Headquarters helix: Amazon reveals eye-catching office tower

first_imgFALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — Amazon has revealed plans for the next phase of its headquarters redevelopment in Virginia. featuring a signature 350-foot helix-shaped office tower that can be climbed from the outside like a mountain hike. The head-turning helix building is the centerpiece of the proposal that also features three 22-story office buildings. The Seattle-based company is looking to accommodate 25,000 new workers over the coming years in the Arlington County neighborhoods across the Potomac River from the nation’s capital. The company said in a blog post that the building is designed to help people connect to nature. Sketches show trees spiraling along the building’s exterior. Amazon said the exterior climb will be open to public tours on weekends.last_img read more

EPL: Man City entertain relegated Norwich City

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ Ings not interested in leaving Saints, Southampton manager says Aguero could be out of action until November, Guardiola says Man City vs. Norwich City Venue: Etihad Stadium Kick off: 4PMTwo sides separated by a whopping 57 points in the Premier League table will lock horns as Manchester City welcome Norwich City to the Etihad Stadium. Both sides go into the game with nothing but pride to play for, with Man City’s second-placed finish and Norwich’s relegation already confirmed ahead of today’s clash.An unprecedented three straight titles for Manchester City was ultimately not to be for Pep Guardiola, although the Citizens have bigger fish to fry heading into the summer months.For all their domestic success of the past few seasons, City are yet to triumph in the Champions League and will undoubtedly view this game as little more than a warm-up for the second leg of their last-16 clash with Real Madrid in August.Guardiola will not want his players to rest on their laurels, however, as a shock defeat to the Premier League’s basement side on Sunday could rock City’s confidence before they welcome the recently-crowned La Liga champions to Manchester.The Citizens must now aim to win their fifth game on the bounce in the English top flight, having comfortably swept aside Watford, Bournemouth, Brighton & Hove Albion and Newcastle United in the past few weeks. From an individual perspective, Kevin De Bruyne is still looking to dethrone Thierry Henry as the Premier League’s assist king, and the City man needs to set up two goals on the final day to surpass Henry’s record tally of 20 assists for Arsenal in the 2002-03 campaign.As for Norwich, Daniel Farke’s misery was compounded to the extreme in the early stages against Burnley, as Emiliano Buendia and Josip Drmic both received their marching orders before the half-time whistle.Burnley did not need another invitation to take the game by the scruff of the neck as Sean Dyche’s men marched to a 2-0 victory in Norwich’s final home game of the season – a result which stretched the Canaries’ winless run across all competitions to 10 matches.Despite boasting some promising individual talent in the ranks at Carrow Road – namely the likes of Todd Cantwell and Max Aarons – Norwich were never expected to produce a miraculous comeback following the restart and must now prepare for an immediate return to the Championship.Farke and his players must now face the daunting task of trying to scrape a result at the Etihad on the final day, although the Canaries will not have forgotten their historic 3-2 win over Man City in the reverse fixture. Man City possible XI: Ederson, Cancelo, Laporte, Garcia, Mendy, Gundogan, De Bruyne, D. Silva, Mahrez, Jesus, Sterling. Norwich possible XI: Krul, Aarons, Godfrey, Zimmermann, Lewis, Vrancic, McLean, Cantwell, Stiepermann, Hernandez, Pukki.Tags: Etihad StadiumManchester CityPremier Leaguelast_img read more

