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    Now with Toronto, Ryu ready to be the ace – - February 14, 2020 by admin

    DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) Hyun-Jin Ryu is now the clear ace of a major league rotation with all the pressure and responsibility that comes with that.

    We win games by having all the players put in their efforts, Ryu said through a translator Thursday. At the same time, I do realize the expectation and the weight that comes with this kind of contract and what the Blue Jays wanted, and I know exactly what the Blue Jays want from me.

    What Toronto needs is some stability in its rotation. The Blue Jays used 21 different starters last year, then made several additions in the offseason. Ryu was the most prominent acquisition, signing a four-year, $80 million contract after finishing second in the National League Cy Young Award vote with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

    Ryu was the only NL pitcher to receive a first-place vote for the Cy Young besides winner Jacob deGrom, but pitching in Los Angeles, it was easy for the left-hander to be overshadowed by the likes of Clayton Kershaw and Walker Buehler. Ryu went 14-5 with a 2.32 ERA last season but made only one appearance for the Dodgers in their five-game loss to Washington in the Division Series.

    Now Ryu is with a Toronto team that lost 95 games in 2019, but this is a chance for the South Korean standout to show he can remain among baseballs elite starters.

    Ryu, who turns 33 next month, began his recent ascent in earnest during the 2018 season, when he went 7-3 with a 1.97 ERA in 15 starts. He was limited by groin problems that year, and he accepted a $17.9 million qualifying offer to stay with Los Angeles for 2019.

    Last year, he made 29 starts and pitched 182 2/3 innings, his highest totals since 2013. He allowed only three runs in the entire month of May and still had an ERA under 2.00 in mid-August.

    Having answered at least some questions about his durability, Ryu says hes trying to prepare for this season by repeating whats worked in the past.

    Im getting ready for the season gradually and not really forcing things, he said Thursday, after the Blue Jays held their first workout for pitchers and catchers. Making sure that my bodys ready to maintain certain type of workloads. I think I was able to do that pretty well, so Im trying to do the same for this year.

    Torontos staff also includes several other new additions. Right-handers Tanner Roark and Shun Yamaguchi signed for two years, and the Blue Jays acquired right-hander Chase Anderson in a trade. An improved rotation could pay major dividends for a team that has plenty of young position players to be excited about.

    Vladimir Guerrero Jr. doesnt even turn 21 until next month, and fellow infielders Bo Bichette and Cavan Biggio got good experience last season as well. Ryu gives Toronto a proven veteran on the pitching side.

    I was really excited when we got him, of course, manager Charlie Montoyo said. He was one of the best pitchers last year in baseball. When we got him, I was excited. We got an ace.

    So the Blue Jays are clear about their hopes for Ryu, who has pitched like an ace for much of the past two seasons. He might downplay the importance of that distinction a bit, but hes aware of the expectations.

    On any given night, he said, going out on the mound and putting the team in a position where they can win.

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    Disney Parks: 10 Things That Are Coming In 2020 | ScreenRant – Screen Rant - February 14, 2020 by admin

    The Disney parks are some of the most attended theme parks in the world, and one of the reasons that they remain that way is because the company constantly updates them with changes and new additions. With the parks being open 365 days a year, there is a constant change going on every time you enter a park.

    Whether it is a brand new theme park ride, a restaurant, or a new show and parade, Disney is always making tweaks to the parks to make sure they're the best in the world. Fans expect an incredibly high standard, and thankfully, Disney manages to deliver.

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    Right now, the company is working hard on a variety of different projects to update the parks across all of them, and within this list, we will look at 10 things coming in 2020.

    EPCOT's World Showcase will be getting a brand new addition in 2020 as Remy's Ratatouille Adventure joins the ride line up. The highly anticipated trackless ride based on the Pixar movie, Ratatouille, will be debuting in summer 2020 and will see guests shrink to the size of a rat.

    Guests will scurry around the floor of Chef Gusteau's kitchen, taking in all manner of sights and smells along the way. The ride does already exist at Disneyland Paris and has proven to be incredibly popular, and it is going to be a stellar addition to EPCOT.

    Speaking of EPCOT's World Showcase, a new ride isn't the only thing that the France pavilion will be getting. A Beauty and the Beast sing-a-long has already debuted in the area, and an authenticcrperie will also be added to the pavilion as well.

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    This restaurant will be both table and quick service and is set to feature the cuisine of celebrity chef,Jrme Bocuse. EPCOT is known for fully immersing its guests into the environment, and adding more authentic food based around the country that the pavilion is based around is a good idea.

    EPCOT is a major focus of Disney's in 2020, with this being the park that is getting a lot of attention. It isn't just acrperie that is being added to the dining options in the theme park. Over at the other side of the park, near Mission Space, the Space 220 is set to open up in 2020.

    This restaurant will be open from breakfast right through to dinner and will totally immerse guests to make them feel like they're in space themselves. The food will also be themed, with this dining location being unlike anything else in Walt Disney World.

    EPCOT is getting boosted by brand new locations for dining though, but Disney's Hollywood Studios will also be gaining a new table-service restaurant in 2020. Not far from the giant Woody at the entrance to Toy Story Land will be the newToy Story Land Round-Up Rodeo BBQ.

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    The new area of Disney's Hollywood Studios has been very well received, with two new rides, meet and greet areas, and a quick-service dining location. However, adding a brand new sitdown dining location is a fantastic idea to take Toy Story Land to the next level.

    It isn't just the Disney parks themselves getting new additions, as Disney Springs will be getting a few updates as well. One of the biggest will be the brand new Cirque du Soleil show that will officially begin on April 17, bringing a unique experience to Disney Springs.

    This all new-show will see a partnership between Cirque du Soleil and Disney Animation, which should provide a very interesting show. Because you can attend Disney Springs without a ticket, this is a popular destination, and adding a fantastic show for people to attend it a brilliant idea.

