Repair & Preservation of hand-made rugs

Restoration of Oriental, Persian, Turkish and Irish handmade rugs and carpets. Dedicated care for kilims, tapestries and embroideries. Liz Mansergh has over 22 years of professional experience working with antique carpets and tapestries, so you can rely on expert consultancy services and restoration.

Before: Antique rug in need of repair After: Restored, with no noticeable mend

Past clients include: Peter Linden Ltd, Blackrock; The Office of Public Works, Farmleigh; The Hon. Desmond and Mrs Penny Guinness, Leixlip Castle; Knight of Glin, Glin Castle; Mr Michael & Mrs Sarah Ramsden, Saskia Antiques & Sopwell Hall; Mr Alphonsus O’Meara, Dalkey.

Antique rugs, even old rugs, are becoming increasingly rare and so, if their condition is good, are ever more valuable. Heirlooms definitely should be looked after, but holiday souvenir rugs, too, can be rescued if accidents happen. And if the disaster is bad enough – a lovely rug can still be reincarnated as beautiful cushions.

Mar 08

Kings use video-game graphics to perfectly illustrate loss to Spurs

The Kings hung with the Spurs as long as they could Sunday.

But, just when the Kings thought they had the Spurs on the ropes, the seasoned San Antonio team rallied for a 113-98 victory at AT&T Center.

The Kings held a 50-49 halftime lead, but the Spurs outscored the Kings 30-19 in the third quarter. Despite short runs, the Spurs staved off every attempt at a Kings comeback.

Myers is no stranger to the view from the pasture. After starting his professional career as a catcher, he moved to right field in the Double-A Texas League in 2011 and won the American League Rookie of the Year award while starting 68 games in right for the Tampa Bay Rays in 2013. The Padres tried him in center field in 2015, and the experiment was widely regarded as a failure after he logged a minus-7 defensive runs saved.

Irving did it all on his own taking over for the Celtics and dazzling with both his shooting and ball handling. This game means very little in the grand scheme of things, but to see both players performing at such a high level was a treat for fans.

Curry rightfully downplayed the matchup after the game, but it’s hard to overlook his fantastic showing with 49 points, five assists and four rebounds and an 8-for-13 mark from beyond the arc.

“We bring the best out of each other and he’s always battling,” Curry told ESPN. “He’s an amazingly talented player who can do some crazy things on the floor whether I play good defense or not.”

Irving scored 37 points on 13-of-18 shooting. Golden State and Curry may have come away with the win, but games like this can only make people hope to see more of this matchup in the postseason.

Russell Westbrook posted his 15th triple-double of the year with 31 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds, but Carmelo Anthony was the star of the night eclipsing the 25,000 career points mark. Anthony scored 21 points and added five rebounds in a 121-108 win over the Pistons.lions_079

Mar 07

Ervin Santana heads to New York to have injured finger examined

Minnesota Twins right-hander Ervin Santana left spring training for New York to have his injured middle finger examined.

Santana, out until mid-to-late April following surgery on the finger, could have a cast removed.

“Hopefully he comes back lighter … with the cast off,” Twins manager Paul Molitor said before Monday’s exhibition against Philadelphia.

Don’t worry. We will have you covered with rankings, draft strategies and more, courtesy of our experts, in the ESPN Fantasy Baseball Draft Kit.

If you don’t plan to take part in a live draft, that’s OK. Our system will automatically draft for you.

Still, you have the option of guiding how our system will draft your team. Go to your “Team” page and click “Edit Autopick Strategy.” There, you can decide which player positions you’d like to pick in which spots in the draft and how many players at each position you want to draft overall.

The Blue Jays open the 2018 season on March 29 when they will host the New York Yankees. Either Aledmys Diaz or Yangervis Solarte will likely replace Tulowitzki in the starting lineup.

Tulowitzki, 33, was hitting .249 with seven home runs and 26 RBIs at the time of his injury last season. He is a career .290 hitter with 224 home runs and 779 RBIs in 12 major league seasons.

