Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team View comments Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 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 MOST READ FILE – In this Sept. 25, 2017, file photo, Boston Celtics’ Marcus Smart poses during NBA basketball media day, in Canton, Mass. The Celtics have re-signed guard Marcus Smart. A person with knowledge of the agreement tells The Associated Press that Smart signed a four-year, $52 million contract with the Celtics. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Thursday, July 19, 2018, because the team did not disclose the terms of the contract. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)BOSTON — There was a moment during the past month in which Marcus Smart wasn’t sure where he’d be playing basketball this upcoming season.A day after signing a four-year deal to remain in the only NBA jersey he’s ever played in, Smart said he’s focused on doing what he can to help the Celtics win their 18th championship.ADVERTISEMENT Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? “I’m ecstatic. This is a blessing,” Smart said Friday.After being in limbo since the start of free agency, Smart cemented his pact with the Celtics on Thursday. A person with knowledge of the agreement told The Associated Press that Smart will be paid $52 million over the next four years. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the team did not disclose the terms of the contract.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Boston brings back a 6-foot-4 defensive cornerstone who has developed a reputation for toughness and doing the little things that help the Celtics win. Smart is also the longest-tenured player on the roster.The confidence that general manager Danny Ainge is showing in his abilities is not lost on Smart, who acknowledged he knew he was entering a tough free agent market this summer. Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins The signing also will allow Smart to shift his attention back to his mother, 63-year-old Camellia Smart, who continues to undergo treatment for the bone marrow cancer she was diagnosed with in April.“When you kind of go through adversity and something like this hits you and your family, it kind of puts everything in perspective and everything else kind of becomes a blur to you and really not that important,” he said.He has been with her in Texas since the season ended and said she’s stable and doing well.“She’s hanging in there,” Smart said. “This is a hard time. But at the same time, it’s an exciting time for my family. So, with the signing, it kind of brings a little joy to a situation and lightens up the situation that was a little darkened for me. … As of right now, she’s doing great.”As far as basketball is concerned, he’ll continue trying to improve.“I’m just gonna be working on all aspects of my game. The uniqueness about me is I don’t do one thing perfectly or great. I do a little bit of everything. That’s what makes me so unique. I’m just trying to master a little bit of everything. … If I could just get better a little bit each year, then I did my job.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced “To be honest, I didn’t know where I was gonna end up. I was just enjoying this whole process,” he said. “It is a business, so things aren’t perfect. That’s why it’s called negotiations. You guys come together and you finally agree on something. We both agreed. Boston loves me and I love Boston. Boston wants me here and I want to be here. I am here. So we made it work.”Barring any late changes, Smart’s return also means Boston will be bringing back the core of the team that won 55 games and reached the Eastern Conference finals while battling numerous injuries and being without both Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward the entire postseason.Smart was a huge part of the run, stepping in to a starter’s role after returning from thumb surgery late in the first round of the playoffs. He averaged 9.8 points, 5.3 assists and 3.7 rebounds per game as Boston pushed LeBron James’ Cleveland Cavaliers to seven games in the conference finals.Now, James is in the West with the Lakers, and given the emergence of youngsters Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum, Smart said he doesn’t see any reason why the Celtics shouldn’t be a favorite to come out of the East.“We demonstrated the talent and ability we had to do that last year with a few missing pieces. With those missing pieces back in action, I think it really makes it hard for teams,” Smart said. “I think we have a real shot.”ADVERTISEMENT Adamson trips Arellano in PVL Collegiate men’s opener Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
TOKYO – A robot math whiz breezes through a Rubik’s Cube, using metal hands to twist and turn the colorful toy. A panda robot uses sensors to detect when people are laughing, and joins in. A dentistry student peers into the mouth of a new patient – a humanoid practice robot with a complete set of pearly white teeth. Japan showed off its cutting-edge robots Wednesday at the country’s largest robotics convention, a dazzling display of the technologies that make it a world leader in both service and industrial robotics. The dental training robot, dubbed Simroid for “simulator humanoid,” has realistic skin, eyes and a mouth fitted with replica teeth that students practice drilling on. A sensor fitted where the nerve endings would be raises the alert when they drill too close – triggering a yelp from the robot. “Ow, that hurt!” a female robot squeaked, narrowing her eyes as a young dentist drilled on her replica teeth. “Now, I’m OK,” she said as the dentist eased off. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsAcross the hall, Kawasaki Heavy Industries’ Mr. Cube robot used built-in color sensors and a pair of dexterous hands to solve a Rubik’s Cube, then raised the completed puzzle in glee to show off to spectators. Mr. Cube is no match for his human counterparts, taking up to five minutes to solve a typical puzzle while the human world record is 9.77 seconds. Still, the sensors’ ability to quickly detect and differentiate between colors is a breakthrough in industrial robotics, said Kawasaki engineer Masafumi Wada. “We hope to employ this technology to robots working in factories, so they can distinguish parts by color, as well as size and shape,” Wada said.
