ab de Villiers on 40 and Mumbai lost their third wicket on 68.Soon Rohit Sharma too was seen walking back as Bangalore upped the pressure. And it was the Bangalore skipper Daniel Vettori, who delivered the KO punch when he was batting on 13. Luke Pomersbach performed the final rites in the covers. A ball later in-form batsman Ambati Rayudu too walked back and Mumbai were down to 83/5 in 11 overs. advertisementBangalore skipper Vettori had another reason to celebrate in the 13th over. His ordinary ball got rid of West Indian Kieron Pollard when Abhimanyu Mithun leapt and took a high catch near the boundary to reduce Mumbai to 89/6.Kiwi James Franklin was bowled out by Bangalore paceman Zaheer Khan and Sri Lankan Lasith Malinga fell to Syed Mohammad as Mumbai were reduced to 110/8 in 15.5 overs.Soon Mumbai were down and out with 142/8 on board – 43 runs short of the target.Bangalore inningsBangalore opener Chris Gayle scored a quick-fire 89 as Bangalore posted 185/4 against Mumbai.Earlier, Mumbai captain Sachin Tendulkar won the toss and elected to field in the last match of the IPL before the final. But much to the dislike of Mumbai, Bangalore got off to a flyer with openers Chris Gayle and Mayank Agarwal hitting boundaries and sixes at will.The two were scoring more than 11 runs an over and were still looking to increase the run rate. The Sri Lankan ‘slinger’ Lasith Malinga looked completely clueless against the two openers. In 10 overs, the Bangalore score had shot up to 111.The two were also assisted by some sloppy fielding by the Mumbai fielders. On the first ball of the 11th over Rohit Sharma dropped a sitter from Agarwal. But he soon made amends and when Agarwal hit Kieron Pollard two balls later in the similar fashion, Sharma made no mistake and took a clean catch at long on to dismiss him on 41. Bangalore lost their first wicket on 113/1.Finally, the moment that Mumbai were desperatly waiting for arrived in the 15th over. The big-hitting Gayle charged away at Munaf Patel on the fourth ball of the 15th over and Kiwi James Franklin came in running towards the ball and took a clean catch inches away from the ropes. Gayle fell 11 runs short of a ton and Bangalore lost their second wicket on 148.Gayle’s 89 came of 47 balls and included nine fours and five sixes.Post that big wicket, Mumbai struck back with renewed vigour. Abu Nechim Ahmed got rid of Virat Kohli with a ball that entered his defence and crashed into his stumps on 8. Bangalore were 151/3.Then in the 17th over Munaf struck again to get rid of Aussie Luke Pomersbach cheaply to reduce Bangalore to 157/4. But it wasn’t without a little help from Malinga, who took a superlaative mid-ar diving catch at short third man to bring Mumbai back into the game.Finally, Bangalore’s South African import AB de Villiers and Saurabh Tiwary helped Bangalore to 185/4 against Mumbai.
World number one Andy Murray’s struggles this season on clay came back to plague him at the French Open on Thursday as he ground out an unconvincing 6-7(3) 6-2 6-2 7-6(3) win against Slovakian power-hitter Martin Klizan.Out-hit and more surprisingly often out-thought in the first set by a player he had described as unpredictable, the Scot conceded it on a tiebreask.Looking faster and keener, Murray pushed through the second set in 37 minutes and the third in one minute less.The Slovakian, ranked 50, then began to chance his arm and, as Murray’s level dipped, raced to a 5-2 lead before, with yet another momentum shift, the Scot broke back and took the fourth set to a tiebreak, closing out the match with a scrambled volley.
However, between April and June 2018, the 12-month rate fell below the lower 4.0 per cent band. Finance and Public Service Minister, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, today (August 22), released official correspondence from the Bank of Jamaica (BoJ) outlining the factors resulting in Jamaica’s inflation target shortfall as at June 2018. Finance and Public Service Minister, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, today (August 22), released official correspondence from the Bank of Jamaica (BoJ) outlining the factors resulting in Jamaica’s inflation target shortfall as at June 2018.In September 2017, the Government set a medium term inflation target of 4.0 to 6.0 per cent, to be achieved and maintained by the BoJ from April 2018 onwards.However, between April and June 2018, the 12-month rate fell below the lower 4.0 per cent band.It is against this background, that the BoJ was required to explain the reasons for the deviation to the Finance Minister and nation, and outline the actions being taken to rectify the anomaly.According to the BoJ correspondence, which was issued during a press briefing at the Ministry, the lower inflation out-turn, as at June 2018, primarily reflected the impact of a stronger than anticipated reversal in agricultural prices in the March 2018 quarter; lower than forecasted inflation; and a reduction in the pass-through of oil prices to inflation.Additionally, domestic demand conditions were assessed and determined to be weaker than originally expected.The document further notes that while the BoJ projects that inflation for the September and December 2018 quarters will remain close to 3.5 per cent (just below the target’s lower limit and band limit of the Monetary Policy Consultation Clause), inflation will rise to the initial target’s midpoint by June 2019, and broadly remain at that level over the medium term.Speaking at the briefing, Dr. Clarke emphasised that “it is absolutely essential that the people of Jamaica understand the Central Bank’s thinking on inflation and on the monetary policy tools and choices that they have at their disposal.”He further stated that the disclosure is consistent with the Administration’s move to create an autonomous Central Bank, while reiterating that the Government intends to table legislation in October to boost the BoJ’s independence.“As we move in that direction, I believe that relevant information is essential to the proper functioning of markets… and the greater the transparency we have with respect to official data, the better markets will function and perform in Jamaica,” the Minister added.Mr. Wynter, who also spoke at the briefing, said the core reasons for the lower inflation out-turn at June 2018 are temporary.“We expect this to reverse and get back to the normal rate, which is around a half a per cent a month, and that translates to roughly five per cent a year,” Mr. Wynter said.Noting that the rate of inflation is impacted by a range of variables, the Governor indicated that “there are things we can do, by using our policy levers to affect it.”“So when they say it is already correcting, it is adjusting back up, because most of the components that caused it to be below target are temporary factors and those temporary factors are already correcting,” Mr. Wynter stated.The Governor cited, as an example, agricultural prices which, he noted, fell and were “very low”.“Prices had shot up in the previous period because of the weather-related shocks to agriculture (which) created a problem. When agriculture recovered, crops came back in (and) the prices fell.That is not a permanent thing. Prices are going to keep going up and already there are reports relating to the drought conditions that (are) going to have an impact on agricultural prices,” Mr. Wynter added.Other factors expected to impact the inflation rate include: higher oil prices and higher domestic gross domestic product (GDP) growth, the latter driven, in part, by the accommodative monetary conditions introduced by the BoJ over the past year. Story Highlights In September 2017, the Government set a medium term inflation target of 4.0 to 6.0 per cent, to be achieved and maintained by the BoJ from April 2018 onwards.