ALL OF JOE MADDON’S EXPERIENCES as a coach and manager would be put to the test in Games 6 and 7 of the 2016 World Series against the Cleveland Indians. Little did he know at the time, but his decisions the next two days would have a profound effect on the outcome. And though he would be the man to lead the team known as the “Lovable Losers” to their first championship in 108 years, he would face an offseason of questions and criticisms about those moves.

The questions would all revolve around his pitching decisions, mostly as they concerned closer Aroldis Chapman. Chapman had thrown 42 pitches in Game 5, normally knocking him out of commission for several days, if not for this being the World Series. Chapman did have a day off between Games 5 and 6 and declared himself ready for whatever was to come. Maddon would lean on him again for the final two games, leading to a lot of raised eyebrows.lions_134

Mar 03

The Wizards grabbed the opening tip and raced out to 21-point lead.

Morris hit a 3 that started a 14-0 run before Giannis Antetokounmpo drove the lane with four minutes gone for the Bucks’ first points in seven trips. Beal pushed the lead to 26-5 with a running layup off a pass from Satoranski. Kelly Oubre Jr.’s layup made it 40-20 just before the end of the quarter.

Wizards: The Wizards were 16 for 24 (66.7 percent) from the field in the first quarter. . The Wizards had 52 points in the paint to Milwaukee’s 40.

A choppy first half ended with the Bucks leading 46-45. The game got off to a testy start after officials called five technical fouls in the last 6:14 of the first quarter, including one each on Stephenson and Milwaukee’s Sterling Brown after the players got tangled up under the basket. At one point early in the second quarter, the teams had combined for 15 fouls and 19 field goals.

“Both teams were getting after it from the start. Both teams are playing for the same thing,” McMillan said.

Houston’s 14th consecutive victory was in hand early and the Rockets went on to win 105-92.

Harden scored 17 of his 25 points in the first quarter, but claimed he wasn’t trying to stare down the floored Johnson.

“I was just trying to figure out what he was doing,” Harden said. “I didn’t know.

“I was looking at him and he was looking at me,” Harden said. “I was thinking, `What are you doing?’ I was going to shoot it, but I was waiting to figure out what was going on. I was confused. And then I shot it.”

The Clippers had played the previous night in Denver, while the Rockets had the day off.

The Clippers are also missing guards Patrick Beverley (knee surgery) and rookie Jawun Evans (abdominal strain).
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Feb 28

Protesters block Minneapolis light rail ahead of Super Bowl 52

Protesters have blocked trains on the light rain system in Minneapolis, the site of Super Bowl 52, hours before game time on Sunday night. The protests appear to be centered around issues of racial inequality, with a Minneapolis-based group, Black Visions Collective, taking credit for the demonstration on the train tracks.

Sometimes, the cuts to create cap space is simply meant to reboot a roster. Last year, the Jets started shedding older players who were making good money but had little upside. Offensive tackle Ryan Clady saw his option declined, which was $10 million. They also cut kicker Nick Folk, which saved the team another $3.5 million despite him being one of the more solid kickers since he came into the league in 2007. They ended up releasing even more veterans later that summer, making it clear that they were on board with a rebuild.

The Cardinals could be a candidate for a similar purge. They have a new coach, need a quarterback after Carson Palmer retired, and have just $22.7 million in cap space after an 8-8 season, according to Over the Cap.

“I want to thank Rich for all of his hard work with the Charlotte Hornets organization through the years and wish him and his family the best in the future,” Jordan said in a statement. “Rich worked tirelessly on behalf of our team and instituted a number of management tools that have benefited our organization. We are deeply committed to our fans and to the city of Charlotte to provide a consistent winner on the court. The search will now begin for our next head of basketball operations who will help us achieve that goal.”

“We have to play a certain way to beat these guys because of how good they are and how much talent they have on their team,” Walker said. “So we’re just really locked in against those guys.”

Tjaguars_115-223x223he loss dropped the Wizards (34-25) into a fourth-place tie with Indiana in the Eastern Conference. Washington had won eight of 10, all coming without All-Star John Wall (knee surgery).

