The fifth batch of 4,047 pilgrims, including 808 women, left on Monday from here for the Kashmir Valley to pay obeisance at the 3,880-metre high cave shrine of Amarnath, a police officer said.Twin routes So far, 13,816 pilgrims had visited the cave shrine from the twin routes — traditional 36-km Pahalgam track in Anantnag district and 12-km shortest Baltal route in Ganderbal— since the commencement of the annual 60-day pilgrimage on June 28. The official said the yatris left in a fleet of 134 vehicles under tight security arrangements early on Monday and are expected to reach Baltal and Pahalgam base camps in the valley later in the day. Among the fifth batch, 2,303 pilgrims, including 148 Sadhus and 370 women, opted for the Pahalgam track, while 1,744, including 438 women, are performing the yatra through Baltal route, the officer said. Flash flood threat Despite incessant rains which even posed a threat of flash floods in the valley, the yatra to the cave shrine of Amarnath in south Kashmir Himalayas commenced in the valley as per schedule on June 28 after several hours of delay but faced frequent disruptions owing to continuous rainfall, slippery condition of the tracks and shooting of stones and landslides. A total of 13,816 pilgrims had paid their obeisance at the cave shrine, housing the naturally formed ice-shivlingam, till Sunday evening. Among them the highest number of 10,935 pilgrims visited the shrine on Sunday. The 60-day yatra is scheduled to conclude on August 26 coinciding with the ‘Raksha Bandhan’ festival.
Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP And with all eyes on the winner-take-all Game 7, Hugnatan said the key for the Bolts will be sustaining this kind of play.“We’ll follow whatever coach’s gameplan is for us. It’s important for us not to collapse on defense because for us, it always starts on defense,” he said. Hugnatan shot 6-of-12 from three to finish with 24 points, seven rebounds, and four assists on Wednesday to be the perfect complement to Allen Durham’s superb inside game.He also outplayed Ginebra behemoth Greg Slaughter, with the most glaring moment coming at one point in the second half when Hugnatan drove past the Cebuano slotman and scored on a lay-up.At this point in the series, all the Bacolod native could think about is winning his fifth title for his career and possibly a first for the Meralco franchise.READ: Meralco frustrates Ginebra, forces Game 7“We really want to win this because this will be Meralco’s first. Also, I’m not getting any younger, so we don’t know when we’ll get chances like this. Now that we have a chance to get this, why not right?,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT “We knew us big guys need to step up because we’re already shallow up front,” he said in Filipino after the 98-91 Game 6 victory over Ginebra.Once again, the 6-foot-4 forward was the unlikely hero for the Bolts as he went bonkers from downtown to keep their title aspirations alive and force game 7.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutREAD: More than 50k fans attend Ginebra-Meralco Finals Game 6“I’m just glad that I had a good game and a good shooting tonight,” he said. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBOCAUE — Desperate times call for desperate measures.And for Reynel Hugnatan, that meant dragging his 38-year-old body and stepping up to save Meralco’s campaign yet again.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Read Next PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:46US defense chief agrees it’s time to take another look at defense pact with PH00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Meralco frustrates Ginebra, forces Game 7 Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion View comments MOST READ CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
Los Angeles Lakers guard Josh Hart, left, and Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson grapple for a rebound during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES — Cedi Osman scored 20 points, Collin Sexton added 17 and the Cleveland Cavaliers ended a 12-game losing streak with a 101-95 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday night.Tristan Thompson had 15 points and 14 rebounds, and Alec Burks had 17 points and 13 rebounds as the short-handed Cavaliers split the two-game season series by forcing the Lakers into a halfcourt game.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss 76ers escape Knicks MOST READ TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening The Cavaliers had a 10-0 run in the third quarter after Kuzma hit a floater to pull the Lakers within 51-50 early in the period. Burks and Osman hit 3-pointers to bookend the push, and Cleveland was able to sustain the 10-point margin going into the fourth by holding Los Angeles to 8-for-26 shooting.TIP-INSCavaliers: Rodney Hood had 18 points. … Osman scored eight of the Cavaliers’ first 13 points. … The Cavaliers made 56 percent of their shots in the first quarter (14-for-25 shooting).Lakers: Los Angeles was 16 for 27 from the free-throw line. … Michael Beasley had eight of the Lakers’ 20 bench points. … The Lakers starters were a combined 28-of-66 shooting.UP NEXTADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Kyle Kuzma had 29 points and nine rebounds for the Lakers, who have lost two straight and five of their past seven. Brandon Ingram scored 22 points and Lonzo Ball had 13 points, eight rebounds and eight assists.Los Angeles was 7 for 34 on 3-pointers and had 11 fast-break points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsBurks delivered an emphatic dunk after Ingram couldn’t handle a defensive rebound to help the Cavaliers re-establish control after Kuzma scored five straight to cut the Cavaliers’ lead to 84-79 midway though the four quarter.Sexton drove for a layup and Osman hit a floater during a quick 6-0 run, which allowed the Cavaliers to hold off another late push by the Lakers. Kuzma hit a 3-pointer with 22 seconds remaining to trim the margin to 96-93, but Burks made both free throws with 16 to play. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View comments SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LATEST STORIES Cavaliers: Visit Portland on Wednesday.Lakers: Host Chicago on Tuesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
Nuri Şahin Former Real Madrid and Liverpool star Nuri Sahin announces Turkey retirement Tom Webber Last updated 2 years ago 07:35 11/3/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Turkey Borussia Dortmund Friendlies Bundesliga Despite being just 29 years old, Borussia Dortmund’s midfielder has brought an end to his time as an international footballer Turkey midfielder Nuri Sahin has retired from international football to allow a new generation of players to establish themselves in the squad.Sahin, 29, found the net on his Turkey debut in a 2-1 victory over Germany, the country of his birth, in 2005 to become their youngest senior international and goalscorer aged 17.World Cup odds here Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The Borussia Dortmund midfielder went on to make 51 appearances for the national team, but his only outing at a major finals came in a 3-0 defeat to Spain at Euro 2016.Sahin has now opted to bring his time with Turkey to an end, citing a desire to afford greater opportunities to younger players.Kamuoyuna saygılarımla… pic.twitter.com/q3k5f2F64O— Nuri Şahin (@nurisahin) November 2, 2017″I believe with conviction and enthusiasm in the new generation of young Turkish players and I am convinced that if we support them with a good plan in the next 10 to 15 years they will be able to achieve great success,” Sahin wrote in a statement posted on Twitter.”I am ending my career in the national team because I want to let the youth take precedence.”During my career, I have had many opportunities and valuable experiences. I will always be in close contact with Turkish football and ready to help as much as I can.”Turkey failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Leonard Fournette HurtUpdate 2: Fournette apparently took one to the groin during the tackle in question. No fun.Reports are that Fournette, the total package, sat out the last series because he got nailed in the package.— Ron Higgins (@RonHigg) September 26, 2015Update: Fournette has returned to the game. LSU leads 31-17 at the Carrier Dome.Fournette doesn’t look hurt. Looks like he may have just ran out of gas or cramped. HE’s back in there now.— Glenn Guilbeau (@LSUBeatTweet) September 26, 2015Earlier: LSU sophomore running back Leonard Fournette has run for 217 yards and two touchdowns against Syracuse so far Saturday afternoon, but his day may be over a bit early. Early in the fourth quarter, Fournette, after being gang-tackled by a number of Orange defenders, was slow to come off of the field. He’s since been shown wincing in pain on the sideline, though it’s unclear what’s ailing him.How many times did cameras show Fournette grimacing before announcers interrupted lovefest to point out he may be hurt?— Sagar Meghani (@smeghaniAP) September 26, 2015 We’ll keep you updated.
Los Angeles: Filmmaker James Wan has shared few details of his next directorial venture, saying that he is planning to return to his “indie roots”. In an Instagram post, the 42-year-old director said the new project is a “hard-R thriller” and based on an “original horror idea”. “There’s been a bit of speculation as to what my next project is… All I’ll say is, I’m super excited to go back to my indie roots with this hard-R thriller. An original horror idea (not a reboot/remake or anything based on existing IP) with old school, practical effects and no giant, blue screen sets,” Wan wrote. The filmmaker, who made a name for himself with “The Conjuring” and “Saw” franchises, took a turn towards mainstream blockbusters with films like “Fast and Furious 7” and “Aquaman” in the last couple of years. He is currently scouting for locations for his yet-to-be-titled project.
One day before Chris Paul signed his five-year, $107.3-million free-agent contract with the Clippers, Paul joined his teammates J.J.Redick, Jared Dudley and Darren Collison and holdovers Matt Barnes and Ryan Hollins at their own contract ceremony.Paul could have commanded all the attention, but he decided to share it.“I didn’t want that,” Paul said. “We all had to sign at the same time, so why not do a press conference together? There’s no one person who’s more important than the team, and I absolutely mean that.”So when the Clippers held a news conference on Wednesday to announce their newly signed players, Paul sat quietly in the back row.
