Market Conditions Mixed in Fed’s Latest Beige Book

first_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago  Print This Post The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News Samantha Guzman is an award-winning visual journalist and graduate of the University of North Texas Mayborn School of Journalism. She specializes in visual storytelling and has skills in video, audio and photography, in addition to news writing. She has traveled to Mexico and Bosnia as an assistant for multiple multimedia projects and taught news writing, photojournalism, and narrative storytelling in the past. About Author: Samantha Guzman The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Tagged with: Beige Book Federal Reserve Housing Market Residential Real Estate Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Related Articles Beige Book Federal Reserve Housing Market Residential Real Estate 2015-03-04 Samantha Guzman The Federal Reserve’s Beige Book for February 2015 released Wednesday said residential real estate conditions were mixed among the 12 districts. Home sales increased in Boston, Philadelphia, Richmond, St. Louis, Dallas, and San Francisco, but fell in Cleveland and Kansas City. Weather conditions slowed home construction in New York, Philadelphia, and Cleveland and caused Boston to have low levels of inventory. The report notes that lack of desirable lots and low inventory levels continue to slow the market.Philadelphia, Boston, and New York all saw relative growth. All six New England states saw an increase in single-family home sales at the end of December 2014. In Massachusetts, December was only the second month, of the past six, with a year-over-year increase in home sales, while prices have increased 26 out of the last 27 months. The New York District’s housing markets have strengthened somewhat in early 2015. Rents across the rest of the District are up roughly 2 percent over the past year. Housing markets across the rest of New York State and New Jersey have mostly been sluggish, in part due to the inclement weather. Although home sales are increasing rapidly in Philadelphia, growth is slower in the rest of the state.Residential real estate activity increased moderately in the Richmond district. Realtors in Virginia and North Carolina reported increased sales, especially for higher end homes in North Carolina. Home sales increased in the St. Louis district on a year-over-year basis. Compared with the same period in 2013, December 2014 monthly home sales were up 5 percent in Louisville, 11 percent in Little Rock, and 29 percent in St. Louis.Home sales rose in Dallas, although reports on the pace of growth were mixed. Contacts in Dallas-Fort Worth noted a strong, earlier-than-normal pickup in traffic and sales, while demand in Houston held steady. Home prices continued to edge upward in this district.Home sales fell in Cleveland and Kansas City. Cleveland single-family home sales for all of 2014 were down slightly below last year, while the average sale price rose 4 percent. Kansas City residential sales decreased modestly in part to seasonal sale patterns and low inventory. Sale of low and medium priced homes continued to outpace sales of higher priced homes in the city.center_img The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Previous: Ratings Agency Publishes Report on Freddie Mac Loan Loss Data Next: Lack of Credit Availability, Low Inventory Challenging Housing Market Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Market Conditions Mixed in Fed’s Latest Beige Book Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily March 4, 2015 837 Views Market Conditions Mixed in Fed’s Latest Beige Book Share Save Subscribelast_img read more

Broadway Grosses: Beautiful Celebrates One Fine Valentine’s Day

first_imgChilina Kennedy in ‘Beautiful’ (Photo: Joan Marcus) They haven’t lost that lovin’ feeling quite yet. Beautiful: The Carole King Musical finished Valentine’s Day Week with a noteworthy $920,024, making it one of 17 shows to increase its total gross by over $100,000 since the previous week. The Book of Mormon once again took the top spot by capacity, because nothing says “romance” like spooky Mormon hell dreams. It took the fifth spot on the boards by gross, joining Aladdin, Wicked, The Lion King and Hamilton, which topped the list over Presidents Day Weekend (if Alexander Hamilton was never president, is this irony? Thoughts, Alanis?). There simply aren’t enough tickets for Hamilton’s televised Grammy win to affect the numbers immediately, but expect the megahit to remain at the top all the longer. Here’s a look at who was on top—and who was not—for the week ending February 14:FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross)1. Hamilton ($1,792,099)2. The Lion King ($1,717,043)3. Wicked ($1,695,453)4. Aladdin ($1,493,306)5. The Book of Mormon ($1,472,569)UNDERDOGS (By Gross)5. Noises Off ($432,543)4. Disaster! ($364,575)*3. Hughie ($330,298)**2. The Humans ($224,521)*1. Our Mother’s Brief Affair ($187,877)FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity)1. The Book of Mormon (101.78%)2. Hamilton (101.73%)3. Aladdin (99.96%)4. The Lion King (99.92%)5. Wicked (97.26%)UNDERDOGS (By Capacity)5. An American in Paris (68.66%)4. Disaster! (68.23%)*3. Our Mother’s Brief Affair (66.35%)2. Jersey Boys (65.64%)1. Finding Neverland (65.47%)**** Number based on eight preview performances** Number based on seven preview performances***Number based on nine regular performancesSource: The Broadway League View Commentslast_img read more