“We just didn’t have energy, focus, no fight back, no nothing,” Beal said. “They flat out whooped us.”

Charlotte scored 28 points off Washington’s 14 turnovers.

Feb 27

Super Bowl 2018: Time, live TV schedule, halftime show, prop bets, odds, online streaming, and more

Super Bowl LII is almost here, a matchup between one team everyone knew would be here and one that was presumed dead two months ago. The New England Patriots will vie for a sixth league championship, while the Philadelphia Eagles, sans Carson Wentz but sporting the resurgent Nick Foles, will try to win their first.

“The first half, offensively, was as good as we’ve played all year,” said Orlando coach Frank Vogel.

Head coach Bill Belichick is a special teams savant, and as a man who keys on the details to create the winning edge, trying to get cute with the kickoff is a way to steal yards or even points.

In the event that the Eagles were observant enough to notice where Burkhead was, maybe they recognized that something was afoot.

Either way, because of the play’s result, it looks like a miscalculation by the Patriots. It’s not the reason why they lost the game, but maybe they would have liked the 10 or so extra yards they probably would have gained on a regular kick return compared to the one yard they lost on this lateral.

Six Australians were selected to play this year in Los Angeles, including Kody Stattmann, Alex Ducas, Anyang Garang, Jazmin Shelley and Kobe King-Hawea. The list was higlighted, though, by Josh Green, who is being touted already as Australia’s next star in the making when he becomes NBA draft eligible in 2020.

The 6’6 (198cm) Green, who is currently the 19th-ranked high-schooler in the U.S., took advantage of the opportunity the Basketball Without Borders camp offers to showcase his skills with some of the weekend’s highlight plays. The camp featured 65 boys and girls from 36 countries, and the Sydneysider, who was named on the All Star team, described the experience as “awesome”. He said it was great to be able to compare his game with that of other top recruits from around the world.

“You learn a lot playing with kids from around the world as well,” Green said at Basketball Without Borders. “It was a really great experience. It’s a blessing … this opportunity, I’m really thankful for it. Everyone here was athletic so sometimes you need to find your way around and see what you can really do.”
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Feb 25

Souza is the latest starter to be let go by the rebuilding Rays.

Souza, who had just arrived in Rays camp on Tuesday after attending to a family matter in Seattle, was asked about the departures in recent days of teammates Jake Odorizzi (traded to Twins) and Corey Dickerson (designated for assignment).

They’re both dear friends to me, but this is part of the business, and we all signed up for this, Souza told the Tampa Bay Times before news of his own trade. And I think this is not a shocker to anybody. This is the way the Rays operated for the last couple of years. It’s our job to be professionals, accept what’s happening and go out there and do the best we can. I think we have a good group in here.

Gus Kenworthy and Nick Goepper are the men to watch for the United States in the slopestyle. The country swept the podium in the event four years ago, though it’s without Sochi gold medalist Joss Christensen, who is unable to compete due to ACL surgery. Still, the United States is among the favorites.

In the giant slalom, Ted Ligety is the American to watch. He became the first gold medalist from the United States in the competition four years ago, and he’s a three-time world champion in the event. He’ll try and defend his medal from Sochi, though it’s a tough field overall.

Norway’s Henrik Kristoffersen and Austria’s Marcel Hirscher are two of the bigger international names to watch on Saturday evening.

Below is all you need to know to watch the events, and this article will be updated with results from qualifying, first runs, and finals for both events.

He will, most likely, be playing the same position as Martinez and be the batter to provide some protection for Paul Goldschmidt in the lineup.

We haven’t sat down with him to finalize the exact thoughts, but this is an impact bat, Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said. He’s going to play as much as he possibly can. … We haven’t finalized exactly what’s going to happen, but if you want me to speculate right now, he’s going to play just about every day and play right field.

