Asda suffers largest quarterly sales decline in history

April 20, 2021 0 Comments

first_imgSupermarket giant Asda has been hit with the biggest sales decline in its history, as like-for-like sales decreased by 7.5%.Walmart International CEO David Cheesewright singled out Asda’s eight consecutive quarterly decline as “very disappointing” and reiterated a poor performance throughout June.This coincided with supermarket sales dropping below £100bn for the first time since 2010 as the price war continued in the UK grocery sector.Walmart Stores CEO Doug McMillon commented: “Our strategy to turn things around is focused on improving the retail basics. We are simplifying and strengthening our offering through improved availability and assortment discipline, reducing costs and driving sales through strategic price investments.”He added: “While our turnaround will take time, I’m confident in the new leadership team there and want to assure you we’re addressing this with urgency.”Cheesewright had suggested a move to “shift the balance from protecting profit to protecting share” that could have triggered the start of the price war, but the company made no mention of a change in strategy.In July, bosses from Sainsbury’s suggested that starting a price war would not be a logical step for rival retailer Asda.last_img read more

DEC to LI: Help Us Poll Furry Wildlife

December 18, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Have you seen a grey fox, like the one above, on Long Island lately? If so, the state would like to hear from you (U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service).Calling explorers of Long Island’s great outdoors: New York State is asking the public for help surveying the region’s furry mammals as a part of a new program to document local wildlife.The state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is crowdsourcing its nature poll on LI and in New York City of seven species that often prove elusive: Gray fox, river otter, weasel, mink, skunk, coyote and beaver.“Citizen science efforts provide our wildlife managers with valuable data and give people the opportunity to partner with DEC to help monitor New York’s wildlife resources,” DEC Commissioner Joe Martens said.The effort is a more open-ended version of likeminded volunteer “bio blitz” flora and fauna surveys that have recruited the public in Nassau County over the years.When someone spots one of the seven species the state is interested in learning more about, the DEC asks that observers write down the physical description, location, type of habitat and take a picture—even if the animal is dead.The data can be uploaded to the DEC website here.The DEC is not interested in reports of common species such as red fox, raccoons, muskrat and opossum.For more information on how to tell the difference, visit their website, or call the DEC’s Region 1 wildlife office at 631-444-0311.last_img read more