Tokyo 2020 to power Olympic torch with hydrogen for first time

first_imgRelatedPosts If we don’t have Tokyo Games, we’re unlikely to have Beijing 2022 — IOC member Tokyo 2020: Olympics will be ‘simplified’ in 2021 COVID-19: IOC to bear $800m cost of Tokyo 2020 postponement Hydrogen will be used for the first time to power the Olympic torch during its journey through Japan, organisers said on Monday, as part of Tokyo 2020’s efforts to hold an environmentally friendly Games. Organisers aim to offset all carbon emissions generated during the Games and also use the Olympics to boost awareness of environmental issues in Japan. The Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee said certain stages of the torch relay will use hydrogen, which emits no carbon dioxide when it is burned. It will also fuel the ceremonial Olympic Cauldron featuring in the Games’ opening and closing ceremonies. The organisers said in a statement: “Hydrogen will be used to power the torch on its journey through the prefectures of Fukushima and Aichi, as well as parts of Tokyo, with gas used in other stages of the relay. “During its preparations for the Games, Tokyo 2020 has consistently promoted energy conservation and the use of renewable energy with the aim of supporting the realisation of a carbon-neutral society.” About 500 hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles will also be used during the Olympics, which run from July 24 to August 9. Other initiatives to cut the environmental impact of the Games include beds made from recyclable cardboard in the athletes’ village, Olympic medals made from recycled consumer electronics and the torches themselves, formed of aluminium waste. The torch relay begins in Fukushima on March 26 and will visit all 47 of Japan’s prefectures ahead of the July 24 opening ceremony. Reuters/NAN.Tags: HydrogenOlympic torchTokyo 2020last_img read more

Northern Avalance sweep Kootenay Wildcats in weekend series

first_imgAffiliate player Annah Setter of Golden and Kendra Waterstreet of Fruitvale scored for Kootenay.Saturday afternoon the Cougars scored two goals four minutes into the game en route to the win.Allissa Marchand of Canal Flats scored the lone Kootenay goal.Sunday, Northern Cougars built a 4-1 lead after two periods before Maddie Vockeroth-Fisher of Rossland scored for Kootenay.Catalina Hartland of Kaslo was in goal for Kootenay.Kootenay, winless on the season, returns to action January 30 in Coquitlam against West Coast Avalanche. The Kootenay Wildcats struggle on the BC Hockey Female AAA League circuit continued as the squad dropped a three-game series to the Northern Cougars this past weekend in Nelson.Kootenay lost 9-2 and 5-1 Saturday during games at the Civic Centre before dropping a 4-1 decision Sunday.During the opener, the Cats trailed 2-0 after one period and 4-0 following 40 minutes before scoring twice in the third period.last_img read more

