Governor Wolf Statement on Senate’s Passage of a Budget

first_img December 23, 2015 Governor Wolf Statement on Senate’s Passage of a Budget SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Statement Harrisburg, PA – Governor Wolf released the following statement regarding the Senate passage of a budget:“It was only one day ago that the House displayed a historic show of bipartisanship that bucked Speaker Turzai and the tea party. Yesterday, the House advanced a responsible budget with historic education funding and placed it on the verge of passage. It is deeply disappointing that today the Senate has caved to those same House leaders and extreme interests to continue the failed status quo and harm our schools and children by denying them these critical additional funds.“A historic compromise budget that included the largest increase in education funding in history, reforms in public pensions, and a reduction in the deficit was within reach. It seems that the Republican legislature is intent on continuing the Harrisburg status quo and getting out of town to go on vacation instead of continuing the hard work to move Pennsylvania forward.“Change is difficult, and clearly more so given this legislature, but we must continue our fight for historic education funding that will begin to restore the cuts from five years ago, and a budget that is balanced, paid for, and fixes our deficit.”# # #last_img read more

Two voting sessions planned to elect 28 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational starters

first_imgBOONE, Iowa – Twenty-eight of the 30 starters for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational will be elected in a pair of polling sessions this summer.Three drivers from each of the five regions for IMCA Modifieds will be elected during polling from July 24-27; 13 more will be elected from an at-large pool of the next 25 top vote recipients be­tween July 31 and Aug. 3.All voting will be conducted through the IMCA Facebook page. One hundred and fifteen drivers are currently vote eligible for the 14th annual Invitational, to be held Sept. 8 during the IMCA Speed­way Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s at Boone Speedway.The final qualifying event will be the July 20 Arnold Motor Supply Hawkeye Dirt Tour show at Knox­ville Raceway.“We will notify All-Star drivers immediately after each round of voting and confirm they will be able to attend Super Nationals,” IMCA President Brett Root said. “What has necessitated shorter voting periods this year is the time needed to tailor awards, namely the Velocita firesuits, that All-Stars receive.”Completing the starting grid for the 30-lapper will be All-Star candidates with the top national point to­tal and the most 40-point feature wins as of Aug. 31 competing at Super Nationals.All-Star drivers also receive mini-replica drive shafts from event title sponsor Fast Shafts by Axle Exchange.The event pays $1,000 to win and $200 to start.As of June 29 and by home region, the 121 drivers qualified for the 2017 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot include:Larry Shaw Racing Western Region – Ricky Alvarado, Randy Artz, Chaz Baca, Tanner Black, Randy Brown, Cody Burke, John Campos, Mark Carrell, Kellen Chadwick, Rick Childress Jr., Chris Clark, Casey Delp, Ethan Dotson, Logan Drake, Chase Hansen, Bobby Hogge IV, Eddie Kirchoff, Danny Lauer, Ryan McDaniel, Jeremy Meirhofer, Joel Myers, Jeff Olschowka, Cory Sample, Robby Sawyer, Brian Schultz, Paul Stone, Ricky Thornton Jr., Nick Trenchard, Jesse Williamson, Collen Winebarger and Justen Yeager.Razor Chassis South Central Region – Dean Abbey, Dean Deming, Neal Flowers, William Gould, Kevin Green, Matt Guillaume, Brandon Hood, Josh McGaha, Kevin Sustaire, Eric Tomlinson and Fred Wojtek.Jet Racing Central Region – Drew Armstrong, Eddie Belec, Steven Bowers Jr., Brady Coen, Tate Cole, Curtis Cook, Ryan Gaylord, Jordan Grabouski, Justin Gregg, John Hansen, Daryl Hay, Corey Lagroon, Hunter McDonald, Hunter Marriott, Aaron Monie, Jeremy Payne, Anthony Roth, Johnny Scott, Jeff Taylor, Jesse Taylor, Cole Traugott and Justin Zeitner.Side Biter Chassis North Central Region – Chris Abelson, Austin Arneson, Eric Barnes, Josh Beaulieu, Kyle Brown, John Corell, Troy Cordes, Mark Dahl, Eric Dailey, Russ Dickerson, Tracy Domagala, Corey Dripps, Tyler Droste, Greg Durbin, Patrick Flannagan, Jimmy Gustin, Richie Gustin, Mike Hansen, Mat Hollerich, Jeff James, Mike Jergens, Justin Kay, Billy Kendall, Kurt Kile, Benji LaCrosse, Eric Martini, Colt Mather, Bob Moore, Brian Mullen, Jay Noteboom, Tad Reutzel, Rob Rose, Joel Rust, Ryan Ruter, Lucas Schott, Mark Schulte, Marlyn Seidler, Kelly Shryock, Todd Shute, Jesse Sobbing, Ricky Stephan, Tim Ward, Jeff Waterman, Mike Wedelstadt, Spencer Wilson, Jason Wolla and Marcus Yarie.Dirt Works Eastern Region – Chance Allen, Jason Barnhill, Matt Cole, Myron DeYoung, Keith Lamphere, Chaz Pray, Kyle Rutkoski, Kyle Strickler, A.J. Ward and Will Ward.last_img read more

