SAN JOSE – Blues defenseman Robert Bortuzzo was even with center Joe Thornton at the Sharks’ blue line when he suddenly cut toward the goal.With a surprised Thornton trailing him, Bortuzzo received a pass from Joel Edmundson and lifted a backhand shot past Martin Jones with 3:26 left in the second period, scoring what proved to be the game winner in the Blues’ 4-2 win Monday at the SAP Center that evened the Western Conference final at 1-1.The playoffs seem to be set up perfectly for the …
— NFL (@NFL) November 1, 2019On that touchdown — Kittle’s second this season — Jimmy Garoppolo looked to his left, held that look, then hit Kittle across the middle. Kittle beat safety Budda Baker off the line, then stiff-armed him at the 10-yard line while racking up 20 yards after the catch en route to the end zone.Kittle finished the game with six catches for 79 yards and that 30-yard touchdown rumble. He did stay on the sideline for the Niners’ final game-sealing drive.On the game’s first play, Kittle appeared to bang his knee on the helmet of Cardinals star linebacker Chandler Jones in the backfield during a toss play to Tevin Coleman. Hall of Fame QB who once tormented 49ers now sees them as the NFC’s top playoff seed The 49ers’ best player is hurt and it looks not awesome. pic.twitter.com/AbWhm3aiuq— Dieter Kurtenbach (@dieter) November 1, 2019Kittle slammed his fist into the turf while in pain upon landing on the Cardinals’ natural grass. He walked to the 49ers’ sideline for further evaluation in the medical tent, and, in what was a good sign, he then took a seat on the bench rather than being carted to the locker room.Related Articles With a little health and stability, Jimmie Ward finally showing 49ers, NFL what he can do FIRST LOOK: Hip-hop icon E-40 teams with 49ers on new music video After the injury, Kittle was briefly evaluated on the sideline by the 49ers’ medical staff. He was able to return for the start of the 49ers’ second possession. That series, like their first one, did not yield a first down. The second series ended when Garoppolo’s third-and-2 pass to Kittle got broken up by Baker.It was San Francisco’s third series when Kittle, the team’s leading receiver last year and so far in 2019, got his revenge on Baker.–Defensive tackle Arik Armstead came out during the 49ers’ second series and took a knee on the sideline while the medical staff tended to him. Armstead felt he had something stuck in his throat, and he was back in the game in the second quarter.SEASON PASS DIGITAL OFFERIf you have not already, we strongly encourage you to sign up for a digital subscription, which gives you access to all content on the Mercury News and East Bay Times websites. With your support, we can continue bringing these stories — and much more — to your screens. Here’s where to sign up for the season pass: Mercury News, East Bay Times. How much Jimmy G-to-Kittle is too much Jimmy G-to-Kittle? GLENDALE, Ariz. — Tight end George Kittle, the 49ers’ offensive catalyst, injured his left leg on their opening snap of tonight’s game against the Arizona Cardinals.Kittle wasn’t out long, however, and he scored a tying touchdown on a bullish 30-yard reception just before the end of the first quarter.George Kittle: UNSTOPPABLE 😱 @gkittle46 | #GoNiners📺: #SFvsAZ on @NFLNetwork | @NFLonFOX | @PrimeVideoHow to watch: https://t.co/I6INVckndX pic.twitter.com/RL3TnEyqMz 49ers on Wednesday: Where have all the defensive interceptions gone?