    The movie area on the second floor of The Land building is one that has always been fairly empty and not overly popular. The Circle of Life educational movie has been changed as part of EPCOT's big changes, and instead, a brand new film is taking its place.

    The new movie is called Awesome Planet, and of course, takes a focus at the plant we inhabit. It's the perfect sort of film to be played in EPCOT as it is educational, and entertaining which will hopefully make it more popular.

    There will also be another new movie attraction being added to Walt Disney World. There will also be a new addition to Hollywood Studios that will showcase a variety of Mickey shorts. It's a smart addition that will be coming in March, allowing guests to stop in to relax.

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    Having indoor areas like this is a perfect way for guests to relax after walking around for a full day, and it is also a good way to escape either the heat or the rain in Florida's often unpredictable climate.

    The American pavilion in EPCOT will also be getting a new dining option that will bring a little bit of BBQ to the area. It's something that a lot of people are likely excited about and is something that the American pavilion is in a desperate need for.

    There will be the likes of Kansas City chicken and Texas beef brisket sandwiches alongside a variety of desserts and craft beers for people. These are some of the things that people enjoy most about EPCOT, so this is a wise addition to the park.

    Walt Disney World isn't holding back when it comes to making EPCOT as impressive as it can possibly be. With new attractions and dining locations coming this year, the park is also set to gain a brand new nighttime spectacular, which will be arriving this year.

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    It promises to be the biggest and greatest Disney nighttime spectacular in history and will be named Harmonious. It is set to honor music from around the globe and will also utilize Disney movies as well, which should end a fantastic day at the park in style.

    One of the most exciting new additions that is coming to the Disney parks in 2020 is Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway. It will open on March 4 and will replace the former Great Movie Ride in the Chinese Theater at Disney's Hollywood Studios. It will be the first-ever attraction to be based around Mickey Mouse.

    The ride will be based around the Mickey and Minnie cartoons, where guests will board a train and become part of the action! The ride promises to bring new technology and "2 and 12D" to a ride for the first time ever, which has left people very excited to see just what it will be.

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    Three MLB Clubs Poised to Break Out in 2020 – Sports Central - February 14, 2020 by admin

    The long winter months are beginning to show signs of thaw, as football season recedes into the background and pitchers and catchers report to their respective camps in Arizona and Florida. In spite of an MLB offseason highlighted more for scandal than hot stove action, the vast majority of marquee free agents are off the board as we head into spring training. We have a pretty good idea of the likely contenders in both leagues, and which clubs have a good chance of hanging out in the cellar come August.

    While the Yankees, Twins, Astros, Dodgers, Nats, and Braves of the world have a good chance of being right back in the thick of the postseason chase, several clubs that have been lying low, saving on payroll and stock piling young talent are poised to make their move in 2020.

    Here are my top three clubs primed to make major leaps from the doldrums to the pennant race this season:

    1. Cincinnati Reds (2019 Record: 75-87, 4th in NL Central)

    Following four consecutive 90+ loss, last-place finishes, the Reds began to show a little bit of life in 2019, albeit still ending 16 games out of first place. Eugenio Suarez was obviously the big story, finishing second in the majors with 49 home runs and establishing himself as a true superstar by posting his third consecutive 25+ homer season and second of 30 or more. Along with Suarez, the Reds offense saw the emergence of former first round outfielders Jesse Winker and Nick Senzel, both entering their prime years and under team control for several years to come.

    Toss in the big time free agent additions of Mike Moustakas and Nick Castellanos, along with a collection of pitching additions that has gradually turned the Cincinnati pitching staff from an atrocity to a respectable group and you have the makings of a club that could be within striking distance in the highly competitive NL Central. While the Cardinals may be the early favorites in the division, the Cubs and Brewers may take steps back in 2020, leaving the door open for the Red Legs to make their move back to contention.

    2. Chicago White Sox (2019 Record: 72-89, 3rd in AL Central)

    The very same factors that allowed the South Siders to somehow finish in third place in 2019 in spite of a near 90-loss season will be the same factors that allow them to make their move in 2020. The AL Central will still be Minnesota's to lose, but the Indians' window appears to have closed, and the Royals and Tigers will likely still be dumpster fires this season as they follow the tanking protocol.

    The same protocol, coincidentally, that the White Sox have been following for quite some time, coming off their seventh straight losing campaign. It appears the club is now ready to win games again, setting themselves apart as one of the busiest teams this offseason. They already had a major stock pile of former high draft pick starting pitchers in Lucas Giolito, Carlos Rodon, Carson Fulmer, and Michael Kopech.

    Toss in the additions of veteran left-handers Dallas Keuchel and Gio Gonzalez, along with the offensive acquisitions of Yasmani Grandal, Edwin Encarnacion, and Nomar Mazara to go along with proven stars like Jose Abreu and Yoan Moncada, and the White Sox certainly look to have some star power in the upcoming season.

    3. San Diego Padres (2019 Record: 70-92, 5th in NL West)

    Of the three teams listed here, the Padres will certainly have the toughest time within their division. It's been 13 seasons since the Friars have captured an NL West crown, and their prospects look dim once again this season with the likelihood of yet another 100-win campaign from the Dodgers as an all but foregone conclusion. That said, the Giants are unlikely to make any push for the playoffs, the Rockies are the Rockies and the Padres look to have a puncher's chance at beating out the Diamondbacks for second place and a potential wild card bid.

    The Pads are another team that's lost 90 or more games in four straight years, but they've been building one of baseball's most elite farm systems all along and appear ready to strike in 2020. They've added Drew Pomerantz and Emilio Pagan to an elite bullpen that already boasts Kirby Yates and Craig Stammen, and Eric Hosmer, Fernando Tatis, Jr., and Manny Machado give them a formidable infield. Long time stalwart Will Myers will be joined by spark plug Tommy Pham in the outfield, giving San Diego multiple big name position players across the diamond.

