The start of the Cleveland Indians’ second road trip looked like déjà vu from the disappointing 2009 season.Cleveland managed a 2-4 record in the first six games of the trip, including an 8-1 win at the Minnesota Twins, which was the first win for the Indians at the Twins’ new Target Field.None of the six games was decided by fewer than five runs, including two shutout losses, one to Minnesota and the other to the Oakland Athletics.Studs: Fausto Carmona and Mitch Talbot. Carmona is 3-0 with a 2.96 ERA in four starts, and Talbot has been a huge surprise, going 2-1 in three starts with an ERA of 2.25.Duds: The offense. As it stands, the Indians’ offense has the second-fewest runs in the American League with 60, ahead of only the Baltimore Orioles. Thirteen of Cleveland’s 60 runs have been RBIs from outfielder Shin-Soo Choo.Up Next: The Indians finish up the road trip with three games against the Los Angeles Angels beginning today, followed by a weekend series against the American League Central Division-leading Twins.
During the past Ohio State men’s basketball season, a pregame video was played before home games featuring many past Buckeyes, such as Michael Redd, Greg Oden and Evan Turner. One player who was not included was Mike Conley Jr. The former Buckeye point guard was part of a trio, along with Oden and Daequan Cook, who left OSU after one season following the 2007 NCAA Tournament runner-up campaign. Conley was drafted No. 4 by the Memphis Grizzlies in the 2007 NBA draft. Since then, it seems like Conley has been forgotten by Buckeye faithful. Maybe it is because many fans did not agree with his decision to turn pro, particularly after he promised to return following the championship game. Maybe it has something to do with playing for a small-market, perennial lottery team like Memphis. For whatever reason, it never seems to me that Conley gets recognition as a Buckeye legend with others such as Oden and Turner. Now in his fourth season as a professional, the 23-year-old Conley is starting to establish himself as a solid NBA player. After receiving a five-year, $40 million contract extension before this season, Conley set career highs in points, assists and steals. He is one of the leaders of a young Grizzlies team that is contending in the NBA Western Conference playoffs. The Grizzlies entered the postseason as a No. 8 seed and upset the top-seeded San Antonio Spurs in the first round in six games. Memphis is now battling the fourth-seeded Oklahoma City Thunder in the conference semifinals. The series is tied, 2-2. For the postseason, Conley is playing 39.4 minutes and averaging 15.9 points and 6.2 assists per game. Going up against two of the NBA’s top point guards, San Antonio’s Tony Parker and Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook, Conley has held his own. Still, Conley is going largely unnoticed. Most basketball analysts and pundits have been raving about the play of forward Zach Randolph and center Marc Gasol, two of Conley’s teammates — and rightfully so. Randolph and Gasol have been putting up gaudy numbers throughout the playoffs. The orchestrator of those performances is Conley. As the point guard, he makes sure the Memphis big men are getting the ball in places and situations where they can take advantage, just like he did with Oden during their time together at OSU. He can take matters into his own hands, as well. During Game 4 against the Thunder on Monday night, Conley made a game-tying 3-pointer with three seconds remaining to send the game into overtime. Remember the 2007 second round game against Xavier? Conley scored 11 points in overtime, single-handedly closing out the game for the Buckeyes when Oden fouled out on the bench. Memphis coach Lionel Hollins understands the importance of Conley to his team. “Mike’s our head,” Hollins told the Memphis Commercial Appeal. “Mike controls the game for us. He’s our director.” With a slew of young talent, the Grizzlies are on the rise and could be a formidable contender in the West for the next several years, and with Conley signed to the long term, he should get plenty more opportunities to showcase his abilities on the big stage. Now showing: Mike Conley, the best OSU player in the NBA right now.
Kolkata: State Public Works Department (PWD) minister Aroop Biswas during his budget speech in the Assembly said that various agencies from Delhi and Mumbai have been assigned to examine the health status of various bridges across the state that are owned by the department.While addressing the House, Biswas said that the agencies will carry out a detailed study on the bridges situated not only in the city but also in various districts. The agencies will submit a report to the government after six months after the examination is over. On the basis of the report submitted by the expert agencies, the PWD will take up the steps to repair or renovate those bridges which become weaker with the passing of time. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe minister also criticized the erstwhile Left Front government for taking up maintenance issue properly. He also provided some data before the House to show how the Mamata Banerjee government increased the budgetary allocation for his department. “In the last eight years of the Left Front regime the budgetary allocation remained around Rs 6,113 crore in the PWD out of which around Rs 3,498 had been spent. During the last financial year, the budgetary allocation remained at Rs 16,801 crore but the expenditure outnumbered the allotment. The PWD had spent Rs 20,565 crore which shows that money was spent out of planned budget,” Biswas told the Assembly. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateIt may be mentioned that the PWD has created a bridge inspection and monitoring cell for ensuring proper health study of various bridges. The department has also taken up a project of constructing 20 capacity passenger shelters at important junctions of state highways in every district. One cell has been created headed by one Executive Engineer for proper monitoring of complaints and suggestions received on a whatsapp number 9073362000. The minister also mentioned that under ‘Baitarani’ scheme initiated by the state government the PED has taken up the construction of 402 more crematoriums and 20 electric furnaces are being constructed in various crematoriums.