Neanderthal Ancestry Becomes More Convoluted

first_img(Visited 30 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Reports from a Spanish Cave are producing a welter of opinions about what evolved into whom, and when.Neanderthals evolved separately from modern humans over hundreds of thousands of years on different continents, but both evolved large brains independently and were able to interbreed.  That’s just a taste of unlikely opinions coming from the Sima de los Huesos (cave of the bones) in the Atapuerca Mountains in northern Spain, a pit that has yielded the biggest cache of hominin fossils to date.  Researchers claim the bones of some of the 28 individuals are 430,000 years old.  In the evolutionary story, that’s about the time Neanderthals were evolving as a separate line from the one that led to modern humans 200,000 years ago.  The paper by Arsuaga et al. in ScienceMagazine led to a variety of news headlines by puzzled reporters trying to be supportive:How to Build a Neanderthal (Perspective article in Science Magazine by Jean-Jaques Hublin)Fossils put a new face on the ancestors of Neanderthals (Ann Gibbons in Science Magazine Latest News)‘Pit of bones’ catches Neanderthal evolution in the act (Ewen Callaway in Nature)Ancient Skulls Reveal ‘Mixed’ Neanderthal-Like Lineage (Charles Q. Choi in Live Science)Bonanza of Skulls in ‘Pit of Bones’ Changes View of Neanderthals: A Spanish cave reveals that Neanderthal faces evolved ahead of their braincases (National Geographic)Neanderthals evolved their teeth before big brains (New Scientist)Skulls with mix of Neandertal and primitive traits illuminate human evolution (Science Daily)‘Game of Thrones’ scenario seen in Neandertal ancestors (PhysOrg)Some are saying the skull evidence shows that Neanderthal traits began in the face and teeth, and that their large brains and stocky bodies came later.  No one seems sure how to integrate the Spanish fossils with the Denisovan individuals farther east in Georgia.  Some invoke a  “Game of Thrones” scenario, in which separate houses rather than tribes competed for resources.  Since many of the bones are fragmented, some think the pit was where conquerors tossed bones of their victims.One thing is clear: Darwinian gradualism is dead.  Lead author J. Arsuaga is quoted on PhysOrg saying, “Human evolution was not a gradual and slow evolution of the whole population at the same rate across the continent.”  Despite the differences in some of the skulls, Arsuaga claims they are all members of the same species.  Then there is the issue that Denisovans, Neanderthals and modern humans all share DNA, limiting how strong the divisions in taxons can be made.  One paleoanthropologist not involved in the dig asked, “How do we deal with distinct evolutionary lineages that retain reproductive capabilities with other lineages?”  Maybe they represent natural variation within a single species; if so, dividing them with different names could imply evolutionary divergence when nothing of significance differed all that much.This is the tangled web they weave when they first begin to deceive, teaching that humans, with their unique minds and bodies, are mere glorified apes rising out of the darkness over millions of years.  The millions of years only make things worse, requiring their disciples to believe that fully-qualified, brainy adults who could migrate across continents could not dream of horseback riding, farming, or civilization for over 400,000 years.  Now, the convolutions in the story are multiplying with each new bone fragment.  Evolutionists’ stories do not hang together.  They should all hang separately.last_img read more