    Starting pitching is the one potential area of weakness for this club, with the starting rotation currently led by returning youngsters Joey Lucchesi and Chris Paddock, along with former Milwaukee Brewer Zach Davies, a proven starter who is still just 27-years-old. If they're in contention at the break, look for San Diego to swap one of their blue chip pieces for a front line arm midseason.

    Could each of these punchy underdog up and comers fall flat on their faces in 2020, as their respective histories suggest? They sure could. But I for one am always a fan of seeing some fresh pennant contenders, and reinvigorated fan bases come September.

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    Bruno Fernandes transfer just the start as Manchester United chief Ed Woodward hints at several summer – - February 14, 2020 by admin

    Ed Woodward has hinted there may be several new additions at Manchester United this summer.

    While the Europa League and FA Cup still provide a shot at silverware, this is shaping up to be another disappointing season for the 20-time league champions and the clubs executive vice-chairman acknowledges the next transfer window is an important opportunity for the club.


    United languish eighth in the Premier League, with fewer than half the points of table-topping Liverpool, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaers side face a battle to seal Champions League qualification.

    The January acquisition of Bruno Fernandes has been a welcome injection of quality at Old Trafford, but Woodward accepts there is plenty of work to do.

    The signing of Bruno Fernandes and return of key players from injury will be a boost to Ole and the squad as we head into the second half of the season, Woodward said in introductory remarks made at a recent fans forum.

    We remain in contention in the Europa League and the FA Cup, as well as for Champions League qualification, so there is still lots to play for.

    However, as a club and a board, we do recognise that we are not yet where we want to be.

    It is the overwhelming priority of everyone at the club to get us back to regularly challenging for Premier League and Champions League titles.

    Although progress may not always be smooth, everyone across the club is focused and committed on playing their part in helping achieve those aims.

    Woodward highlighted the significant work and investment made in the academy, while the United chief said he was pleased with progress being made in ensuring they have the right players, infrastructure and culture to sustain long-term success.

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    Similarly, there has been extensive work on our recruitment process, with considerable investment in scouting, data and analytics, Woodward, whose house was attacked by some fans just days before the comments, continued.

    The recruitment department is working to a clear plan and philosophy, along with Ole and his coaching staff.

    Our focus is on bringing in a combination of experience and the best young players with potential to develop further, fusing graduates from our academy with high-quality acquisitions.

    Our recruitment process focuses on analysis and selection of players over the course of a season, with a view to the following summer transfer window.As part of the rebuild we see this coming summer as an important opportunity.

    We had consistently taken the view that because January is not an optimal time in terms of availability of players we would only buy in January if players we had already targeted for the summer became available and we were pleased that this strategy played out with the signing of Bruno Fernandes.

    Bruno Fernandes and the players we brought (in) last summer are evidence that our process is the right one.

    There has been no shortage of investment in players over the past few years, with over 200million spent since Ole became manager.

    Our aim is to ensure that we continue to achieve consistency in quality of recruitment.

    Off the pitch, it is important to note that the commercial elements of the club are geared to ensuring we have a self-sustaining model which supports investment in the playing side.

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    LSU has not been to Omaha since 2017, and, well, that’s too long – Daily Advertiser - February 14, 2020 by admin

    Paul Mainieri takes the field as The LSU Tigers take on Southern Miss in the 2019 NCAA Regional Tournament in Baton Rouge, LA. Sunday, June 2, 2019.(Photo: SCOTT CLAUSE/USA TODAY Network)

    BATON ROUGE Maybe, it accidentally slipped out. Or maybe, he meant it.

    During LSU's baseball media day last month, coach Paul Mainieri was discussing how open his lineup could be from day one, which is Friday at 7 p.m. when the No. 12 Tigers beginthe 2020 season against Indiana at Alex Box Stadium, throughout the season.

    The opening weekend series continues at 3 p.m.Saturdayand noon Sunday.

    "Even after the season begins, there is going to be some fluidity to our lineup," he said. "I don't think the lineup we start with on opening day is going to be the same for 56 games and the national championship."

    So, make your plans now. LSU will not only reach the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska, that begins on June 13, but it will advance to the best-of-three championship series beginning on June 22, according to Mainieri.

    The Tigers have not been to Omaha since 2017 when they reached that championship series before losing back-to-back games to Florida. The two-season stretch out of Nebraska is LSU'slongest since not going in three straight seasons from 2010 through 2012.

    "'Omaha or bust' is our motto around here," sophomore first baseman Cade Beloso said.

    LSU trips to Omaha the last two years were busted in the NCAA Regional in Corvallis, Oregon, in 2018, and at home at the Super Regional against Florida State last year, largely due to a lack of healthy pitching. Mainieri hopes to have that issue solved this season, as 11pitchers who threw last season return along with three additionswho are left-handed a precious commodity LSU did not have in 2019.

    "Our pitching staff is going to be at a level that allows us to win games even while we are learning about our team (offensively)," Mainieri said. "Our pitching staff is a veteran pitching staff."

    The weekend starting rotation at the moment features all sophomores in Cole Henry (4-2, 3.39 ERA, 58.1 innings last season), who will start Friday, Landon Marceaux(5-2, 4.66 ERA, 58 innings last season) and A.J. Labas (6-2, 3.48 ERA, 54.1 innings in 2018). Henry's 2019 season was plagued by elbow soreness, and Marceaux missed time with arm soreness. Labas missed all of 2019 with a shoulder injury.

