Hart’s 2nd straight shutout leads Flyers to 2-0 Game 4 winTORONTO (AP) — Carter Hart stopped 29 shots for his second straight shutout, Michael Raffl and Phil Myers each scored and the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Montreal Canadiens 2-0 on Tuesday to take a 3-1 lead in their Eastern Conference playoff series. The top-seeded Flyers can wrap up the series in Game 5 on Wednesday. The Flyers haven’t advanced to the second round of the playoffs since 2012, made the Stanley Cup Final since 2010 or won it all since 1975.NHL NEWS-OBIT-HAWERCHUKHockey Hall of Famer Dale Hawerchuk dies of cancer at 57UNDATED (AP) — Dale Hawerchuk, a hockey phenom who became the face of the Winnipeg Jets en route to the Hall of Fame, has died at the age of 57 after a battle with cancer. The Ontario Hockey League’s Barrie Colts, a team Hawerchuk coached, confirmed the death on Twitter on Tuesday. A teenage star, Hawerchuk was drafted first overall by the Jets in 1981. He went on to play nine seasons in Winnipeg and five in Buffalo before finishing up his distinguished 16-year NHL career with stints in St. Louis and Philadelphia. Update on the latest sports Associated Press Terrence Ross scored 18 points, Gary Clark added 15 and D.J. Augustin had 11 points and 11 assists for the eighth-seeded Magic, who took a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. Giannis Antetokounmpo finished with 31 points, 17 rebounds and seven assists for Milwaukee, but was held without a field goal over the final 11 minutes.The Bucks came into the postseason as the favorites to win their first NBA title since 1971 despite finishing 3-5 in seeding games. But their sluggish play in the NBA bubble at Disney World carried over into the postseason.In other Tuesday lineups:—Miami and Indiana are facing off as well. The last time they met in the postseason, a trip to the NBA Finals was on the line and both franchises were clear championship contenders in the 2014 East finals.That’s followed by another 4-5 matchup with the Houston Rockets taking on the Oklahoma City Thunder. The trade of Russell Westbrook to Houston last summer for Chris Paul and multiple first-round picks was thought to signal a rebuild in Oklahoma City. Instead, Paul had a terrific season in leading the Thunder to the same record as the Rockets, who don’t know when Westbrook will be available because of a right quadriceps injury. August 18, 2020 Portland and the L.A. Lakers finish the night’s action. In NBA news:— The Celtics say forward Gordon Hayward will be sidelined for around four weeks after suffering a severe ankle sprain in Boston’s Game 1 victory over Philadelphia in their first-round playoff series. With him out, it could mean a shift to a three-guard lineup and more minutes for Marcus Smart.— Utah guard Mike Conley has returned to Walt Disney World after the birth of his son and will go through a quarantine period before joining the Jazz for their playoff series against Denver. Conley is subject to a quarantine of at least four days in accordance with the NBA’s COVID-19 policies. He is expected to miss Game 2 but possibly could be back for Game 3. NHL-PLAYOFFS ‘Social distance ambassadors’ to monitor players at US OpenNEW YORK (AP) — Forty “social distance ambassadors” will monitor the U.S. Open grounds to make sure players and others are avoiding close contact and wearing face coverings — the U.S. Tennis Association bought 500,000 masks to distribute — as part of efforts to avoid a coronavirus outbreak during the fan-free Grand Slam tournament.The USTA announced Tuesday that one person, who is not a player, turned up positive for COVID-19 out of 1,400 tests administered in the controlled environment set up for the U.S. Open and another tennis tournament preceding it at the same site in New York. In other NHL news: — Vladimir Tarasenko is out for the rest of the St. Louis Blues’ first-round series against the Vancouver Canucks after aggravating his surgically repaired left shoulder. The team says the 28-year-old winger returned to St. Louis to have the shoulder looked at by team doctors and will update his status.MLB-NEWS-REDS-ROYALS POSTPONEDReds, Royals postponed for testingKANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) —The Reds and Royals were supposed to begin a two-game series in Kansas City on Tuesday night, but Major League Baseball decided to postpone the game to give Cincinnati more time for testing. Now, the clubs will play a doubleheader Wednesday with the first seven-inning game taking place at 4:05 p.m. CDT and the second about 30 minutes after the first game ends. Matt Harvey will start Game 2 for the Royals in his return to the mound after more than a year. In other MLB news:— Rangers manager Chris Woodard is serving a one-game suspension during Tuesday’s game against the Padres a day after Texas reliever Ian Gibaut (gee-BOHT’) threw behind San Diego hitter Manny Machado following a grand slam. Gibaut was suspended by Major League Baseball for three games, appealed the suspension and was active for Tuesday’s game.—Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona will miss his team’s three-game series with the Pirates, which begins Tuesday night. General manager Mike Chernoff said Francona will have a scheduled procedure to address a gastrointestinal issue. Francona also sat out seven games from Aug. 3-9 because of the ailment. NFL NEWS No fans at Titans opener; Chiefs OK season tickets holders at 2 practicesUNDATED (AP) — The Tennessee Titans won’t have fans at their home opener on Sept. 20 against Jacksonville because of the coronavirus pandemic. Nashville Mayor John Cooper and the Titans announced the decision Tuesday. Nashville’s Major League Soccer team also won’t have any fans at home games in September.Going the other direction, the Kansas City Chiefs will allow up to 2,000 season ticket holders to attend training camp on Saturday, making them the first NFL team to allow fans since the coronavirus pandemic dramatically altered the way teams are preparing for the season. The team also said that up to 5,000 season ticket holders will be allowed at practice on Aug. 29, when the franchise plans to raise a new Super Bowl championship flag over the west end zone.In other NFL news:— Ezekiel Elliott is back in training camp with the Dallas Cowboys after missing all of the preseason last year holding out for a new contract. The star running back had to recover from COVID-19 during the NFL’s coronavirus shutdown. — Arizona Cardinals cornerback Robert Alford will likely miss a second straight season because of an injury suffered during the preseason. Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury confirmed on Tuesday that Alford will miss four to six months. — Browns Pro Bowl running back Nick Chubb has been placed in concussion protocol after he got hurt during the team’s first fully padded practice. Chubb, who finished second in the NFL last season with 1,494 yards, was taken down during Monday’s workout with a high tackle by second-year linebacker Mack Wilson. — New York Jets wide receiver Vyncint Smith had surgery to repair a core muscle injury and could be sidelined up to two months. Coach Adam Gase confirmed the procedure and prognosis and said Smith will likely miss five to eight weeks. —The Minnesota Vikings have signed former Cincinnati linebacker Hardy Nickerson for depth. Nickerson played three seasons for the Bengals, appearing in 37 games with nine starts. He was undrafted in 2017 out of Illinois, where he played his final year of college after transferring from California. Nickerson’s father, Hardy Nickerson Sr., was a five-time Pro Bowl linebacker for Tampa Bay in the 1990s.US-OPEN-CORONAVIRUS Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA PLAYOFFSVucevic, Magic upset top-seeded Bucks in Game 1, 122-110LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Nikola Vucevic (NEE’-koh-lah VOOCH’-uh-vihch) scored a playoff career-high 35 points and had 14 rebounds, and the Orlando Magic stunned the top-seeded Milwaukee Bucks 122-110 on Tuesday in the playoff opener of the NBA’s pandemic-altered season.
An overtime thriller saw Wisconsin men’s soccer (3–4–1, 1–1 Big Ten) beat the University of Maryland (2–3–2, 1–1 Big Ten) 2–1 Friday night.A raucous crowd of nearly 6,000 turned out for the Big Ten matchup at College Park in Maryland. The day doubled as the University of Maryland’s pride day — showing their support for the LGBTQ+ community.With the home crowd at their backs, Maryland came out firing and dominated the early stages of play.Much like their previous game against Indiana, Wisconsin conceded a score early. Only six minutes into the match, Maryland forward Paul Bin scored after finding himself on the end of a well-placed cross from midfielder William James Herve.Football: Meet Wisconsin’s newest defensive star, Scott NelsonAfter a demoralizing loss to the BYU Cougars, it’s easy to forget the University of Wisconsin football team still has Read…The Terps’ domination continued for the entirety of the first half, recording six shots on goal and controlling the ball handedly — the Badgers weren’t even able to register a shot in the first 45 minutes. However, the Wisconsin defense held steady and the score remained 1–0 at the half.The Badgers came out with more purpose in the second half, and you could feel the tide start to turn as Wisconsin took five shots to the Terps’ three.Wisconsin head coach John Trask acknowledged the change of control in a conversation with UW Athletics post-match.