Our History of Petroleum Use

first_imgWhile most of us think of the petroleum age starting in the late 1850s, when North America’s first oil well began gushing oil, human use of petroleum actually goes back much further.Asphalt, a heavy constituent of petroleum (see last week’s blog), was used four thousand years ago in constructing the walls of Babylon. During the Roman era, oil was collected and used in the province of Dacia (now Romania), where it was referred to as “picula.” Fossil fuels were first used for lighting, not vehiclesThrough the 1800s, most oil was used for oil lamps and kerosene lamps — replacing whale oil, which was becoming scarce by then. By the early years of the 20th century, though, development of the internal combustion engine shifted demand of petroleum products to automobiles — the market that has driven demand ever since.With the rise of the automobile in the early 1900s and its use of gasoline — a mix of hydrocarbon refined from crude oil — production of petroleum increased dramatically. World oil production today totals 31 billion barrels per year — almost exactly 1,000 barrels per second!In the U.S., approximately 72% of our petroleum is used for transportation (gasoline, diesel fuel, and aviation fuel), with the rest used for heating oil, industrial processes, petrochemical feedstocks, lubricants, asphalt, electricity generation, and other uses.Next week I’ll take a look at current reserves of petroleum as well as the outlook for this fossil fuel in the years and decades ahead.In addition to this Energy Solutions blog, Alex contributes to the weekly blog BuildingGreen’s Product of the Week, which profiles an interesting new green building product each week. You can sign up to receive notices of these blogs by e-mail — enter your e-mail address in the upper right corner of any blog page.Alex is founder of BuildingGreen, Inc. and executive editor of Environmental Building News. To keep up with his latest articles and musings, you can sign up for his Twitter feed. Fourth-century oil wells in ChinaThe first oil wells are believed to have been drilled in China around 350 AD; these wells were drilled using bits attached to bamboo poles and extending as deep as 800 feet. That oil was burned to evaporate brine to produce salt. By the 10th Century the Chinese even built bamboo pipelines to transport oil from those wells to salt springs where the brine was collected.In Japan, petroleum was used for lighting at least as far back as the 7th century. Baghdad’s first streets were paved with asphalt. Marco Polo described oil fields in what is now Azerbaijan, where naphtha was produced. And in the 9th century, petroleum was distilled by the Persian alchemist Muhammad ibn Zakariya Razi into kerosene that was used in lamps.The first North American reference to petroleum was in 1595 when Sir Walter Raleigh wrote about Pitch Lake on the Caribbean island of Trinidad. With a surface area of about 100 acres and a depth as great as 250 feet, this is the world’s largest natural deposit of asphalt; it is a significant tourist attraction, and asphalt from this deposit has long been exported — some was used in early paving of some New York City streets.center_img Poland drilled for oil before the U.S.The modern oil industry began in the 1850s. In 1853, the world’s first commercial oil well was drilled in Poland and the second was drilled in Romania in 1857. An oil well in Oil Springs, Ontario in 1858 was the first in North America, and that was followed in 1859 with the famous oil well in Titusville, Pennsylvania, when Edwin Drake drilled a 69-foot well that yielded 25 barrels per day.Petroleum production in the U.S. increased steadily during the first 50 years of production: 2,000 barrels in 1859, 4.2 million barrels in 1868, 20 million barrels in 1879, 35 million barrels in 1889, 57 million barrels in 1899, and 126 million barrels in 1906.last_img read more