MLB 2019 preview: 5 prospect storylines to watch in spring training

first_imgTaking that into account, here are five prospect storylines to watch during spring training.The Super 2 CrewIf you don’t know what Super 2 status is it’s pretty simple: if a player accumulates 172 days on an MLB roster during a season he has one year of service time. If a player serves 171 days, he does not accumulate a year. The importance of this is when a young player comes up to MLB, if he serves 171 days during his rookie year a team has seven years until the player becomes a free agent. If he serves 172 days, the franchise has six years.Teams will use this to control players longer and that is likely what is going to happen to Vladimir Guerrero Jr. of the Blue Jays, Fernando Tatis Jr. of the Padres and Eloy Jimenez of the White Sox — the three best prospects in the game.While all three of these players could be the best or second-best players on their respective MLB rosters, they will likely be held down for two weeks so a team can control them for one year longer, unless a player absolutely forces their hand. Will Guerrero, Tatis or Jimenez force their respective teams’ hands? It’s unlikely, but something to watch.✔️ First Hit✔️ First Run✔️ First RBIVlad Jr. brought the hustle and flow in his #SpringTraining debut! pic.twitter.com/lhi1clqr5m— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) February 25, 2019Pitchers coming back from injuryThere are multiple talented pitchers who could potentially debut in MLB this season but should have hit the ground running in 2018. Brent Honeywell of the Rays lost a year to Tommy John surgery, as did A.J. Puk of the Athletics. Anthony Reyes of the Cardinals missed most of last year with an arm injury as well.All of these pitchers will likely have a chance to make a big impact in MLB this season, but how they pitch in spring training — if they pitch — could be an indicator of if they are 100 percent back from injury or not.Atlanta’s young studsThere’s a reason the Braves haven’t signed Dallas Keuchel or Gio Gonzalez in free agency. They have as much or more pitching talent than anyone in MLB. With Kyle Wright, Mike Soroka, Touki Toussaint and Luiz Gohara, Atlanta has an assortment of talented pitchers with different skillsets who could all earn time in the rotation this season.So who will earn a spot out of spring training? The good money is on Wright and Soroka, who have the frames and track record to justify the spots. We’ll see if Gohara and Toussaint force their ways into the conversation, though, as they may have better pure stuff.🔥 Touki Time 🔥#BravesST | #ChopOn pic.twitter.com/uBPgHVIdHH— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) February 23, 2019The Blocked BunchSometimes it doesn’t matter how good a young player is or how productive he has been at the minor league level. Often there simply isn’t room on a team for a player.Houston’s Kyle Tucker is good enough to earn a starting job but Michael Brantley is manning left field, Pete Alonso is more than accomplished enough to be the Mets’ first baseman but New York acquired Robinson Cano to take that position, and Brendan Rodgers could develop a bit more but he is more than good enough to play for the Rockies right now.Will these players play well enough to earn a starting spot this spring training or will they have to go down to Triple-A again and wait for someone to get hurt?Houston’s next rotation staples?The Astros are one of the few teams to have pitching prospect depth that can compete with the Braves or the Padres. They are highlighted by Forrest Whitley, who is the No. 1 pitching prospect in MLB, J.B. Bukauskas, who the team took two years ago in the first round and pitched very well in the Arizona Fall League, and Corbin Martin who emerged as a top-100 prospect after an up-and-down pitching career at Texas A&M. One of the best parts of spring training is getting a chance to see the one player you haven’t seen before: that top prospect you’ve heard so much about but have never witnessed or even the less-heralded guy down the list whose name you’ve only heard in passing.Spring training is about the unknown and the excitement coming with it. End your Monday by enjoying nearly four minutes of dominance from @ForrestWhitley. 😎 #AstrosST pic.twitter.com/3NxBgdcAl4— Houston Astros (@astros) February 25, 2019All of those right-handers are solid prospects, but guys like Josh James, Framber Valdez and Cionel Perez are all good enough to be in MLB rotations, and the Astros’ 2017 draft class produced six picks in the first 11 rounds (Bukauskas, Martin, Tyler Ivey, Peter Solomon, Parker Mushinski, Brandon Bielak) who posted K/9 rates better than 9.0 and combined to throw 598 2/3 innings with a 2.63 ERA last season.Houston’s minor-league pitching is absolutely loaded and almost all of them have seen time over the first few games of spring training. Just to get a look at them could give not only a glimpse into the Astros’ future, but maybe another team’s as well as they could be trade bait come July 31 which could land a big fish.last_img read more