Letterkenny 24/7 triathlon club held its annual race in the scenic venue of Gartan Lake on Saturday.This year an Olympic race was added alongside the Sprint distance. 158 competitors arrived at the Gartan Outdoor Education Centre boat house to take part in their chosen distance. The rain held off until the run part of the Olympic distance which saw club member Sean McFadden claim overall first.Margaret Kelly was first female in this race, having only just raced a half ironman distance seven days previously! All club members were happy with their times and are glad that the training is paying dividends.In the Sprint race Rhodri Jones and Anne Paul from Triangle Triathlon club took 1st place with Peter O’Donnell and Orlaith Fogarty being first male and female home for the club.It was great to see so many new members enjoy and complete their first or second triathlon, with some great performances by individuals. The club would once again like to thank Gartan Outdoor Education Centre for letting us host the race and use their facilities, to Voodoo Bar for sponsoring the event and a big thank you to all marshals and helpers who give up their time to help the event run smoothly and safely.Letterkenny 24/7 club member, Kirsty McIlwaine had a fantastic race on Saturday in Galway to claim a 3rd place in the women’s race. The 17 year old took part in the National Long Course Aquathon in Galway in what we’re very difficult conditions.The 1.5km swim had to be shortened due to high seas and there was a headwind 10km run around Salthill.Despite this Kirsty exited the water in 11th place and ran her way into 3rd and a bronze National Medal.John Cannon, also had success by adding another 1st Age Group medal to his collection at this race.Club training schedule is online at www.letterkenny247.com or the clubs Facebook page. KIRSTY MCILWAINE PRODUCES SUPERB PERFORMANCE TO FINISH THIRD AT GALWAY AQUATHON was last modified: July 13th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:athleticsNoticesSport
The new commission overseeing the Department of Water and Power continued its aggressive push Tuesday to reform how the nation’s largest municipal utility doles out hundreds of millions of dollars a year in contracts. The effort, a response to the “pay to play” scandals that dogged the DWP, among other agencies, during the previous mayoral administration, took a new direction Tuesday as the panel called for new contracting procedures while also debating its own role in the process. “We have a new administration, we have a new board, and I believe it’s our fiduciary responsibility to see what’s happening in the contracts,” said Commissioner Nick Patsaouras. “If there are problems, and I’m not saying there are problems, but if there are problems let’s seize the opportunity to correct them.” However, in trying to correct such issues, the Board of Water and Power Commissioners feels squeezed, said Vice President David Nahai. Among Patsaouras’ requests was a call for the board to review all significant change orders, which can drive up the costs of contracts without a full re-evaluation. The boards of other agencies review such orders, Patsaouras said, and it can be a vital warning sign that a project is troubled. Board President Mary Nichols said that while she appreciates the goal she fears doing so would paralyze the panel by tying it up with work reviewing contracts. “I’m going to be very disappointed if we don’t start spending our time on the big issues we’re here to deal with in terms of the greening of the city and making the department a more important part of the city’s economic and overall well being,” Nichols said. The panel deferred action on the item while it reviews the request and considers it along with other contracting reforms. The commission did press ahead with a call for an independent review of construction contracts that are part of dust mitigation work in the Owens Valley, including past and prior contracts with the firm CH2M Hill. The Owens Valley project, part of the city’s legacy of diverting water to Los Angeles in the early 20th century, has spiraled in cost from about $120 million to $400 million. The City Council last week asserted jurisdiction over a $103 million Owens Valley dust mitigation work contract so that it could also give the project more scrutiny. Dan Laidman, (213) 978-0390 firstname.lastname@example.org!dtp 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Post-scandal reforms have limited the role of the commissioners who oversee Los Angeles’ city departments during the initial period when contracts are negotiated. And yet when the deals finally reach the commissioners for approval, the panelists are often told by managers that there is not much they can do to change the agreements because of logistical or legal concerns. “That puts the commission in an untenable position,” Nahai said. “And it betrays the very crux and basis of the system we have.” The commissioners and DWP officials are working on ways the board can give more general input early in the contracting process. Additionally, the board voted to add language to all DWP contracts allowing for audits to be conducted. Other reform measures generated some debate among the panelists. Patsaouras, a veteran of several other regional commissions, called for sweeping reviews of many categories of contracts.