    That leaves out junior Eric Walker (5-4, 5.47 ERA, 72 innings), who was a weekend starter last season and an All-American in 2017 (8-2, 3.48 ERA, 95.2 innings) before an elbow injury and surgery scratched his entire 2018 campaign. Walker could be one of LSU's best mid-week starters in years if the sophomore trio pans out. Junior Ma'Khail Hilliard (0-4, 5.32 ERA, 44 innings) could also be a formidable mid-week starter if he is healthier this season. He was plagued by shoulder issues in 2019 after going 9-5 with a 3.79 ERA through 76 innings as a weekend rotation member in 2018.

    Also back are junior reliever Devin Fontenot (5-4, 3.71 ERA, 7 saves, 51 innings), senior reliever Matthew Beck (3-0, 2.05 ERA, 44 innings), and sophomore Jaden Hill (1-0, 1.80 ERA, 10 innings), who is yet another pitcher who struggled with arm issues last season.

    "One of the keys for us, as last year proved, is our ability to keep the guys healthy," Mainieri said.

    And he has a plan for that. New sleeve devices will track LSU pitchers' arm stress this season to better avoid injuries through rest, which is not a new thought process by any means.

    "We're learning more and more about the importance of recovery for kids," Mainieri said. "Just pure rest. We're giving them more days off than we ever have before. All I can tell you is this fall, the velocities were up, and there were no injuries."

    The new left-handers expected to assist the bullpen are junior college transfer Brandon Kaminer,freshman Jacob Hasty of Liberty Christian High in Keller, Texas, and sophomore walk-on Michael Lagarrigue of Fontainebleau High in Mandeville.

    "We are excited about adding some left-handed pitching to the staff," Mainieri said.

    LSU's offense returns five position starters in junior outfielder Daniel Cabrera (.284, 12 home runs, 50 RBIs), sophomore first baseman Cade Beloso (.279, 10 home runs, 52 RBIs), sophomore catcher Saul Garza (.303, 5 home runs, 27 RBIs), junior shortstop Hal Hughes (.174), and sophomore outfielder Giovanni DiGiacoma (.275, 15 RBIs).

    Incoming junior college transfer Zack Mathis could start at third base, and fourother newcomers could play a lot and possibly start as the season goes onin freshman outfielder MauriceHampton, who is a safety on the football team, freshman infielder Zach Arnold,freshman infielder/designated hitter Cade Doughty and freshman catcher/designated hitter Hayden Travinski of Airline High in Bossier City who hit .429 with 12 home runs last season.

    "I am waiting to see which players are going to rise above others and make a statement that they should be starting players," Mainieri said.

    Meanwhile, LSU fans have been waiting since 2009 for Mainieri's second national championship and the program's seventh. No longer is the baseball team the last LSU program to win the national championship with the football team winning that with a perfect 15-0 season in 2019-20.

    "I was getting just as much enjoyment out of that as everyone else was," Mainieri said. "Now, it's time for the baseball program to uphold its end of it as well."

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    Inside Dame Barbara Cartland’s 40m Mayfair mansion the house that inspired hundreds of love stories – - February 14, 2020 by admin

    Its the house that inspired hundreds of love stories. So it's fitting thatthe Mayfair mansion once home to Dame Barbara Cartland, the most prolific romance novelist of all time, has been put up for sale on Valentines Day.

    The 8,000 sq ft, five-storey townhouse on South Street is available for a cool 40million a price tag reflective of modern-day Mayfair that might have made even the racy writer blush.

    Dame Barbara was the rom-trash worlds Queen of Hearts so often pictured dressed head-to-toe in her signature pink and trailing chiffon. In her Telegraph obituary in 2000 she was described as a formidable fairy queen, with extravagant, almost clown-like, make-up her cheeks pulled back with sadly visible bits of sticking plaster.

    A dedicated socialite, she was known to frequent glamorous venues such asThe Cavendish Hotel owned by RosaLewis, the original celebrity chef who was romantically linked to EdwardVII. Tina Brown recalls how posses of small, yapping poodles in rhinestone collars followed her everywhere she went.

    But behind this eccentric vision of fuchsia and tulle was a razor sharp mind. She published 723 novels and is thought to have sold more than a billion copies in her illustrious 77-year long career. She wrote about feigning damsels and dashing heroes in the post-Victorian era with many a yarn set in her milieu, central London.

    She wrote 17 novels in the Forties, most likely in the mansion in South Street; in her later years in the Seventies and Eighties, the speed of her output increased dramatically.

    Dame Barbaras former five-bedroom arts and crafts townhouse sits between Park Lane and Grosvenor Square, in the heart of her old stamping ground. The family moved in before the Second World War started, her son Ian McCorquodale told The Telegraph although he was vague on dates. Dame Barbara bought the house with her second husband Hugh McCorquodale. He was the cousin of herfirst spouse Captain Alexander Sachie McCorquodale, who she divorced in 1933.

    The couple lived there with her daughter from her first marriage, Raine (1929-2016), and their two sons Ian (born 1937) and Glenn (1939).

    It was a lovely home to grow up in and we were very happy there as a family. It was right in the middle of Mayfair and we took long walks in Hyde Park, says McCorquodale. We were there for the duration of the war, and it was a long war.

    An 18-year-old Raine was introduced to London high society as a debutante from the South Street house in 1947 and was named deb of the year. She was quickly engaged to the Hon Gerald Humphrey Legge, who became the 9th Earl of Dartmoor.

    In the Seventies she married John Spencer, the 8th Earl Spencer, becoming a countess and stepmother to Diana, Princess of Wales. According to Tina Browns book on the Princess, Dame Barbara once remarked: The only books Diana ever read were mine, and they werent awfully good for her.

    In a case of life imitating art, Countess Spencers coming out into society from the grand townhouse nods to her mothers novel A Virgin in Mayfair, published in 1932. In the story Maxine, the young heroine, is raised in a convent before her sophisticated aunt takes her under her wing to introduce her as a London debutante. Maxine takes up residence in Grosvenor Square before falling for an aristocrat.