An unbearable stench emanates from the area near the gate of the Ghasyari Mandir Primary School in the Qaiserbagh area of Lucknow. Tucked into a wall of the government-run school is a municipality dumping ground, the filth from which not only fouls the atmosphere but also overflows to the residential colony located nearby. It is a den for stray dogs.Despite complaints by residents, the dumping zone has existed for many years, a casualty of which has been enrollment in the school as parents refuse to send their children there.“We have only six students left. The guardians have given it to us in writing that they don’t want their children to fall ill,” said assistant teacher Archana Singh, who has her mouth partially covered to avoid the stench.A few feet away, crumbs of rotting meat and fish, and other filth, have almost reached the door of Tara Ghihar’s house. The waste dumped here comes mostly from Machli Mahaul, a fish, meat and vegetable market located nearby.“They talk of Swacchh Bharat. But nobody ever comes here. Our relatives and guests refuse invitations to our house due to this filth. Tell me, who will come here?” asks Ms. Ghihar, a Dalit.110 wards go to pollsLocated barely 2 km from the Uttar Pradesh Assembly, the locality falls in the Jagdish Chandra Bose Ward (44), one of the 110 in the city that will vote on Sunday in the second phase of the State’s municipal elections. The awkwardly located dumping zone, squeezed between a school and some houses, is only one of the problems of the ward, where residents struggle for basic civic requirements such as sanitation, clean water, and toilets. Many homes do not have toilets or the space to build it. They rely on public toilets.However, the public toilet closest to the Machli Mahaul locality is filthy and choked. Not only is there a strong stench of human waste, the structure is dilapidated, with a pile of trash and dense overgrowth on both sides. Walking all the way to the next toilet in another part of the market is an ordeal, especially for women. Besides, that toilet closes at night.“They came once and pruned the tree. But did nothing about the toilet,” said Manorama Gupta, a resident of the locality.“This toilet is so filthy, we don’t feel like entering it. There are worms crawling everywhere. But where else to go?” she asks.Not just residents, the poor sanitation facilities also pose difficulties for outsiders, especially farmers and women, who come to the mandi (market) for trade and have to stay for hours.The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the Congress and the Samajwadi Party (SP) are locked in a tight three-way fight in this ward. The incumbent, SP’s Yawar Hussain Reshu, has won for the last five terms from Ward 44. He is popular among voters and considered accessible.But Bhola Ghihar, a marble artisan, says he is looking for a change this time. “Reshu bhai did a lot of overall work. But in so many years, he could not repair a toilet, our basic need. Let’s give a chance to somebody else,” he said.The ward, which has over 15,000 voters, has a substantial population of Muslims and Dalits. The Congress has also fielded a Muslim, Farid, who stood second in the 2012 elections, while the BJP has fielded Rinku Sonkar, a Dalit belonging to the Khatik caste, who are traditional vegetable sellers.Mohammad Mujahid, who runs a bakery, is a Reshu loyalist and will vote for him again. “Reshu has repaired the drains and street lights, and built water tanks. But most of all, he is amicable and available for us on a call,” says Mr. Mujahid.Mahesh Kashyap, an OBC (Other Backward Classes) resident, who sells chickpeas, and Varun Sonkar, a Dalit vegetable seller, echo the sentiment.Health hazardsHowever, Mr. Sonkar says the parshad, as the the ward councillor is known, did not fully address the drinking water problem. “The tap water we get is yellow. It is not fit for drinking. We have to borrow water from our neighbours, who have borewells installed. It [the water supply] is all dependant on mutual goodwill and humanity, not the municipality,” he says.In the Khatik neighbourhood, the major issue is an open drain. Guddi Sonkar, a Dalit hawker, has no toilet in her one-room house and visits a makeshift toilet next to the drain each day. “It almost feels like open defecation. We have to wait for darkness to fall to go there, either in the night or early morning,” she says.The open drain has been an eyesore for locals for many years now. It not only runs close to homes, bifurcating the locality and causing numerous diseases, it swells so much during the monsoons that filthy water runs into the homes.Manoj Kumar, a Khatik, shows this reporter a video of the monsoons he recorded last year. “Ravidas Mehrotra [a former MLA] promised he would cover up the drain. But after he won, he never showed his face. The parshad gets the drain cleaned but has done nothing concrete,” said Mr. Manoj, who runs a plywood shop.While civic issues and the personalities of the candidates are key factors in determining support, there is also anger towards the Narendra Modi government for policies such as the Goods and Services Tax (GST), which small traders and artisans say is complex, and has also made selling and purchasing material difficult.Local knowledgeSandhya, a Sonkar woman, regrets voting for the BJP and complains that GST has made clothes expensive. But will she vote against the BJP? No, she says. Her explanation is practical. Sandhya, who is an M.Phil in ancient history, says policies such as GST do not concern the municipal ward representative. Besides, the BJP candidate is from her caste.“We need to choose a councillor for the things under his jurisdiction. We will vent our frustration against the BJP in 2019, if we have to,” she says.The margins for victory in UP’s local elections are so thin that, in his campaign, Mr. Reshu has stressed he is the only one among the three candidates to live within the boundaries of the ward.Golu Sonkar agrees with Mr. Reshu that “only a local” can bring development. But he says he will vote for the BJP candidate this time, simply due to community compulsions. “It is the first time a member of our biradari (community) is contesting here,” says the youth, who is unemployed.
