Students watch the results of the 2012 New Hampshire Primary at an event hosted by USC College Republicans in Doheny Memorial Library. Former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney won the primary with 39 percent of the vote, followed by Texas Rep. Ron Paul with 23 percent.Ani Kolangian | Daily Trojan
School of Cinematic Arts 2012 alumnus and director A.J. Goodrich has finished editing his film, The Road Less Traveled By, a documentary following his 3,600-mile walk across the United States in support of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights. The project took four years from inception to completion, and with the help of the current crowdfunding campaign, the documentary is ready to enter the post-production phase and hit the film festival circuit this year.Goodrich is attempting to raise $35,000 by Sept. 17 through the crowdfunding campaign in order to pay for post-production sound editing, sound mixing, color correction, music rights, archival rights and festival fees.“The biggest challenge was that I was doing the editing alone,” Goodrich said. “During the walk, even though it was really difficult at times, I had the crew with me, but keeping the focus to see it through over four years took a lot of perseverance. What always got me through was remembering that I walked across the whole country, and I felt like I owed it not only to myself but the people who walked with me and the people we met along the way to see the project through to the end.”After editing and condensing more than 400 hours of footage and 31,000 photos over the course of four years, Goodrich is submitting the film to Sundance and other major film festivals around the world in addition to festivals with an emphasis in documentary film and LGBT specific festivals, such as Outfest in Los Angeles. The ultimate goal is to obtain distribution for the film on HBO documentaries, Netflix, PBS or the Travel Channel.“I would like to see it go global,” said producer Mark Metivier. “I would like people in England or Australia or China to watch it because people who have never experienced America and don’t know what is going on here will learn so much. Also historically, 10 years from now, this film will be important.”What began as a political grassroots campaign from Venice Beach to New York City quickly transformed into a journey about self-discovery, the idea of love and friendship and simple human connection. Goodrich and the group of friends who went on the trip with him met a wide variety of individuals with varying perspectives on their eight-month journey, from a queer commune in New Mexico to an Islamic gravedigger in the Mojave Desert. This unique human interaction made the trip much more insightful than Goodrich initially anticipated and proved that individuals across the country are bonded through universal issues and ideas.“As long as the editing process was, it actually ended up being perfect timing with the Supreme Court passing gay marriage in June,” Goodrich said. “I think the movie provides a unique window into one of the most important human rights issues of our time and a snapshot of a point when public opinion was rapidly shifting.”Goodrich hopes that the film’s final message to viewers is of hope and faith in humanity that will inspire young LGBT people to have more confidence in themselves and for heterosexual individuals to have a better understanding of what it means to be a part of the LGBT community.“I am really looking forward to seeing The Road Less Traveled By,” said Audrey Emerson, a documentary film producer and junior majoring in critical studies. “It’s not just a story about an incredible personal journey, but about the larger things that bring us together and reaffirm our humanity. Traveling opens up worlds between people who appear to have nothing in common, and I think documentary film is a really amazing way to make us feel connected to one another.”
Photo from USC Dornsife websiteHelping hand · Natalie Reyes, a senior majoring in sociology and law, history, and culture helps lead the Virtual Food Pantry.Though most USC students take full advantage of meal plans and on-campus dining options, some face a daily struggle to put food on the table. In an effort to combat food insecurity at USC, the Dornsife College Office of Diversity and Strategic Initiatives partnered with Campus Activities to support these students through the Virtual Food Pantry. Food insecurity can occur for a variety of reasons, but the high cost of living in Los Angeles can make it particularly difficult for low-income USC students. The Pantry provides $25 Ralph’s gift cards for students to use at their own discretion, offers services to help students with budgeting tools and connects them with financial aid representatives. Mary Ho, the assistant vice dean of Diversity and Strategic Initiatives, said the team behind the Virtual Food Pantry collects data on students to understand how food insecurity negatively affects them. “We have seen the impact,” Ho said. “The students who have come to me have expressed gratitude. So we better understand that this does impact them negatively when they don’t have food.” The Food Pantry initiative began with a donation from Leo and Dorothy Braudy, who worked with Dornsife Diversity Director George Sanchez to help underprivileged students.Kelly Sanchez, a senior majoring in NGOs and social change, helps to run the pantry. She said that the pantry “makes USC more of a home,” providing a sense of security that some students might not be experiencing in their own homes.“It’s hard enough being a college student in the first place —managing finances, managing life and also trying to decide who you are trying to be,” Sanchez said. “For someone that really just has a blank slate, food insecurity is a very common problem.” Savannah Robinson, who serves as the social media coordinator for the project, added that food insecurity is “more widespread than we think.” “One of my close friends is someone who is extremely money conscious. She was so excited when she heard about this food pantry,” Robinson said. Natalie Reyes, a senior majoring in sociology and law, history and culture, personally dealt with food insecurity during her sophomore year of college. Now in a different financial position and as one of the leading members of this initiative, she is able to use her own experience to help in the effort. “I knew all of my friends were struggling, and it was just something we knew that was going on but we didn’t know there was someone we could talk to for help,” Reyes said.
Lane Kiffin knows it won’t be easy. Not on Saturday. Not against a team that has won each of its last 10 games by at least 25 points.USC’s second-year coach understands his team, winners of its last two games at California and Notre Dame by a combined 35-point margin, faces a challenge and beating No. 4 Stanford (7-0, 5-0) remains another issue.“Somehow they have found a way to be playing even better than they were last year,” Kiffin said.Last year Stanford finished 12-1 overall and No. 4 in the Associated Press top-25 poll.Riding a modest three-game winning streak, No. 20 USC (6-1, 3-1) hosts the Cardinal on Saturday at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in a nationally televised primetime showdown.“Stanford’s one of the best teams in the country,” senior linebacker Chris Galippo said. “This is one of the few games that has a lot of hype, but I think it deserves every bit of it.”At least one reason for the added attention might be the pair of quarterbacks scheduled to be on display Saturday night. Stanford boasts the Heisman Trophy frontrunner in Andrew Luck, who has completed more than 70 percent of his passes for 1,888 yards, 20 touchdowns and just three interceptions through seven games this season.“I don’t know how you could find a more efficient quarterback that’s ever played college football,” Kiffin said of the third-year starter. “For two straight years, he has been phenomenal on third down and you look at this year, they’re 100 percent in the red zone. That’s hard to do.”Similarly, USC’s junior signal caller, Matt Barkley, has amassed a rather impressive statline of his own with 2,006 passing yards, 19 touchdowns and four interceptions.Barkley has been aided by the play of his wide receivers: sophomore Robert Woods and freshman Marqise Lee, who have hauled in eight and four touchdowns, respectively, this season. Woods, who has been battling a sprained ankle all week, and Lee, who is dealing with a sprained shoulder, have been hampered by injuries in recent weeks but are expected to play against Stanford.Though much of the talk surrounding Saturday’s matchup has centered on Luck and Barkley, the running game could prove a determining point.In its last game against then-No. 25 Washington, the Cardinal finished with a school-record 446 rushing yards in a 65-21 rout of the Huskies. And currently, only 16 teams average more yards on the ground per game than Stanford, which averages 219 per contest.Despite that “run-first” mentality, only Houston (345) has scored more points than Stanford (340) this season.“That’s so unusual — to find a team that is so run-heavy,” Kiffin said of the Cardinal’s prolific offense. “Usually because the clock keeps running and because of the time of possession, you can’t score as many points.”Three weeks ago, it would have seemed as if USC’s chances of stopping Stanford, which has given up just two sacks all season, would be near-impossible. In an Oct. 1 game against Arizona, which had just one win at the time, the defense allowed 41 points, marking the first time in program history it had given up more than 40 points in consecutive games — it gave up 43 at Arizona State the week before.But in its last two contests —against Cal and Notre Dame — USC has allowed two offensive touchdowns and has forced eight turnovers. Additionally, after giving up 41 rushing yards against the Fighting Irish, USC’s defense ranks 11th nationally in rushing yards per game.USC’s own rushing attack has come on strong as of late. Against Notre Dame, with junior tailback Curtis McNeal serving as the team’s starter, the Trojans finished with 219 rushing yards — the most they have had in any game this season. Against the Irish, McNeal had arguably his best game as a Trojan, rushing for 188 yards on 24 carries.“I think just finally — midway through the season, having a consistent offensive line really helped,” junior left tackle Matt Kalil said. “We have to have the same focus we had against Notre Dame.”Last year’s game, however, was all about offense, as both teams combined for 72 points and 976 total yards in the Cardinal’s two-point victory. The game ended on a 30-yard field goal from kicker Nate Whitaker as time expired.As Barkley knows well, whoever ends up with the ball last might leave with a victory.“It really comes down to who controls the ball better — who manages the game, who doesn’t turn the ball over and who can drive it down the field and hold the ball for long periods of time,” Barkley said.Kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. and will be televised by ABC.
USC senior Alex Lendrum was named the Pac-12 men’s swimming and diving scholar-athlete of the year at the Pac-12 men’s swimming and diving championships in Federal Way, Wash. on Wednesday. This honor was bestowed just one day after Lendrum took home the conference title in the 200-yard free.Lendrum is a biochemistry major and has accrued a 3.76 cumulative GPA during his college career. The Phoenix native has also qualified for the Dean’s List every semester he has attended USC.Last year, he was named to the Capital One Academic All-America second team and the All-District-8 first team. He is a two-time member of the Pac-12 All-Academic first team, having been selected each of the past two seasons, and was also a 2012 Spring CSCAA Scholar All-American.Lendrum is a member of the Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-Med honorary fraternity in addition to the Golden Key International honor society. He was the recipient of the USC David X. Marks Foundation Scholar-Athlete Award in 2011 and 2012.His successes that are not tied to his work in the classroom are equally impressive. In 2012, he was a first team All-American, and the year before he was an honorable mention All-American selection. This season, he was named team captain for the second time and last season he took sixth place in the 200-yard back at the 2012 NCAA championships.In 2011, Lendrum took 13th place in the 200-yard back at the NCAA championships, his first individual points at the event. He also took 26th in the 100-yard back and 39th in the 200-yard individual medley.To be eligible for the Pac-12 scholar-athlete of the year award, student-athletes must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, maintain a senior standing athletic eligibility, compete in at least 50 percent of the scheduled contests in the sport and have at least one year of residence at the institution.Each Pac-12 school can nominate one individual per sport, with the winner chosen by conference staff member at each sport’s season’s end.In adding yet another honor to his trophy case, Lendrum has built up a considerable amount of momentum for himself, as well as the rest of the team, in preparation for the 2013 NCAA championships. The event is scheduled to begin on March 28 and run through March 30 in Indianapolis. USC has not won a national championship since 1977, when it won its fourth consecutive NCAA crown.
