CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or video on a mobile deviceI know what you’re thinking. The Warriors are too good, too talented, with too many prime years ahead of them to allow their dynasty to be imperiled by the animosity that exploded near the end of Monday night’s loss to the Clippers — an unseemly scene that resulted in the one-game suspension of Draymond Green and free agent-to-be Kevin Durant apparently muttering, “This is why I’m out.”Disharmony in the …
SAN FRANCISCO — The Giants haven’t had the luxury of exercising patience with many of their inexperienced outfielders this year, but the club continues to show faith in center fielder Steven Duggar.The 25-year-old rewarded the front office and coaching staff with his fourth home run of the season on Tuesday, a two-run shot into the right center field arcade in a 6-5 Giants win at Oracle Park.The Giants designated Opening Day corner outfielders Connor Joe and Michael Reed within the first …
(Visited 518 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Scientists explain that this hurricane season is not exceptional in the long term view, despite four devastating storms in just a week.An explainer in National Geographic responds, “Why This Hurricane Season Seems So Catastrophic: Though Harvey and Irma have brought rare devastation, this overall hurricane season is less unusual than you might think.” Michael Greshko explains,In short: atmospheric conditions were hurricane-friendly, and surface sea temperatures were warmer than usual. The Climate Prediction Center says that multiple conditions, such as a strong west African monsoon, have aligned to make the Caribbean Sea and part of the tropical Atlantic—a storm-spawning area called the “Main Development Region”—particularly well-suited to hurricanes.The number of hurricanes is above average this year. Some 14 to 19 named storms and 5 to 9 hurricanes were predicted for 2017, he says, compared to the average of 12 named storms and 6 hurricanes for the period 1981 to 2010. Some of these statistics are theory dependent: it depends on what storms meteorologists decide are worth naming. And the results are largely a matter of chance: a small hurricane that strikes a vulnerable city in a quiet year can do more damage than a large one that misses land.Hurricane Irma, from satellite (credit: NOAA/NASA Goddard)In the longer timeframe, there is no global trend. It’s just been an unlucky year for hurricanes to make landfall, first with Harvey, which sat off the coast of Texas dumping unprecedented amounts of water onshore last month. Now with the prospect of Irma running up the center of Florida, residents are jamming roads to get out of Miami and Key West where the damage is expected to be greatest. Greshko notes that Hurricane Andrew (1992)—the most expensive hurricane prior to this season—came in a relatively quiet year.Even so, people are wondering what is going on. Is global warming to blame? Leftist comedian/commentator Bill Maher is finding a measure of glee that some conservative “climate change deniers” stand to lose their homes in the wake of Hurricane Irma (Breitbart.com). He calls it an “inconvenient truth” for them. But does Irma have anything to do with global warming? Is it man’s fault?In the NG article, meteorologist Robert Hart (U of Florida), even though he believes in the climate change consensus, cannot, from the evidence, pin the blame on anthropogenic global warming:“When it comes to next year’s hurricane activity seasonal prediction, anthropogenic impacts are not a primary concern, as the change due to anthropogenic effects from this year to next year is obviously small,” says Hart. “However, in the decades and century to come, it could easily become the primary concern for driving hurricane activity.”Since Hart has not experienced decades and a century in the future, this is obviously just an opinion. Live Science points to decadal cycles, not long-term trends, to explain the phenomenon of three hurricanes at once (Irma, Jose, and Katia) after Hurricane Harvey spent itself flooding Texas:While that may seem like a freak occurrence, it turns out that this hurricane-palooza is a predictable result of clear climate patterns, and an event that happens about once every 10 years, experts say. This year, it may simply be more noticeable because at least two of the monster storms are likely to batter population centers, experts say.In fact, 2005 was a bad year: Katrina, Rita, and Wilma caused damage during that season. Reporter Tia Ghose says that well-known climate cycles such as the El Nino / La Nina cycle and the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation give meteorologists some non-random data to predict hurricane activity. There’s “no clear link to climate change,” the article concludes. Making connections to human activity is “more nuanced than that.”The science does little to comfort those affected, who have lost homes and businesses. Our support should go to the victims of Hurricane Harvey, and our prayers to the inhabitants of Florida who stand to suffer greatly from Hurricane Irma. The Family Research Council recommends sending support to Samaritan’s Purse, a non-profit with excellent organization for mobilizing volunteers and supplies in