6Marcus Allen1982-85576,942121.8 14Chuck Foreman1973-76536,009113.4 With no clear favorite for MVP this season, Bell is making a strong late-season push. And you can see it beyond the traditional stats. Among running backs, Bell ranks as the third-best rusher and the fourth-best receiver (subscription required), according to Pro Football Focus; he’s the only player in the top five in both of those metrics. He also is one of just four starting running backs averaging over 2 yards per carry after contact, bringing a power element to his game as well.This may be Bell’s best season, but he has been a yards from scrimmage monster for much of his career. In 45 career games, Bell has 3,830 rushing yards (85.1 per game) and 1,952 receiving yards (43.4 per game). That translates to 128.5 yards from scrimmage per game for his career, which would be the highest career average since 1932.And while it’s not apples-to-apples to compare Bell’s production right now to every other player’s career production — Bell hasn’t seen his average dragged down by playing games during the decline phase of his career — we can see Bell’s dominance just as clearly by comparing him to players when they were at the same stage. Among the 100 players with the most yards from scrimmage through four seasons, Bell has the highest number of yards from scrimmage per game.3Although total yards and passing stats are at historic highs, rushing yards are near historic lows. Most statistics are best viewed in light of era adjustments, but that’s much trickier to do when it comes to yards from scrimmage; currently, teams are averaging just 107.6 rushing yards per game, the third-lowest average since the league starting tracking this metric back in 1932. As a result, it’s not clear what advantage, if any, modern running backs have when it comes to racking up big yards from scrimmage totals. For example, it was a wide receiver, Julio Jones, who led the NFL in yards from scrimmage last year, but it was with the lowest total by any player since 1996. RKPLAYERSEASONTEAMRUSHRECYFSGYFS/G 8Marshall Faulk1999STL1,3811,0482,42916151.8 Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell had himself a day on Sunday. He rushed for 236 yards against the Buffalo Bills, breaking the Pittsburgh single-game rushing record that was set by Willie Parker in 2006. Bell also caught four passes for 62 yards, giving him a total of 298 yards from scrimmage. That’s tied for the 10th-most in a regular-season game since at least 19501That’s the first year for which Pro-Football-Reference.com has game-level statistics for each player. — and it’s more than the entire Bills offense gained against the Steelers defense. On a day when quarterback Ben Roethlisberger struggled (37.8 passer rating), Bell carried the team to victory.In an NFL season light on superlatives — no quarterback or wide receiver is having a historically great season — the top performers have been running backs. Dallas rookie Ezekiel Elliott leads the NFL in rushing yards, with 1,392, and is a big reason why the Cowboys are beating every team they play that’s not the Giants. Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson, my vote for midseason Offensive Player of the Year, has arguably been better than Elliott. Johnson has gained at least 100 yards from scrimmage in every game the Cardinals have played this season; he’s only the second player in NFL history to cross the 100-yard mark in each of his team’s first 13 games of a season.And yet, neither Elliott nor Johnson has been the most dominant player in the NFL this season, at least not on a per-game basis. That honor belongs to Bell, who now has 1,616 yards despite missing the first three games of the season. He’s averaging 161.6 yards from scrimmage per game this season — 20.8 more than Johnson, 29.8 more than Elliott and at least 50 yards more than everyone else in the league. There is simply no more dynamic or versatile star in the league: 4LaDainian Tomlinson2001-04637,921125.7 9Arian Foster2009-12516,052118.7 2Edgerrin James1999-02526,640127.7 6Marshall Faulk2001STL1,3827652,14714153.4 5Marshall Faulk2000STL1,3598302,18914156.4 4Chris Johnson2009TEN2,0065032,50916156.8 7Jim Brown1963CLE1,8632682,13114152.2 9Walter Payton1977CHI1,8522692,12114151.5 13Jamal Lewis2000-04606,822113.7 12O.J. Simpson1973BUF2,003702,07314148.1 3Eric Dickerson1983-86627,842126.5 14Clinton Portis2003DEN1,5913141,90513146.5 7Billy Sims1980-83526,252120.2 15Walter Payton1975-78576,427112.8 YARDS Single-season leaders in yards from scrimmage (YFS) per game RKPLAYERSEASONSGYARDS FROM SCRIMMAGEYFS/G 1Priest Holmes2002KC1,6156722,28714163.4 3O.J. Simpson1975BUF1,8174262,24314160.2 13Barry Sanders1997DET2,0533052,35816147.4 15Steven Jackson2006STL1,5288062,33416145.9 Bell’s average of 161.6 yards from scrimmage isn’t remarkable for 2016 alone. If it were to stand through the end of the regular season, Bell’s 2016 performance would rank as the second-highest single-season average since 1932.2That’s when the NFL began tracking individual yards. Minimum eight games played, 1932-2016 seasonsSource: Pro-Football-Reference.com 1Le’Veon Bell2013-16455,782128.5 8Ricky Williams1999-02546,437119.2 5Terrell Davis1995-98617,594124.5 Leaders in yards from scrimmage per game, first four seasons 11Jim Brown1957-60485,642117.5 10Tiki Barber2005NYG1,8605302,39016149.4 10Clinton Portis2002-05607,059117.7 2Le’Veon Bell2016PIT1,0535631,61610161.6 Right now, Bell is second in the league in rushing yards per game and sixth in yards per rush. And among all players, he is fourth in receptions per game, with 6.7. If Bell can continue his dominance during the final three games of the regular season, he has a good chance of taking home the MVP — and dragging the Steelers into the playoffs while he’s at it.Check out our latest NFL predictions. Among the top 100 players in yards from scrimmage through four seasons, 1932 to 2016.Jamal Lewis was injured for the whole 2001 season, so his first four seasons include 2000 and 2002-04.Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com 12Adrian Peterson2007-10616,952114.0 11LaDainian Tomlinson2003SD1,6457252,37016148.1