Whicker: Rough night for Yasmani Grandal, but he wasn’t alone in Dodgers’ Game 1 loss

first_img Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies MILWAUKEE — The jokes will begin soon.The Catch of the Day is when Yasmani Grandal successfully gloves Clayton Kershaw’s first pitch. Catch-22 is what happens when you throw Grandal 30 baseballs.Grandal had two passed balls and two errors, one of them a catcher’s interference just as the Dodgers were finally doing something right in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series on Friday night.But the Dodgers practically got him off that hook, and they did the same for Clayton Kershaw. In the end, there were just too many hooks, and now the Dodgers face an 0-1 ladder. Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season The move would put Buehler in position to pitch a Game 7, but that’s a speck on the horizon right now.The one NLCS roster decision took a beating in Game 1, and that’s the one that provided the game-deciding run.The Dodgers replaced Scott Alexander with Julio Urias, who has pitched 11-2/3 innings on all levels and only three in the majors. Alexander was in the ’pen all season for the Dodgers and threw 15 double-play grounders.Urias was summoned to pitch the seventh inning, when the Dodgers already trailed 5-1. Aguilar quickly made it 6-1 with his second home run of the playoffs.Afterward, Grandal sat in front of a laptop and analyzed the balls that bounced away.“It was a byproduct of being flat-footed,” he said. “That’s really all it was. When you’re on your heels you can’t move, you can’t do anything. I can’t feel it. I was trying to figure out why. But it’s a pretty quick fix. I take it upon myself to be the best I can be behind the plate. Looking forward to tomorrow.”He soon left the clubhouse, knowing, just like the rest of them, how baseball is. You win together but you get blamed separately. How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco center_img Grandal wasn’t an innocent bystander, but he was only one fuel rod in this core meltdown. And his inexplicable problems only gave the Brewers one run. The Dodgers kept at it and only lost 6-5, with the go-ahead run at the plate in the ninth.In fact, the Dodgers took solace in the fact that they pushed through late runs against what had been a pristine Milwaukee bullpen, and they made Josh Hader, the MLB record-holder in strikeouts for a reliever, go three innings, which means he won’t work Saturday.“We played an entire baseball ballgame,” Manager Dave Roberts said. “But we didn’t play clean when Clayton was in the game. We didn’t do him any favors.”Grandal’s first brush with folly drew no blood. He whiffed in his attempt to catch a pitch by Kershaw and moved Lorenzo Cain to second on the passed ball, but Kershaw survived that first inning, which featured a curveball strikeout of Christian Yelich after the probable National League MVP took Kershaw through a 10-pitch at-bat.In the third, Brewers reliever Brandon Woodruff hammered a game-tying home run off Kershaw, the first time a left-hand-hitting pitcher had taken a lefty pitcher deep in postseason history. Once the shock and the euphoria wore off, the Dodgers began to disintegrate. A passed ball by Grandal moved Cain and Yelich to second and third. With one out, Jesus Aguilar pounded a liner that first baseman David Freese leaped for and caught.That should have been the second out because Ryan Braun had fouled out just before.But home umpire Scott Barry was already holding his hands up and rubbing one palm against the other, signifying that Grandal had interfered with the swing.“I didn’t feel it,” Grandal said. “But I asked John Pratt (video coordinator) and he said it hit me. It’s a weird play. A slider comes backdoor and he (Aguilar) is trying to get as much length to his swing as possible. When it moves into the strike zone, sometimes you’re going to get hit.”Instead, with one out, Hernan Perez sent a scoring fly ball to center field, bringing home Cain. To boot, Grandal muffed the throw-in by Cody Bellinger.The Dodgers somehow escaped that inning down only 2-1, but Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell had already unlocked his arsenal of relief pitchers.Woodruff, who succeeded Gio Gonzalez in the third, retired six consecutive Dodgers and struck out four.Hader faced 11 Dodgers, gave up two base hits and also struck out four.Meanwhile, Kershaw followed the longest start of his postseason career with his shortest. After Woodruff’s blast, Kershaw retired three of the next nine Brewers and was replaced by Ryan Madson when the Brewers’ 7-8-9 hitters picked up a walk and two singles, accompanied by Chris Taylor’s error in left field.The Dodgers bunched three runs against three Milwaukee relievers in the eighth, but closer Jeremy Jeffress shook off the RBI base hits by Manny Machado and Matt Kemp and struck out Yasiel Puig with two out.Then Chris Taylor’s two-out triple cut it to 6-5 in the top of the ninth, and Corey Knebel had to strike out Justin Turner with Taylor on third to avoid a meltdown of Milwaukee’s own.Game 2 will be a referendum on the Dodgers’ decision-makers.The brain trust chose Hyun-Jin Ryu over Walker Buehler to pitch on Saturday, even though Ryu has a 1.15 ERA at Dodger Stadium this season and a 3.58 elsewhere. He also has a 0.896 WHIP at home and a 1.229 WHIP on the road. You get the idea.Related Articles Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Portmore edged, UWI regain RSPL lead