    In 1950, the McCorquodale family sold up and moved to a country estate called Camfield Place in Hertfordshire. Once the home of Beatrix Potter, the 10-bedroom mansion is nestled in 400 acres of farmland and woods near Hatfield. Dame Barbara died in her sleep at Camfield in 2000 and it remains the family home to this day. Unlike South Street, and despite the upkeep its not for sale, says McCorquodale.

    His was not the first family of standing and fame to live in the prestigious Mayfair mansion. The house was built in 1902 from the shell of a crumbling mid-18th century property. It was designed by Detmar Blow, a starchitect of his day whose clients were chiefly aristocracy. He went on to become estates manager to the Duke of Westminster. It was his first project in Mayfair, commissioned by the stockbroker, art collector and politician Sir Cuthbert Quilter, who lived on South Audley Street.

    As soon as it was completed, Sir Cuthbert let it to the Douglas-Home family. Sir Alec Douglas-Home, a future prime minister, moved into the new South Street mansion in 1903 as a baby. His premiership was the second-shortest in the 20th century (from 1963 to 1964). However, the highlight of his political career was as foreign secretary (1960 to 1963), when he supported the US in the Cuban Missile Crisis.

    This property spans many distinct eras. The original red-brick, stone-dressed facade from 1902 is intact, with quoins and modillion cornices, a nod to the style of the late 17th century. The heavy front door is set in a striking stone architrave, behind elaborate French-inspired iron railings.

    After Dame Barbara moved out, the property was converted into offices before becoming a home once again decades later. Although the interiors have changed, Blows main timber staircase has been preserved, as have the ceilings in the ground floor dining room and first floor drawing room.

    There is a Robert Adam marble fireplace in the drawing room that was added to the property in a renovation in the mid-Nineties. The courtyard in the centre of the L-shaped building was glassed over, allowing light to flood all the way down into the lower ground floor.

    The current vendors, who wish to remain anonymous, have added the usual luxury mod cons, carving out a wellness suite in the basement. Theres a swimming pool, sauna, a bar and even a double bed suspended over the end of the pool. French doors in the second-floor master bedroom open on to a curved terrace. Theres a larger planted terrace on the first floor and a roof terrace (which McCorquodale recalls fondly) with skyline views.

    The original property and newer additions work well together. From the outside its a piece of London heritage, while the interiors and layout offer a fantastic 21st-century lifestyle, says Becky Fatemi of Rokstone, the agent marketing the property.

    This mansion on South Street is one of a collection of illustrious properties put up for sale recently. This is a sign, Fatemi says, of growing confidence in the prime central London property market after half a decade of price falls. She launched Sir Michael Heseltines six-storey mansion in Belgravia in the autumn for 28million.

    Peter Wetherell, an estate agent in Mayfair, predicts a sales spike of 50 per cent this year as a result of the Boris bounce, boosted by young international buyers.

    Renewed optimism after an extended period of uncertainty has also resulted in a significant number of premium properties being placed on the open market, adds Mark Pollack of agent Aston Chase. Some [are being put on the market] for the first time in many years as vendors who were waiting to downsize now make their move.

    Wetherell is selling a 3,541 sq ft four-bedroom apartment in 18 Grosvenor Square for 18.75million. It was once the Mayfair pied--terre of aviation tycoon Sir Frederick Handley Page whose factory made the Halifax bomber used in the Second World War. The Blue Plaque-adorned block was built to the designs of the Grosvenor estates manager, none other than South Streets Detmar Blow.

    It seems new chapters are about to begin for both prime central London and South Street.

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    Whats Coming to Netflix in February 2020 – What’s on Netflix - February 14, 2020 by admin

    Its time to take at whats coming to Netflix in the United States throughout February 2020. Weve got the big and only ongoing list on the internet of whats coming to Netflix throughout the month.

    February is usually a much quieter month for new Netflix releases than others which usually comes down to just the general time of year and the fact it traditionally has fewer days of the month.

    In terms of what you can expect from Netflix, as its approaching valentines day youll be able to see a few new romantic movies the service is making headlined by the likes of To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You. You can see an extended list of the Netflix Originals coming in February 2020 here.

    Note: weve now received a bigger list of whats coming to Netflix in February as always more will be announced. (full list for January). Well keep this post updated throughout January and February reflecting any newly announced titles for the two months.

    Update: 48 titles were added in total to Netflix on February 1st. Full list here.

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    Bargain Hunting: 10 cost-effective trade options contending teams should target at the deadline – The Hockey News - February 14, 2020 by admin

    If you go back through the past five trade deadlines and peruse the moves made by Stanley Cup-winning sides, one thing stands out: the big budget, headline-making, splashy moves are the exception, not the rule.

    Last season, for instance, the St. Louis Blues made one acquisition at the deadline, landing rearguard Michael Del Zotto from the Anaheim Ducks for a sixth-round selection. He played in seven games for the Blues, all in the regular season, and didnt see a second of playoff action. The year prior, the Washington Capitals big deadline transaction was picking up Michal Kempny from the Chicago Blackhawks. As it turned out, that was a stroke of genius. And the deadline acquisitions by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the two campaigns prior and the Blackhawks before them included the likes Mark Streit, Frank Corrado, Ron Hainsey, Andrew Desjardins and Kimmo Timonen. Not exactly the biggest names.

    In fact, the only major waves any of those Stanley Cup winners made in the past five seasons by Stanley Cup-winning teams were the Penguins three-way swap with the Ottawa Senators and Vegas Golden Knights that sent Derick Brassard to Pittsburgh ahead of the 2018 deadline. That came three seasons after Chicagos Antoine Vermette trade with the Arizona Coyotes. But in both instances, those were secondary pieces that supplemented the already-established top stars.