disaster areas. Franklin Graham said on FRC’s radio broadcast yesterday that a thousand volunteers are already on the ground in Texas, but more are needed—and now they are bracing for possible greater needs as Irma approaches Florida. We should not rely on government to solve all our problems.In this fallen world, natural disasters take many forms. It’s not the Garden of Eden any more. To what extent God judged the world with natural disasters in the curse announced in Genesis is a matter for theologians; all we know from experience is that they seem to strike randomly, not targeting just the wicked. But there’s a purpose even in that: it keeps us humans on our toes, because we never know when our day will come. “Now is the day of salvation,” Paul wrote (2 Corinthians 6:2). Also, disasters give opportunities for us to practice unselfishness and experience the power of prayer. Many reporters have noticed how Texans banded together to help one another in the crisis, with exceptional displays of self-sacrifice and humanitarian action. Some evildoers, of course, took advantage of others’ troubles by looting, but many more gave of their time, sweat or money to rescue those trapped, feed them, and comfort them. Samaritan’s Purse will be on the ground for years in Texas, helping inhabitants rebuild and avoid further damage from mold. With Irma bearing down on Florida as we write, consider what God would have you to do. Remember, you could be the next disaster victim at any time. The Golden Rule calls to us all.Finally, let’s remember to be thankful. Many of the victims had enjoyed years, if not decades, of happiness and productive work before these disasters struck. Were they appreciative of the good times? How often we take good times for granted, as if we deserve peace and quietness all our lives! God never promised that to anyone. “He [God] makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust,” Jesus said in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:45). We make plans, build, and work for good things, but we must never make these our idols. Jesus told the story of a rich fool whose only goal was to store up riches so that he could eat, drink and be merry: “This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.” (Luke 12:13-19). James warned believers of the proper way to plan for the future: “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” (James 4:13-17).There’s nothing like an unexpected disaster to jolt apathetic souls awake, making them consider what really matters in life.
I’ve been involved, if somewhat peripherally, with the Home Performance industry for quite a while. I was one of the original group working on Home Performance with Energy Star in Atlanta quite a few years ago. As I learned more about this evolving field, I felt that it was both important and necessary, and thought that it had potential to be a profitable business model.I had concerns that the program was being managed by building science types (read: geeks) who were focused on collecting reams of data from performance testing and using this to sell improvements to homeowners. Fairly quickly, I determined that unless it moved from a technical to a sales focus, it wasn’t going to go anywhere.While there are a few companies who have managed to balance the technical aspects with the necessary sales skills, most auditors and contractors have struggled to create profitable, sustainable business models. Early on, there was a focus on keeping the auditors independent in order to provide an unbiased report that a homeowner could use to compare proposals from contractors for the work. I saw this as a cumbersome model that increased costs, complicated the sales process, and might not help advance the program in any meaningful way. Will it survive into adulthood?The big question is, what will happen to the home performance industy as incentives go away? It will probably fare better in regions with high energy costs, where paybacks are faster. Where energy audits or HERS ratings are required at the time of sale, there may be some more demand.My fear, however, is that in many markets, demand will start to wither, homes will go unimproved, and many of the thousands of trained professionals, many of whom entered the industry after their old careers dried up, will, once again, be looking for new lines of work. Performance enters pubertyFast forward about eight years, and home performance is beginning to mature, benefiting from government and utility incentives designed to stimulate an industry that would sustain itself when those incentives were gone.On the positive side, many local programs have moved to the combined auditor/contractor model, which, despite its drawbacks, does lead to more completed projects. I am concerned that where the auditors are employees of specialized improvement contractors that they may suggest solutions through the lens of their business operations. HVAC contractors may focus on HVAC solutions to the detriment of envelope improvements. Insulation contractors will likely find insulation is the answer to problems they uncover.If all you have is a hammer, everything starts to look like a nail. I still believe that the combined auditor/contractor model can work, but maybe I am just being naÃ¯ve.