USC basketball fans would like to forget this past season, when the Trojans only won two conference games. But first-year head coach Andy Enfield and fans got even more bad news on Wednesday when junior forward Byron Wesley, the team’s leading scorer from last season, announced that he would transfer and use his final year of eligibility elsewhere.The transfer is a big surprise and shock to many, though Enfield stirred the pot towards the end of the season when he suspended Wesley for two games against Stanford and Cal for violating an unspecified team rule.There is no doubt that the team will miss the services of Wesley, who was a three-year starter and was voted the team’s Most Valuable Player after averaging 17.8 points and 6.4 rebounds for the Trojans.Enfield will have to replace three starters from next year now, with seniors Omar Araby and Pe’Shon Howard graduating as well.As an upperclassman and team captain, Wesley also served as the unsung leader for a young USC team, a team that will need someone to step up next year to fulfill that role on the court and in the locker room. It will have to come from a junior though, as USC will not have any seniors on the roster next year.To be honest, I don’t blame Wesley for choosing to spend his senior season at another school, somewhere where he could have a better chance at winning or making a trip to the NCAA Tournament. And especially after the season that the Trojans had, finishing 11-21 overall record and 2-16 in Pac-12 conference play.Wesley will graduate with his degree this summer before transferring and will be eligible to play immediately wherever he lands.According to CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein, Wesley may very well be the hottest transfer on the market.While Wesley is definitely going to be missed, the program will have to pick up, regroup and move on with its current players and talented incoming recruiting class, which includes four-star Etiwanda guard Jordan McLaughlin, who is ranked the No. 45 overall recruit by 247 sports.The 5-foot-11 McLaughlin, a dynamic player who can do it all on offense and defense, was looking forward to be reunited with former high school teammate in Wesley, who was the number one rated player in California before coming to USC, but unfortunately, that card is now off the table.It’s a shame, though, because I think that McLaughlin and Wesley’s playing styles would have really complemented each other, and the duo would have been a force to be reckoned with on offense, especially since they already had previous chemistry playing with each other in high school.Maybe Wesley’s transfer is a sign of new beginnings for Enfield’s program, further ridding itself of the disappointing Kevin O’Neill era. The only O’Neill-recruited players that remain on the roster are freshman guard Kahlil Dukes and sophomore guard Brendyn Taylor.Wesley became the sixth O’Neill-recruited played to transfer from USC.A few weeks ago, freshman forward Roschon Prince, another recruit of O’Neill’s, announced that he intended to transfer to nearby Cal State Long Beach. The former California Gatorade Player of the Year and Long Beach Poly superstar did not fit Enfield’s system after a disappointing debut season.It’s been hard for Enfield as he is trying to install this new fast-paced game plan, but without the right personnel. This was apparent last season.I’m not going to say that this past season for USC wasn’t disappointing, but Enfield’s young group of players were learning a new system.With his first true recruiting class coming in this next year, Enfield should look to shape his system for the players, not the players for the system.Regardless, it looks like it will still be a couple of years before Enfield and the program are really able to do any sort of damage in a very competitive Pac-12.I still remember the hype at the beginning of the year surrounding the hiring of Enfield and the arrival of “Dunk City” to the Galen Center, though that was not the case for a USC team that never really got into a rhythm last year.After talking to assistant coach Dieter Horton, who also served under O’Neill, prior to the start of the season, he stressed how college basketball programs take at least two or three years to really turn around and this appears to be the case moving forward with Enfield.USC men’s basketball is a program that surely has the capacity to be great but just can’t seem to get over the hump.Even with transfers Katin Reinhardt (UNLV) and Darion Clark (Charlotte) becoming eligible to play in the fall and the additions of McLaughlin and forward Malik Price-Martin, I still don’t see Enfield’s team making any splashes in the demanding Pac-12 until year three.The scoring should pick up with a couple of explosive guards now in the mix, but I don’t think that it will make up for the team’s lack of experience, leadership and chemistry under Enfield’s system. Darian Nourian is a sophomore majoring in print and digital journalism. His column, “Dishin’ Darian,” runs every other Friday.
Facebook Twitter Google+ The NCAA announced Tuesday that Southern Methodist head coach Larry Brown would be suspended nine games for lack of head coach control. Brown will be allowed to coach in SMU’s American Athletic Conference games, while Jim Boeheim, who was hit with a failure-to-monitor charge, was suspended for the first nine games of Atlantic Coast Conference play.Brown was charged with being untruthful when he first learned of violations at SMU, something Boeheim wasn’t charged with in Syracuse’s case.ESPN reported Boeheim will appeal his suspension based on Brown’s suspension, while Boeheim told Syracuse.com that’s not the case. For further comparisons of SMU and SU, read the full breakdown here.Even though Boeheim said he will not appeal based on Brown’s punishment, should he? Let us know what you think in the poll and in the comment section below.Should Jim Boeheim appeal his ACC suspension?Yes, Larry Brown wasn’t suspended for any conference games.No, just take your medicine.VoteView ResultsCrowdsignal.com<a href=”http://polldaddy.com/poll/9104105/”>Should Jim Boeheim appeal his ACC suspension?</a>AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Published on September 30, 2015 at 8:03 pm
Published on October 7, 2015 at 12:21 am Contact Matt: email@example.com Alex Lamontagne cracks a smile recalling the memory. The swift attacker now slices through opposing defenses for Syracuse, but not long ago she used to be the last line of defense against players like herself.“When I was younger, I used to be a goalkeeper,” she said. “So I was kind of in that for a while and then I would play defense.”It seems humorous now. In her second season at Syracuse, Lamontagne is tied for the team lead in goals this season. She spent the summer playing for Durham United FC of League 1 Ontario, where her 18 goals were one behind the team leader. Lamontagne has adapted her skill set to better fit Syracuse’s style of play. After showcasing her versatility, she’s reaping newfound success as a playmaker.Lamontagne first picked up a soccer ball when she was 4. She was quick, and her speed carried onto the track where she ran competitively until she was 16.On the soccer field, Lamontagne has found a home in front of the net, where that speed and exceptional footwork allow her to penetrate opposing defenses.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“She does a lot of things very, very well,” said Tony LaFerrara, Lamontagne’s coach on Durham United FC “Speed is one of those things … She can shoot the ball and she loves to score goals. I mean, she just loves to score.”But during her first year at Syracuse, Lamontagne was forced to adapt to an American style of soccer.Discrepancies became more evident when she looked at her friends in Ontario, Canada who played the ball straight up the field in a more direct manner.“The Canadian national team has a history of playing more direct. Play the ball long early and players like Alex run onto it,” said Syracuse head coach Phil Wheddon, who has international coaching experience for the men’s and women’s U.S. national teams.Now, Lamontagne has shifted to the side.Instead of gathering the ball and simply streaking down the field, she takes an extra touch or two in Syracuse’s tamed possession-oriented style.“My freshman year I was kind of adjusting to that,” she said. “… I’m playing out wide so it’s more combining with my other teammates and then going up top.”And while her speed perfectly suits the direct style of play in Canada, her crisp footwork offers a similar match at Syracuse.Maddie Iozzi lives 10 minutes away from Lamontagne in Canada and grew up playing with her. Each of them played for LaFerrara this summer.Iozzi said Lamontagne is prolific at sliding the ball under the legs of unsuspecting defenders — also known as a nutmeg — a move she executed to perfection Sunday against Louisville to sneak into the box.“She loves to (nutmeg) people,” said Iozzi. “And over the summer she would just (nutmeg) people left, right and center … Everyone knows she’s going to do it but she still gets away with it.”After a high-scoring summer, Wheddon said he’s got a boost in confidence from Lamontagne. She’s garnered attention from the Canadian national team and has solidified her importance on the field for the Orange.She’s adapted her game to better fit the style of play at Syracuse. Still, her potential to man the goal again remains to be seen.“Well, if something happens to Courtney (Brosnan), we’ll see what happens,” Wheddon said with a grin. “She might have to put on a pair of gloves.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
When Syracuse hosted Wake Forest on Sept. 12, Syracuse had seven kickoffs. Five of them were too deep in the end zone for the Demon Deacons to attempt a return. Of the first 33 kickoffs Norton had this season, 17 — more than half — went for touchbacks.“It’s kind of more natural for me to do kickoffs,” Norton said. “Since I started kicking when I was younger, (kickoffs) came more easily for me.”Norton, a senior who is 17-of-38 on touchbacks this season, has traded spots as a kickoff specialist and a field goal specialist during his time at Syracuse. When incumbent kicker Ross Krautman missed most of the 2013 season, Norton made 10 of his 15 field goal attempts at a position he didn’t expect to compete in. He came in as the field goal starter in 2014 before being unseated by freshman kicker Cole Murphy four games in.Now, Norton is back focusing solely on the position he feels most comfortable with. His leg is the strongest on the team but far from the most accurate. It’s what’s kept him from holding the field goal job down, but what’s also allowed him to thrive this season as a reliable kickoff specialist.“Ryan came in here with a strong leg, and he knew that there was a good chance that that could be his role coming into the season,” special teams coordinator Tim Daoust said. “That’s what he had done for us in the past and he’s back to his form from a couple years ago.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDaoust said Norton and Murphy came into training camp in competition for both facets of the kicking game, and the two separated from each other at each position. Still, they both work on the other’s craft at every practice.Murphy said the two critique each other at the other’s position. While the primary focus, Murphy said, is improving his own game, the two also make an effort to give each other pointers.“There’s a lot of the same things over and over,” Murphy said. “A lot of it’s mainly just keep your eyes back, swing straight through the ball, swing your target. Attack your plant foot. Don’t swing around, things like that. It’s little things.”In the training room, Norton said sometimes there are things he wants to fix or areas he wants to get stronger in. While others might be lifting weights, Norton will be doing one-legged squats, jumping, or working on other explosive leg movements. It’s important to have a strong core and lower body if you’re a kicker, Murphy said.Norton visualizes his kicks before they come. He tells himself that he knows he can do it. It’s what he works on all week for.When Syracuse played Pittsburgh on Saturday, Norton was instructed to kick it short with 25 seconds left in the first half. He didn’t place the ball where he wanted, and was eventually called for a late hit on a tackle to end the play.“You kick yourself,” Norton said of the mistake that eventually cost SU three points in a 23-20 loss.In his job, there’s only so many chances to execute. And in his job, there’s only so many definitions of success. For almost all of 2015, Norton has done the job that’s been asked of him.“At this level, everybody’s got a guy back there that can be a game changer,” Daoust said. “He’s at a much higher percentage than he’s had in the past … I know he’s doing a nice job with that.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 30, 2015 at 1:49 pm Contact Sam: firstname.lastname@example.org | @SamBlum3