“I felt it was a kind of a tale of two halves,” Trask said. “Obviously, they were the better team in the first half, and we were in the second.”Women’s soccer: Dani Rhodes is Big Ten Player of the Week after impressive weekendThe No. 17 University of Wisconsin women’s soccer team (7–1–1, 1–0–1 Big Ten) tied Northwestern(6–1–2, 0–1–1 Big Ten) 1–1 Friday Read…Despite having more control over the match and spending more time in the attacking third, with time ticking down, Wisconsin still hadn’t found the back of the net.With 85th minute came a crucial moment when Wisconsin goalkeeper Dean Cowdroy produced an excellent save to deny Maryland forward Eric Matzelevich and keep the Terps’ advantage at just one goal.Then, with just 53 seconds left on the clock, Badger sophomore Michael Russell II got on the end of a pass across goal from Andrew Akindele, and, after his first attempt was denied by Terps goalkeeper Dayne St. Clair, Russell was able to follow up on the rebound and put it home for the equalizer.The late Badger goal saw the game tied 1–1 at the end of regulation, and overtime would be needed to find a winner.The first ten-minute overtime period came and went without too many chances. The second and final overtime provided much more excitement — with just four minutes before the game would have to be declared a draw, Badger defender Zach Klancnik scored the golden goal to secure a Badger victory.Klancnik put a great header towards the top left corner which forced an incredible save from St. Clair, but Klancnik was on hand to beat two Terps’ defenders to the ball and poke it home to give Wisconsin their second win over Maryland in program history.After the match, Trask commended his team for their performance in a tough environment away from home.Football: Wisconsin survives Iowa 28-17, salvages hope for Playoff seasonMost games following a season-altering loss are automatically labeled as a chance at redemption, a chance to reassert the program’s Read…“I don’t know the record Maryland has playing at home in College Park over the past 15 years, but I do know that teams don’t usually come in here and leave with a win. Great game,” Trask said.But the Badgers won’t be getting ahead of themselves with big matches coming up against Marquette (3–5, 1–1 Big Ten) and No. 5 Michigan State (7–0–2, 1–0 Big Ten).“The good thing about this team is that they realize this is just one game,” Trask said. “Our focus turns to Wednesday against Marquette at their place and then another huge Big Ten game against an elite Michigan State team.”
CONFLICTED GERMAN AUTOMAKERS ARGUE ABOUT HOW TO PRODUCE A ‘TESLA KILLER’It’s no secret that the legacy automakers are making the transition to electric vehicles only reluctantly, in response to regulatory pressure from governments and to competitive pressure from Tesla. Contrary to what many seem to believe, Big Auto’s reluctance to embrace EVs is not merely the usual corporate fear of the future, nor is it the result of any oil industry-fueled conspiracy (as far as we know). It’s a simple matter of money – there are good reasons to believe that electrification will take a major bite out of industry profits, as BMW and Daimler execs recently acknowledged.*This article comes to us courtesy of EVANNEX (which also makes aftermarket Tesla accessories). Authored by Charles Morris. The opinions expressed in these articles are not necessarily our own at InsideEVs.Check Out These Stories: Der Spiegel Calls Tesla Biggest Concern For German Automakers Above: German automakers remain conflicted about how to transition factory production lines from gas-powered cars to EVs (Image: Werner Budding)Now Volkswagen has warned that its stated plan to offer an electrified version of each of its models will cost more than it estimated. VW previously predicted that the coming shift to battery power would cost some 20 billion euros ($23 billion). CEO Herbert Diess, in an interview published in VW’s internal newsletter, indicated that this figure was too low, but didn’t offer a new estimate. “The burden for our company, such as the cost of bringing to market electric cars, will be higher than expected,” Diess says. “This is