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Jet Blue adds four Caribbean routes

first_img 75 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring! Share BusinessLifestyleTravel Jet Blue adds four Caribbean routes by: – May 2, 2014center_img Tweet Share JetBlue’s major Caribbean expansion continued on Thursday with the launch of four new routes to the region.The New York City-based carrier began nonstop service from the US to destinations including Montego Bay, Jamaica, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Punta Cana and Santiago in the Dominican Republic.The new nonstop service included Newark-Santiago, Fort Lauderdale-Montego Bay, Fort Lauderdale-Port of Spain and Fort Lauderdale-Punta Cana.“We now offer customers 69 nonstop routes from the US to the Caribbean and more than 200 daily flights to, from and within the Caribbean, which is more than any other airline,” said JetBlue President Robin Hayes. “We will continue to expand our presence in this region to better connect families and friends, create international business opportunities and bring Americans to the wonderful leisure destinations across the Caribbean.”JetBlue has been on a significant growth drive in the Caribbean region, out of New York, Fort Lauderdale and its “focus city” of San Juan, Puerto Rico.Its expansion has helped soften the blow caused by the departure of American Eagle last year, and the carrier seems to have a number of other new destinations in mind as well.Caribbean Journallast_img read more

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C-NS softball claims third consecutive sectional Class AA title

first_imgGiana Wameling beat out a bunt single. Then, on a 3-2 pitch, Alayna Harbaugh tripled to the wall, scoring Wameling, and then trotted home on Brandi Feeney’s RBI single.Brooke Nicolaos walked, and so did Ally Cifaratta to load the bases. Jordyn  Maldonado  watched Young throw a wild pitch to plate another run and, moments later, singled home Nicolaos and Cifaratta. It was 5-0 before B’ville had even recorded an out.Young was pulled in favor of Taylor Tripodi, who kept C-NS from adding to that total the rest of the first inning and, for the rest of the night, would do a superb job, only surrendering single runs off wild pitches in the second and fourth innings.Still, that early outburst made the ultimate difference, partially because Corasaniti, as she put it, was “as focused as I could be” in atoning for her struggles in her last outing against the Bees.Twice, B’ville tried to put together sustained rallies. In the third inning, two walks, plus Kaycee Hawk’s single, loaded the bases, but though a wild pitch scored a run, Corasaniti prevented anything more.Then, in the sixth, C-NS, up 7-1, had one more nervous moment. Two leadoff singles, plus one by Tripodi with two outs, created another bases-loaded situation, and Chloe Branshaw singled to bring two runs home.Corasaniti recovered to strike out pinch-hitter Kyrah Wilbur to end that threat and then, in the seventh, retired Mattison Phinney, Madison Ascioti and Hawk in order, fanning Hawk to end it, her ninth strikeout of the night.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Just as all of them do when such a feat is accomplished, members of the Cicero-North Syracuse softball team posed for pictures with the championship banner after it defeated Baldwinsville 7-3 in Monday night’s Section III Class AA title game at Carrier Park.But that wasn’t enough.Head coach Mary Beebe invited some of the Northstars’ biggest fans for more pictures. Then she brought in parents, grandparents, other relatives and friends for one more round of photos. All of them enjoyed, as much as possible, C-NS’s accomplishment of a third consecutive sectional championship, earned against a B’ville side that was aiming for a first-ever title and fought hard all the way to the end – but never recovered from the devastating early blow the Northstars threw at them.So much of this game was a direct response to the Bees beating C-NS 14-8 back on May 8, a game where B’ville got to Northstars pitcher Ariana Corasaniti for five first-inning runs and led 14-0 before hanging on late.Here, Corasaniti weathered a top of the first where an error and single put two B’ville runners on base before Kayla Young lined out. Then C-NS had its turn at the plate.center_img Tags: BaldwinsvilleC-NSSoftballlast_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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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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