Published on November 14, 2015 at 7:06 pm Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse (3-7, 1-5 Atlantic Coast) fell to No. 1 Clemson (10-0, 7-0), 37-27, after a frantic first quarter saw Syracuse tie a game once 14-0 in favor of the Tigers. The Orange climbed within seven in the second half but never jumped out in front, dropping its seventh consecutive game and eliminating it from automatic bowl contention.Here are three quick takeaways:On the runZack Mahoney was inefficient in the air, so he turned to the ground. The walk-on quarterback making his second start against a top-10 opponent ran for two scores despite a meager 38.1 completion percentage.His first tied the game at 14 in the first quarter after Syracuse fell behind by two scores in less than two minutes. The second brought the Orange within seven in the third.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut Mahoney overthrew receivers on several occasions and wasn’t able to jumpstart a fourth-quarter comeback when the Orange needed it most. He may be Syracuse’s quarterback for the remainder of the season, and Saturday provided a mixed-bag look into the near future.Curious George George Morris has run for less than eight yards in five separate games this season. Never did he surpass 71.On Saturday, he ran for 80 yards on 14 carries, shouldering the bulk of SU’s ground game after starter Jordan Fredericks left with an upper-body injury in the first half. Morris even factored on special teams, gunning down CU returner C.J. Fuller at his own 14-yard line in the second half.He still hasn’t reached the end zone this season, but provided a glimpse of optimism even though it’s too late.Dowels movementRedshirt-freshman cornerback Juwan Dowels was burned by Deon Cain for a 40-yard touchdown at the start of the second quarter. It put Clemson back up by 14 after Syracuse had erased a two-score deficit.But as SU regained traction, so did Dowels and he made two vital pass breakups to prevent Clemson from running away. On one, Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson was hit as he threw and the ball fluttered into the end zone.Dowels timed it, swatted it down and made a play that Syracuse has rarely gotten from its defensive backs this season. Comments
Facebook Twitter Google+ Related Stories Moe Neal still committed to Syracuse’s Class of 2016 but unsure of future plans8 Division I coaches with ties to Syracuse AD Mark CoyleTimeline of Scott Shafer’s tenure as head coachStorify: Players react to Scott Shafer’s firingPotential replacements for Scott Shafer as Syracuse’s head coach Published on November 23, 2015 at 10:22 am Contact Jon: email@example.com | @jmettus Syracuse football head coach Scott Shafer was fired on Monday. He will coach the final game of the season against Boston College on Saturday.SU is 3-8 and riding an eight-game losing streak, its longest since 2005. Shafer took over as head coach in 2013 and went 13-23 in 36 games as Syracuse’s head coach.Shafer was the Orange’s defensive coordinator from 2009-12. After former head coach Doug Marrone left to take the Buffalo Bills’ head coaching job, he was promoted to head coach.Should Syracuse have fired Scott Shafer?Yes, but he should have been fired earlier.Yes, and now was the perfect time.Yes, but SU should’ve waited until after the season.No, he needed more time.VoteView ResultsCrowdsignal.comShould Syracuse have fired Scott Shafer? Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder text
Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse has offered a scholarship to Class of 2017 prospect Lonnie Walker, according to multiple reports. The 6-foot-5, Reading (Pennsylvania) High School shooting guard is the 10th recruit in the class to receive an offer.The Orange currently does not have any verbal commitments in the 2017 class. Walker is ranked as the 23rd best player in the class, according to ESPN, as the 22nd best according to Scout.com and as the 24th best according to 247Sports.com’s composite rankings.Walker also has offers from defending champion Villanova, Indiana, Oregon and Connecticut. Syracuse has only offered three other guards in the 2017 class, Trevon Duval, Hamidou Diallo and Quade Green.Entering the 2016-17 season, Frank Howard is SU’s only returning guard who received significant playing time this past year. Class of 2016 signee Tyus Battle may also be in the mix for playing time. Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Published on April 15, 2016 at 1:28 pm Contact Paul: firstname.lastname@example.org | @pschweds
Published on March 8, 2017 at 10:06 pm Contact Kaci: email@example.com Facebook Twitter Google+ Since 1998, Syracuse has faced Maryland a total of 21 times. The Orange has only won once.Recently, Maryland’s dominance has derailed SU in the postseason. The Terrapins beat Syracuse in the national championship in 2014, the only time the two teams have met in that game. In the 2013, 2015 and 2016 seasons, UMD eliminated SU from the semifinals.No. 4 Syracuse (7-0, 2-0 Atlantic Coast) will once again take the field against No. 1 Maryland (4-0) in College Park on Saturday. Since 2007, when Gary Gait took over as head coach, UMD has SU’s Achilles heel. The only time SU won was a road game in 2012.“We’re still the last team to beat them at home,” Gait said, “at Maryland a long time ago, five years.”That game occurred on March 10, 2012 — five years and one day before this Saturday’s meeting — with SU winning, 10-9. Then-junior Michelle Tumolo, led the team to victory with her five points on three goals and two assists, while then-sophomore goalie Alyssa Costantino registered 10 saves. Prior to the March 10 loss, Maryland last lost at home in May of 2008 to Duke.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“It was a battle back and forth,” former Maryland midfielder and two-time Tewaaraton winner Katie Schwarzmann said. “They played us very well, their goalie came out with a lot of saves.”Syracuse and Maryland’s first matchup took place 19 years ago. The 1998 season brought the Orange to College Park, where they received their first of many losses against the Terps. Maryland head coach Cathy Reese was a player for Maryland at the time. Gait, one of Maryland’s assistant coaches at the time, recruited Reese. She was his first real blue chip recruit.Gait, one of the best players in Syracuse men’s lacrosse history, got his start at Maryland. He was on seven teams that won national championships. “I spent a lot of time there,” Gait said. “I loved my time there, I got involved in the game of women’s lacrosse. Lots of history, lots of tradition there. I certainly look forward to going back.”Maryland runs a fast-paced offense with multiple high scorers. Leading their offensive efforts this season is junior attack Megan Whittle. A Tewaaraton watch list member, Whittle played a crucial role in Maryland’s trouncing of SU. In last year’s semifinals, Whittle posted a game-high five points on four goals and one assist. Junior Taylor Hensh also posted four goals in that game. She returned this season with eight points over the first four games. Whittle leads the team with 11 goals. Senior midfielder Zoe Stukenberg is also on the Tewaaraton watch list this season and is tied for second with 10 goals.On defense, Maryland has senior Nadine Hadnagy. She caused two turnovers in the game against North Carolina on Feb. 25. The reigning National Champions North Carolina is a top caliber team and was ranked No. 1 going into the UMD game. Maryland kept the Tar Heels’ top scorer, Molly Hendrick, to one goal off five shots. Hendrick currently averages three goals per game. Her speed allows allows her to transition the ball quickly but SU runs a fast paced offense and could create opportunities to stop her.Maryland’s domination over Syracuse has put a damper on any achievements the team has. Many upperclassmen for the Orange have faced, and failed, against Maryland multiple times throughout their careers.“Having to say I’ve been here for four and a half years and I haven’t beaten Maryland is… it’s been a goal,” redshirt junior Taylor Gait said. “They’re a great team every year, they’re consistent. It would be amazing if we could come out with a W.” Comments
There’s power in numbers. Unfortunately, Wisconsin head coach Bobbie Kelsey just doesn’t have those numbers right now. After starting the season with a comfortable number of players, the UW women’s basketball team has suffered from the unfortunate and uncontrollable loss of players. What used to be a comfortable number has now been whittled down to nine. Mikayla Dyer and Lindsay Smith both elected to transfer. Taylor Wurtz and AnnMarie Brown both saw their seasons end with injuries. Michala Johnson is on the bench, but ineligible due to transfer rules. The cupboard seems rather bare and Kelsey has been forced to use every tool available to her, regardless of their readiness for Big Ten basketball. “It’s hard for them because a lot of the players that are having to play a lot of minutes probably wouldn’t have to have that load on them if others were healthy,” Kelsey said.The consequences for such low numbers on this team have been inevitable, the obvious problem being the limited number of players available during the game as substitutes. Kelsey has been left overwhelmed with a lack of choices.“Some people you just can’t take out,” Kelsey said. “It’s difficult when they do get tired [during the game], they’re humans.”Some coaches have the ability to sub in five new pairs of fresh legs every seven minutes, a luxury Kelsey just doesn’t have. With only four subs left on the bench, Kelsey has instead had to comprise for the restrictions she has, but with every loss leaves something to be gained.“More people need to step up to take on the roles of all the injuries we’ve had,” Nicole Bauman said, a freshman starting guard and Big Ten Freshman of the Week during December.Bauman was thrust into a starting role with Wurtz’s initial absence back in November. Her freshman comrade Dakota Whyte has similarly been forced into an immediate backup position to point guard Tiera Stephen.Many of the players have found stepping up means improving their defense and ball-handling, which is something that might become especially taxing on the team late in the game. Forty minutes, the number of minutes some players, starters in particular, have been, or have gotten close, to playing in recent games can be a long time to play when the legs get heavy and the shots aren’t falling, but Kelsey doesn’t have many alternatives.But frustration is a word that resonates with more than just the coach.“The thing that frustrates me the most is that this year we were supposed to be pretty good with a lot [of] freshman coming in,” Cassie Rochel said. Indeed, many really good freshmen did come in for the Badgers. Bauman was the 2012 Miss Basketball for Wisconsin, Shannon Malone’s AAU team was a national finalist, Whyte was a member of the 2012 Canadian Junior National Team and Tessa Cichy was a top-five finalist for the 2012 Miss Minnesota Basketball. There were plenty of other reasons, besides the incoming freshmen, to believe this team could have been one of the top teams in the Big Ten.That being said, the only positives Kelsey envisions is the loss of numbers can only stimulate improvement considering many of players have been forced into a position or a different role that will push their limits and build better players for the future.“I also try to impart upon the players that are healthy that it’s going to help us in the future. It’s going to help us down the road,” Kelsey said. They could use a pick-me-up right now, though.With a record of 2-6 in January alone, the team has been in a position where it would seem easy to throw in the towel. Their record now stands at 10-12 as Wisconsin ranks 11th in the Big Ten. To take on a negative vibe would be easy, but that’s not the type of personality this team has. Instead, they are looking to give the lone graduating senior, Tiera Stephen, a good send-off.“It’s her senior year,” Rochel said. “You want to give her all we can, but we’re doing what we can with the players we have.”