The teams were locked at 5-all at half-time before QSST ran away with the game in the second half. NSWCCC got out to a perfect start, scoring in their first set of six when Wesley Sefuiva combined with Josh Rozairo to send Jonathan Huskins over on the wing. QSST were quick to hit back however, capitalising on a CCC mistake which saw Jackson Luke score on the wing to level the score at 1-all. QSST hit the lead soon after, when Marlon Doak scored on the wing in the fifth minute to take a 2-1 lead. The experienced duo of Sefuiva and Rozairo were quick to retaliate, levelling the score one minute later before reclaiming the lead when Macauley Dawson was the recipient of a great long ball to take a 3-2 lead. Down the other end of the field, Mathew Couper was on the receiving end of a long ball similar to the touchdown prior, levelling the score at 3-all. Luke put his QSST team in front soon after, scoring his second touchdown for the game, showing plenty of speed as he ran down the far wing to score. Huskins then scored his second for NSWCCC in the 11th minute, after being on the receiving end of another great long ball, and locked things up at 4-all. Defence then took over, with both teams unable to score for the next seven minutes following plenty of touchdowns in the first stanza of the game. It looked like QSST would take a one touchdown advantage into the half-time break when Luke Swan scored a touchdown in the final minute of the half. But NSWCCC were determined to lock things up, with Cade Price scoring after the siren to level the game at 5-all at half-time. QSST came back from the half-time break in blistering form, scoring the first four touchdowns of the half to take a 9-5 lead midway through the second half. NSWCCC captain, Sefuiva, led by example shortly after, stepping around the opposition to bring the difference back to three touchdowns, but a double to Theo Majid extended his side’s lead out to five touchdowns. Australian 18’s Boys representative, Mathew Couper, scored his second touchdown for the game, before CCC hit back through Andrew Heffernan. Player of the Final, Lachlan Pierce, continued his impressive game and scored his third touchdown of the half with 90 seconds remaining, to give QSST a six touchdown advantage and claim the title 13-7. NSWCCC’s Josh Rozairo was recognised for his impressive form throughout the event, being named Player of the Series. QSST 13 (Lachlan Pierce 3, Mathew Couper 2, Theo Majid 2, Jackson Luke 2, Jason Norford, Ashley Taylor, Marlon Doak, Luke Swan) defeated NSWCCC 7 (Jonathan Huskins 2, Wesley Sefuiva 2, Luke Tonegato, Andrew Heffernan, Macauley Dawson).Referees: David Baggio, Mick Medlin, Luke McKenzie
Eden RichardsThe girls of Chancellor State College and the boys of Warners Bay High School have taken out their respective divisions of the Harvey Norman National Schools Cup.Chancellor were near unstoppable against Helensvale in the Girls Grand Final, running out 8-3 winners in a one-sided affair.The girls from Sippy Downs scored the first four touchdowns of the match to lead 4-0 at half-time, before continuing to pile on the pressure in the second stanza.The score blew out to 6-0 early in the second half before Helensvale hit back to add some respectability to the scoreboard, but the damage had been done to give Chancellor a well-deserved victory.Courtney Fietz scored a double for the victors, while Nikiah Campbell crossed twice for Helensvale in what was a good performance in a losing side.After watching the girls leave it all on the field, it was time for the boys to show the onlookers on the Sunshine Coast what they were capable of.In what was an exciting contest, Warners Bay and St Edward’s College traded touchdowns early on in their grand final, with neither side able to form any sort of a lead.It hit 3-all halfway through the first half before Warners Bay began to run over the top of their opponents late in the first stanza.Warners Bay used their superior field position and strong possession to jump to a 6-4 lead at half-time, and St Edward’s were going to need a huge effort in the second 20 to mount a comeback.St Edward’s had to be the first to score in the second half and they did just that, crossing the line after a 12-minute stalemate in which both teams continued to turn the ball over.At 6-5 with five minutes to play it was anyone’s match to win, but Warners Bay simply wanted it more, crossing twice in a row to lead 8-5 with four minutes to go.St Edward’s scored a consolation touchdown in the dying minutes, but it was Warners Bay who secured a hard-fought victory.Joshua Fredrickson and Kobe Mcwilliams scored doubles for Warners Bay, while Sandon Smith crossed twice for St Edward’s.