While the condensing surface is picking up moisture, Dorsett adds, “at any other point within the batts the fiber temperature is above that temperature, and no condensation occurs.”“If [the condensing surface] is a hygroscopic material such as OSB sheathing, [the moisture] doesn’t condense either, but instead adsorbs into the material, never achieving a true liquid state (unless there is so much moisture entering the cavity from air leaks that the OSB saturates),” he writes.The real risk is that sheathing made from oriented strand board will rot. This problem is known as the “cold OSB” problem, according the GBA senior editor Martin Holladay. When OSB gets wet but never has the opportunity to dry out, it can, in Holladay’s words, “turn to oatmeal.”According to Jesse Thompson, an architect in Portland, Maine, “A double-stud wall with any type of batt insulation is a high-risk wall system in a cold climate, due to the cold sheathing issue.”Lots of houses built that way in the 1980s and 1990s are still standing, Thompson says, but that kind of wall assembly is “too risky for us to recommend.” Michael Roland is designing a new house and trying to choose the right wall assembly. It’s down to a choice between a double-stud wall filled with fluffy insulation, or a single wall wrapped in a layer of rigid foam insulation.“Using exterior rigid foam solves thermal bridging and prevents condensation within the batts in the wall cavity,” he writes in a Q&A post at Green Building Advisor. “Double-wall construction also solves thermal bridging, but what about the dew point within the batts? Won’t there be a condensation problem?”That’s the topic for this Q&A Spotlight. Moisture won’t condense in battsDon’t worry about condensation on batts, writes Dana Dorsett, because it simply won’t occur.“Condensation doesn’t happen in batts,” he says. “Because batts are extremely vapor-permeable, and low-mid density batts are so air-permeable, whenever the coldest surface of the cavity reaches the dew point of the entrained air in the cavity the moisture condenses on that surface, not in the fiber itself.” CONSTRUCTION DETAILS High R-Value Walls: Building Plans for Double-Stud Wall Construction RELATED ARTICLES Avoid OSB sheathing in the first placeAnother strategy is to use plywood or diagonal board sheathing rather than OSB, along with a ventilated rainscreen gap between the siding and the sheathing, Holladay says.“+1 on the plank sheathing and rain-screened siding recommendations!” Dorsett says. “OSB is mold-food, and needs to stay much drier than solid wood to avoid damage. Moisture gets into end grain much easier and wicks further than the side-grain of planking, and the processing heat that uses the wood’s own lignin as the ‘glue’ converts a good fraction of that lignin into simpler wood-sugars more readily fed upon by fungus and mold.”Or, as Lucas Durand points out, in areas where building codes permit, it’s possible to build a wall with structural sheathing on the inside and only a weather-resistive barrier (WRB) such as housewrap on the outside. Durand says the plywood sheathing also is the air barrier and the vapor retarder. As for the details, he offers a link to photographs of his own house, currently under construction in Ontario.And one more approach, as Patrick Walshe suggests, is to use a double wall with exterior insulation, “though of course it would be more expensive.” His approach for a house on Vancouver Island was a 9 1/4-inch-thick staggered-stud wall with 2 inches of rigid rock wool insulation on the outside. Reducing the risk of moisture damageThere are, however, ways of reducing the risk of moisture accumulation and decay in sheathing, as several GBA readers point out.Dorsett says that