Week 14 Fantasy Rankings: TE

August 27, 2020 0 Comments

first_img​WEEK 14 DFS CASH LINEUPS: Yahoo | FanDuel | DraftKings11Antonio Gates, Chargers vs. Bengals. This may seem crazy, but Gates has been getting a bit more involved with the Chargers offense in recent weeks. He caught a two-point conversion last week and saw another catch in the red zone called back due to penalty. The Bengals have had a lot of trouble covering TEs this year, so Gates could be in position to log a score in this contest.12Cameron Brate, Buccaneers vs. Saints. In the past two games since O.J. Howard went down for the year, Brate has 10 targets and has totaled 62 yards and a TD. He should continue to see volume as a red-zone weapon and one of Jameis Winston’s most reliable targets. That said, Brate may have a tough time producing against the Saints, who allow the second-fewest fantasy points to the position and haven’t let any player put up more than 6.8 points against them this season.13Kyle Rudolph, Vikings @ Seahawks14Jonnu Smith, Titans vs. Jaguars. Smith has steadily improved as the season has gone on, and he has 214 yards and three TDs in the past five games. The Jaguars have been solid against TEs not named Eric Ebron this year, but Smith is still a threat to rack up some yardage as one of the Titans’ top receiving targets.15Trey Burton, Bears vs. Rams. Burton has had a weird season, and he only saw one target last week against the Giants. He still has TD upside against the Rams, who have allowed a TD to a TE (or offensive lineman) in each of the past four weeks. So, it’s possible that Burton could be a solid option this week, especially if Mitchell Trubisky returns to play QB. WEEK 14 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endWeek 14 Fantasy Rankings: TEThese rankings are for standard, non-PPR leagues1George Kittle, 49ers vs. Broncos. Kittle is averaging 9.0 targets per game over his past four outings. In that span, he has 309 yards and a TD. The Broncos are a bottom-10 team against TEs, so Kittle could have a huge game if Nick Mullens continues to target him at a high rate.2Travis Kelce, Chiefs vs. Ravens3Eric Ebron, Colts @ Texans4David Njoku, Browns vs. Panthers. The Panthers have been one of the worst teams in the league against TEs this year. They have allowed the second-most TDs to the position (8). Njoku has been up-and-down in recent weeks, but look for Baker Mayfield to target him and exploit the favorable matchup.5Rob Gronkowski, Patriots @ Dolphins WEEK 14 DFS GPP LINEUPS: Yahoo | DraftKings | FanDuel6Zach Ertz, Eagles @ Cowboys. Last time the Eagles and Cowboys faced off, Ertz had 14 catches for 145 yards and two TDs. Those were all season highs. That said, the Cowboys’ defense has improved in recent weeks, and odds are that they will focus on shutting down Ertz. Ertz will still be a weapon, but he might not outproduce some of the other players above him in better matchups.7Jared Cook, Raiders vs. Steelers. Cook has put up a TD in three consecutive weeks and was able to break the 100-yard mark against the Chiefs last week. The Steelers have had issues against TEs this year and have been in the bottom 10 against the position for most of the year. Cook could be in for a good outing.8Jordan Reed, Redskins vs. Giants9Vance McDonald, Steelers @ Raiders. The Raiders just allowed Travis Kelce to total 168 yards and two scores on 12 catches. Granted, Vance McDonald isn’t Kelce, but the fact of the matter is that McDonald has a lot of upside playing a weak defense. He also saw seven targets last week against the Chargers, so if he can get that volume again, he should put up solid numbers.10Jimmy Graham, Packers vs. Falcons. Somehow, Graham is playing through a broken thumb that was supposed to sideline him for a few weeks. Last game against the Cardinals, Graham saw 11 targets and caught eight of them for 50 yards. If Graham continues to get that type of volume, he will be a TE1. That said, the Falcons are solid against TEs, so Graham is a bit lower on this list than he would normally be. Remember the beginning of the season at the tight end position? Those were tough times. Injuries took their toll and knocked out some of the best starters across the league, and that led to fantasy owners being forced to stream frequently at the position. Well, we’re getting