Month: August 2020

Property tax increase looms in Lauderdale Lakes

first_imgCaribbean American residents of the city of Lauderdale Lakes, may have to brace to face increased property taxes. This according to city Mayor Hazelle Rogers who said the city is in a financial bind which it is slowly climbing out of.Lauderdale Lakes already has the highest property tax rates in Broward County but plans to raise taxes and fire-rescue fees due to a $1.1 million budget gap.Commissioners votes for increaseCity commissioners voted recently to tentatively set a property tax rate of $8.50 on every $1,000 of taxable value. That’s the same rate as last year, but when coupled with rising property values, it will result in tax increases. The fire-rescue fee, which appears on the property tax bill, is proposed to rise 10 percent to $321 for a residential property.Since 2011 the city has downsized its City Commission, fired its city manager, replaced him, and elected new leaders.Rogers said the city can’t afford to cut back on property tax income right now. The city has largely returned from the brink of bankruptcy but still is financially fragile. “We’re looking good,” she said, “but we have to be so cautious. The new commissioners just want to take time to look at everything.”Expenses to be cutEven with the new tax rate, some expenses would have to be cut because of the projected budget gap. Merit-based pay raises could be eliminated, cost-of-living raises delayed, and special events eliminated among other cuts.Highest tax rate in Broward CountyWith other taxes factored in, property owners in Lauderdale Lakes last year paid about $24 on every $1,000 of taxable value, the highest total tax rate in the county, according to the property appraiser’s office. (The lowest total rate is consistently the city of Weston, where property owners last year paid about $17 in tax for every $1,000 of taxable value.)Property values in Lauderdale Lakes are, however, relatively low, helping to keep tax revenues low despite the tax rate. The average home value is $101,855, less than half the county average.Rogers said a key focus of the city’s efforts in the coming year will be economic development. This includes attracting higher income-earners to Lauderdale Lakes. A quarter of the city’s population lives below the poverty level, much higher than the countywide average of 14.5 percent.last_img read more

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Sunshine Girlz maul Barbados

first_imgJamaica’s Sunshine Girls crushed Caribbean neighbors Barbados, to win their fourth straight game in Pool A of the Commonwealth Games in Australia on Monday.Playing at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Center, the powerhouses stamped their authority on the contest from early to come away with a 76-32 victory.While the result kept the Sunshine Girls unbeaten in the competition, it represented the second defeat for the Barbadians, who suffered a similar hammering in their opening game to hosts and world champions Australia.Jamaica were spearheaded by goal shooter Jhaniele Fowler-Reid who scored 32 from 36 attempts while Romelda Aiken shot 28 from 33, in her time also at goal shooter.Goal attack Shanice Beckford supported with 12 goals from 14 attempts.Barbados were never given the chance to get going and goal shooter Latonia Blackman was limited to 17 from 19 attempts.Jamaica wasted little in charging to a 22-9 lead at the first quarter, an advantage which they converted into a 39-15 half-time lead to put the contest virtually out of sight.It was more of the same in the third quarter as the Jamaicans outscored Barbados 18-7 to lead 57-22 at the start of the final stanza, and they pressed home their advantage down the stretch to close out strongly.Jamaica’s biggest test will come on Wednesday when they clash with the Aussies in their final outing of the preliminaries.Barbados, meanwhile, take on Northern Ireland on Tuesday before wrapping up their preliminary campaign against South Africa on Wednesday.last_img read more

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Barbados appoints Rihanna as Ambassador Extraordinary

first_imgThe Barbados government has appointed international pop icon, Robyn Rihanna Fenty, as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, with specific responsibility for promoting education, tourism and investment for the island.Prime Minister Mia Mottley said the government was honoured to be able to confer the title on the outstanding Barbadian singer who has contributed significantly to raising the island’s profile across the world. Rihanna has a deep love for this country and this is reflected in her philanthropy, especially in the areas of health and education. She also shows her patriotism in the way she gives back to this country and continues to treasure the island as her home.“She has also demonstrated, beyond her success as a pop icon, significant creative acumen and shrewdness in business. It is therefore fitting that we engage and empower her to play a more definitive role as we work to transform Barbados,” Mottley said, noting that her charitable contributions, both locally and internationally, have also been significant.Rihanna was appointed as one of Barbados’ Cultural Ambassadors in 2008, undertaking promotional work on behalf of the ministry with responsibility for tourism. However, this expanded role takes into consideration her multidimensional achievements and global influence across a much broader range of areas.In accepting her new duties, Rihanna said that she was ready to play her part in creating a new Barbados.“I couldn’t be more proud to take on such a prestigious title in my home country. Every Barbadian is going to have to play their role in this current effort, and I’m ready and excited to take on the responsibility. I look forward to working with Prime Minister Mottley and her team to reimagine Barbados,” she stated.last_img read more

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South Florida pastor launches organization to help single mothers

first_imgKODAK Digital Still Camera Though the past 20 years has seen a lot of highs, there was a time in Dorothy Roberts’ life when all seemed lost. She has never forgotten that low period, which inspired her to help the depressed and indigent.Family Youth and Community Enrichment CenterOn April 6, the Jamaican pastor who has called South Florida home for over 30 years, launches Hollywood Family Youth and Community Enrichment Center, an organization dedicated to helping single parents and provide mentorship to South Florida’s marginalized. The ceremony takes place at 3911 Hollywood Boulevard.“As I was once a single mother, I would especially help single parents whom I know were not as fortunate as myself and my four children,” said Roberts. “It was in 1989 when I came to realize that there are more struggles in the United States for single parents and youth than back home.”Team of professionals Through Hollywood Family Youth and Community Enrichment Center, Roberts will work with a team of professionals to help persons who lack funding to seek expertise on various personal problems.She said that, “Our new venture will be able to give more one-on-one help in the sense that we will have doctors, therapists and councilors who will offer eye exams and free glasses to those who need it. Psychiatrists will evaluate and make a referral where necessary, and we will be better able to give out free groceries and articles of clothing to those who need it most.”Build family bonds Another of Hollywood Family Youth and Community Enrichment Center’s priorities, is to build lasting bonds between parents and children. Particularly in the area of education where Roberts points to a growing breach.According to the fledgling organization’s mission statement, parents, families and communities will be encouraged to become actively engaged in public schools and play integral roles in improving those institutions.As well, these groups will work diligently with the homeless and wayward youth in areas of family preservation and developing leadership skills.Roberts is originally from Manchester, a farming parish in central Jamaica, where she was an established dentist. She has worked in outreach programs since living in the US.With her husband Scott, she oversees Harvest Reapers Outreach Support Ministry, a non-denominational church at 46th Avenue in Hollywood that operates a counseling and feeding program.last_img read more

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Dillard Center for the Arts receives national recognition for commitment to…

first_imgCongratulations to Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) Dillard Center for the Arts for being honored with the SupportMusic Merit Award from The National Association of Music Merchants Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education.The Support Music Merit Award recognizes individual schools that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students. This award recognizes Dillard Center for the Arts for leading the way with learning opportunities as outlined in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which recommends music and the arts as important elements of a well-rounded education for all children.Read More: Fort Lauderdale’s Dillard High School win national high school jazz band festival“I believe that music education is vital,” said Dillard High School Principal Casandra D. Robinson. “Research shows the positive academic advantages of having a high-quality music program. In addition, having a music faculty who are instrumental in molding our students into great musicians and great citizens has been extremely impactful. They literally change the trajectory of the lives of the students they serve.”“We believe music education is important because it helps students to learn and develop important life skills,” said Christopher Dorsey, director of jazz studies at Dillard Center for the Arts.Read More: Dillard Center for the Arts students selected to attend prestigious GRAMMY Camp – Jazz SessionUnder Dorsey’s leadership, the nationally renowned Dillard Center for the Arts Jazz Ensemble is a three-time winner at the prestigious Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival, and the defending champion this year. This year’s return as a 2019 finalist for this competition marks the ninth time in the past 10 years the band has been invited to the finals, held at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York, May 9-11.last_img read more

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2017 Commonwealth Youth Games: Nigeria To Be Represented By Two Athletes In Nassau

first_imgRelatedAUDIO: Nigeria Not Ready For Commonwealth Games – IgaliDecember 22, 2017In “Africa”Wrestling: Igali Hopes For ‘Better’ 2020, Targets 8 Olympic Spots (AUDIO)January 7, 2020In “Wrestling”2 Nigerian Athletes Qualify For Youth Olympic Games Via CanoeingApril 16, 2018In “Africa” Team Nigeria will be represented by only two athletes at the ongoing 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games holding in Nassau, Bahamas.A total of 38 athletes will return to their various homes today following the incapability of the Ministry of Sports to secure transit visas for the athletes to the games which began yesterday in the Caribbean.Nigeria was expected to compete in seven sports – Swimming, Tennis, Cycling, Beach Volleyball, Athletics, Boxing and Judo. Most of the athletes were in fact were camped at the Abuja National stadium for about two month, only for their expectations to be crashed by this disappointment.Only Jacinta Okorie and a tennis player were lucky enough to get their papers sorted in time for the games, and will be Nigeria’s only representatives at the games. This development follows the recent absence of Nigeria at the IAAF World U18 Championships held in Kenya.Just to add that back in April, the Honorable Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung and his team were in Nassau to inspect the facilities in readiness for the games.Over 70 countries will be represented at the games, with over 1300 athletes within the ages of 14-18 will be contesting for 94 medals across Athletics, Aquatics (Swimming), Beach Soccer, Boxing, Cycling, Judo, Rugby Sevens, Tennis and Beach Volleyball.last_img read more

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Touch And Go For Lukaku As Belgium Stroll To Russia

first_imgBelgium and Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku is in a race against time to be fit for Belgium’s World Cup qualifier against Bosnia and Herzegovina on Saturday after picking up an ankle injury in United’s 4-0 defeat of Crystal Palace at the weekend, manager Roberto Martinez has said today.Belgium have booked their place at the Russia 2018 World Cup and should be comfortable without Lukaku on Saturday but Martinez is hoping the former Everton man will be fit enough to feature when they host Cyprus at home on Tuesday night. Martinez told the media on Wednesday:“At the moment, Romelu is working separately.“He has not joined the group yet since he arrived. We need to be a little bit patient.“I would say he is very uncertain for Saturday.“We will make a decision probably on Friday, but I would say that it is a little bit difficult for him to be involved on Saturday.“But we are still hopeful he will be involved on Tuesday.” Lukaku comes into the international  window having scored his seventh goal of the premier league and Jose Mourinho would be watching closely how his talisman’s injury will be handled.Martinez is also without Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany who got injured in Belgium’s last match against Gilbrata at the end of August. Kompany was included in the original squad that was announced last Friday but Martinez has confirmed that after “good communication” with Manchester City, the defender will not be available for the Belgian National team in the last round of qualifiers this weekend.RelatedKompany Named In Belgium World Cup Squad Despite Injury As Benteke Misses OutJune 4, 2018In “England”Lukaku Plans To Retire From Belgium NT At 27August 17, 2018In “England”Lukaku Returns To Manchester United TrainingNovember 9, 2018In “England”last_img read more

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Surprise! Ivorian Player To Miss Two Months After Diving

first_imgIvorian international Seydou Doumbia will miss the next two months after he picked up a tendon injury while diving for a penalty.Doumbia, 29, damaged his tendon when he dived in a bid to win a penalty during the UEFA Champions League (UCL) Matchday 2 clash between his Portuguese club Sporting Lisbon and Spanish giants Barcelona on Wednesday night.Seydou Doumbia was given a yellow card before he limped out of the game, which ended in a 1-0 home defeat for his side.The former AS Roma and Newcastle United striker is now set to miss Ivory Coast’s final two 2018 World Cup qualifiers against Mali and Morocco as a result of the injury.His injury was confirmed by Ivory Coast manager Marc Wilmots, who will be without several key players apart from Doumbia. Other Ivorian stars like Gervinho, Wilfried Zaha and Max Gradel are expected to miss the two qualifiers.Relatedlast_img read more

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Bookmakers find no fun in Barcelona’s epic Champions League comeback

first_img Share Share Related Articles Bet-at-home maintains 2020 outlook as regulatory headwinds loom August 3, 2020 Submit Playtech goes live in the US with bet365 August 7, 2020 Top 50 clubs suffer €751m decline in brand value July 31, 2020 StumbleUpon FC Barcelona’s epic last minute Champions League (last-16) tie win over Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) hit bookmaker pockets last night.Barcelona’s turnaround of a PSG 4-goal aggregate lead at the Camp Nou Stadium has been hailed as European football’s greatest ever comeback. However, bookmakers will share no delight in Barcelona’s accomplishment as punters took advantage of the favourable match and in-play market prices.Before kick-off, Barcelona were priced between 8-10/1 of winning the tie and making the Champions League quarter-finals a price which tempted punters to back Luis Enrique’s underdogs.Furthermore, bookmakers were stung by in-play pricing fluctuations which saw Barcelona priced as much as 100-1 with 10-minutes of the match remaining.Barcelona’s Brazilian superstar Neymar would lead a three-goal ‘injury-time’ turnaround, with substitute Sergi Roberto netting the match-winner, which would devastate bookmakers.This morning bet365 trading reported an eight-figure pay-out on the Barcelona victory labelling it ‘worst result of the season, maybe ever’.Furthermore, Bookmaker’s Paddy Power and Sky Bet has further revealed hefty payouts due to punters taking advantage of combined ‘score-cast’ and ‘win-cast’ prices, stating that the Barcelona victory was the last thing bookmakers wanted ahead of Cheltenham Festival 2017.last_img read more

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Dutch KSA warns industry of tougher penalties & restrictions for ‘rogue’ operators

first_imgShare StumbleUpon TOTO offers ‘sleeve support’ for distressed Eredivisie clubs  July 29, 2020 Related Articles Submit Kansspelautoriteit enters into MoU with Malta Gaming Authority August 28, 2020 Netherlands Remote Gambling Act submitted for EC review July 15, 2020 Share Kansspelautoriteit (KSA), The Netherlands Gaming Authority has announced that it will step up its enforcement efforts against online gambling operators deemed to be illegally targeting and servicing national consumers.Issuing an industry warning, KSA Vice Chairman Henk HW Kesler stated that the authority would no longer tolerate ‘rogue’ operators offering illegal online betting and gambling services.KSA senior figures are currently working on tougher penalties and restrictions against operators who target national consumers offering Dutch language services.Last February, KSA announced its new industry guidance relating to national advertising and marketing standards. The authority moved to place advertising restrictions on all Netherlands-based media owners (print. Digital, TV & Radio) to ban unlicensed betting/gambling advertising.Toughing its stance, KSA is reported to want to prohibit all ‘redirects’ from .nl domains to .com operator websites. Furthermore, the authority has urged international operators to ‘geo-block’ Dutch IP traffic and stop processing all payment transactions via Netherlands-based banks.KSA has warned in the past that failure to comply with its restrictions, could see international operators blacklisted and forfeiting their right to apply for Dutch online gambling licenses, once the Netherlands fully regulates its market.last_img read more

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Kompli-Global provides 4th AMLD support for gaming operators

first_img Kompli-Global has developed a tool to help companies deal with the more time-consuming customer due diligence challenges of the 4th Anti-Money Laundering Directive (4th AMLD).The 4th AMLD, which came into force on 26 June, includes a specific mention for the online gaming industry, where operators must perform more exhaustive checks on adverse player information.Backed up by a team of compliance experts in 66 countries covering 158 regions, artificial intelligence tool Kompli-IQ has been developed with the aim of establishing itself as a baseline check and a “matter of routine” within the gaming industry, but also for companies in financial services and other regulated sectors looking to bolster anti-money laundering efforts.Kompli-Global CEO Jane Jee said: “We have developed a search platform which enables companies to look and see whether there is adverse information on their new and existing customers.“Gaming operators will have to carry out a risk assessment of their clients to work out whether those customers are low or high risk in terms of money laundering. One would suspect that those dealing in large sums of money are higher risk, so one needs to check them out more thoroughly.”Addressed the geographical scope of the tool, Jee continued: “We have more than 500 key words that we associate with the names to carry out the search. To carry out a thorough assessment of somebody who is abroad, you need to be able to translate those terms into European languages and carry them out in the native language, and this is what we have done.“We’ve worked hard to build a network of compliance experts. These local compliance specialists can help us develop those search terms and take account of these cultural differences.” Kim Mouridsen: Combatting problem gambling with automated player profiling July 3, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Fonbet builds betting experience through ‘Alice’ voice assistant July 7, 2020 GAMING1 uses AI to combat problem gambling August 4, 2020 Related Articles Submit Sharelast_img read more

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Dave Hammond: “The SBTech culture is one of winning and driving expansion”

first_img StumbleUpon Earlier this month, Dave Hammond left his role as B2B Divisions Director at Paddy Power Betfair to take up the reign as COO of SBTech, charged with driving growth through 2019 and beyond.Following the appointment we spoke to Hammond regarding the transition, personal and company-wide ambitions, the future of online sports betting and much more.____________________SBC: Why was this the time right to move to SBTech as Chief Operating Officer? Dave Hammond: Having had the opportunity to view SBTech from the outside and see their successes across Europe and the US markets, the chance to join this company was not one I could really pass on. I was fortunate to know and previously work with some of the SBTech management team, so I already knew the quality of the people in place. Once I met key team members across its many offices and saw the platform capabilities and product suite, there was only one option in the industry for me to consider and subsequently become part of the success.SBC: What are your immediate ambitions and plans for 2019 with SBTech?DH: Firstly, it’s key to understand SBTech has already had huge success with its innovative platform and agile culture. My main goal is to make sure we continue to scale and increase the trajectory of delivery and success for our partners. We are a truly global business, with a coverage of products many other businesses should be envious of. How we maximise our team’s innovation and development to entertain end users will be crucial for our continued success, and a major focus for me from the get-go.“We must maintain our market leading B2B supplier status by increasing product, technology, market and client reach”SBC: With such a wealth of experience, what can you bring to the company to take it to the next step and beyond?DH: SBTech is unique in the sector in terms of its growth, client base, employees and revenue. We want and expect this to further increase in velocity and volume. A focus for me is to ensure we are built to maximise this success with internal processes and technology needing to scale, and our performance and stability cannot be compromised. I have been through growth curves and the pain points are known. SBTech will benefit from my experience in these areas.SBC: How different will the transition from Paddy Power to SBTech be for you?DH: The business structure and operating models are completely different, but overall the industry and people are very similar. SBTech is market leading in scaling operations and country entry. This flexibility is something I have always had an affinity towards, but what I get enthusiastic about is our capabilities. The fact SBTech is privately owned and we move quickly on solid data points is part of our fabric. This differentiates us from every provider / operator in the industry, and the ability to see returns from tactical decisions within the overarching strategy is very refreshing.SBC: What are the main challenges SBTech currently faces and how will you address these?DH: I believe everything can be improved in any business, but SBTech is strong across the board. We have invested heavily in quality and quantity in every area from people, technology, infrastructure through to marketing, support and, of course, product. How these areas all interact and share their collective knowledge and analytical learnings will help drive the future waves of success for SBTech. This is a real focal point for me personally. Allowing people to be successful and drive their units based around common beliefs and proven best practices is a simple, but crucial way, of ensuring ongoing market leading offerings.“France is one of Europe’s most mature regulated markets and will be another key territory”SBC: In five years, where do you want SBTech to be?DH: The answer is simple; we must maintain our market leading B2B supplier status by increasing product, technology, market and client reach. In short, we must innovate and deliver. It’s still very early for the US marketplace and constant regulation movement across EMEA all provides huge opportunities. In five years I expect SBTech to increase its dominance in our current markets, and to serve new products to a wider portfolio of clients in numerous newly regulated and regulating territories.SBC: SBTech is preparing to enter the French market in Q1 2019. How important is this for SBTech and where else will SBTech be venturing in 2019?DH: France is one of Europe’s most mature regulated markets and will be another key territory for our existing customers as well as winning new deals. The SBTech culture is one of winning and driving expansion. Our constant ability to launch partners into new markets has been at the core of the business for more than 10 years, and this will continue and expand further. The PASPA repeal of 2018 and US betting opportunity is on every supplier and operator’s strategy paper. SBTech are already there and have partners live and in development across multiple states and will continue to deliver product and innovation into the newly formed and exciting market. That said, we have a very large and demanding pipeline of European partners, with France, Sweden and Portugal to name just a few, all holding established and well documented opportunities. SBTech’s key skill is moving at pace with a quality regionalised product, we will continue to this in all markets which can offer revenue increase for our partners and of course SBTech.“It would be naïve to think that by the end of 2023 current products and player behaviours would not have changed in a quantum measure”SBC: Do you think online sports betting will change over the next few years? Do you think sports betting needs to change? If so, why and how will you adapt?DH: It would be naïve to think that by the end of 2023 current products and player behaviours would not have changed in a quantum measure from where we the offering is today. The betting industry and especially SBTech’s multi territory operations, has such a volume of data which will allow us to expand data scientist teams creating AI and ML projects which will transform the way we create and morph our offerings.Consumer technology and available data points within sports will continuously develop. This means the richness of product offering will have to expand to keep our customers engaged in betting while enjoying the sports experience. This is a key focus for SBTech to continue to lead in this area and drive the market depth and customer interaction of our offering. FDJ’s ParionsSport launches sponsorship programme for French amateur football August 24, 2020 Share Related Articles Share Kambi takes control of Churchill Downs BetAmerica sportsbook August 28, 2020 Alberto Alfieri: Leading the way for Gamingtec’s B2C growth August 25, 2020 Submitlast_img read more

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Czech PE’s split SAZKA European gambling assets

first_img Mateusz Juroszek – Non-stop STS will expand amid industry disruptions August 12, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Submit SAZKA faces scrutiny following appointment of Flint Global as National Lottery advisor August 20, 2020 SIS lands exclusive Czech and Hungarian racing deals June 15, 2020 Related Articles Share Czech private equity firms KKCG and EMMA Capital have confirmed that they will move to split the ownership of assets in pan-European betting and lottery operator SAZKA Group.SAZKA is the Czech national lottery operator, which holds majority/significant holdings in European operators – OPAP Greece (33%), Casinos Austria (30%), LOTTOITALIA (33%) and SuperSport Croatia (67%).Agreeing on undisclosed terms, the KKCG fund operated by financier Karel Komarek Jr will take control of SZAKA’s Czech lottery unit, as well as the firm’s stakes in OPAP, Casinos Austria and LOTTOITALIA.Meanwhile, EMMA Capital controlled by Jiri Smejc will be rewarded with a € multi-million payout of SAZKA shares, and will further gain majority control of SuperSport Croatia.The PE firms chose not to disclose any rationale for the transaction, simply stating that the split of assets was currently being reviewed by Prague market regulators and regional competition authorities.Last November, KKCG and EMMA Capital disclosed that they were reviewing all future options with regards to SAZKA, appointing Citibank and Cazenove to asses potentially listing onto the London Stock Exchange.KKCG confirmed to Reuters International, that a future IPO remained an option dependent on ‘market conditions and other factors’.To date, Sazka’s multi-market presence has seen the lottery operator record wagers of + €16 billion, servicing 62,000 sales points within Czech Rep, Italy, Austria and Cyprus.last_img read more

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Lighter JPJ Group focused on returning Jackpotjoy to growth

first_img Related Articles Sportech highlights new client wins under lockdown June 26, 2020 Flutter begins ‘new era’ by completing merger with Stars Group April 30, 2020 Share Share Submit Publishing its full-year 2018 results, the governance of London-listed JPJ Group declares that it has delivered record revenues and corporate earnings, ahead of its market consensus.Completing year-two as an LSE enterprise, JPJ records a 10% increase in group revenues to £319 million (FY2017: £289m), despite its flagship Jackpotjoy (UK) brand delivering a flat revenue performance of £216 millionWhilst Jackpotjoy adjusts to tougher UK regulatory demands, JPJ’s international unit led by Vera&John recorded a 42% revenue increase to £103 million (FY2017: £74m), with JPJ governance detailing strong organic growth in Scandinavian markets.Focusing on returning its home UK market to growth, JPJ governance details that in 2019 it will solely focus on Jackpotjoy performance, having disposed of its non-core social games division (transaction – £18m) and Mandalay Bingo assets (transaction – £18m to 888 Holdings).Supporting the group’s  UK realignment, JPJ’s fast growth Vera&John domain will advance its profile in new markets targeting growth in Germany, Asia and Brazil.Closing 2018 accounts, JPJ governance announces a 9% increase in EBITDA to £112 million (FY2017: £103m), with the LSE enterprise returning to profit, declaring a net income of £18 million (FY2017: -£70 million).Neil Goulden – JPJ GroupNeil Goulden, JPJ Executive Chairman, commented: “I am pleased with the progress we have made in 2018 as JPJ Group plc continued to deliver on its strategy. We have reported record revenue and adjusted EBITDA2, growing 10% and 9%, respectively, demonstrating the benefits of our diversified geographic footprint. Our continued strong organic cashflow generation has also enabled us to deleverage further, with net debt/EBITDA now at 2.68x. The Board is comfortable retaining the current significant cash on the balance sheet given the optionality which this confers.“The past 12 months also saw the Group achieve several important corporate milestones. In June 2018, we substantially completed the earn-out payments to Gamesys for the assets we acquired in 2015 and in July 2018, we moved to a premium listing on the Official List in London. We sold our social gaming business in August 2018 and this month, we announced we had completed the sale of Mandalay, allowing us to concentrate on a more focussed brand strategy in the UK.” StumbleUpon Gamesys maintains UK growth as Euro regulatory headwinds stall performance August 11, 2020last_img read more

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Will Whitehead, mkodo: Achieving sportsbook and casino differentiation through UX

first_img Share Achieving product differentiation is arguably more important now than ever as sportsbook and casino operators face the challenge of staying relevant, writes Will Whitehead (pictured), Associate Director – Accounts at mkodo.This remarkable period triggered by the outbreak of COVID-19 has stressed the importance of having dynamic and agile digital products and has likely rang alarm bells for many over the need to strengthen their digital offering. A common, immediate strategy has been to populate products with alternative betting markets, but achieving sportsbook engagement in the long-term requires more than giving greater prominence to esports, virtual events and unconventional betting markets. It’s more than just prices and markets.There is a frequent misconception in the sportsbook world that the battle for product differentiation is fought and won solely by having the most markets and the best offers. Operators often focus on delivering features that are driven by data and can, as a result, overlook the importance of the end-user journey. This lack of attention to the user experience (UX) leads to operators offering an almost equal customer interface to their competitors’ products. Prices, markets and offers are, of course, important, but if they are presented through an uninspiring, counterintuitive front-end that doesn’t satisfy the user’s goals, customers will look for an alternative solution. Where to start? Registration!From the initial registration process and deposit flow to find a bet, place a bet and bet review navigation, offering a seamless, engaging UX should be front and centre of product development goals. As customers become more and more educated as to what represents a good user experience (and perhaps more importantly, a poor user experience) operators must give greater attention to the front-end product. This will go a long way to ensuring customer retention and loyalty.As a first point of contact with the customer, registration should be conversational rather than a series of lengthy forms, allowing for documents and payment cards to be scanned by a device camera if that feature is available. These are the types of UX usage that digital natives in particular expect as a given – a customer segment that is key to growing your market share.Paying attention to the details in the front-end user journey can also help your digital strategy where your backend platform lags behind on a popular new market feature, such as when the bet builder function first appeared. Using creative features on the front-end can bridge the gap when updates to the backend platform take time. Tailor to your audience!As an industry, betting and gaming has not kept pace with other entertainment and e-commerce sectors in delivering user experiences tailored to a customer’s specific preferences and their past activity. Currently, the majority of sportsbook products offer the same experience to every customer whether they are, for example, a VIP, a new user or a racing-only punter – a shortcoming often fuelled by limiting factors in the back-end platform. Better tracking of customer behaviour will help deliver an automated, bespoke front-end, but operators can also enable bettors to configure their experience manually, allowing them to choose which sports and markets they favour to be displayed (and not displayed) immediately on opening the website or app. Differentiated Example: VIPWhen targeting the VIP player, a differentiation strategy can go even further. VIPs appreciate receiving a personalised experience that befits their status. They commit to a brand, spending both time and money on their entertainment, and look for a tailored experience in response. To best target this customer segment, operators would do well to match products to their expectations and align more closely with the experience they would receive in the retail environment. A dedicated VIP application that includes features such as a digital concierge service, exclusive live dealers and game content, plus the best odds, packaged in different branding and design, would make the customer feel welcomed and valued by the brand.  Differentiated Example: Esports Interest in betting on esports has been increasing in popularity over the past few years and the current crisis-hit climate has accelerated the rising uptake. However, if operators want to realise the growing opportunity beyond cross-selling to existing sports bettors – one that has previously been overlooked – then they would do well to think bigger than promoting content through existing channels: only through a streamlined product will they be able to capture the full potential of the esports market. As a typically younger demographic and inexperienced bettors, esports fans are an entirely different audience to your traditional sports bettor. Building an esports product that is hidden as just another sport or category amongst the wider sportsbook offering, and is presented in the same manner, is unlikely to achieve optimal engagement. A dedicated application or website that focuses heavily on the digitised social experience stands a much better chance of attracting a younger crowd. Using different vocabulary and content that renders an esports offering less intimidating than a standard sportsbook will be much more appealing and engaging to potential esports customers. Integrating social media information is also important as this provides timely updates of game and team changes which are crucial to the esports market.Differentiated Example: Live CasinoTake Live Casino as another example where differentiation pays off. When Rank Group’s Grosvenor brand launched dedicated iOS and Android apps for the vertical it created a unique and immersive experience that was recognised at industry awards as the Best Mobile Casino Product in the market. The Grosvenor Live Casino product augments the customer experience around the gameplay, building in features such as dealer favoriting with associated rich push notifications, portrait/landscape tailored design, plus visual and themed table navigation.  Generally, a casino site will intermix Live Casino content with other casino products and games in a standard tile layout, without much consideration to the nuances of the live roulette or blackjack customer, creating a less engaging experience.Pivot and emerge strongerStanding out in the digital entertainment space is an important challenge which offers great opportunity to operators willing to invest. In a time when the world is, through necessity, pivoting away from dependence on physical social interaction and retail venues, operators that take the opportunity to advance their digital products stand a greater chance of emerging out this crisis in a strong position.mkodo’s Stuart Godfree is speaking on today’s ‘Being mobile – How lottery can still reach its players’ panel at the SBC Digital Summit. To join the event, register HERE. Better Collective cautious on quick recovery as COVID drags growth momentum August 25, 2020 Share StumbleUpon John O’Reilly – Erratic orders have placed UK casinos on life support August 4, 2020 Related Articles Rank Group extends support for Carers Trust July 28, 2020 Submitlast_img read more

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Charlie Parker joins BHA Board of Directors

first_imgShare Julie Harrington takes the reins as BHA CEO August 11, 2020 The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has confirmed that Charlie Parker, the new President of the Racehorse Owners’ Association (ROA), will join the company Board of Directors.Parker will replace former ROA President, Nicholas Cooper, as one of the two member nominated directors appointed collectively by the ROA, Thoroughbred Breeders Association (TBA) and National Trainers Federation (NTF).He will begin a three-year term as BHA Director on 1 July, joining Luca Cumani who joined the BHA Board in October 2019.Commenting on the new position, Parker said:“I am delighted to be joining the board of the BHA on behalf of the Horsemen’s Group. We face huge challenges across our industry which must be tackled together if we are to ensure the sport we all love can recover from the current crisis and grow into a more robust model in the future.”The BHA Chair, Annamarie Phelps, added “Charlie will be a valuable addition to our team of Directors and I look forward to working alongside him, our colleagues nominated by racecourses, and the independent members of our Board.“I’d like to thank Nicholas for his contribution to the BHA Board in what has been a challenging period for racing.” Share Related Articles Submit StumbleUpon HBLB gives £3.2m boost to UK racing August 13, 2020 On-course bookmakers return to UK courses in two-week trial August 17, 2020last_img read more