There are certain things you come to expect in life. Lindsay Lohan getting arrested. Dubstep making your head pound. A less-than-pleasant bathroom experience after Taco Bell (but that second gordita crunchwrap supreme was so worth it).Now, that list grows larger. After winning its third consecutive softball game 12-1 over The Badger Herald, The Daily Cardinal has to wonder if the victory even surprised its rival.Despite feeling quite, ahem, “relaxed” after polishing off a keg before the game, the Cardinal rallied for seven runs in the first inning. The Herald fought back honorably, scoring an impressive zero runs in four at-bats in the bottom of the first, a trend that would continue throughout most of the game.The Cardinals excelled on both sides of the field, led by a deep batting lineup and an equally determined defensive stance.Matt “Strong-arm” Kleist lived up to his name, racking up more strikeouts than George Costanza in the dating scene. For the lucky few Herald players who managed to make contact, a swift Cardinal defense sent them, heads bowed down, back to their fearful master and Editor-in-Chief Ryan Rainey.“I get it,” Kleist said, signing a pair of breasts amidst flocks of screaming women. “It’s difficult to hit a slow-pitch softball that literally goes to the exact same location every time.”With a bat in one hand and a bottomless brew in the other, incoming Cardinal Editor-in-Chief Abby “Imma-badbitch” Becker led her team’s potent offense. Although that damn softball field wouldn’t stop spinning, Becker battled the elements and left it all on the field, dignity included.Co-head coach and keg master Matt Masterson said he could not have been more proud of the way his team performed.“I was like Vito Corleone in “The Godfather.” All I had to do was say the word and I knew I’d see results,” Masterson said, clarifying he did not threaten any of his players with death, nor does he regularly sell prostitutes. Except on Saturdays.The only silver lining in the Herald’s performance came when it won the pregame beer chug-off, proving that while the Herald struggles both athletically and in printing newspapers, they can at least drink liquid quickly.Rainey, who improved his usual appearance by sporting a hideous and downright terrifying Edgar Allen Poe mask on the sidelines, said it was an honor to play in the midst of true greatness.“I was so excited and surprised that we even scored one run, I peed myself a little bit,” Rainey admitted.As the sun set over Vilas Park, it was Editor-in-Chief and Cardinal captain Scott Girard who had the final, inspirational word.“For three years I’ve played for this team, and for three years I’ve seen utter domination,” Girard said. “How the fuck haven’t we found better competition yet”?
The Badgers will take on the Mizzou Tigers Friday at 8 p.m. with ESPN televising the match-up between the SEC and the Big Ten. For the sixth time in 20 years, the University of Wisconsin women’s softball team has earned a spot in the 2017 NCAA women’s College World Series.The Badgers (33-15, 11-11 Big Ten) were awarded one of the non-ranked spots by the NCAA committee this year and were one of five Big Ten teams invited to participate in this year’s tournament. The University of Minnesota, the University of Michigan, Ohio State University and the University of Illinois are among some of the teams hoping to hoist that national trophy for the Big Ten.This year’s selection, specifically the tournament locations, sparked quite a bit of controversy within the Big Ten. Minnesota, who is currently 54-3 this season, was not only un-ranked, but was also not allowed to host part of the tournament in Minneapolis.Softball: Sky is limit for Badger squad with wealth of experienceWhen all was said and done at the end of the 2016 season, the University of Wisconsin softball team found Read…The top seed at the 2017 NCAA tournament is the University of Florida, who currently has a 50-6 record for their season. Why Minnesota is not only un-ranked, but not even ranked higher than a school with a worse record than them continues to be a mystery to all Big Ten teams.This shows just some of the struggles that Big Ten softball has been going through for years. With Southeastern Conference and Pacific-12 teams constantly taking top-place rankings, Big Ten teams are usually seen as second-rate teams in comparison.Wisconsin softball: The classic underdog storyWisconsin walks into this tournament as the underdogs, both within their conference and within the tournament — but that’s just how the Badgers like to be seen. Senior catcher Chloe Miller plans on using the Badgers current underdog status to create waves at the tournament and to promote Big Ten softball as a whole.Softball: Chloe Miller adds draft pick to season resumeJust to add to the excitement of a University of Wisconsin softball team fighting for a postseason spot in the Read…“[Wisconsin] and the other four Big Ten teams that made it are banded together and we’re going out there to mess up some people’s plans and prove people wrong,” Miller said. “Being able to do that against [the University of Missouri] on primetime slot on ESPN, Friday night at 8 o’clock is pretty cool.”Wisconsin heads up to Oregon Friday to take part in the Eugene Regional round, hosted by the University of Oregon. If UW manages to take Mizzou, they will then continue on to yet another tough challenge, trying to defeat Oregon at home.UW faces challenges with OregonOregon is currently on a roll, with a 10-game winning streak and a 47-6 record so far this season. The Ducks are the No. 3 seed overall in this year’s tournament and have allowed a grand total of four runs in their last six games played.In comparison, Oregon managed to collect a grand total of 42 runs from their last six games played.Wisconsin head coach Yvette Healy knows this tournament is challenging, but she also knows that she is bringing a team that has managed to do demonstrably better on the road than they have at home. Healy and the Badgers only managed to get a grand total of three wins at home this year, ending with a 3-9 record at Goodman, but have a 14-3 record for away games and a 16-3 record for neutral games.Softball: Badgers improve on best start in program historyThe University of Wisconsin softball team continued rolling in this young season, improving to 12-2 on the year after the Read…“We play great on the road,” Healy said. “No one likes me saying this, but we’ve been to that regional twice and we’ve managed to put up four wins, so we’ve got more wins at Oregon’s field than we had at Goodman this year. That’s a crazy statistic, but it’s still true so I’m riding on that — that it feels great so let’s go for our fifth win at that stadium.”
The first true road test for the University of Wisconsin men’s soccer team (2-4-0) ended in disappointment, a shutout defeat at the hands of the Butler Bulldogs (3-1-0) by a score of 1–0.Following the Badgers’ 2–1 victory over Lehigh University, the stage was set for a classic in this year’s Sellick Bowl. Unfortunately, the trip to Indianapolis resulted in a night complete with merely four shots on goal — a stat the Bulldogs capitalized upon in Thursday’s matchup. Possession was relatively balanced throughout the first 45 minutes, but the opening half highlighted some of the Badgers’ attacking weaknesses. The lack of forward production meant the game hung in the balance, and immediately after the start of the second half, Butler struck the back of the net for the game-deciding goal. The sweltering 90-degree contest did feature the Badger goalie, Dean Cowdroy, who recorded two saves on the night, keeping the team afloat throughout the day.Men’s Soccer: Sluggish start dampens post season hopesThe University of Wisconsin men’s soccer team came into this regular season with what were certainly high expectations following a Read…Looking to rebound after the road defeat, the Badgers returned to the McClimon Complex to take on the Portland Pilots (3-2-1) Sunday. After a hot start to their season, the Badgers managed to slow the aggressive Pilots, as their eight shots missed the mark in the first period. Despite the relentless Pilots’ attack, Cowdroy recorded a brilliant save at the beginning of the second frame, keeping Portland out of the scoring column on their ninth shot.But the inexperience of the Badgers’ front line meant they could only muster one shot on goal, and in the end the defense relented, conceding in the 55th minute what would be the game’s only goal. The Lander College transfer Cowdroy has certainly aided the defensive strength of the Badger unit, posting impressive saves and keeping the Badgers close throughout the first six games. Now it is critical to acclimatize the forwards, increase team chemistry in the attacking half, and begin to offer pressure toward opposing defenses.Badger soccer looks to gain momentum heading into Big Ten playThe University of Wisconsin men’s soccer team looks to bounce back following a disappointing performance at the Lakeside Classic in Read…Of the Badgers’ four losses thus far, all have come without a goal. With six matches in the book, the Badgers will look to pull off the upset against reigning Big Ten champs Indiana, as they open conference play Sept. 20 in Bloomington, Indiana.
Disappointingly, the 2019-2020 Wisconsin men’s basketball team is not ranked amongst the top 25 teams in the country in the AP preseason poll. While this revelation is certainly a bummer, it’s not all that large of a surprise to those who follow the team closely.Ethan Happ, despite the fact that he didn’t have the developed talent necessary to go straight to the NBA, was the cornerstone of the team. Last season, Happ scored a grand total of 589 points — 196 points more than the next-highest scorer on the team, D’Mitrik Trice.Basketball: A day in the life of a UW basketball hopefulThree minutes. That’s essentially what about 50 guys went through hell and back for last Wednesday night when they flooded Read…This total of 596 points averaged out to 17.3 points per game, nearly six points more than, you guessed it, the second highest scorer Trice. On offense, the absence of Happ will be a massive blow to the Badgers and, while Trice is next in line to take up the mantle of offensive leader, he’ll have to massively up his production to fill that role.In fact, this is true for the rest of the Badger squad, as no clear scoring leader stepped up as a dominant offensive force during Happ’s final season. With all of these factors, can you blame the AP poll for leaving the Badgers out of the top 25 rankings?Men’s Basketball: Wisconsin searches for new identity post-HappThe University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team ended last season disappointingly in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, losing Read…With just one stand out recruit arriving in Madison for the 2019-2020 season, three star small forward Tyler Wahl, it’s unlikely that an unexpected leader will arise from the ranks of untested competitors.On paper, there is not much to look up to for this season, the head of the team departed without leaving a clear successor to take his place and no fresh face can bring his level of contribution. Even with this being the case, the Badgers have often been one to surprise their detractors and make them eat their words.Men’s Basketball: Changing of the Gard, Carlson and Crowl bring massive talent boostTwin Cities native Ben Carlson verbally committed to the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team Wednesday afternoon. In-state recruiting has Read…If the Badgers were to have a down year as predicted by the AP poll, things still look bright in the future. Their 2020 recruiting class includes four star power forward Ben Carlson as well as a highly-ranked three star combo guard Johnny Davis. On top of this, there is a non-zero chance that Wisconsin will land five-star small forward Ziaire Williams.This is just a small list of the recruits that Wisconsin has landed for their class of 2020. Even if the AP poll is right in believing that the Badgers won’t have an immediate replacement for Happ’s prowess, their future looks bright.