Dame time: Lillard’s 3 at buzzer ousts Thunder, sends Blazers to 2nd round

first_imgCayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard reacts after making the game-winning shot at the buzzer against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 5 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Tuesday, April 23, 2019, in Portland, Ore. The Trail Blazers won 118-115. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)PORTLAND, Oregon — After Damian Lillard hit his walk-off 3-pointer to send the Trail Blazers along in the playoffs, he waved goodbye to the Thunder bench.“That was the last word,” he afterward. “That was having the last word.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments Russell Westbrook had 29 points, 11 rebounds and 14 assists for his 10th career playoff triple-double and his second of the series. Paul George added 36 points.”Sometimes it’s your turn to go through something, and when you keep fighting, and keep working through it, and stay together… there’s a reward waiting for you.”@Dame_Lillard x #NBAPlayoffs— NBA (@NBA) April 24, 2019“Very, very disappointing. It’s as simple as that,” George said. “We let this one slip away but it is what it is.”Lillard had 34 points in the first half alone — more than Westbrook and George had combined (32) for the Thunder — but the Blazers had just a 61-60 edge going into the second half.The Thunder led 90-88 going into the final quarter. Westbrook hit a 3-pointer to extend the lead while Lillard took a break on the bench.Oklahoma City went up 105-90 with 7:45 left on Dennis Schroder’s pullup jumper as Portland struggled.Lillard’s 3-pointer pulled the Blazers within 108-103, but Westbrook answered with his own 3. CJ McCollum’s bank shot cut Oklahoma City’s lead to 113-109 with 1:39 left. Maurice Harkless added free throws to get the Blazers within two.McCollum tied it with a jumper with just under a minute left, but George scored on the other end. Lillard’s layup re-tied it then Westbrook missed a layup with 18.3 seconds left to set up Lillard’s epic buzzer beater. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Finals slot in sight Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Lillard finished with a franchise playoff-record 50 points and Portland eliminated Oklahoma City from the postseason in five games with a 118-115 victory on Tuesday night.Damian Lillard (50 PTS) buries the three for the #TissotBuzzerBeater and the @trailblazers advance to the Western Conference Semifinals with the 118-115 Game 5 victory! #ThisIsYourTime #RipCity#NBAPlayoffs STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics— NBA (@NBA) April 24, 2019 Lillard’s long 30-foot 3-pointer pulled Portland within 43-39. George collected his third foul midway through the quarter after scoring 17 points.Another Lillard 3 closed the gap to 52-50 and the Blazers pulled in front 56-55 with 1:42 to go in the half on Seth Curry’s 3-pointer. The Blazers led 61-60 at the break, led by Lillard with 34 points.Kanter, who became Portland’s starter when Jusuf Nurkic broke his leg late in the season, was clearly having trouble with his left shoulder. He came down hard on it late in the half and cried out in pain but he started the second half.Kanter said afterward the original injury happened in the opening quarter and may be a separation. “We’ll see what happens,” he said, his shoulder wrapped.TIP-INSThunder: OKC coach Billy Donovan knew before the game what the Thunder were up against: “You throw everything you have into this game. It’s a matter of a collectively going out there to play to the best of their ability.” … The Tunder swept the Blazers in four games during the regular season.Trail Blazers: Lillard has had 30-plus points 13 times in the postseason. His effort on Tuesday night surpasses his previous playoff high of 40 set against the Warriors in 2016. … Klay Thompson has the playoff record with 11 3-pointers in a game for the Warriors — also against the Thunder — in 2016. … Portland has won 11 straight at home in the regular season and playoffs. …MORAL SUPPORT: The crowd roared in the final minutes when Nurkic was shown on the video scoreboard, cheering from the Blazers’ bench. It was the first time Nurkic had joined the team in the playoffs.“You guys know it, you felt it in the building when they showed him on the big screen,” Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. “The fact that he showed up — no one knew he was going to show up. I honestly think we fed off that. There was a little good karma when he did show up.” With the game tied, Lillard dribbled just inside of halfcourt near the Blazers logo and then pulled up and hit the game-winner at the buzzer from 37-feet. After his wave, Lillard was mobbed by his teammates and the crowd chanted “MVP! MVP!”Lillard finished 10 3-pointers, second-most ever in an NBA playoff game.“All of those things that we did to give ourselves a chance to win were huge,” Lillard said. “And my part in it, I think, was probably my most important performance.”Portland advances to the Western Conference semifinals to face the winner of the series between the Nuggets and San Antonio. Denver won 108-90 earlier in the night to take a 3-2 lead in that series.It was the 12th straight road playoff loss for the Thunder, who have been eliminated in the opening round for three straight seasons.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ 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 Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid “I don’t care what anybody says that’s a bad shot,” George said about Lillard’s 3. “But he made it and that story will be told, but it was a bad shot. You live with it.”McCollum finished with 17 for the Blazers and Enes Kanter had 13 points and 13 rebounds.Dame. Called. Game. 👋— Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) April 24, 2019The Blazers stole one in Oklahoma City, winning 111-98 on Sunday. Westbrook went cold, finishing was 5 of 21 from the field for 14 points. He missed his final 10 shots. Lillard finished with 24, including 15 in the third quarter.Portland was swept in the first round of the playoffs for the past two seasons, last year by New Orleans and the previous year by Golden State.The Blazers last trip to the Western Conference semifinals came in 2016, when they beat the Clippers in the opening round before falling to the Warriors in five games.The Thunder also got knocked out in the opening round for the past two seasons. In 2016, a year after missing the playoffs entirely, they went to the conference finals but lost to Golden State.The Thunder went up 22-12 early, and George made his first six shots from the floor. Oklahoma City held a 37-29 lead at the end of the first quarter, but Lillard led all players with 19 points. 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Ruthless Saints leave insipid Leicester in desperate relegation fight