    So, ahead of this deadline, its worth remembering that the best additions might not be the big guns, but rather the role-players and pluggers who can cement themselves as key pieces of the bottom six. And given more than half the leagues teams have projected cap space below $1.5 million according to CapFriendly, the contending clubs looking to add those types of players will likely have to do so with the spending limit in mind. That could make these 10 skaters prime trade candidates and sneaky-good additions come deadline day:

    Derek Grant, C, Anaheim Ducks $700,000 AAVGrant, 29, has skated with six clubs across his seven seasons in the NHL, which speaks to two things: a number of teams see him as a useful piece and he has enough versatility to fit into just about any lineup. Like a number of players on this list, Grant isnt going to make or break any organizations post-season run, but what he will do is provide reliability in depth minutes and solidify a fourth-line with a legitimate big-league skater. Some teams want to entrust those minutes to veteran skaters and veteran skaters only. Grant can be that guy.

    Brian Boyle, C, Florida Panthers $940,000 AAVAny selling the Panthers do ahead of the trade freeze, especially of role players such as Boyle, will be contingent on their spot in the standings come deadline day. If GM Dale Tallon does decide to move out some veteran pieces, however, Boyle, 35, should be at the top of the list for any club that wants to add some size and scoring to its fourth line. Its not as though Boyle is going to be a bank-breaker in either the cap or cost-of-acquisition sense, and his penalty killing acumen, strength in the faceoff circle and mild offensive ability are attributes contending teams will covet at the deadline.

    Joakim Ryan, D, Los Angeles Kings $725,000 AAVIts a bit telling about the situation in Los Angeles that Ryan, who was pegged as a third-pairing blueliner, is averaging upwards of 19 minutes per game with the Kings. Any team that acquires the 26-year-old wont be looking to utilize him in the same way, though. Much more likely is that he reverts to his prior playing time with the San Jose Sharks, which is to say around the 14-minute mark at most. What might entice teams about Ryan is that hes got experience being part of a deep post-season run. He skated in 20 playoff games with the Sharks last season as a bottom-pairing rearguard. Never hurts to have another player whos been there and seen the late rounds of the playoffs.

    Brad Hunt, D, Minnesota Wild $700,000 AAVHunt is the only player on this list with a contract that does not expire at seasons end, but the cap hit is so minimal as to almost be negligible moving forward. He has a league-minimum salary and hes producing enough offensively that he should be on the short list of any club who needs a boost their power play. Hunt, 31, is a late-bloomer, but he can quarterback the second special teams unit and blast away when he tees one up. Of 51 defensemen with at least 100 minutes on the power play, Hunt ranks 21st with 4.96 points per 60 minutes. Thats better than the rates possessed by Zach Werenski, Erik Karlsson, Jacob Trouba, Kris Letang and Morgan Rielly.

    Nate Thompson, C, Montreal Canadiens $1,000,000 AAVThompson is cut from the same cloth as Boyle, the difference being that the potential for the former to be available is much higher than it is for the latter. At roughly the same price in terms of assets needed to pry the players from their clubs and cap hit, any team that misses out on Boyle will probably then look to swing around to Thompson and vice-versa. Any team acquiring Thompson, 35, is going to want to stash him on the fourth line and use him in own-zone, must-win faceoff type situations. His 55.2 faceoff-winning percentage is tied for 12th-best in the NHL among players whove taken at least 600 draws.

    Rocco Grimaldi, RW, Nashville Predators $1,000,000 AAVGrimaldi was an inspiring success story last season, an experienced AHL hand who finally managed to crack an NHL roster and convince the higher-ups he belonged. The 27-year-old has proven the Predators faith in him right, too, with a nine-goal, 26-point output in 52 games that is double what he posted in 53 outings last season. That has only set up for Nashville to potentially move Grimaldi along should the Predators stumble out of the race in the next week-plus, though. Teams will be intrigued by his skill and ability to chip in with limited ice time. Hes worth kicking the tires on.

    Dylan DeMelo, D, Ottawa Senators $900,000 AAVIt would not be shocking in the least if the Senators were to cling to DeMelo through the deadline, as the 26-year-old defender has consistently skated top-four minutes and could be one of the key defensive cogs for the next few seasons. That said, hes got the perfect price tag for teams that need to add on a budget and he can be slotted into a top-four and flourish. Thats remarkable value given the price. The only drawback is that DeMelo might be the most expensive acquisition, in terms of assets traded away, on this list.

    Tyler Ennis, RW, Ottawa Senators $800,000 AAVAfter spending his early and prime years as a decent middle-six scorer with the Buffalo Sabres, Ennis, 30, has been a journeyman bottom-six hand across the past few campaigns. And though hes found himself a nice spot with the Senators this season, his production he has 13 goals and 30 points in 56 games, which is a 19-goal, 44-point pace paired with his price tag makes him a prime secondary scoring option for the clubs that need to add on a budget. Ennis wont be a game changer, but hes shifty and he can create. If nothing else, hes a bottom-six piece for a contending club who can chip in a point or two.

    Patrick Marleau, LW, San Jose Sharks$700,000When he signed his one-year, $700,000 pact with the Sharks, the expectation was Marleau would get one last hurrah in the NHL and the chance to win a Stanley Cup in San Jose. The former held true. The latter? Not so much. With the Sharks so far out of the post-season race, the reality is Marleaus only real use in San Jose right now is as trade bait. Hes not the player he once was, but the 40-year-old has 10 goals and 20 points this season and can still skate the game. Without question, Sharks GM Doug Wilson will leave the decision to stay or go to Marleau, but if he wants to chase a championship before he calls it a career, this deadline is likely his last opportunity to play for a contender.