back to that time again. With Greg Olsen now out for the season after aggravating a foot injury, our Week 14 fantasy TE rankings are back to being ultra-thin. And that means that if you want to win a fantasy football championship, you might have to hit the waiver wire for a matchup-based sleeper.It also doesn’t help the cause that the top TE in fantasy, Travis Kelce, has a tougher matchup that normal against a good Ravens defense. We’re not downgrading Kelce much, but it’s going to be hard to trust him as a top option. Also, it’s notable that Zach Ertz (@ Cowboys) also may have trouble this week, so it’s just not a very good week for tight ends.center_img Week 14 Rankings:Quarterback | Running Back | Wide Receiver | D/ST | KickerOf the streaming crowd, there are a few that stand out. Vance McDonald has a great matchup against the Raiders, and he could be a threat to catch a TD in the Steelers high-powered offense. Antonio Gates (vs. Bengals) also has an easy matchup, while Cameron Brate (vs. Saints) should continue to be a TD threat for the Bucs. All can be fired up as low-end TE1s in what is looking like a bad slate at the position.Note: We will update these rankings and add analysis during the week, so check back often. MORE WEEK 14 DFS: Stacks | Values | Lineup Builder16Evan Engram, Giants @ Redskins. Engram is still recovering from a hamstring injury. If he recovers in time for Week 14, he’ll be a middling play against a decent Redskins defense.17Mark Andrews, Ravens @ Chiefs. The Chiefs just allowed Jared Cook to put up 16 points on them and they have largely struggled against TEs this season. Andrews has four catches for 121 yards in the past two weeks and is establishing himself as one of Lamar Jackson’s favorite targets. He could be a nice sleeper option this week.18Dan Arnold, Saints @ Buccaneers. Arnold has taken over as the primary pass-catching TE in the Saints offense, essentially replacing Ben Watson in recent weeks. Arnold has at least two catches and 20 yards in each of the past four weeks, but playing in the Saints offense gives him a lot of TD upside. The Buccaneers have been a bottom-five team against TEs this year, so Arnold is a potential streamer for Week 14. 19Austin Hooper, Falcons @ Packers. Hooper is averaging just over eight targets per game in the past four games, and he has established himself as a middle-of-the-field weapon for Matt Ryan. However, the Packers are good against TEs and have allowed just one TD to the position this year. That makes this a week to avoid Hooper if you can.20Ian Thomas, Panthers @ Browns. Thomas will take over for the injured Greg Olsen, and he logged a season-high five catches and 46 yards in relief of Olsen. Still, he will be competing for targets with Devin Funchess, D.J. Moore, and Curtis Samuel, so it may be difficult for him to produce at a high level again this week.21Jordan Thomas, Texans vs. Colts22Chris Herndon, Jets @ Bills. Herndon has seen 14 targets in the past two weeks, but the Bills limited him to just 34 yards last time the two played. The Bills are good against TEs, so Herndon seems likely to repeat that average-at-best performance.23Ricky Seals-Jones, Cardinals vs. Lions24C.J. Uzomah, Bengals @ Chargers. Uzomah has seen 19 targets in the past two weeks, and he will probably be a bigger part of the Cincinnati passing game if A.J. Green does miss time as expected. That said, the Chargers haven’t allowed a TE to score more than 5.2 points against them in the past four games, so Uzomah doesn’t have a lot of upside in a tough matchup.25Matt LaCosse, Broncos @ 49ers. The Boss only saw one target against the Bengals last week and didn’t catch it. He has another good matchup, but it’s hard to trust him to get consistent targets as Courtland Sutton and Emmanuel Sanders seem to be absorbing a lion’s share of the available targets in Denver.26Gerald Everett, Rams @ Bears27Nick Vannett, Seahawks vs. Vikings28Charles Clay, Bills vs. Jets29Vernon Davis, Redskins vs. Giants30James O’Shaughnessy, Jaguars @ Titans31Michael Roberts, Lions @ Cardinals32Tyler Higbee, Rams @ Bears33Ed Dickson, Seahawks vs. Vikings34Hayden Hurst, Ravens @ Chiefs35Dallas Goedert, Eagles @ Cowboys36Geoff Swaim, Cowboys vs. Eagles37Mike Gesicki, Dolphins vs. Patriots38Jesse James, Steelers @ Raiderslast_img read more

