Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s Rainbow Falls Trail is Re-OpenedAfter a two-year trail rehabilitation project the Rainbow Falls Trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park has re-opened to hikers. The six-mile trail is one of the most popular trails in the park, leading hikers to Rainbow Falls and Mt. Le Conte. Trail crews rehabilitated segments along the trail to improve safety, stabilize eroding trail sections, and repair trail tread damaged by high winds and fire during the November 2016 wildfires. North Carolina Man Punches Bear in Terrifying Fistfight Seventy-eight year old Maggie Valley, N.C. resident Sonny Pumphrey was working in his driveway in early November when a mother black bear, whose cubs were nearby, charged him at full speed and then reared up and bit him. Pumphrey swung at the bear, connecting with her nose. As Pumphrey continued to pummel the bear she bit him on the hip, dropped him, then picked him up again and shook him like a rag doll. Hearing the commotion, Pumphrey’s wife ran out of the door, accompanied by their 3-pound Yorkie, and the bear and her cubs ran off. Pumphrey was treated at a local hospital for a throbbing hand, scratches, and a puncture wound to the hip. “Maybe it was instinct, I have no idea where that came from, but I hit that bear as hard as I could. I was lucky,” Pumphrey told the Asheville Citizen-Times. Forests Fight Climate Change Green technology isn’t the only potential solution to global warming. A paper published in the journal Science Advancessays that better management of the country’s forests, grasslands and soils could offset as much as 21 percent of the United State’s annual greenhouse gas emissions. The study identified a number of affordable strategies, like replanting trees on degraded lands, changing logging practices to better protect existing forests and sequestering more carbon in farmland through innovative agriculture techniques. But better land management isn’t a silver bullet. Converting marginal farmland back into carbon-rich grasslands could spur more intensive farming elsewhere, for example. “We’re not saying these strategies are a substitute for getting to zero-carbon energy,” Joseph E. Fargione, a scientist at the Nature Conservancy and lead author of the study told the New York Times. “We still need to do that.”
Tottenham have two ties against Ajax to manage as well as five league games (Picture: Getty)But Solskjaer does not believe the European progress of Chelsea, Arsenal and Spurs benefits United, and would much rather be in their shoes.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘Well it will probably give them a boost playing those games,’ said Solskjaer.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘That’s what you want, we’d have loved to have a semi-final to play in but not the case.‘These three games are our short term focus and shouldn’t think about anything but having a great week.’ Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Arsenal, Chelsea & Spurs will be ‘boosted’ by European semi-finals Advertisement Comment Metro Sport ReporterFriday 19 Apr 2019 10:26 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link544Shares Chelsea take on Frankfurt a few days after their trip to Old Trafford (Picture: Getty)After exiting the Champions League at the hands of Barcelona, United now face three hugely important – and difficult – matches to secure their top-four place.The Red Devils, who are currently sixth, travel to Goodison Park on Sunday to face Everton, then host Premier League title contenders and fierce rivals Manchester City in midweek, before taking on Chelsea at Old Trafford a few days later.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors The Norwegian does not believe his side have an advantage in the top-four battle (Picture: Getty)Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has dismissed suggestions that Manchester United’s top-four hopes have been boosted by all their rivals progressing to European semi-finals.Tottenham overcame Manchester City in dramatic fashion on Wednesday to make the last four of the Champions League, while Arsenal and Chelsea both won in the Europa League and will face Valencia and Frankfurt respectively.The three teams face a testing run of games to end the season, domestically and in Europe, while United are only focused on finishing in the top four now. Advertisement
New Delhi: Rishabh Pant created a new record during the first Test between India and Australia at the Adelaide Oval. The 21-year-old Delhi keeper took 11 catches in the match as Virat Kohli’s Indian cricket team secured a thrilling 31-run win over Australia to take a 1-0 lead in the four-match series. Pant became only the third keeper in Test history to take 11 catches in a match, with England’s Jack Russell and South Africa’s AB de Villiers being the others. Pant broke the record held by Wriddhiman Saha, who had taken 10 catches in the game against South Africa in Johannesburg in 2018. Speaking to the official Cricket Australia website after the win, Pant hailed the influence of former Indian skipper MS Dhoni in his career.