    Radim Simek, D, San Jose Sharks $675,000 AAVUnderstanding full well how ridiculous this sounds, Simek, 27, has been something of a crucial player for the Sharks since he arrived last season, if only because his presence allowed for San Jose to optimize their defensive pairings. It turns out that hes a fairly decent depth defenseman, too. Hes not going to wow anyone, but he can contribute offensively from time to time, move the puck and play the stay-at-home role for a more fluid puck-moving partner. But really, the thing with Simek is that you cant beat the price. Hes earning less than a league-minimum deal this season and can be that final budget addition for a team looking to really round out its defense corps.

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    Jared Clinton is a writer and web editor with The Hockey News. He's been with the team since 2014. He was born, raised and resides in Winnipeg, where he can be found missing the net on outdoor rinks all over town.

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    Do Additions Of Mookie Betts, David Price Really Place Dodgers In 2020 World Series? – CBS Boston - February 10, 2020 by admin

    ByMichael Hurley, CBS Boston

    BOSTON (CBS) In the wake of sign-stealing findings and accusations about the 2017 Astros and 2018 Red Sox, some folks in Los Angeles wanted Major League Baseball to retroactively award those World Series titles to the Dodgers. Those folks wereslightlymisguided.

    Now, in the wake of the Dodgers landing Mookie Betts and David Price, some folks want toproactively award the 2020 World Series title to the Dodgers. They may be equally off the mark.

    To be sure, Mookie is pretty much universally known as the second-best player in the sport. There is simply no doubting his skills and abilities. Hes won four straight Gold Glove Awards, hes been a Silver Slugger winner in three of the last four years, he has an MVP Award and an MVP runner-up to his name, and hes legitimately on a Hall of Fame track as he enters his age 27 season.

    Adding Mookie makes a baseball team better. Duh.

    Stillllll, the immediate reaction to Tuesday nights deal may have included some people going a little overboard.

    For example:

    Thats strong.

    The story itself was more tempered than the promotional tweet (thus making it a very successful promotional tweet for a story), but it did end with a picture of the World Series-champion Dodgers visiting the White House:

    In time, the storyline may turn to whether the Dodgers plan to visit the White House depending on whos in office.

    That is, of course, is a debate for another day.

    For now, the Dodgers are back to being the kings of the National League, at least on paper.

    See you in October.

    That wasnt the only such story, of course.

    From the LA Times, its already late October.

    From the story:

    Man, did they ever jump, leaping all the way from February to deep in October.

    More important than all that, in Betts they may have finally found their missing championship piece.

    It might seem as if theyve made this type of blockbuster addition before, but this time it feels different. This impact feels enormous. This hope feels real.

    This is not the 2017 midseason trade for the pressure-racked Yu Darvish. Betts has a championship ring after homering against Clayton Kershaw in the clinching Game 5 of the 2018 World Series.

    Mookie Betts, after all, was acquired to be more than just their new leadoff hitter and right fielder.

    He has come to be their closer.

    Optimistic, and rightfully so. But still slightly presumptuous.

    Joel Shermans New York Post headline blares: Dodgers brilliant Mookie Betts trade puts them on Yankees collision course.

    From the story:

    So if you are doing winners and losers this offseason, think about Fox Sports, which might just get the first Yankees-Dodgers World Series since 1981.

    That story, too, was tempered with long way to go before that happens language, but the thoughts in early February were very clearly already on late October.

    And while Betts is a tremendous player, and while Price is sometimes (but not always) a tremendous pitcher, this is all understandable.

    Still, it might all be a little premature.

    While there will be no stories out of Boston trying to earnestly dampen excitement in L.A. after this particular blockbuster deal (I did absolutely nail that one, though), there are some matters worth mentioning.

    Like, for instance, the playoff resumes of both Betts and Price.

    Certainly, regular-season success has not been an issue for the Dodgers in recent years, as theyve averaged 101 wins over the past three years. Theyve made the playoffs for seven straight years, theyve reached the World Series twice, and theyve reached the NLCS twice more.

    The issue has been finishing the job.

    On that Betts and Price may not be the men for the job.

    First, Mookie: Hes played 21 postseason games, with 99 plate appearances. He owns a .227 batting average and .654 OPS, a significant drop from his career regular-season marks of .301 and .893.

    In the playoffs, Betts has struck out in over 17 percent of his plate appearances, compared to under 13 percent of his regular-season plate appearances. His OBP in the regular season? Its .374. In the playoffs, its .313.

    In the 2018 ALDS, Betts ranked eighth among Red Sox regulars in OPS.

    In the ALCS, he ranked seventh. In the World Series, he ranked seventh again.

    In the playoffs overall, among Red Sox with at least 25 at-bats, he ranked ninth in batting average, eighth in OBP, and eighth in OPS. He had the ninth-most RBIs on the team, and his 12 strikeouts were fourth-most on the Red Sox.

    In 2018, Betts best season for which he won an MVP, his numbers looked like this:

    Reg. Season: .346/.438/.640Postseason: .210/.300/.323

    Thats significant.

    By comparison, Joc Pederson whom the Dodgers traded away on Tuesday night posted a slash line of .205/.262/.385 in that 2018 postseason for L.A.

    One of the L.A. writers cited Betts Game 5 home run in Los Angeles as evidence that Betts can help deliver a title. That home run, though, came after Betts had gone 4-for-21 with just one extra-base hit to start the World Series. He had hit .217 with a .584 OPS on just two extra-base hits (both doubles) in the ALCS, and he batted just .188 with a .566 OPS in the ALDS against the Yankees, going 3-for-16 with one double.

    Suffice it to say, if the idea is that the Dodgers got Betts to get them over a postseason hump, hes going to need to clear his own playoff bugaboos to complete the job.

