MLB free-agent rumors: Yankees and Brett Gardner interested in keeping the band together

first_imgCould this happen: Definitely. No team in baseball loves the idea of experienced backups/safety nets more than the Yankees. Also, someone needs to be around to thump the dugout roof when a rally needs to start. Potential domino effect: Bringing Gardner back might make it easier for Brian Cashman to trade Clint Frazier, who has been bandied about in trade rumors for quite a while now. MORE: CC Sabathia trying to sell Gerrit Cole on Yankees Regardless of how hot the Hot Stove Season actually is this year — it’s been lukewarm, at best, the past few offseasons — Sporting News will have you covered with all the trade rumors and free-agent rumblings you can handle.Rumor: The Yankees could bring back free-agent outfielder Brett Gardner Source: Jon Heyman, MLB NetworkYankees and Brett Gardner are already talking about trying to stay together contractually. Why not? It’s been a fantastic marriage for both. Longest tenured Yankee had career highs in HR (28) and OPS (.829) in 2019.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) November 7, 2019Need to know: Gardner, who turned 36 in August, has been with the club since roughly the end of Mickey Mantle’s tenure in the Bronx, or at least it feels that way. Really, though, he and CC Sabathia were the only members of the 2019 Yankees who were part of the club’s most recent World Series title, in 2009, and Sabathia just retired. Gardner hasn’t been shy about staying with the only franchise he’s known. The Yankees drafted him in the third round of the 2005 draft and he made his big-league debut three years later. In those early days, he was a speedy outfielder — he led the AL with 49 stolen bases in 2011 — without much power, but now it’s kind of the other way around. Gardner hit a career-high 28 homers in 2019, which paired nicely with a career-best .829 OPS. And the path to return to the Bronx seems pretty clear. Center fielder Aaron Hicks, who is on a long-term deal with the club, just had Tommy John surgery, so he’s out for an extended period. Bringing back Gardner on a short-term deal (two years, max) makes a lot of sense, and not just because of the Hicks situation. Giancarlo Stanton, another Yankee on a long-term deal, dealt with severe hamstring issues in 2019, so having Gardner available to move Stanton to DH from time to time seems like a smart idea. last_img read more

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Prez Sirleaf Inspects ‘26th’ Projects in Sinoe, Grand Kru

first_imgAhead of this year’s July 26 Independence Anniversary President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf arrived in Greenville, Sinoe County on Wednesday at the start of a four-day visit to the southeastern counties to inspect development projects expected to be dedicated during the celebrations there.President Sirleaf, who set out from Monrovia early Wednesday, will also visit Grand Kru County, the Co-host of the 168th Independence Anniversary.The visit, according to a government release from the Executive Mansion, is intended to meet with the leadership of the two counties co-hosting this year’s celebrations.President Sirleaf made her usual stops along the way to Greenville and interacted with the citizens, especially students, who lined the route to welcome her and wave at her convoy.She also had an opportunity to inspect work in progress on the Rivercess–Sinoe road that is being rehabilitated by a Liberian-owned firm, and the Engineering Company of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL).In Nyefour Town, President Sirleaf received the traditional kola nuts and was officially welcomed to Sinoe County by Superintendent Romeo Quiah, elders, traditional leaders and youth.Upon her arrival in Greenville, President Sirleaf visited the 3rd Judicial Circuit Court building, one of the projects expected to be officially dedicate.  She also toured the presidential guest house and the J. Dominic Bing City Hall that are being renovated for the celebrations.The President then left Greenville for Barclayville, capital of Grand Kru County, in continuation of her tour. Last year, similar celebration that was earlier scheduled to take place at the same venues was cancelled due to the Ebola outbreak.To add to the Ebola woe, road network in the south-east, which also caused some of the projects in those counties to be completed on time, had remained dilapidated up to date. However, thanks to the Engineering Company of the AFL that is collaborating with engineers from the Ministry of Public Works to repair some portions of the hard-to-travel parts of the road including reconditioning of breaches.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Fulham v Liverpool: Bent starts

first_imgDarren Bent comes into the Fulham starting line-up for the match against Liverpool, who are still without Daniel Agger and Glen Johnson, although Agger is on the bench.Fulham: Stekelenburg; Riether, Heitinga, Burn, Riise; Tunnicliffe, Sidwell, Kvist, Richardson; Holtby; Bent.Subs: Stockdale, Hangeland, Kasami, Kačaniklić, Duff, Cole, Parker.Liverpool: Mignolet; Flanagan, Toure, Skrtel, Cissokho; Sterling, Gerrard, Henderson, Coutinho; Suarez, Sturridge.Subs: Jones, Agger, Kelly, Allen, Moses, Teixeira, Aspas.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

