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South Africa 1-0 up, Shamsi, Rabada four-fours take

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South Africa196 for 5 (Duminy 53 *, de Kock 47, du Plessis 47, Dananjaya 3-50) beat Sri Lanka193 (Kusal Perera 81, Thisara Perera 49, Shamsi 4-33, Rabada 4-41) by 5 arches

South Africa began their 2019 Globe Mug prep work and also post-AB de Villiers duration with a tight win within the opening ODI against Sri Lanka. The suit was all nevertheless acquired within the very first 9 overs when Sri Lanka has actually been reduced to 36 for 5, their second-lowest ranking at 5 down in-house suits. They recuperated because of a 92- run sixth-wicket separate Thisara Perera and also Kusal Perera, nevertheless could not claw their technique over 200 and also could be livid with their technique against an unskilled South African attack.

Negligence exterior the off stump and also bad shot option represented mostly all of Sri Lanka’s terminations on a flooring with only a touch of added bounce. Kagiso Rabada and also Lungi Ngidi took advantage of the additional valuable situations and also each verified excellent self-control, nevertheless South Africa’s very first and also 2nd modification seamers, Wiaan Mulder and also Andile Phehluwayo, have actually been weird. Tabraiz Shamsi, that ran as the only professional rewriter, verified his cost as a one-day bowler, nevertheless Sri Lanka should certainly, however, have actually published a means harder total.

Niroshan Dickwella carried out the main regrettable shot when he broke a leg-side complete throw to midwicket in Rabada’s very first over. Kusal Mendis got a higher supply that aligned down the fourth-stump network, nevertheless hung his bat bent on to provide a side. As a replacement of these very early terminations motivating Upul Tharanga to swing into action, they only boosted his necessity for runs. Tharanga established off for a solitary after pressing around from Ngidi to JP Duminy at mid-off. Duminy had one stump to the objective at and also ran Tharanga out on the non-striker’s completed with a straight hit.

Angelo Mathews, participating in his 100th ODI as captain, showed up the individual to normal problems and also struck a visual drive down the lower earlier compared to tossing his bat at a Ngidi supply to existing Hashim Amla a catch initially slip. 9 spheres, later on, Shehan Jayasuriya aggressed a Rabada supply and also was captured behind.

With around and also an over left within the PowerPlay, fifty per cent of Sri Lanka’s line-up had actually been flashed and also South Africa had actually not also gone on from their new-ball bowlers. It could have been also worse when Thisara Perera was offered captured at slip off the last sphere of Rabada’s over nevertheless for replays presenting that the sphere had actually jumped earlier compared to getting to the fielder.

Thisara profited his good luck and also the 2 Pereras took the battle once again to South Africa. Within the 4 overs in between the idea of Ngidi and also Rabada’s spells, and also the start of Mulder and also Phehlukwayo’s, Sri Lanka above increased their ranking, dashing from 36 to82 Thisara presented the team hundred up within the 16th over, with the 2nd fifty taking just 31 spheres, when Shamsi was presented on within the 18th over, it showed up the march would only continue.

2 looseners in Shamsi’s very first 3 spheres took Thisara to inside a run of a half-century, earlier compared to Shamsi attracted Thisara in advance with an insane supply that took the sting, finishing his go on49 JP Duminy was presented on from the contrary coating, and also virtually got rid of the contrary risk guy. 3 spheres after Kusal Perera got to fifty, he aimed to cut Duminy nevertheless bordered, and also the opportunity dropped just looking for Amla at the fast 3rd guy. Kusal Perera got his individual once again when he brushed up Duminy for 6 over midwicket, nevertheless, he desired buddies to properly issue South Africa.

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Akila Dananjaya was bowled as he retreated from a Shamsi supply that he intended to cut, leaving Kusal Perera with the tail. He slog-swept Shamsi for 4 after that ground him over mid-on for 4 additional to go into the 80 s. He was after that stopped by Phehlukwayo at mid-on after which aimed to reverse-sweep Shamsi nevertheless was captured by David Miller at a degree. Rabada took his 4th when Suranga Lakmal gloved a short-ball to de Kock, and also Shamsi had Lahiru Kumara stymied to end up Sri Lanka’s innings15 3 overs earlier compared to the idea of their allocation.