one approach is to use a hygroscopic insulation — that is, a type of insulation that can absorb moisture — such as cotton batting or cellulose. “The insulation in contact with the cold surface will adsorb moisture too, which results in lower moisture accumulation in the sheathing,” Dorsett writes. “Cellulose can take on quite a bit of moisture before saturating and losing R-value, and can store then re-release the moisture as conditions change.”This characteristic makes it a good choice in thick wall assemblies with high R-values, he says. Dense-packed cellulose also limits air permeability and increases the “moisture buffering capacity.”Fiberglass batt insulation, on the other hand, is not hygroscopic.Thompson seconds the advice. With double-stud wall construction, he suggests careful air sealing and blower-door results of less than 1.5 air changes per hour at 50 pascals of pressure (described as 1.5 ach50, a standard testing metric).“A well-air-sealed double-stud wall (better than 1.5 ach50) with dense-packed blown-in cellulose (not loose fill) or perhaps blown-in fiberglass seems to be a low-risk wall system,” Thompson says. “The worse you air seal, the more the risk goes up with this wall.”A layer of rigid foam insulation also lowers the risk of moisture damage, even with “mediocre air sealing,” because it keeps the sheathing warm. “That’s why Building Science [Corp.] is such a fan of exterior foam,” he adds. “You can be a pretty sloppy builder and still not get building failures with this system.” How Risky is Cold OSB Wall Sheathing?Green Basics: Double-Stud Walls Is Double-Stud Wall Construction the Path to Efficiency on a Budget?Choosing the Right Wall Assembly (2015)Six Proven Ways to Build Energy-Smart WallsCellulose Insulation Calculating the Minimum Thickness of Rigid Foam SheathingGreen Basics: Insulation OverviewInstalling Roxul Mineral Wool on Exterior Walls Our expert’s opinionHere’s what GBA technical director Peter Yost had to say:There are lots of really great points in this exchange, representing good understanding of the hygrothermal performance of materials and assemblies.Some key points:Interstitial condensation during cold months on the first condensing surface in the assembly is always a function of interior relative humidity, as well as the temperature profile of the assembly. Let’s not forget to manage wintertime interior relative humidity as we manage the assembly profile.A continuous air barrier is critical no matter which assembly is selected; interstitial condensation driven by air leakage trumps vapor drive by a long shot.Look at the wetting and the drying. The famous Canadian building scientist, Mark Bomberg, is known for, among many things, this quote: “Our buildings get wet during the winter but don’t rot till the summer.” He was speaking in the context of adding central air conditioning to homes in cold climates; without the AC they were getting wet in the winter and drying out in the summer. Add AC, and the reduced drying sends the assemblies over the moisture management cliff.Some builders using double-stud walls in cold climates are adding a smart vapor retarder, such as 475 Intello or CertainTeed’s MemBrain, to manage moisture drive into the assembly during the winter yet maintain drying to the interior during the summer.Finally, I really like the double-stud wall system, with structural sheathing either on the interior or on the exterior wall. What is a shame is to use structural 2-bys for the non-structural wall. It’s just not resource-efficient. Really light-gauge, cold-formed steel framing, or non-structural 2x3s, or even something like the Site-Engineered Environmental (SEE) stud make a lot of sense to me for the non-load bearing wall.
Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles MOST READ LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Down 0-2 against Rain or Shine in a best-of-seven series, Magnolia, despite feeling physically drained, knew it had to lay everything out on the floor in Game 3.“Even though, we’re tired and we’re playing our seventh game in 14 nights,I told them that we have no choice but to need to bring back our aggressiveness and energy,” Victolero said.That’s exactly what the Hotshots did especially in the fourth quarter where they limited the Elasto Painters to just 11 points.“We just tried to bring back the Magnolia Hotshots basketball which is to a more defensive-minded team. We were more pesky defense and aggressive on both ends of the floor and we were focused for 48 minutes,” said Victolero.The defense Victolero preached was on full display down the stretch of a tight game.ADVERTISEMENT Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Anthony Joshua US debut in doubt because of opponent’s failed test DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew The 92-82 win was nice but having played a seventh game in 14 nights, a six-day break makes a big victory much sweeter for the weary Hotshots.“For you to play seven games in 14 nights, we’re not going to deny that we’re tired. But I told my players, we get through this game and we will have a good rest at least somehow, get our fresh legs back,” Victolero told reporters in Filipino Tuesday night at Araneta Coliseum.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“The next game will be on Monday and this break is really going to be good for us. Hopefully, my players will be able to recover.”The Hotshots have been playing every other day since beating the NLEX Road Warriors in their final elimination round game last April 3. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MANILA, Philippines—Magnolia head coach Chito Victolero couldn’t wipe the smile off his face as he met the media following his team’s win over Rain or Shine in Game 3 of their Philippine Cup semifinals.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Magnolia was holding on to a 76-74 edge after Rain or Shine rookie Javee Mocon converted on a three-point play with 4:03 remaining.Mocon’s basket and free throw, however, turned out to be the Painters’ final points as they went scoreless the rest of the way.“We won because of our defense,” said Magnolia big man Ian Sangalang, who scored 12 of his 16 points in the final frame, in Filipino. “We’re really tired but we needed to give everything we had knowing we’re going to finally have our break.”“Now we get some rest with the momentum on our side. Somehow, we were able to give them pressure in this series because in Games 1 and 2, it’s like they’re just simply playing basketball. What we really wanted to do was make them feel the pressure even just a bit of it so that we’ll have a better chance at winning Game 4,” Sangalang added.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments
UST woke up from its usual mid-game stupor to pull off a hard-fought 25-19, 25-19, 20-25, 23-25, 15-10 triumph and make the finals of the UAAP women’s volleyball at Mall of Asia Arena, which will be the first for the Tigresses in eight seasons.“When I entered college this year, my promise was to bring back the glory days of UST because it’s been a long time,” said UST top rookie Eya Laure after dropping 27 points, including the one that clinched the win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsIt’s still a long way to go, but the 20-year-old spiker at least managed to bring the Tigresses closer to their goal.The Tigresses will face the winner in the other Final Four pairing between Far Eastern University and Ateneo on Wednesday, a match necessitated by the Lady Tamaraws victory over the top-seeded Lady Eagles, 10-25, 25-23, 25-22, 12-25, 15-8, on Saturday. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew University of Santo Tomas finally ended La Salle’s long reign on Sunday night.And right through the joyous aftermath, the Tigresses vowed to bring back their own glory days.ADVERTISEMENT PH riders shoot for Olympic points in Subic Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles “It’s not over yet. We still have one goal. We want to win the title. We owe it to the supporters, alumni who continue to believe in us,” said UST’s captain Sisi Rondina who fired 17 points.UST gave away 26 points on unforced errors in the third and fourth sets as it got lulled into complacency, something that usually happened this season when it appeared that the Tigresses already have the match under control.“I told my teammates that we should not relax. We don’t want to be complacent,” said Laure.But that’s exactly what the Tigresses did, allowing the Lady Spikers to get back into the match despite holding a 15-11 lead in the third set.Fortunately, everything clicked for UST in the fifth as it got big points from secondary options like Caitlyn Viray and even setter Alina Bicar.Viray finished with 10 points, while KC Galdones added 11 for UST.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The celebration looked like a championship already as UST denied three-time defending champion La Salle a finals appearance for the first time in 11 years, a span that saw the Lady Spikers winning six titles.