While the Longhorns boast five Group 1 wins, four losses in their last five games have pushed them closer to the cut line. Still, if a team’s complete body of work is important, earl- season victories over Butler and Alabama and league wins over TCU, Texas Tech and Oklahoma should help keep Texas around. However, Shaka Smart’s Horns could really use some road victories, as they’ve defeated only Iowa State away from home in Big 12 play. And an immediate opportunity comes on Saturday, as Texas can sweep Oklahoma by winning in Norman.bears_009

Feb 22

MLB imposes rule limiting mound visits to 6 per game

We’ll see how it goes. You call a breaking ball, you throw a fastball at 98 [mph] and the catcher is looking for a breaking ball and he gets hit. We’re talking about safety and keeping guys on the field.

Until now, the only restriction on mound visits was that a second visit to the same pitcher during an inning by a manager or coach resulted in an automatic pitching change.

Michigan often just lacked a QB who could get his feet set and deliver a quick, catchable ball to make the most of conflicted defenders:

Patterson’s ability to process defenses before the snap and punish them with quick-hitters in the RPO game figures to translate in some of Michigan’s precision calls. His ability to escape pressure and hit guys on the move when protection breaks down might also come in handy, playing behind an OL that has struggled.

Patterson represents, at worst, another good chance for Michigan to field a signal-caller who can execute the play-action back-breakers that Harbaugh’s run game regularly creates. Going from RPOs to Michigan will be an adjustment, but much of the technique will be similar. If Harbaugh and his staff also can unlock Patterson’s ability to navigate the pocket and check through progressions, we could finally see the big breakthrough.

Price, Martinez’s teammate with the Detroit Tigers in 2014-15, elaborated in an interview with USA Today Sports that was published Tuesday.

I told J.D. he will love the guys here in this clubhouse, but also told him he’ll get booed, Price told the newspaper. He’s a quiet, soft-spoken guy, but he’ll handle it. Besides, everyone gets booed. I heard Big Papi get booed many times in Fenway.

Martinez’s five-year, $110 million contract won’t be finalized until he passes a physical, likely Wednesday or Thursday. Until then, team officials, including manager Alex Cora, have declined to discuss the move or the impact that Martinez could make on an offense that finished with the fewest homers in the American League last season.

But Red Sox players were bullish about the new addition. Center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. described Martinez as a difference-maker, while first baseman Mitch Moreland called him a force. Even Hanley Ramirez, who could end up losing playing time — and perhaps even $22 million — as a result of Martinez’s arrival, expressed his enthusiasm.royals_008

Feb 16

It was a day of sweeps at the NFL Honors ceremony at the University of Minnesota’s Northrop Auditorium.

Tom Brady earned his third NFL MVP Award after leading the league in passing yards with 4,577 and tossing 32 touchdowns to just eight interceptions, but Saturday was just as much about the Rams and the Saints.

The Rams took home both the offensive and defensive players of the year as well as coach of the year with Todd Gurley, Aaron Donald Sean McVay claiming the respective awards. The Saints were awarded the offensive and defensive rookies of the year with Alvin Kamara and Marshon Lattimore.

For all of that, this year’s extensive Super Bowl matchup breakdown can be found here. If you want the bottom line — whether SN’s experts are picking the Eagles or Patriots to win Super Bowl 52, and why — you’re in the right place.

Vinnie Iyer: Super Bowl 52 should not be a defensive struggle. There are too many ways for both teams to move the ball. Foles will get going with better support from his rushing attack, while Brady will keep letting it rip in the air.

Brady is a 13-time Pro Bowler. He ranks third all time in passing touchdowns and fourth in yards. His 97.6 career passer rating is the third best in NFL history. He is a four-time Super Bowl MVP and two-time NFL MVP. Only once in 17 years have the Patriots not won the AFC East title with Brady as their starter for the entire season. Assuming he keeps up that diet after he retires, the Pro Football Hall of Fame might as will go ahead and get his measurements for a gold jacket right now.

Brady in 2015, when he was 38, told reporters that he wanted to play “for a long time, maybe 10 more (years).” You do the math. No human should be able to play football at that age; not in this league.