first_imgPortmore United’s stay at the top of the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) was even more short-lived than that of previous leaders Humble Lion, who spent one week at the top. The St Catherine team’s lead lasted just four days after they went down 1-0 to Maverley-Hughenden in their opening game of the second round at the Prison Oval yesterday, with the University of West Indies (UWI) regaining control of the standings after coming out on the better end of a goal fest against Boys’ Town. The result saw the Lenworth Hyde-coached team slumping to fourth in the standings with 21 points, with UWI’s (23) 3-2 win over the Red Brigade at Barbican Complex ensuring another change at the top. At the Prison Oval, Nicholos Scott netted the game’s only goal five minutes after the interval to give promoted Maverley-Hughenden their second win of the campaign, and coach Lijyasu Simms, who has seen his team draw seven of 12 games, said the win was a result of proper planning after analysing their first-round performance. BEAR FRUIT Results Boys’ Town 2 UWI 3 Montego Bay 2 Arnett Gardens 0 Jamalco 1 Harbour View 2 Reno 1 Tivoli Gardens 2 Waterhouse 1 Humble Lion 1 Portmore 0 Maverley-Hughenden 1 “We sat down and looked where we went wrong in the first round and put things in place for the second round and it bore fruit today and we want it to bear fruit as we go along because the aim is to move from strength to strength,” he said. Portmore dominated the first half hour of play, but never created any real chances, while Maverley-Hughenden came to life in the last 15 minutes and came close to scoring from set pieces twice following faulty ball handling from goalkeeper Shaven-Sean Paul. But it was Portmore who came closest when Kareem Manning crashed a free kick against the post in the 36th minute, and in the 42nd, Suelae McCalla lifted Cleon Pryce’s cross over the bar from four yards. However, five minutes after the break, Maverley-Hughenden surprised the hosts when Scott was the only one to react to a wayward shot, which he redirected in the back of the net from the back post. Malique Foster should have equalised, but placed his effort straight at goalkeeper Damian Campbell. In the final minutes, Portmore thought they had an equaliser when Shawayne Nelson latched on to a loose ball on top of the box, but his goal-bound rocket cannoned off the post and out. “We were flat compared to the second half, but we created some chances, but we lost our focus and we weren’t on top of our game and it cost us today,” Portmore’s assistant coach Linval Dixon said. “It is not the best way to start the second round, but we have time to correct some mistakes we made today and we will get it right, but today wasn’t the case and we paid dearly,” added.last_img read more