Photo courtesy Sports InformationSuspended sophomore inside linebacker Osa Masina is under two investigations for separate alleged sexual assault incidents, according to police.Cottonwood Heights police in Utah confirmed to FOX 13 on Tuesday that Masina is being investigated for an alleged sexual assault that took place this summer in Salt Lake County, though no charges were filed.According to the report, the Los Angeles Police Department assisted the Cottonwood Heights Police Department in serving a search warrant at a practice facility at USC last week.In a statement, a USC spokesperson said the school was aware of the investigation involving Masina.“USC is cooperating fully with authorities in Utah, the lead agency in the investigation,” the statement read. “Due to privacy laws and to protect the rights of our students, we are not able to discuss this matter further.”Police Sgt. Dan Bartlett told ESPN that the Los Angeles Police Department also has an active investigation into Masina for an incident which he said occurred before the one in Utah. Masina’s attorney, Greg Skordas, confirmed to ESPN that there are two ongoing investigations.On Monday, head coach Clay Helton announced in his weekly Trojans Live appearance that Masina will not travel with the football team to Arlington, Texas, for the season’s first game against Alabama on Saturday,Helton said Masina violated team rules, but did not disclose any details. He did speak on the matter following practice on Tuesday, deferring to the University.“Really as a coach you’re taken out of it,” he said. “This is a university matter and a university policy and I’m confident in the guidance of the university here. They’ll let me know.”Redshirt junior Max Browne, recently named the starting quarterback, said the incident was “tough.”“At the end of the day we’ve had some distractions in the past and I’ll leave that to Coach Helton to address,” he said.Masina, a 6-foot-4, 230-pound sophomore, is listed as a backup inside linebacker on the depth chart behind senior Michael Hutchings.A five-star recruit out of high school, Masina was a backup inside linebacker his freshman year, appearing in 12 games. He made 25 tackles and a fumble recovery that he returned for a touchdown.Masina will join sophomore cornerback Isaiah Langley as the two USC players suspended for the first game. Langley was suspended following an arrest in May at a UCLA fraternity party.The last USC football player to be accused of sexual assault was Bryce Dixon, who was expelled in May of last year but later allowed to re-enroll in school after a judge stayed the expulsion, though Dixon was not allowed to re-join the team.At least one teammate expressed sympathy for Masina.“You know, he’s my brother and I’m going to support him,” said sophomore running back Ronald Jones II.This article was updated at 8:32 p.m.
Over the weekend, USC football head coach Clay Helton filled two coaching vacancies. He named Bryan Ellis the team’s new quarterbacks coach, while former Trojan receiver Keary Colbert will oversee the tight ends and inside receivers. Ellis replaces Tyson Helton, Clay Helton’s younger brother who left USC in December to become the offensive coordinator and quarterback coach for the University of Tennessee.Bryan Ellis will replace Tyson Helton as the Trojans’ quarterback coach. He will have to develop a QB to replace Sam Darnold. Emily Smith | Daily TrojanEllis, 29, enjoyed a successful career as a quarterback at the University of Alabama- Birmingham under the leadership of current USC offensive line coach Neil Callaway. Before joining USC as an offensive quality control assistant in 2017, Ellis was the wide receiver coach and passing game coordinator for Western Kentucky. The new quarterback coach received his first taste of the role at the Cotton Bowl. In that game, redshirt sophomore quarterback Sam Darnold threw for 356 yards but struggled to hold onto the football. He threw an interception and fumbled twice in the 7-24 loss to Ohio State. One of Ellis’ first duties will be to help determine Darnold’s successor, following the starting quarterback’s decision to declare for the NFL Draft. Redshirt freshman Matt Fink, freshman Jack Sears and incoming five-star recruit J.T. Daniels are all expected to be contenders for the position. Colbert, like Ellis, also worked as an offensive quality control assistant at USC in 2017 and 2016. His previous coaching experience includes stints as an offensive analyst at Alabama from 2014-15, and as a wide receiver coach for Georgia State in 2013. A starter when as an undergraduate at USC from 2000 to 2003, Colbert enjoyed a tremendous college football career. He ranks seventh in USC school history receiving with 2,964 yards, after recording two consecutive 1,000-yard seasons in 2002 and 2003. Colbert was drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the second round of the 2004 NFL Draft. He finished his professional career with 1,629 yards and eight touchdowns. “We are very excited to promote Bryan Ellis and Keary Colbert,” Helton said in a press release. “I have been extremely impressed with both individuals over their time here at USC. Their knowledge of the game, ability to develop relationships with our current players and talent to recruit top athletes will be a tremendous asset to our program. These are two young stars in our profession and we are proud that they are part of the Trojan Family.”
Published on December 4, 2018 at 6:04 pm Contact Anthony: firstname.lastname@example.org Facebook Twitter Google+ On Tuesday, Roos Weers became the sixth player in Syracuse history to be named a three-time NFHCA All-American. She was named to the second team in 2018, following her senior year in which she started every game.This season, Weers led the Orange with 11 goals and 25 points. SU failed to qualify for the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2007.Throughout her four-year career, Weers started all 76 Syracuse games at back, totaled 44 goals and 110 points. She was named first team All-American in 2016, and second team All-American in 2017. Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder text
Published on April 22, 2019 at 5:07 pm Contact Eric: email@example.com | @esblack34 Facebook Twitter Google+ After falling to its lowest-ranking in two months last week, Syracuse (14-3, 5-2 Atlantic Coast) rose a spot to No. 4 in Monday’s Inside Lacrosse poll. While the top-3 in the rankings stayed the same, Syracuse took the fourth spot from Notre Dame, which fell to No. 5 Northwestern, 15-11, on Saturday.The Orange played just one game last week, a 16-13 victory over in-state rival Cornell. They fell behind 12-11 in the second half before taking control of the game in the last 11 minutes, outscoring the Big Red, 5-1.Syracuse is also ranked No. 4 in the ACC tournament, which begins on Wednesday. While Boston College owns the top seed both nationally and in the conference, SU was one of three teams that went 5-2 in the ACC, along with North Carolina and Notre Dame. All three teams went 1-1 against each other, but Syracuse lost the tiebreakers and earned the fourth spot.The Orange will play fifth-ranked Virginia, who they defeated 16-11 on March 2, on Wednesday in the first round of the ACC tournament in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments
Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 23, 2020 at 11:56 pm Contact Danny: firstname.lastname@example.org | @DannyEmerman It took Haley Gorecki and Duke almost the entire shot clock to find an opening in Syracuse’s 2-3 zone. Defenders cut off driving lanes and took away 3-point looks. Still, a minute into the fourth quarter, Gorecki drove into the lane past Kiara Lewis and kicked a pass out to Leaonna Odom in the short corner for a mid-range jumper as the shot clock horn buzzed. Even when Syracuse played sound defense on Thursday night — which was rare — it couldn’t stop Duke’s inside-out offense. That 30-second possession gave Duke a 25-point lead and took 12 seconds longer than the amount of time SU held a lead (18) in the Carrier Dome. In total, Duke scored 46 points in the paint and shot 8-for-15 from behind the arc. For the second consecutive home game, Syracuse (9-9, 3-4 Atlantic Coast) showed why it allows the second-most points per game (68.6) in the ACC during a 88-58 loss to Duke (10-9, 4-4), the most points the Orange have surrendered in regulation this season.“We gotta decide what we want to be, what we want to be known as, what we want to do,” Gabrielle Cooper said. “We can’t just come out and expect things to happen … You don’t just come out and get stops. We play in the ACC, the best conference in the country. Teams are not just going to throw the ball away. Teams are not just going to miss shots.” After the loss, Cooper pointed to three equally important defensive missteps that have plagued Syracuse this year: Finishing possessions with defensive rebounds, running back in transition, and “guarding the ball.” Against Duke, Syracuse was out-rebounded 47 to 33, surrendered 19 fast break points, and allowed the Blue Devils to shoot 49.3%, with most of their shots coming in the paint. The defensive performance led SU head coach Quentin Hillsman to question his team’s effort and consistency for the second-straight home game, saying they need to “make some decisions.” In previous games, like against Georgia Tech and Oregon, Syracuse allowed opponents to explode for 30-plus points in a quarter. But on Thursday night, the Duke scoring stream maintained a steady flow: Twenty-one points in the first, 28 in the second, 22 in the third and 17 in the fourth.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textEven one minute into Thursday’s game, Hillsman knew his defense was in trouble. After allowing Duke’s leading scorer, Gorecki, an open look from 3 — which she missed — Hillsman called a timeout to regroup. Gorecki (19 points, five rebounds, nine assists) would be the least of the Orange’s problems, though, as Mikayla Boykin came off the bench and nailed five first-half 3s. Unlike Gorecki, Boykin wasn’t part of SU’s game plan. A “non-closeout,” Cooper said. But Boykin hit her first two from the corner, then walked into lightly contested 3s as Syracuse defenders hesitated to adjust the coverage. Making decisions like that in real-time is something Syracuse needs to improve on, Maeva Djaldi-Tabdi said.“We’re not guarding the ball, we’re not boxing out, they’re getting second-chance points, they were getting way too many fast break points,” Cooper said. “So, they were just picking us apart in those ways. They were just running on us and we weren’t getting back.”One soft spot in SU’s zone appeared to be the short-corner, on the baseline between the block and the corner. Odom (23 points, 10 rebounds) routinely caught entry passes there, took two dribbles into the paint and finished at the rim. Six of Odom’s 10 boards came on the offensive glass, exacerbating the rebounding disparity. “We’re not rebounding well,” Hillsman said. “Even possessions where we’re getting stops, they’re getting the ball back.” SU couldn’t contain Odom in the half-court, and its press didn’t make the defense’s job easier. With the Orange shooting 32.3% from the field, they rarely had the chance to properly set up their full-court press. Even when they did, Duke routinely beat it by flashing a player to the middle or throwing a pass over the top. Even when Duke scored leak-out layups after nearly every made Syracuse basket, the Orange stayed in the press. Hillsman reiterated postgame that the full-court press is part of SU’s identity he believes it needs to win long-term. But on Thursday, a 21-point halftime deficit eventually grew to 30, and the Blue Devils continued to score with ease. “Forty-six points in the paint is ridiculous,” Cooper said. “Absolutely ridiculous. We can’t win that way.” Comments
David Marnane will saddle up three entries at Dundalk this evening.The Bansha trainer sends Aru Cha Cha in the opening race- where he will fight it out with Aidan O’ Brien’s Adeste Fideles and Sirikoi- trained by Tommy Stack.Marnane’s next interest lies with the 7:10, where he’ll be keeping an eye on He’s No Saint, then his attentions will turn to Scobias in the next race at 7:40- the ‘Dundalk Stadium.com Nursery Handicap’. Tommy Stack, Aidan O’ Brien and Andrew Slattery all have two entries each.O’ Brien’s other runner is Tigris Rivers, who goes in the ‘Crowne Plaza Race & Stay Handicap’ at 8:40, where he’s joined by the Stack-trained Tooreen Legend.Meanwhile Slattery’s interest lies with Merry Mast, who goes in the 6:10, and Sharjah, who runs alongside Charlie Swan’s Grandma Dotty in the final race at 9:10.The other Tipperary trainer at Dundalk will be TJ O’ Mara- who saddles up Athassel in the 6:40.