Sri Lanka’s only hope of safeguarding the entire was to obtain very early arches and also Akila took 2 of them earlier compared to the lunch break. With the 3rd sphere of his 3rd over, a googly, Akila bowled Hashim Amla, that was attempting additional well-versed that he had with the Checks. With the succeeding supply, another googly, Akila defeated Aiden Markram’s inside-edge as he aimed to function the sphere to the leg-side and also caught the all-new No. Three lbw.

Quinton de Kock uncovered kind and also partnered du Plessis in a third-wicket stand of 86 and also both showed up tight enough to take South Africa house. Whereas du Plessis built on the tiny amounts of self-confidence he acquired within the Checks, de Kock verified additional of the aggression he made he recognize on, and also less of the resistance that has actually hung rounded him in a previous couple of months, nevertheless it worth him. When Akila returned for his 2nd spell, de Kock danced down the display to try to whip him over mid-wicket nevertheless top-edged and also Suranga Lakmal took the catch at the additional cowl, directly preventing a crash with Kusal Perera.

De Kock dropped 3 runs in the requirement of fifty, as did du Plessis when he aimed to paddle move Lakshan Sandakan nevertheless nicked off. With triumph however 65 escapes and also a facility order identified for breaking down, there could have been some South African nerves. Nevertheless, Duminy removed them, participating in with authority and also sweeping his technique to an unbeaten 53 off 32 spheres as South Africa achieved the chase in 31 overs.

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U.S. Rep. Pete Stauber, R-Minn, launched his reelection campaign Monday.

In a video posted to YouTube titled “Enough is Enough,” the congressman from Hermantown attacked Democrats for a litany of issues, including their response to the pandemic, border security and economic policies. He vowed to maintain gun rights and oppose abortion rights, among other issues.

“Together, let’s return our country to what made her great. Together, let’s rise up and stand strong,” Stauber said. “Our country depends on it, our future depends on it and our children depend on it.”

The former Duluth police officer and St. Louis County commissioner was first elected to represent the 8th Congressional District in 2018, flipping it from Democratic to Republican control. He was reelected in 2020 by a 19-point margin.

Stauber filed his statement of candidacy for 2022 in July. He has raised $1 million for the 2022 campaign with almost $740,000 cash on hand, the Federal Election Commission reported in the most recent figures available.

So far, only one challenger has entered the race against Stauber.

In November, Theresa Lastovich, of Chisholm, filed her statement of candidacy. She officially kicked off her campaign earlier this month.

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Sick St. Paul students still face 10-day isolation as CDC calls for 5

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US officials recommend shorter COVID isolation, quarantine

In a break with new federal guidelines, St. Paul Public Schools will continue to require coronavirus-infected students to isolate at home for 10 days after a positive test or first sign of illness.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Dec. 27 shortened its recommended isolation time from 10 days to five. After that, the recovering person can leave isolation, as long as they’re not experiencing symptoms and agree to wear a well-fitting face mask for five days.

Since their release, the guidelines have been adopted by at least a dozen of Minnesota’s largest school districts — but not St. Paul.

“SPPS is taking a more conservative approach to isolation periods for students than the CDC recommendation because of the need for students to be unmasked during meals and other implementation challenges at school,” the district said in a message to families Friday.

Spokesman Kevin Burns did not respond Monday to a request for more information about “implementation challenges.”

10 DAY ISOLATION

The St. Paul Federation of Educators had encouraged the district to stick with 10-day isolation for students and staff – or to require two negative rapid diagnostic tests for those returning sooner.

Although the St. Paul district kept the 10-day rule for students, staff now are to return after five days. That should help with staff shortages that have caused several metro school districts to move temporarily to distance learning.

St. Paul teachers union President Leah VanDassor did not return a phone message Monday.

The Elk River school district was among those adopting the new five-day isolation protocol for students and staff.

“We know this news will bring relief to many of our families as it reduces the amount of instruction time our students will miss,” the district said in a message to families. “However, we must continue to move forward with caution and to refrain from sending students to school while sick (even if they have passed the five-day quarantine period).”

COMPETING GOALS

The CDC said in its announcement that the change to shorter isolations was “motivated by science demonstrating that the majority of SARS-CoV-2 transmission occurs early in the course of illness, generally in the 1-2 days prior to onset of symptoms and the 2-3 days after.”

The agency also acknowledged that taking sick people out of society for 10 days is hard on individuals and society, especially at a time when the highly contagious omicron variant is taking over.

“These updated recommendations also facilitate individual social and well-being needs, return to work, and maintenance of critical infrastructure,” the CDC said on its website.