Russia’s First ‘Active House’ Gets a Test Drive

first_imgEnergy efficiency and other green building concepts are not brand new in Russia. The Passive House Institute Russia, the Russian Sustainable Building Council, and building science researchers all do business there. But energy conservation in general and energy efficient homes in particular have not gained serious traction.Zagorodny Proekt, a major developer in the Moscow area, apparently decided that it could help highlight the advantages of green homes and, in the process, boost its own profile through a tried and true marketing device: the showcase home. The impetus for the project, though, actually came from Velux Group, a Danish-based specialist in window and solar power systems that has been promoting a green-home concept called Active House. Since 2008, a total of seven “experimental” Active House projects have taken root in Western Europe, the UK, and now Russia.According to the Active House plan, most of these buildings were to be open to visitors for 12 months and monitored for performance. The plan also calls for them to be sold for below market value. The recently completed Active House in Russia – or Activny Dom, as Velux calls it – will be open to visitors for a total of six months before it is occupied by a “test family” for 12 months. Monitoring will continue throughout.Above and beyond usual standardsMost of the Active House projects, including the one in Russia, incorporate Passivhaus concepts of insulation, airtightness, and optimal solar exposure, even if they aren’t aiming for Passivhaus certification. To bring its performance close to net zero energy, the showcase house also is equipped with a photovoltaic system, solar hot water (with Velux solar collectors), a geothermal heat pump, and a WindowMaster automated system that opens and closes Velux windows, and controls blinds and exterior awnings for shading, to regulate the interior climate.At 2,470 sq. ft., the house cost about $1 million to build – well beyond what most people in the region can afford – and its renewable-energy systems, including the PV panels, are relative rarities in Russia. Zagorodny Proekt understands that the price is high and that the systems might seem exotic, but sees the project as both a research tool and a way to appeal to wealthy Russians who have traveled to Europe, where energy costs are far higher than in Russia and energy efficient homes are relatively common.— because even Russia is eventually going to have to reckon with rising energy costs.last_img read more