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Premier League round-up: Crystal Palace relegate Huddersfield, Man United up to fourth with victory over Watford

first_imgSouthampton held on for a 1-0 win over Brighton at the AMEX Stadium which also boosted the Saints’ prospects and ultimately confirmed Huddersfield’s fate.Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg scored what turned out to be the only goal in the 53rd minute but Brighton pressed for an equaliser, with Anthony Knockaert among those who missed good chances.Burnley 2-0 Wolverhampton WanderersBurnley boosted their survival hopes with a 2-0 win over Wolves at Turf Moor.Conor Coady’s second-minute own goal gave the Clarets a dream start and although the visitors dominated for much of the second period, 19-year-old Dwight McNeil fired home the second goal in the 77th minute.Crystal Palace 2-0 Huddersfield TownHuddersfield’s defeat at Selhurst Park confirmed their relegation from the Premier League.Wilfried Zaha was brought down in the area by Juninho Bacuna, referee Lee Probert had little choice but to award the 76th-minute penalty that essentially consigned the visitors to relegation.The reliable Milivojevic confidently finished down the middle as Hamer dived, giving Palace the lead.Zaha then sent Van Aanholt clear in the 88th minute and watched as the full-back shot at an angle past Ben Hamer and into the back of the net.Leicester City 2-0 BournemouthJamie Vardy’s 82nd-minute header sealed a comfortable 2-0 win for Leicester over Bournemouth.The Foxes had taken the lead in the 11th minute through Wes Morgan and Vardy’s late intervention confirmed a third straight win under new boss Brendan Rodgers.Manchester United 2-1 WatfordOle Gunnar Solskjaer’s first match as permanent Manchester United boss ended with a victory at Old Trafford thanks to goals from Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial.Abdoulaye Doucoure scored late on for the impressive visitors but it was United who moved up to fourth with the win. On Saturday in Week 32 of the Premier League, Manchester United beat Watford while Huddersfield got relegated after losing at Crystal Palace as part of the 3pm kick-offs on Citi 97.3 FM.Brighton and Hove Albion 0-1 Southampton Source: talkSPORTlast_img read more

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#Donkomi: Bayern Munich has signed Coutinho from Barcelona on a season-long loan

first_imgFC Bayern Munich has completed the transfer of Philippe Coutinho.The Brazil international passed his medical examination on Sunday and signed his contract at the club’s Säbener Straße headquarters. Coutinho will initially spend a season on loan from Spanish champions Barcelona.FC Bayern possesses an option to buy the 27-year-old following the expiry of his loan contract on 30 June 2020. All parties have agreed not to disclose any financial details of the agreement.Philippe Coutinho said:“For me, this move means a new challenge in a new country with one of the best clubs in Europe. I’m very much looking forward to that. Like FC Bayern, I have big ambitions and I’m convinced that I can achieve them together with my new teammates.”FC Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge commented:“We’ve been working on bringing in Philippe Coutinho for quite some time and we’re very happy that we’ve been able to complete this transfer. Our thanks go to FC Barcelona for agreeing to the transfer. With his creativity and outstanding skills, Philippe is a player who will immediately strengthen our attack.”Sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic commented:“Philippe made it very clear to us during the negotiations in Barcelona that he absolutely wanted to move to FC Bayern. He’s a world-class player with great ability, who we can deploy in a number of positions in our forward line, so the FC Bayern squad has gained even more quality. Philippe Coutinho will help us achieve the ambitious targets we’ve set for this season.”Coutinho progressed through the youth teams at the top Brazilian club Vasco da Gama. In Europe, he played for Inter Milan, Espanyol and Liverpool.When he moved from Liverpool to Barcelona in January 2018, he was the second most expensive player in the world after his compatriot Neymar.With the Catalans, he won back-to-back Spanish championships and, in 2018, the Spanish Cup. He has made 55 appearances for the Brazilian national team, scoring 15 goals to date.This summer, as one of the most influential players he led the Seleção to victory in the Copa América, the South American continental championship. Source: Bayern Munichlast_img read more

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Kotoko’s Justice Blay named Man of the Match; see his brilliant goal against Hearts [VIDEO]

first_imgJustice Blay who scored Asante Kotoko’s opener in their 2-1 win over rivals Hearts of Oak was named the Man of the Match.Blay towered over his Hearts of Oak marker to head home in the 11th minute for Asante Kotoko.He capped it off with a great acrobatic celebration as he ran off toward his adoring fans. Justice Blay has a knack for early goals as he also scored the first goal of the Ghana Premier League season inside two minutes five weeks ago.Blay wasn’t just on the end of the crosses against Hearts of Oak, he was involved in many of Kotoko’s positive moves, earning applause from the fans on several occasions.He was presented with his award – a couple of Nasco products – after the game, in front of his beaming coach, Maxwell Konadu.Take a look at Justice Blay’s brilliant header below:last_img read more

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Premier League: Blackburn 0 – 1 Tottenham

first_imgPeter Crouch’s early header secured Tottenham’s first win in five matches as they edged out Blackburn and kept the pressure on the top four.Crouch nodded home Rafael van der Vaart’s cross in the third minute and the visitors defended their lead well.Heurelho Gomes made smart stops from Junior Hoilett and Mame Biram Diouf as Rovers rallied after the break.Jermain Defoe then fired straight at Paul Robinson before Christopher Samba missed a late chance to rescue a point.Tottenham’s fifth clean sheet of the season, and the first achieved without key centre-back Michael Dawson, keeps them three points behind Chelsea in the race for a Champions League spot.The visitors were nowhere near their buccaneering best and were indebted to Gomes for a string of saves in the second half, but manager Harry Redknapp will be delighted with the gritty display from a side missing several of its best players. It was also the perfect response to the north Londoners’ humiliating 4-0 FA Cup defeat by Fulham three days earlier, which had threatened to send Tottenham’s hugely promising season off the rails.Much had been made of Spurs’ burgeoning treatment table before the match, with Redknapp naming two goalkeepers on the bench, but it was one of the beneficiaries of Tottenham’s injury problems who opened the scoring.Only three minutes were on the clock when Crouch, recalled to the starting line-up, rose above Samba and directed Van der Vaart’s pinpoint cross past Robinson to score his second Premier League goal of the season.The gangly hitman’s other strike was also against Blackburn back in November, and added to the double he scored at Ewood Park in Tottenham’s victory there last season.Rovers responded well to falling behind with the pacy Hoilett twice going close, first having a shot blocked by Vedran Corluka and then seeing Gomes tip his effort wide. The visitors withstood the burst of pressure and the half soon descended into a scrappy affair as Spurs showed little inclination to add to their lead and Rovers, while enjoying plenty of possession, failed to trouble Gomes.The closest they came was a fizzing David Dunn drive that flew narrowly wide and Ryan Nelsen’s attempt to convert a Dunn free-kick, also off target.The home side fashioned a better opportunity just after the restart, Diouf beating the offside trap and forcing a good stop from Gomes.But the chance failed to herald an increase in the tempo of the match, which ambled along uneventfully until it was momentarily ignited by two fine pieces of play from Aaron Lennon.The Tottenham winger made a surging 60-yard run from just outside his own box to the edge of Blackburn’s area, where he slid the ball to Defoe whose effort was charged down well by Robinson. Lennon then created a chance for himself, cutting inside from the left before unleashing a fierce right-footed strike that ex-Tottenham keeper Robinson did well to tip over.It sparked Rovers belatedly into life, with Gomes called into action three times in a five-minute Blackburn bombardment.The Brazilian keeper first turned Hoilett’s 20-yard strike wide with a fingertip save, then made an even better stop to deny Diouf from 12 yards, before standing firm to beat away a Morten Gamst Pedersen free-kick.Spurs then appeared to be closing out the match comfortably until injury time, when Samba’s goalbound header from Hoilett’s cross was diverted just over the bar by a vital touch from Jermaine Jenas.And there was still time for Keith Andrews to fire an effort straight at Gomes as Spurs clung on for a scrappy, but significant, victory. Source: BBClast_img read more

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34-Year-Old Woman Dies From Rollover Vehicle Accident

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis A 34–year–old Alpena woman lost her life Thursday morning when her vehicle rolled over on Werth Road in Alpena Township.According to MSP Alpena Post, drivers experienced delays Thursday morning when the road was completely shut down around 8am following the fatal accident.Troopers from the post along with deputies from the Alpena County Sheriff’s Office responded to the accident, which occurred on Werth Road near Spruce Road.After investigating the scene, police revealed the van left the roadway and overturned partially submerging the female driver in water.The 34–year–old was unresponsive at the time she was released from her van, and was transported to MidMichigan Medical Center Alpena where she passed away from her injuries from the in the crash.The Alpena County Sheriff’s Office, the Alpena County Central Dispatch, Alpena Township Fire Department South, and the Alpena County Ambulance assisted troopers at the scene.The victims name has not been released yet. WBKB News will keep you updated as we learn more details.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious ACC’s Concrete Technology Program Celebrates 50 YearsNext Structure Fire Put Out Quickly With No Injurieslast_img read more

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Alpena Relay for Life Volunteers Raise Money with Twelve Hour Marathon

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. —  Residents walk the trail in remembrance of their loved ones. Relay for Life is provided by the American Cancer Society and helps to provide research to those effected with cancer.The marathon fundraiser serves North East Michigan counties while raising money for a good cause. Supporters  participated in fun activities, donated hair to locks for love and ended the night with luminary ceremony.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Paid parking could be coming to downtown AlpenaNext Alpena 4-H Club helps with livestock display at the county fairlast_img read more

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Gyan named in strong African XI

first_imgGhana captain Asamoah Gyan has been named in the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations best XI squad.The Black Stars striker scored one goal in six matches but created several assists for his teammates as Ghana finished fourth.Gyan was selected by CAF’s Technical Study Group to strike upfront with Nigeria’s Emmanuel Emenike who was joint top scorer with Mubarak Wakaso with four goals.African XI: Vincent Enyeama-Bakary Koné, Nando Maria Neves, Efe Ambrose-Jonathan Pitroipa, Siaka Tiéné, Seydou Keita, John Obi Mikel, Victor Moses, Asamoah Gyan, Emmanuel Emenike.last_img read more

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PLB moves match-day-18 fixtures to Sunday

first_imgThe Premier League Board has confirmed that the fixtures for match-day-18 will be played on Sunday 17th March 2013 instead of the previous date.The change replaces the earlier date of Saturday, March 16.Seven matches will be honourned over the weekend with the exception of the game between Real Tamale United and Asante Kotoko, which will come off on March 23.last_img

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Black Stars arrive in Kumasi

first_imgAll 23 members of the Black Stars squad have arrived in Kumasi for Sunday’s 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Sudan.Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah and the rest of the squad touched down in the Ashanti Region capital before 14:30 GMT after departing from Accra, Wednesday afternoon.After landing in Kumasi, the team was welcomed by the Regional Football Association executives and local fans before they boarded the team bus to take them to their Hotel.The Black Stars will conduct their first training session in Kumasi at 16:00 GMT at the Paa Joe grounds of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.last_img read more

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FIFA awaits AYC 2013 winner

first_imgWhichever nation emerges victorious of the African Youth Championships will swerve a potentially explosive group of death in the World Youth Championships to be played in June.The draw for the tournament, to be played in Turkey from June 21, has been held. It saw twenty-four (24) teams picked from the pots and placed in their respective groups to see their opponents in the opening round.Local Organising Committee (LOC) president Servet Yardimci and FIFA General Secretary Jerome Valcke conducted the draw together former Turkey national team Fatih Terim and Mustafa Denizli, who teamed up with former world-class striker and Turkey’s all-time top scorer Hakan Sukur, and ex-keeper Rustu Recber.The tournament will feature some very unfancied sides like Cuba and El Salvador but regular participants Brazil and Argentina missed the boat for this year’s edition.Spain, Mexico and Portugal will be in Turkey to continue their rich history of participating and showcasing some of their best youth players to the rest of the world.Here is the full draw: GROUP A (Istanbul, Kayseri): France, CAF representative, USA, Spain.GROUP B (Kayseri, Istanbul): Cuba, Korea Republic, CAF representative, PortugalGROUP C (Trabzon, Rize, Gaziantep): Turkey, El Salvador, Colombia, AustraliaGROUP D (Gaziantep, Trabzon): Mexico, Greece, Paraguay, CAF representativeGROUP E (Antalya, Bursa): Chile, CAF champions, England, Iraq GROUP F (Bursa, Antalya): OFC Champions, Uzbekistan, Uruguay, CroatiaNote: For the definition of the three positions called CAF representative, a separate draw will take place at the conclusion of the CAF African Youth Championship on 30 March in Oran, Algeria, to determine which group the 2nd, 3rd and 4th place teams from CAF will play in.last_img read more

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Pictures : Balotelli’s new boots engraved with his name

first_imgAC Milan striker Mario Barwuah Balotelli has ordered a new pair of climbing-irons boots,to announce his return.On one side of this new pair of Super Mario it is written “Balo is Back”, and the other side has a Superman’s logo.His club side AC Milan, only hopes his return could be a continuity of his classic performance.last_img

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GWF appoints communications director

first_imgThe Executive Board of the Ghana Weightlifting Federation (GWF) has appointed Charles Osei-Asibey, a media practitioner as its Communications Director.A statement signed by Ben Nunoo-Mensah, President of GWF, said the appointment forms part of the GWF strategic plans to re-position themselves in the public as well as promote the development of the sport in the country.The GWF also seeks to tap on the expertise of Osei-Asibey to attract the needed sponsorship from the corporate world in a bid to make the sports the second most active sport in the country by 2014.Meanwhile, Kwaku Afrifa, has been appointed as the Director of Marketing and Sponsorship, whilst John Kofi Amuzu, takes the position of Technical Director.last_img read more

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Newcastle stun Chelsea 2-0

first_imgYoan Gouffran and Loic Remy scored second-half goals to give Newcastle a deserved victory over in-form Chelsea at St James’ Park.Chelsea, on the back of six straight wins, edged the first-half as John Terry hit the bar and had a header cleared off the line.However, the Magpies dominated after the break and went ahead when Gouffran headed home Yohan Cabaye’s free-kick.Victory was sealed when Remy curled in a shot from Vurnon Anita’s pass.And while it may still take supporters some time to forget last weekend’s defeat against rivals Sunderland, this result gives more promise of steady progression following the draw against Liverpool and victory at Cardiff which preceded that derby day dejection.Their victory over Chelsea, who started the day second in the Premier League, was built on a disciplined defensive display and a powerful second-half performance which overwhelmed their below-par visitors. Chelsea playmakers Juan Mata, Oscar and Eden Hazard were not given room to dictate play, meaning Fernando Torres was starved of the service which helped him earn such praise in the aftermath of last weekend’s victory over Manchester City.Newcastle kept their shape well, limiting Chelsea to just two chances in a fairly subdued first-half – both of them from set-pieces.First John Terry nipped in front of Mike Williamson to head Mata’s corner against the bar before Davide Santon stooped to head the former England skipper’s goal-bound header off the line.Chelsea might have been dominating possession and pressing Newcastle back when they did lose the ball, but they lacked the penetration to break down their resolute hosts.It also served to offer Newcastle encouragement, and the home side gradually seized control after the break – Chelsea keeper Petr Cech having to be alert to deny Moussa Sissoko and Gouffran. The pressure finally told in the 68th minute when Gouffran nipped in front of Branislav Ivanovic to head home Yohan Cabaye’s free-kick.It appeared Alan Pardew had instructed Cabaye to put the free-kick where he did, and the Newcastle manager was certainly getting the better of Mourinho in this particular tactical battle.Samuel Eto’o, Willian and Andre Schurrle were all introduced from the bench by the Chelsea boss, and Eto’o appealed for a penalty when his shot was deflected wide via Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa’s hand.Willian also had a shot saved while Eto’o’s follow-up was blocked by Mathieu Debuchy.The game looked up for Chelsea when Eden Hazard dragged a shot wide from 12 yards out and so it proved as Remy scored his sixth goal of the season via the inside of the post. It sealed a superb performance by the hosts, who move up to ninth in the Premier League, while Mourinho, who has never won at St James’ Park, saw his side drop to third behind Liverpool.last_img read more

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Transfer News: Dauda joins Chippa United on loan

first_imgNewly-promoted Premier Soccer League side Chippa United have secured the services of Ghana World Cup goalkeeper Fatau Dauda on a six month loan deal.The 29-year old has struggled to establish himself as the number one for the Bucs, despite being a regular with the Black Stars and has been itching for some first team action for a while. .Sources at the clubs are reported to have confirmed that the two parties have agreed on terms, with paperwork being finalised, which would allow the goalkeeper to switch camps, albeit temporarilyDauda wiill be hoping he can be Chippa’s number one between the sticks , although he will face competition Tshepo Motsoeneng who is also another new signing in the goalkeeping departmentlast_img read more

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President Michel Platini commits future to UEFA

first_imgUEFA President Michel Platini has committed his immediate future to UEFA, and has announced his intention to seek a third term of office as President of the European governing body in 2015.Speaking in Monaco on Thursday, where he is attending the kick-off events to mark the new European club competition season, Mr Platini ended speculation that he would be standing as a candidate for the FIFA presidency next year by saying that he had “chosen to follow my heart. I have chosen football. I have chosen passion.”The UEFA President informed the presidents and general secretaries of UEFA’s 54 member associations of his decision at a meeting ahead of his announcement. “I want to finish what I have started,” Mr Platini added, referring to the progress made in European football since he took the helm at UEFA in 2007, as well as to various projects which are ongoing and planned for the future.”As you have seen,” the UEFA President explained, “we are working on some very important projects at UEFA, and I still want to see them through before considering one day moving on to pastures new. This is not the time, it is not my time. Not yet.”I want to finish what I have started. A bit like when I was a player, and I always saw my contracts through to the end, to honour my commitments. Now is no different. I want to see my contract with UEFA through to the end. And if the associations want that too – and from what I saw this morning, they sincerely do – I still have a few years before my contact expires.”Mr Platini said he had taken time to reflect before making his decision. “I thought long and hard,” he said, “but never managed to convince myself during these months of reflection that I had to go to FIFA for these elections. It’s as simple as that. Once again, I have chosen to follow my heart. I have chosen football. I have chosen passion.” The UEFA President went on to say that he had no doubts or regrets in taking this decision. “I take it serenely and with conviction because it feels like the natural, obvious choice,” he emphasised. “And I am keener than ever to develop football in Europe ever further, and to defend with vigour the interests of European football and the European associations on the world stage.”Whether it is the number of places given to European teams at the World Cup, defending the sovereignty of the European associations, the international match calendar or solidarity revenue: European football knows that it can count on me to be at the forefront on these issues.”Because what matters here is not me or my feelings. What matters is the future of UEFA, and of football. UEFA and European football have never been as strong and powerful as they are today and I have every intention of guarding this supremacy.”last_img read more

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UEFA punishes teams for racism

first_imgLudogorets Razgrad must play Real Madrid in its Champions League group-stage home debut with a stadium section closed because of fans’ racist behaviour.UEFA says its disciplinary panel imposed sanctions after incidents when Ludogorets eliminated Steaua Bucharest in a playoff last week.Steaua was also punished for fans’ racist behaviour and must play a Europa League match in an empty stadium.Ludogorets hosts Madrid on October 1 in the National Stadium, Sofia. Its own ground does not meet UEFA standards.UEFA fined Ludogorets 16,000 Euros ($A24,000) for fans invading the field and the team receiving at least five yellow cards.UEFA ordered Steaua to play Aalborg on September 18 without fans, for their second racist offense this season. Steaua was fined 64,500 Euros ($A96,745) for the racism and other offenses.UEFA operates an escalating scale of sanctions with further racism incidents provoking full stadium closures, leading to possible disqualification from competitions.”All forms of racist behaviour are considered serious offences against the disciplinary regulations and are punished with the most severe sanctions,” UEFA said.last_img read more

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Ashgold threaten TOP 4 boycott over venue change

first_imgAshanti Gold CEO Kojo Fianoo has unreluctantly given out a stern waring that his side will boycott the Top 4 final game if the venue is shifted from Baba Yara sports stadium(kumasi).The final was initially scheduled to be a one off game but a last minute dialogue between the two clubs and the organisers(GHALCA) came to an agreement to rescheduled the final game after a pulsating 1-1 drawn game between Hearts of Oak and Ashanti Gold played at the Baba Yara sports stadium on Sunday.A warning issued by the CEO of the Miners has it that his side will boycott the final match if the venue is shifted from Kumasi Baba Yara sports stadium.” We came into an agreement to rescheduled the match after the game ended in a draw, but  we will not  hesitate to boycott the final game if the initial venue is changed from Kumasi even if the venue is shifted to Ejisu we will boycott the game”, Kojo Fianoo told Hot fm.The rescheduled final game of the Top 4 tourney between Hearts of Oak and Ashanti Gold will be staged at the Baba Yara sports stadium on Sunday, 21 September, 2014.last_img read more

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Press Statement: Sports Minister appoints 11-Member Bid Committee

first_imgThe Sports Minister Hon Mahama Ayariga, on the authority of the president John Mahama, has appointed an 11 member committee with 6 ambassadors to serve as Ghana’s bid committee to ensure the nation wins the right to host the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.The Committee and ambassadors’ work will end after CAF announces the host of the AFCON 2017 in January 2015. The Committee members are; Ernest Thompson, the Chairman, who also doubles as the Director of SNNIT, Abedi Pele, the vice Chairman, Fred Crentsil – GFA Vice President, Randy Abbey, Herbert Mensah (Football Administrator and businessman), Dr. Nyaho Nyaho Tamakloe, Lepowura MND Jawula, Nana Sam Brew Butler (All former GFA Chairmen), Alex Mould (CEO of GNPC), Rex Danquah, the secretary, who also doubles as a Consultant and Sports Expert and Alhaji Abdulai Yakubu, the Chief Director of the Ministry of Youth and Sports).The Ambassadors are ex-Black Stars players Stephen Appiah, Tony Yeboah Tony Baffoe, Ibrahim Sunday, Abdul Razak and former WBC Featherweight champion, Azumah Nelson.last_img read more

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AL-SMITH: Prez Mahama’s attempts to save face with Dzamefe too little, too late

first_imgJoy Sports’ Gary Al-Smith was on the Super Morning Show on Thursday morning to give the latest insight on the Justice Dzamefe Commission which was put together to investigate happenings that led to Ghana’s fiasco at the last World Cup. —-Sources at the Presidency tell Joy FM that the Commission’s report will be finally received next week, together with that of the Sole Commissioner’s report as well.This is three months after the commission finished work in December and a month after the commission last wrote to the Presidency, asking for time to get an audience with President Mahama to submit their report. Why was the Dzamefe Commission report delayed?Officially, because of the change of the Chief of Staff – that’s the official reason. However, political watchers say a more accurate response is due to a lack of political will.In my opinion, the President has not taken the commission seriously. Months after the commission started its work, I can tell you that the President had not even spoken to the lead commissioner, which is very abnormal.Also, sources say that months into commission’s work, basic things like per diems and other needs hadn’t been paid. This was really unfortunate.Why the President has not been proactive on the commission has been baffling, because it is not like anyone will be punished. Remember, the Commission of Inquiry was only an inquisitorial body, not prosecutorial or adversarial – it was not meant to punish anyone. This failure to receive the report on time has been a huge political opportunity missed, although the Presidency may not admit it. That’s because he could have taken the commission’s report at the start of the year and made a strong political statement with it.  And also, why didn’t the President mention it in his State of the Nation’s address? That would have got him at least three points!But it’s clear he did not want to ruffle the Afcon 2015 campaign and after the team reached the final, it was again clear the Commission’s work was always going to be redundant, which is sad.Whoever advises the President on these sporting issues, I am strongly of the opinion that they got it wrong – again. It is true that for democracy to function properly, we need commissions to learn from our mistakes, but these are costly to the taxpayer and so if the Presidency wastes time in implementation, we have to ask questions about such waste of time. Not just time, but cost as well. A few sources at the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation say about 80,000 cedis went down the drain because of loss of advertising revenue. Imagine what such an amount could have done.Bottom line is this: the President failed to milk this great opportunity to tell Ghanaians that he is a man who finishes what he starts.–Gary is with the Joy Sports team and was speaking on the Super Morning Show with Nhyira Addo.last_img read more

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Regional Millennium Marathon now to come off on August 8

first_imgThe postponement of the Regional Millennium Marathon from August 3 to August 8 in Sekondi-Takoradi has, rather than lower interest, has rather gingered up participants.That’s according to organisers, who have said that the final of the nine road shows is expected to bring down the curtains on the regional event.A spokesperson told the press that as expected, a record number of people have registered for this final roadshow, with the list dominated by runners who are making a last attempt to qualify for the September 5 race in Accra.Apart from the special winners’ prizes, the race has slots for the first three winners in both the male and female events to join the over 1,500 marathoners who will converge in Accra for the national event.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

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MzVee chides Sports Ministry for abrupt Black Stars bonus cuts

first_imgDancehall artiste, Vera Hamenoo- Kpeda better known on stage as MzVee, has condemned the way in which the Sports Ministry communicated their decision to slash down Black Stars winning bonuses. “I don’t think [the Ministry’s stance that the team should] take it or leave it is nice. It’s quite harsh. [The players] have placed Ghana on the map to a point and you can’t just abruptly tell them something like that.”It has to be a gradual thing. You can’t just get up one day and tell them that this is what is going to happen.” MzVee was speaking on Asempa FM’s Saturday sports show, Ladies’ Time.Last week, it emerged that the Sports Ministry was planning a 50% downward adjustment of the Stars’ winning bonuses to $5,000. Widespread media reports say the ministry will ask not comfortable with new bonus scheme to quit the team. “People are moving from the Black Stars and playing for other teams and they are making so much money so if you are making them feel this way on their own home turf, it’s very insulting.”center_img “People are going to start running away and we don’t want that so [the authorities] should try and be reasonable,” she concluded.An official announcement of the widely-reported bonus cuts is expected soon.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySports According to her, apart from the fact the decision was made without prior notice to the players, telling them to take the new amount or quit the team is quite insulting.last_img read more

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OFFICIAL: Baba Rahman is a Chelsea player

first_imgGhana international Abdul Baba Rahman has formally joined English champions Chelsea, after the club announced his signing on their website on Sunday.The 21-year-old left-back joins from German Bundesliga club Augsburg.”Chelsea Football Club is delighted to announce we have reached an agreement with FC Augsburg for the transfer of Abdul Baba Rahman,” a statement on Chelsea website read.Rahman replaces Brazilian Filipe Luis, who was sold back to Atletico Madrid after just a season at Stamford Bridge, and he will be expected to deputise for, or fight for a starting place with, Spanish star Cesar Azpilicueta.The young defender made a name for himself in the Bundesliga after an impressive debut in the top-flight. He was an integral part of the Ghana team coached by former Chelsea boss, Avram Grant, that reached the final of the 2015 Nations Cup.”I am very happy to sign for Chelsea, one of the biggest clubs in the world, and I can’t wait to train with my new team-mates and very much looking forward to working with them and Mr Mourinho,” Rahman told the website. “I am also looking forward to having the opportunity to meet the fans as soon as possible.”–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

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Guus Hiddink wants Ivorian star Didier Drogba as Chelsea assistant

first_imgChelsea’s interim manager Guus Hiddink has revealed that he wants Montreal Impact striker Didier Drogba to join his backroom staff at Stamford Bridge.The Premier League champions confirmed Hiddink as their new manager on Saturday until the end of the season following the departure of Jose Mourinho on Thursday.Mourinho parted company with the club for the second time in his career after they suffered their ninth top-flight defeat of the season at table toppers Leicester City.Hiddink oversaw the Blues’ 3-1 win against Sunderland on Saturday from the stands alongside Chelsea owner Roman Abramovic and Drogba, and the former Netherlands coach now wants the former Chelsea forward back in West London despite the Ivory Coast legend currently playing in MLS with Montreal until December 2016.Asked by Fox Sports about Drogba potentially being his assistant, Hiddink replied: “We would like to get him involved. But he still has a contract with Montreal in the MLS, even though it is the close season for them now.”But we definitely intend to get him involved. We want to get important players involved with the club they care about. Drogba’s heart is with Chelsea.” Drogba spent two spells at Chelsea, winning three Premier League titles, the Champions league, four FA Cups and two League Cups between 2004 and 2012.He then returned to West London in 2014 and won another title and League Cup before departing for MLS.Hiddink was previously appointed at Stamford Bridge in February 2009 following the departure of Luiz Felipe Scolari, when he led them to FA Cup glory.Saturday’s win saw Chelsea climb to 15th in the table — three points above the relegation zone, and 11 off a Champions League qualification spot.– Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

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EPL Wednesday: Arsenal steeled for Anfield exam

first_imgArsene Wenger says Arsenal will face a stern test of their Premier League title credentials when they take on Liverpool on Wednesday.Wenger’s side head to Anfield two points clear at the head of the table and having won five of their last six league games.The weekend FA Cup third round victory over Sunderland extended their winning run and Wenger acknowledges his side’s recent success has strengthened the belief they can push on during the second half of the season.The Gunners manager, though, knows any meeting with Liverpool carries an extra edge that was demonstrated when the sides met on Merseyside last season, with the home side clinching a point thanks to Martin Skrtel’s stoppage-time equaliser.”The momentum creates confidence and confidence is vital at that level,” Wenger said.”In December and now in January we have been consistent and we go into a very important part of the season because we play many games. “Every time we go to Anfield, we face a team who is up for it. It’s always a ferocious battle, no matter who the manager is.”They had a very strong manager before, they have a very strong one now and Jurgen Klopp has the personality to do well there.”Wenger hopes to add Basle midfielder Mohamed Elneny to his squad this week.”I expect Mohamed yes, we are positive that this week it can happen,” he said.And his options will shortly be strengthened by the return to fitness of Alexis Sanchez, although the Chile striker will not make the trip to Liverpool. “We think he will be short for Wednesday,” said Wenger.”He has a chance to be available for Sunday against Stoke. He is always keen to play.”BIG CHALLENGELiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is looking forward rather than back as he prepares to take on Wenger in English football for the first time.The pair have previously met at Champions League level with honours almost even, Wenger enjoying three wins to Klopp’s two and a draw from his time in charge at Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund. Klopp took over at Liverpool after the sides had drawn 0-0 at the Emirates Stadium in the Premier League in August.And the German admits watching Wenger’s work at closer quarters has impressed him even more as the Liverpool boss prepares for huge back-to-back home games against the Gunners and Manchester United.”We shouldn’t talk too much about my experiences of playing against Arsenal. We will find a current plan for this game,” Klopp said.”It’s always a big challenge to play against clubs like Arsenal or Manchester United.”It’s a good challenge, not easy, but really interesting. We have to make good decisions in the right moment. We are looking forward to these games. “My respect for Arsene Wenger grows day by day. It’s really intensive to work in the Premier League and he’s done a brilliant job.”Klopp’s remarks regarding Wenger, looking to lead Arsenal to a fourth league title but first since 2004, reflect his initial impressions of managing in England.Klopp, who took over at Anfield in October, said that the number of fixtures has been the biggest difference to managing on the continent, with Liverpool facing the possibility of playing nine games in January.That workload is stretching a squad that has been badly hit by injuries, although Klopp hopes to have a number of key players back for the game on Wednesday when the eighth-placed Reds will be looking for a third win in four league games.After having no senior central defenders available for last Friday’s 2-2 FA Cup draw at Exeter, ex-Arsenal defender Kolo Toure and Mamadou Sakho are both expected to be fit. Captain Jordan Henderson is also set to return in midfield and winger Jordon Ibe is fit after hamstring trouble.–last_img read more