That led to a lawsuit by longtime seat holder William Higgins, who attempted to stop the merger and vote in state court. He said the involvement of Goldman Sachs Group Inc., which advised both the NYSE and Arca in their negotiations, created a conflict of interest. Goldman Sachs owns 15 percent of Arca, as well as a number of seats, and Thain is a former top executive at the firm. Higgins’ lawsuit was settled last month, with the seat owner dropping his lawsuit in exchange for a new fairness opinion issued by Citigroup, which had no ties to the deal. Citigroup found the deal to be fair. Yet Higgins’ legal team, which represents nine other seat owners as well, is expected to challenge Citigroup’s evaluation in court Monday, claiming Citigroup took the NYSE and Arca estimates at face value, rather than investigating further and coming up with their own valuation numbers. The NYSE will fight any attempt to derail the settlement. Higgins’ lawyers are also asking for more than $17 million in legal fees from the NYSE, more than twice what the NYSE paid its legal team. That has other members, who support the acquisition, incensed. “I didn’t ask for Bill Higgins to do all this. $17 million is outrageous,” said Thomas C. Cook III, a seat owner and floor trader. “I own a seat, which means I own a piece of the exchange. That’s money out of my pocket.” Higgins did not return a reporter’s phone call seeking comment on Tuesday’s vote. Thain said he expects seat owners to approve the deal, which has already increased the value of their investment. From a 10-year low of $975,000 on Jan. 11, the most recent seat sold Friday for a record $4 million. Cook supports the Arca deal because the exchange “had to do something” in the face of increasing competition from Nasdaq and other, smaller electronic stock trading platforms. Like other floor traders interviewed by The Associated Press, he’s concerned that the new NYSE Group will hike the fees it charges traders for their floor operations, fees that cover everything from phone lines to computer access. Yet he’s also excited about having access to stocks traded on Archipelago’s system, as well as options trading that floor traders will be able to access, giving them more services they can offer to their own customers. That could help ease fears that the increasing use of electronic stock trading could edge out floor traders and the open auction system that can keep volatility low and stock prices competitive. “Honestly, nobody knows how this is going to work out,” Cook said. “The exchange has to grow and compete. There has to be more electronic trading, even though we don’t know what that will mean to the guys on the floor. “It’s a leap of faith,” he said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEW YORK – Theodore Weisberg has worked on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange for 36 years, through charging bull markets and ferocious bear markets, the 9-11 terror attacks and trading scandals. Now, however, he’s facing the biggest change he’s seen at the exchange, indeed, in the 213-year history of the Big Board – the acquisition of all-electronic exchange Archipelago Holdings Inc. that, if approved Tuesday by seat owners and Arca shareholders, would propel the NYSE into high-tech computerized trading and make it a for-profit, publicly traded company. “This is the granddaddy of all changes,” said Weisberg, who owns a seat on the exchange. “You know, the day after all this is finalized, should the vote pass, I’ll come in to work as usual. But from an institutional standpoint, this is about the future.” The $6 billion agreement, reached April 20 after months of behind-the-scenes work, would create The NYSE Group Inc., with both the exchange and Arca as subsidiaries. It would give the NYSE a much-needed technology platform for trading all stocks, including those listed by rival Nasdaq Stock Market Inc., and give the Big Board critical equity capital to make further acquisitions and face up to increasingly active global competitors. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals “The rationale for this deal is a strategic one,” NYSE Chief Executive John Thain said in an interview with The Associated Press. “It turns us into a for-profit company, a public company, and it gives us a broader mix of products, a better revenue mix of products, and also positions us to be competitive on a global basis.” For the owners of the exchange’s 1,366 seats, the payoff is clear: as much as $5 million in cash and stock in the new company, if the combined company’s stock price holds. For large investors, it means the ability to cut costs by going to the NYSE for not only NYSE-listed stock trades, but also to trade the Nasdaq-listed and over-the-counter stocks traded electronically on Arca. And for the individual investor, it could mean faster transaction times and, potentially, lower fees. Archipelago shareholders and NYSE seat owners are both expected to approve the deal in Tuesday’s vote. The exact number of seat owners is not public information, but Wall Street’s major investment banks own multiple seats, as do many individuals. A handful of seat owners have been highly critical of the merger, claiming the NYSE is paying too much for Archipelago and that seat holders are being shortchanged.