And Brady, an unapologetic competitor who has said he values mental experience in the NFL as it relates to his physical abilities, must be taken seriously when he says he wants to keep this going. He saw what a career of knowledge did for Peyton Manning as his old rival led the Broncos to a Super Bowl 50 victory; the same type of knowledge Brady used to pull off the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history a year later.
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Feb 13

Jurrell Casey is one of the league’s premier 3-4 defensive ends, but he could lose DaQuan Jones as a linemate due to free agency.

With Colts starting quarterback Andrew Luck ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Cardinals, in the wake of their non-competitive 46-9 loss to the Rams in last week’s opener, you wonder if the Colts can be any worse.

Former Patriots third-stringer Jacoby Brissett will replace Luck, who is recovering from January surgery on his right shoulder, after Colts backup Scott Tolzien failed so miserably against the Rams.

But the one that has gone either ignored or underestimated is the dignity factor. In the 13 years after Bethea’s observation, games consistently have challenged dignified viewers to surpass their breaking points. The right-headed have concluded NFL games no longer can be indulged as either sports or entertainment.

Judging from reader emails and sentiments expressed in casual conversation, NFL games never have been easier to turn off and, worse, to ignore. The hassle-after-every-play incivilities and immodest, even lewd all-about-me demonstrations — regardless of the score — that often result in game-determining penalties too often appear as college men engaged in gang warfare.

It wears people down, then out. They can’t figure how it started and why it has both persisted and grown to where the worst actors have become the preferred, come-and-get-it sales strategy acts of the NFL’s TV and advertising partners.

Taven Bryan, DE, Florida. Enter Bryan, who has drawn some lofty J.J. Watt comparisons. Don’t expect him to reach Watt’s level — that’s nearly impossible for anyone — but Bryan should be an excellent fit as Casey’s running mate.

Connor Williams, OT, Texas. The Jaguars would be wise to bring in a potential franchise left tackle after watching Cam Robinson struggle at the position this year, and Williams could fit the bill. Some analysts think he’s a lock for the top 10, while others can’t imagine him being taken in the first round. In the end, his potential on the blind side is too great for the Jaguars to pass on.

And all of this occurred with the Browns, holding the No. 1 pick and perennial quarterback issues, resisting the urge to reach for one of the quarterback prospects. Only time will tell if the Browns were too cautious, or the Bears, Chiefs or Texans too anxious.bills_017

Feb 10

That’s unlikely to happen, making it in the team’s best interest to use the pick on a glaring need.

Sowers competed in football professionally and for the U.S. national team, excelling at a variety of positions before a hip issue ended her playing career last year. A Kansas native, she went on to become general manager of the Kansas City Titans in the Women’s Football Alliance, where her twin sister, Liz, is a standout receiver.

A 2016 internship with the Atlanta Falcons brought her into contact with Kyle Shanahan, then the team’s offensive coordinator and now head coach of the 49ers. Shanahan was impressed enough to bring her aboard as an intern with his new organization, and then to give her a full-time position, a move met with approval by San Francisco wide receiver Jeremy Kerley.

Ballard has said he “will not be timid about moving around in the draft,” and could trade the No. 15 overall selection in an effort to stockpile more picks in this year’s draft. However, based on expected value over the next five years, the No. 15 pick is worth about 29 AV, which would require getting back two second-round picks for fair value.

Sowers, 31, was retained by the 49ers as an assistant wide receivers coach after she served as an intern for several months as part of the Bill Walsh NFL Coaching Diversity Fellowship. She told Outsports that her goal was “to be a head coach in the NFL or college,” adding, “I love leading people and I have a passion for this game.”

The hiring of Sowers followed a trail blazed by Kathryn Smith, who coached full-time for the Bills last season, and Jen Welter, who became the first female positional coach in the NFL as a 2015 intern with the Cardinals. “It’s groundbreaking and all that stuff, but the more normalized it is, the better it is,” Sowers told the San Jose Mercury News last week. “As a female, the more someone can ask me what I do and I say, ‘I coach football,’ the less shock on their faces will mean the better direction we’re moving.”

A troubled NFL season marked by controversy has taken a turn for the worse as, over the past month, an element of viciousness has crept into what was already a violent game and superseded the great play that brought people to it in the first place.cowboys_098