Ohio State junior swimmer Lindsey Clary competes at the Big Ten championships in February, 2016. Credit: OSU AthleticsOhio State entered the Olympic Swimming Trials with 34 swimmers competing for a spot on the team, but none of them managed to crack the United States swimming group heading to Rio later in the summer.The results found below are from the trials going from Wednesday until the conclusion of the trials on Sunday. For the results on the first three days, click this link.On Tuesday, the first event for the Buckeyes was the women’s 200-meter freestyle match. The school’s lone representative was graduate Alex Norris who finished 30th with a time of 2:01.02.The second event on the third day was the women’s 200-meter individual medley. Senior Lindsey Clary represented the Scarlet and Gray and placed 23rd with a time of 2:16.70.Junior Gregory Nymberg competed in the men’s 200-meter butterfly on Tuesday, finishing 45th with a time of 2:01.82.Day four of the event saw plenty of OSU swimmers compete. In the men’s 100-meter freestyle, senior Josh Fleagle advanced to the semifinals after placing 17th with a time of 49.58 in the preliminaries. He would be knocked out in the semifinals after only placing 16th with a time of 49.70. Also in that event was junior Nathan Christian who placed 66th with a time of 50.98 and graduate Tim Phillips who finished 23rd with a time of 49.89.Also for the men on day four was the 200-meter breaststroke. Two Buckeyes competed in that event, graduate D.J. MacDonald who finished 27th with a time of 2:16.68 and sophomore Brandon Fronczak who placed 83rd after completing the event in two minutes and 21.16 seconds.The third and final event for the Buckeyes on Wednesday was the women’s 200-meter butterfly. Clary finished 69th with a time of 2:17.23 while Amanda McNulty completed the race with a time of 2:17.55, good for 76th in the race.The fifth day of the trials held four preliminary events of which the Buckeyes participated in three. First up for the Bucks was the women’s 200-meter breaststroke. The sole member of the Scarlet and Gray was junior Katie Antal who finished 108th after completing the event with a time of 2:38.32.The next event up for the Buckeyes on that day was the men’s 200-meter individual medley. Three Buckeyes raced in that event with senior Andrew Appleby placing the highest at 35th with a time of 2:04.11. Next up was graduate Chris DePietro who placed 77th with a time of 2:07.41. Lastly was sophomore Gus Whiteman who had a time of 2:12.55 and finished 88th.Whiteman also participated in the 200-meter backstroke, but his time was disqualified.On Friday, the sixth session of the trials began, and OSU again was well represented, having competitors in all four morning events. The men’s 50-meter freestyle event saw three Buckeye swimmers compete. Senior Matt McHugh finished 46th overall with a time of 23.04; freshman Mossimo Chavez finished 61st with a time of 23.15 and junior Kevin Musterait placed 124th with a time of 23.56. The next men’s event, the 100-meter butterfly, saw one swimmer do particularly well. Graduate Tim Phillips finished second in the preliminary trials with a time of 51.68, .19 seconds better than 22-time Olympic medal winner Michael Phelps. Phillips again finished second in the next round, this time with a time of 51.28. He could not replicate his success in the finals as he placed fifth in the event with a time of 51.44.Also competing in the event was Matt McHugh who finished 48th with a time of 54.19. Behind him was sophomore Michael Salazar who placed 51st with a time of 54.26 and Nymberg who finished with a time of 55.09, 89th best at the event.The first women’s event on Friday morning saw the Buckeyes’ leading swimmer Clary (who competed in a school-best five events) compete in the 800-meter freestyle. She was the lone member of OSU in the vent and she placed 15th with a time of 8:41.90.The women’s 200-meter backstroke was the final heat on Friday morning. Only senior Kaitlyn Ferrara swam for OSU and she placed 54th with a time of 2:16.15.The events continued on until Sunday, but the final day with any OSU swimmers was Saturday. The women’s 50-meter freestyle event had four OSU swimmers competing in the event of 180 swimmers. First among the Bucks and 75th overall was junior Macie McNichols who finished with a time of 26.21. The remaining three swimmers were junior Cheyenne Meek who finished 125th with a time of 26.55, graduate Annie Jongekrijg who finished 145th with a time of 26.70 and graduate Rachael Dzierzak who placed 160th with a time of 26.83. The only event for the men on Saturday was the men’s 1,500-meter freestyle event. The lone competitor for the Bucks was junior Brayden Seal who finished 75th with a time of 15:58.50.