particularly so since some of our competitors have been making more progress.”A recent article in the Financial Times discussed the challenges legacy carmakers are facing. Whereas industry disruptor Tesla started from a blank slate to design its vehicles, and has “bet the company” on EVs, incumbent OEMs can’t go down that road – the risks are too high. Analysts have warned that a substantial number of Germany’s 800,000 auto industry jobs could disappear along with the internal combustion engine.FT points out that VW, BMW and Daimler have each earmarked billions of euros for electric technology, but are taking different approaches – some automakers hope to build EVs using the same architecture as legacy vehicles, whereas others intend to introduce new platforms. The choice of strategy “will re-sort the carmakers in profitability,” says Christian Senger, head of the VW’s e-mobility line. “Those who [take] the hardest road will be more successful than the others.” German Automakers May Need To Take Notes To Compete With Tesla Above: VW’s ID concept car appears to be another unconventional design approach typically relegated to Big Auto’s electric car efforts (Image: Charged)BMW seems to be taking the opposite tack, touting the advantages of “flexible architecture” that can accommodate fossil, hybrid or electric powertrains. BMW plans to offer all its models with a choice of powertrain starting in 2021. “We can’t afford having two factories standing still,” says CEO Harald Krueger. “With a flexible approach you can always manage the capacity of your plants. But if you have a specific EV architecture, what do you with the old one? What do you do with the people?”Daimler is combining both approaches, designing purpose-built architecture for its EQ sub-brand while also setting up its production plants to accommodate all types of powertrains, including fuel cells. “We have hybrids, plug-in hybrids, electric cars and maybe robo-taxis tomorrow,” says Daimler Production Chief Markus Schaefer. “It’s hard to predict volumes for the best way in an uncertain world, so this is the most efficient approach to supply the market.”Some analysts think the flexible approach is too complex in both design and production. “I don’t see how they can consolidate traditional platforms, from small hatchbacks to large SUVs, and at the same time try to include EVs in the equation,” says Pelham Smithers Analyst Julie Boote. “That’s incredibly complicated.” Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on October 10, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News As Tesla Surges Forward, Will German Automakers Up The EV Game? Above: In another revealing move, Audi decided no e-tron inventory for its US dealerships would be made available (Source: Charged / Image: Automobile Propre)Others see merit in the flexible approach, pointing out that it’s hard to predict how quickly the shift to electric cars will take place. “Most carmakers proceeding with EVs are following an ‘If you build it, they will come’ approach,” says Bernstein Analyst Max Warburton. “If you have a dedicated EV platform and the demand doesn’t come, you’ve lost a lot of money.”===Written by: Charles Morris; Source: Financial Times, Bloomberg*Editor’s Note: EVANNEX, which also sells aftermarket gear for Teslas, has kindly allowed us to share some of its content with our readers, free of charge. Our thanks go out to EVANNEX. Check out the site here. Source: Electric Vehicle News Above: Germany protects its car industry as EU goes for just 15% cut in CO2 car emissions by 2025 (Source: Transport & Environment / Image: Plugin Cars)Volkswagen is leveraging its scale advantage – earlier this year it awarded €20 billion worth of contracts for battery supplies as part of a plan to introduce 50 pure EVs by 2025. This represents an about-face from VW’s previous strategy – the e-Golf and e-Up, introduced in 2013, were basically existing models stuffed with batteries.“To make it a fully fledged electric car, you need to start with a battery pack between the wheels and then you build up the car,” Herbert Diess, CEO of the VW Group, told the FT. “Then you have an effective battery system, the range, and you get a lot of freedom for the design of the car, to make more interior space with the same footprint.” (His words echo what Tesla designer Von Holzhausen said back in 2011.)The first VW model designed this way, the ID Neo, is to come out late next year, the first of several models belonging to the ID electric sub-brand. Although recent reports suggest the program could be delayed.