Michael Grove, the Dodgers’ second-round draft pick in 2018, is finally out of the woods

August 26, 2020 0 Comments

first_img“It was a bit of an aggressive push from where he was,” Rhymes said of Grove, “but I think you’ll see as it plays out how ready he is to be a professional.”Grove hadn’t pitched for 10 days before his start against Visalia last Friday. That was by design; occasionally Grove will skip a start to keep his innings total in check. Even though the California League is three steps away from the majors, this is the opposite of the fast track to the big leagues.The plan is just fine by Grove, who was eager to pitch anywhere after two years of rehabilitation.“It feels great to not really worry about health as much,” he said, “to get back into it every day, stretch with the team, practice with the team, and just do my throwing drill. Nobody’s asking me how I feel today. It’s nice to just feel like a normal player again.”UP NEXTDodgers (LHP Clayton Kershaw) vs. Padres (RHP Chris Paddack), Tuesday, 7 p.m., SportsNet LA (where available), 570 AM Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies “It’s a good thing I have all the numbers that the Dodgers provide us with,” Grove said. “Offspeed pitches are the last thing to come back. Fastball feels great. Got a little bit of a new delivery going on. Just working on breaking ball spin. I’m still working on a changeup. Just trying to craft it, I guess. A little raw right now.”The Dodgers tabbed Grove with their second-round selection, 68th overall, in last June’s amateur draft. They went more than $300,000 over slot to secure him with a $1,229,500 bonus. When first-round pick J.T. Ginn opted to attend Mississippi State rather than accept the Dodgers’ $2.4 million offer, Grove became the Dodgers’ highest pick from the draft class to sign.For Grove’s part, it wasn’t clear until draft day that he would turn pro. Jonah Rosenthal, the Dodgers’ West Virginia area scout, had filed reports on Grove in 2016 and 2017. Though his 2018 season was wiped out due to his Tommy John rehab, Grove was throwing bullpens at “70, 80 percent” during last year’s Big 12 Tournament.Several scouts attended those bullpens, but Rosenthal wasn’t among them. Grove wasn’t sure what to expect on draft day. He didn’t get any official word from the Dodgers before he saw his name called on television.“I knew it was going to have to be early (in the draft) for me to actually sign,” Grove said. “That happened. That kind of put me in a bind. I ended up doing it and haven’t really looked back since.”It’s unusual for a pitcher to go directly from the Big 12, to minor league spring training, then to the California League with no waypoints in between. But the Dodgers are more comfortable with college Tommy John patients than any organization. They’ve reportedly drafted 26 of them into the organization, six more than any other team.Will Rhymes, the Dodgers’ director of player development, believes Grove has the athleticism and competitiveness to adapt to his new surroundings.Related Articles How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Box scores are the farthest thing from Grove’s mind right now.“Really for me, it’s just about how I feel,” he said. “Obviously results are what they are. I want to perform well, too. I want to get consistent, keep climbing as far as my stuff goes, keep getting everything back to normal. When everything feels great, that’s when you don’t have to think about it anymore. That’s when you just have to go out there and compete, not have to worry about that stuff. That’s the point I want to get to.”To get him there, the Dodgers are measuring everything that can be measured.Grove’s outings are limited to 50 pitches total, and no more than 30 in an inning. He completed three innings in his debut with Rancho Cucamonga on April 8, but he hasn’t thrown more than 2-1/3 in an outing since. His six starts have lasted a total of 10-1/3 innings. His fastball velocity – regularly in the 93-96 range in college – is closer to the 91-94 range now, Grove said.During a Sunday bullpen session, Quakes pitching coach Connor McGuiness monitored Grove’s work in real time while an Edgertronic camera captured every movement frame-by-frame. The Dodgers will use feedback from the camera, the coach, and Grove himself to gauge his progress.center_img PreviousDodgers pitching prospect Michael Grove walks to the dugout with Quakes catcher Connor Wong before the game at LoanMart Field in Rancho Cucamonga on Friday, May 10, 2019. Grove, the Dodgers’ 2nd-round pick from a year ago, is being worked back from Tommy John surgery. (Photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)Dodgers pitching prospect Michael Grove is met at the pitcher’s mound while throwing to Visalia in the top of the first at LoanMart Field in Rancho Cucamonga on Friday, May 10, 2019. Grove, the Dodgers’ 2nd-round pick from a year ago, is being worked back from Tommy John surgery. (Photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsDodgers pitching prospect Michael Grove makes the out at first against Visalia at LoanMart Field in Rancho Cucamonga on Friday, May 10, 2019. Grove, the Dodgers’ 2nd-round pick from a year ago, is being worked back from Tommy John surgery. (Photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)Dodgers pitching prospect Michael Grove throws to Visalia in the top of the first at LoanMart Field in Rancho Cucamonga on Friday, May 10, 2019. Grove, the Dodgers’ 2nd-round pick from a year ago, is being worked back from Tommy John surgery. (Photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)Dodgers pitching prospect Michael Grove throws to Visalia in the top of the first at LoanMart Field in Rancho Cucamonga on Friday, May 10, 2019. Grove, the Dodgers’ 2nd-round pick from a year ago, is being worked back from Tommy John surgery. (Photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)Dodgers pitching prospect Michael Grove throws to Visalia in the top of the first at LoanMart Field in Rancho Cucamonga on Friday, May 10, 2019. Grove, the Dodgers’ 2nd-round pick from a year ago, is being worked back from Tommy John surgery. (Photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)Dodgers pitching prospect Michael Grove pauses in between pitches at LoanMart Field in Rancho Cucamonga on Friday, May 10, 2019. Grove, the Dodgers’ 2nd-round pick from a year ago, is being worked back from Tommy John surgery. (Photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)Dodgers pitching prospect Michael Grove meets with Quakes catcher Connor Wong at the pitcher’s mound in the top of the first at LoanMart Field in Rancho Cucamonga on Friday, May 10, 2019. Grove, the Dodgers’ 2nd-round pick from a year ago, is being worked back from Tommy John surgery. (Photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)Dodgers pitching prospect Michael Grove leaves the pitcher’s mound after throwing to Visalia in the top of the first at LoanMart Field in Rancho Cucamonga on Friday, May 10, 2019. Grove, the Dodgers’ 2nd-round pick from a year ago, is being worked back from Tommy John surgery. (Photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)Dodgers pitching prospect Michael Grove (23) high-fives fellow players before the game at LoanMart Field in Rancho Cucamonga on Friday, May 10, 2019. Grove, the Dodgers’ 2nd-round pick from a year ago, is being worked back from Tommy John surgery. (Photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)Dodgers pitching prospect Michael Grove walks to the dugout with Quakes catcher Connor Wong before the game at LoanMart Field in Rancho Cucamonga on Friday, May 10, 2019. Grove, the Dodgers’ 2nd-round pick from a year ago, is being worked back from Tommy John surgery. (Photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)NextShow Caption1 of 10Dodgers pitching prospect Michael Grove walks to the dugout with Quakes catcher Connor Wong before the game at LoanMart Field in Rancho Cucamonga on Friday, May 10, 2019. Grove, the Dodgers’ 2nd-round pick from a year ago, is being worked back from Tommy John surgery. (Photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)ExpandRANCHO CUCAMONGA — Dodgers pitching prospect Michael Grove comes from a good family with athletic genes. His older sister, Ashley, ran track and played soccer in high school. Before he separated himself as a baseball player at Wheeling (W.V.) Park High School, Grove played hockey and football. In college, he was a diligent enough student in three years to come within a semester of completing an undergraduate degree in finance from the University of West Virginia.By June 2018, Grove had done everything he could to earn a high selection in the Major League Baseball draft – except pitch.Now, two years after Tommy John surgery abruptly ended his collegiate career, Grove is just beginning to show the Dodgers whether their latest draft gamble paid off.Grove’s most recent appearance came last Friday for Class-A Rancho Cucamonga. Like the five starts that came before it, this one was short. The 6-foot-3 right-hander recorded only two outs against the Visalia Rawhide and was charged with four runs. His 29 pitches fell one short of his limit. If the box score was any measure of Grove’s progress, this one might have been discouraging. 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Meralco averts disaster, ousts Blackwater