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GPL Review: 7 things we learned from matchday 8

first_imgWhat lessons did we learn from matchday 8 which saw 20 goals and 2 away wins.TEAM OF THE ROUND: ASANTE KOTOKOPLAYER OF THE ROUND: YAHAYA MOHAMMEDKOTOKO PICKING UP THE PIECESA 30 second strike from Dauda Mohammed was all Kotoko needed to ensure their revival had been confirmed. Until that time, the Porcupines had played 270 minutes of football away from home without finding the net. This means the Porcupines have now won their last three games in all competitions. Three victories in a row for Kotoko is nothing new for Kotoko but judging by their horrendous start to the season, this is a step in the right direction for the Porcupines who are now six points behind league leaders. That deficit is clearly retrievable considering both teams will be clashing within the next two months. HEARTS UP THEIR GAME BUT THEY SEEM TO HAVE LOST THE PLOTHearts of Oak drew their game against WAFA and could have picked up all three points had it not been for a controversial call, where Cosmos Dauda’s header seemed to have crossed the line and woeful finishing but in reality, the Phobians were clueless for large portions of the game especially the first half. Mustapha Essuman and Sarbah Laryea were passengers in the game with the WAFA trio of Gideon Waja, Roger Lamptey and Wahab Ibrahim dominating them. The usual free flowing build up accompanied with the Phobians were missing with Robin Gnagne having to bypass midfield in search of Musah Ibrahim and Cosmos Dauda several times. Despite Hearts having an aerial advantage, it was clearly not part of the scripts. They regrouped in the second half finding space down the flanks but their deliveries left much to be desired. This Hearts team lacked the sharpness and cutting edge of the first few weeks. A case of low confidence following previous results? Or internal wrangling?HOWEVER THIS SETS UP THE SUPER 2 NICELY Hearts and Kotoko are scheduled to meet in a fortnight’s time. In the opening weeks of the league, the fixture seemed to how many goals Hearts will score and how many will the Porcupines concede. With one game in between the eagerly awaited clash, the question seems to be more realistic and more interesting from a neutral perspective. Will Hearts win or will Kotoko confirm their resurgence over their rivals. Depending on results this coming week, the Porcupine could be one or two points off the Phobians or the Phobians stretch their rivals by seven points. However, with both teams in decent form, we could expect one of the best super 2 clashes in years with much at stake for both clubs. The last league meeting had a relegation feel to it but this will surely determine the more superior of the two heading in the midway stretch of the league.BUT WAFA NEED TO BE NOMINATED FOR THE OSCARSWAFA took turns to visit the turf in their 1-1 draw with Hearts of Oak. The Sogakope side adopted a clever tactic of trying to kill the momentum of their more illustrious hosts but they took the acting too far. Keeper Razak Abalora was the most culpable of them all virtually falling to the ground after almost every Hearts attack. This falling syndrome affected the outfield players who went down at any contact. For a side that prides itself in playing good football, this was a blip for them. Had they stayed on their feet and concentrated on playing, they certainly would have dominated and out passed the Phobians. However, their approach affected their play and were caught on the backfoot for majority of the second half. A more disciplined and mature performance will be required from WAFA in subsequent away games. THE SLEEPING GIANT HAS FINALLY WOKEN UPYahaya Mohammed was tipped to excel in this season’s league but a combination of bad form and a general team slump means he had to wait until matchday 8 to find the net and what a way to do it? The former Kotoko man bagged a hat trick to condemn Hasaacas to yet another defeat. With Yahaya hitting this form, he is generally unstoppable. He will bulldoze and terrorize defenders with sheer strength and physical power. That’s what an in form Yahaya can do. With him beginning to wake up, Ghanaian defenders must be sympathized with.BUT HASAACAS NEED TO BE LESS GENEROUS17 goals in 8 matches is horrific for Hasaacas. The Western Region side have let in these amount of in just 8 games. Conceding on an average 2 goals per game. This is simply appalling for a side hoping to be in the top four. GOALS win games and defenses win championships. In this moment, Hasaacas goals conceded is winning them an automatic slot to the Division One League. The earlier they solve this canker, the better for Basigi and his team or risk facing relegation. LATIF HAS MATUREDLiberty were worried after goal scoring midfielder Kennedy Ashia left the country to seek greener pastures. The club was most likely in search of a player to replace the numbers of Ashia but in Latif Blessing, they have found a more than capable replacement. The youngster has bagged 7 matches in 8 matches and is poised for me. A contributing factor to his great form has been the fact that he gained Premier league experience  from last year and has clearly adapted to the demands of the league. Should he continue this rich vein of form, it wont come as a surprise he woll cross the 20 goal mark.     –Follow Kweku on Twitter: @nana_odum. Get more updates on Facebook/Twitter with the #JoySports hashtaglast_img read more

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Angels’ JC Ramirez picks up where he left off in 2018 debut

first_img After injury-marred season, Angels starters focus on flexibility SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — If the purpose of JC Ramirez’s first competitive inning since last August was to pick up where he left off in 2017, consider Thursday a success.Ramirez mowed down a stout San Francisco Giants lineup, including newcomers Andrew McCutchen and Evan Longoria, in his return from an elbow injury that ended his breakout season.“I feel like I’m back,” Ramirez declared after a scoreless debut.The purpose of his second inning was to take the next step in his quest to crack the Angels’ starting rotation. Ramirez struck out Giants catcher Nick Hundley on a curveball in the dirt, a pitch he barely used against right-handed hitters last season. He retired the next two batters he faced in the inning, and six of seven overall, while throwing 28 pitches.A reliever throughout his major league career, Ramirez quickly established himself last year as the Angels’ most reliable starting pitcher. He went 11-10 with a 4.15 earned-run average before he was diagnosed with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament and missed the final six weeks of the season. The 29-year-old right-hander underwent stem-cell therapy last September in hopes of avoiding major surgery. So far, the treatment has proven effective.To avoid any hesitation letting loose, Ramirez pitched two live batting practice sessions to teammates before making his Cactus League debut.“I didn’t stick back anything. I threw what I have,” he said.Ramirez’s quest is similar to that of teammate Garrett Richards, who underwent stem-cell therapy for a similar injury one year earlier. Richards was off to a promising start last season before an irritated nerve in his right biceps curtailed his progress. Shohei Ohtani fans should be patient, Hasegawa says Shohei Ohtani is making fantasy baseball leagues face difficult choices Ramirez said he has leaned on Richards for advice early in camp.“He gives me a lot of advice: don’t baby my arm, throw my normal way,” Ramirez said. “Whatever you have to do, keep doing the same thing you had to do in the past.”Now, Ramirez and Richards are among eight pitchers eyeing six spots in the Angels’ starting rotation.Richards, Shohei Ohtani, Andrew Heaney, Tyler Skaggs and Matt Shoemaker are the favored five. Right-handers Parker Bridwell and Nick Tropeano, who also pitched two scoreless innings against the Giants, can make the competition more interesting with a strong spring training.Ramirez is out of minor-league options and his track record as a reliever makes him a candidate to shift to the bullpen if needed, but Manager Mike Scioscia isn’t focused on that option.“We look for him to be in our rotation right now,” Scioscia said. “We’re going to take everything one week at a time.”OHTANI UPDATEOhtani has not taken any competitive at-bats the day before either of his first two Cactus League pitching appearances. This is one facet of the Angels’ plan to ease Ohtani into the rhythm of his first spring training in the United States.That plan, however, might cease once the regular season begins.Related Articles Angels ride late outbursts to 11-4 victory over Giants “We’re going to look very closely at it,” Scioscia said. “There’s a lot of effort a pitcher puts into pitching. Obviously it might erode some of the opportunities he has to hit. We’re going to be flexible with everything we do.“If it comes down to where he’s pitching on a day, and he’s not going to hit the day before, so be it. If he’s a day after he’s not available to pinch hit, so be it. We need to be flexible as we go through it, to work it out.”Ohtani will pitch against the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday in Maryvale.ALSOSo-called “B games,” like the one Ohtani will pitch in Friday, are rarely the domain of veterans and 40-man roster players. Yet since Ohtani is on the mound, 34-year-old catcher Rene Rivera will be behind the plate. … As it is a “B game,” Ohtani’s pitching statistics will not count toward his official spring training ledger. … The Angels’ minor league pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report Saturday. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Jose Fernandez looks to revive career with Angels after failed defection from Cuba

first_imgTEMPE, Ariz. — This spring, Jose Fernandez can focus on simply trying to win a major league job, rather than the head-spinning adjustments of a year ago in Dodgers camp.Not only was the Cuban infielder acclimating to a new country, he was trying to his get his spikes back under him after barely playing baseball for the previous three years.PreviousThe Angels’ Jose Fernandez plays against the Oakland Athletics at Hohokam Stadium in Mesa on Friday, Feb. 23, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)The Angels’ Jose Fernandez throws to first against the Oakland Athletics at Hohokam Stadium in Mesa on Friday, Feb. 23, 2018. (Kevin Sullivan/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsThe Angels’ Jose Fernandez can’t get the Milwaukee Brewers’ Keon Broxton out at second on a fourth inning steal at Tempe Diablo Stadium in Tempe on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)The Angels’ Jose Fernandez plays against the Oakland Athletics at Hohokam Stadium in Mesa on Friday, Feb. 23, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)The Angels’ Jose Fernandez plays against the Oakland Athletics at Hohokam Stadium in Mesa on Friday, Feb. 23, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)NextShow Caption1 of 4The Angels’ Jose Fernandez plays against the Oakland Athletics at Hohokam Stadium in Mesa on Friday, Feb. 23, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)Expand“Being on the field allows you to at least be thinking about what you need to do to make sure everything comes back,” Fernandez said in Spanish, via Angels broadcaster Jose Mota. “I’m happy about where I am.”In camp competing for a spot on the Angels bench, Fernandez is still looking to make his major league debut as he bears down on his 30th birthday next month. He is making up for time lost from the prime of his career, the result of a ban in Cuba after he failed in an attempt to defect. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “It was very tough,” he said. “This is what I love to do, and you are at an age where you think you are at the top of your game, and your skills are flourishing. To be in a position where I couldn’t play was very frustrating. That was the issue that kept driving me, the idea that I could get out of the situation.”Once Fernandez got out, to the Dominican Republic, he spent more than a year just working out with a track and field coach to get himself in shape, before he even returned to the baseball field. He played in the Dominican in the winter of 2016-17, earning a $200,000 signing bonus with the Dodgers.His time in Dodgers camp last year was a whirlwind, he said.“I was a little out of sorts,” he said. “It was like, ‘Is this reality? I have been seeing these guys on TV, and now I’m in the same clubhouse.’ Once I got more comfortable, it was about playing baseball. It gave me a chance to know that this is the same game I could play back in Cuba.”Fernandez spent most of the season at Double-A, hitting .306 with a .366 on-base percentage. His season was cut short when he broke his hand in late July. Fernandez had a clause in his Dodgers contract mandating that he be added to the 40-man roster or released over the winter, so the Dodgers released him.The Angels signed him, and now he’s in camp fighting for the last spot on the bench, most notably with Colin Walsh, Kaleb Cowart and Nolan Fontana. Fernandez is working out at second and third, but he’s considered more advanced as a hitter than a defender. A left-handed hitter, Fernandez is 4 for 15 with 3 walks this spring.“In the batter’s box, he’s very comfortable,” Manager Mike Scioscia said. “He can swing the bat. He’s having a good spring.”Fernandez said so far he’s confident he picked the right team after the Dodgers let him go.“With the opportunity I’m getting, I know I’m in the right spot,” he said. “I’ve been given a chance to play. I’ve shown my versatility at second and third. I’m ready for whatever role they want.”NotesChris Young (strained calf) is scheduled to take live batting practice Friday. Young said he could get at-bats in minor league games in the next few days, and perhaps play in big league exhibition games in about a week. Young said there’s still time for him to be ready opening day. …Jefry Marte (groin tightness) returned to the field Thursday for some agility work and hitting. Scioscia said Marte is “healing quickly” but he isn’t sure when he’ll be able to play in a game. Marte, who is out of options this spring, has a shot to win the last spot on the Angels bench, but that would leave them with Zack Cozart as the backup second baseman. …Shohei Ohtani is scheduled for four innings and 60 pitches in his outing Friday against the Tijuana Toros, of the Mexican League. The game starts at noon, Arizona time, at Tempe Diablo Stadium. It is open to the public, with no charge for admission…The Angels made their first cuts of the spring, sending catchers Michael Barash and Jack Krueger to minor league camp.center_img Fernandez said he went nearly three years without playing baseball after the defection attempt.“There were some days when it seemed so far away that I was ever going to play again,” Fernandez said. “There were days I just kept pushing myself and saying ‘It’s going to happen.’ But there were dark days when you think, ‘Is this going to happen? Or am I wishing for something that’s not reality?’”Fernandez seemed to be a prime candidate to come from Cuba to become a major leaguer after he hit .524 in the 2013 World Baseball Classic. He hit .319 with a .402 on-base percentage in parts of eight years in Cuba’s Serie Nacional, the country’s top league.“I knew that I wanted to come to the United States,” he said. “I hit a ceiling in Cuba where I knew there wasn’t going to be anywhere for me to go to get the next challenge.”Fernandez attempted to defect in 2014. He did not want to go into detail about what happened, but it did not end well. He was unable to play until he was finally allowed to leave Cuba legally in December 2015.last_img read more

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Home runs by Shohei Ohtani, Justin Upton fuel Angels’ rout of Tigers

first_imgPreviousThe Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, watches his three-run home run during the first inning of the team’s baseball game against the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)The Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, hits a three-run home run during the first inning of the team’s baseball game against the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsThe Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, drops his bat after hitting a three-run home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)The Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, runs to first after hitting a three-run home run during the first inning of the team’s baseball game against the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)The Angels’ Shohei Ohtani is congratulated by Albert Pujols #5 on his home run, scoring Justin Upton #8 and in the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at Angel Stadium on August 7, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, is congratulated by teammates after hitting a three-run home run during the first inning of the team’s baseball game against the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)ANAHEIM, CA – AUGUST 07: Andrew Heaney #28 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitches against the Detroit Tigers in the first inning at Angel Stadium on August 7, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CA – AUGUST 07: Eric Young Jr. #9 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim is safe at second base as Niko Goodrum #28 of the Detroit Tigers makes a throw to home in the first inning at Angel Stadium on August 7, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CA – AUGUST 07: Jeimer Candelario #46 of the Detroit Tigers catches Kaleb Cowart #22 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in a rundown in the first inning at Angel Stadium on August 7, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Jacob Turner throws during the first inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels’ Francisco Arcia, right, scores after Eric Young Jr. stole second as Detroit Tigers catcher James McCann, left, takes a late throw while Justin Upton watches during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Jacob Turner, second from right, adjust his cap after walking in a run as Andrelton Simmons, left, takes third and Kaleb Cowart, right, takes first during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Detroit Tigers’ Nicholas Castellanos, right, scores on a wild pitch, under the tag of Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Andrew Heaney during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, left, stretches as he arrives at first with a single, while Detroit Tigers third baseman Ronny Rodriguez takes a late throw during the second inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, below, of Japan, steals second as Detroit Tigers second baseman Niko Goodrum loses control of the ball during the second inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Andrew Heaney throws during the fifth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Jacob Turner, left, catches Los Angeles Angels’ Kaleb Cowart between third and home during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. Cowart was tagged out on the play. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, second from left, of Japan, and Kole Calhoun, second from right, bow to each other after Ohtani hit a three-run home run, while Justin Upton, left, watches along with Detroit Tigers catcher James McCann during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, right, of Japan, scores on a sacrifice fly by Andrelton Simmons as Detroit Tigers catcher James McCann waits for the throw during the sixth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)ANAHEIM, CA – AUGUST 07: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim congratulates Andrelton Simmons #2 after he was driven in buy Simmons in the sixth inning against the at Angel Stadium on August 7, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels’ Justin Upton, right, is congratulated by Kole Calhoun, second from left, and Shohei Ohtani, left, of Japan, after hitting a two-run home run against the Detroit Tigers during the sixth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)ANAHEIM, CA – AUGUST 07: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim congratulates Justin Upton #8 on his two run home run that drove in Kole Calhoun #56 in the sixth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Angel Stadium on August 7, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)Angels relief pitcher Williams Jerez throws to the plate during the ninth inning of their 11-5 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday night at Angel Stadium. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)Angels relief pitcher Williams Jerez throws during the ninth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Angels catcher Francisco Arcia, left, and relief pitcher Williams Jerez congratulate each other after the Angels defeated the Detroit Tigers 11-5 in a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)The Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, watches his three-run home run during the first inning of the team’s baseball game against the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)NextShow Caption1 of 25The Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, watches his three-run home run during the first inning of the team’s baseball game against the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)ExpandANAHEIM — Ask any Angels player about the team’s recent slump – one win in seven games when the week began – and he is likely to mention how much the team misses its best player. Mike Trout’s sore right wrist was still wrapped in gauze one day after he received a cortisone injection, so he could not play on his 27th birthday.Among his many achievements, Trout boasts a .304 career batting average on his birthday, with four home runs in six games. Without him, the middle of the lineup has been under more pressure than usual to find its power stroke.It arrived quickly Tuesday. The Angels sent 11 men to the plate in the first inning of an 11-5 victory over the Detroit Tigers. They can sweep the three-game series from the Tigers, the fourth-place team in the American League Central, with a win Wednesday afternoon.The Angels’ last sweep was June 4-6 against the Kansas City Royals. OPPO. TACO. TUESDAY! 🌮@JUST_JUP pic.twitter.com/2GjllTq4rY— Angels (@Angels) August 8, 2018 “This guy works hard. He wants to achieve,” Manager Mike Scioscia said of Upton. “He’s trying to find a comfort level in the box. He hasn’t been hitting the ball out of the park like we know he can.”Ohtani’s homer was also hit to the opposite field, a 411-foot moonshot against Tigers starter Jacob Turner (0-1) that landed in the Angels’ bullpen. That was the highlight of an inning featuring six hits and a lazy error by Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias that allowed Albert Pujols to leg out a routine ground ball.Before last week, Ohtani had not hit a home run to straight-away left field as an Angel. Now, two of his last three homers have been hit in that direction. Ohtani said through his interpreter that this isn’t the result of a specific adjustment at the plate.“I haven’t really changed my approach,” he said. “Back when I was in Japan, that was one of my strong points, going to the opposite field. … Some of the hard-hit balls to the opposite field, there’s a lot of coincidence involved.”Turner, summoned from the minor leagues earlier in the day, was charged with seven runs – five earned – in his only inning of work. The Tigers needed five relief pitchers to finish the game.Eric Young Jr., who is holding down center field until Trout returns, made his second diving catch in as many days. This time he robbed James McCann on a sinking line drive in the right-center field gap, then threw out Ronny Rodriguez at first base to complete a double play in the sixth inning. Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Shohei Ohtani hit a home run, his 12th this season, and later stole his fifth base. Justin Upton hit his 22nd home run before the announced crowd of 35,824 at Angel Stadium. Every Angels position player reached base at least once.Three double plays, including two from the outfield, helped the Angels overcome a shaky start by Andrew Heaney. The left-hander allowed five runs in five innings but managed to even his record at 7-7.“It’s nice to not pitch all that well and get a win,” Heaney said.Upton, Ohtani, Kole Calhoun, Andrelton Simmons and Francisco Arcia each had two of the Angels’ 13 hits.Upton was so frustrated by one strikeout Monday, he slammed his bat on the ground and snapped it into two pieces over his knee. The veteran left fielder rebounded with a 2-for-5 performance out of the number-2 slot in the batting order. The opposite-field blast was his first home run of any kind since July 29. Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Simba at the last second. 😮 pic.twitter.com/0c6tu2cpxk— MLB (@MLB) August 8, 2018 Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone When Heaney threw a fastball over Arcia’s head, Castellanos scampered home with the Tigers’ second run. Yet after the bottom of the first inning, the Angels never trailed. Right-hander Jim Johnson and left-hander Jose Alvarez each threw a scoreless inning out of the bullpen.Left-hander Williams Jerez, who was acquired from the Boston Red Sox in the Ian Kinsler trade, made his major league debut in the eighth inning. He finished the game with two scoreless frames, becoming the 30th different Angels pitcher to appear in a game this season – one shy of a club record.The Tigers will send a left-handed pitcher to the mound in the series finale, Blaine Hardy. Ohtani has never faced Hardy before but he has struggled against southpaws, slugging just .246 compared to .635 against right-handers. This will present another challenge for the middle of the Angels’ batting order, with Trout likely to miss his seventh consecutive game.Before the game, Scioscia was asked to compare the 24-year-old Ohtani as a hitter to Trout as a 19-year-old rookie.“They’re comparable in how far they can hit a ball,” Scioscia said. “Shohei will show more pull power at times, while Mike is more straightaway. Right now, where Shohei is, and where Mike was when he came up when he was 19, they’re at different stages. Shohei has more experience because he played at a very high level in Japan. Mike had just played Triple-A ball and not even a full season.“They both have that ‘wow’ factor, there’s no doubt about that.” Seven runs right off the bat? That’s always fun, am I right?! 🙌🙌🙌 pic.twitter.com/rlPKv1Qom6— Angels (@Angels) August 8, 2018 “At that point in time, a 7-5 game, it could have been a totally different game,” Young said. “A big swing changed it back in our favor – getting the double play, getting out of the inning and keeping the game at 7-5.”The Angels scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth, on the two-run homer by Upton and a sacrifice fly by Simmons that scored Ohtani. At 10-5, the game was safely out of reach.Iglesias and Nicholas Castellanos hit back-to-back singles against Heaney in the first inning. Iglesias scored on a ground-rule double by Jeimer Candelario that bounced into the field-level seats in left, giving Detroit an early 1-0 lead.Related Articles Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter “He’s the energy guy….We’re lucky to have him”- @JUST_JUP on @EYJr’s 🔥 performance both with his glove and his bat.@Angels | @MLBONFOX pic.twitter.com/RcnUDoIcpF— FOX Sports West (@FoxSportsWest) August 8, 2018last_img read more

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Angels’ Justin Upton faces live pitching, moves closer to rehab assignment

first_img Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield One pitcher who won’t be pitching for a while is seventh-rounder Davis Daniel, from Auburn. He had Tommy John surgery in April.The Angels have until July 15 to sign their draft picks. The vast majority will sign relatively quickly.The slot value for their top pick, shortstop Will Wilson, is $3.89 million.One of the most intriguing to watch will be 31st-round pick Spencer Jones, a pitcher/outfielder from La Costa Canyon High in Encinitas. He was considered a top-100 prospect and would have been picked in the first few rounds if not for his commitment to Vanderbilt.“We’ll see,” Swanson said. “You never know how things shape up, but whether it’s with us or with Vanderbilt, he’s a special kid and a special talent.”UP NEXTAngels (LHP Tyler Skaggs, 4-5, 4.50) vs. A’s (RHP Mike Fiers, 4-3, 4.78), Thursday, 7 p.m., Fox Sports West, 830 AM Upton missed most of spring training with a knee problem, so he is going to start the season with fewer at-bats than normal even before he got hurt.Last week in Oakland, Upton said he figured he’d back around mid-June.Matt Harvey is also moving forward, set for a rehab start on Saturday at Triple-A Salt Lake. Harvey has been out with a back injury.Before he got hurt, Harvey had been struggling to the tune of a 7.50 ERA. Ausmus said he’s been able to “work on things” in his last two bullpen sessions while on the injured list.JC Ramírez, who is rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, gave up three runs in 4-1/3 innings in a 69-pitch outing at Salt Lake on Wednesday night. Ausmus said they still haven’t talked about what his next steps would be or whether they want to bring him back as a starter or reliever. Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros center_img Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros ANAHEIM — Justin Upton took a significant step toward a return to the Angels lineup.Upton, who has missed the whole season with a sprained toe, had eight at-bats against live pitching.“He was good,” Manager Brad Ausmus said. “He actually hit a couple home runs.”Ausmus said Upton needs to continue getting at-bats against live pitching, and then have a rehab assignment. Asked how many at-bats Upton needs, Ausmus said: “A full spring training would be like 50 to 60 (at-bats), so probably a little short of that.” Andrelton Simmons, who is out with a sprained ankle, has been taking some swings and walking without crutches or a boot.Simmons said he doesn’t know when he’ll be back. A normal timeline for a grade three ankle sprain would be eight to 12 weeks, which would be late July to mid-August.“I’m feeling pretty confident that I should be at least a little faster than the norm,” Simmons said. “I’m just trying to get better the most I can every day.”DRAFT WRAP-UPAngels scouting director Matt Swanson injected the organization with a load of pitching, drafting a total of 29 pitchers – three of whom are two-way players – among the 40 taken in the draft.“The nature of baseball, you can’t have too much pitching,” Swanson said after the draft concluded on Wednesday. “You capture arms that you can bring in and develop, and some of them have a chance to move real quick and get to Anaheim in a hurry.“Even senior signs that we’ve taken over the last couple years, who have come in and maybe developed a new pitch or gotten stronger, or gotten with a different coach and something clicks and they move in a hurry. … Any time you can get pitching, you have to get it.”After taking shortstops with their first two picks, the Angels selected 14 consecutive pitchers before taking another position player.Now, the question will be how they’ll handle them. Last year the Angels took the radical step of having 12 of the 21 pitchers they signed sit out the rest of the summer. Instead of pitching in the minors, they simply worked out, improving their conditioning and refining their mechanics.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Meeting between Rob Manfred, Tony Clark yields new hope for 2020 MLB season

first_img Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield The contentious relationship between Major League Baseball owners and players has apparently healed to the point that there is renewed hope the sides can agree on a course for a 2020 season.Commissioner Rob Manfred and Tony Clark, head of the Players’ Assn., met for several hours on Tuesday in Phoenix, and Manfred issued a statement on Wednesday characterizing the talks as productive.“We left that meeting with a jointly developed framework that we agreed could form the basis of an agreement and subject to conversations with our respective constituents,” Manfred said. “I summarized that framework numerous times in the meeting and sent Tony a written summary today. Consistent with our conversations yesterday, I am encouraging the Clubs to move forward and I trust Tony is doing the same.”The offer is for a 60-game season, starting July 19, according to ESPN’s Buster Olney. Players would receive their full pro-rated salaries — which would be about 37 percent of their full-season salary — and there would be expanded playoffs in 2020 and 2021, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. It is possible MLB would have to increase the number of games in their offer to get the players to agree.MLB’s latest proposal also includes implementing the DH in both leagues in 2020 and 2021, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post.The news came just two days after Manfred said on ESPN that he was losing confidence in reaching an agreement with the players over the terms of the sport’s return amid the coronavirus pandemic.Compensation was the heart of the issue, with players insisting on receiving their full pro-rated salaries, while owners sought further pay cuts in light of the likelihood of playing games in empty stadiums.On Monday, Manfred said the players had been negotiating in “bad faith” and Clark responded that the players were “disgusted” by Manfred backtracking on his promise from last week that he was “100 percent” certain there would be a season. The two reportedly had a face-to-face meeting in Arizona on Tuesday to help bridge the gap.According to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman, the two sides were “closing in” on an agreement on Wednesday morning. Evan Drellich of The Athletic reported that a new proposal had just been sent from owners, and that there is “no agreement even in principle at this point.”Players would like to receive their full pro-rated salaries for as many games as possible. Players are already losing at least half of their full salaries because the pandemic has already wiped out at least half of the scheduled 162 games.Owners have offered reduced salaries or a shortened schedule of as little as 48 games. Owners could unilaterally impose a schedule, but they would be subject to a grievance from players that they did not make their “best efforts” to schedule as many games as possible.The bridge may have been an expansion of the playoffs. Adding an extra round of postseason play could add significant revenue from television, helping compensate for the lack of fans. The players need to approve any change to the playoff format.Even if the financial and logistical terms are agreed upon, there is still the looming threat of the coronavirus. The virus is still spreading quickly in many states, including California, Arizona, Texas and Florida, states that are home to 10 of the 30 major league teams.Related Articles Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros last_img read more

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Why the Clippers and Spurs lack predictable finality: Play it Forward April 20-26

first_imgSix of the Dodgers’ next nine games are against the Giants, some of whom you may not recognize any longer from a year ago. The Giants have stumbled miserably out of the gate for the 2015 season, already five back of the first-place Dodgers to start last weekend, and finally ending an eight-game losing streak. Games Tuesday and Wednesday are at 7:15 p.m., Thursday is at 12:45 p.m.NO. 3: RUNNING: 119th BOSTON MARATHONDetails/TV: Monday at 5:30 a.m., Universal Sports:Defending champion Meb Keflezighi, who became the first American winner since 1983 by running a 2:08:48 race, has had a marathon of interviews to do before this event, yet he’s stayed Boston strong. Keflezighi, who turns 39 in May, is looking at this also as his progression toward the 2016 Summer Olympics. “With less than a year to go now, 2016 is my goal, to be able to represent the United States,” he said. He’ll race in the Olympic Marathon Trials in Los Angeles in February 2016. “I hope I can punch my ticket,” he said.NO. 4: COLLEGE FOOTBALL: UCLA SPRING GAMEDetails/TV: At the Rose Bowl, Saturday, 10 a.m., Pac-12 Network:Season ticket holders and UCLA students with their Bruin Card get in free. Non-season ticket holders are required to pay $5 to see how freshman QB Josh Rosen does handling his reps in with the first team. Gate A opens at 9 a.m.NO. 5: MLS: GALAXY at NEW YORK RED BULLSDetails/TV: Sunday, 2 p.m., ESPN2:Last September, the Galaxy fired off a 4-0 win over the Red Bulls at StubHub Center as Robbie Keane scored twice and Gyasi Zardes had anothter. Jaime Penedo made three big first-half stops to preserve the shutout against Thierry Henry’s team. Keane has sat out the last two games for the Galaxy (3-2-2) with a groin injury. The Eastern Conference-leading Red Bulls (3-0-2) is the only team among the 20 in the league left without a loss.NO. 6: NHL PLAYOFFS: WESTERN CONFERENCE QUARTERFINALS:DUCKS vs. WINNIPEG:Details/TV: Game 3 at Winnipeg: Monday, 6 p.m., Prime:The Ducks’ 2-0 series lead hasn’t come real easy. Now they head to Winnipeg, where the city hasn’t played host to a post-season game since April, 1996. Wednesday’s Game 4 is also at Winnipeg (6:30 p.m., FSW) with a Game 5 back in Anaheim on Friday (TBD, Ch. 13). There’s also a Game 6 back at Winnipeg on Sunday (TBD, Prime) if we need to drag this out any longer.NO. 7: MLB: ANGELS vs. OAKLANDDetails/TV: At Angel Stadium, Monday-Thursday, FSW, Ch. 13:The latest charts say the A’s are right where they want to be in the payroll department – Billy Beane’s team starts the season ranked No. 27 out of 30 with a $85.4 million in salary. Of that, $7.8 million takes care of the infield, $15.4 mil goes to the outfield and $33.6 million to the pitchers. They’ve also got $6.6 million in the DH category. The Angels? They start at No. 7 with $154.8 million. It breaks down to $40.7 million on the infield, $12.3 million in the outfield and $57 million on the pitching. The DH? Just a $512,500 investment. Let’s see how that all factors in during a four-game series that has 7:05 p.m. starts on Monday and Tuesday on FSW and 7:05 p.m. Wednesday on Ch. 13, plus 4:05 p.m. on Thursday. The Angels also host Texas on Friday-Sunday.NO. 8: MLB: DODGERS at SAN DIEGODetails/TV: Friday-Sunday, SportsNet L.A.:Friday (7:10 p.m.), Saturday (5:40 p.m.) and Sunday (1:10 p.m.)We doubt Padres’ fans aren’t fretting too much about the fact that Yasmani Grandal has caught on with the Dodgers. Maybe they should. The 28-year-old born in Havana is winning over his new teammates with his ability behind the plate. “He catches the ball deep. He catches it soft,” Dodgers right-hander Brandon McCarthy told the O.C. Register recently. “You might not know why you’re doing something well. For years and years, guys took walks and didn’t know it was an extremely valuable thing they were doing. They just were not hitting. You found out after the fact what you were doing was valuable.” Yeah, so Grandal was 0 for 5 with three walks when the Dodgers took two out of three against the Padres in the season opening series at Dodger Stadium. Matt Kemp, on the other hand, was 5 for 13 (.385) with those three RBIs in the opening loss.NO. 9: AFL: L.A. KISS vs. ARIZONA:Details/TV: At Honda Center, Saturday, 7 p.m., CBSSN:If you’ve been puckered up to the Kiss to this point – and really, why should you be? – you realize they’ve yet to win after the first four weeks, lost 10 straight going back to last year’s 3-15 finish, and should be pretty rattled having to face the Rattlers. But, hey, crank the music to 11 and maybe no one will notice. Even with a cool looking guitar pick as a logo, you’ve got to pick your spots.NO. 10: TENNIS: 115th OJAI TOURNAMENTDetails/TV: At Libbey Park in Ojai, Wednesday-Sunday:Started in 1896 by William Thacher, the oldest and largest amateur event in the same U.S. location continues on with 27 different divisions, including the Pac-12 men’s dual championship and individual championships. and more than 1,400 junior, high school, college and Open players, heading out to more than 30 sites through Ventura County. Don’t forget the fresh-squeezed orange juice and cookies served daily. Those who have played in this event and went on to win a Grand Slam include Bill Tilden, Helen Wills Moody, Tony Trabert, Bobby Riggs, Jack Kramer, Arthur Ashe, Billie Jean King, Pancho Gonzales, Stan Smith, Jimmy Connors, Tracy Austin, Lindsay Davenport, Pete Sampras and the Bryan twins. Because we can, we looked back at how some of the NBA “experts” last October decided the 2014-15 season would end up. Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix had San Antonio defeating Chicago in the championship, but only after the Spurs got past the Clippers in the Western Conference finals. “It’s hard to bet against the defending champs that return 97.5 percent of their minutes from last season,” he wrote. SI colleague Phil Taylor had the same scenario. And SI’s Ben Golliver had the Spurs winning it all after they KO’d the Clippers in the conference finals. The reason SI’s Matt Dollinger, took the Clippers over OKC in the West, and then over Cleveland for the title was because that “while the Spurs return the exact same team that won the title, they won’t return with the same edge. A brutal loss to the Heat in the 2013 Finals fueled San Antonio’s title run last season. It’s unlikely last spring’s Finals romp will drum up the same emotions. Instead, another devastating defeat will catapult a new champion. The Clippers lost Game 5 in the West semifinals to the Thunder … this is the year the Clippers become L.A.’s team.” At CBSSports.com, Matt Moore took the Clippers over the Spurs in the West final, then over the Cavs for the title. Again, most assumed this was based on the Clippers and Spurs not hooking up until Round 3, not Round 1. So what if … we went over to WhatIfSports.com and looked at updated numbers, based on its simulating the entire playoffs 1,001 times and “taking into account home court advantage and the statistical makeup of each team.” The Clippers have a 63.5 percent edge over the Spurs and will win the first round in seven games, the data says. Yet, maybe you don’t want to know what happens from here. Its crunching numbers gives the Clippers a 24 percent chance of making it out of the conference semifinals (a predicted six-game loss to Houston in Round 2), with a 6.9 percent chance of getting to the NBA Finals, and a 4.3 percent chance of winning everything. Now, let’s continue where we left off on Sunday night’s Game 1.Game 3 is Friday at San Antonio (6:30 p.m., Prime, ESPN), with Game 4 on Sunday at San Antonio (12:30 p.m., Ch. 7).NO. 2: MLB: DODGERS at SAN FRANCISCO:Details/TV: Tuesday-Thursday, SportsNet L.A.:As fate and rotations seem to have it, NL Cy Young and MVP Clayton Kershaw is scheduled to match up against World Series MVP and Cy Young runner-up Madison Bumgarner as the star attractions for the middle day of this three game series. As numbers align, the 27-year-old Kershaw is also seeking his 100th career win in his 213th career start – compared to just 50 losses. Of all the teams he has beaten over the years, the Giants have been victims 14 times (one back of Colorado, whom he used to grind his first win of the 2015 season in his last start) and he was 3-0 against the NL wild-card-turned-World Series-champs during the regular season with a 1.69 ERA. Bumgarner, who doesn’t turn 26 until August, has a modest 1-1 record so far – matching Kershaw – with an ugly 5.29 ERA. The Padres tore him up for five runs and 10 hits in three innings on April 11 in a 10-2 loss. During the 2014 spring training, the thought of how a long-term Kershaw-Bumgarner rivalry could perhaps match the Magic Johnson-Larry Bird career arch as they continue to battle each other year after year. “It could happen,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy told MLB.com reporter Lyle Spencer. “They could be facing each other quite a bit down the road. You look at Clayton Kershaw, everything he’s accomplished, and Madison … one of the elite left-handers in the game. Hopefully, that is the case. You have one guy who sets a bar that high, you want to say you’re in that class.” Replied Bumgarner when asked about comparing himself to the Dodgers’ ace: “I don’t need Kershaw to want to be a better pitcher.” Fastballs often speak louder than words. Ranking top 10 sports events April 20-26 you won’t want to miss:NO. 1: NBA PLAYOFFS: WESTERN CONFERENCE QUARTERFINALS:CLIPPERS vs. SAN ANTONIODetails/TV: Game 2: Wednesday at Staples Center, 7:30 p.m., Prime, TNT:center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Clippers draw $50,000 fine from NBA for Doc Rivers’ comments about Kawhi Leonard

