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Wimbledon bans selfie sticks

Organizers described selfie sticks as a "nuisance."
By Kate Stanton Follow @KateStan Contact the Author   |   April 28, 2015 at 4:00 AM
LONDON, April 28 (UPI) -- Selfie sticks will no longer be welcome at the Wimbledon tennis tournament, organizers announced Monday.

The All England Lawn Tennis Club, where Wimbledon takes place, has banned the contraptions from the 2015 championships.

Selfie sticks help smartphone users take pictures of themselves. But a spokesman for the club said the sticks do have a "nuisance value" that could "interfere with spectators' enjoyment."

Wimbledon is the latest major venue to ban selfie sticks, which came into widespread use in 2014.

The Kentucky Derby banned selfie sticks, as well as drones, earlier this month, following in the footsteps of Coachella, Lollapalooza and the Smithsonian.

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Houston Astros down San Diego Padres for fourth straight win

April 28, 2015 at 1:50 AM
Colby Rasmus homered and drove in three runs, and the Houston Astros pulled out a 9-4 win over the San Diego Padres in the opener of a three-game series on Monday.

Jed Lowrie and Jason Castro each added solo homers for the Astros, who have won four straight and eight of their last nine overall.

Houston has won all four starts this season by Collin McHugh, who threw another quality outing but did not factor in the decision. The right-hander allowed three runs on seven hits over six innings.

Wil Myers and Yangervis Solarte both knocked in a pair of runs atop San Diego's lineup, while James Shields struck out 12 over six innings in a no- decision. San Diego's offseason acquisition gave up three runs -- one earned -- on six hits.

Joaquin Benoit (3-1) faced four batters in the eighth and did not record an out as the Astros broke a 4-4 tie with three runs..

George Springer and Lowrie both walked, and a double steal resulted in Derek Norris' throw to third sailing into left field, allowing Springer to score the go-ahead run. Rasmus and Chris Carter followed with RBI hits, and Rasmus cracked a two-run homer in the ninth to cap the victory.

Shields coughed up a towering blast to Lowrie in the fourth and would have gotten out of the fifth unscathed had Alexi Amarista not committed an error on Jake Marisnick's steal of second. Marisnick scored when Jose Altuve one-hopped the fence in center for a ground-rule double, and Luis Valbuena followed with an RBI single for a 3-0 Astros lead.

McHugh was one strike away from escaping the fifth several times, but the Padres pushed three across to even things. Shields kept the inning alive with a single to put runners on the corners, and Myers hit a line drive to left that was just out of Colby Rasmus' reach. Two runs scored on the double, and Myers came around on Solarte's bloop single to left.

Castro took Brandon Maurer deep leading off the seventh, and the Padres got the run back in the bottom half on Solarte's RBI double. Pat Neshek (1-0) got out of a two-on, one-out jam thanks to Altuve throwing out Myers at home on a ground ball hit by Kemp.

Game Notes

The Astros are 10-0 when scoring first and 11-0 when scoring at least four runs ... Lowrie exited in the eighth with a right thumb injury ... Both teams recorded 10 hits.


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