January 19, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:02Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award After Mike Digregorio cut Meralco’s 99-91 lead to five, 99-94, with a three-pointer at the 3:07 mark, Allen Durham and Jared Dillinger scored five unanswered to give the Bolts a 104-94 lead with 1:29 left in the game.“My guys showed a lot of heart in this game tonight, we were down at halftime and we had to find direction for the team,” said Bolts head coach Norman Black after his team trailed 52-40 in the first two quarters.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“We couldn’t do anything right offensively or defensively and we were having a hard time defending [Henry] Walker who lit us up in the first half.”Walker had 27 first half points, 21 in the second period alone, on 7-of-15 shooting but Ranidel De Ocampo managed to clamp down on the Blackwater import in the second half. With De Ocampo guarding him, Walker just shot 3-of-11 in the second half and that became a welcome reprieve for the Bolts who almost lost import Allen Durham to a sprained right ankle at the 7:05 mark of the fourth.Blackwater also took an 84-79 lead early in the fourth quarter but Baser Amer and Jared Dillinger teamed up for an 11-0 run to give the Bolts a 90-84 lead with 8:06 left.Amer led the Bolts with 31 points on 11-of-17 shooting while Durham missed out on a triple-double finish with 18 points, 20 rebounds, and nine assists.Garvo Lanete and Dillinger lit up from beyond the arc and finished with 17 and 15 points, respectively.Walker finished with a game-high 34 points with 16 points to lead the Elite while JP Erram added 18 points and nine boards.ADVERTISEMENT San Beda stretches streak to 12, clinches twice-to-beat Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up How to help the Taal evacuees Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene PBA IMAGESTop seed Meralco showed its mettle and stopped Blackwater’s upset hopes with a 104-96 win in the do-or-die quarterfinal match of the PBA Governors’ Cup Thursday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Bolts, who had their twice-to-beat advantage neutralized after the Elite won the first game, used a strong finish to overcame a double-digit deficit and oust the tough-fighting Blackwater.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson DAY6 is for everybody MOST READ View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collidelast_img read more