Tommy Nolan hit the back of the Galway net late on and but it wasn’t enough as the Tribesmen held on to win the Irish Press cup.Afterwards Tipp manager Liam Cahill admitted they were chasing the game in the second half while Galway manager Jeffrey Lynskey felt Tipp tired in the second half. Galway ran out convincing 4-13 to 1-16 winners at the final whistle, despite a massive performance from the Premier County that saw the sides go into the dressing room at half time on level pegging. Tipp hitting ten first half points to Galway’s 1-7, Brian Concannon hitting the first goal for Galway.They added three more in the second half from Liam Forde, Cian Fahy and Michael Lynch.
9 months ago Deontay Wilder unhappy with Mike Tyson post Luis Ortiz fight WE RECOMMEND Also Read | Tyson Fury Takes A Jibe At Rival Deontay Wilder In Latest Instagram PostAndy Ruiz Jr vs Anthony Joshua 2: What is Anthony Joshua’s take?Anthony Joshua was fresh from 21 knockout victories until he faced Andy Ruiz Jr ‘The Destroyer’ in June. The British Superstar had to go through a lot of criticism after his first and only loss of boxing career. The former Champion said that he will reclaim back his titles from Andy Ruiz Jr and he wants everybody to bow down after he knocks out ‘The Destroyer’. 9 months ago Tyson Fury takes a jibe at rival Deontay Wilder in latest Instagram post WATCH US LIVE Written By Also Read | Andy Ruiz Jr Gives Fitting Reply To Anthony Joshua Fan; Boxers Involved In Epic StaredownBoxing: Andy Ruiz Jr has agreed to fight Deontay WilderAndy Ruiz Jr pulled off one of the biggest upsets of heavyweight boxing by defeating Anthony Joshua in their original fight on June 2019. Anthony Joshua’s first and only loss of his boxing career came as a shocker for the entire world. However, Andy Ruiz Jr was not surprised and he is pretty confident about repeating the same in their second fight at “Clash on the Dunes”.Andy Ruiz Jr has also mapped his next opponent and it is none other than the WBC Heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder. The Mexican heavyweight revealed that he wants to unify his titles with Deontay Wilder’s WBC Heavyweight belt in 2020. According to Andy Ruiz Jr, there is no doubt about his victory and he is going to show the world that his first victory against Anthony Joshua was not a fluke. Well, Deontay Wilder believes the same and he has also expressed his interest to fight Andy Ruiz Jr. FOLLOW US 9 months ago Andy Ruiz Jr gives fitting reply to Anthony Joshua fan; boxers involved in epic staredown SUBSCRIBE TO US Raj Sarkar Also Read | Deontay Wilder, Tyson Fury, Dillian Whyte Predict The Winner Of ‘Clash On The Dunes’Also Read | Deontay Wilder Unhappy With Mike Tyson Post Luis Ortiz Fight Last Updated: 7th December, 2019 13:13 IST Andy Ruiz Jr Claims He Has Already Agreed To A Mega Heavyweight Clash With Deontay Wilder Andy Ruiz Jr and Anthony Joshua are going to square off against each other on December 7. Meanwhile, Andy Ruiz Jr has already hinted about his next fight LIVE TV Andy Ruiz Jr will be looking forward to defending his WBA (super), WBO, IBO and IBF heavyweight titles against Anthony Joshua in their epic rematch on December 7. The current champion believes that he will surpass the British heavyweight once again. What’s more? Andy Ruiz Jr has already planned his next fight. In a recent interview, the ‘Destroyer’ revealed that he has already planned a mega fight with Deontay Wilder and he is hoping to face him in 2020. COMMENT 9 months ago Deontay Wilder reveals his favourite KO victory; one where he almost killed his opponent First Published: 7th December, 2019 13:13 IST 9 months ago Deontay Wilder, Tyson Fury, Dillian Whyte predict the winner of ‘Clash on the Dunes’
Clonoulty Rossmore and Mullinahone meet at 2 followed by the clash of Kildangan and Drom & Inch at 3.30The winners then join Thurles Sarsfield and Killenaule in the draw later for the last four encounter.Tipp FM will have live updates from both matches at Semple Stadium this afternoon.
Matt Cleary is Chairman of Kilruane MacDonaghs.He says they’d love to lift the trophy in Nenagh this afternoon.Tipp FM will bring you updates on the match, which gets underway at 2.15pm. Toomevara and Kilruane MacDonaghs couldn’t be separated first time round a fortnight ago.Denis Kelly is a member of the Greyhound’s management team.He says the controversy surrounding their nomination to represent the division at county level won’t impact on this afternoon’s encounter.
Northern Ireland’s Mark Allen is in second round action later.He begins his match with four-time Crucible champion John Higgins in the afternoon session.This morning sees Kyren Wilson resume 5-3 up on 2015 winner, Stuart Bingham. There’s an all-Chinese meeting of Ding Junhui and Liang Wenbo.And Ronnie O’Sullivan will resume 6-2 up on 2005 winner, Shaun Murphy. Photo © Pixabay
Following last night’s defeat to Limerick in the Munster Under 21 Quarter Final, Tipp are now out of the competition.The game finished up 2-24 to 19 points in the Treatymen’s favour, and they progress to meet Clare at the semi final stage of the competition.Tipp manager William Maher says they’d love another night to rectify what went wrong.
It was a weekend of mixed fortunes on the GAA front for Tipperary with a decisive win for Tipp’s hurlers on Saturday but a heart breaking loss for the Camogie side yesterday.The senior hurlers were in action on Saturday in their last challenge match before the National League openerIt was an easy game for the Premier County against Galway club champions Liam Mellows in Lorrha Final score was 4 – 29 to 8 pointsSpeaking to Tipp FM, Padraic Maher says it spurs them on for the start of the LeagueIn Camogie, there was disappointment following an eleventh hour loss to Wexford.The Tipp side dominated the first half and led throughout the game, but a goal from Wexford on the stroke of full time gave them a one point victory.It was Manager Bill Mullaney’s first competitive game in charge of the side. He expressed his disappointment at the result but said it was a good performance.Speaking to Tipp FM he said they will be hoping for a win against Offaly next weekend
He has been selected alongside the Kerry pair of Stephen O’Brien and Sean O’Shea in the half-forward line of the team of the week.Tipp play host to Roscommon next weekend at Semple Stadium. There’s further good news for the Tipperary footballers following their impressive win over Cork in the opening game of the League campaign.Liam McGrath has been included in the GAA’s team of the week for his man of the match performance in Pairc ui Chaoimh last Saturday.The Loughmore Castleiney clubman contributed 2-5 of Tipp’s tally of 3-16.
Earlier last night, London 2012 champions Mexico failed to reach the quarter-finals of the Olympic men’s football in Rio after losing 1-0 to South Korea.Kwon Chang-hoon’s stunning strike secured the win for the Koreans, who finished top of Group C.Argentina was also knocked out at the group stage after a 1-1 draw with Honduras, but Germany progressed after beating Fiji 10-0.Hosts Brazil was playing Denmark as at press time.The Brazilians, currently second in Group A on two points, have not even scored at the tournament following goalless draws with Iraq and Denmark.Scoring was not a problem for Germany against Fiji.SC Freiburg forward Nils Petersen hit five goals, Schalke midfielder Max Meyler grabbed a hat-trick and Arsenal’s Serge Gnabry scored twice as Germany finished second in Group C to set up a last-eight match with Portugal.The Portuguese finished top of Group D after drawing 1-1 with Algeria in Belo Horizonte.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Reigning champions Mexico knocked outColombia brought Nigeria’s Dream Team VI back to reality from their fairytale run at the ongoing men’s football tournament of the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil with a deserving 2-0 victory over the African champions a place in the last eight.They were the hungrier of the two teams as Dream Team without four of the players that defeated Japan and Sweden back-to-back on the pitch.Nigeria’s four goals hero in the clash with Japan in the opening match, Oghenekaro Etebo forced out by injury and Dream Team finished the game with 10 players as they have exhausted their substitutions slot.