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Warriors Looking Forward: DeMarcus Cousins expected to return this week

first_img* * *Subscribe to the Mercury News and East Bay Times for $40 a year and receive a free Warriors championship coffee table book* * *The Golden State Warriors visit the Denver Nuggets early this week but all the attention will be on the Friday-night matchup versus the Los Angeles Clippers. DeMarcus Cousins is expected to make his return to the court after recovering from an Achilles injury. With the return of Cousins, the Warriors will boast a starting lineup constructed of former all-stars …last_img

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Electric textile lights a lamp when stretched

Anja Lund with a piece of the electric textile in the shoulder strap of a bag (the lighter-coloured part). To the right: a LED that flashes because electricity is generated when the textile is stretched. Credit: Johan Bodell/Chalmers University of Technology Explore further Chalmers researchers Anja Lund and Christian Müller have developed a woven fabric that generates electricity when it is stretched or exposed to pressure. The fabric can currently generate enough power to light an LED, send wireless signals or drive small electric units such as a pocket calculator or a digital watch. The technology is based on the piezoelectric effect, which results in the generation of electricity from deformation of a piezoelectric material, such as when it is stretched. In the study, the researchers created a textile by weaving a piezoelectric yarn together with an electrically conducting yarn, which is required to transport the generated electric current.”The textile is flexible and soft and becomes even more efficient when moist or wet,” Lund says. “To demonstrate the results from our research we use a piece of the textile in the shoulder strap of a bag. The heavier the weight packed in the bag, and the more of the bag that consists of our fabric, the more electric power we obtain. When our bag is loaded with three kilos of books, we produce a continuous output of four microwatts. That’s enough to intermittently light an LED. By making an entire bag from our textile, we could get enough energy to transmit wireless signals.” PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Citation: Electric textile lights a lamp when stretched (2018, March 22) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-03-electric-textile-lamp.html Play Anja Lund demonstrates the technology with a piece of the electric textile in the shoulder strap of a bag (the lighter-colored part). When the textile is stretched it builds up voltage in a capacitor until the voltage is high enough to intermittently power a connected LED. If the entire bag were made from the electric textile it could generate sufficient voltage to e.g. power an LED continuously. Credit: Johan Bodell/Chalmers University of Technology The piezoelectric yarn is made up of 24 fibres, each as thin as a strand of hair. When the fibres are sufficiently moist, they become enclosed in liquid and the yarn becomes more efficient, since this improves the electrical contact between the fibres. The technology is based on previous studies by the researchers in which they developed the piezoelectric fibres, to which they have now added a further dimension.”The piezoelectric fibres consist of a piezoelectric shell around an electrically conducting core,” Lund says. “The piezoelectric yarn in combination with a commercial conducting yarn constitute an electric circuit connected in series.” Previous work by the researchers on piezoelectric textiles has so far mainly focused on sensors and their ability to generate electric signals through pressure sensitivity. Using the energy to continuously drive electronic components is unique. Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology have developed a fabric that converts kinetic energy into electric power. The greater the load applied to the textile and the wetter it becomes, the more electricity it generates. The results are now published in Flexible Electronics. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Provided by Chalmers University of Technology The researchers consider that the technology is, in principle, ready for larger scale production. It is now mainly up to industrial product developers to find out how to make use of the technology. Despite the advanced technology underlying the material, the cost is relatively low and is comparable with the price of Gore-Tex. Through their collaboration with the Swedish School of Textiles in Borås the researchers have been able to demonstrate that the yarn can be woven in industrial looms and is sufficiently wear-resistant to cope with the harsh conditions of mass production. More information: Anja Lund et al, Energy harvesting textiles for a rainy day: woven piezoelectrics based on melt-spun PVDF microfibres with a conducting core, npj Flexible Electronics (2018). DOI: 10.1038/s41528-018-0022-4 Wearable polymer piezoelectric sensors for fashionable clothing PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Play When the textile is stretched or exposed to pressure, the deformation of the piezoelectric fibers (pink) causes a reorganization of the charge distribution, thus generating an electrical voltage. The electrically conducting yarn (blue) is required to form a closed circuit. A piezoelectric yarn is made up of 24 fibers as thin as a hair, and each fiber has an electrically conducting core (black). Credit: Yen Strandqvist and Johan Bodell/Chalmers University of Technology “Woven textiles from piezoelectric yarns makes the technology easily accessible and it could be useful in everyday life. It’s also possible to add more materials to the weave or to use it as a layer in a multi-layer product. It requires some modification, but it’s possible,” Lund says. read more

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