first_img For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory The Clippers are expected to pursue Leonard – a Southern California native and soon-to-be free agent – in the coming offseason. The Clippers (like the Lakers) are in position to sign a max-contract player.Related Articles Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 For now, Leonard, 27, has led the Toronto Raptors to the NBA Finals in his first season with the team. Toronto leads the best-of-seven series 1-0 following Thursday’s 118-109 victory over the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors.It didn’t take long for Rivers’ comments to gain steam on social media, where they were met with calls of “tampering,” which the NBA collective bargaining agreement describes as actions that “directly or indirectly, entices, induces, persuades or attempts to entice, induce or persuade any Player, Coach, Trainer or General Manager or any other person who is under contract to any other Member of the Association to enter into negotiations for or relating to his services.”After the fine was announced, the Boston Globe’s Gary Washburn asked NBA commissioner Adam Silver what Rivers should have done differently in the situation, having been asked about Leonard.A video of Silver’s response was posted on Washburn’s Twitter account.center_img Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The NBA fined the Clippers $50,000 for violating the league’s anti-tampering role with comments that Coach Doc Rivers made this week regarding Kawhi Leonard on ESPN’s NBA Finals preview show, the league announced Friday.On the show, which aired Tuesday, Rivers answered Stephen A. Smith’s question about whether Leonard was “the best player in basketball at this particular moment in time.”Said Rivers: “He is the most like (Michael) Jordan that we’ve seen. Like, there’s a lot of great players. … LeBron is phenomenal, KD is phenomenal. Not that (Kawhi) is Jordan or anything like that, but he is the most like him.“Big hands. Post game. Can finish. Great leaper. Great defender. In-between game. If you beat him to the spot, he bumps you off. And then you add his 3-point shooting.” “I would just say Doc’s been at this a long time,” Silver said. “And it’s not a fun part of my job ever fining anyone. And I understand the competing interests of the media, hearing a coach’s view about a current NBA player. But it’s something where there’s a bright line in this league, and you’re not allowed to do it. And head coaches or team executives in those positions need to say, ‘I’m not permitted by the league to respond to that question.’ And it’s a balance of interests, I understand that. But he, unfortunately, crossed a bright line.”The Lakers were fined $50,000 last June for a violation of the anti-tampering rule, reportedly for comments that then President of Basketball Operations Magic Johnson made about Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo: “He plays above the rim, I never could do that. But in his understanding of the game, his basketball IQ, his creativity of shots for his teammates. That’s where we (have the same thing. Can bring it down, make a pass, make a play. I’m just happy he’s starting in the All-Star Game because he deserves that. And he’s going to be like an MVP, a champion, this dude he’s going to put Milwaukee on the map. And I think he’s going to bring them a championship one day.”last_img read more

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Dodgers get a measly two hits in 2-1 loss to White Sox

first_imgLeft-hander John Danks, who entered with a 3-5 record and an ERA of 4.66, picked up his fourth victory. He allowed just two hits — both by Dee Gordon — and one run while striking out five. He walked three and hit Scott Van Slyke twice.The Dodgers, who had just the two hits, got their only run in the eighth inning when Hanley Ramirez grounded into a forceout that brought home Gordon, who had hit a one-out double.Ronald Belisario — throwing smoke — closed out the game for the White Sox for the second consecutive night by pitching a 1-2-3 ninth inning. It was his fifth save.Prior to the game, Mattingly emphasized that his team’s struggles are not the result of one or two players failing to play up to their potential. It’s about the team not playing as a unit.Mattingly brought former Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda into the conversation. “Tommy says it all the time,” Mattingly said. “And it seems corny at times, but he says, ‘Hey, we’ve all gotta get on one end of the rope and pull.’ And you know what? As many times as you’ve heard Tommy say it, it’s absolutely true.”Afterward, Mattingly was an upset man.“Josh was good, the bullpen threw the ball good,” Mattingly said. “Yeah, obviously, Danks was that good tonight. He was just better than us tonight. I just thought he was better than us. He was better than us tonight. I really think you should talk to them.“I’m tired of answering the questions, honestly. Home, away, whatever, I don’t know. It’s just being, basically, (expletive). We’re just not that good.”When a reporter asked Mattingly about the slump Adrian Gonzalez is in — he went 0 for 4 in the cleanup spot — Mattingly was not happy.“Seriously, one thing, and we’re going to look at one thing,” he said, frustrated. “I don’t have any problems with Adrian at all, to be honest with you.”A lifetime .293 hitter, Gonzalez is batting .259 and has four hits in his last 22 at-bats.Indeed, frustration has set in as the Dodgers are now just one game over .500 and have lost three of four.Asked what his team needs to do to turn it around, Mattingly said, “We need to win.”Catcher Drew Butera wore a bummed-out look.“Yeah, it’s frustrating,” Butera said. “We got the loss. He (Beckett) pitched real well, the bullpen pitched real well. It’s frustrating we couldn’t give him a little help.” Beckett was asked what he thought about his manager’s analogy about everyone tugging on the end of the rope.“I don’t know,” he said. “I don’t get too caught up in that stuff. My job here is to make quality pitches and execute.”On the plus side, the Dodgers are playing well defensively. They had one error Wednesday, the only one in the three-game series. Gordon has noticed.“I think we’re playing better defense,” he said. “We’ve been on page on the defensive side of the ball. We’ve been playing better defensively.”The White Sox (31-30) got on the board in the top of the third when Garcia smacked a home run over the center-field fence on the first pitch from Beckett. Garcia came in with just 46 at-bats, one RBI and no major-league home runs.An inning later, Dunn took Beckett deep over the right-field wall for his ninth home run of the season and a 2-0 Chicago lead. The Dodgers had a chance to score in the bottom of the fourth. With one out and Gonzalez on second via an error and Van Slyke at first on a walk, Justin Turner came to bat. He hit a ground ball to second baseman Gordon Beckham, who threw out Turner at first after missing a tag on Van Slyke. A rundown ensued with the ball eventually being thrown to third base to try and get Gonzalez, who had rounded the bag.Gonzalez was ruled safe, and Van Slyke had gotten to second. But White Sox manager Robin Ventura asked for a review, and Gonzalez was subsequently called out to end the inning.The fifth inning might have brought a first. The White Sox had runners at the corners with one out. Dunn was issued what appeared to be a walk to load the bases. But Mattingly came out to talk to the umpires, apparently telling that it was only a 3-2 count.Umpires then instituted a crew review and Mattingly was right. Dunn came back to the plate and was struck out by Beckett on a slow curve. Beckett got out of the inning when Alexei Ramirez hit into a force play.The Dodgers now head to Colorado to begin a three-game series Friday. Then they will play four at Cincinnati starting Monday. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img The Dodgers last year went 42-8 from June to August. It was an incredible run.A year later, the Dodgers are struggling at 31-30 after Wednesday’s loss to the Chicago White Sox in their series finale. The difference? Togetherness, manager Don Mattingly said.Los Angeles once again wasn’t all that together. Josh Beckett pitched well enough to win, but his teammates couldn’t buy many runs — or many hits, for that matter — and the White Sox came away with a 2-1 victory before 45,540 at Dodger Stadium.Beckett (3-3) took the loss. He pitched six innings and gave up nine hits and two runs — home runs by Leury Garcia and Adam Dunn — while striking out six.last_img read more

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Trainer Bob Baffert rides celebrity wave onto Dodger Stadium mound

first_imgDraft Day 2 in the booksThe Dodgers took seven players on Day 2 of the amateur draft, one each in rounds four through 10.Fourth-round pick Philip Pfeifer, a left-handed pitcher from Vanderbilt, is a teammate of first-round pick Walker Buehler.The others were Yavapai College (Ariz.) infielder Willie Calhoun (fourth round), Lakewood High School infielder Brendon Davis (fifth round), Florida International University first baseman Edwin Rios (sixth round), Gonzaga University right-hander Andrew Sopko (seventh round), Haverford College (Pa.) right-hander Tommy Bergjans (eighth round), Cal State Dominguez Hills right-hander Kevin Brown (ninth round) and University of Texas Pan American outfielder Logan Landon (10th round).Bergjans is a graduate of Los Angeles’ Loyola High School. Brown is a graduate of Newbury Park High School.Injury updatesOutfielder Scott Van Slyke said he will go out on a rehab assignment before returning from the 15-day disabled list. He is eligible to be activated Monday, when the Dodgers visit the Texas Rangers, and might do so if he completes his rehab stint this weekend.Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said that Carl Crawford (oblique) has resumed running at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Ariz., a significant step forward for the veteran outfielder.“Unless he has some kind of a setback, he’s probably going to be doing more and more every day,” Mattingly said.Pitchers Brandon League (Wednesday) and Joel Peralta (Thursday) are scheduled to make rehab appearances for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga this week. Pitcher Brandon Beachy is scheduled to throw a simulated game Thursday at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Ariz.All-Star voting updateDodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez is second to the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Paul Goldschmidt in the latest fan voting update for the 2015 All-Star Game. Gonzalez — who had been in the lead since the first votes were released to the public — now has 1,882,725 votes to Goldschmidt’s 2,010,049.After a scorching start to the season, Gonzalez now trails Goldschmidt in all of the most widely used statistical categories: home runs (16 to 11), RBIs (47 to 39), batting average (.340 to .329), on-base percentage (.466 to .407) and slugging percentage (.650 to .589). Goldschmidt even has a better WAR (3.8 to 2.7)The next vote tallies will be released June 23 and June 30. The game is July 12.Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal moved into fifth place among National League catchers, while Howie Kendrick is fourth among second basemen. Joc Pederson is 10th among outfielders. Baffert is also riding a different wave since his last ceremonial first pitch in 2002, a wave no trainer has experienced in a generation. American Pharoah, who won the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, is the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.This horse did not make Baffert a household name; he already was one. American Pharoah has merely made him speechless.“I really didn’t realize the impact of it until it hit me, probably, yesterday,” he said. “Since this happened, it’s totally different … I’m still waiting for it to die down.”Horse racing and baseball don’t overlap much, but Baffert conversed with the umpires prior to the game. Apparently, he also knows enough about baseball to know which Dodgers player is nicknamed the “Wild Horse.”“(American Pharoah) is the nicest horse you’d ever be around, but then when he gets to the racetrack he wants to dominate,” Baffert said. “I guess he’d be like (Yasiel) Puig. When he gets out there he’s gonna dominate.” Bob Baffert has done the baseball crossover publicity tour before. He threw a ceremonial first pitch in Baltimore in 1997, after Silver Charm won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes. Since then, Baffert has thrown enough first pitches (and trained enough champion horses) that it hardly seemed like a first when he did so Tuesday at Dodger Stadium.But this one was different for a few reasons. Like many Arizona natives, Baffert grew up rooting for the Dodgers, and this was his first time on the mound at Dodger Stadium.“There was no Diamondbacks when I grew up,” he said.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Phillies broadcaster blasts Dodgers rookie Joc Pederson as ‘very selfish’

first_imgPHILADELPHIA >> Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson said he didn’t know who Larry Andersen is until a reporter told him Thursday.Andersen, a retired pitcher and the Philadelphia Phillies’ radio color commentator, seems to believe he has a pretty good knowledge of Pederson.Andersen ripped Pederson for being “selfish” during the fourth inning of the Phillies’ broadcast of Wednesday’s game against the Dodgers.“To me it’s just a young, selfish, very selfish player when you come out there, ‘I’m just trying to hit home runs, all I want to do is hit home runs’,” Andersen said. “What about — obviously there’s two outs, it’s not the same — what about if it’s first and third, infield back, all you gotta do is hit a ball on the ground and you’re going to go up there, try to hit home runs?” If Pederson is trying to hit home runs, he’s failing miserably. After belting 20 home runs in his first 77 games this season, Pederson only has one home run in his last 28 games. That could be a by-product of Pederson’s attempt to shorten his swing path.Thursday, Pederson snapped an 0-for-23 streak with a single in the seventh inning. He collected six walks, a single and struck out twice in the three-game series.More CrawfordDodgers manager Don Mattingly said he’ll try to play Carl Crawford “at least once a series,” while giving either right fielder Yasiel Puig or left fielder Andre Ethier a day off.Puig wasn’t in the starting lineup for Thursday’s series finale against the Phillies, while Ethier moved to right field and Crawford started in left. Crawford went 1 for 4 with a two-run single in the first inning.“He’s really in Andre’s boat from last year, where Carl got hot and took off,” Mattingly said. “This year Andre’s been that guy who’s been our most consistent offensive outfielder. Carl, it’s not his fault he got hurt, but he did. Andre got an opportunity and took off.”Crawford missed 75 games earlier this season with a strained oblique muscle. His body might have less wear and tear at this point in the season than Puig or Ethier, but his timing at the plate is admittedly lacking.For someone who got used to starting during his first 13 years in the league, that’s an inevitable consequence of decreased playing time. Crawford has started four of the Dodgers’ 14 games since he returned from the disabled list.“It is easier said than done, but you’ve gotta do it,” he said. “It’s good that you want to be out there, and I think they like that. At the same time you’ve got to just play your part. We all have to do that right now. The team is playing extremely well right now. The last thing you want to do is become a problem. That’s just the situation.”AlsoDodgers reliever Joel Peralta left Thursday’s game after facing only three batters when Odubel Herrera spiked the top of his left foot while the pitcher was covering first base. Peralta said he was not seriously hurt on the play and Mattingly said he planned to pull Peralta after Herrera’s single anyway. … Triple-A pitcher Carlos Frias was scheduled to undergo further tests on his back one day after the injury limited his last start to only 10 pitches. … The scheduled starters for the next three games against the Pirates: Clayton Kershaw will face right-hander Gerrit Cole on Friday, Mat Latos will face left-hander Francisco Liriano on Saturday, and Alex Wood will face right-hander Charlie Morton on Sunday. … The games Friday and Sunday night will be nationally telecast on ESPN. Friday’s game will be blacked out in SportsNet LA markets, while Sunday’s game will not. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Earlier, when Pederson batted in the first inning, Andersen repeated the quote on the air.“It looks like this guy’s just got one thing on his mind, and that’s either walking or hitting a home run,” Andersen said. “There’s no ‘try and get a base hit here.’ He came out and said it, ‘I’m trying to hit home runs.’ It’s not the smartest thing to come out and say.”One problem with this quote: Pederson claims he never said it.“I think I said the exact opposite” Wednesday, he said.Pederson and a Dodgers spokesperson both said the rookie wasn’t approached for an interview by anyone on the Phillies’ broadcast team during the three-game series.last_img read more

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Dave Roberts makes Dodger Stadium managerial debut tonight in Freeway Series vs. Angels

first_imgLOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers will play at Dodger Stadium for the first time in 2016 tonight, beginning the three-game Freeway Series against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.The Dodgers have again added prepaid lanes to further expedite parking for fans who have purchased parking in advance, a team official said.The parking price remains unchanged from last year, $10 when purchased in advance at dodgers.com/parking and $20 at the gate. Tonight’s game is also the first time Dave Roberts will manage the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Roberts, a former Dodger outfielder who spent the past five years as a San Diego Padres coach, was appointed manager in November, succeeding Don Mattingly, after the team and Mattingly mutually agreed that he would not return.Roberts, who has a black father and Japanese mother, is the first minority to manage the Dodgers.Ava Dominguez, a 12-year-old singer-songwriter, will sing the national anthem. Retired U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Christopher Munoz of Highland Park is the Military Hero of the Game.Auto gates will open at 4:40 p.m. and stadium gates at 5:10 p.m., with the first pitch set for 7:10 p.m.The Dodgers and Angels will again play at Dodger Stadium Friday. The Freeway Series is set to conclude Saturday at Angel Stadium. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img The Dodgers will begin the regular season Monday in San Diego and following a seven-game road trip that also includes a four-game series in San Francisco, will play their home opener April 12 against the Arizona Diamondbacks.last_img read more

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Whicker: Cody Bellinger, Dodgers take what Nationals give them

first_img Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies He walked 69 times during his struggles of 2018. There were times when he dropkicked at-bats. In 2019 those times have been previous and few. When he came out with two outs and nobody on in the fifth inning, the Dodgers leading tenuously by one run, he performed a rare feat at the expense of left-hander Patrick Corbin.He fell behind 0-and-2. Then he took a slider down-and-away. And another. And another. And a fourth one. It was only the third time Bellinger had converted an 0-and-2 count into a walk. Max Muncy, who walked 90 times for the Dodgers, only did it three times. And it had not happened to Corbin all year.It is the kind of turnaround only seen in professional wrestling. You’re writhing in pain at the pitcher’s mercy, and somehow you rise like The Undertaker and apply the hammerlock. It is charted avidly by all batting coaches. And it deserves to be rewarded, the way it was here.Chris Taylor scorched a drive that Anthony Rendon heroically smothered, and beat it out. Bellinger, reading the situation on the run, got to third base. When first baseman Howie Kendrick failed to get his glove down for a grounder, this one briskly hit by Muncy, Bellinger scored and the Dodgers led 2-0 with Walker Buehler straddling the Dodger Stadium mound as if he owned it, which he might someday. “When he (Corbin) has command of that slider, he can make you think you can hit it, and then he can expand on that,” Muncy said. “Tonight he didn’t have as good a command, and we did a good job of not chasing, and eventually we were trying to keyhole him and it worked out.”“Keyholing” means the hitters narrowed their gaze to a particular spot and did not release until a ball arrived there. Again, it takes time and confidence to be that counter-intuitive.Meanwhile, it wasn’t Kendrick’s ideal homecoming. The distinguished former Angel and Dodger, still line-driving at age 35, got charged for two errors at first base, where he had made only one all season.“I wouldn’t change anything about the way I went about that,” Kendrick said. “You’re not going to make every play. You just have to suck it up and try to make it up on the other end. Thanks to the way Buehler and those guys pitched, we weren’t able to do that tonight.”At least the Nationals know that if they’re so insistent on losing, the Dodgers won’t stand in their way. The Dodgers chased only 28.3 percent of the pitches they saw outside the strike zone this season, which was the best mark in the NL. They walked seven times on Thursday. You don’t usually win playoff games when you’re 1 for 8 with men in scoring position, but Buehler and the bullpen squelched Washington with 13 strikeouts and gave up only two hits, and the Dodgers feasted liberally on the Nationals’ bullpen. When Joc Pederson and rookie Gavin Lux went deep in the eighth, it meant that Hunter Strickland, who unfortunately is not paid by the foot, had given up eight home runs in 11-2/3 postseason innings for his career.If you’d told Corbin he would give the Dodgers three hits in six innings and strike out nine, he would have been fine with it, and, incidentally, not surprised. But their four walks in the first inning indicated their trust, patience and confidence, all those interview-room words that resound in the fall.“I thought mechanically I was rushing a little bit,” Corbin said. “I thought I was cutting my fastball a little too much before I could get it straightened out. I had to keep my shoulder in and keep from pulling off. That’s why it was cutting.“On the walk, they were all good sliders. They were closer than the ones I threw him in the previous at-bat when he swung. He probably went inside and saw something (on video). They were good takes on good pitches. Later in the game, they were trying to lay off a little bit more and I was able to sneak some fastballs by. But even the lefties they have are tough.”Will Smith, the Dodgers catcher and one of four rookies who made the NLDS roster, watched from the dugout.“That was a very good at-bat,” Smith said. “He (Bellinger) spit on some good pitches. When you get down 0-and-2 you just have to keep battling, foul some off, make sure you don’t fall into his trap.”It was another maximum night in the postseason for Muncy, whose home run won the 18-inning World Series game with Boston last October.His first-inning walk brought in the first run, he adeptly drilled a ground ball through the shift-vacated third base position for a base hit, and then his grounder through Kendrick made it 2-0.Related Articles Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start center_img How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season LOS ANGELES — When the other guys are trying to give you a baseball game, let them.When they’re digging the hole right to the point where it intersects with the gas line, just stand back.The Dodgers were proactive enough Thursday night in Game 1 of the National League Division Series, but they made sure to provide Washington with enough rope. They didn’t punish all the mistakes and deficiencies, but they won 6-0 and nobody summarized their immense comfort in this theater of combat more than 24-year-old Cody Bellinger.Bellinger walked 95 times this year for the walking-est team in the National League. It is one of the reasons he’s likely to put an NL MVP trophy on the coffee table next month, next to the 2017 NL Rookie of the Year award. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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What does an unusually strong October mean for free-agent starting pitchers?

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error We can also point to an about-face from Astros manager A.J. Hinch. He had Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole on his staff a year ago, but permitted only one 100-pitch start between them. Still, Hinch and Martinez aren’t entirely responsible for the broader, stranger sea change since the regular season.The last five regular seasons painted a clear trend toward bullpens. The 100-pitch start, a convenient benchmark for stamina, fell steadily since 2015. Looking more closely, the likelihood of a starter throwing 100 pitches declined from the regular season to the postseason. A year ago, the 100-pitch playoff start was on the brink of extinction.So what happened? Two things.For one, the teams that made the playoffs in 2019 generally featured sterling rotations and blemished bullpens. When the Brewers and A’s were eliminated in the wild-card games, this was irrefutable. Next year, maybe the deck shakes out differently.For another, managers became less hesitant to exhaust their top starters. Dr. Mike Sonne, the research director for the Toronto-based Baseball Development Group facility, has a unique formula for quantifying pitcher fatigue. Regular rest – something managers casually cast aside this October – is integral to the formula. Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Measured by fatigue units per game, starters were pushed harder this October than any postseason from 2015-18. Their fatigue units were in line with levels from 2008-14, the first postseasons for which Sonne’s data is available.It’s too soon to extrapolate what any of this means beyond today. For free-agent starting pitchers, it’s tempting.Strasburg can become a free agent if he opts out of his contract (four years, $100 million remaining) with the Nationals. The industry-wide expectation is that he will. He would join Cole as the clear stars of the offseason’s free-agent pitchers.Last winter, the market held only one can’t-miss free agent. Patrick Corbin signed a six-year, $140 million contract with the Nationals, then went 14-7 in 33 starts (202 innings) in the regular season.Compared to last year, the second tier of free agent starters is a bit younger and a bit stronger. For teams that miss out on Strasburg and Cole, there’s always Zack Wheeler, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Madison Bumgarner, Dallas Keuchel, Cole Hamels, or Jake Odorizzi. Five of the six threw more than 140 innings in the regular season; Keuchel likely would have if he had not waited until June to sign with the Braves. All had an above-average ERA and at least a .500 record.Only Wheeler will begin next season under 30 years old. But if this postseason is any indication, age hardly hinders a starter’s ability to succeed in the postseason. There again, the industry is split on how much to read into the last month of baseball.Speaking this week to evaluators who spoke on the condition of anonymity, some consistent variables emerged that could complicate how the offseason plays out:1. THE BASEBALLFor as much as pitchers have enjoyed October, 2019 will be remembered as a haven for hitters. The 6,776 home runs hit during the regular season shattered the all-time record. Just as consensus formed around a more aerodynamic baseball as the primary culprit, a funny thing happened: the baseball changed.Could starting pitchers dominate as they had if they were using the regular-season baseballs? (Doubtful.) How aerodynamic will the baseball be in April of 2020? (No one knows.) Will any of this matter in free agent negotiations? (Maybe.)2. SAMPLE SIZEPublicly, agents and executives often mention past postseason performance among a player’s virtues. In private negotiations, especially with analytically-minded executives, postseason stats carry less weight than you think.Related Articlescenter_img Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels fail to take series in Oakland, lose in 10 innings To the surprise of no one, Stephen Strasburg ascended the pitcher’s mound nine times in Game 6 of the World Series. He had thrown 102 pitches over the first eight innings. The Nationals were leading comfortably, 7-2. The written recaps were all but filed in the press box. In the dugouts, they could begin rehearsing their press conference clichés.If there was a surprise, it came after Strasburg threw two pitches to induce a line-drive out from the Astros’ Yuli Gurriel to begin the ninth inning: his day was done. Nationals bench coach Chip Hale fetched the ball from his starting pitcher – Manager Dave Martinez had been ejected earlier in the game – and handed it to Sean Doolittle. With that, a month that began with talk of bullpenning and starters serving as middle relievers had come full circle. Strasburg, like so many pitchers who came before him in October, was expected to finish a game he started.The postseason provided a weird if not refreshing finish to the decade. A year ago, only four playoff starters were allowed to throw 100 pitches or more. After Max Scherzer threw 103 pitches in Game 7 of the World Series on Wednesday night, that number reached 25.Some of this is attributable to the teams involved. The Nationals rode Strasburg and Scherzer beyond 100 pitches this month more often than they did not. Alex Cora didn’t push any Red Sox starter past 97 pitches en route to the 2018 championship, and they didn’t participate in the 2019 postseason. If the postseason heroics of Cole, 29, and Strasburg, 31, are somehow baked into the value of their next contracts, this could conceivably serve as a rising tide that lifts all boats. The cost to sign Ryu, Bumgarner, etc. could rise – at least, the next tier of starting pitchers can only hope.Actually, they can do more than hope. That’s because …3. OLDER STARTERS GENERALLY HELD UP WELL IN 2019In 2017 and 2018, only 22 pitchers who were at least 30 years old (on June 30 of that season) qualified for that season’s ERA title. That represented the lowest number since 1977, when there were four fewer teams, and 100 fewer roster spots.The old guys rebounded a bit in 2019, as 27 over-30 pitchers qualified for the ERA title. This suggests that, even in the regular season, starting pitchers might be aging better than their 2018 market indicated.What does that mean for the months to come? Stay tuned.last_img read more

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Steve Kerr addresses rumors of Kevin Durant’s future: ‘It’s not easy’

first_img“It’s not easy if you in particular are reading your own name in trade rumors,” Kerr said Saturday (per the San Francisco Chronicle). “Anything like that is difficult. I think you understand, after you have been in the league for a few years, that it’s part of the deal.”Kerr went on to say handling the speculation is simply part of the job.  Related News Warriors coach Steve Kerr weighed in on speculation surrounding Kevin Durant’s future, though Kerr didn’t reveal any new details. Kerr spoke about the rumors swirling and said it’s not always easy for Durant to have his name in headlines as the media speculates his future. The 30-year-old forward can opt out of his contract after the season and is expected to become a free agent. NBA wrap: Warriors overcome bizarre night from Stephen Curry to top Lakers Durant is already rumored to potentially join LeBron James with the Lakers or head to the Knicks, but Durant said earlier this season that money will be a big factor in his decision.Durant has helped the Warriors win back-to-back NBA championships since joining Golden State in 2016, earning Finals MVP awards each time.Durant, a nine-time All-Star, is averaging 27.5 points, 7.1 rebounds and six assists this season. “You get paid a great salary to play basketball for a living and the upside is pretty awesome, but there are some things that are difficult to deal with as well,” Kerr said. “That’s your job, and you have to do that.”last_img read more