The change alarmed some health experts, who said it seemed driven less by science than practicality.

Anthony Fauci, chief medical adviser to President Joe Biden, told ABC News on Jan. 2 that the CDC was considering adding the requirement that recovering people test negative before they leave isolation. But the CDC update ultimately did not include that requirement.

Besides the shorter isolation period for infected people, the CDC also shortened its recommended quarantine to five days – from 10 – for unvaccinated or partially vaccinated people who come into close contact with an infected person.

DISTRICTS MOVE TO 5 DAYS

Since the CDC’s announcement, many large Minnesota school districts have adopted the five-day isolation for sick students and staff. They include Anoka-Hennepin, Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan, Osseo, Elk River, Robbinsdale, Wayzata, Mounds View, Lakeville, Bloomington, St. Cloud and Eastern Carver County.

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Forget the play-in, Timberwolves have wide open path to top-six seed

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A play-in tournament appearance seemed like a reasonable goal for the Timberwolves at the season’s outset.

The Western Conference is often deep and talented, with eight-plus good teams in any given season. But finishing among the top 10 given the team’s talent level was a fair expectation. If the Wolves could make the jump to win approximately half their games, that would equal a successful season they could build off of moving forward.

But as seasons progress, so too do circumstances. The Timberwolves are about where many pegged them to be at this point, just a breath below .500 and competitive on a nightly basis. But so much of the Western Conference has folded around them.

Minnesota’s 21-22 mark would’ve placed it 12th in the Eastern Conference as of Monday afternoon, yet it stood in seventh place in the West. Suddenly, a top-six seed that would allow the Wolves to bypass the play-in tournament and move directly into the playoffs looks not only feasible, but likely?

Currently in sixth is a Denver team that’s missing two of its top three players. The Nuggets still have reigning MVP Nikola Jokic, but Jamal Murray and Michael Porter Jr. are likely out until at least April.

Minnesota entered Monday tied with a Lakers team that could be without Anthony Davis for two more weeks.

The Clippers have fallen to ninth in the conference without Paul George, whose elbow injury situation appears rather ominous with a still to-be-determined return date. That’s not to mention Kawhi Leonard, who still has yet to play this season after having surgery in July to repair his torn ACL.

The middle of the Western Conference pack is bruised and battered, with the exception of Minnesota. The Timberwolves, to this point, have avoided major injuries. Sure, Patrick Beverley and D’Angelo Russell missed a few games here and there with bumps, bruises and soreness, and Minnesota, like many teams, endured its own COVID crisis.

But sans reserve guard Jordan McLaughlin, who is currently in health and safety protocols, the Timberwolves are otherwise at full strength, with all traditional rotation players available. All hands are on deck. After the healthy Wolves routed short-handed Golden State on Sunday, Timberwolves coach Chris Finch noted now is the time for Minnesota to make a charge.

“This is the time for us to start putting it together and start stacking some really good performances on top of each other and avoid the slip ups that we’ve had,” Finch said. “Through the last couple weeks, we’ve talked about getting everyone back healthy and what that could look like, and now it’s time to go, make a push between here and the all-star break. It’s always a tough time in the season, but we’ve got a lot more games piling up, most of them on the road, so we have to be ready to go.”

The runway has cleared for Minnesota to make an expedited push up the Western Conference ladder, now it’s up to the Wolves to prove they’re serious about doing so. The next two road games in consecutive days against middling Eastern Conference opponents in New York and Atlanta provide the perfect opportunity for the Wolves to establish themselves as playoff-worthy.

“We don’t just want be in the play-in game, we want to be set in the playoffs,” Malik Beasley said. “We’re trying to figure out how to get a nice little win streak to get us above the hump and take us to where we need to go.”

Jaylen Nowell was asked about Minnesota’s potential after Sunday’s win. He wasn’t sure how to answer the question. For years, potential has been the word used to describe this roster — which, yes, does still feature a number of “young” players.

Potential is usually a word used to discuss those who have yet to achieve.

Now is the time to ditch the inconsistencies that have plagued Minnesota all season and left it swimming just under the .500 mark for much of the season. There are no excuses present at the moment to do anything other than win.

“Potential — I’ve always heard that the longer you do something, you actually want to hear that word less, and you actually want to start doing,” Nowell said. “I mean, we’re gonna get to that point where we’re doing this consistently. Once that happens, it’s gonna be great.”

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