“It’s a privilege for us to face defending champion La Salle. These big teams, La Salle, Ateneo and FEU, we learned a lot [playing] them [in the past],” said UST coach Kungfu Reyes.UST defeated La Salle twice in a row to earn the twice-to-beat incentive it never had to use. But most importantly, it emboldened the Tigresses to chase the title it last won nine years ago.Some 15,000 spectators inside the MOA Arena and thousands more on TV and the internet followed the match.A big chunk of those in live attendance were UST alumni longing for a return of that golden era in the late 80s and early 90s where the Tigresses won seven straight crowns.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ LATEST STORIES Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View comments
MOST READ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phoenix fines Calvin Abueva for verbal spat with Ray Parks’ girlfriend Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green speaks during an NBA basketball media availability in Toronto, Friday, May 31, 2019. The Warriors take on Toronto Raptors in Game 2 of the NBA Finals on Sunday. The Raptors lead the series 1-0. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)Draymond Green isn’t shy to become the villain to opposing teams be it on the basketball floor or outside of it.Golden State’s brash forward was once fined $35,000 for his cryptic tweets “which impugned the integrity of NBA officiating” back in April, and he was also seen several times kicking the nether regions of his opponents.ADVERTISEMENT Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?02:25Raptors or Warriors? PBA players take their pick of NBA champ02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting The only club the Warriors have yet to beat, though, are the Raptors.Toronto’s Game 1 win over Golden State marked the Warriors’ third straight win over the Warriors this season, two were in the regular season.Green, however, isn’t too bothered with the one-game deficit.“We know what it takes to win a championship, we don’t need to reach for any motivation,” said Green. “If winning a championship is not enough, you have other issues.”ADVERTISEMENT PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Just before Game 2 of the NBA Finals between the Warriors and Toronto, Green once again said some words that would raise eyebrows of practically anyone who watches the league.Green said he and his teammates feel everyone in the United States are against them in the finals because of what the Warriors did them in the past.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“People in the States are rooting against us because we beat all their teams, so it’s all good you know,” said Green during the Warriors’ press conference h/t to NBA on TNT.“When you’re at the top no one’s cheering for you to stay there, they want to see you fall. That’s kind of the mind of most human beings so it’s all good. Their team’s sitting at home with them.” View comments
LOS ANGELES — The New York Rangers played right into the hands of the resilient Los Angeles Kings in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals.They took a 2-0 lead in the first 15 minutes and were shut down by Jonathan Quick the rest of the way.Defenseman Dan Girardi made a critical blunder in his own zone and Justin Williams whipped the puck past Henrik Lundqvist at 4:36 of overtime, sending the frustrated Rangers to a 3-2 loss.“The puck’s going to me, I’m trying to make a play up the middle and it bounced on me,” Girardi said. “I kind of got down to one knee and I’m just thinking about getting it to the wall. But the guy was there and made a smart play. You can’t give Justin Williams a shot like that. He’s pretty clutch in the playoffs.”“It’s a tough play, and there’s nothing I can do about it right now. Maybe next time I’ll go higher or go to the corner and eat it. But I’m not going to dwell on it. You’ve got to have a short-term memory. I’m just going to forget about it and come out the next game hard.”Kings defenseman Drew Doughty coughed up the puck to Benoit Pouliot inside the blue line and defense partner Jake Muzzin fell down trying to make a U-turn on the turnover. Pouliot converted his breakaway, beating Quick to the stick side 13:21 into the game.Carl Hagelin put the Kings in a 2-0 hole with a short-handed goal while Mats Zuccarello was off for holding. Hagelin got a lead pass from former Kings center Brian Boyle at the red line, pushed the puck past Slava Voynov and sped past him before taking a short backhander. It was stopped by Quick, but the rebound caromed into the net off Voynov’s left skate.“Anytime I’m out there on the PK, it’s important to anticipate what’s going to happen next,” Hagelin said. “When I play with Boyler, we read off each other very well and we’ve been creating a lot of chances as of late. So we’ve got to continue doing that and keep playing solid on the PK — and if we have a chance to go, we’ve got to go.”Kings coach Darryl Sutter did some line shuffling and got the desired results as the Kings came back to tie it.