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Things Bryce Harper should buy with his new $330M contract from the Phillies

first_img13 YEARS?!?!I should have played baseball.MORE: Ten questions about Bryce Harper’s mega-deal with PhilliesNow that Harper is one of the richest people in sports, he has plenty of cash to spend without the worry of going broke. He’s officially secured the bag, so now it’s time to go wild and start buying ridiculous things. His life should be like a rap video every day.We did some of the dirty work for Harper already, so he knows what to spend his money on. We listed some of those items below.Bryce Harper should go to spaceDid you know you can spend 10 days on the International Space Station? Probably not, because you’re poor like me. Houston-based company Axiom Space announced last year it will cost $55 million to take the adventure up above the clouds. Harper would be dumb not to go to space at a cost like that.He has $330 million; $55 million is nothing to him. If he wanted to go all out, he could waste his entire contract and spend, like, two months up there. I don’t know what he’d do all alone in the galaxy, though. Maybe he can go find that baseball he hit into the solar system.Axiom plans on sending people to space starting in 2020, so Harper has a full year to start saving his cash.Bryce Harper should fix the Fyre FestivalWe have two documentaries explaining how much of a desire Fyre Festival was. Did you watch the Netflix one? A man had to ███████████ (we had censor this because Sporting News is a family website). There wouldn’t have to be such drastic measures if Bryce were in charge.Founder Billy McFarland was ordered to forfeit $26 million following his six-year prison sentence, and Harper has more than enough to cover that. Cardi B revealed she was paid $70,000 for each of her two performances at Coachella, which seems like a steal of a price. Bryce could easily make her a headliner for Fyre.The promo for Fyre Festival looked amazing, and Harper needs to be the one who makes it a reality.MORE: Bryce Harper and the biggest contracts in sports historyBryce Harper should buy an islandFor starters, the island could be used for Fyre Festival Part II.There are several price ranges for buying ones own island, but since the Phillies are giving Harper so much cash he can get the upper echelon of islands. Take a look at all of the amazing islands available to buy on Private Islands Online. Some cost so much money, they don’t even tell you how much they are.But on the ones that do, the most expensive one I found costs $160 million at 110 acres. This will probably eat up too much of Harper’s overall contract, so let’s lower the price a bit. His best value is the Nengo Nengo atoll, which only costs $55.7 million. This one is 2,223 acres, which is perfect if he wants to host a music festival there. Plenty of space. Bryce Harper has finally made up his mind on his baseball future, and he reportedly settled on a 13-year deal with the Phillies worth $330 million.A few takeaways: Bryce Harper should buy expensive foodsThere’s no single food item that’s going to break the bank for Harper, but we’ll list a few ridiculously priced items below.$2,000 pizza from Industry Kitchen: It has 24K gold leaves for some reasonBillion Dollar Popcorn from Berco’s: Costs $5 a kernel, also has gold in it$777 burger from Caesars’ Burger Brasserie: Made with Kobe beef and Maine lobsterBlack Diamond ice cream from Scoopi: Why do people like eating gold?$5,000 burger from Fluer’s: How does it cost that much?$25,000 taco from Grand Velas Los Cabos: Again, gold is involvedBryce Harper should go HollywoodThe budget for “Avengers: Infinity War” was reportedly between $316-$400 million, so hopefully Bryce saved up from his previous contracts because he might need some extra cash. The good news is the movie made $2.048 billion at the box office, so there’s good potential for return on investment.This is obviously the best way for Harper to invest his money.last_img read more

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Manchester United vs. Barcelona tops Champions League quarterfinals

first_imgBarcelona and Manchester United will face each other in the pick of the Champions League quarterfinal matchups.United defied the odds in reaching the last eight, as it progressed past Paris Saint-Germain on away goals after a 3-3 aggregate draw despite losing the first leg at home, 2-0. If United is to get to the semifinals it will certainly have done so the hard way, as it is due to face LaLiga champion Barcelona and Lionel Messi in the quarterfinals.Ernesto Valverde’s men trounced Lyon, 5-1, on Wednesday — Messi starred with two goals and assists – to ease into the next round, having played out a goalless stalemate in France.Whoever progresses from the Barca-United repeat of the 2008-09 and 2010-11 finals will play the winner of Liverpool vs. Porto, who defeated Bayern Munich and Roma, respectively, in the round of 16.Jurgen Klopp’s Reds are among the favorites having gone all the way to the final last year before losing to Real Madrid.The quarter-final drawMost exciting tie? #UCLdraw pic.twitter.com/bpkwkVKvdH— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) March 15, 2019Ajax impressively beat the defending champions, 5-3, owing much of that to a virtuoso display from Dusan Tadic in the 4-1 win at the Santiago Bernabeu last week.Their reward is another major challenge, as they prepare to go up against Juventus and Cristiano Ronaldo, who inspired their turnaround against Atletico Madrid — scoring a second-leg hat-trick to secure a 3-0 win as they battled back to progress 3-2.The other tie is an all-English affair, with Manchester City and Tottenham set to tussle for the right to play against Ajax or Juve in the last four. Champions League quarterfinal draw:Ajax vs. JuventusLiverpool vs. PortoTottenham vs. Manchester CityBarcelona vs. Manchester Unitedlast_img read more

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Love, Hate, Fight: Errol Spence addresses potential fights with Keith Thurman, Terence Crawford and Manny Pacquiao

first_imgJoin DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearThe fanning of the flames for a potential fight has been carried out by both Spence and Crawford, with the two going back and forth on social media and in person when they crossed paths backstage at Maurice Hooker’s showdown with Alex Saucedo in November.  The fight is a complicated one to make with Spence fighting under the umbrella of PBC/Showtime/Fox and Crawford tied to Top Rank/ESPN. Everyone expects the fight to be made at some point, but a clash of these 147-pound champions in the immediate future seems unlikely. For now, both fighters have their hands full with what’s in their immediate future. Spence will look to turn back the challenge of Mikey Garcia at AT&T Stadium on Saturday night, while Crawford will square off with Amir Khan at Madison Square Garden on April 20.  Errol Spence Jr. addressed a potential fight with Sporting News and made it clear that he has no ill will toward Crawford. In fact, the man he isn’t too fond of is one that he thinks is avoiding him. “I kind of like Terence Crawford because I feel like he’s being himself,” Spence said.  “A lot of dudes in boxing are fake. Guys like Keith Thurman, I don’t like him. Guys like that try to play a role.”To be clear, Spence took exception to Thurman interviewing him during the Shawn Porter-Yordenis Ugas broadcast last week and asking if beating Mikey Garcia would make him the “second best welterweight in the world.”  A fight with Thurman has been something that Spence wanted, but he doesn’t believe that Thurman is really interested in fighting him. Keith Thurman asks Errol Spence if a win solidifies Spence as the No. 2 Welterweight 😂 #boxingSpence says, I’m already #1. @keithfthurmanjr @ErrolSpenceJr pic.twitter.com/EMlRL5zVJj— CHAMPSIDE (@theCHAMPSIDE) March 10, 2019 If Spence had to choose an opponent for his fight after Garcia, the IBF champion has another fighter in mind that he’d love to see inside of the squared circle. Errol Spence Jr. vs. Mikey Garcia: Fight date, time, PPV price, how to watch, live stream​“Manny Pacquiao,” Spence said. “We can have that fight at Cowboy Stadium. He has a crazy following and packed the stadium before with Joshua Clottey. A fight between us would be huge.”Spence admits that the Pacquiao he saw against Broner has lost a step, but even a 40-year-old Pacquiao is one of the best in the world and that he would be honored to step into the ring with him. And the fact of the matter is that fight is easier to put together than one with Crawford, considering that they are both managed by Al Haymon and fight for PBC. However, it is interesting to hear what Spence would like in a perfect world where a Crawford fight wasn’t obstructed by promotional and network politics.    DALLAS – Aside from a Deontay Wilder vs. Anthony Joshua heavyweight showdown, the fight that the boxing world has been clamoring for is one between Errol Spence Jr. and Terence Crawford. The two have seemingly been on a collision course over the past few years, with Crawford rampaging through divisions and making his welterweight debut last June with a thorough beating of Jeff Horn and Spence staking his claim as the best fighter on the planet courtesy of violent beatings handed out to the likes of Kell Brook and Lamont Peterson.  “If I had to choose, I don’t want the Crawford fight right now,” Spence said. “For me, I have to choose Pacquiao. He’s on his way out and with everything he’s accomplished, especially if I can really put a beating on him and get a stoppage. That would be big for me. I want that next.”He affirmed that he isn’t ducking a Crawford fight by any means. Instead, he wants to make sure he gets his pound of flesh out of Pacquiao before the living legend hangs up the gloves for good. And a victory over Pacquiao would only raise the stakes of a potential showdown with Crawford.“Whenever me and Terence fight, we will bring the best out of each other,” Spence said. “That will definitely be a superfight.”last_img read more

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Warriors’ DeMarcus Cousins describes fan interactions, says he’s been called racial slur

first_img Russell Westbrook details heated exchange with Jazz fans: ‘I’ll f— you up’ “Oh, I’ve been called n—,” he said, “and it’s crazy because this has happened to me on a few occasions. I reported it to the league, and, you know, I may have said whatever I said back and I was still punished for it. But obviously it became a bigger issue when it was Russ [Westbrook], and he was still fined for it. I don’t really understand it. We’re the product. We push this league, so I don’t understand. When does our safety, when does it become important?” Cousins added: “I don’t really want to [name cities or teams], because I’m not really trying to put a label on an entire fan base. There are ignorant individuals in every city. I’ll just put it like that. … [The league] tells you to ignore it, or whatever the case may be, but how many times am I supposed to ignore that. Me coming from where I come from [in Mobile, Alabama], they lucky all they got was a response.” Related News Draymond Green sounds off on Russell Westbrook’s Jazz fan incident Warriors forward DeMarcus Cousins shared his experience with fan interactions during games on Yahoo Sports latest video podcast, “Posted Up.”Cousins, who is in his ninth season in the NBA, detailed exchanges with fans who used racist language. He didn’t say where these incidents took place, just that it has happened a number of times.center_img After Cousins said he reported the interactions to the league, Yahoo Sports reached out for a comment. The NBA released a statement saying: “While it would not be appropriate for us to address any specific conversations we have with individual players, we review all situations involving alleged fan misconduct. If we confirm the misconduct, appropriate measures are taken directly with the fan in question.”The conversation with Cousins was sparked by an incident that involved Westbrook in Utah. The Thunder guard said after that game a fan told him to “get down on your knees like you’re used to.” The fan was ultimately banned for life while Westbrook was fined $25,000 for his in-game response.“I think it kind of went viral with the whole Russ thing,” Cousins said. “I’m sure that played a part in it. He’s had multiple instances in that same city. You even got the one clip of the guy flipping Russ off. Like, when does the game get that serious for a fan? Why are you that angry? This dude is literally out there putting a ball through a hoop. How do you get that angry? “last_img read more

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NBA Draft stock watch: Ja Morant’s talent (and flaws) on display at NCAA Tournament

first_imgMfiondu Kabengele | Big | Florida StateSpeaking of the Seminoles, there may not have been a bigger beneficiary over the course of opening weekend than Kabengele. The 6-10 big man was instrumental in helping Florida State contain Morant on the interior. He finished with three blocks while using his lengthy wingspan as an effective deterrent. He also didn’t look out of place when switched onto the hard-to-contain point guard.Offensively, Kabengele showed the full range of his skills. Over two games, he shot 2-of-3 from behind the arc. Over a limited sample, he’s now made 38.2 percent of his collegiate 3-point attempts. Kabengele also dominated around the rim against the smaller frontlines of Vermont and Murray State, converting 10 of his 13 attempts at the basket, per Hoop-Math.As a 21-year-old sophomore, Kabengele has an opportunity to play himself into the first round if he continues to shine during the remainder of the tournament and in the pre-draft process.Up next: Kabengele has another opportunity to prove himself in the Sweet 16 against Gonzaga’s frontcourt of Rui Hachimura and Brandon Clarke, two first-round prospects. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/37/c8/dedric-lawson-getty-032619-ftrjpg_sj42joj7p3fa1jtmpi3djqb6e.jpg?t=-1161051495&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/aa/1b/ja-morant-ncaa-032119-getty-ftrjpg_12jhiww4q86oq1t52ll576hiyz.jpg?t=-1565503431&w=500&quality=80 Ja Morant | Point | Murray StateMorant came into the tournament as a consensus top-five prospect for June’s draft, so it’s no surprise he delivered a pair of impressive outings prior to Murray State’s exit. The 19-year-old tallied a triple-double in the Racers’ opening-round upset of Marquette before delivering 28 points, five rebounds and four assists in a loss to Florida State.Against the Golden Eagles, Morant’s court vision was on full display. He logged 16 assists, tying the second-highest single-game mark in NCAA Tournament history. Morant’s passing ability supplements his offensive package well. His handle is elite, and as such, he’s frequently able to break down defenses and get into the lane. The ability to pass out of those situations when defenses collapse is paramount.His performance against Florida State was more of a mixed bag, however. Morant was able to consistently connect from beyond the arc, shooting 5-of-6 from deep, but he struggled on the interior against the Seminoles’ length and athleticism. He finished 3-of-10 on shots at the rim and missed all five of his 2-point jumpers, per Hoop-Math.The latter accentuates concern regarding Morant’s ability to score in the midrange should teams funnel him toward shot blockers while taking away the outside shot with over and drop pick-and-roll coverages. He’s made just 39.1 percent of his 2-point jumpers this season, per Hoop-Math, and connected on a meager 10 of his 32 runner attempts, per Synergy. Those numbers track similar struggles he had last season.Morant still figures to be a top pick come June, and realistically, he should go in the top three depending on how a team feels about Duke’s R.J. Barrett. Still, he’s not without his flaws. Morant had a chance to slide himself confidently into that No. 2 spot with a big NCAA Tournament performance, but he didn’t quite get there.Up next: Morant’s season is finished. He’ll make his NBA Draft decision and then presumably prepare to be selected in the top five on draft night. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/54/5d/brandon-clarke-getty-032619-ftrjpg_12l1yzsd2cxud111hxiy28mz04.jpg?t=-1161322447&w=500&quality=80 Brandon Clarke | Big | GonzagaClarke entered the NCAA Tournament as the No. 13 prospect on our NBA Draft Big Board, slightly higher than the general consensus on him. However, after his impressive performance against Baylor in the round of 32, there’s an argument he should be pushing into the top 10. The 22-year-old finished with 36 points, eight boards, five blocks, three assists and two steals against the Bears.It’s well known in draft circles that Clarke checks the boxes when it comes to piling up winning contributions outside of being a high-usage scorer. He’s averaging 12.1 rebounds, 4.4 blocks, 2.6 assists and 1.7 steals per 40 minutes this season. He has a future in the league as a versatile big man who can play the power forward spot in plenty of situations and the center spot in closing lineups.Outside of the obvious age question — a sticking point when it comes to projecting potential upside — perhaps the biggest issue plaguing Clarke is his lack of center size combined with a lack of shooting productivity. He’s made just six 3-pointers in three seasons and is a career 61.3 percent free throw shooter.The Baylor game highlighted why some feel more optimistic about Clarke’s shooting projections. The Bears typically play a zone defense that offers plenty of space to operate in the midrange. Against them, Clarke attempted six 2-point jumpers and connected on four of them, per Hoop-Math. It’s an expression of an improving touch that could point to potential shooting upside for a prospect who is largely valued because of his supposedly high floor.Clarke may prove to be a fascinating prospect to track throughout the draft process. He’ll challenge teams to locate where their belief in youth as a sign of potential intersects with the value they place on production that contributes to winning basketball games.Of course, this presupposes Clarke lacks significant upside. His growth since transferring to Gonzaga from San Jose State may suggest otherwise.  Up next: Clarke faces off against Florida State’s long, athletic frontline on Thursday night in the Sweet 16. The opening weekend of the NCAA Tournament may not have delivered the wild upsets we’re used to, but it did provide plenty of interesting performances from prospects eligible for the 2019 NBA Draft.It’s worth spotlighting a few of those from players who rank all over our Big Board to see how it affected their mythical draft stock.   (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/76/41/mfiondu-kabengele-getty-032619-ftrjpg_amgftdrcp0gs110kpcoh20r24.jpg?t=-1161202855&w=500&quality=80 NBA MOCK DRAFT: Full first-round breakdown (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/8e/d/talen-horton-tucker-getty-032619-ftrjpg_1kt7nz50c56w91g1yujbwc792u.jpg?t=-1160908855&w=500&quality=80 Talen Horton-Tucker | Wing | Iowa StateHorton-Tucker has spent most of the year climbing up draft boards thanks to his youth and impressive statistical profile. The 18-year-old is averaging 3.4 assists to 2.5 turnovers while posting 1.9 steals and 1.0 blocks per 40 minutes. However, in Iowa State’s opening-round loss to Ohio State, he was scarcely seen.Horton-Tucker played just 15 minutes against the Buckeyes, finishing with two points, one rebound and a pair of turnovers. The youngster wasn’t in foul trouble and appeared to catch a benching for poor shot selection in the second half. Those choices reflect something consistent from Horton-Tucker’s season-long profile: he loves to shoot, but he’s not very good at it. Dedric Lawson | Big | KansasLawson features here for the polarizing nature of his NCAA Tournament performances, which reflect the general scouting report on him. The 21-year-old followed up a 25-point, 11-rebound outing against Northeastern in the opening round with 25 points and 10 boards in a season-ending loss to Auburn. In doing so, he became the first player since Blake Griffin in 2009 to put up 25 points and 10 rebounds in back-to-back NCAA Tournament games.Whether Lawson could post counting stats, especially when he’s the focus of his team’s offensive attack, has never been the question. The 6-9 big man has always rated well in statistical models thanks to his ability to stuff the stat sheet in areas bigs traditionally don’t, including compiling assists, steals and 3-point makes.  The problem underscored in the Auburn contest: Lawson will be one of the least athletic players in the 2019 NBA Draft should he choose to declare. He struggled to keep pace in transition and failed to contain the Tigers’ ball screen actions either when forced to defend on the perimeter or when rotating back to his man. To have it happen on such a big stage only magnifies his primary concern.NBA teams will have to make a decision on Lawson’s offensive value in order to decide whether his defensive shortcomings justify having him on the floor. There’s certainly a world where Lawson functions as an offensive focal point, knocking down jumpers, attacking closeouts and facilitating for his teammates.If he can’t be that, though, there’s a reasonable chance his deficiencies on the other end will outweigh his offensive upside, leaving his team open to explosions like the one we saw Auburn have against Kansas.Up next: Lawson faces an interesting draft decision. He’s a likely second-round selection, but it’s not clear returning to school would offer him much upward mobility. Despite attempting 6.7 3s per 40 minutes, Horton-Tucker shot just 30.8 percent from deep this season while making only 62.5 percent of his free throws. There aren’t a ton of reasons to buy him as a projectable NBA shooter at this point outside of blind faith in his youth and a belief in the ability to improve him via a development system.While that may be enough to get him selected early on draft night, his outing against Ohio State did little to quell existing worries.Up next: Horton-Tucker will make a decision on his future.last_img read more

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NHL playoffs 2019: Islanders complete first playoff sweep since 1983 Stanley Cup clincher

first_imgOur #Isles STARS of game 4️⃣!⭐️ @RobinLehner⭐️⭐️ @jeberle_7⭐️⭐️⭐️ @Bnelson pic.twitter.com/dXDp4wwpLi— x – New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) April 17, 2019“We have come a long way,” Islanders captain Anders Lee said postgame. “Obviously, nobody predicted this.”Forward Jake Guentzel set the tempo early, scoring the Penguins’ first goal just 35 seconds into the game. However, much like the rest of the series, the Islanders wasted no time in tying the game as Jordan Eberle scored 1:34 later to tie the game at 1-1.Eberle scored one goal in each of the series four games and his six points are the fourth-most in the postseason, trailing Mark Stone and Paul Stasny (eight) and Matt Duchene (seven).Jordan Eberle of the @NYIslanders is the third player in the last seven years to score in each of his team’s first four games of a postseason.The others to do so since 2012: Sean Monahan (w/ CGY in 2017 vs ANA) and Patrick Marleau (w/ SJS in 2013 vs VAN). #NHLStats #StanleyCup pic.twitter.com/vvND91tGUI— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) April 17, 2019Later in the opening period, Brock Nelson tallied his third goal of the series, giving the Islanders a lead they would not relinquish. Josh Bailey added an empty-net insurance goal with 38 seconds left in the game to seal the win.The Islanders limited the Penguins to just six goals in series, a byproduct of goalie Robin Lehner’s solid play. Pittsburgh only got 6 pucks past @NYIslanders netminder @RobinLehner! #NHLTonight #StanleyCup pic.twitter.com/5eFF5d4Hnq— NHL Network (@NHLNetwork) April 17, 2019The series-clinching win was not without its setbacks as the Islanders lost a pair of defensemen to injury. Johnny Boychuk took a Marcus Pettersson slap shot off his left leg seven minutes into the second period. Cal Clutterbuck left the game later in the period after he checked Penguins winger Bryan Rust. Neither man returned to the game, forcing the Islanders to hang on to their lead in the third period shorthanded. For the first time since they clinched the 1983 Stanley Cup, the New York Islanders have swept a postseason series.New York defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-1 at PPG Paints Arena Tuesday night to continue their improbable run. Not expected to compete for a postseason spot this season — much less complete a sweep of the team that has won two of the last three Stanley Cups — the Islanders became the first team to sweep Pittsburgh out of the playoffs since the Blackhawks in 1972. Islanders head coach Barry Trotz could not provide an update on either player postgame. However, now that the Islanders have advanced, they will face either the Carolina Hurricanes or the Washington Capitals in the next round.If the Capitals can build on a 2-1 series and advance, that sets the stage for Trotz to coach against the team he led to the Stanley Cup last season.“I know Washington quite well,” Trotz said.last_img read more

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NFL Draft 2019 odds, prop bets: Will Kyler Murray go No. 1 overall?

first_img Giants GM Dave Gettleman shuts down Josh Rosen trade talk In news that will not shock anyone, Kyler Murray is favored to be the top selection in the 2019 NFL Draft.The Cardinals are reportedly expected to pick the former Oklahoma star at No. 1. Some have said it’s a near lock Murray will end up in Arizona, but general manager Steve Keim told reporters earlier this week the team has not made a decision about who it will draft. “The fact that I don’t know what we’re doing but everyone else does, that’s concerning,” Keim said. “We are not done with this process.“There are a number of players, in my opinion, and our scouts’ opinions, and our coaches’ opinion, that warrant being the first overall selection.” Related News Murray took home the Heisman Trophy last season after he threw for 4,361 yards and tallied 54 total scores. Oklahoma finished with a 12-2 record and advanced to the College Football Playoff semifinal, where it fell to Alabama.Alabama’s Quinnen Williams and Ohio State’s Nick Bosa could also go No. 1 if the Cardinals decide to trade back or pass on Murray.Here’s a complete list of betting odds for the No. 1 overall pick as well as some of the best prop bets for the 2019 NFL Draft.NFL Draft betting odds, prop bets for 2019Odds to be selected with the No. 1 pickKyler Murray-500Nick Bosa+325Quinnen Williams +600Josh Allen+2800Will Kyler Murray be the No. 1 pick?YES-600NO+450First round picks: Offense vs DefenseOffensive players+2.5 (-110)Defensive players-2.5 (-110)Number of SEC players taken in first roundOver 12.5 players-120Under 12.5 players+100Number of ACC and Big 10 players taken in first round Over 10.5 players-110Under 10.5 players-110Draft position: Dwayne HaskinsDraft position over 6.5-110Draft position under 6.5-110Draft position: Ed OliverDraft position over 8.5-110Draft position under 8.5-110Draft position: DK MetcalfDraft position over 18.5-110Draft position under 18.5-110Draft position: Drew Lockcenter_img NFL Draft 2019: Why Cardinals should take Kyler Murray Draft position over 10.5-110Draft position under 10.5-110Draft position: Rashan GaryDraft position over 11.5-110Draft position under 11.5-110Draft position: Dexter LawrenceDraft position over 27.5-110Draft position under 27.5-110Odds updated on April 18. Odds to be selected with the No. 1 pick provided by Betonline.ag and prop bets provided by William Hill.last_img read more

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Robert Easter Jr., Rances Barthelemy battle to forgettable split draw

first_imgMORE: Ajagba eager to pave the way for other Nigerian fightersAjagba cranked up the pressure in the second and dropped Wallisch (19-2) with a barrage of punches punctuated by a left hook. A late blow by Ajagba while Wallisch was down on one knee nullified the knockdown, but that turned out not to matter. Wallisch pressed on and Ajagba thumped him with a bevy of power shots, prompting referee Tony Weeks to save Wallisch from further punishment at the 1:40 mark. The future is mighty bright for Ajagba, who continues to improve under the tutelage of esteemed trainer Ronnie Shields. His camp certainly won’t rush the 2016 Olympian, but don’t be surprised if he cracks the rankings before the end of 2019. LAS VEGAS — It wasn’t a memorable night for either fighter in terms of performance, and the result was on par as Robert Easter Jr. and Rances Barthelemy battled to a split draw Saturday in a lightweight title tilt that was devoid of action. The two clashed in the main event of Showtime’s tripleheader from The Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan and struggled to entertain from the outset. Neither fighter could impose their will.  Join DAZN to watch Canelo-Jacobs and 100+ fight nights a yearThe 28-year-old Easter (21-1-1) sought to reclaim the thunder he once had before running into the buzzsaw known as Mikey Garcia last July. The 32-year-old Barthelemy (27-1-1) looked to claim a vacant title and establish himself as a top lightweight. Neither happened.Much of the first two rounds consisted of Easter giving chase and Barthelemy circling away in search of an opening to counter. Both fighters struggled to land anything of significance, but Easter was the aggressor while his Cuban counterpart did nothing of consequence. Easter inched closer in the third round with a prodding jab and a straight right hand that found its mark. The fight changed in the fifth when Barthelemy decided to become the hunter and landed several thudding left hands that got Easter’s attention. Easter backed off and found himself on the wrong end of several right hands as the momentum changed. Barthelemy kept it going in the sixth with Easter unable to find his range with the jab. “Kid Blast” scored in intervals with the straight left and shots to the body.Neither fighter was able to string punches together. Fans were left seeing Barthelemy pot-shot while Easter often found himself whiffing on his power punches. Fans of both fighters urged them on but the second half of the fight was mostly the two simply staring at each other and throwing single punches.  Easter charged in to start the seventh and peeled off several combinations that backed Barthelemy into the ropes. After all the rounds of non-action, it appeared that business was finally picking up for two fighters in need of making a statement.Unfortunately, things went right back to the way they were as Barthelemy kept the distance and Easter couldn’t figure out how to close the gap. Easter smacked Barthelemy with a straight right hand in the ninth, the best of the fight. The Cuban took the punch well but Easter certainly had his attention in a round where very little happened aside from that punch landing.Perhaps feeling that the fight was hanging in the balance, Easter slammed a combination into Barthelemy in the 11th round but Barthelemy stepped back and picked his spots, much to the chagrin of the crowd. The 12th round remained the same and a perfectly appropriate split draw was the result as scores of 115-113, 115-113 and 114-114 were read. Viktor Postol scores unanimous decision over Mohamed MimounePostol, a former 140-pound champion, may be closing in another title opportunity with his victory over Mimoune in a 10-round WBC super lightweight title eliminator showdown. It wasn’t pretty, but Postol (31-2) was far more effective than his French opponent, often beating him to the punch and finding a home for a straight left hand. Referee Robert Byrd was a bit busy in the early going as the two often were locked in a clinch due to Mimoune’s awkward advances and Postol trying to hold his position. Mimoune (21-3) found success in the middle rounds with wide, sweeping hooks from the outside as Postol struggled to snuff out those awkward advances, but Postol’s boxing ability and work off the jab allowed him to rack up the rounds. In the end, the fight was a competitive performance that wasn’t necessarily indicated on the scorecards, which read 98-92, 97-93 and 99-91.The victory puts Postol in line for a shot against WBC champion Jose Ramirez, but the fight will be difficult to bring to fruition with Ramirez being under the Top Rank/ESPN umbrella. Efe Ajagba annihilates Michael Wallisch in two roundsAjagba didn’t have to worry about Wallisch leaving the ring but he certainly provided a painful exit for his opponent by way of a second-round TKO. Ajagba gained notoriety last summer when Curtis Harper infamously left the ring shortly after their fight started and refused to engage with the hulking Nigerian. Wallisch proved to be more than willing to fight, but that turned out to be a terrible idea. It didn’t take long for Ajagba (10-0, 9 KOs) to impose his will as he pounded on Wallisch with jabs, hooks and uppercuts. The German continued to press forward but his punches had little effect on the 25-year-old rising heavyweight.last_img read more

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Rajon Rondo, Brandon Ingram practice with Lakers as they near a return to action

first_imgEL SEGUNDO — Even while his hand was hurting, while it was being drained and iced, Rajon Rondo still had his eyes. He was asked to use them.Sitting aside for the last 17 games with a fracture in his right hand, Rondo watched how the Lakers (18-13) played without him. Sometimes from the sideline, sometimes on a screen from afar. In fact when he couldn’t fly for the last four-game trip, Rondo said he missed it: not necessarily being in the game, but just alongside his teammates on the bench.“I was just frustrated I couldn’t travel with the team, but obviously the man upstairs had different plans for me as far as resting longer,” he said. “But, like I said, I missed being out there with the guys, coaching, talking trash a little bit from the sideline. That’s the only thing I missed.”The Lakers missed him and Brandon Ingram perhaps even more: The team went 1-3 on the last trip without both key pieces of their playing rotation, and in the last two losses to the Wizards and the Nets, the lack of play-making and scoring punch those two, in particular, can provide were keenly felt. Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Still, bringing back anyone healthy into the lineup helps a Lakers team that said it lost steam without its depth on the road the last week. To play the up-tempo style Walton desires, it helps to have more players in the rotation to keep the energy up, and Rondo, especially, is one of the managers who keeps the second unit humming.Rondo devotes as much time to his conditioning as anyone on the team: He has said before that he puts in three hours a day to his body, including treatment and yoga. But even as the Lakers hope he’ll keep the pace high, he’s curious to find out how long it will take to get to that level.“That’s the challenge, especially being off for five weeks: being able to push the pace as far as my cardio, my condition,” he said. “You can do as much as you can off the court and simulate things in the weight room, but it’s nothing like getting on the court and playing at that same pace at an NBA level.”But both Rondo and Ingram have watched a lot of games in the meantime. Walton has asked Ingram to watch the ball movement during games when the Lakers have played without him and to visualize his role when he gets back.He said he can still work on his shooting efficiency and being a contributor on defense.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed center_img Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs “How good guys were moving without the basketball, I think most of the time we were getting the best shot for the team,” he said of the details he paid attention to. “I think we did really, really good beyond the 3-point line, so we’re shooting it with more confidence.”Both Rondo and Ingram practiced with the G League affiliate South Bay Lakers during their rehab. The team released some video of Rondo leading a team huddle during one of those practices.It feeds into a part of himself that Rondo has acknowledged: He’s interested in being a coach, GM or front office official when he’s done playing.“I do love teaching the game,” he said. “But I also love dissecting the game and figuring out ways to beat people at the top.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersIt’s a relief, then, that both were full participants in practice on Thursday after a long time on the shelf (Ingram missed seven games with a sprained left ankle). While nothing is decided for sure, it puts both closer to being able to return Friday night against the New Orleans Pelicans at Staples Center.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Both said a lot rides on how they feel when they wake up Friday morning: For Rondo, it’s the pain and swelling in his hand. For Ingram, it’s the tenderness of his ankle.“I felt really, really good today,” Ingram said. “We’ll see how it responds when I come back tonight, and try to treat it and get back in there, but it felt really good when I was practicing today.”Not all the news on the health front was good for the Lakers on Thursday: JaVale McGee’s continued flu symptoms kept him out of practice, and there’s concern that he could miss his third straight start. The Lakers haven’t won with the 7-footer out of the starting lineup, and Coach Luke Walton said the team particularly misses his shot-blocking ability (2.6 bpg).“He’s still sick: wasn’t in today, getting treatment, getting IVs,” Walton said. “That’s kinda one of the things that’s up to him and the doctors, whenever they feel he’s good enough to play, he’ll play again.”last_img read more

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Wimbledon 2019: Roger Federer admits final defeat is one he would rather forget

first_imgAt 8-7 in the deciding set, Federer led 40-15 on his own serve but could not see out victory.The match became the first Wimbledon final to go to a tie-break at 12-12 in the decider before Djokovic claimed his fifth championship after four hours and 57 minutes. Related News Roger Federer said he would “try to forget” his Wimbledon final defeat to Novak Djokovic after failing to take two match points.The eight-time champion fell agonizingly short of a ninth title, losing 7-6 (7-5) 1-6 7-6 (7-4) 4-6 13-12 (7-3) on Centre Court on Sunday in the longest final in history at the All England Club. Wimbledon 2019: Simona Halep no longer intimidated by Serena Williams “I hope I give some other people a chance to believe that at 37 it’s not over yet,” said Federer.”I feel great. It’s going to take some time to recover, physically too. But I gave it my all, I’m still standing, and I wish the same for all the other 37-year-olds.”His family came out to see the presentations, and Federer said: “They won’t be excited with the plate (the prize for finishing runner-up). They’d rather take that golden thing. I love them. It’s back to being Dad and husband, it’s all good.”center_img Federer said: “I will try to forget, but it was a great match. … It was long, it had everything. I had my chances; so did he. I thought we played some great tennis.”I’m very happy with my performance. But Novak, that was great, congratulations man, that was crazy.”“At 37, it’s not over yet!”For @rogerfederer, the pursuit of more Grand Slam glory continues…#Wimbledon pic.twitter.com/Y1o1b1tjf4— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 14, 2019Federer, 37, will regret that 16th game of the final set for a long time, but his longevity continues to amaze.He suggested this will not be his final challenge for a 21st grand slam triumph, even though he turns 38 next month. Wimbledon 2019: Novak Djokovic outlasts Roger Federer in record-breaking match to defend titlelast_img read more