The show put on by the WWE for Monday Night Raw in Nationwide Arena can be a tough act to follow.But with the faint smell of pyrotechnic smoke and testosterone wafting through the air, Columbus Blue Jackets fans were treated to a 3-2 victory over their rivals, the Nashville Predators.Defying expectations, Columbus coach Ken Hitchcock went back to struggling goaltender Steve Mason in net against the Predators. After Mason gave up a soft goal to the Minnesota Wild in the Jackets’ last game, a 4-2 loss, Hitchcock was widely expected to give Mathieu Garon the start.“It’s my decision. I like the way he reacted after the third goal,” Hitchcock said. “It was a bad goal and he knows it. We can keep bailing on people or ride it out.”Mason, playing in his 100th career NHL game, justified his coach’s confidence with 29 saves.The game opened as so many others have this season for the Jackets: With Columbus trying to find new and unusual ways to shoot themselves in the foot.In the early minutes of the first period, Blue Jackets’ defenseman Jan Hejda passed the puck to line mate Mike Commodore; a nice thought. The only problem was that Commodore was no longer in possession of his hockey stick.Commodore gamely tried to pass the puck soccer-style to a teammate with his skate, but the end result was a turnover deep in the Blue Jackets’ own zone.In spite of the early miscues, Columbus fought the Predators to a draw in the first period. It was a victory of sorts for the struggling Jackets, who had given up a goal in the first four minutes of play in each of the last seven games. Mason had seven saves in the period.The second stanza saw a boost in the action.After Columbus forward Chris Clark drew a hooking penalty in the early minutes of the period, Mason was forced to make several spectacular saves during the ensuing Predator power play. One saw him dropping into the butterfly position as he made a glove save on a Nashville laser shot.Center Derick Brassard broke the scoring deadlock at the 16:10 mark of the second period.Columbus defenseman Milan Jurcina fired a slap shot from just inside the blue line in the Predator’s zone. The puck was re-directed by Brassard from the middle of traffic in front of the net and slid through the five-hole of Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne. OSU product R.J. Umberger also assisted on the play.“I parked myself in front of the net,” Brassard said of the goal. “You get yourself there and good things can happen.”Columbus continued the scoring in the third.Following a hooking penalty on Nashville captain Jason Arnott, Jackets’ left-wing Kristian Huselius cashed in on the power play opportunity with his 16th goal of the season.The goal came on a special teams’ play that would have pleased Hickory coach Norman Dale, of the Hoosiers movie fame.While set up in their power play, Columbus made five crisp passes between each Jacket player on the ice, before Huselius took the shot and put the puck in the net. Thirty-nine seconds later, Fredrik Modin extended the Blue Jackets’ lead to three, as Rinne lay helplessly on his back after a collision in front of the net.The Predators bravely hung in, converting on two scoring chances as the third period winded down.First Martin Erat beat Mason high and left with a wrist shot, and then Patric Hornquist drew Nashville to within one with a rebound goal.The Jackets’ faithful began to get a little restless. They had seen this scenario before.But Mason was up to the challenge as he withstood the onslaught of Predator shots to make the lead stand up and deliver the victory for Columbus.Hitchcock was effusive in his praise of his goalie following the game.“Our goalie was the best player on the ice and we needed him today,” Hitchcock said. “He can win games by himself.”The Jackets’ coach confirmed that Mason will get the start again against the Los Angeles Kings Thursday night. With the Kings bringing a 4-1 record in their last five games, they’re sure to need another stellar game from him.