â€‹FIFA is considering a rule change that would allow players to suit up for more the one country.Current stipulation makes it so that a player who has played one competitive fixture for a nation cannot switch international allegiances.But Cape Verde’s football federation has requested that the governing body loosen the sanctions so that a move can still be made after one or two matches.Head of FIFA’s Stakeholders’ Committee, Victor Montagliani, has revealed that FIFA is looking into implementing pertinent changes without compromising the integrity of the sport. “There are so many issues that have popped up,” he said. “The world is changing.”“Immigration is changing. There are nationality issues that pop up all over the world – in Africa, (and) there are issues in Asia and CONCACAF.“So it’s a good time to have a look at this and see if there are solutions without hurting the integrity of the game.”Montagliani also reported that FIFA is also considering increasing the length of time after which a player can represent a country if that player has no blood connection.As things stand, foreign players must live and play in a country for five years before being allowed to represent that country in international competition if they so desire.A compensation scheme is also being looked into in order to tackle potential issues regarding players training and playing for a country at youth level then switching to another.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
During the suspension Nigeria could not participate in any tournament organised by the WAFF.THISDAY learnt yesterday that the new management team of the NAFF after its inauguration sourced and paid the accumulated affiliation fees which resulted in the lifting of the suspension.It was learnt that an official letter communicating the decision of lifting of the ban on Nigeria was sent to the President of the NAFF yesterday.The letter signed by the Secretary General of WAFF, Theodore Mawuli K Viwotor, reads in part: “We bring you compliments from the Federation, hoping you are well“We wish to inform you that following the payment of your accumulated yearly membership dues your suspension has been lifted by a unanimous decision by the executive body“The Executive body took into consideration the processes going on in Nigeria and your commitment to the sport among others in arriving at the decision“Nigeria is now in good standing with WAFF and has the full rights of membership,” the letter concluded.When contacted, the President of the NAFF, Alhaji Sulaiman Isah, confirmed receipt of the letter and expressed gratitude to all those that ensured the accumulated dues were paid.Sulaiman Isah said with Nigeria’s reentry into the international body, the federation will now start preparing athletes for global tournament.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Laleye Dipo in MinnaThe World Amputee Football Federation (WAFF) has lifted the suspension clamped on Nigeria from participating in its activities.The suspension was placed on the Nigeria Amputee Football Federation over five years ago following the inability of the local organisation to pay affiliation fees to the world body.
In the groupâ€™s other match of the evening, Rickey Tarfa and Wiseview/ Grey Chapel are up in arms for the three points at stake.Also today, Banwo & Ighodalo will battle Templars while Jackson Etti & Edu tackle ADVOCAAT. In Game four of the evening, Pinheiro is expected to take on ACAS/UUBO. Tayo O/B Osipitan and Punuka are also in the fray for late evening clash.Last weekend, run away leader of Group D, Falana & Falana consolidated on its determination to retain the BOA Lawyers League title by crushing Tayo O/ B Osipitan 5-0. Tayo Fashesin scored a brace with Rasheed Ibrahim, Akin Dada and Kelvin Omoke contributing one goal each. Falana leads Group D on maximum nine points from three matches.BA Law/Probitas similarly hammered ADVOCAAT 4-0 with Deji Sanyaolu scoring a hattrick in the encounter. Lekan Ayinla got the fourth goal for BA Law/Probitas. Babalakin defeated AELEX 1-0 with Lawrence Ochulor scoring the lone goal.The 16th edition of the annual BOA Football Tournament for law firms is taking place at the Astroturf 2000 Facility in Ikoyi, Lagos.The tournament is held in memory of the late notable lawyer, Mr. Bankole Olumide Aluko, a founding partner in the law firm of Aluko & Oyebode (A & O).Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Lagos State Ministry of Justice (LSMJ) stand the chance of extending the leadership of Group A of the 2018 BOA Lawyers League this afternoon if it succeeds in picking maximum points from ALS/ SP Ajibade this afternoon.Rickey Tarfa, LSMJ and Wiseview/ Grey Chapel are all tied on four points apiece from the first three matches played in the group with ALS/SP Ajibade and Aluko & Oyebode occupying the fourth and fifth spots.The Lagos judiciary team would definitely want to improve on the goalless draw it pulled against Aluko & Oyebode last weekend.
The registration for the Lagos Media Marathon is still ongoing on its official website lagosmediamarathon.com.Also, physical forms are being collected at the various designated centres including the Teslim Balogun Stadium and the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria, Lagos branch Office inside the National Stadium in Surulere.Tony Ubani, the chairman of the Organising committee for the Media race thumbed up the enthusiasm being showed towards the Lagos Media Marathon.While commending the passion from the public, Ubani however reiterated that those to be recognised and accorded free registration as media practitioners are card carrying members of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ or its affiliate bodies.He also added that students of Mass Communication and journalism related courses are the only ones qualified for the free registration and consolation prizes set aside in the Students category“I will want appeal again to all journalists who intend to participate in the Media Marathon who are not card-carrying members of NUJ and its affiliate to regularize their membership before the race in May,” said UbaniOver six million Naira will be won by various winners in the maiden Lagos Media Marathon.According to the initial breakdown of cash prizes released by the organizers, the male and female journalists who emerge top in their respective 10km races will be taking home N1m each while the runners-up in the media category will be picking up N.5m each.Already, N300, 000, N200,000 and N100,00 have been set aside for the 3rd, 4th and 5th placed finishers respectively in the media category.For those that would be competing outside the media category, they are also going to be handsomely rewarded as the top male and female finishers will be getting N500,000 each.While the runners up in the general category are to get N300,000 each, the 3rd, 4th and 5th placed finishers respectively in this category will get N200, 000, N100, 000 and N50,000 respectively.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The first edition of the Lagos Media Marathon is already taking a global. outlook as foreign nationals from at least seven countries have already entered for the race.Athletes from South Korea, Ghana, United States, United Kingdom, Canada, China and South Africa have thrown in their hat to be part of the historic race fixed for May 1.
Ahead of Saturday’s final clash with Nigeria in the African Nations Championship qualifying series, Togo’s home-based national football team, SparrowHawks who are billed to leave Lome for Lagos, Nigeria yesterday evening have received a morale-boosting message from President Gnassingbe.According to Togo Tribune, the sports minister, Foli Bazi Katara delivered the message which urged the Togolese to complete the winning run they have been having against the domestic Super Eagles.Three weeks ago, Togo won the first leg 4-1 and inflicted another 2-1 win a week later when both teams met in Senegal in the WAFU Cup. Home-based Eagles President Gnassingbe reportedly told the team not to depend on their recent victories as they are facing a more determined Nigerian side.The message was delivered to the team on Wednesday by a presidential delegation led by the sports minister, Foli Bazi Katara. In attendance were members of the Togolese Football Federation.The president commended the players for not losing their heads despite not receiving their winning bonuses in the 4-1 defeat of Nigeria and for their performances at the recently concluded WAFU Cup competition in Senegal.Meanwhile, Super Eagles Team B coach, Imama Amapakabo has listed goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa and 19 other players for the high profile come-back match against Sparrow Hawks of Togo slated for tomorrow at Agege Stadium in Lagos.The crucial second leg match of 2020 Championship of African Nations qualifier which could be the third time in the ongoing campaign that Nigeria will come back from a scandalous first leg to grind the result in the return leg.Nigeria will try to overturn 4-1 first leg deficit when the two team clash for the third time in one month with the just concluded WAFU tournament in Senegal as the latest installment where Nigeria fell against 1-2.Aside Ezenwa, other top home based players invited are Enyimba International of Aba save hand Theophilus Afelokahai and Akwa United forward Mfon Udoh. Amapakabo-led lads who have been training at the FIFA Goal Project, Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja since returning from their campaign at the WAFU/FOX Cup of Nations in Senegal last week and are expected to storm Lagos today (Thursday) for the game billed to hold at the Agege Stadium, Lagos.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
EURO 2020 QUALIFIERSPortugal’s Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo is ready to play in their Euro 2020 qualifiers against Lithuania and Luxembourg despite concerns over his fitness which came to the fore last weekend, coach Fernando Santos said on Wednesday.Ronaldo was substituted in the 55th minute of Juventus’ win over AC Milan in Serie A on Sunday, the earliest he has been taken off by the Italian champions, and he was visibly furious with coach Maurizio Sarri as he stormed down the tunnel. Ronaldo…ready to risk injury for Portugal Sarri said after the game that Ronaldo has been managing a knee problem for the last month without missing matches and has also been dealing with thigh and calf muscle problems.However, Santos said there was no issue with the country’s most capped player and record scorer, who has scored 95 international goals and could reach a century in Portugal’s Group B games against Lithuania and Luxemburg.Portugal will seal a place at Euro 2020 if they beat Lithuania and Serbia fail to beat Luxembourg.“If he wasn’t fit we wouldn’t have called him up. Everyone likes to talk and speculate about Cristiano Ronaldo because he is the best player in the world,” he told a news conference ahead of Thursday’s game at home to Lithuania.“If it was any other player there would be no such fuss. He is fit and he’s going to play.”Santos, who led Portugal to glory at Euro 2016, became more irritated as he was further pressed about the Juve forward, declaring: “This conference is not about Cristiano Ronaldo, it’s about Portugal and the game with Lithuania.”EURO 2020(Thursday)Czech v KosovoEngland v MontenegroPortugal v LithuaniaSerbia v LuxembourgTurkey v IcelandAlbania v AndorraFrance v MoldovaShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Written By WATCH US LIVE LIVE TV SUBSCRIBE TO US COMMENT First Published: 15th August, 2020 09:21 IST Christian Yelich hit a three-run homer and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the major league-leading Chicago Cubs 4-3 on Friday night.Yelich hit his fifth homer of the season off Alec Mills to right-center field, erasing Chicago’s 3-1 lead in the sixth inning.Freddy Peralta (1-1), Milwaukee’s first reliever, pitched two scoreless innings and struck out five.Mills (2-1) had been slated to start on Saturday but was bumped up when Friday’s scheduled starter Tyler Chatwood was scratched with mid-back tightness. Mills hadn’t pitched since Aug. 3.The Cubs loaded the bases with two outs in the eighth before Brewers closer Josh Hader came in and walked Steven Souza Jr. and hit David Bote with a pitch. Hader struck out pinch-hitter Josh Phegley to end the inning, then worked around a two-out walk to Anthony Rizzo in the ninth to earn his fourth save.Rizzo, Jason Kipnis and Ian Happ had RBIs for Cubs, who lost for just the second time in 11 games. Chicago dipped to 13-4 as Cubs hitters struck out 15 times against four pitchers.Milwaukee ended a two-game losing streak and won for the third time in eight tries.After working quickly to retire the first 12 Brewers hitters, Mills allowed four runs on five hits in six innings. He struck out seven and walked one.Milwaukee starter Brandon Woodruff mostly matched Mills early, not allowing a baserunner until Rizzo reached on an error with one out in the fourth.Woodruff labored and left in the fifth when Chicago sent nine to the plate and took a 3-1 lead. Kipnis and Rizzo drove in runs with singles, and Happ walked with the bases loaded.LO-MO GOES1B/OF Logan Morrison, designated for assignment by the Brewers on Monday, cleared waivers and declined to report to the team’s alternate site in Appleton, Wisconsin. The 32-year-old Morrison, who has struggled since hitting 38 homers with Tampa Bay in 2017, is now a free agent.TRAINER’S ROOMBrewers: Manager Craig Counsel hopes to get 1B/OF Ryan Braun back into the lineup Saturday. Braun was available off the bench Friday, but his throwing has been hampered by an infected right index finger.Cubs: IF/OF Kris Bryant was held out the lineup for a second day with a sore left wrist and ring finger but was available off the bench. Bryant was injured trying to make a diving catch in Cleveland on Wednesday, but manager David Ross said it’s not serious. … LHP José Quintana (left thumb surgery) is scheduled to pitch a four-inning simulated game on Sunday at the team’s alternate site in South Bend, Indiana.UP NEXTBrewers RHP Adrian Houser (1-1, 2.65) takes the mound Saturday in a game that’s been moved to 2:20 p.m. from 7:15 p.m. because storms are forecast. The Cubs had not yet named a starter. Houser pitched seven shutout innings to beat the Cubs in Milwaukee on Aug. 5.Image credits: AP Last Updated: 15th August, 2020 09:21 IST Yelich Three-run Homer Lifts Brewers Past Cubs, 4-3 Christian Yelich hit a three-run homer and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the major league-leading Chicago Cubs 4-3 on Friday night Associated Press Television News FOLLOW US