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Match between Bosna BH Gas – Leotar Trebinje on 22 February

first_imgOn 22 February at 7 p.m., match of the 17th round of BiH Premier Handball League will be played in Mojmilo hall.Handball team of former BiH champion ”Bosna BH Gas” will host team from Trebinje ”Leotar Trebinje”.Both teams are equally stong, and the match will be very interesting.last_img

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Đedović: It Was Nice to Play at the Hall full of B&H Fans

first_imgCadet basketball national team of Bosnia and Herzegovina from the next season will perform in the A-Division of European basketball, among 16 best European teams.Their greatest success of B&H Cadets was achieved by winning the second place at the European Championship in B Division which ended in Sarajevo. At the finals, B&H National Team was defeated by Denmark with the result 72:69, and that was the only defeat in the competition.“There’s no reason for dissatisfaction. We were hoping the first place, but that is how the sport is like, sometimes you win and sometimes you lose. We have achieved our goal, and it’s placement in the A division. It was nice to play in a hall filled with our fans”, said the captain of the national team of Bosnia and Herzegovina Nedim Đedović.By joining the A division cadet team was congratulated and thanked by the senior national team coach Aleksandar Petrović, and satisfaction for this success could not hide even the cadets’ selector Emir Halimić.“We worked very hard in order to enter among the top 16 teams of Europe. I’m sorry that we did not win the first place, but we showed character in the game in which at one point we lost 15 points difference. We brought the match at a better result, but for the ultimate success we missed some  luck. I am happy because we prepared grounds for future generations of young players“,  concluded Halimić.The Secretary General of the Basketball Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina Harun Mahmutović stressed that the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) for the fourth consecutive year is more than satisfied with the organization of the championships for young basketball players in Sarajevo, but B&H can not get to host the organization of upcoming competition, because for the European Championship of Division A, hall must be air-conditioned , which is not the case in B&H.(Source: Fena)last_img read more

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Pirates part ways with Clint Hurdle after 9 seasons

first_imgThe Pirates are ready to move on from manager Clint Hurdle after nine seasons, the team announced Sunday.”Words cannot express how much respect and appreciation I have for Clint as a person and a leader,” Pirates executive vice president and general manager Neal Huntington said in a release. “He was the right person at the right time to take on the enormous challenge of leading our Major League team out of an extended losing streak and piloting us to three straight Postseason appearances. “This was an extremely difficult decision for us,” Huntington added. “As an organization, we believe it was time for a managerial change to introduce a new voice and new leadership inside the clubhouse.”Hurdle reached the World Series in 2007 while with the Rockies, where he managed from 2002-09.The Pirates entered Sunday’s game against the Reds with a 69-92 record. Joe Maddon won’t return as Cubs manager in 2020 MLB wrap: Nationals secure home-field advantage in NL wild-card game Gerrit Cole, Justin Verlander first teammates with 300 Ks since 2002 “While we felt it was time to make a change at the managerial level, I strongly believe that Neal Huntington and the leadership team that he has assembled are the right people to continue to lead our baseball operations department,” Nutting said (via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette).”This has easily been the most difficult season of my tenure. Today we announced that we are parting ways with Clint, but make no mistake about it, this is by no means a statement that our shortcomings are solely Clint’s fault. The entire organization is accountable and that begins with me.”Hurdle, 62, became Pittsburgh’s 39th manager in November 2010 and posted a 735-720-1 record during his tenure. He led the Pirates to the playoffs for three straight seasons from 2013-15, but they haven’t made the postseason since and have taken a step back after finishing 2018 with an 82-79 record.  “We will forever be grateful for his dedication to the Pirates organization on and off the field.” Pirates owner Bob Nutting also issued a statement, saying this was the most difficult decision he’s had to make with Pittsburgh. Related Newslast_img read more

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Three WMS basketball teams reach Pioneer League Tournament Championships

first_imgWHS basketballWellington travels to El Dorado for a non-league game. The schedule is as follows:•C Team boys/girls – 4:15 p.m.•JV boys – 5:45 p.m.•Varsity girls – 6 p.m.•Varsity boys – 7:30 p.m. Sumner CountySouth Haven at ArgoniaGarden Plain at Belle PlaineCaldwell at MedfordConway Springs at Wichita TrinityOxford at Udall. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (3) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down johnny la · 392 weeks ago Are the WHS boys really playing at 6 tonight? or are those mixed around Report Reply 0 replies · active 392 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down LittleOne · 392 weeks ago Go WMS basketball teams. Take it all the way. You are all winners regardless Report Reply 0 replies · active 392 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Duke Fan · 392 weeks ago Just in case you are wondering WMS ladies played Rose Hill Monday night. Report Reply 0 replies · active 392 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentscenter_img by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Three Wellington Middle School teams are in the Pioneer League Division 3 Championship after sweeping semifinal games Monday evening. In high school action, Wellington and Sumner County teams are back in action tonight including a huge tilt between Argonia and South Haven girls…Pioneer League TournamentIt has been awhile since Wellington has had three basketball teams in a Pioneer League Championship tournament in the same year. But 2013 is a special year.Both seventh grade boys and girls teams and the eighth grade girls were victorious Monday evening.Thus the schedule for Thursday is as follows:Seventh grade girls championship at Wellington Middle School at 5 p.m.:Wellington vs. Winfield.Seventh grade boys championship at WMS, 6:30 p.m.Wellington vs. Circle.Eighth grade girls championship at Mulvane Middle School, 5 p.m.Wellington vs. Rose Hill.The scores from Monday night are as follows:Seventh grade boys: Wellington 29 Prairie Hills 15Scoring: A.J. Snipes 12, R.J. Lara 7, Cade Phelps 6, Jack Walton 3, Logan Jones 2. Wellington is 11-3 on the season.Seventh grade girls: Wellington 46 El Dorado 11Scoring: Avery Rusk 20, Shayland French 8, MeKenna Adams 3, Abby Lowe 2.Eighth grade girls: Wellington 41 Mulvane 28.No individual scoring was available.last_img read more

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Caldwell boys lose to Spearville; Caldwell and Argonia girls play tonight

first_imgCaldwell68713—34 Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Spearville: Heskamp 2-5 1-2 6, Stein 5-9 1-3 12, Kliesen 3-6 0-0 6, C. Stein 4-6 0-3 8, K. Stein 7-9 2-3 16, Lampe 0-0 0-0 0, Tasset 1-4 2-2 4, K. Stein 2-2 0-0 4, Knight 3-6 1-1 7, Hessman 0-1 2-2 2, Stephenson 1-5 0-0 2, Kreger 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 29-55 9-16 44.Caldwell: Halling 3-11 1-2 7, York 4-12 0-0 8, R. Lee 0-3 0-0 0, Wencel 3-11 1-1 7, Bruoy 1-5 0-0 2, Schmidt 0-0 0-0 0, D. Lee 1-4 0-0 2, Feely 0-0 0-0 0, Gauntt 0-0 0-0 0, Ward 4-11 0-0 8, Kuchny 0-0 0-0 0, Dierking 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 16-57 2-3 34.Three-point shooting — Spearville 2-9 (Heskamp 1-2, N. Stein 1-4, C. Stein 0-1), Cladwell 0-15 (Halling 0-2, York 0-2, Wencel 0-2, Bruey 0-2, D. Lee 0-2, Ward 0-5). Rebounds — Spearville 44 (Kliesen 9), Caldwell 27 (York 8). Fouls — Spearville 5, Caldwell 15. Spearville18241512—69center_img Spearville 69. Caldwell 34 by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Caldwell boys basketball team fell to defeat Wednesday against Spearville 69-34. The Argonia and Caldwell girls are scheduled to play today.The Argonia girls (19-4) will play Dighton (17-5) at 8:15 p.m. tonight at Fort Hays State University in the Class 1A-Div. II tournament. The game will be featured on KWME-FM 92.7.The Caldwell girls (17-6) will be playing St. Paul (21-2) at 4:45 p.m. today at Emporia State University. That game will be featured on KWME-FM 92.7 as well.In other state tournament news: ••••Caldwell boys eliminated quicklyCaldwell boys state tournament run was short-lived as the Bluejays were knocked off by Spearville 69-14. The Royal Lacers, located west of Dodge City, quickly built a 16-4 lead and was in front 18-6 at the end of quarter one. It got worse as Spearville was in front 42-14 at the half.Spearville was led by K. Stein with 16. Obviously, one should never insult the Steins in Spearville because there were four of them playing – scoring 44 of Royal Lacers 69 points.Caldwell was led by Devan York with 8.last_img read more

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South Haven girls to play for SCBL Tournament Championship

first_imgSo.Haven11191610—56 Caldwell5161812—51 SOUTH HAVEN: Harris 13, Tanner 10, morrison 8, Hawkins 6, Culp 6, Turek 4, Ralls 3, Rebold 2, Ray 2, Blaylock 2.CEDAR VALE-DEXTER: Ames 12, Artherton 9, Kuntz 8, C. Bratcher 4, M. Bratcher 4, Reed 1.Central-Burden 31, Oxford 22 Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments OXFORD: Payne 9, Lawrenz 6, K. Metz 3, B. Metz 2, Selenke 1, Vaughn 1.CENTRAL-BURDEN: Moore 12, Loewer 10, Beavers 6, Liebau 2, Mannon 1.Follow us on Twitter. Sumner Newscow report — South Haven and Sedan will be battling for the girls South-Central Border League Tournament Championship tonight. The Championship game will be at 6 p.m. at Cowley County Community College.The scores for Friday night were:Consolation round:Caldwell 51 Argonia 28Central 31 Oxford 22Championship round:South Haven 56 Cedar Vale-Dexter 28Sedan 55 Flinthills 21Box scores are as follows: Argonia54127—28 Oxford6862—22 CV-Dexter106814—38 CALDWELL: S. Schmidt 10, Sprague 5, Stuewe 10, Bardsley 3, Ohnemiller 4, Roop 8, Arnett 11.ARGONIA: F. Gaddie 21, Tracy 7.South Haven 56, CV-Dexter 38 Central11479—31last_img read more

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Toronto Maple Leafs make high-stakes bet swapping Mike Babcock for Sheldon Keefe

first_imgWhen Brendan Shanahan took the podium on Thursday morning alongside general manager Kyle Dubas, the Toronto Maple Leafs president went out of his way to underline the fact that he and Dubas are completely unified when it comes to how they view a team should be built.“I want to make it really clear that we’re aligned and that this is how I see a team should be built as well,” Shanahan said. Really, what else was he to say at this point?The way in which the Maple Leafs have been assembled — prioritizing speed and skill above all else — is as much Shanahan’s vision as it is Dubas. Shanahan has ultimately placed his bet for the future of Toronto on a coach assuming the job with no NHL experience and a general manager, who assumed the job with no NHL experience over a Stanley Cup-winning future Hall of Fame coach in Mike Babcock (who recently became only the eighth coach to reach the 700 win plateau) and Stanley Cup-winning, Hockey Hall of Fame member, Lou Lamoriello as GM.MORE: Babcock statement | Who is Sheldon Keefe? This is not to say it won’t work, but it’s an aggressive bet.What we are watching now, and have been watching since Dubas took over as general manager from Lamoriello in May of 2018 is one grand science experiment playing out in real-time. The Maple Leafs are built on the theory, albeit an untested one, that they are designed to compete in a style that the game is trending to.Will it work more effectively now that Keefe, a coach who has had a long relationship with Dubas dating back to their days running the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League and the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League, is at the helm in place of Babcock? We don’t know yet, but we will soon start to find out.Kyle Dubas meets with media in Arizona to address the firing of head coach Mike Babcock https://t.co/DlcaPrz4xc— Hockey Night in Canada (@hockeynight) November 21, 2019So far, the returns have not been pretty.Shanahan also addressed the constant clamouring for an injection of toughness and grit to the roster.“I think sometimes people want to simplistically put us in one box as ‘speed and skill’ and ‘toughness and grit’ in an entirely different box. We want to also be tough and gritty,” Shanahan said. “Our interpretation of toughness and grittiness might be different than someone who played in the ’70s and ’80s or coached then.”The confusing part is that nobody is asking for a roster built like the Broad Street Bullies of the 1970s. He more clearly defined how he and Dubas view “toughness and grit.”“How we define that to our players is winning battles and being mentally tough, making a mistake and not become weak or small because of it,” Shanahan said. “We’re aligned on how we want to build this team.”MORE: Twitter reacts to Babcock firing | What’s next for Babcock?But that is the very type of “toughness and grit” the team, as currently constructed, has shown an inability or unwillingness to execute. Can Keefe glean this out of the current roster better than Babcock could or is the personnel just not capable, or willing, to play that way? Again, we’ll soon find out.Keefe has 59 games to turn around an underperforming roster and get them into the Stanley Cup playoffs. Missing the postseason would be an unmitigated disaster for a team that entered the season with Cup aspirations. There will be no feeling-out process for the new coach; it’s all heavy pressure for Keefe. Babcock took a lot of heat and a lot of criticism. With him gone, further underperformance will lead to heat on Dubas and Shanahan himself, though the president does not see it that way.Tavares on Keefe’s message, or part of it: “He talked a lot about just playing free and feeling good about ourselves and our game. For tonight, understand a couple of areas we want to make changes in, and at the same time, just go out there and play and compete.” #Leafs— Terry Koshan (@koshtorontosun) November 21, 2019“I don’t see this decision by Kyle and the team as a situation where traditionalists might say, ‘well you’ve spent your bullet.’ That’s not how I view it and I can tell you that’s not how our ownership views it,” Shanahan said. “We’re in this together; we’re making moves and evolving as we see we have to do. You don’t set out with an idea, our plan and not evolve or make shifts throughout that plan.”Talk to us a year from now if this season goes down the tubes and next season has a similarly poor start. It would be shocking if the Maple Leafs ownership group, at that point, is extending the same level of leniency as Shanahan is suggesting they do today.Dubas committed to John Tavares, Auston Matthews, Mitchell Marner and William Nylander, tying up essentially half the salary cap in four forwards. It has left the Maple Leafs with their hands tied in a number of areas: addressing issues on defense, finding an adequate backup goaltender and filling out the bottom of their roster — all areas where proficiency is vital if a team is going to contend for a Stanley Cup.Was Babcock’s firing the right decision? Time will tell. Was he free from blame? No.But should he shoulder all the blame? Far from it.With Keefe in place, the Maple Leafs will now ultimately be judged on the bet Dubas and Shanahan have placed. The clock is now ticking.last_img read more

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What channel is 49ers vs. Packers on today? Schedule, time for ‘Sunday Night Football’ game

first_img49ers vs. Packers: What time is kickoff?Date: Sunday, Nov. 24Start time: 8:20 p.m. ETThe 8:20 p.m. ET start time for 49ers vs. Packers marks the fourth prime-time game on San Francisco’s schedule this season. Depending on results over the next couple weeks, it might be the beginning of what could be the toughest three-game stretch this late in a season in NFL history. No team in the Super Bowl era has ever faced three straight opponents with a winning percentage of .800 or better this late in a season. After Green Bay, San Francisco draws 8-2 Baltimore on the road in Week 13, then 8-2 New Orleans, also on the road, in Week 14.As for the Packers, Sunday night’s game against the 49ers marks their fifth of six prime-time games on the schedule. They also will play the Vikings in Minnesota on “Monday Night Football” in Week 16.MORE: NFL TV coverage map for Week 1249ers scheduleWeekDateOpponentKickoff timeTVWeek 1Sept. 8at Buccaneers4:25 p.m. ETFoxWeek 2Sept. 15at Bengals1 p.m. ETFoxWeek 3Sept. 22vs. Steelers4:25 p.m. ETCBSWeek 4BYE—Week 5Oct. 7 (Monday)vs. Browns8:15 p.m. ETESPNWeek 6Oct. 13at Rams4:05 p.m. ETFoxWeek 7Oct. 20at Redskins1 p.m. ETFoxWeek 8Oct. 27vs. Panthers4:05 p.m. ETFoxWeek 9Oct. 31 (Thursday)at Cardinals8:20 p.m. ETFox/NFLNWeek 10Nov. 11 (Monday)vs. Seahawks8:15 p.m. ETESPNWeek 11Nov. 17vs. Cardinals4:05 p.m. ETFoxWeek 12Nov. 24vs. Packers8:20 p.m. ETNBCWeek 13Dec. 1at Ravens1 p.m. ETFoxWeek 14Dec. 8at Saints1 p.m. ETFoxWeek 15Dec. 15vs. Falcons4:25 p.m. ETFoxWeek 16Dec. 21/22vs. RamsTBDTBDWeek 17Dec. 29at Seahawks4:25 p.m.FoxPackers scheduleWeekDateOpponentKickoff timeTVWeek 1Sept. 5 (Thursday)at Bears8:20 p.m. ETNBCWeek 2Sept. 15vs. Vikings1 p.m. ETFoxWeek 3Sept. 22vs. Broncos1 p.m. ETFoxWeek 4Sept. 26 (Thursday)vs. Eagles8:20 p.m. ETFox/NFLNWeek 5Oct. 6at Cowboys4:25 p.m. ETFoxWeek 6Oct. 14 (Monday)vs. Lions8:15 p.m. ETESPNWeek 7Oct. 20vs. Raiders1 p.m. ETCBSWeek 8Oct. 27at Chiefs8:20 p.m. ETNBCWeek 9Nov. 3at Chargers4:25 p.m. ETCBSWeek 10Nov. 10vs. Panthers4:25 p.m. ETFoxWeek 11BYE—Week 12Nov. 24at 49ers8:20 p.m. ETNBCWeek 13Dec. 1at Giants1 p.m. ETFoxWeek 14Dec. 8vs. Redskins1 p.m. ETFoxWeek 15Dec. 15vs. Bears1 p.m. ETFoxWeek 16Dec. 23 (Monday)at Vikings8:15 p.m. ETESPNWeek 17Dec. 29at Lions1 p.m. ETFox MORE: Full betting preview for 49ers vs. PackersAs is the case in most big NFL games, the quarterbacks are the key players Sunday night. Especially if Jimmy Garoppolo continues his hot streak. The San Francisco QB passed for a career-high 424 yards with 4 TDs and 2 INTs for 115.4 passer rating last week. Yet he’s facing a future Hall of Famer who has been particularly good against the 49ers.Aaron Rodgers has 1,927 pass yards (321.2 per game) and 13 TDs vs. 2 INTs for a 105.1 passer rating in six career starts vs. the 49ers. That includes his 425 passing yards in their last meeting in October of last season. Below is all the info you need to watch 49ers vs. Packers on Sunday night, including the TV channels and kickoff time.What channel is 49ers vs. Packers on today?TV channel (national): NBCTV channel (San Francisco): KNTVTV channel (Green Bay): WGBALive stream: NBC Sports App, NBCSports.comAs is the case for all “Sunday Night Football” games on NBC this season, Al Michaels will call the 49ers vs. Packers play-by-play action, and Cris Collinsworth will provide analysis. Michele Tafoya will report from the sidelines, and NFL rules analyst Terry McAulay will explain penalties and other officiating rulings throughout the game.For those who can’t watch 49ers vs. Packers on TV and wish to find the game on the radio, the San Francisco call can be heard on Sirius channel 83 and XM channel 226, and the Green Bay call can be heard on Sirius channel 81 and XM channel 225.MORE: Watch every NFL game and RedZone on DAZN (Canada only) Good news for those looking to find the TV channel for 49ers vs. Packers on “Sunday Night Football”: This game, scheduled to kick off at 8:20 p.m. ET, is being nationally televised by NBC in Week 12. So yes, you get the game on TV.Simply put: Games like this don’t come around often. The 49ers, entering Week 12 with the NFC’s best record at 9-1, are facing the 8-2 Packers. According to the NFL, it marks just the fifth time since 2007 that teams with two or fewer losses have played each other this late in a season. The winners of the last two such games — the Broncos in 2015 and the Seahawks in 2013 — went on to win Super Bowls at the end of those seasons.last_img read more

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Tommy Pham trade grades: Rays keep churning; Padres take step forward

first_imgUPDATE: The teams announced the trade Friday evening: Pham and Cronenworth from Tampa Bay to San Diego in exchange for Dozier, Edwards and a player to be named.UPDATE 2: Snell apologized to Edwards for calling him a name. Snell says he was upset that the Rays traded Pham and meant no disrespect toward Edwards. He will be joining a San Diego outfield group that includes Manuel Margot, Wil Myers, Franchy Cordero, Josh Naylor and Grisham. Expect Preller to explore deals involving part of that group at next week’s Winter Meetings in San Diego.Cronenworth, 25, moves this grade up slightly. His hitting took a leap last season at Triple-A Durham (a professional career-high 10 home runs and .949 OPS) and he also showed promise on the mound (two unearned runs allowed in seven appearances, primarily as an opener, covering 7 1/3 innings). The former University of Michigan closer did have trouble throwing strikes, however (eight walks).Overall: It’s always interesting with these teamsAs always, the Rays are trying to stay strong and save money. The Padres are spending more to become slightly better. The last big trade between the organizations, in December 2014, became known for the Nationals getting Trea Turner from the Padres as part of a complicated three-team swap. Five years later, it’s Edwards leaving the Padres’ organization, this time straight to the Rays. ORIGINAL ARTICLE:The Rays and Padres were nearing completion of a trade early Friday that would send outfielder Tommy Pham and two-way prospect Jake Cronenworth from Tampa Bay to San Diego in exchange for outfielder Hunter Renfroe, middle infield prospect Xavier Edwards and a second prospect or a player to be named, according to multiple reports.Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times (subscription required) reported that the teams will announce the trade later Friday after medical records are reviewed. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic first reported that a swap was close (subscription required).WINTER MEETINGS 2019: Dates, rumors, top FAs availableWhen completed, the trade will be San Diego’s third in 10 days. The Padres acquired infielder Jurickson Profar from the A’s in exchange for catcher Austin Allen and a player to be named on Dec. 2, and they acquired right-hander Kyle Davies and outfielder Trent Grisham from the Brewers on Nov. 27 in exchange for left-hander Eric Lauer, infielder Luis Urias and a player to be named.The Rays will be making their fourth trade of the offseason, with the previous biggest name being Jose De Leon.SN grades what has been reported about the Pham-Renfroe swap:Rays: B+The plus is for Edwards, a 20-year-old second baseman/shortstop who was No. 5 in MLB Pipeline’s ranking of Padres prospects. The knock on him appears to be a lack of power (just one home run in 756 minor league plate appearances), but he has shown early signs of a strong hit tool (.328/.395/.399 slash line in those PAs) and top speed (56 career steals). Rays left-hander Blake Snell, in his real-time reaction to the trade, sounded unimpressed by Edwards, whom he called a “slapd—” prospect. The Padres drafted Edwards 38th overall in 2018 out of a South Florida high school.Renfroe, 27, is four years younger than the 31-year-old Pham and has more raw power (a career-high 33 home runs in 2019). He also possesses one of the best outfield throwing arms in the game, something that would make him a fit in right field and allow Austin Meadows to take Pham’s place in left. On the flip side, Renfroe is far worse than Pham at getting on base (a .289 OBP in 2019 despite a career-high 46 walks). Topkin pointed out that Renfroe played with a bone spur in his right foot in the second half and had surgery in October.As is usually the case, Tampa Bay will be saving a lot of money with the trade. MLB Trade Rumors projects Renfroe will make $3.4 million next year in arbitration, far less than half of Pham’s $8.6 million arb projection. The Rays will also gain two extra years of control: Renfroe won’t be eligible to become a free agent until after the 2023 season; Pham can become a free agent after the 2021 season.Padres: BThe deal shows how serious general manager A.J. Preller is about trying to make the roster stronger in 2020.Pham slashed .273/.369/.450 (119 OPS+) with 21 home runs in 2019; that power output was in line with his previous two seasons (23 in 2017, 21 in 2018). He also adds speed to the offense (he tied a career high with 25 stolen bases last season), although Fangraphs’ calculations pegged him as a barely above-average baserunner. His corner defense (1 DRS in left field in 2019) should play OK at Petco Park.Pham will also add a fiery on-field persona, which should come in handy in games vs. the NL West-rival Dodgers and Giants.last_img read more

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Nomar Mazara trade news: White Sox acquire outfielder from Rangers

first_imgThe Rangers and White Sox pulled off a late-night trade at the 2019 Winter Meetings in San Diego on Tuesday night, with Texas sending outfielder Nomar Mazara to Chicago in exchange for minor league outfielder Steele Walker.Both teams announced the trade shortly after 1 a.m. ET Wednesday (10 p.m. PT Tuesday). Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News and T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com were first to report the trade had been agreed upon.  He will join a Chicago team that’s looking to make a big leap in 2020. The White Sox’s starting outfield at the moment is young foundation piece Eloy Jimenez in left field, defensive whiz Adam Engel in center and Mazara in right. The Sox earlier this offseason signed catcher Yasmani Grandal as a free agent and re-signed first baseman Jose Abreu.Walker, 23, played at Single-A Kannapolis and Winston-Salem last season, putting together an .811 OPS in 528 plate appearances. Chicago drafted him in the second round out of the University of Oklahoma in 2018.Texas’ main right field options right now appear to be Joey Gallo and Shin-Soo Choo, although Gallo has just 16 career games of experience at the position, all in 2018, and Choo, 37, is primarily a designated hitter at this stage of his career. WINTER MEETINGS TRACKER: Signings, trades, rumorsMazara, 24, gives the White Sox an everyday option in right field, although he has been below-average as a hitter in his four major league seasons (career 93 OPS+). He was limited to 116 games in 2019 because of injury and poor play. Still, he possesses power (20 home runs in each of his first three seasons and 19 last season) and rare MLB experience for his age.last_img read more

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Wellington Police Notes: Friday, March 18 – Sunday, March 20, 2016

first_imgWellington Police notes: Friday, March 18 – Sunday, March 20, 2016Friday, March 18, 2016•12:45 a.m. Amos C. Essary, 32, Harper, was issued a notice to appear for illegal registration/illegal tag.•2:15 a.m. Lindy A. Fike, 19, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for defective taillight.•2:35 a.m. Officers investigated driving while license is suspended and littering from a vehicle in the 900 block W. 16th, Wellington.•2:48 a.m. Kyle J. Sisson, 31, Wichita, was arrested and charged and confined with driving while license is suspended and littering from a vehicle.•1:34 a.m. Officers investigated a theft by known suspect in the 2000 block E. 16th, Wellington.•2:04 p.m. Tuyet T. Nguyen, 30, Oxford, was arrested, charged and bonded with theft.•2:07 p.m. Officers took a report of a dog at large by known owner in the 1200 block S. F, Wellington.•3:15 p.m. Officers took a report of a found walker in the 1000 block S. Washington, Wellington.•10:45 p.m. Juvenile female, 17, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for defective headlight.Saturday, March 19, 2016•12:01 a.m. Juvenile male, 17, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for speeding 67 mph in a 55 mph zone.•1:10 a.m. Heather M. Jensen, 42, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for defective headlamp.•8:25 a.m. Officers investigated driving while license is suspended, operating a motor vehicle without Insurance and speeding 41mph in a 30 mph zone (radar) in the 1000 block E. 7th, Wellington.•8:26 a.m. Michael D. Grizzle, 27, Wellington was arrested, charged and bonded with driving while license is suspended, no insurance and speeding 41 mph in a 30 mph zone.•8:12 a.m. Officers investigated driving while license is suspended, no insurance and defective headlamp in the 1100 E. 16th, Wellington.•8:29 a.m. Rachelle L. Finney, 19, Wellington was arrested, charged and bonded with driving while license is suspended, no insurance and defective headlamp.•11:56 p.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to property by known suspect in the 100 block S. Park, Wellington.Sunday, March 20, 2016•12:27 a.m. Laura L. Miller, 40, Wellington was arrested, charged and bonded with criminal damage to property in the 100 block S. Park, Wellington.•5:26 p.m. Officers took a report of found wallet in the 2000 block E. 16th, Wellington.•5:44 p.m. Cory G. Miller, 32, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for disobeyed stop sign.last_img read more

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Reedy pleads guilty; Provencio takes case to trial jury; opening statements made

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Nick Reedy, 33, and Sylvester Provencio, 22, of Caldwell were both involved in the same April 22, 2015 brawl which took place in southern rural Sumner County. They were also charged with essentially the same felonies and misdemeanors by the Sumner County attorney’s office. But it appears they are taking different paths in the criminal justice system.Nick ReedyReedy pled guilty this morning to aggravated battery, a level 5 felony and criminal deprivation of a motor vehicle, a class A misdemeanor for the alleged assault of Gregory Schneider, 53, and Bryan Nispel, 55, of Caldwell. He made the plea agreement at 8 a.m. before the start of the jury trial held today in Sumner County District Court.Sumner County Attorney Kerwin Spencer said he will be recommending prison time in hopes that Reedy will spend anywhere from 32 to 36 months. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for the early part of July. Reedy is currently out on bond.Sylvester ProvencioProvencio, however, has made no plea and his jury trial went forward today. He is also facing a jury trial on felony rape charges in an unrelated incident scheduled for June 21.Spencer said Reedy will not testify in the Provencio aggravated battery case this week.“Technically, Reedy is still considered in trial until his sentencing,” Spencer said. “So he has the right to remain silent.”Today’s actionsA 12-person jury was selected during the morning and mid-afternoon hours amongst more than 50 individuals.  Then the Provencio trial started around 3 p.m. and Spencer and Provencio’s defense attorney Jess Hoeme, of the firm Joseph, Hollander & Craft LLC in Wichita made their opening statements.It is clear from the start that this jury will be hearing two very different versions of what happened on that April night in which a confrontation broke out between three young men and two older men on Mayfield Road, just south of U.S. 81 Highway near Caldwell.During his opening statements, Spencer described the night in which Nispel and Schneider were driving in separate cars east of town when they saw a vehicle stuck in the mud. Schneider was the first to arrive in a pink Cadillac. Allegedly, Provencio and Schneider started arguing in which Sylvester threw the first punch.That led to a melee in which eventually, according to Spencer’s testimony, Provencio and Schneider were wrestling in a muddy ditch. Reedy and Nispel joined in the fight. A third person, Austin Townsend, who was with Reedy and Provencio at the time, left the scene and ran back to Caldwell on foot. Reedy then proceeded to kick Schneider while he was on the ground. Spencer said Nispel escaped from Reedy and was able to get to his Dodge Ram truck where he had a cell phone and called 911. After explaining the situation to 911, he turned his vehicle around to go back to help his friend who was now being kicked by both Reedy and Provencio.Nispel then allegedly used his truck to knock Reedy and Provencio down, who were still beating up Schneider, but did not run over them. The two young Caldwell boys then ran and stole the pink Cadillac and drove to Caldwell, Spencer said.Spencer said Schneider, who was transported to Sumner County Hospital in Caldwell, suffered severe head and neck trauma, a concussion, ruptured eardrum, extensive bleeding from cuts and abrasions all over his body, cracked teeth and two broken ribs.The rest of the storyHoeme then addressed the jury and for the first time publicly described the night from Provencio’s perspective.“What you haven’t heard is that earlier in the evening it was Greg Schneider’s birthday and he had been drinking beer at a local drinking establishment for six hours. You also never heard that Bryan Nispel had been drinking at the same bar since 9 p.m.,” Hoeme said. “So it is safe to say later in the evening when these two individuals met up with these three young men in the country, that this turned into a brawl of five drunken individuals.”Hoeme spent much of his testimony questioning the true cause of the attack. Using salty language he described how both Snyder and Nispel were not being good Samaritans when approaching the three men with the stuck vehicle, but instead arrived with malice wishing to pick a fight.Hoeme also speculated that Snider had no intention of pulling the vehicle out, because the Cadillac was ill-suited to do so and he had no rope or chains with him.He then said Schneider initiated the conversation by calling Provencio a “f—ing Mexican.”“I ask you the jury, do you believe that these three men who had their vehicle stuck in the mud out in the country, would just up and start a fight with two men who were supposedly only being polite and good Samaritans?” Hoeme said. “Or was there more to it. You need to know the rest of the story.”Hoeme said once Townsend fled, there were only four people who actually knew what happened that night.Hoeme described the events in which Nispel had used his pickup as a weapon to attempt to run over his two clients which he did so. And they had no other alternative but to run to the closest available car which was Schneider’s Cadillac in hopes of not being run over a second time.“You call that stealing a car?” Hoeme said. “You call running for your lives and getting into a Cadillac in order to save yourself, the same thing as stealing a car?”They did not try to hide the Cadillac once returning to Caldwell, but parked it a block from Reedy’s mother’s house, Hoeme said. And in the process, Reedy too wanted to call 911 but was unable to do so because of the heat of the situation. However, his mother was able to get through to 911 once they arrived home.Hoeme then encouraged the jury to follow the trail of blood that was found on the Dodge vehicle that led to the Cadillac.He then questioned whether law enforcement conducted the investigation with an open mind.“Were the questions bilateral? Were they fair?” Hoeme asked rhetorically. “Or did it appear, that the law enforcement doing the investigation had their minds made up before they ever talked to anyone?”He then urged the jury to keep an open mind.“I urge you to keep your ears and mind open when listening to testimony in this trial,” Hoeme said. “Because the prosecution will only tell you part of the story. But there is always a rest of the story.”Other trial items•The afternoon session was called before the jury could listen to the 911 tapes by Nispel. Those audio tapes will be heard immediately when the court reconvenes tomorrow morning.•One juror asked if she could take notes. After the jury was excused, Hoeme said the notes of one juror may be biased and he would be comfortable if she would just listen. Judge Scott McQuin concurred and will not allow note taking.•Hoeme also wanted to make sure witnesses were not collaborating stories. It was determined that witnesses would not be allowed in the court room and could not discuss the case to one another outside the proceedings.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