    On Price, well, that storys been told. He did manage to put forth a tremendous performance late in the 2018 postseason, and he realistically deserved World Series MVP honors. In that World Series against the Dodgers, he allowed just three runs over 13.2 innings, going 2-0, and striking out 10 batters in 13.2 innings. Going back to the ALCS, he finished that playoff run with a 1.73 ERA and a 0.814 WHIP over 19.2 innings. He was nails.

    Of course, from the 2010 postseason until the midpoint of the ALCS in 2018, Price went 1-9 in the playoffs with a 5.72 ERA and a 1.311 WHIP. It was aminor issue for a guy who won a Cy Young and had three other top-six Cy Young finishes during that time.

    Its possible that something magical clicked within Price during that 2018 season, when he elevated himself to the level he belonged that whole time. But then he made just 22 starts in 2019, posting a 4.28 ERA and a 1.314 WHIP. His unique elbow led to an early IL trip, before a wrist cyst effectively ended his season in August, save for one brief appearance in early September.

    After Aug. 1, Price threw a total of 4.2 innings last year. As such, even at a steep discount, his contributions for 2020 and beyond remain a major question mark. So surely, anyone spouting Buehler-Price-Kershaw as a postseason rotation at this moment in time would be jumping a gun or two.

    Performing in the postseason brings with it an added weight. Performing in the postseason as a superstar carries even more. Performing in the postseason as a superstar brought in almost exclusively to be the difference-maker in October, just months before becoming a free agent and hopefully landing the richest deal ever written? Well, thats a whole lot of pressure.

    None of this is meant to distract from the massive loss for the Red Sox, as teams with deep pockets typically want to keep their home-grown stars throughout the bulk of their primes. Sending Betts away for scrapsandhaving to pay half of Prices bad contract is a loss for the Red Sox no matter which way you slice it.

    But isthisthe deal that finally gets the Dodgers over the proverbial hump with regard to bringing home a World Series trophy? Its a question that, despite all of Wednesday mornings optimism, is no closer to being answered than it was 24 hours earlier.

    You canemail Michael Hurleyor find him on Twitter@michaelFhurley.

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    Next season will be here soon enough for the Tennessee men’s basketball team, but this year still has some promise – Chattanooga Times Free Press - February 10, 2020 by admin

    KNOXVILLE With each game, there are fewer sure things for the Tennessee men's basketball team.

    Aside from junior forwards John Fulkerson and Yves Pons, the Volunteers haven't had much to hang their hats on this season.

    Sitting at the podium in the media room at Thompson-Boling Arena on Saturday after the Vols' 77-64 loss to 15th-ranked Kentucky, that was what coach Rick Barnes basically said.

    "It is hard. It's really hard not knowing from night to night," admitted Barnes, whose fifth Tennessee team has had to deal with inconsistency on both the roster and the court on its way to records of 13-10 overall and 5-5 in the Southeastern Conference with eight regular-season games remaining.

    Entering the season, one would have expected the duo of senior guards Jordan Bowden and Lamonte Turner to attempt to lead the way for a roster weighted with inexperience and youth. Turner was never right, though, struggling with a shoulder injury before electing to have season-ending surgery. Bowden has struggled with his shot, a surprise for the usually prolific scorer.

    Along with a sextet of freshmen who all need a lot of work before they're ready to be counted on as regular contributors, that has made the Vols, not surprisingly, inconsistent. Two of those freshmen guard Santiago Vescovi and center Uros Plavsic were midseason additions to the rotation; another, Josiah-Jordan James, has missed the past three games due to a lower-body injury.

    Tennessee's offensive efficiency is ninth in the SEC this season, with its defense slightly above average by ranking in the top half of the 14-team league in every category other than offensive rebounding. The trouble there is a by-product of too many poor attempts at blocking shots, which in turn has put the Vols out of position to get the ball if the attempts fail.

    Fulkerson and Pons, the two consistent options for the Vols this season, have set the best standard. Pons leads the SEC in blocked shots per game, and Fulkerson has become the team's most efficient scoring option. The emergence of two players who were largely role players last season is a plus, but others must become factors for Tennessee to succeed.

    Essentially, the Vols must quickly develop skills and strategy to counter their current weaknesses, but their effort and confidence aren't lacking.

    "I don't think that anyone thinks that we are an easy out," Barnes said Saturday. "I know our guys think that we can win every time we take the court. I know our guys thought that we could win this game today. We do look at the big picture, and we are like a lot of people that are bunched up right there (in the postseason picture). We will see if we can get some (quality wins) down the stretch."

    The Vols, despite their struggles, aren't completely out of the running mainly because of what lies ahead.

    When it comes to boosting their postseason credentials, they have the chance for as many as seven Quadrant 1 quality victories: home wins against teams that are in the top 30 of the NET rankings, neutral-site wins against top-50 teams and away wins against top-75 teams.

    Tennessee has two of those right now the last-second neutral-site victory over Virginia Commonwealth University on Nov. 30 and Tuesday's win at Alabama and six losses against that level of competition. The Vols' NET ranking of 67th shows that while there aren't many good wins on the schedule four against Quads 1 and 2 teams there aren't any bad losses, as they are 9-1 against Quads 3 and 4 opponents.

    Aside from Vanderbilt's visit to Knoxville on Feb. 18, every game remaining is against at least a Quad 2 opponent, so while the road ahead seems steep, it's also ripe with opportunities.

    That is, if the Vols, who host Arkansas (16-7, 4-6) at 7 p.m. Tuesday, can develop some level of consistency on the court and otherwise.

    "We always talk about the big picture," Barnes said. "We start talking about the big picture in November and how important those games are. Our line has always been if you don't think that those games are important, then wait until March. We also understand that this is the month where we play the remainder of the month with top-50 teams. It is a great opportunity for us to do some things down the stretch."

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