Add Background Lighting To Achieve Three-Dimensional Space

first_imgLighting the background of your shot can add depth to a scene and up the production value of your project. Here’s everything you need to know about the technique.Top image via StillmotionThe primary focus of lighting is to expose your talent in a manner that correctly accentuates the tone of the story, as well as maintaining the practical principles of a composition — exposure, shadow detail, highlight detail and so forth. A secondary, and often overlooked area, is background lighting.Background lighting is the act of illuminating the area behind the actors, which is often out of focus and perhaps even obstructed by the talent themselves. The first question: Why even bother to light the background if it’s going to be out of focus and possibly only partially viewable? The principal reason is that background lighting helps creates three-dimensional space within a two-dimensional plane.Ok. What do I mean by that?In real life, everything has a dimension — height, width, depth. We can answer questions relating to visual properties from having this information. How tall is that building. How far is that man? The core principle of any screen is that it is two-dimensional.  Cinema screens, television sets, mobile phones, and computer screens are flat surfaces. The visual information from those screens cannot be measured, especially, and most importantly, the depth.Naturally, an audience member should be able to watch the film or TV and accept that what is being shown is an actual representation of the three-dimensional characteristics of those objects. It is a filmmaker’s duty to portray this correctly. On the flipside of that, a filmmaker can also use it to his or her advantage by manipulating what the audience perceives as an actual three-dimensional representation.A primary example would be forced perspective, a technique that was used in The Lord of the Rings to make Ian McKellen’s Gandolf seemingly tower over his Hobbit friends.The term to describe the on-screen depth is called deep space. Sometimes it’s referred to as deep staging. This is the illusion of a three-dimensional space on a two-dimensional surface. This is achieved using a number of depth cues:PerspectiveSize DifferenceObject MovementCamera MovementCamera FocusTonal SeparationColor SeparationThe key features we will look at are tonal separation and color separation, because this is chiefly achieved with lighting. Background lighting serves to add interest, not attention; as soon as the background feature becomes more important than your talent, you’ve failed.Background lighting can also act as a function to separate your actor from the darkness of a dark set. In this shot below, I was attempting to mimic the cinematography found in NBC’s gone-too-soon Hannibal.Right image via NBCMy shot is on the left. As you can see, I had not correctly set the lighting up to fully separate the actress from the dark environment. As a result, the actress merges into the darkness of the set. (Although, ironically, that helped with the story symbolism.) However, technically I had not correctly lit the background.Before we continue, it’s important to distinguish the difference between backlighting and background lighting. From PremiumBeat’s Lighting 101 — A Quick Guide for Lighting Film:A backlight hits an actor or object from behind and is usually placed higher than the object it is lighting. A backlight is often used to separate an object or an actor from a dark background, and to give the subject more shape and depth. Backlighting can help bring your subject out and away from looking two dimensional.Image via NBCThat lamp in the above shot helps to break Hannibal away from the background.Four Techniques for Great Background LightingThere are a few ways to go about lighting your scene’s background. Here are four that work every time.1. Color (Temperature) SeparationImage via Fox SearchlightIf you don’t have a full lighting kit at hand, this could be your cheapest and easiest method to break your actors away from flat space and further your production value. If your actor is being exposed with tungsten lighting, you can use sunlight or converted tungsten light to illuminate the background. Of course, it can also be the other way around. Take the shot above from Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life.Brad Pitt’s character is being exposed by a household lamp, which the camera has been calibrated for, and the background has been lit with natural sunlight. It separates the talent from the background and forms natural depth to the scene. Using complementary colors will always add a nice aesthetic to the scene.2. Practical LightingImage via Focus FeaturesI have to apologize for the following tip. If you haven’t noticed this already, it’s going to ruin a lot of films (like A Serious Man, seen above) and TV shows for you. Household lamps are perfect for adding pools of light across the background of your set. It can bring your actors away from their environment and stop the composition from becoming flat. Here’s the part which you might hate me for: Almost all practical lights used in the background serve no actual purpose to the scene or characters. In fact, in most circumstances, there’s enough light for there not to be a lamp on. However, in practicality, they do a good job of adding texture (and interest) to the background.3. Sunlight SlashImage via StillmotionIn the book Set Lighting Technician’s Handbook – Film Lighting Equipment, Practice, and Electrical Distribution, author Harry C. Box says:Light tends to build up on backgrounds and can start to flatten everything out. The gaffer looks for ways to break up the background or create variation, gradation, or particular highlights. If a scene takes place in a set with lots of windows, it is natural to scrape a slash of sunlight across the far wall, and across the furnishings. Large Fresnels or PARs are commonly placed outside of windows for this purpose.A single streak of light is one of the most efficient ways to break up the foreground from the background. Filmmaking company Stillmotion used this technique in a book trailer for author Stephanie Henry.Fortunately for us, they also made a blog to accompany the video, and they provide stills of the light streak and how it was created. It’s worth reading the entire blog, as Patrick Moreau breaks down a lot of lighting tips. As you can imagine, the scene below would fall pretty flat without that streak going across the background.Image via StillmotionA sun streak can be achieved by using a set of flags, and it’s widely recommended to use a Fresnel lamp because of their small surface area (that will create a harder light, great for shadows). If you’re not in possession of flags, look around at your location and see what on-set obstacles you can find to cut the light. I once achieved this effect by placing the Fresnel behind a door that was ajar.4. ShadowsImage via Lionsgate FilmsAlternatively, instead of just a solid streak of light, you can employ the use of shadows to your composition. A favorite and classic of cinema in itself are the use of blinds or window frames. With many Fresnels, you can place a gobo to project a pattern onto the wall. If you don’t have a gobo, you can use actual objects like plants or trees. It’s hard because we don’t have the before shot, but I can tell you that the still above (from Akeelah and the Bee) wouldn’t be the same without the background light and shadow.Bonus Consideration: Flat Space Image via Fox SearchlightIt’s worth mentioning that sometimes flat space is exactly what you want to achieve. Flat space emphasizes the two-dimensional aspect and can work toward your goal of highlighting a particular symbolic meaning.Take the still above from Garden State. Zach Braff’s character is very much having an identity crisis in the film and doesn’t know where he belongs in the world. The flat cinematography (along with the matching shirt) puts him in a position of almost being invisible. This would not have had the same symbolic meaning if any of the depth cues — perspective, size difference, object movement, camera movement, camera focus, tonal separation or color separation — were present.These are four simple techniques that you can employ to give extra-dimensional depth to your shots. Do you have any personal favorites? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