Last Updated: 6th September, 2020 22:38 IST Primoz Roglic Takes Yellow Off Adam Yates As Pogacar Wins Dramatic Stage 9 Tadej Pogacar won the stage and Primoz Roglic moved into the overall lead after an entertaining day in the Pyrenees in Stage 9 Digital Desk First Published: 6th September, 2020 22:38 IST Tadej Pogacar won the stage and Primoz Roglic moved into the overall lead after an entertaining day in the Pyrenees in Stage 9.Tadej Pogacar led home a Slovenian one-two in Stage 9 of the Tour de France as compatriot Primoz Roglic moved into the yellow jersey after a pulsating second day in the Pyrenees.The Slovenian duo was part of a deluxe chase quartet alongside Egan Bernal and Mikel Landa which swept up Swiss escapee Marc Hirschi with just over one kilometre remaining after a heart-in-mouth descent of the Col de Marie Blanque.Team Sunweb’s Hirschi put in a brave sprint after spending 90 kilometres on the front of the race, but Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) and Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) powered through to deny the 22-year-old a first professional win. The victory instead went to another Tour debutant, Pogacar, who moments earlier almost hit the deck when touching wheels with his compatriot in the sprint for bonus seconds over the top of the final climb.Roglic, a winner in Laruns two years ago, took over the race lead after yellow jersey Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) was distanced on the Marie Blanque following a succession of attacks from the Slovenian duo and the white jersey of Bernal (Ineos Grenadiers).Britain’s Yates came home in a second chase group 54 seconds in arrears to drop to eighth place in the general classification on the eve of the first rest day. Roglic now leads defending champion Bernal by 21 seconds after the Colombian missed out on bonus seconds over the Marie Blanque and at the finish, where he took fourth place ahead of Spain’s Landa (Bahrain-McLaren).Frenchman Giullaume Martin (Cofidis) stays third but is now 28 seconds off the summit after he came home 11 seconds down in a five-man chase group that featured compatriot Romain Bardet (Ag2R-La Mondiale), Trek-Segafredo duo Richie Porte and Bauke Mollema, and the Colombian pair Rigoberto Uran (EF Pro Cycling) and Nairo Quintana (Arkea-Samsic).Hirschi spent most of the 153km stage from Pau out ahead after powering clear on the second of five categorised climbs, the Cat.1 Col de la Hourcere. At one point, the lone leader had a gap of four and a half minutes over the main field before some hefty tempo-setting by Roglic’s Jumbo-Visma train slashed the lead ahead of the all-important Col de Marie Blanque, where the expected fireworks blew up the race and turned the battle for yellow on its head.Despite missing out on the win, Hirschi moved up to third place in the King of the Mountain standings, where he trails French duo Benoit Cosnefroy and Nans Peters (both Ag2R-La Mondiale) by 10 and five points respectively. On a quiet day in the battle for green, Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) retained his lead of seven points over Sam Bennett (Deceuninck-QuickStep) in the maillot vert race after both riders came home in the gruppetto.HIRSCHI’S HEROICSTeam Sunweb’s persistent attempts to get a man on the front of the race paid off when Switzerland’s Hirschi rode clear of the nascent breakaway on the first major climb, the Cat.1 Cote de Hourcere.A frantic opening hour to the 153km stage from Pau to Laruns saw the peloton in perpetual state of uncoiled elasticity as numerous attempts to force a move were thwarted. French duo Thibaut Pinot and Julian Alaphilippe – who saw their collective GC hopes nosedive on Saturday – were among the early attackers, although both riders would be dropped by the field on the Hourcere, Alaphilippe eventually coming home in the gruppetto almost half an hour in arrears.Sunweb’s Tiesj Benoot and Nico Roche were particularly active before their 22-year-old Swiss teammate rode clear for a second time after seeing an initial effort on the Cat.4 Cote d’Artiguelouve thwarted. Hirschi was joined momentarily by Lennard Kämna (Bora-Hansgrohe) on the Hourcere before the German eased up to join the chasers.With Jumbo-Visma setting the tempo in the pack to put pressure on an already isolated Adam Yates, the likes of Pinot and fellow Frenchman Pierre Rolland (B&B Hotels-Vital Concept) saw their chances of sticking with the chasers evaporate as the road hierarchy finally settled in the wake of the lone leader.Joining Kämna in an eight-man chase group were Warren Barguil (Arkea-Samsic), Davide Formolo (UAE Team Emirates), Sébastien Reichenbach (Groupama-FDJ), David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ), Daniel Martínez (EF Pro Cycling), Jonathan Castroviejo (Ineos Grenadiers) and Omar Fraile (Astana).Hirschi crested the misty summit of the Hourcere with 1’15” over the chasers as news filtered through of the withdrawal of Italy’s Fabio Aru, the UAE Team Emirates rider having been dropped early before embarking on a sorry duel with the broom wagon.In wet and dank conditions, Hirschi stretched his lead to almost three minutes over the Cat.3 Col de Soudet with Jumbo-Visma coming to the front of the pack to take the subsequent descent without any risks for their yellow jersey elect, catching Reichenbach before the intermediate sprint in Arette.If the GC riders Bernal, Uran and Lopez had potential bridges in the break in Castroviejo, Martinez and Fraile, then that soon came to nothing when the chasers were swept up at the start of the Col d’Ichere with 42km remaining.Hirschi crested the summit with over four minutes to play with, giving him a real chance of glory. Behind, the Jumbo-Visma rode a fast tempo for their yellow jersey elect, stringing out the regrouped peloton ahead of the decisive climb. But by now, Yates also had five teammates with him, while Bernal rode with four Ineos Grenadiers for support.Sitting on the back of the Jumbo train all day, Yates, in his yellow jersey, looked like part of the team. The 28-year-old soon lost all his support from Mitchelton-Scott as the road hit the double-digit ramps of the climb.After Dutchman Tom Dumoulin put in a huge pull to whittle down the pack for Roglic, Pogacar made the first move from the GC favourites, followed by an acceleration from Bernal. They rode clear with Roglic, Landa and Porte in pursuit of Hirschi, who crested the summit with just 20 seconds.With bonus seconds available for the top three, Bernal did his best to kick clear. But his Slovenian rivals were a match for him – although in the frenzy Pogacar clipped Roglic’s wheel and narrowly avoided a tumble.Hirschi made a daring descent to double his lead – but the flat 7km ride into Laruns was a bridge too far, and the escapee was swept up with just over a kilometre to ride. Instead of giving up, Hirschi dropped to the back of the leading group, took a few deep breaths, and tightened his shoes.In the final sprint, Hirschi then almost did the impossible – opening it up from distance in a bid to go one better than a week before, when the Swiss was denied a maiden win in Stage 2 in Nice by Alaphilippe.But the two Slovenians surged ahead either side of Hirschi, an ecstatic Pogacar beating Roglic by a wheel, with a frustrated Hirschi banging the handlebars as he came home for third. Bernal was once again denied bonus seconds for fourth place ahead of Landa, before the leaders awaited the chasers and the arrival of the yellow jersey.Almost 10 minutes passed before Pinot came home, the Frenchman seeing his Tour dreams dashed by two troubled days in the Pyrenees. It would be another 20 minutes before Alaphilippe crossed the line. French hopes, however, live on through Martin and Bardet, who are among seven riders all within 44 seconds of the summit entering the first rest day.All the LIVE action from Stage 10 – The Chateau d’Oleron to Ile de Re Saint-Martin-de Re of Tour de France can be watched on Eurosport and Eurosport HD from 05:00 PM IST onward on September 8, 2020.(image credits: AP) FOLLOW US WE RECOMMEND 1 week ago Ineos riders’ dominance under threat at Tour de France 1 day ago Tour de France 2020: Battling Adam Yates stays in yellow as Nans Peters wins Stage 8 SUBSCRIBE TO US 3 days ago Crosswind chaos as Wout Van Aert wins again and Peter Sagan takes back Green COMMENT WATCH US LIVE Written By LIVE TV
Caribbean 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.
Jamaica’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.
The 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.
KODAK 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.
Congratulations 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.
RelatedAUDIO: 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.
Belgium 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”
Ivorian 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.Related
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.
Share 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.
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 Share
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 Submit
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.
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, 2020
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. 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Share 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, 2020
Southampton 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: talkSPORT
FC 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 Munich
Justice 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:
Peter 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: BBC
AddThis 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 Injuries
AddThis 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 fair
Ghana 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.
The 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.
All 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.
Whichever 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.
AC 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.
The 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.
Yoan 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.
Newly-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 department
UEFA 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.”
Ludogorets 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.
Ashanti 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.
The 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.
Joy 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.
The 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 #JoySports
Dancehall 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.” “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.
Ghana 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 #JoySports
Chelsea’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 #JoySports
Arsene 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.–
What 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 hashtag
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 Error
TEMPE, 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. 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.
PreviousThe 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, 2018
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 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 Error
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
Six 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: Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
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. 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.”
Left-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 Error 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.
Draft 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. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
PHILADELPHIA >> 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 Error 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.
LOS 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 Error 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.
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 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 Error
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 Articles 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.
“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.”
13 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.
Barcelona 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 United
Join 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.”
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. 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? “
Mfiondu 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.
Our #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.
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 Lock 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.
MORE: 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.
EL 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 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.”
At 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.” 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 title
On 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.
Cadet 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)