“He’s (Dhoni) the hero of the country. I’ve learnt a lot from him as a person and as a cricketer as well. Whenever he’s around, I feel more confident as a person. As a wicketkeeper and a player, he’s taught me to be patient in pressure situations. You have to keep calm, be composed and try to give 100 percent.” Pant said.Read More | Virat Kohli’s India cricket team break records in Adelaide victoryPant has had a roller-coaster start to his Test career. He made his debut in the England series and got off the mark in style by blasting a six off Moeen Ali. He ended the tour on a high with a brilliant 114 at the Oval Test. In the series against West Indies, he slammed a couple of 92s in the Rajkot and Hyderabad Tests. In Adelaide, he played some aggressive strokes in both innings but threw away his wicket in the search for quick runs. Although his inability to contain his aggression has resulted in criticism, his bravado in taking on the bowlers has gained plenty of appreciation as well.Read More | Ashwin, Rohit Sharma ruled out of Perth Test against AustraliaHowever, in the Adelaide Test, apart from his keeping, Pant was in the news for his hilarious sledging of the Australian batsmen. His sledge to Usman Khawaja, in particular, was hilarious. When the left-hander was grinding it out, Pant quipped from behind the wicket, “Everyone is not Cheteshwar Pujara here”. He even did it to Pat Cummins by saying, “Come on Patty. Let’s see some sixes.” The sledges went viral on social media and Indian fans have asked the youngster to continue in the same vein for the next Test.Read More | Adelaide, Johannesburg and Trent Bridge: India’s common gloryIndia will be aiming to build their lead in the second Test which will be played at the New Perth stadium starting on Friday. Virat Kohli’s side will be aiming to break their overseas hoodoo and secure a win for the first time in a Test series Down Under. The team has already made a great start in their quest, having won the first match of a Test series in Australia for the first-time ever in 11 attempts. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
LUKA Doncic had 28 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, and the Dallas Mavericks earned a 127-114 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday near Orlando to even their opening-round Western Conference playoff series at one win apiece.Kristaps Porzingis added 23 points and seven rebounds, Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 17 points, and Trey Burke finished with 16 points as the Mavericks leveled the best-of-seven series.Seth Curry chipped in 15 points and Boban Marjanovic, a former Clipper, hit 6 of 8 shots on his way to 13 points. Marjanovic added nine rebounds. Kawhi Leonard had 35 points and 10 rebounds for the Clippers. Lou Williams contributed 23 points, while Paul George, who was limited by foul trouble, had 14 points and 10 boards. Marcus Morris Sr. had 14 points and eight rebounds.Toronto Raptors 104 – Brooklyn Nets 99 Norman Powell scored 12 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter, Fred VanVleet had 24 points and 10 assists and Toronto rallied to defeat Brooklyn to grab a 2-0 lead in the first-round series.The Raptors, who raced to a 33-point first-half lead in Monday’s win, fell behind by 14 in the first quarter of Game 2 in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference clash.The Nets still led by six entering the fourth quarter, but the defending NBA champion Raptors opened the period with a 19-5 run to lead 93-85 with 6:21 remaining.Utah Jazz 124 – Denver Nuggets 105 Donovan Mitchell scored 30 points and Jordan Clarkson added 26 to help Utah run away with a victory the Denver in Game 2 of their first-round Western Conference playoff series.Mitchell also dished out eight assists to help the Jazz even the series at 1-1. Utah finished with 32 assists on 45 baskets and shot 20 of 44 (45.5 percent) from the 3-point arc. Royce O’Neale chipped in a career-high eight assists to help fuel the offense. The Jazz turned the ball over only eight times.Nikola Jokic scored 28 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and dished out six assists to lead Denver. Michael Porter Jr. added 28 points for the Nuggets, who trailed the entire second half.Boston Celtics 128 – Philadelphia 76ers 101 Boston recorded a second straight comfortable win to begin its playoff series against Philadelphia, getting 33 points from Jayson Tatum for a 2-0 series lead.Equaling the most 3-pointers in their heralded postseason history, the Eastern Conference’s third seed outscored the 76ers 57-15 from beyond the arc to successfully follow up on a 109-101 win in the opener.Kemba Walker added 22 points and Jaylen Brown 20 for the Celtics, who had lost three of four to the 76ers in the regular season. Joel Embiid led all scorers with 34 points for the 76ers. —Field Level Media
SYDNEY, Australia (CMC):Legendary Australia leg-spinner Shane Warne believes an intervention from Brian Lara is warranted in order to save West Indies’ troubled tour Down Under from becoming a full blown crisis.Speaking after witnessing the Windies innings and 212-run defeat inside three days in the opening Test in Hobart, Warne said Lara could play a role in reviving team morale.”Lara is in the country. They need to get him involved, spend some time with the team in Melbourne,” said Warne, who snared 708 wickets from 145 Tests.Lara is the highest run-getter for West Indies in Tests with 11 953 runs in 131 matches and remains the world record holder for the highest scores in Tests and first class cricket.He is currently in Australia after featuring in a Festival of Cricket Twenty20 match in Western Australia last week.Warne, one of Lara’s main nemeses during his playing days, said it was important West Indies bounced back as world cricket needed a strong Caribbean side.”I think world cricket needs the West Indies to be strong. What they bring to the table is so exciting,” said Warne. “They play with emotion, passion and flair. The Windies are passionate people and they will be hurting from that loss.”West Indies were hammered in Hobart, dismissed twice for 223 and 148, in response to Australia’s massive first innings score of 583 for four declared.They face Australia in the second Test in Melbourne starting Boxing Day.