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City of Wellington having reclamite street preservation project starting Monday

first_imgAttention: You must turn sprinkler systems off. No parking will be allowed on streets being sealed, weather permitting.Liquid asphalt rejuvenator will be applied to the streets.  Rain and excessive wind may postpone sealing.Traffic will NOT be kept from your street more than 4 to 5 hours.  Typically the street will be open 1 to 2 hours after application of the asphalt rejuvenator.PLEASE……Make any necessary arrangements so you will not have to drive on your street during sealing.Move any vehicles from the street before 7:30 A.M.**DO NOT Operate Lawn Sprinklers the night before or the day of the treatment! Doing so may result in damage to the pavement.**IMPORTANTNote that the liquid asphalt will stick to shoes and tires and is difficult to remove. Keep children and pets away from the street.  A layer of sand will be applied over the liquid asphalt treatment to help protect against sticking to car tires, etc. Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter. B Street 15th to Harvey. Edgewood – Crestview to 1,133-feet North. High Drive – Myles Dr. to 20th St. High Court – Cul-De-Sac to Cul-De-Sac. Myles Drive – High Court to Coyote Ridge. Settlers Circle – Waldo to 385-feet North. Homestead Dr. – Woodlawn to Waldo. Crusader Drive — Woodlawn to 680-feet East. Highland Court – 18th to Cul-De-Sac. Crest Ridge – 18th to North 160-feet. 18th Crestview to 718-feet West. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (2) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +4 Vote up Vote down notlla · 203 weeks ago Don`t screw up and accidentally get south of the railroad tracks. Report Reply 1 reply · active 203 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Turkeyleg · 203 weeks ago U’z funny! Good comment. Report Reply Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Coyote Ridge – Myles Drive to 16th. 20th Plum to High Dr. Submitted to Sumner Newscow — ProSeal will begin the reclamite street preservation project on Monday, Sept. 19, 2016 which will include the following locations: 18th Plum to High Dr. Myles Court – Myles Drive to Cul-De-Sac.last_img
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Tom Brady’s return to Patriots ‘not looking good,’ new rumors say, but does it matter at this point?

first_img (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/27/74/tom-brady-021220-getty-ftrjpg_u82zfrkhip2c1j8ik5xe3uvvx.jpg?t=989915864&w=500&quality=80 And yes, Brady’s agent Don Yee is in Indianapolis this week.Unless Brady and the Patriots come to some sort of agreement before March 16, the events of that 48-hour period before the official beginning of free agency likely will answer the question to which everybody wants the answer: Where will Brady play in 2020?Until then, the speculation and reporting war will continue. NFL free agency in 2020 is still three weeks away, but we all knew the rumor ​igniter that is the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis would give us some Tom Brady gossip as the greatest quarterback of all time prepares to hit the open market for the first time in his 20-year career.Whoever had Thursday, Feb. 27 as the day a flood of Brady-related hearsay would arrive, claim your prize. If Brady is not on the Patriots’ roster on March 18 at 4 p.m. ET, when the 2020 league year begins, the team will be hit with a $13.5 million dead cap charge (signing bonus acceleration). That number that will be cut in half if he re-signs, so New England will need an answer.The NFL’s legal tampering period for soon-to-be free agents is two days before the start of the league year, so if Brady wants to listen to other teams’ pitches (without visiting), that’s his first opportunity to do so within the league’s rules.”Within the league’s rules” is key, because as former NFL GM and current Sporting News contributor Jeff Diamond points out, the most important activities at the NFL Combine this week are taking place away from the cameras and spotlight.MORE: Explaining Patriots’ salary cap crunch”Lots of conversations — legal and illegal under NFL rules — between general managers with their contract/salary cap guys often in tow,” Diamond writes. “Conversations with agents for soon-to-be free agents and for players already signed but targeted for pay cuts or release. … The priorities for GMs are the agent chats in hotel rooms, bars, restaurants, coffee shops and skyways of Indianapolis — with greater privacy needed for the illegal discussions on other teams’ players who will soon hit the free-agency market.”Such negotiations on outside free agents are not supposed to take place until the legal tampering period. It is the NFL’s most absurd rule, as it is constantly broken by every team beginning long before the Combine. Things only escalate in Indy.” ESPN NFL reporter Jeff Darlington, appearing on the network’s morning show “Get Up” on Thursday, said he would be “stunned if Tom Brady returns to the Patriots,” adding that Brady has told people “very close” to him he is “going somewhere else.”MORE: Tracking the Tom Brady free agency rumorsJeff Darlington says Tom Brady has told people “very close” to him: “I’m going somewhere else.”Adds he’d be “stunned if Tom Brady returns to the Patriots.” pic.twitter.com/4hRzqPeWhM— Jordan Heck (@JordanHeckFF) February 27, 2020Added The Boston Globe’s Karen Guregian on Thursday: “The Patriots still have not reached out to Tom Brady. According to a source, ‘it’s not looking good.'”And The Athletic’s Vic Tafur: “The strong buzz in Indy this week is that Tom Brady won’t return to the Patriots.”At this point, nobody should be surprised by the idea of Brady, 42, flirting with other teams in free agency. He renegotiated his contract so it would expire after 2019 for a reason, and speculation regarding his future began as soon as New England lost to Tennessee in the wild-card round of the playoffs. Yet the shocking nature of the scenario persists in part because Brady’s decision will have league-altering ripple effects.MORE: Tom Brady’s best fits in NFL free agencyThursday’s reports of Brady leaning away from the Patriots could be a leverage play on the part of the QB’s camp. (Although New England coach/general manager Bill Belichick doesn’t strike us as one who’s likely to fold under the pressure of whatever leverage Brady can create.)Also, that the Patriots reportedly haven’t reached out to Brady means nothing at this point. According to NFL Media, team owner Robert Kraft is comfortable letting Brady test free agency. “From what I understand,” NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reported, “Kraft’s thinking on this was basically, if the sides came together, if Brady decides that the Patriots were his best option after testing free agency, and if Bill Belichick — who of course is making the decisions for New England — if he decides that Brady is his best option at this price, then in the end after all of this after going through everything, that it will mean that it’s basically meant to be.”Added The Boston Globe’s Ben Volin on Thursday: “Belichick doesn’t see much sense in talking to Brady about a possible deal until he knows what the CBA situation will be.”So Thursday’s reports at this stage mean little. What we know for sure is legitimate answers to the questions about Brady’s future should be coming soon.last_img read more

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2020 LCS Spring Split Week 9 Saturday Matchups: Cloud9 a big betting favorite, Team Liquid fighting for playoff spot

first_imgMORE: Live odds and betting news2020 LCS Spring Split Week 9: Team SoloMid vs. 100 ThievesTeam SoloMid -157100 Thieves +126There isn’t a more bipolar team in North America than Team SoloMid. When TSM are on, they can beat anyone in the region. They are the only team to deal Cloud9 a loss this season, and they have talented players at every position in their lineup. TSM have been inconsistent, though, and that led to an embarrassing loss against last-place Counter Logic Gaming and being on the wrong end of a sweep against Immortals.While TSM are up and down, they should have the edge over 100 Thieves on Saturday. 100 Thieves are only 8-8 because of some hard-carry performances from top-laner Ssumday, and while mid-laner Ryoma has improved significantly over the course of the split, he is no match for TSM’s Bjergsen. As long as Broken Blade doesn’t get steam rolled in the top lane, TSM should pick up the win.2020 LCS Spring Split Week 9: Cloud9 vs. Evil GeniusesCloud9 -278Evil Geniuses +212Over the past three weeks, Evil Geniuses have put it all together. They have won five straight games to move into a three-way tie for second place, and their bottom lane has been excellent. After a few hiccups early on, Bang and Zeyzal have formed one of the best bottom-lane duos in the LCS, and that is the primary win condition for EG.No one knows what we’ll see from Cloud9 during the final week of the regular season. They locked up the No. 1 seed three weeks ago, and we saw a standard game and a not-so standard game from them last week. If they are focused and play a standard game, they will likely beat Evil Geniuses, but they are wont to have a little fun since this is the last week of the regular season. I’m guessing we’ll see some off-meta picks from them akin to Kalista top lane, and that makes EG the play at this price.2020 LCS Spring Split Week 9: Team Liquid vs. FlyQuestTeam Liquid -127FlyQuest -103How the mighty have fallen. Liquid was an odds-on favorite to win the LCS Spring Split before the start of the season after bringing back four of five starters and improving in the jungle with the addition of Broxah. However, they are on the verge of completely missing the playoffs, as they have dealt with complacency throughout the Spring Split. Doublelift has not been as reliable as he usually is in the bottom lane, and Impact is not the rock in the top lane he has been for this team over the past few years.Liquid knocked off FlyQuest in the first meeting between these teams back on Feb. 2, and they should emerge victorious once again with their playoff hopes on the line. FlyQuest are in a bit of disarray with Solo replacing V1per in the top lane last week, and the only player that has consistently played well is mid-laner PowerOfEvil.2020 LCS Spring Split Week 9: Golden Guardians vs. Counter Logic GamingGolden Guardians -160Counter Logic Gaming +127The Guardians’ slim playoff hopes ride on them going 2-0 in the final week of the regular season. They have not inspired confidence with their play over the past month though, posting a 2-6 record with their only victories coming against Dignitas and Immortals. Their bottom lane has been a mess as they continue to try to play non-supports at support, so CLG have a decent chance of pulling off the upset despite their poor campaign. 2020 LCS Spring Split Week 9: Immortals vs. DignitasImmortals -160Dignitas +127Reuniting Apollo and Hakuho has made Immortals much stronger than when Altec was paired with Hakuho in the bottom lane. Apollo has an 8.2 KDA in six games, and he has become the hard carry for this team. That’s something they’ve needed as the other positions have struggled to make an impact with their play.Dignitas continue to underperform. It’s becoming clear that Huni is no longer the top-lane bully he once was in this region, and the bottom lane has fallen off after some strong performances early in the split. Froggen can be a difference maker if he is allowed to select Orianna, but don’t expect Immortals to leave the champion open. We only know two things headed into the final week of the 2020 LCS Spring Split: Cloud9 is guaranteed to finish as the No. 1 overall seed with a dazzling 15-1 record (though they’re not necessarily a great bet at their current odds), and Counter Logic Gaming will finish at the bottom of the standings with a 3-13 mark. The other eight North American teams have between six and nine wins, so most games this week will have an impact on how the final standings and playoff matchups shake out.The big story this week is whether Team Liquid will qualify for the playoffs. The winners of the past four LCS titles are currently a game behind 100 Thieves and Immortals for the final spot in the Spring Split Playoffs, and they face the top two teams in the LCS this weekend in FlyQuest and Cloud9.last_img read more

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Devils’ Cory Schneider says a resolution to 2019-20 NHL season should be coming ‘shortly’

first_imgThe Devils netminder is under contract through the 2021-22 season with a $6 million AAV and he fully intends to continue playing whether it’s in New Jersey or elsewhere.”I’m excited to continue my career. I haven’t entertained the thoughts of retirement at all. I have two years left on my contract and that’s my obligation,” Schneider said confidently. “That’s my goal is to do that and then see where it goes from there and obviously things could happen before that. I’m not naive to the business side of things but you know, I feel that when I’m playing well, I could do a lot for our team on and off the ice. That’s the role that I want to fill in and play and just compete.”Whenever we do get to play again, I just want to make sure that I’m ready as I can be to continue to prove that I can play at a high level.” With players saying they need at least two to three weeks to prepare for a season resumption, the window is getting slimmer resulting in the veteran netminder believing that a decision is on the horizon.”It’s got to be coming soon because I think you got to make plans, you got to make logistics to give guys a heads up, a week or two in advance that, ‘Okay, you need to report here and do this by this date,'” he explained. “We’re starting to get into June and July and at that point, does it make sense to even restart it so I think we’re getting pretty close to that date.”I don’t know what that date is, but my hunch feeling is that we’re going to have to find out one way or another very shortly if this is going to happen because it just starts to impact everything else down the line.”Schneider said until there are more concrete plans regarding how the season will finish, he’s not contacting the team with daily updates.”I try not to give guys false hopes or spread rumors or just sort of release details of these calls,” Schneider said from his New Jersey home. “You don’t want too many people to know about it in case you have to move in a certain direction so we sort of filter information as we need to.”You know guys are panicking and all but it’s such a unique situation that you couldn’t blame anybody for feeling that way.”MORE: Connor Carrick focused on personal growth during pauseIt’s been reported that the league is leaning towards a 24-team playoff and if that does become the case, the Devils — 13 points out of the second wild card — could see an eight or nine-month layoff before the 2020-21 season begins in either November or December.“Is it worth it for us to spend five, six weeks to do something that ultimately won’t matter?” Schneider asked. “Personally, I would like to at least get out and get that feeling again. Nine or 10 months is a long time to not have played a game and not really ramp it up in that sense. My hope is that we get a chance to come back and play.”Regardless, if the Devils come back or not, the layoff came at a bad time for the team and Schneider.After interim head coach Alain Nasreddine took over on Dec. 3, the team went 19-16-8 including earning points in eight of their final 10 games before the pause. The 34-year-old goaltender also had an up-and-down season getting sent down to the American Hockey League and playing 14 games with Binghamton. He was recalled Feb. 20 and went 3-0-1 in four starts, stopping 119 of 125 shot attempts. Schneider posted a shutout on March 1 against the Anaheim Ducks, his first since Feb. 21, 2019 (Ottawa Senators).A native of Marblehead, Mass., he was disappointed to have the season abruptly halted.”I felt really good about where I was at. I think as a team, we were playing well and we were having fun,” Schneider said. “It was great to be back and the team was young. A lot of faces were gone and I walked into the locker room and I think Travs (Travis Zajac) said, ‘Hey, it’s good to see another old guy in here with me.’ It’s definitely a unique situation from a team standpoint, but you could definitely see guys coming together.”For me, just to be a part of that and try to help and contribute on the ice and do the things I’ve always wanted to go. It was great and it was tough timing for everybody. From my career standpoint, as soon as the chance for me to play well and just demonstrate that I can still play at that level so hopefully I’ll get an opportunity to do that.”When Schneider began his career with the Vancouver Canucks, he was seen as the heir apparent to Roberto Luongo. Now, as Schneider enters the twilight of his career, the Devils have turned to 23-year-old Mackenzie Blackwood as their No. 1 goalie; he appeared in 47 games this season posting a 2.77 goals-against average and a .915 save percentage. Even with the adversity faced in recent years, Schneider believes he can still contribute at the NHL level even though the trend favors younger players.”It’s amazing how quickly it goes. You come into the league and I was a little bit later, so 24 was when I kind of became a full-time NHLer and here I am 10 years later, I’m 34, and you don’t always feel that way,” he reflected. “That number has a stigma now in the league when it used to be the norm but now anybody over 30 years old, unless you’re an elite player, you’re sort of taking up space for somebody else it seems.”It makes it challenging but that’s a good challenge to have. It’s an opportunity to do things and techniques and really try to evolve your game. You may not have the flexibility or some of the physical traits you had when you’re younger but I think as you get older, you get more perspective. I think mentally, you’re sharper and you can think the game better than you did when you were younger. For me, it’s just trying to advantage of my skill set.”MORE: Blackwood hopes to re-sign long-term with Devils As one of the New Jersey Devils’ National Hockey League Players’ Association representatives, goaltender Cory Schneider says players are getting antsy about a possible deadline for when a decision on the 2019-20 season has to be made.”I think that’s everyone’s concern right now. A lot of guys been asking if there’s a drop-dead date,” Schenider told reporters on a call Monday. “Like what’s the date that it’s just too late and that you can get a semblance of a season or a playoff in and then it starts to impact the next season potentially. I think that’s been a question that a lot of guys have asked and to be honest, I don’t have that answer necessarily.”last_img read more

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Redman among three tied for lead at Rocket Mortgage Classic

first_imgDoc Redman made a fine start to the Rocket Mortgage Classic, carding a seven-under 65 to be in a three-way tie for the lead on Thursday.Redman, runner-up at the PGA Tour event last year, holed eight birdies and a bogey during a strong opening round at Detroit Golf Club in Michigan. Coming off two missed cuts since the PGA Tour season resumed amid the coronavirus pandemic, Rickie Fowler made a solid start.A quick start and a solid finish to Round 1 for @RickieFowler.Highlights from his 5-under 67 Thursday @RocketClassic. pic.twitter.com/K313brsASO— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) July 2, 2020Fowler fired a five-under 67, mixing seven birdies with a double bogey, to be part of a 14-way tie for 11th.Defending champion Nate Lashley, who won by six strokes last year, opened with a one-under 71. The American, 22, shares the lead with Scott Stallings and Kevin Kisner, the latter having produced a bogey-free first round.Bryson DeChambeau is among a group of seven players a shot back of the leading trio.MORE: DeChambeau reveals diet that made him super beefyDeChambeau has finished in the top 10 in his past six starts and opened with a 66 that included an eagle at the par-five 14th.A 6-under 66 has @B_DeChambeau one shot back of the lead after Round 1 at the @RocketClassic. pic.twitter.com/6DDgGKgJ7J— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) July 2, 2020Peter Malnati, Emiliano Grillo, Chase Seiffert, J.J. Spaun, Matt Wallace and Chris Stroud are alongside DeChambeau at six under.last_img read more

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Fantasy Baseball OF Sleepers: Breakout, undervalued outfielders to add to 2020 draft cheat sheets

first_imgDOMINATE YOUR DRAFT: Ultimate 2020 Fantasy Baseball Cheat SheetFantasy Baseball OF SleepersOscar Mercado, Indians. Mercado gave fantasy owners a glimpse of his upside last year, hitting 15 homers and stealing 15 bases in 115 games, and many are expecting him to only get better this year. There are some minor red flags in his hitting profile, as he didn’t take many walks last year and his power is somewhat limited, but he should steal a bunch of bases, which will always be sought after by fantasy owners. Mercado isn’t exactly being “undervalued” in drafts, but if he can continue to develop his power and raise his BB-rate to what he did at Triple-A (29 walks in 259 PAs), he could outperform even the most optimistic expectations. 2020 Fantasy Baseball Rankings:Catcher | First | Second | Third | Short | Outfield | Starter | Reliever | Top 300Kyle Tucker, Astros. Tucker hit 34 HRs and stole 30 bases in 125 games at Triple-A last year and added another four homers and five steals in 22 major league games. He’s proven just about everything he can in the minors, and all he needs is an everyday job to break out in the majors. Heading into the season, he’s slated to share the right field job with Josh Reddick, but Tucker could eventually take over with a hot start. He’ll also be first in line for at-bats if injuries strike someone like Yuli Gurriel, Yordan Alvarez, or Michael Brantley. One way or another, there’s a good chance Tucker sees significant playing time this year, and if he does, he’ll outproduce his average draft position. 2020 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers:Catcher | First | Second | Third | Short | Starter | Each teamAristides Aquino, Reds. Aquino was a sensation last year after getting called up, hitting 19 HRs in just 56 games. Normally, this type of player would be overvalued the following season, but Aquino is seemingly on the outside looking in for an everyday job after Cincinnati signed Nicholas Castellanos and Mike Moustakas in the offseason. Now, with the addition of the DH for NL teams, we have faith Aquino can ascend quickly from the “auxiliary squad” and find near-everyday at-bats once the season begins. Aquino has too much upside to keep on the bench, so he’s well worth drafting and stashing, especially in daily transaction leagues. 2020 Fantasy Baseball Tiers, Draft Strategy:Catcher | First | Second | Third | Short | Outfield | Starter | RelieverLourdes Gurriel Jr., Blue Jays (also eligible at 2B and expected to play some 1B this year). Gurriel made our sleeper list last year, and he came through when on the field, clubbing 20 HRs in just 84 games. He even stole six bases, showcasing some upside there. The Blue Jays have a lot of OF/1B/DH candidates, so Gurriel can’t afford a slow start, but he’ll hit homers and drive in runs as long as he’s on the field. A solid average and handful of steals makes him a valuable contributor given his mid-round ADP. Ian Happ, Cubs (2B, 3B). Happ spent more of last season at Triple-A (99 games) than in the majors (56 games), but he produced at both levels, totaling 27 HRs and 11 SBs. He’s unlikely to ever hit for a good average, but he can quietly give you solid numbers in all of the other categories. Playing time is the biggest worry, but he’s slated to start the season in center field and can fill in at 2B and 3B (and DH) if needed. One way or another, the 25-year-old switch-hitter should be in the lineup most days, and if he is, he’ll provide a lot of value given his low cost. Fantasy Baseball Draft Strategies: Auction | Keeper/Dynasty | PointsAvisail Garcia, Brewers. Garcia was one of our favorite breakout picks last year, and he made some strides (20 HRs, 10 SBs in 125 games) but didn’t quite produce as we expected. Now in an even better hitters park in Milwaukee, he could break all the way out with regular at-bats. That’s not guaranteed, as he’ll be competing for playing time with Ryan Braun and Justin Smoak, but he has the highest upside of three if he plays every day. The universal DH rule should only help him find at-bats.Trent Grisham, Padres. Grisham popped 32 homers and stole 13 bases across Double-A, Triple-A and the majors last year in Milwaukee’s organization. Now with a clear path to playing time in San Diego, he should open the season with an everyday job. Grisham has always been a high-OBP guy in the minors (.376) thanks to a high walk rate, and his strikeout rate is relatively low. Last season was really the first time he hit for power, so it’s unclear if that will carry over to a worse hitting environment, but Grisham has a lot of upside in San Diego’s solid lineup, especially in OBP leagues. Jo Adell, Angels. Adell doesn’t have a clear path to playing time heading into 2020, but the 20-year-old slugger has already ascended to Triple-A and figures to be in the majors at some point early this season. His career .298/.361/.518 line in the minors is even more impressive than it looks when you factor in his age, and he has a little bit of a speed with 30 career steals. Brian Goodwin isn’t the long-term answer in right field for the Angels, so Adell is worth drafting. More 2020 Fantasy Baseball: Auction Values | Mock Draft SimulatorAustin Hays, Orioles. Hays played across five levels last season, finishing in the majors where he hit .309/.373/.574 with four homers and two steals in 21 games. The 24-year-old outfielder saw his prospect shine dim after an injury-plagued 2018 (ankle) and start of ’19 (thumb), but now healthy, he could return to the form that saw him skyrocket to the majors in ’17. He’s unlikely to post a batting line as good as last season over a full campaign, but given his home park, it wouldn’t be a shock to see him pop a decent amount of homers and steal some bases. The upside is there for more. Teoscar Hernandez, Blue Jays. Hernandez broke out in the second half last season, clubbing 18 HRs over 60 games and finishing with 26 for the season (122 games). There are some playing time concerns heading into this year, but assuming he gets everyday at-bats, the 27-year-old righty will be a cheap source of power who can also swipe a few bases. His average figures to hurt more than help, but he still has plenty of offensive upside. Alex Verdugo, Red Sox. Verdugo dealt with a stress facture in his back all offseason, but he’s reportedly “100 percent.” If Verdugo is healthy, he’s an interesting fantasy prospect given his batting line with the Dodgers last year (.294/.342/.475). He’s a low-strikeout hitter with developing power, and we know there will be a lot of run-scoring and run-producing opportunities in Boston’s offense. Tyler O’Neill, Cardinals. O’Neill is a proven slugger at the minor league level (140 HRs over 566 games), and he’s popped 14 HRs in two 60-game stints in the majors the past two seasons. The 24-year-old righty is in position to have an everyday job as the Cardinals’ left fielder to open the year, and if he does, he has major power and run-producing upside. Anthony Santander, Orioles. Santander seemingly came out of nowhere last year to hit 20 HRs in just 93 games. The 25-year-old switch-hitter will have to contend with similarly skilled players, such as Dwight Smith Jr. and Cedric Mullins, for playing time, but obviously if he’s in the lineup, he can hit homers, and that should continue as long as he’s playing in Baltimore.  Jake Fraley, Mariners. With Mitch Haniger (back) on the shelf for the foreseeable future, Fraley has a chance to play every day in Seattle’s outfield. The 24-year-old lefty is a career .286/.362/.480 hitter in the minors, and he clubbed 19 HRs and stole 22 bases in 99 games across two levels last season. He likely won’t post huge numbers this season, but anyone who can steal some bases and provide some pop is worth a look in fantasy leagues. Dominic Smith, Mets (1B). Smith just needs everyday at-bats to produce. The 24-year-old lefty hit .282/.355/.525 with 11 HRs in 89 games last year, and there’s little doubt his power is for real. However, with Pete Alonso locking down 1B and J.D. Davis, Brandon Nimmo, and Michael Conforto set in the OF, Smith would appear to be a man without a position. And with Yoenis Cespedes looking healthy in summer camp, even DH at-bats could be tough to come by early on. Even with that said, Smith will be very valuable as soon as there’s an injury (or he’s traded). Perhaps most noteworthy about Smith is that he actually hit lefties (.303/.361/.515) better than righties (.278/.354/.528) last year, so he doesn’t necessarily need to be a platoon player. It’s tough to invest a draft pick in someone like Smith, but he’s worth a pickup if he starts getting consistent playing time. Other OF-eligible sleepers we’ve highlighted elsewhere: Scott Kingery (2B), Tommy Edman (3B), Brandon Lowe (2B), Yoshi Tsutsugo (3B), Austin Riley (3B), Jake Bauers (1B), Jay Bruce (1B) Whether you play in a three-OF or five-OF fantasy baseball league, you’re going to need a handy list of outfield sleepers for your draft cheat sheet. Every year there are surprise OF breakouts, which is good because you every year you probably have at least one surprise bust on your team. You can find undervalued outfielders at any point during your draft, but finding the ones with the most upside is a little more difficult, especially when you factor in category needs.We’ve put together a list of OF sleepers that runs the spectrum of known quantities who could outproduce their average draft positions to under-the-radar guys who will likely need an injury to earn an everyday role. Depending on how deep your league is, you will want to familiarize yourself with the players below. Even if they go undrafted, they’re worth watching early in the season or when they’re called up. last_img read more

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Lawyer’s son arrested during break in Branstad trial

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The son of an Iowa civil rights attorney in the midst of a high profile civil trial against a former governor has been arrested in the courtroom where his mother’s trial is taking place.Polk County Sheriff records say 50-year-old James Barton Conlin, of West Des Moines, was arrested during break in the proceedings Monday and charged with interference with official acts. He was booked into the county jail and released within an hour.The charge is a simple misdemeanor.Conlin told courthouse officials he was testing the air after his mother complained it was making her ill.Roxanne Conlin blames construction in the courthouse. Court officials refused her earlier request to move the trial.Conlin and her son didn’t respond to a message from The Associated Press but she tells The Des Moines Register she’s furious he was arrested.She’s representing former Iowa Worker’s Compensation Commissioner Chris Godfrey in his discrimination lawsuit against former Gov. Terry Branstad and the state.last_img read more

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Mason City man pleads not guilty to prostitution charge

first_imgMASON CITY — A Mason City man accused of prostitution has pleaded not guilty. 38-year-old David Welsher was arrested on the morning of June 18th after he allegedly paid $50 to a person under the age of 18 in exchange for a sexual act. Welsher was due in court for his arraignment hearing on Tuesday, but online court records show he filed a written plea of not guilty on Tuesday in Cerro Gordo County District Court. His trial is scheduled to start on November 24th. Prostitution is a Class D felony punishable by up to five years in prison.last_img read more

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Rag-tag Leicester turn tables on English elite

first_img“The most important thing, and what he deserves the most credit for, is he hasn’t come in and tried to change everything,” said Schmeichel during the season.With new signings Huth, Christian Fuchs, Shinji Okazaki and French midfield monster N’Golo Kante carefully added to the blend, Ranieri ditched the back three used by Pearson for a 4-4-2 system.His underdog playing strategy — structured defence allied with rapid counter-attacks — would prove devastatingly effective.Leicester were top following a 4-2 defeat of Sunderland on the season’s first day and returned to the summit in November after Vardy’s record-breaking run of scoring in 11 successive games.There was only one real wobble — a run of one win in five matches immediately after Christmas — and to date they have been beaten just three times.Even when, no longer misdiagnosed as over-achieving minnows, Leicester found opposing teams massing themselves behind the ball, they ground out five 1-0 wins in six games to move to within sight of the title.Leicester’s triumph also owes a debt to the perfect storm that saw defending champions Chelsea collapse, Manchester United toil and Manchester City and Arsenal fail to last the course. MisdiagnosedLeicester escaped relegation last season by winning seven of their last nine games, so there was dismay when manager Nigel Pearson was sacked after his son, a Leicester youth player, was involved in a racist sex tape during a post-season tour of Thailand, home of club owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.But Ranieri, the former Chelsea manager, was canny enough to see that there was momentum to be harnessed and had the good sense to retain key members of Pearson’s staff, such as well-regarded head of recruitment Steve Walsh. Coach Ranieri made history with LeicesterLondon, United Kingdom | AFP |Leicester City’s against-the-odds Premier League title success is a story of belief, dogged graft and inspirational leadership prevailing against the money-inflated complacency of England’s leading clubs.Exploiting the frailties of the presumed title favourites, the 5,000-1 outsiders surged to the summit and then held their nerve over four long, giddy months to complete one of the most improbable upsets in sporting history.In the words of the club’s genial Italian manager Claudio Ranieri, it was a triumph of “players who were considered too small or too slow for other big clubs”.“It gives hope to all the young players out there who have been told they are not good enough,” Ranieri said.Kasper Schmeichel left Manchester City aged 22 and spent five seasons rattling around in the second and third tiers before Leicester enabled him to emulate his father, the Manchester United great Peter, by keeping goal in a title-winning side.Right-back Danny Simpson and central midfielder Danny Drinkwater were released by Manchester United, but both have been Leicester mainstays this season, the latter earning a first England cap in March.German centre-back Robert Huth spent four years as a bit-part player at Chelsea. His centre-back partner Wes Morgan, the captain, did not play top-level football until he was 30.Winger Marc Albrighton was released by his formative club Aston Villa in 2014. His season began amid personal tragedy, after his partner’s mother was killed in the terror attack in Sousse, Tunisia last June.Most famous of all, now, are Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy, signed for a combined fee of some £1.4 million ($2 million, 1.8 million euros) and who have become two of the most feared forwards in England.Dazzling Algerian winger Mahrez, told he was “too skinny” by his youth coaches in the Sarcelles district of Paris, recently became the first African to be named England’s Player of the Year.The prolific Vardy, rejected by boyhood club Sheffield Wednesday for being “too small”, is now a Premier League record-breaker and England international whose rags-to-riches tale is reportedly being turned into a Hollywood film.Overseeing it all has been 64-year-old Ranieri, derided as a nearly man by Jose Mourinho and mocked on his return to England last year, but whose lyrical soundbites became the soundtrack to Leicester’s drive to glory.Leicester players have played out of their skinscenter_img But for an unheralded team composed of players with almost zero title-winning know-how, their success in leading from the front represents an astonishing feat of fortitude and sporting courage.The club’s disbelieving supporters will hope that by the time Champions League football arrives at the King Power Stadium for the first time next season, players like Vardy, Mahrez and Kante are still around.But whatever becomes of Ranieri’s ‘Impossibles’ in the months, years and decades ahead, their sporting immortality is assured.CLICK here to read Spurs versus ChelseaShare on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2last_img read more