Indian men go down fighting 1-2 against Pakistan in Asiad hockey

first_imgPakistan hockey players celebrate after scoring a goal against IndiaThe Indian men’s hockey team went down fighting 1-2 to arch-rivals and defending champions Pakistan in a keenly contested Pool B match of the 17th Asian Games at the Seonhak Hockey Stadium here Thursday.With the loss, India’s two-match winning streak came to an end. India are currently placed second in the group behind Pakistan.After a barren first two quarters, Pakistan took the lead in the eighth minute of the third quarter when Muhammad Umar Bhutta scored from a rebound. Nikkin Thimmaiah drew level for India in the 53rd minute by tapping home Kothajit Singh’s cross from the left flank. Pakistan restored their lead a minute later through Muhammad Waqas and held on to win their third consecutive group match.The high-voltage clash saw a neck-and-neck fight till the last minute. Playing as per expectations, both the teams displayed enormous amounts of strength and skills. India challenged their arch-rivals in all quarters but went down fighting.Both India and Pakistan showcased extreme attack and powerful defence, restricted each other from opening the goal account in the first two quarters of the game. It were Pakistan who managed the first breakthrough in the 38th minute when Bhutta sneaked in a field goal from a goalmouth melee and opened the account for the Greenshirts.Going into the fourth quarter, India went full throttle on the opponents D and drew the game in the 53rd minute when Thimmaiah sliced in a field goal that left Pakistan stunned.advertisementHowever, in the next minute, Waqas scored the second goal for Pakistan. India intensely fought back for the rest of the match to try and level the score but were unsuccessful in their efforts, and eventually lost the match by 1-2.India will be playing their last pool match against China, Saturday.last_img read more

Sheoran, Yashaswini win top prizes at shooting meet

first_imgNoida, Nov 15 (PTI) Promising India shooter Akhil Sheoran and junior world champion Yashaswini Singh Deswal were among the winners of the 3rd All India Digvijay Singh Memorial Air Rifle and Air Pistol Championship here.The event was hosted by Billabong High International School in association with UP State Rifle Association and the National Rifle Association of India from November 11 to 14.The championship had more than 300 entries from all over the country.The tournament was open to ISSF shooters and the qualifiers of 61st NSCC.Gold medallists of the championship were awarded cash prizes of Rs 50,000, the silver medallists were awarded Rs 30,000 and Rs 20,000 to the bronze winner.The championship was inaugurated by Olympic medallist Gagan Narang.Speaking on the occasion, Narang, who recently returned after winning a silver at the Commonwealth Shooting Championships in Brisbane, said, “It is really exciting to see shooting spreading its wings in this country and schools slowly but surely embracing the sport.”It is from schools that Olympic champions of tomorrow will emerge. I commend Billabong High in taking this initiative to host the 3rd All India Digvijay Singh Memorial Air Rifle/Air Pistol Championship and I am very happy to be here and see students excited to know about the sport.” PTI AH AHlast_img read more