“Both teams played great games,” Hagelin said. “You know every player is going to bring their ‘A’ game, which is pretty much what every player did tonight.”Quick kept the Rangers from regaining their two-goal lead with a brilliant save on Brad Richards from the right of the net during a power play in the second period.LA’s rally from 2-0 marked the 23rd time in the postseason a team erased a two-goal deficit in these playoffs, including both of the Kings’ victories at Chicago in the Western Conference final.In the first New York-Los Angeles showdown in a Stanley Cup finals, the Rangers were outshot 14-0 during the first 11:42 of the third period before Quick stopped Martin St. Louis’ 25-foot shot. The Rangers got the game to overtime, but then Williams won it.“It’s disappointing when you lose, especially when you’re that close,” Lundqvist said. “We had a really strong start, and then they started their push late in the first. Obviously in the third, they had a lot of the puck, but I felt like we kept them to the outside for the most part.”The Rangers, playing their first game at Staples Center since winning 3-1 in the Kings’ home opener, faced a gritty club that got through each of its first three series by winning Game 7 on the road — the first team to do that. The Rangers knew there would be no letdown by LA.“There was a lot of talk about that, but they only played one more game than us,” Lundqvist said. “You had to expect them to come out hard. At this time of the year, you’re not tired. You’re excited to be out there playing. We were looking to get the first win here, but we’ll try it again in the next one.”It was the third straight year Game 1 of the finals went to overtime, including the Kings’ 2-1 victory over New Jersey. They won the Cup in six games.Three years ago, Rangers coach Alain Vigneault guided the Vancouver Canucks to the finals and won the first two games before losing four of the next five to Boston.(JOE RESNICK)TweetPinShare0 Shares
SANTA CATERINA, Italy — Skiing on a hill he hasn’t seen before usually gets Travis Ganong fired up.Racing the downhill on a new slope to the men’s World Cup circuit certainly brought the best out of the American skier on Dec. 28.A flawless run on the Deborah Compagnoni course earned Ganong his first World Cup victory, less than six weeks before his home world championship race in Beaver Creek.“First World Cup win!!!! Stoked to be able to say that!!” Ganong posted on Twitter.“I love to take on a new challenge and a new slope,” said Ganong, a Squaw Valley, California, native who was just 26th in the only training session Dec. 26. “I love the hill, the mountains are huge here and it’s fun skiing.”It’s the second downhill win in a row for the U.S. team and the second in Italy after Steven Nyman’s triumph in Val Gardena last week. The last American back-to-back downhill wins dated from the 2007-08 season when Bode Miller won in Bormio and Wengen.Ganong finished the race in 1 minute, 32.42 seconds to beat Olympic champion Matthias Mayer of Austria by 0.09 and Dominik Paris of Italy by 0.21.Ganong called his effort “a perfect run.”“I went really, really straight in a couple areas,” the American said. “It was really smooth and I was able to carry it all the way down. The last big carousel turn I did perfectly, I don’t think I could do that again if I tried.”Norway’s Kjetil Jansrud, who has won two downhill races this season, was 1.35 behind and finished outside of the top 10, though he still leads the discipline standings.“What goes up, must come down,” Jansrud wrote on Twitter. “Today was a rough day at work. As said before: Lots of great skiers out there. One mistake and you are gone.”Jansrud also tops the overall standings with 624 points, 48 clear of Marcel Hirscher of Austria, who doesn’t compete in downhill.Ganong excelled on the second part of the course. Several pre-race favorites had faster split times in the first section but couldn’t match the American’s pace afterward.“I had a super run and I am very happy,” Ganong said. “It’s a sensational end to the year. I was attacking and I was having fun.”Mayer praised Ganong for mastering the final third of the course.“I thought my run was fast,” Mayer said. “On the bottom part I also wanted to race a direct line but I caught a bump and didn’t manage to win back the lost time.”Mayer’s runner-up finish gave Austria its first downhill podium of the season after the team suffered its worst pre-Christmas start to a World Cup season in 25 years.Ganong’s victory didn’t come completely out of the blue. The 26-year-old from Squaw Valley came fifth in the Olympic downhill in Sochi in February and earned his sole previous World Cup podium shortly afterward by placing third in Kvitfjell, Norway.Ganong also came fifth in Beaver Creek earlier this month for his 11th career top-10 finish.The course in Santa Caterina, which replaced the classic downhill on the Stelvio piste in nearby Bormio, was a regular stop on the women’s circuit and was also used for the women’s downhill at the 2005 world championships but has since been modified.The men’s World Cup circuit continues with a slalom in Zagreb, Croatia, on Jan. 6, while the next downhill is scheduled for Wengen on Jan. 17.TweetPinShare0 Shares