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Zidane fighting for future in PSG Champions League tie

first_imgThe man born and raised in a tough neighbourhood of Marseille needs the tonic of a win over the Parisian aristocrats.“We also must not dismiss everything we have done because of our form at the moment,” he told RTL, mindful that recent improved results in La Liga have not completely shaken away the doubts.“This is not some other club — the slightest negative thing here and the media make a song and dance out of it.”– Respected –Zidane last month revealed that he had signed a new contract at the Bernabeu until 2020, and the respect with which he is held by those within the club, the supporters and the media means there has been no campaign calling for his head.President Florentino Perez cannot make Zidane the scapegoat for the lowering of standards as he did with Benitez before.But, equally, the 45-year-old Zidane is fully aware that coaches at the Bernabeu do not have long shelf-lives.Since Vicente del Bosque was unceremoniously sacked in 2003, Real have appointed a new coach 13 times. The longest-serving in that time has been Jose Mourinho, who survived for three seasons.When asked last month if he felt able to turn things around, he replied: “If I thought I could not, I would leave tomorrow.”But to RTL he added: “I like what I do. Not everyone can do this. I am making the most of it, I know it won’t last forever.”He has not yet lost a Champions League knockout tie as a coach, and he will surely need to extend that run against Neymar and co. to stand any chance of still being in charge of Real beyond this season.Share on: WhatsApp Madrid, Spain | AFP | Zinedine Zidane inspired France to World Cup glory as a player, but his extraordinary career has to a large degree been defined by the Champions League.His magnificent volleyed goal for Real Madrid in their 2002 win over Bayer Leverkusen at Hampden Park in Glasgow is one of the greatest to be scored in a European Cup final.As such, it is up there with his brace in France’s 1998 win over Brazil, his country’s Euro 2000 triumph and the infamous headbutt on Marco Materazzi during the 2006 World Cup final among the most memorable moments of his playing days.He has carried on his love affair with the Champions League as a coach, from his role as assistant to Carlo Ancelotti in Real’s 2014 triumph to leading Madrid to glory himself in the last two seasons.But now Zidane’s future in charge at the Santiago Bernabeu is hanging by a thread, possibly tied to the outcome of the looming showdown with this formidable Paris Saint-Germain outfit.For 18 months after his appointment in January 2016, the Frenchman could do no wrong, but a little of the magic has deserted him recently.“This is an unprecedented situation, but we must live with it, hold our course,” Zidane said in an interview with French radio station RTL aired on Monday.He has won eight trophies since replacing the unpopular Rafa Benitez in the Madrid dugout, including an unprecedented five in one calendar year in 2017.Zidane also oversaw the club’s first La Liga and European Cup double since 1958 as well as a record 40-match unbeaten run.But now they stand fourth in La Liga, at risk of finishing off the podium in their domestic league for the first time since 2004. Finishing second behind Tottenham Hotspur in their Champions League group also exposed them to this tougher draw.last_img read more

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Out of hospital Dalglish thanks fans after positive coronavirus test

first_imgHome again: Kenny DalglishLondon, United Kingdom | AFP |  Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish thanked fans for their support on Sunday after leaving hospital following a positive test for the coronavirus.Dalglish, 69, found he had the virus after being admitted to hospital on Wednesday for treatment for a separate infection which required intravenous antibiotics.He was discharged on Saturday night.“Thank you for all of your well wishes over the last few days,” said Dalglish in a Liverpool statement issued Sunday.“I’m delighted to be back home with the family after receiving brilliant care from the NHS (Britain’s National Health Service), which we appreciate now more than ever.“Marina (Dalglish’s wife) and I would like to express our immense gratitude to the medical staff who cared for me and who continue to treat countless others throughout the country during an incredibly challenging period.”Dalglish confirmed the couple would be in “full lockdown for the recommended amount of time in order to protect the lives of others”.There are fears that the warm weather across Britain over the Easter weekend will see the public flout government guidelines on social distancing instead of only going out to maintain health and purchase essential supplies.But a concerned Dalglish said: “I know the sun is shining for many of you, but I urge you to stay home and follow the government guidelines to the letter.”Earlier the Scotland great, in an interview with the Sunday Post, praised the “absolutely brilliant” hospital staff, adding: “People may think my name got me the best of care but every patient in the NHS gets the best of care.”On Friday, Dalglish’s family said he had tested positive for COVID-19 despite having previously displayed no symptoms of the illness.– ‘Humbling messages’ –Saturday saw two of Dalglish’s children take to Twitter to thank the public for their support. Paul Dalglish, also a former player, said: “Truly humbling messages from supporters of all teams,” with Dalglish’s daughter, Sky Sports presenter Kelly Cates, saying: “Thank you so much for your lovely messages and I’m really sorry I can’t reply to them all.”Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker said on Twitter: “Love from Becker family to Sir Kenny Dalglish!!”Ian Rush formed a prolific partnership with Dalglish during their playing days at Liverpool and the Welshman took to Twitter to give his old team-mate his best wishes.“Wishing a speedy recovery to the best…Sir Kenny Dalglish. Get well soon,” he wrote.Dalglish won the Scottish league title with Celtic as a player on four occasions before signing for Liverpool in 1977.At Anfield, he captured eight English league titles, two FA Cups, five League Cups and three European Cups as a player and in two managerial spells.In his Liverpool playing career, Dalglish scored 172 goals in 515 games.As well as his role in Liverpool’s golden era in the 1970s and 1980s, Dalglish received plaudits for supporting victims’ families after 96 fans died in the 1989 Hillsborough stadium disaster.He also coached Blackburn to the 1995 Premier League title.Almost 10,000 people in Britain have so far died as a result of the coronavirus. Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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‘How many have to die?’: Neville voices fears over Premier League plans

first_imgThe country is on lockdown until at least May 7, but government officials have spoken in positive terms about a potential return for football if the virus is under control.– ‘No football for months’ –Germany’s sports ministers have said the Bundesliga could return next month but Dutch football chiefs have called an end to the Eredivisie season and the Belgian campaign is in the balance.French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said football would not return in his country until at least September.In the Premier League, full training is reportedly slated for mid-May, with the plan to be discussed at a meeting of stakeholders on Friday.However, Neville is concerned that the Premier League’s desire to conclude the campaign is being driven by financial motives, with the English top flight facing a huge hit if the 92 remaining fixtures are not played.The former England international said if it were a non-economic decision there would be no football for months but he acknowledged that players at lower levels would want to play because the alternative was “bad”.“(A total of) 1,400 players are out of contract in three months so they’ll need football to resume so their livelihoods can continue,” he said.“There’s huge economic loss. It clouds people’s minds in terms of the risk that they’re willing to take.”Share on: WhatsApp Gary Neville fears Premier League players will be put at risk if matches resumeLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Gary Neville fears Premier League players’ lives will be put at risk if football is rushed back too soon after the coronavirus-enforced lockdown in Britain.Premier League chiefs are aiming for a return to action in June and several clubs opened their training grounds to players this week as they work on “Project Restart”.The English top flight is understood to be aiming to run a huge testing operation to keep footballers safe, with reports of 26,000 tests being lined up for players and staff.But FIFA’s medical chief Michel D’Hooghe said on Tuesday that football should not be played until September and former Manchester United defender Neville is worried that Premier League stars will be put in danger by the rush to return.“The FIFA medical officer said that football should not take place before September. I think if it was a non-economic decision there would be no football for months,” Neville told the Sky Sports Football Show on Wednesday.“People are now assessing risk. How many people have to die playing football in the Premier League before it becomes unpalatable? One? One player? One member of staff goes into intensive care? What risk do we have to take? The discussion is purely economic.”Neville voiced his particular concerns over the risk to players with existing medical conditions.“If health comes first, there is only one outcome at this moment in time. How many players have got asthma? How many players have diabetes?“Have they assessed all of these things and are they willing to put those people at risk?”The UK is among the worst-hit countries in the global COVID-19 pandemic, with more than 21,000 deaths so far.last_img read more

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European leagues move at different speeds toward restart

first_imgElsewhere, players at Chelsea and Norwich as well as Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta tested positive while players at Leicester, Everton and Bournemouth all self-isolated after showing symptoms but clubs did not confirm if they tested positive.Representatives of the Premier League and clubs are due to meet on Monday to discuss the final details of the “Project Restart”, including the organisation of matches behind closed doors, on neutral ground and the extension of player contracts.In Spain, players in the top two divisions were allowed to carry out individual work at training grounds last week at the start of a programme aimed at restarting competition in the middle of June.On Sunday, La Liga said five players and three non-playing individuals had tested positive.The five players, who have not been named, will be quarantined at home and tested again “in the next few days”.La Liga president Javier Tebas said he hopes the tournament can resume on June 12.“I would like it (the season resuming) to be June 12, but it will depend on the numbers,” Tebas told Movistar.“In the end it will be up to the health authorities.– Cases in Italy and Portugal –In Italy’s Serie A, which resumed individual training this week, four Sampdoria players, including one who had previously recovered, and three from Fiorentina have tested positive for coronavirus, the clubs announced on Thursday.Clubs will have to wait until May 18 at the earliest to start group training, and the sports minister warned on Wednesday that it was “impossible to set a definite date” for the resumption of matches.AC Milan technical director Paolo Maldini, who is recovering, and Juventus striker Paulo Dybala, who has been given the all clear, were among the most notable early football victims.In Portugal, three players at top-flight Vitoria Guimaraes have tested positive.They “are clinically healthy, asymptomatic and in quarantine,” the club said in a statement on Saturday.The government announced on April 30 that the first division was authorised to resume from the last weekend in May, behind closed doors and subject to the approval of a health protocol.Share on: WhatsApp On course: German clubs such as Bayern Munich are preparing to kick off on May 16Paris, France | AFP | As European leagues prepare to return from the enforced coronavirus break, screening tests are revealing cases in various championships, although, as yet, not calling into question plans to resume playing.Germany still plans to be the first of the five “big” leagues ahead of Spain, England and Italy – France has declared its season over – to kick off on May 16, behind closed doors, despite the sobering events at Dynamo Dresden.The second-tier club were ordered to self-isolate for 14 days on Saturday after testing uncovered two fresh coronavirus cases.“It’s not a reason to call the entire season into question,” league CEO Christian Seifert told German broadcaster ZDF.“It was always clear to me that this could happen. We’re at the very beginning of the restart.”Seifert warned, however, that further coronavirus cases could jeopardise plans to end the season by June 30.“It can reach a scale where it’s not feasible anymore,” he said. “It would depend on how much time there is left to finish the season.”Matches will be played behind closed doors and with a maximum number of 300 people, including both teams, allowed at each game.In the run-up to the restart, all teams must go into a one-week quarantine training camp.The German league said on Thursday that 1,724 tests at the 36 clubs in the top two divisions conducted in two rounds yielded 10 positives in the first batch and two more in the second.Those include two players and a fitness coach at Cologne and a player and a physiotherapist at Borussia Moenchengladbach, but only the individuals concerned were placed in quarantine and the teams continued training.– Three cases in Brighton, five in Spain –In the English Premier League, which hopes to resume from June to August, a third Brighton player tested positive on Saturday and was placed in isolation, the club’s chief executive Paul Barber told Sky Sports.The player was not named. One Brighton player tested positive in March and another in April and have recovered, the club said“It is a concern,” Barber said.“Despite all of the measures that we’ve been taking over the past few weeks, where the players haven’t been involved in any significant training at all, we’ve still suffered another player testing positive for the virus.”last_img read more

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Superintendent Suggests Not Renewing Principal’s Contract Over Holocaust Remarks

first_imgPalm Beach County School Superintendent Donald Fennoy spoke out Wednesday afternoon about the former Spanish River High School principal who made controversial comments about the Holocaust.Fennoy recommends that William Latson’s district contract not be renewed. That statement came after an email Latson sent to a parent surfaced, in which he reportedly wrote, “I can’t say the Holocaust is a factual, historical event because I am not in a position to do so as a school district employee.”According to the district, Latson made a “grave error in judgement.”Latson says that his words were misconstrued.Upon being removed from his position on Tuesday, he wrote to school staff members, “I have been reassigned to the district office due to a statement that was not accurately relayed to the newspaper by one of our parents.” In addition, “It is unfortunate that someone can make a false statement and do so anonymously and it holds credibility, but that is the world we live in.”Click here to watch Fennoy’s full video statement.Will Former Boca Principal Lose his Job Today Over Holocaust Controversy?last_img read more

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Body found in ocean by Dania Beach pier

first_imgA diver made a gruesome discovery off the coast of Dania Beach.The Broward Sheriff’s Office says a diver found the partial remains of a body in the ocean about a mile from Dania Beach on yesterday afternoon.BSO deputies took the body to a nearby Coast Guard station after fishermen brought it ashore.Homicide crime scene investigators are trying to identify the victim and the the cause of death.This story is developing.last_img

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UK Prime Minister Bo-Jo Reaches Deal with EU on Brexit

first_imgBut European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said it was a “fair and balanced agreement”.In a letter recommending the deal to European Council President Donald Tusk, he wrote: “It is high time to complete the withdrawal process and move on, as swiftly as possible, to the negotiation on the European Union’s future partnership with the United Kingdom.” The two sides have been working on the legal text of a deal, but it will still need the approval of both the UK and European parliaments.The DUP has cast doubt on its success, saying they still cannot support it.The Northern Irish party earlier released a statement saying they could not back proposals “as things stand”, and – after the PM’s announcement – said their statement “still stands.”Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said the deal sounded “even worse” than what was negotiated by the PM’s predecessor, Theresa May, and “should be rejected” by MPs.We are going to get Brexit done #LeaveOct31st pic.twitter.com/4Es8VI4qZ0— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) October 17, 2019 Boris Johnson says he has reached an agreement to free Great Britain from the iron bars of the European Union.The Brexit deal has been agreed between UK and EU negotiating teams before a meeting of European leaders in Brussels.Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted: “We’ve got a great new deal that takes back control.”We’ve got a great new deal that takes back control — now Parliament should get Brexit done on Saturday so we can move on to other priorities like the cost of living, the NHS, violent crime and our environment #GetBrexitDone #TakeBackControl— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) October 17, 2019last_img read more

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New York Stock Exchange Trading Floor Reopening Today

first_imgThe trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange reopens today, after two months of all-electronic trading because of the coronavirus.The floor will look a lot different than it has, with only a quarter of the usual number of traders allowed to return to work. The few traders on the floor will have to wear masks, follow strict social distancing rules, and avoid using public transportation. They’ll be screened and have their temperatures taken as they enter the building. The most photographed trader o Wall Street, Peter Tuchman tested positive for coronavirus.The New York Stock Exchange trader, who calls himself the “Einstein of Wall Street” on his Instagram page, revealed the diagnosis with the picture of a Corona Extra beer bottle and an emoticon of hands joined together. Stock futures are on the rise because of optimism over the possibility of a coronavirus vaccine. The Dow Jones Industrial Average futures were up over 300 points. There were also positive signs for the Nasdaq and S&P 500. Wall Street was silent on Monday because of Memorial Daylast_img read more

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Golf club research gets underway

first_img19 Feb 2014 Golf club research gets underway All golf clubs in the country have been invited to take part in biennial England Golf research which will help to grow the game.The 2014 Golf Club Membership Questionnaire has been sent to all clubs in England and the results will provide a picture of what is happening within the sport, as well as highlighting trends, key themes and examples of best practice.It will help support the forthcoming England Golf Strategic Plan, which sets out to inspire people of all ages to make golf a part of their life and aims to reverse the trend of declining club membership.The research is being carried out by SPORTS MARKETING SURVEYS INC on behalf of England Golf. The biennial questionnaire can be completed online, or returned by post, and all clubs which submit their response by 31 March 2014 will be entered into a prize draw to win one of three Apple iPad minis.A national results booklet, collating all the data, will be produced later in the year, together with individual county breakdowns.Richard Flint, England Golf’s Club Services and Development Director, commented: “The results of this survey will help us support golf clubs in the most effective way and to ensure that any future resources and programmes that are developed focus on creating a healthy and successful sport.”Since the first survey was distributed in 2002 the research has helped England Golf to identify significant changes and challenges facing clubs and to direct finances and resources.For example, the 2012 survey identified golf clubs which had experienced an increase in membership in the previous two years, despite an overall drop nationwide. As a result, England Golf commissioned SPORTS MARKETING SURVEYS INC to research the successful methods adopted by these clubs and to share best practice.The results showed that all the clubs placed emphasis on flexible membership packages, friendliness and low-cost opportunities to get into golf.last_img read more

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British title for England’s Julie Brown

first_img England’s Julie Brown kept her nerve with pars over the last five holes to win the British senior women’s championship at Prestatyn Golf Club, Wales.“I am just so pleased,” said Brown, who won by three shots. “I really wanted to win.”She finished on three-over par with rounds of 72 75 78 and won by three strokes from Irish senior champion Gertie McMullen (The Island). Jane Rees (Minchinhampton), winner of the Welsh seniors, made ground on both the leaders with a closing 75 to finish third on 229.It’s the latest success in a short but sparkling career in senior ranks. Brown made her debut in 2014, winning the English senior championship and helping England to become European champions and winners of the senior women’s Home Internationals.Brown, from Trentham in Staffordshire, was inspired to her British success when fellow England team member Cath Rawthore won last year. She was helped when she caddied for her daughter at last year’s Welsh open stroke play at Prestatyn and got to know the course. And she was supported by her partner, Tony Coleman, on the bag – particularly in the tricky windy conditions of the last day.“He clubbed me really well, especially on the 14th. If I had gone my choice I would have been one club out and out of position. He convinced me to hit one more and it paid off.”Brown held a two-stroke lead over McMullen going into the final round but her advantage was threatened when she had a double bogey six at the fifth and shed another shot at the next. Meanwhile McMullen had bogeyed the second but birdied the fourth and fifth.But the Irish champion let the initiative pass back to Brown when she had a bogey at the sixth and a triple bogey seven at the next. McMullen birdied the ninth, but, out in 39, she had gained only one shot on the leader.Brown’s only birdie came at the 12th and, after bogeying the 13th, she reeled off a string of five pars to consolidate her winning position. Crucially she got up and down for par on the 15th to keep her run going. “It was an almost impossible chip and had double bogey written all over it. I just looked at it, didn’t think too much about it but saw what I needed to do.“I played the shot and holed the putt – and that’s what won it for me. Gertie birdied that hole, so it would have been a massive swing.”Brown is no strange to success. She was an England international before turning professional and playing on the Ladies European Tour for seven years, where won the German Open. She returned to the amateur ranks in 2006 and has since captained several England girls’ teams, won the Staffordshire championship twice – making four titles in total – and been Midlands North ladies’ champion.Defending champion Catherine Rawthore (Sale) finished tied 11th on 233, saving her best to last with a 75 in the third round. Laura Webb (East Berkshire), Caroline Berry (Bromborough) and Sue Dye (Cheshire) all won age group categories.• Brown’s daughter, Emily Coleman, completed a winning double for the family when she won her first event on the US women’s college circuit as a student at Western Texas CollegeClick here for more information about the championship.Image courtesy LGU 18 Sep 2015 British title for England’s Julie Brown last_img read more

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South West pair end senior season with a hat trick

first_img4 Oct 2017 South West pair end senior season with a hat trick Tags: Brenda King Foursomes, competitions, Senior The South West pair of Jo Shorrocks and Amanda Mayne have completed a hat trick of consecutive wins in England Golf’s end-of-season senior tournament.They won the popular Brenda King Foursomes by seven shots at Harrogate Golf Club, Yorkshire, where they scored two-over 74 and 79, with the second round played in continuous rain.“We’re so pleased to win for the third time,” said Mayne, a former England senior international from Saltford, Somerset.They’ve equalled the record of their good friends, Claire Dowling and Tracy Atkin, who won from 2012-14. “We’ll give them a bit of banter,” said Shorrocks, from Bigbury, Devon.Their continued success seems to be helping to raise the profile of senior women’s golf in the South-West, reports Shorrocks. Devon has introduced a senior women’s championship this year and another pair, from Royal North Devon, also made the long trip north for the Brenda King tournament.Shorrocks and Mayne made their trademark slow start to the event and were three over par after playing two holes of the first round. But they came straight back with two birdies and after returning 74 they were five shots clear of the field.“Today conditions were pretty dreadful, it tipped down all day, and we just wanted to keep as steady as possible and hope no-one else would play a blinder,” said Shorrocks.Second place, on countback, went to Janet Melville (Royal Birkdale, Lancashire) and Jo Ashmore (Barnham Broom, Norfolk), who have both represented England at senior level. Third were Kate Evans (Frilford Heath, Oxfordshire) and Sandy Catford (Prince’s, Kent).last_img read more

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Larkin inducted to Hall of Fame

first_imgCOOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP)—Robert Larkin coached several sports while son Barry was growing up, none more important to the youngster than football.And it showed when Barry starred at Moeller High School in Cincinnati and received a scholarship to play for Bo Schembechler at Michigan. But after being redshirted his freshman year with the Wolverines, Larkin focused on baseball, became an All-Star shortstop with Cincinnati, and carved a Hall of Fame career in 19 years with the Reds. NEWEST HALL OF FAMER–Hall of Fame inductee Barry Larkin speaks with reporters following a tour of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y. on May 5. Larkin was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum on July 22, along with late Chicago Cubs star third baseman Ron Santo. (AP Photo/Tim Roske, File) Larkin, introduced to the game at the age of five by his dad, retired after the 2004 season with a .295 career average, 2,340 hits, 1,329 runs scored and 379 stolen bases, and was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum Sunday.Robert Larkin,who started his protege in t-ball, said he was feeling absolute pride. “This is the ultimate,” he said. “I don’t think you can do much more than this.”If Barry Larkin had decided to stick with football, his dad figures the family would have had to make plans to be elsewhere on Sunday.“We’d be in Canton,” Robert Larkin said with a laugh as he pondered the pro football Hall of Fame in Ohio.PARKER’S PROJECT: In his Hall of Fame induction speech on Sunday, former Cincinnati shortstop Barry Larkin credited just about everybody who helped him, even former Pittsburgh star Dave Parker.Though Parker spent the first 11 years of his major league career starring for the Pirates, he was with the Reds when Larkin was a rookie in 1986 and was in Cooperstown on Sunday. He holds a special place in Larkin’s past.While Larkin was starring for Michigan in the early 1980s, becoming a two-time All-American and leading the Wolverines to a pair of appearances in the College World Series, Parker made a point of informing Reds shortstop Dave Concepcion—Larkin’s boyhood idol—that his job would soon be in jeopardy.“While I was up at the University of Michigan, the Reds came to Detroit to play the Tigers in an exhibition game,” recalled Larkin, who drove down to Tiger Stadium with the Wolverines equipment manager to meet some of the Reds players. “As soon as I walked into the clubhouse, Dave Parker grabs me by the hand and walks me right over to my idol’s locker, and he said, ‘Dave, you see this guy right here? This is Barry Larkin. He’s from Cincinnati. He’s going to take your job.last_img read more

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Foul Tip…No Magic ‘Wandy’

first_imgAubrey Bruce & Manny Sanguillen at PNC Park April 3 (Courier Photo/Julio Torres)On Thursday at PNC Park the Pirates were poised to take a 3-0 series from the Chicago Cubs. Something magical happened, at least for the Cubs. Unfortunately for the Pirates, Chicago did not believe those illusions or any other magic tricks that the Pirates pulled out could beat them, three times in a row.On opening day, which happened to be first day of the first Pirates series of 2014, the Pirates squeezed out a victory in the bottom of the tenth inning and after a day of rest,  the Buc’s labored for 16 innings well into the am in what eventually ended up as a 4-3 Pittsburgh victory. There have been more innings played in Pittsburgh but the 5-hour, 55-minute slugfest set the mark for the longest Major League Baseball game ever played in Pittsburgh.Pirates’ starter Wandy Rodriguez on the mound at PNC Park April 3 (Courier Photo/Julio Torres)The alchemy of the team was interrupted with reality when Wandy Rodriguez took the mound for the Pirates after the marathon game the night before.  The Cubs got to Rodriguez and lead 1-0 after the first and scored two additional runs to lead 3-0 before the Pirates finally got on the board scoring 2 runs in the bottom of the seventh.  Cubs manager Rick Renteria seemed to take a deep breath as his squad gave him his first 2014 regular season win. Renteria said; “I didn’t think it was going to be such a relief but it is quite a relief. It’s nice to win. These games were tough. Taking the last one was very gratifying.”Although the Cubs got to Rodriguez early, Pirates skipper Clint Hurdle still expressed confidence in his pitcher after a 10 month layoff. Hurdle said that; “(Rodriguez) finished up very efficiently, very strong, a very good outing. [This was] a big confidence boost for him and a momentum builder.”Rodriguez was relieved in the top of the seventh by Edison Volquez. Volquez who normally would be a starter filled a relief role in light of the limited number of pitchers available because of the lengthy game played the night before.The one bright spot of the day was the visit to the press box by former Pirate Manny Sanguillen, accompanied by his perpetuel trademark smile. Sanguillen is considered by many as one of the best, if not the greatest catcher in the team’s history.The honeymoon is over because no team can go an entire season without losing a game.  There is no magic wand to wave to insure a victory.  The Pirates will not sneak up on anyone this season.  They had better be ready because the remainder of the MLB will certainly be ready for them.Aubrey Bruce is the Senior Sports Columnist for the New Pittsburgh Courier.  He can be reached at: abruce@newpittsburghcourier.com or 412.583.6741last_img read more

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Don’t Forget to Pack Proper Payment When You Come to the…

first_imgFacebook19Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston County Auditor’s OfficeAs the vacation season approaches, don’t forget to pack appropriately before you visit the Thurston County Auditor’s Office to apply for a passport. The most-missed item for passport seekers is a check book.Because of requirements by the federal government, the Auditor’s passport processing agents send your payment directly to U.S. Department of State along with your application, and they do not accept payment by cash or card. Auditor staff cannot process application packets without a check, money order or cashier’s check.“We know that people don’t have a lot of time to waste when they’re planning for long trips, so making sure you have everything you need before you apply for a passport is extremely helpful,” said Mary Hall, Thurston County Auditor. A list of everything you need to bring is available on the Auditor’s Office Passports webpage.The Thurston County Auditor’s office is the only passport services agency in Thurston County open five days a week for full business hours. You can also get your passport photos taken in the Auditor’s office for the convenience of one stop shopping. In addition to passport and photo services, the Auditor’s office provides licensing, document recording, elections, and county financial services.The demand for passports is expected to continue to rise as a result of implementation of REAL ID identification requirements. Standard driver’s licenses (non-enhanced) and ID cards will no longer be accepted at airports beginning October 2020. Passengers will need enhanced drivers licenses or passports to board commercial airlines.The Auditor’s passport office is located at 2000 Lakeridge Dr SW, Olympia, WA 98502 in Building 1, Room 106. For more information about passport services, please visit the Auditor’s Office Passports webpage.last_img read more

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Rohit Sharma’s IPL purse is twice that of the entire Pakistan team’s annual salary!

first_imgImage Courtesy: AFPAdvertisement 2s11NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsbgjsl8Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E9im( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) w6883vWould you ever consider trying this?😱2g18Can your students do this? 🌚43rRoller skating! Powered by Firework Rohit Sharma is one of the greatest Indian cricketers of all time, and also one of the richest. The 33 year old’s net worth has been estimated to be around ₹130 crores. But just how stupendous is that in comparison? For an instance, the Mumbai Indians skipper’s salary in the Indian Premier League is in fact, double that of the whole 18 man Pakistan cricket team earns in a whole year!Advertisement Image Courtesy: AFPThe destructive opening batsman of the Men in Blue, Rohit Sharma holds the record of the highest ODI score, a jaw dropping 264 against Sri Lanka in 2014. The ‘Hitman’ is also the only batsman to score three double centuries in ODIs, and four T20I centuries, making him one of the most valuable players of India’s milited overs squad, and is placed in the A+ grade of players in BCCI’s contract list.However, Sharma’s feats aren’t only limited to white ball cricket. He is also the most successful IPL captain, winning the cash rich league four times with his Mumbai based franchise, since taking the role of captaincy in 2013.Advertisement During the 2020 Indian Premier League auctions, MI had retained their talisman for an astounding ₹15 crore. What’s truly fascinating about Sharma’s whopping IPL salary is, it amounts to double the annual income of the whole 18 player team of Pakistan.In a list of all the centrally contracted players released by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) back in May, the earning brackets of the three grades of Pakistan’s cricketers were recorded. Placed in Grade A of PCB’s contract list, the Pakistan limited overs skipper Babar Azam, along with Azhar Ali and Shaheen Shah Afridi will receive an annual salary of ₹60,92,050 lakh each.Advertisement Six more players placed in Grade B, including the likes of Asad Shafiq, Mohammad Rizwan, Haris Sohail and Mohammad Abbas, will earn ₹41,54,193, followed by six more players of Grade C with an income of ₹30,46,398.Summing that all up, the total annual salary of all the Pakistani players amounts to ₹7,39,42,275, less than half of what Sharma’s IPL salary of ₹15 crore, and almost equal to what he earns in his annual contract with BCCI.If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out MMAIndia.com Also follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comAlso read-BCCI outlines full plan of action for IPL 2020 in the UAER Ashwin reveals Dhoni’s role in establishing him as India’s number 1 test spinner Advertisementlast_img read more

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Neptunes take positive approach to 2016 Kootenay Summer Swim Association Season

first_imgIt hasn’t been easy running a summer swim program in Nelson during the past few years.Constant upgrades to the Nelson and District Aquatic Centre has forced the Nelson Neptunes to pack their bags for alternate pools to keep the program alive.This season, the Neptunes have adopted the slogan of “Have goggles will travel” as the team builds for the upcoming 2016 Kootenay Summer Swim Association Season.”Due to the renovation closure of their home pool in Nelson for the entire competitive season, the Neptunes will be swimming around the region,” said Chad Badry of the Neptunes executive on the eve of the season opening day for the Heritage City club, May 1.Badry said the Neptunes will start the season swimming five times a week at the Castlegar Aquatic Centre for the month of May and then move their home base to the Salmo outdoor pool for June, July and August.”For the second time in history that anyone on the team can recall, a swim meet will be held in Salmo at the end of June,” Badry said. “This will bring hundreds of athletes and families to Salmo and area.”Badry said the Neptunes have dipped into his graduation list to hire Nialan Collier as team skipper.Joining Collier is long time Neptune Sage Cowan for the first part of the summer until returning head coach Cynthia Pfeiffer joins the team later in the season.Badry said the three Neptunes recently completed their level 1 National Coaching Certification which will be a great contribution to the swim coaching and succession planning for the team.This year, the Neptunes are offering a new program in Salmo for the month of June called Introduction to Competitive Swimming.Swimmers who want to give speed swimming a try can practice with the team with reduced commitment and cost.Then they can take part in the swim meet in Salmo at the end of the month. Badry said Neptunes are hopeful that the prospect of a season like no other will make a difference in the enrolment numbers.Coaching staff is planning plenty of dryland training and a few open water swims in Nelson as well to help reduce the travel.Badry said last year these events included a game of quidditch, hikes up Pulpit Rock, early morning cardio, and some carefully chaperoned open water swims from Lakeside Park.For more information or to register a swimmer, go to www.nelsonneptunes.com.last_img read more

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A Taste of Dawn Magazine hold Santa Anita Ticket Contest

first_imgA Taste of Dawn Magazine held a Santa Anita Park ticket giveaway in December. The rules were simple; all that it required was to follow both Santa Anita Park and Dawn Garcia on Instagram and comment with a hashtag. The lucky winners got to enjoy two VIP tickets, one glass of champagne, free parking, and $20 cash to bet with!Via ATOD Magazinelast_img

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