BP to Offload MR2 Tanker Trio

first_imgzoom UK-based oil major BP has been linked to the sale of three Medium Range 2 (MR2) tanker veterans, data from VesselsValue shows.The three tankers, built in 2005 by Hyundai Mipo Dockyard, are British Courtesy, British Serenity and British Tranquility.The British-flagged ships form part of BP’s Virtue class comprising five ships. The vessels are operated by BP Shipping Limited and classed by Lloyds Register.The identity of the buyer has not been disclosed.The vessels, the sale of which is put on due diligence, is expected to bring BP a total of USD 36.6 million, according to VesselsValue.BP has 31 vessels in its live fleet, including 15 tankers, three LPG and two LNG carriers, with six more being under construction.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Mathews leads Sri Lanka to series sweep against Bdesh

first_imgColombo: Angelo Mathews scored 87 runs Wednesday to inspire Sri Lanka to its first one-day international series sweep in more than three years, defeating Bangladesh by 122 runs in the third and final match. Sri Lanka’s last sweep was a 2-0 series win at in Ireland in June 2016. Choosing to bat after winning the toss, Sri Lanka made 294 for eight in 50 overs, riding on the innings of Mathews. He was well backed by Kusal Mendis who made 54. Captain Dimuth Karunaratne (46) and Kusal Perera (42) also made useful contributions. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhFast-medium bowler Soumya Sarkar took three for 56 while Shafiul Islam had three for 68 for Bangladesh. Sarkar also shone with the bat, top scoring with 69 runs, but a dismal show from the other batsmen resulted in Bangladesh being dismissed for 172 runs with 14 overs to spare. Dimuth Karunaratne and Avishka Fernando opened batting for Sri Lanka but their stand did not last long when Fernando, who top scored with 82 runs in the second match, was out for six runs, trapped lbw by seamer Shafiul Islam. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterKarunaratne and No. 3 batsman Kusal Perera shared 83 runs for the second wicket in 95 balls before Karunaratne (46) was caught by wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim trying to scoop left-arm spinet Tailjul Islam. Perera departed soon caught behind by Rahim off pace bowler Rubel Hossain, leaving Sri Lanka 98 for three. Mathews joined Mendis and the pair steadied the Sri Lankan innings sharing 101 runs for the fourth wicket off 121 balls. Mendis mistimed a slow ball from Sarkar and was caught near the boundary by Sabbir Rahman for 54 runs. That was his 16th one-day international half-century. Mathews made 87 runs in 90 balls including eight boundaries and a six. He made good dropped chances on 32 and 63 to reach his second successive half-century score in the series and the 40th of his career. Sri Lanka scored 106 runs in the last 10 overs with Dasun Shanaka scoring 30 off 14 deliveries including two sixes and two boundaries. Bangladesh started its chase poorly, losing captain Tamim Iqbal with just four runs on the board in the second over. Tamim, who had scored zero and 19 in the previous two matches of the series, departed for two runs caught behind by Perera off fast bowler Kasun Rajitha. Anamul Haq and Sarkar added 25 runs for the second wicket before Anamul, who hit two consecutive fours against Rajitha, skied a third for a catch to Fernando. In-form Mushfiqur Rahim, who made two half-centuries in the series including an unbeaten 98 in the second match, was out for 10 caught at slip by Mendis off seamer Shanaka. With wickets falling regularly, Bangladesh was never in the game thereafter. Shanaka took three for 27 while Lahiru Kumara and Rajitha took two wickets apiece. The match was dedicated to Sri Lankan fast bowler Nuwan Kulasekara, who has announced his retirement from international cricket.last_img read more