first_imgShare on Pinterest Newcastle call for end to relegation as Premiership basement battle hots up Share on LinkedIn Northampton Share via Email Support The Guardian Since you’re here… If there was any doubt as to whether Leicester are involved in the Premiership’s relegation battle, it can now be said with some certainty that they are fighting for their lives. Take nothing away from Northampton, who ruthlessly romped to a second consecutive away win in the east Midlands derby with Cobus Reinach and Dan Biggar commanding, but it is hard to remember a more insipid performance from the Tigers against their bitter rivals.They are 10th in the Premiership table, and will stay there come what may in the rest of the weekend’s fixtures, but they will be anxiously awaiting the results considering they could wake on Sunday just four points from the foot of the table. “We want to be competing at the top end of the league but we are right down at the bottom and in the mire,” said the Leicester head coach, Geordan Murphy. “It’s going to be tight.”Against a hugely impressive Northampton side Leicester were 20-3 down at half-time after tries from Reinach and Tom Collins (2), before Biggar twisted the knife in the second. The Saints were superior in every department but their outside-centre Rory Hutchinson warrants special mention, twisting the Tigers’ blood with his quick feet. The flankers Heinrich Brüssow and Jamie Gibson deserve huge credit, too, in a comprehensive victory that lifts the upwardly mobile Saints into fifth place.It was during this fixture last year that the former Northampton centre Rob Horne suffered a career-ending arm injury, leading to the Saints turning their home fixture against Leicester into a memorial match at Twickenham earlier this season. Northampton failed to deliver that day and their director of rugby, Chris Boyd, admitted that frustration had lingered. “We were terrible disappointed with the way we played. I thought we disrespected that occasion so there was a little extra bird on the shoulder for Rob,” said Boyd, who revealed afterwards he expects Dylan Hartley to return to action before the end of the season, having undergone surgery on a knee injury.There is no need for Northampton to rush him back on this evidence but such is the pressure on Leicester at present that five of their six England internationals were in the starting lineup – Ben Youngs the only one not included because of a shoulder injury. Despite the cavalry, it was an inauspicious start for Leicester and proceeded to get worse when Reinach streaked into the left-hand corner for the opening try. Leicester felt that Northampton’s huge winger Taqele Naiyaravoro had knocked on George Ford’s towering kick in the buildup but they should be more concerned by the gaping hole Collins ghosted through. He arced back left and freed Reinach to race clear.Leicester responded with a period of concerted pressure but could not find a way past Northampton’s scrambling defence. They had some joy breaking Northampton’s line but less idea of how best to take advantage. The Saints, meanwhile, made the most of their visits into Leicester’s 22. A barrelling run from Brüssow got Northampton in behind and Mike Williams’s cynical infringement led to a simple three points for Biggar and a yellow card for the Leicester flanker. Share on Messenger Share on Twitter Leicester Share on Facebookcenter_img Rugby union Premiership Northampton’s second try soon followed and Leicester cannot claim they had not been warned. Hutchinson had made good ground on the left not long before he scythed his way through on the right, releasing Collins to canter under the posts. Leicester simply could not live with the tempo brought by Reinach and Biggar. Between them they ran the Tigers defence right, then left before a glorious floating pass from Hutchinson found Naiyaravoro on the touchline. His offload teed up Collins for his second try of the evening.A somewhat bizarre wedding ceremony on the pitch at half-time did little to change the funereal atmosphere in the stands, so poor had Leicester been in the opening half, and it got no better when Biggar extended Northampton’s lead to 20 points with a penalty early in the second. Another two routine penalties for Biggar – the first conceded by Dan Cole, who also received a yellow card – and Leicester were resigned to defeat. Ford did scamper over – if it was going to be anyone for Leicester it was going to be him – with 14 minutes to go and Tom Youngs added another from close range after Gibson’s late yellow card but it did little to disguise just how emphatically Leicester had been beaten.LeicesterOlowofela; Aspland-Robinson, Tuilagi (Owen 69), Eastmond (Toomua ht), May; G Ford, Harrison (White 61); Genge (Gigena 72), Youngs (capt), Cole (Heyes 78), Spencer, Kitchener (Wells 68), Williams (Kerr 74), O’Connor (Fitzgerald 62), Thompson.Tries G Ford, T Youngs. Con G Ford. Pen G FordSin-bin Williams 30, Cole 52NorthamptonTuala (Kellaway 68); Collins, Hutchinson, Francis, Naiyaravoro (Furbank 58); Biggar, Reinach (Mitchell 68); Van Wyk (Waller ht), Fish (Marshall 65), Hill (Franks 62), Ratuniyarawa (Craig 74), Moon, Gibson, Brüssow (Wood 62), Harrison (capt).Tries Reinach, Collins 2 Con Biggar Pens Biggar 4Referee W Barnes. The Breakdown: sign up and get our weekly rugby union email. 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