Details are being released of the scale of the 44th Running of the Donegal International Rally, which takes place from June 20th – 22nd next.It appears competitors are in for an epic weekend of motorsport on Donegal’s famous rally stages.Clerk of the Course Eamon McGee commented: “With a competitive distance of almost 302 Kms, with some stages being revised for 2014, there will be a sense of adventure and we might even see the return of some tactical driving. Mind you, going on past experience, the chances of that are slim! “I can report that the regulations are done, just awaiting a return from Motorsport Ireland and should be available in the next few weeks. The event website is currently been updated with accommodation and information that everyone needs for the event, so keep an eye on it over the next few weeks.“As ever, we are looking forward to a safe weekend for our competitors and also for all the visitors to the County. This year in particular we are asking rally supporters attending the Donegal International Rally to join with Donegal Motor Club’s campaign, in conjunction with the Road Safety Authority, to “Keep the Race in its Place”.“The Rally will start from An Grianan Theatre on Friday morning 20th June, with the cars on view at Parc Ferme each evening in the new Parc Ferme location at the end of the Port Road adjacent to the Donegal Motor Club office. It will finish at its ‘ancestral home’ at Rally HQ, the Mount Errigal Hotel in Letterkenny, on Sunday evening. I wish to thank all of these flagship Letterkenny institutions for their continuing support.“More information will follow shortly. I can assure both competitors and the 60,000 spectators expected to attend, that we are working hard to ensure the Donegal International Rally 2014 echoes the sense of adventure and fun started by the first rally back in 1971.” Coinciding with this announcement, John McCay, Press Officer for the 2014 Donegal International Rally says the rally Regulations and Entry Forms are now available from the website address, www.donegalrally.ie.John said that the many competitors and visitors will be patiently waiting for the Regulations.All this information may be fund on www.donegalrally.ie , on Twitter @Donegalrally_ie or Facebook.com/donegalrally.ie. BACK TO THE FUTURE AS DETAILS OF FUN DONEGAL INTERNATIONAL RALLY ARE RELEASED was last modified: April 30th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
Donegal has been issued with a weather warning tonight, as the inclement weather conditions over the last 24 hours look set to deteriorate further this evening.Large parts of the county has been lashed by strong gale-force winds all day, and heavy rain has fallen in some parts which has caused minor flooding.Donegal has been placed on a yellow status alert along with Galway, Leitrim, Sligo and Mayo. Gardaí have appealed to motorists to drive with extra care, as the heavy downpours is expected to bring up to 60 millimetres of rain in some places.The gale-force winds that have battered the county are expected to continue also, and motorists are asked to watch out for debris on the roads.The status is in place until tomorrow morning, but it’s been predicted that the alert could be extended until tomorrow evening, as the horrendous weather shows no sign of letting up. WEATHER ALERT: DONEGAL ISSUED WITH WEATHER WARNING AS CONDITIONS DETERIORATE was last modified: October 18th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GardaiMOTORISTSnewsstorm warningweatheryellow alert
What would Darwin do? Just in time for the 150th anniversary of The Origin of Species, his magnum opus has been reprinted with an introduction not by a scientist or historian, but by a Christian evangelist. He and a Christian movie actor are trying to get their special edition to students at major universities. Talk about brashness. Darwin’s defenders are stepping on themselves to condemn this – well, blasphemy. World Net Daily told how actor Kirk Cameron is taking heat for working with evangelist Ray Comfort to get the “special edition” of Origin on 100 university campuses for the anniversary. Cameron (Growing Pains, Left Behind, Fireproof) is now unwitting star of a YouTube spoof making him out to be a “willfully ignorant idiot” for taking on Darwin. Comfort seems to enjoy watching the response. “The atheists are going crazy,” he told World Net Daily. Ray Comfort’s introduction to the Origin includes intelligent design arguments, a look at Darwin’s influence on history, and a short gospel message. Kirk Cameron commented, “An entire generation is being brainwashed by atheistic evolution without even hearing the alternative; and it’s radically changing the culture of our nation.” The two have gained years of street smarts talking with atheists. Comfort defends his edition of the Origin by pointing out other printings through the last century have had critical introductions. You can read his special Introduction to the Origin of Species on His ministry website, Living Waters, where there is additional information about the Origin into Schools Campaign. Other Christian ministries are participating.Why not? Darwinolatry is so easy to knock over, anyone could do it with half a brain. How many degrees are required to point out that design demands a designer? How much math training is required to show that “nothing times nobody equals everything” is nonsense? A group of circus clowns could do it. How much more a couple of sharp, witty, courteous, bold, talented evangelists? Unlike the Darwin Party hatemongers, Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron love people. They have a lot of experience talking with individuals about their beliefs. They understand how atheists think. They know the shallowness of atheist arguments. It’s not hard to quote Richard Dawkins, the atheist champion, and ask them to evaluate his statement, “The fact that life evolved out of nearly nothing, some 10 billion years after the universe evolved literally out of nothing, is a fact so staggering that I would be mad to attempt words to do it justice” (The Ancestor’s Tale, 2004). He’s right. Trying to do justice to that kind of folly would be mad. Look at the fodder in our 09/24/2009 entry alone, to say nothing of nine years of reporting here about Darwinist mythmaking, magic wands, Tinker Bell, Yoda and Popeye stories. All one has to do is quote a few Darwinists to common people and the lights come on. A small printed collection of Stupid Evolution Quote of the Week awards would not even require any debating skills. Someone may wish to take that on as a project. Some Darwin-critic scientists are frankly too stuffy and shy about going on the offensive. They are worried that unless we argue with scholarly rhetoric and finesse they might disturb the totalitarian dictators of science. They think this debate needs more nuance. After all, we wouldn’t want to provoke PZ Myers to spout more toilet talk on his blistering blog or anything. They wouldn’t want to interrupt the magic act of the Blunderful Wizard of Flaws. Enough appeasement! Storm the castle! It’s refreshing to see some boldness and brashness for a change. Here are two nice guys willing to go into the Darwin Party strongholds with a smile and the confidence of their convictions. They’re willing to take the mudslinging that is to be expected from the other side. They’re only doing what Darwin told them to do anyway. “A fair result can be obtained only by fully stating and balancing the facts and arguments on both sides of each question,” Charlie said in his own introduction 150 years ago. Ray and Kirk see one-sided indoctrination and brainwashing going on. They want to give students a rational alternative. For crying out loud, they’re giving students an entire free copy of Darwin’s book – Darwin gets 300 pages, and Ray Comfort gets 50. Fair enough? What’s the problem? There’s no reason to be shy when the truth is on your side. Remember the unlearned fishermen who changed the world? Unlike Darwin, they were not spreading cleverly devised fables. They were eyewitnesses. They knew what they were talking about. They were excited about the good news they had to share. Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron are showing us that it’s time to be bold to get the living waters to the masses. More power to them.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
BUDAPEST, Hungary – In the battle of two teams coming off first-day losses, this was one of their most important matches in Budapest. Greece, is used to being at the sharp end of the tournament, so was favoured to have the better of Kazakhstan.Greece never gave space to Kazakhstan, relentlessly assaulting its goal. It all started with the champion centre forward, Alexandra Asimaki, sending in two goals in two minutes. It stretched to 5-0 by the break and 6-0 in the second before Kazakhstan hit back through veteran Aizhan Akilbayeva. It quickly moved to 8-1 and then 9-2 by halftime. Kazakhstan’s second goal came from a swift centre-forward backhand from Zamira Myrabekova, FINA reports.It was Triantafyllia Manolioudaki who completed the scoring from the penalty line. Pickings were lean for Kazakhstan in the third period as Greece went out to 13-3 by the final break. Kazakhstan managed two more goals in the final quarter — Akilbayeva and Anastassiya Mirshina —although Greece was unstoppable, scoring the last four goals taking the tally higher than Kazakhstan could dream. Defending water polo champion US beats Spain 12-8 BUDAPEST (AP) — The United States defeated Spain 12-8 to stay unbeaten in its women’s water polo title defense at the world championships on Tuesday.Maddie Musselman and Kiley Neushul each scored three goals, while Gabby Stone made 11 saves for the Americans.The U.S., Olympic champion and winner of every major competition since the 2013 worlds, leads Group B with maximum points from two games.Spain and New Zealand have one win each after the Kiwis beat South Africa 8-6.Canada scored in the final second to edge China 9-8 in Group A, where Italy and Brazil were playing later.The Netherlands, the 2015 silver medalist, defeated Japan 20-8 in Group C, and Hungary routed France 24-5.Australia moved top of Group D with an 8-5 win over Russia.Sources: Associated Press, FINATweetPinShare0 Shares